- WYSONG HEALTH LETTER
- Dr. R. L. Wysong
- August 1995
- DEAR FRIEND
more than 100 years after the Industrial Revolution began, increased productivity led to
decreased working hours. Time spent on the
job changed from 12 or more hours, 6 to 7 days a week, to 10 hour days and finally to the
present 8 hour days 5 days a week. I can
remember social planners wondering about what the masses were going to do as the work week
shrunk more and more.
although productivity has more than doubled per hour of work since 1945, the work week has
not decreased. In fact it has increased for
many and has expanded to 2 wage earners per family.
- Desirable modern goods are now only appropriate
for high incomes and long hours. To achieve
the good life, people press on. Job stress is
of epidemic proportions and stress from economic woes is perhaps the single most divisive
factor in modern families.
are not getting better. Companies are not
expanding their work force or encouraging shorter work hours. Under pressure to compete in an increasingly
difficult marketplace, they expect more, not less, devotion to work and are trimming any
and all excess fat. Downsizing has become
the buzz word in corporate America.
is the end consequence of generations of movement toward a socialistic welfare-style
state. Government has become obsessed with
how to spend, rather than how to earn money. They
see it as their "moral" duty (in direct contradiction to the constitution) to
make sure no one becomes too wealthy by taking from the productive and giving to the
nonproductive - the fundamental tenant of Marxist communism. (See Vol. 6, No. 9) Todays entrepreneur, the
very foundation of economic growth, is essentially treated like an enemy of the state. Burdensome regulations stacked against building
and growing and product development greatly inflate business costs. Couple this with escalating taxes, IRS compliance,
(an audit can take years and cost thousands of dollars in man hours to get through, since
tax payers are assumed guilty until proven innocent) nonsensical zoning,
OSHA, FDA, EPA
and labeling regulations designed to justify bureaucracy rather than protect the public
and you have a formula for business retraction, not growth.
Add to this the social costs of employees, such as unemployment compensation,
matching social security taxes, and expected benefits such as medical, dental, vacation,
clothing, travel, eating, etc., combined with the inherent right of employees to sue
employers for basically any trumped up reason, and it is little wonder companies seek ways
to expand other than by adding employees.
is needed is a free economy. We need a
government that is trim, balances its books, and prevents criminal offense and protects
the common good. A national sales tax or
similar revision should be implemented to replace the intrusive income tax and its
enforcement agencies. The redistribution of wealth by the state should cease.
the resultant friendly climate, business would flourish in this country and (provided
there is a dramatic litigation overhaul) more workers would be hired, wages to productive
people would be increased and work time and obligations decreased.
- This in turn could result in a happier, more
content productive and creatively challenged population which could have an incredibly
beneficial impact on all of the present family, social - and health - ills we now face.
Scientific American, August 1994: 89
- LIFESTYLE, NOT GENES, CAUSES DISEASE
genes come in several varieties called polymorphisms.
If you receive certain polymorphic genes you can become susceptible to some
diseases. But this susceptibility is only
true if you adopt particular lifestyles.
example, there is a gene that provides the blueprint for production of M-acetyltransferase, which is an enzyme used to destroy various chemical carcinogens. Those individuals who have slow acetylator genes
were found to be much more susceptible to the aromatic amines found in tobacco smoke, for
example. Slow acetylators who smoke more
than 15 cigarettes a day are in fact 8 times more likely to develop breast cancer than
nonsmokers not possessing this slow
acetylator polymorphic gene.
who begin smoking early in life, in their teens, face the greatest cancer threat, and slow
acetylators who do not smoke face no excess threat of breast cancer at all.
as discussed at some length in the last issue, we may be a victim of a set of weaker genes
only if we choose a lifestyle that is not healthy. (See
Resource A further reading on this subject.)
Science News, May 6, 1995: 280
The Betrayal of Health, by Joseph D. Beasley, M.D.
- this book makes clear the deep link between sickness and society, between chronic
disease and social disorder. 276 pp., soft
cover. Available from the Wysong Library
Catalog, 1880 N. Eastman, Midland, MI 48640.
- DIET CAUSES INFECTIOUS DISEASE
viruses can be either benign or virulent. They
infect more than 20 million people annually in the United States alone and can cause
illness ranging from colds to inflammation of the heart.
