WYSONG HEALTH LETTER
Dr. R. L. Wysong
June 1998
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DEAR FRIEND:
 
    Trying to convince pet owners that they should put thought and effort into their companion animals’ diets, and Rake food selections other than super bow-wow cutlets in a bag, is a hard sell.  Just about everyone has been hoodwinked into believing that commercial pet foods are “100% complete and balanced.”  Loving the convenience of it all, people find it difficult to reorient their think­ing.
    Knowing that packaged products are here to stay, I have struggled through the years to create products that are as natural as possible, yet viable in a convenient packaged form.  This is a great difficulty since in order to put products in packages they must be processed in one way or another - and processing by definition vitiates nutritional value.  Nevertheless, I continue to work on this and have developed a variety of innovations includ­ing incorporating active enzymes and probiotic cultures, which have not been processed, into the products and using ingredients that are as whole and fresh as possible.
    For dry Wysong Diets, I have looked for ingredients that could be enrobed fresh and raw on the outside of the finished nugget, which would be particularly nutrition-ally dense.  There are some foods found in nature which are very high in vitamin, mineral and enzyme content. These include such things as bee pollen, various forms of algae, young grasses, sprouts and concentrated fractions of foods such as enzymatic digests of meats and organs, seed germs, cold-pressed essential fatty acid rich oils and various biologically active phytonutrients.
    But when we attempt to incorporate these novel ingre­dients into our pet foods, regulatory agencies in various states will take objection because these are not ingredi­ents that are listed as “approved” in the official publi­cation of the pet food industry, produced by the American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO).  One state, for example, even stopped the sale of products which contained bee pollen and composted sea vegetation, even though these ingredients have been used for feeding animals and humans for hundreds, even thousands of years. The reason?  They were not “approved.”
    This was bothersome enough, but when we began to more critically examine what was and was not approved by AAFCO, we realized how outrageous pet food regulation is in its present form.
    Following are some examples of “approved” official pet food ingredients.  These are ingredients we could put in our foods with no complaint by the very regulatory agen­cies which would like to ban our products if we were to use highly nutritious, safe, natural foods which have been consumed by humans and ani­mals for millennia:
    ·                      dehydrated garbage
    ·                      polyethylene roughage
    ·                      hydrolyzed poultry feathers
    ·                      hydrolyzed hair
    ·                      hydrolyzed leather meal
    ·                      some 36 chemical preservatives
    ·                      peanut skins and hulls
    ·                      corn cob fractions
    ·                      ground corn cob
    ·                      ground clam shells
    ·                      poultry, cow, and pig feces and litter
    ·                      hundreds of chemicals
    ·                   a host of antibiotic and chemotherapeutic pharmaceuticals
    ·                   a variety of synthetic flavorings, adjuvants, sequestrates, stabilizers and anti-caking agents
    ·                      In other words, dehydrated garbage and polyethylene roughage are okay, but it would be illegal to use nutrient-rich bee pollen.
 
    This idiocy clearly demonstrates the danger of the modern reductionistic approach to nutrition.  If nutritionists can demonstrate a certain level of calories or protein or carbohydrate in a product, and it can be fed to animals for a short period of time with no apparent ill effects, then producers of these ingredients can lobby to have them officially “approved” by regulatory government agencies.  This is all considered modern high-tech nutrition made comfortably official and legitimate by regulatory agencies who have gone to the same school.  Forget what is a natural food.  Forget what is optimal nutrition.   Forget what the long-term consequences may be.
    For consumers this is a real mind trap.  Nutritionists have the college degrees, credentials and “proper schooling.”  Regulatory agencies are ostensibly in place to protect public interests and have the power to brand foods as legal or illegal with consequent implications about their inherent nutritional value or safety.  In other words, since regulatory agencies can brand bee pollen as illegal, it leads the public to believe that there is something wrong with it, that it is a valueless food ingredi­ent, or that it is not safe.  None of these is even remotely true.
    This is yet another good example of why we must all take the personal responsibility to become properly informed to make judgements about how to best take care of ourselves, our families and our companion animals, and not rely on those who hold so-called offi­cial positions.  The “approved” ingredients issue is also the main reason Wysong is the first pet food manufacturer to strongly recommend that pet owners themselves make foods, or add to packaged foods, using natural, nutrient-rich ingredients - “approved” or not.
 
