It is only fitting that at the end of the year I write about holistic medicine as I reflect of memories of my life. My father believed in holistic medicine and I was raised in a home where diet, beauty of nature was very important! He was way ahead of his time and only in the last 20 years has modern medicine caught up!
Holistic medicine is a form of healing that considers the whole person — body, mind, spirit, and emotions — in the quest for optimal health and wellness. According to the holistic medicine philosophy, one can achieve optimal health — the primary goal of holistic medicine practice — by gaining proper balance in life.
Holistic medicine practitioners believe that the whole person is made up of interdependent parts and if one part is not working properly, all the other parts will be affected. In this way, if people have imbalances (physical, emotional, or spiritual) in their lives, it can negatively affect their overall health.
A holistic doctor may use all forms of health care, from conventional medication to alternative therapies, to treat a patient. For example, when a person suffering from migraine headaches pays a visit to a holistic doctor, instead of walking out solely with medications, the doctor will likely take a look at all the potential factors that may be causing the person’s headaches, such as other health problems, diet and sleep habits, stress and personal problems, and preferred spiritual practices. The treatment plan may involve drugs to relieve symptoms, but also lifestyle modifications to help prevent the headaches from recurring.
My Dad age about 80 and why my interest in holistic health
As kids, we would look at his books about health. He was a follower of MacFadden. My dad believed in a good diet examples. limit salt, limit sugar brown sugar better same with bread dark bread whole grain. Lot of fruit and vegetables! A quite walk observing the beauty of nature. Love of LIFE
Bernarr Macfadden (August 16, 1868 – October 12, 1955) was an influential American proponent of physical culture, a combination of bodybuilding with nutritional and health theories. He also founded the long-runningmagazine publishing company Macfadden Publications. He was the predecessor of Charles Atlas and Jack Lalanne, and has been credited with beginning the culture of health and fitness in the United States
Photos below from http://www.bernarrmacfadden.com/ency/ In our home we had the encyclopedia pictured below. My sister Beth and I would look at the photos/drawings
More about Holistic health from WebMD
Holistic Medicine: Types of Treatments
Holistic practitioners use a variety of treatment techniques to help their patients take responsibility for their own well-being and achieve optimal health. Depending on the practitioner’s training, these may include:
- Patient education on lifestyle changes and self-care to promote wellness. This may include diet, exercise, psychotherapy, relationship and spiritual counseling, and more
- Complementary and alternative therapies such as acupuncture,chiropractic care, homeopathy, massage therapy, naturopathy, and others
- Western medications and surgical procedures
Don’t go to just anyone. As with all professionals, there are those who are good at their jobs and those who are not as good. Before choosing a holistic medicine doctor, get a recommendation from someone you trust, or contact a credible health organization and ask for a recommendation.
Do your homework. When selecting a holistic doctor, find out as much as you can about that person’s training, experience, specialty, and association with professional organizations and hospital affiliations. Is he or she board certified in holistic medicine by a credible medical board? Also, consider the doctor’s treatment philosophy. Is it similar to your own views?
Who I follow and Trust about Holistic Well Being
Andrew Weil (/waɪl/, born June 8, 1942)—broadly referred by this name preceded by “Dr.”, or simply as Dr. Weil—is an U.S.-trained physician, and successful author, spokesperson, and broadly described “guru” for holistic health and integrative medicine, whose names also constitute an emerging brand of healthcare services and products in these fields.
Weil studied at Harvard in the early 1960s, bringing him into contact with social scientists David McClelland, Richard Alpert, and Timothy Leary. He graduated cum laude in 1964 from a biology major and a concentration in the ethnobotany of medicinal plants, following this with an Harvard M.D. in 1968, and fellowship years in San Francisco and at the National Institute of Mental Health. Throughout these periods, Weil displayed a strong curiosity regarding the emerging field of psychopharmacology, accessing it through study and personal experimentation. Weil then spent a decade with the Harvard Botanical Museum (1971-1984), and in personal travel, exploration, and writing focused on this field. His writings on the relationships between human consciousness, culture, healing, and drug experience appeared in regular contributions to High Times magazine (1975-1983), and in book-length works (The Natural Mind, 1972; The Marriage of Sun and Moon, 1980; From Chocolate to Morphine, 1983).
Weil’s became interested in the ideas and practices of complementary and alternative medicine, and went on to play a seminal role in codifying and establishing the emerging field of integrative medicine, which aims to combine alternative medicine, conventional evidence-based medicine, and other practices into a higher-order “system of systems” to address human healing via action in multiple “dimensions” (biological, psychogical, sociological, and spiritual). As of 2015, Weil serves as an academician at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, where he is Lovell-Jones Professor of Integrative Rheumatology, Clinical Professor of Medicine, and Professor of Public Health. In 1994, Weil founded and has since directed the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. He served as founding editor of a seminalOUP series offering medical best-practice methods alongside yet-to-be-proven ones, the Weil Integrative Medicine Library (2009-2015), which includes specialty volumes in oncology, cardiology, rheumatology, pediatrics, psychology, and other specialties.
Ying and yang living with Moon
asia living for your mind body soul I just started following her. She liked one of our recipes and made a comment. I researched her sites and was impressed and agree with her views on health!