WYSONG HEALTH LETTER
Dr. R. L. Wysong
March 1995
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DEAR FRIEND:
 
   Sometimes it is so easy to get caught up in health improvement "busyness" that we can forget the incredible benefits we are deriving.  Good health from self-care means independence.  With that comes personal responsibility and effort. 
    But when we spend the extra dollars on fresh, whole, natural organic foods, or feel the fatigue of intense exercise or deny ourselves the convenient goodies on every corner, while increasing the amount of time in the kitchen preparing our own foods, doubt can creep in.   You see others not doing what you are, and many of them seem apparently okay.  Or, perhaps you are not seeing the improvement you expected as quickly as you thought.
    This can sap our will and cause us to easily slip back into unhealthful patterns.
    The real difficulty here is, you can’t know what you're preventing if you don’t have the disease.  Prevention is something that requires intelligent foresight, not reaction.  Prevention means living our life with our mind.  Enlightenment should dictate actions.      We are not living a pleasure-first life, waiting for crisis to strike and then trying to buy ourselves out of the problem by employing self-serving professionals.
    To help get you back on track and to serve as a reminder of some of the benefits you will derive from many ideas you will find in the Health Letter and elsewhere on how to restore natural balances and improve your health, consider these thoughts:
    •             You can double your life span.
    •             Cancer and heart disease can be eliminated as a risk.
    •             You don’t have to look forward to having your chest sawed open for bypass surgery.    
    •             Impotence can be eliminated and libido remain at a level akin to young adulthood.
    •             Ulcers and other gastrointestinal problems can be eliminated.
    •             You can appear 1 to 2 decades younger than you are - without surgery.
    •             Healthy weight can be maintained while you eat to satisfaction.
    •             Dying will be compressed to a short period of time at the end of natural life and not spread over half of a shortened life.
    •             Mood and outlook on life will be improved without resorting to psychopharmaceuticals.
    •             Perfect eyesight can be retained and the risk of cataracts virtually eliminated.
    •             Debilitating joint pain can disappear permitting an active, fun life.
    •             You don’t have to be one of the 2-1/2 million people who have unnecessary and risky surgeries every year.
    •             You don’t have to be subject to dangerous angiograms, or one of the 300,000 or so victims of balloon angioplasty (which have never been proven to be effective).
    •             You won’t be endangered by medical testing such as mammograms and ultrasounds which are not only often incorrect, but also carry their own inherent risks.
    •             You won’t be taking drugs to cure the problems other drugs you are taking create to cure problems additional drugs you are taking create.
    •             You won’t be simply a growth market for pharmaceutical companies and medical professionals who dispense drugs such as for arthritis, which are by and large totally ineffective or other drugs which can create more disease than they help and cause up to 60% of impotence.
    •             You won’t be simply a spectator of life, but can restore the youth and vigor that permits you to be a participant.
    •             You will be empowered and confident with knowledge that permits you to control your own destiny and not be simply a pawn of commercial medical interests.
    These are just a few of the things that come to mind.  There are many, many more benefits.  If the benefits don't move you, and fear does, look around.  Look at our decaying aging population who have health problems as their #1 preoccupation and topic of conversation.  This is the result of not taking personal responsibility for health.
    Good health is knowledge, foresight and conviction to act, even in the absence of immediate results.  Stick with what you know to be right and be confident in the health and vitality that will ultimately come to you.
 
