Holism & Health

An Understanding of Holistic Medicine

John Diamond, M.D.

Extract from the book 
Holism and Beyond: The Essence of Holistic Medicine

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Until I first came to America I had never seen the northern sky. In Australia I was quite able to identify the constellations, but in America I couldn’t. I searched and searched for Orion’s belt, and in the end it was pointed out to me.

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A Note on Being “Holistic”

By John Diamond, M.D.

Just what do we mean by “holistic”? More and more holistic health centers are springing up around the country, and they proudly announce that they offer professional work in many different areas – yoga, meditation, biofeedback, reflexology, nutritional counseling, patterned exercises, relaxation therapy, massage, acupressure and so on.

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Sanctuary

By John Diamond, M.D.

Let’s talk about the word safety. It comes from the Latin salvus and it means to be healthy, whole, uninjured therefore without fear, without stress. Because when you feel safe you have no fear and therefore no stress. And somebody once remarked that the purpose of meditation, the feeling of meditation was like the feeling of going home – or to a home where there is no stress, no fear, where you believe your mother loves you.

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Homeostasis

By John Diamond, M.D.

Homeostasis is defined by the American Heritage Dictionary as “the ability or tendency of an organism or a cell to maintain internal equilibrium by adjusting its physiological processes.” It is a basic belief of modern medical science, said to be operating at all levels of physiology from the tendency to restore the electrolyte imbalances in a single cell caused by its previous activity, to the tendency for a wound to heal.

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