- Dear Friend:
- If you want optimal health, you
must have the optimal diet. You are what you eat. Anything less than the
optimal diet will make you less than the optimal you.
- Before I tell you what that
optimal perfect diet is, let me review once again where we have all come from.
- We were completely developed as
humans prior to agriculture and any method of food processing. That means whatever
diet archetypal humans ate was the perfect diet the diet that is responsible for
the existence of the incredibly complex human organism.
- If you compare conservative
estimates for the time humans have been on Earth, to the last 200 or so years we have been
eating predominantly agricultural products, processing them in various ways and subjecting
ourselves to thousands of new biologically foreign chemicals, this modern era is but a
speck. For all practical purposes essentially the entire time organisms
have been on Earth, they have been consuming foods exactly as found in nature with no
processing whatsoever, except this last two hundred years.
- But look at what we eat today.
Virtually everything comes from agriculture and virtually everything is processed
in one way or another. The majority of calories now consumed by humans are derived
from grain carbohydrates that have been refined and fractionated. Even if the grains
are eaten in their whole form, they are at least cooked. No way is this food an
archetypal natural food.
- I could go through a whole list
of all the other garbage we eat and munch on, but I've done that litany probably too many
- The diet we are adapted to, the
perfect diet, consists only of those foods we can eat and digest just as they are found in
nature. This would include some vegetables, fruits, nuts, eggs and meats.
I know this latter category, meats, is repugnant (especially raw) to many. It
is tough emotionally to me, since I don't enjoy the thought of the loss of sentient life
in order for me to eat. These feelings nevertheless do not deny the validity of our
true natural diet. (Consider that even true herbivores at some time in their life
are carnivorous in that they consume milk from the mother or even prior to that consume
flesh nutrients right within the uterus or egg.)
- Now, you can try to eat some
raw foods as they might be found in nature such as wheat berries, rice, soybeans, etc.,
(although they are rarely found in any quantity since they are more of a product of modern
standing agriculture) but if you try to consume them without special processing with heat,
your health and very life will be threatened. Food processors know this; that is why
they refine the products so they have indefinite shelf life and can be modeled into all
kinds of new fabricated "value added" products. But the end result of
these refined starch foods is an unnatural product that is mineral and vitamin deficient,
requiring the body to call on reserves in order to even process it. Once those
reserves are gone, as I discussed in the last issue, our inability to adapt will result in
malfunction, disease and ultimately death.
- Our tissues were designed to be
bathed in food nutrients and phytochemicals derived from natural living foods, not dyes,
preservatives, emulsifiers and barren starches.
- Make no mistake about it.
If we are not eating according to this principle, our bodies are in constant
deficiency and are sending continual signals to us to eat more because of the deficiencies
and imbalances we are imposing on ourselves. The result is an epidemic of obesity,
chronic diseases and the exhaustion of our digestive processes.
- Why does our food have to be
alive? Because life begets life. In spite of scientists dreams to the
contrary, we have never observed life springing from nonlife, nor have we ever even been
able to create life from nonlife in a laboratory. (See my book, The Creation Evolution Controversy) If
we eat living foods, we enhance our own life. If we eat dead, devitalized foods we
become devitalized and dead. Granted, this will not happen all at once, but as the
adaptive reserves are exhausted (see page 1, Vol. 10 , No. 10) we will become just like
the food we eat.
- This living natural food
concept greatly simplifies eating choices. Nevertheless, it is a challenge to figure
out what to eat because our modern eating patterns and choices are so contrary to this
principle. How to return the diet to this raw, natural food is something I have been
working on for some time. When I believed as long as I ate whole, natural products,
even though they were processed, that I was doing okay, things were easy. Whole
grain pastas, granolas, cereals, whole wheat breads and rolls and the like all made meals
easy because they were so readily available. But exclude these and choices become
- However, here are some ideas I
have. These are foods that I now am trying to incorporate regularly into my diet.
