- Dear Friend,
- A basic tenet of the Review
philosophy is that what we do now in terms of life style and nutrition rewards us with
health or disease later. We may know this and understand it intellectually, but find it
difficult to apply when it steps on our pleasure toes.
- Smoking may be fun (and doesnt
hurt), slouching in front of the T.V. may be fun (and doesnt hurt), eating greasy
fast foods may be fun (and doesnt hurt), munching on hydrogenated oil snacks may be
fun (and doesnt hurt), and feeding our kids what they beg for and is convenient may
be fun (and doesnt hurt).
- When it comes to eating and how
we conduct our daily life, it is so easy to ignore what we know. We just kind of go into
this mental lapse and reason that because it feels so good and isnt obviously
hurting us that it is probably okay..
- Good try. But it just dont
work that way. Do things the right way now, or pay a heavy price later.
- We have given several evidences
in past Reviews demonstrating that what happens in early life, even in the womb, can
affect our susceptibility to disease and shorten life later on. Here is another
piece of evidence to ponder to help sober us up when we fall into these lapses of it
feels good, therefore its okay.
- Five hundred and eight
individuals who were 13 to 18 years old between the years of 1922 and 1935 participated in
the Harvard Growth study. These people have been followed right up to this day.
Epidemiologists have found that those in the group who were overweight while
adolescents had an increased susceptibility to colorectal cancer, gout, arthritis, and
were over 3.2 times more likely to have coronary heart disease than individuals who were
lean. These effects were independent of adult weight, after some 55 years of follow
up. The results were due to their adolescent weight.
- Its too bad that things
we do that cause degenerative disease dont cause immediate pain. If they did,
we would make the changes - much like a child only has to touch fire once. This
unusual biological circumstance, whereby we can damage ourselves without feeling immediate
pain, is a product of our intelligence giving us the capability of drastically maneuvering
our environment. We therefore need to enlist our minds ability to measure long-range
consequences to protect us.
- The message is clear. Moms and
dads, keep your kids lean by feeding them fresh natural foods and keeping them active.
For adults, understand the lesson here. It is what we do now that reaps heavy
consequences later. Even if you are 35, 40, 50 or 60 there are things you can do
right now to stop and even reverse the damage that is accruing within you that can
ultimately rob you of health and life.
- Helping you help yourself in
this way is what the Review is all about.
England Journal of Medicine, Nov. 5, .1992: 1350-
- Hiatus Hernia
- Hiatus hernia is a condition in
which the upper most (cardiac) portion of the stomach protrudes upward through an enlarged
esophageal hole (hiatus) in the diaphragm. This condition can result in acid back-up into
the throat, belching, burping, sour and burning stomach, a feeling of fullness after a
very small meal, bloating and a worsening of the condition when you sit down or lie on
your back. The chest pain is often confused with angina, the pain of heart attacks. Pain
can even radiate down the arms as in angina. It is estimated that the number of
individuals over the age of 60 with this condition may reach as high as 60%.
- Its cause is likely related to
our habit of eating larger meals than we should, sitting more than we should and
exercising less than we should. Increased abdominal fat, tight fitting clothes, trauma...
anything that increases abdominal pressure may cause the condition. Over time the pressure
of an engorged stomach pushed into a cramped position by sitting in a soft stuffed chair
after a large meal can weaken the aperture in the diaphragm through which the esophagus
leads to the stomach. This allows the stomach to protrude upwards into the thorax (chest
cavity) and stomach acid to reflux into the sensitive tissue of the esophagus.
- Surgeries have been attempted
for this but have been by and large unsuccessful. Diagnostic procedures include consuming
dyes followed by radio-graphs (x-rays) with the body put into various positions and
gastroscopic exams. If a diagnosis is made, the standard advice is that you will simply
have to live with it and take antacids. Such expensive testing turns out to be more
academic than useful.
- Another diagnostic test that
may suggest hiatus hernia is whether you can hold your breath for 40 seconds. If you
cannot, you may have hiatus hernia, but if you can, it is not ruled out.