But the vast majority of people do not develop disease since the majority of the
viruses are benign. Only about 10,000 people
per year become ill.
a recent study of mice, it was found that the Coxsackie viruses that were resident in mice
eating a diet deficient in the trace mineral selenium developed an inflammatory heart
disease. Upon further investigation it was
found that the mineral deficiency actually caused the emergence of a new virulent strain
of the virus. It had undergone six changes in
the sequence of the nucleotides that make up ribonucleic acid (deoxyribonucleic acid and
ribonucleic acid are the active chemicals within genetic materials).
it was found that the altered viruses from the deficient mice could then infect and cause
disease in mice who were eating a diet that was not deficient.
it was not at all necessary to infect, kill and mutilate untold numbers of mice to create
this piece of information, the evidence indeed provides strong empirical proof that the
basis for altered health may not at all be an attack from outside, i.e. an infective
agent. Rather, disease is due to lifestyle
and nutrition that make the field ripe and even cause benign organisms to become disease
- FIREARM VIOLENCE
injuries now rival deaths from motor vehicle crashes as the leading cause of injury death
in the United States. Firearm-related
injuries are now the eighth leading cause of death and the fourth leading cause of years
of potential life lost before the age of 65 in the United States.
from this, there are almost three times the number of nonfatal firearm-related injuries to
fatal injuries. In just one year there were
almost 100,000 such nonfatal injuries.
- The mean hospital charge per admission for
firearm-related injuries is over $52,000.
is incredible to think that your risk of being shot to death is as great as your risk of
being in a fatal automobile accident. The
difference is automobile accidents are normally just that, accidents. Fatal gun shot wounds are usually designed and
purposed. An accident is kind of one of
those things, whereas gun shot wounds are because you are a victim of a predator.
much I can tell you here about how to prevent violent injury other than the obvious: move
to a safer area, learn self-defense, secure your home, choose your friends carefully,
watch where you travel, and seek help if you abuse or are abused by a family member.
will always exist, but there is no need for it to be on the scale it is in modern society. As I repeatedly mention in the Health Letter, maintaining control of your life and
trying to effect political and economic changes that liberate people to better their
economic status can do much to change the rise in violence.
For example, it has been shown that there is a six fold difference in interracial
domestic homicide between blacks and whites and these are entirely accounted for by
differences in socioeconomic status between the respective black and white populations.
The Journal of the American Medical Association,
June 14, 1995: 1749-, 1755-1768-
- EUGENICS IN CHINA
a farmer wishes to increase milk production in his herd, he culls out the poor producing
cows and increases reproduction in the high producers.
Dog breeders, mink producers, pig raisers and crop farmers all do similar selective
breeding and culling in order to achieve desirable features in their product.
the wild, all creatures are subject to similar selective pressures. Those who are the most fit survive to pass on
their stronger genetics to future generations. Those
who are less fit do not survive and thus their line is ended.
only creature in the world which is not significantly subject to either intentional or
natural selective pressures is the human. We
call it freedom and compassion to vigorously defend the right of any person to produce
progeny... and as many as they want. This, in
spite of the fact that the world is headed toward a population precipice and humans unable
to properly care for themselves create a financial burden on the rest of society.
need to control both the quality and quantity of the human population is obvious. But this is so socially and politically
inflammatory an issue that no one wants to touch it.
In developed nations who vehemently defend the rights of individuals
regardless of the toll on the rest of society, change will either never occur or only
occur when the problem reaches crisis proportion -
at which time reversal may not be possible.
what you may about the seeming draconian politics of China, they at least have a view to
the future and are making attempts at rational solutions while there is still time left. For example, a new law on maternal and infant
health care is designed to improve the quality of births. A premarital checkup is required and if
unsatisfactory would require the couple to either postpone marriage or take long-term or
permanent contraceptive measures. Couples
intending to marry will have to present premarital checkup certificates and since
cohabitation is frowned upon, marital relations are essentially denied to anyone not
having the premarital checkup certificates.
certificates measure serious hereditary diseases, contagious diseases, and mental
disorders. For couples failing the test,
marriage is only permitted if the couple will take long-lasting contraceptive measures.
fetal monitoring will occur and if a fetus has a serious hereditary disease or deformity,
abortion is mandatory.
has a population control policy of one child per couple.
