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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
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2020-1-17

How To Feed Your Gut

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. Our gut bacteria regulate many of our bodily functions, from creating vitamins to controlling our immune system, our brain function and of course, our metabolism and weight. They are critical to our long-term health. In this mini-episode Dr. Hyman explores the role of the gut microbiome and how best to feed it with his colleagues at The UltraWellness Center. Dr. Todd LePine, Dr. George Papanicolaou, and Dr. Elizabeth Boham.


Dr. Todd LePine graduated from Dartmouth Medical School and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, specializing in Integrative Functional Medicine. He is an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner. Prior to joining The UltraWellness Center, he worked as a physician at Canyon Ranch in Lenox, MA, for 10 years. Dr. LePine’s goal is to help patients achieve vitality through focusing on optimal aging, bio-detoxification, functional gastrointestinal health, systemic inflammation, autoimmune disorders, and the neurobiology of mood and cognitive disorders.


Dr. George Papanicolaou is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and is Board Certified in Family Medicine from Abington Memorial Hospital. Over time as the healthcare system made it harder for patients to receive personal care, Dr. Papanicolaou decided a change was needed. He began training in Functional Medicine through the Institute of Functional Medicine. In 2015, he established Cornerstone Personal Health—a practice dedicated entirely to Functional Medicine. Dr. Papanicolaou joined The UltraWellness Center in August 2017. 


Dr. Elizabeth Boham is a physician and nutritionist who practices Functional Medicine at The UltraWellness Center. Through her practice and lecturing, she has helped thousands of people achieve their wellness goals. She is part of the faculty of the Institute for Functional Medicine and has been featured on the Dr. Oz show and in a variety of publications and media including Huffington Post, The Chalkboard Magazine, and Experience Life. Her DVD Breast Wellness: Tools to Prevent and Heal from Breast Cancer explores the Functional Medicine approach to keeping your breasts and whole body well, a topic she is passionate about as a breast cancer survivor.


Learn more about The UltraWellness Center at https://ultrawellnesscenter.com


Listen to Dr. Hyman’s full-length conversation with Dr. Todd LePine: https://DrMarkHyman.lnk.to/DrToddLePine


Listen to Dr. Hyman’s full-length conversation with Dr. George Papanicolaou: https://DrMarkHyman.lnk.to/DrGeorgePapanicolaou


Listen to Dr. Hyman’s full-length conversation with Dr. Elizabeth Boham: https://DrMarkHyman.lnk.to/DrElizabethBoham


2020-1-17

How To Feed Your Gut

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. Our gut bacteria regulate many of our bodily functions, from creating vitamins to controlling our immune system, our brain function and of course, our metabolism and weight. They are critical to our long-term health. In this mini-episode Dr. Hyman explores the role of the gut microbiome and how best to feed it with his colleagues at The UltraWellness Center. Dr. Todd LePine, Dr. George Papanicolaou, and Dr. Elizabeth Boham.


Dr. Todd LePine graduated from Dartmouth Medical School and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, specializing in Integrative Functional Medicine. He is an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner. Prior to joining The UltraWellness Center, he worked as a physician at Canyon Ranch in Lenox, MA, for 10 years. Dr. LePine’s goal is to help patients achieve vitality through focusing on optimal aging, bio-detoxification, functional gastrointestinal health, systemic inflammation, autoimmune disorders, and the neurobiology of mood and cognitive disorders.


Dr. George Papanicolaou is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and is Board Certified in Family Medicine from Abington Memorial Hospital. Over time as the healthcare system made it harder for patients to receive personal care, Dr. Papanicolaou decided a change was needed. He began training in Functional Medicine through the Institute of Functional Medicine. In 2015, he established Cornerstone Personal Health—a practice dedicated entirely to Functional Medicine. Dr. Papanicolaou joined The UltraWellness Center in August 2017. 


Dr. Elizabeth Boham is a physician and nutritionist who practices Functional Medicine at The UltraWellness Center. Through her practice and lecturing, she has helped thousands of people achieve their wellness goals. She is part of the faculty of the Institute for Functional Medicine and has been featured on the Dr. Oz show and in a variety of publications and media including Huffington Post, The Chalkboard Magazine, and Experience Life. Her DVD Breast Wellness: Tools to Prevent and Heal from Breast Cancer explores the Functional Medicine approach to keeping your breasts and whole body well, a topic she is passionate about as a breast cancer survivor.


