It may well seem that we are living in a time when things have gotten pretty out of hand; I don’t need to point them out. So, it surprised me when I realized that just about everything I ever wanted has come into my practice life over the years. I underwent my first fast in 1970 under the guidance of Dr. Gerald Benesh; he and Dr. Bernard Jensen were the only practitioners using that approach for miles. Now, there are hundreds.
Meditation was for hippies; now it is taught in schools and corporations.
There were no acupuncturists, and naturopathic doctors practiced under the chiropractic license.
Midwives were run out of town. I know this because our two children were born at home and the six years between them was a period of severe persecution of doctors, doulas, and midwives.
The concept of creativity as a source of wellness was thought to be fanciful.
I went to have my blood drawn at a local lab a few years ago. In the middle of the draw, the director came in and told me I could only order tests that were associated with chiropractic. Now, you can order your own lab tests online.
The development of nutritional concepts like the glycemic index, leptin theory, and sophisticated lab profiles for allergy, deficiencies and infections has continually evolved.
Whole systems such as integrative and functional medicine are slowly and surely replacing the old medical models.
Programs for healers to better understand themselves and their patients are constantly developing.
Oh, I could go on and on. When I think of what the healing world was like fifty years ago, honestly everything that’s available now is everything I’ve ever wanted.
~ Dr. John