BIOTECHNOLOGY - WHERE ARE WE HEADED?
    The technology is already here to map and manipulate genetics. Paral­leling advances in biology is computer and information technology. The two are now merging to greatly acceler­ate the ability to engineer life at a fundamental level.
    Scientists and commercial inter­ests see the genome as a raw mate­rial for a gigantic new industry. This outlook is already having an impact in agriculture, energy, building materials, pharmaceuticals, and food. There is great hope that biotechnology will be the answer as the world struggles to feed a swelling population and renew exhausted resources.
    This is perhaps man 5 most ag­gressive attempt to tame the world and mold it to his purposes. The Indus­trial Age, beginning about 200 years ago, helped us shape the physical world and create synthetic environ­ments, but the new Biotechnology Age will attempt to shape life itself to our purposes.
    The questions this poses are be­wildering. They shake the very foun­dations of what we believe and throw into question fundamental, ethical and moral belief systems.
    For example, if we create a cloned and transgenic biological world, will nature as we know it end, to be re­placed with a bioindustrial world? What happens when we release all kinds of new genetically engineered organisms into our biosphere? What will be the impact on intricate ecologi­cal balances? Will the extinction of natural life forms and the substitution of genetically engineered life forms reduce the world to a simplified list of patented intellectual property con­trolled by a handful of biotech corpo­rations? Will babies soon be customized in an ever-increasing race to cre­ate superhumans? Will we begin to discriminate against one another based on genetic make-up?
    The biotech revolution, which is the new “age” we are embarking on, is the natural consequence of reduc­tionistic Newtonian and Baconian sci­entific thought beginning in the 17th century. It argues that the world is merely composed of a series of parts and pieces that can be understood and manipulated at will. The marauding of our environment during the Indus­trial Revolution for the last 200 years has been an outworking of this philo­sophic view and the new biotech era which will attempt to mold all life into forms compliant with human will is another manifestation of this view.
    The opposite view, one which I and many others argue is the more rea­sonable and salutary, suggests that the world is an integrated whole, a gestalt, and cannot be understood nor improved by a mere understanding of its parts and their manipulation.     This is a battle between isolation and integration, de­tachment and engagement, and force versus stewardship and nurturing.
    This biotech revolution is being held out as a savior for mankind just like the Industrial Age was, and it does sound wonderful. There is the prom­ise of the end of genetic disease. Par­ents would be able to have one another’s genes mapped to see that there are no potential genetic prob­lems with offspring. There is even the technology to avert genetic disease when it is present. There is the hope of finding the “cancer gene” and thus eliminating this scourge. There are even supposed environmental solutions such as creating plants with natural genetic resistance to pests, thus elimi­nating the need for pesticides.
    There are also huge market op­portunities and that is what is really driving this technological revolution. it is not that there are not existing solu­tions for all of these problems outside of this new technology. Organic agri­culture, for example, is a far better solution than genetically engineered crops, since it maintains biodiversity, preserves and builds nutritious soil, and sustains small private businesses. Preventive lifestyle and nutritional practices can eliminate most of the modern chronic degenerative scourges.     In the process a person builds intellect, creativity and self-con­trol. Biotechnology offers us only the opportunity to pay someone to do something to us, whereas the more wholistic preventive approach helps us to become an independent whole per­son. On the one hand we become a profit center for a bioindustrial complex, and on the other we become a free and independent human.
    It is common for us to think that scientific advance and subsequent commercial application are inevitable. We think it is the human mission to do it if it can be done. But, with every new technology there are social im­plications. Discovery is not neutral and value-free.
    Science now primarily advances because of economic opportunity. The commercial advantage is the driv­ing force. The reductionistic and domionistic view of the world suggests that anything that can offer us an ad­vantage over nature and each other is fair game. When individuals or com­panies see so much opportunity to gain for themselves, they justify waiving any responsibility for the conse­quences of their “contribution.”
    With each new technological ad­vance and increased means to manipu­late our world, something in the intri­cate web that we call environment, and even in life itself is diminished. The more powerful the technology, the more chance for significant alteration and di­minishment of the interconnectedness of life. The Industrial Age was just such a powerful technology, and so too will be the Bioindustrial Age.
    I worry about the rapidity with which this technology can advance without appropriate breathers to de­termine what are the long-term con­sequences. Until we can fully assess these, it would cer­tainly be imprudent to forge mindlessly ahead simply be­cause there is a profit opportunity.
    Scientists have now long held the view that because we  can  gain knowledge  of pieces, we can master the whole. I would suggest, however, that our knowledge is a drop and our ignorance a sea. Living systems and the Earth itself are not only more complex than we imagine, but more complex than we can imag­ine. Merely being able to catalog an increasing amount of data in super computers does not s6lve this funda­mental problem of ignorance of inte­grative effects.
    I long for a rational, peaceful, free, natural world that my children can inherit. The destruction of our en­vironment and its replacement with patented genetic life forms and a syn­thetic biosphere does not paint a pretty future.
    If we do not learn from the past, we are doomed to suffer the conse­quences. All artificial manipulations of our environment have ultimately re­sulted in a detriment. We need whole­some clean food and water, exercise, creative challenge, sunlight, and fresh clean air. What technology has brought us closer to, rather than fur­ther away from, these ultimate objec­tives? I can’t think of any.
    The lesson to be learned, there­fore, is that technology must be con­sidered dangerous until it is proven beyond doubt that it is otherwise. The modus operandi must be: first do no harm.
    Until scientists and commercial in­terests can prove the safety of new technology and its ability to bring us closer to our ultimate objective of peace and health, we must just say no.
 
