THE WYSONG e-HEALTH LETTER
~Thoughts for Thinking People~
Current Research and Thoughts You Can Use for Health and Healing
...And Which Verify The Wysong Optimal Health Program
Barbecuing Meat Increases Cancer Risks
When meat is charred at high temperatures a cancer-causing heterocyclic amine, phenylimidazo pyridine (PhIP) is formed. The amount of PhIP that forms in barbecued meat varies depending on cooking conditions. PhIP is linked to initiating prostate cancer and increasing growth of the cancer. The compound can cause genetic mutations in the prostate, intestines and spleen. Reducing the effects of PhIP in the body can be achieved by increasing the intake of cruciferous vegetables, such as Brussels sprouts and broccoli.
(Dr. W. Straight Talk: Ideally meats would not be cooked at all. Natural food is raw by definition. Given that few will take that leap, the next best thing is what is known as high temperature, short time (HTST) cooking. This preserves nutrients best and is the least likely to generate toxins.
So, turn the grill up to high, sear both sides quickly but monitor so as not to excessively char. Eat lots of fresh fruits and veggies and take supplements to help offset the damage of cooking.)
*Please see Page 2 for Resources.
Bone Cancer Linked to Fluoride
A Harvard study links fluoride with increased risk of osteosarcoma, a common bone cancer. Boys who drank fluorinated water at ages 6-8 were five times more likely to develop bone cancer. The fluorinated water used in the study only had one fourth of the maximum allowable fluoride content deemed safe by the FDA. Another researcher (Douglass) at Harvard previously conducted a 15-year study and claimed to have not found conclusive evidence that fluoride caused bone cancer and has disputed the most recent study. Douglass, however, has received widespread criticism for defending the use of fluoride, as he has been a paid editor of the Colgate Oral Care report, a newsletter funded by Colgate. The findings of his study are being investigated as to whether his findings were misrepresented.
The Harvard Crimson April 10, 2006
(Dr. W. Straight Talk: A commercial interest is always reason for suspicion. Even the FDA has employees who are benefited in one way or another by the companies they are supposed to be monitoring. As for fluoride, it is not a natural component of the drinking water we would obtain in the wild and therefore should be assumed to be toxic unless proven through generations not to be. The burden is not on nature to prove safety, but on humans and their synthetics.)
The DuPont Co. recently settled with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for failing to disclose health safety information about PFOA (ammonium perfluorooctanoate, a.k.a. C-8). In two to five minutes on a conventional stovetop, Teflon coated cookware can exceed temperatures at which the coating breaks apart and emits toxic particles and gases linked to thousands of pet bird deaths and an unknown number of human illnesses each year, according to tests commissioned by Environmental Working Group (EWG).
According to the EPA:
• PFOA remains in humans for many years; small amounts of the chemical are believed to be present in a large proportion of the American public.
• Evidence has shown the chemical can cause cancers in rats; the report said PFOA targets the liver in rats and could increase cholesterol and triglyceride levels in humans.
(Dr. W. Straight Talk: What to cook with is a real dilemma. Teflon has dangers, iron skillets can load the body with excessive iron, aluminum is a toxic heavy metal, microwaves are questionable, and almost any other highly heated material in contact with food is worrisome. That’s another reason to cook less. Remember, we are the only creatures in all of nature to cook our foods. Nature does not have it wrong, we do. When cooking, steaming is a good option and the use of high grade stainless steel is as well…hopefully.)
Inventing Diseases to Sell Products
A new report suggests that drug companies have been making up nonexistent diseases or exaggerating minor ones in order to sell products. This turns healthy people into patients putting them at risk for potential pharmaceutically-induced problems. Minor or normal problems such as menopause, ADHD, restless leg syndrome (RLS) and even shyness are marketed as diseases needing extensive treatments.
Public Library of Medicine, April 11, 2006; 3(4)
(Dr. W. Straight Talk: We are most certainly the Rx generation. Pharmaceutical companies are amassing profits but the health of society is not improving. Shame on them, but shame on the public too for being so naïve and lazy as to assume health comes from what others can do to us and not what we do to ourselves.)
Dental Caries & Xylitol
A study of one hundred ninety-five women with high salivary levels of streptococcus mutans (associated with dental caries) was conducted as they started using xylitol gum or chlorhexidine varnish treatment, or fluoride. Compared with the other treatments, maternal use of xylitol gum significantly reduced S. mutans colonization in the children’s teeth at two years of age. In all groups the presence of S. mutans colonization in children at the age of two years significantly related to each child’s age at first development of caries. The results indicate that maternal use of xylitol during the first two years of their child’s life can reduce incidence of dental caries in children.
Isokangas P, et al. Occurrence of dental decay in children after maternal consumption of xylitol chewing gum: a follow-up from 0-5 years of age. J Dent Res 2000;79:18585-89.
Folic Acid Mouthwash for Gingivitis
Gingival inflammation was significantly reduced after 60 days of use with a folic acid rinse. In a double-blind study subjects were assigned to rinse their mouths for 5 minutes twice daily with 5 ml 0.1% folic acid solution. Topical application of folic acid has been shown to be more effective than oral ingestion. A localized deficiency of folic acid can have a role in the development of gingivitis; this deficiency can be corrected by bathing gingival tissues in folic acid.
Vogel RI, et al. The effect of topical application of folic acid on gingival health. J Oral Med 1978;33:20-22.
(Dr. W. Straight Talk: Do not underestimate the importance of oral health to overall health. Even low grade infections in the gums, teeth, and in the jawbones can seed the body with bacteria that then take up residence in unwelcome places like the valves of the heart, joints, liver and other organs. The health of the body follows the health of the teeth. There is no better way to achieve that than the Optimal Health Program™.)
