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


Ask Mark Q&A #9: Protein, Allergies, Lowering Cholesterol, And More

In this Q&A series, Dr. Mark Hyman takes live questions from his community. For a chance to speak with Dr. Hyman during a future Ask Mark Q&A, text your question to 413-225-8995 using the hashtag #askmark

Topics covered in this episode include:

  • Reaping the benefits of grass-fed, grass-finished beef

  • Getting to the root cause of illness

  • Detoxing from heavy metals

  • Treating allergies

  • Metabolic health, flexibility, and resilience

  • What are the best skin products to use?

  • Introducing the Pegan Diet to your household

  • Genetically driven high cholesterol

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Mentioned in this episode:

How To Activate Nature’s Healing Potential with Zach Bush 

Institute for Functional Medicine's webinar, COVID-19 Vaccines: Current Evidence and Clinical Considerations

An Epidemic of Absence: A New Way of Understanding Allergies and Autoimmune Diseases


Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues


10 Day Reset

10 Day Reset - Free Guide

Environmental Working Group (EWG)

EWG’s Skin Deep

EWG’s Healthy Living: Home Guide

Eat Fat, Get Thin

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