Andrew Weil, M.D. - Eating Well for Optimum Health (2000)

Mvid. December 10, 2010 by oneagain.

Andrew Weil, M.D. - Eating Well for Optimum Health (2000)
English | AVI | XVID 1077 kbps 29.97 fps | 464 x 352 | MP3 104 kbps 48 KHz Stereo | 1h22mns | 699 MB
Genre: Documentary

Dr. Andrew Weil, a trained botanist (undergrad at Harvard university) and a medical doctor (Harvard Med school), states that he never practice conventional medicine, but instead "integrated medicine", program director of integrated medicine at University of Arizona, and is involved in teaching doctors about nutrition. Interest: food, health, and cooking, and how other cultures have viewed these areas.

Main goals of this program are:

1) Basic Facts of Human Nutrition
2) Dispel Confusion and Myths
3) Importance of Carbohydrates, Proteins, Fats
4) How to Read Labels (and be better shoppers)
5) How to Enjoy Preparing Food
6) How to Recognized Unhealthy Diets
7) How to Plan an Optimum Diet

Principles of Eating Well:

a) One has to eat to live (food is fuel for our metabolic bodies).
b) Plants capture solar energy.
c) Plants provide energy for animals.
d) Eating is a major source of pleasure ("food has a tremendous power to change behavior") and "not all of us respond to food the same way" (and can sometimes become a source for addictive behavior - eating immoderately and addictively).
e) Healthy food gives you Pleasure!
f) Eating is important in social interaction (word "companion" in Latin means "bread"; Japanese for "intimate companion" is one who eats rice from the same bowl). How we eat reflects and defines our personal and cultural identity.
g) How we eat is one determinant of health. Eating is not the only determinant of health. Eating is important because one has total control over it.
h) Nutritional medicine
a. Designing an Optimum Diet.
b. Treating specific diseases with dietary change.

Seven key areas of lifestyle that Dr. Weil thinks are important:

i) Know what Foods to Eat
ii) Dietary Supplements and their use
iii) How to Relax (what one does to neutralize and reduce stress) ... Breathing technique, Meditation
iv) Exercise and Physical Activity (intense isolated workouts not the most useful form of activity but rather the sum total activity throughout a day)
v) "Connectedness" ("believes that living in isolation promotes illness")
vi) Enjoy Work and Play (and attitudes toward work)
vii) Adequate Rest (sleep of adequate amount and quality)
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