For the first time in 50 years, heart disease deaths are up. Yet, more people are taking cholesterol lowering drugs or blood pressure pills than ever.
Its obvious medicine is looking in the wrong place. In this episode we talk about the real cause of heart disease.
We also talk about cholesterol, the good, bad, and ugly. We also share what foods to eat to prevent heart disease.
Doctors are warning that millions are using acid reflux drugs for too long. Most people are unaware of the serious side effects associated with these drugs.
In this episode we talk about potential side effects of long term use of acid reflux drugs. We talk abut B12, anemia, brain, heart, and immune system.
We also talk about the REAL cause of heartburn and how to fix it naturally.
In this podcast we answer listener questions from our latest webinar. The first question we discuss is about canola oil and other vegetable oils.
Vegetable oils are high in omega-6 and the average person eats 17 times more omega-6 compared to omega-3 in a day, which is terrible for your health. This has lead to significant inflammation and many modern diseases.
We talk about research showing amazing benefits when eating a lower omega-6 to omega-3 ratio.
We also talk about a study showing how omega-6 fatty acids in seed oils cause your heart cell mitochondria to become more dysfunctional as you age.
We share our favourite oils to cook with.
The second question we answer is about fasting, specifically for weight loss.
In this episode we talk about the amazing, immediate benefits cutting out sugar has on five organs.
We talk about the effect of cutting out sugar has on your:
Many of the benefits we talk about are independent of weight loss. Even if you don't lose any weight from cutting out sugar, you'll still benefit metabolically.
Heart disease is still the #1 killer in North America even though millions of people take cholesterol lowering drugs.
In this podcast we talk about the BEST predictor of heart disease and heart attacks...
We also talk about...
How you become insulin resistant
The three insulin roadblocks
How to overcome insulin resistance
After one of our webinars, someone asked us about fatty liver, specifically if it can be reversed. In this podcast we answer that question in more detail.
We talk about the function of the liver and one of the biggest myths...that the liver is a filter.
We talk about how the liver becomes fatty, why it's very common and how dangerous it is long term.
We also discuss a study showing it takes only 7 days to put fat on a liver.
More importantly, we talk about how to reverse fatty liver.
In this episode we talk about how a B12 deficiency can literally cause your brain to shrink...it can rot your brain.
We talk about how vitamin B12 is a common deficiency that a majority of people experience.
We talk about three reasons why so many are deficient:
Not eating enough
We also talk about the importance of getting the right kind of B12 since many on the market are synthetic and aren't found anywhere in nature.
We also talk about how to keep your brain healthy as you age
In this episode we talk about the real causes of sluggish thyroid. Many women experience the frustration of having thyroid symptoms and yet have normal blood work. Why is that? In this podcast we talk about the real causes and why your thyroid is not the actual cause, but the effect.
We discuss the effect stress, leaky gut, estrogen dominance, liver, and iodine have on your thyroid.
In this episode we talk about the five main causes of hair loss. We talk about sluggish thyroid, high cortisol, low stomach acid and digestive enzymes, low protein intake, and low iron.
Hair is an important biomarker. In order to have healthy hair, you need healthy thyroid, good digestion, adequate protein and iron intake. If any of these are missing or not working properly, then you are at risk for thinning or losing your hair.
We've been talking about low carb diets in our clinic for over a decade. Low carb eating is the best way to fix high circulating insulin, which is the main cause of Type-2 Diabetes, heart disease, Alzheimer's and Dementia.
But what does low carb even mean? How low do you have to go?
Ketogenic 'keto' diets are all the rage right now. Does everyone need to go keto?
How many carbs should you eat?
In this podcast we talk about low carb diets and why it's a spectrum.
We discuss the three insulin roadblocks...
Many women experience the frustration of having normal thyroid blood tests even though they have sluggish thyroid symptoms.
In this podcast we talk about three big reasons why you can have many hypothyroid symptoms and still have normal blood tests.
Common sluggish thyroid symptoms include:
We talk about why the size of the thyroid, subclinical hypothyroidism, and the Metabolic Storm can all cause normal testing
Dr. Martin Jr.: You're listening to the Doctors in Podcasts from Martinclinic.com. Although we share a lot of practical and in our opinion, awesome information, what you hear on this podcast is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent any disease. It's strictly for informational purposes. So enjoy.
Hello, I'm Dr. Martin Jr.
Dr. Martin Sr.: I'm Dr. Martin senior.
Dr. Martin Jr.: And this is the Doctors in Podcast and [00:00:30] this is episode 175. And today we want to talk about a very common story or frustration that we hear about on a regular basis. It's something that we hear in our clinic. It's something that we hear when people email us questions. It's stuff that we hear on Facebook Lives or inside of our private Facebook group, and it goes something like this. So I'll introduce a fictional character, we'll call her Jane, for some reason. [00:01:00] We'll call her Jane. So Jane is tired, she's not sleeping well, she started to gain a little bit of weight. And you know what? She just can't lose it like she used to be able to lose the weight. Also noticed her hair is thinning or falling out a little bit more than it used to. Even her nail seem a little bit weaker. And then even her eyebrows are not as thick as they used to be.
So Jane goes on and looks on the Internet and soon discovers that she has a lot [00:01:30] of symptoms of a sluggish thyroid, of hypothyroidism, right? So she books an appointment with her family doctor. Her family doctor runs the typical tests, typical thyroid stuff, and it comes back and everything's normal. Everything is good. So what we want to talk about today is, how is it possible to have a lot of symptoms of a sluggish thyroid, and yet have still normal [00:02:00] thyroid blood tests? Because this is very common. This is not an isolated incident. This is something that's very common. And another scenario along the lines of that is, Jane goes through all that again, goes and gets tested and the doctor comes back, says, "Yeah, your thyroid's off a little bit. We'll put you on some thyroid meds." And they feel better for a bit. Then they get the same symptoms. And then the doctor checks their levels and they constantly have to adjust the levels [00:02:30] of medication because they can't seem to get the thyroid down pat.
So that's what we're going to talk about today. And there's three ... Listen, there's a lot of reasons why that happens, but we're going to list three big reasons why your thyroid tests are normal, even if you have thyroid symptoms. So that's what we're going to talk about. Now, before we give the three reasons, I think we have to talk first about how complex the thyroid is, and how difficult [00:03:00] it is in terms of all the things associated with thyroid. Because the thyroid is, first of all, it's a puppet. Something else, it's pulling its strings. And the thyroid has a control on every cell in your body, right?
So the way the thyroid works, and we've shared this with you before, so we're going to go through this quickly because that's not really the point of this episode here, is your brain, specifically your hypothalamus secretes a hormone, which is TRH. And TRH goes to your pituitary [00:03:30] and then gets your pituitary to create a hormone that then tells your thyroid to get to work. And of course that hormone is TSH, thyroid stimulating hormone-
Dr. Martin Sr.: That the one that they test, right? That's the most common test for the thyroid is the TSH test.
Dr. Martin Jr.: And so then your thyroid gets going. So your thyroid then makes a bunch of hormones, right? So TSH stimulate your thyroid, your thyroid makes a bunch of hormones. Specifically [00:04:00] it makes T4 it makes T3, T2, T1 and a little bit of Calcitonin. And that's how it works. However, as we've mentioned, every cell in your body is influenced, or affected by your thyroid, and the active hormone that your thyroid makes, that influences cell is the T3. So T3 is the active form in a sense of the thyroid. But when the pituitary tells your thyroid to get to work, 90% [00:04:30] of the hormones made by the thyroid is in the form of T4. So there's another step that has to occur. T4 has to be converted into T3
Dr. Martin Sr.: Where does that happen?
Dr. Martin Jr.: That happens in the liver. So the liver, think of all the things that can affect the liver, can affect the way you convert T4 to T3. So the reason why we went through that is just to give you an idea of the complexity of the thyroid, and how involved it is, and how a [00:05:00] problem with the Hypothalamus, the pituitary, the thyroid, T4, the liver ... There's so many things, that's not including the other stuff in the body, that can block how your thyroid works. Right, which we'll talk about in a second. But the thyroid is very complicated.
Dr. Martin Sr.: And your thyroid is your gas pedal, and your thyroid is your furnace. I mean your body won't regulate itself properly. It will not be able to get into its highest level of octane [00:05:30] energy if the thyroid is not running up to snuff. And the other one is your body temperature. And this is why so many people that have trouble with their thyroid, even though they don't think they have any kind of disease of it, is their body temperatures, especially with their hands and feet, nose, they're very cold, right? They just have a hard time meeting up. And of course the thyroid can go on the other end too, of course. And that's more rare is where they get hyperthyroidism, [00:06:00] and then they're not well. They could get tachycardia, where the heart starts to race and their body temperature goes up. But generally it's the other end.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Yeah, probably the 80/20 rule. At least more than that. Even-
Dr. Martin Sr.: Probably 90/10.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Yeah. Majority of the people complain that their thyroid starts to slow down. So all right. So let's just spend the rest of the time talking about those big three reasons why tests are normal, even if you have thyroid symptoms. [00:06:30] The first reason is, and we'll explain this in more detail, is that the thyroid is tiny. The thyroid is tiny. Now before we go any further, we like to use the example of ricin. Ricin is a poison that's found naturally in castor beans. It's possibly the most deadly poison.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Don't need much.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Well, yeah. Exactly. In fact, a dosage of rice in the size of a grain of rice [00:07:00] will kill you. And that's how powerful ricin is. Well, the thyroid is also very powerful and it's tiny. The thyroid weighs less than 25 grams. To give you an idea how much it weighs, 25 grams, a double A battery weighs 24 grams. So your thyroid ways about the weight of a AA battery.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Not big.
Dr. Martin Jr.: It's tiny yet it controls every system and every cell in your body. [00:07:30] So it's extremely powerful little thing. So even though it's tiny, it can directly influence every cell in your body. And obviously it's so tiny, yet it affects your energy, it affects your weight and affects your healthy skin, healthy hair, your brain. So you can imagine. So you would think that in order to control every cell in your body that the thyroid has to make a lot of thyroid hormone, right? It must make [00:08:00] a dump truck full of T4, T3, T2, T1. It must make a dump truck full. It must be pumping out thyroid hormone 24/7 at massive amounts to control everything on your body.
We know that's not true. That's not true. The thyroid only secretes about one teaspoon of thyroid hormone over a full year. One teaspoon of thyroid hormone production in a year, [00:08:30] and it controls every system in your body, which tells you first, how powerful the thyroid gland is and how things are regulated at a micro level. So the problem with that is, any kind of ... Think about that. Microscopic change in the amount that that thyroid produces can cause every symptom in the book. That's very hard to track. So the thyroid is very tiny. [00:09:00] It doesn't produce a lot of hormones and any kind of slight change can have a drastic effect. And here's the thing, a slight change may affect you more than it affects me. I may need a bigger change for it to affect me.
And when you get your testing, they have this range and if you're inside that range are fine. But what happens if a smaller effect hurts me more than it hurts you? And we're both within the normal range, but I was a little higher [00:09:30] and I'm a little lower in the normal range and I'm getting thyroid symptoms. Because, does it matter what the range says if I'm getting the thyroid symptoms? Of course not. I'm getting thyroid symptoms and that's-
Dr. Martin Sr.: It's amazing how many women that we hear from, and we see women because they're much more susceptible to it. And I'm sure we're going to touch on that as we go into some of the reasons why they're testing can be normal. But let me just say that [00:10:00] women are very instinctive when it comes to their own bodies, much more than men. Men rarely have a clue, right? They don't really care as much. I'm not saying all men are like that, but most men are, at least in my experience, whenever they come to see me, they'd been dragged in. Their health is secondary to most men. Unless they get scared skinny by their doctor, most men, "I feel good and nothing's too dramatic."
But women [00:10:30] are much more sensitive to what's going on in their body. It's amazing their instincts, that they go, "You know what? That's thyroid. And I keep telling my doctor. It's thyroid, right? And that my doctor said, well, yeah, but your tests are normal. I don't care what my tests are normal. I don't feel good. And I think it's my thyroid." Thousands of times I hear that because women are smart, and they understand that-
Dr. Martin Jr.: And they know, like you said. They know what's off.
Dr. Martin Sr.: I know what my hair's like. I know what my weight-
Dr. Martin Jr.: They know [00:11:00] they understand that. They know that their hair is falling out more, or that it's thinner. They know their skin's drier than it used to be. They understand-
Dr. Martin Sr.: Their nails. They look at their nails, they under ... They know what ... I don't know what my nails are like. I never look there. But women, I mean, come on. Anyway, it's interesting because they know they're not well.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Yeah. And that's why they get frustrated when they're told that everything's normal. Right? Alright, so the first reason is how small the thyroid [00:11:30] is. The second reason why your tests can be normal, even though you have thyroid symptoms, has to do with the term called subclinical hypothyroidism. And we'll get into that. So first of all, let's just talk about this word subclinical. Now, according to Dr. Google, I wanted to get the very straight definition of subclinical. Subclinical basically means anything related to or denoting a disease, which is not severe enough to present definite or readily [00:12:00] observable symptoms.
So subclinical means, you're having symptoms but not enough to move the needle on the blood testing. Right? And here's the thing. When it comes to the thyroid, subclinical hypothyroidism can exist for seven years before lab numbers are affected. So you can have thyroid symptoms for seven years before anything shows up on blood testing. So think of what that, seven years of fatigue, seven [00:12:30] years of weight gain, seven years of poor sleep, dry skin, hair falling out, all those things, before it shows up on a blood test.
Now here's the question. Should you have to suffer with these symptoms for that long, just waiting for your numbers to change? It sounds ridiculous, but that's the very same thing that many women go through when their thyroid starts to slow down because it's subclinical. And this is what I want to hammer home the point on this is, [00:13:00] so why does it take so long for those blood numbers to change? And it's because of something that's called receptor site sensitivity. And that's important to understand. So I'll explain that.
Now, imagine every cell in your body has little receptors, like little antenna. And what they do is they transmit the signal from the hormone outside the cell to inside the cell. So you can have a [00:13:30] normal amount of hormone circulating in your blood, but the hormone isn't having the same effect on the cell because the receptors are damaged. The receptors are no longer working the way they should. And that happens with the thyroid. But by the way, we talk about this all the time, the same thing happens with insulin.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah, absolutely.
Dr. Martin Jr.: The cells become resistant to a certain extent to insulin. Well, the cells stop. They don't respond to [00:14:00] thyroid hormone the same way. And here's what's interesting. One of the major ways that receptors or those little intend to get damaged is inflammation. And what's a major cause of inflammation in the body? We call it an accelerant all the time.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah. Cortisol.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Cortisol. A problem with your adrenals can destroy your thyroid gland.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin Jr.: In a sense that it destroys the receptors and how they work, meaning [00:14:30] you have normal thyroid hormone levels according to your blood tests, but your cells aren't responding to it. That's receptor site sensitivity. That's a problem. So you will have normal tests for now, because things change.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Eventually, they will come out-
Dr. Martin Jr.: For seven years you can have normal tests.
Dr. Martin Sr.: That's a long time to wait.
Dr. Martin Jr.: And that's what's so frustrating about it. And the symptoms can get worse over time, but yet you're still producing enough of the hormone, or it's [00:15:00] been such a microscopic change that it doesn't even register or it's just still within a normal range on the blood test. So you can see why that's frustrating, which is why we talk a lot about even the effect that cortisol, so stress kills your thyroid. If you're stressed long enough, or your body has a cortisol problem for a long time, your thyroid, especially if you're a woman, your thyroid is going to be a victim. We wrote a book on this years ago, 'The serial killers: Two hormones that want you [00:15:30] dead.' And elevated cortisol is a serial killer. One of the victims is to absolute your thyroid. It absolutely will take your thyroid with it.
So that's what happens. So that's the second reason. So the first was your thyroid is small, it's tiny, secretes a teaspoon of thyroid hormone a year. And the second one is subclinical hypothyroidism. You can have a receptor, you're a little antenna on the cells can be damaged. You're making enough hormone, but your cells aren't getting it. So it's reacting like you're not getting any or not getting [00:16:00] enough, and you have sluggish thyroid symptoms. So that's the second reason.
Now, the third reason is something that you and I have talked about a lot, and that's what we call the metabolic storm, because the thyroid-
Dr. Martin Sr.: Not independent.
Dr. Martin Jr.: The person thinks they have a thyroid problem and they do. But they're actually in a metabolic storm, meaning they also have a problem with their adrenals and they also have a problem with their ovaries. And I know a lot of women are saying, "Yeah, but I don't have my ovaries anymore." Well then you definitely [00:16:30] have a problem with estrogen, and progesterone, which is what we're talking about when we talk about ovaries. But you're in the metabolic storm. And when you're in the metabolic storm, you have a problem with your adrenals, specifically, cortisol. You have a problem with your thyroid hormones and you have a problem with estrogen, progesterone. And it's creating this real hormonal problem and it's given you a ton of symptoms but not in enough in a sense to change the blood work on your thyroid because the adrenals are equally [00:17:00] involved and estrogen and progesterone are equally involved.
So they're actually in something that we call the metabolic storm. And we've talked a lot over the years about this. Over the years. We'd call it the Bermuda Triangle of hormones. You've talked a ton about that over the years and a lot of videos, but that's the third way and it's because it's the way they're connected those three. If you have a thyroid, a longstanding thyroid, you're going to have adrenals and ovary issues. Same thing. You can start off [00:17:30] with a lot of adrenal issues, a lot of stress, and as I mentioned, it can kill your thyroid. It can also affect how you make your estrogen and your progesterone. So it's a mess.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah, it's a mess. And the thing is, unless you're thinking outside the box, unfortunately a lot of times is that doctors of all kinds just never pick up on that. People fall through the cracks with all these symptoms. And because they're not [00:18:00] looked at holistically in this metabolic storm or in the Bermuda Triangle, like you said, ovaries, the adrenals and insulin. Insulin, it's a food hormone and that can mess up. That's part of that storm too. So you've got to take it all into consideration when you look at the thyroid, because the thyroid, it's the orchestra leader. It really is. It's at the top of the food chain and it's the one [00:18:30] that it better be working otherwise you're in deep trouble. But it doesn't act independently of the things we talked about. And this is why a lot of people fall through the cracks for sure.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Here's the thing, we'll wrap up this episode by just kind of ... So if you have all these thyroid symptoms and your testing is normal or you have to keep adjusting your thyroid levels, there's a good chance that one of those three things are involved. [00:19:00] There's no question. And here's the thing on our website, Martinclinic.com we have a metabolic storm program that we've had for the last little bit. It's a video program, and a lot of women have gone through it. And the testimonials that we get of women going through this program and how it's helped them with their hormones and feeling better and getting her energy back, is unbelievable. It's completely a free program. You just got to go to our website and it's on our homepage and just sign up for it and watch [00:19:30] the videos.
And we talk a lot more about hormones in that video series. So that's one thing you can do. And also here's the question, and if you've been with us for while you know what this question is going to be. Here's the question that you have to be able to answer. When was the last time you felt fantastic, first of all. And how do you feel? If you have a lot of thyroid symptoms, then you want to address your thyroid nutritionally with nutrients, with diet, [00:20:00] because your thyroid is telling you it's a problem. It's flashing. The thyroid is telling you when there's a problem. You have thyroid symptoms for a reason. It doesn't necessarily matter what the blood testing is saying. There's still a lot you can do from a natural standpoint to help fix that issue.
Again, hormones are complicated, but you've been around dealing with them for a long time. We've tried to keep it as simple as possible. So we know we give a ton of information, which is why there's a lot of ways that you can get [00:20:30] ahold of us if you have questions. Again, we want to thank you for listening and have a great day.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Thanks for listening to the Doctors in Podcast from Martinclinic.com. If you have any questions, you can reach us at the info@MartinClinic.com. If you're a newsletter subscriber, you can hit to our website and sign up for free. We also have a private Facebook group that you can join. It's a community of awesome people. Finally, I do a Facebook [00:21:00] Live every Thursday morning at 8:30. Join us again next week for a new episode.
The American Heart Association recently published a report saying 48% of American adults have cardiovascular disease.
They define cardiovascular disease as having any of the following:
Coronary Heart Disease
High Blood Pressure
In this episode we talk about the REAL reasons why half the adult population have cardiovascular disease.
We also share THREE ways you can lower your risk of heart disease.
In this episode we continue our discussion on FATIGUE.
Remember...Low energy means your body's check engine light is on...
Your body is trying to tell you something.
Which is why we wanted to share with you the BIGGEST causes of fatigue.
Last week we talked about the effect your thyroid, adrenals, and estrogen has on your energy levels. In this podcast we dive into Insulin, B12, Vitamin D3, and Magnesium.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: You're listening to The Doctor Is in podcast from martinclinic.com. Although we share a lot of practical, and in our opinion, awesome information, what you hear on this podcast is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease. It's strictly for informational purposes, so enjoy.
Hello, I'm Dr. Martin, Jr.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: And I'm Dr. Martin, Sr.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: This is The Doctor Is In [00:00:30] podcast. This is episode 173. Today we're going to continue the discussion that we started on the last episode. If you haven't listened to the last episode, I would strongly recommend that you go back, listen to that episode because we talked about the first major cause of fatigue in women. The idea of these two episodes, this one and the one before, was talking about the three causes of exhaustion or fatigue in women. The idea is these three causes [00:01:00] that we're discussing really cover a majority of the issues that women have when it comes to fatigue.
Last week, we talked about the idea of the Bermuda Triangle of hormones, the thyroid, the adrenals, and the ovaries, and how most women that are exhausted, don't just have a thyroid problem, or don't just have adrenal fatigue, or don't just have an issue with estrogen or progesterone. [00:01:30] They have a problem with all three.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: It's because those three areas specifically, the thyroid, the adrenals, and ovaries, are so connected that if one goes bad ... so, it can start off as a problem ... A lot of people start off with an issue with their thyroid. They notice some thyroid symptoms. They get tested, nothing shows up, but they notice a difference in their thyroid, and then all of a sudden, they start to get some symptoms. They look them up, and they're like, "Ah, it's my adrenals." [00:02:00] Then it's, "I've got some estrogen issues." And they don't quite understand what's going on, and it's because one can lead to the other.
You can start off with adrenal fatigue and that wrecks your thyroid and your ovaries. Or you could start off with an estrogen issue, and that's going to wreck your thyroid and your adrenals, because they're so connected. Too much estrogen will block how your thyroid functions. A slow thyroid will lead to estrogen dominance. Adrenals will steal-
Dr. Martin, Sr.: You can't win either way.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: That's right. The adrenals will steal progesterone from [00:02:30] your ovaries, and the ovaries will deplete ... It's amazing how those three things are connected. Most women who are exhausted, are in what we call a metabolic storm. It's a problem with their thyroid, adrenals, and ovaries.
Again, if you haven't heard the first episode, go back, listen to the previous episode. We talk a lot more in depth about the three areas involved in the Bermuda Triangle of hormones, and we go into that with a lot more detail. Today, we want to talk about part [00:03:00] two and three, the two other big causes, which are high-circulating insulin and deficiencies.
Now, you and I talk a lot about high-circulating insulin. It's something that we spend a lot of time on, so if you've heard us talk about this, you can tune us out for the next few minutes because we're just going to ... Again, we get so many new listeners and so many new people that discover us every week that we can't assume that they've heard this before, so we're just going to talk a little bit about this. [00:03:30] Again, if you've been with us for a while ...
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Repeat and rinse.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Yeah. We give you permission to do something else in the meantime. You can listen to us in the background here.
Again, here's the thing. We get a lot of questions about blood sugar. We get a lot of questions, especially the age group that we deal with, a lot of blood sugar issues. Diabetes is exploding. It's climbing up the charts of top killers. It's climbing up the charts for everything. Right? Here's the thing. Your blood sugar levels [00:04:00] are so tightly regulated, extremely tightly regulated. The reason for that is that blood glucose can be ... it can be deadly. If your blood sugar levels go too high it can kill you. If it goes too low it can kill you. So your blood sugar levels are very tightly regulated.
Every time you eat food, it messes up your regulation of blood sugar. What happens as you eat food, it's broken down into glucose. That causes a [00:04:30] surge of blood glucose. Your blood sugar levels go up. Because, as we just said, high blood sugar is deadly, your body can't leave it that way. So you either burn it off for energy, or your body then says, "All right, blood sugar is up. We got to bring it down." It secretes insulin. Insulin comes along and insulin is what they call a partitioning hormone. It takes it and it sends it to different locations. It either stores it in the muscles, stores it in the liver, or [00:05:00] when those are full, stores it in fat cells.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Yeah, and has an unlimited capacity to make fat cells that stink in insulin.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: And here's the thing. Your ability to make fat cells is for the sole purpose of keeping your blood sugar levels normal. That's it. Your body puts on fat to protect you from getting diabetes. It will do that for as long as it can, and then eventually, it can't even do that fast [00:05:30] enough, and you end up with elevated blood sugar levels. That's when you end up with diabetes.
Now, some people have the ability to store a lot more fat before they become diabetic. Some people don't have the ability to store fat so they are diabetic and they are not even obese or anything. They're not ... they just-
Dr. Martin, Sr.: A skinny diabetic. It happens a lot.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Their liver gets full. They got fatty liver, always, because their liver is stuffed. And their muscle glycogen [00:06:00] is stuffed but they can't put on fat cells anywhere else so their blood sugar levels get elevated.
But that's how important your body views blood sugar, that it will put on fat to protect you. It takes the glucose out of the blood, turns it into glycogen, and stores it in muscle, liver, or basically turns it into fat and stores it away into fat cells, right? That's what's happening.
So you can imagine, every time you eat, your blood sugar levels go up. Now, if you're eating high- [00:06:30] processed sugars and crap like vegetable oils, your blood sugar levels are going to shoot up fast. You secrete a ton of insulin. You bring your blood sugars back down. Then you're hungry and-
Dr. Martin, Sr.: What goes up must come down.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: You do it over and over again. But here's the thing. After a while, your body ... We've given this analogy before. Eventually your body stops listening to insulin. What happens, [00:07:00] your body has only one thing it can do. It makes more insulin. It's the equivalent of me giving instructions to somebody and they're not listening, or they listen at first but then they stop listening. What ends up happening? Parents know this. They raise their voice. If they don't respond then, a lot of parents, what do they do? They go one more level up. They start yelling.
Well, that's what happens with insulin. You need a little bit of insulin to lower your blood sugar, and everything's great. After a while, the body ignores it or doesn't respond [00:07:30] as well so your body says, "All right, I'm going to give you a little bit more insulin now." Now you secrete even more insulin. That works for a while, then eventually, your cells ignore that. Then you just start making way more insulin. That's what we call high-circulating insulin.
What happens after a while ... and that can vary differently depending on somebody ... how long they've been eating bad foods for, how little they exercise, how little muscle they have, because the more muscle you have the more glycogen [00:08:00] you can store. I mean, there's a lot of factors, but some people can get high-circulating insulin pretty quickly. Some people it takes a long time to develop it. But eventually, they end up with too much insulin circulating all the time.
When that happens, that's where the problems go, because high-circulating insulin causes a problem in every organ in your body. And everybody reacts differently. Some people get diabetic. Some people get Alzheimer's/dementia. Some people end up with skin issues. Some people end up with joint issues. [00:08:30] Some people end up with heart disease. We'll talk about in an upcoming episode about half the country is, according to the American Heart Association, has heart disease. We'll talk about that coming up.
But regardless, they have high-circulating insulin. Here's the thing. When you have high-circulating insulin and you end up with a condition that we call insulin resistance, a lot of people do, you end up with lower energy. Think about it ... from a lot of different reasons why. One, your blood sugar levels are unstable. You've [00:09:00] got high glucose, a ton of insulin. You're inefficient. Your body's ability to efficiently make, store, burn, everything, it's out of whack. Your engine is messed up.
Also, high-circulating insulin has an effect on your mitochondria, which is the battery packs of your cells. Even you're not efficient at making energy anymore. You don't make as much of it. Your mitochondria don't function as well. Your-
Dr. Martin, Sr.: You've got a dirty fuel.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Yeah. Exactly. [00:09:30] So then all of a sudden, it's like your engine is, like you said, you got a dirty fuel, dirty engine, and you push on the gas in a car that has ... and then it's sluggish. The spark plugs aren't doing their job. There's a lot of stuff going on.
Unfortunately this is so common. It's so common, because as I mentioned, you can get a problem eating too much sugar. Just high-sugar diet can do it. High-carb diet can do it. We always talk about finding your carb tolerance, because everybody [00:10:00] can tolerate a different amount of carbohydrates.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Yeah, some people hardly any.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Again, it depends on ... A person who is lifting weights or is more active, and they build more muscle, they generally can tolerate more carbs. We all have a different amount. Some can tolerate more, some can tolerate less, but once you get above your tolerance level, and you start to make too much insulin all the time ... so that's another cause, right? But at the end of the day, this is very, very common.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Yeah, because it has a big effect on your energy. Absolutely.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: [00:10:30] Unfortunately it's also tied in to the first cause of energy for women, which is the metabolic storm, because insulin can hurt your thyroid. Insulin can hurt your adrenals. And insulin can definitely hurt your ovaries. You can start off with an insulin problem and end up in the metabolic storm. I mean, it's just ... It's attached. But again-
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Well, we know that insulin is a growth hormone, and so when you look at somebody with PCOS, polycystic ovarian disorder, [00:11:00] medicine ... one of its treatment for that is to actually give you metformin, which is a diabetic drug to cut off your insulin because they know it's a growth hormone, right? But again, it's crazy but this is so common today because why would insulin, for example, high-circulating insulin, be so prevalent in our society today, and women are certainly no exception to it, is because ... I mean, it's one [00:11:30] of the biggest things is the amount of sugar that's added to foods.
The average ... You know, I was showing you something off-air today that they say in the United States the average American is consuming 50 gallon of soda a year, just soda. Like 50 gallons of it. Sugar, sugar, sugar, sugars, sugars everywhere, right? An estimated 200 pounds of sugar a year, the average person in the [00:12:00] United States and Canada are consuming. Well, women are no exception to that. They're part of that group, and that just makes insulin go crazy. And then you add vegetable oils, which we don't talk about enough. That acts like a sugar in a lot of ways, too, because it just [crosstalk 00:12:18]-
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Well, it's highly inflammatory, right?
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Very inflammatory.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: It's highly inflammatory. Here's the thing. A lot of women when they end up with high-circulating insulin, like I said, it affects their hormones, but it's definitely an energy killer, [00:12:30] which is why a lot of women, once they start to correct high-circulating insulin, they feel better. Their energy comes back. They feel better. Now, if you've got a problem with a metabolic storm, you better fix that, but somebody with high-circulating insulin, and they eat below their carb tolerance, they fix that, man it's amazing how much better they feel. I mean, that's a major cause. So that's the second cause.
Now, let's talk about the third cause. We talked about the Bermuda Triangle of hormones. [00:13:00] We've talked about high-circulating insulin. And the third thing is, is that straight up deficiencies, right? The number one deficiency that we think ... Again, I mean, you could take our opinion, and you couldn't even get a-
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Hey, it's worth something.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: No, you can't even get a cup of coffee with it. You can't even get a cup of coffee with our opinion. Listen, this is our opinion, but based on what we see and hear, and talk to people ...
Dr. Martin, Sr.: And that we're right.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Yeah, I don't want to say that, but in our opinion, the number one deficiency that [00:13:30] leads to fatigue in women is B12.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Yeah. Very, very complex vitamin, a finicky vitamin of finicky vitamins. It's molecular. It's a huge vitamin. It really is. I was looking at the structure of B12 the other day, just going back in my old chemistry days, and look at B12 and what it looks like, it's the largest vitamin. It's like Arnold Schwarzenegger of ... I don't even know if that's a good illustration. [00:14:00] Maybe people don't remember him. But anyway, it is huge. That's a problem because that makes B12 very, very difficult, even at the best of times, to be absorbed by the body. You cannot be on any medications, any medications, in my opinion, and absorb B12 properly.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Yeah. If you're on a medication, you have a B12 issue.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Yeah. If you got any digestive issue at all ...
