Dr.Karol, MD

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Radical Remedies: Fecal Transplants

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Have you ever considered that stool samples from another person in enteric coated capsules can save your life when faced with a certain devastating condition? This is quite shocking but the treatment is here and its here to stay.

It all begins with a condition called Pseudomembranous Colitis. It’s an infection of the bowel caused by Clostridium difficile bacteria. The condition develops after anti-biotic treatment that eradicates all bacteria in the gut including the good bacteria called probiotics. Normally the probiotics prevent the colonisation by bad toxic bacteria. However when these good bacteria are eradicated by antibiotics, there is plenty of room for bad bacteria to step in and cause disease. The consequence: Mr. difficile steps in and causes such havoc that over 300 people die each day with this condition in North America despite modern medical efforts.

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In the late 1950’s certain surgeons from Colorado introduced feces to patients with this devastating condition with a pump through the rectum as enemas (dissolved in water from a healthy donor). At the time they had no idea that an infection was the cause of Pseudomembranous Colitis. The results: full and quick recovery of all patients treated. Of course as is usually the case the medical establishment was quick to refute and ignore such findings by calling the treatment “unusual in nature” and “invasive” compared to antibiotics. Just imagine the loss of life since this discovery until today because of such ignorance.

Needless to say some ingenious and bright researchers picked up the idea and published an article in 2013 in the New England Medical Journal. Their research resulted in a 94% cure rate by treating with a micro-biota stool transplant by enema compared to 31% cure rate by standard treatment involving an antibiotic. In fact the treatment was so effective that the researchers had to discontinue the study because it was deemed unethical that the placebo group was receiving a placebo and not the actual treatment.

The treatment can be administered in many forms for example stool dissolved in saline water as enema, stool trough an oral route though a tube straight into the small intestine or by enteric coated stool capsules that dissolve once they pass the stomach. All forms have been shown equally effective.

Since then the treatment has also been shown to be highly effective for Ulcerative Colitis a form of Inflammatory Bowel Disease and even for Parkinson’s disease, although this last result is so shocking that it surely requires further investigation.

For now lets stay impressed by this radical therapy that has the power to save over a 100,000 people per year in North America alone.

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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