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200 Best Dr. Mark Hyman Quotes: Author of Food (2023)

1. You cannot control the primitive urges and hormones that drive your eating behavior. - Author: Mark Hyman


2. “The food industry profits from providing poor quality foods with poor nutritional value that people eat a lot of.”


3. “In all fairness to the auction companies ? most companies are not car experts, they are marketers. I caution buyers to make sure that they have done their homework before they raise their hand and not after.”


4. “I don't need the fillers, additives, excessive amounts of sugars, fats, salts and other measures taken to taint the natural goodness of real food.”


5. “Just eat less and exercise more.”


6. “Chronic disease is a foodborne illness. We ate our way into this mess, and we must eat our way out.”


7. “While weight loss is important, what’s more important is the quality of food you put in your body – food is information that quickly changes your metabolism and genes.”


8. “It’s more important to understand the imbalances in your body’s basic systems and restore balance, rather than name the disease and match the pill to the ill.”


9. “This starts with personal action and community organization. Creating a healthier world is a revolutionary act, one you can start right now.”


10. We have to pay close attention to what we see, and be ready to work with the unexpected according to the basic principles of systems biology and medicine. - Author: Mark Hyman


11. “No one is talking about this invisible epidemic. Yet it’s the leading cause of disability, affects 1.1 billion people worldwide1—one in six children, one in two elderly—and will cripple one in four people during their lifetime.2 I am talking about the epidemic of broken brains. We refer to our “broken brains” by many names—depression, anxiety, memory loss, brain fog, attention deficit disorder or ADD, autism, and dementia to name a few.”


12. It is food - we now know that food is information, not just calories, and that it can upgrade your biologic software. The majority of chronic disease is primarily a food borne illness. We ate ourselves into this problem and we have to eat ourselves out of it. - Author: Mark Hyman, M.D.


13. I don't need the fillers, additives, excessive amounts of sugars, fats, salts and other measures taken to taint the natural goodness of real food. - Author: Mark Hyman


14. “Don’t get me wrong, I admire elegance and have an appreciation of the finer things in life. But to me, beauty lies in simplicity.”


15. In addition to single-gene genetic disorders, there are just five causes of all disease: poor diet, chronic stress, microbes, toxins, and allergens, all of which wash over our DNA causing changes in our gene expression, and turning off or on different genes and messages that affect our metabolism. - Author: Mark Hyman


16. Children with obesity and diabetes live harder poorer lives, they often don't finish school and earn much less than their healthy counterparts. - Author: Mark Hyman


17. “You are more likely to be overweight if your friend’s, friend’s friend is overweight than if your parents are overweight.”


18. “The scariest part is that 90 percent of those suffering from this serious health condition don’t even know it (to find out if you have it, take the quiz on the next”


19. “Your zip code is a bigger determinant of your health outcomes than your genetic code.”


20. “Glutathione is also the most critical and integral part of your detoxification system. All the toxins stick onto glutathione, which then carries them into the bile and the stool - and out of your body.”


21. “Chronic disease is a food borne illness.”


22. “(If you must take an antibiotic, supplement it with acidophilus.)”


23. “Yet an estimated 99 percent of people who have a problem with eating gluten don’t even know it. They ascribe their ill health or symptoms to something else-not gluten sensitivity, which is 100 percent curable.”


24. The way most doctors practice medicine right now isn't working. - Author: Mark Hyman


25. “Your social networks may matter more than your genetic networks. But if your friends have healthy habits you are more likely to as well. So get healthy friends.”


26. “The Point, not unlike the Communist Chinese, the ACLU abhors individual religious freedom, and it supports only those civil liberties that fit its narrow political agenda.”


27. “Lifestyle change and changes in diet work faster, better and more cheaply than any medication and are as effective or more effective than gastric bypass without any side effects or long-term complications.”


28. “Recommending gastric bypass as a national solution for our diabetes epidemic is bad medicine and bad economics.”


29. “Essentially, each scientist (or even each person reading the research) with a point of view adheres to his or her position with near religious fervor.”


30. It is just physics - who can argue with Newton and the first law of thermodynamics? - Author: Mark Hyman


31. Tricking your brain into thinking you are getting something sweet plays dirty tricks on your metabolism. - Author: Mark Hyman


32. The body is one integrated system, not a collection of organs divided up by medical specialties. The medicine of the future connects everything. - Author: Mark Hyman, M.D.


