WYSONG HEALTH LETTER
Dr. R. L. Wysong
January 1994
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DEAR FRIEND,
 
    The next time you are at the grocery store look around at what people are loading into their carts.  What a sad picture it presents.  A typical example is a mother I saw with one child in the cart and one in arms. Her groceries consisted of canned baby formula, white bread, hydrogenated peanut butter, processed hydrogenated cheese spread, several six packs of sodas, TV dinners, canned vegetables, several bags of hydrogenated corn and potato snacks, hot dogs and white buns, marshmallows, instant cocoa drink, Kool-Aid, boxed cake... not one food recognizable as coming from nature.  No fresh vegetables.  No fresh fruits.  No fresh meats.
    This is not an exception.  It is enough to make one wonder whether there is any hope.  These same people are fighting weight problems, are wondering why they are short of breath and have this nagging pain in their chest, have to drink coffee and smoke cigarettes in order to stimulate a bowel movement, can no longer perform activities due to the pain in their joints, are impotent, aging prematurely, spend more money on doctoring than they do on groceries, and make discussion of their aches and pains their social entertainment.
    If asked why they don’t make more healthy food choices, they argue they can’t afford it.  'Scuze me, but what a crock.  Healthy foods are too expensive, but $50,000 for bypass surgeries or tens of thousands for joint replacements or $100,000 for cancer treatment is affordable?
    If ever we need to engage our intelligence it is when we make food selections.  Instead we send our brain on vacation and let food industry experts fill our head.  Through the millennia, the creative pursuit of food is, in fact, likely the principle reason we have developed the intelligence we have.  Now, instead of using our brain to seek healthful foods and avoid dangerous ones, we engage it only in our specialized areas of work, then use the money earned to buy whatever the food industry panders.
    In our modern synthetic plastic environment, all cocooned from nature, we think we have escaped the jungle and its hardships and dangers.  But, all we have really done is change the scenery.  Our safety in the swaddling arms of modern technology and experts is an illusion. 
    We need to use foresight and judgement to protect ourselves and our families from the very real commercial monsters lurking in the shadows at the grocery store.  Perhaps our enemy is not now furry with large canines, but it is every bit as dangerous, and even more cunning and devious—having even the ability to attack us and make us enjoy it—only to create the lethal consequences 20 years or so later in our lives.  Think about this the next time you let food fabricators make your taste buds do cartwheels with their latest melt-in-your-mouth pseudofood.   Food selection is where some real brain power should be used. 
    Incidentally, men, don’t assume that food shopping is just the woman’s responsibility.  In primitive societies men were the primary hunters and food gatherers and protectors of the family.   If you are simply sending money to the grocery store, you are not doing your job.
    Make grocery cart filling a challenge.  See how much you can make it look like you just harvested crops from a farmer's field.   As for cost, figure that replacing cans, boxes or bags of chemical potpourri pseudofoods with real fresh food will save you thousands in eventual medical bills, prevent immeasurable suffering and misery and extend vital, full, active life.
    Happy Hunting!
 
