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Holism & Health

Video: How Can a Doctor Laugh?

Medicine is seemingly no laughing matter. Yet John Diamond, M.D., reveals a world beneath the superficial where the doctor can find true Joy, and so encourage his patients to do the same.

See more videos by Dr Diamond on his YouTube channel.

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Video: The Fundamentalism of Medicine

Dr. Diamond discusses the transformation of medicine into a more mechanical modality, with a corresponding loss in empathy, holistic thinking – and aesthetic sense!

See more videos by Dr Diamond on his YouTube channel.

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Video: Singing and Surgery

Dr. Diamond discusses using the power of music, innate in us all, to help transcend traumatic experiences such as surgery.

Based on these insights, Dr. Diamond has written a remarkable book of the same title, to encourage others to view surgery as a spiritual, transcendental experience, rather than one rooted in fear and anxiety.

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“Your Heart: Friend or Enemy?”

The cardiologist proclaimed that his most important role was to allay each patient’s fear of his heart – of being attacked by it.

I’ve long advised suffers to listen to their hearts – and give thanks.

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“What Is Holism?”

Let's start by considering the word's origin. When you consult the Oxford English Dictionary you make a surprising discovery: Holism is a very new word.
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“Two Wheels on Dry Land”

"To find health should be the object of the doctor. Anyone can find disease."—A.T. Still, the founder of Osteopathy
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“The Drive for Life”

There are so many procedures and techniques, systems and modalities, all proclaiming themselves as therapy. They are entitled to do so only if, whatever the means whereby, they raise the Life Energy, the Healing Power within the sufferer: if they raise the sufferer’s will to be well, if they enhance his Life Energy.
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“The Placebo Effect”

In clinical research, one of the most annoying problems— one may even call it a “side effect”—is that known as the placebo effect. In numerous trials of drugs for hypertension, anxiety, insomnia, or the like, it has been found that up to one-third of the test subjects achieve the same desirable effects with a physiologically inert substance as are achieved with the wondrous new miracle drugs of the research laboratory.

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“Spiritual Medicine”

Thanks to modern medical advances, the mechanical body marches on, but the spirit has died. As doctors, we must judge our results from quality of life.
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“An Understanding of Holistic Medicine”

A true understanding of a patient is an understanding of his total universe. This is holistic medicine.
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