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Heartburn, bloating, gas, [00:14:30] you're not getting B12.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: You're not getting B12. You're not getting the right amount of B12.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: And the reason why you're saying that is because B12 has to get absorbed in the stomach. It needs an assist with intrinsic factor. If you have-
Dr. Martin, Sr.: A lot of people don't even have that factor.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: No, so I mean, that's the thing, right? It's very difficult, like you said, to get B12. If you're swallowing a B12 ... A lot of people take B complex, which are fine for stuff like B6 and all the other stuff, but not for B12. It has to be [00:15:00] dissolvable. It has to be injectable or sublingual. We use ... It has to be a sublingual. It has to dissolve. There's a lot of ways to get B12, but-
Dr. Martin, Sr.: And a lot of people don't eat red meat anymore.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: No, I mean listen-
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Women love chicken, chicken, chicken, chicken, chicken.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Yep.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: I kind of tease them at the office. I said, "I bet you you're eating chicken and salad, or salad and chicken." Right? They don't eat a lot of red meat anymore. Red meat's got a bad rap. We've talked about that in the past. But, [00:15:30] if you're not eating red meat, like you ain't getting B12. It's just as simple as that. Don't try and fool yourself. It's not in the plant kingdom, not enough for a mouse in the [crosstalk 00:15:40].
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Well, unless you want to eat oysters all day, but then again, who wants to eat oysters all day? And here's the thing, so B12, one of the issues with B12 ... A lot of people are like, "Oh, I get my blood tested and my B12 is fine." But again, here's the thing, here's the thing. If I come and get tested and my number is [00:16:00] like X, well that might be enough B12 for me but that might not be enough for somebody else. Each person has an optimal level of B12. They could be at a number and then it decreases and they get their blood tested and it's like well, they're still within normal range, but it's not optimal for them. It always is how do you feel, right? B12 is difficult. The testing, in our opinion is-
Dr. Martin, Sr.: I just want to bring you back to some history because in the 1950s of whatever, if someone was low [00:16:30] in energy, almost invariably, without blood tests ... I just know this for a fact because of my father and your grandfather ... B12 given in shots was probably the number one medication, ahead of aspirin and everything else. If you had low energy, you were getting a B12 shot. It was so common. Family doctors, they ... I mean, it was nothing. They had B12 in [00:17:00] their doctors' bags. Now it's unheard of. It's almost like you ... To get a B12 shot from a family physician, is almost like they just don't do it anymore.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Well, they'll check your numbers and say, "Oh, you're fine."
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Yeah, and it's just because it's ... It's changed, right? There's been a big shift away from B12 and yet, today, there's a huge, huge deficiency in B12. This is one thing that people should really consider, that [00:17:30] our listeners really consider that that ... If you're tired, you're probably low in B12. It's so common. You have no idea.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: And it has a major effect on the brain.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Oh, yeah.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: A lot of depression, anxiety ... I mean, it has a major-
Dr. Martin, Sr.: You're yawning a lot?
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: People that they're always yawning, that's ... Your body's sucking up for oxygen, right? A lot of times that is just, you know what? Your B12. Again, I love what you said because [00:18:00] what is your optimal levels of B12? We've been talking about this in the past, of testosterone for men, or whatever, and yeah, I'm normal. Yeah, but you should be at optimal, because you'll do a lot better at optimal than you will at normal levels. It's the same thing with B12.
I've found over the years ... and this is my clinical experience ... is that I find that when I top up B12 in patients, when I top their levels up and get [00:18:30] at their optimal levels, and they often ... You know, it's amazing how much they ... patients know themselves, because once they start taking B12 and a couple of weeks, and they say, well ... If they missed it for a day, they noticed it. I say, "Well, there you go. There's your answer. Your body's talking to you. Obviously you need that amount of B12 for now at least." They feel better. They've got more energy. But B12, yes, I like it that we mentioned that [00:19:00] at the top of the list of deficiencies, because I really think ... And you know? Metabolically, too, just ... I know I'm on a little tangent on B12. But, metabolically, it really has a lot to do with hormones. Even your thyroid needs B12. Your ovaries, ladies, need B12. It is a vitamin of hormones.
And so, if you're stressed out, guess which vitamin is being sucked out of your body. Cortisol will suck your [00:19:30] B12 out of your body. They do go together. So yes, B12 is essential for energy.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: There was a study done a while ago. They looked at 3,000 men and women. What I found interesting is they found that 40% of the people in the study were in the low normal range already. 40%. And then even a percentage was below that, as well, but 40% of the people were in the low normal range. Think about that. [00:20:00] If you have low normal blood B12, you're low in B12.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Yeah, you're low in B12.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Don't call it ... It's just that the range, in my opinion, has to be tightened up quite a bit, but they ... Again, we talked about this in the last episode about how they determine ... It's like the 95 percentile. If 95% of the people are in this range, that's normal. 2.5% above it, that's high. 2.5% below ... So, if people's blood B12 levels are changing, the slide scales. The range gets bigger. [00:20:30] Then the normal gets bigger. You see that in men and testosterone. The testosterone range for men now, in a lab test, is like ... What is it now? 200 to 1100?
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: That's a big ... Because 95% of the population ...
Dr. Martin, Sr.: That's two football fields ...
Dr. Martin, Jr.: It fits within that range.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Some men, they can have a level of 500 and they still have symptoms of testosterone. The same thing with everything. So again, the question is how you feel. That's a big deficiency.
Another big one as well, is vitamin D3. A lot of energy [00:21:00] processes ... Well, first of all, vitamin D will ... It basically enhances the activity of your mitochondria, those little battery packs.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: They need D.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: They need vitamin D.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Your immune system needs D.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: If you're low in vitamin D3, which again I-
Dr. Martin, Sr.: I never heard of that vitamin before. [crosstalk 00:21:16].
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Yeah, I know. I think if they did a search of vitamin D on our website, it'd probably return like 3,000 search queries. I mean, we talk about vitamin D3-
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Yeah, but it's essential, you know? We don't apologize. I mean, look-
Dr. Martin, Jr.: No. And [00:21:30] we've done episodes, and we've done a lot of newsletters over the years on the effect that D has everywhere. If you don't have normal D, you're not going to have normal energy. Let me just ... We're almost out of time, but let me just ... Every once in a while, you'll get like 500 ... Now, this is an exaggeration ... You'll get like 500 good studies on vitamin D ...
Dr. Martin, Sr.: And then you get-
Dr. Martin, Jr.: And then one bad one ...
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Yeah. The media is all over it.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: And then that bad one gets all the media. I mean, look it-
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Talk about fake news.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Oh, listen, [00:22:00] a study came out recently talking about even WebMD, which like WebMD, for them to print something positive about vitamin D, I'm sure how to go through three levels of editorial corrections and the president of WebMD himself, probably he or she had to approve it. It kills them. They talked about a study showing the cancer-protective effect of vitamin D levels, right? I'm sure that killed them to write it.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Oh yeah. They didn't like it.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: At the end of the day, vitamin [00:22:30] D is essential, obviously. Most people are deficient in vitamin D. The amount of vitamin D you need varies. I take 8,000 or so international units in the wintertime, because for me, personally ...
Dr. Martin, Sr.: You need it.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: That's what my body needs.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Everybody's different. Everybody has a different amount.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Again, I think, and I think research shows this, the more insulin resistant you are, the more vitamin D deficient you become, and even your ability to take vitamin D [00:23:00] when you're in the sun decreases. That's a theory I have. Regardless, a lot of people are vitamin D-
Dr. Martin, Sr.: And you're not going to go wrong with vitamin D.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: No.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: You know? We live in northern Ontario, and one thing ... You know what the window does? I'll tell you what a window does. It blocks your UV radiation.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Yeah, you're not getting it.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: What does that mean?
Dr. Martin, Jr.: You can't see it.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Because even when the sun is out, and you might be ... Am I ever enjoying that sun because [00:23:30] it's coming through the window in the afternoon?
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Well, the sun might feel nice and warm-
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Yeah, it feels-
Dr. Martin, Jr.: You're not getting your vitamin D.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: No, you're not getting your vitamin D from it.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Listen, we're almost out of time. Let's just talk about one more common deficiency, which is magnesium. Again, magnesium is so essential for energy production. Over 300 biochemical processes use magnesium. It's a very, very common deficiency. In fact, most people with low energy are low in B12, low in vitamin D3, and low in magnesium. [00:24:00] Typically, that's kind of like a triangle or like-
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Yeah, the trinity there.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: The deficiency triangle of ...
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Hey, maybe we should write a book about that.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Yeah. Those three. So if you're struggling ... And let's just wrap up with this, all right? If you are struggling with energy or fatigue, you're exhausted, it's a good chance it's your hormonal issues, like we talked about, the Bermuda Triangle of hormones. There's a good chance you've got high-circulating insulin, and there's a good chance you're deficient in the three nutrients that we just talked about. [00:24:30] Those three ... Those got to be corrected.
Again, over the last two episodes we shared a ton of information, and we get a lot of questions on this, so if you have questions you can email us. There's a lot of ways to get a hold of us. Also, we have a private Facebook group that ... It's a fantastic audience. I mean, it's a fantastic community. They're answering each other's questions, and they're helping each other out, and they're encouraging each other. It's awesome. Go to our website. You can join that group from there. But again, we want to thank you for listening [00:25:00] and have a great day.
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In this episode we talk about the BIG causes of fatigue in women. Is your energy where it should be?
Many of you are exhausted...
Yet don't sleep well...wake up tired...or both. Many of you are frustrated because you haven't been able to find answers.
In this podcast (PART 1) we talk about FATGUE...
Specifically the BIG causes of exhaustion in women...
Dr. Martin Jr.: You're listening to the Doctor Is In podcast from martinclinic.com. Although we share a lot of practical, and in our opinion, awesome information, what you hear on this podcast is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent any disease. It's strictly for informational purposes, so enjoy.
Hello, I'm Dr. Martin Jr.
Dr. Martin Sr.: And I'm Dr. Martin Sr.
Dr. Martin Jr.: And this is the Doctor Is In podcast, and this is episode 172. [00:00:30] Today it's gonna be part one of a two-part series that we're titling The Three Biggest Causes Of Fatigue In Women.
One of the things that, I would say the biggest symptom that people get a hold of us for is fatigue. It's a frustrating thing. Many of you that have been with us for a while know our history, and know how we kind of went off in the direction that [00:01:00] we are in now. Of course, it has to do with my mother, your wife, and her initial symptoms were just a tremendous amount of fatigue.
It's funny, we have a good old video on our website on a documentary that was done, and my mother was in that documentary. I think it was in the ... was it the '80s?
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah. Late '80s.
Dr. Martin Jr.: So I mean, it looks like an '80s video with the hairstyles. I get a kick out of watching it. I remember the '80s. It's [00:01:30] interesting. But that fatigue, we get so emails and so many questions about fatigue. What we wanted to do in this next couple of episode is try to ... We're big fans of what we call the 80/20 rule. We want to give the three biggest causes of fatigue, and they pretty much would cover at least 80% of the people that get a hold of us for fatigue.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Oh yeah.
Dr. Martin Jr.: If you're listening and you're exhausted, [00:02:00] one of the questions we like to ask people is, when was the last time you felt fantastic? When's the last time? And you always-
Dr. Martin Sr.: I scale it up because I always ask 'em, "Okay, I'm 10 out of 10," and most days I really am. I'm very thankful about that. But I say, "Okay compared to that, 10 being me," and they know me in the office. I'm jumping around, and I'm pretty, I get pretty excited pretty quickly. "Okay, you're 10 out of 10." "And what are you?" And then I get the number, [00:02:30] right? Twos and threes, and minus zero, and minus 10, and barely functioning. I get a lot of that. So it's the first question that I ask. It's always that, because I wanna know what their energy levels are, and the vast majority of people that come in, yep that's ... I mean, they might have other issues, but that's certainly part of it.
Dr. Martin Jr.: It's a symptom for so many issues.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah. Mm-hmm (affirmative).
Dr. Martin Jr.: And that's what we wanna cover. So we could've titled this just as easily The Three Main Causes Of Exhaustion [00:03:00] In Women, Three Main Causes Of Fatigue, Three Main Causes Of Chronic Low Energy. I mean everybody goes through a period of time where they may feel a little low energy, the body might be fighting something off. But I'm talking about somebody who is tired everyday. They go to bed tired. They either sleep or they don't sleep, most of the time they're not sleeping.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Mm-hmm (affirmative).
Dr. Martin Jr.: They're tired in the morning. If they do get a good nights sleep, they're still tired. They're just exhausted. And think of the effect that, and we hear this, [00:03:30] it has on their life, their family life, economic life, their marriage, their relationships. I mean, when somebody is exhausted it is almost impossible for them to maintain a normal day-to-day routine.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin Jr.: And it's frustrating because, and here's the thing, if you and I are out playing a sport and you twist your ankle, you could wrap it up, get on some crutches [00:04:00] for a bit. And if you were hobbling along somebody would come up and say "Hey, what happened to your ankle?" Cause you visibly are limping around. When it comes to things like exhaustion, most people look at ya and they can't appreciate what's really going on. Yeah, you may look tired. I remember if, talking to mom about when she was going through real exhaustion back in the, a long time ago. People [00:04:30] would, they didn't know how to handle it a lot of times. Every once in awhile somebody would come up and say, "Oh, you look so exhausted," or "You look so tired," which is not a compliment. It's not a compliment, right?
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah, and like you say, it's not visible. And just, point of what you're saying, because I see a lot of people and they say "Yeah, but I'm still doing a lot of things." The point is, is that I say "Well yeah, but you're running on fumes. And you're doing things on your personality," because if a man ... [00:05:00] Again, I don't wanna be, it's not 100%. But a lot of men when they're exhausted, they wouldn't get out of bed for the same amount of exhaustion that women have. Women are usually driven. They know they've gotta do this, this, and this and this, and they gotta get it done. So in spite of the fact that they don't feel well, they still do things.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Yeah. They manage to hold things together.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yep.
Dr. Martin Jr.: But it's definitely straining them, and a lot of times it can strain all the relationships around them because the energy's just not there. [00:05:30] Again, so that's what we wanna talk about. We wanna talk about the three main causes of exhaustion, or fatigue, in women. These three areas, as we mentioned, it's gonna cover 80% of the people that are listening. And let me just say this, it's impossible to have full energy if you have a problem in any of these areas. We'll say that right off the top.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin Jr.: As an aside, it's also, I don't wanna say impossible, but it's very difficult [00:06:00] to lose weight if you have a problem in any of these areas cause these spill over to metabolism as well. And it's also very hard to have a sharp brain if you have a problem in these three areas. So these three areas will cover a lot of different areas. So if you're listening and you're frustrated because you haven't been able to find answers ... A lot of people go to their doctor for low energy, they get a lot of blood work done, and things generally come back normal generally speaking. And a lot of times people with exhaustion, [00:06:30] and the frustrating thing is a lot times they're told it's in their head or they're depressed. And here's the thing, we always tell the story of the Titanic when we talk about energy.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin Jr.: The Titanic, everybody, pretty much the whole world has seen the movie. It's still one of the highest, I think it's second overall still in history of revenue. So I mean it's, everybody has seen the Titanic pretty much.
Dr. Martin Sr.: It's a fascinating story.
Dr. Martin Jr.: We're all familiar with it.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Mm-hmm (affirmative).
Dr. Martin Jr.: [00:07:00] We all know the end result, but most people are unaware that the Titanic had actually received a whole bunch of warnings throughout the day from other ships that were already in the direction they were going. They were already in the ice. So the Titanic knew that there were problems ahead of time, right?
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin Jr.: And we all know what happened. In fact I think it was the US California, right? USS California, they were ten minutes or so ahead and they sent a [00:07:30] warning saying "It's terrible." And one of the last communications from the Titanic was from the wireless operator, and he tapped back and basically saying "Shut up. Shut up. We're tired." They were tired of hearing the warnings, and then of course the rest is history. The point of this story is, even the Titanic had warnings. It wasn't like they didn't know what they were going into. And the body does the same thing. A lot of times, one of the first warning [00:08:00] signs that our body gives us is lack of energy. And we tell people that lack of energy is like a check engine light, right?
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin Jr.: A check engine light can mean a lot of things. Energy can mean a lot of things. Almost anything can cause low energy, but that's a check engine light that just went on. And you're not gonna take electrical tape and just cover up your dash, and just ignore the check engine light. And even in a car, a check engine light could [00:08:30] be nothing. It could be that you didn't tighten your gas cap, I found that out. It says to click it, and that can do it. Or it could be something serious like your engine's gonna fall apart unless you get it checked out. And energy could be the same thing.
But here's the frustrating thing when it comes to energy, it's hard to figure out why you have low energy. Traditional blood testing, unless you have anemia or something that just jumps out on the report, it is [00:09:00] very difficult to figure out why you have low energy. So that's why it's frustrating. So a lot of people are frustrated. But let me just say this, fatigue is a warning sign. Fatigue is a check engine light. There's a cause. Fatigue doesn't just happen for no reason.
Alright, so that's a long introduction. Let's talk about the three energy killers in women. So today we'll talk about as many of them as we can, and then we'll carry over next week into the next [00:09:30] episode. But we'll list them right off the top. So the three biggest energy killers in women.
The first one is the Bermuda Triangle of Hormones, which we talk about a lot, but we're gonna go into a little bit more detail about that. That's the first one. So the Bermuda Triangle of Hormones; we're talking about cortisol, we're talking about thyroid hormones, and we're talking about estrogen. But we'll come back to that. The second cause, or the second energy killer in women is high circulating insulin. That's a big cause [00:10:00] of low energy in women. And the third thing is very specific deficiencies, nutritional deficiencies that is common in women that can lead to fatigue. And we'll list, and we'll talk about those deficiencies on the next episode as well. So those are the three big headings. So it's the Bermuda Triangle of Hormones, high circulating insulin, and deficiencies.
So, let's talk about the Bermuda Triangle of Hormones. We've had a lot of names [00:10:30] for this over the years. We used to call it "The Unholy Trinity of Hormones". We kinda like the concept of the Bermuda Triangle because it's just mess.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah, it's a mess. And it's complicated, right? You get in there ... And mainstream medicine has, they've missed the boat here because they always, like you said, they look for disease. So most tests are looking for disease and not for imbalances. And if your hormones are not balanced, [00:11:00] ladies, it's complicated in the sense that you need balance. I loved your illustration, if we just talked about the thyroid for a second, I think we talked about this maybe a month ago or whatever that in a whole year you're complete amount of thyroid hormone that is secreted is what? Is it a tablespoon or less?
Dr. Martin Jr.: I think it's a teaspoon.
Dr. Martin Sr.: It's a teaspoon.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Which is amazing to think about.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah, [00:11:30] imagine the organ that sort of orchestrates that-
Dr. Martin Jr.: Yeah, the master gland in a sense, right?
Dr. Martin Sr.: The master gland, thyroid, operates on a teaspoon of-
Dr. Martin Jr.: That's how powerful the thyroid hormone is.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin Jr.: And imagine trying to test it properly, when even the slightest decrease in the amount that you produce can cause major effects in the body. And some people are more [00:12:00] sensitive. Even the smaller decrease in thyroid hormone has a big effect on them. So when they get tested, it's very difficult to test the thyroid.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin Jr.: And also, and this is something else a lot of people don't understand when it comes to testing. So imagine you have 100 people that get a test done. So 100 people go in, they get a test done. This is how they come up with values. So they have the 95 percentile. So 95% of the people fit in a range, and that range is normal. [00:12:30] 2.5% are below that. 2.5% is above that. And here's the thing about that, if you go somewhere and you look at 100 people, there's not 100 healthy people out there out of 100. And definitely not 95 of them are healthy.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Exactly.
Dr. Martin Jr.: So what ends up happening is, is that as the population gets sicker the blood tests, it shifts. It's like the bell curve, right?
Dr. Martin Sr.: Mm-hmm (affirmative).
Dr. Martin Jr.: So 95% fit into the healthy range.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Well look at what we see in the thyroid today compared to what it used [00:13:00] to be. I mean, I can tell you exactly why, but the thing is, the laboratories have not adjusted to that at all. And this is why, when did they come out with the TSH, in the early seventies? I mean, it was the test of all tests for the thyroid. The problem is, is like you say, you can't compare the 1970s to the year 2019. Completely different, we live in a different world environmentally and nutritionally. [00:13:30] You name it, it's completely different. And this is why I always tell my patients, "Look, if it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, you got all the thyroid symptoms, it's your thyroid." The lab is not, you can't rely on the lab. You have to rely on your symptoms.
Dr. Martin Jr.: No. A thyroid is, the thyroid really you have to pay attention to the symptoms. Why don't you talk a little bit about the idea of the Bermuda Triangle of Hormones? Cause women that are exhausted rarely just have a problem [00:14:00] with their thyroid, or they rarely just have a problem with cortisol or their adrenals, or rarely have a problem with their ovaries or estrogen or progesterone. It's typically the Bermuda Triangle, all three are involved. We've talked about this a lot. In fact, if you go to our website you can sign up for free and watch a course, a full video course that we did on the metabolic storm. We call it How To Repair The Bermuda Triangle Of Hormones And How To ... a lot of people have gone through that program, they feel better. You can go right to our website and [00:14:30] sign up for it. But why don't you talk a little bit about the idea of why these three hormones are connected?
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah. Women, their hormones are very very much connected to one another. So one of the biggest things, to use as an example, that we see in the office is what we call "estrogen dominance", too much estrogen. That of course is in relationship to progesterone. Okay, just for bad periods, weight gain, they don't [00:15:00] feel good, mood swings, maybe acne, and endometriosis, polycystic ovarian, you name it. Bad periods, and some patients come in and they've been like that from the day they ovulated for the very first time. And then they wonder, "Well what's that got to do with my thyroid?" Well it has everything to do with the thyroid, because when estrogen is dominant the thyroid is slowed down. The thyroid won't work at the top of its game. It's [00:15:30] very much connected to the ovaries. Of course, men, we don't have that connection.
So the thyroid, and this is where you can have hair loss and you can have ... I mean, exhausted, which we're talking about today. But when estrogen is dominant, the thyroid is effected. And then you add in your adrenals, your cortisol, your stress hormone, that's adding fuel to the fire. It's just, it's making things even more complicated.
Dr. Martin Jr.: [00:16:00] Which is why women have symptoms. A lot of times they have a hard time figuring out what's going on cause they have symptoms of all three.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Mm-hmm (affirmative).
Dr. Martin Jr.: So let's talk quickly, let's just go through the different parts of the Bermuda Triangle, just so that we can add a little bit of clarity to that for people. So the thing that we tell people about the thyroid is, you have to remember the thyroid is the master gland. It's tiny, it doesn't weigh much, but yet it can control every system and almost every cell in your body. It can affect hair, as you mentioned, it can affect everything. [00:16:30] When your thyroid is slow, everything slows down.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Everything slows down. But the thing about the thyroid, is that the thyroid is a puppet. It only does what your brain tells it to do, specifically your pituitary and your hypothalamus. So you have your hypothalamus that tells your pituitary that then goes and tells your thyroid to get to work. So you could have a problem in the thyroid, or you could have a problem in the pituitary, or you could have a problem in the [00:17:00] hypothalamus. And any one of those things can affect.
So think of this, how complicated this is for a second. The hypothalamus uses a hormone to tell the pituitary which uses a hormone to stimulate the thyroid which is thyroid stimulating hormone. TSH, secreted by your pituitary gland, tells your thyroid to get to work. Then your thyroid turns around and then makes T4, T3, T2, T1, and then some calcitonin. But the active form [00:17:30] of the hormone is T3, yet 90% of the hormone that is made by your thyroid gland is T4. So then T4 has to be converted into T3. So think of all of the things that can go wrong in a thyroid. It's amazing.
Even, we talked about before, something like insulin resistance can affect the thyroid. So we'll talk about that in a second, but that's the thyroid. And so the thyroid's a puppet. And here's [00:18:00] something else about the thyroid that we like to tell people: subclinical hypothyroidism, so you can have a sluggish thyroid can exist for seven years before any change in blood numbers. So you can have every symptom of thyroid, and it won't even put a dent in your lab values. So you've gotta wait seven years sometimes to see an effect in your blood.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin Jr.: So I mean, it's a very frustrating experience. And it kills their energy, which is why we list it as an energy killer for women. [00:18:30] It's a very big, common one. They gain weight all over. They have hair problems, thinning eyebrows, body temperature issues, dry skin. I mean, there's so many ... You can imagine, even a typical presentation of what you see for somebody with thyroid all the time.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Well, yeah, exactly. They come in, and they "Hey Doc, I just look at food and I'm gaining weight." Why is that, right? "Hey, my hair." "I look at your hair, it looks pretty good to me." And the woman, "Oh, but look [00:19:00] at the patches," or "It's falling out. It's very dry. Look at my nails." For a woman, these things, they ... Men, we lose hair who cares, right? But for a woman, that is an important thing. But they can't, nobody can tell them why that's happening, so these are typical.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Well especially when their blood values are normal. So let's quickly talk about cortisol which is another part of this Bermuda Triangle of Hormones. Well, the same thing. The hypothalamus tells your pituitary gland to get your adrenals going, and then adrenals will secrete cortisol. [00:19:30] And here's the thing, cortisol is a cyclical circadian hormone, meaning it has a time of day when it's supposed to be higher and it has a time of day when it's supposed to be lower. Now, since cortisol will raise your blood sugar levels, will get you in that fight or flight, you want that in the morning, but you don't want that at the end of the day when you're trying to sleep.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin Jr.: But somebody that has adrenal exhaustion, or they have an issue with their adrenal glands, or they've got elevated cortisol, [00:20:00] it's high all the time. And when it's high all the time, good luck. And you and I always talk about cortisol being an accelerant, meaning you add cortisol to anything it makes it worse. Cortisol to high blood pressure, it makes it worse. Cortisol to your gut, makes it worse. Cortisol to your brain, makes it worse. So I mean, this is a-
Dr. Martin Sr.: Can't focus, you can't, yeah.
Dr. Martin Jr.: So it's a major-
Dr. Martin Sr.: And you can't turn your brain off when you wanna go to sleep at night.
Dr. Martin Jr.: That's right. And that's-
Dr. Martin Sr.: And all of a sudden. I've had people say "I used to be a good sleeper, and now I might sleep for the first [00:20:30] hour then I'm up." And I said, "Well that's cortisol." That's what it'll do. It'll wake your brain up. You think it's 7:00 in the morning when it's 1:30 a.m.
Dr. Martin Jr.: The brain's operating, the brain's running. And cortisol will create a ton of information. But here's the thing, it kills your energy, just like a sluggish thyroid kills your energy. So cortisol will kill your energy. But then it also has a whole bunch of peripheral symptoms; craving salt and sugar, [00:21:00] the need to snack, anxiety. Anxiety is such a major symptom of elevated cortisol. Weight gain, all these things. Again, you mash the symptoms of cortisol and thyroid and they can overlap a little bit. But somebody will say "Oh I've got thyroid symptoms," "I've got adrenal symptoms. What's going on?" It's like, "Well you've got the Bermuda Triangle of Hormones going on. They're all involved."
Which brings us to the last one we wanna talk about, which is estrogen. We talk about estrogen dominance a lot. And we always get somebody in menopause, they're like "Well I'm in menopause [00:21:30] so my estrogen's low." It is low, however, estrogen dominance doesn't have to do with the amount of estrogen. It has to do with the ratio between estrogen and progesterone.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah. And that is so key to understand that, because that's why-
Dr. Martin Jr.: So they can be in menopause and still be estrogen-dominant, and it's hard. I understand it's hard for people to understand that, but it has nothing to ... Yes, your estrogen levels have declined.
Dr. Martin Sr.: That's normal.
Dr. Martin Jr.: But your progesterone has declined as well, and you have estrogen dominance. You are dominant compared to progesterone. [00:22:00] So you end up with a ton of symptoms. So you can end up with estrogen dominance if you have too much estrogen and normal progesterone, too little progesterone and normal estrogen, or too little progesterone and too much estrogen. Think about it. So there's a lot of ways you can end up with estrogen dominance, and they're gonna cause a ton of symptoms.
But here's the thing, when you are estrogen dominant it kills your energy. It also causes headaches, and acne, and fibroids, and PICOS, and [00:22:30] PMS, and mood swings, and hot flashes, and on and on and on. Now you take a woman who's exhausted, and they've got so many hormonal symptoms that they don't even know what's going on. They got thyroid, and they got adrenal, they got estrogen dominance.
And a lot of women will say "Well I don't even have my ovaries anymore." Well you can still be estrogen dominant.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin Jr.: And that's a major cause of fatigue in women, is they are in what we call a "metabolic storm". They got a problem with that Bermuda Triangle [00:23:00] of Hormones. And until they fix that, they're gonna struggle with their energy. The check engine light's going on because they got a problem with their hormones, and specifically those three hormones are giving 'em major major issues. And it is probably the most common cause that we see, just because we deal a lot with hormones.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Definitely the most common cause that we would see, right?
Dr. Martin Sr.: Absolutely.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Now, time wise, we're running kinda at the end. [00:23:30] Let's do this, next episode we'll talk about the last two causes. So today we talked about the Bermuda Triangle of Hormones. And then we will talk about how to, maybe we could talk a little bit about how to fix it.
But, if what we talked about today sounds like you, go to our website martinclinic.com, sign up for a free video course. It's a full course, ton of information, but more importantly we show you how, in our clinic and over the years, how we deal with the Bermuda [00:24:00] Triangle of Hormones. So go to our website, sign up. It's free. We get so much feedback on that program, that people go through and they love it. I mean, it answers their questions, they feel better. So I would encourage you to go do that.'
So again, we wanna thank you for listening. And have a great day.
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Autoimmune diseases are 3 times more common today than they were a few decades earlier. There are also over 100 different types of autoimmune conditions. The most common ones are:
In this episode we talk about 5 big causes of autoimmune disorders. We talk about chemicals, leaky gut syndrome, heavy metals, vegetable oils, and food allergies.
We also talk about how to naturally help autoimmune disorders.
Dr Martin Jr: You're listening to The Doctor is in podcast, from MartinClinic.com. Although we share a lot of practical, and in our opinion, awesome information, what you hear on this podcast is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease, it's strictly for informational purposes, so enjoy. Hi, I'm Dr. Martin Jr.
Dr Martin Sr: I'm Dr. Martin Sr.
Dr Martin Jr: And this is The Doctor is in podcast, and today [00:00:30] we want to talk about autoimmune disorders. Now, what's really unfortunate is the amount of people that now have autoimmune disorders. I remember reading a statistic, not long ago, that if you're a woman, you have a 1 in 9 chance of developing an autoimmune disorder. So they've exploded in diagnosis over the years. They've just become so much more common.
So what we want to do today is talk about autoimmune disorders in general, [00:01:00] talk about what we think is going on, and then five of the biggest causes of autoimmune disorders, and then we'll talk about what you can do naturally to help fix what's going on in the background. So as I mentioned right up at the start of this episode, they have become ... I mean, you've been in practice 45 years.
Dr Martin Sr: Crazy, you see it every day.
Dr Martin Jr: Compared to when you started.
Dr Martin Sr: Yeah.
Dr Martin Jr: So if you go back to when you started, did they have electricity back then?
Dr Martin Sr: I know, I'm [00:01:30] ancient.