Your home may have asbestos coming from the insulation in your walls, radon leaking up from the basement, and synthetic chemicals wafting toward you from your carpets, paints, furniture... it’s enough to make you want to run outside for a gulp of fresh air.  And that’s of course exactly what you should do—or, as we’ve mentioned before in the Health Letter, at the very least be sure ventilation in your home is plentiful even in the coldest months. 
    Also, be sure that one of your most intimate environments within the home, your bed, is as clean and natural as possible.  Sheets, pillows, and comforters made of organic (no dyes or pesticides) or minimally treated cottons are available now from several mail order houses.  If you spend eight hours in bed, doing relaxed deep breathing, make sure you’re breathing and swaddling yourself in the purest possible surroundings.  (Resource A)
    Replacing potentially toxic home products can be expensive, so it only makes sense to redesign the areas of the home where you spend the most time first, then gradually replace and update to more ecological and healthy home products as you can afford it.  We’ve talked before about replacing light bulbs to full-spectrum healthier bulbs—beginning in the areas of the home where you spend the most time, then gradually working throughout the home.  (Resource B)  The same can be true for replacing carpets (best to replace with hard surfaces), furniture, paints, and so forth. 
    Home construction itself can be healthier.  If you are thinking of building or adding on to your home, there are some significant new healthy and environmental options out there—with more being added all the time.  The healthy ecological home is the latest in the residential building industry, and it’s a welcome trend.  (Resource C)
    A builder in Vermont can build a passive solar house with all walls ventilated—a house that "breathes" for people who are extremely sensitive to environmental toxins.   This builder also may be an excellent source of information about common household toxins, in case you suspect you may be affected by something in your home, but want to learn more.  (Resource D)
    Another builder, Michael Sykes, has patented a building system which relies on a double shell—extremely sturdy design—and with proper location and advantageous placement on your land can save 90 percent on heating and cooling.  This Enertia design (discussed in Vol. 7 No. 12) can be purchased in pre-engineered and pre-cut kits.  (Resource E)
    In Missoula, Montana, a recently finished 2,400-square-foot demo home boasts products made from recycled materials, such as carpeting made from recycled plastic pop bottles and recycled paint, as well as floor tiles made from auto windshield glass.   Not necessarily non-toxic, these "ReCraft 90" homes are certainly Earth-friendly.  (Resource F)
    Earthships are homes built by Mike Reynolds which use tires filled with dirt for the walls, plus aluminum cans—a passive solar design.  Mr. Reynolds is still building and may have ideas you could incorporate into your living space, even if all you need is a back-yard shed.  (Resource G)
    Eco-Home Network wants to coordinate ecological home projects which are being tried or successfully used around the country, to be sure that each one serves as a model for the others to follow so planners and builders can all learn from each other.  (Resource H)
    As long as consumers continue to buy homes with construction wood treated with chemical preservatives, poisonous insulation, synthetic and toxic materials throughout, and no solar or environmental features—that’s what the builders will build.   If we want something better we must ask for it—and the building industry will be forced to respond to the consumer demand.
    Reference:  
        A)             For information on cotton goods for home and bath contact the following mail order houses: Garnet Hill, 262 Main Street, Franconia, NH  03580;
        Vermont Country Store’s catalog Voice of the Mountains, P.O. Box 3000, Manchester Ctr., VT  05255-3000; 
        Ecosport, 28 James Street, South Hackensack, NJ  07606;
        Organic Cottons, 104 Clearfield Lane 1C, Gatesville, PA  19320. Ecosport and Organic Cottons both offer organic cotton fabric by the roll.
        B)             Full-spectrum light bulbs: (see Healthy Alternative Store * above).            
        C)             Contact the following building material resources for information: Rocky Mountain Institute, 1-303-927-3851; Real Goods,1-800-762-7325; Sunelco, Inc., 1-406-363-6924; Solar Components Corp., 1-603-668-8186.
        D)             Steve VanDusen, RR1, Box 2076, Huntington, VT  05462.
        E)             Enertia Building Systems, Inc., Rt. 1, Box 67, Wake Forest, NC  27587.
        F)             The Center For Resourceful Building Technology, P.O. Box 3866, Missoula, MT  59806.
        G)             Solar Survival-Architecture, P.O. Box 1041, Taos, NM  87571.
        H)             Eco-Home Network, 4344 Russell Avenue, Los Angeles, CA  90027.
 
SICK BUILDINGS
    According to the Environmental Protection Agency, up to 30% of new or remodeled buildings trigger illness in some of their occupants.  Individuals can exhibit any of a range of symptoms including headaches, respiratory irritation, asthma or flu-like symptoms, chest tightness and fatigue.
    Toxins that emanate from within buildings are being gassed off from building materials and circulated through ventilating systems.  These hazards are of increasing concern, particularly as we tighten buildings to increase energy efficiency.
    Be sure your home and work places are adequately ventilated with outside air.  This can mean windows cracked and outside air ducted into the ventilation system to permit an appropriate number of air exchange locations.
    If you find yourself chronically sick or not responding positively to dietary and lifestyle improvements, give consideration to the microenvironment of your home and workplace as a possible cause of your problem.  (Resource I)
    Reference:
        I)             The Environmental Protection Agency:  1-202-382-4700.
        Science News, March 27, 1993: 198
 
