WYSONG HEALTH LETTER
Dr. R. L. Wysong
December 1994
DEAR FRIEND:
 
    Value in a money-mediated society is logically related to cost.  The more we spend, the more value we expect to receive.      Children learn this when they try to spend their allowance, schools teach it in home economics, and it is the fundamental theoretical and practical basis of all economic systems.
    We might try to defy its rules by bargain hunting and negotiation, and once in awhile we may stumble upon a real deal that gives us more value than what we paid for.  In the main, however, we know this is an exception and that we pretty much have to resign ourselves to paying for qual­ity.
    But you know, there is one remark­able exception.  Our health.  Here real value can come from spending less.  Think about it.  The less we spend for fancy, fabricated, pro­cessed foods, for automobiles, for cooking appliances, for homes that are so comfortable we never want to step outside, for education that ruts us behind a desk in a fluorescent-lighted office or in a toxic industrial factory, for the endless glut of products and packaging we really don't need that speed us to­ward exhaustion of natural resources and pollute our world with their production and disposal and make us ever more soft and dependent, the more healthy we and our children will likely be.  Less is more.
    Fresh, whole, natural foods pre­pared at home cost relatively little and also afford us the best opportu­nity for optimal health.      This is true even if these foods are expen­sive by comparison to their non-organic, refined, fractionated, embalmed, processed counterparts in the grocery store.  True cost of a food must be measured by its net long- term effect on you and your health.
    Think of the savings and the health dividends of recreation through cheap walking or bike riding in nature, or enjoy­ing a sport with friends, as opposed to malling, for example.  The cost of building your own modest energy-efficient, nontoxic home, planting your own gar­den, or learning how to be self-sufficient in all aspects of your life is cheap by comparison, yet yields far more life and health quality.
    Getting expensive health care can be the worst thing you can do.  People with money who become ill think they will be able to buy themselves out of the illness by having the best technological care at the best medical centers in the country. Unfortunately, throwing money at health care, unlike throwing money at a legal defense which can conceivably free you even if you are guilty as sin, can hasten your demise.  Jackie Onassis is an example.  She got the best money could buy, such as highly aggressive treatments including even chemotherapy directly to the brain.  She could not survive what her money was buying.  There is evidence indi­cating that even individuals who receive no treatment at all for an identical condition could expect to live longer than she did.
    If you've got enough money, you are more likely to spend yourself right into the grave but quick.  Jackie Gleason, a famous comedian, had one bypass.  It failed.  Then he had three more of the best money could buy.  Then he died. Gleason's money allowed them to cut him to death.   Now evidence shows that bypass surgery has no proven benefit to mortality.  As one patient who survived a by­pass, then refused more and rather healed himself nutritionally said: "If you are a piece of meat with money, you can expect several coronary bypass operations.. You want the best money can buy so you will buy every miserable surgery on the list.  You'll be cut, drugged and bled to death literally.   You want the best, but it's hard to be sure you're getting it so you will settle for the most.  Expect the full treatment."   (He remains alive and well 17 years after he and Gleason had their first operations on the same day.  His book, Left For Dead, is available below)
    Unfortunately, people without the knowledge that you are gaining by learning how to control your own health destiny, logically look to money as an answer to their health problems.  Isn't this what our whole "fictitious" health care crisis is about - money?  Isn't the implication that more money equals better health?
    Typically, when serious disease such as heart disease or cancer strikes, people in desperation search for the "best" doctors and medical facilities they can find and are soon subjected to nothing more than experimental medical rou­lette.  Invasive surgical procedures and toxic chemo and radiation therapies can test an already weakened body's ability to withstand the assault rather than nurture the healing forces from within, the only source of true cure.
    The more we can decrease our dependence on others and tacit belief in human technology, the better chance we have of benefiting from the best investment of all, self-sufficiency and respect for nature by living within its rules rather than by establishing our own.
    Better health, a greater chance of cure if disease strikes, and a world left intact for our children, are the greatest gifts this life could offer and they're cheap.  What a deal, but almost no one is taking advantage of it.
    Reference:
        Wysong Library Catalog of books, 1880 N. Eastman Rd, Midland, MI 48640.
        Left For Dead, Dick Quinn, R.F. Quinn Publishing, 1992
 
