239. Friday Q&A With Dr.Martin

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Dr. Martin: Well good morning, everyone. Another question and answer. Let's talk a little bit ... I want to answer some of the questions here today and, by the way, all questions [00:00:30] are good. And maybe I won't pontificate for a long period of time on some of them, and the reason is because sometimes they are not going to be very applicable to other people so the ones that generally ... if it's an individual thing, I might say a word or two and then I'll leave it. I'd rather answer that specifically.

Dr. Martin: Colleen is asking a question about collagen. Collagen, that's sort of a big [00:01:00] thing now, collagen. Your skin, your joints, your tendons, your ligaments, your cartilages, your eyeballs ... Collagen, it's such an important thing especially if you want to have nice skin and strong joints and collagen is good for you. The best collagen is found in bone broth, because bone broth, you [00:01:30] can make it yourself. It's a perfect food. It's got everything in it. All the vitamins, all the minerals, all the collagen and everything that your body needs, your skins needs, collagen. Do you take collagen on its own as a supplement? I guess you could. I like bone broth because it's like a complete food. It has everything that you [00:02:00] need. I'm more of a fan to get your collagen from bone broth, but I like collagen. Collagen is very, very good for you. Is it a waste of money? Look, if you make a bone broth and you take that, it's good for you. So, no, I wouldn't say it's a waste of money. It's really good for you.

Dr. Martin: Carol is asking about, she's had a hysterectomy and ever since then she finds that she can't lose [00:02:30] the extra 25 pounds that she put on. Isn't it fun being a woman? If a man ever put on 25 pounds, it has nothing to do with the thyroid, it has nothing to do with hormones. It's because he's eating too much. But a woman, different. Body changes, especially in perimenopausal or menopausal years for some women. I remember a woman saying, "I'm praying for menopause. [00:03:00] I'm praying." She was tired of her menses. I said, "You be careful what you pray for, because you never know just how things are going to be." Because if you're not in balance, a woman need balance.

Dr. Martin: Let me put my two hands up. A woman needs estrogen and progesterone to be equal. If estrogen and progesterone are equal, [00:03:30] and they are balanced, your thyroid, which is at the top of the pyramid here, and your ovaries are here and your thyroid is here, if you have a decrease in estrogen and progesterone, you can go out of balance and that can send you into symptoms like gaining weight and not feeling good and being tired all the time. Because what it does is that your [00:04:00] ovaries keep your thyroid, ladies, balanced. It's one of the most important things when it comes to your thyroid. Nevermind the balance in the adrenals. What I would say to Carol is look, Carol, you need to get balance. You're out of balance. If you gained that weight and you don't feel good, your thyroid is probably sluggish.

Dr. Martin: Even if your thyroid numbers are coming back from your doctor in terms of being [00:04:30] ... they are within normal limits. Yeah, but being within normal limits, the range is, on the thyroid, they are from here to eternity. So when they say normal, they are within a normal range, this is a huge range. So all I'm saying to you is that you can be down in this area here in terms of your thyroid hormones and you don't feel well at all. You have to go by the symptoms, not necessarily [00:05:00] just the blood test. So if you don't feel good, if you don't have any energy and you can't lose weight, yeah, it's a hormonal issue. And so one of the things that I would suggest is that I love, for women, I love natural biodentical creams. Natural, not synthetic, not made from horse's urine, but made from plants. What [00:05:30] I usually see in my practice is that it's not that you have too much estrogen, it's you don't have a balance between estrogen and progesterone.

Dr. Martin: We can certainly help you with that so I suggest call into the clinic and we'd be happy to get your hormones balanced because that's a very, very important issue. And if you [00:06:00] don't feel good, ladies, and you're in those menopausal years, menopause can be a wonderful thing because you can stop your menses, but it can be a terrible thing if you're out of balance because you can get hot flashes, you can get weight gain, you can get night sweats, you can get depression. You can develop anxiety, you can develop ... Hormones need to be balanced. Women, when you're not in balance, [00:06:30] you will not feel good and the key is your estrogen and progesterone. Because think of your thyroid as just a little puppet. Your thyroid is a puppet. It doesn't act independently, ladies. It is very much hooked up to the rest of your hormones, especially with estrogen and progesterone. And I've had ladies tell me, "Well look, Doc. I had a hysterectomy. It should be fine." [00:07:00] Well, you had a hysterectomy but you're still a woman and your body has plan P. Even if you don't even have your ovaries, you're still going to secrete your estrogen and progesterone, but guess where they come from? Your adrenal glands.

