WYSONG HEALTH LETTER
Dr. R. L. Wysong
August 1993
DEAR FRIEND:
      
    A basic tenet of the Review philosophy is that what we do now in terms of life style and nutrition rewards us with health or disease later. We may know this and understand it intellectually, but find it difficult to apply when it steps on our pleasure toes.
    Smoking may be fun (and doesn’t hurt), slouching in front of the T.V. may be fun (and doesn’t hurt), eating greasy fast foods may be fun (and doesn’t hurt), munching on hydrogenated oil snacks may be fun (and doesn’t hurt), and feeding our kids what they beg for and is convenient may be fun (and doesn’t hurt).
    When it comes to eating and how we conduct our daily life, it is so easy to ignore what we know. We just kind of go into this mental lapse and reason that because it feels so good and isn’t obviously hurting us that it is probably okay..
    Good try.  But it just don’t work that way.  Do things the right way now, or pay a heavy price later.
    We have given several evidences in past Reviews demonstrating that what happens in early life, even in the womb, can affect our susceptibility to disease and shorten life later on.  Here is another piece of evidence to ponder to help sober us up when we fall into these lapses of “it feels good, therefore it’s okay.”
    Five hundred and eight individuals who were 13 to 18 years old between the years of 1922 and 1935 participated in the Harvard Growth study.  These people have been followed right up to this day.   Epidemiologists have found that those in the group who were overweight while adolescents had an increased susceptibility to colorectal cancer, gout, arthritis, and were over 3.2 times more likely to have coronary heart disease than individuals who were lean.  These effects were independent of adult weight, after some 55 years of follow up. The results were due to their adolescent weight.
    It’s too bad that things we do that cause degenerative disease don’t cause immediate pain.  If they did, we would make the changes - much like a child only has to touch fire once.  This unusual biological circumstance, whereby we can damage ourselves without feeling immediate pain, is a product of our intelligence giving us the capability of drastically maneuvering our environment. We therefore need to enlist our mind’s ability to measure long-range consequences to protect us.
    The message is clear. Moms and dads, keep your kids lean by feeding them fresh natural foods and keeping them active.   For adults, understand the lesson here.  It is what we do now that reaps heavy consequences later.  Even if you are 35, 40, 50 or 60 there are things you can do right now to stop and even reverse the damage that is accruing within you that can ultimately rob you of health and life.
    Helping you help yourself in this way is what the Review is all about.
    Reference:
        New England Journal of Medicine, Nov. 5, .1992: 1350-
 
