WYSONG HEALTH LETTER
Dr. R. L. Wysong
As young children everything is known to
us. Our parents fulfill every need and completely define our world. We never
again have it so good.
As our bodies and brains mature, our
horizons stretch. Questions we once didn't even have can haunt us with
uncertainty. We can remain a child, and simply ignore the questions. We
can fill our mind with mythologies and surround ourselves with "experts" to keep
everything well defined. Or we can grow up, try to find as many answers as we
can, always remain open to the truth and concede that there are some things we
simply will not fully understand.
Unfortunately the grown-up mode, the third
choice, is only adopted by a very small minority. Most cling to the infantile
need for the security of having their world completely defined. This creates a
naive form of egocentricity, a fatuous philosophy that the universe revolves
You might say, so what? Let people believe
what they want. But belief is the engine that drives human activity. People
who hold naive, simplistic, egocentric world views create governments,
economies, educational systems, religions, legal systems, industries, and
medical institutions. Such human organizations, if founded on erroneous, naive
thinking, can and have brought immeasurable harm to humans.
Virtually all human tragedy springs
from the actions of mythology-based institutions. War, disease, famine,
poverty, overpopulation, environmental destruction, social injustice, and family
violence can find their root causes in egocentric and long-entrenched systems of
The admission of ignorance, conceding the
limitations of our knowledge, is the beginning of wisdom. It is when humans
proceed as if they know everything, as if their view is the axiomatic,
all-embracing, omniscient truth, that harm comes. War results from each side
considering their "truth" superior to the other side. Disease results because
people rely on industry and experts who they believe have the "truth."
Malnourishment likewise occurs because people trust commercial products and
believe experts somewhere know everything there is to know about nutrition to
make "100% complete and balanced" foods.
When we recognize that we don't know
everything and that there are limitations to knowledge, we then also develop a
healthy skepticism about anyone advocating to us that they know all there is to
know about a particular subject. This suspicious attitude then throws the
burden back to us to use judgement, respect and humility, which, if used by
everyone, could bring enormous benefit to the human condition.
We are not at the center of universe. The
Earth receives only 2 billionths of the light energy from the sun and there are
trillions of suns in the universe. We are infinitesimally small on a
physical... and mental, level.
Although I personally would like it
otherwise (I wouldn't mind being the center of the universe and having all
knowledge) I must recognize my limitations. But a corollary of this is that I
don't believe you've got all the answers either. This places us all in an equal
position of responsibility to use discernment and judgement.
Okay, I've gotten a little ethereal in my
philosophizing. Let me bring it back to Earth by saying that believing that we
or others have all the answers is the product of a mind that has not been
allowed to mature. Adulthood should mean that we take upon ourselves a
responsibility for the continual search for truth, the recognition of errors and
the commitment to change. We personally will benefit and the world will only
succeed when we grow up and develop our own rational, humble philosophy of
life. We must not follow like lemmings experts and other truth sayers who claim
to have all the answers all figured out for us. We must at some point stop in
our continual attempt to recreate the security of infanthood by searching for
surrogate mommies and daddies. Eventually, we must become the mommies or
daddies developing and acting upon a conscience continually honed by a
neverending search for truth.
In our zeal for human rights and our rush to
make everyone equal, we may create an inequality in health. Nutritionists are
acting like politicians when they attempt to create uniformly applied
The fact of the matter is that no two
individuals require quite the same level of all nutrients to achieve optimal
nutrition. People are as different biochemically as they are in appearance and
in finger print. An optimal level of vitamin C for one might be a deficiency
for another. A deficiency of calcium for one might be entirely adequate for
another. This is why we should never put too much stock in RDAs or the like,
only using these as a very general guide.
The reasons for the differences in
nutritional requirements between people relate to several factors. For some
people with a fast metabolism, also known as fast oxidizers, the Type A
personality prone to being high strung, easily stressed and nervous, a different
nutritional approach is required from the Type B slow metabolizer.
If fast metabolizers get on the pasta and
sugar, low fat bandwagon they may get a quick burst of energy, but then run out
quickly - leaving them craving sweets for energy.
