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Six Ways I Changed My Life and How You Can Change Yours

Mark Hyman, M.D. by Mark Hyman, M.D. | December 14th, 2011 | 2 Comments
topic: Detox, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: adrenaline, alcohol, body, caffeine, chronic fatigue syndrome, detox, diet, dr. mark hyman, drugs, energy, exercise, Fitness, food, health, healthy-eating, immune system, nutrition, protein, sleep, sugar

Changed My LifeTwenty years ago, as a freshly minted doctor, I swallowed the propaganda that doctors are invincible — that “MD” stood for “medical deity.” During my training, one of my surgical residents told me, “real doctors don’t do lunch.” I thought I didn’t need to follow the same rules of biology like everyone else. I believed sleeping, eating real food and resting were luxuries, not necessities.

In fact, even though I knew all about nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle and had always exercised, I felt I could push the boundaries of my body. When I started my medical career, I worked 80-100 hours a week as a family doctor in a small town in Idaho. I delivered hundreds of babies, ran the emergency room, and saw 30-40 patients a day. Sleep was an afterthought. I ordered Starbucks coffee by the case straight from Seattle, bought an espresso machine and served up 4-5 espressos a day. I lived in a perpetual state of fatigue and pushed my way through on adrenalin.

The Not-So-Sweet Truth About High Fructose Corn Syrup

Mark Hyman, M.D. by Mark Hyman, M.D. | September 20th, 2011 | No Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: Archer Daniels Midland, artificial sweetener, cancer, cane sugar, Cargill, corn industry, corn sugar, corn syrup, cornfield, diabetes, diet, dietary, dr. mark hyman, food industry, fructose, glucose, healthy-eating, heart disease, HFCS, high fructose corn syrup, industrial agriculture, inflammation, insulin, lipogenesis, liver failure, mercury, nutrition, obesity, parenting, sucrose, tooth decay, weight gain

High Fructose Corn SyrupIf you can’t convince them, confuse them.
— Harry Truman

The current media debate about the benefits (or lack of harm) of high fructose corn syrup in our diet misses the obvious. The average American has increased his consumption of HFCS (mostly from sugar-sweetened drinks and processed food) from zero to more than 60 pounds per year. Obesity rates have more than tripled and diabetes incidence has increased more than seven-fold. HFCS is not perhaps the only cause, but one that cannot be ignored.

Doubt and confusion are the currency of deception, and they sow the seeds of complacency. Recently, these have been used skillfully through massive print and television advertising campaigns by the Corn Refiners Association’s attempt to dispel the “myth” that HFCS is harmful and assert through the opinion of “medical and nutrition experts” that it is no different than cane sugar. It is a “natural” product that can be a healthy part of our diets when used in moderation.

Except for one problem: Even when used in moderation, it is a major cause of heart disease, obesity, cancer, dementia, liver failure, tooth decay and more.

Sugar Addiction? It Might Be Genetic

Mark Hyman, M.D. by Mark Hyman, M.D. | April 15th, 2011 | 3 Comments
topic: Detox, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Weight Loss | tags: addiction, addicts, alcohol, amino acids, appetite, artificial sweeteners, bedtime, blood sugar, breakfast, chemicals, Chromium, cravings, diabetes, diet, dopamine receptor, dr. mark hyman, drugs, eating before bed, food, food allergies, Food sensitivities, fruit juice, genes, genetics, glucomannan, glutamine, hormones, hunger, inflammation, insulin, medical research, neurotransmitters, nutrition, nutritional deficiencies, omega-3 fatty acids, pleasure, protein, refined sugar, reward centers, Rhodiola, science, sleep, small meals, soda, stress, sugar, tyrosine and 5-HTP, Vitamin D, weight-loss, willpower

Hand reaching into a cookie jarWe’re all programmed to like sugar, but new research shows that some people are genetically much more prone to sugar addiction than others.

As I noted in my previous blog on food addiction, science demonstrates that people can be biologically addicted to sugar and other foods in the same way people can be addicted to heroin, cocaine or nicotine. Bingeing and addictive behaviors are eerily similar in alcoholics and sugar addicts. In fact, many recovering alcoholics switch to another easily available drug: sugar.

The Real Secret to Healthy Aging

Mark Hyman, M.D. by Mark Hyman, M.D. | May 18th, 2010 | 4 Comments
topic: Detox, Health & Wellness, Healthy Aging, Healthy Eating, Weight Loss | tags: dr. mark hyman, health, longevity, Mark Hyman, mitochondria, resveratrol, UltraWellness, wellness, wine

“Live to 120 years old by eating as much as you want and drinking lots of red wine!”

