1012. Sugar’s Effect on the Common Cold


Dr. Martin looks at a new study on colds that’s saying sugar makes you susceptible to getting a cold and makes colds last longer. 

Regular consumption of sugar, and especially high fructose corn syrup, will inevitably destroy your immune system. When you consume sugar, this study is saying that your white blood cells are essentially put to sleep, putting you at risk of catching a virus. 

Join Dr. Martin as he shares this study and discusses how sugar also affects the gut, which actually is the biggest part of your immune system. Learn more in 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 day as I am. Guys, study came out and uh, I found it interesting cuz it just confirms what I said for a long time. Okay? But this is a new study on colds. You know, when you get a cold, you get the flu. Okay? What happened to the flu? <laugh>, we don't talk about that so much anymore. I always said it's going to come back with a vengeance. Okay? Like if we, you know, colds and flus will come back with a vengeance. Okay?

Now listen to this study, okay? That says that white blood cells, when you consume sugar, when you consume sugar, white blood cells are put to sleep, which first of all makes you susceptible to getting a cold and secondly, it makes your cold last a lot longer. What does diet have to do with the immune system? Everything. Okay? Now when I talk to you about your immune system, let's do immune system 101 here just for a minute. Okay? So when you think of your immune system, what do you think? So maybe some folks give me some answers here. Okay? When you think of the immune system, what do you think? By the way, your body has four. See that? Four parts to its immune system. Okay? So what we're gonna talk about that, but maybe someone just gimme uh, an answer. When you think of your immune system, what do you think? You know how I like to ask questions because when you ask questions, it gets you to think. And I want you guys to think, I want you guys to be on the lookout, okay?

Katherine, pretend when you think of immune system, yes, okay, but, okay, let me rephrase it. Yeah, Ron, you got it. Got, okay? There's four parts to your immune system. So when you think of one of those parts, what do you think? Annette, you guys, Wendy, you got it right, two of them already. Healthy microbiome. You got it, you got it, you got it, you got it, you got it. You think of strength, okay? Body's yeah, the definition of the immune system is the body's ability to fight off disease. But what I was looking at is four parts of your immune system. What do you think of when you think the liver? Who said that? Hold on. You got that right too. You guys are so smart. <laugh>

You remember when I tell you you're gonna get honorary degrees... and I mean it in nutrition, you guys not only deserve it, you're smarter than the average bear. Okay? So you have four parts to your immune system, 80% of it, 80% of your immune system is found in your gut. It's your microbiome, okay? It's that bacteria. And I always talk about that. The war, right? The war going on between your good bacteria and your bad. Okay? Got that? That's one. Two, Wendy had it right when she said white blood cells. Yeah, especially your T-cells that come under your lymphatic system. And T-cells are your navy seal. I've taught you that in the past. They're the guys that go out there primarily. I used to watch T-cells when I looked at blood and I would watch them literally chase a bacteria and you can go, you can Google this or go on YouTube and look at, uh, a white blood cell chasing, uh, bacteria.

Now let me say this. Let me give you the two others and then we'll come back. The other immune system is found in your brain. Now, we didn't know this when I was in school in the 70's, we knew that the brain detoxified, but we didn't know how it did it. But we found out more recently, your brain has its own drainage system, its own immune system. They're called glial cells, okay? Glial, G-L-I-A-L, glial, okay? Glial cells within your brain when you sleep, your brain detoxifies, that's part of your immune system. And that part only works when you're sleeping. Okay? So you've got your gut, you've got your brain glial cells, you've got your white blood cells, especially the T-cells, and then you have your kupffer cells in your, uh, liver. So kupffer, K-U-P-F-F-E-R, kupffer cells in your liver help the bodies. It's part of your immune system. It's part of your detoxification process. Okay? So isn't that interesting?

Now we're gonna talk about one part of the immune system at first here right now. And that is your white blood cells. When you consume sugar, okay? When you consume sugar, your white blood cells, your T-cells go to sleep. They go to sleep after the consumption of sugar. Now, what this study said, depending on the amount of sugar, I've seen it done with one teaspoon of sugar, where white blood cells, you know, they have a siesta with consumption of sugar. One, one teaspoon. Now this study is saying that any amount of sugar will put them to sleep for 10 minutes. They're asleep for 10 minutes, they gotta take a nap.

Do you wanna think for a minute how destructive sugar is to your body? Uh, think about that. I mean, when you think of T-cells, of course they go after viruses and bacteria, but what else do they do? Well, they go after cancer cells. Now imagine you live in our society today. Think of people that consume about 200 pounds of that stuff a year. What's changed in our world? The amount of consumption of sugar. We talked about that yesterday. It's a crazy amount. And then of course they went from bad to worse because sugar's bad and worse sugar is high fructose corn syrup. I talk about that all the time because it's the Frankenstein, it's the antichrist of sugars. It destroys almost everything in your body. Okay?

