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How Social Media May Be Ruining Your Life with Cal Newport

Ep. 39

Think about how often you check one of your many social media accounts. Chances are you spend a pretty good portion of your time, productivity, and brain power participating in these apps each day. Though it may seem harmless, or even beneficial, the ubiquitous use of social media is working against our health. Our brains evolved to process social cues from real people; the more we’re on social media the less we’re having real-world interactions that challenge and support our cognition.

My guest on this week’s episode of The Doctor’s Farmacy has never had a social media account—and he’s managed to thrive! Cal Newport is an associate professor of computer science at Georgetown University and writes about the impact of technological innovations on our culture. Newport is the author of six books, including Digital Minimalism and Deep Work. As we dive into the topic of social media, Cal shares his expertise on how it’s impacting public health and culture in ways much greater than you might expect.

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The Power Of Finding A Purpose Bigger Than Yourself with Lynne Twist

Ep. 637
This episode is brought to you by Cozy Earth, InsideTracker, and Essentia.Have you ever wondered what makes some people extraordinary? Is it something special some people just have at birth? Or are we all born the same only to evolve into greater things? I’m learning that no matter what age or phase of life we are in, we have the ability to make choices that change our lives and the lives of others for the better. Finding a purpose greater than ourselves is a catalyst for that change.Today’s conversation with Lynne Twist is an inspiring one. We take a deep dive into creating a life of meaning and commitment, what that means for our identity, and the ripple effect it has throughout the world. Over the past 40 years, Lynne has worked with over 100,000 people in 50 countries in the arenas of fundraising with integrity, conscious philanthropy, strategic visioning, and having a healthy relationship with money. An author and speaker, she has presented for the United Nations Beijing Women’s Conference, State of the World Forum, Synthesis Dialogues with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and the Governor’s Conference on California Women, among others. A recognized global visionary, Ms. Twist has been an advisor to the Desmond Tutu Foundation, and The Nobel Women’s Initiative. This episode is brought to you by Cozy Earth, InsideTracker, and Essentia.Cozy Earth makes the most comfortable, temperature-regulating, and nontoxic sheets on the market. Right now, get 40% off your Cozy Earth sheets. Just head over to and use code MARK40.InsideTracker is a personalized health and wellness platform like no other. Right now they’re offering my community $200 off their Ultimate Plan, or 34% off any other plan, at until the end of the month.Right now you can get an extra $100 off your mattress purchase, on top of Essentia’s holiday sale, which will also take 25% off, plus receive two FREE organic pillows (a $330 value), when you visit are more details from our interview (audio version / Apple Subscriber version):Having a purpose larger than ourselves (6:32 / 4:27)How Lynne’s father’s death informed her inner life (9:51 / 7:40) Lynne’s journey to becoming an activist and philanthropist (14:01 / 12:15) Lynne’s work and learning about money and wealth from Mother Teresa (19:13 / 16:58) The biology of altruism (34:34 / 30:35) What makes ordinary people extraordinary? (35:40 / 31:58) Learning from indigenous people (38:26 / 34:30) Why living a committed life is crucial to our human future (46:55 / 43:00) Why we can’t sacrifice ourselves for others (58:02 / 53:40) How to find your calling (1:02:34 / 58:33) Get a copy of Lynne’s book, Living a Committed Life: Finding Freedom and Fulfillment in a Purpose Larger Than Yourself, here. 

How To Reduce Your Toxic Burden And Prevent Exposure

Ep. 635
This episode is brought to you by Rupa Health, Paleovalley, and Beekeeper’s Naturals. Environmental toxins can wreak havoc on your body. And our bodies can only handle so much. There is a threshold, and when it’s passed, toxins can’t effectively be processed out of the body and are left lingering. When our toxic load is maxed out we start to see symptoms and dysfunctions.  In today’s episode, I speak with Dr. Casey Means, Harriet Washington, and Maggie Ward about reducing your toxic exposure, the compounded effect of toxic exposures, and more. Dr. Casey Means is a Stanford-trained physician, Chief Medical Officer and cofounder of metabolic health company Levels, an associate editor of the International Journal of Disease Reversal and Prevention, and a lecturer at Stanford University. Her mission is to maximize human potential and reverse the epidemic of preventable chronic disease by empowering individuals with tools that can facilitate a deep understanding of our bodies and inform personalized and sustainable dietary and lifestyle choices.  Harriet Washington has been the Shearing Fellow at the University of Nevada's Black Mountain Institute, a Research Fellow in Medical Ethics at Harvard Medical School, a senior research scholar at the National Center for Bioethics at Tuskegee University, and a visiting scholar at DePaul University College of Law. She is the author of Deadly Monopolies, Infectious Madness, Medical Apartheid, and A Terrible Thing to Waste, a book that looks at the devastating consequences of environmental racism—and what we can do to remedy its toxic effects on marginalized communities. Maggie Ward, MS, RD, LDN, is the Nutrition Director at The UltraWellness Center. She holds a master’s degree in nutrition from Bastyr University and focuses on using whole foods for holistic nutrition therapy. In addition, she completed her requirements to become a registered dietitian at Westchester Medical Center in New York. This episode is brought to you by Rupa Health, Paleovalley, and Beekeeper’s. Rupa Health is a place where Functional Medicine practitioners can access more than 2,000 specialty lab tests from over 20 labs like DUTCH, Vibrant America, Genova, and Great Plains. You can check out a free, live demo with a Q&A or create an account at Paleovalley is offering my listeners 15% off their entire first order. Just go to to check out all their clean Paleo products and take advantage of this deal. Right now until November 30, Beekeeper’s is offering my community 30% off. You can receive this offer sitewide by going to or use code HYMAN at checkout. Full-length episodes of these interviews can be found here:Dr. Casey MeansHarriet WashingtonMaggie Ward