Share

The Doctor's Farmacy with Mark Hyman, M.D.

A podcast about things that matter

We are seeing an ever-increasing burden of chronic disease, primarily driven by our food and food system. This is perpetuated by agricultural, food and health care policies that don’t support health. We need to rethink d... More
Latest Episode
2019-12-11

Why Food Is A Social Justice Issue with Leah Penniman

Ep. 84

There’s a part of our food system that’s not being talked about: racial inequality. The division of land, government subsidies, and financial resources that are available favor white farmers. Meanwhile, many of our sustainable farming practices actually stem from African and indigenous roots. Since 1920 African-American farmers have lost over 14 million acres of land. Combine this with the fact that Black communities are also at a higher risk of illnesses due to a lack of access to fresh, nutritious food. It’s food apartheid. 


This week on The Doctor’s Farmacy I was joined by Leah Penniman to dig into the racial injustice that continues to smolder in our current food system. Leah Penniman is a Black Kreyol educator, farmer, author, and food justice activist from Soul Fire Farm in Grafton, NY. She co-founded Soul Fire Farm in 2010 with the mission to end racism in the food system and reclaim our ancestral connection to land. As Co-Executive Director, Leah is part of a team that facilitates powerful food sovereignty programs—including farmer training for Black and Brown people, a subsidized farm food distribution program for communities living under food apartheid, and domestic and international organizing toward equity in the food system. Her book, Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm's Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land is a love song for the land and her people.


This episode of The Doctor’s Farmacy is brought to you by Joovv and Thrive Market.


I always love checking out the latest science for anti-aging and recently I discovered Joovv, a red light therapy device. Red light therapy is a super gentle non-invasive treatment where a device with medical-grade LEDs delivers concentrated light to your skin. It actually helps your cells produce collagen so it improves skin tone and complexion, diminishes signs of aging like wrinkles, and speeds the healing of wounds and scars. To check out the Joovv products for yourself head over to joovv.com/farmacy. Once you’re there, you’ll see a special bonus the Joovv team is giving away to my listeners. Use the code FARMACY at checkout. Make sure to also check out Joovv's website for some special holiday deals while supplies last!


Thrive Market has made it so easy for me to stay healthy, even with my intense travel schedule. Not only does Thrive offer 25 to 50% off all of my favorite brands, but they also give back. For every membership purchased, they give a membership to a family in need, and they make it easy to find the right membership for you and your family. You can choose from 1-month, 3-month, or 12-month plans. And right now, Thrive is offering all Doctor's Farmacy listeners a great deal, you’ll get up to $20 in shopping credit when you sign up, to spend on all your own favorite natural food, body, and household items. And any time you spend more than $49 you’ll get free carbon-neutral shipping. All you have to do is head over to thrivemarket.com/Hyman.


Here are more of the details from the interview: 


-How Leah got into farming (5:53)


-Why the term “food apartheid” is more accurate than “food desert” (11:44)


-Soul Fire Farm and how it is working to create a new food and farm system (19:43)


-Overcoming the obstacles that keep people of color from becoming farmers (27:35)


-The potential benefits of regenerative agriculture (29:55)


-Leah’s work getting community-supported agriculture paid for with funds from The Farm Bill  (34:34)


-The Fairness for Farm Workers Act and why labor protection laws historically excluded farmers (36:22)


-Costa Rica’s ecosystem services model (42:13)


-Internalized racism and the food system (45:20)


-The role of the land in the civil rights movement (53:13)


Learn more about and order Leah’s book, Farming While Black, at https://www.farmingwhileblack.org/. Follow on Facebook @farmingwhileblack, on Instagram @farmingwhileblack, and on Twitter @blkfarmer.


Learn more about the work of Soul Fire Farm at http://www.soulfirefarm.org/ and follow on Facebook @soulfirefarm, on Instagram @soulfirefarm, and on Twitter @soulfirefarm.


