Principles of Holistic Medicine: Philosophy behind Quality of Life is a
textbook in a series of books on holistic medicine and health based on
the Danish Quality of Life Survey, where we asked 10,000 people about
their quality of life (QOL). The results were quite surprising and
forced us to recontemplate the following philosophical questions:
* What is quality of life, happiness, meaning in life?
* What is a human being?
* Do we need a new biology?
* Is the brain the seat of consciousness?
* How do we seize the meaning of life and by doing this, will we becoming well again?
* What are the key concepts of QOL?
The meaning of life is connectedness and development. It is about
realizing every opportunity and potential in one's existence. And the
opportunities have to be found and acknowledged. What do you find when
you find yourself deepest down? You find your real self and your purpose
in life. You realize that you are already a part of a larger totality.
Antonovsky called it coherence. Maslow called it transcendence. Frankl
called it meaning of life. We call it simply being.
To test if
these philosphical questions were actually relevant for medicine we
looked at the consequesces for patients being taught the QOL philosophy.
Quite surprisingly we learned from our pilot studies with "QOL as
medicine" that just by assimilating the basic concepts of the QOL
philosophy presented in this series of papers, patients felt better and
saw their lifes as more meaningful.
The improvement of
personal philosophy of life seems to be the essence of holistic medicine
and helping the patient to assume more responsibility.