Calley Means: The Obesity Crisis, Ozempic, ADHD and Food Industry Lies

Episode 848 1h 31m


We are amidst a metabolic health crisis that has taken the world by force, hijacking our biology, creating cellular dysfunction, and ultimately making us overweight, depressed, infertile, and chronically ill.

Our broken food system and the politics that influence it are to blame. The incentivization of processed grains, refined sugar, and sugar-sweetened beverages for profit has created an internal breeding ground for inflammation, insulin resistance, obesity, diabetes, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease.

On today’s episode of The Doctor’s Farmacy, I’m excited to talk to Calley Means, a former Big Food and Big Pharma consultant who is now pulling back the veil on corrupt industry practices and ringing the warning bell on how our health is being destroyed by insidious practices.

We kick our conversation off by talking about how Calley came to understand the incredible influence that the pharmaceutical and food industries have over all our major institutions—everything from the media to academic institutions to civil rights groups, medical organizations, and policymakers.

Industry funding of scientific research is a huge issue with major implications for our health. Calley and I discuss the ins and outs of this topic in great detail, and we talk about how, at the end of the day, our ill health is the primary profit driver for the very system that is keeping us unwell.

We also get into the obesity crisis and how the newly popularized weight loss drug Ozempic is being used not only among adults but now for children as well. This not only raises huge concerns for the physical health of our nation’s kids, but there’s a very real connection to the increase in mental health issues among our nation’s children—and even our national security.

ADHD, learning disabilities, anxiety, and depression in kids are all on the rise. Calley connects the dots on how industry corruption is largely to blame for all of this—from pharmaceutical advertising on television to how the food industry markets to children.

While these are huge issues, the hopeful news is that, given the right leadership, there are potential immediate fixes that are not that difficult to implement. Calley outlines relatively simple ways we can back ourselves out of this mess. I hope you’ll tune in.


This episode is brought to you by Rupa Health, Fatty 15, Thrive Market, and Happy Egg. 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

  • How the pharmaceutical industry is the largest funder of government, think tank organizations, academic research, and media outlets


  • Why America is getting sicker, fatter, more depressed, and more infertile


  • Corruption in industry and government that’s harming our health


  • Ozempic as a treatment for obesity in kids


  • How obesity is harming our national security


  • Taking control of your own health


  • Banning food and pharmaceutical ads on television


  • Is Ozempic bad for mental health?


  • How government subsidizes and recommends ultra-processed food


  • The thing that can counteract the influence of money


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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.

Casey Means: The healthcare industry is the largest industry in the fastest growing industry in the United States. It is not one evil person, no. But the overall structure of that industry is predicated on people getting sicker earlier.

Dr. Mark Hyman: Welcome to the Doctor's Farmacy. I'm Dr. Mark Hyman, and this is a place for conversations that matter. And today I am bringing you an important conversation with Calley Means, a former big food and big pharma consultant who's now pulling back the veil on corrupt industry practices and ringing the warning bell about how our health is being destroyed by these insidious practices. Calley is the founder of..

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Ep. 848 - Calley Means: The Obesity Crisis, Ozempic, ADHD and Food Industry Lies