Dr.Karol, MD

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Sleep, Anxiety and Magnesium the Savior




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


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




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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Irritable Bowel Syndrome IBS


Welcome back all of my dear readers. This months blog themes are Cancer awareness (prevention and what to do once you got it), and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). I will begin with the latter.

The prevalence of IBS in the Canadian population is 6%. It is 3 times more likely to be diagnosed in women than in men and is responsible for 30 billion dollars annually in medical costs and non medical costs (e.g. work absenteeism) in the US.

The symptoms are mostly abdominal pain with a predominance of diarrhea, constipation or both alternating with one another. Other symptoms are excessive flatulence and bloating.

A clear cause is still unknown. There are two prevalent theories. One is that a large proportion of IBS occurs after some kind of gastrointestinal infection. The other large proportion of IBS occurs in individuals that have undergone some kind of significant stressful event. This stressful event may have happened just prior to the IBS symptoms or years before. Needless to say psychological trauma and/or GI infections seem to correlate strongly with this condition. Continue reading

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Radical Remedies: Natural Pain Management




Pain management. It’s a very hot topic. The reason for this is straight forward. It is safe to say that every living person in this world has experienced pain at one time or another. It is also the predominant feature of most diseases, acute and chronic alike.

Pain is commonly elicited in regions of the body where there is inflammation. If the inflammation lasts a long time, it causes damage to the organ that is inflamed. This may lead to chronic, debilitating and painful illness.

The problem with common pain medications is that they rely heavily on blocking the perception of pain but not the underlying cause. Another problem with these medications is that most of them have serious side effects and can also be highly addictive as they fall in the category of narcotics.

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Radical Remedies: The Health Benefits of Magic Mushrooms




Today’s Radical Remedies topic is perhaps the most interesting so far. With increasing legality of medical marijuana 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 antiaging effect on “openness”. Openness relates to the ability to see and appreciate beauty, to imagine, to be aware of our own and other people’s 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 feelings of 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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Sensual Aromatherapy




We are nearing the end of this month and our two themes for February, which were Heart Health and Sexual Health. Next month, the new themes will be Men’s Health, detox and natural and safe cleaning products. Of course, I will be covering the medical topics. The other equally and interesting topics will be covered by our other experts at Vitarock.

In this last blog post of the month, I want to write about sensual aromatherapy. Oils of various herbs and spices have been used for millennia as perfumes and pleasant smells in spas and bedrooms. This practice dates back to the ancient Greeks and Romans who prized themselves on very spacious and highly sophisticated spas. These spas were commonly used not only for relaxation but also for conversations, wine drinking and yes, sex. Many natural oils were discovered at that time and were applied to the steaming water or on top of wood burning furnaces to emanate an aroma that was pleasing to the senses as well as stimulating the senses in a sensual and sexual way. Continue reading

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Baby Blues




Today’s topic is a continuation of mother and baby topics. It’s about Baby Blues, which is the slight depression felt by some mothers after giving birth. I picked this topic partly because of the recent change in weather, which makes some of us a little depressed.
Baby Blues is a psychological state experienced by about 50% of women right after giving birth. It’s basically light depression. The reason for this is not entirely clear, but it is likely multifactorial. The ending of pregnancy may be one of them. Most women are very happy to be pregnant and to have the baby as part of their body. Birth, although bringing into the world the baby that mothers love, and wait for, ends this stage. Continue reading