Dr.Karol, MD

The doctor with alternative solutions

Echinacea for the Cold

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The upcoming topic on the Natural Health Show is the common cold and  Echinacea (Jamieson Laboratories). This is not surprising since we have entered the flu season. Of course many of you may say that it’s sufficient to get a flu shot. But as I explained in my previous blog on the topic it’s not as simple as that. Each year the influenza virus undergoes mutations which make some strains invulnerable to the vaccine. Some individuals are also allergic to the vaccine. Furthermore there is a period of increased vulnerability to infection from the time of taking the vaccine to the time of antibody production. This period usually lasts about a week and during this time we have a higher chance of getting sick if we are exposed to the real virus.

So what are the natural ways that we can enhance the immune system and prevent the cold? Well a lot ofnatural remedies were mentioned in my previous blog, but here I want to talk specifically aboutEchinacea. It is a nice purple flower with a longer then average stalk commonly growing in our gardens during the summer period. The three main sub-species are E. purpurea, E. angustifolia and E. pallida. The most common sub-species in a supplement form is the E.purpurea. All three produce none or only very minor side effects in a very small proportion of the population. The most common one being upset stomach….Read more….

Author: Dr. Karol, MD

Alternative medicine expert, educator, medical health advisor and author. Recognized as a health expert who is highly knowledgeable in conventional medicine, supplementation, botanical medicine, clinical nutrition and diet and exercise programs. Karol graduated with a B.Sc. with distinction from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. Following this Karol completed a doctor of medicine degree as well as the medical post-graduation internship in Europe. Karol started his media career by hosting the radio Radical Remedies portion of The Natural Health Show. The Natural Health Show brings together a collection of health experts to discuss natural health solutions in a way that’s easy to understand. Karol also speaks on health matters and the potential of healthy ingredients on video blogs and at health tradeshows. He currently works closely with and represents some of Canada’s leading health product companies. Karol is currently the Medical Director of Vitarock.com, an online store for all things healthy. Here Karol reviews the products considered by Vitarock to ensure they meet the company’s four core pillars; to be pure, green, safe and fair. He also interacts directly with Vitarock’s online shoppers, being available by phone to provide a free medical consultation and to recommend the best possible products. He is also a senior advisor for dicentra, one of Canada’s leading regulatory and scientific consulting firms. Karol reviews science and compiles reports for Health Canada and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to help companies bring new and exciting products and ingredients to market. His overall philosophy is that as a society we should implement a more personal approach to our existing medical system showing more empathy, personal attention, as well as emotional and psychological support to individuals in need of help. He also believes in the value of integrating modern Western medical practice with natural remedies, exercise, time spent with nature, and a healthy diet rich in super foods.

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