Dr. Andrew Weil Is The Medical Mystic

JUN 7, 202191 MIN
The Rich Roll Podcast

Dr. Andrew Weil Is The Medical Mystic

JUN 7, 202191 MIN


The godfather of integrative medicine and a true pioneer of health, today’s guest is a legend in the realm of mind-body healing.

Meet Dr. Andrew Weil.

Named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by TIME Magazine (among a zillion other accolades), Dr. Weil is a New York Times bestselling author of 15 books, the founder and director of the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, and a man who’s spent the last 50+ years studying and evangelizing holistic wellness, under-appreciated healing modalities, medicinal plants, and the reform of medical education.

As an entrepreneur, he is the founder of matcha tea brand Matcha Kari and a partner in True Food Kitchen, a chain of healthy food restaurants located all across the U.S.

Dr. Weil has occupied a space in my consciousness for as long as I can remember. However, it wasn’t until I read Michael Pollan’s book How To Change Your Mind that I began to more fully appreciate the vast extent to which Dr. Weill has served as integrative medicine’s greatest pioneer.

the legacy of integrative medicine can be traced to Dr. Weil’s breadth of this man’s contribution to introducing and mainstreaming so many ideas and practices he has been advocating since the 70’s.

A long-time advocate of simple practices like breath work and healthy eating decades prior to it being vogue, Dr. Weil’s storied legacy also includes the evidence-based study of clinical applications for psychedelics, and marijuana. The nutritional properties of mushrooms. And the advisability of a variety of other alternative healing modalities that, back in the day, were considered anathema and ridiculed by the medical establishment.

Simply put, integrative medicine would exist as it does today without the path courageously blazed by Dr. Weil.

Today we explore this man’s extraordinary life. Counter-culture days at Harvard. And his convictions as a healer.

We talk psychedelics, funghi, food and breath—and the best practices you can adopt to sidestep chronic lifestyle disease and thrive.

We also explore what’s wrong with medical education. How to change it. And his quest to completely reinvent health care.

To read more click here. You can also watch our exchange on YouTube. And as always, the podcast streams wild and free on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.

This was a fun one. I learned a ton, and I know you will too.

Final note: Dr. Weil was gracious enough to offer all of you a 15% discount on his Matcha Kari matcha tea. Let it be known this is not a sponsored thing, he’s just being a mensch. To avail yourself of this act of kindness visit matcha.com and use code RICH15 at checkout.

This is a glorious conversation with one of the most wildly fascinating individuals of our time. I was honored to host it and more proud to share it.

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