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November 13, 2022
'I retire as a CNHR Columnist'
Zoltan Rona Retires
“ a friend just sent this to me from his FB page!
I met Zoltan in 1987, and since then have not met another Canadian Medical Doctor who has done more to support, the safe and evidence backed natural health products you sell in your health store! He maintained an extremely busy medical practice, wrote countless articles, constantly challenged  The College,  and is one of our most trusted advocates of natural medicine in Canada. A real pioneer!
Thank you Dr Rona, for all you have done to support safe effect approaches to medicine, and me personally after my heart attack!

Dr. Zoltan Rona
"This is to announce that as of November 5, 2022 I am retired from medical practice. This is after 44 years of working as a Complementary and Integrative physician. The other news is that starting in January of 2023 I'll be doing strictly nutritional counselling, providing consultations on diet and supplements. At that time I hope to be joined by a naturopath who will be using intravenous vitamins, minerals and other possible treatment modalities. My contact information (address and phone numbers, etc.) remain the same and I plan on continuing to write for the on line Vitality Magazine. Of course, I'll periodically be posting articles on Facebook so hopefully you will all stay tuned."
 ---Zoltan P. Rona (from his Facebook page)
Lead Story
Is this true?  College of Physicians are Privately Owned Businesses – if so the entire medical system is rigged, BIG TIME! 
⚠️Alberta College of Physicians is private and is controlled by mafia-like lawyer family-Craig Boyer and Donald Boyer, since the 1970s

Doctors have no control over the college. Government has no control over the college. The lawyers, and specifically, Craig Boyer, run every aspect of the college, leading to deep corruption and fraud. 
All Colleges of Physicians in Canada are private corporations, NOT public, and are not accountable to the government.

Rachel Parent

RT @GMOFreeUSA: “The fact that #fertilizers affect #pollinator behavior by interfering with the way an organism perceives its physical envi… [could they also affect our behavior? dp]

RT @OrganicConsumer: "One of the most valuable things you can do to support pollinators and other invertebrates is to provide them with the…

RT @biotechaction: Technical "glitch" showed biotech lobby group CropLife Canada as the author of Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) do…
Tim Hortons Brand Soup Recalled Due to Bugs  - “I’m confused aren’t bugs ok now?” dp
Vancouver store to sell addictive drugs – “just like the good old daze!” dp
Maple Leaf Foods posts loss after taking $191 million hit on its plant protein business
Food supplier says it lost a penny per share in the quarter as inflation and labour shortages weakened performance

Moe says to 'hell' with Trudeau's environmental goals – “You  go Moe!” dp
The # 1 way for a natural retailer to compete against the mass market, is to be seen as the trusted  ‘expert/advisor’ for natural foods and medicines in their community!” dp
5 Things You Need to Measure to Be More Profitable

One of the gurus of business once said that "What gets Measured Gets Managed!" and it's true. As an example a few years back I wanted to find out our conversion rate in our retail store. To do this we simply kept a pad of paper with 3 columns that had the Date, Time and the Number of people that came in and went out without buying anything. 

For 3 weeks our staff noted every occurrence that they saw where someone went out of the store without a purchase.  It turned out that because we are a destination store our conversion rate was quite high. In other words, 95%+ of people that came into the store left with a purchase.  What I observed however was that our staff was more interested in helping the customers as they came into the store. They greeted more customers and seemingly were more helpful.  Customer service levels went up, as did our conversion rate!

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Vitamin D & Your Mind
From the Natural Path Newsletter
by Linda Woolven M.H., R.Ac & Ted Snider
Once thought of almost exclusively for bones, the past several years have revealed that vitamin D does almost everything for your body, including benefitting diabetes and dental health, heart disease and cancer, back pain and MS and long life and COVID. The new news in vitamin D research is that there are vitamin D receptors in your brain, and that vitamin D benefits your mind too. 

Vitamin D & Depression: What We Knew 
The first hint that vitamin D may be involved in depression was research that made the surprising discovery that people suffering from depression were low in vitamin D (Arch Gen Psychiatry 2008; Br J Psychiatry 2013;202:100-7; Psychiatry Res. 2015 May 30;227(1):46-51). When researchers did a systematic review and meta-analysis of high quality studies, they found that people suffering from depression had lower levels of vitamin D: people with the lowest vitamin D levels were 31% more likely to be depressed than people with the highest (Br J Psychiatry. 2013 Feb;202:100-7). 

