- 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.
Library Catalog of books, 1880 N. Eastman Rd, Midland, MI 48640.
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).
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
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
- 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
News, June 18, 1994: 145
Consumer Reports, May 1994: 354
Journal, January 1994: 40
American Journal of Epidemiology, 139; 6: 550
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
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
- 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.
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.
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.
Revelations, August 1994: 4
spectrum lighting (If not available locally, contact the Wysong Institute for a supplier
- Wysong RDA" a broad-spectrum multi-vitamin
mineral supplement (If not available locally, contact the Wysong Institute for a supplier
- 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
Animal Toxicity Studies: Their Relevance Far
Man, Lancaster, Quay Publishing, 1990: 57-67
- PUTTING AN END TO MASS STARVATION AND
- 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
- 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."
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
Opinion, November 1994: 2
- TREATMENT IDEAS FOR ALZHEIMER'S
hypothyroidism. (See related articles)
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.)
increasing tissue oxygenation with IV peroxide therapy. (See Wysong Resource Directory
Resource for sources.)
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)
Convert the diet
to more fresh, whole, natural foods.
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
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, August
- 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.
of the American Medical Association, October 9, 1994
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- 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.
Food A*C*E* a concentrated food-only source of vitamins A, C & E
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,
November 1994: 704
- LOWERED CHOLESTEROL DOESN'T HELP
- 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
- 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.
England Journal of Medicine, November 17, 1994: 1331
- BETA CAROTENE DECREASES CARDIOVASCULAR
- 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)
Food A*C*E* a concentrated food-only source of vitamins A, C & E
Circulation 1990:82 (supplement
- 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
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.
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
- 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
- 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
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,
November 1994: 735
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- 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?
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.
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.)
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.
EFA'" essential fatty acid supplement (If not available locally, contact the Wysong
Institute for a supplier source).
seed oil (If not available locally, contact the Wysong Institute for a supplier source).