Dr. R. L. Wysong
November 1993

 Dear Friend,

    Over time, I have become skeptical of the media.  When I say media, I don't just mean newspapers, tabloids and television, but respected and erudite scientific publications as well.
    Now, I know we are supposed to be suspicious of things we read and hear, but when the sources of information are apparently objective and dispassionate it is easy to set aside caution and be swept along to the point of conviction.
    My suspicion began the first time I was interviewed for a magazine.  When I read the resulting article it was nothing like anything I had ever said.   Quotes were distorted, facts inaccurate, important information omitted and unimportant information sensationalized.   Most writers like to take editorial privilege and they do.  Plus they can be incredibly sloppy.
    Not only can what you say be twisted and distorted, but you can also simply be censored.  If what you have to say does not fit with conventional thinking, whether it is true or not, whether it will benefit the readers or not, whether it will even save lives or not, is not important.   The media, even the scientific media, is supported by money derived from conventional thinking.  If they publish information that might disrupt this balance, they can have advertising dollars dry up or be ostracized by their professional communities.  For example, eight TV stations recently refused to air paid advertisements by a consumers group advocating a Canadian-style health care system.
    The information available to the masses goes through a filtering and censoring process.  Be careful of what you hear and read.  Don't be swept along by the media self-interests. 
    The information that is printed is also always contested.  For every idea I glean from the literature and reveal in the Health Letter ' breast feeding increases IQ, mammograms increase the risk of cancer, atherosclerosis is caused by oxidized cholesterol, etc. ' there is always dissention somewhere by a scientist and his better studies.
So if you seek truth from the media, it is futile.  Not only is selected information not given to you, it may be distorted if it is printed, and you can always count on an opposing, equally learned opinion in print somewhere.
Each of us must empower ourselves with the insight and judgment to evaluate the merit of ideas and information.  That's what the Health Letter is about.
    I know the Health Letter is also media.  But I hope you see and use it as a tool to build your own philosophy, your intuitive, logical filter, through which you can sort information and control your own health destiny.
Growing Hair
    Let me begin by saying that men who are losing or who have lost their hair, and believe that because of this they are less than they once were, should give the issue further thought. 
    Set aside all the commercial propaganda designed to convince men to buy surgeries, toupees and other products.   Consider this:  Probably the most well-known face on the planet, and one thought to be highly attractive, is that of Michael Jordan.  He hasn't a single strand showing on his dome.  He had hair, shaved it and is arguably more attractive.   Sean Connery has been voted by women's magazines to be the sexiest man on Earth.  He has lost much of his hair.  Yule Brunner and Tally Savakis were also thought to be highly attractive and sexy by many women, yet were completely bald.  So having hair is not essential to attractiveness.
    If a person has attractive features such as beguiling eyes (Jack Nicholson), a magnetic personality (Michael Gorbechev), an athletic body (Hulk Hogan), high intelligence (Isaac Asimov), or other features that make them comely to others, whether or not they have hair is immaterial.   Think about it.  Have you ever met anyone with or without hair that would or would not make you like them if they did or did not have hair?  Individuals you believe to be attractive wouldn't really become more attractive if they had more hair.  Neatness, intelligence, kindness, wit, compassion and fitness, are the things we are measured by, not by the facade of the number of strands of hair we have. 
    Nevertheless, most of the 40% of men who have lost hair would like it back.  If a person is obsessed with his thinning crop, rather than have this obsession become a body dismorphic syndrome (a pathologic preoccupation with a perceived body fault), and become depressed and feel victimized and helpless, attempting to do something about the problem may be necessary to maintain overall health.
    There are a variety of surgical techniques, but by far the most popular is hair transplantation.  Small sections of hair are surgically removed from the back and sides of the head and transplanted into the areas of hair loss.  You are your own donor.      Usually these transplants are in the form of plugs containing several hairs, although the technique has been refined such that even single hairs can be transplanted.  Usually in conjunction with hair plug transplantation, sections of the balded area are surgically removed.  The scalp at the edges is then dissected away from the skull and pulled together, thus bringing areas of natural hair closer together. 