Dr Martin Jr: I remember, I know you lived in a world where despite science, you had to walk both ways up a hill, to school, both times.
Dr Martin Sr: Yeah [crosstalk 00:01:39]
Dr Martin Jr: The school was-
Dr Martin Sr: On snow shoes.
Dr Martin Jr: Yeah, both ways.
Dr Martin Sr: Yeah.
Dr Martin Jr: So for some reason there was a tilt in the axis or something, you had to walk-
Dr Martin Sr: I told you guys that, and then I was telling my grandchildren that.
Dr Martin Jr: Oh I know, 'cause my kids have said that you were telling them that as well, so-
Dr Martin Sr: Of course, yeah. But you know, I'll tell you, just to give you a little background [00:02:00] in that sense, the first time I saw a real epidemic of autoimmune was in the late, let's say mid 80s to the early 90s. The first wave of real difficult diagnoses in terms of autoimmune, and that was on chronic fatigue syndrome. Because that really is an autoimmune disorder, so is fibromyalgia in that sense. [00:02:30] 'Cause fibro's just a symptom, I believe, of chronic fatigue. But that was the first wave. And now, in our practice, of course we see autoimmune. I see it every day.
Dr Martin Jr: Well yeah, and now there are over 100 different types of autoimmune disorders. Of course the most common ones are things like celiac, Hashimoto is so much more common.
Dr Martin Sr: Oh I know.
Dr Martin Jr: The amount of women who are getting diagnosed with Hashimoto's is just unbelievable. We'll talk about that [00:03:00] in a few minutes, about what's going on in the background, but Hashimoto's, lupus-
Dr Martin Sr: MS.
Dr Martin Jr: MS, especially in the Northern hemisphere, MS is definitely growing as well. And then you got asthmas, asthmas like crazy. I remember you used to talk about asthma being the canary in the coal mine in a lot of ways, which is interesting. A lot of inflammatory bowel diseases now. Psoriasis, eczema, rheumatoid arthritis, ALS is another.
Dr Martin Sr: Yeah.
Dr Martin Jr: So, [00:03:30] so much more common, but there are other ones as well that are not "officially", and I'm doing air quotes here, for those that are wondering, that are not officially diagnosed. You mentioned chronic fatigue syndrome. You've mentioned fibromyalgia, and also Meniere's disease as well, right?
Dr Martin Sr: Yeah.
Dr Martin Jr: Which is an inner-ear issue. For a lot of people it could be treated as if it's an autoimmune disorder, and the information that we're going to share today will help along the lines of that [00:04:00] as well. Here's the thing, we put out an email not long ago asking the question, "Can you have a hidden autoimmune disorder?" Because here's the thing, here's the most common symptoms of an autoimmune disorder. Now again, we'll get into this in a lot more detail in a second.
But fatigue is a common, heat intolerance, rapid heart rate, hives, sensitive to the sun, hair loss, digestive issues, [00:04:30] sore joints, muscle pain, tremors, weight gain, or weight loss, memory, those are generic symptoms that can be a lot of different things across the board, but they're also common in autoimmune disorders.
So there are a lot of people who have thyroid going on for example, they've got a lot of these symptoms, and what they actually have is an autoimmune disorder, which is why, well it's not the only reason, but it's a big reason why, a lot of it has to do with lab values in general. [00:05:00] But it's a big reason why a lot of women who have Hashimoto's, they get on thyroid medication, and they don't feel better. Now they may feel better for a bit, but they've got to constantly adjust their medications, because the body's attacking its own thyroid.
Dr Martin Sr: Yeah.
Dr Martin Jr: And that's really ... And we'll talk really, the definition of an autoimmune disorder is when your own immune system attacks your own cells. Again, you can have an autoimmune [00:05:30] disorder in pretty much any part of your body because your immune system is everywhere, and it can attack any part of your body. So if you have an autoimmune disorder of your skin, you may end up with something like psoriasis, or eczema. If you have an autoimmune disorder of the thyroid, Hashimoto's. If you have it of your joints you can have lupus, or rheumatoid arthritis.
It can attack your bowels. You can get inflammatory-type stuff. It can attack anything. If it attacks your brain stem, you can end up with ALS, MS, same [00:06:00] thing. So I mean, you can end up with this anywhere. But the reality is, they are three times more common today than they were even a couple decades ago. And if you're a woman especially, you're more likely to end up with an autoimmune disorder. And statistically speaking, women have what is now, what, 1 in 7, or 1 in 8 chance of breast cancer?
Dr Martin Sr: Yeah, it's 1 in 7.
Dr Martin Jr: 1 in 9 chance of an autoimmune disorder. So things are starting to add up. Things are starting to add up. So what we want to do today is [00:06:30] talk about autoimmune disorders, and talk about what we think some of the biggest reasons why we're seeing an explosion. And then also what we can do naturally to help fix them.
So what we have to do is start off with a conversation, I think, two conversations. The first one's about cause and effect. 'Cause in reality, the autoimmune disorder is the effect, it's not the cause. So you have to figure out what's triggering. At the end of the day, there's something that's triggering [00:07:00] your immune system to get funny, and start to attack its own cells. So there's always a cause.
Now that cause may be difficult to figure out, but there's always a cause. It doesn't just spontaneously, for no reason whatsoever, start. There's always a reason. There's always something that triggers your immune system to start attacking its own cells.
Now you and I, we have a ... We'll share it now, but a real [00:07:30] simplistic way of looking at the immune system. Now we'll give the warning now, this is an over-simplistic, overview of how the immune system works. It's obviously a lot more complicated than this. But this is a good overview of what's going on.
Dr Martin Sr: Yeah.
Dr Martin Jr: From the time you are one cell. From the very beginning, that cell, once it starts to divide, there's a protein in there that basically ... [00:08:00] we like to tell people it's like a barcode. It's a protein that's a barcode, and that barcode gets in every cell of your body.
Dr Martin Sr: Yeah, it's you.
Dr Martin Jr: It's you. And so imagine your immune system is going around scanning cells. If it has that barcode, if it has that protein, your immune system knows it's your own cell, so it scans it, "Nope, it's me." Scans it, "No, it's me." Scans it, "It's me." Scans a cell, "No, it's not me, we better attack [00:08:30] it. It's not supposed to be here." And that's an over-simplistic view of how the immune system works. But there's a lot going on there obviously. But that's the basic idea. Something happens along the way where the immune system no longer recognizes that cell.
Dr Martin Sr: Even though it's yours.
Dr Martin Jr: And it actually starts to view it as a threat.
Dr Martin Sr: Mm-hmm (affirmative).
Dr Martin Jr: And starts to attack it. Now what's interesting, a lot of times it's caused by inflammation. Inflammation [00:09:00] can mess up that signalling between the cells, cause it to attack itself.
Dr Martin Sr: Yep. Well we see it a lot. It's incredible, and like you say, it's so much more prevalent today.
Dr Martin Jr: Now, what's interesting is, so if we take that analogy, something has to disrupt that signal between the immune system and the cells. So what's doing that? What's the cause? Well there's a lot of different causes. [00:09:30] But we've narrowed it down to the five biggest causes of what's going on.
So imagine cause and effect, you have a cause, and that cause is leading to inflammation. And then the inflammation is basically messing up the way your immune system works, and then your immune system starts to attack its own cells, and then you end up with symptoms, and you have an autoimmune disorder.
So correcting the problem, in order to fix the problem you have to fix the cause, and [00:10:00] you have to get the immune system to start acting normal again. But, the nice thing is, if you can get rid of that inflammation, you can get rid of the cause, then the immune system just starts doing its job. They're just going to continue doing their job. They're going to be able to properly recognize for ... keeping it simple, they're going to be able to recognize its own cells and they're not going to attack it.
So if you have psoriasis, the immune system will no longer attack your skin cells. If you have Hashimoto's, no longer attack your thyroid. So that's the key, that's what we're trying to [00:10:30] figure out today.
So let's talk about those five big things. Now, the biggest one is leaky gut.
Dr Martin Sr: Absolutely. As a matter of fact, to be honest, I've never seen a case really, you talk about from MS to lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and we coin these things, leaky gut, leaky skin, leaky gut, leaky brain, leaky gut, leaky lungs, you know asthma. Leaky gut, whatever. [00:11:00] It's the key is, has to be the gut. It doesn't mean that it's the only thing going wrong, but it's certainly one of the key factors, because I've never seen exceptions to it, and-
Dr Martin Jr: Well, and that's the thing, leaky gut is, in our opinion, everybody who has an autoimmune disorder has leaky gut syndrome.
Dr Martin Sr: Yeah, for sure.
Dr Martin Jr: But again, here's the thing, it's cause and effect. Leaky gut does not just spontaneously show up.
Dr Martin Sr: Mm-hmm (affirmative).
Dr Martin Jr: Something has [00:11:30] to trigger leaky gut to start, and we have a great video on our website where we talk about all the different causes of leaky gut, things that can affect the way that your gut works, just at the basic level. Those things can be a cause of leaky gut, which then can lead to inflammation, which can then mess up the immune system, which can lead to an autoimmune disorder.
Dr Martin Sr: Yeah.
Dr Martin Jr: So leaky gut, when we say leaky gut, there's a lot of things that can cause leaky gut syndrome.
Dr Martin Sr: Yeah.
Dr Martin Jr: Stress [00:12:00] can cause it. Stress is a big cause of leaky gut syndrome.
Dr Martin Sr: Yeah.
Dr Martin Jr: Cortisol inflames the gut, leads to increased permeability, meaning, things can get through the gut lining, into the blood that should never get into the blood.
Dr Martin Sr: Yeah.
Dr Martin Jr: And that can cause a whole bunch of problems.
Dr Martin Sr: Cortisol, and if it isn't the original cause, it aggravates everything because it just, it's like the expression we like to use, it's adding gasoline fuel to the fire. It creates all [00:12:30] that enormous inflammation.
One of the biggest things that I see with leaky gut, and it's just because I'm always asking questions in the office. So when I see someone autoimmune, I'm always going backwards to see, "Now, were you on lots of antibiotics as a kid?" 'Cause that's a question I ask. Or, a couple of years ago, or whatever because ... And I look, antibiotics save your life, so I don't downplay the benefits of antibiotics, but the double- [00:13:00] edged sword of antibiotics is leaky gut. And boy oh boy, I'll tell you, it's almost invariable, it's one of the key factors for a lot of people that end up with autoimmune is they've had a series of antibiotics, sometimes lots of them, especially as kids, and it comes back to haunt them when they get older. I'm telling you, it's part of that equation because it's a big [00:13:30] factor, not the only factor in leaky gut, but it's certainly one of the main causes of leaky gut. Because you can't get away almost without exception, you can't get away from what antibiotics do, and they kill good, bad, and ugly. Antibiotic's a broad spectrum, kill your friendly bacteria, and-
Dr Martin Jr: And studies have shown they actually leave a little, almost a fingerprint for a long time after.
Dr Martin Sr: Yeah.
Dr Martin Jr: We talked about this on a previous [00:14:00] episode.
Dr Martin Sr: Yeah.
Dr Martin Jr: Some of your good bacteria never comes back.
Dr Martin Sr: No.
Dr Martin Jr: It doesn't come back, which again, talks about the importance of a good probiotic. We get asked, especially this time of year, "If I'm taking antibiotic, should I take a probiotic?" Yes. You need to absolutely should be taking a probiotic. And you're right, I mean if you look at the history of people with autoimmune disorders, they definitely have a history, a big percent of them have a history of using, or having taken a fair amount of [00:14:30] antibiotics, or other drugs. 'Cause with a lot of other drugs that can kill the microbiome as well. There's a lot of other drugs out there, a lot of pain medications, and-
Dr Martin Sr: Well almost all drugs. Almost all medications, one of the side effects is certainly leaky gut.
Dr Martin Jr: Well 'cause they've discovered this concept of a microbiome, which is just a bacteria that is beneficial to us, and researchers are calling it another organ. You can't live without it. You'd be dead without it. You can't be healthy without a good microbiome. [00:15:00] So I mean they understand the importance of it.
When they did a lot of these drug testing, they never looked at the effect it had on microbiome 'cause they didn't know about it. And now they're finding out that a lot of the these things have a negative impact on your microbiome, which is again, why people should be taking probiotics, a good probiotic when they're taking medication, even if they're not. But that's what's going on. There's a lot of things, and it's important to understand that.
So a lot of times when it comes to naturally [00:15:30] dealing with an autoimmune disorder is fixing the gut. This is important to understand, just because you have leaky gut syndrome does not necessarily mean you're going to be having digestive symptoms. But a lot of people with autoimmune do have digestive symptoms. They either have a change of bowel habits. They get bloating, got gall bladder issues, or they've had their gall bladder removed. They got low stomach acid. They got a whole bunch of these symptoms, burping, or whatever, heartburn. So they may have a digestive symptom that's going on in the background, [00:16:00] but they gotta fix the gut. There's no question. A lot of the healing starts at that level.
Because one of the things that you and I have talked about quite a bit off-air that's fascinating is so what happens, what makes leaky gut a problem is what it allows into the blood. The whole point of your bowels, your gut lining, is to be what they call selectively permeable. They allow certain things in and they stop other things.
Dr Martin Sr: Yeah, bad guys out.
Dr Martin Jr: Bad guys [00:16:30] out. Leaky gut basically just imagine the pores opening up a little bit and allowing more things in there. So they're allowing bad things to get in, undigested food, toxins, fungus, and that's what we want to talk about a little bit here, is we're starting to see how much of a problem fungus candidas is.
Dr Martin Sr: Yeah.
Dr Martin Jr: You and I have talked about candida for brain, and studies come up now showing that it can cross the blood, brain barrier.
Dr Martin Sr: Scary.
Dr Martin Jr: Yeah, it's terrifying when you think about [00:17:00] it. But candida is a major problem. We're loaded with fungus now, it's everywhere. So the problem with leaky gut is it allows things to get in that shouldn't get in. But as we've mentioned before, a lot of those things shouldn't have even gotten into your gut in the first place. They should have been killed by your acid in your stomach, or your gall bladder. So it's really a systemic. So when we say leaky gut, leaky gut allows the bad things to get in. But the bad things can get [00:17:30] in 'cause they weren't killed when they should have been killed.
Dr Martin Sr: Yeah.
Dr Martin Jr: So it's really a gut, digestive problem. Like digestion, there's five major components of digestion. You have the stomach acid, you have stomach, you have the gall bladder, you have the liver, you have the pancreas, and then you have the bowels.
Dr Martin Sr: Yeah.
Dr Martin Jr: When it comes to those bad things not getting killed, well the stomach didn't do its job. The gall bladder didn't do its job.
Dr Martin Sr: Gall bladder didn't.
Dr Martin Jr: The [00:18:00] liver didn't do its job. And then now you have the pancreas will give it a pass on there 'cause it's busy doing a lot of other things. But that's what's happening. So the upper digestive system failed as well, miserably. It didn't do its job. So they have ... If you have an autoimmune disorder, you have leaky gut, you have a digestive issue.
Dr Martin Sr: Yeah.
Dr Martin Jr: Here's another thing, a lot of leaky gut can start off because your upper part of your digestive [00:18:30] system is not working, and it strains your gut. It causes inflammation. So if you can have a gut lining that's stopping stuff from getting in, but if your stomach acid's low, and your gall bladder is not there no more, or it's just not doing its job, your gut lining is being bombarded with junk. It's stressing it out.
Dr Martin Sr: Yeah because the furnace is supposed to burn it down. When you think of what your stomach acid does. It takes anything [00:19:00] that's coming in, including candida, and it's supposed to kill it. It shouldn't get into even into your gut.
Dr Martin Jr: That's the problem. So when we say that leaky gut is a major cause of autoimmune, now here's the thing, a lot of people in this world have leaky gut, and a lot of them don't have an autoimmune disorder, that's the reality. But if you have leaky gut, some may have IBS, some may have joint pain. Some may have brain issues, some can have skin. A lot of skin [00:19:30] conditions directly tied into the health of your gut.
So there's a lot of things going on, but there's a percentage of people that when they have leaky gut and they get inflammation, and they get cortisol increases, and they get all these things going on, it eventually can mess up the way the immune system works, and then it starts to attack its own cells. So leaky gut can go to a lot of different things, and not everybody that has leaky gut that's going to have an autoimmune disorder, but everybody that has an autoimmune disorder has leaky gut. That's a [00:20:00] pretty safe thing, in a sense, to say.
So a big part of naturally dealing with an autoimmune is fixing the gut. Even if you don't think your gut is a problem, 'cause you're not getting traditional digestive symptoms. But I'm willing to bet that if you took a questionnaire of all the digestive symptoms, you would have them.
Dr Martin Sr: Yeah.
Dr Martin Jr: You would have some for sure.
Dr Martin Sr: Yeah.
Dr Martin Jr: If you have an autoimmune disorder, you have something going on gut. So leaky gut is a starting point for a lot of autoimmune disorders. [00:20:30] Whatever can cause leaky gut can eventually be the trigger that leads to an autoimmune disorder. So when we leaky gut is a cause, we're saying whatever can cause leaky gut can lead to an autoimmune disorder. So that's the first one, leaky gut's a big one.
A second big one, chemicals. Chemicals cause inflammation. They don't cause fevers like the old bacteria did. They cause a disruption in the immune [00:21:00] system, because the amount of inflammation they cause. We are living in a chemical world they're everywhere.
Dr Martin Sr: Yeah.
Dr Martin Jr: Chemicals are everywhere.
Dr Martin Sr: 100,000 chemicals, new chemicals have been created since World War II. At least, like you say, you can't leave the planet. You're going to be surrounded by chemicals. You expressed this before. When we talk about plastic for example, it's in the air, you're [00:21:30] breathing plastic in. I always say that autoimmune is somebody that, the canary in the coal mine. We can put 10 people in a room and 10 people breathe the same air, drink the same water or whatever, but if you have any kind of sensitivity, or if your microbiome isn't right, those chemicals can cause your body to overreact to them, they see them as something that disrupts, [00:22:00] and then your body attacks, and you over attack.
Dr Martin Jr: Here's the thing with chemicals, so chemicals can hurt your immune system in two ways, one, chemicals can directly affect the way that the cells signal and talk to each other. So it can cut off radio communication. Every movie where it doesn't matter the movie, if the two main characters have walkie talkies, at some point [00:22:30] something disrupts their communication, at some point. It doesn't matter what it is, they're pushing on the button and they can't hear each other, that's chemicals can do that between the cells in your immune system, directly. But then chemicals also create inflammation, which can then disrupt further. So chemicals can be a double whammy.
Here's the thing, I mean there's a lot of studies we can look at, but one large study tested a bunch of people, tested their urine. 93% [00:23:00] of them had glyphosate in their urine, 93%. I want to read you a quote from a study that was done on babies. In 2005, researchers found 287, 287 industrial chemicals including pesticides, folates, dioxin, flame-retardants, and the break down of chemicals from Teflon in the fetal cord of 10 newborn infants from around the country. [00:23:30] So transmitted to the infants by their mothers, exposures before and during pregnancy. So kids are born into this world already loaded with chemicals. That's incredible to think about. So we live in a chemical world.
Dr Martin Sr: Oh yeah.
Dr Martin Jr: So there's no-
Dr Martin Sr: Toxic soup.
Dr Martin Jr: There's no question why we see an increase in autoimmune disorders, and here's the thing, you can't prevent that. You can't. You can do, you can reduce it. [00:24:00] You can avoid it as much as you can. But it is everywhere. You can go completely organic, plastic-free, fragrance-free-
Dr Martin Sr: They don't give you a straw in the restaurants anymore.
Dr Martin Jr: You can do all that stuff, but you're going to be exposed to chemicals. So you can't run from that, so the key is, you want to build up the defence your body has against chemicals. You want to make sure that your liver is working properly. You want to make sure [00:24:30] that your digestive tract is working properly. You want to make sure your immune system is up to par. 'Cause you can't avoid chemicals, they're everywhere. But chemicals can trigger autoimmune, and chemicals can also be a major cause of leaky gut as well. So chemicals are a big cause. But again, you can't avoid them. You can reduce exposure for sure. You can reduce exposure. But you can't completely avoid chemicals. So that's the thing. We talked about leaky gut, we talked about chemicals, you like to mention [00:25:00] heavy metals.
Dr Martin Sr: Yeah, mercury, lead, cadmium. Your body is so receptive to those things because they do mimic, in a lot of ways their structure of certain minerals even like magnesium and potassium. So your body ... It's amazing how many people are walking around with mercury, lead, cadmium in their system and they don't even know it. Again, it's part [00:25:30] of the toxic soup. Lead, it's in the soil. Anything coming out of China, just about, has got lead in it. Women that wear makeup and lipstick and shampoos. You know what I mean? The high fructose corn syrup.
Dr Martin Jr: And that's where we talk about reducing your exposure.
Dr Martin Sr: Right.
Dr Martin Jr: There are better makeups out there, shampoos out there. You want to reduce your exposure.
Dr Martin Sr: Yeah.
Dr Martin Jr: But yeah, it's amazing. So heavy metals, again, they can disrupt [00:26:00] the way the immune system works. They can cause a bunch of inflammation. But they are definitely can be for some people, the cause that leads to an autoimmune disorder.
Here's another one, and this is a big one as well. Vegetable oils, processed foods. Vegetable oils irritate the lining of most people's guts. When that happens, you end up with leaky gut, and when that happens, as we talked about, many times on this episode, [00:26:30] can lead to autoimmune disorders. Also, there's something to be said about the ratio between omega-6s, which are found in processed vegetable oils, and omega-3s. If your intake of omega-6s is a lot more than your intake of omega-3s, that ratio can lead to a lot of problems. Right now I think it's 18 to 1. I think it might even be higher.
Dr Martin Sr: Yeah, very [crosstalk 00:26:58] well it's crazy.
Dr Martin Jr: [00:27:00] I thought I read somewhere around 25 to 1, but the last thing that I remember reading specifically was 18 to 1, meaning, we consume on average, 18 times more omega-6s than we do omega-3s. That ratio is a disaster. That ratio is a recipe for disaster. For some people, that alone can cause such an inflammatory reaction and a gut disruption that that alone could be the cause for some people of [00:27:30] autoimmune. So that's a big issue as well. We consume a ton of vegetable oils in our diet. If you eat out, if you buy packaged foods, they're all vegetable oils.
Dr Martin Sr: They last, you see.
Dr Martin Jr: And I ... Listen, vegetable oil is a tremendous marketing job. I mean vegetables are always healthy, in people's head, always. So how do you make an oil that's not [00:28:00] healthy sound healthy? Call it a vegetable oil.
Dr Martin Sr: Yeah, 'cause it's really, you can run your car on this stuff.
Dr Martin Jr: [crosstalk 00:28:06] Yeah, they're not-
Dr Martin Sr: It's industrialized. Highly, highly processed.
Dr Martin Jr: Go on YouTube and look at how canola oil is made, there's nothing natural about canola oil.
Dr Martin Sr: Yeah.
Dr Martin Jr: Yet it's a vegetable oil, and it's healthy vegetable oil. So again, that's a big problem, which is why a lot of people do well when they increase their intake of omega-3.
Dr Martin Sr: Omega-3, yeah.
Dr Martin Jr: And then they lower their processed food, or their omega-6 [00:28:30] intake, and it's amazing how much better they feel.
The fifth thing that we want to talk about quickly are food allergies. There are a lot of people that have these hidden food allergies. They're not that hidden. They're getting a lot of symptoms, they just don't know that it's 'cause of a food allergen. They got mucus, they always have had asthma. They have headaches, or they have digestive issues. They have skin issues. They got bags under their eyes, or whatever. They got these symptoms. So when we say hidden, they're not hidden, [00:29:00] I mean their symptoms are there, they just are not, they don't know where to look. They're not sure what they are.
Dr Martin Sr: Yeah, they can't equate it with-
Dr Martin Jr: No, it's funny because people will talk to us about, "Oh, I get a lot of asthma, and a lot of coughing, and a lot of mucus." And then it's like, "Okay." You ask them some questions, and it's usually around after a meal. Then you can narrow it down, it's like, "Yeah, you can't have dairy." Or, "You can't have eggs." Eggs is a common, unfortunately, 'cause it's such [00:29:30] a good food.
Dr Martin Sr: Yeah, such a good food, but-
Dr Martin Jr: I can't eat eggs. I can't eat eggs.
Dr Martin Sr: And it's a lot worse today than it was. But again, that goes back to the change, I believe, in the microbiome, because now eggs, which are 100% good for you-
Dr Martin Jr: Every time I can't eat an egg, I blame mum. She was on antibiotics for what, seven-
Dr Martin Sr: Eight years.
Dr Martin Jr: Eight years?
Dr Martin Sr: Mm-hmm (affirmative).
Dr Martin Jr: The whole pregnancy with me, on antibiotics.
Dr Martin Sr: She was, and as a little girl, for eight years, lost a kidney.
Dr Martin Jr: Eight [00:30:00] years.
Dr Martin Sr: In the 1950s that's what they did.
Dr Martin Jr: That's what they did. They just put them on antibiotics forever.
Dr Martin Sr: Yeah.
Dr Martin Jr: So I can't eat eggs. That's probably the reason, I just like to tease her about it, but I can't enjoy-
Dr Martin Sr: She can't even eat eggs.
Dr Martin Jr: No, she can't even eat eggs either. But yeah, it's amazing, right?
Dr Martin Sr: I make up for it, for you both of you guys.
Dr Martin Jr: Yeah, and my wife makes up for it, and unfortunately, I just can't eat eggs.
Dr Martin Sr: No, yeah.
Dr Martin Jr: And even my kids can tolerate eggs, but they can't eat-
Dr Martin Sr: They can't live on them.
Dr Martin Jr: They definitely can't, and if they have eggs one day, they gotta take some time off [00:30:30] in between type of thing. But food allergies, again, are so common today that most people have an intolerance to a food, and they don't even know it. They don't even know it. And that, again, can trigger inflammation, can trigger an autoimmune disorder. Which again, goes back to eating, goes back to the gut to fix it.
So let's ... We've been talking a fair amount about some big concepts for autoimmune. [00:31:00] Let's talk about how to approach from a natural standpoint, how do you approach dealing with an autoimmune disorder? Now here's the thing, so an autoimmune, as we mentioned at the top, can affect any organ. So let's just say that you have Hashimoto's.
So here's the thing, you have to address the cause, you have to fix the gut, and then you have to help repair the thyroid. So there's three steps involved. And actually, there's a fourth [00:31:30] step, 'cause you have to help the immune system. So really there's four steps to dealing with any autoimmune. So if you have rheumatoid for example, well you have to identify the cause. You have to fix the gut. You have to help the immune system, and then you gotta do something to help repair, specifically for the joints. So it's a four-step process. Regardless of whether you have an autoimmune disorder. But let's start with food. Let's just again, with the way somebody should [00:32:00] eat if they have an autoimmune disorder.
Dr Martin Sr: Well, number one, pretty simple. If you're going to do one thing, cut out your sugars, because sugar and yeast, like we said, there's always candida, always one of the side effects. If you're going to do nothing else, cut out the sugar in your diet. Cut it down to almost nothing. We always talk about eating low-carb, and eating crappy carbohydrates. [00:32:30] Get rid of that stuff. So diet has a big, big effect on autoimmune.
Dr Martin Jr: Yeah, diet is probably the biggest thing to start. So if you have a food allergy, identify it, and get rid of it, clean your diet up. Simplify your diet.
Dr Martin Sr: Rope it in.
Dr Martin Jr: Rope it in. Now if you have an autoimmune disorder, simplify your diet. Don't get too creative. Don't get too wild. Bring your diet in. Cut down sugar. Cut down processed foods. Keep your insulin levels [00:33:00] low, which means going a lot lower carb. A lot of people get great results when they go ketogenic, they start consuming less than 30 or 40 grams of carbs a day. They're not eating processed.
Dr Martin Sr: Anything.
Dr Martin Jr: You could do keto and eat processed foods, that's the thing. I mean a lot of people eat low-carb, and they have a very high-processed diet as well, because reading a lot of the vegetable oil stuff. Again, that's the first thing, cut down sugar, cut down vegetable oils. Cut down carbs. Reign your food [00:33:30] in. It's amazing, just by doing that, how much better people feel.
Dr Martin Sr: Yeah, for sure.
Dr Martin Jr: Right?
Dr Martin Sr: Good results.
Dr Martin Jr: Right off the bat, so food is where you start. So identify the cause. Identify that cause, cause and effect. That requires work from people. That requires for some people, keeping a food journal, noticing when their symptoms, because the body will tell you. If you've got rheumatoid arthritis, and your joints are worse lately, well that's where you want to pay attention to what [00:34:00] you've been doing, stress, eating, exercise, all these things. You want to pay attention to see if you can identify what's going on.
Dr Martin Sr: Yeah.
Dr Martin Jr: Then you want to fix the gut. In order to fix the gut, as I mentioned, there's five parts to digestion. Probiotics is a starting point, no question.
Dr Martin Sr: Yeah.
Dr Martin Jr: You have to start with a good probiotic. But you need a good digestive enzyme as well for the upper GI part. You need a good digestive enzyme as well. That's a big aspect of that. So you have your gut, fix the gut. If [00:34:30] you go to our website, we have a great training on digestive health. Sign up for that, watch it. That's a great place to start.
Dr Martin Sr: Yeah.
Dr Martin Jr: Then you have to help the immune system. Well how do you help the immune system? What do you recommend for somebody that needs immune system help?
Dr Martin Sr: Again, you want to make sure you got good levels of vitamin-D, because your immune system doesn't work properly without vitamin-D.
Dr Martin Jr: So they want to optimize vitamin-D level?
Dr Martin Sr: Always optimize vitamin-D. I always say, [00:35:00] if you want to put your immune system to sleep, go back to food, eat sugar. So eliminate the sugar. Get your immune system where it can concentrate on what it needs to concentrate on, and not be put to sleep by your poor diet. But the big thing on immunity is getting your optimizing vitamin-D. That's why you always ... Some people are sensitive to the sun, especially with lupus, but then you gotta take vitamin- [00:35:30] D as a supplement. It's very, very important for you.
Dr Martin Jr: All right, so we've covered a ton of stuff on this podcast. We're about 40 minutes in, so we're out of time. Again, if you have questions, just email us. You do Facebook lives, there's a lot of ways to get a hold of us. Again, we want to thank you for listening. Have a great day.
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In this episode we continue talking about the 6 midlife brain killers. Research shows what you do in your 40's, 50's, and 60's determines the health of your brain in your 70's and 80's.
High Blood Sugar
We also discuss how research shows even high NORMAL blood sugar and blood pressure can put your brain as serious risk.
We also talk about how to protect your brain naturally.
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Hi. I'm Dr. Martin Junior.
Dr. Martin Sr.: I'm Dr. Martin Senior.
Dr. Martin Jr.: This is The Doctor Is In Podcast, and [00:00:30] this is episode 170. Now, today we're gonna continue to talk about what we talked about last week. Last week, we started with the premise that what you do in your 40s and 50s and 60s determines the health of your brain in your 70s and 80s, because statistically, once you're 85 years old, 50% of the people at 85 have Alzheimer's. It's a coin flip, right? How [00:01:00] you end up on what side of the coin is really decided what you do in your 40s, 50s, and 60s.
In last week's episode, if you haven't heard it, go back and listen to last week's episode, because we really laid a foundation and we talk about the first three midlife brain killers. We have six things that happen in your midlife that will kill your brain when you're older. That's what we're talking about.
