Tower Review: You suggest that the mind and body are more connected than we know, partly because the so-called blood/brain barrier is more permeable than we've been told. The brain is also more elastic than was believed. So the potential for harm, and also for change, exist side by side. What do you tell people who are addicted to overeating--a dilemma as bad these days as addiction to alcohol, cigarettes, or other mood altering drugs, given the devastating effects of toxins, sugar and saturated fats? Is there hope for our so-called "fast food nation"?
Dr. Mark Hyman: I am very concerned about the disconnect in our about how we think about our behaviors and our health. We feel poorly, we are sluggish, we are depressed, we have digestive issues, we are overweight, and we make very little connection between the symptoms and serious conditions like memory loss and dementia, depression, and ADD and we make little connection between those symptoms and the choices we make every day. I think most of us do not recognize the effects of overeating, or processed foods, or alcohol, and cigarettes, sugar, trans fats on our health. The hope that I bring is the potential to feel dramatically different in a very short time by simply altering the inputs and changing output by eating whole, healthy food. If you eat whole food you can feel whole and healthy. If you eat junk you will feel like junk. I believe there is hope because we have come to a crisis point and actions are required, and communities are rallying. Government is beginning to take action, medical practices are changing, and I see quite a different future for medicine around the corner.