Archive | Ask Dr. Mark FAQs

Do You Have a Fatty Liver? 90 Million Americans Do!

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The most common disease in America is something you probably never heard of, but it affects 90 million Americans and is a major risk factor for diabetes, heart attacks, and even cancer. It is called NALFD (non-alcoholic fatty liver disease) or fatty liver, for short, and is caused by the 152 pounds of sugar and […]

7 Steps To Reverse Acid Reflux

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Acid reflux is a big problem. 44% of Americans have heartburn at least once a month. 25 to 35% have reflux. Acid-blocking drugs or what we call PPIs like Nexium, Prevacid, Prilosec—that little purple pill—are the third most prescribed medications in the country. Recently, I was at a medical insurance company, and they told me […]

How Good is Your Gut-Brain-Fat Cell Communication?

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Does your appetite control system work?  Take the following quiz to find out. In the appropriate box, place a check for each positive answer. Then use the scoring key to identify which care plan you should use. There are four basic parts that include: The wiring of your nervous system. Weight control hormones. Command central […]

Need Help Finding the Right Supplements?

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FOR BOTH PRACTITIONER AND PATIENT, the task of identifying the right vitamins and other supplements can be confusing, and even overwhelming. In 20 years of clinical practice in integrative and functional medicine, Mark Hyman, MD has found the best-quality therapeutic-grade nutraceuticals offering maximum bioavailability. He offers them to other practitioners, his own patients, and other […]

Ask Dr. Mark FAQs

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ONE OF THE MOST COMMON questions that I am asked in my practice and elsewhere are grouped here, with more being added regularly. Also try browsing through my UltraWellness Library of articles and recipes to find more information on a wider range of topics, sample my Video Archive, or use the search box at the […]

How Do I Know If Inflammation Is A Problem For Me?

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EVERYONE WHO HAS HAD a sore throat, rash, hives, or a sprained ankle knows about inflammation. These are normal and appropriate responses—your body’s defense system—to infection and trauma. This kind of inflammation is good and we need it to survive. The trouble occurs when that defense system runs out of control, like a rebel army […]

Can Autism be Cured?

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TODAY MOST PEOPLE BELIEVE that Autism is a genetic brain disorder. I’m here to tell you that this isn’t true. The real reason we are seeing increasing rates of autism is simply this: Autism is a systemic body disorder that affects the brain. A toxic environment triggers certain genes in people susceptible to this condition. […]

I know stress makes you sick, but I’m not into meditation. How can I create calm?

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YOU’RE RIGHT. In fact 95% of all illnesses are caused or worsened by stress. The key is learn how to actively relax. To engage the powerful forces of the mind on the body you must do something, you can’t just sit there watching television or drink a beer. If you’re not up for mediation try: […]

Will drinking red wine really help me live longer?

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Yes, in moderation. This is thanks to mitochondria, and here’s how it works. Red wine contains resveratrol, which protects and improves your body’s mitochondria – the part of your cells that create energy — through its effects on special master aging genes. The key is taking care of your mitochondria. Here’s how: Exercise–interval training increases […]

Can 'detox' really help me, or is it just a celebrity fad?

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IT’S NOT A FAD. Detoxification is key to health. In fact, problems with detoxification is one of the roots of illness. The gut is one of the core systems in the body that must be working well for you to be healthy. If you feel lousy, it’s likely you’re toxic. Most of us are toxic […]

Why Am I So Tired All the Time? Such Chronic Fatigue!

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IT COULD BE YOUR GUT. Most of us do not recognize or know (including most of your doctors) that digestive problems wreak havoc over your entire body leading to allergies, arthritis, autoimmune disease, rashes, acne, chronic fatigue, mood disorders, autism, dementia, cancer and more. So having a healthy gut means more to you than just […]

I Just Can’t Seem to Get this Weight Off My Waist. Why Not?

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YOUR HORMONES MAY BE out of balance; specifically, you may be getting too much insulin. Eighty-million Americans suffer from a condition we call insulin resistance. It affects many varieties of people and is not exactly the same in everyone, but the ultimate consequences can be similar. Most afflicted have extra fat around the middle (check […]