WYSONG HEALTH LETTER
Dr. R. L. Wysong
May 1995

 

DEAR FRIEND:
 
    There seems to be an increasing number of reported breakthroughs identifying disease-genetic links.  Obesity, cancer, heart disease, multiple sclerosis, and arthritis are just a few of the diseases for which a specific genetic marker has been discovered. 
    There is no question that we are by-and-large what our genetics dictate.  But in most cases there is considerable latitude.  For example, if you have the genetic make up that predisposes you to heart disease, this does not mean you will necessarily get the disease.  What it means is that if you allow yourself to be led by currently popular lifestyle and nutritional trends, you will likely get the disease.  On the other hand, if you adopt a healthy lifestyle and convert your diet to fresh, whole, clean natural foods as much as possible, you will likely not. 
    Similarly, you may not have the genetics to win an Olympic marathon.  That does not mean that you could not enter the race and finish it, even if you had to walk.  Thus, with two individuals living almost an identical lifestyle and eating practically identical foods, one may develop symptomatic heart disease in his mid 40’s and die by 55, whereas the other may live to 85 with never any heart symptoms whatsoever.  Genetics rule.  This does not mean that the one who developed the heart disease, however, could not have altered his lifestyle and eating patterns and then have been thoroughly protected from the disease.
    What is so misleading about the hoopla regarding the discovery of this or that gene related to this or that disease, is the futility and dependence it creates.  If we are led to believe that disease is a result of genetics, then what are we to do?  Since we are incapable of changing our genetics, there is nothing we could, or even should do.  Thus why not live a life of abandon and simply trust and hope that medical breakthroughs will be able to save us?
    Genetic hype can lead us to do exactly the opposite of what we should.  We should be doing everything we can to alter our lifestyle, our eating patterns and our environment to create health.   Secondly, we should not be relying on medical technology to save us since it does not save people from the chronic degenerative diseases, but simply applies temporary bandages (while bombarding people with exorbitant fees).
    The disease-gene link propaganda simply reinforces the conventional medical and pharmaceutical “wisdom” that you are “struck” by disease and it's “just one of those things.”  
    Don’t you believe it.   We all have the power within us to make life choices that can bring us the best health our genetics permit.  That is not 25 years of vitality followed by 40 years of infirmity, surgery, and nursing home care. 
    Follow the theme of the Health Letter that you can empower yourself to become a better, healthier, more vital, alive person and notice the remarkable results you can achieve.
 
