Woodford Files: Message for the New Year

My favourite thing about the new year is the opportunity it brings to start over.  Having looked back at the mayhem and chaos that was 2013, we now have an opportunity to assess the valuable lessons that it brought. For example:

We have been lulled into a false sense of security about our power supply. Because Ontario’s electrical grid has been so reliable for so long, we were shocked that it could be wiped out so quickly after the recent ice storm, leaving people freezing in the dark. Of course, there will be those who jump up and down and blame the government for not moving fast enough to get the power back on and save us from this calamity, but there is a valuable teaching amidst all the chaos. And that is – we have become too complacent and are far too reliant on government controlled energy. Going forward, we have an opportunity to look at what steps can be taken in the future to become more self reliant. That way, when the next disaster strikes – which is to be expected because global warming is causing more and more extreme weather patterns – I will be better prepared with heat, light, and cooking facilities. So now I am seeking information on alternative energy strategies to sustain my lifestyle, regardless of whether the electrical grid is up or down. Hopefully we all start having meaningful conversations about this, which in turn leads to new interest in solar energy, wind power, and other strategies so that green energy can become easily accessible to all of us at a reasonable price. (I suspect that if there had been solar panels or a windmill on every rooftop, it wouldn’t have been such a disaster when the hydro grid went down.)

We have been lulled into a false sense of security about our healthcare.  The majority of people believe that as long as they have a family doctor, and live close to a major hospital, their health care needs will be well looked after. This idea has been cultivated for years by political and medical authorities.  But now that there’s a severe doctor shortage, and hospitals are straining under the weight of so many sick people coming through their doors, it has become apparent that the old paradigm is actually unsustainable, and unhealthy. In fact, it was based on a profoundly flawed idea right from the start – that our healthcare system has anything to do with genuine healthcare. In truth, it is a disease management system that uses drugs and surgery to suppress symptoms and mask the body’s cries for help.  Which would be fine if it actually worked. Unfortunately, this approach is simply not sustainable because it is based on a lie. The lie is that by turning off our body’s distress signals our health problems will simply disappear. (For example, painkilling drugs have become very effective at banishing our aches and pains. But who is asking what caused those pains, what are they trying to tell us? Mainstream medicine doesn’t ask those questions.)

Fortunately, the world of natural health care is asking the important questions about what causes disease and what causes wellness, which in turn is guiding us toward ever more important strategies for our survival. I predict that in 2014, natural health and integrative medicine will enjoy even greater popularity as people wake up to the truth that to be healthy we must use the tools that nature has provided, including clean air, clean water, and nourishing food. Those simple things require that we stop polluting our environment with toxic detergents, industrial wastes, and garbage, while at the same time cleansing ourselves of the toxic load that we have acquired. This year we look forward to bringing you all the latest updates in these areas so that we all are able to use those lessons from the past to create a better future for ourselves and the planet.

Happy New Year!  Julia Woodford 

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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