For the fast metabolizer, high protein foods
rich in purines such as fish and organ meats and vegetables such as peas, beans,
mushrooms and spinach, along with full-fat, calcium-rich dairy products
stabilize the needs of these individuals much better.
On the other hand, the slow metabolizer
burns foods slowly and will benefit from lower intake of dairy products, lean
proteins such as eggs, poultry and fish and potassium-rich fruits such as
There are also those who have an in-between
metabolic rate and they benefit from the dietary features of both the fast and
the slow oxidizer.
Children are usually fast oxidizers and by
this logic benefit more from the higher protein, higher fat diets. They should
have minimal amounts of processed carbohydrates such as pastas, breads and in
particular the refined sugars, candies and the like. (Parents, take heed.)
Another nutritional categorization of people
is based upon blood type. The argument is that particular blood types come from
heritages which are best adapted to certain types of food. For example, type O
blood is believed to be the oldest blood type, and the dietary patterns best for
these individuals is the hunter-gatherer style of eating diets high in lean
animal protein, supplemented with vegetables, fruits and very modest amounts of
grains. The type O blood type is most likely to be the individual who is
gluten intolerant and not capable of properly digesting various grains which
came much later in human history.
The type A blood type is better suited for
an almost vegetarian dietary style. Their foods would best consist of
vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and eggs, and some meat products. These
individuals also cannot tolerate high levels of carbohydrates.
The type B blood type is a newer blood type
believed to have appeared about 10 thousand years ago with the advent of the
Agrarian culture. These individuals are more suited to eating grains and dairy
products, particularly fermented dairy products such as yogurt. Meat products
are also suitable. In general the type B can eat a variety of foods and
Type AB is believed to be the newest blood
type and is most adapted to the newer agricultural diets consisting of dairy
products, domesticated meats and grain products, although they can do well
eating the diets suited for both type A and type B.
Another consideration in nutritional
individuality is the ethnic background. Evidence of this has been demonstrated
in Hawaii, for example, where native Hawaiians suffer the worst health on the
islands. When they are put back on the diet of their ancestors consisting of
taro (a starchy root), sea weeds, sweet potatoes and fish, their health
flourishes. Similarly, Native Americans have suffered tremendous health
consequences as a result of adopting the modern Western diet. They are heavily
plagued with all of the modern chronic degenerative diseases. Some tribes have
the highest rate of diabetes of any culture known in the world, for example.
But when they are put back on their traditional foods including beans, chia
seeds, and other plant foods high in soluble fibers, along with lean meats,
their health rebounds.
By considering these three measures of
dietary predisposition, you may be able to design a diet most suited for you.
Although a specific perfect menu cannot be devised for anyone since people are
often blends, not strict categories, considering your personality type, your
blood type, and your ancestry may provide clues. People with type O who go on
an elimination diet eliminating wheat products often find their digestion
improves, sinus problems disappear and depression is lifted. On the other hand,
if a type O doesnít eat enough protein they are always eating sweets. On the
other hand, type Aís who are less capable of digesting meats, fare much better
by taking a hydrochloric acid supplement which improves their digestion of
protein. Dark skinned people do much better eating foods that would be
available in southerly climates, whereas light skinned people improve by eating
the foods of northerly climates.
Use these ideas as a general guide to tailor
make a dietary program. Whatever foods are eaten, the closer they are to their
whole, natural, raw state, the better off you will be. We are all adapted to
foods as they come from nature and by no means has enough time elapsed to
suggest that humans today are genetically better suited to modern synthetic food
pretenders including hydrogenated oils, refined starches, white sugar, processed
salt, dyes, emulsifiers, and synthetic preservatives. No one is adapted to a
hormone-bloated burger between a white flour bun and deep fried potatoes, washed
down with acidified pop and polished off with a twinkie.
