738. Q&A with Dr. Martin


Dr. Martin answers questions sent in by our listeners.

Some of today’s topics include:

  • Benfotiamine
  • Black garlic
  • Bone broth benefits vs. protein
  • Cheese and fatty liver
  • Freshly ground coffee vs. pre-ground
  • Dry skin in the winter
  • Proper creatinine levels
  • Blood thinner medications
  • Mammograms unhealthy for breast tissue
  • Histamine intolerance


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Dr. Martin:  Well, good morning, everyone. How are you? Hope you're having a great start to your day, question and answer Friday. Now I'm probably going to pronounce this name Ray [Inai 00:00:37], Ray Honey, talking about B1. Okay. But this supplement, benfotiamine, which is a synthetic form of vitamin B1, asking the question, does this supplement bring blood sugar down? I'm not sure. I know that they use it for diabetic retinopathy. Let me just give you my philosophy. Okay? It's one of the reasons that we developed our own supplements.

First of all, you got to get results. So when it comes to blood sugar, I just took out my insulin balance. Okay? I got eight herbs in here. Okay? So the reason I did that is because one, good. Like cinnamon. People ask me that all the time, is cinnamon good for you? Yep. Studies have shown that it lowers blood sugar. Is chromium picolinate good for you? Yep. I like it. It helps to control your blood sugar. How about ashwagandha? Yep. Good for you. See, the thing that I like is that over the years, I put them all in the supplement, all of them together. Just going to be better.

So as far as this B1, it's a synthetic form. That doesn't mean it's no good. And I'm just saying my experience is I'd rather combine nutrients. I'd rather combine them with other things. Okay? Now Anne's asking a question about, is pasteurized milk used to make cheese the same as pasteurized milk in the stores? Yes. Pretty well. In Canada and the United States, good luck getting away from pasteurized milk. Unless you have a cow in the backyard and you make your own cheese, it's going to be pasteurized. I mean, that boat has already left the dock. I don't think we're ever going to go back to unpasteurized because they made it a law. I don't necessarily agree with it, but...

You know how you make cheese, right? You let milk go bad. That's really how you make cheese. You let it curdle. Okay? But it's so good for you. Cheese is good for you, because it's full of nutrients. Dairy is good for you, folks. Don't ditch dairy, switch dairy. You know me. Because somebody else asked, okay? Let me see if I can answer that at the same time. Okay? Somebody else asked a question on dairy. Where is it now? Anyway, I'll get to it after. But listen, I'm not big on milk. Grocery store milk to me is not milk. It's not what comes out of the cow. Okay? Because what comes out of the cow is cream, mostly cream. And that is good for you. But by the time they get it to the grocery store, it's fat free. And it's the fat in milk that is the best for you. It is tremendous protein when you milk a cow. That's why I'm not big on drinking grocery store milk.

If you drink skim milk or 1% or 2%, I'm being sarcastic, but I say, well, that's the size of your brain if you drink that stuff. White Pepsi. And kids don't need it. They don't. Mama, breastfeed, then water. Wean your kid on water. They don't need milk. They need water. And they can eat their cheese. Isn't that great, good news? And you can get some unpasteurized. I think if you import cheese, like you go into the deli section of your grocery store and you'll see some old cheeses, imported cheeses. And I think a few of those are not pasteurized. Okay? But at the end of the day, well, good luck with unpasteurized. Like I said, don't get hung up. Like I said, if you're a farmer or you know a farmer that's going to give you that milk or make cheese for you, well, good for you. But for the rest of us, cheese is good. Okay? Cheese is very, very good for you. Okay. Good questions.

Val, "What about black garlic?" Yeah. It's good for you. Not good for your breath, but it's good for you. The black garlic has more antioxidants than the ordinary garlic. Garlic's good. It really is. Take it as a supplement, I'm not big on that, but I like garlic. Okay. Oh, this is the question. Jennifer was asking, "Everyone gets weaned off milk, so why would you drink cows milk?" You're right, Jennifer. You're right. Why would you drink cows milk? Don't drink it. You don't need it. Eat cheese. You can have some cream in your smoothie. Okay? And make sure it's cream. One of the reasons we see so many problems with dairy today is because it's full of sugar. It's full of lactose. Like cheese, it doesn't have enough lactose for a mouse. Okay? It has a little, but doesn't have much. Most people that have what they call a milk intolerance, don't have a cheese intolerance, but some do. And if you do, well, lay off of it. What can I tell you? Sorry, Jennifer, I couldn't find it. I'm a senior.

