|HOW TO VOTE
- This months lead article
will give you insight into some of the fun with government we have at Wysong
trying to get healthy products to you. This kind of experience makes me reflect a
lot on what government is and what it should be.
- If you are not engaged in an
activity where you are up against government muscle, the elections coming up should still
make you ponder.
- We live in a democracy where
every vote is equal in the count, but not necessarily equal in its value. A stupid
vote could open the door for oppression. (An ever-present danger of democracy is mob
rule.) A smart vote could help assure peace, security and freedom. Our
responsibility is not to vote, but to vote intelligently.
- Governments primary
function should be to protect individual freedoms. That is clearly the point of the
Constitution, a contract between government and we the people.
Unfortunately, our laziness, our desire to get something for nothing and to have
others take responsibility for us, is moving us rapidly toward socialism. Here, the
government increasingly takes on a life of its own as people increasingly look to leaders
who promise to fill every need. This can all happen within a democracy.
Government will continue to gather power until we
discover that all the freebies from Big Brother have an ultimate price: loss
of freedom and economic ruin.
- Do you think Stalin, Hitler, or
other like despots came into position by announcing their nefarious intentions?
Certainly not. They got there by telling people about
all the things they would do for them. Since everyone wants to spend their life
reclining on a couch while bureaucrats hand feed them grapes, bigger and bigger and more
powerful government is almost inevitable... unless we see the warning signs and stop it
early. While we still have them, our voice and vote are our only protection.
- People we elect should have
ethical character, be honorable and honest, have a clear vision of government that
coincides with Constitutional principles, advocate individual responsibility and be one
of us, preferably not an imperial career politician type. Those candidates who
advocate more government, and more taxes to feed its growth, which result in an
ever-increasing proportion of the population which is either directly on the government
payroll or its dole, are socialists in democracy and do-gooder
- It works like this: the more
people a socialist can make dependent upon government, the more assured he is of securing
their vote. No one wants to vote to remove their life support system. The end
result? Government with all the power because the people now need it for their very
- Thats how oppressive and
cruel governments can be born right under our democratic noses.
- What does this have to do with
health? Remove freedom and control, and you will ultimately lose your mental,
spiritual and physical health.
- Vote for individual freedom and
personal responsibility. Measure any aspiring leader with this focus and don't pass
over the seemingly small issues of constitutional allegiance, integrity,
ethics, truthfulness and character.
- BEING TORTURED FOR IMPROVING PET FOODS
- For many years we have wanted
to create an organic diet with free-range meat. If it werent for the
unreliability of supply, and pricing out of reach, all products we produce would be
designed in this way. Nevertheless, for several months now, we have been developing
one such food.
- Reliable sources of organic
ingredients are hard to find. Usually growers are small and local. It is
difficult to create a product for national consumption with such uncertainty in supplies.
But we have at long last found a reliable source of free-range meat and special
non-GMO, whole, organic ingredients.
- Before a new product can be put
on the market, labeling must be submitted to each states regulatory agency, as well
as to the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). Little did we know
such efforts to improve pet foods would be met by regulators tightening the thumbscrews
and heaving us on the rack. Below is a copy of the original label as it was
submitted to AAFCO regulators.
- First off, we wanted to call
the food Organic. Certainly simple and direct, and clearly communicated
what the food was. But no, regulators told us that unless we could provide organic
certification (in spite of the fact that the ingredients are organic), we could not use
- So we tried Biodynamic.
Our AAFCO contact didnt know what that word meant, so we were on our way.
- The next task was to get
approval for the ingredients. Easy, right? Just list whats in there:
Free-Range Beef Meat and Organs, Whole Free-Range Organic Eggs, Whole Organic
Kamut, Whole Organic Millet, Whole Organic Soybeans, Whole Organic Flax Seeds
Sounds good enough for the family dinner table, doesnt it? (Actually,
far better than most of us eat.)
- Not to AAFCO regulators.
First of all, they objected to kamut because they didnt know what it was.