HEART DISEASE: WHAT DOES AND DOESN’T WORK
    Recent short promotional segments in the media tell people how heart disease is still the #1 killer in America, but then they go on to say that “we” have made many strides toward conquering this disease... but the battle is not yet over.  For further information they then give you a contact number to call a pharmaceutical trade organization.
    As if.  As if “we,” implying the pharmaceutical medical establishment, have made great strides in either preventing, treating or curing  heart disease.  Such is not the case, as I will shortly show.  In fact, if you follow mainstream recommendations you will hurry yourself to the grave.
    Join with me in a brief review of what the evidence actually reveals regarding heart disease.  I’ll put scientific references at the end of each section so that you can check the validity, and if you offer this to your physician he or she can do so as well.  Here’s what works and what doesn’t:
    1.          The Zutphen Elderly Study of 878 men aged 40-59 in Holland demonstrated that heart disease was inversely proportional to the amount of dietary flavonoids.  Flavonoids are present in a host of vegetables and fruits and are particularly rich in tea, onions and apples.  Of those in the group who had less than 19 mg of flavonoids in their daily diet, there were 22 fatal heart attacks.  In those who had 30 mg of flavonoids in their diet, there were 10.  The death rate was more than halved, not by taking drugs or having angiograms (which have never produced close to these results), but by eating more fresh fruits and vegetables.  1
    2.          Almost all mainstream physicians are recommending that everyone over 40 take aspirin.  Yet in all 6 major aspirin tests there was no reduction in heart attack deaths as a result of taking aspirin.  In one study, The Physician’s Health Study, there was a decrease in heart attacks, but the participants were given Bufferin, which contains magnesium.  Magnesium is often deficient in the diet and is effective to both treat and prevent heart disease. In spite of the fact that over 40 years of evidence has accumulated demonstrating the effect of magnesium nutrition in the prevention and treatment of heart disease, essentially no physicians today make that recommendation.  They instead recommend a pharmaceutical (aspirin) for which there is no evidence that it does anything to decrease mortality from heart disease.  Down with the facts and up with misinformation and pharmaceutical profits.  2-6
    3.          If your total serum cholesterol is over about 220 in the U.S., you are told you are in trouble and given pharmaceuticals to reduce it.  I have talked about the fallacy of the cholesterol-heart disease link in previous issues (see Vol. 7, No. 3 and Vol. 7, No. 10).  For now, just consider that in one study in France it was shown that there were over 5 times the heart attack deaths in Glasgow as in Toulouse.  But, those in Toulouse have an average cholesterol of 224 and eat large amounts of butter in their diet (and little margarine).  They also drink high amounts of red wine high in flavonoids.  Thus there is antioxidant protection as a likely contributing factor to their lower rates of cardiac mortality.  
    The Prudent Diet - high unsaturated fats and low cholesterol and saturated fats - was introduced with great fanfare in 1956.  In the Jollife Anticoronary Club in New York City, serum cholesterol was reduced by 25 mg% but 8 men on the Prudent Diet died of heart attacks while none of the controls eating all the “wrong” foods died.  Dr. Jollife himself died of vascular disease. 
    Another study undertaken by Dr. Page to prove the beneficial effects of the Prudent Diet showed no benefit at all and Dr. Page himself, also an avid believer in the Prudent Diet, died of a heart attack.  In another study called the Irish-Boston Brothers Study, brothers who lived in Boston and Ireland were compared.  It was found that the butter-eating brothers in Ireland were having fewer heart attack deaths than their margarine-eating Boston siblings. 
    In another,  the Roseto Pennsylvania Study, it was found that immigrants from Italy had low levels of heart disease even though they ate their native high cholesterol, cheese, meatballs and sausage diet.  Then, once the local doctors got them converted to the Prudent Diet, their heart attack death rate began to resemble that of the rest of their neighbors. 
    In another study in India it was found that Prudent Dieters who were primarily eating vegetarian type foods, peanut oil and margarines, had 15 times the rate of heart attack of their Northerly Indian neighbors who ate meat and were the largest eaters of butter fat in the world.  7, 8 
    Another consideration for those of you who still are convinced that lowering your cholesterol is a prime consideration in maintaining your health, the evidence demonstrates that as cholesterol is lowered there is an increase in cancer deaths.  In the Veteran’s Administration Hospital Study it was shown that there were 15% more cancer deaths in a cholesterol lowering Prudent Dieting   group than in the controls eating all the “wrong” things. 9
    4.          In a study of 89,000 nurses in the USA since 1980 it has been demonstrated that consuming 200 IUs of vitamin E per day reduces the risk of heart attack by 33%.  In another study of 40,000 health professionals, it was shown that those consuming an average of 419 IUs of vitamin E per day compared to those who had only 6.4 IUs per day in the diet had a reduction in risk of 41%. 10
    5.          The advent of oleo margarines and refined processed oils which have had the antioxidants stripped from them, is related to increased toxicity to the myocardium (heart muscle).  The synthetic trans-fats created by hydrogenation, and the free radicals generated by unsaturated fatty acids are highly toxic.  Thus those who consume high levels of antioxidant nutrients such as the flavonoids and vitamin E will decrease their chance of free radical disease from these modern dietary changes.  11-14
    6.          People with low dietary magnesium, such as those consuming soft water, have much higher rates of heart attack deaths.   Studies in Nebraska, Georgia, Ottawa, Glasgow, Finland, and London all demonstrate the beneficial effect of high levels of magnesium in the diet provided by magnesium rich soils and hard water.
    So there you have just a partial review of relevant literature relating to what does and does not cause or help heart disease.      Mainstream dogma regarding aspirin, cholesterol and the poopooing of nutrients is malarky.  If you want to decrease your risk of heart disease, follow the continuing revelations in the Health Letter and change your diet to fresh whole, natural foods eaten in variety as much as possible.  Exercise regularly, get daily fresh air and sunshine and seek good companionship.  If you want to take nutritional supplements, take natural forms of the antioxidant nutrients such as vitamins A (beta carotene), C and E (see Resource A) a vitamin/mineral supplement at RDA levels (See Resource B) and perhaps extra amounts of magnesium if you have soft water, vitamin B6, and use onions and garlic and cayenne pepper for seasonings.  Consume omega-3 fatty acids from fish and flax seed oil. 15
    Reference:
        1)          The Lancet, October 23, 1993
        2)          British Medical Journal, 1974; i: 436-440
        3)          Lancet, December 22, 1979: 1313-
        4)          Journal of the American Medical Association, February 15, 1980: 661-
        5)          British Medical Journal; 296: 320-
        6)          The New England Journal of Medicine, April 7, 1988
        7)          Transactions of the American Clinical and Climatological Association; 1973;                               85: 100
        8)          The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, May 20, 1967: 462
        9)          British Medical Journal, October 6, 1973
        10)        The New England Journal of Medicine, May 20, 1993
        11)        The Lancet, October 20, 1973
        12)        The Lancet, 1956; ii: 557
        13)        Medical Hypotheses, 25: 175-
        14)        The Lancet, May 6, 1993
        15)               The Lancet, February 1995: 98-
        A)         Wysong Food A•C•E™ a concentrated food-only source of vitamins A, C & E. If not available locally, contact Wysong Institute for a supplier source.
        B)         Wysong RDA™ a broad-spectrum multi-vitamin/mineral supplement. If not available locally, contact Wysong Institute for a supplier source.
LICORICE - A CURE ALL
    In the days of Hippocrates, licorice was used for stomach problems.  In the 1960's its ability to heal stomach ulcers was rediscovered but then it fell from grace when side effects occurred in some people who took it over an extended period of time.
    But licorice has never been shown to cause any problems in people when taken for a short period of time.  Such toxicity is to be expected of any substance, synthetic or natural, if taken unrelentingly.   Our bodies need variety so that they are not overwhelmed by any substance.
    Licorice has the ability to increase the efficiency of the adrenal glands and their steroid hormones.   Corticosteroids such as cortisone and prednisone are potent anti-inflammatory agents and are among the most common prescription and over-the-counter drugs used today.   The high blood pressure and edema (water retention) seen in some people who have taken licorice over extended periods of time is due to these steroid effects.  The same contraindications are present with the synthetic varieties of prescription steroids.
    The difference between licorice and prescription steroids is that licorice stimulates the body to do what it naturally does, whereas the taking of synthetic steroids attempts to replace what the body naturally produces, and thus is much more prone to causing imbalances and dangerous side effects.
    So, with this preliminary precaution about consuming licorice in large doses for months, which you should not do with any substance, the following is a list of ailments for which licorice is extremely effective:
    [Before beginning, however, let me say one of the most important active ingredients of licorice is glycyrrhizin.   Licorice is available as glycyrrhizinated acid tablets, as tinctures, as the whole root, as deglycyrrhizinated licorice and as the root itself.  Licorice candy, except that which has been specifically made to increase the level of licorice, has practically no licorice and should not be used.]
    •            Canker sores - at the first sign of a canker sore, eat the natural licorice candy or boil licorice roots in water for a mouthwash to rinse several times a day.
    •            Eczema and other inflammatory skin problems - glycyrrhizinic acid as a topical ointment helps relieve the inflammation of many skin disorders.
    •            Dental disease - glycyrrhizinic acid as a part of a toothpaste, mouthwash and candy helps decrease dental plaque which is the primary cause of periodontal (gum) disease, the leading cause of tooth loss.
    •            Allergies - taking 100 mg of glycyrrhizin 3 to 6 times a day has been highly effective.  Because of the possibility of side effects with this large of a dose, it might be good to do this with the consultation of a nutritionally oriented doctor.
    •            Arthritis - some physicians give intravenous glycyrrhizinic acid at a dose of 80 mg intravenously for rheumatoid arthritis.  Taking licorice orally can also help.  In contrast to common arthritic medications such as aspirin, licorice not only does not cause stomach problems, it heals them.
    •            Menstrual problems - licorice has been used for thousands of years as a remedy for menstrual cramps and other menstrual-related difficulties.
    •            Coughing - licorice directly suppresses the cough  reflex with as much strength as codeine.
    •            Stomach problems - in a previous issue I discussed the use of licorice for peptic ulcers (see Vol. 7, No. 9).   For heartburn, 20 mg of glycyrrhizin taken 5 times per day is highly effective.
    •            Immune stimulation - there is evidence that licorice is an immune stimulant and can, for example, increase the production of interferon.  Such immune stimulation would be helpful in fighting any disease condition, but particularly would be helpful in chronic conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome.  A recommended dose of 300-600 mg a day of glycyrrhizinic acid is recommended for chronic fatigue syndrome, but because of the high dose it should be taken under consultation with a nutritional doctor.
    •            Viralitis - licorice is effective against viruses including the cytomegalovirus of chronic fatigue syndrome and hepatitis B virus, the most common and severe hepatitis virus in the United States.   Licorice, in fact, in one study cut the mortality rate of subacute hepatic failure from 72% to 31%.  Some have also reported the effectiveness of licorice in retarding AIDS-related illnesses.
    For sources of licorice, see Resource C.
        Reference:
        C)         Licorice. If not available locally, contact Wysong Institute for a supplier source.
        17)        Israel Journal of Dental Sciences, 1989; 2: 153-157
        18)        Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, 1961; 13: 2
        19)        Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology, 1986; 21; 9: 1098-1104
        20)        Journal of Leukocyte Biology, 1994; 55: 24
        21)        Microbiology and Immunology, 1982; 26; 6: 535-539
        22)        Asian Medical Journal, 1980; 23: 745-756
        23)        Indian Journal of Medical Research, 1993; 98: 69-74
 