33. Most schools have only a microwave or deep fryer, hardly the tools needed to feed our children real, fresh food. - Author: Mark Hyman


34. “PGX (a special fiber to lower blood sugar, insulin, and cholesterol levels),”


35. To doubt one's own first principles is the mark of a civilized man. Don't defend past actions; what is right today may be wrong tomorrow. Don't be consistent; consistency is the refuge of fools. - Author: Hyman Rickover


36. Yet an estimated 99 percent of people who have a problem with eating gluten don't even know it. They ascribe their ill health or symptoms to something else-not gluten sensitivity, which is 100 percent curable. - Author: Mark Hyman, M.D.


37. “HYMAN’S GUT-HEALING SHAKE 1 scoop ImmunoG PRP by NuMedica or SBI Protect (dairy-free) by Orthomolecular Products (bovine immunoglobulins aka colostrum) 1 scoop acacia fiber (a prebiotic) 1 tablespoon pomegranate concentrate (I use Lakewood organic) 1 tablespoon cranberry concentrate (I use Lakewood organic) 1 teaspoon matcha green tea powder (I use Navitas) 1 stick ProbioMax 350 DF by Xymogen (or your favorite high-potency probiotic) 1 scoop collagen powder Blend or mix everything with a cup of water and drink.”


38. “It is just physics – who can argue with Newton and the first law of thermodynamics?”


39. “The quality of our diet matters most.”


40. “Even a serving of Prego tomato sauce has two teaspoons of sugar, more than two Oreo cookies.”


41. “You can't exercise your way out of a bad diet.”


42. The New Health Rules is the new manifesto for how to eat well, feel good, and live long. If you ever wondered what's really true about the things that work and the things that don't, look no further. - Author: Mark Hyman, M.D.


43. “Our typical Western diet is full of inflammatory fats - saturated fats, trans fats, too many omega-6, inflammatory, processed vegetable oils like soy and corn oils. These increase IGF-1 and stimulate pimple follicles.”


44. My advice is to give up stevia, aspartame, sucralose, sugar alcohols like xylitol and malitol, and all of the other heavily-used and marketed sweeteners unless you want to slow down your metabolism, gain weight, and become an addict. - Author: Mark Hyman


45. “You are more likely to be overweight if your friend's, friend's friend is overweight than if your parents are overweight.”


46. The fork is your most powerful tool to change your health and the planet; food is the most powerful medicine to heal chronic illness. - Author: Mark Hyman, M.D.


47. “The New Health Rules is the new manifesto for how to eat well, feel good, and live long. If you ever wondered what's really true about the things that work and the things that don't, look no further.”


48. “Children with obesity and diabetes live harder poorer lives, they often don't finish school and earn much less than their healthy counterparts.”


49. Just eat less and exercise more. - Author: Mark Hyman


50. “Food is not just a source of energy or calories. Food is information. It contains instructions that affect every biological function of your body. It is the stuff that controls everything. Food affects the expression of your genes (determining which ones get triggered to cause or prevent disease) and influences your hormones, brain chemistry, immune system, gut flora, and metabolism at every level. It works fast, in real time with every bite. This is the groundbreaking science of nutrigenomics.”


51. “It is food – we now know that food is information, not just calories, and that it can upgrade your biologic software. The majority of chronic disease is primarily a food borne illness. We ate ourselves into this problem and we have to eat ourselves out of it.”


52. “When we combine foods that are high in nutrients, we naturally eat less, even with hungry fat cells. The key here is that nutrient-dense foods (real whole foods) are satisfying, while processed empty foods (nutrient-poor foods) are less satisfying, even though they may contain more calories! This”


53. “It seems that for many the cure to acne is at the end of their fork, not in a prescription pad.”


54. “Shrinking someone’s stomach to the size of a walnut with surgery is one way to battle obesity and diabetes and may be lifesaving for a few, but it doesn’t address the underlying causes.”


55. “These people are stuck in the one-disease, one-drug model of thinking. It is an example of reductionistic thinking that misses the whole point of how systems work—of how the body works.”


56. Nutrients are not drugs and they can't be studied as drugs. They are part of a biological system where all nutrients work as a team to support your biochemical processes. - Author: Mark Hyman


57. “Here’s where things get interesting. A 2009 study by Dr. Serge H. Ahmed, Is Sugar as Addictive as Cocaine?, published in the journal Food and Addiction, proved that sugar was eight times as addictive as cocaine.”


58. “Even though we know that artificial sweeteners actually cause type 2 diabetes22 and weight gain, slow metabolism, increase hunger,23 and alter gut flora or bacteria to promote obesity and type 2 diabetes,24 they are still recommended by the ADA, diabetes doctors, and registered dietitians. That’s right. Artificial sweeteners make you fat and diabetic!”


