The Barnes & Noble Review
For more than 25 years, the internationally renowned and bestselling author of Spontaneous Healing and Eight Weeks to Optimum Health, Dr. Andrew Weil, has worked to transform the way we think about diet, nutrition, health, and healing. In his Integrative Medicine audiobook, he shows how he has been working to transform the face of modern medical practice, introducing us to a group of groundbreaking physicians who are integrating conventional and alternative traditions to pave the way for the future of medicine.
Recorded before a live audience, Integrative Medicine affords you the experience of attending a seminar without having to leave your home, with open and candid talks given by Dr. Weil and five physicians working with him at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. Each segment explores a different area of integrative medicine, including a discussion of the role of medical education by Dr. Weil, who explains the factors that have driven the cost of health care through the roof and have created a climate in which physicians and patients alike are searching for new alternatives to costly, high-tech treatments.
Dr. Weil asserts this much-needed departure is not strictly "alternative" medicine but rather a process that involves studying both conventional and alternative practices, finding what works in each, and discovering new ways of bringing them together -- hence the term "integrative medicine." Rather than focusing on disease, as is the trend with contemporary medicine, integrative medicine focuses on healing -- specifically, the body's ability to heal itself -- and its practices are born of an understanding that health and illness are not in opposition but rather relate to each other as "yin and yang." In their talks, Dr. Weil's colleagues address different elements of integrative medicine, including nutrition and botanical and Chinese medicine. Emphasis is given to the relationship between the mind and the body with regard to well-being, and the audiobook includes a guided meditation and guided imagery in which listeners can participate to discover their own physical and spiritual connection.
Above all, Dr. Weil's Integrative Medicine audiobook is extremely accessible and comes complete with a study guide outlining the ideas and information discussed in each of the talks, a workbook to help you assess your own health, and recommended reading lists from each of the doctors. There is also a recorded Q&A session in which Dr. Weil addresses some commonly asked questions, including how to locate a dependable integrative medical practitioner in your area. And for anyone who is accustomed to listening to audiobooks on tape, the CD format of Integrative Medicine is ideal, for each discussion is contained on its own track, making it easy to return to the talks you found most interesting and refer back to information you might have missed.
When it comes to weeding through the mixed messages about health and nutrition flooding the media, perhaps no authority is better known and respected than Dr. Andrew Weil. In Integrative Medicine, Dr. Weil introduces you to other doctors working to change the course of contemporary medicine and invites you to join them in their fascinating glimpse of the future. (Elise Vogel)