Fruits are easy because they are very tasty and are quite readily available with
modern food distribution. Nuts are also a relatively easy food to obtain and
particularly if soaked in water (see Vol. 6, No. 5; and Vol. 10, No. 1) are quite easily
digestible, plus as you soak them in water they spring to life as they begin the sprouting
process. Any vegetable you can eat raw is fair game. That would include sweet
corn, peas, lima beans, winter squash, potatoes, beets, all the salad makings including
carrots, spinach, lettuce, celery, and wild veggies such as dandelions, cat tails,
purslane, etc. Raw dairy products including cottage cheese, yogurt and cheeses can
be used by those who arent intolerant to lactose. Raw eggs can be eaten, and
clean, raw meats (e.g. sushi), very rare beef
or venison, or dehydrated jerky.
- I don't have all of this worked
out yet and I still have to eat some processed foods in order to get enough calories into
my body, since I'm on quite a vigorous exercise program. But I'm absolutely
convinced of the correctness of this approach and am going to continue to try to refine it
to move my diet ever closer to a completely raw, natural one.
- If you are convinced and try to
do the same, let me know if you have any specific menu ideas that might be helpful and we
can share them with readers.
- If you are able to adopt this
diet you can be absolutely assured, assuming you are consuming a variety of foods, that
you are consuming the perfect diet, the one that will give you the very best opportunity
to achieve your full health potential. For those who have a weight problem
which almost everyone seems to have anymore this diet is guaranteed to absolutely
and irrevocably correct it.
- The Power Of Touch
- Want to give a generous,
meaningful, memorable gift to someone? Then touch them or hug them in kindness.
There is an as yet unidentified energy transmitted to another when you touch
them in a caring, loving way.
- Booths set up at fairs offering
hugs can have the longest lines. Teachers who spend time moving about the classroom
touching, adjusting collars, patting, and holding the hands of students create a learning
experience unexcelled by any other method. Doctors and nurses can speed the healing
process by loving, caring touching. Business people can create life-long loyal
clients by making touching contact with them. Not just a perfunctory hand shake, but
a hand hold that communicates you care, or a pat or a hug that tells them they are special
and that you can be trusted.
- Infants in modern, sterile
nurseries propped up to be bottle fed will languish while those in filthy, backward,
third-world countries who have a mother/nurse to hold and caress and coo to the child
every time it is fed, will thrive. There is evidence that withholding touching from
children can increase the likelihood of them embarking on early sexual experiences.
Unfortunately, as teenage children pass through puberty, parents think it is time
to withdraw the touch when in fact during these tumultuous years they need the contact
more than ever. Some have also suggested that violent criminals have in common a
childhood devoid of loving touch.
- I know our litigious society
has everyone now afraid of touching for fear of sexual harassment suits. Discretion
must certainly be used and nonsexual intent sincere, or you can indeed get in trouble with
the legal idiocy that abounds today.
- If touching is so important, it is simply a risk
that must be taken. The benefits are so important in shaping a society of gentleness,
kindness, compassion, trust and love rather than coldness, alienation and suspicion.
- The Perfect Bed
- When you are a child you can
sleep anywhere, in almost any position, with no problem: The floor, a couch, a hard
bed, soft bed, in the parents' arms or even as I recall seeing one of my children do,
slouching over in a high chair into his food.
- When we're young, our skeletal
system is more flexible, containing a large proportion of cartilage and soft bone.
- But as we get older and our
skeletal system becomes more rigid, unforgiving surfaces or unnatural positions can make
having a restful nights sleep almost impossible and can predispose us to spinal disc
injury. The inability to sleep through the night is often caused by our body's pain
alarm signals telling us to move and reorient ourselves. The inability to get in a
comfortable position in bed also results in a restless nights' sleep with constant
tossing and turning. Additionally, if you have a disc injury (which I believe is
often caused by years 1/3 of our life sleeping in improper positions) this
injury can be greatly exacerbated by improper bedding and sleeping positions.
- Many years ago I had a
herniated disc and was virtually immobilized by it for a time. Since then I am
constantly aware of my back and try to always protect it by being careful of posture when
lifting. I also now perform regular back exercises (see Vol. 10, No. 2).
- But finding a comfortable bed
has been a real challenge. I have tried water beds, hard beds, soft beds, orthopedic
beds, inflatable beds, and adjustable beds. I have concluded that all of the these
beds have a common flaw, which I will describe in a moment.
