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AFTER THE OUTBREAK: Preparing Ourselves for a Healthier Future

Dr. Zoltan Rona, MD

SUMMER 2020

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SCIENCE VERSUS CENSORSHIP Why everybody is taking vitamin C

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CENSORSHIP LAW AND COVID-19 Discussion by Shawn Buckley, LLB

12 GET STRONGER THIS SUMMER with meals rich in plant-based proteins

18 GUIDE TO ORGANICS farms • farmers markets • stores • organic products

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

28 AFTER THE OUTBREAK Preparing ourselves for a healthier future

COLUMNS 40 Sacred Journeys

Kim Elkington

42 Sun Sign Predictions: Spring

Julie Simmons

DEPARTMENTS 36 LETTERS TO EDITOR 46 COMMUNITY NEWS 48 CALENDAR OF EVENTS Events, Classes, and Workshops Across Ontario

52 SERVICE DIRECTORY Toronto’s Comprehensive Monthly Health Resource

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n the months leading up to our new Summer issue, we’ve seen some weird and wonderful trends emerging on the heels of the coronavirus outbreak. One disturbing trend has been the increased censorship of alternative views on prevention and treatment of COVID-19. In spite of evidence that specific vitamins, herbs, and minerals can help people keep well during a pandemic, still the powersthat-be want to keep this information under wraps. (Even Vitality has seen videos by alternative medicine experts deleted from our Facebook page.) To shine more light on the issue, we bring you opinion pieces from two reputable sources: 1) OMNS Editor Andrew Saul reveals how certain videos made by radical Chinese doctors to discuss their success using IV vitamin C against COVID were repeatedly deleted from YouTube; 2) Lawyer Shawn Buckley discusses a new report that the Trudeau government is planning to enact censorship laws to prevent “misinformation” about COVID-19. Meantime, the lockdown has had a big impact on health and wellness practitioners. From RMTs to acupuncturists to reflexologists, everyone had to close their doors as clients waited in pain and isolation for the lockdown to end. Then there were the psychotherapists, hypnotherapists, and other counsellors and teachers unable to reach out to their clients in crisis. Thankfully the lockdown is starting to lift now. Another sector hit hard was the food supply chain. With viral outbreaks reported in meat processing facilities across the country, thousands of animals had to be culled or euthanized. And the cruelty involved with factory farmed animals was brought into the spotlight. One positive outcome of this has been increased public interest in alternative plant-based sources of protein that are eco-friendly and cruelty-free. To help readers navigate this shift, we offer an article on how to Get Stronger This Summer – with Nourishing Meals Rich in 4

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Plant-based Proteins. It includes tried and true recipes by famous nutritionist Julie Daniluk and food writer Linda Gabris. Our local organic food industry was also hit hard by the coronavirus. That’s why we felt it was important to check in with the farms, markets, and organic outlets in our network to see how they’ve fared during the pandemic, and to ask what their businesses will look like going forward. You will find the results published in this issue’s Guide to Organics, a great little directory of local resources. The Guide will continue to evolve on our website for the rest of the year as outlets are added or updated. Overall, these organic farmers and vendors are a sturdy bunch, and their future looks bright since consumers have come to appreciate clean food as a key part of wellness. Speaking of which, it looks like the recent global threat to our health and safety has caused people to embrace wellness like never before. According to Beth McGroarty of the Global Wellness Institute, “The silver lining in all of this is – it brings a lot more focus to health and wellness.” And Forbes magazine published a feature that proclaimed: “Luxury Brands, Get Ready: Wellbeing Will Emerge As A Huge Trend After Coronavirus.” On that note, this month we bring you Dr. Zoltan Rona’s piece entitled: After the Outbreak – Looking Forward to a Healthier Future which explores strategies and supplements that can help repair the mental and physical damage caused by the lockdown, and get us on the road to optimal wellbeing. To see more of Vitality’s excellent COVID-related features published in recent weeks, take a look at our April and May newsletters (see page 45 for tips on how to get your hands on those). Regarding the big picture, I have to wonder what lies ahead. So I’d like to leave you with the words of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, as shared by Andrew Harvey, author of The Hope – A Guide to Sacred Activism: “Humanity is in danger of extinction. Prepare for the very worst. And then work tirelessly with compassion and joy for the very best.” Meantime, have a terrific summer. We’ll see you in September with our Fall issue if the gods are willing. Julia Woodford

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SCIENCE VERSUS CENSORSHIP

physician with over 30 years’ experience treating viral illnesses. But something else, something big, also happened. OMNS Chinese edition editor Richard Cheng, MD, PhD, was already in Worldwide Nutritional Immunity – Why place in China. He was first to report in on Everybody, Everywhere, Is Taking Vitamin C several Chinese doctors’ initial successes using intravenous vitamin C against COVID. Commentary by Andrew W. Saul, Editor-in-Chief, OMNS This was followed by OMNS publishing quotes from seminars and interviews with these doctors. Yet videos of these physicians With no help from the network have been promptly and repeatedly removed news, or the National Institutes of by YouTube for “violating their community Health, or the CDC, and certainly standards.” not from the WHO, the public In spite of this, with no help from the netnevertheless drew a vital conclusion work news, or the National Institutes of in April: If high dose intravenous Health, or the CDC, and certainly not from the vitamin C is useful for treating WHO, the public nevertheless drew a vital COVID-19 in hospitalized ICU conclusion in April: If high dose intravenous patients, then moderate oral doses vitamin C is useful for treating COVID-19 in of vitamin C will likely be a good hospitalized ICU patients, then moderate oral preventive supplement. Almost doses of vitamin C will likely be a good preimmediately, vitamin C sold out ventive supplement. Almost immediately, worldwide. vitamin C sold out worldwide. Shelves were empty. Even the largest retailers were back“I have not seen any ’flu yet that was not cured or ordered for weeks. Practically the whole world is now taking vitamin C. I markedly ameliorated by massive doses of vitamin C.” think this is the real reason why COVID-19 will not become (Robert F. Cathcart, MD) COVID-20. Or 21. All OMNS releases on COVID-19 follow below. They are The Orthomolecular Medicine News Service first made the statement: “Vitamin C protects against coronavirus” in a free access and may be freely reprinted with attribution. – Vitamin C and Coronavirus: Not a Vaccine; Just a press release on January 26, 2020. The opening sentence of Humble Cure; commentary by William F. Simmons and that press release was (and remains) politically incorrect: Robert G. Smith, PhD https://tinyurl.com/VitChumblecure “The coronavirus pandemic can be dramatically slowed, or – Protected Group Immunity, Not a Vaccine, is the Way to stopped, with the immediate widespread use of high doses Stop the COVID-19 Pandemic; commentary by Richard Z. of vitamin C.” The next two sentences of the press release are virtually Cheng, MD, PhD https://tinyurl.com/GroupImmunity – Vitamin C Evidence for Treating Complications of never quoted in the mainstream media: 1) “Physicians have demonstrated the powerful antiviral action of vitamin C for COVID-19 and other Viral Infections by Magnus P.F. decades; and 2) There has been a lack of media coverage of Rasmussen https://tinyurl.com/VitCevidence this effective and successful approach against viruses in (Ed. note: To read more articles by OMNS, or for a free subscripgeneral, and coronavirus in particular.” tion to their news service, visit: http://orthomolecular.org/subscribe Shortly after the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service .html. And to visit their archives please visit: http://orthomolecular. (OMNS) issued their statement, the U.S. Centers for org/resources/omns/index.shtml) Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization posted statements on their respective websites declaring Andrew W. Saul founded the peer-reviewed Orthomolecular that vitamin C was useless against COVID-19. Without Medicine News Service in 2004 at the request of Abram Hoffer, MD, even checking sources, USA Today and other newspapers PhD, and Hugh D. Riordan, MD. Saul, Dr. Hoffer’s co-author for 4 declared that the OMNS press release was “fake news” and books, has written, co-authored, or edited 21 more. He has no financial connection whatsoever with the supplement industry. “false information”. YouTube then deleted videos of licensed physicians supBreaking news: porting therapeutic or even preventive use of vitamin C. https://bigleaguepolitics.com/michigan-doctor-charged-withFacebook literally blocked and banned this quote from one felonies-for-treating-coronavirus-patients-with-vitamin-c/ 6

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CENSORSHIP LAW AND COVID-19 ~ Discussion Paper by Shawn Buckley, LLB “We are sad to report that ‘truth’ is not expected to survive COVID-19.” On April 15, 2020, the Toronto Sun reported that the Trudeau Government is planning to enact censorship laws to prevent “misinformation” about COVID-19.[1] NDP MP Charlie Angus is quoted as supporting the measure, signaling that “protecting” you from freedom of speech may be broadly supported in Parliament. The problem with censorship law is that it’s the government which gets to decide what ‘truth’ you will be allowed to access. There is not yet draft legislation for us to comment on, but the proposal is very concerning. Censorship and a free society cannot co-exist. It is as simple as that. If you want to remain at least partially free, you must resist this initiative. When this proposal gains momentum, we will be given persuasive arguments – “there are ‘scam artists’ pedaling fake cures,” and “there are ‘conspiracy theorists’ pedaling fake news”. In short, you will be told why you need to be protected by the government. The fear and outrage will be so great that you will be focussed on it, so that you do not ask important questions like: – Are Canadians really so stupid that they cannot be trusted to make reasonable choices? – Is this really a problem? We always have diverse views that we sort through – is this so different? – Am I really so stupid that I need the government to decide what I can be exposed to? – Can I actually trust the government to decide what I am told? Censorship is the government deciding what information you can have access to. Censorship never ends well. Freedom in Exchange for Vaccination

We are in an unprecedented situation where we are effectively imprisoned in our own homes and the justification for the lockdown has already changed. We were first told this was necessary so that we could flatten the curve of infections. Now, a second theme has been introduced, that restrictions of one sort or another will stay until a vaccine is ready. We are, in effect, being told that our freedoms may be restricted until we are all vaccinated. For greater clarity, our freedoms have never in our lives been so restricted, and the narrative to explain “why” is changing. It does not matter whether you agree or disagree with the restrictions on our freedoms. You must pay close attention to the mainstream media narratives to identify any agendas that are present (whether benign or not). 8

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Fake News and Manipulation of Public Opinion

