Dr. R. L. Wysong
April 1993
   We have an in-house day care program here at our offices in Midland.  There is a classroom, an area sectioned off for indoor play, a kitchen and outside playground equipment.  We have full-time teachers and lots of little munchkins interrupting us during the course of the day.
    It really is very nice for moms and dads to interact from time to time during the day with their children.  An in-house day care facility really does help soften the rift in the family that can occur from both parents being forced to work in our increasingly softening economy.  It is only going to get worse.  With more and more economic pressures, children will be increasingly reared by strangers and the state.  If you own a business, think about putting a day care in, otherwise get together with your coworkers to see what you can do to help the business you work for get one established.  We’ve operated ours successfuly now for seven years and wondered why other businesses didn’t do it sooner.
    In any case, I am the appointed sliver surgeon for all the kids.  Almost every week somebody is getting a sliver outside in our wooded area or on the deck.  They all march to me to perform my magic with scalpel, forceps and magnifying glasses.  My victim tries to be real brave but their fully-dilated pupils and clammy hands give them away.  All the other kids are a wide-eyed appreciative audience for these major surgical events.  It’s just like The Learning Channel surgery on TV, but with a Sesame Street flair.  After it’s done, there’s lots of hugs and thanks as they all skip away relieved that they have survived yet another of life’s great calamities. 
    Actually, everyone is pretty brave about this except my own kids.  To listen to them when I am removing a sliver you can’t even see except with magnification, you would swear I was working on a 2 x 4 with vice grips or sawing their limb off with a chain saw.  No need to be brave when it’s Dad who is working on you. 
    As I hold some sweaty, grubby little hands to remove the splinters, the thought comes to my mind about how kids ever survive childhood with all the filth.  If germs were really the true cause of disease, how could any of us survive?  Do we really think washing our hands with antiseptic soap, wiping off toilet seats, covering our mouths when we sneeze, and getting vaccinated keeps all of these germs at bay?
    One E. coli bacterium can produce four billion offspring by the next morning.  Viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites are ubiquitous throughout nature.  They are microscopic and countless in numbers.  Do we really think that diseases like polio or measles or typhus were conquered by humans? (See Rationale for Animal Nutrition, resource A)  We can’t even eradicate the mosquito, a creature which we can see and for which we can examine every lifestage.  How are we going to eradicate microorganisms which supposedly can cause disease, which, if crowded side-by-side, would number in the trillions to occupy the space of one mosquito?
    Look at the creatures in the wild, living, co-existing, and even apparently thriving in what we would consider filth.  Rabbits eat their stool, vultures eat rotten carcasses, and dogs will roll in the most putrid, decaying, organic material they can find.
    Children constantly have their fingers in their mouths after wallowing on the floor, pulling their toys out of the mouth of the household pet, or taking care of themselves so deftly as they do following bathroom necessaries.
    No folks.  I simply can’t buy this simplistic view of how we get disease.  True, certain pathogenic organisms can be associated with disease, but likewise so are crows associated with road kill.  The crow is not responsible for the road kill, nor are the pathogenic organisms responsible for disease.  They are opportunists.  They simply wait until the prey is weakened and then they attack.
    We are not victims.  Disease does not strike us.  We are in control of our own defenses and we either create the setting for health or the meal for pathogens.
    This is an extremely important concept.  It helps us understand that we are in charge of our own health destiny.  The opposite view — that disease is a result of virulent microorganisms lurking in our environment waiting to attack us, organisms we can’t even see much less understand — simply makes us dependent on the experts to protect us with antiseptics, vaccinations, antibiotics and chemotherapeutic agents which we can use in a “Star Wars” kind of approach to fend off our attackers.
    The one view puts our destiny in our hands, the other view puts our destiny in the hands of the “experts.” 
    Rampant disease thrives in our world despite all the technology and the experts.  The most technologically advanced nation in the world, the U.S., ranks 22nd in infant mortality.  So much for relying on others to look after our best interests - and paying big bucks for it.  It is time we, each individually, took control of our own lives and took the responsibility for building the health that is necessary to resist disease.  We will help you do that in the Review, but you must get firmly convinced that the ultimate responsibility lies with you and you alone.
    I know I got a long way from day care and splinters but this is the way your mind works when you think about these things.      Everything ties together.