Next, the research began to look at what happens when you get more vitamin D. One of the first studies found that women who get 800IU or more of vitamin D through food and supplements are 21% less likely to suffer from depression than women who get less than 100IU (Am J Clin Nutr 2011;94(4):1104-12).

In what may have been the first double-blind study of vitamin D and depression, 40 people with major depressive disorder took either their 20mg prescription of Prozac or their Prozac plus 1500IU of vitamin D for eight weeks. The people who added the vitamin D to their Prozac did significantly better than the people who took the Prozac alone (Aust NZ J Psychiatry 2013;47:271-5). 

...for the rest of the article, please scroll to the bottom after the Food category..
Why We Crave Sugar, and How to Beat the Habit
Studies Suggest You Can Control Sugar Cravings by Understanding Brain and Gut Function

Anti-viral properties of Seaweeds

Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, Nov 11, 2022
Defending Against Post-Infection Cardiovascular Disease
by Michael Passwater

Click here to see a web copy of this news release

Healing Herbs for Anxiety
Business News
“The best sales reps are those who stay informed, so they are considered advisors, by their customers” dp
As revenue slides, Beyond Meat CEO outlines strategy to improve business – 
“I assume initial sales were based on Beyond paying listing fees to get products on the shelf, but seems sell thru was next to Impossible” dp

Sprouts edges forward in Q3, with deli leading the way

Vegan Supplements Market In North America to Grow by $768.62 M by 2026

Tracking the plant-based protein movement

UNFI to add indoor farms at select distribution centers
VIP Class Gift Certificates & Field Guides
More and more people are interested in learning about foraging and connecting with the natural world. I am offering a limited number of VIP Class Gift Certificates that guarantee spots in our 2023 programs. Classes will be announced in the spring but you can gift the new forager in your life a future class and field guides now. 

Gift certificates purchased along with a book will get printed copies of class certificates to make a wonderful gift to open Christmas morning.
“may become the biggest controversy in natural food business!” dp
WASP Science for Adaptation Policy Briefs – “now there is an interesting name,” dp

“Codex is the organization has been a concern for the natural food business since the 80’s, with Health Canada full support!”

Codex Alimentarius

📝 | #ClimateChange is causing unprecedented damage to our ecosystem. While the impacts of altered environmental factors on food security are well known, the effects on #FoodSafety receive less attention

Here are 5⃣ ways climate change is affecting the safety of our food. #COP27

“Scientists have warned us that increasing global meat consumption can have a disastrous environmental impact.”
Climate change is a subject everyone knows but very few understand. People protest against what they see: if they see smoke billowing from smokestacks and see the highways in traffic jams they quickly recognize the culprit. Since all can identify that our climate is out of control from massive forest fires in California, BC or Australia, flooding and hurricanes they say are 1 in 100 years and the 100 years comes again year after year. Earthquakes happen in the strangest places like the mid-west—which is not a typical earthquake zone—but nothing is typical any longer as the unusual has become normal. Most see the problems the world is facing but very few can identify the actual causes; feeling helpless and needing some sort of solution they wait until they can be lead to one. It does not take long for a child shall lead them and oh, it sounds so inspiring like a quote from the bible: “they shall be led by a child.” Is it that simple? I watch the news and see the massive rallies with statements like we are fighting for our future, your generation have created this mess and we are creating a revolution for change.
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“The Fake food trend helps to further increase the importance of natural food stores!”
Frankenfoods & the End of Farming: 
The Fake Meat Scam
Fermentation leaders form Fungi Protein Association
Companies including Quorn, MycoTechnology, Meati and The Better Meat Co. are coming together to advocate for alternatives that are not made from plants.
What Happens When the Food Web Is Broken — And How to Fix It
Industrial Farming Linked to Respiratory Disease in Rural Communities
Energy -
Vitamin D & Your Mind Part 2
From the Natural Path Newsletter
by Linda Woolven M.H., R.Ac & Ted Snider

Continued from above:

What’s New
In 2020, a systematic review and metaanalysis that looked at 25 controlled studies found that vitamin D had a positive effect on depression and anxiety (Depress Anxiety. 2020 Jun;37(6):549-564). 

Now, a systematic review and meta-analysis of 41 controlled studies, that included 53,235 people, has found that vitamin D reduces depression (Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2022;nqac107). 
Overall, vitamin D had a moderate positive effect in people with clinically relevant depressive symptoms. When the results were broken down, vitamin D did not seem to help people who were not depressed, but it significantly helped people with major depressive disorder. It also had a large and significant effect on depression during and after pregnancy. 