- Things to do
and maintain healthy weight. (See my book The Synorgon Diet: Achieving Healthy Weight In A
World Of Excess)
smaller meals more frequently.
the diet to more natural, whole, raw foods as much as possible.
recline or sit after a meal, but rather get up and do some moderate exercise such as
eat large meals just before reclining, and sleep with the upper body slightly inclined by
using pillows or elevating the head of the bed.
the strength of the diaphragm and lungs by blowing up a balloon 20 or 30 times two to
three times a week. (See Wysong Review Vol. 7, No. 5.)
an exercise program incorporating both aerobic exercises, such as walking, jogging,
bicycling, swimming, jazzercize and rope skipping, with weight-bearing exercises using
weights, machines, or your own body with pull-ups, pushups, stair climbing, squats, etc.
Include abdominal crunches (not standard sit-ups as these can injure the lower back) in
your weekly exercise program. (See Wysong Library listing of how-to exercise books for an
excellent selection, Resource A below)
Putting it back
return the stomach back through the hole in the abdomen, some successfully do the
Drink a warm full
glass of water with 2 - 3 drops of peppermint oil first thing in the morning.
erect, lift both arms as high as possible out to the side and place the tips of your
fingers to the base of the front of your neck. Your arms will thus form a V
wing shape up to the sides.
Raise yourself on
your toes as high as possible and then drop down onto your heels with a sudden jolt. Do
this about 10 times in a row.
to stand, blow up a balloon with about 20 short breaths.
rationale for this is that the warm water and peppermint relax the stomach. When the arms
are raised the diaphragm and chest cavity are stretched, thus helping to open the hole in
the diaphragm. By dropping onto the heels, the weight of the water-filled stomach will
pull the stomach downward through the diaphragm. Blowing up the balloon tenses the
muscular diaphragm to help close the hole after the stomach has returned to the abdomen.
exercise can be done anytime you are having a problem, but if it is done every morning it
may help to prevent recurrence.
persistent heartburn is a problem, try taking a couple of garlic oil (not powder) capsules
instead of antacids. (Resource B below) It can work wonders in some instances. The problem
may actually be too little, rather than two much stomach acid and therefore hydrochloric
acid and enzyme supplements may be in order.
discuss this lack of acid (hypochlorhydria) as well as peptic ulcers and natural remedies
in the next issues.
Wysong Library, 1880 North Eastman, Midland, MI 48640.1-800-748-0188, currently has over
200 volumes available with topics including exercise, lawn care, preventive nutrition and
many, many more.
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discount to Co-op members.
- Soy And Infection Resistance
- Today dietary fats are
anathema. They are seen as something to be avoided because of how they may increase our
risk of heart disease, cancer and obesity. But as I have described thoroughly in the book
Lipid Nutrition and in other Reviews, fats - like everything else -have both their good
and bad sides.
- Unlike any other dietary
component, fats - or I should use the term lipids, meaning both fats and oils - make the
saying, We are what we eat, most true. As seen in the accompanying drawing,
lipids make up the membrane around every cell in every tissue of our body. Not only do
they make up the membranes of the cells, but they make up the membranes of the structures
(organelles) within the cell. Without our body being in a lipid-enveloped package, our
predominantly water make up would simply evaporate, leaving us like a shriveled heap of
mineral dust. We are kind of like a big, fatty bubble that holds within it the water
medium for lifes processes.
- Given that, it is extremely
important to pay close attention to what kinds of lipids we consume. Lipids are not
somehow magically converted into beneficial lipids once they are absorbed into our bodies
from whatever source. Rather, they are absorbed basically in the form we eat them and then
incorporated into tissues. If we eat French fries and deep fried, crusty chicken wings,
the super-heated, life-less, additive-laden fats in the cooking pot soon become the
lifeless denatured fats our bodies membranes are composed of. Any wonder why we
become denatured, diseased and lifeless?
- In most processed foods, fats
are hydrogenated so that they are less runny and less likely to go rancid. Thus oleo
margarine may begin with a natural, liquid corn oil but after it is hydrogenated it
becomes the solid, greasy, plasticized butter look-alike. If we consume such synthetically
modified oils our tissues within organs that make up our skin, will take on the
characteristics of plastic. Wonder why your skin may seem to be prematurely wrinkling,
drying, aging, easily infected, itchy, scaling and tumorous? The answer may lie in the
boiling oil your last French fry came out of, or in the laboratory producing your favorite
corn curl. if you want to have a plastic, lifeless, synthetic, and processed lipid body,
then make them a steady portion of your diet.
