~Thoughts for Thinking People~


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


Citrus carotenoid may fight polyarthritis
Increasing intake of the carotenoid beta-cryptoxanthin, found in citrus fruits, may reduce the risk of developing inflammatory disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis. The study concludes that a modest increase in beta- cryptoxanthin intake, equivalent to one glass of freshly squeezed orange juice per day, is associated with a reduced risk of developing inflammatory disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis. Am J of Clin Nutrn (2005). Vol 82 (2), pp 451-455

Dr. W Straight Talk: Better yet, eat whole oranges. Arthritis is an inflammatory condition that if not subdued, will result in permanent joint injury. If some activity is causing the problem, modify the activity or discontinue it. Also, be sure to begin the Wysong alkaline water regimen ( Rationale For Healthy Water Products ) of about one gallon per day to reverse acidosis. Arthritis thrives in an acidic environment and virtually everyone on modern processed foods is acidotic.

Cell phones and eye risk
There have been many warnings over the years that cell phone use can be dangerous. Each one has been followed by studies, mostly manufacturer or government-sponsored, that claim there's little or no danger. A new study now suggests that cell phones are dangerous to the human eye. Lenses were exposed to mild heat, comparable to the raised temperature caused by extended mobile phone use, and to microwave radiation no greater than emissions from mobile phones. Two things happened: The lenses became less able to focus, an effect which gradually disappeared after the radiation was stopped, and bubbles formed in the tissue, which did not disappear and led to cataracts.

Dr. W Straight Talk: Cell phones subject tissues to microwave radiation and nobody knows the long-term effects. We should suspect any variation in our environment that veers from what we would expect if living in nature. All unnatural and artificial influences are guilty until proven innocent over generations. The onus is not on the consumer to prove unnatural things are harmful. Err on the side of caution.

French fries in pre-school increases breast cancer risk
Pre-school girls eating French fries once a week could increase their future risk of developing breast cancer by more than 25%. The study indicated that while eating potatoes themselves was not associated with increased risk, the preparation of fries - frying in fat high in saturated fats and trans-fatty acids - was where danger lurked. By contrast, the same study found that regular consumption of whole fat milk each day was linked to a decrease in breast cancer risk. The data (from 582 women with breast cancer and 1,569 women without the disease) estimates that eating fries just once a week before the age of five would raise that to about one in 20, an increase in risk of 27 per cent. The US has one of the highest incidences of breast cancer in the world, accounting for 41,250 deaths in 2002.

Dr. W Straight Talk: No other creature on planet Earth fries its food. Do the millions of species have it all wrong and we have it right? Will Mother Nature not notice our thumbing our nose at her? Moms, here's another way to decrease the risk of breast cancer for your daughters and for you. Nurse your babies and do it for as long as you reasonably can. Feed them the grandmother of all junk foods, formula, and greatly increase your risk of breast cancer and your child's susceptibility to a host of diseases and immune weaknesses.

Healthy eating, weight management benefit gums
More than 30 percent of the population is thought to suffer from periodontitis, an infection of the gums that can result in tooth loss, but also leads to heart disease, diabetes and pre-term labor. A new US study that examined data from 12,110 individuals reported that those who exercised, had healthy eating habits and maintained a normal weight were 40 percent less likely to develop periodontitis. Further, periodontis was reduced by 29 percent for those individuals who only met two of the healthy behaviors and 16 percent in those who met at least one. Participants were monitored for 24 hours on their food intake and also questioned about nine common physical activities including walking a mile, jogging, bike riding, aerobic dancing or swimming. Exercise is known to reduce the C-reactive protein in the blood associated with inflammation in the heart and periodontal disease. Healthy eating habits also reduce the production of plaque biofilm, which is the primary epidemiological factor associated with periodontal disease, concluded the study. Zahrani, et al. (2005). Periodontitis and Three Health-Enhancing Behaviors: Maintaining Normal Weight, Engaging in Recommended Level of Exercise, and Consuming a High-Quality Diet. J Periodontol (2005). V. 76 (8), pp1362-6.

Dr. W Straight Talk: Periodontal disease is a chronic infection between the gums and teeth. It is the primary reason for halitosis. The infection does not stay put in the mouth either, but enters the circulation and then seeds organs like the kidney, liver and heart. Organ infection and failure in later life is often directly linked to this chronic infection in the mouth. Fresh, natural foods, good dental hygiene and keeping the body alkaline as noted above will go a long way toward preventing and reversing this serious infection.

