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THE MICROBIOME And the new medical paradigm

14 THE BITTER TASTES OF SPRING Dandelion to Radicchio – Mean Greens

20 IMMUNE BOOSTING HERBS for protection from pandemics

24 CORONAVIRUS PREVENTION/TREATMENT Top 10 ways to arm your immune system

32 RESOURCE DIRECTORY Centres & Schools; Vacations, Retreats, Getaways

35 GETAWAY GUIDE Ontario’s Natural Vacation Destinations

COLUMNS 48 Sacred Journeys

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50 Sun Sign Predictions: Spring

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DEPARTMENTS 44 LETTERS TO EDITOR: Tamara Penn Eulogy 54 COMMUNITY NEWS 56 CALENDAR OF EVENTS Events, Classes, and Workshops Across Ontario

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Woodford Files Welcome to our first issue of 2020! What a wild year it’s been so far. With the coronavirus wreaking havoc around the world, one would expect health authorities to be educating citizens on how to protect themselves. But so far, I have seen no such guidance from the medical establishment, other than urging us to wash our hands and use sanitizers. And if we do get the virus, there are no medical treatments. So we’re on our own. Thankfully, Mother Nature has plenty of potent weapons to help fend off infectious microbes, and this month we’ve brought together some of our best health experts to advise on surviving a pandemic by strengthening immune defences. This is information you will not find through Google searches or Facebook posts, because both are actively censoring out the top research on natural health and alternative medicine these days. So the only way to get honest news about how to properly take your health into your own hands is to pick up Vitality magazine at your local health food store, or subscribe to the digital edition so it lands in your in-box. Returning this month with an article on Coronavirus Prevention and Treatment, Dr. Zoltan Rona, MD describes his favourite top 10 ways to arm the immune system. Here we find the latest research on vitamins C and D, plus probiotics, spices, and minerals that can turn the body into a healthy organism that is hostile to invading armies of viruses and bacteria. With nature’s pharmacy under our belts, I think

we stand a much better chance of surviving when COVID-19 comes to town. Also on deck is herbalist Rick DeSylva, who has years of clinical experience using botanical medicine for both preventing and treating infectious organisms. In his article on Immune Boosting Herbs we learn about elecampane, lomatium, and olive leaf as antiviral agents. These are easily found in local stores, or you can get a customized herbal protocol directly from him. We also have a feature by Helke Ferrie on the power of the human microbiome to cure us or kill us. And there’s a centuries-old TCM folklore recipe from Chinese Medicine expert Tom Fung for preventing and treating infectious diseases. Indeed, we are fortunate to be surrounded by so much knowledge and experience, which empowers us to take positive steps towards dealing with whatever germs come our way. And it’s not just about what we do to get well, it’s also about what we stop doing. That is, stop using products that increase your toxic load and stress your immune system. These include chemical laundry detergents, toxic air fresheners, poisonous sugar, refined carbohydrates, and bad fats. Instead, switch to nontoxic, eco-friendly cleaners and sanitizers made from essential oils (see p. 42), and eat nutrient-dense whole foods. You can find an extended version of this column posted online at https:// where there’s a surprise announcement about a lawsuit just launched by Dr. Zoltan Rona. To subscribe to our digital magazine for free, send request to: subscribe@vitalitymagazine .com. This will come in handy for sharing the magazine with friends and family abroad. Meantime, take care. Julia Woodford, Editor


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The Microbiome and the New Medical Paradigm

In other words, Finlay is suggesting that you may be able to “catch” obesity, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, cardiovascular disease, cancer and more from those you live with, those you exchange body fluids with, and/or those you kiss. And it’s not about living in the same daily biochemical soup with others and sharing the same food and BY HELKE FERRIE possibly bad habits. We are looking at these noncommunicable diseases as having the ability to behave like infectious diseases. The implications are staggering. And the shock waves rolling over conventional medicine seem to keep coming. Standard medicine’s magic bullets have proven mostly to be more bullets than magic – their side effects have often proved to be worse than the disease (especially with chronic noncommunicable diseases for which the prescribed drugs usually cause other diseases and quite a terrible death toll). Standard drugs also destroy the microbiome in our guts. Conventional medicine’s claim to healthcare Disturbances in the microbiome are now known to be a primary cause domination has been largely based on its abilof disease – so your life depends on taking good care of these microbes ity to control symptoms (making them disaphile concern rises about the spread of a new virus pear temporarily with drugs), because that’s all they can do. known as COVID-19, it’s good to remember that the Symptom control does work of course, and is very profitable past century has seen a massive decrease in infectious dis- for Big Pharma. In fact, symptom-controlling patent medieases globally. Thanks to improvements in personal cleanli- cines have become big business within less than a century. ness along with better sanitation through proper garbage and Unfortunately, controlling symptoms is not the same as cursewage management, health authorities have been able to ing disease. And research into the politics of medicine has prevent the spread of infectious microbes and protect the revealed just what a multi-billion dollar con job we are dealpublic from disease and death. As a result, the mortality rate ing with. from viral epidemics has dropped over the past 100 years. In his Science article, Finlay cuts through all the convenInstead, it’s the noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) such tional medical thinking, and through the pharmaceutical as cancer, heart disease, and diabetes that have taken over skullduggery. With wonderful simplicity he explains: as major killers. These diseases have been traditionally “NCDs – defined as diseases that are not transmissible described as not communicable from one person to the directly from one person to another – account for more than other. They account for more than 70% (41 million) of all 70% of all deaths globally. The definition of NCDs rules deaths globally.[1] That is, until now. out microbial involvement and instead focuses on genetic, In January, one of Canada’s most famous scientists sent environmental, and lifestyle factors.” shockwaves through the medical community when he pubHe goes on to point out that the microbiome in people lished a paper in Science magazine entitled: “Are with NCDs (chronic diseases) is consistently deficient. In Noncommunicable Diseases Communicable?” The paper’s addition, science knows now that the composition of your author, Brett Finlay, a microbiologist at UBC, reported on microbiome is shaped not only by what you eat and your his latest findings, stating: “The microbiota is dysbiotic own careful or thoughtless behaviour, but by close contact (altered) in individuals with various NCDs. In animal models of NCDs, transplantation of dysbiotic microbiota with others whose microbiome is not healthy for many into healthy animals results in disease, and microbiota possible reasons. So, while we may fight and argue over composition is shaped by close contact with others. differing political views and religious ideologies, it turns Therefore, we propose that some NCDs could have a out that humanity is most intimately related through our microbial component and, if so, might be communicable guts. We are far more alike, both in health and disease, than any ideology can fathom. via the microbiota.”[1]


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Nutritional Medicine Has the Best Tools

Environmental and nutritional medicine came along some fifty years ago and set the stage for these astounding, observations of the microbiome. The environmental / nutritional approach dealt very successfully with chronic illnesses, basing its approach on mindfulness in eating and living. Science discovered essential nutrients never dreamed of before, behaving in ways never guessed. Nutritional approaches to cardiovascular disease, cancer, and respiratory illnesses – combined with lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, eating organic whole foods, identifying toxins in the environment to avoid and remove – have performed something closer to magic than any bullet ever did (except perhaps penicillin in its golden age before we wrecked its efficacy for profit in animal husbandry). Yet, that stage of claiming personal authority by turning to socalled alternative medicine was just the start. Now we know that taking responsibility means primarily protecting or restoring our microbiome. To gain a perspective of these upheavals in understanding, remember it is only recently, 1907 in fact, that Axel Holst and Alfred Froehlich suspected the existence of what we now call vitamin C. The word “vitamin” was only coined in 1912 by biochemist Casimir Funk. It was just in 1930 that the Hungarian biochemist Albert Szent-Gyorgyi actually discovered what Holst and Froehlich guessed at, for which he received the 1934 Nobel Prize. Today we know that without vitamin C we have no functioning immune system and no biological development or repair mechanisms. Vitamin C is the conductor of the whole biochemical orchestra. Right now, in fact, it is being used as an intravenous treatment in China for the most seriously ill patients infected with the COVID-19 virus.[3] Back in 1988, scientists Linda R. Hegstrand and Roberta J. Hine, building on the work of Rene Dubos in the 1960s, proved the existence of the gut-brain axis and showed that gut microbes influence brain chemistry. That work formed the basis of the explosion of research into the microbiome starting around 2000. Nutrition and health research dominates biochemistry in medicine and has shown how vitamin C enables the microbiome to function. The microbiome’s existence, now described as a newly discovered organ, makes all the difference between us and a banana, as we both have the same number of genes (about 25,000). The banana does not have a microbiome of 100 trillion bacteria, viruses, and fungi causing our complex systems to function, not like a banana, but like us, by instructing the genes to behave properly our way. Disturbances in the microbiome are the primary cause of disease – be it by infection or what was once known as “idiopathic”, that is to say: chronic, or what was called non-communicable diseases (NCD). 8


In his book The Whole Body Microbiome, Brett Finlay describes several areas of disease which are affected by the gut microbiome, pointing out that the part of the microbiome in teeth, on the tongue, and on skin have not been as yet thoroughly explored, but are now being studied intensely. To whit: Obesity is a leading risk factor for many noncommunicable diseases and has an important microbial element. Germfree mice become obese when receiving a fecal transplant from obese mice. A study conducted lasting 30 years involved “a social network club of 12,067 people and showed that having an obese friend was associated with a 57% higher chance of obesity… and a study of U.S. military families showed that being stationed in a country with high obesity rates was associated with an increased body mass index, whereas those families stationed in countries with lower obesity rates had a lower body mass index.” The observation was that the total picture included environment, diet, lifestyle and microbiota. Since obesity carries the highest risk for Type 2 diabetes, that risk of making it a communicable disease comes through the microbiota. Hence, spouses get Type 2 diabetes often after one of them develops it. In mice, this phenomenon has been experimentally proven. Inflammatory bowel diseases have been shown to have characteristic dysbiotic microbiota which can be transferred from person to person or mouse to mouse. “Spouses of such patients also have similar microbiota and much higher rates of disease than accountable by chance alone.” India has a very low rate of ulcerative colitis, but when Indians move to North America, Canada, or the UK the migrants develop the disease at high rates. These findings also apply to cardiovascular disease such as stroke and heart attack. It is also known that “transmissible microbiota, especially early in life, may have a protective role against NCDs, including asthma, allergies, and obesity.” Finlay’s book, Let Them Eat Dirt, is a practical guide on that.


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Gene Tinkering and Symptom Control – No Longer Valid Approaches to Health Care

In his Science article, Finlay outlined a simple and easily understandable plan for testing these new observations by following the approach of the so-called Koch’s Principles developed in 1890. They constitute the gold standard for research in infectious disease. The details are described in his article.[1] This requires a huge adjustment in understanding. Simplistic hopes for finding one-to-one relationships 10


between a gene and a disease have been dashed because it turns out that genes do not create chronic disease. At the same time, Big Pharma’s dreams for yet another obscenely profitable symptom-controlling drug are evaporating, unless they now start protecting the microbiome, instead of destroying it with toxic chemicals innately foreign to our biology. Tweaking genes, which themselves are totally dependent on resident microbes telling them how to function, has also become a pipe dream. While disease causation has many components, the healthy microbiome is so important that it makes relatives of us all on planet earth. The glory of our microbeorchestrated chaos has revealed itself, and now we must understand how it has been in control all along. We better listen up because those bugs know something. So understanding and welcoming them makes the difference between health and disease and life and death. Don’t mess with them. In other words, try not to take drugs without figuring out first if they may be harmful to your microbio-



Research Studies Approved for Treating COVID-19, by Andrew W. Saul, Editor, Orthomolecular News Services

In January, Brett Finlay, one of Canada’s most famous scientists, sent shockwaves through the medical community when he published a paper: “Are Noncommunicable Diseases Communicable?”

me. Use alternatives if the suggested medication does not support the microbiome. Supplement with vitamin C and be kind to your microbiome. Things used to seem so simple! Now they have become terribly complex and so much more exciting. We used to think we were so clever. Now we know that the cleverest thing we can do is listen to our microbes and do their bidding as our DNA does.

