Letters to the Editor – July/August 2017Vitality Magazine July 1, 2017
Odour Protection – From the Inside Out
[Re: Woodford Files, June 2017]
Ever since childhood, I have always loved meat. My mother was a wonderful cook who made our meals from scratch and fed her family well. Pork, beef, and chicken were regulars on our table, and I grew up strong. I only had one problem – body odour. From bad breath to smelly pits to rancid feet, I tried every product on the market to mask the stench, without success.
Then I read “Woodford Files” in June, where you commented on “Avoiding meat so I don’t stink.” Eh? That’s the first I’d heard of a link between meat and body odour. So I decided to test your claim and avoid meat for two weeks. (I was desperate because I wanted to dance at my wedding without fear of stinking up the dance floor.)
At first I didn’t notice much difference, so on the advice of a naturopath friend I started taking vitamin C and glutathione to amp up the detox. By the end of the first week, my armpits were less rank. (I did some research and learned that a major lymph node is located in the armpit, and if the pits smell bad it means the lymphatic system is doing a good job of detoxing junk from the body.)
During the second meat-less week things kept improving. I even forgot to wear deodorant one day and it wasn’t that bad. As well, I saw a documentary on TVO that claimed Toronto’s sewage treatment infrastructure is getting clogged up with bacon fat because people are dumping it down the drain and it hardens when it hits cold water. Then I saw a FB post about the cruelty inflicted on farm animals on their way to slaughter. That was it for me. I am gradually adopting a meat-free lifestyle, have already lost 12 pounds, and my fiancé doesn’t complain about my stinky feet any more.
Mind you, my mother is up in arms. She thinks I’m not getting enough protein and will surely shrivel up and die.
Keep up the good work. You’re changing lives out here in la la land.
Fernando P., Toronto
No Safe Levels of Wireless Radiation?
In the June 2017 issue of Vitality was a Letter to Editor from Prof. Olle Johansson, titled: “The Scary Side of Cellphones and Other Wireless Devices.” The editor’s comment [which appeared at the end] made a recommendation about protecting oneself from wireless radiation. Even if this were possible in all cases and circumstances, which it isn’t, despite claims, it leaves the rest of life “twisting in the wind,” so to speak. Because, as the professor noted, all life is affected [by electromagnetic pollution], not just us precious humans.
This means that there is no moral justification for maintaining wireless systems for human use. Even if it were safe for humans, it would be damaging every other living thing. Not to mention that there are no remedial protocols for some kinds of wireless damage. For example, damage to the DNA in female eggs residing in their ovaries is irreparable.
One other thing the brilliant and courageous professor might have mentioned is that, despite new safety standards being proposed, there is no known safe dose of pulsed (information-carrying) radio frequency: no threshold, as there is with ionizing radiation, for example, or other forms of EMF. This is so because the pulsing is present at all power levels. Cell membranes sense this, but don’t know what it is and so shut down active transport channels in defense. This was discovered by Dr. George Carlo in the 5-year $28.5m study he did for the wireless industry in the 1990’s. All that data, however, was buried by CTIA President Tom Wheeler, who went on to become chairman of the U.S. FCC.
Thus, Professor Johansson was being polite when her letter said “unintentionally attacked.” Because the industry knew. And governments knew as well, because this wireless technology was developed as a stealth weapon to make people sick, not for telecom. All dangers were known by 1975. And do you know that insurance companies, even Lloyd’s, have stated that they will not pay claims for wireless health consequences?
Peter Tocci Leominster, MA, U.S.
A Herbalist’s Approach to Lyme Disease
Last September, I was officially diagnosed as having Lyme disease. As per standard medical protocol, recommendations were made to follow a pharmaceutical therapy involving antibiotics. But being a diehard herbalist, I opted to treat myself via herbal therapy instead of antibiotics.
Having previously read American herbalist Steven Harrod Buhner’s two books on the subject (Healing Lyme Disease Co-infections and Healing Lyme: Natural Healing of Lyme Boreliosis), I began using his latest formula which contains Cryptolepsis, Andrographis, Cat’s Claw, Stephania Root, along with eight other herbs. Fortunately, this preparation is available from a Toronto herb store (Herbie’s Herbs on Spadina). Buhner also recommends the use of Cordyceps mushroom extract to treat some of the accompanying symptoms (fatigue and weakness), and Chinese Scullcap root to act as a nervine agent, being mildly sedative. It also protects the liver, and is antiviral and anti-inflammatory.
While I noted definite improvement in the first three to four months of using Buhner’s treatment protocol, I also began to incorporate some of my own formulations, as well as specific herbal tinctures that I felt would be appropriate. While I consider it imprudent to identify these herbs because of the potential for harm due to overdosing by members of the lay public, I am now at the point where I believe I’ve arrived at a protocol that can be very helpful to people looking for an alternative approach to treating Lyme.
It must be emphasized that dealing with Lyme is essentially uncharted territory, and requires a cautious if not insightful approach. The protocol I use involves a fairly disciplined if not rigorous undertaking. It has resulted in an 85 to 90% improvement in my symptoms in just 10 months.
Rick DeSylva, Rockwood, Ontario
(Editor’s note: Rick DeSylva is a Registered Herbalist and founder of The Herb Works. He has a practice in Rockwood, Ont., where he does herbal consultations with people, including those seeking alternative approaches to Lyme. For appointments call (519) 856-1636, email: email@example.com, visit: www.theherbworks.com. Also, you can catch Rick DeSylva at Whole Life Expo, November 3,4,5, where he will be offering his herbal formulas at The Herb Works booth 164. For more info visit: www.wholelifeexpo.ca or call (416) 515-1330.)
New Digital Subscriber from Stratford
I just came across a copy of Vitality at a local eatery and upon reading it I discovered the digital option! Good to see that the magazine is still going strong and providing such great information to everyone. We are now in Stratford and really enjoying retirement. Our new digital subscription is great to have as a way of keeping abreast of what is happening in the Natural Health field via our computers.
Joyanne and Michael L., Stratford, Ont.
Editor’s Note: Vitality Magazine is now published in three formats:
1) In a print magazine format 10X per year available in local health food stores (see page 82 for some of the outlets on our routes);
2) In a digital edition, identical to the print magazine and delivered to subscriber’s email IN boxes the minute it is released;
3) On our website, which is currently being updated in preparation for a new launch in August. The new website will have a “comment” function at the end of each article, as well as dozens of bloggers added to our already impressive roster of writers, and lots more bells and whistles (we might even start a video section).