WYSONG e-HEALTH LETTER
~Thoughts for Thinking People~
A diet high in glycemic load – foods that are
rapidly digested and absorbed such as sugary foods and simple carbohydrates
– significantly increases the risk of pancreatic cancer (the
only other known risk factor is smoking).
(J Natl Cancer Inst, 2002; 94(17):1293-300.)
To Do: Stop smoking, and stop
the sugar and processed carbohydrate addiction.
a combination of folic acid, vitamin B12 and B6 for six months
following angioplasty surgery significantly decreases the incidence
of major adverse events.
(J Am Med Assoc, 2002; 288:973-979.)
To Do: Before submitting to
angioplasty, do your research. This procedure has risks
and has not been proven to decrease mortality.
Research has now shown a relationship between taurine
deficient "100% complete" processed foods and dilated cardiomyopathy
in Newfoundlands (Study by Robert C. Backus, DVM, PhD at the University
of California, Davis).
Not too long ago it was discovered that the
same thing was happening in cats...resulting in the death of
All were, of course, eating thoroughly tested "100%
complete" diets. I warned at that time that that
catastrophe was just the tip of the iceberg. Any animal or
human eating such foods exclusively, regardless of regulatory
and industry assurances, will not only be far less than they
could be health-wise, but are likely to develop any of a number
of degenerative diseases.
According to a
2000 Gallup Poll, these are the top five professions in terms of honesty
Grade and high school teachers
Poll News Service, November 27, 2000.)
Although we do not have data on pharmacists,
the other two out of the top three are female gender heavy.
Almost 75% of new enrollments in veterinary school are now women.
This is a radical gender shift in this profession. Since
the academic criteria for admission to veterinary schools exceeds
about any other profession, this also speaks to who is now hitting
the books harder.
It's also of interest that these top three positions
make less money than others down the ranking such as human doctors
Functional decline among the most physically frail
and aged persons can be slowed, if not prevented, with an exercise
program that includes strength and balance exercises.
(N Engl J Med, 2002; 347(14):1068-74.)
Reinforcing past research indicating that caloric
restriction promotes a long, healthy life, a new study showed that
Labrador retrievers raised on a lower-calorie diet not only lived
longer, but also delayed the onset of signs of chronic disease
longer than heavier dogs.
(J Am Vet Med Assoc 2002; 220:1315–1320.)
To Do: Follow The
Optimal Health Program™ for pets. That will help
prevent excess caloric consumption.
CAUTIONS: A study
has shown that those pregnant women in the top 10th percentile of
total dietary sugar were twice as likely to have a small (for gestational
age) infant. Studies have also shown a direct correlation between
caffeine intake and spontaneous abortion, fetal loss, growth retardation,
premature membrane rupture, low birth weight, SIDS and insulin-dependent
diabetes. These correlations emerge with as little as one cup
of coffee (150 mg caffeine) per day. At about three cups per
day, infants were born with tremors and cardiac rhythm disturbances
suggestive of drug withdrawal.
(Townsend Letter, 2002; 222:146.)
Why? Because we are not designed to daily
eat purified sugar nor to daily bathe our tissues in a caffeine
A recent study demonstrated that if corn gluten
meal is substituted for meat meal in cat foods, that protein digestibility
is decreased and minerals such as calcium, phosphorous and magnesium
are retained less.
(Am J Vet Res,
is perfectly predictable without ever doing a study. They should
have called us (including any of you alert subscribers) and given
me the money they paid for the study. We could have saved them
some time and given them the results.
this does not now prove that any cat food with corn gluten meal
in it will cause deficiencies. But sure enough, some manufacturer,
somewhere, will make this the new nutritional bogeyman. Corn
gluten meal combined with other vegetable sources that balance
the amino acid profile, such as soy, and/or mixed with meat can
create an excellent meal for a cat. Notice I said "meal." This,
and any food, should be fed in variety. That is the key to good
nutrition, not magical or villainized ingredients.
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