In the third and final part of my series on gut health, I talk about a New York Times article suggesting obesity being partly caused by a microbiome issue. Your microbiome is the bacteria that live both inside and outside your body. And, they are critical to your health. In fact, researchers believe the microbiome is virtually another organ. A health microbiome helps you… Break down nutrients Boost your immune system Provide nutrients to your cells Prevent harmful bacteria and viruses from hurting you Scientists have known for a while that the microbiome of healthy people is different from unhealthy people. AND… The microbiome of lean individuals is different from those who are obese. I also go through the exact questionnaire I use in my clinic for gut health and Leaky Gut Syndrome… And discuss the role childhood antibiotics have on the adult microbiome and why it causes… Allergies Asthma Obesity Type 1 Diabetes
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Dr. Martin Sr: Well, good to be back with you on episode, The Doctor Is In number 210. Today, I want to talk to [00:00:30] you about your bacteria. Often, at the Martin clinic, we spend a lot of time talking about the gut and gut bacteria, but there was a study that came out and was actually published in the New York Times that … Here’s the headline, Seeking An Obesity Cure, Researchers Turn to the Gut Micro biome. Wow. Even in the New York Times, they’re talking about bacteria.
Dr. Martin Sr: Now, you have, [00:01:00] and I have hundred trillion or so … Like this number’s incredible, like a hundred trillion little creatures, invisible microbes that cover all of your insides, about 10,000 different species. They contain its own DNA. Your micro biome is different than my micro biome. It should be considered really [00:01:30] an organ on its own. Weighs, if you put it all together, those 100 trillion weigh about three pounds. So, when you jump on a scale, go minus three. It’ll make you feel better. Just say, “Hey, I got three pounds of bacteria.”
Dr. Martin Sr: But what the researchers are looking at now, not only it’s linked to obesity, but it’s linked to everything it seems. So, your bacteria is very important. What do [00:02:00] they do, these little critters? What do they do? They’re invisible. You can’t see them. They have their own DNA, their own personality, and they detoxify. They help with the inflammation response if you have a fever or if you have an infection. They’re neuro-transmitters. They’re vitamin producers. They’re nutrient absorbing. They will determine whether you have asthma [00:02:30] or allergies, ADD, cancer, diabetes type one, especially, obesity, which the study was talking about, and dementia. These little creatures affect our mood, our libido, our metabolism, our immunity. Probably the biggest effect is where? On the brain. On the brain, and I want to talk a little bit about that today.
Dr. Martin Sr: And so, gut bacteria do not have … They don’t have years, and they [00:03:00] don’t have eyes, and they don’t have lungs, and they don’t even have brains according … I think they do have a brain, but they seem to have their own little minds. But let’s not underestimate them. Let’s not underestimate them. You can’t live without them by the way. But, these things are very, very important. And I have done a little teaching on, [00:03:30] I think, originally it was on the Martin Clinic Facebook group. I think I posted this little teaching. I did a video on the invisible war, and I think it’s up to a three or 400,000 views now, if I’m not mistaken.
Dr. Martin Sr: So bacteria, it’s a war between good and bad, and it affects every part of your body. And I don’t even bring a patient in my office unless I [00:04:00] do a little study or a questionnaire that I ask them about their bacteria. Let me just give you a few questions, and I’ll get into this a little bit more in detail here. But on my questionnaire in the office on a section called Leaky Gut, let me just give you the 12 questions that I ask. Did your mom take antibiotics before or during pregnancy? Were you ever on prednisone or steroid [00:04:30] medication, puffers, nasal medications? Were you born by C-section? I want to spend a few minutes on this podcast this morning talking about that in a minute, but let me just get through the questionnaire. Were you breastfed? So important, so important. I talked about this on a video recently, and I talked about breastfeeding and what it does.
Dr. Martin Sr: There’s three things that breastfeeding does primarily. And even modern medicine [00:05:00] today … When I was a little baby, formula came out. So, I was born in 1950s, and actually doctors back in the 50s and 60s and even into the 70s were telling mothers that formula was more complete than breast milk. And of course there’s been a big resurgence of breastfeeding today where it is so acceptable because doctors have finally clued in that, Holy moly, [00:05:30] breastfeeding is actually very, very, very good for you. And there’s three reasons for that. So, why is this on my Leaky Gut questionnaire? Because three things happen when you breastfeed a baby.
