Education,  Holistic Occupational Therapy,  Prevention,  Revolution

Are We in the Midst of a Revolution?

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There has been a lot going on in my world as a holistic health care practitioner who also holds a conventional mainstream health care license – combined together; a Holistic OT.

I am finally convinced that holistic/integrative medicine is here to stay and will only continue to grow – to the point that it will completely infiltrate all of health care and truly transform it. One may consider it as a revolution that is happening.

According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a revolution is defined as:


noun rev·o·lu·tion \ˌre-və-ˈlü-shən\

Simple Definition of revolution

  • : the usually violent attempt by many people to end the rule of one government and start a new one

  • : a sudden, extreme, or complete change in the way people live, work, etc.

  • : the action of moving around something in a path that is similar to a circle

What I am witnessing, with great fascination, is how much the collective culture is becoming more aware and demanding more healthy and natural options for health care – that manifests in many forms and areas in our lives.

I am seeing cereal, macaroni and cheese, and other products having their ingredients changed to more healthy options. Eco-companies are springing up to literally save the planet. I am noticing more people growing their own organic gardens, more CSA’s popping up, and more people making their own foods.

I am working with more health care practitioners becoming educated in, and who are creating or expanding their own private practices providing holistic/integrative health care. There is a momentum toward true prevention of illness and disease, not just early detection that is often passed off as prevention.

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Chive Blossoms

More research is coming out about how we can prevent and in many cases reverse disease through diet, exercise, stress reduction. Yoga and meditation practices and centers have taken off with many media sites touting their benefits. 

I have been asked by St. Catherine’s University to be a community clinical instructor for their occupational therapy students wanting to learn Holistic OT. Students are contacting me from around the world looking for holistic fieldwork options, and I am actively creating a Holistic OT fieldwork (intern) resource program coming soon at

More health care practitioners are seeking me out to read their holistic research theses, to read drafts of their new book, to teach them holistic/integrative approaches, to help them with their private practice, and to help them move past any areas that may be holding them back so they can practice from their heart’s truth; ultimately helping others.

I am in the midst of writing my own book, and I have received several invites to speak about holistic health care.

There are many more presentations than there has ever been in the past on holistic/integrative approaches at this year’s American Occupational Therapy Association’s conference this April.

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Holistic Presentations at AOTA 2016

Seventy-five percent of medical schools in the Unites States now offer holistic/integrative medicine classes as part of their main curriculum or as elective courses.

Yes, we are in the midst of a revolution!

I have been providing health care for nearly 30 years now (I began as a nursing assistant at age 14). This is the area of our culture I know best. I have slowly been watching this transformation take place and have noticed a giant step forward in the past 5 years among members of our culture. I suspect we will continue to see this change grow. 

This revolution is evident and mirrored in all aspects of our lives and culture: health care, business, education, art, politics, interpersonal relationships and more. 

This revolution is not new. However, it is gaining momentum. It has its seeds and peeks in many times throughout history. Most recently, it can easily be seen during the 1960’s and 70’s.

What is happening now, I believe, is that the water that went underground from that time, that became small streams, is now rising above ground creating greater motion, greater change forward, and it’s gaining speed.

How are you taking part in the revolution? 

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Emmy Vadnais, OTR/L has over 20 years experience providing Holistic, Integrative Health, Wellness and Prevention Care in a variety of settings. She is a Holistic Occupational Therapist, Intuitive Healer, Health Coach, teacher, consultant, and writer. She provides holistic and integrative healthcare and intuitive development education to healthcare practitioners and organizations. She is the founder of the Holistic OT Community and is in private practice in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is available for individual sessions, tutoring, classes, and consulting. She can be contacted at [email protected]. Visit her websites at and

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