The World According to Dr. Andrew Weil

Physician and author

M.D. may be too limiting a credential for Andrew Weil. Guru to millions and author of many best sellers (the latest, Healthy Aging, is currently No. 1 on The New York Times list), Weil has for 30 years been an iconoclast, championing both traditional and sometimes controversial theories of physical and mental well-being. And now, as the director of integrative health and healing at Arizona's Miraval spa, he brings his expertise to the business of pampering. Over the next ten years, Weil will help the spa institute holistic-health clinics across the country. In the meantime, the good doctor shares what keeps his mind, body, and spirit in check.

I always cook healthy food, like grilled wild Alaskan salmon. Or I go to En in New York City for Japanese.

The Four Seasons in Chicago is fabulous. So is Calistoga Ranch, and, of course, Miraval.

I go everywhere with my vitamins— yes, they're my own brand.

I could listen to Bach preludes and fugues forever.

If I could own one great painting? Van Gogh's The Starry Night.

Dark-chocolate sorbet is my real guilty pleasure. I just heard how someone's elderly father died while eating ice cream. Not a bad way to go.

On my reading list now? Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Long for This World by Michael Byers, and Don't Think of an Elephant! by George Lakoff.

The most restful thing on earth is being at home with my two Rhodesian ridgebacks.

I wear shorts and a T-shirt to work out at the gym. But when I swim in my pool at home, I wear nothing.

At age 17 I traveled around the world, staying with native families. It changed my life. For my next trip, I'm deciding between Burma, Bhutan, and Norway.

Totonno's in Coney Island makes great pizza. It's the one not-so-healthy food I allow myself.