59. While weight loss is important, what's more important is the quality of food you put in your body - food is information that quickly changes your metabolism and genes. - Author: Mark Hyman


60. “The key to creating health is figuring out the cause of the problem and then providing the right conditions for the body and soul to thrive. It isn't taking another medication.”


61. Lifestyle change and changes in diet work faster, better and more cheaply than any medication and are as effective or more effective than gastric bypass without any side effects or long-term complications. - Author: Mark Hyman


62. Your social networks may matter more than your genetic networks. But if your friends have healthy habits you are more likely to as well. So get healthy friends. - Author: Mark Hyman


63. Today there are not even enough fruits and vegetables in this country to allow all Americans to follow the government guidelines to eat five to nine servings a day. - Author: Mark Hyman


64. “Even if you consume less food and fewer calories, when you eat excess carbs or sugar, you trigger insulin, which turns on a fat-production factory in the liver and your fat-storage system, and you gain”


65. The Point, not unlike the Communist Chinese, the ACLU abhors individual religious freedom, and it supports only those civil liberties that fit its narrow political agenda. - Author: Mark Hyman, M.D.


66. Michael Jordon may have been the best basketball player in history, but he couldn't have won six NBA titles without a team. - Author: Mark E. Hyman


67. (If you must take an antibiotic, supplement it with acidophilus.)


68. “While weight loss is important, what's more important is the quality of food you put in your body - food is information that quickly changes your metabolism and genes.”


69. “Depression is not a psychiatric illness, but a systemic disease.”


70. “If over-consumption of animal protein continues, the body begins to store the excessive protein in the walls of the arteries. At this stage, the main coronary arteries become thickened, damaged, and inefficient. As they become occluded and cut off the oxygen supply to the heart, a heart attack occurs. Thus, the storage of excessive protein in the body acts like a “time bomb,” ready to explode at any moment.”


71. “Yet an estimated 99 percent of people who have a problem with eating gluten don't even know it. They ascribe their ill health or symptoms to something else-not gluten sensitivity, which is 100 percent curable.”


72. “Our bread is not what it used to be. It is more of a Frankenfood, a by-product of industrial agriculture or “super-starch and super-gluten.” Combine that with the damage our guts have suffered from our diet, environment, lifestyle, and overuse of antibiotics, acid blockers, and anti-inflammatories, and you have the perfect storm for gluten intolerance.”


73. The key to creating health is figuring out the cause of the problem and then providing the right conditions for the body and soul to thrive. It isn't taking another medication. - Author: Mark Hyman, M.D.


74. “We need community action and policies to support healthy communities.”


75. “There are ways to cut cravings by naturally balancing your blood sugar.”


76. “STIR-FRY VEGETABLES WITH ALMONDS Serves: 4 Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 1 tablespoon sesame oil 2 stalks celery, thinly sliced on the bias 1 onion, cut in half and thinly sliced 2 carrots, peeled and cut into half-moons 2 cups broccoli florets or sliced bok choy 1 red or yellow pepper, seeded and sliced into strips optional: 16 ounces organic firm tofu, cubed 2-inch piece gingerroot, peeled and julienned 2 cloves garlic, sliced 1 jalapeño chili, seeded and thinly sliced 6 mushrooms, stalks removed, thinly sliced ½ cup whole raw almonds ¼ cup water (more if needed) 2 tablespoons low-sodium, gluten-free tamari ½ cup whole basil leaves 3 scallions, thinly sliced on the bias In a large sauté pan or wok, heat the olive oil and sesame oil over medium-high heat. Add the celery, onions, and carrots and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Add the broccoli or bok choy, peppers, and tofu, if using, and stir-fry another 2 minutes. Add the ginger, garlic, jalapeño, and mushrooms and cook 2 more minutes. Add the almonds, a little of the water as needed, and the tamari and continue to stir-fry until the vegetables are cooked but still crunchy. Toss with the basil and scallions just before serving.”


77. “Our body's natural detoxification system is designed to support our health by eliminating waste products from our metabolism and from environmental toxins. Like any other hardworking system, it needs periodic rest and support to continue functioning optimally. This program will teach you how to rest and restore your body's natural detoxification abilities.”


78. “Placing too much emphasis on a yes/no diagnosis, meaning you either have a disease or you don't, can lead even the most well-meaning physicians to miss underlying causes and early warning signs of illness.”


79. “Waist-to-Height Table WOMEN Ratio less than 35: abnormally slim to underweight Ratio 35 to 42: extremely slim Ratio 42 to 46: slender and healthy Ratio 46 to 49: healthy Ratio 49 to 54: overweight Ratio 54 to 58: extremely overweight/obese Ratio over 58: highly obese MEN Ratio less than 35: abnormally slim to underweight Ratio 35 to 43: extremely slim Ratio 43 to 46: slender and healthy”


80. “If you learn to view food as instructions that influence every aspect of your biology, and learn to combine that knowledge with the joy of cooking, there will be only pleasure and healing.”


