Dr. Martin looks at a Harvard study from 1997 that was swept under the rug. The study concluded that people with the highest triglycerides and the lowest HDL are 16 times more likely to die of heart disease!
Cardiologists are taught to look for total cholesterol and LDL and they don't look at triglycerides the way they should. Dr. Martin has been screaming about this study for decades and thinks it needs to be revived.
Join Dr. Martin in today’s episode as he looks at this forgotten study!
TRANSCRIPT OF TODAY'S EPISODE
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Dr. Martin: Well, good morning, everyone. And once again, welcome to another live this morning. Hope you're having a great start to your week. I was reading a study. This is an old study, but you got to get this because it'll bother you like it bothered me. This was a study done by Harvard. Here's the headline: People With the Highest Triglycerides and the Lowest HDL, 16 Times More Likely to Die of Heart Disease. Okay? Now let me read that to you again: People With the Highest Triglycerides and the Lowest HDL, 16 Times More Likely to Die of Heart Disease.
Now, take a guess when that was written. It's not a trick question. I'm going to give you the answer. But do you know when this was written? 1997, 1997. That's a long time ago. And today, the vast majority of cardiologists don't even know that. They don't know it. They're not taught that. They're taught to look for total cholesterol and LDL, total cholesterol and LDL. They don't look at triglycerides the way they should. And this study in 1997 ... and I've been screaming about this for a long, long time, way before that. Triglycerides, HDL are the most important parts of your blood tests. When you get blood tests done and they do a lipid profile, which is common, you have to look at the right factors. You have a look at triglycerides and HDL. You want to look at LDL. Yeah, okay. But it's not going to determine heart disease. They made it a boogieman. And the reason they did with LDL and they called it bad cholesterol.
How could cholesterol be bad? There's no bad cholesterol. You can't live without cholesterol, but they vilify LDL. And the reason they did it, I'm telling you guys, I'm telling you, is because they found a way to lower it with a medication. And it became part of medical doctrine. And today it is so difficult to get people to change their minds. It's so indoctrinated into their DNA, cardiologists. I can tell you that if a cardiologist ... Let's say you have a heart attack, okay? Heaven forbid, but you've had a heart attack. You go to the hospital. And on your way out, they say, "I want you to take these five pills," called a heart attack cocktail. Now, they're going to give them to you. I know for a fact, in Canada, they're going to give them to them.
And if you ask the question ... most patients don't because, come on, they've had a heart attack. "A cardiologist is telling me to take these five pills. What am I taking?" You're not asking that. "Okay, doc. Oh, by the way, what was my cholesterol numbers?" First of all, why are you asking? You're not a doctor.
"Oh, your cholesterol, it was all right. It was normal, but I'm giving you a statin drug anyway," because 75% of people that have a heart attack, their cholesterol, even though they're looking at the wrong numbers, is still within normal limits. But it's part of the DNA, you're getting on a statin drug, a cholesterol lowering medication. And it only hits one, and it hits your LDL. Imagine this study in 1997 was swept under the carpet, swept under the carpet, because it went against the narrative. I've been telling you for two years that if everybody on the planet would take vitamin D ... I know that's controversial, but if they would just have good levels of vitamin D, it would be the best booster in the universe for the virus and any virus, just vitamin D.
But that's not the narrative. It's not going to stick. And I understand that, but I'm going after you guys, because I want you guys to make the decisions for your own body. Take care of yourself. And then as much as you can influence other people, well, then take care of others. But here we are in 2022, I'm talking to you about a study that came out in 1997, which was swept under the carpet, that said if your triglycerides are high ... Here's bad news for your heart, guys. High triglycerides and low HDL. So really, when you send blood work, that's the two numbers I'm looking at. You just can't get me interested in the other ones when it comes to your lipid profile. You want me to get interested in LDL? Man, I'm not. I make a bee line to, what is your triglyceride ... This by the way, came out of Harvard.
It wasn't a bunch of dummies that did this study in 1997. Man, it drives me crazy how we have followed a false narrative now for ... it's been over 40 years, over 40 years. And that's sad because really, at the end of the day, everybody should be on the same page: hey, let's get your triglycerides down and your HDL up. And guys, the answer's not in meds. The answer for that, triglycerides is [inaudible 00:07:47]. You lower triglycerides when you lower your sugars and your carbs, because triglycerides are manufactured in the liver and your liver is the Costco parking lot. And when it gets gummed up, when it gets filled up and there's not room anymore for more parking space ... Remember, sugar turns to fat. It's stored as fat.