Hiatus Hernia
    Hiatus hernia is a condition in which the upper most (cardiac) portion of the stomach protrudes upward through an enlarged esophageal hole (hiatus) in the diaphragm. This condition can result in acid back-up into the throat, belching, burping, sour and burning stomach, a feeling of fullness after a very small meal, bloating and a worsening of the condition when you sit down or lie on your back. The chest pain is often confused with angina, the pain of heart attacks. Pain can even radiate down the arms as in angina. It is estimated that the number of individuals over the age of 60 with this condition may reach as high as 60%.
    Its cause is likely related to our habit of eating larger meals than we should, sitting more than we should and exercising less than we should. Increased abdominal fat, tight fitting clothes, trauma... anything that increases abdominal pressure may cause the condition. Over time the pressure of an engorged stomach pushed into a cramped position by sitting in a soft stuffed chair after a large meal can weaken the aperture in the diaphragm through which the esophagus leads to the stomach. This allows the stomach to protrude upwards into the thorax (chest cavity) and stomach acid to reflux into the sensitive tissue of the esophagus.
    Surgeries have been attempted for this but have been by and large unsuccessful. Diagnostic procedures include consuming dyes followed by radio-graphs (x-rays) with the body put into various positions and gastroscopic exams. If a diagnosis is made, the standard advice is that you will simply have to live with it and take antacids. Such expensive testing turns out to be more academic than useful.
    Another diagnostic test that may suggest hiatus hernia is whether you can hold your breath for 40 seconds. If you cannot, you may have hiatus hernia, but if you can, it is not ruled out.
    Things to do
        1)                 Achieve and maintain healthy weight. (See my book The Synorgon Diet: Achieving Healthy Weight In A World Of Excess)
        2)                 Eat smaller meals more frequently.
        3)                 Convert the diet to more natural, whole, raw foods as much as possible.
        4)                 Don’t recline or sit after a meal, but rather get up and do some moderate exercise such as walking.
        5)                 Don’t eat large meals just before reclining, and sleep with the upper body slightly inclined by using pillows or elevating the head of the bed.
        6)                 Increase the strength of the diaphragm and lungs by blowing up a balloon 20 or 30 times two to three times a week. (See Wysong Review Vol. 7, No. 5.)
        7)                 Begin an exercise program incorporating both aerobic exercises, such as walking, jogging, bicycling, swimming, jazzercize and rope skipping, with weight-bearing exercises using weights, machines, or your own body with pull-ups, pushups, stair climbing, squats, etc. Include abdominal crunches (not standard sit-ups as these can injure the lower back) in your weekly exercise program. (See Wysong Library listing of how-to exercise books for an excellent selection, Resource A below)
    Putting it back
        To return the stomach back through the hole in the abdomen, some successfully do the following:
        1)              Drink a warm full glass of water with 2 - 3 drops of peppermint oil first thing in the morning.
        2)              While standing erect, lift both arms as high as possible out to the side and place the tips of your fingers to the base of the front of your neck. Your arms will thus form a “V” wing shape up to the sides.
        3)              Raise yourself on your toes as high as possible and then drop down onto your heels with a sudden jolt. Do this about 10 times in a row.
        4)              While continuing to stand, blow up a balloon with about 20 short breaths.
        The rationale for this is that the warm water and peppermint relax the stomach. When the arms are raised the diaphragm and chest cavity are stretched, thus helping to open the hole in the diaphragm. By dropping onto the heels, the weight of the water-filled stomach will pull the stomach downward through the diaphragm. Blowing up the balloon tenses the muscular diaphragm to help close the hole after the stomach has returned to the abdomen.
        This exercise can be done anytime you are having a problem, but if it is done every morning it may help to prevent recurrence.
        If persistent heartburn is a problem, try taking a couple of garlic oil (not powder) capsules instead of antacids. (Resource B below) It can work wonders in some instances. The problem may actually be too little, rather than two much stomach acid and therefore hydrochloric acid and enzyme supplements may be in order.
        I’ll discuss this lack of acid (hypochlorhydria) as well as peptic ulcers and natural remedies in the next issues.
    Reference:
        The Wysong Library, 1880 North Eastman, Midland, MI 48640.1-800-748-0188, currently has over 200 volumes available with topics including exercise, lawn care, preventive nutrition and many, many more.
        Garlic oil capsules are available from the Healthy Alternatives Store, 1-800-748-0188. 20% discount to Co-op members.
 
