Written by Mark Hyman MD
Dr. Elizabeth Boham on The Doctor’s Farmacy: How to Find the Real Cause of Your Disease and How to Fix It

Dr. Elizabeth Boham on The Doctor’s Farmacy: How to Find the Real Cause of Your Disease and How to Fix It

So many Functional Medicine practitioners like myself have gone through their own healing crisis.

For me, it was a total brain and body breakdown 30 years ago due to mercury poisoning from when I lived in China. For my good friend and fellow Functional Medicine doctor Elizabeth Boham, it was triple-negative breast cancer diagnosed at the young age of 30, despite already embracing many principles of a healthy life. 

Going through these experiences has led us to want to help others heal on the deepest level, which is what brought us both to the power using Functional Medicine and food and lifestyle choices to truly heal. 

This week on The Doctor’s Farmacy, Dr. Boham joins me to discuss what it means to get to the root cause of disease and how the principles we practice do exactly that. 

Dr. Boham is a physician and nutritionist who practices Functional Medicine as part of my team at The UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA. Through her practice and lecturing, she has helped thousands of people achieve their wellness goals. She is part of the faculty of the Institute for Functional Medicine and has been featured on the Dr. Oz show and in a variety of publications and media including Huffington Post, The Chalkboard Magazine, and Experience Life. Her DVD Breast Wellness: Tools to Prevent and Heal from Breast Cancer explores the Functional Medicine approach to keeping your breasts and whole body well, a topic she is passionate about as a breast cancer survivor.

Dr. Boham and I dive into her personal experience of beating breast cancer. Even though she thought she was already caring for her body pretty well, she came to find out that hormonal imbalances, impaired detoxification, and gut imbalances due to years of antibiotic overuse had made her body more susceptible to disease. Dr. Boham also sheds light on using food as medicine and the power of broccoli and a compound called sulforaphane when it comes to fighting cancer. 

We also talk a good bit about nutritional deficiencies and how they so strongly influence health and illness, especially when it comes to treating autism. Dr. Boham and I share some patient success stories of treating autism with an integrative approach and why nutrition is so imperative in that process. 

We talk about all this and much more. Functional Medicine holds so much promise for true healing; I hope you’ll tune in here to learn more.

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