- WYSONG HEALTH LETTER
- Dr. R. L. Wysong
- September 1996
- Heres my election year
political two cents' worth.
- Governments function
should be to protect freedoms and opportunity. Unfortunately it can become meddling,
oppressive, and Draconian, virtually eliminating human happiness and health in many
- If government were innocuous I
wouldnt talk about it, but since it can affect our happiness and health in profound
ways, it must be given serious scrutiny.
- A unique feature of American
constitutional government as it was originally designed is that it is extremely
suspicious. The Founding Fathers concluded that all government would eventually
become corrupt if unchecked. (The constitutional right to bear arms was devised
so citizens could protect themselves against government - not to insure hunting
rights or just to permit self-defense against criminals.) The English government
from which they were escaping had overstepped its bounds of protecting individual life and
freedom, and moved to excessively controlling, manipulating and taxing citizens.
(Our present level of taxation is greater than what it was when we revolted against
- Thus the Constitution sets
forth that humans have inherent unalienable freedoms and rights that government is to
protect as a servant. The Constitution made sure they were kept on track through a
series of checks and balances.
- When any of us speaks of
patriotism, we should be thinking of patriotism to the Constitution, the document that
defines and protects our rights. Blind sentimental patriotism to country
or to "America" or to "Americans" or to the "flag," etc.,
without understanding that these must symbolize adherence to the Constitution, is
patriotism that is naive and dangerous. If we simply love the "country,"
how are our freedoms protected, since we could find ourselves easily following the
mandates of a government that could be slowly consolidating its power and control over us
until we reach the point where we are only servants to government? (When government
takes more than half our earnings, who is a servant of whom?)
- Never have I been able to see a
true, clear distinction between political views as I have during the last couple of years.
At last there seems to be substantive debate on a more basic philosophic level.
- Up to now, political races
seemed more like personality competitions. There were also crises distractions such
as a depression, wars, racial injustice and the Soviet Union. Such crises also
seemed like justification for increasing governmental power and taxation.
- But now there are no big crisis
distractions. People can now look more clearly at what government is and what it
should be doing. Like removing blinders, many are awakening to the fact that a wolf
(Marxism) in sheeps clothing ("democracy") for some 50 years has taken
over our country. ( I know this sounds like McCarthyism, but although the
"commies" are not getting us, their ideas do now pervade our politics.)
- The movement away from a
constitutional government has been insidious. By creating a huge dependent class of
citizens who could care less if all the "rich" people (those who work hard and
take great risks in business to achieve the American Dream) are taxed 40-50% and more by
an (unconstitutional) income tax, America has become more and more Marxist.
- As I see it, the primary debate
is whether government should expand its control and services in an attempt to aid supposed
"victims" in our society, or whether government should be reduced in size and
power and people should take responsibility for their own lives.
- It seems to me that Communistic
and Socialistic governments have provided an experiment in which we can all observe
results. It is a basic tenet of Communism, for example, that government is to
distribute wealth so that there are no economic classes and everyone works according to
their ability and receives according to their needs. There is to be (theoretically)
no wealth, no poverty, no haves and have nots.
- When I was first in college,
and idealistic/optimistic, this sounded like a very appealing system of government.
After all, why shouldnt everyone work according to their ability and receive
no more than they needed?
- The experiment has failed, as
evidenced by the fall of the Communist block countries. Individual freedoms were not
protected, so the ability of an individual to excel and the spirit of entrepreneurship and
creativity were destroyed. It treats people as identical members of a herd, and they
- The present arguments by some
that we need large government and expanded taxation of the productive individuals in
society in order to distribute wealth to those who earn less, via welfare and other social
aid programs, appears to me blatantly Communistic and Socialistic. This distorted
practice of democracy (We are not really a Democracy where 51% of the people could vote to
kill the other 49%, but a Constitutional Republic - a land of constitutional law, not
voter whim.) which has been going on for several decades has twisted the perception of a
large number of Americans as to what America is even all about.
Now people think in terms of what is "owed" to
them by their employer, family, or state. If things dont go quite right they
are led to believe that they are victims deserving of redress through suit, government
handout or other form of complaint with the prospect of making a financial windfall.
This has become the new "American Dream."
- Now everyone wants guarantees.