ELECTROMAGNETIC  FIELDS
    An electromagnetic field (EMF) is an invisible energy force which emanates wherever electric current is flowing.  In our modern electrified society, it is every-where.  It is produced by power lines, household wiring and essen­tially every electrical appliance from televisions and microwaves and computers to hair dryers and razors.
    Increasing evidence suggests that exposure to these fields at sufficient levels and over time can cause a variety of health prob­lems.  The EPA has stated that electromagnetic fields should be classified as probable human car­cinogens.  The Congressional Of­fice of Technology assessment has concluded that 60 Hz and other low frequency electromagnetic fields can interact with individual cells to produce biological chang­es.
    Women who have been employed as electrical workers, including electrical engineers, elec­tricians, telephone repairers and power line workers were found to have an increased risk of breast cancer.   Electrical engineers had a 73% greater risk whereas tele­phone installers, repairwomen and line workers had a risk that jumped to 200%.  Researchers be­lieve that it might be the ability of electromagnetic fields to reduce the pineal gland's nighttime se­cretion of melatonin, an antican­cer hormone, that is linked to these increased rates of breast cancer.
How Much Exposure?  Here are some typical magnetic field emission levels from common household appliances (Mg = milligauss) Levels will vary greatly depending on distance, specific brand and setting (low, medium, high).
Hair dryer              1-700 mG at 6 inches
Electric shaver      4-600 mG at 6 inches
Digital bedroom clock         1-8 mG at 1 foot
Dial-face clock      1-30 mG at 1 foot
Electric blanket     20 mG at 1 yard (or as low as 2 mG in newer models)
Television set       1.5 mG at 1 yard (also varies by model age and screen size)
Fluorescent desk lamp.... 6-30 mG at 1 foot
Computer               7-20 mG at 6 inches
Vacuum cleaner    4-50 mG at 1 yard
Toaster  3-7 mG at 1 foot
Microwave oven  100-300 mG at 6 inches
    One researcher who was the head of an advisory panel was skeptical prior to a New York State power lines project investi­gating the health effects of elec­tromagnetic fields.  He thought the area was filled with kooks and charlatans.  Upon close examina­tion of the scientific evidence, however, he reversed his opinion and now believes that 40% of all childhood cancer in this country is due to electromagnetic fields.
    In a study of almost 250,000 men employed in the electrical utilities in Canada it was found that EMF exposure increased the likelihood of acute non-lymphoid leukemia and brain cancer.  The Ontario hydro utility followed people into retirement and deter­mined that they had an increase of some 3,776% of acute myeloid leukemia.
    The threat from EMFs can only increase as electrical technology continues to mushroom. Even a cellular phone is a risk and the network of wiring in your home it­self may be emitting dan­gerous levels of EMFs.
    Such dangers could be predicted from the health model we contin­ue to address in the Health Letter.  The more we divorce ourselves from our natural envi­ronmental roots and emerge ourselves in new alien, synthetic products, the more we risk stress from being out of context, which in turn translates into disease.
    What to do?  Decrease the electrical technology you are ex­posed to.  That means buying few­er devices and trinkets and turn­ing off and using less frequently the ones you consider essential in daily life.  Use a comforter instead of an electric blanket.       Move digi­tal clocks and other electrical ap­pliances away from the bed or out of the bedroom.  If you live near high power lines consider moving. Spend more time out of doors and less time next to air conditioners and space heaters.  Don't let your children sit for hours in front of the television set playing video games and watching nonsense.
    The strength of all electro­magnetic fields is diminished by distance.  They can, however, even penetrate lead.  A variety of products are available in the mar­ketplace to measure EMFs in the home so you can avoid hot spots. (See Resource A, page 8) Also check with your utility company to see if they offer the service of measuring EMFs in your home to see if you have a problem.
    As awareness of the effects of EMFs becomes more evident, some believe that the litigation that will ensue due to resulting damage to health will dwarf that which occurred with asbestos, for example.
    Be cautious.  This is an area where relatively little is known, but you can be sure that as more is discovered we will find that we humans have sacrificed much for our ever-increasing immersion in electrical technology.
    Reference:
        Science News, June 18, 1994: 145
        Consumer Reports, May 1994: 354
        ABA Journal, January 1994: 40
        American Journal of Epidemiology, 139; 6: 550
        EMF Sensors (If not available locally, contact the Wysong Institute for a supplier source).
 
