• “If you really knew what was happening to you when you are stressed, you would freak out. It’s not pretty,” I said during the 2013 Third Metric women’s conference. I wasn’t kidding. I could write several books […]

  • “How do I make smart eating choices on a busy schedule?” patients frequently ask.  As a busy doctor, I can understand how eating healthy might feel like a herculean demand and become short shift among the numerous […]

    • hi dr hyman

      thanks so much for this and for all your wonderful life tips and tricks.
      i especially appreciated your you tube videos….they were so nutrient dense!! ok i meant information dense (!! a little paleo joke to show comprehension) and rich with almost everything one needed.

      just one small point…is it probably best not to chop…[Read more]

  • As a doctor, it is my job to figure out the best way to keep my patients healthy. We now know that food is medicine, perhaps the most powerful drug on the planet with the power to cause or cure most disease.  If […]

    • This article makes the most sense to me. I have been so confused for so long about what to eat and what not to eat. Many of my questions have now been answered. I too think Peganism is the way to go.
      Thanks you Dr. Hyman.

    • I also agree. Pegan is a more sensible long-term sustainable approach. Dr. Hyman, when you talk about nuts, you say not peanuts. Why are peanuts bad for you? Thank you.

    • Dr Hyman., that was a great paper. I have recently completed your 10 day detox and dont EVER remember feeling as good as i do now. My blood sugar dropped about 70 pts. With that said i still worry. I have had a heart attack then 2 months later a stroke. I have read Dr Esselstyns Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease. His diet, with proof, has actually…[Read more]

    • I have been working with your program and the one thing I cannot budge is my fasting blood sugar. Any thoughts?

      • Hi Alice,
        Regular exercise, quality sleep, and stress reduction are key elements for lowering your fasting blood sugar in addition to eating a low-glycemic diet. Did you know you can work with Dr. Hyman’s nutritionists virtually? For personalized nutrition coaching where you can receive 1:1 support with Registered Dietitians, please see:…[Read more]

    • I love this post and actually wrote something very similar a few weeks ago on my own blog. I really like what you have to say and I’m glad we are in alignment in so many ways. I think your blog post accounts for the biochemical individuality that might make some foods great for one person, but not so good for someone else.

      I’ve been recently…[Read more]

    • I’ve been dealing with Minimal Change Disease (autoimmune kidney illness/glomerulonephritis) for a year now and am steroid dependent. I’m finally to a point where I’m ready to try an elimination diet to possibly identify triggers to my kidney inflammation. I’ve been contemplating paleo but was concerned about eating too much protein as that can…[Read more]

    • Thank you Dr. Mark Hyman!

    • I love the post. I work with a nonprofit that educates the public and medical community about reversible causes of dementia (seven and counting). Nutrition is huge. One founding board member’s mother came back from a 2 weeks to die diagnosis of terminal dementia and lived another 4 years with her husband. Basic diet: fruits, vegetables, seeds,…[Read more]

    • Dr. Hyman, I generally have a great deal of respect for your message, so I’m surprised you would put out such confusion. Vegan MEANS zero animal products, yet that is not what you propose. I think your eating recommendations here are fine, and they align especially with your 10-day detox. But calling it a Paleo Vegan way of eating is just nuts.…[Read more]

    • Our family became Vegan for about 4 years & initially felt great. However after about 3 years I was reading JJ Virgin’s book & started on her diet which included meat & began eating it again. It was too much. I backed off to having meat about 3 times a week which seems better for us. This article was great as I have thought the same thing for…[Read more]

    • Dr. Hyman; thank you for putting lots of information into a concise and easy to understand format. For me. sometimes information overload equals confusion and procrastination.
      Thanks again,

    • Thank you for finally saying that a low glycemic vegan diet is healthy. I think it is possible to eat a very healthy vegan diet (which I am to do) and I think MANY aspects of the Paleo diet make a lot of sense. I am vegan for ethical reasons, but it is satisfying to hear a very common sense, balanced, and smart approach!!

    • I have been following your eating plan, Blood Sugar Solution, for the last year and found that I have feel better & have lost 50 pounds. Terms are getting confusing…you said you are a
      Pegan or Paleo-Vegan. Are the Blood Sugar Eating Plan and Pegan/Paleo-Vegan interchangeable?

      Also, after one year of eating perfectly I now find myself…[Read more]

    • I became a vegan for the last two months. I took Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s 3-day live course on Whole Food Plant Based eating. I completely bought in. I felt fine eating a vegan diet and I found it quite easy to switch over to.

