By Dicken Weatherby, ND
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Medicine and health care are undergoing a paradigm
shift. We are seeing more and more demand from our patients to look
at their complex cases from a holistic rather than a mechanistic
or reductionistic perspective. In order to do this we need to have
diagnostic methods that focus on physiological function as a marker
of health, rather than merely the presence of pathology or tissue
change as a marker of disease. The following lists the differences
between a reductionistic, pathological view of the body, and the
view of the body as functioning physiology.
body is viewed as a dynamic and complex interconnected system
of mind, body, and emotions.
is placed on identification of areas of imbalance or dysfunction
in normal physiology.
integrates data from many different systems and methods.
addresses the underlying causes of dysfunction.
focus is spent on both subjective and objective information
gathering based on a concept of optimal physiological function.
for an early prediction of dysfunction.
is measured along a wellness continuum, which is a spectrum
moving from health to disease. Intervention can be made
at every stage of the spectrum to restore and/or improve
health and wellness.
body is viewed as a “machine” composed of separate
systems reduced into its constituent parts.
is placed on the identification of disease or pathological
is extremely specialized.
is based on reducing symptoms.
focus is spent on how the patient is doing based on charts,
statistics, and test results etc. that are measured against
a statistical “normal population”.
on late stage development of disease as a marker.
is measured as an absence of disease. As long as you do
not have a disease, you are considered healthy.
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