- A MEDICAL POLICE STATE
In October of 1990, eleven FDA agents, five U.S. Marshals
and four heavily armed Oregon State Police reportedly raided a small company in Mount
Angel, Oregon. The President and employees of
the company were restrained from entering the offices for four hours while the offices
were ransacked, and computer information printed. The
FDAs warrant called for the seizure of nine products, but they seized 14, as well as
all labels and artwork for nearly 200 products. The
crime of this company (no criminal charges have been filed) was that it had
been providing literature about its nutritional products, including scientific studies, to
customers who had been requesting this information.
As Dr. Julian Whitaker commented in his Health and Healing
Newsletter, the FDA treated the company as if it had been passing out
capsules of HIV virus. According to reports
we see in the literature, this is simply one of many such instances.
Whether or not such an investigation ever results in
convictions, it nevertheless has the potential to destroy people, their businesses, their
reputations, and the livelihood of employees.
Are citizens truly being protected by such actions? Deaths, or adverse effects from vitamins,
minerals, and other nutritional supplements are essentially non-existent, therefore, the
question is Who is being protected, and from what?
Our government approves of 80 million Americans starting the
day with a Coke, of smoking, hydrogenated oil- (toxic trans-fatty acids) laden junk food
by the millions of tons, followed inevitably by approved surgery and drugs when our bodies
cave in from the abuse? And yet our government finds it necessary to curtail the choices
available to those seeking ways to improve their personal health?
Not too long ago a bill put before Congress, called HR-2597,
proposed to give the FDA more unchecked power to raid companies, tap phone lines, and
otherwise police the nutritional supplement industry.
This was more power than the DEA had to combat heroine and cocaine traffic. But HR-2597 met opposition and was shelved. Now it has been reborn as HR-3642. The only difference is that the phone tap provisions have
Medical regulation on the surface anyway seems
rational. After all, dont we need to be
protected from dangerous drugs and charlatans? Yes,
we do, but should I be given the power to protect you, or you be given the power to
protect yourself? If I have that power, can
you be sure I am going to primarily look out after your interests or mine?
It is naive to believe and live as though someone some-where
else has our best interests at heart. We
would like to believe an elected government is a public servant. We know better.
Wed likewise like to believe doctors are selfless dedicated healers
committed to their fellow man. We forget
doctors are human and rooted in cultural, social and economic contexts with a precedent
interest in self and family.
So, if the abiding rule is that you care more about you than
anyone else, then it follows that the onus be placed on you to be fully informed to make
your own decisions caveat emptor let
the buyer beware.
Regulation the FDA, EPA, ad infinitum should enforce truthfulness,
honesty and full information. We then should
be given the right to our own decision-making process.
Are we all idiots, and only those charged with regulation bright enough to
weigh information and make decisions?
What is needed today is more medical freedom, more right to
medical self-determination, and more health innovation, not restriction to one
monopolistic way of viewing health care. The passing of HR-3642 is definitely not in our
best interest and deserves opposition.
Shown above is a copy of a sample letter that can be written
to U.S. Representatives. [Note: It is not the purpose of the Health Letter to get political but it
would be a shame if we silently permitted the enactment of legislation that stifled health
If you would like to let your voice be heard, compose a
similar letter or use this letter if you wish. Send
a copy to your Representative, and if you dont know who that Representative is,
simply call your local library for the name of your Representative in Congress, and
address the letter to that Representative, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C. 20515.
When you purchase a processed
product, or you eat in a restaurant, how do you really know what youre getting? You dont.
Bodines Incorporated made a pure unsweetened orange
juice and it contained MSG, beet sugar, corn sugar, orange pulp wash and other
things not really characteristic of orange juice at all.
Campbells Soup advertised that some of their soup
contained higher levels of vitamin C than apricots, but apricots are really quite low in
Manufacturers in the pet food industry have been pressing
for label changes to permit them to call peanut shells and corn husks vegetable
fiber, cheese rind cheese, and feathers processed poultry
Obviously, manufacturers are seeking to hide the inferior
quality of their ingredients with more healthful-sounding, euphemistic terms.
Bread can contain something like 60 different additives
which dont even have to be declared on the label.
This winter as I watched my beautiful fruit purchased in the
grocery store sit on my kitchen counter and either never ripen or go through some kind of
weird mummification, rendering them basically inedible, I became highly suspicious about
what had happened between the tree and me. In
Florida one year I visited a tomato grove and watched huge semi tractor trailers being
loaded with green, not even near ripe, tomatoes. I
asked the driver where these were going and what they were doing with them. He said they were on their way to Michigan... to my table.
