At the clinic where I work, we have a homogenous mixture of D.O.'s and M.D.'s. Inherently, the most often asked question of patients to me is, of course "What is the difference...?" In my responses, I have often used the word "holistic" in describing the differences in the approach to treatment that the D.O. utilizes. However, I have noticed a specific trend among the lay people when I use this word. I am getting the impression that this word "holistic" has a negative conotation to those unfamiliar with medical terminology. Does the layman associate this word with medicine men and faith healers, or with other extremist forms of medicine? I am curious of everyones thoughts because the last thing I want to do as a future D.O. is give current patients the wrong idea. I have actually stayed away from the word "holistic" lately and used "integrated approach" more frequently, which seems to be a more welcome response. Your thoughts?