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Department
Health Sciences
Course
HSS1101
Professor
Tien Nguyen
Semester
Winter

Description
Reductionism and Holism Reductionist method: -Macro to Micro (biomedical model of health) -Neurology, immunology, endocrinology, pathology, physiology,etc. Mechanistic, systems approach: -biotech, surgical methods, pharmaceutical intervention, etc. -Invasive -Tertiary health (treatment) -Symptoms (origins of disease) Challenge: potential disempowerment? -Autonomy (control) of the body and well-being Holistic method: -micro to macro (lifestyle and wellness) -health = synergy of mind, body, and environment Unified approach: - Ayurvedic, TCM, naturopathic, and other alternative medicines -Non-invasive -Primary health (prevention) -Expression of life (origins of health) Challenge: cannot be researched using the traditional scientific method - Belief= proof Parallel Pathways
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