"Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood." ~Marie Curie
The difference between holistic-style medicine and conventional-style medicine begins with a philosophy of how the world works. In German, this philosophy is called the "weltanschauung": your weltanschauung is your comprehensive view of the world and human life.
The predominant weltanschauung of our time is that our world is a machine, the whole universe acting as a clockwork with one part acting on another part in an essentially mechanistic and linear process. When a part breaks down, the way to fix the system is to find the bad part and remove it. Or, if it's a crucial component, replace it.
True to this weltenschauung, conventional modern-style medicine takes our bodies apart into various systems, functions, and parts, and focuses directly on those parts of our bodies that aren't working optimally. Disease is seen as a product of flawed equipment, and healing is therefore seen as equipment repair by biochemical or anatomical removal and replacement. To achieve this goal, conventional-style medical treatment usually involves the use of drugs, radiation, or surgery to excise the malfunctioning tissues so that the remainder of the organism can be considered "disease-free."
Holistic-style medicine, on the other hand, examines the entire body, the human that the body belongs to, its environment, and all the interrelations between these systems, as a single, whole being. That's because "holo" means "whole."
Obviously, to see and work with the whole system requires a completely different approach than the reductionist one used by conventional-style medicine. A holistic practitioner must use systems thinking, a complexity theory approach, and must know more about emergence, process, patterns, and other systems theory. A conventional practitioner, by contrast, must know a lot about anatomy and chemistry, since the conventional-style medical practitioner's role is to look for "bad parts" and replace them. Even if these parts are just chemical parts.
If everyone learned only one thing about holistic medicine, the Iron Rule of the DHS would still make us all expert healers.
The Iron Rule goes like this:
Every disease originates from a
* highly acute,
* dramatic, and
That's it. That's the truth about disease in a nutshell.
Holistic healing - that is, the entire disease and healing process from start to finish - involves a very specific pattern of events.
Since it's a biological law of nature, this pattern of events always occurs in exactly the same sequence, though the timing may change, or the sequence of events can get hung up at one stage, or the sequence of events can be interrupted and start from the beginning again.
The pattern of events in holistic healing is simple. When (and only if) there is a resolution to a conflict-shock experience, every disease process, from measles to meningitis, occurs in two phases:
Ontogeny isn't really a word tossed around in everyday conversation, but it's actually a fascinating topic, and a key to several of life's greatest mysteries, including the mystery of how and why disease and healing occur.
In fact, a basic understanding of the ontogenetic system of diseases reveals that the processes of disease and healing are actually very precise and completely consistent from one person - and one species - to the next.