WYSONG HEALTH LETTER
Dr. R. L. Wysong
November 1996
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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 times already.
    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 quite limited. 
    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 aren’t 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 night’s 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 night’s' 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,  I’ve 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 bed. 
    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.
 
POLITICS
    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 “revolution.”
    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 can’t 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. It’s what happens when government decides it has the responsibility of taking care of everyone’s 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 it’s 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 don’t 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.
    Reference:
        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.
    Reference:
        Eur Heart J, 1996; 17: 414-20
 
Whole Foods Superior To Isolated Beta Carotene
    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” chemical manufacturers.
    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.
    Reference:
        New 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 Choley’s 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 been effective.
    Most surgeons are not aware of these alternatives and unless you are, you might lose a limb unnecessarily.
    Reference:
        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 don’t 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 body’s own capability of producing the compound.
 
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 day’s activities.
    Particularly this may be important for the brain which consumes 20% of the body’s 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 Gerhig’s disease), multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinsom’s.  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 night’s sleep may be the most powerful antioxidant of all.
    Reference:
        Medical 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 headache pain.
    Reference:
        Cephalgia, 1994;3:22/-34
 
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.
    Reference:
        Alternatives, January 1996:53
        Contact 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 C’s ability to preserve the health of collagen which is an important paart os the matrix of blood vessel walls.
 
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.
    Reference:
        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 doesn’t.  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?
    Reference:
        Wysong 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.