It has never been more important for you to pay attention to what is happening. So, here we are: • Your freedom is being restricted like it never has been before, and • The government wants to control the information you receive while restricting your freedom. How is this different than what police states do? So it is with some irony that on April 15, 2020, our government broadcaster, CBC, ran a story telling kids how to shut down “conspiracy theories” voiced by adults: https://tinyurl.com/cbconmisinformation In this strange piece the reporter actually says: “conspiracies can be just as infectious, just as dangerous, as a virus.” The example given of a conspiracy is the suggestion that the novel coronavirus was created by China in a lab. This is an interesting example, as why would it matter if people believed the virus came from a lab as opposed to being naturally occurring? Surely our belief about the origin of the virus does not change whether or not we should stay in our homes to avoid it. It is also an interesting example, as it may be wrong. I have not researched this issue, but in just checking news for myself have run across suggestions that there is a legitimate debate. For example, Fox News reported on April 15 that U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, said the U.S. government is trying to figure out if the virus did come from a Chinese lab (see https://ww w.foxnews.com/politics/coronavirus-wuhan-lab-china-compete-us-sources). Similarly, I came across a story reporting that Nobel Peace Prize winner, Dr. Luc Montagnier, claims the virus was man-made (see https://www.gilmorehealth.com/chinese-coronavirus-is-a-man-made-virus-according-to-lucmontagnier-the-man-who-discovered-hiv/). I am not offering an opinion on whether the virus was man-made or naturally occurring. I am offering the opinion that there appears to be a rational debate about this. I remember watching what I think was CNN, in October 1990, where a story was aired about soldiers from Iraq throwing babies out of incubators in Kuwait and leaving them to die on the floor. I was incensed and wanted something done. The story turned out to be fake news, peddled on mainstream news networks to manipulate public opinion to support the first Gulf War. I also remember becoming very concerned about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction peddled on the mainstream news prior to the second Iraq War for the same purpose. This was also fake news. Both fake stories worked, and many of us supported wars that have killed large numbers of innocent people. Shame on us, as we are complicit in those deaths. Soon you will be intimidated into supporting government censorship, all for your safety and the safety of your loved ones. Of course, anyone from the former Soviet Union or 10

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Communist China can tell you how safe we are when the government gets a monopoly on the truth. Taking Action to Prevent Coronavirus Censorship

Although there is not yet an actual Bill before Parliament, we need to let MPs in all parties know that we are not going to support this censorship. I am asking each of you to: • Call your local MP and demand a phone meeting. Tell them you don’t support any type of government censorship. You can find their contact information here: https://www.ourcommons.ca/Members/en • Call the Prime Minister’s Office at both 613-995-0253 and 514-277-6020. You likely will have to settle for speaking to staff, but they will be listening. (Email: justin.trudeau@parl.gc.ca) • Call Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer at both 613992-4593 and 306-332-2575 • Call NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh at both 613-947-0867 and 604-291-8863 • Call Bloc Quebecois Leader Yves-François Blanchet at 613-992-6035 and 450-658-0088 • Write a letter to your MP and each party leader. You can also email, but email is not the same as a letter, and letters are taken more seriously. I would like to leave you with one of my favourite quotes, because it drives home the point that if we do not take personal responsibility for protecting our rights we will lose them. “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will. Find out just what any people will quietly submit to and you have found out the exact measure of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them.” - Frederick Douglass (1818 - 1895), author, former slave Reference: [1] The article can be found here: https://torontosun.com/opinion/columnists/furey-feds-planning-laws-against-covid-19-misinformation-is-ultimate-irony Author bio: Shawn Buckley is a lawyer and the president of the Natural Health Products Protection Association (NHPPA). His reputation has reached Canada’s Parliament, national media, civil liberties organizations and tens of thousands Canadian citizens. His expertise combines detailed knowledge of our Constitution and the Food and Drug Act with 25 years experience successfully defending natural health stakeholders from prosecution by Health Canada. Shawn brings to the NHPPA unrivalled legal knowledge and his acknowledged status as a constitutional expert in parliament. His work represents his passion for truth, ethics and individual rights in a regulatory climate of which he says: “How free are we if we cannot choose how to feed ourselves or maintain our own health?” Contact: email: info@nhppa.org | Visit: www.nhppa.org www.charterofhealthfreedom.org Call: 1.519.648.2050 News: Story by Rex Murphy on liberal proposal to censor everything: https://tinyurl.com/RexMurphyoncovid19 www.vitalitymagazine.com

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Get Stronger This Summer with Nourishing Meals Rich in Plant-based Proteins ~ by JULIA WOODFORD

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All of them have a long shelf life if stored in a cool, dry place. So in the event of food supply disruptions and power outages they can be used as solid dietary staples (in a pinch, just add water and cook them over a campfire). And they travel well, so you can easily take beans and grains to the cottage for protein-rich country dinners (easier than hauling a side of beef). The following recipes are high in plant-based protein and are well suited to easy summer prepping and dining.

Healing Salad in a Jar This protein-packed recipe, which contains both quinoa and This “Healing Salad in a Jar” is Benefits of black beans, is from the book by by Julie Daniluk, RHN, author of Plant-Based Protein Julie Daniluk, RHN, entitled “Slimming Meals That Heal” Slimming Meals That Heal: Lose Protein is critical for keeping the body strong and the immune system optimized. Weight Without Dieting, Using Anti-Inflammatory Unfortunately for those who love their burgers and steaks, a Superfoods.[3] (Makes 2 servings) 2015 report by the WHO described the consumption of red If you like to take a salad for lunch but don’t have time to meat as “probably carcinogenic to humans.” The report prepare it in the morning, I have the solution for you. By went on to say: “This association [between meat and can- using a mason jar and putting the dressing in first, you can cer] was observed mainly for colorectal cancer, but associ- make salads the day before. When you are ready to eat, just ations were also seen for pancreatic cancer and prostate give the salad a shake and enjoy. Feel free to change up the ingredients of the salad. Just remember to always place the cancer.[2] Since plant-based protein is a nutrient-dense, clean-burn- greens at the top of the jar to keep them from coming into ing, and eco-friendly alternative to animal foods, it’s worth- contact with the dressing. 4 Tbsp Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette while cultivating a repertoire of favourite (recipe follows) recipes for the summer mealtimes ahead. 1/4 cup diced red onion These days, my favourite plant-based 1 cup chopped apples proteins include: 1 cup shredded carrot 1/4 cup walnuts – lentils (range from 18 to 24 grams 1 cup cooked red quinoa protein per cooked cup, depending on 1 cup cooked black beans, drained and type of lentil); rinsed if canned – mung beans (14 grams protein per 2 cups spinach or arugula cooked cup); Directions: – quinoa (8 grams protein per cup); and Find two wide-mouth 32-oz mason – black beans (15 grams protein per Black beans, lentils, mung beans jars with tight-fitting lids. Pour half the cooked cup). 12 VITALITY MAGAZINE – SUMMER 2020

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n recent months, the outbreaks of coronavirus in slaughterhouses and food processing plants across Canada have caused people to think twice about their consumption of meat. According to David GeorgeCosh of the Business News Network, “Products that use soy or peas to replicate the taste and texture of meat are seeing a surge in sales as Canadians snap up new protein sources amid concerns that meat selection will become strained due to virus outbreaks at major processing facilities.”[1] In fact, sales of tofu and meat alternatives have risen 52% over the past year in Canada, according to analytics firm Nielsen.


dressing into bottom of each jar, then add onions, beans, and apples so they can marinate. Add carrots, walnuts, quinoa as the middle layers. At the very top, add spinach or arugula. Shake well just before serving to coat ingredients.

Roasted Garlic Vinaigrette 3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
 3 Tbsp unpasteurized apple cider vinegar
 2 Tbsp water 1 tsp basil, dried
 2 Tbsp honey 1/4 tsp pink rock salt or gray sea salt
 2 cloves garlic, roasted or 1 clove raw garlic, crushed Place all ingredients into in a blender and blend for about 30 seconds. Use immediately or store in a jar for one to two weeks. Red Pepper Lentil Salad This recipe is also by Julie Daniluk, tucked in an article on Vitality’s website entitled: Fabulous Fibre: Foods That Create Fullness and Fight Fat.[4] The recipe calls for two kinds of plant-based protein (lentils and hemp seeds), so you can expect steady long-lasting energy from this vitamin- and mineral-charged dish. Lentils boast 8 grams of fibre per 1/2 cup serving. Much of this fibre is soluble and helps to stabilize blood sugar. Salad: 1 cup red pepper, julienned (matchstick-size pieces) 19 oz (540 mL) can green lentils, rinsed and drained 1/4 cup hemp seeds 1/2 cup fresh parsley or cilantro, chopped Dressing: 1/3 cup lemon juice 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 1 Tbsp minced garlic 1 tsp dijon mustard 2 tsp dried oregano Sea salt to taste Directions: 1) Mix all dressing ingredients in a bowl. 2) Place all salad ingredients in a separate bowl and top with dressing. Mix well and taste to adjust seasoning. 3) The flavour improves as the salad marinates, so you can make it ahead (and refrigerate for up to three days.) Red Lentil Humus Don’t leave your hummus stuck in a rut – try this unusual interpretation from The Organic Gourmet Feast of Fields cookbook. (Makes 2 cups.) 1 cup red lentils, rinsed 2 cloves garlic 1 tsp ground cumin 1 Tbsp chopped fresh basil 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes 1/2 cup olive oil www.vitalitymagazine.com

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Glazed Vegetable Lentil Loaf This recipe by long-time food writer Linda Gabris comes from her feature entitled Marvellous Meatless Meals located in the Vitality archives.[5] Says Linda: “Introducing meat-lovers to meatless meals is easy with this tasty loaf which comes out of the oven oozing with a mouthwatering glaze. This dish goes great with fermented beets, a green salad, and a crispy roll on the side. Leftover slices can be sprinkled with flour and fried in olive oil until brown and crispy…every bit as good the second time around!”

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Glazed Vegetable Lentil Loaf is as hearty and satisfying as classic meat loaf 1-1/2 cups dry green (or brown) lentils 3 cups vegetable stock or water 4 Tbsp ground flaxseed 1/2 cup water 3 Tbsp olive oil 2 chopped onions 4 cloves minced garlic 1 minced sweet pepper 1 diced jalapeno pepper (optional) 1 stick minced celery 3 grated carrots 1/2 teaspoon each of ground cumin and coriander Pinch of thyme and basil Sea salt and pepper to taste 1 egg (optional, for those who want a firmer loaf) Directions: 1) Wash lentils under cold running water and put them into a large saucepan; add stock or water and bring to a

boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer 35 to 45 minutes, or until mushy and liquid is mostly evaporated, stirring frequently to ensure lentils have not boiled dry. 2) Remove from heat, let stand until cool at which time the lentils should be very thick. 3) In a bowl, combine ground flaxseed with water. Let stand 10 minutes. If you like a more delicate loaf you can skip this step but if you fancy a firmer texture this makes a good binder. Set aside. 4) Heat olive oil in a skillet and sauté onions, garlic, peppers, celery, and carrots until soft. Sprinkle in the spices, herbs, sea salt, and pepper. 5) Mix the flaxseed and the vegetables into the lentils, add the egg, and mix well. The mixture should have a ‘meat loaf’ consistency. If you find it is not stiff enough you can add some seasoned wholewheat bread or cracker crumbs for extra binding power. Set aside. 6) Grease a 10” x 5” x 3” loaf pan with coconut or olive oil, and pack loaf mixture into pan. Spread with the glaze (recipe here), and

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Salt and pepper to taste Directions: 1) In a saucepan, cover lentils with 2 cups salted water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cook for 30 minutes or until tender; drain. 2) In a food processor, combine cooked lentils with garlic, cumin, basil, sundried tomatoes and olive oil. Puree until smooth. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with pita bread cut into wedges, pita chips, or celery for dipping.

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bake 45 minutes at 375F, or until firmly set. Let stand 15 minutes before slicing. 7) Spread with the glaze, and bake 45 minutes at 375F, or until firmly set. Let stand 15 minutes before slicing.

