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offers care for people with heart dis- become a go-to resource for both
ease, pain, weight management needs, lawmakers and other doctors seeking
cancer, diabetes, stress and women’s
“No amount of
healthcare advice.
health issues. She notes that the center Weil believes that money, or lack
receives 3,500 patients a month, many
ideological argument
thereof, made it happen.
of whom arrive seeking relief from
ever changed anything.
“No amount of ideological argu-
costly drugs or surgeries. ment ever changed anything,” he
“One patient came to me who It was when pocket- reflects. In this case, “It was when
had just had a bypass. He was 330
books started getting
pocketbooks started getting squeezed
pounds, suffered from sleep apnea and that people started paying attention.
was diabetic. He had all the risk factors
squeezed that people
Things are going to get a lot worse,
for heart disease,” says Guarneri. She and when they do, the wisdom of what
enrolled him in a $2,800, three-month
started paying attention.
we are doing will become even more
weight loss and exercise program
Things are going to
(covered only in part by insurance). During congressional testimony
“He lost 168 pounds and he went from get a lot worse, and before the Senate committee on health,
taking 16 drugs to three. Just with that
when they do, the
education, labor and pensions last
single individual, the system saved February, Weil joined heart physician
enormous amounts of money.”
wisdom of what we
and health guru Dr. Dean Ornish and
others in rattling off a stunning list of
are doing will become
Money Talks
statistics: The United States currently
even more apparent.”
spends 16 percent of its gross domes-
In 1997, after years of quietly
tic product on health care, more than
teaching and practicing integrative
any other country in the world, yet its
medicine in Arizona, Weil was pro-
~ Dr. Andrew Weil health outcomes are ranked 37th in
pelled from relative obscurity to the
the world by the World Health Or-
cover of Time magazine. He has since
ganization. In 2006, insurance com-
panies covered 1.3 million coronary
angioplasty procedures, at roughly
$48,000 each, and 448,000 coronary
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Yet, things like nutrition counseling,
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exercise programs and stress-reduc-
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tion classes, which studies show could
prevent as much as 90 percent of all
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