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


Terry Wahls on How She Reversed Multiple Sclerosis Using Functional Medicine

My guest in this episode of The Doctor’s Farmacy is Dr. Terry Wahls, who has one of the most incredible stories of using food to recover from an illness I’ve ever heard. Dr. Wahls is the assistant chief of staff at Iowa City VA Health Care and a clinical professor of medicine at the University of Iowa.

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Genetics, Obesity, Diabetes, And Risk Of COVID: A Functional Medicine Perspective with Dr. Ronesh Sinha

Ep. 431
This episode is brought to you by Kettle & Fire, Beekeeper’s Naturals, and Thrive MarketDid you know that 63% of Covid-19 hospitalizations can be linked back to at least one of four pre-existing conditions, all of which are largely preventable through diet and lifestyle choices? Obesity, hypertension, diabetes, and heart failure are strongly linked to more severe Covid outcomes. These cardiometabolic diseases represented a different type of pandemic, long before Covid-19 hit. We can make incredible reductions to our risk of these health problems, and even reverse them, using the power of food. Even people with genetic predispositions can significantly reduce the risk of any of these diagnoses and the Covid consequences that can come with them.Today on The Doctor’s Farmacy, I talk to Dr. Ronesh Sinha, author of The South Asian Health Solution. He is an internal medicine physician who runs a lifestyle clinic in Silicon Valley focused on reversing insulin resistance in ethnically diverse patients. He is also an expert in corporate wellness and serves as the Chief Medical Officer for Silicon Valley Employer Forum, where he serves as a global adviser to shape health benefits for over 55 major Silicon Valley companies.This episode is brought to you by Kettle & Fire, Beekeeper’s Naturals, and Thrive Market.Right now, you can get 25% off Kettle & Fire bone broth plus free shipping by using the code HYMAN at 20% off your first Beekeeper’s Naturals order by visiting and entering the code HYMAN at checkout.Thrive Market is offering all Doctor's Farmacy listeners an extra 25% off your first purchase and a free gift when you sign up for Thrive Market. Just head over to are more of the details from our interview (audio version / Apple Subscriber version):Why South Asians are at uniquely high risk of developing insulin resistance, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease (7:19 / 3:46)The dangers of a high starch and sugar vegetarian diet (11:00 / 7:24)Designing a healthy pregnancy (13:41 / 11:00)The importance of muscle in metabolic health and aging (16:59 / 13:38)The dietary framework Dr. Sinha uses with his patients (23:12 / 15:45)Dr. Sinha’s approach to understanding cholesterol, metabolic disease, statins, and lipid panels (27:43 / 23:00)Cooking with ghee and coconut oil vs. vegetable and seed oils (36:41 / 31:35)Thinking of Covid-19 as a lifestyle disease (45:35 / 40:25)The link between body fat, diet, and Covid-19 outcomes (47:39 / 42:30)Simple lifestyle changes to reduce your risk of severe outcomes from Covid-19 (49:32 / 45:15)Learn more about Dr. Ronesh Sinha at and check out his new podcast, Meta Health Podcast. Follow Dr. Sinha on Instagram @roneshsinhamd.

