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463. How Our Attitude Affects Our Health

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Dr. Martin: Well, good morning everyone, and welcome again to another live this morning. Hope you're having a good start to your day today. You've had your vitamin [00:00:30] C, your coffee. I was reading a study this morning on coffee, of course, I'm always looking for positive studies and they did an analysis of 40 studies on coffee. I've been telling you that's the true vitamin C, you want your vitamin C take it in coffee. 40 studies showed that your cause mortality is down by 25% when you drink coffee. Now, today [00:01:00] I want to talk to you about your attitude. Stinking thinking, are you a person that sees the glass half full, or half empty?

Anyways, the reason I want to talk to you about it is because there was a pretty big study of 2.5 million Americans, okay. And, attitude matters, attitude [00:01:30] matters. Now, probably tomorrow I'm going to do one on... This came out yesterday, the headline is this, The Pandemic Takes Its Toll. We're going to talk about that, couple of new... well, just observations in both the United Kingdom, and the United States. Okay, and two major articles, one by the National Public Radio. [00:02:00] I remember being on that years... National Public Radio in the States. I was on that being interviewed one time on chronic fatigue syndrome. I remember they had another doctor... I mean, guys this is 30 years ago.

But, I remember what that doctor was incredible, he said, "Chronic fatigue syndrome is a figment of Dr. Martin's imagination." That was the last time I was on National [00:02:30] Public Radio in the United States. I had written a book on chronic fatigue syndrome, The Modern Woman's Curse, and it was sort of a little bit of a debate format. They didn't tell me that ahead of time, but you know what I called that doctor? A dinosaur, I said, "Read, you're not reading." "Oh, women, they're just making it up," he said. "It's all in their head." Oh, you should've seen me, [00:03:00] you should see my blood pressure go up. But, there was my study, I will do this tomorrow about the National Public Radio survey in United States, and then the Daily Mail in the United Kingdom. You'll find this fascinating, but we'll talk about that tomorrow.

But, today I want to talk about your attitude, because 2.5 million Americans, they did a survey, and they looked at studies. And, attitude is not everything, [00:03:30] but it's something. Guys, I know I'm preaching to the choir, so we know what the benefits are of healthy eating. We talked about vitamin C, coffee, we know the benefits. We know the benefits of vitamin E, exercise. We know the benefits of vitamin S, sleep. We know the benefits of [00:04:00] vitamin D, we know those benefits. You know I'm big on vitamin A, the invisible mask. You get vitamin A when you eat vitamin S, sleep. But, there's another vitamin A, and that's your attitude, and we'll touch more on it tomorrow.

But, as we look at these two major surveys that were done in the United States, in the UK, [00:04:30] they surveyed doctors. And, unbelievable what's happening in North America, and even in the United Kingdom post lockdown. Anyway, we'll get to that tomorrow. It really is appropriate, because it'll bring out some things that you can use personally. But, attitude, they're saying, "Okay, so if you have a good attitude..." [00:05:00] You know what, I'll tell you what your attitude is, if you ever want to know. The Bible talks about it, the book of Proverbs says it. As a man thinketh, so he is. Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaketh. If you want to know what your attitude is asks somebody that knows you very well. Like what comes out of your mouth, that's in your heart.

[00:05:30] And, if you're a pessimist, and you're a complainer... And, listen I got to be careful, okay, because I'm a very optimistic person, I really am. But, COVID has sort of changed my personality. I'm a people guy, I am. My wife laughs at me, because she always says, "You always want to go hug people." Like, if I go to Costco here, okay, everybody's got a stinking [00:06:00] mask on. They can't recognize each other, you don't know if someone's happy, or sad, or... Oh, I can handle that, I'm a lovey dovey kind of guy. My patients... Ask them, then I like to, "Hey, how are you, man?" And, of course, another thing my wife laughs at me, okay, I'm going to show you.

