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

6/1/2020

The Science Of Creating Happiness with Laurie Santos

Over 40% of college students report feeling too depressed to function on a daily basis. Over 60% are overwhelmingly anxious. This was not always the case. COVID-19 aside, what is it about our modern times that is leading to stress instead of joy? One of my observations is that we’re meant to be human beings, not humans doing, yet we’re constantly just trying to get things done, to accumulate more possessions, to achieve power and success. But we can reframe our perspective of what matters and focus more on simply being—on sitting, listening, noticing—to improve our happiness and satisfaction in life. Today’s guest on The Doctor’s Farmacy, Laurie Santos, is the perfect person to talk to about actively working on increasing our happiness.Laurie Santos is a Professor of Psychology and the Head of Silliman College at Yale University, as well as the host of the critically acclaimed podcast The Happiness Lab. After observing a disturbing level of unhappiness and anxiety among her students, she began teaching a course entitled "Psychology and the Good Life," which quickly became the most popular course in Yale's history and has also reached almost 2 million people from all over the world online. Although she’s now best known as a "happiness expert,” Santos's research explores the much broader question of "What makes the human mind unique?" and often includes comparing the cognitive capacities of non-human animals to humans.Here are more of the details from our interview:When Laurie began to notice the mental health crisis among her students (2:18)How we are misguided about what will make us happy by our culture and our intuition (5:32)The happiest countries in the world and one likely reason why the United States doesn’t make the list (9:09)How happiness is created through gratitude practices and serving others (12:17)Using social media and our technological devices more productively (22:49)Hacking your stress through your breath, diet, and more (40:24)Exercise your compassion muscle and fight compassion fatigue through metta, or loving kindness meditation (44:34)Creating new habits and rituals to build happiness (50:43)Ways in which the coronavirus pandemic is changing and affecting us (55:08)Post-traumatic growth (58:00)Check out Laurie’s podcast, The Happiness Lab at https://www.happinesslab.fm/ and follow her on Twitter @lauriesantos
5/29/2020

Treating Acne From The Inside Out with Dr. Elizabeth Boham

Treating Acne From The Inside Out with Dr. Elizabeth Boham | This episode is sponsored by AirDoctorAcne is the #1 skin condition in the United States, affecting not just millions of teenagers but an increasing number of adults as well. We spend over a billion dollars for prescriptions and over-the-counter (OTC) products to cure acne, yet at best these are short-term solutions. Conventional medicine deals with symptoms, so their solutions for acne include lathering on potions and lotions, and taking antibiotics or strong liver-damaging medications.Functional Medicine, on the other hand, addresses the problem’s root cause. From this lens, we can understand that numerous factors contribute to acne, including nutritional status, stress, toxicity, inflammation and hormonal and gut imbalances.In this mini-episode, Dr. Hyman is joined by Dr. Elizabeth Boham to discuss the Functional Medicine approach to treating acne and other skin issues.Dr. Elizabeth Boham is a physician and nutritionist who practices Functional Medicine as part of my team at The UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA. Through her practice and lecturing, she has helped thousands of people achieve their wellness goals. 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, a topic she is passionate about as a breast cancer survivor.In this episode, Dr. Hyman and Dr. Boham discuss:Why what you’re eating is so much more important than what you put on your skinHow topical skin treatments can work in short term but cause issues in the long termFoods that can commonly cause acne, including sugar, starch, dairy, and processed foodsHow sugar affects our microbiome and immune systemHow Dr. Boham treated two patients with acneThe gut-skin connectionNutrients that are really important for skin to turn over, including vitamin A and zincHow toxins such as pesticides and BPA can affect skin and overall healthSupporting your detoxification system through diet, hydration, sweat, and moreFor more information, visit drhyman.com/uwcThis 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 atwww.drhyman.com/filterAdditional resources:“Got Acne?What You Put IN Your Body is More Important Than What You Put on Your Skin”https://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/2019/08/01/got-acne-what-you-put-in-your-body-is-more-important-than-what-you-put-on-your-skin/“Inner Glow”https://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/2017/07/17/inner-glow/“Hormones and Neurotransmitters”https://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/2012/10/17/lesson-3-hormones-and-neurotransmitters/“Gut and Digestive Health”https://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/2012/10/17/lesson-4-gut-digestive-health/“Detoxification”https://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/2012/10/17/lesson-5-detoxification/“Energy, Mitochondriaand Oxidative Stress”https://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/2012/10/17/lesson-6-energy-mitochondria-oxidative-stress/“Clean Beauty”https://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/2019/04/25/clean-beauty/“Why Is Sugar So Hard To Kick”https://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/2018/08/15/why-is-sugar-so-hard-to-kick/“Essential Glutathione: The Mother of All Antioxidants”https://drhyman.com/blog/2010/05/19/glutathione-the-mother-of-all-antioxidants/“Defeating Acne, Quick Meal Prep, and How to Gain Weight on a Low Carb Diet”https://drhyman.com/blog/2017/04/17/defeating-acne-quick-meal-prep-gain-weight-low-carb-diet/“10 Simple Strategies to Eliminate Acne”https://drhyman.com/blog/2015/11/04/10-simple-strategies-to-eliminate-acne/“Do Milk and Sugar Cause Acne”https://drhyman.com/blog/2011/02/11/do-milk-and-sugar-cause-acne/“How to Feed the Gut”https://drhyman.com/blog/2018/04/13/how-to-feed-your-gut/“Get These ToxinsOut of Your House:https://drhyman.com/blog/2016/07/25/get-these-toxins-out-of-your-house/“Enhance Detoxification”https://drhyman.com/blog/2010/08/30/the-ultramind-solution-key-5-enhance-detoxification/“EWG’s 5 Ways to Reduce Your Exposure to Toxic BPA”https://www.ewg.org/news-and-analysis/2018/02/5-ways-reduce-your-exposure-toxic-bpa
5/27/2020

