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Latest Episode4/14/2021

Who Should Eat Keto and Why? with Gary Taubes

Who Should Eat Keto and Why? | This episode is brought to you by Paleovalley, Joovv, and TrueDarkChances are, you’ve heard a lot of buzz about the ketogenic (or keto) diet. This high-fat, low-carb approach to eating has become extremely popular in recent years for helping with everything from weight loss to cognition. So is it worth the hype? Like any diet, keto is great for some people and not-so-great for others. Genetics, family history, personal health goals, and so many other factors tie into what type of diet will work for an individual. The one-size-fits-all approach to diet has led way too many people down the wrong path.Today, I’m excited to chat with Gary Taubes all about the keto diet, it’s complexities and benefits, and who might want to consider it. Gary is an award-winning science and health journalist, and co-founder and director of the Nutrition Science Initiative. He is the author of The Case Against Sugar, Why We Get Fat, Good Calories, Bad Calories, and, most recently, The Case for Keto. Gary is a former staff writer for Discover and correspondent for Science. He has written three cover articles on nutrition and health for The New York Times Magazine, and his writing has also appeared in The Atlantic, Esquire, and numerous "best of" anthologies, including The Best of the Best American Science Writing (2010). He has received three Science in Society Journalism Awards from the National Association of Science Writers, and is also the recipient of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research.This episode is brought to you by Paleovalley, Joovv, and TrueDark.Paleovalley is offering 15% off your entire first order. Just go to paleovalley.com/hyman to check out all their clean Paleo products and take advantage of this deal.Right now, Joovv is offering Doctor’s Farmacy listeners an exclusive discount on Joovv’s Generation 3.0 devices. Just go to Joovv.com/farmacy and use the code FARMACY. Some exclusions do apply.Right now, TrueDark is offering podcast listeners 15% with code DRHYMAN15. Just go to truedark.com/hyman.Here are more of the details from our interview:How an investigative journalism piece on salt and blood pressure led to Gary’s ongoing inquiry into the obesity epidemic (9:11)Why we get fat (13:58)Why science mistakenly began focusing on calories, instead of hormones, to understand obesity (17:58)The origin and perpetuation of fat shaming and obesity stigma (21:45)There is no one-size-fits-all diet (29:02)Using a keto (or low-carb, high-fat) diet to decrease insulin levels (37:20)How ultra-processed, starchy refined carbohydrates are driving most of our global issues (50:15)Would humans and the planet be healthier if we all stopped eating meat and became vegan? (52:34)Connecting what you eat with how you feel (57:57)Research on treating and reversing type 2 diabetes using a ketogenic diet (1:04:41)Using a ketogenic diet to treat cancer, heart disease, heart failure, dementia, epilepsy, and more (1:17:05)Learn more about Gary Taubes at http://garytaubes.com/ and get a copy of his book, The Case for Keto: Rethinking Weight Control and the Science and Practice of Low-Carb/High-Fat Eating at http://garytaubes.com/works/books/the-case-for-keto-2020/.Follow Gary on Facebook @GaryTaubesAuthor, and on Twitter @garytaubes.
4/14/2021

