Guest: Dr.Ross Walker
Presenter: Henry Acosta
Guest Bio: Dr Ross Walker is a leading Australian cardiologist with a passion for people and health. He is considered as one of the world’s best keynote speakers and life coaches. Dr Walker has published 7 best selling books and have regular appearances on the Nine Network’s ‘Today Show’ and ‘A Current Affair’, and Sky News, Switzer Business. Also, he has a weekly radio show on Sydney’s 2UE/ 4BC &2CC with other regular segments on 2UE, 6PR, 4BC and 3AW.
Segment overview: Fatty liver diseases are becoming prevalent in Australia and most of the time, people are not aware that they suffer from fatty liver. This silent killer has no symptoms and there is no known cure. The Calabrian Bergamot oranges contain high levels of powerful antioxidants. It is the main ingredient in BergaMET Pro+, a natural supplement which is proven to be effective in two human and two animal studies to date (and has a phase 1 study currently underway for FDA registration). Leading Australian cardiologist Dr. Ross Walker has been using BergaMET on thousands of his patients over the past five years with definitive results.
Health Professional Radio – BergaMet Pro+
Henry Acosta: Hi, I’m Henry Acosta and welcome to Health Professional Radio. Today we’re back with Dr. Ross Walker. Ross is one of Australia’s most premiere cardiologists and author of multiple selling books. Did you know that fatty liver diseases are becoming prevalent in Australia? And most of the time we’re not even aware of us having them. Recent studies have shown that there’s an alarming growth among Australians and it’s barely detectable even through regular medical checkups. Today we’re here to talk about how to treat fatty liver diseases, how to achieve a healthier liver, and also this product called ‘BergaMet Pro+’, a dietary supplement that helps balance out your overall health through the use of a fruit from the Calabrian region of Italy. Welcome to Health Professional Radio Dr. Ross, we’re glad to have you back.
Dr. Ross Walker: It’s always a pleasure to talk to you Henry.
H: Can you tell us why do you think that fatty liver diseases are starting to become more prevalent in Australia?
W: Well, I think they’re not just prevalent in Australia, it’s also the rest of the world that are coping with fatty liver as well. Let me share the reason for this Henry. 30% of caucasians, 50% of asians and close to a 100% of people with dark skin, carry the gene for insulin resistance, they’re born with the gene. And that gene is a survival advantage if you’re a hunter-gatherer because when you’re a hunter-gatherer, you kill a beast, you eat the beast straight away because there was no pre-historic … back in those days and because otherwise the food would go off. You’d store a little bit of fat around your belly for the next couple of days later. You’d run your blood sugar level a bit higher, because your brain needs sugar to keep it going and so that was fine if you’re a hunter-gatherer, but the problem is in our modern world, what do we do? We have breakfast, lunch, dinner, we are sitting our bums all day. And so therefore, every time you have that food, you store a little bit of extra fat around the belly. So when you’re insulin resistant, what happens is that on the surface of every cell, there is a receptor called the ‘Energy Receptor’ that opens up to take in nutrients, sugar, fat, protein. But when you’re insulin resistant, the doors jam so you can then store a bit of fat outside the cell and run your sugar level a bit higher because the nutrients are getting into the cell to do this stuff you actually going in the storage mode. But then the pancreas, which has to make more insulin to force that receptor open after a while says, ‘I can’t keep doing this’, so the pancreas fell up goes your sugar level, the blood pressure goes up, the cholesterol goes up, and you store more and more fat around your belly, and get not just cardiovascular disease and all that cardiologist gives men a job, but you also get fats storing in other organs including the liver. And so now we’re seeing about 1 in 4 people living in Australia with fatty liver and unfortunately, it’s also occurring in children. Because here is the problem, the rate of childhood obesity now, childhood obesity and teenagers obesity, is around 17%. Nearly, 1 in 5 children are obese or overweight, I mean this is dreadful. And the children that are significantly obese, the vast majority of them close to 80% of them have a fatty liver. And so what happens is that, you’re not processing the fat properly in the liver, it’s accumulating, and so then the liver doesn’t work properly and if you don’t treat fatty liver early, get onto it early and reverse it, it can lead to cirrhosis.
H: What are tell-tale signs that we don’t have healthy livers?