Learn more about The UltraWellness Center at https://ultrawellnesscenter.com


Listen to Dr. Hyman’s full-length conversation with Dr. Todd LePine: https://DrMarkHyman.lnk.to/DrToddLePine


Listen to Dr. Hyman’s full-length conversation with Dr. George Papanicolaou: https://DrMarkHyman.lnk.to/DrGeorgePapanicolaou


Listen to Dr. Hyman’s full-length conversation with Dr. Elizabeth Boham: https://DrMarkHyman.lnk.to/DrElizabethBoham


2020-1-15

Why We Have The Worst Health Outcomes Of All Industrialized Nations with Dr. Charles Modlin, Dr. Leonor Osorio, and Tawny Jones

Ep. 89

Nobody wants to name the problem, but let’s call it what it is: social injustice is part of our healthcare system. Black and Hispanic people are far more likely to get sick and die from the 10 leading causes of death due to a range of factors, including lack of access and discrimination in our healthcare system and policies. When you consider that most treatments and drugs are only tested on white males, it’s clear we’re ignoring the unique wellness needs of so many other populations. And the result of these disparities gets passed down through generations. We need to work on solutions now. This week on The Doctor’s Farmacy I sat down with Dr. Charles Modlin, Dr. Leonor Osorio, and Tawny Jones from Cleveland Clinic to talk about these issues and ways to create a new multi-cultural dynamic in healthcare. 


Dr. Charles Modlin is a Kidney Transplant Surgeon, Urologist, Executive Director of Minority Health, and the Cleveland Clinic Physician Lead for Public Health. He founded and directs Cleveland Clinic’s Minority Men’s Health Center. Dr. Leonor Osorio has been on staff at Cleveland Clinic Lutheran Hospital practicing Internal medicine since 2001. She was instrumental in the opening of the Lutheran Hospital Hispanic Clinic, which connects patients to Spanish speaking physicians. Tawny Jones is an accomplished Administrator at the Cleveland Clinic who leads clinical operations at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine.


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Here are more of the details from our interview: 


-Racial health disparity statistics and factors driving these disparities (4:37)


-The Tuskegee syphilis experiment how it continues to perpetuate distrust of the healthcare system (12:50)


-The cascading effects of racism, prejudice, stereotyping, and unconscious bias on minority health (15:47)


-Targeted food marketing to minority populations and acknowledging the reality of food injustice (19:53)


-The role of sugar and the sugar industry in driving health disparities (30:32)


-How community-based conversations and initiatives can improve health literacy and outcomes (35:40)


-The importance of prioritizing cultural sensitivity in creating health programs (42:43)


-Economic implications of the healthcare disparities crisis and incentivizing value-based healthcare (55.47)


-Multicultural specialty centers (1:01:06)


-Calling for hospitals and healthcare practitioners to give voice to our national food crisis (1:06:28)

2020-1-10

How To Address The Lies We All Tell Ourselves

Nourishing our spirit through addressing the inner challenges we all face—whether it’s discontent in a marriage or job or self-sabotaging beliefs about not being good enough—has a major impact on our overall well-being. When we address the lies we tell ourselves and others, connect with our personal integrity, and embrace the spirit we’re often keeping locked away, some truly amazing things can happen.  In this mini-episode, Dr. Hyman sits down with his personal coach and best friend, Lauren Zander to discuss the transformative steps that helped him reach his goals and Lauren shares a wealth of knowledge, and humor, on how to address the lies we all tell ourselves and instead pursue our dreams.


Lauren Zander is an executive life coach, author, and creator of The Handel Method® and Inner.U. She is the coach to coaches, gurus, CEOs, and stars. She has 40+ coaches trained in her proven method, developed and taught at MIT, Stanford, and NYU, as well as at Fortune 500 companies and to people wanting to human better worldwide.


Learn to human better in love and life with Lauren's online coaching course, Inner.U LOVE. Pre-order now through Jan. 15, 2020 and also get Inner.U LIFE, Lauren's life coaching course in a special bundle price of just $650. Or, pre-order Inner.U LOVE individually for just $325. Your lifetime subscription includes: 12 audio coaching sessions from Lauren Zander, 1 free private coaching session with an HG coach, and 1 six-week coaching bootcamp with an HG Coach. Get Started at handelgroup.com/markhyman


2020-1-8

Why Healthcare Policy Needs To Focus On Prevention with Dr. Anand Parekh

Ep. 88

We have the best hospitals, most highly trained doctors, and people come from all over the world to get medical treatments in the US. Yet, we’re lagging behind almost every other country in health metrics, including life expectancy and infant mortality. That’s because we’re not being set up for success: The policies and systems we rely on for healthcare aren’t supporting prevention, education, and accessibility for all our communities. We are spending a massive amount of money on healthcare (1 of every 5 federal dollars) but we’re not spending on the social services to invest in lifestyle wellness that prevents disease in the first place. 


This week on The Doctor’s Farmacy, I sit down with Dr. Anand Parekh to talk about solutions to our country’s healthcare crisis and examine what’s already working. Dr. Parekh is the Bipartisan Policy Center’s (BPC) chief medical advisor, providing clinical and public health expertise across the organization, particularly in the areas of aging, prevention, and global health. Prior to joining BPC, he completed a decade of service at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). As a HHS deputy assistant secretary for health from 2008 to 2015, he developed and implemented national initiatives focused on prevention, wellness, and care management. He has spoken widely and written extensively on a variety of health topics and is the author of a new book entitled Prevention First – Policymaking for a Healthier America.


