Dr. R. L. Wysong
January 1995
    A couple of issues ago I talked about the computer revolution we are living through.  Other aspects of technology, combined with this, are shrinking the world.  This phenomena is making it increasingly difficult for societies and economies to be isolated from one another, or for any of us to ignore what is going on in other parts of the world.
    There is a huge disparity in the world's wealth. 15% of the world's population have an average annual per capita income of $21,000 while the remaining 85% average only about $1,000.  As the world shrinks and international commerce continues to penetrate all borders, these differences will be leveled out.  This means that the affluent countries like the United States must decrease their wealth while the rest of the world increases theirs.  The impoverished sector of our world will increasingly resent the fact that people in America, for example, basically receive a $20,000 a year bequest compared to their $1,000, just because U.S. citizens happened to be born in an ad­vanced industrialized nation.
    Times, they are a changin'. Although most applauded the fall of the communist block, few have realized the impact this will ultimately have on the standard of living in the West.  Reforms in China and the collapse of the Soviet Union will add billions of low-cost com­petitors to world labor markets.  These people will no longer be prevented from prospering as a result of stupid repressive policies from their governments. The increasing competition coming from the Pacific rim countries and Latin America will also dilute the pot of gold.
    Technology has now made it extremely simple for production to be placed almost anywhere in the world. Volkswagen pays its workers in China 1/100 of the wages and benefits it pays in Germany, and yet re­ceives a product out of China that matches and even exceeds German quality.  What do you think Volkswagen or any other company is going to do?
    The demise of the welfare state is another dramatic domestic change on the hori­zon that is inevitable.  The recent takeover of Congress by the Republicans with their “contract” promises may speed that.  The Welfare System must crumble.  Not only because it does not foster human independence, but because the resources to support it, as evidenced by our growing national debt, would eventually destroy the economy.
    The full impact and effect of the dramatic changes we face are only as yet faintly viewed.  Those in history who have lived through revolutions never fully understood what was occurring during the process.  People just adjust their life-style to accommodate or benefit from the change.  Most, however, are affected adversely because they are mired in a set way of doing things and cannot fathom change of the scope that is possible in a revolution.
    The certainties of the world we have all grown up in will soon be gone for-ever.  Don't assume your job, your income, your standard of living, nor anything you have come to depend on coming from our government and economy is going to be there for long.  Prudent advice is to stay alert to the changes and try to project their meaning for you and your family and make the appropriate adjust­ments.  Consolidate and conserve and create options for yourself in case your income may drop, or your job may end or your investments may depreciate.
    I cannot tell you the specific things to do because I am not sure myself, nor is anyone else.  I am certain that dramatic changes will occur, but I believe in the long run they will benefit humanity.   Unfortunately those who live through a change from an old order to a new one can be casualties if they do not remain alert and aware and responsive to the changes.  Keep your mind open and your vision broad.
    Increasing independence in all aspects of life, and decreasing reliance on systems and experts (as I discussed in your Empowerment tape) are critical to a full healthy life.
    At first glance, bypass surgery seems a logical approach to a closed or partially closed coronary vessel. In this procedure a healthy vessel from the leg is used to graft over the occluded vessel, thus bypassing the narrowed coro­nary vessel and permitting ade­quate blood flow to the heart tissue. Simple enough. If there is a road block, simply detour around it.
    The problem is disease is not simple and easily reduced to clear line drawings. Living organisms are complex beyond imagination. Their dysfunction, their disease, is also complex beyond imagination. The simplistic mechani­cal solution is, there­fore, not appropriate.
    A bridge with advanced rust is not made safe by a new coat of paint; the threat of a violent dictator is not appeased by sending him arms at discount; the tan­trums of a spoiled child are not best addressed by removing the purchasing limits on his/her charge card; breath mints and bronchodilators will not make ev­erything all better for smokers; and bypassing some narrowed ves­sels in the heart will not cure heart atherosclerosis which is the underlying disease condition af­flicting all vessels throughout the body.
