Letters to the Editor – July/August 2011Vitality Magazine July 1, 2011
HEALTH AND BEAUTY DAY SUCCESS
Thank you very much, everyone at Vitality, for your support for our 9th Annual Health & Beauty Day last Thursday, June 9.
It was a really wonderful day. We had a variety of exhibitors, free chair massage, yoga classes, samples to try, information to take away, and more. People who attended came from outside our local area – Scarborough, North York – which I can only ascribe to your fantastic write-up about the event in both the May and June Community News columns.
Nancy Lyon, Program and Resource Development Manager, Central Eglinton Community Centre
RE: FAMILY CONSTELLATIONS (JUNE 2011 ISSUE)
Marina, this clarifies beautifully the process and the experience. Thank you.
Pauline MacDonald, Guelph, Ont.
AN AMAZING KIDNEY FAILURE RECOVERY STORY (MAY 2011 LETTERS TO EDITOR)
Thank you, Charles for sharing your story of recovery. I look forward to reading more in 2012!
Linda S., Toronto, via web
EAT RIGHT 4 YOUR METABOLIC TYPE
I have to say that this book really and truly changed my life (to read the review, visit Eat Right 4 Your Metabolic Type). I was fit and basically healthy, but was always running to the doctor with seemingly ‘vague’ symptoms. I had no idea that all of this was because of certain things I was eating and certain things I was not. After reading the book, and distinguishing my metabolism type and changing my diet, I felt so much better and my quality of life improved greatly. I highly recommend this book to everyone. You will not be disappointed. Also, any of the changes to be made or meals to cook are not hard to locate or extremely expensive, which is an added plus.
Marcia Benn, via web
BROCCOLI TOXIC TO DOGS?
In your May issue of Vitality I read ‘News Briefs’ by Michael Downey. I have been using holistic remedies on our dogs for a total of 14 years. I have been making my own dog food for 14 years as well, from organic turkey, vegetables, supplements, etc. I use organic vegetables – carrots, beans and broccoli. I get wellness testing done every year and the results are always 100 per cent.
I know that chocolate, grapes and onions are not good for a dog’s diet, but I have never heard that broccoli can be fatal. I have read many books on preparing homemade food, and never have I heard such a thing. Could you please explain, thank you.
Mrs. Susanne Rasmussen, by email
MICHAEL RESPONDS …
Although some experts and book authors think broccoli is good for pets, the isothiocyanate it contains can kill livestock and cause gastrointestinal irritation and goitres in smaller animals, such as dogs*. In small amounts, broccoli’s serious side effects are unpredictable and difficult to catch. But when this crucifer exceeds 25 per cent of the diet, it is clearly fatal.
* Sources: U.S. veterinary interview; ASPCA, some Humane Societies, pet rescue services; and, for nontechnical readers’ access, a few web articles such as https://bit.ly/lS9uxs, https://bit.ly/j4mY8o, https://bit.ly/mD8SxT, https://bit.ly/k2KNHQ, https://bit.ly/jOjWuJ, or https://bit.ly/k9ahk2.
(Ed’s note: Xylitol, an alternative sweetener, is also toxic to dogs, even in small amounts. An excellent resource book is “Food Pets Die For”.)
HUGGING SAINT COMES TO TOWN
Your readers might be interested to know that the world famous “Hugging Saint” from India is visiting Toronto this July. Amma will be embracing thousands of people in free public programs July 15th and 18th at the Double Tree by Hilton, 655 Dixon Rd. in Toronto.
Amma receives anyone who comes to her for an embrace. She has been travelling the world for 25 years and the number of people whom she has held is more than 31 million, close to the population of Canada. Amma also has a global humanitarian organization called Embracing the World that is active in 30 countries, including Canada. The local chapter is a registered Canadian charity where volunteers work in soup kitchens, elder care, tree planting, park cleanups, and care for at-risk youth.
If you’re interested in meeting Amma and receiving one of her hugs yourself, visit www.ammacanada.ca for more info.
Rajeswari Devi, Toronto
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