    The cost is usually based on each transplant and not on the number of hairs in the plug.  An average cost of $10,000 to $15,000 is not unusual.  Once these grafts are made they are permanent and will continue to grow (but not spread) throughout life.  With this procedure you can expect to be out of commission for one to two years, having to wear hats or toupees to cover the surgeries.  If transplants are performed before the total amount of hair genetically programmed to be lost is lost, plugs can become apparent as the natural surrounding hair fades.  The result can be a very visible transplantation that looks somewhat like the hair plugs seen on dolls.  When this occurs you are faced with either more surgery to attempt to make your scalp look natural, or you end up being even more self-conscious than before you had the surgery done. 
    Remember, surgery ' any surgery ' is never without risk.  Infection, delayed healing, scarring, sensitivities to drugs and anesthetics, and botched surgical procedures are very real risks that must be fully measured before beginning these procedures.
    About two million men have had this procedure done.  Some are satisfied, some are not.  When contemplating this, try to talk to as many different surgeons as possible before making a decision.   A starting point may be resource A.
    UpJohn Pharmaceutical developed a product cleared by the FDA for hair regrowth, called Rogaine.  The ability of Rogaine to stimulate hair regrowth was discovered serendipitously when Rogaine (Minoxidil) was originally being used as a high blood pressure medication.  UpJohn has made a huge investment in the fading egos of balding men.  They even ran 12-page ads, at a cost of $70,000 per page, in 20 medical journals.  Their marketing costs are enough to stagger the imagination. 
    Rogaine must be applied daily and will restore hair growth in about a third of those tested, will produce fuzz in another third, and has no effect on others.  One to six months after you discontinue it, your baldness will be back to its original state...the perfect money-making drug.   If used at the time that most hair loss begins for men, when they are 35 to 40, UpJohn would make $30,000 to $50,000 per patient per lifetime.  In 1990 alone they sold 140 million dollars worth.
    If you will recall my previous cautions about any topically applied material ' that the skin is an absorbing organ ' you will see the potential dangers in Rogaine.  Minoxidil is known to cause hair growth not only on the vertex (the back top of the head), but between the eyebrows, the upper cheeks, the back, arms and legs.  It can cause rapid heart beat, nausea and vomiting.  Any drug consumed or applied daily is highly risky.  Considering that a balding man may be perfectly healthy, he will become a patient if he uses Rogaine, since it is available only through physicians.  Making life-long patients out of healthy people is bad but profitable medicine.
    High quality wigs and toupees are available at a cost ranging from $4,000 to $5,000.  Most individuals find these to be uncomfortable and certainly potentially embarrassing if dislodged in public.   Some make no pretense about their wearing a wig and take it on and off as if it were a hat.  Noted examples include Sean Connery, Willard Scott and Burt Reynolds.   For them, evidently toupee wearing or going natural are both comfortable options.   Again, consider that the public perception of them does not seem to change whether they are toupeed or bald.  Do you think the publics perception of you will be different whether you are hirsute (hairy) or bald?
    Here are some things that you can personally try that might help slow or reverse hair loss:
    1)   A healthy life can mean healthy skin and healthy hair.  Regular exercise; eating fresh, whole, natural foods; controlling stress; and getting plenty of fresh air and sunshine do much to make a healthier you and a healthier hair follicle.
    2)   Massaging the scalp daily for five minutes with the fingertips, brushes, or vibrators has reportedly restored hair to many individuals.  Since it is argued that hair loss is in part a function of decreased circulation to the scalp, massage will help rejuvenate vasculature in the scalp and theoretically help retard hair loss and possibly even restore growth.   Use the fingertips to deep massage.  Also grab handfuls of hair and gently tug at the scalp.  Brush the dry scalp vigorously with a natural bristle brush. (Resource B)  A small hand-held vibrator with rubber fingers is helpful for variety and when the arms and fingers get tired. (Resource C)  Don't just work the bald areas, but the entire scalp and especially the margins.  Hair regrowth occurs in the reverse pattern it is lost, i.e. from the margins in.