    While some surgeons promote bypass surgery as almost a fore­gone conclusion with anyone having even a hint of cardiovascular disease, scientific researchers ad­vocate far more caution. Various studies have been performed through the years to try to deter­mine the effectiveness of various medical and surgical measures in treating heart disease.  There is no unanimity of opinion as to what is the best course of treat­ment.  Two large trials have failed to show any mortality bene­fit from surgery.1,2  In one meta­ analysis comparing medical to surgical intervention for heart disease, a statistical benefit was shown with surgery.  But in an­other review of nine trials of the effect of surgery on heart disease only one demonstrated any statis­tical benefit.3,4
    Looking at data and working with machines (along with the driving force of profit for "doing something") - rather than evalu­ating the patient - has led to a large increase in bypass surger­ies.   As a result, many costly cos­metic coronary interventions of unproven benefit threaten the health and lives of thousands.
    Many medical researchers suggest that the decision for sur­gery should be made before an angiogram (dye injected into the coronary vessels in an attempt to view their patency [openness]). Others say that anyone who can climb a flight of stairs without pain should be treated conserva­tively.
    There are a variety of con­founding factors in the estimation of the value of bypass surgery. Often those who have the surgery are scared into life-style and di­etary changes.  Just decreasing smoking, changing the diet and making exercise a part of every­day life can result in over an 80% reduction in mortality and mor­bidity.  So a person who has sur­gery and makes these changes might appear to be benefited by the surgery, when in fact the benefit was in spite of the surgery.
    There is also the powerful pla­cebo effect as discussed in Vol. 8, No. 12.  The incredible financial and emotional investment in surgery, both from the standpoint of the patient and the surgeon, makes the tendency to attribute success to it powerful - whether in fact there was any beneficial result or not.
    The only definite beneficial result of bypass surgery is for those individuals with angina pain who cannot experience relief with medical therapy.  But whether the bypass surgery itself, that is bypassing the occluded vessel, is the cause for the relief of the angina, or relief is due to severing various sensory nerves that send the pain signals, is another mat­er.  If the nerves innervating the heart that send pain signals are severed, this in itself can "cure" angina pain.  The massively invasive chest surgery necessary for bypass operations does indeed disrupt nerve function and thus the relief of pain may be nothing more than symptomatic relief.  It may be no indication whatsoever of truly relieving the diseased condition of the heart. (So too can you "cure" the pain of putting your hand on a hot stove burner if you have the sensory nerves to the hand severed.)
    Bypass surgery is often presented to patients as the only op­tion.  Oh, let us never doubt what no one is sure about.  How can it be the only option when there is by no means unanimity of opinion regarding the safety and effectiveness of the procedure?  (See related articles in this issue.)  If scien­tists who are in the know don't know, why should the public be led to believe there is such certainty?  There can only be two reasons.   Either the surgeon who is advocating the technique is not well informed, or money is the driving motivation.  Neither is a reason for us to risk life and limb.
    Heart attacks from atherosclerosis were essentially unheard of at the turn of the century.  Now heart disease is the leading cause of death.  So what has happened between the turn of the century and now?  It is dependence of the population on our artificial, manufactured world.  Less exercise, increased exposure to environ­mental toxins, an increasingly manipulated diet, and separating ourselves from our natural roots has occurred with great acceleration in this century.
    The solution is, therefore, to return to those roots.  Make exercise a part of everyday life.  Get plenty of fresh air and sunshine daily.  Convert the diet to fresh, whole, raw, natural foods as much as possible.  If disease does strike, use the natural, noninvasive alternatives first.  For the many choices available see past issues of the Health Letter and the appropriate sections on heart disease in the Wysong library catalog of books, available from Resource A, and the Wysong Resource Directory, available from Resource K, listed below.
        1. Circulation, 1989; 80: 1176-
        2. British Journal of Clinical Practice, 1992; 46: 238-
        3. Lancet, August 27, ~l994: -563-
        4. British --Medical Journal, 1984; 289: 1166-
        5. Lancet, October 29, 1994: 1222-
        A)Wysong Book Store Catalog, -1880 N. Eastman Rd, Midland, Ml 48642.
