SOURCE: Health Insights Today
An editorial by Daniel Redwood, DC
Through the 1970s and 1980s, those of us seeking to advance alternatives to conventional medicine that would be far less reliant on drugs and surgery, far more friendly to hands-on forms of healing and the use of natural substances, and cognizant that illness and pain usually have more than one cause and potential cure, identified ourselves as proponents of holism, holistic health care or holistic medicine. The words were chosen to convey the importance of seeing ourselves and our patients as whole persons—body, mind and spirit.
But phrases fall out of fashion. By the early 1990s, holistic had become alternative, then complementary and alternative (CAM), and finally (for now) integrative. We all understand that the map is not the territory, but changes in language signal changes in outlook and emphasis. Subtly and gradually, we have lost something in the process. When we raise the banner of holism, we assert the value of a whole systems paradigm. Endorsing alternative, complementary, or integrative medicine lacks this engaged focus on principles and thus affirms far less. (more…)