        A)      Rationale for Animal Nutrition is available from Inquiry Press, 1880 North Eastman, Midland, MI 48640 for $9.95 + $2.50 P&H.

An Historic Shift

    Once every few centuries there is a global shift in economy and power.  When it happens, it happens so quickly that those living through it no longer recognize their world.  Economic analysts believe we here, in America in particular, are experiencing such a shift.

    Just a few decades ago, America was the manufacturing capital of the world.  Even workers of low skill could get good jobs and support their families with only one parent working.  Notice the difference today?  How many families do you know wherein only one parent works? 

    The shift in manufacturing and economic power is moving to parts of the world that had been considered backward and even impoverished twenty years ago.  In America, living standards are dropping rapidly and frustration is reaching the boiling point. 

    In our community here in Midland, Michigan, with a population of about 35,000 people, recently there have been approximately 1,000 layoffs from just two major employers.  These have been layoffs across the board from high ranking management to scientific researchers to secretaries.  Companies in fear of retaliatory violence and theft terminate employees by simply having a security guard show up at the office door, unload the desk, walk you to personnel for your final check, and out the gate.  That you may have put 20 or 30 years into the company is no longer of significance.  A company with falling profits simply must trim. 

    My heart goes out to those unemployed who are now in their middle or later years.  The job market is simply not there.  This will create incredible stress for these families and adjustments will be extremely difficult.

    If this should happen to you, keep your bearings.  There are always places willing to hire truly good workers.  If you need a job or are having difficulty finding one, then make finding a job your job.  Take command, don’t allow yourself to feel victimized.  Finding a job is indeed an art, but as in any other form of work, success only comes after perseverance and diligence.  Also, our global economy is no longer one which can permit companies to simply absorb worker lassitude and flaw.       Be sure that when you find a job, you don’t stop looking for work.

    Back to this historic shift.  The nations now growing the fastest in this new Industrial Revolution are those in Southeast Asia.      They are working hard, saving much, and investing wisely.  Everyone in these countries saves a lot.  For example, in 1991 Singapore’s national savings rate was 43% compared to our 3.2% in the U.S.  Also notice what their governments have done.      From 1980-1990 there was an annual budget surplus in Singapore of 10.5%.  Compare this to the U.S. where deficits average 4%.  If we had Singapore’s surplus instead of our deficit, Washington would now have 4 trillion dollars in extra money instead of owing that much.  The U.S. dollar lost 50% of its value against the Singapore dollar in the five years from 1985 to 1990.

    The average American middle class is taxed to death, whereas the starting income tax rate in Singapore is 3% and half of the tax payers pay less than $150 per year there.  Per capita annual income has increased five-fold since 1975 in Singapore, where our rate has actually fallen in real terms since 1973.

    Similar revolutionary things are happening in Thailand, Malaysia, and China.  China, in fact, if it attains even the per capita wealth of Taiwan, will be a larger economy than the rest of today’s industrial world combined.

    There are many reasons for this, including the cultural beliefs of the Far East.  One is that they have come to believe that paying people welfare for not working is a drug that has stopped the vitality in the West.  In contrast, Asian governments spend very little on health and social security. 

    For those who might believe that life is slavery and unduly harsh in the Eastern countries, consider that a baby born in Hong Kong can expect to live 77 years, and that is two years longer than an American or British baby can expect to live.  Families in the Far East save and provide for their own and let government instead spend their budget on education, industry, and infrastructure.  Asia’s secret is this:  Get skilled, work hard, save, tax little, make quality products the world wants at prices the world can afford, invest in good schools, a strong infrastructure, and success is guaranteed.

    What does this have to do with health?  It has to do with being a victim.  If this revolution is truly occurring, we in America are going to be increasingly victimized and apparently helpless.  We must be aware that we are a part of the world economy and that many of our social, political, and economic assumptions may have to be revised.  We must adjust to a new ethic of value given for value received.  This applies not only to companies but to their work force as well.  These are particularly important times to apply the principles in the “Empowerment” tape.  We must increasingly become independent and self-reliant.      By doing so, we will not become victims, powerless, and suffer the personal and health consequences from such a state.  See     Resource B for investment opportunities based on this historic shift.


