WYSONG HEALTH LETTER
Dr. R. L. Wysong
When my children get ill I
remind them, while they are feeling especially miserable, how wonderful health is. I
try to get them to understand that illness is a preventable thing. I find this time
particularly opportune to justify my "healthy" harping when they are well.
They do seem to understand
while they are down and out, but find it easy to forget once they are back healthy for a
time and the memory of the illness fades. Then Dad becomes a health fanatic again.
Illness is an opportunity, not
to find the best physician, to find someone else to fix what you have broken, or to be
sure you use up all the coverage your insurance will allow, but a time to get reconnected
with your body, feelings and lifestyle.
Humans modify behavior best by
fear and pain. Illness is indeed a painful punishment for making the wrong
decisions. If we dont take personal responsibility for the punishment and make
the appropriate adjustments, we will be forever imprisoned by ill health. Depending
on a doctor to take care of us, and making sure we take our medicines right on time, does
nothing to free us from the causes of disease.
Illness is a time to think
about our lives in a very personal way. How are we eating, are we moving our diet as
close to the natural, raw state as possible? Are we getting regular exercise or are
we in a work-chair/home-sofa rut? Do we get outside and breathe fresh air and expose
our skin to sunlight? Are we in a never-ending stressful situation at work or at
home leaving us feeling helpless and hopeless? Do we have some enjoyable social
contacts, people who make us feel good about ourselves, or are we in constant conflict?
Do we take some time to enjoy beauty, music, a good book or just relaxing time with
friends or family? (The Well Mind Association has reported that a kind word from a
friend, a good dinner with a spouse, praise from a boss can actually raise antibody levels
for 24 hours. On the other hand, immune response declines for two days after
confrontation with someone at work or at home.)
Illness is your body telling
you: "I cant take it any more. Will you please change so I can
Health is everything.
Lose it and youll see why. Dont let relative wellness, even when
you know you are living improperly, delude you into thinking healthy choices are picayune
and unimportant. Windows of health in our lives are the reward for doing what is
We are born with a large health
reserve that covers a multitude of sins during our childhood and adolescence. If
when we reach a reasoning age we dont learn how to properly care for ourselves and
do it, that forgiving reserve of childhood runs out and we will end our opportunity for
full, healthy, vigorous, energetic and vital life.
Welcome illness for the message
it brings: We need to make a change; we need to redirect ourselves to our natural genetic
roots. The Health Letter is meant as a
road map to this destination.
In a previous issue I discussed
the harmful effects of circumcision in males. Normally performed as a religious
right, justification is attempted by arguing that the intact organ (exactly as nature
created it) causes disease. This is absurd on the face of it. It's incredible
how traditional practices, regardless of their merit or harm, can find justification.
Though some say there is no
harm since it is simply a cosmetic procedure, abundant data demonstrates there is far
reaching and significant impact on men who have had it performed. (See Vol. 7, No.
8). Historically, about the only other mutilation performed on men has been
castration, creating eunuchs so that harems could be guarded without fear of sexual
The mutilation of women is even
more outrageous. Various forms of female circumcision have become accepted by both
sexes as a means of maintaining chasteness and purity in women.
In the 19th century,
clitoridectomies (removal of the clitoris) were prescribed within the medical
establishment for treating conditions such as hysteria, epilepsy, melancholy, lesbianism,
and masturbation. Today they are still performed infrequently to control female
masturbation and sexuality.
There are three different types
of surgical modifications to female genitalia performed around the world. The least
severe is a subtotal clitoridectomy where there is removal of the prepuce covering the
clitoris. This is most like male circumcision. It is even performed in the
United States supposedly to help women achieve orgasm. In one instance, a U.S.
surgeon was prosecuted and convicted for performing the procedure on several women without
A more radical procedure is
known as excision. This consists of removal of the clitoris and sometimes part of
the labia minora.
