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My Health Practitioner is … [Holistic, Alternative, Naturopath, etc] - What Do They All Mean?

October 30, 2017

In this society, we have been trained to put our trust into the person wearing the white coat.  Entrusting the practitioner with our family’s health is so convenient and ohh how simple is it to take a pill to cure symptoms.  The simple administration of medication with the goal of curing symptoms may create unwanted reactions.  “Everywhere in nature rules the great Law of Action and Reaction.  […] Every agent affecting the human organism produces two effects: a first, temporary effect, and a second, lasting effect.  The second, lasting effect is always contrary to the first, transient effect,” (Lindlahr, 2010).  The perpetual money-making machine is well oiled.


Finally, people are seeking “alternative” healing modalities.  Sadly, for some it’s their last resort but for others it’s a lifestyle.  The fast pace requirement of modern society requires us to keep going.  If you are one who has taken the blue pill and stuck in the matrix … I hope you find someone with the antidote.  Which type of practitioner is the best?


My Health Practitioner is [Holistic, Alternative, Naturopath, etc] … no matter the title, what does it mean?  It’s a label!  A label for a method used.  Does it matter?  Yes, it does!


Before I list the definition of the labels … here’s my disclosure: I truly believe and over the years it served me right when applied… no matter the label, keep an open mind and question things.  No one professional has the definite answer.  We all view things differently and use different approaches.  Hence, second opinions!  I’ve met conventional practitioners with great ideas and learned a lot from them, but their core beliefs were 180° from mine.  I’ve met “Alternative” practitioners whom we shared the same core beliefs, but their methods or personality did not match mine.  Once you pick a practitioner, you have the power to seek another.  You are not stuck!  Take with you what you have learned.  Seek a practitioner that you get along with, that will listen to you, educate you and hold your hand.  It is education, a learning curve, life lessons – growth!



Conventional Medicine “A system in which medical doctors and other healthcare professionals (such as nurses, pharmacists, and therapists) treat symptoms and diseases using drugs, radiation, or surgery. Also called allopathic medicine, biomedicine, mainstream medicine, orthodox medicine, and Western medicine,” (NIH, 2017).


Holistic medicine is the art and science of healing that addresses the whole person – body, mind, and spirit. The practice of holistic medicine integrates conventional and alternative therapies to prevent and treat disease, and most importantly, to promote optimal health,” (AIHM, 2017).


Hmm wait a moment … what does conventional mean again? Go back to the definition of “Conventional” and keep in mind that licensed practitioners are using methods that are highly regulated … they are licensed by a Board.  They are performing methods that cannot be performed by those who are not Board licensed.  Which is great and needed at times.  However, they are profit oriented.  It is good for the system to have a sick patient - one whose symptoms are “suppressed” and not cured.  Additionally, their malpractice insurance is very expensive.  They must stay within guidelines when they practice medicine or else it can be costly.   So … a holistic practitioner can use conventional methods … therefore, generally they are Board licensed practitioners who have extended their education to include holistic methods.  Which means!? .. keep your eyes open and question things.  You want your family’s best interest!  Do not get stuck in the profit segment, it’s your health and money!


Homeopathy, or Homeopathic Medicine, is the practice of medicine that embraces a holistic, natural approach to the treatment of the sick. […] Homeopathy is natural because its remedies are produced according to the U.S. FDA-recognized