Does anyone have a reaction to Dr Hyman's new book?
Dr Mark Hyman is popular dr with a lot of smart things to say about how health care is whacko. He's re-named T2 diabetes and obesity "Diabesity." His new book "The Blood Sugar Solution" is out, and it sounds like Paleo but he doesnt admit it!
Anyone else been watching this one? The book was just released. He claims to reverse "Diabesity" in 6 weeks (from his website). http://drhyman.com/
I've read Dr Hyman ragging on low carb before, but he writes a book like this!
Here's my book review, which should ruffle a few feathers here!
The promotional blurbs by the likes of Dr. Oz, Dr. Dean Ornish, and Deepak Chopra predisposed me to dislike this book. But it's not as bad as I thought it'd be.
The good parts first. Dr. Hyman favors the Mediterranean diet, strength training, and high-intensity interval training. His recommended way of eating is an improvement over the standard American diet, improving prospects for health and longevity. His dietary approach to insulin-resistant overweight/obesity and type 2 diabetes includes 1) avoidance of sugar, flour, processed foods, 2) preparation of your own meals from natural, whole food, and 3) keeping glycemic loads low. All well and good for weight loss and blood sugar control. It's not a vegetarian diet.
The author proposes a new trade-marked medical condition: diabesity. It refers to insulin resistance in association with (usually)
overweight, obesity, and/or type 2 diabetes mellitus. Dr. Hyman says half of Americans have this brand-new disorder, and he has the cure. If you don't have overt diabetes or prediabetes, you'll have to get your insulin levels measured to see if you have diabesity.
He reiterates many current politically correct fads, such as grass-fed/pastured beef, organic food, detoxification, and strict avoidance of all man-made chemicals, notwithstanding the relative lack of scientific evidence supporting many of these positions.
Dr. Hyman bills himself as a scientist, but his biography in the book doesn't support that label. Shoot, I've got a B.S. degree in zoology, but I'm a practicing physician, not a scientist.
The author thinks there are only six causes of all disease: single-gene genetic disorders, poor diet, chonic stress, microbes, toxins, and allergens. None of those explain hypothyroidism, tinnitus, migraines, irritable bowel syndrome, Parkinsons disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, or multiple sclerosis, to name a few that don't fit his paradigm.
Dr. Hyman makes a number of claims that are just plain wrong. Here are some: - Over 80% of Americans are deficient in vitamin D - Lack of fiber contributes to cancer - High C-reactive protein (in blood) is linked to a 1,700% increased probability of developing diabetes - Processed, factory-made foods have no nutrients - We must take nutritional supplements
Furthermore, he recommends a minimum of 11 and perhaps as many as 16 different supplements even though the supportive science is weak or nonexistent. Is he selling supplements?
After easily finding these bloopers, I started questioning many other of the author's statements.
I was very troubled by the apparent lack of warning about hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Many folks with diabetes will be reading this book. They could experience hypoglycemia on this diet if they're taking certain diabetes drugs: insulin, sulfonylureas, meglitinides, pramlintide plus insulin, exenatide plus sulfonylurea, and possibly thiazolidinediones, to name a few instances.
If you don't have diabetes but do need to lose weight, this book may help. If you have diabetes, strongly consider an alternative such as Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution.
In the interest of brevity, I'll not comment on Dr. Hyman's substitution of time-tested science-based medicine with his own "Functional Medicine."
I suspect that Hyman knows he's advocating a Paleo like approach. But perhaps he doesn't want to be classified under that heading. Let's face it. Once you've been branded as a Paleo person, people either agree with you or think you're a nut. What I've noticed though is that more and more people are essentially arriving at a Paleo like diet, even if they don't want to call it that. Besides Hyman, there's the author of Cure Tooth Decay who talks about using diet to prevent and even reverse tooth decay. If you read the book, you'll see a huge overlap between his diet and Paleo. So I think authors like Hyman actually help the Paleo movement. They send the message that this isn't just a bunch of nutcases on the fringe. Now we're seeing actual doctors come out of the Paleo closet.
I like Dr. Hyman and have read several of his books. I think he's on target on a lot of things. I'm a bit suspicious of his association with Dr. Oz (he kinda creeps me out and is definitely too rooted in conventional medicine for my taste). That being said, I haven't read Hyman's new book, but if someone truly wants to control blood sugar and get their body back to a healthy state, applying traditional eating and paleo principles is definitely the way to go. Before I ever even read a Paleo book, I was telling my clients to eat in a paleoesque way as it works and just feels right, particularly related to blood sugar issues. I'm not surprised that Dr. Hyman's book does the same thing, even if inadvertently.
Everyone who is susceptible (genetically) gets diabetes sooner or later. All a person can do is postpone it. A friend of mine who was slim all of her life and regularly exercises, got diagnosed type II diabetes - when she was 92. I asked her if she's taking meds (she's now 94) and she told me that she was just maintaining normal sugar levels by lifestyle. My Mum got diagnosed diabetes when she was in her late 60's. She was clinically obese (close to 300 lbs) and never exercised. Was a healthy eater basically but liked her chocolates. A cousin of my husband's got DXed with diabetes when she was 71. She's now 74, still gets around well, clinically obese and didn't really modify her diet. So you see a lot of this is a bill of goods. I am a lifetime member of Weight Watchers and have lost 110 lbs and kept it off for 2.5 years. I am 68 years old, exercise cardio daily, resistance training 3 or 4 times a week and yoga 4 or 5 times a week. No surgery or Dr Hyman's diet and I love my sweets and have them daily (in addition to lots of veggies and good food). I have normal sugar levels. it's hard enough to live on Weight Watchers - you have to journal your food daily. But at least you can eat anything you want. (I just finished a Dairy Queen sundae - I save up my discretionary points and have fun on Sundays). But with Hyman's program, you give up anything which tastes good. You can imagine how long most folks will stay on it. And as you can see, you can be slim and healthy and enjoy sweets and cake and ice cream in moderation.
I just want to say to those readers who think this approach is just another diet that the functional medicine approach that Dr Hyman recommends for controlling blood sugar and prediabetes is not just about reducing carbs. It is a multi faceted approach to create a healthier body. This is the difference between his approach and a 'traditional' low carb approach.
I did read Dr Hyman's book after being diagnosed with insulin resistance. It just sounded like clean eating common sense principles to me. I have been eating "clean" for a while but Dr Hyman's approach to looking at the glycemic load of foods really helped me discover what foods (regardless of whether they were healthy foods) I was eating that were causing me to gain weight (ie gluten, some "natural" sugars, dairy, and grains) I cut these foods out of my diet and I have lost 20 lbs in 6 weeks. Even better, this is a way of eating for life that I can live with.
I'm curious... Dr. Hyman .. is he really a "Medical Doctor"? His site list "Ottawa University School of Medicine" ... there is not such school. Is he talking about the "University of Ottawa" in Canada or the one in the the USA that is primary a "mail order" school? No place does it mention where or when he practiced medicine. Did he do an internship somewhere and if so, what was his field of study? There seems to me a big lack of information about his medical training and practice as a Medical Doctor ... Would be interested in finding out more information about the real Mark Hyman, MD ..
I've never heard of him before and I don't buy diet books, so thanks for the link. The website is slick and garrulous, and focused on selling his books. It reveals a plan that sounds similar to the Mediterranean diet. I didn't see anything about activity, so apparently it's a dietary approach rather than a lifestyle change.