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Brandi: Linda would like to know how long to stay on the probiotic and digestive enzymes with leaky gut.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: How long to stay on the probiotics?
Brandi: ... and [00:00:30] digestive enzymes.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: ... and digestive enzymes. Yeah. Again, that's a good question because leaky gut is one of those things that there's a scale of what we ... When we talk about leaky gut, there's really a scale of what we look for. On one end, you have somebody that has really no digestive symptoms at all, most of their health is pretty, but they got leaky gut going on. Now, remember, [00:01:00] leaky gut is that starting point.
Years ago, we wrote a book called Are Your Built For Cancer, and then lately, we've been talking a lot more about the three seeds of disease, but the idea being that leaky gut is that first step that happens as you move towards disease. So, on one end, you have some people that they're healthy, but they do got some leaky gut issues going on, and on the other end, you have somebody who has full-blown digestive issues or skin issues or maybe [00:01:30] even brain issues going on or joint issues. So, that's a pretty wide range.
So, generally speaking, probiotics, I don't know how many years ago, Dad, that we changed our stand on that, four, five, years ago about that.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: At least.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Yeah. We recommend people take probiotics everyday. They don't have to take the three capsules everyday. I take three capsules everyday just because of my digestive history, but I would definitely recommend taking probiotics everyday just because [00:02:00] there are so many things that we do everyday that absolutely kills our good bacteria, and a lot of stuff we just can't control. It's just part of living on planet Earth. That's the environment that we live in today. So, because of that, we're always at risk for leaky gut. We always recommend probiotics.
Now, digestive enzymes, that was the second part of the question, Brandy. All right. So, digestive enzymes. The interesting thing about digestive enzymes is that once you cross that three to five-year-old mark, [00:02:30] you naturally make less enzymes, anyways. There are some pretty interesting theories on aging, one of them being the decrease or the decline of natural enzymes as we age, which then affects our ability to break down food, affects our ability to repair muscle and tissues, and all those kind of things.
I would generally, if you have a history of digestive problems, I would take digestive enzymes pretty routinely all the time. If you don't, correct the issue and then you can move on from that as well. So, again, it's a long way of saying it [00:03:00] depends.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Yeah. A couple of things, too, and we mentioned this on our live Facebooks in the morning. We've been talking about it. After you put out the email on digestive enzymes, because I have a lot of questions about that afterwards, and I did a whole ... I think it was yesterday or the day before, Brandy, that we talked about brain and the medications that affect the brain in longterm.
[00:03:30] The number one that affects the brain longterm are antacids. How many people have digestive issues, acid reflux? I mean, it's like an epidemic today. The reason for that is, well, twofold. One of them is insulin, for sure, but the other one is the lack of, like Tony Junior was saying, lack of enzymes as we get older. It's not what you eat, it's what [00:04:00] you absorb.
So, if you're not absorbing those important minerals and the nutrients that your brain needs, I mean, it affects everything. On probiotic, just remember, when we say leaky gut, what we know about the microbiome today compared to what we knew 10 years ago even? It's incredible that that whole battle that goes on in your body between good and bad bacteria.
So, I tell you [00:04:30] that part of our foundational supplements is probiotic and digestive enzymes. I tell you, the more we study digestive enzymes and what we do, and our enzymes, they're so broad spectrum, and if anybody that's listened to me in the past knows how much I love oil of oregano, well, we have oil of oregano in the digestive enzyme to fight H. pylori and SIBO and and [00:05:00] SIFO, and all those things that get in to the gut, including yeast, that should never get past your stomach but does.
So, anyway, a long answer again to say, yeah, I'd stay on both of them. You can't go wrong forever.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Yeah. I mean, I've been on them for a long time, and I have no intention of stopping. I feel a lot better on them, right? All right. Brandi, what's up next?
Brandi: Laurie takes the blood boost [00:05:30] because she's borderline anemic. She's wondering if she should also take heme iron.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Also take heme iron?
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Well, heme iron?
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Yeah. Do you want to answer that, Dad?
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Well, I say eat it. Heme iron is found in steak and liver. So, I always tell people you don't have to take heme iron in terms [00:06:00] of a supplement. Take heme iron when you eat it. Our blood boost has a tremendous, I think it's iron glycinate. It's already been chelated. It's rapidly absorbed in your bloodstream, but eat your iron, too. The heme iron is found in red meat. So, that's what I would tell you to eat.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: [00:06:30] Yeah. Then if you have digestive issues, take enzymes as well, which will help break that down. Yeah. I would agree. I would eat my heme iron. Then if you're anemic, the blood boost and B12 is I would also ... If you're slightly anemic, I would be taking B12 also because, again, we say this a lot, but it's important to understand this aspect of anemia as well is anemia is a symptom, it's not a cause. Anemia is not a diagnosis of anything. Anemia is a symptom of something.
[00:07:00] It's important to understand that because a lot of times when you go get your blood work done, the doctor will say, "Oh, you're anemic," which is great. That's just pointing out a symptom. It's not telling you why you're anemic. So, you always want to know what the cause is, and there's a ton of reasons why somebody becomes anemic. Usually, digestive issues is a big one. They're missing either intrinsic factor in the stomach or B12 or they're just not breaking down iron or they're not getting enough iron.
A lot of people just don't get enough [00:07:30] iron in their diet. So, that's why we would recommend, if you can, eat your heme and then also take the blood boost because that form of iron is very easy to digest. All right, Brandi.
