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Woodford Files: Why Organics Hold the Solution to Canada’s Skyrocketing Cancer Rates

Woodford Files: Why Organics Hold the Solution to Canada’s Skyrocketing Cancer Rates

9:17 pm Jul 8, 2017

(OPINION PIECE)  According to a new report from the Canadian Cancer Society nearly one in every two Canadians is now expected to receive a cancer diagnosis in their lifetime, and one in four Canadians will die from the disease. The report further... Read more »

Woodford Files: The Healing Power of Nature; Apple Cider Vinegar for Arthritis; Magnesium for ADHD

Woodford Files: The Healing Power of Nature; Apple Cider Vinegar for Arthritis; Magnesium for ADHD

8:48 pm May 8, 2017

Spring flowers are sprouting like mad these days, and so too is public interest in natural health. With celebrities and politicians growing ever more enchanted with the healing power of nature, the future looks bright for holistic therapies from... Read more »

Woodford Files: We make it easy for you to get all the best health news – in print or digital form

Woodford Files: We make it easy for you to get all the best health news – in print or digital form

11:54 pm Mar 6, 2017

In these times of fake news and frilly advertorials, it’s a pleasure to be working for a company that sticks to its standards. With its love of integrity, Vitality consistently proves its reputation as the best health magazine in Canada (and yes,... Read more »

Woodford Files: The Romance Between Our Genes and Microbes; 3 Herbs to Stoke the Fire in Our Bellies

Woodford Files: The Romance Between Our Genes and Microbes; 3 Herbs to Stoke the Fire in Our Bellies

11:59 pm Feb 3, 2017

Gung Hay Fat Choi! The Chinese astrologers say that this new Year of the Rooster brings awakening as it crows each day at the break of dawn. Cock-a-doodle-doo! So this is the year to ask oneself – what new insights are awakening in me? For some... Read more »

Woodford Files: Happy New Year! On Medical Marijuana, Opioids, and Natural Health Product Protection

Woodford Files: Happy New Year! On Medical Marijuana, Opioids, and Natural Health Product Protection

8:32 pm Jan 1, 2017

Whew, 2016 was one hell of a year!  In the realm of public health, the news wasn’t good. From rising rates of cancer and heart disease, to rampant deaths from opioid drug overdose, it became clear that modern medicine is failing to improve public... Read more »

Woodford Files - On BREXIT, CETA, and Natural Health Product Regulations

Woodford Files - On BREXIT, CETA, and Natural Health Product Regulations

1:09 pm Nov 11, 2016

After toiling in the trenches of editorial prepress for the past several weeks, and previewing the articles that will run in our November issue, I was reminded how fortunate we are to have such great writers. Every month, these researchers and... Read more »

Woodford Files – Vitamin C for Side Effects of Vaccination; Natural Health Products Under Threat

Woodford Files – Vitamin C for Side Effects of Vaccination; Natural Health Products Under Threat

3:21 pm Oct 4, 2016

Whew, what a hectic time of year this is! Between hammering out our October magazine and coordinating the Whole Life Expo Showguide, we’ve been running against the clock for weeks. So I do apologize that this issue of Vitality was released a few... Read more »

Woodford Files - Gut Bacteria Can Cure Disease; Supernutrients for Arthritis

Woodford Files - Gut Bacteria Can Cure Disease; Supernutrients for Arthritis

2:37 pm Sep 14, 2016

These are exciting times to be in health publishing. With new research on disease prevention and natural cures being released almost daily, there is plenty of material for health editors to digest and share with readers. One interesting study... Read more »

Woodford Files - Obesity Linked to Human Microbiome; Annual Guide to Organics; Free Digital Magazine

Woodford Files - Obesity Linked to Human Microbiome; Annual Guide to Organics; Free Digital Magazine

12:05 pm Jul 18, 2016

One of the things I love about working for Vitality is that it regularly blows my mind. The new research, revelations, and information that regularly arrives in our office is sometimes disturbing, sometimes wonderful, and always a little... Read more »

Woodford Files – On GMOs, Heavy Metals, and Autism; plus Recipes for Spring Cleansing, and more

Woodford Files – On GMOs, Heavy Metals, and Autism; plus Recipes for Spring Cleansing, and more

6:45 pm Apr 12, 2016

Greetings! This month we’re delighted to bring you a lovely image on our April cover that nearly dances off the page with the fresh energy and joy of spring. Entitled ‘Creation of Spring’, this painting by U.K. artist Josephine Wall is meant to... Read more »

