The words Alternative Health or Natural Health can certainly excite a lot of emotion. But the definitions of the two are simple-they both mean not medical.
This does not mean that there is no basis of science on which to verify the means of assessment or of application of the therapy. Quite the contrary, Natural or Alternative health has their basis well established by the scientific body of literature.
As such, all subject matter that is presented here will be well referenced by the body of scientific knowledge.
The split between medical thought and natural approaches to health can actually be traced to the same man. Louis Pasteur is the father of the germ theory of disease. It is from his studies that the concept of Bug A causing Disease A, and Bug B causing Disease B arise.
The Germ Theory is one of the principle bases of medical thought and the reason for their approach to their treatment of disease.
But, while on his death bed in 1895, Louis Pasteur said, “Bernard was right, the microbe is nothing, the soil is everything.” http://www.amacf.org/health_quotes/.
What this statement of Louis Pasteur means is that it is the condition of the body, its vibrancy and ability to resist disease will determine our health. The bug cannot overcome a healthy body.
Natural medicine seeks out that truth, embodied in science that supports the body’s natural needs and defenses to enhance the conditions of health.
As far back as we can look in history, people have looked to nature and natural things for their health. Hippocrates, the father of medicine, is quoted as saying, “let thy food be thy medicine, and thy medicine thy food.”
It is in light of these truths that this section will be presented.
Note: this site is filled with educational material on a diverse number of topics that explain more in depth what we have started here in a variety of conditions that can arise in the body. All topics are presented with extensive reference to the scientific literature and are not my own ideas. These presentations are consistent with the progression of thought as taught by The Institute of Functional Medicine (a consortium of researchers and clinicians from all health disciplines, medical and alternative, coming together to bring forth a functional model of health care), Clinical Nutrition, and College courses and are not just my own opinions.
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