Conventional Medicine vs. Holistic Therapies
Conventional Medical Approach
The A.M.A.’s definition of “medical doctor” found in the archives of medical history and in statutory law is clearly defined as “one who examines or diagnoses, prescribes, advises, recommends, administers or dispenses a drug or medicine, appliance, mold, cast application, operation or treatment of whatever nature, for the cure or relief of a wound, fracture or bodily injury, infirmity or disease for compensation of any kind, direct or indirect.
A medical doctor takes control of the patient by diagnosing, prescribing and treating. The patient places full responsibility for their health into the hands of the physician. The patient often continues his or her bad habits while taking a drug or drugs for their diagnosed problem. The physician is paid as long as the patient is sick. When a patient gets well, the physician no longer has a patient.
Conventional medicine’s treatments and remedies are symptomatic. The goal is to treat isolated symptoms of the disease with injections, drugs, and / or surgery. These may relieve the specific complaint or concern temporarily, but in the long term, drugs have side effects. Drugs may solve a symptom but ultimately cause more symptoms. Drugs are suppressive in nature and have undesirable toxic side effects. They interfere with normal body processes and inhibit restorative and healing efforts of the body. Eventually, drugs cause more damage than good. Drugs do not possess curing powers-the cure is always about the body itself.
Socrates, in 4th Century B.C., warned against treating only one part of the body, “for the part can never be well unless the whole is well.” In holistic health we believe that the body has three parts: body, mind and spirit. If something is wrong in the body, the mind and the spirit suffer. If something is wrong with the spirit, the mind and body suffer. All parts are intricately connected.
Holistic health is actually a whole approach to life. Rather than treating a symptom or a specific illness, holistic therapies focus on and consider the whole person and how every part of their life is affecting the body. Holistic therapies emphasize the connection of mind, body and spirit. The goal is the achieve maximum well-being, where every part of the body is functioning. Lifestyle change causes people to accept responsibility for their own health and make good everyday choices to achieve maximum wellness. Holistic health is an ongoing process. It takes a personal commitment to live with ultimate health goals in mind.
According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the key factors influencing a person’s health are as follows: quality of medical care accounts for only 10%. Predisposed, hereditary conditions account for only 18%. Everyday lifestyle conditions, including environmental toxins, account for 72%! The way people live and the daily decisions they make about their own physical condition are by far the largest factor in determining health. The majority of illnesses and early deaths are being traced back to individual lifestyle. Major choices such as alcohol, drugs, nicotine, and sexual promiscuity, as well as other seeming minor choices such as sugar, unhealthy food choices, lack of exercise, and stress gradually cause degenerative disease. As habits grow, lifestyle decreases and sets the stage for illness. Lifetime health is determined, for the most part, by all the big and small choices that we make on a daily basis. Most degenerative disease is not caught from another person, but is actually earned.
Holistic health therapies are lifestyle programs. These programs require education on how the body works. Special attention is paid to what helps the body regenerate, and on what choices are destructive. The Wellness Mentors at Eden can educate and provide direction on programs that give the body the very best chance to respond and begin the progression back to true health. With the skills learned, one can continue to live with a healthy mind, body and spirit. Holistic health supports reaching higher levels of wellness, as well as prevention of illness.