Dr. Andrew Weil

Health professionals – and for the first time, the public – are invited to UNM’s Symposium of Integrative Medicine Professionals in the Land of Enchantment – or SIMPLE – Conference, slated Oct. 13-15 at the Crowne Plaza Albuquerque Hotel. Integrative Medicine pioneer Andrew Weil, MD, will keynote the event, which is open to the public at a special rate of $150 as part of the UNM School of Medicine’s 50th Anniversary.

Weil is a Harvard Medical School graduate widely considered the foremost authority in integrative medicine. Over his lifetime, he has traveled the globe exploring other cultures’ drug use, medicinal plants and alternative treatments for disease. Director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona, Weil promotes integrative medicine as a blend of mainstream Western medicine and complementary medicine, emphasizing prevention over treatment and focusing on nutrition, botanical medicines and mind-body interventions to complement conventional drug and surgical treatments.

“The SIMPLE Conference is a state-of-the-art symposium on integrative health with a focus on cardiology, women’s health, pain management, psychiatry, oncology, botanical medicine, palliative medicine and so much more,” says UNM’s Arti Prasad, MD, founder and executive director of UNM’s Center For Life, a preventive and integrative medicine specialty clinic in Albuquerque. “Attendees will have access to the latest research in complementary and integrative health and preventive medicine, including lifestyle, nutrition, wellness, spirituality and stress management. We’re very excited about including the public in a professional integrative medicine conference – it’s unprecedented.”

Breakout sessions are a unique part of the conference that enable attendees to pursue specific integrative medicine interests, like mind-body and spiritual care, botanic and dietary supplements, body centered care and professional development.

'Simply Botanicals' preconference workshop set

A separate "Simply Botanicals" preconference workshop is set for Sunday, Oct. 12, beginning at 10 a.m. with the Cider Festival at the ABQ BioPark Botanic Garden. The workshop will feature Weil later in the day. The "Simply Botancials" workshop includes programs in modern herbal medicine, botanical medicine for mental health and stress management, principles of botanical prescribing and "Cooking with Herbs and Spices: A Cooking Demo with Drs. Andrew Weil and Arti Prasad." Cost is $195. 

Including the optional BioPark Botanic Garden Cider Festival, the workshop runs 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Afternoon sessions will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, with two additional half-day workshops on “Medical Group Visits” and “Talking Medicine: The Healing Power of Storytelling.” Transportation and lunch will be provided. For more information or to register for SIMPLE, visit the SIMPLE Conference website or call 505-272-3942.

Weil also to host October 13 public forum in Santa Fe

In addition to keynoting the SIMPLE Conference, Weil will present “The Evolution of Medicine to Integrative Medicine”  on Oct. 13, 6 p.m. -7:30 p.m. at the Lensic Performing Arts Center in Santa Fe. Weil’s public forum is part of the UNM School of Medicine’s 50th anniversary celebration.

The audience will be treated to a presentation and interactive discussion on the health significance of blending conventional Western and ancient botanical medicines with nutrition, meditation, spirituality and more for a longer, more active and fulfilling life. The forum will open with a brief history of the School of Medicine by its dean and UNM chancellor for health sciences Paul Roth, MD. Tickets are $20, and proceeds from the will go to UNM’s Center For Life Specialty Clinic.

Weil has published several books about integrative medicine, many of which will be signed and available at the Lensic event. The UNM Health Sciences Center's Section of Integrative Medicine is sponsoring the public forum, and all proceeds will help to fund its educational and clinical programs at the UNM School of Medicine, including UNM’s Center For Life.

Tickets for the Weil public forum are available online or by calling 505-988-1234 in Santa Fe. You can also purchase tickets at the Lensic Performing Arts Center, 211 W. San Francisco St.

About UNM Center For Life

The UNM Center For Life in Albuquerque is a state-of-the-art integrative and inter-cultural center for prevention and wellness, treating people with a wide range of health issues using an array of ancient and modern techniques.

Integrative medicine is a healing-oriented practice that takes account of the whole person – mind, body, and spirit. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship and makes use of all appropriate therapies, both conventional and complementary. Services for therapeutic approaches to cancer, menopause, diabetes, hypertension, weight and more include:

  • Integrative Medicine Consultations
  • Integrative Primary Care
  • Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine
  • Chiropractic Medicine
  • Nutritional Counseling
  • Massage therapy, including, Oncology, Pregnancy, Hot Stone, Swedish, Reflexology Head/Scalp & Neck, Craniosacral, Sports, Deep Tissue, Therapeutic, Visceral/Neuro and others
  • Energy Medicine
  • Opportunity to meet with Curanderas, Native Healers and other Spiritual Healers

For more information about the UNM Center For Life call 505-925-7464 or visit the UNM Center For Life website.