Woodford Files –  In 2016, the need for wholistic medicine is greater than ever

Woodford Files –  In 2016, the need for wholistic medicine is greater than ever

3:40 pm Feb 3, 2016

Welcome to Vitality’s first issue of the new year. Over the past few months, there has been a flurry of new research on the health benefits of herbs, vitamins, and natural therapies published in reputable journals. In this issue, Michael Downey’s... Read more »

Woodford Files: How Mindfulness Can Help You Live Longer – And Better

Woodford Files: How Mindfulness Can Help You Live Longer – And Better

12:45 pm Dec 7, 2015

What a wild and exciting year it’s been for us here at Vitality, a year filled with great writing, new readers, and loyal advertisers. At the recent Whole Life Expo (www.wholelifeexpo.ca) we were touched by the waves of affection that washed over... Read more »

Woodford Files: Whole Life Expo 2015 - We’re Turning Black Friday into a Green Weekend

Woodford Files: Whole Life Expo 2015 - We’re Turning Black Friday into a Green Weekend

4:13 pm Nov 5, 2015

How about that magazine cover! This month we have our very own glamour girl on Vitality’s cover, none other than Julie Daniluk herself – famous nutritionist and author of the bestselling Meals That Heal Inflammation (winner of the 2012 Gourmand... Read more »

Woodford Files: On Death, Disease, Recovery – and Pumpkin Soup

Woodford Files: On Death, Disease, Recovery – and Pumpkin Soup

1:27 pm Oct 1, 2015

I always look forward to the fall season with its harvest festivals and cool, crisp weather. But this year we greet the season with heavy hearts as we say goodbye to two beloved members of the health community. On July 21st, Dr. Nicholas Gonzalez... Read more »

Woodford Files –  On Nutritional and Herbal Treatments for Disease

Woodford Files –  On Nutritional and Herbal Treatments for Disease

12:59 pm Sep 3, 2015

As the lazy days of summer fade into memory, we turn our attention back to work and back to school. This season can be tough for those whose ‘get up and go’ has got up and gone. So this month we offer tips on boosting energy and lowering your... Read more »

Commentary: Canada’s Food Supply – the good, the bad, and the ugly

Commentary: Canada’s Food Supply – the good, the bad, and the ugly

12:38 pm Jul 2, 2015

No doubt we’ve made you smile with our funky cover design this month, which captures the fun and beauty of food as art. Eating well is a big theme in this issue as we bring you our popular Annual Guide to Organics. With a record total of 53... Read more »

Rethinking Sunscreen, Antiperspirant, and Insect Repellant – The Natural Alternatives

Rethinking Sunscreen, Antiperspirant, and Insect Repellant – The Natural Alternatives

11:30 am Jun 1, 2015

As we charge headlong into the summer season, with flipflops slapping on the pavement and sunscreen oozing from our pores, we may want to re-evaluate our favourite summer routines. With new information emerging on the toxic hazards of many... Read more »

GODDESSES NEVER AGE: The Secret Prescription for Radiance, Vitality, and Well-Being

GODDESSES NEVER AGE: The Secret Prescription for Radiance, Vitality, and Well-Being

1:08 pm May 29, 2015

As a member of the 50-something cohort, I never tire of good advice on how to turn back the clock. Although chronological aging is inevitable, I believe that it’s quite possible to turn back the biological clock through strategic nutrition,... Read more »

On Lemon Herbs, Benefits of Bitters, and Vitality’s New Digital Magazine

On Lemon Herbs, Benefits of Bitters, and Vitality’s New Digital Magazine

11:50 am May 1, 2015

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... Read more »

Woodford Files – Easy and Delicious Spring Detoxing

Woodford Files – Easy and Delicious Spring Detoxing

3:20 pm Apr 1, 2015

Now that April is upon us, the spring season has gained glorious momentum with birds singing and rivers running fast. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, they say that each organ system has an emotion and a season intimately connected to it. In... Read more »

Woodford Files – The Healthy Debate Around Vaccines

Woodford Files – The Healthy Debate Around Vaccines

3:27 pm Feb 26, 2015

Wow, we’re only two months into 2015, and it’s been a sizzling year already. In the health community, the controversy around vaccinations is raging, with passionate voices speaking out on all sides of the debate. After we broke the story last... Read more »