PYCNOGENOLS AND THE FRENCH PARADOX
    In France they do everything “wrong” according to conventional nutritional wisdom. Meals consist of every form of fatty meat swimming in rich sauces and gravies of butter, creams and fats. Desserts, breads and pastries of refined carbohydrates leave not a single taste bud out of this indulgent frenzy.
    Neither is smoking a taboo in France. In the same restaurants where gourmet artery-clogging feasts are prepared you can cut through the cigarette smoke with a knife.
    Here’s the paradox. The French have less cardiovascular disease than most other people in the entire indus­trialized West. In     France the mortal­ity rate due to cardiovascular disease for men is approximately 2 per 1000, whereas in the United States it is over 9 per 1000 men.
    Although there have been many theories to explain this paradox, the most convincing is that wine consump­tion holds a health secret. Grapes are grown everywhere in France and also in Italy which also has a very low cardiovas­cular mortality and a high rate of wine consumption. There are about 2 million wine grow­ers in France and 4 million acres under grape cultivation.
    It has been determined that the benefit is not from the alcohol in the wine. The benefit is also not to be found in white wine. It is unique to red wine that is prepared from mixtures of the entire red grape including skin and seeds. These com­ponents of the red grape contain pycnogenols, also known as oligo­meric proanthocyanidins (OPC’s). OPC’s belong to a specialized chemi­cal class known as flavonols, and they are particularly abundant in grape seeds, peanut skins, and certain pine bark.
    The chemical structure of OPC1s has characteristics similar to those found in vitamin E, which is also a pow­erful antioxidant.     These phenolic ring structures you can see In the chemi­cal formula have the ability to quench erratic electrons and free radicals. Some research, however, has shown that the antioxidant ca­pacity of OPC’s is some 50 times greater than that of vitamin E.
    Since cardiovascular disease is fundamentally a free radical and oxida­tion-based disease, the consumption of red wine with its OPC’s is likely the reason the French are as resistant as they are.   OPC’s have a broad range of effectiveness similar to other antioxi­dant nutrients such as vi­tamin C, vitamin E, and the carotenoids (provita­min A).
    For example, OPC1s have been foun4to be ef­fective in overcoming capillary fragility such as occurs in diabetic retinopathy; helping to establish collateral circulation in coronary vessels that have been oc­cluded with atherosclerosis; aiding patients with varicose veins and im­paired venous flow; decreasing the sense of heavy legs, itching, night time cramps and edema; improving both inhalant and food-borne allergy symp­toms; decreasing premenstrual syndrome; speeding healing in sports injuries and postsurgical edema, blood clotting and vascular damage; and helping to ameliorate attention deficit disorder (ADD).
    OPC’s are powerful nutritional therapy. Red wine made with whole grapes can supply these compounds and they are also available as an in­gredient for nutritional supplementa­tion. Wysong Spectrox™ contains OPC’s both from pine bark and grape seeds, along with a host of other com­plimentary antioxidant nutrients in­cluding vitamins A, C and E.
 
 
Country                              Mortality per                 Relative
                                          1000 Men               Wine Consumption
France                                 2.0                                 2.00
Italy                                     3.0                                 1.90
Switzerland                          3.0                                 1.50
Austria                                4.5                                 1.40
Germany                             4.5                                 1.20
Belgium                               5.0                                 0.90
Sweden                               5.0                                 0.80
Denmark                              5.6                                 0.70
Netherlands                          5.9                                 0.65
Norway                                6.3                                 0.45
Ireland                                 6.6                                 0.55
England & Wales                  7.0                                 0.50
Canada                                7.8                                 0.65
New Zealand                         8.8                                 0.70
Australia                               9.0                                 0.85
Scotland                               9.0                                 0.50
United States                        9.2                                 0.70
Finland                                10.3
    Reference:
        Modified from Townsend Letter, February 1989:85
        The Lancet, May 12, 1979
        Agricultural Biological Chemistry, 1990;54;10:2499-2504
 
