The old health paradigm would have you believe there is nothing more than the physical, material reality. This is a holdover of the Cartesian dualist split which in turn led dismissing anything not observable in physicality.
Brought into medicine, this was the doctor who told you “this has nothing to do with diet.”
This was the doctor who said, “we can’t find anything with these tests, so it must be all in your head.”
This is the skeptic that exclaims, “acupuncture, homeopathy, breathwork have all been debunked” despite evidence to the contrary.
This is the scientist thirty years ago that said, “with the Human Genome Project in the next 20 years we’ll unlock the code of life and be able to cure all disease.”
This is the scientist today that says, “with AI and nanotechnology in the next 20 years we’ll be able to cure all disease.”
These statements are all symptoms of the deeper materialist paradigm than has been falsified a thousand times over.
The holistic paradigm is more inclusive, looking at many different perspectives of health.
There is the physical perspective of course. There is no denying that Western medicine with surgery and drugs has had some great successes here.
But there are also the energetic, emotional, mental and spiritual perspectives to take into account. If you neglect these, you do so at the cost of a complete picture of health.
A holistic paradigm is fractal in this way. Sometimes, though more rare than you might think, health issues may exist on a single level of health. More often than not, they exist across these perspectives, and thus, are treated best by working across the perspectives.
Even if you’re going in for surgery, your psychology before and after that will determine some of the outcome.
The fractal extends in other directions as well, that is ecologically. We can zoom into the human body and see that we are not just human.
There are our organs, cells, DNA, which have some sort of innate intelligence about them.
Plus there is the microbiome. This includes not just bacteria, but viruses, fungi, even parasites. In all cases there can be good, neutral and bad, but even that is a simplification.
The ecological perspective extends to the larger as well. While health absolutely must be looked at individually, we must look at the social levels. We are interdependent beings. So much of our health is tied directly into the health of those around us, physically, mentally, emotionally, etc.
And it’s not just human beings either! We are interdependent beings. Our individual health is determined by the health of the soil, air, water, the foods we eat (whether plant or animal in origin). Our health is not merely our own but part and parcel of the planet we live on.
Healthcare cannot succeed when and where it does not take into account ALL of these perspectives.
This isn’t an easy way to investigate health, but it is vastly more complete and leads to more optimal outcomes.
Those that think they’ve tried everything typically haven’t even come close. They may have tried everything in a confined perspective of thinking. Break out of that and you may find the cure elsewhere.
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