As a result of his daily sprout consumption, Tony claims to be free of the common aches and pains typical of folks in his age group, so he takes these sprouts seriously. (He even believes they can help build immunity to viruses.) Twenty-five years ago, when he first disMarvellous Mung Beans covered mung bean sprouts, Tony was so by Julia Woodford impressed with their health benefits that he founded the Sprout Growers company I started adding protein-rich cooked in Burlington, Ont. The company makes mung beans to my meals a few years ago easy-to-use sprouting kits available to the after I learned of their reputation as a Sprouted mung beans are rich in public. He is currently offering a kit that superfood in Traditional Chinese protein, minerals, and vitamins includes one sprouter, plus three pounds of Medicine. Mung beans are highly anticertified organic kosher mung beans for inflammatory and work to clear toxins $53 (includes shipping within North America). This kit is such as mercury and other heavy metals from the body. adequate to last for three months if you follow his recomThey can be boiled up just like lentils or chickpeas, and mixed in a bowl with olive oil, garlic, and herbs of your mendations. I love the idea of growing an urban sprout garden right in choice for a cleansing summer supper. And recently I’ve also started sprouting them and adding my kitchen. This is very convenient for us city dwellers who the sprouts to my morning meal, based on the advice of may not have a patch of land or a balcony to do container Tony Hornick. A 91-year-old local entrepreneur, Tony gardening. And if there are disruptions to the food supply, attributes his perfect health to daily consumption of sprout- whether from climate catastrophes, transportation issues, or ed mung beans. Tony describes the mung bean as a super- store closures, growing our own sprouts provides a highly food high in amino acids, minerals, vitamins, and proteins nutritious source of fresh greens at our fingertips. Even better, it’s easy and inexpensive.[6] – everything needed to stay healthy.

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Alternatively, if you want to try sprouting a larger variety of beans and seeds, a local company called Sprout Master offers a range of sprouting supplies. Based in Elmvale, Ont., Sprout Master is a distributor of organic seeds, grains, beans, and sprouting tools. Right now they have a “Sprouting Special� on for $19.95, comprised of: 1) A book on sprouts (how to grow sprouts of many varieties and prepare meals with them); 2) A salad mix (alfalfa, canola, clover, radish, broccoli sprouts); 3) A 1-litre sprouting jar.[7] In the words of David George-Cosh, “As the COVID-19 pandemic stirs fear about food supply chains, plant-based meat substitutes are having their day in the sun.� And we couldn’t be more thrilled. References and Resources [1] https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/canadians-hungry-for-meatalternatives-amid-covid-19-fears-1.1430237 [2] https://tinyurl.com/WHO-meatandcancer [3] https://vitalitymagazine.com/article/slimming-meals-thatheal/ [4] https://vitalitymagazine.com/article/fabulous-fibre-foods-create-fullness-fight-fat/ About Julie Daniluk, RHN, NNCP Julie is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and host of Healthy Gourmet, a reality cooking show aired in over 70 countries. A highly-sought-after anti-inflammatory health expert and speaker, she is the award-winning author of 3 bestselling books. After graduating from both The Canadian School of Natural Nutrition and the Institute for the Psychology of Eating, she studied culinary arts at George Brown College, herbalism at Emerson Herbal College, and life coaching with Tony Robbins. Be sure to check out her latest masterclass at www.thrivewithjulie.com and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube. [5] https://vitalitymagazine.com/article/marvellous-meatlessmeals/ [6] Vitality has arranged for our readers to receive a $3 discount on Tony Hornick’s Sprout Grower kit. To get the discount, use the code word “Vital� when you order. To make your order or for more information, please visit www.sproutgrower.com or call toll-free 1-800-815-9158. The Hornick sprouting kit is also available in some health food stores across Canada (see website for list of stores). Tel: 800-815-9158

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Naturally Yours from

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Guide to Organics A directory of Ontario organic and pesticide-free farms with pickyour-own and farmgate sales, plus outlets, restaurants, events PYO: Pick Your Own FM: Farmers’ Market

FG: Farmgate Sales CSA: Community Shared Agriculture

You are Invited

At Picking Time

We Welcome You To Pick Our Organically Grown Apples from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily during Harvest Season. Sample our Fresh Pressed Cider and Pure Orchard Honey. Other Local Organic Produce as Available. Home Baked Goods. We also book School Tours.

AVALON ORCHARDS

We are located just 45 minutes north of Toronto. 5th Line of Innisfil & Huronia Rd. (Sideroad 10)

We may be reached at:

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Photo of organic apples from Tansy Farm courtesy of The Big Carrot Natural Food Market (see page 25)

Organic Farms & Orchards AVALON ORCHARDS • INNISFIL, ONT. PYO: Celebrating 30 years of organic apple growing. This orchard offers pick-your-own certified organic apples; also fresh-pressed cider, honey, vinegar, and other organic produce. Open 10 am to 5 pm daily during harvest season. Located 45 minutes north of Toronto. Go north on Highway 400 to Highway 89; go east to Side Road 10. Then travel north on Side Road 10 for five miles to 5th Line; turn west on 5th line. The orchard is at 3150 5th Line. Call (705) 458-9902. For more information visit them online at: www.avalonorchards.net BOUSFIELD’S APPLES AND CIDER • MILTON, ONT. FG: This is a small, third generation family farm that has been growing organically since 2000; they are Certified Organic. Bousfield’s produces a wide variety of apples, pears, fresh pressed cider, grapes, and raw unpasteurized apple cider vinegar. They also grow garlic, onions, beets, carrots, Swiss chard, potatoes, and tomatoes. Other products for sale include local honey, maple syrup, and organic flour products. There is a retail store located on the farm open to the public. Produce is picked and ready for sale; this is not a pick-your-own facility. The farm store is open 10 am - 6 pm daily based on season and availability. You can also visit their booth on Saturday mornings, 7 am to 12 noon, at the Milton Farmers Market. Call farm for availability: 1-905-878-6355 Located at 5408 Derry Road, Milton, Ont. JOYFULLY ORGANIC FARM • MARKHAM, STOUFFVILLE, ONT. CSA; FM: Imagine a CSA share of fresh, local vegetables, that you can’t wait to open each week! The most delicious part? Big, beautiful flavours! Joyfully Organic Farm is run by two first-generation farmers – the heart and hands behind the vegetables they grow. Joyfully Organic Farm grows over 40 types of vegetables, which makes their CSA an inspiring experience! They are passionate about soil health, which is passed along in their www.vitalitymagazine.com


nutrient-packed, delicious vegetables. To top it off, each season you'll be invited to member-only farm tours and events! Each year they throw a gigantic potluck dinner in the middle of their vegetable field! Pick up your share in Markham or Stouffville. For more info visit www.joyfullyorganicfarm.ca/csa Email info@joyfullyorganicfarm.ca Facebook: @joyfullyorganicfarm.

SPRING VIEW FARMS • UXBRIDGE, ONT. PYO: Chemical-free. Pick your own strawberries and raspberries (not certified organic). Our goal towards chemical-free berries is to avoid any chemical residue in our produce by producing strawberries and raspberries without insecticides, fungicides, or herbicides. Strawberry season is in June; raspberry/black currant season in July.

Located 10 km north of Uxbridge in the hamlet of Leaskdale at 11680 Durham Rd. 1 (Main St. N.). Open from mid-June, Monday to Saturday, 8 am to 6 pm. No Sunday sales. Please call ahead: (905) 852-2795. Visit www.harvestontario.com/springviewfarms.html

ORGANICS FAMILY FARM • MARKHAM PYO; FG: Certified organic strawberries and apples. This is a family-owned and operated farm producing primarily pickyour-own fruit, but they also operate a market where they sell ready-picked fruits, vegetables, and other products. From Wednesday to Sunday they operate a wood-fired oven and bake organic pies, tarts, and artisan bread. Open seasonally with their crops, from 9 am to 5 pm weekends, and 9 am to 6 pm weekdays. Call ahead for a crop update: (905) 640-5206. For more information visit www.organicsfarm.ca

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Organic Farms

WHAT ARE YOUR OPTIONS?

PFENNINGS ORGANIC FARM • NEW HAMBURG, ONT. FM: Pfenning’s has been growing organically on their farm in New Hamburg since 1981. With biodiversity in mind they grow a variety of crops – from carrots to cruciferous vegetables to leafy greens, and much more! Pfenning’s is a hub for local and organic produce. They farm ~800 acres of certified organic land, and pack and distribute for a large community of local, organic growers. When you purchase Pfenning’s you are supporting growing practices that: work with and enhance the ecosystem; offer safe and fair work for seasonal workers; contribute toward building a healthier, stronger food system in Ontario. Look for Pfenning’s at your neighbourhood grocer, or food box service. For a list of stores that carry Pfenning’s vegetables please visit www.pfenningsfarms.ca To inquire about a wholesale account call (519) 662-3468, or email: veggies@pfenningsfarms.ca

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SHARED HARVEST COMMUNITY FARM • CITY OF DUNNVILLE, ONT. FM; CSA: This certified organic community farm in Dunnville, Ontario hosts workshops and events throughout the year including Healthy Living Cooking classes; 'Meals That Heal' vegan meal plans; and a weekly day retreat for people with life-limiting illness 'By The Willow Day Hospice'. They grow more than 40 kinds of vegetables and herbs using compost teas and a variety of local botanicals to fertilize plants, feed the soil. Shared Harvest's CSA provides certified organic vegetables to residents in the Dunnville and area. With the vision of 'a world where all people have access to nutritious, sustainably farmed food, Shared Harvest aims to keep prices low and also offers a subsidized box for those experiencing challenges related to food security. Visit Shared Harvest at the Dunnville Farmers Market every Saturday. For more information please call 1-905-701-7255, or email: sharedharvestdunnville@gmail.com, www.sharedharvestfarm.ca IGNATIUS FARM • GUELPH, ONT. CSA, FM: Ignatius Farm is a community organic training farm. It is an integral part of the Ignatius Jesuit Centre and ‘the’ farm for many individuals and community endeavours. The farm grows certified organic strawberries and vegetables for Community Shared Agriculture (CSA) members, the Milton Farmers’ Market, local businesses, and service agencies. The farm’s 3-acre Community Garden, working shares, volunteer, and training programs are popular with those who appreciate working in healthy soil and surroundings. Ignatius Farm rents land to small organic businesses and non-profits. CSA share options: early, mid- and late summer shares; winter shares; pick up at the farm or a Guelph neighbourhood site. For more information visit www.ignatiusfarm.ca, or send email to: farmregistration@ignatiusguelph.ca EVERDALE ORGANIC FARM • HILLSBURGH, ONT. CSA; FG: Founded in 1998, Everdale is a not-for-profit food and farming project with a charitable mission to build healthy communities through food. This year, Everdale celebrates 22 years of growing fruits and vegetables organically that serves their version of Community Support Agriculture (CSA) with the Harvest Share program and supporting partner agencies. It has hosted thousands of visitors over the years with educational programming such as Farm School programs, Summer Farm Camp, Team Building days, Farm Planner courses, Farmer Training courses, www.vitalitymagazine.com