POPULATION NEWS
    (Here I go again on this topic.   But I'm going to continue until I think I've convinced everyone that this is the "root of all evil.")      All environmental problems are ultimately reducible to excess population.  All governmental and personal efforts to address environmental crises will be to no avail if this underlying cause is ignored.   Just in the United States, we are adding 58,000 people to our population each week.   Around the world, 93 million people are added each year.  The greater the number, the greater the demand for undeveloped land, wood, water, energy, infrastructure, transportation, waste disposal and endless consumer items these people will demand to achieve the “good life.”  93% of the U.S.’s increase in energy use since 1970 is directly attributable to population growth.
    Though it may appear as you travel in our country that there are still huge wide open spaces that could be populated, this is deceiving.  These areas are not new worlds to be settled, since they usually lack key resources such as water, energy and food.      Before a region is populated, it should be able to sustain the population living upon it.   This is called carrying capacity.  Populating an area and then having all necessary commodities shipped to it is not living within the carrying capacity.   Taken as a whole, the U.S.’s carrying capacity, the number of people that can be maintained within our borders without irreversibly depleting resources is 75 million as mentioned in Vol. 8, No. 4.  We thus are already overpopulated (250 million) and empty land areas should not be seen as  an invitation for more procreation.
    It doesn’t take much to look around us and realize we face a problem.  Urban sprawl continues with constant home building, shopping and office center construction, paving over natural areas and eliminating wildlife habitat.  Over 70% of U.S. land fills have been forced to close and 1/3 of those remaining will be full in 1995.   Although decreased consumption, reuse and recycling help and are something all of us should conscientiously do, this is only delaying the ultimate crisis if population continues to grow unchecked.  
    Here are more sobering statistics from the Population-Environment Balance organization:
    •            50% of U.S. Wetlands have vanished.
    •            Every year there are 3.4 million more cars and trucks added to the roads.
    •            3.2 billion gallons more water is removed every day from aquifers than is replaced by natural processes. (The equivalent of 8 times the water that flows through the Mississippi every day.)
    •            3 million acres of U.S. farm land are lost annually due to development and erosion.
    •            Over 9000 species are endangered in the U.S. alone as a result of population development.
    •            500 species in the U.S. alone have vanished forever.
    •            90% of U.S. old growth forests have been cut down for timber and development.
    •            1500 lbs of solid waste are generated by each new person added to our population every year, yet little of this can ever be recycled.
    Measures to help counteract this fundamental cause of environmental crises include:  1) pressure on Congress to address the issue seriously, 2) grassroots mobilization of awareness and support, 3) control of immigration (each country should be responsible for maintaining population within its own carrying capacity), 4) advocacy of small family size and assistance with birth control, 5) pressure on the media to increase public awareness. 
    To help support another organization addressing this important issue, contact Resource D.
    Reference: political
        D)         Population-Environmental Balance, 2000 P Street, NW, Suite 210, Washington, DC  20036-5909, (202) 879-3000.
 
