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Akil Palanisamy, MD

Integrative medicine physician

Akil Palanisamy is an integrative medicine physician and author of “The Paleovedic Diet: A Complete Program to Burn Fat, Increase Energy, and Reverse Disease”.  He is board-certified in family medicine, and blends his Western medical training with effective holistic approaches, including functional medicine and Ayurveda, the traditional medicine of India.
“Dr. Akil” studied biochemistry at Harvard University, received his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco, and completed his residency at Stanford University. He also completed a fellowship in integrative medicine with Dr. Andrew Weil at the University of Arizona, and is certified by the Center for Mind-Body Medicine at Georgetown University.
Dr. Akil learned Ayurveda in Southern India, and found a powerful synergy in combining Ayurveda with the paleo diet in his clinical practice.  This led him to coin the term “Paleovedic Diet”, which refers to a nutrient-dense customized Paleo diet that incorporates spices, specific fruits and vegetables, intermittent fasting, and an Ayurvedic lifestyle.
Dr. Akil has been a consultant with The Medical Board of California for many years.  He sees patients at the Sutter Health Institute for Health and Healing, where he also serves as Physician Director for Community Education.

Upcoming Programs

From Burnout to Brilliance

From Burnout to Brilliance

October 5 - 7, 2018

Friday - Sunday, 2 nights

Studies show that the majority of healthcare providers are burnt-out, thinking of quitting, and pessimistic about the future of a broken system. How did we get here? In this weekend retreat, integrative medicine physician Dr. Akil Palanisamy and co-director of the California Center for Functional Medicine Chris Kresser, MS, LAc, examine the root causes of...

Previous Programs

The Paleo Experience

The Paleo Experience

October 6 - 8, 2017

Friday - Sunday, 2 nights

One of the biggest health challenges today is that we have forgotten how to nourish ourselves. Many of us are unsure how to give our body what it needs for vitality, disconnected from the joy of preparing meals, and so rushed that we barely taste the flavors of our food. And all of this has...