    3)   Saw palmetto lipid extract is believed to have an anti-testosterone effect by inhibiting 5-alpha reductase, an enzyme which forms testosterone metabolites.  The loss of hair in men with pattern baldness (androgenetic allopecia) is believed to be due to a genetic timing mechanism that results in a testosterone effect on the hair follicles causing them to atrophy (wither and shrink).  Testosterone, the same hormone that creates libido and beards, triggers male pattern baldness.  Castrated men do not bald.  Saw palmetto is the same herb extract that has been used successfully for older men with prostate problems.  (Health Letter, Vol. 5 No. 2; 7, 7)  Taking saw palmetto as a dietary supplement and by mixing one capsule with Dermal, a natural skin oil, and massaging into the scalp before bedtime may inhibit the effects of testosterone and thus reverse hair thinning.  (Resource  D)   Several drops of Dermal are placed in the palm of the hand and then a punctured saw palmetto capsule is squeezed onto the palm.  Once mixed, they are then massaged into the scalp.  The oils may stain a little, so be prepared to use old pillow cases.
    4)   Keeping the scalp deep cleaned has also been reported to retard balding.  The theory here is that by removing the testosterone-laden sebaceous material from the pores, hair follicle life is extended.  The most common product used for this is Tween 80.  It is used in most of the shampoos and lotions on the market that are touted to affect balding.   Usually such hair regrowth products are extremely expensive ' and illegal according to the FDA ' since no drug has been approved for a claim of hair regrowth other than Rogaine (which doesnt mean other things may not work, only that they have not spent the $150 million to prove it to the FDA). The active ingredient, Tween 80, can be purchased quite inexpensively and simply massaged into the scalp before the morning shower.  (Resource E)
    5)   Use shampoos that are natural and mild.  Castile soaps, pine tar soaps, and natural shampoos are available that are gentle on the scalp and less likely to cause sensitivities or allergic reactions.  (Resource F)  Some hair loss may not be genetic, but rather a reaction to the noxious chemicals in commercial hair shampoos and dressings.
    6)       Nutritionally, it is important to eliminate all foods containing hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils.  Eat foods rich in essential fatty acids from both the omega-6 and omega-3 families.  All whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and particularly avocados, nuts, flax seed oil and fish oils are rich in these fatty acids.  Squeezed essential fatty acid oils can be used for salad dressings or mixed with other not-to-be-cooked foods.  (Resource G)  Eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables will also increase antioxidants in the diet.  Many scalp problems, including dandruff, are a result of oxidative rancidity of scalp oils and can be relieved by topical antioxidants such as shampoos containing selenium.  A supplement of natural food from vitamins A, C and E along with a multivitamin/mineral supplement would be wise not only for hair health, but for overall health.  (Resource H)
    7)   Regular aerobic and weight-bearing exercise will also help increase circulatory health and potentially keep the vessels of the scalp more elastic and healthy as well.
    8)   The newest technology that is currently undergoing review by the FDA is the use of very light electromagnetic stimulation ' called pulsed electrostatic field electrotrichogenesis.   Electromagnetic applications have been known to speed the healing of fractured bones and even cause the regrowth of limbs in animals.  The technique for hair regrowth involves putting the head under an electromagnetic dome, similar to hair dryers found in beauty salons, for 12 minutes each week.  One controlled study of 56 men showed hair regrowth or no further loss in 96.7%.  Another study is underway at 16 investigational sites involving 300 males and 300 females.  The technology is not yet approved in the U.S., but it may be possible to be a part of a study at this time by calling the company. (Resource I)
    It is interesting to note in this and other hair regrowth studies that a certain percentage (25.6% in this study) of those receiving the placebo, or no treatment, will experience hair regrowth.  Thus, simply the belief that your hair is going to regrow may cause it to regrow.  That is likely the reason so many products can claim success and a good reason to maintain positive mindedness.
        International Journal of Dermatology, July-August, 1990: 446-;
        Clin. Plast. Surg 1985, 12: 243-;
        The Body Electric - Electromagnetism and the Foundation of Life, R. O. Becker.  New York: Quill, 1985.
        A)       Ellias Thomas Group, 1-800-362-HAIR;  Baylor Hair Research and Treatment Center in Dallas,  1-214-820-4247.
        B)       Natural Bristle Brush:  Yerba Prima, 740 Jefferson Avenue, Ashland, OR  97520,  1-503-488-2228.
        C)                 Hand-held vibrator:  Wahl, 2902 N. Locust St., P.O. Box 578, Sterling, IL  61081, 1-815-625-6525.
        D)             Dermal (If this product is not available locally, contact the Healthy Alternatives Store at 1-800-748-0188.).