Nancy, "Why do women get breast cysts?" Because women have estrogen. And when they have too much estrogen, it makes things grow. I'm very big on hammering down estrogen. Listen, it's never, ever a lack of estrogen in 2021. There isn't a woman on the planet, oh, yeah, I know what her problem is. She doesn't have enough estrogen. No, because every plastic, every chemical, every air freshener, every blah, blah, blah, anything that you can't pronounce, your body thinks it's estrogen. And for women that can be deadly. That's why I'm so big on bringing it down.

For men, estrogen can be deadly too, because it makes the prostate grow. Men who get prostate cancer have two problems. One, there are carboholics usually and they have insulin resistance and insulin makes things grow. And so does estrogen. It's a bad combo. Women, bad combo for breast cancer. Estrogen compared to progesterone for women and insulin. One is food. The other one can be chemicals in food, in the soil. It's everywhere. Good luck leaving the planet. Okay? So we got to live within the planet. One thing you can control is get that insulin down. The second thing, as much as you can, get your estrogen down. Okay? Get your estrogen down. We call it dimming it out. Dim it out. Okay. Let me get back to these questions. Very good.

Celine, "Does bone broth powder have the same benefits as eating protein?" Yeah, because bone broth powder has the highest source of collagen protein. Collagen is a protein. Collagen protein is very good for you. I love collagen, because it's good for your skin. It's good for your nails. Ladies, it's good for your hair. I wish it was good for mine. I used to have a lot of hair. Women, never, never, never, never allow yourself to have your hair thinning, because that's a hormonal issue. God gave you hair. Men, not so much. Women, yes. Okay? When your hair is not what it used to be, you got a hormonal issue or you're not eating enough protein. Because women are famous in this day and age, not eating protein, because they think eggs, that's cholesterol, and red meat, that's cancer. That's not good, because you need protein. That's why we have a bone broth.

Now, bone broth does a lot more things than that. I find the best source of protein, the most tolerated. The problem with whey protein, and I can't stand veggie protein, I can't stand it as a powder and soy protein, don't touch that stuff. Soy will elevate your estrogen. Okay? I like collagen protein. That's why I put it in Dr. Martin's Perfect Smoothie. Call it.

Louise was asking about cheese. "Does cheese cause fibrin in the liver." No, it don't. There's two things that'll give you trouble in your liver. One is sugar, because sugar turns to fat in your liver. Fatty liver don't come from cheese. Fatty liver comes from sugar and crappy carbohydrates. Okay? One. You know the other thing that can elevate your fibrin in your liver? Medications. Your liver does 600 things. The detox organs in your body, your liver, of course, your lungs are there too, but the two big ones are your liver and your kidneys and medications often will play havoc with those two. Okay?

Now Barbara, "I love your podcast." Well, thank you very much, Barbara. Okay. Recently read, promoting Spirulina and Chlorella, know all about it, as something everyone should be taking for optimum health. Well, I disagree with that. Okay? Go listen to our podcast on the fabulous five. Those are the ones that I really like. Okay? You know me, I'm very consistent. Vitamin D, probiotics, high DHA, Navitol pine bark extract, B12. The fabulous five. Okay? So when someone tells you like Chlorella and look, I'm not against it, it's all right, but I'm not that big on it. Clinically, I never found it to be all that great, to be honest with you. Okay? So good question.

Lorraine, "Can you get the same amount of vitamin C from an already ground coffee versus a freshly ground coffee bean?" Well, probably a little bit better freshly ground, but coffee is coffee. I had a study here. Let me see. You guys are going to say, Dr. Martin, all you care about is coffee. New York Times. When you're on the reset and people say, "Doc, I'm getting constipated." Because they're so used to eating fiber all the time. Fiber, fiber, fiber. But this is on the New York Times. I just about died when I read this the other day. Okay. Here's New York Times. "Why does coffee make you poop?" I'm serious. It's the headline. "Why does coffee make you poop?" And the article goes on to say, "Coffee has a thousand compounds, antioxidants and anti-inflammatories and they're so good for you, plus it makes you poop."

I tell you guys, I told you coffee's good for you for everything from pooping, to your brain, to your heart, to everything. It is the real vitamin C. And you can drink decaffeinated coffee. It's not the caffeine. It's the bean. Okay? It's the bean. So what am I saying? Drink your coffee. Tea, why would you drink tea when you can drink coffee? Somebody on the website yesterday or in the private Facebook group said I don't like coffee. I feel sorry for you. Okay. Good question, Lorraine.

