WYSONG  HEALTH LETTER
Dr. R. L. Wysong
May 1994
DEAR FRIEND,
    Recently I was called upon to help a friend who was having a severe disk problem.  Before calling me, he had been trying for several days to manage at home alone, unable to walk, sit, or lie on his back.   His only way of moving was to crawl on his belly. 
When I was called he was in severe, unrelenting pain.  The disk(s) were impinging on the nerves in the lower lumbar spinal space and were not only causing pain, but causing his legs to go into violent spasms.  He likened these to gigantic "charley horses" from the tip of the toes clear to the hip.  He had had past bouts with this problem on and off over the past 20-some years.   The only thing that would help him with these painful spasms were muscle relaxants, and he wanted me to supply them to him. 
    I suggested that he get to the Emergency Room for immediate diagnostics, and if necessary, surgical intervention.   This is not to say that I am an advocate of surgery as a first choice with this condition, but knowing that he had been suffering from it for 20-some years, and was not, and would not be taking other appropriate actions that are available (Resource A) I felt that this was certainly an appropriate choice for him, particularly considering the serious neural manifestations of this condition and his incapacitation.
    Once he was in the Emergency Room, he told the personnel exactly the medication that he needed to help relieve the pain and the spasms.  But they (knowing better, of course), proceeded to inject him with a variety of analgesics (pain killers) which simply did not work.  Finally, when given the oral pain killer and muscle relaxant he had first requested, he was better.  When he asked if he could be admitted to have the problem resolved, he was told that they, the Emergency Room staff, were unable to admit him and that his physician would have to.   But when he called his physician, who happened to be a D.O. without admitting privileges in this particular hospital, he was faced with having to leave.
    I took him to my home and we tried to make an immediate appointment with a neurologist.  Several days later, the neurologist would be able to see him, but told him he would have to come to his fourth floor office.  When my friend explained that he was unable to walk, sit or lie on his back, the receptionist told him that was his problem.  We insisted further and finally I arranged to transport him in my vehicle to the Emergency Room.  Here the neurologist came and gave a very cursory examination — a few pin pricks here and there and a couple of reflex pokes — and asked my friend, "What is it you want me to do for you?"  My friend, in desperate pain, said, "I want to be fixed."  The physician then spent most of his time querying him about who his physician was and if he had had diagnostics done before, and what was his history of medical care on this.  After describing to the neurologist that approximately five years ago some diagnostics were done by a physician in another city, the neurologist asked why he simply didn't go back to the other physician.  My friend said he was here because his current D.O. referred him, and that he had gone elsewhere 5 years ago because he was referred there to someone who was supposed to be "very good."  To this the neurologist remarked, "Well.  I think you should still go to someone very good," and he walked away.      He returned shortly, however, and said that they would schedule an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) test for him. 
    Days passed waiting for the MRI appointment.  My friend remained in incredible agony, on his belly on my floor until I could transport him to the MRI imaging center in another town.  When we got there the people immediately said, "Why have you not been admitted to a hospital?"   We thought, no duh!  After receiving the MRI films it was plainly evident that the disks in the lower lumbar area, specifically between L3-L4 and L4-L5, were herniated into the spinal space and impinging on the nerves coursing through the space.  The test was done on a Saturday and we had to wait until Monday to present the films to the neurologist.  Eleven days had passed since the time he injured the disk.
    In the meantime, over this second weekend, my friend had lost urinary and bowel function.  His pain was excruciating and I was not in a position in my home to properly care for him.  I did the best I could but his pain was becoming my pain and anguish as well.  There's nothing quite like seeing someone in chronic pain and entirely depending on you for relief. 
    While at the office the next day, I received a call from him stating that I needed to come home to help him, the pain was more than he could bear.  I told him that he needed to call the ambulance and get transported to the Emergency Room and get admitted so he could receive appropriate care.   At this point I was beginning to wonder whether my stop-gap help was actually postponing the help that he really needed to get at the hospital. 
    So the ambulance took him to the Emergency Room and I felt much better, thinking that now they would certainly see, after so many days, that this was someone who needed appropriate hands-on, around-the-clock medical care.  Instead, at 9:30 that night, I received a call telling me that they were going to kick him out of the Emergency Room.  They had taken care of his immediate problem and one of the attending Emergency Room physicians even told him that he felt he could get him to walk by giving him sufficient pain killers.   But they could not keep him, because he had not yet been admitted.
    Now the reason the disk herniates into the spinal space is because of the flexing of the vertebrae squeezing the intervertebral disk causing the outer fibrous ring (annulus fibrosis) of this disk to rupture, discharging a jelly-like material (nucleus pulposus) into the spinal space.   So if pain killers are given, it gives a false sense of mobility and thus more flexing of the vertebral column can occur, causing more herniation of the disk material and greater pressure on the nerves.  Bad advice!
    By this time my friend was desperate, wondering what a person has to do in order to get appropriate help.  I was incredulous that I was having to again transport a person who had to be moved by gurney to and from my vehicle.  Actually it wasn't even my vehicle now since my eight-year-old van was on its last legs and was in the garage, and the pick-up truck we used to transport him the first time was out of state.  So I had to pick up my friend's pick-up truck at his house some 15 miles away, arrange a bed in the back end of it, and return to the hospital Emergency Room to pick him up. 
