The Doctor's Farmacy with Mark Hyman, M.D.

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We are seeing an ever-increasing burden of chronic disease, primarily driven by our food and food system. This is perpetuated by agricultural, food and health care policies that don’t support health. We need to rethink d
Latest Episode5/25/2020

How Food Policy Impacts Your Health with Senator Bill Frist, MD

Maintaining good health is front and center in most of our minds right now, and for good reason. As we take in the latest news on COVID-19 each day, it’s the perfect time to take a deeper look at why some of us are more susceptible to this virus. How can we collectively improve our immunity to combat this pandemic more successfully? How can we protect ourselves in the future? There are many ways. And you won’t be surprised that food and the policies that influence our food system are a huge piece of that puzzle.Today on The Doctor’s Farmacy I talk with Senator Bill Frist, a politician, doctor, farmer, author, and much more. Senator Frist is a heart and lung transplant surgeon and former U.S. Senate Majority Leader. He represented Tennessee in the U.S. Senate for 12 years and was elected Majority Leader in 2003. He led passage of the 2003 Medicare Modernization Act and the historic PEPFAR HIV/AIDS legislation that has saved millions of lives worldwide. As the founder and director of the Vanderbilt Multi-Organ Transplant Center, he performed over 150 heart and lung transplants, authored over 100 peer-reviewed medical articles, and published seven books on topics such as bioterrorism, transplantation, and leadership.Throughout this episode, we discuss how a lack of appreciation for data and science among policymakers is affecting how we handle COVID-19, as well as healthcare in general.*For context, this interview was recorded on May 1, 2020.Here are more of the details from our interview:Lack of appreciation for data and science among policymakers, as it relates to COVID-19 and healthcare in general (4:35)Is there an opportunity to improve our food system through policy at this moment in time? (7:28)Health and economic benefits of providing medically tailored meals to people with chronic disease (11:03)Food industry lobbying in Congress (15:44)Reforming our national food stamp and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs (22:06)How policy moves from an idea to implementation, and why language and storytelling are critical to this process (26:03)Training COVID-19 contract tracers to be community health workers (41:24)Addressing challenges around the way we grow food and our commodity crop food system (52:13)Our health and its effect on our national security (1:01:35)Find Sen. Frist online at and follow him on Facebook @SenatorBillFrist and on Twitter @bfrist.Subscribe to Sen Frist’s podcast, A Second Opinion, at

How To Recover From Chronic Lyme And Tick Diseases with Dr. Todd LePine

Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases often go undiagnosed or are misdiagnosed. This is partially because Lyme mimics other illnesses such as the flu, manifesting as diverse symptoms including headaches, muscle aches, stomach ulcers, constipation, and joint pain, making diagnosing and treating Lyme very difficult. Left unchecked, Lyme symptoms can worsen, creating a long-running inflammatory response and autoimmune illness. Lyme disease, or borreliosis, is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, which can proliferate to every area in your body. The good news is that with some work and effort, you can successfully treat Lyme disease.In this episode, Dr. Hyman sits down with Dr. Todd LePine to discuss the Functional Medicine approach to identifying and treating chronic Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.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.This episode is sponsored by AirDoctor. We need clean air not only to live but to create vibrant health and protect ourselves and loved ones from toxin exposure and disease. Learn more about the AirDoctor Professional Air Purifier system at a special price at this episode, Dr. Hyman and Dr. LePine discuss:Why conventional medicine doesn’t acknowledge chronic Lyme diseaseWhy chronic Lyme and other tick-borne illness can present, or exist along with, conditions such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue system, autoimmune issues, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s and dementia, multiple sclerosis, SIBO and other gut issues, depression, and moreWhat syphilis can teach us about Lyme and other tick-borne illnessConventional vs Functional Medicine testing, identification, and treatment for LymeUsing botanicals, herbs, sauna, and sunshine exposure to treat LymeCan you get rid of Lyme?Off-the-grid therapies for Lyme including stem cells, exosomes, hyperbaric oxygen, hyperthermia, ozone therapy, and peptidesFor more information visit Resources:“7 Strategies To Tackle Lyme Disease”“Getting to the Root Cause of MS and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome”“The Myth of Diagnosis”“Innovative Treatments for Chronic Disease Not Available in the US”“My Journey to Functional Medicine”

