WYSONG HEALTH LETTER
Dr. R. L. Wysong
July 1994
DEAR FRIEND:
 
     In a recent issue of Grocery Marketing, a survey was made of the 25 most popularly purchased products in United States grocery stores for 1994.  Ranking #1 was carbonated beverages (pops) at over $11 billion, #3 was chips/snacks, #4 was candy/mints, #7 was cookies, #12 coffee, and other "necessaries" included internal analgesics, disposable diapers, paper towels and camera film.  Real foods such as fresh fruit, vegetables and meats weren't even on the list.   Any wonder why we and our world are sick?   So much of what we buy is not only unnecessary, but destructive to our person and to resources and the environment.  A modern society making pop its #1 food choice acts like it's the last generation, not a "new generation."
     Not only are our favorite food product choices a chemical potpourri of artificially flavored and sugared caffeine, but they consume tremendous resources in their production.   Think of the energy expended in the manufacture, transportation, cooling, storage, packaging, etc., attendant with our "fun" food choices.  We live as if there is no tomorrow and we have no responsibility to our children.
     Nevertheless, there is increasing suspicion about technology and commercialization, affording some glimmer of hope on the horizon.  The artificial, plastic, convenience technology euphoria particularly of the World War II generation must be replaced with the sobering realism that we live in a finite world and that our ultimate health is intricately linked to our closeness with our environment.
     We seek economic freedom and wealth, but what do we do with it when it comes?  Is it simply a vehicle for us to further plunder our health and the world through mindless consumerism?  Should we not use whatever measure of affluence we have to better our world and assure a future for our children?
     We must all ask the question, "Do we simply use our life and opportunities we may gain to consume and use, or do we create and conserve?"  A world is like a piggy bank that can either be emptied by constant spending, or filled for a really important use.
     The best environmental action is not to recycle but to stop consuming.  Then, what you do consume, if anything is left over, reuse it so you don’t have to consume more.  Then when that is broken or spent, repair it so you can use it even more.  This kind of sensitivity, even though it may seem extreme in our throw-away, convenience-oriented society, is a mentality that must be cultivated to create a better world.  This is not deprivation and sacrifice, but rather the use of our intelligence, rationally making choices now with consideration for the future.  An added psychological and even physical benefit is that by doing this you will no longer feel victimized by a self-destructive economic system, but will gain a feeling of control over your destiny.
     The basic idea is to use your economic resources not as simply an opportunity to selfishly consume and fill garages with stuff, and recycling bins with spent packages, but to create, conserve, learn, educate and use our enlightenment to make a better world.
 
