WYSONG HEALTH LETTER
Dr. R. L. Wysong
September 1993
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DEAR FRIEND:
 
    To get the most out of life, foresight is essential.  If we expect to be healthy and leave a sustainable world for our children, we cannot simply extract benefits without a vision of their possible consequences.
    Realistic foresight is necessary in social contacts, in achieving success vocationally, and in protecting our assets.  We can’t simply use friends without eventually losing them, be handed a good job without training for it, or have a financial nest-egg without sacrificing and nurturing it.  Everything good seems to come from planning, sacrifice and foresight.   Health is no exception.
    People continue to drink Coke and eat Ding-Dongs, Cheetos, white bread, and Twinkies because they don’t notice any immediate consequences after they eat them.  Clever manufacturers have the ability to chemically compel the taste buds to keep people coming back for more.  But taste and satiety are not the keys to health or long life.
    Unfortunately we have become seekers of ease, convenience and immediate gratification.  Worse yet, we have replaced judgement with reliance on so-called experts and their promises and claims.
    A case-in-point.  Honey magazine recently evaluated America’s cities to choose the twenty best.  Several criteria were used, but the one leading to their number one recommendation was availability of modern medical care.  So Rochester, Minnesota with its Mayo Clinic was chosen as America’s best place to live.  Incredible.  Not that Rochester may not be a nice city, but that we have reached such a state of surrender that we would choose where to live based on assumed excellence of disease repair facilities.   We have come to see health not as something we personally achieve and work to maintain, but rather as something we can buy from the Mayo clinic after living an irresponsible life.
    Being removed ever-increasingly from our natural context, we must now, more than ever before, use intellect and foresight in making life and food choices.
    Studies have been cited (before in the Review) showing that the coronary vessels of young men killed in the Korean and Vietnam Wars were affected with atherosclerosis.  It was present even in young 20-year-olds with no outward sign of the disease.  Obviously the disease incubates in bodies from early childhood, smoldering only to ignite in middle age to rob us of a full life.
    A new test reported in the Lancet now detects endothelial (blood vessel lining) damage even in children - long before there are any outward manifestations of disease.
    The message in increasingly clear.  We are creating our own diseases.  Mind has cleverly extracted us from our natural genetic context in the name of profit and convenience.  Our minds must be used to make healthful choices now for ourselves and our children if we are to inherit the health we were intended to have.
    A methodical, well-thought-out plan for day-to-day living, with an eye on consequences, is a necessity in today’s confused and dangerous world.
 