But thats not life. Life is all about risk. People dont
want to take personal responsibility and initiative. The Marxist mentality that has
crept into our government has blighted personal initiative and pride and put in its place
a huge voting block of dependents who want guarantees and handouts that have kept those in
government willing to expand such services for decades.
- The American Dream was not
meant to be a handout or a guarantee. It was simply an open, unfettered opportunity
to become the best you can be.
- Continued sapping of resources
through taxation and regulation of the productive element of our society in order to
redistribute their gain to those who are not willing to pay the price to create their own
success, will eventually destroy incentive and business in this country. It is
already doing this, as evidenced by down-sizing and many companies moving their activities
off-shore where other countries treat production and initiative for what it is - the very
lifeblood of society.
- To be personally successful
people do not need government. In fact government has proven to be an impediment
rather than a promoter of achieving these goals.
- Those receiving government
benefits and handouts are going to be hesitant to change the present order. Little
do they realize they are simply digging their own graves since the funds and benefits they
receive must come from somebody. They come from those who are taking initiative,
shouldering risk, and doing the hard work that is necessary to try to achieve their
personal happiness. To have the fruits of these labors siphoned off to those who do
less is immoral and dead-ended since the productive element will only allow themselves to
be fleeced so long.
- As for those supposedly needing
help, let the local community decide who is truly needy and exercise their own conscience
- There is, I think, a new spirit
in political debate in this country. The Libertarian party, the Republicans (of
late), the Reform party, U.S. Taxpayer party, Natural Law party and other upstart
organizations all sense that we are adrift from the original American Constitutional
ideals. We would all do well to become educated and aware that to the degree
we are able we can help affect the changes needed to restore Constitutional
"small" government to its rightful incidental position in American society.
- It's time for another
revolution. We need liberty from taxation and a government attempting to make us all
dependents. Election years should be a wake-up call for true constitutional
- PROGESTERONE THERAPY
- Progesterone is a hormone
produced within the body from precursors derived from the diet. In women, the
balance between estrogen and progesterone is critical to monthly reproductive cycling and
to the maintenance of the embryo once impregnation occurs. It is the relative
balance between estrogen and progesterone throughout the menstrual and reproductive cycle
of women that can make the difference between health and disease.
- Because most modern women do
not follow their natural reproductive cycle by bearing children regularly and nursing them
for prolonged periods of time, this balance can be disrupted. Additionally,
estrogenic substances as contaminants in our modern environment and the lack of
progesterone precursors from a natural diet can tip the scale such that most womens
bodies are under the control of estrogen dominance. (See Vol. 8, No. 3 of the Wysong Health Letter.)
- This can lead to a host of
problems including PMS, menopausal symptoms, fibroids, erratic heavy and painful
menstruations, breast and uterine cancer, polycystic disease of the breasts, blood sugar
abnormalities, weight gain, fluid retention, endometriosis and immune suppression.
- There is a remarkable, natural,
safe treatment for all of these conditions. It is to increase the intake of
progesterone precursors. By increasing the production of progesterone in the body,
the estrogen dominance is overcome and health is restored. Progesterone can be
increased by increasing the consumption of clean (organic if possible), whole, natural
plant foods. It can also be increased by eating concentrated forms of the specific
precursors in plants that yield progesterone. Additionally, progesterone can also be
isolated from plant sources, rubbed on the skin and absorbed. This latter method is
actually the most efficient way of increasing progesterone levels since by rubbing it on
the skin progesterone escapes the digestive process and loss to the liver and bile, and is
thus delivered directly to tissue.
- Although some prescription
hormone replacement therapies, such as Provera, contain progesterone-like synthetic
compounds, these are not true, natural progesterones. They are called progestins and
have been synthesized by pharmaceutical companies in order to have a patentable product.
Pharmaceutical companies are not going to market natural products such as
progesterone which are not patentable. But
as a result, these synthetic compounds which are foreign to tissue, have a host of
negative side effects and do not bring the benefits of natural progesterone. If you
ask your physician about using progesterone he will usually indicate that it is present in
modern hormone replacement therapy pharmaceuticals or may mention a variety of side
effects. Physicians also are under misinformed understanding that synthetic
progestins are the same as natural progesterone.