      I have been a very dedicated weight lifter for 40 years. Unfortunately, I lost a considerable amount of my strength on…[Read more]

      • Hi Jim,
        Thank you for sharing your story and I hope you regain your strength quickly. Yes, canned wild salmon, sardines or herring are an excellent option. Some of our favorite brands include Crown Prince Natural, Vital Choice Seafood, Ecofish, Inc., or SeaBear.
        Wishing you the best of health,
        Dr. Hyman Staff

    • Hi Karen,
      Dr. Hyman’s programs, including the 10-Day Detox Diet and the Blood Sugar Solution, follow the guidelines he’s outlined as “Paleo-Vegan”. The meal plans and recipes outlined in these programs will be exactly what you are looking for! We have a 10-Day Detox Diet Challenge beginning December 4 if you’d like to join us. See …[Read more]

    • I’m so glad to see this article! I was just telling someone the other day that I eat a vegan version of the Paleo diet. I’m vegan because it’s the diet that matches my spiritual/ethical beliefs. I think I’d probably do well on some lean animal protein, but I just can’t eat that way. I’m trying to find my way back to radiant health with a diet…[Read more]

    • Why do we insist on labels. Dr Hyman, your article was spot on except for the labeling eating whole fresh foods should say it all whether you choose to include meat , beans , grains or not. I believe we all can choose a healthy balanced diet and modify it to our individual needs and prefrences.

    • Hi Rachel,
      Dr. Hyman recommends eating sustainably raised, clean meat, poultry and lamb, wild-caught fish, and other esoteric meats such as ostrich, bison or venison as part a healthy diet as they are very helpful in reducing triglycerides, raising HDL (or good cholesterol), lowering blood sugar, reducing belly fat, reducing appetite, raising…[Read more]

    • Hi Dr. Hyman,

      I’m a vegan (for ethical reasons) but have been following the 10-Day detox. (Actually, this is my second time.) I’m really having a hard time finding plant-based protein that’s on the detox, especially since I try to avoid soy products.I’ve been working with your nutritionists, but it’s a puzzle, especially if legumes are off the…[Read more]

    • Whoops, I meant to say that I was having a hard time getting ENOUGH protein. I’m a yoga instructor and pretty active, so the RDA of protein for me is 46 grams. I can get a lot of that from the seeds and nuts and broccoli. But I almost never get the full 46 grams without beans or quinoa. Thanks!

  • We all have heard of the mind-body effect that says suggestions, desires, beliefs, expectations and fears influence what people experience.  We all know that thoughts and feelings affect our health. And, we all […]

    • Interesting insight. Earlier last month I was feeling at peace and doing well. My mother had to be placed in long term care one year ago and she is still very resistant to being there. She is better off than many of the other residents but she isn’t well enough mentally or physically, to be left at home alone or without care. She convinced one of…[Read more]

    • The Gabriel Method does just that…wellness through eating real nutrition + the use of meditation and visualization. http://www.thegabrielmethod.com. The food we eat triggers the hormones creating insulin and leptin resistance causing weight gain. Eat real nutrition to bring the hormones back in balance, add healing of the mind and thought process and…[Read more]

  • High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is an insidious chemical that has crept into our food supply over the past few decades. Today HFCS represents1 more than 40 percent of caloric sweeteners added to foods and […]

    • Hi Ivor,
      Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide your wife the proper care she needs we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine…[Read more]

  • “Treat the whole problem of health in soil, plant, animal, and man as one great subject.”

    —Sir Albert Howard, The Soil and Health

    There is one place that nearly everything that matters today in the world […]

    • I wish I could MAKE everyone in this country read this!! Most people have no idea. Or, they turn their head in denial. I live in Alabama and the way people feed their children here is deplorable. Most just pretend it’s not true, or try not t think about it. Very sad. I will share this and continue to put the right things on my fork and share the…[Read more]

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  • Over the last 100 years, with the industrialization of our food supply, our diet has changed dramatically. This highly processed, high-sugar, high-fat, low-fiber diet has substantially altered our gut bacteria, […]

  • The next time you visit your doctor for blood work, make sure that along with your lipid profile you request a C-reactive protein (CRP) test. CRP measures the degree of hidden inflammation in your […]

    • Hi Randi,
      High-sensitivity C-reactive protein of less than 1.0 mg/L is ideal. This is the best measure of hidden inflammation in the body.
      Wishing you the best of health,
      Dr. Hyman Staff

    • Hi Brenda,
      Plant sources of omega-3 fats include flax seeds, flax oil, walnuts, and chia seeds. You can also find 100% vegetarian omega-3 supplements made from algae.
      Wishing you the best of health,
      Dr. Hyman Staff

    • Hi Jennifer,
      Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine…[Read more]

  • I first met the Stallman family in the greenroom at The Dr. Oz Show in New York City. The whole family was together, reflecting on the experience of finding out in front of the camera, Dr. Oz and millions of […]

  • There are now 2.1 billion people who are overweight in the world. China and India are number one and two in the world in sheer number of type 2 diabetics. In the Middle East, rates of type 2 diabetes are reaching […]

    • Taxing won’t work, it will just make things more costly. Educate people on the high sugar content in these drinks. Also tell them that sugar turns to fat when it is not burnt off. The same with alcohol – if people drink more than their system can burn off in a day then the body will store it as fat. Some people do not realise drinks become…[Read more]

  • Watch the Stallman’s begin their journey of ditching the chemicals that are causing their inflammation, fatigue and weight gain with Dr. Mark Hyman, MD

    • Hi Renee,
      Thank you for sharing your story and our thoughts are with you as you boldly follow your journey to health. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to…[Read more]

