The definition of holistic is, “emphasizing the importance of the whole and the interdependence of its parts.” This is generally seen in contrast to reductionism where the total system is taken apart and studied as individual units. A holistic approach to healing recognizes that the soul (emotions, mind and will), the spirit and the physical body are elements of a system, and attempts to treat the whole person, concentrating on the cause of the illness as well as symptoms.
The underlying premise of holistic nutrition is that our bodies have a design and part of that design is the ability to heal or self-regenerate for well over 100 years. It is a belief that aging brings change, but not rapid degeneration. Have hope, common degenerative health symptoms are not normal, just common. Holistic nutrition works within the design of the body to support your own healing mechanisms. This is done primarily through whole food nutrition, recognizing that we don’t understand the synergistic way that the over 200 known vitamins, minerals and enzymes in a carrot work, but we do know that carrots feed the body and isolated nutrients can often cause problems. As you feed your body the building materials it needs, it gets back to the job of re-building you on a daily basis. This seems miraculous until we stop to consider that the quality of building materials is of critical importance to almost any system: computers, cars, airplanes, and yes, even you! Therapeutic nutrition simply recognizes that there may be a period of time that special nutritional therapies may be needed to strengthen areas of weakness.