Who Should Eat Keto and Why? with Gary Taubes

Who Should Eat Keto and Why? | This episode is brought to you by Paleovalley, Joovv, and TrueDarkChances are, you’ve heard a lot of buzz about the ketogenic (or keto) diet. This high-fat, low-carb approach to eating has become extremely popular in recent years for helping with everything from weight loss to cognition. So is it worth the hype? Like any diet, keto is great for some people and not-so-great for others. Genetics, family history, personal health goals, and so many other factors tie into what type of diet will work for an individual. The one-size-fits-all approach to diet has led way too many people down the wrong path.Today, I’m excited to chat with Gary Taubes all about the keto diet, it’s complexities and benefits, and who might want to consider it. Gary is an award-winning science and health journalist, and co-founder and director of the Nutrition Science Initiative. He is the author of The Case Against Sugar, Why We Get Fat, Good Calories, Bad Calories, and, most recently, The Case for Keto. Gary is a former staff writer for Discover and correspondent for Science. He has written three cover articles on nutrition and health for The New York Times Magazine, and his writing has also appeared in The Atlantic, Esquire, and numerous "best of" anthologies, including The Best of the Best American Science Writing (2010). He has received three Science in Society Journalism Awards from the National Association of Science Writers, and is also the recipient of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research.This episode is brought to you by Paleovalley, Joovv, and TrueDark.Paleovalley is offering 15% off your entire first order. Just go to paleovalley.com/hyman to check out all their clean Paleo products and take advantage of this deal.Right now, Joovv is offering Doctor’s Farmacy listeners an exclusive discount on Joovv’s Generation 3.0 devices. Just go to Joovv.com/farmacy and use the code FARMACY. Some exclusions do apply.Right now, TrueDark is offering podcast listeners 15% with code DRHYMAN15. Just go to truedark.com/hyman.Here are more of the details from our interview:How an investigative journalism piece on salt and blood pressure led to Gary’s ongoing inquiry into the obesity epidemic (9:11)Why we get fat (13:58)Why science mistakenly began focusing on calories, instead of hormones, to understand obesity (17:58)The origin and perpetuation of fat shaming and obesity stigma (21:45)There is no one-size-fits-all diet (29:02)Using a keto (or low-carb, high-fat) diet to decrease insulin levels (37:20)How ultra-processed, starchy refined carbohydrates are driving most of our global issues (50:15)Would humans and the planet be healthier if we all stopped eating meat and became vegan? (52:34)Connecting what you eat with how you feel (57:57)Research on treating and reversing type 2 diabetes using a ketogenic diet (1:04:41)Using a ketogenic diet to treat cancer, heart disease, heart failure, dementia, epilepsy, and more (1:17:05)Learn more about Gary Taubes at http://garytaubes.com/ and get a copy of his book, The Case for Keto: Rethinking Weight Control and the Science and Practice of Low-Carb/High-Fat Eating at http://garytaubes.com/works/books/the-case-for-keto-2020/.Follow Gary on Facebook @GaryTaubesAuthor, and on Twitter @garytaubes.
4/12/2021

Treating & Preventing Shingles From A Functional Medicine Perspective with Dr. George Papanicolaou

Treating & Preventing Shingles From A Functional Medicine Perspective | This episode is sponsored by Athletic Greens and Cozy EarthFor anyone who has experienced shingles, or been around someone who has, you know this can be an incredibly painful condition. Symptoms include rash, hives, and nerve pain. Shingles are caused by the varicella-zoster virus, which is the same virus that causes chickenpox. This virus tends to hide, or almost hibernate, in nerve cells long after someone has recovered from chickenpox, and can re-emerge as shingles down the line. In this episode, Dr. Hyman sits down with Dr. George Papaicolaou to discuss why supporting the immune system is so critical when it comes to preventing and treating shingles, and much more.George Papanicolaou is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and is Board Certified in Family Medicine from Abington Memorial Hospital. He is also an Institute for Functional Medicine Practitioner. Upon graduation from his residency he joined the Indian Health Service. He worked on the Navajo reservation for 4 years at the Chinle Comprehensive Medical Facility where he served as the Outpatient Department Coordinator. In 2000, he founded Cornerstone Family Practice in Rowley, MA. He practiced with a philosophy centered on personal relationships and treating the whole person, not just not the disease. He called that philosophy “Whole Life Wellness”. Over time as the healthcare system made it harder for patients to receive this kind of personal care Dr. Papanicolaou decided a change was needed. He began training in Functional Medicine through the Institute of Functional Medicine. In 2015, he established Cornerstone Personal Health – a practice dedicated entirely to Functional Medicine. Dr. Papanicolaou joined The UltraWellness Center in 2017.This episode is sponsored by Athletic Greens and Cozy Earth.Athletic Greens is offering Doctor’s Farmacy listeners a full year supply of their Vitamin D3/K2 Liquid Formula free with your first purchase, plus 5 free travel packs. Just go to athleticgreens.com/hyman to take advantage of this great offer.Cozy Earth makes it super easy to try out their products with a 30-day free trial and 10-year warranty. Plus, right now they are offering my listeners a Spring cleaning, bedroom makeover offer of $100 off their sheet set, just head over to cozyearth.com and use the code HYMAN100 at checkout.In this conversation, Dr. Hyman and Dr. Papanicolaou discuss:The shingles-chicken pox connectionSymptoms associated with shingles, and why they are so painfulThe role of the immune system in the development of shinglesThe conventional vs. functional medicine approach to treating shinglesThe shingles vaccinePatients suffering from shingles who Dr. Papanicolaou has treatedHow meditation and sleep hygiene supports the immune systemAdditional Resources:The New Science Of Immuno-Rejuvenationhttps://drhyman.com/blog/2020/04/20/podcast-ep105/The Secrets To Creating A Healthy Immune Systemhttps://drhyman.com/blog/2019/02/27/podcast-ep42/How to Protect Yourself from COVID-19: Supporting Your Immune System When You May Need It Mosthttps://drhyman.com/blog/2020/03/17/protect-yourself-from-covid-19/Why Meditation Is The New Medicinehttps://drhyman.com/blog/2019/02/20/podcast-ep41/My 4-Week Celery Juice Challengehttps://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/2019/05/03/my-4-week-celery-juice-challenge/
4/9/2021