The new law also requires the careful monitoring of dead newborns in an attempt to
curtail the present practice of stifling, the drowning of unwanted daughters immediately
after delivery which are presently being reported as still births. Couples feel their genetic line is only passed
through a male and thus having only a female child is undesirable.
what we may about such eugenic and social controls of our behavior, they may be the best
of all the bad options. If the quality and
quantity of the human population, as well as our behavior (such as environment
destruction) are not controlled now, what will be the ultimate consequences? If some of our freedoms must be restricted now in order to maintain a decent world for our
children, might this not have to be the price paid? The
alternative is to allow society to continue as it is unbridled and socialistically
removing income from the healthy productive segment of society to support those "less
design works nowhere else in nature. What
makes us think it will work with humans? Then
when resources are gone, and we are choking and gagging on our own waste, and economic
bounty does not exist to care for those unable to maintain themselves, the whole world
will suffer unspeakable disease and death which would certainly outweigh the misery of
having rational controls now.
am not here advocating Chinas policy or any other particular method of solving these
consternating problems. It is certain,
however, that we face world-scope problems that should be addressed as early as possible
with foresight if we are to leave behind a better world.
It is also clear that ultimately we will have to endure some kind of control over
reproduction if our species is ever to improve and the human species remain on our finite
The Lancet, November 12, 1994: 1355
- DONT BE SURE
time anyone speaks with absolute certainty about anything we should be suspicious. Particularly should we be suspicious when people
pontificate about what can directly affect health and well-being. The only thing we can be certain of is that we
cannot be certain.
example, even the number of elements we learned in the periodic table in our first
chemistry class is constantly undergoing change. Scientists
are currently fighting over what to name newly discovered elements #109, #110 and #111. (In 1920, there were only 92 kinds of atoms
known.) On the other hand, astrophysicists
tell us that 90% of the matter in the universe is as yet undetected and unidentified.
the basic elements upon which all of the physical universe is built not yet fully known,
and 90% of what exists in the universe undiscovered, how can we be so certain about
our minuscule place in the greater natural scheme of things, there is safety only in
Scientific American, March 1995: 21
- THE SPIDERS WEB
contains marvels beyond our comprehension, much less our ability to synthesize. A strand
in a spiders web, for example, has the strength of steel. A completed web is so strong and resilient that on
the human scale a web strung in the sky would have the ability to catch a passenger
do threads less than 1/1000 of a millimeter in diameter have the capability of
dissipating the kinetic energy of relatively huge insects flying into them? If the web is not right, the insects simply fly
through or they bounce off as if from a trampoline.
is not only the molecular structure of the strands that contain the answer, but also their
minute size that causes the completed web to act like ropes in water. On this minuscule scale, air is to a spiders
web what water is to a rope. In this way the
kinetic energy from the bugs is dissipated as the web moves in response to the impact.
are only beginning to understand something like spider webs. Yet spider webs are incredibly simply compared to
the biology and physiology of a human and its food. (And,
yes, my pet question: How can science claim certainty about nutrition and fabricate
synthetic diets claiming them to be 100% complete, when knowledge of food or organisms is
so pathetically meager?)
Science News, January 21, 1995: 38
ultimate alchemy is nanotechnology. This
rapidly emerging technology attempts to build ordinary objects from the atoms up, molecule
by molecule. Using atoms as if they were
bricks, scientists can gain complete control over the structure of matter and build
basically any substance. Scientists have
already been able to isolate individual atoms and move them at will, even using them to
spell out words. These words are so small
that the entire Encyclopedia Britannica could
be written on the head of a pin.
is the kind of future our children face -
exciting, but judging from previous results of synthetic capabilities, very scary.
Science News, June 24, 1995: 386
- TAX REVISION
time I return to this topic I feel like I should apologize.
I feel that you will think I am far afield from the health theme of our newsletter.
