- HOUSE ARTIFICIAL ENVIRONMENTS CAUSE
- Winter in Michigan and many
other northern latitudes is a sobering reminder of how we are tied to the environment.
During the summer months there is practically no illness. But come fall and
winter, flu, colds, sore throats, exhaustion and depression are everywhere. This is
also the time of year when it seems we hear of more deaths and serious life-threatening
- Why is this? It seems
clear. We are meant to be outside, at comfortable temperatures, breathing fresh air
and getting lots of sunlight. Instead we cloister in synthetic buildings that are
out-gassing every imaginable chemical, expose ourselves only to artificial light, bathe
ourselves in lots of electromagnetic fields generated in the home and office, and breathe
artificial, conditioned air. When we do go out, the conditions may be so harsh that
it is painful.
- This does not go unnoticed by
our bodies. When adaptive reserves are spent, illness is the result. Illness
is our body telling us that we are subjecting it to something for which it is not
- Every spring we take all the
houseplants at the home and office outside to get fresh air, sunlight and rain. They
thrive. The leaves get greener, new sprouts pop out everywhere, flowers emerge and
all the plants grow like wild fire. They obviously love it. When we bring them
back inside in the fall, they do okay for awhile... but it's not long before leaves start
dropping, the green turns dull, growth slows or stops, and we battle mites, fungus and
what-have-you all winter. All the fertilizer in the world does not do for them what
returning them to the outside in the spring does.
- We're not plants, but the
parallel should not be ignored. When we come indoors in the fall we too lose our
color, shed skin, look sickly and become vulnerable to bugs. All the vitamins and
herbs (fertilizer) in the world will not do for us what getting outside in the summer will
- The lesson here is to re-learn
what is so obvious. We are linked to our environment with chains we can never break,
regardless of our technology or medicines.
- If you want health, if you want
your full life potential, return to nature in every way it is possible to do so.
Nothing else will substitute.
- SOFT DRINKS - THE SLEEPING MONSTER
- People drink more soft drinks
than water. Why not? Such drinks seem to quench thirst better, they create a
fun little fizz, clear the mouth, taste better than water, and pep you up. Besides,
no one seems to be dying of a heart attack after they drink a Coke, or experience
tumors popping out under their armpits after downing a few cans.
- But you are smarter than this.
You know, based upon the genetic archetypal pattern described continually in the Health Letter, that anything we do that departs
from what we would do if left alone in the wild must be highly suspect. We dont
need to sacrifice thousands of mice, monkeys or dogs in laboratories to find out if
drinking an artificial beverage from a can is safer than drinking water.
- Before you eat or drink
anything out of a package, read the label. If the ingredients cannot be identified
as something you would receive in a natural food, and in proportionate quantities in the
package, then the wise course is to avoid it.
- Most soft drinks contain
phosphoric acid, caffeine, sugar, or perhaps artificial sweeteners, carbon dioxide and
various artificial or natural flavorings and colorings.
- In spite of this potpourri of
ingredients (which the average person has no concept of in terms of the influence on
health) our population by and large has become dependent upon soft drinks, suckling on
them just like a baby does on a nipple. It is no longer even a choice for most
people. They are addicted either to the taste or to the ingredients in the products.
Addiction to a packaged product should be a sure signal to any thinking person that
something is wrong, and they better set their life straight if they do not want to reap
- Let me speak just briefly about
some of the known dangers of the common ingredients in soft drinks. Phosphoric acid
helps create the bite in soft drinks, serves as a preservative, and helps
dissolve more of the fizzy carbon dioxide into solution.
- An acid is a compound that is
in need of electrons. To get these electrons, phosphoric acid pulls them from the
body. We are, as a population, already electron-deficient. Free radical
pathology is based upon molecules that are electron-deficient. Free radicals lie at
the base, or at least in some important step, in virtually all disease processes. So
why would we want to consume, on a continuing basis, electron-deficient materials?
- Phosphoric acid also has the
ability to decrease ionized calcium in the blood. It can dissolve calcium from the
bones such as the spine and hip, leading to osteoporosis. To balance phosphoric
acid, the body must neutralize it with other important minerals such as magnesium,
potassium, and calcium. Some of these minerals are then excreted from the body as
the neutral salts.
