Healthcare Philosophy

Hello Hilltop Family!

When it comes to health, there are different overall mindsets or philosophies around them. Today, we are going to talk healthcare philosophy which studies the ethics, processes, and people which constitute the maintenance of health for human beings. We live in a world full of possibilities, so why should one way of thinking about health be superior to another? Just like no religion is superior to another, no race, no language, no culture is superior to another. They all just are... there's really no right or wrong.

However, when it comes to healthcare, there are some ways of thinking and philosophies that are more beneficial to support the kind of life you want. You just need to know what that life is, what your values are, and establish your own personal health philosophy to base your health decisions off of. For example, is it a big deal to you to be taking drugs over choosing natural treatments for you and your family and why? Always ask yourself why. Did you get that mindset from someone/somewhere else or did you choose it yourself?

Let's discuss some of the theories of healthcare so you can formulate your own healthcare philosophy. As always, take what resonates with you.

The New, Old Philosophy: Vitalism

Historically, healthcare philosophy was solely one of connecting with people as a whole being, allowing them to retain their autonomy, and maintaining access of care for every single person. Health was viewed from a whole-body perspective, as a combination of the physical and the spiritual.

Now, before I go further, I want you to know that you don’t have to be religious to embrace the spiritual sides of health. When I say spiritual, I mean the unseen yet scientifically measured (quantum physics) energies that connect the cells of one’s being.

The theory that the functions of the body are conducted distinctly from chemical and physical forces is known as vitalism. The basic premise is that wellness energies or energies of well-being are always flowing to us, within us, and through us on a constant, never-ending basis until the day we die. That wellness is at the core foundation (actually part of our DNA coding) of who we are as physical beings on this planet and that it is us and our ego minds along with our environment that limit this flow and therefore cause anything less than 100% of this whole and ever present, innate wellness to be expressed within the body.

According to vitalism, we are literally designed to be well and the self care work promoted around that is all designed to support that well-being: more natural, more whole, less invasive, more inclusive. And it is designed to be self done and without reliance on something from the outside to heal. Talk about DIY.

That doesn't mean though that health practitioners are useless... the good ones at least are doing what they can to gather the up to date information for you (because science can change, especially with newer technology advancements) and are presenting it to you in a way you hopefully understand and resonate with.

The New Philosophy: Allopathic

In the modern era however, since Hippocrates fathered modern medicine, mainstream healthcare is centered around symptoms and symptom treatment, on feeling better and the absence of disease. This allopathic/mechanistic theory looks at the body in regards to its chemical and physical components only (to matter, the see-ables as I call them). Therefore, it looks at the body as parts and as individual symptoms or objective findings instead of looking at the body as a whole and at the persons whole life to gain insight as to what the cause is. It disregards those unseen energies: the forces of life, the energies that fill the space between matter, the things that unify us as one. Instead, the focus is only on what we can see, hear, smell, taste, and touch: the matter of life, the things we can put under a microscope to measure and quantify, the things we use to compare self to self (as in blood test series) and self to other (as in population studies).

Mechanistic thinking like this separates the physical from the spiritual so no longer do we realize that our spiritual health has a hand in our physical health and vice versa, and no longer do we realized that in order to have complete health, we need to proactively address all parts of health and not just look at a blood test or a blood pressure reading and the like to tell us that we are healthy/unhealthy.

In love and light,

Dr. Brittany

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