Dr.Karol, MD

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Cetylated Fatty Acids

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Arthritis is one of the most common painful medical conditions that afflicts millions, if not billions of people worldwide. It’s largely caused by genetics, obesity, lack of exercise, poor diet, chronic inflammation and overall wear and tear on the body. Unfortunately, traditional pain medications come with many side effects and risks. And as a last resort, people turn to costly and risky surgical replacement of the entire joint. In Canada, even though it’s covered by health care, it can involve long wait times and excruciating pain.

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Maggot Debridement Therapy

 

As a Medical Doctor, I came across two conditions that physicians had lots of problems with: One was a diabetic foot wound that never wants to heal, and the other a pressure ulcer wound on the parts of the body on which immobile patients would lie for prolonged periods of time. What they have in common is that these wounds do not want to heal as a result of insufficient circulation. The consequence is an infected wound with lots of dead tissue that is often resistant to antibiotics. Modern medicines simply can not penetrate the wound because blood can not take them where they are needed. The problem is compounded by many antibiotic resistant bacterial strains (thanks to overzealous use of these medications).

Although there has been an effective treatment for these conditions for millennia the medical establishment is still stubborn in continuing using antibiotics and cleaning the wound with surgical procedures. Many times this is not effective and the patients suffer. The simple reason why this mysterious treatment that I will shortly reveal is rejected is because it seems primitive and unappetizing. But does that really matter when something really works? I think you will agree with me that the answer is… not really.

So now for the shock. Disinfected maggots from fly larvae have been found to be highly effective for cleaning and disinfecting these types of wounds. They are much more effective for cleaning the wound than surgical procedures. Furthermore, they secrete enzymes that kill antibiotic resistant bacteria; something neither antibiotics or surgical procedures are able to do. The procedure has so much scientific evidence that the Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of maggots for this purpose under the category of a medical device. The problem is no one teaches this in medical schools and most new physicians have no idea about this effective treatment. So next time you find yourself with a wound that refuses to heal mention this to your doctor and get the treatment that really works and be immune to any sarcastic grin!

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The Pineal Gland and Fluorinated Water

The pineal gland, which is also known as the third eye, is situated at the center of the brain where the two hemispheres meet. The pineal gland produces Melatonin, the hormone that initiates and maintains sleep. As we age, the pineal gland calcifies – something which may diminish its function. This may explain why so many elderly people suffer from insomnia. This process of calcification has been linked to an increased intake of fluoride, which makes sense, because fluoride binds to calcium rendering it solid.

Fluoride is added to our tap water because of its tooth decay prevention claims. But recent studies suggest that it is actually calcium that protects teeth and bone. In fact, a high fluoride and low calcium intake can actually cause tooth decay. The fluoride that is added to tap water is even more dangerous than fluoride itself. It is actually an industrial waste product called hydrofluorosilinic acid that is regulated by Canadian Environmental Protection Agency as an environmental pollutant and water contaminant. There is also increasing evidence that fluoride and calcium work together to harden arteries, which is one of the leading causes of heart attacks.

The pineal gland is not all about Melatonin. It is also the main producer of a substance called dimethyltryptamine or DMT. This substance is prevalent in plants and animals. Its role is still unknown, but it is highly hallucinogenic and is released in large quantities during birth and death. Makes you wonder what else the pineal gland has to offer.

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Transcendental Meditation

Stress is a silent killer. And there is no shortage of it in our fast paced, big-city lives. It burdens our mental health and releases the stress hormone cortisol – a hormone that contributes to cardiovascular disease, obesity, poor glucose control and diabetes.

Enter transcendental meditation. It not only reduces stress substantially, but it may also lead to deeper self-awareness and spiritual development. And it doesn’t have to be about religion — it’s about meditation’s proven effect on our health – not to mention the relaxed mind and body state it creates.

You don’t need special training to meditate. Just grab a pillow and sit down in a peaceful corner of your home, yard or office. Sit up straight and relax your body, ensuring that your shoulders and spine are aligned.

Close your eyes and imagine yourself moving from your head to your toes, or the reverse, and relax each body part as you reach it. Be mindful of inhaling and exhaling as you do this. If a thought enters your mind, follow it neutrally, without judgment. If no thoughts enter your mind, bask in the stillness of your body. Chant the word “ohm”, drawing out and lengthening the word as you utter it. Do this for 5-10 minutes. When you feel you’re done, rub your hands together and gently massage your face. Bring your hands to your knees and open your eyes.

A great time to practice meditation is first thing in the morning and before you go to sleep. It can be challenging to ignore the chatter in your mind, especially if it is casting doubt on your meditation. But you will be amazed at how much tranquility this can bring to your life.

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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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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.

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