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
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.
New England Journal of Medicine, Nov. 5,
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
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
This exercise can be done anytime you
are having a problem, but if it is done every morning it may help to prevent
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.
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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.
The American Journal of Clinical
Nutntion September, 1992: 59~
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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
Archives of Ophthalmology: June, 1993
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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
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)
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
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Watching And Waiting In Prostate
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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)
The American Journal of Gastroenterology
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.
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.
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
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)
Carcinogenesis 1992, 13(12): 2277-
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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.
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.
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.
Scientific American, March. 1993:100-