- First off, let me explain what
I believe to be the more natural position for our back to be in. It is the fetal
position. If you imagine yourself in the fetal position you will see that your back
has a hunched curvature and your pelvis is rotated forward as shown. (See Graphic #1
on the following page.)
- This position creates the least
stress on the intervertebral discs and allows them to rest and be rejuvenated for the next
day's twisting and compressions that occur during awake activity.
- But virtually all beds, even
the chiropractic and orthopedic ones that are supposed to help your back are, in my
opinion, designed improperly. A hard bed forces your pelvis to tilt backward as a
result of the weight of your legs, (See Graphic #2) forcing a swayback curvature in
the lower spine which in turn causes unnatural disc compression.
- On the other hand, if you have
a soft bed that supposedly cradles your spine in its natural curvature, again
there will be pressure upwards into the small of the back, causing a curvature opposite of
that which should occur. (See Graphic #3 ) The pelvis again rotates down as a
result of the weight of the legs which in turn also increases the sway-back curvature in
the lower spine.
- Thus, beds that advertise
firmness or support along the curvature created when you are lying on your back cause the
opposite effect of that which will be helpful. (See Graphic #4)
- In wrestling with this problem
for years and finding no product which accomplishes the goals necessary, Ive
developed my own bed system. You can do something similar or let us know of your
interest and we will be in touch when these products are available in commercial form.
- Here's how to create the ideal
- You'll need lots of pillows.
When lying on your back use a couple of soft pillows not only to rest your head on,
but to slightly elevate your shoulders as shown.
- Then stack pillows under the
legs and buttocks as shown. (See Graphic #5) This configuration of pillows
underneath your legs is designed to force your pelvis slightly up into the air, causing it
to tilt forward as shown. When you lie down you should try to scootch your buttocks
up onto a pillow so that the small of your back tends to drop down slightly. (The opposite
of what everyone else tells you.) Ideally you want almost no support in the small of
the back area, but rather to be supported primarily by the pillows under your shoulders
and head and under your pelvis and legs.
- When lying on your side place a
small pillow underneath your waist to keep your spine straight. Additionally, use a
couple of pillows to prop your upper leg onto as shown. (See Graphic #6)
- If you try this configuration
when you are having a back problem you will be amazed at the relief possible and at how
much more rapidly you will heal. If you adopt these positions regularly you will
greatly decrease the chance of having repeated disc injuries.
- We are attempting to develop a
specific mattress that allows a natural hollowing for where the back will lie, along with
a one-piece pillow support system that more easily allows the support of the pelvis and
legs as described above.
- I have mentioned repeatedly in
the Health Letter that if everybody thinks
something is one way, you can pretty much figure the truth lies elsewhere. Here is a
classic case in point where virtually everyone is recommending sleeping products that
create almost the exact opposite effect of that which is necessary to achieve proper
spinal support, health and healing.
- In the last couple of years
politics has been interesting and at moments even exciting. For the first time in my
memory, there have been real, substantive issues being debated. Until this happens
there is of course no hope for progress.
- But in polls it was found that
although President Clinton would have the majority of the popular vote, Senator Dole by an
overwhelming majority of the same people was believed to be more honest and tough on
principle. So there you have it. We have finally reached a state where the
majority will vote into the highest public office in the land someone they
feel is soft on principles and is not trustworthy.
- It seems not only is the
majority overly impressed with cosmetics (Clinton is perceived to be more visually
appealing than Dole) but there have become so many people benefiting by government
handouts that they will vote to keep anyone in place, regardless of how unscrupulous they
may be, if they feel they will keep the handouts coming.
- Anyone objectively looking at
the state of our economy will conclude that we are teetering on the brink of disaster.
Our country should have long ago declared bankruptcy. We have borrowed so
much that if even a fraction of our obligations are called in, our economy will collapse.
We have created an economy based upon the creation of inherently worthless paper
notes, which the government can simply print off to the tune of billions of dollars with
no backing whatsoever. We have allowed government to swell to such an extent and
regulate business and burden the productive class of society with taxes such that many are
leaving our shores for greener (more fair) pastures. It is little wonder that
entrepreneurs are tiring of half or even more of their earnings being stripped from them
by government to support programs which reward inactivity and nonproductiveness.