DANGERS OF MEASLES VACCINES
    Vaccines can contain either living or dead organisms, or biochemicals derived from them.  The living vaccines (modified live) have altered the disease agents so they supposedly will not cause the disease.  (Although this is not always true, since for example the modified live polio vaccine has actually caused polio).
    When injected, or consumed orally, this modified or dead disease material theoretically causes our body to form an immunity to it like it would the real disease.  This immunity consists of our immune cells, such as T and B lymphocytes, learning how to directly attack the organisms or learning how to secrete antibodies which are biochemicals that can neutralize the disease-causing organism or toxins.
    In theory it seems extremely rational.  From a business standpoint it has been a multi-billion dollar ongoing payday for pharmaceutical companies.  Whether vaccinations have ever (or are even capable of) eradicating disease, is highly suspect, however.  (Resource J)
    It is just not as simple as it seems.  Disease-associated microorganisms and our immune system are far more complex than we can even imagine.  When we vaccinate an individual, or huge populations, it is an experiment.  We don’t know what we are doing because we simply cannot even begin to grasp what it is that is biologically being done.
    A case in point.  Prior to the measles vaccine, many children contracted measles and simply got over it. When they did, they had lifelong immunity to it.  Earlier in life, since their mothers had likely been exposed to, or actually contracted measles themselves, the immunity from the mother was passed to the infant through the uterus and through the colostrum in milk, conferring what is known as passive immunity.  In effect, the maternal antibodies to the organism simply pass to the infant to protect them without the infant actively developing any immunity themselves.  By about the age of 15 months this passive immunity is by and large worn off and the infant, if exposed, develops a natural immunity to the disease.  If they get the disease they develop a lifelong immunity and then pass the immunity to their young as well... and the cycle continues.
    In older children measles is not usually a serious disease.  But in children under the age of one year it can be more serious leading to diarrhea, pneumonia, ear and throat infections and encephalitis.  The rate of infection in children under one year has changed from 3% in 1976 to 28% just in the first half of 1993.
    The reason for this is interesting.  The introduction of the measles vaccine has resulted in an increasing percentage of mothers who do not pass the strong passive immunity to measles on to their children.  You see, natural infection to measles creates an immunity that can be passed to offspring, whereas the vaccines do not.  As a result, infants get no passive immunity from the mother and thus can become diseased prior to the time that their immune system is capable of developing their own natural immunity.  The result is that infants who should be protected by their mother are instead left vulnerable to a disease that is even life threatening if it strikes them before the age of one year.
    The solution, epidemiologists feel, is to vaccinate children at an even younger age.   But this is not as simple as it seems.   Since it is not known whether the mother has natural antibodies to the disease, if the child is vaccinated, the vaccine can be neutralized by the natural antibodies the child may have received from the mother.   Also, when children are vaccinated at earlier ages, there is less chance of the vaccine creating immunity since the immune system of the infant is less capable of developing its own active immunity.
    This is an incredible entirely man-made problem that will only be worsened by the proposed solution of more vaccination at earlier ages.  If we really don’t know what we are doing, and it doesn’t work, should we do more of it?
    Epidemiologists look at infectious disease as something they can eradicate.  I have serious doubts about their capabilities.  When we cannot do something like eradicate a mosquito that causes malaria, and a mosquito is to a microbe as a concord jet is to an ant, how can we expect to eradicate infinitesimally small and ubiquitous microorganisms?  It is quixotic, ridiculous and egotistical in the extreme.   We do not command our environment.  We cannot force it into submission.  We are simply diminutive parts of a complex web of life.
    Our only hope for disease eradication will be first of all to understand that we cause disease by creating the fertile soil within our body and our environment for its emergence.  When this is understood, and we do all that we can to preserve and protect our natural, health-giving genetic context, then we will resist disease and enjoy the full health and vitality that life is meant to give us.
    Reference:  
        J)             Vaccination and Immunology section in the Wysong Library catalog:  1880 North Eastman Road, Midland, MI  48640, 1-800-748-0188.
        Townsend Letter, May 1993: 526-
 