Is Your Acne Caused By What You're Eating?

Is Your Acne Caused By What You're Eating? | This episode is brought to you by TrueDarkThe food you eat can have a major influence on the quality of your skin. Yet, conventional medicine primarily deals with acne by lathering potions and lotions on the skin or tackling it with antibiotics or topical steroids. In fact, we spend over a billion dollars on prescriptions and over-the-counter products to cure acne. But eliminating acne is best approached as an inside job.In this minisode, Dr. Hyman speaks with his colleagues at The UltraWellness Center about how what we eat can drive acne. They also discuss the biggest food culprits, as well as how to tell what foods might be causing an issue for you.Dr. LePine graduated from Dartmouth Medical School and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, specializing in Integrative Functional Medicine. He is an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner. Prior to joining The UltraWellness Center, he worked as a physician at Canyon Ranch in Lenox, MA, for 10 years. Dr. LePine’s focus at The UltraWellness Center is to help his patients achieve optimal health and vitality by restoring the natural balance to both the mind and the body. His areas of interest include optimal aging, bio-detoxification, functional gastrointestinal health, systemic inflammation, autoimmune disorders, and the neurobiology of mood and cognitive disorders. Dr. LePine teaches around the world, and has given lectures to doctors and patients at American College for Advancement in Medicine (ACAM), Age Management Medicine Group (AMMG), the University of Miami Integrative Medicine Conference, The Kripalu Center in Lenox, MA, and is on the faculty for American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M). Dr. LePine is the head of the Scientific Advisory Board for Designs for Health and a consultant for Diagnostic Solutions Laboratory. He enjoys skiing, kayaking, hiking, camping, and golfing in the beautiful Berkshires, and is a fitness enthusiast.Elizabeth Boham is a physician and nutritionist who practices Functional Medicine at The UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA. Through her practice and lecturing, she has helped thousands of people achieve their goals of optimum health and wellness. She witnesses the power of nutrition every day in her practice and is committed to training other physicians to utilize nutrition in healing. Dr. Boham has contributed to many articles and wrote the latest chapter on Obesity for the Rankel Textbook of Family Medicine. She is part of the faculty of the Institute for Functional Medicine and has been featured on the Dr. Oz show and in a variety of publications and media including Huffington Post, The Chalkboard Magazine, and Experience Life. Her DVD Breast Wellness: Tools to Prevent and Heal from Breast Cancer explores the Functional Medicine approach to keeping your breasts and whole body well.Lisa Dreher is a registered dietitian who got her undergraduate nutrition degree at the Rochester Institute of Technology and completed a dietetic internship through Cornell University. Lisa first worked in the acute care hospital setting and became a Clinical Nutrition Specialist working in Pediatric Gastroenterology at the University of Rochester Medical Center. At the same time, she pursued her Master’s in Nutrition and Integrative Health from the Maryland University of Integrative Health and started practicing Integrative and Functional Nutrition in private practice before joining UWC in 2015. She has since received additional training through the Institute for Functional Medicine.Over the past 10 years, Lisa has delivered several public health lectures on the role of food as medicine and her work has been showcased in Reader’s Digest, on National Public Radio, and she was featured in the Broken Brain 2 series. She also developed the Digestive Health and Gut Microbiome training module for the Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine practice group through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.This episode is brought to you by TrueDark. Right now, TrueDark is offering podcast listeners 15% with code DRHYMAN15. Just go to truedark.com.Find Dr. Hyman’s full-length conversation with Dr. Todd LePine, “Why Fixing The Gut Is The Key To Healing Chronic Disease ” here: https://DrMarkHyman.lnk.to/DrToddLePineFind Dr. Hyman’s full-length conversation with Dr. Elizabeth Boham, “Treating Acne From The Inside Out” here: https://DrMarkHyman.lnk.to/5qJ6A9yuFind Dr. Hyman’s full-length conversation with Lisa Dreher, “A Simple Diet Experiment That May Solve Most Of Your Health Issues” here: https://DrMarkHyman.lnk.to/FeJHNRJ3
4/7/2021

