In this Expert Insight Interview, Bruce Cryer discusses holistic health. Bruce Cryer is the president of the Graduate Institute and has been involved in holistic studies, both personally and professionally, for more than 40 years.
This Expert Insight Interview discusses:
- The average person’s view of the holistic approach in medicine
- The importance of understanding the difference between “holistic” and non-traditional
- How COVID has increased our awareness of the connection between the mind and the body
When you ask the average person, they think of holistic health as all the stuff the doctor doesn’t tell you to do. That is the general impression of those who are not generally involved in holistic thinking.
In truth, the word “holistic” is all about the fact that we, as people and as communities, are whole systems. So, to have a good healthy life, we can’t just focus on our body — we must include our mind, emotions, spirit, and whatever else we want to use to define ourselves.
Holistic vs. Non-Traditional
There are many modalities that can help our health beyond the typical medical model of waiting until you’re sick and getting a drug. Holistic health has been a field for the last forty years, so it is not new by any means.
Unfortunately, people associate holistic health with non-traditional medicine, but this is not the right way to look at it. Holistic health simply acknowledges that the human organism is a combination of many related systems, and all of these systems play into our health, one way or the other.
The COVID Effect
Part of the problem lies in the fact that many of us have grown up with everything in our lives being segmented. You go to a physician for physical issues and a psychologist for psychological problems. Rarely do the mind, body, and all other aspects of our humanity come together.
However, this approach has seen some change in recent years, not least because of COVID. There’s a general awareness that we are all affected by this disease on multiple levels. This has woken us all up to the fact we are all connected, but also that physical and mental health are more intertwined than we might have thought.
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