The most severe form of female
genital mutilation is known as infibulation or pharaonic circumcision. It consists
of removal of the entire clitoris, the labia minora and at least two-thirds of the labia
majora. The two sides of the vulva are then stitched together by silk or cat gut or
even by thorns. Just a small opening is left, usually made by the insertion of a
match stick, to permit the passage of blood and urine. The legs of the girl are then
bound from hip to ankle for up to 40 days so that scar tissue will form to seal the
opening. Infibulation is performed on young 7-year-old girls to make them more
acceptable for marriage. It is insurance that a
man indeed has a virgin.
Women who have been subjected
to infibulation can often urinate only by drops and require 10 to 15 minutes to empty the
bladder. Menstruation can last for 10 days or more and is extremely painful because
of the retention of the flow. Infibulated women can become malodorous enough to
prevent them from even being able to work among others.
When the women are married they
may then have to have the scar cut open to permit intercourse. When they give birth
they must also be incised to permit the passage of the newborn.
The complications from these
procedures is like a laundry list from a horror movie. First off, girls can simply
bleed to death from the procedure. There is also shock, infection, damage to the
urethra or anus, cheloid scar formation, epidermal cysts, tetanus, septicemia, retention
of urine leading to bladder and kidney disease, chronic vaginal and urine infections,
sterility, dysmenorrhea, and frigidity (no wonder).
Incredibly, such procedures
have been performed and assisted by physicians around the world. They are commonly
performed by midwives or lay people using instruments such as glass, razors, kitchen
knives, scissors and in some regions even the teeth of the midwife. The surgery is
performed on young girls without anesthesia in many cultures. She is placed on a low
stool and women hold her down by her chest and stretch apart her legs. The child is
often told that any screaming or crying will bring shame to her family. In upper
class families, the daughters have the luxury of having the procedure performed by
physicians who use anesthesia.
This topic has had my stomach
rolling as I have written it. It is shocking and horrible. It is amazing what
humans can do to other humans. Its cruelty lies in the fact that it is totally
unnecessary to the health of girls and in fact subjects them in many cases to a lifetime
of pain and disability.
Before those of us who have not
had the procedure done and would not even consider it be done to our children become too
smug, we need to re-evaluate what we have accepted in our culture as normal.
First of all, male circumcision is widely accepted and is similarly barbaric.
But moving from that we can cite basically any medical procedure that potentially
brings pain and suffering to those who submit to it as like barbarism.
For example, if heart disease
can be prevented and reversed with simple lifestyle and dietary modification (which
evidence indicates it can) then those who subject people to having their chest sawed open
and their heart operated on can be viewed as being just as cruel as midwives infibulating
young girls. Similarly, those who subject people to various cancer therapies
including surgery, radiation and chemotherapy which can create incredible pain and
suffering with often no likely beneficial result, are also in this category. Even
dispensing drugs for conditions that could be reversed by simple life changes can be
cruel. Those who take the drugs are drained of financial resources, end up with side
effects that require more drugs to be taken to curtail the side effects which require more
drugs to curtail the side effects from the new drugs, which then may require some form of
surgery to attempt to reverse all of this damage and on and on... this too is like
Before you submit to any
manipulation of your body by another through the use of drugs or surgery, think long and
hard and become aware and informed. If you do this, in by far the majority of cases
you will just say no.
of the American Medical Association, December 6, 1995: 1714
HEART ATTACKS AN ALTERNATE
If the cardiologist says you
have a blockage in your coronary vessels it is very easy to get intimidated and hustled
into heart surgery. It seems logical enough. If there is something blocking a
pipe, change the pipe (by-pass surgery) or roto-root it out (angioplasty). If there
is any risk from the procedure, it is easily set aside by your cardiologists
reasoning that this is your only option.
But surgery is not the only
option. It does not address the cause of the disease, nor the underlying vessel
degeneration that is occurring throughout the body. The risk from the surgery is
real and when statistically compared to doing nothing is something that anyone in this
situation should ponder.
The death rate for people who
have coronary artery blockage, but do not go through surgery is about 1.4% per year.