This episode is brought to you by Thrive Market. 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: 


-Why life expectancy and other health metrics are so poor in the United States (5:09)


-Why policymakers do not focus on prevention and proactive policies to improve health (13:21)


-Personal responsibility in a toxic health environment (19:24)


-Challenges with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or our food stamp system (21:06)


-Social needs vs social determinants of health (28:12)


-Obesity: the public health crisis of our century (31:46)


-Dr. Parekh’s 5 key takeaways for policymakers (38:48)


-Targeting and creating pathways for existing healthcare programs and interventions that have been shown effective (47:02)


-Why the government is so important in scaling healthcare solutions (52:04)


-The need for clinical-community linkages (52:31)


Find Dr. Parekh’s book, Prevention First: Policymaking for a Healthier America here.  

Check out the work being done by at the Bipartisan Policy Center here.

2019-12-31

Is There An Antidote To Stress? with Dr. Rangan Chatterjee

Ep. 87

We’re up against a chronic epidemic: stress. In fact, it’s estimated that 80% or more of doctors’ visits are due to illnesses related to stress. This can come in many different forms. Socioeconomic stress is a real burden for many people, as is the stress of taking care of several generations within a family, or meeting the demands of our jobs. Stress can also come in the form of bad food and poor or inadequate sleep, which send negative signals to the brain that produce stress hormones. That doesn’t mean we’re stuck with stress though. Today on The Doctor’s Farmacy, I’m joined by my good friend Dr. Rangan Chatterjee to look at the many sides of stress and all the actions we can take to stop it in its tracks. 


Dr. Chatterjee is regarded as one of the most influential doctors in the UK and wants to change how medicine will be practiced for years to come. He hosts the biggest health podcast in Europe, Feel Better, Live More, which Apple has announced as one of the most downloaded new podcasts of the past year. His first book, How to Make Disease Disappear, is an international bestseller all over the world and has sold over 250,000 copies worldwide in just 18 months. His most recent book, the #1 bestseller, The Stress Solution, tackles what the WHO calls the health epidemic of our time—stress.


This episode is brought to you by ButcherBox and Joovv.


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Here are more of the details from our interview: 


-The personal experience that changed Dr. Chatterjee’s approach to practicing medicine (6:22)


-Why Dr. Chatterjee chose to focus on the topic of stress in his latest book, The Stress Solution (15:25)


-The power of identifying if there is a trigger point in your week that leads to the bulk of your stress (19:26)


-How stress affects your physiology and why finding meaning and purpose in your life is so important to your stress resiliency (23:53)


-Managing your mindset as it relates to what you can vs what you cannot control (36:15)


-How lack of downtime contributes to stress, the brain’s default mode network, and our toxic relationship to technology (38:34)


-How to create a morning routine in as little as 5 minutes (48:32)


-Creating new behaviors and habits (55:34)


-The daily gratitude exercise Dr. Chatterjee practices with his family (57:33)


-The importance of touch and intimacy (1:00:37)


Find Dr. Chatterjee online at https://drchatterjee.com/ and follow him on Facebook @DrChatterjee, on Instagram @DrChatterjee, and on Twitter @drchatterjeeuk.

2019-12-27

How Much Is Your Food Waste Costing You?

Food waste is one of the largest problems of our time. In fact, about 30% of all food produced globally (1.3 billion tons) is wasted—and it’s costing us. Food waste is also a major contributor to climate change; if food waste was represented as its own country it would be the third-largest greenhouse gas emitter! In this minisode, Dr. Hyman dives into this topic and what we can do about it in our own homes with Kavita Shukla and Paul Hawken.


Kavita Shukla is the Founder and CEO of The FRESHGLOW Co. and the inventor of FreshPaper, a simple innovation taking on the massive global challenge of food waste by keeping food fresher, longer. FreshPaper is used by farmers and families across the globe, and The FRESHGLOW Co. has partnered with some of the largest retailers in the world, from Whole Foods to Walmart so that people everywhere can take advantage of this incredible product and the goodness of real food.


Paul Hawken is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, author, and activist who has dedicated his life to environmental sustainability and changing the relationship between business and the environment. He is Executive Director of Project Drawdown, a non-profit dedicated to researching when and how global warming can be reversed. His book, Drawdown, outlines the most comprehensive plan to reverse global warming.


Tune-in to Dr. Hyman’s full-length conversation with Kavita Shukla:

DrMarkHyman.lnk.to/KavitaShukla


Tune-in to Dr. Hyman’s full-length conversation with Paul Hawken: https://DrMarkHyman.lnk.to/PaulHawken