        K) Wysong Resource Directory, available from Wysong Institute, 1880 N. Eastman Rd, Midland, MI 48642, $15.00.
    The popularity of bypass sur­gery would lead one to believe that this procedure is of more benefit than the less invasive angioplasty procedures using cathe­ters.  A three-year prospective trial of 842 patients was designed to determine whether one procedure was in fact better than the other for multi-vessel coronary ar­tery disease.  Results showed that there was no significant differ­nce in terms of overall outcome between the two procedures.  The researchers concluded that the choice for patients is reducible to the following: with angioplasty there is a greater likelihood of needing subsequent treatments but the risk of the procedure is smaller; with bypass surgery the need for subsequent treatments is less, but there is a greater risk of the patient dying on the surgery table.
    Bypass surgeries and angioplasties are about as common now as getting teeth filled.  Don't be misled by the marketing of physicians, or the media suggesting that these procedures are effective and safe for you once you have your heart disease as a result of living a mindless life.   Prevention is the key with this disease.  I re­peatedly refer to things everyone can do to help prevent this condi­tion and not succumb as a victim to these highly risky modern medical technologies.  Also refer to my book, Lipid Nutrition, for a more thorough discussion of atherosclerosis  and its prevention (and even reversal) using nutrition and life-style alteration.  (See Re­source E, below.)
    Operative mortality from by­pass surgery ranges from 5 to 30% depending on the surgeon, and the condition of the patient.  Reviewers from the Journal of the American Medical Association state that "it is not clear whether patients whose predominant symptom is heart failure rather than angina benefit from bypass surgery or how much ischemia is required to justify surgical inter­vention."  In other words, physi­cians do not know how to evaluate a patient to determine whether the 5 to 30% risk of mortality from surgery justifies operating.  This is definitely not a procedure to jump in line for.  For more infor­mation request the Wysong li­brary catalog of books, and review the books and tapes contained therein discussing the risks ver­sus benefits of conventional, sur­gical and medical treatments for heart disease and effective natu­ral alternatives.  (See Resource A, below.)
        6.   New England Journal of Medicine, October-20, 1994: -1038-1050
        E.   Lipid Nutrition - Understanding Fats and Oils in Health and Disease, By Dr. R.L. Wysong available from Wysong Book Store Catalog, 1880 N. Eastman Rd, Midland, Ml 48642.
        A.   Wysong Book Store Catalog, 1880 N. Eastman Rd, Midland, Ml 48642.
    Blood sugar levels are moderated by the release of insulin from the pancreas.  As sugar moves from the intestinal tract into the blood stream, the pancreas is stimulated to release insulin which moves the sugar into tis­sues, thus dropping the blood sug­ar level.
    In the natural diet, the opportunity to obtain simple sugars is almost nonexistent.  Foods in their natural form are primarily complex in nature and the carbohydrates must be broken down first by the body before simple sugars can be utilized.  This process requires time, and thus there was a natural leveling of blood sugar levels when diets were more natural.
    One hundred years ago, the average sugar intake in this country was about 10 pounds per year. Now it is 15 times that.  That is 3 pounds a week, with the average intake  of sugar being 41 teaspoons per day.  This is unlike anything that would be possible in a natural setting unless you lived in a grove of beehives.  The stress to the body from having to process this glut of sugar can effectively exhaust the pancreas and its ability to moderate blood sugar through the release of insulin. The result may be adult onset diabetes, which is likely nothing more than an exhaustion of the pancreas from years of an inappropriate sugar-laden diet.
    Although the literature is in­conclusive, most people can see the relationship between sugar in­take and behavior in their children.  Both the surges of refined sugar in children's diets and the lack of exposure to natural light are likely directly related to the epidemic of hyperactivity in children.  These child victims of our modern sugar-laden diet often end up in a psychologist's office or in jail.  When their behavior cannot be modified they are put on Ri­talin.  As many as 5-10% of all young children in some school systems are taking Ritalin.
