Woodford Files: Moving Toward a New Paradigm in 2015

In the closing weeks of 2014, it’s a good time to look back and ruminate on what themes emerged throughout the past year. One intriguing trend was the accelerated emergence of dark secrets and hidden shadows into the light of day. As Kim Elkington comments in this month’s Sacred Journeys column: “We have bravely opened locked doors, and exposed deception on all levels of ourselves and of society. It is these hidden secrets that are steaming up from the foundations. Their release is slow and full of layers of collective hypnosis, so the fog seems endless.”

While it can be painful to feel our illusions dissolving, it’s a necessary step in the evolution of consciousness. As Kim goes on to say: “It is this ‘work’ that will change the world, and we have to do it together it seems: a year of revolutionary release, hand in hand with evolutionary shifting.”

The agents of change in this move toward a new paradigm are coming from every walk of life. Two of my favourites are:

1) Vandana Shiva, the Indian eco-feminist, who recently commented at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas: “The cult of ‘growth’ has dictated policy for decades. But if wellbeing, not growth, is our goal, then selling resources that bring long-term wellbeing to communities for short-term gain is a very bad deal. Hard as it may be for the West to understand, protecting the ecological resources of communities might be more important than GDP figures.”

2) Great grandmother Helke Ferrie, who comments in her article this month: “Curing just one schizophrenic with B vitamins and essential fatty acids disproves everything previously thought about the cause of this disease. Likewise, curing even one pancreatic cancer patient with Dr. Gonzalez’s and the Gerson Institute’s nutritional approach is an achievement worthy of our utmost attention, especially since these patients routinely survive past the 5-year mark.”

Indeed, these are exciting and transformative times, and we got a big dose of that excitement recently at the Whole Life Expo. For three days, people came from near and far to attend over 90 presentations and 200+ exhibits, all under one roof. Now that the public has woken to the fact that modern medicine is unable to cope with chronic disease in any kind of meaningful way, people are seeking the foods, supplements, and therapies that will aid them in taking charge of their own recovery. The natural health community has much to offer in this regard, and it was thrilling to see so many great products and services on display at the Expo. Even Vitality Magazine’s booth was a beehive of activity as people scurried to pick up back issues that they had missed, along with the carrot cupcakes given out to celebrate our 25th anniversary.

Now we plan to take a break from all the excitement as we bring you this double issue, and look forward to returning in February with bells on. Meantime, happy winter solstice.

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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