Friday, April 20, 2012

Holistic Health: Pseudoscience?

Information: The definition of holistic health by the American Holistic Medical Association is as follows: "Holistic medicine is the art and science of healing that addresses care of the whole person - body, mind, and spirit. The practice of holistic medicine integrates conventional and complementary therapies to promote optimal health, and prevent and treat disease by addressing contributing factors."

There are many point of views about holistic health, many of which include that it is only supported by quacks and that it does not work, one must take medication to be healthy, or stay healthy. Well, I am one of those who believes otherwise. I am a firm believer that when suffering from an illness, all aspects of your life must be evaluated for you to be healthy. Not all illness and disease is caused by a bug and can be cured by a pill. It is medically proven that stress and other life factors can effect your health.

The purpose of holistic health is to measure all aspects of your life and find out how they are effecting your health. "Disease is understood to be the result of physical, emotional, spiritual, social and environmental imbalance. (AHMA)" If so, then why do we only treat the physical issues? 

The question at issue is whether holistic healing is a real, productive practice, or a form of psuedoscience, with professional sounding language and selective testimonials. I think it's not.

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