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
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
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
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
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
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,
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.
A) Request Back Pain
section of books in the Wysong Library catalog, 1880 North Eastman, Midland, MI
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
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.
J. Biomed Eng. 1990, volume 12:
444-; BMJ 1988, Volume 297: 943-
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
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.
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
British Journal of Rheumatology,
1993, Volume 32: 507-
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
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
Don't expect immediate results with
nutrition, but allow time for it to re-establish normal brain biochemical
E) RDA™ - a
broad-spectrum multi-vitamin/mineral (Contact The Healthy Alternatives Store at
British Journal of Hospital Medicine,
October, 1992: 48
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
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.
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.
American Journal of Clinical
Nutrition, April, 1994: 940
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
F) Food A•C•E™ - A
food-derived vitamin A, C & E supplement (Contact The Healthy Alternatives Store
G) Glucosamine sulfate
(Contact The Healthy Alternatives Store at 1-800-748-0188.).
Geriatrics, Vol. 46 (1991)
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.
Scientific American, April, 1994: 21
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
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
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.
New England Journal of Medicine,
December 16, 1993: 1829- and 1882-
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
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.
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.
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
South African Medical Journal, February,
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.
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?
Informed Consent, March 1994: 51
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
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.
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.
Wellness Letter, October, 1993: 1
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.
Australasian Journal of Dermatology,
1992, Volume 33: 145-
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).
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J) Whole Soy, Whole Peanut
Soy, Peanut Butter Plus (Contact The Healthy Alternatives Store at
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
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).
K) Dermal - A natural skin
moisturizer (Contact The Healthy Alternatives Store at 1-800-748-0188.).
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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).
Natural Health, December, 1993: 8
L) Vitamin B6 (Contact The
Healthy Alternatives Store at 1-800-748-0188.).
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).
M) Request Healthy Water
Resources from Wysong Directory of Resources, 1880 North Eastman, Midland, MI
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.
Natural Health, December, 1993: 114
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).
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N) Fennel seeds (Contact The
Healthy Alternatives Store at 1-800-748-0188.).
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.
Archives of Ophthalmology, 1993, Volume
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
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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.).
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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.
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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
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
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
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
Wysong Institute, 1880 North Eastman,
Midland, MI 48640.