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NEWS & NOTES Free Vit. D for UK Citizens; Essential Oils Improve Air

14 LET YOUR FOOD BE YOUR MEDICINE Fragrant Spices Bring Heat and Flavour

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

24 HUMBLE HORSERADISH Pungent Root Medicine

28 KEEP YOUR KIDNEYS STRONG & HEALTHY A Guide to Preventing and Treating CKD

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42 Sun Sign Predictions: Winter Julie Simmons


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54 CLASSIFIEDS ............................................................................................... COVER ART: Photo of a glowing candle in the snow, flanked by rosehips and red berries. It’s a classic Canadian winter scene. Vitality magazine is a member of: CANADIAN FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESS Vitality is an award-winning magazine: n In 2017 Vitality magazine was awarded the “Best Publication: Gold Award” by www.NationalNutrition.ca n In 2018 Vitality magazine was awarded the “Hall of Fame” and “Best Publication: Platinum” awards by www.NationalNutrition.ca n In 2019 Vitality magazine was awarded the “Sustainability Award” by www.NationalNutrition.ca, and Vitality’s Editor (Julia Woodford) was awarded “Person of the Year”





Woodford Files The year 2020 has been a tough slog so far. And if the epidemiologists are to be believed, there’s more pandemic pain to come in the dark months ahead. But I think there’s another way to look at things, a way that is more empowering. And that involves some basic natural laws: 1) The most important player in this pandemic is the human immune system – that living, breathing population of friendly microbes and bacteria that stands guard over our health 24 hours a day and determines whether we live or die. 2) Certain strategies work beautifully to strengthen our immune defences, and others work to weaken them. Figuring out the difference between the two is key. One country that seems to have figured it out is Scotland, where First Minister Nicola Sturgeon recently announced a plan to supply free vitamin D to citizens. On October 28, The Times reported that “The most vulnerable Scots are to be given free vitamin D supplements to help to boost their immune system. People who have been shielding are to be sent a four-month supply to compensate for a lack of natural sunlight.” And now Boris Johnson is considering the same thing for sun-starved citizens in England. Find out more in News & Notes on page 6. In the spirit of folklore medicine, this month we bring you an updated feature by holistic nutritionist Julie Daniluk entitled: “Fragrant Spices Bring Heat and Medicine



to Winter Kitchens.” Here we see how food and beverages can work as medicine – from ginger tea for soothing a sore throat, to turmeric milk for easing congestion, to cinnamon for improving blood sugar balance (important because diabetes and metabolic syndrome are two comorbidities that increase the risk of death from COVID-19). And the humble horseradish is getting star treatment by herbalist Carol Little in this issue as she explains its ability to kill infections, fight germs, and clear sinuses. After a short hiatus, Kim Elkington is back on board this month with advice on using these dark times to do our shadow work and feel our way into a brighter future. She also includes a wonderful piece of Indigenous wisdom from a Hopi elder. With so much focus on the coronavirus these days, it’s easy to forget that our hardworking glands and organs are in need of constant care and attention. Canada’s favourite holistic physician, Dr. Zoltan Rona, returns this month to remind us to keep our kidneys strong and healthy. He has created a wonderful guide to preventing and treating kidney disease, which explains which foods and herbs work to heal the kidneys, and which ones work to harm. This will be of great interest to the thousands of Canadians who suffer from chronic kidney problems, especially our seniors. In closing, if I were to pack a bag of wellness essentials to take on a winter adventure this year, my top choices would be: – probiotics to feed my gut bacteria; – vitamins C, D, and a multimineral with zinc and selenium for resistance to germs; – hydrogen peroxide to carry in my purse as a safe disinfectant; – a sturdy pair of walking boots so I can go daily to the parks and ravines for a brisk walk in the oxygen-rich air. Those with the most resilient immune systems will survive this pandemic and many more. So let’s get on with the task of building up our reserves of immune power and experience great health regardless of whether we’re exposed to the latest bugs or not. Julia Woodford

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In a Commons session on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, Boris Johnson told Members that he would be providing an update on the plan to follow Scotland’s example by offering free vitamin D supplies to those shielding as the country hunkers down in the latest round of lockdowns. This is a plan that the First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon has already announced. In the same session, exConservative Cabinet minister David Davis again raised the issue, highlighting the progress Scotland has made as well as studies pointing to the vitamin’s efficacy. “Over the weekend, a number of eminent scientists called on the Government to try to resolve the vitamin D deficiency issues in the United Kingdom to reduce the severity of the pandemic,” he said. “There have been dozens of studies in hundreds of countries over the last six months that show – or imply anyway – that that could reduce infection rates by half and death rates by half again.” The Scottish government is sending four months’ sup-


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Vitamins, herbs, and essential oils are valuable tools for self-care during the winter cold and ‘flu season

ply of vitamin D to everyone who is shielding in Scotland. “Given that it is low cost and there is no medical downside, will our Government consider the same approach in England?” Responding, Johnson said, “We are indeed looking at the possible beneficial effects of vitamin D, and I know that we will be updating the House shortly.” This report excerpted from www.nutraingredients.com Visit their website to see the full vitamin D report or sign up for their free newsletter.



As we move inside to escape the winter cold, indoor air quality becomes more important than ever. So it’s a perfect time to introduce essential oils into the home to freshen the air, kill germs, and sanitize surfaces. One popular essential oil recipe combines oil of clove, cinnamon, rosemary, and eucalyptus. This blend, known as “Thieves”, is thought to have been invented during the time of the

Bubonic Plague back in 1413 by thieves who used it for protection while robbing corpses of plague victims. The story goes that the thieves would put the oil blend on their hands, temples, and face masks, believing it to have antibacterial and antiviral properties. Today, the Thieves formula is available as an essential oil blend, or an ingredient in hand sanitizers, home cleaning, and personal care products. An easy way to refresh the air in any room is to put a few drops of the Thieves blend, or individual essential oils such as eucalyptus or lemon, in a bowl of water in the room. As the water evaporates the essential oil is released into the air. This is a safe, nontoxic alternative to chemical air fresheners that may contain carcinogens. For more information, see the article by Sabina DeVita at: https://tinyurl.com/essentialoilsindoorcleaning (To see a National Institutes of Health Study on essential oils for Covid, visit: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov /pmc/articles/PMC7427755/) OREGANO OIL STUDIED FOR ANTIVIRAL EFFECTS

A report posted on www. healthline.com in January 2020 summarized two studies that found oregano oil to have significant antioxidant and antiviral properties. One of the studies, undertaken in 2011, “found that oregano essential oil can inhibit both human and animal viruses in vitro.” This action is likely due to carvacrol, a main compound in oregano oil. While carvacrol was more effective against certain viruses on its www.vitalitymagazine.com



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own, oregano oil was more effective against respiratory viruses such as influenza. (https://www.healthline.com/health/oregano-oil-for-cold#research)

And according to www.Ecowatch.com, “Oregano oil and carvacrol have been shown to exhibit antiviral activity against herpes simplex virus type-1 (HSV-1); rotavirus, a common cause of diarrhea in infants and children; and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), which causes respiratory infections. (1,2,3) (1) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3768712/ (2) https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28886313/ (3) https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24031796/

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According to the Nov. 16, 2020 issue of The Defender, a newsletter of Children’s Health Defence founded by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., “News organizations and journalists who raise legitimate concerns about Operation Warp Speed will be de-platformed to make way for the “required” saturation of pro-vaccine messaging across the English-speaking media landscape” in coming months. The newsletter goes on to say: “In just the past week, the national-security states of the U.S. and UK have discreetly let it be known that the cyber tools and online tactics previously designed for use in the post-9/11 “war on terror” are now being repurposed for use against information sources promoting “vaccine hesitancy” and information related to COVID-19 that runs counter to their state narratives. “Both countries are preparing to silence independent journalists who raise legitimate concerns over pharmaceutical industry corruption or the extreme secrecy surrounding statesponsored COVID-19 vaccination efforts, now that Pfizer’s vaccine candidate is slated to be approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by month’s end.” Excerpted from “The Defender: Children’s Health Defense News & Views”. To read the complete article or get a subscription, visit: https://tinyurl.com/KennedyonCyberwar Note: See page 47 for information on a petition calling for independent assessment of Covid vaccines rushed to market. MagneSiUM DeCreaSeS hyperaCtiVity in aDhD ChilDren ~ by Helen Saul Case

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In addition to magnesium’s effectiveness for treating hyperactivity, it also benefits children in other ways: it can help kids sleep better at night, relieve discomfort from sore muscles and growing

• Magnesium Is Safe and pains, relieve constipaIt Works – A review that tion, reduce anxiety, and looked at studies done on reduce headache days magnesium for the treatment of ADHD in children concluded that although “studies supported that magnesium is effective for treating ADHD... until further strong evidences for its efficacy and safety are provided, magnesium is not recommended for treating ADHD.”(4) This is typical of modern “evidencebased” medical literature. Some medical professionals will ignore what is already known unless a sufficient number of double-blind randomized studies have been performed. Magnesium supplementation is safe and effective, and it is critically important for children who are deficient. The safety of magnesium has been well established. There have been no deaths reported from magnesium supplementation.(5) An overdose of magnesium may result in loose stools. This is temporary, and will go away once dosages are reduced or divided into smaller amounts are given throughout the day. Magnesium supplementation is safe and it is worth trying, especially when we consider the dangers of ADHD drugs. • ADHD Drugs Are Dangerous – Depending on which ADHD drug is being taken, side effects of overdose include mydriasis, tremors, anxiety, agitation, hyper-reflexia, headache, gastrointestinal upset, combative behavior, confusion, hallucinations, delirium, dizziness, dystonia, insomnia, paranoia, movement disorders, tachycardia hypertension, seizures, and yes, even hyperactivity, the very condition an ADHD drug is supposed to be treating. Oh, and these drugs can kill you. (6,7) Even if “fatalities are rare” (7), I imagine this brings little comfort to parents. Moreover, the most common side effects of ADHD drugs, taken as prescribed, are appetite loss, abdominal pain, headaches, sleep disturbances, diminished growth, hallucinations and psychotic disturbances.(8) Magnesium produces none of these effects. And even though magnesium is both safe and effective, nowhere in the report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Clinical Practice Guideline for ADHD is magnesium supplementation recommended.(8) When it comes to the potential for kids to die suddenly from taking their prescribed ADHD medication, concerns are dismissed by the AAP with statements like “evidence is conflicting as to whether stimulant medications increase the www.vitalitymagazine.com

risk of sudden death.”(8) One would hope that with this level of uncertainty about the risk of death, the medical advice would be against the use of ADHD medication. Instead, the recommendation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is “continue your ADHD treatment as prescribed by a healthcare professional.”(9) Just be sure to “talk to your healthcare professional about any questions you may have about ADHD medications.” Well, never has “talking about it” made medication any less dangerous. • Other Benefits of Magnesium – In addition to its effectiveness for treating hyperactivity, magnesium also benefits children in other profound ways: it can help kids sleep better at night, relieve discomfort from sore muscles and growing pains, relieve constipation, reduce anxiety, and reduce headache days.(10) “I have come to the conclusion that everyone could benefit from extra magnesium supplementation.” - Carolyn Dean, MD, ND • Magnesium and Other Nutrients for ADHD – Children with ADHD may benefit from optimal levels of several nutrients including vitamin D(11), iron(12), niacin (B3), pyridoxine (B6), vitamin C, and omega-3 fatty acids.(13) Pediatrician Ralph Campbell, MD, recommends a vitamin B complex supplement be given with breakfast, an




