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Peacebuilding and Functional Medicine: An Isomorphism

I was in Los Angeles this past weekend for the 50th reunion (!) of my North Hollywood High School class of 1961. Classmate Jack recounted how, about 10 years ago, he phased out of his general surgery practice and into the field of functional medicine. It was as if he’d worked himself out of a job in surgery as he’d begun treating his surgical patients à la functional medicine and found that in so many cases they no longer needed surgery.

It dawned on me that functional medicine is isomorphically related, in a general systems theory way, to peacebuilding. Each focuses on treating its “patient” (in the one case an individual human being; in the other a human society) as a holistic system rather than on treating distinct symptoms; that is, treating the underlying causes of dysfunctions as imbalances that “arise as environmental inputs…are processed by one’s body, mind, and spirit through a unique set of genetic predispositions, attitudes, and beliefs.”

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Comment by Karen Johnson on June 30, 2011 at 5:26pm
Thanks for this post, Mike.  It's a wonderful time on Earth to be watching the unfolding/recognition of peacebuilding as a necessary ingredient in a more highly functioning whole made up of interdependent societies/cultures.  I don't know if we can transform conflict into less extreme economic bubble bursting going forward, yet we certainly can be more humane with each other as we ride out the consequences of leaving out key ingredients in our collective functionality until we all know better.  "Now that I know better, I do better."  Maya Angelou

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