W: Well early on Henry, absolutely none. It’s a silent killer. So this is the problem. You can have fatty liver for 10, 15, 20 years, not even know about it. Then in your 40s and 50s, you can develop cirrhosis with or without alcohol intake. So we’re talking about non-alcoholic fatty liver disease that it’s just so prevalent where 1 in 4 adults and it’s significant amount of children now getting fatty liver. And the point is, you say, ‘Why is this happening?’ Well firstly, the insulin resistant chain, but when you expose anyone with insulin resistance to Western rubbish, all are dreadful foods, people reading the inactivity, the excessive calories, throwing alcohol there as well. The liver is the first port of call of all the nutrients going down your throat that could have go through the liver, everything you put in your mouth to be processed so the body can use them for normal things. But here is the problem, we’re only designed to wonder in the jungle for 30-40 years with a spear, we weren’t designed to live how we’re living at the moment. Of course, we’re living in a less harsh environment, so we all live in double our used-by-date of 30 to 40 years. But we’re not living that well because we’re getting all of these chronic illnesses like fatty liver because of this issue.
H: What are the ways that we can ensure that we have a healthy liver?
W: Okay. The first thing is to see what you’re putting down in your throat. That is the most important thing. So, if people can cut back their caloric intake and there’s 3 simple things I say to people about weight loss. Number one, cut back the calories, cut back the carbs, and cut back the grog. Put a healthier things through your mouth and therefore, through your liver. There’s no doubt about that. So firstly, keeping the weight down and when people want to lose weight, it is 80% food, 20% exercise. Now, when I talk about food as well, I’ve got to give a special mention to the fluid we put there on our throat. I only mentioned alcohol, but let’s not forget sugary drinks. This may surprise you Henry but there are people out there that would have a soft drink every day. And I don’t care whether it’s a sugary soft drink or a diet soft drink, they’re just as bad as each other. And when you do that, you remarkably increase your risk for diabetes, fatty liver, and all the other problems that go with it. So you’ve got to work at the sort of things you’re putting down your mouth. But then, are there any treatments for fatty liver? Now you mentioned at the start, BergaMet. Now, I’ve got to declare my interest on one of the lead researchers in the world for the Bergamot orange, which is grown in the Southern ionic strip of Italy in Calabria. And this orange, it’s really actually not an orange, it’s halfway between an orange and lemon/ It’s very, very bitter. The juice of the orange is put into a pill called BergaMet and the strong version is BergaMet Pro+. There’s any one product available on the market and as I said, I have an association with the company, I do the research for the company. So you’ve got to always declare your interest in this thing. So this BergaMet Pro+, taken one pill twice a day, is the only therapeutic substance to date that has published data to show that it can reduce and in cases reverse fatty liver. So I think it’s pretty exciting stuff and it’s my view having used this in patients, probably around over 5,000 patients over the last 6 years, that it’s the best natural product on the market, and it’s certainly the only thing we have to reduce fatty liver disease. So we have published data about all of these.
H: How did you come up about this supplement?
W: I was approached by the people who grow it in Italy because of my position in Australia and they said, ‘Would you be interested in trying this’ and so I did. And so the way BergaMet actually works, it has 5 very strong polyphenols. As you know, polyphenols is really a scientific term for plant chemicals. And these polyphenols, the 5 strong polyphenols work together to have really 5 main actions. Number one, it specifically breaks down fat and sugar in the gut. It activates a thing called ‘AMP Kinase’, which is a master metabolic switch and so the fat and sugars broken down the guts, so it’s certainly helps keep the down the belly fat. Number two, it improves the microcirculation to all your organs – the brain, the heart, the lungs, the liver, the kidneys, and all of vital organs are perfused better when you’re taking BergaMet. Number three, and this is something that a lot of people don’t understand, most people think that there is a bad cholesterol called ‘LDL’ and a good cholesterol called ‘HDL’. Now there is LDL and HDL but they’re not bad and good. In fact, they have broken into sub-components. It is small LDL and small HDL that is bad for you, whereas large LDL and large HDL is good for you. What BergaMet does, doesn’t change the cholesterol much in most cases, but it will shift you from the bad small bits to the large bits. So it’s very healthy. BergaMet also protects you against diabetes and it protects you against fatty liver. So it has these 5 actions, so I think everyone over the age 50 should take it, anyone with metabolic syndrome which is the insulin resistance clinical manifestation. Metabolic Syndrome is the commonest syndrome in the world, and it’s a combination of two or more of the following things – tend to see the diabetes, blood pressure, cholesterol issues, fat around the belly, cardiovascular disease, and it can try on top of that fatty liver and gout. So all of those things and are so said within insulin resistance. Anyone who is significantly insulin resistant should be taking BergaMet as well and the other thing that we’ve found with BergaMet is that if you’re on a statin, we have published data in the internet through Journal of Cardiology, where we gathered group of people with high cholesterol. A statin, we go over than 20mgs of rosuvastatin which is cholesterol, the strongest statin. We reduced their cholesterols down, the LDL went down 56.5%. Then we cut the statin in half to 10mgs and added the BergaMet on top of that. We got the LDL down 52.5% but we’ve got a much greater rise in HDL and then much bigger drop in triglycerides. The highly statically significant, which showed you that we were shifting, whereas firstly making the statin work better and shifting you from small to large LDL, which is the key in management of cardiovascular disease. So we’ve got a product here that has these multiple actions on many different aspects of good health and so to me, it is the best product for cardiac metabolic liver health by taking this every day.
