WYSONG HEALTH LETTER
Dr. R. L. Wysong
December 1997

 

 MODERN MARKETING NONSENSE

   When we are small children our parents give us undi­vided love and attention. In such a nurturing environ­ment we grow up with the impression that we are special and that other people think as much (or more) about our interests as their own.
   But one of life’s great sobering lessons - which few people ever fully learn or apply - is that after we reach adulthood we are on our own. No one else any longer puts our interests above or even equal to their own. This does not mean that others may not care about us, but adults have as a primary focus their own self interests.
This is an important survival mechanism. If we were not primarily focused on our own interests, we could not survive well. If we were not programmed to think prima­rily about our own physical and emotional needs, we would easily fall victim to those who would be willing to use us to fulfill their own selfish ends.
This does not mean there cannot be cooperation and symbiosis within adult human society. It does mean, however, that we must be cynical of anyone who suggests their primary concern is not their own interests, but ours. Those who never grow up, and fatuously believe they are the central figure of concern for other adults, become easy marks for social and commercial exploitation and doomed to manipulation, frustration and disappoint­ment.
   Most of us have been burnt enough times as an adult that we become skeptical and increasingly focused on protecting our own interests. Such critical evaluation of people, ideas and products is very important and healthy.
It has become apparent to me that advertising and marketing gurus proceed from the assumption that we are all still children. Advertising seldom gives the kind of objective information we need to make an informed deci­sion. Instead, we get jingles, slogans, celebrity en­dorsements, clever cartooning and animation and sometimes nothing more than company and product name billboarding.
  Companies are not throwing away millions of dollars on such superficial advertising campaigns for nothing. Their analyses have shown that people will buy a product if they are simply exposed to it often enough. People want to follow the crowd and not be left out, and thus often make product selections based on what they believe everyone else is doing.
  But every choice we make either adds to or takes away from our potential for good health. There is no neutral ground. We all also know that commercial interests are profit-motivated. They care about their interests, not ours.
Given this, we must wonder why we all behave so naively and follow the crowd, making product selections based on our desire to belong or the myth that products are put into the marketplace for our ben­efit?
However, profit motivation is not in­herently evil. Corporations are not in­herently bad and workers good as many socialistic politicians now demagogically argue. Capitalism is a reflection of freedom we all must protect. It is up to the consumer to intelligently lead produc­ers with purchasing d6llars: Buy the good products, don’t buy the bad.
  Put everything to the test of your mind. If the inducement is not rational, if clear evidence cannot be advanced to prove why you should use a certain product or service, then look elsewhere. The product should be grounded in good science and should have logical evidence demonstrating why it can be expected to improve health. Beware of fancy superficial misleading advertising (like an ad with pictures of test­ tubes and microscopes) and look for serious discussion with references to the scien­tific literature.
Remember, you are solely responsible for the level of health you will enjoy. Engage your mind fully before making decisions.
 
