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Integrative Medicine Expert Andrew Weil, MD, and the Program in Integrative Medicine to Host First Annual Nutrition and Health Conference

Nutritional Treatment for Pediatric Autism, Allergies and Asthma to Be Revealed, Food Industry Experts to Address the Obesity Epidemic

TUCSON, Ariz., Mar 11, 2004 -- According to a report published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, less than six percent of medical school graduates receive adequate nutrition training. World-renowned author and Integrative Medicine expert Andrew Weil, MD, and the University of Arizona Program in Integrative Medicine will host the first annual Nutrition and Health Conference, educating 400 physicians and clinicians to make nutritional recommendations as part of their clinical practices. The conference will be held March 11-13 at the Hilton El Conquistador in Tucson, Arizona. Conference presentations and key findings will be available on

"I can think of no topic more central to health and medicine than nutrition. Without an understanding of how specific foods and eating patterns increase or decrease risks of specific diseases, physicians are unprepared to provide nutritional counseling on designing diets for optimal health," says Andrew Weil, MD, founder and director of the Program in Integrative Medicine and editorial director of "Based on data collected from the Program in Integrative Medicine, we designed programs which will address how to use dietary change as a primary therapeutic intervention."

Dr. Weil will bring together leaders in medical research on nutrition and health, clinicians skilled in nutritional medicine, experts on food production and distribution, and well-known authors and chefs to present the latest information on nutrition and health. Seminar offerings include:

-- The Politics of Dietary Advice and the Obesity Epidemic -- Marion
Nestle, PhD, MPH, Professor and Chair, Department of Nutrition and
Food Studies, New York University
-- Autism & Allergies: Nutritional Approaches -- Sandy Newmark, MD, The
Center for Pediatric Integrative Medicine, Tucson, Ariz.
-- Fad and Extreme Diets -- Andrew Weil, MD, Director, Program in
Integrative Medicine, Clinical Professor of Medicine, The University
of Arizona College of Medicine
-- Easing Asthma with Nutrition -- John Mark, MD, Assistant Professor,
Pediatrics, The University of Arizona
-- Nutrition of the Future: Genes & Environment -- Cynthia Thomson, PhD,
RD, FADA, Assistant Professor, Nutritional Sciences and College of
Public Health, The University of Arizona

"Obesity in children has become a topic of national concern with children being targeted by manufacturers of fast food and junk food on television, in advertisements, and even at school," says Victoria Maizes, MD, Executive Director of the Program in Integrative Medicine at The University of Arizona. "We are thrilled to be presenting several sessions specifically geared to address the special nutritional needs of children, as well as provide specific recommendations for nutritional approaches to common childhood ailments such as asthma, allergies, and autism."

In conjunction with the nutrition conference, Dr. Weil will also host a public forum to address the root causes of obesity. Speakers include the following:

-- Dr. Andrew Weil will present the health implications of food
technology and industrial farming
-- Eric Schlosser, Author, Fast Food Nation, will speak on the social,
economic and environmental impact of the fast food industry
-- Michael Pollan, Knight Professor of Journalism, University of
California Berkeley, will discuss the realities and hazards of

About The Program in Integrative Medicine

The Program in Integrative Medicine, founded by Dr. Weil in 1994 at the University of Arizona, was established to train physicians to be Integrative Medicine practitioners. The program's overriding mission is to foster the transformation of healthcare through innovative educational programs, rigorous scientific studies, and exceptional clinical care that integrates biomedicine, the complexity of human beings and the healing power of nature. The program features a fully operational clinic and fellowship training program.

About Dr. Weil

Andrew Weil, MD, is a clinical professor of internal medicine and the founder and director of the Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona in Tucson. A world-renowned leader in the field of Integrative Medicine, Dr. Weil is also a best-selling author and editorial director of As a frequent guest on "Larry King Live" and "Oprah," Dr. Weil provides valuable information and insight into incorporating integrative and conventional medicine practices in one's life in order to optimize the body's natural healing mechanisms.

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