Follow Leah on Facebook @leah.penniman and on Instagram @leahpenniman

2019-12-11

Why Food Is A Social Justice Issue with Leah Penniman

Ep. 84

There’s a part of our food system that’s not being talked about: racial inequality. The division of land, government subsidies, and financial resources that are available favor white farmers. Meanwhile, many of our sustainable farming practices actually stem from African and indigenous roots. Since 1920 African-American farmers have lost over 14 million acres of land. Combine this with the fact that Black communities are also at a higher risk of illnesses due to a lack of access to fresh, nutritious food. It’s food apartheid. 


This week on The Doctor’s Farmacy I was joined by Leah Penniman to dig into the racial injustice that continues to smolder in our current food system. Leah Penniman is a Black Kreyol educator, farmer, author, and food justice activist from Soul Fire Farm in Grafton, NY. She co-founded Soul Fire Farm in 2010 with the mission to end racism in the food system and reclaim our ancestral connection to land. As Co-Executive Director, Leah is part of a team that facilitates powerful food sovereignty programs—including farmer training for Black and Brown people, a subsidized farm food distribution program for communities living under food apartheid, and domestic and international organizing toward equity in the food system. Her book, Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm's Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land is a love song for the land and her people.


This episode of The Doctor’s Farmacy is brought to you by Joovv and Thrive Market.


I always love checking out the latest science for anti-aging and recently I discovered Joovv, a red light therapy device. Red light therapy is a super gentle non-invasive treatment where a device with medical-grade LEDs delivers concentrated light to your skin. It actually helps your cells produce collagen so it improves skin tone and complexion, diminishes signs of aging like wrinkles, and speeds the healing of wounds and scars. To check out the Joovv products for yourself head over to joovv.com/farmacy. Once you’re there, you’ll see a special bonus the Joovv team is giving away to my listeners. Use the code FARMACY at checkout. Make sure to also check out Joovv's website for some special holiday deals while supplies last!


Thrive Market has made it so easy for me to stay healthy, even with my intense travel schedule. Not only does Thrive offer 25 to 50% off all of my favorite brands, but they also give back. For every membership purchased, they give a membership to a family in need, and they make it easy to find the right membership for you and your family. You can choose from 1-month, 3-month, or 12-month plans. And right now, Thrive is offering all Doctor's Farmacy listeners a great deal, you’ll get up to $20 in shopping credit when you sign up, to spend on all your own favorite natural food, body, and household items. And any time you spend more than $49 you’ll get free carbon-neutral shipping. All you have to do is head over to thrivemarket.com/Hyman.


Here are more of the details from the interview: 


-How Leah got into farming (5:53)


-Why the term “food apartheid” is more accurate than “food desert” (11:44)


-Soul Fire Farm and how it is working to create a new food and farm system (19:43)


-Overcoming the obstacles that keep people of color from becoming farmers (27:35)


-The potential benefits of regenerative agriculture (29:55)


-Leah’s work getting community-supported agriculture paid for with funds from The Farm Bill  (34:34)


-The Fairness for Farm Workers Act and why labor protection laws historically excluded farmers (36:22)


-Costa Rica’s ecosystem services model (42:13)


-Internalized racism and the food system (45:20)


-The role of the land in the civil rights movement (53:13)


Learn more about and order Leah’s book, Farming While Black, at https://www.farmingwhileblack.org/. Follow on Facebook @farmingwhileblack, on Instagram @farmingwhileblack, and on Twitter @blkfarmer.


Learn more about the work of Soul Fire Farm at http://www.soulfirefarm.org/ and follow on Facebook @soulfirefarm, on Instagram @soulfirefarm, and on Twitter @soulfirefarm.


Follow Leah on Facebook @leah.penniman and on Instagram @leahpenniman

2019-12-6

How To Fast Without Feeling Hungry

2019-12-4

Why Your Mindset Matters If You Want Health And Wealth with Tom Bilyeu

Ep. 83

Ever notice how a growth mindset leads to opportunity and success and how a poverty mindset leaves you with nothing but want, and often spirals downwards into an ongoing funk? We have to use our physical state to change our mental state, and vice versa. There’s a feedback loop between our bodies and brains, which is why mindset and behavior are so powerful for creating the reality we desire. 