WAS MEASLES VANQUISHED BY THE VACCINE?
    It is commonly believed that the measles vaccine, as well as vaccines for other infectious diseases, are responsible for the historical decline in mortality from these diseases.
    The following graph is commonly presented to show the decline in measles cases by year corresponding to the introduction of the measles vaccine.  On the surface this is impressive and convincing.  It seems that the measles vaccine was remarkably successful.
    I was curious (and a little bit suspicious) about what the mortality for measles was prior to 1960.  We wrote to the Centers For Disease Control and asked them for measles data back as far as they had it available.  We then plotted the death rate per 100,000 and the death-to-cases ratio on a graph.  These graphs follow.
    I have also noted on the graphs the date of the introduction of the measles vaccine.   Now, looking at these graphs and the bigger picture, are you still convinced that the measles vaccine is responsible for the demise of measles?
    The dip that coincides with the introduction of the measles vaccine in the first graph is commonly used in medical literature to support the use of the measles vaccine.   It is nothing more than a mere blip in an already declined disease.
    Isn’t it wonderful what can be done with numbers, and showing only part of the picture?
    We should all be highly skeptical about the wisdom of the current push within government to enforce mass immunizations.
 
BABY FEVER
    Welcome it or fight it. A high fever in a young baby can be very alarming to parents.   It is a cause for concern because something is indeed wrong.  A young infant seems, and is, quite vulnerable. It is a time when parents are desperate for an expert somewhere to make everything all better.
    What is lost sight of is that fever is a manifestation of disease resistance, and not disease in itself.  Many microorganisms which can cause infections are incapable of surviving or multiplying when the body's temperature reaches a certain threshold.  The body has the ability to react to microorganisms by raising its temperature for the purpose specifically of limiting the infection.  Thus, fever is antimicrobial.  It is a natural protective immunological mechanism.  It is therefore argued that fever itself is not something to be feared and suppressed with temperature-lowering drugs, but rather the welcome sign of an active immune system.
    It is one thing to understand this, however, it is another to watch the mercury in the thermometer push toward the top. 
    In some institutions, all infants younger than two months who have fevers are hospitalized.  But now, even conventional thinkers are taking a relook at fever in infants.  In a controlled study of 747 infants who had temperatures of at least 101°, it was found that less than 15% of these had what would be considered to be a serious bacterial illness.  As a result, it is being suggested that in young infants with unremarkable examinations, that they be safely cared for on an out-patient basis at home without the use of antibiotics.  This study was undertaken to determine if decreased medical expenditure could result from limiting the hospitalization of infants who really did not need it.  (Note that the concern is financial, not the health of the patients.)
    But even these results are exaggerated according to holistically-oriented physicians.   They suggest that the choice that the parent has to make is whether they trust the human body and its natural reaction to infection—fever—or they trust modern technological medicine with its laboratory tests, institutional care, fever-fighting drugs, and antibiotics.  These are of course hard decisions when they are being made for your own children.  Education, however, not surrender to experts, is the best course.
    Reference:  
        New England Journal of Medicine, November 11, 1993: 1437
 
NAPPING FOR ENERGY
    President Kennedy, Winston Churchill, Einstein, Napoleon and Thomas Edison were all nappers.  If they felt the urge to nap they did it because it sharpened their minds and invigorated them for the rest of the day.
    Between 1:00 and 4:00 in the afternoon our body's biological clock slows down, sometimes creating an overpowering urge to nap.  Some societies, rather than fight it, have adapted a mid-afternoon nap as a part of custom.   Examples include the Mexican siesta and the Greek custom of closing businesses between 12:00 and 4:00 p.m.
    Usually, if you don’t overdo it by sleeping more than about a half hour, a mid-afternoon nap will not affect night sleeping.  If you can’t sleep in the afternoon, just simply recline, close your eyes and relax for even 15 to 20 minutes.  This simple act can dramatically energize you for the rest of your day’s activities.  You will find that even if you are able to sleep for just a few minutes during this period of time, that after the period of recovery of approximately one hour after the nap, you will be incredibly energized and ready for physical and mental activity.
    Some people have utilized this ability of the body to be dramatically invigorated with even short naps to virtually eliminate long sleeping periods completely.  They simply take naps when they are tired and try to keep them brief and fill their days and nights with activity.
    Listen to your body's rhythms.  Take brief naps when your body urges you to do so, and notice how much energy it will add to your life.  
 
