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In his #1 New York Times bestsellers Spontaneous Healing and Eight Weeks to Optimum Health, Dr. Andrew Weil opened our eyes to the body's wondrous ability to heal itself naturally. And after the tremendous response he received from countless readers, he launched the Web site "Ask Dr. Weil" (www.drweil.com), which is the HotWired Network's top-rated program on the Internet. Now, in this comprehensive edition of the complete Ask Dr. Weil book series, he offers guidance on the issues that matter to us most, including
How can I fight PMS naturally?
What are the best methods of birth control?
Which herbs help hot flashes?
Your Top Health Concerns
Am I a chocoholic?
Is there help for chronic fatigue syndrome?
Does red wine really help my heart?
What is the best cure for a hangover?
What can I do to stop snoring?
What is the best treatment for a bee sting?
How can I fight Lyme disease?
Is there a natural cure for bad breath?
Can I fight depression without drugs?
What is the best way to quit smoking?
Does an aspirin a day keep the doctor away?
Is decaf healthier?
Whether you are eager to learn about the best path to recovery from illness or hoping to enhance your overall well-being, Dr. Weil's expert advice will gently guide you toward the healthier, fuller life you deserve.
About the Author
Andrew Weil, M.D. has worked for the National Institute of Mental Health and for fifteen years was a Research Associate in Ethnopharmacology at the Harvard Botanical Museum. He has traveled extensively throughout the world collecting information about the medicinal properties of plants, altered states of consciousness, and healing. He has written for the New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Nature, The New England Journal of Medicine, and other national publications. He is under constant demand to lecture and appear on radio and television. He is currently Associate Director of the Division of Social Perspectives in Medicine, and Director of the Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona in Tucson, where he practices natural and preventive medicine.
Date of Birth:June 8, 1942
Place of Birth:Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Education:B.A. in Biology, Harvard University, 1964; M.D., Harvard Medical School, 1968
Read an Excerpt
A little over two years ago I got on the information superhighwayas it was called thenwith the launch of my interactive health program on the World Wide Web, "Ask Dr. Weil." The concept was both deceptively simple and revolutionary. From the outset, I took questions from readers like you and answered them daily on the Web. In the first week the program was "live," we got about 1,000 questions. By the last count we are getting about 60,000 questions a month from viewers like you.
That's the simple part!
At the end of each question, the program staff starts a discussion topicknown a "message board" by my Internet readerswhere you, other professionals, and I talk and argue about the issues of the day. Topics ranged from the fairly sedate ("Best remedies for a cold?") to the hotly contested ("Is caffeine an addictive drug?"). What I like most about the message boardsand what I think you do, toois the opportunity to break down the walls between physician and patient. And the information flow is not just one-way. I learn from you, too. Over the past two years, readers have made me aware of new remedies, therapies, and healthy foods....
More than that, the Web site is a far-reaching yet close-knit community of people like you, who are taking an active role in staying healthy and who believe in my approach to health, wellness, and medicine. For me, this kind of real interactivitynot the bells and whistles kind you usually read aboutis what makes "Ask Dr. Weil" so revolutionary....
The book you're holding is a compilation of the Q&As that have appeared on the Web site. All of the questions contained in these pages came directly from readers. I think we've pretty much covered the health world from A to Z (or from abs to zinc). You'll find questions and answers here about natural remedies, common illnesses, women's health, diet and nutrition, mind-body science, and more.
You may have more questions. In that case, I urge you to visit us on-line at www.drweil.com. Once you're there it's easy to ask me a question. Basically you type it into a form, tell us who you are (or be anonymous) and...click. Your question is on its way to me.
Continued good luck and good health to you as you work toward optimum health in your life.
Andrew Weil, M.D.