Current Research and
Thoughts You Can Use
for Health and
...And Which Verify The
Wysong Optimal Health Program
The Rx Generation
Dr. W. - Here are some reminders about what it does
and does not take to make health.
First off, a drug that removes symptoms is not a
solution or cure. It's like turning fire alarms off
while the fire continues to burn. For example, a
pain in a muscle or joint is not a problem. The
problem is the thing that is causing the pain - your
lifestyle and dietary habits usually.
Pain is the signal from the body not to do whatever
it is that hurts, since that would mean injuring the
part even further. Pain medicine for a tennis elbow
and then going out on the court to play tennis is
insult to injury. Professional athletes routinely
do such things and then pay for a lifetime because
of the resulting damage. Do what is necessary to
solve the underlying problem, not just put on a
Band-Aid and go about life as usual.
In 1993, 104 million dollars were spent on
advertising to encourage you to buy drugs. In 1996,
595 million was spent. They would not be advertising
using increasing mountains of money if it were not
working. It's working in spite of the fact that the
advertising is required to disclose all the things
that can go wrong if you are so silly to get on the
Rx bandwagon. It's working even for drugs that are
designed to treat the side effects of other drugs.
In the end, it is only working because people are
not thinking and taking responsibility for
themselves. Don't become part of the Rx generation.
Here's another thing to consider. Essentially
nothing is being spent on advertising carrots or
apples for health. Why? Because nobody is going to
spend the money when people can grow and buy
commodities anywhere. On the other hand, why are
drugs advertised? Because drug companies have to
spend about 360 million dollars to get a drug
cleared for market use. Such drugs are patented so
the company owns a monopoly for about 20 years.
have this narrow window to make back all their
costs, along with profits so they can do it again
with other drugs.
This is also why there aren't sophisticated
scientific studies showing the benefits of carrots,
apples or any natural substance that is not
patentable. A natural substance could be a
miraculous cure for a disease and there would barely
be a peep in the literature and virtually no
advertising for it. The FDA would be there to
prohibit the claim of the cure because there would
be no scientific studies and research proving it.
Why are there no such studies? Because there is no
money to do it. Unfortunately, today medicine
follows the money. But money has nothing to do with
With respect to drugs and modern medicine, there is
also the inverse care law to be ever mindful of: the
more symptom-based, modern medical care received,
the less health that results. Remember, modern
medical care is the number one killer today (
Modern Medicine is the Greatest Threat to
Health) and no amount of money, free
prescriptions, insurance or technology is going to
change that. Money chases health but never
Health is your responsibility. Nobody else is going
to do it for or to you. So get busy. It all begins
in your mind - an informed mind.
Gingivitis & Vitamin D
For the first time a direct link has been
established between vitamin D and gingivitis. A new
study looked at 77503 gingival units (teeth) in 6700
non-smokers aged 13-90. Compared to subjects in
lowest vitamin D group, subjects in the highest
vitamin D group were 20% less likely to bleed on
gingival probing. Further, this positive association
appeared to be linear over the entire vitamin D
range, was consistent across racial or ethnic
groups, and was similar among men and women.
Vitamin D may reduce susceptibility to gingival
inflammation through its anti-inflammatory effects.
Dietrich, T., Nunn, M., Hughes, DB, & Ferrari, H.A.B
(2005). Association between serum concentrations of
25-hydroxyvitamin D and gingival inflammation. Am
J Clin Nutr 82: 575-580.
(Dr. W. Straight Talk: Vitamin D is not
just a bone health vitamin. The list of health
effects is almost endless because it is somewhat of
a measure of how natural we are living our life.
Vitamin D is naturally synthesized in the skin upon
exposure to sunlight. If we are not out in the sun
where we belong, then we pay a health price. This
is the beginning of the season to particularly think
about this vitamin. The previous issue of the
Health Letter was devoted to this important topic
How the Sun is Absolutely Crucial to Your
Cocoa Compounds May Help Diarrhea
Diarrhea is a common condition that causes an average of 2.4 million doctor's visits in the US each year. Dark chocolate made with flavonol-rich cocoa may help prevent diarrhea. Cocoa compounds limit the development of fluids that cause the condition. Cocoa has been used as a natural remedy for diarrhea since the 16th century but the new study is the first to investigate how it actually works. Cocoa flavonoids can bind to and inhibit a protein in the intestines called CFTR, which regulates fluid secretion in the small intestines. "Ultimately, this discovery could lead to the development of natural treatments that are inexpensive, easy to access and are unlikely to have side effects," concluded the study. Schuier, M., Sies, H., Illek, B., & Fischer, H. (2005). Cocoa-Related Flavonoids Inhibit CFTR-Mediated Chloride Transport across T84 Human Colon Epithelia. J. Nutr. 135: 2320-2325.