Woodford Files – Honouring Chinese New Year

Woodford Files – Honouring Chinese New Year

12:11 pm Feb 2, 2015

Gong Hey Fat Choi! In keeping with our annual tradition, this month we honour Chinese New Year with a feature on the lucky foods and rich customs surrounding this special occasion. To capture the flavours of the season, which commences February... Read more »

Woodford Files – Moving Toward a New Paradigm in 2015

Woodford Files – Moving Toward a New Paradigm in 2015

12:09 pm Dec 10, 2014

In the closing weeks of 2014, it’s a good time to look back and ruminate on what themes emerged throughout the past year. One intriguing trend was the accelerated emergence of dark secrets and hidden shadows into the light of day. As Kim Elkington... Read more »

Why I Gave Up Meat; How to Protect Yourself Well from Influenza, Ebola, H1N1, and More

Why I Gave Up Meat; How to Protect Yourself Well from Influenza, Ebola, H1N1, and More

8:21 pm Nov 5, 2014

With temperatures dropping into the subzero range these days, we tend to retreat indoors and stuff ourselves with food that comforts and sedates us. For me, that used to mean gorging on meat, dairy, and pasta. But with my embrace of a healthier... Read more »

Woodford – Good News About Alternative Cancer Therapies

Woodford – Good News About Alternative Cancer Therapies

2:43 pm Oct 1, 2014

Just when I thought that Vitality couldn’t get any better, along comes this October issue stuffed with some of our finest offerings yet. First up is Pat Crocker, who brings us a cauldron full of recipes bubbling with the textures and flavours of... Read more »

Is an Ounce of Prevention Worth More than a $49 Billion ‘Cure’? – Time for Government to Wake Up

Is an Ounce of Prevention Worth More than a $49 Billion ‘Cure’? – Time for Government to Wake Up

12:29 pm Sep 12, 2014

Canada’s premiers concluded their annual conference on August 29 with a unanimous call for more funding from the feds to meet the growing demand for health care services. With an aging population and rising rates of chronic disease, provincial... Read more »

Dr. Oz in the news; Dr. Chopra, Canada’s whistleblower; and our Annual Guide to Organics

Dr. Oz in the news; Dr. Chopra, Canada’s whistleblower; and our Annual Guide to Organics

1:55 pm Jul 16, 2014

The recent appearance of Dr. Oz in front of a U.S. Senate committee, accused of using false advertising to hype weight loss products, left many fans questioning his integrity. Seems that his overly enthusiastic endorsement of green coffee beans,... Read more »

The Benefits of Sweating; The Hazards of Cortisone

The Benefits of Sweating; The Hazards of Cortisone

8:48 pm Jun 11, 2014

Summer is a prime time to flush out old residues of the past and lighten our toxic load. As solar rays intensify, an array of chemicals like pthalates and heavy metals are sweated out as we jog, bike, and walk around town. Supporting the body’s... Read more »

Woodford Files – New sections added to Vitality: “Ask Us” and “Success Stories”

Woodford Files – New sections added to Vitality: “Ask Us” and “Success Stories”

11:13 am May 20, 2014

While hunkered down in the trenches of magazine production, it’s easy for us to lose sight of what’s going on out there in the real world. So we were pleased, recently, with the opportunity to step out from behind our desks and spend some time at... Read more »

Garlic and Vitamin D are two nutrients that can play an important role in alleviating allergies

Top 5 Strategies for Allergy Relief

11:40 am May 2, 2014

As one of Ontario’s harshest winters on record gave way to an exceptionally cold spring, media pundits were predicting a “pollen vortex” for the late spring season. Unseason-ably cool temperatures have kept Toronto’s trees dormant for longer than... Read more »

An Enlightened Approach to Weight Loss; and the Dangers of Non-stick Cookware

An Enlightened Approach to Weight Loss; and the Dangers of Non-stick Cookware

3:48 pm Apr 9, 2014

With the surging momentum of spring comes new books, authors, and ideas popping up all over the place. This month, we have captured several of these budding concepts in Vitality and invite you to take a stroll through our garden of inspiration...

