If you’ve ever experienced foot, back or knee pain, then you know how debilitating it can be and how comforting a good pair of shoes can feel.
Still relishing in my “invincible youth,” I often neglect the need to take better care of my feet which translates to inadequate footwear – think $2 Old Navy flip flops. However, the older I get the more I realize that what I put on my feet directly affects my arches, joints, posture, and ultimately my ability to remain active over the course of my life. So when we recently received an offer to test out some Vionic Sandals from Orthaheel, I jumped at the chance.
Ironically enough, the week before my sandals arrived I started getting a sharp pain in my left heel that was sidelining me from my morning jogs. When the Vionic sandals arrived, it was like a big, comforting hug for my well-worn feet.
As we shared in a story earlier this year, Orthaheel is a collaberative project of Dr. Andrew Weil and Australian podiatrist Phillip Vasyli. Together, the pair saw a need for a fashionable shoe line that provided support for those experiencing foot, back or knee pain. The shoes are not only designed to correct alignment and posture problems, but also help prevent future pain and injuries from occurring.
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Dr. Andrew Weil, M.D., is a health guru credited with sparking America’s interest in alternative medicine. In 2005, TIME magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world, and five of his books have appeared on the New York Times bestsellers list, selling more than 5 million copies each. He’s also a frequent guest on both Larry King Live and The Today Show.
Weil was born in 1942 to milliners – or hat designers – who lived in Philadelphia. He majored in biology at Harvard University, and also received his medical degree there in 1968. He received a fellowship from the Institute of Current World Affairs and traveled throughout South America and Africa for three years studying traditional herbal medicines.
In 1972, Weil published his first book, The Natural Mind. After more research on medicinal herbs, including those in the category of illegal psychoactives, he published Health and Healing: The Philosophy of Integrative Medicine in 1983.
Integrative medicine fuses conventional medical practices with alternative medicine. Thus, healthy living practices, herbal remedies, and spiritual practices are favored while visits to the doctor and traditional medicine are also encouraged. Other books Weil has written include Natural Health (1995), Spontaneous Healing (1995), The Healthy Kitchen (2002), and Healthy Aging (2005).
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On today’s Dr. Oz, he visits with Dr. Andrew Weil to discuss the benefits of living a more holistic, naturally health lifestyle. Weil is a leader in alternative health practices, authoring books like Eating Well for Optimum Health in which he prescribes food as medicine.
On the Dr. Oz episode, Dr. Weil shares five secrets that allow you to naturally increase your energy, immunity, prevent heart disease, and to lose weight. He says “you’ll be amazed at the changes” you feel when you follow his advice. He talks up the benefits of including more fiber in your diet, as well as a supplement regimen that includes vitamins A, C, and E, selenium, CoQ10, and niacin.
Dr. Weil also shares with the audience a “cancer-fighting super meal,” also known as Pasta Puttanesca with Tuna.
2 (28 oz) cans Italian tomatoes, drained and crushed
4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp dried hot red pepper flakes
2 tbsp capers
1/2 cup black olives, pitted and chopped
3 mashed garlic cloves
2 tbsp fresh basil leaves, minced
1 lb dried pasta
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
1 package/can of healthy pouch/canned tuna (low-mercury type)
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