Few people ask directly, but I see the question in so many of their eyes. You know, the look that says they're wondering if you stick pins in dolls or make potions out of dried, ground bat and dusty spider webs...
No, its not that.
Holistic medical practice means you look at the entity, and their interactions with their environment, not just one symptom of a problem. How many of you have had the frustration of going to your allopathic (mainstream) physician with a list of symptoms and he treats you for only one, or maybe two? And then his treatment is to prescribe you medications that will give you a handful of new symptoms! That's what kept happening to me. That's what pushed me into choosing a Holistic Medical approach.
My Dr. is an MD. He practices Integrative Medicine. That means that he won't limit himself to toxic pharmaceuticals that only mask symptoms while poisoning the patient. He researches, gets certification in and uses tools from other modalities. For instance, if I were to go in to him with back pain, he'd look at probable causes for the pain that would include environmental or dietary exposures. Together, we'd take a holistic approach to solving my medical issues. Depending on what we thought might have triggered it, he might use acupressure, TENs, nutritional supplements or send me to an acupuncturist, or massage therapist, before looking at a pain med. If he thinks I require an evaluation from a specialist, he suggests ones that he knows are supportive of complimentary and alternative therapies. When I had a ruptured ovarian cyst, he sent me to a gynecologist for testing and evaluation, that gave me information on alternatives for treating the issues that she found. She and my regular doctor worked together, and we added a ND that oversaw my treatment for the host of problems the OB/Gyn had found.
Here's the thing - symptoms don't happen in a vacuum. Something causes the body to manifest them. In my case, these symptoms were the result of endocrine system disrupting chemicals (from pesticides) that had given me Estrogen Dominance. We used nutritional supplements and dietary strategies to bring my hormones back into balance, without using synthetic chemical hormone replacement therapies. In essence we looked at the whole picture. From cause to effect, to effects of possible treatments. Then we made decisions and devised a strategy.
Yes, my OB/Gyn suggested hormone replacement drugs. She was respectful when I asked her for alternatives. She understood my reasons for not wanting them.
Here's some info I've combined from two different fields of study...
1.) From the study of evolution: scientists never created the building blocks of life in a test tube as they claimed. The created the proteins (by manipulations that weren't possible) in the environment that they say was present at the time life was supposed to spontaneously generate, but they weren't "living" proteins! They were "dead" proteins.
What does this mean? All proteins are "spun together" or twisted. The ones that promote, or support, life are twisted to the left. "L-" proteins. The ones that are toxic, and can't support life are "D-" proteins. They are dead, and cause death and decay. They are twisted to the right. The D stands for "derecho" the latin word for right. The direction of the twist is called chirality. In living tissue most of the proteins are L. In the test tube, they created ONLY D- proteins. Their attempt to mimic the spontaneous (tongue in cheek, because they cheated) generation of life resulted in "no life."
2.) From the study of chemistry: chirality is not restricted to proteins, but inhibits all components of creation. They haven't yet discovered "all components of creation." Here is a simple explanation,
"In short, the science of chirality began with Louis Pasteur, who discovered that biologically active molecules often occur in two mirror image forms called isomers or simply stated ‐ hands. You could visualize these "hands" as “sides” whose only similarity is that they look alike. Although they are stereo images of each other, the chirally correct side is Mr. Hyde and the chirally incorrect side is Dr.Jekyll". The current scientific recognition of chirality has pharmaceutical companies admitting D-chiral substances are toxic, and researching unwinding and retwisting them to have L-chirality.
One periodical on imagery of molecules states it this way, "(PhysOrg.com) -- It is not always easy to distinguish between images and mirror images of molecules, but this knowledge is important when one image of a molecule is a drug and the mirror image is toxic."
While they have redressed the elephant in the room by saying the "drug" is (supposed) to be non toxic, the reality is that the pharmaceutical industry is "working on" realigning the synthetic drug's chirality. Other articles about pharmaceuticals and D-chirality state that previous drugs were D chiral and toxic out right, as their aim is to justify the need for billions of dollars in research and to promote the "new L- isomer forms of these drugs." The pointedly do not admit their liability in poisoning millions of people with the D-chiral isomers....
I think they are being overly optimistic. Just as in the past when they discovered micro-particles and claimed they'd discovered the smallest... Now we have "nano particles"... I don't think their arrogant attempts to circumvent God's wisdom are non-toxic. In His Word God said he'd provide plants for our food and healing... Why would we choose puny man's toxic synthetics over God's provision?
They claim they have 4000 new L-forms of prescription drugs. If this is true, and they weren't still toxic, why do we still get pharma commercials on TV with warnings about side effects? Side effects = poison.
In short, a holistic approach seeks to avoid, or remove as many toxic substances as possible in the course of treating a medical issue. It uses a wide range of proven beneficial modalities. I choose Holistic because I want the best possible outcome for myself.