additional 100 mg of B6 at another meal, and 200 mg or more of magnesium per day for ADHD children. This is in addition to removing refined sugar from the diet, avoiding artificial food dyes, and providing healthy food.(13) Other helpful tips include limiting screen time and increasing exercise, especially in the outdoors. • Dosage – The recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of magnesium for children ages one to three is 80 mg per day. Children ages four to five: 130 mg magnesium per day. By age nine, our government recommends that kids should be getting (at least) 240 mg of magnesium per day. And at age fourteen, between 360 to 410 mg per day. Keep in mind, only about 30 to 40% of dietary magnesium is absorbed by the body.(14) Remember, too much magnesium in a lessabsorbable form can cause loose stool. This side effect can be prevented by reducing the amount of magnesium given and providing it in a more absorbable form. If larger total daily doses of magnesium are required, divide the dose into smaller amounts and give it multiple times throughout the day. • Form – Oral magnesium citrate is inexpensive and fairly well absorbed. Other useful, but more costly, oral forms of magnesium include magnesium glycinate, magnesium gluconate, magnesium taurate, magnesium malate, and magnesium chloride. Avoid magnesium oxide (it absorbs very poorly) and avoid both magnesium glutamate and magnesium aspartate (10) Magnesium sulfate is cheap and can be obtained transdermally by soaking in regular Epsom salt baths. (OMNS Assistant Editor Helen Saul Case is the author of The Vitamin Cure for Women's Health Problems, and Vitamins & Pregnancy: The Real Story. She is coauthor of Vegetable Juicing for Everyone. Her newest book, Orthomolecular Nutrition for Everyone, was released in March 2017.) This article was excerpted from a longer version, sent to us courtesy of the Orthomolecular Medicine News Service. To receive a free subscription, go to http://orthomolecular.org/subscribe.html or to view the archives visit: http://orthomolecular.org/resources/omns/index.shtml References: (1) Kozielec, T., B. StarobratHermelin. "Assessment of magnesium levels in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)." Magnes Res 10(2) (June 1997):143-148. (2) Starobrat-Hermelin B. "[The effect of deficiency of selected bioelements on hyperactivity in children with certain specified mental disorders]." Ann Acad Med Stetin 44 (1998):297-314. 12



(3) Starobrat-Hermelin, B., T. Kozielec. "The effects of magnesium physiological supplementation on hyperactivity in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Positive response to magnesium oral loading test." Magnes Res 10(2) (June 1997):149-156.

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(4) Ghanizadeh, A. "A systematic review of magnesium therapy for treating attention deficit hyperactivity disorder." Arch Iran Med 16(7) (July 2013:412-417. doi: 013167/AIM.0010.

(11) Kamal, M., A. Bener, M.S. Ehlayel. "Is high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency a correlate for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder?" Atten Defic Hyperact Disord 6(2): (June 2014)73-78. doi: 10.1007/s12402014-0130-5. Epub 2014 Mar 9. Bener A., M. Kamal. "Predict attention deficit hyperactivity disorder? Evidence -based medicine." Glob J Health Sci 6(2) (Nov 2013):47-57. doi: 10.5539/gjhs.v6n2p47.

(5) Saul, AW. No Deaths from Supplements. No Deaths from Minerals. No Deaths from Amino Acids. No Deaths from Herbs. http://orthomolecular.org/ resources/omns/v12n02.shtml (6) Childs, D., and T. Neale. "ADHD Drugs Linked to Sudden Death." ABC News Medical Unit. June 15, 2009. http://abcnews.go.com/Health/MindMoodNews/story?id=7829005& page=1 (accessed July 2016). (7) Spiller, HA., H. L. Hays, A. Aleguas Jr. "Overdose of drugs for attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder: clinical presentation, mechanisms of toxicity, and management." CNS Drug 27(7) (July 2013):531-543. doi: 10.1007/s40263-013-0084-8. (8) Subcommittee on Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder; Steering Committee on Quality Improvement and Management, M. Wolraich, L. Brown, R.T. Brown, et al. "ADHD: clinical practice guideline for the diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in children and adolescents." Pediatrics 128(5) (Nov 2011):1007-1022. doi: 10.1542/peds.2011-2654. Epub 2011 Oct 16. (9) "FDA Drug Safety Communication: Safety Review Update of Medications used to treat Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder




(10) Dean, C. The Magnesium Miracle. Ballantine Books (2007).

(12) Bener, A., M. Kamal, H. Bener, et al. "Higher prevalence of iron deficiency as strong predictor of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in children." Ann Med Health Sci Res 4(Suppl 3) (Sept 2014):S291-7. doi: 10.4103/2141-9248.141974. (13) Campbell, R, AW Saul. The Vitamin Cure for Children's Health Problems. Laguna beach, CA: Basic Health Publications, 2011. (14) https://ods.od.nih.gov/FactSheets/magnesium/

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Fragrant Spices Bring Heat and Medicine to Winter Kitchens Let Your Food Be Your Medicine During Cold and ‘Flu Season ~ by Julie Daniluk, RHN, NNCP he culinary and medicinal GINGER powers of spices have been Zingiber officinale is a member known by herbalists, healers, and of the Zingiberaceae family, cooks for centuries. Now science which improves circulation to all is affirming what folklore mediparts of the body. This ‘hot’ and cine has known all along. Spices fragrant root has been used for such as cinnamon, ginger, turmercenturies to soothe an upset stomic, and cardamom boast not only ach. A few slices of raw ginger rich colours and fragrances, but root steeped in boiling water can also strong therapeutic effects. help soothe a cough or sore throat. The onset of winter is a perfect It can also ward off feelings of time to draw closer to the home nausea that may accompany fires and dip into our stash of influenza. You can also use ginger In Ayurvedic medicine, spices and herbs are warming spices that help bolster to stop nausea and vomiting durthe body against frigid tempera- good remedies for cold and ’flu; this chai tea is ing pregnancy. And it can boost made with cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom tures and circulating ‘flu bugs. the immune systems of mother Of the many herbs that arrive in and baby in the process.[4] our local stores from international spice routes, those that Ginger also has the ability to heal painful inflammation bring heat to winter meals are most sought after. by inhibiting the effects of arachidonic acid – a fat responsible for triggering inflammation involved in the immune CINNAMON response which leads to pain at the site. Choosing ginger as Also known as Ceylon cinnamon or true cinnamon, an alternative to anti-inflammatory drugs gives the liver a Cinnamomum verum is a small evergreen tree belonging to break from working overtime as it clears these drugs from the family Lauraceae. It yields a warming spice that helps to the system. Chop up a little fresh ginger root and add it to a reduce dampness (phlegm) in the body by increasing circu- stir-fry, or grate some into your chai tea. lation. It is antiseptic and an excellent digestive tonic. Ginger is so versatile you can even add it to your bath! It is also known to mimic the action of insulin by stimu- Soaking in a hot bath infused with chunks of ginger will lating insulin receptors on the fat and muscle cells. This relax muscles, raise the body temperature, and induce action helps to usher sugar out of the blood and into the sweating – all of which helps to fight off colds and ‘flus. cells. As a result, the simple addition of one gram of cinnaFresh ginger is more potent than dried. When buying ginmon to the daily diet of people with Type 2 diabetes has ger root, look for knobs that have smooth, firm skin and are been shown to improve blood sugar and fat free from mould. levels to reduce their risk factor for cardiovascular disease.[1,2,3] TURMERIC Cinnamon is best when freshly ground so Curcuma longa is also a member of the try to buy whole cinnamon sticks and grind Zingiberaceae family. It is a deeply warming them as you need them with a fine grater or spice that contains powerful antioxidant and a sturdy spice grinder. You can also add a anti-inflammatory properties. Known for its whole stick to soups and stews, where it can intense yellowish orange colour, turmeric simmer before serving. has played an important role in many tradiNote: Ceylon Cinnamon (verum) is the tional cultures for thousands of years and is safest for long-term use because Chinese cinCinnamon, cardamom, and highly valued in the practice of Ayurveda. nutmeg are the stars of this namon (cassia) can cause liver problems in Turmeric improves circulation by reducing hearty Quinoa Porridge Dish large doses. elevated blood levels of fibrinogen.






Fibrinogen is a plasma protein that plays a key role in the process of blood clotting. Elevated levels of this protein are a major risk factor for heart attack and stroke. Turmeric has been shown to reverse elevated blood levels of fibrinogen safely and without side effects.[5] Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, works by stimulating the liver and gallbladder to do the essential work of bile production. Curcumin can also reduce symptoms of bloating and gas in people suffering from indigestion. [6,7] Traditionally, a milk formula called “golden milk” or “turmeric milk” has been used by Ayurvedic physicians for colds, congestion, headache, and sore throats. One classic recipe involves boiling fresh or dried turmeric root, ginger, and honey in milk. (Ed note: To see a recipe for golden milk by naturopath Sat Dharam Kaur, click on: https://vitalitymagazine.com/a rticle/super-golden-milk/) Turmeric is also reputed to help alleviate depression. Turmeric is a root that looks a lot like ginger, but it is quite difficult to grind. If you buy your turmeric already ground, make sure you buy small quantities of good quality powder, and use it up before you buy more. Try Turmeric Tea – In a pint-canning jar, place a handful of dried lemon balm leaves, a few slices of turmeric and ginger root and several crushed rose hips. Pour freshly boiled water over the herbs. With the lid sealed, brew for four hours under a tea cozy or wrapped in a towel. Strain and enjoy as is or with a bit of good quality honey. www.vitalitymagazine.com




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Cardamoms are the small dried fruits of the perennial herb, Elettaria cardamomum, known as the â&#x20AC;&#x153;Queen of Spices.â&#x20AC;? This fruit has a pleasant aroma and a warm, slightly sweet and pungent taste. Cardamom is widely used in Asian cooking and is an essential ingredient in garam masala. Hot Ginger Tea with Honey Cardamom helps to reduce and Lemon is a soothing symptoms of gastrointestinal folklore remedy for sore disorders such as constipation throats and runny noses and diarrhea. Studies show that it can also have a positive effect on blood pressure â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a 3 gram serving has been shown to significantly decrease diastolic pressure, without side effects. (8)(9) Cardamom has also been shown to have strong antimicrobial activity against the microorganisms that cause dental cavities and bad breath. (10) Cardamom seeds lose their flavour and aroma quickly after being removed from their protective pods, so it is best to buy whole cardamom pods. Then crack the pods, remove the seeds, discard the pods and grind the seeds. Ground cardamom can be found at the grocery store but it typically has less flavour than the whole seeds. You only need a little to give your recipes a sweet, aromatic vanilla undertone.


Also worthy of special mention are two fiery herbs which add an intense heat to any foods they come in contact with. This is beneficial for people with a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;coldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; constitution who can handle hot spices (this should be tested with care, and avoided if you have nightshade sensitivity). However, these spices are not recommended for those with excess pitta (ie. a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;hotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; constitution) as they can increase inflammation.