- Fats and oils as they are found
within natural foods in their raw state are in their most healthy form. When we consume
these lipids our bodys tissue membranes (the gatekeepers of life) are transformed
into vibrant, dynamic, fluid, flexible, living membranes. As such our tissues and cells
exchange life-giving nutrients and expel wastes and toxins much more efficiently.
- It is not too late to change. Once the diet is
converted to more natural foods, the old synthetic, plastic, disease-causing lipids will
eventually be replaced with the life-giving lipids from the natural foods. Excellent
sources of natural lipids include raw nuts, avocados, all vegetables, whole grains and
legumes. Refer to past issues of the Wysong Review (Resource C - page 8) and natural and
raw food preparation books for how to properly prepare the foods so the life-giving
properties of the lipids in these foods is not destroyed.
- The phosphatidylcholine found
within the lipid lecithin fraction of soy, recent research has shown, has an effect on
increasing the bodys resistance to infection. Thus, soy products such as tofu are
excellent sources of these helpful lipids. Additionally, two whole soy products, Whole
Extruded Soy Bean which can be added to basically any food you are preparing, and a Whole
Soy Peanut Butter spread contain an abundance of infection-fighting lipids. (Resource D
- Change the quality of the
lipids you consume. You can make tremendous strides in in-creasing your resistance to
disease and stopping the aging clock.
American Journal of Clinical Nutntion September, 1992: 59~
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- Retinitis Pigmentosa And Vitamin A
- About 1 in 4,000 people are
genetically predisposed to a slowly advancing eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa.
Symptoms begin with an inability to distinguish detail at night and then progresses to
tunnel vision and even complete blindness. There is no known cure.
- A recently completed study,
however, of 601 retinitis pigmentosa patients between the ages of 18 and 49 showed that
daily supplementation of 15,000 IUs of vitamin A palmitate significantly slowed the
advance of the disease. Those beginning vitamin A therapy at age
32 retained vision until age 70, which is about 7 years longer than if no supplements were
taken at all.
- Vitamin A is an unstable light
and oxygen sensitive compound, the very features which make it an important molecule in
retina vision receptors. As a supplement it therefore should be taken in the more stable
palmitate form. For some unknown reason, individuals in the study taking 400 IUs of
vitamin E daily without vitamin A experienced an acceleration of the disease. In
nutrition, nothing works well in isolation. Therefore, the best micronutrients, including
vitamin A, come from fresh, natural foods. If supplements are
taken they should be broad spectrum and balanced . (Resource E below)
Archives of Ophthalmology: June, 1993
broad-spectrum vitamin/mineral supplement: available from the Healthy Alternatives Store.
(1-800-748-0188.) Alternate mail-order suppliers (cataloging primarily synthetic vitamins
and minerals) include: L&H Vitamins, 1-800-22 1-1152; The Vitamin Shoppe,
1-800-223-1216; Home Health Products for Life, 1-800-284-9123; Nutrition Warehouse,
1-800-645-2929; The CFIDS Buyers Club, 1-800-366-6056; Mail Order Pharmacy,
- Smoking And Cataracts
- Cataracts are an opacity in the
lens of the eye. The lens is found in that dark area in the middle of the eye behind the
iris and within the pupil. It normally cannot be seen because it is clear. In cases of
cataracts it becomes milky and cloudy and can decrease sight and even cause blindness.
- Whether you are a smoker or you
are in areas where you are exposed to second-hand smoke, you will greatly increase the
risk of developing cataracts. The lens is the only epithelial (outer tissue layer)
structure in the body to retain its earliest cells throughout life. Other tissues
constantly replenish old cells with new ones. Thus damage to lens tissues can last a
- The damage that occurs
resulting from smoking is due to absorption of cyanide and thiocyanate from the smoke
which is absorbed into tissues and converted to isocyanate. These cyanates can react with
the proteins within the lens leading to the molecular changes known as cataracts.
