29 Mar 2024

Discussing misconceptions surrounding LDL cholesterol and the pharmaceutical industry’s influence on healthcare practices. The importance of understanding the role of LDL cholesterol in heart health and advocates for comprehensive testing, including calcium CT scans and echocardiograms, to assess cardiovascular risk accurately. The significance of addressing oxidative stress and recommends natural interventions for maintaining heart health.

Highlights of the Podcast

00:14 – LDL cholesterol

00:59 – The calcium CT

03:21 – A disease process and letting it get worse over time?

04:04 – Natural things can fix natural processes

06:35 – The LDL cholesterol

07:26 – Levels of testosterone

08:30 – You need a calcium

09:51 – The Western medicine model

10:40 – The concierge thing

Dr. Matt Chalmers [00:00:04] LDL cholesterol and VLDL cholesterol, have gotten a really bad rap. It is the number one fuel source for your heart. oh. There’s be lots of things that you guys have never heard about, by the way. LDL cholesterol is the number one fuel source for your heart. You desperately need it. It will never fly. It’s never going to cause a heart attack. It’s never going to cause any problems. Ever. So if you have high LDL, if you have high triglycerides, if you have a high that stuff, you’re fine. Don’t listen to your doctor that it’s a lie that cholesterol is going to plaque. UCLA just did a study. Well, they say just did a while ago, showing that 75% of people who die from a heart attack or a stroke caused by arterial blocking in their study had good or no more cholesterol levels.

Dr. Matt Chalmers [00:00:46] The reason that everybody will tell you that LDL cholesterol is causing your heart attacks is because they have statin drugs are trying to sell you, not because they care about your health. If they cared about your health, they would do tests that look for plaque called a calcium CT. So the calcium CT is one of the base ones. They’ve got some with Di. They’ve got some with di with I. It’s really cool. But that’s how you check for planking is for the calcium setting. If your doctor has not offered you a calcium CT, but has offered you certain drugs so you don’t have a health care provider, you have a drug salesman. Sorry. That’s where you’re at. I don’t care if it’s a cardiologist, you know, primary care if you if they said, hey, look, we’re worried about your heart. We’re going to do echocardiogram. We’re going to do calcium CT. We’re going to do a sleep study. Do you have a health care provider? If they say, hey, your LDL is high, we’re to give you a Saturn drug. Give a drug salesman the amount of people who come in here and tell me that their joints hurt. They’re tired all the time.

Dr. Matt Chalmers [00:01:36] They have no sex drive. They feel like trash because they’re on a fat drug. And and I go, well, what’s your calcium CD? You say, May I have no idea what you’re talking about? I was like, what’s your echocardiogram look like? I have no idea what you’re talking about. And so we do an echocardiogram, which is a video of your heart actually beating. I can see leaky valves. I can see if the ejection fraction, which is not a kick out of heart, is the accurate amount. I can see if your atrial like everything that happens in your heart mechanically. I can see if it’s okay. Does it leak? Does it work right? There’s all that stuff I can see. Calcium CT is an X-ray of the chest that shows black. So if we’re worried about blacking, why don’t we look for blacking? It’s not a new test, either.

Dr. Matt Chalmers [00:02:17] This thing’s been around forever. Your doctors don’t do it because they want to sell you certain drugs. And if your calcium comes back as zero but you get no plaque in your arteries, they can’t sell you certain drugs. That’s why they don’t offer them. They know about them. Your cardiologist 100% knows about them, but they don’t offer them because they want to sell you statin drugs. They don’t want to help your health care. Think of it this way if you’re on a statin drug every day for the rest of your life, and it doesn’t help because they don’t really help, and then you have a heart attack. They get to big to make money off of you every single day. And then when you have your heart attack at the hospital, they get to make money off of you all the time. If we fix the problem, they don’t get to make money off of you. The Western medicine model is management and treatment of disease, not eradication of disease because they make money on the management and treatment.

