Our world faces
gigantic problems. Many of these are addressed each month in the
Health Letter along with ideas which might help create solutions.
But sometimes our voice seems so small, the magnitude of the problems so
large and public ignorance and apathy so pervasive that it can
We nevertheless must
try. Evil (in this case anything that threatens a sustainable
and pleasant world for future generations) exists because good people do
nothing. Additionally once we understand the seriousness of the
problems, the despair alone can be health-threatening. Doing
something not only offers the possibility of fixing our problems, but our
active participation toward solutions relieves hopelessness and is
Health crises, the
destruction of habitat, deforestation, explosive population growth and
mindless exploitation for industrialization and profiteering are all
gigantic world-wide problems that threaten the existence of future
generations all over the planet. Technology is in large part
responsible for the speed with which these destructive forces are closing
in on us.
But I believe we are
living through a dramatic new revolution. It is difficult to see, or
appreciate its magnitude because we are in the midst of it. That
revolution is the computer age.
This revolution, although not by design, does create an
exciting glimmer of hope. The interlinking of the world through
computer networks allows rapid dissemination of information instantly,
globally. Such free flow of information has the potential for
enlightenment. It also has the potential for bringing the world
together as a community, breaking down artificial borders that exist
because governments up until now have been able to keep their populations
ignorant by selectively controlling the information to which they are
exposed. That control is vanishing rapidly because cyberspace
cannot be controlled.
The ultimate impact of
the world being brought up to speed in terms of the problems that face us
all is yet to be fully realized.
But the first step toward any rational solution is
Even resources can be
spared with this new technology. Fax machines, for example, can
eliminate a mail carrier, mail by computer can eliminate fax machines.
Computers can eliminate newspapers, magazines and catalogs and spare
umpteen gazillion trees. Computers, telephone lines and television
sets interlinked make home based business more possible and may obsolete
shopping and retail commerce as we know it. The potential exists for
the dramatic decline in so many energy-and resource-consuming activities,
through instantaneous communication through the computer super highway.
I believe we stand on
the threshold of gigantic changes brought about by increasing
miniaturization and information technology. Our present world will
appear technologically Paleolithic when compared to the new world created
with this technology in the next 50 to 100 years. The possibilities
are seemingly endless.
My point is that
although technology has speeded us toward potential ruination, technology
may offer salvation too if we are able to point its direction rationally
to create a better world. In the meantime, become computer alert and
aware. Research getting a computer to use at home, and stay abreast
of this emerging technology so that you can be a force to use it in ways
which may help solve the crises pressing in upon us.
Within science, ideas
evolve - from simple observation to guesses to hypotheses to theories to
laws. To advance up this scale of certainty, requires enormous
amounts of proving and time. Few scientific ideas have become law.
Within physics, for
example, there are laws of inertia and laws of gravity which we all
learned in our early school years. These are full scale laws of
nature we consider to be “Truths.”
There is also a discipline in physics known as
thermodynamics. It is the study of the flow of energy. The
first and second laws of thermodynamics, though obscure to most, are
believed to be among the most studied, proven and immutable of all
The first law states that energy can neither be created
nor destroyed. The second law, the subject of this article, states
that in a closed system not subject to outside interference, entropy, or
the degree of disorder in the system, will always increase over time.
To put it as one profound author with whom I am very impressed says:
“The second law (entropy principle) concerns the qualitative
degeneration of energy. The ultimate consequence of the second law
upon the universe is to be what has been termed ‘heat death.’
In the end, the universe is to be completely random. All energy will
be leveled out. No energy gradients will be available for the
accomplishment of work, and beauty and order will be lost to a uniform,
bleak, blah cold.
Basically the second law says three things: 1) Systems
tend toward the most probable state. 2) Systems will tend toward the
most random state. 3) Systems will increase entropy, where entropy
is a measure of the availability of energy to do useful work... In its
practical and basic sense (as opposed) to its theoretical sense, or merely
its description of heat flow) the second law says the above three listed
things. These three, in essence, say one thing. That is,
spontaneity causes degradation.”(p. 241, The
Creation Evolution Controversy, by R. L. Wysong)
What does this have to
do with health? As you know, I continue to espouse the merits of
natural, raw foods in the Health
Letter. A lot of research and thinking about this confirms to me
with increasing force the value of this simple concept: living things need
living food. Let me use a new argument employing the second law of
thermodynamics to help demonstrate how compelling this concept is.
