In the previous blog post about Endobiogeny, I mentioned that the body is a system. This is not just a philosophical point or a warm fuzzy notion. It is the basis of how everything works in the universe, from the cell to the economy, from bees to transnational organizations.
Systems medicine is the basis of how in endobiogeny, we create a framework of understanding of how and why diseases come about and health can be restored. It’s the basis of the amazing blood analysis system the biology of functions (get a general overview here, healthcare providers here, or read the details here). Let’s take a closer look at this concept.
Consider an ecosystem such as a forest. This forest is like a person. It is composed of many trees, as a person is composed of many organs. Each tree is composed of many branches, which are like layers of tissue that make an organ. On each branch are many leaves, which are like cells that make up a tissue. Each leaf on each branch on each tree in this forest lives for itself, but what it does affects the tree. Similarly, every cell lives for itself, but it also lives for the whole person. Our body, like the forest, constantly strives for that perfect balance between the needs of an individual cell and the needs of the whole body. This state of balance is what we call “wellness.” What happens to the tree (the organ) affects every leaf (the cell), its neighboring trees (other organs) and eventually the forest (the whole body). The opposite is also true, what affects the forest affects the leaf. All are interconnected and interdependent.
So, where should we start to treat? At the level of the cell? The organ? The whole person?
Modern medicine is moving down to the level of the cell (the leaf). Powerful drugs have been developed mainly to block receptors (beta-blockers, calcium channel blockers, acid-blockers, etc.). Powerful drugs have powerful side effects and often higher and higher doses are needed to maintain the original effect of the drug. Can you heal a broken heart with a blood pressure medication?
Holistic medicine is moving up to the level of whole body and mind-body interactions (the forest). This is an exciting area of treatment, but it doesn’t address the specific issues of physiologic balance that are real and need to be treated. Can you dissolve a clot in 5 seconds with energy medicine?
Endobiogeny spans the entire ecosystem, from cell (leaf) to whole person (forest)—because you cannot separate one from the other. There is a time and place for every type of intervention. But isn’t it better to be able to help the body balance itself at every level of function without aggression or force?
To understand your disease (or your dis-ease), I seek to understand YOU, a unique person with a unique ecosystem. The endobiogenist approaches your life circumstances, from pregnancy and birth to traumas to travel to understand how the trajectory of your life path has been altered, for better or worse, and how it has affected you physiologically, mentally and emotionally. Studies have shown that adverse childhood events are the single best predictor of lifetime risk of both physical health and mental health issues.
Do you want to partner with a doctor who knows YOU and your dis-ease? Endobiogeny is a truly personalized form of medicine and promises to be the future of medicine…the subject of my next blog.