H: Yes. It sounds like an amazing product.
W: And let me say to you Henry. There is no miracle product, there is no miracle drug. The most important thing I can stress to anyone listening here on Health Professional Radio, there will be a lot of professional people listening to this, the most important being you can stress to all of your patients, or clients, or customers, is firstly, to practice the 5 keys of being healthy and I’ve said it before to you on the show, but I’ll say it again. You cannot be healthy in smoke, drink too much, grog, or snort cocaine. So anyone who has any addictions is unhealthy. Number two, good quality sleep. Seven to eight hours of good quality sleep, this is good for your bodies, not smoking. Number three is nutrition and we’ve already spoken about that. Eat less food, eat less carbs, and drink less grog, and have less softdrinks. Number four, second best strategy in the planet, 3-5 hours every week of exercise, the best strategy in the planet, something called ‘Happiness’. Follow those 5 keys to being healthy. But if you add BergaMet on top of that, it gives you an extra supplementary benefit, supplementary not replacement.
H: Yes. I was just about to ask, since it’s a supplement, what kind of food do you recommend we take along with BergaMet?
W: Look, I’ve always recommend the best diet in the world, the best diet that has been studied for many, many years is the ‘Mediterranean Diet’ and the Mediterranean diet is very simple. Firstly, they eat natural foods and a lot of that foods are based on and what we all know is good for us, 2-3 pieces of fruits per day, 3-5 servings of vegetable per day, and you’ll say, ‘That’s pretty easy’. But then the 10% of this Australian society consumes that amount of fruit and vegetables every day, where it should be 100% doing that. So fruit and vegetables are very important. If you’re going to have carbohydrates, well there are carbohydrates in fruits and vegetables of course, but just make it sure there are whole grains. So good whole grains, not of these processed packaged mocked that’s masquerading in a box. So only have good natural non-refined carbohydrates. And then, little bits of meat, eggs, dairy, chicken, fish, nuts, and olive oil. So nuts and olive oil are very important part of Mediterranean diet. But again, with all of these don’t eat so much. Human beings think that it’s okay to eat a whole lot of good food and it doesn’t matter how much you eat. Your total caloric intake is vitally important as well. So keep down, just to summarize, keep down the calories, keep down the carbs, and keep down the grog, and keep the down the soft drinks.
H: And can you tells us about the most common misconceptions that you usually get when you talk about livers?
W: Well, I think the most common misconception is that everyone thinks liver disease is purely related to alcohol. And I mean there’s no doubt, too much grog can damage your liver, no one’s disputing that. But really, fatty livers are much more common than alcohol-induced liver disease. 1 in 20 people in our society carry the gene for alcoholism and if these people drink alcohol, they are in big trouble. But 1 in 4 people get fatty liver disease. So, that’s the most common misconception that liver disease is caused by alcohol or possibly hepatitis. It’s much more commonly now caused by modern living.
H: And can you give us the main takeaway message that you want our listeners to learn about this interview.
W: Well, there’s two main takeaway messages. The first thing is, look at your style first, second, third, fourth, and fifth. But then, if you really want an extra supplement for good health, I think certainly, if you are over 50, BergaMet Pro+, one pill twice a day. Or if you have metabolic syndrome or if you have non-insulin resistance, any of that or you’re on the statin, also take the BergaMet Pro+ as well.
H: Awesome. Well, that’s all our questions for today and thank you for coming back in the show.
W: Henry, any time you’ve like on the show, it’s a pleasure to be on.
H: And that was Dr. Ross Walker and we just finished talking about the growing concern of fatty liver diseases in Australia and BergaMet Pro+. We always appreciate returning guest on the show and thank you very much for that Dr. Ross Walker. You can find this interview, transcripts, and audio archive on www.hpr.fm or on healthprofessionalradio.com.au. And if you wanted to get in touch with Dr. Ross Walker and learn more about BergaMet Pro+, you can go on drrosswalker.com. I’m Henry Acosta and you’ve been listening to Health Professional Radio.