[3} B.B. Finlay, PhD, The WholeBody Microbiome: How to Harness Microbes Inside and Out for Lifelong Health”; Jan 22 2019, Douglas & McIntyre, 2019 mebook [4] B.B. Finlay, Let Them Eat Dirt – Saving Our Children from an Oversanitized World, Windmill, 2017, • T. E. Levy, Reboot Your Gut: Optimizing Health and Preventing Disease with Microbiomes, Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, Oct. 25, 2019 available free online • A. W. Saul, Coronavirus Patients in China to be treated with Highdose Vitamin C IVs, Orthomolecular New, February 13, 2020. Free online. • S. L. Prescott, History of Medicine: Origin of the Term Microbiome and why it Matters, Human Microbiome Journal, issue 4, 2017 • M. Blaser, Missing Microbes, Oneworld, 2014 • R. Dietert, The Human Superorganism, Dutton, 2016 • R. Bud, Penicillin –Triumph and Tragedy, Oxford, 2007

Sources and Resources [1] B.B. Finlay, PhD, Are noncommunicable diseases communicable, Science, January 17, 2020 ntent/367/6475/250.summary [2] Three Intravenous Vitamin C

• H. Ferrie articles in Vitality on the microbiome: May 2016, on the history of the microbiome; July 2016, on the microbiome and obesity; February 2017 on how the microbiome has become the human super-organism.

The Bitter Tastes of Spring Dandelion to Radicchio ... Mean Greens are the Taste of the Season ~ by Pat Crocker to mental effects on the body. erbalists and other healers For example, a balanced intake have long championed the of bitter flavours is thought to bitter taste of certain herbs and encourage honesty, integrity, garden greens. Yet the majority optimism and a loving heart. of North Americans still shun Not bad for a friend that started these essential foods, preferring out as a bully in the kitchen. salty and sweet over the equally Truth is, while the bitter taste important sour and bitter. alone is positively influencing On this side of the Atlantic, our body and brain, the greens it’s all too common to see themselves are delivering vita‘greens’ like ruby red radicchio mins A and C, fibre, iron, and and pale, sleek endive languishcalcium, all with low caloric ing at the edges of plates. With impact. This combination of their aggressive, bitter, somephysical and mental benefits times sour qualities, it is hard to should be enough to begin a become instant friends with new dawning of respect for the these mean greens. But on secscowling bitter bites. ond bite, their clear, fresh taste is refreshing and stimulating, Bitter Greens not to mention healthy for body – A Primer and brain. It is generally agreed Radicchio, Arugula, and Broccoli sprinkled with that bitters support the heart, “To make a good salad, is to olive oil and lemon juice deliver a shock small intestines, and liver, as be a brilliant diplomatist.” of bitterness that refreshes the palate well as reducing fever. – Oscar Wilde As one of the four tastes – Diplomatic to a fault, the letsweet, salty, bitter and sour – bitter is now gaining some tuce family of leafy greens are not strong enough in taste culinary respect and beginning to take its rightful place in to be included in the category of bitters. Use the widely our meals. expanding varieties of lettuce for after the meal or between The astringent taste of greens such as endive, chicory, courses to cleanse the palate, just not in place of the bitter sheep sorrel, radicchio, dandelion, and yellow dock awak- greens. The trend now is to snip the tiny, premature leaves ens the palate and primes it for more balanced tastes in the of regular-sized greens and bring them to market in their meal to come. The digestive tonic action of bitters promotes miniature state instead of allowing them to grow to their secretion of hydrochloric acid which aids digestion, so take normal size. This makes a great looking salad – albeit more them at the start of a meal because a costly – but the taste is milder and small, light salad of bitter greens is sweeter and the bitter digestive and an excellent tool for whetting the anti-inflammatory benefits are comappetite. promised. Scientists say that we have about Only the following full-sized 10,000 taste buds, with each one greens are mean enough to qualify lasting not much longer than a week for the bitter list so use them fresh before it is shed and regenerated. and crisp in salads or sandwiches, Taste buds are clusters of cells on the and wilted in favourite vegetable tongue and in the mouth that relay dishes. Mixing milder tasting varithe four tastes to the brain. Some eties with the more pungently bitter ancient traditions link the four tastes Organic dandelions are great in stir­fries ones is an easy way to become




accustomed to strong flavours, but for s Frise – has stiff, short, skinny the very best in health benefits you will leaves with curly edges, may be green or have to bite the bullet and embrace these blanched with white stems and yellowbitter babies on their own: green tips; mild, slightly bitter flavour. s Kale – has large deep green leaves, s Arugula – is also called rocket or rugola; green or red in colour, oakcurled at the edges; resembles broccoli shaped leaf; nutty, peppery, hot and in flavour but with a peppery, bitter finsharp in taste. ish. s Beet greens – have purple-red veins s Mizuna – has long, jagged, bright A dish of sautéed broccoli rabe, and bright green flesh on the leaves; very green leaves with a sharp, clear taste. radicchio, or other bitter greens is tangy with a hint of mustard and beet. s Mustards – have red or green a great start to a spring meal s Broccoli raab – also known as rapleaves; pungent with a hint of hot musini; looks like an immature broccoli with tiny broccoli-like tard and horseradish flavour. heads and long broccoli-type leaves. Use both leaves and s Nasturtium – has round, disc-shaped leaves and bright florets; taste is similar to turnip. yellow-red-orange flowers; hot, peppery taste with a hint of s Watercress – is widely available in stores in horseradish. season;grows wild in streams; taste is hot, sharp, and biting. s Radicchio – is part of the chicory family, has red s Dandelion – the taste is moderately bitter if wild dan- leaves with white veins; sharply bitter, tart taste, perhaps delions are picked in spring before flowering (delicious the most bitter of all the greens listed here. eaten raw in salads and sandwiches), or buy organic dandes Sheep Sorrel – leaves have a long oval shape; piquant, lions all year round at health food stores (great for steaming tart and tangy with a citrus overtone; sorrel was once conand stir-frying). Dandelion leaves stimulate the liver to sidered to be poisonous due to its taste. eliminate waste and toxins. s Swiss chard – has broad, fan-shaped green leaves, wide s Endive – has narrow leaves, white at the base and pale white stems and veins (some have red veins); mildly bitter. yellow-green at the tips; bitter. Belgians first cultivated this s Tatsoi – has round, deep green, waxy leaves; zippy, green in 1845. slightly bitter taste.



Bites • Salads • Dressings Bitter Bites: One of the easiest ways to keep bitter spring greens for later use is to parboil them (coarsely chop and drop into boiling water for one to two minutes; drain well), cool, and then freeze in 2- or 4-cup amounts. Frozen greens can be used with chicken broth for soups, and added to pasta sauces, stews, and casseroles. Sour Salads: Adding apple, apricot, raisins, or other sweet flavours actually defeats the role of the bitter component in the diet. You are better to start training your palate with small doses of bitters, and work up to full size servings once you have come to fully appreciate the clean, astringent essence of bitter greens. Dour Dressings: The role of dressing here is not to sweeten or disguise the bitterness of the greens, but to moisten and lend a slight acidic note to the otherwise sharp and pungent leaves. Vinaigrette – a blend of oil and acid – is the very best dressing for salads made with bitter greens. Fresh pressed virgin olive oil is fine, but the lighter vegetable oils like safflower, grape seed, hemp or sesame seed can be mixed with it for a better blend. Freshly pressed lemon, lime, or grapefruit juice, good quality herb or wine vinegars, and even dry, fruity wines offer a tasty shot of the acid needed for a great vinaigrette. Use 1 tablespoon oil and 1 teaspoon acid for every serving (2 cups) of greens. Mix the dressing right in the bowl



using a wire whisk or fork, then toss the dried leaves into the dressing and serve.

SautĂŠed Radicchio or Other Bitters Simple, healthy, and a great way to start a meal, use just radicchio or a combination of radicchio and other bitter greens in this recipe. (Makes 4 servings.) 4 heads radicchio 3 Tbsp olive oil 1 clove garlic, crushed 2 Tbsp lemon juice Salt and pepper 4 Tbsp grated Gorgonzola cheese, optional 1) Rinse, core, and quarter each head of radicchio, set aside to drain. 2) In a large skillet, heat olive oil and cook garlic just until lightly brown. Stir in radicchio and lemon juice; cook, stirring often, 4 to 5 minutes, or until liquid evaporates. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground pepper. 3) Sprinkle one tablespoon Gorgonzola over each serving. Serve immediately.

Wilted Greens Soup Greens and beans are a balanced combination of protein, fibre, vitamins, and minerals. This is a perfect

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spring soup. Use wild wood sorrel and chives, or other green herbs that are just now emerging from their long winters’ sleep. (Makes 4 to 6 servings.) 2 Tbsp olive oil 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 sweet onion, coarsely chopped 1 stalk each: celery, carrot, parsnip, scrubbed, chopped 6 cups vegetable or chicken stock 3 Tbsp soy sauce 2 tsp balsamic vinegar 1 can (10 oz) white beans or chickpeas or lentils 3 cups packed, shredded greens: mustard, dandelion, Swiss chard, or a combo. 1) In a large soup pot, heat olive oil and sautÊ onion over medium heat until soft, about 15 minutes. Stir in garlic, celery, carrot and parsnip and cook another 5 minutes. Stir in veg-


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etable stock, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 25 minutes, skimming off foam as required. 2) Meanwhile, rinse and drain beans or lentils. Stir beans and greens into soup and cook for 5 min., until beans are heated through and greens are wilted. (Ed. note: To get Pat’s recipe for “Dandelion Pasta�, see the extended version of this article posted at: https://tinyurl. com/springbitters) Author bio: Pat Crocker’s mission in life is to eat more mean greens. Author of 23 cookbooks, Crocker holds a degree in Food, Nutrition, Consumer, and Family Studies (Ryerson University, Toronto) and is a culinary herbalist with more than 1.25 million books in print and several translated into over 11 languages. She holds 2 awards from the International Herb Association and received the Gertrude H. Foster award from the Herb Society of America for Excellence in Herbal Literature. Her books, The Juicing Bible and The Vegan Cook’s Bible (Robert Rose) have won “Best in the World� awards from the International Gourmand Culinary Guild. Her book, The Herbalist's Kitchen (Sterling, 2018) earned Silver in the Health and Special Diet category from Taste Canada. Look for Pat’s latest book, Cooking with Cannabis (Sterling 2020) in bookstores this summer. Visit




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By the time you read this, the issue of the coronavirus will have either died out, or it will have grown into a pandemic wreaking havoc in countries around the world. I hope that it never becomes as deadly as the Spanish ’Flu of 1919. That was when 25% to 30% of the world’s population became infected, and up to 40 million died.[1] What made the One of the most powSpanish ’Flu so deadly was that it started out as an H1N1 erful immune boosting and antiviral herbs is virus in 1900, but then comElecampane Root bined with an avian bird flu (Inula helenium) (H5N1) around 1918. This new combination of genetic material is what made the virus so deadly, as humans had previously only been exposed to H1N1 on its own.[2] I mention this in the context of the most recent coronavirus, known as COVID-19. Some research indicates that the genome (genetic material) of the coronavirus is 96% identical with that of bats.[3] Thus the preliminary explanation of its origin lends credence to the meat market scenario in Wuhan that has live animals, including bats and snakes, for sale. It remains to be seen, but this cross-species transmission may well turn out to be the cause of its yet to be proven deadliness. According to Dr Chris Martenson, PhD, and other experts, the transmissibility of this virus is asymptomatic – it can be transmitted from one to another even though the original carrier isn’t showing symptoms of fever, chills, aches, etc. [4] Due to this apparent lack of symptoms in the early stages, the result has been a fairly rapid spread of coronavirus throughout countries in Asia, Europe, and North America. Given the details noted above, it would be prudent to prepare oneself for any possible eventuality by strengthening the immune system. Since I am a trained herbalist, my thoughts immediately turn to herbs for their immune strengthening power. While most people would tend to think of Echinacea, I believe that in this situation our attention needs to focus on herbs that are both immune boosters as well as antiviral agents. Furthermore, it is important to understand the connection between viruses and fungi. 20


