Tag Archives | Social Issues

Why Friendship Can Save Your Life

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with Mark Hyman, MD and Lissa Rankin, MD We live in an era in which individualism is rewarded and collectivism is seen as weak. We raise our children to be independent and self-reliant. It’s so hard for us to ask for help. Interestingly, we also practice medicine this way. We teach our future medical leaders to separate […]

Do We Need a Health Revolution?

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It might be hard to imagine but being healthy in today’s world is a revolutionary act. In so many ways, our health has been taken from us. That’s why I am so passionate about getting people to stand up together for health. And that’s why I want you to join me and many brilliant health […]

A Path to Guaranteed Happiness

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Happiness is what our nation is founded on – life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.  But maybe we have it all wrong in pursuing happiness through fierce individualism and seeking out material things, which give us momentary pleasure and success. I have found a repeatable path to guaranteed happiness, even joy.  And as corny […]

A Pilgrimage to Bhutan: Making Sense of 2012 – Part 2

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We are shaped by our thoughts, We become what we think When the mind is pure, Joy follows like a shadow that never leaves. – The Buddha Last week, in Part I,  I wrote a little about my pilgrimage to Bhutan.  I was deeply touched by the outpouring of feelings from many of you. It […]

A Pilgrimage to Bhutan: Making Sense of 2012 – Part I

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What we can be sure of is change, the unpredictability and shifting nature of life.   How we relate to that change determines everything – does it beat us down or hone us into more refined ways of being, does it tear apart what we know leaving nothing, or does it guide us into a deeper […]

Money, Politics, and Health Care: A Disease-Creation Economy – Part II

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Last week, in Part I of Money Politics and Health Care: A Disease-Creation Economy, I outlined the issues that created this condition in our society.  This week, in Part II, I will review a few strategies that could have the biggest impact on cost and outcomes. Creating Health: Getting Money Out of Politics Send letters […]

Money, Politics, and Health Care: A Disease-Creation Economy – Part I

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There is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to handle, than to initiate a new order of things. For the reformer has enemies in all those who profit by the old order, and only lukewarm defenders in all those who would profit by the new order. —Niccolò […]

Why ObamaCare is Not Enough: Turning off the Demand for Health Care

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In the run up to the presidential election, the political debate is heating up around health care.  Recently the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act and the individual mandate, but the single biggest question is hauntingly absent from the campaign discourse. How do we stop and turn back the tsunami of chronic disease, in […]

Why ObamaCare is Not Enough: It’s the Health Care Costs, Stupid!

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In the run-up to the presidential election, the political debate is heating up around ObamaCare.  This week the Supreme Court upheld ObamaCare and the individual mandate, but the single biggest question is hauntingly absent from the campaign discourse. How do we stop and turn back the tsunami of chronic disease, in particular, diabesity – the […]

How to Fix Our Broken Health Care System

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SOMETHING EXTRAORDINARY HAPPENED while I was flying back from Seattle to Philadelphia recently. I was there teaching other doctors about Functional Medicine at The Institute for Functional Medicine . The course was called Applying Functional Medicine in Clinical Practice — a course that every doctor in America should attend. On that flight, I read a […]

Mark Hyman Discusses a “Systems” Approach to Health Care

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Back to School: How to Raise Healthier, Smarter, Fitter Children

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SCHOOLS HAVE BECOME HAZARDOUS health zones full of empty calories, junk food, and stripped-down physical education programs that are cultivating a nation of fatter, dumber, and more aggressive kids. In the film, The Social Network, Mark Zuckerberg tells his friend that there are more geniuses in China than there are people in the United States. […]