Radiation can now be used to preserve foods, and it is not
required that you and I know about it. Interesting,
on the other hand, that a cereal manufacturer cant openly discuss the hundreds of
scientific articles establishing the healthful benefits of fiber. The FDA argues thats a drug claim, prohibited since
the manufacturer has not spent 53 million dollars on testing procedures to prove their
cereal is an effective drug. But, our food
can be irradiated without us knowing it. Information
being given to or kept from us is obviously filtered for reasons other than its salutary
For another example, the
Chinese Restaurant Syndrome is believed to be caused by MSG, an amino acid produced from
fermentation, which is also not always required to be listed on the label. If in small quantities, it can appear hidden
within such things as hydrolyzed protein, sodium caseinate, calcium
milk protein, or even somewhere within the natural flavors and seasonings categories on
Regulatory officials could do the consumer a real service by
making sure producers make a full disclosure of whats in their products. The consumer can then make their own choice. The responsibility falls to each of us, to become
properly educated and knowledgeable, to make the proper choices given accurate, complete
and true information.
Osteoporosis annually results in over a million fractures in
men and women over the age of 45. Many are of
the wrist, but the majority are of the hip, with a large percentage of these occurring in
post-menopausal women. All bones can
deteriorate, resulting in the classic Dowagers hump.
Its one thing to experience a fracture in later life
and be faced with the pain of surgery that follows, but over 20,000 women die each year
within the first six months after a hip fracture, due to a variety of sequelae which
This is an extreme stress, usually occurring in later life
when the bodys reserves are low. Being
bedridden and institutionalized increases the risk of various infections, decubital
ulcers, and general depression and malaise. A
body already suffering the consequences of a lifetime of modern nutritional and lifestyle
abuse is then victimized by total inactivity and the worst of nutrition
Its a bad way to end life.
But what is the cause?
Is it, as we may be led to believe, that we are not getting enough calcium? Arent we drinking enough milk or eating
enough meat daily? This is what the dairy and
meat councils would have us believe. But
developed countries such as the United States consume more meat and dairy than about any
other place in the world. Yet we suffer more
osteoporosis, as compared to so-called Third World countries wherein the people consume
very little meat and dairy.
Many now argue that it is our glut, particularly of
animal-based protein that is the cause of osteoporosis.
The mechanism is that protein, above approximately 35 grams per day, is
simply deaminated with the carbon skeletons used for energy or fat deposition and the
nitrogen component creating uric acids which dissolve calcium from the bone and excrete it
through the kidney. Studies have shown that a
high calcium diet will still result in a negative
calcium balance if excessive protein is consumed. On
the other hand, if lower levels of protein are consumed a positive calcium balance will
result. On a high protein diet, approximately
80 mg. of calcium can be flushed from the bones each day, resulting in almost 75% of the
matrix of bone lost within 40 years.
The solution is to de-emphasize animal products. This does not mean that they necessarily have to
be eliminated entirely. Some individuals
simply cannot do well on a strictly fruitarian or vegetarian diet. There is likely a genetic component here. If we are descended from a predominantly
vegetarian-based society, we may be able to do well.
If we are descended from a line which consumed higher levels of animal
protein, we may not be able to do very well on a vegetarian diet. Each individual will have to decide, but it is
certain that we do not need animal products three meals a day, or even every day. Many nutritionists now suggest that we make it a
goal to eat meatless meals, and to have meatless days.
This will help keep the body in a positive calcium balance and can prevent
the development of osteoporosis in later years.
Another consideration is
exercise. A baby who never learns to walk,
but rather remains in a crib, will never properly develop its skeletal framework. It is stress on the bones as a result of the
forces created by exercise, walking, lifting, and so forth, which creates not only the
conformation of the bone, its tuberosities, crests, and general shape, but also its
density and strength against forces. Also,
when a bone is fractured it will always heal much better if the point of fracture can
remain immobilized, while at the same time the bone can undergo some kind of exercise
stress, such as with a walking cast. One of
the dilemmas of space travel is the negative effect of long-term weightlessness on the
strength of bones.
What does this tell us?