        B)  For the investors among you, you might want to contact International Assets Advisory Corporation at 1-800-432-0000, in California 1-800-243-3355 or a local broker.  International Assets, for example, has strongly recommended stocks in Hong Kong’s Hopewell holdings, Singapore Airlines, and Slimdarby in Malaysia.  We are by no means qualified financial advisors and are simply passing on to you information that seems promising from literature.  Be sure you obtain the appropriate information to thoroughly investigate any of these opportunities before investing.


Term Limits

    As it stands, members of congress and senators can be perpetually voted into office.      Thomas Jefferson and other framers of the Constitution favored term limits, but it did not get drafted as a part of the document.  Many believe it is one of the few mistakes the writers made.

    There are career incumbents who were in congress at the time that Truman defeated Dewey in 1948.  The ability of seated politicians to marshal the economic support of special interests can almost insure their continued reelection.  Last year, for example, 93% retained their seats.  This is not because they are doing a fantastic job, but because they have spent a great deal of the time in office actually building campaign contributions and the political machinery to influence the public’s vote — when they should have been spending time making appropriate reforms.

    The annual deficit is $300 billion.  Taking a close look at this situation, as we will indeed do in forthcoming Reviews, will demonstrate that this is not just debt.  This in effect has put the country in bankruptcy.  What is bankruptcy?  It means that all of the property within that country, the things you and I have worked a lifetime for, are in effect in receivership.

    This debt is there for a variety of reasons but primarily because politicians love to spend because spending can create votes.      Fearing defeat, congressmen do not act on their conscience but rather bow to the powerful economic influences that can either terminate or extend their political careers.

    There is a movement for the term limit amendment to the Constitution which would prohibit a senator from serving more than 12 years and a representative from serving more than 6 (See resource C). 

    We need people of leadership and representation with vision and reform on their minds.  They need to be able to act fearlessly and it seems that limiting terms would be a significant step in the right direction.  Contact the organization and read their literature to see whether you agree or not.


          C)  The address for the term limit movement is 666 11th St. North West, Suite 840, Washington, DC  20001;  202-393-6440
Fighting Fire with Fire
    If you are trying to beat the fire of the sun by slathering on sunscreens, you’d better read the labels.  Some sunscreens may contain as much as 70% alcohol, a highly flammable liquid.    One label even says “Common sense caution; flammable, do not use near flames or while smoking.”  It is really not very “common sense” for most people to think that the lotion they are putting on their face may go up in flames.
    Smokers and barbecuers, beware.  Using these alcohol-based sunscreens may set you ablaze.  Some of the new sunscreens containing high levels of alcohol include Solbar pf30, Pre-Sun Active 30, and Clinique Oil-free Sunblock.
    Another caution with the coming of the summer months.  Don’t be so anxious to use sunscreens.  The sun is a natural part of our environment and contributes its own health benefits.  Just don’t overdo it.  By screening out certain wave lengths we don’t really know what we are doing.  Use sunscreens made from natural ingredients (see resource D) if using them and use common sense approaches to sun protection such as limiting exposure until tanning increases to protect you, and wear protective clothing during peak sun hours.
        Journal of American Medical Association, Oct. 28, 1992: 2169-
        D)  Sun Care Products formulated with natural skin/health-enhancing ingredients ar available from the Healthy Alternatives Store 1-800-748-0188.  20% discount to Co-op members.



How to Have a Heart Attack
    Heart disease is a multi-factorial problem with a variety of dietary and life-style causes.  We have discussed these at length in previous Reviews.
    Although fats are the current culprit targeted as the most important risk factor in heart disease, it is not fat, but the kind of fat that is important.  Oxidized fats, including cholesterol as produced by the modern processed food fare, lie at the root of atherosclerosis, which is a disease that begins in infancy.
    Once that disease has developed and advanced and vessels are narrowed as a result of the growing atheromas, the stage is set for a heart attack.  A heart attack is simply an occlusion or blockage of one of the coronary vessels that feed the heart muscle, resulting in the heart muscle misfiring and no longer being able to properly pump blood.
    If you have atherosclerosis, I hope that you are following the dietary and life-style programs we have outlined in previous Reviews.  It is also important, however, for you to understand that a simple singular high-fat meal may put you at significant risk of having an immediate heart attack.  A high-fat meal can literally cloud blood with fats and cause the blood cells to clump.  High-fat meals trigger the release of a blood clotting factor called Factor VII.  Once the blood clots, it then can block narrowed coronary arteries, leading to a heart attack or block cerebral arteries leading to stroke.
    If you are cleaning up your act and think that you deserve an occasional reward of a meal consisting of a little lettuce under a flood of creamy salad dressing, followed by an 18 oz. marbled hungry-man’s steak special, followed by some deep-fried mozzarella cheese, some butter-soaked garlic bread, topped off by  a full-fat sundae with whipped cream — better reconsider and think of a different reward that will not kill you in the midst of your greasy, gustatory glee.
    Additionally, morning — from about 6AM to 11AM — is a dangerous heart time.  At night our blood pressure and heart rate fall, temperature drops, blood pools in the extremities, and blood platelets (clotting cells) increase aggregatablity.  Upon awakening, our body makes the transition by being stimulated by a surge of catecholamines in the sympathetic nervous system.      This causes blood vessels to constrict to increase blood pressure.  If the vessels are already partially plugged, such constriction can stop blood flow to the heart muscle, leading to myocardial ischemia and a heart attack. 
    If you have a heart condition, take it easy during these early hours.  Stretch in bed for ten to fifteen minutes before arising and save stress and exertion until later in the afternoon.
    Also be careful on  Monday.  Your risk of a heart attack on Monday is 50% greater than any other day.

