'Father of Integrative Medicine' to Keynote Scripps Conference Feb. 1

Dr. Andrew Weil to discuss true food, optimum diet and supplements

The physician generally credited with establishing the field of integrative medicine, Dr. Andrew Weil, will deliver the keynote address on Friday, Feb. 1, 2013 at the 10th annual Natural Supplements Conference, presented by the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine.

Dr. Weil’s address will focus on true food, optimum diet and the role of supplements. It will take place at 7 p.m. at the Hilton San Diego Resort on Mission Bay, located at 1775 E. Mission Bay Drive. The keynote address is open to the public, with a registration fee of $35. A book signing reception with Dr. Weil will is planned at 8:30 p.m. For more information or to register to attend, call Scripps Conference Services at 858-652-5400 or visit scripps.org/conferenceservices.

New York Times best-seller

Combining a Harvard education and a lifetime of practicing natural and preventive medicine, Dr. Weil is the founder and director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona. He is a New York Times best-selling author and approximately 10 million copies of his books have been sold, including recent titles, “Eating Well for Optimal Health,” “The Healthy Kitchen” and “Healthy Aging.” His latest book, ”True Food,” was published in October 2012 and is the inspiration behind the True Food Kitchen family of restaurants, including one in the Fashion Valley Mall in San Diego.

A medical trail-blazer

Dr. Weil broke new ground in the United States medical field with his view that mainstream and alternative medicine are complementary approaches that should be utilized in conjunction with one another, in a model he terms integrative medicine. When it comes to diet, Dr. Weil encourages people to avoid processed, refined and manufactured foods, and advocates a diet rich in organic fruits and vegetables and regular consumption of fish.

An integrative approach to health care

Founded in 1999, the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine blends evidence-based complementary and alternative therapies with conventional Western medicine, in a “best of both worlds” approach to preventing and treating disease, healing and improving health. The center cares for people with chronic conditions such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, stress, pain, weight management and other health issues.

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