    • how will renee pay for the consultation with the practitioner she finds and whatever medicines and foods (organic, hormone-free, etc. presumably)?

      unless you can answer this question, it’s clear the wonderful programs you “offer” are unavailable to people below a certain income level–the very people who need your help the most.

      looking…[Read more]

  • I want to reinvigorate the art of cooking in America, because, ultimately, cooking is a revolutionary act. Cooking simple, real, whole food is the best shortcut to good health. My mission is to help people […]

  • Even today, as new studies emerge showing saturated fat does not cause heart disease, you’ll occasionally find a misguided journalist incorrectly lump it with trans fat or use “artery clogging” to describe […]

    • But don’t saturated fats increase insulin production? Could you elaborate on that, Dr. Hyman?

    • This is not a typo. Dr. Hyman is referring to “good” LDL cholesterol (the fluffy beach ball kind) vs “bad” LDL cholesterol (the small hard golf ball type). Even if your LDL is high, you’re okay if it’s mostly the fluffy “good” LDL.

    • Hi Traci,
      Corn syrup is different in that it contains only glucose but it is still important to reduce this and all sweeteners for optimal health.
      Wishing you the best of health,
      Dr. Hyman Staff

    • Hi Lizette,
      Thank you for sharing your experience and congratulations for taking charge of your health!
      Wishing you the best of health,
      Dr. Hyman Staff

  • Every one has different reasons they want to get healthy. Hear from some of the Stallman family children, on their reasons.

    Michael Jr:

    Savannah:

    Mia:

  • 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 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, […]

    • Hi, Dr. Hyman!

      Speaking of #1 — whole fresh foods — what is your position on watermelon, generally? Few folks speak to watermelon specifically, and I’m always curious — very sweet, but with lots of water to lighten the glycemic load, so I’m never sure where it stands!

      If context matters, I eat a little more than a pound of watermelon –…[Read more]

      • Hi Kelann,
        If your goal is effective blood sugar management, Dr. Hyman recommends limiting foods high in sugar such as watermelon. Did you know you can work with Dr. Hyman’s nutritionists virtually? For personalized nutrition coaching where you can receive 1:1 support with Registered Dietitians, please see:…[Read more]

    • Hi Sharon,
      Thank you for sharing your story and congratulations for making such great changes in your nutrition. I recommend that you discuss the Blood Sugar Solution Program with your doctor to work together to optimize your husband’s blood sugar. His nutrition and lifestyle can have an incredible impact on his health!
      Wishing you the best of…[Read more]

    • Hi Iris,
      Yes, you are correct. Watermelon has a high glycemic index, but a low glycemic load for one serving. This means that you would need to eat a lot to cause a spike in blood glucose. Remember that everyone is different in how their body responds, so if you are working to optimize your blood sugar be sure to check your blood glucose after…[Read more]

    • Will you please correct this erroneous information. A 2 hour glucose tolerance test only measures glucose. If you want the information about the insulin levels and glucose levels you need an insulin response test. Basically the same test. Just measures both levels. I asked and received a 2 hour glucose tolerance test and was very disappointed…[Read more]

    • Hey Pat, Hang in there. Give yourself credit for doing the right things. You’re aware of what’s going on and not in the dark about it.
      My husband had diabetes and all the food etc was re-evaluated.
      You may be able to tweek the food more. I’ve found that reading labels is key even when you’ve read them before, it can changed.
      Cooking from…[Read more]

    • Hi Lorie,
      Determining if coconut oil is appropriate for you depends on your overall health and risk factors. Coconut oil is a saturated fat and many health practitioners caution against over-using it for those at risk for cardiovascular disease. Coconut oil does not contain any cholesterol and can be an excellent addition to a healthy diet. …[Read more]

    • I’m a bit confused by the terminology on my recent glucose tolerance test results (which refer to “plasma”) vs. the fasting blood sugar results (which say “serum”). In both cases, the reference levels say that my results are normal, but when I compare numbers to the ones in this article, my numbers are high enough to put me in the pre-diabetes or…[Read more]

    • Rebounding is jumping on mini-trampoline. I have one and have used it before, but seemed to have problems needing to urinate all the time while jumping. So I’d have to stop, then start again. You can buy the mini trampoline/rebounders on-line or possibly in sporting goods stores. They are small, and the legs detach for storage if…[Read more]

    • Hi Sasha,
      The hemoglobin A1C test can also provide useful information, but Dr. Hyman recommends asking your doctor for a 2-Hour Insulin Glucose Challenge Test. This should be done when fasting, with blood sugar and insulin levels checked at fasting, then again at one- and two-hour intervals. This will give you the whole picture about your blood…[Read more]

    • Hello Mimo,
      Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like…[Read more]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

    • Hi Dr Mark

      I want so desperately for the detox solution to work but on the third day of this it threw me completely out of wack !!!
      Fruit first thing I. The morning for me I think is not enough carbs I have had my blood sugar tested been the orange pop fast done too and I am normal but when I tried the diet I get shaky and weak by about 10:00 am

  • 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 […]

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