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Dr. Karol takes you back: The year in review

Dr. Karol M.D Article by: Dr. Karol M.D
Date: Dec 18, 2014
Dr. Karol takes you back: The year in review


It’s your lucky day. We’ve put together a recap of all of our VITAROCKnews newsletter topics from 2014. But we’ve only given you a taste of each topic. For the real deal, click the links below to expand. Be sure to sign up to our email list at Vitarock.com to receive our monthly VITAROCKnews filled with articles, contests and great offers.

 

MEN’S HEALTH: THE ESSENTIALS

 

There are a few things you need to focus on here: Exercise to increase strength, stamina and endurance and to decrease tension and stress. Balance your work, finances, fun, food, alcohol, exercise and sex.  Limit simple carbs, junk food, fast foods, processed foods. Replace that with raw vegetables, lean proteins and healthy oils. Finally, see your doctor regularly and undergo chest x-ray, blood lipids and prostate exams from age 40 and colon exams starting at 50. Supplement with multivitamins, saw palmetto and antioxidants.

DETOX

 

It's important to detox so that you can remove the toxins that originate from our surroundings and as a by-product of our metabolism. Limit your overall exposure to toxins through the use of air and water filters. Eat fresh, preferably organic foods instead of junk and processed foods. Use natural household cleaning products. In terms of supplements, try lemon juice, cayenne, pepper, cilantro, parsley, spinach, spirulina, RenewLife cleanse/detox products, probiotics, fibre and drink lots of water.

IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME (IBS)

 

We don’t know what causes this. Its symptoms are constipation alternating with diarrhea, plus pain and bloating. The best supplements are probiotics, fibre, Renew Life 7-Day Bowel Cleanse, along with a low carb diet, yoga and meditation. Try to limit stress and develop a supportive relationship with your doctor  (as challenging as that may seem).

CANCER

 

Cancer is the third highest cause of death. For prevention, decrease your exposure to carcinogens (starting at pregnancy) such as tobacco, alcohol, preservatives and pesticides in food, processed foods, animal fats, junk food and fast food. Maintain a healthy body weight. Get antioxidants in your food and in supplement form (green veggies, vitamin C, vitamin E, berries, omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, fish oils, green tea, grape seed extract, etc.). Get exercise —especially cardio. Remember: Pap smears at 20 and mammograms at 40 and CA 125 tests for ovarian cancer (recommended) for women. For men: Prostate exams at 40. For both: colonoscopies at 50, chest X-rays every 5 years (especially in smokers).

GLUTEN

 

Some 330 thousand people have gluten sensitivity but only a third of them know it. It’s difficult to pinpoint this condition. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. It’s not found in corn and rice. When gluten is not eliminated from your diet, this condition does increase the risk of cancer. In addition, it can cause malabsorption syndromes (not being able to absorb nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids and so forth). It may also cause constipation, diarrhea, pain and bloating. Remove gluten from the diet and read the labels.

WOMEN’S HEALTH

 

For menstruation: Take iron, vitamin B12, multivitamins, Omega 3 and 6, and curcumin for pain and inflammation. For PMS: magnesium, calcium, St. John’s Wort, Black Cohosh, limit junk food, and limit pain meds. For pregnancy, remember: folate, multivitamins and no drugs, alcohol or tobacco. For menopausal symptoms: sage (A. Vogel Menopause), red clover, St. John’s wort, black cohosh, saffron, exercise, yoga, meditation, and support groups. Consider hormonal therapy only if symptoms prove to be severe and you have no family history of breast cancer. Even then, use only for a short time at the beginning of menopause. To prevent osteoporosis, use calcium and vitamin D; and for sleep problems use hops and valerian.

HEALTHY BABIES & KIDS

 

Learn about milestones and follow them. Breastfeed for 1 year or longer (no limit). Introduce soft food at 6 months. Make sure it is natural, organic, and nutritious. Emotional stability and warmth in the environment are very important. Get vaccinations and doctor checks. Keep the environment clean and organized, but don’t make it too sterile.

