Principles of Holistic Health

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The Focus

Holistic health is a health care modality that focuses on prevention of illness and the use of non-toxic, natural therapies. A naturopathic therapist or practitioner does healing through natural therapies, of which, there are many. Holistic health focuses on the entire person, not just on one particular body part, function, or symptom.

Holistic health has its premise built on Eastern health modalities and methodologies, in which the practitioner recognizes the body/mind/spirit connection, and treats the whole person, not just their body. This does not necessarily mean that you have to be a part of an Eastern theology in order to benefit from this natural approach.

This simply means that our emotions and our health are intertwined and connected. Therefore, in order to heal the body, the caregiver must also consider the state of mind and what the heart believes, as well as the emotional state and the life habits of those individuals who are seeking to improve their health.

More Choices For Better Health

There are many different aspects and methodologies involved in holistic health. Having knowledge of this variety of choices will give you better alternatives in the decisions you make in maintaining your health. After all, we are each individually responsible for our own health; we cannot rely on any doctor.

Recently, the term, "the body electric," has become common place - at the very least, among those involved in the art of natural healing. All our bodies function at a certain frequency in which our body's electrical systems, or, energy can be measured; and the frequency of each organ can be determined. A homeopathic remedy may be recommended if a frequency is not at the norm.

There are other alternatives in some treatments, that don't necessarily involve supplementation. For instance, acupuncture involves the use of needles that are strategically placed along the lines of the body's own meridians or electrical channels. I'll be discussing more about "the body electric" and several other modalities in upcoming articles.

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History Of Holistic Health

Holistic health has existed since the beginning of time. The term “Holistic Health” was not used until the 19th century; however, the philosophical roots go back thousands of years.

Benedict Lust, a physician trained in Europe, arrived in the US in the 1890’s and began to describe an eclectic combination of natural healing doctrines he called “Naturopathy.”

It taught the best of what was then known about nutritional therapy, homeopathy, natural diet, herbal medicines, spinal manipulation, exercise therapy, hydrotherapy, stress reduction, electrotherapy and other natural therapies.

The result was a new and emerging paradigm in medicine as our understanding of environment and the human body evolves. Most of the evidence of this is found in the realm of physics.

Healing Modalities

Cold laser is a therapy in which a laser is used instead of needles as in acupuncture. Laser therapy is a related energy technique which encompasses light as an energy source, and the operating tool of this healing modality.

Colon hydrotherapy is another example of a holistic approach to good health. Did you know that 70% of the body's immune system is located in the colon to prevent stored toxins from being reabsorbed?

This is a therapy that I have personally tried, so I can testify to its effectiveness. Did you know that you must take probiotics both before and after this therapy? Why would this be important?

Your body contains, and produces antibodies and yeast. There are both good and bad antibodies, and good and bad yeast. A probiotic helps to keep these levels in balance, so that there is not a deficiency of the good antibodies and yeast; because if there is, you will get sick.

During colon hydrotherapy, water - that’s the hydro part - is used to irrigate your colon and intestinal canals and flush them clean. Because this area is the home of a large percentage of the yeast and antibodies as a part of immune system function; there is a risk that too many will get flushed out during the hydrotherapy. It’s like throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Taking the probiotic helps to replenish what may be lost during the therapy.

Did you know that both John Wayne and Elvis Presley were found, upon autopsy, to have 30 lbs of waste backed up in their colon? These guys ate only meat and potatoes. This is why your mother told you to eat your vegetables; think about that.

Imagine what carrying 30 lbs feels like, and then imagine lugging that much rotted food and the accompanying gas around in your body. How weighed down they must have felt; how sluggish. I’m sure their energy pathways were blocked, and they felt tired and lacked energy. Colon hydrotherapy can assist in releasing both gas and blockages and helping to revitalize the body.

Herbology is the study of herbs, and another example of a holistic choice. Iridology is the study of the eyes, specifically, the pupils of the eyes. It is a fascinating modality which I will touch upon more later in my focus upon Energy medicine.

Old & New Paradigms In Medicine

Old Paradigms

  1. The body is a machine.
  2. The body & the mind are separate.
  3. Emphasize the elimination of disease.
  4. Treat symptoms.
  5. Specialize (tunnel vision)
  6. Use high technology, heroic measure.
  7. Focus on objective information (how the patient is doing based on charts, statistics, test results etc)
  8. The physician should be emotionally neutral & detached
  9. The physician is in control of the patient’s health choices.

New Paradigms

  1. Address the whole patient.
  2. The body & the mind are interconnected.
  3. Emphasize achieving good health.
  4. Treat underlying causes.
  5. Take an integrated approach
  6. Focus on Diet, Lifestyle & preventative measures
  7. Focus on subjective information. (how patient is feeling)
  8. The physician is a partner in the healing process.
  9. The patient is in charge of health care choices.

In making new healthy choices, one must also consider lifestyle changes.