81. We need a grassroots movement and government policies and programs to change the food landscape and the built environment to give our children a chance to have happy, healthy successful lives. - Author: Mark Hyman


82. “Paradoxically Americans are becoming both more obese and more nutrient deficient at the same time. Obese children eating processed foods are nutrient depleted and increasingly get scurvy and rickets, diseases we thought were left behind in the 19th and 20th centuries.”


83. It's more important to understand the imbalances in your body's basic systems and restore balance, rather than name the disease and match the pill to the ill. - Author: Mark Hyman, M.D.


84. “Insulin resistance and the diabesity associated with it are often accompanied by increasing belly fat, fatigue after meals, sugar cravings, blood sugar swings or hypoglycemia, high triglycerides, low HDL, high blood pressure, low sex drive, problems with blood clotting, and increased inflammation. These clues can often be picked up long before you ever get diabetes, and may help you prevent diabetes entirely. If you have a family history of obesity (especially around the belly), diabetes, early heart disease, or even dementia or cancer, you are even more prone to this problem.”


85. “Calories from protein affect your brain, your appetite control center, so you are more satiated and satisfied.”


86. “One in four kids have either pre-diabetes or diabetes - what I like to call diabesity. How did this happen?”


87. “In a dramatic study in the journal Circulation, researchers attributed 184,000 deaths each year to the effects of drinking these sugary concoctions. These drinks have been proven to cause obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer.”


88. “Stay away from milk. It is nature's perfect food – but only if you are a calf.”


89. “And there are just a few “ingredients” needed to make a healthy human—real, whole, fresh food, nutrients (vitamins and minerals), light, water, air, sleep, movement, rhythm, love, connection, meaning, and purpose.”


90. “FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE: THE FUTURE My goal in medicine is to help provide a way to navigate and sort through health information based on an entirely new way of thinking about health and disease. I want to find the right treatment for each person, regardless of what that treatment might be. If a medicine is the best treatment, I will choose that; if a change in diet, supplements, herbs, or lifestyle works best, then I will choose that. We must learn to treat the person, not the disease; the system, not just the symptoms. This is personalized medicine, the medicine of the future.”


91. “we went from not a single state having an obesity rate over 20 percent to not a single state having an obesity rate under 20 percent,”


92. We need community action and policies to support healthy communities. - Author: Mark Hyman


93. “carb diet leads to a faster metabolism and sustained weight loss.”


94. “You can’t exercise your way out of a bad diet.”


95. “Hidden Names for Monosodium Glutamate, and Foods That Contain MSG Anything with the word “glutamate” in it Gelatin Hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP) Textured protein Hydrolyzed plant protein (HPP) Yeast extract Glutamate Autolyzed plant protein Yeast food or nutrient Glutamic acid Autolyzed yeast Vegetable protein extract Anything “hydrolyzed” Protease Anything “enzyme modified” Anything containing “enzymes” Umami Carrageenan Bouillon and broth Stock Any “flavors” or “flavoring” Maltodextrin Barley malt Malt extract Natural seasonings”


96. “Even after Dr. Barry Marshall, a gastroenterologist from Australia, proved he could cure ulcers with antibiotics to kill the bacteria (called Helicobacter pylori), his theory was still dismissed for more than a decade. It was only after he drank a beaker full of bacteria, caused an ulcer in himself, and cured it with antibiotics that his theory was accepted. Dr. Marshall won the Nobel Prize for his discovery.”


97. “And food is the biggest “environmental” regulator of that complex system we call our bodies.”


98. “It is high-fructose consumption that turns on fat production and storage in your liver through a process called lipogenesis.”


99. “In other words, it is not how much you eat but what you eat that controls the metabolic switches.”


100. “Shrinking someone's stomach to the size of a walnut with surgery is one way to battle obesity and diabetes and may be lifesaving for a few, but it doesn't address the underlying causes.”


101. “ASIAN-FLAVORED CHICKEN SKEWERS Serves: 4 Prep time: 35 to 60 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes MARINADE: ½ cup low-sodium, gluten-free tamari 1 teaspoon grated fresh gingerroot 3 cloves garlic, crushed 2 tablespoons sesame oil 1½ teaspoons five-spice powder”


102. “Seems you can't outsmart Mother Nature.”


