After thirty-five years as a practising osteopath and holistic health clinic manager I have come to realise that there is very little interest in the origin and nature of health. We have a National Health Service, which allocates minimal resources to “health”, it is a disease prevention, management, and treatment service. I believe the time has come when a major shift must be made in our approach to healthcare… we must learn what health is about & how we can enhance it. I have expanded my interests to health promotion and regard myself now as a Health Professional Consultant or Orthopath with particular interest in the four mainstays of good health: Structure & Body Mechanics, Nutrition, Breathing and The Mind. To this end I have four topics that give the public the information about each of these factors underpinning good health. I hope, together, they will help answer the question above. It is with the hope that a new awareness can be regenerated among individuals, health-carers and our leaders, that this public forum of “TotalHealthMatters!” has been conceived. It has three main aims:
1. To provide a reading resource of the latest research, literature and published information on the nature, origin and enhancement of health. 2. To promote debate and exchange of ideas amongst visitors to the site, and 3. To encourage all providers of “Health Care” to begin the re-allocation of resources, to create a healthier society. Unless Health is returned to the centre of our medicine and healthcare services we shall continue to slide into declining health.
The Nation’s Health has suffered from the practice of disease orientated medicine, now is the time to change and integrate the best of health promotion with the best of mainstream medicine.
“The secret of patient care, is caring for the patient” Dr. Francis W.Peabody (1881-1927)
Reductionism & Holism
“Da Vinci’s contributions to our understanding of the universe are profound and enduring precisely because of this integration. He realised wholism needed reductionism to advance and reductionism needed wholism to remain relevant. He realised that when you take something out of context to study it more closely or measure it exactly, you risk losing more wisdom than you gain.”
Dr. T. Colin Campbell Ph.D “Whole”