Is There a Doctor In The Kitchen? – Dr Andrew Weil’s Cookware

Dr Weil 10 Piece Stainless Cookware SetWhat have a Medical Doctor and Waterford Wedgwood got in common?  They have collaborated to produce an innovative line of cookware.  Dr Andrew Weil M.D. says “I believe good health begins in the kitchen and together, we have created the first authentic healthy lifestyle brand to provide consumers the tools they need for optimal food preparation.”

Who is Doctor Andrew Weil?

Doctor Weil studied botany at Harvard College.  He then went to Harvard Medical School but instead of taking a residency there, he completed his internship in San Francisco at Mount Zion Hospital, followed by a year working for the National Institute of Mental Health.

He became a fellow of the Institute of Current World Affairs and spent four years travelling throughout South America, publishing his first book ‘The Natural Mind’ in 1972.  The book explores the idea that the body creates its’ own natural highs, which medications access, rather than create. Doctor Weil has written or co-authored ten books.

Honors received by Doctor Weil

• He has appeared twice on the cover of TIME magazine (in 1997 and 2005).
• Doctor Weil has the honor of a mushroom named after him!  In 1995, Mycologists (mushroom experts) Dr. Gustan Guzman, Fidel Tapia, and Paul Stamets honored him by naming a newly discovered mushroom, Psilocybe weilii.
• In 1997, TIME also honored him as one of the 25 most influential Americans.
• He was inducted into the Academy of Achievement in 1998
• In 2004, the New York Open Center honored Dr. Weil as having made “extraordinary contributions to public awareness of integrative and complementary medicine.”
• In 2005, TIME magazine named him as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
• In the same year, Smithsonian Associates awarded him the John P. McGovern Award in Behavioral Sciences.
• In 2006, Dr Weil was award the honor of “Pioneer in Integrative Medicine” by the Institute for Health and Healing in San Francisco.
• Forbes on-line magazine listed his web site as one of the three “Best of the Web” in their  “Alternative Medicine” category.

Doctor Weil is now focusing on healthy living and general health care, with a particular interest in the health concerns of the growing population of older Americans.  In his book ‘Healthy Aging’, Dr Weil examines the aging process from all aspects – physical, social and cultural.  He advocates that people do not seek to reverse the process but focus on having good health, “serenity, wisdom and its’ own kind of power and grace.”

Why is Doctor Weil’s Cookware Healthy?

Dr. Weil believes that cookware should have the advantages of aluminum without it coming into contact with your food.   His cookware range features 5-ply bonded 18/10 stainless steel for optimum heating with a core of aluminium to ensure an even distribution of heat.  The unique part of the design is a rolled and sealed rim the makes sure no aluminium ever touches the food.

The cookware also has riveted handles that stay cool and has been ergonomically designed so that it is perfectly balanced for all types of stove tops, including induction.

Dr Weil’s Range of Cookware Includes:

Why is Aluminum Considered Unsafe?

Many people are scared to use aluminum cookware as they believe it may cause Alzheimer’s disease.
Back in the 1970’s, some researchers in Canada reported the finding that people who had died with Alzheimer’s had unusually high levels of aluminum in their brains.  It sparked controversy – was aluminum the cause of Alzheimer’s, or the result of it?  Many people were alarmed by this and threw away their aluminum cookware.
More recent studies would seem to indicate that the increased levels of aluminum were due to the Alzheimer’s itself.  Brains which have already suffered damage from Alzheimer’s will allow unusually high levels of aluminum in.

This is not difficult as aluminum is everywhere.  The most common elements on Earth (in order of prevalence) are oxygen, silicone and aluminum.  It’s in air, water, soil and consequently in the plants and animals that we eat.

The Weil Foundation

Dr. Weil donates all of his after-tax profits from royalties from sales of Spring Switzerland cookware directly to the Weil Foundation.  This is a non-profit organization which is dedicated to the support of integrative medicine through training, education and research.

Dr Weil’s Website

Is Aluminum Cookware Bad for Your Health?

aluminum-cookwareAluminum cookware has in the past been linked with Alzheimer’s and this lead to many people throwing away their aluminum cookware for fear that they too would succumb to the disease. But is this an accurate claim?

Aluminum is used in approximately 50% of all cookware. You may be using cookware that contains aluminum and not even know it. This is because aluminum is such a good conductor of heat and is often sandwiched between two layers of another material such as stainless steel.

Read our latest article on Aluminum cookware and whether it is still considered to be bad for your health.

The Art of Aluminum Cookware

Aluminum is one of the most popular of materials used in the manufacture of cookware. Why is it so popular? Because of its ability to conduct heat so well. What this means to you is that foods are cooked evenly and hot spots on your cookware are reduced.

Bare aluminum can react with foods and being a soft metal can easily dent and scratch. You may also find that if you leave salty liquids in the pan for an extended period that pitting can occur. For this reason, most aluminum cookware today goes through a process of anodization which provides a strong durable product.

Aluminum is also commonly used in the manufacture of stainless steel cookware. As stainless steel is not a particularly good heat conductor, a layer of aluminum is often sandwiched between two layers of the stainless steel in the base of the pot or pan.

Read the full article here: The Art of Aluminum Cookware