THE SURGERY PLACEBO EFFECT
    The placebo effect is a supposed cure from some action that is known to be ineffective. You have probably heard of people being given sugar pills and get­ting "better."  This is the placebo effect.
    Surgery might be one of the most powerful placebos.  Surgery is undertaken in a highly emo­tional, charged atmosphere - cer­tainly a powerful placebo environ­ment. There is an aura about a surgical operation.  The anticipa­tion, the expectation, the concern from family and friends, the ster­ile surroundings, the technology of it all, the surgeon's personality, the anesthetic, the incision, all can contribute to the outcome, even though they actually may have no direct material effect. The outcome can be influenced by the experience of friends, what is read in magazines or newspapers, or seen on television, the length of the illness, and the amount of pain a person is experiencing. Even the hope and the pride of both the surgeon and the patient can affect the outcome.
    Unfortunately, it is very diffi­cult to measure most surgical pro­cedures to see whether their ef­fects are placebo or whether they are directly correlated with the technique.  It is unethical, for ex­ample, to simply make an abdomi­nal incision in one group of people to make them think they had a surgical procedure to use them as a control group to measure the placebo effect.
    The history of surgery is re­plete with examples of techniques which were fashionable and be­lieved to be effective only to be later found to have no direct effect on the condition.  Examples in­clude nephroplexy for floating kid­ney, colectomy for epilepsy, lap­arotomy for abdominal tuberculo­sis (to let the air in), internal mammary artery ligation for heart disease, and dozens if not hundreds of others.  It is very easy to attribute cures to proce­dures because many conditions spontaneously improve in spite of interventions.   its like claiming to lower the level of the ocean by dipping buckets of water out when it is only the tide that is re­ceding.
    The newer the technology, the more powerful the placebo effect. The media leads the public to be­lieve that the cure for every hu­man ailment is simply on the ho­rizon., soon to be released from a research laboratory somewhere. Thus when something new like la­ser surgery is introduced there is a great deal of expectation.
    Other modern technologies in­clude pulsed magnetic field thera­py for nonunion fractures of bones.  But in one study, 5 of 9 fractures treated with working machines united, but so did 5 out of 7 treated with dummy ma­chines.
    For another example, extra-corporeal lithotripsy uses ultra­sound waves to shatter kidney and gallbladder stones.  No skin incision nor anesthetics are neces­sary.  This technology, as with many surgical technologies, was introduced without any controlled trials.  The public becomes the ex­perimental population.  In a com­parison of this technology with cholecystectomy (surgical removal of gallstones) it was found that the group receiving the new tech­nology, lithotripsy,  reported symptomatic relief whether or not the stones had been cleared.
    Laparoscopic surgery is an­other example of the powerful pla­cebo effect of modern technolo­gies.  The argument is made that since only a "key hole" is made to perform surgical procedures such as appendectomy, and cholecys­tectomy, that recovery, hospital stay and time to return to work would be improved.  But of the handful of studies   performed to test this, there was found to be no difference in hospital stay be­tween this procedure and normal abdominal surgery - and this pro­cedure was even at increased cost. But new technology like new products within the general mar­keting arena, is automatically be­lieved to be "better" by both sur­geons and patient and plunged into without careful analysis.
    In one study it was found that the simple enthusiasm of a doctor for a procedure could affect the outcome of the procedure.      Also consider that if a procedure costs a lot, there is strong incentive for patients to report benefits or oth­erwise they would have to admit they made the wrong decision and threw their money away.
    There is significant risk, always, with surgical intervention. It is, therefore, extremely impor­tant to know whether the proce­dure is directly effective for treating the specific condition the pa­tient has.  Unfortunately, for many surgical procedures this in­formation is simply not available and the procedure is by and large purely marketed to patients.   Pa­tients who have given their mind over to our modern advertising age find belief easy when they ill or in pain, having stress and simply want to get better.
    A good example is the present run by the middle aged population to have bypass surgery.  Some people are having this sur­gery performed without hav­ing any symptoms of heart disease whatsoever, but only diagnostic tests suggesting that there is partial closure of some of the coronary ves­sels.  Not only are the tests of questionable validity and often times misleading, but the surgical technique itself is questionable. (See several references in the Health Let­ter regarding angioplasty                  and bypass surgery.)
    Before consenting to any surgical intervention, study.  Ask your physician for journal articles that demonstrate the effective­ness of the procedure being pro­posed for the specific condition you have.
    Surgery is definitely a place for you to apply the caution cave­at emptor (let the buyer beware) and to realize you may be paying (and subjecting yourself to risk) for nothing more than a placebo effect.
    Reference:
        Lancet, October .22, 1994: 1140
 
