Holistic health is based on the law of nature that a whole is made up of interdependent parts. The earth is made of systems such as water, air, land, plants and animals. If life is to be sustained, they cannot be separated, for what is happening in one system is also felt by all of the others. In the same way our individual is a whole made up of interdependent parts, which are spiritual, mental and emotional. The whole person is also constantly interacting with everything in the surrounding environment, connecting to the universe.
Ancient healing traditions that started 5000 years ago stress living a healthy way of life in harmony with nature. Holistic concepts fell out of favor in Western society during the 20th century. Scientific medical advances had created a dramatic shift in the concept of health. Germs were identified as source of diseases, and now latest medical research keeps breaking down genes to render information, which, at this particular moment leads mankind to believe that everything will be fixable by science. I am not, in any way downplaying the phenomenal advances science has made in treating illnesses and injuries. However not much is done in ways of addressing the prevention of illnesses and living wholesome, purposeful lives. If my child were in a car accident I would not take him to a holistic physician, I need that surgeon!! However, once he is healed, in order to keep my child healthy and minimize use of medications and reach a balance I need a more holistic approach.
Holistic pediatrics, in my philosophy, encompasses all that ancient and modern medicine has to offer children. It is a way of treating children with an open mind, open heart and unconditional love. By applying the knowledge of various branches of healing arts, accepting and using different treatment philosophies, involving parents in decision making, we can choose the best way to preserve the health and treat illnesses in our children.
As an example, my philosophy of holistic approach to children with ADHD differs from traditional medicine significantly. Firstly, evaluation using the best available psychological testing is obtained to prove or disprove the diagnosis. Nutritional and lifestyle changes, behavioral approaches and meditation techniques are discussed with parents and used prior to considering medications. Medications are used only if absolutely necessary. Parents are educated in the side effects of the use of medications. Thus a system is tailored integrating traditional and alternative medicine.
I am currently certified through the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine. This allows me to balance my traditional care with evidence based alternative medicine.