HELPING KIDS BE ENVIRONMENTALISTS
    Hundreds of environmental groups, teaching programs and magazines exclusively for children have emerged to increase environmental awareness.  If we make our kids environmentally sensitive, helping them to understand they live in a finite world that demands actions now to create a future for them and their children, great good can be accomplished.  To help your child become involved in environmental activities see resource K for a partial listing of several organizations in which your child can participate.
    Reference:
        K)             Environmental action groups exclusively for youth:  Concern About Kids' Environment (CAKE), 29 Pine Street, Freeport, ME 04032, 1-207-865-6263;
        Children's Alliance for Protection of the Environment, P.O. Box 307, Austin, TX 78767, 1-512-476-2273;
        Earth Force, 1400 16th Street NW, Suite 420, Washington, DC 20036, 1-202-667-2200;
        4-H Environmental Stewardship Program,  National 4-H Council, 7100 Connecticut Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD 20815;
        Kids for Saving Earth (KSE), P.O. Box 47247, Plymouth, MN 55447, 1-612-525-0002;
        The Natural Guard, 142 Howard Avenue, New Haven, CT 06519, 1-203-787-0229;
        Save the Rainforest, 604 Jamie Street,, Dodgeville, WI 53533, 1-608-935-9435;
        Earth Kids Organization (EKO), P.O. Box 3847, Salem, OR 97302, 1-503-363-1896;
        Kids for a Clean Environment (Kids FACE), P.O. Box 158254, Nashville, TN 37215, 1-800-952-FACE;
        Tree Musketeers, 233 Main Street, El Segundo, CA 90245, 1-800-473-0263.
 
FINANCIAL HEALTH
    If you couple our national debt with the current artificial prosperity of the stock market, created by individuals who are simply investing in it because they don’t want to resign themselves to 2 or 3% interest on CD's, with the political turmoil that exists world wide, economic stability seems very uncertain.  Some economists are suggesting that we are in for the largest stock market crash that this country has ever experienced.  Others are telling investors to move their savings abroad into the emerging markets in the Pacific rim, South America, Australia and elsewhere outside of the U.S. (See Health Letter Vol. 7 No. 8; 7, 11)
    If economic crisis does occur, the value of the U.S. dollar and of bond and stock investments will certainly dwindle.  It is for this reason that many are saying that now is one of the most opportune times in history to own some gold or silver.
    Both of these metals are selling quite low.  Some project gold, for example, which is now under $400 to reach as high as $2000 an ounce within the next few years.  Silver is at a 45-year low and is predicted to double or triple in price.  Whether this will actually happen or not is speculation.  But one thing is certain: when there is uncertainty, when paper money declines, the price of these metals has always increased.
    Some precious metal companies suggest purchasing gold stocks, some recommend numismatic (collector type) coins, and still others that you take possession yourself of bullion or circulated gold and silver coins.
    The names listed in resource L will provide you the opportunity to speak to some qualified counselors on gold and silver purchases.  Also talk to local coin dealers.  Before making any purchases it would be best to talk to them all.  After you talk to one, talk to the other asking him or her what they think of the previous person’s recommendations which were given to you.  When you are done you will be able to make your best decision in terms of making a purchase or perhaps not to make purchases at all. 
    Having some silver coins or gold coins in your possession, however,  is probably a smart emergency measure.  Many financial advisors in fact suggest having at least 5 to 10% of the total amount of money you have available to invest, invested in gold and silver.
    Reference:  
        L)             Precious metal brokers and dealers: 
        Coin and Bullion Reserves, 1-904-785-9546;
        Ron Paul Precious Metals, 1-800-982-7070;
        Blanchard Precious Metals, 1-800-880-4653;
        Jefferson Coin and Bullion, 1-800-593-2585;
        Investment Rarities, 1-800-328-1860.
 