    Perhaps the greatest source of this glut of sugar is soft drinks. There are 8 teaspoons of sugar in just one 12 ounce can of Coca Cola, for example.  ("Diet Coke" with synthetic sweeteners is not a solution - see Vol.6, No.5 and Vol.8, No.8.) Some children practically nurse on pops from the time they wake in the morning to the time they go to bed.  Any wonder their metabolic systems are screwed up and parents are beset with the resultant behavioral problems?
    In adults, high levels of insulin, (resulting in the pancreas constantly secreting enough insulin to process the dietary sugar load) can result in a variety of health problems.  For example, hyperten­sion (high blood pressure) and symptoms of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) can result.  Hypoglycemia symptoms are weakness, dizziness, poor mental functions, jitteriness, irritability, dra­matic mood swings, psychotic behavior and even epileptic seizures.
    How many people are adrift somewhere in our mental healthcare machinery, misdiagnosed as having a psychological problem when in fact their metabolism has been ruined from our modern sugar-laden, processed diet?
    High levels of insulin can also result in the excess excretion of important minerals such as magnesium, calcium and potassium and the retention of excess sodium.  High sugar and insulin may increase blood triglycerides, perhaps increasing the susceptibility to atherosclerosis, compromise the immune system and increase the susceptibility to osteoporosis.
    What to do to help these prob­lems and reverse them should they appear?
    1. Decrease substantially, and even try to eliminate, simple processed sugars from the diet.
    2. Instead, eat whole grain products and high fiber legumes such as beans and soy.  Try the extruded whole soy and peanut-soy butter spread in Resource J, (below.)
    3. Increase the amount of fresh, whole, natural, unpro­cessed foods in the diet.  When a "sweet tooth" attacks, try fruits.
    4. Take a broad spectrum vi­tamin/mineral supplement at RDA levels (See Resource B, below.) plus consume 15 mg of niacin and 200 mcg of chromium daily.
    5. Take a supplement of bioflavonoids containing Querce­tin.  (See Resource C, below.)
    6. Get plenty of exercise, fresh air, and sunshine daily.
    7. Refer to the Wysong Book Store Catalog and Resource Direc­tory for self-help aid and profes­sional holistic assistance.  (See Resources A and K, below.)
        Second Opinion, November 1994: 15
        J) Wysong Whole Extruded Soy™ - and Wysong Peanut Butter Plus™.  If not available locally, contact Wysong Institute for a supplier source.
        B)   Wysong RD-A" a broad-spectrum multi-vitamin/mineral supplement. If not available locally, contact Wysong Institute for a supplier source.
        C)   Quercetin. If not available locally, contact Wysong Institute for a supplier source.
        A)Wysong Book Store Catalog, -1880 N. Eastman Rd, Midland, Ml 48642.
        K) Wysong Resource Directory, available from Wysong Institute, 1880 N. Eastman Rd, Midland, MI 48642, $15.00.
    In the interest of profits, agriculture and food production have become increasingly limited. Farmers would like to be able to raise only one crop and food producers would like to only have to produce one food.  This would decrease the cost of production and increase the possibility for larger profits.
    Although food diversity has not imploded to this extent yet, it has shrunk considerably.  The food crops that form the basis of the majority of our foods boil pret­ty much down to corn, wheat and soybeans.  These products are tor­tured to death in food processing plants, fractionating them into various inert lifeless chemicals which can then be compounded into a variety of sweetened, dyed and embalmed, mouth-watering delicacies that melt like pabulum in your mouth.
    I continue to emphasize in the Health Letter the importance of food variety.   Though it is not important to have a cornucopia of foods at every meal, they should vary from meal to meal, day to day and week to week.
    Digestion will be assisted if you do not consume a lot of variety at any one meal.  Rather, change the nature of each meal.  I have discussed this at some length in my book The Synorgon Diet (See Resource D, below).
    One of the food elements that suffers remarkably by this lack of food diversity in our mod­em  technological diet, is fatty acids. Most of the crops used to prepare the majority of foods are omega-6, li­noleic fatty-acid rich foods.  But most 6f the foods that would exist in a natural wild diet are much higher in the omega-3 (fish 6i1 factor) fatty acids and omega-9 (olive oil fatty acid factor) fatty acids. This imbalance, as I also discuss thoroughly in my book on Lipid Nutrition (see Resource E, below), is the seat of many modern disease processes.
