Woodford Files – April 2010

The winds of spring are blowing through Vitality this month, bringing fresh ideas to make your season sing and dance. In “A Taste of Wild Things”, holistic nutritionist and popular TV personality Julie Daniluk combines the earthy flavour of burdock, the bitter tang of dandelions and fiddleheads, and the luscious texture of morel mushrooms to create a smorgasbord of spring recipes that will startle your tastebuds and jump-start your liver. This cuisine is in perfect harmony with spring – prime time for flushing toxins from the liver, kidneys, and lymph glands. Indeed, wild foods are powerful medicine for cleansing body and spirit.

For some people, a seasonal detox begins with simply reducing or eliminating meat and dairy products from the diet (to lighten the load on digestive organs), while increasing consumption of raw and cooked vegetables. The warmer it gets outdoors, the cooler (more raw and green) our diet can become, which keeps us in harmony with the rhythms of nature.

For those craving a more intensive detox program, this month we bring you herbalist Michael Vertolli’s “Herbal Allies for Spring Liver Cleansing”. Here we find botanical formulas that aggressively flush out the organs, reduce inflammation, and clear the sludge from our pipes. Those willing to stick to this regimen will find that their energy increases and their risk of disease drops substantially as the healing power of these herbs penetrates every cell in the body.

In our homeopathy section, we bring you a feature by Raisa Weisspapir, a professional homeopath whose clinical success with treating childhood asthma and allergies has been excellent. The trick, it seems, is to find the precise homeopathic remedy that’s a match to each individual’s constitution; when that is achieved, asthmatic and allergic symptoms can be eliminated.

In addition to reading Raisa’s feature, those with asthmatic children should take note of News Briefs this month. In it, Michael Downey reports on a study which found that “those previously diagnosed with asthma suffered substantially fewer asthma attacks if they were on vitamin D supplements.” This makes me wonder if simply adding a good quality vitamin D supplement to a child’s diet, and getting a properly prescribed homeopathic remedy, are two strategies that could reduce the need for those steroid inhalers that many asthmatic children are forced to use. Certainly homeopathy and vitamins would seem to be safer. According to Stanford University Medical Centre allergist Abba Terr, “In recent years, we’ve been noticing an increase in serious problems and even deaths from asthma. Some of these situations have been linked to excessive reliance on inhaled bronchodilators, both nonprescription and even certain prescription forms.”

As we learn in Helke Ferrie’s “Intelligent Revolution” feature this month, people are questioning conventional medicine like never before as they learn of the fraudulent science behind many pharmaceuticals. Instead, patients are seeking viable alternatives which embrace the natural, non-toxic approach to healthcare. This is an exciting, and global, shift in attitude, and we are delighted to be a part of it.

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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