Dr. Martin Sr: One, you give that baby colostrum in the first three months of a baby’s life. If they get their colostrum from mummy. Colostrum is essential for [00:06:00] building the baby’s immune system. Secondly, they get lactoferrin. Breast milk is 15% lactoferrin, and lactoferrin is essential for a baby. It develops their immunity. It gives them … Lactoferrin would be like a prebiotic and FOS, [inaudible 00:06:22] that would actually feed good bacteria. So, their micro biome [00:06:30] is changed for the best through breastfeeding because of lactoferrin. And then, just on baby breastfeeding from mummy’s nipple and breast, they get good bacteria right from the breast itself. And so that’s what happens to baby when they’re breastfed.
Dr. Martin Sr: So, this is a question on the questionnaire because I’m trying to determine whether someone is more susceptible to [00:07:00] leaky gut. And I ask the question, were you breastfed? Did you suffer from frequent ear, nose, throat infections as a child? Did you have your tonsils removed? Big, big factor in disease down the road if you were on frequent antibiotics as children. You know that banana tasting, it sure tastes pretty good for a drug, right? Problem is, it’s stripped away all the good bacteria.
Dr. Martin Sr: Where are you [00:07:30] on acid blocking drugs, or are you on acid blocking drugs? The purple pill, one of the leading selling medications. It’s over the counter now. You don’t even need a prescription for it, and it kills your friendly bacteria. And what it does too, it allows … When you don’t have enough acidity in your stomach … The problem when you have acid reflux is not because you’re making too much acid, it’s because you don’t have enough [00:08:00] acid in your stomach. So, your proton pumps in your stomach start making more of it. And the problem with that, it goes up the esophagus, and you feel that burning, and then you try and suppress it with medication. And really, I understand why a person does it because it can be so uncomfortable, but you’ve got to just understand when you are lowering the acidity in the stomach, what one of the biggest things is that bacteria like H pylori [inaudible 00:08:29] bacteria, [00:08:30] whatever they can get now and even fungus that comes from your mouth, yeast, can get into your gut because you don’t have enough acidity, and then these things can take over your gut and now come back into your bloodstream through what we call leaky gut.
Dr. Martin Sr: Do you have food allergies? I always ask about that. Do you have food intolerances? What is it they’re saying now? 70% of the population have some type of dairy allergy, [00:09:00] lactose intolerant. Guys, I can tell you, this was unheard of in the 1950s until they started with stinking skim milk, and one and two percent taking milk and denaturing it. Taking the fat out of milk.
Dr. Martin Sr: But not only that, if you don’t have enough friendly bacteria, you can develop food allergies. That’s why we see so much today.
Dr. Martin Sr: Are you sensitive to chemicals? You go into buildings, you go into our hospital [00:09:30] here in my hometown, and they say this is a scent, S-C-E-N-T free zone. See a lot of that, don’t you? Well again, I’m old enough to tell you that I never even heard of that as a kid, that somebody had sensitivity to chemicals, and look at peanut allergies today. People die. You can’t bring peanut butter to school anymore. I don’t think I’d go to school if I couldn’t [00:10:00] have peanut butter. I love peanut butter. it’s one of my go-tos. I love it. I love my coffee in the morning and peanut butter and a natural peanut. I just love it. I love the taste of it. I take my supplements with my peanut butter. It’s an excuse for me to have peanut butter.
Dr. Martin Sr: Have you gained more than … This as part of the questionnaire too, another question was, have you gained more than 20 pounds in the last several years? That can [00:10:30] be duty or gut bacteria. This is exactly what the researchers in the New York Times were looking for is if people were in gaining weight, and then they’re noticing that their micro biome is different. IBS. Do you suffer from constipation or IBS. And again, these are often things that happen with leaky gut.
Dr. Martin Sr: You can have leaky gut and be silent and have no gut issues at all. You can have other things, but you might not have any digestive [00:11:00] issues at all and have leaky gut. So, leaky gut doesn’t mean IBS. It really doesn’t. A lot of people mistake that because you can have leaky gut and leaky brain. Your symptoms might be as the 12th thing I talked about here is depression. So, I ask people, “Have you suffered from depression?” And they go like, “What’s I got to do with leaky gut?” Well, you have more home hormones. Your dopamine and your glutamate and your serotonin and your GABA. [00:11:30] You have more of those hormones in your gut. 80% of your serotonin is in your gut.