Brandi: Marilyn was wondering if statin drugs are causing the widespread problems with gallbladder.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: If statin drugs are causing the wide- Hmm. That's a good question, actually. I'd have to actually think about that. We see what the mechanism of that would be. I [00:08:00] mean, yeah, possibly because, again, if you look-
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Good question.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: If you look at the mechanism of cholesterol is made and how you actually make cholesterol, you got to remember, your body ... Cholesterol is so vital. Your body does not trust you to eat it or trust you to get it. It makes it on its own. In fact, they've shown that even by eating less cholesterol, your body doesn't make less cholesterol. It has a very little effect on your body's ability to even make ... [00:08:30] It doesn't decrease it. That's how much you need it.
So, when you take a drug that artificially decreases your ability to make cholesterol and will it have an effect on the organ like gallbladder that does have the bile, it's a good question. It would be something I'd actually like to mull over my head. I think it's the first time I've ever been asked that question directly. So, that's a good question. This might be the first time we've ever been-
Dr. Martin, Sr.: I know hearing you here, that's going to bug you. He's going to think it.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Yes. [00:09:00] I think that's the first time that I'd have to say I'd have to think about that for a bit. That's a good question.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: I like that when you ... Hey, who asked that question, Brandy?
Dr. Martin, Jr.: That's pretty cool.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: What was her name?
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Marilyn, that's a great question.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Well, Marilyn, let me tell you this. Okay. Good question because you got my son thinking. I like that. Two, we did a thing on the gallbladder. I don't know now. I'm so messed [00:09:30] up in my mind because everyday is the same in this COVID thing. I haven't gone out of that yet, but a little while back, we talked about the results of a low-fat diet. Remember what your gallbladder is for. Your gallbladder is a reservoir for bile. The gallbladder is very important.
The problem that we have had two generations, now, not one, two generations, almost three generations of people that have been eating a low-fat diet [00:10:00] much to the detriment of their gallbladder because I explained this this morning even that saturated fat, your body needs saturated fat and absolutely essential. You only get saturated fat from the animal kingdom. Since we stopped cutting back, at least we cut back and we went fat-free 30-40 years ago, the whole world went fat-free [00:10:30] because fat was cholesterol and fat wasn't good for you. It destroyed the gallbladders of a lot of people because the gallbladder is there to work on fat. You need fat to absorb.
I know it. I could into a great detail, but just to say that, yeah, maybe statin drugs have played an effect on that lowering cholesterol, and I tell you the fat-free diet, though, has really [00:11:00] been a dangerous diet.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Yeah, because you look at other cause of-
Dr. Martin, Sr.: [crosstalk 00:11:05]
Dr. Martin, Jr.: You look at even the effect that estrogen imbalances, an estrogen dominance has on the health of the gallbladder. You look at antacids that people are taking and stuff like that, but, yeah, no, I'm going to definitely, I'll have an answer for that because I'm going to go down the rabbit hole now and find that out because it's an interesting question. All right, Brandi.
Brandi: Kristen has a Baker's cyst behind her kneecap. Could it be removed [00:11:30] or would it come back?
Dr. Martin, Jr.: That's a good question, actually. The problem with the Baker's cyst is that becomes a real weak area, and you're more at risk for ... Like a lot of sports injuries and a lot of times they end up having ... You catch a Baker's cyst, it's not really causing any issues. You just take an X-ray, you'll see it. You could have it. Problem is is that I don't even know if the problem is coming back as much as what it's going to do to the area, I mean, is if it's giving [00:12:00] a lot of issues.
My experience is also treating injuries that that was not the cause of their problems. We just happen to catch it on an X-ray. A lot of times, they've got some inflammation underneath the kneecap. They've got the meniscus or either one that's giving problems. The kneecap isn't tracking properly also. I would go through all those things before I'd worry about getting out a Baker's cyst, but that's just from personal experience treating [00:12:30] a lot of knee injuries over the years. I don't know. Would you say differently, Dad?
Dr. Martin, Sr.: No. I agree with that, orthopedically. I used to look for other ... I think it was more of a side issue. They always had some other type of injury in the knee. Then the problem, Baker's cyst sometimes can be ... It can be dramatic. You get a cortisone shot or whatever. It [00:13:00] can be dramatic, and it relieves your pain. Well, good for you. The problem is that you don't want to be constantly rinse and repeat with cortisone.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: No, because your patellar tendon gets weak [crosstalk 00:13:15]
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Now, you're having trouble down the road.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Yeah. I would look at ... If you're getting knee pain, I would look at a whole bunch of other causes first before going down that path. All right, Brandi.
Brandi: Catherine would like to know what causes uric acid [00:13:30] and how can we lower it.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: All right. My dad's pretty much written 10 books on uric acid. So, I'll let him answer this question.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Well, look, I mean, the big thing is diet. It's diet, it's diet. It's insulin resistance. If you have high levels of uric acid, I'm going to tell you one thing for sure. It's insulin resistance. Some people just cannot ... They don't do well with carbohydrates at all, even good carbs like fruit. [00:14:00] It's fructose. Fructose is the number one cause that elevates insulin. A lot of people cannot secrete. Uric acid gets converted to urea. You're supposed to pee it out. A lot of people don't pee it out properly. For them, you got to cut, change your diet big time. You just don't compare yourself to anybody else.
If you've got uric acid, [00:14:30] it is one of things in metabolic syndrome, and you got trouble with carbohydrates. So, flip your diet. That's the number one thing you ought to do, and cut your fruits out. I call fruits God's candies. For some people that make uric acid, you can't have many. Cut out your bananas. Cut out your apples. Cut out your grapes. Have a few berries, but don't have a lot of fruit for people that make high uric acid.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Yeah, [00:15:00] because that's a lot of times a stealth cause of what's giving them high uric acid because, again, fruit, I mean, in a lot of ways, some fruit is good for you, but along came the five servings of fruit and veggies a day, and that messed a lot of people up, but, yeah. All right, Brandi.
