Dr. R. L. Wysong
June 1994
     Permit me for a minute to get a little morbid and talk about something none of us likes to ó death. 
     Without getting into all the possible conjecture about what happens after death, let's assume that death is no worse than what we experience during a deep sleep with no dreaming.  How many of us object to that experience?  No one, I think.   It is ultimate relaxation, the epitome of peace with absolutely no pain, discomfort, or demands placed upon you.
     So why do we fear death?  Because we desire life.  It is an innate biological imperative to try to stay alive.  But is life always so good?  What if you are racked with a painful debilitating disease from which there is surely no escape?  Is not then the deep restful sleep, similar to what death may be, a relief rather than something to be feared?  I think that most of us really fear the process of dying, not the state of death.
     No, this is not a letter advocating euthanasia or suicide.  I simply want you to think about what death really means to you.    
     What we should really fear is life that is less than full and vital.  We should also fear death because it hurts others.  We should feel compassion for those who depend on us and will experience the pain of remorse due to our death.  Staying alive and well becomes a responsibility.
     What is the point of these various thoughts?  Donít fear death.  Avoid it.  Fear things you are doing with your life that compromise the joy and fullness of life for which you have the potential.  Fear dental disease, obesity, cancer, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, arthritis, and autoimmune diseases.  Fear the loss of your ability to run and play and have fun with the kids and the grandkids.  Fear anything less than life in its fullness. 
     These are appropriate fears and rational fears ó fears that can help motivate you to become the vibrant, healthy, active living creature you were intended to be.  In this way when death does come, it will be either by accident or at the genetic end limit of life, not something we directly had control over and could have forestalled with appropriate preventive action now.
     Weight training and muscle building has exploded in popularity.  Benefits include increased ability to perform work tasks or athletic feats, resistance against injury, a more easily maintained healthy weight, and improved self-  image and confidence.
     The only disadvantages are the possibilities of injury if you donít work slowly and knowledgeably into a weight lifting program, and psychological and social imbalance if there becomes preoccupation with the size of biceps at the exclusion of lifeís more important things.
     There are many self-appointed experts, and there is a lot of lore and mythology about how best to weight train and how best to grow muscle.  Here are some common misconceptions:
     Myth #1:  If I lift weights I will get "muscle-bound" - First of all there is no such thing as being muscle-bound.  Increasing muscular strength and size increases the ability to perform and even increases flexibility.   The best athletic performers in virtually every conceivable sport now lift weights because it increases their ability, not causes them to contract in a heap on the floor with all their muscles in knots.
     Myth #2:  The more you work out the more muscle youíll gain - This is true to a degree.  But if you are truly challenging muscles such that exercises are performed to failure, repeating these exercises too frequently may actually result in negative growth.  When muscles are sufficiently challenged, they need time to recuperate and adapt.  If they are repeatedly stressed, catabolism (breaking down) rather than anabolism (building up) occurs.  Muscle heads who take steroids to grow muscles on top of their muscles are able to exercise more frequently because of the anabolic effect of the steroids.  But this is at the expense of their testicles, livers, kidneys, hearts and eventually their lives. 
     Myth #3:  If you need to trim a body part, exercise that part -  Although it would be nice to chisel our bodies into a shape we desire by selectively doing exercises, it simply doesnít work quite that way.  If you wish to lose weight such as around the midriff, sit-ups will not do it.   Although sit ups will tone the abdominal muscles, they will not selectively result in the loss of fat around the middle.  To lose fat, your whole body must burn fat calories.  Unfortunately the most troubling area for men, the waist line, and for women, the hips, are the last areas to trim.  Do good total body work outs trying to exercise all major muscle groups, and eat appropriately as described thoroughly in my book, The Synorgon Diet, How To Achieve Healthy Weight In a World of Excess (Resource A), and you will be the best you can physically be.
     Myth #4:  If I stop weight lifting my muscles will turn to fat - Fat (adipose) tissue is genetically unlike muscle tissue.  One cannot convert into the other.   If you stop exercising, your muscle tissue will simply shrink in size.  If you decrease energy expenditure and maintain or increase caloric intake, your body will deposit fat on top of your shrinking muscles.