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and CarrotFest/CarrotStock. This season, Everdale continues with its Good Food Project where 2+ acres of produce grown will be distributed through community partners for hunger relief. Sign up for a volunteer day to have a positive social impact by helping to grow and harvest fresh food that directly supports community members in need. For more information contact: David Alexander; Farm Programs Co-ordinator, 5812 6th Line, Erin, ON. Tel: (519) 855-4859

TANSY ORCHARD ORGANIC APPLES • BEAVER VALLEY, ONT. Tansy Orchard was started by Richard Frisby in 1989. He was the first organic apple producer in the Beaver Valley (near Collingwood) in the Nottawasaga Bay region. He has planted over 2000 trees on his property. He started with 500 in 1989 and then planted 500 for each of his three children. Tansy is renowned for producing organic MacIntosh, Empires, Cortland, Spartans, Spies and Ida Red apples. Richard Frisby has been supplying apples to The Big Carrot Natural Food Market for 20 years. For more information, contact the Big Carrot at: (416) 466-2129. LIFESPRING ‘BEYOND ORGANIC’ FARM • CITY OF KAWARTHA LAKES FG: Proprietors Ken and Anastasia raise Scottish Highland cows that are grass-fed and finished for the healthiest and tastiest beef around! They also raise free ranging chickens for their brown eggs, and grow a variety of veggies in mineral- and Ormus-rich soil, with organic manure, bio-dynamic preps, and cutting edge Radionic technology. They also carry alternative products such as Colloidal Silver/Gold, 5G bracelets, hemp products. Shop directly from the farm by appointment, or visit the Evergreen BrickWorks Farmers' Market in Toronto. Request by email their product list for GTA meetups and deliveries. Come by, have a chat, and learn that if it’s not in your soil, it’s not in your food! For more information email: lifespringorganics@gmail.com or call 705-878-3363 and visit: www.lifespringfarm.com

Farmers Markets THE VILLAGE MARKET • THORNHILL, ONT. FM: Open Saturdays year-round, 8 am to 12 pm. This is an organic farmers’ market with local, organic and biodynamic farmers, featuring fresh organic fruits and vegetables, organic beef, pork and chicken, organic eggs, organic dairy products, plus organic breads and treats. Offering a full range of gluten-free baking and frozen entrees as well. Located at Toronto Waldorf School, 9100 Bathurst St., one light south of Rutherford Road. Email mgrvillagemarket@gmail.com or visit www.villagemarket.ca (To read about the safety protocols that Village www.vitalitymagazine.com

MANOTAS ORGANIC AND LATIN FOODS Manotas Organic and Latin Foods was founded in the year 2000 by Nancy Manotas. For the past 20 years, her commitment to organics has involved carefully sourcing ingredients from producers who support organic agriculture. This charming store, located in the St. Lawrence Market, offers a range of healthy and natural products including organic Arepas, Empanadas (Vegan, Beef, Chicken), Spanish Stews, Soups, and extracts. Manotas is also famous for creating the “Best Guacamole in Toronto”, as well as salsas, rices, salads, tapas, and hummus. OPEN TUES. TO SAT. 9 am - 5 pm. The St. Lawrence Market is located in downtown Toronto. Manotas will soon open a 2nd location at Union Station. Phone: (416) 523-3577 Website: www.manotasfoods.com Instagram: manotaslatinfoods VITALITY MAGAZINE – SUMMER 2020

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DUFFERIN GROVE FARMERS MARKET • TORONTO, ONT. The Dufferin Grove Organic Farmers' Market is open online! A full range of products, including fresh organic vegetables, local honey and maple syrup, organic tofu, prepared and specialty foods, free range eggs and much more is available, with new products added each week. Every Saturday at noon, https: //shop.dufferingrovemarket.ca/ opens for the next Thursday's orders. Orders are assembled for pickup at 270 Gladstone Avenue, between College and Dundas streets. Delivery is also available within the area.

Organic Stores THE BIG CARROT • 2 LOCATIONS IN TORONTO The Big Carrot is a natural food market that has been committed to local, organic, nonGMO, and sustainable food systems since 1983. They are a one-stop shop offering produce, grocery, bulk, body care and a wholistic dispensary. Their juice bar and kitchen serve up hundreds of healthy dishes and drinks, daily. Building community is at the core of their vision which they deliver through education, outreach, and giving. This is a true community hub for healthy living. Visit their Danforth Community Market at 348 Danforth Ave. (Chester subway), and their new Beach Community Market at 125 Southwood Drive (Kingston Road and Main Street). For more information call (416) 466-2129, or visit www.thebigcarrot.ca, email info@thebigcarrot.ca Join them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

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ORGANIC GARAGE • TORONTO, OAKVILLE, THORNHILL, ONT. Organic Garage is a Canadian organic and all natural grocery store committed to offering a full selection of top quality organic, all natural, vegan and allergy-friendly products at the best prices possible so customers can enjoy Healthier Food For Less! Organic Garage carries 100% Certified Organic produce, quality artisan meats, grab and go options, and so much more. Now with four locations – In Toronto: 42 Hanna Ave. and 43 Junction Rd., (Leaside and other locations open soon!); In Oakville: 579 Kerr St.; In Thornhill: 8020 Bathurst St. For more information and to sign up for their Unflyer, visit www.organicgarage.com Follow them on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. Check them out for online delivery here: cornershopapp.com NOAH’S NATURAL FOODS • 4 LOCATIONS IN TORONTO Offering an extensive variety of organic bulk and packaged vegetarian foods, plus a range of organic produce, dairy products, meats, and glutenfree breads and pastas. One of Toronto’s original health food stores. Their professional staff is ready to assist you at any of their locations: 322 Bloor St. West, 416968-7930; 2395 Yonge St., 416-488-0904; 667 Yonge St., 416-969-0220; 430 King St. West, 416-260-8900. Details at: www.noahsnaturalfoods.ca

FIESTA FARMS & GARDEN CENTRE • TORONTO Nice, niche nourishment in an unpretentious shopping experience, Fiesta is a 30-year-old comprehensive grocery store with multicultural roots. We source local, sustainable, organic ingredients, produce, raw, real and prepared fare from a preponderance of hyper-local (GTA), local (Southern Ontario), and regional entrepreneurs. When organic first became a thing, we didn't segregate it in a section for only those wearing Birkenstocks – we integrated it throughout the store. Today, organic is the new conventional, and honestly, so are Birkenstocks. Order ahead or stop in and browse the garden centre as well. Fiesta Farms is located at 200 Christie St., just north of Bloor Street. Call (416) 537-1235 www.fiestafarms.ca NATURE’S EMPORIUM BURLINGTON, NEWMARKET, MAPLE & WOODBRIDGE Established in 1993 with the goal of nourishing a healthy, natural lifestyle, Nature’s Emporium continues that tradition today at their locations in Newmarket, Vaughan, and Burlington! Their all-organic fresh produce department highlights local producers year-round. Explore a diverse selection of natural and organic gluten-free, grocery, and green living accessories. Discover whole body care and a vitamin and supplement dispensary supported by onstaff nutritionists, naturopaths. Don’t miss their juice bar, raw food bar, and bistro for inspired living foods prepared fresh daily. Offering four great locations: 16655 Yonge St., Newmarket, (905) 898-1844; 2535 Major Mackenzie Dr. W., Vaughan, call (905) 553-5527; 2180 Itabashi Way, Burlington, (289) 4275075; 8401 Weston Rd., Woodbridge, (365) 527-2466. www.naturesemporium.com www.vitalitymagazine.com


THE APPLE MARKET • MISSISSAUGA The Apple Market has been a family-owned and operated business for over 45 years in Mississauga. They offer fresh local organic fruits, vegetables, dairy products, and groceries. They also offer natural meats, chicken, and wild Ocean Wise fish, along with organic selections when available. The in-store bakery provides organic and gluten-free products, and a Health and Wellness Centre, which carries a complete line of popular and professional supplements. Located at 2281 Camilla Road, just off The Queensway, 2 lights E. of Hurontario. www.theapplemarket.ca or call (905) 848-4840.

Organic Products LOUIANNA OLIVE OIL, OREGANO OIL, BALSAMIC VINEGAR, AND MORE Louianna Estates is a producer of organic health products and grocery products. Our natural health products are all Health Canada registered with NPN numbers. The natural health products include certified organic Oil of Wild Oregano and certified organic Olive Oil for topical and internal use. Our grocery line includes certified organic and PDO Extra Virgin Olive Oil, a range of organic balsamic vinegars, as well as cherry tomatoes, and tomato puree. At Louianna, we take the extra step, wherever possible, to obtain additional certifications, such as Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) from the European Union, to give the public added assurances. Louianna will only provide the highest quality organic products to our customers. That is our promise. Louianna products are available at grocery stores, natural health stores and pharmacies throughout the Greater Toronto Area. We welcome distributors across Canada and the USA. For more information visit www.louianna.com and feel free to reach out to us at shop@louianna.com or (416) 671-6546 YOUINFOCUS PRODUCTS YouInFocus Products imports the Dr. Jentschura Alkaline Program from Germany; it is an easy three-step program to alkalize and revitalize the body. All of the company’s products are glutenfree and organic. Their most popular organic food products are Morgen-Stund’, and TischleinDeckDich. MorgenStund‘ is Dr. Jentschura's delicious, wholesome porridge, made with buckwheat, millet, fruits, almonds, oilseeds, and amaranth. It is packed with valuable nutrients for superior physical and mental performance at work and in school. TischleinDeckDich is a savory organic dish with quinoa, millet, and eight vegetables. MyImmuneWarrior and MyGreenSupreme by the AlkalineDietGuy are two products which offer more than 50,000 vital bio-available substances, like organic plant-derived minerals, vitamins, enzymes, essential amino acids, and secondary plant compounds to increase our immune system, boost your vitality and wellness. For more info, please visit our website: www. YouInFocusProducts.com or call 1 (866) 722-9812 toll free. 24

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Organic Take-out & Delivery FENNEL EATERY & JUICE BAR • TORONTO Tucked inside Noah’s Natural Foods at 322 Bloor St. West, Fennel Eatery offers a hot and cold vegan buffet for diners looking for fast take-out or a spot at the lunch counter. All items in the buffet are 100% vegan and homemade fresh daily using top quality local and organic produce. The food contains no added sugar, no preservatives, and only Himalayan salt, sunflower oil, or EVOO. Customers design their own plates by serving themselves, and payment is based on weight. Pricing is fixed at $2.70 per 100 grams. Fennel menu items change daily and with the seasons. Hours: Monday to Friday 11 am to 7 pm; Saturday 11 am to 6 pm. Visit: www.fenneleatery.com, call: (416) 922-8125. LIVE ORGANIC FOOD BAR • TORONTO We’re all about plants and have been committed to sustainable organic farmers since opening our restaurant in 2002. In 2010 we launched our Live brand that is certified organic, gluten- and wheat-free with no refined sugars. Due to Covid19 and in order to protect our staff and patrons, we have temporarily closed our retail/restaurant location at 264 Dupont St. Instead, we’re currently working from our Live brand factory location, offering FREE zero-contact delivery throughout the GTA and beyond. Ten products of your choice for $50. We offer add-ons of our restaurant’s meal kits, dressings, desserts, and more. With our customers’ safety in mind, we implemented an SQF2 certification in our facility that implements the highest, internationally recognized, food safety regimes. Find our product line at top retailers across Canada! To order see our Plant Box page at www.liveorganic food.ca or email orders@liveorganicfood.ca