HEALING AND PREVENTIN PEPTIC ULCERS
    Ulcers of the stomach and duodenum (upper small intestine) afflict some 10 to 15% of the U.S. population. They are about four times more common in men than in women.
    Our digestive tract is normally coated with protective mucus to shield it from the acids and enzymes used for digestion. These strong digestive secretions dissolve the meats and vegetables we eat, and thus are capable of digesting the “meat of our own digestive tract if permitted to have direct contact with it.
    Ulcers normally occur in the pylorus, which is the end of the stomach, and the duodenal bulb, which is the beginning of the small intestine. An ulcer is usually about inch in diameter and can be diagnosed clinically by x-ray examination, fiber optic examination, and the detection of blood in the stool.
    Symptoms include pain in the upper abdomen occurring about one hour alter meals or in the middle of the night. This pain sometimes may be relieved by consuming food or antacids, or by vomiting. Complications of ulcers include severe hemorrhage, perforation and obstruction, and are considered medical emergencies often requiring immediate hospitalization.
Not an acid problem
    Although the cause of an ulcer is normally viewed as excess secretion of acid by the stomach, upon close examination this view is not rational. For one thing, if the mucous lining of the digestive tract is there and adequate, it should be able to act as a barrier to acid. For an-other, if the problem were simply “too much acid” then why is there not a generalized attack on the entire stomach and upper intestine, rather than on small isolated locations?
    The disease has been studied world-wide in terms 6f its relationship to dietary patterns. Its incidence is highest once natural, whole foods are altered by the introduction of modern processing which splits foods into purified white flours, refined sugars, processed oils and fractionated salt ... the four white poisons. No matter where the disease is studied, in Europe, India, Africa..., those populations eating, for example, whole wheat, whole millet or whole corn, did not experience the problem like those who switched their diets to the refined flours derived from these products. Armies which have been forced to eat unrefined grain products in the field also greatly reduced their incidence of ulcers compared to when their diet was based on refined flours.
    Thus, again, we find the recurring theme we preach in the Review: Take humans out of their natural genetic food context, which is whole, fresh, natural, raw foods, and you can expect negative consequences to result. No, we are not simply stricken by stomach ulcers, nor are we random innocent victims of a “disease.” It is something we do to ourselves and permit society to do to us. It is, therefore, something we can undo. We can be the masters of our own ulcer destinies.
    Understanding that our stomach trusts us to deliver to it foods which it recognizes and which were meant for it to digest, and that we have been a traitorous servant to our body, provides the key to the solution to not only peptic ulcers, but to disease in general.
    The modern approach of viewing ulcers as simply an excess acid problem to be corrected, is overly simplistic and fraught with spin-off health complications once we jump on the antacid band wagon.
    Acid is more like an innocent victim of our short-sighted accusations. It is like blaming chain saws for deforestation. Acid is a necessary and important part of our digestive process. If the protective mucous lining of the digestive tract is not serving as an effective barrier to it, then something is causing this imbalance. it is that something which must be discovered and remedied.
    It is interesting, with all of our modern medical technology and knowledge, that we have not advanced beyond a superficial impression of what needs to be done. That is, if we feel a burning in our stomach, then we assume that acid is causing it and therefore acid must be neutralized or removed. This is something anyone on the street can conclude, and yet modern medicine simply endorses and promotes the same approach without finding or addressing actual causes.
Acid benefits
    Before you get too excited about getting rid of your acid, consider its benefits If it weren’t for stomach acid, we would be less capable of absorbing essential amino acids, as well as essential vitamins like B12 and folic acid, and over a dozen minerals including extremely important ones such as iron, calcium, magnesium and zinc. It is estimated that individuals over the age of 50 only have about 50% of the hydrochloric acid they did at age 25. This loss in stomach acid may predispose to osteoporosis due to the inability to absorb minerals such as calcium.
    The acid in the stomach is also antiseptic. It is the first line of defense against invading microorganisms. Cholera, for example, will only strike those individuals with low stomach acid (hydrochloric acid). Campylobacter pylon has been shown to be associated with peptic ulcers but can only survive in a low acid stomach environment. Thus the hypothesis can be advanced that it is low, not high, stomach acid which permits the invasion of this pathogen into the intestinal wall - weakening it and thus permitting further erosion by stomach acid.
    Low stomach acid is also associated with increased auto-immunities including rheumatoid arthritis, thyroiditis, forms of alopecia (hair loss), and vitiligo (failure of the skin to form pigment). Allergies increase in individuals with low stomach acid because foods are not broken down, and thus can be absorbed in their more complex intact antigenic form and result in allergic responses.
    Low stomach acid is also related to an increase in precancerous cells in the breast and mucosal (intestinal tract lining) tumors.     A low pH (high acid) is also necessary to convert the zymogen pepsinogen to pepsin, which is an enzyme responsible for the breakdown of protein.
    Studies have shown that some ulcers are associated with hypersecretion of acid, but other studies have shown that ulcers can develop in individuals with normal or even lower than normal acid production. It is impossible to really know whether a higher than normal production of acid may be simply the result of some underlying preexisting imbalance.