Name me a part in your body and sugar will play havoc in that area. In your brain, I talked to you about this recently. In 2005, they discovered what they called type three diabetes. What is that? What is type three diabetes? That is diabetes of the brain. It's diabetes of the brain. And they said that's what causes dementia, not amyloid plaque. What causes dementia, they said is type three diabetes. Well, guess what? Sugar destroys your brain. Sugar destroys your immune system. Sugar. And again, think about the reset, how good that is for you on its own. If it was only one thing and you were getting rid of sugars, okay? And let me, let me tell you this, okay, most people think of sugars as added sugar. "Doc, I'm not eating sugar." Uh, sure you are because they're added to everything.

But let's say they're not even added and you're eating a carb. Like let's follow whole wheat bread. Well, if you have whole wheat toast in the morning, cuz a lot of my patients used to tell me that, "Doc, it's whole wheat." Yeah, I know, but that's sugar... because what happens to whole wheat bread, you might as well have a Snickers bar. There's no difference between having whole wheat bread and then especially if you put jam on it, you know, like these poor kids today. And the problem with society, it's a major problem, is that were liars, liars pants on fire. Because big pharma, big food, they bought everybody and their dog. They bought the media, they bought dieticians, they bought and paid for these people. So what happens? You're not even going to get the real news. Do you think you're gonna see this study? Unless you're really searching? You see, you're gonna see this study on sugar and colds, sugars and the flu. You won't see that and how sugar destroys your immune system. You're not gonna see that and how sugar promotes cancer. You're not gonna see that. Well, you might see it on this program, but you're not gonna see it very often because it's not part of the narrative.

Uh, I mean, when is the last time, other than on this program that you heard about Alzheimer's as type three diabetes? And we exposed it last summer. August was a big month in mental health. It was like a turning point in mental health. They found out that Alzheimer's is not amyloid plaques. That was all made up by the pharmaceutical industry. They found out that depression was not chemical imbalance. That was brought to you by the pharmaceutical industry that said, well, you've got a chemical imbalance, therefore you need an S S R I as, uh, a serotonin uptake drug. And, and and, and, and what is it, 40, 50 million prescriptions just in Canada are written on mental health. Guys, you know, and, and the other one was on bipolar. Three came out in the same month and they were blow your socks off crazy completely paradigm shift in mental health and bipolar, they said. Okay?

Bipolar is a metabolic disorder. What? Yeah, it's a metabolic disorder. The people that get bipolar, they're like canaries in the coal mine. And sugar, insulin affects their brain. It affects everybody's brain, but sometimes very rapidly. Guys, if you don't believe what I just said, that statement about sugar affecting your brain, ask a school teacher, ask a parent. We don't listen to parents anymore. We should. Parents know. Eh, you don't wanna be given my kid any sugar at night because they're gonna be bouncing off the walls when I try and put them to sleep. What is that guys? That's affecting your brain. So when you see, for example, a bipolar patient or a depression patient, these people are canaries in the coal mine. They have a even more hypersensitive to the food that they eat.

This is why in my clinic as a... like, you know, we called it functional medicine. In my clinic, I looked at holistically and I found out 40, 50 years ago that if I could get people off just sugar, just get them off sugar, get them to understand what sugar does to them, I did them a big favor. And the results I got in my practice were incredible. If I aimed at food and said, your health starts in the kitchen, or as a dear friend on, uh, Facebook said one day in the grocery store, yeah, cereals are not good for you. They're all bad, every one of them. So what is a good cereal? None of them. "Ahhh, Dr. Martin, oatmeal's gotta be good. It makes me go to the bathroom." Uhh no, that's not good for you. It's sugar, man.

 I used to start with kids and get them to understand what sugar did to their brain because I used to see ADD, ADHD, I used to see autism, I used to see the spectrum. I used to see all of it in my office, and I'd start with kids. And then of course, the parents in the room. I said, look, are you tired of the fact that you can't... A kid's not stupid. Aren't you tired of being in trouble in school all the time? Aren't you tired of the, the fact that you can't focus? Yep, yep, yep, yep, yep, yep, yep. Well, I'm gonna help you, but you've gotta start at the end of your fork or your spoon. I'm going to give you lesson nutrition 101 that the rest of the world doesn't even understand. They don't want to hear about it. They would rather take a medication. And then we have Ritalin, we have all these drugs that are, are on the market and there's a lot of money in it. And you get doctors, they can't think passed their nose. And so they're not thinking nutrition. They don't know anything about nutrition. Imagine in most medical schools in North America, they, you get an hour or two of, of, of nutrition and no wonder we're in the trouble we are in and, and what sugar does to your immune system.