        E)       Tween 80:  ICI Americas Inc.,  1-800-634-8310.
        F)              Castille soaps (If this product is not available locally, contact the Healthy Alternatives Store at 1-800-748-0188.).
        G)             E.F.A. (If this product is not available locally, contact the Healthy Alternatives Store at 1-800-748-0188.).
        H)             Food ACE (If this product is not available locally, contact the Healthy Alternatives Store at 1-800-748-0188.).
        I)             Current Technology Corporation: Suite 1250, 800 West Pender Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, V6C 2V6, From U.S.A. only, 1-800-661-4247.
Chlorine in Your Shower
    Chlorine is added to municipal water supplies because it kills living things.  Does that sound like a warning to you?  Of course it is argued that chlorine is added at a very low level so that it only kills pathogenic microorganisms.  The safety of chlorine is as debatable as the argument that pesticides are safe because they are only added to our foods at levels to kill bugs, but not us.
    True, the data may not all be in, and those fearing chlorine may not have the proof, but neither do those who suggest it is perfectly safe.  While scientists debate back and forth the validity of their statistical analyses, we can use common sense caution and not be unwitting subjects of a gigantic experiment being performed on society.
    Chlorine is a biocide, a life killer.  That is enough to make me want to avoid it at any level, other than that at which it is found as a background level within our natural environment.  As mentioned in our recent article on high blood pressure, as a component of sodium chloride (salt), chlorine may be a culprit in high blood pressure.  As an oxidant, chlorine also has the capability of oxidizing various life chemicals (such as cholesterol), creating free radicals within the body which are now believed to be the basis for many disease mechanisms.
    Not only should you be drinking purified or distilled water rather than municipal, chlorinated and fluoridated water supplies (Resource J), but you should avoid pools and spas treated with chlorine, since you can absorb as much chlorine through the skin as you can by drinking it.  Chlorine in your shower water is, thus, also a danger.  Theres an additional danger.   Inhaling the chlorinated steam in your hot shower is the equivalent of drinking eight glasses of chlorinated water.
    For pools and spas, consider switching to hydrogen peroxide or ozone generators.  To learn how to use hydrogen peroxide, obtain the hydrogen peroxide booklet from the Wysong Library. (Resource K)   Ozone generators are commercially available.      Low-cost sources for ozone generators for home water purification are available. (Resource L)   Filters are also available which remove chlorine at the shower head. (Resource M)
    J)       Purified or distilled water:  (If this product is not available locally, contact the Healthy Alternatives Store at 1-800-748-0188.).
    K)       Wysong Library:  1880 North Eastman Road, Midland, MI   48640, 1-800-748-0188.
    L)       Ozone Generators for home water purification: Ozotech in Yreka, CA, 1-916-842-4189.
    M)             Filters for shower heads:  CuZn Water Filtration Systems, P.O. Box 3210, Fayetteville, AR   72702.
Ramadan and Cardiovascular Disease
    Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam and consists of fasting for a four-week period every year.  A common practice is to eat one large meal after sunset and an optional lighter meal before dawn.
    In a study of 24 Ramadan fasting men and women, the important biological markers for risk of cardiovascular disease were decreased during the month.
    As I discuss in  The Synorgon Diet, eating the largest meal in the evening can cause increased weight gain.  In this study it was shown that even though these individuals fasted, their weight remained essentially the same.  This is likely a result of eating the main meal in the evening.
    Thus we have two conflicting recommendations.  One is that if you want to reduce weight, the largest meal should be eaten in the morning with little or nothing eaten in the evening.  On the other hand, this study indicates that if you want to decrease cardiovascular disease, the largest meal, preferably the only meal, should be eaten in the evening.  Since many individuals with cardiovascular disease are overweight, this presents a dilemma.  But not if you convert the diet as much as possible to raw, whole, natural foods.  By doing so, you will achieve both objectives, maintaining normal weight and decreasing risk of cardiovascular disease regardless of when you eat.
    For those of normal weight who are at risk of cardiovascular disease, however, eating the majority of the food in the evening may help reduce risk.
Treating Hay Fever
    Allergies, either to natural foods or to natural pollens, result from a defective immune system.  Our immune system may be damaged as a result of various vaccinations we have received, or as a result of modern environmental stresses and improper diet.