MORE TAX LOGIC
    I have previously discussed the exciting prospect of revising our tax system such that income taxes would be abolished and a national sales tax would be used to raise legitimate federal revenue.
    Though most Americans feel comfortable, the incredible amount of complacency and repression that this country has experienced since the institution of the income tax in the early part of this century will not become fully apparent until it is gone.      A bloated federal government, which has borrowed the country into bankruptcy to create social programs to buy votes, needs serious overhauling.  On the other hand, people need, and have a right to, the freedom to earn wages without having such efforts taxed and without having a federal bureaucracy peering into every nook and cranny of their lives to see where and how more taxes can be extracted.
    It is said that money is like a sixth sense without which you cannot use the other five.  The damage financial distress does to individuals and families is immeasurable.  The need for both parents to work and the shunting of children to day care centers is rapidly making the nuclear family an historical relic.  The impact of financial stress and family dissolution creates a gigantic epidemic of psychological disease, aberrant behavior and childhood delinquency.
    Let people keep what they earn and use their own discretion to purchase what they want and pay legitimate federal taxes at the time of purchase.  Then we will have recreated what the founders of this country designed in the first place.
    As I mention repeatedly in the Health Letter, the key to health is personal control.  Being able to keep what you earn will unbridle creative juices in this country (very healthy) and put everyone in control of their own financial destiny without fear of intrusive government bureaucracy.  This would create a great national healing.
    I am going to continue to touch on this extremely important issue.  Once you understand its details and implications you will not be able to help yourself from getting excited about its prospects.  It is truly a unique message of hope in a sea of political gibberish.
    I have listed a couple of resources (see Resource E) you can contact to receive more information  about this economic-political-social renovation that is long overdue.  Learn about it and then become active in helping to make it the single most important political agenda in coming elections.
    Reference:
        E)          For further information on replacing income tax with a national sales tax and to learn what you can do to promote this important cause contact: Daniel J. Pilla, Winning Publications Inc., 450 Oak Grove Parkway, Suite 107C, St. Paul, MN 55127 and CATS (Citizens for an Alternative Tax System) 1-800-767-7577.
 
