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Holistic Health And New Age In Britain And The Republic Of Ireland

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This chapter explores the mainstreaming of the holistic health movement in Britain and illustrates its inter-relation with New Age in an ethnographic description of ‘Angel therapy’ in the Republic of Ireland. The holistic and ecological model is generally contrasted with allopathic medicine, which tends to treat patients with drugs and surgery in order to cure an individual of a specific ailment. The New Age movement, emerging from the late 1970s and at the height of its visibility during the 1980s, employs many holistic healing techniques. British national health policies reflect global as well as local socioeconomic trends, and within this context, the holistic self-help movement is gaining ground. It was pivotal in the UK government House of Lords’ Select Committee on Science and Technology’s Sixth Report (2000) on Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) and in the moves towards regulation of the CAM professions.

Keywords: allopathic medicine; Angel therapy; Britain; Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM); holistic health movement; New Age movement; Republic of Ireland



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