Woodford Files: Vitamin C for Side Effects of Vaccination; Natural Health Products Under Threat

Whew, what a hectic time of year this is! Between hammering out our October magazine and coordinating the Whole Life Expo Showguide, we’ve been running against the clock for weeks. So I do apologize that this issue of Vitality was released a few days late, but I think you’ll find it was worth the wait. From start to finish, it is jammed with advice on how to take good care of your mental and physical well-being using natural means.

The Clinical Impact of Vitamin COne intriguing article on deck this month is entitled “Vaccination, Vitamin C, and the Illusion of Choice,” written by Helen Saul Case, a parent from New York State. In it, she explains how she coped with state-mandated vaccination of her children by using saturation-level vitamin C to prevent side effects and treat toxicity. When I looked more deeply into the dosage of vitamin C she recommends for the best effect, I came across another article of hers which states: “Over 40 years ago, Archie Kalokerinos, MD, found that giving infants doses of vitamin C stopped them dying from complications of inoculations.” And over 30 years ago, Frederick R. Klenner, MD, recommended children under 10 take daily “at least one gram [1,000 mg] of ascorbic acid for each year of life.” In preparation for immunizations, Dr. Thomas Levy, MD, recommends: “Infants under 10 pounds can take 500 mg daily in some fruit juice, while babies between 10 and 20 pounds could take anywhere from 500 mg to 1,000 mg total per day, in divided doses. Older children can take 1,000 mg daily per year of life (5,000 mg for a five-year-old child, for example, in divided doses).” A sick child, or one suffering vaccine side effects, would require much more. (https://tinyurl.com/jp4h9ml)

As remarkable as it seems to use vitamin C at home to prevent and even treat toxic overload, I have heard more than one person attest to its efficacy and so I’ve become a believer. Alas, it soon won’t matter if I believe or not, since Health Canada is poised to strike a powerful blow against the natural health products industry. More specifically, the following notice was just released by the Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA):

“Health Canada has recently launched a proposal called “Consulting Canadians on the Regulation of Self-Care Products in Canada”, which proposes changes that could significantly alter the way natural health products are regulated… If the proposed changes go through, the impact on the products you love will be significant. For some products, the companies that make NHPs (natural health products) could face increased costs in providing the drug-level evidence required. Some products may no longer be available while the industry tests and transitions to the new regulations, and will be more expensive when they return. Others may simply disappear forever. This could include products like natural herbal remedies, cough and cold products, and probiotics, among others. This change will also hamper innovation and the development of new products.” (Posted on their site at: https://tinyurl.com/ztozqtb)

If you’re wondering how this might affect brands that are familiar to you, here’s a statement from our own Kim Elkington:

“We, at Algonquin Tea Company, have been informed by Health Canada that we can no longer share the traditional uses of any herbs we use, either on the packaging or on our website; for example we cannot use the name ‘Sweetfern Tonic’ on that blend. This comes from the same government that is not mandating GMO labelling [for the benefit of consumers]. Our blend names were all approved by the government. We believe that people should be educated about the traditional uses of herbs and foods, and this new restriction will put our business at risk.”

Furthermore, the homeopathic community is up in arms, believing that homeopathic remedies may be removed from the shelves if Health Canada gets its way. (See page 100.) And of course Vitality relies on the strength of the natural products industry to stay in business. So you can guess what will happen to us if our advertisers start going out of business. If you want your voice to be heard, you can download the CHFA petition stating that “NHPs are not drugs” from our Facebook page, or come to the Whole Life Expo and sign the petition (October 21, 22, 23).

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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