ELIMINATING MENTAL ILLNESS
    Our mental processes have a seat in physical, biological processes.  The brain is composed of tissues, cells, organelles, circulating fluids, and blood and lymphatic vasculature.  Thoughts spring from electrical activity coursing along neural networks which in turn are created by biochemical processes resulting in the flow of various chemicals into and out of cell membranes.  This activity is in turn controlled and moderated by neurochemicals and hormones just as digestive function, heart rate, kidney excretion and sexual activity are so controlled.
    Though we divide the body into parts and pieces in order to attempt to understand it, it remains an integrated system, a one, a wholeness that thus far defies adequate understanding and explanation.  We do, however, know that we can affect the body’s activity and its health by physically altering the processes that occur within.  Mental function is no different since it proceeds from the same physical processes.  What we eat, how much we sleep, pollution we are exposed to, sunlight, the water we drink, the exercise we have, and the nature of our social interactions all affect our mind and its ability to function healthily, just as these activities can affect all other biological processes.
    Though there is a direct link between social stress and mental health, particularly when we put ourselves in a position in life where we lose control and become victims, mental health is equally linked to physical health.  When this is understood, the singular Freudian psychoanalytical approach of attempting to cure people by talking to them as they lie on a couch becomes absurd.  How can talking to someone about what happened to them 40 years ago possibly cure mental imbalance that has its day-to-day root cause in a diet of colas, coffee, hydrogenated processed foods, cups of sugar a day, and a sedentary life insulated from sunshine, fresh air and clean water?
    The talking about it approach also denies the strong unavoidable influence of genetics.   Our eye color, height, facial features... every physical feature including the make-up of our brain, from which mind emerges, is genetically programmed.  We must learn who we are and what our strengths and weaknesses are.  We should ever seek to be the best we can within these limits.  Mental health will never be achieved by blaming our innate or fabricated limitations on extraneous events of the past.
    Just as pharmaceuticals can affect our moods and thinking through changing the chemical  context within the brain, so too can what we eat, drink and breathe do so.  How we care for ourselves physically, the degree to which we subject ourselves to the new synthetic, toxic, imbalanced world as opposed to reconnecting with our natural context, can mean the difference between motivation and inactivity, depression and joy, anxiety and stability, fear and confidence, anger and peace.
    To grow some mind muscle, apply the same body wisdom necessary for arm, leg and heart muscle.  
    Get plenty of sleep.   If you are tired, find an opportunity to take a nap.  The ability of napping to rejuvenate the mind and lift the spirits is remarkable.   Increase the number of hours you sleep at night.  Don’t follow some set rule for how many hours you should sleep.  Do what your body is asking for.  (See Vol. 8, No. 1)
    As long as we are awake with our eyes open, observing and evaluating the world around us, nervous energy is being consumed.  Close your eyes as often as possible to relax your mind and give it an opportunity to rejuvenate.  Some suggest it is impossible to be mentally ill when your eyes are closed.
    If you are having mental difficulties, give yourself time to heal.  When you employ the advice given here, don’t expect immediate results.   Be patient and notice the improvement over the course of a day, days and weeks.
    Emotional trauma may wound us.  But wounds can heal if not constantly rubbed.  They will also form a scar.  But a scar has more strength than the original tissue.  A father who beat you, a mother who ignored you, a divorce, a death, a war, poverty... all are terrible life experiences.  But they are only that, experiences, and should not become our present reality.  We try to learn and grow from them, using the resulting life wisdom to shape happiness and peace for ourselves and others.
    There is all kinds of advice on how to control anger, frustration, and personal conflict.  It is true that if another person does not physically touch you or directly physically do something, such as steal your money, they cannot really impact upon you.  You control yourself, your own state of being and destiny.  We should learn self control and not find ourselves constantly reacting to others and how we perceive they view us.  We should be forgiving and loving and not be held in bondage.  Hate and revenge are mental chains.
    Mental difficulty related to others often springs from an egocentric view.  We all want to believe that others are thinking about us and hold us to be very important to them.  What we forget is this universal human truth: everyone thinks primarily about themselves.  Everyone, including professionals and philanthropists, acts out of personal needs, not out of a desire to fulfill our needs.  Even love, an emotion thought to be selfless, is kindled and fueled by another's ability to make us feel good about ourselves.  When this is understood, we decrease the expectation placed on others and begin to take more control of our own life rather than be led by how we think others perceive us.
    Though it is easy for me to suggest that we should be all calm, peaceful, forgiving, sweet, and gentle creatures, the reality is that by nature we are not.  Not only are we not, but we could not be and survive in a natural setting.   Danger, anger, fear, reacting, revenge, are all part of our biological makeup.  Though a monk in meditation may be the epitome of peace in our present social order, hardly would this person survive in the wild with a saber-toothed tiger bearing down upon him.   The adrenaline rush of anger and fear is a part of our makeup and something we must simply understand as natural, normal and healthy.   But to act upon these emotions in our society requiring peace and gentleness, can create many difficulties for us.
    As much as I would like to be the most kind, loving, forgiving, sweet, gentle, peaceful person on Earth, I simply cannot control the release of anger and frustration and hostility that rushes upon me with uncontrollable force now and then.  When I drive down the road and am minding my own business and obeying traffic rules and someone tailgates me because I will not drive 55 in a 45, honks, passes and then flips me off (gives me the finger, the bird, the high sign) in the rear view mirror, I am ready to turn my car into a tank and run him over.  Now if I could run him down, pull him out of the car, and beat him to a pulp I might vent my emotions, but I will suffer penalties at the hands of laws that we must have in order to maintain a peaceful society.  Additionally, I would hate myself and suffer from what I have done.
    Thus, it is best to simply recognize that these emotions will come out of us periodically.   What can be done instead of directly actualizing them is to take the challenge to weather them.  Understand that time will cause them to subside and bring back to you mental peace and a renewed sense of accomplishment in being able to understand these emotions, deal with them and have the strength to weather their storm.
    Don’t expect to ever achieve perfect mental health, just as you will never achieve perfect physical health.  There will be ups and downs.  It is important to seek health with a view to the future.  Things that we do now may not seem like they have any direct bearing on our mental or physical state at the time.  But we should do them because our mind tells us they are the right thing to do and they will bring us rewards over time.  A good meal, exercise, fresh air, sunshine, self-control, and independence may not seem to impact us immediately, but they will indeed bring a bounty of mental and physical health over time.
    You parents can see this every day with your children.  Their young bodies have incredible physical demands.  Let them get hungry or tired and what do you have?  Monsters!  Tantrums, fights, ugliness, moodiness are quickly manifest if they are deprived of these physical needs.   Do you think your adult moods are not similarly affected?  Indeed they are.   It's just hard to realize, at the time that you're depressed and hate everything and everyone, that your problem might be food.   So instead we put our kids on Ritalin and ourselves on uppers and downers and feed our need to believe someone else cares so much about us by flushing money down a psychoanalysis hole talking about life events which are decades in our past.
    It is a shame that so many people have been held in mental hospitals being psychoanalyzed and drugged when perhaps the application of simple health principles is all that was needed.  How many people, after reading an article or talking to a psychoanalyst, blame their present situation on what happened to them in childhood, 5, 10, 15 or 20 years ago or on a relationship or other experience equally distant in time?  How can such events removed from us possibly impact us unless we permit them?  Such thinking assumes others control us rather than we control ourselves.  This again links to the notion that we want to think other people act out their lives with us as some primary focus of interest.  In fact they are simply acting out their own self interests.  We control our own life, our own present, and our own destiny.  To blame our present circumstance or inability on others or previous events is perhaps appropriate for a dependent immature child, but not for a thinking, rational adult.
    But blaming others and other things for our situation is so easy.  Addiction is another example.  The very term habit and addiction creates the impression that we are not in control.  This is not the case at all.  Something outside of our body does not have control over us, rather we have control over it.  Habits that perhaps bring us some form of pleasure become a part of our life simply because of constant repetition.  We can replace one pleasure that is harmful with another pleasure that benefits us, such as replacing any form of addiction with new recipes you enjoy, a sport, exercise, or new social contact.  These new good habits can replace the old.  In this way we do not  “punish” ourselves by stopping the habit, but rather we have brought new pleasure and new health into our lives.
    The key to good mental health is summed up in the understanding that our mind is controlled to a large degree by the natural context we place it in.   Healthy food, plenty of rest, pleasurable social contact, fresh air, clean water, exercise and daily sunshine can do much to restore and rejuvenate our mind.   Additionally, it is critical that we understand that we are alone in caring the most about ourselves.  We must take control of our own life and destiny and not permit ourselves to be in situations where we are victims.  Applying this philosophy of life, this algorithm for physical and mental health can bring a bounty of joy, happiness and fulfillment.
 