    For example, coronary heart disease is very prevalent in Indian Asians com­pared to Europeans.  But this difference is not explained by conventional risk factors such as smoking and exercise.  The rec­ommendation that Indians increase polyunsaturated vegetable oils and decrease saturated fats may have actually compounded the problem.  The vegetable oils used in margarines - aside from being hydrogenated creating toxic trans-fatty acids - are high in the omega-6 fatty acids.  The ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids in Indians is about 3:2.  in Europeans it is almost 1:1.  Thus the decreased incidence of cardio­vascular disease in the Europeans may be linked to the higher levels of the omega-3 and omega-9 fatty acids in their diet.
    It should also be noted in the study of these two groups that the Indians had a higher incidence of diabetes, which may also be related to their higher rates of cardio­vascular disease.  It is believed that changing the ratio of fatty acids to emphasize more omega-3 fatty acids may positively benefit individuals with diabetes as well.
    To increase omega-3 and omega-9 fatty acids, try to use olive oil, eat lots of fresh, whole, natural vegetables and fruits and if possible use meat products, including eggs, from range-fed animals. Most meat products today are factory-farmed us mg monocultured corn, wheat and soy foods that are the basis of our foods as well. By consuming meat products that are range-fed, natural balances of fatty acids are automatically achieved in the tissues of the animals which then translate into proper balances in your tissues.
    Other sources of healthful fatty acids include fresh, whole, raw, soaked nuts (see Vol.6, No. 5); and canola and flax seed oils which can be used for salad dressings or toppings for breads. (For a supplement, also see Resource F, below) Be very careful when using such fresh, highly unsaturated omega-3 rich oils. They should not be heated before consumption since they are easily degraded and can form a variety of toxic compounds. These nutri­tious oils need to be stored where it is cool and dark, and not heated.
        11. Lancet, June 18, 1994: 1528
        D. The Synorgon Diet - How 10 Achieve Healthy Weight in a World of Excess, By Dr. R.L. Wysong available from Wysong Book Store Catalog. If not available locally, contact Wysong Institute for a supplier source.
        E. Lipid Nutrition - Understanding Fats and Oils in Health and Disease, By Dr. R.L. Wysong available -from Wysong Book Store Catalog, 1880 N. Eastman Rd, Midland, Ml 48642.
        F. Wysong EFA™ essential -fatty acid supplement. If not available locally, contact Wysong Institute for a supplier source: 1880 N. Eastman Rd, Midland, Ml 48642.
    Many companies are begin­ning to share profits with worthy global causes. Seek out these manufacturers, check their mo­tives and trustworthiness, and once you are comfortable that they're sincere, patronize them.
    Some organizations are now using local artisans from third world countries to produce their goods, thereby bringing exotic products to the U.S. consumer while doing great good all down the manufacturing line. This can literally change the lives of the artisans, as evidenced by the non-profit organization SHARE which produces clothing offered in their catalog "Marketplace, Handwork of India." These exceptional and very unique pieces are made by Indian women who otherwise would be unbelievably deprived. They offer women's clothing - on the verge of exotic, but beautiful and useful 100% cotton pieces abound.
    As detailed in the latest Marketplace catalog, here is bow one artisan's life has improved: Sushila used to sell vegetables from a basket, sitting in the street. Her earnings were very little. Her husband beat her. Her life was very tense, ruled by poverty. Now, with regular earnings from her SHARE work, (she embroiders garments after they are sewn by other women) she has new respect from her husband, new dependable income, and has improved her home - it is still only 12 x 12 for the parents and five children, but it has a new loft and the original materials of a bit of tin and mostly burlap are being replaced as she can afford it.