- Natural progesterone cream is
rubbed on the skin according to a schedule, depending upon where women are in their
- It is alternately put on
different areas of the body so that tissue will not become over saturated. It can be
applied to the inner thighs, the belly, the buttocks, the sides under the arms, breasts,
the inside of the arms and so forth. Some women who have used the product consider
it to be the most important remedy they have ever used. Indeed, women have
experienced complete remission of menstrual and reproductive untoward symptoms, loss of
weight, enlarged breasts (without risk of cancer in them), increased energy, elevated
mood, increase in bone density, increase in libido, dissipation of liver spots on the back
of the hands and when applied to the face, a decrease in skin wrinkles and an overall
enhanced feeling of health and a decrease in susceptibility to disease.
- Men also produce progesterone
in their bodies and reportedly can also benefit from the use of the compound to enhance
immunity, libido, energy, bone density, decrease weight, elevate mood, and reverse
- Women who are taking estrogen
therapy not only should take progesterone, but if it is not being recommended it should be
considered malpractice. The reason is estrogen is carcinogenic, and its further
isolated use only adds to the existing estrogen dominance, to compound female
problems. Although estrogen may help somewhat with osteoporosis for a time, after
the age of 75 there is no benefit in this regard with estrogen used alone. A gradual
decrease of estrogen therapy can be done by skipping a day of estrogen with increasing
frequency, while beginning natural progesterone therapy.
- According to physicians who
have been using natural progesterone therapy for years, there are virtually no dangers.
Anatomy and Physiology: A Cellular Approach, Holt, Rhinehart and Winston, Inc.,
Health Letter, 10:8
- WHY WERE LOSING THE WAR ON CANCER
- In 1971 President Nixon
declared War on Cancer. During the next quarter of a century billions of
dollars were spent on cancer research and attempts at cure. Discoveries have been
made about oncogenes, tumor suppressor genes, peptide growth factors (cytokines),
regulation of gene expression and cell function, and the steroid receptor super family.
- How are we doing? For
ages less than 65, 21% of deaths were caused by cancer in 1973, and in 1992 cancers
constituted 26% of deaths. For those over 65, 16% of deaths were attributable to
cancer in 1973, and in 1992, 23% of deaths were caused by cancer.
- This is a classic example of
being wrong and insisting on continuing to be that way. The reductionistic approach
to cancer - the disassembling of organisms to look at bits and pieces to try to find cures
- and the marshalling of technology toward attempts at cure once the disease is already
advanced - simply do not work.
- Slowly, some in the medical
community are recognizing the problem. In a recent issue of the Lancet (a British medical journal) it was
stated that cancer is a disease of the whole organism and that therapy must be changed
toward prevention, rather than cure. The present aggressive chemotherapeutic,
surgical and radiation approach to cancer as a fundamentally proliferative disease causes
more harm than benefit. Although some childhood leukemias have been somewhat
successfully treated, childhood leukemia is not really the same as the cancers of adult
life, most of which have a 10-20 year or more latent period before they begin invading
tissue and metastasizing.
- The use of various cytotoxic
drugs designed to kill cancer cells is also toxic to normal cells. The heart,
lungs, kidney, brain, gastrointestinal tract and bone marrow may all be severely damaged
by the use of dose intensification. Additionally, such chemotherapeutic
dosing can result in the emergence of new clones of drug-resistant cells and new cancers
in other tissues. Most cancer drugs are in themselves mutagenic and cancer-causing.
- Some time ago I wrote an
extensive article on the fundamental cause of cancer. There I discuss that cancer is
a contextual problem. Cells proliferating as cancer have simply lost their bearings
and have regressed to embryonic form without control, dividing and dividing, until
invasive tumors result.
- Now notice what is being
recognized by some in the medical community. The author of the article mentioned
earlier states that cancer is an aberrancy in normal cell differentiation and
survival... Epithelium ended stroma are in constant reciprocation with each other
throughout life and cancer is the end result of a defect in the communication which is
required to maintain normal differentiation... Carcinoma is ultimately a more complex
failure in homeostasis, a chronic maladaptive tissue and organismic response to injury.
Carcinogenesis is a contextual process in which epithelium and mesenchyme fail to
communicate properly with each other, resulting eventually in invasion and metastasis.
- The problem with our context
today is all of the things I hammer at continually in the Health Letter. Our air, water, food, light,
sound, all the chemicals we bathe ourselves in, radiation we subject ourselves to, and
sedentary lifestyle we have aspired to, have put our organism out of its proper genetic
context. This is the injury that the above author speaks of, although he
does not directly state it like I do, nor perhaps even recognize it as I suggest.