    When returning, I took the opportunity to ask the Emergency Room physician why on Earth my friend was not being admitted.  Somewhat put out since he had just spent time with my friend trying to explain to him why he could not admit him, he proceeded to tell me that he did not have admitting privileges and that the basic reason he was not being admitted was because of new insurance and other regulatory measures that had been put into effect to control costs.  At this point I could have cared less about regulations and insurance, I was thinking basic compassion.  I had watched my friend suffer incredibly for many days, had transported him back and forth to the Emergency Room 3 times and now, once again, was to remove him while he showed absolutely no improvement.  He was now at risk of bowel impaction and possibly perforation with resultant peritonitis, he had urinary stasis with the potential for cystitis (bladder infection) and nephritis (kidney infection) and possibly neuron necrosis (nerve death) as a result of the pressure of the herniated material.  This is not to mention the potential mind-body damage from constant pain, dependence, humiliation and helplessness  (Vol. 3, No. 1; 7, 3).
    The well-meaning physician proceeded to tell us how the world was not fair and that if we didn't like these things we should write our congressman.  Further he said, they get people like this all the time and send them home.  I asked, "What if I were not available?"  He said they would have an ambulance take him to his own home.  What a picture — sliding a person who can't move, feed himself, defecate or urinate into his home on the floor!  So I was supposed to write my congressman and feel comforted that they do this to many people as I wheeled my friend out on a gurney into the bed of a pick-up while dozens of beds remained empty in the hospital.
    This physician had relieved himself of responsibility in his mind because of forces he felt were beyond his control.   He saw himself and his profession as having no ultimate responsibility.   Hospital beds that cost $500 a night while patients are fed jello and instant potatoes, and some physicians making  hundreds of thousands of dollars a year, and hospitals operating primarily from a profit  motive, had nothing to do in his mind with the fact that insurance carriers were putting the clamps down.  (An $800 billion medical industry is swelling at a logarithmic rate while chronic degenerative disease continues to increase.  Other measures of medical success such as infant mortality and adult mortality from all causes lag far behind that of nations spending far less on medical care.  [Vol. 3, No. 1; 3, 10])
    The problem is not insurers, or government regulation, or perhaps even the coming socialization of medicine.  The problem is the greed that has swept through medicine and put the cost of care beyond the reach of the average person.
    Although I respect Emergency physicians because of the demands that are placed on them and the extraordinary skills they can employ to relieve suffering, I cannot excuse the negligence and lack of compassion in relation to my friend's care.  (My friend is not poor and has a major medical plan.)
    The answer to our present medical dilemma is a return to a market-driven system.  If all insurance were suddenly removed and people had to pay directly for the care they received, the profits in the medical industry would simply have to drop.  Rigorous competition would occur and the technocratic approach would be replaced with more personal and sensitive patient care.   There is no reason that a hospital bed must cost $500 a night when a bed in a brand new hotel complex can cost as little as $39.95 a night.  The rationalization has been made too long in medicine that since human lives are at stake, there cannot be and should not be any cap on costs.  This has provided an open license to the medical industry to fleece the public.
    Let me give you a comparison.   A veterinarian with as much schooling as an M.D. is required to self-finance his or her own hospital and staff (hospitals are free to M.D.'s).  The body of an animal is inherently no different than the body of a human.  It can suffer essentially all the same ills.  The skills required of a veterinary surgeon are no different than the skills required of a human surgeon.  A veterinarian will perform, for example, a complete hysterectomy on a dog for $50 to $100.  The same exact procedure on a woman will cost thousands.  We could go through the list of many other procedures such as cataract removal, disk surgery (as needed by my friend), fracture repair, heart surgery and on and on with the fees charged in veterinary medicine being  maybe something like 1-5% of the fees being charged for the identical procedures in human medicine.   Why the difference?  Because veterinary medicine is market-driven.  When you have to pay directly, you shop around and put limits on the care you receive.   Human medicine is third-party paid, resulting in an open license for abuse, overuse, greed and graft.
    But my intention with this longer-than-usual letter is not to address these issues fully.  I am writing in an emotional state, having experienced how effete and insensitive medical care can be.
    All this is not to say the public is also not responsible.  The hedonistic devil-may-care attitude of living the good life with the belief that medical technology will fix us when we break at no cost because our employer pays medical insurance, is foolhardy.       But I make this clear (I hope) month after month in the Health Letter.
    My friend is scheduled for surgery today after having to wait yet another day for the results of a myelogram (dye injected into the spinal space to permit visualization of where the disks are protruding).   When being told that surgery would be performed on the disks, the neurologist alerted my friend that the nerve problems he was experiencing might be permanent.   Why wouldn't they be?  Anyone with even a basic understanding of pathology understands that damage as a result of pressure on nerves is time dependent:  the longer the pressure on the nerves the greater the chance for irreversible nerve damage.   Who's responsible if my friend is crippled for the rest of his life?  Is it the insurance carriers, legislators, or a medical care system that has removed itself from compassionate care because they are no longer being given open license to gouge the public?
    Folks, there are going to be some troubling times ahead before things settle out in medicine.  Having an experience like this reaffirms to me what I continue to try to emphasize to you.   That is, do everything you possibly can to keep yourself healthy and away from where you will be vulnerable to the "experts."  Health is everything.   You will learn this when you no longer have it and become a victim of a system that does not have your best interests at heart.  This is not a game, it's deadly serious.
    Take care of yourself now to prevent calamity in the future.  There is no inconvenience in doing so that can even begin to compare to the inconvenience of being ill, suffering and dependent.
    I've got to go now, to get the pick-up ready because I expect a call from the surgeon to come scrape my friend off the surgery table and take him home.
    Reference: 
        A)             Request Back Pain section of books in the Wysong Library catalog, 1880 North Eastman, Midland, MI   48640.
 