    Here are some things you can do to try to bolster the health of your immune system and get allergy relief:
    1)   Do the obvious things we continue to harp on in the Health Letter to achieve Synorgonic balance.  Don't smoke, dont over-eat, exercise, get fresh air and sunshine daily, and maintain control of your life.  Avoid the four white poisons ' white sugar, white flour, white salt and refined oils.   (Especially hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils.)
    2)   The antioxidant vitamins and bioflavanoids as found in a variety of fresh, natural fruits and vegetables may be very helpful.
    3)   Take antioxidant and bioflavanoid supplements: Quercetin 800 mg daily (Resource N), Citrus Bioflavanoids 600 mg daily (Resource O), Pycnogenol 75 mg daily (Resource P), Vitamins A, C, and E ' food-derived. (Resource Q)
    4)   Some respected researchers, including the Nobel Prize winning Linus Pauling, recommend 15 to 20 grams of synthetic vitamin C daily  (That is 15,000 to 20,000 mg).  (Resource R)
    5)   Take a multivitamin mineral formula.  (Resource S)
    6)   Take licorice root, a natural antihistamine, 450 mg three times daily.  (Resource T)
    7)   Take in essential fatty acids high in omega 3 fractions.  This would include flax seed oil, fish oil and canola oil.  (Resource U)
    8)   Be sure to get plenty of rest and eliminate as much physical and emotional excessive stress as possible.   Allergy is in itself a stress and if your body is exhausted and trying to combat other stresses it will succumb much more easily to allergy, and the allergies will be much more severe and difficult to eliminate.
    For particularly difficult cases contact a specialist called a clinical ecologist.  For a reference to one near you call the American Academy of Environmental Medicine at 303-622-9755.
        N)     Quercitin (If this product is not available locally, contact the Healthy Alternatives Store at 1-800-748-0188.).
        O)     Citrus Bioflavanoids (If this product is not available locally, contact the Healthy Alternatives Store at 1-800-748-0188.).
        P)             Pycnogenol (If this product is not available locally, contact the Healthy Alternatives Store at 1-800-748-0188.).
        Q)             Food ACE (If this product is not available locally, contact the Healthy Alternatives Store at 1-800-748-0188.).
        R)             Synthetic vitamin C (If this product is not available locally, contact the Healthy Alternatives Store at 1-800-748-0188.).
        S)    RDA Multivitamin (If this product is not available locally, contact the Healthy Alternatives Store at 1-800-748-0188.).
        T)             Licorice (If this product is not available locally, contact the Healthy Alternatives Store at 1-800-748-0188.).
        U)             E.F.A. (If this product is not available locally, contact the Healthy Alternatives Store at 1-800-748-0188.).
Increasing Gall Stone Surgery
   With the introduction of laparoscopic cholecystectomy, a method by which gall stones can be removed by inserting fiber-optic viewing tubes and miniature instruments through a small incision, hospital cost and stay can be significantly reduced over the standard open abdominal surgical procedures.  Though this procedure has been shown to be safe and effective, the enthusiasm for this new technology has actually resulted in increased cases of gall bladder surgery and thus actually increased the net national expenditure.
    It seems that doctors and patients, both enthusiastic for this new quickie technology, have gall bladder surgery performed now for indications that would not have resulted in gall bladder surgery before this technology.
    All surgeries have attendant risks regardless of how simple they may be described to be.  Before submitting to surgery be sure to become fully informed on your condition and request of your physician where you might find medical articles about your condition to research.
Miscounting Calories
    As described in detail in my recent book, The Synorgon Diet, How To Achieve Healthy Weight in a World of Excess, counting calories is not the solution to weight maintenance problems.  In a recent study, a sampling of 40 diet and health type foods were purchased for evaluation.  The disparity between actual calories in the food and those reported on the label demonstrated that most products contain more calories than reported.  Some were in error by more than 20%.
    Since manufacturers know consumers are reading calories, but know that fat and sweet keep the customer coming back, it is easy for manufacturers to simply tell consumers on the label what they want to read, and put in the package what they want to taste.  The end result is that you never know for sure what you are getting in a processed food.  Yet another argument for converting your diet increasingly to fresh, raw, whole, natural foods as they are found in nature.
