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Mark Hyman, MD
Mark Hyman, MD, believes that we all deserve a life of vitality—and that we have the potential to create it for ourselves. That’s why he is dedicated to tackling the root causes of chronic disease by harnessing the power of Functional Medicine to transform healthcare. Dr. Hyman and his team work every day to empower people, organizations, and communities to heal their bodies and minds, and improve our social and economic resilience.

Dr. Hyman is a practicing family physician, an eight-time #1 New York Times bestselling author, and an internationally recognized leader, speaker, educator, and advocate in his field. He is the Director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine. He is also the founder and medical director of The UltraWellness Center, chairman of the board of the Institute for Functional Medicine, a medical editor of The Huffington Post, and has been a regular medical contributor on many television shows including CBS This Morning, the Today Show, CNN, The View, the Katie Couric show and The Dr. Oz Show.

Dr. Hyman works with individuals and organizations, as well as policy makers and influencers. He has testified before both the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine and the  Senate Working Group on Health Care Reform on Functional Medicine. He has consulted with the Surgeon General on diabetes prevention, and participated in the 2009 White House Forum on Prevention and Wellness. Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa nominated Dr. Hyman for the President’s Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health. In addition, Dr. Hyman has worked with President Clinton, presenting at the Clinton Foundation’s Health Matters -  Achieving Wellness in Every Generation conference and the Clinton Global Initiative, as well as with the World Economic Forum on global health issues.

Dr. Hyman also works with fellow leaders in his field to help people and communities thrive—with Rick Warren, Dr. Mehmet Oz, and Dr. Daniel Amen,he created The Daniel Plan, a faith-based initiative that helped The Saddleback Church congregation collectively lose 250,000 pounds.  He is an advisor and guest co-host on The Dr. Oz Show and is on the board of Dr. Oz’s HealthCorps, which tackles the obesity epidemic by educating American students about nutrition. With Drs. Dean Ornish and Michael Roizen, Dr. Hyman crafted and helped introduce the Take Back Your Health Act of 2009 to the United States Senate to provide for reimbursement of lifestyle treatment of chronic disease.  Dr. Hyman plays a substantial role in a major documentary, produced by Laurie David and Katie Couric, called Fed Up (Atlas Films, September 2014),which addresses childhood obesity. Please join him in helping us all take back our health at, follow him on Twitter and on Facebook and Instagram.

Entries by Mark Hyman, MD

Why Doing Nothing Is the Key to Happiness

(5) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 12:31 PM

Attention and focus are hard to come by. Starbucks built a $13 billion business because we need help paying attention. Psychiatrists increasingly diagnose "adult attention deficit disorder" and prescribe Ritalin for grownups who can't focus or pay attention. But are coffee and prescription speed the answers to our modern distractions?

Our attention is...

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Is Your Kindness Killing You?

(0) Comments | Posted January 9, 2015 | 4:30 PM

I admit it.  I am a "nice-a-holic."  It's hard to share this because it is embarrassing, but I have learned that I am happiest when I tell the truth, when my mouth and my heart say the same thing.

My New Year's resolution is to make them say the same...

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7 Steps to Reverse Obesity and Diabetes

(4) Comments | Posted December 31, 2014 | 1:09 PM

What disease affects EVERY other American and one in four kids? Type 2 diabetes or pre-diabetes. Type 2 diabetes in America has tripled since the 1980s, and researchers estimate one in three Americans will have diabetes by mid-century. More than one-third...

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Get Through the Holidays Without Feeling Sick and Gaining Weight

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 11:34 AM

I always advocate preparing your own meals whenever you can. Making your own meals saves you time and money, plus you know exactly what goes into everything you prepare.

Today when you take a trip, you have to take real food with you. It's not your fault that...

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The Easiest Thing You Can Do for Weight Loss and Longevity

(13) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 1:28 PM

I had a patient not too long ago who struggled to lose weight. A quick look at her food journal revealed why. To save calories, she skipped breakfast and simply sipped on coffee or one of those "skinny lattes" that actually contain a good bit of sugar.


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How Chronic Stress Can Create Hormonal Havoc, Part Two

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 11:54 AM

In part one of this blog, I described how stress could make you fat, miserable, and throw numerous hormones out of balance. Fortunately, an arsenal of strategies can help you keep your calm when life doles out storms. Among them, these 13 are some of my favorites:


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How Chronic Stress Can Create Hormonal Havoc, Part One

(1) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 11:32 AM

"If you really knew what was happening to you when you are stressed, you would freak out. It's not pretty," I said during the 2013 Third Metric women's conference. I wasn't kidding. I could write several books about stress's massive, chronic havoc on your body.