Gardening PLANT PARADISE COUNTRY GARDENS • CALEDON, ONT. Plant Paradise Country Gardens has established “The Gardener's Club” in Caledon, Ontario for gardeners who enjoy saving money and see the value of well rooted, unique, organically grown perennials and essential gardening supplies that cannot be found in regular retail stores. Plant sales and gardening supplies are available to members of The Gardener’s Club and to non-members. Discounted pricing applies only to members of The Gardener’s Club. We ‘grow organically - on demand’ based on what customers pre-order. Plant sales and organic gardening supplies are picked up by appointment only. For more information, visit their website: www.plantparadise.ca; call (905) 880-9090

Event GUELPH ORGANIC CONFERENCE & TRADE SHOW January 28 – 31, 2021 The 40th Annual Guelph Organic Conference & Trade Show in the University Centre is ‘Where Farmers & Consumers Meet’! We are hopeful that the ‘all-clear’ to stage large events will come sometime this September. The Guelph Conference is always a whirlwind of components - a Trade Show, a robust workshop program, and multiple related trade gatherings and tastings. The 2-day FREE Trade Show (Jan. 30-31) promises a great consumer organic sampling experience where food-lovers can meet organic farmers and processors. If organic farming and gardening is your calling, the networking with these vendors is incredible. If organic seeds is your prime interest, you can stock up for the spring from multiple seed growers. The Conference always features up to 50 leading speakers on the affordable program. Contact Manager Susan Ratz at manager@guelphorganicconf.ca or call (226) 486-1538. Visit: www.guelphorganicconf.ca www.vitalitymagazine.com

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How Sugar Cripples the Immune System

There are many theories and regimens that have been advocated as the best diet to follow (paleo, vegan, ketogenic, Mediterranean, etc.), but the single most important factor that everyone agrees on is the avoidance of large amounts of sugar. Science has established as far back as 1973 that when we consume 100 grams of sugar from, for example, a litre bottle of pop or three candy bars, this reduces the ability of our white blood cells (neutrophils) to kill invading pathogens by at least 40%. This crippling effect on our immune system can last up to five hours. In addition, sugar consumption increases the number of pro-inflammatory free radicals produced by the white blood cells, called “reactive oxygen species”, that can cause all sorts of damage to body cells and tissues. www.vitalitymagazine.com


I see evidence of this amongst my patients year in and year out – especially after holidays like Halloween, Christmas, and Easter when sugar consumption is at its highest. That is also when the incidence of respiratory infections (pharyngitis, bronchitis, sinusitis), middle ear infections in children, and other immune system abnormalities are most prominent. These are also the times when mental health problems such as depression, anxiety, and psychoses are at their worst. Abuse of alcohol and drugs is also more common during these times and it too has been linked to a high sugar intake. Also worthy of note, high sugar consumption has been linked to obesity – one of the most common factors that predisposes a person to viral infections. So, first and foremost, avoid high sugar use, especially if you are pre-diabetic or diabetic. If you are having trouble doing this, please read the book Lick the Sugar Habit by Nancy Appleton.

Immune-Boosting Probiotics

On the positive side, eat lots of daily probiotic and prebiotic foods. There are several mechanisms by which these foods help the immune system resist viral infections. Fermented foods like sauerkraut, pickles, tempeh, miso, natto, raw unpasteurized cheeses, kombucha, kimchi, yogurt, kefir, and buttermilk are great sources of friendly bacteria (probiotics). These help fight pathogenic microbes while improving digestion and providing our system with numerous enzymes and vital nutrients, including vitamin B12 and vitamin K2. The top probiotic strains that are backed by a high degree of evidence supporting their immune benefits include: • Bacillus coagulans • Bacillus subtilis • Bifidobacterium bifidum • Bacillus clausii • Lactobacillus plantarum • Lactobacillus fermentum • Lactobacillus reuteri • Lactobacillus acidophilus • Lactobacillus gasseri

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• Lactobacillus rhamnosus • Lactobacillus sporogens • Saccharomyces boulardii

Zinc is a mineral that’s been much studied for its beneficial effect on immunity as well as mental health. Zinc lozenges were recently found to help both prevent and treat viral infections effectively.

To nourish your inner ecology in a way that aids the growth of probiotics, try eating more prebiotic foods because they enhance the benefits of friendly bacteria in the gut. Prebiotics include foods like dandelion greens, Jerusalem artichokes, leeks, chicory root, garlic, onions, jicama, under-ripe bananas, and asparagus. Both prebiotics and probiotics also reduce inflammation and help with weight loss and overall digestive, skin, cardiovascular, and mental health. In addition to food sources, prebiotics and probiotics can also be taken as supplements so this is another option.

Supplements

There are a great number of vitamin, mineral, herbal, amino acid and homeopathic supplements that have been recommended in this recovery phase of the pandemic. What I believe to be the most important of these – that you cannot live well without – are listed here.

VITAMIN D: Since many people have been spending a great deal of time indoors during the lockdown, they are surely not getting much vitamin D from sunshine exposure. The body cannot make vitamin D from sunshine that’s coming through a window because beneficial UVB rays are blocked by the iron component in windowpane glass. So the only way to get the UVB rays that promote vitamin D formation in the skin is through direct exposure to the sun (without sunscreen). Not only is vitamin D important for bone health but it has profound benefits for our immune system. If you can get out into sunshine every day for half an hour or more and expose your skin to sunshine without getting a sunburn, then you might not need any oral D supplementation. But if you can’t get into sunshine regularly, then do take a supplement of at least 2,000 IU daily. If you are lucky enough to have a doctor willing to check your blood level of vitamin D, and they find it to be low, a higher dose of 5 to 10,000 IU daily could be necessary. Don’t forget that vitamin D receptors exist in your brain and a deficiency has been linked to depression, seasonal affective disorder, anxiety, and numerous other mental health problems. Supplementation can be important here. A recent study showed that the most severe cases of COVID-19 infections were seen in people with vitamin Ddeficient blood. Vitamin D encourages the body to manufacture more of a protein called cathelicidin, a natural 30

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antiviral antibiotic. Since vitamin D supplementation is generally regarded as safe, it’s a good idea for most folks living in the northern hemisphere to take it daily for prevention of viral infections and numerous other adverse health conditions. And remember that vitamin D is best taken together with vitamin K2 supplement. In fact, many companies selling vitamin D now offer it combined with a low dose of vitamin K2, usually 120 mcg for every 1000 IU of vitamin D. The reason for this is to prevent calcium from being deposited into arteries and organs like the kidney, in case the supplemented vitamin D amounts get too high in the blood.

ZINC: Zinc is a mineral that’s been much studied for its beneficial effect on immunity as well as mental health. ‘No zinc, no think.’ As a result, I believe it to be of profound importance in recovery from the stresses caused by this pandemic lockdown. Zinc lozenges were recently found to help both prevent and treat viral infections effectively. The dose I recommend is 25 – 50 mg daily for prevention, but much higher doses can be used when one is suffering from a cold or ’flu. High dose zinc supplementation for extended periods of time can deplete copper stores in the body leading to anemia and joint inflammation. So, for every 50 mg of zinc, supplementing with 8 mg of copper is a good idea to prevent copper deficiency caused by excessive zinc. Zinc is found in many animal and plant-based high protein foods. The list of these is below: • Lamb – 3 ounces contains 2.9 mg zinc • Grass-fed Beef – 3 ounces contains 2.6 mg zinc • Chickpeas – 1 cup cooked contains 2.5 mg zinc • Cashews – ¼ cup contains 1.9 mg zinc • Pumpkin seeds – ¼ cup contains 1.6 mg zinc • Yogurt (or Kefir) – 1 container of plain yogurt/6 ounces contains 1 mg zinc • Chicken – 3 ounces contains 1 mg zinc • Turkey – 3 ounces contains 1 mg zinc • Eggs – 1 large contains 0.6 mg zinc • Mushrooms – 1 cup contains 0.6 mg zinc

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• Salmon – 3 ounces contains 0.5 mg zinc • Cocoa powder — 1 Tbsp contains 0.3 mg zinc

VITAMIN C: I have written extensively about vitamin C in past issues of this magazine, most recently in the Spring 2020 issue. Suffice it to say that many natural health authorities – from Linus Pauling to the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service – have strongly promoted it for enhancing immunity, clearing physical stress, and for preventing and treating viral infections of all kinds. Using 1,000 mgs, up to 4 times daily, is effective prevention for most heathy adults, but doses can be much higher for infections. You know if you are taking too much vitamin C because excess intake causes loose bowel movements or diarrhea. So, ideally take a bowel tolerance dose (and may you never be constipated ever again). You can get vitamin C from your diet by eating a variety of citrus fruits and raw vegetables every day. Supplementation, however, is most important for those not able to consume an ideal diet or who are suffering from chronic illness or weak digestion. MULTIVITAMIN & MINERAL SUPPLEMENT: For most people, a multivitamin and mineral supplement is a very good idea. A multi will at least provide the minimum daily requirement for nutrients missing from the diet. It will also balance the other nutrients taken in larger doses on a regular basis. Get one from a health food store. Avoid brands manufactured by pharmaceutical firms that contain numerous additives and potentially harmful ingredients. Check with a natural health care provider to advise on supplement quality. Be aware of the recent false accusations concerning the lack of effectiveness of multivitamins. These claims have been debunked by numerous experts and are best ignored.

Essential Exercise

According to HEALTHbeat, newsletter of the Harvard Medical School, one of the best ways to boost immunity is through regular exercise. With the onset of the warmer weather, getting outdoors for long walks or even some light jogging would be very beneficial, provided your joints are in reasonably good shape. Of course, there are numerous sports like tennis and golf that can be enjoyed by many. Otherwise, swimming or using a stationary bicycle might be better alternatives. Many find it useful to work with a personal trainer or just get some helpful tips from 32

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your trusted local gym. There are also several other alternatives like Yoga and Tai Chi that have been advocated for their immune system benefits. The main thing is that you do something with movement on a regular basis.