SQUEEZING BREASTS
    In previous issues I have talked about the dangers from the x-rays used in mammography and the questionable value of the procedure in decreasing mortality  (Vol. 7, No. 4).
    Studies of mammography have always begun with the assumption that the methodology used in the test has a possible positive effect on mortality, and at worst, no significant effect whatsoever.  This is a dangerous assumption.  As continually warned in the Health Letter, all medical interventions, even if they seem to be innocuous tests, put you at risk.
    Surgeons know that when operating on malignant tissues, sometimes simply disturbing these tissues can result in metastasis (spreading) of cancer cells and an acceleration of cancer growth.  Now the question is raised that since mammographic screening can result in compressing the breast with more than 50 lbs of pressure, if it is present, the disorganized and cancerous breast tissue may be incited to proliferate and spread. 
    In one study comparing women in a control group receiving no screening and a study group receiving mammography with breast compression, it was found that although the mortality for both groups were comparable after about a decade, those in the mammography group died earlier.  For example, at five years into the study there were 29 deaths in the mammography compared with 18 in the controls.
    The physical manipulation and compression of the breasts during mammography may, therefore, rob women of years of life.
    Reference:
        J. Biomed Eng.  1990, volume 12: 444-; BMJ 1988, Volume 297: 943-
 
DIET AND RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS
    Rheumatoid arthritis is a painful inflammatory condition which is poorly understood but  increasingly being linked to imbalances in the immune system.  Here are some dietary aids that have been shown by scientific study to help balance the immune system, relieve symptoms and even possibly retard the progression of the disease.
    1.  Fish oils - After 12 weeks of consuming 18 grams of fish oil per day containing the essential fatty acids Eicosapentaenoic (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA), painful inflammation and morning stiffness were decreased.  Fish oils are particularly rich in cold water ocean fish.   As a supplement, capsules are available, and canned sardines in sild oil are also an excellent supplemental source.  For a thorough discussion of the action of these fatty acids on a wide range of health conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis and other immune and inflammatory conditions, see my book, Lipid Nutrition (Resource B).
    2.  Evening primrose oil (EPO) - Gammalinoleic acid in evening primrose oil works synergistically with fish oils to relieve the inflammation of rheumatoid arthritis.  In one study, 70% of the individuals using these essential fatty acids were able to eliminate their use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) therapy (Resource C).
    3.  Green Lipped Mussel - has proven effective as an anti-inflammatory in some people with arthritic conditions (Resource D).
    4.  Elimination diets - By eliminating foods that cause sensitivity or allergic reactions, many patients experience dramatic relief from rheumatoid arthritic inflammation.  See Vol. 6, No. 12 for a discussion of food sensitivities and allergies.
    Reference:  
        B)             Lipid Nutrition - Understanding Fats and Oils in Health and Disease, by Dr. R. L. Wysong available from Wysong Library catalog, 1880 North Eastman, Midland, MI  48640, Hardcover $14.95, Softcover $12.95 + $2.50 S/H.
        C)             Evening Primrose Oil (Contact The Healthy Alternatives Store at 1-800-748-0188.).
        D)                 Green Lipped Mussel available from Good N' Natural, 90 Orville Dr., Bohemia, N.Y.  11716   1-800-544-0095.
        British Journal of Rheumatology, 1993, Volume 32: 507-
 