In their intact living
state, foods are exceedingly complex with a high degree of orderliness and
low entropy. There is, for example, the equivalent of millions
of volumes of Encyclopedia Britannica within the genetic material in a
single cell found in natural raw food.
Now, just as when you
build an elaborate castle of dominos on the kitchen table the complexity
and orderliness will be lost by shaking the table, so too will the order
found within food be lost when it is put through the rigors of modern
processing. Heat, shear, pressure, vacuum, distillation,
acidification, alkalinization, etc... and time, are all random energy
forces that disrupt the orderliness found within living food. These
forces change food from a complex set of relationships, an interdependent
milieu, to a scattered array of broken, denatured, fractionated,
devitalized, simplified chemicals.
In overview, what
occurs throughout the food processing plant is the taking of a highly
complex biological system (natural food) replete with information and low
entropy (high organization) then a conversion (perversion) into a high
entropy, disorganized, synthetic mush. Just as the universe is
slowly losing its orderliness, irreversibly moving toward a cold random
oblivion, we in our food processing plants likewise change the nature of
living complex food to a form of random oblivion.
(For you thermodynamicists, please permit me a little
scientific and editorial license. I am seeking to advance a basic
concept and I understand that details could be argued.)
We as living creatures
are in a highly ordered state. The more disordered we become, the
more diseased we become and, finally, the more deceased we become.
We too move from a high state of orderliness or low entropy, to high
entropy and the grave.
If we were to try to
live in a world without order - in the cold bleak randomness of the
universe’s final end - we could not exist. We need the
thermodynamic organization of our environment to permit our very survival.
All things in nature in fact move as a result of this organization.
Solar and lunar cycles, hydrologic cycles, and all physical and
biological thermodynamic events that make up this thing called a living
Earth are the very elements we depend upon to survive.
Why then do we believe
that we can take our food and purposely drive it toward a random, cold
abyss and not reap consequences? In other words, if we take the
order and organization within our food, the low thermodynamic entropy it
has, and destroy it, how will we not be affected? True, we are
able to survive by eating such devitalized, dead, embalmed foods - for a
time - but this is simply because the food is not totally destroyed and
because our bodies have tremendous adaptive reserves and low entropy to
But over time these reserves are exhausted. Without
the replenishment of our systems with the high order and organization of
living raw food I suggest we hasten the closing of our bank account.
The second law of
thermodynamics is evident everywhere. Things decay, they rust, they
become disorganized, they degenerate without concerted effort to reverse
this inevitable trend. Though we may not understand fully the
effects of living raw natural foods in our diet, does it not make sense
simply using the models we see all around us that we would benefit from
taking into our bodies highly ordered, highly organized living foods
rather than foods that have had this order destroyed? (The
orderliness I speak of here is not the clever twist in a pretzel or the
alphabet in the soup.)
Think about this as you
eat your next meal. Notice how much of your food is living and raw
and how much of it has been destroyed or is even unrecognizable as
anything coming from nature at all. Constantly try to increase
the proportion of the raw natural foods in your diet over the dead
devitalized ones. It will take some doing because almost everything
that gets to the table has been vitiated by the hands of processors.
I will continue to talk
about this through subsequent issues of the Health
Letter and give you suggestions and ideas for specific things you can
put in the diet that are raw, natural and still contain their full
thermodynamic compliment of unaltered low entropic nutrients.
Creation-Evolution Controversy, by Dr. R.L. Wysong, Inquiry Press,
SUNSCREENS CAUSE CANCER
Before you get all
excited about that trip to the sunny South and the wonderful tan you are
going to get, let me alert you to some dangers. First of all,
recognize that our knowledge of the sun and its effect on life is paltry.
Life through eons prior to the Industrial Revolution spent virtually all
of its time out of doors, exposed to full spectrum light, without being
maimed and killed with skin cancers. Consider that many modern
sunscreens only protect against certain ultraviolet spectrums such as UVA,
but do nothing to protect against UVB. Such sunscreens are only even
necessary because we spend so much time indoors and thus the sudden
exposure to intense sunlight without a gradual acclimation to it is a
stress on the skin and body that may indeed cause an imbalance resulting
Don’t be taken in by
the commercial propaganda that leads you to believe that if you can get a
sun block with a 100+ SPF rating that you need not fear old sol.