Dr. Martin Sr: Well, what happens if your micro biome has been disrupted? What happens if that ecosystem inside your body has been disrupted? So, it’s fascinating to think about these things because of bacteria, and the more we researched … I’ve said this on other podcasts, but the more we researched bacteria, the more we realize that it’s probably more important than even [00:12:00] your cells. They are in charge of your health.
Dr. Martin Sr: Now, what connects your brain to the brain STEM to your abdomen? The population of gut bacteria directly affects the stimulation and function of the vagus nerve. Not Las Vegas, but your vagus 10th cranial nerve. It’s your enteric nervous system, the one that is intrinsic to the GI. Neurons in the gut. [00:12:30] Neurons in the gut. They’re are so numerous that your gut is called the second brain.
Dr. Martin Sr: Chronic stress. And I ask this question too, Have you been under chronic stress? What does that do? It creates inflammatory, what we call cytokines or cytokines, chronic inflammation, run a muck. Inflammation is not Houdini. I love [00:13:00] when Tony Jr tells me that. It’s not Houdini Dad. Didn’t just … You just don’t get inflammation. But chronic stress from high levels of cortisol can create inflammation, and inflammation run a muck can give you an auto immune disorder, and the gut has its own immune system, and so your gut bacteria really are your body’s first responders. If you have an increase [00:13:30] in bad bacteria, you release more stress hormones. So you got a vicious cycle, and you release more inflammatory cytocons. Incredible.
Dr. Martin Sr: So, let me just talk for a minute here about a baby not going through the birth canal. Again, this is almost like a new phenomenon. C-sections in Ontario here, and I think it might’ve been a Canada-wide … I know from the Ontario [00:14:00] Medical Association and probably the Canadian Medical Association. This edict came out about five years ago where they were questioning the gynaecologist and even I call baby doctors, the doctors that deliver babies today, and they were telling them to try and really cut back on C-sections because they were doing them routinely. A mother [00:14:30] was given the option during pregnancy whether to have a C-section or have a natural birth, and they really tried to discourage that.
Dr. Martin Sr: About five years ago, I think, I remember reading all about it, and it actually made some headlines, but I don’t know if that sort of changed the thinking of doctors, actually giving mommies the option. Now, C-sections can save a mommy’s life and save the baby’s life. So, please don’t [00:15:00] take this, ladies, the wrong way because I’m all for modern medicine. If you need a C-section, Hey, it can save your life. I’m 100% for it if it’s necessary. But listen, just understand what I’m going to talk to you about in giving birth by C-section. And then, if you give birth by C-section, just understand this. We talked about, it’s part of my questionnaire, but you are going to be [00:15:30] given antibiotics because you’re going to go through surgery, and you’re going to … And now today, their surgery is so much better than it used to be. But again, you still need antibiotics.
Dr. Martin Sr: So, the baby gets a double whammy. It does not go through the birth canal. It does not pick up the bacteria from the fecal matter, from the mucus, from mummy going through that birth canal. And the baby is not getting the lactobacillus [00:16:00] especially, and this is why there’s so much staph infection because lactobacillus, a strain of good bacteria, is really, really good at fighting staph, which can be a very deadly infection. These superbugs that are in the hospital today, by the way, is one of the reasons that we don’t have … We’re overusing antibiotics, and these [00:16:30] bugs develop their own personality and their own resistance, and they become very resistant to antibiotics.
Dr. Martin Sr: But let me just give you some stats here on C-section babies. Double whammo remember because those babies are getting the antibiotic, and they’re not getting the good bacteria from the mummy’s canal. So, a C-section, this is incredible. If the baby has been C-sections, [00:17:00] they are five times more likely to develop allergies, five times more likely to develop childhood cancers, five times more likely to be asthmatic, five times more likely to suffer from ADD in their childhood, 70% more likely to develop type one autoimmune diabetes, 50% more likely to be obese [00:17:30] later on in life, 50%, and 80% increase in their likelihood of getting celiac disease. And last but not least, 50% more likely to be autistic. This is incredible, guys. This is incredible.