*Please see Page 2 for Resources.
Benzene in Soft Drinks
The fact that soft drinks are extremely detrimental to one’s health is not new. However the added concern over benzene formation has class-action lawsuits piling up. Parents, outraged over the lack of preventative measures taken by popular children’s soft drink manufacturers of Polar Beverages and In Zone brands, are seeking retribution. Benzene, a chemical linked to Leukemia, can form in any soft drink that contains Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and either potassium benzoate or sodium benzoate.
Tested levels of benzene in these popular beverages far exceeded the federal limit, yet the FDA feels that releasing information to the public at this time might be “confusing.”
Hobbs, Suzanne H. Benzene in soft drinks warrants FDA warning. Newsobserver.com. Apr 13, 2006.
(Dr. W. Straight Talk:The flood of soft drinks into the market is amazing and startling. The rise in obesity is in tandem with this trend. Manufacturers who want to tap into the ‘health’ craze are coming up with every imaginable concoction. Vitamin C, commonly deficient in the modern diet, would seem to be a nice ingredient. But combined with other ingredients we now learn it creates a carcinogen. Ingredient lists are deceiving for any processed food or beverage. Nobody knows what the ingredients turn into once processed or when they chemically combine with one another. How much wiser to drink the master of all health drinks, water. It is, arguably, the only liquid we should ever drink.)
*Please see Page 2 for Resources.
Aiding Congestive Heart Failure with Sunshine
While the exact cause of Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) is not well understood, new evidence suggests increased levels of pro-inflammatory molecules as a key role player. On the other hand, anti-inflammatory molecules (e.g. those produced by Omega-3 intake) are beneficial to the heart. Trials involving 123 CHF patients, conducted using a 2000IU dose of vitamin D per day versus a placebo, resulted in a 43% increase of anti-inflammatory molecules produced by the body. However, those subjected to the placebo, and not vitamin D, experienced a 12% rise in levels of the pro-inflammatory molecules with no effect on the anti-inflammatory molecules, while the inactive storage form of vitamin D decreased.
Stefanie S Schleithoff, Armin Zittermann, Gero Tenderich, Heiner K Berthold, Peter Stehle and Reiner Koerfer. Vitamin D supplementation improves cytokine profiles in patients with congestive heart failure: a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial.
Am J Clin Nutr, Vol. 83, No. 4, 754-759, April 2006.
(Dr. W. Straight Talk: Yet another reason to pay close attention to Vitamin D. Get out in the sun, and when that is not possible, take a high level Vitamin D supplement. This is one vitamin to most certainly not take lightly.)
*Please see Page 2 for Resources.
Increased Risk of Heart Attacks May be Linked to Pain Killers
A recent study on NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatories) like ibuprofen and diclofenac found higher risks of heart attack in patients using the drugs. Researchers recorded serious vascular events during trials on patients taking NSAIDS on a daily basis. Patients taking COX-2s (Vioxx) had a 42% increased risk of heart attack; patients taking ibuprofen had a 51% increased risk of heart attack and those taking diclofenac had a 63% increased risk of a heart attack.
British Medical Journal June 3, 2006, Vol. 332, No. 7533: 1302-1308.
(Dr. W.Straight Talk: There is no benign drug, whether by prescription or over the counter. If there is pain, the first thing to do is stop doing whatever is causing it. The second thing is to examine your life to see what you have been doing wrong that has led to the pain. Pain is the signal that something is wrong that demands your attention. Turning it off is like turning the fire alarm off while the fire continues to smolder in the closet. Pain medication should only be taken after all measures to address the cause have been taken and then only if life is unlivable without the drug.)
Autism May Be Linked to Measles Vaccine
The MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine has been recently linked to the development in autism in children. One study at the NYU School of Medicine found that 85% of autistic children had the vaccine strain of the measles virus in their guts. It is proposed that the virus travels from the gut into the bloodstream, which allows the virus to attack the brain. Two other previous studies (Wakefield, 1998 and O’Leary, 2002) also found the vaccine strain of the measles virus in the gut tissue of autistic children. Over 2,000 parents (UK) stated that their autistic children were developing normally until the age of 12-18 months, when the children were inoculated with MMR. Mainstream scientists do not recognize evidence of linkage of the MMR vaccine and autism; however, concerns in the UK have dropped vaccinations rates to as low as 70%.
Association of American Physicians and Surgeons May 30, 2006
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Oral poliomyelitis vaccines spread disease (1996). Lancet. 5(25); pp.1495.
Polio vaccine dangers (1993). Townsend Letter. V.11; pp. 96.
Dangers of polio and cholera vaccinations (1993). New Eng J Med. 5(13); pp. 1420.
Provocation poliomyelitis: neglected clinical observations from 1914-1950 (1981). Bull Hist Med. 55; pp.543.
The relation of prophylactic inoculations to the onset of poliomyletis (1950). Lancet. 4(18); pp. 659.
Inoculation and poliomyelitis. A statistical investigation in England and Wales in 1949 (1950). BMJ; pp.1.
(Dr. W. Straight Talk: Vaccines are accepted by the public because it is assumed they have wiped out diseases. They have not. Polio is one example often used but now the only cause of the disease is the vaccine! See references listed below. The great epidemics of the past were already on the wane when the vaccines were introduced. For vaccine peddlers to take credit is like a rooster taking credit for the sunrise. This is not to say some vaccines may not be protective in certain circumstances but the evidence is by no means clear. In the meantime, simply submitting to an injection of a modified pathogenic organism is like playing Russian roulette. Get informed before getting on the vaccine bandwagon. The Resource Directory http://www.wysong.net/page/WOTTPWS/PROD/EDUAIDS/MM028 link is a great start.)