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Radical Remedies: Propolis

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Propolis is a compound that bees use to seal and stabilize their hives. It also protects the hives from bacterial and fungal infections. Bees also use Propolis to mummify carcasses of small mammals and reptiles when they are too large to carry out of the hive. The bodies of these animals are preserved, preventing rotting and disease. Pretty incredible, right? It’s all thanks to the antibiotic nature of Propolis. Bees manufacture this compound by collecting resins on trees and flowers, as opposed to collecting pollen for honey production.


The exact composition of Propolis differs depending on the location of the hive and the source of the resin. If the hive is located in a natural environment among resinous trees, the Propolis has specific medicinal properties such as speeding up healing of wounds and burns. In fact, Brazilian Propolis has been found to be superior to silver sulfadiazine, which is the standard medical treatment for burns in hospitals.

Propolis is also excellent for maintaining oral hygiene. Propolis infused chewing gum will protect against cavities and other forms of infectious oral disease.

Finally, and perhaps most incredibly, Propolis has been linked to cancer treatment and prevention. In vitro and mice studies show that Propolis inhibits the transformation of healthy cells to cancer cells. It also stops cells from dividing and growing. Since cancers exhibit uncontrollable division and growth, this could prove to be very useful for cancer prevention and treatment. Propolis may also sensitize cancer cells to chemotherapy — another one of its wondrous purposes.


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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