Dr. R. L. Wysong
May 1999

Depression – Avoiding Triggers Such As Music And Holidays
    Memory can be a wonderful thing in helping us negotiate day-to-day activities, learn new skills and effectively perform in our work.  But there is something to be said for the aphorism, "the key to happiness is a bad memory."
    Here is what I mean.  I enjoy good music in about any style.  It has to be good though, well done and have an actual tune I can follow.  Some of the atonal stuff my kids are listening to now has absolutely no recognizable tune or even a beat I can discern.  Am I an old fogey, or has "music" changed its definition to noise and chatter spiced with nasty verbage?
    Good bluegrass is particularly enjoyable.  I even learned (kind of) to play the five-string banjo.  Little sessions of doodling around are very relaxing.
    I recently bought a bluegrass tape because of the way this music lifts the spirit. But several of the songs were of the slow, melancholy type.  For example, here are lyrics from one:      
    “The wind is blowing around the cabin.  I hate to hear that lonesome sound.  I’m all alone and so downhearted since my true love has up and gone.  I hate to see the sun a sinkin’.   Another night to toss and turn.  Another night to be without her, another night for her and him.  She had no cause to go and leave me, for I had never done her wrong.  She left our home and little children and with another man she is gone.   I hate to see... chorus again...  The children they are sound asleeping, for they don’t know their mother’s gone.  What will I do when they awaken?   Can I tell them their mother’s wrong?...etc."  Gads, talk about being miserable.
    As I listened to others on the tape, almost all were recounting love tragedies.  So many popular songs have similar lyrics.  It's kind of depressing stuff if you're a romantic. 
    In some songs the melody can be so engaging and rhythmic that it makes no difference what the lyrics are.  The music itself makes you feel good and lighthearted.  That's the beauty of bluegrass.   On the other hand, some melodies can, in themselves, be very depressing and stimulate melancholy.++++
    Over the past couple of months I have had occasions to drive on trips that took an hour or two.  I would listen to this and other tapes that I had saved over the years for a diversion from the boredom of driving.  The more I listened the more I found them triggering powerful memories.  
    The moods triggered would make me go back into childhood to memories of home, my parents, experiences with friends and relatives, to my time in college with friends, to my children when they were young, to my early experiences, first homes, cars... you name it — the whole thing.  The music made me miss it all.  I reflected on all the good stuff — as recalling tends to do — and was saddened it was gone and could not be recaptured.
    Then I found these feelings carrying over into daily life.  I was increasingly reflecting on the past and getting a little moody.  I thought maybe it was just the winter season or a stage I was going through.  Then I realized the music was the trigger.  The first few notes of some songs could create a depressing mood.  The cure?  I stopped listening.
    So many commercial things such as holidays, birthdays, movies, television, and music take advantage of these emotions.   I have a real beef with some movies.  Should I pay to go see a tear-jerking tragedy that leaves me feeling miserable?  Will not all of us face enough real tragedy in our own lives without being "entertained" by that of others?
    Living the present and using the past only as a lesson to better the future is a difficult task.  It's easy to slip into depressing modes reflecting on the loss of the past.  Avoiding the triggers that stimulate these feelings is the key.
    I'm not saying we shoud stick our heads in the sand or pretend life is happy ever after.  But on the other hand why, if we've ever lost a true love, already know we're going to die, face aging everyday in the mirror, watched our children grow up and move away, would we want to voluntarily seek situations and leisure that would repeatedly remind us of this?
    For some the trigger may be certain kinds of music.  For others it may be holidays, visiting locations or contact with old friends.  A high school or college reunion can send some people into incredibly deep depression for months. The power of these stimuli is evident by the high school shootings.  Kids immersed in violent images in movies, television, the internet, and written materials can be shaped by it, so much so they can be brought to murder and suicide. (This is not to dismiss the impact of the psychoactive prescription drugs these two were on.)
    Sometimes we think we must revisit the past in honor of it.  But if that experience leaves us less refreshed and optimistic, it is perhaps not a wise thing to do.  The past cannot be relived, nor can it be changed.  The present is a time you can do something about, and the future presents endless opportunity.  My daughter recently e-mailed me this: "The past is history, the future is unknown; but today is a gift - that's why it's called present." 
