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Table of Contents:
>Artificial Sweeteners Promote Overeating
>Broccoli Protects Against Macular Degeneration
>Caffeine Worsens Diabetes
>Fish to Prevent Atrial Fibrillation
>Fruit & Veggies Prevent Endometriosis
>Milk Protects Against Colorectal Cancer
>M.S.M Plus Glucosamine for Arthritis
>Obesity Bad for Baby
>Red Wine for a Longer Life
>TV Dangers for Kids
>Vitamin C to Reduce Arthritis Risk
>Walnuts for Cardiovascular Health

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

ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS PROMOTE OVEREATING A new study has revealed that consuming artificially sweetened foods and beverages may impede the body's ability to estimate calorie intake, thus boosting the tendency to overindulge.  In fact, those given artificially sweetened drinks were found to consume three times more calories than those that didn't receive any sweeteners in their drinks.  Researchers concluded that the use of low-calorie sweeteners may actually contribute to overeating and weight gain by degrading the natural relationship between sweet tastes and calories.
(Note:  Artificial sweeteners and artificial anything are not what your body is designed for.  Over time the piper will be paid.  There is no cheating nor easy and quick fixes to health problems resulting from improper choices and living.  To maintain proper weight and health, eat foods that would be found in nature as they would be found in nature.  Satisfy the craving for sweet with whole fruits.)

BROCCOLI PROTECTS AGAINST MACULAR DEGENERATION:  According to new research, sulforaphane (found in broccoli and broccoli sprouts) protects against age-related macular degeneration.  Epithelial cells in the eyes are very sensitive to damage caused by the oxidants generated by light exposure - a major cause of age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness among the elderly.  Sulforaphane plays a role in boosting the body's natural antioxidant defense systems and functions as a powerful indirect antioxidant detoxifying carcinogens before they can damage cells.  The compound, therefore, not only protects eyes but also every part of the body. It also lasts much longer in the body than many other antioxidants such as vitamin C.  (Proc Natl Acad Sci, 2004; 101(28):10446-51).
(Note:  It is a wise choice to consume foods and supplements rich in antioxidants to help overcome the oxidants in processed foods and in the modern environment.  Pure alkaline water - at least three quarts a day - helps as well and can bring countless immediate health benefits.

CAFFEINE WORSENS DIABETES:  Researchers have found a link between caffeine intake at mealtimes and increased glucose and insulin levels among people with Type-2 (adult-onset) diabetes.  In a double-blind, placebo-controlled, cross-over study, habitual coffee drinkers who were given caffeine after a meal had a 21% increase in their glucose level and insulin rose 48%.  Diabetes is classed as an epidemic by the World Health Organization, with at least 171 million people worldwide suffering from the condition. (Diabetes Care, 2004; 27:2047-8.)
(Note:  Type-2 diabetes is primarily the result of modern eating habits with emphasis on starch and sugar based processed foods.  It is a serious disease predisposing to and aggravating obesity, heart disease, digestive malfunction, cancer and the like.  It's not something that just 'happens' to you.  It is by and large preventable and even, in large part, reversible by giving your body what it was designed to eat.)

FISH TO PREVENT ATRIAL FIBRILLATION:  Eating broiled or baked fish - but not fried fish - lowers the incidence of atrial fibrillation (one of the most common causes of stroke among the elderly).  People who eat fish one to four times per week have a 28% lower risk of the condition, while those who have five or more servings have a 31% lower risk compared to those who eat fish less than once a month.  The chronic condition occurs when the heart's two upper chambers (the atria) quiver instead of beating effectively, leading to fatigue, shortness of breath and reduced exercise tolerance. It also increases the tendency for blood to clot.  An estimated 2.3 million Americans have atrial fibrillation, and this number is expected to double during the next two decades. (Circulation, 7/19/2004; [Epub ahead of print].)
(Note:  Since pollution can concentrate heavy metals and other toxins in fish, be sure to eat in variety.
 For good guidance on which fish are safest and environmentally responsible to eat (some species are being wiped out).

FRUIT & VEGGIES PREVENT ENDOMETRIOSISWomen may be able to lower their risk of endometriosis by eating more fresh fruit and green vegetables. But, eating red meat and ham appears to increase their risk, according to a new study.  Endometriosis is a painful condition which can cause bleeding, pain, inflammation, adhesions and infertility in women.
(Note:  Meats don't cause the disease since these are foods humans are designed to eat.  Improper processing of such meats or their exclusive consumption might be a problem however.  But these factors are never mentioned in these studies.  They start with the assumption that food processing is neutral and that is far from the truth.  Health potential is achieved by focusing the diet on those foods you can consume and digest in their raw state.  If you process them you must assume you are damaging them and therefore choose methods that do the least harm.)