Okay? That was the one study. What does it do to your brain study after study after study on the brain? What happens inside the brain and Alzheimer's is insulin resistance and insulin. It can't do its job in the brain. It can't get the sugar out of it. And that destroys primarily your frontal cortex, your memory center in your brain called the hippocampus. But it also affects your hypothalamus, which is the hormone center in your brain. That's why even on the reset guys, listen to me, Linda, when you cut out sugar, I know it's not easy, but your brain will thank you. The two centers in your brain, your memory center, and your hormonal center of your brain. It's really important, guys, like I said, sugar from your brain to your toes. What does sugar do?

And look, it's crazy. It's in everything. And then most foods turn to sugar rapidly. So that makes it worse because at the end of the day, I'm more interested in what your insulin is doing, what your pancreas is doing, what your liver is doing. We all know what sugar does to the liver. It packs the liver up with fat. It destroys part of your immune system in the liver, which is called your kupffer cells. You can't even detox properly because your liver is so filled up and it's gummed up. Somebody asks me and I, I get asked all the time, doc, should I do a detox on my liver? Yeah, you should. Well, what product do I take now? Just eliminate sugar, man. Get rid of those crappy carbohydrates. Your your liver will empty itself. The reset, it'll empty it in six days. So guys, this is really key. Really, really, really key. And when I read a study like that based on sugar, isn't it incredible guys? Isn't it incredible?

Now, what else does sugar do besides suppress the immune system? Besides getting that the brain, besides getting that delivered. And I've talked to you about this before, but I wanna talk to you about your gi obviously in the gut, we talk about that leaky gut. The biggest part of your immune system is found in your gut. It's in the microbiome in your gut. Okay? And couple of things. One, the gi, when you consume sugar, it changes the pH. It makes you alkaline where you shouldn't be alkaline. And it makes you acidic where you shouldn't be acidic. The pH changes in your body with sugar and in your stomach.

Okay? In your stomach, you wanna have a furnace there, right? Various acid in your stomach. Got it right, very acidic. Why? Because you're meant to eat steak. That's why you got a very, very acidic stomach. But if you insist on being a carboholic, a sugarholic, your pH of your stomach becomes more alkaline. Sugar is very acidic, but not in your stomach where you should be acidic. It's the opposite. It brings your pH up, first of all two ways. One, you're not eating meat, your body is meant for meat. You're eating carbs and sugars. Guess what? Your pH changes. You become more alkaline in your stomach. The only place you want to be really acidic is your stomach. It's a furnace.

And when you eat your salad, that doesn't help your pH in your stomach. You need to eat steak, then you can have some salad with it, okay? If you're not on the reset, ooh, you're not a rabbit. A rabbit has a different pH than you do, okay? Except most women I know they have a pH of a rabbit or a cow. And even men, when they eat a lot of sugar, their pH changes in their stomach. That's not good for you because you, you wanna have a very acidic stomach. And then when you don't have enough acidity in your stomach, this is what sugar does. Why do so many people have acid reflux? "Oh, oh, doc, I, it's because I'm eating meat." No, it's not. It's because you love your sugar and you're not eating enough meat that changes your pH in your stomach.

Now you know where you wanna be alkaline is in your bowel. Guess what sugar does? Makes it acidic. See the difference? Sugar's not good for your GI. Plus what it does, it changes the narrative in your gut. You know what it does? It feeds the bad yeast. Yeast is an invasive army. It's called candida. It invades. Why do we see so much autoimmune today? Why do we see such autoimmune, rheumatoid arthritis, Parkinson's, MS, Crohn's, colitis? Why do we see so much skin, psoriasis, eczema? Why do we see so much? It's fungal. It's yeast. And yeast is being fed by sugar. And yeast, by the way, it can come through the digestive tract. If you don't have enough acidity in your stomach.

You get it both ways. Everybody has a little bit of yeast in their gut. Who cares? It's not hurting you until it invades your bloodstream. And then you get leaky gut, leaky brain, leaky gut, leaky joints. Leaky gut, leaky skin, leaky gut, leaky lungs, leaky gut, leaky sinuses. When you get constant sinus, what is that? It's autoimmune. Your body is saying, I'm overreacting to everything. Why is that? Yeast, fungus, candida, and sugar feeds it. Why did I bring out that expression years ago? What did I start? Those who followed me on my radio program before I used to do podcasting. I didn't even know what podcasting was. When my son says, "Dad, we're gonna do podcasts." What? What's a podcast? Over a thousand podcasts ago. <laugh>. Okay, son, what's a podcast? I didn't even know what I, I said, I'm used to radio. What are you doing to me? <laugh> He said, you'll see. But guys, yeast, fungus, candida. If you get rid of sugar, if you do nothing else and just get rid of sugar. Yeast hates that. Yeast hates steak and love sugar. Don't anybody tell you different than that. Yeast lives on sugar, my friend. Okay? I could go on for days and days and days about sugar and what it does. Isn't that something?

