Dr. Weil, Heal Thyself

The alternative-medicine icon's recent string of commercial ventures have caused more than a few headaches

Dr. Andrew Weil, the health-guru-turned-celebrity, is trying to prove you can simultaneously be an icon for social change and a fast-growth entrepreneur. But so far, he's off to a sputtering start. And the reason may be that maintaining the purity that goes with being an icon is incompatible with the compromises one must make to successfully lead a fast-growth company. After all, could Ralph Nader have maintained his reputation as a consumer activist if he had founded an auto-parts company?

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