Here at Health Horizon Now we are always on the lookout for the future of health and healthcare practices. The cutting-edge technology, the new research, the prototype programs, and a part of that is keeping a watchful eye on the doctors pushing those things further. This time around we are talking about a fellow who has gotten a lot of interest from us on the site lately. His programs, diets, books, cookbooks, and now docuseries, are all working to cultivate a new, fresh, better approach to brain health. His name (in case you have not guessed by the title) is Dr. Mark Hyman and this is our Practitioner Portrait.
In brief, Dr. Hyman is a pioneer practitioner of functional medicine. In addition to creating this new docuseries, he is an educator, speaker, leader, practicing family physician, advocate, New York Times bestselling author. These jobs, titles, awards and more because of his drive, his purpose. Everyone, everywhere, deserves to live their lives in the best, healthiest manner possible.
Dr. Mark Hyman, a Brief Biography
Dr. Hyman began his career by attending the University of Ottawa, receiving his Doctor of Medicine before heading south of the border. Landing in rural Nebraska, he opened up shop practicing medicine for a number of years before moving to Massachusetts. There he began work in an emergency department. He served as a co-medical director at the Canyon Ranch facility for 8 years, from 1996 to 2004. Following his departure, he opened up his UltraWellness medical center, which lent its name to a number of his programs and books.
This shift in focus into Functional Medicine is key to his purpose. As we said, ‘everyone, everywhere, deserves to live their lives in the best, healthiest manner possible,’ and that means reaching past doctors offices and ER visits.
Functional medicine is a burgeoning field of medicine. You probably have seen the phrase show up in many places, not least of which is our site! That is because it seeks to fix a common fault of current medical practices. Health is not done in 6-month check-ups at the doctor office, it is a 24/7/365 lifelong practice. People need the tools to better their health, and functional medicine aims to provide them just that, more tools in their quest for health.
Currently, Dr. Mark Hyman works as the Director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, a collaboration between the Cleveland Clinic Center and Dr. Hyman’s Institute for Functional Medicine. Here, Dr. Hyman strives to give his patients those tools, that agency in their care. But Cleveland is certainly not the only locale to receive the benefit of Dr. Hyman’s work.
Moving outside of Cleveland and into the digital space, Dr. Hyman has worked as a medical contributor for media outlets including, CNN, The Today Show, The Dr. Oz Show, CBS This Morning, Katie, The View, Good Morning America and more. He has acted as the medical editor of The Huffington Post as well.
Providing health advisement to the patients is not the end of his journey. He has worked even more diligently in spreading this information to the masses, by pushing measure in Washington.
Dr. Mark Hyman on Capitol Hill
In 2009, Dr. Hyman worked with two other doctors, Dr. Michael Roizen and Dr. Dean Ornish to push the Take Back Your Health Act. Brought to the US Senate, the legislation was designed to allow reimbursement for lifestyle treatments (functional medicine) for chronic diseases.
In 2015, he worked with Tim Ryan to implement a measure that would see all doctors everywhere getting a better understanding of what they felt to be a crucial step in health, nutrition. The ENRICH Act was taken to Congress to fund a push for further nutrition education in medical educations.
During this time, Dr. Hyman also pursued other avenues to get the message out there. He went to Hollywood
In 2014, a documentary came out that made huge waves with regards to the common knowledge of nutrition. That doc, produced by Katie Couric (who previously worked with Dr. Hyman on her show ‘Katie’) and Laurie David, worked to bring awareness to the ongoing epidemic of childhood obesity. Specifically, it hoped it inform the audience on more relevant nutrition information that went against what was ‘known.’ Older nutritional information and research had some key things wrong, including the dangers of sugar and adjacent nutrients.
For his work, Dr. Mark Hyman has earned a number of accolades, from the Nantucket Project, the Christian Book of the Year Award, the Linus Pauling Award, and hitting the New York Times bestselling list 10 times.
His work has spread to the masses through his books, his presence in media, work in Washington and now his docuseries. Dr. Hyman is a practitioner to watch! To find out more about him, visit his site’s about Dr. Mark Hyman page.