I think few would doubt that a blighted personal financial condition could not severely
hamper living a decent life. If the
government is in some way subjugating you or you are barely eecking out a living, there is
little time left to give the attention to the luxury of building a full life and
maintaining robust health.
all the potential opportunities I have seen presented to citizenry, changing our tax
system heads the list for its potential broad beneficial effects. I have enclosed a flyer from CATS, (Citizens For
An Alternative Tax System) which I would strongly encourage you to respond to by
requesting an information package. This is
the most intelligent organization I have run across promoting the establishment of a
national sales tax in lieu of the present income tax/IRS quagmire. In contrast to many organizations which use funds
to build their internal organization, CATS is highly motivated to efficiently effect tax
revision. In their information package you
will be told how you can write letters and make the contacts necessary to help create the
ground swell of public support needed to cause these changes.
revision is beginning to take center stage in the national political debate. Stay informed and get behind the coming tax
- VITAMIN C AND ASTHMA
is on the increase. In the decade of the
80s, it increased almost 50% in people aged less than 20 years. Smaller but substantial increases were also seen
in middle aged and older people as well.
asthma cannot be blamed on other infectious agents, its increase in incidence must be
related to something that is happening within our environment. Epidemiological studies have demonstrated that
environmental pollutants and diet are related to the increased incidence of this disease. There is good reason to believe that mass
immunizations flooding the body with modified infective agents may also disrupt the
ability of the body to appropriately respond immunologically, resulting in allergies and
autoimmunities as well.
radical oxidants produced endogenously (within the body itself) are increased by exogenous
(outside the body) oxidants such as cigarette smoke, and decreased by vitamin C. Free radical oxidants are produced in excess
endogenously by the overactive inflammatory response ongoing in asthma. Vitamin C is the major antioxidant present on the
mucous lining of the respiratory tract and is thus very important in acting as an
antioxidant here. Vitamin C is also important
in regenerating vitamin E after it has served as an antioxidant.
exposure to environmental pollutants, be wary of vaccinations (see Vol. 8, No. 9), and
increase the intake of fresh fruits and vegetables. Consider
supplementary food-source antioxidants such as beta carotene, vitamin C and vitamin E to
decrease the incidence and severity of asthma. (See
Resources B and C, also see Resource D for further reading on the power of vitamin C in
a concentrated food-only source of vitamin C. If not available locally, contact
Wysong Institute for a supplier source.
ACE a concentrated food-only
source of vitamins A, C & E. If not available locally, contact Wysong Institute for a
Vitamin C: The Master Nutrient, by Sandra
Goodman, Ph.D. - presents the startling new research proving the power of vitamin C in the
treatment of cancer, arthritis, cataracts, diabetes, heart disease and AIDS. 176 pp., soft cover. Available from the Wysong Library Catalog, 1880 N.
Eastman, Midland, MI 48640.
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, March
- CIRCUMCISION AND PAIN RESPONSE
pain response to vaccination of 60 boys as related to whether they were or were not
circumcised was studied. It was determined
that median visual analog scores and higher behavioral pain scores and crying longer were
associated with the boys who were circumcised.
have previously discussed the issue of genital mutilation. One
organization, the National Organization of Circumcision Resource Centers, has a
significant following. It produces books and
newsletters demonstrating the adverse impact of circumcision on adults. For some time they have suggested that the cruel
surgical procedure performed on boys has a very significant psychological impact that is
carried even into adult life. This study
certainly corroborates in part their suspicions.
circumcision in this country is the most common neonatal surgical procedure. It causes severe pain and measurable changes in
behavior. In this study it was found that
pain response to vaccinations four to six months after
circumcision was increased in circumcised children.
fully understands the impact of such trauma on a developing infant? Could what is implanted into the psyche by this
cruel mutilation surface later in life as any number of psychological disturbances? (To pursue this topic further, see Resource E.)
Say No To Circumcision!, by Thomas J. Ritter, M.D.
- provides compelling information that explodes the myth that routine newborn circumcision
does no harm. 90 pp., soft cover.
The Lancet, February 4, 1995: 291
- MUSIC AND DEPRESSION
study was undertaken to determine how music would assist older adults experiencing
symptoms of depression, distress and anxiety. 30
elderly adults were randomly assigned to groups either receiving music therapy, or to a
nonmusic control group. Participants in the
music groups performed significantly better than the controls on standardized tests of
depression, distress, self-esteem and mood. Though
the program was only of eight-week duration, the improvement was maintained over a
nine-month follow-up period.
to play an instrument, take voice lessons, join a choir, get a new sound system and enjoy
the music you like most. This will be cheap,
enjoyable therapy to keep you upbeat and optimistic about life. With this will come the additional bonuses of
better health since mood directly impacts the immune system.