FEEDING EXERCISE
     As the intensity of your exercise program increases (You have begun an exercise program, right?) increasing attention must be given to the special nutritional needs of exercise.  Whether you are exercising simply to stay fit, to enjoy athletic competition, or are trying to burn off excess body calories, your nutritional needs are different than when your body was sedentary.
     In previous issues, for example, it was reported that it is almost impossible to meet the appropriate dietary levels of vitamins and minerals given even a 2,400 calorie modern processed  daily diet.   If you were to decrease these calories, plus begin a vigorous exercise program, you would even be further nutrient-impoverished.   The net effect over time will be loss of health including psychological disturbances such as depression, insomnia and irritability and increased susceptibility to disease due to immunological dysfunction and loss of resistance.  These effects are the reason many people discontinue an exercise program.
     When we exercise, our muscles must be supplied energy from glucose.  Glucose can come directly from the digestive tract or as a breakdown product of its storage form, glycogen, in muscles.  ATP (adenosine triphosphate) is the energy molecule that is created by the oxidation (burning) of glucose.  Through a series of complicated reactions, glucose, which is basically a carbon chain, is broken down ultimately into carbon dioxide and water consuming oxygen in the process.   As glucose is burned, energized hydrogen atoms are bumped through a series of enzymatic reactions releasing energy for muscles to contract.  The mechanism requires a whole host of mineral and vitamin micronutrients such as niacin (vitamin B3) and riboflavin (vitamin B2) which act as hydrogen acceptors in this chain reaction.  If these vitamins and other micronutrients are not available in sufficient supply, then these reactions simply cannot proceed efficiently and we will become exhausted prematurely, deplete the body’s stores of micronutrients, and rob our entire body of the fuels necessary for the energy reactions of life in general.
     Fatty acids also can be utilized for energy.  If you will recall (Vol. 1, No. 1; 3, 6; 5, 11; 7, 2 and my book Lipid Nutrition), fatty acids are also carbon chains similar to glucose which hold the energy from the sun that originally linked these carbon chains in the plants.  As exercise proceeds from low intensity to high intensity to endurance demands, different reserves of energy are called upon.  As exercise becomes a part of normal lifestyle, we dig deeper into the fatty reserves of the body and don’t simply just burn the sugar-derived glycogen that is stored in muscles.
     An additional danger, particularly with intense, exhausting, sweating exercise, is the loss of fluids and electrolytes.  Sweat contains sodium and chloride, magnesium and potassium and of course lots of water.  The more we   sweat the more we deplete the body's reserves of these elements and the more it is necessary to resupply them.  Marathon runners, for example, can lose 10% of their body weight in fluids in a single run.
     Intense exercise fatigue can be blunted by consuming approximately 1 cup of a 6% carbohydrate solution every 15 to 20 minutes.  This concentration of carbohydrate can enter the blood stream at practically the same rate as plain water and can improve performance considerably. (Resource A- page 8)  Drinking a concentration of carbohydrate less than this will not sustain performance, while drinking a concentration more than 10%, as found in many sugared soft drinks, can cause abdominal cramps, nausea and diarrhea.
     After a hard workout it can take from 12 to 48 hours to replete the body’s stores of glycogen.  Consuming about 100 gm of carbohydrates, primarily consisting of carbohydrates such as found in pastas, cereals and breads every 2 to 4 hours after an intense work out, can quite effectively build reserves, readying the body for the next workout event.
     Some general guidelines for readying, sustaining and repairing the body for vigorous workouts and athletic events:
     1)  Eat a varied diet of natural, fresh foods.
     2)  Take a quality balanced spectrum of vitamins and minerals (Resource B) and a supplement of the antioxidant nutrients A (beta carotene), C and E (Resource C) daily.
     3)  Emphasize complex carbohydrates in the diet.  If eating any processed or cooked carbohydrates, use food enzyme supplementation.  (Resource D)  Eat lots of fresh, clean (organic) fruit.
     4)  Don’t restrict fluids before or during an event.
     5)  Drink approximately 2-1/2 cups of fluid 2 hours before your work out or competition.  Drink 1-1/2 cups of fluid 15 minutes before the event.  Drink at least 1 cup of fluid per 15 to 20 minutes during training and competition.
     6)  The replacement drink should contain an appropriate mix of carbohydrates, minerals and vitamins.   (Resource A)
     7)  Don’t simply grab any fluid or soft drink source.  Read the labels to be sure they are made of natural components and match the guidelines described here.  A variety of additives, simple sugars, dyes and so forth — even if the drink is called a "sports drink" and used by your favorite (paid) star — does not qualify as appropriate healthy nutrition for athletes.
Make exercise a part of your life, but be sure to address the special dietary needs of exercise.  All of the things we say about nutrition in the Health Letter doubly apply when the body is under the vigorous stress of exercise and athletic performance.
 
EXERCISE - MORE IS BETTER
     All of us seek ease and something for nothing.  It's only human.  When it comes to exercise, many experts suggest that you should take it easy and not exert yourself.   Fitness machines are increasingly designed to make it easy to perform exercises.  There are even fitness salons now that move your body parts for you.
     Unfortunately the evidence does not equate leisurely exercise with the benefits of exercise.  A recent Norwegian study of 271 deceased men age 40 to 59 showed that physical fitness is a graded independent long-term predictor of mortality in cardiovascular causes in apparently healthy middle-aged men.  It was also shown that a high level of fitness was also associated with lower mortality from any cause.
     Here are examples of various levels of exercise.
     In  another study, it was shown that those individuals who exercise at higher intensity on a regular basis were 21 times less likely to die from cardiovascular disease that those who lived a sedentary life or those who simply exercised sporadically and leisurely.  In this study, examining the relationship of sudden death to intense exercise, it was shown that only those individuals who were not engaged in a regular exercise program were at risk of experiencing sudden heart attack from vigorous activity.       Those who lived a sedentary life and then all of a sudden embarked on some strenuous exercise were indeed at greater risk.       For those who are sedentary and have atherosclerotic plaque, sudden vigorous exercise causes heart and vessel changes which may result in the dislodging of these plaques, exposing a denuded arterial lining.  This raw exposed vessel lining then quickly forms clots and plugs blood flow.  If this occurs in a coronary vessel, a heart attack is the result.
     The lesson here is: make exercise a regular part of your life and make it intense — within reason — gradually building up your tolerance and capability for more intense exercise.
     Reference:
          A)             Energy Drink - A nutrient-dense formulation of natural foods designed to increase energy and endurance (If not available locally, contact the Wysong Institute for a supplier source).
          B)             Wysong RDA™ - a broad-spectrum multi-vitamin/mineral supplement (If not available locally, contact the Wysong Institute for a supplier source).
          C)             Wysong Food A•C•E™ - A food-derived vitamin A, C & E supplement (If not available locally, contact the Wysong Institute for a supplier source).
          D)                 Wysong Zymase™ - A natural food enzyme digestive aid (If not available locally, contact the Wysong Institute for a supplier source).
          New England Journal of Medicine, Feb., 25 1993: 533
         