But in a study of 17,000 bypass patients from 57 hospitals, there was a 4.3% rate
of death from complications relating to the surgery while still in the hospital.
(This is yet another example of
where doing nothing proves to be superior to modern, interventionistic therapies. I
would in fact wager, without hesitation, that if a study were made to compare people who
did not subject themselves to modern medical care to those who did, the do-nothing group
would win hands down.)
Is there really anything that
can be done once you are diagnosed with a coronary artery blockage? Indeed there is.
There is not only the good opportunity to stop the progress of the disease, but
actually reverse it resulting in the disappearance of the atherosclerotic blockages.
First of all, do the obvious.
Stop smoking, heavy
drinking, reduce stress and begin a regular program of exercise, increasing intensity as
Convert the diet as
much as possible to fresh, whole, raw, or as close to raw, natural foods.
Get outside as much as
you can. An absolute minimum is a half-hour of fresh air and sunshine striking as
much of your skin as possible daily. If you live in a climate where this is not
possible consider moving south, at least during the cold season.
Take a multiple
vitamin/mineral supplement at RDA levels, an omega-3 fatty acid supplement and a probiotic
Eliminate simple sugars
from the diet and all processed foods that contain them. Such high carbohydrate
foods are related to insulin disorders and diabetes which directly affect the development
Dont worry about
consuming any fat as long as it is contained within natural foods that are either eaten
raw, or minimally processed.
To get more clinically
sophisticated you can have a comprehensive blood lipid profile which includes total
cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL, LDL, lipoprotein (a), and homocysteine, a 5-hour glucose
tolerance test with insulin levels, serum iron test and a test for oxidation status.
Abnormal test results include:
high triglycerides and
an abnormal glucose
an elevated 2-hour
elevated oxidized LDL;
high total cholesterol.
These are listed in terms of
their relative importance with - take note - high total cholesterol being the least
significant, even though it is being passed to the public presently as the most important
therapy. (See Resources A and B for further information.)
disease nutrients. In the table below are recommended supplemental nutrients as
advocated, for example, by the Atkins Health Clinic.
The Wysong Resource
Directory, available from the Wysong Institute, 1880 N. Eastman Road, Midland, MI
48642, cost is $15.00.
The Wysong Book Store
Catalog, 1880 N. Eastman Road, Midland, MI 48642, 517-631-0009.
Revelations, November 1995: 2-3
of the products mentioned are not available locally, contact the Institute for a resource.
Dutch margarine manufacturers
are now required to state on the label the amount of trans-fatty acids in their products.
Additionally, they will be decreasing the amount of trans-fatty acids from 5% to
below 1% within the next year.
But in the U.S. we keep
greasing up our foods with these hydrogenated, trans-fatty acids under the illusion that
heart disease comes from real foods like butter, eggs, and other nasty saturated
fat-containing foods. Most nutritionists and regulators here feel the evidence is
yet inconclusive that trans-fatty acids are dangerous. Do you think this hesitancy
to look at the negative data may have something to do with the multibillion dollar
hydrogenation and trans-fatty acid business that permeates almost every packaged food that
is produced in this country?
I harp on the dangers of
hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated fats continually in the Health Letter hoping to get through. I have
discussed at length in my book, Lipid Nutrition:
Understanding Fats and Oils in Health and Disease (see Resource C), the evidence and
the unhealthy biochemistry that results from trans-fatty acids.
When I go into a restaurant and
they slip me some margarine, I always ask for butter instead. If they are
preparing any food to which oil or margarine might be added, I used to tell them that I
wanted them to use olive oil or butter, not margarine. But as Ive grown tired
of being looked at as if Im a total idiot for not understanding the wonderful health
benefits of margarines, I now just tell them that Im allergic to any form of oleo or
margarine and unless they want a dead customer on their hands they better not use it.
This sometimes even brings out the manager to talk with me and assure me they will
be very careful when preparing my food.
