Geek Health Questions Answered by Dr. Weil

by | Jan 27, 2010

Dr. Andrew Weil is the father of integrative medicine and has one of the most sane and straightforward healthy eating programs available. Here he sat down with Kevin Rose and answered an extensive range of geek health questions asked by Twitter users.

The question I was most curious about is the role of dairy in health. I have done countless hours of research on potential links between dairy and prostate cancer, type 1 diabetes, osteoporosis, asthma and other problems, and was happy to see Dr. Weil’s interpretation of the data is very similar to mine (very little is conclusive). He also adds an interesting aside on the importance of Mongolian cows that you shouldn’t miss.

Other topics covered include the potential dangers of soda and energy drinks, the risks and benefits of soy, which supplements are worthwhile, the best sources of antioxidants, how much vitamin D is necessary, the importance of fish oil, the deal with cellphone radiation, screen time and eye problems, tea, chocolate, low-carb diets, depression and those “fancy detox kits.”

It’s an incredibly informative video and definitely worth a half hour of your time.

And don’t forget to follow @drweil and @kevinrose on Twitter.


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12 Responses to “Geek Health Questions Answered by Dr. Weil”

  1. Kevin says:

    Thanks for posting the video, love the site!

  2. Allison Boomer, M.P.H., R.D. says:

    Hi Daryo,
    As a professional nutritionist, I like Dr. Weil a lot. My concern is whether people who don’t have a scientific background find his dietary recommendations confusing or too complex? I think it’s most useful for people to think about eating FOOD not nutrients.
    Allison Boomer, M.P.H., R.D.

    • Darya Pino says:

      Hi Allison,

      Generally that is something I’m very concerned about, but I think Dr. Weil does a good job of focusing on whole foods with the science being more like supplemental information. But yes, definitely food is the place to focus our attention.


  3. Ana says:

    What is the name of the last tea they were talking about? I’m not a native English speaker and I tried replaying that part a few times but I just can’t figure out its name, haha.

  4. Matt Shook says:

    A very good overview of some of the most common health questions…I can’t say I disagree with him on any of his points! I particularly enjoyed his views on the quality of teas and the use of turmeric in recipes. I wonder how similar his “anti-inflammatory” diet is to the anti-inflammatory “diet” used by naturopathic doctors (to develop a baseline to discover food allergies)? His diet seemed more like a diet that one would use regularly while the naturopathic version is simply a temporary experiment not intended for long term use.

  5. Jim Purdy says:

    Dairy? Not a big problem for me, but cold milk, milk shakes, or ice cream cause me to have a lot of throat mucus buildup, causing me to clear me throat a lot. Lactose intolerance, maybe?

    Soda? I drink lots of Diet Coke. I suspect the aspartame is dissolving my brain, but I’m addicted. It’s hard to quit.

    Cell phones? I don’t feel comfortable with them. Whatever brain cells don’t get melted by the aspartame will probably get fried by my cell phone.

    Tea? Too much of it, and I get chest pain and rapid heartbeat.

    I guess I should live on a diet of broccoli and water.

    But my water bottles have BPA.

    I’m doomed.

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  6. Lori says:

    Excellent interview. The dairy issue is so interesting and I would have to agree. I stopped dairy even though it was local and organic and my sinus and skin have cleared up. Also, I think its interesting that only a few cultures ours included continue to drink milk after we are weaned from our mothers milk.

    I love this site, thank you for the very this informative and well written information.

  7. baahar says:

    Just came across this video. Thanks for sharing !! Being a geek myself, I loved how they addressed questions relevant for geeks 🙂

    Getting no sun is probably my main issue too. And it gives me a headache to think of all the things I have to get with my diet. It seems that I have to be eating all day long to get everything the body needs. I guess I have to sit down and make a weekly plan.

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