    The stomach has approximately one billion parietal cells which are specifically designed to produce acid. These along with chief cells, mucus cells, endocrine and somatostatin cells make up a complex population of secreting tissues that all interrelate in one way or another to create, if in balance, a healthy digestive system. To simply attack the parietal cells, for example, with histamine H2 receptor antagonists such as Cimetidine and Ranitidine, is kind of like using a hammer to fix a circuitry board in a computer. Everything is interrelated. To address singular effects of disease is not to create a solution.
Drug dangers
    Before taking any of the wonder antacid drugs, read the insert description carefully and pay special attention to the contraindications. Even some of the commonly used simple stomach acid neutralizers contain toxic potential because of their aluminum content. (See Wysong Review Vol. 7 No. 1) Tagamet, a common ulcer medication, can be lethal if you are exposed to certain pesticides while taking the drug. Remember that acid in your stomach is necessary and the lack of acid or the neutralization of that acid may ultimately create more harm than good.
    This is not to say in a crisis situation where an ulcer has denuded tissue and no mucus is there to protect it, that short-term antacids may not be necessary during the crisis-stage of healing.
    Preventing and healing ulcers is both simple and difficult. It is simple in that it only requires living life as we were designed to live it. It is difficult because it requires life-style changes, not just visits to the doctor and hands full of pills.
A Rational Prevention and Healing Approach
    1. Foods you are allergic to should be eliminated from the diet. (See Wysong Review Vol. 6 No. 12) The allergic inflammatory response of the digestive tract may initiate fruitful conditions for ulcer development.
    2. Be aware that aspirin, ibuprofen, corticosteroids, and perhaps other medications, as well as alcohol and coffee, may contribute to the formation and severity of ulcers.
    3. Emphasize whole, natural foods. The increased fiber slows gastric (stomach) emptying and thus permits acid to be more easily neutralized as it enters the small intestine. It is interesting that it is the essential fatty acids, as found in the bran of grains, that is particularly of value in peptic ulcers. This is the reason that in cultures where the bran has been removed (white -flour) the incidence of ulcer disease is higher.
    4. One liter per day of fresh, raw cabbage juice has been reported to help heal ulcers. Drink fresh juiced cabbage and/or increase the consumption of vegetables in the cabbage family which include bok choy, green cabbage, red cabbage, savoy cabbage, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, radishes and turnips. (Resource A below) This benefit is believed to be a result of the high glutamine content of cabbage family plants.
    5. Glutamine is incorporated in mucoproteins, the mucous protective lining of the digestive tract. When patients are placed on total parenteral nutrition -(TPN), receiving nutrition only by W, mucosal structure is diminished and permeability of the gut to toxins and pathogens (disease-causing microbes) increases. When the amino acid glutamine is added to the formula, the adverse changes are prevented. A supplement of the amino acid glutamine at a rate of 500 mg three times a day may also prove beneficial in restoring the protective mucous lining. (Resource B below)
    6. Deglycyrrhizinated licorice has been proven to be highly effective in healing ulcers by stimulating the production of the mucous lining. Licorice is in fact one of the first substances studied and shown to be effective in healing peptic ulcers. It has no side effects in its deglycyrrhizinated form. In controlled studies comparing its effectiveness against the acid suppressors Cimetidine and Ranitidine, it was found to be just as effective but with no untoward effects. It has also been shown that individuals using the deglycyrrhizinated licorice have fewer relapses than those using Cimetidine. The dosage is 250 mg three times a day. It is chewed 20 minutes before meals. This dosage can be reduced or increased depending upon the severity of the condition and is usually continued for a period of approximately 16 weeks. For treatment of severe ulceration the dosage is given four times a day and for maintenance it is given twice a day. (Resource C below)
    7. Catechin is an herb which has antihistaminic effects. Histamine, which is released in allergic reactions associated with ulcers, stimulates the production of excess acid. It is by this rationale that catechin is helpful in ulcers. The dosage is 250 mg three times per day. (Resource D below)
    8. Aloe Vera juice, taken to 1/3 cup twice daily has a healing effect on the gastric mucosa. (Resource E below)
    9. The dried extract of plantain bananas also has anti-ulcerogenic activity. This effect is believed to be due to the stimulation of mucosal cell growth, thus increasing the protective mucous barrier. The dosage is 12 teaspoon of the powder to be taken after meals. (Resource F below)
    10. Take a probiotic supplement. Probiotic organisms will help inoculate the digestive tract with friendly micro-organisms that compete against pathogens, synthesize vitamins, and help the digestive process and overall health in many ways. (See Wysong Review Vol. 6 No. 5 and Resource G below)
    11. Garlic oil, the smelly stuff (not powder), in capsule form taken with a couple of spoonfuls of yogurt mixed with probiotics can give dramatic relief for gastric pain and distress alter a meal. Try this instead of antacids for those middle of the night episodes. Though you’ll smell like a garlic clove, the relief is worth it. (Resource H below)
