- 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:
36 chemical preservatives
skins and hulls
cow, and pig feces and litter
host of antibiotic and chemotherapeutic pharmaceuticals
variety of synthetic flavorings, adjuvants, sequestrates, stabilizers and anti-caking
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
- 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
- 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 anothers 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
- 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
- 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 cant
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.
- Heres 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 (OPCs). OPCs 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 OPCs 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 OPCs is likely the reason the French are as resistant as they are.
OPCs 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).
- OPCs 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 OPCs both from pine bark and grape seeds, along with a host of other
complimentary antioxidant nutrients including vitamins A, C and E.
- Netherlands 5.9
- England & Wales
- New Zealand 8.8
- Scotland 9.0
- United States
Modified from Townsend Letter, February 1989:85
Lancet, May 12, 1979
Agricultural Biological Chemistry,
- 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
- 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 thats 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.
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. Im not sure whether its 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.
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,
Hyperventilation Syndrome: Research and Clinical Treatment, MD Baltimore, Johns
Hopkins University Press, 1987
- WYSONG WORKS -(Excerpts from Wysong
- 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
- "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, dont know what I would do without
- - Haubstadt, Indiana
- EXERCISE FOR ARTHRITIS
- Its 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
- 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 pups 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 heres 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.)
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