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Dr. Andrew Weil's Healthy Aging
Other // Unrated // May 9, 2006
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Review by Aaron Beierle | posted May 29, 2006 | E-mail the Author
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Dr. Andrew Weil continues to be one of the most respected experts in the field of integrative medicine. Weil is currently the founder and director of the Program in Integrative Medicine at the College of Medicine, University of Arizona, as well as a best-selling author. Weil also has a very helpful website (drweil.com) where he answers questions and additionally, has a line of vitamins and other supplements. Best of all, Weil shares information about his fields of expertise in a way that's not dry or too technical, but in a way that encourages people to learn more.

"Dr. Weil's Guide to Healthy Aging" is a 75-minute program that first aired on PBS. It has the doctor talking to a fairly small audience on aging, starting with a discussion of the myths that some people have about growing older and tackling the realities of some of these areas (anti-aging treatments, areas of the world where people live longer, etc.)

Weil's general theme is that going against the aging process is neither good nor realistic, so what can we do to make sure that we can try to be healthy and avoid age-related issues to age gracefully. While Weil suggests that we all keep informed about the latest medical treatments to prevent things like high cholestrol, he goes into further detail about how we should change our lifestyle and diet. The doctor also discusses how we should put more value in aging and the importance of the senior citizens of every culture.

The first part of this discussion is talking about dietary changes that can help take away inflammation in the body, such as adding Omega-3 fatty acids. Weil also talks about the differences in carbohydrates, sleep, exercise and vitamin supplements, stress and other similar topics.

I think that those who keep up with the latest health trends or are fans of Weil are going to be familiar with a lot of the material here. However, I did find this to be a very good and quite enjoyable summary of Weil's teachings and those seeking out some tips on growing older (and even younger people can certainly learn from this program - it's definitely not targeted towards the older crowd, despite the title) in a healthy (mentally and physically) and graceful manner should check this out. There's a brief Q & A at the end (more of which is seen in the extended footage section) that offers from useful tips, as well.

The DVD

VIDEO: Acacia presents this discussion in its original 1.33:1 full-frame aspect ratio. The picture quality is perfectly fine and I'd guess that it is similar to the quality of the original broadcast. Sharpness and detail are not exceptional, but the picture did at least maintain a fine level of clarity throughout.

Aside from a couple of instances of minor shimmering, the picture appeared clean and clear, with no edge enhancement, pixelation or wear on the source material. Colors looked bright and crisp, with no smearing or other issues.

SOUND: The stereo soundtrack remained crisp and clear throughout, with Weil's voice quite isolated, as there seemed to be very little at all in the way of background ambience.

EXTRAS: About 8 minutes of additional footage is offered, including more Q & A. There's also a Weil bio.

Final Thoughts: While I think that those familiar with Weil are likely going to be aware of much of this material already, but those interested in a summary of Weil's teachings will likely find this an enjoyable, engaging (and realistic) discussion. Recommended.

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