Home  |  Events Calendar  |  Community Bulletin  |  Business Directory  |  Contact Us  |  FAQs  |  Refer A Friend  |  Advertising  |  Login  |  Register
  Things to Do
  Events Calendar
  Community Bulletin
  Family Dining Guide
  Food Critic
  Eagle Statistics
  History of Eagle
  Church Services
  Eagle Clubs
  Local Schools
  Eagle Parks
  Eagle Real Estate
  Find Jobs
  Business Directory
  Eagle Night Life
  Shopping Guide
  Youth Sports
  Performing Arts
  Family Activities
  Outdoor Recreation
  Idaho News
  Boise Entertainment
  Volunteer Guide
  Lost & Found Pets
  Kid's Fun Zone
  Photo Gallery
  Movie Showtimes
  Eagle Weather

Bookmark and Share

Vitalistic vs. Mechanistic Health Care
writes, "An Unfortunate Battle of over 2500 years....

There are two very distinct models of Health Care; Vitalistic and Mechanistic . Unfortunately these two models have conflicting views and have not been able to agree on a system of health care that pays respect to both philosophies.

Hippocrates, born in 460BC, first raised the debate with his statement; "Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease." This view had been thought to be "outdated," however, it is now regaining ground and holds high validity for millions of individuals.

What are these two models?
Vitalistic Health Care Theory is the view of Naturopaths, Homeopathic Doctors, Chiropractors, Acupuncturists, etc. This theory approaches the body as a whole, and gives respect to the structure and function of living things, while at the same time recognizing that there is an "innate intelligence" that designed and keeps the systems working as they should. They believe health is gained from the internal workings of the body, controlled by the nervous system, and each person has the ability to heal themselves, given the appropriate environment and circumstances.

The Mechanistic Theory, a common view of allopathic and medical doctors, evaluates the smallest components of the physical body's structure as building blocks. These blocks are understood to make up the whole. They look only at the problem or system in isolation rather than a complete interconnection. When the body is compromised in some way, health is added to it from an outside source, i.e. medication, surgery, food, etc.

The question is not which model is right, but what model is right for you and for your family. I believe all Health Care Practitioners are in their profession because they truly want to help people. The form of help, and type of answers you will receive, is based on whose doors you walk through. If you are looking to be an active participant in your search for health and natural health care choices, which may include committing to important lifestyle changes, then speak with a practitioner who has a vitalistic philosophy. If you are seeking a quick fix, or to alleviate symptoms, and wish to play a more passive role in your health care, seek out an allopathic practitioner who is a good fit for you.

There are some practitioners who are open to balancing the two philosophies. It is always a good idea to research, ask questions before you schedule an appointment, or ask if the practitioner has free consultations so you can meet that practitioner and understand their philosophy prior to engaging in an initial exam. Knowing what type of help you are seeking, natural or allopathic, and researching a practitioner's philosophy and their views on health care, will help you to choose a practitioner with a good personality fit for you - saving you time, money, and disappointment in the future.

Dr. Christie Hafer


Please login to post a comment.

RSS Subscribe

Follow Us

 Get Daily Updates



Home  |  Events Calendar  |  Community Bulletin  |  Business Directory  |  Contact Us  |  FAQs  |  Refer A Friend  |  Advertising  |  Login  |  Register
Copyright and Trademark 2012 everythingeagle.net. All Rights Reserved.