Mark Hyman is regarded as a medicine man.
Through his best-selling books in the New York Times, the highly acclaimed podcast, “The Doctor’s Farmacy,” and the visionary leadership of the Center for Functional Medicine at Cleveland Clinic, Hyman transforms the conversation into national relations and food to improve health — not just the brain and body, but the planet.
His most recent book is “The Pegan Diet: 21 Practical Principles for Reclaiming Your Health in a Nutritionally Confusing World.”
Hyman’s new method reminds us of Ornish’s work, which showed in our 2020 speech that lifestyle changes, such as low-fat and low-sugar diets, regular moderate exercise, strength training, stress management, and social support can manage and often reverse health-threatening conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.
Hyman recommends a diet high in protein and healthy fats and fresh vegetables, but it goes further. It covers the big picture, the policies that have made people eat the bad food that most of us eat. He wants to change agricultural strategies to advance American food in white flour, high fructose corn syrup, and refined soybean oil, and the health concerns that have arisen for them.
Inspiring Talks by Mark Hyman
- “In addition to single-gene genetic disorders, there are just five causes of all disease: poor diet, chronic stress, microbes, toxins, and allergens, all of which wash over our DNA causing changes in our gene expression, and turning off or on different genes and messages that affect our metabolism.”
- “First, when you try to restrict calories and exercise more, your body is hardwired to perceive a starvation situation. That makes you tired (so you move less and conserve energy) and hungry (so you eat more), and it slows down your metabolism (so you don’t die!).”
- “Today, two slices of whole-wheat bread can raise your blood sugar more than two tablespoons of table sugar can.”
- “Thinking the way you’ve always thought and doing things you’ve always done will only lead to more of the same. You need to be disruptive!”
- “How we eat, how much we exercise, how we manage stress, our exposure to environmental and food-based toxins, and the structural violence or “obesogenic environment” that influences these factors are what is truly driving our diabesity epidemic.”
- “FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE: THE FUTURE My goal in medicine is to help provide a way to navigate and sort through health information based on an entirely new way of thinking about health and disease.”
- “I want to find the right treatment for each person, regardless of what that treatment might be. If a medicine is the best treatment, I will choose that; if a change in diet, supplements, herbs, or lifestyle works best, then I will choose that.”
- “We must learn to treat the person, not the disease; the system, not just the symptoms. This is personalized medicine, the medicine of the future.”
- “We all have different needs for food, vitamins, rest, exercise, stress tolerance, or ability to handle toxins.”
- “The average American child has consumed 7½ pounds of chemicals by the age of five.”
- “The way modern medicine operates is like trying to diagnose what’s wrong with your car by listening to the noises it makes instead of looking under the hood.”