Violet, "I have glaucoma." Whoa, here we go. "I read yesterday that coffee raises ocular pressure." Nonsense. It's the opposite. It's an antioxidant. It'll protect your eyes. It'll help you to protect yourself from glaucoma. It's the opposite. You get all sorts of gurus, guys that got the same degrees as me, men and women, and they get these preconceived ideas. Okay? And it's hard to change them. Coffee, well, blah, blah, blah, blah. In the 1970s, I was the only guy defending coffee. People were screaming, it's not good for you. It's acidic. It's blah, blah, blah. I mean you wouldn't believe the attacks that were on coffee. And I used to say, man, it is an antioxidant. It's a polyphenol. It is powerful. A thousand compounds in it. It is so much better than ascorbic acid, the other vitamin C. Do you hear me? And I meant it then. And I mean it now. Sorry, it does not raise ocular pressure.

Now some people have trouble with caffeine. Well, then drink the decaf. Like I said, it's not caffeine that's good for you. It's the bean? And caffeine by the way, does not negate the benefits of coffee. Plus, don't drink 20 cups in a day. Okay? I'm not saying that. You know what? I've said this for many years and research is bearing this out, four cups of coffee a day. Not more and not less. Okay? It's like me with the experience I have with water. "Doc, why do you say two liters or 64 ounces?" Because clinically, I could prove in blood, the viscosity of blood changed with two liters of water a day. Now for some people they have more than that, but never less in my opinion, never less. And I stick by it because I told people for almost 50 years to drink water. When people, "Oh, water, I don't like water." Well, too bad, so sad. Drink it. Okay. So, that was Violet.

Maria, "Is there any cream or is there a cream, something I can do for dry skin in the winter?" Rivera, pine bark extract. Coconut oil is good. Okay? Natural. Yeah. I like those.

Francis, "What level should your creatine be at?" Well, unless it's flagged, I don't care. You can't make me care. You can Google it, but if you get blood work done and your creatinine is too high, I'm going to tell you what's happening. Okay. It'll be flagged by the way. If it's too high, it's going to get flagged. If it's too high, you got what we call kidney stress. Kidney stress is caused by a couple of things. One, sugar is the hardest thing in the universe on your kidneys, not salt, but sugar. Why is that? Because sugar is so toxic that the first thing that it loves to destroy are your little capillaries. Capillaries are so skinny that a red blood cell has to go in one at a time. They make themselves skinny to go through a capillary. But capillaris are damaged when sugar is high. That's why your eyeballs... When they were saying, "Oh, coffee raises your ocular pressure," it ain't coffee that's doing it. It's sugar that's doing it. So don't put sugar in your coffee. Okay? It's not coffee. It's sugar.

And kidneys, it ain't salt. It's sugar. I listened to a group the other day talking while I was eating about, we never use salt. I feel sorry for you because they get it mixed up. Oh salt. That's 50-year old teaching. When your creatinine goes up, you have kidney stress. Check your diet, make sure. Kidneys are Niagara Falls, you need water. You're often dehydrated.

And let me give you a third one. You live on vegetables. You're going to raise up your oxalates. Oxalates form calcium in your kidneys. That's how you get kidney stones. They're either uric acid, sugar, or they're oxalate, veggies. Now, I'm not against vegetables. Okay? But don't live on them, because they're hard on your kidneys if you eat too many. Now, you're never going to hear that anywhere else, but here. And you guys might think I'm crazy, but I'm telling you, one of the reasons I put people on the reset is I don't want any stress on the kidneys whatsoever. And I take you off oxalates. Fruits and vegetables create oxalates, calcium stones. You got it? Okay. That's the way I think guys. I'm sorry.

Cheryl, "Whenever I go for a brisk walk or do anything strenuous, I can hear my heartbeat. I'm 75 years old. And the only medication I take is blood thinner XARELTO." Well, listen, it could be your blood thinner, Cheryl. It could be your blood thinner, because XARELTO, and I'm not telling you to come off of it, please. I'm just telling you that's one of the side effects. Here's what you need to do for your heart health. Eat protein like it's going out of style. Take high DHA. Slide out of rooms. You've got enough oil around that heart. Okay? And one of the things that happens if you're eating too much sugar is you're going to decrease the amount of magnesium in your body. And a lot of times with heart health, you're looking at low levels of magnesium. Okay? And a lot of people, when they don't get enough animal fat, they don't get enough CoQ10. Okay? I'm big on CoQ10. I think we talked about it this week. And CoQ10, you eat when you eat vitamin S, steak. Okay? So thanks, Cheryl, for the question.