PETS AND VEGETARIANISM
     The following is a reply to a letter from a reader who feels that the health benefits of feeding pets meat products does not justify the slaughter of food animals for pet foods.   The writer's intent was to investigate vegetarianism for their companion animal.
     "Thank you for your thoughtful letter.
     I wrestle painfully with the same concerns you do.  After much thought on this over many years I have come to the conclusion that the conflicts sensitive people see with regard to health, environmental and even social issues will never be solved by simply addressing symptoms.  We tend to try to solve problems without disrupting our fundamental lifestyle and world view.       Then when our actions conflict with higher ethical concerns, we face confusion, and logical contradictions.
     The most fundamental human problem that I see underlying health and environmental issues is our unique, human, technological, artificial intrusion into the natural order of things.  We are beginning to find that every time we treat our world as if it were composed of simply an assemblage of parts that we can remove and replace and rearrange to fit our liking, that intricate balances are disturbed which will not only jeopardize our environment, but ultimately our own health.
     The domestication of pets is arguably an artificial intrusion into the natural order of things.  Pets are primarily carnivorous and also much more closely linked with the wild.  They need appropriate exercise, fresh air, sunlight and the intellectual stimulation of gathering their own food sources.  How can we domesticate such a creature and then impose upon them our new plastic environment of leisure without them suffering ill consequences? 
     It indeed would seem a shame to create industry to raise animals to slaughter to simply feed my domesticated pet.  If my pet, or its ancestors I should say, were simply left in the wild it would help create natural balances rather than cause imbalance through its overpopulation and escalating demand on resources in a domesticated setting. 
     In essence, what I am saying is that the fundamental problem with pet feeding lies with the fact that it is an artificial manipulation to domesticate these animals in the numbers that modern society does.  How this can be solved I have no idea, since the emotional bonds between animals and humans are strong enough to virtually prohibit any fundamental change.  The only event that will change it is significant economic blight, making the luxury of pet care unfeasible.
     To your specific questions:
     1)             (In response to the 'carnivorous' argument that it is not possible to clearly distinguish between vegetable and animal and there can, therefore, be no clear vegetarian ethic, the writer notes that distinguishing between life forms is the basis of logic in our society.)  Reply:  'The separation of life forms by classification, or even attempting to distinguish life from nonlife by classification, is not so simple as we would like to believe.  Our human inclination to want everything neatly packaged and categorized simply does not work when nature is closely inspected.  Nature is more like a continuum, not a compilation of separate and unique things.'
     2)             (In response to the 'carnivorous' argument that pets are carnivores and require meat products for best health, the writer responds that too many lives of food animals are lost to save one pet animal.)  Reply:  'Much pet animal food is a by-product of human meat consumption.  There is very little, if any, food animal production specifically done to feed pets.   There is, however, significant cropland used to produce millions of metric tons of grains specifically to feed pets, since most pet foods are grain-based.  The resource and environmental toll of this industry is no small matter.  It could, therefore, be argued that meat by-product-based pet foods using waste is more conscionable than using vegetation which consumes finite resources.   Who is to say how much a pet is harmed by reducing the meat portion of its diet by X amount, or how much the environment is helped?   These are decisions each individual must face.  That you are at least thinking about them and trying to do something that is conscientious is admirable and please understand that I support you in your intent.'
     3)             (In response to the 'carnivorous' argument that even vegetables are alive and are killed if eaten, the writer reasons that this means there is no point in trying to spare life.)  Reply:  'It creates a great deal of intellectual difficulty for me to understand that health is best served by the consumption of  natural foods yet at the same time feel emotionally repulsed by the notion of having to destroy life to create food for myself.  Such thinking, however,  is probably a luxury of modern living.  If we were in the wild, forced to find our daily sustenance from nature we would have all we could do to simply feed ourselves.  The pain of an empty stomach I'm afraid would make us quite clever scavengers and even ruthless hunters.'
     We simply must concede that we are biological creatures that are closely tied to our environment and the food that we are genetically adapted to.  Our modern living creates many ethical, moral and intellectual dilemmas that would simply not exist if we were in our natural setting.  There is no question that we can do much better than we are.  The ability lies within humankind to create a world that is much more kind, and one that is sustainable for future generations.
     I wish you continued success in your efforts to make a better world and I again thank you for expressing your very sincere and worthy concerns."
AIR POLLUTION AND MORTALITY
     For decades air pollution has been pooh-poohed by those who like the status quo (profit from it).  Although admittedly a little uncomfortable — causing eye burning, tearing, skin irritation, and even requiring the wearing of masks in Tokyo and Mexico City — the notion that air pollution actually causes disease and increases mortality is viewed by many as simply the boogie man of green, wacko environmentalists.
     Now a carefully designed study of 8,111 adults in six U.S. cities, over a period of 14-16 years, has demonstrated a direct relationship between fine particulate air pollution and increased mortality.  Fine particulates, incidentally, are derived primarily from the combustion of fossil fuels used in transportation, manufacturing and power generation.  They consist of soot, acid condensates and sulfate and nitrate particles.  The danger lies in their ability to be breathed deeply and be absorbed across lung tissues into the blood.  This study was controlled to rule out compounding factors such as smoking, age and other risk factors.
     For those in high risk, highly polluted areas, moving to better air quality should be considered.  Every effort should be made by all of us to support legislation and activist efforts to curtail pollution and restore air quality.  All of us can decrease the damage to the air by simply decreasing the amount of needless consumption we engage in almost every day.  Everything we buy that is not truly needed for sustenance, every trip we make that is not truly necessary, every degree we turn up our furnace and every light we leave on needlessly, all unnecessarily contribute to the creation of an air environment that threatens our health.        We are spoiling our own nest and need to act responsibly starting now.
     Reference:
          New England Journal of Medicine, December 9, 1993: 1753
 