EAT IN VARIETY
    One of the tenets of the Wysong Optimal Health Program is to vary the diet. Variety does two things. One is to broaden the spectrum of nutrients we consume. The other is to decrease the potential for developing toxicity or sensitivities to foods consumed habitu­ally.
    Variety is easy if you are purchas­ing from the fresh food sections in the grocery store. Obviously a banana is not a steak. On the other hand, when you buy packaged products it is much more difficult to achieve variety if you only look at the name of the product. A “whole wheat” bread may really not be any different than a “whole grain” breakfast cereal. Your sweet bowl of morning corn pops is the same food as your evening bowl of salty, spicy nacho chips.
    Most processed foods consist of only about a half a dozen ingredients that have been altered in one way or another. Wheat, corn and soybeans predominate, although they can be made into an incredible array of ap­parently different products. Food tech­nology is now such that fractions ex­tracted from the same few grain prod­ucts can be formed into almost any shape, texture and taste. Wheat flour can be made to taste like a sirloin steak or an orange peel.
    Pets are particularly susceptible to malnutrition and toxicity/sensitivities because the entire public has been bamboozled into believing that what processors have put into bags is “100% complete” and that’s all they need to feed. This is why companion animals should be alternated between different processed foods, and whole, fresh, natural foods should be a major component of their diet.
    In primitive societies, such as some studied in Africa, people will spend as much as 50 hours a week hunting and gathering foods. Primates have been seen to gather and sample well over 100 different foods from the forest. Our desire for new tastes, treats, gourmet foods, and ethnic foods are all an expression of the innate de­sire for food variety.
    Listen to that inner voice because food variety is critical, but be sure that what you are getting is true variety and not merely commercial trickery.
    Reference:
        Food and Evolution: Toward a Theory of Human Food Habits, by Marvin Harris. Temple University Press, 1987
 
HEALING BY UNDERBREATHING
    In previous issues I have talked about the value of diaphragmatic breathing to relieve asthma and stress. This article will reveal even more wide spread benefits from this belly-type breathing.
    From our early years we are told to “breathe deeply.” Mothers teach it, phys-ed teachers teach it, sports trainers teach it and doctors teach it. But as I repeatedly caution, when ev­eryone starts teaching and believing something, that in itself becomes good enough reason to become skeptical. The truth usually lies on the opposite side of popularity.
    As we deep breathe with our chest, and often with our mouths open, we decrease the amount of carbon dioxide in the blood stream. This re­sults in the Bohr effect. Low blood carbon dioxide tells the body that there must be plenty of oxygen. The hemo­globin, which is responsible for carry­ing oxygen, then tightens its grip on oxygen molecules, making oxygen less available to body tissues. The result­ing tight hemoglobin-oxygen bond re­sults in hypoxia, which is oxygen star­vation of tissues.
    Through a complex set of physi­ological and metabolic processes in­cluding those which govern acid-base balance, a metabolic acidosis results. In addition, the low carbon dioxide lev­els and oxygen deprivation results in spasming of not only blood vessels, but of the respiratory tree such as the bronchi, bronchioles and alveoli.
    In Russia overbreathing is seen by researchers as a fundamental cause of many diseases. By training indi­viduals to underbreathe using the dia­phragm instead of the chest, many dis­eases have been ameliorated. This is an exhaustive list because we are talk­ing about a fundamental metabolic and physiological change. Acid/base bal­ance and relative levels of carbon di­oxide and oxygen in the body are about as fundamental to life as one can get.
    Conditions relieved include: aller­gies, asthma, rhinitis, bronchitis, non­specific pulmonary diseases, blocked sinuses, thrombophiebitis, angina, scle­rosis of vessels, palpitations, tachycar­dia, ischemic cardiac disease, heart at­tacks, strokes, hypertension, hypoten­sion, pneumonia, hemorrhoids, vari­cose veins, tuberculosis, eczema, ul­cers, endarteritis, muscle spasms, fainting spells, convulsions, anemia, chronic bacterial, fungal and parasitic infections, skin diseases, irritability, sleeplessness, sleep apnea, anxiety, and allergic reactions.
    The method is particularly useful in asthmatics. In one study 20 asthma patients were trained in the underbreathing technique against 19 matched controls who were using conventional therapies and pharmaceuticals. At three months, the underbreathing group showed an 80% reduction in the use of bronchodialators and corticos­teroids.
    Underbreathing is accomplished by breathing with your stomach (dia­phragm) rather than the chest. It is the exact reverse of what we normally do. When you breathe in your stom­ach should go out, and when you breathe out your stomach should go in.     This is opposite of what we nor­mally do, which is breathe in by suck­ing the stomach in and chest out and breathe out by doing the opposite. If you watch a newborn baby breathe you will find that this is their type of breathing. The stomach rises and falls, but the chest remains almost motion-less. Other than under heavy exer­cise, the suggestion is that chest breathing is unnecessary and is in fact counterproductive to health because it causes overbreathing.
    If you attempt to do this for a period of time you will initially feel as though you are not getting enough air. It takes training and those who imple­ment this therapy suggest two ½ hour sessions per day of focused abdomi­nal breathing. It is a matter of actu­ally retraining the brain in something as fundamental as breathing and it will not occur overnight.
    This is also considered a yoga ex­ercise. The promotion of this breath­ing method is quite widespread and be­ing advocated by certain martial arts, eastern meditation, competitive sports, relaxation methods, and by alternative medical practitioners, particularly in Russia and Australia.
    Why not give it a try? I like these kinds of promising methods to crease or restore health. They cost nothing and there is no risk. It also makes good sense. One thing I have found in practicing it is that it helps me go to sleep.  I’m not sure whether it’s a metabolic effect of diaphragmatic breathing or the mental focus required in order to do it that puts me into LaLa Land. Refer to the resources and references cited here for more spe­cific information and for a training video on master­ing the technique.
    Reference:
        Buteyko Breathing Method, The Most Effective Drug-Free Approach to Management of Asthma, Emphysema and Bronchitis, Lane Smith, Intercept USA
        Respiratory Physiology, by Allan Mines, 1993, Raven Press
        The Hyperventilation Syndrome: Research and Clinical Treatment, MD Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1987
 
