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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 www.drhyman.com, follow him on Twitter and on Facebook and Instagram.

Entries by Mark Hyman, MD

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

(27) 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.

It's...

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6 Steps to Heal Your Thyroid

(5) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 11:26 AM

As I explained in last week's blog, the thyroid system plays a critical role in your metabolism. Along with insulin and cortisol, your thyroid hormone is one of the big three hormones that control your metabolism and weight.

The key is the right testing to confirm...

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Fat, Tired and Inflamed -- Could It Be Your Thyroid?

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2015 | 11:41 AM

Balancing all of your hormones, including sex hormones, adrenal or stress hormones, and thyroid hormones, becomes crucial if you want to heal. They are all interconnected; they interact with one another like a musical symphony. When any instrument in the symphony plays out of tune, problems arise.

In...

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7 Simple Swaps for Health Without Big Diet Changes

(4) Comments | Posted April 3, 2015 | 4:05 PM

Your kitchen might be under the cruel reign of the food industry. When you remove the sugary, processed foods that hold your weight and health hostage and replace them with real, whole foods, you have a chance to stage a revolution and reclaim your kitchen.

Getting the obstacles to weight loss...

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Why Focusing on Calories Misses the Bigger Picture for Your Weight and Health

(2) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 10:58 AM

How much you eat matters, but the quality of the food we put into our bodies matters more because it drives our gene function, metabolism, and health.

Rather than subscribing to the antiquated calories in/calories out model for weight loss and good health, focus on powerful, gene-altering, whole, real, fresh...

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7 Ways to Permanently Banish Belly Fat

(7) Comments | Posted February 27, 2015 | 2:09 PM

Sixty-nine percent of Americans adults are overweight, and over 35 percent are obese. Obesity increases your risk for numerous conditions including heart disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and cancer.

Sadly, about 3.4 million adults die each year from being overweight or...

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5 Strategies to Optimize Your Sex Drive

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 12:35 PM

Sex drive is a hot topic these days, and I can't help but notice blogs surface around Valentine's Day showing how certain foods, nutrients, and lifestyle factors can boost libido and keep you stimulated in bed.

Many of these articles neglect the underlying hormones that control sex drive. While losing...

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4 Steps to Detoxify Your Kitchen

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2015 | 4:06 PM

Your body is not the only thing that needs a good detox once in a while.  When I mention detoxification, you probably think about something your body does to lose weight, support your liver, and generally feel and look better. Strange as it sounds, your kitchen could also use a...

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Why Doing Nothing Is the Key to Happiness

(6) Comments | Posted January 22, 2015 | 11:31 AM

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 | 3:30 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 | 12:09 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 | 10:34 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

(12) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 12:28 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.

She's...

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How Chronic Stress Can Create Hormonal Havoc, Part Two

(0) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 10:54 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:

1....

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