GENETIC ENGINEERING
    After $20 million and eight years of development, Calgene Inc. will be releasing its new Flavr-Savr tomato.  The tomato is designed to ripen longer on the vine and stay red and ripe through shipping and retailing.
    Genetic engineering involves extracting certain genetic material out of one species and incorporating it into another to give new qualities to the species receiving the new genes.  For example, some companies are now genetically engineering cotton and soybeans to be resistant to herbicides.  The danger here would be that rather than reducing the use of herbicides and furthering the cause of organic renewable agriculture as is needed, it would further chemicalize farming and increase human and environmental exposure to biocides.
    An additional danger to chemical engineering is that the genetic material used to alter a food may be from a species to which many humans may be allergic.  Thus, when the new food is eaten the consumer would unknowingly subject themselves to hypersensitivity and allergic reactions.  You could be enjoying a juicy apple and unknowingly be exposing yourself to salmon you are allergic to.
    Genetic engineering gives the impression that we have everything all figured out and can construct life and modify it at will.  In actual fact, our knowledge is but a drop and our ignorance a sea.  We have never been able to create life in a test tube (see The Creation-Evolution Controversy, Resource A), nor do we really know the full consequences when we manipulate the almost infinite complexity of living creatures.  We don’t know what we’re doing because we really don’t know what we’re undoing.
    This tinkering around with things we do not fully understand for short-sighted commercial gain should be viewed with serious suspicion.  At the very least, genetically engineered foods should be labeled as such so the consumer can make a choice. 
    The new tomato is called MacGregor’s from Flavr-Savr seeds.  But don’t expect all new products to be so labeled unless we the consumer create enough clamor to force it.  Commercial interests know the nervousness of the public about such manipulations and will do what they can to hide what is being done.
    Reference: 
        A)             The Creation-Evolution Controversy, by Dr. R. L. Wysong.  Available from the Wysong Library Catalog, 1880 N. Eastman, Midland, MI  48640.
 