- Nevertheless, science now knows
that cancer is a maladaptation, a contextual problem of tissue. When we subject our
body to an environmental situation it is not accustomed to, it will attempt to adapt for a
period of time and may perhaps successfully do so for awhile. But for some who do
not have as strong adaptive capabilities, or if the environmental insult is great enough,
tissues within the organism simply lose their bearings and regress to their embryonic
undifferentiated form and proliferate as uncontrolled cancer.
- The answer is the same.
Put yourself back in your natural context and give your tissues a chance to
heal and to function in an environment for which they are genetically programmed.
- Most of us have cancer in one
form or another growing within us right now. Some of us will reverse that cancer as
a matter of course, others will succumb. If we do all we can at this point before
cancer is manifest, we give ourselves all the advantages. We
have health and we have options.
- Resolve to do all you can every
day to return your life to its normal balances. That means fresh, whole, natural,
raw food as much as possible. Clean, pure water, daily exercise, fresh air, daily
sunlight, peaceful coexistence, the removal of chronic stress from your life, and the
incorporation of dietary supplements I describe throughout the pages of the Health Letter to help you get a jump start on
reversing the cumulative damage of a lifetime.
May 18, 1996: 1377
Oncol, 1995; 34: 3
Important Advances in Oncology 1995,
Lippincott; 1995: 201
- FOLIC ACID FOR THE HEART
- After years of denial and
disbelief that nutrients dramatically affect health, including even outright persecution
of nutritionally-oriented physicians who advocate nutrient therapy for disease, the FDA
has now mandated that folic acid, a B vitamin, be added to foods to help prevent spina
bifida birth defects. I have discussed this in previous issues of the Health Letter (Vol. 10, No. 8). The
inclusion of this nutrient, which has been stripped from food supplies as a result of
processing, could save untold thousands of childrens lives and genetic disabilities.
- Now it is being discovered
by the medical establishment that folic acid has an impact on heart disease. I say
discovered because this information has been known for decades, but simply
ignored by the pharmaceutically-biased conventional medical establishment and their FDA
enforcement arm. Folic acid has the ability to convert homocysteine, a toxic
biochemical that can cause proliferation of the arterial wall smooth muscle cells, into
the nontoxic amino acid methionine. Even small elevations of homocysteine greatly
increase the risk of a person developing coronary heart disease or cerebrovascular
- In a recent issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, it is
stated in fact that findings of the benefit of folic acid through
'observational data' provide ample support for immediately initiating randomized
trials of homocysteine reduction. The writers also go
on to admit that since there is not sufficient commercial interest to fund such trials
since folic acid is not a patentable chemical, that the National Institutes of
Health should step in to see to it that such studies are accomplished immediately.
- My criticism of the medical
community is not done with a broad brush stroke. Evidence of the value of nutrients
in preventing and reversing disease and of the nutrient diminishing effects of food
processing have been reported in even mainline medical and scientific publications for
decades. It's just that this information does not get out into practice, nor is it
taught in medical school. Thats my gripe.
Coaching people on how to eat properly with an emphasis on nonprocessed foods and
recommending vitamin/mineral and other nutritional supplementation is just not as
glamorous as angioplasty and bypass surgery.
of the American Medical Association, June 26, 1996: 1893
of the American Medical Association, 1995; 271: 1049
- SHOULD YOUR CHILD BE AN OLYMPIAN?
- Although Olympic athletes are
portrayed as national heroes and poignant stories are detailed about their
difficult lives, this may not be what our children should aspire to.
- Consider that most top-level
athletes begin their careers as adolescents. It's not just a matter of who
sacrifices the most and who works the hardest. Problems associated with high-level
sport include delay in growth, a variety of musculoskeletal injuries, side effects of
performance enhancing drugs and psychological damage. Many children become victims
of parental ambitions, the demands of trainers and the totalitarian control of their sport
organizations. Such training can indeed damage an adolescents social life,
psychosocial development and their physical health. Consider that young children are
really unable to knowledgeably consent to rigorous training programs, time consuming
exercise and other abnormal life patterns and thus their psychological development can
- As I repeatedly mention in the Health Letter, anything in excess can be toxic.