    12. Do not eat unless hungry and eat only until hunger disappears, not until you are full. It may very well be that eating by schedule rather than hunger, and eating in excess, exhausts the capabilities and balances of our digestive system. As a population we eat far more than we need. We also eat far more frequently than is necessary, often before our system is ready to receive food. The cephalic (neural) stage of digestion is very important. Hunger and the anticipation of food stimulates the activity of digestive organs, mucus-secreting cells and acid before food is even eaten. Also, fasting is recommended once in awhile. By eating only one meal a day or no meals some days, this gives the digestive system a chance to recuperate, heal and build its resources.
    13. Chew food thoroughly. A good policy is to drink your foods and chew your liquids. By mixing the food bolus with saliva the mucin in the saliva helps protect the stomach, and the epidermal growth factor found within saliva stimulates healing of digestive tract cells.
    14.            Poor nutrition decreases our ability to heal and throws our body out of appropriate balances, thus increasing the opportunity for disease. Supplementation with a broad spectrum vitamin-mineral preparation is advisable. (Resource I below) Some recommend that at least 20,000 IUs of vitamin A should be taken three times a day, 500 mg of vitamin C three times a day, 100 IUs of vitamin E three times a day and 20 mg of zinc per day to help heal peptic ulcers. (Resource J below) These taken as extra supplements to a broad spectrum moderate dosage vitamin-mineral supplement would be the best nutritional approach. (Resource I below)
    15.            Eat fresh, raw foods as much as possible. The protective ability, for example, of the essential fatty acids found in the oils of whole grains is lost upon storage. Not only is this protective factor lost, but the oxidation of these oils can render them toxic and thus retard any ulcer healing process as well as set the stage for new disease.
    16. Arachidonic acid, an omega 6 fatty acid which predominates in meats, as well as other omega 6 fatty acids that are common in Western diets based on corn and wheat, should be decreased. These fatty acids can inhibit the prostaglandins (cellular regulatory biochemicals) which decrease stomach acid. A diet high in meats and high omega-6 grains in effect then increases acid production. Instead, foods that are higher in the omega-3 fatty acids -including cold water fish, wild meats, vegetables, flax seeds, rape seeds, hemp and whole soy beans - should be used increasingly in the diet. Omega-3 oils which have been cold processed and carefully protected from light and oxygen can also be supplemented to the diet. (Resource K below)
    17. Exercise regularly. Aerobic combined with strength (resistance) training relieves stress and stimulates circulation and metabolism to speed healing. (Resource L - page 8)
    18. Get control of your life. Don’t bea victim. Review the “Empowerment” tape. Stress, which is primarily a result of permitting ourself to remain in circumstances where we are a powerless victim, can cause the excess secretion of stomach acid.     Particularly susceptible are those individuals who put themselves into such situations but are unable to express their discontent, thus holding these emotions inwardly. (Resource M below)
    The steps mentioned above can all be done together. In fact, the mucus-stimulating, deglycyrrhizinated licorice, banana and glutamine can be consumed along with acid-blocking drugs. The goal of course is to be able to withdraw from the drugs and manage the disease with natural, safe substances and ultimately with proper diet and lifestyle changes.
    A bonus to this approach is that not only will ulcers heal, but you will be creating a new healthier you, capable of defeating other degenerative diseases as well.
    Reference:
        The New England Journal of Medicine, December 29, 1988: 1707-
        Lancet, March 10, 1990: 612-
        Dig Dis, 7: 109-
        Ann Allergy, 5: 325-
        Lancet, 2: 736-
        Cal Med, 70:10-
        Tex J Med, 53: 840-
        Proc Soc Exp-Biol Med, 4: 273-
        Eur J Pharmacol, 70: 241-
        Lancet, May 29, 1993:1161
        Lancet, ii: 793-
        Irish Medical Journal, 78: 153-
        A)            Juicing Machines: (from the Healthy Alternatives Store 1-800-748-0188). Also available from Healthwise Omega Juicer, 1-800-942-3262; Miracle Exclusives, Inc., 1-800-645-6360; Nutri -Juicer, 1-800-248-1475.
        B)             Glutamine: (from the Healthy Alternatives Store 1-800-748-0188).
        C)             DGL: (from the Healthy Alternatives Store 1-800-748-0188). Also available from Enzymatic Therapy, Inc., P.O. Box 1508, Green Bay, WI 54305, 1-800-437-4087.
        D)             Catechin: Thorne Research, Inc., P.O. Box 3200, Sandpoint, ID 83864, 1-800-228-1966.
        E)             Aloe Vera juice: (from the Healthy Alternatives Store 1-800-748-0188).
        F)             Plantain banana: (from the Healthy Alternatives Store 1-800-748-0188). Also available from Weinstein Chemicals, 666 Baker Street, Suite 253, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, 1-714-0901; and San Francisco Herb Co., 250 14th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103, 1-800-227-4530
        G)             Probiotic capsules: (from the Healthy Alternatives Store 1-800-748-0188). Also available from American Health, 1-516-244-2041; Rainbow Light, 1-800-635-1233; Solgar, 1-800-645-2246; Klaire Labs, 1-800-533-7255; UAS Labs, 1-800-422-3371, NATREN, 1-800-992-3323.                
        H)             Garlic oil: (from the Healthy Alternatives Store 1-800-748-0188).
        I)              RDA™, a broad-spectrum vitamin/mineral supplement: (from the Healthy Alternatives Store 1-800-748-0188).
        J)              Food A-C-E™: (from the Healthy Alternatives Store 1-800-748-0188).
        K)             Omega-3 fatty acid supplements: (from the Healthy Alternatives Store 1-800-748-0188). Also available from Kal, 1-818-340-3035; Schiff, 1-801-972-0300; Twin Lab, 1-516-467-3140; Nature’s Way, 1-801-489-3631; NOW, 1-800-999-8069; Livron, 1-201-868-6596.
        L)             Wysong library of books on exercise - request catalog from the Healthy Alternatives Store 1-800-748-0188.
        M) “Empowerment” - a 60-minute cassette available from Wysong Institute, 1880 North Eastman, Midland, MI 48640. $14.95 + $2.50 S&H.
 