Brandi: Joe would like to know how your digestive enzymes are different from probiotics.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Yeah. So, that's a good question. [00:15:30] Now, digestive enzymes are basically enzymes. We pick a whole bunch of them that we think are important for breaking down all the aspects of food, whereas probiotic is a good bacteria.
Now, we do have one probiotic in our digestive enzyme, and that's because we looked at our digestive enzyme as two parts, one part to help break down food, the second part is knowing that because they need enzymes in the first place, they're going to have real issues with leaky gut. [00:16:00] So, we want to throw a few things in there that's going to kill the bad bacteria, help the good stuff out. Then we threw in a very specific probiotic to help with that.
The enzymes are to break down food, help you digest food, and help you absorb better because your nutrients are broken down. Whereas a probiotic, you're just replacing good bacteria and you're supporting the microbiome. So, they're two different things. They both have their parts in digestion. Enzymes typically [00:16:30] help higher up in the digestive process, but we did throw a few enzymes in there that help at late stage digestion as well because a lot of foods get stuck in the bowels. So, a few enzymes in there help with that. Probiotics are, again, you have a couple of pounds of bacteria that live all skin, bowels, brain.
It's interesting. They used to think the brain was sterile, and not even that long ago, not even five years away, I think. They used to think that brain was sterile. [00:17:00] Then they started finding out that a lot of things are actually in the brain. Now, they know that the brain has its own microbiome, which, again, we've been talking about for a long time, but that is the thing.
So, enzymes and probiotics are two very different things, but two equally important things for digestion. If you have bad microbiome, there's a good chance you also have bad enzymes production. So, they play out each other. All right, Brandi.
Brandi: [00:17:30] Marianne would like to know, "How much saturated fat I should eat daily to raise HDL, and is there only one way to raise HDL?"
Dr. Martin, Jr.: No. HDL, again, there are a few ways to raise HDL. I mean, generally speaking, there's not a specific amount of saturated fat you want to eat. It's not like there's a number to hit that target. It depends on each person, depends on what they're ... [00:18:00] Also, it depends on if they have fitness goals. It depends on if they're a guy as well because you need saturated fat for testosterone. For a lot of guys, they don't feel well because they're not getting enough animal saturated fat in their diet.
Yeah. So, there's no target. There's no target number. Halfway through your day if you're like, "Oh, I'm at this many grams. I got to get to this many," that's not how saturated fat works. So, I wouldn't worry about hitting a certain [00:18:30] target. I know a lot of diets, a lot of low-fat diets, they actually go the opposite way. You don't want to go above a certain number. A lot of times, they'll punish a food if it has saturated fat in it, which, again, it's funny because the list of food that's low fat with sugar healthier than a food with no sugar, no carbs, and saturated fat is unhealthy, right?
My dad talks about this a lot. Saturated fat sounds terrible, [00:19:00] right? They did a great job making it sound bad. Just the name now, the name means bad artery-clogging fat. So, okay. To answer your question, there's no set number. You just want to be consuming saturated fat. It's good for you. It's good for your brain, good for your skin, good for your hormone levels. It's good for a lot of things. You just don't want to ... Again, it's been vilified, but there's no target.
Now, to raise HDL, that's a different question altogether. There's a few ways to raise HDL. [00:19:30] Again, one definitely is exercise. Fitness levels definitely help. Bringing your insulin down is the best way to raise HDL, if you look at the physiology of how that works. When you lower insulin, you lower all that kind of stuff. Your HDL levels will go up, which is good because as my dad talks about that ratio between HDL and LDL, but, Dad, I'll let you answer some more because I know you have some things on this also.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: No. I mean, the other thing is to [00:20:00] raise your HDL, I like high DHA oil. DHA raises your HDL. If you can digest eggs, I would recommend you ... Specific foods for HDL are steak and eggs and cheese. So, here's my eggs, meat and cheese, but, again, [00:20:30] the amount, no. Don't worry about that. Just make sure you're getting enough of that. If your HDL isn't going up enough, then I would make sure that you're taking high DHA oil because it's interesting, there's a new medication out on the market, VASCEPA. They're aiming at triglycerides, to lower those triglycerides.
[00:21:00] You don't need to take a med to lower your triglycerides. You just to get off your carbohydrates. It's just as simple as that.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Yeah, and DHA is tremendous for lowering triglycerides. A lot of research on that. So, DHA will lower your triglycerides and raise your DHL. Yeah. That's a good question because, again, if you haven't watched that HDL-triglycerides video ratio, we have that somewhere on our website where you can go watch that. I know you [00:21:30] go through that well and talk through that. All right, Brandi.
Brandi: Suzanne would like to know if we should be taking prebiotics and how much we should be taking.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Go ahead, Dad. You answer this question a lot.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Well, a prebiotic is, yeah ... Prebiotics are, well, maple syrup is a prebiotic. It's FOS. It's a fructooligosaccharide. They feed the good bacteria. We have them in our probiotics. They're already [00:22:00] included. Do you need more? I don't think so. Here's the way I look at it. I'm not so concerned about prebiotics. I'm concerned about what kills your probiotics and that is sugar. Sugar feeds the bad guys. Sugar feeds the yeast. Sugar feeds fungus.
So, if you cut your sugars down and you take a good probiotic, a broad spectrum probiotic [00:22:30] that's already got a prebiotic in it, to me, you don't ... because some of the prebiotics are maple syrup, for example, unpasteurized honey is a prebiotic, but I'm so concerned now about your insulin that I don't want you to have too much of that. So, be careful that you're thinking, "Oh, probiotics need ..." Look. They will feed off your food, but don't feed [00:23:00] the bad guys, and that's sugar. That's how you feed your bad bacteria.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Yeah. All right, Brandi.
