Author Archive | Mark Hyman, MD

Killing Your Sex Drive One Bite at a Time: 5 Surprising Ways Sugar Lowers Libido

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Our hormones don’t operate in a vacuum. They are interconnected, performing like a big musical symphony. When one becomes out of balance, others are sure to follow. Sex hormones, healthy blood sugar, and insulin balance are more intimately linked than you might think. Spikes in insulin, and the insulin resistance that results from eating too […]

The One Test Your Doctor Isn’t Doing That Could Save Your Life

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Insulin resistance doesn’t happen overnight. When most of your diet includes empty calories and an abundance of quickly absorbed sugars, liquid calories, and carbohydrates like bread, pasta, rice, and potatoes, your cells slowly become resistant to the effects of insulin. Your body increasingly demands more insulin to do the same job of keeping your blood […]

Thimerosal: Let the Science Speak

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Vaccinations are among the most important advances in medicine in the last century. We have eradicated smallpox from the planet and dramatically reduced death and suffering from infectious disease around the globe. I am aggressively pro-vaccine. I am a father and family physician. I have vaccinated my children. I have been vaccinated and recommend vaccination […]

Why You Need To Design Your Health

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I have been hearing great reports from the participants in the recent four-week tele-series Design Your Health with my favorite life coaches at the Handel Group. So much was accomplished in such a short time that I wanted to share it with those of you who missed out on this event, so you could benefit […]

3 Steps to Successful Cleansing

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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 powerful reboot, a cleanse. And there are so many programs and cleanses out there—some good, some not. Some even include a lot of fruit juice, which can […]

Dr. Hyman’s Top 12 Facebook Pages

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These days, there are so many websites and Facebook pages offering an endless stream of health and wellness information, it’s easy to feel completely overwhelmed. What are the best sources? Who can you trust? To help you separate the wheat from the chaff, I’ve put together a list of the best Facebook pages. These are […]

It’s Not Your Fault You Are Fat. Here’s Why!

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The message pushed on us by our own government, health agencies, professional organizations and especially the food industry is this: It’s your fault you are fat. Just eat less and exercise more. But is there any evidence that’s true? Do 70 percent of Americans just wake up every day thinking, “I want to be fat! […]

Why Diet and Exercise Are Not the Key to Weight Loss and Health

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What if getting healthy had very little to do with obsessing over what you eat or worrying about how much you exercise? What if you could make weight loss and health automatic? In fact, research shows that is the best way to lose weight and get healthy. You can design a life where health and […]

5 Reasons Most Diets Fail (and How To Succeed)

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The average person gains 11 pounds for every diet they go on. Even worse, when they lose weight, they lose muscle and fat. When they regain weight, they gain back all fat. And since muscle burns seven times as many calories as fat, their metabolism is slower than when they started the diet. The cruel […]

Is gluten-free food a joke?

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Erin Burnett talks with a nutritionist Mark Hyman, MD about people who follow a gluten-free diet but may not understand why.

The Key to Automatic Weight Loss!

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Why Are We Fat? Is It Gluttony, or Is Your Fat Actually Hungry? What if everything you ever learned about weight loss was wrong? What if losing weight has nothing to do with calories—counting them or cutting them out by sheer willpower? What if, in fact, most health professionals (including doctors and dietitians), our own […]

Big Government and Big Food Give the Same Weight Loss Advice?

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In a stunning review of the new film FED UP — one that draws the undeniable links between the food industry, sugar and the obesity epidemic — the New York Times offered a disturbing observation: The dietary recommendations for weight loss coming from both the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Beverage […]