And fat in the liver is bad news, but your body has a process. Your body's smart. "You're fearfully and wonderfully made," Psalm 139. Your body says, "Okay, you insist on eating sugar. I have to make triglycerides, three fat balls out of sugar." See, the food industry, guys, the food industry, they get everything wrong. But you have to understand they're in there to make money. Kraft Pepsi cola, Coca-Cola, Unilever, all these food companies, guys, they are carb crazy. They hire scientists to keep you eating their food, to get the crunch just right, to get the taste just right. They keep you hooked. And they're destroying your health. They're elevating your triglycerides. It's food. It's not drugs. It's food.
And food is medication, isn't it, good or bad. But you empty your liver in six days. I know you want me to sing: "Six days on the road, and I'm going to make it home tonight." I mean, those are good old songs, man. Six days on the road, and we're going to empty your liver, okay? We're going to empty your liver. You need to empty the parking lot to get your triglycerides down. Your body's just reacting to the food you eat. And HDL, again, where is it made? Where is it manufactured? In your liver. 85% of your cholesterol, your body makes it. It ain't the bad guy. Cholesterol is on your side. It's on your side. It's been vilified.
I was reading an article by a dietician, and they still stuck in the '80s or whatever. Oh, my word. It drove me crazy. "Eat less." Okay. "Eat whole grains." Here's what she said: "Eat low fat. Eat six times a day. Eat lots of fruits and veggies. Avoid meat. Move more." That, I agree with. "Count calories." Stupid. "And cook healthy vegetable oil." Now that's nine things I just mentioned, guys, and eight of them are wrong.
Like what? "Eat less." Nah, don't eat less. Eat the right food. And "Count calories." No. Give your body the right fuel. "Eat whole grain." Guys, whole grain, when you eat it, it's on its way to your liver in nanoseconds. I'm sorry. "Dr. Martin, that's 20 grain." I don't care. It doesn't matter. It's sugar, rapidly. "Eat whole grains," brought to you by Cheerios. Whole grain, Cheerios, oatmeal, for horses, not for you. "Eat low fat." It's still in their DNA: fat makes you fat. No, no. We've been on a failed experiment for 50 years. What an experiment.
If you look at it and you say, "Well, wait a minute, let's look at this experiment and let's be honest about it." We stopped eating fat. Well, guess what the dietician says? "Avoid meat," so you're not going to get any animal fat. "And eat whole grains." Okay. "And cook in vegetable oils, healthy vegetable oils," that's what [inaudible 00:13:46] healthy. Okay. So what have we got? What have we got on this experiment, doing those eight things out of nine that are recommended by the food industry? What do we got?
We have more heart disease than ever before, more heart disease than ever before. And yet, we have less smoking than ever before. But I'm telling you, if you do what the food industry and their gurus want you to do, your chance is 16 times, 16 times ... Harvard, 1997 ... more likely to die. Because if you do this, if you eat whole grains and you eat low fat and you eat six times a day and eat a lot of ... fruits and veggies, I don't care about so much ... just don't eat a lot of them, okay? You can eat them though, okay? So let's take that one away.
"Avoid meat." We have more heart disease today than ever before. We have more cancer than ever before. We have more Alzheimer's than ever before. We have more diabetes. Diabetes and diabesity is a universal problem today, universal. I was reading a study yesterday, as a matter of fact, about India. And do you know that in India, they have an enormous problem with diabetes? They have an enormous problem. And we do too, by the way. You know what I call this too? It's a protein deficiency, because protein has been vilified: "Oh, don't need too much protein. That's hard on your kidneys." You know what? People don't know a lot about nutrition. But if I say "Protein," the world out there, they'll say, "Kidney damage," right? Too much protein, kidneys.
And even today, the diabetic associations, their nutritional gurus will tell diabetics, "You got to be careful with protein." When a diabetic has an allergy to carbohydrates, they don't talk about that. They talk about, "Yeah, man, you got to just be careful about how much protein you're eating." Guys, protein is king for diabetics. It's king. It's the king of the castle. "Count calories." Look, this happened a long time ago, guys. Okay? This happened a long time ago. Calories, okay? And here was their mantra with calories: "Eat anything in moderation, moderation." Then you're counting calories.
How many diets were based on low calories? Consume less. You can eat more frequently, but as long as it's all low calorie stuff. It's faulty, guys. It's faulty science. It's faulty science. You got to go back and listen to the podcast on liver, because it really important, the liver, the liver, the liver. I talk about it so much. It doesn't get the attention that a liver needs because that has such an enormous effect on your metabolism. 88% of the population, this is a true figure, has difficulty with metabolic syndrome. And metabolic syndrome is liver-based. And metabolic syndrome is at the root ... because metabolic syndrome, first of all, is caused by insulin resistance. And that occurs at the cellular level, but only when there has been changes within your liver.
And the best way to read those changes on a blood test is to look at your triglycerides and look at your HDL. It will tell you a big story, a big story. When I look at blood work, I should be more dramatic, maybe. Maybe send back a note: "You're in deep trouble. You better fix it. Why? Because your triglycerides are higher than your HDL. You're in doo-doo. Your body's in trouble. You have metabolic syndrome."
