Holistic is as Holistic Does
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HOLISTIC – adjective
1. analyzing whole system of beliefs: characterized by the view that a whole system of beliefs must be analyzed rather than simply its individual components
2. considering all factors when treating illness: taking into account all of somebody’s physical, mental, and social conditions in the treatment of illness
This is just a tidbit for anyone that may be confused about what the word holistic means. I rarely even use it myself, but it is something that I firmly believe is the only intelligent and beneficial manner in which to serve people medically. I’ve noted on more than one occasion that some people try to assign an unrelated meaning to this word that indicates the use of herbs. Even Naturopathy isn’t defined that way. Both approaches (and they are inter-related) involve minimalist approaches, least invasive choices, and a consideration of the entire being of the patient. If someone can give me a solid reason to object to that, I’d really love to hear it – seriously… post something. I want to hear that story.
The misconception that holistic or naturopathic approaches either one mean that you’re eschewing modern medicine and using herbs to replace them is getting really old. To begin with, if you have an objection to herbs, you need to go to your medicine cabinet and throw out all your pills. Where do you think they came from?
Aspirin = willow
Plaquenil = Cinchona
Digitalis = Foxglove
Vicodin = Opium poppies
(And a boatload of others, along with Vicodin, I might add)
Taxol = Pacific Yew
Atropine = Belladonna
Theophylline = Theobroma Cacao, Coffee, Tea
I could go on, but I think that’s enough. There also seems to be a misconception floating around that I gulp handfuls of marketed herbs and tell my Dr to piss off. Let me make it perfectly clear that if you were to look at my supply of supplements, you’d be looking at krill oil, ALA, CLA, potassium, magnesium, chromium, calcium, and a 1-a-day from Trader Joe’s. The closest you’ll find to “herbal” anything is primrose oil, ginseng, and gingko (which I rarely take). I’m willing to bet that the people screaming about the safety of herbs are A. taking aspirin at some point, and B. taking a primrose supplement because they heard it was good for you, oh and C. drinking ginseng tea when they’re tired. It’s still a plant, you know. Ordinary TEA is a plant, and believe you me it IS medicine. I find the common practice in this society of taking unrefined dry herbs in a capsule on a daily basis to be repugnant, in fact. On the rare occasion that I need to use my training in traditional Medicine, it’s generally a tea for a chest cold, some type of soup, or possibly using aloe or plantain for a skin irritation. Unlike many people in this country, I actually respect the knowledge I was entrusted to keep. When you abuse it, it will not be there when you really need it! When I do need a medication for something, and I’ve tried adjusting my lifestyle and diet to repair the situation without positive results, I take the medication. I’ve never indicated anything to the contrary to anyone in my life. It is my preference not to, as it should be for anyone. That is my right. I am not however a drooling moron that can’t make an intelligent choice when I need to.
This was simply for the benefit of anyone misled about my practices and beliefs. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, then it doesn’t apply to you. If you’re reading this and going, “Oh… OOPS“, you’re now better informed. To those that have communicated with me privately and are the true network of support for me, I appreciate your sincerity.
For anyone that saw the mocking remark in a certain forum recently, I would pose it to you to consider the mental stability of an individual with the need to laugh at a chronically ill person in need of taking a medication. I have no idea what the purpose of that was, but I’ve said my piece.