... Read more »
Wishing You Good Luck and Clear Vision in this Year of the Horse

Wishing You Good Luck and Clear Vision in this Year of the Horse

2:20 pm Feb 3, 2014

Gong Hey Fat Choy! This month we honour the Chinese New Year with a big, beautiful stallion galloping across our front cover. Can you hear the hoofbeats? In her “Sacred Journeys” column, Kim Elkington describes this astrological Year of the Wood... Read more »

Woodford Files  – Message for the New Year

Woodford Files – Message for the New Year

11:00 am Dec 10, 2013

My favourite thing about the new year is the opportunity it brings to start over.  Having looked back at the mayhem and chaos that was 2013, we now have an opportunity to assess the valuable lessons that it brought. For example:

We have been... Read more »

Woodford Files  – my big fat summer detox sure wasn’t pretty

Woodford Files – my big fat summer detox sure wasn’t pretty

8:31 pm Aug 31, 2013

When I look back over the past few months to what I did on my summer vacation, I realize what a grand adventure life can be. It all started on July 7. This was the day that I celebrated the one year anniversary of my quitting smoking. Yes it’s... Read more »

Woodford Files - Love Your Local Farmer; Cool Down With Anti-Inflammatory Foods

04:32 pm June 28, 2013

This July/August issue has got to be one of Vitality Magazine’s most popular issues of the year. Now in its 10th year, our Annual Guide to Organics is a comprehensive directory of farms, markets, suppliers, and events in the province, and this... Read more »

Woodford Files - Love Your Local Farmer; Cool Down With Anti-Inflammatory Foods

Woodford Files - Love Your Local Farmer; Cool Down With Anti-Inflammatory Foods

3:26 pm Jun 28, 2013

This July/August issue has got to be one of Vitality Magazine’s most popular issues of the year. Now in its 10th year, our Annual Guide to Organics is a comprehensive directory of farms, markets, suppliers, and events in the province, and this... Read more »

Woodford Files — On Bee-Killing Pesticides & Carcinogenic Parabens

Woodford Files — On Bee-Killing Pesticides & Carcinogenic Parabens

10:26 am May 31, 2013

With today’s ‘news’ agenda sometimes driven by the interests of media shareholders, we don’t always get the unbiased reporting that tells us what’s really going on in the world. So it occurred to me that if I were the news director in one of those... Read more »

Woodford Files — On Bee-Killing Pesticides & Carcinogenic Parabens

02:15 pm June 1, 2013

With today’s ‘news’ agenda sometimes driven by the interests of media shareholders, we don’t always get the unbiased reporting that tells us what’s really going on in the world. So it occurred to me that if I were the news director in one of... Read more »

Woodford Files — May 2013

Woodford Files — May 2013

2:22 pm May 1, 2013

There’s an apple blossom on our cover this month in celebration of the fresh promise of spring. In those exquisite shades of pink are captured the magic and beauty of the season. Last month we published a visionary painting by Josephine Wall... Read more »

Woodford Files — May 2013

03:13 pm May 1, 2013

There’s an apple blossom on our cover this month in celebration of the fresh promise of spring. In those exquisite shades of pink are captured the magic and beauty of the season. Last month we published a visionary painting by Josephine Wall... Read more »

To avoid the chemicals found in conventional detergents switch to chemical-free biodegradable brands

Reduce Your Risk: Time for a Detox—First Your Home, Then You

11:37 am May 1, 2013

With hot summer breezes blowing through our windows, it’s a good time of year to clear the toxic energies from our homes and flush the stagnant chi from our bodies. The benefits of a spring cleanse are many, from more energy, to better sleep, weight... Read more »

On Cool Spring Tonics—and Hot Spring Shows

On Cool Spring Tonics—and Hot Spring Shows

3:23 pm Mar 28, 2013

The energy of spring is gaining momentum now as we fully emerge from the darkness of a long winter. Astrologer Kaypacha (http://bit.ly/YUHLrM) says this is the time to open our hearts, embrace change, and tap into our deepest primal instincts. He... Read more »

On Cool Spring Tonics—and Hot Spring Shows

02:38 pm April 1, 2013

The energy of spring is gaining momentum now as we fully emerge from the darkness of a long winter. Astrologer Kaypacha (http://bit.ly/YUHLrM) says this is the time to open our hearts, embrace change, and tap into our deepest primal instincts. He... Read more »

Woodford Files — Scandals Plague Western Medicine

Woodford Files — Scandals Plague Western Medicine

11:46 am Mar 1, 2013

March is a cruel month in the northern hemisphere. While the promise of spring dangles just out of reach, we brace ourselves against icy winds as we trudge through the last bleak weeks of late winter. To add some spice to this changing of the... Read more »