Ginger Chai Tea Popularized in India, chai is a tea made from various combinations of warming spices. These spices provide a rich source of antioxidants and nutrients that support digestion and immunity, balance blood sugar, and combat inflammation. This recipe is made with everyday spices selected for their immune boosting properties and specifically aimed at keeping colds and â&#x20AC;&#x2122;flu away. (Makes 8 cups) 4 cups unsweetened non-dairy milk (almond, coconut, hemp, sesame) 4 cups ginger root tea (see below) 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder 1/2 tsp stevia whole-leaf powder (or 1/4 tsp stevia extract or 1 to 2 tsp unpasteurized, liquid honey) 16



1/8 tsp nutmeg 1/8 tsp cloves, powdered 1) Make ginger root tea by grating 2 inches of ginger into a mason jar. Top with 4 cups of boiling water and steep for 2 to 8 hours to desired strength. 2) Combine all ingredients in a 3 quart (3 L) saucepan and simmer for 5 minutes. Serve hot.

Sweet Potato Mash

Warming Quinoa Porridge

This hot cereal takes just a few minutes to prepare and blends the warming spices cinnamon, cardamom, and turmeric. This combination of healing herbs will soothe the digestive tract, clear inflammation, and warm you from the inside out! (Makes 2 servings) 2 cups filtered water ¾ cup rolled quinoa 1 tsp cinnamon ½ tsp cardamom ¼ tsp nutmeg ¼ tsp turmeric 1 Tbsp honey (or 5 drops stevia extract) 1/8 tsp grey sea salt (or pink rock salt) ¼ cup dried cranberries (or apple juice sweetened) ½ cup blueberries (if frozen, add before quinoa to thaw) ¼ cup chopped almonds (or hemp seeds) Instructions: 1) Boil water in a small saucepan. 2) Add the rolled quinoa and stir for 2-3 minutes. 3) Remove from heat and mix in the spices, fruit, nuts, sweetener and salt until evenly distributed. Serve hot.

Sweet Potato Mash with Vanilla Bean This recipe was formulated by the co-host and chef of Healthy Gourmet, Ezra Title (https://www.chezvousdining.ca) (Makes 6 servings.) 2.2 lbs sweet potatoes (about 6 large) 4 Tbsp maple syrup 2 whole vanilla beans 1 Tbsp mesquite powder 1 Tbsp cumin 1 Tbsp turmeric 1 tsp coriander 1 tsp cinnamon Pink rock, or grey sea salt, to taste 1) Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). 2) Prick sweet potatoes with a fork and place on a sheet tray in the oven for about an hour. 3) Warm maple syrup in a pot. Once warm, scrape vanilla beans into syrup. 18



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4) When sweet potatoes are tender, scoop flesh from their skins into a food processor and add all the spices. 5) Blend until smooth, add vanilla syrup, and season with salt. (Readers: To view more of Julie’s recipes including Gentle Healing Dal and Garam Masala, see the extended version of this article posted at: https://vitalitymagazine.com/article/culinary-spices-that-heal/) REFERENCES (1) https://www.jabfm.org/content/22/5/507.short (2) https://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/26/12/3215.short (3) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3665015/ (4) https://ajpgi.physiology.org/content/284/3/G481#sec-8 (5) https://warddeanmd.com/turmeric-reverses-fibrinogen/ (6)(7) https://konsument-forum.se/TI/Bengmarks_artikel_om_gurkmeja.pdf (8) https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/cardamom-benefits (9) https://drcynthia.com/medicinal-spices-that-help-lower-bloodpressure/ (10) https://foodfacts.mercola.com/cardamom.html (11) https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S03788741 0800696X (12) https://link.springer.com/article/10.1023/A:1007975430328 • Aneja, K. R., and Radhika Joshi. “Antimicrobial activity of Amomum subulatum and Elettaria cardamomum against dental caries causing microorganisms.” Ethnobotanical Leaflets 2009, no. 7 (2009): 3. • Bengmark, Stig. “Control of systemic inflammation and chronic diseases-the use of turmeric and curcuminoids.” Nutrigenomics and Proteonomics in Health and Disease. Food Factors and Gene Interaction (2009): 161-180. • Chithra, V., and S. Leelamma. “Hypolipidemic effect of coriander seeds (Coriandrum sativum): mechanism of action.” Plant Foods for Human Nutrition 51, no. 2 (1997): 167-172. • Crawford, Paul. “Effectiveness of cinnamon for lowering hemoglobin A1C in patients with type 2 diabetes: a randomized, controlled trial.” The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine 22, no. 5 (2009): 507-512.

About Julie Daniluk, RHN, NNCP Julie is a Registered 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 Meals That Heal Thrive Tribe online community at JulieDaniluk.com and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Youtube @JulieDaniluk 20


















Humble Horseradish ~ Pungent Root Medicine BY CAROL LITTLE, R.H.





s a traditional herbalist and food writer, I have long been interested in the healing power of food and the benefits of plant medicine. Horseradish belongs in both camps – as a powerful food and a medicinal plant. Horseradish offers a variety of health benefits when added to meals. A study by Delphi, the most importhe University of Illinois tant oracle in Greek showed that it contains submythology, told Apollo stantial quantities of gluthat the radish was cosinolates – compounds worth its weight in lead, known to increase human the beet was worth resistance to cancer. The its weight in silver, power of this ‘humble hot and the horseradish shot’ root is created chemiits weight in gold cally when it is grated or agitated to release constituents that, working together, produce magic! An effective daily dose of horseradish can be as little as one gram, or less than a teaspoon. In addition, this humble root contains antibacterial, antibiotic, anti-parasitic, anti-anemic, and aperient properties. It is also a coronary vasodilator, a digestive, a diuretic, and an expectorant, which means that it stimulates a number of body systems and can be used to aid mild circulatory problems, weak digestion, and water retention. A potent digestive elixir can be created by combining horseradish with carminative herbs and apple cider vinegar. And according to Richard Mabey, author of The New Age Herbalist, “Horseradish is a powerful circulatory stimulant with antibiotic properties due to the mustard oil it contains. It is effective for lung and urinary infections because mustard oil is excreted through these channels.” Culinary Herbalist Pat Crocker, author of 23 healthy herb books, is also a fan of horseradish: “Long before it found its way onto Sunday dinner plates between the mashed potatoes and the roast beef, horseradish was used medicinally. Indeed, Delphi, the most important oracle in Greek mythology, told Apollo that the radish was worth its weight in lead, the beet its weight in silver, and the horseradish its weight in gold.” Sinus pain due to blocked sinus passages and/or infection is probably the most common ailment for which I have personally used horseradish. Sometimes all that you need is a quick, old-fashioned remedy: Grate horseradish and put a


smidge (1/4 tsp or so) in your mouth, holding it there until the flavour subsides, usually within 30 seconds, before swallowing. People tend to initially shy away from this remedy, but those who try it often find that blocked mucous loosens and drains, thus relieving sinus pressure in a short time. Doing this daily for a few days has resulted in the complete clearing of sinus infections for some of my clients.

RECIPES CHRZAN: Polish Horseradish Condiment (pronounced “Kuh-shan”) Years ago, I had the good fortune to visit Poland with my friend Grace. The entire trip was a feast, an adventure in new tastes. Thanks to Grace for sharing her family recipe for “Polish Horseradish”. It is historically made from horseradish root and white wine vinegar, prepared by hand. I confess to using a food processor, which makes this recipe much easier to prepare. 1 pound fresh horseradish root, peeled and grated 1/2 cup white wine vinegar (or apple cider vinegar) 1/4 teaspoon each sea salt and pepper (to taste) 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice 1 tablespoon demerara sugar (optional) Combine all ingredients in a glass bowl. Pack into clean, sterilized pint jars. The condiment can be stored, covered, in the fridge for up to two weeks. (Note: I have sometimes made a huge batch by using 2 pounds of roots and adapting the recipe above accordingly.) CWIKLA: Horseradish & Beet Condiment Recipe (pronounced CHEEK-wah) This is a tasty pretty PINK condiment – and a totally fabulous flavour enhancer! 1 pound beets (cooked, peeled, cooled, and grated) 2 cups grated fresh horseradish root (or ‘prepared’ horseradish sold in jars in the fridge section of grocery store) 1 tsp unpasteurized apple cider vinegar 1/4 tsp sea salt 1 tsp brown sugar (optional) In a large bowl, mix vinegar, brown sugar, horseradish and salt until well combined. Add grated beets and mix thoroughly. Spoon into clean, sterilized glass jars and store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Recipe Note: ** The sugar in this recipe goes with the traditional way to make this condiment. However, I have found that the beets provide enough sweet flavour. Leave it out if sugar is not a part of your lifestyle. www.vitalitymagazine.com



Cold Kicker Honey I love to add herbs to raw honey to create cold remedies. They’re easy to make and simple to change to suit what’s needed. Honey helps to coat the throat and relieve irritation. Both antimicrobial and antioxidant, honey also helps to fight bacteria and viruses. Ginger helps to overcome the most common type of cold virus, the rhinovirus, due to a high sesquiterpene content. Horseradish packs a nutritive punch, and also helps liquefy phlegm which can clear and relieve a cough. Prepare this sweet remedy in advance for the next time you feel a cold coming on: 2 cups raw honey 1/2 of one ginger root, sliced or grated 1/2 of one horseradish root, grated Combine grated fresh ginger root and horseradish root in a pot of good quality honey. Place the formula in a glass jar, seal, and let sit for a couple of weeks, if possible. Eat this potent honey by the spoonful to soothe sore throats and alleviate cold or cough symptoms, or add a teaspoon to a cup of sage tea. Beet Relish A new addition to my repertoire is a simple beet relish, courtesy of my friend Julie. It complements virtually any meat or vegetable entrée with a big punch of flavour. It’s easy to make and is addictive. 8 cups raw beets, grated or finely diced 1 cup raw horseradish, grated 1 cup raw onions, finely chopped 1/4 – 1/2 cup organic cane sugar (optional) 1 tsp sea salt 4 cups unpasteurized apple cider vinegar Combine all ingredients in a pot and simmer on low heat for 20 minutes. Pour hot mixture into sterilized jars, seal, and refrigerate. Keeps for one to two weeks. (Editor’s note: For more recipes, including Healing Soup for Winter and Zesty Apple Horseradish Salsa, see the extended version of this article posted at https://vitalitymagazine.com/article/horseradish/)

AUTHOR BIO: Carol Little R.H. is a traditional herbalist in Toronto where she has a private practice working primarily with women. Carol also writes an herb-infused blog filled with seasonal tidbits, helpful hints, and ways to embrace herbs and healing foods. Visit her website at https://www.studiobotanica.com She is a past board member and current professional member of the Ontario Herbalists Association. (https://ontarioherbalists.ca/) Follow her on social media here: Facebook @ http://www.facebook.com/studiobotanica Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/herbgal Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/studiobotanica




Keep Your Kidneys Strong and Healthy

A Guide to Preventing and Treating Chronic Kidney Disease BY DR. ZoltAn P. RonA, MD, MSc.

(Ed note: This article was first published in Vitality’s November newsletter, and has since been updated for release in print.)


Anti-inflammatory herbs and vitamins that work to improve kidney health include

eeping your kidneys healthy is vital to your curcumin, milk thistle, magnesium, and body’s well-being. Healthy kidbroad spectrum neys ensure that your body can filter and expel waste efficiently, probiotics while producing hormones to help you function at your best. Your kidneys work to filter blood, balance electrolytes, and regulate hormones that affect your bones and blood pressure. One important hormone made by the kidneys (erythropoietin) is involved in the creation of red blood cells and helps prevent anemia.