Relieving Stress; Improving Sleep

Everything recommended in the protocol just described will be helpful in managing the stresses that may come your way in the coming months. Furthermore, meditation, massage therapy, life coaching, and psychotherapy are all effective at reducing your response to stress. Since stress primarily affects the endocrine system, especially the thyroid and adrenal glands, it’s a good idea to get your hormone levels tested. This could be done through either a medical doctor or naturopath. Herbal remedies called adaptogens that help stabilize the most important stress hormone (cortisol) include ginseng, ashwagandha, and rhodiola. The amino acid L-theanine (250 – 1000 mg up to 4 times daily as needed), which is derived from green tea, is calming but also something that allows one to focus better. It helps basically by increasing brain levels of the calming neurotransmitter GABA and by boosting brain alpha wave activity. It can be useful in helping relaxation as well as sleep without knocking you out like many drugs do. Also for improved sleep, consider using melatonin (1 to 3 mg before bed) on a regwww.vitalitymagazine.com

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Conclusion

If you are generally healthy you can safely follow these recommendations without much concern. Those of you who are taking prescription drugs, or have serious medical conditions for which you are being monitored, would need to work with your health care practitioner to personalize your protocol. Be safe and be well. 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, please visit: www.highlevelwellness.ca For appointments, call (905) 764-8700; office located at: 390 Steeles Ave. W., Unit 19, Thornhill, Ontario References n 72% of Canadians Support Mandatory Covid-19 Vaccines. https://globalnews.ca/news/69 32834/mandatory-coronaviruscovid-19-vaccine-ipsos/

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Putnam, 1988). n Prebiotics discussion. https://dra xe.com/nutrition /prebiotics/ n Probiotics discussion. https://dra xe.com/nutrition /probiotics-benefits-foods-supplements/ n Vitamin D deficiency may be linked to more severe cases of Covid-19, : https://tinyurl.com/ Ddefeciencycovid19 nhttps://vitalitymagazine.com /article/the-vital-light-of-nikolatesla-healing-power-of-ultraviolet-light/ n Can Zinc Lozenges Help with Coronavirus Infections? https://tinyurl.com/zincandcoronavirus n Zinc Benefits. https://draxe. com/nutrition/zinc-benefits/ n Coronavirus Protection and Treatment: Top Ten Natural Remedies. https://tinyurl.com/ top10coronaremedies n Benefits of Multivitamins. https://villagevitaminstore.ca/blo gs/news/benefits-of-multivitamins n Harvard Health. How to boost your immune system: https://www.health.harvard.edu/ staying-healthy/how-to-boostyour-immune-system n Cathelicidin and vitamin D: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/p mc/articles/PMC4357206/ n L-theanine benefits: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/p mc/articles/PMC6836118/ n Herbal Adaptogens: https://drinkmetta.com/blogs/th e-elevated-life/the-ultimateguide-to-adaptogens

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

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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

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Dear Dr. Rona, This article is amazing on treatment and protection. Thank you. Now I have a question, re: Covid-19: Due to my compromised respiratory condition (I have bronchiectasis), I was wondering if I can take serrapeptase [the lung-clearing enzyme] twice a day? Sarah F., Toronto, Ont. Dr. Rona responds: Yes, serrapeptase would certainly be beneficial for alleviating the symptoms of bronchiectasis. You may also wish to consider using N-AC (N-Acetyl-Cysteine) to clear out excessive mucus.

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Letters to Editor “It’s important to spread the good word on treatments that are both safe and effective and that do not rely entirely on the medical system.” Dr. Zoltan Rona, MD, MSc

Dear Dr. Rona: Thanks very much for your excellent article. It will hopefully help people to be less afraid and feel more empowered in this climate of fear. I was particularly interested in the part on black seed oil. I have chronic asthma and will be happy to try out black seed oil to see if it helps. And I will recommend your coronavirus article to family and friends. H. Rae, Timmins, Ont. Dr. Rona responds: Many thanks for those very kind words. I think it’s important to spread the good word on treatments that are both safe and effective and that do not rely entirely on

the medical system. I’m hoping that conventional medicine adopts some of these natural treatments, especially the high dose IV vitamin C in hospitals because that can really save lives. Thank you again for your support. Dr. Zoltan Rona, MD

My Top 8 Ways to Keep Well During the Pandemic

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Dear Julia, I hope you are keeping healthy. I really liked your “Top 8 Ways to Keep Well During the Pandemic,” published in Vitality’s April newsletter. It contained some very simple tips to follow and I shared it with friends and colleagues. I also ordered the 35% hydrogen peroxide that you recommended as a disinfec-

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tant from https://www. sproutmaster.com/ I am wondering about the correct dilution of hydrogen peroxide for disinfecting viruses from surfaces. Sproutmaster’s full strength HP is 35%. The recommendation is to use a 3% solution, but your article indicates that 20% is needed for surfaces or grocery bags. With this inconsistency in information, I wanted to ask if there is a source of information that I can access easily that juxtaposes the solution / surface / time needed after spraying to eliminate the virus. I wasn’t able to find it online... Lidija P., Newmarket Woodford responds: I sent your question to the folks at SproutMaster. Here’s their reply: “35% is way way too strong, it will burn anything that it comes in contact with – including your fingers. Please dilute it down to 3% for disinfecting surfaces, groceries, hands, and use that strength only.” As indicated in my article, the dilution is done by adding 11 parts distilled water to one part 35% full strength HP. J. Woodford

94-Year-Old Mom Survives Coronavirus Infection In regards to the article posted on Vitality’s Facebook page entitled: “Vitamin D and COVID-19: Can Taking Vitamin D Save Your Life?” which was shared from www.PsychologyToday.com, here is my response: It [vitamin D] was definitely part of what worked to get my 94-year-old mom to beat the SARScov2 infection in three days. www.vitalitymagazine.com

And in my view, a few dollars’ worth of supplements could have saved more of the overmedicated, tylenoltoxined, nutrient-deficient victims residing in local nursing homes, which would have lowered that awful 40% case fatality rate. My mom wasn’t just ‘lucky’ to recover from the coronavirus, it was on purpose. [In regards to her medical history] she didn’t have a ’flu shot and she was not given Tylenol for fever. But she did have antiviral immune-supportive supplements A, C, D, zinc and melatonin. Those were choices I made for her, based on scientific evidence of benefit against coronavirus infection. Meantime, our government censored Dr. Rona and Vitality for informing us of that evidence. Alice T., Toronto

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my granddaughter’s vomit during an illness, or helping many sick people. I am 65 this year. I hope to be around awhile longer… my Mom lived to 80, my Dad is 88! Eating live, fresh food helps! Being outside and active in Nature makes a world of difference too! Good music is key, especially now with all the fearful noise out there… Playing and laughter are amazingly good for mind, body and spirit! Thanks again! You are a blessing in thousands of lives! Grandpa David, Pickering, Ont.

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But those who say it’s an act of God May have some truth to their claim The Bible predicted a time like this When “time shall be no more” And this global pandemic has forced the world To be present like never before We’ve lived in our minds of past and future ignoring the moment somehow As the virus continues without any end We must live in the here and now There are some who get bored with nothing to do Others struggle with worry and fear But for those who relax and just are still Time stops and everything’s clear Alan Fisher, Ajax, Ont.

On the Link Between Trump, Tesla, Ultraviolet Rays, and Viruses In a speech on April 25, Donald Trump mentioned the use of UV rays for treating coronavirus. Here is the quote: “So supposing we hit the body with a tremendous, whether it’s ultraviolet or just very powerful, light –

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and I think you said that hasn’t been checked but you’re going to test it – and then I said suppose you brought the light inside the body, which you can do either through the skin or in some other way. And I think you said you’re going to test that, too. Sounds interesting.” I’m just wondering if you have any comments on that, since you have covered this topic in the past. Charles Demgren, Illinois Julia Woodford responds: Yes we have discussed the therapeutic aspects of UVB light in Vitality magazine before. And since we post all of our magazine articles on our website for people to comment on, you can find our most recent article by Bob Connolly, entitled “The

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Vital Light of Nikola Tesla: Healing Power of Ultraviolet Rays” posted at https:// tinyurl.com/TeslaUVrays In fact, this article has become very popular online, thanks to those comments by the President.

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his is the 24th year that I’ve had the pleasure to write a Summer Solstice column for ‘Sacred Journeys’ in Vitality. Apple blossoms are raining down in the gentle breeze as I type. I’m aware it is both a huge letting go, and a time of new beginnings, as I present my final offering. During the writing of my previous column (before Covid19 was on our radar) there was a voice in my head that was on fire with the energy of the year ahead, using the oft-repeated phrase ‘this is the year of change’. That voice now is clear and passionate about many things: – staying grounded; – declaring our sovereignty; – being attentive to our emotional triggers (and letting them go at source); – remaining calm as we are uprooted this summer and fall; – caring for our immune system; – monitoring our time spent on tech devices; – being mindful of conserving and consuming water. The intuitive message that I am hearing about grounding has been quite specific,

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SACRED JOURNEYS Everyday Rituals & Celebrations WITH KIM ELKINGTON This past spring, I was inspired to dig up my overgrown flower beds and create tidy flower arrangements and a beautiful veggie garden. It was wonderful to get some healthy bacteria onto my overly sanitized hands. and I have seen the technique mirrored by many sources. The invitation is to connect, through each breath, to our heart, inhaling love. At first, you exhale anything that needs to be ‘out’ (like fear or tension), and when you feel clear, breathe out gratitude. Follow this by envisioning yourself as a larger being in the cosmos. Move from your heart to the source of the Universe (however you visualize that source). Next, breathe that light and intelligence into your heart, exhale into the central light at the core of our earth, then again inhale to your body, exhale to source, and repeat. From this place, your frequency will be very high, so it’s a good time to declare yourself a sovereign being (I can send you a meditation – see my email address at end). As a species, we have spent much of our time believing that we are small and separate from the source of life. Today, we are learning to understand we are all

One. By practising this orientation, we will be aware of how quickly we can identify and release those thoughts where we are attached, both consciously and unconsciously, to a smaller version of ourselves, and shift into being a co-creator. This is what is called for at this time. For June and July the astrologers have predicted that we are going to be shocked and challenged in new ways (as we move through ‘eclipse season’). And by the fall, we will be removing our energy from systems and institutions that have a service-to-self agenda, rather than service-tocommunity. The sense of uprootedness will be hard on some people and a relief for others, but the astrologers say we should be co-creating new systems by November. And by Spring of 2021, we will be amazed by the shifts we have made together. This past spring, I was inspired to dig up all my overgrown flower beds and create tidy, well-spaced flower arrangements, and a www.vitalitymagazine.com


beautiful, dedicated veggie garden. It was wonderful to get some healthy bacteria on my sanitized hands. More important was the practice of untangling, revealing, releasing and shifting my thoughts with each plant. As each plant was uprooted and carried to the next bed, I was aware of how the world is also uprooted, during these challenging Covid times, trying to discern what is real or true, and having to learn to trust that we will all land safely in a place that will be deeply nourishing. For me, there is a central calling to spend more time out on the land, to listen to this powerful voice that is finally reaching my technology-clogged ears. My heart now wants to expand the tea company with a new line of teas, in which local wild and indigenous plants are paired with green and black and chai teas. It feels right to help build our immune system naturally with plants that grow here. A Cree elder advised that when she gets exhausted from being in service, her elders would give her a cup of Blue Spruce Tip tea to restore her energy. She is so right, and it is delicious. Another elder from out West suggested adding the herb Horsetail to Chaga and Chai for stronger lungs and immunity. Rather than buy into the production model where there needs to be enough to supply demand, this new line of teas will have a finite amount produced each year, and when it runs out tea drinkers can pre-order for www.vitalitymagazine.com

more when it is fresh and available again. Green and sustainable economics is a heart path that cares for the plants, the water system, and the Earth, after all. Covid is the opportunity we all may have needed to focus on our immune system and on our wholeness and on our relationships with each other and the planet. The word from the Star beings is that the level of compassion on the Earth is dazzling. We are sailing through rough waters to an incredible version of the Earth that is already there waiting for us to rise to meet it. Grounding into the beauty, expressing our hearts, humour, compassion, love and grace unconditionally is all we need to do. I would love to stay connected to those of you who are drawn to do so, and share the pulse of what we are feeling, and further what we might be able to do together to co-create the world we seek. If you would like to stay in touch, the easiest is to sign up for the e-newsletter at my company site algonquintea.com/contact-us/ . Signing off, with my heart filled with gratitude to you for lending your ears, and with deep affection to Julia Woodford for her big heart and for being inspired to create Vitality and putting it out into the world for all these decades!