Woodford Files – Taking Care of Bodies and Souls

Woodford Files – Taking Care of Bodies and Souls

1:57 pm Jan 30, 2013

As I write this, it’s cold and dark outside and the city lays nestled under a blanket of winter. Imbolc, a pagan holiday on February 2nd, marks the midway point between winter solstice and spring equinox. I love the deep darkness of February, a... Read more »

Woodford Files – Taking Care of Bodies and Souls

02:53 pm February 1, 2013

As I write this, it’s cold and dark outside and the city lays nestled under a blanket of winter. Imbolc, a pagan holiday on February 2nd, marks the midway point between winter solstice and spring equinox. I love the deep darkness of February, a time... Read more »

This formula was created as an immune strengthening tonic that increases resistance

Powerful Herbal Allies to Prevent and Treat Influenza and Colds

03:23 pm February 1, 2013

If you’re getting worried about the mini-epidemic of influenza that’s percolating in Ontario right now, and wondering how best to protect yourself or even treat it effectively, St. Francis Herb Farm may have what you need. Within their extensive... Read more »

This is good for menopause, or for those who have had hysterectomies, as it supplies many hormones

SHATAVARI – A Rejuvenating Tonic for Women of All Ages

03:13 pm February 1, 2013

In the world of Ayurvedic medicine, there are certain herbs favoured for health issues specific to women. One such herb is called Shatavari, also known as Asparagus racemosus. It is the root of this plant in particular that addresses infertility,... Read more »

Woodford Files — It’s been a landmark year for Vitality, and for the natural health movement

04:25 pm December 1, 2011

Wow, what a fantastic year this has been for Vitality. With the public appetite for natural health and alternative medicine growing steadily, our circulation has increased from 58,000 in February to a record 64,000 this month to keep up with... Read more »

Woodford Files — Don Drummond’s Radical Prescription to Save the Health Care System

04:00 pm March 1, 2012

The recent release of the Drummond Report, which contained recommendations for rescuing  Ontario from its $16 billion deficit,  undoubtedly sent shock waves through the medical establishment.  According to the Toronto Star, “Don Drummond’s “very... Read more »

Woodford Files — Inflammation: The Cause of All Chronic Disease

03:39 pm November 1, 2012

Is it just me, or does it seem like life is getting more intense these days? Around here, it sometimes feels like we’re sitting in the eye of the hurricane, a place where both good and bad health news comes at us daily. Overall though, trends... Read more »

Woodford Files — On Horror, Skulduggery, and Snake Oil

03:22 pm October 1, 2012

Finally, my favourite season has arrived. Autumn is the time when we reap what we’ve sown and give thanks for the harvest. So my biggest thanks goes out to you – our dear readers and loyal advertisers. Your support has made it possible for... Read more »

Woodford Files — Remarkable Health Recoveries with GMO-Free Organic Diet

02:52 pm July 1, 2012

Yum! This is the season of the smoothie, that cool, delicious concoction which can nourish you down to your very toes. In Pat Crocker’s feature on “Supercharged Summer Smoothies,”  we discover many magical blends that will turn a simple fruit... Read more »

Woodford Files – June 2012

02:47 pm June 1, 2012

During production on this issue of Vitality, I often found my gaze returning to our cover photo as I daydreamed about jumping into that pristine lake and splashing about for hours on end. Ahh, that’s the life; a little yoga, a little swimming, a... Read more »

Woodford Files — The Song of Spring

02:45 pm May 1, 2012

The song of spring is echoing through our pages this month, bringing fresh ideas for attuning to the season. Since spring is an ideal time for liver cleansing, bitter herbs like dandelion and turmeric, along with lemon juice and flax seed oil,... Read more »

Woodford Files — Reflections on the Year That Was

02:42 pm December 1, 2012

On November 19, a disturbing report was released to the media showing a high correlation between breast cancer risk and workplace exposure to chemicals. Led by Dr. James Brophy, the study looked at 2,000 women in southern Ontario who work in the... Read more »

Woodford Files — Reflections on the Year That Was

Woodford Files — Reflections on the Year That Was

2:09 pm Dec 1, 2012

On November 19, a disturbing report was released to the media showing a high correlation between breast cancer risk and workplace exposure to chemicals. Led by Dr. James Brophy, the study looked at 2,000 women in southern Ontario who work in the... Read more »

Inflammation—The Cause of All Chronic Disease

Inflammation—The Cause of All Chronic Disease

12:05 pm Nov 2, 2012

Is it just me, or does it seem like life is getting more intense these days? Around here, it sometimes feels like we’re sitting in the eye of the hurricane, a place where both good and bad health news comes at us daily. Overall though, trends are... Read more »