Brandi: Michelle would like to know how much vitamin D should children have.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Hmm. That's a good question. Well, let me start by saying that the amount that's recommended, the RDA for children is stupid low, ridiculous low based off of bad math. [00:23:30] It's a good question, and it's a tricky question because let's just say they're not getting enough. The average kid is deficient in D. Unless they're outside playing all year with their arms and legs and face exposed, they're not going to get enough vitamin D, especially if parents are throwing sunblock on them all the time when they step outside in the sun. They got them lathered up all the time. They're going to be definitely deficient of vitamin D.
Generally speaking, I [00:24:00] know, Dad, you always recommend for kids, what? 2,000 IUs?
Dr. Martin, Sr.: 2,000 IUs. [crosstalk 00:24:07]
Dr. Martin, Jr.: It depends on old, though.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: I mean, the bigger you are, remember the bigger you, there are a lot of big kids out there, the bigger you are, the more vitamin D you need. I think you'd be very safe with a child 2,000 IUs, and then if they're a bigger child, they can certainly go to 4,000 IUs. In the summer, [00:24:30] let them play outside, and then you need a lot less at that stage. Again, today, it's a big problem because kids are not outside near as much. They're inside a lot. They're on their computers a lot. They're on their games a lot. So, we live in a different world. You got to substitute that with a vitamin D. So, approximately 2,000 IUs. They should do all right. If a kid [00:25:00] is sick all the time, they got a bad immune system, then jack her up. Don't be shy to get their levels up.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Yeah. All right, Brandi.
Brandi: Wellen is on the Reset, day 16. What do we do after the four weeks? How do we-
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Stay on it.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: That's a good question.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: We actually have a program. The new book I'm writing right now is [00:25:30] we're doing When You Come Out of the Reset, What Do You Do? Let me just say this. You want to start ... Remember, it's 30 day up top because you're not having any of the plant kingdom at all, at all, at all, and no cheats for 30 days. Not easy. It's simple, but not easy. That's our motto, right? You're doing well. Metabolically, you have no idea how good this is for you. Tremendous, tremendous.
So, when you come out of it, I've got people that stay on [00:26:00] it. They were so unwell before, and now they're feeling so good. I talked to a lady the other day. She said, "I'm so scared to come off of it. I feel so stinking good."
Well, it's not hurting you, so stay on it, but you can now start introducing some of your favorite vegetables, some of your fruit. Don't go overboard on it. You can have a cheat meal. Come on. Rosy is Italian. if you told me [00:26:30] I could never have spaghetti, I wouldn't listen to you, but don't overdo it.
The nice thing is you've changed your system. You've cleaned out your liver. You've done a tremendous detox. Metabolic syndrome, you fixed it. You fixed it, but don't overdo it.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: The body, what it gives you, there's little three things that people use to gauge when they start eating [00:27:00] normal again, which is what they call the hunger energy and cravings, right? A lot of people will tell you when you're eating on their Reset, that they really aren't hungry and they're not craving a lot of things. When you start to go and introduce a bunch of different types of foods and you start to get really hungry all the time, and you're craving a whole bunch of things, then you're probably consuming too many carbs. You're too high of an insulin-based diet.
Then energy is a big one as well. Again, when you do the Reset, your energy definitely [00:27:30] for a chunk of people, you'll hit a wall, especially as you start flipping that switch more towards ketone burning, and you become fat-adapted, but then people feel good after energy. It feels pretty god. So, you want to pay attention to those things.
Then after, if you were metabolically damaged before, you got to remember that you haven't been cured, you're in remission. Meaning, if you go back to all [00:28:00] the bad habits before, your problems would come back. So, you want to pay attention to a lot of things. You want to listen to what your body is saying, how do you feel, cravings, are you gaining weight, is your brain not thinking as straight, all those kind of things.
Like I said, my dad's writing a book on that to help people come off the Reset because he gets that question a lot. All right, Brandi.
Brandi: Diane says, "Dr. [00:28:30] Martin mentioned using oil of oregano for toothpaste. Is there a recipe for this or is it just the straight oil?"
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Strict oil. We have a spray. We like to spray. I like to just spray my toothbrush with it, put the toothpaste over it. If you have oil of oregano drops, you can put a couple of drops on your toothbrush. Put the toothpaste over it. You can put it in. You can use it as [00:29:00] a gargle. Put a couple of drops and some warm water. That makes a tremendous natural mouthwash. I mean, there's a lot of ways to do it orally. Tremendous for your gums, your teeth, and doesn't kill the good guys. You're not stripping away all your good bacteria. That's so important, too.
We were just talking before we came on about this. [00:29:30] Everyday you get something new on COVID, right? Now, they're finding out that the surfaces. You know what they ... "Oh, you got to clean the surfaces 10,000 times day."
Dr.Martin, Jr: People are walking around in bubble wrap. They're so scared.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: That's not true. Sorry. Sorry for all the people that went out and bought 50 boxes of the handy wipes.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Yeah. People are taking their food, moving it from one box [00:30:00] into the other. It's like the box had to be quarantined for 14 days before you could take it out. That's not how viruses work. That's not how it works. We knew that would come out. Sure enough, they're showing that it doesn't.
So, before we move on, two things we know about this virus that we didn't know at the start is it doesn't transmit on surfaces like they thought it did. The virus isn't frogger. It doesn't jump around like it's playing a video game from person-to-person. [00:30:30] It doesn't work that way. This thing seems to transmit indoors and very little outdoors. So, the good thing is with the data coming out, we have a much clearer picture on what's going on with COVID, what's going on, and what they thought wasn't the case or thought was the case isn't the case, which are good. It's all good news when a lot of stuff coming out there, but, yeah.
Before coming on the air, we had a little bit of a rant on how they scared [00:31:00] everybody about touching any surface. Anyways, go ahead, Brandi.
