Dr.Karol, MD

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Sleep, Anxiety and Magnesium the Savior

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It’s cute to watch babies sleep a lot and be worry free. When we see this it’s hard for some of us to remember that we were also once babies in this mega relaxed state of mind. The fact of life is that a large proportion of adults between 30 and 60 rarely have the luxury of good quality sleep. We all enjoy good sleep as it makes us feel rejuvenated, rested and energetic in the morning. On the other hand, poor sleep causes agitation, lack of clarity of thought, anxiety and an overall feeling of low energy. Such a perpetual state leads to stress, over-eating, and for some of us smoking and drinking to calm the nerves. The main reason for this lack of sleep and consequential anxiety is the hectic, fast-paced and stressful life style of our modern society. It’s the price we pay for advancing our selves. However, another reason, and one that can be easily eliminated, is that most people do not get adequate magnesium from their diets. Continue reading


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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 Remedies: The Health Benefits of Magic Mushrooms

Today’s topic is perhaps the most interesting so far. With increasing legality of medical marihuana and the increasing flow of positive evidence of its health benefits it is no surprise that renowned university research centers have undertaken studies of magic mushrooms.

A study performed by John Hopkins University has found that low doses of the active ingredient in magic mushrooms, called psilocybin, had an anti-aging effect on openness. Openness relates to the ability to see and appreciate beauty, to imagine, to be aware of our own and other peoples feelings and to be curious and creative. Normally these traits attenuate as we age as we become more rigid. Magic mushrooms have been found to reverse this process with long lasting effects, on average up to a year or longer.

Research volunteers have reported increased interconnectedness to all people and things, feeling of peace and joy, a sense of sacredness and of stepping outside of “normal time and space”.

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Stress and Libido

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Perhaps one of the most important aspects of how libido (i.e. sex drive) is influenced is stress. This relates to both physical as well as mental stress. Stress and libido are inversely related. When stress level goes up, libido goes down.

EVOLUTION, STRESS & SEX

This is a vestige of our evolutionary ancestry. Back in the day, most stress was caused by either lack of food, bad weather, or risk from predators or other competing humans. It didn’t  make much sense to procreate and have children during these periods. Lack of resources and risk from predators or other humans decreased the chances of a successful pregnancy, labour and child development. The increased risk was both to the woman and the child. Energy and focus was at such times directed towards personal survival more then towards procreation. Thus, men and women were more motivated to gather food, build shelters and protect the existing family. Such shifts in human behaviour from procreation to self-preservation, and vice versa, are mainly controlled by our endocrine system (i.e. our hormones). Continue reading


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The Hypocrisy of the US Marijuana Laws

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Up until the early 20th century, cannabis was widely used for the manufacture of rope and clothing, and also as a medicine. Early colonists before the Declaration of Independence were ordered by the King of England to grow at least 100 cannabis plants at any one time. It was not until 1906, with the passing of the Pure Food and Drug Act, that most states branded cannabis a “poison” and required using this term on the label of any cannabis product intended for human consumption. The reason for this was that cannabis was still available in the US as a prescription drug.

THE WAR ON CANNABIS

It was not until the 1930s with the establishment of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics that the real war on cannabis began. Cannabis in any form was branded a poison and a “killer drug”, making people “insane”, “dangerous” and overly promiscuous. This was followed by the Nixon and Regan administrations (both avid enemies of cannabis) and their passing of a number of anti-cannabis laws. Continue reading


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Radical Remedies: Natural Sleep Aids

NHSSleep problems are a growing issue.  People are stressed out with their fast-paced lives. They drink more coffee and other caffeine-based drinks and they frequently drink too much alcohol. All of this is happening as we strive to deal with stress and adapting to the changing, challenging world around us.

The consequence of these behaviours is less good quality sleep and thus a lesser capacity to deal with all the new demands of our modern existence. So what do we do? More coffee, more martinis and more stress due to further lack of good sleep. This can easily become a vicious cycle.

Natural Remedies That Work

Fortunately there are a number of natural remedies and lifestyle modifications that can help. We fall asleep and stay asleep mainly because of Melatonin. We can certainly supplement with this natural compound, or take Tryptophan which first gets converted to Serotonin (thus helping prevent depression) and then to Melatonin. Vitamin B6 helps in this enzymatic conversion. Egg whites and Spirulina have the highest level of Tryptophan, contrary to the widespread belief that it’s turkey.

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Radical Remedies: The Surprising Health Benefits of Alcohol, Especially Red Wine

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

At low doses (1 to 2 glasses of red wine each evening), alcohol has more health benefits than health-damaging effects. Red wine is the healthiest source of alcohol since it also contains Resveratrol, the antioxidative molecule that protects our arteries and thus our hearts from clogging up with cholesterol plaques. Red wine has also been used as an antiseptic, especially to prevent gastrointestinal infections from bacteria and parasites.

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