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590. Signs You're Low in Vitamin D


There’s an epidemic going on… and it’s that very few people know they're low in vitamin D! 

In today’s episode, Dr. Martin gives 9 major signs you should suspect you’re low in vitamin D.

Doctors in Canada and in the United States... and all over the world, really... are 50 years behind when it comes to vitamin D. The numbers used to calculate recommended intake are wrong, as doctors only considered the benefits to bones, and not the immune system.

Your immune system needs vitamin D to function properly, and if you’re not getting it from the sun, you need to supplement.


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Dr. Martin:  Well, good morning everyone. And once again we welcome you to another Live and hope you're having a great start to your day. We're going to talk about something I never talk about, and that is vitamin D. Okay. Now, we sort of mentioned this and I'll mention it after... We're going to be teaching a nutrition course through the World Health Organization, the World of Natural Medicine Organization, and I'll be teaching that. Coming up I'll give you more information on that. If you're interested in being certified in nutrition from the World Organization of Natural Medicine, it's coming. Okay? So I'll give you more details about that. Here's the question this morning; when do you suspect that you are deficient in vitamin D? Now, vitamin D has been getting lots of ink. People are talking about vitamin D. Even the general public is talking about vitamin D. Some people in the media are talking about vitamin D. Some politicians are talking about vitamin D. Not many, but some.

And because of this whole situation with the virus... It's like an onion, you start to unpeel some of the stuff that's going on here. Unfortunately, very few people are talking about the real issue and it's not the virus as much as your immune system. And I'm talking to you, I have been talking to you and we'll continue to teach the importance for you as an individual to take care of your immune system. You can't control things. If you think even for one moment that once we sort of settle COVID down, you're never going to see another wave of a virus coming, I don't know what else to tell you. There's always going to be viruses and some are going to be worse than others. There's always going to be bacteria. You are surrounded by bacteria and viruses. The vast majority of them do you no harm at all.

And the only people... and is very true, it's almost impossible to be sick if you do not have an underlying condition. So the idea is to talk about the immune system but people are not talking about that. It's unfortunate. It's not the narrative. I've been trying to scream as loud as I can and to as many people as I can get to and telling them, what about the immune system? And two, what is affecting the immune system that you can control is food, because the vast majority... And I'll post the study that I read this morning again, that shows that people were hospitalized with the virus had very similar underlying conditions. And it really had to do with insulin. People who had elevated blood sugar were much more susceptible to getting sick. People who had elevated blood pressure were much more susceptible to getting sick almost exclusively. 

And one of the areas, and again I'll bring this more out, when you get into homes for the aging, the problem there is their immune system. Well first of all, they're older. But one of the biggest issues is what they feed them. They feed them nothing but bread, pasta, rice, cereals, not enough meat, not enough eggs and not enough cheese. I'm telling you, processed cereals, juices, and their blood sugars are elevated. You don't have to be a diabetic to have trouble with insulin. That suppresses your immunity. And then of course they're not testing their vitamin D levels, which I want to talk to you about this morning. They're not testing vitamin D because if they did they'd find that 99% of folks, beautiful people, that are in these homes, they're extremely low in vitamin D. Extremely low.

Sometimes it's more normal vitamin D. You can be normal but extremely low, because the ranges of vitamin D... I mean, they miscalculated when they do those tests. Dr. Martin, my vitamin D is normal. But it's not optimized and if it's not optimized, you're not going to have a good immune system. And then we had our Minister of Health here in Canada say, vitamin D was fake news. She actually said it, fake news. I could send her thousands of studies, but when they don't want to hear it what can you do? You know what I tell people? I used to be able to pick them out in five seconds in my office. Dr. Martin I thought you were going to give me a pill to get rid of things. No, I'm not going to give you a pill, you need to change your lifestyle and you need to change it fast. You're on the Titanic.

