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Table of Contents:
> Cancer
> Cardiovasular
> Deficiency
> Ethics
> Exercise
> Longevity
> Pregnancy Caution
> Protein

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

CANCER:  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.) 

     • What To Do:  Stop smoking, and stop the sugar and processed carbohydrate addiction.

CARDIOVASCULAR:   Taking 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.) 

     • What To Do:  Before submitting to angioplasty, do your research.  This procedure has risks and has not been proven to decrease mortality.

DEFICIENCY:  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).
(Science, 237:764-8.)

     Not too long ago it was discovered that the same thing was happening in cats...resulting in the death of untold thousands
.  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.

ETHICS: According to a 2000 Gallup Poll, these are the top five professions in terms of honesty and ethics:
                    1. Nurses
                    2. Pharmacists
                    3. Veterinarians
                    4. Medical Doctors
                    5. Grade and high school teachers
(Gallup 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 and dentists.

EXERCISE:   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.) 

LONGEVITY:   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.)

     • What To Do:  Follow The Optimal Health Program™ for pets.  That will help prevent excess caloric consumption.

PREGNANCY 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 drug stimulant.

PROTEIN:  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, 2002; 62(9):1247-1251.) 

     This 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.
     Incidentally, 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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