     Myth #5:  Women shouldnít weight lift unless they want to end up looking like men - This is true only if they take male androgenic anabolic steroids.  The masculinized, narrow hipped, breast devoid women muscle builders seen in what have turned into bizarre male-look-a-like posing competitions, are the product of androgenic (male) chemical experimentation, not just challenging weight training.
     Weight training for women can result in marvelous benefits including increased tone, flexibility and bone density (resistance to osteoporosis), resistance to injury and improved athletic performance.  It will, if not carried to extremes, result in women becoming more attractive women.
     If you are going to weight train, which I highly recommend, do it as a life-time project.  Work into it slowly, join a gym, purchase some equipment to have at home, do some reading and talk to others who successfully train (Resource B for newsletters and educational materials).   Expect that you will have injury and soreness once in awhile.  It is simply not possible to attempt to be in good physical shape and become athletic without occasionally experiencing soreness.  You will have ups and downs, times when you enjoy it and times when you donít, times when you see results and times when you donít, times when you have energy and times when you donít.   If you view the activity as a life-long endeavor there will be no need for you to get overly concerned about these peaks and valleys.   If you stick with it, you will be able to maintain youthful strength and vigor far beyond what would be possible with a sedentary life with only mild and infrequent exercise. 
     Weight lifting makes you become body conscious.  You evaluate yourself more closely.  You try to improve. You take command of your physical being.  Anytime you can do anything to take control of your life that is going to be a healthy move.       Just donít allow this healthy self-awareness to turn into a narcissistic preoccupation with hours spent in front of mirrors and in gyms strutting through life with the delusion that everyone cares how big your muscles are.  (Few people, in fact, see a body that is beyond lean and athletically muscular, as attractive). 
     It is unfortunate that newsstands are filled with magazines picturing anabolicly bloated and deformed men and masculinized women being passed off to the general public as healthy goals to achieve.  In truth ó such bodies requiring the consumption sometimes of as much as 10,000 calories per day (some see food conservation, in a over-populated, dwindling-resource, environmentally-stressed world, as an ethical responsibility like energy conservation and decreasing consumerism) and a life of little more than exercise and sleep, do not represent health, but rather an egotistical psychologically and physically imbalanced state.
     Donít get me wrong.  As I said above, I very much encourage you to get involved in a weight training program.  I have done it since the time I was in junior high and continue with an intensive program to this day.  Just put it in perspective.  Use it for its purpose of keeping you fit, athletic, strong, youthful and healthy. 
          A)             The Synorgon Diet - How To Acheive Healthy Weight In A World of Excess, by Dr. R. L. Wysong is available from the Wysong Library catalog, 1880 North Eastman, Midland, MI  48640, softcover $12.95 + $3.50 S/H.
          B)             Serious Growth Newsletter, 2945 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia, CA 93277 1-209-732-5378;  Also request Fitness/Exercise section of books from Wysong Library catalog, 1880 North Eastman, Midland, MI  48640.
     Swimming is an enjoyable exercise for many.  It stimulates the heart and lungs, can increase muscle strength, endurance and flexibility, and relieves stress.  Swimming can also burn calories.  In fact, for the same distance traveled, swimming will burn about 25% more calories than running.  This is because of the drag forces against the body exerted by the water and the effort necessary to simply stay afloat. 
     Nevertheless, evidence suggests that swimming is not a good way to lose body fat unless it is performed in a highly vigorous fashion.  Because of the heat loss from the body in the water, appetite is stimulated and the calories lost are usually quickly replaced by increased eating.  Additionally, the cold water is believed to stimulate the body to deposit fat to increase buoyancy and to insulate. 
     A good way to know how an exercise will affect you is to look at those people and those animals who do similar exercises.       Walruses and whales are good swimmers.  Need I say more?  Also, note that even Olympic swimmers have somewhat of a soft look and are usually not as lean and well defined, say, as a sprinter. 
     Another drawback to swimming is that although it eases the burden on joints, it is by-and-large not a weight bearing exercise and thus will not help build bone strength, which is necessary to help prevent osteoporosis.
     Nevertheless, swimming is an enjoyable exercise that can be part of an effective overall exercise program.  Just donít think that a leisurely paddle in the pool each day is going to effectively rid your body of the excess fat you would like to shed.