Biochemical Individuality, Roger
Williams, M.D., 1956, Wiley and Sons
Nutrition Against Disease, Roger
Williams, M.D., 1971, Bantam
Healthy Talk, Premier Issue 1996: 1
LESS CARBOHYDRATES FOR THE HEART
There is significant evidence in the
scientific medical literature that high triglycerides and low HDL levels are
associated with heart disease. High triglyceride is in turn related to high
insulin levels. High insulin levels are related to high carbohydrate diets.
If the diet is changed so that simple
sugars, in particular, are eliminated from the diet and all carbohydrates make
up only about 25% of calories, with the balance being provided by fats and
proteins, triglyceride levels fall, HDL levels rise and some people experience
remarkable improvement in atherosclerotic related diseases such as
cardiovascular disease and stroke, as well as diabetes.
Granted, this is almost the opposite of that
which is promoted by the conventional medical community. They have focused on
cholesterol and urged patients to eliminate fats from their diets and increase
carbohydrates - the exact opposite of what should be done.
You can have a lipid profile done (blood
test at most any clinic) by first fasting overnight for 12 hours. Then your
triglyceride results can be rated as shown on the accompanying chart.
If you are in the wrong place on these
charts, then eliminating all simple sugars from the diet and making the sum
total of all carbohydrates no more than 25% of calories would be worth a try.
Also begin a regular program of exercise that consists of something that is
vigorous for you for 30 minutes three to five times weekly. As you know, I
particularly like aerobic exercise combined with weight training with specific
goals and challenges to keep you constantly improving yourself. Such exercise
is of proven benefit in improving glucose metabolism and hyperinsulinemia.
Improve the hyperinsulinemia and the lipid profile improves, as do the
Combine dietary changes with exercise, broad
spectrum vitamins and minerals, an essential fatty acid supplement with high
levels of omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidant nutrients, magnesium (200-300 mg per
day), l-carnitine (1000 mg per day), whole extruded soy (which includes
lecithin) combined with foods prepared at home, and chromium (500 mg per day).
Also refer to past issues of the Health Letter for other suggestions on stopping
and reversing heart disease (Refer to the cumulative Health Letter Index for
past volumes of the Health Letter).
Some nutritional medical doctors claim, with
actual patient proofs, that following a low carbohydrate, high fat diet (be
sure you do not interpret this to mean processed or hydrogenated fats) is
nothing short of remarkable in its ability to stop and reverse this modern
scourge which is being perpetuated by popular medical advice.
American Journal of Cardiology, 1992; 70
Health Revelations, October 1995: 4-5
Journal of the American Medical
Association, 1995; 274; 7
A couple hundred years ago the average
American ate about 7 pounds of sugar a year. Now the level approaches 150
pounds per person per year.
Itís everywhere, even where you would not
expect it. Itís in pickled herring, soups, sauces, baked beans, processed meats
such as frankfurters, luncheon meats, sausage, hams and just about every
prepared packaged food. Ketchup may contain more sugar than ice cream.
You can read the sugar content on many
labels, but there are over 300 foods that are not even required to have it
listed, such as dressings, peanut butter, canned vegetables and even salt.
The quantity of sugar that can be put in
foods is quite amazing. A 4-ounce piece of hard candy can contain the
equivalent of 20 teaspoons of granulated sugar. A slice of pie can contain 10
teaspoons, six ounces of ginger ale 5, a slice of cake 10, a glazed donut 6.
Although food processors argue that sugar
offers advantages, such as decreasing the growth of yeast and molds, its real
usefulness is that it's a cheap substitute for real food. All-fruit jams are
much more expensive to produce than their counterparts which contain as much as
50% sugar. Additionally, food processors can use unflavorful, anemic produce
grown on chemicalized farm land and dress it up with sugar. They can also use
unripe fruit and excuse the taste by the addition of sugar.
Sugar competes with vitamin C for uptake by
cells. When this occurs in blood vessel walls, lesions develop which set the
stage for atherosclerosis. Additionally, refined sugar has been stripped of all
of the nutrients which were designed to be used for its metabolism. To
compensate, the body must draw on its reserves. In our modern depleted diet,
reserves are soon exhausted and we then run on debt. This nutrient debt is the
beginning of the myriad of degenerative diseases that plague modern society.
