Creating a 2-D Model
Putting the Illness/Wellness and the Atomistic/Holistic Continua
together, we can make a two-dimensional grid, wherein we can
place various health-oriented modalities for comparison.
use of bypass surgery for heart disease (with no other changes in
lifestyle) would place that process in the lower-left quadrant of the
grid - illness-oriented and atomistically-approached.
A holistic approach
to treating heart disease with chelation therapy, dietary improvements,
progressive exercise, and learning to become more heartful would place
that program in the upper-left quadrant - illness -oriented and
If we had no heart disease, but were using
exercise to prevent it, (the grim looking runner in the Illness/Wellness Continuum Revisited), we would
be exercising from an atomistic attitude, but for greater wellness, so
we would place that program in the lower-right quadrant.
uses of exercise to spend time in nature, feel better, develop
cardiovascular fitness, and be with friends would place the activity in
the upper-right quadrant. (continues)