          The Berkeley Wellness Letter, December, 1993: 6
     Dr. Harry Heimlich, the inventor of the Heimlich maneuver for a throat obstruction states, "CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation, which includes mouth-to-mouth breathing) has killed hundreds of drowning victims, especially children."   In one instance a two-year-old child who had been under water for twenty minutes and had not responded during the 20-minute ambulance ride to the hospital, because the oxygen could not get through the lungs which were filled with water, was revived by the Heimlich maneuver.  A 150-pound drowning victim can aspirate as much as 1-1/2 quarts of water, contrary to claims made by those who advocate CPR for drowning, that only a small amount of water is aspirated by drowning victims.  Scientific studies have also shown that salt water is not absorbed from the lungs, and although some fresh water may be absorbed it is quickly replaced by more water, and water that is blocking the trachea (wind pipe) and pharynx (throat) is never absorbed.
     The logic of the Heimlich maneuver is similar to older methods used for drowning victims including throwing the victim over a barrel or placing them face down across a horse and getting it to trot.  The Heimlich maneuver puts pressure on the abdominal cavity and diaphragm, pushing up against the lungs, forcing water blockage out and thus permitting breathing to begin again (See Vol. 5, No. 11).
     After reading our article in Vol. 8, No. 2 on the Gulf War Syndrome, one reader wrote to tell us we had not gone far enough.  She states, "Every soldier who went over there was required, and many were forced against their will, to get an inoculation to help prevent problems in case of a chemical attack.  This shot was not tested on humans before this, only animals, and the effects were not known... This 'officially undeclared war' was more of a fiasco than most people can even imagine, and it will continue on for years..."
     The journals are increasingly reporting about the Gulf War Syndrome.  It is a bizarre problem that is ill defined with no causative agent identified, but is "transmissible" to children in the family.
     Who knows?  Perhaps a biological weapon was used, or perhaps the inoculations given to the soldiers introduced infective agents, or somehow compromised the immune system.  We can only pretend to know the ultimate consequences of injecting foreign, antigenic and infective agents into the bodies of humans or animals.  I am not suggesting that this is indeed the cause of the Gulf War Syndrome, but it would not surprise me at all.
     The letter reproduced below was written to the New England Journal of Medicine by Sammy Blum, a 7-year-old.  After being forwarded to the Marvel Entertainment Group, they responded by saying that his letter had raised their awareness of the dangers of such images and the possible misinterpretation by young card enthusiasts.  As a result of the letter, they decided to omit smoking materials from all future Marvel trading cards. 
     If you think that your singular voice speaking out cannot make a difference, think again.  If 7-year-olds can change a mega-business like Marvel Entertainment, you can make changes as well.  So few people voice their opinions that when companies do receive intelligent letters they are usually given far more heed than you would expect.   Companies must assume that such letters reflect a much larger opinion and they all fear loss of market share.
     So donít think you canít change the world.  Make a phone call, or better yet write a letter courteously and intelligently voicing your views.  Chances are, even if you do not get a direct response, you will be heard and thus have your opportunity to change the world.
          New England Journal of Medicine, May 5, 1994: 1321
     I wonder how many hundreds of thousands of animals have been tortured, maimed and killed to create scientific data on the dangers of cigarette smoking or alcohol abuse.  Are we really that dumb or what?  Cannot anyone using even a modicum of logic understand that inhaling smoke from any substance directly into the lungs day after day is going to be harmful?   Do we really need countless double blind placebo controlled cross over studies to demonstrate the obvious?
     Nevertheless in a new sadistic study, scientists have implanted little catheters in the atrium of ratsí hearts.  They then hooked this catheter up to either salt water or to acetaldehyde, a constituent of cigarettes, with a lever permitting the rat to self-dose.  The rats only gave themselves eight doses a day of salt water, but 240 doses of the acetaldehyde.  When the acetaldehyde was combined with nicotine the rats gave themselves a whopping 400 doses a day.
     Acetaldehyde is also a metabolic breakdown product of alcohol.  Thus this compound may be the common addicting substance in both cigarettes and alcohol.  This may also explain the link between cigarette smoking and drinking, causing individuals who are attempting to give up cigarette smoking great difficulty while they are drinking.  It is also believed that acetaldehyde may magnify the addicting effects of nicotine. 
     This laboratory data created by Phillip Morris Research Centerís Behavioral Pharmacology Lab has been suppressed for more than a decade.
