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    • Black & White interior
    • 492 pages
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  • Keywords
    • Anthroposophy,
    • Homeopathy,
    • Rudolf Steiner,
    • Spiritualism and health,
    • Holistic medicine,
    • Integrative healthcare,
    • Alternative medicine

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The Whole Person
Advancing an Anthroposophic Paradigm for Holistic Health and Homeopathy
by Roberta Vienneau

In a world where many are disillusioned with the highly drug-dependent medical establishment, integrative medicine is gaining popularity because of its more holistic approach. Holism by definition implies greater than the sum of its parts, and is a response to reductionism, especially biological reductionism in medicine. The holistic model widely accepted in integrative healthcare today is a biopsychosocial model that aims to treat the whole person. It is a systems hierarchy model that includes the universe to a cell particle, so one’s understanding of holism will be reflected in what one considers relevant. To a pulmonologist, holism might mean the whole respiratory system, to a geneticist, holism might mean the whole family history, but...who is treating the whole “person”? This groundbreaking book sheds light on the limitations of integrative healthcare in exploring the full potential of homeopathy in treating the whole person. It argues that we don’t need a new approach, definition, or understanding of holism. We sometimes just need to step out of the systems hierarchy model of the reductionist paradigm itself to get a larger view, and redefine the boundaries of what constitutes the wholeness of a person. With a clear and engaging writing style, the book takes readers on a journey through the history and evolution of the concept of “whole”, and presents a compelling case for the adoption of an anthroposophic paradigm as a more comprehensive and effective approach to holism, healing, and homeopathy. Whether you are a homeopath, a healthcare practitioner, a patient, or simply interested in holistic medicine, this is a must-read book that will challenge your assumptions and expand your understanding of what it means to treat the whole person.

Roberta Vienneau has over twenty years of post-graduate studies and practice in homeopathy and naturopathy, as well as an M.A. in Education, and a B.A. in Psychology. She is a registered member of the College of Homeopaths of Ontario (CHO), the Canadian Society of Homeopaths (RCSHom), and the Montreal Institute of Classical Homeopathy Professional Association (MICHPA). She lives in Ontario Canada with her husband.


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