#609. Can You Really Live to 150 Years Old? | Dr. Mark Hyman

Ten Percent Happier
June 14, 2023
#609. Can You Really Live to 150 Years Old? | Dr. Mark Hyman
Ten Percent Happier with Dan Harris

Everyone from the Buddha to the Stoics have exhorted us to remember that we’re going to die. So what are we to make of Dr. Mark Hyman? He’s a physician and a student of Buddhism who is just out with a new book, called, “Young Forever.” In it, he argues that your biological age can be reversed even as you grow chronologically older. So we decided to have him on, learn about his approach, and gently grill him on some of the things that made us most skeptical. 

This is the second part of our new six-part series, Get Fit Sanely series, where we are trying to help you to make sense of the noise around getting fit–and to do so without losing your mind.

A little bit more about Dr. Hyman: He is a practicing family physician, the Founder and Senior Advisor for the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, and a  fifteen-time New York Times best-selling author. He also has his own podcast, called The Doctor’s Farmacy.

In this episode we talk about:

  • Whether there’s a tension between Mark’s approach and Buddhism
  • Whether it’s realistic for people alive today to think that we could make it to 150 or 200 years old
  • Mark’s contention that he is in better shape at 63 than he was at 40
  • His take on intuitive eating
  • His top line recommendations on exercise
  • The benefits of cuddling
  • His response to critiques of functional medicine
  • Whether his longevity routine is something regular people can do
  • The research on cold plunges and saunas
  • His advice on alcohol

Where to find Dr. Mark Hyman online: 

Website: drhyman.com/

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Book Mentioned:

Young Forever: drhyman.com/about/#section-6