Dr. Andy Weil-Roger Mason
You surely have seen Andrew Weill's books such as Eating Well for Optimum Health, and Eight Weeks to Optimum Health in the bookstores. His publisher calls him, "the father of integrative medicine". He is the most popular natural health doctor in the world. The problem is he isn’t a natural health doctor at all. He’s a medical doctor. Anytime something is really popular the chances are its just another media promotion. A big deal is made that Andy graduated from Harvard Medical School. That really impresses a lot of people. Most people are very impressed by a graduate from Harvard with the title "Doctor”. He often writes columns magazines and sells a newsletter. He has written a long list of books on natural health and diet. So, he must be an expert on natural health, right? He is also the director of the University of Arizona Integrative Health Center.
Wrong. Let's do a reality check. Andy is and has been a obese diabetic with poor health and numerous medical conditions. The photos on his website are always 20 years old. Why in the world would you want to take health advice from an unhealthy fat man with an obvious eating disorder? Andy is obese and has high cholesterol and God-only-knows what other problems at 74 (2016). Shouldn’t he be an inspirational example of good health? Someone who doesn't practice what they preach should stop preaching. Unhealthy people shouldn’t pontificate about natural health. Why are people listening to him?
In the premiere issue of Self Healing, Weill tells you about his recommended daily supplements. He recommends Vitamin A or beta carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, selenium, B-complex, calcium, and vitamin D. That's it folks. That's Andy's supplement program. That's the whole chalupa folks! He has an entire line of overpriced run of the mill vitamins.
Folks, there are about 20 clinically prove, safe, effective, powerful, and inexpensive supplements anyone over the age of 40 should take. This is in addition to the 13 vitamins and 17 minerals you get in All Your Minerals® and Vitamins®. He recommends two minerals - selenium and calcium. Our supplement has 17 minerals including calcium, selenium, magnesium, iron, germanium, nickel, tin, cobalt, strontium, chromium, iodine, molybdenum, zinc, manganese, cesium, rubidium, copper, boron, vanadium, and silicon. He recommends four vitamins, and B-complex. You can do better with any multi-vitamin off the shelf of the drug store, since there are 13 needed vitamins.
He obviously has no idea what a real supplement program includes. What about beta-sitosterol, beta glucan, Co-Q-10, soy isoflavones, quercetin, DIM, NAC, flax oil, beta carotene, glutamine, lipoic acid, acidophilus, FOS, lecithin, PS, acetyl-L-carnitine, and glucosamine? Hasn't he ever heard of these? Seems he hasn't. He pushes “Juvenon” for $40 a 30 day supply. What do you get for $40 a month? 400 mg of lipoic acid, 1,000 mg of ALC, biotin, calcium, and phosphorous(!).
His supplements are as worthless as they are overpriced. He sells absolute junk like mushroom extracts and chondroitin. He doesn’t even refrigerate his fish oil. There is just no science or research here at all.
And what about hormones? He has a medical degree and didn't study endocrinology? He doesn't care what your hormone levels are? Hormones don't matter? He seems to have no clue that melatonin, testosterone, estrone, estradiol, estriol, progesterone, pregnenolone, T3, T4, growth hormone, and insulin are very powerful hormones that literally control your biological destiny? The fact that your basic primary hormones such as DHEA, testosterone, and melatonin fall severely fall after the age of 40 in most people, and cause us endless problems doesn't appear to interest him.
So, what is his dietary advice like? Too pitiful to bother with. He criticizes the macrobiotic diet saying it will lead to multiple nutritional deficiencies. He is well aware of macrobiotics, but prefers to eat meat, poultry, eggs, milk, and dairy products. He even denies that nightshade vegetables are harmful, and says they are good for you. He says the whole grain based diet will not reverse cancer or even strengthen your immunity! He should talk to some of our non-patients who have cured cancer, diabetes, and heart disease with macrobiotics. We won’t even waste our time with that. That’s what a Harvard education will do for you. Andy is a traditional allopathic medical doctor.
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