What Causes Kidney Disease

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a common condition that occurs most often along with (or because of) diseases like diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease. Certain genetic factors and recurrent kidney infections also increase the risk. OTC drugs such as non-steroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) — acetaminophen and aspirin – can also raise the risk. Illicit drugs like cocaine, heroin, and amphetamines can also injure kidney tissue and increase the risk of CKD. Prescription antibiotics, antihypertensives, antivirals, and ulcer medication (PPIs – proton pump inhibitors) can all damage the kidneys and lead to CKD. Prescription laxatives, chemotherapy drugs, and contrast media for various diagnostic scans are also potentially damaging for the kidneys. According to the National Kidney Foundation, at least one in three adults are at risk of developing CKD. 28



CKD is most often diagnosed by blood and urine tests which detect high creatinine, high blood urea nitrogen (BUN), a high albumin to creatinine ratio (ACR), and a low estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR). Urinalysis might show excessive protein, blood, glucose or uric acid. An ultrasound could diagnose abnormalities in the structure or size of the kidneys, or a biopsy might reveal a chronic inflammatory condition such as an autoimmune disease. CKD can progress without symptoms for decades, and tends to be increasingly diagnosed with advancing age. The most severe forms (kidney failure) could require regular dialysis or transplantation. The health of the kidneys is largely determined by the health of the gut, but numerous other factors could also be involved. An abnormal balance of the gut bacteria can cause immune dysregulation, the production of gut-derived uremic toxins, and high circulating levels of bacteria-derived lipopolysaccharides (LPS). Dysbiosis (gut flora imbalance, candidiasis, SIBO aka small intestine bacterial overgrowth) and leaky gut syndrome are all involved in the ultimate creation of CKD. An altered gut microbiome causes a chronic systemic inflammatory state which is associated with obesity, insulin resistance, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Chronic inflammation that goes untreated for decades eventually leads to fibrosis (scar tissue formation) and reduced kidney function (insufficiency) and kidney failure. l

Urinary Signs and Symptoms

Clear urine: comes about from drinking excessive amounts of water. l Deep yellow urine: comes about from inadequate water intake or just an intake of supplemental B complex vitamins (especially vitamin B2), and is harmless with no other specific meaning. l Foamy or cloudy urine: can possibly be due to excess urinary protein, kidney or bladder infection, or another inflammatory condition. l Red or pink urine: can be caused by blood from a bladder or kidney stone or an infection; could also be due to a tumour; rarely from eating beets, rhubarb, or blueberries. l Blue or green urine: is often caused by consuming foods containing food colouring dyes. l Smelly urine: could be associated with the age of the urine and may indicate the presence of glucose and ketones. An asparagus smell in the urine occurs in most people after eating asparagus and this is considered normal.

Best Ways to Keep Your Kidneys Healthy

The key to improving kidney health is to follow an antiinflammatory diet. This involves the avoidance of sugar (especially fructose), as well as alcohol, caffeine, gluten, and other foods that trigger intolerances or allergies. The reduction of animal protein from dairy, eggs, red www.vitalitymagazine.com



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Protect the Kidneys by Limiting Drugs Avoid over-the-counter drugs especially NSAIDS (aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen (Aleve) and celecoxib (Celebrex)). It is also wise to avoid antibiotics, antihypertensives, antivirals, and ulcer medication especially proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). Prescription laxatives, chemotherapy drugs and contrast media (e.g. gadolinium) for various diagnostic scans are all potentially kidney damaging too. Illicit drugs like cocaine, heroin, and amphetamines (prescription or otherwise) are all potentially nephrotoxic. Check for Underactive Thyroid Function Many CKD patients suffer from cold hands and feet and have low basal body temperatures. An underactive thyroid condition could be at the bottom of this issue, so ask your doctor to check for this on lab testing. The tests to request from your doctor if you have thyroid symptoms are TSH, free T3, free T4, thyroid antibodies and reverse T3.

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Foods, Herbs, Supplements That Work to Heal the Kidneys Foods that enhance kidney health include: organic cabbage, cauliflower, lemons, lemon juice, garlic, onions, apples, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar, cherries, red and purple grapes, pumpkin seeds, watermelons, berries, sweet potatoes and organic kale. The following supplements can enhance kidney health mainly because of their anti-inflammatory activity. Amounts recommended depend on individual needs and health status: n ASTRAGALUS: is a herb that modulates immunity to protect the kidneys. n n

MILK THISTLE: protects both kidneys and liver. CURCUMIN: and other turmeric extracts are beneficial due to their strong anti-inflammatory properties. n MODIFIED CITRUS PECTIN: (Pectasol-C) can delay the fibrosis process, extending the life of the kidneys. This is also the same nutrient used to reduce the spread of many cancers.

Cordyceps mushroom, popular in Tradtional Chinese Medicine formulas, helps to reduce scarring in the kidneys

n REISHI MUSHROOM: makes the kidney less permeable, reduces proteinuria, and helps stop erosion of the outer membrane of the nephron (the podocyte).

n PROBIOTICS: A good broad-spectrum form can help balance the gut flora. n CORDYCEPS MUSHROOM: Reduces fibrosis and sclerosis of the kidney, improves serum creatinine and BUN, and reduces proteinuria. Continued on next page




n MAGNESIUM: is commonly deficient in those with CKD and needed by the body to prevent calcium deposits in the kidneys and other injured tissues. n RUTIN: is a bioflavonoid with powerful anti-inflammatory effects.


n PYRIDOXYL-5-PPHOSPHATE (VITAMIN B6): helps prevent the formation of calcium oxalate kidney stones.

A natural health care provider’s advice on diet and appropriate supplementation would be based on biochemical individuality, so it’s highly recommended that you don’t make any changes on your own without some professional guidance

n MELATONIN: is useful because most CKD patients have been shown to have low levels of melatonin, a gppd sleep aid. Further, adequate sleep is important in healing CKD. Melatonin is an important longevity hormone.

n WOBENZYME: is a digestive enzyme that has been found to reduce fibrosis in the kidneys. It is anti-inflammatory when taken on an empty stomach. n

COQ10: can help control blood pressure and is important because many of the drugs that patients with CKD consume can destroy CoQ10 and increase cardiovascular symptoms. n ALPHA LIPOIC ACID: is known to help prevent high blood sugar but is also protective of kidney and liver health. n VITAMIN C: is a strong antioxidant to prevent kidney disease. n VITAMIN D3 & K2: is often deficient in people with CKD and is needed to improve bone density problems associated with CKD.




n VITAMIN E: Antioxidant benefits to prevent further kidney damage especially from calcium oxalate stones. n 5-MTHF (activated folic acid): is required for multiple metabolic benefits in the kidneys.

Natural Products to Use Carefully These common nutritional supplements can potentially damage the kidneys if not monitored regularly: – Noni juice (due to the high potassium content) – Bulk-forming laxatives like flaxseed (due to the need to consume higher amounts of water) – Herbal supplements from other countries (eg. Chinese herbs can be contaminated with toxic heavy metals and drugs if not purchased from a reputable TCM practitioner) – Herbal diuretics like bucha, uva ursi, parsley, and juniper berry could be potential trouble sources since they can interact with many prescription drugs. – Herbal supplements that can interact with drugs commonly used by CKD patients should be avoided, including: St. John’s Wort, echinacea, ginkgo, garlic, ginseng, licorice, ginger, and blue cohosh. In kidney transplant patients or those on dialysis, these should be mostly avoided. This is not to say that these herbs are not beneficial. On the contrary they all can reduce inflammation and prevent further kidney disease. They just need careful monitoring for drug-nutrient interactions. Chronic kidney disease manifests in different ways from individual to individual. www.vitalitymagazine.com



A natural health care provider’s advice on diet and appropriate supplementation would be based on biochemical individuality, so it’s highly recommended that you don’t make any changes on your own without professional guidance. REFERENCES • Chronic Kidney Disease. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/chronic-kidneydisease/diagnosis-treatment/drc20354527 • Chronic Kidney Disease: Natural Medicine for a Silent Epidemic. https://tinyurl.com/yxp29c26 •Usage of complementary and alternative medicine among patients with chronic kidney disease on maintenance hemodialysis. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/ pmc/articles/PMC4766780/ • Use of alternative medicine by patients with stage 5 chronic kidney disease. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/ 16010646/ • Herb-Drug Interaction Handbook, second edition. Sharon Herrr, RD, CDN. 2002 Consumer Labs, www.consumerlabs.com National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. ncam.nih.gov • Inker LA, Astor BC, Fox CH, et al. KDOQI US Commentary on the 2012 KDIGO Clinical Practice Guideline for the Evaluation and Management of CKD. Am J Kidney

Dis. 2014 Mar 16. • Herbal Supplements and Kidney Disease. https://www.kidney.org/atoz/content/herbalsupp • What are the treatments for kidney disease? https://www. webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/understanding-kidney-disease-treatment • Astragalus (a traditional Chinese medicine) for treating chronic kidney disease. https://tinyurl.com/astragalusforkidneys • A brief study of toxic effects of some medicinal herbs on kidney. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pm c/articles/PMC3544088/ • Nayeri A, Wu S, Adams C, Acute Calcineurin Inhibitor Nephrotoxicity Secondary to Turmeric Intake: A Case Report. Nayeri, A. et al. Transplantation Proceedings. 2017; 49(1):198 – 200. • Gabardi S, Munz K, Ulbricht C: A review of dietary supplementinduced renal dysfunction. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2007; 2: 757–765 • How to prevent and treat kidney problems with food. https://tinyurl.com/y42dhrpw • Urine signs; colours, symptoms: https://www.healthline.com/healt h/urine-color-chart • Description of physical characteristics of human urine: https://tinyurl.com/y298qm6f

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Reader Questions Pros & Cons of Serrapeptase Enzymes

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Question: I heard a troubling report today regarding someone who was taking 6 serrapeptase enzymes on an empty stomach each day. This was as directed, but it resulted in the burning of her stomach lining, and then she fell into a coma for a number of days. Fortunately, she is fine now. I don't know her personally but I myself have taken a course of just as many serrapeptase enzymes from time to time over the years, with only beneficial effects – inflammation markers low / c-reactive protein good! / fibromyalgia symptoms all but gone! I have my own theory about what happened to the lady, but I couldn’t help but

wonder what you might make of this peculiar situation. With many thanks, Dr. Rona. Many of my natural health-conscious cohorts have relied upon on you and your solid judgement over many years and we are grateful for what you continue to bring to the table! J. Troubideau, Montreal

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Dr. Rona responds: Serrapeptase can rarely cause stomach irritation in very sensitive individuals, but there are no reports of it causing stomach erosions and comas. That individual you speak of is most likely using drugs that can cause stomach lining damage such as NSAIDS (aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, etc.) or

steroids like prednisone. Such patients are often also using a variety of natural health products at the same time in efforts to stop pain. Those drugs (NSAIDS and steroids) can cause ulcers and blood loss leading to comas and death. Unfortunately, the medical profession tends to avoid acknowledging the damage caused by drugs and instead attributes adverse reactions to natural health products mostly because they are unfamiliar with supplements like serrapeptase. They then raise the alarm bells that natural health products are dangerous. So before you jump to conclusions, ask the source you got this information from to give you more details. Is that patient on NSAIDS, Prednisone or other drugs? Is that patient a diabetic? What other supplements is that patient taking? Is that patient using


psychiatric drugs? I once had a patient on psychiatric drugs who also took high doses of vitamin B3 (niacin) and couldn’t perceive any stomach upsets due to her drugs so she continued to take the niacin plus her drugs and ended up in the hospital due to a GI bleeding episode. Naturally, the B3 was blamed for this – not the fact that she was taking high doses of psychiatric drugs. So, get the full story before needlessly get upset about serrapeptase dangers. Dr. Zoltan P. Rona, MD, practises Complementary Medicine in Thornhill and is the medical editor of The Encyclopedia of Natural Healing. More info at: www.highlevelwellness.ca