VITAMINS AND MENTAL HEALTH
    People having emotional difficulties are unlikely to be paying attention to what they eat.  They will tend to eat what is available — convenience foods, fast foods and snacks with all of the attendant additives, sugars, hydrogenated oils, fractionated ingredients, dyes, flavor enhancers and so forth.  Just when good nutrition is needed the most, the person is too upset to be thinking about good food choices.
    Many people’s emotional problems could even be alleviated by good diet.  Much of the social pathology that occurs in today’s society, particularly in the impoverished inner city, could likewise be greatly improved by proper diet.
    In a review of the potential benefits of vitamins, the British Journal of Hospital Medicine reported up to 30% of psychiatric patients are deficient in folic acid.  In one study, 25% of psychiatric in-patients had B vitamin deficiencies; Patients supplemented with vitamin B12 and folic acid were in a more stable clinical state at discharge than controls; Depressives and schizophrenics were found to have greater improvement within six months than those treated with placebos; Folic acid deficiency was found in approximately 40% of depressive and alcoholic patients; Thiamin (vitamin B1) deficiency was linked to schizophrenia; Subclinical deficiencies of vitamins B1, B2, B6, folic acid and B12 are common; Medications such as psychotropic drugs, anticonvulsants, as well as oral contraceptives, chemotherapeutic agents and antibiotics are all known to result in reduced B vitamin levels.
    If you are having emotional difficulties, before spending too much on psychoanalysis and mood-altering drugs, feed yourself well and take plenty of broad-spectrum vitamins and minerals (Resource E).
    Don't expect immediate results with nutrition, but allow time for it to re-establish normal brain biochemical balances.
    Reference:
        E)             RDA™ - a broad-spectrum multi-vitamin/mineral (Contact The Healthy Alternatives Store at 1-800-748-0188.).
        British Journal of Hospital Medicine, October, 1992: 48
 
HOW TO CHOOSE A DOCTOR
    It is a common belief that young physicians fresh out of school and residency programs will have the most advanced skills and the latest scoop on treatments.  Although technological knowledge may be sharpest fresh out of academia, this knowledge does not necessarily equate with better (or safer) patient care. 
    There is a saying that a new doctor has 20 medicines for one disease and an old doctor has one medicine for 20 diseases.  The glut of information that is received in medical school does not bring with it the ability to make judgements.  Although a young physician may know that the odds are remote that a high fever in a child means a fatal encephalitis, and may have even memorized the exact percentages, it is not until seeing dozens or even hundreds of patients through such episodes that a doctor knows better than to treat each patient with the heroics only necessary for the rare case of fatal encephalitis.
    When I was younger, I hated to hear about experience and how I didn’t have it.  Now that I have some experience, I see how useless knowledge is without it.
    The words of Mark Twain are excellent in this regard: "When I was 14 years old my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around.  But when I got to be twenty-one I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years."  (When faced with this know-it-all attitude characteristic of youth, I've told my children how I long to be young again so that I could know so many things for certain.  I try also to remind them that as they surely believe themselves to be smarter and wiser than a six-year-old, so too will the same years added to life as a teenager create increased knowledge and wisdom.  This is all a way to try to get them to respect my counsel and perhaps prevent them from repeating my errors.  But it is usually for naught.   Teenagers seem determined to be punished by life's mistakes rather than learn from others' experiences).
    If you are going to entrust someone with your life you want someone who is seasoned.  You want someone who perhaps has a measured distrust of technology, and has learned to not be so full of themselves as they are when fresh out of training.  Years bring skepticism and a seasoning that permits judgement and a respect for the healing power of the body and nature itself.  Medicine is an area where conservative treatment and hands-off, wait-and-see attitudes are far safer and far more effective than the enthusiastic invasive technologies of the newly converted who wish to brandish all their skills.
    In choosing a physician shop around.  Look for not only the credentials, but the years.  Even then, remember that you are your own best physician.  You take the responsibility for keeping yourself well, rather than waiting for crisis to strike and then having to submit to experts who ultimately have their own best interests at heart.
 
