THE WYSONG e-HEALTH LETTER 966
~Thoughts for Thinking People~
Current Research and Thoughts You Can Use for Health and Healing
...And Which Verify The Wysong Optimal Health Program™
U.S. FDA SAYS ABBOTT HIV DRUG ADS MISLEADING: Two Abbott Laboratories Inc. ads for HIV-fighting drug Kaletra exaggerated benefits and left out information about life-threatening safety risks, per U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA ordered the company to stop circulating the advertisements immediately, which ran in magazines aimed at people with HIV. Further, the FDA stated that both ads implied Kaletra could help patients with AIDS, stay healthy for five years. The ads were misleading because Kaletra was approved based on studies lasting 48 and 72 weeks. "FDA is not aware of substantial evidence or substantial clinical experience to support claims of survival, good health, undetectable HIV (blood) levels and disease control for five years," the agency said. The ads also failed to mention potential side effects, which can include life-threatening interactions with other drugs, the FDA said.
(Dr. W Straight Talk: The point is that for-profit companies are not above saying what they believe will sell products whether or not it is true. Who can you trust? Not the companies or the FDA, but yourself. But only if you get informed and start with an underlying core health philosophy that makes sense...like the Wysong Optimal Health one.)
SWEET MISERY: Aspartame is found in more than 5,000 food and drink products. One woman who was using aspartame-sweetened products and fighting multiple sclerosis stopped using aspartame and her symptoms went away miraculously. Aspartame is a slow neurotoxin which is unfit for human consumption. In addition, the amount of propaganda and "dirty tricks," that big businesses use to get aspartame on the US market, and the domino effect it has had on other countries is a study in all that is wrong with capitalism without conscience. (http://www.newswithviews.com/NWVexclusive/exclusive27.htm)
(Dr. W Straight Talk: It's a simple thing. Aspartame is not a part of the diet we are genetically adapted to so how could it not cause anything but health problems. The absence of "Diet" foods and drinks was not the reason for obesity nor will they be the solution.)
SPLENDA: Splenda, the common tabletop sweetener that was introduced in 1988, is a chlorocarbon known to cause an array of health problems such as organ, genetic, and reproductive damage. This may explain why Splenda has been linked to 40 % shrinkage of the thymus gland, a seat of immune function. Further, Splenda causes swelling of the liver, calcification of the kidneys, fertility and gastrointestinal problems. The makers of Splenda state that the chlorine atoms in Splenda are altered and therefore safe, yet it is known that any animal that consumes chlorine is at an increased risk of cancer.
( http://www.truthaboutsplenda.com/index.html )
OLESTRA & THE TRUTH BEHIND "LIGHT" CHIPS: The Center for Science & Public Interest (CPSI) has been following the side effects associated with "light" potato chips - most widely seen as Frito-Lay's previous WOW! Brand. These new 'light" chips are merely the old olestra (a diarrhea inducing synthesized fat) fried brand marketed under a fake "healthy" option. The CPSI is trying to deter consumers from eating Lay's Light, Ruffles Light, Doritos Light and Tostitos Light chips - all using olestra. Thus far the FDA has received more than 20,000 individual reports of olestra-induced reactions, including diarrhea, cramps and bleeding. Further, making matters worse, the FDA no longer requires olestra-based chips manufacturers to carry the previously apt warning label: "This product contains Olestra. Olestra may cause abdominal cramps and loose stools. Olestra inhibits the absorption of some vitamins and other nutrients. Vitamins A, D, E and K have been added." (http://www.cspinet.org/new/200410251.html)
(Dr. W Straight Talk: Fat is not the enemy folks. Replacing it with fake fats is not the solution. We are all starving for real fats as found in real, natural foods. Every cell in our bodies is encased by a membrane made of two layers of fat, your body makes cholesterol whether or not you eat it, fats provide the building blocks for all the hormones that regulate every body function. What do you think the body thinks when it looks around for the real thing and finds Olestra or hydrogenated oils? They are not good thoughts, they are disease thoughts.)
TEFLON: DuPont has been criticized for its decision not to disclose all information about perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), an ingredient used in making non-stick surfaces and materials. This fluorochemical, found in Teflon, stain resistant coating on clothing, carpeting and take-out boxes, has been raising health concerns ever since it was invented 65 years ago. As a result of this, the EPA has sought nearly $300 million in fines arguing that the company failed to inform the government and public about PFOA. Scientists have been collecting blood samples from people that live near DuPont plants, to see if there is a link between PFOA, liver functions, hormone levels and birth defects. In 1981 DuPont concealed that traces of PFOA were found in a pregnant worker's unborn child. A study proved that in 23 states tested, 96 % of the 598 children tested showed up positive for traces of PFOA in their blood. Eight families are suing DuPont over their children's birth defects from PFOA. Another health issue that has surfaced, called the "Teflon flu," causes aches and pains when non-stick pans are overheated. DuPont experts claim that these physical problems are temporary and pass quickly, but a contrary study on small animals led to lethality from these fumes.