Brandi: Lorraine says, "After you lose your muscle mass, is it possible to rebuild it with exercise and vitamins for someone who's over 60 years old?"
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Yeah, for sure, 100%. It's a little harder, right? Look at that. He's showing the guns. You got license for those things? Trudo is going to take those from you. They're banned. Anyways, yeah, [00:31:30] 100%. So, in my opinion, there are very few things that are more important for antiaging than muscle mass. A lack of muscle mass leads to osteoporosis, leads to injuries. It leads to shortened life. There's no question. It affects your brain. We know that strong, late strong brain. So, there's a lot of aspects.
You can build muscle at any age. As you age, you can [00:32:00] absolutely build muscle. It takes a little bit more work to build the muscle. You have to eat a little bit different. In terms of protein, you want to make sure you get enough amino acids in your diet. You want to be lifting weights.
I mean, there's not a person on the planet who shouldn't be lifting weights everyday or three times a week or four times a week or whatever your routine is. You should be working out all your body parts lifting weights because there's nothing more important for antiaging than that. [00:32:30] Every time you're lifting a weight, just remember you're putting it into the antiaging bank and you're going to cash out on that later. There's no question. Yeah.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: ... and your brain. You're protecting your brain.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Yeah. One of my favorite videos was that older lady bodybuilder who somebody broke in and then she beat them up, threw the table on them and everything. So, yeah. You could build muscle at any age, for sure. That should be a big priority for everybody, antiaging, no [00:33:00] question. All right, Brandi.
Brandi: Carey says, "I've been diagnosed with osteopenia. Can't take the prescription on my stomach. What do you suggest naturally?"
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Yeah. So, again, if you look at how ... So, medicine will tell you take calcium and you go on your way, right? Unfortunately, that's not true. That's not true at all. [00:33:30] So, you need a strategy in a sense. So, you have to start with, in my opinion, you have to start with digestive enzymes as well because you got to make sure you're breaking down all those things that will give you the nutrients you need to help rebuild the matrix collagen, all that kind of stuff.
You want to be making sure you're getting enough protein, enough collagen as well, which is why we like bone broth quite a bit for that. You also want to make sure that you're getting in your diet magnesium, vitamin D, vitamin K. You want to make sure you're also getting stuff [00:34:00] like selenium, boron, all those things.
There's a lot that goes into it. Then you want to lift weights. You definitely want to be lifting weights. You want to strengthen everything around the bone as well. It's very, very difficult to have ... Listen. I can't even think how it would be possible to have any kind of osteopenia, osteoporosis, anything, without having a form of sarcopenia, which is muscle wasting. So, they go hand-in-hand.
[00:34:30] The bone is a complex system, and requires, like I said, everything from healthy digestion, all the way to eating enough protein and getting enough collagen, getting enough nutrients like I said magnesium, boron, and even vitamin K, vitamin D, those kind of things would be important. I don't know if you want to add anything to that.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Vitamin D, right?
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Vitamin K, too. That's a therapy in itself. Where do you find K, too? In butter, in cheese. [00:35:00] It's, again, in the animal kingdom. You need that, but you can't emphasize that enough. I am a big, big believer in you either use it or lose it. You know what? I have a good habit of exercising, and as a senior, I can tell you that to keep your proprioception, one of the things that Tony Junior and I talked [00:35:30] about for many years, what happens to seniors that kills them? It's the sarcopenia because when you have weak muscles, you are very, very vulnerable to falling and breaking your hip. That can be the end for a lot of seniors.
When they lose that, they're done. So, all I tell people is keep your flexibility to the ... Flexibility is muscle. It's strength. It's [00:36:00] the ability to get out of a chair. You see it where people can't. Well, they're in trouble because they're getting sarcopenia, which is going to lead to osteoporosis. They go together. So, if you have osteopenia, hey, that's just a wake up call. The nice thing is you can reverse that very rapidly.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Yeah, and I think medicine focused in a lot on bone health because there's no pill. There's no drug to increase muscle mass. There is. I mean, [00:36:30] it's steroids, right? There's all the stuff out there, but you can't just take a steroid without even lifting weights. You're not going to just massively put on muscle. It doesn't work that way. So, there's no easy way to put on muscle. So, medicine focused in on bone.
In my opinion, they focused on, again, a symptom of something else that's going on. The bone is part of a system, again. So, I think that they've done a disservice to be honest with you focusing in solely [00:37:00] on bone health, not looking at the sarcopenia aspect and stuff like that. As we said, I would definitely get on all those things, and start lifting some weights, stuff like that. All right, Brandi.
Brandi: Suzanne would like to know, "Can you take digestive enzymes with the DHA before meals or should they be taken separately?"
Dr. Martin, Jr.: No, you could, for sure, 100%. Some people need to take digestive enzymes at first if they take a lot of high DHA. Most people, our DHA is pretty well-tolerated, [00:37:30] but some people got to take DHA with food. So, they take the enzymes, they take the DHA and they eat. Yeah. That's fine. That's how I do it. I take those things all at the same time, and then I'll eat.
I saw somebody asking the question about they take a lot of different capsules at the same time. If you saw what I take at the time, yeah, it wouldn't, yeah. There's-
Dr. Martin, Sr.: With peanut butter.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Yeah, but you're weird. [00:38:00] All right, Brandi.
Brandi: Kristen would like to know, "What's the difference between vitamin D and vitamin D3?"
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Well, yeah. So, again, D3 is the form that you would supplement with. So, vitamin D is a generic. A lot of things in the body are that way. So, a lot of things will say, for example, a class of stuff because vitamin D is a hormone. So, vitamin [00:38:30] D3, which is that's the form in terms of supplement that you would take that would raise your vitamin D levels. Then when they check your vitamin D levels, they're checking for the 25, what is it? OH, yeah.
