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Friday, November 30, 2007



The following is an excerpt from the FOREWORD of my book: “God, Man, And The Universe -An Holistic Perspective - A philosophy book describing how the Universe operates applying the Principles of Holism.”

This book has been in preparation for over 20 years. It is available as an EBOOK on our ORDER ONLINE link of our web site: www.drtauraso.com. In it we try to answer the questions of “What we must do and do we have a choice in the affairs of life.


The word holistic is being used today by many in the health field. There is much controversy over whether it should be spelled with an h as in holistic or with a wh as in wholistic. There is confusion as to whether holism embodies the body, mind, and spirit, and to whether it is reasonable also to include emotion.
It would appear at times that our Western separatist view of life and the world allows us to be great dissectors but interferes with our abilities to conceive of synthesizing and unifying concepts of health, man's nature, and our relationship with the rest of the world. We tend to emphasize the differences among people - a tendency which fosters a drawing apart and isolationism - rather than emphasizing the similarities which tend to bring individuals closer together working toward common goals for mankind.
There are those who believe that the holistic approach to health is something new and exciting; others view it as a revival of something very old to man's culture.
The derivation of the word and concept of holism was very well described by Dr. Richard H. Svihus in a paper entitled "The Dimensions of Wellness: The Holistic Viewpoint," delivered at the founding meeting of the American Holistic Medical Association, Denver, Colorado, May 1978 and published in American Holistic Medicine, volume 1, pages 19 to 25, February 1979. Quoting from Dr. Svihus.

The words "holistic" and "holism" first appear to have been used by Jan Smuts in his book,Holism and Evolution, published in 1926. Jan Smuts served as a general in the British army and as prime minister of South Africa. In his book, he describes an evolutionary concept in which Holism underlies the synthetic tendency in the universe." Entities growing, developing, and evolving become at some complete in their nature, so that their wholeness becomes greater than the mere sum of their parts. They then move to new levels of being -- new "wholes" -- brought about by the creative forces within, which he calls holism.
The whole-making tendency in evolution, according to Smuts, is nothing but the gradual development and stratification of a progressive series of wholes, stretching from the inorganic beginnings to the highest levels of spiritual creation.
Wholeness, healing, holiness--all expressions and ideas and ideas springing from the same root in language as in experience--lie on the rugged upward path of the universe.

If we were to apply this concept to matters pertaining to health, and if we acknowledged the fact that we have a triune nature of body, mind, and spirit, then we are total individuals only when our body-self, mind-self, and spirit-self are unified to work in harmony with each other.
All too often individuals are dis-coordinated. Their body, mind, and spirit aspects function as separate schizophrenic entities working against each other.
Holistic means to be holy, to function as a whole I. When this ideal state is reached, we experience a new energy which appears to be greater than what might be expected from a mere sum of the three parts.
The word holistic (this is, with an h) is derived from the Greek; wholistic (with an wh) is derived from the Anglo-Saxon. Yet holistic is usually used by physicians, nurses, and other health-care professionals; Wholistic is employed more by ministers, counsellors, and non-medical health care professionals. But, our aim here is to emphasize the similarities, not the differences. Both words mean the same thing, regardless of derivation and who uses the words.
There is a rather sad point to this commentary. There are developing segments of our population - sad to say that they exist mainly in some Christian communities - who are teaching that those who are associated with the holistic and/or New Age movements are demonic and represent anit-Christ philosophies. During the course of this book, I hope to present philosophical evidence that this prejudicial attitude is not only anti-Christian, it is against the teachings of all great religious teachers, and against basic, inherent, and immutable Laws of the Universe.
The purpose of this book is to go beyond looking at man alone. We will explore the greater spiritual nature of man, desiring to understand how we relate to God and the rest of the Universe. From an holistic perspective we will dissemble to assemble, analyze to synthesize, dissect to recreate, separate to unify. To view man holistically is to go beyond the confines of man's body, mind, and spirit to the larger cosmic view of man as part of an infinite whole Universe.
This book explores the laws which govern optimum physical, mental, and spiritual health and those that govern the realms of consciousness and reality. Scientists are accumulating much data to substantiate the theory of relativity. As one heavenly body exerts its influence upon another, how do the laws which govern the Universe influence man, the highest form of incarnate being on planet Earth? How does man influence other creatures, environmental situations, planet Earth, and other heavenly bodies? What is our responsibility to establish order within ourselves, and maintain the Order of the Universe?
We would like to consider ourselves free. But, are we really free? We will probe for the answer to this question as we explore the relationship of God, Man and the Universe -- An Holistic Perspective.”

nicola michael c. Tauraso, M.D.
Director, Tauraso Medical Clinic

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