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The concept of "holism," as it
pertains to health and healing, is based on the belief that there is
more to a person than just the physical body. Therefore, health
and healing involve more than just the physical/biological dimension
of experience. In other words, the "whole" person is taken into
In many versions of the holistic philosophy,
the whole person is defined as a physical/mental/spiritual entity.
Certain versions focus more on the interpersonal and social aspects
of life. Whatever the particular viewpoint, the defining characteristic
of a holistic approach is its comprehensiveness with regard to health.
As noted by James Windsor "... Cayce saw a person as a whole,
with mind, body and spirit as a single unit, all so closely tied that
it was not possible for one aspect to be diseased, either physically
or mentally, without the whole person suffering the consequences" (Windsor,
1969, p. 1).
The association of "holism" with the Cayce
readings has since become widely recognized, culminating in this reference
from an editorial in the Journal of the American Medical Association:
"The roots of present day holism probably go back
100 years to the birth of Edgar Cayce in Hopkinsville, Ky. By the
time he died in 1944 [sic], Cayce was well recognized as a mystic
who entered sleep trances and dictated a philosophy of life and healing
called "readings." His base was established at Virginia Beach, Va, now
the headquarters of the Cayce Foundation. Closely associated with
that foundation is The Association for Research and Enlightenment Inc
[A.R.E.], which also runs a medical clinic under physician direction in
Arizona." (Callan, 1979, p. 1156)
While Edgar Cayce is often cited as the founder
of holistic medicine, Eric Mein is correct in acknowledging the ancient
roots of this approach.
"Health and disease 2,500 years ago were viewed
as either the gift or the curse of the gods. The god of healing was Aesclepius,
son of Apollo. By the time of Alexander the Great, it is estimated
that there were between three hundred and four hundred temples dedicated
to Aesclepius. Each of these was a "holistic healing" center far
beyond anything that exists today." (Mein, 1989, p. 194)
Thus holism is yet another manifestation of
the perennial philosophy. The work of Edgar Cayce is one of the
most recent (and perhaps the most thoroughly elaborated) versions of this
Callan, J. P. (1979). Holistic health or holistic hoax?
Journal of the American Medical Association, 241(11), 1156.
Mein, E. (1989). Keys to health: The promise and challenge
of holism. San Francisco: Harper & Row.
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or self-treatment. Please consult a qualified health care professional
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