MILK PROTECTS AGAINST COLORECTAL CANCERHigher consumption of milk and calcium is associated with a lower risk of bowel cancer, according to a major study based on 10 different trials.  People with a daily milk intake between 70-174g had a 6% lower risk than those drinking less than 70g.  The risk decreased further by 12% for those with an intake of up to 249g, and by 15%  for those with an intake of more than 250g daily.  A diet rich in fruit and vegetables and fiber has also been shown to have a protective effect on the disease.  Colorectal cancer is the third most common form of the disease worldwide.(J Natl Cancer Institute, 2004; 96(13):1015-22.)
(Note:  A better choice than pasteurized homogenized milk is raw milk if you can find a source.  (See
.)  Second best choice is whole milk yogurt.  Culturing milk to create yogurt helps balance the harm to it from pasteurization by bringing it back to life with beneficial probiotic organisms.) 

M.S.M. PLUS GLUCOSAMINE FOR ARTHRITIS:  Combining the sulfur-containing nutrient M.S.M. (methylsulfonylmethane) with well-known joint health supplement glucosamine appears to speed up the anti-inflammatory effect and further reduce pain in patients with osteoarthritis.  In a new study, both glucosamine and M.S.M. improved osteoarthritis symptoms in patients, but when taken together the effect was greater than either alone.
(Note:  Supplements are important for this condition but reversing the underlying acidemia is critical.  You must drink at least 2-3 quarts of pure alkalinized water daily and shift the diet to the Wysong Optimal Health Program.)

OBESITY BAD FOR BABY:  A wide study of more than 2000 children has revealed that obesity in mothers is one of the most decisive factors contributing to the appearance of congenital birth defects.  According to the study's results, the pregnant mother's degree of obesity is the main predicting factor for cardiac malformations and minor malformations, and the only factor able to predict renal and urinary tract malformations.(Diabetologia, 2004; 47(3):509-14.)
(Note:  Obesity is not really a 'life choice.'  It is a disease and death choice.  Eat the Wysong way and there will be no such thing as obesity.)

RED WINE FOR A LONGER LIFEThe red wine compound, resveratrol, thought to be responsible for the drink's protective effects on the heart, may also extend lifespan, report American scientists.  They have discovered that resveratrol had the same effect on fruit flies and worms as the use of caloric restriction, one of the only methods demonstrated to slow aging and promote lifespan among animals, as well as improve cardiovascular health.  The new research has not yet been tested on people.
(Note:  Do we really need lab animal studies to give us such worthless pieces of information?  Not really.  Wine in moderation is fine but is not the solution to health problems.  Eating and living right is.  That formula would also mean under- not over-eating.)

TV DANGERS FOR KIDSWatching television in childhood and adolescence has been linked to adverse health indicators.  A new longitudinal study followed subjects from birth to age 26.  The researchers found that television viewing in childhood and adolescence is strongly associated with obesity, poor fitness, smoking and elevated cholesterol in adulthood. 

(Note:  Get the kids away from the television.  Make them earn TV time with book reading, chores and exercise.  I like the bikes that are hooked to a generator that powers the TV.  Some good educational programs are fine, but the rest of the programming that dumbs your children down should be forbidden.)

VITAMIN C TO REDUCE ARTHRITIS RISKResearchers have found that eating foods high in vitamin C can protect against polyarthritis, a form of rheumatoid arthritis that affects at least two joints.  According to the study, people who eat small amounts of fruits, vegetables and vitamin C significantly increase their risk of polyarthritis.  Patients who ate the lowest amounts of vitamin C rich foods increased their chances of developing polyarthritis by threefold over those who consumed the highest levels.
(Note:  This goes without saying.  Vitamin C is essential in the diet and without it about any disease is more likely.  Fresh natural foods and supplements designed properly are the solution.)

WALNUTS FOR CARDIOVASCULAR HEALTHWalnuts are an excellent source of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), an essential omega-3 fatty acid.  Research shows that a diet high in ALA improves vascular function.  The findings suggest that these special fatty acids that are present in walnuts can improve the function of arteries and allow them to dilate better.  The study also finds that getting these fats from walnuts may help lower cholesterol levels.  Many researchers cite the special combination of nutrients in walnuts as accounting for these beneficial effects. (The American Heart Association's 5th Annual Conference on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, 2004, San Francisco, CA.)
(Note:  Tree nuts are one of the natural foods humans are designed to eat.  Learn how to soak them to remove the bitter tannins and incorporate them into Dr. Wysong's health-shake (see the 4/10/03 issue of the e-Health Letter, entitled "Healthy Weight").

Best of health to you and yours from all of us here at Wysong.

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