VITAMIN B3 (NIACIN) TO LOWER CHOLESTEROL
    Last month I talked about the increased risk of violent death associated with cholesterol-lowering drugs.
    Pharmaceutical drugs that are now being used to lower cholesterol levels can cost two to three hundred or more dollars per month. It is estimated that in the elderly the use of cholesterol-lowering drugs costs approximately $36,000 to $1,000,000 per life which actually might be saved by these drugs.
    Drugs used to decrease cholesterol attempt to manipulate the body by interfering with natural cycles. It is predictable that such interference with natural cycles is, in many cases, accompanied by significant-con-sequences. Examples of these dangers are increased death rates from homicide and suicide from cholestyramine; increased cataracts and arterial damage from mer-29; increased cataracts, liver damage, and cancer from lovastatin and cholestyramine; and increased HDL levels but no decrease in death rates from gemfibrizol.
    Some of these drugs tend to interfere with enzymes that control the synthesis of cholesterol, others bind bile acids so cholesterol from the bile is not reabsorbed, and others attempt to bind cholesterol within the food. All are of questionable safety and users should be fully aware of these dangers. Again, let me strongly suggest that before you take any pharmaceutical preparation, you read very carefully the “drug insert” that comes with the medication. If it did not come with the medication, ask for a copy from your physician or pharmacist. Look on the insert for sections that talk about dangers and contraindications. If everyone scrutinized the drugs they took by reading these revealing little papers, fewer drugs would be taken and more lives would be spared.
    An alternative to cholesterol-lowering drugs is the dietary and life-style modifications described on a continuing basis throughout the Review and in your special “Empowerment” tape. (Resource M below) Increased whole grain products and vegetables and fresh fruits will naturally decrease cholesterol. But also remember that it is not cholesterol per se that is the danger but rather its oxidized form. Thus foods should be eaten fresh and raw as much as possible and cooking must be done with a special awareness of the fragility and danger of oxidizing cholesterol. (See Wysong Review Vol. 2 No. 1, Vol. 2 No. 7, Vol. 3 No. 10)
    An alternate therapy for high cholesterol is niacin, vitamin B3. Vitamin B8 is by and large stripped out of most of-our natural foods as they are processed -and milled. It is supplied to the body from natural foods, but also can be produced from intestinal micro-organisms (if you have the right ones), and by a conversion from tryptophan, an amino acid.
    Treatment with up to three to four grams of niacin a day has been reported in the scientific literature to beneficially lower cholesterol resulting in decreased cardiovascular mortality. Dosage ranges from 100 mg to 4000 mg per day. 1000-2000 mg per day seems most frequently used in clinical studies reporting benefits. Always start at lower dosages to determine tolerance and sensitivity. This vitamin can cause a flush which consists of a reddening of the face, shoulders, and arms and a general burning sensation and itchiness. By gradually increasing the dose over time, this flush reaction is decreased. Flushing can also be reduced by taking the supplement with meals, and taking niacin “non-flushing” complexes. (Resource N below) (As with any medication, nutrient, or substance that you are exposed to, the-re is always the possibility for a serious adverse reaction. If this occurs, stop consuming the substance, try again at a later time at a lower dose, gradually introducing it. If that does not work and there is sensitivity at any level, then other options must be found.)
    Niacin should cost less than about $10 a month as compared to the hundreds required for the dangerous pharmaceuticals.
    Reference:
        Journal of the American Medical Association, October 23/30, 1991:2209
        Science News, April 27, 1991: 268
        Journal of the American Medical Association, September. 23/30,1988: 1717
        Lancet, Nov. 5, 1988:1081
        M)                 “Empowerment” - a 60-minute cassette available from Wysong Institute, 1880 North Eastman, Midland, MI 48640. $14.95 + $2.50 S&H.
        N)                   Niacin: (from the Healthy Alternatives Store 1-800-748-0188). Also available from Thorne Research, Inc., 1-800-228-1966; BioSource, 1-805-565-1559.
 