Okay, now I wanna talk to you about what we're gonna start next Monday, okay? What are we gonna do? Well, for those who wanna join, we're going to have, I'm calling it a weight loss program. It's separate. It doesn't have to be, but it's separate from the reset. The reset is metabolic fixing insulin. You fix that and you fix about 25 other things. But this is a meal replacement program. I used to do it in my clinic, okay? So I'm just reinventing to some extent or bringing it back for those within our Facebook group. Okay? And what, how do you do it? Okay, so here's the plan. The plan is we're going to do a meal replacement shake. Okay? A meal replacement shake. And here's what it is. You're only going to eat one meal a day, okay? Pick your one you want to eat at lunch? Have a lunch, okay?

Now, if you're on the reset, eggs, meat and cheese. If you're not, if you wanna have a little bit of veggies or whatever with your lunch or your supper or your breakfast, you want to have bacon and eggs and no toast. Well, look, if you wanna lose weight, you ain't going to be eatin' toast, okay? And no cereal. Okay? But if you wanna have bacon and eggs and, and, and then have your meal, your meal replacement, so it's one or two shakes, but you're only eating one meal a day. Some people, okay, the why do I say one or two? Because some people have a shake in the morning. I've done this for years and years and years in my clinic, okay? So that's why I'm telling you all that. Some people would do a meal replacement in their morning and then would have their supper at night. Okay? Because here you guys maybe know this or you don't know it. I used to have a weight loss clinic in my office besides the reset. I had a weight loss clinic. I had a staff that weighed you in every week and accountability. And we did meal replacements. And the idea was you have a meal. The other two is either a shake or you don't even eat. That's up to you. Okay?

Now let's talk about that shake person. What I gave my patients with great success was the Dr. Martin's Perfect smoothie. And we're gonna put that recipe up again. But here's what it consists of, okay? A protein powder. Now can I tell you what my favorite protein is? It's collagen. Collagen is the best protein in the world. And that's why bone broth. So what do I use when I do a meal replacement? What did I have my patients use in my clinic? They use bone broth. Why? Collagen. The best protein in the world. So they put a scoop okay. Of bone broth with four ounces of cream, heavy cream, 35% cream. And it's so good. You want it to taste good, guys. Okay? Now look, if you don't have bone broth, I like bone broth because it helps to fix leaky gut. Bone broth helps to fix leaky gut because it has a lot of L-glutamine and it, it helps me to reknit the blood-gut barrier. Okay? So that's why I like it. It's good for your skin, it's good for your hair, it's good for your nails. There's no better protein than collagen protein. Okay?

Now, if you don't have that and you want to use a wey protein, I don't care. Okay? I don't care. It's a meal replacement. So you're using protein. A scoop, okay of your favorite protein powder. Like I said, I like collagen. Okay? Now the other thing is the four ounces or less, if you want to use less, okay? You can put a few berries in it if you want. Okay? Remember this is on the weight loss program. You can use a little bit of maple syrup. Now that's usually what I gave to kids so that they would drink... Maple syrup, look, don't use a lot of it. Use a little wee bit. If you need a little pinch or cinnamon powder, cinnamon is very good cause it helps stabilize your blood sugar. And if it stabilizes blood sugar, you're going to use less insulin. But with this shake, you're gonna hardly use insulin at all. Okay?

So it's a, it's a meal replacement and four ounces of cream blended up. You can, you can use water if you want coconut milk. I don't want no almond milk, I don't like almond milk. I don't like oat milk. If you wanna lose weight, stay away from that stuff. It's full of, um, oxalates. Okay? Why would you wanna drink a little bit of, uh, broken glass <laugh>? That's what oxalates are. I, I don't like it. I mean, if you insist on using almond, okay, I'm not gonna... This remember now, okay, this is separate from the reset. This is the Martin Clinic weight loss specific program, okay? It's meal replacement.

Now look guys, this is up to you, but if you wanna join in, let us know you're joining in so that we can sort of pump up your tires too, okay? This is meal replacement and believe me, you're not hungry on this thing. And you get to eat one meal a day. Wanna have your breakfast with bacon and eggs? Okay? Then do two meal replacements or one for supper or whatever for one, okay? Or or the other way around. Okay? And we'll keep talking about it. We'll keep talking about, okay, we love you guys. Talk to you soon.

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