- DEAR FRIEND:
- Last night, while munching on
my nightly bowl of Popcorn, watching my 1,367th obligatory session of the Chicago Bulls
with my wife and kids (my wife is in love with Scottie Pippen, my son wants to trade me
for Michael Jordan) my teeth fell out. But not because of dropping my jaw to the floor
watching another one of Jordans super-human feats.
- Well, actually, they didnt
all fall out.. .just one. And really not even one, just a part of one. The filling.
- In any case, it is quite a
sobering event. The tongue has a way of incredibly exaggerating the size of a hole
in a tooth.
- This is the second time in a
month that I have had the same thing happen. I just recovered from having a cap put
on the first one and now, as I write this, I am scheduled for an appointment tomorrow
morning to have this new crater repaired. Its like these fillings had a
self-destruct timing mechanism.
- The point of this story is that
Im only having problems with the ones I had filled. A young dentist who had just
graduated from dental school did all of my dental work. It began with a check-up.
I was experiencing no real problems but radiographs indicated there were some
pinhole cavities. Since I was going into a medical field and was poor, he was going
to extend me the professional courtesy of reaming the centers out of several of my teeth
and filling them so that I would not have any problems with cavities.
- Well, I was all googly-eyed
with medicine at that time so I decided to have this wonderful technology performed on me.
He graciously proceeded to jackhammer several of my teeth into oblivion.
- Fortunately (as it turns out) I
got too busy and the rest of my scheduled dental work was put on hold. Those teeth
that I never had filled, I have never had a problem with. The teeth I have had
filled are now regularly interrupting my Bulls & popcorn evenings.
- This reminds me of women with a
lump who have a breast loped off and all lymph nodes dissected out. Then the other
breast is irradiated. Now we learn that the breast could have been saved and the
second irradiated breast can develop cancer from the radiation.
- The point of this story is that
medical intervention is often a bad choice. This is not to say if you need crisis
care that technology is not wonderful. But the modern so-called preventive practices -
manipulation in one way or the other of the natural biological order - often end up with
far more consequences than benefits.
- Be wary and extremely
cautious. Be fully aware of all the potential consequences before permitting what
really amounts to experimentation on yourself or your children.
- Ive got to go. I
have an appointment with my banker to re-mortgage the house to buy my new gold filling for
- NATURAL BIRTH
- Many years ago, after
graduating, I moved to Colorado. It seemed like a beautiful place to live. There were
mountains, milder winters than in Michigan, wilderness (at least I thought so) and lots of
perfect skiing. The grass was surely going to be greener there.
- But, as it turns out, the grass
does not really get greener unless you yourself water and nurture it. You can move from
one place to another and find that you soon become swallowed up in the day-today
activities of life and forget the romantic reasons for the move in the first place. For
me, I was swamped with the rigors of internship in the first years of practice. In three
years in Colorado, I skied only twice. One weekend I decided to take a backpacking trip
up the mountains into the wilderness, but felt like I was on a two-lane highway with
backpackers in front of, in back of, and passing me.
- The Rocky Mountains are an
incredibly beautiful place and I am sure there are more remote areas, but I didnt
find them. Everyone else was moving to Colorado for the same reasons I did, making natural
areas more like highly trafficked parks than wilderness.
- Well, Colorado is the beginning
place but not the point of this topic.
- I thought Id at least
pass on to you my experience with the greener pastures. After a while, living away from
where you have grown up and your family is, it can become difficult. It can be tough to
develop a sense of belonging. The little things from home, family, friends, familiar
geography, and a sense of security increase in importance with time. Happiness is
something you make; simply changing geographical position does not derive it.
- I understand this now, but I
still fantasize that there must be, somewhere, some Utopian paradise that would be the
perfect place to live.
- In any case, while in Colorado,
I lived for a while in Boulder during the height of the Hippie Era. While there, some
friends wanted to have their second baby at home because of a bad experience with the way
they were handled in the hospital with their first child. They were going to wing it on
their own, so I, somewhat concerned about whether they could do it, offered my help.
- I read up in the gynecology and
obstetrical texts and helped them deliver the child in their home. It was a beautiful
experience for them, to be sure, and it was also much more remarkable and moving to me
than I thought it would be. My concern was primarily about all of the possible things
which could go wrong and my potential liability. But after everything worked out, it
seemed like the right thing to have done.