Many years ago, Ron Gdanski, a brilliant researcher and author of Cancer: Cause, Cure, and Cover-up, said that in his opinion a virus was actually the male spore of a fungi. When comparing the shape (morphology) and design of both, he noted striking similarities. This is remarkable since many herbs that are antiviral are also antifungal.[5] And to complete the picture, it is my professional opinion that over 70% of people today have Candida albicans – the end stage of which is a fungus. So it would not be unexpected to see how a virus could take hold – especially one that has mutated from a form that humans are adapted to, into one that is new and potentially deadly. For this reason, I recommend one of the most powerful immune boosters and antiviral herbs – Elecampane Root (Inula helenium).[6] Its compounds (alantolactones) have the ability to strengthen immunity and offer significant antiviral activity. However, for those who suffer from allergies to ragweed, daisy, marigold, and other members of the asteraceae and compositae family, it would be best to avoid using Elecampane as it may cause an allergic reaction. In my herbal practice, I originally used Osha Root (Ligusticum porteri) as a strong antiviral agent, along with Elecampane Root. However, Osha has been largely over-harvested so I now use Lomatium root (Lomatium dissectum) instead, which has a strong antiviral effect as well.[7] Further, I highly recommend Olive Leaf tincture because its oleuropein compound has antiviral, antibacterial, and



immune building effects.[8] While these herbs are excellent remedies, there are others worth considering for their specific immune building properties. Red Root (Ceanothus americana) is an excellent agent to stimulate the spleen and lymphatics, both of I highly recommend which are also involved in immune Olive Leaf tincture function.[9] Finally, Astragalus because its oleu(Astragalus membranaceous) will ropein compound stimulate the production of natural- has antiviral, antibacterial, and immune ly occurring interferon – a subbuilding effects stance that has demonstrated antiviral activity. [10] Typical dosages for an alcohol extract of any of these herbs would be in the range of one-half to 1 teaspoonful, 2 to 3 times per day. Keep in mind that the dosages for the above noted herbs will vary according to the condition, age, height and weight of the individual. For this reason I strongly recommend that readers consult with a knowledgeable herbalist or other natural health care practitioner who is skilled in the understanding and use of these herbs. Prevention in the face of a possible pandemic is prudent; and so is knowing how to use natural medicine. References [1] Taubenberger JK. The origin and virulence of the 1918 "Spanish" influenza virus. Proc Am Philos Soc. 2006;150(1):86–112. [2] Jeanie Lerche Davis WebMD Febr. 5th 2004 [3] Julianna Le Mieux PhD Genetic Engineering & Biotech News Jan 31/20 [4] Dr Chris Martenson PhD Jan. 28th/20[5] Ron Gdanski, author of “Cancer: Cause, Cure and Cover-up” (2000) follows the protocols of Dr. Hulda Clark, which address parasites in cancer causation. Visit: https://www.cancercontrolsociety .org/bio2000/ gdanski.html [6] Antiviral elecampane: https:// [7] Botanical Medicine for Women’s Health Aviva Romm 2010 [8] by Syed Haris OMAR College of Pharmacy, Qassim University, P.O. Box-31922, Buraidah-51418, Saudi Arabia [9] Medicinal Plants of the Mountain West Michael Moore 1979 [10] Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine December 2006 Volume 12 Issue 4, and

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Boosting Immune Function with Probiotics by Michael Vertolli When clients ask me what they can do to avoid respiratory infections during the winter and spring months, they are surprised that the first thing I recommend is a good probiotic supplement. The health of our microbiome, digestive system, and immune system are interconnected. Therefore, one important way to boost our immune function and prevent infection is to eat a good diet, make sure our digestive system is functioning well, and support the health of our microbiome. It is important to add probiotics to water in powder form and swish each mouthful around in the mouth for a bit before swallowing. This will ensure that some of the culture gets into the mouth and throat, a key step because the mouth and throat are the primary entry point into the body for most pathogenic organisms. We need to have a healthy microbiome in this area to prevent pathogens from taking hold. It is not necessary to buy probiotics in powder form. They actually keep better in capsules. Simply open up the capsule and pour the contents into a glass of water. (Ed. note: The above article is excerpted from a longer article by Michael Vertolli. To read the complete article visit: article/winterize-yourimmune-system/)



Coronavirus Prevention and Treatment Top 10 Ways to Arm Your Immune System Against Viral Epidemics BY DR. ZOLTAN P. RONA, MD, MSc.


he Wuhan coronavirus outbreak in January has caused worldwide fear, panic, and confusion. Fueled by nonstop media accounts of infection and death rates, quarantines of entire cities, and misleading propaganda to “get your ’flu shots” as a way of fighting the outbreak, the hysteria is building with each passing day. People are walking around wearing useless surgical face masks as if this offers some degree of protection. It does not, but could be of some value in preventing cameras from discovering your identity. Viruses are too small to be prevented from spreading by the surgical face masks that many folks are using. Medical authorities are urging us daily to wash our hands repeatedly to reduce the spread of viruses. Similar to the SARS epidemic of more than a decade ago, antibacterial soaps can be found in hospitals, doctor’s offices, banks, tennis clubs, gyms, grocery stores, and elsewhere. But they are toxic. I recommend that you avoid using these. Such products are quite toxic to the skin and put an added strain on the immune system. Antibacterial soaps contain triclosan and triclocarban, two ingredients recently exposed by the U.S. FDA as being neither safe or effective infection preventers. While it is wise to keep your hands clean, it’s best to use natural soaps, tea tree oil cleansers, or those containing neem, aloe, or oregano oil. And avoid people who are sick with the ’flu or other viral illnesses. Other than endorsing handwashing and the ‘flu vaccine, medical authorities have made no attempt to inform the public about safe and effective natural measures to both prevent and treat viral infections. From a dietary perspective, sugar, allergenic foods, and stress can feed microbes and spread disease. Instead, try to follow a high protein, sugar-free, gluten-free and dairy-free organic diet with copious amounts of raw vegetables. In 24


addition, exercise regularly and get enough sleep. Here are my top 10 supplement recommendations. VITAMIN D – Vitamin D deficiency is likely responsible for the high incidence of colds and ’flus during winter in Canada. By nature, vitamin D is anti-inflammatory. Deficiency causes immune system weakness and chronic inflammation. For prevention, supplementing with 5,000 – 10,000 IU daily from October to May of each year is safe for most adults. It is effective for prevention of ’flus, colds, cancer, and approximately 200 different diseases. Humans manufacture their own antibiotic through vitamin D stimulation. Vitamin D promotes production of cathelicidin, a protein with antibiotic properties. Cathelicidin kills viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites. The more vitamin D in the system, the more the body makes this antibiotic. For those unfortunate enough to get the ’flu or any viral illness, Dr. John Cannell of the Vitamin D Council recommends taking 50,000 IU daily of vitamin D at the first sign of the ’flu for 5 days, then dropping the level down to 5 10,000 IU daily for the winter season. This strategy can also be employed if you get the ’flu or a cold right after receiving the ’flu shot. (Most conventional doctors do not believe that you can get the ’flu after a ’flu shot. Then again, they continue to ignore the overwhelming evidence that vitamin D prevents infection.) In any event, vitamin D is great prevention and effective treatment for colds, ’flus, and probably




doses much higher than the RDA. Dr. David Brownstein, author of a book on therapeutic uses of iodine, recommends 25 mg daily for prevention and 50 – 100 mg daily at the first sign of illness. You will need a prescription for these higher doses but you can easily get iodine from fish, seafood, kelp, dulse, and other seaweed options. Kelp, sea salt, or dulse powder can be sprinkled on food for There is a growing added iodine. Avoid the high prescription doses body of medical litera- if you suffer from Hashimoto’s thyroiditis ture supporting the because it may make the condition worse.

many other infections. World authorities on vitamin D verify that up to 30,000 IU daily for a healthy adult is quite safe and that periodic higher doses (50,000 IU daily for 5 days) are also of no concern. Vitamin D works even better if taken with vitamin K2. Both are anti-inflammatory and can prevent as well as treat infections successfully.


VITAMIN A – is often deficient in the Canadian population, especially in people with problems absorbing fat soluble vitamins use of vitamin C in from food. Vitamin A is not only vital for very high doses to VITAMIN C (ASCORBIC ACID) – healthy vision but also important as a viral illboth prevent and 1,000 mg or more daily has antiviral and ness preventive. Dr. David Brownstein recomtreat infections immune enhancing effects. Megadoses above mends that healthy people take 5,000 IU daily, and beyond bowel tolerance (i.e. dose that proand 100,000 IU daily for four days at the first sign of illness. This is not a recommended dose for pregnant duces diarrhea) can be given intravenously to fight serious women who should just stick with a good prenatal multiple infections like Lyme disease as well as cancer. In cases of vitamin and mineral supplement. Be sure to take vitamin A, pneumonia, the IV form may be the best way to fight the not beta-carotene (which won’t work for this purpose). infection and avoid the diarrhea side effects. One of my patients receiving high dose intravenous vitamin C for a viral IODINE – is a tremendously important mineral for illness was recently loudly scolded by her infectious disease optimal immune system functioning. Most people specialist for receiving it. I asked the patient to ask that docknow iodine is important for thyroid function but few know tor to give me a call but the doctor never tried to do so. (I find that there is no bacteria, virus, fungus or parasite known to be the ignorance and arrogance of some conventional doctors resistant to iodine. To have an antiviral effect, one must take very disturbing.) The scientific support of this use of vitamin





C is well documented, and only the uninformed and out-ofdate doctors believe it to be otherwise. “I have not seen any ’flu yet that was not cured or markedly ameliorated by massive doses of vitamin C.” Robert F. Cathcart, MD The daily requirement of vitamin C is still in debate but most would agree that the RDA of 60 mg is too low an estimate of actual human need. Vitamin C is used up quickly during conditions of stress, allergies, diseases like diabetes, and by tobacco smoke, drugs, antibiotics, alcohol, mercury, and other toxic heavy metals like lead and cadmium. Some vitamin C is stored in the adrenal glands, pituitary, brain, eyes, ovaries, and testes and is in greater demand whenever the immune system or any connective tissue is stressed. The best food sources of vitamin C are the citrus fruits. Other fruits with high amounts of C include rosehips, acerola cherries, papayas, cantaloupes, and strawberries. The best vegetable sources are red and green peppers, garlic, onions, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, tomatoes, asparagus, parsley, dark leafy greens, cabbage, and sauerkraut. Vitamin C was first isolated from lemons in 1932 but it was well known to be a factor in the prevention of scurvy back in the 18th century. Vitamin C is used by the body in the formation of collagen, a protein required by all joints, ligaments, skin, cartilage, capillary walls, bones, teeth and con-



nective tissue. Vitamin C is needed to help heal wounds and to maintain healthy blood vessels. Vitamin C may well be the most controversial of all the vitamins. Most of the medical establishment still objects to the use of megadoses of vitamin C for treatment of cancer, the ’flu, allergies, stress, adrenal fatigue, or just about anything else. Yet there is a growing body of medical literature supporting the use of vitamin C in very high doses to both prevent and treat infections. So in my opinion, if you have any serious viral illness like coronavirus, insist on high doses of IV vitamin C. It can save your life. Vitamin C in larger than physiological doses have been successfully used to treat a range of viral, bacterial, fungal and inflammatory conditions including colds, ‘flus, mononucleosis, herpes simplex infections, and shingles. Vitamin C boosts production of interferon, a potent anti-viral and immune enhancing substance. Chronic inflammatory conditions not necessarily related to infectious disease will also respond to vitamin C therapy. These include arthritis, bursitis, gout (vitamin C pushes uric acid out of the body), asthma, and chronic musculoskeletal pain. One of the strategies that I have recommended for people who have just acquired an infection is: “take vitamin C to bowel tolerance.” When someone is plagued with a viral infection, the tolerance for high doses of vitamin C is increased. It takes far higher doses of vitamin C to produce loose bowel movements which occur at the vitamin C tolerance dose. Pushing vitamin C to that level will produce a strong antiviral and antihistaminic effect, reducing all the signs and symptoms of the common cold and the ’flu. Doses of 20,000 mg or more might be required to reach that bowel tolerance level when, ordinarily in times of good health, the bowel tolerance dose might just be 3,000 mg daily. In other words, the sicker you are, the higher the dose required.