The significant difference was greater in studies that excluded antidepressant drugs. 

Studies using 2,000IU a day seem to be slightly more effective than studies using less, and taking over 4,000IU a day was more effective than taking less. For some reason, vitamin D seemed to perform better in people who are 65 years old or younger. 

Vitamin D also provided a significant additional benefit when it was added to antidepressant drugs. 
In studies that measured the antidepressant effect on the frequently used Beck Depression Inventory, vitamin D had a significant effect. 

Vitamin D & Dementia: What We Knew 
The first hints that vitamin D might be associated with cognition appeared in the research around the same time that the depression research started coming out. 

Men between 40 and 79, it was found, have slower speed of information processing when they have lower levels of vitamin D (J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 2009;80:722-729). 

In seniors, low levels of vitamin D are associated with increased risk of cognitive impairment. People over 65 who have the lowest levels of vitamin D are more than twice as likely to suffer cognitive impairment than people with the highest levels (J Geriatr Psychiatry Neurol 2009;22(3):188- 95). And a study of 498 women over 75 found that the risk of Alzheimer’s is 77% lower in women who got the most D in their diet than it is in the women who get the least (J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci 2012;67:1205-11). 

Although there is less research, the same may be true for younger adults. An intriguing study found that both older and younger adults are at greater risk of cognitive impairment if their vitamin D levels are low (Neuropsychiatr Dis Treat. 2015; 11: 2217–2223). 

All of this research led a summit of international experts to conclude that low vitamin D increases the risk of cognitive decline and dementia in older adults (J Intern Med. 2015 Jan;277(1):45-57). 
A 2019 meta-analysis of 8 studies found that insufficient vitamin D was associated with a 9% greater risk of dementia and a 19% greater risk of Alzheimer’s. Vitamin D deficiency was associated with a 33% greater risk of dementia and a 31% greater risk of Alzheimer’s (Nutr Neurosci. 2019 Nov;22(11):750-759). 

What’s New 
In a very large, first of its kind study of vitamin D and brain health, researchers were able to look, not only at the association of vitamin D with brain health and dementia, but, for the first time, at the causal effect of increasing vitamin D. 

They found that low vitamin D is associated with increased risk of dementia. People with vitamin D levels of 25 nmol/L (deficient) had 54% higher odds of dementia compared to people with levels of 50 nmol/L (optimal). They say that means that up to 17% of dementias could be prevented by increasing vitamin D to optimal levels of 50 nmol/L (Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 2022;nqac107). 

Vitamin D & Autism: What We Knew 
Vitamin D deficiency can contribute to autism, and supplementing vitamin D has been shown to significantly improve symptoms, especially for younger children (Nutr Neurosci 2017;20(5):284- 290). 

Recent research has also suggested that vitamin D can improve hyperactivity and, when combined with omega-3 EFA’s, irritability in children with autism (J Steroid Biochem Mol Biol. 2019 Mar;187:9-16). 

So, how much evidence is there for vitamin D? 

What’s New 
For the first time, researchers have conducted a meta-analysis of placebocontrolled studies to see if supplementing vitamin D can improve symptoms in kids with autism spectrum disorder. The systematic review included three studies that measured improvement on the Social Responsiveness Scale and the Child Autism Rating Scale. The news was good. 

They found that after taking vitamin D, outcome scores were “dramatically elevated” in kids who took vitamin D compared to the control group. The difference in improvement was significant. 
Encouragingly, the researchers concluded that “vitamin D supplementation improves the typical symptoms of autism spectrum disorder” and that it “is beneficial for children with autism spectrum disorder” (Clin Psychopharmacol Neurosci 2020;18(2):203-213).

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The Natural Path is a natural health newsletter specifically designed to help Canadian health food stores increase their sales by educating their customers. The Natural Path contains no advertising and never mentions a brand name.

Contact Ted Snider at or at 416.782.8211.

For comprehensive natural help with your health, make an appointment to see Linda Woolven now. Linda’s clinic is now open for virtual appointments. Linda is a master herbalist, acupuncturist, reiki practitioner and solution-focused counsellor with a practice in Toronto. 
Linda is also an artist whose paintings hang in galleries and private collections across North America. You can see some of her paintings here.
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