Dr.Karol, MD

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Radical Remedy: Hemp Hearts

If you are looking for a new superfood, here is one you don’t want to miss. It’s called a hemp heart and it’s a hempseed without its shell. Its composition is simply mind blowing. Containing 33% of protein it provides all the amino acids which are required for life. This includes all the essential amino acids that need to come from our diet. This plant based protein is also a great source of energy. The body prefers to burn it instead of converting it to fat.

When digested and utilized by the body, it produces an alkaline environment. This is in contrast to animal based proteins. An alkaline environment around cells promotes health. Bones are not dissolved, muscle rebuilds faster, circulation is improved and all the cells of the body are much happier.

Another third of Hemp Hearts are polyunsaturated fats mostly omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. These fats are excellent for brain health. They improve our memory and overall mood. They are also strongly anti-inflammatory thus benefiting patients with inflammatory conditions as well as supporting a healthy cardiovascular system. The fats are also an excellent source of energy. They suppress our appetite and make us feel fuller. With the addition of a proper diet individuals have lost and kept off a pound of fat per day.

Finally the last third is composed of fiber, which is excellent for digestive health and for preventing colon cancer, some complex carbohydrates and an impressive array of minerals and vitamins. Iron, calcium, and many essential vitamins are all present at impressive but still safe levels.

You can add these amazing seeds for optimal health to your oatmeal, sprinkled on cereal, added to yogurt, mixed in a smoothie or a protein shake, or mixed with some fruit or in any other way that you like or prefer.

They are tasty, healthy, and absolutely amazing anyway you look at it.

Dr. Karol M.D

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Gluten Sensitivity vs Celiac Disease

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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

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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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Radical Remedies: Probiotics Slow Down Aging

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Last Saturday’s my Radical Remedies topic on the The Natural Health Show was probiotics, so I appropriately chose this as the subject for today’s blog.

Once upon a time in the early 20th century in Russia lived a man by the name of Professor Metchnikoff  (a nobel laureate by the way). He observed that certain human populations in the steppes of Russia had great longevity so he decided to observe what was different in their lifestyle. The only thing that was obvious is that these peoples consumed a lot of fermented milk products such as kefir and sour milk. He started to research the subject at the Pasteur Institute of Paris and concluded that what is responsible for the longevity factor in sour milk are certain beneficial bacteria that he called Probiotics.

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The Health Benefits of Probiotics

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The upcoming topic on The Natural Health Show is probiotics, so I appropriately chose this as the subject for today’s blog.
Once upon a time in the early 20th century in Russia lived a man by the name of Professor Metchnikoff  (a nobel laureate by the way). He observed that certain human populations in the steppes of Russia had great longevity so he decided to observe what was different in their lifestyle. The only thing that was obvious is that these peoples consumed a lot of fermented milk products such as kefir and sour milk. He started to research the subject at the Pasteur Institute of Paris and concluded that what is responsible for the longevity factor in sour milk are certain beneficial bacteria that he called Probiotics. Continue reading