Dr.Karol, MD

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Radical Remedies: Vaginal Health

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Many women these days struggle with a very uncomfortable vaginal condition called a yeast infection. It is caused by yeast called Candida. It’s a normal inhabitant of the vagina in most women but normally it is kept in check by the invisible good bacterial flora such as lactobacilli. When this healthy flora is hindered the Candida has “room” to multiply and flourish. Such disturbances to the normal bacterial flora can be caused by frequent lavages with a detergent, the use of antibiotics or a weakened immune system such as occurs in diabetes or HIV.

It not only produces an unpleasant odour but it also looks unappealing. Furthermore it cases irritation to the vaginal walls as well as the cervix making both more susceptible to infections. Such infections may even be in the form of papilloma virus which makes the cervix more susceptible to cancer formation. Finally Candida also makes an unfriendly environment for sperm, making this infection a significant hindrance to insemination and the initiation of pregnancy.

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There are many effective anti-fungal medications for Candidiasis. The oral ones are not very healthy as they have a negative impact on the liver. The local suppository ones are very effective and are minimally absorbed into the blood thus being much less toxic to internal organs. However the anti-fungals also kill the good bacteria such as lactobacilli. This may be problematic as the good bacteria keep the pH of the vagina at a healthy level. Killing off the good bacteria also leaves room for Candida to return once the treatment is completed.

There is a very simple remedy that solves this dilemma. Simply soaking a tampon in kefir or sour milk will provide a healthy dose of good bacteria making less room for Candida to thrive. It may not be as effective as anti-fungals for a full blown infection, but applying this therapy prophylactically will substantially decrease the chances of getting the infection in the first place. It is also great right after anti-fungal treatment for the replenishment of the healthy vaginal flora.

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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