Dementia and Alzheimer’s are both debilitating diseases and a big fear for many people. But… How do we protect ourselves? In today’s podcast, Dr.Martin will discuss how to do this. He will discuss many factors in brain health including B12 Choline Insulin Blood Pressure Sleep If you want to know how to protect your brain as you age, you don’t want to miss this episode!
TRANSCRIPT OF TODAY'S EPISODE
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Dr. Martin: Well good morning everyone. I want to talk about how to protect the brain this morning, because there was a study that came out, about 1.4 million in the US [00:00:30] have a Lewy body dementia, and now dementia was something that was almost unheard of when I graduated years ago. I mean nobody talked about dementia. I’m sure it was around, but it wasn’t like it was today. Now part of that, of course, was that the population is aging and we see the effects of aging and that extent, but there is no reason [00:01:00] that you can’t protect your brain, and I want to go about talking about that where you see so much dementia and so much Alzheimer’s, and how to protect your brain. The last thing that … I mean, I think one of the greatest fears in society today is that we are going to outlive our brain.
Dr. Martin: I mean, if anybody’s ever seen someone with … especially a loved one [00:01:30] with dementia or Alzheimer’s, it’s a very, very sad state of affairs. Our neighbor in Florida, beautiful couple, and his wife has severe Alzheimer’s and dementia, and man oh man. I mean just the quality of life, not only for her, but for him is incredible. I mean I just [00:02:00] commend him for trying to take care of her, but I mean she doesn’t know where she is. She doesn’t recognize anybody, and really it’s a sad state of affairs, and look at … I am convinced really that you can protect your brain from this, because I want to go over this morning some of the causes and some of the things that we can do to [00:02:30] make sure that we don’t outlive our brains.
Dr. Martin: I think that’s one of the tragedies of a failed the experiment that we’ve been on in the last 50 years, and that is the low fat diet. I’m convinced that that is a big result of the low fat craze that came in 40-50 years ago, and we’ve on a failed [00:03:00] experiment for that long. Listen, if you could have left the planet in the 1970s, just leave, go live on the moon, go live on Mars, and you came back to North America today you’d go, what happened? People are bigger. There’s much more than in the 70s, so much more cancer, so much more cardiovascular disease, so much more diabetes, so much more [00:03:30] aging, and I’m not talking about good aging there. So there’s dementia, there’s Alzheimer’s. These are all lifestyle diseases. These are as a result primarily of our craziness, craziness with this obsession of low fat.
Dr. Martin: Go to the grocery stores [00:04:00] today, you will still see low fat foods, and they’re proud of it. Oh, fat free yogurt, fat free ice cream, fat free, low fat milk. You know what? 2% milk is the size of a brain that thinks that fat hurts you. Oh doc, I just drink [00:04:30] low skim milk. Well that’s stupid. Your brain needs fat. Someone calls you fat head, take it as a compliment. Your brain is made up of fat. You need fat for your brain to work properly. You just need fat, and this whole thing and part of this low fat thing … of course I don’t want to rant too much about this because you guys know me. I go crazy [00:05:00] when I hear about cholesterol. Your brain is made up of cholesterol. You can’t live without cholesterol. Yes, the higher your cholesterol is, the better your brain.
Dr. Martin: Oh doc, I’ve got my cholesterol down, proud of it. God don’t trust you [00:05:30] enough with cholesterol to eat enough of it. 85% of cholesterol is made in your liver. 15% comes from food, and don’t cut out the fats in your diet. That is the craziest thing that people can do for their health, because what the food industry did … and I watched them do it. They took fat out of food and added, c’mon, you guys know [00:06:00] this, sugar. Well yeah, because if you take fat out of anything, it doesn’t taste good anymore. So what did they do? They put sugar in the food industry and they gave each other high fives on how the world went for the biggest scam in the history of medicine. Biggest scam. Imagine, the food industry dictated [00:06:30] to the health industry that fat was bad for you.