Commercial sunscreens interfere with natural mechanisms of the skin that
1) will tell you when you’re getting two much and that you should seek
shade or put clothes on and 2) screen elements of the sun that actually
create health and prevent disease.
The screening of UVB
light with lotions can also decrease the ability of the skin to produce
vitamin D which is a nutrient that can actually suppress the growth of
melanoma cells, a very dangerous form of skin cancer.
Here’s what to
do. Routinely spend time out of doors in natural sunlight,
year round, regardless of the climate you are in.
Even in northern latitudes in mid winter, time should be
spent out of doors, every day if possible, exposed to natural full
spectrum sunlight. If you find yourself suddenly exposed to intense
sunshine by a trip to the tropics or by the advent of summer after
spending all winter indoors, allow your skin a chance to acclimate.
Exposure to full spectrum sunlight causes melanin (tanning) producing
cells to do their work and to create pigments in the skin that protect the
skin against harmful sun radiation.
If a lot of time is going to be spent outside
exposed, then wear hats and clothing. To exposed areas of the skin,
as a temporary measure, use a natural sun screen that protects against the
full spectrum of UV radiation (See Resource A).
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Want to stay
healthy? Want to have more energy? Want more strength?
Want to excel in a sport? Want to stay young?
There is probably no other single thing I can recommend to
you more strongly than regular, progressive, challenging, exercise.
It can help you accomplish all of the above.
Here is some muscle wisdom to get you started, keep you
going, and help you benefit the most from a regular, lifelong
1. In a person of normal weight, muscle
comprises almost half of the body’s weight. There are over 650
muscles and each hairlike muscle fiber that comprises muscle can support
over 1,000 times its own weight.
are three kinds of muscle and you can improve them all. Cardiac
(heart) muscle increases in strength and builds its own internal
circulation by being challenged with exercise that causes you to huff and
puff. Smooth muscle is normally the involuntary type that surrounds
most internal organs including the intestinal tract, arteries, and the
respiratory system. Exercise and a fresh, whole food diet stimulates
these muscles to increase in strength and capacity. Skeletal muscle
is the muscle we see on the body and is responsible for our voluntary
movements. It shapes us, and comprises the vast majority of muscular
tissue. Its function is, of course, increased particularly by
3. As a by-product of increasing muscular
strength, bone density is increased, decreasing the likelihood of
osteoporosis and fracture. Connective tissue strength is also
increased helping to prevent sprains, strains and joint injury leading to
strength training program need only be done a couple times a week for
20-30 minutes. If it is done with progressive intensity, great
benefits will be derived. Normally 8-10 different exercises
consisting of 8-10 repetitions each is sufficient. When the
movements become easier simply add more weight.
5. Variety is the spice of exercise.
Boredom will set in with any set exercise program. Variety is not
only good for your mind, but good for your muscles to shock them into new
spurts of strength.
Experiment and learn from others. Change your program periodically.
Keep records, monitor your progress, and be content with small
improvements over time. Exercise is not designed to reach an
endpoint, but is rather a lifelong activity you should make as enjoyable
and interesting as possible.
7. Be an
ageless athlete. If you don’t exercise you will loose 80% of your
strength level by the age of 65. If you exercise progressively, you
need not lose any and may actually gain strength over what you had when
you were 20.
pregnant women can benefit from regular strength training exercise.
It not only keeps them fit, but may assist them in more effortless
are individual. Everyone can improve their health and appearance
through exercise, but not everyone can look like physique idols.
Your results are influenced by the intensity of your program, your
genetically controlled muscle fiber type, your individual hormone levels,
body proportions, tendon insertion points, muscle-to-tendon ratios and
neurological efficiency. Be content with what you can become and
being the best you can be, not with what others are.
10. Range of motion is
important. Full body movements are more effective in conditioning
than smaller movements with higher weights. An individual who moves
200 lbs 2 feet does more than a person who lifts 300 lbs 1 foot.
11. A combination of
challenging weight-bearing exercise causing you to huff and puff, combined
on alternate days with aerobic activity in a sport or exercise, is best
for total body conditioning.