    She gets up at 5:00 a.m. to get water. Water is available from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. and it takes her three hours to get the six buckets of water she needs because she has to return to the end of the line after each bucket. She prepares breakfast - sometimes only tea - once the water is col­lected, and lunch at the same time so she can get to her sewing. She works on sewing and embroi­dery for four to six hours each day, going to the SHARE location in the slum of Golibar to submit her work and collect new. Sushila's husband tends the vegetables and sells them now, and their re­lationship has improved. She cannot read or write, but is mak­ing sure her children learn.
    True, this will not solve Sush­ila's society's real problem (popu­lation growth beyond sustainable resources), but it can ease some pain and permit us to do some-thing decent with our purchasing dollars. The address of Market­place is available from Resource G, below.
        G. Marketplace: -Handwork of India, 1455 N. Ashland Avenue, Evanston, IL 602014001.
    There is not one environmental or social issue that will be made better with more people, according to Popula­tion Communications International. The Norwegian Prime Minis­ter Gro Harlem Brundtland says, "Rapidly expanding population effectively strangles most efforts to provide adequate education, nutrition, health care, and shelter."
    As we have mentioned before in the Health Letter, unbridled human population growth is the engine that ultimately drives all social and environmental ills. The correlation between the buildup of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere leading to the green­house effect, to population in­crease, is approximately 99.89%. In other words, effectively a 1:1 relationship.
    Technology's ability to in­crease productivity of the land, as well as to harvest resources bur­ied within the Earth since antiquity, has supported population growth beyond renewable resources and sustainability. Populations Left to support themselves with basically the sustainable resourc­es of their land would quickly be self-limiting. It is only by indus­trialization and effective distribution that populations are permit­ted to outstrip their local resourc­es.
    Consider this:
    1.  The birth of the first billion people took from the dawn of humanity until 1830.
    2. The second billion took only 100 years more.
    3.  Three more billion arrived from 1930 to 1990.
    4.  The next billion will take only about 11 years.
    To learn what you can do, contact Resource H, below.
        H. Population Communications International, 777 United Nations Plaza, Suite 7C, New York, NY  10164-0154.
    With our reductionistic "burn, poison and cut" approach to cancer, one would think that after untold billions spent since President Nixon's 1971 declared war on cancer, that progress would have been made.   But not so according to Dr. Bailar, a professor of Epidemiology and biostatistics.   He has pointed out at the President's Cancer Panel that since 1975 there has been a 7% increase in U.S. cancer death rates.  An estimated 526,000 died in 1993.   Bailar says "In the end any claim of major success against cancer must be reconciled with this figure...l do not think such reconciliation is possible and again con­clude as I did 7 years ago that our decades of war against cancer have been a qualified failure."
    Cancer is not something that strikes us. It is not an attack from without but rather a problem within. We must choose a life-style that is more consistent with archetypal natural pat­terns. As I described in a previous is­sue (Vol. 8, No.8) our body is a product of adaptation to nature.  Our modern world with its toxins and artificial liv­ing creates a contextual stress on our bodies - the reaction of which is cancer. The solution to cancer is, therefore, in­herent in this knowledge and our willingness to reconnect with our natural world.12
        12. Scientific American, January 1994: 130-
    Defects in magnesium metabolism have been demonstrated in hypertension.  Magnesium affects the regulation of blood pressure through its role in cellular cation (positively charged mineral) metabolism.  In a placebo controlled study, those individuals who received 485 mg of magnesium aspartate-HCL per day experienced a lowering of blood pressure.
        13. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, July 1994: 129-
    Theophylline is the major drug of choice of most physicians for the control of symptoms of moderate asthma in chil­dren.  Research has now shown, however, that theophylline is a potent inhibitor of the enzyme pyridoxal kinase, resulting in interference with the action of vitamin B6 in tissues.  Thus theophylline can indirectly result in vitamin B6 deficiency which can result in various forms of nervous system stimulation including headaches, irritability, tremors, mood changes, behavioral disorders and even convulsions.
    If theophylline is used in children, supplementation of pyridoxal hydro­chloride at 15 mg per day may help alleviate these side effects of the drug.