Journal of the American Medical Association, May
3, 1995: 1318
- MATTRESS TOXINS AND SIDS
been suggested that Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) might be a result of various
additives such as antimony, arsenic, and phosphorus present in the polyvinylchloride
mattress covers on childrens beds. The
soluble antimony salts may be leached from mattress covers by perspiration and urine. The microbial generation of volatile toxic
products from these additives might cause SIDS. Some
30 different microorganisms have been identified in childrens mattresses. Some of these
possess the biochemical capabilities of producing these toxic compounds.
- ULCERS AND THE WATER
microbe Helicobacter pylori is associated with stomach ulcers. In a study of water samples from
an area with one of the worlds highest rates of ulcers, the infective agent was
found. In Narino more than 90% of the
population harbor the bacterium.
the United States more than 30% of the population also harbor the microbe. Tests are now under way to determine if U.S. water
supplies are contaminated with it.
researchers look for evidence, don't wait for their debate to end, use only purified
water, preferably prepared right at home with your own purifiers. (See Resource F)
purification systems. If not available locally, contact Wysong Institute for a supplier
Science News, June 10, 1995: 67
- BREAST CANCER RISKS
early age of first menstruation and late age for menopause are associated with increased
risk of breast cancer. As previously
mentioned in the Health Letter, the increased
number of ovulations from early menarche and late menopause causes an increasing level of
estrogens in the body which is related to breast cancer.
It is suggested by some that both early menarche and late menopause may result from
obesity, the use of gonadal hormones such as estrogens and progestins and number and
timing of deliveries.
natural diet will prevent obesity in young children and with that, help prevent early
onset of menarche. Avoidance of gonadal type
hormones as used for birth control and menopause could also help decrease this disease. Additionally, having children (with restraint,
considering world population problems) and nursing them is also preventive.
New England Journal of Medicine, June 15, 1995:
- BOVINE GROWTH HORMONE
growth hormone (rBGH) is given to dairy cows to increase milk production by 5-15%.
every long-term use of hormones in animals or humans has resulted in catastrophe. Consumers should be highly suspicious of this
technology since there is no benefit to consumers, leaving only potential harm.
problems in cattle have increased from 96 to 806 in six months. Adverse reactions included death, mastitis (udder
infection), bloody milk, spontaneous abortions and retained placenta. If the cows aren't healthy, how can their milk be?
Natural Foods Merchandiser, May 1995: 12
- MALE FERTILITY ON THE WANE
the past 50 years there has been a trend toward decreasing sperm count and volume of
seminal fluid in men. For the past 30 years
several reports suggest that the general reproductive quality of semen in men is
declining. A recent study of data from the
past 20 years shows that there is a decline in reproductive quality of semen and an
increase in morphologically abnormal cells.
are broad based studies spanning decades and no one knows for sure the reason why
fertility is waning. I would suggest male
reproductive capacity is simply an index of general failing health as a result of improper
diet and lifestyle and increasing environmental pollutant stress.
New England Journal of Medicine, February 2,
- HOMOCYSTEINE AND ATHEROSCLEROSIS
I have mentioned in previous issues, a high level of homocysteine is associated with a
high risk of atherosclerosis. Homocysteine
increases in the body if there is a deficiency of vitamins such as folate and vitamin B6.
a recent study it was shown that there is a direct correlation between plasma homocysteine
and stenosis (blockage) of the carotid arteries which course through the neck and feed the
head. Carotid stenosis is a common
vascular disease which can lead to death and stroke and is usually a candidate for
evidence from this study and others would make it a wise course of action to make sure you
are increasing fresh, whole, vitamin-rich foods as opposed to cooked and processed foods. Supplementation with a B complex vitamin formula
that includes folate, vitamin B12 and
would be a reasonable adjunct.
