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8 Weeks to Optimum Health

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  1,449 ratings  ·  119 reviews
s/t: A Proven Program for Taking Full Advantage of Your Body's Natural Healing Power
Now expanded and updated: The audiobook in which one of America's most brilliant and respected doctors gives us his famous program for improving and maintaining health--already the program of choice for hundreds of thousands.
Eight Weeks to Optimum Health focuses all of Andrew Weil's expert
Audio CD, updated & expanded, 0 pages
Published September 12th 2006 by RH Audio (first published March 4th 1997)
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When it comes to personal health and wellness, I'm a supporter of integrating both Western and Eastern medicine into my lifestyle. Dr. Andrew Weil, a Harvard Medical trained physician, and advocate of alternative medicine is a good combination of the two (and forgive my saying this, not too crunchy birkenstock, which is often my worry with seeking alternate remedies for my health issues).

In this (not quite diet/ mostly lifestyle) manual for health, Dr. Weil explores the adoption of healthy habit
Bob Klein
Mostly stuff I knew already. Didn't actually do the whole 8 weeks thing (yet) but prefer to understand the recommendations as they fit into life already. I'm learning that I know most of what I need to know and that I do a fair amount of what I should already (while knowing what I need to do more of ...I'm looking at you, exercise shoes...).
T.J. Beitelman
I have learned firsthand how the body can change drastically depending on what it’s given for fuel, and this book is the primary source of that knowledge/experience. One December more than a decade ago, after a twelve-hour drive from Virginia to Alabama, and a steady diet of French fries and cheeseburgers and sodas along the way, I pulled off the highway and into one of Tuscaloosa’s sundry strip malls to buy a book at a mega-bookstore. (Books are — I think I may have mentioned this — a salve for ...more
I have long admired Dr. Andrew Weil for his honest, down-to-earth philosophy about staying healthy, strong and flexible into old age. He is a big proponent not only of the of the usual advice -nourishing food, exercise, moderation in all things--but also some spiritual and New Age-style approaches to keeping the health and quality in our aging lives. Some of his advice includes: enjoy flowers, art, parks, and music, take a 45-minute walk every day, go on a "news fast" once a week (or choose the ...more
I usually don't get books like this because of their associations with New Age, Boomer-type literature that is all about connecting with the self and so forth, the type of diet plus pseudo-spirituality that really bothers me. Not that I am against spirituality, I just don't like all of this fake spirituality that is meant to comfort people without making them think! Anyhow, back to Weil's book. It really doesn't have any of this New Age propaganda, and I'm thankful for that. Now, I mostly skimme ...more
4.5 stars. Bias alert: I have loved Dr. Weil since 1999 and everything he says makes perfect sense. I continue to refer to his timeless books as I attempt my daily exercise and diet regimen. That's right. I said timeless.

No trending fads, lame gimmicks or conceited trickery here. Dr. Weil is considered the leading proponent of integrative medicine and he is so Not-Dr.Oz inspirational. He's been combining traditional medical practices with alternative and herbal remedies and writing about them f
Khaled Aljabri
الكتاب يعرض نصائحه الصحية في 8 أسابيع.
تجد أنه في بداية كل أسبوع(فصل) ينصح بإجراءات و طرق عملية متدرجة للوصول إلى الصحة المثالية .. ثم يعلق عليها تعليقا يشرح فيه أسباب اختياره لهذه الطرق و كيفية تنفيذها بشكل تفصيلي.
الكتاب يتميز بأنه يعرض فكر جديد -بالنسبة لي- فيما يخص الصحة المثالية. فهو يهتم بالجانب الغذائي و الرياضي (كأغلب الأطباء) بالإضافة إلى الجانب النفسي و الأغرب من هذا أنه يهتم كذلك بالجانب الروحاني. فالإنسان جسد و عقل و روح .. لهذا وجب الاهتمام بجميع جوانب الإنسان.
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Weil may not be as cutesy as Rachael Ray or as studly as Richard Simmons, but the dude is right on the money for the most part. I've devoured several books by Weil with no indigestion so far, and I've savored every last morsel of his wisdom. Though the "New Age" fluff didn't sit well with me I still found 8 Weeks to be a meal fit for a king: he's realistic, holistic, & correct about what it takes to be what he simply calls "wellness". The program is about a holistic wellness: body, mind, spi ...more
After hearing about this book for years, and getting more negative health news that I think I should get at this point in my life, I picked up Andrew Weil's book. I finished reading through it in two days, and am looking forward to integrating his recommendations into my lifestyle over the next two months. As a vegan with a regular yoga routine, the changes aren't really all that intimidating and mostly common sense. What I appreciate most in the book is that Dr. Weil has a flexible approach. He ...more
A must read for all, especially those over 40. This is really a book about self-empowerment and leveraging the natural positive effects of the body, mind, spirit, and organic foods (although there are references for supplements that are at least "assisted" by science and man). I read Dr. Weil's Healthy Aging a few weeks ago and loved it. As I looked more into Dr. Weil, his previous books and his website I decided I needed to read this book next. The book is intended to allow anyone to transform ...more
I didn't like this book as much as I loved Spontaneous Healing. To be fair, this book is more of an 8-week program than it is an educational book about health.

