Letters to the Editor – November 2015

Cancer Patients Need More Treatment Options

Thank you for publishing Jean Eng’s review of the book, Malignant Metaphor: Confronting Cancer Myths (https://tinyurl.com/ph2avnt) in your October 2015 issue. I truly wish I’d had this book in hand when my father was diagnosed with cancer (twice). He subsequently passed away, after many years of great suffering. It breaks my heart to think that he might have been spared at least some of his suffering with the help of such alternative treatments as the IV vitamin C therapy that the author describes in this book.

At the time of my father’s illness, I had read about Native Legend Tea (aka Essiac Tea or *Caisse’s Tea) – a recipe created by Indigenous peoples and passed down for generations.

*Caisse’s Tea was named after Rene M. Caisse R.N. (1888 to 1978). Rene had been given the recipe by a Native clan in Ontario during her practice, and she used (and shared) it generously. Her gravestone in the Bracebridge cemetery reads: McGaughey, Rene M. (Caisse), Discoverer of ‘Essiac’. I learned of Rene and Essiac tea at a chiropractor’s office in Bracebridge. His assistant was treating me for an injury sustained after a car accident, and during one session she told me about Rene and the tea.

These days, you can buy Essiac tea in convenient bags from any health food store. But back when my dad was sick I had to make it myself, and stick to strict guidelines in doing so; the ingredients had to be sieved through fine cheesecloth, and the tea was then stored in dark bottles to preserve its integrity. It tasted awful but my dad drank his daily dose religiously – until he no longer had the will to carry on. That moment arrived the morning he replied to my daily question: “Dad, have you taken your tea today? With: “Oh no, honey, not yet … but I will later on.”

He never drank the tea again, and I instinctively knew not to insist on it. After he died, an autopsy found that, at the time he’d started drinking the tea, his body was already “riddled with cancer”. He was just too sick, and too tired, to live any longer. Still, it needs to be said that all of us in the family did see the cancer ‘oozing out’ through these white pustules that had started appearing on both of his arms (according to Rene Caisse and innumerable testimonials, this was in fact the body doing its best to reject the cancerous cells).

I love that the author, Alanna Mitchell, calls Malignant Metaphor “simply the spark to a conversation.” This is a conversation we desperately need to encourage in these times – both for those whose loved ones are dealing with this horrible disease, and for those who want to avoid it. Hope reigns eternal and anything that helps to dispel the wide-ranging myths and fears, promoted all too often these days, is welcome news indeed.

Thank you, Ms. Mitchell and Ms. Eng. And thank you, Vitality! ~ C. White, Victoria, BC

Herbs to Treat ‘Hissing’ Noise in My Ear?

I enjoy reading Vitality magazine; it contains a lot of good information and  advice. I also like reading the Woodford Files.

In a previous 2015 issue, there was an article about someone who cured the hissing noise in their ears with an herb. I’ve had that hissing noise in my ears for many years; I think it came from the noisy machinery that I worked with and I would like to know the name of the herb that helped that person?

I don’t have that issue of Vitality anymore; can you please send me a copy of that article? I would appreciate it very much and I thank you in advance for your effort. ~ H. Buergin, Pickering, ON

Dear Mr. Buergin,

We have not been able to find the 2015 article you mention. However, we did publish an ‘Ask the Doctor’ article in February 2009 in which Dr. Zoltan Rona addressed the issue of noise in the ear – a condition known as tinnitus. Here is an excerpt from his article:

“Over the years, doctors have noted that supplementation of the diet with high doses of niacin (vitamin B3), pyridoxine (vitamin B6) and other B vitamins eliminates the ear-ringing in many for whom the cause is unknown. Inner ear problems may also be helped by supplementation of vitamins A, D, calcium, magnesium, potassium, iodine, zinc and omega-3-EPA oils. Ginkgo biloba extract (G.B.E.) and ginger are two safe herbs, which have been reported to reduce or eliminate tinnitus. G.B.E. improves blood supply to the brain and has a significant free radical scavenging effect. (Read the full article at: https://tinyurl.com/q5t99l6)

Editor’s note1: If any readers can offer other herbal remedies, we’d be happy to share them in a future issue.

Editor’s note2: According to TCM, one cause of ringing in the ears is kidney yin deficiency, or adrenal exhaustion. TCM treats this condition with herbs that nourish the kidney yin, and they encourage sufferers to get more rest and reduce stress so that the adrenals can strengthen themselves.

Thanks, Vitality

Thank you for your magazine; its good works have been greatly appreciated. I think that the magazine has been so good, it is part of a great city, Toronto’s charm. Actually, Vitality magazine has been educating thousands of Canadians about healthy lifestyle, self-caring, and wholistic therapies, and its contribution to a healthier society could never be able to be overstated. ~ Jenny Shi, MSc, CMAAC

Readers Comment on Vitality’s Digital Format

I like your magazine and it’s been very helpful for my clients as well. I’d like nothing more than to get this information via email. ~ J. Walker, Pilates4U


I was reading in ‘Woodford Files’ that one can now get Vitality’s digital edition delivered monthly free of charge. I’m very interested as the health food store I frequent is sometimes out of your publication when I get there. ~ Karin Vetere


I would like to receive your free digital magazine. I sometimes have trouble getting a copy in my neighbourhood because the locals snatch them up fast! Thanks for all you do! ~ Diane Shears, Toronto ON


I’m sending you some articles detailing, among other controversial topics, the discovery of RoundUp [pesticides] in rainwater as well as in some GMO-free whole wheat breads. This stuff is everywhere! The good news is that none was found in organic bread, so the choice is clear for consumers.

The headlines in Associated Free Press (AFP) articles on Sept. 14 & 21, 2015 by James Spounias stated: Cancer Caused by ‘Bad Luck’, Not Toxins, Pollution, or Diet, Ridiculous Study Concludes; and Do Monsanto’s Tentacles Now Reach into (the) Hallowed Halls of Johns Hopkins University? The article begins with: “On Jan. 2, a curious study from Johns Hopkins University rang in the New Year, concluding that 2/3 of all cancers are due to “bad luck”, not the environment or genetics. Are Hopkins researchers on to something, or is this a clever way to deflect attention from the obvious corporate pollutants foisted on a largely unsuspecting public?” The article goes on to examine at considerable length, “one controversial chemical compound that is on the radar of health-minded people: glyphosphate, found in the popular weed-killer Round-Up” (read the article at: https://tinyurl.com/psk5bfy).

Another AFP article, by Mark Anderson, in Sept, 2015 reads: Respected Scientist Validates Public Concern Over Chemtrails; Researcher Reveals Nations Spraying Hazardous Chemicals in Atmosphere. The researcher cited, Dr. J. Marvin Herndon, is a Nobel physics prize-winning scientist who has been studying the effects of chemtrails in North America’s skies (see https://tinyurl.com/ovqpomh).

Lastly, read the review of the book Side Effects: Death – Confessions of a Pharma Insider. The author is John Virapen, Ph.D, who is quoted as saying, “I bribed a Swedish professor to enhance the registration of Prozac in Sweden.” This book is compelling reading (see https://tinyurl.com/plhkls5; in pdf format at: https://tinyurl.com/mtgxmxl)

Herta Ruthard, Lisle, ON

Readers: To have your say, email letters@vitalitymagazine.com, or write to: Vitality magazine, 356 Dupont Street, Toronto, ON Canada M5R 1V9

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