This applies to sport exercise and training as well. Regular exercise and the
challenge of sport mixed with a full social and vocational life can indeed be healthy.
But a singular emphasis on any one aspect of life, sacrificing all else for its
sake, can be damaging and one would question the right of any parent or adult organization
to force it on children.
Medicine et Hygiene, 1996; 54: 1393
August 10, 1996: 400
- ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS AND BREAST CANCER
- In a case-controlled study of
over 5,000 women divided into breast cancer patients and controls, it was found that the
risk of breast cancer decreased with the amount of essential fatty acids consumed and
increased with the amount of starches in the diet.
- Higher levels of vegetables
supply a range of healthy fatty acids, whereas starches provide satiety and energy needs
and displace the consumption of fresh vegetables, thus leading to a relative essential
fatty acid deficiency in women on high starch diets.
- The correlation between the
higher fatty acid diets and lower incidence of cancer may also be related to the
additional nutritional benefits of consumption of higher levels of vegetables which
contain a rich array of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, carotenoids and so forth.
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- ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER AND FATTY ACIDS
- Attention-deficit hyperactivity
disorder (ADHD) affects as many as 5% of the school-age population. The problem is
characterized by inattentiveness, compulsiveness and hyperactivity. Ritalin, a drug
with a whole host of serious side effects, is now being prescribed like aspirin for these
- It is characteristic in these
children that they have increased thirst and this is an indication of essential fatty acid
deficiency. Additionally, many of these children with ADHD have eczema, asthma, food
intolerances and a variety of other allergies that are improved through essential fatty
- In a study of essential fatty
acid levels in the plasma and red blood cell levels of ADHD children and controls, it was
found that ADHD children indeed do have lower levels of a broad range of essentially fatty
- As I mention in my book, Lipid Nutrition - Understanding Fats and Oils in Health
and Disease, essential fatty acid deficiency is rampant in our population. Some
children are more tolerant to this deficiency and may not show the same symptoms as others
who are less tolerant such as ADHD children.
- Little wonder. Kids today
are fed a diet primarily consisting of processed foods with the essential fatty acids
either stripped from the food, oxidized or replaced with trans fatty acids.
- Essential fatty acids come from
fresh, whole, clean, natural foods. Nuts, vegetables, whole grains and animal
products are the natural sources of these essential fatty acids so desperately needed by
children who are attempting to build a healthy physiological foundation for the rest of
their life. Essential fatty acid supplementation in addition is probably a good idea
for all children considering how impoverished the modern diet is.
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, October
- PROSTATE SURGERY - FORGET THE FACTS
- In spite of serious doubts
about the risks and benefits of prostate surgery, the procedure is rapidly increasing.
In Ontario, Canada, for example, since 1990 there has been a four-fold rise in
- As I discussed in a previous
issue (see Vol. 10, No. 6) watching and waiting is as good and likely even better than
surgical intervention. Nevertheless, there is this bias not only among the public,
but within the medical profession as well that if you have cancer, you have got to get
it out of there. Surgical excision seems to be a logical choice.
- Everyone seems to forget that
cancer often has a 10-20 year latency period. This means that cancer cells have been
incubating in the body for that length of time before cancer symptoms arise. Hardly
then does it all of a sudden become an emergency to start carving tissue.
Additionally, it is virtually impossible to remove all cancerous tissue by surgical
procedure since cancer is at the cellular level and can infiltrate tissues beyond the
ability of a surgeon to discern. Also remember cancer was caused by something (see
Vol. 8; 9, 1; 9, 9; and 9, 10) and until one's lifestyle, eating patterns and environment
are returned to that which people are genetically adapted to - the pre-industrial natural
setting - true health and healing will never occur.
Lancet, July 6, 1996: 48
- FALSE PROSTATE TESTS
- The serum prostate-specific
antigen (PSA) test is routinely used for prostate screening. There are dangers in
any test and particularly with those used to diagnose cancer. A false positive is
probably more dangerous than a false negative, since there is usually little modern
medicine can do to cure cancer and subjecting patients who do not have the disease to
dangerous treatment regimens should be of great concern.
- PSA levels can increase
significantly in men for 48 hours after ejaculation. Thus, tests performed on men
during this time can yield a false positive and lead to unnecessary prostate biopsies and
other medical manipulations (not to mention the unnecessary terror and stress in those who
are told that they may have cancer).
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