(Dr. W Straight Talk: One solution is to do less cooking and more eating of fresh natural foods. If you do cook try to find teflon alternatives such as high quality stainless steel and heat resistant glass. Ask the producers for safety data. If they do not have that information you will put them on notice that the public cares and hopefully stimulate them to make safe products.)
HIGH FLUORIDE LEVELS IN INSTANT TEA: The popular instant tea beverage may be a source of harmful levels of Fluoride. The data indicates that some regular strength preparations contain as much as 6.5 ppm of fluoride. The EPA's maximum level is set at 4 ppm maximum level for drinking water and 2.4 ppm in bottled water and beverages. The tea plant is known to accumulate fluoride from the soil and water. (Whyte, et al. (2005). Skeletal fluorosis and instant tea. Am J Med. Jan; 118(1): 78-82.)
(Dr. W Straight Talk: Couple this with the dose received in municipal water and problems could certainly result. If you are drinking tea, have the producer give you the fluoride level. Remember, the dose makes the poison.)
LACTOFERRIN COULD HELP IN OSTEOPOROSIS FIGHT: Taking supplements of lactoferrin or a drink enriched with this milk protein may help prevent osteoporosis in those at risk. Lactoferrin not only inhibits bone breakdown but also boosts bone growth four times faster than normal when injected directly into bone, a latest New Zealand study reported. (Cornish et al. (2004). Endocrinology; V 145, no 9, pp 4366-4374.)
(Dr. W Straight Talk: We have been ahead of this game and incorporated Lactoferrin in a variety of Wysong products for some time now. Not only is it useful in bone health but it is a powerful immune stimulant and inhibitor of food-borne pathogens.)
STOMACH STAPLING KILLS: Many health professionals have expressed concerns about women having gastric bypass surgery during their childbearing years. If a woman becomes pregnant too soon after surgery she is putting herself and her baby at risk of death. The first death of this type occurred two years ago to an obese woman and her unborn child. Women make up the majority of the 110,000 people who have had gastric bypass surgery, mostly during their childbearing years. Since the surgery lessens the number of nutrients available to a fetus and can lead to serious infections, many physicians prescribe contraceptives for two years after the surgery to avoid pregnancy until a woman's weight is stabilized. Pregnancies tend to be more common after surgery because fertility rises with major weight loss. (Pratt et al., (2004) Case 25-2004 - A 49-Year-Old Woman with Severe Obesity, Diabetes, and Hypertension. N. Engl. J Med. V. 351 (7): 696-705.)Current statistics on stomach stapling indicates that:
- 20 percent will suffer complications.
- 1 to 4 out of every 200 patients will die from these complications.
- Other dangers include tears and hernias occurring up to five years after surgery.
(Dr. W Straight Talk: Most of the bariatric surgeries decrease the size of the stomach so a person cannot eat as much. Weight is lost because less food is consumed. Have I missed something here or could not a person just decide to eat less and get the same effect? Obviously they could and avoid all these potential side effects. It is definitely a last resort approach to obesity and anyone contemplating it should come to grips with the fact that in the end they will lose weight only if they eat less, surgery or not. Why not take control over you own health. Find out how much you will get to eat after the surgery and limit yourself to that without the surgery.)
DOCUMENTS EXPOSE PHARMACEUTICAL SALES TACTICS: What Merck & Co. calls good salesmanship - emphasizing the positive in selling the painkiller Vioxx, is disinformation designed to deflect safety concerns. The public got an extraordinary glimpse Thursday into the world of drug marketing, as lawmakers released confidential Merck documents that detail how a sales army of 3,000 aggressively pushed the multibillion-dollar drug before it was withdrawn from the market last fall due to heart attack risks. Sales representatives were offered $2,000 bonuses for meeting sales goals, and worked in campaigns with code-names such as "Project Offense" to try to boost sales even as regulators were about to increase warnings on the drug's label. Some of the instructions given to the sales people:
- When greeting a physician, shake the physician's hand for three seconds.
- When dining with doctors - "eat one small bite-size piece of bread at a time."
- Don't bring up the heart risks (Internal Merck Memo; Feb. 9, 2001).
- If doctors ask about those risks, refer to a "cardiovascular card" with data suggesting that Vioxx could be safer than other anti-inflammatory drugs.
- "The Cardiovascular Card is an obstacle handling piece," It "will allow you to set the record straight with your physicians" (Internal Merck Memo; April 2000).
Interestingly, this memo was written just after the first heart-related research began trickling in. Further, the card, also released Thursday at a hearing of the House Government Reform Committee, does not include the very study that raised the first warning signal that Vioxx could harm. But even as scientific debate about Vioxx's heart risks began in 2000, sales of the painkiller steadily soared, to $2.5 billion in 2003.
(Dr. W Straight Talk: Should you take pills or injections from companies where profit rather than health is the primary objective? Should you rely on doctors who rarely read the scientific literature themselves but rely on pharmaceutical reps and the length of hand shakes? Remember, the number one killer in America is medical care and a primary contributor to that are pharmaceuticals. Is it all the drug company's and doctor's fault? Not really. They could not do it without patients wanting a quick fix, right now rather than make any adjustments to eating or lifestyle.)