My young son is now taking a
homemaking class in which they are preparing baked goods. He came home yesterday and
told me about the recipe which contained big globs of oleo margarine, and Crisco
consisting of hydrogenated fats. Since Im constantly harping about not eating
hydrogenated products around the house, he was aware and amazed how the teacher was
describing to the class how healthy the cookies would be because they dont use
butter and instead used the oleo margarine.
Here is some of the clinical
evidence demonstrating that trans-fatty acids are harmful. First of all, they are
known to raise serum low density lipoprotein (LDL) and lower high density lipoprotein
(HDL). They also raise plasma triglyceride and lipoprotein (a) concentrations.
Lipoprotein (a) is known to be a hereditary risk factor for cardiovascular
disease and is little affected by diet... except when you eat hydrogenated oils.
Studies that follow individuals to determine factors that cause heart disease have
shown associations between trans-fatty acid intake and coronary disease.
There is more, much more
evidence. If nothing else, consider that heart disease was not understood or even
recognized in the early part of this century. Even in the 1930s a president
died of coronary heart disease and they didnt even know what it was. Up until
this time everybody was eating butter, lard, animal fats, eggs, milk and cream. But
no significant heart disease.
But then comes the modern
wonder, hydrogenated oleo margarine and other processing marvels which are going to save
everybody a ton of money and make value-added food manufacturers even more.
Yep, it saved everyone money who converted from butter to it, but the trade-off was
plasticizing their cell membranes with trans-fatty acids and the initiation and
progression of a wide range of degenerative diseases, including heart disease which is now
the #1 killer.
Hydrogenated products, which
all contain trans-fatty acids, should be avoided as if they were strychnine.
C) Lipid Nutrition - Understanding Fats and Oils in Health
and Disease, by Dr. R. L. Wysong, available from the Wysong Book Store Catalog, 1880
N. Eastman Rd., Midland, MI 48642. $12.95 soft cover, $14.95 hard cover.
England Journal of Medicine, 1990; 323: 439-45
Review of Nutrition, 1995; 61: 617
of Lipid Research, 1995; 36: 1370-84
1993; 341: 581-85
Circulation, 1995; 91: 925
EMPHYSEMA - THERE IS HOPE"
Emphysema (also known as
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease - COPD) is an extremely debilitating and pathetic
disease leaving its victims virtually incapacitated, tied to an oxygen tank. A
combination of spasms in the bronchioles (air passages within the lungs), and a rupturing
of alveoli (air sacs within the lung where oxygen and carbon dioxide are exchanged) result
in oxygen depletion in tissues and with that fatigue, weight loss, extreme shortness of
breath and loss of mental acuity.
The cause is usually smoking,
although sensitivity to some kind of environmental pollutant or asthmatic allergy can also
result in the disease. The constricting of the bronchioles in spasm results in
coughing with extraordinary back-up pressure created in the alveoli - breaking their walls
down and thus decreasing the surface area in the lung through which oxygen exchange can
The conventional medical
wisdom is that there is virtually nothing that can be done other than to give the patient
drugs to ease the bronchospasms and administer oxygen. But there is more.
First of all, do the obvious.
Stop smoking and remove yourself from allergens or sensitizing chemicals.
Amazingly, the enslaving addiction to nicotine will overrule any semblance of
sanity with some people, in that even with this incredible disease they will continue to
The development of asthma may
be closely linked to the consumption of sugar. People on a fat-rich diet as compared
to a carbohydrate-rich diet had far better exercise tolerance and less breathlessness.
Implementing all of the
lifestyle and nutritional suggestions we make regularly in the Health Letter will help, but more specifically for
emphysema, taking antioxidants and increasing the level of omega-3 fatty acids in the diet
will greatly benefit. The following chart describes a specific supplemental
nutritional program that has worked wonders for some asthmatics, as well as victims of
One patient who had been a
smoker for 20 years developed emphysema. The disease progressively consumed her
until she could barely make it from one room to another in her house, had painful
migraines, numbness in her fingers and feet and could not even walk down steps.