     If saving your health and perhaps your life is not sufficient reason to give up cigarette smoking, how about doing it simply because you object to commercial interests manipulating you with addictive drugs?  Or how about getting angry over unnecessary lab animal torture?
     Recent government investigations of the addictive properties of cigarettes have revealed additional interesting information.       As reported in a previous issue, manufacturers have actually manipulated nicotine content of cigarettes, but manufacturers claim it has been done only to enhance "taste profile."  If this is true, the question becomes why were the studies by the manufacturers demonstrating the addictive nature of nicotine and acetaldehyde suppressed for a decade?  One head of a large cigarette manufacturer remarked, when asked by committee chairman Henry Waxman whether he thought smoking caused cancer, "I do not believe that."  Testimony at government meetings by tobacco manufacturers also revealed that they felt cigarette smoking had only a "mild pharmacological intent" and was not addictive. 
     Cigarette companies are coming under heavy fire since the Food and Drug Administration is arguing that if cigarettes are addictive they should be regulated like any other drug.  Data from manufacturers has demonstrated that as many as 599 additives including a pesticide and ammonia are compounded into cigarettes and at least 13 of these substances are allegedly not approved as food additives by federal law.
          Lancet, April 23, 1994: 1031; Science News, May 7, 1994: 294
     Enough meat is produced in the livestock industry in the U.S. per year to feed every U.S. resident about 1/2 lb. of meat a day.  Meat is not only calorically dense and responsible for much of the obesity epidemic that is occuring in Western society, but its means of preparation indirectly induce disease.  In a past issue I talked about the dangers of heterocyclic amines created in cooked meats (Vol. 8, No. 4).  Some studies have now shown that children, for example, who eat a couple of hamburgs each week triple their risk of acute lymphocytic leukemia.  If a child eats two hot dogs a week the risk of brain tumors is three times normal.  Children who eat ham, bacon and sausage have an 80% greater risk of brain tumors, and a three times greater risk of leukemia. 
     It is interesting in these studies to note that for those children who took vitamin supplements the risks were dramatically decreased. 
     Even the offspring of men who ate hot dogs often had a risk of leukemia 11 times greater than normal.
     Cured meats are processed with nitrites and nitrates to prevent the growth of food borne pathogenic organisms.  However, when these compounds are consumed they can combine in the intestinal tract with amines and amides to form cancer-causing N-nitroso compounds.
     Meat eating in the animal kingdom does not cause the diseases associated with meat eating in developed societies.  What is the difference?  It is what we do to the meat.  Not only do we raise meats unnaturally, feeding them pesticide and herbicide monocultured foods, but then we treat the creatures with various hormones and antibiotics to facilitate rapid food conversion.       Meats are then processed in a variety of ways, creating new chemical substances in the process.  Quite differently, meats eaten by animals in the wild are quite simply natural and raw. 
     It is predictable, based upon the philosophic approach to nutrition which we continue to emphasize in the Health Letter, that such alteration of meats ó cooking, curing, smoking, preserving ó is going to create dire consequences.
     Getting back to heterocyclic amines (HCAs) discussed in Vol. 8, No. 4, it has been found that the more a meat is cooked, the more these compounds form.  Slow cooking results in juices and fats from the meat releasing free amino acids, sugars and creatinine, the essential components of HCAs.  Charring a steak on the grill can also create the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons which have been linked to colon cancer.  The slow cook method results in the release of more juices containing sugars and proteins which can form Maillard reaction products which are also toxic.
     It is for these reasons that in a previous issue I also spoke about the benefits of high temperature, short time cooking (Vol. 7, No. 6).  Meats that are rare and that have been cooked at higher temperatures for shorter periods of time, have far fewer of these toxic and carcinogenic compounds.  It might also be noted that chicken and beef produce up to 8 times more HCAs than fish. 
     Here are some tips for meat eating.
     1)  Consume less meat.   Who needs 1/2 lb. of meat a day?  (When you consider, as I mentioned in the beginning of the article, that that is how much meat is produced per capita in the U.S., and that many people in the U.S. do not consume that much meat a day or donít consume any, that means that some are consuming copious amounts).
     2)  Find meats from organic sources, raised humanely (Resource C) ó no antibiotics, no growth hormones, fed chemical-free foods = much safer meats.
     3)  Consume a multi-vitamin/mineral supplement.