OXYGEN IN THE DIGESTIVE TRACT
    In Vol. 7, No. 10 we talked about the dwindling levels of oxygen in our environment and the consequences on health.       Recent studies have shown that the digestive tract is one of the most sensitive tissues to deprivation of oxygen.  With low levels of oxygen, the gastrointestinal tract dysfunctions in various ways and permits the proliferation of pathogenic bacteria and their translocation from the lumen (opening) of the digestive tract into the body tissues, setting the stage for multiple organ failure and disease states. 
    Coal miners used to take canaries with them into the mines because the canaries were very sensitive to carbon monoxide.      As long as the canaries did well, the coal miners stayed.  When the canaries died, the miners knew to get out.   Similarly, gastrointestinal problems may be initiated or exacerbated by low oxygen levels. This should be an indication to us that something is wrong and it is time to make appropriate changes.  Review the Health Letter, Vol. 7, No. 10 for recommendations on increasing oxygenation of your body.
    Reference:  
        Journal of Physiology, 1978, Vol. 234: E248;
        Journal of The American Medical Association,  September 8, 1993: 1247
 
VACCINE-ASSOCIATED POLIOMYELITIS
    "Approximately eight people acquire poliomyelitis in the United States each year; virtually all these cases are vaccine related."
    Reference:  
        New England Journal of Medicine, September 9, 1993: 810
 
INHALED STEROIDS AND CATARACTS
    Cortico steroids such as Dexamethasone and Beclomethasone are potent steroids used both orally and in inhaled forms particularly by asthmatics.   These steroids (not the same as steroids used by body builders) are metabolized (used by the body) by different individuals at different rates. 
    Inhaled steroids have been associated with subcapsular lens damage leading to cataracts.  Those individuals who metabolize the steroids slowly are at greatest risk and damage has been reported in as little as three years after inhaled steroid use, but may appear even later in life. 
    Steroids can give dramatic relief in allergic and asthmatic conditions but are a simplistic, silver-bullet, short-sighted solution to a complex metabolic disorder.  For ideas on how to build the strength and health of the immune system and overcome allergies naturally, see previous issues of the Health Letter.  (Vol. 6, No. 10; 6, 12; 7, 1)
    Reference:  
        The Lancet, November 20, 1993: 1507
 
VITAMINS IN THE ELDERLY
    With age the efficiency of digestive mechanisms decreases.  Additionally, as life becomes more sedentary, less food is eaten and thus fewer nutrients are available.  Coupled with this, the modern predominance of processed, fractionated, nutrient-stripped and embalmed, packaged food products sets the stage for vitamin and mineral deficiencies, particularly in the elderly.  Now, recent studies have even shown that the RDAs are too low for vitamins such as Vitamin D, riboflavin (B2), Vitamin B6 and Vitamin B12 in the elderly.
    Everyone is aware to the nutritional needs of youth.  For young, growing bodies it is obvious that they need lots of good nutrition.  It is interesting that the demands of youth are similar to the demands of old age, but for different reasons.  In youth many nutrients are needed because the body is doing more.  In old age more nutrients are needed because the body is doing less.  As the years advance, be sure to pay special attention to wholesome nutrition, emphasizing fresh whole natural foods and supplements designed as natural as possible to supply a broad spectrum of vitamins and minerals.  (Resource M)
    Reference:
        American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, July 1993: 4
        M)             RDA™ - A broad-spectrum multi-vitamin/mineral; Food A•C•E™ - A food-derived vitamin A, C and E supplement with no synthetics (Contact the  Healthy Alternatives Store at 1-800-748-0188).
 
THINNING THE BLOOD WITH FISH OIL
    As described in my book Lipid Nutrition, Understanding Fats and Oils in Health and Disease, omega 3 fatty acids as found in fish oils have a beneficial effect on blood vessels and are effective in helping to prevent heart disease.  Heart disease mortality, for example, has been reduced by 29% over a two-year period in heart attack survivors who increased their intake of fish.
    A new study has shown that fish oils have the ability to break up the large lipid carrying particles in the blood.  Chylomicrons and VLDLs are large lipid carrying particles that are reduced in concentration in the blood if omega 3 rich fish or fish oil capsules are consumed.  As described in a past Health Letter (Vol. 7, No. 4), after a high-fat meal the blood will tend to sludge, increasing the chance for atherosclerosis to develop and tissues to become nutrient and oxygen starved.  The omega 3 fish oil factor is believed to help prevent this postprandial (after dinner) sludging effect.
    Reference:  
        American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, July 1993: 68-        
 