College Underworld Life
    Although fraternity hazings were outlawed in the 1980s, the practice continues to this day.  The initiation rituals of fraternities are an attempt to convert neophytes to a new belief system.   Young men join such fraternities and put up with initiation rituals because belonging to a fraternity is believed to enhance ones masculine identity and sexual desirability.
    These rituals are not without their dangers.  Young people entering college and parents sending their young adults off should be aware that hundreds of cases of deaths and serious injuries have resulted from fraternity hazing.
    The types of injuries that have been reported result from beatings, paddlings, motor vehicle crashes, pedestrian accidents and falls from heights, chemical burns, branding and immolation, cold exposure, heat exhaustion, acute ethanol intoxication, food and laxative poisoning, gun shots, asphyxia due to drowning, asphyxia due to food bolus, compression asphyxia, electrocution, cannon and beer keg explosions, exacerbation of pre-existing cardiac and hematologic disorders and an array of other forms of physical, sexual and psychological torture.
        Journal of the American Medical Association, April 28, 1993: 2113
Prenatal Ultrasound
    Ultrasound screening for congenital anomalies, multiple pregnancies, fetal growth disorders, placental abnormalities and estimation of gestational age has greatly accelerated since the advent of the technology. 
    Although it may seem benign and even entertaining to watch your child suck its thumb or give you a wave from the womb, a study of over 15,000 pregnant women showed that such screening did not improve perinatal (after birth) outcome.
    This is a classic example of bandwagon new technology medicine.  At a time when unnecessary testing, overtreatment and concern about medical cost is growing, this and all medical technologies should be carefully scrutinized.  Screening the more than 4 million pregnant women in the United States increases medical expenditures by $1 billion.  Since the test results in no improvement in health, that is $1 billion spent for nothing.
    This is not to mention the possible dangers of ultrasound on a developing fetus (Health Letter, Vol. 6 No. 6) or the risks of overtreatment due to false positive diagnoses.
    To quote the authors of this recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine, The adoption of routine ultrasound screening in the United States would add considerably to the cost of care and pregnancy, with no improvement in perinatal outcome.
        New England Journal of Medicine, September 16, 1993: 821-
Unproven Medicine
    The alternative medical community is criticized by conventional medicine as fleecing the public by using unproven therapies.      Here is an interesting quote in a recent issue of the New England Journal of Medicine from a professor of medicine: It has become a truism that not only does the United States spend more money on health care than do other industrialized nations, but also a substantial portion of this sum is wasted on unproved and ineffective diagnosis and therapy.  He is speaking here about conventional, not alternate medicine.  As we have shown repeatedly before in the Health Letter, much of conventional medicine has neither been proven safe or effective.  Don't assume any therapy is either safe or effective, be it conventional or unconventional, until you become convinced by being provided appropriate evidence.
        New England Journal of Medicine, October 21, 1993: 1268
Economic Health
    Many financial advisors are saying the U.S. stock market is poised for a dramatic fall.  As a result, advisors are saying to put your investment money elsewhere in the world.
    Take a clue from the 80% decline since 1990 in foreign investments in the U.S. and 350% increase in U.S. pensions invested abroad.
    David Muller, a U.S. international intelligence expert turned financial guru, produces a newsletter called Foreign Markets Advisory.  In his newsletter he describes a model portfolio of investments in a variety of stocks and mutual funds around the world.  All of these stocks can be purchased domestically, however.   In the last year, subscribers who invested in his portfolio recommendations earned 45.4% after commissions!  (Resource V)
        V)   Foreign Markets Advisory, PO Box 75, Fairfax Station, Virginia 22039-9827, 1-703-425-5961, Fax: 703-425-6263.
Seizure Treatments
    A low carbohydrate diet combined with taking 1 gram of the amino acid Taurine before each meal and 100 mg of manganese daily may decrease the need for seizure medications.
        Health Revelations, September, 1993: 8
Breast Feeding and Cancer
    Over 1500 women were studied in Britain to determine a relationship between breast cancer and breast feeding.  The results demonstrated that for those women who breast fed babies a minimum of three months the risk for breast cancer was significantly reduced.  We reported similar findings in the Health Letter (Health Letter Vol. 1 No. 4; 2, 9; 3, 6; 4, 6; 6, 9) and this is further confirmation of those findings.