Do You Have To Eat A Ketogenic Diet All Of The Time To Get Its Benefits? with Mark Sisson

The ketogenic diet has gained a lot of popularity in the past couple of years. If you’re not quite sure what it is, why it could be beneficial, or you’re well-acquainted with it and just want to learn more, this episode is for you. The ketogenic diet, or keto as it’s called, is a high-fat low carbohydrate diet. While some people take this to mean loads of conventionally raised meat and dairy, the true (and beneficial version) means lots of beneficial fats from things like avocados, nuts and seeds, and coconut; high-quality protein from clean sources like grass-fed meat and pasture-raised eggs; and plenty of non-starchy vegetables.To hash out more of the details about keto and how it can support good health, I was excited to talk with my friend and one of the leading voices in the Paleo/Primal and keto movements, Mark Sisson. Mark is the founder of the popular daily health blog, Mark’s Daily Apple, godfather to the Primal food and lifestyle movement, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Keto Reset Diet. His latest book is Keto for Life, where he discusses how he combines the keto diet with a Primal lifestyle for optimal health and longevity. Mark is the author of numerous other books as well, including The Primal Blueprint.This episode is sponsored by Joovv, chili, and my Sleep Master Class.I recently discovered Joovv, a red light therapy device. Red light therapy is a super gentle non-invasive treatment where a device with medical-grade LEDs delivers concentrated light to your skin. It actually helps your cells produce collagen so it improves skin tone and complexion, diminishes signs of aging like wrinkles, and speeds the healing of wounds and scars. Check out the Joovv products at and use the code FARMACY at checkout.One of the easiest and most effective ways to get better sleep every single night is through temperature regulation, which is why I was so relieved to discover the transformative products from Chili. The chiliPAD and OOLER system are two really cool gadgets that fit over the top of your mattress and use water to control the temperature of your bed - which helps lower your internal temperature and trigger deep relaxing sleep. Right now chili is offering my audience a really great deal. Get 25% off the chiliPAD with code hyman25 or 15% off OOLER with code hyman15, just go to this modern world we place too much value on staying busy and deprioritizing sleep, which is why I have created my first ever Master Class.It guides you through the most important steps to getting better sleep, starting today. To learn more about the Sleep Master Class, head over to are more of the details from our interview:Mark’s wake-up call to change how he ate and exercised at 28 years old (5:42)Tenets of the Primal Blueprint (13:50)Reversing the aging process through metabolic flexibility (19:36)What is a ketogenic diet? (24:37)How long does it take to adapt to the ketogenic diet and why do people get the “keto flu”? (33:15)Can you eat too much on the ketogenic diet? (35:53)The way to know if you’re doing a ketogenic diet properly (39:28)Weightlifting and the importance of muscle, especially as you age (41:12)Why burning fat is better than burning sugar for longevity (44:21)Do you have to be “keto” all of the time to get the benefits of a ketogenic diet? (53:02)Find Mark online at and follow him on Facebook @marksdailyapple, on Instagram @marksdailyapple, and on Twitter @Mark_SissonGet Mark’s latest book Keto for Life at

How COVID-19 Shines A Light On Our Broken Food System with Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian

Only 12% of us in the US are metabolically healthy—it’s pretty alarming when the healthy population is the minority. And in the age of COVID-19, it’s important to recognize that those with a chronic disease are at an exponentially higher risk of hospitalization than someone who is metabolically healthy. If we as a population were healthier (think less obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, etc.), the evidence supports that we’d be faring much better throughout this pandemic. Of course, a major driver of chronic diseases and the risks they create is our food system. We can’t expect to be a resilient population if we aren’t feeding our bodies real food with real nutrients we can use to function optimally.To dig into this topic further, I was excited to sit down with Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian on this episode of The Doctor’s Farmacy. Dr. Mozaffarian is a cardiologist, Dean and Jean Mayer Professor at the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and Professor of Medicine at Tufts Medical School. As one of the top nutrition institutions in the world, the Friedman School’s mission is to produce trusted science, future leaders, and real-world impact. Dr. Mozaffarian has authored more than 400 scientific publications on dietary priorities for obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases, and on evidence-based policy approaches to reduce these burdens in the US and globally. He has served in numerous advisory roles including for the US and Canadian governments and, in 2016, Thomson Reuters named him as one of the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds.For context, this interview was conducted on April 30, 2020.Here are more of the details from our interview:Three ways COVID-19 influences food and nutrition, and visa versa (3:28)How our national health and economic outcomes from COVID-19 might be different were we a metabolically healthy society(7:37)We can improve our metabolic health in real time (9:53)Micronutrients and their potential for preventing and reducing COVID-19 severity(11:32)Strategies to address our chronic disease pandemic and problems with our food system (28:41)How obesity is affecting our military and national security (33:23)Why we need a coordinated national organizing office around food and nutrition policy (48:18)Functional Medicine for our food system (54:55)Obstacles to changing and improving our food system (56:12)Educating policymakers through strategic collaboration among stakeholders (1:00:30)Find the “Report of the 50th Anniversary of the White House Conference on Food, Nutrition, and Health: Honoring the Past, Taking Actions for our Future” at Dr. Mozaffarian on Twitter @Dmozaffarian.

