An Ounce of Prevention

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PRACTICE HOLISTIC MEDICINE

PRACTICE HOLISTIC MEDICINE

The word ‘wellness’ and ‘holistic’ have become increasingly fashionable  these days. Sadly however it seems that these conceprs are still poorly understood and applied in a very superficial way. Most ‘wellness’ events are still stuck in a very outmoded approach to health care.

The term Holistic comes from a Greek word, ‘holos’, which means‘whole’ or ‘complete’. (The popular spelling ‘wholistic’ is an American innovation). The holistic doctor focuses his/her attention on the total patient and not just on a particular symptom or illness.

There are actually several underlying principles that typify the holistic approach to wellness. They guide the way I myself practice medicine and I would like to share them with you.

The Body/Mind/Spirit connection: The holistic approach recognizes that each person has a physical, mental, and spiritual dimension, and that these are closely related. For a long time doctors have been aware of the intimate connection between mind and body and identified a long list of psychosomatic diseases – illnesses that have physical symptoms and signs, but have a mental or emotional cause. The holistic practitioner recognizes this close relationship between mind, body and spirit and understands that a disturbance in one area will impact on other areas as well.

Symptoms vs Cause: The conventional approach to health care tends to focus on removing the symptoms of diseases, while the holistic approach seeks to address the underlying cause. Symptoms are simply signposts that point out that something is wrong. By discovering what the symptom is saying and responding accordingly, the illness becomes not just something to get rid of, but rather an experience from which we can learn and grow. The holistic practitioner’s aim is not just to cure the disease, but also to facilitate the healing of the total person.

Prevention vs Cure: The quality and length of your life is greatly influenced by your lifestyle. According to the American Medical Association, sixty per cent of deaths before age sixty-five are preventable by simple changes in lifestyle. Holistic health care places a major emphasis on lifestyle modification as a way of promoting optimal health and preventing diseases. It focuses on factors like those listed below for the prevention of diseases:

§  Diet and nutritional supplements

§  Exercise and weight control

§  Stress management

§  Avoidance of harmful substances, such as alcohol, drugs (legal and otherwise), tobacco and environment pollution.

§  Healthy personal and spiritual support

§  The use of safe alternative or complimentary therapies

Heealth vs Sickness: The conventional approach emphasizes treating illness, while the holistic approach focuses on maintaining health. The modern approach often expects and demands a product or therapy to give a quick fix for the ailment. Holistic medicine encourages the client to actively participate in their own prevention and healing process.

The doctor/patient relationship:Typically, the doctor is seen as someone who does something to fix the patient. In the holistic approach, the doctor assists the patient to use his/her inner healing power. For example, a patient with an infection, may just be given an antibiotic by a conventional doctor. The holistic doctor will take it a step further and counsel the patient about the immune system, its role in infection and how to help it work better. In fact, without a functioning immune system, antibiotics are not effective. Simply put, ‘all healing is ultimately self healing.’

Alternative theapies: These play an important role in the practice of holistic medicine and can be used in conjunction with conventional treatments. In other words, alternative therapies do not exclude the use of conventional treatments, such as drugs and surgery.

It should be noted that a therapy may seem alternative in one society, but be quite mainstream in another. For example, acupuncture is an alternative therapy in Jamaica, but a conventional treatment in China.

        Here is a short list of alternative therapies that I

        use and/or recommend in my medical practice:

§  Nutritional medicine and Vitamin Therapy

§  Detoxification Therapies: Colon Cleansing, Chelation Therapy, Sauna

§  Herbal Therapy

§  Mind/Body Therapy: Hypnosis, Relaxation therapy, Yoga, ERT.

§  Light, Oxidative, Magnetic Therapy

§  Chiropractic, Massage and Reflexology

§  Spiritual Healing: Prayer, Reiki

§  Acupuncture and acupressure

After over 44 years of medical practice, I have found the approach described above to be very safe, extremely effective and most humane. For me, the practice of medicine is as much an art as it is a science and I encourage you my reader to adopt a more holistic approach to your own health care.

You may email Dr, Vendryes at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or listen to An Ounce of Prevention on POWER 106FM on Fridays at 8:20 pm.

His books and articles are available on his website –www.tonyvendryes.com

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Comments 6

Guest - monica Lyle on Saturday, 18 July 2015 10:32

Thanks for sharing these educational informations

Thanks for sharing these educational informations
Guest - monica Lyle on Saturday, 18 July 2015 10:40

This holistic practice has opened my eyes. It has enabled me to listen and anderstand my bodies language more and have the ability to make corrections, owing to the lessons lessons learnt from your messages about our bodies.

This holistic practice has opened my eyes. It has enabled me to listen and anderstand my bodies language more and have the ability to make corrections, owing to the lessons lessons learnt from your messages about our bodies.
Guest - Sharon Parris-Chambers on Saturday, 18 July 2015 13:13

Come experience complementary & alternative therapies as practiced by Dr Tony Vendryes, keynote at the Spiritual Wellness Conference 2016, slated for July 2-3, 2016 in Jamaica. For more information email Parrischambers@gmail.com

Come experience complementary & alternative therapies as practiced by Dr Tony Vendryes, keynote at the Spiritual Wellness Conference 2016, slated for July 2-3, 2016 in Jamaica. For more information email Parrischambers@gmail.com
Guest - carol Stewart on Tuesday, 22 September 2015 00:35

Dr Vendryes, Blessing for all of us from GOD. where will the conference be

Dr Vendryes, Blessing for all of us from GOD. :):);) where will the conference be
Guest - Sharon Parris-Chambers on Sunday, 19 July 2015 16:58

If you would like to experience complementary & alternative therapies as practiced by Dr Tony Vs, you may contact him at tonyvendryes@gmail.com parrischambers@gmail.com. Dr. Vendryes will keynote the Spiritual Wellness Conference 2016, which is slated for July 2-3, 2016.

If you would like to experience complementary & alternative therapies as practiced by Dr Tony Vs, you may contact him at tonyvendryes@gmail.com parrischambers@gmail.com. Dr. Vendryes will keynote the Spiritual Wellness Conference 2016, which is slated for July 2-3, 2016.
Tony Vendryes on Tuesday, 21 July 2015 19:03

Thanks for sharing your insights Monica Congrats on your commitment to your health and wellness. Keep spreading the word

Thanks for sharing your insights Monica Congrats on your commitment to your health and wellness. Keep spreading the word
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