PROFITS AND RAIN FORESTS
     If we hear about something enough, regardless of how tragic it may be, we tend to become insensitive to it.  It’s just a part of our mentality.  What is new catches our attention, and what is old and familiar becomes boring. 
     Environmental issues are being put before the public enough that it is easy to become insensitive, even though these issues have escalating validity.  Environmentalists are accused of overreacting by some groups who want to deny problems that might mean a change in their thinking or life-style, industry is casting environmental movements as extremist, and many sincerely concerned about the future of our planet are being cast in cartoons and other editorials as misguided do-gooders.
     Any new idea is always resisted, but perhaps more dangerous than resistance is boredom and insensitivity.  Environmental issues are not something that we can simply choose to ignore.  The bottom line is that we live on a finite planet with finite resources and a finite carrying capacity.  We simply cannot exploit it, devour it and pollute it infinitely.
     With all this said as a preliminary, I want to talk about what may seem like old news, the rain forests.  The media has quite effectively educated us on the incredible destruction that is occurring.  Over 40 million acres of rain forest are being lost every year.   I know this may seem somewhat like an abstraction since most of us have never even been in a rain forest.  The argument can also be made by developing countries that are home to rain forests that developed countries such as the U.S. already destroyed all of their "rain forests" to make room for their industry, so why should they not as well? 
     Now, it is true that areas where rain forests once were can be replanted with nice little, fast growing, quickly harvested timber all planted in a row.  But what we lose when we destroy this virgin wilderness is far more than the timber.  The loss of wildlife, habitat, the destruction of species resulting in a genetic implosion, the effects on temperature, atmosphere, hydrologic cycle and so forth are so vast and complex we can’t even begin to measure the long-term devastation that does occur.  The continuing existence of rain forests and other wild areas is like a hedge against man’s destruction of himself.  With these buffering wild areas, we are still retaining our link to nature and not replacing it with a totally synthetic and artificial world which surely will result in tragic consequences for us. 
     One of the world’s largest corporations is Mitsubishi.  Current evidence indicates that the sun quite literally never sets on their global logging, from Malaysia to New Guinea, Brazil to Indonesia, Bolivia to Chile and the Philippines, Canada — and soon in Siberia, where it is reported that they are preparing to log an ancient boreal forest the size of the whole United States.
     This is not to say Mitsubishi is the only guilty corporation.  We are surrounded by greed in the corporate world, and much "progress" that is being made is occurring only with the world being sacrificed.   Nevertheless, being the most prolific destroyer is noteworthy, so Mitsubishi has to be named.  Their defense that they are "replacing" these virgin wild areas is unconscionable justification.
     What should we all do?  First of all, boycott Mitsubishi products.   If their conscience is only in their wallets then that’s where they must be attacked.   Mitsubishi not only makes cars and trucks, but also VCRs, TVs, Nikon cameras, Kirin beer, and Mitsubishi autos being made under the Chrysler name: Dodge Stealth, Intrepid, RAM 50, Colt Vista, Eagle Talon, and Summit Wagon.  This list is staggering, because it shows how very huge Mitsubishi is, but even the biggest companies do listen.       Therefore, the second thing you can do is send a postcard similar to the one reproduced below to the President of Mitsubishi, Mr. Minoru Makihara, Mitsubishi International Corporation, 520 Madison Avenue, New York, NY  10022.
     If it seems futile to try to influence or fight such a giant, remember that cards and letters like this one, combined with small local boycotts, convinced Burger King to stop using beef from ranches that stood where rain forests once did.  A letter from a seven year-old stopped the Marvel comic giant from selling smoking hero cards (Vol. 8, No. 6). Your small effort can indeed make a difference, and we are most certainly the last generation with the power to save some significant percentage of the world’s rain forests.  If you would like to become involved with a group that is actively engaged in curbing rain forest destruction, contact resource E.
     Reference:
          E)             Rainforest Action Network, 466 Green Street, San Francisco, CA 94133.
 
