Mark Hyman Profile

Nine-time New York Times bestselling author, Dr. Mark Hyman is famous for making the connection between chronic conditions and diet and lifestyle. He is the world’s leading proponent of “Functional Medicine,” an alternative medicine that focuses on interactions between the environment and the gastrointestinal, endocrine, and immune systems.

In much of his work, Dr. Hyman addresses the failures of conventional medicine concerning how it treats symptoms rather than looking for and taking on root causes of illnesses. A long-time practicing family physician, he has significantly moved the field of functional medicine forward, helping it to gain recognition and making it a greater part of mainstream medical care not only in the US, but around the world as well.

Dr. Hyman is the Director the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, where he oversees scientific research in the field of functional medicine. He is also the founder and medical director of The UltraWellness Center, chairman of the board of the Institute for Functional Medicine, a medical editor of The Huffington Post, and has been a regular medical contributor on many television shows including CBS This Morning, Today Show, The View, Katie, and The Dr. Oz Show.

A health advisor to the Clintons, he has testified before the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on integrative medical care. Dr. Hyman crafted and helped introduce the Take Back Your Health Act of 2009 to the United States Senate to provide for reimbursement of lifestyle treatment of chronic disease. Recently, he helped introduce the ENRICH Act into Congress to fund nutrition in medical education.

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    Mark Hyman, MD has dedicated his career to identifying and addressing the root causes of chronic illness through a groundbreaking whole-systems medicine approach known as Functional Medicine. He is a family physician, an eight-time New York Times bestselling author, and an internationally recognized leader in his field. Through his private practice, education efforts, writing, research, advocacy and public-policy work, he strives to improve access to Functional Medicine, and to widen the understanding and practice of it, empowering others to stop managing symptoms and instead treat the underlying causes of illness, thereby also tackling our chronic-disease epidemic.

    Dr. Hyman is Chairman of the Institute for Functional Medicine, and was awarded its 2009 Linus Pauling Award for Leadership in Functional Medicine. He is currently medical editor at the Huffington Post and on the Medical Advisory Board at The Dr. Oz Show. He is on the Board of Directors of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine, and a faculty member of its Food As Medicine training program. He is also on the Board of Advisors of Memhet Oz’s HealthCorps, which tackles the obesity epidemic by “educating the student body” in American high schools about nutrition, fitness and mental resilience. He is a volunteer for Partners in Health with whom he worked immediately after the earthquake in Haiti and continues to help rebuild the health care system there. He was featured on 60 Minutes for his work there.

    Dr. Hyman has testified before the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and has consulted with the Surgeon General on diabetes prevention. He has testified before the Senate Working Group on Health Care Reform on Functional Medicine, and participated in the White House Forum on Prevention and Wellness. Dr. Hyman was nominated by Senator Tom Harkin for the President’s Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion and Integrative and Public Health, a 25-person group to advise the Administration and the new National Council on Prevention, Health Promotion and Public Health.

    With Drs. Dean Ornish and Michael Roizen, Dr. Hyman crafted and helped to introduce the Take Back Your Health Act of 2009 into the United States Senate, to provide for reimbursement of lifestyle treatment of chronic disease. He continues to work in Washington on health reform, recently testifying before a Congressional hearing on Functional Medicine, nutrition and the use of dietary supplements. He has worked with President Clinton and the Clinton Foundation and presented at the Health Matters, Achieving Wellness in Every Generation.

    Through his work with corporations, church groups, and government entities, such as CIGNA, the Veterans Administration, Google, and Saddleback Church, he is helping to improve health outcomes and reduce costs around the world. He initiated and is a key participant in the ongoing development of a faith-based initiative that enrolled over 14,000 people at Saddleback Church in a healthy lifestyle program and research study. In recognition of his efforts, he was recently awarded The Council on Litigation Management’s Professionalism Award, citing individuals who have demonstrated leadership by example in the highest standard of their profession. He also received The American College of Nutrition Communication and Media Award for his contribution to promoting better understanding of nutrition science. He has been featured on The Dr. Oz Show, 60 Minutes, Larry King Live, CNN, and MSNBC.

    Dr. Hyman is founder and Medical Director of The UltraWellness Center in Lenox, Massachusetts, where he directs a team of physicians, nutritionists and nurses who utilize a comprehensive approach to health. Before starting his practice, he was co-Medical Director at Canyon Ranch Lenox, one of the world’s leading health resorts. While at Canyon Ranch, he co-authored The New York Times bestseller, Ultraprevention: The 6-Week Program That Will Make You Healthy for Life (Scribner)—winner of the Books for a Better Life Award honoring the best self-improvement books each year. He has since written UltraMetabolism: The Simple Plan for Automatic Weight Loss, and a companion public television special. His latest book and PBS special, The UltraMind Solution, a comprehensive approach for addressing the causes of mental illness and cognitive disorders, was released in January 2009. The Blood Sugar Solution book and companion PBS special, addresses the global epidemic of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

    Dr. Hyman graduated with a B.A. from Cornell University, and graduated magna cum laude degree from the Ottawa University School of Medicine. He completed his residency at University of San Francisco’s program in Family Medicine at the Community Hospital of Santa Rosa.

