Author Archive | Mark Hyman, MD

Is Your Olive Oil Really Olive Oil?

“I get so confused choosing the right oils and differentiating between different kinds of fats,” writes this week’s house call. “I watched a 60 Minutes episode that showed olive oil imported from Italy wasn’t really olive oil. And the other day, I went to the supermarket to pick up coconut oil and it said palm oil on […]

Can Being Toxic Make Me Fat?

“Dr. Hyman, I’ve been reading about the role of environmental toxins in our health,” writes this week’s house call. “What is the best way to get rid of these toxins, and are things like household cleaners and skincare products really that harmful?” The short answer is yes. We know that environmental toxins, such as BPA […]

Are My Genes Making Me Fat and Sick?

“For generations, my family has been overweight or obese, and I’m just wondering how much of weight gain is dictated by genes?” writes this week’s house call. “Do my genes create my destiny?” Let’s get the bad news out of the way first. Some genes can predispose you to obesity, type 2 diabetes or heart […]

How Our Government Made Us Fat and Sick!

“Dr. Hyman, I grew up following the guidelines of the Food Pyramid,” writes this week’s house call. “Now the guidelines keep changing. What about these new MyPlate guidelines?  And what about the new 2015 Dietary Guidelines? I am confused. What should I eat?” Here’s the truth: The Government recommendations released in 1980, promoted low-fat diets […]

How to Fix Your Gut Bacteria and Lose Weight

“I read somewhere that a high-fat diet can damage your gut bacteria and promote weight gain,” writes this week’s house call. “Should I be concerned if I’m eating a high-fat diet?” It is true that what you eat can affect your gut bacteria, for better and for worse, and changes in your gut bacteria or […]

Alzheimer’s = Type 3 Diabetes

“My parents are getting older and I want to do everything I can to help them prevent Alzheimer’s, considering both my grandmothers had this disease, and I am worried about getting it too.” writes this week’s house call. “What can we do to prevent dementia?” The truth is, dementia is a very big problem that’s […]

The Secret Fat that Makes You Thin

“Dr. Hyman, I’ve heard you mention MCT oil before,” writes this week’s house call. “Can you tell me more about it and the potential benefits?” MCT stands for medium-chain triglycerides . They are a type of fatty acid that is derived from coconut oil.  Consider MCT oil as a super fuel for your cells, because […]

Why Oil is Bad for You

“Dr. Hyman, I grew up in a house where we used vegetable oil every day to cook with,” writes this week’s house call. “My mom still uses these oils and I’m trying to convince her to switch to coconut or olive oil. Any advice?” We were all trained that vegetable oils were good and butter […]

Is Meat Good or Bad for You?

“Dr. Hyman, I see so many conflicting reports about meat,” begins this week’s house call question. “Some say it can be part of a healthy diet. Others declare it is the root cause of disease – including heart disease, cancer and diabetes. I have friends who completely avoid it and other friends of mine who […]

7 Ways to Optimize Cholesterol

“My doctor says my LDL cholesterol is really high and he’s concerned,” is this week’s house call question. “Now you’re saying that I should eat more fat, which should improve my cholesterol. I thought fat was the last thing I should be eating with high cholesterol.” I know how confusing cholesterol and dietary fat has […]

Why Fat Doesn’t Make You Fat!

“The plan you’re putting me on includes lots of nuts, seeds, coconut oil, avocados, eggs, and even some butter,” a patient recently told me. “I can’t shake my fear of fat. I think all this food is going to make me gain weight.” If you can identify with this patient, you’re not alone. Even I […]

Always Hungry? Here’s why.

Books on weight loss fall into 2 categories: Books by “experts” advocating some variations of the same advice we’ve heard for years: eat less/exercise more, and books by celebrities, often with interesting new approaches, but lacking on the science.   And then there’s a third category with just one book:  It’s Always Hungry? written by […]