        British Medical Journal, July 3, 1993: 17-;
        Journal Watch, August 14, 1993: 28
Overweight Children
    Parents should be extremely diligent in helping children maintain normal weight.  In a recent study of over 10,000 children it was found that there were severe adverse effects on social and economic development for those overweight.  Overweight children completed fewer years in school, were less likely to get married, and had lower income and higher rates of poverty as adults.  These effects were more serious for those overweight than for similar individuals with chronic conditions such as asthma, musculoskeletal abnormalities and other chronic health conditions.
        New England Journal of Medicine, September 30, 1993: 1008
Baby Blues
   Postpartum depression may be helped by eliminating sugar and caffeine from the diet, and taking 5 mg of folic acid per day, 100 mg of zinc, 50 mg of manganese, and a combination tablet of the amino acids phenylalanine and tyrosine taken one-half gram before each meal.  The later amino acid supplement should not be taken if you are on any MAO (monoamine oxidase) inhibitor antidepressant medications.
        Health Revelations, September, 1993: 8
    Applying a small amount of corn starch after bowel movements and prior to going to bed is reportedly better than the use of salves, prescription medications, Preparation H and even surgery.
        Health Alert, October, 1993: 5
Estrogen and Osteoporosis
    Although estrogen therapy in post menopausal women may slow or even reverse the loss of bone in the years immediately following menopause, there is little effect on bone density once the age of 75 years is reached.  A recent study of 212 women showed that bone preservation up to age 75 required long-term estrogen treatment.  Since estrogen is a powerful hormone linked to a variety of cancers such as breast cancer, estrogen therapy as a solution to osteoporosis is of questionable safety and value since the majority of fractures occur after age 75 anyway.  An alternate solution is converting the diet to emphasize whole, fresh, natural foods in variety, regular daily exercise including weightbearing exercise and daily exposure to full-spectrum sunlight. (Wysong Health Letter, Vol. 7 No. 2)  Calcium supplements, particularly in the form of calcium citrate malate, have also proven to be of benefit.  (Wysong Health Letter, Vol. 4 No. 10; 6, 5; 7, 2)  Natural progesterone therapy as an alternate to estrogen is both safer and effective.  (Ill discuss this in more detail in a coming issue).
        New England Journal of Medicine, October 14, 1993: 1141
Depression as a Cause for Heart Attack
    A recent study of 222 patients who survived a heart attack and were subsequently discharged from the hospital found that those who were most depressed were most likely to die from a subsequent heart attack within six months.  Although the recommendation of conventional medicine is that patients be monitored for depression and treated with pharmaceuticals, this may not be the right approach.  A heart attack can certainly bring a person face to face with their mortality.  Unless given an opportunity to feel as though they can control their own future health destiny by receiving appropriate counseling regarding life-style changes and dietary changes, they may simply feel helpless.  With helplessness, as we have discussed before in the Health Letter, comes depression and a high susceptibility to disease.  If you have had a heart attack you need to learn how to affect future health by relatively simple dietary and life-style changes.  The Health Letter discusses these changes on a continuing basis and the Wysong library has several publications that would greatly benefit people who have had a heart attack.      By learning, you take the first step in regaining control.  With control, depression loses its grip.
        Journal of the American Medical Association, October 20, 1993: 1819
Keeping Arteries Elastic
    The ability of arteries to expand and contract with each heart beat and as a response to metabolic and exercise demands is very important in maintaining health.  An inflexible pipe-like artery is susceptible to plugging from atherosclerotic plaque, to tears, to ballooning, and to high blood pressure.  Researchers have recently discovered the obvious:  as you get older, if you continue regular vigorous exercise your arteries will remain more elastic just as will the rest of your body.  Make exercise, both aerobic and weightbearing, a part of your daily life.
        Science News, October 16, 1993: 246
Smoking and Hearing
    Exposure to cigarette smoke chemicals in the womb can lead to hearing difficulties for a child later in life.  If you are pregnant, dont smoke, and don't breathe the smoke of those who do.   An even better suggestion is if you are alive and want to stay that way, don't smoke and don't breathe the smoke of those who do.