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Summer 2020 Sun Sign Predictions

★★★ by Julie Simmons ★★★ Summer Overview: JUNE: Gossip is about who we listen to, from the chatter in our heads to the stories carried on the wind of friends and neighbours, not to mention the news media. Gossip is not a human failing. It’s a phenomenon. Who are your storytellers? What do you believe is true? JULY: You are reminded that you have or will have work to do again. We should think ahead to how it has changed and what it will take to do it. There are opportunities available now that don’t look like much but might be helpful later. AUGUST: The demands placed on you require a tremendous amount of focus. It’s not enough to bluster on just because you are convinced you are on the right track. It matters how you make the effort, what you do to strengthen the structures that underpin your life, even if you can’t guarantee they won’t be blown apart later. We are no longer strangers to chaos and unpredictability. CANCER: June 21 - July 21

JUNE: What you imagine is holding you back from the life you think you want is worthy of deep reflection. All manner of relationships matter. Cultivate them with kindness. JULY: Sensitivity is not the same as weakness. What unique qualities do you have that make you the right person for the tasks you face? AUGUST: Ride the wild horses of confrontation as best you can. Be responsive to how others react but remember – you are not responsible for their choices. LEO: July 22 - Aug. 22

JUNE: When you let go of powerful expectations that you or others have of the life you are supposedly meant to live, you clear the space for an equally powerful determination to live the life you have. JULY: Pay attention to synchronicity. This world is loaded with all kinds of information some of which does not come via the intellect. You have much work to do. The more you invest it with meaning, the better. AUGUST: This is one crazy world and it is heating up in more ways than one. You are a natural born leader. Don’t be reckless, but don’t drive with your brakes on either. 42

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VIRGO: Aug. 23 - Sept. 21

JUNE: Questions about your chosen career path are worth asking. Once you figure out how you’re doing, make a bee line toward your destination. JULY: Everything about love matters. The ‘who’ and the ‘why’ and the ‘why not’. If friends and lovers don’t get along it can be troublesome. Don’t make excuses and don’t try and make people fit where they don’t. AUGUST: Creative. Resistance. Not words that belong together but it seems it’s your mandate to see beneath your fear (of love? of self-expression?) and push past the barrier. You have time. Don’t try to figure it out all at once. LIBRA: Sept. 22 - Oct. 22

JUNE: If you know what you want, and it harms none, go ahead and plot your course. It is not yet time to expect reward or acknowledgment. That will come later. JULY: Find the sweet spot between obligation and effort and return there as often as possible. A lot is expected of you and although you are fed by those who have come before (the ancestors), you are only one among many. You can and should not bear the weight of your world alone. AUGUST: The demands of others are heard as com-

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mands. Do not simply react. Be considered in your responses. That way you will not be at the mercy of the demands of wanton children. SCORPIO: Oct. 23 - Nov. 21

JUNE: You see more than the average person about what’s going on inside or below the surface. But are you wise? Do you care? Or do you use this gift for personal power? What goes around, comes around this month. JULY: Your words have power. Use them to foster love and creativity, not to cause love to wither on the vine. Locked down or not, we constantly choose how we deal with ourselves and one another. AUGUST: You couldn’t be busier. Every effort is worth making. Consider the energy that powers your efforts. It’s the Life Force: May it be with you and you with it. SAGITTARIUS: Nov. 22 - Dec. 20

JUNE: Listen to the words of others – not because they speak truth or lies but because people reveal themselves to you by the shape and colour of their speech. You need to know who you are talking to. JULY: Abundance is not measured the way it once was. We

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are coming to value this world differently. Count your blessings even as you understand that nothing lasts. AUGUST: What you love, and whom, seems to be draining your resources. It’s true there is only so much time, energy, and money in your stash. Love is the bottomless resource. The times require you to trust your heart rather than hoard your resources. But don’t be silly about it. CAPRICORN: Dec. 21 - Jan. 19

JUNE: Sort through the myriad of possibilities that surround you. Discard the ones that don’t sit well, that promise pie-in-the-sky and/or are driven by the insatiable hunger for success. Choose the truly sustainable. JULY: Obligation and responsibility are not the same. Continue sorting and step willingly into that which you can and must do. Do not flagellate yourself with what you can’t do. Nobody can do it all. AUGUST: Tension ratchets up if you lose your footing due to fear, shame, or reactivity. Consider the long haul. Be strategic. Reactions from you cause defenses in others. Responses make space for true interaction. AQUARIUS: Jan. 20 - Feb. 17

JUNE: This is the best month for determining commitment to that which feeds your soul and allows creative self-expression. The rest of the year has challenges. JULY: The inner world is as real, but not more real, than the outer one. The more relaxed you are in connecting these worlds, the happier. Relax your shoulders, drop your jaw, take a deep breath, exhale fully, whenever you remember. AUGUST: A time of relentless busyness arises with interruptions at every turn. Imagine you are a cosmic juggler, confident that you can keep so many worlds (balls) in the air. When they fall, have a good laugh and begin again. PISCES: Feb. 18 - March 19

JUNE: Nothing lasts forever. We know this but cling anyway to the idea of security and the constant star of control. Let go of all nonessentials. Trust the love in your heart, and the friends you know you can count on, to help you find your way. JULY: The time for re-visioning just about everything is now. The world changes and so do we with it. Which isn’t to say it’s all bad. Or good. Expect nothing, which isn’t the same as missing the boat. Be ready for an injection of energy to your finances. AUGUST: Fortune is fickle, which is true but you are not out of luck. In fact there is no telling what’s just around the corner. The best laid plans aren’t always the best way to go. Most of all, be willing to change. 44

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JUNE: This is an excellent time to think about the future. Some say this makes the gods laugh, but even if the best laid plans cannot be counted upon it’s a good thing to have a reference point. JULY: Roll up your sleeves. There is a lot to do and it will be easier if you remind yourself that you were born to this life and therefore it’s yours to deal with. Perhaps you are part of a long line of incarnations. What can you do with that idea? AUGUST: Your passion to ignite the fires of radical change is met with many obstacles. The situation requires strategy and presence for the next four months. Breakthrough is possible. Dynamic patience, like active listening, requires presence. TAURUS: April 20 - May 20

JUNE: Letting go of things that waste your precious time is one thing. Now the quest(ion) is: What’s worth having? Take it seriously in big as well as small ways. JULY: The best friends are the wise ones. They may challenge you because they see your potential, not because they want to undermine you. Who you associate with matters this month. AUGUST: Our fundamental beliefs underlie our actions. In times of chaos, like these, it may seem that we should go straight to action without reflection. Not a good idea. Give some thought to possible outcomes. It’s all too easy to do the wrong thing. GEMINI: May 21 - June 20

JUNE: Time to pick yourself up, dust yourself off, acknowledge your losses and choose the way forward. You have paid your dues even if others don’t agree. It’s all about what you want and how you want to get it. JULY: So much depends on others. We are a deeply interconnected species. The successes of manipulators and liars is on account of our willingness, our desire, to trust. Evaluate, be wary, and take the measure of those who want you to trust them. AUGUST: Having determined who you can and cannot trust, it still remains important that you listen to your hunches and trust your felt sense. Now is a time to meet challenges with as much calm confidence as possible. Change generally feels like chaos at first. 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, www.juliesimmons.ca www.vitalitymagazine.com


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ARTIST AIMS TO WAKE US UP TO HEALTH HAZARDS OF MODERN FOOD & MEDICINE

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trade is another area that needs to be brought under control to keep pathogens from spreading from one species to another. Industrial agriculture, where many animals are kept together in close quarters, can also increase disease spread – as we saw in 2014 when millions of poultry had to be slaughtered to contain a virulent form of avian influenza. Another argument for shifting to a plant-based diet! Regardless of whether or not you can get out into nature, it’s important now that we take care of each other and ourselves. Let’s take a lesson from the trees and recognize that we are stronger together. David Suzuki is a scientist, broadcaster, author and co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation. Written with contributions from David Suzuki Foundation Senior Editor and Writer Ian Hanington. Visit David Suzuki’s website www.davidsuzuki.org.

After attending the Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD), Tom Be worked for many years as an Art Director, Illustrator and Designer for various advertising agencies in Toronto. Due to his interest in health and nutrition, he also studied at Institute of Holistic Nutrition. With his artwork, he combines his artistic skills with his holistic nutritional knowledge to create what he believes are new insights into better health and awareness of the dangers we face in daily life. As humans, we are entitled to the unadulterated health promoting foods Mother Nature provides, and not the artificial creations offered by industrial food production. Unfortunately we have been denied that right, resulting in an increase of obesity and chronic degenerative diseases at ever-younger ages. Society’s answer to this problem has been to develop a plethora of pharmaceutical drugs. But many are dangerous and can cause serious side effects, for which even more drugs are prescribed and sometimes end up being more harmful than the conditions themselves. Tom Be believes that good health can be summarized with one picture. That is a picture of nature where all grows naturally organic – unprocessed and untainted by the touch of the big food www.vitalitymagazine.com


processes may contribute to their cancers. The author, Aviva Mayers, is a psychoanalyst and psychotherapist in private practice in Toronto. To find out more about her services and/or her book, please call (647) 282-3943, email: amayers@rogers.com, or visit her website at: www. avivamayers.com/book

Psychotherapist Aviva Mayers is author of “If Only I Had Known”

corporations and agri-businesses. Unfortunately there are many businesses with vested interests, not in a healthy and vibrant human being, but in one that is ill. Due to his legal liabilities, much of Tom’s artwork can’t be displayed in public, but he plans to do so in private settings. For more information contact him through his website at www.artonhealth.com BOOK OF THE MONTH: IF ONLY I HAD KNOWN

by Aviva Mayers, MSW Publisher: Friesen Press Aviva Mayers was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008. Like millions of women throughout the world, she initially agreed to a conventional treatment approach out of fear and confusion. But she began to question those choices as the treatment progressed. Following her treatment she took herself on a journey to learn about gentler, less invasive, treatments outside of conventional medicine. Aviva attributes her current state of good health to the integrative and alternative paths she ultimately followed. This is a book about options... options for treatment, management, and prevention of breast cancer outside of mainstream mediwww.vitalitymagazine.com

cine. It is the result of the journey that Aviva took back to health, and many of her choices outside of mainstream medicine are discussed here. The book includes interviews with patients who followed a path to recovery, much of which they attribute to alternative treatments. And it includes interviews with a range of health care practitioners working with patients with breast or other cancers. The professionals share their thoughts on mainstream treatments, discuss integrative and alternative interventions that can help with recovery, and in some cases even replace conventional treatments. The book also offers advice on preventing breast cancer in the first place or how to avoid a recurrence. If Only I Had Known is essential reading for anyone diagnosed with breast cancer. It provides a unique perspective on treatments that your doctor may not tell you about. Knowing about these options could improve your life both physically and psychologically. The information contained here is also relevant to people suffering from other cancers, since many of the same inflammatory