- It is also believed that the
continued consumption of phosphoric acid will send a signal to the stomach that it needs
to secrete less acid. Low gastric acidity is already a problem as we age, resulting
in poor digestion, overgrowth of pathogenic microorganisms, and constant digestive
- Caffeine is a drug that has the
ability to directly interfere in brain neurotransmitter chemistry. For example, it
can block adenosine resulting in stimulations such as increased heart rate and blood
pressure, constriction of arteries and increased urination. Caffeine can also cause
the release of adrenaline and increase blood sugar, resulting in hyper-insulinemia which
is now linked to heart disease. Additionally, the constant stress on the adrenal
gland can lead to adrenal exhaustion and deficiency of important cortisone biochemicals.
Caffeine has been behaviorally linked to aggression, shouting, nervousness,
irritability, recklessness, and self-mutilation such as nail biting, hair pulling,
scratching, digging or other obsessive patterns. Fun soft drinks are an
excellent vehicle to deliver this addictive drug. People who get hooked experience
sluggishness, loss of energy, headaches, and the inability to think clearly upon
withdrawal. These symptoms are promptly relieved with another soft drink fix.
- A typical can of soft drink
contains about 11 teaspoons of sugar. Sugar also increases the excretion of
important minerals such as calcium, magnesium, chromium and zinc and can cause
osteoporosis. Sugar competes with vitamin C for uptake into cells and thus increases
susceptibility to a wide range of diseases that are kept in check by adequate levels of
vitamin C. As a population we are already deficient in vitamin C as a result of low
consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Constant surges of sugar in the
blood cause the pancreas to keep up by secreting insulin. Over time this continued
stress is believed to exhaust Islet cells responsible for producing insulin, leading to
- Aspartame, the usual diet
drink ingredient, breaks down into aspartic acid, phenylalanine and methanol.
Aspartic acid in high doses is an excitotoxin and can cause serious behavioral
problems and neurological disorders. Phenylalanine in high doses decreases
serotonin, which can lead to depression and sleep disorders. Methanol in high doses
is metabolized in the liver into toxic formaldehyde, which is a carcinogen, mutagen and
teratogen, and formic acid, which is the active chemical in insect stings.
Methanol toxicity is cumulative, resulting in symptoms such
as headaches, tinnitus, loss of memory, neural inflammation, numbness, blurred vision,
retinal damage and blindness.
- Granted, people who are
drinking soft drinks do not experience all these dramatic symptoms. Everything is
dose-dependent. However, over time the cumulative effect of
these toxins can result in toxicities ranging all the way from just a general loss of
vitality up to serious illness which, after years of consuming such beverages,
would be almost impossible to link to them.
- I also am highly suspicious of
constantly eating or drinking anything out of a package. Most soft drinks and beers
are consumed out of aluminum cans that have ostensibly protective coatings,
but who is to say these coatings work perfectly? The acid in soft drinks is very
effective at pulling aluminum into solution and once it gets there you end up with some
degree of aluminum poisoning. Aluminum is linked also to loss of calcium in the
urine and has been associated with lesions in Alzheimers disease patients.
- All this considered, it
certainly is time to think about changing our drinking habits to fresh, clean, pure water.
- SOY AS THERAPY
- Soy is not a truly natural
food. I say this because natural foods are those foods which can be eaten raw,
exactly as they are found in nature. If soy is eaten raw, assuming it could ever be
found in sufficient quantity in the wild, it would be toxic since it contains a variety of
antinutritional factors that can seriously interfere with digestion of necessary food
components. An example would be the protease inhibitors in soy that prevent enzymes
from breaking proteins down so they can be assimilated into the body.
- With that said, this does not
mean that soy is without benefit. It indeed can have many benefits if processed
properly. Soy has the ability to help prevent and reverse a variety of modern
- Here are some examples
demonstrating the benefits of soy from the recent literature:
Animals fed an
atherogenic diet (more needless animal experimentation) were found to have an improved
blood lipid profile including lower blood serum cholesterol and LDL and VLDL, and the
highest HDL values compared to animals not receiving the isoflavones in soy.
Additionally, atherosclerotic lesions in the coronary vessels were smallest in the
animals fed the soy products. The isoflavones in the soy are of particular benefit
since their presence in the soy doubles the protection against atherosclerosis.
Since there are processing methods which fractionate soy into a variety of
components, whole soy products would yield the most benefits.