Dr.Martin Sr: Dehydroxy, yeah.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Yeah. So, again, the D3 is just in the supplement form, and it just raises your ... I guess the best analogy would be we use it for DHA and fish oils [00:39:00] and stuff like that. They're all cars. It's just there's different brands of cars. Honda is different than a Toyota. A DHA is different than EPA. They're all omega-3s, but they all are different. Some of those things have better uses for different things, but D3 is the form to take when it comes to raising your vitamin D levels.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Generally, if you go back and look at the history of food, [00:39:30] they started using fortified cereal. They put vitamin D2 in it. The problem with D2, it comes from plants, first of all. Your body doesn't absorb it. When they say fortified cereal, you could have 100 bowls of cereal in a day, you're not going to elevate your vitamin D levels one iota because it's D2 and not D3. D3 is what your body needs in order to elevate its dehydroxy level. [00:40:00] So, fortified is plants. The animal kingdom brings you, well, the sun is the best, but the animal kingdom brings you your vitamin D3, not D2.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Yeah, which makes it a superior form as you were mentioning.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Much more absorbable.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Yeah. All right, Brandi.
Brandi: Laurie is asking, "Why do some doctors tell you to avoid dairy with hormone issues because you tell people to eat lots [00:40:30] of cheese while on the Reset?"
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Good question. We don't know. I don't know why. Again, there are, yeah, it's so funny because there are so many fields in medicine that they can get along together. Nutrition is, I mean, there's so many different camps in nutrition. It's unreal. We get a kick out of some of the things that some people are dead set against.
[00:41:00] Yeah. I don't know. To be honest with you, I don't know what their reasoning would be. I've read various things or I've heard different people say that. I try to understand why they would say that, but the biggest thing with dairy is some people can't tolerate dairy. I mean, that's it.
A lot of times, when it talks about hormones is because they always ... Some doctors would attribute all hormone issues to some food sensitivity, first [00:41:30] of all, which it's not. I mean, it might be, but for a lot of people, that's not what's causing their hormone issue to begin with. If you've taken their metabolic course or you've gone through that program, you would know that a lot if it starts with insulin.
Yeah. I don't know why. That's a good question. We just tell people, dairy, if they can't digest it, don't force the issue. You can't digest it. I don't need dairy because [00:42:00] I don't tolerate it. I don't digest it. When it comes to hormones, it's a good question. I don't know why they do that. I've read this stuff, but it's not convincing enough for me to even think why that would be, but I don't know if you have any other thoughts on that, Dad.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: It's fake news. Again, if you want to know the villain to screw up your hormones, insulin, and that's sugar. It's crappy crap.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Yeah, or stress. Cortisol can raise your blood [00:42:30] sugar levels, right? Yeah. All right, Brandi.
Brandi: Mary would like to know, "Would the Reset help with Meniere's Disease?"
Dr. Martin, Jr.: It can, yeah. So, Meniere's Disease is interesting because the thing with, again, is Meniere's is an effect. I know they'll diagnose people with Meniere's, but there's always, in my opinion, there's always a trigger for Meniere's, always. There's always something [00:43:00] that if they were to take a journal and they were to start paying attention to when and how they're getting their episodes, they would find a pattern a lot of times. So, it's an effect.
Dietary, insulin, 100%, there's some things you can do. Meniere's for some, like I said, always identify that trigger. It's an effect. It's not the cause. By saying somebody has Meniere's Disease, what causes that [00:43:30] and what triggered that? So, identify that. I really like, and a lot of people really like pine bark extract or Navitol for that. Probiotics clean up a lot of the diet, try to see if you identify something that may trigger it, but you'll find, and we've done this enough times with a lot of people. You'll find if you start to really pay attention, keep a real detailed journal, you'll figure out that there's a trigger there, and by cleaning up your diet, doing all those things, [00:44:00] a lot of people has fixed a lot of issues for Meniere's.
For Meniere's, the diagnosis for a lot of people is progressively worse. It's going to get worse as time goes on, but there are a lot of people out there, once they figure things out, that's not the case for them, right? So, we're very sensitive to Meniere's because we know various people have gone through it. We have it, and you have those episodes. They're just terrible, terrible, terrible. So, again-
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Three things that I see just generally and, again, figure out, and I agree 100%, figure [00:44:30] out your trigger. Sometimes the neck has a big effect on that. See if that can be a factor for that. The other three things, just to fish in seas, what I found with Meniere's over the years, just that things are deficiencies. One of them, insulin. I talk about it all the time, but it creates inflammation. Sometimes it can be very specific in the middle ear, whatever, and it's still your insulin. It's amazing when the diet [00:45:00] changes. A lot of times, that gets better.
Number two, low levels of B12. Generally, B12 is a neurological vitamin. It's a very important vitamin. The vast majority of people are low in B12. They don't know it because the ranges in the blood tests are from a year to eternity. Doctors used to take B12 seriously in 1950s, in the 1960s. Now, they don't [00:45:30] anymore. They don't even look at it, generally. Unless you're extremely low, they don't even talk about it. It's unfortunate because B12 can be a factor.
The other one, vitamin D. Again, we're going to come back to vitamin D levels. You are a human solar panel. The sun, vitamin D. If you have low levels, it can affect inflammation markets in the body and it can give you a specific Meniere's [00:46:00] and tinnitus or other factors. Again, all worth checking.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: All right, Brandi.
Brandi: Frances would like to know, "How long should you stay on the hormonal formula?"
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Again, why are you taking it in the first place? That's always the first thing. Whenever somebody asks us how long should they be on something, we always want [00:46:30] to know why were you on it, how severe were your symptoms, how bad were your symptoms, and are they corrected now. Then if your symptoms are corrected and the cause of those symptoms are corrected, like anything else, you can transition. A lot of people can transition to food. Some people can't. Some people care going to be chronically deficient or it's just the way their bile chemistry is. They're going to need certain things all the time.