ENDOMETRIOSIS AND DIOXIN
    Endometriosis is a condition in which the endometrial cells (cells from the tissues lining the uterus) grow outside of the uterus forming nodules in the fallopian tubes and ovaries.  It affects about 10% of women and can cause reproductive dysfunction.  A new study has provided evidence that dioxins, if they reach sufficient level in human fat tissue, can cause suppression of the immune system and aberrant growth of endometrial cells outside of the uterus.
    Yet another reason to maintain healthy body weight, and thus decrease the fat within which dioxins can accumulate, and to increasingly clean our personal environment and use organic foods.
    Reference:  
        Fundamental and Applied Toxicology, November 1993
 
VITAMIN C AND DIABETES
    Both glucose and vitamin C are transported by a common mechanism into blood cells.  In diabetes, if blood sugar levels are high, the transport bridges into the cells can be flooded by glucose, thus crowding out vitamin C.  As a consequence, cells can become starved of vitamin C.
    The solution is to control diabetes.  For natural approaches to diabetes control see resource N.  Additionally, consume high levels of vitamin C foods and concentrated food source vitamin C supplements (Resource O) to help compete against glucose for transport into cells.
    Reference:  
        N)             Diabetes section in the Wysong Library catalog:  1880 North Eastman Road, Midland, MI  48640, 1-800-748-0188.
        O)                Food C™ - A food-source vitamin C supplement with no synthetics (Contact the Healthy Alternatives Store at 1-800-748-0188).
        C and Diabetes - Nutrition Research, Volume 12, Number 6, June 1992: 713-720
 
FRUIT AND CANCER
    The National Research Council has recommended that people consume five servings of fruit per day as protection against cancer.  Unfortunately, less than 10% of the U.S. population consumes fruits and vegetables daily.
    The evidence is very strong that by increasing fresh fruits, cancers of the lung, larynx, oral cavity, esophagus, pancreas, stomach, colon, rectum, bladder, cervix, ovary, endometrium, breast and prostate are all protected against.  Fruit is one of nature’s most perfect foods.  By eating fruit not only is the plant not destroyed, but in a natural setting the plant is propagated by passing the seeds in the stool.  But most importantly, fruit can be eaten as is from the vine without any processing whatsoever.       So eat lots of fruit, try to find organic local sources and give your body what it was designed to have.
    Reference:  
        Nutrition And Cancer 1992, Volume 18, Number 1: 18-
 
MATERNAL DEATH BY TRAUMA
    When we think of maternal death, we normally think of complications of delivery.
    Surprisingly, as the Journal of Trauma has reported, the number one cause of death is trauma.  46.3% of maternal deaths were attributed to trauma including homicide and suicide.  Complications of pregnancy accounted for 18.9% of deaths and disease exacerbated by pregnancy accounted for 12.6% of the deaths.
    The traumatic injuries included gun shot wounds, motor vehicle crashes, stab wounds, strangulation, blunt head injuries, burns, falls, toxic exposure, drowning, and iatrogenic (doctor induced) injuries.
    Reference:  
        Journal of Trauma 1992, 32: 643-
 
COFFEE AND BLADDER CANCER
    The prevalence of bladder cancer is higher among coffee drinkers than non-drinkers.  Coffee contains a wide range of natural and sometimes synthetic chemicals.  Subjecting the body to constant exposure to any chemical matrix such as coffee is sure to create dangers.    The spice of life is variety.  Coffee is harmless if consumed occasionally.  However, if it is consumed the first thing in the morning and throughout the day, every day, day in and day out for decades, the body's detoxification mechanisms may be exhausted, predisposing tissues to various diseases, including cancer.
    Reference:  
        European Journal of Cancer 288A (8/9), 1992,: 1480
 
CHICKEN CARTILAGE FOR RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS
    A placebo-controlled study involving 59 patients showed a statistically significant improvement in patients who took an oral type II collagen made from lyophilized chicken sternum cartilage.   No side effects were seen.
    Reference:  
        Science 1993, 261: 1727
 
