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Holistic Medicine, Medical Philosophy And Ethics

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Holistic Medicine is a term which is used to describe a different number of therapies that aim at treating the patient as a whole - body, mind and spirit. The Holistic Medicine practice integrates Conventional and Complementary Therapies in order to promote optimal health, prevent and treat diseases while addressing various contributory factors. The natural state represents a state of Health, whereas disease represents a state of imbalance in the organism's different Systems.

The Holistic Therapies tend to emphasize proper nutrition and the avoidance of certain substances, such as chemicals that pollute the body. Their techniques are non-invasive. There are a number of therapies that are under the aegis of Holistic Medicine. They all rely on basically the same principles, promoting not only physical Health but also mental, emotional and spiritual Health. Most, emphasize quality nutrition. In practice, this means that each person is seen as an unique individual, rather than a static example of a disease. Disease is understood to be the result of physical, emotional, spiritual, social and environmental imbalance. Healing, therefore, arises naturally when these aspects of life are brought into proper balance. The practitioner's role is to act as a guide, mentor and as an example worth following; the patient should do the work - lifestyle changes, modifying beliefs and old customs, in order to facilitate their own healing process. Suitable methods may be employed - from medication to meditation.

Bioethics is the study of ethical aspects - often controversial - that arise from advances in Biology and in Medicine. It also relates to moral discernment in relation to Health-promoting policies, to clinical practice and research. Bioethics is also concerned with the ethical questions that are inherent to Medical Ethics. In other words, it deals with the study of values and moral judgments in relation to Medicine. One of the first areas addressed by modern Bioethics was Human Experimentation. The basic ethical principles that must guide the conduct of biomedical and behavioral research involving human beings are: autonomy, beneficence and justice. Others, however, added: non-maleficence, human dignity and the sanctity of life, to this list of cardinal values. Philosophy and Ethics are important subjects in the research context in Medicine as it relates to aspects of Human Philosophy, Medicine and Biology, as well as to the ethical aspects of clinical practice and research.

We also believe that research is at this point at a crossroads between Medical and Human Sciences; including the History of Medicine, which is relevant to Contemporary Philosophy of Medicine and Bioethics. We also study Clinical Cases that may be educational and/or describe a philosophical or ethical dilemma. We work on studies and relevant clinical cases that set different ethical concerns. Also, we analyze tensions of this very same nature, preferably from multiple perspectives (philosophical, anthropological, theological, psychological, literary, narrativist, historical and socio-political).

Work in Progress
  • Ethical Frontiers In Integration Of Natural Medicine In Convetional Medical Systems: Distributive Justice.
Published Work

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