PREVENTING RETAIL SPRAWL
    In a previous issue I described how a natural forested area here in my home town was razed to create a new shopping mall and black topped parking spaces.  Midland, Michigan is not a growing metropolis.  It is a small Midwestern town which exists primarily because of industry which has been here for nearly a century.  Population pretty much remains static with only a small amount of  growth.
    So when the new retail mall and discount stores moved in to replace the trees and wetland, how was the community benefited?  Smaller stores which carried the identical products now being sold in the discount stores and mall were forced out of business.  There was really no net contribution to the community.  The new development just meant that newer stores in a centralized shopping area replaced those which were already supplying the same goods and services.
    This is not to mention the fact that at least 90% of the goods sold in this newly created retail area are nonessentials.  Is it really a smart move, considering the limits of our finite natural world, to mow it down to simply create new store fronts to sell by and large nonessential products which were already being sold by other retail outlets easily accessible by the community?
    Some communities are waking up to the irrationality of retail sprawl.  There is now even a “sprawl central” called the National Trust For Historic Preservation located in Washington, D.C.  This organization serves as a citizens' clearing house for information about rampant commercial growth.  Some of the information they provide, for example, shows that in Iowa an average Wal-Mart increases area sales by $9 million a year, but takes in $20 million a year, meaning that it removes $11 million a year from existing stores.  In St. Albans, Vermont, a 156,000 square foot store which is planned will take 44 acres of farmland for its construction which is equal to the entire down town area of St. Albans.   In 1990 the equivalent of a 34,000 square foot mall store opened every hour in the United States.
    It is noticeable here in our new mall that a significant number of the stores sit vacant.  Some who have moved in with great expectations found that the community was simply not capable of supporting their rent, payroll and profit needs.  There are in fact approximately 38,000 empty shopping centers in the United States.
    Many communities are finding that the intrusion of such new retail developments creates no net gains in either jobs or property taxes.  In fact, an average discount superstore creates 140 jobs but destroys about 230 higher paying jobs.
    I’m not suggesting that we continue to support wages and prices that are not competitive.   We are now in a world market.  If a Wal-Mart can sell products at a lower price and pay employees a lower wage then they should be free to do so.  To prevent discounting either products or wages only creates an artificial economy which will only temporarily benefit.  If community businesses do not become competitive, consumers will eventually go elsewhere just as American industry is now primarily abroad where workers demand only a fraction of the pay Americans do.
    People in the community can go to planning board meetings and take other action to investigate the impact of proposed new commercial sprawl.  And they should do so.  Why not develop inner city property that has already replaced nature, rather than destroying more habitat?  Why not prevent the development of businesses that create no net benefit to the community and may impose unnecessary demands on utilities and create pollution problems?  It can be done.  In Westford, Massachusetts 5,000 signatures protested a Wal-Mart development.  Hundreds showed up at board meetings asking the hard questions about sewage, traffic, pollution and quality of life.  In the face of such resistance Wal-Mart withdrew its application to build.   In another confrontation with Wal-Mart in another community, it was found that the proposed new store would turn 65% of competing retail space into vacancies and would reduce commercial property value by 33%, while creating no net gains to the community. 
    This is not to pick on Wal-Mart, only to suggest that you and I are capable of making a difference.   We should be very critical of sprawl that does nothing but change income from one business to another, destroys natural areas, and consumes construction material and energy that is not renewable.
    Reference: 
        The Amicus Journal, Winter 1995: 12
 