And I could tell their eyes would sort of gloss over and they weren't interested. So I would say, well if you're not interested, I'm not going to spend a lot of time with you trying to convince you to be interested. If you want to be healthy, it's going to take some effort. You didn't get unhealthy without putting a lot of effort into it. You've been eating rottenly for a long time. You've had a lot of bad habits and you're a carboholic and you're a sugarholic, and it's not going to be easy to change that, but for those who were listening, who were all ears, they got my attention and they got my time. But when they're not interested... You can bring a horse to water but you can't make them drink it even though I would add salt to that water to make them thirsty. But if they're not listening... A lot of people don't listen when it comes to food.

Oh, I got to have my carbs, I got to have bread, I got to have a pasta, I got to have my cereal because otherwise I'm not going to go to the bathroom if I don't have my cereal in the morning. Oat bran, oatmeal. What do you mean I can't have orange juice? I got to have my vitamin C, don't I doc? Orange juice. But you know what I'm saying. And so if you're not interested, you didn't get my attention and you didn't get my time. You didn't get my attention nor did you get my time. And I'm just pretty good at detecting that within a nanosecond or two when people were coming into my office.

Now you would think, they already invested money, they were coming, they were investing their time. I don't know what they thought I did after I gave them all the results. They didn't mind that, they liked the testing. And then I said, well now you're going to change that. You came to me because I'm going to change, and I always started with food, always, because you can't control everything in life, but you can control what you eat. Not easy, I didn't say it was easy. We live in a world that is surrounded by carbohydrates and we have a big food industry who pushes and a big pharma industry that pushes. They don't want to cure disease, they want to manage disease. So what's this got to do with vitamin D? Okay. I had to go on that little tangent and it's just the way I operate, you know that. Okay. I had to go on a little tangent.

When should you suspect you're low in vitamin D? When should you suspect? Because, like I said, very few people know they're low in vitamin D because their doctors in Canada and in the United States... pretty well, they still are 50 years behind when it comes to vitamin D because... When I was a kid there was a disorder out there called rickets. Bowing of the bones. Rickets. And they found out that if they gave you a vitamin D in a cod liver oil capsule, even though it was a very low amount of vitamin D, it fixed rickets. And so doctors since the 1940s, 1950s, have known the benefits of vitamin D in bones. They know that. Doctors know that. And it doesn't take much to help your bones of vitamin D, doesn't take a lot of it. And that's why the numbers they calculated for vitamin D go back 50, 60 years or more.

The calculations for vitamin D were completely wrong because all they did was how much vitamin D do you need for your bones, not immune system. They didn't know. So I've never blamed doctors for what you don't know. They didn't know it. Now, they were ignorant of it. They didn't realize that vitamin D, what it did for the immune system. You are a human solar panel. Okay. Every cell in your body has a receptor. You got billions of cells. All of them have a little antenna for vitamin D. All of them. We didn't know that 60 years ago. We didn't have microscopes strong enough. We didn't. And today we know that you are a human solar panel. So when people talk to me about the sun being the boogeyman, no it's not. So when do you suspect you're low in vitamin D? I've written down nine. I got nine. Okay. But I'm just going to go through these this morning.

A good rule of thumb is... think right out of the gate that you're low in vitamin D. It's a good rule of thumb because most people are. They're saying... I'm telling you, 90% of North Americans are low in vitamin D. They do not have optimized levels of vitamin D so that their immune system would work properly. If you eat a lot of carbs and a lot of sugars, you need to be suspicious that you're low in vitamin D. Why is that? Because when you eat a lot of sugar, you do not absorb vitamin D properly. That's number one on the hit parade. If you're a bad eater, almost invariably you will be low in vitamin D. That's why we're at 90%. What have I told you out of the CDC and this or not over the years. This is incredible. 88% of the population is metabolically unwell.