COENZYME Q-10 FOR CANCER
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   Coenzyme Q-10 belongs to a fam­ily of biochemicals known as quino­nes. They are similar in structure to vitamin E and are found ubiquitously in plants and animals. Thus, it is also know as ubiquinone.
This important biochemical is found in the mitochondrial power plants of cells and participates in the manufacture of ATP. The quinones are particularly abundant, therefore, in organs that require large amounts of energy such as the heart, the liver, and the cells of the immune system.
Coenzyme Q10 can be synthe­sized endogenously (within the body) or supplied from the diet. But as a result of modern processing and the decreased intake of foods which are particularly abundant in Coenzyme Q 10, such as organs, the modern diet provides scarce amounts.   
   On the other hand, in order for the body to synthesize Coenzyme Q-10, at least 8 vitamins are necessary. Of particular importance are the B vita­mins which are also deficient in the modern processed diet. Thus the stage is set for Coenzyme Q-10 defi­ciency.
   Studies have shown that in can­cer of the breast, lung, prostate, pan­creas, colon, stomach, rectum and other tissues, patients have a defi­ciency of Coenzyme Q-10. In some clinical studies, patients given Coen­zyme Q-10 were outliving controls, and some patients given high doses of Coenzyme Q-10 experienced complete remissions. One patient, for example, with multiple liver metastases, pre­senting an almost incurable situation, experienced disappearance of the spreading cancer after eleven months on Coenzyme Q-10 therapy.
Coenzyme Q-10 is beneficial for the heart, and in that regard counter­acts the cardiotoxicity of Adriamycin, a compound used in chemotherapy.
   Wysong Carvasol™ (heart nutri­ents) and Immulyn™ (immune nutri­ents) contain Coenzyme Q10 but the large doses used in the studies for cancer therapy (390 mg. per day) would need to be obtained by singular supplementation with the nutrient.
   There has been no reported tox­icity with the use of Coenzyme Q-10 regardless of the dose and thus, other than the high cost of mega-dosing with it, there would be no reason not to try it in the face of cancer.
Reference:
   Eighth International Symposium on the Biomedical and Clinical Aspects of Coenzyme QlO; Stockholm, Swe­den, November 1993.
Molec Aspects Med. 1994; 15(Suppl):s23 1-240
Biochem Biophys Res Comm. 1994; 199:1504-1508
Biochem Biophys Res Comm. 1995;212:172-177
Biochem Biophys Res Comm. 1993;192(l):241-5
Biochem Biophys Res Comm. 1996;224:358-361
J. Cancer and Natural Medicine, Or­egon Medical Press, 1995
 
CYNICISM AND ATHEROSCLEROSIS

   Carotid atherosclerosis is a nar­rowing of the arteries in the neck that feed the brain. 119 men with this con­dition were psychologically evaluated. It was found that those who had cyni­cal distrust, impatience, irritability and anger suppression were much more likely to experience a progression of atherosclerosis.
   As we become older and gain ex­perience and knowledge, some degree of cynicism is almost inevitable. So is distrust and all of the other negative characteristics measured in this study. So are we all doomed to carotid ath­erosclerosis?
   Only if we allow it to get the best of us. We must understand that an attitude of distrust and cynicism is an indication that we have passed from the naivete of youth to a more wise, reflective and cautious adult. These emotions will only get the best of us if we allow them to control us. It is im­perative to find opportunities to relax from the rigors and stresses of daily life, exercise regularly, and determine to make an attempt to fix the prob­lems we increasingly become aware of and frustrated by. This means tak­ing an active part in attempting to cre­ate solutions to the vexing problems that face you personally as well as doing a part in making a better world.
Reference:
Psychosom Med 1994;56:519-25
 
UBIQUITOUS B VITAMIN DEFICIENCY

   When bread is baked, cereals are extruded, and fruits and vegetables are frozen or canned, as much as 90% of the B vitamins can be destroyed. Additionally a variety of environmen­tal pollutants, such as hydrazines, can interfere with the utilization of the B vitamins.
   We are only beginning to see the consequences of this ubiquitous and chronic deficiency in humans and ani­mals. Carpal tunnel syndrome, asthma and other allergies, kidney diseases, premenstrual syndrome, attention deficit/hyperactivity in children (and perhaps in hyperactive animals), kid­ney stones such as oxalates, and car­diovascular diseases have now been linked to deficiencies in the B vi­tamins.
So, although our never-ending search for delectable processed foods with indefinite shelf lives may bring us convenience, it is also bringing insidi­ous diseases.
   One specific example is the dis­ease that now kills half of all Ameri­cans, heart disease. Homocysteine is an amino acid which is toxic to blood vessels and can contribute to the de­velopment of atherosclerotic plaques in the coronary vessels and elsewhere. Normally, when dietary proteins are eaten, and adequate levels of B vita­mins such as B6, folic acid and B12 are available, homocysteine is a mo­mentary intermediary that does not have the potential for damaging ves­sel walls. But when there is a B vita­min deficiency, homocysteine “over-flows” to create its toxic affect on blood vessels.
   Yet another reason to take seri­ously eating plenty of fresh, raw, natu­ral, unprocessed foods, and feeding them as well to your companion animals.
Reference:
The Homocysteine Revolution, by Khmer S. McCully, M.D.
 
