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Copyright © 1997, Jay Ligda.  All rights reserved.  Published by Humans in the Universe and Jay Ligda.

Holistic Health

      Traditional Western medicine has viewed the mind and body as separate and has treated them as such.  A medical doctor would be summoned to heal symptoms of the body, while a psychologist or psychiatrist would be called upon for troubles with the mind.  Through a holistic perspective, it is evident that the mind and body work together in producing both health and disease.

      The mind and body, together called the soma, can not be separated from the environment.  The environment contains the food we eat, air we breath, and the water we drink as well as our community.  All of these have a factor in determining our health.  A holistic perspective will take everything into consideration in relation to health or disease.

      A definition for holistic health that I've come up with is: "Knowledge and maintenance of the systems that support ones conscious experience as a human being in such a way that maximizes joy and reduces suffering."  This include knowledge of patterns of behavior and how they might lead to future suffering (while they may lead to short term joy) and methods or modalities to reduce such behaviors.

by Jay Ligda

(This work is a all or part of an original work first published/written for John F. Kennedy University: Final Integrative Project, Mar1996.)


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