It tells us that exercise is important to maintain the density and strength
of bones. Not just aerobic, or passive
exercise, but also weight bearing, resistance kinds of exercise which overload the bone
with forces and send them a message that they must get stronger. Thus, although walking is certainly beneficial,
climbing stairs will help increase the density of bones.
Also, weight bearing exercises, using barbells or resistance machines such
as in a health club or with home equipment will all help increase the strength of bones
and keep them in a positive calcium balance.
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Wilderness This quarterly publication of The Wilderness Society
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are sophisticated and compelling. For
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This is the bi-monthly publication of The Sierra Club, and is another excellent
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FOODS CAN HEAL
Patients with chronic
prostatitis and prostatodynia experienced relief with ingestion of flower pollen as a
Br. J. Urol, 1989; 64; 496-499
evidence is available suggesting that Vitamin B6 taken at levels of 50-100 mg. per day can
prevent heart attacks and strokes. The mechanism is by an indirect
antioxidant role, converting homocysteine (derived primarily from meat
can oxidize cholesterol, into cystathionine, an antioxidant.
Townsend Letter for Doctors,
Be wary of cooking utensils.
Aluminum levels increased 75-fold in water which had been heated in aluminum
cookware. Since aluminum is implicated in
Alzheimers Disease, it is recommended that one not use aluminum cookware which
permits contact with the food.
Probiotics may one day replace antibiotics. A
controlled study reported in the March 1 issue of Annals
of Internal Medicine demonstrated that chronic yeast vaginal infections can be
relieved by Lactobacillus acidophilus. Women in the study consumed 8 ounces of yogurt per
day containing active Lactobacillus acidophilus
cultures. It is believed that the organism
competes with yeast and colonizes readily from the colon to the vaginal area.
Science News, March 7, 1992: 159
Heart disease is largely a modern phenomenon. Most
physicians graduating from medical school at the turn of the century did not even hear of
coronary thrombosis in their studies, yet today it is responsible for 50% of all deaths.
Oxidized cholesterol not cholesterol is toxic
- According to Wilfred
M.D., who recommends taking 600-800 I.U. of Vitamin E per day, the 25% decline in heart
attack deaths since 1974 may be due to the fact that one in seven now consume Vitamin E
and other antioxidant supplements.
Pharmaceuticals compel and mask - but do not heal
Many diseases are caused by
deficiencies, but remember, there is no known disease caused by deficiency of a synthetic
pharmaceutical. Headaches, for example, are
not caused by a deficiency of aspirin. A
stomachache is not caused by a lack of antacids.
Assume synthetic foods are toxic until proven otherwise
Myasthenia Gravis, a
progressive facial muscular disorder, may be associated with aspartame (NutraSweet)
Townsend Letter for Doctors, 819;91:699-700
Cooking grains in a porridge is one of the safest and most
nutritious ways to prepare seeds and grains. It
more effectively (as opposed to baking) inactivates antinutritional factors, and
neutralizes possible mycotoxins and other contaminants.
Ergot poisoning leading to vast epidemics and dementia in the Middle Ages was
traceable to rye bread, for example. By
thoroughly cooking gelatinizing the starches the energy value of the grains
is made most available. Micronutrients such
as enzymes, vitamins and minerals which are diminished by cooking should be supplemented
with Wysong Chelamin (minerals), RDA (vitamins/minerals) and Zymase or Biotic (enzymes).
Whole Grain Cooking
Ratio: One cup
Grain* to two or three cups purified water (A
good rule of thumb is to begin with 2 1/2 cups of water to 1 cup grain, and then increase
this amount if the cereal dries before fully cooked, or pour off the excess water if it is
not fully absorbed by the cereal. Make a note
of this, and then regulate the amount of water used the next time this particular grain is
amount of grain in 10 times the amount of luke warm water, and permit to soak overnight. (This soaking step may be eliminated if time does
not permit. The soaking, however, helps
soften the grain to ease cooking, and helps to remove certain antinutritional factors
found within grains, as well as pesticides, herbicides, and other contaminants.)
Swirl the cereal
in the water with your hand, scrubbing and mixing the cereal to loosen any chaff, dirt,
debris, and other contaminants. Pour off the
water including any elements that are floating on the water. Rinse again, or continue to rinse for a short time
if the grains appeared dirty or the rinse water is discolored. Use a strainer when the last portion of water is
being poured off in order to catch the grains.
Add the desired
amount of purified water.
Place on burner
at high setting and bring to a boil with cover off.
setting to low, and place cover on pan once vigorous boiling has stopped.
