Woodford Files: New sections added to Vitality: “Ask Us” and “Success Stories”

While hunkered down in the trenches of magazine production, it’s easy for us to lose sight of what’s going on out there in the real world. So we were pleased, recently, with the opportunity to step out from behind our desks and spend some time at Vitality’s booth at the Green Living Show. We had a great time there, and came face to face with many members of our readership audience.

What intrigued me most was the public’s escalating search for answers about how best to prevent illness or treat it without the use of conventional medicine. Increasingly, people are giving up on the ‘healthcare’ approach that offers nothing more than drugs and surgery. Instead, they are demanding genuine recovery from their health conditions, not temporary relief with medications that cause more problems than they solve.

For example, one man came to our booth to talk about his gigantic gallstones. He was scheduled for surgery by his doctor, but had started using a herb called Gold Coin Grass in an effort to dissolve the stones and avoid surgery. When he asked us what we thought of this approach, we pointed out that if he wants to use Chinese herbs for such a serious condition, he needs the supervision of an experienced health professional. Then we pointed him in the direction of our Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) section which contains numerous excellent TCM professionals. So off he went with a smile because now there was hope that the surgery could be avoided.

This type of scenario played itself out repeatedly over the weekend, as different people stopped by to chat. Because Vitality has a long history of publishing high-quality information written by reputable health professionals and researchers, we have earned a degree of trust from our readers, some of whom have been following us from the beginning in 1989. So we will reward that trust by continuing to keep our standards high and publishing information that empowers you to take charge of your own health, which we feel is the key to survival.

We also want to make it easier for you to engage with us, so we’re starting a new section called “Ask Us”, which will strive to answer your health questions. We are plugged into the top health professionals in the country, and will use them as resources to get your questions answered. The only rule is that you must be willing to have your question asked and answered in public. Feel free to email your questions to: letters@vitalitymagazine.com

During our interactions with fans at the show, we were also pleased to hear the success stories that people shared, many of whom had used information gleaned from Vitality to help them on their road to recovery. So we are looking at starting a new section called “Success Stories.” With this section, we will share the natural health solutions that have worked for those brave souls who dared to venture outside conventional medicine and use alternative strategies. We welcome you to submit your stories to: editorial@vitalitymagazine.com

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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