     4)  Be sure your supplement contains selenium, a known anti-cancer mineral.
     5)  Eat sulphur-containing plants of the allium family such as garlic and onions, since these have anti-nitrosomine effects.
     6)      Eat fresh greens including common salad greens and nutrient-dense, high-chlorophyll content supplements such as spirulina and alfalfa, barley and wheat grass powder or juice and algae (Resource D).  These chlorophyll-rich foods have the ability to complex with HCAs, inhibiting their carcinogenic effects.
          C)             See the Organic Meat Sources section from Wysong Resource Directory, 1880 North Eastman, Midland, MI  48640, $15.00.
          D)                 Spirulina, alfalfa, barley wheat grass juice powder or juice, and blue-green micro-algae (If not available locally, contact the Wysong Institute for a supplier source).
Science News, April 23, 1994: 264
     Food is the most complex environment we are exposed to.  In terms of genetic complexity, when we eat a salad or steak it is like shredding 100 billion copies of the Encyclopedia Britannica.  It is estimated that there are over 1-1/2 million natural compounds within food plants.
     This complexity is not there simply for our eating pleasure.  Foods are living organisms with their own inherent metabolic and survival priorities.  Plants, being immobile, are not able to flee predators and thus must produce a variety of chemicals to ward off competitors and attackers.  Some of these compounds, although natural, are potent toxins not only for pests but for eaters like you and me.
     In previous issues of the Health Letter (Vol. 2, No. 4), we discussed the arguments by Dr. Ames and others which attempt to minimize the dangers of synthetic food additives by pointing to the dangers of natural food toxins.  Countering this, we pointed out that natural foods are part of our genetic background and that in most cases we have mechanisms in place to detoxify these natural toxins.  On the other hand, synthetic compounds are new introductions and are more toxic since mechanisms would much less likely be in place to neutralize them.
     We would balk at any argument that attempts to justify the inclusion of synthetic chemicals in the food supply even though it can be, of course, argued that there are toxins within nature as well.  The reason for this bias, if you will, is our understanding that most of todayís human health woes are a direct result of extracting ourselves from our natural biological setting.   Fabricating foods, perfuming them and embalming them with a variety of synthetic chemicals, only further distances us from our proper healthful genetic heritage and thus is highly likely to put us at risk.
     Nevertheless, there are dangers within natural foods.  But these can be avoided just like one can avoid a natural rattle snake or poisonous mushrooms.  Knowledge is the key.
     In this article, I would like to specifically address food-related carcinogens.  It is interesting that estimates range as high as 99% of all cancers as being avoidable.  In the accompanying chart, you can see a break down by percent related to cause.
     The number of cancers that can be avoided by dietary measures is estimated to be as high as 300,000 per year.
     We know that cancers are very much tied to environmental circumstances by studying population migrations.  For example, when the Japanese, who have high rates of stomach cancer but very low rates of other forms of cancer, moved to Hawaii, they developed low rates of stomach cancer and high rates of cancers common to the Hawaiians such as cancers of the esophagus, colon, rectum, prostate, breast and ovary.
     Factors which influence cancer rates include caloric intake, (excess calories increase cancer), anti-carcinogenic substances found particularly in fresh vegetables and fruits, and exposure to carcinogens that are natural to the foods as well as those that are introduced during processing.
     In previous issues of the Health Letter (Vol. 6, No. 5), we discussed the dangers of mycotoxins.  These are toxins produced by mold which can grow on grains which have not been properly dried or which grew during cold, wet seasons.  Mycotoxins are highly toxic and are by and large undetectable and unremovable from the food supply other than by porridge-type preparation of the grains.  Very important ó do not eat obviously moldy nuts or grains and be sure the grains and nuts you are purchasing have been properly stored and packaged and are as fresh as possible. 
     Nitrosamines and nitrosamides are highly carcinogenic.  Over 90% of the 300 different nitroso compounds tested positive for carcinogenicity.  These compounds are formed from consuming sodium nitrite which is added to food as a preservative.  Nitroso carcinogens even gas off from automobile interiors and are present in cosmetics and also in cigarette smoke.  Plants that have been grown on fields with nitrogen fertilizers can also be a potential source.
