Dr. Mark Hyman, MD

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MARK HYMAN, MD is a family physician, a four-time New York Times bestselling author, and an internationally recognized leader in his field.  He is founder and medical director of The UltraWellness Center, chairman of the board of the Institute for Functional Medicine, board member of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine, advisor to Dr. Mehmet Oz’s HealthCorps, and nominee to President Obama’s Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion and Integrative and Public Health. Through his private practice, education efforts, writing, research, advocacy and public-policy work, he strives to improve access to the whole-systems medicine approach known as functional medicine.

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Mark Hyman, MD has dedicated his career to identifying and addressing the root causes of chronic illness through a groundbreaking whole-systems medicine approach known as Functional Medicine.  He is a family physician, a four-time New York Times bestselling author, and an internationally recognized leader in his field. Through his private practice, education efforts, writing, research, advocacy and public-policy work, he strives to improve access to Functional Medicine, and to widen the understanding and practice of it, empowering others to stop managing symptoms and instead treat the underlying causes of illness, thereby also tackling our chronic-disease epidemic.

Dr. Hyman is Chairman of the Institute for Functional Medicine, and was awarded its 2009 Linus Pauling Award for Leadership in Functional Medicine.  He is on the Board of Directors of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine, and a faculty member of its Food As Medicine training program. He is also on the Board of Advisors of Memhet Oz’s HealthCorps, which tackles the obesity epidemic by “educating the student body” in American high schools about nutrition, fitness and mental resilience.  He is a volunteer for Partners in Health with whom he worked immediately after the earthquake in Haiti and continues to help rebuild the health care system there. He was featured on
60 Minutes for his work there.

Dr. Hyman has testified before the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and has consulted with the Surgeon General on diabetes prevention.  He has testified before the Senate Working Group on Health Care Reform on Functional Medicine, and participated in the White House Forum on Prevention and Wellness in June 2009. Dr. Hyman was nominated by Senator Tom Harkin for the President’s Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion and Integrative and Public Health, a 25-person group to advise the Administration and the new National Council on Prevention, Health Promotion and Public Health.

With Drs. Dean Ornish and Michael Roizen, Dr. Hyman crafted and helped to introduce the Take Back Your Health Act of 2009 into the United States Senate, to provide for reimbursement of lifestyle treatment of chronic disease.  He continues to work in Washington on health reform, recently testifying before a Congressional hearing on Functional Medicine, nutrition and the use of dietary supplements.

Through his work with corporations and government entities, such as CIGNA and the Veterans Administration, he is helping to improve health outcomes and reduce costs around the world. In recognition of his efforts, he was recently awarded The Council on Litigation Management’s 2010 Professionalism Award, citing individuals who have demonstrated leadership by example in the highest standard of their profession.  He also received The American College of Nutrition 2009 Communication and Media Award for his contribution to promoting better understanding of nutrition science. He has been featured in recent months on 60 Minutes, Larry King Live, CNN, and MSNBC.

Dr. Hyman is founder and Medical Director of The UltraWellness Center in Lenox, Massachusetts, where he directs a team of physicians, nutritionists and nurses who utilize a comprehensive approach to health.  Before starting his practice, he was co-Medical Director at Canyon Ranch Lenox, one of the world's leading health resorts.  While at Canyon Ranch, he co-authored the New York Times bestseller Ultraprevention: The 6-Week Program That Will Make You Healthy for Life (Scribner) – winner of the Books for a Better Life Award honoring the best self-improvement books each year.  He has since written UltraMetabolism: The Simple Plan for Automatic Weight Loss, and a companion public television special. His latest book and PBS special, The UltraMind Solution, a comprehensive approach for addressing the causes of mental illness and cognitive disorders, was released in January 2009. The Blood Sugar Solution book and companion PBS special will be released in March 2012, addressing the global epidemic of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Dr. Hyman graduated with a B.A. from Cornell University, and graduated magna cum laude from the Ottawa University School of Medicine. He completed his residency at University of San Francisco's program in Family Medicine at the Community Hospital of Santa Rosa.

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  • Founder and Medical director of The UltraWellness Center, Mass.

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  • Mark Hyman, MD answered:
    For centuries, green tea catechins have provided people with near-magical benefits. In this video, watch as I explain just what these plant chemicals can do for you. Read More
  • Mark Hyman, MD answered:
    There is a way to go gluten-free naturally with a diet rich in whole and unprocessed foods, vegetables and lean cuts of protein.

    Here is a week's diet plan:

    Day 1
    Breakfast: Sweet Potato Hash with Eggs
    Snack: 1 Piece of Fruit and Indian Spiced Cashews
    Lunch: Asian Bean Salad with Tahini...Read More
  • Mark Hyman, MD answered:
    The most serious form of allergy to gluten, celiac disease, affects one in 100 people, or three million Americans, most of whom don’t know they have it. But milder forms of gluten sensitivity are even more common and may affect up to one-third of the American population. Read More
  • Mark Hyman, MD answered:
    If you want to broaden your bean repertoire, adzuki beans offer a host of nutritional benefits. Learn about the health benefits of adzuki beans by watching this video featuring me as Dr. Oz's guest. Read More
  • Mark Hyman, MD answered:
    High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is absorbed more rapidly than regular sugar, and it doesn’t stimulate insulin or leptin production. This prevents you from triggering the body’s signals for being full and may lead to over consumption of total calories.  Read More
  • Mark Hyman, MD answered:
    Free fructose from high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) requires more energy to be absorbed by the gut and soaks up two phosphorous molecules from ATP (our body’s energy source). This depletes the energy fuel source or ATP in our gut required to maintain the integrity of our intestinal lining. Little “tight junctions”...Read More
  • Mark Hyman, MD answered:
    The current media debate about the benefits (or lack of harm) of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in our diet misses the obvious. The average American increased their consumption of HFCS (mostly from sugar sweetened drinks and processed food) from zero to over 60 pounds per person per year. During...Read More
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    via Twitter/@markhymanmd: Why Society is All Wrong About Barbie via @daffneemichelle. THESE CONCEPTS APPLY TO FOOD PEOPLE! @elephantjournal http://bit.ly/1jhYtlW
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    Everybody feels stress and knows it intimately, but very few of us think about what stress actually is.

    Stress is a thought. That’s it. No more, no less. If...Full Post
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    via Facebook/@drmarkhyman: Five ways to never be stressed again!

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    Some recent concerns about drinking cow's milk include evidence pointing to weight gain, plus increased risk of cancer, bone issues, inflammatory issues and digestive issues. Watch functional medicine expert Mark Hyman, MD, explain these findings. Read More
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    via Twitter/@markhymanmd:
    How the sweetener industry sugar-coats science http://bit.ly/1kiyQMp via @MotherJones
  • Mark Hyman, MD has posted a blog entry:
    Most of my patients can reset their metabolism by switching from sugar and processed foods to real, whole, fresh food. But there are some who need a more...Full Post
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    via Twitter/@markhymanmd: 7 Signs You May be Deficient in #Magnesium-Perfectly written @DrPassero http://bit.ly/TzX0uK
  • Mark Hyman, MD answered:
    Drinking your breakfast instead of eating it can help speed up your metabolism. It allows you to consume a large quantity of powerful, craving busting, fat burning nutrients and super foods in one sitting. Putting them together makes them taste great, fills you up and keeps you satisfied longer. The...Read More