Food: The Root Causes of Our Healthcare, Economic and Social Crises

Episode 844 1h 24m


Americans are sicker than ever, and it’s not only resulting in poor physical and mental health; it’s impacting our economy, our environment, our children’s future, and our national security.

On today’s episode of The Doctor’s Farmacy, I’m excited to talk to my longtime friend, activist, and Presidential candidate, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. about how we got here and what’s needed to turn things around. Nutrition is arguably the most important part of wellness, yet ultra-processed foods define the American diet. We kick our conversation off by talking about how this is driving our obesity, chronic disease, and mental health crises. We live in a country that claims to be based on science, goodwill, and policies intended to help people. But these things are often heavily influenced and manipulated by industry, particularly Big Food, Big Pharma, and Big Ag, which have corrupted many institutions, politicians, professional associations, and research entities.

We discuss how corporate capture–in the public and private sectors—hinders efforts to address the root causes of chronic diseases and keeps America sick. Addressing the health crisis requires a comprehensive approach, including improving access to healthy food, incentivizing healthcare providers to focus on prevention and root causes, and holding corporations accountable for their role in promoting unhealthy products.

In response, Bobby shares his thoughts on how we can reduce healthcare costs and improve health outcomes nationwide. We also discuss the mental health crisis and how addressing it requires a holistic approach that includes improving access to mental health services and addressing social and environmental factors. I’m not endorsing any particular candidate for President, but I do encourage you to take a deep look at Bobby’s campaign, as he’s one of the only candidates I’m aware of who recognizes how making Americans healthier will fix so many of the issues we are facing today. I hope you’ll tune in.


This episode is brought to you by Rupa Health, Cozy Earth, BiOptimizers, and Fatty 15. The Doctor’s Farmacy podcast works with a select group of sponsors to allow for ongoing production and allow it to be zero-cost to anyone who wishes to listen to and watch the podcast.

Topics Covered

  • The state of health in America


  • One of the main reasons RFK Jr. is running for president


  • The beginning of the autism epidemic


  • Addressing harms caused by ultra-processed food


  • Eliminating corporate culture in government agencies


  • America’s disproportionate deaths from COVID-19


  • How America’s health status is affecting our national security


  • Solving the mental health crisis


  • Food and drug TV marketing


  • Bobby’s thinking about fitness for himself and America


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Automatically generated. Please forgive any typos or errors in the following transcript. It was generated by a third party and has not been subsequently reviewed by our team.

Dr. Mark Hyman: Coming up on this week's episode of the Doctor's Farmacy,

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.: We know it's not genes. Genes do not cause epidemics. They can provide a vulnerability, but you need an environmental toxin. Our kids didn't suddenly get lazy. We are mass poisoning our children.

Dr. Mark Hyman: Welcome to the Doctor's Farmacy. I'm Dr. Mark Hyman, and this is a place for conversations that matter. Now. Americans are sicker than ever, and it's not only resulting in poor, physical, and mental health. It's impacting our economy, our environment, our children's future, and even our national security. So today I'm talking about how we got here and what's needed to turn things around with. My friend, activist and presidential..

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Ep. 844 - Food: The Root Causes of Our Healthcare, Economic and Social Crises