Eating Wisdom with Andrew Weil, M.D.

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One of life's greatest pleasures is eating, according to Weil, who cuts through the national obsession with diet and weight like a knife through an overripe papaya. He points out the dark side of fad diets and unhealthy eating patterns while giving us life-enhancing and pleasurable eating options. Arguably the best known physician in the United States, Dr. Andrew Weil believes there "doesn't have to be a distinction between healthy food and pleasurable food.” His sensible advice stems from a belief in a natural, balanced approach to health and healing. "Food is a major connection between people—the act of sharing food is a fundamental human bond. If you go on a diet that separates you from other people or from your culture, you are sabotaging one of the very functions of eating," says Weil. Discover the latest findings on nutrition and healthy living with one of the most successful early point riders of alternative and integrative medicine in the world today. (hosted by Michael Toms)


Andrew Weil, M.D. is a leader and pioneer in the field of integrative medicine. He’s a graduate of Harvard Medical School and the Founder and Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine (AzCIM) at the College of Medicine, University of Arizona, Tucson, where he is also a Clinical Professor of Medicine, 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. He writes Self Healing, a monthly newsletter, and is the author of many books.

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Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • Simple ways you can become more healthy
  • The positive side on fats and sugar
  • The psychology behind how we eat
  • Why the benefits of omega-three fatty acids can't be overestimated
  • A true miracle of nature: the African miracle berry
  • Why most diets do not work
  • What the "Western diet" is doing to "Eastern" health
  • Some interesting options for the health-care crisis
  • The future of "energy" medicine
  • The increasing acceptance and respect for alternative, integrative and intuitive medicine

Host: Michael Toms      Interview Date: 3/9/2000      Program Number: 2812

Music Included

From Album: The Looking Glass
Artist: Paul Cardall
1999 Narada #72438-48323-2-2

From Album: Once in a Blue Universe
Artist: Craig Chaquico
1997 Higher Octave Music #HOMCD 44638
Track - Feelin' Alright

From Album: Sound & Spirit: Welcoming Children Into The World
Artist: Malcolm Dalglish
1999 Rykodisc #RCD 10460
Track 2 Little Potato

From Album: Short Trip Home
Artists: Joshua Bell & Edgar Meyer
1999 Sony Music #SK 60864
Track 2 Hang Hang