Woodford Files – September 2010

Whew, after the sweatiest summer on record, everybody is back to school and back to work. Actually we’ve already been at work for a month, putting together this big honking September issue which is packed with up to the minute health news you’ll want to know about.

One disturbing trend that’s been capturing headlines in the mainstream media is the diabetes epidemic that’s unfolding around the world.  In Canada, there are over 2 million people with diabetes, and the rate is increasing by at least 10% per year. With this in mind we’ve got two features this month on blood sugar disorders that are precursors to Type II diabetes – Hypoglycemia and Insulin Resistance.

Our feature on hypoglycemia comes in the form of an excerpt from Just an Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure, a new book by Dr. James D’Adamo, originator of the blood type diet. Here D’Adamo puts the spotlight on healing hypoglycemia with a sugar-free diet that also takes a person’s blood type into account – something he views as essential to recovery. Normally we wouldn’t include the meat recipes he endorses because we’re essentially pro-vegetarian for health and environmental reasons. (Beef, for example, has been linked to breast and prostate cancer, heart disease, and rainforest destruction.) But we’ve made an exception this time because D’Adamo is adamant that certain blood types require meat in their diet and some vegetarian hypoglycemics may have acquired this disorder from eating too many starches and sugars. Which is not to say that vegetarians should start eating meat – but they do need to be extra careful to include high quality protein in their diet while reducing refined grains and sugars.

And weighing in on Insulin Resistance is Registered Holistic Nutritionist Joan Zarbatany, who shares the latest research on top nutraceuticals for reversing this increasingly common condition that causes obesity, metabolic syndrome, infertility, and ultimately diabetes. I’ve been wrestling with this one myself for years, gradually tweaking my diet and increasing muscle mass to improve insulin receptivity – and now I’ve got a new shopping list of supplements based on Zarbatany’s recommendations.

As a side note, I was watching Dr. Oz on TV the other day, and was intrigued when he introduced a woman who had lost over 40 pounds by simply re-jigging many of her favourite recipes to reduce the sugar and fat content.  But my interest turned to horror when I saw the “special dessert” this woman was feeding both herself and her children. It was made up of stacked layers of graham crackers and Cool Whip. Yikes!! Has anybody read the ingredient list on Cool Whip?  Do your homework Dr. Oz.

On the political front, we’re pleased to have lawyer Shawn Buckley on deck this month with news about the most important initiative for freedom of choice in health care that has ever been undertaken – the Charter of Health Freedom. As one of the founders of the Natural Health Products Protection Association, Buckley has been on the front lines working to protect our access to natural remedies for years.  With this new Charter initiative, he hopes to firmly entrench a legal basis for all Canadians to make personal and informed choices about health care, whether we choose the Western medicine model, or Eastern medicine, or nutritional medicine. I think Buckley’s heroic efforts on our behalf are definitely worth supporting, and I would urge all of our thousands of readers to lend him their own support in any way they can. See information near the end of his article for more information on what you can do.

And those of you interested in the current status of Bill C-36 will be interested in the following comments from herbalist Rick DeSylva, a courageous activist who has been on the front lines for many years, engaged in the political fight to preserve our access to herbs and natural products:

“With regards to Bill C-36, a fellow activist has noted that in her discussions with some MPs  over the past few weeks, there is a growing belief that this Bill will not pass. This may well be due to the high profile actions taken last year by NHPPA, the ‘Stop Bill C6’ group, as well as other activists. Further, there is also a beginning awareness of a possible election this Fall, in which case all proposed Bills would die on the order table.

In spite of this, there is no reason whatsoever for anyone to stop whatever actions need to be taken to stop this Bill. It is – like its predecessors Bill C-6 and Bill C-52, an egregious assault on civil and Charter rights, and it simply cannot be allowed to pass into law.” (Richard DeSylva, RH, DNM, The Herb Works, Rockwood, ON, N0B2K0 (519) 856-1636).

Meantime, happy autumn equinox ~ September 23rd.  Be sure to give thanks for all of the wonderful abundance we enjoy here in Canada.

Julia Woodford founded Vitality Magazine in 1989, and has been its Editor-in-Chief for the past 30 years. Prior to a career in publishing, her studies included Political Economics at York University, Journalism at Ryerson University, and Psychology, PhysEd, and Anthropology at University of Toronto. She remains a lifelong student of herbalism, nutritional medicine, and the healing arts to this day. You can read her columns on the Vitality website. She is also the Show Manager for Whole Life Expo, Canada’s largest showcase of natural health and green living. Learn more at the Expo website In 2018 she received a “Hall of Fame” award from National Nutrition. In 2019, she was nominated for a “Person of the Year” award by National Nutrition.

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