The Most Important Molecule for Health You Have Never Heard Of: Nitric Oxide with Dr. Louis Ignarro

The Most Important Molecule for Health You Have Never Heard Of: Nitric Oxide | This episode is brought to you by BiOptimizers, Thrive Market, and Beekeeper’s NaturalsWhat if I told you one single thing could work as an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, neurotransmitter, and vasodilator and that it helps promote memory and learning, increase arousal in both men and women, protect against sun damage and skin cancer, and regulate digestive enzymes and hormones? You’d want some of that, wouldn’t you? Well, nitric oxide is capable of all of this and more. Our bodies naturally produce this molecule but, due to lifestyle factors, some of us make more than others. Luckily for us, there are many things we can do to increase our nitric oxide levels and reap the health benefits.Today I’m honored to sit down and talk with the man who actually discovered nitric oxide, Dr. Louis Ignarro. Dr. Ignarro is a medical research scientist who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine for his breakthrough discovery of nitric oxide and how it positively impacts health and longevity. His groundbreaking research on nitric oxide paved the way for—among other innovations—Viagra. He is an award-winning Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Molecular & Medical Pharmacology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and has his Ph.D. in Pharmacology with over 35 years of experience teaching.This episode is brought to you by BiOptimizers, Thrive Market, and Beekeeper’s Naturals.Right now, BiOptimizers is offering my community 10% off their CogniBiotics, a brain and mood-enhancing probiotic that contains specifically chosen strains with a high level of research supporting mental health and performance. Just go to cognibiotics.com/hyman and use code hyman10 at checkout.Thrive is offering all Doctor's Farmacy listeners an amazing deal. You will receive an extra 25% off your first purchase and a free gift when you sign up for Thrive Market. Just head over to thrivemarket.com/Hyman.For a limited time, Beekeeper’s Naturals will ship you a free two-week supply of B.Immune Propolis Throat Spray—you just pay $5 dollars for shipping. To take advantage of this amazing deal, just head over to beekeepersnaturals.com/HYMAN.Here are more of the details from our interview:The observation that first got Dr. Ignarro thinking about nitric oxide (6:24)How statin drugs boost nitric oxide (11:28)The link between nitric oxide, inflammation, and antioxidants (14:39)The surprising development of Viagra (16:18)The many beneficial effects of nitric oxide (21:10)How to boost nitric oxide with food and supplements (28:50)How exercise boosts nitric oxide (44:14)Producing nitric oxide with your breath (48:42)Using nitric oxide to treat Covid-19 (54:02)Learn more about Dr. Ignarro and his work at http://www.drignarro.com/. Follow Dr.Ignarro on Facebook @DrIgnarro and on Twitter @DrIgnarro.
4/5/2021