Allow to cook 45
- 60 minutes. Check periodically to be sure
the cereal is not drying out too much. If it
is, add a small amount of water. Do not stir
during this low cooking period of time, as this will disrupt air channels in the cereal
which help to cook it evenly.
If the cereal
has not fully absorbed the water and expanded, but still remains in hard seed form, add
more water as necessary and extend the cooking time until it is soft and moist when
cereal in the refrigerator and reheat by placing a bowl of the cereal in a basket in a
covered pan, and steaming.
Spices can be
added to the grain at the beginning or at the end of cooking time as desired. A cinnamon stick added to cereal during the
cooking process creates a nice aroma and flavor.
For cereals, try
adding soaked almonds, walnuts, or pecans (remove the skins from almonds after soaking for
better digestibility) where the water has been drained and refilled two to three times
over about 36 hours to remove the dark tannins from the nuts. Chop and add to cereal along with fresh or
rehydrated dried fruits, and dairy, soy, or nut beverage, or yogurt of your choice.
*Some suggested grains are:
Basmati Rice, Whole Brown Rice, Buckweat Groats, Wild Rice, Oat Meal, Millet,
Amaranth, Quinoa, Couscous.
The rain forests of the world are being lost at an average
rate of more than a football field a second, or 39,000,000 acres a year (an area larger
than our home state, Michigan). ONE THIRD of
the worlds rain forests are already destroyed.
Yet 50% of the worlds oxygen supply comes from the rain forests, and 80% of
all the worlds surface vegetation is in the rain forests.
We dont know what were doing, because we
dont know what were undoing. What
are we losing? Perhaps much: 50% of all pharmaceuticals originated from plants,
yet weve screened only 1% of the rain forest plants for potential medical use. Although saving the rain forest because it may
possess the cure for cancer is a weak argument (cancer is not caused by a
deficiency of a rain forest plant), the loss of 270 species per day is a profound genetic
In the Amazon Region, over 1,000,000 as-yet-unknown species
are believed to exist. In this area, there
are 80,000 documented species of plants here in North America there are only
17,000. Rain forests are worth saving!
A possible partial solution lies with the RAINFOREST PRESERVATION FOUNDATION in Fort Worth,
Texas. Committed to buying as much land as
possible in the Amazon Rain Forest, to be placed into a perpetual trust, this group is
encouraging anyone concerned to donate (tax deductible) and actually sponsor an acre or
more to make a small difference in our world. You
receive a Preservation Deed which is suitable for framing, in the name of the
person of your choice. Each $25 preserves one
Preservation Foundation, P.O. Box 820308, Fort Worth, TX
- THE "100%
COMPLETE" PET FOOD MYTH REVISITED
A recent study in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical
Association demonstrated that although two foods may analyze the same, results of a
feeding trial using the two foods may be entirely different. In this study, one diet was capable of not causing
any overt signs of deficiency, while another with the same analysis resulted in clinical
signs typical of zinc and copper deficiencies.
The authors conclude that such results demonstrate the need
for proving the adequacy of pet foods by subjecting them to feeding trials. By implication, we are then led to believe that
adequacy of a diet by feeding trials will prove 100% complete-ness, and
justify the usage of such claims on a label. This
is not the appropriate conclusion to be drawn from the data, however.
Many nutritionists are of the outdated opinion that lack of
overt nutritional deficiency is equivalent to the presence of health. Such is not necessarily the case. Less-than-optimal nutrition can result in subtle,
non-clinical defects that render an animal, or person, more susceptible to disease or
infection, or chronic degenerative conditions that only occur much later in life. The fact that these researchers demonstrated that
two diets of similar chemical analysis produced varying feeding test results means only
that nutrient analysis is not a good barometer for measuring good nutrition. It does not follow, however, that feeding trials
prove 100% complete and balanced diets. Because
an animal may be fed a diet for several weeks, or even through its growth stages, and not
show classic nutritional deficiency symptoms only proves that what we know about
nutritional deficiency may not have been violated. It
says nothing about what we dont know about nutritional adequacy or long-term
Similarly, children can grow up on candy, French fries,
cola, milk shakes and burgers and yet appear vibrantly healthy into early
adulthood. But it is this same population
which suffers the many modern degenerative plagues (cancer, arthritis, heart disease,
diabetes, obesity...) of our so-called advanced society.