Soy And Infection Resistance
    Today dietary fats are anathema. They are seen as something to be avoided because of how they may increase our risk of heart disease, cancer and obesity. But as I have described thoroughly in the book Lipid Nutrition and in other Reviews, fats - like everything else -have both their good and bad sides.
    Unlike any other dietary component, fats - or I should use the term lipids, meaning both fats and oils - make the saying, “We are what we eat,” most true. As seen in the accompanying drawing, lipids make up the membrane around every cell in every tissue of our body. Not only do they make up the membranes of the cells, but they make up the membranes of the structures (organelles) within the cell. Without our body being in a lipid-enveloped package, our predominantly water make up would simply evaporate, leaving us like a shriveled heap of mineral dust. We are kind of like a big, fatty bubble that holds within it the water medium for life’s processes.
    Given that, it is extremely important to pay close attention to what kinds of lipids we consume. Lipids are not somehow magically converted into beneficial lipids once they are absorbed into our bodies from whatever source. Rather, they are absorbed basically in the form we eat them and then incorporated into tissues. If we eat French fries and deep fried, crusty chicken wings, the super-heated, life-less, additive-laden fats in the cooking pot soon become the lifeless denatured fats our bodies’ membranes are composed of. Any wonder why we become denatured, diseased and lifeless?
    In most processed foods, fats are hydrogenated so that they are less runny and less likely to go rancid. Thus oleo margarine may begin with a natural, liquid corn oil but after it is hydrogenated it becomes the solid, greasy, plasticized butter look-alike. If we consume such synthetically modified oils our tissues within organs that make up our skin, will take on the characteristics of plastic. Wonder why your skin may seem to be prematurely wrinkling, drying, aging, easily infected, itchy, scaling and tumorous? The answer may lie in the boiling oil your last French fry came out of, or in the laboratory producing your favorite corn curl. if you want to have a plastic, lifeless, synthetic, and processed lipid body, then make them a steady portion of your diet.
    Fats and oils as they are found within natural foods in their raw state are in their most healthy form. When we consume these lipids our body’s tissue membranes (the gatekeepers of life) are transformed into vibrant, dynamic, fluid, flexible, living membranes. As such our tissues and cells exchange life-giving nutrients and expel wastes and toxins much more efficiently.
It is not too late to change. Once the diet is converted to more natural foods, the old synthetic, plastic, disease-causing lipids will eventually be replaced with the life-giving lipids from the natural foods. Excellent sources of natural lipids include raw nuts, avocados, all vegetables, whole grains and legumes. Refer to past issues of the Wysong Review (Resource C - page 8) and natural and raw food preparation books for how to properly prepare the foods so the life-giving properties of the lipids in these foods is not destroyed.
    The phosphatidylcholine found within the lipid lecithin fraction of soy, recent research has shown, has an effect on increasing the body’s resistance to infection. Thus, soy products such as tofu are excellent sources of these helpful lipids. Additionally, two whole soy products, Whole Extruded Soy Bean which can be added to basically any food you are preparing, and a Whole Soy Peanut Butter spread contain an abundance of infection-fighting lipids. (Resource D below)
    Change the quality of the lipids you consume. You can make tremendous strides in in-creasing your resistance to disease and stopping the aging clock.
    Reference:
        The American Journal of Clinical Nutntion September, 1992: 59~
        A)                       Back issues of the Wysong Review are available from the Wysong Institute, 1880 North Eastman, Midland, MI, 48640.1-800-748-0188.
        B)                        Whole Extruded Soy Bean and Whole Soy Peanut Butter are available from the Healthy Alternatives Store (1-800-748-0188).
 
Retinitis Pigmentosa And Vitamin A
    About 1 in 4,000 people are genetically predisposed to a slowly advancing eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa. Symptoms begin with an inability to distinguish detail at night and then progresses to tunnel vision and even complete blindness. There is no known cure.
    A recently completed study, however, of 601 retinitis pigmentosa patients between the ages of 18 and 49 showed that daily supplementation of 15,000 IUs of vitamin A palmitate significantly slowed the advance of the disease. Those beginning vitamin     A therapy at age 32 retained vision until age 70, which is about 7 years longer than if no supplements were taken at all.
    Vitamin A is an unstable light and oxygen sensitive compound, the very features which make it an important molecule in retina vision receptors. As a supplement it therefore should be taken in the more stable palmitate form. For some unknown reason, individuals in the study taking 400 IUs of vitamin E daily without vitamin A experienced an acceleration of the disease. In nutrition, nothing works well in isolation. Therefore, the best micronutrients, including vitamin A, come from fresh, natural foods.     If supplements are taken they should be broad spectrum and balanced . (Resource E below)
    Reference:
        Archives of Ophthalmology: June, 1993
        E)             RDA”, a broad-spectrum vitamin/mineral supplement: available from the Healthy Alternatives Store. (1-800-748-0188.) Alternate mail-order suppliers (cataloging primarily synthetic vitamins and minerals) include: L&H Vitamins, 1-800-22 1-1152; The Vitamin Shoppe, 1-800-223-1216; Home Health Products for Life, 1-800-284-9123; Nutrition Warehouse, 1-800-645-2929; The CFIDS Buyers Club, 1-800-366-6056; Mail Order Pharmacy, 1-800-433-5900.
 