- Word got out, and I ended up
delivering two more babies for others who insisted on wanting to give birth at home.
Later, after moving back to Michigan, I delivered two of my girls as well. All of these
experiences were without problems.
- I am not sure I would volunteer to do this again
now, however. Although the risks of home delivery may be statistically small, in our
litigious society the danger to someone offering their services is great.
- I was warned at the time that I
was involved in delivering babies that I was in peril. Everyone was concerned about all
the things that could go wrong.
- This alarmist attitude,
however, statistically is not justified. Over 80% of all the babies in the world are
delivered either by the family or by midwives. Our high-tech obstetrical suites with fetal
monitors screwed into scalps, drugs, and Cesarean sections only seem necessary to us now
because we are used to it. All of this obstetrical technology has resulted in the United
States ranking somewhere between 16th and 22nd in the world in terms
of newborn deaths.
- Births by midwives rank less
than half the rate of infant mortality compared to a modern high-tech hospital.
- Weve all been brainwashed
into believing that giving birth is a disease to be treated, rather than simply a natural
process to be watched. It has been estimated by the year 2,000 that Cesarean sections in
this country will reach 40% of all births. But researchers in medical journals argue most
of these are unnecessary, and at most, less than 6% of births need be Cesarean sections.
It may take ten years for this information to affect C-sections rates since C-sections are
a growth industry.
- You may wish to consider having
a baby at home with an experienced midwife or having a baby at a birthing center using a
midwife. Evidence argues it is safer. Contact your local hospital or public health center
for references to find midwifery services.
- Being as close to all aspects
of the birth as possible is an experience that is one of lifes most remarkable
treasures. Husbands and even older children should be a part. If a medically attended or
cesarean birth is required, be sure that the father is present. Also request block and
local anesthetics so both parents can still share the miracle of birth. Witnessing the
emergence of a new life is an experience that can make us appreciate our own life even
- A few Review pregnancy tidbits:
squatting position for giving birth eases labor, as opposed to the conventional position
with legs in stirrups (Wysong Review Vol. 3 No 7).
should also pay particular close attention to their nutrition following the guidelines as
outlined in the Review and eat as much whole, fresh, natural foods as possible.
B6 supplementation reported to assist with the nausea in the first trimester of
pregnancy (Wysong Review Vol. 4 No. 6)
acid supplementation has been proven to reduce the chance of bearing a baby with
congenital spinal defects, as we have mentioned in past Reviews (Wysong Review Vol. 3 No.
8, Vol.6 No.8).
supplementation has been found to significantly decrease both fetal and maternal morbidity
both before and after delivery. Foods particularly rich in magnesium include whole wheat,
buckwheat, nuts and beans.
- If you have had previous
Cesarean sections and want to try a natural birth, this still may be possible. Recent
reports in the literature establish that a natural delivery may be possible after previous
Cesarean sections (Wysong Review Vol. 4 No. 9).
- And dont forget, after
you have that baby, give it the food it was meant to have, breast milk. The evidence now
in hand demonstrating that formula feeding processed canned junk food to newborns is
inferior to breast milk is significant enough that formula feeding should be banned unless
there is simply no other option.
- For further information on
natural birthing, contact your local hospital for natural childbirth education classes in
your area. Also see the book review section on page 8 of this issue.
England Journal of Medicine, March 16, 1989: 706
July 8, 1989: 74
England Journal of Medicine, December28, 1989:1804
England Journal of Medicine, July 14, 1988: ~82
of the American Medical Association, July 8, 1988: 252
- TRANS-FATTY ACIDS AND HEART DISEASE
- In the accompanying graph, you
can see the change in the level of consumption of butter as compared to oleo margarines.
Notice that butter has declined over the past century, whereas
oleo margarines have increased. If you were to plot the incidence of heart disease,
you would find that it parallels the consumption of oleo margarine and not the decreased
consumption of butter. (The Changing American, Diet, published by Center for Science
in the Public Interest, Washington D.C., 1983)
- This evidence, however, is only
circumstantial according to the margarine industry. Indeed you can do many clever things
with graphs and charts. However, recent research has demonstrated that an increase in
the consumption of trans-fatty acids (found in margarines) can directly affect serum
lipoproteins. Lipoproteins include the LDLs and HDLs we have discussed
before in the Review (see Wysong Review Vol. 3 No. 3, 4 and Lipid Nutrition book by Dr.