Is Your Food Grown by Oppressed Farmworkers? with Kerry Kennedy

Kerry Kennedy - Is Your Food Grown by Oppressed Farmworkers? | Brought to you by Thrive Market, Athletic Greens, and TheragunSocial injustice is all around us. With the age of COVID-19, we see it in the higher rates of illness in our most underserved communities. On a larger, everyday scale we see it in the exploitation of farmworkers we all rely on to produce our food. Of course, these are only two examples of many human rights issues that we all should be thinking about. We often make a mistake in thinking we’re too insignificant to help. We’re not politicians, lobbyists, philanthropists, so what could we possibly do? The answer is a lot—with each small step of activism we take, we send positive ripples out into our communities and the rest of the world. I was so excited to sit down with my good friend Kerry Kennedy to talk about human rights activism and how her family has historically been a part of producing positive social change.Kerry is the president of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. Since 1981, she has worked on diverse human rights issues including child labor, disappearances, indigenous land rights, judicial independence, freedom of expression, ethnic violence, impunity, women's rights, and the environment. Kerry is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Being Catholic Now, Robert F. Kennedy: Ripples of Hope, and Speak Truth to Power: Human Rights Defenders Who Are Changing Our World. Kerry founded RFK Compass, which convenes biannual meetings of institutional investors who collectively control $5 to $7 trillion in assets to address the impact of human rights violations on investment outcomes. She serves on the boards of the U.S. Institute of Peace, Human Rights First, Ethics in Action, SDG USA, Sustainable Development Goals Center for Africa, Health eVillages, Kailash Satyarthi Children's Foundation, Nizami Ganjavi International Center as well as several public companies.This episode was sponsored by Thrive Market, Athletic Greens, and Theragun.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 thrivemarket.com/Hyman.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 athleticgreens.com/hyman to get your free bottle of Vitamin D3 and K2 with your first purchase.The 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 theragun.com/Hyman to get your Theragun today.Here are more of the details from our interview:Robert and Ethel Kennedy’s social justice work and how it influenced Kerry’s human rights work (7:06)Exploitation of food and farm workers in the U.S. and New York state (17:51)How Black people were intentionally excluded from the Fair Labor legislation passed by President Roosevelt (23:34)The importance of allowing collective bargaining among farm workers (26:10)The Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ work preventing exploitation of farm workers and how their model is being replicated around the world (30:15)The Fair Food Program and how it’s different from most social responsibility compacts (36:59)Health, economic, and human rights inequities in the United States (40:24)The silver linings of the coronavirus pandemic (43:27)RFK’s moral imagination, his role in the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the speech he gave on the night of MLK Jr.’s assassination (48:56)Social emotional learning (57:58)Learn more about Kerry’s work at RFK Human Rights at https://rfkhumanrights.org/ and follow her on Facebook @KerryKennedyRFK and on Twitter @KerryKennedyRFK
5/25/2020

