Dr.Karol, MD

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Radical Remedy: Food as Medicine

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You really are what you eat.

The British Journal of Medicine states that a Mediterranean diet keeps people genetically younger, with their cells showing fewer signs of aging. The study was conducted on 5000 nurses over a decade. Specifically, scientists looked at structures called telomeres. These are protective caps at the end of chromosomes that protect our DNA from losing genetic information during cellular division. With each consecutive division, the telomeres shorten. When they reach a critical length, they signal cells to stop dividing, which essentially leads to aging.

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The nurses on a Mediterranean diet—mainly poultry, fish, fruits, vegetables and healthy plant oils— showed longer and more intact telomeres, signifying better protection of their genetic code. This directly corresponds to longer cellular life. The reports concluded that such changes over the span of the study translate to at least 5 more years of life. Keep in mind that this largely applies to prolongation of a very healthy life, since this kind of diet also protects against obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension and cancer —which are the biggest killers in our society.

The results of this study are revolutionary —but they are not surprising. Numerous studies have shown that diets rich in antioxidants and low in beef and pork fats protect our DNA from oxidative damage. As telomeres are also made up of DNA, such a diet also protects telomeres from oxidative damage, which means longer, more stable telomeres and ultimately—a longer and healthier life. There is no doubt that the benefits of eating healthy food are limitless.

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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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