Wysong). The adverse effect on lipoproteins resulting from the increased consumption
of trans-fatty acids found in not only oleo margarines but in almost any packaged
processed snack or baked good will increase the risk of coronary heart disease by at least
- Read labels. If the label
reveals hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils (and most do), avoid that product
as if it contained strychnine. Seek or bake your own healthier versions of the foods. The
crippling degenerative diseases that can potentially result from eating these plasticized
synthetic manmade fatty acids is certainly something to be feared and avoided.
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Dec.
- TIMING YOUR DAY
- Like it or not, we are tuned
into our physical world and its rhythms. Light, the moon, the sun, magnetic fields, the
rotation of the Earth, and other forces and factors we are not even aware of affect us in
subtle and even profound ways.
- Research is slowly identifying
specific biological rhythms that are coordinated with these physical pat-terns.
- Unfortunately we have become so
disengaged from our environment and our own body by constant sensory overload and
running our day by a schedule that is intellectually or conveniently set, that we have
lost the ear for the inner voice.
- Some suggestions:
and late evening are usually the best times for active mental and intellectual demands.
intense physical activity is best performed in the afternoon.
meals seem to be best tolerated mid-morning and late afternoon with snacking of fruits,
vegetables, and lighter foods in between.
- To test this natural rhythm,
notice how well your mind works in the one to four oclock afternoon range as
opposed to when you first get up in the morning. Also notice what happens if you eat a
large midday meal. You will be lucky if you are awake between 2 and 3.
- Listen to your body rhythms.
They teach us the lessons of health and the wisdom of how to get the most out of life.
Once you know your bodys cycles, you can schedule your day and benefit the most.
- Would Monsieur care to see the
Wine List? Lets see, how does that go? White wine should be ordered with fish or
fowl, while red wine is best with red meats?
- Anyway, a special study
reported at the American Heart Associations 65th scientific session in
New Orleans once again confirmed that while all alcoholic beverages seem to ward off
coronary artery disease to some degree, wine drinkers enjoyed greater protection than
those who regularly imbibed beer or hard liquors. Unlike some recent studies. this
particular study concluded that not only red wines provide protection, but white wines as
- In a ten-year study, following
over 80,000 alcohol drinkers, it was concluded that it is only moderate drinking which
offers a shield against heart attacks. For people who already drink, limiting alcohol
intake to fewer than three drinks per day, leaning toward wines is best. The study also
shows that wine drinkers may have other healthy attributes over people who prefer other
types of alcohol, so wine isnt necessarily the only key. Wine People may
also be Salad People, or may be non-smokers for example. But for now, wine
is given the cleaner hill of health and would appear to help more with heart disease
- Also very important: a reminder
was included in the study that heavy drinking can lead to many health troubles, such as
liver disease, high blood pressure, and certain heart rhythm abnormalities.
- REMODELING BREASTS AND THIGHS
- With all the problems from
silicone implants, surgeons and women ate looking for new solutions. Where there is a
problem - and money to be made - count on a clever solution. How about this one:
- Some surgeons are now removing
the fat from the hips of women and injecting it into the breasts. What a classic example
of the naive, even stupid, mentality that we are nothing but simple machines composed of
an array of parts that can be removed, replaced and substituted and remodeled at will
- Women electing to try this
procedure are definitely permitting a dangerous experiment to be performed on them. Fat
that is removed from one part of the body and injected into another is not simply
incorporated as new tissue. Rather, it sits there without being properly vascularized and
then will convert to scar tissue creating lumps and bumps that might mimic cancer, or may
necrose (die) creating infection and abscesses.
- Preoccupation with a perceived
physical defect is called body dysmorphic disorder by psychiatrists. It can
lead to isolation and even suicide. Interestingly, those who undergo surgical
intervention increase preoccupations rather than solve them.
- None of us are as beautiful as
we would like to be. The most beautiful person in the world in our eyes privately knows
their faults and wishes they could remodel themselves in one way or another.
- Being the best you can be is
beautiful. There is not even a definition of perfect beauty. Kindness, humor,
cleanliness, neatness, humility, intelligence, empathy, philanthropy, sportsmanship and
fitness are beautiful in and of themselves and highly attractive to others. Also remember
that although you may think others care about how you look they really only care about how
- We must live with the deck of
cards we are dealt, but we can play the hand superbly and win the game.