Principles of Holistic Health

  1. Do no harm
  2. Nature has healing powers (herbology)
  3. Identify & treat the cause
  4. Treat the whole person
  5. The physician/practitioner is a teacher
  6. Prevention is the best cure
  7. Establish Health & Wellness (this is the Ultimate Goal)

Lifestyles

 A typical American lifestyle

  1. Fast-food, & Quick Serve.
  2. Microwave cooking
  3. Canned foods, TV Dinners
  4. Little to no exercise
  5. Television for entertainment
  6. Pill for every ailment
  7. Wait till you’re sick to seek
  8. “Super size” everything-clothes

A typical Holistic Lifestyle

  1. Organic Foods, Meal Preparation.
  2. Stove top or Convection Oven Cooking
  3. Fresh or frozen foods
  4. Exercise routine
  5. Reading the arts, outdoors for entertainment.
  6. Supplements for optimum health
  7. Prevention is the best cure treatment
  8. Everything in moderation cars, meals.

Attitude Change Needed

The medical paradigm shift is now in progress, and as a result, holistic health is now often referred to as “Integrated Medicine.” The era of the “demigod” physician is now over, and the era of “self-empowered” health is beginning. The relationship between the healer and the patient is now evolving into an alternative that is more focused on the natural health of the patient, as opposed to the profits of the doctors and pharmaceutical companies.

“It is best to know what sort of patient has a disease rather than know what disease a patient has.” Dr. John Rogers

Holistic health treats the whole body. It focuses on the patient and prevention of disease. It does this by working in harmony with natural healing modalities.

“Nature is doing her best each moment to make us well. She exists for no other end. Do not resist. With the least inclination to be well, we should not be sick.” Henry David Thoreau

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healthhubs 5 years ago from USA

Thanks for sharing this wonderful article on "Holistic health". You are absolutely right that we can prevent many diseases by practising holistic lifestyle.


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Etherealenigma 5 years ago from Florida Author

Thank you so much for your visit and comment. I haven't been here in a bit, so my reply is a little late, but I do appreciate it.


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Vladimir Uhri 5 years ago from HubPages, FB

Respectfully I must disagree with the statement: "...we cannot rely on any doctor". Doctors saved many lives.


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Etherealenigma 5 years ago from Florida Author

Vladimir, some doctors do save lives - but for most, it is only if it profitable to do so. If we were getting free medical in this country like Canada does, then I would agree with you, because doctors saving lives would not come with a high pricetag; and therefore, I would more inclined to believe that they did it because its in their heart to do so. Thanks for stopping by.


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Vladimir Uhri 5 years ago from HubPages, FB

Sorry but I am medical doctor and I never met Dr. who just treat patient only for money. 20 years ago surveys showed Drs. were on top on honesty. Today government cheated us so much I had to quit. This is what government's medicine is doing. Besides I work in socialistic medicine you like in Soviet block. It is the same what is going to be here now. Just watch. You will apology.


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Etherealenigma 5 years ago from Florida Author

Well, right now, in this country (I live in America) we have such a capitalistic system, that greed has overrun it. They have made sickness a profitable thing by poisoning our food, poisoning us with chemical pills, which they advertise for every sin that exists, under the claim that sin is actually a disease. In this country, doctors get a payoff for prescribing the latest chemical pill on the market, and all of this is sanctioned by the FCC, which is a branch of the government which is also getting kickbacks (paid) by lobbyists for the pharmaceutical companies.

All of the medical community here profits from sickness, and they are in cahoots with the pharmaceutical, insurance and food industries to make that happen. This country has the highest rate of cancer than anywhere else in the world because of these practises. The only industry not profitting from sickness is the homeopathic industry, because their focus is wellness and prevention.

I don't know what part of the soviet block you are in, but I do know that the Russian hospitals have started using a product from a company that I represent - a natural company. The product is called Transfer Factor Plus, and it is being used in all Russian hospitals to heal the immune system, so that the body can recover from disease on its own. This is not a product that the American hospitals or medical system even want the public to know about, because it would eliminate too much sickness and put them out of business. So maybe in your country, the doctors have some scruples, but in mine, not too many do. It is a business first for most of them. Peace & blessings.


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Vladimir Uhri 5 years ago from HubPages, FB

Lady you should not spread misinformations. I live in USA for 40+ years and practiced medicine. Greed came form materialism, socialism and communism. It was never here in capitalistic system. We have just greedy socialistic capitalism now. Check my hubs, please.


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Etherealenigma 5 years ago from Florida Author

What do you mean it was never here in the capitalistic system? Are you serious? I'm not spreading misinformation at all. You need to wake up. Perhaps you practiced medicine in a moral way when you were here, but that is really not what's happening now.

Maybe you should do some research into what they are putting in our foods over here, and why we are the fattest country in the world. Maybe then you would understand what I'm talking about. Peace.


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restrelax 4 years ago from Los angeles CA

the world because of these practises. The only industry not profitting from sickness is the homeopathic industry, because their focus is wellness and prevention.


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Etherealenigma 4 years ago from Florida Author

Holistic-health: Mainstream medicine is in bed with biochemical companies who are producing these drugs and concoctions to put in the food to poison us. Years ago, they thought it was easier to control 1 million people, but now, the powers that be think its easier to kill a million people.

When people ate more natural foods years ago, there was not the amount of sickness, disease, and weight problems like what exists now. These companies are profiting from making products that destroy us, and most people aren't even conscious of it. So for those of us that know, we have a responsibility to spread the word. Thanks for the visit. Stop by any time.

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