- It's a mess and something
drastic needs to be done. But politicians are afraid to make bold moves because the
huge class of dependents in our society will vote them out of office. As I have
mentioned in a previous issue (See Vol. 10, No. 9) this is the flaw in democracy.
51% of the people can vote to kill the other 49%. Or, in this case, the
majority can vote to keep in place laws that extract money by way of taxes from the
productive class to redistribute to the less productive or nonproductive majority.
- Thus we hear the most bold and
invigorating ideas from third parties who do not at this point have to worry about holding
power by appeasing these large voting blocks. If you want to hear realistically what
problems our country faces and some rational solutions, listen to what the third parties
have to say, such as the Libertarians and in particular, but also the Green Party, the
Natural Law Party, The Reform Party, and the others.
- The republicans attempted to
address the problems facing society with revolutionary changes. This
sounded good to everyone until they attempted to implement these changes. Opposition began
an extensive program of scaring the large, dependent, elderly and welfare classes with the
notion that the elderly and hungry would be thrown out onto the streets and children would
go without education if the Republican agenda were enacted. The result was huge numbers of
voters who have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo rallying against the
- In a recent talk, the columnist
Jack Anderson pointed out that of you want a vision of what Utopia would be like if the
present socialistic U.S. government has its way, simply look at Washington, D.C. I cant
recall the exact litany Mr. Anderson described, but it was astounding. It included
such things as D.C. having the most crime, the most homeless, the most public housing, the
most drug addicts, the most violent crime, the most domestic violence, the highest
unemployment, etc. D.C. would apparently rank as the most decadent place in the
world. Its what happens when government decides it has the responsibility of taking
care of everyones needs by stripping income from the productive element and
redistributing it to those it considers to be victims.
- The situation in politics is
identical in many respects to that in health care. The vast majority of people want
to live their lives without consideration for future consequences. If its easy
now, if it feels good, if it tastes good, the just do it. Little thought is given to
the fact that such neglect is resulting in various degenerative diseases gaining a
foothold within the body. Then when disease strikes, we get a wake-up call that we
have been acting stupidly especially when we discover that the heroic medical
measures dont work.
- We can only hope that enough
people will use reason and foresight and give consideration to the world that is being
created for our children, so that the right health (and political) choices will be made
now regardless of the sacrifices necessary. Whatever sacrifice is necessary will be
insignificant compared to what will be forced upon us if the present state of things is
continued until it reaches irreversible crisis proportions.
- We are a democratic republic.
That means that all of us should have first allegiance to the Constitution.
We then vote for those who we believe will most effectively uphold the Constitution
which is our only guarantee of protection of personal rights.
Instead we now have a huge population who is essentially
ignorant of what the Constitution even says. They instead consider it American
and even patriotic to exercise their democratic right to vote, regardless of how
shortsighted it is to keep in place politicians and programs that are more
socialistic/communistic than reflective of a democratic republic.
- Are Salt Restrictions Wise?
- In a recent study of
hypertensive men undergoing treatment with a variety of drugs, it was shown that those who
were consuming the lowest amounts of sodium had the highest rates of cardiovascular
disease including heart attacks. As I have discussed in previous issues (Vol
10, No, 8, covering the benefits of salt) natural unprocessed salt is not the villain
popularly believed. Remember, sodium is an essential nutrientand efforts to severely
restrict its intake are bound to have negative effects.
Hypertension, 1995; 25: 1153-4
- L-Carnitine For Angina
- A study comparing the use of a
natural derivative of l-carnitine (l-propionylcarnitine) to a pharmaceutical calcium
channel blocker demonstrated greater success with the l-carnitine derivative in decreasing
anginal attacks and palpitations. The dose of the l-carnitine derivative was 500 mg
three times a day.
Heart J, 1996; 17: 414-20
- Whole Foods Superior To Isolated Beta
- Clinical and epidemiological
studies have finally confirmed that those individuals consuming high levels of fruits and
vegetables are less likely to get cancer. In typical fashion, scientists (on the
payroll in one way or another of marketers) have since attempted to chemically isolate
fraction from fruits and vegerables to find the active protective element.