DRY EYES AND COMPUTER TERMINALS
    Many individuals report eye fatigue after prolonged work at video display terminals.  This is due in part to drying of the ocular (eye) surface.  
    The eyes are normally covered with a lipid, aqueous, and mucin layer spread by blinking.  Individuals staring at video terminals decrease blinking and thus the rate of evaporation of this protective tear film is increased.  In severe cases, artificial tears and special spectacles may help.   Otherwise, simply moving the screen to a lower level and tilting the screen upwards so that the eyes are partially closed when viewing the screen will help protect the tear film on the eyes.  Also, being aware that the problem can occur should prompt you to be sure to blink frequently while working at these terminals.
    Reference:  
        The New England Journal of Medicine, February 25, 1993: 585-;
        The American Journal of Opthamology, 1989, Vol. 108: 92
 
PROGESTERONE AND OSTEOPOROSIS
    Osteoblasts, the cells within bone responsible for the new formation of bone, have receptors on them that are sensitive to progesterone, a female hormone.  Progesterone can therefore act as a bone trophic (growth hormone).  Progesterone is available as an extract from the Mexican yam and can be applied topically to the skin to assist in the prevention of osteoporosis as well as the regulation of aging female hormones.  (Resource P)
    Reference:  
        P)             Es-Gen™ Body Cream from Professional & Technical Services, 5200 SW Macadaman Ave., Suite 420, Portland, OR  97201, 1-800-648-8211.
 
VIGOROUS EXERCISE AND HEART ATTACKS 
    9,376 middle aged women were followed for nine years to determine whether  their level of exercise affected heart disease.      Participants were divided into categories based on exercise intensity.   The most intense group exercised at least two times a week with high-intensity sports such as fast walking or cycling.   The less vigorous groups had activity from one time per week of vigorous activity of at  least one-half hour, to one to three half-hour events per month, to no vigorous activity at all.
    Only those in the most vigorous exercise program had significantly less death from heart disease as well as from other causes.  It is interesting that this protective effect was independent even of other risk factors including smoking, hypertension and body weight.
    This supports our Health Letter model that one half-hour of vigorous exercise two to three times per week, combining both aerobic and weight training, is very important.  The exercise should be challenging and of increasing intensity.  Exercise, if you wish it to benefit you, is not something to approach with the same pampering as we do the rest of our convenience and ease-oriented, coddled life.
    Is a half-hour of vigorous training two to three times per week really that heavy a price to pay to extend life, maintain youth, increase strength, elevate mood, keep an attractive appearance and avoid crippling, degenerative diseases?
    Resolve to begin this week with a regular exercise program consisting of three one-half hour sessions of aerobic and resistance exercises per week.
    Reference:  
        The British Heart Journal 1990, Vol. 63, No. 6: 325
 
WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION STATS
    The World Health Organization ranked  the U.S. as the #1 healthiest nation in 1900.  Now it is 93rd.
 
VITAMIN E AND BETA-CAROTENE AGAIN
    This time a study of 1410 people, of whom 683 already had heart attacks, demonstrated the value of high beta carotene (pro-vitamin A) and vitamin E in protecting against heart disease.  Eat your carrots, green leafies, whole grains, and take a concentrated food source vitamin A, C, and E supplement.  (Resource M)
    Reference:  
        Lancet, December 4, 1993: 1379
 
CENTENARIAN CHARACTERISTICS
    As a group, the very elderly seem to have a strong attachment to freedom and independence.  They are optimistic, tend not to worry, are emotionally stable, enjoy life, are adaptable, but especially love their autonomy. Being self-sufficient and looking forward to the future with a sense of command is the opposite of hopelessness.   As mentioned in previous issues of the Health Letter, the despair of hopelessness wreaks havoc with our health.  Diligent, continued effort should be made to get control of all aspects of our lives.  This is the theme of your "Empowerment" tape if you will recall.
    Reference:  
        Longevity Newsletter, December, 1993: 7
 
VITAMIN A, IRON AND ANEMIA
    A study of 251 anemic women aged 17-35 in West Java demonstrated that if vitamin A alone was taken, 35% would become non-anemic, 68% for those who took iron only, and 97% for who took iron and vitamin A supplements.
    Reference:  
        The Lancet, November 27, 1993: 1325