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The Tart Taste of Sumac

Ground to a powder, Rhus coriaria sumac is a tangy spice found in many Middle Eastern kitchens

The Tart Taste of Sumac

(Editor’s note: According to The Plant Encyclopedia[1], the name Sumac can apply to any one of 250 species of flowering plants in the genus Rhus, in the family Anacardiaceae. Sumacs grow in subtropical and temperate regions throughout the world, especially in Africa and North America. This article puts the spotlight on a genus... Read more »

Unlike drugs, NHPs have never killed anyone. The same cannot be said for most painkillers.

Unlike drugs, NHPs have never killed anyone. The same cannot be said for most painkillers.

PAIN RELIEF WITHOUT DRUGS

“Pain in this life is not avoidable, but the pain we create avoiding pain is avoidable.” – R.D. Laing

Your muscles and joints hurt all over but you... Read more »

Thanks to the holistic approach of removing mucous, Johnny’s sleep has improved

Thanks to the holistic approach of removing mucous, Johnny’s sleep has improved

Sleep Apnea – Holistic Approaches

In 2014, my partner and I decided to live together after three years of exhausting, yet rewarding, long distance travel between Ottawa and Hamilton.... Read more »

Magnesium is invaluable in protecting the brain’s structure and function

Magnesium is invaluable in protecting the brain’s structure and function

Marvellous Magnesium

Most readers know about the importance of magnesium to numerous aspects of health, especially the cardiovascular system. This mineral is also vital... Read more »

If peripheral neuropathy is the result of heavy metals, detoxification is recommended

If peripheral neuropathy is the result of heavy metals, detoxification is recommended

Ask the Doctor – Peripheral Neuropathy

Dear Dr. Rona,

I have been diagnosed with Peripheral Neuropathy – would you be good enough to tell me if there is a natural cure for it. Thank you. –... Read more »

Glutathione, the body's most effective antioxidant, can help prevent aging and chronic diseases

Glutathione, the body's most effective antioxidant, can help prevent aging and chronic diseases

SUPERNUTRIENTS FOR LONGEVITY

“Longevity means having a chronic disease – and taking care of it.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

In my integrative medical practice I am often asked: “Is... Read more »

Chinese Medicine offers excellent treatment for cold sores, Lichen Planus, cankers, and more.

Chinese Medicine offers excellent treatment for cold sores, Lichen Planus, cankers, and more.

Chinese Herbs for Mouth and Lip Sores

Sores and skin rashes of all types cause us considerable discomfort, but none as much as those that affect the mouth and lips. These sores impact our intimacy, our ability to enjoy food, and our self esteem, and are so uniquely and exasperatingly ‘in your face’!

The most common oral sores and rashes are cold sores, canker sores, oral lichen... Read more »

Almost 90% of the population suffer mild to moderate degree of hypothyroidism; approx 90% are women

Almost 90% of the population suffer mild to moderate degree of hypothyroidism; approx 90% are women

Nourishing the Thyroid

The thyroid is considered by many to be the body’s major powerhouse gland. In this article, we will explore the nature of, and need for, specific nourishment regarding the thyroid. Keeping it healthy is key to its ability to perform its various and vital functions.

Located below the Adam’s  apple, and wrapped around the  trachea (windpipe), are... Read more »

20+ different bioactive compounds are found in chaga mushrooms, some with activity against cancer

20+ different bioactive compounds are found in chaga mushrooms, some with activity against cancer

Chaga Mushroom and Cancer

“He could not imagine any greater joy than to go away into the woods for months on end, to break off this chaga, crumble it, boil it up on a campfire, drink it and get well like an animal.... Just as a dog goes to search for some mysterious grass that will save him….” (from Cancer Ward, by the Nobel laureate Alexander Solzhenitsyn)

The scientific... Read more »

Lavender is an aromatic herb that has a mild tonic influence on the female reproductive system

Lavender is an aromatic herb that has a mild tonic influence on the female reproductive system

Uterine Fibroids and PCOS

One of the unfortunate realities of life in the 21st century is the increase in occurrence of chronic diseases. The increasing levels of stress associated with our modern lifestyle and environmental toxicity can impact our lives in many significant ways.

Of particular concern is the influence of these factors on the health of our nervous and... Read more »

Phytoestrogens mimic the benefits of estrogen therapy: increasing bone density, good HDL cholesterol

Phytoestrogens mimic the benefits of estrogen therapy: increasing bone density, good HDL cholesterol

HEALING WITH SPROUTS

When you eat sprouts, you are consuming the bio-electric twinkle of life. Spring is a good time to plug in your body and get charged up with the spark of living foods.

For a long time, we’ve known that sprouts are very healthy. As baby vegetables, they tend to be nutritionally concentrated. In fact, the seed contains everything the new plant needs... Read more »

From Our Blogs

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

by Julia Woodford

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 science journals, and we are delighted to bring you highlights in our ‘News Briefs’ section. As our population ages, this health research is becoming... Read more »

Dangers of Statins

Evidence-based medicine reveals statin drugs should not be prescribed for treating heart disease

I am frequently hammered by my conventional colleagues because they claim that I do not follow evidence-based medicine. Of... Read more »

Prevent Heart Attack

Co-Q10 deficiency is associated with a higher incidence of congestive heart failure

Cardiovascular events (heart attack and stroke) are highly preventable, and yet they constitute the most common cause of death.... Read more »

Reduce Cancer Risk

Ty Bollinger, radio host & author of 'Cancer – Step Outside the Box' and 'Unlock the Power to Heal'

Are you worried about the long-term impact of a poor diet on your health? Do you walk around feeling exhausted most of the time?... Read more »

News Briefs

Eating more home-cooked meals (vs eating out a lot) lowers the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes

Eating More Home-Made Meals Lowers Risk of Diabetes

According to new research, people who eat more home-cooked meals have a lower... Read more »

Heal Your Heart

Dr. Sherry Rogers, MD, is author of the highly acclaimed book, 'The High Blood Pressure Hoax'

The Role of Stress, Malnutrition, and Environmental Toxins

In the May 28, 1997 issue of the Journal of the American Medical... Read more »

Indigenous Wisdom

Traditional Native practices like ‘Medicine Bowl Breathing’ can teach women how to honour themselves

Every word and thought carries a vibration. If we are surrounded by healthy relationships and love, we hear the words that... Read more »