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I am writing to express my gratitude for your continued support of Vaccine Choice Canada (VCC). We received a new member this week who shared that his membership was a direct result of reading your Woodford Files comments in the Fall edition of Vitality. I’ve just read Julia’s comments and appreciate her courage to speak truth to power. It is essential that people understand that it is the media that is evoking anxiety and fear of COVID and censoring valuable information about natural and non-toxic prevention and treatment strategies. We need more voices like yours. In gratitude for all that you do. Ted Kuntz, President Vaccine Choice Canada www.vaccinechoicecanada.com www.vitalitymagazine.com

Woodford responds: It is our pleasure to share the educational resources provided by VCC for people who wish to be fully informed on the vaccination debate. We are also pleased to share the new petition just launched by VCC to protect medical freedom in Canada. (See page 47.) Questioning Advice on Fats & Oils

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I have learned from a heart doctor at the Mayo clinic the following abbreviation for a healthy lifestyle. He developed the approach after he was told that he would only have a few months to live if he did not undergo open heart surgery. It is called RAVE: No Refined foods No Animal proteins No Vegetable oils No Exceptions other than Exercise The heart doctor created RAVE as his new lifestyle, and I have followed it for the last 30 years. I am now 83 – mentally and physically fit, am a hike leader for 10 – 12 kms (moderate hikes on the Bruce Trail and beyond), do YOGA daily, and work in an office doing administrative and accounting functions. Am sustaining a “plantbased nutrition” diet and supplement it by vitamin D and B12 M. Stevens, Kincardine, Ontario Woodford responds Dear M, That is great advice from the doctor and we agree with it completely.

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As we snuggle closer to the fire during this winter season and consider the year that has passed, we have a great deal to contemplate, particularly our inner work. Without the happy distractions of parties and feasting and gifts, we find ourselves becoming more aware of our shadows, our fears, and confusion. There is an extraordinary amplification of this awareness these days, knowing that the whole world is feeling the same uncertainty. This has been a year of shadows and fears as we look around at an unfamiliar landscape. Staying open to the truth, hoping to recognize it when it walks in the room, is both exhilarating and exhausting. When truth seems fiction and fiction seems truth, we are being forced to waken from our happy place and see the dark underbelly of reality. Shadow work is a tool that lets those uncomfortable feelings percolate up so you can look them right in the eye and say “It’s ok. I see you…I feel you… I transform you.” Some days we can look right at the shadow, like a warrior, and on other days



SACRED JOURNEYS Everyday Rituals & Celebrations WITH KIM ELKINGTON The gift of these times is that we can see the shadow. This is the holy work of the winter solstice. Lets face it, you and I cannot control the world outside. We can only control what is inside ourselves. That is our work. we return to the shores of familiar beliefs that once comforted us, but which now feel less solid. That’s when we watch ourselves fall off-centre, having reacted to the loss of the known. Resilience of the Human Spirit And then there is the reassuring and heart-swelling kindness of strangers, the love pouring from hearts world-wide in compassion and gratitude for those who are trying to function ‘outside’ in the whirlwind of confusion with carefulness and hopefulness. Teachers heading back to the classroom in a system robbed of sufficient funding

for decades are trying to work a miracle. Kids are deliriously happy to be back with the other kids, though they are dressed like Darth Vader. Parents are breathing in the momentary space as kids go back to class and are happy for their children, but never far from worry. There are so many outbursts of emotion as we go through these ‘wash and rinse’ cycles. Society is sharing its feelings. There are no distractions. It is profoundly important to be touched by our connectedness, by the enormity of it all. Fear, doubt, and worry are the filters of scarcity, limitation, and separation.


And when they act up, we close down the opening where we both give and receive love, grace, and gratitude. Shadow work helps us to inhabit our hearts. When we do that, we raise our frequency and we change the world, one heart at a time. Doing Your Shadow Work When you feel yourself off centre, perhaps having a sudden outburst of some kind, become aware of your frequency. Let it come up, in its pure form, and just feel how and where it sits in your body. This energy can usually only sustain itself for under a minute. If itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s longer, you are attaching to the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;storyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; behind the feeling. As the feeling fades, shift your frequency to the belief you want to hold about yourself, or the world â&#x20AC;&#x201C; imagine what it might feel like. This is how we shift our reality: one feeling, one moment at a time, replaced with what we want. Each time a feeling comes up, you have an opportunity to detangle it from your held stories and beliefs. The more you do this, the easier it will be each time. As you consciously and lovingly let

these trapped feelings go, you strengthen your immune system. The gift of these times is that we can see the shadow. This is the holy work of the winter solstice. Lets face it, you and I cannot control the world outside. We can only control what is inside ourselves. That is our work. We change the world with our frequency. I think part of the chaotic nature of the outer world is a reflection of how many of us have been avoiding our shadow work. The game is on. Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s do this. Indigenous Wisdom for Modern Times A Hopi elder offered this wisdom for these times: â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is a river flowing now very fast. It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid. They will try to hold onto the shore. They will feel they are torn apart and will suffer greatly.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Know that the river has its destination. The elders say we must let go of the shore, push off into the middle of the river, keep our eyes open, and our heads above water. And I say, see who is in there with you and celebrate. At this time in history, we are to take noth-





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Letters to Editor ~ cont.d from page 37 However, there is one aspect of it that needs elaboration. That is: When you say “avoid vegetable oil” you need to be more specific. That’s because certain vegetable oils should definitely be avoided (eg. heat treated corn oil, canola oil, and margarine, etc) due to their content of trans fats and pesticides, and their genetically modified status, which in turn creates a tendency to increase the risk of heart disease. (While these oils are cheap for your financial budget, they are very expensive for your health.) On the other hand, certain cold pressed vegetable oils should be included in a healthy diet such as flax and olive because they reduce the risk of heart disease (perhaps they are more accurately defined as seed oils rather than vegetable oils). And one of the healthiest fats is extra virgin coconut oil which contains medium chain triglycerides that actually reduce the risk of heart disease. According to Coconut Cures by Bruce Fife, ND, “The results of [numerous] studies showed that coconut oil is far more effective than corn oil at reducing risk of heart disease.”


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General Overview: December: This could be the month we have been waiting for. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the end of a year of breaking / broken systems â&#x20AC;&#x201C; a time when cooler heads begin to prevail, although not until after the solstice on the 21st. At the least, this is a time to seriously reflect on what we know now that we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know 12 months ago. The New Moon on the 14th begs for a visionary intention for our way forward. The Full Moon on the 29th shines a spotlight on this precious life: yours, mine, and everyone elseâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. January: No sailing off into a bright, beautiful future just yet. Frustrations that things are moving too slowly, or that the whole task is impossible, are bound to arise this month. We are moving into a time when we must work together. Who are your people? The New Moon on the 13th asks us to set an intention regarding what we can, canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t, must, and wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do. The Full Moon on the 28th shines its light on frustrations. Individuals must see ourselves as part of the commons â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the common good, the common marketplace. (Ed. note: For an overview of Feb. 2021, see extended version https://vitalitymagazine.com/astrology/julie-simmons/) ARIES: March 20 - April 19

DEC: Look for a vision to carry you forward through the end of 2020 and the beginning of 2021 at the New Moon on the 14th. At the Full Moon on the 29th consider your resources, all of them. People are as much or more of a resource as money or goods. JAN: If you can step up and into the responsibilities that demand your involvement at the New Moon on the 13th do it without complaint or lament for all that has been lost. Look at your world with new eyes. The Full Moon opens you to your social realities, political and personal. Embracing the challenge beats wishing it was another way. FEB: What kind of resource are you for others? Make an intention at the New Moon on the 11th toward being available for others â&#x20AC;&#x201C; your way. The Full Moon on the 27th could inspire you toward generosity beyond the usual. TAURUS: April 20 - May 20

DEC: In pondering whatever it is that keeps you from â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;walking your talkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, set your intention at the New Moon on the 14th as an acknowledgement to live closer to your true values. Obstacles are to be expected on Planet Earth. The Full Moon on the 29th is time to get comfy hanging out where you feel most cozy. JAN: The 13th is truly the beginning of your New Year. You 42



might make a resolution as you align with the New Moon to learn more about this beleaguered planet. By the Full Moon you discover your readiness to challenge the way things are in favour of the way they ought to be, with kindness. FEB: Hopes and wishes for a better world abound. Consider how you might help bring it into being at the New Moon on the 11th. The Full Moon on the 27th reminds you that you do what you do with and for the benefit of others (or not). Earth is everyone’s home. We are social animals. GEMINI: May 21 - June 20

DEC: Like it or not there is a new world coming into being and it is ours. A lot depends on our ability to believe that life is good and all beings are entitled to share in it equally. Your intention at the New Moon on the 14th might be aimed at how to relate to other living beings as equally deserving of life. JAN: E-value-ate your life, the shared parts and the parts belonging only to you. How do you see the value? Is it in the things or in the uses and perceptions of them? Step back and take stock. FEB: We all look for some kind of objective meaning outside ourselves but truly we create meaning based on our beliefs. Sit quietly around the New moon on the 11th and survey the landscape of your beliefs. They are not what you think they are with your conscious mind. The Full Moon on the 27th shines her spotlight on the entirety of your domain. CANCER: June 21 - July 21

DEC: Truly, you are dancing as fast as you can and doing the best you are able. Let the New Moon on the 14th be a validation of your efforts and an intention to do the best you can and take care of yourself as you go. The Full Moon on the 29th is about seeing who it is you do it for and with. JAN: New Year, new themes. By the 13th at the New Moon you could look with compassionate realism at your primary partner. If they can’t deal with their circumstances why should you do it for them? The Full Moon on the 28th makes it clear: They have courage to live their life to the full or they don’t. What is this to you? FEB: The Mind is a monkey but we have guts and hearts to tell us the truth. Listen to what is being said with your antennae focused on inner knowing. Your intention around the New Moon on the 11th is to allow yourself to hear. By the Full Moon on the 27th you understand people and situations with clarity. Feel free to act on what you have learned. Continued next page www.vitalitymagazine.com



WINTER 2020 Sun Sign Predictions ~ continued ~

LEO: July 22 - Aug. 22

DEC: Here at the end of 2020 consider what you lost and what you learned this past year. By the 14th you’re ready to make an intention to use all the ways you have to express your love for this world. At the Full Moon on the 29th let your big Leo-sized heart flood the world with generosity. We are here for one another. JAN: Whatever gives your life meaning requires commitment as you move fully into 2021 at the New Moon on the 13th. The Full Moon on the 28th reveals a rapidly changing world. You are invited to the party. Celebrate the changes you like and offer yourself as an agent of change for the rest. FEB: February 11th brings a New Moon, asking you to listen with a full heart to the ‘other’. There is much to hear. The Full Moon on the 27th shines a strong light on what you truly value, not what you think you value. Often our addictions are the doors to sacred devotions. Be courageous in acknowledging this in your own life. VIRGO: Aug. 23 - Sept. 21

DEC: What could you shift in the way you engage with your family during the holidays? Who do you actually experience as ‘family’? These are questions for the New Moon on the 14th. Asking them is enough. Answering can take a lifetime. The Full Moon on the 29th is time for sweet connection with your freely chosen ones. JAN: With the New Moon on the 13th your skill at making things better shows itself to be a gift for you to cultivate in 2021. Will you? As the Moon becomes round and full on the 28th, look around at the change (or chaos) and remind yourself what you have learned in 2020. FEB: The Perfect World only exists in the mind. It’s enough at the New Moon on the 11th to align your best human-scale intentions to the world that is. By the Full Moon on the 27th take a good look in the mirror of your primary relationships. If you don’t like what you see it might be time for a change.