144 women with newly
diagnosed breast cancer had laboratory studies to determine the amount of soy isoflavones
or degradation products of isoflavones, such as equol, in the gut. Women who have
the highest level of soy breakdown products, compared to controls, have the lowest risk of
breast cancer. In some cases there was a four-fold reduction in risk between the
measured highest and lowest levels of these breakdown products.
Genisteine, a soy
isoflavone, strongly inhibits the cell proliferation of breast cancer cells. Soy
isoflavones act like pseudoestrogens and can bind to estrogen receptors with about
1/1000 the offinity of estrogens.
This is believed to be the reason that Asian women have such a lower risk of
estrogen-sensitive cancers. Asians who consume soy-rich foods have almost 1,000
times the amount of soy isoflavones in their blood as Western women. The result is a
five to ten-fold lower incidence of estrogen-sensitive cancer. Phytoestrogens from
soy exert their effect by acting as anti-estrogens, competing with natural estrogen to
bind to hormone-dependent cells. They also increase the level of sex hormone binding
globulin and thereby also decreasing natural estrogen (estradiol). Additionally,
they may act by blocking the enzyme that converts androstenedione to estrogens.
Soy isoflavones have
the ability to prevent the oxidation of LDL cholesterol. Oxidized cholesterol is the
root cause of atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease, not natural unoxidized
cholesterol. Since soy isoflavones are polyphenols, similar to vitamin E, they
perhaps act in a similar way to this powerful antioxidant in absorbing free radicals and
protecting vascular cells from damage.
- Women at high risk for breast
cancer due to family history, or those with newly diagnosed breast cancer, should consider
consuming high levels of soy products. Additionally, Estrolog contains the
spectrum of soy isoflavones and would be an excellent supplement. For others not at
high risk, a moderate amount of soy may be preventive. Everyone, however, should be
moving the diet increasingly toward what we are genetically adapted to as described in the
Optimal Health Program. As this is done, a variety of natural phytonutrients will be
consumed, providing the optimal preventive and therapeutic nutrition.
Arterioscl Thromb Vasc Biol, 1997;17:2524-31
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition,
- J Agric
Food Chem, 1997;45:4635-8
Natl Acad Sci, 1998;95:3106-10
- PLACEBO SURGERY
- The heart muscle is fed by
blood vessels other than the coronary arteries. Branches of the internal mammary
artery also feed the myocardium (heart muscle).
- About 50 years ago surgeons had
the idea of tying off other branches of the internal mammary artery that did not feed the
myocardium under the theory that this would result in increased blood flowing to the
heart, thus relieving angina in heart patients. Some 70% of
patients who underwent the surgery experienced total relief from angina.
- In 1955 a study was conducted
on 100 patients who, without their knowledge, were given a sham operation in which the
chest was opened and closed without anything being done to the internal mammary artery.
The patients were under the belief that this was going to help their angina.
Not only did 70% of these experience relief from angina, but they even showed
improvement in their electrocardiograms, exercise tolerance, and were able to decrease the
use of pain medications. Thus, this placebo surgery created essentially the same
results as the real thing.
- Such placebo-type surgeries
would be considered unethical today. The problem this creates is that there is no
way of testing the true benefits of any given surgical procedure, since the results may be
due to the placebo effect. The scientific standard for testing safety and efficacy
involves randomized placebo-controlled, crossover, double-blind studies. Even if a
placebo surgery was performed on a patient without his or her knowledge, the surgeon would
still know and the study would not be double blind and thus not qualify.
- There is the likely situation
today that many surgical procedures are done at great expense and pain with no true proof
of their effectiveness. This also demonstrates the powerful effect of the mind on
the course of disease, since merely thinking you are going to be healed may in fact result
in it happening.
of the American Medical Association, December 29, 1955:1602-1606
Townsend Letter, December 1998:59
- TOMATO LYCOPENE AND DISEASE
- The relationship between
antioxidants found in body tissues and risk of heart attack has been studied in 10
European countries. Biopsies of tissues from those individuals suffering a heart
attack were analyzed for various antioxidant carotenoids.
The most consistently effective carotenoid exerting a
protective effect against heart disease was found to be lycopene.
- Lycopene is found primarily in
tomatoes, although it can also be found in other brightly colored fruits and vegetables.
Not only is lycopene effective against heart attack, but other research has
demonstrated it can decrease prostate cancer risk and contribute excellently to the pool
of antioxidants protective against a broad range of other diseases.
