Andrew Weil, MD, is a practitioner and educator of integrative medicine, medicinal herbs and mind-body interactions, according to WebMD. The goal of Weil’s Program in Integrative Medicine is to transform health care using scientific studies and biomedicine, while also acknowledging the healing power of nature and the complexity of human beings.
Dr. Andrew Weil received his medical degree from Harvard University, and is currently a clinical professor of internal medicine at the Program in Integrative Medicine, or PIM, at the University of Arizona in Tucson, reports WebMD. Dr. Weil found PIM in 1994 and is the current director, as of 2015. In support of Weil’s goal to strengthen the role of integrative medicine within the health care field and to train physicians in integrative medicine practices, PIM offers fellowship training programs, an NIH-supported research group and a clinic. The nonprofit Weil Foundation works to change the way health care professionals are trained, provides information to the public about health and nutrition, performs research in the field of integrative medicine applications, and works to reform public health care policies.
Weil is a best-selling author and the creator of the anti-inflammatory diet, a plan that restricts animal proteins and emphasizes whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, notes WebMD. Beans and soy products are recommended protein sources on the diet, while processed food and hydrogenated oils are prohibited, tea is preferred over coffee, and red wine and dark chocolate with at least 70 percent cocoa are allowed in moderation.