Stress Reduction, Psychedelics and Breathwork: Exploring Integrative Medicine

Stress Reduction, Psychedelics and Breathwork: Exploring Integrative Medicine

The Science of Stress, Breathing Exercises and Psychedelics

Dr. Andrew Weil has been exploring solutions to the epidemic of chronic disease for over 45 years. He played a key role in legitimizing the integrative approach to medicine. We’re delighted to have him on the show with his wealth of knowledge to discuss the foundations of health as follows:

  • The anti-inflammatory diet
  • Health benefits of matcha
  • Breathing Exercises: Why daily practice matters
  • Science of the impact of social connections on health
  • The role of politics in changing our medical system for the better
  • Therapeutic use of psychedelics
  • Importance of cooking at home
  • Cold water therapy, digital detox practices, and more

Dr. Weil shares that the body knows how to heal. Listen in to learn how to support the natural healing processes of your body. 

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Guest Bio:
Andrew Weil was born in Philadelphia in 1942, received an A.B. degree in biology (botany) from Harvard in 1964 and an M.D. from Harvard Medical School in 1968. After completing a medical internship at Mt. Zion Hospital in San Francisco, he worked a year with the National Institute of Mental Health, and then wrote his first book, The Natural Mind. From 1971-75, as a Fellow of the Institute of Current World Affairs, Dr. Weil traveled widely in North and South America and Africa collecting information on drug use in other cultures, medicinal plants, and alternative methods of treating disease. From 1971-84 he was on the research staff of the Harvard Botanical Museum and conducted investigations of medicinal and psychoactive plants.

At present Dr. Weil is Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, where he also holds the Lovell-Jones Endowed Chair in Integrative Rheumatology and is Clinical Professor of Medicine and Professor of Public Health. The Center is the leading effort in the world to develop a comprehensive curriculum in integrative medicine. Graduates serve as directors of integrative medicine programs around the United States, and through its Fellowship, the Center has been training doctors and nurse practitioners for 20 years.  The Center also trains other licensed practitioners through it's 6-month IHELP program and offers residency training in family medicine, pediatrics and other specialities.

Dr. Weil is a featured speaker at the annual Nutrition and Health Conference sponsored by the Center.

Andrew Weil is the author of many scientific and popular articles and of 11 books: The Natural Mind; The Marriage of the Sun and Moon; From Chocolate to Morphine (with Winifred Rosen); Health and Healing; Natural Health, Natural Medicine; and the international bestsellers, Spontaneous Healing and 8 Weeks to Optimum Health. His most recent books are Eating Well for Optimum Health: The Essential Guide to Food, Diet, and Nutrition; The Healthy Kitchen: Recipes for a Better Body, Life, and Spirit (with Rosie Daley); and Healthy Aging: A Lifelong Guide to Your Well-Being. Why Our Health Matters: A Vision of Medicine That Can Transform Our Future appeared in 2010. Oxford University Press is currently producing the Weil Integrative Medicine Library, a series of volumes for clinicians in various medical specialties; the first of these, Integrative Oncology (co-edited with Dr. Donald Abrams) appeared in 2009. Since then, Integrative Psychiatry, Integrative Pediatrics, and Integrative Women's Health have been published.

Dr. Weil maintains a popular website, Dr. Weil.com, writes a syndicated newspaper column, "Ask Dr. Weil," and appears in video programs featured on PBS. He also writes a monthly column for Prevention magazine. Dr. Weil serves as the Director of Integrative Health and Healing at Miraval Life in Balance Resort in Catalina, Arizona. A frequent lecturer and guest on talk shows, Dr. Weil is an internationally recognized expert on medicinal plants, alternative medicine, and the reform of medical education. He lives in Tucson, Arizona.

