Dr. R. L. Wysong
October 1997


There are very few animal or human experiments that are really necessary.  But, I must admit that early on we were guilty of the same nonsense.  We did a few animal-feeding studies under pressure by customers (not to excuse my own naivete) to create the kind of "scientific data" they were used to looking at or were told by others to look for.
    But we stopped jumping through these hoops when I could not justify holding animals in cages, regardless of how nicely we treated them, to prove to what was already obvious to any thinking person.      I'm sure it costs us sales not performing AAFCO (American Association of Feed Control Officials) laboratory feeding trials in order to plaster "100% complete and balanced perfect nutrition", malarky (which fraud incidentally has killed and maimed untold thousands) on our labels but nonsense and just sales is not what Wysong is all about.  I sleep better at night knowing no animal is caged in a laboratory somewhere (to prove what is obvious to any "thinking person") so I can make more profit.     There are some things that simply need no proof.  This newsletter and other writings I have produced over the past 15 years prove the Wysong Optimal Health Program and Wysong Products which emerge from this philosophy.  However, these proofs are just assurances and corroborations of what is already evident.  Common sense tells us what is required for optimal health.     What would you think if I told you that the only way we could know what lions should eat, or bears, or ants, or elephants, or rhinoceroses, or hyaenas, or robins, or eagles... was to cage several of each and perform long, complicated, placebo-controlled, double-blind, crossover scientific feeding studies?  You would say, "What?  I already know what they should eat.  It's what they’re already eating."     We don’t need some food scientist or nutritionist somewhere to tell us how many milligrams of vitamin B6, or international units of vitamin E, or grams of protein these creatures need.  They obviously get what they need by eating their raw, whole, natural food.      The simplicity of this is so overwhelming it is essentially passed over by the entire food industry and scientific community.  What does your pet need to eat?  The answer:  What it would eat if it was released into the wild.  What should you eat?  What you would eat if you were released into the wild.     Granted, today’s humans and companion animals cannot be released into the wild, but that does not mean we should not model our diets to retain as much of the character of the archetypal pattern as it is possible to achieve.     That is what the Wysong Optimal Health Program is about, and it is why – if you follow it – you will maximize the potential for a long, active, vital, disease-free life.  Why?  Because it just plain makes the most sense.   EXCITOTOXINS     Excitotoxins are synthetic amino acid combinations such as MSG, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, and aspartame, used by food processors to enhance the flavor of their products.  They are now almost ubiquitous in the processed food supply chain and in most cases are not even identified on the packaging label.     Excitotoxins are not just harmless flavorings or taste enhancers.  They carry hazards for all ages, but particularly for the young and the old.  They can cause learning disabilities, nondescript nervous disorders, seizures, hormonal imbalances and have even been implicated in degenerative conditions such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, Lou Gehrig's and brain cancer.      These compounds are particularly dangerous to the young because the blood-brain barrier is not yet fully developed.  This permits these synthetic compounds to enter nervous tissue and cause temporary or even irreparable damage.     Every time I see young children nursing on “non-sugared” aspartame-laced pops and older folks swigging “diet” colas laced with aspartame, I think about how we all so voluntarily subject ourselves to such dangerous experimentation for the financial benefit of marketers.     Where in your food supply are you going to find excitotoxins?  Just about any processed product is suspicious, unless you can get the manufacturer to explicitly say they do not add these compounds.   They are found in canned and dehydrated soups, sauce mixes, frozen prepared dinners and canned condiments, seasonings, spices, natural flavorings, bouillon broth, hydrolyzed flour, soy protein isolate, whey protein concentrate... and on and on.  They are added by producers primarily because they give flavor to otherwise bland products and help ensure sales.     Hidden compounds in our foods with potential to do such harm - yet another reason to convert your diet to the natural, whole, raw, real thing.     Reference:         Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills, Russell L. Blaylock, NM, 1994, Health Press   DANDRUFF     For refractory cases of dandruff, try using baking soda instead of shampoo to wash the hair.  In addition, every morning squeeze one half lemon in water and drink that.  This alkalinizing effect internally and externally can often result in dramatic relief of dandruff where nothing else seems to help.   SHOULD CHOLESTEROL BE BELOW 180 MG/DL?     By aggressively attempting to decrease cholesterol levels below 180 mg/dl, you actually increase the all-cause death rate.  