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What is a holistic health practitioner?
7 doctors weighed in

Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine
4 doctors agree
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
Thank
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. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
In brief: Sometimes marketing
Holistic health is a term used by ordinary true physicians (md and do) who try and put illness in context but also used by non-medical pseudo doctors like naturopaths and chiropractors to indicate some idea of additional broad spectrum health benefits but it is largely for them a marketing tool.
Be careful when this term is used as a means to simply sell to you vitamins, etc. Out of the office.

In brief: Sometimes marketing
Holistic health is a term used by ordinary true physicians (md and do) who try and put illness in context but also used by non-medical pseudo doctors like naturopaths and chiropractors to indicate some idea of additional broad spectrum health benefits but it is largely for them a marketing tool.
Be careful when this term is used as a means to simply sell to you vitamins, etc. Out of the office.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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