NATURAL TREATMENT OF DEPRESSION
    In this sun-impoverished time of year, especially in northern latitudes, depression can easily overtake us.  Before resorting to pharmaceuticals to elevate your mood and becoming subject to a host of side effects, try these natural methods.
    1) Exercise.  Begin a 2 to 3 day a week exercise program in­corporating weight training and aerobics.  Everyday try to take a walk outside.  (Not in the mall. How strange to see people walking around in malls while the sun shines and a sweet breeze is out­side.)  The benefits from exercise are too numerous to even men­tion, but an elevation of mood is certainly one.
    2) Get exposure to full spec­trum sunlight every day for at least 30 minutes.  If this is not possible, use full spectrum light bulbs where you spend significant portions of your day.  Also consid­er a high brief dose of full spec­trum light possible with certain commercial lighting products. (See Resource below)
    3)   Check your thyroid.  Take your oral temperature about three hours after waking up in the morning for several days in a row and then calculate the average.  If the temperature is 98.2 or below, there is a good chance your thy­roid is underfunctioning and it would be well to consult with a nutritionally oriented physician about thyroid supplementation.
    4)              Change your diet.  Reduce the consumption of refined, pro­cessed foods.  Though refined sug­ars, for example, may temporarily boost mood, they will sink you into an even deeper depression as the body rebounds from the as­sault.  The stress on the pancreas and the body's entire biochemistry changes balances and can affect neurotransmitters in the brain that dictate mood.  Change the diet to fresh, whole, natural foods as much as possible as continually repeated in the Health Letter.  If you can't get direct sun, get it in­directly as it is captured within fresh, whole, natural foods.
    5) Avoid drugs, additives and stimulants.  Caffeine, alcohol, pharmaceuticals and artificial sweeteners all can cause depres­sion in some individuals.
    6)       Nutritional supplements such as 5-hydroxytryptophan, an amino acid, taken at a dose of be­tween 100 and 300 mg a day, pri­marily in the evening, can elevate mood by increasing the neu­rotransmitter serotonin.  You may have to have your doctor check around with several pharmacies to be able to find this amino acid.   Serotonin de­ficiency is usually asso­ciated with anxiety, ten­sion, jitteri­ness and trouble sleep­ing.  Norepi­nephrine, an­other neu­rotransmit­ter, is more likely associ­ated with ap­athy, lethar­gy and dullness.   This latter neu­rotransmitter can sometimes be elevated with the use of the amino acid acetyl-tyrosine at a dose of 500 mg thirty minutes before each meal.   Alternative amino acids to try are 500-1000 mg of 1-tyrosine or 500 mg of 1-pheylalanine.  In combination with this supplemen­tation, it would be wise to take a broad spectrum vitamin/mineral supplement as well.  (See Re­source below)
    The key elements in lifting de­pression are to engage in regular exercise, be exposed to full spec­trum light daily, convert the diet to fresh, whole, natural foods and get control of your life  do not permit yourself to be in situations where you feel you are a victim without a way out.   Pharmaceuti­cals are no solution whatsoever. The supplements above are tem­porary measures until the bene­fits of altering your life-style kick in.
    Reference:
        Health Revelations, August 1994: 4
        Full spectrum lighting (If not available locally, contact the Wysong Institute for a supplier source.).
Wysong RDA" a broad-spectrum multi-vitamin mineral supplement (If not available locally, contact the Wysong Institute for a supplier source).
 
