What Do NATURAL, ALTERNATIVE, and HOLISTIC Mean, Anyway?
“Natural” isn’t always what you think it is
‘Natural’ may be applied to a substance or process that exists on its own in nature – that are not manufactured by humans. Herbs, for example, are natural. This sounds better than using man-made chemicals, right?
‘Natural’ isn’t always good, though. Remember that poison ivy and rattlesnake venom are natural. So, when a label says ‘all natural’ it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s healthy for you.
“Alternative” swaps one thing for another
‘Alternative’ means using one thing in place of another. In this case it means replacing a drug with an herb or vitamin, for example. For some people, taking a garlic supplement may effectively replace blood pressure prescription. Diet, exercise, and nutritional supplements may be effective options for diabetic medication.
“Holistic” and the whole person
‘Holistic’ means considering the ‘whole person’. Current standard medical care is ‘problem-focused’. One symptom or health concern per appointment, please. ‘Holistic’ means listening and caring for the whole person. Lifestyle factors, traumas, stresses, diet, etc. all have an influence on one’s well-being. The holistic practitioner is considering all these elements of the patient’s life.
Health+Plus Can Help
More than 45 years ago, people from all over the country began to hear good reports of Dr. David Clark’s success in treating chronic illness with a natural approach began traveling to his little office in Oak Grove, Missouri. Since 1999, he more than quadrupled the size of his office to accommodate the needs of his patients and make Health+Plus Clinic what it is today. If you are interested in learning more, call 816-625-4497 or use our contact page. We would love to meet you!