And Connie's asking about, "What does advance collagen do?" Well, that's just another form of collagen. There's a lot of marketing. No, I like collagen. Bone broth, I love it. Would it be taken with vitamin C? You mean coffee or the other vitamin C? You don't need vitamin C with collagen. Zinc, nah. I like zinc. You guys know that. Vitamin Z, Zed, whatever you call it. But I want you to eat vitamin S, because then you get your zinc. Why do you have to take zinc as a supplement? Now, I put it in our blood boost because those people, I got to force feed, because they're anemic or they've got cancer or they got low blood or they got a malabsorption syndrome, blah, blah, blah. Lots of reasons for blood boost.

But I would rather you eat vitamin S. Then you get vitamin A, you get zinc, you get CoQ10, you get heme iron, you get L-arginine. Okay? All of those from eating vitamin S and plus another dozen things, B12. And by the way, I think it was Cheryl. Let me go back to her question. One of the things that I found over the years, it just came to my mind, Cheryl, about your heart, skipping a beat. Check your B12 levels. Okay? Because B12 is very, very important for everything, for everything.

Okay. [Avalan 00:23:40], "If a person smoked for 30 years and quit smoking, how long would it take to clean up their lungs?" Well, you get brand new blood in four months. Okay? That's a big start. Four months. Now lung damage, depending how much scarring. It's amazing though, your body, you get a brand new body every seven years. All of it. Your body is unbelievable, isn't it? Fearfully and wonderfully made. Okay? That's your body. So if you quit smoking, good for you, keep it up and make sure that you're regenerating everything you need. Do the reset. That helps to heal, that helps to clean. Okay? Lungs will regenerate even better when you replace the bacteria in your lungs. Okay? Good question.

Rosemary, "I had surgery. Lymphatic system needs help, swollen ankle on the surgery side." Yeah. I like Navitol. That's my favorite in terms of regenerating those little capillaries and making things go. Drink lots of water and move and move. And you might find, Rosemary, depending on your age and some other factors that you'll always have a little bit of a swollen ankle. And I wouldn't worry about it too much. Keep active, move. Okay?

Nicole, and this is a little bit controversial, but, "Is a mammogram actually healthy for breast tissue?" Well, look, ecoutez. Okay? That's French for listen. Look, mammograms... I'm a big guy. I think if you know me, I'm big on prevention. Mammogram isn't prevention. It's detection. Okay? It's detection. Medicine is into detection. I'm into prevention. Now, mammograms have side effects. Okay? So you have to weigh as an individual the risk of that. It's like a colonoscopy. Okay? Because doctors are into detection. I get it. It's how they're trained. I'm not even saying it's wrong, but I'm into prevention. They don't talk about that. Breast cancer, I'm into prevention of it. Don't allow tumors to grow, so lower your estrogen, lower your insulin. And you got to make your decision about mammograms. Okay? You got to make up your mind about that. There's an alternative. It hasn't been well accepted, but I liked it, thermography, which is not invasive. You can Google it and see if there's any facility near you that you can have that done. I like that. You got to make up your mind. I'm just giving you some information. Okay?

Mary, "What does Dr. Martin think about histamine intolerance?" Well, histamine intolerance, brought to you by leaky gut. So whenever you hear of histamine intolerance, okay... You know what an antihistamine is, like Claritin or whatever. These are antihistamines. Okay? When your body has allergies. And histamine intolerance is when people are allergic literally to themselves, they're allergic to themselves and that's leaky gut. It always starts in the gut. Even the stomach, not enough acidity. We talked about that the other day. And food doesn't get broken down properly. Yeast, the invasion of candida, that is the cause of histamine intolerance. You got a major yeast infection. I guarantee it. Okay? So thanks for the question. Is it caused by a lack of enzyme? Nah. An enzyme that your body makes are pancreatic enzymes. I'd be more on pancreatic enzyme, but it's leaky gut.

Bernadita, hello, Bernadita. I like that. "How our renal tumors or cysts produced?" Yes, renal, kidneys. How are they produced? Estrogen, insulin. And kidneys is more insulin than estrogen. Tumors, cut out the growth hormone insulin. Okay? And again, I think we've done enough on kidneys today. Water. Okay? Drink water. Niagara Falls. Think of your kidneys. Niagara Falls. Vitamin W, cut out your sugars. Cut out your sugars. Okay, Bernadita, good question.

