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Healing Across Cultures: Learning From Traditions

This is a wonderful abstract, offering great insight regarding the programatic vision The FUSION Foundation is committed to in our communities.

***This work appears in published form as follows: 

Pesek, T, Helton, L, Nair, M. (06/2006). Healing Across Cultures: Learning from Traditions,
EcoHealth, 3(2):114-118. The original publication is available at

The health and wellness of an individual are reliant on the integrated effects of mind, body, and spirit. This triad is precariously set within a backdrop of the environment, our earth. Western cultures often seem to disregard this holism, especially this fourth component, in its considerations of wellness as described by modern medicine. This practice is unlike that of many of the traditional cultures in the world. These cultures focus more on balance in the context of environmental respect. Varied cultures share remarkable similarities in their healing modalities, especially considering the relative isolation from one to another—evidence that there is much truth to the healing knowledge they possess. We are not disconnected from the natural world in terms of health, but dependent and interconnected within ourselves and to everything around us. Social change is required to assure that the practice of modern medicine evolves to incorporate this integral aspect of health and wellness, and this can be done through partnerships with traditional healers.

There is a growing demand for wellness and earthly responsibility. It is time to appropriately learn from age-old societies and their healing traditions for they do have answers we are seeking in sustainability and harmony, environmental stewardship and planetary respect, and holistic health. For thousands of years our ancestors have known the secrets of long life—this knowledge needs to be preserved through the
apprenticeship of future generations. We propose a collaboration that develops mutually beneficial learning partnerships combining modern medical knowledge with the wisdom of traditional healers around the world.

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