Here's a message of "holism" from an unlikely source: the Chairman of GE Health.
http://online.wsj.com/article/0,,SB112112057892482677,00.html (requires subscription)
In this article, Sir William Castell says our progress of scientific medicine in the past one hundred years has been successful, even stunning in some cases.
But now it's time to do more, and this will mean we have to shake the paradigm of our current medical systems.
Our current model is to allow "ourselves, through lifestyle, environment, and latent genetic predisposition or simple ignorance, to develop serious disease. The more sophisticated the economy, the more you have access to costly resources to optimize your late-stage treatment, when options are narrower and success less likely. We need to challenge whether this narrow focus on "Late Disease" is the best way to help people preserve their greatest asset, their own health."
He goes on to say that we need to focus on "Early Health" rather than "Late Disease." He sees this as a tremendous business opportunity for those who jump on it. If you are a holistic practitioner, or someone who uses holistic services, you've already jumped! Congratulations!
If not, now is the time to switch. When the Chairman of GE Health is making statements like this in the Wall Street Journal, "alternative medicine" ain't alternative no more...