Dr. R. L. Wysong
March 1996

Dear Friend:
    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 don’t 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 can’t take it any more.  Will you please change so I can survive?"
    Health is everything.   Lose it and you’ll see why.  Don’t 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 right. 
    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 don’t 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 activity.
    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 their consent. 
    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 barbarism.
    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.
        Journal of the American Medical Association, December 6, 1995: 1714
    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 cardiologist’s 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.  
    1.             Stop smoking, heavy drinking, reduce stress and begin a regular program of exercise, increasing intensity as capabilities permit.
    2.             Convert the diet as much as possible to fresh, whole, raw, or as close to raw, natural foods. 
    3.             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.
    4.             Take a multiple vitamin/mineral supplement at RDA levels, an omega-3 fatty acid supplement and a probiotic enzyme supplement.
    5.             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 of atherosclerosis.
    6.             Don’t worry about consuming any fat as long as it is contained within natural foods that are either eaten raw, or minimally processed.
    7.             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:
        a)             high triglycerides and low HDL;
        b)             an abnormal glucose tolerance test;
        c)             an elevated 2-hour insulin level;
        d)             elevated oxidized LDL;
        e)             elevated homocysteine;
        f)             elevated lipoprotein (a);
        g)             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 risk factor.
    8.             Consider chelation therapy.  (See Resources A and B for further information.)
    9.                   Anti-heart disease nutrients.  In the table below are recommended supplemental nutrients as advocated, for example, by the Atkins Health Clinic.
        A)             The Wysong Resource Directory, available from the Wysong Institute, 1880 N. Eastman Road, Midland, MI   48642, cost is $15.00.
        B)             The Wysong Book Store Catalog, 1880 N. Eastman Road, Midland, MI  48642, 517-631-0009.
        Health Revelations, November 1995: 2-3
        If any 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 I’ve grown tired of being looked at as if I’m a total idiot for not understanding the wonderful health benefits of margarines, I now just tell them that I’m 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 I’m 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 don’t 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 1930’s a president died of coronary heart disease and they didn’t 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.
        New England Journal of Medicine, 1990; 323: 439-45
        Annual Review of Nutrition, 1995; 61: 617
        Journal of Lipid Research, 1995; 36: 1370-84
        Lancet, 1993; 341: 581-85
        Circulation, 1995; 91: 925
    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 occur.
    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 smoke.
    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 emphysema.
    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.
        Thorax, 1992; 47; 6
        New England Journal of Medicine, 1994; 331; 4
        Health Revelations, November 1995: 4-
    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.  Don’t 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 chemicals. 
    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. 
        Ann 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 are hypothyroid. 
    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:
    1.             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 day.
    2.             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.
    3.             Avoid any and all medications that are not absolutely essential.  Many pharmaceutical agents can cause vitamin and mineral imbalances which can disrupt thyroid function.
    4.             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.
    5.             Increase the consumption of omega-3 fatty acids.
    6.                   Convert the diet to fresh, whole, natural foods with an emphasis on rawness. 
        Health Revelations, October 1995: 8
        Trace Elements in Medicine, 1992; 9; 1: 34-37
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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 insurance policy. 
    For those who experience increased suffering from arthritic conditions in the winter, vitamin D supplementation may help.
        Journal of the American Geriatric Society 1995; 43: 822-828
        Sci J Rheum 1993; 22: 172-177
Vitamin C And Increased Deaths In Winter
    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 disease.
    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.
        British 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.  Urine’s 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.  
        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 ill health.
    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. 
        Health Alert, December 1994: 3
Evening Primrose Oil For Cycling Breast Pain
    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.
        J Royal Soc Med, 1992; 85: 12-15m
        BJCP, 1992; 46: 161-4m
        Lancet, August 17, 1985: 373-7m