Letters to the Editor – September 2014Vitality Magazine September 1, 2014
Reader Reports Successful Recovery Using Neem Oil
I read on page 106 of Vitality’s July/August 2014 issue that you are looking for stories of successful recovery from illness.
My own personal experience with Neem has been nothing short of miraculous. Growing up in Northern Germany ‘country style’, I quickly developed a love for the bounty of Mother Nature, especially berries, flowers, herbs and vegetables. At the young age of 17, I moved away from my family home in a small farm village to start apprenticeship in sales and marketing as an industrial clerk. My new home was in a big city in an industrial area with steel mills and mining. In this stressful environment I developed severe psoriasis on my scalp and elbows. At times, my psoriasis flared up to the point where I had patches on my elbows, and difficulty combing my hair due to a very thick build-up on my scalp. I received ongoing treatments from doctors in Germany, and later in Canada, who did not have a clue as to the cause of the problems, and they were all unsuccessful. After forty years of being told by the doctors that I had to live with it for the rest of my life, I finally gave up!
Then I did my own research and found out that stress, an imbalance in the hormones, allergic reactions, toxic substances, the food one eats, and vitamin, mineral, and nutritional deficiencies, in combination with each other, are the cause. New skin on your body is created every month and the body, in the case of psoriasis, develops skin up to eight times faster; this is what creates the thick patches.
Early in 1994, I had the good fortune of tuning into the CBC Toronto television series, The Nature of Things with Dr. David Suzuki. The program, titled: What’s in a Neem? described the miraculous healing power of the Neem tree from India, including cases of chronic skin disease. This was the impetus to my healing, as I searched for the herbal Neem cream.
For almost nine weeks my wife massaged the cream onto my scalp and finally, by the end of the tenth week, my scalp was totally clear of the condition which I had suffered with for so long! Later, I switched to a Neem shampoo. Using the Neem oil on my elbows, the psoriasis disappeared within three weeks. I am now using one drop of Neem oil a week and have the psoriasis under control.
To this day, I remain free of psoriasis on my scalp and elbows by using Neem shampoo, Neem oil, and Neem soap. The Neem tree is grown in India and is a popular part of Ayurvedic botanical medicine, the oldest medical system in the world! The product is available in clinics and selected stores such as The Big Carrot in Toronto.
Klaus Ferlow, Mission, BC
Are Wifi Transmitters on Rooftops Safe?
In response to what Frank Clegg said in his article ‘Invisible Threat’ (February 2014 issue) about the dangers of electromagnetic frequencies, I have to agree with him. I live on the 18th floor of a high rise, one floor below the rooftop. There is a satellite dish with lots of other electronic devices, including WiFi and cell phone transmitters, on the roof.
I am always sneezing and stuffy, experiencing fatigue, some dizziness, and burning eyes. I have high blood pressure and suffer with leg cramps and chronic pain all over my body. There is a hissing sound all the time in my apartment; sometimes it’s louder than other times.
I have a cell phone but I only use it for emergencies and do not keep it close to me. I do not have a microwave and I use a lot of herbs. I like Dr. Rona and all the doctors who do not compromise with regard to medical truths. They have my support.
I look forward to Vitality magazine each month. I give them away to friends and some family members in the U.S. and England. Thanks to all the contributors at Vitality magazine.
Yours truly, S. Weir
Kudos to Helke Ferrie
I thoroughly enjoy reading each issue of Vitality magazine. I particularly look forward to Helke Ferrie’s eye opening articles as well as the tasty recipes in your food features. I don’t know if I should admit this, but I rip out my favourite articles and bind them in a separate folder for future use/reference. As a Certified Nutritionist, I found Dr. Rona’s article on the thyroid gland to be a keeper.
Rose Neil Dunphy
Reader Seeking Natural Hair Colour
I would like to know if there are any salons in Toronto that carry Herbatint that has no ammonia.
Thank you, Wanda Perini
There are excellent natural hair colouring products available in health food stores across Ontario, including Hair Wonder distributed by Advantage Health Matters.
Salons that specialize in organic hair products include Organic Hair Shop based in Oakville, OrganicHairShop.com, (905) 541-0400, and Organic Hair based in Toronto, naturesorganichair.com, (416) 836-4191.
Vitality Reader Asks The Doctor About Dry Eye
Thank you so much for your wonderful magazine, Vitality, which I get every month. Here is a question for Dr. Rona:
I am a 68 year old female and it seems I’ve developed dry eye. The symptoms are burning, itchiness, dryness, irritation, redness, and a foreign body sensation or intermittent blurry vision that makes it very difficult to read. I live a healthy lifestyle, eating organic food, get eight hours sleep every night, do moderate exercise, do not take any prescription drugs, and am generally healthy.
My ophthalmologist says I probably have Meibomian gland dysfunction and I should use artificial tears. I’ve tried that but relief lasts only for a few minutes.
After researching the internet to find information on Meibomian gland dysfunction (MGD), I have learned that the Meibomian glands produce oil that is important to keep the tear film from evaporating too quickly, and that these glands can clog up and cause eye irritation.
The traditional treatments for MGD consist of warm compresses and lid hygiene for removing an obstructed meibum, as well as antibiotics and anti-inflammatory agents to improve the quality of the meibum. Doctors can now assess Meibomian gland dysfunction with a Meibomian gland evaluator (MGE). I’m wondering why my ophthalmologist did not tell me that when I was at her office.
Would you have any information that might help me?
Dr. Rona responds:
Yes, you have accurately outlined the conventional medical approach to dry eyes. Aside from the ‘natural tears’ and the other drug options, there isn’t much of anything natural that works reliably in most cases.
The most effective treatment for dry eyes is bio-identical testosterone hormone replacement therapy. This is a safe and effective natural hormonal treatment using compounded bio-identical testosterone that can either be applied either as a body cream, or used vaginally. The doses used are physiological and not pharmacological, so significant masculinizing side effects are rare.
You can read more about it on Dr. Jeffrey Dach’s web site: https://tinyurl.com/l3uqz8w
This treatment requires a prescription in Canada so you may want to show this letter, and Dr. Dach’s article, to your doctor to get that prescription.
Dr. Zoltan Rona MD https://highlevelwellness.ca/dr-rona/