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How to Take Fewer Prescription Drugs

Dr. Andrew Weil | Posted 06.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Andrew Weil

Nations that take far fewer drugs than we do are healthier. Why?

Is Ginkgo Dangerous?

Dr. Andrew Weil | Posted 07.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Andrew Weil

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.

When To Ignore Common Sense

Dr. Andrew Weil | Posted 06.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Andrew Weil

Here are three widespread beliefs about healthy living that may seem to be based on common sense but that research has revealed to be either partially or entirely wrong.

One Simple Resolution: Gardening

Dr. Andrew Weil | Posted 02.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Andrew Weil

In a busy and adventurous life, I've never found any activity that so efficiently concentrates most of what human beings need to be healthy and happy. Gardening is indispensable. It elevates.

Carbohydrate Density: A Better Guide To Weight Loss

Dr. Andrew Weil | Posted 12.11.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Andrew Weil

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.

Lifestyle Counseling: A Missed Opportunity

Dr. Andrew Weil | Posted 10.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Andrew Weil

We need to reduce our emphasis on disease management and emphasize health promotion instead. How much more desirable -- and less expensive -- it would be to prevent diabetes and heart disease, rather than to have to treat those diseases and their myriad complications.

The Case Against Eating 6 Small Meals A Day

Dr. Andrew Weil | Posted 08.06.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Andrew Weil

The basic premise of intermittent fasting, or IF, is to enjoy better health via repeatedly fasting for longer periods than is typical on a daily breakfast-lunch-dinner schedule.

Fat-Free Half-and-Half?

Dr. Andrew Weil | Posted 07.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Andrew Weil

No one's health is improved by swapping out natural saturated or monounsaturated fats for skim milk, sugars or processed grains. So if you encounter misbegotten products such as fat-free half-and-half, do what I do -- leave them on the shelf.

Step By Step: How To Walk Your Way To Better Health

Dr. Andrew Weil | Posted 04.30.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Andrew Weil

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.

Can Poison Be Good For You? Understanding Hormesis

Dr. Andrew Weil | Posted 03.21.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Andrew Weil

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.