Letters to the Editor – March 2011

The Homeopathy Debate Continues

My experience with homeopathy started before I can even remember. My mother used homeopathic remedies with great success and then naturally began giving them to her children. Thus, I literally grew up using homeopathic remedies and I am an example of the results. When you take a look at my medical records, it’s clear that I’m doing something that works, because my file is so thin. It astounds every doctor who looks at it, because there is no way that they can make an argument against homeopathy after seeing my records. How can something produce a “placebo effect” and yet keep a person healthy for 30 years? It’s just not possible. Homeopathy works. Period.

Chelsea Vurciaga

Thanks for the great editorial in the February issue. I just want to add one thing. Vibrational medicine can in fact be measured using physics, not chemistry. A patient is given a remedy that resonates at the same vibrational frequency as the patient during illness – similar to radio waves and a receiver. If there is no resonance between patient and remedy, nothing will happen (as was demonstrated by the people in the CBC show trying to overdose on remedies and deciding that they were just sugar pills). In other words, if there is no compatible receiver, then a radio wave present in our atmosphere will transmit in vain.

Tamara Der-Ohanian, Homeopathic Physician, thehealingdimension.com

I just thought I would send a note about some research done by Jacques Benveniste in 1988. He was a scientist working at INSERM in France, working on extremely weak dilutions of antigens on basophils. He published his results in the British scientific journal, Nature. This article established the scientific basis for homeopathy. Unfortunately, the scientific community took it upon itself to discredit Dr. Benveniste when trying to replicate his results. Therefore, he lost his job at INSERM.

The general public needs to know that this research was intentionally sabotaged in order to protect and perpetuate the current allopathic medical/scientific model. The CBC story continued this lie.

We have had great success with homeopathy in our household – aches and sprains, allergies, upset tummies, and other ailments.

Lorinda W., Barrie, ON

I read with great interest the “Woodford Files” in February’s Vitality. Very interesting and enriching article about homeopathy.

It may well be that many people get cured following a homeopathy regime. As far as I am concerned, I did treat myself with homeopathy a long time ago with no results whatsoever. Homeopathy did not have any positive impact on me.

I was cured of my disease when I resumed my traditional Mediterranean Diet (I was born along the Mediterranean in the South of France) of bouillabaisse (the traditional dish in Marseille) and a lot of garlic …. and started to drink again a bit of the good old Châteauneuf-du-Pape. This kind of French-style homeopathy did work very well for me.

Jean-Raoul Fournier, French Writer, journean@yahoo.ca

The Homeopathy Debate Rages On

Hi Julia,

I read your excellent article on the above [Woodford Files; Feb 2011] and I think you are being extraordinarily kind as to the CBC’s intent.

Perhaps I am overreacting to that program because over the last few years I have become so much more aware of the people and institutions who are really running this world. That said, it seemed to me the CBC put that show together with a very definite objective in mind, namely to serve as a deliberate hatchet job with only a minimal amount of real research. For Erica Johnson to suggest that all the positive outcomes of homeopathy are merely a mass placebo effect is simply absurd.

If that is the case, I would love to have seen Ms. Johnson explain the amazing results of Boiron’s product, Camilia, which is given to teething babies to relieve their pain. Mothers swear by this product. Is Ms. Johnson suggesting that the infants’ pain relief is simply a placebo effect or some other form of trickery? How ridiculous.

No, I think Ms. Johnson was given marching orders to come to a certain conclusion, and she did.

Rick Tufts, Toronto

Erica Johnson responds…

Dear Mr. Tufts,

Thank you for your email. I just wanted to clarify that as a journalist, I don’t ever “receive marching orders.”

Our program on homeopathy was based on thorough research. We were unable to find evidence supporting the assertion that homeopathy works, and that applied to any evidence suggesting the teething tablets given to babies has any effect beyond placebo. I realize that this may be offensive to some people, or at the very least, disappointing.

Erica Johnson, Marketplace

Rick Tufts responds…

Dear Ms. Johnson,

The only research that was illustrated on your show was an analysis of a homeopathic remedy to determine its contents. However, you have indicated that thorough research was conducted on the product Camilia.

I understand how such research is conducted on adults but I’m not clear as to how it would be conducted with babies and specifically how it was determined that it was not working any better than placebo. I would like to know the exact details of that research and I would appreciate it if you could forward it to me as soon as possible.

Thank you for your help.

Sincerely,

Rick Tufts

Sexy Food Not Just For Man and Wife

Your magazine is open-minded and just, forward-thinking and inclusive.