- TRYPTOPHAN AND WEIGHT LOSS
- When tryptophan, an amino acid
supplement, was still on the market, it caused decreased appetite and weight loss in obese
subjects. This was a by-product of the real reason for its use, which was to elevate mood
by its production of serotonin in the brain (see Synorgon Diet by Dr. Wysong).
- Although tryptophan has been
removed from the market, (see Wysong Review Vol. 6 No. 5) high levels of tryptophan can be
obtained by eating pumpkin seeds. Eating about 7 oz. of pumpkin seeds munched throughout
the day is reported to provide mood elevation and anorexia for several days.
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,
November 1992: 863
- ANTIOXIDANTS IN CHINA
- China is an excellent study
model of the effects of various environmental influences on disease. The country has been
isolated from most Western practices and thus confounding factors can be eliminated when
trying to establish associations between certain events and disease. Blood samples
gathered from 100 Chinese adults from over 65 counties showed that higher levels of
dietary antioxidants, including beta carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, and selenium
decreased cancer death rates.
International Journal of Epidemiology,
- CHLORINE AND PANCREATIC CANCER
- Cancer of the pancreas takes
approximately 25,000 U.S. lives per year. A recent study suggests a possible link between
the chlorine in drinking water and the rising incidence of pancreatic cancer. Use a
quality bottled water or better yet, produce your own. Contact the Wysong store for
information and sources for purification Systems.
American Journal of Epidemiology, 136: 836-
- VEGGIES AND COLON CANCER
- Colon cancer will kill 50,000
people this year in the U.S. A large prospective mortality study by the American Cancer
Society following almost 800,000 adults has shown that those individuals who consume
vegetables and high fiber grains more frequently have a statistically significant lower
incidence of colon cancer.
of the National Cancer Institute, October 7,1992:1491
- STRESS, IMMUNITY AND ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS
- Psychological stress can
depress cell-mediated immune function. Individuals with low plasma levels of essential
fatty acids from the omega-6 and omega-3 classes (see Lipid Nutrition by Dr.
Wysong) are more susceptible to disease from such stress.
Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes and Essential
Fatty Acids, 47: 165-
- ORAL CONTRACEPTIVES AND CANCER
- Oral contraceptives are
normally a combination of estrogens and progesterones. The progestin fraction has been
thought not to be carcinogenic. Recent evidence, however, indicates that progestins used
in oral contraceptives can stimulate the growth of estrogen sensitive human breast
Cancer Research, 52:6539-
- CALCIUM SUPPLEMENTATION AND OSTEOPOROSIS
- Supplementation of 1,000 mg. of
elemental calcium significantly slows axial and appendicular bone loss in normal post
menopausal women. Supplementation can reduce the rate of hip fractures due to osteoporosis
by at least 20%.
- This would mean as many as
250,000 fewer hip fractures each year in the United States, at a cost savings of some 2
- Aside from the dollar savings
is the savings in pain and suffering experienced by women. As we have mentioned before
in the Review (Vol. 4 No. 10, Vol. 6 No. 5, Vol. 6 No. 12), osteoporosis victims will
often succumb to a variety of other diseases following a fracture, resulting in a
dramatic shortening of life span. The recommendation from researchers in a recent issue in
the New England Journal of Medicine is that most post menopausal women should take l500
mg. of elemental calcium per day. That means if you are taking something like calcium
gluconate, the amount of calcium must be calculated separately from the gluconate part.
400 to 800 IUs daily of vitamin D are also recommended. The evidence is persuasive enough
that editors of the journal suggest that people begin on such a program immediately,
without waiting for further confirmation.
- As we have mentioned before,
decreasing the amount of meat in the diet will automatically help decrease the chance of
developing osteoporosis. Also make sure you get outside every day if possible for 20
minutes or so. Exposure to sunlight will increase the synthesis of Vitamin Din your
England Journal of Medicine, Feb.18, 1993:460-
- VITAMIN E AND EPILEPSY
- Drugs used to control epilepsy
can deplete body stores of vitamin E. Vitamin E supplementation (usually 50-200 IU of
natural d-alpha-tocopherol) has been found to decrease seizure activity in epileptics.
Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences. May
- CROHN'S DISEASE AND NUTRITION
- Omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil
factor) are effective in the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (Crohns
Disease). Clinicians are even injecting them intravenously as therapy. Individuals with
Crohns disease are also at high risk of losing selenium. This mineral is very
import ant as an antioxidant in the diet and it, along with omega-3 fatty acids should
be supplemented in Crohns disease.