Remember, natural cholesterol as found within natural foods and as synthesized by the body itself is health-promoting.  It is only the cholesterol that becomes oxidized from food processing that is toxic.  By buying into the myth that low cholesterol means better health you actually increase your chance of death.     Most processed animal foods ignore the dangers of cholesterol oxides by incorporating ingredients which are high in cholesterol oxides such as dried eggs, dairy products and aged or improperly stored fats, or vegetable oils that are then subjected to high heat.  Additionally, most pet foods are packaged in air and light pervious bags, which accelerates their oxidation.   Wysong processing, packaging, fresh whole ingredients and natural antioxidants   help avoid the cholesterol oxide toxins.      Reference:         Circulation 1992;86:3         Fed Proc July 1976;37:9         Nutrition Week, March 22, 1991; 21:12         Lab Invest 1986;18:465   WOMEN AND SEX     A continuing theme in the Health Letter is: What is natural and whole is better.     This is an important concept for women who want to increase their sense of wellbeing, vitality and sexual longevity.   For example, studies of young women and those approaching menopause who had weekly sexual behavior tended to be more fertile and had twice the estrogen levels of their contemporaries.  Those with “weekly behavior” had fewer hot flashes and aged more slowly than those who did not.      These studies showed that women with only sporadic sexual behavior had a 50/50 chance of severely deprived estrogen levels at any age.     Although there have been well over 20 studies in peer-reviewed biomedical journals documenting these results, this information has not generally been available to the public.  As one researcher, Winnifred Cutler, Ph.D. put it, “weekly sexual intercourse... is good for them.”   Sex is natural - some would argue it is the only valid biological reason (the cause of procreation) for our existence - and thus aberrations in this natural behavior can only be expected to be detrimental.     It is also natural for a woman to have a uterus.  But about 650,000 of them are removed each year, in many cases totally unnecessarily.  The removal of the uterus can result in premature aging, sharply increased rate of heart disease, and osteoporosis.  (If the ovaries are also removed, this greatly accelerates the aging process.)  Women who have hysterectomies age approximately 5 years faster than contemporaries who retain their uterus.  The uterus is also a sexually responsive organ and removal of it often adversely affects the sexual life of the couple.  (For further reading on this subject, see the books listed in the Resource Directory.)      Reference:         Menopause: A Guide for Women and the Men Who Love Them,  Winnifred Cutler, 1992, Norton Publishing          Hysterectomy: Before and After: A Comprehensive Guide to Preventing, Preparing For, and Maximizing Health After          Hysterectomy, Winnifred Cutler, 1988, Harper Collins         Love Cycles: The Science of Intimacy, Winnifred Cutler, 1991, Random House         Women’s Health Connection, January, 1995: 1   REGULATORY ABSURDITY     It has been about 35 years since Rachel Carson wrote Silent Spring, shocking the nation about the effects of pesticides such as DDT.  About 10 years later, Congress required that the EPA study all pesticides to determine which ones should be removed from the market.  They were given three years to review some 600 chemical compounds.     For the past 25 years, as many as a thousand EPA employees have been working on the pesticide project.  Are we safer?     Today, some 25 years after they were given the commission to review them within three years, only about 30 pesticides have been judged.  Hundreds of others continue to be marketed, and are spread all over the produce and fruit you consume.  According to one congressional expert, “the review of existing pesticides will be completed in the year 15,000 AD.”     Couple this uncertainty about what is on domestic produce with the fact that much of our produce is imported and may contain pesticides banned in the U.S.A., but which are still shipped to produce growers elsewhere, and you can see no progress has really been made.     Here’s what to do:   Buy organic foods every time you have opportunity.  Organic foods are not only safer, they are more nutritious in most cases.  Additionally, by supporting the organic food industry you exert the kind of pressure everyone listens to – your purchasing dollars – on the food industry.     If you cannot obtain organic produce, then scrub it well and peel everything that can be peeled before consuming it.     Reference:         The Death of Common Sense, P.K. Howard, 1994, Warner Books: 58   FELINE HEPATIC LIPIDOSIS     Hepatic lipidosis, marked by infiltration of fat into the liver, is difficult for veterinarians to diagnose and to treat.  Although the exact biochemical mechanism is not understood, the underlying cause is.  Cats who eat mice and birds do not develop this condition.  It is exclusively found in indoor cats fed processed foods.     The solution is to restore the cat to its natural archetypal dietary patterns.     Most other chronic degenerative diseases afflicting both humans and animals can be solved by a restoration of proper feeding habits.  