Friday, September 11, 2009

Andrew Weil’s recommendations for effective, accessible, and affordable health care in America

Andrew Weil, M.D., a leader in alternative medicine, appeared yesterday on CNN’s Larry King Show.

51HVZIPVG8L._SL500_AA240_ Weil discussed his new book “Why Our Health Matters: A Vision of Medicine That Can Transform Our Future.”

Weil brought out a number of important issues that have been missing from the loud and long health care reform debate.

He said the entire medical system in America is based on disease management with costly interventions.

Low-tech, less expensive solutions – such as diet, exercise, and mind-body connections – should be emphasized, Weil added.

He recommends integrative medicine be taught in medical schools and used throughout America, adding integrative medicine has outcomes as good or better then conventional medicine.

In addition to taking over the education in medical schools, the pharmaceutical companies have power over members of Congress, Weil said. They’ve blocked discounts for prescription drugs for those with Medicare.

The drug companies have changed the American medical system so that people think the only way to treat disease is with drugs, he said. In the mid 20th century, health care got mixed up with big money, and health care is seen as an industry. It belongs to people who don’t want to see it changed, he said, adding they’re making “rivers” of money.

Here are changes that Weil urges consumers to demand immediately:

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