- Dear Friend:
- 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
- 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 theyre already eating."
- We dont 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, todays 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 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
- 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
- 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.
Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills, Russell
L. Blaylock, NM, 1994, Health Press
- 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.
Proc July 1976;37:9
Nutrition Week, March 22, 1991; 21:12
- WOMEN AND SEX
- A continuing theme in the Health Letter is: What is natural and whole is
- 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.)
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,
Cycles: The Science of Intimacy, Winnifred Cutler, 1991, Random House
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
- For the past 25 years, as many
as a thousand EPA employees have been working on the pesticide project. Are we
- 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.
- Heres 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.
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.
of the American Veterinary Medical Association, November 15, 1993: 1339
- 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 dont have 100% complete knowledge
of anything and they are not, therefore, capable of creating anything in biology that is
- 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.
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
profiles... provide false security. - Dr. Quinton Rogers, Professor of
physiological chemistry at the University of California
that pass the feeding trials still won't support animals over the long term. -
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
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
- 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 115°F, all enzymes, vitamins and other nutrients are destroyed or seriously
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.
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 babys 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)
- Dont 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.
of Pediatrics 1932; 100:919-922
- 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.
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
of Pediatrics, 1997; 130:547-550