ANIMAL TESTS INEFFECTIVE
    Mice, rabbits and dogs are dif­ferent creatures than humans.  If drugs are tested on these animals, there is no way of knowing if there is a relevant correlation to humans.  Therefore, the effective­ness and the toxicity of the drug remain issues regardless of bow many thousands of laboratory ani­mals are maimed, tortured and sacrificed."  In one study it was shown that there was "only be­tween a 5 and 25% correlation be­tween the harmful effects of drugs in people and the results from an­imal tests."
    Reference:
        Animal Toxicity Studies: Their Relevance Far Man, Lancaster, Quay Publishing, 1990: 57-67
 
PUTTING AN END TO MASS STARVATION AND SUFFERING
    There is only one answer to the world's problems, according to an organization called Negative Pop­ulation Growth.   Their objective is not to limit population to present levels but to decrease over time the world's population from its present 5.5 billion to about 2 bil­lion, the estimated renewable car­rying capacity of the Earth.
    The popular notion that the Earth can continue to sustain present population levels, let alone increases, is an illusion.  Over-population is the engine that ultimately drives every environmental ill.
    To support this organization and learn more about what you can do, contact Negative Population Growth, 210 The Plaza, Box 1208, Teaneck, NJ .07666, (201)837-3555.
 
CHLORINATION AND FLUORIDATION COVER UP
    Although sig­nificant research has demonstrat­ed the danger of fluoridation and chlorination of public water sup­plies, much of the scientific and popular media has simply ignored this information.  To admit that for years public health measures have been responsible for pur­posely dosing our water supply with poisons causing cancer, car­diovascular disease, and other health problems is unthinkable. Thus various municipalities are quietly dropping fluoridation, without ever revealing to the pub­lic why.
    This is just another proof that we cannot just rely on what is re­vealed in mainline conventional publications and other media channels.  The establishment will do what it has to in order to pro­tect its position when it becomes apparent that its advocacy or bi­ased reporting has resulted in un­told public suffering and harm.
    In the meantime, don't drink public water supplies.  Buy bot­tled water or get your own water purifier.  For information on home water purifying systems, contact a local supplier or the Wysong Institute for a supplier source.
 
ENVIRONMENT - NOT A PRIVATE MATTER
    Up until now ev­eryone has pretty much proceeded as if their sole goal in life were to carve out the best existence they could for themselves.  This meant trying to make  as much money as possible, buying as many things as you could and basically mea­suring your success by the level of your consumption.  But we live in a finite world with finite resourc­es.   If we were the end genera­tion, then indeed perhaps it would be appropriate to simply get as much as quickly as possible.
    But our hope is that the world continues and that it is a good, de­cent, perhaps even better place for our children.   Given this, re­sources must be managed and personal responsibility changed. Our goal should no longer, there­fore, be to simply plunder the Earth for our own personal ad­vantage but rather to be caretak­ers for the future at the same time that we try to live a full and happy life ourselves.  As Garrett Hardin said, "When the needs as­serted by individuals are given priority over preserving the carry­ing capacity of the environment, tragedy is the inescapable re­sult."
    Reference:
        Scientific American, May 1994: 10
 