    Focusing on what we can have control over in the present and future is the key to happiness.  If you find yourself depressed and reflecting on the past, identify what is triggering the memories and moods, and change things so that you are no longer exposed to them.  Determine to move ahead in a positive, creative way with the present and future and do what creates happiness.
Take Off The Bras And Underwear
    Testicular cancer in men and breast cancer in women strike hundreds of thousands every year.  The diseases kill tens of thousands, but for those who survive the staggering cost they pay in emotional trauma, disfigurement, pain and economic loss can make death the more kind outcome.
    Cancer in any form is by and large preventable.  Simply following the recommendations in the Optimal Health Program will do much to prevent cancer.  I know it is not as fancy as going to the doctor and having elaborate “preventive” tests performed and taking prescription medications, nor as easy as taking an encapsulated nutrient just discovered to be anti-cancer.  But nothing good ever comes easily. 
    Cancer means the body is out of balance and has been forced into an unnatural environmental context, disorienting cellular genetic material, resulting in runaway cellular proliferation.  All tissues in the body are held in check doing their intended job only so long as the proper signals are fed to them from the environmental milieu that surrounds every cell.  This milieu is something you create by the air you breathe, the water you drink, the food you eat, the lifestyle you live and your psychological approach to living.
    Specifically with testicular and breast cancer it would be easy to miss an obvious thing to do.  The testicles were designed to be outside the body.  That is why the clever little scrotal pouch exists.  The testicles are extremely sensitive to heat and adjust in their suspension from the body depending upon whether they need to be heated up (drawn up close to the body) or cooled off (relaxed to hang down away from the body).
    But what do we do?  We buy tight-fitting underwear so that we can snug the testicles up to the body, forcing them to remain at body temperature whether or not they think otherwise.  Over months and years of forcing the testicles into this unnatural environmental situation, should it surprise us that they react by losing their normal cellular controls and regressing to a cancerous condition?
    At the same time, women wear tight-fitting bras causing pressure and constriction in the breast that was never intended to be.      In one study of some 5,000 women, those who wore a bra 24 hours a day were 125 times more likely to get breast cancer than women who did not wear bras at all.  Women who wear bras over 12 hours a day, but not to bed, have a 21 fold greater chance of developing breast cancer than those who remove their bras before 12 hours.
    Wearing bras does not permit breast tissue to breathe and change its temperature as it would naturally.  Also, the elastic materials in bras cause constriction points that interfere with blood and lymphatic circulation.  In their natural state, breasts are quite mobile.  The jiggling, swinging, and bouncing that occurs with normal or more vigorous activity stimulates tissues within the breast in a dynamic way.  Blood and nutrients are encouraged to flow in and blood, lymph and waste products are encouraged to flow out.   There are essentially no muscles in the breast which,  through exercise, squeeze and relax to help this fluid movement.  So when the breasts are held rigidly in a static position, in effect, important nourishing nutrition is impeded and toxic end products are retained unnaturally within the tissues.
    Not wearing bras can also cure fibrocystic disease, often within as short a period of time as two months.
    The relationship between bra wearing and breast cancer based on these studies shows a correlation that is up to 12 times more significant than that which exists between smoking and lung cancer.
    In contrast, if you go the conventional route of mammograms, which in themselves can incite breast cancer, and the use of pharmaceuticals such as Tamoxifen which can double the risk of uterine cancer, triple the danger of fatal blood clots and also increase cataract risk, the benefit for breast cancer is only believed to be a reduction of risk by 44%.  In contrast, removing bras for at least 12 hours per day can decrease the risk by some 2100%!
        Dressed to Kill - The link between breast cancer and bras, by Singer and Grismaiger
Circumcision - Death, Catastrophe And Ignorance
    A 3-week-old baby who was circumcised (without his consent of course) developed complications.  The circumcision wound was not healing properly so the baby was anesthetized to attempt surgical repair.  During the procedure the heart stopped and in spite of all efforts, Dustin died.  On autopsy his heart was found to be healthy, but he had suffered massive brain damage.