    For various non-drug approaches to asthma see Vol. 8, No. 8. 14
        14)   American Journal of -Clinical Nutrition, July 1994: 93-
    Since cholesterol has become a demon, everyone has jumped on the bandwagon to exorcise it from their bodies.  Although in some indi­viduals with very high cholesterol levels a decrease in cardiovascular disease has coincided with a decrease in cholesterol levels, no such evidence exists for people who have normal cholesterol.  This is the largest group that experiences heart dis­ease.
    In a study of 79 nonsmoking men who had normal cholesterol levels, di­etary and pharmaceutical lowering of blood cholesterol showed no angiographic (dyes injected into the coronary arteries to determine if they are narrowed) evidence of a decrease in coronary vascular disease, compared to a control group who received no such cholesterol-lowering treatment.
    So what has been the point of avoiding cholesterol in eggs, butter and animal fat over the past several decades other than to make rich a gigantic food processing industry that has introduced artificial hydrogenated vegetable oils into our diets?  Evidence abounds to demonstrate that these altered vegetable oils found now in essentially every processed food and in the granddaddy of all fat junk foods, oleo margarine, are toxic.  (See Resource E, below.)
        15) Lancet, October 29, 1994: 1182
        E.  Lipid Nutrition - Understanding Fats and Oils in Health and Disease, By Dr. R.L. Wysong available -from Wysong Book Store Catalog, 1880 N. Eastman Rd, Midland, Ml 48642.
    A 30-week, double blind, placebo controlled trial of 18 school children tested the effectiveness of ascorbic acid for autism. There were significant differences between the two groups, with the vitamin C group experiencing a reduction in autism symptoms.  it is hypothesized that ascorbic acid affects the metabolism of the neurochemical Dopamine in the brain 10 cause the lessening of autism symptoms.
    Since most children with autism are given medication such as Haloperidol, which has resulted in toxic side effects if taken longer than 3 to 12 months, vitamin C may prove to be an effective and safe alternative for some autistic children.
    In this study, vitamin C was given in a pharmacological dose of 8 grams (8,000 mg) per 154 lbs. of body weight per day.
        16)   Prog Neuro-Psychopharmacol and Biol Psychiatr, 1993; 17: 765-774
    Genetic materials are found not only in the nuclei of cells, but also in organelles within the cells called mitochondria. These organelles are the site of energy metabolism. A study of humans aged 42 to 97 years demonstrated that  oxidative damage to mitochondrial DNA increased with age, there being a 15-fold increase in those over 70 years of age.  Genetic material within the mitochondria is like a control computer.  If it is damaged then the mitochondria cannot function properly. Energy metabolism is disrupted and the life of the cell is in jeopardy.  Increases in oxidative damage to mitochondria within the brain in aging humans are now believed to be related to many neuro-degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's.
    To prevent the mitochondrial DNA from rusting (oxidizing) be sure the diet has plenty of rust inhibitors in the form of antioxidant nutrients. These are present in all fresh, raw, whole, natural foods and can be effectively supple­mented in concentrated form with a food form antioxidant vitamin A, C and E supplement. (See Resource I, below).
        17)        Ann Neurol, 1993; 34: 609-16
        I)  Wysong Food A*C*E"' a concentrated food-only source of vitamins A, C -& E. If not available locally, contact Wysong Institute for a supplier source.
    Caffeine increases the urinary excretion of calcium, magnesium, sodium and chloride for at least three hours after its consumption.   Such loss of minerals may contribute to the development of osteoporosis. Couple coffee drinking with an inadequate and overly processed diet, along with acidified high phosphorus soft drinks drunk by the gallon, and the mystery of why osteoporosis is of epidemic proportions is solved.
        18)               Journal of Nutrition, 1993; 123: 1611-1614
    An aqueous extract from the leaves of the Neem tree has been shown effective in treating gastric ulcers. The extract appears to prevent mast cell degranulation and to increase the amount of gastric mucous. (See Resource L, below).
        19)       Plarita Medics, 1993; 59; 3: 215-7
        L)  Neem extract. If not available locally, contact Wysong Institute for a supplier source.