Woodford Files — On Horror, Skulduggery, and Snake Oil

Woodford Files — On Horror, Skulduggery, and Snake Oil

1:48 pm Oct 1, 2012

Finally, my favourite season has arrived. Autumn is the time when we reap what we’ve sown and give thanks for the harvest. So my biggest thanks goes out to you – our dear readers and loyal advertisers. Your support has made it possible for... Read more »

Woodford Files — The Risks of Modern Medicine

Woodford Files — The Risks of Modern Medicine

11:37 am Sep 1, 2012

With the incidence of childhood asthma, autism, and obesity now reaching alarming levels, scientists are starting to look in new directions for clues to curing these conditions. And some of their findings are disturbing. For example, on August 22,... Read more »

Cilantro/Clay Detox

04:11 pm July 11, 2012

In his newly released book, Radical Healing: 2nd Ed.,  (Himalayan Institute Press), Rudolph Ballentine includes a comprehensive chapter on detoxification, drawing from Ayurveda, homeopathy, and Chinese Medicine.

One of his detox strategies that... Read more »

Woodford Files — Remarkable Health Recoveries with GMO-Free Organic Diet

Woodford Files — Remarkable Health Recoveries with GMO-Free Organic Diet

12:32 pm Jul 1, 2012

Yum! This is the season of the smoothie, that cool, delicious concoction which can nourish you down to your very toes. In Pat Crocker’s feature on “Supercharged Summer Smoothies,” we discover many magical blends that will turn a simple fruit drink... Read more »

Saffron counteracts inflammatory conditions, while stimulating circulation

Saffron Revered Around the World for Its Medicinal and Culinary Properties

01:34 pm July 1, 2012

Saffron is one of the most revered and expensive spices in the world. The plant’s origins can be traced back to central Asia, and it is now widely cultivated in Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. Its medicinal properties are contained in the... Read more »

Woodford Files – June 2012

Woodford Files – June 2012

11:57 am Jun 1, 2012

During production on this issue of Vitality, I often found my gaze returning to our cover photo as I daydreamed about jumping into that pristine lake and splashing about for hours on end. Ahh, that’s the life; a little yoga, a little swimming, a... Read more »

Woodford Files — The Song of Spring

Woodford Files — The Song of Spring

3:22 pm May 1, 2012

The song of spring is echoing through our pages this month, bringing fresh ideas for attuning to the season. Since spring is an ideal time for liver cleansing, bitter herbs like dandelion and turmeric, along with lemon juice and flax seed oil, are... Read more »

Woodford Files – April 2012

04:32 pm April 4, 2012

This has got to be the most hotly anticipated issue of Vitality in years. Never before have we received so many calls and emails asking exactly when this issue will hit the street. Here’s why. Last month, we published Part 1 of Helke Ferrie’s... Read more »

Woodford Files — This has got to be the most hotly anticipated issue of Vitality in years

Woodford Files — This has got to be the most hotly anticipated issue of Vitality in years

3:14 pm Apr 1, 2012

This has got to be the most hotly anticipated issue of Vitality in years. Never before have we received so many calls and emails asking exactly when this issue will hit the street. Here’s why. Last month, we published Part 1 of Helke Ferrie’s... Read more »

Woodford Files — Don Drummond’s Radical Prescription to Save the Health Care System

Woodford Files — Don Drummond’s Radical Prescription to Save the Health Care System

10:03 pm Mar 1, 2012

The recent release of the Drummond Report, which contained recommendations for rescuing  Ontario from its $16 billion deficit, undoubtedly sent shock waves through the medical establishment. According to the Toronto Star, “Don Drummond’s “very... Read more »

Woodford Files — Everyone needs a little more love

Woodford Files — Everyone needs a little more love

11:25 am Feb 1, 2012

In his book Outliers: The Story of Success, author Malcolm Gladwell tells the story of a small town located on a rocky hillside in southern Pennyslvania. The remarkable thing about this town, called Roseto, is that amongst its population no one... Read more »

Woodford Files – February 2012

05:29 pm February 1, 2012

In his book Outliers: The Story of Success, author Malcolm Gladwell tells the story of a small town located on a rocky hillside in southern Pennyslvania. The remarkable thing about this town, called Roseto, is that amongst its population no one... Read more »

Woodford Files — It’s been a landmark year for Vitality, and for the natural health movement