12. Muscle soreness
will often follow new exercise or a dramatically increased intensity of
regular exercise. By keeping on a regular exercise schedule,
soreness will be reduced. But soreness is also a welcome sign
indicating that you are challenging yourself. It also will tell you
what muscles you have worked by what exercise. If you do not get
sore occasionally, this indicates you are not challenging yourself enough
with either increased intensity or with variety.
13. Women will not
(naturally) and should not look like men. Those who do are likely
taking male hormones. This does not suggest that women cannot
increase their strength remarkably. Some women have, for example,
developed the ability to do 132 push-ups in 2 minutes. How many men
could even come close to that?
14. No pain, no
gain. By pain I am not talking about the pain you feel from
injury, but rather a healthy discomfort. If you do not feel this
discomfort in the last few reps of your exercise, then you are not
challenging yourself sufficiently and your body will not adapt and
increase its condition.
15. Train for a
purpose. If being healthier, looking better, and staying
useful is not sufficient motivation for you to stay in a progressive
exercise program, then you need to do some brain exercises.
Exercise your mouth properly. Although exercise can result in
benefits to young people almost regardless of what they eat, that
digestive resiliency wanes quickly with age. If you do not eat
properly, as continually described in the Health
Letter, with an emphasis on fresh, raw, whole, natural foods, exercise
will not yield the lifelong bounty it is capable of bringing to you.
17. More is not
necessarily better. There must be sufficient rest between workouts
for your body to recover. If you are in a challenging program
and this rest does not occur, you can actually cause muscles to catabolize
(break down) in order to fuel the excessive exercise.
Although maximum muscle strength occurs between the ages of 20 and 30, few
people in this age range exercise sufficiently to develop this potential.
That means that if you take your exercise seriously after 30, you can
actually have more strength than the majority of 20-and 30-year-olds.
19. Work the legs.
A well balanced body is the most fit and the most attractive. Legs
are usually the most neglected in an exercise program, but the most
important. Big chests and biceps look ridiculous atop noodle legs.
The legs are the foundation for the rest of the body and although
exercising them can be extremely strenuous, they yield benefits in total
body development. An excellent core leg exercise is squats using
20. Do exercises
requiring balance. Many machines are designed for isolated
exercises. Although they are comfortable, they do not yield the
results of full body exercises requiring involvement of a wide variety of
muscle groups and balance. Examples of such multimuscle exercises
include pull-ups, push-ups, and squats. The more exercises you can
do without sitting or lying, the better your program will be.
21. Work out with a
friend if possible and at least visit gyms periodically to observe and
learn. This outside input can stimulate you to new peaks and greatly
add to exercise interest.
22. See the Fitness
section of the Wysong Library Catalog. (Resource B) There are
more than 20 titles covering a wide range of fitness topics.
23. Yes, just do it!
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The traditional sit-up
exercise is to put the feet under something with the legs straight, and
then bend the entire torso from the waist up. Although this exercise
creates static tension on the abdominal muscles, it works primarily the
hip flexors and can create an abnormal stress on the intervertebral discs
within the lumbar spinal column.
A much better
alternative that isolates and works more effectively the abdominal rectus
muscles and does not stress the spine is called the abdominal crunch.
As pictured above, you lie on your back with knees bent and the small of
the back pressed tightly to the floor. The buttocks and the small of
the back never leave the floor. Simply raise and curl the shoulders,
head and neck using the abdominal muscles. The arms can be crossed
behind the back with the hands placed on opposite shoulders.
An even more effective method is to stretch the arms way
out beyond the head and pretend you are grabbing a rubber band with each
hand. Then as you crunch, you bring the arms forward from this
stretch position so that the elbows rest at your side and your arms are
flexed. This stretching and contracting of the arms accentuates the
stretching and contracting of the abdominal muscles. Do 20 of these
with good form and you’ll know you’ve done something, even though they
appear much simpler than a traditional sit-up.
California Berkley Wellness Letter, July 1993
Clinical trials have
proven the ability of Niacin (vitamin B3) to reduce the “bad” LDL
cholesterol and raise the “good” HDL cholesterol. Unfortunately
the levels of this synthetic vitamin necessary to achieve these results
can range as high as 3000 mg per day, which is 150 times the U.S. RDA.