VITAMINS DECREASE CORONARY HEART DISEASE RISK
    In previous issues I discussed the role of homocysteine in cardiovascular disease (Vol. 7, No. 1).  To briefly review, homocysteine is an intermediate chemical in the amino acid methionine’s metabolism.  Methionine is more than a building block of protein.  This sulfur-containing amino acid donates a section of its molecule, a methyl group, and in this process assists in the production of nucleic acids found in genetic material.   It also plays a role in the metabolism of fats and in metabolism of high energy yielding bonds which are necessary for various life processes.  When methionine donates this methyl group, homocysteine is formed.  Homocysteine is normally recycled back to methionine by a transmethylation reaction (putting the methyl group back on the methionine) which requires folate, a B vitamin, and vitamin B12.  If homocysteine accumulates, which can occur as a result of a genetic defect or as a result of insufficient vitamins to help the recycling of the compound back into methionine, severe thromboembolism (blood clots circulating in the blood) and arteriosclerosis can occur.
    I might mention that even for this mechanism of arteriosclerosis, oxidation is likely a key.  Homocysteine in the presence of oxidizing transition metals such as iron and copper, can oxidize LDL cholesterol.  The oxidized LDL cholesterol then in turn works its damaging effect on your arterial wall, creating atherosclerosis.
    Results from a study from the University of Alabama and the Georgia Heart Clinic demonstrated a direct correlation between low folate and vitamin B12 and increased risk to coronary artery disease.   Vitamin B6 is also important in the metabolism of homocysteine (Vol. 7, No. 1).
    A varied diet of whole fresh foods will supply these vitamins in their most bioavailable form.  A multivitamin supplement, however, containing vitamin B12, B6 and folate, is important to the degree to which your diet is comprised of processed, fractionated, heated foods.
    Reference: 
        American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, April, 1994: 940
 
Osteoarthritis
    What is the common recommendation if you have back problems or hip and joint pain?  It is take it easy, get plenty of rest, don't exercise if it hurts and other smart advice that, in effect, makes us even softer and mushier — even more susceptible to degenerative changes.
    The body is a wonderfully adaptive organism.  It is designed to meet challenge.
    If you have suffered or are suffering from osteoarthritic disease, the message that you should listen to is that the affected part needs added strength, not weakness as a result of forced rest.  Now this is not to say that you should work through excruciating pain in an intensive exercise program.  Rather, it means that you should understand that the affected part will get stronger and less diseased the more it is capable of sustaining increasingly vigorous exercise.
    For example, in one study of 31 patients with painful osteoarthritis of the hips and knees, there was improvement as a result of a focused exercise program.
    Develop your own exercise program, gradually increase its intensity, or work with a physical therapist or exercise physiologist in your community to help you with such a program.  Capable individuals might also be found at local health and fitness clubs.
    Don't expect results overnight.   Osteoarthritis is a progressive, chronic, degenerative disease that develops over a long period of time.  It will not reverse itself quickly.  But slow, gradual progress can occur and the results can be greatly satisfying.
    Other things to do include improving the diet as continually detailed in the Health Letter; taking extra levels of the antioxidant nutrients vitamins A, C and E (Resource F) and you might try the supplement glucosamine sulfate, which helps regenerate joint surfaces (Resource G).
    Reference:
        F)             Food A•C•E™ - A food-derived vitamin A, C & E supplement (Contact The Healthy Alternatives Store at 1-800-748-0188.).
        G)                 Glucosamine sulfate (Contact The Healthy Alternatives Store at 1-800-748-0188.).
        Geriatrics, Vol. 46 (1991)
 
