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Andrew Weil to speak on treating cancer

The controversial author and alternative medicine guru Dr. Andrew Weil will speak at Ruth Eckerd Hall at 7 p.m. Tuesday in a program called "The Answer to Cancer."

The writer of 8 Weeks to Optimum Health is a Harvard-educated proponent of alternative medicines such as herbalism, acupuncture and hypnotism.

After researching the effects of marijuana at Harvard in the late 1960s, Weil fashioned a career investigating natural remedies to health problems. Although much of his doctrine is familiar to most health-conscious people _ maintaining a healthful diet and cutting down on meat, caffeine and alcohol _ other methods he supports, such as cranial manipulation, have been rejected by mainstream physicians as being scientifically unfounded.

Weil's ideas come at a time when Americans are spending nearly $14-billion a year on alternative medicine, according to Time magazine. His lecture on cancer will focus on integrating conventional and alternative methods of treatment. A question-and-answer session will follow the lecture.

The program is sponsored by the Cancer Wellness Institute, and proceeds will benefit Quest for Cure, a non-profit organization benefiting cancer and leukemia patients.