As Wysong literature has
stated before, a 100% complete claim demands that we have 100% complete
knowledge of nutrition. Since nutrition rests
on a host of other sciences, such as biochemistry, physics, physiology, and so forth, for
which we do not have 100% complete knowledge, it is not possible for us to have 100%
complete knowledge of nutrition. Any crude
test, such as a nutrient analysis, or short-term feeding trials, cannot prove a diet is
optimally formulated to produce optimal health.
There is an incredible delusion that exists all up and down
the pet food industry, from consumers to retailers, to veterinarians, to manufacturers, to
regulatory officials, to academicians. All
seem to have uncritically accepted the 100% complete diet claim, in spite of
the fact that it continues to be proven wrong.
Time and again, diets which have supposedly been proven to be 100%
complete create various nutritional diseases such as taurine deficiency, potassium
deficiency, carnitine deficiency, zinc deficiency, and others which may not be so easily
identifiable. It is likely that the chronic
degenerative diseases of animals, including obesity, autoimmune disease, arthritis, organ
disease, premature aging, various dermatoses, all are related to an improper and
sub-optimal environmental context, including one of our most intimate contexts of all,
that of our food.
Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 199;
PROMISE OF CURE ASSURES THE PERPETUATION OF DISEASE
Many television news stations allot time for medical news
segments reporting breakthroughs such as new vaccines, drugs, surgeries, diagnostic
tests and transplants. We are given hope that
cancer, AIDS, heart disease, multiple sclerosis and arthritis will soon be vanquished.
Some of these segments are real teases, often very hopeful
in nature, and leave us in awe of medical technology.
But such reports of imminent breakthroughs have been aired
for decades. Yet the degenerative cripplers
and killers not only linger but flourish.
Are we being propagandized?
Is such sensationalism actually marketing rather than reporting? Do you think a trillion-dollar medical-industrial
complex does not have such power?
We are told we live longer and are more healthy today than
ever. Not true. The average life expectancy has increased due to
decreased infant mortality (from better hygiene, more efficient food distribution and
decreased mycotoxins in the food supply, not medical intervention), but life span is
essentially unchanged. (See Health Letter, October 1991.)
We are told we have better health than other less developed
countries with less medical care. Not true. We rank 24th in male mortality, 22nd in infant
mortality and 8th in female mortality.
We are led to believe a clogged coronary artery is easily
fixed with bypass surgery. Not true. Arguably, the risks exceed the benefits and other
far less costly and safer treatments are more effective. (More on this in an upcoming
We are led to believe our star wars approach to cancer will
be the answer. Not true. Since Nixon declared war on the disease, over 20
billion dollars have been spent on research and 45 billion per year on conventional
therapy. In 1900 one in thirty died from
cancer, today one in five do.
We are led to believe the plagues of the past, including
polio, pneumonia, tuberculosis, diphtheria, scarlet fever, whooping cough, influenza and
measles were vanquished by vaccines, antibiotics, and chemotherapeutics. Not true. Each
of the medical measures were introduced after the majority of the disease had declined. (See Rationale
for Nutrition pp.16-17.)
Are we being hoodwinked?
Take note of the break-throughs you hear about that never materialize. This is not to say our medical technology is not a
marvel. If youre broken, theres
not a better place to be repaired. But if you
want to stay well, or heal the chronic degenerative diseases of wrong living, this may be
the best place not to be.
Einstein said, Fashion abides over every age without
people realizing tyrants rule over them. In
this election year were reminded of how we can be manipulated and how campaign
promises ring hollow after election day. It
takes special effort not to be taken in by political...or medical campaign promises. The real danger in focusing on cure, and resting
our hopes in it, is that it distracts from prevention. A vaccine, physical exam,
diagnostic test or early diagnosis are not true preventive measures, incidentally. They do not help us build our health or prevent
circumstances that cause disease, as do lifestyle modification and wholesome natural
nutrition. They only further obligate us to
Without true prevention disease continues. Thus our title:
with the promise of cure comes the assurance of the perpetuation of disease.
WYSONG BOOK STORE BOOK REVIEW
If you want to find out more
about eating better to feel better, one title we would recommend is Food Is Your Best Medicine, by H.
Bieler, MD. In this book, a well respected physician discusses
the use of diet rather than drugs and surgery for the maintenance of health
and even the treatment of some diseases. This
title is included in the Wysong Book Store Catalog.
Wysong Book Store Catalog, 1880 N. Eastman Rd., Midland, MI 48642