Andrew Weil, MD

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It is broken beyond repair. In essence, we don't have a health care system here in the disease management system and it's very dysfunctional and what's said is that the majority of that disease is preventable because is related to the lifestyles choices about how people live unless we can shift that vast enterprise of disease management and direction of health promotion and prevention, and figure out how to make that pay.

I don't see we can do I think we are going down integrated medicine is the medicine of the future, it's the medicine people want it is the medicine more and more doctors practice it's first [xx] medicine that focuses on the body's innate mechanism of healing, secondly it looks at patients as whole persons so not just physical bodies.

It also looks at all aspects of lifestyles and try to defend diseases and illness. And places great because it's only the relationship between the practitioner and the patients which is seen as crucial to the healing process. And then we're going to use any treatments that works as long as they don't cause problems so the first part of the solution is shifting this whole enterprising direction of health promotion and disease prevention and that is ESA focus on life span extending how lifestyle choices impact health but there's a very practical issue there which is that how does a society encourage people to make better rather than wise choices in lifestyle that's doesn't have any easy answer, for instance you have a government on one hand telling people to eat more fruits and vegetables and on the other hand who through which is a program for Federal subsides to agriculture making the most unhealthy foods cheap and most  unavailable.

We've got things really out of alignment there I think if I'm going to have a healthier society, governments, individuals and private sectors all will have to put this same direction. This is not solely made on individual choice. At the moment, I think lots of thing have stack people to started making the right choices.

The only way this is them changes I think is through education through a raising of consciousness through enough people getting arouse to  most of these tissues to start at grass root movements that changes the balance of the protocol power. I see people who are well and they come for preventable health counseling.

I can Iook at their family history, but maybe in the near future we'll look at their genome as well. In the part of history we spot some of he risks, we look at the life styles choices they're making and we tell them to treat that in a better direction. There is little actually when it comes to this mainly because they're not paid for.

Now, as much that we talk about prevention, that's not where we put our money. And the practical obstacle to making changes to us your priority for reimbursement that what insuring space for is for procedure for diagnostic test for giving drugs, it's not for pay for doctors table with the patient and talk about how you eat or teach them on breathing exercise to relax or get them advice product that is not paid for.

If I get some summarize everything I know about nutrition in one sentence just stop eating refined processed and manufacture foods it's that easy. That is what changed drastically in my lifetime I grew up in the late 1940's and 1950's and my family always sat down to two meals a day that was cooked room scratch diet first then I would say physical activity.

There is overwhelming sign of governance of benefits of regular physical activity throughout lifeT that doesn't mean working out of your personal trainers were in marathons, that means moving your body and I'm along more convinced that the best form of physical activist is call functional exercise which is using the body in the way it was designed for.

So that's walking, lifting, carrying that's what people have done throughout history, that's what people do in societies where no health is much better  than ours. [xx] I would say is yes. I think everyone's needs to to learn and practice some methods of neutralizing harmful effects of stress. Yes, there is some enormous shortage of common sense but this is I say this is the medicine that people want but I think the great promise today is that it is the medicine that`s cost the I think it is really the solution to the health care crisis.

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