Dr. R. L. Wysong
Volume 6 Number 5/May 1992
     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 FDA’s 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 been removed.
     Medical regulation — on the surface anyway — seems rational.  After all, don’t 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.   We’d 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 innovation.]
     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 don’t 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 you’re getting?  You don’t.
     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.
     Campbell’s Soup advertised that some of their soup contained higher levels of vitamin C than apricots, but apricots are really quite low in vitamin C.
     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 protein.” 
     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 don’t 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 can’t openly discuss the hundreds of scientific articles establishing the healthful benefits of fiber.       The FDA argues that’s 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 effects. 
     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 caseinate, hydrolyzed milk protein, or even somewhere within the natural flavors and seasonings categories on labels.
     Regulatory officials could do the consumer a real service by making sure producers make a full disclosure of what’s 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 Dowager’s hump.
     It’s 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 follow treatment.
     This is an extreme stress, usually occurring in later life when the body’s 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 – institutional pseudofoods.
     It’s 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?  Aren’t 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.
     Want more information on environmental issues, resources, products?  Here are some excellent periodicals you might subscribe to: 
     Buzzworm The Environmental Journal – Published by Buzzworm, Inc. of Boulder, Colorado, this journal took its name from an old western term for the rattlesnake.  This periodical is not funded by any large corporations or special interest groups, nor is it affiliated in any way with any political or environmental organization.  For subscriptions, write:  Buzzworm, The Environmental Journal, P.O. Box 6853, Syracuse, NY 13217
     E Magazine – is published by Earth Action Network, Inc., which is a nonprofit tax exempt organization in Norwalk, Connecticut.  In a statement found within their journal, they indicate, “E Magazine was formed for the purpose of acting as a clearing-house of information, news, and commentary on environmental issues for the benefit of the general public and in sufficient depth to involve dedicated environmentalists.”  For subscriptions, write:  E Magazine Subscription Department, P.O. Box 6667, Syracuse, NY 13217
     Mother Earth News – The oldest of its type, this unique magazine, which subtitles itself “The Original Country Magazine” and has been going strong for two decades now, is still and always a wealthy source of information for the backyard or global environmentalist.   Published in  North Carolina, this periodical serves as the classic guide for living the country lifestyle and sparing the planet.  For subscriptions, write:  Mother Earth News, P.O. Box 3015, Harlan, Iowa  51593-4255
     Wilderness – This quarterly publication of The Wilderness Society of Washington, D.C., (the magazine is part of membership) is a heartbreakingly beautiful representation of our wilderness and a chronicle of how we are losing it.  The photography is exceptional and the articles are sophisticated and compelling.  For subscriptions, write:  Wilderness, 1400 Eye Street, NW, Washington, D.C.  20005
     Sierra This is the bi-monthly publication of The Sierra Club, and is another excellent periodical which automatically comes with your membership to the group.  In one of the most recent issues, May/June 1992, the spectacular cover, a photo by Galen Rowell entitled “Yosemite Falls by moonlight,” boasts “The Sierra Club Century 1892–1992.”   This publication is as solid and valuable as its source, The  Sierra Club.   For subscriptions, write:  Sierra Club Member Services, 730 Polk St., Dept. A, San Francisco, CA  94109.
     Greenpeace –  Describes the broad activities of the Greenpeace Organization. The use of sometimes dramatic activism is what is necessary to marshal  the attention needed for many environmental issues.  Excellent articles and exposÚs.  For subscriptions, write: Greenpeace Action, 1436 U Street NW, Suite 201A, Washington, D.C.  20009 
     Amicus Journal  Published by the Natural Resources Defense Council. Dedicated to protecting natural resources, improving the human environment, and engaging in public interest advocacy.  For subscriptions, write:  Natural Resources Defense Council, 40 West 20th Street, New York, NY  10011
     Patients with chronic prostatitis and prostatodynia experienced relief with ingestion of flower pollen as a dietary supplement.
          Br. J. Urol, 1989; 64; 496-499
     Considerable evidence is available suggesting that Vitamin B6 taken at levels of 50-100 mg. per day can prevent heart attacks and strokesThe mechanism is by an indirect antioxidant role, converting homocysteine (derived primarily from meat methionine) which can oxidize cholesterol, into cystathionine, an antioxidant.
          Townsend Letter for Doctors,  February 1992
     Be wary of cooking utensils.  Aluminum levels increased 75-fold in water which had been heated in aluminum cookware.  Since aluminum is implicated in Alzheimer’s Disease, it is recommended that one not use aluminum cookware which permits contact with the food.
          Lancet, 1989;1:781-782
     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 phenomenonMost 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 Shute, 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™) consumption.
          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 Instructions
     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 cooked.)
     1.             Put desired 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.)
     2.             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.
     3.             Add the desired amount of purified water.
     4.             Place on burner at high setting and bring to a boil with cover off.
     5.             Reduce heat setting to low, and place cover on pan once vigorous boiling has stopped.
     6.             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.
     7.             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 chewed.
     8.             Store unused cereal in the refrigerator and reheat by placing a bowl of the cereal in a basket in a covered pan, and steaming.
     9.             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. 
     10.             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 world’s rain forests are already destroyed.  Yet 50% of the world’s oxygen supply comes from the rain forests, and 80% of all the world’s surface vegetation is in the rain forests. 
     We don’t know what we’re doing, because we don’t know what we’re undoing.  What are we losing?   Perhaps much:  50% of all pharmaceuticals originated from plants, yet we’ve 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 implosion.
     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 acre. 
     Write:  Rainforest Preservation Foundation, P.O. Box 820308, Fort Worth, TX  76182. 
     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 don’t know about nutritional adequacy or long-term effects.
     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; 6: 731-734
     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 issue.)
     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 you’re broken, there’s 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 we’re 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 medical technology.
     Without true prevention disease continues.  Thus our title:  with the promise of cure comes the assurance of the perpetuation of disease.
     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