I thought there was some great information in the book, but at the same time, I felt like some of the info and research might be a little outdated. It seemed like there might have been some new research I've read recently that is contrary to some of his advice, but I can't be sure. It would be a great idea to do your own research if you a
"Read" this originally in 1999 on audio tape, and again about a week ago (2014). As one reviewer noted, it's full of stuff most of us already know: hydrogenated oils are bad, run tap water for a while before drinking (lead in the pipes), omega fatty acids are super good, etc, etc. I guess for me the difference is that he was, in 1997 when the book came out, one of the first and most convincing voices saying this stuff. The gradual and easy to implement plan this book proposes was super easy for ...more
I like the information, but I do not like the formatting of this book. The book goes week by week of the 8 week plan and each week has projects to do like stop using electric blankets or go to a sauna, dietary advice like eat broccoli or soy products, a list of supplements to take, exercise suggestions, mental/spiritual suggestions, commentary, recipes and a healing story. I would have found it easier to navigate if there was a separate list of the supplements and if the recipes were all in one ...more
I have to admit, I was expecting something a bit more revolutionary after hearing all of the hype surrounding Dr. Weil, and while there was a great deal of sound advice presented in this book, most of it seemed like pretty straightforward information for anyone who has been exposed to the basics of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, such as eating more whole grains, fresh fruits, and vegetables, getting plenty of exercise, and finding ways to manage stress.

However, if you're just starting out, th
David Glad
Pretty nice notes too on warning about air travel due to increased exposure to radiation in-flight along with recycled air. (Airlines can increase oxygen on the flight, but that would also increase their costs so they are reluctant.)

Same too with water filters versus exposure to plastic water bottles.

Overall a pretty good 8 week process for anyone who really does wish to stick to it.
I appreciate some of the suggestions, such as visiting the sauna twice a week and make gradual life changes in steps to create lasting habits. This book is a nice introduction to healthy choices, but doesn't go into depth like other books. I already had many of the recommendations in place, but it is a quick read and I had never understood the point of saunas before.

I disagree with his controversial recommendation for full vaccination and not only adding fluoride to your diet, but to make sure y
New year - new me? Failing multiple "diets" and exercise programs, it's time to just simply change my life to a healthier one and this book was the perfect start to what I hope will be a happy ending!
Colin Dawson
I read this several years ago and have subsequently re-read it due to the fact that I have suffered a recent heart attack.
Good reference book with the great practical / spiritual advice.
The book seemed a little outdated when it comes to recent research in nutrition and supplements. I also felt like the information about diet should have been condensed or summarized, instead of having to glean it for yourself over the 8 week program. I did really enjoy the breathing techniques he taught though.
Madeline Ellis
i actually have a couple of copies of this book ( i pick my favorites up at garage sales etc so i can give them away and spread good reads ha ha) anyway i read this and did the 8 week program when i was in costa rica and then once again a year ago. it was my first real experience with dr. weil and holistic anything for that matter. as you can see from my reviews i was impressed with him (could say i had a little holistic crush ;) and went on to read many many more of his books. this book in part ...more
Paul Bard
Great book.

I've integrated many suggestions from this book into my life.

For great health give it a try.
Andrea James
This is a detailed prescriptive book about what to do to potentially optimise your health. Some of the suggestions feel like they need more investigation. I say this not because the recommendations are necessarily dangerous or wrong (unlikely to be, though I can't say for certain) but more because they require quite a lot of effort especially for people with busy full-time jobs and a non-generous budget. Nevertheless, there are some reasonable sounding suggestions and it is a quick read.
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really a great book. a lot of the stuff is kind of common sense (exercise, less coffee/alcohol, eat vegetables) but there was other helpful information in it. i didn't read it cover to cover but just flipped around. week 1 - buy a house plant, i thought was really interesting.

as others have said, good mix of western vs eastern 'medicine'.

one thing i disagreed with was that meat should be substituted out for soy products. i think most vegen/soy products are all chemicals and unhealthy for you. es
Oh man - if ever there's a book that doesn't leave my mind - it's this one. I was 4 weeks into this 8 week plan, when I felt ALIVE for the first time in my life! It gets fairly intensive after that, with some things I just wasn't ready to change, plus - I already felt wonderful! It takes a bit of autonomy to be this way - you can't be as "open" to all foods....... but I often find myself remembering how I felt, and wanting to go back to the store and buy another copy....... and begin this proces ...more
This was probably a good book when it was published, but now it is a bit dated. He recommends taking huge doses of antioxidants, but that is no longer recommended, as it has been shown to have a net negative effect on the body. For example, he recommends taking 3000 to 6000 mg of vitamin C a day, while the current maximum is considered to be about 2500 mg (or maybe 2000). That not to say some of his advice isn't good, but it's stuff you probably already know. Like, eating organic is better for y ...more
Really helped me to see what I eat and how to live better.
In a world of WebMD and Dr. Oz, I love Dr. Weil. He is my health guru. 8 Weeks to Optimum Health is structured in eight segments or a segment per week. But I couldn't wait and decided to read it all at once, then go back and review the different weeks, one at a time. His tips are simple: eat broccoli. This advice is peppered with rich anecdotes coupled with medical and spiritual evidence. I love that I can experience his expertise and influence each time I eat at my favorite place, True Food.
Carrie Dalby
Great info, easy to follow format. Inspiration to create a healthier lifestyle.
Ada Scarborough
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I've learned about the differences between Eastern and Western approaches to medicine. Dr. Weil is amazing and I find his book inspires me to change my eating habits and lifestyle. He attributes most people's chronic illness' to an improper diet and is dedicated to a constructive approach in showing people how to make the right adjustments. His insightful knowledge is never presented in a way that inspires fear as motivation to make those changes. I learn more and more with each page.
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Andrew Thomas Weil, MD, is the founder and program director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. He is the author of many bestselling books, including Spontaneous Healing, 8 Weeks to Optimum Health, and others.

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