Holistic Medicine and Spirituality

Essay by RNunes9864University, Bachelor'sA+, May 2006

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Health and well being, since time immemorial, has been the function of apothecaries and faith healers; people who looked at the entire body. Science has become the forefather of medicine. "It is easy to forget that, by its nature, science is reductionist and Aristotelian, exploring reality by slicing it in to understandable pieces." (Fulder 775) There are literally hundreds of different doctors and thousands of different medications on the market and our knowledge is almost endless, so why do people keep getting sick? All of our lives end with an inevitable death and that ending for some of us comes untimely and painfully worse yet. Nonetheless, we reach our demise prematurely by our own hands. We do not understand the importance of how we respond to changing aspects of our existence. In actuality, what is health? What is well being? Can a life with our indispensable medical know-how be the epitome of existence despite the ailments that exist and attack our fragile bodies, or is there more? The realm of holism and spirituality was looked at in the past to be the balance beam of life or death for an ailing body.

Now, with the ever-increasing amounts of carcinogens, food preservatives and levels of stress due to our busy lives and un-satiated need for more, holism and spirituality have a place in modern day medicine.

Medicine and doctors, generally speaking, are more focused on fixing what's broken oppose to preventative maintenance. We have the food pyramid, and are recommended to perform moderate intensity exercise for 30-60 min three times a week. We are also told what to eat how to eat and when to eat but isn't there more to us as living beings than meets the eye? It is functional to fix or at least put a Band-Aid on...