~Thoughts for Thinking People~


Current Research and Thoughts You Can Use for Health and Healing
...And Which Verify The Wysong Optimal Health Program™


GRAPE ANTIOXIDANT LOWERS LIPID LEVELS: A new study has shown that the antioxidant pterostilbene, found in grapes, is effective at lowering lipid concentrations. Lipid-lowering compounds can help people battle heart disease and alleviate some of the health problems associated with obesity. (Lipids, however, are also vital components of living cells. Compounds considered lipids include fats, oils, fatty acids, triglycerides and steroids - including cholesterol.) This potent antioxidant has also been shown to have cancer-fighting properties. 1,2 (The 228th ACS National Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, August 2004.)
(Note: Lipids are not the enemy. They have always been a part of the diet of every creature. Some of them are even essential. On the other hand, if lipids are oxidized from modern processing methods (heat, light, air, storage and hydrogenation) and then consumed, they can be disease promoting. The best idea is to be very careful about the lipids consumed, not wait until they cause disease processes in the body to do something about it.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF CITRUS: Negative reports about the interaction of grapefruit and prescription drugs and the current push for low-carb diets has caused citrus consumption to decline, experts say. However, new evidence for the potential health benefits of citrus fruits continues to emerge as researchers discover compounds in the fruits that fight cancer, obesity and cholesterol. Research indicates that citrus compounds may prevent colon cancer, orange and tangerine peels contain compounds that may lower cholesterol, grapefruit promotes weight loss, and compounds in grapefruit may yield a "super-pill" that cuts cost of prescription drugs by enhancing the bioavailability of medications. (The 228th ACS National Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, August 2004.)
(Note: As scientists try to disassemble citrus into patentable components, you (being the thinking person that you are) can get way ahead of the game by eating the whole raw fruits. Even scrape the inside of the peels which are particularly concentrated in nutrients. The low carb diets are a kind of good idea that can go very bad. A better idea is the Wysong Optimal HealthT plan which does not exclude natural foods (fruits) that have been a part of the diet since we supposedly climbed out of the sod. Remember also that about 1/2 of a lemon squeezed in WellSpringT-enhanced water will do wonders at alkalinizing the of the most fundamental things you can do to improve health and reverse disease. 3,4

EATING FISH PREVENTS ARTERIOSCLEROSIS: Women who eat one or more servings of tuna or dark fish could slow down the progression of arteriosclerosis (narrowing of the arteries), thus delaying or preventing the onset of coronary artery disease. Researchers attributed these findings to the higher omega-3 levels found in dark fish. Further, women with diabetes, in particular, who consume fish more than once a week displayed a 60% reduction in the narrowing of the arteries than the women who ate fewer than two servings of fish each week. 2,5 (Am J Clin Nutr, 2004; 80(3):626-32.)
(Note: This is new news about old news. The modern diet is deficient in omega-3 fatty acids. The foods we eat that are grain-based or grain-fed are too high in the omega-6 class of fatty acids. Natural foods from nature are naturally high in omega-3s, so that is what we are designed for. Eat natural foods high in omega-3s and take supplements if you do not. Be careful of heat processed foods claiming high omega-3s since these fatty acids are very susceptible to oxidation and as such are toxic. Omega-3s are best eaten raw, and if processed, minimally so, and properly stabilized if stored.

UNDER-NUTRITION AND MALARIA DEATHS: A large percentage of child deaths related to malaria are attributable to under-nutrition and deficiencies of vitamin A, zinc, iron and folate, according to a new report. Researchers showed that improving child nutrition could prevent more malaria-related illnesses and deaths than previously thought. Severely malnourished children are nine times more likely to die from malaria than children who are not undernourished. Widespread zinc and vitamin A deficiencies in malaria endemic regions contribute to growth faltering and compromise a child's ability to fight infection. Zinc improves growth and enhances the body's ability to respond to infection, while vitamin A plays an essential role in the immune response and is believed to be necessary for host resistance to malaria. 6 (Am J Trop Med Hyg, 2004; 71(2 suppl):55-63.) 
(Note: Disease results when an organism is weak. Disease is a metaphor for the predator-prey relationship. Predators seek the weak and less fit. So too do disease agents seek the weak and less fit.