Smoking And Cataracts
    Cataracts are an opacity in the lens of the eye. The lens is found in that dark area in the middle of the eye behind the iris and within the pupil. It normally cannot be seen because it is clear. In cases of cataracts it becomes milky and cloudy and can decrease sight and even cause blindness.
    Whether you are a smoker or you are in areas where you are exposed to second-hand smoke, you will greatly increase the risk of developing cataracts. The lens is the only epithelial (outer tissue layer) structure in the body to retain its earliest cells throughout life. Other tissues constantly replenish old cells with new ones. Thus damage to lens tissues can last a lifetime.
    The damage that occurs resulting from smoking is due to absorption of cyanide and thiocyanate from the smoke which is absorbed into tissues and converted to isocyanate. These cyanates can react with the proteins within the lens leading to the molecular changes known as cataracts. Cigarette smoke is also rich in free radicals and aldehydes which can damage the lens.
    Therefore, if you smoke -don’t have eyes; or if you have eyes - don’t smoke.
    Studies have shown that individuals who consume higher levels of the antioxidant vitamins A (beta carotene), C and E have a decreased incidence of cataracts even if they are exposed to smoke. (Resource F below)
    Reference:
        The Journal of the American Medical Association, January 10, 1993: 747
        Popular Nutritional Practices: A Scientific Approach, Jack z. Yetiz, M.D., Ph.D., Popular Medicine Press: 304
        C)                        Food A.C.E.™ and Food C™ are available from the Healthy Alternatives Store (1-800-748-0188) and see also mail-order companies: L&H Vitamins, 1-800-221-1152; The Vitamin Shoppe, 1-800-223-1216; Home Health Products for Life, 1-800-284-9123; Nutrition Warehouse, 1-800-645-2929; The CFIDS Buyers Club, 1-800-366-6056; Mail Order Pharmacy, 1-800-433-5900.
 
Watching And Waiting In Prostate Cancer
    For the past two decades the most popular approach to treatment of localized prostate cancer (clinical stage A or B) has been radical prostate resection (surgical removal of the tumor) and radiation therapy.
    By and large this approach is taken simply because it is the way it has been done, it is high tech and it is assumed that it works. In actual fact, there is no evidence to indicate that surgery and radiation is any more effective than simply doing nothing!
    The authors of a recent article in The Journal of the American Medical Association state, “If the medical community were to apply the same standards of safety and efficacy required for approval of new drugs to the use of invasive treatments for prostate cancer, it is likely that neither radical prostatectomy nor radiation therapy would be approved for this indication (the same of course might be true of many other procedures in common use).”
    That is a quote to frame on your wall. All the expensive, invasive drugs, radiation and surgery that people have subjected themselves to along with all of the pain, risks and failures were no better than if nothing had been done at all!
    The medical literature actually provides more evidence that there will be treatment-associated mortality and complications, such as impotence and incontinence which can severely degrade the quality of life, than evidence that there is benefit from these invasive procedures.
    This evidence regarding prostate cancer is simply the tip of the iceberg. Over 80 percent of modern medical measures are unproven. Sure, a physician can show an article supporting his particular choice of therapy, but I can almost guarantee you that elsewhere in the literature there is equally convincing, if not more compelling, evidence to argue against the medical measure he is advocating.
    It is my personal belief that many medical interventions do ultimately more harm than good. I can say this because of my personal observations and experience in medicine and also because it is a prediction from our synorgonic philosophy. Health is a balance, an accord and harmony with our natural environmental context. Medical intervention is by nature intrusive, unbalancing, manipulative and synthetic. It is, therefore, predictable that the more we experience medical care the farther we will be removed from the context necessary for true lasting health.
    Reference:
        Journal of the American Medical Association, May 26, 1993:2550
 
Teeth And Disease
    We normally think of dental health as something that is isolated to the mouth. Cavities need to be filled because they hurt, and gum disease needs to be prevented and treated or we can lose our teeth.
    But you may find it of interest to learn that the mouth and the teeth are connected to the rest of our body. Nothing really new here I know, but something we need to be reminded of.
    If we don’t take proper care of our teeth and they become infected, either through dental caries (cavities) or by gum disease, these infections become normally chronic in nature and can seed the rest of the body with infective agents. Chronic kidney disease and endocarditis (an infection of the lining of the heart) are examples of diseases resulting from long-standing chronic dental infections. Even multiple liver abscesses were recently reported in the medical literature to be caused by the identical pathogenic organisms found in chronic oral infections.
    Dental health is definitely a “do now or pay later” situation. It is easy to ignore it because it is hard to see any immediate benefit.
    Regular brushing, and particularly flossing along with converting the diet to more natural, less refined foods containing less sugared or white flour products, can do much to prevent dental disease.
    For an excellent book by a dentist who claims to be able to keep you virtually 100% free of dental disease, obtain the book How to Become Dentally Self-Sufficient by Dr. R. 0. Nara available from the Wysong Library listing of books. This holistically-oriented dentist also will work directly with you by mail and by telephone to help you solve dental problems. (Resource G below)
    Reference:
        The American Journal of Gastroenterology 1992,7(12): 1740
        G) How To Become Dentally Self-Sufficient, by Dr. R. 0. Nara is available from the Wysong Library (see A above). Those wishing to contact Dr. Nara or one of his associates can address all inquires to Oramedics International, 200 East Montezuma Avenue, Houghton, MI 49931.1-906-482-1419. The Holistic Dental Digest is a newsletter by Dr. Jerry Mittelman (D.D.S.) from The Once Daily, Inc. at 263 West End Avenue., #2A, New York City, NY 10023.
 
