Woodford Files – Summer Fun

During production on this issue of Vitality, I often found my gaze returning to our cover photo as I daydreamed about jumping into that pristine lake and splashing about for hours on end. Ahh, that’s the life; a little yoga, a little swimming, a picnic on the beach … it doesn’t get better than that.

If you share similar summer fantasies, you’ll enjoy the annual Getaway Guide we’ve put together this month, which offers everything from wilderness kayak trips to juice fasting retreats to yoga by the lake. It’s a good reminder that getting out of town for rest and relaxation can play a big part in helping you unwind, de-stress, and ready yourself to take on life’s challenges renewed. For those who think that a vacation is simply a frivolous waste of time, here’s a quote from https://www.vacationcounts.com:

“Studies have shown that taking a vacation actually leads to higher productivity upon returning to work. Employees who come back from a trip, whether a local getaway or visiting a far off destination, demonstrate increased focus, creativity, and simply get more done.”

In the meantime, there is still the hot, stinking city to deal with. But it doesn’t need to be entirely unbearable. This month I have put together a collection of my Favourite Summer Strategies that can work to dial down your inner thermostat, leaving you cooler and more comfortable in spite of the high temperatures. At the core of this approach is reducing or removing foods which create inflammation in the body, referred to as “toxic heat” by Traditional Chinese Medicine doctors. By simply removing these items, and increasing consumption of anti-inflammatory foods, we learn to eat with the seasons  – cooling foods in spring/summer; warming foods in fall/winter – a strategy that works to enhance wellbeing year round.

Also, we are excited this month to present a success story written by Dan Roman, the father of two boys diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. With the conventional medicine approach, a diagnosis that serious would automatically require a lifelong commitment to insulin injections. But this father decided against that. Instead, through meticulous research and testing of dietary protocols, he created a “diabetic-alkaline” lifestyle that resulted in both sons recovering from their illness. Considering that juvenile onset Type 1 diabetes is classified as incurable by western medicine, this father’s story is revolutionary.

And in fact Dan has already inspired Jason, our circulation manager, to use the same protocol for his own diabetic son, with very good results so far. I can only begin to imagine the amount of courage it takes to embark upon the road less travelled when facing such a terrifying diagnosis as diabetes. And yet these fathers are fully committed to healing their sons using the best available knowledge of natural health and alternative medicine to initiate a complete cure rather than simply masking the symptoms with drugs. So we wish both of them continued success with this enlightened approach to Type 1 diabetes, and look forward to regular updates on their progress.

Happy Father’s Day to Dan and Jason, and all the other great dads out there.

Julia Woodford, Editor ~ Vitality Magazine

Wanted: A healthcare professional (MD/endocrinologist/ND) who has had experience in the healing of Type 1 diabetes. This specialized knowledge is needed to help a family in Newmarket who is currently following the diabetic-alkaline protocol for their Type 1 diabetic son. To learn more, visit: https://healthesolutions.com/haydens-story-stuffing-the-beties-monster-back-into-its-box/

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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