Dr. Martin continues his two part series on brain health. Last episode he went over foods you should be avoiding, and today he shares ways to protect your brain.
We have a barrier between our blood and brain, much like we have between our blood and gut. It’s called the blood-brain barrier. This barrier protects our brains. Your brain needs omega-3s so much that it allows fatty acids such as DHA to cross the blood-brain barrier.
This is so significant that big pharma is readily trying to create a delivery system that will mimic how omega-3s can cross this barrier. It shows you how important DHA is for your brain. If you can’t eat your DHA, you must supplement.
Listen to today’s episode to learn more things we can do to protect our brains!
TRANSCRIPT OF TODAY'S EPISODE
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Dr. Martin: Good morning. Good to be with you again this morning and welcome to another Live this morning here. Okay, study came out. Listen to this, guys, because what we're going to do today, we're going to continue on with the brain. But this is a brand new study. I saw it this morning. DHA, omega-3, listen to this, brings things past the blood-brain barrier, like a bouncer. So we talked about that. The brain is protected. You have a barrier right around your brain. We knew nothing about these things. We knew there was a blood-brain barrier but when I was in school and the '70s, we talked about the blood-brain barrier but we didn't even know what we were talking about. But today we know so much more.
What is that barrier? It's like the barrier in your gut between your gut and your blood. And you have a barrier between your blood and your brain. Your body is unbelievably, fearfully and wonderfully made. It's so unreal. Think of the intelligence of the human body, unbelievable. And you have a barrier there in order to protect the brain. What this study is showing is that when you take omega-3, and look, all omega-3 is good. But the Cadillac of omega-3 is DHA. Why is that? It's a longer chain fatty acid and it's just like if you've gone into a night club and you got bouncers there and you know the bouncer. And he says, "Okay, you can come. The rest of you are going to stand in line, you come in here." When you take the DHA, you got a bouncer on your side. Your brain needs DHA so much and it knows it instinctively, innately, that DHA readily crosses the blood-brain barrier. It's the bouncer.
Now this study was saying, oh that's really important because the pharmaceutical industry is probably looking at taking DHA, omega-3... Remember what I've said to you, it's really important you understand the difference of these things. DHA and EPA are longer chain fatty acids with DHA being the longest and they are found only in the animal kingdom. They're not in plants. So when someone tells you to be a vegetarian, someone tells you to be a vegan, how can that be? How can that be science? It's not. It's indoctrination. So don't believe it for one second, guys. Okay? Because if you know a vegetarian, a lot of young people today, vegetarians, vegans and they're indoctrinated. Make sure they're supplementing. Make sure they're supplementing. Because they don't get DHA omega-3.
So DHA, what the pharmaceutical industries are doing, according to this study, is they're going to look at taking their medication... We talked about this even yesterday where it says the FDA, the Food and Drug Administration in the United States, according to the New York Times, has reached a new low. And the reason is because they approved a medication for Alzheimer's that really doesn't work. But they approved it. And the reason they approved it, even though their committee, initially these drugs go through a committee of scientists. And 10 out of 11 said, "Hey, no way, José." But the FDA approved it and the reason is because the FDA knows that physicians are screaming for a drug for Alzheimer's. Instead of looking at the diet, instead of looking at the things that we'll talk about even today, they don't look at that stuff. It's not a drug, they can't patent it. There's no money in it. And I get it. The pharmaceutical companies, come on. They're public companies. They've got to answer to their shareholders and they're looking for things they can patent. I can understand that. But that doesn't make it right that the FDA actually approved a drug that does not work. They reached a new low.
But here's what they're going to be doing now, is they're going to try and get, probably maybe even this drug, and attach it to omega-3. They're going to attach it to omega-3. Because they know omega-3 crosses the blood-brain barrier. That DHA crosses. Nobody can stand up to the big gun because your brain is saying, "Hey you, you're my friend." So isn't that interesting? On the heels of what we've talked about and the importance of DHA, we talked about DHA and cancer and how it destroys tumors. When I blew your socks off a few days ago with the study on DHA and how it poisons the tumor. I mean that is one of the most significant advances in medicine. I mean, cancer.
So guys, eat your fish, eat your steak. And I have fish every day, guys. I have fish every day in a capsule. I get a lot of DHA. I want to protect my brain. So we talked about this, let's a little bit of review. Sugar destroys the brain. Crappy carbohydrates with sugars and those synthetic oils are very destructive to your brain. They kill your microbiome, they change the blood-brain barrier, it starts creating amyloid plaque in the cerebral cortex, in the deep center of your brain, and then goes over to your hippocampus. The memory center of your brain.