- CONTRACEPTIVES AND CERVICAL CANCER
of the cervix constitutes about 10-15% of all cervical cancers. The incidence of the disease doubled in the U.S.
for women under 35 between the 1970s and the 1980s. The increase was also greater for women in the
20-35 year old age group in the upper socioeconomic strata.
accumulated from the Los Angeles County Cancer Surveillance Program of almost 600
participants demonstrated that the highest risk for adenocarcinoma of the cervix was for
women who used oral contraceptives, and in particular for those who used them for more
than a period of 12 years.
women who took the contraceptives during this time and take them today are usually assured
there is absolutely no risk of cancer from taking oral contraceptives.
only thing we must ever doubt is assurance of safety of any medical intervention.
The Lancet, November 1994: 1390
- PROBIOTICS FOR INFANT DIARRHEA
microorganisms that populate the digestive tract compete against pathogenic organisms and
also contribute a variety of health benefits such as production of enzymes (such as
lactase which helps people digest the lactose in milk products), vitamins and growth
factors. When balances are disrupted and the
pathogens predominate, disease can result.
diarrhea is a common cause of infant morbidity and mortality and has been believed to be
associated with a disruption in gastrointestinal microbial populations.
a double-blind, placebo-controlled study it was found that infants aged 5 to 24 months who
received supplementary probiotic (friendly microorganisms) supplements containing
bifidobacterium bifidum and streptococcus thermophylous had a much lower incidence of
acute diarrhea and less serious disease.
breast fed from healthy mothers will receive probiotic organisms right through the breast
milk as well as from the mothers body by way of kissing and handling. Babies bottle fed do not receive these
inoculations of probiotic organisms and are thus more susceptible to life-threatening
reminds me of a study of chickens I described several years ago. In an effort to decrease baby chick diseases,
farmers increasingly sterilized the environment and separated the baby chicks from their
mothers and their feces. The result? More chicks died.
Only by feeding the baby chicks excrement from the adults did baby chick health
Because the excrement from the adults contained probiotic organisms necessary to
inoculate the digestive tract of the youngsters so pathogens could be competed against.
many benefits of supplemental probiotic organisms make their routine use in infants as
well as adults an excellent part of a supplementary armamentaria to maintain health.
The Lancet, October 15, 1994: 1046
- VITAMIN E AND ATHEROSCLEROSIS
is a method by which dyes are injected into blood vessels to make the blood opaque on
x-ray films. This is commonly used to
evaluate coronary artery disease since it can demonstrate narrowing of the lumen (opening)
within these vessels.
of taking a series of angiographs of patients with coronary artery atherosclerosis
demonstrated that those patients who were consuming 100 IUs of vitamin E per day had a
reduction in coronary artery lesion progression compared to those who were consuming less
than 100 IUs of vitamin E per day.
E is a fat soluble, antioxidant vitamin. It
likely works its antiatherosclerosis effect by decreasing the oxidation of cholesterol and other free
radical-generating chemicals that can cause the lesions within blood vessels that lead to
years the relationship between vitamins and serious disease has been poopooed by the
medical community. This significant study
giving physical visual angiographic evidence that vitamin E reduces the progression of
atherosclerosis is a strong vindication for those who have for years been persecuted
because they advocated nutritional supplements as a serious means of treating and
preventing serious disease.
Journal of the American Medical
Association, June 21, 1995: 1849
- BREAST-FEEDING AND SMARTS
presence of neurological dysfunction is associated with behavioral and cognitive
development at school age. Infants who are
neurologically impaired evidently experience a generalized neurological deficiency that
can express itself as an intellectual deficiency later in life. A study of 135 breast-fed children compared to 391
formula-fed children tested by a standard neonatal neurological examination and then
followed up at nine years of age, found the breast-fed children to be neurologically and
milk contains a variety of long chain lipids and a host of other nutritional factors not
present in steam-cleaned, embalmed, bottle foods. These
nutrients are necessary for the neurological development of infants. Parents who do not breast-feed, automatically
jeopardize not only the neurological and intellectual, but the immunological and overall
development of their children.
The Lancet, November 12, 1994: 1319
- EMFs INCREASE BRAIN CANCER
study of 138,905 linemen, electricians, power plant operators and other workers employed
by five major electric utility companies from 1950 to 1988 showed that those exposed to
the highest level of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) from power lines were 2-1/2 times more
likely to die of brain cancer than those who had lower exposures.