Dr. Matt Chalmers [00:03:02] Management and treatment is every single day. And then when you finally have your issue, they treat it at the hospital. That’s how they make their money. I make my money by preventing issues, fixing issues and then helping you maintain your health. So this depends. Do you want to spend money maintaining your health, or do you want to spend money managing a disease process and letting it get worse over time? That’s really kind of how it goes. So look at it that way. The other thing about this is that when you get if you’re if you’re looking for platinum on a blood test, you have to look for what’s called oxidized LDL. Oxidized LDL is actually the type of LDL that will plaque. What happens is that we have reactive oxidative stress based off free radicals. But here’s the fun thing. If you’re if you’re younger, if you’re 40 ish, between maybe 35 and 50, you might have heard the term free radical damage, oxidation, things like that, because it was big in the 90s.

Dr. Matt Chalmers [00:03:53] And then everybody quit talking about it. And the reason they quit talking about it was because there’s no drugs to fix oxidation or free radical damage, only supplementation and nutrition because it’s a natural process and only natural things can fix natural processes. So they quit talking because they weren’t gonna make money off of it. And that’s the actual problem. So that’s why that that really started dying down. So that’s what I talk about, reactive oxidative stress. When I talk about free radicals. That’s actually the chemical process that’s problematic. That’s why, you know C is so good. That’s why natto kinase is so good. That’s why, you know, CoQ10 is so great. That’s why hyperbaric oxygen is so fantastic. That’s why we do sleep studies. So a sleep study will see how much you’re breathing or how well you’re breathing at night. Oxygen is the number one way we get rid of free radical damage.

Dr. Matt Chalmers [00:04:36] So when I talk about, you know, I had to talk about this all the time, but I worked with a cardiothoracic surgeon for a long time before I retired. And right before he retired, I started learning about sleep apnea. It’s like, this is like a decade ago. And I asked him, how big of a problem is this? Let me put it this way. He said, this is a cardiothoracic surgeon who works on people who have black in their arteries and plaque in their heart and that type of thing. And he said at least half the patients I’d worked on, if I didn’t have sleep apnea, I would never have met. That’s how big of a deal it is. That’s why we do sleep studies with all of our studies right at the entrance to to the exam, like when we do our entry intake, the executive physical. That’s why we do the sleep studies, because so many people have sleep apnea issues, especially not the vaccine’s out that, you know, they just don’t know. And it’s a massive piece of your healthcare.

Dr. Matt Chalmers [00:05:24] But again, if you want people to get sick, you don’t talk about it. If you want people to get healthy, you do. So you’ll understand why the Western medicine guys usually don’t talk about sleep studies. But that’s kind of where all this stuff goes. So that’s why we do echocardiograms, that’s why we do calcium TV. So that’s why we do sleep studies. Everybody, when we bring them in, we do our initial intake. But that’s the thing. So if you’re looking at actually the problem that causes tracking, if you look at what’s called oxidized LDL, I run that lab. I also do an iPod, I run interlude. There’s a lot of things I run that look for inflammation and look for free, radical and oxidative damage. When we find those things, you can go back to and clean them up. Like I said, it’s all about natural pathways. It’s CoQ10, it’s a methylated B vitamins. It’s, you know, Tai chi plays a role. Not a mark in AC is fantastic. And AC helps make what’s called interstitial gluten. So what that means is.

Dr. Matt Chalmers [00:06:15] The glue to time. It helps the body regenerate, heal, detox, all that other stuff. It starts making it in the cells so it can fix it. But what happens? The reason that you have planting is because you have a pool of oxidative stress, right? You have all these free radicals and it sits on a blood vessel and it damages the blood vessels, oxidizes the blood vessel, and then the LDL cholesterol that’s flowing through it. If it sits there long enough, it becomes oxidized. So you now have oxidized LDL. You have it oxidized or damaged epithelial tissue that’s in your blood vessel. When these two things get together, they stick and they’re supposed to. And the reason is because oxidative stress can rip apart your blood vessels, and your body spots a plaque that over to protect it.