Hormonal support, [00:47:00] again, a lot of people take that because of the effect it has on balancing estrogen. If you're stressed, I mean, stress kills estrogen. It causes it, right? There's a lot of stuff that goes on in there. How you feeling is probably the best way to answer that question because there's so many variables that go into that. Are you a stressed person? If you're a stressed person, you're going to have hormonal issues, and you're going to want to control that all the time because we're talking, my dad and I are talking about this the other day.
[00:47:30] A lot of people, because of what's going on with this quarantine, they feel stressed. They have this level of anxiety. Two things that come out of that people aren't aware that cortisol, increased cortisol messes with two very specific hormones that cause bloating. So, people are noticing they're bloated more. The other aspect also that it does is it raises people's high blood pressure, right?
So, people, their blood pressure is higher right now, and they're not working or whatever, but they're stressed. [00:48:00] So, if you're stressed, your hormones are bad. You're not sleeping. So, again, without knowing a lot of questions, I would say how you're feeling, and then experiment from there after from that. I don't know if you have anything else to add to that, Dad.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: I would just say this. I take hormonal formula.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Sure, because of-
Dr. Martin, Sr.: The reason I do is our hormonal formula will block any extra estrogen. [00:48:30] I always tell people, ladies, cancer, breast cancer. Two hormones make things grow. One of them is insulin and the other one is estrogen. I don't care if you're a woman. Your breast tissue is very receptive to estrogen, and all these ... Look. Look what I'm drinking out of plastic, right? You aren't getting [00:49:00] away from it. So, don't get mad at me afterwards and say, "Dr. Martin, what are you drinking out of that?"
Look. What are you going to do? Leave the planet? Knock estrogen down. I tell everyone, get that estrogen. You don't want it to be too high because it promotes cancer. Men, for prostate cancer.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Yeah, prostate.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Prostate cancer is like breast cancer, except it's in men. That's the difference. Get your estrogen down.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Yeah. So, for men, for prostate, there are two things that make [00:49:30] it grow as you were saying. For prostate, the two biggest causes of prostate issues in men, especially swollen prostates is high insulin or high estrogen, which is why a lot of men would take the hormonal support for prostate health. Also, it affects for men, it messes up their testosterone if they have too much estrogen, right? So, a lot of the stuff in hormonal support is good for men for that as well. All right, Brandi. We got about eight minutes left.
Brandi: Wellen would like to know, "Hemochromatosis." [00:50:00] Is that right?
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Yeah.
Brandi: I've been practicing.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: That is right, Dr. Brandi.
Brandi: I was practicing while you guys were talking. "What can be done nutritionally for this condition?"
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Go ahead, Dad. There's a few things.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Clean out your liver. Clean out your liver. Do the Reset because hemochromatosis is a liver problem. You're holding on to your ferritin. You're holding on to iron. [00:50:30] Your blood is thick as molasses. So, drink water, thin your blood out with H2O. I would have you on Navitol, very important, but clean your liver. Empty your liver. You don't want to have fatty ... Hemochromatosis today, I should do a program on it because I see so much of it compared to what I used to see.
Hemochromatosis, I remember, what? What is that? I could hardly ... If I heard about it once [00:51:00] a year, it would be not exaggerating. Today, it's like an epidemic, but it goes back to that liver, and we got fatty liver. Nonalcoholic fatty liver, it's occurring in half the population today, if not more, and it starts even as kids, and it thickens up your blood, hemochromatosis. So, you got to get empty your liver. So, get the stinking [00:51:30] carbs out of your diet.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Yeah. I mean, it's a liver issue. Liver is not meant to pack on fat, and it's not meant to be full all the time either. It's not meant to be full of glycogen and fat storage. So, fasting. There's a lot of stuff that you could do for liver health. Yeah. That's exactly it. For a minutes there, Dad, it was like I was watching one of my old favorite karate movies that was dubbed over in English because you're a ... [00:52:00] I don't know if it was on my end, but it was ... Yeah. It was like bad dubbing. It was like bad lip reading. So, it looks like it's caught up. All right. Go ahead, Brandi.
Brandi: Suzanne would like to know, "Will the hormonal support help shrink fibroids?"
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Yeah.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Yeah, and I would clean up the diet as well with insulin. Insulin, again, it's a growth hormone, right? Insulin is a growth hormone. It's a food hormone, but it's a growth hormone. Insulin is important because you need it for so many body functions, but [00:52:30] when you have too much insulin, insulin resistance is probably the number one cause of any kind of tissue growth, fibrous growth, anything like that. So, that's first and foremost. There are things in the hormonal support that can help with that, but, yeah, definitely estrogen, definitely an insulin issue. All right, Brandi.
Brandi: Mary would like to know, "Does the probiotic help with eliminating parasites?"
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Absolutely.
Dr.Martin, Jr: [00:53:00] Yes. I mean, again, that's the foundation. There's no question. You want to improve the health of the microbiome, and then a lot of times, I'll take care of the issue itself. If not, then usually would recommend ... We have a parasite chelation formula that we use that has some stuff in there that will help with that.
Parasites are common. I remember people used to think we're crazy talking about parasites. [00:53:30] They used to think that we are nuts. They say the blood is sterile, all these kind of things. Every once in a while, we get this letter from some doctor calling that we're crazy, but we've turned out to be right on a few things, anyways. This is one of them. Parasites are a problem.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Probiotics, for sure. Don't feed them. They love sugar.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Yeah. All right. Brandi, we will try to rapid fire a few more questions here.