Now, we also talked about, last week ... At the end of the day, if you were to [00:01:30] reverse engineer Alzheimer's and dementia, there are four big causes of Alzheimer's and dementia. Four big causes. Now, they're gonna say genetics, and all those kind of things, but they're not, in my opinion, one of the big causes of Alzheimer's dementia. We talked about brain shrinking. Last week we talked a lot about the fact that it's normal, as you age, it's normal that your brain shrinks. But when it shrinks too fast, and there's a lot of reasons why your brain can [00:02:00] shrink too fast, but when it does, you're gonna end up with an Alzheimer's dementia. Inflammation. Massive cause of Alzheimer's dementia, and there are a lot of things that can cause inflammation.
Then we talk about infection. That's a new one. You and I have been talking about leaky gut, leaky brain for a long time, but research is starting to catch up, and we talked a few episodes ago about the studies showing how candida can actually cross the [00:02:30] blood-brain barrier, and these researchers are starting to look at the fact that that might be a major cause of Alzheimer's dementia and Parkinson's in people. In fact, Harvard has started what they call the Brain Microbiome Project. They're looking at, the brain actually has its own microbiome. The brain isn't sterile. Let's just say that. That's the third thing, and then of course, insulin. High insulin can cause ... In fact, I read something saying about half the people with Alzheimer's-
Dr. Martin Sr.: [00:03:00] Type three diabetes.
Dr. Martin Jr.: ... is due to elevated insulin. 50% of the people with Alzheimer's, it's because they have a problem with high circulating insulin, right? That's what we talked about last week, and then we mentioned that there are six brain killers that happen, so in your 40s and 50s and early 60s, if you do these six things, or any of them, or a multiple of them, you're gonna end up with ... We can't say that for sure, but there's a good [00:03:30] chance you're gonna end up with Alzheimer's dementia.
Last week, we talked about muscle mass. Studies are showing this, again. We talked about muscle mass, we talked about muscle strength, and we talked about high blood pressure, and we also talked about, research is showing that even if you have normal blood pressure that might be a little higher, but it's not diagnosed as high blood pressure, your chance of getting Alzheimer's increases. That was last week.
All right. This [00:04:00] week, we're gonna finish off with the other three brain killers, and then we'll end it by talking about how to protect your brain, what you can do to protect your brain. All right. Let's start off with the big one, which is inflammation, right? Specifically, again, remember, we know and we've talked about this before, that inflammation causes Alzheimer's dementia for a lot of people, but what we want to do is, we're talking about midlife. Research is clear on this as [00:04:30] well. Midlife inflammation is associated with late life brain volume. One of the things that happens is, if you have inflammation in your 40s and 50s in your brain ... Not even your brain. Sorry. These are systemic inflammatory markers, so high CRP, just high inflammation in midlife, your brain shrinks faster, which is a big problem. Midlife inflammation is a big-time indicator [00:05:00] of brain volume later in life.
Now, you know what's interesting? It used to be, and I remember reading a study a while ago, and they looked at the causes of brain shrinkage, because our brains shrink when we age. That's normal, but excessive brain shrinkage ... It used to be this. Smoking shrinks your brain faster.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Microcirculation.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Yup. It affects the brain volume. I mean, it used to be if you smoke, not only all the other things that happen, and you're gonna age faster on [00:05:30] the outside, and all the free radical damage. Your brain volume shrinks. That was one. High blood pressure, they talked about. We talked specifically now about-
Dr. Martin Sr.: [crosstalk 00:05:39].
Dr. Martin Jr.: ... midlife high blood pressure. Obesity. Studies have shown that someone is obese has a smaller brain than somebody who's not. We now know a lot of reasons why that is, right? But those were the big things that used to, they associated with a smaller brain volume. Now there's a lot more things. Even midlife inflammation [00:06:00] shrinks your brain faster, so midlife inflammation.
Now, we've already talked about this before. Last episode, we kind of led off by talking about how you look in your 40s and 50s is determined by your 20s and 30s. A person who smokes or drinks too much or doesn't exercise, they eat a lot of junk, a lot of vegetable oils, they age faster.
Dr. Martin Sr.: And it shows up faster.
Dr. Martin Jr.: And it shows up faster, so you have somebody who's late 40s, [00:06:30] and somebody can't guess their age because they look like they could really be late 50s, and then vice-versa, people are surprised when somebody says, "Oh, you're 47?" Or whatever. "You don't look anything close to that." Right? A lot of that is 20s and 30s. It really comes back and bites you in your late 40s and 50s, but here's the thing. Chronic inflammation, so midlife chronic inflammation, they have shown not only does it shrink your brain faster, it is also ... There was a big study [00:07:00] done back in 2016, and they've called it infla-aging, because chronic inflammation is the accelerator of biological aging. Now, what does that mean? That's a mouthful.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Well, there's a difference between chronological aging and biological aging. Now, we can't do anything about chronological aging. Every year we get older, right? Every year, you get older. You have so many birthdays in your [00:07:30] lifetime. There's nothing you can do about that. That's chronological aging, so you have no control over your age. Mind you, people are identifying as a ... I saw that one thing, is a senior wanting to identify as a 40-year-old. But you can't do anything about your birthdays. However, biological aging is different, because biological aging is the actual age of your cells, how old your cells are. Some people, [00:08:00] their insides are way older than their outside, their age, and then the other way around. Sometimes they may be 60, but they got a biological age of 40.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Because their metabolic health is so healthy, right? Nothing ages you faster on the inside than inflammation. A study was done, and actually, it's interesting, they called it Inflamma-Aging, so Infla-Aging. Inflammation ages you. This is what they found specifically. Not only does inflammation [00:08:30] in midlife significantly raise your risk of morbidity and mortality, it also increases mitochondrial dysfunction, and I'll tell you, mitochondria, which are the little battery packs of your cells, mitochondrial health really determines your energy levels.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin Jr.: You and I think that cancer is a disease of mitochondria, right? It's a metabolic disorder.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Again, your mitochondria, immune system, hormones, dysfunction of your telomeres. [00:09:00] Now, telomeres, telomeres are interesting, because I always tell people with telomeres, it's kind of like the wick of a candle. The longer your telomeres are-
Dr. Martin Sr.: The longer you last.
Dr. Martin Jr.: ... the longer you're gonna live.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Shorter telomeres are associated with shorter lifespans, so you want long telomeres, right? Again, inflammation shortens telomeres. Again, also plays a key role ... This is all the study. They looked at all ... It's very interesting. Type two diabetes. [00:09:30] Of course, we're talking about Alzheimer's. Cardiovascular disease. Sarcopenia.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Muscles.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Osteoporosis and cancer. Basically, all the top killers. If you want to get those top killers, have midlife inflammation. Inflammation, at any time it's bad news, but there's something especially bad about being highly inflamed in your midlife.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin Jr.: It's gonna kill your heart, or your brain, or your immune system. It's gonna be a cancer.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Autoimmune.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Autoimmune [00:10:00] disorders. Kill your hormones, right? Inflammation in midlife kills your brain, so it's a brain killer. That's the fourth thing.
Now, let's talk about the fifth one. Insulin resistance. You and I talk every time about insulin, because it's involved in everything. When a person has high circulating insulin, they are at risk for a whole bunch of things in their brain. It does a lot of things. First of all ... Again, we're talking midlife [00:10:30] here, so I got a couple studies here talking about, if you in your midlife have elevated insulin, or insulin resistance, they've shown late life brain amyloid plaque accumulation. There's a correlation between the two. Think about that for a second.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin Jr.: One of the distinguishing factors of Alzheimer's is the plaquing, right? They used to think that plaquing caused Alzheimer's, but what causes the plaquing? You can go all the way backwards, [00:11:00] but they're finding out that if you have insulin resistance ... Think of the diabetics, the metabolic syndromes, the pre-diabetes. All these people, if they have that in their midlife, they're gonna have plaquing in their brain later on.
Dr. Martin Sr.: You wonder if that doesn't get started early, and they just never look at ... They just really don't see it.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Well, because if you're a diabetic, you're not getting an MRI of your brain.
Dr. Martin Sr.: It's like scar tissue, right? Yeah.
Dr. Martin Jr.: But you're putting it there. Yeah. You're right. Your brain is paying the price.
Dr. Martin Sr.: You know, it's like old injuries that you get. You hurt [00:11:30] your knee playing ball as a 20-year-old, and 40-year-old, now that really comes back to bite you when your knee, you can hardly go up stairs, and you got your bone-on-bone and scar tissues developed. Same thing in the brain, right? That stuff that the inflammation injures, right? It injures it over a period of time.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Yeah. It scars it up.
Dr. Martin Sr.: It scars it up.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Yeah. Battle wounds.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin Jr.: But yeah, you're right. The interesting thing is, again, midlife insulin resistance increases [00:12:00] brain amyloid plaquing later in life. That's one thing insulin does. However, insulin also increases brain inflammation, and we just talked about the effect it has.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Talked about that. Yeah.
Dr. Martin Jr.: It's a double whammy, but it's actually a triple whammy, because studies have shown this, and I found this interesting. High circulating insulin is associated with a shrinking of your brain, but specifically the area of your brain that's associated with memories.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin Jr.: [00:12:30] Insulin causes plaquing. Insulin increases inflammation, and inflammation in midlife shrinks your brain, and insulin specifically causes an area of your brain to shrink that's associated with memory. It's a triple threat for your brain.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Which is why, I mean, it's not only your brain. We talk about insulin so much because it does-
Dr. Martin Sr.: You know, people say, "Don't you get tired of insulin?" But you know, I mean, every time you eat, you need insulin.
Dr. Martin Jr.: And we get questions about insulin [00:13:00] every day.
Dr. Martin Sr.: "Oh, insulin. Insulin." I know, but we've got degrees in nutrition. I mean, we gotta talk about food, because you are what you eat. You are what you absorb, and insulin, I know it sounds ... But it really is, it's not that complicated, right? It's not that complicated. If you're a bad eater, sugar is the new poison. Sugar is the new smoking, right? We talked about, especially in the last podcast, everybody and their dog knows that smoking's no [00:13:30] good for you. You don't have to go to a doctor to say, "Oh, yeah. You know what? Yeah. I want you to have a couple of cigarettes every day. It's good for you." No. All doctors know, anybody knows that smoking, no. It's not good for you. This is pet peeve. I just don't understand this whole marijuana thing. They're talking about ... And then they want people smoking. You know what I mean? That bothers me. If for nothing else, forget the drug. It's just the smoking [00:14:00] again. We already went through that. My dad, in 1962, I remember, I'll never forget it. I remember the day he came home and he said, "I'm never gonna smoke again." Threw his cigarettes away. I'm, "Dad, what are you, crazy? What am I gonna steal?" You know?
Dr. Martin Jr.: It's funny, because if you look back in the times of the World Wars, if you had asthma, they had you smoke. They think you're coughing it out, and they think you're-
Dr. Martin Sr.: Well, see, my dad, he had an ashtray in every one of his offices, [00:14:30] and his waiting room, his treatment rooms, his personal office. I mean, I grew up with that. It was nothing. My dad smoked. My mother smoked.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Well, you know what I tell my kids, is they don't have the privilege of eating a Tim Hortons donut without smoke in it as a kid. It's a funny thing, or I used to get a kick out of this. The smoking section in restaurants. You'd have a table. They're like, "Smoking or non-smoking?" You'd say, "non-smoking," so [00:15:00] they'd put you at a table, and then two feet over to your left the person's smoking.
Dr. Martin Sr.: They were smoking.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Like there's a magic air barrier that stops the smoking section. You know what's funny? Because we're so sensitive to smoke now, because you never-
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin Jr.: I never have to smell smoke anymore, so when I do, it's overpowering. It's amazing how that used to be so much more common in restaurants, and people used to smoke on an airplane. I mean, it's such a funny thing. But you're right. I mean, smoking, they've shown [00:15:30] it, and that's the number one public health thing that they did, was cutting smoking cut a lot of diseases out, right?
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah. Yeah.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Now we're back to a whole bunch of different things, but yeah. Smoking will definitely shrink your brain, but insulin, like you said, insulin now, cutting insulin, like smoking, will cut a lot of risk factors down, but insulin definitely affects your brain. Now, all right. Here's the third thing, and it's along the same lines, and it [00:16:00] has to do with your blood glucose levels.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Right.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Here's the thing. Again, we're talking about midlife. Midlife diabetes. Let's talk about that first. Midlife diabetes. If you are in your 40s and 50s, and even 60s, according to the study, and you have diabetes, your risk of getting Alzheimer's or vascular dementia, they call it, goes up through the roof. This risk, and this is interesting. This is the study here. The risk [00:16:30] is stronger when diabetes occurs at midlife than in late life.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah. Yeah.
Dr. Martin Jr.: If you get diabetes, and you're listening, and you have type two diabetes, your 50s, 60s, your brain's at risk, big time. If anything, you have to protect your brain and drastically change some things, but that's what this study ... There's a stronger association if you get it in your midlife, because again, there's something special about that midlife for brain health, right? It really sets it up.
But here's what I want to talk about specifically, [00:17:00] because not everybody's a diabetic. If you're a diabetic, your brain's at risk. That's a fact, but a lot of people don't realize this. Even if your blood glucose is normal, and there's been a few studies about this. High-normal blood glucose is associated with two things. Decreased brain volume, and cognitive performance in your 60s. If your blood sugar is normal, considered normal, it's not normal-
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah. It's not normal.
Dr. Martin Jr.: ... but it's elevated, but not [00:17:30] enough to be diagnosed with type two diabetes, so your doctor says, "You got a little pre-diabetes. Your blood sugar's a little elevated. It's a little off, but we'll monitor it and we'll pay attention, and when it becomes a problem, then we'll treat it with drugs." If you got high normal blood sugar, your brain is shrinking faster.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Think about it this way. As your blood glucose levels rise, your brain shrinks. If it's high all the time, even normal high, your brain [00:18:00] is shrinking. Then not only does it affect your, again, set you up for dementia, Alzheimer's, it also affects your cognitive performance in your 60s. In your 60s, when you start to all of a sudden ... Your cognition goes down, well, blood glucose has a lot to do with that. We talked about this previously, but the brain is an energy hog.
Dr. Martin Sr.: It picks up, what, 20-something percent of all the fuel?
Dr. Martin Jr.: Yeah. It's a few percentage of your body weight in total, but it takes up almost a quarter [00:18:30] of your energy. It needs a lot of energy, and when your blood glucose is messed up, your brain shrinks faster. I mean, it makes sense, because it's almost like the brain has to shrink in volume because it can't get the flow it needs, the energy it needs for a full brain volume, so it shrinks in size. I mean, that's not a scientific explanation, but that's kind of what's happening, right?
What's interesting is, this study was done ... I'm looking at one study here on brain [00:19:00] and normal blood glucose. This one was done back in 2013. Even back then, I'm just gonna read you what the authors, the researchers suggested. They say, "These findings here stress the need to reevaluate what is considered as healthy blood glucose levels, and consider the role of higher normal blood glucose and the risk factor for cerebral health, cognitive function, and dementia." They're even saying we should maybe tighten up what we consider normal.
Here's the dirty little trick. [00:19:30] A dirty little secret of medicine in general, when it comes to lab values. The way it works is, normal is what 95% of the population has. Then 2.5% is above, and 2.5% below. Take 100 people, and what 95% of them fall into what range, and then 2.5% is high, 2.5% is low. That's how it determines. As we get sicker, normal [00:20:00] shifts, because you can have 100 people and a majority of them are not healthy, but they affect what is viewed as normal, which is why, for example, the testosterone range is like, what, 200 to 1100? Because 95% of the males fit into that range.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin Jr.: That's a big range. It should be a lot tighter than that. Glucose is the same way in a sense. Glucose range should be a lot tighter, because we're not meant to have a wild variety [00:20:30] and elevated normal blood sugar levels. What I'm saying is this. Bottom line is that high normal is not normal, because they've shown that even when it comes to your brain, your brain shrinks faster, and it affects your brain later in life.
Dr. Martin Sr.: That's what Dr. Kraft used to say, too, right? He was the guru of all gurus, and he said, "We got it all wrong, because," he said, "most people never get the diagnosis of diabetes, but they're diabetic already, [00:21:00] because they're in that high normal sugar." Right? It's normal, but he said it's already diabetes, because your body is already paying a price for that elevated glucose. We talk about this. Your body does everything in the universe it can to get sugar out of your bloodstream, so don't wait, folks, 'til you're a diabetic. Don't wait for a doctor to say, "Uh-oh. You're a diabetic. Now here you go. Here are some pills."
Treat yourself as a diabetic, and [00:21:30] say, "Look. If I'm eating too much sugar, if I'm eating too many crappy carbohydrates and that," you're a diabetic already. Just take it, face the facts, and don't negotiate with yourself. Be hard on yourself to some extent, because we're talking about, this is life and death stuff. You know-
Dr. Martin Jr.: Well, and this is how you enjoy your retirement.
Dr. Martin Sr.: You know what I mean? I always tell people in the office, "You can make a huge investment in your portfolio, in terms of money, and good for you, and [00:22:00] I'm not against that at all."
Dr. Martin Jr.: Well, that's what makes this ... You and I talked about this in the previous episode. That's what makes this difficult, because it's almost like talking to a 19-year-old about retiring, saving for retiring. They're like, "Man, come on. Really? I'm 19. That's like a million years from now."
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin Jr.: "I don't want to talk about saving. It's so hard." But I'll tell you, you talk to somebody who's close to retirement, they wish they can go back and talk to their young self.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin Jr.: The brain and your muscles, specifically, your brain and muscles work [00:22:30] like that. What you do when you're young determines your muscle health, which is your sarcopenia, and osteoporosis, the leading cause of disability in seniors, muscle wasting, and then brain.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin Jr.: But again, it's hard, because who's thinking of their brain at 75, 80, when they're 45 and they got high blood pressure, and they got inflammation, and their sugar levels are a little bit elevated, but not enough to be diabetic, and they're not going to the gym, they got weak muscles, they don't [00:23:00] got a lot of muscle mass, and then they're in that statistic that they're gonna be that 50% at 85 that has dementia, Alzheimer's. People are gonna be like, "I don't know what happened."
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah. But you want a brain, and you know what I mean? I'll tell you, one of the biggest fears there are for people, and it's getting younger and younger, because I think people are much more ... With social media, and the internet, and all this and that, people do talk about the importance of their brain health. We love that. I mean, choices give [00:23:30] you power. It's better, like I say, they have a heads up.
Dr. Martin Jr.: I'm 45 years old, and I'm starting now to think more seriously about my brain health. I'm 45, and I'm starting ... One of the downside of reading all these studies is, a lot of these studies are warning me at my age not to have these things, so I'm starting to think about my brain health a lot more than I used to. I'll tell you, I never thought about my brain health in my 30s, ever. [00:24:00] Ever. Unless I had a concussion. That's the only time I worried about brain health. I never worried about dementia, Alzheimer's. I'm 45. I'm starting to think about that more often. I'm starting to, "Ooh. I can't forget. I gotta take my DHA every day." Right? "I gotta make sure I take my curcumin. I gotta make sure I take my pine bark. I gotta make sure ..." We even created a nootropic, our enhanced formula specifically for 40-plus years olds, we built that for ourselves, right?
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah. You gotta be sharp.
Dr. Martin Jr.: I looked at ... Yeah. But it's amazing, but [00:24:30] here's the bottom line. If you're listening, and you're in your midlife, and you have those things, especially multiple of those things, then you want to fix them. You want to get on it. You want to fix them now, then your chances of getting dementia, Alzheimer's, decrease drastically. Now, we can't 100% say you're not gonna get it, but if those six risk factors are not there, your brain's gonna be pretty healthy, and a lot of other parts of you as well.
All right. Now we're out of time, so [00:25:00] what can you do to protect your brain? You and I, we have a video on our website. It was a webinar that you and I did. You can get it for free on our website. It's called Age-Proof Your Brain. We reverse engineer dementia, Alzheimer's, talk about all these things we've talked about, and then we give you practical nutrition, and then also nutrients, supplements that we recommend in our clinic for brain health. Go to our website, martinclinic.com, and you can sign up, [00:25:30] get a free ... You can watch the video for free, and it has all the information that we have in our clinic that we openly share with people, right? They can do with it what they want.
Now, again, we're not telling you that it's gonna replace your doctor. We're not saying that. It's just, it's for informational purposes, but there's a lot of good information in there.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah. Good education.
Dr. Martin Jr.: You can go to our website and you can get that there. Again, we want to thank you for listening to this two-part series, and have a great day.
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In this episode we talk about 6 midlife brain killers. What you do in your 40's, 50's, and 60's determines the health of your brain in your 70's and 80's.
50% of seniors over 85 have Alzheimer's. If you want to live longer it's important you protect your brain.
In part 1 we talk about the first three midlife brain killers...
High Blood Pressure
A problem in any of these three in your midlife will significantly increase your risk of dementia or Alzheimer's.
Dr. Martin Jr.: You're listening to The Doctor Is In podcast from martinclinic.com. Although we share a lot of practical and in our opinion awesome information, what you hear on this podcast is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease. It's strictly for informational purposes, so enjoy.
Hello, I'm Dr. Martin Jr.
Dr.Martin Sr.: I'm Dr. Martin Sr.
Dr. Martin Jr.: And, this is The Doctor Is In podcast. This is [00:00:30] episode 169. Today, we want to talk about the brain specifically, but more importantly we want to talk about this concept that you and I were talking about off air. It has to do with this, what you do in your 40s and 50s and really early 60s, but what you do in your 40s and 50s and let's just say 60s determines how healthy your brain is in your 70s and 80s. Now, there is a statistic that 50% of seniors [00:01:00] over the age of 85 have Alzheimer's. We all talk about wanting to live longer. If you ask somebody oh they like to live to 90 or whatever, but 50% of people over the age of 85 have Alzheimer. So, you want to live longer but you definitely want to have your brain.
Dr.Martin Sr.: You don't want somebody changing your diapers.
Dr. Martin Jr.: No, exactly.
Dr.Martin Sr.: [inaudible 00:01:22] what I mean.
Dr. Martin Jr.: It's such a side thing, right? So, you and I have talked about this before. It's kind of interesting. So, if we talk [00:01:30] about aging in general, anti aging in general, how you look like aesthetically, skin, health, all that stuff in your 40s, 50s, and 60s has to do with lifestyle habits. So, smoking, drinking, exercise, sugar content, stuff like that. When somebody is like ... looks really old in their 50s or they look really old in their 40s, 60s, that's lifestyle stuff generally speaking. [00:02:00] That's just like I said that's smoking. That's-
Dr.Martin Sr.: Bad eating.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Yeah, bad eating, drinking, and they didn't exercise. All right. So, that's aesthetically. Now, in your 70s is when you start to see a big difference mobility wise. So, a lot of people in their 60s, if they're average size, average everything, can move around. When they stop to be able to move around is really in their 70s when you see a mobility issue. Again, what you do in your 40s and 50s and 60s [00:02:30] really determines how you move in your 70s which is we don't think that, but that's ... if you're listening now and you're in your 40s and 50s, how you move in your 70s really you're laying the foundation for that now. Oftentimes, people don't think about that. Now, when it comes to your brain and we're going to through the research on this, but when it comes to your brain, how your brain functions in your 70s and 80s [00:03:00] is determined by your 40s, 50s, and 60s.
Dr.Martin Sr.: Your habits.
Dr. Martin Jr.: That's what we're going to talk about because there are six midlife brain killers that we call them. So, six things that happen in midlife, so 40s, 50s that can kill your brain in your 70s and 80s. That's the reality, right? That's what's going on. So, we get a lot of questions about brain health. Okay, listen. If you're in your 70s and your brain is starting to slip, [00:03:30] there are things you can do, but you have to be very purposeful about it. You have to go really low carb. You have to cut out sugar. You have to take a lot of DHA. You have to get rid of inflammation. There's a lot of things you have to do. More aggressively you have to do but you can definitely and we have a lot of people tell us when they do those things, their brain functions a lot better and they pass a lot more of these testing that they have done. So, for sure, but what we're saying is this.
If you want to have a healthy brain, [00:04:00] if you want your brain to last as long as your bod does, then you have to pay attention to these six midlife brain killers because they will absolutely destroy your brain when your older. So, we'll talk about those. We'll try to get through them in this episode. If not, maybe we'll carry it over to a second episode, because it is important, because this really is ... you think of the heart, right? People are worried about their heart, but I'll tell you. If you go look at the cause of death charts, [00:04:30] well, I'll pull one up as we're talking here.
I've been collecting these ... sounds morbid but it's really not that morbid. I have like the top causes of death. So, I have ... right in front of me, I pulled up three charts. Ten leading cause of death in the 1900s, 10 leading cause of deaths the year 2000 and then 10 leading cause of death in the year 2016 I think it is. Yes. I'll tell you ... here we go. So, I got the 1900s. [00:05:00] Alzheimer's is climbing that list. Back in the 1900s, everything was an infection. The top killers pneumonia, influenza, tuberculosis, diarrhea. Then you got disease of the heart, then accidents and cancer was way down the list.
Dr.Martin Sr.: We were one of the first ones to coin, right? I like that. I remember one time when you had ... it really came out of you but I love that. It was inflammation without infection, right?
Dr. Martin Jr.: Yeah. That's what it was.
Dr.Martin Sr.: Sickness [00:05:30] without infection, because like you said, if you look back at the 1900s and before antibiotics especially, people died and they died young but it's because they got infection.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Yes. So, back then, everything was ... the top killers you were likely to die from an infection of some kind, right? That wasn't-
Dr.Martin Sr.: It wasn't heart disease.
Dr. Martin Jr.: No.
Dr.Martin Sr.: It wasn't cancer.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Then there was a switch around the 50s when all of a sudden, infections weren't the leading cause of death anymore. Inflammation became the leading cause. So, inflammation [00:06:00] is the new fever, right?
Dr.Martin Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin Jr.: I've talked about that and I find that interesting. Back in the early 1900s, you got a fever. You had an infection and your body tried to fight it. Then either you did or you didn't. Now, people still get fevers. They get the flu and stuff like that, but now we're loaded with inflammation. The top killers are all inflammatory based. They just show up differently. You can have them under the same heading as inflammation, but ... so in the year 2000, [00:06:30] heart disease is number one. Strokes, then you get into lower respiratory infections. They go down the list, but nowhere in the top 10 is anywhere with Alzheimer's.
Dr.Martin Sr.: Nothing to do with your brain.
Dr. Martin Jr.: No, nothing and then worldwide, diabetes is not even on the list.
Dr.Martin Sr.: Yeah, 2000.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Now, 2018 in the United States. So, it's heat disease again.
Dr.Martin Sr.: Cancer.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Yeah. Cancer, accidents, [00:07:00] just unintentional injuries, chronic lower respiratory disease, a lot of people at the end of their life they get an infection and die.
Dr.Martin Sr.: They get pneumonia and they die.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Yeah.
Dr.Martin Sr.: That's a big cause of death.
Dr. Martin Jr.: But, on the list, Alzheimer's, past diabetes and then diabetes. So, Alzheimer's is in the top killers. Diabetes is as well.
Dr.Martin Sr.: We would say, okay, again, just because I find it interesting, because what you and [00:07:30] I would say and the Martin Clinic have this for a long time that even the top ones that are at the top like heart disease, most of it the inflammation didn't come out of nowhere, we would say that most of it was due to high circulating insulin. They were a diabetic, they just never got diagnosed, right? So, when you see diabetes down the list a little bit, in terms of what caused the killing, but a lot of people have heart disease just as an aside because they have high circulating insulin. [00:08:00] It was the sugar that was killing them. They just never got the diagnosis. They were literally a diabetic without getting the diagnosis.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Yeah. Here's the thing. When it comes to even the heart disease, really the two main causes of heart disease is insulin or inflammation. Insulin can lead to inflammation, but there are other things that can cause heart disease because of inflammation. So, it is interesting. Yeah, a lot of ... like these killers can all be classified as a form of inflammation [00:08:30] because at the root of them is inflammation, but the cause of the inflammation can vary from condition to condition. So, those are the top killers, right? Alzheimer's is climbing that list. We know that it's an epidemic. It's becoming a real problem. If you read research, drugs are failing miserably. In fact, I was just reading about a big company that had a lot of money riding on a drug trial and they pulled the plug on it. They cannot treat yet [00:09:00] in any way Alzheimer's with drugs. They're not reversing Alzheimer's with drugs. So, your best bet is still natural eating. In fact-
Dr.Martin Sr.: Lifestyle.
Dr. Martin Jr.: A lot of drugs people are taking are actually causing the dementia. It's a big chunk of that, right? So, that's a whole other ... and I think we did an episode on that a long time ago talking about the common drugs that can affect your brain. So, it is interesting, but nevertheless, what you do now, so if you're listening you're in your 40s, your 50s and even early 60s, [00:09:30] what you do now will really ultimately determine the health of your brain, because remember, you and I in our training on our website we have this called age proof your brain. In there there's a graphic where we talk about the normal effects of aging. So, there are certain things that happen as we age that are considered normal. Now, one of the things for example is muscle wasting to a certain extent. Its harder to maintain muscle as you age because your muscle wastes as you age. It doesn't mean you can't maintain it, [00:10:00] however, it's harder to maintain it. Now, it's interesting.
You get to a certain age like early 60s, late 50s, the person has the same frame they've always had, right? Then they get to late 60s, early 70s, if they don't have a lot of muscle mass, also and they look small, they just look shrunken in a sense, right? They don't have that frame anymore. It's because they went into that crucial time in their life where mobility matters and they [00:10:30] didn't have that foundation of muscle there to begin with. So, muscle wasting is a normal aspect of aging. What's abnormal is when you lose too much. That happens to a lot of people. Other things that happen normally when you age, your lung volume decreases. Your VO2 max as they say decreases as you age. Your ability to produce and secrete digestive enzyme decreases which compounds the problem, because it leads to less digestion, less nutrients and-
Dr.Martin Sr.: Especially for [00:11:00] protein and your amino acids that you need. You're not taking them up. Your essential vitamins like the people are chronically low in B12 which is a real thing for every part of your body including your brain.
Dr. Martin Jr.: We're going to do an upcoming episode on the effect that has on aging, but specifically low stomach acid and gallbladder, because as you and I, we talk about this. We get fascinated about that stuff, but it really is the cause of a lot of issues for people. It's such an undiagnosed, untalked [00:11:30] about thing. Rarely do we find somebody over the age of 40 that has a fully functional normal stomach acid and gallbladder. So, a lot of the symptoms we get are associated with that. Then, one more thing that happens as we age that's normal is the volume of our brain. Our brain actually shrinks. That's somewhat normal. It becomes a problem though because a lot and lifestyle things will actually shrink our brain faster. When that happens, [00:12:00] you're in trouble, right?
So, here are some of the biggest threats to your brain. I'm not talking about midlife things. Here's what you have to protect against in general. These four things really will kill your brain as you age. They'll kill it. So, brain shrinkage, right? We just mentioned it. Your brain naturally shrinks as you age, but there's a lot of things and we're going to talk about these in a minute, but there's a lot of things that can speed that up. So, [00:12:30] excessive brain shrinkage will cause dementia Alzheimer's. That's one. Inflammation is another. Inflammation is a brain killer. Well, any inflammation really.
Dr.Martin Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Inflammation of the brain will lead to dementia Alzheimer's, right? Insulin, we talked about that. Too much circulating insulin messes your brain up and it actually will shrink your brain faster as well, but also affects the way you use energy in the brain and your brain is the energy hog. So, a lot of issues with that as well. [00:13:00] Then there's a fourth thing and it's really coming to the news more lately. So, I gave it its own category. The fourth thing is infection, an infection of the brain. You know it's funny because they're starting to see that candida can cross the blood brain barrier.
Dr.Martin Sr.: Yeah, we talked about that.