Okay, so what else do we do? Here's another one. Really important. Sleep. Sleep. Now listen, when you sleep, and I don't mean sleeping pills, okay? When you take a sleeping pill to sleep, you're not getting any of the brain repair that needs to... Remember, when you sleep, there's two organs primarily that get repaired. The night shift comes in. They work while you sleep. One is your liver. Your liver works at night to clean. It works the night shift. But your brain, and we've talked about this, guys. Your glial cells. Your brain has its own lymphatic system and we call them glymphatics because glial cells work the night shift but you need to be sleeping in order for it to work. They don't come in if you're not sleeping. And they take out... Remember, as I've told you in the past, your brain is headquarters, 25% of all your food goes to your brain, like taxes. And your brain takes that chunk of your food that you eat and it uses it.
Whenever you have a manufacturing plant, guys, I don't know much about manufacturing but I know this. The more energy that you've got, you've got debris. You have a manufacturing plant, you have energy being produced, well they have debris from that. And your body is so smart it has glial cells. We didn't know anything about glial cells. I never even heard of them until a couple of years ago. I didn't even know they existed in your brain. But the better the microscopes, the more they find out. The more they find out how unbelievable your body is. So your brain has these glial cells but they only work when you sleep. And if you take a sleeping pill, you're not sleeping. You're sedated. You're knocked out. You might as well get in the ring with George Foreman. It'll knock you out. Okay, I'm knocked out. Do you think you're sleeping? No you're sedated. It's a big, big difference. And those glial cells don't work. They're not working. You're sedated. You put them to sleep too.
So guys, I know there's so many millions of people hooked on sleeping pills. "Oh yeah, but Doc, I can't sleep." Well you're not sleeping. You're sedated. It's a big difference. And I feel sorry for people that have trouble sleeping, I do. I'm sympathetic. I understand that. Listen, I'm on your side. I want you to sleep. But it's another reason to get VitDerma. Get in the sun. You make melatonin. Your body makes melatonin but it makes more when you get in the sun and let your eyeballs see the sun. So sleep's really important. Sleep's really important.
I’ll just give you this about sleep, because this is a new study that came out here, I flagged it, Sleep and the Brain. This is more for the heart but I'm just going to bring it up. This was published in the Journal of Circulation. 40,000 people were followed for 10 years. If you were a good sleeper, this is according to the Journal of Circulation following 40,000 people, the people who slept seven to eight hours, so if you're wondering how long, everybody's a little bit different but generally... Because some people think they don't need as much sleep. But sleep, by the way, for a lot of people, it's a routine. Anyway. Here's what the Journal of Circulation said. They had 34% lower risk of heart disease, 42% lower risk of high blood pressure, 17% lower, even in their blood sugars. Sleep. Sleep. And when you don't sleep, one of the things, and this is according to the study, one of the first things that happens when you don't sleep is your CRP goes up. Your C-reactive protein. What is that? That's an inflammatory marker. Don't sleep, your cortisol goes up. Your cortisol goes up, you don't sleep. Vicious cycle. And when you don't sleep, you are elevating your CRP.
And we all talked about, so many times, the damaging effect of inflammation. Disease without a fever, inflammation. It's silent. Most people think of inflammation, they think of pain. Yeah, and that can happen. Someone kicks you in the knee, yeah, that's inflammation. Yep. But we're talking about chronic inflammation, silent that destroys your blood vessels, affects your immune system and all these types of things. So get your sleep. Let the night shift come in and do their job. You're plugging in and it helps your memory. Okay?
Eat... Not only DHA, eat cholesterol. Eat cholesterol. Every day. Every day. Every day. I get asked, "Doc, what about my cholesterol?" What about it? I know. I know, I know. What about it? You need it. “Doc, my doctor said my cholesterol is high.” Yay! That's what we're aiming for. Fat head. Why do you want to have a small brain? You don't want to have a small brain, you want to have a fat brain. Cholesterol. It's found, again, in the animal kingdom. It's not in the plant kingdom. I'm not saying plants are no good. I'm just telling you, they don't have cholesterol. And the whole hoax, the cholesterol hoax, was made up by cereal companies and pharmaceutical companies. They were in cahoots. They joined forces to lie to you.