- Spectrox is an excellent
source of lycopene, as well as a broad range of other carotenoids and antioxidants.
I juice tomatoes periodically in the morning mixed with some cayenne pepper, Whole
Food Concentrate and empty Mega C, Spectrox and Probiosyn capsules
in and add to that the juice of 1/2 lemon. This creates a super-concentrated
antioxidant supplement, helps alkalinize the body, and helps implant probiotic organisms.
What a way to start the day. This little mix probably contains more raw,
natural nutrients than the average person consumes in a week.
- Am J
- COFFEE AND IRON
- The presence of coffee or tea
can inhibit iron absorption. Iron deficiency is a problem in our modern processed
food society. Menstruating women are particularly vulnerable.
- The solution is to cut down on
or eliminate the consumption of coffee and tea. If you are hopelessly addicted,
increasing the consumption of natural foods including red meats and taking a multiple
vitamin supplement containing vitamin A, such as Optimal, along with a broad
spectrum mineral supplement, such as Orgamin, can help inhibit these negative
counteractions between iron and coffee or tea.
- J Nutr
- SUPPLEMENT VALUE IN THE ELDERLY
- We are all at risk of nutrient
imbalance and deficiency in this modern age of fabricated foods, yet the most susceptible
segments of the population are the young and the old. The young are susceptible
because their needs for energy and growth are remarkable. In the elderly a variety
of factors predisposes them to deficiency. This would include a less efficient
digestive capability, lack of access to high quality foods, less activity and decreased
energy expenditure resulting in loss of appetite, poor dentition or painful dental
disease, and despondency or loss of enthusiasm for life.
- It is my view, as I have
discussed in detail elsewhere, (see the Rationale for Vitamin/Mineral Supplementation
Monograph and the February 1997 Wysong Health Letter)
that anyone interested in optimal health should take a broad spectrum of dietary
supplements. Research proves their benefits in virtually every segment of the
population. The elderly can particularly benefit, although they may have to overcome
the attitude that what has gotten them this far in life will take them the rest of the
- In a study to test the value of
supplements in the elderly, 81 residents of a nursing home with a mean age of 84 years
were assigned to various supplement and placebo groups. Those receiving a spectrum
of vitamins and minerals, after a two-year assessment period, were shown to have as much
as a 66% reduction in infections compared to those receiving placebo.
- Our objective as we get older
is to add life to years, not to merely extend years to life. Supplements have such
great potential for this segment of the population in terms of helping to forestall and
even reverse disease conditions, enhance mental capabilities, and provide emotional
motivation for living. The side effects are essentially zero. If you are in
that age category start today; if you have a loved one in that age category insist that
they begin. At a very minimum a multi vitamin/mineral and antioxidant supplement
would do so much. Ideally cycling through all of the supplements in the Foundation
Formula Program, and then adding specific Nutrient Support Formulas addressing whatever
maladies an elderly person may have, would be optimal supplementation.
Nutr Metab, 1997;41:98-107
- ADVERSE DRUG REATIONS - A LEADING KILLER
- A study reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association (not
some alternative whacko magazine), demonstrated that in just one year, 1994,
over 2,216,000 hospitalized patients had serious adverse drug reactions (ADR's). Of
these, 106,000 of the reactions were fatal. This excludes errors in drug
administration, noncompliance, overdose, drug abuse, therapeutic failures, and just
possible but not proven ADR's.
- That means that there is about
a 1 in 15 chance if you are admitted to a hospital that you will have such a reaction, and
a 1 in a little over 300 chance that you will die from this reaction. It is
the fifth leading cause of death! Consider also that these adverse drug
reaction and fatality statistics are only related to hospital admissions and do not
address the adverse drug reactions and fatalities that occur during the course of everyday
outpatient clinical treatments.
- Even with this pitiful record,
prescription pharmaceuticals are a growth industry. People spend approximately
$326.00 per person each year on pharmaceuticals, which brings to the pharmaceutical
industry approximately $85 billion each year.
- That kind of money creates a
lot of power and entrenches deeply the modern pharmaceutical paradigm, particularly when
the pharmaceutical industry spends some $4 million marketing directly to physicians.