DIARRHEA TREATMENT
    The French are moving away from the use of pharmaceuticals for diarrhea.  Instead, they are recommending that at the first signs of diarrhea, nothing should be eaten except for boiled rice and boiled carrots along with plenty of water.  Reg­ular foods are gradually introduced as symptoms disappear.
    Reference:
        Second Opinion, November 1994: 2
 
TREATMENT IDEAS FOR ALZHEIMER'S
    1.              Rule out hypothyroidism. (See related articles)
    2.              Consider chelation therapy (See Wysong Resource Directory, available from Wysong Institute, 1880 N. Eastman Rd, Midland, Ml 48640, $15.00 and Wysong Library Catalog of books, 1880 N. Eastman Rd, Midland, MI 48640 for in­formation on chelation therapy.)
    3.              Consider increasing tissue ox­ygenation with IV peroxide therapy. (See Wysong Resource Directory Resource for sources.)
    4.              Take supplemental food-form antioxidants, a nutrient class deficient in this disease. (Wysong Food A*C*E* a concentrated food-only source of vitamins A, C & E)
    5.              Convert the diet to more fresh, whole, natural foods.
    6.            Make sure to get plenty of daily fresh air, sunshine and exercise.
 
WEIGHT TRAINING BENEFITS IN THE ELDERLY  
    Twelve men and women ages 56-80 were studied over a 12-week peri­od during which they engaged in resis­tance weight training.  The results showed that such training is an effec­tive way to increase energy require­ments thus decreasing the body fat mass, and to maintain metabolically ac­tive (calorie burning) tissue.  It was con­cluded that weight training is an effec­tive adjunct to weight control programs in older adults.  Aside from this, as mentioned previously in the Health Let­ter, weight training can conserve and even build strength in the elderly and increase bone density which decreases the risk of osteoporosis.
    Reference:
        American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, August 1994: 167
               
NUTRIENTS FOR EYE DISEASE
    Macular degeneration is a leading cause of irreversible blindness in people over the age of 65. The macula is a part of the retina at the back of the eye which can become progressively damaged re­sulting in the total loss of central vision. Physicians claim there is no cure and no prevention.
    New research, however, has shown that individuals receiving the largest dose of carotenoids, particularly preva­lent in brightly colored fruits and vege­tables, had a 43% lower risk than those consuming the least amount of these nutrients.  Carotenoids include beta carotene and others such as lutein and zeaxanthin.  Spinach and collard greens are particularly rich in these carotenoids.  Carotenoids are believed to form a yellow pigment in the macula of the eye which protects it from ultravio­let light degeneration.  A source of caro­tenoids in supplement form made from whole foods is also available.
    Reference:
        Journal of the American Medical Association, October 9, 1994
        Wysong Food A*C*E* a concentrated food-only source of vitamins A, C & E
 
HIGH DOSE VITAMIN E IS SAFE
    A variety of studies show the relationship of antioxidants, including vitamin E, to reduced risk of atherosclerosis, cancer, cataract and tissue damage resulting from vascular disease.   Vitamin E has also been shown to be able to enhance the immune response of elderly people. These positive effects have resulted in a rapid increase in the use of vitamin B supplements.  A study was undertaken to determine the safety of consuming 800 mg of vitamin E for 30 days.  The results showed no adverse effects.       This study coincides with others that have shown vitamin B supplementation to be essentially without risk.  The best form of vitamin B is as it is available in fresh, whole, raw natural foods.  If a supplement is taken, the best form is natural d-alpha tocopherol.
    Reference:
        Wysong Food A*C*E* a concentrated food-only source of vitamins A, C & E
        Vitamin E
        American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, November 1994: 704
 