THE FALL OF EMPIRES
     Human history is a storybook of the rise and fall of nations.  When great empires such as the Roman, Greek, British and Mongolian were experiencing their hey days, you can be sure that their citizens felt that things would go on forever.  Rather than be guided by a broad knowledgeable perspective of history, and use intelligent foresight based upon this knowledge,  humans tend to simply try to be as comfortable as they can where they are, and hope for continuance of status quo.
     Could the United States, in spite of our still significant affluence, be committing national suicide?  Many political prognosticators and economists think so.  The continuing trend in government to increase its size through higher taxes cannot possibly create more or even the same prosperity.  How can increased spending do anything other than misallocate capital?  More government spending means economic decline with high deficits, greater unemployment, inflation and loss of economic freedom. 
     Former Secretary of Education William Bennett revealed that since 1960, the U.S. population has increased 21%, government spending has increased five fold, and welfare spending has increased 630%.  There has been a 560% increase in violent crime, 419% increase in illegitimate births, a quadrupling in divorce rates, a tripling in the percentage of children living in single parent homes, a 200% increase in the teenage suicide rate, and a drop of almost 80 points in SAT scores.
     The events we see unfolding at an escalating rate in our society indicate we are in a pivotal time.  But while many of us see the social ills, we feel helpless to do much about them.  While most anyone can see the irrationality of the way things are, we feel voiceless and victimized by larger powers which we do not understand.
     It is said that all it takes for evil to exist is for good people to do nothing. It is likely that the vast majority will continue to do nothing until a significant enough crisis occurs to cause economic hardship on the vast middle class.  As it stands, we are now working approximately 6 months out of the year for the government (Vol. 7, No. 8), yet no revolt occurs because the money made is still enough to maintain a reasonable standard of living for most people.  But the situation will only worsen so long as we remain silent and complacent.
     If pressure for change and reform is not exerted before crisis reaches the point of no return, we will all simply be victims of the collapse of yet one more great empire.
     Become aware.  Measure present events in terms of their impact on your future.  Contact the various organizations and read the literature we cite in the Health Letter to enable you to become a force in controlling the destiny of society.
     If the political and economic woes facing our country continue at the escalating rate that they are, government will eventually collapse and repudiate its debts.  This is an efficient way to wipe out the national debt in a single act.  This may happen because spending has been out of control for so long, government may be faced with no other alternative.  When that happens, citizens as well as other countries will lose faith in U.S. currency.  The collapse of U.S. currency would have global consequences.   Actually, the only way to avert this is to take appropriate steps now to balance the budget and perhaps fix monetary value to a known asset such as gold.
     It may take such a catastrophe to create the social and intellectual renaissance necessary to reshape society.  Government will have to be reduced to the function of protecting citizens from having their rights violated by force or fraud.  A new system of taxation could be used whereby citizens pay tax as they consume products, preferably based on the product's true environmental cost.  All current government activities will be replaced with private enterprise, including schools, infrastructure, mail and so forth.
     These predictions are not wild but are based soundly on the natural consequences of events as they are presently unfolding.  A wise course will therefore be for all thinking people to arrange their affairs so they can become increasingly independent and prepared for the possible chaos that may occur between the time of collapse and rebuilding.
     Reference:
          James Cook Market Update, July, 1993
 