PROBIOTICS (lactobacilli, bifidobacteria and numerous others) – are friendly bacteria that usually inhabit the gut, the oral cavity, and the skin. They are very well documented optimizers of the immune system. Probiotics function as natural antibiotics against unfriendly bacteria, viruses like the ’flu and cold virus, as well as yeast



like Candida albicans. Probiotics can also be used for both prevention and treatment. Cultured dairy products like raw non-pasteurized cheese, yogurt, acidophilus milk, buttermilk, sour cream, cottage cheese, and kefir are well-known sources of friendly bacteria. Equally effective probiotic sources include cultured/fermented vegetables (cabbage, turnips, eggplant, cucumbers (pickles), onions, squash, olives and carrots), soy products like organic tempeh and miso, kombucha, natto, and unpasteurized apple cider vinegar. Other food sources are sauerkraut and sourdough breads. Ideally, one can get a good supply of probiotics from one or more of these diverse foodstuffs. If dietary sources are not easily available, supplemental probiotic powders and capsules are good alternatives. Choose a brand that has at least 10 different strains of friendly bacteria and between 10 – 15 billion live organisms.


COLOSTRUM – is the first mammary secretion nourishment that any mammal, including humans, provides for its newborn during the first 24 to 48 hours of life. Bovine colostrum is available at most health food stores as a natural health product. Those wanting to prevent infections can take between 3 and 6 capsules daily. Polio vaccine developer, Dr. Albert Sabin, discovered that colostrum contained antibodies against polio and recommended it for children susceptible to catching the disease.




Colostrum components include interferon, gamma globulin, growth hormone (GH), IgF-1 and protease inhibitors used by medical specialists in the treatment of cancer, chronic viral infections including HIV, and autoimmune diseases. Dr. Jeffrey Dach is one doctor who provides evidence in a recent publication that colostrum is three times more effective at preventing the ’flu than the ’flu shot.


OIL OF OREGANO – 2 to 4 drops, 3 times daily, is an effective natural antibiotic for numerous infectious diseases, including those that are proven to be resistant to prescription antibiotics. Oregano oil contains carvacrol, a phenol shown to stop the growth of multiple bacteria. It also contains thymol (a natural antifungal) and rosmarinic acid (a powerful antioxidant). Side effects are rarely, if ever, seen and the spicy taste can be offset by mixing it with olive oil, foods, or beverages. For sinus and nasal infections, one can inhale vapours from a bottle of oregano oil several times daily to reduce or eliminate symptoms. If using high doses of oregano, make sure to take it at least two hours away from probiotic supplements.


BLACK SEED OIL – It is often said that black seed oil will cure anything except death. Its best use would be for viral infection complications such as pneumonias when combined with intravenous vitamin C infusions. Black seed oil comes from the medicinal plant Nigella sativa (N. sativa) which has been used in various traditional systems of medicine like Unani and Tibb, Ayurveda, and Siddha. The list of diseases or health conditions that it is purported to help run into the hundreds. Most of the benefits have yet to be proven by clinical trials. Nonetheless, a great deal of scientific studies have been published supporting the use of black seed oil as a natural antibiotic. It has been widely used as an antihypertensive, liver tonic, diuretic, digestive, anti-diarrheal, appetite stimulant, analgesic, anti-bacterial, and for skin disorders. Extensive studies on N. sativa have been carried out by various researchers and a wide spectrum of its pharmacological actions have been explored which may include antidiabetic, anticancer, immunomodulator, analgesic, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, spasmolytic, bronchodilator, hepato-protective, renal ORGANIC LIQUID TOOTHP PASTE protective, gastro-protective, antioxidant properties, etc. Our mission is to eliminate den ntal issues natura ally and safely, by replacing toothpaste with premium pure essential e oils that have been used d historically Asthma is one of the many to prev vent dental disease, gingivitis, bleeding gums a chronic conditions that often No pre eservatives or fluoride, an nd SLS free. 10 responds well to black seed oil. 0 IngNatu % red ral Brushing twice daily with bodyF y ood dentalTM will help ien Most of the therapeutic properts • Prevent tarter • Prevent e inflammation ties of this plant are due to the and plaque build up • Stren ngthen enamel presence of thymoquinone • Re educe gum bleeding • Whiten e teeth and pocke ets • Fresh hen breath which is the major bioactive • Produce more saliva component of the essential oil. Continued on page 46 30






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2020 Getaway Guide 2019 Get Out of Town and Escape to Ontario’s Natural Vacation Destinations for Fun and Relaxation HEALTH AND YOGA RETREATS NONPAREIL NATURAL HEALTH RETREAT ~ Stirling, Ont. This is the Fountain of Youth. Nonpareil specializes in raw organic juice fasting, boosting your immune system, cleansing, cellular detoxification, healthy weight loss for life, and yoga. For special birthday weekends with your friends, we provide Nonpareil's raw organic vegetable and berry cake. Get away to this 173acre country estate. Indulge in the simple pleasures of country life while being cared for and nourished. Awaken your inner power; meditate and practice yoga in our sanctuary/ amphitheatre. Experience the detoxification benefits of our medicalgrade infrared sauna. Recharge and revitalize your energy with raw organic juices and power drinks, rest and relaxation, yoga, full-body massage, reflexology, nutritional consultations, reiki, emotional energy balancing, and long walks through acres of beautiful maple forest. Swim in the Crowe River and relax under invigorating waterfalls. Rest in hammocks and enjoy quiet evenings under the stars. This is a powerful program and permanent makeover from the inside out. It will inspire you to live your healthiest life.

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LAKESIDE RETREATS NORTHERN EDGE ALGONQUIN ~ Algonquin Park, Ont. A leader in transformational travel, Northern Edge Algonquin hosts private, allinclusive luxury nature retreats for small groups of 10 to 35. Join us to unplug in nature for multi-day experiences that reconnect, recharge, and re-inspire. Our guests sleep comfortably in high quality eco-cabins designed in harmony with our forest home. Nourish yourself with organic and locallysourced foods crafted with care, and participate in tailored experiences with local storytellers, artists, musicians, naturalists, yoga and/or well-

ness facilitators, food growers, and chefs. A welcoming sanctuary and Ontario’s first solar-powered nature retreat, the Edge is located on a quiet lake at the NW corner of Algonquin Park (less than three hours from Toronto). Tailored retreat programs are available for groups of all types, and we work with all kinds of facilitators and workshop leaders looking to plan their next successful retreat. Retreat participants enjoy guided hiking, paddleboarding, and canoeing; also facilitated yoga and wellness classes, and workshops on everything from microgreens to drum making. Or guests can rise early to paddle a misty river in search of moose and other wildlife. Visitors can also relax in our sauna before jumping in the lake. At night, we share stories and music in a cosy fire circle under a festival of stars. For more information visit or call 1-888-383-8320. The Edge is also home to the Way of the Circle Centre, whose Heart Foundations retreats can be found at NorthernEdge Continued on next page

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THE HIDDEN BUDDHA HEALING CENTER ~ Toledo, Ontario This is a quaint retreat nestled in the beautiful countryside of Rideau Lakes, between Kingston and Ottawa. Located on a 76-acre property beside Bellamy Lake, the retreat centre is a place for guests to rest and rejuvenate in an authentic Canadian cordwood house and enjoy the subtle, healing energy emanating from the land, a feeling of ancient wisdom, sacred power, and wholeness. The retreat’s founding principle is the Honouring of Life. Lidia Kuleshnyk, a Health Potential Coach, has brought together her love of nature, horses and animals with 23 years of experience supporting clients in achieving their health potential, specializing in resolving chronic health conditions and overcoming personal challenges. All this takes place within a sanctuary that assists in uncovering and shining forth that sacred gem that glows within each guest – their Hidden Buddha. The Center offers private and group retreats, rental space for retreat leaders, cottage rental, and bed and breakfast options, plus one-onone programs in reiki, macrobiotics, and holistic coaching. Equine Healing Retreats, both private and group, are available for you to experience the beautiful heart energy and soul connection of horses. Guests enjoy nature trails, biking, hiking, camping, canoeing and cruises on the 36


MAPLE KI FOREST•SPIRIT WATERS ~ Tamworth, Ont Since 1986, we have been offering restorative retreat experiences filled with misty lake sunrises, still waters, and spectacular sunsets. At Maple Ki Forest, we also offer nourishing meals, soothing ambiance, cosy bedrooms, replenishing rest, and kindred spirits. Secluded and quiet, our retreat-haven features a breathtaking expansive view of our motor-free lake, a river with rapids, and the surrounding forest. Privacy and tranquil beauty await your enjoyment. We provide excellent swimming in our silky soft, clean lake; canoes, kayaks, and woodland walking trails to explore nature’s beauty; and lounges for reading, birdwatching, star gazing, and napping; a yoga class each morning, and three meals per day. We specialize in plant-based cuisine created with care. Meals are delicious, satisfying, colourful, nutritious, and a feast for the senses. We also offer shiatsu massage, aromatherapy, reflexology, facials, and infrared sauna. This is a sanctuary for replenishing the body,


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ver since the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus in China a few months ago, my patients have been asking me how to protect themselves from infection. Or what treatment to use if they should become infected. This type of virus usually invades the body through the mouth and nose. So far, health authorities My favourite vinegar are finding that some people can and garlic folklore get infected and recover quickly, medicine can be used while others with weak immunity can be seriously debilitated or for infectious disease prevention and even even die from the infection. treatment Prevention: If a viral epidemic spreads to the region where you live, there are a few preventive steps you can take: – Wear a mouthguard in public. – Go to bed early and sleep well; reduce stress in your life as much as possible to boost your immune system. – If you drink tap water, make sure it is boiled first. Or drink bottled water. – Eat raw garlic. Do not cook it because two of its active constituents, which can kill viruses, are allicin and ajoene; these are very unstable and can be damaged by heat. Take it three times per day after meals. Or try my favourite recipe for garlic medicine: This recipe combines vinegar and garlic. It is practical, time-saving, and based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) concepts. It can be used for infectious disease prevention and treatment. The recipe ingredients are vinegar (50%) and garlic (50%); the proportions are five heads of garlic to a one litre bottle of vinegar. However, the recipe can be cut in half or more for smaller portions, as long as the correct ratios are maintained. Selection of Materials and Process Garlic – The best garlic is the organic type with purple skin. Vinegar – Use organic, unpasteurized, apple cider vinegar from the health food store, or rice vinegar from an Asian grocery store. The best Chinese vinegar is called Chinkiang Vinegar, made by Gold Plum, which won a gold medal in 1985 in France. 1. Peel off the garlic skin and crack the garlic.