WHOLe LIFe expO 2020 CANCeLLeD

The organizers of Toronto’s favourite showcase of natural health and green living, Whole Life Expo, are sad to announce that the show has been cancelled for 2020. With the coronavirus still circulating in the community, and large gatherings still not permitted, it is impossible to prepare properly for a show this year. So now the organizers are looking forward to Whole Life Expo 2021, likely to occur in November. If you wish to be on the mail list to receive updates about the Expo as they arise, please send an email request to: info@wholelifeexpo.ca To see the most recent video tour of Whole Life Expo 2019, visit: www. wholelifeexpo.ca “A beautiful medicine is about going beyond, while including, the mechanical, biological view of the human body... It holds out a vision for medicine that respects the soul and spirit at the core of the human experience.” David Mercer, author of A BEAUTIFUL MEDICINE – A Radical Look at the Science of Health and Healing VITALITY MAGAZINE – SUMMER 2020

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JULY 18 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, email: virginia@theinnereye.ca visit: www.theinnereye.ca

JUNE 1- AUG 31 NONPAREIL NATURAL HEALTH: Organic Juice Fasting, Weight Loss, Yoga & Detox - 3, 5, 7, & 10day programs (including September, October, November, December). This is The Fountain of Youth for improved health and vitality. Email Mano at: nonpareil @sympatico.ca, (613) 395-6332, www.nonpareilholistic.com. See ad pg. 17.

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JUNE 8-10 MINDFUL LEADERSHIP RETREAT. Learn to bring mindfulness to your business and your life. Visit our website: www.sugarridge.ca

JUNE 25 HOW TO THRIVE IN A CRISIS USING ANTI-INFLAMMATORY NUTRITION – Free Masterclass with Nutritionist Julie Daniluk, RHN. Using anti-inflammatory nutrition as a framework for health, you’ll learn how to not only survive a crisis but THRIVE in one! Learn my effective antiinflammatory remedies that support your immune system, and are affordable and easy to find. Discover 3 powerful nutrients I use to manage anxiety: Learn the macro and micronutrients that relax you, creating a greater sense of peace and happiness. Also, breathing and movement practices that build happiness Get techniques that I use every

JUNE: 15,17, 23, 29 JULY: 20, 22, 27, 29 HEALING TRANSFORMATION CLINIC: 7 - 9 pm. Hands-on bioenergy healing that gives remarkable results for a wide variety of conditions. Change everything in just four days a month. Please contact Ellen Lewinberg: (416) 203-2744, ellen@healingtransformation.ca, www.healingtransformation.ca. Vitality’s FALL 2020 issue released in September. Advertising deadline: July 22 Call (416) 964-0528

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day to reset my body and mind and tackle my day with confidence. Thursday, 7:00 pm Sign up online at www.thrivewith julie.com

JULY 1- AUG 31 NONPAREIL NATURAL HEALTH: Organic Juice Fasting, Weight Loss, Yoga & Detox - 3, 5, 7, & 10-day programs (including September, October, November, December). This is The Fountain of Youth for improved health and vitality. Mano: nonpareil@sympatico.ca, (613) 395-6332, www.nonpareilholistic.com. See ad pg. 17. JULY 3-5 MINDFUL SELF-COMPASSION WEEKEND RETREAT. Learn to be kind to yourself with guided journaling, meditation & yoga. www.sugarridge.ca

JULY: 20, 22, 27, 29 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: call (416) 203-2744, or email: ellen@healingtransformation.ca, www.healingtransformation.ca. JULY 24 - 26 YOGA, CANOE & HIKE WEEKEND RETREAT. Enjoy the great outdoors & ditch some stress! www.sugarridge.ca JULY 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@theinnereye .ca www.theinnereye,.ca

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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. Information at www.livingearthschool.ca, call (905) 303-8723, ext. 1. JULY 26 - 31 MINDFULNESS-BASED STRESS REDUCTION WEEK RETREAT Explore stress reduction via meditation, yoga, fresh air & great food. www.sugarridge.ca JULY 31 - AUG 3 GET YOUR GLOW ON WEEKEND RETREAT - Long weekend of peace & quiet with beach time, bonfires, yoga & meditation. www.sugarridge.ca

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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: w w w. E a r t h To n e s S t u d i o . o r g , EarthTonesStudio@gmail.com, (548) 988-9150.

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

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Open for Business Vitality magazine has 100’s of outlets in our network, and we’re happy to report that many of them are open and ready to serve you. To find a Vitality outlet in your area, here’s some highlights from our updated route sheets..... (See also our GUIDE TO ORGANICS on page 18) BURLINGTON • OAKVILLE • MISSISSAUGA • WEST GTA • NATURE'S EMPORIUM - 2180 Itabashi Way, Burlington • HOOPERS PHARMACY - 1011 Upper Middle Rd E, Oakville • HOOPERS PHARMACY- 88 Lakeshore Rd E, Mississauga • HOOPER’S PHARMACY & VITAMIN SHOP - 31 Main St N, Brampton • GOOD HEALTH MART - 205 Marycroft Ave, Unit 10 Woodbridge GTA CENTRAL, EAST, AND WEST • OTTWAY HERBS & VITAMINS, 3188 Yonge St • YORK DOWNS PHARMACY 3910 Bathurst Street, North York • QI NATURAL FOOD STORE - 1001 Eglinton Ave W, North York • LIFE ESSENTIAL HEALTH FOOD - 1923 Eglinton Av W, North York • SKG HEALTH FOODS - 2380 Eglinton Ave W, Unit B11, Toronto • EVERGREEN NATURAL HEALTH FOODS - 513 St Clair Ave West • NUTRITION HOUSE Scarborough Town Centre, 300 Borough Drive, Unit 78 • THE SWEET POTATO - 108 Vine Avenue Unit B, Toronto • SECOND NATURE – 2179 Bloor St W, Toronto • FOODS FOR LIFE - 2184 Bloor St W, Toronto • PEACH TREE HEALTH FOODS - 2239 Bloor St W, Toronto • SUPPLEMENTS PLUS - 2304 Bloor St W, Toronto • EVERGREEN NATURAL FOODS - 161 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto DOWNTOWN TORONTO • OTTWAY HERBS & VITAMINS - 453 Church St, Toronto • OTTWAY HERB STORE, 300 Danforth Ave., Toronto • WHOLE HEALTH, 777 Bay St. Unit 220, Toronto • PUSATERI'S FINE FOODS - 57 Yorkville Ave, Toronto • NUTRITION HOUSE - Hudson's Bay Centre, 2 Bloor St E, Toronto • TUTTI FRUTTI FAMOUS FOODS - 64 Kensington Ave, Toronto • QI NATURAL FOOD - 506 Queen St West, Toronto • GOOD HEALTH MART - 130 King St W, Toronto DOWNTOWN EAST • HOOPERS PHARMACY - 2136 Queen St E, Toronto • NATURALLY YOURS - 919 Kingston Rd, Toronto • NATURES HEALTH FOOD, 1000 Gerrard St East, Toronto NORTHEAST AND NORTHWEST GTA • RICHTERS HERBS - 357 Durham Regional Hwy 47, Goodwood • HOOPERS PHARMACY - 1410 Major Mackenzie Dr West, Vaughan • TURQUOISE WHOLISTIC - 78 Main St North, Markham • NATURAL LIFE HEALTH MARKET, 7700 Bathurst St #30, Thornhill • DR.ZOLTAN RONA - 390 STEELES AVE WEST UNIT 18, Thornhill • VITAMIN PLUS - 31 Tapscott Road, Scarborough • DON VALLEY HEALTH FOODS - 3060 Don Mills Rd E, North York RURAL OUTLETS THAT RECEIVE SHIPMENTS • LE TOURNESAL -1155 Stevens Rd., Embrun, ON 613-448-3167 • HALIBURTON BULK FOOD STORE - 30 York St., Haliburton 705-457-4921 • VEGREVILLE NATURAL HEALTH - 5026-50 St., Vegreville, AB 780-632-6563 • TREAT YOURSELF WELLNESS CENTRE - 141 Mitton St. S., Sarnia 519-339-8999 • SUTTON APOTHECARY - 121 High St., Sutton West, ON 905-722-3302 • ISLAND HERBALS - 6025 HWY. 542, Mindemoya , ON 705-377-4206 • BLUEWATER NUTRITION - 1249 London Rd., Unit 4, Sarnia 519-336-5258 For additions, deletions, or changes to our route sheets, email us at: circulation@vitalitymagazine.com 50

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THE FOUNDATION FOR SHAMANIC STUDIES is now offering a new workshop: The Shamanic Journey: Pathway to Knowledge and Power. A remarkable visionary method for entering into other realities with discipline and purpose. Experiential online training using ZOOM Teleconferencing. One day (or two half day) sessions for a total of 6 hours. Contact Glenn Campbell www.shamanspiritpath .com (905) 655-6756. REFLEXOLOGY COURSES in Hand, Foot, Ear & Teacher's Training with Diana O'Reilly (Former Teacher of the Year) & Danielle Gault (Honorary Member with RAC) Call (647) 523-2435 visit www.reflexology-training-services.com AYURVEDA RITUALS: On-Line with Andrea Olivera, courses in Indian Head Massage, Ayurveda Facials, Karmic Life Readings, Vedic Astrology, On-Line Ayurveda Botanical Skincare and Perfumes Please contact: (416) 504-6049, info@ayurvedictouch.com or visit: www.ayurvedarituals.ca FREE TAI CHI QIGONG KARMA CLASSES with Daniel Pikelin. Explore breath in movement to improve health, calm the mind, sharpen your attention focus, experience deep peace. When: Every Wednesday at 10 am Where: online Zoom class. Write: daniel@corazonshiatsu.com with a brief intro, and you will be given the login details.

LATE ENTRY AUGUST 25 - GARDEN AND WOODLAND HERB WALK in Caledon, Ontario. Join herbalist Susan Elliotson on this beautiful garden and woodland walk. Identify both cultivated herbs and herbs in their natural habitat and learn their medicinal properties. Meet at the Elliotson’s, 3 Millview Crt., Mono Mills. Children and supervised pets are welcome. Price: $20 ($10 for Ontario Herbalist Assn members), IHN students – free. For additional information, or to register for this walk, email: elliotsone@sympatico.ca http://elliotsonherbalist.ca/herbwalks -2020/ Time 10 am – 1 pm. www.vitalitymagazine.com


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Vitality magazine | Summer 2020 Issue  

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

Vitality magazine | Summer 2020 Issue  

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

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