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  • CAM and Mind/BodyOverviewMind/Body HealthRRCC Holistic HealthJanuary 19, 2011

  • What is CAM?1. Chiropractic2. Relaxation therapies (breathing, meditation,prayer, etc.)3. MassageAcupunctureHomeopathyNaturopathyTraditional Chinese MedicineShamanic healingMind/body medicineEnergy healingYogaAromatherapyAyurvedic MedicineOsteopathyAromatherapyHerbal medicineChelation therapyFlower essencesNative American healingCuranderismoHypnotherapyOrganic foodRolfingAs many as 1,800therapiesworldwide

  • Two ParadigmsMainstreamWesternAllopathicConventionalOrthodoxBiomedicineModernScientificTechnologicalCAMAlternativeComplementaryIntegrativeNaturalHolisticTraditionalHealingEastern

  • Western MedicineFounding Fathers (17/18th c.)Descartes- mind and body are separateI think therefore I amNewton- universe like a mechanical clockBacon- put nature on the rack and torture her for her secretsGood as rescue medicine- emergencies, trauma, acute bacterial infectionWeak- chronic diseases, aging, cancer, viral infection, allergies, autoimmune diseases

    Mechanistic- body as machine, physician as mechanicReductionistic- people broken down into smaller and smaller partsPotent but invasiveHealth is the absence of diseaseDisease caused by germs and genesBetter to do something than wait for nature- defend and counterattack, like warAttack disease with drugs or surgery- oppose and suppressMind and spirit secondary or irrelevant- person as bodyBy separating people from traditional holistic health care practices, and by dubious intervention with drugs and surgery, modern medicine may cause as much disease as it cures. Western medicine cannot be separated from the whole web of technologies that are its parents and children. -Jerry Mander

  • Descartes (1596-1650)- extreme formulation of spirit/matter dualismMatter as dead and separate from the scientistsMaterial world as huge machineWorld can be described objectively without mentioning observerAn intellect which at a given instant knew all the forces acting in nature, and the position of all things of which the world consists- supposing the said intellect were vast enough to subject these data to analysis- would embrace in the same formula the motions of the greatest bodies in the universe and those of the slightest atoms; nothing would be uncertain for it, and the future, like the past, would be present to its eyes. -Laplace, French mathematicianNewton (1643-1727)Gravity- force between solid material objects moving through absolute space and time- connected with material bodies and acting instantaneously over a distanceParticles created by God and therefore not subject to further analysis- universe made of particles set in motion, governed by force of gravity, and running like a machine since creation- giant cosmic machine, causal and determinateAbsolute space, in its own nature, without regard to anything external, remains always similar and immovable.Absolute, true, and mathematical time, of itself and by its own nature, flows uniformly, without regard to anything external.This worked to explain: the motion of solid and falling bodies, the motion of celestial bodies, the features of the solar system, the motion of fluids, the vibrations of elastic bodies, and thermodynamics.Methods of Inquisition applied to natural worldBacon- Torture nature for her secretsScientific Enlightenment

    Cogito ergo sum.

    It seems probable to me that God in the beginning formed matter in solid, massy, hard, impenetrable, movable particles, of such sizes and figures, and with such other properties, and in such proportion to space, as most conduced to the end for which he formed them; and that these primitive particles being solids, are incomparably harder than any porous bodies compounded of them; even so very hard, as never to wear or break in pieces; no ordinary power being able to divide what God himself made on in the first creation.

  • WesternMindSpirit/Matter DualityMind separate from bodyMental activity can't affect physical realityWorld/body as machine, doctor as mechanicDead, solid atoms animated by nonphysical spiritTo understand the universe, know the parts- reductionismScientific ObjectivityObjective world- the domain of science- objective truthSubjective experience- important to individual but not scientificKnowledge through senses, instruments, genesMeasurement makes knowledge scientificQuality reduced to quantity (color to wavelength)Observer does not affect experiment- replicabilityConsciousness arises from the brain and central nervous systemCogito ergo sumAbsolute time flows from past to present to futureAbsolute space is three dimensional

  • CAMBroad range of healing philosophies, approaches, and therapies that conventional medicine does not commonly use, accept, study, understand, or make available -NCCAMWhole systems paradigm- body, mind, emotion, spirit, community, environmentNatural self-healing exists within each personPeople are responsible for their own health careSelf-care and preventionNature, patience, and time are the great healers

  • Five Flavors of CAMComplete medical systemsHomeopathy, Naturopathy, Ayurveda, Shamanic Healing, TCMMind-body medicineYoga, Prayer, MeditationBiologically-based therapiesHerbal medicine, diets, vitaminsTouch and body-based methodsMassage, Chiropractic, OsteopathyEnergy therapiesReiki, Therapeutic Touch, Healing Touch, energy medicine

  • Four CAM PrinciplesBalanceSpiritualityEnergyBreath

  • BalancePeaceful coexistence and harmony with all aspects of lifeConcept found in all known culturesPath rather than a steady stateNatural rhythmEach component in harmony and all in harmony with each otherPhysical- optimal functioning of body systemsEmotional- feel and express the entire range of human emotionsMental- feelings of self-worth, positive identity, sense of accomplishment, ability to appreciate and createSpiritual- moral values, meaningful purpose, feeling of connection to others and to divine sourceSocial- harmonious interpersonal and group relationsEnvironmental- individual and cultural ability to appreciate and honor natural ways and rhythms

  • SpiritualityMeaning, purpose, relationship with the divineIntuition, creativity, inspirationFinding significant meaning even in illness, catastrophe, and death

    Spirituality involves questions about meaning, purpose, and the nature of realityReligion has to do with beliefs, attitudes, and patterns of behavior related to divinity and is often institutionalized

    Religion is not identical to spirituality; rather, religion is the form spirituality takes in civilization. -William Irwin Thompson

  • EnergyThere is a universal sourceEnergy flow is the basis of lifeMatter = energyThe earth (and the universe) is alive with vibrant energyEnergy always associated with some form of consciousnessPeople are energy fieldsRelationships are shaped by energetic interactions

    Prana- HinduKi- JapaneseChi or qi- ChineseLung- TibetanMana- PolynesianOki, orenda, ton- Native AmericanPneuma- GreekRuach- HebrewRa- EgyptianSubtle energy or bioenergy- AmericanE=mc2 Quantum physics is consistent with ancient mystical wisdom about energy fields

  • BreathAt the center of spiritual and religious traditionsSpirit and breath- often same word for bothSanskrit- pranaHebrew- ruachGreek- pneumaLatin- spiritusChristianity- Holy Spirit is the breath of lifeEastern cultures- when breath is inhaled, so is life energyMost healing traditions worldwide believe that breath is the most important function of life and that restrictions in breathing lead to dysfunction and diseaseDeep breath as stress reliever- PNS activationCentral to meditationBreathAt the center of spiritual and religious traditionsSpirit and breath- often same word for bothSanskrit- pranaHebrew- ruachGreek- pneumaLatin- spiritusChristianity- Holy Spirit is the breath of lifeEastern cultures- when breath is inhaled, so is life energyMost healing traditions worldwide believe that breath is the most important function of life and that restrictions in breathing lead to dysfunction and diseaseDeep breath as stress reliever- PNS activationCentral to meditation

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