Dr. Matt Chalmers [00:06:55] Then when you eat your nutrition, it heals it and you’re fine. The problem is that we don’t have any nutrition in this country. And so what ends up happening is that if you’re not taking your supplementation and you’re getting the standard American diet, you just have more and more and more and more free radicals. And it gets worse and worse and worse and plaques up more and more and more. So if you this is the first time you’re hearing about this, share this video with somebody else, get a calcium CT, get the right labs done and get everything for it. Now one of the other fun things is that I’ve got research that shows super physiological levels of testosterone. So high levels of testosterone above a thousand actually eat plaque out of your arteries so they will high levels of testosterone. As long as you watch your hemoglobin, hematocrit levels will radically increase your cardiovascular health. One of the other reasons testosterone is also illegal. So or has to be by prescription.

Dr. Matt Chalmers [00:07:45] And they just changed that. So you couldn’t get you can’t get three months anymore. You can only get one month at a time. They’re trying to crack down on guys like me who are trying to provide health care to people, because again, they’re starting to be like, well, if people get their testosterone levels right, they’re not going to need Viagra drugs. They’re not gonna need anti-depressants, they’re not gonna need bone density drugs. They’re not going to they’re going to have sex with their husbands and wives, and their relationships are going to get better. So they don’t need that’s another reason they don’t need anti-depressants and antipsychotics, you know. And so there’s there’s a whole list of other drugs you don’t need if you’re testosterone. Right. So again, recognize where people make their money, either you’re going to pay to stay healthy or your pay to stay sex. It’s your call. But that’s kind of where a lot of that stuff is. If you guys are going in and your doctor saying you need a statin drug and they’re not telling you that you need a calcium CD, that you’re not telling you that you need echocardiogram, again, you don’t have a health care provider. You have a drug salesman. So if you want a better guy, he wanted better. Doc. Functional medicine guys are usually pretty good with this. But here’s the the pace. The guy who reads your labs, the guy who read your echo, the guy who reads all that stuff matters.

Dr. Matt Chalmers [00:08:51] There’s lots of times where I’ll see blood reports and who are like, oh, this person is totally healthy. And I’m looking at be like, well, they didn’t pull the right labs and they didn’t, you know, they’re not inferring right information because they can’t because they don’t have the information. But if you have a if you’re seeing if you’re diabetic and you’re seeing somebody for diabetes and they don’t pull your insulin every time, again, they’re not trying to help you. They’re trying to manage your disease and keep you said insulin is the reason that we have diabetes. Insulin, like you’ve got to watch your insulin. Like I see people all the time. And I guess telling their diabetic for the first time is what blood sugar will be 100 or 90 8 or 105 and they’re like, oh, I heard from my blood sugar sign. Plus sugar is fine. You’re insulin at 25. That’s your problem. Fasting blood sugar.

Dr. Matt Chalmers [00:09:33] But, insulin levels of over 20 you’re diabetic. So you’ve got to start fixing that. Which metabolic specialists. It’s easy to fix. Diabetes. Thanks for a couple days. So it’s just, again, one of those things you’re going to pay for health care or you’re gonna pay for sick care. Sick care keeps you sick. That’s the Western medicine model. Health care keeps you healthy. It’s kind of up to you how you guys want to play it. I don’t care if people come in all the offices all the time. They’re like, well, I’m going to stay on this tab. I’m like, that’s cool. You’re. Since you did all you can make your own decisions. My job is to give you the information. Once you have the information, you can choose for yourself. That’s just how it goes. So if you guys are having if you guys are worried about your LDL, if you’re worried about heart attacks, you’re worry about strokes.

Dr. Matt Chalmers [00:10:15] Get a calcium CT, getting echocardiogram, get a sleep study, and then make sure the guy who’s reading them is reading them properly. It’s your hormones checked. But again, you’ve got to get a guy who is focused on keeping you healthy, not focus on giving you sick. So it’s kind of up to you. This is one of the other reasons that Dana White and a lot of people are starting to come out and they’re like, you should never see a medical doctor for your general health and wellness. So and I get it, a lot of people can’t afford it. This is kind of the concierge thing, but it’s kind of up to you. You know, I have people who who don’t buy the fancier cars to keep their body healthier because this is the machine you get to walk around, and this is what you get to show off. So it’s up to you guys how you wanna play it. But that’s that would be the big thing. So if your doctor is pushing certain drugs and hasn’t been on calcium CT, I would be worried.

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