Dr. Martin: Folks, you can not live without fat. I go crazy, but I want to stick to nutrition. I want you to have a healthy brain the rest of your life. You want to not outlive your brain. So what do you need to do? You need to eat more fat, fat, fat, fat, healthy fat, saturated [00:07:00] fat. I had a lady in the office the other day, “Saturated fat? I can see myself having a heart attack and five seconds or a stroke.” No, no, no, no, no. You don’t get a stroke and heart attacks from fat, you get them from sugar. Yeah. So look, I know, I know, I know, I know. I get in trouble because I go against [00:07:30] the grain, but I can’t help it. I want to tell you the truth. Fat is good for you. Do you know that when you eat fat you don’t need insulin?
Dr. Martin: Your pancreas has gone to Florida on a holiday when you eat fat. So have bacon and eggs in the morning. Your pancreas is saying, “Well thank you very much. I appreciate the day off, and you’ve eaten nothing,” and by the way, by [00:08:00] the way, is there anybody listening to me today that doesn’t think that olive oil is good for them? That’s pure fat. Olive oil is pure fat. It’s fat, olive oil, and even in medicine they would agree, “Oh yes, the Mediterranean diet, [inaudible 00:08:21] olive oil and good grains and you know fish.” They admit that, the Mediterranean diet. [00:08:30] The Mediterranean diet is not the best diet. It’s got too many carbs in it, but they do do some good things, like they like their butter. “Oh doc, I use margarine.”
Dr. Martin: I mean that’s a molecule away from plastic. Your body doesn’t even know what margarine is. Your body doesn’t know what high fructose corn syrup is, and that’s in from ketchup to bagels [00:09:00] to muffins, store bought all these things, cereals, drinks. They switched the sugars in the 1970s and they went from sucrose, glucose to fructose and high fructose corn syrup. It’s like monopoly. It doesn’t go past go. It goes directly to be metabolized in your liver, and why do we see so much fatty liver today? Not from fat, from fructose, [00:09:30] high fructose corn syrup. You could run your car on that stuff it is so industrialized. “Oh, but the food industry, the food industry.” They lie. They lie through their teeth. “Don’t have bacon and eggs. Have our cereal. Cereal is so good because they’re great, Frosted Flakes.” They got a heart on the [00:10:00] stinkin’ box from the American Heart Association.
Dr. Martin: Cheerios, you want to die young and have a bad brain? Then eat Cheerios for heaven’s sake. “Oh doc, I’ve got to have my oatmeal in the morning.” No, you don’t. No, you don’t. “Well I’m not going to have number two if I don’t.” Well don’t have number two. “But I’m going to be constipated without my oatmeal.” I go crazy on this stuff. [00:10:30] Your brain needs fat, and by the way, olive oil. Do you agree it’s good? Everybody does, even in traditional dieticians who drink the Koolaid of the food industry and drink the Koolaid of the pharmaceutical industry, and even them would agree olive oil is good. Do you know that bacon has the same ingredients as olive oil? Yeah, the mean ingredient [00:11:00] in olive oil is oleic acid. That’s in bacon too. I like bacon. I like olive oil too.
Dr. Martin: I do. I do. It’s good for you. MCT oil, good for you. Coconut oil, good for you. Oily butter. It’s got K2 in it. Cheese, fat, it’s got the highest source of vitamin K2, which takes calcium [00:11:30] out of your blood vessels and puts it into your bones where it belongs. You go on a low fat diet and you’re going to get hardening of your arteries because the calcium with the lack of K2 is not going to get into your bones. It will stay in your bloodstream [00:12:00] to calcify the blood vessels. Yeah, that’s what happens. That’s science, and you get lied to. You know that. I can’t stand lies, but we get lied to. I want to have a healthy brain. I don’t want to outlive my brain. So brain is made up of fat. Now, I talked to you guys last week about another ingredient that your [00:12:30] brain needs, and it’s only found in the animal kingdom.