Diverticulitis: A Functional Medicine Approach with Dr. George Papanicolaou

Ep. 430
Diverticulitis: A Functional Medicine Approach | This episode is brought to you by Rupa Health and Athletic GreensOver 200,000 people per year are treated for diverticulitis, a painful condition in which small pouches in the colon, called diverticula, become infected. Symptoms of diverticulitis include nausea, fever, chills, loss of appetite, and constipation. While conventional medicine treatments for diverticulitis usually consist of antibiotics and surgery, Functional Medicine looks at a wide variety of things like microbiome diversity, dietary fiber consumption, gut health, inflammation, and more, to both prevent and treat this condition.In this episode, Dr. Hyman discusses diverticulitis with Dr. George Papanicolaou. They talk about how lifestyle habits, such as a low fiber diet and elevated stress, can contribute to diverticulitis. They also share certain foods and supplements that are supportive and healing to the body.George Papanicolaou is a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and is Board Certified in Family Medicine from Abington Memorial Hospital. He is also an Institute for Functional Medicine Practitioner. Upon graduation from his residency, he joined the Indian Health Service. He worked on the Navajo reservation for 4 years at the Chinle Comprehensive Medical Facility where he served as the Outpatient Department Coordinator. In 2000, he founded Cornerstone Family Practice in Rowley, MA. He practiced with a philosophy centered on personal relationships and treating the whole person, not just not the disease. He called that philosophy “Whole Life Wellness.” Over time as the healthcare system made it harder for patients to receive this kind of personal care Dr. Papanicolaou decided a change was needed. He began training in Functional Medicine through the Institute of Functional Medicine. In 2015, he established Cornerstone Personal Health—a practice dedicated entirely to Functional Medicine. Dr. Papanicolaou joined The UltraWellness Center in 2017.This episode is brought to you by Rupa Health and Athletic Greens.Rupa Health is a place for Functional Medicine practitioners to access more than 2,000 specialty lab tests from over 20 labs like DUTCH, Vibrant America, Genova, Great Plains, and more. You can check out a free live demo with a Q&A or create an account at now, Athletic Greens is offering my listeners 10 free travel packs of AG1 when you make your first purchase. Just go to to take advantage of this great offer.In this conversation, Dr. Hyman and Dr. Papanicolaou discuss:How overall fiber consumption has reduced over timeWhat diverticula are and how they can progress to diverticulitisThe symptoms of diverticulitisRisk factors for developing diverticulitisThe difference between conventional medicine and Functional Medicine treatments for diverticulitisUsing bone broth and clove tea to heal a flare upWhy it’s a myth that you shouldn’t eat nuts and seeds if you have diverticulitisSuggestions for how to add fiber to your dietSupplements to support the bodyCase study of a 50-year-old woman with diverticulitis

7 Steps To Biohack Your Health To Live Longer

Ep. 429
7 Steps To Biohack Your Health To Live Longer | This episode is brought to you by PaleovalleyIncreasing lifespan and healthspan are not just about treating disease but about building long-term resilience and vitality. Some say if you live longer, you will spend more time with chronic disease and disability,increasing the burden on society and our health care system. Not true. A famous Stanford University study found that if you kept your ideal weight, exercised, and didn’t smoke, you were likely to live a long, healthy life and die painlessly, quickly, and cheaply. In fact, simple, daily habits hold the key to unlocking your longevity potential.As my patients get older and more concerned about longevity, we focus on habits that create the most reward. Today, I dive into seven biohacks you can use to live longer with my guests: Dave Asprey, Dr. Elizabeth Boham, Dr. Cindy Geyer, Drew Ramsey, Gary Taubes, and Dr. Louis Ignarro.This episode is brought to you by Paleovalley. Right now, Paleovalley is offering 15% off your entire first order. Just go to to check out all their clean Paleo products and take advantage of this deal.Dave Asprey is the founder and CEO of Bulletproof 360, creator of the global phenomenon Bulletproof Coffee, a two-time New York Times bestselling author, the host of the Webby award-winning podcast Bulletproof Radio, serial entrepreneur, and global change agent.Dr. Elizabeth Boham is Board Certified in Family Medicine from Albany Medical School, and she is an Institute for Functional Medicine Certified Practitioner and the Medical Director of The UltraWellness Center. She is on the faculty for the Institute for Functional Medicine.Dr. Cindy Geyer received her bachelor of science and her doctor of medicine degrees, with honors, from the Ohio State University. She completed residency in internal medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, N.Y. and is triple board certified in internal medicine, integrative medicine, and lifestyle medicine.Dr. Drew Ramsey is a writer, farmer, and doctor who focuses on the connection between mental health and food. He is passionate about nutritional interventions and creative media to share a different way of thinking about the brain and mood. He is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and in active clinical practice in New York City.Gary Taubes is an award-winning science and health journalist, and co-founder and director of the Nutrition Science Initiative. He is the author of The Case Against Sugar, Why We Get Fat, Good Calories, Bad Calories, and, most recently, The Case for Keto. He has received three Science in Society Journalism Awards from the National Association of Science Writers, and is also the recipient of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research.Dr. Louis Ignarro is a medical research scientist who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine for his breakthrough discovery of nitric oxide and how it positively impacts health and longevity. His groundbreaking research on nitric oxide paved the way for—among other innovations—Viagra. He is an award-winning Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Molecular & Medical Pharmacology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and has his Ph.D. in Pharmacology with over 35 years of experience teaching.