Publication1cropped350Cleveland Clinic is considered one of the best hospitals in the United States. Dr. Mark Hyman is the Medical Director at Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Functional Medicine.  He has a “laundry list” of accomplishments in the field of health care.  The average person would assume a physician of this quality knows what it takes to be HEALTHY.

Several years ago, Dr. Hyman (with all his education and knowledge), realized he was suffering from health problems, but couldn’t successfully self diagnose his condition. He spoke with his medical colleagues that told him:

  1. He was suffering depression and needed anti-depressants.

  2. He met with a psychiatrist who concluded is wasn’t depression, but rather anxiety. He recommended anti-anxiety medication.

  3. His family physician determined sleep was his problem and recommended sleeping pills.

  4. A neurologist performed an exam and determined he suffered from attention deficit disorder (A.D.D.) and prescribed ritalin.

  5. Discussions with several other doctors concluded he suffered from chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia.

How could so many qualified respected physicians make so many different diagnoses? Who was right? It turns out:




Each doctor was able to correctly identify a different SYMPTOM, but each doctor offered an incorrect “solution” to the underlying causes of the various conditions he suffered from.  Anxiety, depression, sleeping issues, A.D.D., chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia became the end results  (rather than the CAUSES) of his unidentified health problems. If Dr. Hyman had followed the prescription recommendations his colleagues offered, it is likely his health would have worsened. The various prescriptions would have lead to further systemic imbalances that would have weakened his immune system leaving him susceptible to greater health challenges including diabetes, cardiac disease, stroke or cancer.

The traditional medical approach did not appear to provide quality answers. He chose instead to critically evaluate his LIFESTYLE and its role in his declining health. He determined a “high stress” job (physician) along with little time for eating, little time for exercising, little time for socializing (family and friends) and little down time from work resulted in detrimental behaviors that created the various symptoms he was suffering from.

By living this unhealthy LIFESTYLE, he deprived his body and mind essential needs interfering with normal function. This explanation made it clear that detrimental habits could not be resolved using pharmaceutical drugs.

As he incorporated healthy changes to lifestyle patterns his symptoms/”diseases” improved. He restored quality health to his body and mind. As a result, he began sharing these “secrets” with his patients.

Whether it’s heart disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, depression, fibromyalgia or any other named “disease,” correction requires the foundational strengthening of essential habits that support the body and mind from within. Additional supportive therapies provided by (naturopathic physicians, chiropractic physicians, medical physicians, ayurvedic physicians, etc…) should ONLY be used when essential habits are not enough to achieve desired results. Using pharmaceutical drugs, nutritional supports, herbs or any other external source to create a healthy internal environment in place of  essential habits will NEVER achieve QUALITY HEALTH.

I encourage everyone to utilize this approach to achieving better health. If a traditionally trained (world renowned) medical physician learned this invaluable lesson through personal experience and now uses this approach with his patients, why would anyone choose to exclusively follow a traditional pharmaceutical  approach to chronic diseases/imbalances? This approach has consistently FAILED at restoring balance and good health to the body and mind?


because my doctor told me to

Dr. Mark Hymans’ doctors gave him 5 different diagnoses with 5 different prescription medication recommendations. If he had followed their advice, the prognosis would have been poor! What makes you think your doctor is better and smarter than the doctors Mark Hyman consulted with for the answers he needed?





  1. Very interesting post. Thanks for sharing this food for thought 🙂

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    1. Always a pleasure.