(It is an ancient nutrient-dense form of wheat.) Second, no reference can be
made to the grade or quality of ingredients. This means that we could not say free-range
or organic in the ingredient listing. Kind of misses the point of this
diet, doesnt it?
- So, we reworked the ingredient
listing to AAFCO specifications. This left us with: Beef, Beef Liver, Beef
Heart, Ground Kamut Wheat, Ground Extruded Whole Soybeans, Ground Flax Seeds, Whole Eggs
This neutered version doesnt do justice to the quality of these ingredients.
- Oddly, we may be allowed
to put organic and free-range on other parts of the label (as long
as not a part of the product name or the ingredient listing).
- Upon submittal of the revised
label, we were shocked to learn of new requirements. Not only documentation and
certification was required verifying that ingredients are organic, free-range and non-GMO
(we do understand the need for this), but also that we provide scientific
peer-reviewed literature for other label statements statements which have
been on all of our labels (and approved) for years!
- Now, mind you, our products are
all grounded in science, but this requirement for scientific peer-reviewed literature is
an onerously time-consuming glitch. Time is of the essence since new catalogs
contain Biodynamic, ingredients have been ordered and our plant is ready to produce.
But packaging will take weeks, if not months, to print after AAFCO finally
approves the label!
- The following are specific
label statements (in brackets ) questioned by regulators, followed with our
Response: Organic certificates for each ingredient were sent.
Response: Webster defines this as kind, compassion-ate and merciful. Meats
used in Biodynamic are from free-range (free living, free roaming) animals, as opposed to
confined food animals raised in stalls, lots or crates. The former is obviously more
humane than the latter.
Response: A certificate of origin was provided certifying this.
Response: As per Section 9.2.1 of the Organic Crop Improvement Association
International Certification Standards (1999, available at www.ocia.org), certified organic
products are prohibited from the use of organisms that have been modified by genetic
engineering. Hence, the organic ingredients (see references 1-6) are
non-GMO by definition.
Response: It is possible to achieve minimum regulatory standards with nutritionally
inferior food-fractions. Wysong attempts to go beyond this with the use of whole
ingredients, fresh ingredients and ingredients going above and beyond those required by
regulation. For example:
beef with organs, rather than animal by-product meal, poultry hatchery
by-product, hydrolyzed poultry feathers, meat meal tankage, hydrolyzed hair, hydrolyzed
leather meal, undried processed animal waste products as permitted on pages 187-193,
263 of the 1998 Official Publication of the Association of American Feed Control
Organic, non-GMO Kamut, Millet, Extruded Soybeans, and Flax Seeds, rather than wheat
mill run, flax straw by-product, peanut hulls, processed grain by-products, corn cob
fractions as permitted on pages 284, 260, 222 of the 1998 Official Publication of
the Association of American Feed Control Officials.
with safe and natural Vitamin E Supplement, Rosemary and Sage, rather than BHT,
ethoxyquin, TBHQ of questionable safety as permitted on pages 195-196 of the 1998
Official Publication of the Association of American Feed Control Officials.
(proteinated) minerals, rather than various isolated synthetics such as ferric
chloride, ammonium polyphosphate solution, defluorinated phosphate as permitted on
pages 230-244 of the1998 Official Publication of the Association of American Feed Control
ingredients such as probiotics (fermentation products), prebiotics (found in
artichoke and garlic), nutrient-rich wheat and barley grasses (analyses were sent), and a
special black pepper to increase vitamin and mineral absorption (see references 1-6),
rather than dehydrated garbage, ground almond shells, processed animal waste
derivative as permitted on pages 250, 252, 176 of the 1998 Official Publication of
the Association of American Feed Control Officials.