2. In a large glass bowl, add the garlic to the vinegar, mix it up, and then pour the concoction into glass jars. Store it in a dark place for at least two weeks. Then it is ready to use. If you keep this tonic in a cool place in a well-sealed jar, usually it is good for 20 years or longer, especially if it contains the dark Chinese rice vinegar. Take out the garlic after soaking it for one month, and bring the tonic with you when travelling to places with a lot of contagious diseases. Health Benefits – Prevention & Treatment: • MAINTENANCE – Take one teaspoon of garlic/vinegar tonic after each meal. You may mix it with salad or put it into food, such as noodles, but do not cook it at a high temperature because this would destroy the garlic’s medicine. • COMMON COLD AND COUGH – Mix 2 tablespoons with warm water and drink on an empty stomach, 3 times daily. Repeat until the cold and cough are gone. Make sure to get enough rest and keep warm. • VIRAL HEPATITIS – Take a half cup of the juice after each meal until the condition improves. Then cut down to the maintenance dosage of 1 teaspoon after each meal. In case of fatigue syndrome, you may add 1 teaspoon of honey until symptoms improve. Get plenty of rest during the recovering period. • PULMONARY TUBERCULOSIS – Take a half cup of the juice after each meal until the condition improves, and add intake of fresh crushed garlic, 3 to 5 cloves, after each meal. Chew it and swallow with warm water. • INTESTINAL PARASITES – Use tonic the same as for Pulmonary Tuberculosis, until the condition clears. • BACILLARY DYSENTERY – Use tonic the same as for Pulmonary Tuberculosis. • COVID-19 AND ’FLU VIRUSES – Mix 2 tablespoons with warm water and drink on an empty stomach, 3 times daily. Repeat until the infection clears. Make sure to get enough rest and keep warm. I also recommend that my patients drink lots of green tea due to its high catechin content, including EGCG and EGC, which has been found to prevent infections.[1] Reference: [1] https://www.hindawi. com/ journals/bmri/2018/9105261/

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Letters to Editor IN MEMORIAM:

TAMARA PENN 1942 ~ 2020

Vitality staff were saddened to learn recently that Tamara Penn, a long-time member of our health community, had passed away on January 23rd after a long illness. She was a vivacious and spunky woman, an expert health practitioner, always full of laughter and good cheer. She will be missed by many friends, patients, and colleagues. Here is a eulogy written by her friend Lynne Jenkins. Julia Woodford



“Tamara was real, authentic, genuine, and loving. She was not only a mother and grandmother, she was Mother Earth herself. She loved and cared for all who passed her way, and many are who they are today because of Tamara.” “For centuries the bright stars in the sky have been the guide and compass that people follow on their journeys because the travellers just had to look up and the bright stars were still constant, comforting, always there. In our lifetime we meet thousands of people on our path. Some are like those bright, shiny stars that sparkle so strong they make others look dull in comparison. Tamara was like one of those stars, and once you met her you would not forget her. When I met Tamara, I didn’t know that she would be the one who not only saved my life, but changed my life

for the better. I am bipolar, and the medical profession had prescribed so many drugs I was like a zombie. I had just about given up when someone told me about a Rebirther named Tamara. I went to her for some sessions and ended up doing so much healing that I was able to discontinue all of my drug prescriptions. I also changed my eyeglasses three times for lesser prescriptions within a very short period of time. She was the no-nonsense parent I never had. She was wise, loving, firm, and challenged me in ways I had never been challenged before. She was my mentor, my guide, my friend, and my associate. I was so impressed by Tamara, and how natural and creative she was, that I went with her to California and trained to be a Rebirther. I came back and quit a stable government job and set myself up in a Rebirthing practice. Thanks to Tamara and her guidance, that was when my life really began. Tamara was not like other people. Her energy when you first met her would bowl you over. Tamara loved life and was always looking for natural ways to heal herself and others. She was not only a Master Rebirther but also an expert in Bach Flower Remedies. Tamara had charisma and

character, the likes of which are not common and she could charm the socks off of anyone. I think the greatest compliment I can give Tamara is to say she was real, authentic, genuine, and loving. She was not only a mother and grandmother, she was Mother Earth herself and a universal mother. She loved and cared for all who passed her way, and many are who they are today because of Tamara. She faced her illness with such grace and dignity it was a true inspiration. She did not feel sorry for herself, was not angry or even depressed. She took it all in her stride and met each daily issue with good humour and acceptance. One day, Tamara took my face in her hands and began singing “I'll be seeing you in all the old familiar places,” which took me by surprise as this was a song that had been sung in an adjoining room when my mother was passing away. It was then I understood that there are things we do not understand and that there is a force greater than us guiding our lives and looking after us. And yes, dear Tamara, I will be seeing you. Lynne Jenkins Ed. note: This “In Memoriam” notice is now posted on Vitality’s website where readers can go to add their comments and condolences. Visit: InMemoriam-TamaraPenn

magazine for many years. At one time, one of my students would bring in a package of Vitality magazines for our club, Phoenix T’ai Chi Centre in London, of which I am the founder since 1988. When we did not always receive the delivery, I started subscribing. I found yours was the best health magazine on the market, giving more detail to each article than other magazines, and it was the best for our students. You have been able to get such outstanding professionals to write for you.Also I tend to share different articles with family and friends, especially when the subject matter can be helpful for them. So that is why I prefer the printed magazine. Also I like to pick it up and take my time reading it. I know the costs of producing a magazine lately has been very high. But please keep up your dedicated work. We out here appreciate it very much. Gloria J. London, Ontario Readers: To have your say, send an email to: letters@vitality, or write to us at: 356 Dupont Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5R 1V9


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Coronavirus Prevention – Continued from page 30 There’s a warning on the bottle of black seed oil that pregnant women shouldn’t take it. The so-called danger is pure speculation. There is no proof of harm. Given that black seed has been available for centuries and there is no record of hazards, this warning on the label is unscientific and scared off at least one of my patients who could have used it for her dry skin and fungus infection.


CURCUMIN – An extract of turmeric, curcumin has antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and anti-parasitic activity. It is well known for its analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects as well as its anti-cancer benefits. Curcumin is a stronger antifungal than most prescription antifungals. One study showed it to be superior to fluconazole, an effective but expensive antifungal. If you are on a prescription antibiotic, fungal infections can be one of the side effects. So, curcumin and probiotics could be very good things to take to prevent candida or fungal infections of other kinds. Doses are variable depending on the infection and the individual.


SILVER HYDROSOL – This form of colloidal silver is effective against numerous viruses and harmful microbes. Be careful with taking colloidal silver in amounts higher than 23 ppm for extended periods of time. Higher non-nanoparticle sized amounts could accumulate



in the system causing a blue skin discolouration. Small particle sizes of colloidal silver (10 to 20 ppm) are generally safe and effective for many different types of infections, especially those resistant to prescription antibiotics.

In Conclusion Echinacea, berberine, zinc, garlic, hypericum, lomatium, goldenseal, cloves, Manuka honey, elderberry, astragalus, grapefruit seed extract and ginger are other natural supplements that people can consider for strengthening their immune defences against viruses. But I feel my top 10 list is the most effective. Most of these will work for a large number of people to kill unwanted microbes. Consult a natural health care practitioner for personalized advice on one or a combination of the top 10 remedies. Ed. note: For an extensive list of references, see extended article posted at: Dr. Zoltan P. Rona, MD, practises Complementary Medicine in Thornhill and is the medical editor of The Encyclopedia of Natural Healing. He has also published several Canadian bestselling books, including Vitamin D, The Sunshine Vitamin. To see more of Dr. Rona’s articles, visit: For appointments, call (905) 764-8700; office located at: 390 Steeles Ave. W., Unit 19, Thornhill, Ontario


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he astrologers are saying that this is the year we will see the evolution of the world. This is the year that all things broken will crumble and require some creative new forms and structures. This is the year we will decide that pushing a huge rock up an insurmountable hill is an unhealthy struggle, and opt instead for a completely new mode of expressing energy together. This is a year of unrest in the streets of the world, focused on an old inherited patriarchy that serves a few. This is going to be the year of the 100th monkey, when we awaken together from the dream turned nightmare, and find another way. These words are shared with confidence because of Saturn and Pluto’s conjunction in Capricorn that took place on Jan. 12, 2020. A highly anticipated event in astrology, it last happened 500 years ago and inspired the Protestant reformation. At that time, Christian mass and the Bible were in Latin, a language of priests and the highly educated. The reformation was the uprising of the masses who translated it into the language of the commoner, ending a long


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By visualizing the change, you would like to see, you can participate in the coming changes rather than feel a victim of them. What is pressing on you? What drives you crazy? hierarchy of privilege. This time, the 2020 conjunction in Capricorn will expose the ways that an institution (Saturn) suppresses, judges, lies, or controls and transforms that institution (Pluto) into something that reflects community, inclusion, truth-telling, and love. It is a year that will accommodate institutions finding a higher frequency. All structures and systems are represented by Saturn. Pluto is the energy of birth, death, and rebirth, and because this is all being influenced by their placement in Capricorn, this revolution will play out in all our patriarchal systems. So, we will see the authority of banks, governments, and cor-

porations transformed. This conjunction on January 12 is already showing itself, and it is just days old as I write. Iranians are in the streets of Tehran protesting the missile attack by their government on the commercial Ukrainian flight. The citizens are not all blindly supporting their government, but rather ‘compelled’ to shout about what is broken and needs to be transformed. Likewise, regardless of how you view the monarchy, a prince has just chosen to disobey the sovereign and follow his heart in order to protect his family from a predatory and bigoted British media. Previously, disobeying the sovereign has meant charges

of treason, imprisonment, and even death. These are simple examples of the changes we will see in how people interact with traditional authority. Many of us can agree that the system is not working “for the good of all” anymore, and requires deep radical change. This is the year we witness real change. While the world may appear to be falling apart, it is only what’s broken that will be crumbling. Keep in mind also that by November 2020 we will begin to see all manner of wonderful solutions that have been waiting in the wings to find the massive support they have needed, launching a truly creative and healing period. There are still many people who believe the dream that promises if you push a rock up-hill you will eventually reach the top, where life is good. Unfortunately, those same people are working longer hours but less able to reduce the weight of their debt. Imagine the fear and shock as they awaken to an understanding that their whole world view has become untenable. This is the year we get pushed hard enough that even the most complacent will share this discontent. When we share our discontent en masse, we will shift the nature of authoritarian structures. These will be our ‘100th monkey’ moments. Big change will be frightening to many people so we may find ourselves helping each other negotiate the emotional and challenging waters ahead. This is the kind of fundamental change our present planetary

junction is promising. This will be a good time to be a coach, facilitator, healer or teacher helping others ‘respond creatively’ rather than ‘react fearfully.’ How we move through it is up to us. All of this planetary activity is really about holding more light, and raising our frequency. I love the image of the opera singer singing a high note and how, at its purest point, it breaks glass. Likewise, I think that we are naturally wanting to raise our vibrations, individually and collectively, and it requires replacing forms/systems that no longer express or facilitate who we are now. This is the year we increase the choices and frequencies available to us. This is the year we upgrade and rewrite our collective operating systems. By visualizing the change you would like to see, you can participate in the coming changes, rather than feel a victim of them. What is pressing on you? What drives you crazy? I would like to see us collectively own, and steward, our natural resources. I would like an end to compound interest and national debt. I would like a shift from war machines to international peacekeeping collectives. What would make your heart sing? This is the year we awaken to each other. This is the year we finally find ourselves floating to the top. Kim is the co-founder of The Algonquin Tea Co., a line of quality teas made from organic wildcrafted Canadian herbs. Email: spirit. VITALITY MAGAZINE – SPRING 2020


Spring 2020 Sun Sign Predictions ★★★ by Julie Simmons ★★★ ~ Overview ~ MARCH is a month of transitions. Mercury goes direct on the 9th alongside the new moon, suggesting a good time to make intentions or affirmations regarding service – that which we do for others as well as that which we must needs receive for ourselves. The intense emphasis on consequences is as strong as ever. It’s about how we live and what we consume as well as the awareness that we are in fact living in the consequences of our ancestors, not just our parents but all those who came before. On March 21st, Saturn enters Aquarius where it will stay for a few months, only to return again mid-December. APRIL is all about this. Here is speculation on the way we use information. The wonder and devastation of the internet touches us all. Who is in charge of this is a good question. MAY has the nodes moving into Gemini and Sagittarius, as well as Venus retrograde in Gemini. The emphasis is on communication, education, and how we get around. We are asked to get serious about how we handle these things in our lives. ARIES: March 20 - April 19