Everything I wear has got Martin Clinic on it. I'm a comfy guy, these are comfortable. I love my t-shirts, [00:06:30] my wife wants to throw them out. I like them, they're comfortable. She said, "I bet you, your underwear, Martin Clinic too." Everything's Martin Clinic, I got my hoodies Martin Clinic. My tuque, it's been cool. Okay, I like going for a walk, so I put my tuque on, Martin Clinic on the top. I'm always advertising, but people don't recognize me. I got a mask [00:07:00] on. I hope it ends one of these years, anyway. But, guys attitude... They're showing, life satisfaction... And, this is the survey, 2.5 million Americans, life satisfaction, and positive attitude equals unique predictors of disease. Greater sense of wellbeing, and happiness makes it more likely [00:07:30] to engage in healthy behavior.

See, it's important, attitude's not everything. Okay, because guys you know me, I've always said this. Exercise doesn't trump a bad diet, supplements don't trump a bad diet. And, then attitude won't trump a bad diet, so put it into perspective. I'm not saying that attitude [00:08:00] is everything, but it's something. And, look, I don't know what you've been through in your life. And, you don't know what I've been through in my life. I do a lot of counseling, and a lot of people got a lot of baggage, and a lot of hurts, and a lot of stuff, and it can really affect them. But, what they're saying is in this study, is it really does have an effect on your health, it really does.

[00:08:30] Look, it does have an effect on your hormones, and we know about dopamine, and serotonin and whatever. But, it's more than people with a brighter outlook on life, are the ones who will take care of themselves better. That's really what the study was saying, it's just that, that attitude translates into action. As a man thinketh so he is. Under the abundance [00:09:00] of the heart, the mouth speaketh. It will affect your heart too, and I've seen this with cancer. Is attitude everything? No, it's not. It helps, but it's not everything. My protocol for cancer is, number one, I tell them, "Look, you're in for the fight of your life." Just understand that, and some people don't want [00:09:30] to fight. I said, "Well, you ain't never going to win if you don't want to fight."

You got to have that, and if you decide on any kind of alternative treatment. You're really in for a fight, because you probably have to have a fight with your family, and friends, and people that care for you. But, if they don't understand what you're doing, it's hard. It's not easy, because you got a war with them too. I tell them that, number  one. And, then of [00:10:00] course, my number one thing, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, it's food. "Did you take your meds today?" An insurance person asked me yesterday, "Dr. Martin, do you take any meds?" Yeah, eggs, meat, and cheese. She's laughed, I said, "That's my medication, eggs, meat, [00:10:30] and cheese." Did you take your meds today? I had bacon, and eggs, and sausages this morning. I got my medication this morning, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, anti-cardio, anti-Alzheimer's.

I took all my medication this morning, eggs, meat, and cheese. And coffee, of course, vitamin C. I'm very [00:11:00] thankful by the way, one of the ways guys to have a good attitude. Hey, I took enough human psychology in university just to be dangerous. Okay, because I have a brother, an older brother that's a psychologist. He's a very smart guy, every once in a while I like to pick his brain. But, here's what I learned in psychology, Psychology 101, be thankful, practice it, [00:11:30] try and be content. Not easy, is it? Especially, in the world we live in, because we're bombarded today with social media, and CNN, and whatever, right. Be careful, don't watch too much of that. News is negative, they hardly ever tell you anything good.

They want to give you the count, every day the count on COVID. It can get you pretty depressed, I [00:12:00] don't know what people were expecting with COVID. I always have to check my attitude, because I got to remind myself. The Bible tells me to be godliness with contentment is great gain. The Apostle Paul said, "I learned to see secret of contentment in spite of circumstances." That's not easy, but just check your thinking guys. You start getting in that negative, negative, negative, [inaudible 00:12:29]. Give your head [00:12:30] a shake, start to be thankful for what you have, your family, and friends, and your health. If you have that, I'm telling you. I am so thankful that I got good health.

