5.0 out of 5 stars Too bald to listen to!
If this Doctor knows so much about nutrition, how come he's bald? You may think it is genetic, as is his stocky build - but people who are not tall, thin and hairy have no business practicing medicine. He should be strong enough to overcome a few genes he picked up from his family! Why does the medical profession allow stocky bald men to earn an MD? What kind of message...
Published on March 29 2000 by Verne Robinson
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I bought this book in hopes that I would have a good reference for healthy eating. Instead, it seems more of a "commercial" for Dr. Weil.
And, his way of eating is not practical. His philosophy is to never use anything processed or from the grocery store. Fine if you live on a farm where you can organically grow your own food, but some of us live hectic...
Published on May 3 2002 by DottyG
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1.0 out of 5 stars Average Reader,
why is he promoting supplement? isn't a dangerous proposition if you are not careful. Is he catering to the supplement industry as well.
1.0 out of 5 stars More Mumbo-jumbo Medicine from "Dr." Weil,
Weil has a habit of making grand, sweeping declarations of what is "bad" and unhealthy and what is not, but never gives background or research for where he got that information - much of it which is wrong, as anyone with a little nutritional common sense will know.
Both Rosie Daley and Oprah should know better than to collaborate on this kind of fuzzy science! I've already sold my book to a used book store, and I won't make the mistake of buying his books again.
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing,
This review is from: Eating Well for Optimum Health: The Essential Guide to Food, Diet, and Nutrition (Hardcover)I bought this book in hopes that I would have a good reference for healthy eating. Instead, it seems more of a "commercial" for Dr. Weil.
And, his way of eating is not practical. His philosophy is to never use anything processed or from the grocery store. Fine if you live on a farm where you can organically grow your own food, but some of us live hectic lives in big cities. Give us advice that real humans in the 21st century can use - not something left over from the '60's.
I don't recommend this one. There are other books out there that you can buy that are more geared towards healthy eating in today's world.
1.0 out of 5 stars Obvious advice + damaged credibility = don't waste your $,
This review is from: Eating Well for Optimum Health: The Essential Guide to Food, Diet, and Nutrition (Hardcover)If you're the type of person who believes that you were Alexander the Great in a previous life, then this book may be for you. I own several books by Dr. Weil. Unfortunately, this book damages his credibility so much that it has forced me to re-evaluate my respect for his earlier work. The offending chapter is Appendix D, "The Possibility of Surviving without Eating." Dr. Weil discusses "bigu," a state in which followers of a certain qigong master can supposedly avoid food for years. Weil even quotes one of the followers, who states that she has not eaten in eight years. Now, if you believe that, I have a bridge I'd like to sell you. Weil doesn't say whether he believes or disbelieves in bigu, but he gives it enough credence by discussing it seriously that he places his other writings in doubt. It frightens me that this seemingly rational man, with a basic knowledge of science, could consider such ridiculous claims. I couldn't get past that. Maybe you can, especially if you're the sort of person who believes that pro wrestling is real or that the government is covering up the truth about the "face of Mars." Otherwise, the advice in "Eating Well . . ." is mostly decent if obvious. Chances are, you've heard most of it from your mother since you were a little kid. For example, one of Dr. Weil's big suggestions is that we eat more fruits and vegetables. Gee, I've never heard that. This is a very disappointing book from someone I used to respect.
5.0 out of 5 stars Too bald to listen to!,
This review is from: Eating Well for Optimum Health: The Essential Guide to Food, Diet, and Nutrition (Hardcover)If this Doctor knows so much about nutrition, how come he's bald? You may think it is genetic, as is his stocky build - but people who are not tall, thin and hairy have no business practicing medicine. He should be strong enough to overcome a few genes he picked up from his family! Why does the medical profession allow stocky bald men to earn an MD? What kind of message is that sending to our children? For example: who would want to get a nose job from a surgeon who inherited a hawk nose from his father? It is absurd to think that Dr. Weil is worth reading just because he is so educated, knowledgeable and articulate. So what if he has medical advice that can save your life? How can life be worth living if one is bald and 20 pounds overweight?
Doctor - grow thy hair!
2.0 out of 5 stars Alternative Health for Beginners,
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book but be aware what it isn't...,
1)It is not a "diet" book in the sense of magical ways to lose weight
2)It is not a book on "fitness" nutrition for people who want huge muscles and low body fat.
3)Health in the sense of the absence of disease, the optimum functioning of the organs of the body and a long-life has much more to do with body chemistry, blood pressure, cholersterol levels, the condition of your coronary arteries, the presence or absence of free-radical damage, etc than it does with the amount of lean muscle mass that sits on your frame or whether or not your body looks good in a bathing suit.
I make these points because many people complain the Dr. Weil doesn't look like John Bastow or the author of "Body for Life" so what can he know about "health". Get a clue!! While regular moderate exercize is related to longevity there is NO evidence that "Body for Life" types are healthier the way it really counts just because they have better looking bodies than Dr. Weill. Which do you think is healthier: a lean muscular body combined with high blood pressure, clogged arteries and a colon lined with intestinal polyps? or a body that looks pudgy in a bathing suit but with low BP, low cholesterol, clean arteries and an otherwise clean internal bill of health?
This book is about eating well for health and it is excellent. One of things I like most is that there is nothing "flaky" about it. Weill reviews what we know about nutrition from solid scientific research and is always clear to distinguish that from his own opinion about nutritional matters that may not be fully supported by current research.
Buy it and live longer.
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth reading,
Some good points Dr. Weil made were quite interesting For example he mentions that in the 1950's, scientests thought vegtable oils were healthy and they lowered the risk of a heart attack. This turned out to be false but to this day many foods still contain high amounts of this substance leading to more calories in peoples diets and more weight gain.
Another point that Dr. Weil makes is that it is not the toatal amout of fat that we have in our diets but which foods contain more of saturated fats instead.
Then he makes the point that the idea a of a balanced diet is in consistant due to the vast amout of complex foods. Because he says the best way to get good advice for a healthy diet is to ask a professional or read books not from most doctors or nureses. The reason why is that people particulary doctors get this thought is because of the poor or lack of nutritional education in America.
5.0 out of 5 stars Eating Well For Optimum Health Review,
Review by: Kehaulani Marciel
Eating well for optimum health is the concern of many Americans in today's society. The book written by author Andrew Weil is an outstanding book for obtaining optimum health. Dr. Weil draws out how exactly our body works and what our body needs to perform at its peak. Throughout the book you will learn how to improve your health, dietary advice for chronic ailments, as well as recipes to help you reach your optimum health.
2.0 out of 5 stars McDougal Redux,
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I wonder whether in the year 2015 we will have learned why some people can be healthy as vegans, and some people come alive when they up their meat intake and drop the grains and carbs. It will be great if we can stop the strident screaming. I can't rate this highly when it doesn't deliver.
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Eating Well for Optimum Health: The Essential Guide to Food, Diet, and Nutrition by Andrew Weil M.D. (Hardcover - March 7 2000)
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