If you want...

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Why You Should Be a Pegan -- Part Two

(1) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 4:04 PM

In part one of this blog, I discussed how both paleo and vegan camps cherry pick research to substantiate their beliefs, and how the truth oftentimes lies between the lines. Looking beyond this confusion, what's an eater to do?

I vote for being a pegan or paleo-vegan, which...

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Why I Am a Pegan -- or Paleo-Vegan, Part One

(1) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 4:39 PM

As a doctor, it is my job to figure out the best way to keep my patients healthy. From my perspective, food is medicine, perhaps the most powerful drug on the planet with the power to cause or cure most disease.  If food is more than just calories, if food...

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6 Simple Strategies to Eat Healthy When You Don't Have Time

(14) Comments | Posted November 18, 2014 | 6:22 PM

"How do I make smart eating choices on a busy schedule?" patients frequently ask. As a busy doctor, I can understand how eating healthy might feel like a herculean demand and become short shift among the numerous demands in your life. While eating healthy on a time budget does require...

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Is High Fructose Corn Syrup Really That Bad for You?

(3) Comments | Posted November 5, 2014 | 10:36 AM

High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is an insidious chemical that has crept into our food supply over the past few decades. Today HFCS represents [1] more than 40 percent of caloric sweeteners added to foods and beverages.

HFCS can contain anywhere from 55 to 90 percent fructose [2] and is derived...

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This Simple Blood Test Could Save Your Life!

(0) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 12:37 PM

The next time you visit your doctor for blood work, make sure that along with your lipid profile you request a C-reactive protein (CRP) test. CRP measures the degree of hidden inflammation in your body.

Mounting evidence underscores the critical role that inflammation plays in the development and continuation of...

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Dr. Oz Asks Me to Help the Stallmans

(1) Comments | Posted October 2, 2014 | 5:00 PM

I first met the Stallman family in the greenroom at The Dr. Oz Show in New York City. The whole family was together, reflecting on the experience of finding out in front of the camera, Dr. Oz and millions of viewers, that they were sick -- really sick. Hearing that...

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Four Ways Other Countries Are Successfully Tackling Obesity. Take Note, America

(17) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 1:34 PM

There are now 2.1 billion people who are overweight in the world. China and India are number one and two in the world in sheer number of type 2 diabetics. In the Middle East and North Africa, rates of diabetes are rapidly increasing. It...

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3 Steps to Successful Cleansing

(0) Comments | Posted July 9, 2014 | 7:19 PM

Most of my patients can reset their metabolism by switching from sugar and processed foods to real, whole, fresh food. But there are some who need a more powerful reboot, a cleanse. And there are so many programs and cleanses out there -- some good, some not. Some even include...

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Why Diet and Exercise Are Not the Keys to Weight Loss and Health

(19) Comments | Posted June 12, 2014 | 12:58 PM

What if getting healthy had very little to do with obsessing over what you eat or worrying about how much you exercise? What if you could make weight loss and health automatic? In fact, research shows that is the best way to lose weight and get healthy. You can design...

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5 Reasons Most Diets Fail (and How to Succeed)

(1) Comments | Posted June 3, 2014 | 1:50 PM

The average person gains 11 pounds for every diet they go on. Even worse, when they lose weight, they lose muscle and fat. When they regain weight, they gain back all fat. And since muscle burns seven times as many calories as fat, their metabolism is slower than...

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The Key to Automatic Weight Loss!

(31) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 4:49 PM

What if everything you ever learned about weight loss was wrong? What if losing weight has nothing to do with calories -- counting them or cutting them out by sheer willpower? What if, in fact, most health professionals (including doctors and dietitians), our own government and especially the food industry...

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Big Government and Big Food Give the Same Weight Loss Advice

(4) Comments | Posted May 12, 2014 | 5:58 PM

In a stunning review of the new film FED UP -- one that draws the undeniable links between the food industry, sugar and the obesity epidemic -- the New York Times offered a disturbing observation: The dietary recommendations for weight loss coming from both the Center for Disease...

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FED UP: Cook or Be Cooked

(4) Comments | Posted May 5, 2014 | 3:48 PM

The new movie FED UP, out in theaters across the country May 9, is the movie the food industry doesn't want you to see. It is the movie we have been waiting for. Everything we've been told about food and exercise for the past 30 years is dead wrong. From...

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