Quote of the month
    A full-page advertisement in Scientific American states, "Drug companies are now testing 86 new medicines for heart disease and stroke.  With over 90% of drug discoveries coming from pharmaceutical research these efforts hold the best hope for fighting heart disease and dramatically reducing health costs."
    What incredible false hope this ad attempts to create.  No pharmaceutical ever created has either prevented or cured heart disease or stroke.  Why are we supposed to have faith that the new 86 medicines being tested will be different?
    Additionally, since, by and large, the cause and cure for cardiovascular disease is known — nutritional and life-style modification to bring us back into proper environmental context — such misleading hope is downright dangerous.
    Reference:
        Scientific American, April, 1994: 21
 
Alcohol and health
    Although heavy drinking — three or more drinks per day — affects health adversely, moderate consumption of alcoholic beverages — less than 2 standard drinks per day — may actually decrease the risk of heart disease.
    These effects have been studied quite closely for more than a decade and most variables that could confuse results have been eliminated.  Moderate alcohol consumption tends to increase HDL lipid fractions in the blood which is a known indicator for decreased coronary heart disease.
    For men, moderate alcohol consumption may be beneficial since their risk of coronary heart disease is quite high.   For women, on the other hand, the benefits are not so clear.  Since a woman's risk of heart disease is relatively low already, the adverse effects of alcohol, such as increasing the possibility of  colon and breast cancer, make the trade-off unwise.
    If you are going to drink, perhaps a good choice would be red wines, preferably prepared from organic grapes.   As reported earlier in the Health Letter, red wines have their own health benefits.   This is not a call, however, to begin drinking since the known hazards of alcohol, in a general sense, far outweigh the potential benefits.
    Reference:
        New England Journal of Medicine, December 16, 1993: 1829- and 1882-
 
Penetran and DMSO for pain
    A new topical analgesic called Penetran is reportedly highly effective for the pain of bumps, bruises, insect bites, burns, cuts and even deep tissue pain from arthritis. 
    Penetran’s active ingredient is a quaternary amine similar to the break-down products that result from protein metabolism in our bodies.  These body-produced quaternary amines are eliminated in the urine.  Some cultures use the analgesic affect of the quaternary amines in urine, and actually apply urine to wounds and burns to both speed healing and decrease pain.
    To speed the penetration of Penetran and to augment its anti-inflammatory, pain killing effects add a small amount of DMSO.      Penetran and DMSO are available from resource H.
    Reference:
        Health and Healing, April 1994: 3-
        H)             Penetran is available from your local pharmacy or drug store;  DMSO is available from Progressive Laboratories,  1907 N. Britain Road, Irving, TX  75061  1-800-527-9512.
 
Milk and tonsillitis
    A surgeon working for 10 years in rural Africa and then in a large Australian city found that he had not seen any chronic tonsillitis in African children.  When he converted Australian children to a dairy-free diet as used by the African children, it brought immediate relief from tonsillitis.  The author goes further to conclude that the inflammatory process within tonsils induced by milk may be a cause for atherosclerosis and heart disease in adults.  For an excellent discussion on the pros and cons of milk and how that it is likely not raw milk that is a culprit, but rather modern, processed, homogenized and pasteurized milk, see the book (the name says it all), The Milk of Human Kindness Is Not Pasteurized (Resource I).
    Reference:
        South African Medical Journal, February, 1993: 141
        I)             The Milk of Human Kindness is Not Pasteurized, by William Campbell Douglass, M.D., available from Wysong Library catalog, 1880 North Eastman, Midland, MI  48640.
 
MSG by any other name
    MSG, monosodium glutamate, is responsible for the so-called Chinese Restaurant Syndrome.  For people who are sensitive to this compound, they must be wary of foods other than those found in Chinese Restaurants.  Since 1986 the FDA has permitted MSG to be identified on food labels as "hydrolyzed vegetable protein," (HVP) and then in 1988 the FDA allowed the terms "natural flavor" or "flavoring" as an alternate to actually listing MSG.  What possible reason could there be for hiding MSG on food labels, other than to support the special economic interests of an industry which wants to add something to our food supply without us knowing it?
    Reference:
        Informed Consent, March 1994: 51
 