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    From the moment you walk into the health care centre to have yourself tested, till that moment when you get the reports in your hand, your heart is palpitating. Dread fills your entire body and thoughts of your mortality plague you. The fear that your loved ones will have nobody to protect and guide them holds you hostage. And when the reports show the most dreaded word, “ CANCER “, it seems as if your entire world has come to a grinding halt. How can one accept the reality that they are afflicted by Cancer? The expensive and harsh treatments, hospital stay or visits, all amount towards the mounting bills. And then how does one break the news to their family and close ones??? Because this does not affect the person only, but all the family members and near and dear ones. Patients experience the stages of grief as derived by the Kubler-Ross Model, which are – 1. Denial, 2. Anger, 3. Bargaining. 4. Depression, and, 5. Acceptance. They arrive at this stage after a lot of doctor shopping, where the patient visits other doctors for a second and third opinion, hoping against hope that they do not have “Cancer”. Once the realization sets in and the patient has accepted their fate, as well as and managed to break the news to their loved ones, there is a lot of mental, and, emotional stress. The atmosphere in the household is tense, morose, depressing and desperate. The patient maybe economically stable, yet the cost of all the procedures and care required makes one’s head swim with worry. This can lead to mental health issues for the patient as well as the family. But all is not lost. There is hope for the patient and that is in the form of Integrative Oncology practices, which facilitate the patient to live with dignity, respect and have the best treatments accessible for their betterment. So what is Integrative Oncology? “ Integrative Oncology is a patient-centred, evidence-informed field of cancer care, that utilizes mind and body practices, natural products, and/or lifestyle modifications from different traditions, alongside conventional Cancer treatments “. To better understand it, let's simplify it. Integrative Oncology is nothing other than chalking about a treatment plan, which incorporates their clinical history, diagnosis, treatment regime, the possible effects this may have on the patient, physically as well as psychologically, the spiritual beliefs of the patient and taking into consideration their social background as well as their economic status. It is a customised treatment made exclusively for each patients taking all their needs into consideration. In India according to the board of the CAM, i.e. the complementary and alternative medicine, CAM- Cancer has the following classifications- 1. Alternative medical systems such as Ayurveda, siddha, Unani, homeopathy, etc. 2. Biologically based practices like naturopathy which uses food, vitamins and herbs to cure ailments without the use of drugs, which may have side effects. 3. Energy medicines like reiki. 4. Manipulative and body based practices, like taking an ayurvedic massage. 5. Mind, body medicine like doing yoga or meditating.
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    https://zenonco.io/integrative-oncology/ From the moment you walk into the health care centre to have yourself tested, till that moment when you get the reports in your hand, your heart is palpitating. Dread fills your entire body and thoughts of your mortality plague you. The fear that your loved ones will have nobody to protect and guide them holds you hostage. And when the reports show the most dreaded word, “ CANCER “, it seems as if your entire world has come to a grinding halt. How can one accept the reality that they are afflicted by Cancer? The expensive and harsh treatments, hospital stay or visits, all amount towards the mounting bills. And then how does one break the news to their family and close ones??? Because this does not affect the person only, but all the family members and near and dear ones. Patients experience the stages of grief as derived by the Kubler-Ross Model, which are – 1. Denial, 2. Anger, 3. Bargaining. 4. Depression, and, 5. Acceptance. They arrive at this stage after a lot of doctor shopping, where the patient visits other doctors for a second and third opinion, hoping against hope that they do not have “Cancer”. Once the realization sets in and the patient has accepted their fate, as well as and managed to break the news to their loved ones, there is a lot of mental, and, emotional stress. The atmosphere in the household is tense, morose, depressing and desperate. The patient maybe economically stable, yet the cost of all the procedures and care required makes one’s head swim with worry. This can lead to mental health issues for the patient as well as the family. But all is not lost. There is hope for the patient and that is in the form of Integrative Oncology practices, which facilitate the patient to live with dignity, respect and have the best treatments accessible for their betterment. So what is Integrative Oncology? “ Integrative Oncology is a patient-centred, evidence-informed field of cancer care, that utilizes mind and body practices, natural products, and/or lifestyle modifications from different traditions, alongside conventional Cancer treatments “. To better understand it, let's simplify it. Integrative Oncology is nothing other than chalking about a treatment plan, which incorporates their clinical history, diagnosis, treatment regime, the possible effects this may have on the patient, physically as well as psychologically, the spiritual beliefs of the patient and taking into consideration their social background as well as their economic status. It is a customised treatment made exclusively for each patients taking all their needs into consideration. In India according to the board of the CAM, i.e. the complementary and alternative medicine, CAM- Cancer has the following classifications- 1. Alternative medical systems such as Ayurveda, siddha, Unani, homeopathy, etc. 2. Biologically based practices like naturopathy which uses food, vitamins and herbs to cure ailments without the use of drugs, which may have side effects. 3. Energy medicines like reiki. 4. Manipulative and body based practices, like taking an ayurvedic massage. 5. Mind, body medicine like doing yoga or meditating.
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