        New England Journal of Medicine, Feb. 4, 1993: 303-

Supplements Needed If Dieting

    Researchers from Utah State University have attempted to devise menus which would meet RDA’s as well as meet guidelines for reducing fats, calories, meats, and so forth.  They ran into an interesting snag.  If the diet consists of less than 2,200 calories per day, the researchers found that it was impossible to meet both the RDA’s and the NRC’s Diet and Health guidelines.

    If you will recall from previous Reviews, such nutrient recommendations (RDA’s, NRC) are minimal recommendations based on average needs of a population.  Thus the question would certainly arise: If a 2,200 calorie diet cannot meet these minimal recommendations for vitamins and minerals, what is happening to a person dieting at 1,500, 1,000 or even 800 calories per day?  You guessed it.  They are being nutrient-starved, throwing a system already stressed  by the dieting program into even further stress and imbalance.  Any wonder why people have trouble staying on diets?

    The relationship between caloric intake and micronutrients is discussed thoroughly in my book, The Synorgon Diet - Achieving Healthy Weight in a World of Excess (see resource E).  In the book it is demonstrated that dieting is not even necessary to achieve and maintain healthy weight. 

    Better than dieting, according to these researchers, is to simply increase physical activity so caloric demands increase and thus more food is consumed and with that more micronutrients.  That is exactly how our preindustrial ancestors stayed healthy.

    It also would be important to seriously consider a multi vitamin/mineral supplement such as RDA™ (see resource F) as a matter of routine, and in particular if embarking on any reduced caloric diet program.


        Journal of Nutrition Education, May 1992: 136-

        Nutrition Research Newsletter, Sept. 1992: 96

        F)      RDA™ is an excellent insurance broad-spectrum vitamin-mineral supplement- available from the Healthy Alternatives Store 1-800-748-0188.  20% discount to Co-op members.
        E)   The Synorgon Diet - Achieving Healthy Weight In a World of Excess is available July 1993 from Inquiry Press, 1880 North Eastman, Midland, MI 48640 for $9.95 + $2.50 P&H.

Diet Cycling Increases Mortality

    Losing and gaining in diet cycles is no laughing matter.  It is deadly serious.  A Harvard study following over 21,000 participants showed that mortality was significantly increased in individuals who either gained or lost weight in cycles.

    We are designed to maintain a lean body weight from birth throughout life.  When weight is either gained, or gained and then lost, the body is forced to adapt to this violation of natural law, if you will.  It can do so to a degree for a period of time, but ultimately a price is paid. 

    If you are overweight, view it not as a personal choice or a lifestyle option but rather as a serious health risk.  Every effort should be made to establish eating and lifestyle patterns that assure loss of excess weight and maintenance of a healthy weight.      From there your body can readapt to its least stressful state and thus your chance for living a longer, healthier life will be greatly increased.

        Journal of American Medical Association, Oct. 21, 1992: 2045-


Dieting and the Menstrual Cycle

    The enthusiasm many women have for dieting and rigorous exercise routines is believed to result in altered progesterone and other female hormone levels.  The resultant irregular menstrual cycles may be avoided by avoiding extremes, either in exercise or in dieting.  Be very careful of radically restricted calorie regimens and products, as fully explained in  The Synorgon Diet - Achieving Healthy Weight in a World of Excess (see resource E).  The key to dieting is not dieting at all, but rather learning the archetypal, natural human diet and staying as close to it as possible.

