Woodford Files – October 2010

Aaah, autumn. I just love it. From leaves crunching underfoot to market shelves groaning under the weight of local produce, this is my favourite time of year. In this issue of, the harvest of good ideas is also plentiful, especially Pat Crocker’s “Scrumptious Squash” recipes that will have you toting home sack-fulls of squash to roast, boil, and barbecue for hearty fall meals. With so much summer sunshine captured inside every gorgeous gourd, this is nutritional medicine at its finest.

Television celebrity Bryce Wylde adds his own spice to our autumn cauldron with his “Favourite Antioxidant Foods for Fall.”  Here we discover an increasingly important measure of food’s disease-fighting power, known as its ORAC value. This is the cutting edge of food science – a wonderful tool for choosing foods that pack the biggest nutritional whammy – from nuts, seeds, and wine to herbs, spices, and fish oil.

When we consider that the standard North American diet is chock-full of empty calories (leaving us overfed and undernourished), while epidemics of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes continue to spread, it would seem that we’re digging our graves with our knives and forks. But if public awareness of antioxidant foods begins to take hold on a large scale, there’s a fighting chance that these epidemics of disease can be reversed. Since good information on the link between diet and disease has not been readily available in the mainstream media, I find it encouraging that a nutritional expert like Bryce Wylde has now gained a large viewing audience for his Wylde on Health show. Readers who want more helpings of his nutritious advice can catch his show on CityTV on Fridays, or see him live at the Whole Life Expo where he will participate in an Expert Panel on Saturday, Nov. 27th.

Also this month, we bring you the success story of a man who had a severe case of hemorrhoids that was so painful he was considering going under the knife. Surgery was all that Western medicine had to offer. But in his darkest hour he stumbled upon a Chinese Medicine clinic that specializes in curing hemorrhoids with a generations-old herbal formula and he committed himself to the treatment. After five weeks of following the herbal protocol, the debilitating bowel condition was gone. “For ten years I lived in fear of a bowel movement because of the pain,” he says, “and now I’ve got my life back.” Once again, the ancient medicine of the Far East triumphs over the comparatively newer drugs and surgery approach offered by Western-style medicine.

Those of you struggling to keep up with the fast pace of the fall season will be interested to read Tamara Der-Ohanian’s “Homeopathy for Reclaiming Lost Energy.” In it, we learn of the subtle but powerful effects that vibrational medicine can have on boosting vitality and stamina to help us keep up with everything that comes our way.

In this season of giving thanks for our blessings, we wish to thank you, dear reader, for your loyal support over the years. We hope that the time you spend with us each month brings you bushels of good ideas and food for thought.

Julia Woodford, Editor ~ Vitality Magazine

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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