- Flax seed oil is a good
supplemental source of omega-3 fatty acids. About one tablespoon per day is
recommended. Selenium is high in most yeast products. As a supplement, selenomethonine is
best at 50 to 100 micrograms per day.
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,
November 1992: 933-
- VITAMIN B6 AND URINARY STONES
- Calcium oxalate stones in the
urinary system are associated with low dietary levels of vitamin B6, and with
higher plant than animal protein in the diet. Supplementation of 50-150mg. of vitamin B6
per day is recommended.
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,
November 1992: 905-
- BEER AND MENOPAUSE
- An estrogenic response may
occur from consuming alcoholic beverages made from hops which contain phytoestrogenic
substances. Bourbon and beer in moderation may therefore be a natural alternative or
adjunct to synthetic estrogen therapy in menopausal women.
Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research,
- TWHF, ARTHRITIS AND LUPUS
- Tripterygium Wilfordii Hood f
(TWHf) is a member or the Celastraceae plant family, a woody vine-like shrub from China.
It has been found both beneficial in rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus
erythematosus. For further information, write to Sydney Brandwein, M.D., FRCP © Division
of Rheumatology, Room 4848 Livingston Hall, Montreal General Hospital, 1650 Cedar Avenue,
Montreal, Quebec H3G I A4, Canada.
- HONEY BEE PROPOLIS AND CANCER
- The caffeic acid esters present
in honeybee propolis have been shown to inhibit colon cancer cell growth.
- Honeybee propolis is available as a nutritional
Biol Interactions. 84: 277-
- PASS YOUR ESTATE ON OR LET IT BE STOLEN
- Eighty percent of Americans do
exactly what the legal system likes.
- They die intestate, having made
no provision by will or trust to pass the fruits of their labor onto their heirs.
- When this happens, as much as
100% of the estate can end up in the hands of courts and lawyers. A Pennsylvania lawyer,
according to John Nugent of the Liberty Library, recently billed two tiny orphans $96,000
to settle their dead parents $300,000 estate. Marilyn Monroe left behind an estate mess
taking 18 years and 1.5 million dollars to settle.
- On the other hand, Nelson
Rockefeller set up trusts costing next to nothing and kept his finances out of the
- Estate planning is easy to put
off. It kind of brings you face-to-face with your mortality and all of us would like to
- It is not necessary to incur
great costs in order to organize your affairs. Once you do so, the sense of ease and
security that will come to you knowing that your hard work will not be parasitized will be
well worth the effort taken.
- We have investigated various
do-it-yourself trust and will kits. The Liberty Library, 300 Independence Ave. S.E. in
Washington, D.C. 20003 (202) 546-5611, produces the one unanimously claimed to be of the
very best quality in terms of thoroughness, legality, and ease of preparation. A tape from
them for $15 thoroughly discusses the options you face and exactly how to proceed. They
will also provide books and forms for step-by-step guidance.
- Modern Nutrition in Health and Disease is
a 1300+-page volume serving as a comprehensive textbook on nutrition and a ready reference
book for students and practitioners in the fields of nutrition, medicine, dentistry and
public health. it thoroughly discusses everything from basic nutritional science to the
safety and adequacy of food supply, interrelations of nutrients and metabolism,
malnutrition, nutrition during physiologic stress and nutrition in the
prevention and treatment of diseases. The book, edited by Robert S. Goodhart, M.D., D.M.S.
and Maurice E. Shils, M.D., Sc.D., has contributions from over 80 doctors, professors,
nutritionists, dieticians, veterinarians and others. This excellent reference volume
emphasizes that the science and practice of nutrition are solid basic components of
clinical medicine. A must for anyone wanting the most comprehensive information on diet
and disease. $35.00. Available through the Wysong Library.
- In a May Gaskins best selling book on home
birth is a 480-page text entitled Spiritual Midwifery. The first part of the book consists
of stories told by parents and midwives. The second part is a technical manual for
midwives, nurses and doctors and includes chapters on prenatal care and nutrition, labor,
delivery techniques, care of the new baby and breast feeding. Much of the information has
been updated for this third edition, which reflects more than fifteen years of experience
and nearly 2,000 deliveries. $16.95. Available through the Wysong Library.