This week on The Doctor’s Farmacy I dig into how to do that, and so much more, with Tom Bilyeu. Tom a filmmaker and serial entrepreneur who chased money hard for nearly a decade and came up emotionally bankrupt. To that end, he and his partners sold their technology company and founded Quest Nutrition—a company predicated not on money, but rather on creating value for people with the mission to end metabolic disease, something impacting Tom’s own family. After exiting Quest and generating extraordinary personal wealth, Bilyeu turned his attention to the other pandemic facing society, the poverty of poor mindset. To solve the mindset problem at scale and help hundreds of millions of people adopt an empowering mindset he has co-founded the media studio, Impact Theory with his business partner and wife, Lisa Bilyeu. Their aim is to influence the cultural subconscious by creating content that empowers people.


This episode of The Doctor’s Farmacy is brought to you by ButcherBox. Now through December 31, 2019, ButcherBox is offering listeners of the podcast 2lbs of wild-caught Alaskan sockeye salmon and 4 grass-fed, grass-finished sirloin steaks for free in your first order PLUS $20 off your first box. Just go to ButcherBox.com/farmacy to take advantage of this great deal.

Here are more of the details from our interview: 


  • Tom’s journey away from chasing money to identifying his true top values (5:20)


  • How the morbid obesity of his family members lead Tom to learn about health and nutrition (13:37)


  • The poverty of poor mindset (16:11)


  • Why Tom believes narrative is so fundamental to shifting mindset (23:15) 


  • The brain’s default mode network, psychedelics, and thought patterns (27:39)


  • Changing your physical state changes your mental state 34:24)


  • How a poverty mindset can become a fixed mindset, as opposed to one of growth (42:51)


  • Why believing you can improve is the only belief that matters (45:48) 


  • The benefits of being anti-fragile (54:15)


  • The success of Tom’s marriage (56:57)


Find Impact Theory online at https://impacttheory.com/. Follow Tom Bilyeu on Facebook @TomBilyeu, on Instagram @TomBilyeu, and on Twitter @ImpactTheory.

2019-11-29

How To Avoid Falling Prey To Food Marketing

Creating optimal health and a life you love is about setting the right foundation and putting in the right inputs to get the right results. And the first step is your vision. What do you want your present and future to look like? How do you see yourself? What can you do to get there? In this mini-sode, Dr. Hyman explores with his guests, Mark Bittman, Cal Newport, and Vishen Lakhiani, the importance of creating a vision for your life, particularly in the face of the barrage of food marketing to which we are all exposed.


Mark Bittman is the author of more than 20 acclaimed books, including the “How to Cook Everything” series. He was a food columnist, opinion columnist, and the lead magazine food writer at the New York Times, where he started writing in 1984 and still writes occasionally.

Mark is currently a member of the faculty of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and is writing a new cookbook called “Dinner for Everyone” to share how simple and delicious it can be to cook at home, no matter what your dietary preferences are.


Cal Newport is an associate professor of computer science at Georgetown University and writes about the impact of technological innovations on our culture. He is the author of six books, including Digital Minimalism and Deep Work.


Vishen Lakhiani is the founder of Mindvalley University, a former computer engineer, and is noted for his ability to integrate information across the field of human transformation into unified models. His book, “The Code of the Extraordinary Mind,” was a New York Times bestseller and hit the coveted number one spot on Amazon five times in 2017. Vishen also founded A-Fest, the transformational festival described as the “TED meets Coachella” of the industry.