FOLIC ACID AND BIRTH DEFECTS - A MATTER OF ABSORPTION

   Although it is now well established that neural tube birth defects are re­lated to a deficiency in the folic acid vitamin, conventional advice suggest­ing that all pregnant women need to do is eat folic acid rich foods is in er­ror. In a controlled study of 16 women who had a history of pregnancies com­plicated by neural tube defects com­pared to controls, it was demonstrated that although both groups consumed normal intakes of folic acid, the defect-prone mothers had lower folic acid blood levels. Apparently women who are prone to this problem have a diminished ability to absorb folate from the diet.
   This demonstrates the principle of biochemical individuality. No two in­dividuals are the same and standard “RDA” or “NRC” levels of nutrients do not necessarily apply to an entire population. Average intake of nutri­ents may be sufficient for some, but may induce disease in others. This is why I emphasize optimal health which means consuming nutrients at their optimal levels rather at their average minimum requirements.
Folic acid is a part of the Wysong RDA™ formula and the Optimal™ multi vitamin/mineral formulas.
Reference:
Br J Obstet Gynaecol, 1994;101:197-202
 
THE SYNERGISM OF ANTIOXIDANT VITAMINS A, C, & E

   Abundant research has demon­strated that vitamins A (beta carotene), C, and E are extremely effec­tive antioxidants. They are even bet­ter if taken together. The carotenoids, including beta carotene, are able to regenerate vitamin E after it has been used up in quenching oxidant radicals. In turn, vitamin C is able to regener­ate the carotenoids.
   This synergism demonstrates the importance of whole foods rather than isolated food fractions.
Wysong antioxidant formulations such as Food C™, Spectrox™, and Mega C™ contain whole food ingre­dients that permit taking advantage of the synergistic effects nature has de­signed. 
Reference:
J Am Chem Soc, 1997; 119:622
 
WHITE AND HEALTHY TEETH

   Dental health is far more than brushing, flossing and regular dental check-ups. Dental health comes from a healthy you. A healthy you results from following the concepts in the Wysong Optimal Health Program. Attractive white teeth fol­low proper eating and oral hygiene habits and rest upon a foundation of gum health, jaw bone health, circula­tory health, and salivary health.
   Our modern proclivity for pro­cessed foods, high carbohydrates, soft drinks, sticky candies, and continual snacking is the perfect scenario for dental disease. Most people are in a chronic state of metabolic acidosis from improper diet and this translates into an acidic medium in the mouth, causing the demineralization and dis­coloration of teeth and the overgrowth of harmful bacteria.
   The solution is to convert the diet as described in the Wysong Optimal Health Program to whole, fresh, natu­ral foods to the degree possible. Ad­ditionally, eating should be more infre­quent, permitting the mouth to regain its proper pH and mineral balance.
   Wysong Probiodent™ Brushing and mouthwash dentifrice is an excel-lent aid in helping restore natural, healthy balances in the mouth. It helps remineralize teeth, decrease pH, in­hibit cariogenic bacteria, stimulate sali­vary flow and inoculate the oral cav­ity with beneficial microorganisms. It should be used at a minimum of once daily just before retiring. It can also be used with great benefit following every meal.
   Probiodent™ will help whiten the teeth by remineralizing them, but us­ing a dilute solution of hydrogen per­oxide once or twice a day may also help remove stains and whiten the teeth. By lightly brushing the teeth with this solution and then allowing the solution to remain in contact with the teeth for approximately 10 minutes, a mild bleaching effect occurs. (Re­quest a copy of the Wysong Hydropure™ brochure for complete details on the many uses of food-grade concentrated hydrogen peroxide.)
   For most people the #1 dental problem is gingivitis, gum disease. Following the above recommendations will be very helpful. Additionally, it would be wise to take Wysong Spectrox™ antioxidant formula along with Mega C™ , as well as Contifin™, a connective tissue supplement. The Spectrox™ and Mega C™ will help prevent free radical damage occurring within gum tissue and help pro­tect and build connective tissue collagen. Wysong Contifin™ will also supply important nutri­ents including collagen and pro­teoglycans to help restore and re­build gum tissues.