I hurt my knee the other day, wow, maybe a couple of weeks ago. Just because I'm overdoing it at 68 years old, still playing slow pitch. Even in COVID there was a little bit of a slow pitch league [00:13:00] in the... It was a fall league, and I can't help myself. I love playing ball, okay. Even at 68, and I try and play with the kids. You know kids, 40 year olds, and you know what, I did a little bit too much, and I irritated a knee. And, oh I couldn't walk for a few days, and I had to check my attitude. I like walking, I love moving. I do weights, [00:13:30] I love doing nuts stuff, but I couldn't do any legs. Obviously, my knee was buggy, but I am very thankful guys. Okay, and you be thankful too.

Now, here's another thing I learned in human psychology in 1971. I can still see it in my notes today. I don't know if you knew this or not, but I love writing. I can't type anything, I make notes, okay. See [00:14:00] these yellow things, they drive my wife crazy, because I got a lot of them. But, I love making notes, that's how I learned. I learned that when I got to university, I took notes, and then I would rewrite them. And, I learned by writing, I don't know about you, but I do. I literally remember this, because I wrote it down, and I remember just sort of underlining it. It [00:14:30] takes three weeks to form a habit. Gyms are full in January, and empty in February, because people don't form habits. Why did I go 30 days on the reset? Three weeks form a habit, and then some... I want to enforce it, it takes three weeks.

Here's [00:15:00] the second line that I wrote back in those days. It takes six weeks to enforce that habit, double the time. Dr. Martin, I hate drinking water. I know, but it's going to take you three weeks. You have to trust me for three weeks, and then you will like water, I promise. No, Dr. Martin I can't drink coffee without sugar. I know, I get [00:15:30] it, three weeks. And, then you won't even like it anymore sugar, you'll like coffee, but not with sugar in it. I told you the story, I think, last week, I just repeat it. My grandmother, mamma mia, my grandma, she used to make percolated coffee. Oh, I love that.

Sort of my mom, by the way, just the smell of it. Even as a kid, when it was percolating, but I had to put four sugars in it for [00:16:00] me to drink her coffee when I was about 13 or 14. Probably even younger than that, I made a syrup out of it with cream, I think. You know what, today you can't even go near my coffee with even a little teensy-weensy bit. If I was on an Island dying of thirst, you couldn't give me a soda. You couldn't give me a coffee with [00:16:30] any sugar in it. I don't like it, I can't stand it. What happened? Well, I formed a new habit, and a lot of people are so stuck in their ways. Ask Snickers [inaudible 00:16:44], they worked with me for years. Sometimes, they get, "Well, why didn't you really talk to that patient?" I said, "They weren't listening." I love them, but I can't go home with [00:17:00] them.

They weren't listening. They thought I was going to give them something that was easy. Hey, it's not easy. I said, "You're a junk eater, put your name up." My name is Susie, and I'm a carboholic. As soon as I would start showing them their insulin, and sometimes I would see sugar right in their urine, or whatever. I said, "Well, look, you hit the iceberg on the Titanic. Here's a life boat." And, you could see it, their eyes would glass [00:17:30] over, and I can read people pretty good. And, I said, "Well, okay I didn't want to force the issue. Look, it's not a pill you need. It's a change, and you better change your attitude. Because, if you don't, I can't help you." And, look, I'm very sympathetic. I mean it, I'm very sympathetic. I'm a people [00:18:00] person. I love people, but you can't help everyone.

You can bring a horse to water, but you can't make them drink it. But, human psychology is three weeks, six weeks to cement that habit. And, I'm preaching to the choir this morning, but I'm just encouraging you. And, imagine the medical world is looking at attitude, I don't think they ever looked at it before. And, a huge, [00:18:30] huge study, 2.5 million Americans. If you implement changes, it's amazing. And, having a good attitude will help you to implement changes. Not for the sake of repetition, I just want to remind you of the three Ds. I'm trying to think of what book I first put that in. Probably, The New Thin You, that's [00:19:00] an old book. I wrote that 20 something years ago, but I talked about the three Ds.