WYSONG WORKS -(Excerpts from Wysong customer letters.)
    “ Since I started Wysong supplements I have noticed more energy and I sleep less. I thought it was a coincidence, but when I ran out I definitely was more tired. When I started again it reversed. I was a skeptic about supple­ments until this.    
     - taken from the Internet
    "I am a trainer and am partnered with an assistance dog (I am in a wheelchair and have MS.). About a year ago my assistance dog, Cooper came down with some serious medical problems. His liver had ceased to process anything. We put him on Wysong Anergen and he has done wonder­fully. While it is expensive to feed, I know that Wysong is the best dog food on the market, and I encourage my disabled clients with assistance dogs to feed it whenever they possibly can. Again, thanks for helping to keep Cooper healthy, don’t know what I would do without him!”
    - Haubstadt, Indiana 
 
EXERCISE FOR ARTHRITIS
    It’s natural for us to always seek the easy way out of any difficulty. So when disease, such as arthritis, strikes we look for a pill to make everything all better.
    But this is always a dangerous option if done singularly. Disease is never caused by the lack of a pill, even if that pill contains natural nutritional substances. Although I have devel­oped a variety of products which defi­nitely will assist in arthritic conditions (Contifin™, Glucosamine Complex™, Arthegic™ and Spectrox™), it is very important that people or animals tak­ing these products also make the modi­fications in lifestyle suggested in the Optimal Health Programs.
    For example, in a study of 439 people with osteoarthritis of the knee given an aerobic and resistance exer­cise program, it was revealed that the ability to walk, lift, and climb stairs more easily than in controls was mark­edly improved. Disability-6-minute-walk-distance scores and pain im­proved significantly in those engaging in the exercise.
    Exercise enhances circulation, moves necessary nutrients to target tissues and helps remove toxic meta­bolic end products. It also sends a message to the body that it needs to improve. The body improves by laying down new tissue, secreting lubricating fluid and increasing the resiliency of joints.
    In pets with arthritis it is also important that they exercise. Pain they may feel will cause them to only move when it is absolutely necessary. This inactivity can only aggravate the condition. Therefore, moderate forced activity, such as walking with a leash, is extremely important.
    On the other hand, excessive exercise could worsen the condition so judgement will be necessary.  (If you want to cause osteoarthritis in an animal, force exercise on it when it is very young. On a recent trip I saw a young puppy no more than 10-12 weeks old being led behind a bicycle down the sidewalk. The pup’s tongue was practically dragging on the ground and the bicyclist seemed unaware of the stress on this youngster. He probably thought he was doing something good, but here’s a case of when too much of the right thing at the wrong age is a bad idea. Young pups play and romp of course, but do so for only short periods of time and get lots of rest in between. To force young puppies on long treks over concrete is more than their young bodies are designed for.)
    Reference:
        Journal of the American Medical Association, January 1, 1997:25