(Dr. W. Straight Talk: In addition, rice, rice cook water, probiotics and fasting are important to shorten a bout of diarrhea. Chronic diarrhea is usually diet related, such as in Crohn's disease (IBD). A contributing factor is almost always carbohydrates, sugars and grains. The real "disease" is eating as we are not genetically designed.)
Broccoli Benefits For Bladder Cancer
Certain compounds in broccoli may slow the
growth of bladder cancer cells.
Isothiocyanates, the compounds responsible for
these effects, are found in higher concentrations in
broccoli sprouts than full-grown broccoli.
Cruciferous vegetables in general (broccoli, broccoli
sprouts, cauliflower, kale and Brussels sprouts) are
known for their anti-cancer properties.
J. Fertility and Sterility. July 2005; v.
84: pp 141-147.
(Dr. W. Straight Talk: Sprouts are
impressive foods. For one thing, they change a
dormant seed (grain) that is packed with
undigestible carbohydrates into a fleshy edible
vegetable. During germination the seed also sheds
many of its defenses that were designed to protect
it against predation and spoilage. These defenses
are anti-nutritional and even toxic. That is one
reason why seeds must be cooked. Cooking makes
carbohydrates more digestible and inactivates the
toxins. Sprouts are one of the classes of foods
that can be considered natural for humans since they
can be eaten in their raw state (in moderation) and
readily digested. Returning to nature in this way
can only benefit health problems like cancer.)
Wheat Linked To Osteoporosis
Celiac disease is an immune reaction to the gluten
protein in wheat. Treating celiac disease with
diet can help strengthen bones. In some celiac
disease patients the inability to absorb calcium &
vitamin D leads to osteoporosis. When such patients
were put on a gluten free diet for one year, their
bone densities increased.
Archives of Internal Medicine. February 28,
(Dr. W. Straight Talk: One of the ways
allergies and food sensitivities develop is by
unrelenting exposure to an allergen. Grains are so
predominant in the diet today. It is a wonder
everyone does not have this disease.
Keep moving the diet away from grains. Celiac
patients can also be benefited by probiotics,
particularly Lactobacillus bifidus, and
Lactobacillus plantarum. Certainly impairing vitamin
D metabolism any more than it is in our sun-phobic
age is a bad idea. Vitamin D's effects are so
extensive that it is better thought of as a hormone.
That is why so many diseases are now being linked
Grains & Sugars Can Promote Cataracts
An ophthalmology study reveals that people who
consume more carbohydrates are 2.5 times more likely
to suffer from cortical cataracts (a clouding of the
lens of the eye leading to blindness).
Am J of Clinical Nutr June 2005; 81
(Dr. W. Straight Talk: With age and higher
body mass index (fat), the risk of cataracts greatly
increases. Now we see that carbohydrate
is also related to this condition. Virtually
everything that is going wrong with the health of
modern people is either caused by or aggravated by
carbohydrates. Why? Because as we have warned
for almost 25 years, refined sugars and grain
carbohydrates are not natural foods. If we do what
nature did not design us for, a price will be
Arsenic In Drinking Water
Arsenic, a colorless, odorless & tasteless chemical,
can enter our systems through various routes. It is
an industrial waste that finds its way into drinking
water supply as a result of settling down into lakes
& rivers. The adverse effects of arsenic are cancer,
diabetes, disorders of the nervous system and
circulatory system. These effects develop
gradually over the years. The environmental
protection agency set a zero tolerance for the safe
drinking water standard for arsenic, but there are
no existing rules to bring this into effect. Get
your water tested and find a suitable water
(Dr. W. Straight Talk: An essential part
of the Wysong Optimal Health Program is plenty
pure alkaline water daily. As you increase the
amount of water you will increase the potential
exposure to toxins if you do not make sure your
water is safe.)
Manganese Toxicity & Shower Water
A new study links the potential for permanent brain
damage to breathing manganese present in water
during showering. The data revealed that children
who used manganese contaminated water for
for 10 years had three times the amount of
exposure as compared to non-contaminated sources.
Exposure levels in adults would be 50 times more.
The highest risk for manganese toxicity was seen in
children, pregnant women, the elderly & patients
with liver disease. A condition similar to
Parkinson's disease can be caused by manganese
toxicity and symptoms of toxicity include learning
and coordination disabilities and behavioral changes.
Elsner RJ, Spangler JG. (2005). Neurotoxicity of
inhaled manganese: public health danger in the
shower? Med Hypotheses. 65(3):607-16.
(Dr. W. Straight Talk: As if we did not
have enough to be concerned about without worrying
about our showers! But remember that the skin is an
absorbing organ, it is not made of stainless steel.
