Dr.Karol, MD

The doctor with alternative solutions

Cetylated Fatty Acids

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Arthritis is one of the most common painful medical conditions that afflicts millions, if not billions of people worldwide. It’s largely caused by genetics, obesity, lack of exercise, poor diet, chronic inflammation and overall wear and tear on the body. Unfortunately, traditional pain medications come with many side effects and risks. And as a last resort, people turn to costly and risky surgical replacement of the entire joint. In Canada, even though it’s covered by health care, it can involve long wait times and excruciating pain.


Enter Mother Nature. There are many well-known anti-inflammatory plants and herbs that offer relief from arthritic pain. The most well known ones are turmeric, ginger, and menthol.

But there’s also a new player in arthritis relief game – the incredible cetylated fatty acids. These actually come from beef lard, but they may also be derived from plant sources. So beef isn’t all bad! It’s really the cholesterol and the saturated fatty acids in beef fat that contribute to heart attacks and strokes. Cetylated fatty acids are just like regular fatty acids but are longer and have a large kink in their structure, so they don’t contribute to cholesterol plaques responsible for heart attacks and strokes. Instead, they are integrated into the joint surface to provide lubrication and protection. They have also been shown to be very powerful anti-inflammatory agents – just like the fish oils EPA and DHA. It’s really a win-win game: Cetylated fatty acids provide the structural components of joints to help rebuild them AND they inhibit the inflammation that is the root cause of joint damage. You can purchase them at a health food store just ask one of the specialists on site. To me, they are quite amazing.

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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