     Avoidance of foods which have had nitrite added to them (particularly guilty are bacon and processed lunch meats), and choosing organically grown food stuffs when possible would help decrease exposure to the nitroso carcinogens.  Additionally it has been shown that high dietary levels of the antioxidants vitamin C and vitamin E are particularly effective in neutralizing the effects of these ubiquitous toxins.  Chlorophyll, present in all green foods, has also been shown to be effective in inhibiting nitroso carcinogens.
     An often overlooked aspect of food toxicity is what happens between the farmerís field and the table.  Harvesting, storage, processing, and packaging, all take a toll not only on food value, but enable introduction of various toxins along the line.  Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and heterocyclic aromatic amines are examples of compounds that are basically the degradation forms of good nutritional starting materials such as amino acids.  Once these compounds are degraded, however, they can become potent carcinogens (Vol. 8, No. 4).
     It has been estimated that approximately 3,000 substances are used as direct food additives and another 12,000 compounds potentially enter foods directly during processing and packaging.  Only a few of these have been evaluated for their carcinogenicity.
     Thus, the closer to the natural unaltered food we can get, the safer our food supply becomes.  The more we trust in packaged products, the more risk we take.  Because of the complexity of our food supply and the large number of potential dangers lurking therein, eating a diet high in anti-carcinogens is the best approach.  It has been reported that over 500 different factors are now known to inhibit carcinogenic response in one way or another.  These factors are particularly prevalent in fresh fruits and vegetables and thus their emphasis in the diet is highly recommended.
     A couple of other pointers.  Be very careful about leftovers.  It is far better to throw the food away and start fresh than to attempt to save the few pennies that may be possible by keeping leftovers for extended periods of time.  Also, eat in variety.       Even the most healthful food is potentially toxic if consumed in excess or consumed on a day-to-day basis.  Vary your eating patterns preferably so you donít eat the same thing more than once every three to four days.   Select foods which are fresh, organically grown, preferably in your own garden.  Also, seek foods which are high in the antioxidant nutrients ó and again, this boils down to fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, sprouts, and whole grains.  Concentrated foods, including barley grass powder, wheat grass powder, spirulina, yeast, blue green algae, and pollen are rich natural sources of micro nutrients and antioxidant protection (Resource E).  Juicing fresh fruits and vegetables is also a way to obtain concentrated levels of these nutrients.  Supplementation with food source A, C, and E provides additional protection (Resource F).
          Food Technology, February, 1993: 105
          E)             Barley grass powder, wheat grass powder, spirulina, yeast, blue-green micro-algae, and pollen (If not available locally, contact the Wysong Institute for a supplier source).
          F)             Wysong Food AēCēEô - A food-derived vitamin A, C & E supplement (If not available locally, contact the Wysong Institute for a supplier source).
     It is now generally recognized that breast cancer is sensitive to estrogen.   As I discussed in a previous issue (Vol. 6, No. 12) modern high-fat, high-meat diets along with an interruption of the more natural reproduction and nursing patterns of women, result in increased menstrual cycling and thus increased exposure of breast tissue to internally manufactured estrogens.   Additionally, our increasingly estrogenic environment (Vol. 8, No. 3) subjects women to increasing loads of environmental estrogens.  Most women also receive estrogen replacement therapy at menopause.  Also, an increasingly compromised immune system as a result of urban life insulating women from the natural environment such that they receive less fresh air, less sunshine, do less exercise, eat increasingly processed, nutrient-impoverished diets and are increasingly exposed to a variety of industrial toxins, all contributes to create fertile ground for the development of breast cancer.
     To decrease chances of developing breast cancer, and to increase the chance of remission should you develop it, simply reverse the things listed above.  Get daily fresh air and sunshine, exercise regularly, increase your consumption of fresh, raw, natural foods, preferably organically grown, and constantly seek to find ways to reattach to your natural environmental roots. 
     Vegetables from the broccoli and cauliflower family contain a compound called indole-3-carbinol, which seems to be directly antagonistic to estrogen hormones.  The phytoestrogens found in many plant materials, including soy products, are also believed to compete for receptor sites with estrogen, but yet in themselves have no stimulatory effect on breast cancer development.  Thus a diet high in the cruciferous vegetables and soy bean products may be of benefit. 
     As discussed in a previous issue (Vol. 7, No. 11), increasing the duration of breast feeding has a direct impact on decreasing your chance later on of developing breast cancer. 
