Holism is seeing a dog with an ear that keeps on becoming infected and curing him permanently by changing him to a natural diet. Holism is using a blood nosode and homeopathic constitutional remedy on a Warmblood with months of post-viral fatigue to reach a cure in a month.
Holism is a much used, but poorly understood word. Carvel Tiekert, the wonderful and experienced ex-President of the AHVMA, once said ‘Holistic medicine is anything that works’. So an antibiotic that clears an infection works. Great. But if the same antibiotic fails to clear a recurrent infection, then maybe a greater holistic view is necessary.
Its a complex phenomenon, with more inclusion among the disciplines it covers than exclusions. It covers conventional and, so-called, alternative medicine. It covers the practice and the philosophy of medicine. It covers how medicines are used and how they are avoided.
You could say holism is everything; opening your medical eyes to everything for the benefit of that particular pig, horse, kitten, goat or Bernese Mountain Dog that happens to be sitting in front of you that morning.
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Dr. Nick Thompson
BSc (Vet Sci) Hons, BVM&S, VetMFHom, MRCVS.
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