Dr.Karol, MD

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You are what you eat: Kids & Multivitamins

In the absence of a strict, healthy eating regime from the very beginning, many children resort to junk food, processed foods, foods laden with animal fats, processed sugars, sugar-packed candy & processed drinks, artificial coloring and other garbage. They will especially resort to such diets when their authority figures are not watching. This can begin as early as Grade 1, when they start experiencing more freedom.

Such undisciplined gorging paves the way to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, inflammatory pain conditions, indigestion and —later in life— hypertension and strokes.

Nutrition begins at home

The best way to teach proper eating habits is to not allow the above listed “foods” in the home environment, and to lead by example. If these “foods” are eliminated and not allowed at home, their consumption will drop by up to 80%, because children won’t have time to access them elsewhere. They may have an opportunity at lunch or right after school when no one is watching, but not all day long. With such an approach, the worst-case scenario is a nutritious breakfast, (such as organic eggs, fresh tomatoes, a glass of organic milk, and a small piece of multigrain bread with organic jam), and a healthy dinner. Let’s also remember that the diet plans in most schools lack proper nutritional value. Their meals are usually very simple in composition and they are vitamin and mineral deficient.

The Biology of Food

Even when an effort is made at home, kids still may not get enough nutrients. Kids are growing (even beyond the age of 18) and they need more nutrients, vitamins and essential minerals in order for their biology to advance, promoting optimal physical development, mental development, mental balance as well as sufficient energy levels. These essential nutrients also detoxify their bodies of environmental pollutants as well as from the nasty stuff they eat when we are not watching. When these nutrients become deficient, they can lead to mood swings, depression, inattention, aggressive behavior, lack of energy, decreased learning & memory and a general feeling of lethargy.

Supplements: Going Beyond the Pantry

There is a simple way to prevent this. Have them take one large size multivitamin/multimineral tablet each day with a meal. Supplement with an additional fish oil capsule for mental health and optimal learning. Fish oil with omega-3 fatty acids have also been shown to help prevent the development of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). This disorder is very common — although also commonly over diagnosed— in children.

And please remember: Try to make them eat at home more often and less often away from home. This will minimize their consumption of junk foods. Make the home meals nutritious with lots of protein, greens, vegetables and healthy oils such as olive oil and flaxseed oil. Also, try to keep it low in carbohydrates. This includes breads, dough, chips, French fries, and pop. Good luck! (No cynicism intended.) If you take my words as a gospel, your kids will thank you when they grow up.

Until next time,
Dr. Karol


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L-Glutamine for Growth, Alkalinity & Detox

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Why is L-Glutamine (Glutamine for simplicity’s sake) so popular in the sports nutrition industry? Why is it so success as a recovery agent after any kind of trauma including post-surgery recovery?

WHAT IS L-GLUTAMINE?

To begin with, Glutamine is one of the 20 amino acids and is the most abundant amino acid in the human body. It is second only to glucose as the primary cellular energy source. The body can synthesize this amino acid from scratch, but this rate of synthesis is limited: when the body is going through physical activity, as in sports training, or when it is stressed due to some trauma. One of the prime roles of Glutamine is the same as for any other amino acid; it is the building block of proteins.

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Sports and Greens

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In my blog article on baking soda for kidney health, I expressed how the kidneys are constantly neutralizing acid produced during metabolism. The kidneys do this by producing about a pound of bicarbonate each day to keep the pH of blood and other body fluids at or near the pH of 7.4, which is a slightly alkaline fluid environment. The reason for this is simple. Our cells, through metabolic reactions, produce hydrogen ions as well as lactic acid. It is the lactic acid that actually produces muscle pains when exercising for a prolonged period of time. Normally, bicarbonate binds these acids, transports them to the lungs where they are eliminated as carbon dioxide. Some acid is also excreted by the kidneys.

However, as efficient as this system is, it can be easily overwhelmed. Primary examples are extensive, prolonged exercise, kidney insufficiency and lung insufficiency of any kind.

HOW ACIDITY AFFECTS US

Too much acidity slows down all metabolic reactions. All metabolic reactions are enhanced (sped up) by enzymes, and enzymes are proteins made of amino acids. Acidity basically denatures proteins (i.e. starts changing their shape) and thus makes them less capable of performing their job. Continue reading


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Radical Remedies: Healthy Fertility

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Fertility is a big issue in our society. With more and more processed foods and artificial preservatives in our diet, the lack of nutrient-based foods, and progressively older age of women and men becoming parents for the first time, it is little wonder that this is a growing concern.

Fortunately in the vast majority of cases, simple changes in diet, exercise and lifestyle can increase fertility to the point of conceiving without resorting to expensive techniques such as in vitro fertilization.

The following supplements have been shown to enhance fertility:

Red Raspberry Leaf in capsule form or as a tea

Red Clover

Nettle Leaf

Maca which also increases libido (should not be used during pregnancy)

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Parsley the Superfood

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This month is a body cleansing month. Therefore my blog posts would not be complete without writing about Parsley. Most people use this herb just as favouring, sprinkled on food, but only a few people realize that this humble herb is actually a Superfood. What I mean by a Superfood is a food that is packed with health promoting nutrients. Parsley certainly falls in this category. I also became interested in Parsley because of my growing interest in kidney health. Why kidneys? It’s because of my growing interest in detox in general and especially detox as preventative medicine. What I mean by this is that my medical focus is more and more on preventative medicine and treatment with natural compounds found in supplements and healthy foods and not just symptomatic pharmaceutical treatment of many diseases that could have been prevented by a healthy lifestyle and especially healthy foods such as Parsley….Read more…..


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Radical Remedies: Hemp Hearts

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Last Saturday on the radio at the Natural Health Show (Saturday 11am ET AM740 and Sunday 5pm PT AM980) I discussed the topic of Hemp Hearts as a super food. I find this topic dear to my heart as I have been involved in healthy body building most of my life and healthy plant based protein sources are essential for the practice of this sport.

This topic is of strong interest at the present in the athletic and the health supplement world because of two reasons. First, traditional animal based (including dairy) protein sources usually contain unhealthy fats and cholesterol. When broken down they acidify the body. This slows down muscle growth, breaks down bones (by dissolving the calcium) and creates an inflammatory state all over the body. The combination of bad fats, lack of fiber and excess acidity can cause a myriad of chronic and serious medical conditions. Furthermore, animal protein sources contain very little, if any, nutrients in the form of vitamins and minerals.

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Exercise and the Timing of Meals

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We are nearing the end of the Weight Loss theme for the month. I have thus decided to write on perhaps the most important aspect of this topic. To be very blunt, it is impossible to lose any significant amount of weight without burning more calories than the amount that we consume in food. This is a simple fact of life and the fundamental rule of thermodynamics.

Our bodies constantly burn calories to maintain our body temperature and our metabolic functions. In turn, we consume calories in the form of food in order to supply these needs. If excess calories are consumed the excess gets stored as fat. If there is less consumed than is being burned we lose fat and get thinner. Continue reading