Cookware Dangers
    There is danger lurking in your pots and pans. If you cook with iron skillets, the iron can leach into your foods and perhaps oxidize the foods and even serve as a pro-oxidant once consumed. As discussed previously in the Review, oxidation of lipids such as cholesterol lies at the root of heart disease.
    If you use aluminum cookware, the aluminum can also contaminate the food, accumulate in tissues and in the brain, and is being implicated in Alzheimer’s Disease.
    If you use the non-stick surfaces, there is evidence that these release toxic vapors that are even capable of killing birds in the home.
    Given all of this, I felt most comfortable using stainless steel cookware. Now, new evidence shows that not only the chromium and iron in stainless steel but also the nickel can be released, particularly if acidic foods are cooked. The nickel is perhaps not as dangerous as the iron or aluminum but can trigger allergic reactions in some individuals.
    What is left? The best cooking is no cooking. Eat as many fresh, raw foods as possible. If cookware is to be used, be careful using any metal if the dish you are preparing is quite acidic containing tomato or citrus juice, for example.
    A better alternative is glass cookware... until we find out that there is something in that that is getting into our food and killing us all.
    Reference:
        Archives of Environmental contamination and Toxicology, Aug., 1992: 211-
 
Natural Vitamin C Better
    Commercialized vitamins are isolated chemicals. They are synthesized in laboratories from starting materials such as petroleum and put into vitamin supplements. Such isolates are found nowhere in nature. Yet such synthetics can be called “natural” because molecularly they may appear to be the same as the vitamins found in nature.
    But vitamins in natural food are a part of a complex, a milieu, with broader beneficial effects and lower toxicity than their isolated or synthetic counterparts.
    A study of 16 volunteers, for example, measured the effect of synthetic vitamin C in neutralizing N-Nitroso compounds, potent cancer causing agents found in processed meats, compared to fresh fruits and vegetables.
    The result was that green pepper, pineapple, tomato, strawberries and carrot juices significantly inhibited N-Nitroso formation far better than an equivalent amount of synthetic ascorbic acid (vitamin C). An-other proof that a vitamin is not a vitamin is not a vitamin.
    Get your vitamins from raw, natural foods as much as possible and your supplements from products using real, natural micronutrient - concentrated foods. (Resource F below)
    Reference:
        Carcinogenesis 1992, 13(12): 2277-
        F) Food A.C.E.™ and Food C™ are available from the Healthy Alternatives Store (1-800-748-0188) and see also mail-order companies: L&H Vitamins, 1-800-22 1-1152; The Vitamin Shoppe, 1-800-223-1216; Home Health Products for Life, 1-800-284-9123; Nutrition Warehouse, 1-800-645-2929; The CFIDS Buyers Club, 1-800-366-6056; Mail Order Pharmacy, 1-800-433-5900.
 
