andrew weil kevin rose coronavirus covid-19

Alternative Medicine, Prevention, and Healthcare – Dr. Andrew Weil on Collective Insights

Check out the Collective Insights Podcast Page

Key Takeaways

  • “We don’t have a healthcare system in this country; we have a disease-management system. It’s functioning very imperfectly and getting worse by the minute.” – Andrew Weil 
  • “The business of the doctor is to distract the patient while time does the healing”Andrew Weil
  • The 4-7-8 Breathing Exercise (perfect for stress-reduction):
    • Let all the air out through your mouth, breathe in quietly through your nose for a count of 4, hold your breath for a count of 7, and blow air forcibly out for a count of 8
    • Repeat for 4 cycles
  • With a good diet, proper sleep, and adequate exercise, the body can heal itself of nearly anything

Intro

How Andrew Became Interested in Alternative Healing Methods

  • Although Dr. Weil studied medicine in school, during his early years, he dropped out of the practice and began to make his living as a writer
    • ”I really learned nothing about how to keep people well which I think should be the main business of doctors” – Andrew Weil 
    • During this time, Andrew made an effort to learn about alternative medical systems and other ways of healing

Alternative Medicine

  • An important lesson that took Dr. Weil some time to learn: No amount of ideology moves institutions, but when their pockets start to get squeezed, their minds begin to open up 
    • When healthcare costs started to get out of control, that’s when academic institutions began exploring alternative, more affordable, forms of medicine
  • Conventional medicine is certainly good for some scenarios, such as trauma, but alternative medicine is superior for treating chronic diseases (since the cause is usually lifestyle-related)
  • “We don’t have a healthcare system in this country; we have a disease-management system. It’s functioning very imperfectly and getting worse by the minute.” – Andrew Weil 
    • The U.S. spends more on healthcare per capita than any other country, yet we still don’t have the best outcome – the World Health Organization ranks the U.S. 38th globally, which is on par with Serbia.
      • Our healthcare system “is going to sink us economically” 

Health Tips

  • Preventing diseases is better than treating diseases, but: “The problem is… prevention doesn’t pay” – Andrew Weil 
  • Dr. Weil follows his anti-inflammatory diet
    • It mostly consists of fruits and vegetables
  • Andrew also recommends drinking matcha green tea (Disclaimer: He owns a matcha company – Matcha Kari)
    • The best matcha comes from Japan (avoid matcha from China!)
  • Exercise daily
    • Dr. Weil tries to swim every day
  • Prioritize sleep!
  • Try to unplug from electronic devices during the evening
  • Having a connection with a companion animal can benefit your physical and mental well-being
    • When holding a gaze with a dog, you experience a release of oxycontin
  • Sating connected with others is also important for optimal health
    • Volunteer for charities or community events, reach out to old friends, etc.

The 4-7-8 Breathing Exercise

  • Stress management is an essential part of optimal health
  • Breathing exercises are a great way to reduce stress
    • Dr. Weil recommends the “4-7-8 breathing routine” – Here’s how you do it:
      • Let all the air out through your mouth, breathe in quietly through your nose for a count of 4, hold your breath for a count of 7, and blow air forcibly out for a count of 8
        • Repeat for 4 cycles

Problems with The Healthcare System

  • We need to shift from disease-management to health-promotion
    • The big question is: How do we convince people who pay for healthcare that it’s in their best interest to pay for integrated treatment?
      • People happily pay for drugs, but won’t/don’t pay for their doctors to talk to them about diet or exercise!
  • Another big problem:
    • Most of the money from healthcare goes to pharmaceutical companies, insurance providers, and manufacturers of medical devices. They then spend that money to get certain politicians elected (those who will look out for their best interests).
      • “Until that gets changed, there is no hope” – Andrew Weil 
      • There needs to be a grass-roots type of movement – people need to start electing political officials who will look out for THEIR best interests, not those of big corporations 

Thoughts on Psychedelics

  • Dr. Weil has been writing about the psychedelics since the 1960s
    • “They’re very safe physically… Their dangers are psychological.” Andrew Weil
  • As psychedelics become legal, a whole new class of trained medical professionals will be needed to guide patients on their journies
  • Many people who take psychedelics are wasting their potential
    • These drugs have incredible transformative powers, but people are wasting them by taking them at parties 
  • When Dr. Weil was 28, he took LSD for the first time – that one trip cured him of his cat allergies 
    • Allergies are a learned response from the immune system: “Anything that can be learned can be unlearned” – Andrew Weil

Additional Notes

  • Dr. Weil is a big fan of naturopathic medicine
  • If Dr. Weil could have dinner with anyone in the world he would pick Elon Musk
    • What would he discuss? – The possibility of life being a computer simulation
  • People need to be more confident in the body’s ability to heal itself
    • “I’m just constantly amazed by the healing potential of the human organism” – Andrew Weil
  • “The business of the doctor is to distract the patient while time does the healing”Andrew Weil
  • Dr. Weil owns True Food Kitchen
Collective Insights : , , , , , ,
Notes By Alex Wiec

More Notes on these topics

Top Insights and Tactics From

31 Best Podcasts of All Time

FREE when you join over 12,000 subscribers to the
Podcast Notes newsletter

No Thanks