Dr. Martin Sr: At the Martin Clinic, you can go back to previous podcasts, I’ve said this before, and I say it again, and I say it [00:18:00] with great certainty because people try to nail me down on vaccines, and I stay away from that because I think that autism is a disease of leaky gut. Leaky gut, leaky brain for a baby. I am 100% convinced of it because I’ve never seen a baby or a child with autism that doesn’t have severe leaky gut [00:18:30] and overgrowth of candida albicans, not enough good bacteria and an overgrowth of bad bacteria. It affects the brain. And I talked to you about that connection between the 10th cranial nerve, the vagus nerve, and the relationship to the brain how the neuro transmitters and these hormones are all changed. They’re all changed. So a C-section baby is 50% more likely, and this is me … I believe that that’s where autism [00:19:00] comes. These are … It’s not genetics. DNA … It’s the bacteria, folks. It’s the bacteria.
Dr. Martin Sr: And so, when I was a kid, and just on vaccines, we got … Kids in the 1950s would have two vaccines, and today they have, I think it’s 69 by the time they’re two years old.
Dr. Martin Sr: But I don’t … That might be the straw that breaks the camel’s back. But I don’t think so. I think these are related to [00:19:30] bacteria and the over use, today, of antibiotics and C-sections, and there’s a huge, huge link between your bacteria, in my opinion and autism. So yes, and there’s chemicals, and we have all sorts of different chemicals that we … I mentioned about 85,000 new chemicals today that have been created since World War II. And the vast majority of those chemicals, we are surrounded [00:20:00] by them every day. You’d have to leave the planet not to be surrounded by these things.
Dr. Martin Sr: And you have stress. I talked about it and the over clean environment. I think North Americans make a big mistake when they over clean, and they use all these chemical cleaners to strip away bacteria. Go out in the dirt, get in your garden and get in the muck, and get those bacteria all over you because they’re actually quite good for you.
Dr. Martin Sr: And [00:20:30] the chemicals like chlorine, and I understand that today, and they kill your friendly bacteria. And then, there’s a lack of nutrients too, of course, in childhood issues. Today I see a big problem in a lack of absorption, and if your good bacteria isn’t good enough, you are going to have trouble even absorbing like a molecular structured, [00:21:00] very large structured vitamin like B12. It’s a finicky vitamin on the best of days. And I find most children, when I check them, especially if they have ADD and ADHD, they’re very low in B12, that they are usually not eating enough meat. And this can be a big, big factor too. So, they get the lack of nutrients. They’re very low in vitamin D. You know how I love vitamin D, and [00:21:30] the sunshine vitamin, and you only get vitamin D in your food if you’re eating animal products like eggs, meat and cheese.
Dr. Martin Sr: And you know what, people are avoiding those things today because they still believe the lie about the … They’re into the meatless craze. Even, is it Oprah, who is saying let’s have one … She’s trying to compromise a little bit, and let’s have one vegan or vegetarian meal a day, trying to get people away from [00:22:00] meat. Well, I tell you folks, I know the whole world is sort of going a little silly in my opinion on these things and let’s get the meat out of your diet. The poor cows. Cows are the mafia today. Let’s get rid of them. I tell you, it drives me crazy when I think of nutrition and trying to get rid of animal products. I mean look, the plant [00:22:30] kingdom is wonderful guys. It really is. I understand all that. They are wonderful. Plants are beautiful, but you need … God gave you both worlds, gave you the animal kingdom and the plant kingdom, and you will not, will not, will not be healthy if you only live on plants. Fruits and vegetables are beautiful but you’re meant to have nutrients that are in the animal kingdom.
Dr. Martin Sr: And if you are a vegetarian [00:23:00] by religion or whatever or by choice and you want to make that choice, then just understand that you need to supplement your diet. You need to take B12 every day. You need to take vitamin D every day. You need to take [inaudible 00:23:15] and leucine. Look, these things are in the plant kingdom a little bit, but they’re only good for mice, and you’re not a mouse. Because that’s how much there is in [00:23:30] the plant kingdom. You are a human being that needs to eat from both sides of the food chain.
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Dr. Martin Sr: Love you guys. Talk to you soon.
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