Dr.Karol, MD

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Radical Remedy: Horny Goat Weed

 

Many men past the age of 30 suffer from erectile dysfunction. The causes may be psychological or physiological. The psychological causes are usually due to some kind of stress, where as the physiological causes are usually due to low testosterone or insufficient circulation to the penis. There is a prescription for both. It’s either testosterone replacement therapy in the form of a patch or jell, or drugs like Viagra or Cialis. The problem with both is that they can cause serious side effects. Too much testosterone causes hypertension and the excessive growth of the prostate. Viagra although very effective can cause headaches, indigestion, nasal congestion and even heart attacks or permanent visual impairment.

Horny goat weed can provide both increased testosterone, at a safer level, and improved circulation to the genital area in a natural way, with a much lower risk of serious side effects. The effect of increased testosterone has only been shown in animal studies but the fact that this herb increases circulation to the genital area is undisputed. The active molecule responsible for this is called Icariin. It works in the same way as Viagra but at much less intense level, thus making it safer.

Icariin increases the level of Nitric Oxide which then leads to blood vessel dilation and increased blood flow to the genitals. Nitric oxide and thus Icariin work in the same way in both women and men, thus making it potentially effective for women as well.

The increased testosterone can also bring health benefits such as the maintenance of muscle mass, increased vigour and energy as well as a stronger sexual drive. The fact that this increase is not as strong as with patches or jells makes it a safer alternative.

Finally Icariin has also been shown to stimulate bone growth thus making it a promising treatment for osteoporosis.

When you do decide to buy Horny Goat Weed, I recommend an extract that has close to 50% Icarrin as this level has been shown most effective for its health benefiting effects.


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Baking Soda and Kidney Health

 

Baking Soda for kidney health and longevity: This is definitely a catchy one. But if you think about it from a scientific point of view it totally makes sense. The fact is our bodies are constantly neutralizing acid. This is absolutely essential as all the cells of our body need to be in a slightly basic environment in order to function properly. Without this, our cells age quicker and die quicker and this can predispose to many diseases.

The main substance responsible for neutralizing acid is bicarbonate and the primary organs responsible for its production are the kidneys. It is estimated that about half a pound of bicarbonate is produced by the kidneys, per day, to neutralize all excessive acid. Unfortunately this system can be overwhelmed and the primary culprits are diabetes, kidney disease, high protein diet and acidic drinks like pop.

High protein intake is healthy for our muscles and to keep our weight down but because it produces excessive acid this acid must be neutralized by a high intake of green leafy vegetables or by sodium bicarbonate. When these acids pass thought the kidney they are attached to bicarbonate to form a neutral salt which can easily pass in the urine without damaging the kidneys. If there is insufficient bicarbonate these acids are in their toxic form and when passing thought the kidneys they cause excessive damage. This can cause further deterioration of kidney function and thus even a lesser capacity to form bicarbonate.

This is yet another example of a perpetuating deterioration of an organ system. The consequence is not only further kidney damage but also over all increased acidity all over the body with consequent deterioration of all organ systems.

Taking bicarbonate daily in a form of baking soda is not only good for helping the kidneys with its role as the acid neutralizer, but also in disease states where the kidney are no longer capable of performing this role on their own.

For more sage advice from Dr. Karol and for natural health product recommendations, visit vitarock.com.


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The Health Benefits of Alcohol

 

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

At low doses, and what I mean by that is 1 to 2 glasses of red wine each evening, it has more health benefiting than health damaging effects. Red wine in particular is the best source of alcohol since it also contains Resveratrol, the anti-oxidative molecule that protects our arteries and our hearts.

But what about alcohol itself? What are its health benefits, if any? Well, alcohol is a neuro-depressant. It slows down the firing of brain cells and thus eases the inhibitions and relaxes the mind. It binds to certain receptors in our brain that also bind a neurotransmitter called GABA. GABA is a molecule that inhibits over-excitation of our nerve cells.

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Radical Remedies: Propolis

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.

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Radical Remedy: EPA vs. DHA

EPA and DHA belong to the Omega 3 fatty acids family. They are oils derived from cold water fish and krill which help protect them from cold water temperatures.

EPA is a potent anti-inflammatory and neuro-protective agent. Numerous human trials show that is very effective for major depression, schizophrenia and Huntington’s disease-a serious neurological condition. Studies also show that it holds great promise for the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, mood disorders, bi-polar disorder and anxiety. An effective dose is 1000mg/day for at least a few months. Due to its anti-inflammatory component EPA is also very effective for inflammatory pain conditions such as arthritis.

EPA is also a potent inhibitor of blood clotting. As such it protects arteries from clogging up thus helping to prevent heart attacks and strokes. It does this without the risk of developing stomach ulcers as is the case with common over the counter medications used for this purpose.

DHA on the other hand comprises 50% of the weight of our brain. It is very important during pregnancy for the developing brain and eyes of the fetus. After birth it continues to be important as the child’s brain continues to grow. Mothers provide DHA in their breast milk and higher levels have been associated with better mental development in infants.

Fish oil supplements have come a long way since their introduction. When choosing a product be guided by your needs. If you are pregnant, a nursing woman or a child pick a product with a high DHA content. Otherwise your preference should be a high EPA product as this compound shows greater evidence for protecting us from a very significant number of serious medical conditions.

For more sage advice from Dr. Karol and for natural health product recommendations, visit vitarock.com.

 


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Radical Remedy: Food as Medicine

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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Radical Remedy: Radical Cancer Treatment

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I recently saw a documentary about a cancer patient who decided to move to a secluded cabin where he ate almost nothing, drank cold crystal spring water and bathed in the local spring. He was surrounded by pristine nature and clean air. The result: His cancer disappeared. Sound far-fetched? It’s actually not.

As cancer develops, it grows at a much quicker rate than the healthy surrounding tissue. This means that it requires more blood vessels, blood, nutrients and oxygen than healthy tissue. So if our bodies go into starvation mode, the cancer will suffer more and at a higher rate than the surrounding tissue. In theory, if we can last long enough, the cancer may die before we do.

Standard medical treatment effectively eradicates cancer in only 15% of cases on average. That makes the secluded cabin a pretty sound alternative or complementary treatment.

The key is to provide the body with nutrients as opposed to the calories in carbs, proteins and fats. It’s better to get vitamins, minerals and especially antioxidants, for example, via a juiced vegetable diet.

That’s because the healthy cells will be starved, but they will survive on the limited calories and nutrients derived from juiced vegetables. But the cancer cells, which need lots of calories to grow and survive, will starve more quickly. This may help push cancer fighting over the edge — on top of standard medical treatments.

By combining this treatment with a clean, quiet, pristine natural environment, we may see an even stronger effect than with vegetable juice diet alone.

For more sage advice from Dr. Karol and for natural health product recommendations, visit vitarock.com.

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