Activating Your Natural Healing Systems

Episode 526 1h 9m
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When we think about optimizing health, we need to think about redesigning life in a way that supports a healthspan that matches our lifespan. That means feeling and functioning at our best until the end of a long healthy life. But sadly, most of us know more about our cars or iPhones than we do about our bodies. One of the greatest downfalls of that is that many people don’t trust our bodies’ natural ability to heal. Today on The Doctor’s Farmacy, I’m so excited to talk to an old friend and pioneer of integrative medicine whose work has guided my path as a doctor, Dr. Andrew Weil. We take a deep dive into the body’s innate healing capacity and how food is our greatest ally to support that process. Many people don’t realize that health isn’t created by our doctors—we are the ones in control. Our bodies come equipped with some pretty amazing mechanisms to heal and rebalance, but they need us to give them the right inputs to work optimally. Think about the way a cut on your finger will heal; that’s just a small example of the body’s healing systems at work. Dr. Weil and I dig into the power of food and lifestyle practices like walking, meditation, and strong social connections to positively affect our biology. At almost 80 years old, Dr. Weil looks exactly the same as he did when we met over 25 years ago and is as sharp as ever. I’m excited to learn how he leverages these areas in his own life to age so well. He also shares his favorite daily supplements, why he’s fascinated with medicinal mushrooms, the power of laughter, and so much more.

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Topics Covered

  • How studying botany at Harvard shaped Dr. Weil’s perspective in medical school and beyond


  • Activating the body’s own healing mechanisms to create health


  • Inflammation as the common root of chronic disease


  • Anti-inflammatory diet and foods


  • Understanding the mind-body connection


  • How to start incorporating healing practices into your life and your patient’s lives


  • The backwards economics of our current healthcare system


  • Staying healthy as you age


  • Dr. Weil’s daily health practices


  • Emerging research on the therapeutic effects of mushrooms


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Ep. 526 - Activating Your Natural Healing Systems