Dr. Martin Jr.: We read another study a while ago. This brain researcher saying that the things that they're finding in the brain now are scary, that are living in the brain.
Dr.Martin Sr.: They always thought the brain was sterile, there's be nothing in it.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Yeah. Anything but no. In fact, there's a [00:13:30] study going on at Harvard called the brain microbiome project.
Dr.Martin Sr.: So, it's looking at the bacteria in the brain and there's something that came out too that I saw the other day, like even you get a root canal done, right? You get bacteria siting in there. They were talking about it being one of the root causes of heart disease, but you and I know better that once that stuff gets into your blood stream and it gets across that blood brain barrier because you don't have that bacteria, the microbiome, you don't have the wall, [00:14:00] the gatekeepers at the wall to keep that stuff out of your brain, and we've talked about this too. Now, add heavy metals like mercury and lead and cadmium and stuff like that-
Dr. Martin Jr.: Well, and what you just described we have a series coming out next week. So, we're recording this in January but we have an email series coming out next week talking about autoimmune disorders. What you just described is one path of getting an autoimmune disorder. These things get into the blood. [00:14:30] They cause inflammation. That messes up the way your immune system works and it starts to attack its own cells. So, it's interesting. So, those are the four things that really ultimately lead to dementia Alzheimer's. So, your brain shrinks too fast, inflammation, infection, and high insulin.
Dr.Martin Sr.: Yeah. Again, let's just for a second on candida because people said you seek ... they accuse me of seeing candida behind [00:15:00] every tree type of thing, but I always tell people, "Look, what is the most insidious thing that happens in your body that people just ... " It was so off the charts for most physicians, they just couldn't see it, because they always said, "Nah." Today, what is so prevalent is fungus. It's a fungal candida. Yeast gets into your bloodstream and it's worse than a parasite in my opinion, because almost everything you eat feeds it, [00:15:30] and the overuse of antibiotics and these pain killers and like you say all these drugs, most of it creates an atmosphere in your body that makes it conducive to candida. You talked about the gallbladder and that's a problem because the candida should never even ... you wrote a tremendous [crosstalk 00:15:51]
Dr. Martin Jr.: Well, and they have a ... your body has a bunch of fail safes. You may consume candida but it should never get into your blood unless the fail safes aren't working. The initial [00:16:00] fail safes is the acid in your stomach and your gallbladder. So, when those things aren't doing their job which very few people have a normal functioning stomach acid and a normal gallbladder, but even then, then it gets into your gut, and then there's a barrier between your gut and your blood that should never get past ... it should never pass through, but guess what? It does. So, now, there's a-
Dr.Martin Sr.: So microscopic that [crosstalk 00:16:26]
Dr. Martin Jr.: All your fail safes aren't working, and then they get into your body. It's [00:16:30] funny, because blood used to be sterile. Now, we know things can transport there. Brain, no way, brain sterile. Now, I read a study maybe a year and a half ago talking about the percentage of Parkinson that had fungus in the brain. They didn't even attribute it to that. They just said, "Oh, that's kind of weird. A lot of them do have some fungus." So, is it possible that some people have Parkinson's because of fungus? Absolutely. Absolutely, right?
Dr.Martin Sr.: Big time.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Do some people have Alzheimer's and dementia because of fungus? Yes, they do. [00:17:00] Just like they have other symptoms in their body, but yes, that's the reality we live in. So, infection is a big brain killer. Then, we talk about insulin. All right. Now, for the rest of this podcast because we have been going on a little bit here, we'll talk about three midlife brain killers in this episode and then in the next episode, we'll finish it off and then talk about how you can help your brain.
So, let's talk the first three brain killers. We might as well talk about the study that kind [00:17:30] of brought this on the first place because I find this interesting. So, I'm just going to read a study that we came across. It says this, "Leg exercise is critical to brain and nervous system health." There is a brain leg access. What they found is that weight bearing exercises for legs, right? Everybody hates leg day. Leg day, I'll tell you I did leg day on ... just two days ago and I'm still sore. I [00:18:00] hate doing legs. I do. You know what? Now, after reading the study when I do legs-
Dr.Martin Sr.: Now, you're encouraged to do them, right?
Dr. Martin Jr.: Yeah, because now I'm thinking, "I'm helping my brain. I'm helping my brain. I'm ensuring a longer healthier brain." What they found is when you do these weight bearing and resistant type of exercises, it's funny. There's a connection between the brain and the leg. What they're finding out it's actually vital for the production of healthy neural cells. So, when you do leg exercises, you're actually [00:18:30] exercising your brain as well. So, think about this. The volume of leg muscles and it'd be an interesting study to look at the correlation. Again, it'd be hard to prove but the amount of people with Alzheimer's that have not enough leg muscle, what percentage-
Dr.Martin Sr.: Oftentimes when I see it in the office, a lot of times you see a lot of sarcopenia with that.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Well, that's the anatomy.
Dr.Martin Sr.: They are just wasted away.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Yeah.
Dr.Martin Sr.: Now, they didn't get wasted away. They were wasted away before the brain [00:19:00] went in a lot of ways. They were that really aged body like you said. Yeah, there's youth correlation with that.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Yeah, okay. So, the first midlife brain killer they found that midlife muscle mass is correlated to brain volume on the back end of your life. That's interesting.
Dr.Martin Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin Jr.: So, again, when you go to the gym and you're working your muscles, [00:19:30] remember, you're working your brain. That's the first thing. So, just the muscle mass. I'm not talking about strength because we're going to talk about strength in a second, but muscle mass. So, even I'm going to read you just a headline of a study that says that if you're in your 60s and 70s right now and you're listening, you can actually lower your risk of dementia by simply maintaining muscle mass. Think about that. That's such a weird thing to think about.
Dr.Martin Sr.: Who would ever thought of the connection?
Dr. Martin Jr.: [00:20:00] Yeah. Again, it goes to show you how important muscles, right? How-
Dr.Martin Sr.: Well, we talked about that even in osteoporosis, right?
Dr. Martin Jr.: Yes.
Dr.Martin Sr.: We talked about leg. Just don't think bone. You're thinking bone. We're thinking about like your bone has got a lot-
Dr. Martin Jr.: What percentage of people have osteoporosis and not sarcopenia? Not much.
Dr.Martin Sr.: No. It'd be a rare exception.
Dr. Martin Jr.: So, the first midlife brain killer is muscle. If you don't have enough of it, your brain is at risk. Let's just say that. There's study just showing that. Now, [00:20:30] staying on that theme of muscle, so you need muscle mass. The second thing is they're showing a direct correlation between stronger muscles. They've shown this. We talked about this in a previous episode. Strong muscles equals strong brain. We talked about strong muscles equals strong heart, because studies have shown that as well, but stronger muscles lead to a stronger brain. In fact, even a recent study was done one out in Australia and they found that when you increase [00:21:00] muscle strength, it actually improves your cognition, what I find is interesting. For a while when Alzheimer's and dementia was starting to really climb and people are getting worried about it, they were selling a lot of these apps and a lot of these computer games that would get the brain thinking, right? These puzzle thing.
Dr.Martin Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin Jr.: I'm not knocking those in any way, but they'd be better off going to the gym for an hour for their brain. No question. There's no question. They'd be better off going to the gym for an hour [00:21:30] and-
Dr.Martin Sr.: Yeah. So, when you're sitting there and doing a puzzle or doing word things or whatever, you're sitting there. You're defeating maybe the purpose of exactly what you're trying to accomplish, right?
Dr. Martin Jr.: Yep. So, they'd be better off. So, the first two midlife brain killers are this, one decrease muscle mass. You're going to have an increase risk of dementia Alzheimer's, decrease muscle strength. Not only are you going to have a hard time moving around in your 70s. The first two things that we just talked about [00:22:00] will guaranty that you're not going to have a pleasant 70s. You're not going to move around, but it also guaranties your brain is not going to be there when you need it, right? So, those are the first two things. So, we'll talk about one more and then we'll wrap this one up and then we'll finish off with the other three, because ... The other one is this. Midlife high blood sure-
Dr.Martin Sr.: Kills.
Dr. Martin Jr.: ... significantly increases your risk of dementia later in life. So, if you have high blood pressure in your 40s, 50s, and 60s, you're going to have dementia in your [00:22:30] 70s and 80s. That's how it works. So, blood pressure is not only a cardiovascular warning, it's a check engine light. It's a check engine light for your brain.
Dr.Martin Sr.: Crazy, but again, you think of it, we always said, "Well, what is the biggest indicator of ... or the number cause of high blood pressure is insulin." Right? It's the number one cause, high circulating insulin.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Yeah. High blood pressure is an indication that you have too much insulin for [00:23:00] a majority of the people.
Dr.Martin Sr.: It's not the only thing.
Dr. Martin Jr.: No, but it's a big chunk. It's the 80-20 rule for sure.
Dr.Martin Sr.: Yeah. You got bad genetics or whatever and you say, "Well, bad genetics." Well, yeah but that's a small part of what's going on. Really, lifestyle is you got high blood pressure. You're under a lot of stress or you got high circulate ... the perfect storm is high circulating insulin, you're a bad eater and you got stress. Add that to the mix and you got trouble coming.
Dr. Martin Jr.: So, [00:23:30] again, how many people in their 40s and 50s have high blood pressure? Fair amount.
Dr.Martin Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin Jr.: So, that's a check engine light for your brain. High blood pressure is a check engine light for your brain and it significantly increases your risk. Now, here's what I find interesting and we're going to carry this conversation over because it's going to apply to the other three after. Here's the thing and this is the kicker. High blood pressure increases your risk of dementia Alzheimer's, however, studies have shown that. That's a fact, but what new studies are ... what [00:24:00] they're looking at now and they're also finding high normal blood pressure. So, you're not even diagnosed with hypertension. So, you have normal blood pressure, but it's a little bit elevated but not diagnosed also increases your risk of dementia Alzheimer's. It's amazing.
So, high normal blood pressure will increase your risk of dementia later in life. So, you don't even have to have hypertension. You can have consistently higher than normal, and what's normal? [00:24:30] Depends on the person. It really does. Hypertension is 140/90. That's when they start to diagnose you with hypertension, but even if you're not 140/90, you can still be putting your brain at risk. So, it's normal. That's interesting. Goes to show you how-
Dr.Martin Sr.: Well, it's like blood sugar, right?
Dr. Martin Jr.: Yeah. That's exactly what we're going to talk about in the next-
Dr.Martin Sr.: [inaudible 00:24:54] like you.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Also, let's just recap the three and then we'll end with that. Muscle mass, muscle strength [00:25:00] and high blood pressure are midlife brain killers. If those are off, your chance of being in the 50% of 85 that have dementia are ... you're in that 50%. You're in that 50%. All right. So, we're out of time in this one. We'll wrap up this discussion on the next one, then we'll talk about also how to protect your brain. So, again, thank you for listening and have a great day.
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In this episode we talk about the benefits of intermittent fasting EVEN if you don't lose any weight.
Many start intermittent fasting for weight loss, and some get great results. Some may lose some weight at first, but then they don't lose anymore.
Here's what's important to know...
There's much more to intermittent fasting then simply losing weight.
In this podcast we talk about a study showing three important benefits of fasting even if you don't lose weight.
Dr. Martin Jr.: You're listening to The Doctor's In podcast from martinclinic.com. Although we share a lot of practical and in our opinion, awesome information, what you hear on this podcast is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent any disease. It's strictly for informational purposes. So, enjoy.
Hello, I'm Dr. Martin Jr.
Dr. Martin Sr.: And I'm Dr. Martin Sr.
Dr. Martin Jr.: And this is The Doctor's In podcast. And [00:00:30] this is episode 168. And today we wanna talk about a study done on intermittent fasting that came out kind of middle of last year, that didn't get a lot of press but it's actually a fascinating study that we're gonna talk about and for this time of year, a lot of people are ... you know, we're recording this in mid-January of 2019, a lot of people are focused in on their health, but more specifically about their weight. That's what [00:01:00] people do this time of year, they talk about their weight, they wanna lose a certain amount of pounds.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Sure, it's part of their New Year's resolution, right? I mean, most people say, "Okay, soon as the holidays are done, I'm getting at her." The gyms are always full in January and empty in February.
Dr. Martin Jr.: And it's funny because a lot of times, what ends up happening is that, let's just say I'm starting January second because, you know, who starts January first? There's nothing open and all that kind of stuff so I'm starting January second, so what they do [00:01:30] is that every day that gets closer to that day, they just eat a little bit more and they're like, "I'm gonna be good in a couple days so I'm gonna eat that." And the next thing you know, they're eating a lot of everything and almost ramping up and they to cut it all out on January second, which is very difficult to do, especially sugar. It's still the holidays. There's so many cookies and all these pastries and all this sugar. I'll tell you, there are a lot of people at the beginning of January that are going through the addiction [00:02:00] detox procedure, where they get all the headaches and the agitation and the shortness of mood. So it's interesting.
But this is the time of year that people talk about weight loss. Now, the reason why we're bringing this study up is, we're gonna talk about the benefits of intermittent fasting even if you don't wanna lose weight. Now, here's the thing. A lot of people have heard about intermittent fasting. It's gaining popularity over the last couple years. More [00:02:30] and more people are doing it and they're doing it for weight loss. And what happens is some people do it and they lose weight, other people do it and they don't lose any weight. And we'll talk about why that is in a second. But they don't lose any weight so they stop doing it. What we wanna do is we wanna talk about the benefits of intermittent fasting even if you're not losing weight.
Meaning, as a lifestyle factor, right? Doing it for a healthier lifestyle because, and we'll talk about [00:03:00] why in a second. But I'm gonna give you a statement and whether or not you agree with the statement, it's something that we talk about here and there but I just wanna say it and then we can discuss whether or not you agree with the statement. So, the amount of food that you eat determines whether or not you lose weight. However, the types of food that you eat determines how you feel and how you look.
Now, that's not 100% stable because if somebody has why bad hormones, and their metabolism is [00:03:30] just absolutely destroyed, their body will protect itself, they can cut down food, but I'm saying in general, somebody that has a relatively healthy metabolism, would you agree with that statement?
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah, I would. Yeah, generally, that's true. And if you look at our diet, what we've done at the Martin Clinic and in food, we talk about the difference in not quantity as much as quality of food. So we always talk about, we're hormone people so we talk about that hormone insulin, and [00:04:00] so we divide food based on-
Dr. Martin Jr.: Yeah, we're dealing with people, we're dealing with people that generally have a very difficult time losing weight because their hormones are a mess.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Their thyroid is slowed down, all of those kind of things, but in general-
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah, that's a ... I agree with that in the general setting.
Dr. Martin Jr.: And the reason why that's important to understand is because what happens with some people who fast and I mean, listen, I've done fasting for a long time, intermittent fasting for a long time and I've been there, so I understand. It's so funny, right? If somebody says, "Well, I'm gonna [00:04:30] start eating at 12 and then I'm gonna stop eating at eight", so, you know, a 16-hour fast and an eight-hour eating window. Well, I'll tell you, when you first start to fast, you try to shove as much food as possible into eight hours, right? So you're still eating the same amount of food. You're not eating less. So you may lose some weight at first, but then it's gonna stabilize pretty quickly because you're still eating the same amount of foods in that shortened window.
And then one of the downsides that people have when it comes to intermittent fasting [00:05:00] is they fall into a habit of binge eating. There was a graphic that I saw that somebody had done for fasting and it was so funny. The top picture was a guy staring at his clock and it said 11:59, and there was a massive plate of food in front of them. And then the next shot was it said 12:01 and the food was all eaten, right? I mean, listen, like I said, I was speaking from experience because I've gone through a lot of fasting and I've tested out a lot of different things over the years and you could go through a period of fasting where you're losing weight. You could go through a period of fasting where you're not losing weight. [00:05:30] But it's a tremendous tool for what we'll talk about in a second.
So you have to kind of decide how you wanna use intermittent fasting, now in our program, we have a weight loss program that we use in the clinic and that we have available online, it's the serial killer program. And we use intermittent fasting as a tool, but then it's also the types of food that you eat in that window that make the difference, right? And the reason why the second part of the statement is the type of food determines how you feel, because everybody will bring up a study [00:06:00] or that guy who ate Twinkies or Krispy Kreme and lost weight. Because he ate a lot less food. But all he was eating was Krispy Kreme. Now, he lost weight, he lost muscle because he got no protein and fantastic, but I guarantee he didn't feel good. I guarantee you, I guarantee you that if he continues that for a while, maybe his blood numbers were okay at first, but you can't do that, I mean, that's a publicity stunt, he's trying to prove a point that it's all calories, but it's not all calories.
So when I'm saying it's the amount [00:06:30] of food, we're not talking the calories equal in that sense. To say that a calorie doesn't matter would be ignorant. It would be ignorant. And we don't say that. Be that types of calories matter. Big time. Some calories hold you over a lot better so you get to consume a lot less in a day time. But that's not what we're saying. So the types of food now, help you preserve muscle, they help you not lose muscle because a lot of ... the problem with a lot of these programs at first, for weight loss-
Dr. Martin Sr.: It's [00:07:00] starvation.
Dr. Martin Jr.: ... they lose a lot of muscle. So their shape kinda stayed the same, in a sense, right? Their shape didn't change, they lost muscle, that's not the point, you don't want to lose muscle. Your muscle is your metabolism, your muscle is how well you finish off your life on the backend. The more muscle you have going into aging, the better things are on the backend.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Absolutely.
Dr. Martin Jr.: We've talked about that on a episode before, you can go back and listen as we talked about the importance of muscle. So that's [00:07:30] what we're getting at here. So you can like at fasting as a way to eat less food. However, if you eat the wrong foods, you're not gonna feel good and it's not gonna work out for you. But there's a study that was done and so let's talk about that. This study was done on intermittent fasting and again, if you're listening and are not sure what that means, it's very simple. The idea of fasting is to shorten your eating window, meaning, the amount of hours in a day that you're eating food.
So, for example, [00:08:00] if the average person and studies have shown this because a lot of people are tracking their eating habits. There's a lot of data now, I saw an interesting study put out, I don't know if it was by [Garmin 00:08:12] or Fitbit. Might have been ... I can't remember, on people's heart rates. Fascinating stuff because they're tracking, we're walking medical experiments now. We're tracking our steps, we're tracking our heart rates, we're tracking everything. Right? Everything is being tracked.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Blood sugar.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Everything is being tracked and we're getting all [00:08:30] this data that's out there now, right? So we know, MyFitnessPal, a lot of people use that, there's a lot of data available. And what they found is that a lot of people are eating for 13 plus hours in a day, so if there's 24 hours in a day, they're eating for more hours than they're not eating. Which is not a balanced ... you know, people talk about a balanced diet, that's not balanced.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Right? Plus, there's been some misconceptions about eating six times a day. [00:09:00] I mean, listen, you can eat six times a day if you have no metabolic issues, but if you have a metabolic issue, pre-diabetes, slow metabolism and you're eating six times a day, that's not good.
Dr. Martin Sr.: No.
Dr. Martin Jr.: It's not gonna help you. And we talk about, again, why that is in that program. But the bottom line is this. Shortening your eating window is the concept of intermittent fasting. And there are different ways of doing that, right? There's different ways of fasting. Like I mentioned earlier, some people will skip breakfast, will start eating at 12, they'll stop eating around 7, 8 o'clock at night, so they got [00:09:30] about a seven, eight hour eating window and then they're fasting for 16 hours. And that's the idea. So as a rule of thumb, when you shorten your eating window down a bit, people feel better. Right? And that good very-
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah, for different people, right?
Dr. Martin Jr.: Yeah. I think the average person should look at the amount of hours they eat in a day. If they get up and they're eating breakfast by eight in the morning and then they're having a snack at 9 o'clock, that's a 13-hour eating window, and they do that repeatedly for a long time, it's not good metabolically and they probably will be [00:10:00] gaining weight as a result of it. Plus, it's not good digestive-wise, think about all the digestive issues they we have. And it's not good digestion as well, you never get into that rest or digest stage enough. You're just not getting enough digestion going on. So there's a lot of problems associated with a longer eating window.
So we always tell somebody to shorten their eating window while intermittent fasting takes that a little bit to a different level where they really shorten it down and they're fasting part of the time, they're eating part of the time, which is the term intermittent fasting. Now, some [00:10:30] people will fast every other day, right? They'll fast, they'll do a 24-hour fast once or twice a week. But you can still do that and eat food every day because if you eat supper at 6 o'clock at night and then you eat supper the next day at 6 o'clock at night, well that was a 24-hour fast but yet you get to eat food every day. Right?
So there's a lot of benefit to fasting and we've talked about that before but what this study here shows, so this study here was done and they didn't lose any weight. The purpose of the study was not to lose weight. It was done [00:11:00] in men with pre-diabetes. So why don't you talk a little bit about what pre-diabetes is?
Dr. Martin Sr.: Okay. And that is where your cells are resisting the food hormone insulin, right? So every time you eat, you need insulin. Because insulin's got a job to do. So your pancreas secretes insulin. Its primary job is to take sugar, glucose and get it out of your bloodstream and store. I mean, insulin is a storage hormone, right? So [00:11:30] somebody that's a pre-diabetic is someone that is having trouble with insulin. Their cells don't react to insulin as well as they used to and that cells are resisting insulin. They have a high amount of insulin always circulating in their blood. That is pre-diabetic.
Dr. Martin Jr.: They're diabetic already, they just haven't been diagnosed as diabetes because the blood tests are just outside of that normal range, so they got high elevated blood sugars, a little outside the normal range, they got high insulin, but not enough [00:12:00] to be diagnosed as diabetic. However-
Dr. Martin Sr.: They should treat themselves like they are.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Yes. Because studies show a pre-diabetic gets all the same things that a diabetic does.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Just at a slower rate. Right? Pre-diabetes in your forties and fifties will give you dementia and Alzheimer's when you're older.
Dr. Martin Sr.: And you know, I always love what you say. And people should really hear this in repetition because if they get it, it really can help them a lot. The body has an enormous capacity to store fat. [00:12:30] Almost everybody, but not some skinny people, they can't store fat.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin Sr.: But the body has an enormous ability to keep you away from diabetes. So if you get diabetes, you're bad, man. Because the body has that ability to take sugar out of the bloodstream and store it and store it and store it and store it. And diabetes won't come until the very end. But you're in trouble metabolically way before that.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Yeah, you're already in trouble metabolically. Yeah, [00:13:00] absolutely.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin Jr.: So what they did in this study I'd they did a form of intermittent fasting, we talk about which type in a second, and they did it in men who were pre-diabetic. So metabolically-
Dr. Martin Sr.: They were messed up.
Dr. Martin Jr.: ... they were messed up. They were diabetic metabolically, they just weren't officially diagnosed with diabetes and a majority of men and women over the age of 40 would classify as pre-diabetic nowadays. Right? A majority of people would be in that pre-diabetic range already. [00:13:30] So we're talking to almost everybody ob the age of 40 right now. So they did this intermittent fasting and they did a form which is fascinating and we've talked about this before and it's what they call early time-restricted feeding. So it's a form of intermittent fasting but it's specifically early time-restricted feeding. And they did it for a reason and we'll talk about that as well, why this may work for some people very well.
So early time-restricted feeding is very simple. They would eat for six [00:14:00] hours in the day and generally around eight in the morning, nine in the morning, until two in the afternoon or three. So their supper was at three in the afternoon. Then they'd fast until breakfast again. And the reason why they did it this way is for two reasons. Diabetics tend to have higher glucose in the morning. And the reason for that has to do with your circadian rhythm. Right? Your hormones are released based on that 24-hour cycle. So one of the hormones that's supposed to [00:14:30] be elevated early in the morning, as you're waking up is cortisol.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Cortisol, yeah.
Dr. Martin Jr.: And cortisol, one of the main jobs of cortisol is to raise your blood sugar levels up so that you can have energy to start your day. The problem is a diabetic, they already have high blood sugar, or pre-diabetes, and cortisol raises it even more. So they have higher glucose levels in the morning. However, this study wanted to match circadian rhythm. They feel that people generally eat with the sunrise, right? And stop [00:15:00] eating before sunset.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin Jr.: I mean, listen, it's a fantastic way to do it if you can. The downside of that has to do with our culture because we generally eat supper as a family, breakfast his chaotic. And we eat supper as a family, right? The family meal in North America is supper. We get together as a family at supper. It's tough to do that if you're stopping eating around 3 o'clock.
However, for these pre-diabetes, that's what they did. And when they found a whole bunch of awesome things when it came to their actual metabolic health. They didn't lose [00:15:30] weight. Because again, I didn't look at the actual structure of how many calories and what they were eating and the types of food they were eating but it was interesting, right? So they ate roughly, in this study, they ate from 8:00 a.m. or 9:00 and they stopped eating around two or three in the afternoon for that six-hour eating window and they felt fantastic. So here we go.
Now, here's what they found in the study. So they found some big indicators here in terms of helping pre-diabetes. The first thing is, the participants [00:16:00] after the study, for five weeks, their insulin sensitivity increased.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Which is good.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Which is very good. Right? You don't wanna be insulin resistant, you wanna be insulin sensitive. Now, the difference between the two is very simple. When your cells are resistant to insulin, the body only reacts one way. It makes more. That's all it does.
Dr. Martin Sr.: It has to.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Yeah. It's like a parent yelling at their kids. It's like they're talking to their kids and the kid isn't listening [00:16:30] so what does a parent do? They raise their voice. They just talk louder. And if the kid's not listening because he's not smart enough to catch on, the parents raise their voice even more. Right? So that's basically what happens with the cells also. Your cells are not listening to insulin, so your pancreas is, "Oh yeah? You're gonna listen. I'm gonna send more insulin." Right? And that's what happens.
So when you're insulin resistant, you have more insulin circulating. The flip side of that is, I always picture insulin sensitivity [00:17:00] as whispering in a library. Just quiet, you don't need a lot of conversation, so it's just, your cells are so sensitive to insulin that your pancreas doesn't need to make much.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin Jr.: So you'll get the same job done and the reason why that's important is because insulin, which is so important for your health, when you have too much of it, causes a ton of inflammation, a ton of fat storage. It makes things grow that shouldn't be growing.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Right?
Dr. Martin Sr.: [00:17:30] It's a real fuel for bad cells and ... you name it.
Dr. Martin Jr.: It's a powerful growth hormone. Right? And it makes your fat cells grow, if you're a guy it makes your prostate grow, if you've got cancer it could make cancer, makes your liver grow.
Dr. Martin Sr.: It makes your liver grow. The suitcase gets real stuffed when you're making lots of insulin.
Dr. Martin Jr.: So the men in this study who were pre-diabetic, who fasted this method had an increased insulin sensitivity. Now, [00:18:00] a lot of fasting is showing the same thing so it's now just restricted to this type of fasting because a lot of other types of fasting is showing the exact same thing. In fact, if you're pre-diabetic, shortening your eating window is a great way to increase insulin sensitivity. So is weight lifting. So is high intensity interval training. Right? Those are awesome ways of increasing insulin sensitivity. So that was the first thing.
Now another big problem, if you have high blood pressure, you are pre-diabetic, guaranteed. That means [00:18:30] you're pre-diabetic. This type of fasting reduces blood pressure. Again, because blood pressure is a symptom of too much insulin. So they became more insulin sensitive, they had less circulating insulin and as a result their blood pressure improved.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Incredible.
Dr. Martin Jr.: And they didn't lose any weight. So they could have been frustrated.
Dr. Martin Sr.: And I see that a lot, eh. People are frustrated because their only monitor is the scale.
Dr. Martin Jr.: That's right. Yeah.
Dr. Martin Sr.: That's ... "Hey, [00:19:00] I'm not losing any weight."
Dr. Martin Jr.: Think about it. If we were to list, you and I did this not long ago, we did a small podcast a while ago on some blood tests that we think are important but you and I put together a sheet of blood tests that would give you a full evaluation from your brain to your gut to your skin, everything. There are a lot of metabolic markers. A ton of metabolic markers. And people will just look at the scale as the trump-all.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yes.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Right? That's the most important [00:19:30] number. They can feel good, their metabolic health can be healthy but they're like, "I wanna lose 10 pounds." Right? Or whatever. But you're right. So these people in the study, they didn't lose any weight but already, their insulin sensitivity improved and their blood pressure went down. And that's important because we talked about this as well, blood pressure in mid-life, high correlation of stroke at the end of your life, Alzheimer's and dementia. Blood pressure is a [00:20:00] warning sign, is a check engine light, people will think of heart, yes, but it's also a check engine light for your brain. You've got high blood pressure now? Your brain's in trouble later. That's a fact. So that's why this is important. That's why this kind of information is important.
The third thing it does, so we talked about how it makes you more insulin sensitive, it lowers your blood pressure, the third thing is it decreases oxidative stress.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Wow. So the free radicals went down, right? And again, [00:20:30] you just talked about how high circulating insulin is a real factor in aging, right? So if you look at oxidative, what they call glycation end products-
Dr. Martin Jr.: Well, you give an analogy of what oxidative stress is with an apple.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin Jr.: And I think that's brilliant.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah. Well, you cut an apple in half. Just ... it don't take long. Literally within a couple of minutes, that apple's starting to turn brown.
Dr. Martin Jr.: And that's oxygen.
Dr. Martin Sr.: It's [00:21:00] oxygen.
Dr. Martin Jr.: It's oxidative stress, it's rusting out the apple. Right?
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah. Quickly.
Dr. Martin Jr.: And that ages us, oxygen gives us life but it also ages us. It ages our brain. It causes free radical damage. So it causes a lot of problems.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah. It rusts you out, right?
Dr. Martin Jr.: One of the keys of anti-aging is decreasing oxidative stress. Intermittent fasting, which is why people always talk about the anti-aging benefits of intermittent fasting. And other studies showed it decreased oxidative stress in these pre-diabetic men. And pre- [00:21:30] diabetic men are full of oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is another way to get inflammation. So that's why they're loaded with inflammation, because they got high insulin, that creates inflammation, they got high cortisol, that creates inflammation, they got high oxidative stress, that creates inflammation and then that kills our heart or it kills their brain or it kills their gut, it kills anything.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Makes cancer cells.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Yeah. Pre-diabetes and I don't like the word pre-diabetes and the reason why, any pre [00:22:00] anything, but even then, it should be called pre-disease. Because it doesn't have to go to diabetes, it can shoot to the brain, it can shoot to wherever. Cardiac, they call it pre-diabetes because they're gonna get diabetes but then they're also gonna get something else. But anyways. So those are the three things.
Dr. Martin Sr.: The benefits.
Dr. Martin Jr.: We're not losing weight. And those three things are so important for your metabolic health. So important for our heart, brain, everything we just talked about, right? Again, the reason why they did it this way [00:22:30] is they wanted to align it with the circadian rhythm. Eat at sunrise or eat in the morning. As the day goes on, you stop eating. Right? You and I talked about this, how it would be difficult to do for a lot of people but you know that if you did it, you'd feel better.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin Jr.: We both said the same thing. Like anything else, you have to get used to it, right? Everybody says they can't fast, there's no way I can wait to eat until 12 or one. Until they do it a few times and then they're like, "Yeah, it wasn't that bad." Right?
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah. And again, if you're only looking at the scale, [00:23:00] intermittent fasting, shortening your window, it can be a real important factor in even weight loss. But if you turn the ship around and look at it the other way and say, "Well, look, I wanna be healthy." Because our goal at the Martin Clinic is obviously, we understand you wanna lose weight and I mean, who doesn't? Right? I mean, that's a big thing today, I was telling you about a study that came out that since the 1960s, there's 30% more obesity.