Spectrox™ – Potent Antioxdants

   One of the ingredients in Spectrox™ is pycnogenol, an I extract from pine bark. It con­tains a wide array of natural in­gredients including proantho­cyanidines and organic acids. Many decades of scientific research have demonstrated the potent antioxidant effects of this natural compound. Health benefits include strengthening of capillaries, arteries and veins, im­proving circulation and skin smooth­ness, fighting inflammation, improving joint flexibility and reducing varicose veins. Its ability to bind to collagen fibers helps improve connective tissue elasticity and integrity and thus helps stave off the effects of aging.
Another ingredient in Spectrox™ is an extract from grape seeds. This is also a powerful inhibitor of free radi­cal induced lipid peroxidation as well as DNA fragmentation. Some re­searchers argue that it is more potent than vitamins A, C and E. Since free radical pathology lies at the root of cancer, heart disease and even the aging process itself, this accounts for the proven clinical benefits of such an­tioxidant compounds.
There has been much study re­cently about the effects of red wine in reducing heart disease. Since red wine is fermented from grapes with the seeds, it is believed that the com­pounds available in the grape seed leech into the wine and thus exert their healthful effects.
 
PREVENTING MALARIA

   Malaria afflicts about 500 million people, and kills about 2-1/2 million every year. It is common in tropical climates such as in Latin America, Asia and Africa but is also increasing in the U.S. The organism is mutating and becoming resistant to modern drug therapy.
   Researchers at the USDA have found, however, that by feeding a diet high in fish oil (containing high omega-3 fatty acids) that the parasite can be totally eliminated. This works both as a preventive measure and as a thera­peutic regimen.
   In all infectious diseases there are always individuals who are resistant. This proves that genetics and diet can exert a powerful effect in maintaining health. When we see evidence that deficient nutritional factors such as omega-3 fatty acids have the capabil­ity of preventing and treating chronic debilitating diseases, and even infec­tious diseases such as malaria, this should motivate us to do all we can to make our bodies and those of our com­panion animals fortresses against dis­ease.
   Wysong EFA™, Fresh Squeezed Flaxseeds™ and Marine Lipids™ are all excellent supplemental sources of omega-3 fatty acids.
Reference:
Research News USDA, March 20, 1989 
 
CHILD RESPIRATORY INFECTIONS AND ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS

   Children, especially, can be defi­cient in essential fatty acids. Rather than taking the time to carefully pre­pare foods made from natural, whole, raw ingredients, parents choose the route of convenience by offering primarily processed foods. Their conscience is assuaged because they believe surely the government would not permit manufacturers to create anything bad for children. Be­sides, many processed foods are even “fortified.” So in goes the candied, died, food fraction-based cereals, and every imaginable puffed, dried, steam-cleaned, vacuumed, dehydrated, instantized, pasteurized, homogenized, processed concoction. Pop Tarts, Jolly Ranchers, Twinkies, pizza, Spaghettios, colas, fries and burgers can make up 90+% of a modem child’s diet. Children get addicted to these foods and parents rest assured that all is okay because everyone else is do­ing it and their children seem to be doing fine. Then, when the compen­satory mechanisms are exhausted, end-stage collapse occurs manifested as chronic infections, allergies, behav­ioral disturbances or more serious dis­orders such as leukemia. Parents and doctors then wonder why.
   In one study of 20 children aged three to four years who were having recurrent respiratory infections, it was found that those who received an es­sential fatty acid supplement contain­ing flax seed oil and soybean oil, com­pared to those who did not, experi­enced a 38% reduction in the inci­dence of infections and 25% fewer absent days from school.
   As I continually repeat in the Health Letter and in my book, Lipid Nutrition - Understanding Fats and Oils in Health and Disease, essen­tial fatty acid deficiency is rampant. It is particularly important in young children who are developing their bodies and brains. Instead of get­ting what they need, children are being mega-dosed with hydroge­nated and partially hydrogenated oils which displace essential fatty acids which the children would normally get if they were getting fresh, natural, whole, raw foods.
   This study demonstrates a direct correlation between essential fatty acid deficiency and infection, but ad­ditionally the malnutrition of our young is the underlying seed that sprouts into the whole range of chronic degenera­tive disease conditions that strike adults in their middle and latter years. 
Reference:
J Int Med Res, 1996;24:325-330
 
VITAMIN C AND HEART DISEASE

    In the monograph for Wysong Carvasol™, I discuss the important relationship between vitamin C and cardiovascular health. While the medical community continues to act as if the cause and prevention of heart dis­ease is a mystery, the scientific litera­ture has long ago revealed the keys.
   The practice of medicine is usually decades behind the scientific state of the art. Old ideas die hard and when vast economic interests are at stake, new ideas and reason are put off. For example, in 1954 Dr. Willis performed a study on 10 patients with atherosclerosis. He gave them 500 mg of vitamin C three times a day for 2 to 6 months. Six similar patients were used as the control group and did not receive the vitamin. Arteriograms of arteries in those tak­ing the vitamin C showed that 6 of the 10 patients treated with vitamin C showed regression, whereas those not receiving the vitamin did not.
   That’s 43 years ago that this clear evidence was available to the medical community. Imagine the pain, suffer­ing and financial devastation people and families have un­dergone during this period of time, in many cases perhaps totally needlessly, since a simple supplementation of a vitamin may have prevented it. 
Reference:
Can Med Assoc Journal, 1954;71:562-568
 
OUR TOXIC BODIES

   A survey by the Environmental Protection Agency re­ports that 100% of samples of human body fat contained toxic chemicals including styrene (as found in styrofoam), 1 ,4-dichlorobenzene (found in moth balls and household deodorizers), xylene (in solvents, paints, gasoline), and DDT which was banned some 25 years ago. Other toxins found at a lesser percentage (96-98% of samples) included dioxin (found in herbicides and wood treat­ment chemicals) and benzene (found in gasoline).
   Many of the 100,000 synthetic tox­ins in our environment are fat soluble and thus find an accommodating home in our increasingly pudgy bodies. These chemicals are just a small part of the list of toxins which are a part of what is accumulating in us as we become increasingly dependent upon our society of convenience.
   Combine the increasing toxic ex­posure with a decreasing quality of nutrition as a result of reliance on pro­cessed foods, and you have the for­mula for the vast array of diseases that are afflicting modem civilization.
What to do? Try to eliminate ev­erything toxic and even potentially toxic. Even by doing this we are still going to receive a heavy dose just from the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat. But the more out-of-doors we can be in natural set­tings, eating foods as natural, whole, raw and close to the Earth as possible, the better our chances. To help cope with the inadvertent toxic exposure we do have, use concentrated supplemen­tation, particularly with the antioxidant nutrients (such as in Wysong Food ACE™ and Spectrox™), and follow the Wysong Optimal Health Program. 
Reference:
National Human Adipose Tissue Sur­vey FY82, US Environmental Protection Agency, Volumes 1-V, December 1986
 
WYSONG WORKS - (Excerpt from a Wysong customer letter.)