see references #7-14 showing that the minimal regulatory requirements are meant to prevent
deficiency, not to promote optimal health. (The amount of an element needed to
prevent frank deficiency may not be sufficient to support optimal nutrition, see
Response: Meaning, matching food as closely as possible to the genetic
program of the animal (e.g., felids are programmed for prey, equids are programmed for
forages). The natural diet of canids and felids is whole, fresh, raw prey including
meat, bones, organs and probiotic/enzyme-rich vegetation filled viscera (see references
#15-18). Wysong attempts to duplicate this as closely as possible by including
muscle meat and a variety of organs as the primary ingredients, as well as vegetation
(grasses) and a variety of enzyme-producing probiotics, mimicking the edible viscera of
prey. This is in contrast to ingredients that are obviously genetically unmatched
and approved for use by AAFCO including polyethylene roughage replacement,
precipitated chalk, pasta product, ball clay, petroleum jelly, saccharin bisulfate
as permitted on pages 276, 232, 255, 271, 273 of the 1998 Official Publication of the
Association of American Feed Control Officials.
[Fresh Meats, Whole
Ingredients] Response: Certificate of origin proving this was provided.
Response: After all processing is complete, Biodynamic (like all Wysong dry diets)
is enrobed with live probiotic cultures of Bacillus subtilis, Entercococcus
faecium, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus
lactis, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Aspergillus oryzae, Aspergillus
of Life Itself ] Response: Life is synergistic, comprised of myriad parts
interlinked to create wholistic qualities, not reductionistically traced to components.
Food fractions, isolated chemicals and synthetics are mere parts. Whole foods
contain wholistic value much like lifes synergistic complexity. Nutritional
value cannot be duplicated by a combination of isolated chemical parts (see references
#19-22) any more than life can be created by stirring atoms, or even amino acids and
nucleotides together (see reference #23).
Response: As defined by Websters New World Dictionary, Second
Concise Edition, 1982: The prefix phyto means a plant, vegetation;
nutrient is a nutritive substance. Together, a phytonutrient
is a plant nutrient.
Biodynamic contains plants (wheat/barley grass, kelp, etc.) that contain nutrients
(analyses were sent).
Biodynamic contains phytonutrients.
- We ended our letter to the
regulators with the following:
- Is peer-reviewed
documentation of statements on pet food labels a new AAFCO standard? We believe we
could prove hundreds of approved labels are on the market completely lacking peer review
documentation. For example, we commonly see pet food labels claiming: will
clean teeth, is the ideal snack, will have any Rover rolling over,
is fitness food, contains twice the meat taste, will result
in optimal growth, etc. No such claims, nor dozens of others like them, have
been documented by peer-reviewed scientific studies, but they have your approval.
- Most importantly, how can the
claim of 100% complete and balanced be on virtually all pet food bags when it
has never been proven by peer-reviewed scientific documentation? How is this not a
misleading claim when the clear definition of 100% and complete
means that such labeled foods promise that they have not, do not, or will not cause
nutritionally-related disease? How is this not grossly
misleading when clear studies (peer-reviewed, incidentally) have in fact proven that such
labeled foods have not been complete or balanced or 100%
at all, since they have caused disease and death (see reference #24)? This is the
oxymoron that plagues us, particularly when such careful critique of our labels is made
over picayune matters that could not even in the furthest stretch of the
imagination cause harm to people or their animals.
- The outrageous irony of our
struggle to get labels approved by a rigid regulatory system, of course, is that if our
new diets ingredient list was, hydrolyzed hair, peanut hulls, corn cob
fractions, ethoxyquin, dehydrated garbage, processed animal waste derivative, etc...
as long as it met minimum nutrient requirements wed be summarily
approved and on our way!
- Postscript: In
response to our reply above, regulators told us being free-range is not more humane than
being raised in a pen, stall or box; that we provided insufficient proof that optimal
is better than minimal; and that genetically matched, fresh,
alive, and synergistic complexity have not been proven. The
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- ANTIOXIDANTS FOR STROKE PREVENTION
- Vitamin E from food sources
plays a role in the prevention of stroke because it scavenges free radicals and prevents
LDL (low density lipoprotein) oxidation.
- Am J
Clin Nutr. 72(2):476-83. 2000.
- NATURAL SUN PROTECTION
- Dietary supplementation of
carotenoids and vitamin E over a period of at least 3 months reduces the skin-reddening
effect of sunburn.