- Why do this? Because there is
money to be made. If an isolated chemical can be found that has medicinal value, it
might be patentable and thus potentially profitable. Telling folks to eat more
fruits and vegetables makes no money for scientists, laboratories or value-added
- So, beta carotene has been
isolated from mruits and vegetables and then copied synthetically on a production scale.
All trans-beta-carotene is now manufactured in tonnage by Hoffman-La Roche. But
unfortunately for them, recent studies have failed to demonstrate the protective effect
against cancer for those who take the synthetic compound as a dietary supplement.
- The popular press seems to love
to tales up such adverse results. Then in a twisted sort of logic suggests to the
public that because tests on this synthetic beta carotene were negative that health
foods including fruits and vegetables are of no real benefit.
- What is lost here is that no
one would ever find beta carotene in the form used in these studieas as an isolated
chemical in nature. This form of beta-carotene is in fact only one among some 270
configurational isomers, or stereo isomers of beta carotene found in nature complexed
within the matrix of fruits and vegetables. Pharmacological doses of a single
carotenoid such as beta carotene can result in competition at receptor sites with all of
the other naturally occurring dietary carotenoids, and thus there can be inhibition of the
protective effects of the carotenoid family.
- The lesson to be learned here
is mot that natural foods are of no benefit, but that isolated synthetic chemicals,
whether they are considered to be natural or not, are unlikely to be of
benefit and may indeed cause harm. As a rule, taking the whole, complex, natural,
raw food is always superior to the consumption of refined, isolated components from those
foods or synthetic copies.
England Journal of Medicine October 3, 1996: 1065
- Alternatives To Amputations
- Amputations as a result of
gangrene related to circulatory disturbances, particularly prevalent in diabetics and
others with vascular disease, are often performed too quickly. When amputation is
not seen as an easy and convenient solution, physicians have come up with very effective
alternative therapies that have saved thousands of limbs. For example, Albert
Schweitzer treated septic compound fractures with topical methyl violet with great
success. Others have used fibrinolytic agents such as urokinase, sptretpokinase or
t-PA. The Canadian physician, Dr. Evan Shoot, used 800 IUS of vitamin E per day and
claimed that he lost no limbs if people would maintain this daily dosage. Chelation
EDTA therapy and Choleys Mixed Toxins are two additional alternative therapies that
have been used to save limbs marked for amputation.
- Nutritionally, eliminating the
consumption of homogenized milk with its easily absorbed xanthine oxidase, which is toxic
to the lining of vessels and consuming 80 mg of folic acid and as much as 10 grams of
vitamin C per day has been effective. Additionally, the consumption of evening
primrose oil containing gamma linolenic acid that is converted to prostaglandin E1 has
- Most surgeons are not aware of
these alternatives and unless you are, you might lose a limb unnecessarily.
Townsend Letter, August 1996:118
- DHEA Dangers
- For those taking the mew DHEA
supplement, or Mexican yam extract (which may form DHEA), consider that this hormone is
contraindicated in any stage of prostate cancer and several kinds of breast cancer
sensitive to estrogen. This includes these cancers when they are a large number of
people who are iin the developmental stages of these cancers and they dont know who
they are, essentially anyone is taking a significant gamble by taking this compound.
This risk factor is in addition to the risks I discussed in relation to melatonin
(see Vol. 10, No. 8) whereby taking as supplements compounds the body naturally produces
can cause negative feedback inhibition of the bodys own capability of producing the
- Sleep As An Antioxidant
- Although we spend about one
third of our lives sleeping, little is really understood about why. But something
occupying this much of our life must indeed have profound significance to our health.
- Recent research is suggesting
that during sleep, the rise in our bodies of certain antioxidants such as melatonin,
demonstrates that sleep may be necessary to quench free radicals generated during the days
- Particularly this may be
important for the brain which consumes 20% of the bodys oxygen and a huge proportion
of glucose. Such a highly energetic organ is naturally
creating a host of free radicals with the potential to cause a wide range of diseases.