FRUITS AND VEGETABLES PREVENT DISEASE
    Some time ago I discussed the argument made by Dr. Bruce Ames, an international leader in the field of mutagenesis and genetic toxicology, that natural foods contain toxins more threatening to humans than those toxins introduced into our environment by humans.  (See Vol. 2, No. 1 and Vol. 2, No. 9)  Now, in a recent interview, he makes the following observations:
    1.          People in the bottom quartile of intake of fruits and vegetables have twice the rate of cancer as people in the top quartile.
    2.          The risk doubles for getting practically any kind of cancer if you eat few fruits and vegetables as opposed to eating lots of them.
    3.          The rate of heart disease and cataracts is much higher in people not eating enough fruits and vegetables.
    4.          Those who eat more fruits and vegetables have half the lung cancer per given amount of smoking, compared to those who eat fewer fruits and vegetables.
    Indeed, the evidence is increasingly compelling that the natural diet is the key to unlocking health.  With only about 9% of the public eating even the minimal recommendation of 2 servings of fruit and vegetables per day, is it any wonder we face the chronic degenerative and immune compromising disease epidemics that we do?
    As insurance, Dr. Ames recommends a daily vitamin/mineral pill containing the recommended daily allowances for each essential vitamin and mineral.  (See Resource B)
    Reference:
        Journal of the American Medical Association, April 12, 1995: 1077-1078
        B)         Wysong RDA™ a broad-spectrum multi-vitamin/mineral supplement. If not available locally, contact Wysong Institute for a supplier source.
 