LOWERED CHOLESTEROL DOESN'T HELP ANGIOPLASTY
    A randomized, controlled study of 404 patients who underwent angioplasty was designed to determine  if lowering blood cholesterol with the drug Lovastatin would de­crease the likelihood of restenosis (re-closure of the affected coronary ves­sels).      Since it is believed that the pro­cess of atherosclerosis is the same as occurs in reclosure of vessels that have been dilated by angioplasty (a proce­dure whereby coronary vessels are di­lated or rotorooted with catheters), that decreasing cholesterol would be of bene­fit.
    The results did not support the cholesterol-atherosclerosis link.  In fact, a trend was noted toward more myocar­dial infarctions in the Lovastatin group than in those not receiving the choles­terol-lowering drug.  It was concluded that Lovastatin treatment initiated be­fore coronary angioplasty does not pre­vent or delay the process of restenosis.
    Reference:
        New England Journal of Medicine, November 17, 1994: 1331
 
BETA CAROTENE DECREASES CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE
    Preliminary studies from the Physicians' Health Study suggest a 49% reduction in car­diovascular morbidity (illness) and mor­tality in physicians with angina pecto­ris (chest pain associated with heart disease) after supplementation with 50 mg of beta carotene on alternate days. Beta carotene is particularly rich in all brightly colored fruits and vegetables and is also available in a food form sup­plement.  (See Resource below)
    Reference:
        Wysong Food A*C*E* a concentrated food-only source of vitamins A, C & E
        Circulation 1990:82 (supplement 3):l11-.20l.(Abstr 796)
 
DIVERTICULAR DISEASE TREATMENT
    Diverticular disease is a condition in which small pockets are formed in the wall of the colon.  It is estimated to oc­cur in 1/3 of all persons over the age of 45 and 2/3 of those over 'the age of g5. Although many individuals are not symptomatic, there are over 200,000 hospitalizations per year due to this condition.  At one time diverticulosis was believed to be due to high fiber and thus a low residue diet was recommend­ed. Since then, studies have shown the opposite.  A recent survey of 385 men with diverticular disease showed that a diet low in total dietary fiber increases the incidence of symptomatic diverticu­lar disease.  A diet high in fresh, raw, natural foods as continually recom­mended in the Health Letter, is auto­matically high in fiber.   A change in the basic nature of the diet should be the goal to prevent this condition, not the ingestion of concentrated doses of van­ous commercial processed fiber products.
    Reference:
        American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, November 1994: 757
 
CALCIUM DEFICIENCY IN YOUNG GIRLS
    A study of calcium intake in girls aged 5 to 16 years demonstrated that with today's self-selected diets these girls are at risk of calcium defi­ciency.  Calcium is an important miner­al used by the body in a variety of meta­bolic functions, but is also the main structural component of bone.  Girls in their early pubertal period have a very high calcium absorption rate.   This is as­sociated with the rapid maturation that occurs during this period and the associ­ated bone development.  Most adoles­cents today consume only 800 to 1000 mg per day of calcium compared to the 1200 mg per day which is the recommended di­etary allowance and the 1400 mg per day that was common just a few years ago. This decrease in calcium intake can affect the development of bone in young girls and may predispose them to osteoporosis later in life.  The declining level of calci­um in the diet is a result of increased consumption of nutrient-stripped modern processed foods and the glut of pops, can­dies and snacks which satisfy hunger, but replace the whole nutrient-rich foods the body is craving.
    Reference:
        American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, November 1994: 739
 
VITAMIN C AND BLOOD SUGAR
    Vitamin C is an important antioxidant and can be recycled within tissues when its oxidation function is spent.   Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) is charged to its reduced form, dehydroascorbic acid, as it per­forms its antioxidant role.  Dehydroascor­bic acid is then taken up by tissues and converted back enzymatically to ascorbic acid so that it can again perform its func­tion.
    With high levels of blood sugar, the uptake of dehydroascorbic acid into tis­sues is decreased since blood glucose ap­pears to use the same pathways in our cells as dehydroascorbic acid.  The net ef­fect is that vitamin C does not get recy­cled and thus its antioxidant protective effects within tissues are decreased, in­creasing the risk of free radical damage and disease.
    This means that high sugar diets could directly affect susceptibility to dis­ease and should be avoided.   Instead, consume whole, fresh, natural foods and complex carbohydrates that are more slowly digested and metabolized, not re­sulting in high spikes in blood sugar lev­els.  Additionally, for diabetics who are unable to clear high levels of glucose from the blood, supplementation with vitamin C (preferably in natural form, see Re­source below) would be of benefit in reducing their risk of various pathologies associated with diabetes.
    Reference:
        American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, November 1994: 735
        Wysong Food CTM a concentrated food-only source of vitamin C (If not available locally, contact the Wysong Institute for a supplier source)
 