COLD AND FLU THERAPY
    Though I am not much of an advocate of consuming synthetic anything, including vitamins, day after day in massive doses, the use of such vitamins for therapy at the first signs of disease may be effective.  Here is a recommended schedule to use when you first start feeling you are coming down with something:
    1.             Drink as much good, clean, pure water as it is possible for you to do.   An 8 ounce glass every hour is difficult but may be highly effective in turning the tide early in your favor.  If you get tired of running to the john and simply can’t do it because of your schedule, drink as much as you can.  Large amounts of water help hydrate the body and enhance its efforts to curtail an infection.  It provides the solvent to disperse and remove toxins that increase during any infection.
    2.             In combination with Food C or A•C•E (Resources B and C) take 1,000 mg of vitamin C every hour chased with the extra amounts of water you are consuming.   Synthetic vitamin C in large doses is believed to have antimicrobial properties and is also an immune stimulant.
    3.             In addition to Food A•C•E (Resource C) take 150,000 IUs of beta carotene per day (See Resource D).  Beta carotene as well as vitamin C are both excellent antioxidants and help protect the mucous membrane lining of the respiratory tract.  Beta carotene also has antimicrobial effects.
    4.               Take the herb Echinacea two to three times per day.  Echinacea is an immune stimulant and is widely used in many other countries to curtail infections.  (Resource E)
    5.             Consume as much garlic as you and your friends can tolerate.  Try for up to one or two capsules three times a day and/or fresh cloves of garlic mixed with foods or drinks.  When the smell gets too bad, use some of the odorless garlic combined with the capsules and fresh.  Garlic does about everything.  It is antimicrobial, it is an immune stimulant and will help quiet the digestive tract which may be reacting to the high levels of the above supplements you are taking.  (Resource F)
    6.             Take probiotics daily.  (Resource G)  These friendly organisms compete against disease-causing pathogens and boost immune function.
    7.             Raise your body temperature.  If you get a fever, welcome it.  A fever is your body’s way of killing the microbes.  Put on several layers of clothes and stay warm.  If you feel your body temperature chilling uncontrollably, then do some exercise that causes you to work sufficiently so that you can break a sweat.  This increased metabolic rate will help heat and charbroil the villainous microbes.
    Sleep as much as you need to.  Listen to your body and not to a schedule. Give yourself the sleep and rest needed for recovery.  When you are awake, at every opportunity close your eyes, since this simple act helps rest the body and permit energies to be mobilized for the immune work that is necessary.
     Reference:
        B)             Wysong Food C™ a concentrated food-only source of vitamin C. If not available locally, contact Wysong Institute for a supplier source.
        C)             Wysong Food A•C•E™ a concentrated food-only source of vitamins A, C & E. If not available locally, contact Wysong Institute for a supplier source.
        D)             Beta carotene. (If not available locally, contact Wysong Institute for a supplier source.)
        E)             Echinacea. ( If not available locally, contact Wysong Institute for a supplier source.)
        F)             Garlic oil capsules. (If not available locally, contact Wysong Institute for a supplier source.)
        G)                 Wysong Probiosyn™ a probiotic and enzyme supplement. ( If not available locally, contact Wysong Institute for a supplier source.)
        Health and Healing, December 1994: 4
 