Diabetes and breast feeding
    Juvenile diabetes, the type that develops early in life and requires insulin therapy, is believed to be caused by a genetic predisposition that results in an autoimmune type reaction that attacks and destroys the Islets of Langerhans (the insulin secreting tissues) in the pancreas.
    A study of infant diet histories of diabetic men and women conducted in Colorado demonstrated that if children were exposed to cow’s milk and solid foods before the age of 3 months, they were at increased risk of developing insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. 
    Yet another reason to nurse your children and nurse them for a long time.
    Reference:
        Diabetes, February, 1993: 288
 
Restaurants and bar smoke
    Smoke levels in restaurants can be twice as high as in offices that allow smoking.  Smoke levels in bars can be up to six times as high as in offices.  Employees of smoking restaurants and bars face at least a 50% higher risk of lung cancer than the general population.
    Reference:
        Wellness Letter, October, 1993: 1
 
Tea tree oil and fungal infections
    Tea tree oil, though used since the early part of this century as an antiseptic agent, has really grown in popularity of late.  Lore is increasing faster than fact regarding the effectiveness of this natural product.  In a controlled study of the effect of tea tree oil on foot fungal infections, some symptoms were improved by the tea tree oil, but the fungus was not significantly affected until commercial tolnaftate cream was used.  It may, therefore, not be wise to depend on tea tree oil for the ultimate resolution of athlete’s foot fungal infections.
    Reference:
        Australasian Journal of Dermatology, 1992, Volume 33: 145-
 
Soybeans and cancer
    Raw soybeans contain a variety of anti-nutritional substances.  Among them are enzyme inhibitors.  These inhibitors have the ability to block the activity of the body’s digestive enzymes.   This is one of the reasons why it is important that soybeans be cooked before they are consumed by either animals or humans.  Research has now shown, however, that one of the enzyme inhibitors, chymo-trypsin inhibitor, may have anticancer effects.   Since enzyme inhibitors are never completely eliminated by processing soy beans, the persisting presence of these inhibitors may exert anticancer effects.
    Additionally, soybean isoflavons and phytosterols have been shown to have anticancer effects in animals, perhaps due to their inhibition of estrogen production.  As I mentioned in Vol. 8, No. 3, we are swimming in an increasingly concentrated sea of estrogens.  Soybeans may, therefore, help dilute that sea.
    But not all soybean products are created equal.  Most commercial products are highly processed flours that have been fractionated from the bean and have the highly beneficial fatty acids solvent extracted from them.  Tofu products are also only a fraction of the bean.  An alternative soybean product is the extruded whole soybean.  This is available in combination with peanuts in a dry and butter form and also as a granulated ingredient which can be used in baked goods and cereals (Resource J).
    Reference:
        Nutrition and Cancer 1993, Volume 19: 281
        J)             Whole Soy, Whole Peanut Soy, Peanut Butter Plus (Contact The Healthy Alternatives Store at 1-800-748-0188.).
 
Muscle soreness
    The day after an unusual or especially challenging exercise, muscles can be sore.  Rather than simply rest them, do the same exercise that caused the soreness only at low intensity to help speed recovery.
 
Caraway oil and skin tumors
    The topical application of caraway seed oil has been shown to cause the disappearance of skin carcinomas.  The oil not only delayed the appearance or retarded the development of the tumors, but caused the regression of already established papilloma skin tumors (Resource K).
    Reference:
        K)             Dermal - A natural skin moisturizer (Contact The Healthy Alternatives Store at 1-800-748-0188.).
        Nutrition and Cancer 1993, Volume 19: 321-
 
B6 for leg cramps
    Night time leg cramp pain may be alleviated by taking a multi B vitamin supplement daily and taking an additional 50 to 100 mg of vitamin B6 if cramping occurs (Resource L).
    Reference:
        Natural Health, December, 1993: 8
        L)             Vitamin B6 (Contact The Healthy Alternatives Store at 1-800-748-0188.).
 
Second draw water
    As water sits in household piping, the copper, iron, lead and other metals in the pipes leach into this static pool.   If you turn on the spigot first thing in the morning for example, and take a glass of water, it can contain over 10 times the amount of these potentially toxic metals than if you were to let the water run for awhile to flush out the minerals (Resource M).
    Reference:
        M)             Request Healthy Water Resources from Wysong Directory of Resources, 1880 North Eastman, Midland, MI  48640.
 