DECREASING HIP FRACTURE RISK
    A study of 9,560 white women 65 years of age and older was conducted to determine what were and were not risk factors for hip fractures.  With one of every six white women having a hip fracture during their lifetime, serious consideration of risks should be made.
    Study results:
    1.          Losing weight increases the risk of hip fracture.  Radical weight loss regimens not only decrease fat, but decrease muscle mass and the density of bone.  Sensible weight loss using the guidelines as described in my book, The Synorgon Diet: How To Achieve Healthy Weight In A World of Excess (see Resource F), is the way to go.
    2.          This study, along with two previous scientific studies, confirmed that caffeine consumption increases the risk of hip fracture.
    3.          If four hours or less per day are spent on your feet then the risk of hip fracture is increased.  This speaks to the need for daily exercise such as walking and weight-bearing exercises.
    4.          Certain drugs such as anticonvulsants and benzodiazepines used chronically for their sedative hypnotic effects increases the risk of fractures.
    5.          If you are unable to rise from a chair without using your arms, you are at increased risk.  This again speaks to the need for exercise, and in particular weight-bearing exercise.
    6.          If eyesight is failing, particularly depth perception, the risk of falling increases.  This doesn't mean you have to run out for glasses; it can also mean that you can work to restore your sight by appropriate diet, lifestyle and eye exercises (see Vol. 6, No. 11).
    7.          Smoking also increases risk - what's new?
    It is of interest that this study showed that a history of breast-feeding, commonly believed to sap calcium from the bones, does not increase the risk.  Additionally, increased calcium intake in this study was not related to a decreased risk of osteoporosis.  Good whole, fresh, natural nutrition which contains appropriate levels of naturally complexed calcium is another matter.  Thinking that a calcium pill is going to prevent hip fracture is a myth. 26
    Reference:
        The New England Journal of Medicine, March 23, 1995: 767
        F)          The Synorgon Diet: How To Achieve Healthy Weight In A World Of Excess, by Dr. R. L. Wysong.  Available from the Wysong Library Catalog, 1880 N. Eastman, Midland, MI   48640.
 
BE CAREFUL OF IRON EXCESS
    Iron is an essential part of the hemoglobin molecule which helps our red blood cells transport oxygen.  As with everything else, excesses of even an essential nutrient can be dangerous and even fatal.  
    A certain amount of iron that is absorbed is stored by the body for times when iron is deficient in the diet.   However, with today’s diet containing high levels of red meat products, which have a highly absorbable form of iron, iron fortified breakfast cereals and breads, and iron supplements, the danger is not deficiency but rather iron overload.
    Excess iron (hemochromatosis) can result in excess free radical formation which, as I have discussed in a previous issue (Vol. 9, No. 4), lies at the root of a host of diseases including the #1 killer in the United States, atherosclerotic heart disease. 
    Although the RDA for iron is 18 mg, this does not apply to adult men or women above the age of 51 who need only about 10 mg per day.  When a breakfast cereal or bread says that it contains 100% of the RDA of iron, that usually means there is 18 mg of iron per serving.  So for adults who eat these products and consume more than one serving, and then eat many other foods during the day, they are getting excess iron.  In a few years it is not unusual for people to store several grams (1 gram = 1000 mg) of iron.
    If you convert your diet to fresh, whole natural foods you will solve this problem.  Whole grain cereals, for example, do contain iron but they also contain compounds called phytates which render iron less absorbable.  Additionally, you will be eating fewer meats and be using only vitamin/mineral supplements that contain no more than the RDA of iron.
    Reference:
        Townsend Letter, February 1995: 97
 