That’s the intriguing finding of a recent study from Harvard researcher David Sinclair and his group.

6 Reasons You Should Avoid Dairy

Mark Hyman, M.D. by Mark Hyman, M.D. | May 13th, 2010 | 2 Comments
topic: Detox, Family Health, Health & Wellness, Healthy Aging, Healthy Eating | tags: 7 keys to UltraWellness, bone health, bone strength, calcium, cheese, dairy, dr. mark hyman, functional medicine, ice cream, lactose intolerance, Mark Hyman, milk, UltraWellness, Vitamin D, yogurt

Got milk?

These days, it seems like almost everybody does. Celebrities, athletes and even former president Clinton’s head of Health and Human Services, Donna Shalala, are all proud to wear the white “milk mustache.” After all, everyone knows that you need milk to be healthy …

Dairy is nature’s perfect food — but only if you’re a calf.

Glutathione: The Mother of All Antioxidants

Mark Hyman, M.D. by Mark Hyman, M.D. | May 3rd, 2010 | 4 Comments
topic: Detox, Health & Wellness, Healthy Aging, Healthy Eating | tags: detox, detoxification, dr. mark hyman, functional medicine, glutathione, health and wellness, Healthy Aging, Mark Hyman, mercury, oxidative stress

It’s the most important molecule you need to stay healthy and prevent disease, yet you’ve probably never heard of it. It’s the secret to preventing aging, cancer, heart disease, dementia and more, and necessary to treat everything from autism to Alzheimer’s disease. There are more than 89,000 medical articles about it — but your doctor doesn’t know how to address the epidemic deficiency of this critical life-giving molecule.

How to Eliminate Migraines & Headaches in Less Than a Week

Mark Hyman, M.D. by Mark Hyman, M.D. | April 19th, 2010 | 3 Comments
topic: Detox, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: dr. mark hyman, functional medicine, headache remedies, headache treatments, headaches, Mark Hyman, migraines, UltraWellness

More than 10 million Americans have migraines, creating a burden of mostly unnecessary suffering. These severe, nearly disabling headaches can occur from once a year to three or four times a week. They can last from hours to days. They are often associated with an aura, light sensitivity, nausea, vomiting and severe, throbbing pain on one or both sides of the head. Migraines are even associated with stroke-like symptoms or paralysis in some cases.

How to Give Yourself a Metabolic Tune-Up: 8 Tips for a Longer, More Energetic Life

Mark Hyman, M.D. by Mark Hyman, M.D. | April 5th, 2010 | 4 Comments
topic: Detox, Health & Wellness, Healthy Aging, Healthy Eating, Weight Loss | tags: aging, detox, detoxification, diabetes, dr. mark hyman, energy, fatigue, health, healthy-eating, inflammation, Mark Hyman, metabolic tune-up, metabolism, mitochondria, UltraWellness

Are you tired and worn out? Do you have sore muscles, fatigue and brain fog?

If so, you might have metabolic burnout!

Imagine if you could find a way to tune up your metabolism, increase your energy levels, think clearly and feel less achy. Imagine if you could prevent diabetes, heart disease, Parkinson’s disease and dementia. Imagine if you could heal fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Imagine if you could get to the roots of aging, slow the whole process and eliminate most age-related diseases.

Mercury Detox: A 3-Step Plan to Recover Your Health

Mark Hyman, M.D. by Mark Hyman, M.D. | March 18th, 2010 | 25 Comments
topic: Detox, Health & Wellness, Healthy Aging, Healthy Eating | tags: detox, detoxification, dr. mark hyman, funcational medicine, health, Mark Hyman, mercury, mercury detox, mercury toxicity, nutrition, sauna, supplements

After my last blog, I’m sure many of you are depressed and discouraged about mercury and its toxic effects. The bad news is today I am going to review more of mercury’s toxic effects.

Is There Toxic Waste in Your Body?

Mark Hyman, M.D. by Mark Hyman, M.D. | March 8th, 2010 | 2 Comments
topic: Detox, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: detoxification, dr. mark hyman, health, toxins, UltraWellness

Your body may be a toxic waste dump. Worried? You should be ….

We are exposed to 6 million pounds of mercury and 2.5 billion pounds of other toxic chemicals each year.

80,000 toxic chemicals have been released into our environment since the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, and very few have been tested for their long-term impact on human health. And let me tell you, the results aren’t pretty for those that have been tested …