    In another case, electrocautery was used to circumcise a young boy (also without his consent) at the age of two months.   During the procedure the skin of the penile shaft was burned to such an extent that infection and necrosis set in and the penis eventually almost entirely sloughed off.   At 7 months of age the baby was referred to John Hopkins Hospital and the remainder of the penis and testes were removed, since the decision was made to convert the baby to a female rather than leave him hopelessly disfigured as a male.  At 11 years of age he/she was started on feminizing hormones.  At the age of 12 he/she had to be told about the penile ablation (complete removal) because the small stump remaining of the penis would become erect during showering or swimming.   At 16 he/she was admitted to the hospital for vaginoplasty (the conversion of the genitals to a vagina).       At 26 years of age he/she returned to the hospital for additional vaginoplasty.  After this surgery the patient developed a rectovaginal fistula ( an opening passing between the rectum and the vagina).  He/she has had several relationships with men and several with women, but finds women to be more attractive.
    Circumcision is an entirely unnecessary surgical procedure.  All of the supposed reasons for doing it – such as hygiene, urinary tract infections, cancer transmission, and foreskin adhesions – are myths.  The procedure is as unnecessary as removing a finger on an infant because fingers can get burned, develop calluses and blisters, have ingrown fingernails, become dirty and get infected.
    Ignorance abounds and is spearheaded by the medical community itself.  As many as 13% of pediatricians do not know the function of the foreskin; 22% do not know the proper care of a young child’s foreskin; 84% do not know that 99% of foreskins are fully retractable by the age of 17; 25% do not know that the U.S. is the only country in which most babies are circumcised for nonreligious reasons; 16% do not know that most penile problems and infections can be treated nonsurgically; 27% felt their responsibility was to do the wish of the parent rather than consider the needs of the child; 35% were not aware of the long-term consequences of infant circumcision.
    (Refer to Health Letters Vol. 7 No. 9, Vol. 8 No. 4, Vol. 9 No. 8, Vol. 10 No. 3 and Vol. 10 No. 7 for further information on why circumcision should not be performed and methods that can be used to reverse it.)
        Associated Press, 10-21-98 
        Pediatrics 1998;102(1):e9
        NOCIRC Annual Report, Spring 1999 
        Nocirc Annual Report, Spring 1999
A Cause Of Lactose Intolerancet
    Breast milk is the best food humans or animals ever consume.  Assuming the mother's diet is nutritionally adequate, breast milk is perfectly balanced providing all the nutrients necessary to build the entire organism.  It is also fresh, raw and whole – totally unmanipulated by humans.  These food characteristics – fresh, raw, whole – are the features we should pursue in the diet throughout life, though achieving this ideal goal is becoming increasingly difficult. 
    Lactose (milk sugar) intolerance is normally an adult problem.  However, it can occur in the young in both humans and animals and dramatically compromise early nutrition and health.
    Although there may be a genetic predisposition in some cases, all lactose intolerance should not be relegated to this hopeless etiology.  If there is dysbiosis (a disturbance in normal microbial intestinal populations), the pathogenic organism Clostridium difficile may proliferate.  In apparently healthy humans and animals this organism may be present.  The percentage harboring the organism greatly increases once there is medical intervention.  Nosocomial (hospital) exposure and antibiotic usage can disturb probiotic organisms that keep C. difficile in check, resulting in it gaining a serious foothold.
    C. difficile can affect both the large and small intestines.   It is a gram-positive or gram-variable organism that is strictly anaerobic.   Its name, difficile, comes from the initial difficulty encountered during attempts to culture it.  It can cause a pseudomembranous colitis resulting from the production of Toxin A and Toxin B.  This results in clinical signs that range from mild diarrhea to severe hemorrhagic necrotizing enteritis as a result of the toxins damaging the tips of villi.  Sloughing of the entire villus epithelium has also been reported.  Although the organism is a strict anaerobe, the spore form can exist in an aerobic environment for greater than five months.
    Lactose is digested by the enzyme lactase which is produced at the border of enterocytes in the small intestine.   The attack of C. difficile on this lactase-secreting tissue can be responsible for diminished ability of infected humans and animals to digest the lactose in milk.
    Normally lactose digested by lactase is broken down into its components, glucose and galactose, which are then absorbed.  But if this does not occur, and lactose passes into the large intestine, there is an increased osmotic load and resultant movement of fluid from the body into the colon.  Additionally, lactose is fermented into acetate, propionate, and butyrate which further increases this colon osmotic pressure.  This then results in bloating, colic and diarrhea.