When a high sugar meal is eaten, the
pancreas secretes insulin which removes the glucose from the blood. Often the
blood glucose can fall too rapidly because the pancreas has sensed a stress
situation with the glut of glucose being dumped into the blood stream. As a
result, glucose can be removed too efficiently, resulting in a rebound low blood
glucose after a high sugar meal. This can lead to symptoms such as dizziness,
crying spells, hyperactivity, aggression, lack of sexual interest, insomnia and
even blackout. Then, as the glucose continues to fall, the adrenals sense a
stressful situation and secrete adrenaline. This in turn mobilizes the glycogen
stored in the liver and muscles to restore sugar in the blood stream.
And on and on this cycle goes. First the
pancreas is stressed and then the adrenals are stressed, etc., etc., until the
pancreas is exhausted predisposing to diabetes and digestive inadequacy, and the
adrenals are exhausted decreasing our ability to deal with stress.
Also, remember that the glut of sugar has to
be disposed of some way. In a body designed to utilize nutrients however it
can, glucose is converted into fatty acids which are then linked to glycerol to
create triglycerides (fat) which is stored in adipose tissue.
It will take a concerted effort to remove
refined sugar from the diet. Particularly will it be difficult for those who
have fallen victim to the modern ďlow fatĒ pasta craze. Be wary of all
processed foods. Modern food manufacturers are exceedingly adroit in creating
mouthfeel and sweetness that keep you coming back for more and more. Simplify
the diet to whole, raw, natural foods as much as possible.
And parents, donít allow your children to
get hooked on the sugar cycle early. You might think it's cute or loving to
give in to their sweet cravings, but you do them a great disservice by setting
the stage for early disease and shortened life.
Townsend Letter, July 1995: 85
IS NOT NECESSARILY SAFE
I have mentioned this before, but it bears
repeating. Just because something is considered to be natural, or
plant-derived, does not make it automatically healthy and free from potential
It is one thing to recognize the dangers of
modern pharmaceuticals. It is another to switch our unique human proclivity to
take pills which come from drug houses, to pills which come from herbal
manufacturers. Part of the danger in medicines is our desire to look for an
easy magic bullet in a capsule or tablet.
There are instances, for example, of heart
toxicity and aconite poisoning from the ingestion of herbs, renal (kidney)
fibrosis (scarring) from Chinese herbs to lose weight, respiratory toxicity from
a mint plant, arsenic from herbal medicine, and arsenic and mercury at toxic
levels in traditional Chinese herbal balls.
Remember, many of our modern pharmaceuticals
which come attached to a host of contraindications and side effects, have been
derived from plant materials. Although I would agree that taking medicine in
the form of herbs and plants is safer because of their complex nature and the
presence of detoxifying factors, as opposed to the isolated synthetic chemicals
present in pharmaceutical preparations, caution is advised regardless of what
you are taking in pill form.
Try not to take anything chronically over
long periods of time. Periodically give your body a chance to rest and detoxify
by rotating foods and supplements and periodically desisting from all
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,
November 1995: 1025-1028
Journal of the American Medical
Association, 1994; 273: 502
Journal of the American Medical
Association, 1994; 271: 932-4
Annals of Internal Medicine, 1995; 122:
New England Journal of Medicine, 1995;
A new muscle in the mouth has been
discovered by researchers at the University of Maryland. It is called the
sphenomandibularis, and originates from a triangular process on the greater wing
of the sphenoid bone and inserts medially on the mandible. It is supplied by
the mandibular division of the trigeminal nerve and by a branch of the internal
Whatís the importance of this? We all
didnít just grow this thing. Itís been there all along. In spite of hundreds
and hundreds of thousands of human dissections and surgeries, this muscle has
been overlooked. All the time science has certainly figured it knew every
muscle in the human body.