And part of metabolic syndrome, and it should be in my opinion, is having low levels of vitamin D. Not having optimized levels of vitamin D. That makes you metabolically unwell. So it's the chicken or the egg, the cart or the horse. Is it because you're eating junk? And when you're eating bread, you're eating junk. When you're eating cereal, you're eating junk. When you're drinking orange juice, you're drinking junk. When you're drinking apple juice, you're drinking junk. When you're eating rice... I love rice, but you're eating junk food. Okay. You might not like to hear that. "Dr. Martin I eat in moderation." Okay. But if 88% of the population is unwell metabolically, and they are much more susceptible to the virus and this or not. Metabolic syndrome is food. It's carbs. It's crappy carbs. It's as simple as that. You were never meant to eat that much carbohydrate. And this week sometime I will teach again this whole idea that we need to have a balanced diet. That is so untrue. It's so untrue, especially in the day and age in which we live. I'm going to teach that.

And they brainwashed us. I'm not even saying they had bad motives. I'm not saying that. They might have thought they were doing good when they told you to eat cereal. I know Dr. Kellogg's really believed what he was saying. He really believed it. He was religious about it. You got to stop eating bacon and eggs and don't eat red meat because it's bad for you, and eat my cereal. That was the mantra of Dr. Kellogg. He wasn't bright but he was sincere. I'm sure he was. I never met him, but I'm sure he was. Ancel Keys. I'm sure he was sincere. Cholesterol, that's going to kill you. And guys, true or false, has it not permeated all of society? Cholesterol. Every time I talk to someone, I used to do it every day, I still do it every day, "Doc, can you look at my LDL. My doctor said my cholesterol is high." I have to take a deep breath. 

You know why I don't wear a smart watch? I don't want my watch to tell me to breathe. Okay. My wife has one of those smart watches. She said, "You should get one." Why? I don't want a watch telling me when to breathe. I don't. It would be telling me all day, breathe, breathe, breathe. I don't want that. No. When you eat rotten, you're going to have low levels of vitamin D, number one. Number two, excess sweating. Are you a big sweater? Now listen ladies, you sweat at night because you're in menopause, that ain't vitamin D. Okay. It could be but it's not the primary reason. The reason is because you've got horror-mones. But you see a man that sweats profusely, usually they have extremely low levels of vitamin D. You know how you know that is when babies sweat. They're sweating? Little infants? They're low in vitamin D. Look for that. And nobody's checking that. You've got gut troubles.

Number three, any kind of chronic digestive issue. You see, vitamin D comes in through your skin from the sun or you're taking a vitamin D supplement. The problem with vitamin D is you need a good gut too. Some people that have... And this is why I'm saying it because they've done a lot of research on this, the Vitamin D council has done a lot of research on Crohn's and ulcerative colitis and different conditions like diverticulosis and things like that, these people have extremely low vitamin D usually. And when they have a condition called SIBO, small intestine bacterial infection... It's not bacterial, it's fungal according to Dr. Martin. That's me. I believe it's fungal, not bacterial. Bacteria is there but it's not the primary reason. When they have SIBO and a lot of gas and bloating and whatever, suspect that you're low in vitamin D. High blood pressure, suspect that you are low in vitamin D.

One thing for sure, you have high blood pressure, it is your body screaming at you that you have insulin resistance, your cells don't like insulin anymore, and two, you have low levels of vitamin D. Almost invariably, it's common. So when people used to come in to me and they had high blood pressure, which is what, 50% of the population today? Isn't that insane. It's food. It's not salt, it's sugar. And people are chronically dehydrated. That is a factor. And they have insulin resistance because they're carboholics. The average North Americans consume almost 200 pounds of sugar a year. You know how many teaspoons of sugar that is a day? It's craziness. It's 60, 70 teaspoons of sugar a day, every day. Kids, imagine being weened like that, imagine living like that. No wonder we have so many health problems. And you don't want to get me started!

The virus has taken over the narrative. Do you know that the College of Physicians and Surgeons in Ontario have told the doctors to shut their mouths? No negativity at all about... Guys, you know me, I've been talking for a long time, what about all the other... what about cancer? People are not even being tested. What about heart disease? What about depression? And by the way here's another sign, especially seasonal depression, which is like an epidemic to me, you have low levels of vitamin D. Depression. I mean, there's leaky gut, there's other things. A lot of times these things are combined with other factors, but when people get seasonal depression, they got low levels of vitamin D. 