Boy, it's hard to undo a lie. It's hard to undo it. Can I give you an example? Just off the side I'm going to go on a little rabbit trail. You know what we know about the virus? And you guys know me. I've said it from the first day. Quit over cleaning. Quit washing the surfaces with antibacterial and antiviral soaps and all these chemical cleaners. What did I tell you? I said it's crazy. And finally, the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization said, "Yeah, that's not how you get this virus, by touching." You go into the grocery store and you go to the counter and they're spraying for 10 minutes before you get up there. And I tell the young lady, "I feel sorry for you. Stop doing that." You're not doing nothing for the virus. You think you are but you know what, guys? It's going to be the new normal. Johnson & Johnson and the rest of them, oh yeah, you've got to clean, clean, clean, clean, clean, clean, clean, clean. No you don't, don't, don't, don't, don't... But doesn't matter. I'm not going to be able to change the world, guys. But I'm telling you, that lie will go on and on and on and on. It doesn't matter if people like me say you don't need to do it. I'm not saying never clean. I'm not saying that. But don't over clean. Be more worried about the xenoestrogens that you're spraying. That'll kill you.
But it just shows you guys, cholesterol, they just said it and said it. I'm showing this one pound of fat and people think cholesterol, "Look what's clogging up the arteries. It's cholesterol. That's what's clogging up my hoses in my body. It's cholesterol." No, it's not. It's not. My watch that I don't have is telling me to breathe. I don't have a watch that tells me to breathe, I won't wear one, okay? So eat cholesterol, eat steak, vitamin S, please. The more fat you have on your meat, the better it is. You need cholesterol. Every cell in your body needs cholesterol. Your brain needs cholesterol. Would you please, I don't even mind if you call me fat head. I like it. I take it as a compliment. You see that fatty fish? Eat it. Eat it. Steak.
And by the way, here's another thing your brain won't work without. It's a B-vitamin. Which one is it? You know. It's B-12. B-12 is a neurological vitamin. 80% of the population is low in B-12. No, Doc, my B-12 is normal. What number is it? It's about 600. No, you're low. People don't get enough B-12 because they believe the lie about cholesterol. I better not eat red meat or I've got to get lean meat. You can't even get hamburger for heaven's sakes. The butcher, they've been influenced. You can hardly find... Oh, here's some lean hamburger. Why do you want to have lean hamburger? You need B-12. It's a neurological vitamin. We're talking about protecting your brain and helping it not to age and we talked about DHA and we talk about cholesterol and I'm telling you that vitamin S steak, you need that. Why? Because you need B-12. I don't care about the other B vitamins. If you eat steak, you get all of them. How do you like that? “Oh Doc, should I take a B-complex?” Why? Eat it. If you got very low levels of B-12, you better take a supplement of it. And chicken, ladies, does not have vitamin B-12. Chicken's good, but don't have B-12. Okay? You need vitamin S.
And when I say vitamin S, I mean hamburger. I mean steak. I mean roast beef. Red meat, lamb. Enjoy. You can't get enough of it. I was telling someone yesterday, because they were asking me, how many days a week, Doc? Well how about seven? What? Yeah, well how about seven? Okay. You can have chicken once a week. How's that? I think I told you this the other day, and there's a guru and I like him. I find him to be very, very smart. He was saying he's got a healthy plate and he said 75% from the plant kingdom and 25% from the animal kingdom. And I said, "Doc, I love you man. I do. But you got it wrong there." I said, "You've got it reversed. 75% from the animal kingdom, eggs, meat and cheese and 25% on your plate from your plant kingdom. Turn it around, Doc." He was very gracious. Well, I was gracious to him. I was just saying, my experience is you've got to turn that around, okay?
Probiotics. Probiotics. Leaky gut, leaky brain. Leaky gut, leaky brain. Leaky gut, blood-brain barrier. Remember what that is. That's the connection between your gut and your brain. Your brain will respond to your gut. A lot of people have leaky gut, they don't have any digestive problems. A lady yesterday was, I think she was on chat with the girls and she was saying, "Well I got a lung thing. And the doctor says I've got a bacteria." And I said, "I think you've got yeast in your lungs. Fungus. You've got fungal in your lungs. You get fungus in your sinuses. It's yeast. It's candida." Where did that come from, Doc? Your gut. It snuck past the bodyguards. The bacteria, it snuck in and now it's in your sinuses. Now it's in your brain. Now it's in your lungs. Now it's on your skin. There's no eczema, no psoriasis, no nothing that doesn't start in the gut. Every autoimmune disease starts in the gut. Hippocrates was right. Imagine saying that 2000 years ago, the father of medicine said all disease starts in the gut. Boy, oh boy. He wasn't a dummy, I can tell you that. And the more we understand, the more we have to go, "Hey, Hippocrates, you were pretty sharp. You're way ahead of the curve when it comes to these things."
