Letters to the Editor – April 2011

The Homeopathy Debate Continues

Wanted you to know that I tried homeopathy at least six times and it never worked for me. If you are really interested in patients’ weigh in, you might be interested in hearing this. Otherwise, I take it that you are biased in favour of homeopathy and only interested in hearing about those who had success with it. It is my humble opinion that the human mind is a great healer. Call it placebo or whatever you will, many a chronic ailment is cured when the individual is ready to be cured. Perhaps that explains it, but I prefer not to fool myself and acknowledge that much chronic illness is tied to emotional issues.

Andrea, via email

Network Antioxidants, February 2011

Great story on Network Antioxidants. Although it is important to get a good supply of antioxidants from food and supplements, it’s great to know that we can get much more bang for our buck by stressing this group with its “synergistic” interaction and ability of some group members to renew each other. Very helpful. Thanks.

Lindal Warren, Toronto

Praise for News Briefs

Michael Downey,

I’ve been meaning to drop you this note for years. I’m finally getting around to letting you know how much I enjoy reading your New Briefs section every issue. Sometimes, it’s ALL I have time to read. It’s not too much detail and it’s not too technical, but it IS right up to the minute and very educational; stuff I need to know to grow healthy. It really is (and here’s a new title if ever you need one) “news I can use”. Thanks, and keep up the good work.

K L Pitman, Etobicoke

Health Care No.1 Priority for Canadians


Health care should be a top priority in the federal budget, according to a new poll conducted for the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) and the Canadian Medical Association (CMA). The poll comes as the organizations representing Canada’s nurses and physicians are holding national consultations with Canadians on the future of the country’s ailing health care system.

“The government is telling Canadians that its top priority is the economy, while Canadians are saying their number one concern is health care,” said Judith Shamian, president of CNA. “The expectations of Canadians are clear and decision-makers would be unwise to ignore them.”

The Nanos Research poll indicated that 45% of Canadians think the federal government should make health care a priority in the budget, compared to 35% who chose the economy and 15% who ranked the environment first. In addition, a strong majority of Canadians would support the introduction of a wide range of budget measures to improve the health care system.

“Over the course of our national dialogue on health care, we’ve heard repeatedly from Canadians how concerned they are about the current state of medicare,” said Dr. Jeff Turnbull, president of the CMA. “The fact is, you can’t have a healthy economy without healthy Canadians and a robust health care system to treat them when they are ill. The polling results show that Canadians understand this.”

Respondents also strongly favoured a range of possible budget initiatives related to health care. Canadians thought it was important to have programs that promote good health and wellness (86%); home care allowing patients to go back to their homes with the assistance of their families and friends, and with appropriate support from a health care professional (86%); a comprehensive national strategy to help Canadians age as healthfully as possible (84%); a program to ensure access to prescription drugs based on need and not ability to pay (86%); and long-term care in a specialized setting for patients who need assistance and health care support outside of hospital (86%).

Other possible measures supported by respondents to improve health or the health care system included: investment in a clean environment (88%); addressing challenges such as wait times for care or finding a primary care provider (85%); investments in health research (83%); and investments in technology such as an electronic health record for every Canadian (77%).

The Nanos national telephone survey was carried out March 12 to 15, 2011.

Canadian Nurses Association, Canadian Medical Association

OHIP Concerns

Dear Vitality,

This is a copy of an email I have sent to my member of parliament in regards to vitamin D and OHIP coverage, and concerns about toxic jet fumes emissions known as chemical trails. Please consider writing an article about these matters, as they affect us all.

“I would like to ask and address some of my concerns regarding OHIP and our environment. My concern in regard to OHIP is the recent decision by the Harper government to remove coverage for vitamin D testing from family doctors. The reason that this is so important is that we live in a part of the world that naturally receives less sunlight during winter months, and vitamin D deficiency is very common and directly related to depressed immune systems, depression, asthma, allergies, and many more health related problems. The fact that vitamin D testing is no longer covered is a tragedy or, in my opinion, a crime, when we see increases in taxes such as HST and assistance for the business sector and decreases for the health system. This is something that the people should be voting for (whether or not we agree to the decrease) as we had no say when the present ruling government decided to increase taxes for people and not for business. Now we  have to pay out-of-pocket for a simple test that was covered until recently.

The next concern is in regard to the environment, because Canada is a great land with many citizens that prize the land as they do their families, yet the Harper government has done nothing to help the land during an increase of environmental issues affecting the world today. Canada has refused to meet Kyoto standards and/or even acknowledge the reduction, or attempt to meet global demands to reduce emission or renewable energy increases. This affects us all and the government in power has disregarded all opportunities to make such change when it is needed most.

Another disturbing issue is the exhaust emitted from aircraft called ‘chemical trails’, which have left cloud-like formations and have been linked to controversy as containing harmful toxins. This does not appear to come from average, commercial flights, but from certain aircraft which fly at super high altitudes, etc. These planes do not do this at night or in normal cloud cover, but when the sky is clear and the wind is minimal. I have photos, as do many others, to prove that this is not natural jet exhaust, as this substance does not evaporate, but fizzles into a hazy cloud that can last for several hours. This has been linked to conspiracy theorists, yet I am a regular citizen that watches the sky and planes as a hobby, as I did from childhood and growing up in the aviation industry with my family’s long history and career in aviation. I will also send some photos of these exhaust fumes that do not evaporate to your email so maybe they can be forwarded to our Ministry of Environment for review. Thank you.”

Byron Llanos, by email

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