Listen to Dr. Hyman’s full-length conversation with Mark Bittman: https://DrMarkHyman.lnk.to/MarkBittman


Listen to Dr. Hyman’s full-length conversation with Cal Newport: https://DrMarkHyman.lnk.to/CalNewport


Listen to Dr. Hyman’s full- length conversation with Vishen Lakhiani: https://DrMarkHyman.lnk.to/VishenLakhiani

2019-11-27

Why Fixing The Gut Is The Key To Healing Chronic Disease with Dr. Todd LePine

Ep. 82

The impact the gut has on the entire body should not be underestimated, but unfortunately in conventional medicine it often is. We are shuttling pounds and pounds of food into this tube we have called the digestive system several times a day and we don’t give it a second thought—it’s pretty crazy when you think about it. The gut is responsible for our ability to turn food into fuel; to absorb and even create certain nutrients; to rid the body of harmful toxins on a daily basis. We rely on it to do so much for us. 


It’s also one of my favorite topics as a Functional Medicine doctor—poop, the microbiome, the gut-immune and gut-brain connections—there are so many angles we need to look at with gut health and they can tell us an amazing amount of information about the rest of the body. That’s why I’m so excited for this week’s episode of The Doctor’s Farmacy, where I sit down with my friend and colleague Dr. Todd LePine to take a deeper look at digestive health and the fascinating collection of life forms we carry around inside and on us, called the microbiome. 


This episode of The Doctor’s Farmacy is brought to you by Joovv and Thrive Market.


Recently I shared with you that I’m really excited to be working out with a trainer. And while I’m loving these new workouts, I am not always loving feeling sore the next day. That’s why I’m so excited about a new tool I found that helps me recover faster, it’s a red light therapy device called Joovv. Red light therapy is a super gentle non-invasive treatment where a device with medical-grade LEDs delivers concentrated light to your skin and cells. It helps your body produce more cellular energy and reduce oxidative stress, which helps tired and damaged muscle tissue repair and regenerate faster. To check out the Joovv products for yourself head over to joovv.com/farmacy. Once you’re there, you’ll see a special bonus the Joovv team is giving away to my listeners. Use the code FARMACY at checkout. Make sure to also check out Joovv's website for some special holiday deals while supplies last!


Thrive Market has made it so easy for me to stay healthy, even with my intense travel schedule. Not only does Thrive offer 25 to 50% off all of my favorite brands, but they also give back. For every membership purchased, they give a membership to a family in need, and they make it easy to find the right membership for you and your family. You can choose from 1-month, 3-month, or 12-month plans. And right now, Thrive is offering all Doctor's Farmacy listeners a great deal, you’ll get up to $20 in shopping credit when you sign up, to spend on all your own favorite natural food, body, and household items. And any time you spend more than $49 you’ll get free carbon-neutral shipping. All you have to do is head over to thrivemarket.com/Hyman.


Here are more of the details from our interview: 


  • The patient who first lead Dr. LePine to observe the gut-brain connection (6:01)


  • Why the gut microbiome is so central to overall health and what to eat to best feed your gut (11:15)


  • Fatty liver and the disruption of the gut microbiome (18:14)


  • The gut-immune system connection and treating autoimmune disease (24:46)


  • Functional Medicine vs conventional medicine (29:18)


  • Why skin issues require you to treat the gut (33:32)


  • Your mitochondria are actually ancient bacteria, how Dr. LePine tests mitochondrial health, and how fasting can benefit your health (37:39)


  • Treating and preventing Parkinson’s disease (48:25)


  • How toxins affect the body and why clean water, food, and air is so important to detoxifying  (53:00)


  • How Dr. LePine stopped and reversed Alzheimer’s disease in a recent patient (1:02:46)


Learn more about working with Dr. Todd LePine at The UltraWellness Center at https://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/team-member/todd-r-lepine-md/



2019-11-22

How Psychedelics And Meditation Affect The Brain

Currently, psychedelics are getting renewed interest from the medical community. From anxiety and depression to addiction and even overcoming fear of death, research is showing psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy has a lot to offer. And science is showing us that the same part of the brain that is suppressed with psychedelics—the default mode network— is also suppressed in very experienced meditators. In this minisode, Dr. Hyman explores this topic in his conversations with Michael Pollan, Anthony Bossis and Daniel Goleman. 