"Oh, doc I'm skinny as a rake."
"I don't care. That don't matter." Some people have an enormous ability not to store fat anywhere but their liver. You know what I mean? And they're skinny. That don't mean anything. Skinny don't mean healthy. Now look, diabesity is no good. You actually see it. Go around, observe the population today. People are big. What are they saying about men? 80% of men, 80%, have diabesity. 80%. That doesn't necessarily mean you're a diabetic, as medicine would say, because medicine is into ... You're never a diabetic until you are. Do you know what I mean by that? But you're on the broad road that leads to destruction. You're on that road. You better get off.
And that happens way before your numbers get ... Oh, now you're a diabetic. Why do you think I want to see your triglycerides, your HDL? I like A1C, for me. I like it. It's part of the package for me, what I look at. Get your TG, your triglycerides, low, low, low, low. Not zero, but under one, if you can. I always take those two numbers together. The other day, somebody sent me blood work and they had their triglycerides, but I didn't see their HDL. I said, "I can't pontificate. You got to give me them both." And I love A1C too. Why is A1C? Because there's a sweet spot for your A1C. You better get it there, because otherwise you've got metabolic syndrome. It's starting. You're on the broad road. I want to get you on the narrow road. I want you to switch paths.
I'm big time into prevention, guys. You know that. Prevention. I want you to head things off at the pass. And thousands and thousands and thousands of you have done that. And I want to encourage folks today to join up, especially in our Martin Clinic Facebook group. Okay? I want to encourage you for a minute. You get discouraged. Look, the reset is never easy. It's not. For some, it's easier, but it's never easy. It's not easy to do a 180 degree, first of all, 180 degree turn in your thinking, okay? That's not easy. And secondly, it's not easy to get off carbohydrates. That's never easy because we have been duped for so many years: "Can't live without carbs, man. You need some sugar."
No, it's not. Your body does everything possible, your body does everything it can to go, "Would you stop giving me sugar or anything that turns to sugar rapidly," because your body keeps it tight, tight, tight, tight. I don't want that. Don't eat a donut. It ain't good for you, okay? "Yeah, but doc, I'm eating whole wheat. My dietician said it was good for me." I know. I know. And I'm not saying they're not sincere, okay? But you can be sincere and be sincerely wrong. They are wrong. Meat does not give you high triglycerides. Meat will help you to elevate HDL, which you need; high HDL, low triglycerides. It's food, guys, it's food, it's food.
You need a paradigm shift. You need that thinking, that stinking thinking changed. I couldn't get over it. "Eat less"? What's that going to do? "Eat less." Now, I'm not big on eating less. I'm big on eating the right foods, nutrient dense foods. I'm really big on that. Eat foods that are dense in nutrients because your cells say, "Thank you. Thank you. I really like when you give me vitamin S," steak. Why? Because your little cells and then your little battery ... They're talking a lot of about Elon Musk these days. Have you noticed that? Every time I think of Elon Musk, you know what I think of? Batteries, but I don't think about a battery in the car. I think about your batteries inside your bodies. They're called mitochondria. And mitochondria release ATP, fuel. Okay?
I should do a little study on Bill Gates versus Elon Musk. I don't know how Elon Musk eats. I really don't. But every time I think of him, I think of your batteries, my batteries. If you got a Prius or a Tesla or whatever you got, well, good for you, if that tickles your fancy. But I'm going to tell you what batteries are much more important. It's your mitochondria within your cells, within your body. And I'm telling you, 90% and more of the population, give your battery packs. You know when you've got to go to the charging station with your ... I mean, we better get used to it, guys. We better get used to battery operated cars, okay? We got to get used to it because ... I'm an old goat. You know that, okay? It's hard to change my thinking, okay? But I know I got to get used to it, okay? I got to.
But guys, if you go and charge your batteries, let's say you got a Prius or you got a whatever, and you're charging it up, and you're only getting a little bit of charge, well, that's when you're eating carbs. Your mitochondria are screaming, "Hello, you there. Give me the right fuel. I will thrive for you." From cardiovascular system to your digestive system to your immune system to your brain, all those cells which release ATP from your mitochondria are asking you to give it the right fuel. The benefits are legion, because not only energy, but it's what it does to your triglycerides and your HDL.
In 1997, Harvard came out with that study, and they were right. And they buried it. It was swept under the carpet. It wasn't the narrative in 1997. They didn't want that. It was poo-pooed by big food and big pharma, and they're powerful. Wow, they're powerful. The mainstream media is sponsored by those guys, more than anything else. And I'm glad, I'm happy that we have alternative media here that we can get the message out. Okay, are we having fun, guys?
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