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Dr. Mark Hyman on Feeling Better Through Functional Medicine

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“I want to decentralize and democratize healthcare by empowering people with the tools and knowledge and information they need to really get healthy.”
— Dr. Mark Hyman

Greetings, SuperFriends!

Today, we are joined by Dr. Mark Hyman, one of the most respected health & wellness experts on the planet – and one of the experts that experts themselves turn to.

Dr. Hyman is the founder of the UltraWellness Center, the Medical Director at Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine, and the ten time #1 New York Times Bestselling author of books like Eat Fat, Get Thin, Blood Sugar Solution, and the 10-Day Detox Diet. He is the medical advisor to both Bill and Hillary Clinton, the medical editor at the Huffington Post, and has been featured in just about every publication you can think of, from TED to NPR to CNN and more.

In this episode, we talk about… diet, nutrition, supplementation, and why over 70% of people are less healthy then they can and should be. We get pretty sciencey, and so I’m sure you’re going to learn quite a bit about your body, what it needs, and how it works.

Just a quick apology for the audio quality – as you’ll learn, my guest was away from the office, and so we had to make due with a cellular connection, but all in all, I think our audio editor has done a fantastic job cleaning things up and stitching them together.

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In this episode, we discuss:

  • The story of Dr. Mark Hyman's personal illness, and how it drove him to where he is today
  • What is “functional medicine,” how is it different from other types of medicine, and why is it so exciting?
  • From 1-10, how healthy is the average Westerner today?
  • What is the biggest, lowest-hanging fruit when it comes to improving overall health?
  • What is “FLC” syndrome, and how effectively does Dr. Hyman's practice reduce it?
  • A discussion of paleo vs. vegan vs. other dietary frameworks and how they're similar
  • How our thinking on fat and cholesterol has changed recently
  • What about grains? Should we be eating them?
  • Thoughts on meat, and whether or not we should be eating it
  • What is the real culprit behind our sickness, inflammation, diabetes, and heart disease?
  • What supplements does Dr. Mark Hyman advocate for absolutely everyone?
  • What are the most common deficiencies in our society today?
  • An explanation of the controversy between vaccinations, thimerosal, mercury, and autism
  • What are the UltraWellness Center and the Center for Functional Medicine, and what do they do?
  • The “Big Hairy Audacious Goal” that drives Dr. Mark Hyman
  • What homework would Dr. Mark Hyman like to assign to you?
  • Which experts does Dr. Hyman turn to? Who are his mentors and friends?

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Favorite Quotes from Dr. Mark Hyman:

“I got terribly ill, and had to reverse engineer my biology so that I could get better.”

“Functional medicine is about describing the nature of how the body works… It's a GPS system for navigating to the root cause.”

“Just because you know the name of what's wrong with you doesn't mean you know how to fix it or what the cause is.”

“You take out the things that create imbalance, and you put in the things that create balance… and the body has a natural capacity to reset.”

“Our health is terrible. It's probably the worst in human history, in fact.”

“People don't really understand what food is… It's actually information, or instructions. It's the single biggest thing you do every day to modify your biology.”

“If man made it, leave it. If God made it, eat it.”

“I want to change our social networks to support health… in a scaleable model.”

“I don't think most people realize how close they are to feeling good.”

“You have the power in every moment to transform your health and wellbeing.”



  1. Luiz
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    Thanks, I learned a lot of interesting things in past episodes.

  2. Shivaditya Purohit
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    loved th heart and the depth of the conversation. The way that Dr. Metivier shared from his enormous experience and insights was just amazing. Thank you Jonathan for doing this podcast!! 🙂

  3. Rob
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    Great interview with Dr. Greg Wells! He mentioned a doctor from Colorado around the 42:30 point of the podcast, discussing turmeric and black pepper. I couldn’t make out the doctor’s name. Can you provide me with his full name and maybe his website or contact info. Interested in his products.



  4. Muhammed Sani Ibrahim
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    I am new here, and learning really fast.
    Thank you.

  5. Leonia
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    Maybe oarts of the things he has to share are right, maybe not. If I look at him which impact his nurturing and living style has on himself I see a very old looking man! He is year 1973!! That is not old and he looks definitly much older!! If I would not know his birthyear I would guess that he is in his mid-60ies!! A bit concering for someone who claims his lifestyle is suitable for a long life, isn’t it?

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