FOLIC ACID AND NEURAL TUBE DEFECTS
     I have reported in earlier issues the benefit of folic acid supplementation in reducing the chance of bearing a baby with neural tube defect (Vol. 6, No. 8).  There is widespread concurrence among medical researchers that such folic acid supplementation is indeed of benefit.  It is interesting to note that the recommended dietary allowance for folic acid is .15 to .18 mg per day, but the amount suggested for reducing the incidence of neural tube defect is .4 mg per day.  Another proof that nutrient guidelines used to determine complete and balanced diets are nothing but guesses.
     Reference:
          Journal of the American Medical Association, June 1, 1994: 1687
 
OCCUPATIONAL HAZARDS BROUGHT HOME TO CHILDREN
     Women often inquire whether elements in their work environment might affect the health of their unborn children.  What is overlooked are the hazards to men as well.  In one study, for example, it was found that printers exposed to lead and solvents had an increased risk of fathering children who had increased levels of preterm and perinatal death.  Even the chemicals impregnated in work clothes that are brought home can poison children.
     Reference:
          American Journal of Epidemiology, Volume 137, 1993: 134;
          American Journal of Indian Medicine, Volume 24, 1993: 1-
 
SLEEPING WITH CONTACT LENSES
     An estimated 49-74% of cases of contact lens associated ulcerative keratitis (ulcers of the cornea) could be prevented by eliminating overnight wear of contact lenses.
     Reference:
          Archives of Ophthamology, 1994, Volume 112: 186-
 
GARLIC AND CHOLESTEROL
     1/2 of 1 clove of garlic per day reduces cholesterol levels approximately 9%.  There have been no reports of increased death to garlic eaters from violence against them.
     Reference:
          Annals of Internal Medicine, 1993, Volume 119: 599
 
LEAD TOXICITY FROM YOUR WATER PUMP
     Some submersible well pumps contain brass fittings, which is really an alloy containing copper, zinc and lead.  These brass fittings have the ability to release lead into the water, particularly within the first year after they are installed.  The water that is then pumped to the home can contain as much as 51 times more lead than the EPA’s limit.  Lead is a heavy metal toxin capable of causing immune suppression, growth retardation and mental deficiencies and aberrations. 
     If you are going to have a pump installed, have one installed with stainless steel fittings.  If you are wondering whether your well water is contaminated with lead, call the EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline (Resource F) so that they may direct you to a local laboratory to have your water tested.  In the meantime, it might be better to use purified water at home  (Resource G) or purchase good bottled water.
     Reference:
          Diet and Nutrition Letter, June, 1994: 2
          F)             EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline, 1-800-426-0791.
          G)             Water purifiers/distillers (If not available locally, contact the Wysong Institute for a supplier source).
 
