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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 disease and reimagine a food system and a health care system the protects health, unburdens the economy from the weight of obesity and chronic disease, protects the environment, helps reverse climate change and creates a nation of healthy children and citizens. This podcast is a place for deep conversations about the critical issues of our time in the space of health, wellness, food and politics. New episodes are released every Wednesday morning. I hope you'll join me.
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The Doctor's Farmacy with Mark Hyman, M.D. Dr. Mark Hyman

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    • 4.7, 180 Ratings

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 disease and reimagine a food system and a health care system the protects health, unburdens the economy from the weight of obesity and chronic disease, protects the environment, helps reverse climate change and creates a nation of healthy children and citizens. This podcast is a place for deep conversations about the critical issues of our time in the space of health, wellness, food and politics. New episodes are released every Wednesday morning. I hope you'll join me.
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    The Science of Mood And Your Microbiome with Dr. Uma Naidoo

    The Science of Mood And Your Microbiome with Dr. Uma Naidoo

    The Science of Mood And Your Microbiome | This episode is brought to you by Thrive Market and Joovv
    We often hear about food in the context of physical health—eating for a strong heart, healthy weight, and glowing skin. But what about the other impacts of food, like how it makes us feel emotionally and mentally? The growing field of nutritional psychiatry is shedding light on this profound connection, and it’s something I’m personally really excited about. On this episode of The Doctor’s Farmacy, I was so happy to talk to Dr. Uma Naidoo about the connection between food and mood, looking at how what we eat impacts everything from anxiety and depression to ADHD, and more. 
    Michelin-starred chef David Bouley described Dr. Uma Naidoo as the world’s first “triple threat” in the food as medicine space. She is a Harvard trained psychiatrist, professional chef, and Nutrition Specialist. Her niche work is in nutritional psychiatry and she is regarded both nationally and internationally as a medical pioneer in this more newly recognized field. In her role as a Clinical Scientist, Dr. Naidoo founded and directs the first hospital-based clinical service in Nutritional Psychiatry in the US. She is the Director of Nutritional and Lifestyle Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Director of Nutritional Psychiatry at the Massachusetts General Hospital Academy while serving on the faculty at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Naidoo is the author of the recently released book, This is Your Brain on Food. In her book, she shows the cutting-edge science explaining the ways in which food contributes to our mental health and how a sound diet can help treat and prevent a wide range of psychological and cognitive health issues.
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    Here are more of the details from our interview: 

    Dr. Naidoo’s cancer diagnosis and how she used food to help her anxiety while undergoing treatment (7:49)
    How Dr. Naidoo came to think about nutritional psychiatry (10:31)
    America’s mental health crisis and reliance on medications to treat anxiety, depression, etc. (14:23)
    Creating a personalized nutritional plan to treat mental illness (17:47)
    The relationship between gut health, diet, anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, etc. (20:15)
    The correlation between anxiety, depression, gluten, omega-3 fats, and folate (21:41)
    How the food we eat can drive neuroinflammation (25:20)
    Is food driving divisiveness in our society? (39:00)
    Mental health issues in children (44:01)
    The benefits of eating a diversity of vegetables and fruits (52:42)
    Get Dr. Naidoo’s book, This Is Your Brain on Food: An Indispensable Guide to the Surprising Foods that Fight Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, OCD, ADHD, and More, at https://book.umanaidoomd.com/
    Learn more about Dr. Naidoo at https://umanaidoomd.com/ and follow her on Facebook @DrUmaNaidoo, on Instagram @DrUmaNaidoo,  and on Twitter @DrUmaNaidoo
    Learn more about the research cited in this episode:

    Persistent microbiome alterations modulate the rate of post-dieting w

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Post-COVID Syndrome: A Functional Medicine Approach with Dr. Elizabeth Boham

    Post-COVID Syndrome: A Functional Medicine Approach with Dr. Elizabeth Boham

    Post-COVID Syndrome: A Functional Medicine Approach | This episode is brought to you by Paleovalley
    COVID-19 has had an incredible impact on all of our lives, with over 17 million confirmed cases worldwide to date. In the United States, up to 20% of infected individuals are hospitalized and those with a chronic disease are at an exponentially higher risk of hospitalization than someone who is metabolically healthy. Unfortunately, only 12% of us in the U.S. are metabolically healthy. So one of the best things we can do for our individual bodies, and our collective body is to fix our metabolic health as fast as possible.
    In every infection, there are two factors at play: the microbe and the host. While we can’t control the microbe, we have extraordinary control over us, the host. This is why it is so important to support your immune system so you are more resilient to infection. 
    In this episode, Dr. Hyman sits down with Dr. Elizabeth Boham to discuss how we can build resiliency to both prevent poor outcomes and recover from COVID-19 using the principles of Functional Medicine.
    Elizabeth Boham is a physician and nutritionist who practices functional medicine at The UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA. Through her practice and lecturing she has helped thousands of people achieve their goals of optimum health and wellness. She witnesses the power of nutrition every day in her practice and is committed to training other physicians to utilize nutrition in healing. Dr. Boham has contributed to many articles and wrote the latest chapter on Obesity for the Rankel Textbook of Family Medicine. 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.
    For more information, please visit drhyman.com/uwc
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    In this episode, Dr. Hyman and Dr. Boham discuss:

    How diet-related, inflammatory chronic diseases put people at higher risk for worse outcomes from COVID-19
    Building a strong immune system and improving the nutritional status of our population 
    The role that zinc plays in regulating our immune system, the prevalence of zinc deficiency in the United States, and how zinc levels may influence the severity of COVID-19; food sources include oysters and pumpkin seeds
    Vitamin D deficiency and optimizing Vitamin D levels for a healthy immune system
    Quercetin and its influence on COVID-19 outcomes; food sources include dill, onion, oregano, chili pepper, apples, leafy green vegetables, broccoli
    The benefits of EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), a component in green tea; recommended 4 cups of green tea a day or 225mg from a supplement
    The importance of glutathione, a master antioxidant and detoxifier, on the immune system and its effects on COVID-19 outcomes; food sources include cruciferous vegetables (such as broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kale), green tea, garlic, onions and shallots
    Increasing glutathione levels through NAC: (n-acetylcysteine) supplementation, taking liposomal glutathione, IV therapy, and inhaled glutathione
    Melatonin’s influence on our immune system; supplementing with 3-5mg of melatonin at night 
    Post-COVID Syndrome and applying the principles of Functional Medicine to COVID-19 recovery; boosting mitochondria and adrenal function
    Supporting gut health for COVID-19 recovery
    Using herbs and medicinal mushrooms to support COVID-19 recovery and boost our immune sy

    • 40 min
    Why Cultural Competency Is Key To A Healthy Population

    Why Cultural Competency Is Key To A Healthy Population

    Why Cultural Competency Is Key To A Healthy Population | This episode is brought to you Four Sigmatic
    Black, Indigenous, and people of color are far more likely to get sick and die from the 10 leading causes of death due to a range of factors. Among these is lack of access and the cascading effects of racism, prejudice, stereotyping, and unconscious bias on minority health. And unfortunately, this is a historic problem, with injustices such as the Tuskegee syphilis experiment that started in the 1930s leading to a deep mistrust of the medical system that still lingers in the Black community today. 
    Dr. Hyman recently explored this history and current practices in the medical system in conversations with Dr. Charles Modlin and Harriet Washington. He also spoke with Dr. Modlin and Tawny Jones about the importance of creating culturally competent healthcare initiatives to remove many of the barriers that perpetuate racial health disparities.
    Dr. Charles Modlin is a Kidney Transplant Surgeon, Urologist, Executive Director of Minority Health, and the Cleveland Clinic Physician Lead for Public Health. He is the past President of Cleveland Clinic Medical Staff, Member Board of Governors and Board of Trustees. He founded and directs Cleveland Clinic’s Minority Men’s Health Center (MMHC) and in 2003 established Cleveland Clinic’s Annual Minority Men’s Health Fair. In 2011, he was named by The Atlanta Post as one of the Top 21 Black Doctors in America. He graduated from Northwestern University and Northwestern University Medical School, completed a six-year residency in Urology at New York University, a three-year fellowship in kidney transplantation surgery at Cleveland Clinic and joined the Cleveland Clinic Staff in 1996. He is a noted national leader for eliminating health disparities. Honors include appointment to the Ohio Commission on Minority Health by two Ohio Governors, Northwestern University Presidential Alumni Medal, 2007 MLK Community Service Award, Call & Post 100 Top Influential Leaders, Cleveland Magazine Best Doctors, Cleveland Clinic Bruce Hubbard Stewart Humanitarianism Award, and 2015 Black Professional Association Professional of the Year recognition.
    Harriet A. Washington has been the Shearing Fellow at the University of Nevada's Black Mountain Institute, a Research Fellow in Medical Ethics at Harvard Medical School, a senior research scholar at the National Center for Bioethics at Tuskegee University, and a visiting scholar at DePaul University College of Law. She has held fellowships at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Stanford University. She is the author of Deadly Monopolies, Infectious Madness, and Medical Apartheid, which won a National Book Critics Circle Award, the PEN/Oakland Award, and the American Library Association Black Caucus Nonfiction Award.
    Tawny Jones is an accomplished Administrator at the Cleveland Clinic. For 19 years, she has served as a well-respected leader, managing patient concentric care initiatives, creating value, and delivering results in quality improvement, efficient resource management, and health system optimization for various clinical departments. Currently, Tawny leads clinical operations at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine where the goal is to establish the efficacy of Functional Medicine and demonstrate its cost effectiveness and its ability to improve health. Her passion for the promotion of preventative health services and community-based interventions gave impetus to the development of several clinical programs. The Functioning for LifeTM shared medical program for chronic disease management is her brainchild and has proven to be a successful model for addressing lifestyle and behavior change. Tawny is also on the African Employee Resource Group Steering Committee and is committed to helping minorities achieve their career goa