103. When it becomes a revolutionary act to eat real food, we are in trouble. - Author: Mark Hyman


104. “For instance, the first study linking saturated fats to heart disease, by Ancel Keys (on which 50 years of dietary policy to eat low-fat was based), looked at only about thirty men from Crete and their previous day’s diet, and linked that to the fact that they had fewer heart attacks than people from countries where more saturated fat was consumed.”


105. “The key to creating health is figuring out the cause of the problem and then providing the right conditions for the body and soul to thrive. It isn’t taking another medication.”


106. The network and local TV angle of broadcast television has received a black eye for not properly debating within the news issues that should be debated, instead of shuffling them of to television advertising. - Author: Mark E. Hyman


107. “If you want to get healthy, you just might not want to go to a doctor. You might instead, go to church.”


108. You are more likely to be overweight if your friend's, friend's friend is overweight than if your parents are overweight. - Author: Mark Hyman


109. There are ways to cut cravings by naturally balancing your blood sugar. - Author: Mark Hyman


110. “The power of community to create health is far greater than any physician, clinic or hospital.”


111. “All medicine comes down to this: Find out what's bugging you; get rid of it. Find out what you need; get it. The body does the rest.”


112. Don't get me wrong, I admire elegance and have an appreciation of the finer things in life. But to me, beauty lies in simplicity. - Author: Mark Hyman


113. “Part of my training was learning how to refer patients to cardiologists for heart problems, gastroenterologists for stomach issues, and rheumatologists for joint pain. Given that most physicians were trained this way, it's no wonder that the average Medicare patient has six doctors and is on five different medications.”


114. In the 21st century our tastes buds, our brain chemistry, our biochemistry, our hormones and our kitchens have been hijacked by the food industry. - Author: Mark Hyman


115. “I have experienced some amazing food! Yet when I think about the most luxurious and exquisite meals I have had, visions of simple food made from a few natural ingredients are what most excite me.”


116. “One can of soda a day increases a woman’s risk of type 2 diabetes by 80 percent.”


117. “The best advice is to avoid foods with health claims on the label, or better yet avoid foods with labels in the first place.”


118. When news comes out, it ought to be reported. There shouldn't be a moratorium based on legitimate news, just because it may or may not affect one candidate or the other. That's just absurd. - Author: Mark E. Hyman


119. “It is a veritable revolving door of jobs between the USDA and Big Ag and Big Food. Americans should insist on the establishment of a new Department of Food run through the Department of Health and Human Services, which is paying for the consequences of harmful dietary recommendations through Medicare and Medicaid. In”


120. Seems you can't outsmart Mother Nature. - Author: Mark Hyman


121. Glutathione is also the most critical and integral part of your detoxification system. All the toxins stick onto glutathione, which then carries them into the bile and the stool - and out of your body. - Author: Mark Hyman, M.D.


122. “person: low muscle mass, inflammation, high triglycerides, low good cholesterol, high blood sugar, and high blood pressure.”


123. “Every time you take a bite of food, consider that you are programming your biology for health or disease. When you eat healthy food, you are, in fact, eating medicine.”


124. “The most powerful medicine is at the end of your fork, not at the bottom of your pill bottle. Food is more powerful than anything in your medicine cabinet!”


125. “we didn’t know that HDL, triglycerides, and the size of your LDL (bad cholesterol) mattered more than total cholesterol.”


126. Placing too much emphasis on a yes/no diagnosis, meaning you either have a disease or you don't, can lead even the most well-meaning physicians to miss underlying causes and early warning signs of illness. - Author: Mark Hyman


127. “Tricking your brain into thinking you are getting something sweet plays dirty tricks on your metabolism.”


128. “The body maintains balance in only a handful of ways. At the end of the day, disease occurs when these basic systems are out of whack.”


129. The best advice is to avoid foods with health claims on the label, or better yet avoid foods with labels in the first place. - Author: Mark Hyman


130. Heart disease is not a Lipitor, Crestor or even an "anacetrapib" deficiency. It is a complex end result of multiple factors driven by our diet, fitness level, stress, and other lifestyle factors such as smoking, social connections, and, increasingly, environmental toxins. - Author: Mark Hyman, M.D.


131. All medicine comes down to this: Find out what's bugging you; get rid of it. Find out what you need; get it. The body does the rest. - Author: Mark Hyman, M.D.


132. “If you must take an antibiotic, supplement it with acidophilus.”


133. “Hippocrates recommended that all people in a bad mood should go for a walk — and if it did not improve, walk again.”


134. “Don't get me wrong, I admire elegance and have an appreciation of the finer things in life. But to me, beauty lies in simplicity.”


135. Chronic disease is a foodborne illness. We ate our way into this mess, and we must eat our way out. - Author: Mark Hyman, M.D.