After she was put on a low carbohydrate diet along with a multiple vitamin/mineral
program and the nutrients described here, she dramatically improved within a week.
After three months she is once again an active, functioning, feeling-good human.
Quite remarkable when you consider that conventional medications were not helping
and her physicians told her the disease was only going to progress and she might as well
get her affairs in order.
1992; 47; 6
England Journal of Medicine, 1994; 331; 4
Revelations, November 1995: 4-
ALL THAT SMELLS GOOD ISNT
Fragrances are used in a wide
array of commercial products including perfumes, cosmetics, hygienic products, drugs,
foods, detergents, plastics, greases and oils, and paper products. Over 95% of the
chemicals used in fragrances are synthetic compounds derived from petroleum, including
benzine derivatives, aldehydes, a variety of chemicals which on an industrial basis
require hazardous waste disposal such as methylene chloride, toluene, methyl ethyl ketone,
methyl isobutyl ketone, and many more. Some 884 toxic substances have thus far been
identified in a partial list of the almost 3,000 chemicals used in the fragrance industry.
If you will note, on most
cosmetic products the actual ingredients are not listed. These are considered
proprietary by manufacturers and the industry is by and large unregulated. The
compounds used in fragrances may produce allergic respiratory disorders, neurological
conditions, cutaneous problems, testicular atrophy, cancer and about every other
imaginable consequence to being exposed to toxic compounds. Of course, the dose
makes the poison and any compound isolated and then tested in high concentrations can
create toxicity. Nevertheless, even though fragrances contain minute amounts of
potentially toxic compounds, the constant daily exposure to them may indeed pose a threat.
Frankly, everything that you
can smell that is man-made should be suspicious. That includes not just your
perfumes, after shave lotions and underarm deodorants, but Kleenex, kitty litter, and your
dish soap. Fill a house with these things and then tighten it up to conserve energy
and you expose yourself and your family to a variety of toxic compounds at a continuing,
chronic dose that certainly has the potential for weakening the immune system, and causing
direct inhaled and contact toxicities.
Be cautious. Dont
assume that simply because something smells good it is good. Understand that most
fragrances in commercial products are a combination of perhaps dozens of synthetic
Try to simplify. Use
unscented products where possible and try to find out exactly what is in the products you
feel you must use that are scented. Though commercial interests might like to lead
us around by our noses, we all need to be led by an alert mind.
Dermatol Venereol, 1986; 113; 1SS 1: 31-41
Neurotoxins: At Home and the Workplace, U.S.
House of Representatives, September 16, 1986, Report 99-827
Identification of Polar Volatile Organic
Compounds in Consumer Products and Common Microenvironments, June 1995
Checking For Hypothyroidism
To determine if you are
hypothyroid, take your temperature several times a day before meals, at bed time and on
awakening. Do this for 4 days. Add all the
temperatures together, and divide by the total number of times you took your temperature
to get an average. The more your temperature falls below 98.6, the more likely you
Hypothyroidism can cause a
variety of disorders including chronic tiredness, loss of hair, inability to control
weight, increased susceptibility to disease and intolerance to cold.
If hypothyroid, making the
lifestyle and dietary changes recommended in the Health
Letter may help reverse it. But if it is still a problem then it would be wise
to be evaluated by a holistic-minded physician who may put you on small doses of daily
thyroid. Before taking supplemental thyroid, try the following recommendations:
Get outside in the
fresh air and sunshine as much as possible. Expose as much of the skin as possible
to sunshine for 30 minutes three to five times weekly at a minimum or preferably every
Remove all unnecessary
and excessive stress. If you feel like you are in any kind of hopeless
situation and feel helpless in it, then do whatever is necessary to make the changes so
that a feeling of control in your life is regained.
Avoid any and all
medications that are not absolutely essential. Many pharmaceutical agents can cause
vitamin and mineral imbalances which can disrupt thyroid function.
