Letters to the Editor – March 2016Vitality Magazine March 1, 2016
Reader Questions Dr. Rona’s article
[re: Feb. 2016 article, ‘Pain Relief Without Drugs’]
On page 8 of Dr. Rona’s article, he refers to Tai Chi and Karate, indicating that the latter is a martial art. Please be aware that Tai Chi is also a martial art.
Dr. Rona responds:
While the teachings of Yoga, Qigong, Tai Chi and Karate all do indeed fall under the description of martial arts, they are differentiated within that description by meeting the definition of being either more ‘internal’ or more ‘external’ in application.
Understanding that, while Tai Chi is indeed also a martial art, it is considered to be the latter – i.e. more ‘internal’ than ‘external’. I hope this satisfies your query.
Dr. Zoltan Rona, Toronto
Dear friends at Vitality,
I read the letter written by the 71-year-old lady (Katica) who is wishing to import products from Germany for her health (see here). I am able to help her overcome any language barriers, though I am not an expert on Health Canada import regulations. If you feel I might be able to assist this lady, please forward to her my name and phone number.
Reader Katica responds:
First and foremost, I want to thank you, Vitality magazine, for publishing my letter in the Dec 2015/Jan 2016 issue, and for sending me the letter from Hildegard Gmeiner, who offers some help. I know there are many kind readers out there and I am so grateful to those readers.
In the meanwhile, since the publication of my letter, my problem has been resolved (about two weeks ago). I can now freely import my much needed remedies and can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
I am going to get in touch with Hildegard to thank her myself for trying to help me and, together, maybe we can help someone else as well.
Thank you for everything, Vitality!
Citizens Push to Get Fluoride Out of Water
I know that, in the past, Vitality has published articles on the health dangers of water fluoridation, but I haven’t seen any for some time. At present, there is a court case pending in the Region of Peel regarding fluoridation in their water. There is also another push to get rid of fluoride in Toronto’s water. Here are some links that provide more information:
• Council of Canadians, Toronto chapter: www.torontococ.weebly.com
• Canadians Opposed to Fluoridation: national and provincial news, science: cof-cof.ca
• End Fluoride Toronto petition: www.endfluoridetoronto.com
• Fluoride Action Network: www.fluoridealert.org
• Find your Toronto ward and Council member: www.toronto.ca
I hope this information is published in an upcoming issue. Many thanks to all Vitality staff, and to all of those who contribute to the magazine, for the ongoing concerns about our health!
J. Warren, Toronto, ON
A Dental Nightmare is Cleared Up with Homeopathic Remedies
My story goes back to 2010, when I was adversely affected by questionable dentistry at the hands of a Toronto area dentist whom I had frequented for 33 years. I will call him Dr. ‘C’. In November of that year, I was seen in his office for the purpose of changing a crown and a couple of fillings in the upper right part of my mouth.
Three weeks later, I went back to his office where the hygienist, surprisingly, told me I also had a huge cavity in the wisdom tooth of the same area, and that it needed to be extracted. It was a difficult extraction and, following the procedure, Dr. ‘C’ gave me instructions to keep rinsing with salt water, and he advised that the healing process would take about two months.
As time passed, there was no healing for me; instead I felt my condition worsen. I developed purple blisters, swollen lips, and bumps on my tongue. I could not speak properly, nor eat or drink anything that was hot. For several months, my diet consisted solely of ice cream.
A family member then took me to see a doctor / energy healer in Cleveland, Ohio. Upon examination, this doctor told me that bad dentistry was the source of my misery and he advised me to return to Canada and to have Dr. ‘C’ refer me to a specialist. He also strongly advised against allowing Dr. ‘C’, or anyone else, to do any further dental work as I was already dealing with severe symptoms.