How To Tell If Mercury Toxicity Is The Cause Of Your Mysterious Symptoms with Dr. Elizabeth Boham

How To Tell If Mercury Toxicity Is The Cause Of Your Mysterious Symptoms | This episode is sponsored by ButcherBox and Kettle & FireChanges in environmental mercury levels have been dramatic in recent decades; industrial exposure to mercury is significant and mostly comes from coal-burning and chlor-alkali plants. The more mercury we are exposed to, the more we are likely we are to be toxic. The main ways that humans are exposed to mercury are from contaminated fish and dental amalgams or silver fillings. And while some of us are very good at detoxifying mercury and other toxins, some people have genetic variations (called polymorphisms) that make them more prone to metal toxicity. Mercury can affect nearly all your organs, especially the brain, heart, kidneys, and gut, and many chronic diseases may be caused or worsened by mercury, including neurologic disease, ADHD, autism, heart disease, autoimmune diseases, and more.In this episode, Dr. Hyman sits down with Dr. Elizabeth Boham to discuss how they test for, diagnose, and treat mercury toxicity. Dr. Hyman also shares his own personal experience recovering from mercury poisoning.Elizabeth Boham is a physician and nutritionist who practices functional medicine at The UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA. Through her practice and lecturing she has helped thousands of people achieve their goals of optimum health and wellness. She witnesses the power of nutrition every day in her practice and is committed to training other physicians to utilize nutrition in healing. Dr. Boham has contributed to many articles and wrote the latest chapter on Obesity for the Rankel Textbook of Family Medicine. She is part of the faculty of the Institute for Functional Medicine and has been featured on the Dr. Oz show and in a variety of publications and media including Huffington Post, The Chalkboard Magazine, and Experience Life. Her DVD Breast Wellness: Tools to Prevent and Heal from Breast Cancer explores the functional medicine approach to keeping your breasts and whole body well.This episode is sponsored by ButcherBox and Kettle & Fire.New members to ButcherBox can get two New York Strip steaks and two pounds of wild-caught Alaskan salmon for free in your first box when you sign up at Butcherbox.com/farmacy.Kettle & Fire is now offering 25% off its bone broth plus free shipping. Just head over to kettleandfire.com/hyman and use the code HYMAN.In this conversation, Dr. Hyman and Dr. Boham discuss:Why mercury toxicity is often overlooked and ignoredDr. Hyman’s personal experience with mercury poisoningMercury’s effects on the bodyHow mercury can be passed through the placenta and breast milkMain sources of mercury, including coal-burning facilities, fish consumption, mercury dental fillingsSafely removing mercury fillingsEffectively testing for mercury levelsPatients with mercury toxicity that they have treatedBoosting your body’s natural detoxification pathwaysAdditional Resources:How To Get Lethal Mercury Out Of Your Systemhttps://drhyman.com/blog/2010/06/07/how-to-get-lethal-mercury-out-of-your-system/Mercury Detox – A 3-Step Plan to Recover Your Healthhttps://drhyman.com/blog/2010/06/01/mercury-detox-a-3-step-plan-to-recover-your-health/Mercury: Get This Heavy-Metal Poison Out of Your Bodyhttps://drhyman.com/blog/2010/05/20/mercury-get-this-poison-out-of-your-body/Get These Toxins Out Of Your Househttps://drhyman.com/blog/2016/07/25/get-these-toxins-out-of-your-house/Heavy Metals And Health: The Untold Storyhttps://drhyman.com/blog/2021/02/12/podcast-hc43/How Lead And Other Environmental Toxins Are Affecting Ushttps://drhyman.com/blog/2020/12/04/podcast-minisode65/