Dr. Martin discusses several health headlines that magnify how metabolically unwell we are. From the top sources of calories in the US diet, to researchers now knowing what causes cold sores, to the importance of lowering triglycerides… they are all connected!
Nearly all foods now contain high-fructose corn syrup, which causes insulin to elevate, which in turn causes our cortisol levels to rise. High cortisol levels is what causes the herpes virus to be activated, causing cold sores or shingles. When we have too much insulin circulating, harmful triglycerides are formed in the bloodstream. This is dangerous to our heart and brain!
The bottom line is that metabolic syndrome all has to do with food!
Dr. Martin also shares two health headlines about the amazing benefits of vitamin D when it comes to fending off COVID-19 and preventing breast cancer. It’s sunshine that we all need as 80% of the population is deficient in vitamin D!
Tune into today’s podcast to learn why we are in so much trouble!
TRANSCRIPT OF TODAY'S EPISODE
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Dr. Martin: Well, good morning, everyone. Welcome again to another live, hope you're having a great day. Good to have you on with us this morning. We've got a couple of studies we want to look at, headlines that we'll look at in health this morning. Okay, top sources of calories in the US diet. Okay, so I'm going to go from one to nine. This is posted on the Martin Clinic Facebook group. So, here we go, number one to nine, the top sources of calories in the US diet. I get a headache just thinking about this. I don't care about calories, but these are the most popular foods. Number one, cookies, cakes, donuts, granola. I was reading this morning, but I saw it the other day, they're giving you a Krispy Kreme donut if you get vaccinated. I think that's undoing everything that the vaccine is supposed to do.
Okay, the top sources of calories in the USA, cookies, cakes, donuts and granola, they're all put in together, number one. Number two, breads. Number three, chicken dishes. I can live with that, but listen to what I'm going to say. A lot of times when they say chicken dishes, if they mean chicken fingers or most of these chicken... You make chicken at home, beautiful, but chicken dishes, a lot of that is fast foods and that is Omega-6. It's cooked in the wrong oil. It's cooked in seed oils and that makes it highly dangerous and not good for you, okay? So chicken dishes, sure, if you're eating chicken and it's prepared at home pretty well, but otherwise, I have a feeling when it comes into the top sources of calories in the US diet, this isn't good.
Soda and energy drinks, number four on the list. And I've talked to you about never, never, never drink soda. Oh, it's no good. And energy drinks, even Gatorade and all this garbage, it's garbage stuff for your kids. Number five, pizza. Highest source of calories in the US diet, five on the list is pizza. Number six, alcohol. Number seven, pasta. Number eight, tortillas. Mexican food is getting to be very popular, isn't it? And number nine, at least it had made the hit parade, were beef dishes. Beef dishes. Guys, I tell you, no wonder we're in trouble. This chart should be preached about 24/7, because it's food, guys, it's food.
Every one of these things will elevate your insulin. Let's give chicken the benefit of the doubt, unless you get it at a fast food place, because the chicken itself is not bad, it's how they cook it. And that gives you the double whammo, because all these foods are very high on insulin and then, if you combine that with the Omega-6, and that is because it's cooked in the wrong oil, so insulin gives you inflammation and then the Omega-6 gives you inflammation, because it's that ratio between Omega-6 and Omega-3. Anyways, I thought I'd bring the chart out and it's posted there on the Martin Clinic Facebook group.
Okay, so which one do I want to do next? Here's another headline and I just bring it out to you. Here's the headline, the health headline. I'm always looking for headlines behind the headlines in health news for you. Here's the headline, I would just comment on it. Researchers now know what causes cold sores, herpes simplex. Look, what are they saying? 50, 60% of the population get outbreaks of cold sores. One of the things that I probably talked to you about is the huge, huge increase in the amount of herpes zoster, which is shingles. But this study is saying now they know for sure how you get a cold sore or shingles.
And just a recap, we know that you get the chicken pox as a kid, that's the herpes virus. Who doesn't get the chicken pox? And you get it, now you have the herpes virus, okay? You have the herpes virus. But that's all right, your immune system knows exactly what to do with it. You know what it does with it? It puts it to bed. It puts it to bed until, and this is what the research is showing, until your cortisol levels go out of control. Cortisol, and this is the headline, cortisol at the University of Virginia School of Medicine has an effect where now the virus, the herpes virus, either herpes simplex or herpes zoster, gets activated. So, it doesn't get activated for no reason, it gets activated under enormous stress.
And so, stress, cortisol, look, if someone's chasing you, that's cortisol. There's nothing wrong with that. Your body is made for that, but it's not made for you to have that long term. And what they're showing is, if you have the herpes virus, which 99% of the population have, or more really. Again, it lays dormant until your immune system is affected by cortisol. It's something I've always said. This is the reason that we see so much more now, we see so much more, especially of shingles. Shingles is huge. It's huge today. It's like an epidemic proportion. The virus activates when the immune system, because of cortisol, releases cytokine called Interleukin-1. Cortisol plays with the immune system, so that's another headline in health news.