136. While pimples are not as simple as too much milk or sugar in your diet, both have a significant impact. Nutritional deficiencies as well as excesses can worsen acne. - Author: Mark Hyman


137. “Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup has been linked to cancer.20 The World Health Organization released a statement that glyphosate (Roundup) is a “probable carcinogen” in humans.21”


138. The power of community to create health is far greater than any physician, clinic or hospital. - Author: Mark Hyman


139. Stay away from milk. It is nature's perfect food - but only if you are a calf. - Author: Mark Hyman


140. In all fairness to the auction companies ? most companies are not car experts, they are marketers. I caution buyers to make sure that they have done their homework before they raise their hand and not after. - Author: Mark Hyman, M.D.


141. You can't exercise your way out of a bad diet. - Author: Mark Hyman


142. “It is a veritable revolving door of jobs between the USDA and Big Ag and Big Food. Americans should insist on the establishment of a new Department of Food run through the Department of Health and Human Services, which is paying for the consequences of harmful dietary recommendations through Medicare and Medicaid. In.”


143. “consumption of flour, which raises blood sugar more than table sugar does, is”


144. “We now know—because it has been scientifically proven—that sugar is more powerfully addictive than alcohol, cocaine, or even heroin (and if you’re thinking about going for diet soda instead, take note: Artificial sweeteners may be more addictive than regular sugar).”


145. “The history and failure of Keys’ diet-heart hypothesis, that fat is bad, is well documented in Nina Teicholz’s book, The Big Fat Surprise.”


146. “We know that if a study is funded by a food company, it is eight times more likely to turn up positive findings for that food company’s product.”


147. “Michael Pollan, in his book Cooked, concurs. He says, “The decline of everyday home cooking doesn’t only damage the health of our bodies and our land but also our families, our communities and our sense of how our eating connects us to the world.”


148. “Saturated fat, for instance, is bad when eaten with carbohydrates, but when eaten alone, not so much.”


149. “Creating a healthier world is a revolutionary act, one you can start right now.”


150. The body maintains balance in only a handful of ways. At the end of the day, disease occurs when these basic systems are out of whack. - Author: Mark Hyman


151. “When our government policies and agricultural subsidies have supported the flood of an extra 700 calories per person per day into the food system since 1970 (mostly in the form of high-fructose corn syrup from corn and trans fats), we have a problem.”


152. “The average American child has consumed 7½ pounds of chemicals by the age of five.”


153. “How we eat, how much we exercise, how we manage stress, our exposure to environmental and food-based toxins, and the structural violence or “obesogenic environment” that influences these factors are what is truly driving our diabesity epidemic.”


154. “In a vacuum they both drop at the same rate.”


155. “Currently, obesity and type 2 diabetes account for $3.4 trillion a year in direct and indirect medical costs, or almost 20 percent of our entire economy. This epidemic of diabesity is blamed on individuals: It’s a matter of personal responsibility, people say. Just eat less and exercise more. It’s a lack of willpower, a personal failure. In the face of a toxic nutritional environment jam-packed with foods designed to be addictive, relying on willpower to stay healthy is like using a thimble to bail water out of a sinking ship. What we eat is a result of what is grown, made, advertised, and sold.”


156. “The way most doctors practice medicine right now isn’t working.”


157. If you want to get healthy, you just might not want to go to a doctor. You might instead, go to church. - Author: Mark Hyman


158. The news is what it is. It's going to be good, it's going to be positive, it's going to be negative. It's going to have all sorts of effects on candidates always. - Author: Mark E. Hyman


159. “Soda companies spent $30 million to oppose soda taxes in just four states in 2016. They also regularly take legal action21 to oppose warning labels, taxes, and more.”


160. I have experienced some amazing food! Yet when I think about the most luxurious and exquisite meals I have had, visions of simple food made from a few natural ingredients are what most excite me. - Author: Mark Hyman


161. “Heart disease is not a Lipitor, Crestor or even an “anacetrapib” deficiency. It is a complex end result of multiple factors driven by our diet, fitness level, stress, and other lifestyle factors such as smoking, social connections, and, increasingly, environmental toxins.”


162. “Children with obesity and diabetes live harder poorer lives, they often don’t finish school and earn much less than their healthy counterparts.”


163. “The body is one integrated system, not a collection of organs divided up by medical specialties. The medicine of the future connects everything.”


164. The most powerful medicine is at the end of your fork, not at the bottom of your pill bottle. Food is more powerful than anything in your medicine cabinet! - Author: Mark Hyman, M.D.