Take a multivitamin
tablet and a multi major and trace mineral tablet. The minerals iodine and zinc are
often deficient or out of balance in thyroid conditions.
consumption of omega-3 fatty acids.
the diet to fresh, whole, natural foods with an emphasis on rawness.
Revelations, October 1995: 8
Elements in Medicine, 1992; 9; 1: 34-37
the Wysong Institute for a supplier of any product mentioned.
Watch Your Vitamin D
With winter time decreased sun
exposure, there is increasing risk of vitamin D deficiency. This is particularly
important for the elderly who often confine themselves exclusively indoors and are prone
to osteoporosis and bone fractures. Additionally, with age vitamin D is not
synthesized by the body as efficiently, calcium is not as readily absorbed from the
digestive tract, and a variety of modern dietary delights such as soft drinks interfere
with proper mineral metabolism and bone density.
Try to get at least 30 minutes
of sun light every day if possible, or as many times a week as possible given the
difficulties of winter weather. Sunlight has the ability to synthesize vitamin D in
the skin. Additionally, it might be wise to take 800-1600 IUs of vitamin D as an
For those who experience
increased suffering from arthritic conditions in the winter, vitamin D supplementation may
of the American Geriatric Society 1995; 43: 822-828
Rheum 1993; 22: 172-177
Vitamin C And Increased Deaths In
Winter brings an increase of
about 30% in deaths of the elderly. That amounts to hundreds of thousands each year,
primarily from heart and respiratory disease.
In an attempt to find the
reason, 96 men and women aged between 65 and 74 were studied. It was found that
those who experienced a decrease in their vitamin C intake, usually amounting to a fall
from about 90 mg per day to about 65, suffered increased risk of heart and respiratory
The reason for this decrease in
vitamin C is likely due to the decrease in availability of fresh fruits and vegetables
during the winter months.
Medical Journal, June 17, 1995
Estrogen And Asthma
A study of over 23,000 post
menopausal women demonstrated that those who took estrogens for menopausal symptoms were
50% more likely to suffer adult-onset asthma.
Although more young boys than
girls suffer from asthma, this ratio changes as the estrogen hormones kick in with
puberty. Then, when women continue to take estrogen for
menopausal symptoms, the ratio changes with more women suffering than men.
Asthma can be a severe
debilitating disease which afflicts some 5% of the U.S. population. Airways become
congested and contract during asthmatic episodes, severely impairing lung efficiency and
resulting in various degrees of incapacity.
As I have mentioned previously
in the Health Letter, be very cautious of any
replacement therapy. The body works through a complex set of feedback
mechanisms wherein chemicals produced by the body are limited as they rise in tissues by
negative feedback on the producing organs. When replacement therapy is taken,
negative feedback inhibitions and other broad metabolic effects can be expected.
As our environment becomes
increasingly polluted with estrogen-like compounds (see Vol. 8, No. 3), asthma can be
expected to increase not only in women but in the entire population. By consuming
more whole, natural, plant foods, phytoestrogens can help neutralize these effects.
As described before (see Vol. 8, No. 3) whole extruded soy can be an excellent
source of these phytoestrogens as a granulated, cereal-like ingredient which can be added
to a variety of foods and as a part of a whole peanut butter soy spread.* Other soy
products such as tofu may also be of benefit but since they do not contain the entire
soybean, they will not be as effective.
American Journal of Respiratory, Critical Care
Medicine, October 1995
Urine As Therapy
In an effort to leave no stone
unturned, here goes. As unbelievable and repugnant as it may seem, urine has been
used extensively in medicine for over 4000 years. Almost all major religions have
used it in one form or another and public urine reservoirs were even taxed in Roman times.
Diabetes mellitus, characterized by sugar in the urine, derives its name from the
sweet (mellitus means honey) taste of diabetic urine.