The first thing that spring requires is the energy to push through winter’s resistance and be born again into the season of renewal. Every little crocus does it. So do you. Be bold, not rash, and actualize your Self. The effort is great and worthy from March 19 through the 23rd. Let it serve your ambitions. Then, from April 21st onward, turn your attention toward social realities both political and personal. Stand up for yourself without harm to others on April 6th through 8th. May is a month for editing. Think before you blurt, toss empty promises and useless objects that simply block your way. It’s a task. TAURUS: April 20 - May 20

Obscure as it may seem, you are on a path. There are upsets and road blocks at times but nonetheless you travel the road, accompanied by your ambitions but more importantly your values, including your beliefs about your personal worthiness. Open your eyes to this path in March and April. Look squarely into the face of your ambitions without judgment. If you don’t like what you see, take a detour. If it’s good, get busy creating your professional identity, especially in April. Intentions are powerful on April 23rd. Make some. May requires the taking of inventory and the jettisoning of things that weigh you down and get in the way of your goals. 50


GEMINI: May 21 - June 20

The promise of spring is nothing less than the surefire knowledge of every spring that we have ever lived; we do indeed resurrect after winter. Sap rises in trees as well as humans. Climate change may skew the dance, but nevertheless light is increasing and hope is in our blood. There is a world of interesting things to learn or teach, which is exactly Gemini’s life purpose. Perhaps you are the wise teacher or possibly you are seeking one. March 15th through 23rd brings clarity. April beckons you to use this clarity to dispel illusions or maybe delusions. It is what it is. The trickster is alive and well in May, showing you where you are hauling dead weight. All you have to do is just let go and get on with what really matters. It’s a process. Don’t force it. And never forget: S/he who laughs, lasts. CANCER: June 21 - July 21

Confusion regarding the motives of others dissipates after March 9th. The promise of spring’s arrival takes you from relentless negotiations to a deeper process: Less, she said he said, and more questioning the meaning of relationship in the face of the enormous change we are all feeling. It might be time for deep therapy, more structured participation in social change, or simply vigorous exit from a toxic relationship.

April sharpens your view. The way is clear. May requires deep letting go of old griefs or just about anything from the past that haunts or troubles. Letting go isn’t about severing or erecting barriers, it’s more like making soup, allowing your past to become the spice that flavors your life in the present. Good soup often requires time to cook. LEO: July 22 - Aug. 22

March sounds the wake-up call to what your partner has been trying to tell you for awhile. Bad or good isn’t the issue. See if you can just listen and let them speak their truth. By the end of March it seems you never worked so hard or felt the weight of upholding your lifestyle as much as you do now. It’s time to find others to help you do some of the heavy lifting. In April watch out for overreactions. Mostly people want to do their best even if it isn’t up to your standards or how you would do it. Your lessons are about genuine social interaction – not social media, not virtual interaction. May is the sorting month. Who do you love? Keep them close. Who wastes your time? Avoid them. Who don’t you know so well? Consider if you would like to know them better or not. The time will come … Continued on next page



VIRGO: Aug. 23 - Sept. 21

March comes in with a question: What is love? No answer is required. Better to find ways to express yourself with love, through art. The more you taste, touch, feel, the closer you get to the essence of love. Be aware of your senses March 18 – 24th. As March becomes April your efforts turn toward living the best life you can. Why do you get up in the morning and do this or that? How is your work, your job also your daily practice? May puts the emphasis on your calling, your legacy, your responsibilities both chosen and not. Let the winds of change carry off whatever blocks you from getting to where you’re going. And understand that people say many things that are fascinating, interesting and flat-out lies. This world is a shell game and it’s impossible to know which shell hides the pea, so just go about your business. Avoid distractions. Focus on the task at hand. LIBRA: Sept. 22 - Oct. 22

Be vigorous in March with all matters concerning roots and foundations; be it the tree in your yard or the ancestors at your table. You don’t see these things but they have great influence on our lives. The promise of new relationships or new life breathed into old ones grows stronger after the 24th. April promises vigorous engagement with creative projects and children, both the inner and the outer kind. The key is discipline combined with spontaneity. You are the guardian of all sorts of potential. Confrontations on or near April 7th are meant to show you who you really are. May is all about revision. What is true and what isn’t. What does it take to unlearn things which are no longer relevant for these times, this life? Explore the sense of liberation that comes with letting go from May 22nd onward. SCORPIO: Oct. 23 - Nov. 21

Your words have power, particularly March 9th 21st. Use them to warm hearts and inspire confidence. After that, in April your mandate is to turn toward the domestic. Secure your home as best you can. Honour the ancestors, even those not of your blood. We are all related. May is about magic, both good and bad – the everyday kind that can take us to wonder or despair in an instant: Mind magic. Be aware of what you are thinking or even that you are thinking. Thoughts of fear and loss, of constant danger, arise as if by themselves. See if you can gently exchange them with thoughts of transformation, renewal and the wonder of life itself. Issues of trust, sharing, and intimacy (and their companion, betrayal) call for your attention starting on April 22nd and throughout the month of May. SAGITTARIUS: Nov. 22 - Dec. 20

The instability of the world makes us all anxious about security and support. You’re not used to the persistent drumbeat of such a theme. Clarity about where and how you live arises in early March and again 52


between the 19th and 25th. The key is to start right where you are and go for what’s sustainable for you. April requires commitment to learning or teaching. Be willing to open doors that promise to open your mind. No effort will be wasted. May is about the lies we tell ourselves so we can believe the lies of others. It’s the perfect time to jettison such behaviours even if it makes you sad. Writing in your journal can help. CAPRICORN: Dec. 21 - Jan. 19

You continue to hold up the world in March. The key is to balance your notion of what works for you with your obligations and responsibilities. Capricorn is the manager of the zodiac. Managers generally need teams that work with them. Call in supports between March 20th and 23rd. It’s good for them as well as you. April puts the focus on finances and/or values. Consider your wants and we have needs. Can you spot the difference? May is a time for separating wheat from chaff like fairy tale princesses of old. Sorting through the empty calories of your life on all levels of body, mind, emotions and spirit will bolster your energy as well as the efficiency in all you do. AQUARIUS: Jan. 20 - Feb. 17

Be respectful of all the forces and energies over which you do not have control, at least until March 21st. That’s when you begin to get a real glimpse into exactly what you can and can’t master. Be realistic, not pessimistic about this. April is time to get serious about your present and how it relates to your future, particularly 2021. May is for love and art and all things creative. If you’re not having enough fun or don’t feel free to express yourself, get serious about changing your relationship to restrictions that impede self-expression. Make an affirmation regarding love in all its manifestations on May 22nd or 23rd. It’s a seed that will take root and sprout over time. PISCES: Feb. 18 - March 19

Like a mermaid floating up to the surface you may seem to see things with greater clarity after March 9th but is this the best kind of seeing for a Pisces? The oppressive sense of the culture you swim in is a strong call to activism, not despair, March 15th – 25th. You get to determine what kind of action you could take. April opens a door to humanitarian service. Look for the joy in actions that are motivated by genuine compassion rather than pity. May is time to turn toward home and family issues. We are all deeply conditioned to create the lives we first experienced, over and over again. Here is an opportunity to do it differently, your way, inasmuch as you are not the child you once were, at the mercy of wayward adults. Imagine what a minimalist might do. Then do it. Julie Simmons is a practising astrologer in Toronto. She would like you to understand that Sun Sign astrology has its strengths and its weaknesses. Take it lightly; use it as you will. For consultations call (416) 424-3079,


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number of methods including Mindfulness of Vision, the Bates Method, Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement®, and Sounder Sleep System™. Each week you experience new vision activities, and learn how to fit them into your lifestyle comfortably. Learn at your own pace in a relaxed and fun atmosphere to acquire the skills that work for you personally. Classes are small, providing lots of individual attention. Though this class is rich in content, we move at a relaxed pace, to create a balance between theory, experiential learning, relaxation and time to feel the shifts necessary for seeing clearly. To find out more about how natural vision education works or for free phone consult call Alexandra Hughes (416) 923-3893, email or visit Alexandra has been using and teaching Natural Vision Education since 2002. She is also a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner, a psychotherapist, a gifted and intuitive practitioner. Continued on next page

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Safe Food Matters Inc. (SFM) and its president Mary Lou McDonald were in Canada’s Federal Court in Toronto on Thursday, January 30, to challenge Health Canada’s 2017 renewal of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide, and the subject of a US$2 billion award in the US (under appeal), and the basis for various class actions being launched in Canada. In taking the regulator to court, McDonald is asking for judicial review of Health Canada’s decision to reject the notice of objection of SFM and not establish an independent panel of scientists to review the basis for the renewed registration of glyphosate. Andrea Gonsalves, partner with Stockwoods LLP will serve as SFM’s counsel for the case. Founded in 2016, Safe Food Matters Inc. is a Canadian non-profit organization dedicated to promoting health and protecting the environment through educating and fostering public engagement on the safety of food production technologies. For more information on the case: To arrange an interview with Mary Lou McDonald, please contact: Jennifer Berman Diaz at:



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Happy Spring Equinox ~ March 19, 2020 MAR 14 HEALTH & WELLNESS SHOW: hosted by BramptonBramalea Lions Club. Century Gardens Recreation Centre, 340 Vodden St. E. Brampton, 10 am to 4 pm. Free Admission. Please contact Eleanor (905) 230-1997. MAR 14 MAKING OIL EXTRACTIONS & OINTMENTS with Michael Vertolli. 10 am 5 pm.

MARCH 10 ART OF HEALING WITH ARROLE LAWRENCE: Connect with an ancient understanding to help you play the game of life. Access a road map for understanding your thoughts, feelings and emotional patterns.

MAR 15 – 20 MARCH BREAK GETAWAY: Bring your family & friends, or come on your own and let us take care of you. Warm cozy cabins, fresh organic meals, hot chocolate by the fire – what more could you want?

MARCH 11 YOGA SPA DAY: SOULFUL PRANA ALIGNMENT: Learn to control your breathing patterns, ground yourself, develop mindfulness and begin to reduce your negative impressions, peeling back the veils that lead back to Self. 6 CECs eligible through Yoga Alliance for Registered Yoga Teachers. Visit our website:

MAR 16, 18, 23, 25; APR 20, 22, 27, 29; MAY 19, 21, 25, 27 HEALING TRANSFORMATION CLINIC: 7 – 9 pm. Hands-on bioenergy healing that gives remarkable results to a wide variety of conditions. Change everything in just four days a month. Please contact Ellen Lewinberg: (416) 203-2744, email:, or visit

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MAR 17 POWER OF FORGIVENESS TO TRANSFORM YOUR RELATIONSHIPS: Quickly find resolution for your relationship difficulties using a cuttingedge body-wisdom forgiveness process. Introductory Workshop: 6:30 9:30 pm. For details please visit or call (416) 469-2033. MAR 19 TORONTO BIOIDENTICAL HORMONE SEMINAR BY NEAL ROUZIER, MD: Lead educator & advisory board member - Academy of Preventive & Innovative Medicine by Worldlink Medical. Optimal hormone levels prevent disease. Evidence based science & education, backed by the medical literature. Bring your problem cases, questions, doubts & concerns about hormones, along with your confirmation bias to discuss live. Cocktails & Hors D’oeuvres – 5:30 pm. Event open to MDs, OBGYNs, NPs, NDs. Disease prevention should be the goal of healthcare professionals. Tickets & Info: donna@trubalance, call (647) 884-0663

MAR 21 REIKI I CERTIFICATION Learn to treat yourself and others. Includes Principles of Healing, centering, chakras, endocrine glands & more. Illustrated Workbook. Virginia Hart Nelson, 25 years' experience. (416) 960-1690, MAR 22 CANNABIS MEDICINE MAKING 10 am - 5 pm Toronto. MAR 25 REIKI II CERTIFICATION Learn more potent healing applications including Symbols and long-distance healing. Illustrated Workbook. Virginia Hart Nelson, 25 years' experience. Call (416) 960-1690, virginia@theinner, MAR 25 HEALING CIRCLE 7:30 - 9 pm Visit Call (905) 796-0101. MAR 28 REIKI II 9 am - 4 pm. Visit or call (905) 796-0101. MAR 28 TREE SPIRIT MEDICINE: Cottonwood Medicine with Monika Ghent. 9:30 am 5 pm.