Also, showers aerosol water and its contaminants and
we breathe this then into the lungs where it is
readily absorbed into the blood. Have you water
tested. The Wysong Resource Directory
will help you
if you cannot find a good local testing
EPA Sets Lower Fluoride Standards Upon Dow
The new food tolerances set by the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the
fluoride-based pesticide sulfuryl fluoride could be
potentially damaging to public health. The new EPA
tolerances were requested by Dow AgroSciences
following the firm's expansion of its pesticide
sulfuryl fluoride - trade name ProFume - which is
used to fumigate food processing facilities and
storage areas. The maximum legal limits for the
fluoride-based pesticide in foods have been set at
levels that dwarf the amount allowed in tap water.
For example, the EPA allows 900 parts per million
(ppm) of fluoride in dried eggs, as opposed to the
maximum 4 ppm allowed in tap water. One third of the
nation's eggs are sold and consumed in dried,
reconstituted form. Relying on outdated science, the
absurdity of this can be judged by the fact that the
EPA considers 900 ppm in eggs safe, while the FDA
directs parents to call poison control centers if
their children consume more than a pea sized portion
of toothpaste with fluoride at 1,000 ppm...and
unlike toothpaste, eggs are meant to be eaten! It
isn't just powdered eggs that could contain the
legal dangerous levels of fluoride under the new
standards. In fact Fluoride Action Network (FAN)
claims that all processed foods will be allowed 70
ppm fluoride residues, including everything from
breakfast cereal to cake mix. Keep in mind that the
natural level of fluoride in mothers' milk is
approximately 0.008 ppm.
(Dr. W. Straight Talk: Just another
example of why you should not trust your health to
regulatory agencies. Who knows what their real
agendas are? Just keep in mind that health is not
something others do to or for you, it is what you do
to yourself. You must take command.)
Anti-Impotence Pills Can Make You Blind
Ophthalmologists have reported permanent blindness
in males who had taken Viagra. This condition
occurs due to loss of blood supply to the optic
nerve leading to permanent loss of vision. The risk
factors for this condition are diabetes,
hypertension, excess fat or lipids in blood,
elevated cholesterol in blood. Viagra enhances the
constriction of arteries that supply the optic
nerve leading to vision loss. People whose eye blood
vessels are tightly packed are at a higher risk.
J Neuro-Opthalmology March 2005, Vol 25,
(Dr. W. Straight Talk: Certainly bad news
for perhaps the most successful pharmaceutical ever
invented. But what do you expect? If a pill has
the ability to do something as complex as affect
erectile function, what do you think the pill is
doing on the way to the penis? Of course it is
going to affect other tissue and function...and the
effects will not be good. The best male virility
and potency drug is health. A healthy body wants to
procreate, that's how guys are built.)
Hysterectomy Should Not Accompany Removal Of
According to a new review of published data
collected over 20 years, intact ovaries in
hysterectomized women up to 65 years of age can
reduce their risk for heart disease and hip
fractures. Ovaries keep producing small amounts of
estrogen for years after natural menopause
protecting against heart disease and osteoporosis.
Researchers say that women aged 45 and above who
facing hysterectomy for non-cancerous conditions
should be aware of this new finding.
Parker, H.W., Broder, M.S., Liu, Z., Shoupe, D.,
Farquhar, C., and Berek, J.S. (2005).
Ovarian Conservation at the Time of Hysterectomy for
Benign Disease. Obstet Gynecol 106: 219-226.
(Dr. W. Straight Talk: The removal of
organs is too often done as a matter of convenience.
The body is not an assemblage of parts and pieces
that can be removed or replaced with impunity. It
is one holistic, integrated, synchronous unit.
Disturb or remove any part and the whole will suffer
the consequences. Unfortunately modern medicine
operates under the flawed materialistic paradigm
that the body is just a machine. Don't buy into it.
Keep as much of yourself as you can. You are all
Giving Birth: Home Can Be Better Than
For women with low risk pregnancies in North
America, giving birth at home bears similar risks of
intrapartum and neonatal mortality as giving birth
in hospital. However, planned home births by
certified practicing midwives (CPM) are associated
with lower rates of medical interventions. The study
participants experienced substantially lower rates
of epidurals, episiotomies, forceps deliveries,
vacuum extractions, and caesarean sections than
women with low risk pregnancies who gave birth in
Johnson, K.C. and Davis, B.A. (2005). Outcomes of
planned home births with certified professional
midwives: large prospective study in North America.
BMJ 330 (7505): p. 1416.
(Dr. W. Straight Talk: The best principle
to keep in mind is that pregnancy is a condition to
be watched and enjoyed, not a disease to be treated.
Run to the doctor for every test, probe, scan and
little ill-treat your pregnancy like it is a
disease-and invite potential disaster. Billions of
babies have been born healthy long before modern
medicine. Modern medicine has not solved problems
(statistically) so much as it has created them. Let
the (pregnant) buyer beware.)