    • 13 min
    The Harmful Effects Of Glyphosate, The Most Common Agrochemical with Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

    The Harmful Effects Of Glyphosate, The Most Common Agrochemical with Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

    The Harmful Effects Of Glyphosate, The Most Common Agrochemical | This episode is brought to you by Tushy and ButcherBox
    We’re living in an age where it’s increasingly hard to avoid exposure to toxins. Some of the most ubiquitous are right on our food, on some of the most commonly eaten items in the American diet. It’s no wonder that illnesses related to toxicity, like cancer, infertility, and neurological diseases, are on the rise. The most widely used pesticide in our food supply is glyphosate. It’s used all over the world on more than 70 different food crops, including corn, soy, and wheat and is linked to some serious health risks, including non-Hodgkin lymphoma. It’s terrifying to consider that a bowl of Cheerios has more glyphosate per serving than vitamins D and B12, both of which are added to try to boost nutritional value. 
    We need to change our food system if we want to change our health, and it’s issues like these that need our help. I was so happy to sit down with my good friend Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to dig into the topic of glyphosate and corruption in the agricultural industry. Bobby Kennedy serves as President of Waterkeeper Alliance, Chairman of the Board and Chief Legal Counsel for Children’s Health Defense, and of counsel to Morgan & Morgan, a nationwide personal injury practice. He was previously Chief Prosecuting Attorney for the Hudson Riverkeeper, Senior Attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, and a Clinical Professor and Supervising Attorney at Pace University School of Law’s Environmental Litigation Clinic. 
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    Here are more of the details from our interview: 

    How glyphosate is used, its prevalence, any why it’s so bad for us (6:03)
    Monsanto, Rachel Carson, and the chemical industry’s efforts to quash dissent of its products (9:01)
    Monsanto’s introduction of Roundup ready corn and patented seeds (18:25)
    The incidence of spraying Roundup on crops at time of harvest and how that coincides with the rise of gluten allergies, celiac disease, and other illnesses (21:59)
    How the Daubert standard kept a legal suit from being filed against Monsanto until 2015 (23:53)
    Dewayne Johnson v. Monsanto Company, the first case brought against Monsanto for toxic effects of Roundup (32:11)
    Glyphosate’s toxic effects on the human and soil microbiome (41:33)
    The Environmental Protection Agency’s relationship and support of Monsanto (44:12)
    Halting the freefall of our democracy into plutocracy (55:15)
    Follow Bobby Kennedy Jr. on Facebook @rfkjr, on Instagram @robertfkennedy, and on Twitter @robertkennedyjr

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Male Menopause, Low Libido, And Testosterone Replacement with Dr. George Papanicolaou

    Male Menopause, Low Libido, And Testosterone Replacement with Dr. George Papanicolaou

    Male Menopause, Low Libido, And Testosterone Replacement | This episode is brought to you by Audible
    Many of us are living life completely out of balance—and the type of imbalance that affects almost everyone in our society is hormonal imbalance. Men tend to have declining hormone levels as they age, and low testosterone can cause men to lose muscle and gain fat, leading to sexual dysfunction, low sex drive, fatigue, mental fogginess, and bone loss. However, making changes to your diet and lifestyle can have an incredible effect on rebalancing hormone levels and increasing testosterone. Additionally, testosterone replacement therapy can also be used to rebalance your hormones and increase happiness, vitality, and health. 
    In this episode, Dr. Hyman sits down with Dr. George Papanicolaou to discuss the functional medicine approach to treating low testosterone and how they determine when to use hormone replacement therapy.
    George Papanicolaou is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and is Board Certified in Family Medicine from Abington Memorial Hospital. He is also an Institute for Functional Medicine Practitioner. Upon graduation from his residency he joined the Indian Health Service. He worked on the Navajo reservation for 4 years at the Chinle Comprehensive Medical Facility where he served as the Outpatient Department Coordinator. In 2000, he founded Cornerstone Family Practice in Rowley, MA. He practiced with a philosophy centered on personal relationships and treating the whole person, not just not the disease. He called that philosophy “Whole Life Wellness”. Over time as the healthcare system made it harder for patients to receive this kind of 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 to join The UltraWellness Center in 2017.
    For more information, please visit drhyman.com/uwc
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    In this conversation, Dr. Hyman and Dr. Papanicolaou discuss:

    The conventional vs functional medicine approach to treating hormone imbalances
    Symptoms and drivers of hormonal imbalance in men 
    How statin drugs can affect testosterone levels
    The interconnectedness of all hormones
    Improving testosterone levels through exercise and meditation
    How Dr. Papanicolaou treated a patient for hormone imbalance
    Methods for testosterone replacement including topicals, injectables, and pellets
    Testosterone and prostate cancer
    Testosterone replacement for women
    Additional resources:
    Low T? 5 Steps to Boost Testosterone Naturally
    https://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/2015/05/29/5-steps-to-boost-testosterone-naturally/
    Hormone Magic: Let’s Start With Testosterone
    https://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/2019/09/23/hormone-magic-lets-start-with-testosterone/
    Man Magic: Testosterone Part 2
    https://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/2019/11/22/man-magic-testosterone-part-2/
    Getting to the Root of Male Hormone Imbalances
    https://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/2019/08/16/getting-to-the-root-of-male-hormone-imbalances/
    Getting to the Root | Male Hormones Part 2
    https://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/2019/11/18/getting-to-the-root-male-hormones-part-2
    The Power Of Food To Heal Everything From Autoimmune Disease To Traumatic Brain Injury
    https://drhyman.com/blog/2019/12/18/podcast-ep85/
    The Underlying Causes and Solutions for Women’s Hormonal Balances with Dr. Elizabeth Boham
    https://drhyman.com/blog/2020/04/10/podcast-hc6/
    Postmenopausal Hormones: Helpful Or Harmful? with Dr. Elizabeth

    • 39 min
    Reversing Metabolic Disease

    Reversing Metabolic Disease

    Reversing Metabolic Disease | This episode is brought to you by Paleovalley
    Only 1 in 8 Americans are considered metabolically healthy (think obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and hypertension). Our poor metabolic health is driving our chronic disease epidemic and putting people at higher risk of experiencing severe complications from COVID-19, if they are to get the virus. The good news is that it is possible to become metabolically healthy in a matter of months, if not weeks.
    In recent conversations with Dr. Aseem Malhotra and Chris Kresser, Dr. Hyman discusses the drivers of poor metabolic health and how, with the right support, making changes to your diet and lifestyle can rapidly optimize your health.
    Dr. Aseem Malhotra is a founding member of Action on Sugar and was the lead campaigner highlighting the harm caused by excess sugar consumption in the United Kingdom, particularly its role in type 2 diabetes and obesity. In 2015, he coordinated the Choosing Wisely campaign by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges as lead author in a BMJ paper to highlight the risks of overuse of medical treatments. In the same year, he became the youngest member to be appointed to the board of trustees of UK health think tank, The King's Fund, that advises government on health policy. His first book, co-authored with Donal O' Neill, The Pioppi Diet, has become an international bestseller.
    Chris Kresser M.S., L.Ac is the co-director of the California Center for Functional Medicine, founder of Kresser Institute, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Paleo Cure and Unconventional Medicine. He is one of the most respected clinicians and educators in the fields of Functional Medicine and ancestral health and has trained over 1,500 clinicians and health coaches in his unique approach. His health coaching program, called ADAPT, is the one I recommend for my staff at Cleveland Clinic and he’s the guy I trust with my own health.
    Find Dr. Hyman’s full-length conversation with Dr. Aseem Malhotra, “How Diet Is Driving COVID-19 Outcomes,” here: https://DrMarkHyman.lnk.to/DrAseemMalhotra
    Find Dr. Hyman’s full-length conversation with Chris Kresser, “Is Meat As Bad As We Think: Breaking Down Nutrition Myths,” here: https://DrMarkHyman.lnk.to/ChrisKresser
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Customer Reviews

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Costar27 ,

ONE OF MY FAVORITE PODCASTS

Functional medicine has long been a keen area of interest for me and Dr Hyman my go-to for information and insight. I learn so much from listening to Marks podcast. His array of topics is diverse and his guests always leaders in their field. Thankyou, and keep doing what you do.

Gigi_Gail ,

Love it! Changed my life!

One of my favourite podcasts. Functional medicine changed my world a year ago. It was through The Drs Farmacy I was introduced to the approach and it resonated with my belief system. Dr Hyman's guest are fantastic, highly knowledgeable and his relaxed, friendly, conversational interview style makes it a pleasure to listen to. I only wish I had an Ultra Wellness Centre where I live!

Livvy_83 ,

Thought provoking

This is an excellent podcast series. Great guests and topics. Mark is really enjoyable to listen too.

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