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  2. I really appreciate reading this today more than any other day. I have had different diagnosis in the past and been put on pills which sadly made me feel so awful and bloat instead of get any better, I started learning and realizing I could make positive choices like set my sleep for 9 pm and develop strategies to help me sleep at that time and to sleep all through eg turn fone off. Today, am a new me and these new habits I developed are more of second nature. Maybe that’s why am not so keen about medical diagnosis in as much as they only lead to meds and meds and meds like my late brother got? I want to agree when you are really ‘sick’ it is good to go to the hospital and get a proper diagnosis, but the diagnosis to me should help to the cause of the malaise in the first place as much as possible and not just directly to pills and pills when the first pills don’t work or leave a hurricaine of side effects waranting more pills and in the end rendering you a shell of even your former self. Thanks Doc as usual for the sharing

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    1. Yours is the typical story I’m used to hearing. As people begin to understand personal LIFESTYLE plays the largest role in health outcome, they may become more willing to listen and learn their responsibility in achieving and maintaining quality health.

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      1. Doc, I humbly think understanding that much sadly is a tough feat for many including myself. It had to take me near fatal and outright traumatic events to start understanding the very vital role I MYSELF played in my own recovery and hollistic wellbeing. Those who can also help people understand messages backed with facts like yours are few and far between you will admit. When already in the throes of a challenging incident, relying on any practitioner to tell or give you what is best for you is the more appealing approach. When there is no imminent incident, the more appealing or adopted approach is: why worry – all seems fine

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        1. It comes down to the consumer realizing that doctor is NOT synonymous with GOD. Doctors make good and bad decisions. The consumer would be wise to seek multiple approaches to discovering the best answer(s) that suit their individual needs. We have become convinced that only 1 appropriate answer is attached to each health problem and this truth can only be revealed by the medical physician. This simply isn’t true. Many solutions are available (in most cases.)


  3. Another really great post. What an eye opening experience for Dr. Hyman!

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    1. Sharing the fact that elite physicians suffer the same health problems as everyday people, yet choose alternative options to prescription drugs, should make the typical patient skeptical of (exclusive) pharmaceutical recommendations. It’s unfortunate doctors are willing to recommend “treatments” to patients they are unwilling to follow themselves.

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  4. Wonderful post! And a doctor from he Cleveland Clinic no less, nice touch.


  5. What a fantastic story and post !!! The right lifestyle choice makes all the difference !


  6. I would be curious to know if he included any spiritual practices in his recovery? Did faith factor in anywhere? As you might imagine, I do pray it did. Hugs & Blessings to you for your continued commitment in educating all of us on the importance of what HEALTH care truly means.

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    1. I honestly don’t know if spirituality played a (cognitive) role in his recovery. It is my spiritual belief that prayer plays an important role offering strength and guidance.

      Thank you, as always, for your ongoing support and encouragement.

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  7. Oh wow you’ve reminded me not to just rely on one doctor!

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    1. Multiple docs will likely offer multiple options. This makes it better for the consumer to tailor their treatments to their individual needs.


  8. What an interesting and illuminating post, Jonathan. I think perhaps people feel some security in being handed a prescription. It’s easier than embarking on a lifestyle change. I really loved this post. Thank you.

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    1. Swallowing a pill is much easier than altering a behavior. Swallowing a pill, however, doesn’t CURE chronic health conditions. Altering behavior offers a real chance to CURE a health malady. One must ask oneself, “would I rather live my life with yo-yoing symptoms requiring additional medications over time to MAINTAIN my disease, or would I rather alter my behavior and restore HEALTH and live a quality life! After reading this option, one might choose the path requiring additional effort to achieve a better end result.

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  9. Thanks for sharing his story – I don’t think anyone who has been reading your blog is surprised to see it, but it’s a great illustration of the concepts you expound upon here.

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    1. When people are exposed to physicians at premium hospitals turning to answers outside of pharmaceutical drugs, the consumer may begin to question why these same physicians turn to pharmaceutical treatments for them. Questioning physicians isn’t a sign of defiance; it’s a sign of caring about oneself and choosing to better understand the reasoning behind the recommended solution to a health problem.

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  10. A great post! Very interesting post and to see this Doctor looking for his own answers. It is difficult to change our lifestyle but worth it in the long run.

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    1. I couldn’t agree more. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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