Holistic Learning Part I: What Is Holistic Learning?

What Does Holistic Mean?

I am a believer in holistic medicine. It is neither natural or conventional medicine specific, but more a manner of taking the whole body into consideration when an ailment comes into play.

For example –  I developed tendonitis in my left shoulder at work. It was the result of heavy, repetitive, maneuvering over a period of time. Tendonitis is an inflamed tendon. I went to the doctor and he wanted to give me shots to make it feel better, but I refused. I told him I wanted to find out what was causing it.

“The inflammation of the tendon is what’s causing it,” he replied.

I still wouldn’t take it. After trial and error with things in my diet, I discovered that it would flare up or hurt more when I ate popcorn. I tried eating normal corn, and realized that was my problem. There was a food I was eating that was causing pain in a weakened area of my body.

The whole body was considered.

Another example is how a person can get bladder cancer from smoking. How? The bladder and the lungs are unrelated? They’re in two different parts of the body and have two different functions. How on earth are they connected?

Because your bladder is the last stop of chemicals being filtered out of your body, they are stored in the badder as a part of your urine. As a result, they are exposed to the bladder lining and can cause bladder cancer.

Holistic means the whole of something, the entirety,  taking the entire big picture into view when we come across it.

Holistic Learning

With the concept of the ties between the body’s parts correlating to seemingly unrelated parts, we’ll take it a step further:

Understanding how the brain works, and how the seemingly unrelated effect it.

In this series we’ll explore

  • Emotions
  • How the brain works
  • Environment
  • Social
  • Breathing
  • Diet
  • Habits

– Just to name a few. This is a holistic understanding of how we learn, what is hindering our learning, what distracts us, what enhances us.

Thursdays  Will be Holistic Learning Days.

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4 thoughts on “Holistic Learning Part I: What Is Holistic Learning?

    • There’s a book that really helped me open my eyes to it called Holistic Anatomy by Pip Waller. It really got me considering everything that is in effect with each thing we consciously or subconsciously do. I’d recommend it to anyone.

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      • It makes sense now that I think of it. Everything in this world works around balance and causality so why not our bodies especially in regards to health and wellbeing.

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