Dr. Martin: You're always going to be a woman. Always. And so there is a real fine line balance that needs to occur and if you're out of balance, you won't feel good. And this is why [00:07:30] it's good to know these things, because ladies, a lot of times even that depression ... ordinarily that means, yep, it could be the thyroid, but it's not primarily the thyroid. It's probably coming from the adrenal glands, your stress glands. I mean, I'm guessing without testing it. But I'm just giving you some information this morning, because it's a very, very good question.

Dr. Martin: Judy is asking this. [00:08:00] Is it okay to drink coffee with honey instead of sugar? Honey is better than sugar, no doubt. Much more natural than just table sugar, but guys, don't fool yourself. We live in a world where ... put your hand up and say, "My name is Tony and I'm a carb-oholic." We live in a carb world, we live where there is 200 pounds of sugar. The average North American is consuming between 150 [00:08:30] and 200 pounds of sugar a year. We live in a different world. Sugars are added to all the foods. It's craziness. So all I'm saying is, be very, very careful with honey. I wouldn't use a lot of it. I know it's much more natural than sugar, but if you're in that percentage of people that is consuming a fair amount of added sugars to foods ... Because [00:09:00] here's what happened, here's the history of it.

Dr. Martin: Dieticians in the food industry 50 years ago said, fat makes you fat so they took the fat out of all foods and started adding sugar, to the point now, like I said, that the average North American is consuming, they don't even realize it because they are not reading their labels. They are consuming somewhere about 200 pounds of sugar a year. It's crazy. [00:09:30] That's why, if you ask me, for the vast majority of my patients, I will tell them no. I wouldn't even put honey in your coffee. Put some cream in your coffee to give it that sort of sweet taste, but try and get off all extra sugars if you can. We live in a different world and that's what I recommend.

Dr. Martin: So many good questions are coming in.

Dr. Martin: Can you overdose on [00:10:00] B12? Look, there is seven billion people on the planet and we've all got our different fingerprints. It is very, very rare that you can overdose on B12. Why is that? You guys should know the answer to that. Why is B12, for example, different than Vitamin E? Could you overdose on Vitamin E? Not that I ever saw it in my 45 years, going on 46 years of practice, but because Vitamin [00:10:30] A, Vitamin D, Vitamin E and Vitamin K are fat-soluble vitamins. What does that mean? That means that those vitamins, you can overdose on them. You can overdose on fat-soluble vitamins, but water-soluble vitamins like Vitamin C and Vitamin B, all the B vitamins, they are water-soluble. What's that mean? [00:11:00] The body takes what it needs and it pees out the rest of it.

Dr. Martin: It is a rare thing that you're ever going to get overdosed on B12. Most people, what are they saying now today, that there's probably an 80% deficiency in B12 in the population in North America today. Why is that? Number one, B12 is a finicky vitamin. It's a very [00:11:30] large structured vitamin. I'm exaggerating, it's not that big, but compared to Vitamin C, or other vitamins, Vitamin B12 is a big vitamin. Your body, it's harder to absorb than other vitamins. So if you have any kind of digestive issue, any kind, acid reflux or you've got a poor digestive tract, at all, at [00:12:00] all, at all, you will not, most people will not absorb the B12 from their food.

Dr. Martin: Secondly, a lot of people, if you have any kind of digestive issue, B12 is a big vitamin. Secondly, most people avoid red meat because if you're a woman, you're eating chicken. When I ask my patients, "Ladies, what do you eat? What do you like?" Chicken. And salad. Chicken and salad. Salad and chicken. Chicken [00:12:30] and salad. You need B12 and B12 is only found in red meat. There's not enough B12 in the plant kingdom or white meat, like chicken, for a mouse to live on B12 in the plant kingdom.

Dr. Martin: You need red meat. I'm sorry, but you need red meat. That is science, guys. A lot of women, [00:13:00] especially because they like chicken, will be low in B12. So that's the second reason that people can be low for B12. It's a finicky vitamin. It's a large structured vitamin and a lot of people just never eat red meat and if you have any kind of digestive issues, you're probably not absorbing B12. Well then you need to take it as a supplement. The vast majority of my patients that come to see me, the vast [00:13:30] majority of my patients come to see me, I have to put them on B12. Yeah, well if you're not eating red meat and you're not taking B12 as a supplement, you are killing yourself slowly. You're destroying your brain. Your brain needs B12 to work properly. Your nerves need B12 to work properly. Your nervous system, B12 is your nervous system vitamin.

Dr. Martin: [00:14:00] It is an essential vitamin and today we are chronically low in levels of B12. It's not can you overdose ... Well in 45 years of practice, I've probably seen it less than five times where people have to stop taking B12 because they got either sores around their mouth or their tongue, they [00:14:30] were getting sores on their tongue or whatever, but it's such a rare exception that it's hardly worth talking about because it's a water-soluble vitamin. It's not a fat-soluble vitamin. It does not accumulate in your body like Vitamin A, for example. I hate to even use Vitamin D as an example, because if you go sit in the sun, if you go sit in the sun for 20 minutes, you're going to get 10,000 IUs. And everybody, [00:15:00] I can't take 10,000 IUs of Vitamin D, I might get sick. No, you won't get sick. Do you get sick sitting in the sun for 20 minutes? No sunscreen, for 20 minutes. Don't get me started, because I get excited.