Cigarette smoke is also rich in free radicals and aldehydes which can damage the lens.
- Therefore, if you smoke -dont
have eyes; or if you have eyes - dont smoke.
- Studies have shown that
individuals who consume higher levels of the antioxidant vitamins A (beta carotene), C and
E have a decreased incidence of cataracts even if they are exposed to smoke. (Resource
Journal of the American Medical Association, January 10, 1993: 747
Popular Nutritional Practices: A Scientific
Approach, Jack z. Yetiz, M.D., Ph.D., Popular Medicine Press: 304
A.C.E. and Food C are available from the Healthy Alternatives Store
(1-800-748-0188) and see also mail-order companies: L&H Vitamins, 1-800-221-1152; The
Vitamin Shoppe, 1-800-223-1216; Home Health Products for Life, 1-800-284-9123; Nutrition
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- Watching And Waiting In Prostate
- For the past two decades the
most popular approach to treatment of localized prostate cancer (clinical stage A or B)
has been radical prostate resection (surgical removal of the tumor) and radiation therapy.
- By and large this approach is
taken simply because it is the way it has been done, it is high tech and it is assumed
that it works. In actual fact, there is no evidence to indicate that surgery and radiation
is any more effective than simply doing nothing!
- The authors of a recent article
in The Journal of the American Medical Association state, If the medical community
were to apply the same standards of safety and efficacy required for approval of new drugs
to the use of invasive treatments for prostate cancer, it is likely that neither radical
prostatectomy nor radiation therapy would be approved for this indication (the same of
course might be true of many other procedures in common use).
- That is a quote to frame on
your wall. All the expensive, invasive drugs, radiation and surgery that people have
subjected themselves to along with all of the pain, risks and failures were no better than
if nothing had been done at all!
- The medical literature actually
provides more evidence that there will be treatment-associated mortality and
complications, such as impotence and incontinence which can severely degrade the quality
of life, than evidence that there is benefit from these invasive procedures.
- This evidence regarding
prostate cancer is simply the tip of the iceberg. Over 80 percent of modern medical
measures are unproven. Sure, a physician can show an article supporting his particular
choice of therapy, but I can almost guarantee you that elsewhere in the literature there
is equally convincing, if not more compelling, evidence to argue against the medical
measure he is advocating.
- It is my personal belief that
many medical interventions do ultimately more harm than good. I can say this because of my
personal observations and experience in medicine and also because it is a prediction from
our synorgonic philosophy. Health is a balance, an accord and harmony with our natural
environmental context. Medical intervention is by nature intrusive, unbalancing,
manipulative and synthetic. It is, therefore, predictable that the more we experience
medical care the farther we will be removed from the context necessary for true lasting
of the American Medical Association, May 26, 1993:2550
- Teeth And Disease
- We normally think of dental
health as something that is isolated to the mouth. Cavities need to be filled because they
hurt, and gum disease needs to be prevented and treated or we can lose our teeth.
- But you may find it of interest
to learn that the mouth and the teeth are connected to the rest of our body. Nothing
really new here I know, but something we need to be reminded of.
- If we dont take proper
care of our teeth and they become infected, either through dental caries (cavities) or by
gum disease, these infections become normally chronic in nature and can seed the rest of
the body with infective agents. Chronic kidney disease and endocarditis (an infection of
the lining of the heart) are examples of diseases resulting from long-standing chronic
dental infections. Even multiple liver abscesses were recently reported in the medical
literature to be caused by the identical pathogenic organisms found in chronic oral
- Dental health is definitely a
do now or pay later situation. It is easy to ignore it because it is hard to
see any immediate benefit.
- Regular brushing, and
particularly flossing along with converting the diet to more natural, less refined foods
containing less sugared or white flour products, can do much to prevent dental disease.