Brandi: Lia is wondering [00:54:00] why would you have extremely low vitamin D levels if you are dark tan from being out in the sun.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Yeah. Again, age, so there was a fascinating study that came out within the last month talking about how as we age it's even harder for us to make vitamin D or even to get it from the sun. So, you have to do ... To me, you have to look at vitamin D as a strategy to [00:54:30] bring it up. To go out in the sun for a little bit may bring it up a little bit, but I think it has to be a year round strategy to be honest with you. I think you have to supplement. For some people that are really low, supplement and go out in the sun. Get some testing. See how you're doing, and then adjust your levels as well because if you're in the sun, again, if you're in the sun everyday, it's different.
You can be tanned and not go in the sun everyday. So, [00:55:00] there are some variables there that are at play. Again, age plays a factor. Weight plays a factor. Diet, insulin resistance, studies show that if somebody is insulin resistant, they become more vitamin D deficient. So, that's a factor.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Your fat-soluble vitamin.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Yes. So, dietary, yeah, yeah, for sure. So, it's not just because somebody is tanned doesn't [00:55:30] necessarily equal normal vitamin D levels is what we're trying to say. It's a more complicated thing. Also, we look at vitamin D as a biomarker. So, meaning, if it's low, there might be something else going on in there as well. So, that's how I would look at it. All right. Brandi, one or two more questions here.
Brandi: Lina is 57 years old, postmenopausal. "Why is my hair thinning?"
Dr. Martin, Jr.: [00:56:00] Well, because postmenopausal, basically, it doesn't have anything to do with thyroid. It doesn't have anything to do with cortisol. So, messed up estrogen can cause hair loss. Messed up thyroid, obviously, is the biggest cause. Messed up, too high cortisol, same thing, will cause it. Not enough digestive enzymes will cause it. Not enough protein in your diet will cause it because protein ... Hair is [00:56:30] so far down the list of priorities that if you're not getting enough protein in your diet, you're not going to send amino acids and stuff like that to the hair follicle. You're just not going to do it. It's going to go to other areas.
So, there are a lot of factors in there. Postmenopausal, it just makes you more messed up sometimes, hormonally. The thyroid, cortisol, those are all things. We actually have a good video on our website where we list all the causes of and we talk about each of the causes of hair loss but my guess is it's cortisol or thyroid is [00:57:00] typically what's going on. Iron could be another one, big iron. If you're iron-deficient, your hair is not going to grow. So, iron is a big one as well. Yeah. Digestive enzyme is a big one as well, right?
A lot of people when they get on their bone broth, it's so funny because even one of our staff was telling us. She can't get over how much her hair has been growing since she's been taking the bone broth and is like, yeah, leaky gut, digestively ton of amino acids in there, ton of collagen. There's a lot of reasons for that. Yeah. All right. One more question, Brandi, and then we'll [00:57:30] wrap it up.
Brandi: So, along those same lines, a woman who's postmenopausal who's been dieting and working out but can't lose weight, why is that?
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Well, here's a finding about when you stress about losing weight and your cortisol levels go up, it's hard to lose weight. Weight loss is not easy, right? You need a lot of things going on right in your bile chemistry and in your physiology for somebody to lose weight.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Especially [00:58:00] women.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Yes. I mean, it's no easy, for sure. Again, working out helps, but research is pretty crystal clear that it doesn't over ... You don't work out for weight loss. You work out for the antiaging, muscle building, all the other things, immune building stuff. Weight loss can be an added bonus, but for a lot of people, it's not really a huge bonus because they don't lose a lot of weight [00:58:30] working out. So, there's more to it than that.
Hormones first. Obviously, food is in there. Food is first. Hormones are right up there as well. Cortisol is right up there as well. A lot of women, they have to really get their metabolism fixed before they can lose weight. I mean, it's-
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Look at our video on the metabolic storm.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Yeah. That's 100%.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: That [00:59:00] is so key because once you start figuring yourself out, I always tell women, listen, it's complicated. Men, they just cut back on food and they can lose weight. They'll lose two pounds everyday. We know enough about that women, the thyroid is so complex. I mean, how many women are walking around today, they got thyroid problems. They don't even know it because, again, medicine [00:59:30] relies on the blood test. It can be within normal limits, but you just look at food and gain weight. That's a woman. That's metabolically out of balance, and you got to figure that out. We're here to help. We're going to try and get to the bottom of it so that you can figure out exactly why you're not losing weight. It's more complicated, and you got to understand that if you're having trouble, there's something metabolically that's not [01:00:00] right in your body.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: Let me just end by this as well. You're already doing something very important where you're working out consistently. You're going to age well. Your muscle mass is going to be well. Also, weight loss is, a lot of times, it's the wrong goal for people, right? It's the wrong goal. They want ... I understand it. We're all humans. It's the same thing. You first look at weight loss, but if you're adding muscle and you're [01:00:30] feeling good energy-wise, and everything, then that's the primary goal.
Yeah. Hormones, it's such a big aspect to it. Yeah. I would go through definitely go watch the metabolic storm videos. Watch a video as well we have on the website on thyroid. We go through a lot of causes there as well, for sure.
All right. So, that's good, Brandy. You'll be live one morning, Dad, to answer more questions that are leftover. Great.
Dr. Martin, Sr.: Yeah. Send [01:01:00] them on to me, Brandy.
Dr. Martin, Jr.: So, again, we want to thank everybody for joining us. We're going to switch the time up a little bit, especially as the weather gets nicer. We'll probably do this more in the morning moving forward, but we're going to try to do this every week. Last week with the long weekend up here in Canada, we skipped last week, but we enjoy it. We're having a blast. The questions are awesome, even stumped here a little bit. So, I'm going to be looking that up. That's great. Again, thanks for joining us, everyone. Have a great day.
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