Adult-onset diabetes, allergies, autoimmunities, dental disease, arthritis, susceptibility to infection and parasites, digestive disturbances, skin and hair problems and loss of energy and vitality are all proven dietary problems, which will only be further confirmed with advancing research.     Nutritionists, veterinarians, physicians and the public must come to understand that feeding for health is not a matter of percentages of individual nutrients, but rather of restoration of dietary patterns to which we are genetically adapted.  Only then will we make serious progress in achieving our true health potential.     Reference:         Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, November 15, 1993: 1339   OBESITY     Obesity is of epidemic proportions in both humans and the pets in their care.  The underlying cause is the consumption of processed foods which are rich in calories, but impoverished in micronutrients that have been destroyed or altered in processing.     Hunger is a signal that complete nutrition is required.  By feeding empty calories, this need is not met so hunger quickly returns.  Continuing on, this cycle results in depositing these empty calories as body fat.     Animals in the wild eating their natural diet do not become obese (unless as part of a hibernation a seasonal cycle.)   Sedentary pets fed a continuing diet of “100% complete” processed foods easily do become obese.   The solution for any species is to restore the diet to its archetypal patterns as described in the Wysong Optimal Health Program.   NUTRITIONISTS SEEING THE LIGHT     For over 15 years, I have argued that the concept of the “100% complete and balanced” meal - be it in a pill or a pet food - is nonsense.  Scientists don’t have 100% complete knowledge of anything and they are not, therefore, capable of creating anything in biology that is 100% complete.     When this light bulb originally went off in my mind I thought nutritionists and manufacturers would be more than interested.  I wrote scientific articles and sent them off to journals.  Editors came back to me with the comments of various nutritionist reviewers.  They rejected my articles for the ostensible reason that just because foods were not perfect does not mean they should not be able to be called “100% complete and balanced.”      You figure that one out.   Clearly their minds were closed and had been operating in a comfortable little world for so long that they simply could not see something as outlandish as their basic premises being wrong.  But as time has gone on and they have been repeatedly exposed to Wysong literature, and increasingly see the terrible results of animal owners obediently feeding “100% complete and balanced” diets exclusively, they are rethinking their case.     In a veterinary journal outlining the changes and challenges in nutrition, a variety of nationally known veterinary nutritionists made the following comments in direct support of what I have been trying to say for so long.  This also proves what I have mentioned many times in the Health Letter.  The state-of-the-art advanced knowledge in science and medicine is usually decades ahead of popular and even professional knowledge or practice.      So, 15 years before the following comments were made, I felt like a lonely voice in the wilderness.  The following comments appeared in a recent journal, but we can expect another 10 or 15 years at least before these views will ever make their way into common knowledge or the practice of veterinarians, pet food manufacturers or the pet-owning public.     •             “The formulation method does not account for palatability or availability of nutrients.  Yet a feeding trial can miss some chronic deficiencies or toxicities.” - Dr. David Dzanis, FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine     •             “The AAFCO profiles...  provide false security.”  - Dr. Quinton Rogers, Professor of physiological chemistry at the University of California     •             “Some foods that pass the feeding trials still won't support animals over the long term.”  - Dr. Rogers     •             “The maintenance protocol lasts only 6 months, the effects of an excess might not cause a problem for several years.”  - Dr. Rogers     •             “The greatest risk of diet-related problems is to cats fed one diet all their lives.”  - Dr. Tony Buffington, professor of clinical sciences at Ohio State University      Reference:         Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, November 15, 1993: 1400   THE FRAGILITY OF VITAMINS     Anything of even relatively small order and complexity – such as a chair, a house, or an engine – degrades and becomes nonfunctioning without appropriate care, protection and maintenance.  The inevitable consequence of time is disorder.  It is a law, the Second Law of Thermodynamics.     If this is true of a chair, it is millions of times more true of living systems and their biochemicals.  All complex life chemicals are highly fragile.  However, within the matrix of a living cell these biochemicals are usually maintained.  Take these same biochemicals out of their living protective shield, isolate them and then subject them to physical factors such as heat, light, oxygen and so forth, and they rapidly degrade.     