UNCIRCUMCISING
    Last month’s topic on circumcision addressed the dangers and unnecessity of having the procedure performed on infants. It is one thing not to do it, it is another to undo it.
    Undoing is what this topic is about. I am sure you are curious about exactly how you would undo a circumcision, as I was when I first heard it was possible. It sounded like another risky surgery to me, but I was amazed to find that it is actually something men can do entirely by themselves with no surgery at all. I will get into that in a moment.
    The question must first be asked why one would even want to uncircumcise. The answer lies in the benefits of the natural genital structures as described in last month’s issue. It also has to do with the resentment and an almost militant attitude by some men about having their birth right stolen from them. One man wrote, “I have been looking for help for years and was about to give up ... I would give anything to regain what I have lost. I can’t express how excited I am and how much I look forward to beginning the process.” Another wrote, “...at learning -that I had been circumcised. I felt so violated and so angry at this. I didn’t know how to talk about it so I kept it to myself” The book described in resource 0 (below) records the voices of dozens and dozens of angry men.
    Here are some other reasons men wish to be made whole again.
    1. Aesthetics. A growing awareness of the benefits of things whole and natural has made many men feel their appearance has been adversely altered by circumcision.
    2. Sensitivity of the glans.   Since the glans is an internal organ, its exposure through circumcision results in a dulling of sensations.
    3. More satisfying relations with age. As women age there is a thinning of the vaginal wall and a decrease in the production of lubricating fluids. A restored foreskin will result in the production of-a mucus secretion by the prepuce which assists in lubrication. Additionally, by serving as a mobile sheath, the foreskin reduces friction against the vaginal walls.
    4. Regained power and anger management. For those who feel they have had their birth right stolen, the ability to take control and restore it is therapeutic. We have talked at length about this in the “Empowerment” tape. Holding resentment without knowing a way to solve the problem is the most dangerous form of stress from a health standpoint. Uncircumcision gives angry men control.
    Without understanding the reasons not to circumcise, it is very difficult to understand why a person would want to uncircumcise. Dr. Dean Edell, the radio and television physician wrote, “When women want to enlarge a perfectly normal sized organ, the breast, they have gotten support and even encouragement. But when men want to restore a perfectly normal and useful part of their bodies; that was removed from them against their will, (some suggest) they have to undergo psychiatric exams ... I just don’t get it.” One man from California wrote, “...I have been trying to... look ‘normal’ for 15 years. I am afraid that if I confronted ‘any old M.D.’ with the problem, he’d lock me up.
    There are two basic methods by which uncircumcision can be accomplished. The first is quick, expensive and with risk. It is surgery. One procedure involves incizing the skin completely around the shaft of the penis and pulling the dissected skin out over the glans. Then, skin from the scrotum is moved up to cover the shaft. There are of course various techniques, and surgical skills of physicians vary. Be wary. Detailed techniques and where to have the procedure done are described in resource 0 below.
    An alternate method is through a series of gentle stretching and taping techniques. By these private at-home procedures, the skin can be restored over the glans completely in about three years. Until that time the skin is basically held over the glans to create gentle traction and allow the skin to slowly generate new tissue.  Men even into their seventies have successfully restored their foreskin.
    The book in resource O (below) describes in complete detail several different ingenious methods men have used to successfully restore the foreskin. Anyone serious about examining this as a possibility needs to obtain this book.
    None of what is said here or in the previous issue of the Review should make men feel guilty or in some way insufficient because they are circumcised. If happy with circumcision, there is no reason to make a change. If unhappy with it, however, it apparently is possible to take control and make a change. Even if there are no physical problems as a result of circumcision, healing a resentful mind can be critical to health.
    Reference:
        0)        The Joy of Uncircumcising is available from the Wysong Library, 1880 North Eastman, Midland, MI 48640, 1-800-748-0233
 
