The Science of the Sacred: Bridging Global Indigenous Medicine Systems and Modern Scientific Principles

The Science of the Sacred: Bridging Global Indigenous Medicine Systems and Modern Scientific Principles

by Nicole Redvers N.D.


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Indigenous naturopathic doctor Nicole Redvers pairs evidence-based research with traditional healing modalities, addressing modern health problems and medical processes

Modern medical science has finally caught up to what traditional healing systems have known for centuries. Many traditional healing techniques and medicines are often assumed to be archaic, outdated, or unscientific compared to modern Western medicine. Nicole Redvers, a naturopathic physician and member of the Deninu K'ue First Nation, analyzes modern Western medical practices using evidence-informed Indigenous healing practices and traditions from around the world—from sweat lodges and fermented foods to Ayurvedic doshas and meditation. Organized around various sciences, such as physics, genetics, and microbiology, the book explains the connection between traditional medicine and current research around epigenetics and quantum physics, for example, and includes over 600 citations. Redvers, who has traveled and worked with Indigenous groups around the world, shares the knowledge and teachings of health and wellness that have been passed down through the generations, tying this knowledge with current scientific advances. Knowing that the science backs up the traditional practice allows us to have earlier and more specific interventions that integrate age-old techniques with the advances in modern medicine and technology.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623173364
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 03/26/2019
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 216,807
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

DR. NICOLE REDVERS is the first licensed practicing naturopathic doctor in North America who is Dene (a member of the Deninu K'ue First Nation Band). After growing up in Canada's isolated north, she pursued an advanced Western medical education in the south and has had the privilege of developing relationships with strong elders and medicine people. She has traveled the globe, studying traditional medicine systems in various countries and working with Indigenous patients, helping to bridge the gap between traditional and modern medical systems. In addition, Redvers developed Northern Canada's only integrative medicine clinic from the ground up. She also co-founded and chairs a non-profit group, the Arctic Indigenous Wellness Foundation (AIWF), whose purpose is to revitalize traditional wellness services in the Canadian north and to focus on the preservation of Traditional Medicines. Her foundation was awarded one million dollars as a Laureate of the 2017 Arctic Inspiration Prize to work with homeless people and those most at risk in the northern part of Canada.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 The Natural Physicist 7

Chapter 2 The Natural Geneticist 23

Chapter 3 The Natural Biochemist 43

Chapter 4 The Natural Physiologist 61

Chapter 5 The Natural Biomechanist 83

Chapter 6 The Natural Dietician 103

Chapter 7 The Natural Microbiologist 123

Chapter 8 The Natural Psychologist 141

Chapter 9 The Naturalist 163

Chapter 10 The Natural Astronomist 183

Chapter 11 The Integration 203

Epilogue 215

Acknowledgments 223

Notes 225

Selected Bibliography 275

Index 277

About the Author 289

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