Let me give you another one. This one is on the virus, COVID, but listen to this, you guys will appreciate this. Low HDL and high triglycerides, low HDL, remember we talked about this, I talk about it almost on a daily basis. Two of the most important tests that you will get when you get your blood work, get your triglycerides and get your HDL. If you want to send me all of your cholesterol levels, I don't care. I mean it. Don't try and convince me to look at your LDL or total cholesterol. "Oh, my cholesterol is going up." Well, wait a minute. I want it to go up. What is your triglyceride levels? Listen to this, if triglycerides are high and your HDL will be low, it's a teeter-totter, if triglycerides are high, your HDL will be low. This is very dangerous for the outcome of COVID. Headline. Headline. Low HDL and high triglycerides project the severity of the virus. Isn't that amazing?
The same things that we talked about this week, when I said "Healthy brain, healthy heart, baby." You remember that? I think that was Monday. Healthy brain, healthy heart. We talked about even looking at the same factors, HDL and triglycerides have a major impact on your heart, of course, because triglycerides are floating through your bloodstream and it has even in vascular for the brain and we showed the connection. You can review that, go back, listen to the podcast on the brain and heart connection. But now, they're showing the immune connection. That if you have high triglycerides, how do you get high triglycerides? How do you get high triglycerides? When you eat crappy carbohydrates. When you eat sugar.
Triglycerides is food, so is HDL. It's food. So now, it's not only for your brain, and we've talked about what sugar does in the brain, terrible for the brain, but high triglycerides and low HDL are dangerous for your immune system. And this has to do with its effect on inflammation. Inflammation. Remember, inflammation is not Houdini. Inflammation is not Houdini. Here's some other things that came out, again, every day, just about every day, I'm reading headlines and a lot of them are coming out of the United Kingdom, because they're really dealing with this virus big time and they've been shut down. So, low HDL, high triglycerides project severity, so of course is low vitamin D. Everybody and their dog should be on vitamin D, the sun, and obesity.
80% of hospitalized people with COVID were obese. See the connection? See the connection, guys, to metabolic syndrome. Over and over again, from cancer to cardiovascular disease, to Alzheimer's to diabetes and even the immune system, the virus, the virus. So then, when Krispy Kreme's offering you a free donut, I can hardly handle it, guys. Okay, so I talked about that. There was another headline here that I want to talk about. Gut microbiome, but I'm going to talk about that later, because I just wanted to give you two headlines with vitamin D. So, let me give you two headlines with vitamin D. Again, two new studies with vitamin D. Let me give you the first one. Headline. Researchers urge closer examination at the sunlight's ability to destroy the virus.
Now, I got some pushback last year, when in March 2020, I mentioned this, I talked about it, I was telling everyone that would listen, "The best thing for a virus to protect yourself internally, but even to kill the virus..." And people really pushed back at me, they really... "How come so many people in Florida, how come they're sick in Florida? How come..." And I mean it, I got some people that stopped following me, because I insulted them, they said. I insulted them. But listen, I was just giving you my two pennies' worth. I just said, "Look, my experience with any virus or whatever, they're more seasonal." They're seasonal. And it's always worse. I'm not saying that you can't get COVID in the summer, please don't misquote me. All I'm saying is, look at the research. Researchers urge closer examination at the sunlight's ability to destroy the virus. Yes, I was saying, "Bring us, all Canadians, for the amount of money that we spent, should put us all in these cargo planes and flew us to the beaches in Florida."
Flew us to the beaches in Florida. And then someone said, "Well, how come Florida..." At first, they're doing very well now, but, "How come Florida did poorly?" Two things. One, they have the oldest population on average in the United States of America, is Florida. Number two, Floridians are famous for not going in the sun. They're scared of the sun. I'm telling you, they have some of the lowest levels of vitamin D in all of the country, in the United States, are Floridians. Do you know why? Because they bought the Johnson & Johnson line of sunscreen, number one, and number two, don't go in the sun. The sun is going to give you skin cancer. So, that's headline number one with vitamin D. Listen to this.
Headline number two with vitamin D or the sun. Women who work outside are 17% less likely to get breast cancer. Women who work outside are 17% less likely to get breast cancer. Once again, vitamin D. Vitamin D and cancer, vitamin D in the immune system, which is one of the ways it works. So, let's do a little bit of vitamin D and the sun. I'm going to give you sort of vitamin D or the sun 101. Go over it again. Who would be low in vitamin D? Here's what the research shows. Who would be low in vitamin D? If you are over 65. Again, most vitamins like B12, vitamin D, people that get older, have trouble absorbing vitamin D and even B12. They have trouble absorbing it as they get older. That's the problem with aging. Problem with aging. If you have darker skin, number two, if you have darker skin, you need twice the amount of vitamin D or the sun, okay? Twice the amount than a person like me who has light skin.