If these factors are not taken into consideration when preparing meals or processing foods, the beneficial nutrients that were in the starting ingredients can easily be diminished or entirely lost, or even degraded into toxins.     Here are some examples of enemies of vitamin viability:     •             high temperature - above about 115F, all enzymes, vitamins and other nutrients are destroyed or seriously altered     •             moisture - accelerates oxidation and is increased by temperature     •             pH - too much acid or too much alkalinity in the food mixture     •             oxygen - vitamins are destroyed by oxidation from oxygen or oxidizing agents     •             light - UV light and various forms of radiation are destructive     •             minerals - some minerals can catalyze processes that destroy vitamins.  For example, copper and iron can catalyze oxidation.  Oxides and hydroxides of metals can adversely affect pH.     •             physical effects - mills and extruders, through pulverizing, sheering and friction, can expose the vitamins to heat, light and high temperature     •             time - vitamin activity is lost in direct proportion to the time stored.     •             inhibitors - substances within the food matrix may directly inhibit the action of certain vitamins.  For example, vitamin B1 can be destroyed by thiaminases present in certain types of fish.     All of these factors are additive in decreasing vitamin activity, and thus the nutritional value of a food.   This is yet another reason to emphasize fresh, whole, raw, natural foods.  If processed foods are selected, use those foods offered by manufacturers that demonstrate appropriate controls and care to decrease the effect of these factors.      Wysong, for example, uses whole fresh foods rather than prerendered or fractionated by-products that have already been degraded.  Additionally, some ingredients are frozen or refrigerated before use and appropriate timing in terms of addition of ingredients such as minerals is used to decrease degradation.  In addition, light barrier packaging and purging products with an oxygen-free atmosphere also helps protect vitamin activity and other important nutrients such as essential fatty acids.     Reference:         Feedtech, May 1997: 39-43   MOTHERS AND VITAMIN D     Our modern artificial environment can result in vitamin D deficiency from lack of exposure to sunlight.   Additionally, a swing to vegetarian diets, having darkly pigmented skin, wearing excessive clothing, and scares about skin cancer and sunlight can all decrease the opportunity for cholesterol in the skin to be converted to vitamin D by sunlight.      For new mothers this can result in a vitamin D deficiency, and in children can result in bone abnormality such as in rickets, decreased growth rates, and even immune suppression.  For these reasons it is wise to add about 400 IUs of vitamin D daily to the baby’s diet if your nutritionally oriented physician agrees.  In addition, if mothers would increase their consumption of fish such as salmon, tuna and sardines, the increased level of D would be passed on to the child if you are nursing (which you certainly should be if you want the best child).  (See Health Letter Vol. 6, No. 9. and Vol. 7, No. 10)     Don’t be misled that rickets is a thing of the past.  It is even occurring in sunny climates such as California.  Children affected develop bony knots where the ribs join the breast bone, have enlarged wrists and ankles, sleep poorly, are slow to crawl and walk, and in one study grew an inch less than children given vitamin D supplements.     For companion animals the problem is no less serious since we make them adopt our synthetic lifestyle as well.   Normally, animals would be getting vitamin D in abundance from their prey foods.   Feeding them exclusively processed diets and especially ones which rely heavily on vegetation, with no fresh meat and organ supplementation, puts them at risk.     Reference:         Journal of Pediatrics 1932; 100:919-922         AJDC 1987; 141:1060-62   NSAID DANGERS     Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen, Advil, Midol, Nuprin, Medaprin, etc., are often used by arthritis sufferers as an alternative to aspirin.  The switch from aspirin is usually made because of the tendency of aspirin to irritate the stomach or cause it to bleed.   But elderly users of NSAIDs are being misled since there is an increased risk of death from ulcer, and internal bleeding from the use of NSAIDs.     Reference:         Annals of Internal Medicine, September 1, 1988   BREATH HOLDING AND IRON DEFICIENCY     Breath holding is a common problem in 27% of children.     In a recent study, 67 children who were having breath-holding spells were subjected to a placebo-controlled, double blind study.  Half of the group received 5 mg of iron supplement per kilogram of body weight per day, and the others received placebo for four months.  Of the children who received iron, 87.9% improved.  Those children who had blood tests suggesting iron deficiency were the most likely to respond.     Iron, like other essential minerals, plays a role in a large array of important biochemical and physiological processes.  It is speculated that iron may somehow affect brain biochemistry and neurotransmitters such that deficiency of it predisposes children to breath-holding episodes.     Reference:         Journal of Pediatrics, 1997; 130:547-550