LIBRA: Sept. 22 - Oct. 22

DEC: The end of one cycle always portends the start of the next. At the New Moon on the 14th imagine what you would love to learn more about. Maybe for the good of all but even for the good of one. The Full Moon on the 29th is time to consider how your studies might benefit your people. Who are they? JAN: A New Moon on the 13th calls us all to look forward as we stand rooted where we are. You can only get there from here. Your attention naturally becomes an intention. The Full Moon on the 28th opens you to love – people as well as hobbies and creative expressions of all sorts. FEB: Turn your intention to the most satisfying creative expression of your life at the New Moon on the 11th. Whatever it is, it has never been closer. At the Full Moon you become aware of details in need of sorting. Ask for help. SCORPIO: Oct. 23 - Nov. 21

DEC: The New Moon on the 14th encourages you to make a clear intention regarding how to support your fiscal reality! Balance your books or simply attune yourself to what has real value in your life. At the Full Moon on the 29th look around at your local world; where the food comes from, who does most of the work. What do you see? What should you do about it? JAN: New Year, New Moon on the 13th. Although we are glad to leave behind 2020 we have a lot of clean-up. Where would your best efforts make the most sense? The Full Moon reveals many things about the strengths and weaknesses of your foundations. Be they literal or symbolic, now is a good time to take stock of where, how, and with whom you live. FEB: It’s good to have ideals – even better to make blueprints and vision boards, especially at the New Moon on the 11th. By the Full Moon on the 27th it’s time to see how your aspirations are doing. Is the world you are creating (on purpose or by chance) a true expression of your intentions? SAGITTARIUS: Nov. 22 - Dec. 20

DEC: Your year begins with the New Moon in Sagittarius on the 14th. Be bold and envision all that you wish to explore in the year to come. It may not evolve as you imagine but will arise out of your vision. At the Full Moon on the 29th turn your attention toward values, how you live them as well as how you support others. JAN: Take an honest look at where status matters more than authenticity. Resolve to have a truer appreciation and acknowledgement of worth at the New Moon on the 13th. The Full Moon asks you to listen and learn as much and as wisely as possible. FEB: A New Moon on the 11th requires all of us to imagine a better world. Your intention might be to communicate your best ideas where they might do the most good. The Full Moon on the 27th shines a light on all your responsibilities – the good, the unwanted, and the deeply challenging. www.vitalitymagazine.com


DEC: Listen to the voices on the wind, the messages in your dreams, the synchronicities that come your way when least expected on or near the New Moon on the 14th. It’s time to reflect on where you have been over this last, strange year. At the Full Moon on the 29th relationships are highlighted. Who do you love? Who loves you? JAN: Resolve to do the best you can where it might really make a difference at the New Moon on the 13th. That way, when the Full Moon arrives on the 28th you’ll be ready to integrate your intentions where they will be most appreciated. FEB: We all want a better world for everyone. Put some teeth into this intention at the New Moon on the 11th. It matters which seeds you sow in the garden of your life. The Full Moon on the 27th wants you to be more than excellent. AQUARIUS:­Jan.­20­-­Feb.­17

DEC: Given the fact that we are all here together on this planet at this time, the New Moon on the 14th reminds you to strengthen your friendship circles. By the Full Moon on the 29th your focus might be to take stock of your inner resources (or lack thereof!) JAN: For some it’s the start of a month or a year but for you it’s the beginning of a New Age. Reflect deeply on your hopes and fears and what lies ahead at the New Moon on the 13th. The full Moon on the 28th encourages your active participation in the fray we call life. FEB: Much and many have been lost in 2020. The New Moon is about your intention for dealing with what remains. You have a lot of work to do this year and next. Set your course. At the Full Moon on the 27th survey the landscape of your resources. What do you have, need, or want to share?

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A petition has been filed by a member of the public regarding COVID-19 vaccine safety and vaccine mandates, directed to the Government of Canada. The petition brings the lack of proper safety testing, the lack of independent oversight, the significant risks of coronavirus vaccines, the experimental nature of a COVID-19 vaccine, and the fact that COVID-19 vaccines are not designed to prevent infection to the attention of Members of Parliament and those who sign the petition The petition calls for an independent vaccine approval review process by individuals who have no conflicts of interest, for safety testing standards that meet or exceed those for other pharmaceutical products, for preservation of informed choice, and no coercion or mandates for compliance, and for a pharmaceuticalfunded vaccine injury compensation program. According to The Covid Report by Nelle Maxey* COVID-19 has a death rate of 0.024%, while influenza and pneumonia have a death rate of 0.13%. Therefore, a fact-based risk assessment of SARS-CoV-19 virus impact does not justify an expensive population-wide www.vitalitymagazine.com

application of a warp-speed, risk-laden, potentially DNAmodifying vaccine. (*https://tinyurl.com/covid reportMaxey) We request you send this petition to your friends and supporters asking them to sign and share with their friends and contacts. The petition can be signed online here: https://tinyurl.com/VCC covidpetition or send email to: London@vaccinechoice canada.com (It is open for signing until Feb. 1st, 2021) ELECTROSENSITIVE SOCIETY AIMS TO HELP PEOPLE WITH EHS

The Electrosensitive Society is dedicated to helping people who have electro-hypersensitivity (EHS). They help people to find medical specialists familiar with EHS, remediation specialists who can help reduce EMF exposure, and they help people to find and/or create low EMF zones where they can comfortably live, work and better enjoy life. According to the Canadian Human Rights Commission report written by Margaret E. Sears in 2007, The Medical Perspective on Environmental Sensitivities, “Approximately 3% of Canadians have been diagnosed with environmental sensitivities. They usually experience neurological impairments, and often experience other symptoms including runny eyes and nose, headaches, fatigue, pain and breathing and digestive problems.” Environmental sensitivities may develop gradually after chronic exposure to relatively low levels of

chemicals as seen in “sick buildings,” or suddenly after a major exposure to an environmental disaster or a chemical spill. This condition may be initiated by one or a combination of environmental factors such as mould, pesticides, solvents, chemicals off-gassing from carpets or furnishings, or electromagnetic phenomena. Those who suffer from EHS also often suffer from multiple chemical sensitivity as well. Electrohypersensitivity (EHS) is an environmentally-induced disability that has been around for the past 100 plus years. It has gone by different names including neurasthenia (weakening of the nervous system), microwave sickness, radio wave illness, screen dermatitis, electromagnetic sensitivity, as well as idiopathic environmental intolerance. Some call it rapid aging syndrome as this represents the symptoms most people experience who are sensitive to electromagnetic frequencies. For more information read the book ElectromagneticSensitivity and Electromagnetic-Hypersensitivity, by Michael Bevington (2010). For those wishing to see the studies on EHS, get the 4th edition (2018) that has more than 2000 references documenting the biological effects of EMF/EMR exposure. Contact them by email: info@electrosensitivesociety.com or through their website with questions / concerns as they do provide email and phone consultations. https://www.electrosensitivesociety.com VITALITY MAGAZINE – WINTER 2020


JAN. 13, 20, 27 ONLINE LAUGHTER YOGA CLASSES. A fun way to release stress & experience joy. Join us, Wednesdays http://www.laughyour5:30pm selfhappy.com (416) 469-2033.

ART OF HEALING with DEC 1 Arrole Lawrence - Clear trauma by connecting to ancient understanding. Visit: www.sugarridge.ca DEC 1 - FEB 28 NONPAREIL NATURAL HEALTH: Organic Juice Fasting, Weight Loss, Yoga & Detox - 3, 5, 7, & 10-day programs (including March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December). This is The Fountain of Youth for improved health and vitality. Please call Mano at (613) 395-6332 email: nonpareil@sympatico.ca, or visit: www.nonpareilholistic.com. See ad on pg. 20. DEC. 2, 9, 16 ONLINE LAUGHTER YOGA CLASSES. A fun way to release stress & experience joy. Join us, Wednesdays 5:30 pm. Visit us at: http://www. laughyourselfhappy.com, or call (416) 469-2033. DEC 4 – 6 FIRST LIGHT YOGA & MEDITATION - Take time just for you. www.sugarridge.ca DEC 5 REIKI MASTER WORKSHOP. 9 am – 4 pm For details visit: www.marlenegeorge.com DEC 6 – 13 SILENT MEDITATION RETREAT – This Silent retreat provides the setting to return to yourself. Visit: www.sugarridge.ca Vitality’s SPRING 2021 issue will be released in early March. Advertising deadline: January 22 Email: listings@vitalitymagazine.com


JAN 13 LET'S TALK REIKI I meetup, from 8 – 9 pm. For more information: www.marlenegeorge.com

Vitality staff would like to wish all of our dear readers, advertisers, and suppliers a safe and happy holiday season. See you in 2021! DEC 7 FORGIVENESS MEETUP 8 – 9 pm www.marlenegeorge.com HEALING DEC 8, 10, 15, 17 TRANSFORMATION CLINIC: 7 - 9 pm. Hands-on bioenergy healing that gives remarkable results to a wide variety of conditions. Change everything in just four days a month. Please contact Ellen Lewinberg: (416) 203-2744, ellen@healingtransformation.ca, www.healingtransformation.ca. DEC 14 PERSONAL WELLNESS Brings Professional Success meetup. 8 - 9 pm For more information: www.marlenegeorge.com DEC 17 GENTLY MOVE BEYOND GRIEF & LOSS - Resolve painful emotions related to sudden death, job loss, divorce, illness, rejection, theft. Introductory Workshop Attend in person or online: 7 - 9:30 pm. For more details visit: http:// www.NewDecisionTherapy.info, (416) 469-2033.


DEC 18 - 23, DEC 26 - JAN 2 WINTER HOLIDAY GETAWAY Warm cozy cabins, fresh organic meals, hot chocolate by the fire. www.sugarridge.ca

JAN 6 HEALING CIRCLE MEETUP. 8 – 9 pm www.marlenegeorge.com

JAN 15 RESOLVE PAST HURTS & WELCOME IN NEW POSSIBILITIES - Discover lasting solutions to your most painful issues. Introductory Workshop - Attend in person or online: 7 - 9:30 pm. Details: www.NewDecisionTherapy .info, (416) 469-2033. JAN 18 MINDFUL MEDITATION meetup 8 - 9 pm. For details visit: www.marlenegeorge.com JAN 22 – 24 GENTLE YOGA & SKI ESCAPE - Reconnect with yourself during this winter weekend retreat. www.sugarridge.ca

JAN 8 – 10 YOGA & SKI: Ditch some Stress - Focus on mindfulness practices aimed at permanent stress reduction. www.sugarridge.ca

JAN 24 FEAR AND ANXIETY meetup 8 – 9 pm. Information at: www.marlenegeorge.com

JAN 11 SELF-ESTEEM MEETUP. 8 – 9 pm www.marlenegeorge.com

JAN 24 REIKI I meetup 9 am – 4 pm www.marlenegeorge.com

JAN 12, 14, 19, 21 HEALING TRANSFORMATION CLINIC: 7 - 9 pm. Hands-on bioenergy healing that gives remarkable results to a wide variety of conditions. Change everything in just four days a month. Please contact Ellen Lewinberg: (416) 203-2744, ellen@healingtransformation.ca, www.healingtransformation.ca.

