We have been on a Dr. Mark Hyman kick, we will fully admit it! We are falling in love with his Broken Brain docuseries and that has sent us looking at his other books, diets, and programs. If you are looking for more about just who Dr. Mark Hyman is and why in the world we are listening to his advice so acutely than read on. Dr. Hyman has a wealth of information, experience, and expertise he brings to furthering the field of medicine.
Simply put, a quick and dirty rundown, Dr. Mark Hyman is a practicing family physician. He is a speaker, leader, advocate, and educator. He is a New York Times bestselling author, many times over. All of this because of one thing: he believes that everybody deserves to live their best life possible. That is the core of all of Dr. Hyman’s programs and books, and to that end, he has set himself on a quest to address and eradicate the root causes of the many chronic illnesses millions face every day.
Dr. Mark Hyman received the ‘Dr.’ for his name when he completed his Doctor of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. He then practiced medicine in rural Nebraska for a time before working in the emergency department in Massachusetts and serving as the co-medical director at Canyon Ranch from 1996 to 2004. Following his departure from Canyon Ranch, he opened the UltraWellness medical center. Again, all of these were steps on his path to bring greater awareness and control of their health to the masses.
How does he do it? Functional Medicine. That’s a phrase you may be hearing or seeing more on the web lately (heck, we occasionally write about it on this very blog) and it is a growing trend in the health sphere. People are looking for ways to heal themselves, to promote their own best, healthy living not through medications, but through proactive health measures.
To this end, Dr. Hyman works as the Director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine. The clinic and Dr. Hyman work to empower his patients, people, and communities with the power to health their minds and bodies. He takes this further than just Cleveland. Dr. Hyman has been a regular medical contributor to such outlets as CBS This Morning, Good Morning America, CNN, Today Show, The Dr. Oz Show, The View, and Katie and acted as medical editor of The Huffington Post. He has testified before the Senate Working Group on Health Care Reform on Functional Medicine and White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Dr. Hyman has worked with the Surgeon General on preventing diabetes.
Seriously, his achievements go even further! He has worked with President Clinton, to help bring his weight and health under control!
Dr. Hyman has received numerous awards for his work, including The Nantucket Project Award, the Linus Pauling Award, the Christian Book of the Year Award (for The Daniel Plan, a faith-based project for the Saddleback Church, which saw them lose a collective 250,000 pounds!) as well as being inducted into the Books for Better Life Hall of Fame.
In 2014 Dr. Mark Hyman was a contributor and major part of the film Fed Up. Produced by Katie Couric and Laurie David, the film was created to specifically address the childhood obesity epidemic. Fed Up became a source of much interest and influenced the ongoing discussion.
Dr. Mark Hyman in Legislation
In 2009, Dr. Mark Hyman worked with Dr. Michael Roizen, and Dr. Dean Ornish to craft and introduce the Take Back Your Health Act to the US Senate. The act was designed to seek reimbursement for lifestyle treatments of chronic disease.
2015 saw Dr. Mark Hyman and Tim Ryan introducing the ENRICH Act to Congress. This act was specifically to fund a push for nutrition in medical education.
From his work with patients at his family practice, all the way to pushing for countrywide legislation, Dr. Mark Hyman has been pushing the boundaries, furthering the research, and expanding millions of Americans understanding of their own health. Dr. Hyman is even a medical advisor to the Clintons!
There is a whole lot more to know about Dr. Mark Hyman and his functional approach to overall medicine and health. More can be found out on his own site, as well as the entry for Dr. Mark Hyman on Wikipedia, with sources and further reading. The man has lived quite the life and been on the cutting edge of medical science, pushing for everyone everywhere to live their healthiest lives.