This is just another opportunity for me to
emphasize to you that any claim by anyone that knowledge is complete in any area
(refer to my opening letter in this issue again) is sheer puffery. Identifying
muscles in the body is kindergarten play compared to attempting to understand
the full scope of nutrition and the role dozens of nutrients play in
biochemistry and physiology. Yet nutritionists continue to create food labels
stating that such-and-such a food meets nutritional needs in one way or another
or even claims, as is common in pet foods, that the foods are so-called ď100%
complete and balanced.Ē Incredible braggadocio and sheer nonsense.
Journal of Craniomandibular Practice,
Hidden within many pain-relieving drugs is
caffeine. If youíre suffering sleeplessness, or feel jittery and disoriented
while on common pain-relieving drugs, the reason may be their caffeine.
Listed below are common pain relievers along
with the caffeine they contain. An average cup of coffee contains about 85 mg
of caffeine. So if a person were to take some of the most popular pain
relievers at six-hour intervals, they would be receiving the equivalent of a
walloping six cups of caffeinated coffee per day.
Tufts University Diet & Nutrition
Letter, December 1995: 1
For Viral Disease
There are few things that can be done to
directly kill viruses. About all we can hope for is that the bodyís immune
defenses destroy them. Medications normally used for viral diseases are
antibiotics but these only help control secondary bacterial infections which
opportunistically complicate viral infections.
Something that can help destroy viruses in
the body (but you wonít be getting a prescription for it) is a natural compound
from elderberries (Sambucus nigra). It has been used for some years in Israel
as a cold and flu remedy. Those who use the product claim that if taken at the
first sign of flu, the disease will disappear in 24-48 hours. Others report it
is also effective against other viral diseases such as the common cold and
Viruses have been particularly difficult to
attack because they invade living cells and thus escape normal immune
mechanisms. Once in the cell, they subvert the reproductive machinery of
the cell and turn the victimís own cells into production factories for more
viruses. Thus the body is faced with the predicament of having to attack its
own cells to destroy viruses, which of course our immune system is designed not
to do. (Except in those cases of autoimmune disease when things have gone awry
and our own tissues are attacked by our own immune system.)
Sambucol seems to have the ability to bind
with viruses before they enter cells, as well as increase the production of
virus fighting lymphocyte cells which are a part of our immune system.
The elderberry extract has no known side
effects. Compare this with virtually any pharmaceutical agent on the market. It
is available through Resource A. Normally a four-day regimen is sufficient to
nip viral diseases in the bud.
It might not be a bad insurance policy to
have sitting on the shelf. When you consider the increasing globalization of
our population with people being able to move between borders with no infectious
disease control, and our increasing exposure to aerosol viruses exhaled by
infected people in closed spaces such as office buildings and air planes, and
the possibility of new emerging, mutating viral diseases, having an antiviral on
hand may indeed be wise.
Major infectious diseases that have been
supposedly cured by vaccines were in fact not cured by these vaccines. In most
instances the disease was in its natural decline before the vaccine was ever
introduced (see Vol. 8, No. 1). It becomes apparent that infectious diseases
come and go irrespective of human dreams of eradicating them. Just the
influenza virus of 1918 killed over 21 million people and sickened 1 billion.
Such diseases will surely come again as population density increases and as
people stray increasingly from natural, health-giving lifestyles and foods.
Keep yourself strong physically, emotionally
and immunologically and give natural remedies a chance before allowing yourself
to be fumigated by prescriptions.
A) JB Harris Inc., 4324
Regency Dr., Glenview, IL 60025, 1-800-941-7747
Alternatives, November 1995: 33
Infect Dis, April 26, 1994; 1271: 392
Radiation And Diabetes
After abdominal radiation therapy, there is
an increased risk of pancreatic diabetes. Radiation therapy is commonly used in
childhood cancers. It is also routinely used diagnostically. Although the
amount of radiation received in radiation therapy is much greater than
diagnostic radiation, the cumulative effect in children over time from exposure
to x-rays - many of which are unnecessary and performed simply to protect a
doctorís risk of liability - may increase the possibility of damage to the
insulin-secreting cells in the pancreas.