    Diagnosis of Clostridium difficile-induced lactose intolerance can be made by culturing the organism in a cycloserine-cefoxitin fructose agar.  The characteristic colony identification by culture and the detection of l-proline-aminopeptidase production are confirmatory for identification of the organism.   A positive microbiological and oral lactose tolerance test should create a high degree of suspicion of a link between the two.
    Although bacitracin, zinc and metronidazole are chemotherapeutic agents that can be used to specifically attack this organism, such treatments may further disrupt the already disturbed enteric microbial balances.  If these agents are used, they should be used “fast and hard” and then effort should be made to restore balances.
    “Alternative” steps would include the use of probiotic organisms and prebiotic oligosaccharides which help selectively feed the beneficial probiotic organisms (e.g. ProbiosynTM for humans and Pet InoculantTM for pets). Additionally, the use of lactase enzyme supplements may help infants or young animals tolerate mother’s milk until these balances can be restored and the enterocytes once again begin making lactase.
    As a preventive, antibiotics should not be used except under extreme circumstances by nursing mothers, nor be given to children since this may set the stage for the proliferation of C. difficile.  Additionally, it would be wise to practice good hygiene and stay away as much as it is possible to do so from sources of contamination which include, preeminently, hospital and clinical-type environments.   As an ongoing preventive, supplementing probiotic cultures and prebiotic oligosaccharides (fructooligosaccharide, mannanoligosaccharide) combined with converting the diet as much as it is possible to organic, fresh, raw foods will help create and maintain microbial balances that keep C. difficile, as well as other potential pathogens, in check.
        J Clin Microbial 1997;35:1258-1259, 3007 
        New England Journal of Medicine, 1994;330:256-262 
        Equine Vet J, 1997;29:279-284 
        Rev Infect Dis, 1983;5:246-257 
        Clin Microbial Rev, 1993;6:251-265 
        Nutrition, 1997;13:53-54 
        Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, 1999:2:229-232
Doulas To Prevent Cesarean Section
    A doula is a female companion to assist during labor.  In a study of 555 first-time mothers it was found that those who had a doula for continuous support had a 20% C-section rate, whereas those who did not have a doula had a 63% C-section rate.      The doula not only reduced surgical intervention, but also reduced pain medication, length of labor and the need for the use of obstetrical forceps.  Although almost all women were accompanied by their spouse, it was the doula that made the difference in ease of birthing.
        Med Tribune, June 18, 1998:16
Milk May Not Build “Strong Bones”
    A prospective scientific study spanning some 12 years has demonstrated that women who drink two or more glasses of milk per day may have almost as much as 50% greater risk of bone fracture related to osteoporosis than those who rarely or never drink milk.
    Although milk contains calcium, it also can cause acidosis which tends to draw calcium out of bones.  Additionally, milk contains phosphorus which may interfere with calcium assimilation, and also is a common allergen which may adversely affect the digestive tract’s ability to absorb calcium.
    It is unfortunate that this study was conducted on women drinking pasteurized, homogenized milk which is certainly not the same thing as raw, natural milk.  It would be interesting to see the results of the study if the women were drinking the real thing.
    In any event, it would not be wise for women to assume that osteoporosis is being prevented by drinking milk.   Supplements that may help prevent osteoporosis would include phytoestrogens and naturally complexed calcium and other major minerals such as magnesium, which are found in Estrolog™ and Orgamin™.
        American Journal of Public Health, 1997;87:992-997 
        Osteoporosis Int., 1996;6:453-461
Enzymes For Traveller’s Diarrhea
    Traveler’s diarrhea is normally caused by exposure to pathogens in food and water.  Most notable is the bacterium E. coli
    When traveling abroad it is probably wisest to use purified water and be very selective with what is eaten.  As insurance, the use of probiotics and prebiotics as found in Probiosyn™, as well as enzymes such as found in Panzyme™ may help prevent this condition if exposed to pathogens.  The probiotics compete against the pathogens, the prebiotics help feed the probiotics and enzymes such as bromelain may prevent the attachment of E. coli to intestinal cells or directly interfere with toxins produced by pathogens.
