• 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 […]

  • “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, […]

    • Hi Francie,
      Yes, whey is the protein found in milk and cheese. Anyone with a dairy allergy also should avoid whey.
      Wishing you the best of health,
      Dr. Hyman Staff

  • 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 saturated fat.

    The tiding is slowly changing. One recent meta-analysis in the Annals of Internal Medicine concluded “current evidence does…[Read more]

    • 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, your cells slowly become resistant to the effects of insulin.

    Your body increasingly demands more insulin to do the same job of keeping…[Read more]

    • 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]

    • Faye replied 2 months ago

      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 I wanted to share it with those of you who missed out on this event, so you could benefit from it, too.

    Most of the people who took…[Read more]

    • 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 […]

  • These days, there are so many websites and Facebook pages offering an endless stream of health and wellness information, it’s easy to feel completely overwhelmed. What are the best sources? Who can you trust? To […]

  • The message pushed on us by our own government, health agencies, professional organizations and especially the food industry is this:

    It’s your fault you are fat. Just eat less and exercise more.

    But is there any evidence that’s true? Do 70 percent of Americans just wake up every day thinking, “I want to be fat! How can I eat more and…[Read more]

    • Hi Dr Hyman.Do you know if the Fed Up movie is going to come as far as Australia? Thank you so much for what you do!

    • Hi thank you for this information. Will the movie come to the metro Detroit MI area? Or possibly be available on line?

    • I would love to see it too. Another Aussie

    • What can I eat or take to improve the insulin receptors in the muscles?

    • Dr. Hyman is right on. It is truly a social ill now. Many are unaware of the glycymic affect of certain “foods”, and end up gaining more weight as time passes. They dont understand because they think they are not eating that much. It is about the sugar and the resulting insulin respnse.

    • Hi Pam,
      It sounds like you have a great start on reaching your health goals! Unfortunately Dr. Hyman 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…[Read more]

  • What if getting healthy had very little to do with obsessing over what you eat or worrying about how much you exercise? What if you could make weight loss and health automatic? In fact, research shows that is the […]

    • I really appreciate this article. I’ve never thought about taking more control over my environment (outside of the home) in order to help me succeed in my health goals…but it does make sense! Gotta go…have to pack my emergency food kit!

    • To Dr.Hyman”
      I:ve been on your program for awhile, and tried to lose wt. but I failed miserably. Everything I tried on your diet did not work for me. Now you say diet and exercise does not work. So what does?
      I tried to get rid of my diabetes High BP, Cholesterol, but your Books, your Vitamins, nothing has worked for me. So how can all these…[Read more]

    • I thank you for that info. I am up for bld. work, I will let her know about this .Thank you.
      Shirley. I will let you know how it goes.

  • The average person gains 11 pounds for every diet they go on. Even worse, when they lose weight, they lose muscle and fat. When they regain weight, they gain back all fat. And since muscle burns seven times as […]

    • Will power first comes from knowing something has to change to make you feel better about yourself. Once determination kicks in, help is needed to break the cycle of bad habits. Dr. Hyman’s program maintains that when we eat the right foods and exercise, we can break the bodily urges for the wrong foods. It won’t be will power that’s needed to…[Read more]

    • He tells you this because when you cut out all the processed foods you do not need will power. Miraculously all the cravings leave. The processed foods and sugar drive those cravings. I have followed him and the weight comes off and everything in your body feels better.

    • Thank you for this Dr Hyman. Brilliant and its true…. When your body is satiated with nourishing whole foods, you find you don’t need willpower!

    • I am reading both books from Dr Hyman, i have type II diabetes, I know it is that the insulin receptors are not working the way the should work , I have sent email to you and I have not received any answer, I have been eating, No gluten, no processed carbs except some low glisemic fruits, what supplements can I take to improve my insulin…[Read more]

    • We started with the 10-day detox and kept going. In seven weeks I’ve lost 21.5 pounds and my partner has lost almost 30. (Men lose so much quicker than we women!) We never thought we would want to stick with the program, but the results are too good to go back to old habits. After cooking every meal for four or five weeks, we started eating out,…[Read more]

    • You can find a functional medicine doctor in your area here http://www.functionalmedicine.org/

    • Hi Shelly!

      Yes – we love coconut oil and coconut butter for many reasons but mainly because of its lauric acid content which has been shown to help promote better immune function. Optimizing immune function is important when we are trying to cool off inflammation in the body. The saturated fat from coconut oil has been shown to be…[Read more]

    • Hi Christine,
      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]

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