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Corruption In The Food Industry And The Challenge With Our Dietary Guidelines

Imagine if there was a virus that killed 11 million people a year. There would be a global effort to eradicate it. Yet, this is what bad food is doing to us, and no one is sounding the alarm.


In this mini-episode of The Doctor's Farmacy, Dr. Hyman explains how corruption in the food industry and our dietary guidelines contributed to our current mess and what we can do about it.


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Special Episode: Medicine In The Age Of COVID-19 And Beyond

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