Remember, all radiation is toxic and
cumulative. That means the risk from radiation must be measured against the sum
total of all radiation received in a personís entire life, not just this x-ray.
The Lancet, February 24, 1996: 539
Obesity And Oxidation
Obesity should not be considered an
innocuous ďlife-styleĒ choice. It is in and of itself a disease in that it
limits physical capabilities and the enjoyment of life. But more importantly,
obesity predisposes the person to a wide variety of disease conditions.
A recent study involving 29 postmenopausal
obese women demonstrated that there was increased lipid (fat) oxidation. The
consequence of such fat oxidation is that it creates a variety of free radical
pathologies (see my book, Lipid Nutrition, Resource B.). Thus, excess fat is
not just passively sitting there, but is seeding the body with free radical
To learn the true cause of obesity in our
modern society and the means to restore the body to a healthy weight, see my
book, The Synorgon Diet - How To Achieve Healthy Weight In A World Of Excess
(see Resource C).
B) Lipid Nutrition -
Understanding Fats And Oils In Health And Disease, by Dr. R. L. Wysong.
Available from the Wysong Book Store Catalog, 1880 N. Eastman, Midland, MI
48642 for $12.95 + $3.50 S&H.
C) The Synorgon Diet - How
To Achieve Healthy Weight In A World Of Excess, by Dr. R. L. Wysong. Available
from the Wysong Book Store Catalog, 1880 N. Eastman, Midland, MI 48642 for
$12.95 + $3.50 S&H.
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,
November 1995: 918
Cancer And Arsenic
Cancer of the urinary bladder is one of the
most common cancers in the United States. Recent evidence from Argentina and
elsewhere has demonstrated a strong correlation between high levels of arsenic
in the drinking water and increased bladder cancer. The U.S. drinking water
limit for arsenic is 50 mcg per liter, but this may be too high.
Yet another reason to rig yourself up with a
home water purifying system so the increasing potential risks being discovered
from municipal water supplies are eliminated.
Epidemiology, March 1996
Palmetto And Urtica Root For The Prostate
In a prospective clinical study involving
419 urology practices, the efficacy of saw palmetto and urtica root extracts was
studied in 2,030 patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia. Treatment was
given for a period of 12 weeks with 320 mg of saw palmetto and 240 mg of urtica
root extract daily. 79.5% reported an improvement in quality of life and 86%
reported symptom improvement in urinary flow, decreased residual urine,
reduction in nocturia (excessive urination at night), dysuria (painful or
difficult urination) and postvoiding dribbling.
Fortshcr Med, 1995; 113: 37-40
Congestive Heart Failure Naturally
The conventional treatment for congestive
heart failure is the use of digitalis preparations to strengthen the heart beat,
and diuretics to remove fluid accumulation. Both of these drugs have numerous
Alternative natural medicines and
nutritional supplements are available and have been found by scientific study to
be highly effective. These alternatives include hawthorn extract at a dose of
600-900 mg daily, coenzyme Q10 at 30 mg per day, the amino acid taurine at 3 gm
per day and vitamin C at 1-3 gm per day. These dosages are not etched in stone
and should be individualized for each patient. The wise course is to begin at
the minimal dosage until benefit is obtained. Decrease dosage if any side
Phytomedicine, 1994; 1: 17-24
High blood pressure and seizures from
eclampsia in pregnant women kill an estimated 50,000 women each year. Although
the administration of magnesium has been a tried and true treatment for more
than 50 years, many doctors have opted for the new fangled pharmaceuticals
including diazepam (Valium) and phenytoin (Dilantin). Since the time that
evidence existed that magnesium prevents eclamptic convulsions, some 4 million
women have died because of the heady modern medical notion that nutrients just
canít be as good as pharmaceuticals.
Diazepam and phenytoin have a wide range of
side effects including birth defects, while magnesium has no such risk.
ďIf it ainít broke, donít fix itĒ would be a
wise motto for doctors to follow before they discard proven, safe therapies in
favor of new invented patented (and more profitable) alternatives.
The Lancet, June 10, 1995