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Dr. Andrew Weil

Andrew Weil, M.D., is a world-renowned leader and pioneer in the field of integrative medicine, a healing oriented approach to health care which encompasses body, mind, and spirit. Dr. Weil's latest book, TRUE FOOD: Seasonal, Sustainable, Simple, Pure publishes on October 9th, 2012.

Combining a Harvard education and a lifetime of practicing natural and preventive medicine, Dr. Weil is the founder and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center, where he is also a Clinical Professor of Medicine and Professor of Public Health and the Lovell-Jones Professor of Integrative Rheumatology. Dr. Weil received both his medical degree and his undergraduate AB degree in biology (botany) from Harvard University.

Dr. Weil is an internationally-recognized expert for his views on leading a healthy lifestyle, his philosophy of healthy aging, and his critique of the future of medicine and health care. Approximately 10 million copies of Dr. Weil's books have been sold, including Spontaneous Healing, 8 Weeks to Optimum Health, Eating Well for Optimum Health, The Healthy Kitchen, Healthy Aging, and Why Our Health Matters.

Online, he is the editorial director of, the leading web resource for healthy living based on the philosophy of integrative medicine. He can be found on Facebook at, Twitter at, and Dr. Weil's Daily Health Tips blog at

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He authors the popular "Self Healing" special publications, and is the Director of Integrative Health at Miraval Life in Balance Resort in Tucson, Ariz. As a columnist for Prevention magazine and a frequent guest on Larry King Live, Oprah, and the Today Show. Through books, websites, newsletters and his nutritional vitamin tool, Dr. Weil provides valuable information and insight on how to incorporate conventional and complementary medicine practices in one's life to optimize the body's natural healing power.

Entries by Dr. Andrew Weil

Why Bitter Is Better

(3) Comments | Posted April 28, 2014 | 12:14 PM

I'm heartened to see that popular media has sharpened its focus when it comes to what's wrong with the typical American diet. I'm seeing more articles now that identify sugar, not saturated fat, as the major dietary contributor to elevated heart disease risk and to increased disease risk in general....

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How to Take Fewer Prescription Drugs

(13) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 6:01 PM

The most startling statistics I've seen in recent months came from Mayo Clinic researchers last June, who reported that nearly 70 percent of Americans take at least one prescription drug. More than half take at least two prescriptions. Twenty percent take five or more.

Since this was published, I've heard...

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Is Ginkgo Dangerous?

(62) Comments | Posted May 18, 2013 | 9:58 AM

Many people have expressed concern to me following recent news stories about a government report on the safety of ginkgo biloba extract.

I view the stories about this study as misleading. The worrisome conclusion that the public seems to be drawing from them is that a government...

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When to Ignore Common Sense

(184) Comments | Posted April 1, 2013 | 8:27 AM

Human beings have survived for millennia because most of us make good decisions about our health most of the time. These decisions are usually based on common sense, defined by the American Heritage dictionary as: "Sound judgment not based on specialized knowledge."

However, common sense can also lead one astray....

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Breathwalking: A Meditative Exercise

(4) Comments | Posted March 16, 2013 | 11:42 AM

For many in the modern world, carving out time for both traditional seated meditation and exercise has become close to impossible. I've also known many people who are, by nature, movers. For them, sitting still to meditate -- or do anything else for that matter -- just isn't going to...

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Comment la technologie a piraté nos cerveaux

(8) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 11:23 AM

Étudiant de premier cycle à Harvard dans les années 60, j'ai été fasciné par mes visites au laboratoire du psychologue B.F. Skinner. En réponse à une lumière ou à un son, les rats dans les cages du labo se mettaient à courir dans tous les sens jusqu'à ce qu'ils poussent...

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Pressing The Bar

(65) Comments | Posted February 10, 2013 | 10:10 AM

As an undergraduate at Harvard in the 1960s, I was fascinated by my visits to psychologist B.F. Skinner's laboratory. In response to a light or sound, rats in the lab's cages would run around randomly until they accidentally pressed a bar that caused a food pellet to tumble into the...

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One Simple Resolution: Gardening

(14) Comments | Posted December 27, 2012 | 7:00 AM

I am 70 years old. I have reached the point in life at which I choose -- or, to use New Year's terminology, resolve -- to do only those things that make sense to me. The list of such activities has become much shorter than it was even 10...

