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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

8 Tips to Ease Detox Discomfort

(0) Comments | Posted May 13, 2016 | 10:54 AM

"Dr. Hyman, every time I start a detox I feel awful and then give up," writes this week's house call. "All of these foods that supposedly make me feel better actually make me feel worse. What gives?"

You might not want to hear this, but initially...

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Fatty Liver Is More Dangerous Than You Might Realize. Here's How to Heal It

(1) Comments | Posted May 13, 2016 | 10:49 AM

"My doctor says I have a fatty liver and I should stay away from fat," writes this week's house call. "Are high-fat foods the culprit here? Any tips to help with a fatty liver?"

Indeed, your doctor is right to feel concern: Fatty...

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The Biggest 'Drug' to Reverse or Prevent Heart Disease Isn't a Medication

(23) Comments | Posted May 3, 2016 | 9:56 AM

"Dr. Hyman, my father has heart disease, his father did too, and I'm obviously concerned about my own heart," writes this week's house call. "What can I do to prevent heart disease?"

Most importantly, please know while genetics contributes to some degree, many other factors completely...

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8 Simple Hacks for a Better Night's Sleep

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2016 | 6:21 PM

"I read recently that lack of sleep can lead to chronic disease and other problems," writes this week's house call. "I have kids, a job with crazy hours and personal stress. I struggle to get a great night's sleep."

Sadly, your situation has become all too common in our stressed-out,...

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How to Fix Your Gut Bacteria and Lose Weight

(17) Comments | Posted April 19, 2016 | 10:10 AM

"I read somewhere that a high-fat diet can damage your gut bacteria and promote weight gain," writes this week's house call. "Should I be concerned if I'm eating a high-fat diet?"

It is true that what you eat can affect your gut bacteria, for better and for worse, and changes...

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The Starch That Makes You Lean and Healthy

(1) Comments | Posted April 15, 2016 | 12:40 PM

"Dr. Hyman, I took a quick glance at your Eat Fat, Get Thin plan and saw that you recommend potato starch as part of the diet," writes this week's house call. "I thought we were supposed to avoid carbs?"

I can understand the confusion surrounding why I would recommend potato starch,...

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Is Coconut Oil Bad for Your Cholesterol?

(7) Comments | Posted April 15, 2016 | 12:37 PM

"Ever since I started using coconut oil, my cholesterol has spiked," writes this week's house call. "I'm afraid coconut oil with all that saturated fat is creating more harm than good. Should I continue to use it?"

Since I expressed my love for medium-chain triglyceride oil...

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Is Your Olive Oil Really Olive Oil?

(6) Comments | Posted March 28, 2016 | 10:30 AM

"I get so confused choosing the right oils and differentiating between different kinds of fats," writes this week's house call. "I watched a 60 Minutes episode that showed olive oil imported from Italy wasn't really olive oil. And the other day, I went to the supermarket to...

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Why Fat Doesn't Necessarily Make You Fat

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2016 | 4:16 PM

"The plan you're putting me on includes lots of nuts, seeds, coconut oil, avocados, eggs, and even some butter," a patient recently told me. "I can't shake my fear of fat. I think all this food is going to make me gain weight.

If you can identify with this patient,...

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9 Strategies for Glowing, Vibrant Skin

(3) Comments | Posted November 12, 2015 | 9:57 AM

"How can I maintain healthy skin without spending a fortune on cleansers and other products?" asks my reader in this week's House Call. This is a great question, so I decided to dedicate the next few weeks to developing and maintaining great skin.

This week we'll talk about overall skin...

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10 Strategies to Prevent and Treat Breast Cancer

(0) Comments | Posted October 19, 2015 | 12:33 PM

I'm at high risk for breast cancer based on my genetic history," writes a longtime reader. "What advice do you have to prevent it, or if someone has it, are conventional treatments the only option?"

In the 1960s, one in 20 women were diagnosed with breast cancer; today...

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Slow Carbs, Not Low Carbs: The Truth About Low-Carb Diets

(9) Comments | Posted September 2, 2015 | 12:02 PM

The low-carb frenzy hit its zenith in the early 2000s and has since ebbed and flowed in popularity. I've seen patients get impressive results doing very low-carb diets, but eventually many become burned out and regain the weight as the novelty of eating bacon and other formerly forbidden foods becomes...

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How Do I Naturally Balance Female Sex Hormones?

(0) Comments | Posted August 19, 2015 | 12:20 PM

"My hormones feel so out of balance," a female patient will tell me. "I'm tired of feeling crappy and terrible all the time. Do I need to do hormone replacement to feel better, or is there a natural way to get my hormones in balance?"

Hormone imbalances are epidemic these...

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5 Strategies to Help Prevent and Treat Cancer

(2) Comments | Posted August 17, 2015 | 10:23 AM

Today's house call focuses on a topic very personal to me.

"Mark, what would you do if you were diagnosed with cancer?" a friend recently asked. I've had a lot of time to think about this. I've sadly seen a lot of cancer in my life, both with my own...

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7 Strategies to Start a Revolution and Make Cooking Fun!

(0) Comments | Posted August 4, 2015 | 1:12 PM

Super busy lives mean many of us shy away from cooking. Juggling to-do lists, demanding jobs, children's busy schedules, and perhaps less-than-stellar skills in the kitchen, cooking seems to slide way down on our list of priorities.

My lofty goal involves shifting people's perception about working with food and creating a...

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10 Strategies to Reverse Autoimmune Disease

(3) Comments | Posted July 30, 2015 | 12:27 PM

Autoimmune diseases, when taken all together, become a HUGE health burden. Among these are rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, celiac disease, and thyroid disease. In fact, over 80 diseases have been classified as autoimmune and the list is growing.

Per the latest stats, 50 million...

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Why 'Skinny Fat' Can Be Worse Than Obesity

(26) Comments | Posted July 30, 2015 | 12:03 PM

We have a big fat problem. America is a fat nation, and we are failing to solve our big fat problem. Failing big time. Almost 70 percent of Americans are overweight. The latest study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows about 35 percent of...

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7 Strategies for Optimal Sun Safety

(3) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 4:10 PM

If you're like most Americans, you probably have a vacation scheduled for this summer. Hanging out on a beach, swimming at a lake, or simply playing outside will likely be on your itinerary.

Sun exposure is a hot topic (no pun intended!) these days. I see patients who take drastic...

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How to Make Dinner Conversation Deeper and More Meaningful

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 4:57 PM

I recently read how an Apple Watch has become the latest gadget to distract us from the immediacy of being present with someone. With the constant barrage of laptops, iPads, smart phones, and now "smart watches," being aware and enjoying someone's physical company oftentimes falls on the back burner.


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