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

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 controversial” prescription for what ails the province included some radical surgery to Ontario’s $47 billion health-care system.”

Among his recommendations, we found one brilliant idea whose time has come – the idea that preventing disease is a whole lot cheaper than treating it in hospitals. It took a former TD Bank chief economist to point out what seems to have eluded politicians from day one, namely that “a shift towards health promotion rather than after-the-problem treatment” is what our population and our economy needs most. In short, Drummond wants the provincial government to put more attention and resources toward preventing disease, rather than waiting until it becomes acute and in need of expensive medical intervention. Halle-lujah! There is hope for us taxpayers yet.

So I dedicate this issue of Vitality to the brilliant Mr. Drummond, whose investigation into our health care system has, I believe, revealed one of its most fundamental flaws – an addiction to drugs and surgery. Weaning the health care system off of this expensive and dangerous habit won’t be easy, but we at Vitality are here to help with a magazine chock full of health promoting products and strategies.

In this issue, Helke Ferrie takes a close look at one of the most disturbing environmental causes of disease facing us today – electropollution. Here we learn that both industry and government have suppressed the evidence of harm caused by everything from cell phones to microwave ovens to smart metres – resulting in significant risk to users. More specifically, research published in 2011 shows that within the coming decade we are likely to face a 25-fold increase of brain cancer incidence worldwide. Yikes.

Fortunately we have health professionals like Dr. Sat Dharam Kaur on our side. In this issue, she brings us “Keys to Cancer Prevention” which lower the body’s toxic burden by helping the liver perform its important blood cleansing functions. This hard working organ is on the front lines of defence against a world of polluted air, water, and food, so optimizing its function is paramount if we are to prevent, or even reverse, cancer and other chronic diseases. One of the star players in this article is rosemary, a humble herb which aids both phase 1 and phase 2 liver detoxification, helping to clear out toxic sludge. So we’re giving rosemary the star treatment on Vitality’s cover this month as we move into spring, a prime season for liver cleansing.

And those of you questioning the health and environmental implications of eating factory farmed meat will enjoy our feature on Flexitarian Dining by Pat Crocker. In it, she explains the meaning of ethical meat consumption and paves the way for us to gradually reduce our meat dependence while enjoying flexible menus that can adapt to vegetarians or carnivores.

Happy spring equinox,

Julia Woodford, Editor ~ Vitality Magazine