I am not suggesting here any particular trust in RDA’s, as you know from
reading previous issues. Nevertheless, using levels of synthetic
niacin this far beyond that which would be possible in a normal diet, is a
Most people who attempt
to use niacin to reduce cholesterol are unable to stay on it for any
length of time. The side effects from the synthetic high dose
vitamin range from flushing, itching, and nausea to wart-like growths and
liver damage. These reactions signal stress and are a sign to
Taking niacin as part
of a vitamin/mineral supplement containing the RDA of niacin, 20 mg,
should cause no harm and may be a practical insurance policy. (See
If cholesterol is high, there is also a more practical
means of lowering it. Change the diet with an emphasis on fresh,
raw, natural foods. This simple, logical approach will not only
lower cholesterol levels, but decrease the possibility of consuming high
levels of oxidized cholesterol present at heightened levels in the modern
processed diet. It will also restore weight to normal levels and
greatly increase health, healing, vitality and longevity.
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Although just about all
new parents take a peek at their unborn baby through ultrasound, with the
assurance from doctors that it is perfectly safe and may help detect birth
defects early, this procedure is experimental... an experiment on your
One after another “perfectly safe” technologies of the
past performed on infants and children has been shown over time to be
detrimental. I discussed one in a previous issue (Vol. 8, No. 10),
radium therapy, which I was even exposed to as a child.
About the same time that radium therapy was being
administered to hundreds of thousands, so too were x-rays being used to
view the unborn fetus. Both of these therapies have now been found
to be associated with a wide range of disease conditions that may only
surface many decades after the procedure was performed.
I have spoken in previous issues about the dangers of
testing when there is no indication for it and the questionable safety of
ultrasound screening. (See Vol. 7, No. 11 and Vol. 8, No. 2)
Research has now shown that babies subjected to ultrasound are more likely
to be left-handed and possibly have delayed speech. These changes
are indicative of subtle changes that are occurring in the brain of the
child. Who is to say what effect ultrasound will have on children as
they reach adulthood or move into the middle or latter years of life?
Unfortunately so many manipulations of our environment often do not create
immediately evident harmful
results, and thus create a false sense of safety.
The only guide we can really use with confidence is to not
subject ourselves or our children unnecessarily to any technology.
If a procedure puts us out of our proper genetic context,
and subjects us to forces for which we do not have full understanding and
complete computation of their consequences, it must be avoided.
New Scientist, March 19, 1994
Lancet, October 9, 1993
Journal, July 17, 1993
Association Journal, November 15, 1993
New England Journal of
Medicine, September 16, 1993
outbreaks of necrotizing fascitis caused by streptococcal
“flesh-eating” bacteria, is not believed to be communicable from one
person to the other. It is a normal opportunist bacterium that lives
on the skin and in the throat.
For even minor skin infections, apply hot compresses for
20 minutes three or four times a day. By increasing the circulation
to the area you increase the normal antibacterial healing response of the
skin. Usually little more is needed than this to resolve a skin
infection. Topical applications of honey are also effective.
(See Vol. 8, No. 9)
For sore throats gargle
with 3% hydrogen peroxide once every hour for six hours and then once
every four hours until the pain is gone. (See Resource D) Spit after
gargling. Then gargle and spit two to three times a day until you
are confident the infection has been brought under control.
Second Opinion, August
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ANTIOXIDANTS SLOW AGING
Fruit flies have been
genetically engineered to contain more genes responsible for producing
antioxidants. Those fruit flies so altered were found to live
30% longer than normal fruit flies. Although this does not
translate into proof that by consuming synthetic antioxidants we are going
to live longer, it does confirm the theory that free radical pathology is
responsible, at least in part, for the aging process. Avoiding free
radical toxicants created by industrial pollutants and by processed foods,
as well as increasing your consumption of fresh, whole, raw, natural foods
specifically rich in natural antioxidants (See Resource E) would be a safe
and wise course of action consistent with this research.
Science, February 1994
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LITTLE WONDER SICKNESS REMAINS
As a subscriber to the Health
Letter you are likely one of the few who have sufficient motivation
and ambition to take charge of your own life and your own health destiny.
This attitude of self-reliance is absolutely critical not only to health,
but to the realization of full human potential.