Why You Keep Getting Sinus Infections, Colds, Urinary Tract Infections, And Other Recurrent Infections with Dr. Elizabeth Boham

Many of us wonder why we keep getting sick and repeatedly suffer from recurrent infections—whether it be sinus infections, ear infections, urinary tract infections, cold and flu, or a range of other infections. While conventional medicine typically treats these infections with antibiotics, Functional Medicine digs deeper to determine the cause of the infection and what can be done to eliminate it.In this mini-episode, Dr. Hyman is joined by Dr. Elizabeth Boham to discuss the Functional Medicine approach to breaking the cycle of recurrent infections and how to make ourselves more immune resilient.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.In this episode, Dr. Hyman and Dr. Boham discuss:Strengthening our immune system to break the cycle of recurrent infections.COVID-19.How antibiotics can disrupt the balance of bugs in our microbiome, affecting the immune system, and leading to a cycle of infections.A 10-year old patient Dr. Boham treated who was consistently getting sick from cold and flu.Dairy as a common cause of congestion and recurrent ear infections.Boosting the immune system with zinc and vitamin C.How heavy metals, such as lead, interrupt gut function and affect the immune system.Using probiotics and supplements to personalize treatment for recurrent infections.Supporting the detoxification system to improve the immune system.Treating recurrent bladder infections.Common causes of urinary tract infections (UTIs).Breaking the cycle of recurrent bladder infections by drinking a lot of water, urinating frequently, wiping from front to back, wearing cotton underwear, and urinating after sex as well as with probiotics, cranberry, D-mannose, and herbs.Rejuvenating the immune system with sleep, exercise, stress reduction, a whole foods diet, getting off sugar, and eliminating ultra-processed foods.For more information visit Resources:“Five Tips for Building a Better Immune System”“5 Steps to Break the Cycle of Chronic Urinary Tract Infections”“Getting to the Root | Episode 3 | Supporting the Immune System”“Top 5 Foods to Support Your Immune System”“The Wrong Gut Bugs Can Make You Fat and Sick (and How to Fix Them)”“How To Feed Your Gut”“Are You Still Consuming Dairy?”“Stuffy Nose, Headaches, and Honey”“Heartburn and Candida: What is Your Gut Trying to Tell You?”“Here’s the Downside of Antibiotics Your Doctor Might Not Tell You”“A Functional Medicine Approach to COVID-19” Hyman’s 10 Day Resetgetfarmacy.comDr. Hyman’s 10 Day Reset free resource

Why Pizza And Fries Can Be Claimed As Vegetables Through School Lunch Programs with Sam Kass

