8 Weeks to Optimum Health: A Proven Program for Taking Full Advantage of Your Body's Natural Healing Power

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Random House Publishing Group, Jul 17, 2013 - Health & Fitness - 320 pages
Now expanded and updated–the #1 New York Times bestselling book in which one of America’s most brilliant doctors shares his famous program for improving and protecting your health

Eight Weeks to Optimum Health lays out Dr. Andrew Weil’s famous week-by-week, step-by-step plan that will keep your body’s natural healing system in peak working order. It covers diet, exercise, lifestyle, stress, and environment–all aspects of daily living that affect health and well-being. This revised edition includes the most up-to-date findings on such vital subjects as cholesterol, antioxidants, trans fats, toxic residues in the food supply, soy products, and vitamins and supplements, together with a greatly enhanced source list of information and supplies. Inside you will learn how to

• develop eating habits for greater health and well-being
• start an effective exercise program based on walking and stretching
• work with breathing patterns to decrease stress and improve energy
• solve sleeping problems
• eliminate toxins from your diet
• minimize environmental hazards in your daily life

Plus–programs tailored to the specific needs of pregnant women, senior citizens, overweight people, and those at risk for cancer.

“If there is a heaven, sixtysomething Weil is headed there, but if he practices what he preaches, probably not for some time yet.”
– London Times

“Dr. Andrew Weil is an extraordinary phenomenon.”
The Washington Post
 

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User Review  - GlennBell - LibraryThing

Dr. Weil takes a wholistic approach to health care. This book provides stories of health, recipes, suggested supplements, and changes to lifestyle. He provides an outline for improving health through eight weeks of progressive changes and experiments such as fruit or water fasts. Read full review

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The book is great however it arrived as though the pages still needed to be trimmed! I have purchased before from this site and this was not the case. Read full review

Contents

An Overview of Health and Healing
16
Defying a Prognosis
25
Why Eight Weeks?
37
WEEK
47
7
117
WEEK FIVE
123
The Power of Ginger
138
WEEK SEVEN 16 1
161
I4 For Those Over Age Fifty
209
I6 For Those Under Age Twenty
216
I8 For Women 2 24
225
2O For Parents of Young Children
233
For Those Who Travel Frequently
244
For Those at Risk for Cardiovascular Disease
255
For Those at Risk for Cancer
261
Acknowledgments
267

The Power of Intimacy
175
I3 WEEK NINE AND BEYond
196
Peripheral Neuropathy
203
Notes
281
Index
293
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About the author (2013)

Andrew Weil, MD, is a world-renowned leader and pioneer in the field of integrative medicine, a healing-oriented approach to health care that encompasses body, mind, and spirit. His newest book, Fast Food, Good Food, was released in 2015. Combining a Harvard education and a lifetime of practicing natural and preventive medicine, Dr. Weil is the founder and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona Health Sciences Center, where he is also a clinical professor of medicine and a professor of public health, as well as the Lovell-Jones Endowed Chair of Integrative Rheumatology. Dr. Weil received both his medical degree and his undergraduate AB degree in biology (botany) from Harvard University. Dr. Weil is a New York Times bestselling author and internationally recognized expert for his views on leading a healthy lifestyle, his philosophy of healthy aging, and his critique of the future of medicine and health care. Approximately ten million copies of Dr. Weil's books have been sold, including Spontaneous Healing8 Weeks to Optimum HealthEating Well for Optimum HealthThe Healthy KitchenHealthy Aging, and Why Our Health Matters. He is the editorial director of DrWeil.com, the leading Web resource for healthy living based on the philosophy of integrative medicine.

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