Author Archive | Mark Hyman, MD

Separating Fat from Fiction: 10 Fat Facts You Need to Know

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“Everyone seems to be talking about fat these days. That fat somehow is good now and can help with weight loss and disease prevention.  How can that be true when for decades we all were told that fat was the bad guy?” asks this week’s house call. “What are its benefits? Are there any downsides […]

Stop Being “Nice” and Do This Instead

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This week’s House Call is really a personal confession!  I’ve long struggled with being a “nice-a-holic,” which in a backward kind of way is actually a form of lying – kind of like when your mouth says yes and your heart says no.  “What does this have to do with being healthier, Dr. Hyman?” you […]

8 Strategies to Reverse Skinny-Fat Syndrome

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“If I’m not overweight, do I need to become concerned about obesity and other health issues?” asks this week’s House Call. “Even though I drink soda and eat whatever I want, I don’t gain weight. Should I be worried?” The short answer is yes, and here’s why. One study published in the Journal of the […]

Why You Should Ditch Artificial Sweeteners

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“I know you’re not big on sugar and frequently tell people to cut down on it,” writes this week’s House Call. “But what about artificial sweeteners? Can I use those instead?” Sadly, the answer is emphatically no. Human, animal, experimental, and other studies show artificial sweeteners can be just as bad and maybe even worse […]

The Missing Link that Keeps You Lean & Healthy

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“I have friends who are not so healthy and are always trying to convince me that it’s okay to indulge in chocolate cake or soda or whatever,” writes this week’s House Call. “How can I gracefully handle such situations without coming off like a wet blanket?” I call these people food pushers, and we all […]

8 Strategies to Eliminate Psoriasis

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“I have a terrible case of psoriasis,” writes this week’s House Call. “My doctor is recommending these horrible immune-suppressing drugs and steroids that cause cancer and other problems. What can I do other than to take these drugs?” Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease of the skin that affects over three percent of the U.S. population […]

7 Strategies to Eliminate Eczema

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“I’ve got a terrible case of eczema. I itch all the time,” writes this week’s House Call. “Is there anything I can do besides taking topical steroids to suppress my immune system?” Again, great question – especially as the winter months approach and skin becomes more susceptible to these issues.  The simple answer is yes, […]

10 Simple Strategies to Eliminate Acne

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“I still have acne even though I’m an adult,” writes this week’s House Call contributor. “Do I need to take antibiotics and put all these drugs on my face? Is there another approach to take?” Studies show acne can place a heavy emotional and psychological burden on patients that possibly surpasses its physical impact. Researchers […]

9 Strategies for Glowing, Vibrant Skin

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“How can I maintain healthy skin without spending a fortune on cleansers and other products?” asks my reader in this week’s House Call. This is a great question, so I decided to dedicate the next few weeks to developing and maintaining great skin. This week we’ll talk about overall skin health. During the next few […]

7 Strategies to Address ADHD

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“My child has been diagnosed with ADD.  His doctors want to put him on stimulants like Ritalin. Is there anything we can do other than take medications?” Attention deficit disorder (ADD), today referred to as attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), is not a Ritalin deficiency, yet the use of these drugs is skyrocketing. One in ten […]

7 Strategies to Reverse Infertility

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“My husband and I are suffering from infertility,” my patient tells me. “Does this have to do with things like lifestyle, or is it just bad luck? Is there anything we can do to reverse this situation?” I’m sad to say today one in seven couples suffer from infertility, which researchers define as the diminished […]

7 Strategies to Tackle Lyme Disease

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“I have Lyme disease,” writes this week’s viewer. “Is there anything I can do to treat it naturally?” Lyme disease, the most common American tick-borne infectious disease, often goes undiagnosed or becomes misdiagnosed. That becomes a real problem when you consider that in America, up to 300,000 new cases a year of Lyme disease diagnoses have […]