Unfortunately, too many
are extremely lazy, wanting to rely on others to take care of their
problems for them and to have magical cures in bottles. For example,
in a recent study of individuals with chronic disease, it was found that
although people may take medicine they will not change their life.
For example, 91% of diabetics took their medicine but only 69% adhered to
the recommended diet and only 19% exercised.
Medicine at best is only a temporary band-aid.
Healing must come from within. It is up to us to nurture those
healing forces by making the appropriate life-style and dietary changes.
John Hopkins Medical
Letter, January 1994: 1
BREAST CANCER SURGERGY BY THE MOON
I previously reported
that surgical results for breast cancer can be improved by the timing of
the surgery. (See Vol. 8, No. 6) A new study confirms
these original results and shows that premenopausal women with breast
cancer who have positive axillary (arm pit) lymph nodes operated on during
the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle, had a significantly better
prognosis than those who had surgery during the follicular phase.
The luteal phase is the second half of the menstrual cycle whereas the
follicular phase is the first 14 days of the cycle.
This is not to
necessarily advocate surgical intervention in breast cancer, but to
suggest that if it is done it be done during the second half of the
menstrual cycle to achieve better results. Why these results occur
during different parts of the menstrual cycle is not known for sure but it
may be related to the increased adhesiveness of cancerous cells and
decreased killer cell immunological response during the first half of the
menstrual cycle, the follicular stage, when high levels of unopposed
estrogens occur in the blood.14
Lancet, June 18, 1994:
EXCESS IRON STUNTS GROWTH
A study was undertaken
of 47 children, aged 12 to 18 months who had normal tissue levels of iron
but were receiving additional supplements of iron (ferrous sulfate) at 3
mg/kg daily. It was found that the excess iron delivered to the
children in the form of the supplement resulted in a retardation of
are not without their dangers. Excesses can be dangerous. The
supplements given in this group were at a fairly hefty dose. So if a
supplement is given to children, unless there is a known deficiency, it
might be better to give a broad spectrum vitamin/mineral supplement at
approximately RDA levels. For iron the RDA for children under 4 is
10 mg/day and for infants age birth to 12 months it is 15 mg/day.
Lancet, May 21, 1994:
PRURITUS ANI TREATMENT
Pruritus ani is an
inflammation of the anal area causing intense itching. For those who
have this condition it can be almost incapacitating. The itching can
be so severe that perianal tissue can be abraded causing bleeding,
ulceration and an exacerbation of the inflammatory itching cycle.
There are a variety of
causes. In young children itching of the anal area is often
associated with pin worms, but adult pruritus ani is seldom due to pin
worms and is more likely a result of food intolerance and digestive
Foods that may cause
this condition include soft drinks and coffees, as well as chocolates.
Simply eliminate these foods from the diet and watch for results.
At the same time,
taking a probiotic culture supplement (See Resource F) and increasing the
amount of lactobacillus cultures by way of homemade yogurt (See Resource
G) may also prove to be beneficial.
In the meantime, also
continue to try to convert the diet to more fresh, raw, whole, natural
foods, get plenty of fresh air, sunshine and regular challenging and
stimulating exercise. Topical lotions that will help heal the area
include those that contain aloe vera and essential fatty acid oils and
antioxidants (See Resource H).
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AMINO ACIDS FOR ENLARGED PROSTATE
According to Dr.
Atkins, a nutritionally oriented physician, the use of 250 mg of butamic
acid, 12.5 mg of L-alanine and 105 mg. of L-glycine in combination with 10
mg of manganese, 25 mg of zinc and 80 mg of saw palmetto given three times
a day is effective in the treatment of an enlarged prostate. These
dietary supplements are available at any health food store.
Health Revelations, May
SAW PAMETTO FOR PROSTATE CANCER
Since prostate cancer
is believed to be a result of the increased activity of 5-a-reductase, an
enzyme that converts the male hormone testosterone into compounds which
stimulate prostate enlargement and cancer, a common therapy is to
administer female hormones to counteract the male hormones, or to perform
castration. But since it is not testosterone that is the problem,
but rather the increased activity of the 5-a-reductase enzyme, saw
palmetto may be effective in not only preventing, but treating prostate
cancer since it interferes with the activity of 5-a-reductase.