- Am J
Clin Nutr. 71(3):795-98. 2000.
- ASTHMA STEROIDS THE RISKS
- Asthma treatment for 3 months
or more with inhaled steroids increases risk of glaucoma, cataracts, osteoporosis, growth
suppression in children, skin disorders, oral candidiasis, and suppression of adrenal
111(2 Suppl):17S-26S. 1997 Feb.
- BREAST CANCER FROM HORMONE USE
- More than 5 years of use of
estrogen with progestin increases the risk of breast cancer by 9% per year.
- Am J
Epidemiol. 147(suppl):645. 1998
- BREASTFEEDING FOR HIGHER EDUCATION
- Children who were breast-fed
had a 38% higher likelihood of graduating from high school.
Pediatrics. 101(1):E9. 1998.
- BREASTMILK TO PREVENT LEUKEMIA
- Children who were breast-fed
for at least one month had a 21% lower risk of developing two forms of childhood leukemia
acute myeloid and acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
Cancer Inst. 91(20):1765-72. 1999.
- VITAMIN C FOR HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE
- Vitamin C supplementation
reduces blood pressure in those with hypertension by approximately 10%.
Lancet. 354. 1999.
- BROCCOLI PREVENTS HEART ATTACKS
- High broccoli consumption is
associated with a significant reduction in heart attacks in postmenopausal women.
Relevant Wysong Product: Salad contains concentrated broccoli.
- Am J
Epid. 149(10):943-9. 1999.
- ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS FOR HEART DISEASE
- Omega 3 fatty acids modestly
slowed the buildup of fat in the arteries of heart disease patients.
Intern Med. 130(7):554-62. 1999.
- HEALTHY FATS FOR KIDS
- Establishing beneficial dietary
lipid support ratios before 5 years of age lessens age-associated increases in childrens
284(8): 993-1000. 2000.
- CIGARETTES DECREASE LIFE-SPAN
- Male smokers are robbed of an
average of 11 minutes of life span with each cigarette smoked.
Med J. 320:53. 2000.
- CATARACTS LINKED TO SMOKING
- People who smoke have a higher
incidence of cataracts than those who do not; quitting smoking reduces this risk by
limiting total dose-related damage to the lens.
- DIABETES PREVENTED BY EXERCISE
- Postmenopausal women who
exercise regularly are half as likely to develop diabetes as those who do not.
- Am J
Pub Health. 90:134-8. 2000.
- DIGESTIVE HEALTH WITH ENZYMES
- Ingestion of pancreatic enzymes
significantly reduces bloating, gas and nausea.
- Dig Dis
Sci. 44:1317-21. 1999.
- HEARING, VITAMIN B-12 & FOLATE
- Women with impaired hearing had
lower blood levels of vitamin B12 and folate than women with normal hearing.
- J Clin
Endocrin Metabol. 83:2223-35. 1998.
- VACCINE RISKS
- Babies whose mothers were
vaccinated against measles as children may be up to three times as susceptible to measles
than those born to mothers who were infected naturally.
Pediatrics. 104:E59. 1999.
- GARLIC AS A NATURAL INSECT REPELLENT
- Dietary consumption of 1200 mg
of garlic per day resulted in a significant reduction in tick bites.
- MEDICAL DANGERS
- Over 200,000 U.S. deaths per
year are from iatrogenic causes (unnecessary surgeries, medication and other errors in
hospitals, nosocomial (hospital) infections, and adverse effects of medications).
- MAGNESIUM PREVENTS MIGRAINE
- Oral magnesium supplementation
has a significant prophylactic effect for migraine sufferers, decreasing attack frequency
by over 40%.
Cephalalgia. 16(4):257-63. 1996.
- FISH FOR MENTAL HEALTH
- People who eat fish less than
once per week are 31% more likely to become depressed.
Psychiatric Assoc. Annual Meeting. May 16, 2000.
- OSTEOPOROSIS COSTS
- Fractures that occur within
U.S. nursing homes due to osteoporosis cost about $3.9 billion annually.