Dr Oz brought Dr Andrew Weil, Alternative Health All Star, on his show to discuss how he transforms American medicine by integrating alternative therapies. Dr Weil also gave Dr Oz an Anti-Inflammatory Diet plan for us to follow. Traditional medicine does not have all of the answers, so Doctor Oz always seems to be looking for hidden secrets from around the world to live a longer, healthier and happier life. These revolutions in medicine could change our lives.
Dr Weil is often called the Guru of Alternative Medicine, but he says that he is just a physician and teacher… very modest man! Weil said that going through medical school, he never learned anything about prevention and maintenance of health. By the age of 28, he was overweight and started walking, doing meditation and quit eating meat. He also began studying healing techniques in other cultures, some of which were great but others were total medical nonsense. At the end of the day, nobody has all of the answers. Weil started writing about his findings in the 1970′s and 1980′s but was totally ignored. Now he is highly followed and sought after for Alternative Medicine solutions. Dr Weil runs the Program in Integrative Medicine which discuses how to eat, exercise, and handle stress. Your body is capable of healing itself if you do the right things. One day, Weil hopes to drop the word “integrative” in Integrative Medicine and to just call it good medicine practice!
Dr Weil told Dr Oz that if you have Optimal Health, then you are really healthy and can move through life without getting infections, allergies from allergens, and you can even interact with toxins and not be harmed. Dr Oz asked him why he talks about Healthy Aging vs Anti-Aging. Dr Weil said there is no such thing as Anti-Aging because you cannot stop or reverse aging, you just have to accept aging. The really important goal is how to maintain health and feel good as you go through life. So Dr Weil put together an optimal plan of foods and supplements that we can take to naturally reduce the risk of disease in 3 critical organs: your brain, lungs and heart.
Dr Oz & Dr Weil: Dementia & Alzheimer’s Alternative Treatments
1. Black Cod, Butterfish or Sable Fish for Brain Health
Dr Weil said that Black Cod (also sometimes called Butterfish or Sable Fish) have more omega 3′s than salmon and taste great. Dr Oz said Black Cod tastes similar to Chilean Sea Bass. I just wonder how much mercury Black Cod has. I will look into this! (UPDATE: I did a bit of research, and sure enough, my memory did not fail me! Black Cod is extremely high in mercury and it is not recommended that women or children eat it more than once a week. I read about it years ago in the NY Times article here.)
2. Blueberries for Brain Health
Dr Weil said that blueberries help supply your brain with antioxidants that can reduce the damage from a stroke and also can reduce brain injury. Dr Oz is always talking about how great blueberries are too.
3. Acetyl L-Carnitine & Alpha Lipoic Acid for Brain Health
Acetyl L-Carnitine & Alpha Lipoic Acid helps to protect your brain and is something that Dr Weil said he takes every day. You can get Acetyl L-Carnitine & Alpha Lipoic Acid online for $15. Dr Oz said that he had not previously heard much about Acetyl L-Carnitine & Alpha Lipoic Acid, but that he did some research and found that it helps to turn on a growth factor in your brain.
4. Low Temperature Cooking for Brain Health
Dr Weil said that high temperature cooking causes chemical changes that are dangerous for your body. Instead, steam food or do low temperature cooking, which is much healthier and gives you much less inflammation in your body. You definitely want to avoid cooking things until they get very brown or black. Dr Oz also mention that you slow down the making of the chemicals that are bad for you by putting something acidic, like lemon juice, onto your food before cooking it.
Dr Oz & Dr Weil: Lung Disease Alternative Treatments
Here are three things that Dr Weil mentioned can help prevent Lung Disease:
1. Beta Carotene Rich Foods for Lung Disease
Dr Weil said that beta carotene rich foods have Carotenoids and are found in vegetables that are red, orange and yellow, as well as dark leafy greens. These foods have protective antioxidants that protect your lungs from toxins and pollution.
2. Zhu Ling for Lung Disease
Dr Weil said that Zhu Ling is a medicinal mushroom from China that is non-toxic and very useful for treating Lung Disease, as well as slowing down Lung Cancer.
3. HEPA Filter for Lung Disease
Dr Weil and Dr Oz spoke about how a HEPA Filter helps to screen out everything from your air, except for very tiny particles that are generally not dangerous. HEPA filters are great for people with Asthma, if you like in a smoggy area, or if there is a smoker in your home. Dr Weil told Dr Oz that if you are only going to have one HEPA filter in a home, you should put it in your bedroom.
Dr Oz & Dr Weil: Heart Disease Alternative Treatments
To reduce Heart Disease, Dr Weil suggested the following things:
1. Garlic for Heart Disease
Dr Weil said that garlic helps to lower blood pressure and cholesterol, plus it can help to fight off cancer. Eat 1-2 cloves of garlic daily.
2. CoQ10 for Heart Disease
Dr Weil said that CoQ10 is a natural compound made in our bodies, but that you can also take as a supplement. You should look for the soft gel form of CoQ10 and take it with a large meal because you need fat in your system to digest CoQ10.
Dr Oz asked Dr Weil what vitamins, supplements and pills he takes every day. Dr Weil said that he takes a multivitamin, CoQ10, 2 baby aspirin, and a Mixed Mushroom Formula every day. Plus he eats well, which always helps!