The objective of HolisticOnline.com is to provide you with the
information you need to make an intelligent decision on how to take care of yourself. With
this aim in mind, we will cover all fields of the conventional and alternative medicine.
We will try not to bias our viewpoint.
However, we do have some opinions. This is an era
of team work. At workplace, we teach workers the importance of being a team member and of
working together. HolisticOnline believes that a similar team work between conventional
and alternative medical practices make a lot of sense. This will allow us to take
advantage of the synergism between conventional medicine (or Western medicine or
allopathy) and the alternative medicine. (Synergy means that when we combine two things,
the combination is better than the sum of the individual things. Something like 2 + 2 is
not 4 but more than 4.) In this sense, we like complementary medicine or
integrative medicine, as is more commonly called today. Combination of the
best practices of both can significantly improve the healthcare delivered to the patients,
something one cannot achieve alone. We will explain this further.
For example, when a patient has a severe heart attack, it
is only prudent to take the person to the nearest emergency room and administer the
medicines to stabilize the condition of the patient. "Good
holistic doctors recognize that regular medicine really is best in certain areas,
especially emergency situations," says Dr. Dennis Gersten, publisher of Atlantis, a
bi-monthly imagery newsletter. "Using an inhaler during an attack can save the life
of someone with asthma. What it can't do is improve the condition in the long term. That's
where other treatments come in." It is important
to look for the root cause for the problem. This is where most of the alternative
practices become very useful.
One area where alternative treatment is particularly
helpful is the managing of stress, which has been implicated in a wide range of
conditions, from allergies and skin problems to gastrointestinal disorders and heart
disease. Meditation, sound therapy and touch therapies such as massage and reflexology
offer simple, practical techniques to keep stress at bay. Heart disease may come as a result of poor dietary habits, or from severe
stress or from other lifestyle related causes. There are several wonderful practices
available in the alternative health arena that will be of help. For example, Dean Ornish's
"Opening Your Heart Program" may be one such program. It includes relaxation,
meditation, and emotional sharing in support groups as well as exercise and dietary
changes. On the other hand, acupuncture
can greatly boost the immune systems of cancer or HIV patients while also improving their
overall mental attitude and their general perspective of their disease. There are many
herbs available that improves the immune system. The Co-enzyme Q-10 (popularly known as
Co-Q10) is found to have some wonderful properties that helps combat heart disease.
Ayurvedic medicines are available that had been shown very effective for treating
diabetes. Ayurvedic texts written more than
5000 years ago refer to "hardening of vessels" and refer to a herbal treatment,
which had been found clinically to be effective in lowering cholesterol without the
adverse side effects of some of the traditional cholesterol lowering drugs. There are many such examples you can find in HolisticOnline. Again, we do not
profess to dispense medical advise. We provide you with information that you can use to make
better decisions pertaining your health.
Perhaps the best way to illustrate the synergistic effect
of conventional and holistic medicine can be demonstrated by an incident reported by Dr.
Rosenfeld in "Dr. Rosenfeld's Guide to Alternative Medicine:"
Another patient, a woman of forty-eight, developed a
hard lump on the right side of her neck. Biopsy revealed it to be a cancer that had
originated in and spread from the base of the tongue. Her oncologist agreed that radiating
her mouth and throat offered the best chance of cure, and that she would require some
forty treatments. Unfortunately, X-ray therapy often burns the delicate tissues of the
mouth, making eating painful, swallowing difficult, the tongue sore and swollen, and the
teeth loose. When I forewarned the patient about all these possible complications, she
consulted a specialist in alternative medicine. He advised her to have the radiation but
to gargle with sesame oil before and after each session. The radiologist, the oncologist,
and I were amused by this simplistic suggestion, but we did not object to it, because it
could do no harm - and we had nothing better to offer.
Our patient began the combined X-ray therapy and sesame
oil routine. To our astonishment, her mouth never became red and blistered, her tongue did
not swell, she lost none of her teeth, and her ability to swallow remained intact! In
follow-up exams, her oncologist reported to me that her mouth was "remarkably well
hydrated with excellent saliva production, and she states that her taste is almost
completely normal." In another chart note, he adds, "I have asked her to
document in writing for us what substances, agents, and homeopathic drugs she used during
her radiation therapy in hopes that it might benefit other patients. She clearly was
extraordinarily positive throughout the course of the treatment, which was obviously to
her great benefit."
None of the doctors involved in this case had ever seen
anyone tolerate so much radiation so well. Although I can't be sure, I believe that it was
the sesame oil that did the trick! In my view, this is an example of how patients can
benefit when conventional and alternative practitioners work together to provide them with
the best of both worlds.
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