A GP, looking back over forty-eight years in medicine sees:
1.The growth of alternative medicine and the emergence of holistic and integrative medicine as very important developments in the evolution of healthcare.
2.The underlying principle of orthodox medicine as fighting disease, an approach consistent with the Newtonian paradigm of separation.
3.The underlying principle of alternative medicine as embracing disease, an approach consistent with the new paradigm of unity.
4.Maintenance of scientific standards dictating that most alternative therapies will remain outside the parameters of orthodox medicine but will be complementary.
5.Conventional medicine as intellectual, sensory, head-based and extraverted in its approach.
6.Alternative medicine as more intuitive, heart-based, introverted and tending to ‘go with the flow’ rather than have set standards of treatment.
7.Practitioners of holistic and integrative medicine, utilizing both systems, as the healers of the future.
8.Understanding of illness evolving from being caused by gods or evil spirits to being caused by external causes. Thence to internal causes, seen as undermining the immune system and facilitating the external causes.
9.Unconditional love in the form of non-judgmental respect, care and compassion
As the most powerful force in healing,
As consistent with the new concepts in quantum physics and consciousness,
As fundamental to the art of medicine,
As a substantial contributor to the science of medicine,
As an essential component of alternative medicine and
As the central core of holistic and integrative medicine.