- For an excellent book by a
dentist who claims to be able to keep you virtually 100% free of dental disease, obtain
the book How to Become Dentally Self-Sufficient by Dr. R. 0. Nara available from the
Wysong Library listing of books. This holistically-oriented dentist also will work
directly with you by mail and by telephone to help you solve dental problems. (Resource G
American Journal of Gastroenterology 1992,7(12): 1740
- G) How
To Become Dentally Self-Sufficient, by Dr. R. 0. Nara is available from the Wysong Library
(see A above). Those wishing to contact Dr. Nara or one of his associates can address all
inquires to Oramedics International, 200 East Montezuma Avenue, Houghton, MI
49931.1-906-482-1419. The Holistic Dental Digest is a newsletter by Dr. Jerry Mittelman
(D.D.S.) from The Once Daily, Inc. at 263 West End Avenue., #2A, New York City, NY 10023.
- Cookware Dangers
- There is danger lurking in your
pots and pans. If you cook with iron skillets, the iron can leach into your foods and
perhaps oxidize the foods and even serve as a pro-oxidant once consumed. As discussed
previously in the Review, oxidation of lipids such as cholesterol lies at the root of
- If you use aluminum cookware,
the aluminum can also contaminate the food, accumulate in tissues and in the brain, and is
being implicated in Alzheimers Disease.
- If you use the non-stick
surfaces, there is evidence that these release toxic vapors that are even capable of
killing birds in the home.
- Given all of this, I felt most
comfortable using stainless steel cookware. Now, new evidence shows that not only the
chromium and iron in stainless steel but also the nickel can be released, particularly if
acidic foods are cooked. The nickel is perhaps not as dangerous as the iron or aluminum
but can trigger allergic reactions in some individuals.
- What is left? The best cooking
is no cooking. Eat as many fresh, raw foods as possible. If cookware is to be used, be
careful using any metal if the dish you are preparing is quite acidic containing tomato or
citrus juice, for example.
- A better alternative is glass
cookware... until we find out that there is something in that that is getting into our
food and killing us all.
Archives of Environmental contamination and
Toxicology, Aug., 1992: 211-
- Natural Vitamin C Better
- Commercialized vitamins are
isolated chemicals. They are synthesized in laboratories from starting materials such as
petroleum and put into vitamin supplements. Such isolates are found nowhere in nature. Yet
such synthetics can be called natural because molecularly they may appear to
be the same as the vitamins found in nature.
- But vitamins in natural food
are a part of a complex, a milieu, with broader beneficial effects and lower toxicity than
their isolated or synthetic counterparts.
- A study of 16 volunteers, for
example, measured the effect of synthetic vitamin C in neutralizing N-Nitroso compounds,
potent cancer causing agents found in processed meats, compared to fresh fruits and
- The result was that green
pepper, pineapple, tomato, strawberries and carrot juices significantly inhibited
N-Nitroso formation far better than an equivalent amount of synthetic ascorbic acid
(vitamin C). An-other proof that a vitamin is not a vitamin is not a vitamin.
- Get your vitamins from raw,
natural foods as much as possible and your supplements from products using real, natural
micronutrient - concentrated foods. (Resource F below)
Carcinogenesis 1992, 13(12): 2277-
- F) Food
A.C.E. and Food C are available from the Healthy Alternatives Store
(1-800-748-0188) and see also mail-order companies: L&H Vitamins, 1-800-22 1-1152; The
Vitamin Shoppe, 1-800-223-1216; Home Health Products for Life, 1-800-284-9123; Nutrition
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- Air Bag Dangers
- The inflation velocity of air
bags is anywhere from 98 to 211 miles per hour. This sudden pressure was responsible for
the rupture of the right atrium of the heart in a 22-year-old woman traveling just 10 to
15 miles per hour and colliding with a stopped car.
- Diagnosis of the injury was
difficult because there was no evident trauma to the chest and no ribs were fractured. The
atrium is enclosed by one of the thinnest membranes in the chest and thus is quite
susceptible to sudden pressure damage such as this. Its bursting results in blood filling
the pericardium (the membrane sac surrounding the heart) interfering with the hearts
ability to pump.
- Air bags are a wonderful
invention but they, like everything else, are not without dangers. The young lady was not
wearing a seat belt or shoulder harness, which increased the impact of her body with the
rapidly inflating air bag. Be sure to continue to wear your seat belt and shoulder harness
even if your automobile has an air bag.