Dr. Martin Jr.: [00:23:30] Well, I think you said that the average men is 30 pounds heavier. It was an article-
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah. And the average woman is 31 pounds heavier than in the 1960s so who doesn't wanna lose weight? Of course it's a big thing today. It's bigger than it ever was. It always was big, but now it's even bigger. I understand that because people, what you see is ... but our goal at the Martin Clinic, it's bigger than that.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Because we want you to be metabolically sound, we want to get your insulin down, [00:24:00] we wanna get your inflammation down, we want to-
Dr. Martin Jr.: We want to help people live longer but healthier because as I talked about in that solo podcast, but by the way, it's not easy to do. When you go away and I run on my own.
Dr. Martin Sr.: You missed me, eh?
Dr. Martin Jr.: Oh yeah, then I miss you. It's not easy to do. But here's the thing. We want people to live longer but like I talked about the statistic that 50% of people over the age of 85 have Alzheimer's. So people say, "I [00:24:30] wanna live to 85 or 90." Well, then you're flipping a coin whether or not you have Alzheimer's and who wants to live with Alzheimer's? Who wants to live with that? And you don't get Alzheimer's ... and here's the thing. Because I was thinking about this a little bit in the week as I wanna writing, doing some articles. It's not what you do in your seventies and eighties that gives you Alzheimer's, it's what you do in your forties, fifties and sixties.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah, yeah, yeah.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Mid-life. I'm telling you the more I read studies and the more I look at things, it's your stupid mid-life. [00:25:00] What you do in your mid-life, it's not even what you do in your twenties and thirties because you can come back from that stuff.
Dr. Martin Sr.: You can regenerate. You can-
Dr. Martin Jr.: Yeah. When you're young, in a sense, right? Like your cells, everything is turning over and it's just you're metabolically healthy. It's when you become unhealthy metabolically, it's what you do in your forties and fifties and sixties that really sets the stage. Now I'm not saying if you're in your seventies you can't do damage. And you can always do stuff to help.
Dr. Martin Sr.: You gotta undo a lot [00:25:30] of stuff, still.
Dr. Martin Jr.: But if you're in your forties, fifties and sixties and you're listening to this, now is the time. You got high blood pressure? Fix that. There's a lot of studies that show that it does a lot of different things. It's not just a little mild ... it's a check engine light. That's a massive check engine light.
Now, your check engine light, you can put a little piece of black electrical tape over it and hide it and act like it's not there.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Well, that would be blood pressure medication, right?
Dr. Martin Jr.: Yeah, just like "Here, take this." Instead of "Well, what's the root cause? What's causing that?" [00:26:00] Right? Stress causes high blood pressure, yes, but stress causes elevated cortisol. Cortisol raises your blood pressure but also brings your blood sugars up and also causes a raised ... your insulin levels will go up, which causes inflammation, which strains your brain, which leads to Alzheimer's. You could see it's all connected. It's all pieces of a puzzle, right? So that's why we talk a lot to people, forties, fifties and sixties, and then when they're in their seventies and eighties and they want to double down on a lot of stuff to protect your brain.
But we talk to that [00:26:30] age a lot because we want them to understand that they're at the stage now that will really affect their retirement. It really affects their backend of their life. Do they wanna be that 50% at 85 that have Alzheimer's? Or do they want to be the 50% that are 85 and like I see at the gym in the morning, they're 85, they're jumping off the benches and lifting weights and sound everything. Sound mind, sound everything. That's health.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin Jr.: That's the important stuff. Right? When it comes to health, it's aging well. We don't talk a lot about weight, [00:27:00] in a sense, because weight's a symptom of an underlying metabolic or hormonal issue that we would rather fix because you fix that, then the weight will take care of itself. We're more concerned about the metabolic health of somebody.
Now we've gone over and we're way past our time that we like to give ourself for these episodes. So again, if you have any questions, email us, there's a lot of ways to get a hold of us. But we wanna thank you for listening and have a great day.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Thanks for listening to The Doctor's In podcast from martinclinic. [00:27:30] com. If you have any questions, you can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you're not a newsletter subscriber, you can head to our website and sign up for free. We also have a private Facebook group that you can join. It's a community of awesome people. Finally, I do a Facebook Live every Thursday morning at 8:30. Join us again next week for a new episode.
A new study has shown Candida, a common fungal infection, can cross the blood-brain barrier and eventually cause Alzheimer's or dementia.
In all cases of Alzheimer's or dementia, there's brain inflammation (neuroinflammation). But, inflammation doesn't just 'magically' appear. Something has to cause the inflammation.
The three big causes of brain inflammation are HIGH CIRCULATING INSULIN, LEAKY GUT SYNDROME, and FREE RADICAL DAMAGE. Any of these can lead to dementia and Alzheimer's.
This new study has shown once again Leaky Gut Syndrome can be directly linked to brain disorders.
In this episode we talk about the two reasons why candida can even get into your brain in the first place.
We talk about low stomach acid and leaky gut syndrome. We also share how to protect your brain from candida.
Dr. Martin Jr.: You're listening to The Doctor Is In podcast from martinclinic.com. Although we share a lot of practical, and in our opinion, awesome information, what you hear on this podcast is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease. It's strictly for informational purposes, so enjoy.
Hi, I'm Dr. Martin, Jr., and this is The Doctor Is In podcast, and this is Episode 167. [00:00:30] Now, today I'm on my own. My dad is still on holidays. He's soaking up some vitamin D, some much needed vitamin D. We've had a long winter up north already. It seems like the snow came and it hasn't left even since the first snowfall. So, he's away this week, but rest assured, he'll be back with us again next week.
So today, what I want to do is talk about a little interesting study that came out just this year, in 2019, early [00:01:00] in 2019, talking about the brain, specifically. But, before I get into that, last year we've done a few podcast episodes on the brain and if you've haven't had a chance to listen to those, go back and listen. They're fantastic. You know, one of the big worries that people have is that their brain won't live as long as their bodies, and rightfully so. It's really a normal thing to worry about because if you've looked at the headlines over the last year, for example, in 2018, [00:01:30] dementia became Britain's biggest killer. In fact, it overtook heart disease for the first time. That's happening in a lot of the developed countries in the world.
There's another statistic that is also quite interesting. For example, half of the adults aged 85 and older have Alzheimer's. So, if the purpose of anti-aging is to live longer, that's awesome, however, if our [00:02:00] brain isn't living as long as our body, that can create, obviously, some big issues. That's what we're seeing today. Half of the adults over the age of 85 have Alzheimer's, so it's a big problem. Our brains aren't aging as well as our bodies are.
Now, you know, it's amazing. Our bodies ... Like, the number one disability when it comes to our physical bodies has to do with sarcopenia and osteoporosis, right? A lot of seniors are disabled because of [00:02:30] muscle wasting and bone wasting. That really affects their day-to-day activities. Again, the problem is, is that when the brain ... the same thing happens to the brain, the brain wastes away or it go through an atrophy, you end up with dementia or Alzheimer's, so that becomes, like I said, a big problem.
We also have on our website, a training there specifically called Age-Proof Your Brain. If you haven't gone through that, go to our website, it's free, [00:03:00] and just watch our presentation there. We talk about how to age-proof your brain, knowing that half of the adults, aged 85 and older, have Alzheimer's and that Alzheimer's is climbing the list of top killers, and in some countries, it's number one. Other countries, like Australia, it's number two. So, I mean, it's definitely becoming a problem. But, in that training that we have on our website, we reverse engineer dementia and Alzheimer's, so we talk about how in every case [00:03:30] of dementia and Alzheimer's, there's inflammation on the brain, or neuroinflammation. You'll find inflammation in every case of dementia and Alzheimer's, however, as we've said many times before, not all cases come from the same cause. What I mean by that is very simple. Inflammation is not Houdini. It's not magic. It doesn't just show up on its own for no apparent reason. Something has to cause inflammation. [00:04:00] I know for a long time people have said, "Inflammation is the cause of all disease," but that's not completely true, because something has to cause that inflammation. When you want to figure out what's going on, you have to figure out what's causing the inflammation. You can say that inflammation causes dementia and Alzheimer's, but that's not really true because something causes that inflammation.
In that training, we talk about the three big causes of inflammation in the brain. [00:04:30] We talk about high circulating insulin. What happens after a long period of time when people have elevated insulin, it can shrink the brain, it can cause a problem with how your brain uses glucose, and it can absolutely lead to neuroinflammation and dementia and Alzheimer's. In fact, some studies estimate up to 50% of people with dementia or Alzheimer's, that's the cause of it. That's the reason why they have it is because of high circulating insulin. So, [00:05:00] half the people who end up with a brain issue, as they age, it's because of that.
But, that's not the only causes. You can repair that, or you can prevent that aspect, but it doesn't mean you're not going to end up with dementia or Alzheimer's, because there are two other big causes as well. One, we talk about in the training is free radical damage. Again, that's a big cause of inflammation and that can lead to dementia, Alzheimer's. And another one is leaky gut. [00:05:30] A lot of people are surprised to think that the brain and the gut are so connected, but I'm here to tell you, they absolutely are. That's what I want to talk about for the rest of this shorter episode.
There was a study done that was just released, it talks about specifically ... I'll read you the title of the study. It's Fungi Causes Brain Infection and Impaired Memory in Mice. What they're finding out is this. The most common cause of fungus in humans [00:06:00] is something called Candida albicans. You know, we talk about fungal infections, most of the time you're talking about Candida. It's very common. A lot of people have issues with Candida. However, what they're finding out is that Candida can actually cross your blood-brain barrier, and then that will trigger an inflammatory response. As I mentioned, if inflammation is a cause of Alzheimer dementia, then one cause of inflammation is [00:06:30] actual Candida, an actual fungus.
Now, it's interesting that for the longest time ... and still to this date ... there shouldn't be, but there is still a little bit of debate whether or not the brain is sterile. A lot of researchers for the longest time thought that the brain was a sterile environment because the brain is protected by something called a blood-brain barrier. Now, what's interesting ... and the purpose of the blood-brain barrier is to protect the brain from [00:07:00] junk while allowing good things to get through, things that the brain needs, some nutrients that the brain need. Oxygen and stuff like that have to get through. The brain is really well protected by this barrier, but what they're finding out is that Candida can cross it. Now, can Candida cross a healthy blood-brain barrier? I don't think it can, personally. I think that certain things have to happen which we'll talk about in a second, but here's the thing. If fungus, specifically Candida, [00:07:30] can cross the blood-brain barrier and end up in the brain, and trigger and inflammatory response, in order for that to happen, two things have already gone wrong. This is what I want to concentrate on.
There are two reasons why Candida could become a big problem. Now listen, not only can Candida cause a lot of issues digestively, skin ... a lot of skin infections. A lot of these things can be caused by Candida. But it can get into your brain, and it can lead to longstanding [00:08:00] inflammation which can cause some big issues. But in order for that to happen, two things have to go wrong first. Here they are. The first thing is, the Candida isn't killed when it should be. And the second thing that happens, it's allowed, then, to get into the bloodstream, and it's allowed, then, to get to the brain and go through the blood-brain barrier. So, there's two things. It isn't killed when it should, and it's allowed to get into the brain.
Let's talk about why those two things can happen, and then knowing [00:08:30] those two things can help you stop that from happening in the first place. Now, in order to understand how the first thing happens, how does it not killed when it should be, well, how does Candida get into our system? Obviously it gets in through our digestive tract. It gets into our digestive system. That shouldn't happen. Now, it's important to know this. Your stomach obviously contains acid, hydrochloric acid, and a normal stomach has, as [00:09:00] your hydrochloric acid levels increase, your pH decreases. You want a very low pH in the stomach. That's essential because that means that you have a good amount of acid, a good amount of hydrochloric acid. When that happens, when you have enough stomach acid, and your pH is low enough, you will break down the protein in your stomach, and it kills bacteria, viruses, fungus, and all those things that shouldn't [00:09:30] get through there. That's what's supposed to happen.
However, very few people, and especially after the age of 40, very few people have normal amounts of stomach acid. Unfortunately, one of the things that happens as we age is our stomach acid production decreases, and for a lot of other reasons, which I'll get into. So in an abnormal stomach, when you don't have enough hydrochloric acid, your pH increases, [00:10:00] and when your pH is increased, then you're not breaking down protein properly, and also, Candida, bacteria, viruses are able to pass through the stomach and get into your digestive tract, your bowels. Once that happens, then they start to cause some real problems. Then they start to mount a war against your good bacteria, which again we'll talk about in a second.
Now, before I go any further, I just want to share one little FYI with you. The way that the stomach [00:10:30] works is interesting. As you have a higher amount of stomach acid, hydrochloric acid, and your pH decreases, you know what happens? There's a little valve at the top of your stomach. It's a sphincter. When that little valve is open then the passageway between your esophagus and your stomach is obviously open. When it's closed, it's shut off. Think of heartburn for a second. That stomach acid will go up into the esophagus and cause a whole bunch [00:11:00] of discomfort and pain. But, here's what's supposed to happen. This is what absolutely blows my mind when it comes to the treatment of heartburn. As your stomach acid increases, and your pH decreases, that tells that valve to close. It becomes almost like a bow tie around the top. It's like a garbage ... You know those little tags, clips at the top of a garbage that you tie on? That's what happens. It closes. It's a normal thing that happens. Acid increases, pH [00:11:30] decreases, the valve closes, and everything stays in the stomach. The flip side is this. If you don't have enough stomach acid, then your pH increases and that valve stays open.
So, why is that important? Because heartburn is not a problem of too much acid. It's actually the opposite problem. So, it makes no sense to treat ... Now, you can manage, you can get rid of symptoms of heartburn by taking [00:12:00] an antacid or a proton-pump inhibitor, which actually shuts off the production of stomach acid. However, if it doesn't fix the problem, it actually makes the problem worse, because when you take an antacid and you stop that acid production, you are creating an environment in the stomach that doesn't close the valve in the future, but also, think about that, you're lowering stomach acid, you're allowing all that crap, all that fungus, bacteria, [00:12:30] and then your protein isn't getting broken down. So think of all the issues that happen. And I'm going to talk about in a second, how do you know if you have low acid.
Well, let's get into that now because that's a common problem. Well, the first thing, you have low stomach acid if you get heartburn. If you get heartburn, you do not make enough stomach acid. That's a fact. You could take an antacid and temporarily get rid of the symptoms, but I'll tell you, you're not fixing the problem at all. [00:13:00] An antacid, or a proton-pump inhibitor is literally the definition of a Band-Aid approach. It literally is the definition. It's doing nothing to fix the problem. It's only going to create problems more down the road, because we already know antacids affect your ability to breakdown nutrients properly so that's why there's a correlation between antacid use and osteoporosis, for example. There's a correlation between you not getting enough D vitamin. You can't absorb things [00:13:30] properly. We'll do a future episode, my dad and I, on the importance of the gall bladder, which is another thing that's completely gotten wrong in modern medicine.
So, if you're getting heartburn, you do not have enough stomach acid. That's a fact. If you are bloating or you're belching or burping after a meal, you do not have enough stomach acid. That's a big problem. Also, if the food just feels like it's sitting in your stomach, where it just feels heavy, then you don't have enough stomach [00:14:00] acid, as well. Also, some people with not enough stomach acid will get constipated. Other people will get diarrhea. It can really cause one or the other, or neither. You may not get any of them.
Now, here's another thing, and this is a big thing in women, specifically. Hair loss. Women who have hair loss, or their nails break a lot, or they have ... even men, they get those ridges in their nails, well that's an indication that you're not breaking down protein and you're not getting [00:14:30] the amino acids that are protein, and you're not sending them to the areas such as your hair, your skin, your nails, all those things. That's a stomach acid issue. You don't have enough stomach acid. Now, for women, thyroid, hormones can cause hair loss. There's no question. But the two biggest causes of hair loss in women is hormones and not enough stomach acid. Guaranteed.
Think about it. If you get yeast infections, you do not have enough stomach acid. If you get toenail fungus, you do not have enough [00:15:00] stomach acid ... athlete's foot, jock itch, all those things, because how do you think those things get there? It's an internal problem. Now, you can treat it. You can treat the symptoms of it, which is topically, but unless you take care of the actual issue, you're going to have recurring issues over and over and over. So that's important to understand. Those are some of the big symptoms of low stomach acid. And most people over the age of 40 have a decreased production of stomach acid, which leads to a lot of [00:15:30] these things. So again, as I mentioned, one of the problems with Candida ending up in the brain is it's allowed to live when it should've been killed. That's because of low stomach acid. Now, it's also because the gall bladder may not be working, but again, we'll talk about that in a future episode.
But now, once they pass through the stomach ... So, Candida should've been killed, but because you don't have enough stomach acid, once it passes through, well then it ends up into your intestinal tract. But still, there's one more thing that it needs to do. [00:16:00] It needs to get into your bloodstream. How does that happen? Well, that's where leaky gut comes into play. That's why my dad and I talk so much about leaky gut syndrome, because what's happening is the contents of your gut are literally leaking into your bloodstream. That shouldn't happen. You have a barrier there that's supposed to stop Candida from getting through. It's supposed to stop bacteria from getting through, junk from getting through, undigested food from getting through. [00:16:30] But what happens is if you don't have enough probiotics, good bacteria, then your good bacteria are like the little soldiers that ... they're guards. They guard those little holes that allow stuff to pass through the digestive system into the bloodstream. So when you don't have enough probiotics, if your gut microbiome isn't healthy, then your gut is leaky. When your gut is leaky, then Candida [00:17:00] now passes through your stomach into your bowels and into your bloodstream.
From there, they go through one more barrier. They go through the blood-brain barrier. Now, how does that happen? Well, this is where my dad always says, "Leaky gut, leaky brain," because there is a direct connection between your microbiome in your gut, your bacteria content in your gut and your brain barrier. The same probiotics, the same bacteria [00:17:30] that protect your gut lining, protect your blood-brain barrier. So, if you, for example, have had a history of antibiotic use or a lot of different chemicals that we come into contact with, again, they kill all your good bacteria. What happens is, your blood-brain barrier becomes leaky. Your gut becomes leaky.
So now, Candida has passed through your stomach. It's passed through a weakened gall bladder. It's into your [00:18:00] bowels, and it goes through the bowel lining, into your blood, and then ends up eventually into your brain. Once it's in your brain, it causes a low-grade infection, inflammation, and that down the line, leads to dementia or Alzheimer's.
I am guessing that this is a much bigger problem than researchers realize. I think, as time goes on, they're going to discover just [00:18:30] how big of a problem that is. But, in the meantime, they're moving in the right direction because they're starting to say, "Hey, wait, the blood-brain barrier is leaky. The brain isn't sterile." They thought the brain was sterile for the longest time. There's actual bacteria living in there now.
I saw a study earlier linking Candida ... The amount of people with Parkinson's that have fungus infection in their brain is high. So, there's a correlation there, as well. Not every Parkinson's is caused by Candida in the brain, but some [00:19:00] of them might be. And it's the same thing with dementia or Alzheimer's. Not all of them are going to be caused by this because 50% of the people have a problem with insulin. But, there's a percentage of people that have Alzheimer's dementia that is due to the fact that they've had a brain infection for a long time.
So again, what can you do today? If you're listening to this, and you're saying, "Hey, I'm worried about my brain long-term health. I'm worried. I want my brain to live as long as my body can. I want it to be sharp. I want to be able to think [00:19:30] and focus and make decisions and all those kind of things. What can you do?" Well, I would suggest, go to our website first and watch that training video. We break things down very well there. But listen, when it comes specifically to Candida, well, since there's two problems, you got to correct, or you got to support two areas. You got to support the health of your stomach and gall bladder, and your bowels, and you got to protect your microbiome, which is why we're massive fans of digestive enzymes, [00:20:00] well-made digestive enzymes, and also probiotics. That's why we're big fans of probiotics.
Again, when I talk about a well-made digestive enzyme, well you want to have ... Obviously the enzymes that are in there, you want enough protein enzymes and fat digesting enzymes, carbs and starches. You want all those things in there, which is crucial. But, you also want it made in a way that's going to help promote the increased production of stomach acid. You're also going to want, like for example, in our digestive enzyme, we throw a few things [00:20:30] in there to help kill these things. We built our digestive enzyme to help with leaky gut, for example, because we have stuff like oil of oregano. We have different types of nutrients in there that are actually a little bit of ... that kill stuff, because we know that our gut is constantly being attacked by all these bugs and viruses and all that kind of stuff. So you want that, but then you also want a very good probiotic to protect your blood-brain barrier, and then also to protect your gut so that things can't pass from your digestive tract into your blood.
[00:21:00] So again, this study here, in my opinion, is a big study. I'm hoping that it starts to point researchers in the direction of looking at chronic infections because of poor digestion, and the effect it has, not only on our digestive system, but also on the health of our brain. Thanks for listening, and have a great day.
Dr.Martin Sr: Thanks for listening to the Doctor Is In podcast from martinclinic.com. If you have any questions, you can reach us at info@martinclinic. [00:21:30] com. If you're not a newsletter subscriber, you can head to our website and sign up for free. We also have a private Facebook group that you can join. It's a community of awesome people. Finally, I do a Facebook Live every Thursday morning at 8:30. Join us again next week for a new episode.
In this episode we share with you the most important thing you can do to be healthy this year...lowering your insulin.
If you can lower your insulin levels, you'll have a healthier brain, weight, skin, digestive system, heart, hormones, and immune system.
In the podcast we talk about why insulin is the most important biomarker to fix.
We share with you the three best ways to lower your insulin levels.
We talk about why fasting is good for insulin levels and the different ways to shorten your eating window.
We discuss why exercise lowers insulin and the best type to do while you age.
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Dr. Martin Jr.: You're listening to The Doctor Is In podcast for MartinClinic.com. Although we share a lot of practical and, in our opinion, awesome information, what you hear on this podcast is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease. It's strictly for informational purposes, so enjoy.
Hi, I'm Dr. Martin Jr.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Hi, I'm Dr. Martin Sr.
Dr. Martin Jr.: This is The Doctor Is In podcast, and [00:00:30] this is episode 166. Now this is also the first episode of 2019.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Woohoo!
Dr. Martin Jr.: Yep, 2018 is come and gone. We're now into 2019. And one of the things that pretty much everybody does at the beginning of the year is they set these goals for themselves, right?
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yep.
Dr. Martin Jr.: So many statistics on people setting New Year's resolutions, so many people setting all these different goals. And, of course, there's a lot of jokes about that as well, because majority of the people don't even get [00:01:00] through January, and they've stopped. You always hear gyms complaining ... Not gym owners, they love this time of year. But people that go to a gym regularly, they can't wait for January to end, because then they know it will be a lot less quieter in there. Because typically, that's what happens. People start these goals and they fizzle out.
Listen, the bottom line is, after being in healthcare as long as I have and you being in healthcare as long as you have, you know the simple truth is change is very [00:01:30] difficult.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Habits are very, very hard to break. Starting a new habit, especially as we get older ... We don't get more flexible as we get older, we get more stubborn.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Stuck in our ways.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Oh, yeah. We get so stubborn. We get so routined, and we like our routines. In order for a major change to happen, there has to be a lot of different actions. And I'll tell you, that's hard to do. Everybody gets kind of nostalgic around this time of year, and we overeat over Christmas, [00:02:00] and it's like, "That's it. This is the year, 2019 is going to be the year of me." And everybody has these kind of things.
Listen, that's fine, setting goals and all that. Those are great things. But a goal without an idea of how you're going to do it or breaking those goals down into winnable little tasks, then people are going to fail. It's funny, because people will come up to us and they'll ask us, and we get a kick out of it. They're like, "Is it bad to go to the gym six days [00:02:30] a week?" We'll always say the same thing, "Well, why don't we start with once a week?" And then, "Before you're worried about going six times, why don't we start going one time?"
Going from none to six times a week, that's a big time commitment. Not only are you going to be sore, that's a big time commitment, to go to a gym. If you leave your house, go to a gym, and come home after, that's a good almost two hour time period, right? And then either people say, " [00:03:00] Well, hey, listen. I'll solve the problem, and I'll get a home gym." Which for the 1% of you that can actually do that at home ... I mean, if you have a choice between the couch and TV, and weights in the basement or a treadmill, it's pretty [crosstalk 00:03:15]
Dr. Martin Sr.: How often the treadmill gets used as a clothes hanger ...
Dr. Martin Jr.: I saw an ad, somebody wrote up a pretty funny ad for a treadmill that his wife had bought. He talked about how it was the world's most expensive clothes hanger and how it has all [00:03:30] these great features to hang your clothes on. It was pretty funny, but that's the truth.
Dr. Martin Sr.: That's just reality, right?
Dr. Martin Jr.: Everybody listening to this podcast can relate to this, because we've all set health goals and we all have not kept them, right?
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin Jr.: That's the reality. We're not going to talk about specific goals on this episode, because that's not what we're here to do. What we want to do is, we want to take a look at what we call the 80/20 rule. In a sense that if you did something really well 80% [00:04:00] of the time, you're going to get results. You don't have to be perfect, no.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Let me give you a recipe for success, not for failure.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Yeah, we want to focus in on the 80%, and let's just say this. Science is clear on one thing. Now, we mentioned this in a podcast last year. The eating world, the diet world, is so fragmented right across the spectrum. It's across the spectrum. You have vegans, you have vegetarians, [00:04:30] you have those that-
Dr. Martin Sr.: Carnivores.
Dr. Martin Jr.: ... carnivores that just eat meat. Then you have keto and you have low carb, then you have Mediterranean diet. And then you have all these different variations of that.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Points.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Yeah, they're all different and they're drastically different. They all have funny things about them to a certain extent, because you'll always hear people say, "Oh, I'm cutting out a full food group," like carbs is dangerous. And yet, they're a vegetarian, where they've cut out a full food group.
[00:05:00] We've gotten funny when it comes to talking about diet. But science agrees on this, whether or not we want to admit it or not. Science agrees that eating real food is always better for you, eating less sugar. Now, there's disagreements. Some people say no sugar, some people will say no added sugar. But science agrees we're eating way too much sugar right now. We're eating way too many processed foods full of vegetable oils right now.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Agreed.
Dr. Martin Jr.: We're [00:05:30] eating way too often right now.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Agreed.
Dr. Martin Jr.: And we're eating way too much food when we do eat. That's the foundational stuff. But like I said, we want to talk about the 80% now, and here it is. If you can control insulin, then you're going to take care of 80%, probably even higher than that, of a lot of the health conditions that is plaguing everybody today. From weight, [00:06:00] just strictly weight gain, but also diabetes, heart disease, cancer, blood pressure, dementia, Alzheimer's. You're going to give your body-
Dr. Martin Sr.: Aging.
Dr. Martin Jr.: ... anti-aging ... the best shot to protect. If you can-
Dr. Martin Sr.: Energy.
Dr. Martin Jr.: ... take care of that one thing, that 80/20-
Dr. Martin Sr.: Digestive issues.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Yeah, let's talk about insulin. Now the problem is, today, that we have too much insulin all the time. So let's just talk about that quickly. I guess the first thing we should [00:06:30] say is that insulin is a crucial hormone. It's vitally important. Without it, you die. It is a powerful hormone, but it's a food hormone, first of all. You secrete it when you eat.
Also, it's a growth hormone. You need it. It's an important growth hormone, it makes things grow. In itself, it's very important. But the problem is when there's a lack of balance in a sense, right?
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin Jr.: You have too much insulin circulating all the time, and you end up with a condition they call hyperinsulinemia, [00:07:00] which is high-circulating insulin syndrome, or you end up with insulin resistance. But the bottom line, what we're going to do today is we're going to talk about probably the three best ways to control insulin. And if you can control insulin, your 2019 will be a lot healthier. It will fix a lot of your problems. That's what we're going to do on today's episode.
To start off the new year, let's talk about probably the most important thing in health, in our eyes, because of what we see here [00:07:30] from interacting with a lot of people. So let's talk about insulin. If you can give one parting thing to somebody, it's control insulin, and they're going to be way better off. Let's talk about that, the three best ways, really, to control insulin.
We'll go through the first one here, which is time-restricted eating. Again, each of these are equally important, and we'll explain why that is. Just because we're saying this one first doesn't mean it's the most important thing, but [00:08:00] it's time-restricted eating. Nowadays, a lot of people know what that is. They may not know it under the term of time-restricted eating, but they've heard the word fasting, or they've heard the word intermittent fasting.
At the end of the day, time-restricted eating is just shortening your eating window, which of course means ... Think about this. If there's 24 hours in a day and you eat breakfast at eight in the morning, and you have your last snack at eight at night, that's a 12 hour eating window. [00:08:30] Essentially in that day you fasted for 12 hours, and you ate for 12 hours. Now, you may not have ate for 12 hours straight, but your eating window was eight hours. Or 12 hours, sorry.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah, because you're secreting insulin. And just to give them a little bit of physiology, like what does insulin do? Well, when you eat, you secrete insulin immediately.
Dr. Martin Jr.: And why do you do that?
Dr. Martin Sr.: Because it's got a job to do, right? It's got to take that sugar that you're making from food. It's got to take your calories, it's got to store them. [00:09:00] It's got to take nutrition, it's got to store it. It's got to partition it, so insulin's big job starts right away. I always tell people, "Look, as soon as you eat, you need insulin. You're going to secrete insulin, you need it." And there's nothing wrong with that.
The problem is, what if you're eating every couple of hours? And you eat, and you stop eating, but insulin hasn't stopped working. Insulin keeps going, and as long as insulin is present ... You've said this before, it's part of our [00:09:30] programs in the past. As long as insulin is present, it's impossible to burn-
Dr. Martin Jr.: Yeah, you're not burning fat as energy.
Dr. Martin Sr.: You're not burning fat as energy.
Dr. Martin Jr.: No, it stops. The presence of insulin stops the breakdown of fat cells for energy. When insulin is there, you have glucose that's still present. So your body is like, "We've got to do something first with this glucose, so we're not going to breakdown fat cells for energy."
Insulin is one of those things that if it's there, you're not in the best position to burn fat. [00:10:00] Now listen, it doesn't mean you're not going to burn energy. You're going to burn off glucose, and you may rip through some of your glycogen storage and stuff like that. But at the end of the day, if you have a lot of fat storage, you're not tapping into that.
Dr. Martin Sr.: And you're probably not that active. Just about the vast majority of people in their workplace, they don't move.
Dr. Martin Jr.: No, and the biggest problem when it comes to insulin and glucose in a sense, is our storage is full. [00:10:30] As you mentioned, when you eat food, it's broken down into glucose. It doesn't matter what you eat, it's broken down into glucose. Some things are broken down very quickly, they spike your blood sugar levels very quickly. Some things break down slower and your blood sugar levels don't go up as fast. But at the end of the day, everything ends up raising your glucose levels to a certain extent. So that's dangerous, right?
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah, mm-hmm (affirmative).
Dr. Martin Jr.: You can't have high glucose, so your body has to do something with it. That's where insulin ... Like you said, you secrete insulin. Insulin comes and says, "Alright, listen. [00:11:00] Glucose, we've got to get rid of you, so we're going to take you and store you somewhere." If you've listened to our previous episodes you know that you have a few places where you can store glucose, that's it.
You have your muscle, which is a limited storage. I always give the analogy of this: There's a carry-on suitcase, then there's that suitcase for your toddler, and then there's the adult suitcase. So you've got the carry-on, and a little bit bigger, and a little bit bigger. The muscles are that middle [00:11:30] size suitcase. You could pack some stuff in there, but you can't go away for two weeks with that suitcase.
Dr. Martin Sr.: You're not going to Europe with that one, right?
Dr. Martin Jr.: No. Then the second luggage, or storage, is your liver, and the liver is the carry-on. It's the smallest. It's got about 100 grams of glycogen when converted to glucose, basically storage. It can't take that much. So the muscles are full, the liver is full, and then you have that large suitcase, which is your fat cells. You start packing-
Dr. Martin Sr.: That's the one you pay money for.