VACCINATION NUTRITION
    If you feel you must get an inoculation for some reason, even after having reviewed the precautionary information presented in the Health Letter and in the other resources available through the Institute (See Vol. 8, No. 1), here is a recommended nutritional regimen to help fortify you against the immunological assault:
    1.   Take 1-5 grams (1 gram=500 mg) of vitamin C one week before and one week after the injection.
    2    Take 50,000 Units of Vitamin A for three days in a row following the inoculation.
    Reference:
        Alan Gaby, M.D. Pikesville, Maryland
 
SUGAR AND SAD
    People who do not get appropriate light during the winter months may experience the depression of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder).  SAD sufferers may find themselves increasing their consumption of sweet foods such as chocolate, cakes and ice cream during the second half of the day because of the lift in mood they feel from the sugars.  Thus a midafternoon sweet craving may be telling you you're a victim of SAD.  High levels of refined sugars in the diet can lead to a  variety of health problems.  (See Vol. 9, No. 1)  The best therapy for SAD is to get 30 minutes to a few hours a day of extra exposure to natural light.  If this is not possible, use the artificial full spectrum lights specifically designed to simulate natural light (See Resource H).
    Reference:
        Tufts University Diet and Nutrition Letter, March 1994: 1
        H)             Full Spectrum bulbs. (If not available locally, contact Wysong Institute for a supplier source.)
 
HOW TO SWALLOW PILLS
    If you have trouble swallowing pills with water, try the following technique.  First of all try to swallow your pills (of natural nutritional supplements of course) during a meal.  This primes your pharynx and swallowing
mechanisms making the task easier.  Take a mouthful of food, chew it thoroughly then take the tablet or capsule into your mouth and maneuver it into the middle of the food bolus before you are ready to swallow it.  Then simply swallow your food as you normally would and it will be difficult for you to even tell that a pill is there.  For taking tablets or capsules between meals, first find some food you like such as yogurt.  After swallowing a couple of spoonfuls, then follow the above technique with the next mouthful.
 
A CANCER CURE-ALL
    Although unknown and “unapproved” in North America, Ukrain, an extract from a plant called Chelidonium majus, has more than 60 scientific papers demonstrating its remarkable effectiveness in cancer therapy.
    Unlike conventional radiation and chemotherapy, Ukrain does not harm normal tissue, strengthens rather than destroys the immune system, is preferentially attracted to neoplastic (cancerous) tissue, and has been demonstrated to be able to kill every single one of 60 different cancer cell types used by the National Cancer Institute to test anticancer compounds.
    Ukrain’s toxic dose is 1000 times more than its therapeutic dose.  Compare this to chemotherapeutic agents where the toxic dose practically equals the therapeutic dose.
    For further information on this therapy, contact Resource I.
    Reference:
        I)             Atkins Health Center , (212) 758-2110.
        Drugs Under Experimental and Clinical Research, 1992; 18: 51-54
        Journal of Tumor Marker Oncology, 1988; 33 (4): 463
        Journal of Chemotherapy, 1992; 5: 797-799
 