Michael Pollan is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Cooked, Food Rules, In Defense of Food, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, The Botany of Desire, and his latest book How to Change Your Mind, which is all about the new science of psychedelics. A longtime contributor to the New York Times Magazine, he also teaches writing at Harvard and the University of California, Berkeley where he is the John S. and James L. Knight Professor of Science Journalism. In 2010, Time magazine named him one of the one hundred most influential people in the world.


Anthony P. Bossis, Ph.D. conducts FDA-approved clinical trials in the reemerging field of psychedelic research. He is a clinical psychologist and clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine investigating the effects of psilocybin, a naturally occurring compound found in specific species of mushrooms. Dr. Bossis was director of palliative care research, co-principal investigator, co-author, and session guide on the 2016 landmark study showing a significant reduction in emotional distress along with enhanced existential wellbeing from a single psilocybin-generated mystical experience in persons with cancer.

Dr. Bossis is a supervisor of psychotherapy at Bellevue Hospital and co-founder and former co-director of the Bellevue Hospital Palliative Care Service and maintains a private psychotherapy practice in NYC.


Daniel Goleman is best known for his worldwide bestseller Emotional Intelligence and most recently co-authored the book Altered Traits: Science Reveals How Meditation Changes Your Mind, Brain and Body. Goleman has been ranked among the 25 most influential business leaders by several business publications including TIME and The Wall Street Journal. Apart from his writing on emotional intelligence, Goleman has written books on topics including self-deception, creativity, transparency, meditation, social and emotional learning, eco-literacy, and the ecological crisis.


Tune into Dr. Hyman’s full length conversation with Michael Pollan:

https://DrMarkHyman.lnk.to/MichaelPollan


Tune into Dr. Hyman’s full- length conversation with Anthony Bossis:

https://DrMarkHyman.lnk.to/AnthonyBossis


Tune into Dr. Hyman’s full-length conversation with Daniel Goleman:

https://DrMarkHyman.lnk.to/DanielGoleman

2019-11-20

Is Food A Laughing Matter? with Mia Lux

Ep. 81

Eating unhealthy food and trying to improve your health is like mopping up the floor while the sink is still overflowing—it just doesn’t work! But it can be hard to decide what we really should be eating for optimal health, considering the diet wars (Paleo or vegan?), the non-stop exposure to sugary foods in every market isle, and clever marketing by Big Food to make us think things are good for us when they really aren’t. Instead of getting overwhelmed and defeated, I like to take a lighter look at food and focus on solutions. That’s what this week’s episode of The Doctor’s Farmacy is all about, where I’m actually the guest. My talented and funny wife Mia Lux interviews me on her show, The Conscious-ish Show, and we focus on taking the many confusing ideas about food with a grain of salt and approaching wellness with humor and action.


Mia merges the playful and the profound, drawing on her experience as a stand-up comedian, personal growth junkie, and recovering lawyer. For over 5 years, Mia has been an international host, comedian, and facilitator, specializing in top wellness/personal development events around the world. Last year, I was thrilled to have her help host my Feel Good Summit. It is her mission to make the world's most powerful ideas more accessible by making them truly enjoyable. I personally love seeing how she inspires others to take a positive spin on life. 


Here are more of the details from our interview: 


  • Why food is the most powerful drug on the planet (16:41)


  • How I came to understand the power of food in creating health or disease (17:42)


  • Two success stories of patients whose health was turned around by using food as medicine (18:38)


  • Why we are so confused about what to eat (21:27)


  • So what should we eat? (22:40)


  • How whole grain flour acts like sugar in your body (23:52)


  • Is meat good or bad for your health? (24:42)


  • Why food policy matters and why our food policies are so bad (27:27)


  • How Big Food takes away our personal choice (31:06)


  • What are the possibilities for changing our food system (33:30)


Watch all six episodes of The Conscious-ish Show at https://www.consciousish.com/. Follow on Facebook @consciousish and on Instagram @consciousish

Follow Mia Lux on Instagram at @mymialux.