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Carbohydrate Density: A Better Guide to Weight Loss

(427) Comments | Posted October 11, 2012 | 8:00 PM

On its surface, the cause of the Western world's obesity epidemic seems simple: People are eating too many calories and getting too little calorie-burning exercise; the imbalance manifests as excess fat.

But this explanation is too simple. Even low-calorie diets and vigorous exercise fail to work in the long term...

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Lifestyle Counseling: A Missed Opportunity

(12) Comments | Posted August 8, 2012 | 4:51 PM

By Stephen Devries, M.D. and Andrew Weil, M.D.

Stephen Devries, M.D. is an integrative preventive cardiologist and executive director of the Gaples Institute for Integrative Cardiology, a nonprofit organization that promotes nutrition and natural strategies to prevent heart disease.

The Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care...

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Intermittent Fasting: A Healthy Choice

(225) Comments | Posted June 6, 2012 | 8:46 AM

The advice to have five or six small meals daily has become common in recent years. I am 69 years old and don't recall ever hearing this as a child and seldom as a young adult, but by the 1980s it seemed to be everywhere. Today, it is close to...

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Fat-Free Half-and-Half?

(239) Comments | Posted May 7, 2012 | 8:00 PM

It's not often that one finds a perfect oxymoron, but it happened to me in a supermarket recently when I encountered a pint of "Fat-Free Half & Half."

In the U.S., half-and-half is typically half milk and half cream and contains about 12 percent fat, so how can such a...

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An Unlikely Dog Person

(295) Comments | Posted April 24, 2012 | 8:35 AM

Until I was 40 years old, I was a botanical field researcher and constantly on the move, so much so that I seldom bothered to have an actual residence. I was also an only child and did not marry until I was 49 -- a fiercely-independent streak is a fundamental...

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Why Dreams Are Vital to Emotional Health

(63) Comments | Posted March 4, 2012 | 10:27 AM

Does insomnia cause depression? Does depression cause insomnia? Chronic insomnia is strongly associated with mood disorders, but which way does the causality run?

I think it's likely that cause-and-effect can go in either direction, but surprisingly, there is little experimental research on the connection between sleep and emotions. What there...

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Walk Like An Australian, Lose 10 Pounds

(172) Comments | Posted February 29, 2012 | 7:32 AM

Gasoline is expensive, money is tight, and obesity in America is at record levels -- three good reasons to make the spring of 2012 the time to get serious about walking.

The most common objection that I hear to walking as exercise is that it's too easy, that only...

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Can Poison Be Good For You? Understanding Hormesis

(231) Comments | Posted January 20, 2012 | 8:27 AM

Hormesis is a little-known term with huge implications. It refers to a fascinating phenomenon: a favorable biological reaction to low doses of chemical toxins, radiation or some other form of stress that is damaging, even fatal, in higher doses.

It was first scientifically noted by German pharmacologist Hugo Schulz...

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10 Ways to Have a Happier Life

(124) Comments | Posted November 8, 2011 | 7:13 AM

In my new book, "Spontaneous Happiness," I write about lifestyle practices that can help people achieve and maintain happy lives. Bear in mind that by "happy," I am not referring to endless bliss. Despite what many in the media proclaim these days, such a state is neither achievable...

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The Depression-Inflammation Connection

(302) Comments | Posted November 4, 2011 | 8:25 AM

The dramatic rise in depression diagnoses over the last two decades is a great challenge to modern medicine. I believe that part of the "depression epidemic" is false -- a creation of aggressive disease-mongering by pharmaceutical companies to promote antidepressant sales. However, it's equally clear that within that trend, there...

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Are You An Adult Picky Eater?

(329) Comments | Posted August 17, 2011 | 8:16 AM

Everyone prefers some foods over others, but some adults take this tendency to an extreme. These people tend to prefer the kinds of bland food they may have enjoyed as children -- such as plain or buttered pasta, macaroni and cheese, cheese pizza, French fries and grilled cheese sandwiches --...

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MyPlate USDA Nutrition Guide Has Its Cracks

(150) Comments | Posted June 3, 2011 | 3:26 PM

On June 2, a colorful plate replaced the food pyramid as the official icon representing U.S. Dietary Guidelines, and that's generally good news. But there are some conceptual chips and cracks in this new dinnerware.  Overall, I fear another opportunity has been lost to give Americans the best up-to-date information...

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