- The New
England Journal of Medicine, February 04, 1993: 358
- Return To Nature In Biosphere II
- A basic tenant of our
philosophic approach to nutrition here at Wysong is that we must restore the natural
character of our food. The Review continues to demonstrate evidence that this philosophy
is correct and can lead to better health prevention and even therapies and cures. Evidence
cited includes showing that natural nutrients are superior to synthetic, and clear
tracking of the rise in disease as societies become further estranged from their natural
environmental context. Archeological and anthropological studies of primitive societies
also demonstrate the value of natural, whole, fresh foods.
- Near Tucson, Arizona four men
and four women are participating in a two year experiment which started in September of
1991. They are living in an enclosed 3.15 acre area called Biosphere II. It is essentially
closed off from the rest of the world except for sunlight. Air, water, and organic
materials are recycled and the team lives totally on food crops they themselves grow
within this closed environment. The purpose of Biosphere II is to serve as a large
laboratory for ecological study as well as investigation of conditions as they might be in
an extraterrestrial habitat.
- This reversion, if you will, to
a natural environmental context has had a significant impact on the health of the
participants. Benefits have included the loss of substantial amounts of body weight, but
none of the individuals have experienced any negative repercussions from this such as
menstrual irregularities in the women or weakness in the men. Total cholesterol dropped
about 35% and blood pressure dropped about 20%.
- The changes seen in these
humans parallel the changes seen in rodents who have lived on calorie-restricted diets and
have benefited from the delay of age related death and increased life span.
- This is yet another evidence,
in reverse if you will, in a very controlled setting of what can happen when we restore
our natural environmental, including food, context.
- Each of us can enjoy the same
benefits by making our life and surroundings a personalized synorgonic Biosphere by
simply, to the degree possible, restoring our natural context. This is achieved - I know
not easily -by adopting the natural archetypal life style and eating patterns which we
discuss and summarize each month in the Wysong Review.
Proceedings National Academy Sciences USA,
December, 1992:11533-Biomedical & Environmental Sciences, Sept., 1992: 257-
- The Narrowing Plant Animal Gap
- Categorizing animals or plants
helps our mind grasp the natural world.
- It is important, however, to
understand that such categorization, and the nomenclature attached to it, is purely
anthropomorphic (a human imposed characteristic). It is also arbitrary and simplistic,
making our world seem neatly organized and separated into parts. Unfortunately that is not
the nature of our synorgonic world. Rather than a compilation of separate things, our
world is homogeneous and continuous without clear defining lines between anything.
- We tend, for example, to think
of plants as dumb, insensitive, photosynthetic food producers. Increasing evidence,
however, is disputing this. Some researchers have electrically probed plants and found a
nervous system that feels and responds to its environment. Some plant
enthusiasts argue that tenderness in the care of plants, singing to them and the like,
results in more responsive growth and better health of the plants.
- A new study of how parasitic
wasps find their caterpillar hosts reveals further the alive, complex, and even
communicating nature of plants. Parasitic wasps must find appropriate larvae to insert
their eggs into. This grotesque life cycle involves the wasps paralyzing the caterpillar,
inserting their eggs and then the eggs developing into larva that slowly consume the host
caterpillar. Caterpillars have developed a variety of hiding mechanisms within plants,
however, to avoid the wasp.
- Scientists have now discovered
that wasps are still able to find their prey by tuning in to signals that a plant emits
when these caterpillars feed on it. Thus we have insects communicating with, or at least
being able to listen to, plants.
- Not only does this point to the
continuum nature of our natural world and its exceeding complexity which is far beyond the
simplistic categorization we impose upon it, it also creates a dilemma for those who have
an ethical difficulty in consuming other living creatures. If plants are indeed feeling
and sensitive, how can we eat them if the reason we refuse to eat animals is because they
are feeling and sensitive?
- Dont misunderstand this
as an argument on behalf of our gluttonous human carnivorism but it at least helps us
appreciate that if we choose to eat no meat, or at least less, that reasons other than the
sensitivity of the living thing we are eating should be used as justification.
Scientific American, March. 1993:100-