     Taking a broad spectrum vitamin/mineral supplement is also a wise course of action for everyone on the modern compromised diet.
     Be very leery of any hormone replacement therapy or birth control hormones.  These are all experimental regardless of the claims of profiteering manufacturers.  If replacement hormones are taken, the safest forms are believed to be estriol and natural progesterones.   The most common form of estrogen for menopausal women is Premarin, which is converted in the body to estrone which is believed to be the most likely form of estrogen to activate breast cancer. 
     For the name of a physician who can guide you in estrogen replacement therapy and the names of pharmacies who can compound estrogen replacement therapy utilizing estriol see resource G.
     For the use of natural progesterone for abnormal menstrual cycling, PMS, and menopausal problems see resource H.
          Health and Healing, January, 1994, supplement: 1
          G)             Jonathon V. Wright, M.D., Kent, Washington.
          H)             College Pharmacy, Colorado Springs, CO, 1-800-888-9358; Womenís International Pharmacy, Madison, WI, 1-800-279-5708;   ApotheCure, Dallas, TX, 1-800-969-6601
     The benefits of fresh, raw dairy products over their pasteurized, homogenized counterparts are remarkable.  Evidence for this is outlined excellently in the book The Milk of Human Kindness Is Not Pasteurized, which is available from the Wysong Library catalog of books.  However, raw milk products are only legally sold in a few spots in the country.
     In nutritional choices, when perfection is not possible, compromise the least you have to.  Some raw milk cheeses are available.  Check your local health food store.  There are also some yogurts that are made with non-homogenized dairy products, resulting in a creamy skim that rises to the top.  These products are pasteurized, but are a better choice than purchasing the homogenized varieties.
     Homogenization, as described in The Milk of Human Kindness Is Not Pasteurized, releases the enzyme xanthine oxidase which is believed to be toxic to the lining of blood vessels and may predispose to various cardiac and vascular diseases. 
     A good compromise to raw milk is to add whipping cream to skim milk to achieve the richness you desire.  To achieve a whole milk taste, try 4 parts skim milk to 1 part whipping cream.  Whipping cream is normally not homogenized and thus would not have the xanthine oxidase problem.  Skim milk, having had most of the fat removed from it, would also have had most of the xanthine oxidase removed from it as well.  This combination can create a drink which puts you more in control of your dairy products.  It also provides an excellent base to create a creamy, rich, home-made yogurt.  To obtain the ingredients and equipment to make your own home-made yogurt see resource I.
          I)             Yogurt starter, cultures, equipment and directions (If not available locally, contact the Wysong Institute for a supplier source).
     Because of the low interest rates that are paid on CDs many people are moving money into mutual funds.  This is occurring at the staggering rate of over 1/2 billion dollars per day.  The value of stocks can inflate simply because people are investing in them.  Many analysts now believe that any present prosperity in the stock market is misleading and artificial, since it is created not by the companyís worth but rather by the flood of dollars from people who cannot live with the low interest rates in money markets.  Investment analyst James Stack warns that stock always cycles through bull (up) and bear (down) markets.  He warns that we are particularly vulnerable to a dramatic crash not only because of the artificial value that has been created in stocks, but because much of the daily volume is from institutions and if these institutions panic for any reason and sell their shares, the mutual funds will lose big and lose fast.  Additionally there is no longer a tax advantage to hold onto stocks if they start tumbling.  The popularity of no-load mutual funds, which means there is no cost to get into or out of them, makes it easy for nervous traders to exit quickly at the first sign of trouble.  As noted above, if the big institutions who own large percentages of these funds panic, the fund could plummet before the average investor has an opportunity to even begin to recover his or her investment.  Because it is also possible to move funds into and out of mutual funds with a simple phone call, as opposed to laborious paper work as has been necessary in the past, this convenience also is a danger since it can create instant instability simply through toll free telephone calls.
     If you are a mutual fund investor, be wary even though you may be earning a high percentage in your mutual funds.  See resource J for counsel from experts who will help sober you up and perhaps prevent you from losing your lifeís savings as well as your future security and health should a stock disaster strike.  Most of these produce a risk-free newsletter.
          J)             Invest Tech Market Analysts 1-800-955-8500;  Early Warning Report 1-800-509-5400;  The International Harry Schultz Letter, P.O. Box 622, CH-1001, Lawsanne, Switzerland.