I have mentioned in previous issues of the Health
Letter, we are only now discovering the tip of the EMF iceberg and how it endangers
not only those who work or live by power lines, but those even within homes that have high
EMF levels. (See Resource G, for further
information on the dangers of EMFs.)
American Journal of
Epidemiology, January 1995
The Magnetic Blueprint of Life, by Albert Roy David
and Walter C. Rawls, Jr. - written with forcefulness and precision, this is a
comprehensive guide to the effect of magnetism upon the air we breathe, the food we eat,
the exercise we take. 150 pp., soft cover. Available from the Wysong Library Catalog, 1880 N.
Eastman, Midland, MI 48640.
- INCREASE PROTEIN WITH AGE
research has demonstrated that the recommended protein requirement for the elderly is too
low. The mean dietary protein requirement
for healthy adult men and women of all ages has been 0.6 g/kg per day (273 mg/lbs per
day). The new recommendation is that the
elderly, in particular, should be receiving 1.0 to 1.25 g/kg per day (568 mg/lbs per day).
age there are significant changes in body composition, physical functional capacity,
physical activity, and food intake. Also a
less vigorous immune system increases the frequency of disease. All of these factors can increase the requirement
is another example of the ever-changing requirements established by
researchers. These new findings represent
almost a doubling of the protein requirement previously thought to be adequate. Remember, since the erroneous lower protein levels
were used as a standard in all previous nutritional studies, the results of all
nutritional studies testing the adequacy of all other nutrients are now invalid. In other words, if people were receiving less
than the actual protein requirement, the results researchers were obtaining testing for
vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, selenium and all other nutrients would be confused and
erroneous because who knows whether the results were due to inadequate protein or
inadequate or excess specific nutrient under examination?
quality protein is, unfortunately, from animal sources.
Organic and humanely raised meats, lightly cooked
(not in oils) and boiled, poached or raw, organic eggs, and yogurt prepared as
described in previous Health Letters (see Vol.
7, No. 12) would be excellent sources of animal protein.
All plant materials also contain protein, but not of the quality containing the
full range of amino acids in the ratios and levels found in animal-derived foods. Nevertheless, vegetables and fruits eaten in
variety can also provide an excellent source for protein.
Some high protein vegetable foods would include legumes such as beans,
peanuts, and soy beans (whole extruded soy beans are best, see Resource H).
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,
October 1994: 501
a highly nutritious source of whole soybeans. If not available locally, contact
Wysong Institute for a supplier source.
- DECREASE IRON WITH SOY
discussed in a previous issue of the Health Letter
(see Vol. 9, No. 5), excess iron in the diet can function as a pro-oxidant increasing free
radical disease including coronary heart disease. If
you are tested for iron and found to have excess tissue reserves, it would be well to try
to decrease iron in the diet. An adjunct to
decreasing high iron foods such as red meats and dietary supplements containing high
levels of iron is to consume whole soy beans which will inhibit iron absorption. The phytic acid and a component of conglycinin in
whole soy beans binds to iron and prevents its absorption. An
excellent food source of whole soy beans is whole extruded soy beans (see Resource H)
a highly nutritious source of whole soybeans. If not available locally, contact
Wysong Institute for a supplier source.
- DISSOLVE YOUR BONES WITH COFFEE
healthy, nonsmoking, postmenopausal women were studied to determine the effect of caffeine
on bone density. The researchers concluded
daily consumption of caffeine equal to just 2-3 servings of brewed coffee may
accelerate bone loss from the spine and total body in women with calcium intakes below 800
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, November
- IATROGENIC INJURY
injury is injury caused as a result of medical therapy.
The Capital Medical Practice Study of patients hospitalized in New York state
demonstrated that (extrapolated nationally) about a million patients are injured in
hospitals each year and approximately 180,000 die annually as a result of these injuries. Therefore, medical-caused injury dwarfs the annual
automobile accident mortality of 45,000 and accounts for more deaths than all other
ever caveat emptor (let the buyer beware)
applied, it is when you start purchasing medical care.
best policy is to take care of yourself and avoid paying others who too often screw up, to
do it for you.
Journal of the American Medical Association, July
5, 1995: 29