CHOLESTEROL DOES NOT CAUSE HEART DISEASE
    As repeatedly empha­sized in the Health Letter and dis­cussed at length in my book, Lipid Nu­trition: Understanding Fats and Oils in Health and Disease, cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease.  Rather, it is what we do to cholesterol and other food components through cooking and processing that changes them into toxic compounds that can promote a variety of diseases including heart disease.  In a recent study of 997 persons older than 70 years, it was found that hypercholes­terolemia (high blood cholesterol) or low HDL-C are not risk factors for mortality from any cause, much less coronary heart disease, mortality or hospitaliza­tion for myocardial infarction (heart at­tack) or unstable angina.  If cholesterol is not related to mortality in this age group, an age group at highest risk for heart disease, what reason is there to believe it causes increased risk in any age group?
    Reference:
        Journal of the American Medical Association., November 2, 1994:  1335
 
LIDOCAINE IS A CARCINOGEN
    Lidocaine is a local anesthetic common­ly used by dentists to freeze sensory nerves, and also by surgeons to create local anesthesia for minor operations. One of Lidocaine's break-down products is 2,6-dimethylaniline and this has now been shown to be clearly carcinogenic. An average individual is exposed to be­tween 20 and 50 doses of Lidocaine over a lifetime which would produce approxi­mately 1.7 grams of this carcinogen.  It is not known whether this level of Lidocaine's break-down product can in­deed cause cancer in humans, but it is suspect and caution should be used with the use of this anesthetic sub­stance.
    Reference:
        Scientific American, May 1994: 29
 
FISH OILS CURE KIDNEY DISEASE
    IgA nephropathy is the most common glomerular kidney disease in the world. As many as 40% of patients with this condition eventually develop Renal fail­ure.  To date the disease is poorly un­derstood and there has been no effective treatment.
    In a controlled study of 106 pa­tients, half of which were assigned to a placebo group and half to receive 12 grams of fish oil daily, it was found that those who received the fish oil had a significantly increased chance of retar­dation of the disease.  In the placebo group, 40% died of end-stage renal dis­ease whereas only 10% died in the fish oil group.
    The omega-3 fatty acids in the fish oil have the ability to alter the immune inflammatory response and thus de­crease the aggressive tissue damage that can occur in inflammatory/allergic diseases.  This mechanism is described quite fully in my book, Lipid Nutrition (See Resource below).  Omega-3 fat­ty acids are a predominant form of fatty acids in the natural diet.  These have been slowly replaced with synthetic, hy­drogenated oils and fats in processed foods and oleo margarines, as well as by change to a predominant omega-6 in­flammatory promoting rich grain diet over the past decades.  Convert the diet to fresh, raw, natural foods eaten in va­riety and use omega-3 fish and seed-de­rived fatty acid supplements in treat­ment regimens for all diseases.  (See Resources below.)
    Reference:
        Lipid Nutrition - Understanding Fats and Oils in Health and Disease, By Dr. R.L. Wysong available from Wysong library catalog, see Wysong Library Catalog of books, 1880 N. Eastman Rd, Midland, MI 48640.
        Wysong EFA'" essential fatty acid supplement (If not available locally, contact the Wysong Institute for a supplier source).
        Flax seed oil (If not available locally, contact the Wysong Institute for a supplier source).