This is why I was so surprised to read in the very first paragraph of Habeeb Salloum’s article, “Sexy Food from Around the World” (February 2011), that these foods are for sharing between man and wife. In an elegy on sex and food, what a turn-off!

Gabrielle Rabbat, via email

A New Model of Economics by E. Olstrom

I’m a Greek Canadian presently living in Athens, Greece and am doing a documentary on the economic and political crisis taking place in Greece. But rather than focusing on the tragedy, I’m more interested in the opportunities that are being presented for real social change and what Naomi Klein calls “participatory democracy.”

I’m writing to say thank you very much for the article, “A New Model of Economics for the New Year – From Nobel Prize Winner Elinor Ostrom.” It couldn’t have come at a better time for all of us globally. Too bad the mainstream media hasn’t done anything on the subject. Congrats once again for doing the kind of work that others fail to take on…The Truth.

Continued success with the magazine and many thanks for keeping us informed.

Stavroula Logothettis, via email

The Power of the Local Food Movement

I passed your link with Elinor Olstrom’s article to my friend, who is organizing Harvest Hastings. This organization works to promote local food in Hastings County (Belleville to Bancroft, approximately). I thought she would find it interesting that there is now proof and accreditation for the local food movement.

She has posted the article in its entirety on the Harvest Hastings website: www.harvesthastings.ca

Keep up the good work. I especially enjoy investigative articles by Helke Ferrie.

Janice Gannon, via email

Response to “Parenting and Spirituality” Feature

I was truly touched and enlightened by Stephen D’Amico’s article.

I’m a parent and often think that I need spirituality, but I don’t have time to practice this, as my schedule of two children, work, and husband won’t allow it.  This article has enlightened me! I can actually practice and help improve the life of myself and the lives of my family with some of the simple practices that Stephen has outlined in his article.  So I thank Stephen for this fantastic lesson ­– I feel this article was written for me. I would love additional life lessons (articles) that Stephen D’Amico is willing to enlighten us with. Thank you for featuring him in Vitality.

Deanna, via email

Nice to see Stephen D’Amico’s piece. I especially like the part about being together with one’s children in silence. I don’t have kids, but it touches me to imagine what it would have been like to have spent time with my parents that way.

Thanks for including this.

Ronna Bloom, via email

I just read this recently published article and wish to thank you. As a conscious mother and spiritual individual, I feel that this topic is of great importance, especially in this day and age. Parents are interested in alternative solutions to assist in their children’s growth, as well as their own.

Antoinette Ballerini, via email

After reading Mr. D’Amico’s article on Spiritual Parenting, I just wanted to take a moment to write and thank you for publishing it. I appreciated the concise depth of his writing and clearly felt that he is connected to a very enlightened source. I hope that you may encourage him to write future articles on the topic of spirituality in other areas of life, if he is willing.

Thanks for your continued publication of this magazine – it is a wonderful resource that I look forward to picking up every month.

Carson Foster, via email

Kiki Maple Sweet Water Endorsement

I wanted to thank you for your endorsement [of Kiki Maple Sweet Water / Sept 2010 issue]. At every demo we do, we give out copies of the September issue. People are very impressed.

Let me share with you one other thing. We are in the process of sending our first shipment to a distributor in the U.S. They contacted Troll Bridge Creek after they read your kind words in Vitality magazine online.

Keith and Lorraine, Troll Bridge Creek Inc.

Healthy Dentures – Fact or Fiction?

Dear Vitality,

DenturAid and Hearing Health had a long running ad in your magazine titled “Healthy Dentures.” The claims made in their ad include: “Non-toxic/Hypo-allergenic” dentures, which is in my opinion a willful misrepresentation.

After buying the “healthy” dentures, I had them tested by Red Paw Health Services (www.redpaw.net). Due to the resulting unfavourable test results, I did my duty as a consumer and sued the denture company.

In Mr. Valente’s defence statement (Filed Dec. 20, 2010), the dentures are described as “essentially safe,” yet the ingredients include aluminum, titanium, silicon, silica, nickel, and residual MMA. These may cause cancer and lung disease, and the nickel may cause allergic reactions.

Mr. Valente further stated that he offered me “Clear Flexite® teeth.” But this bogus product was rebuffed by Lee Soroca, Exec. V.P., Flexite® Company, Inc. This looks to me like a desperate cover-up at best.

Mr. Valente is an elected council member at The Ontario Denturists College and a Complaint Committee member who has an obligation to protect the public’s interest. Healthy dentures? You be the judge because that’s what you’ll need to get your money back!

nickh@3web.com

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