Food is political, whether we like it or not.From the subsidies used to grow the crops that produce our massive amounts of ultra-processed foods, to school lunches, to the meals being served on our own dinner tables and even in the White House, the state of our food system is impacted by policy on an incredible scale. My guest on today’s episode of The Doctor’s Farmacy has played a very positive role in trying to impact those policies for the better to make America healthier as a whole. Sam Kass is the former Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition in the Obama administration.After cooking for the Obamas in Chicago for two years, Sam joined the White House kitchen staff in 2009. During his White House tenure, he took on several additional roles including Executive Director of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign and Senior White House Policy Advisor for Nutrition. As one of the First Lady’s longest-serving advisors, he helped the First Lady create the first major vegetable garden at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt’s victory garden. Currently, Sam is a Partner at Acre Venture Partners. Acre is a venture capital fund investing in the future of food with a mission to improve human and environmental health in the food system. The fund focuses on early-stage, highly disruptive impactful companies in the food system focused on agriculture, supply chain, and consumer. Sam is also the author of Eat a Little Better: Great Flavor, Good Health, Better World.*For context, this episode was recorded in March 2020.This episode is sponsored by Athletic Greens, Thrive Market, Theragun and Farmacy.I use Athletic Greens in the morning as part of my daily routine. It’s really one supplement that covers so many bases and you’d be hard-pressed to find something else this comprehensive in one place. Right now Athletic Greens is offering my audience their Vitamin D3/K2 Liquid Formula free with your first purchase. Just go to to get your free bottle of Vitamin D3 and K2 with your first purchase.Thrive Market has made it so easy for me to stay healthy, even with my intense travel schedule. Not only does Thrive offer 25 to 50% off all of my favorite brands, but they also give back. For every membership purchased, they give a membership to a family in need. Get up to $20 in shopping credit when you sign up and any time you spend more than $49 you’ll get free carbon-neutral shipping. All you have to do is head over to Theragun is a percussive handheld therapy tool that I can use at home on myself or you can use it on a partner. There are a variety of devices to choose from and multiple head attachments to get different kinds of targeted muscle treatments. The Gen Four series, with an OLED screen, personalized Theragun app, and plenty of power for deep relaxation start at just $199. Just go to to get your Theragun today.Here are more of the details from our interview :Sam’s experience training as a chef in Vienna and how it led him to think about agriculture and food policy(8:34)How Sam began cooking for the Obama family and his experience working in the White House (12:24)The passage of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act and the challenges around school lunch reform (16:05)How tomato sauce, French fries, and pizza came to be considered vegetables in schools (19:39)The impactfulness of the “Community Eligibility Program” provision in the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act which allows schools to serve free breakfast to students (25:24)The current administration’s attempts to roll back standards put into place through the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act (31:26)The reason why junk food is more affordable than healthy food (41:07)Why government is not well positioned to change our food system (43:00)Innovation in the food industry (45:00)The negative feedback loop between food production and climate change (48:36)Check out Sam’s cookbook, “Eat a Little Better: Great Flavor, Good Health, Better World: A Cookbook” here.Follow Sam on Twitter @chefsamkass and on Instagram @samkassdc

COVID-19: Where Are We Now And Where Do We Go From Here? with Dr. Steven Gordon

While we can’t be sure what’s in store for us with the future of COVID-19, we can try to learn from the past to tackle this situation in the smartest way possible. That means looking at previous infectious disease epidemics and understanding zoonotic diseases like this one, that are passed from animals to humans, and how they’re different from the other pandemic diseases we’ve been able to eradicate.I was excited to connect with Dr. Steven Gordon to dig into these topics deeper, today on The Doctor’s Farmacy. Dr. Gordon is the Chairman of the Department of Infectious Diseases at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and Professor of Medicine at the Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western University. His clinical interests include infective endocarditis including cardiac electronic implantable device infections as well as opportunistic infections in immunocompromised patients. He is a Fellow in the American College of Internal Medicine and a Member of the Infectious Disease Society of America. Dr. Gordon is the person to talk to when it comes to gaining a better understanding of infectious diseases. He explains some of the unique characteristics of SARS-CoV-2 and how they will dictate the way we move forward with healthcare and as a society in the coming years. The good news is that Dr. Gordon has a positive outlook about our ability to cope with COVID-19.*For context, this episode was conducted on May 1, 2020Here are more of the details from our interview:Lessons learned from previous infectious disease epidemics (3:11)Unique characteristics of SARS-CoV-2 and how they will influence our ability to move forward as a society over the next few years (6:12)Evaluating infection rates, antibody testing, and mortality rates (9:39)Do we need widespread testing, and is it even possible? (12:02)Why are some locations affected more than others by coronavirus? (13:53)Treatments for COVID-19, what we’ve tried and what might be coming (18:44)Why a COVID-19 vaccine might not be the magic bullet we’ve been waiting for (22:51)Wearing masks and other culture change for effective COVID-19 prevention (31:18)Dr. Gordon’s coronavirus projections for the next two years (35:33)Can you get COVID-19 more than once? (38:28)How healthcare could improve if 5G and internet were a free utility for all (46:27)