Dr. Martin: What is only in the animal kingdom? Animal kingdom. If you don’t eat eggs, meat, and cheese, you’re not going to get this essential nutrient that your brain needs. I want to give you the answer of the essential nutrient only found … you guys [00:13:00] will never forget this, by the way. You’ll never forget this. I had a little kid in the office yesterday, a cute little guy there and he was funny, and I said, “Come here, I want to show you your blood.” I said, “You’ll never forget this, okay? See these guys here. What are those?” He said, “Those are red blood cells.” I said, “Yes, and what did they do?” “Oh, they carry oxygen.” You can’t have healthy blood cells without B12, and [00:13:30] B12 is only found in the animal kingdom. So I taught that little guy that little lesson yesterday and I said, “You’ll never forget that.”
Dr. Martin: Then I talked to him about his white blood cells and the importance of vitamin D, but okay, let’s come back. I want to come back to the nutrient that you need. The nutrient that your brain needs, yes, B12, but the one I was looking at is the one I talked to you about last week … I think it was last week. When did the egg story come up that eggs are bad [00:14:00] for? “Don’t eat eggs, you’re going to get cholesterol.” When was that, last week or the week before? I know I was in Florida. You know what it is? It’s called choline, C-H-O-L-I-N-E, choline. Your brain needs choline. It makes the little synapses in between your brain, the electrical grid. Your brain is made up of electricity and your electrical [00:14:30] grid doesn’t work without choline, and choline is found in eggs, meat, and cheese. Yeah, choline is not found in the plant kingdom.
Dr. Martin: The plant kingdom is good, don’t get me wrong. Plants are great, but choline for your brain is in what? It is in eggs, meat, and cheese. The [00:15:00] other thing that you want for a healthy brain is to keep your insulin down. Keep your insulin down. Every time you eat, unless you’re eating bacon and eggs and cheese, you need insulin. Why? Because insulin is the traffic cop. You go here, you go here, you go here. It takes food. All your food is turned into energy sugar, [00:15:30] but it needs to be stored if you don’t use it right away. So where does that go? It goes in your muscles, and that’s why … I’m going to talk about this in a second for your brain. It goes into your liver. Your liver is a suitcase. Don’t let the suitcase get full. You go in line at the ticket counter when you’re getting on a plane and people are … [00:16:00] they’re watching that 50 pounds, because if it’s over 50 pounds, you’ve got to pay more.
Dr. Martin: So you watch people. They’re over 50 pounds and they bought too much stuff and they’re trying to spread it around. They don’t want to throw … I saw people throw stuff out, I did, at the airport. They throw it out. “Oh, it’s not worth paying an extra hundred bucks,” or whatever. “It ain’t worth it,” and they’re throwing out stuff [00:16:30] that I guess they didn’t think was all that great, but listen guys, your liver’s a suitcase, and there’s nothing that’ll stuff your liver more than sugar because sugar gets stored as fat, and the higher your insulin is, the more it shrinks your brain. So 50% of all dementia and Alzheimer’s, 50% of it is due to what we call diabetes [00:17:00] of the brain. Yes, they’re diabetic and they and the rest of their body’s not diabetic, only their brain is diabetic.
Dr. Martin: Guys, you have no idea how damaging that sugar is, especially the high fructose corn syrup. It gets stuffed immediately into the liver. It’s sent into your blood as blood fats like triglyceride. Not cholesterol, triglycerides. Cholesterol is FedEx [00:17:30] on the highway, guys. You need to have high cholesterol. So look at your numbers of cholesterol. People go, “Doc, what do I do to get my cholesterol down?” Why do you want to get your cholesterol down? You want to get good cholesterol up. How do you get good cholesterol if you’ve got low HDL? You need HDL, okay? That’s good cholesterol. If your HDL is not two and a half times higher [00:18:00] than your triglycerides … okay, so when you get your blood work, guys, listen. You can do this. TG, triglycerides, you want to keep those low and you want your good cholesterol to go up, because good cholesterol is FedEx and the higher good cholesterol is the more it takes your triglycerides and gets them [00:18:30] out of your bloodstream.