        Fertility and Sterility, April, 1992: 771-

        E)   The Synorgon Diet - Achieving Healthy Weight In a World of Excess is available July 1993 from Inquiry Press, 1880 North Eastman, Midland, MI 48640 for $9.95 + $2.50 P&H.

Tamoxifen and Depression

    Tamoxifen is a drug used in mammary cancers which are estrogen sensitive.  We recently reported several dangers associated with taking this drug.  New evidence now suggests that extreme depression may also be associated with its use.  One women reported that she is convinced she would have taken her life had she continued to take tamoxifen.  She had even made plans to kill herself and set a date.  When discussing her depression with her pharmacist, she astutely suggested that perhaps this was a side effect of tamoxifen and she might consider discontinuing its use.  She did and now she is fine.

    Hopefully all the people who will be participating in the tamoxifen trial (see below) will be alerted to this dangerous possibility with the usage of this drug.


        Science News, Jan. 16, 1993: 35


The Tamoxifen Trial

    The National Cancer Institute has launched a large breast cancer prevention trial, recruiting some 16,000 healthy women who are supposedly at high risk of mammary cancer.  The rationale is that they believe that by giving 20 mg. of tamoxifen daily for at least five years that there will be a reduction in the incidence of breast cancer, osteoporosis, and heart attacks.  Although such trials are perhaps warranted with women who have disease, launching a large experiment such as this on healthy women is potentially fraught with danger.

    If you have volunteered into this study or know of someone who has, we would highly recommend that you read the evidence to suggest that you may simply be substituting dangers by taking this potentially dangerous drug over a five year period. 

    To receive a copy of the article appearing in the recent British medical journal, The Lancet, about omitting these dangers send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the Institute.


        New England Journal of Medicine, Nov. 26, 1992: 1596

        The Lancet, Nov. 11, 1992: 1143


DDT and Breast Cancer

    DDT, a chlorinated organic pesticide, was banned due to its toxicity in 1972 in the United States.  But levels of this pesticide persist in food up to this day.  It is also believed that every human in this country has levels of DDE, a persistent break-down product of DDT, in body fat stores. 

    A study of 14,290 women, following them with special attention to the development of breast cancer, found that women who did develop breast cancer had DDE concentrations averaging 35% higher than those who did not develop the disease.

    DDE  and other chlorinated organics such as PCBs and dioxin may mimic the effects of steroid hormones in the body such as estrogen.  Breast cancer is sensitive to estrogen and thus it is theorized that the DDE mimicking ability may stimulate mammary cancers.

    This is yet another proof of our continuing theme that what we do now can affect us decades later.  It also should confirm our suspicions of those who tell us that “a little bit” of radiation, “a little bit” of this chemical or that chemical, “a little bit” of that processed food or this processed food  surely won’t hurt you. 

    It is easy to scoff at the purists who advocate organic foods, biodegradability, environmental protection.  So we enjoy ourselves now, living the “good” life, filling our grocery baskets with white bread, hydrogenated oils, sugar, additives and pesticides, keep the thermostat up so we can walk around in T-shirts, jump in our automobiles to drive a block, and shop till we drop for unnecessities — should we then one day wonder why the blood vessels feeding our heart are choked with oxidized crud, vision is lost to cataracts, we struggle with arthritic pain every time we move, or we begin to worry about the mysterious lump that is growing in our arm pit?

    I have a feeling that the purists are right and they will have the last laugh.

    Here are some things to do:

            Chlorinated organics, as well as many other toxins contaminating our environment, are fat soluble.  The more fat you have, the more of these toxins you will store.  Get your body weight where it should be (see resource E). 

            Next seek organic foods.  They may cost more, but this cost is nothing compared to the cost of the devastation to your life and wallet which can come from a serious degenerative disease caused by pollutants.  If consuming regular grocery products, be sure to clean and peel the skins thoroughly. 

            Next, follow the anti-aging youth renewal guidelines discussed in the “Empowerment” tape and revealed monthly in the Review.  Consuming high levels of the antioxidant nutrients, A (beta carotene), C and E, (see resource G) has been proven to be both effective as a preventive, and as therapy for pollutant stresses and the diseases they can produce.


