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What is a holistic practitioner exactly?
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Dr. Nika Ferdowsi
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: Hard to be exact
This phrase has become a catch-all.
It has come to have different meanings for different people. May mean that they use both natural and pharmaceutical therapies. It could mean that they only use natural therapies. It could mean that they evaluate both mind and body of patient. They maybe a doctor, or might not. Since there are so many variables, it is important to be an informed patient.

In brief: Hard to be exact
This phrase has become a catch-all.
It has come to have different meanings for different people. May mean that they use both natural and pharmaceutical therapies. It could mean that they only use natural therapies. It could mean that they evaluate both mind and body of patient. They maybe a doctor, or might not. Since there are so many variables, it is important to be an informed patient.
Dr. Nika Ferdowsi
Dr. Nika Ferdowsi
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Dr. Erik Borncamp
Wound care
In brief: Treats the whole pt
Holistic implies that the complete individual is treated, not just the disease.
That is, the stress, living situation, nutrition etc are taken into consideration when treating , say, the flu. This can be a good thing. Problem is it opens the door to many intuitively hoped-for but scientifically unproven theories such as ' energy imbalances or imaginary toxins., etc. Check http://NCCIH.nih.org

In brief: Treats the whole pt
Holistic implies that the complete individual is treated, not just the disease.
That is, the stress, living situation, nutrition etc are taken into consideration when treating , say, the flu. This can be a good thing. Problem is it opens the door to many intuitively hoped-for but scientifically unproven theories such as ' energy imbalances or imaginary toxins., etc. Check http://NCCIH.nih.org
Dr. Erik Borncamp
Dr. Erik Borncamp
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Dr. James Wright
Dentistry
In brief: Can vary widely
Because holistic encompasses the whole, it can include so many different types of practitioners.
One example is looking at oral pathology to find the root cause of disease. Take a look at the book "am dead or do I just feel like it". I have a free e-book on my website, 8 holistic dental tips. Please feel free to download it. www.holisticdentistlasvegas.com.

In brief: Can vary widely
Because holistic encompasses the whole, it can include so many different types of practitioners.
One example is looking at oral pathology to find the root cause of disease. Take a look at the book "am dead or do I just feel like it". I have a free e-book on my website, 8 holistic dental tips. Please feel free to download it. www.holisticdentistlasvegas.com.
Dr. James Wright
Dr. James Wright
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