Dr. Martin Jr.: That's the one that's a big [00:12:00] fee, and it has to be no more than 50 lbs., depending on the airline. That's the one that they get you on their fees. But that's what happens. Every time you eat, if you're not going to use that energy right now, you can't keep it in your blood. Your blood cannot store glucose. It's dangerous. It's like "Alright, let's store it. Alright, muscles are full, let's check the carry-on. The liver is full, alright, pack it in the big suitcase." The difference is you can always, to a certain extent, make more fat cells. And what happens is, a person [00:12:30] starts to run into high insulin when their fat cells are full.
Here's the kicker: Some people can make more fat cells than others, store more fat, so their fat cells never get full. Other people, they can't make as much fat, so their fat cells are full. And when that happens, you become diabetic by definition. You were already diabetic before that, but you become diabetic by definition. Time-restricted eating, it [00:13:00] empties out those suitcases. Because what happens is that if you fast overnight, your liver glycogen usually goes down a bit. Your liver gets cleaned out a little bit.
The longer you fast, you'll start to burn some of the glycogen in your muscles, and then you'll start digging into your fat cells. Once it's gone, you're going to have to start to get rid of your fat cells. That's important. One of the things that happens when you're not eating ... Because as you mentioned, if insulin is present when you're eating, when you're not eating [00:13:30] insulin isn't present. So by shortening the amount of hours in a day that you have insulin present, is a good thing. That's a good thing.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah, and it lowers your inflammatory markers. It's a huge, huge thing for, oftentimes, too, digestion. People, a lot of times, are getting symptoms of bloating, and there could be different reasons for it. But one of the things they find is when they cut down their eating window "You know what? My gut is better," [00:14:00] because they're resting. Everything rests.
Dr. Martin Jr.: There are different studies that kind of talk about this, but I don't think it's ever been really looked at too much. But there seems to be something that happens when you eat for more hours in a day than when you fast. For example, if somebody eats for 13 or 14 hours day, they start really early in the morning and they eat really late at nighttime, they just don't digest enough. So then it messes up that digestive pattern, it messes up your insulin, [00:14:30] it messes up a lot of things.
One of the ways that you can lower insulin is by depleting glycogen, by not having insulin present. It's what they call time-restricted eating, which is shortening the amount of hours in a day that you eat. That's one way, that's one thing. And there are a lot of different ways that people can do that. There's intermittent fasting. People fast overnight, and they don't eat breakfast. They break their fast around lunchtime. Then you got those that will break their fast even longer. [00:15:00] Some diabetics do way better when they eat breakfast. They eat lunch and they eat an early dinner, and then they'll stop eating around 4:00 and they'll fast overnight. Then they'll repeat the process.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah, a lot of them do very well that way.
Dr. Martin Jr.: That's right. There's a lot of ways of shortening your window, but at least start by eating less in a day than you are digesting. At least start by eating for an 11 hour window and fasting for 13, and then you can work and massage it and find out what works for you well.
Everybody says, "I can't fast," [00:15:30] until they try it. Then they're like, "Really, it's not that hard." So that's one thing. That's just the first thing. Again, it's not the most important thing, but it is there. The second thing we want to talk about is exercise.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah. Exercise, of course, is ... I call it the true vitamin E. Is they're anything negative about exercise? No. The idea is any kind of exercise is good. There are some that are better, and we've talked about that on many a podcast. We talk about [00:16:00] the weightlifting, you just can't go wrong. And I don't care if you're 80 years old, the more muscle you have ... It's been proven, scientifically, a thousand times over. But any exercise, any movement is good.
Movement is good. If you can't get to a gym and you're walking, good for you. It's all good. I'll tell you thing. One of [00:16:30] the things that happens, too, that's a benefit and probably is one of the reasons that exercise is so good for you ... They've shown this ... that when you exercise, you are not producing cortisol. Cortisol, which is your stress hormone, goes to bed. Because that's how good exercise is for you. But the one that we like the most, that has the best research behind it to show it to be the most effective in women, [00:17:00] men, kids, blah blah blah, is weightlifting, resistant exercises.
I just know for my own experience, with me being 66 years old ... going to be 67 very quickly in the month of January, send me my happy birthday wishes. Just kidding. But I've found over the years what has helped me the most with my flexibility, with my blood sugars, my insulin [00:17:30] resistance, is exercises and especially weight bearing exercises. I know from personal experience how that has helped me big time in terms of my overall health.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Yeah. Again, as you mentioned, usually when people talk about exercise, there could be really three types of exercise people think of. There's strength training, which is weightlifting. There's [00:18:00] cardio, which people think of jogging or treadmills and stuff like that.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah, treadmills.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Then there's that combination of the two, which is that high-intensity interval training, which is that-
Dr. Martin Sr.: Which is excellent.
Dr. Martin Jr.: ... combination of weightlifting and that. Listen, if you had to choose, if you say "I can only do one of them," then lift weights. There's no question, get stronger. Go back and listen to our episode 131 where we talk about the importance of strong muscles for your brain, for cancer, for all those things. So build muscle first if you can only do one. But then research shows, [00:18:30] if you could do both or all three, a combination of those, that's the best.
Again, what that does, not only does it help lower insulin, it depletes your storage. It depletes those suitcases. It gets the glycogen out of your muscles, it increases the storage. This is a little hack, or a tip, if you want to eat more carbs, well, grow your muscles. Increase the ability you have to store more glycogen, build more muscle. [00:19:00] Anyways, that's just another thing.
Now what's interesting, again, is that weightlifting, they'll burn the muscles out of that glycogen. They'll allow you to store more things in there. It just burns it out, it cleans that fuel that's stuck in there. Weight training is so good for that. Plus, it directly makes you more insulin-sensitive. After exercising, your body is more sensitive to insulin. You need less of it. That's why a lot of people-
Dr. Martin Sr.: That fat storing hormone.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Yeah, and a lot of people will eat their carbs, in a sense, [00:19:30] around exercising, around weightlifting, because they've depleted that glycogen. They're more sensitive to insulin. They don't make as much insulin. They don't store as much after. That's why they do it, right? But it's interesting, that's the second thing. The first thing we talked about was shortening your eating window down. The second thing was burn off that storage, exercise. And there's a lot of other benefits to exercise as well, but we're talking insulin.
The third thing, of course, is finding your carb tolerance [00:20:00] and eating below that, because everybody has a different carb tolerance. Some can tolerate more carbs. As I mentioned, generally somebody with more muscle can tolerate more carbs. Generally, not always. Some people are just more sensitive to carbs, it sends them into a cascade of bad things. They store more, everything goes off.
Dr. Martin Sr.: And don't fool yourself.
Dr. Martin Jr.: No, and that's the thing. You've got to find your carb tolerance, find that amount of carbs. [00:20:30] Some people, they've got to be keto because they're diabetic, or they've got to be very low carb. Some people do really well when they're low carb, which is 75 grams, 100 grams and under in a sense. And this is just an aside, a lot of times when a study bashes low carbs and then you go look at the study design, they're eating like 30/35/40% of calories from carbs. By no definition is that a low carb diet. But anyways, it doesn't matter.
The point is, find out what that carb tolerance [00:21:00] is and eat below it. And listen, if you have high triglycerides, you're not eating below your carb tolerance. You're eating above your carb tolerance. Those three things there, as you go into this new year you're like, "I want to get healthier, I want to preserve my brain as I age." Again, go listen to our podcast that we did not too long ago on brain health and insulin. If you want to protect your brain as you age, keep your insulin low. If you say, "I want to be healthier in 2019," then commit to lowering your insulin. And you do [00:21:30] that, again, by those three things that we've mentioned.
Again, those are the three big things that we talked about: eating window, exercise, carb tolerance. But there's another big one in there as well that we probably could add to the list, which is managing stress. Because stress causes an increase in cortisol, cortisol spikes your blood sugar and makes more insulin. Manage stress. Again, you could exercise, like you mentioned. It's a great way. And then sleep more.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah, and it's so important when you think of it, because [00:22:00] we always talk about ... I don't think we ever go through a program where we don't talk about cortisol and stress, because today we live in a world where stress is a big factor. So yeah, absolutely manage your stress.
We could talk about sleep, or we could talk about eating, we could talk about exercise. All these things are helpful in managing stress. But yeah, for sure, get that cortisol level down, because cortisol [00:22:30] is an accelerator, and it will store fat, and it can mess you up big time. So as much as you can, try and get that cortisol in good management.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Again, thank you for listening. This is an episode we talked about doing a while ago, but we wanted to save it for now because this is the time of year when people are really serious ... I'm doing air quotes in a sense, because people should really be thinking about their health a lot more than they do. But [00:23:00] if you're listening, that's awesome. Try these three things and you'll see a difference in your health in 2019.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Absolutely.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Again, thanks for listening, and have a great day.
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In this podcast episode we talk about menopause.
Some may go through menopause with very little symptoms. But, for many, their experience is unpleasant.
We talk about what's normal and what isn't.
We discuss the connection between menopause and your thyroid and why it can lead to hypothyroidism.
We also talk about what you can do to help balance your hormones as you go through menopause.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: You're listening to the Doctor's In Podcast from Martinclinic.com. Although we share a lot of practical and, in our opinion, awesome information, what you hear on this podcast is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent any disease. It's strictly for informational purposes so enjoy.
Hi, I'm Dr. Martin, Jr.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Dr. Martin, Sr.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: This is the Doctor is In Podcast and this [00:00:30] is Episode 165. Now today, we're actually near the end of 2018 which is just incredible to think about. We're recording this episode, it's towards the end of December less than a week away from Christmas. It just seems like this year ... I remember recording the first podcast of this year, I mean, that's how fast this has gone by.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Yep.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Today, what we want to do is we want to talk about something that we get asked a lot via email, a lot of times via live [00:01:00] chat on our website. We see this a lot in the clinic and it has to do with menopause, so today we're gonna talk about menopause and, specifically, what is normal, what's abnormal, and what might be due to something else. That's one of the tricky things with menopause, is you like about the Bermuda triangle or hormones which is the connection that the adrenals, and the ovaries, and the thyroid have, so when any one of those things [00:01:30] get affected the other two go along with it. It's rare that a person that has a lot of menopausal symptoms don't have other issues but we'll talk about that.
The first thing I want to do is if somebody comes in to see you, so they come in to see you and they start talking about menopause. They say, "I'm menopausal and I have these symptoms." What in your head triggers something that says, "Okay, this is more than it should be, this is more than normal, there's something else going on or there's something ... "
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Yeah. Listen, just to make people understand. Women know this [00:02:00] but we're just gonna, we'll give you a little. From the day you ovulate until the day you die, ladies, you need to have estrogen and progesterone. Those come out of the ovaries and those are hormones that you absolutely need to have balance. From the day you have your first period until the day you have your last period, you've got to have estrogen and progesterone functioning at the same level.
Menopause, what is that? Obviously, menopause [00:02:30] is when now you're not going to be secreting near as much estrogen and near as much progesterone, you're not going to have a baby, and you're getting older. It's very, very normal, menopause is normal, it's just stop having a period, it's just simple as that. Your body is lowering its levels of estrogen and progesterone and I have a lot of patients that menopause, they were [00:03:00] praying for it. They said, "I don't want to have anymore menses, I'm tired of that, and blah, blah, blah. I'm praying for menopause,"
I always say this. I say, "Be careful what you're praying for because menopause can be a wonderful thing because, hey, no more periods, blah, blah, blah, ladies, but you better be balanced." If there's any imbalance ... I always say it's almost like you're flying in an airplane and everything is smooth, and then all of a sudden you hit turbulence. Then [00:03:30] you're holding onto the seat, you're going up and down and that's what can happen as a woman's body starts to change. If everything is equal, estrogen/progesterone are equal, smooth sailing, very little turbulence.
They might get the odd [inaudible 00:03:45] flash, they might get a little bit of night sweats at night, but generally they're feeling very good. Their energy is good, they don't have any big changes in moods, and they don't have any belly fat that's coming on or whatever. These are [00:04:00] symptoms that when you know you hit turbulence, in terms of hormones, is when you literally think, for some women, that they've been invaded. Like somebody from outer space has come over and ...
Dr. Martin, Jr.: The body snatchers.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: The body snatchers have come over and taken over their body. They're moody. I mean, they are literally up and down, they can fly off the handle in five seconds. They can have anxiety ...
Dr. Martin, Jr.: That tells you that they've [00:04:30] got a problem with cortisol which we'll talk about.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Big time.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Right. A lot of them cortisol, a lot of them are thyroid symptoms where they're gaining weight. I mean, "Doc, I never gained weight. I always had the same pair of jeans and the same size," and all of a sudden they got belly fat, well that's cortisol but even hair loss. Their hair's thinning out, they're dry, dry, dry, dry, dry, so sexually think about that. Their skin is dry [00:05:00] and their lubrication is something they're missing and sex can become painful for a woman. It's very traumatic, think about that.
Men, what do we got? Men, we don't have anything like that. They said there's such a thing as andropause for a man ...
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Which would be the testosterone issue that a lot of men experience.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Yeah, yeah, and they can get that.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Sure enough, they have symptoms but we're big babies.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: We're not supposed to admit that publicly, that's something that is ...
Dr. Martin, Sr.: But we're woman doctors.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: [00:05:30] That's a code that's been passed down from generation to generation, we're never supposed to publicly admit that. It's ...
Dr. Martin, Sr.: But my wife and your mother knows, and I'm sure your wife knows we're big babies compared to them. Anyway.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: See, science would back us up a little bit because the concept of the man [inaudible 00:05:49], it is a funny thing. There's actually a lot of funny memes or little funny pictures that ... I like to put one up every once in awhile because it's funny. It just says, "Only after the experience of childbirth [00:06:00] can a woman even slightly understand what men go through when they have a fever." We are, we're big babies. We'll be the first to admit that.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Oh yeah, for sure, for sure.
Big changes, so it depends on, remember now, the cause is imbalance. It's not disease, menopause is not a disease. It is imbalance, it is a fluctuation.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Which is why menopause, the generic term menopause, in a sense, is a symptom of an unbalance, [00:06:30] like you mentioned, right? It really is ... When somebody has a very unpleasant menopause or really peri-menopause is really what's going on, it tells you they're unbalanced.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Yeah. Oh, for sure, it's just coming out. Again, just on a little bit of a negative side, when you look at the, just off the top, some of the things that are done, you have thousands, and thousands, and thousands, and thousands of women that are put on antidepressants. They live on antidepressants [00:07:00] for hormonal issues. Really, they've hit turbulence and they are put on ... You hear a knock in the engine and let's turn the radio up because you didn't fix it, you didn't balance out the hormones, and that is a major issue or can be, especially in menopause, where you don't feel good, and your energy is not what it used to be. You're not sleeping, obviously, if you've got ... Think of those symptoms of hot flashes, and night [00:07:30] sweats, and you're hot, you're cold, and the covers are off and the covers are on, and your fluctuation body temperatures, weight gain.
I always tell women, "My goal for you is to be healthy and balanced," and then the patient stops me and says, "Okay doc," "Yeah, and?" "When am I gonna lose weight?" I'll say, "Well, you're hormonal. Your hormones are off balance and that's a big issue when it comes to that. These are all possible symptoms, some of them are caused ... We [00:08:00] always say cortisol is, it's the accelerant. You've already got an imbalance because of estrogen/progesterone and listen, the other treatment, just to come back, one of the things that doctors like to do is to put women on estrogen, and synthetic estrogen.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: That's got a long, bad history.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Listen, they are warned with their lives, doctors. You've got to be careful with giving out that stuff. They don't necessarily like to give it but they, "What am I gonna [00:08:30] do, I've got to get ..." I'm very careful with estrogen. Usually the problem is you already got too much estrogen. It's not estrogen, per se, it's the imbalance.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: That's something that I think needs to be said or explained because this is something that people have a hard time understanding. They think menopause, they naturally associate I'm losing estrogen, and then they get all the symptoms of estrogen dominance and it's like, "Well, that doesn't make sense. How could I be estrogen dominant yet I have less estrogen." Here's the thing, [00:09:00] what's happening in menopause is they lose the estrogen, as you mentioned, and they don't make as much progesterone.
Estrogen dominance doesn't necessarily have to do with the amount of estrogen you have but only the amount you have in relation to progesterone. You could be estrogen dominant and have less estrogen but you have even less progesterone and so you get estrogen dominant symptoms.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: As you're getting older, you're going to have less estrogen, that's normal, it's part of menopause. You're going to ... [00:09:30] Or peri-menopause you're gonna have less estrogen. That's not the key, the key is how much ... The progesterone is always the one that levels those two out, you've got to have, it's like a teeter totter, you've got to have both. If you're up with estrogen, you're going to be down with progesterone because it's always in relationship. By the way, I don't know if I've ever seen this, and I mean that. I don't know if I've ever seen some woman ... No, I can't say that I have, with too much [00:10:00] progesterone, where they're secreting too much progesterone ... I just haven't seen it so the key is estrogen, the key is balance. These are some of the main, main symptoms that grow.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Seems like such an increase in peri-menopausal symptoms in women. As you mentioned, there's an accelerant which just makes things worse, which is cortisol. What's interesting is cortisol and progesterone, they are made from the same, they call it the mother hormone [00:10:30] which is a pregnenolone. Think about it. If you always need to make more cortisol, you're gonna do that at the expense of making progesterone so you can imagine ...
Dr. Martin, Sr.: That's why women are so different. Stress hits them so much differently than a man.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Yeah. Stress in a guy can affect their testosterone levels, and it can affect their insulin levels, and it can do a whole bunch of stuff there, but with women it hits them in that Bermuda triangle of hormones that you always talk about. It accelerates that problem [00:11:00] and then it will make menopause that much worse. There was an interesting study that was done that looked at, basically, the greater amount of hot flashes and the intensity of it and they looked at the cortisol patterns of all these women. Of course, the study's saying it might be more of a cortisol problem.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Is it more stress than it is ... Is it more stress than it is ...
Dr. Martin, Jr.: It's just that when you're menopausal or peri-menopausal, stress will give you night sweats and hot flashes. [00:11:30] When you're younger, less of that but it will still give you different symptoms, which makes it very interesting. Stress ... Cortisol will make menopause nuclear, makes it that much worse.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: The accelerant.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Their night sweats are worse, their insomnia's worse, all those things get worse they're going through because of too much cortisol, which is interesting. All right, so we talked about the symptoms, abnormal symptoms in a sense. If somebody comes in, these are abnormal symptoms, right? [00:12:00] What's your approach to this?
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Well, again, I like to look at ... Functional medicine is always looking at symptoms and seeing what is the primary factor because sometimes ... We talked about it. You can have three things really get messed up, your estrogen/ progesterone levels, your thyroid levels, and your cortisol which is coming out of your adrenal glands. By the way, ladies, a lot of women go, "Why am I having trouble, I had [00:12:30] a hysterectomy." You would think everything's gonna be hunky-dory but what has to be taken into account, and women often don's know this because nobody's told them, is that yeah, you might ... Even if you've had a complete hysterectomy, that doesn't mean that you're not secreting any more estrogen or progesterone because your body has Plan B.
Your adrenal glands will take over and make sure that you are secreting. You're not gonna secrete obviously as much [00:13:00] as you used to have but even ... Because a lot of women, they have a partial hysterectomy and they have, because of either endometriosis or they had terrible bleeding, they were anemic, they had polycystic ovarian or whatever, and maybe they saved one ovary and the other one's gone and they ... but, because I've had women say, "Well, if I have a hysterectomy everything's gonna be perfect after that."
What they don't realize is, yeah, but you've got to remember, you've still got [00:13:30] your adrenals and you've still got your thyroid. Your body will still secrete some estrogen and progesterone because you've got Plan B so don't think ... If you're out of balance and you, obviously if you had a hysterectomy you were out of balance, you had way too much estrogen. Compared to your progesterone, that's the cause of any kind it. Any kind of women anatomy, when that thing goes south and they start having trouble it's always estrogen. [00:14:00] Estrogen is the dominating hormone, gives them all sorts of trouble.
Okay, so what do we do? I always look to get them back to balance. I want to lower their estrogen. If it's menopausal, I want to elevate their progesterone levels, we can do that naturally. We look at cortisol, it's a huge, huge factor, we look at the thyroid. If there's thyroid symptoms, we address the thyroid because if you don't address all of it you're not gonna fix it. [00:14:30] This is generally what we do. We look and see what is the major things, what are the major symptoms. We treat those symptoms, we treat the symptoms because they've got to get relief and that's what they're ... They're not coming to see me for any other reason, right?
They come to the Martin Clinic, they want results so we just got to figure out, and sometimes we've got to tweak certain things but, generally, we've got a great protocol to fix the key issue and get that balance back in the hormonal [00:15:00] triangle that we're talking about.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Yeah, so just to recap that. When you approach peri-menopausal or menopausal symptoms that have gone crazy because of an imbalance in the Bermuda Triangle of hormones, which is basically what you walk about quite a bit. You will address the issues in the Bermuda Triangle of hormones. You'll address the adrenal issues, you'll address the estrogen/progesterone issues, and the thyroid issues.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: What's interesting is that if they're having ... [00:15:30] Unfortunately, we always talk about this often about how the thyroid, it's kind of like that wack-a-mole game. Remember you go to a carnival and there's that little mole that pops up, you got that sponge hammer and then you're hitting it, right?
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: You never know if you're hitting it or whatever, it just seems to pop up all over the place and these artificial points show up on the board all the time that you're hitting this thing. That's the thyroid. The thyroid is the mole and everything hits it. If you have a cortisol problem your thyroid's gonna get messed up. You have an estrogen problem [00:16:00] your thyroid's gonna get messed up, which is why a lot of times a lot of women think they have a thyroid problems because they do have a thyroid problem but it may not show up on a blood test.
Then we talked about this as well off air and we wrote a newsletter about it a couple weeks ago. This is interesting because it's a visual thing for people. Everybody always think that the hormones, you just make all these hormones, thyroid hormones for example. You make buckets of it and buckets of it all year. [00:16:30] The reality is, the thyroid is so powerful, it is so powerful that if you were to add up the amount of thyroid hormone secreted in a full year, so 365 days, a full year of thyroid hormone in a healthy woman, this is a healthy thyroid, it's about a teaspoon worth of thyroid hormone. It's not much.
The body does not need a lot of hormones, it needs the right amount of hormones, and any [00:17:00] deviation from that ... That's what makes the thyroid so frustrating because, if you think about it, it's only ...
Dr. Martin, Sr.: How do you measure that?
Dr. Martin, Jr.: It's a teaspoon.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: How do you measure that?
Dr. Martin, Jr.: If somebody makes a drop less than a teaspoon they may be so sensitive, and that's the thing. Their levels, they may be more sensitive to it or more resistant to it but even the slightest change of that messes them up so bad they go get tested and the testing is not good enough. It really isn't, at this point.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: You know how many women tell us, "I knew it was my [00:17:30] thyroid." They come in, I go, "Your thyroid's not working properly," and they go, "I knew it." It's amazing, I say, "I already saw five women this morning."
Dr. Martin, Jr.: If you have the symptoms of thyroid, if you have thyroid symptoms your thyroid's not functioning properly. That's the reality of it. You can go get it tested and get these numbers and all these kind of things but the reality is, your body is giving you symptoms of a thyroid because your thyroid's not working. It's not optimal. We always use this term optimal, right?
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Yeah, yeah, [00:18:00] we know that.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Your numbers could be okay but it's not optimal for you specifically, and so these labs, they use these ranges. Well, those ranges, some of the ranges are ridiculous. For example, testosterone in men. It's like ...
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Wow, isn't it 20 to 1,000?
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Yeah, that's ridiculous. That's ridiculous.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: What if you're at 400? Is that good, bad or ugly?
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Yeah. If a person needs to be at 800 and now they're at 400 the test would say they're normal.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Oh yeah.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: If it drops 400 points [00:18:30] for that guy he may not feel good at all. Thyroid's the same way. Your thyroid is so finely tuned and it's so powerful you don't need a lot of it so the slightest microscopic decrease in the amount of thyroid hormone you produce will have drastic effects on how you feel. That's why the question, we always say this. This ultimate question is, how do you feel? When it comes to menopause, menopause is really telling you ... If you're having a hard time with menopause, you're an unbalance in that Bermuda triangle [00:19:00] of hormones. You've got to fix those things and then it's amazing what will happen.
All these other symptoms you've never even associated with it, it's amazing what happens.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Well, think about anxiety/depression, it's so common it's unreal. Come on, people that have never been depressed, now they're not sleeping and they got ... Oh man, oh man. I mean, the cascade of possible ramification symptoms from being [00:19:30] imbalanced. Women become extremely frustrated because generally, and just generally, I don't ... Physicians are not listening. They're not listening. They're testing but they're not listening, and we got to listen because, hey, you got clues and your body's screaming at you, I'm imbalanced, but you've got to listen to that because you've got inside information.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: A lot of times, you know that old TV show, House [00:20:00] MD, where every week was the weirdest, oddest, strangest, never seen medical condition. He's like a medical Sherlock Holmes. The reality is, the body is not that difficult. Most of the time, the body will tell you what's wrong if they're listening, and that's the problem. A lot of times, the body will pretty much say my thyroid's not working and just are people listening to it, right? Is the doctor listening to it?
Dr. Martin, Sr.: The thing is too, and [00:20:30] this has sort of been the motto at the Martin Clinic for years. What trumps lab tests? Your symptoms, right? It trumps it because they're more important. You know your body ... I always tell my patients, "You know your body better than I know it so you tell me, tell me how you're feeling." This is why I'm all into questions because I want to know if they've got inside information. Then people come in and they go, "I got to fill out a questionnaire, you [00:21:00] asked me the same question 10 times." I meant it though. I mean it because I want to know. You're gonna give me some, and then I know exactly. With all the years of experience, both you and I know that. We go in and target because we ask specific questions because those are huge clues.
Same thing with menopause. You're getting symptoms and I go, "Naw, you're not balanced." They go, "My blood work was good. I got this tested and ..."
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Yeah, but they got bad hot flashes, they're not sleeping, they're feeling [00:21:30] anxiety or depressed and ... No, it's an interesting discussion and, again, we do get that question asked a lot of times, but a lot of times they're asking about menopausal questions but that's not necessarily ... That triggered, in a sense, that decreased production triggered a cascade of chemical reactions that now are leading to this but the problem is really in that Bermuda triangle of hormones that you talk about so often.
We talk about that in our metabolic storm program which is now available [00:22:00] for free on our website. That program there is fantastic, it's helped so many women understand their hormones and then also what to do with them. You can get that on our website. If you go to martinclinic.com it's right on our main page.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: I've told physicians to go there.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Yeah, it's great.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: I said, "You need a refresher course on hormones."
Dr. Martin, Jr.: It's practical, in a sense, because we talk a lot about symptoms and it's a great program. Like I said, it's a free thing, it's a lot of information but it's a fantastic program they can go through. You [00:22:30] can google our website, our home page, martinclinic.com and access that program. Again, we want to thank you for listening and have a great day.
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In this episode we talk about 4 vitamins and minerals that when deficient, can cause insomnia. We begin the episode talking about the most common cause of insomnia in women over the age of 40...elevated cortisol.
We then talk about Vitamin D, Vitamin B12, Magnesium, and iron.
We talk about the reasons why you end up with a problem with any of them and the connection to sleep.
If you're not sleeping well...one of these deficiencies is most likely to blame.
Dr. Martin Jr.: You're listening to The Doctor Is In podcast from martinclinic.com. Although we share a lot of practical and, in our opinion, awesome information, what you hear on this podcast is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease. It's strictly for informational purposes. So enjoy.
Hello, I'm Dr. Martin Jr., ...
Dr. Martin Sr.: ... I'm Dr. Martin Sr., ...
Dr. Martin Jr.: ... and this is The Doctor Is In podcast, and this is episode 164. [00:00:30] Today we wanna talk a little bit more about sleep. We've done some previous podcasts on sleep, but we wanna talk about the five major causes of insomnia or sleep issues. Four of them are nutritional deficiencies, and one is a hormone which, if you've listened to our previous podcasts, you're gonna know the answer to that, which we'll get into in one second.
Now, what's interesting is that you and I, off air, have been talking about a systematic review study that looked at melatonin. [00:01:00] Melatonin is that hormone that you secrete at nighttime. It's amazing, you need to sleep to get melatonin, but if you're not getting melatonin you're not sleeping. It's kinda like a-
Dr. Martin Sr.: And your body makes it.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Your body makes it naturally.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Because people think, “I gotta take melatonin as a supplement,” but your body makes melatonin. Just understand that it's not a herb or whatever.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Your body makes it, and it's interesting, studies have shown that in a dark room you make more of it, when [00:01:30] you're sleeping better, cool, and all of that stuff, which we can get into some of the sleep tips later.
But what they found is that when you're sleeping well and you're releasing melatonin, it actually improves your fasting glucose and insulin sensitivity. On our last episode we talked a ton about the effect of having high fasting glucose and the opposite of insulin sensitivity, which is insulin resistance.
Real quickly, before we go on, let's quickly explain why you want to be [00:02:00] insulin sensitive. Because insulin, like we said in the last episode, but really quickly we'll summarize, blood sugar levels are so toxic that, whenever you eat food and it's broken down into glucose, and your blood sugar levels spike up a little bit, you have to do something about it. Your body secretes insulin, and then insulin basically comes along and say, “All right, get out of here,” it tells the glucose to go into storage. Which, if you wanna learn a lot more about that, go back and listen to our previous episode because we talk about that in a lot more detail.
[00:02:30] But insulin resistance happens when you're constantly having to lower your blood sugar levels because it's always spiking, and eventually your cells just stop listening to insulin, so your cells become resistant, which is where the term insulin resistant comes from. When you are insulin resistant, you need to secrete a lot more insulin to get the same job done.
However, on the flip side, when you are insulin sensitive, [00:03:00] when your cells are really sensitive, it's like a person that's really sensitive, you don't have to say or do much around them, they react. And that's what happens. The cells that are insulin sensitive, they only need a little bit of insulin, and then they do the same job as normally. That's a good thing, whenever you need less insulin to do a job, that's always good for your biochemistry, it's good for your physiology, it's good for your brain, it's good for your heart, it's good for your muscles, it's good for your fat cells.
Dr. Martin Sr.: It's the hormone that wants you dead, right? [00:03:30] Insulin wants you dead, overuse of insulin wants you dead. And it really, really, really, really wants you dead.
Dr. Martin Jr.: It's funny, because insulin is so crucial to life. Insulin is one of those things that ... I always look at insulin as a comic book or movie character that starts off with the intentions of really helping everybody out, and then by the end they're just a plain old villain who just craves more power. That's how insulin works, it's supposed to help us out, and without it you die, without insulin you die, [00:04:00] your blood sugar levels would never come down and you would die, it's just game over, you need insulin to control your blood sugar levels, and other things, insulin does other things as well ...
But it's the most powerful food partitioning hormone in the body. It controls where things go in your body after you eat. It tells you ... Are you going to storage? Without insulin, you're gonna burn it off, it's all these things that happen.
But, at the end of the day, when you sleep ... Listen, sleep is anti-aging, you age better, sleep ... They've [00:04:30] shown one of the stages of sleep, which is REM, you're doing a brain dump in a sense. It's like when your computer gets so backed up with all this data, and you clear the cookies, and you clear the cache, and then all of a sudden the computer's running better. That's what sleep does to your brain, it dumps a lot of that junk in your brain, your filtration system that you and I talked about, the plumbing of your brain, works better at night, so you sleep better-
Dr. Martin Sr.: Isn't that neat, about that glymphatic drainage?
