U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy: Efforts & Challenges in Promoting Public Health


Huberman Lab

In this episode, my guest is Dr. Vivek Murthy, M.D., the acting U.S. Surgeon General who earned his undergraduate degree from Harvard and his M.D. from Yale School of Medicine. We discuss nutrition, food additives, social media and mental health, public health initiatives to combat the crisis of social isolation, the obesity crisis, addiction and other pressing issues in public health. Dr. Murthy explains the role of the U.S. government in promoting specific public health issues and the steps needed to rebuild public trust in scientific and medical information. We also discuss health care accessibility, insurance barriers and individual versus team-based medical care. We also discuss topics gleaned from listener questions, such as the facts and myths about “Big Pharma” and “Big Food” industries, scientific research and public health policies.

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(00:00:00) Dr. Vivek Murthy

(00:01:53) Sponsors: Maui Nui & ROKA

(00:04:35) Surgeon General Roles

(00:07:44) Illness Framework, Enhancing Wellbeing

(00:12:42) Priorities as Surgeon General

(00:19:50) Public Health Message Distribution

(00:28:24) Diagnosis vs. Optimizing Health

(00:33:04) Sponsor: AG1

(00:34:01) Food Additives, Highly Processed Foods, Food Availability

(00:39:11) Difficulties Addressing Health Issues & Highly Processed Foods

(00:49:53) Retribution, Integrity & Public Trust

(00:54:41) Company Opposition

(00:58:32) Sponsor: LMNT

(00:59:50) Public Health Communication, Masks & COVID-19, Public Trust

(01:07:01) Masks, Humility; Building Public Trust

(01:10:45) Rebuilding Relationship to Public, Vaccines

(01:17:41) Community Core & Diversity; Federal Funding

(01:24:55) Big Pharma, “Pill for Every Problem” Society

(01:31:48) Interdisciplinary Medical Teams, Individualized & Value-Based Medical Models

(01:38:44) Insurance Barriers, Mental Health Care, Drug Prices

(01:44:40) Isolation Crisis, Social Disconnection, Health Risks

(01:49:15) Community Organizations & Modern Life, Social Media

(01:56:36) Youth & Social Media, Parents, Policy Change

(02:06:45) Real Life vs. Social Media, Kids & Playtime

(02:11:56) Social Media Advice for Parents

(02:20:43) Society & Disconnection, Human Connection & Service

(02:31:20) Zero-Cost Support, Spotify & Apple Reviews, Sponsors, YouTube Feedback, Momentous, Social Media, Neural Network Newsletter

Title Card Photo Credit: Mike Blabac


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