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Medical pioneer, Dr. Mark Hyman debunks misconceptions that modern medicine has preached for decades. Blending science, humor and concern, he applies scientific research to alternative medical approaches, taking the audience into a world where food isn’t just energy; it’s actually information that actually provides instructions in a literally minute-to-minute, bite-by-bite basis to everything that’s going on in your body.

Dr. Hyman addresses both audiences inside and outside the healthcare industry, tailoring his language and message accordingly so that even people with no previous interest in science and medicine will open their eyes, ears, and mind to something completely different. See why millions have been inspired by Dr. Hyman to change their lifestyle and pursue “nutritional therapy!”

Suggested Topics:

    • Ultraprevention: The 6-Week Plan That Will Make You Healthy For Life
    • Ultrametabolism: The Science of Weight Loss
    • UltraWellness: A New Model for 21st Century Medical Care
    • Boosting Your Brain Power
    • Introduction to Functional Medicine
    • Functional Medicine: The Future of Personalized Medicine
    • Functional Medicine Approach to Diabetes: The Diabesity Prescription
    • Functional Medicine: An Introduction to Applied Systems Medicine
    • Detoxification: A Food-Based Approach
    • The Medicine Is Already Inside You
    • How Biology Influences Mood, Attention and Memory
    • The Cholesterol Myth – Good vs. Bad


Dr. Mark Hyman says that self-care is the key to being a healthy human today. In fact, he says, eighty percent of health conditions can be solved without a physician. The health care system puts band aids on the symptoms and doesn’t deal with the causes. “Don’t treat disease,” Hyman says. “Create health.” You can do this by taking care of yourself and solving your own health issues. You’re smarter than the healthcare system thinks you can be.

Dig into the collaboration between medicine and technology and what kinds of benefits we can expect to see. From artificial intelligence helping us analyze data to virtual reality that provides a completely new view of an internal organ, we are living in an exciting time full of innovations that can excel medical care to new heights.

To fix your broken brain, you must heal your body first. Dr. Hyman shows us how to correct imbalances caused by nutritional deficiencies, allergens, infections, toxins, and stress, restoring our health and gaining an UltraMind—one that’s highly focused, able to pay attention at will, has a strong memory, and leaves us feeling calm, confident, in control, and in good spirits.

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Books by Mark Hyman:

The UltraMind Solution: The Simple Way to Defeat Depression, Overcome Anxiety, and Sharpen Your Mind
Is your brain broken?

We refer to our broken brains by many names depression, anxiety, memory loss, brain fog, ADHD, autism, to name a few and although we can’t see it, this silent epidemic affects more than 1 billion people worldwide.

If you can answer yes to any of the following, you may have a broken brain:

    • Are you depressed, feeling down, and don’t have the drive to do anything?
    • Do you find it next to impossible to focus or concentrate?
    • Do you get anxious, worried, or stressed-out frequently?
    • Does your mind feel foggy, unable to experience the world clearly?

All is not lost. In The UltraMind Solution, New York Times bestselling author Mark Hyman shows that to fix your broken brain, you must heal your body first. Dr. Hyman presents a simple six-week plan based on the emerging field of functional medicine to restore health and gain an UltraMind one that’s highly focused, able to pay attention at will, has a strong memory, and leaves us feeling calm, confident, in control, and in good spirits.

UltraMetabolism: The Simple Plan for Automatic Weight Loss
For many, losing weight is a never-ending struggle—especially since our bodies are designed to keep weight on at all costs; it’s a matter of survival. But a medical revolution is under way, showing us how to work with our bodies instead of against them to ignite the natural fat-burning furnaces that lie dormant within us. Drawing on the cutting-edge science of nutrigenomics—how food talks to our genes—Dr. Mark Hyman has created a way of losing weight by eating the right foods, which in turn sends the right messages to our bodies.

In this easy-to-follow eight-week plan based on each individual’s unique genetic needs, Dr. Hyman explains how to customize your personal weight-loss program with menus, recipes, shopping lists, and recommendations for supplements and exercise. Ultimately, you will rebalance and stabilize your metabolism—an UltraMetabolism—to maintain weight loss and enjoy lifelong health.

Ultraprevention: The 6-Week Plan That Will Make You Healthy for Life
Two physicians unveil a revolutionary, accessible, science-based, patient-centered program for living an active, age-defying, disease-free life.
Healthcare is pulled and shaped by many forces, by drug and insurance companies looking for profits, by politicians in search of votes, and by stressed, overworked physicians who barely have time to talk to you before writing a prescription or packing you off to a specialist.

So is anyone interested in keeping you well?

Yes. The Ultraprevention program will work for everyone. The promise of its practice is huge—a health span that matches life span—and you’ll experience increased energy, weight loss, enhanced mood and memory, better digestion, deeper sleep, diminished stress, and more.

Isolating the source of more than 90 percent of today’s most common diseases, from cancer and heart disease to diabetes, stroke, and Alzheimers, Drs. Hyman and Liponis enumerate the Five Forces of Illness—Sludge (malnutrition), Burnout (impaired metabolism), Heat (inflammation), Waste (impaired detoxification), and Rust (oxidative stress).

Through the practice of the six-week Ultraprevention program, you’ll learn three simple steps that stop these forces and create a lifetime of good health. So stop falling for the myths that make you sick and start Ultraprevention, the powerful plan to get older without aging, to maintain health for all of life.

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