Warming feet with pepper
    By powdering the feet with finely ground Cayenne pepper before putting socks on, circulation to the feet is increased and a pleasant warming occurs.  Be sure not to get the powder on your face and eyes because it can be quite irritating to sensitive tissues.
    Reference:
        Natural Health, December, 1993: 114
 
Fennel for indigestion
    In some parts of Asia, fennel seeds are traditionally offered after meals.  The aromatic oils in the seeds help stimulate the secretion of digestive juices and help relieve gas and digestive discomfort.  The seeds can be eaten raw, or be roasted in a dry skillet for a minute or two over medium heat, stirring to be sure they do not scorch, or made into a tea by pouring one cup of boiling water over 1 teaspoon of fennel seeds and letting steep for 10 minutes (Resource N).
    Reference:
        Natural Health, December, 1993: 114
        N)             Fennel seeds (Contact The Healthy Alternatives Store at 1-800-748-0188.).
 
Vitamin A and retinitis pigmentosa
    15,000 IUs per day of vitamin A have been shown to be effective in retinitis pigmentosa (Resource O).  In the same study it was demonstrated that 400 IUs per day of vitamin E have an adverse effect on the course of the retinitis.
    Reference: 21
        Archives of Ophthalmology, 1993, Volume 111: 761
 
Vitamin E and breast cancer
    Laboratory studies of the effect of vitamin E on breast cancer cell lines showed this vitamin to inhibit the proliferation of mammary tumorous cells.  Recommended dosage is 100-200 IU's per day (Resource P).
    Reference:22, p
        Nutrition and Cancer, 1993, Volume 19: 225
        P)             Vitamin E (Contact The Healthy Alternatives Store at 1-800-748-0188.).
 
Dunaliella and breast cancer
    Dunaliella is an algae that is being used as a highly concentrated source of beta carotene, a precursor of vitamin A in the body.  Research has shown that Dunaliella can promote normal mammary tissue health but inhibit neoplastic (cancerous) cells.  See resource Q.
    Reference: 23, q
        Q)                Food A•C•E™- A food-derived vitamin A, C & E supplement with Dunaliella (Contact The Healthy Alternatives Store at 1-800-748-0188.).
        Anticancer Research, 1993, Volume 13: 389
 
Cod liver oil and peptic ulcers
    Ulcers are many times caused by nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID).  By taking cod liver oil with these drugs, ulcers are inhibited.  Although this study was meant to show the impact of cod liver oil on drug-induced ulcers, the implication is that cod liver oil may be effective for gastric ulcers even if certain drugs are not the cause.
    Reference:
        Life Sciences, 1991, Volume 48: 1401
 
Saving as a travel agent
    Travel agents get perks all over the world in the travel industry.  They are able to get discounted travel tickets, lodging, cruises, meals, and vacation packages.  Resort communities want travel agents to come to their facilities so that the agents will then promote them to their customers.
    You can become a travel agent with none of the responsibilities and all of these perks.  By simply paying a one-time membership fee you will receive a personalized I.D. card with your own specific identification numbers proving that you are a travel agent.  If you want to become an active agent, the training manual sent to you when you apply provides all details.
    The company offering this program to you then will also pay you about 5% of any airline ticket they book for you personally, or for others for whom you may get tickets. You can also receive $150 for anyone you help sign up for the program (which the Institute will also receive if you sign up).  This is not a multi-level organization but simply offers a one-time commission on every new person you help sign up.
    But this is not the reason we are suggesting this to you.  It is a genuine method of saving significant dollars if you travel to any extent at all, and a good source of home business income. Aside from a commission on airline tickets you can receive very significant discounts off hotel and rental car costs.  Some theme parks offer free admission.  Some examples include: hotels charging $29.95 for $80 rooms and auto rentals that are $39.95 or more per day available for $14.95 per day.  Such discounts vary with the season, the promotion and the particular company.
    As a travel agent you will also have access to special FAM packages.  These are packaged tours usually including air fare, accommodations, rental cars and even some meals to destinations all over the world.   The savings are quite astounding.  For example, 8 days in Honolulu-Waikiki including air fare, hotel, rental car and tours for $529 or a 7-day trip/safari to South Africa including air fare, accommodations, rental car and meals for $945 and an endless selection of cruises at a fraction of normal prices.
    The cost for joining is $495.   If you travel to any significant extent this will come back to you quickly and from there forward it is savings for you.  Also remember that anyone else you sign up as a travel agent with this company you will receive $150 in commission.  For further information and an application form simply write to us here at the Institute.
    Reference:
        Wysong Institute, 1880 North Eastman, Midland, MI  48640.