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Lemony Herbs Add Zest and Zing to Spring Meals

This herbs basket includes refreshing lemon basil & lemon balm, flavours to add zing to spring meals

Lemony Herbs Add Zest and Zing to Spring Meals

I often think of lemon in springtime. Lemony yellow is the colour infused into pale green spring buds and young tender leaves springing to life. It’s the colour of the sun making its climb from the spring equinox towards its highest perch at the summer equinox.

Lemon cools and cleanses the skin. Its antibacterial properties... Read more »

Bill C-442 sailed through committee and received Royal Assent Dec. 16, 2014. It is now law.

Bill C-442 sailed through committee and received Royal Assent Dec. 16, 2014. It is now law.

LYME DISEASE LEGISLATION

Readers of Vitality magazine will know that May is Lyme Disease awareness month. This magazine has done a real public service by educating people... Read more »

Continued fear of infectious diseases disempowers informed healthcare choices

Continued fear of infectious diseases disempowers informed healthcare choices

MEASLES HYSTERIA

As we’re all aware, the bitter debate about vaccine resistance in both mainstream and social media has been escalating, as has the call for... Read more »

Glutathione, the body's most effective antioxidant, can help prevent aging and chronic diseases

Glutathione, the body's most effective antioxidant, can help prevent aging and chronic diseases

SUPERNUTRIENTS FOR LONGEVITY

“Longevity means having a chronic disease – and taking care of it.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

In my integrative medical practice I am often asked: “Is... Read more »

Natural therapies alongside chemo, radiation or surgery lessen side effects, provide better outcomes

Natural therapies alongside chemo, radiation or surgery lessen side effects, provide better outcomes

ALTERNATIVE CANCER THERAPY PART II

Cancer rates are increasing throughout the developed world and current treatment approaches are not effectively changing this trend. More and more... Read more »

Vitamin C boosts the immune system by stimulating antibody production; the result: death for Ebola

Vitamin C boosts the immune system by stimulating antibody production; the result: death for Ebola

PROTECT YOURSELF FROM THE COMING PLAGUES

Viral infections like the H1N1 ‘flu, bird ‘flu, West Nile virus, SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome), Ebola, Entero-virus D68, and many others... Read more »

Bitter herbs taken in the spring support the liver cleansing process

Bitter herbs taken in the spring support the liver cleansing process

The Benefits of Bitters

It’s been a long cold winter in this part of the world – apparently the coldest on record for many parts of Ontario and Quebec! As much as I love all of our seasons, winter included, it’s great that things have finally warmed up to seasonal temperatures since mid-April.

The lengthening of the days and increasing temperature have a significant... Read more »

Bitter tasting dandelion leaves work to stimulate the liver and gallbladder, thereby improving diges

Bitter tasting dandelion leaves work to stimulate the liver and gallbladder, thereby improving diges

SPRING DETOX with Wild Herbs and Weeds

There are many ways to detoxify the body, and for a herbalist the favourite strategy involves medicinal plants. From my perspective, weeds and wild herbs are the best. With the snow gone and winter finally over, the green starting to appear isn’t just grass, but includes all those plants bursting with energy and waiting to help us. When I speak to... Read more »

Phytoestrogens mimic the benefits of estrogen therapy: increasing bone density, good HDL cholesterol

Phytoestrogens mimic the benefits of estrogen therapy: increasing bone density, good HDL cholesterol

HEALING WITH SPROUTS

When you eat sprouts, you are consuming the bio-electric twinkle of life. Spring is a good time to plug in your body and get charged up with the spark of living foods.

For a long time, we’ve known that sprouts are very healthy. As baby vegetables, they tend to be nutritionally concentrated. In fact, the seed contains everything the new plant needs... Read more »

Homemade cough syrup with sage, thyme, rosemary, oregano, 
borage, and ginger can ease a cough

Homemade cough syrup with sage, thyme, rosemary, oregano, borage, and ginger can ease a cough

Old World Cures for Late Winter Ailments

When I was a kid growing up in the rural woods of Muskoka, my grandma had a cure for almost every common ailment. Folks would come from miles around to seek her advice for treating their health complaints. As a girl, I took as much pride in grandma’s doctoring skills as she did, for I was the one who helped tend her herb gardens and trek through... Read more »

Enzymes perform every function required for our daily activities and are needed to keep us alive

Enzymes perform every function required for our daily activities and are needed to keep us alive

ENZYME POWER

“Enzyme preservation is the secret to health.” ~ Ann Wigmore

Enzymes possess special life energy-transferring properties, unlike any other factor in our diet. By understanding the ‘enzyme concept’ it becomes clear how easy it is to boost vitality.

The heat used by modern cooking and pasteurization or irradiation destroys virtually all enzymes in... Read more »

From Our Blogs

Vitality magazine’s gone digital!

by Julia Woodford

Now that spring has fully taken hold of our bodies and souls, urging us to cast off heavy clothes and throw open our windows to the sun, many of us feel the need to purge the old and welcome the new.

Invigorating our spring diets with fresh herbs, nourishing soups, and raw vegetables is one way to feast on the green energy of the season. This... Read more »

Vaccine Exemption

The measles booster my daughters got may actually have been MMR with all the problematic adjuvants

Dear Dr. Rona,

How can Ontario parents get legal vaccine exemptions on medical grounds for school age children from their doctor?... Read more »

TCM & Depression

Unhappiness can cause a liver blockage, which can create symptoms such as aggression or sadness

Depression is a very broad subject, and it involves the entire human body, mind, and spirit.  Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM)... Read more »

Homeopathy/Calendula

Calendula, along with Arnica, is useful in acute injuries, lacerations, and in preventing infection

What is the natural topical preparation of choice in any homeopathic, and many a naturopathic, practice? Answer: Calen-dula... Read more »

Studies Synopsis

Angioplasty & heart stents address distinct artery blockages, but do not address inflammatory damage

Clogged Plumbing and Heart Stent Overuse

“Although the image of coronary arteries as kitchen pipes clogged with fat is simple,... Read more »

Downey's Report

Mechanism revealed: How oleocanthal, a phenolic compound in olive oil, kills cancer cells in an hour

Mechanism Found for How Olive Oil Kills Cancer Cells in an Hour

The mechanism for how olive oil can induce rapid death in cancer... Read more »

Community News

A Stroll in the Park Walking & Adventure Club celebrates its 25th anniversary with weekend walks

A Stroll in the Park Celebrates its 25th Anniversary

A Stroll in The Park is celebrating their 25th Anniver-sary and everyone is... Read more »