07 – Dr. Mark Hyman on Functional Medicine, the future, and community

*I apologize for the poor audio quality, we had some technical difficulties on this one* :)
Dr. Mark Hyman is the founder and medical director of the UltraWellness Center, Chairman of the Institute for Functional Medicine, and Director of the Center for Functional Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic. He is also an 8-time New York Times bestselling author. He is dedicated to tackling the root causes of chronic disease by harnessing the power of Functional Medicine to transform healthcare. He works every day to empower people, organizations, and communities to heal their bodies and minds, and improve our social and economic resilience.
I first met Dr. Hyman at the Cleveland Clinic where I attend medical school. I had become frustrated with certain aspects of medicine during my early medical training, but the more I learn about Functional Medicine, the more I believe this is the medicine of the future. From my vantage point, Functional Medicine is creating a revolution in medicine much like CrossFit has in fitness.  
In this episode, I sit down with Dr. Hyman to discuss:
  • What is Functional Medicine?
  • How Dr. Hyman found Functional Medicine and why he started practicing medicine this way
  • His view of the future of medicine
  • What he is working on at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine 
  • His experience volunteering with Partners in Health in Haiti and the importance of community in creating health
  • Three things he does on a regular basis that have the biggest positive impact on his health
  • One thing he struggles to implement that could have a big impact on his health
  • What a healthy life looks like to him
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11 Responses to “07 – Dr. Mark Hyman on Functional Medicine, the future, and community”

  1. Naeema Sultana

    Its all informative

  2. racheyray

    Enjoying the podcast and hearing from different people’s perspectives on preventative health care. I also appreciate the perspective of games level training not necessarily being “healthy” for everyone to follow. I would caution spending too much time talking with people about the idea of weighing and measuring your food. As someone who is in recovery from anorexia that can be very triggering hearing people you look up to say to get their nutrition correct they need to weigh and measure food when you are told to never ever weigh or measure your food. I also would be like to hear about how to find the intuitive balance for exercise for everyday life rather than having it be compulsive or something that is a requirement.

    Over all a great show! You just may want to put trigger warning labels on episodes that spend a chunk of time taking about food or people saying weighing and measuring are needed to get nutrition in check.

  3. Crystal

    Just what I needed to hear. I am in my second week as an Osteopathic medical student, and this morning I had to cringe when we were lectured that coconut oil and saturated fat, etc are BAD. I started my whole and fresh food lifestyle last Fall after becoming a fan of Julie during the Crossfit Games (prime example that you can do extrordinary things while in medical school) and watching Fed Up, featuring Mark Hyman. Thank you both for sharing your knowledge and helping to inspire those that wish to join you in this functional medicine journey.

  4. Andrew Zeiser

    I really like the new shorter intro. I like that your keeping the last question about 3 things you do to remain healthy constant no matter who you interview.

    Keep up the good work,

  5. Mike Sheppard

    Brilliant episode. Keep up the great work Julie!

  6. Anastazia Vasileiou

    i loved what i heard

    is all about how body functions

    look for myofunctional therapy too


  7. MaryEBell

    Julie – It was great to hear Dr. Hyman talk about the difference between industrial agriculture and organic farming. I’d like to hear more about this and how the different farming methods affect our food and our health. Also, he mentioned Haiti, one of the poorest nations on Earth. It may be instructive to consider _why_ Haiti, once a rich and fertile land, has deteriorated to such a tragic degree. I hope that in future episodes you might consider discussing at length the relationship between poverty and health, something that should be evident to you in Cleveland. Also, I hope you might consider discussing the current health-care system (which could otherwise be known as Dysfunctional Medicine) and other possibilities, like a single-payer system which is used by other major industrialized nations like Canada. Best regards to you and thank you for your consideration. – Mary Bell

  8. BryarLeigh McClure

    Julie, I love this episode! Thank you. I was a personal trainer for many years and now an ICU Nurse in Pittsburgh, Pa. During nursing school I found crossfit and I am now a L1-Coach. This episode reminded me as to what sparked my interest in getting into healthcare. As a nurse, how can I become more involved with functional medicine? I’d like to continue my education and move in the direction of functional medicine but there are not many mentors as it is a fairly new concept. Any suggestions?

  9. Johanna

    I loved this episode! I hope that functional medicine will be progressing here in Sweden soon to, especially since I’m starting to run out of options myself. I think functional medicine might help me out a lot.

  10. Robert Oh, MD

    Loved the discussion Julie. Big fan of you and Dr. Mark Hyman. He’s also partnered with Rick Warren of SaddleBack Church to develop The DanielPlan, putting faith at the foundation of health. http://danielplan.com. We all know that mind, body, spirit is at the heart of health. It is a slow transition, but I do feel that the medical community is finally embracing true holistic medicine. It will take time, as you mention in school, but I am hopeful that your school is willing to start the conversation!

  11. Steven Vander Linden

    Julie, You are awesome, beautiful, and smart and I enjoy your podcasts. My wife is more awesome, very beautiful, and very smart. She just doesn’t have the podcasts right now but I will recommend your podcasts to her. I’m stoked that I bought a new car which has a usb port which allows me to listen to your podcasts through the stereo during my 1hr commute to work. I like how you ask the same questions at the end and enjoy hearing the different responses by everyone. I really liked Dr. Hymans’ response that was simply put: “Eat well, Move, Sleep”. I thought I was going to hear a more in depth answer from a doctor but am very pleased he kept it simple. We need more smart, simple doctors.
    Take care and I look forward to the next podcast. I would like to hear a podcast dedicated to sugar and how damaging it is to our body and all the different names that are used in labels to hide sugar.


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