THE WYSONG e-HEALTH LETTER 825
~Thoughts for Thinking People~
Current Research and Thoughts You Can Use for Health and Healing
...And Which Verify The Wysong Optimal Health Program™
use of extra-virgin olive oil markedly lowers daily antihypertensive
dosage requirements. (Archives of Internal Medicine, 2000; 160(6):837-42.
Randomized crossover study.)
Daily consumption of 900 mg of garlic decreased plaque formation in arteries. (Atherosclerosis, 1999. Peer-reviewed clinical study.)
MUSCULOSKELETAL: Drinking tea increases bone mineral density due to nutrients such as flavonoids present in the beverage. (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2000; 71(4):1003-7. Peer-reviewed clinical trial.)
CANCER: Small amounts of cruciferous vegetable sprouts may be just as protective against cancer as larger amounts of mature plants of the same variety. (Nutritional Review, 1998; 56:127-130. Peer-reviewed clinical study.)
GALLSTONES: Exercise and a high fiber diet with lots of vegetables decreases the risk of developing gallstones. (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 1999; 69:120-126. Case-control study.)
W) Medical research is disjoint from public knowledge. We assume
that if some new discovery is made which will greatly benefit us,
surely Tom Brokaw will report it.
But medical researchers are not reporters. Although it is important for them to publish (or perish), the medical and scientific journals containing the results of their work are highly technical and esoteric. They are so voluminous that even if Tom were trying to make sure we kept abreast, he would have to spend 24 hours a day reading journals (assuming he could understand them), and even then, the task would not be complete.
By 1879, the total number of medical articles that had accumulated was 18,000. Now there are 250,000 articles published each month. Ninety percent of all scientists who have ever lived are alive today. The increase in knowledge in just one month now equals the collective knowledge through all of history.
Not only is the sheer mass of information almost impossible to wade through, but the inertia of keeping things as they are is a strong impediment to progress. The status quo makes a ton of money for industry, food processors, the medical community and all supporting interests. They are not about to quickly embrace change which may weaken their grasp on your pocketbook.
Nevertheless, eventually the results of some research do filter through. But there is at least a 10-15 year lag period between most discoveries, their recognition or acceptance by the professions and the public, and their incorporation into our lifestyles.
Let me give you an example. The original research done decades ago which supposedly proved that cholesterol is bad for you has been known to be flawed since shortly after it was reported. Oxidized cholesterol may cause atheromas (blood vessel clot-like lesions) in rabbits, but natural cholesterol does no such thing. Research has also shown that high blood cholesterol is a symptom of oxidative stress and acidemia, not a cause of heart disease. It has also been known since 1984 that those who attempt to decrease cholesterol levels will automatically decrease their intake of the important amino acid tryptophan, which is found primarily in animal products. Tryptophan is a precursor of the neurochemical serotonin, which is very important for mood. Decrease animals products and you decrease tryptophan, which decreases serotonin, which causes depression and can lead to suicide. In spite of full awareness of this by researchers, the medical profession by and large still doesn't get it, and the public continues to be led down the "decrease your cholesterol" primrose path.
The conventional standard of care in medicine is not, therefore, the true state-of-the-art. If you want leading edge information, knowledge that puts you closer to the truth, don't expect it from a doctor (unless he/she is unusually progressive), newspapers or the evening news. Like all good things in life, it requires effort to get the best and to be the best. Staying awake, keeping an open mind, being skeptical of conventional wisdom, and being self reliant are important keys to advancing the health of you and your family.
Through these postings, the bimonthly Health Letter, our other publications, and our website, our intention is to help you achieve that state-of-the-art health.
Best of health to you and yours from all of us here at Wysong.