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 http://billfrist.com/ and follow him on Facebook @SenatorBillFrist and on Twitter @bfrist.Subscribe to Sen Frist’s podcast, A Second Opinion, at https://bit.ly/aso-podcast
5/22/2020

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 www.drhyman.com/filterIn 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 drhyman.com/uwcAdditional Resources:“7 Strategies To Tackle Lyme Disease”https://drhyman.com/blog/2015/10/09/7-strategies-to-tackle-lyme-disease/“Getting to the Root Cause of MS and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome”https://drhyman.com/blog/2017/05/08/getting-root-cause-ms-chronic-fatigue-syndrome/“The Myth of Diagnosis”https://drhyman.com/blog/2018/05/04/the-myth-of-diagnosis/“Innovative Treatments for Chronic Disease Not Available in the US”https://drhyman.com/blog/2018/12/12/podcast-ep31/“My Journey to Functional Medicine”https://ultrawellnesscenter.com/2019/03/20/my-journey-to-functional-medicine/
5/20/2020

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 joovv.com/farmacy 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 chilitechnology.com/drhymanIn 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 drhyman.com/sleep.Here 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 www.marksdailyapple.com and follow him on Facebook @marksdailyapple, on Instagram @marksdailyapple, and on Twitter @Mark_SissonGet Mark’s latest book Keto for Life at http://www.ketoreset.com/forlife/
5/18/2020

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 https://sites.tufts.edu/foodnutritionandhealth2019/Follow Dr. Mozaffarian on Twitter @Dmozaffarian.
5/15/2020

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 drhyman.com/uwcThis 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 atwww.drhyman.com/filterAdditional Resources:“Five Tips for Building a Better Immune System”https://ultrawellnesscenter.com/2020/02/08/five-tips-for-building-a-better-immune-system/“5 Steps to Break the Cycle of Chronic Urinary Tract Infections”https://ultrawellnesscenter.com/2017/09/15/5-steps-to-break-the-cycle-of-chronic-urinary-tract-infections/“Getting to the Root | Episode 3 | Supporting the Immune System”https://ultrawellnesscenter.com/2019/04/23/getting-to-the-root-episode-3-supporting-the-immune-system/“Top 5 Foods to Support Your Immune System”https://ultrawellnesscenter.com/2018/11/12/top-5-foods-to-support-your-immune-system/“The Wrong Gut Bugs Can Make You Fat and Sick (and How to Fix Them)”https://ultrawellnesscenter.com/2017/09/21/the-wrong-gut-bugs-can-make-you-fat-and-sick-and-how-to-fix-them/“How To Feed Your Gut”https://drhyman.com/blog/2018/04/13/how-to-feed-your-gut/“Are You Still Consuming Dairy?”https://drhyman.com/blog/2017/07/27/still-consuming-dairy/“Stuffy Nose, Headaches, and Honey”https://drhyman.com/blog/2017/04/21/stuffy-nose-headaches-honey/“Heartburn and Candida: What is Your Gut Trying to Tell You?”https://drhyman.com/blog/2017/04/06/heartburn-candida-gut-trying-tell/“Here’s the Downside of Antibiotics Your Doctor Might Not Tell You”https://drhyman.com/blog/2017/01/25/heres-downside-antibiotics-doctor-might-not-tell/“A Functional Medicine Approach to COVID-19”https://drhyman.com/blog/2020/04/01/a-functional-medicine-approach-to-covid-19/Dr. Hyman’s 10 Day Resetgetfarmacy.comDr. Hyman’s 10 Day Reset free resource guidegetfarmacy.com/free
5/13/2020

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 athleticgreens.com/hyman 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 thrivemarket.com/Hyman.The 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 theragun.com/Hyman 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