PHARMACEUTICAL DANGERS
     • About 32,000 senior citizens suffer hip fractures attributable to drug-induced falls.
     • More than 163,000 elderly have memory loss or impaired thinking due to pharmaceuticals.
     • About 61,000 elderly develop Parkinson’s disease due to the use of pharmaceuticals.
     • More than 240,000 elderly are hospitalized and hundreds of thousands become dizzy and faint due to reactions of drugs.
     Reference:
          Health Revelations, June, 1994: 8
 
SMOKING AND CHILDREN'S IQ
     Cigarette smoke contains an estimated 2,000-4,000 different chemicals, some of which certainly have the potential to damage developing fetal cells.  A researcher in Canada has shown that women who smoked during pregnancy could cause hearing problems in their children.  Another report has shown that IQ scores in 3 to 4 year olds from mothers who smoked 10 or more cigarettes daily, were on average 9 points lower than for children from nonsmoking mothers.
     In microcosm, a mother with an unborn child is like the Earth and us.  What the mother does to her body affects the environment within which the child develops.  The more this environment is destroyed, imbalanced and toxified, the less likely the child is to be healthy or develop full potential.  Similarly, the more the Earth is imbalanced and toxified, the less we can expect health and the development of our full potential.
     Fouling a mother’s body or fouling the Earth makes about as much sense as sawing through the limb you are sitting on.
     Reference:
          Pediatrics, February, 1994
 
VITAMIN C LOSS WITH SECOND-HAND SMOKE
     A study comparing people exposed to more than 20 hours per week of second-hand smoke compared to those not exposed showed that those exposed, even though having a similar diet to the non-exposed group, suffered low blood levels of vitamin C — and in some cases alarmingly low levels.  Vitamin C is an antioxidant capable of neutralizing free radicals that lie at the root of a variety of diseases such as cancer and heart disease.  Thus low blood levels of vitamin C will increase the susceptibility to these diseases.11
     Reference:
          Journal of Investigative Dermatology, January ,1994  
 
MELATONIN FOR CANCER
     Interleukin-2 is frequently used for cancer therapy.  In a recent study it was found that by using 40 mg of melatonin in combination with Interleukin-2, that patients were more likely to extend survival than through the use of Interleukin-2 alone.
     Reference:
          British Journal of Cancer, January ,1994
 
EVERGREEN OIL FOR FUNGUS
     A previous issue of the Health Letter reported the limited effectiveness of tea tree oil for skin fungus infections.  An alternate natural remedy that is reportedly quite effective is the use of oils made of the resins of various evergreen plants.  One such oil is called Thuja oil.  (Resource H)
     Reference:
          Alternatives, March, 1994: 71
          H)       Thuja (If not available locally, contact the Wysong Institute for a supplier source).
 
MELATONIN FOR CHILD SLEEP DISORDERS
     In a recent study children who were neurologically multiply disabled with severe chronic sleep disorders were given 2 to 10 mg of oral melatonin at bedtime.  The health, behavioral and social benefits of treatment were significant and without any adverse side effects.    Melatonin is currently available over the counter (Resource I) but is unlikely to remain there, since the effectiveness of this natural compound will cause FDA scrutiny and likely its banning until someone can come up with the millions of dollars necessary to satisfy an FDA testing protocol.  Since the compound is natural and cannot be patented, no one is going to do that so the window of opportunity for melatonin may close.
     Reference:
          I)             Melatonin (If not available locally, contact the Wysong Institute for a supplier source).
          Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, February, 1994
 
MELATONIN FOR EVERYONE?
     Some practitioners are suggesting that anyone over the age of 30 or 40 should be taking about 3 mg of melatonin every night as a cancer preventive and as a sleep activator.  Some reports in the alternative therapy literature indicate many people have experienced significant relief from insomnia with the use of melatonin at this level or at higher dosages. 
     If you are taking melatonin some precautions are in order, including not taking the compound if you have an existing immune system cancer since the compound might theoretically cause leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma cells to proliferate.  Since the compound is being tested in Europe as a means of birth control, it should not be taken by those women attempting to get pregnant.  Additionally, although melatonin may work as an antidepressant if it has the reverse effect and makes you depressed its use should be discontinued.  Melatonin has not been shown to be effective for prostate cancer.
     Reference:
          Life Extension Update, May, 1994; 4-
         
VITAMIN C SPRAY TO STOP SMOKING
     By mixing powdered vitamin C with water in a misting bottle and then spraying this into the mouth each time a craving for a cigarette occurs, some smokers have been able to drop the habit.  Why it works no one knows for sure.  The correct dosage per spray should be about 300 mg of vitamin C.  You can calculate how to create this dosage by measuring how many sprays are in your misting bottle and considering that one level teaspoon of vitamin C powder is about 4,500 mg.  With the proper division you will be able to calculate an approximate dosage of 300 mg per spray.   Most pharmacists can supply a  misting bottle and could even help you make the calculation. (Resource J)
     Reference:
          Alternatives, March, 1994: 72
          J)             Wysong Food C™ - A food-source vitamin C supplement with no synthetics (If not available locally, contact the Wysong Institute for a supplier source).
 
