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


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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Attaining Freedom Through Emotional Agility with Susan David

Attaining Freedom Through Emotional Agility | This episode is brought to you by ButcherBox and BioptimizersHow do we want to show up, especially when things get tough? This is a great question to ask ourselves right now. But many of us are resistant to acknowledging when things just don’t feel all that great. We’ve grown up trying to gloss over uncomfortable feelings and society has put an emphasis on avoiding vulnerability. Being vulnerable and showing up in our difficult emotions are actually super important steps, though, if we want to be emotionally agile. On this episode of The Doctor’s Farmacy, I was excited to chat with Susan David about emotional agility and skills for dealing with the real world from an open and honest place, without running from the feelings that we don’t like.Susan David, Ph.D. is one of the world’s leading management thinkers and an award-winning Harvard Medical School psychologist. Her new #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling book, Emotional Agility, describes the psychological skills critical to thriving in times of complexity and change. Susan’s TED Talk on the topic went viral with over 1 million views in its first week of release. She is a frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and guest on national radio and television. Susan is the CEO of Evidence Based Psychology, on the faculty at Harvard Medical School, a Cofounder of the Institute of Coaching (a Harvard Medical School/McLean affiliate), and on the Scientific Advisory Boards of Thrive Global and Virgin Pulse.This episode is brought to you by ButcherBox and Bioptimizers.ButcherBox makes it super easy to get humanely raised meat that you can trust delivered right to your doorstep. ButcherBox has everything you could want—like 100% grass-fed and grass-finished beef and wild Alaskan salmon—and shipping is always free. Visit new favorite magnesium is from a company called Bioptimizers. Their Magnesium Breakthrough formula contains 7 different forms which all have different functions in the body. There is truly nothing like it on the market. Right now you can try Bioptimizers Magnesium Breakthrough for 10% off. Just go to and use code HYMAN10.Here are more of the details from our interview:The key question that drives Susan’s work (7:55)How an invitation to, “write like no one is reading” started Susan on her path to understanding the importance of emotional agility (11:37)Emotional agility vs. positive psychology (12:51)How bottling and brooding emotions negatively impacts us (17:03)How being outpaced by technology has affected our emotional lives (21:55)What is emotional agility, and what are values-connected steps? (24:05)Why we need to become more aware of how we treat our difficult emotions and do away with the judgement we have about certain emotions (37:28)The importance of practicing greater emotional granularity (42:45)A tool for working with someone who feels stuck (50:35)The emotions of fear, grief, anxiety, and anger that so many of us are feeling during the coronavirus pandemic are normal (55:03)Learn more about Susan David at your copy of Emotional Agility here.Take the free Emotional Agility Quiz here.Watch Susan’s TED Talk, The Gift and Power of Emotional Courage here.Listen to Susan’s podcast, Checking In with Susan David here.Follow Susan on Facebook @SusanDavidPhd, on Twitter @SusanDavid_PhD, and on Instagram @susandavid_phd.

Fixing The Root Causes Of Irritable Bowel Syndrome with Dr. Todd LePine

Fixing The Root Causes Of Irritable Bowel Syndrome | This episode is brought to you by AirDoctorMillions of people suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). These people struggle with miserable, often disabling symptoms like bloating, cramps, diarrhea, constipation, and pain. IBS can be caused by a range of factors, including food allergies, overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine (SIBO), a lack of digestive enzymes, parasites living in the gut, zinc or magnesium deficiency, and heavy metal toxicity. That’s why it is so critically important to personalize treatment based on the unique circumstances that exist for each person who suffers from IBS.In this episode, Dr. Hyman sits down with Dr. Todd LePine to discuss the numerous underlying issues that can contribute to IBS, what type of testing they conduct when working with patients experiencing IBS, and much more.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 cleanair not only to live but to create vibrant health and protect ourselves and loved ones from toxin exposure and disease. That’s why we’ve teamed up with AirDoctor to offer you the AirDoctor Professional Air Purifier systems at a special price. Learn more at this episode, Dr. Hyman and Dr. LePine discuss:The conventional medicine approach to treating IBSStress and IBSHow the gut and the brain are connectedWhy an IBS diagnosis tells you nothing about the cause of IBSHow having a history of colic as a baby, having been vaginally birthed or breast fed, your childhood diet, past antibiotic use, family history of digestive issues, and other information can provide insight into identifying the cause of and treating IBSSmall Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), having a “food baby,” and auto-brewery symptomTypes of testing to diagnose IBS, including GI map testing, hydrogen methane breath testing, gastric level testing, IBSSure testing, and organic urine testingThe negative effect of long-term use of acid blockersReasons for IBS including food sensitivities, allergies, parasites, enzyme deficiencies, heavy metals, Lyme disease, autoimmune issues, akkermansia levels, and moreHow eating a colorful diversity of vegetables and fruits benefits gut health and the microbiomeThe relationship between the immune system and gut healthCommon inflammatory foodsStimulation of the vagus nerve for “resting and digesting”Treating leaky gut with prebiotics, probiotics, diet, and nutrientsFor more information visit Resources:The Wrong Gut Bugs Can Make You Fat and Sick (and How to Fix Them) to the Root: Tackling SIBO with Functional Medicine Strategies to Eliminate IBS and Create Good Gut Health Simple Steps to Cure IBS Without Drugs To Feed Your Gut Probiotics Really Work?

What You Need To Know About Eating Fish And Taking Fish Oil

What You Need To Know About Eating Fish And Taking Fish Oil| This episode is brought to you by PaleovalleyFish and seafood is one of the best dietary sources of protein around. It is also chock-full of nutrients like iodine, selenium, and vitamins D and B12. But the biggest health benefit of fish comes from omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s lower our risk of cancer, type-2 diabetes, autoimmune disease, depression, and inflammation. They are essential for the functioning of every cell in our bodies. But many of us do not consume enough of them. And there is so much confusion about supplementing with fish oil as well as what the best types of fish to eat are.Dr. Hyman recently sat down with Paul Greenberg to discuss these topics and how to know if fish oil supplementation is right for you.Paul is the bestselling author of Four Fish, American Catch, and The Omega Principle. A regular contributor to the New York Times and many other publications, Mr. Greenberg is the writer-in-residence at the Safina Center, a Pew Fellow in Marine Conservation and the recipient of a James Beard Award for Writing and Literature. He appears frequently on American and international radio and television programs and is the featured correspondent and co-writer of the 2017 PBS Frontline documentary The Fish On My Plate which, along with his TED talk, has reached millions of viewers.Find Dr. Hyman’s full-length conversation with Paul Greenberg, “A Fish Story: How To Improve Your Health While Protecting The Oceans,” here: episode is brought to you by Paleovalley. Paleovalley is offering Doctor’s Farmacy listener's 15% off your entire first order. Just go to to check out all their clean Paleo products and take advantage of this deal.