Dr. Martin Jr.: The glymphatic system.
Dr. Martin Sr.: The glymphatic system that we talked about a few episodes [00:05:00] ago.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Yeah, that was a brand new system that they discovered. They always knew that the brain ... Like anything else, when you make energy, it creates a lot of waste. In order to make energy, we create waste, and we have our lymphatic system, our respiratory system, our sweating, all of that stuff gets rid of the waste in our body.
The brain, it consumes 25% of the energy in our body, which is incredible to think about. So there's a lot of waste, and they never quite knew how the plumbing worked. But now they discovered this glymphatic [00:05:30] system, the plumbing of the brain, and they've found it works better at nighttime.
So sleep is crucial to brain health. If somebody has a lifetime of not getting enough sleep, or a lifetime of insomnia, they are so much more likely to end up with dementia or Alzheimer's. So it's good for your brain, sleep's good for your brain, sleep is good for your insulin sensitivity, it's good for your heart, it's good for your hormones that control hunger, it's good for fat loss ... Sleep is everything. Sleep [00:06:00] and eating and exercise, if you nail those three things there, you're healthy. You're absolutely healthy.
So here's the thing: a lot of people are not sleeping well. A lot of people have insomnia, a lot of people just no longer wake up feeling refreshed in the morning. It's amazing how common sleep issues have become.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Big time.
Dr. Martin Jr.: And it's amazing, for women, as they age, [00:06:30] sleep ... Any hormonal issue affects their sleep. Cortisol affects their sleep, they just don't sleep well. That's what's happening now. So what we wanna do for the remainder of this episode is just talk about the most common causes of insomnia, and they're all fixable. So let's talk about the four ... There's more than this, but let's talk about four big nutritional deficiencies that can directly affect a person's sleep.
Let's talk about the first one, because it's something that we talk about a lot, and [00:07:00] that of course is Vitamin D.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Linus Pauling, he was a great guy, I remembered studying a lot of stuff that he came out with when his research won the Nobel prize on Vitamin C, and I've always said, “He just missed by one letter in the alphabet.” Because now we're finding the most essential of all vitamins is the sunshine vitamin, Vitamin D. Much more ...
Look, you need Vitamin C, your body doesn't produce it, and you need to get [00:07:30] it in your diet. But the key for all causes, really, is if you're not sure, then take Vitamin D, because Vitamin D is essential. And it's essential for the production of melatonin, it's very simple. That's why you get out in the sun, and think about it, you're in the sun all day, you usually sleep that night. Because it'll drain the life ... But it's because of all the melatonin it's producing. You actually get a good night's sleep when you've been out. [00:08:00] That's why I go to Florida.
Dr. Martin Jr.: There was a study done in men that I found interesting, and they found that men who have a Vitamin D deficiency, not getting enough, which is so common, a lot of times it was linked to getting under five hours of sleep every night. It just directly affected their sleep. So we could do a whole show on melatonin and the effect that it has on ... So many anti-cancer effects, it's such a powerful ... When you produce it, I'm not talking about taking melatonin, I'm saying when you naturally produce melatonin and when you sleep well, [00:08:30] it's incredible how much better your body functions.
Again, as you mentioned, you need Vitamin D to get melatonin in the first place. So a deficiency in Vitamin D, for a lot of people, can cause a sleeping issue, can cause right out insomnia or it can just affect the quality of sleep that they get. So that's the first one, is Vitamin D.
Let's talk about another real common one as well, which is magnesium.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Think of the word “relax”, I always say magnesium, if you wonder when you need it, it's to [00:09:00] relax. Again, magnesium, it participates in over 600 functions in your body, so magnesium is the essential mineral. And we don't have much of it, it's not in food like it used to be, because of soil erosion and pesticides and herbicides-
Dr. Martin Jr.: And even if they consume it, they're not absorbing it the same way because of all the digestive issues that people have.
Dr. Martin Sr.: And magnesium is essential. So again, it's one deficiency that we see big, big, big time in people [00:09:30] today. If you're stressed, guess what mineral goes out to your body.
Dr. Martin Jr.: It's interesting, because Vitamin D is directly tied to a neurotransmitter, which is GABA, which is so important as well to help with sleep. There's a direct connection to your ability to sleep, but then there's also a lot of side pathways that definitely affect your sleep, which is why-
Dr. Martin Sr.: And if you're eating a lot of sugar, guess what happens. Your magnesium, it's one of the minerals that you are really secreting a lot out. It [00:10:00] comes right out of your body on a high carbohydrate crappy diet.
Dr. Martin Jr.: So let's talk about the third one then, we talked about Vitamin D, we talked about magnesium. Another big one that you talk a lot about is Vitamin B12.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah, Vitamin B12 should be at optimal levels. We're learning so much more now, and it's so common today that B12, like you said, anybody with digestive issues is gonna be low in B12. Almost every medication that you can think of, from [00:10:30] high blood pressure to diabetic medication like Metformin and whatever, these are common meds today, and guess what-
Dr. Martin Jr.: Antacids ...
Dr. Martin Sr.: Antacids, you are going to be low in B12. Again, if you're taking B12, “Oh, Doc, I take it, I take a multivitamin,” you're not getting B12 in it, you need to take the methyl B12. To be absorbed, it has to be [crosstalk 00:10:48]-
Dr. Martin Jr.: Methylcobalamin, and it has to be sublingual. You can't swallow it at all in terms of in a [00:11:00] capsule, because if it's mixed in with the other B complexes, you may be getting the other B's, but you're definitely not getting the B12-
Dr. Martin Sr.: And when you get a blood test done, and it's in that normal range, no. Because it needs to be in an optimal range.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Again, we've talked about this on previous podcasts, but does it matter ... We get this question a lot when it comes to thyroid, we get this question a lot when it comes to testosterone, but for example, if a guy has every symptom of low testosterone, they're tired at nighttime, they've got all these symptoms of low [00:11:30] testosterone, and then they get it checked and their doctor's like, “It's normal.” And then they're like, “It says it's normal.” Yeah, but it's not optimized for you. Your body needs more testosterone than what it has, so for you that's low.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Same thing with B12.
Dr. Martin Jr.: And then when they get it higher, they feel better, and then their doctor says, “Oh, it's too high, we gotta bring it down,” and then they bring it down and then they don't feel good anymore. B12 is kinda the same way. I firmly believe that there's an optimum level, and each of us is a little different, that we function better at. And a lot of it has to do with our history.
[00:12:00] They're finding this out more and more now, even with the bariatric surgeries that people are getting. It is absolutely destroying their ability to get B12 normally, so they have to sublingual it. But it's such a problem nowadays, B12, that so many people are low in it. But again, the numbers don't matter to us as much as just how do you feel when it comes to that. There's a direct effect that low B12 has on people's ability to sleep.
Which moves onto the next one that's kinda related to this, which of course is iron. [00:12:30] Iron is one of those things that women especially are ... Here's the thing. I'm gonna read off some symptoms: low energy, heart palpitations, lightheaded, burning legs when climbing stairs, stressed, irritable, depressed, brain fog. A lot of those symptoms sound like thyroid, so a lot of women have thyroid symptoms, and it's masquerading for some of them as they've got anemia, they've got low iron. And vice versa in a [00:13:00] lot or ways. But iron presents itself, they're fatigued-
Dr. Martin Sr.: Pale.
Dr. Martin Jr.: They look pale, there's a lot of symptoms. But the problem with iron is most people just don't get enough because we're scared to eat meat, we're scared to eat red meat nowadays, and there's a difference between the iron found in meat-
Dr. Martin Sr.: In the plant kingdom, right?
Dr. Martin Jr.: Versus plants. If you're a vegetarian, or you're a vegan, you definitely are struggling to get enough iron.
Dr. Martin Sr.: And we don't call it “hem” iron, we call it [00:13:30] what?
Dr. Martin Jr.: Heme iron.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Heme. You corrected me today.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Yeah, because you were talking about “hemming”, and I was-
Dr. Martin Sr.: Well, your Google corrected me.
Dr. Martin Jr.: I was like, “I'm pretty sure it's not that,” because every time you mentioned that I kept on looking at my jeans thinking I gotta shorten them because you were calling them hem.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Hem.
Dr. Martin Jr.: But it's heme.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Like the Hemi engine.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Dr. Google says it's ... It is funny, but-
Dr. Martin Sr.: Heme, heme iron.
Dr. Martin Jr.: And it's funny, because you have ... I remember Grandpa Martin, the same thing, you have your way of saying certain [00:14:00] words. I like how you say “diabetes”. Now you're conscious to say it, but you don't say diabetes like everybody else does.
Dr. Martin Sr.: What do I say?
Dr. Martin Jr.: Next time you say-
Dr. Martin Sr.: Diabetes.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Yeah. Yours rhymes with “bus”. It's just different. And it's funny, I never noticed it until somebody else pointed it out to me one time, they way you say it sounds so-
Dr. Martin Sr.: My dad was like that.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Yes, that's what I mean, I remember Grandpa being like that. But the way you say diabetes sounds so much more pleasant than-
Dr. Martin Sr.: Yeah, but it's better.
Dr. Martin Jr.: It is better, I agree with that.
Dr. Martin Sr.: It's better, let's change it. [00:14:30] Don't listen to Google.
Dr. Martin Jr.: I would be happy if people called it ... I can't even say it how you say it.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Diabetes.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Yeah, I like it better. I can't say it, but I like that better.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Beat it with a diet, diabetes.
Dr. Martin Jr.: And then you did a video awhile ago, it was on Facebook, a lot of people saw this video because you were talking about milk. And the way you say “milk” in the video, it cracks me up even when I watch it now because I never noticed it till somebody in the comments pointed it out.
Dr. Martin Sr.: What did I say?
Dr. Martin Jr.: I can't remember, it wasn't milk. Say milk.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Milk?
Dr. Martin Jr.: In the video it wasn't that. So people pointed [00:15:00] it out, it's amazing, even the way I say words ... I talk fast. Because we get our podcasts transcribed, because some people prefer to read it, and I'm sure the transcription service is like, “Man, can you tell that guy to slow down? Can you tell that guy to slow down?”
But yes, you and I, it's funny because every time you say certain words it reminds me of Grandpa, and how he was the same thing. I remember when I was learning some stuff from him, I was like ... And I [00:15:30] like the way he says it better.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Well, he was French too, right? A lot more French.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Yeah, he put his own spin on the word. I just like that better. Anybody can say diabetes, only you can say ... I can't even say it. I won't even try to say it. But yeah.
So, at the end of the day, the type of iron ... That was long sidebar, by the way ... The type of iron that you get-
Dr. Martin Sr.: Heme.
Dr. Martin Jr.: ... heme iron that you get from red meats is absorbed better than you would get the non-heme [00:16:00] iron from the plant kingdom.
Dr. Martin Sr.: And I always say Popeye, you might know-
Dr. Martin Jr.: Yeah, I do know, Popeye's still [crosstalk 00:16:08] I used to watch that.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Popeye the sailor was very strong, and he said because he ate spinach. But he wasn't getting heme iron, when he was, he was getting it from the red meat he was eating, not spinach.
Dr. Martin Jr.: What a weird cartoon, by the way. I do remember watching it as a kid, I used to love it, aside from the disproportionate size of his forearms, which were awesome. [00:16:30] What a weird thing that somebody just came up with an idea, this guy just gets super strong when he opens a can of spinach. But yeah, it was a great cartoon.
Okay, so we talked about the four deficiencies, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12, magnesium, and iron, and then we hinted at the other one, which is a hormone, which is cortisol. Cortisol, we've said this before, is the number one cause of insomnia in women over the age of 40. If a woman over the age of 40 is having a hard time sleeping, [00:17:00] generally they have some kind of cortisol issue, too much cortisol.
And of course it's because cortisol is a cyclical hormone, meaning it naturally at some points in the day is higher, and at other points of the day is lower. Our cortisol levels are supposed to be the highest as we wake up in the morning, and it's supposed to get lower as the day goes on because we don't need the energy, we don't need that fight or flight as we prepare to sleep.
So at the end of the day cortisol's supposed to be lower, but so many people [00:17:30] struggle with elevated cortisol, so it's high, and their body just can't shut down to go to sleep, they can't fall asleep, they can't stay asleep, and it creates a real insomnia issue. And we've talked about that cortisol problem specifically on previous podcasts, and we've written about it a lot in our emails. But that's another major reason.
So if you're listening to this episode and you're having a hard time sleeping, and you haven't tried lowering your cortisol and you haven't tried optimizing your D or B12, your magnesium and your iron, then I would [00:18:00] definitely start there. Those are nutritional deficiencies.
Now let's talk about a couple of real quick tips, based on research, for sleeping. We know, for sure, that a black, dark room-
Dr. Martin Sr.: Dark, dark, dark.
Dr. Martin Jr.: ... is best for melatonin secretion, even to the point-
Dr. Martin Sr.: Cover your eyes, then.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Yeah, and if you can't cover your eyes, then even if you take a little electrical tape and you cover those little blue indicator lights on everything in your room. When something's charging, that thing's off. Alarm clocks, same thing, it's amazing ... I [00:18:30] remember reading this, and I have to verify this, they found that when a light was shining on them at nighttime, it definitely affected their melatonin, even a little bit of an alarm clock light. So we know that. You want dark, pitch, pitch black.
We also know that a cool room-
Dr. Martin Sr.: Cool, yeah.
Dr. Martin Jr.: People sleep better in a cool room. And I know that temperature is the constant struggle between men and women for eternity, eternity, I'm 45, been married going on 25 years, and our temperature differences [00:19:00] at nighttime still shock me to this day, how our temperatures can be so different in the same house all day, come to bed at nighttime, and she's freezing, and I'm warm. It's just amazing to me, the temperature differences that we can have.
But we know for sure, research is saying cooler room. You can have a lot of blankets on you, but the room better be cool, you better not be sweating all night, you better not be too-
Dr. Martin Sr.: I wanna see ... In the winter, I like to see the frost [00:19:30] on my eyebrows in the morning.
Dr. Martin Jr.: It is funny, people tend to sleep better in a cooler room. So that's another thing.
Another thing that is so much more relevant today than in the past is blue light from your iPad, from your phone-
Dr. Martin Sr.: Turn that stuff off.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Yeah, for somebody that has insomnia, I think research is pretty clear that, if you have a hard time sleeping or staying asleep at nighttime, you may wanna turn off your screens by about 8:30, 9:00 if you go to bed at about 10:30 or 10:00. You want that-
Dr. Martin Sr.: [00:20:00] Blue lights off.
Dr. Martin Jr.: Off at nighttime, there's no question.
Dr. Martin Sr.: It's hard to do, because we're so addicted to looking at social media. I'm looking at studies, and reading stuff-
Dr. Martin Jr.: Exactly. Now it's so much more convenient to get all that stuff on your phone, on your iPad, that's what we do, before bed you read it. But again, if you have an issue with insomnia, that's definitely something that can affect. And then there's even something to be said about sleeping in a cool room, but then having, before that, a [00:20:30] warm bath before bed can help people with insomnia.
Dr. Martin Sr.: With some salts, because then you get magnesium salts.
Dr. Martin Jr.: That's right. So those are some practical tips outside of the nutritional deficiencies to fix to help you sleep. Also, for some people they may exercise too late in the day, and that can cause a delayed phase reaction, it can delay the phase of sleeping at nighttime. So there's different things in there as well, eating at nighttime can do that as well for some people. There's a lot of reasons why we can't sleep, but like we [00:21:00] said before, the number one cause of insomnia in women over the age of 40, first and foremost, fix your cortisol, and then go down the line of those nutritional deficiencies.
Again, we wanna thank you for listening to this episode, and have a great day.
Dr. Martin Sr.: Thanks for listening to The Doctor Is In podcast from martinclinic.com. If you have any questions, you can reach us at email@example.com. If you're not a newsletter subscriber, you can head to our website and sign up for free. [00:21:30] We also have a private Facebook group that you can join; it's a community of awesome people. Finally, I do a Facebook Live every Thursday morning at 8:30. Join us again next week for a new episode.
In this episode we talk about 8 signs the you're low in Vitamin D. It's important to know that Vitamin D is crucial to health and longevity. Low blood levels of Vitamin D increase your risk of premature death.
As important as Vitamin D is, a majority of people simply do not get enough. It's estimated that up to 90% of the population doesn't have optimized blood Vitamin D levels. It also doesn't help that the RDA of Vitamin D is too low and based off of bad math.
It's no coincidence that flu rates increase the same time of year that we get much less sun exposure.
In this podcast we talk about 8 common symptoms of low Vitamin D.
As you can see, every system in your body is at risk if you don't get enough Vitamin D.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: You're listening to The Doctor Is In Podcast from martinclinic.com. Although we share a lot of practical and, in our opinion, awesome information, what you hear on this podcast is not intended to diagnose, cure, treat, or prevent any disease. It's strictly for informational purposes, so enjoy.
Hello, I'm Dr. Martin, Jr.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: I'm Dr. Martin, Sr.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: And this is The Doctor Is In Podcast. [00:00:30] Today we want to talk about eight signs or symptoms associated with low vitamin D levels.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Now we're recording this episode in November. It's going to air a little bit towards the end of November. And we're entering into the flu season. And there's always a lot of debate about the flu shot, whether you should or you shouldn't get the flu shot. And that's not the purpose of this episode specifically. We want to talk about vitamin D.
We're [00:01:00] huge fans of vitamin D, we love vitamin D for the immune system. We've said this many times and many people have said this, but it's no coincidence that this is the time of year when flu comes around. It's because people are no longer getting the levels of vitamin D that they should be getting.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: It weakens your immune system and just sets you up perfectly for the flu.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Yeah. Just some things that I say to patients or whatever, that if I could get into senior [00:01:30] homes and take two vitamins with me, one of them would be vitamin D. That's for sure because the vast majority of people, if you take their serum vitamin D levels, the vast majority of North Americans and even Floridians, are low in terms of their D Hydroxy-25, which is their vitamin D levels in their blood.
And you need optimal levels because doctors always think of vitamin [00:02:00] D in terms of bone. Right, it's bone health. So that's why they're not, they're reticent to say, "Take extra vitamin D," unless they've taken a blood test and they see that your blood levels of vitamin D, serum D. But boy, I'll tell you. If a doctor tells you that your vitamin D levels are low in your blood, you are extremely low.
Like I said, getting back to the senior thing. One of the vitamins I take [00:02:30] with me because their immune system in the senior, I feel sorry for people as they don't get enough vitamin D. Certainly don't get enough sunshine, and good luck with getting sunshine in Northern Ontario.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Well, this is one of the things we like to say about vitamin D. When you are low in vitamin D, it is direct ... And research has shown this.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Mm-hmm (affirmative).
Dr. Martin, Jr.: There is a direct link between vitamin D deficiency and all-cause mortality in cancer prognosis.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: [00:03:00] Yeah.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: That's a fact.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Whether or not your doctor believes in vitamin D like it's a Tooth Fairy. Or, it's Santa Claus, it doesn't matter. Research has shown that somebody who is lower in vitamin D, their chance of all-cause mortality increases. Meaning, die from something.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Right. I mean, all-cause mortality is exactly that. It doesn't matter what you get, it kills you. That goes up and your cancer prognosis decreases.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: [00:03:30] Yeah.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: So, I mean, that's how important vitamin D.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: It's an easy thing to get checked, and yet it's vital for living.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: And, of course, the other one we like to mention, and we're not going to talk about it today is Omega-3 status. Very similar, you want a very good Omega-3 status. But so when it comes to vitamin D, vitamin D is absolutely crucial. And we're going to talk about eight things here quickly that are associated with somebody who has low-
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Yeah, signs of it.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Low vitamin D levels. [00:04:00] So let's talk about the idea of sore muscles and sore bones, joints.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Yeah. Yeah, and this is very common, that people are sore. Some have even said that fibromyalgia, for example, which is just flareups of pain and very uncomfortable chronic pain. Now I'm not talking about pain that came, you got in a car accident, you crushed your spine, or whatever, and you got chronic pain. I'm [00:04:30] not talking about that. But people that just generally feel sore, they're generally one of the major causes of that, is low levels of vitamin D. And they're not taking enough vitamin D.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: No, vitamin D deficiency causes muscle weakness, muscle aches, and pains in both children and adults, right.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Mm-hmm (affirmative).
Dr. Martin, Jr.: A lot of times, people talk about children and growing pains-
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Yeah, growing pains.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: And a lot of times, that's just the kid. And if you look at their diet, and you look at the lack of sunlight, and all that kind of stuff, it just screams [00:05:00] vitamin D deficiency. And what's interesting is, that when they went and did a little bit more research, they found that the muscle pain at multiple locations. However, there's a strong association between vitamin D deficiency and pain reported to occur in the leg muscles. So leg muscle pain, highly indicative of vitamin D-
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Yeah, calf pain.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Calf pain and all those kind of things are strongly associated with vitamin D deficiency. And because there's a direct effect of vitamin D on muscle [00:05:30] cells. And muscle cells, in order to be healthy, need vitamin D. So it only makes sense that somebody that has pain, chronic pain, pain in the legs, weakness, there's a very good chance that they are low in vitamin D. And, if we talk about men quickly.
One of the muscle weakness in men, we talk about low testosterone a lot of times. But you need vitamin D. One of the precursors or one of the things necessary for testosterone levels is vitamin D. [00:06:00] So it's kind of a double whammy for me. Vitamin D has a direct effect on the muscle cells, but it also affects our testosterone, which also affects muscle weakness, and those kind of things.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: You can't have good levels of testosterone.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: It's impossible. It's impossible to have good levels of testosterone. And because so many people and so many men are low in vitamin D, it's also a fairly large reason why a lot of men are also low on testosterone. But we had a podcast a few weeks ago that you can go listen to, where we talk more about testosterone. But that's how important vitamin D is. So a [00:06:30] sign or a symptom is muscle pain, weakness, aches, that there's a good chance that you're low in vitamin D.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: And I just say this, too. That I find and I don't know if there's ever been a study to confirm this. But I just noticed this is observational, Dr. Martin observational stuff, is that you know what I find a lot, is imbalance. People, and again, does that come back to the muscle weakness? Probably, right. But again, if you link a vitamin and most of the people [00:07:00] that have imbalance, and they're not steady on their feet, which is so common for problems with seniors.
Again, it's just such a big issue, is the relationship of low levels of vitamin D to even imbalance. So it's something to really look at, right. And vertigo, but more of just they're spacey in a sense, and they're not steady on the feet. A lot of people are not, and especially [00:07:30] as they get older, too. That can be a major symptom and a big problem, right.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: All right. So the first one was muscle pain, weakness, aches. The second one is, obviously, a poor immune system.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: There are really a couple of big reasons why some people get sick more often. One of them is elevated cortisol levels.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: When somebody has high levels of cortisol, adrenal weakness, or fatigue, they get sick way more often.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: But another big reason, obviously, and it leads into the whole [00:08:00] flu season, is low vitamin D-3 levels. So many studies showing the effect that vitamin D has on the immune system, has on lung health, respiratory infections, and everything. It is one of the single most important things a person can take or do this time of year to help strengthen their immune system for that.
So very, very, again, strong symptom is somebody who has a weak immune system or the inability. Because you could put a person with the flu in a room with 10 people, [00:08:30] and not every person in that room is going to get the flu.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: No. Absolutely not.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: It doesn't work that way.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: And it's not that they don't come into contact with it. They all come into contact with it-
Dr. Martin, Sr.: It's the host, right.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: It's the host. Is your body ready to fight it off? Or, is it letting it get in and do its thing? Right.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Your immune system is the difference between everybody in that room. And the immune system is also, it fluctuates, right, based on what you're [00:09:00] eating, based on the amount of sleep you're getting, based on vitamin D status. There's sunlight, all that kind of stuff. So, but at the end of the day, a weak immune system is a strong indicator, again, of low vitamin D. So that's the second one.
Here's another one that a lot of people do not associate with vitamin D status, and that's high blood pressure. Vitamin D has been, again, linked to heart disease and a higher risk of high blood pressure. And people just do not associate, because magnesium is strongly associated with high blood pressure.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: [00:09:30] But, again, vitamin D. It can cause high blood pressure for people. So, again.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: And that's cardio, that's big time. You are at a much higher risk for stroke and heart attack, with high blood pressure, right. So imagine, vitamin D. There you go. Magnesium.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Yeah, and vitamin D. So that's the third one. So high blood pressure. Another one, obviously, has to do with, not only seasonal depression, but depression, in general. And then we can even extend that to memory [00:10:00] issues, because we like to talk about a study that showed that low vitamin D is associated with a real high, high risk of developing dementia. And that's a major issue.
If you want to protect your brain, and we talk a lot about protecting your brain. Listen, if you're worried about your brain, we got a great training video on our website, where you can go and watch, where we talk about brain health. And we have a whole bunch of videos, as well, for different conditions. But at the end of the day, seasonal depression, [00:10:30] vitamin D is crucial when it comes to that.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: And brain health, in general. And anxiety. It's so good for your brain, all around. But if somebody has seasonal depression, I mean, that's screaming vitamin D status. Just absolutely screaming vitamin D status. So that's the fourth one.
The fifth one, as well, would be gut trouble. Any kind of digestive disorder. I mean, makes sense, right. I mean, you have to, you rely on a healthy gut to get-
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Vitamin D.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: [00:11:00] Absolutely. Right. So it only makes sense that it kind of compounds itself. It becomes more of a problem from there. But, yeah. The health of your gut needs vitamin D.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Yeah. Probiotics.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Probiotics.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: To absorb vitamin D, right. You don't have enough. You take an antibiotic, we talked about that. Certain things that change the microflora, bad diet, full of sugar, feeding yeast. Well, now you're not going to absorb vitamin D the way you should, right. So, yeah. It's very, very important to [00:11:30] have a healthy gut and to absorb vitamin D.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: And here's another one that we, because you and I were talking before the podcast, and we were just writing down some of the top symptoms. Another one that we didn't mention before the episode that we'll mention now, so it's really the ninth one, is hair loss because it's amazing the effect.
Vitamin D stimulates hair follicles. So it only makes sense that a deficiency in that can cause some real issues with hair loss. So that's just another one that I [00:12:00] wanted to add because we got a list that we wrote up, and it's not on there, but I just started thinking about that. So we'll add that in.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: So that's the sixth one, excessive sweating.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Yeah, excessive sweating is often a sign of low levels of serum vitamin D. It's amazing, that in babies, oftentimes they sweat. They really even get even a cradle cap, isn't that what they call that? Where they get that, and oftentimes, those kids are, those little ones are low in vitamin D. So [00:12:30] there's a major connection based between the sweat and vitamin D.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Yeah, so it's interesting. So that's another symptom there. And then we talked about brain health, as well, right. Dementia, we talked about those things. Another thing that is interesting is the affect or how it can trigger a metabolic disorder, such as diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Yeah, yeah.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: So, I mean, just again. It goes to show you. And every cell in your body essentially has a vitamin D receptor.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Yeah, [00:13:00] a little antenna, I tell people.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Yeah, it can influence every cell in your body. So it makes sense that you can get symptoms literally all over your body when you have a deficiency of vitamin D. But at the end of the day, if you're listening and you're like, "You know what? That sounds like I have a few of those things," there's a good chance that your levels are not optimized, and you and I talk about this all the time. It doesn't matter. People ask us about testosterone levels. They ask us about thyroid levels. They ask us about all these things. And we always come back with the same [00:13:30] thing.
People say, "Well, what should my levels be?" Well, here's the thing. You can have two people at the exact same level. One will feel fantastic and the other one won't. Some people need higher levels to be optimized to feel better. So they just need higher levels. So, again, the number one question always is, "How do you feel? How do you feel?" And that is a good guide for a lot of things. But when it comes to vitamin D, we just don't associate some of the symptoms we have with low vitamin D. So it's hard to know how we feel and how to relate that to vitamin [00:14:00] D.
So, again, at the end of the day, vitamin D is crucial for all-cause mortality, and it's so easy to get your levels optimized. It's so easy to take. It's so easy to do, that it's just a real shame if it's chronically low in people. It doesn't need to be. But we talked about this in the past, people are terrified of the sun. In the summer, a majority of people are low in vitamin D in the summer because they just do not go out in the sun. A lot of medications make people [00:14:30] sensitive to the sun. It affects their vitamin D status. So a lot of the medications people are taking, also affect their vitamin D status.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: And a lot of people use sunscreen.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: And they block out the good UVB rays that you need to absorb vitamin D on your skin. And they're more worried about skin cancer than they are worried about ... I always tell people, "That for every person that ever died of melanoma," which is a deadly skin cancer. Nobody wants that. And [00:15:00] we're not telling you to go in the sun and bun like a lobster.
Never tell people to do that. Be careful. You don't want to overexpose to the sun. But the facts are, people that get melanoma are people that work indoors. I mean, it's a known fact. You'll never hear it because there's an agenda out there. There always is. And in the agenda with skin cancer, the boogeyman is the sun.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: And the remedy is the chemicals that you put on your skin, right.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Yeah, yeah. And [00:15:30] you know, you've always said that. I kind of laugh about what happens in chemistry classes when you add the Bunsen burner to it. You add heat to-
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Yeah, you need every chemical reaction.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Unknown substances.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: It needs energy, right.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Exactly.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: I mean, you can't have a chemical reaction take place without energy. Energy has to be introduced to it. And sun is an energy. And the sunscreen is the chemical and there's a chemical reaction that takes place.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Yeah, and even for our environmental friends, [00:16:00] they can't get rid of that sunscreen in the oceans.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: No, and that's another whole discussion.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: We don't want to talk about that.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: But, you're right. I mean, it's a ... Plus, we talked about this in a newsletter over the summer. A study showing the effect that the interaction of the sun-
Dr. Martin, Sr.: And chlorine.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Chlorine, and sunblock has. And it creates nasty, nasty chemical. It just ... It's not good.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: It's the trifecta.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Yeah, if you're swimming in a pool, you now have chlorine, which is a chemical. You have the chemicals [00:16:30] inside the sunblock you're using. And you throw in sun and it creates a nasty side effect, right.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Yeah, yeah.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: It creates a nasty side effect. For a lot of reasons, people are low in vitamin D, and more so this time of year.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Because you need your arms exposed, you need your legs exposed to get that vitamin D, and this time of year, it's funny. I wear shots in the house year-round. Year-round. And my neighbours think I'm crazy because it could be 30 below, and I'm bringing the garbage to the curb. I got shorts on, but I ain't getting vitamin D [00:17:00] at that time, because I'm not staying out there too long.
But it is, that's the reality of it. This time of year, and you don't get it from opening your window and having the sun come through the window. You need, it has to be direct exposure, it can't be through the car window. It may feel nice, that warmth. Sit in front of a window in the summer with the sun coming through, that warmth feels good. But you're not getting your-
Dr. Martin, Sr.: That's not vitamin D.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: You're not getting your-
Dr. Martin, Sr.: That's just feeling good.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: That's right. You're not getting it. So, again, if you're concerned about the flu, you want to definitely pay attention to your [00:17:30] vitamin D levels. But also, all-cause mortality, vitamin D is a year-round issue for people.
And if this is the time of year, you have to really pay attention to vitamin D level, as well. So, again, a lot of information. Those are some signs that you may be low in vitamin D. As a rule of thumb, most people are. Most people are.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: It's pretty safe to assume that most people are pretty low. So you want to take care of that. Again, we want to thank you for listening and have a great day.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Thanks for listening to the Doctor Is In Podcast [00:18:00] from martinclinic.com. If you have any questions, you can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you're not a newsletter subscriber, you can head to our website and sign up for free. We also have a private Facebook group that you can join. It's a community of awesome people. Finally, I do a Facebook Live every Thursday morning at 8:30. Join us again next week for a new episode.
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