Dr. ‘C’ did refer me to a specialist at the local hospital. The specialist examined me and said that he knew what I had but that he wanted to do a biopsy to confirm his diagnosis. I consented to the biopsy, whereby a cut was made on the left side of my upper lip. Over the next few days and weeks, I again felt worse; my whole face became distorted and I had excessive swelling and pain in my mouth.
I then received the biopsy results from the specialist’s office stating that I had Lichen-Planus*, for which they said there was no cure, nor pharmaceutical remedy.
*Lichen-Planus is a disease of the skin and/or mucous membranes that resembles lichen. The cause is unknown, but it is thought to be the result of an autoimmune process with an unknown initial trigger. – Wikipedia
Months went by and my condition continued to worsen. Finally, in June 2011, I visited my family doctor. Hearing my story, and knowing of my interest in holistic healing, he referred me to Dr. Gary Fortinsky, a holistic dentist in Toronto.
Dr. Fortinsky practices as a general dentist but has training in homeopathy as well. With his patients, he completes a full examination of the mouth but also considers other factors that could influence the oral health. If he decides that a dental approach is in the best interest of the patient, treatment is then recommended accordingly. But, if an approach like homeopathy can help the mouth/dental condition, he will then prescribe a remedy.
After examining me, Dr. Fortinsky said that he would help me try to clear up the painful Lichen-Planus condition with homeopathic remedies. Following that initial visit, Fortinsky initiated a program of homeopathic remedies for me, which included Lycopodium, Natrum mur, Lachesis, Ignatia, and Pulsatilla. Throughout the ensuing years, and according to my symptoms as they changed, Dr. Fortinsky has continued to recommend some remedies multiple times and others just once. Of course, as a dentist Dr. Fortinsky also performed any and all dental work as it was required.
Homeopathy works with the patient’s whole body as well as with the emotions, so every patient will be prescribed their own customized treatment, based on consultation with their practitioner. The remedies that worked for me may not work for someone else.
Now, four and a half years after treatment began with Dr. Fortinsky, I feel 95% normal. I can eat most things, speak properly again, and my lips have returned to their original shape. Today, he is still my dentist and I want to praise his compassion, his patience, and his dedication to his clients and his work. I hope my story will help others who may be suffering from oral trauma.
I. Costa, Mississauga, ON
Editorial note: Gary Fortinsky, D.D.S. has a private practice at 25 Sheppard Ave. West, Suite. 680, Toronto, ON. Appointments call: 416-225-1352, visit: www.complementarydentistry.com
Vitality – a Weekend Treat for Faithful Reader
I always look forward to getting my copy of Vitality in the mail. It’s the only magazine I subscribe to, and it’s one of my small life pleasures to read it over weekend brunch. I tell everyone how much I enjoy it, and how it has provided me with so much valuable information over the years. Thank you for such a wonderful alternative health source!
V. Johnson., Ethel ON
Reader Seeks Doctors Who Practise Alternative Medicine
I am looking for a list of Medical Doctors who provide natural healing remedies while also accepting OHIP as payment, or partial payment.
I live in Markham, Ontario, so ideally would like to learn of any such doctors who practise in the York Region, Scarborough, Toronto, Ajax, or Pickering area. Can you send me a list of such doctors, or a resource where I may find them?
We researched the answer to this question and neither the Ontario Medical Association or the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario have any such list as the one Don is asking for. To our knowledge, the only physicians practising complementary and/or integrative medicine in Ontario, who are partially covered by OHIP, are the following:
- Dr. Paul Jaconello, MD, 615 Yonge St., Toronto. Call (416) 463-2911, visit: www.jaconello.com
- Dr. Zoltan P. Rona, MD, M.Sc., 390 Steeles Ave. West, Unit 19, Thornhill, ON Call: (905) 764-8700, visit: https://highlevelwellness.ca/dr-rona
- Dr. Fred Hui, MD, a Toronto physician who practices integrative medicine at two Toronto clinics and one in Barrie: call (416) 920-4200, visit: www.drhui.com
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A. Lange, Baden, ON
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