Dr.Karol, MD

The doctor with alternative solutions

Radical Remedy: Medical Marijuana

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North American governments seem more keen on legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes than promoting its medical value. That’s because with drug patents, there are huge profits to be made and incentives for the pharmaceutical industry to invest in research and to lobby governments. But you cannot patent a plant. Fortunately, there are those who are making slow progress in the fight for medical marijuana research.

Cannabis has been proven to be very effective for the treatment of glaucoma, HIV/AIDS-related weight loss, cachexia associated with cancer, nausea due to chemotherapy, spasticity and tremors of MS, neuropathic pain of type 1 and 2 diabetes and HIV, insomnia, anxiety, epilepsy, rheumatism, PTSD and pain.

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Pain afflicts so many. Yet the pharmaceutical industry, or Big Pharma, can only offer NSAIDS, which cause stomach ulcers, liver and kidney damage and increased risk of heart attacks and strokes —or opioids that are highly damaging and addictive. Cannabis brings none of these side effects. Neuropathic pain is on the rise because of the epidemic number of diabetic patients. All that Big Pharma can offer is insulin and other drugs that control blood glucose levels, but once you develop neuropathic pain, you are stuck. This is where cannabis can save the day.

With the stress of hectic lifestyles comes increased insomnia. It is associated not only with weight gain, daytime fogginess, agitation and lack of concentration but also with increased risk of heart disease. Cannabis can treat this without the risks.

As for the paranoid, anxious, or a detached feeling some get from marijuana, this is the recreational component called THC. CBD strains contain a therapeutic compound that counteracts the unwanted effects of THC. That’s all for now on the topic of medical marijuana. I’ll tackle this topic again soon.

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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