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How are holistic health practitioners different than regular practitioners?

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine
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In brief: Address whole person

Holistic practitioners treat the whole person: mind, body & spirit in the context of their environment.
They search for the underlying causes of illness, and pay attention to the role of diet, lifestyle and mind-body interactions. They tend to use nutrition, herbs and other natural therapies in conjunction with standard treatments. See http://www.Holisticmedicine.Org/content.Asp?Pl=2&contentid=2.

In brief: Address whole person

Holistic practitioners treat the whole person: mind, body & spirit in the context of their environment.
They search for the underlying causes of illness, and pay attention to the role of diet, lifestyle and mind-body interactions. They tend to use nutrition, herbs and other natural therapies in conjunction with standard treatments. See http://www.Holisticmedicine.Org/content.Asp?Pl=2&contentid=2.
Dr. Randy Baker
Dr. Randy Baker
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Dr. Pamela Pappas
We hope that all practitioners will see the patients in a holistic way -- but unfortunately, this is not always the case.
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. Alex Shvartsman
Dentistry - Cosmetic

In brief: Whole body

They keep the whole body in mind not just one part.

In brief: Whole body

They keep the whole body in mind not just one part.
Dr. Alex Shvartsman
Dr. Alex Shvartsman
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