Walnuts are a source of melatonin
The omega-3 content of walnuts has already been shown to help reduce the risk of heart disease. Now research shows that they are a source of the antioxidant melatonin. Melatonin is a hormone that is naturally produced in humans by the pineal gland. It is most commonly associated with inducing and regulating sleep. Walnuts typically contain between 2.5-4.5 ng melatonin/g walnuts. The walnut feeding study involved measurements of serum melatonin levels and total antioxidant power. The walnuts were seen to increase blood melatonin concentrations threefold in the group that ate them, compared with the non-walnut fed control group. Similarly, serum antioxidant power increases our ability to resist oxidative stress caused by toxic free radicals. The synergistic effect of omega-3, melatonin and other nutrients found in walnuts make them an excellent healthy food. n=62492&m=1FNU914&c=oxrvdahlytvonqv

Dr. W Straight Talk: Want to sleep better and fight disease-causing free radicals? Eat walnuts ... and other natural foods you are designed to eat. This is the reason we have developed technology to incorporate raw walnuts in a variety of natural packaged foods.

Probiotic multivitamin reduces duration and symptoms of cold
In a randomized, double-blind study on 500 adults, people who took daily vitamins and minerals with probiotic bacteria ( Lactobacillus & Bifidobacterium spp. ) for at least three months reported that colds lasted almost two days less than the average nine days suffered by a group taking only vitamins and minerals. The symptoms were down by nearly a quarter and the time spent with a fever was cut from 24 hours to six. Probiotic bacteria are thought to activate certain defense cells in the immune system, particularly the T cells. This mechanism is confirmed by this new trial which observed higher levels of cytotoxic plus T suppressor cells (CD8+) and T helper cells (CD4+) in a sub-sample of the probiotic group after just two weeks of supplementation. Marteau, et al. (2005). A probiotic-vitamin combination to protect against common cold. Clinical Nutrition. v.24 (4), pp 481-491.

Dr. W Straight Talk: Think of the interior of the digestive tract as outside of the body. It technically is since it is a tube that opens to the outside at each end. In that tube are billions of organisms that are our partners. There are more probiotic organisms in the digestive tract than total number of cells in the body. We provide them food and warmth, and they in turn synthesize vitamins, produce immune and growth factors, create eicosanoid hormones, compete with and inhibit pathogens. Disease, toxins, drugs and antibiotics can harm these important neighbors of ours. Healthy living and raw natural foods and probiotic supplements help them. Keep these friends in mind and take good care of them and they will return the favor.

Importance of vitamin D for teeth
The anthropological record indicates that we are exposed to considerably less ultraviolet radiation (required for the synthesis of vitamin D) and consume less calcium as opposed to our early ancestors. Most U.S. citizens have calcium intakes and serum levels of vitamin D far below the recommended values. Although vitamin D and calcium have been associated with alveolar bone resorption (hard bone dissolves), a new study now looks at the positive effects of the sunshine vitamin and dental health, esp. Periodontal diseases (PD). PDs are bacterial infections that, if left untreated, may cause damage to the bone and even tooth loss. The report states that ten to 15 minutes of sun exposure two times a week, could also be a means of producing natural vitamin D in the body - a recommendation that is controversial with dermatologists battling to reduce skin cancers. However taking supplements or upping dietary intake of foods with a high vitamin D content, such as milk, eggs, sardines and tuna fish, could also be beneficial. PD increases the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines, but it has been demonstrated that vitamin D suppresses cytokine production, and decreases the risk of periodontal disease. Hildebolt, C.F. (2005). Effect of Vitamin D and Calcium on Periodontitis. J Periodontol 2005;76:1576-1587.

Dr. W Straight Talk: Enough can't be said about the benefits of natural sunlight and vitamin D. You can believe a dermatologist who thinks you must stay out of the sun and slather on synthetic sun screening lotions, or believe nature. We are designed to be naked and live out-of-doors. If doing so caused lethal cancer, then our ancestors would have never survived and we would not exist. In the next e-Health Letter I will give all the evidence why dermatologists are wrong and you better get reacquainted with ole sol and the vitamin D it produces or reap some serious health consequences.