VITAMINS FOR CRIB DEATH
    An imitator of modern SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome - Crib Death) is infantile beriberi (vitamin B1 - thiamine - deficiency) in China and other countries where there is a high intake of polished rice.   Once rice is polished, most of the vitamin B1 is removed.  Success has been reported in this country with the use of vitamin B1 given in sufficient dosage to treat infant apnea (interruption of breathing).  Vitamin B1, selenium, magnesium and other vitamins and minerals have also been linked to this disease.
    Is it any wonder that SIDS may be nutritionally linked when parents even in so-called developed countries eat modern processed foods and feed the same to their children? Young children growing at an accelerated pace are particularly vulnerable to nutritional deficiencies and imbalances and certainly nutrition should be the first place to look for causes of all infantile diseases, including SIDS.
    But don't expect researchers who are being funded by millions of dollars being allocated for work on SIDS to welcome with open arms something so simple as nutritional deficiency.  What they are looking for is something far more sophisticated and technology-dependent (and profit-producing) for "cure" such as a gene, virus, vaccine, or drug.
    While they play with their test tubes, we should be doing all we can to restore the diet to its original nutrient-dense, holistic nature, and particularly give such attention to our children who are forming a health foundation for the rest of their lives.
    Reference:
        Townsend Letter, February 1995: 88
 
MYCOTOXINS AND LUNG CANCER
    In a previous issue I discussed the insidious mycotoxin poisons that can be found in a variety of food products.   (See Vol. 7, No. 5)  Another mycotoxin, Alternariol, a product of the fungus Alternaria alternata that infests both tobacco and marijuana, is a potent esophageal carcinogen.  It is the likely cause for increased esophageal cancer in both marijuana and tobacco smokers.
    Reference:
        Townsend Letter, February 1995: 88
 
FLUORIDE DANGERS
    Industrial fluoride waste is added to municipal water supplies for its purported benefit in preventing dental disease.   But male youth, ages 12 to 24, have a 7-fold increased chance of getting osteosarcoma (bone cancer) if they live in a fluoridated community.  Additionally, bone fractures are higher in women who live in fluoridated areas.  This, combined with several peer-reviewed studies that demonstrate that lower rates of tooth decay occur in nonfluoridated communities, should make one wonder what is actually going on here.
    Reference:
        Townsend Letter, February 1995: 87
 
ANTACIDS DECREASE NUTRIENT ABSORPTION  
    Product commercials and even physicians are recommending that patients increase their calcium intake by consuming antacids which contain calcium.  This seems like a simple solution: relieve heartburn while increasing dietary calcium.  But it does not reflect good understanding.   Calcium and other nutrients such as iron and even protein need the acid environment of the stomach in order to be absorbed by the body.  If antacids are given, even though the antacid may contain calcium, the mineral will not be absorbed and also the absorption of other nutrients will be interfered with.  Get your calcium from eating fresh, whole, natural foods and take a broad-spectrum RDA level vitamin/mineral supplement (see Resource B).  For digestive problems and heartburn follow the natural methods for relief previously discussed in the Health Letter (see Vol. 7, No. 9 and Vol. 7, No. 10)
    Reference:
        B)         Wysong RDA™ a broad-spectrum multi-vitamin/mineral supplement. If not available locally, contact Wysong Institute for a supplier source.
 