Dr. Martin: Very good questions.

Dr. Martin: Why do I crave carbs? Because you're a carb-oholic. You're a carb-oholic. You can crave carbs for different reasons. [00:15:30] If your blood sugars are fluctuating, you will crave carbs. If you have leaky gut and you have lots of yeast in your body, you will crave carbs. Because yeast will call your name every day and say, "Feed me. Feed me. Feed me." And it really wants crappy carbs and sugars. You probably have a condition, Eileen, of either low blood sugar, which could be because of insulin-resistance. [00:16:00] High blood sugar and low blood sugar are two of the same ... they come from the same ... It's insulin, so when you change your diet, this is why I like a reset, where you do a four week low carb, really no carbs. If you do that, you reset your body, it's unbelievable what happens and how much better you feel. I've been taking Armour Thyroid for 12 years. I'm very familiar with this. [00:16:30] It's coming from ... it's not the bovine one, it's coming from the pig's thyroid. I'm not against that, if you feel good with that.

Dr. Martin: I used to use Armour thyroid a fair amount, but in the practice now, I like supporting the thyroid in a different way. But if Armour Thyroid is working for you, it's much more natural, it is [00:17:00] much better than Synthroid, but you've got to figure that out and if you're feeling very good, stick with it. If not, I like our formula because we put everything in there that's specifically made to make your thyroid work better. It supports the thyroid and it really is ... and that's why I haven't used ... in my practice, I haven't used Armour Thyroid for several years.

Dr. Martin: Joanne [00:17:30] is asking about excess phlegm in her throat. Could this be acid reflux? It's one or two things. It's either acid reflux and you're always doing that and you might not feel it so much in your stomach, but phlegm, yes, that can come from acid reflux. It's sort of a silent acid reflux. But the other one can come from what we call a post-nasal drip where you have an overgrowth of yeast [00:18:00] candida albicans within the sinuses. I see that all the time. Clean up your diet, get off the sugars and that will get rid of both because what happens is that you, if it's acid reflux, it's because your insulin is too high. You have insulin-resistance and your body is screaming at you to cut the carbs out of your diet. Even if it's yeast in the sinuses and you're getting post-nasal drip, [00:18:30] when you cut your carbs down and your sugars down, you really do help not feed the yeast.

Dr. Martin: I get patients taking probiotics and sniff and probiotic into here to get rid of the fungus, the candida, the infection in there. Not the infection, but the yeast build up in there.

Dr. Martin: Let me just do one more here.

Dr. Martin: What can I do for a lack [00:19:00] of stamina, zero motivation, depression? Sydney, this is definitely a hormonal thing. You've got to look at the thyroid, you've got to look at where your estrogen and progesterone are. Clean up your diet. It's amazing when you go low carb how much this really helps. Look at all these things. I am suggesting, [00:19:30] Sydney, without testing you that you're low in B12. I can almost assure you that you are low in B12. You are probably very low in Vitamin D too. If you can get those tested, it would be good.

Dr. Martin: Now, the blood test for B12 can be, it's an old test, it's not that accurate, but often times you are low in B12 and low in Vitamin D and even at your age, Sydney, you might find that you are low in progesterone, because progesterone is [00:20:00] an important hormone for women. Anyways, have a look at those things. If you're not sure, call into the clinic, we can help you even more.

Dr. Martin: We've got lots of questions coming in here. I've only got to a few of them this morning.

Dr. Martin: Client is asking if it's bad if you're taking too much magnesium and Vitamin B12? Look, again, like I said, Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin. If you take [00:20:30] magnesium, the only side effect of taking too much magnesium is you start getting diarrhea. B12, again, the question was asked, is it possible to take too much B12. It's very rare, it's a water-soluble vitamin. Your body will take what it needs of B12 and get rid of the rest. But I guess it's always possible. Everybody's different. We all have different fingerprints, that makes us different. You know what, [00:21:00] if you take B12 and you have to take it sublingually, don't swallow B12 because a lot of people tell me, "I'm taking B12." In what form? Is it sublingual? Well, if it's not sublingual, then you're not taking the proper B12.

Dr. Martin: Guys, thanks so much for the questions. I'll come on here and try and answer more and more questions all the time. Send your questions in. Boy, there are lots of questions. Okay. You guys are [00:21:30] great. Talk to you soon.

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