At the root of the this symposium was a doctor that I started following in the late seventies.
Dr. Andrew Weil was the keynote speaker at this symposium which was the main reason I drove to downtown Charlotte. I wanted to hear him in person and ask him questions. He is a Harvard educated medical physician and has been promoting integrative medicine for over 40 years, long before it was accepted by the modern medical community.
He believes, as I do, that it takes both modern medicine and alternative medicine to treat the whole person and not just the symptom. I will be showing you photos and slides that show this in real life during this month. The combination is saving lives.
Novant Health is a local medical health group that is leading the way in Integrative Health. I personally think it's about time. The medical community is finally accepting the fact that to effectively heal a person, you have to consider more than just pills, injections, and surgery. It takes nutrition, physical therapies, and counseling, among other things.
For the 40 years that Dr. Weil has been advocating integrating modern medicine and alternative medicine, 30 years of that 40 years he was considered an "out-there", "new age", and "radical" doctor.
Now 40 years later, he is considered an expert, leader, and pioneer. I knew this all along, even from the seventies. Why did it take the professional medical community so long to come to this realization? Because of the money involved in pills, injections, and surgeries. Treat the symptoms, not the cause. That has been the basis for "practicing" medicine for decades.
Dr. Weil is a Harvard graduate and a licensed medical physician. He has published several great books on aging, health, and living. If you want to read more about him, you can find information here:
I hope that the information I share over the next few weeks will help you learn how to become an active partner in your health care. I hope that the information I share will open your eyes to new treatments and that you make more informed decisions when it comes to your health.
Please share your thoughts on Integrative Medicine. Share your thoughts on Dr. Weil or any other doctor you feel is a leader in this area of medicine. Share so that we may all be more informed about our health choices.