Letters to the Editor – October 2015

A Child’s Mental Illness Prompts His Whole Family To Get Better

Thank you for the inspiring story about the boy with Tourette’s Syndrome who recovered completely after his parents removed allergenic foods from his diet, and then added in some key nutrients. I found it especially interesting that when the whole family went on the sugar-free, dairy-free, gluten -free diet prescribed for the boy, many of the health problems of other family members cleared up as well, including migraine head-aches, excess weight, cysts, and bladder infections.

It was also interesting to note that the child with Tourette’s Syndrome was found to be carrying high levels of aluminum in his tissues, amongst other things. Thankfully this family took the advice of Abram Hoffer by adding therapeutic doses of vitamins C and B-complex, as well as probiotics to the boy’s diet.  Hopefully a lot of parents read that mother’s success story and will follow her example.

It just goes to show that Dr. Sherry Rogers, author of Detoxify or Die, was right all along: many chronic diseases boil down to the same thing – toxic overload combined with malnutrition in spite of being overfed.

Good for you Vitality, for having the guts to blow the whistle.

Eveline Garbanian, Kamloops, B.C.

A Mother Explains the Link Between Autism and Processed Food

[Re: article in the Aurora Banner promoting Autism Awareness Day]

On April 9, a local paper ran an ad promoting an event taking place on World Autism Awareness Day (April 2) at a local venue in Aurora. The ad included a photo of an 8-year-old boy attempting to break apart a (licorice) Twizzler.

Having a child with the autism diagnosis, I took great offence to this photo. Why would anyone, with all the awareness throughout the world today regarding the triggers for autism behaviours, ever agree to host an event that (in the event’s advertising) promotes a food that is processed and toxic – if you can even call it  “food”? While Twizzlers may have seemed a fun snack 30 years ago, a lot has changed (in our perception of this ‘snack’) since then. The main ingredient in Twizzlers is corn syrup. The next is wheat flour, and further down in the list of ingredients is artificial colouring (Red 40).

This is not the food that should be promoted at an event claiming to help children with autism disorder! Foods such as these act like drugs in the body of an already compromised child. There is evidence confirming that these, and even some gluten- and sugar-free products, must be removed from an autistic child’s diet. Take it from a parent who knows: remove the poison, and you have a different child.

Nutrition must be at the forefront of helping these children. Organizations that receive money and support have the ability (the responsibility) to direct parents to the right type of support for their children. These kids need to steer clear of ALL processed foods.

This parent knows all too well the difficulty of making nutrition the cure: four weeks of a complaining child when sugar, wheat, and casein were all systematically removed from the diet. It was murderous. But the result? A healthier child who now makes direct eye contact with family and friends, has no more behavioural issues, and is consistently on the rise to better health!

I am so disappointed in every organization that claims to be helping families dealing with this disorder, but who do so without focusing on nutrition. The world of doctors is also very careful on this subject; I know, because we went through four doctors until we finally took matters into our own hands. Again, the result was a healthier child.

I strongly urge all venues and organizations that are not presently on board with improving a child’s life through nutrition to reconsider. If you receive money from supporters, you have the responsibility to use it wisely  –  i.e. go against the popular consensus.

O. Mahlmann, Ottawa, ON

Update to “Thyroid Rescue” – New Study Finds That Synthroid Causes Cancer

About 15 years ago, an endocrinologist from the University of Toronto sent me a scathing letter admonishing me for daring to prescribe natural thyroid instead of synthetic thyroid (Synthroid). He was adamant that I was doing my patients a disservice, and even threatened to report me to the College of Physicians and Surgeons if I didn’t change my prescribing habits. After all, he had written a textbook extolling the virtues of the synthetic drug approach to thyroid disease.

Fortunately, I ignored the man, simply because I knew he was wrong. In any event, he’s dead now, and his criticisms never saw the light of day.

You might recall that I wrote a long article in Vitality’s June 2013 issue (http://tinyurl.com/o2og6p8) discussing correct treatments for an underactive thyroid. In it, I made a point of explaining that synthetic thyroid hormone can make thyroid disease worse. Aside from numerous reports by doctors of Complementary and Alternative Medicine that advise that Synthroid makes many of their patients feel sicker, gain weight, and become more fatigued, there are a growing number of studies proving that thyroid problems need to be treated in a safer and more effective way with a natural approach only.

Now comes a study published in an Italian medical journal Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology that offers proof that there is a direct connection between the use of Synthroid and the incidence of lung cancer.

Synthroid does not contain iodine or any nutrient whatsoever and can cause oxidative stress, leading to cancer development.

Animal research has proven this connection for years but this is the first study that shows the same connection in humans.

So, what does this mean for the millions of people in Ontario on synthetic thyroid hormone? Please read my article ‘Thyroid Rescue’ (vitalitymagazine.com/article/thyroid-Rescue) and ask your doctor for the natural alternatives to Synthroid.

It’s time to stop the thyroid treatment dogma madness. Chances are you’ll live longer as a result.

Zoltan P. Rona, M.D., M.Sc., Office location: 8188 Yonge Street., Suite 101, Thornhill, Ontario. For an appointment, call the office at (905) 764-8700.

REFERENCES
Levothyroxine and lung cancer in females: the importance of oxidative stress: http://tinyurl.com/nz62sl7
Study: Millions Treated for Hypothyroidism at Risk for Lung Cancer: http://tinyurl.com/pmd8wgl
Are Synthetic Thyroid Drugs Like Synthroid Actually Making Your Condition Worse? http://tinyurl.com/6pnrm5m

A Fan Letter to Vitality

Many thanks for the opportunity to read your fine magazine each month. I have been a fan for many years.
Byron Woolcock, Madoc, ON

Surviving and Thriving In a World Full of Viruses

I recently came across the November 2014 issue of Vitality that I had in storage (I can’t throw them out!). After reading Michael Vertolli’s comprehensive article (http://tinyurl.com/lcqkjm2) on the top 12 ways to protect oneself from the many viruses swirling around these days, including antibiotic resistant strains, I was struck by how fortunate we are to have such knowledgeable and committed health professionals right here at arm’s reach.

Vertolli’s knowledge of the power of immune stimulating herbs and anti-viral plants is truly encyclopedic, and we are so lucky to find this user-friendly information in your publication.

Kudos to all of you for your fine work.

Emma Noble, Toronto ON

(Editor’s note: To contact Michael Vertolli, see his ad on page 58 in Vitality’s November 2015 issue, visit: www.livingearthschool.ca, or call 905-303-8723.)
Readers: To have your say, email letters@vitalitymagazine.com, or write to: Vitality magazine, 356 Dupont Street, Toronto, ON Canada M5R 1V9

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