Extracts from saw palmetto are available as a nutritional supplement.
(See Resource I)
Saw Palmetto (contact the Wysong institute for supplier source).
As I discuss in my book
on Lipid Nutrition, aspirin is one of the pharmaceutical compounds that is
used to decrease the adhesiveness of blood platelets and decrease the
inflammatory response, both of which are related to increased risk of
arteriosclerosis. Aspirin, like any synthetic pharmaceutical, has a
host of problems associated with it. Classical problems include
stomach irritability and bleeding, an increased risk of blindness due to
macular degeneration, and now evidence suggests that the consumption of
aspirin as a heart attack preventive may do the exact opposite by
increasing the chance of blood clot formation and thus artery blockage.
By increasing the
consumption of fresh, raw, natural foods and eliminating as much as
possible any cooked or fried oils or fats, and hydrogenated oils, you will
make tremendous strides in decreasing the chance of atherosclerosis
progressing and can even reverse it. (See Resource J)
Nutrition - Understanding Fats and Oils in Health and Disease, By Dr.
R. L. Wysong available from Wysong Library catalog, 1880 N. Eastman,
Midland, MI 48640, soft cover $12.95, hard cover $14.95, + $3.50
COFFEE AND OSTEOPOROSIS
A study of 980 women
who drank at least two cups of caffeinated coffee per day demonstrated
that this resulted in lower bone densities (osteoporosis) than in those
who did not.
John Hopkins Medical
Letter, July 1994: 1
TREATING DIABETES WITH EXERCISE
Diabetics who did a
moderate amount of exercise four days a week on stationary bicycles were
able to clear 11% more glucose after 12 weeks. They only exercised
at about ½ to ¾ of their capacity. The amount of insulin
they took did not change, nor did they lose weight in the process.
Agres, 1993, Volume 41:
GUAVA JUICE FOR DIABETES
The tropical fruit
known as guava can yield a juice that can significantly lower blood sugar
levels in diabetics. As little as 3 ounces of juice lowered fasting
blood sugar levels significantly for up to 3 hours after consumption of
the fruit juice.
PREVENTING AND REVERSING TYPE I
Niacinamide, a form of
vitamin B3 that does not cause the flushing side effects mentioned
earlier, has been used effectively to prevent and even reverse Type I
genetically determined diabetes.
Type I diabetes is the
diabetes normally requiring insulin injections for control. It is
the result of a form of autoimmune destruction of the insulin-secreting
beta cells in the pancreas.
Adults were given 25 mg
of niacinamide for every 2 lbs of body weight per day. Some had a
restoration of the beta cells in the pancreas and some had a slowing of
their destruction. When given early enough, it appears the vitamin
can even prevent the disease from developing. In a group of
high risk children less than 16 years of age, given 100 to 200 mg of
niacinamide daily, 13 or 14 treated children did not develop the disease,
whereas all 8 of the untreated children in the study did.
These results are
significant enough that any adult with newly diagnosed Type I diabetes
should consider the use of this vitamin. For children who are
genetically predisposed to the disease, the use of the supplement may also
be highly recommended.
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WHOLE FOOD VITAMINS BETTER
Researchers have found
that by comparing synthetic versus food-derived vitamins, that
carcinogenic nitrosamines were reduced to significantly lower levels in
those who consumed an equal amount of vitamins from various vegetables and
fruits as opposed to those who simply took synthetic vitamin C. As I
have repeatedly noted in the Health
Letter, synthetic, isolated, purified vitamins are found nowhere in
nature and are a modern invention. Vitamins as they appear in nature
are in complex interrelationships with hundreds, even thousands of other
biochemicals within the complex natural food matrix. It is this
natural matrix we are genetically adapted to recognize and best utilize.
For this reason the diet should emphasize fresh, whole, raw, natural foods
and if supplements are taken they should be concentrated food sources of
those vitamins rather than synthetics if at all possible. (See
Tufts University Diet
and Nutrition Letter, May 1994: 5
LIMIT REST FOR BACK PAIN
In a study of patients
who experienced back pain, it was found that those who stayed in bed for
only two days before starting to become active again, returned to work 45%
sooner than those who rested longer.
John Hopkins Medical
Letter, July 1994: 3