JAN 23 REIKI I CERTIFICATION Illustrated Workbook. Virginia Hart Nelson, 27 years' experience. (416) 960-1690, virginia@theinnereye.ca JAN 30 REIKI II CERTIFICATION Illustrated Workbook. Virginia Hart Nelson, 27 years' experience. (416) 960-1690, virginia@theinnereye.ca


JAN 31 REIKI II 9 am – 4 pm. Visit: www.marlenegeorge.com

FEB 1 LET'S TALK REIKI I meetup, 8 – 9 pm www.marlenegeorge.com FEB. 3, 10, 17, 24 ONLINE LAUGHTER YOGA CLASSES. A fun way to release stress & experience joy. Join us, Wednesdays 5:30 pm http://www.laughyour selfhappy.com (416) 469-2033. FEB 3 HEALING CIRCLE meetup. 8 – 9 pm www.marlenegeorge.com FEB 5 – 7 GENTLE YOGA, SKI & ZUMBA: A Weekend of Relaxing and Exploring. Let go of stress as you feel more centered and able to deal with whatever life presents. Visit: www.sugarridge.ca FEB 5 – 7 HEART FLAME RETREAT: Come home to the Fire Within, gathering under the stars in the stillness of winter to re-ignite your passions. Connect with your inner self & nature in this Heart Foundations retreat. www.NorthernEdgeAlgonquin.ca/Circle/Heart-Foundations Call 1-888-383-8320. FEB 7 – 12 MINDFULNESSBASED STRESS REDUCTION Imagine living with a greater sense of ease, more peace in life, more resilience, and the ability to deal with stress effectively. Details at: www.sugarridge.ca FEB 8 RELATIONSHIPS meetup, 8 – 9 pm www.marlenegeorge.com FEB 14 REIKI I MEETUP 9 am – 4 pm www.marlenegeorge.com FEB 15 MINDFUL MEDITATION meetup 8 - 9 pm. Find details at: www.marlenegeorge.com


FEB 12 – 14 FIRE & ICE: A Valentine's Winter Getaway. Slow down to the quiet pace of winter in Algonquin Park, nourishing yourself in a magical winter wonderland through shared snowshoeing, cross-country skiing adventures, heart-warming meals, cozy accommodation for 2, and warming up by a campfire beneath a festival of stars. Details at: www.NorthernEdgeAlgonquin.ca/ Retreats/Winter-Getaway Call 1888- 383-8320 FEB 15 TRANSFORM YOUR RELATIONSHIPS: Are you challenged by difficult people? Find solutions at this Introductory Forgiveness Workshop: 7:00 - 9:30 pm. Attend in-person or online. Details: http://www.NewDecision Therapy.info, (416) 469-2033. HEALING FEB 16, 18, 23, 25 TRANSFORMATION CLINIC: 7 - 9 pm. Hands-on bioenergy healing that gives remarkable results to a wide variety of conditions. Change everything in just four days a month. Please contact Ellen Lewinberg: (416) 203-2744, or email: ellen@healingtransformation.ca, visit: www.healingtransformation.ca. FEB 18 VISION BOARD meetup 8 – 9 pm www.marlenegeorge.com FEB 19 – 21 MINDFUL EATING, YOGA & MEDITATION - This weekend we’ll explore motivation to eat. www.sugarridge.ca FEB 20 REIKI I CERTIFICATION Illustrated Workbook. Virginia Hart Nelson, 27 years' experience. (416) 960-1690, virginia@theinnereye.ca FEB 20 – 21 LAUGHTER YOGA TRAINING & CERTIFICATION. Release stress - Spread joy - Change lives with laughing! Register here: http://www.LaughterTraining.ca (416) 469-2033.



Open for Business Vitality magazine has 100’s of outlets in our distribution network, and most 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..... DOWNTOWN TORONTO LENNIE’S WHOLE FOODS 489 Parliament St, Toronto WONDER WORKS 496 College St, Toronto SWEET & NATURAL 415 Yonge St, Toronto 667 Yonge St, Toronto NOAH’S NATURAL FOODS 1235 Bay St, Toronto MARKIE PHARMACY Holt Renfrew Centre, 50 Bloor St W, Toronto GINKGO HEALTH SHOP NOAHS NATURAL FOODS 322 Bloor St W, Toronto HERBS & NUTRITION (QI NATURAL FOOD) 572 Bloor St W, Toronto STRICTLY BULK FOODS 924 Bloor St W, Toronto HAPPY SOUL 961 BLOOR ST W., Toronto 739 Palmerston Ave, Toronto KARMA CO-OP 265 Augusta Ave, Toronto SUGAR & SPICE 21 Carleton (Yonge and College) NOAH’S NATURAL FOODS 28 St. Andrew Street. Toronto (Kensington Market) LITTLE GREEN PLANET 556 Queen St W, Toronto HERBIE’S HERBS 121 King St W, Toronto A-1 NUTRITION 430 King St W, Toronto NOAHS NATURAL FOODS MANOTAS ORGANICS & FINE FOODS 93 Front East #B30, (St. Lawrence Mkt) Toronto TCM SKIN AND INTERNAL CLINIC 366 Dupont St, Toronto FELDENKRAIS CENTRE 390 Dupont St, Toronto FIESTA FARMS 200 Christie St, Toronto ROSEDALE GENERAL STORE 1075 Yonge St, Toronto THE HEALTH SHOPPE 1375-6 Yonge St., 2 blocks S of St Clair DOWNTOWN EAST SIDE HEALTH SERVICE CENTRE 2650 Danforth Ave, Toronto NATURES HEALTHFOOD 3003 Danforth Ave, East York BEACHES NATURAL FOODS 1947 Queen St E, Toronto ROWE FARMS 893 Queen St E, Toronto BK NATURAL FOODS 272 1/2 Coxwell Road NORTHEAST, NORTH CENTRAL, AND NORTHWEST GTA SAGEE WELLNESS 370 Hwy 7 East, Suite 102, Richmond Hill CANADIAN SCHOOL OF NATURAL NUTRITION - Richmond Hill 10909 Yonge St. Unit 216 DOWN TO EARTH NATURAL FOODS INC 10720 Yonge St (Elgin Mills Centre), Richmond Hill HEALTHY PLANET 10520 Yonge St #32, Richmond Hill ORGANIC PLANET HEALTH 688 Major MacKenzie Dr E, Richmond Hill NATURE'S EMPORIUM 2535 Major Mackenzie Dr.W Unit 3-4, Vaugha ORGANIC GARAGE 8020 Bathurst St #1, Vaughan CAMEL COMPANY OF CANADA 7181 Yonge Street unit 285, Thornhill HEALTH GARDEN 69 Doncaster Ave, Thornhill MARKHAM NATURAL HEALTH CENTRE (MNHC) Naturopathic & Medispa Clinic 3160 Steeles Ave E #204, Markham STONEMILL BAKEHOUSE 365 Passmore Ave, Scarborough JENNY SHI Acupuncturist 2075 Warden Ave. Unit 22, Scarborough HERBAL DEPOT 5095 Yonge St, North York WEST TORONTO BUTCHER BY NATURE 515 Annette St, Toronto, ON M6P 1S1 ORGANIC GARAGE 43 Junction Road (in the Junction), Toronto THE HEALING SOURCE INTEGRATIVE PHARMACY 2209 Bloor St West, Toronto NATURES COUNTER Cloverdale Mall, 250 The East Mall, Etobicoke" WONDER OF NATURE 2971 Bloor St W, Etobicoke For questions, additions, or deletions from our routes, contact Vitality Magazine’s CIRCULATION DEPARTMENT, email: circulation@vitalitymagazine.com 50


FEB 22 FORGIVENESS meetup, from 8 – 9 pm www.marlenegeorge.com REIKI II CERTIFICATION FEB 27 Illustrated Workbook. Virginia Hart Nelson, 27 years' experience. Call (416) 960-1690, virginia@theinnereye.ca REIKI II 9 am – 4 pm. For FEB 27 details: www.marlenegeorge.com

MAR 3 HEALING CIRCLE meetup, 8 – 9 pm www.marlenegeorge.com MAR 7 REIKI I meetup, 9 am – 4 pm www.marlenegeorge.com MAR 8 HEALTH/FOREVER YOUNG meetup, from 8 – 9 pm. For details visit: www.marlenegeorge.com MAR 11 VISION BOARD meetup, 8 – 9 pm www.marlenegeorge.com MAR 15 MINDFUL MEDITATION meetup 8 - 9 pm www.marlenegeorge.com MAR 17 LET'S TALK REIKI I meetup, 8 – 9 pm www.marlenegeorge.com MAR 22 SUCCESS IS OUR BIRTHRIGHT meetup from 8 – 9 pm. More information at: www.marlenegeorge.com MAR 26 – 28 NEW DECISION THERAPY™ LEVEL 1 PRACTITIONER TRAINING - Learn how to Heal Past Traumas Safely & Efficiently using a skillfully designed process that protects you from professional burnout & increases your success rate with clients. Attend a preliminary Introductory Workshop. Tuition Specials Deadlines: Feb. 5 & Mar. 2. Details: http://www.NewDecisionTherapyTraining .com, (416) 469-2033. MAR 28 REIKI II 9 am – 4 pm www.marlenegeorge.com

REIKI CLASSES, PRIVATE TREATMENTS, LONG-DISTANCE REIKI by appointment. Near TTC; guest-parking. Virginia Hart Nelson, 27 years' experience Call (416) 960-1690, virginia@theinnereye.ca DRUM EVERY DAY: Personalized lessons in drums, percussion, ukulele, piano with an emphasis on creativity and expression with a strong musical foundation. Online or in-person lessons, all ages/skill levels. (416) 300-5329 www.drumeveryday.com MINDFUL MOVEMENT AND MEDITATION with Daniel Pikelin – Free online classes via Zoom. Every Tuesday at 10 am. Register at: cw@sprintseniorcare.org www.vitalitymagazine.com


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THE ANDREA OLIVERA CENTRE FOR AYURVEDA RITUALS offers courses in Indian Head Massage, Ayurveda Spa Specialist programs, services, Ayurveda Facial, Ayurveda Botanical Skincare & Vedic Astrology Readings. Contact: (416) 504-6049, info@ayurvedictouch.com or visit www.ayurvedarituals.ca

ANARRES APOTHECARY School, Storefront & Mail-Order Resource. Workshops: Intro, certificate, Aromatherapy Certification & Apprenticeships. Handmade bodycare. Natural contraception & sex tools. Eco Gifts. Terracotta water purifiers & cookers. Herbs & essential oils. DIY supplies. Zerowaste housewares. Send email to: Info@AnarresHealth.ca, or call (647) 827-6968.

