Dr.Karol, MD

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Digestive Health and Overeating

The Gastro Intestinal or GI tract performs the following functions:

  1. Breakdown of large food particles in the stomach (mainly by mechanical movement and acid)
  2. Digestion and absorption of food in the small intestine
  3. Absorption of fluids and vitamins in the large intestine
  4. Expulsion of waste material and toxins
  5. Immunological surveillance by the large number of lymph nodes surrounding the GI tract

The GI tract also includes the following:

Liver (mainly involved in metabolizing food and neutralizing toxins)

Pancreas (release of digestive enzymes and hormones that control sugar metabolism)

Gall bladder (involved in the production of bile for digestion of fats)

Starting with the stomach, the most common problems are:

  • Irritability
  • Pain
  • Ulcers
  • Heartburn (regurgitation of food and acid back into the esophagus)
  • Irritability, pain and ulcers are usually due to too much acid and too little protective mucous in the stomach

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My Recipe for a Nutritious and Healthy Breakfast

This picture you see is the usual breakfast that I have about 30 minutes after I wake up. It is what I usually eat early in the morning to start the day, but sometimes I replace it with other recipes to keep it interesting and still healthy (I will add these in my future recipes).

My breakfast is preceded by one freshly squeezed pink grapefruit mixed with one freshly squeezed lemon and some water to fill the glass. The grapefruit stimulates liver enzymes for liver regeneration and detox, and it stimulates lipolysis (the breakdown of fat in my body into single units to be utilized for energy). The lemon juice alkalinizes my body (i.e. prevents acidosis) and provides vitamin C as an anti-oxidant. I usually drink the juice right when I wake up and then do my 20 minute morning work out. After this I cook my breakfast which is the main topic of today’s recipe.

So what you see at the top of the picture is one small fresh cucumber sliced in half, three pieces of fresh red pepper and a whole bunch of miniature red and yellow tomatoes.

To the left I add one piece of Wasa multigrain dry flat bread with a thin layer of cream cheese and two slices of smoked Norwegian salmon. The multigrain bread provides me with some complex carbs for energy and the salmon with Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids. The Omega fatty acids protect arteries (especially in the heart and brain) and act as potent anti-inflammatory agents. They also improve brain function in a general sense. I also add the salmon because it is one of my favorite treats.

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Holiday Digestive Health: The Natural Way

Thanksgiving is not only a time to celebrate with family and friends. It’s also a time when overeating abounds. Here are some tips for managing your digestive system in the face of all that food and drink:

  • Make a smooth and slippery coating in your GI track with psyliium husks so that food can pass easily without irritating the inner lining of our gut. This will prevent constipation as well as diarrhea.
  • Help the gall bladder and the pancreas with plant digestive enzymes like those found in the DigestMore
  • Probiotics (in capsule form or via kefir) ensure proper digestion in our large intestines and the prevention of the buildup of toxins. They also help treat Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis as well as irritable bowel syndrome.
  • Some great remedies for heartburn are licorice (a component of DigestMore listed above), aloe vera (it has that nice mucous texture that protects the stomach), as well as calcium and even baking soda. This last one is also very beneficial to our kidneys, something I have written about before.
  • The more we eat, the more the liver is taxed. Milk Thistle protects the liver from the effects of alcohol, something that can also come in handy around Thanksgiving.

That may be a lot to swallow, but it comes down to this: Take 2 DigestMore capsules per day with food, some probiotics, milk thistle and something for heartburn like calcium, which also benefits our bone health. Happy Thanksgiving!

Dr. Karol

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Radical Remedies: Fecal Transplants Work

Shocking but true: Another person’s stool samples in enteric-coated capsules can save your life in the case of a certain devastating condition. Fecal transplant treatment is here to stay.

It all begins with a condition called Pseudomembranous Colitis —an infection of the bowel caused by clostridium difficile bacteria. The condition develops after antibiotic treatment eradicates all bacteria in the gut, including the good bacteria called probiotics. Normally probiotics prevent colonisation by bad toxic bacteria. However, when these good bacteria are eradicated by antibiotics, there is plenty of room for bad bacteria to step in and cause disease. The consequence: C-difficile causes the deaths of 300 people each day in North America — despite modern medical efforts.


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Gluten Sensitivity vs Celiac Disease




As mentioned in my previous blog articles, the proportion of individuals in our society with Celiac Disease is anywhere from 1 to 3 percent. However a much larger proportion of individuals may have what is referred to as Non Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS).

The two entities are very similar in presentation, and both are due to sensitivity to gluten (especially gluten from wheat, as wheat consumption is most common). Continue reading

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Celiac Disease



Gluten sensitivity, the immunological reaction to gluten leading to inflammatory damage to the small intestine, is a growing concern. The reason for this is threefold. First, the availability of more accurate diagnostic tests has grown.Secondly, our social awareness of this condition has grown.

Thirdly, people are learning that the majority of cases of Celiac Disease are undiagnosed because they do not manifest clinical symptoms, at least not initially. It is estimated that about two thirds of Celiac Disease cases fall in this category and go on undiagnosed for a long time. This however does not mean that there is no tissue damage, particularly damage to the absorptive inner lining of the small intestine. Just as in symptomatic Celiac Disease, there is constant inflammatory damage. The difference is that this damage is not severe enough to cause symptoms in the initial stages. However over a prolonged period of time the damage usually becomes significant enough to cause symptoms.

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Digestive Enzymes and Pancreatic Cancer




Pancreatic Cancer is perhaps the most dreaded of all cancers. The main problem is that it usually takes a long time to cause symptoms. Therefore it has a long time to grow before detection. By that time it has usually spread to other organs or reached a point of what surgeons call inoperable. Soon, such a term will become obsolete as we will be able to grow genetically identical organs in a laboratory for transplantation or replace the pancreas with a mechanism that performs all of its roles. Even if the cancer has grown into major blood vessels (this is the major reason of it becoming inoperable at the present time) we will be capable of replacing these vessels with sophisticated grafts. However, we are still awaiting such advances in surgical and biological technology. Continue reading