SPORTS NUTRITION

 

Keep it simple. Read the label and stick to the basics. Don’t be fooled by advertising. Eat protein (egg whites, chicken, fish, whey) without additives, branched chain amino acids, electrolytes, antioxidants, healthy oils, and complex instead of simple carbs. Stay away from animal fats. Great supplements are: L-citrulline, diosmin, beet juice, magnesium, calcium, L-carnitine, lots of water and creatine for short energy bursts during workouts. Everything else is most likely nonsense.

TOP 5 BRAIN FUEL FOODS AND BEYOND

 

Water, omega 3 fats, eggs, cacao, nuts, oats, CoQ10, high EPA fish oils, green blue algae and L-threonine are the top brain foods. Avoid artificial colors, preservatives, sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup and GMO corn cereals.

LIBIDO AND STRESS

 

Stress (emotional, nutritional, health related or due to toxins) kills fertility and sex drive. Reduce stress by keeping organized and managing your life. Achievement should be in tune with self-expectations. Good health is the key. Physical exercise, yoga, transcendental meditation, L-theanine, rhodiola, ashwagandha, ginseng, magnesium and calcium, multivitamins and no junk food are what I recommend. Enjoy life and feel fulfilled and productive with self-attained achievements. This will give a boost to your sex drive.

ADHD: The Great Debate

 

While over diagnosed, it does exist and can be a burden. ADHD is linked to deficiencies of zinc, iron, magnesium and omega 3s. It’s also linked to toxic exposure during pregnancy and childhood (tobacco, alcohol drugs etc.). Maintain a stable and supportive environment at home and at school.

DIGESTIVE HEALTH AND OVEREATING

 

Overeating leads to obesity, diabetes, liver and pancreatic problems. Small, frequent meals are better than big meals in general. Start with larger meals early in the day and decrease them as the day goes on. Use fibre, Renew Life DigestMore digestive enzymes and probiotics. For heartburn use licorice, DigestMore, aloe vera, calcium and baking soda. Do not lay down flat after meals. For liver health, use milk thistle.

SCIENCE OF ANTI-AGING

 

Reduce or eliminate exposure to toxins during pregnancy and later in life. Common ones are alcohol, tobacco, drugs, pesticides, synthetic household products, paints, dyes, fumes, etc. Use air and water filtration. Follow a healthy “Mediterranean” diet with lots of fruits (especially berries), vegetables, lean protein sources and healthy oils. Don’t eat fast foods, junk foods or processed foods. Stay away from candy, sweets, simple sugars, pop and sweetened fruit juices to prevent obesity and diabetes. Supplement with antioxidants and use only natural cosmetics that contain antioxidants or are made from fruits that have antioxidants in them. Finally, exercise regularly and practice yoga or meditation or other relaxation techniques.

DIABETES

 

Diabetes is the biggest health epidemic in modern times. There are 350 million affected worldwide and it is predicted to affect one billion people in the next 15 years. Diabetes leads to heart attacks, strokes, blindness, kidney failure and excruciating limb pain. Its number one causes are obesity and being overweight, simple sugars (pop, candy, fruit juices, sugar, sweets, white flour products), junk food and animal fats. Stress, inflammation and exposure to toxins also play a role. Stay thin, eat healthy and exercise. Cinnamon is a great supplement, but sugar control is key. Read your food labels!

PROSTATE HEALTH

 

Some 50% of men will have symptoms of prostate enlargement or cancer at some time. Prostate cancer is also the number 3 cancer killer after lung and colon cancer. Enlargement starts at age 30 — so start thinking about it at that age. The best prevention measures: Start prostate doctor examinations at 40 and every year thereafter. Start taking saw palmetto regularly at the age of 30 (A.Vogel Prostate 1). Eat a diet rich in antioxidants and pumpkin seeds. Remember, an enlarged prostate is a very common cause of erectile dysfunction, so instead of taking Viagra, think saw palmetto. Antioxidants and regular exercise are very effective.

I sincerely hope that you have enjoyed all of my newsletter articles. I am totally committed to continuing my education in the next year and beyond — and to sharing all of my findings with you.  I wish you all better health and more happiness. See you next time.