BODY / MIND THERAPY RELAX AND REJUVENATE. Offering Japanese Cosmo Face Lifting, Facial Reflexology, Trauma Therapy, and BodyTalk. Distance Energy Sessions via Zoom. Free 20 minute call. Clinics in Cambridge & London, Ontario. Visit www.carolearle.ca or call (519) 709-5688. COMBINED PHYSICAL, MENTAL, EMOTIONAL HEALING using regression and individualized vibrational remedies. 30 years' medical intuition. Kathy Walker: call (416) 285-8759, or visit: www.askkathywalker.com

COLONIC IRRIGATION COLON HYDROTHERAPY offered at Hockley Valley Naturopathic & Chiropractic Clinic, near Orangeville. Call Elinko at (519) 941-7553 or 1 800 397-3085. VITALITY MAGAZINE’S NEXT ISSUE


(released in March) Advertising deadline: JANUARY 22 To book your ad, call (416) 964-0528, or email Listings@vitalitymagazine.com

COUNSELLING / COACHING THETA HEALING: While in a healing brainwave pattern, upgrade your DNA, create receptors for new beliefs and experiences & change your life. Contact Joanna: krophealth@gmail.com CORE BELIEF ENGINEERING. We repeat what we don’t resolve. Lisa Sidorowicz, MA, B.Ed., CBE Master Practitioner & Trainer. Call (905) 510-7562, (905) 8423305, or email: lisa@thecore.ca, visit www.thecore.ca FEELING HELPLESS? ANGRY? DISHEARTENED? Want your life to turn around a.s.a.p.? Start enjoying happier relationships, making new decisions with confidence, & creating a secure future. New Decision Therapy will get you there in a surprisingly short period of time. Attend an introductory workshop or book a private session. For more information please call (416) 469-2033, www.NewDecisionTherapy.org

INTUITIVE, ENERGY PSYCHOTHERAPY & 12-Dimensional Healing: be seen & heard, navigate uncertainty, release the root of your pain, gain freedom. 20years compassionate support for you & the planet. More information at www.AwakeningtheTruth Within.com

DRUM EVERY DAY: Personalized lessons in drums, percussion, ukulele and piano with an emphasis on creativity and expression with a strong musical foundation. Online or in-person lessons, all ages/skill levels. Call (416) 300-5329 or visit: www.drumeveryday.com



TEACHER STRESS & BURNOUT: Workshops and healing sessions for K-12 teachers. Burnout isn’t part of your job description. Please contact Joanna: joanna@teachingwellbeing.com

CRANIOSACRAL: Gentle yet powerful healing. In practice 26 years. Holistic therapies include: Registered Nutrition, Massage, Aromatherapy, reflexology, Reiki, Osteopathic Techniques, Esalen Massage, Living raw Food lifestyle expert. Certified by: Hippocrates & Esalen Institutes, Matthew Kennedy Academy & Young Living Essential Oils. Fabienne Thuet (416) 558-7441.

THE FOUNDATION FOR SHAMANIC STUDIES is now offering a new online workshop: The Shamanic Journey: Pathway to Knowledge and Power. The shamanic journey is a remarkable visionary method for entering other realities with discipline and purpose. This experiential 7-hour online training of two half-days uses ZOOM Teleconferencing. Advanced online workshops have also been developed. Check out www.shamanspiritpath.com or contact Glenn Campbell at (905) 655-6756 or send email to: glenn@shamanspiritpath.com. 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.

MARLENE GEORGE. Craniosacral Therapy. Private appointments. www.marlenegeorge.com, call (905) 796-0101.

EAR CANDLING EAR CANDLING $35, or with sinus drainage $45. Information: www.Wellnesstogo.ca or call (416) 707-4896.

ENERGY THERAPY BICOM BIORESONANCE: German frequency healing technology for burnout, stress, EMF, Lyme and Mold toxicity and 100s of other symptoms & conditions. Painless. Effective. No sideeffects. Jozef Krop. Visit: www.ecohealthcentre.ca

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

PEMF THERAPY, 4 Locations: Maple, North York, Newmarket and Bradford; (905) 715-6443; www.ahealthysolutionforyou.com

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

HYPNOTHERAPY PAST LIFE REGRESSIONS, stress reduction (online sessions). For more information, please visit: www.renehypnosis.com or call: 1514-574-1960. VIRGINIA HART NELSON. Turn your experiences & conditioning into powerful catalysts for healing & change. (416) 960-1690, www.theinnereye.ca, see ad on pg. 40.

LIVE BLOOD ANALYSIS LIVE BLOOD ANALYSIS, 4 Locations: Maple, North York, Newmarket and Bradford; Call (905) 715-6443; or visit our site: www.ahealthysolutionforyou.com

LYMPHATIC THERAPY LYMPH DRAINAGE for Body or Face, anti-aging, poor circulation, relieve pain, acne, eczema, psoriasis, firm, tone, and increase collagen production. $90. For more information www.Wellnesstogo.ca or call (416) 707- 4896.


PAST LIFE THERAPY REMEMBER ACCOMPLISHMENTS from other lifetimes, transform old habit patterns & liberate your purpose. Virginia Hart Nelson: (416) 960-1690; www. theinnereye.ca. See ad pg. 40.

PSYCHICS & CLAIRVOYANTS MARGOT PSYCHIC SERVICES. Professional, accurate, insightful readings by renowned psychic medium. Reading by phone or in person, contact: (416) 921-0611, www.margotpsychicservices.com JACKIE LEWIS tarot cards, clairvoyance; accurate and informative, phone, FaceTime, Skype, eTransfer, cheque. Contact (647) 347-5373, jackietarot@gmail.com

PSYCHOTHERAPY HOLISTIC PSYCHOTHERAPY. The most powerful work. Integrating Psychotherapy with body/energycentred modalities. Registered Psychotherapist, Canadian Certified Counsellor with Master's Degree & Board Certified Polarity Practitioner. Over 25 years' experience. See ad pg. 40. Visit www.visualizationworks.com, Victoria: (416) 916-6066.

REFLEXOLOGY PAM RUSSELL. Pain and stress relief from head to toe. Dupont and Spadina. House calls. Feet, hands & ears. Plus Thai foot reflexology. Call (416) 856-6589, email: pjrussell@sympatico.ca



SERVICE DIRECTORY REIKI REIKI, EMOTION CODE, Healing Codes, Certified Reflexology, & Psychotherapy: Effie Hadzis, BA, B.Ed., Registered Psychotherapist, call (416) 751-9619, or visit: www.aocliving.ca FREE REIKI CLASS: Get details at thehealingteam@gmail.com VIRGINIA HART NELSON. Private treatments, and Certification all Levels. 26 years' experience. Please call (416) 960-1690, or visit: www.theinnereye.ca, or email: virginia@theinnereye.ca. See ad pg. 40. MARLENE GEORGE. Reiki. Recognized Master Teacher by the CRA Ontario. Over 30 years' experience. Certificate, Attunement manual. All levels. Practice groups and private sessions. www.marlenegeorge.com, (905) 796-0101.

RETREATS & VACATIONS HEART FLAME RETREAT: FEB 5 to 7 – Come home to the Fire Within, gathering under the stars in the stillness of winter to reignite your passions. Connect with your inner self & nature in this Heart Foundations retreat. For more information visit: www.NorthernEdgeAlgonguin.ca/ Circle/Heart-Foundations or call 1- 888-383-8320. ADVERTISING RATES Classifieds, Service Directory listings cost $1.50 per word, plus HST. For one price, your ad can appear in Vitality’s print and digital editions, and on www.vitalitymagazine.com email listings@vitalitymagazine.com or call (416) 964-0528, ext. 102

FIRE & ICE: A Valentine's Winter Getaway Feb 12 - 14. Slow down to the quiet pace of winter in Algonquin Park, nourishing yourself in a magical winter wonderland through shared snowshoeing, cross-country skiing adventures, heart-warming meals, cozy accommodation for 2, and warming up by a campfire beneath a festival of stars. Information www.NorthernEdgeAlgonquin.ca/ Retreats/Winter-Getaway or call 1- 888-383-8320 HIDDEN BUDDHA HEALING CENTER: Retreats, Rentals, Bed & Breakfast, Reiki, Macrobiotics, Health Coaching. Contact Lidia: (416) 912-1721, visit www.hidden buddhahealingcenter.com

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

THERAPEUTIC TOUCH© THERAPEUTIC TOUCH© PRACTITIONER, Marlene George, visit: www.marlenegeorge.com, call (905) 796-0101.

YOGA SUNLILYOGA - A Kripalu Yoga Programme in Richmond Hill and Thornhill. Yoga classes, Yoga Therapy, Retreats and 200- & 500hour Yoga Teacher Training: www.sunlilyoga.ca, (905) 7709210. YOGA PRANAYAM CENTRE. Beginner and intermediate Kripalu yoga - easy, effective, wholesome. 348 Danforth Ave., the Carrot Common, Chester subway. Call (416) 691-7337.

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CLASSIFIED S EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES WONDERFUL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY for mature female possessing great humility and wit. Computer and internet research ability to help gentleman with vision impairment – be his 20/20 vision. Must enjoy reading & writing. Other duties include driving for doctor’s appointment, shopping errands and light house cleaning. Must be independent and free to travel when allowed. Please email: onunuo@ rogers.com and express why you would like this position.

HEALTH PRODUCTS FREE KANGEN WATER FOR THIRTY DAYS. KangenPeachtree.com 2239 Bloor St. W. Toronto. COLLOIDAL SILVER GENERATORS: Make your own fresh, high potency with our professional domestic and commercial colloidal generators. We supply large area electrodes of 99.99% pure silver, gold, copper, magnesium, zinc, iron, platinum, palladium, tin, titanium & 3 more. 20% discount for zoomers. Made in GTA. www.biophysica.com, call (647) 478-6946 or 1-800-488-2032. PERSONALS GENTLEMAN with business & health background looking to meet lady (34 - 40) interested in natural health. Joe (647) 521-5645, email: scienceandartistry@gmail.com SPACE FOR RENT YONGE AND BLOOR TREATMENT ROOM FOR RENT in health clinic. Exposed brick, window, heritage building. Brand new renovated clinic. Perfect for any quiet work practice. (416) 557-8511.

NEW PSYCHOTHERAPY SPACES: Beautiful building across from Allan Gardens - 120 Carlton at Jarvis. Six spaces available on full-time, parttime and occasional basis. Inquiries call (416) 535-8777 or email: info@torontohealingarts.ca PARKDALE PSYCHOTHERAPY SPACE: Queen West near Brock. Beautifully renovated offices available part-time and occasional. Contact Nick (416) 567-2205. HIDDEN BUDDHA HEALING CENTER: The Perfect Place to Host Your Retreat. Rental space for retreat leaders, year-round. Contact Lidia by phone (416) 912-1721, www. hiddenbuddhahealingcenter.com CLINIC ROOM FOR RENT in a Great location on Yonge St. near Summerhill Subway. Beautiful space in a health clinic. Contact email: drnmeghji@gmail.com. BEAUTIFUL OFFICES: Toronto Healing Arts Centre, established 1983, large variety of spaces - Bloor Street West at Christie subway. Specializing in psychotherapy, open to all. Inquiries (416) 535-8777 or info@torontohealingarts.ca WRITING/EDITING SERVICES

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Vitality Magazine | Winter Issue 2020  

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

Vitality Magazine | Winter Issue 2020  

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