- These sobering statistics bring
several things to mind. One is, it reinforces the absurdity of the argument by the
medical community that nutritional supplements are an insidious danger, on which we should
focus. In actual fact, there are essentially no adverse reactions to supplements
used in moderation and varied as described in the Optimal Health Program. On the
other hand, tens of thousands die from the main line therapeutic arsenal of the medical
- Secondly, this should give
anyone reason for pause before running to the hospital or to the physician for every
little ill and insisting that something be done which is usually a prescription
orally or by injection. Thirdly, these are not good odds. There are a lot of
people who will not get on an airplane, even though the odds of an injury or fatality are
far, far less than these odds. Lastly, what is the trade off?
Is cancer being cured, arthritis reversed, heart disease stopped, and strokes
prevented? No they arent. The majority of the chronic degenerative
diseases at which these pharmaceutical agents are being targeted continue on, not only
unabated, but escalating in incidence.
- The pharmaceutical allopathic
(symptom-based) approach to medicine is a bad idea for which millions of people are paying
a heavy price.
Townsend Letter, July 1998:24
of the American Medical Association, 1998;279:1200, 1216
- REVERSING OBESITY IN CHILDREN
- As I describe in the book, The Synorgon Diet - How To Achieve Healthy Weight In
A World Of Excess, obesity is merely a consequence of modern living. Following
the Optimal Health Program is a sure cure for obesity since it addresses processed foods
and sedentary living, the fundamental causes of obesity.
- One of the most remarkable
changes to have occurred in modern diets is the conversion from raw foods to processed
foods, and from relatively high proteins and fats to high carbohydrates.
Carbohydrates as found in most processed foods are derived from agriculturally
based grains and are an unnatural food for humans. Never in the wild would we be
able to assemble enough grains of wheat or rice or oats to make a meal. If we ate
them in their raw state we could not digest them. If we ate enough of them in their
raw state they would be toxic. If we mill, refine and cook them we destroy much of
their nutritional value and create a sugar surfeit.
- Research has shown that by
decreasing the carbohydrates in obese children, weight can be returned to normal in a
safe, rapid way. In a recent study, children on average lost 34 pounds and those who
were suffering from sleep disorders had sleep patterns returned to normal.
- The bottom line is get the kids
off sugars and carbohydrates. They have high energy demands. If their
mainstay does not contain significant levels of protein and fat, they will crave
carbohydrates to meet these energy demands.
Pediatrics, January 1998:61-67
- MAGNESIUM - A POWERFUL MEDICINE
- Todays refined,
fractionated, purified, artificially fertilized foods are mineral deficient.
Magnesium is a major mineral that is essential for health. It participates in
hundreds, perhaps thousands of important physiological processes.
- When a nutrient is supplemented
to the diet and reverses disease, it can be assumed that the victim had been deficient.
- If magnesium is given within 6
to 7 hours after the onset of heart attack chest pain, a significant reduction in heart
attack mortality occurs. This is given intravenously and costs pennies to do, but is
by and large ignored by the medical community.
- Magnesium can also be used for
muscle spasms, such as in the calf muscles during the night. In fact, during such
treatment it was found that magnesium may also benefit women who suffer from urinary
dysfunction such as increased frequency of urination, urgency, incontinence, and detrusor
- In a study of 40 women with
these symptoms, magnesium supplementation for four weeks provided excellent relief of
symptoms compared with controls. Dosage in the study was from 350 to 700 mg twice
- Other symptoms of magnesium
deficiency which supplementation will help include insomnia, depression, fatigue, anxiety,
migraines, asthma, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, urinary stone
formation, and premenstrual syndrome.
- At the higher doses of 600-700
mg per day diarrhea may develop in some individuals, so the dosage should be reduced to a
better level in those cases. An excellent broad spectrum major mineral supplement
containing magnesium is Orgamin.
- Br J
Obstet Gynaecol, 1998;105:667-669
Experts Speak, 1997:57-58
- CELL PHONES AND HEALTH
- German researchers have
determined that exposure of the brain to electromagnetic fields during the use of mobile
phones can increase blood pressure by as much as 10 points. Dont assume that
just because you cannot feel something that your body is not reacting. Remember,
x-rays cannot be detected by any of our senses, but can ruin health, cause cancer and even
- A wise course is to use any
electrical device with moderation. In the case of cell phones, use them only for
emergencies, not to chat.
- With time, as research
continues to unfold and reveal deleterious results, it will become apparent why a
suspicious attitude toward all such devices is wise.
Lancet, June 20, 1998:1857-1858