GREEN TEA CURE-ALL
     Green tea leaves consumed as a tea or as a ground powder have been shown to be effective against heart disease, stroke, cancer and infectious disease.  This is becoming one of the most popular herbal supplements in the U.S. and has a long history of use in the Far East. 
     Green tea leaves contain polyphenols, the same family of compounds in red wine that have been  shown to be protective against heart disease (Vol. 7, No 11).  The antioxidant activity of green tea leaves is quite remarkable, being some 200 times more effective than vitamin E in inhibiting lipid peroxidation in the brain, for example.
     In recent studies using green tea leaves orally and topically, skin cancer was prevented when induced by chemical carcinogens and ultraviolet B solar radiation.  Not only was the extract preventive, but it actually caused regression of some skin neoplastic growths.  (Resource K)
     Reference:
           K)             Green tea leaves (If not available locally, contact the Wysong Institute for a supplier source).
Journal of Investigative Dermatology, January, 1994
 
HEAT AND VITAMIN A FOR STYE
     A stye is an infection of a small gland in the eye lid.  Using vitamin A drops or puncturing a vitamin A capsule and putting a drop in the eye is reportedly quite effective for this condition.  Another therapy that is helpful for any localized infectious condition is the application of heat.  One chiropractor recommends boiling an egg for 5 to 7 minutes and then immediately wrapping it in a moist wash cloth and holding this on the eye until the heat is gone.  The egg helps hold the heat for a longer period of time.  An additional benefit is that once cooled, your hot compress is edible.  The application of heat increases circulation and healing elements to the infected area and will either cause the regression of the stye or cause it to head and rupture like an abscess, which will usually be followed by quick and complete healing.
     Reference:
          Alternatives, March, 1994: 72
 
BASEBALL EYE INJURIES
     Ocular (eye) trauma is second only to cataracts as a cause of visual  damage in the United States.  Of the 2.4 million eye injuries each year, 100,000 are related to sports.  Baseballs account for about 18% of these injuries, which is the highest percentage for any sport.
     To protect players it is recommended that batters in the on-deck circle use a face guard of injection molded polycarbonate.       For all other players it is recommended that sports goggles with polycarbonate lenses (3 mm thick) and unbreakable frames be used.  Special glasses that contact at the bridge and both temples and have safety bevels to prevent the lens from moving inward toward the eye if separated from the frame are advised.
     Even though a baseball is large enough to not be able to enter the eye socket, being stopped by the bony orbit, severe trauma can occur to the globe that is sight-threatening.  A bit of prevention for children, as well as yourself, could be well advised.
     Reference:
          New England Journal of Medicine, April 7, 1994: 1023
 
STOP COUGHS WITH ICE
     Instead of cough syrups and medicines try sucking on ice cubes when you have a cough.   The cooling effect of the ice numbs nerves that cause the cough reflex.  It is important that the ice cube be constantly present when the urge to cough is there.  To make a healthy ice cube, mix food source vitamins A, C and E with water and make your own ice cubes.  (Resource C)
     Reference:
          Alternatives, March, 1994: 71
          C)             Wysong Food A•C•E™ - A food-derived vitamin A, C & E supplement (If not available locally, contact the Wysong Institute for a supplier source).
 
INTRAVENEOUS MAGNESIUM FOR HEART ATTACKS
     Mortality from ischemic heart disease (heart attacks from atherosclerosis) is reduced by 21% with the use of intravenous magnesium sulfate.  These are dramatic results and can mean life or death during a heart attack.  Unfortunately few physicians know about or use this therapy.  Make a note of the reference at the end of this topic and have your physician refer to it if he is not using this therapy.
     Reference:
          Lancet, April 2, 1994: 807-
 
EE SAVINGS BONDS
     According to the financial newsletter Straight Talk, one of the best places to put money is in EE savings bonds.  They now earn 4.7% interest and are a tax deferred investment.  According to the editors, these have impeccable safety and you can buy them commission-free at your bank.
     Reference:
          Straight Talk On Your Money, June, 1994: 2