Integrative Medicine Pioneer Speaks Out on Healthcare Reform

Oct 26, 02:29 PM

by Katharine Koeppen, RA

I've always been a fan of Andrew Weil, MD, and find his fusion of allopathic and alternative medicine to be sensible, intelligent, and generally well informed. Weil is a Harvard trained physician, runs the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine (University of Arizona, Tuscon), is past president of the American Holistic Medical Association, and has authored many books on integrative healing. He has been a vocal critic of our healthcare system, and recently issued a statement of patient rights and seven key recommendations toward healthcare reform:

1) Ban all direct-to-consumer advertising and marketing by Big Pharma (for more information on how this advertising has affected prescription drug use, please read my article Jagged Little Pills: America's Love Affair with Prescription Drugs).

2) Create a generously funded National Institute of Health and Healing at the NIH.

3) Create an Office of Health Promotion as part of the Department of Health and Human Services.

4) Teach both health promotion and integrative medicine at all medical schools and in all medical residency programs.

5) Require insurance companies to cover health promotion and integrative care (Amen!)

6) Establish an Office of Health Education within the U.S. Department of Education.

7) Encourage all Americans to learn to take care of their health.

For more information visit the Integrator Blog.

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