The New Approach To Medicine with Andrew Weil, M.D.

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Our modern medical system, based on high technology tests and treatments, is beginning to topple under its own weight and expense. But there is another approach to medicine that is less expensive and often more effective, especially for chronic conditions. Andrew Weil, M.D., one of the most respected advocates of the new medical paradigm, describes many proven alternatives that honor and encourage the body's own intrinsic healing potential. "This is not new-age fluff," Weil observes. "This is hard-core physiology.... If we could bring medicine back to a health-and-healing orientation, we would be on the road to solving our health-care crisis." (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

  • The major shift in medicine toward complementary alternatives
  • The pitfalls of technological medicine
  • The distinction between healing and treatment
  • How antibiotics really work, and why they sometimes don't
  • What Weil learned from his pilgrimage to South America
  • How doctors unwittingly "hex" patients
  • Why many doctors don't want to learn about healing
  • The surprising reality of dietary fat, obesity and disease
  • The benefits of olive oil, red pepper, garlic, ginger and green tea
  • The health benefits of a "news fast" and other mood lifters
  • Advice on Ayurveda, chiropractic and other alternative approaches
Host: Michael Toms      Interview Date: 8/16/1995       Program Number: 2539