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Dr. Weil on the development of integrative medicine in modern practice

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • Integrative medicine is the solution to the desperate problems and complications of chronic degenerative disease experienced in the U.S. Conventional medicine is really ineffective when it comes to these issues
  • We need to elect representatives who are not beholden to the vested interests that want the health care system to go on as it is. Vested interests are profiting greatly from the present system and are blocking the implementation of more effective and less expensive strategies
  • The 4-7-8 breathing technique Dr. Andrew Weil teaches activates your parasympathetic nervous system, which improves your heart rate variability, improves digestion and blood circulation and lowers high blood pressure
  • About 50% of 80-year-olds have sarcopenia (loss of muscle mass). One of the key prevention strategies for sarcopenia is to stay active and use your muscles as much as possible. This is also why strength training is so highly recommended for seniors
  • The University of Arizona is committed to making integrative medicine a top priority. The Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine is getting a building on campus and will open the first integrative medicine primary care clinic there in Tucson in 2020

Dr. Andrew Weil, director of the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, is one of the true pioneers of this field, having advocated holistic approaches to health for about 50 years.

"I was always interested in science and biology," Weil says, and "I have a lifelong interest in plants … that led me to be a botany major at Harvard as an undergraduate and started me on a career interest in medicinal plants."

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