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Sharon asks…

Opinion of Holistic Veterinarians?

Do they follow a different vaccination protocol than conventional vets? I have heard they are less expensive, is that true? Anything you want to share about personal experiences with this alternative medicine is great. Thanks

vti answers:

I bring my dog to a holistic vet who is very competent. She has done many additional courses outside of veterinary college to gain the knowledge she has in alternative medicine.

She does have a slightly different vaccine protocol. She gives puppy vaccines slightly later than traditional vets due to studies that show a puppies immune system at 6 weeks isn’t developed enough to properly build immunity to the vaccines being given at that age. She also separates the vaccines rather than giving them all at once to decrease the risk of vaccine reactions in all dogs (not just ones that react). After the puppy vaccines, instead of giving yearly vaccines, she recommends a titer test to test the antibody levels which are almost always way above the minimum.

As for expenses, it depends. The exam prices can sometimes be a little more. The vaccines are the same price as doing a titer test. Homeopathic remedies (which my vet specializes in) are much cheaper than the traditional medications, especially for things such as allergies.

I am very pleased with my vet. She does give the option to all of her clients of traditional medicine or homeopathic. The benefit for my dog with allergies of using homeopathics is that they are not hard on his organs in the long term as steroids are (which are often given in traditional medicine). Then again, if someone’s animal comes in and has an infection, she will always give the option of antibiotics, and if she feels antibiotics are necessary in a specific case (either because she can’t fit the right remedy at that time for that specific animal, or because the animal has a low immune system and won’t be able to fight the infection on its own), she will say so.

From my experience with holistic vets, a main difference is their connection to the animals. Because of the nature of holistic medicine, they are required to know the animal more personally, which makes the visits much more positive for the animal, and the owner always feels like they are heard and understood.

Hope that helped!

Laura asks…

what’s holistic research and education?

vti answers:

Hello. –

What is Holistic Education?

In order to bring together research in this field, it is important to begin by setting some boundaries about what is and is not “Holistic Education.”

Based on the literature written to date in this field, what seems to set Holistic Education apart from many other forms of education is the significance that it places on learning that relates to “the most” that it means to be human, such as the development of integrity or compassion. Such tacit forms of learning are often as important to holistic educators as explicit accumulations of knowledge, such as learning language, math, reading, physics, etc. The difficulty in defining the field is that its tacit implications can be discussed in so many ways and forms that there is not yet much commonality in the language used for referencing the field.

At its most general level, what distinguishes holistic education from other forms of education are its goals, its attention to experiential learning, and the signficance that it places on relationships and primary human values within the learning environment.

Other fields frequently considered within Holistic Education include the study of human nature, humanistic psychology, transpersonal psychology, radical education, spirituality and learning, and so on. Issues such as ecology, emancipation, social justice, authentic forms of educational assessment, or social action in education are often of interest to holistic educators as well. However, it is also possible to approach these topics from a perspective other than holistic education. Whether or not education that approaches these issues is “holistic education” depends upon how the issues are framed by the inquirer (or researcher), or it depends on the goal of the students and the teacher/parent.

For further explorations into the meaning of and expressions within Holistic Education, please review books within our Bibliography of Holistic Education in Theory and Practice. In addition, other pages in this web site with further discussions on the history and values of holistic education include Holistic Education: An Introduction, by Ron Miller (1999) and Values in Holistic Education by Scott H. Forbes (1996).

Note on Semantics: Holistic Education is sometimes referred to as “wholistic,” though “holistic” seems to be more commonly used by practitioners and writers in the field. Also, there is a discussion between myself and Ron Miller about whether Holistic Education is a proper noun describing the field (and therefore capitalized, like “Progressive Education”), or if it is more appropriate not to capitalize it so that “holistic” is an adjective to describe a general type of education (like “progressive education”).

–Robin Ann Martin, Ph.D.
June 2003–

Have a nice evening. 🙂

Robert asks…

Has anyone used Holistic Dentistry?

Can you give me information even if they are or pros and cons?

vti answers:

I am a fan of Holistic Medicine and practice it. However some things need to be handled by Modern Medicine.
From notes in undergrad school I learned that Holistic Dentistry is:
As people become increasingly concerned about medical techniques and learn more about alternative health procedures, a new field of dentistry has popped up. Known as holistic dentistry, this type of dentistry combines dental knowledge with procedures from a variety of medical systems that are designed to improve a person’s oral health. Rather than focus on one area of a person’s body, holistic dentistry is concerned with the patient’s overall health. Therefore, instead of focusing solely on a patient’s teeth, holistic dentists are concerned about the relationship between a person’s mouth and the rest of their body.

Holistic Dentistry stresses the use of nontoxic restorative materials for dental work, and often incorporates other alternative methods such as homeopathy, nutrition and acupuncture. It takes into account that dental problems can lead to an imbalance in the body and have a negative impact on overall health.

I do not chose this path but a traditional dentist for my teeth. I was very apprehensive to what was taught.

Susan asks…

how do i get into holistic medicine?

I know from a little bit of research that tis is a very wide field. There’s more to it then just eating salad (a little dry hunor there). I’m not exactly sure how to get into it…Do I just start reading different books, do I take classes on line? do I start out with conventional medicine?

vti answers:

Holistic medicine is a philosophical approach to medicine. Even many people consider osteopathic physicians (D.O.’s) to be the more holistic counterpart to allopathic medicine (M.D.’s). With that said, only M.D.’s and D.O.’s have the right to prescribe medications and treat you, they have real training, residencies in various specialties.

There are other fields of what are called alternative medicine, acupuncturists, naturopaths, tons of other things fit in this category and many of them may also follow a holistic philosophy. I’m very skeptical personally of being treated by these, since their training may vary and they don’t have widely known medical journals and published research proving that their techniques benefit any more than a placebo. Some people swear by them though.

If you want to work as a real practitioner of western medicine with a holistic approach, I’d look into osteopathic medicine. If you are more into chinese medicine or voodoo, then there are those as well, but you won’t be prescribing any FDA-approved medications.

Carol asks…

holistic marketing!!!!?

What is holistic marketing framework and what could be an empirical example emphasising on the role of business core competencies?

vti answers:

Holistic Marketing is the approach by which an entire marketing strategy is created and deployed keeping in mind all aspects of a business.

What this means is that a company realizes that every interaction they have with a client needs to be managed and utalized to constantly lead the client experience.

Here is an example of Holistic Marketing Online.

This example will use a website that sells furniture.

Initially, they write articles about decorating and room design to engage users interested in furniture.

Then the site has good SEO so when people find them in search results they go to relevant pages of the site.

Then the site is very usable and clearly navicable allowing users to find the products they want through many paths like room, style, material, type.

Once that is all in place a PPC campaign ic launched to capture qualified visitors.

Now that new visitors are using the site an email marketing campaign should be focused on getting special deals out to past clients or clients who have requested newsletters or tips.

You should also think about affiliate marketing to grow the sites reach. You should also look into getting products into shopping portals.

Once people have purchased products, you should include catalogs or other collateral with every product that ships oout.

The goal of holistic marketing to so support the company through every phase of the sales cycle in a consistent and strong messanging with actions at every step of the process.

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