        Gut, 1998;43:196-202
Light, Vitamin D and Multiple Sclerosis
    It is probably more than coincidence that people living closest to the equator and those consuming high levels of vitamin D in the diet have the lowest incidence of multiple sclerosis.  Sunlight catalyzes the production of vitamin D3 in the skin and consumption of vitamin D3, abundant fish oils such as in a diet with high levels of fish, or by consuming supplements such as cod liver oil, may prevent this disease.
    All of the current science, the thousands of researchers madly at work, the billions of dollars spent, the countless animals maimed and killed in experimentation, will only eventually prove one thing that I continue to tell you (real cheap and real simple):      We are meant to be outside in the fresh air, exposed to natural light, and eating fresh and whole natural foods.  To the degree that we do not do this, disease will be present.
        Proc Soc Exp Biol Med, 1997;216:21-27
Phytoestrogens For Prostate Cancer
    The prostate gland is sensitive to both female and male hormones.  Both hormones are produced in females and males and it is their relative abundance in each that separates the sexes.
    Evidence has demonstrated that consuming high levels of phytoestrogens may cause the regression of prostate cancer.   This has been demonstrated clinically and is also evident ethnographically in populations that have diets naturally rich in phytoestrogens, wherein they also have a very low incidence of the disease.
    Thus, in addition to Prostase™, Estrolog™, which contains high levels of phytoestrogens, may prove to be of benefit to help prevent and assist in the treatment of prostatic hypertrophy and cancer.     
        Med J Aust, 1997;167:138-140
Weird Headache Relievers
    Here are some headache remedies reported from the Pain Research Institute. 
    Place a banana peel on the forehead and across the back of the neck, inside against the skin.  It is theorized that the peel somehow interrupts electrical signals that are related to the pain.
    Another suggestion is to place a patch over one eye.  This is done to “synchronize” the hemispheres of the brain and is similar to certain patterning exercises in people with learning disabilities.
    Finally, crawling on your hands and knees while holding the head down and keeping the eyes following the hands is another form of exercise that may work in a similar way to disrupt hemispheric disharmony.
    For triple relief — and a one way ticket to the looney bin if someone sees you — put the banana peels on, patch the eye and crawl on all fours.
        Foundation Pain Research Institute, Provo UT
If You’re Nuts Look At The Diet
    Not only may mental and psychological function be disturbed by nutritional deficiency and imbalances, but   food sensitivities can also have a dramatic impact.
    One 33-year-old woman with schizophrenia was put on a gluten-free diet after reporting symptoms of diarrhea and weight loss.  After a period of one year and discontinuing psychiatric pharmaceuticals she was on, she has remained symptom-free.
    Gluten proteins are found in wheat, oats, barley and certain other grains and are a common allergen.  It seems that some proteins within foods can exert endorphin (neural hormone) activity and result in psychological disturbances.
    Following the Optimal Health Program will decrease the potential for sensitivity against grain products.   Additionally, using the Foundation Formulas will create excellent support for brain and neural health as will the NSF formula, Neuridone™.
        J Intern Med, 1997;242:421-423
Smoking The Air
    Breathing the air in some urban industrialized, densely populated areas may be as hazardous to health as smoking cigarettes.      One of the  most toxic pollutants is ozone.   In levels less than even 1 part per million, airways can be damaged and irreparable fibrotic lung disease can result.
    The body reacts to the free radical generating oxidative stress of ozone and other pollutants by increasing production of antioxidants such as superoxide dismutase, catalase and glutathione peroxidase.   Although these antioxidants can be generated internally, they do require appropriate starting materials which can only come from the diet.  For example, glutathione peroxidase requires selenium which is a trace mineral deficient in crops from many areas of the country.  As oxidative stress increases, the resources within the body to produce antioxidants are depleted, thus setting the stage for the attack of free radicals on tissues and the initiation of disease.
    The pollution essentially all of us are now exposed to is another reason to seriously consider antioxidant supplementation as well as increasing the amount of fresh brightly colored fruits and vegetables in the daily diet.  By eating a variety of foods, the chances of receiving the full spectrum of nutrients are increased. If just a few foods from the same sources are eaten, the risk of deficiency is increased if particular crops you are eating are coming from nutrient-deficient soils.