Dr. Martin: Yes, that is how your body operates. So you want … guys, watch your sugars, if you do nothing else, and I know you know this, but if you do nothing else, get sugar out of your diet and cut, not fruit, but cut those crappy sugars out of your diet, and remember [00:19:00] bread is going to be sugar in five seconds, “But doctor, it’s whole wheat.” I don’t care. It’s still going to be sugar in five seconds, and then the food industry usually add sugars to it. Yes, because they took the fat out of it and it tastes rotten unless they put sugar. Oh my, my, my. It is incredible the crime that has been bestowed on the North American [00:19:30] public. It’s a crime. It’s the crime of the century. It’s the crime of the century. Eat low fat, crime of the century. It’s unbelievable. Okay, one of the other things you want to do. If you want to protect your brain, keep your blood pressure down, and I don’t mean with blood pressure medication, because if you have high blood pressure, you have high insulin resistance.
Dr. Martin: So it’s your [00:20:00] diet. You know when Bill Clinton said, “It’s the economy, stupid?” Remember? And he won the election because he said it’s the economy, and and I say to you, it’s your diet. Keep your sugars and insulin down. It’s insulin, it’s insulin, it’s insulin. Your pancreas, the food hormone. Guys, if you do nothing else, think about [00:20:30] the importance of what I’m saying here. If you … look, you can’t control everything in life, you can’t, but certainly you can control what goes into your mouth every day. The food that you eat, you can control that. You can lower your carbohydrates, you can lower your sugar. “Oh doctor Martin, it’s hard.” I didn’t say it was easy. Anything, any kind of [00:21:00] change is hard. Of course it’s hard. Who said it was easy? That’s why the gyms are full in January and empty in February. It’s hard.
Dr. Martin: “Oh, I didn’t know. I didn’t know.” Someone came into the office the other day and they got cancer and I said, “Go home and cut your sugars out. No more,” and then they start negotiating. What are you, a lawyer? A mediator? [00:21:30] I said, “There’s no negotiations. There’s one thing you can do. Starve your cancer out. Stop eating sugar. No more. Nada. None. Zero.” “Oh, that’s going to be hard, doc.” “Yeah, it’s going to be hard. Cancer is harder. Heart disease is worse.” Guys, they’re habits. You guys know this. I’m preaching to the choir, but I love you anyways, okay? Because I know you’re listening. High blood pressure [00:22:00] is a symptom. It’s not a disease. High blood pressure is a symptom of insulin resistance. “Oh doc, I’m skinny as a rake and I got high blood pressure.” You can be skinny as a rake and be the most unhealthy person in the universe.
Dr. Martin: Obesity or being big or having extra fat doesn’t mean you’re any less sick than somebody [00:22:30] that’s skinny as a rake. Yeah, because they can have high insulin. They’re skinny, they got high blood pressure, and they’re a moment away from having a stroke, stroking out or having a heart attack. So eat your bacon and eggs and cheese. Keep your legs strong. Yeah, the more … this is a fact guys. This is science. This is studies. The stronger your legs, the more space that you [00:23:00] have for insulin to store your fat, your sugars that turned to fat. Yep. The higher your … and it’s especially the legs. So get strong legs, walk, do resistance if you can do them, squat, weights. I try and keep my legs strong because healthy legs, healthy brain.