APRIL 4 HOW TO GROW YOUR 4 CANNABIS PLANTS 10 am - 4 pm in Toronto. APRIL 5 CANNABIS MEDICINE MAKING Workshop 10 am - 4 pm Toronto. APRIL 7 ART OF HEALING WITH ARROLE LAWRENCE - Connect with ancient understanding to help you play the game of life. Access a road map for understanding your thoughts, feelings and emotional patterns. APRIL 9 REIKI SHARE 6:30 - 9pm Visit or call (905) 796-0101. APRIL 9 – 16 SILENT MEDITATION RETREAT 3, 5 or 7 nights - Be quiet to find clarity and inner peace. Become more self-aware and let go of the everyday distractions. APRIL 16 HOW TO GENTLY MOVE BEYOND GRIEF & LOSS - Discover how to permanently resolve the painful emotions that come with sudden death, job loss, betrayal, divorce, loss of health, rejection, theft. Introductory Workshop: 6:30 - 9:30 pm. Details: http://www.NewDecision, (416) 469-2033. APRIL 18 REIKI I CERTIFICATION For more details, see the listing for March 21. Please call Virginia Hart Nelson (416) 960-1690 or send email to: APRIL 18 LEARNING TO MOVE FORWARD 9 am – 5 pm. www.marlene or call (905) 796-0101. APRIL 20 MINDFULNESS MEDITATION 7 – 8 pm. Visit www.marlene or call (905) 796-0101. APRIL 27 SELF ESTEEM TELECLASS 9 – 10 pm (905) 796-0101

APRIL 24 – 26 HEART FLOW RETREAT: Flowing with renewed life, embrace your child-like innocence as you nurture and grow the seeds of new dreams. Connect with your inner self & nature in this Heart Foundations retreat. www. Heart-Foundations APRIL 25 REIKI II CERTIFICATION For details, see the listing for March 25 Virginia Hart Nelson (416) 960-1690, APRIL 29 HEALING CIRCLE 7:30 – 9 pm, call (905) 796-0101.

MAY 3 – 8 RECLAIMING YOURSELF REBOOT RETREAT - Get on track with healthier habits for your body, mind & spirit and set goals for the rest of your life! MAY 7 REIKI SHARE 6:30 - 9 pm Visit (905) 796-0101. MAY 11 MINDFULNESS MEDITATION 7 - 8 pm www.marlenegeorge .com, call (905) 796-0101. MAY 9 REIKI I CERTIFICATION For more details see the listing for March 21 Virginia Hart Nelson, call (416) 960-1690, MAY 12 HOW TO TAME YOUR INNER CRITIC & BUILD SELF CONFIDENCE Weathering harsh criticism from others can lead to a distorted, unkind perception of yourself. Are you ready to resolve the painful emotions & confidently shine? Discover the way at this Introductory Workshop. 6:30-9:30pm. Details: http://www.NewDecision, or call (416) 469-2033. MAY 14 KRIYA YOGA LECTURE Be in the presence of a self-realized master Paramahamsa Prajnanananda, who will be giving a free public lecture on Kriya Yoga at 7 pm. Venue is TrinitySt Paul's United Church, 427 Bloor Street West Toronto. Email

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MAY 15 - 18 YOGA & MEDITATION LONG WEEKEND RETREAT with Liz Frost: Enjoy time to relax. Learn how to deal with stress and find the balance in everyday life. Visit MAY 21 MINDFULNESS MEDITATION: An Introduction - Explore a variety of meditation techniques to reduce stress, improve mood and find inner joy to help you get through anything life offers. MAY 23 REIKI II CERTIFICATION For more details see the listing for March 25. Virginia Hart Nelson (416) 9601690

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MAY 24 – 29 KNOW YOURSELF, FORGET YOURSELF: A Silent Week with Liz: Dive into self-exploration. Daily Yoga, meditation, journaling exercises, discussions and forest bathing, allow you to notice yourself on a deeper level. MAY 25 HOW THE BODY COMMUNICATES to us through Pain. Teleclass 9 - 10 pm (905) 796-0101. MAY 27 HEALING CIRCLE 7:30 – 9 pm (905) 796-0101 MAY 29 - 31 YOGA & MEDITATION: ADDRESS YOUR STRESS WEEKEND RETREAT: Emerge from winter hibernation and take time just for you, lose some stress, feel more centered and able to deal with whatever life presents. MAY 29 – 31 NEW DECISION THERAPY COMPASSIONATE FORGIVENESS TRAINING How to Heal the Past & Live Joyfully in the Present - an excellent adjunct process for any of the healing professions or a powerful, stand-alone system for helping clients live into the best version of themselves. Inquire about preliminary Monthly Introductory Workshops. Tuition Discount Deadlines: April 10 & May 1. Details: http://www.NewDecisionTherapyTraini, (416) 469-2033.

JUNE 4 REIKI SHARE 6:30 – 9 pm Visit, or call (905) 796-0101. JUNE 5 - 7 YOGA, CANOE & HIKE: THE ESSENTIAL SUMMER RETREAT: Gentle yoga, paddling the local marsh, explore the forest! JUNE 8 - 10 MINDFULNESS FOR LEADERS: Explore the impact of mindfulness on life and work. JUNE 23 SUMMER SOLSTICE YOGA & CANOE ONE-DAY RETREAT - Kick back for a day, relax and enjoy the outdoors. www.sugarridge 58


JUNE 20 - 21 LAUGHTER YOGA TRAINING & CERTIFICATION. Eliminate stress - Spread joy - Change lives with laughing! Register here: (416) 469-2033. JULY 17 - 19 HEART BLOSSOM RETREAT: Playing outside and daydreaming in nature, honor your ability to create in this time of abundance. Connect with your inner self & nature in this Heart Foundations retreat. e/Heart-Foundations JULY 25 - 30 THE SPIRIT OF HERBS with Michael Vertolli. Deepen your connection with healing herbs and the Living World. A six-day intensive workshop. JULY 26 – 31 MINDFULNESSBASED STRESS REDUCTION - ONE WEEK RETREAT. The whole curriculum in a one-week intensive - deepen your practice!

SEPT 28 - OCT 2 BECOME A MEDICAL INTUITIVE PRACTITIONER. Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY. YES! You can learn to do Medical Intuition for others. become-a-medical-intuitive? Information (845) 266-4444.

BIG CARROT SPEAKER SERIES: Join us Thursday nights at 7 pm for our Free Speaker Series. Hear experts deliver informative workshops on a diverse range of topics. Limited seating, 348 Danforth Ave., Room 212. More info: or call (416) 466-2129. BUDDHIST TEACHINGS/MEDITATION CLASSES. Mondays 7 - 8:30 pm in Newmarket. See www.meditatein for details. LAUGHTER YOGA CLASSES: Join us Wednesday nights 6:30 - 7:30 pm. A fun way to release stress, burn calories & experience joy. 662 Pape Ave., Toronto. www.laughyourselfhappy .com, (416) 469-2033. HERBAL FIELD STUDIES WORKSHOPS with Michael Vertolli. Learn how to identify, harvest and use herbs growing wild in Ontario. Online Introductory Lecture and field workshops April - Oct. Information: TAI CHI AND QIGONG CLASSES with Daniel Pikelin. Mondays: 9:15 am, Miles Nadal JCC, 750 Spadina Ave. Wednesdays: 10:15 am, Tai Chi and Meditation Centre, 320 Broadview Ave. Beginners to intermediate students are welcome at both classes. Contact:





AYURVEDIC MEDICINE AYURVEDIC HERBALIST, OAKVILLE: Pulse Reading, Dosha Balance, Herbs, Teas, Lifestyle Recommendations. Moninder Kaur Rekhi: (647) 528-2973, AYURVEDA RITUALS STUDIO SPA BOUTIQUE offers courses in Indian Head Massage, Ayurveda Spa Specialist programs, services, Ayurveda Facial, Ayurveda Botanical Skincare & Vedic Astrology Readings. Please contact: (416) 504-6049, or visit

BODY / MIND THERAPY ACCESS CONSCIOUSNESS©, Access Tess, 10 years' experience as Bars Practitioner, 35+ years' experience in other modalities. Uxbridge: (905) 8623999; Toronto: (647) 391-3999; See ad p. 47. COMBINED PHYSICAL, MENTAL, EMOTIONAL HEALING using regression and individualized vibrational remedies. 30 years' medical intuition. Kathy Walker: (416) 285-8759, REIKI AND EMOTIONAL SUPPORT SESSION for anxiety, depression, loneliness & sadness. Please call (416) 707-4896. RELAXATION WITH VERONIKA GOLD. Bowen Therapy, Hypnotherapy, Musicotherapy, Reiki master, Intuitive healer located in Kitchener. Relax your body and mind to EN-JOY yourself. Call (226) 792-2634, email: veronika Additional eshop

RESCUE MY RELATIONSHIP, book your FREE Call today to get the help and guidance you need. Call (416) 707- 4896, SACRED SPACE RELATIONSHIP FIRST AID PROGRAM: 12 weeks of support to transform your relationship. (416) 707-4896,

BREATH WORK MARLENE GEORGE. Healing Through Breathing workshops & private sessions., (905) 796-0101.

CENTRES, SCHOOLS, CLINICS ANARRES APOTHECARY School, Storefront & Mail-Order Resource. Workshops: Intro, certificate, Aromatherapy Certification & Apprenticeships. Handmade bodycare. Natural contraception & sex tools. Eco Gifts. Terracotta water purifiers & cookers. Herbs & essential oils. DIY supplies. Zero-waste housewares. Info@Anarres, call (647) 827-6968.

COUNSELLING / COACHING INTUITIVE, ENERGY PSYCHOTHERAPY & 12-DIMENSIONAL HEALING: be seen & heard, navigate uncertainty, release the root of your pain, gain freedom. 20-years compassionate support for you & the planet. FEELING STUCK? ANXIOUS? DEPRESSED? Are you looking for a simple, dependable way to resolve painful experiences? New Decision Therapy sets you free of anger, guilt, shame & unworthiness in a surprisingly short period of time. You'll access greater confidence, enjoy better relationships & make clearer decisions. Get started with a Certified Master Practitioner, 23 years experience. Call Lynn (416) 469-2033. Or visit her site:

CORE BELIEF ENGINEERING. We repeat what we don’t resolve. Lisa Sidorowicz, MA, B.Ed., CBE Master Practitioner & Trainer. (905) 510-7562, (905) 842-3305,,

COURSES & WORKSHOPS BELLANINA FACELIFT MASSAGE: Become a Facelift Massage Specialist. Classes held in Toronto. For more information, please contact: sandra@, (416) 924-6579. HORSES HEALING HUMANS: Equine Assisted Learning and Healing. Oneon-one programs for individuals, families, couples, teams. Focus on healing trauma, building communication, improve problem-solving. Please call Evelyne: (289) 889-0910, or visit SHAMANISM WORKSHOPS offered by The Foundation for Shamanic Studies. Join Glenn Campbell for Basic and Advanced Workshops in Core Shamanism. For dates, locations or registration information, go to or contact Glenn at: glenn@shamanspiritpath .com or (905) 655-6756. Also, see ad on page 36 for information on the upcoming prerequisite Basic workshops. REFLEXOLOGY COURSES in Hand, Foot, Ear & Teacher's Training with Diana O'Reilly (Former Teacher of the Year) & Diana Gault (Honorary Member with RAC). Please call (647) 523-2435 or visit MAKE YOUR OWN DRUM: Ongoing workshops held in Guelph, Ont. Frame drums, Djembe, African Talking Drums, Ocean Drums, more. We also travel to Your location! Info: Email:, or visit: Call (226) 962-1530.