Air Bag Dangers
    The inflation velocity of air bags is anywhere from 98 to 211 miles per hour. This sudden pressure was responsible for the rupture of the right atrium of the heart in a 22-year-old woman traveling just 10 to 15 miles per hour and colliding with a stopped car.
    Diagnosis of the injury was difficult because there was no evident trauma to the chest and no ribs were fractured. The atrium is enclosed by one of the thinnest membranes in the chest and thus is quite susceptible to sudden pressure damage such as this. Its bursting results in blood filling the pericardium (the membrane sac surrounding the heart) interfering with the heart’s ability to pump.
    Air bags are a wonderful invention but they, like everything else, are not without dangers. The young lady was not wearing a seat belt or shoulder harness, which increased the impact of her body with the rapidly inflating air bag. Be sure to continue to wear your seat belt and shoulder harness even if your automobile has an air bag. 
    Reference:
        The New England Journal of Medicine, February 04, 1993: 358
 
Return To Nature In Biosphere II
    A basic tenant of our philosophic approach to nutrition here at Wysong is that we must restore the natural character of our food. The Review continues to demonstrate evidence that this philosophy is correct and can lead to better health prevention and even therapies and cures. Evidence cited includes showing that natural nutrients are superior to synthetic, and clear tracking of the rise in disease as societies become further estranged from their natural environmental context. Archeological and anthropological studies of primitive societies also demonstrate the value of natural, whole, fresh foods.
    Near Tucson, Arizona four men and four women are participating in a two year experiment which started in September of 1991. They are living in an enclosed 3.15 acre area called Biosphere II. It is essentially closed off from the rest of the world except for sunlight. Air, water, and organic materials are recycled and the team lives totally on food crops they themselves grow within this closed environment. The purpose of Biosphere II is to serve as a large laboratory for ecological study as well as investigation of conditions as they might be in an extraterrestrial habitat.
    This reversion, if you will, to a natural environmental context has had a significant impact on the health of the participants. Benefits have included the loss of substantial amounts of body weight, but none of the individuals have experienced any negative repercussions from this such as menstrual irregularities in the women or weakness in the men. Total cholesterol dropped about 35% and blood pressure dropped about 20%.
    The changes seen in these humans parallel the changes seen in rodents who have lived on calorie-restricted diets and have benefited from the delay of age related death and increased life span.
    This is yet another evidence, in reverse if you will, in a very controlled setting of what can happen when we restore our natural environmental, including food, context.
    Each of us can enjoy the same benefits by making our life and surroundings a personalized synorgonic Biosphere by simply, to the degree possible, restoring our natural context. This is achieved - I know not easily -by adopting the natural archetypal life style and eating patterns which we discuss and summarize each month in the Wysong Review.
    Reference:
        Proceedings National Academy Sciences USA, December, 1992:11533-Biomedical & Environmental Sciences, Sept., 1992: 257-
 
The Narrowing Plant Animal Gap
    Categorizing animals or plants helps our mind grasp the natural world.
    It is important, however, to understand that such categorization, and the nomenclature attached to it, is purely anthropomorphic (a human imposed characteristic). It is also arbitrary and simplistic, making our world seem neatly organized and separated into parts. Unfortunately that is not the nature of our synorgonic world. Rather than a compilation of separate things, our world is homogeneous and continuous without clear defining lines between anything.
    We tend, for example, to think of plants as dumb, insensitive, photosynthetic food producers. Increasing evidence, however, is disputing this. Some researchers have electrically probed plants and found a “nervous system” that feels and responds to its environment. Some plant enthusiasts argue that tenderness in the care of plants, singing to them and the like, results in more responsive growth and better health of the plants.
    A new study of how parasitic wasps find their caterpillar hosts reveals further the alive, complex, and even communicating nature of plants. Parasitic wasps must find appropriate larvae to insert their eggs into. This grotesque life cycle involves the wasps paralyzing the caterpillar, inserting their eggs and then the eggs developing into larva that slowly consume the host caterpillar. Caterpillars have developed a variety of hiding mechanisms within plants, however, to avoid the wasp.
    Scientists have now discovered that wasps are still able to find their prey by tuning in to signals that a plant emits when these caterpillars feed on it. Thus we have insects communicating with, or at least being able to listen to, plants.
    Not only does this point to the continuum nature of our natural world and its exceeding complexity which is far beyond the simplistic categorization we impose upon it, it also creates a dilemma for those who have an ethical difficulty in consuming other living creatures. If plants are indeed feeling and sensitive, how can we eat them if the reason we refuse to eat animals is because they are feeling and sensitive?
    Don’t misunderstand this as an argument on behalf of our gluttonous human carnivorism but it at least helps us appreciate that if we choose to eat no meat, or at least less, that reasons other than the sensitivity of the living thing we are eating should be used as justification.
    Reference:
        Scientific American, March. 1993:100-