Woodford Files — It’s been a landmark year for Vitality, and for the natural health movement

2:44 pm Dec 6, 2011

Wow, what a fantastic year this has been for Vitality. With the public appetite for natural health and alternative medicine growing steadily, our circulation has increased from 58,000 in February to a record 64,000 this month to keep up with... Read more »

Woodford Files – November 2011

02:14 pm November 1, 2011

My favourite lines in the movie Thelma and Louise are spoken as they’re running from the law and headed for the Mexican border.  They’ve been driving all night to evade capture. As they speed down the highway, wind blowing through their hair,... Read more »

Woodford Files—Thelma and Louise captured the mood of our times

Woodford Files—Thelma and Louise captured the mood of our times

3:42 pm Nov 1, 2011

My favourite lines in the movie Thelma and Louise are spoken as they’re running from the law and headed for the Mexican border. They’ve been driving all night to evade capture. As they speed down the highway, wind blowing through their  hair,... Read more »

Woodford Files — Provincial Election Candidates Should Focus on Prevention

Woodford Files — Provincial Election Candidates Should Focus on Prevention

11:52 am Oct 1, 2011

As I write this, election promises are flying, especially in regards to how each political party will guarantee access to quality healthcare going forward. It’s right to be publicly debating the cost and efficiency of our ‘healthcare system’,... Read more »

Woodford Files – October 2011

02:26 pm October 1, 2011

As I write this, election promises are flying, especially in regards to how each political party will guarantee access to quality healthcare going forward. It’s right to be publicly debating the cost and efficiency of our ‘healthcare system’,... Read more »

Woodford Files — September 2011

02:18 pm September 1, 2011

The recent passing of NDP leader Jack Layton left me aghast – he was a great man who died much too soon. And I couldn’t help but wonder if alternative cancer treatment might have kept him alive longer than the cut, burn, and poison approach used by... Read more »

Woodford Files — Can Alternative Cancer Treatment Get Us Better Patient Outcomes?

Woodford Files — Can Alternative Cancer Treatment Get Us Better Patient Outcomes?

8:58 pm Sep 1, 2011

The recent passing of NDP leader Jack Layton left me aghast – he was a great man who died much too soon. And I couldn’t help but wonder if alternative cancer treatment might have kept him alive longer than the cut, burn, and poison approach used... Read more »

Woodford Files – July/August 2011

12:13 pm July 1, 2011

When I think about what sets Vitality apart from other magazines, two words come to mind – core essentials. Here you’ll find no airbrushed pictures of sexy girls in glitzy outfits. In fact, what we find sexy is altogether different. To us, sexy is... Read more »

Woodford Files – June 2011

12:23 pm June 1, 2011

Whew, the sweaty days of summer are here, and if sweating wasn’t so healthy I’d probably complain. But since it’s a terrific way to detox the tissues, I’m grinning and bearing it. We’ve got a great lineup for you this month, packed full of choices... Read more »

Woodford Files – March 2003

05:14 pm March 1, 2003

Here comes spring and with it the casting off of winter wraps to reveal our fleshy underbellies, those rotundities which have likely spent the long dark winter months stuffed with rich comfort foods. For many, these dense foods have congested the... Read more »

Woodford Files – May 2003

02:27 pm May 1, 2003

Seems like the world is at war in more ways than one these days.  Military war against other nations. Medical war against viral invaders.  Environmental war against pestilence. In fact the military state of mind seems to have settled over our human... Read more »

Woodford Files – June 2003

01:48 pm June 1, 2003

Seems like you have to be a real subversive these days just to keep yourself safe from the propaganda mongers out there. If health officials have their way, we’ll be dousing ourselves in DEET all summer and drinking water spiked with mosquito... Read more »

Woodford Files – October 2003

03:11 pm October 1, 2003

All Hallow’s Eve approaches, and with it a celebration of all things magical. It’s my favourite time of year; nights grow longer, the natural world has gone to seed, and there’s a crackle of mystery in the air that signals the approach of the... Read more »

Woodford Files – February 2004

03:26 pm February 1, 2004

Brrrr, baby it’s cold outside. To warm up your innards, we bring you herbal heat from the kitchen - in the form of ginger infused recipes for banishing winter chills, and erotic ingredients for stoking up the old libido. The pungent properties of... Read more »