Marie. Hello Marie. "The hype to purchase ionized water." I'm not big on it. Why would you spend thousands of dollars on ionized water? I don't get... Ionized water is trace minerals. You want good pH in your water? Add salt. Himalayan. Put a little pinch of Himalayan salt. Drink salt. It's good for you. Okay? pH, I'm big on spring water. I love spring water better than any other water. But if you're going to drink water from a tap, filter it, please. Okay? I'm just asking you to do that. Filter out all the chemicals and all that stuff. Okay? And add a little pinch of salt. Okay? And then you're going to get a good pH. I'm not big on spending huge amount of money. Who would have ever thought, really, that we would pay money for water? You got to understand, like our sports drink when we were a kid was drinking out of a hose. Okay? I remember that, playing baseball and football as a kid and our sports drink was the hose. Not Gatorade. Okay.

Okay. Oh, Marie had a second part. "Keto is basically a carb free..." It's a low carb. Marie is asking, she doesn't understand how fiber negates carbohydrates. Well, if you follow me, I'm not big on that. I'm not big on keto. Not that I'm against it. I'm not. I'm just not big on it, because keto doesn't necessarily mean you're eating good. I'm big on fuel. The more animal protein, animal fat, eggs, meat, and cheese. God gave you perfect food, the animal kingdom and the plant kingdom, which is veggies and fruit. Now, high amounts of animal kingdom, little bit less veggies and fruit. Don't live on those things. And now you are going to have the right diet, the longterm diet. Okay?

Because you know me and the reset, 30 days, change your life. 30 days to change your life. And then how do you eat? You eat from the animal kingdom mostly. And then the plant kingdom. No human kingdom, like the store bought breads and noodles and pasta and rice and cereal. Never have another bowl of cereal again in your life because it's just dessert. Like why would you give your kid dessert for breakfast? You wouldn't think of it. So I'm not big on fiber. It's overrated. Okay. So I'm not big on that. There's a thousand keto foods. They're lower carbohydrates, but that doesn't make them nutrient dense. I'm big guy on rocket fuel. I want you to change fuels. Go to rocket fuel. Instead of your 88 that you're putting in your gas tank, go to 99, eggs, meat and cheese. There you go. Okay?

Cindy, "How high is too high for ketones on the reset?" Not too high. Ketosis, okay, is excellent. What does it do? You're burning fat as fuel. Yep. Who cares? I don't even tell you to measure ketosis. You don't have to measure it. Don't worry about it. I'm not a big guy on counting or measuring. You don't have to. Eggs, meat and cheese. How much? Well, when you're not hungry, don't eat. How's that? It's not calories. It's fuel. So if you go into ketosis, good for you. Who cares? Ketones are good for you. Now there's a different thing called ketoacidosis. That's completely different, but doctors get it mixed up because they didn't learn nutrition in school.

Okay. "What are Dr. Martin's recommendations," last ones, Danny, "for low blood pressure?" Well, we know half the population, half, it's incredible, have high blood pressure. Some people have low blood pressure. Always, always, Danny, I go to the cause of low blood pressure. Most of the time it's hormonal. The thyroid is sluggish. It's not working properly. And I like to fix that first and it's amazing what blood pressure it'll come back. But some people, they just have low blood pressure. And if you stand up fast and you're dizzy, like you're drunk, that can be a problem. But I usually look to the thyroid. It's not working properly, even though the blood work might be within normal limits. Okay? So I'm big on fixing the cause of it.

Okay, guys, I think I got to every question. I don't often do that, because I get off on tangents. But anyway, you guys are great for asking the questions and we appreciate that. Am I controversial? Well, not in my mind. It's just telling you the truth and the truth shall set you free. Okay, guys, we love you. Monday afternoon session, okay, we're going to do a Monday afternoon session and we'll post that. Okay? If you're not part of the Facebook group, our private group, well, you join. You got to join. You still can get our book, The Reset. Not too late for Christmas, you know. Christmas gifts. Save someone's life.

I had a person send me an email and said, "Dr. Martin, this has changed my life. Changed my life in 30 days. Like unbelievable. Nobody ever told me." Yeah. Now we got tens and tens of thousands of people that know what that is. Okay? So, that's a great gift to give to a friend. Let them read about it so that they understand it. Okay? I'm not a complicated person. I don't write for doctors. Okay? Big words to confuse the masses, I don't do that. I write simple, the way I talk. Simple. Okay. Love you guys. Talk to you soon.

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