HONEY FOR PAIN
    For chronic pain, try eating honey. 
    Reference:
        Confessions of a Former Heart Surgeon, by Dr. Robert Willix, Jr.,    Health & Longevity, Baltimore, MD
 
CABBAGE FOR THE STOMACH
    Cabbage salads, sauerkraut and soup are excellent healers for stomach ulcers and other digestive tract problems.  
    Reference:
        Confessions of a Former Heart Surgeon, by Dr. Robert Willix, Jr.,    Health & Longevity, Baltimore, MD
 
WAX BEANS FOR HEMORRHOIDS
    Eating wax beans reportedly prevents hemorrhoids. 
    Reference:
        Confessions of a Former Heart Surgeon, by Dr. Robert Willix, Jr.,    Health & Longevity, Baltimore, MD
 
APPLES FOR HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
    Increase your consumption of apples to reduce your need for blood pressure medications.
    Reference:
        Confessions of a Former Heart Surgeon, by Dr. Robert Willix, Jr.,    Health & Longevity, Baltimore, MD
 
CHOCOLATE FOR MENSTRUAL PAIN
    Chocolate contains a chemical called B-phenethylamine, which is the same neurochemical your brain produces to make you feel good.  Try organic chocolate (without any hydrogenated oils) for menstrual cramps and the discomfort of menopause. 
    Reference:
        Confessions of a Former Heart Surgeon, by Dr. Robert Willix, Jr.,    Health & Longevity, Baltimore, MD
 
KAVA FOR ANXIETY
    Kava, a plant of the south Pacific, is used in several European countries as a treatment for nervous anxiety, insomnia and restlessness.  In one double-blind scientific study of 29 patients, it was found over a four-week period that there was a significant improvement of symptoms of nervousness, heart palpitations, chest pains, headache, dizziness and feelings of gastric irritation.  There were no side effects noted.
    The dose of kava is based on the kavalactones contained in the product.  The recommendation for anxiety is 45-70 mg of kavalactones three times daily.  For sedative effects 135-210 mg can be taken at a single dose one hour before retiring.  (see Resource G)
    Reference:
        G)         Kava. If not available locally, contact Wysong Institute for a supplier source.
 
TOOTHPASTE FOR BUG BITES
    Applying a dab of toothpaste on itching bug bites reportedly can stop the pain and itching quickly.
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        Alternatives, December 1987: 6
 
DANGEROUS MOVES
    One of the strongest arguments that modern technological society is responsible for many of the chronic degenerative diseases we face is proof from emigrants.  When the more “backward” cultures that do not experience the modern degenerative diseases emigrate to Western countries, they succumb to these diseases.  For example, in a recent study 247 emigrants from India who moved to England were compared with their siblings living back home.  All of the markers for increased cardiovascular disease, such as high serum lipoprotein (a) and greater insulin resistance were increased compared to their siblings.   Additionally, there was as much as a 40% increase in mortality from coronary heart disease over even the resident English population, who have evidently somewhat adapted to the modern stresses.
    Mindless profit-oriented technology is not the solution for disease.  It is the cause.  The solution is clear thinking and application of the dietary and lifestyle principles repeatedly discussed in each issue of the Health Letter.
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        The Lancet, February 18, 1995: 405
 
NATURAL MOTION SICKNESS THERAPY
    For motion sickness, try ginger in capsule form.  Along with this take papaya enzyme tablets to quiet the stomach, and niacin (vitamin B3) to increase circulation to the brain.
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        Alternatives, December 1987: 8
 
WILLING YOURSELF TO DEATH
    The loss of will to live is an important, perhaps the most important, determinant of when we die.  Well-designed studies of elderly people have shown that enthusiasm for life correlated better with longevity than commonly used yardsticks of health status such as blood pressure, cholesterol, heart disease, and so forth.  Though disease may be apparently the cause of death, it can simply blossom under the adverse psychological condition of loss of will.   For example, all-cause mortality increases in middle-aged people who have poor social supports or who have sustained stressful life events.
    Keep active, interested, challenged and always be pressing forward trying to self-improve and explore.  Do all you can to stay in control of your life and gather around you those with whom you can share love.
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        Journal of the American Medical Association, April 5, 1995: 1039
        Psychology Today, 1970; 4: 67-72
 
ZINC FOR BODY ODOR
    For body odor, try 15 mg of zinc as a dietary supplement.  Some report remarkable success.  37
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        Alternatives, December 1987: 6