165. Our typical Western diet is full of inflammatory fats - saturated fats, trans fats, too many omega-6, inflammatory, processed vegetable oils like soy and corn oils. These increase IGF-1 and stimulate pimple follicles. - Author: Mark Hyman


166. It seems that for many the cure to acne is at the end of their fork, not in a prescription pad. - Author: Mark Hyman


167. “That’s why weight and metabolism are not math problems. The quality of the food you eat matters much more than the quantity.”


168. “All medicine comes down to this: Find out what’s bugging you; get rid of it. Find out what you need; get it. The body does the rest.”


169. “The risk-averse are rarely emboldened by data.”


170. “One in four kids have either pre-diabetes or diabetes – what I like to call diabesity. How did this happen?”


171. “Again, carbs shift your body toward fat storage (anabolism),3 while fats shift your body toward fat burning (catabolism).”


172. “First, when you try to restrict calories and exercise more, your body is hardwired to perceive a starvation situation. That makes you tired (so you move less and conserve energy) and hungry (so you eat more), and it slows down your metabolism (so you don’t die!). This “eat less, exercise more” formula is not too successful for most people. It can work for a short time, certainly, but less than 10 percent of people lose weight and keep it off for a year;4 you will almost always rebound and gain back the weight. Second, when you eat carbs and sugar, insulin spikes and your blood sugar drops. The insulin drives most of the available fuel in your bloodstream into fat cells, especially the fat cells around your middle, otherwise known as belly fat. So your body is starved of fuel, and this stimulates your brain5 to make you eat more.6 You could have a year’s worth of stored energy in your fat tissue and yet feel like you are starving. The only thing that can stop this vicious cycle is eating a lot of fat and cutting out the refined carbs and sugar. A high-fat, low-carb diet leads to a faster metabolism and sustained weight loss.”


173. “The way most doctors practice medicine right now isn't working.”


174. “These drugs can lead to serious side effects. Besides acting like a chemical straitjacket and making people dull, slow, and stupid, they increase the risk of obesity, diabetes, stroke, blood clots, and more serious conditions known as neuroleptic malignant syndrome (where your body literally burns up with fever and your muscles are destroyed) and tardive dyskinesia (uncontrolled repetitive, involuntary, and purposeless movements such as lip smacking, rapid eye blinking, grimacing, and spasms in the legs). Have we suddenly all gone crazy?”


175. “studies of brain imaging and function, eating more fat shuts off the hunger and craving centers of the brain.2 It”


176. “One can of soda a day increases a child’s risk of becoming obese by 60 percent.”


177. “Today, two slices of whole-wheat bread can raise your blood sugar more than two tablespoons of table sugar can.”


178. “Between the health care that we have now and the health care that we could have lies not just a gap, but a chasm. —Committee on Quality of Health Care in America, Institute of Medicine, 2001 We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them. —Albert Einstein”


179. “Ponder this: From 1983 to 2008, the number of people in the world with diabetes increased sevenfold, from 35 to 240 million. In just three years, from 2008 to 2011, we added another 110 million diabetics to our global population. Shouldn’t the main question we ask be why is this happening? instead of what new drug can we find to treat it?”


180. “control, and even cure muscle cramps.”


181. “The way modern medicine operates is like trying to diagnose what’s wrong with your car by listening to the noises it makes instead of looking under the hood.”


182. “Read ingredients lists and don’t eat anything with the word “hydrogenated” on the label.”


183. “And a full 70 percent of American adults and 40 percent of kids are overweight.”


184. The food industry profits from providing poor quality foods with poor nutritional value that people eat a lot of. - Author: Mark Hyman


185. “In the 21st century our tastes buds, our brain chemistry, our biochemistry, our hormones and our kitchens have been hijacked by the food industry.”


186. “When it becomes a revolutionary act to eat real food, we are in trouble.”


187. “The conversation has changed now that science has proven that processed foods—and especially sugar—are addictive.”


188. “The very fact that we are having a national conversation about what we should eat, that we are struggling with the question about what the best diet is, is symptomatic of how far we have strayed from the natural conditions that gave rise to our species, from the simple act of eating real, whole, fresh food.”


189. “Certain foods have high levels, including artichokes, asparagus, plantains, seaweed, and more. All fiber-rich foods will help keep your inner garden healthy—vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, whole grains, and beans.”


190. “when you eat carbs and sugar, insulin spikes and your blood sugar drops. The insulin drives most of the available fuel in your bloodstream into fat cells, especially the fat cells around your middle, otherwise known as belly fat. So your body is starved of fuel, and this stimulates your brain5 to make you eat more.6 You could have a year’s worth of stored energy in your fat tissue and yet feel like you are starving.”