Many neurological diseases are in fact strongly correlated
with free radical mechanisms. These include amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gerhigs
disease), multiple sclerosis, Alzheimers, and Parkinsoms. the brain is
primarily composed of fatty acids which are highly vulnerable to free radical attack.
- Thus, although dietary
antioxidants such as vitamins A, C and E are important, something as simple as a good
nights sleep may be the most powerful antioxidant of all.
Hypotheses, October 1994:231-233
- Peppermint Oil For Headaches
- Researchers in Germany have
found that by diluting peppermint oil with ethyl alcohol (pure grain alcohol as found in
liquor stores) and dabbing it onto headache sufferers foreheads and temples, they
were able to bring about mental and physical relaxation with an immediate reduction in
- Lavender Oil For Sleep
- If you are having trouble
sleeping, there are alternatives to side effect laden tranquilizers and other
pharmaceuticals. We will soon have an NSF (Nutrient Support Formula) completed
specifically to help induce restful, safe, relaxing sleep that allows you to wake
invigorated and energized for the day. But until this is done, let me recommend that
you try lavender oil. In one study of people who were taking pharmaceutical sleep
aids it was found that they averaged 8.3 hours of sleep on the tranquilizers, 7.3 hours
without them, and 8.5 hours using the lavender oil. Lavender oil can be put in
vaporizers, warm water, on a cotton ball placed by the bed, or used with special diffusers
for vaporizing aromatic oils. Lavender oils are available from aromatherapy
suppliers, some health food stores or contact Resource below.
Alternatives, January 1996:53
the Healthy Alternatives Store at 517-631-0009, or write to the Wysong Corporation, 1880
N. Eastman Road, Midland, MI 48642.
- Nutrients For The Heart
- Until I have finished
formulating our NSF Heart formulas which will incorporate a spectrum of proven beneficial
nutrients to prevent and even reverse heart disease, I want alert you to two things you
must do right now, one is take 200-400 IUs of vitamin E (d-alpha-tocopherol), and 2 to 3
grams of vitamin C daily. The research is so impressive on the ability of these
nutrients to help the heart as well as many other organs and tissues, I feel anybody would
be remiss in not using them. The upside is so profound and the downside is
essentially nonexistent. Both of these nutrients are important antioxidants, but
they also exert many other beneficial effects, such as vitamin Cs ability to
preserve the health of collagen which is an important paart os the matrix of blood vessel
- Removing Bras
- In a study of 37,000 women both with and without
breast cancer, it was found that those who wear a bra more than twelve hours a day are 19
times more likely to develop breast cancer than women who wear bras less.
Additionally, women who wear their bras all the time had a 113-fold increase in
breast cancer incidence compared to those who wear theirs less than 12 hours per day.
- Bras may cause cancer as well
as other breast disease by constricting blood and lymphatic circulation. If
appropriate nutrients do not get to the breast and toxic metabolic end products cannot be
removed, the right climate is created for disease.
Townsend Letter, February 1996:42
- How to throw away your Glasses
- You injure your leg and have it
put in a cast and use crutches, what happens? Does the leg get stronger or weaker? Weaker.
The muscles atrophy, the tendons and ligaments lose flexibility and the bones
decrease in density. Once you start using the leg again, the strength returns.
Physical therapists, in order to quicken this recovery, will encourage a variety of
exercises including weightbearing exercises.
- Now, if your eyes weaken and
you are not able to see at 20/20, what does everyone do? They get glasses eye
crutches. The impression is that this corrects the problem.
But it doesnt. It weakens, makes the eyes dependent upon the crutch and
continues to weaken, requiring stronger and stronger glasses as life moves on and the eyes
get increasingly flabby and dependent.
- Why not take the opposite
approach when the eyes fail? Why not exercise them and rehabilitate them so they are
strengthened and renewed? A variety of self-help eye exercise programs are
available. I have coveered some of the most effective exercises in the Wysong Health Letter (See List below).
- Man people have been able to
recover failing eye sight and some even throw away their glasses altogether.
- It makes sense, so why not give
it a try?
Health Letters, Vol. 10; 10:3, Nol. 6; 1:4. These back issues of the Wysong Health
Letter are available from the Wysong Institute, 1880 N. Eastman Road, Midland, MI 48642.