COLONIC IRRIGATION COLON HYDROTHERAPY offered at Hockley Valley Naturopathic & Chiropractic Clinic, near Orangeville. Call Elinko at (519) 941-7553 or 1800 397-3085.

CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY CRANIOSACRAL: Gentle yet powerful healing. In practice 26 years. Holistic therapies include: Registered Nutrition, Massage, Aromatherapy, reflexology, Reiki, Osteopathic Techniques, Esalen Massage, Living raw Food lifestyle expert. Certified by; Hippocrates & Esalen Institutes, Matthew Kennedy Academy & Young Living Essential Oils. Fabienne Thuet (416) 558-7441. MARLENE GEORGE. Craniosacral Therapy. Private appointments. Visit, or call (905) 796-0101.

EMOTIONAL FREEDOM TECHNIQUES (EFT) EFT, CRYSTAL HAWK, M.ED., in person, by phone/Skype. 20 years' experience. Research-based for pain, anxiety, trauma, depression, addiction. See EFT section of,

HEAD INJURIES DID YOU KNOW that loss of smell and taste is a precursor to degenerative brain disease? We can help. Dr. Monika Faulhaber, DC (905) 712-8118.

HEALTH SERVICES LARGE FLOAT TANK available for use at the Toronto Healing Arts Centre at Bloor and Christie. Tank fits individual or couple (small to medium builds) in beautiful, peaceful space. Contact (416) 535-8777 or book online

HYPNOTHERAPY • PAST LIFE ENERGY HEALING Turn your experiences and conditioning into powerful catalysts for healing and change. In a deeply relaxed state you can access many empowering realizations from a fresh perspective. Remember: • strengths & insights from other lifetimes • why you came here • the Source of your real supply

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Activate: • new choices and habits • physical & emotional replenishment • your creative capacities • a safe loving heart

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VIRGINIA HART NELSON. Turn your experiences & conditioning into powerful catalysts for healing & change. (416) 960-1690,, see ad on pg. 47.

PAM RUSSELL. Pain and stress relief from head to toe. Dupont and Spadina. House calls. Feet, hands & ears. Plus Thai foot reflexology, (416) 856-6589,


REFLEXOLOGY COURSES in Hand, Foot, Ear & Teacher's Training with Diana O'Reilly (Former Teacher of the Year) & Diana Gault (Honorary Member with RAC). Please call (647) 523-2435 or visit

LIVE BLOOD ANALYSIS, 4 Locations: Maple, North York, Newmarket and Bradford; call (905) 715-6443;

PAIN RELIEF PEMF THERAPY, 4 Locations: Maple, North York, Newmarket and Bradford; (905) 715-6443;

PAST LIFE THERAPY REMEMBER ACCOMPLISHMENTS from other lifetimes, transform old habit patterns & liberate your purpose. Virginia Hart Nelson: (416) 960-1690, See ad on pg. 47.

PSYCHICS & CLAIRVOYANTS MARGOT PSYCHIC SERVICES. Professional, accurate, insightful readings by renowned psychic medium. Reading by phone or in person, contact: (416) 921-0611, or visit PSYCHIC EXPOS. Psychic readers, crystals, jewellery, and related products are featured at 13 Psychic Expos across Ontario. Free crystal and ongoing demonstrations included with admission. For Free admission discount coupon, visit our website at JACKIE LEWIS TAROT CARDS CLAIRVOYANCE. Insightful, accurate and professional readings by phone or in person. Contact (647) 347-5373.

PSYCHOTHERAPY HOLISTIC PSYCHOTHERAPY. The most powerful work. Integrating Psychotherapy with body/energy-centred modalities. Registered Psychotherapist, Canadian Certified Counsellor with Master's Degree & Board Certified Polarity Practitioner. Over 25 years' experience. See ad in Vitality magazine on pg. 47. Visit, Victoria: (416) 916-6066.

REIKI VIRGINIA HART NELSON. Private treatments, and Certification all Levels. 26 years' experience. (416) 960-1690,, email: See ad in Vitality magazine on pg. 47. MARLENE GEORGE. Reiki. Recognized Master Teacher by the CRA Ontario. Over 30 years' experience. Certificate, Attunement manual. All levels. Practice groups and private sessions., (905) 796-0101. REIKI, EMOTION CODE, Healing Codes, Certified Reflexology, & Psychotherapy: Effie Hadzis, BA, B.Ed., Registered Psychotherapist, (416) 751-9619,

RETREATS & VACATIONS ART OF HEALING with Arrole Lawrence - Mar 10: Connect with an ancient understanding to help you play the game of life. Access a road map for understanding your thoughts, feelings and emotional patterns. YOGA SPA DAY: SOULFUL PRANA ALIGNMENT - Mar 11: Learn to control your breathing patterns, ground yourself, develop mindfulness and begin to reduce your negative impressions, peeling back the veils that lead back to Self. 6 CECs eligible through Yoga Alliance for Registered Yoga Teachers. Continued on next page


SUMMER 2020 Released in June Advertising deadline: APRIL 22 To reserve space, (416) 964-0528, or email



SERVICE DIRECTORY MARCH BREAK GETAWAY Mar 15 - 20: Bring your family & friends, or come on your own and let us take care of you. Warm cozy cabins, fresh organic meals, hot chocolate by the fire what more could you want? MINDFUL SELF-COMPASSION: WEEKEND RETREAT - Mar 20 - 22: Using mindfulness activities and selfcare exercises, yoga and meditation, you will discover new ways of nurturing yourself. ART OF HEALING WITH ARROLE LAWRENCE - April 7: Connect with ancient understanding to help you play the game of life. Access a road map for understanding your thoughts, feelings and emotional patterns. For information visit SILENT MEDITATION RETREAT 3, 5 or 7 nights - Apr 9 -16: Be quiet to find clarity and inner peace. Become more self-aware and let go of the everyday distractions. HEART FLOW RETREAT: April 24 - 26. Flowing with renewed life, embrace your child-like innocence as you nurture and grow the seeds of new dreams. Connect with your inner self & nature in this Heart Foundations retreat. www.NorthernEdgeAlgonguin .ca/Circle/Heart-Foundations RECLAIMING YOUR SELF-REBOOT RETREAT - May 3 - 8: Get on track with healthier habits for your body, mind & spirit and set goals for the rest of your life! YOGA & MEDITATION LONG WEEKEND RETREAT WITH LIZ FROST - May 15 - 18: Enjoy time to relax. Learn how to deal with stress and find the balance in everyday life. MINDFULNESS MEDITATION: AN INTRODUCTION - May 21: Explore a variety of meditation techniques to reduce stress, improve mood and find inner joy to help you get through anything life offers. KNOW YOURSELF, FORGET YOURSELF: A Silent Week with Liz - May 24 29: Dive into self-exploration. Daily Yoga, meditation, journaling exercises, discussions and forest bathing, allow you to notice yourself on a deeper level. YOGA & MEDITATION: ADDRESS YOUR STRESS WEEKEND RETREAT May 29 - 31: Emerge from winter hibernation and take time just for you, lose some stress, feel more centered and able to deal with whatever life presents. YOGA, CANOE & HIKE: The Essential Summer Retreat - June 5 - 7: Gentle yoga, paddling the local marsh, explore the forest! 62

MINDFULNESS FOR LEADERS - June 8 - 10: Explore the impact of mindfulness on life and work. Please visit SUMMER SOLSTICE YOGA & CANOE ONE-DAY RETREAT - June 23: Kick back for a day, relax and enjoy the outdoors. www.sugarridge WOMEN'S CHAKRADANCE™ RETREAT: July 7 - 10, 2020, Cozumel, Mexico. Dance your heart out! Experience transformative meditations, healthy local cuisine, and sacred ceremony. Information: (Talk of the Town Travel, 8A-1444 Dupont St. TICO #1112688) 416-960-1393, ext. 11 HEART BLOSSOM RETREAT: July 17 19 Playing outside and daydreaming in nature, honor your ability to create in this time of abundance. Connect with your inner self & nature in this Heart Foundations retreat. www. rt-Foundations MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION - ONE-WEEK RETREAT July 26 - 31 The whole curriculum in a one week intensive - deepen your practice! HIDDEN BUDDHA HEALING CENTER: Retreats, Rentals, Bed & Breakfast, Reiki, Macrobiotics, Health Coaching. Contact Lidia: (416) 912-1721,

SOUND HEALING THERAPY MARY ANN SATO - Certified Practitioner of Biofield Tuning, Usui Reiki Master/Teacher, Sound Healing, Light Language Channeling. Available for one-on-one sessions to help with physical pain, emotional healing, spiritual development, general health and wellness. Call (416) 903-0307.,




FOR SALE: Norwalk Juicer Model 270 $2,200.00, Green Star Juicer $400.00, Ion Cleanse Aqua-Chi Prof. Series 11 $800.00. Contact 1-613 923-5156

NEW PSYCHOTHERAPY SPACES: Beautiful building across from Allan Gardens - 120 Carlton at Jarvis. Six spaces available on full-time, part-time and occasional basis. Inquiries, please call (416) 535-8777 or send email to

HEALTH PRODUCTS FREE KANGEN WATER FOR THIRTY DAYS. 2239 Bloor St. W. Toronto. COLLOIDAL SILVER GENERATORS: Make your own fresh, high potency with our professional domestic and commercial colloidal generators. We supply large area electrodes of 99.99% pure silver, gold, copper, magnesium, zinc, iron, platinum, palladium, tin, titanium & 3 more. 20% discount for zoomers. Made in GTA. Visit our website:, or call (647) 478-6946 or 1-800-488-2032.

PERSONALS GENTLEMAN with business & health background looking to meet a lady (34 - 40) interested in natural health. Call Joe (647) 521-5645, or reply by email: Deadline for Vitality’s upcoming Summer issue is April 22nd. Release date: early June

BEAUTIFUL OFFICES: Toronto Healing Arts Centre, established 1983, large variety of spaces - Bloor Street West at Christie subway. Specializing in space for psychotherapists, open to all. Inquiries (416) 535-8777 or PARKDALE PSYCHOTHERAPY SPACE: Queen West near Brock. Beautifully renovated offices available part-time and occasional. Contact Nick (416) 567-2205. HIDDEN BUDDHA HEALING CENTER: The Perfect Place to Host Your Retreat. Rental space for retreat leaders, yearround. Contact Lidia: (416) 912-1721, Vitality’s Classifieds, Service Directory, and Calendar of Events listings cost $1.50 per word + HST. To include your ad in our next issue, email it to us at: and request a quote. Call: 416-964-0528.

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YOGA SUNLILYOGA - A Kripalu Yoga Programme in Richmond Hill and Thornhill. Yoga classes, Yoga Therapy, Retreats and 200- & 500-hour Yoga Teacher Training:, (905) 770-9210. YOGA PRANAYAM CENTRE. Beginner and intermediate Kripalu yoga - easy, effective, wholesome. 348 Danforth Ave., the Carrot Common, Chester subway. Call (416) 691-7337.


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Vitality Magazine Spring 2020 Issue  

Vitality magazine is one of Canada’s largest publications on natural health, alternative medicine, and green living. It is available free...

Vitality Magazine Spring 2020 Issue  

Vitality magazine is one of Canada’s largest publications on natural health, alternative medicine, and green living. It is available free...