    The Foundation Formula antioxidants contain a variety of excellent antioxidant sources providing a full spectrum at optimal dosages.
        Environ Nutr Interact, 1997;1:23-37
Aging and Vitamin B12
    Up to 25% of the elderly have a long-term vitamin B12 deficiency, resulting in neurological damage.
        Am J Clin Nutr, 1998; 68:328-34
Antibiotics at the Dentist
    99.5% of the antibiotics used in dental patients to prevent mitral valve prolapse are not needed.
        Am Inter Med, 1998; 129:761-769
Antioxidants and Meat
    Adding tart cherries to ground meats retards spoilage and reduces the formation of potentially carcinogenic compounds such as oxidized cholesterol.
        Agric Food Chem, December 1998
Arthritis and High Heels
    Wearing high-heeled shoes increases the risk of degenerative changes in the knee joints, often leading to osteoarthritis.
        The Lancet, 1998; 351:1399-1401
Back Pain and Hypnosis
    Chronic lower back pain can be relieved as much as 80% using hypnotic analgesia alone.
        Int J Clin Exp Hypn, 1998; 46(1):92-132
Bone Fractures and Vitamin D
    700-800 IU per day of vitamin D, taken with a calcium supplement, significantly reduces rates of fractures in the elderly, whereas the Recommended Daily Allowance of 400 IU does not.
        BMJ, 1998; 317:1466-7
Cancer and Estrogen Drugs
    Like the daughters of women who took diethylstilbestrol (a synthetic estrogen used in women at risk for miscarriage in the 1950’s and 1960’s) during pregnancy, the granddaughters of these women are also at increased risk for reproductive tract cancers.
        Carcinogenesis, 1998; 19:1655-63
Cancer and Meditation 
    Practitioners of meditation have lower cancer-inducing free-radical activity than the general population.
        Psychosom Med, 1998; 60:38-41
Cataracts and Vitamin C
    Patients supplementing their diets with vitamin C for 10 or more years reduce the risk of developing cataracts up to 83%.
        Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci, 1998; 39(9):1531-4
Depression and St. John’s Wort
    The use of St. John’s Wort has resulted in an estimated 60-70% response rate in those experiencing mild-to-moderate depression.
        Curr Med Res Opin, 1998; 14(3):171-84
Diabetes and Fats
    Olive oil and other monounsaturated fats help lower VLDL and LDL levels, and increase HDL levels in diabetic patients.
        Am J Clin Nutr, 1998; 67(Suppl):577S-82S
Fatigue and Allergy
    Chronic tiredness and unexplained anemia may indicate wheat or gluten intolerance.
        BMJ, 1999; 318:164-7
Heart Disease and Nuts
    Women who consume 5 ounces or more of tree-nuts each week are 65% less likely to suffer from coronary artery disease.
        Science News, 1998; 154:328-30
Heart Disease and Tamoxifen
    After six years of follow-up, women who received Tamoxifen to prevent breast cancer not only developed this cancer at the same rate as those who did not, but also experienced increased rates of heart disease.
        The Lancet, 1998: 352:80-1, 90-101
Infection and Glutamine
    Glutamine supplementation to very low birth weight infants reduced hospitalization costs due to infection by an average of $42,726.
        J Parenter Enteral Nutr, 1998; 22(6):352-6
Kidneys and Vitamin E 
    Vitamin E reduces loss of kidney function from oxidative injury.
        Redox Report, 1997; 3(5/6):259-61
Prostate and Saw Palmetto
    Saw palmetto, which may be the first herbal supplement to win FDA-approval as a drug, has been found to be as effective as finasteride in treating benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH).
        JAMA, 1998; 280(18):1604-9
Rosacea and Bacteria
    Treatments which reduce levels of ulcer-causing bacteria in the stomach also help relieve the symptoms of rosacea, a common skin problem characterized by redness over the nose and cheeks.
        J Am Acad Derm, 1999; 40:433-435
Viruses and Dish soap
    Generic dishwashing soap is up to 100 times more effective than more expensive anti-bacterial soaps in killing harmful viruses.
        Infect Control Hosp Epidem, 1999; 20:57-8