        Journal of the National Cancer Institute, April 21, 1993

        Science News, April 24, 1993: 262

        E)   The Synorgon Diet - Achieving Healthy Weight In a World of Excess is available July 1993 from Inquiry Press, 1880 North Eastman, Midland, MI 48640 for $9.95 + $2.50 P&H.
        G)      Food A•C•E™ contains food-source antioxidant vitamins A, C, & E.  No synthetics- available from the Healthy Alternatives Store 1-800-748-0188.  20% discount to Co-op members.

Mammography of Questionable Value     A study of New Zealand woman aged 40-49 showed that there was no reduction in breast cancer deaths as a result of screening with mammography.

    On the other hand, researchers argue that women in their 50’s and 60’s show a decreased death rate from breast cancer for those women receiving mammograms.

    This is a controversial area with some researchers even arguing that the radiation from mammography may actually induce cancers.

    The buyer (in this case of medical services) should beware.  Let’s not be in the position of not doubting what no one is sure about.

    Additionally, women must understand that breasts make money.  As in all of medicine, intervention is the name of the game.      Dr. William Douglas wrote, “Doctors see breasts as sacks of money to be milked rather than fountains of nourishment for the nation’s babies and lovely symbols of the female gender.”


        Science News, March 6, 1993: 149


Medicinal Coca-Cola

    Benign esophageal stricture is a condition whereby the esophagus is narrowed resulting in food boluses plugging the esophagus.  The usual medical approach is to pass an endoscope down the esophagus and break the bolus up piecemeal. 

    In a study of 13 episodes of bolus obstruction of the esophagus, it was found that by administering Coca-Cola or some other “fizzy” drink such as champagne (for those of you who wish to make this a more elegant and black-tie therapy) the obstruction was disintegrated before any endoscopy was necessary.  In some cases, Coca-Cola was successful whereas endoscopy was totally unsuccessful. 

    It is surmised that the fizzling liquid penetrates the bolus, releasing carbon dioxide causing its disintegration, or that the drink passes the bolus into the stomach, releasing gas causing burps to break the bolus up.

    Yes, the real thing that makes the whole world sing in harmony can also help you possibly burp your way out of a visit to a gastroenterologist.

        Royal College of Surgeons of England Annals, 75: 94-

        The Lancet. March 20, 1993: 752


Is Aromatherapy for You?

    Can our lives be improved by the use of aromatherapy?  It worked for the Egyptians over 2000 years ago, as they used the leaves, flowers, resins, barks, stems and roots of various trees, plants and fruits to gather the essential oils which were (and still are) used for medicine, perfumes, and beauty purposes as well as religious and spiritual enhancement.

Indulging yourself with aromatherapy treatments at home is a great way to spoil yourself a little while receiving a wide range of therapeutic bonuses.  It doesn’t have to take a great deal of time, nor much effort.  Some manufacturers of aromatherapy products make it easy to get started by producing pre-blended, ready-to-use items (see H on page 8).   

    Why use aromatherapy?  One therapeutic reason is stress reduction, but believers also indicate that you can enjoy mood elevations, attitude readjustments, tension reduction, and even baby-soft skin as a real bonus.

    Let’s look at the elements for a stress-reducing soak:  After your worst day at work in recent history (remember, you always think they can’t get any worse, but they do), put warm water in your bath and soak for twenty minutes with ten drops of lavender, geranium, or chamomile oil — or all three.  Twenty minutes later you should be a new you, refreshed and relaxed. 

    If this can become a routine for you, the healthier you will be.  Don’t retain the hostility, aggression and frustration which accompany you home.  We all are aware of the detrimental health effects of this sort of rage.  Soak it away and begin anew each evening.

    Or, if you’re dragging and want a formula to energize, try ten drops of rosemary or juniper oil.  Ylang-ylang is also reported to lift the spirits in the event that you’ve somehow dropped into the abyss as we all do from time to time.


        H)  To purchase aromatherapy essential oils products contact the Healthy Alternatives Store 1-800-748-0188.  20% discount to Co-op members.  Other sources to explore include:  Aroma Vera, 3384 So. Robertson Pl., Los Angeles, CA 90034  1-800-669-9514, Aura Cacia, P.O. Box 399, Weaverville, CA 96093  1-800-437-3301.