Reportedly, urine has been
effective in some intractable diseases. The scientific reasons for its alleged
effectiveness are due to the osmotic pressure created by urea which, for example, can help
relieve glaucoma and serve as a diuretic. It supposedly helps in PMS, headaches,
hypertension, skin diseases, open wounds and burns, fungal infections, herpes, Reynaud's
syndrome, and parasites. Urines therapeutic action is also believed due to its
content of antibodies, vitamins, minerals, amino acids and hormones. It is
reportedly beneficial in kidney infections, adrenal insufficiency, chronic sinus
infections, constipation, allergies, ulcerative colitis, and poor energy. From this
it would appear it is practically a cure-all.
One method of use is to collect
midstream morning urination. 1) On the first day one to five drops are placed under
the tongue. 2) On the second day the dosage is increased to five to ten drops.
3) On the third day five to ten drops are given twice daily, morning and evening.
4) This dosage is maintained or increased as needed. According to urine
therapists. each individual is different requiring different dosages.
Another method is to prepare a
homeopathic dose as follows: 1) 5 ml of distilled water is combined with 1 drop of fresh
urine, placed in a glass bottle and shaken vigorously 50 times. 2)1 drop of this
solution is then added to another 5 ml of distilled water and this solution is shaken 50
times. 3) 1 drop of this solution is then added to 5 ml of 80-90% vodka and shaken.
This end homeopathic
preparation is used by placing three drops sublingually hourly until there is improvement
or until a flare-up of symptoms occurs. If improvement occurs, the time between
dosages is lengthened and the treatment is discontinued after three days.
For anyone wishing to learn
more about this novel treatment, details are provided in the book noted in Resource D.
Your Own Perfect Medicine, by Martha Christy
available from FutureMed Inc., Box 14161, Scottsdale AZ 85267
Townsend Letter, September 1995: 97
The Pulse Test For Food Allergy
The increasing rise in various
food sensitivities and allergies is due to our modern lifestyles. First, by
feeding our babies bottled pseudo-milk instead of the real thing, we sensitize the immune
system of infants to food antigens before the digestive tract is really capable of
handling anything other than breast milk. Secondly, we tend to eat the same refined,
processed foods day in and day out without giving our body a rest from food antigens by
varying the diet as we should be. Thirdly, weakened health through modern inactive
polluted lifestyles combined with treating food as if it were purely recreation
rather than the key to health, results in a compromised immune system and a faulty
digestive process that permits our blood stream to be exposed to foreign food antigens.
The way to decrease such food
intolerances is to reverse all of the above. But if food intolerances do exist, it
is wise to try to find the offending food and eliminate it for six months or so and then
gradually reintroduce it if problems do not result.
The elimination diet is very
difficult and tedious. But eliminating offending foods is one of the reasons that
fasting has always resulted in such remarkable health results for those who try it.
To eliminate only certain foods requires simplifying the diet to only one food such
as a fruit, and eating that only for about 5 days. Then one food at a time is
introduced making sure that the symptoms do not reappear. Foods can thus be
sequentially added until the offending ones are found and eliminated.
As I said, this is tedious, but
can yield remarkable health improvement in people who have had unrelenting and intractable
According to some
practitioners, another method may also be used to determine food sensitivity. It
involves checking your resting pulse on arising and two to three hours after meals through
the day. Once you have that average pulse, then test your pulse after eating certain
foods. An increased pulse rate may be a sign of food allergy.
Food intolerances in one form
or another can cause such a wide range of symptoms it is often not possible to link food
to the problem. Headaches, loss of energy, insomnia, skin rashes, weight loss,
bloating and cramping, loose stool, nausea, and increased susceptibility to virtually any
disease can all be linked to allergies. When all else fails, this might be a cause
that should be considered and tested.
Alert, December 1994: 3
Evening Primrose Oil For Cycling
When compared to a variety of
treatments for breast pain (mastalgia) evening primrose oil at a dose of 3 grams daily was
shown to be of comparable effectiveness, but had none of the potential side effect dangers
of common drugs used for this condition such as Danazol and Bromocriptine.
Soc Med, 1992; 85: 12-15m
1992; 46: 161-4m
August 17, 1985: 373-7m