        Science News, July 10, 1993: 23
Nutritional Treatment of Psoriasis
    Psoriasis is an inflammatory reaction in the skin and can be very chronic and difficult to cure.  Here is a formula used in over 500 psoriasis patients:
    Vitamin D3. 1,200 IU
    Beta Carotene 25,000 IU
    Pantethine 1,800 mg
    Zinc 50 mg
    Shark Cartilage 4,500 mg
    Super EPA 2,400 mg
    Borage Oil 2,400 mg
    Fumaric Acid.. 500 mg
    This formula is a daily dose.   The Fumaric acid under the trade name Psorex should be started at 500 mg daily for one week, 2 capsules daily the second week and increasing the dosage one capsule per week to a maximum dose of 4 capsules daily.  Also try to get at least a half-hour of unshielded sunlight daily.
        Health Revelations, August, 1993: 4
More on Red Wine and Heart Disease
    Since reporting the effect of moderate amounts of wine on heart disease a couple of issues back, the literature has exploded with further information.  It has all been positive.
    Our researcher discovered that the LDL cholesterol (see Lipid Nutrition page 51) is protected from oxidation by resveratrol, a component of red wine.  If you will recall from previous issues of the Health Letter, it is the oxidation of the cholesterol that is within our foods that is the fundamental cause of heart disease and not cholesterol per se.
        The Lancet, April 24, 1993: 1104
Retin A Dangers
   Tretanoin is a topical medication for various skin conditions, including acne and the removal of wrinkles.  It is, however, a teratogen (birth-defect inducer).  Reports in the literature have associated diaphragmatic hernias, pericardial (the sac around the heart) defects, malposition of the heart, arm size reduction, absence of the radius and ulna (forearm bones), fusing of the bones in the hand and a variety of other malformations in bones of the limbs, chest and back.
    If you are using this product, you must be absolutely sure you are not pregnant and are not going to get pregnant.   Also understand that any compound that causes birth defects has the potentiality for causing harm to you also.
        The Lancet, May 22, 1993: 1352
Exercise Bikes and Kids
    Over 2000 admissions of children to the emergency room each year are a result of accidents with stationary home exercise bikes.  Usually the injuries are damages to the hands and fingers, with many of them being amputations.
    This danger is preventable by making sure to use bikes that use spokeless wheels, totally covered chains and wheel and pedal locks.  Be very careful when children are playing near the bike when in use and do not let them on bikes unless attended.
        American Journal of Disease in Childhood, September, 1992:1016-
Adult Onset Diabetes and Vitamin E
    Individuals with adult onset non-insulin-dependent diabetes may benefit by taking supplemental vitamin E.  In a study of 25 individuals broken into a control group and a diabetic group, it was found that the diabetic cohort (group) taking 900 mg. of DL alpha tocopherol acetate per day (that is a synthetic form) experienced an improvement in their condition.
    Vitamin E is known to help maintain the healthy status of biological membranes and reduce their susceptability to oxidative damage.  By helping maintain the integrity of cells membranes it is believed that the cell glucose uptake mechanism, which is located in the membranes, is maintained in better order and thus glucose control is better achieved.
    Although the synthetic form of vitamin E was used in this study, use the D Alpha Tocopherol natural form of vitamin E as a supplement since it has been proven to be far more effective than the synthetic versions.   For resources of the natural form of vitamin E see resource W.
        American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, May, 1993: 650-
        W) Natural Vitamin E (If this product is not available locally, contact the Healthy Alternatives Store at 1-800-748-0188.).
Exercise and Hypertension
    As discussed before in the Health Letter (Vol. 2 No. 9; 7, 6) hypertension (high blood pressure) is a problem requiring a multifaceted approach to its solution.
    Some of the changes necessary to decrease high blood pressure, such as reducing weight, alcohol and salt consumption, and relaxation, require often times considerable education, motivation and fortitude, all of which add up to behavioral readjustment which is not always so easy.  Exercise, however, is something you can do immediately ' and experience a result almost immediately.  Even if you do nothing else and remain overweight, sustained exercise will still create immediate benefits and lower blood pressure. 
    Whether you have hypertension or not, everyone should be engaged in a regular exercise program consisting of at least 30 minutes two or three times a week.  Weight-bearing combined with aerobic exercise is the best and can yield incredible metabolic, physical and psychological benefits.
        Lancet, May 15, 1993: 1248