If you work indoors, and this always bothers people, because I always tell them, "It's not the people that worked outdoors that gets skin cancer." Not that they can't get it, but if they do, they usually get the basal cell carcinoma and not the more dangerous melanoma. This is just a fact, guys. You can scream at me, whatever you want to do, but here's the facts. If you work indoors, you are much more susceptible to skin cancer. If you have low levels of vitamin D, imagine, if you have low vitamin D, you are much more susceptible to skin cancer. Guys, that's facts. Might bother you, some people don't like to hear that, people who are low in vitamin D are over 65, darker skin, work indoors, wear sunscreen. Number four, wear sunscreen. And again, don't come to me and tell me that I don't like sunscreen. I don't.
My way of getting vitamin D is, expose your arms and legs. Look, even vitamin D in the eyeballs is good for your eyeballs. Don't look directly in the sun, but you get the sunlight in here. Don't wear sunglasses if you can help it. Get vitamin D right in here. You know why? Because it helps with your melatonin. Even in the wintertime, at least you'll get melatonin. You won't get vitamin D through your eyeballs as much as you will get melatonin, but 15 to 20 minutes gives you 10,000 IUs of vitamin D. On your arms and on your legs. And look, if you live in Northern Ontario in the next month or so, you'll be able to get outside and enjoy the sun with a t-shirt on and maybe shorts on. But in the winter time, well, good luck with that. So, over 65, darker skin, work indoors, wear sunscreen, live in the Northern hemisphere, obviously going to be low in vitamin D, or you live in Florida and you're buying the lie in Florida. Don't go in the sun, it's dangerous.
There's not a vitamin that's better for you. Those with GI problems like Crohn's or celiac or ulcerative colitis, any kind of digestive GI problems, because vitamin D needs a good gut too, because this is where you synthesize vitamin D. Those with gallbladder issues and ladies chinking in salad and you're not eating enough fat, and you need fat to absorb vitamin D. It's a fat soluble vitamin. It's a fat soluble. It's really a hormone. It's a precursor hormone. Those with bile issues, gall bladder, use it or lose it. Vegans and vegetarians are chronically low in vitamin D, because they don't get it in their food. Vitamin D, they don't get it, because they don't eat it. It's fat soluble vitamin. Those with kidney disease, kidney disease, again, you need good kidneys and good liver to metabolize vitamin D properly. How do you get kidney disease, usually? Sugar, not salt.
Number 10, those who work shift work. It just makes sense, right? Your body is upside down and vitamin D. So, let's give you a couple of things. Your skin is exposed to the UVB ray. UVB, you need UVB. And that's how you get your vitamin D from the sun. Vitamin D helps obviously with the immune system, right? Well, well documented, everybody and their dog who should be taking vitamin D, are getting enough sun to get their vitamin D for your immune system. We showed you, even for cancer, even for breast cancer, every cell in your body has a receptor for vitamin D, but especially your T cells, your immune system. You need cholesterol, to synthesize requires cholesterol for vitamin D to be synthesized in your kidneys and in your liver. You need cholesterol. How do you get cholesterol? Eggs, meat, and cheese. You need the animal kingdom.
That is why vegetarians and vegans are chronically low in vitamin D. And vitamin D, one of the things that it does, the immune system protects you from cancer, even skin cancer. It protects you from cancer, it protects you from breast cancer and men, prostate cancer and breast cancer are two cancers that are similar. Obviously, mostly in women for breast, although men can get breast cancer, but prostate cancer is the same type of cancer, caused by insulin, caused by too much estrogen and the low levels of vitamin D. 80% of the population are low in vitamin D. It's a crime. One of the things vitamin D does, it lowers all your markers of inflammation. Now remember, inflammation isn't the cause of disease, but it is a big factor in disease when you have high insulin, when you have, we talked about this, free radical damage, oxidative damage, and thirdly, leaky gut. The three seeds of disease create inflammation.
Step number two, vitamin D is a biomarker that lowers other biomarkers of inflammation. It's one of the ways it works the most. And remember, I showed you that white blood cell, remember? I think I'm going to post it again so we can look at it. You saw that white blood cell and what was it doing? It was chasing bacteria, remember? But its little antenna, what makes your T-cells work? What makes your T-cells work, those white blood cells that chase after viruses and bacteria and cancer cells is vitamin D, the sun. Oh, I get so uptight. Vitamin D keeps abnormal cells like cancer cells from multiplying. Think of almost anything in health and you have to think of the importance of vitamin D, 17% less likely that women that work outdoors get breast cancer. The researchers urge a closer examination at sunlight's ability to destroy this virus.
Vitamin D increases your magnesium absorption. It increases your bone quality. You get less bone aging, including osteoporosis and osteopenia. That's well-established by the way, of course, because most doctors, that's the only reason they'd ever give you vitamin D, is all they can think of is bones. But it's well-established what it does for your bones. Increases your neuromuscular function, even vitamin D for neuromuscular, it regulates your hormones. A lot of people have terrible horror-mones, because they don't have good levels of vitamin D. We know what it does. Vitamin D is important for the brain, for your memory, your cognitive function. Is there anything that vitamin D isn't good for? The sun. Sun, steak and steel. Sun, steak and steel. Vitamin D. Every day I get something on vitamin D. I don't know if you got tired of hearing about it, but I got the can't help its, so I can't help but tell you about vitamin D.
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