- June 4, 2017
- Posted by: Dr. Elise Cohen Ho
- Category: Health & Wellness
The Birth of Holistic Medicine…
Let us start with a joke.Person 1: “What is a holistic dentist?” Person 2: “It is a dentist that puts holes in your teeth…”
It is not an especially funny joke, but it really does bring up some interesting questions…
- What does holistic mean?
- What makes something holistic?
- When was the birth of holistic care?
- Am I living a holistic life?
- Are you living a holistic life?
Holistic medicine as defined by the American Holistic Medical Association (AMHA) as “the art and science of healing that addresses care to the whole person – body, mind and spirit. The practice of holistic medicine integrate conventional and complementary therapies to promote optimal health, and prevent and treat disease by addressing contributing factors.”
Holistic medicine is often referred to under other names, such as Alternative Medicine, Complementary Medicine or Alternative Healing.
That sounds pretty great, doesn’t it?
A healthcare provider that will consider the whole system rather than one little part of it.
A provider that with not just put their patient on blood pressure medicine and send them out the door.
A provider that will actually have a conversation with their patient about ways to reduce stress and eat more healthfully so as to help the blood pressure become under control naturally.
You know, back to that dude Hippocrates, the father of medicine…
That guy had some pretty good ideas about letting “food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
That is a pretty great concept… so much better than jumping right into pharmaceuticals and staying on them for life (and death).
Why would you want to stay on medicine for your entire life?
Even the pharmacist will tell you that pharmaceuticals are low grade poison. This is not a secret.
You know this to be true because when you pick up a prescription your pharmacist gives you a long print out specifying much of the damage that the so called wonder drug can cause.
Now, I am not saying do not ever use medicine. If I said that I would be a hypocrite. When I cannot turn to my other options I use medicine.
In my opinion truly good health care is created with a symbiotic relationship between holistic and allopathic doctors, medicines and treatments.
I believe that we must turn to nature to try to attend to all of our needs before we turn to other more damaging options.
The practice of holistic healthcare can be traced back to the ancients.
When we think of the practical approach of holistic healthcare we can realize that it is basically everything that allopathic healthcare is not.
Allopathic practices are what is usually referred to as conventional medicine. However, allopathic medicine is certainly not traditional medicine.
I look forward to the day when more conventional healthcare providers recognize the role that clean living, clean food, great herbal support and other practices can have on our life expectancy and enjoyment.
I see changes from when I was younger and I am sure that our children will see many more changes.
As to whether, or not, you live a holistic life…only you can answer.
I encourage you to find your own personal comfort level and enjoy your own holistic journey.
Oh, and by the way, a holistic dentist is a dentist that is looking beyond the idea that good dental health simply means having an absence from diseases. They are, in fact, looking to use modalities other than those taught in most dental schools. The holistic dentist will avoid using toxic substances as much as is possible and can remove your mercury amalgam, or silver fillings. This toxic material is known to harm the immune system.
So now you know….
What are your thoughts on the matter? Please share in the comments.