Desire, it starts there. You know what? I'm changing. I've worked with a lot of addicts over the years, and I'm telling you, there's very few addicts. Whether it be with drugs, [00:19:30] or food, or alcohol, there's very few addicts that don't have a desire to get better. Most of them have so much regret. They have a desire to get better, but you need more than that. That's only one D, it's only one D. Desire, you have it up here saying, "You know what? I've got to do better. I know this is killing me. This is [00:20:00] killing my relationships. It's killing my family, it's killing, killing, killing." And, they regret what they're doing, that's up in the head. But, you better transfer that D, 18 inches to your heart.

And, you better be second D, is determination, and I've seen it. I've seen it with addicts, I've seen it with people who've come in. And, I'm telling you superstars [00:20:30] who were terrible, terrible leaders, very unhealthy. I mean, from high blood pressure to high inflammation, diabetics, addicts on food. They were food addicts, carboholics, and they transferred the desire to the heart, then that's determination. Now, they said it, this is it. [00:21:00] I talked to a cancer patient the other day, I said, "Man, my protocol for cancer is very simple. It's not complicated, but you better do it. Cancer, you don't negotiate with cancer. It's a terrorist. What do I mean by that? Well, you can't have any sugar. None, nada, zero."

Why? Because, you have cancer. Well, why doc? [00:21:30] Because, cancer needs sugar, cancer needs sugar. Don't let anybody tell you that's not true. It's absolutely true. Cancer needs fuel, so don't negotiate. You got cancer, don't negotiate. I tell my recenters I don't negotiate with recenters. Don't negotiate with me, it's [00:22:00] eggs, meat, and cheese. For 30 days, don't negotiate. I won't negotiate, and I tell my cancer patient, don't negotiate with cancer. That cancer trying to kill you, don't negotiate with it. "Oh, doc maybe I'll just have a little bit of sugar." No, don't have any. You'll get used to it, cancer can't live without fuel. It needs to fuel, and [00:22:30] it only likes one fuel, it's called sugar. If you don't believe me, check out a PET scan on your local hospital cancer center.

It's not for your pets, it's a cancer test. And, they give you a cup of radioactive sugar, it'll go right to your cancer cells, and you light up like a Christmas tree. So, don't negotiate with cancer, that's what I tell people. I said, "Okay, [00:23:00] one D is okay. It's all right, it's a good D, desire." You got to start with that. Any change you make in your life, you need a desire to do it. You have to say, I got the information, and now I got it. Don't have to be complicated, any attitude change. It starts in the brain, but you better transfer it, determination. And, now what's the next D? You've heard me say this [00:23:30] before, discipline, self control. The third D, what's the difference between determination and discipline?

Determination is a mindset, but discipline is every day. Every day, discipline is learning to say no. Hardest words in the English language, [00:24:00] no. How do you like that for human psychology? That's what I learned in university, I only got through 101. It was the only course that we had to take on psychology, but I remember I underlined those things, and I made it for me. The best teaching is you teach yourself first, and then you can teach others, right. I got it, and I've been doing this for years, and this is why [00:24:30] for years I did a lot of motivational speaking, because I do it every day now.

I see myself as a motivator, but guys that's what it takes. The change in that attitude, I know most of you, the ones who've been on with me for a long time, you got a great attitude. I love that, I love that, but I just wanted to reinforce that. This study came out and I said, "Wow, [00:25:00] it just confirms what I've always said." Okay, Friday of course, is question and answer Friday, so send in your questions. Okay, don't be shy. I scroll down after the show usually, and when I have time, and I go in, and say hi to the folks that I haven't said hi to.

Or, I just give you a light or whatever, I don't know what I do. But, tomorrow I'm planning on doing, pandemic [00:25:30] stress is taking its toll. We'll look at that tomorrow. Okay, share this with your friends, we appreciate it. To our over 60,000 people who follow us on Facebook, thank you very much. It's you guys, you're the one that makes this a success, and the podcast. We appreciate that, we really do, and we love you dearly. So, have a great day, talk to you soon.

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