Probiotics. Broad spectrum. The more bacteria you do, remember you get on a scale, you got three pounds of bacteria. And you want that good army. Guys, replenish, replenish, replenish. Your bacteria. And think of it, when you're taking probiotics it helps with everything. But it also helps rebuild the blood-brain barrier. So things like they see in Parkinson's and MS and that they see this fungus, infection in the brain. And remember, yeast will bring heavy metals with them into the brain. They love mercury and lead and cadmium. And they bring it into the brain tissue. Imagine, it gets across the blood-brain barrier when you don't have enough good, friendly bacteria. So use probiotics. I take them every day. I take them every day. I recommend them. You know me. I'm consistent about that.
And then vitamin E. Let's finish with this one. Vitamin E. By the way, let me just go back for one second because I'm just thinking about something. Sleep. Catch a nap during the day. Catch a nap. 10 minutes, 15 minutes, 20 minutes, whatever. If you can, please, catch a nap during the day. They're showing that is like taking your phone and plugging it in during the day just to charge it up again. Have you ever gone to a baseball game? Major League baseball game? Or a hockey game, even. When they have those timeouts, in baseball I think it's around the fifth inning. I always find them fun to watch because in between innings, they run in from the outfield, they run in and they sweep up and they fix that infield. And in hockey they come out of the end boards and they do a very quick sweep and clean. They take the goalie's crease there and they clean that out. Guys, that's what happens when you have a snooze in the afternoon. Your glial cells, they'll come up and do a little sweep of the garbage that's in your brain. I love that. I love that. "Oh Doc, I don't want to have a sleep during the day because then I won't sleep at night." Well, I thought you weren't sleeping at night. "Oh yeah, I don't sleep very well at night." Well at least have a little bit of a clean up during the day when you have a snooze. I just love to go in the sun, get my viderma and get a booster shot. It's so good for you. 15, 20 minutes or whatever. Take advantage. Get some sleep.
Okay, last one, Vitamin E. Vitamin E, the real one, exercise. What they're showing in vitamin E, your memory center especially benefits from exercise. And there's been hundreds of studies that have shown the benefits of exercise and your memory. Move. Walk. Now you know me and exercise. The best exercise in the world is 15-20 minutes, get strong. Especially your legs. Your legs have a direct connection, according to research, a direct connection to your brain. Be strong. Start little. If I'm talking to one person here today, and you know you're not as strong as you could be, think of your brain. It's saying, "Hello. Get strong." Because it's invariable if you are strong, if you are stronger, that's what they're showing. Even in 80 year olds, if they can get stronger, they're not going to be 20, we understand that. But if they would do vitamin E, they're showing that within a week or two, things start changing already.
Get strong. Get strong. Get your legs strong. And look, I love walking. Ask anybody that knows me, I walk a lot. But I also hit the gym, man. I hit the gym. I have a gym in my basement. I hit the gym. I do weights. I want these puppies here, these are bins, I call them. You've got lots of room for storage in them. No, but seriously, I do my legs. I know I ain't like I used to be. Vitamin E. Brain. How to protect yourself from Alzheimer's.
Okay, I think I'll post these on the private Facebook group. The list. Cut out your sugars, I'm just going to go over them. Cut out the processed foods, get your sleep, high DHA. I didn't even mention curcumin. I love curcumin for the brain. Okay? High cholesterol foods, which are found in the animal kingdom. Vitamin E, exercise. Vitamin D, the sun. Nitric oxide. You're in the sun, you get melatonin. That helps sleep. You get nitric oxide, that helps your blood vessels. And you got blood vessels up here too, take care of them. Vitamin D. Vitamin S, steak. Which gives you the B-12. Probiotics, leaky gut, leaky brain. Make sure you have enough bouncers with the DHA. They'll bring your good things into your brain to help.
Okay, that was fun. So tomorrow, Question and Answer, okay? And if you want that teaching on this, Tony Jr. and I have done a teaching on how to age proof your brain. You can listen to that teaching by going to our website. Okay? At MartinClinic.com. Go to the website. You can watch it. Okay? You can watch the webinar that we did and listen to it. Refresh your brain. Okay, The Reset, the book, thank you for making it such a wonderful success. We appreciate it. Tony Jr. and I talked about it the other day. He said, "Dad, time to write another book." Okay. I could write a book a week, really. Because I just get so charged up. But anyway, I'm working on it. I'm working on it. Okay. Love you guys. Talk to you soon.
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