Dr.Karol, MD

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Radical Remedies: The Surprising Health Benefits of Alcohol, Especially Red Wine





We have all heard it before: alcohol is bad for you!  Alcohol causes accidents, alcohol is a carcinogen, and alcohol causes moral and social degradation. All true at high doses over a prolonged period of time and on a regular basis.

At low doses (1 to 2 glasses of red wine each evening), alcohol has more health benefits than health-damaging effects. Red wine is the healthiest source of alcohol since it also contains Resveratrol, the antioxidative molecule that protects our arteries and thus our hearts from clogging up with cholesterol plaques. Red wine has also been used as an antiseptic, especially to prevent gastrointestinal infections from bacteria and parasites.

But what about alcohol itself? What are its healthy effects? Alcohol is officially a Central Nervous System depressant. It slows down the firing of brain cells and thus eases the inhibitions and relaxes the mind. It actually binds to certain receptors in our brain that normally a neurotransmitter called GABA binds to. Why we have receptors in our brain for alcohol is a very interesting and as yet unanswered question. GABA is also a molecule that balances over-excitation of our nerve cells. So how can we apply this quality of alcohol to improve our  quality of life? Well for one, a glass of red wine in the evening will relax the mind and help with falling asleep, as well as having a good, full night’s sleep. The other benefit is relaxation after consumption during dramatic or taxing events when we are overexcited and over-stressed. Alcohol has been used for this purpose for millennia and it would be very difficult for anyone to deny this fact. Such nervous relaxation can be far healthier on the general state of our bodies and minds than dealing with the stress without any relaxation whatsoever. As has been shown by numerous studies, excessive stress can be very damaging to our health and especially to mental health.

Another example where alcohol is very handy is for improving the enjoyment of social events. Prime examples are weddings, christenings, and to celebrate any major success of any kind.  But please note that I am not encouraging excessive alcohol consumption. This kind of behaviour is damaging to our organs, is addictive and can make us get into a lot of trouble with friends, family and sometimes even the authorities. I am simply offering some facts to put some balance into the dogma we all hear from health professionals that alcohol is all bad.

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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