Hippocratic Oath


When asked to consider their own individual health, most people typically begin calling upon the opposite experiences of health. They may go on about aches, pains and doctors appointments they have lined up for their ailing, failing bodily systems.

The true motive behind the creation of Joyous Oasis is in consideration of a natural sense of care and comfort for those aching, ailing systems while recognizing that ailments do not exist in a perfectly healthy body.

Our desire is to encourage the enhancement of the perfectly healthy individual, beginning with gratitude for, and in, the presence of, the moment at hand, beyond all challenge presented–even those, and especially those, challenges that may weigh in as heavy and intolerable. Included within this care is also a consistent unyielding resolve to be understanding, motivation to continually share the never ceasing bits of useful information that tends to differ greatly from mainstream information, rightfully tuning into simple heartfelt devotion toward a higher state of well being and, yes, always love… All this, along with fresh, delicious, nutritious meals offered toward the customized satisfaction of mind, body and spirit for the individual.

Those of us here at Joyous Oasis, to the best of our ability, follow in the words of the true father of medicine, Hippocrates, when he was quoted as saying, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”, and also, to “Do no harm”.

The Hippocratic Oath is an oath historically taken by physicians and other healthcare professionals swearing to practice medicine ethically and honestly, without the use of drugs unless, when/if after given the chance, the alternatives do nothing to help. I personally think that, Hippocrates, a man led obviously by moral & ethical convictions, and well enough respected to be referred to as the ‘father of medicine’ for over centuries, would likely be turning unhappily over and over, again and again in his grave if he were aware of what goes on today in the name of medicinal doctoring. From what I have gathered, it is most peoples’ thinking that the medical profession has long since dropped the ball where the meaning behind these quotes is concerned.

There was a time, and not all that long ago, when doctors were sworn-in to duty using the Hippocratic Oath. Now-a-days, the American Medical Association not only shows true lack of respect and, so also, knowledge for, the obvious and amazing healing properties that have been noted for centuries found in common natural foods, they support the on-going legalized drug trade. This is typically over and above reference to medicinal properties in food at all. I have only to conclude by this that the A.M.A. remains to be as far behind the nature of what I consider to be the true sentiment behind the Hippocratic oath as they can get. Since most people have come to rely heavily on this modern medicinal way of practice, I think this is a great sadness in our beloved culture.

There is also the opposite side of this sadness afflicting U.S., and this side can be considered the ‘good news’… Twenty years ago, it was difficult for most people to locate a doctor who upholds the Hippocratic oath anymore, even though the rules of practicing included the oath before they would legally hang the term ‘physician’ on their door. Today, there are numerous and growing young medical professionals who are going on to add to their limited studies of drug related pharmaceuticals into the world-renown-world of natural health. Today, it is much easier to find practitioners who are taking the oath to “Do no harm”, and to “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”, more to heart.

(W)holistic professionals are due much respect. The constant and earnest effort it takes to accomplish what is needed, especially in this day and age, to become true supporters in and of the healing arts, is commendable. There are so many hoops to jump through, in the way of governmental interference, it takes great care, commitment and devotion to remain true to this once highly esteemed and heartfelt treasured oath.

Here, at Joyous Oasis, true practitioners of the (w)holistic arts are valued and honored. We endeavor to support every effort in the care and feeding of all hearts everywhere using nature as our guide.

Showing up, as seen from the cosmos, a joyous oasis appears to be glowing as one living composite of light, truly alive, growing ever on & on, where health and happiness abide in each and every unique individual. The greater reward of gratitude, joy and reverence for living within the present moment, is due everyone as we work and play, live and learn, together-alone dancing the celebration of life.

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A parchment page of script bearing the name .


(Sadly, few medical schools today require students to recite the classical version of the oath.)

I swear by Apollo Physician and Asclepius and Hygieia and Panaceia and all the gods and goddesses, making them my witnesses, that I will fulfill according to my ability and judgment this oath and this covenant:

To hold him who has taught me this art as equal to my parents and to live my life in partnership with him, and if he is in need of money to give him a share of mine, and to regard his offspring as equal to my brothers in male lineage and to teach them this art—if they desire to learn it—without fee and covenant; to give a share of precepts and oral instruction and all the other learning to my sons and to the sons of him who has instructed me and to pupils who have signed the covenant and have taken an oath according to the medical law, but no one else.

I will apply dietetic measures for the benefit of the sick according to my ability and judgment; I will keep them from harm and injustice.

I will neither give a deadly drug to anybody who asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to this effect. Similarly I will not give to a woman an abortive remedy. In purity and holiness I will guard my life and my art.

I will not use the knife, not even on sufferers from stone, but will withdraw in favor of such men as are engaged in this work.

Whatever houses I may visit, I will come for the benefit of the sick, remaining free of all intentional injustice, of all mischief and in particular of sexual relations with both female and male persons, be they free or slaves.

What I may see or hear in the course of the treatment or even outside of the treatment in regard to the life of men, which on no account one must spread abroad, I will keep to myself, holding such things shameful to be spoken about.

If I fulfill this oath and do not violate it, may it be granted to me to enjoy life and art, being honored with fame among all men for all time to come; if I transgress it and swear falsely, may the opposite of all this be my lot.

Translation from the Greek by Ludwig Edelstein. From The Hippocratic Oath: Text, Translation, and Interpretation, by Ludwig Edelstein. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1943.

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