191. “This is also known as patient-centered health care, rather than disease-focused medicine, and it is a fundamental underpinning of functional medicine—a revolutionary new way to understand the underlying causes of disease and how our genes, our environment, and our lifestyle interact to determine health or disease.”


192. “Real, whole, fresh, unadulterated, unmodified foods: Those must be the starting point.”


193. “a serving of Prego tomato sauce has two teaspoons of sugar, more than two Oreo cookies.”


194. Paradoxically Americans are becoming both more obese and more nutrient deficient at the same time. Obese children eating processed foods are nutrient depleted and increasingly get scurvy and rickets, diseases we thought were left behind in the 19th and 20th centuries. - Author: Mark Hyman


195. “In addition to single-gene genetic disorders, there are just five causes of all disease: poor diet, chronic stress, microbes, toxins, and allergens, all of which wash over our DNA causing changes in our gene expression, and turning off or on different genes and messages that affect our metabolism.”


196. “My advice is to give up stevia, aspartame, sucralose, sugar alcohols such as xylitol and malitol, and all of the other heavily used and marketed sweeteners unless you want to slow down your metabolism, gain weight, and become an addict.”


197. “Negative lifestyle choices and high job stress led me down a path of alcohol and nicotine abuse, and eventually open heart surgery.”


198. “which releases 600 million tons of CO2 equivalent into the air every year.25 In addition to the direct harms of our current system is the lost opportunity to provide the economic and ecosystem benefits of innovations in agriculture, including regenerative agriculture, forests on farms, silvopasture (raising animals among orchards to increase soil fertility and reduce need for water and fertilizer), etc. The benefits of these innovations in agriculture (see Part 5) have been estimated to be twice as big as the harms from our current agricultural model. The media, governments, and even the Paris climate agreement focus almost entirely on the energy sector, not agriculture. The Paris Agreement didn’t even mention that the food system itself is a bigger cause of climate change than the energy sector. Our agricultural system is both”


199. “The fork is your most powerful tool to change your health and the planet; food is the most powerful medicine to heal chronic illness.”


200. “We all have different needs for food, vitamins, rest, exercise, stress tolerance, or ability to handle toxins.”


201. “Most schools have only a microwave or deep fryer, hardly the tools needed to feed our children real, fresh food.”


202. “Nutrients are not drugs and they can't be studied as drugs. They are part of a biological system where all nutrients work as a team to support your biochemical processes.”


203. “If we accepted the recommendation of the American Heart Association that we eat less than 5 percent of our calories as saturated fat, we would have to ban breast milk. (It contains a whopping 25 percent of its calories as saturated fat.)”


204. “The New Health Rules is the new manifesto for how to eat well, feel good, and live long. If you ever wondered what’s really true about the things that work and the things that don’t, look no further.”


205. “Seems you can’t outsmart Mother Nature.”


206. “if you eat less than you burn, you will lose weight. This seems perfectly logical. The problem? It’s not true.”


207. “The key is to use a healthy, sustainable strategy for weight loss that balances your hormones and brain chemistry and doesn’t put you in a starvation response.”


208. “Thinking the way you’ve always thought and doing things you’ve always done will only lead to more of the same. You need to be disruptive!”


209. “Calories are important. But it isn’t the amount of calories as much as the type of calories you consume that makes a difference in terms of how much you weigh and how healthy you are.”


210. Through my work and travels I have been lucky enough to have been exposed to various eclectic cuisine running the gamut from small local cafes to iconic five-star restaurants. - Author: Mark Hyman


211. Shrinking someone's stomach to the size of a walnut with surgery is one way to battle obesity and diabetes and may be lifesaving for a few, but it doesn't address the underlying causes. - Author: Mark Hyman


212. Calories from protein affect your brain, your appetite control center, so you are more satiated and satisfied. - Author: Mark Hyman


213. “saturated fat seems to promote inflammation only in the presence of too many carbs or too little fiber, or there is no connection at all.25 (The key to eating more fat, as you’ll learn in Part III, is also eating more f”


214. Recommending gastric bypass as a national solution for our diabetes epidemic is bad medicine and bad economics. - Author: Mark Hyman


215. “I don’t need the fillers, additives, excessive amounts of sugars, fats, salts and other measures taken to taint the natural goodness of real food.”


216. “It's more important to understand the imbalances in your body's basic systems and restore balance, rather than name the disease and match the pill to the ill.”


217. “Glutathione is also the most critical and integral part of your detoxification system. All the toxins stick onto glutathione, which then carries them into the bile and the stool – and out of your body.”


218. One in four kids have either pre-diabetes or diabetes - what I like to call diabesity. How did this happen? - Author: Mark Hyman

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