Poor immunity. Can't even remember what number we're on? Poor immunity. You're sick all the time. You get a cold all the time. I know people, they're sick like it's... every second day they don't feel well. They got a bad immune system. Hello, you got low levels of vitamin D. Vitamin D does a lot of things but you guys understand this, it's extremely important for your immune system, because every cell in your body has an antenna for vitamin D. But your T cells, the Navy SEALs of your immune system do not work properly without vitamin D. You want to charge the batteries of your T cells, your Navy SEALs, that are looking for viruses and bacteria. They see that and they go, okay, that don't belong here and they call out the troops and they go after the viruses or the bacteria. But not if you don't have enough vitamin D. 

The sun, our supplement. You live in the Northern hemisphere... Like I tell my Florida friends all the time, I love you but this is heaven. You see in Florida, you're in heaven. You don't get heaven after you die. Canadians get heaven, you don't. Your heaven is here. You get the sun all the time, we don't. Okay. And I'll talk to you maybe tomorrow about India and something that was discovered in India, where they're having real trouble, right. Okay. I don't want to get sidetracked. Poor immunity, very important. Suspect that you have low levels of vitamin D if you have poor immunity. 

Sore, achy muscles and bones. Doctor, I'm sore all the time. Well, one of them is insulin, always insulin. I guess I should write a new book, insulin and vitamin D. I mean, if you could take care of those two things, you're going to be pretty healthy. Take care of insulin and take care of vitamin D, it's the secret to your health. Poor immunity, sore, achy muscles and bones happens a lot. Here's another one, because the lady sent me a picture almost allergic to the sun and I said, you should get your vitamin D levels checked because what happens is that... And this is a fact guys, okay. So again, research done by the Vitamin D council, what they've shown over the years is if you have low levels of vitamin D, you are going to easily burn compared to people that have normal levels of vitamin D. If you have normal levels of vitamin D, good levels of vitamin D, optimized level of vitamin D, you can take the sun a lot more than someone. Isn't that crazy? It's a vicious cycle. You're sensitive to the sun, you don't get enough vitamin D, and then you go in the sun and you burn in the sun.

Now, I never recommend anyone burning in the sun. You don't need to burn in the sun. In 20 minutes of exposing your arms and your legs you're getting 10,000 international units of vitamin D in 20 minutes. But if you easily burn, you need to supplement and get your vitamin D levels in your bloodstream up to a good amount. Okay. You need to do that. And then here's another one, if you have dark skin, one of the problems with the African American population, the Indian population, which I will elaborate on more, but they have extremely low levels of vitamin D and yet they live in India. Well, generally you would think they got a lot of sun, but they have dark skin and they're scared of the sun. A lot of people live in Florida. They're in heaven and they never go out, "No, I can't." And they cover up. They don't even get two minutes of the sun. They're scared of it. It's the boogeyman.

And one of the biggest lies, and this was done by the dermatologist that told us, you want to age your skin, get in the sun. Yeah, it'll age you like nobody's business. What a bunch of nonsense. That's nonsense. Again, am I telling you to burn in the sun? Of course not. You know me. I don't like sunscreens. Cover up, get in the shade, put a wide brim hat on. Cover up once you've got your vitamin D. Whenever it's nice, beautiful here yesterday, I was out in the sun, laying in the sun. And then when I get too much sun I cover up or go into shade. That's what you should do. So those are some of the major signs that you should be suspicious that you're low in vitamin D.

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Now, I'm going to give you some more detail as we come up, I'm going to be teaching a course where you can actually get certified by the World Organization of Natural Medicine in nutrition. And I'll give you the cost of that and everything. It's going to be very good, it's very doable. That's going to come up, I think within a few months. But we're just... If you want to send us your email to, send us an email and look, you want to do this and just be more educated in nutrition and be a health coach, well good for you. Some people want to take that course and they just want it for them personally or for the people they can influence, well good for you. Whatever your motive is, we're a hundred percent behind you and I think you will enjoy it. Okay. We'll talk to you soon, we're going to have a great week. Love you guys.

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