RED WINE FOR HERPES
    Applied to a herpes lesion will often heal it in less than 24 hours.
    Reference:
        Second Opinion, August, 1993: 3
 
TOOTHPASTE WHITENERS
    If taking the drug Dilantin, or in some cases calcium channel blockers such as Cardizem, be careful with the use of toothpaste with whiteners. These drugs may cause overgrowth of the gums making them susceptible to irritation from the whitener and thus possibly initiate periodontal disease.
    Reference:
        Health After 50, September, 1993: 8
 
BETA BLOCKERS FOR HYPOTENSION
    If taking beta blocker drugs, the resulting hypotension could greatly increase the seriousness of an insect sting for those individuals with allergies.
    Reference:
        Health After 50, September, 1993: 8
 
DISPOSABLE DIAPER HOT PACK
    A convenient and effective moist hot pack can be made by using a disposable diaper. Simply moisten the absorbent side of the diaper, microwave and apply to the body part needing heat. Be careful not to overheat the diaper and melt the plastic or make the water too hot for skin contact.
    Reference:
        Alternatives, August, 1993:1:3
 
GREEN HAIR AND ASPIRIN
To remove the greenish tinge from hair that has been in chlorinated swimming pools, pulverize three or four aspirins in one-third cup of water. Work the solution into the hair, let stand for three or four minutes and then rinse. To remove the red color caused from well water with high iron content, rinse the hair with one-third to one-half cup of lime juice, which can be purchased at the grocery store.
    Reference:
        Alternatives, August, 1993:15
 
KWELL AND BRAIN CANCER
    Kwell, made by Reed and Carnick, is a shampoo used for head lice. A recent report suggests the use of this shampoo may increase the risk of the child developing brain cancer.
    Reference:
        Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, volume 24, No. 1 :87
 
VITAMIN B12 AND ALZHEIMER'S
    Recent evidence suggests the ability of vitamin B12 to enhance brain function in Alzheimer’s patients.
    Reference:
        Clinical Therapeutics, 14: 426-
 
IRON PILL TOXICITY
    Iron pills are the leading cause of childhood poisoning deaths. As few as five high potency, over-the-counter, iron pills can be fatal to a small child.
    Reference:
        University of California At Berkeley Wellness Letter, August, 1993:1
 
DRYING EXERCISE SHOES
    If your exercise shoes get wet, don’t dry them with a heater or clothes dryer which may damage them. Instead try stuffing them with dry newspapers.
    Reference:
        University of California At Berkeley Wellness Letter, August, 1993:1
 
PASTA BEAN SAUCE
    To increase the nutritional value and fiber in pastas, substitute canned or home-made lentil or bean soup for the creamy sauces normally used. Pasta and bean dishes are very popular in Italy. This combination also helps balance protein.
    Reference:
        University of California At Berkeley Wellness Letter, August, 1993:1
 
CROP LOSSES INCREASE WITH HERBICIDE
    Go organic. In 1945 farmers lost only 3-1/2% of their crops due to insects. Crop loss now is up to 12% in spite of increasing insecticide use by a thousand fold.
    Reference:
        Health Alert, July, 1993: 8