Dr.Karol, MD

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Paleo Diet for Body Building and for General Health

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The Paleo diet, or as it is properly named, the Paleolithic diet, just makes sense. It may not be 100% accurate in terms of the original argument for its support, but from a physiological point of view, it’s simply logical. The original concept was based on the theory that humans existed as hunters and gatherers for much longer (about 100 000 years longer at least) than as farmers. Agriculture began about 10 000 years ago. Today, our society feeds itself from modern agriculture. Thus, the theory goes, the digestive tract of humans has not had enough time to adapt to modern foods through genetic selection.

WHAT IS THE PALEO DIET?

What we are talking about in the Paleo diet is a diet primarily based on meats (fish, seafood, wildlife, beef and poultry), healthy oils (such as olive, grapeseed, hemp, fish and coconut, for example) as well as berries, fruits and vegetables. This is the basis of the Paleo diet. It lacks grains (including wheat), wheat-based products, dairy of any kind, processed foods, fast food, and salt.  The primary drinks are water and tea. It lacks coffee and any fruit juices, and most notably, it lacks pop drinks of any kind. The food also comes in a raw form more often than the modern diet due to the pretense that ancient people did not cook the majority of their food. Continue reading


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Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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The upcoming topic on The Natural Health Show tomorrow, Saturday, December 7th, which also includes my Radical Remedies segment on detox, is on Inflammatory Bowel Disease. So why not write a blog about it, right?
To begin with IBD is actually a list of eight separate diseases, but the main ones are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. They both affect our gastrointestinal tract (i.e. the food tract which begins at the mouth and ends at the little hole of your behind) and both are on the rise in industrialized countries, including Canada. They are also both considered to be autoimmune diseases, which means that they are caused by an over active immune system. This also causes excessive inflammation. What is different about them is that Crohn’s disease can affect any part of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract and has skip lesions, which means that it can affect the GI tract at separate locations along its length. It also affects the entire thickness of the GI track wall. Ulcerative colitis, on the other hand, affects just the large intestine (i.e. the colon) and the rectum. It has no skip lesions and it affects only the inner lining of the wall of the colon. Continue reading


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Healthy Weight Loss~Part One

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Every day we are hammered on TV and social media about crazy exercise plans with terms like savage, extreme, shredded, animal and so on. On top of this we are bombarded with information on diet plans and “miracle” pills that claim to make you lose fifty pounds in two weeks or some other ridiculous claim which is totally unrealistic and unhealthy.
The truth of the matter is that it is very unhealthy to lose a large amount of weight in a short period of time. Doing so makes the body go into shock. The consequence of this is the release of stress hormones which make us feel edgy, anxious, and stressed. Stressing the body in such a way causes inflammation, which as I mentioned in many of my previous blogs can have serious negative effects on our general health. We may also have serious problems with sleep and rest. Continue reading