   “I purchased your ContifinTM and GlucosamineTM supplements for my wife’s arthritis. For years she has doctored for this and has a cabinet full of medicines. Some work for awhile but them she has to change and increase her dosage or she gets sick from them. In spite of her “rely on the doctor” attitude I convinced her to try your products and rotate them weekly as you suggested. I’ve also started her on Spectrox™ your antioxidant. She is experiencing remarkable improvement and is stopping some of her medicines (reluctantly). She is becoming a believer. Thank Dr. Wysong so much for developing these products.” • Seattle, WA
 
C AND E FOR PARKINSON'S

   About 400,000 people now have Parkinson’s disease. Although it is known that victim’s brain cells suffer from a disturbance in the neurochemi­cal dopamine, there are no drugs yet discovered which will correct or re­verse the problem.
   Research has shown, however, that mega doses of vitamin E (3,000 IU’s daily) and vitamin C (3,000 mg daily) can significantly slow the pro­gression of the disease. These high dosages of vitamins should be gradu­ally worked up to and it would be wise to have a nutritionally oriented physi­cian monitor the progress. (Wysong Mega CTM would be an excellent source of high dose vitamin C.)
   Research has also suggested that Parkinson’s in later life may be due to a deficiency of vitamin E in our early years. Those in the study who ate more vitamin E-rich foods such as nuts, whole grain, soy, and nonhydrogenated salad oils were far less likely to develop Parkinson’s.
   The resiliency of youth can mask dietary indiscretions. We may think everything is going just fine because our children (or our pets) are appar­ently healthy, but then later in life they pay the disease consequence from a lifetime of impropriety.
Reference:
Int Clin Nutr Rev 84;4;4:159-71
Journal of Clin End and Metab 88;67:644-650
 
FRESH FOODS FOR ARTHRITIS

   For those of you who are using Wysong Contifin™, Glucosamine Complex™, Spectrox™, EFA™ and Marine Lipids™ for arthritis, don’t for­get to follow the entire Wysong Opti­mal Health Program. In addition, there are a variety of fresh foods which can be particularly beneficial. These in­clude fresh fruits and vegetables. Par­ticularly cherries, blueberries, black­berries, raspberries, and other darkly colored fruits are excellent sources of flavonoids which are beneficial. Gar­lic, brussels sprouts, onions, and cab­bage are high sulfur-containing foods and are also valuable. Additionally, some have found that by eliminating certain foods such as those in the night shade family (tomatoes, potatoes, peppers and egg plant) the symptoms of arthritis can be eliminated.
 
PROBIOTICS AND BLADDER CANCER

   In a recent study of 138 patients with primary multiple tumors and re­current single tumors of the bladder, taking the probiotic Lactobacillus aci­dophilus exerted a protective effect when compared against placebo. Researchers concluded that taking this probiotic was an effective method of preventing the occurrence of superfi­cial bladder cancer.
   Lactobacillus acidophilus is one of the friendly microorganisms incor­porated into Wysong H-Biotic™ for humans, and Pet Inoculant™, Bi­otic™ and all of the Wysong Diets for animals.
In another double-blind clinical trial it was demonstrated that supple­mentation of 40,000 units of vitamin A, 100 mg of vitamin B6, 2000 mg of vitamin C, 400 units of vitamin E and 90 mg of zinc significantly reduced the recurrence of bladder cancer.
   These results and many others demonstrating the effectiveness of nutrients in preventing and treating serious disease demonstrate that re­sorting to drugs and surgery is not al­ways the only answer. In fact, if any modern pharmaceutical agent got the results of many nutrients, they would be widely and popularly used by the medical community. But since nutri­ents are not patentable, there is no money to be made by pharmaceutical companies to do the testing necessary for FDA approval. Thus such rem­edies, although highly effective, are ridiculed or go essentially unnoticed (until patients exert sufficient pres­sure) by the medical community. 
Reference:
European Journal of Urology, 1995, 27;2: 104-9
Journal of Urology, January 1997,151:21-26