The Complete Natural Medicine Guide to Breast Cancer

The Complete Natural Medicine Guide to Breast Cancer

11:12 am May 11, 2011

This is, by far, the best book I have ever read on cancer of the breast.  In it, Sat Dharam Kaur leaves no stone unturned in her quest for the causes and cures of this condition, which currently affects one woman in nine in Canada and one in eight... Read more »

Woodford Files – May 2004

03:55 pm May 1, 2004

While weight loss diets sprout up like tulips at this time of year, I have yet to find one that recognizes the powerful role played by adrenal exhaustion in weight gain. This is of particular importance to those of us fortysomething and up, since... Read more »

Woodford Files – June 2004

02:37 pm June 1, 2004

I got a call the other day from a friend who had recently visited a very distraught business associate, distraught because her son was suffering from severe allergies which were growing worse by the day. All standard medical treatments had... Read more »

Woodford Files – July 2004

05:08 pm July 1, 2004

From our popular Annual Organics Guide to Helke Ferrie’s fascinating feature on the Schmeiser vs. Monsanto controversy, this summer issue is packed with in-depth coverage that you won’t find anywhere else. It’s exciting for us to be able to bring... Read more »

Woodford Files – October 2004

04:48 pm October 1, 2004

I lost a good friend to cancer last month. Diagnosed with a lung tumour in December of last year, she placed her faith and her life in the hands of the mainstream healthcare system, as most Canadians do. When asked why she chose conventional... Read more »

Woodford Files – November 2004

03:27 pm November 1, 2004

This could be the best issue of Vitality we’ve ever produced. Good thing too, since it’s our 15th anniversary issue, thus deserving of something very special. That something special comes in the form of our spotlight this month on alternative... Read more »

Woodford Files – December 2004 / January 2005

04:36 pm December 1, 2004

Whew! What a heavy couple months it’s been. Autumn, always our busiest season, was even more challenging this year. Cancer has been at the top of my mind for months, what with the loss of our beloved Pat Young in September, and then the arrival... Read more »

Woodford Files – February 2005

02:09 pm February 1, 2005

It is with pleasure that we bring you this, our first issue of the new year, filled with stories that provoke, entertain, and enlighten.

First in line, Helke Ferrie once again raises her mighty pen — this time in protest of an ominous threat to... Read more »

Chia Seed

12:07 pm May 1, 2011

What’s behind the surging popularity of chia seed? According to nutritional writer Charlotte Bradley, chia grain was “originally grown in Mexico and the Southwest between 1500 and 910 B.C., and the seeds were an important part of the Aztec and Mayan... Read more »

Woodford Files—Love Your Liver

Woodford Files—Love Your Liver

2:31 pm May 1, 2011

The wild winds of spring are rocking the rafters as I write this column. It has been an exceptionally chaotic change of season this year – fraught with tornadoes, floods, and shifting political tides. Many folks are feeling the unsettling effects... Read more »

Woodford Files – March 2005

05:16 pm March 1, 2005

Here we are on the cusp between winter and spring, and Vitality as usual has cooked up a brew of strong medicine for what ails you.

Helke Ferrie is back in fighting form this month with tales of corruption,  drug pushers, and medical malpractice.... Read more »

Woodford Files – April 2005

03:50 pm April 1, 2005

As the rivers of spring swirl through town, so too does the flow of the season gurgle through Vitality this month. From raw foods to herbs to homeopathics, we’ve got dozens of ways to clear the debris from your own inner rivers of blood and lymph... Read more »

Woodford Files – May 2005

02:15 pm May 1, 2005

I used to regard with some skepticism my grandfather’s habit of drinking vinegar and honey by the cupful every day. (It was, he claimed, a health tonic.) But after reading a book by Dr. D.C. Jarvis entitled Arthritis and Folk Medicine (Galahad... Read more »

Woodford Files – June 2005

12:55 pm June 1, 2005

With the month of June upon us we open our windows wide to take in the full warmth and light of the season. As summer heat rises, the human body opens itself fully to its environment, both physically and energetically. It’s a terrific time to... Read more »

Woodford Files – July 2005

04:04 pm July 1, 2005

What is the most intimate relationship we have in this world? Is it the one with husband or wife, son or daughter? Nope. The most intimate,  sensual, dependent relationship we have is with our environment.  Mouthful by mouthful we bring the outside... Read more »

Woodford Files – September 2005

03:13 pm September 1, 2005

I’m cheating this month. Instead of my usual rant, I’m including here an excerpt of an article recently written by American health activist Mike Adams that really knocked my socks off. It underscores some of our favourite themes in Vitality, and... Read more »