SOY BENEFITS FOR TYPE-2 DIABETES: Isolated soy protein added to the diets of men under treatment for the advanced stages of Type-2 diabetes significantly lowered unwanted proteins in their urine and slightly raised desired HDL cholesterol levels in their blood, researchers say. The two improved areas are linked to kidney disease and coronary heart disease. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that 18 million Americans have diabetes, with more than 90% being Type-2 cases. The number of Type-2 diabetics is increasing to epidemic proportions, with the disease being found in younger and younger individuals every day. 7,8 (J Nutr, 2004; 134:1874-80.) 
(Note: Soy deficiency is not the cause of diabetes. If it helps solve the problem, that would be better and likely safer than synthetic drugs. Diabetes is directly linked to the consumption of processed grain and sugar carbohydrates. Understanding this is the key to both preventing and helping to reverse the disease.

HIGH CARBOHYDRATE INTAKE AND BREAST CANCER: There may be a link between high consumption of carbohydrates and breast cancer, according to a new study. The study found that women who received 62% or more of their calories from carbohydrates doubled their risk of breast cancer compared to those whose carbohydrate consumption accounted for 52% or less of their caloric intake. The strongest associations to breast cancer were found in the sucrose and fructose carbohydrate components. The idea is that carbohydrates increase insulin levels, which in turn stimulate cell division, thus increasing the risk of developing the rogue cells that cause cancer. Other results from the study showed that diets higher in insoluble fiber had a slightly lower risk of breast cancer, and that there was no association between fat intake and breast cancer. (Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev, 2004; 13:1283-9.)
(Note: Carbohydrates that put you at risk are those which are processed such as sugars, sodas and grain starches found in just about every packaged food there is.)

SNACK ON ALMONDS: Researchers have found that when individuals add almonds as a snack to their regular diet, their overall intake of several important nutrients increased. After incorporating approximately two one-ounce handfuls of almonds into their diets, patients demonstrated a significant increase in their intake of several nutrients, including monounsaturated fats (42%), polyunsaturated fats (24%), dietary fiber (12%), vegetable protein (19%), vitamin E (66%), magnesium (23%), and copper (15%). Moreover, researchers found a decrease in patients' intake of trans-fats (14%), sodium (21%), cholesterol (17%) and sugars (13%). Those who eat almonds tend to naturally balance their calorie intake. Thus, even though they are introducing an additional food into their repertoire, they make appropriate dietary substitutions so there is not a significant change in body weight. 9 (Br J Nutr, 2004; 92(3).)
(Note: Why would this be so? Because tree nuts are one of the natural foods that can be eaten without having to be processed. Although quickly roasted almonds are of benefit, the raw ones are better. Soak raw almonds in water until the outer skin can be peeled away. This will make them more digestible.)

KIWI FOR HEART HEALTH: Eating two to three kiwifruit a day can significantly lower risk of blood clotting and reduce fat in the blood that can cause blockages, without negatively affecting cholesterol levels. Such effects are similar to those of a daily dosage of aspirin, recommended by doctors to improve heart health. The fruit could be an effective alternative to aspirin, which can cause inflammation and ulcers in the GI tract. Eating kiwifruit daily can also provide substantial protection against the kind of DNA damage that can trigger cancer and, more significantly, kiwifruit greatly speeds the repair of DNA damage. Kiwifruit is one of the most nutrient-dense fruits, containing more vitamins and minerals than 27 of the most commonly consumed fruits. (Platelets, 2004; 15(5):287-92.) 
(Note: Good idea: Eat the whole fruit minus the skin.)

COENZYME Q10 WORKS SYNERGISTICALLY WITH VITAMIN E: Supplements of coenzyme Q10 significantly enhance the anti-inflammatory effect of vitamin E, according to a new study. The researchers found that the vitamin-like substance coenzyme Q10 reduces an inflammation marker by a further 20% over vitamin E alone. Inflammation and oxidative stress are key factors in the development and progression of vascular diseases, including heart disease - the world's biggest killer. 10 (Am J Clin Nutr, 2004; 80(3):649-55.)
(Note: Antioxidant supplements containing CoQ10 help counterbalance the oxidative stress of modern living.)