EXERCISE NUTRIENTS
    If you are in any vigorous exercise or sport activity, and find your energy waning in spite of doing the best you can with your natural diet, these supplements may help.
    1.             Vitamins A (beta carotene), C, and E - There can be a lot of free radical damage during intense exercise and extra antioxidant nutrients will be of benefit.  In addition to a food source supplement (See Resource C) take extra beta carotene, 200 units of natural vitamin E three times a day, and 500 mg of vitamin C three times a day.
    2.             L-carnitine - 1,000 mg taken three times a day helps boost the body’s ability to transport  energy-producing fatty acids into cells.
    3.             Coenzyme Q10 - 20 mg of Coenzyme Q10 three times a day helps heart energy metabolism.
    4.             Inosine - To help increase the oxygen carrying capacity of the blood, 300 mg three times a day.
    5.             Octacosanol - As an energy booster and to decrease reaction time take 18 mg per day.
    6.             Dimethylglycine (vitamin B15 ) - Believed to increase oxygen transportation and improve blood sugar metabolism at a dose of 40 mg three times a day.
    7.             Ginseng, Garlic and Cayenne Pepper - All have been used for centuries to increase energy metabolism, physical endurance and strength.
    Take one dose of these nutrients about 45 minutes before an exercise event.  Also be sure to consume plenty of water and refer to a Vol. 8, No. 7  on the use of an excellent energy and hydration drink to be used in place of the commercial artificial sports drinks.
    Reference:
        Health Revelations, December 1994: 6-7
        C)             Wysong Food A•C•E a concentrated food-only source of vitamins A, C & E. If not available locally, contact Wysong Institute for a supplier source.
 
CALCULATING SUGAR
    To determine the number of teaspoons of sugar in your serving of frosted breakfast cereal or other processed product, divide the number of grams per serving by four.
 
INCREASING SALAD NUTRIENTS
    The dark, richly colored leaves of Romaine lettuce and spinach mean rich nutritional value.   Compared to the anemic head or iceberg lettuce, Romaine contains double the calcium, five times the vitamin C, and eight times the beta carotene.  Spinach contains about 20 times the beta carotene.  Choose the dark greens, reds, yellows and oranges in the produce department for bonus nutrition.
 
PREVENTING AND TREATING GALLSTONES
    Low fat and nonfat diets may predispose to the precipitation of gallstones in the gallbladder.   A certain amount of fats and oils in the diet is necessary to help emulsify bile salts and prevent their precipitation.
    Don’t eschew fats in general.  Just the bad ones, the processed ones.  Natural fats as they are found in natural, raw, fresh foods, and oils that have been carefully extracted from natural foods are not only safe, but are essential to health.  (See my book, Lipid Nutrition, Resource J)
    Foods that are rich in natural oils and fats but are not altered by processing  should not be avoided, but should be sought with relish.  They are essential to general health as well as gallbladder health.  Use natural oils such as from flax seeds and extra virgin olive oil in salads, on breads, and on snacks such as popcorn.  (See Vol. 9, No. 2)
    In addition to receiving at least one tablespoon of these natural oils with each meal (but not heated), consume 25 mg of vitamin B6 with each meal to help decrease gallstone formation and dissolve those which are present.
    Reference:
        J)             Lipid Nutrition: Understanding Fats and Oils in Health and Disease, by Dr. R. L. Wysong.  Available from the Wysong Library Catalog, 1880 N. Eastman, Midland, MI  48640.
DECREASING MENSTRUAL CRAMPS
    Here are two techniques which many find useful to prevent menstrual cramps:
    First, try to drink 6-8 glasses of water a day during the period.  The loss of blood and fluids during menstruation can cause dehydration which can change electrolyte balances and set the stage for cramping.  Additionally, there is an acupuncture point just above the heel on each side of the Achille’s tendon just above the protruding ankle bones.  Squeeze this area between forefinger and thumb and massage in a circular motion for one or two minutes.  Then repeat with the other ankle and do as often as necessary for relief, if it seems to help.
    Reference:
        Alternatives, January 1988: 6
 
PROBIOTICS FOR TRAVELER'S DIARRHEA
    Though you should be consuming probiotic cultures regularly, particularly should this be done prior to traveling to an area where you will be exposed to food borne pathogens for which your immune system is not prepared.
    For several days prior to departure, take probiotic capsules along with yogurt with active cultures at each meal.  While at the new destination, continue with the probiotic capsules and also consume garlic oil capsules with each meal.  Garlic has antimicrobial properties and the probiotic cultures compete against potential pathogens in the digestive tract, thus preventing them from flourishing.  (See Resource G)
    Reference:
        G)      Wysong Probiosyn™ a probiotic and enzyme supplement. ( If not available locally, contact Wysong Institute for a supplier source.)