Dr. Martin: Healthy legs, healthy brain, [00:23:30] and today we see so much where people are so disabled they can’t walk. They have no strength in their legs, and it’s such a big industry today, the knee replacements and the hip replacements and look, sometimes it’s old injuries, it’s arthritis sets in. Look, I’m not … hey, I remember having a sore [00:24:00] hip for about a year and I’ll tell you, when I sat, the second I went and lied down, I hurt myself in the gym, and I’m telling you that thing dragged for a stinking year and it was very disabling, very disabling, and finally Tony Jr. Said, “Dad, stop going to the gym. Get off your leg for a couple of months and let it heal.” I knew he was right but I didn’t like it because I’m so used to [00:24:30] working out and I love the gym. I love walking. I love walking but it was bothering me.
Dr. Martin: I said, “Okay, okay, okay.” I listened, and guess what? Within about four or five weeks … I had gone a year. Okay, so strong legs, and then lastly, let me just finish with this. Sleep, sleep, sleep. You have … Tony Jr. and I talked about this one day and it was kind of fascinating [00:25:00] because we always knew that the brain has an ability through the lymphatic system to get rid of its toxins like heavy metal and all that, which I believe by the way. I believe one of the biggest things that ages your brain, and it has to do with leaky gut, and I guess I could have gone into that today, but I’ll do it another time is when yeast goes from your gut and travels up the vagus nerve and gets into your brain. We know it’s a big factor [00:25:30] in MS and Parkinson’s.
Dr. Martin: I also believe it is a big factor in dementia, where you get a low grade fungal infection, but one thing we know is when you sleep, your brain does a dump. It goes to the toilet. It does. It’s called your glymphatic, not your lymphatic system. It was named your glymphatic system in your brain, and it’s the drainage system [00:26:00] that takes out the toxins in your brain, but it only works at night when you sleep. So this is why … when it said that 70% of the population don’t sleep properly, how detrimental that is to your brain, and guys, just another tip, and I don’t want to just get into too much about sleep today, but do everything you can to get a good sleep. Everything you can, and I know this is a [00:26:30] big, big issue for thousands of my patients.
Dr. Martin: And when, especially ladies with you, when hormones and cortisol … cortisol affects a woman much differently than it effects a man. It usually gives them brain fog and it usually gives them insomnia. Think about women, their life, and when that brain don’t turn off, they’re up in the middle of the night. That’s cortisol. Well, cortisol, it’s supposed to be at its lowest point when you’re sleeping. So do everything you can. [00:27:00] Melatonin. Your body makes melatonin with a certain vitamin. What vitamin is that? D, vitamin D. “The sun!” It’s a vitamin. Don’t avoid the sun, okay? Now we’re starting to get some nicer days here back in Florida. I tell you, to my Florida lovely friends that are on with us this morning, you guys, generally not my patients, [00:27:30] but you can tell this to the people that live in Florida. You’re crazier than [inaudible 00:27:37]. did you hear me? You’re a crazier than [inaudible 00:27:40].
Dr. Martin: You’re all scared of the sun. “Doc, I’m going to get skin cancer, and I’m going to lather my …” you know who gets skin cancer? People who stay out of the sun. Oh, don’t get me going, but you don’t make melatonin in the absence of sun. So if you don’t [00:28:00] see the sun, you live in the North pole like we do, it’s a good idea to take vitamin D. Yesterday, another … I think probably a hundred times a day I have a heart attack because I hear something stupid like … I just go insane because here’s something I had a doctor say to one of my patients, “Well you better never take more than a thousand IUs of vitamin D. [00:28:30] I mean you might get calcium built up in your blood.”
Dr. Martin: The importance of vitamin D, the sun, the sun, it is so good for you. It helps you sleep, and melatonin as a supplement, it’s all right. I mean some for some people it works. The problem is usually melatonin on its own as a supplement after a while doesn’t work. You need a healthy sleep to keep a [00:29:00] healthy brain. Anyways, you guys are beautiful and I know I was ranting probably a little bit more than I usually do. Love you guys. Share this with your friends. Give us a like on Facebook, give us feedback, tell us what you like, give me topics that you want me to touch on. So guys, thank you very much. Stay [00:29:30] tuned because we’re trying to do these on a daily basis.
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