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 Definition:  api·thol·o·gy ~

(a pith ol-j ) noun.            [plural. api·thol·o·gia]  

1. the systemic study of health in living systems and its causes, processes, development, and consequences.

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Apithology is the discipline that studies the generative causes of health and wellness in living systems. The term originally emerged from the development of a field of inquiry formed to meet questions not examined by apithology’s counterpart discipline, being the research field of pathology. Apithology research is primarily done at humanity-scales of inquiry. It is applied in practice at individual levels of benefit. It involves holding an alternative horizon of investigation.

Apithology is not a concept, it is a research practice. The premise of apithology research describes what to look at, why those specific features of interest, and how to uniquely do this. To provide opinions, definitions and descriptions in the field of apithology requires formal study. Qualified practitioners will recognise its underlying concepts, have familiarity with its paradigms of practice, and have achieved skilfulness in its research and inquiry methods. Those seeking to become proficient in apithology are invited to train in the discipline and to join its community of practice.

The field of apithology has been defined as involving the examination of the systemic causes and effects of generativity and growth in healthy living systems (Varey, 2008). This is to be contrasted with the research field of pathology, which examines the systemic causes and effects of degeneration and disease in dissipative systems. The difference is apithology has as its primary focus the enablement and formation of generative conditions. The discipline of apithology is complementary to existing disciplines focused on pathology, normalcy, and conformity. This recognition provides realistic limits to the field’s scope in looking primarily at the generative. Necessary preconditions for practical applications of apithology include an appreciation of apithology’s philosophical premise, its forms of discourse, and the modes of inquiry necessary for practice proficiency.

The benefits of this field are received directly by those contributing to novel applications within the field. The real beneficiaries are those whose potentials are enabled and cared for through new apithology findings. Diverse forms of human caring are always the focus of and motivation for apithology research. All those responsible to a group of people, in terms of preserving and enhancing their future generative potentials, will consider at some point funding or engaging in apithology research so as to specifically benefit their community of caring. As a result, apithology is not limited to any one field of human endeavour in its applications.

There are many research materials available on apithology. For those new to the field the foundational article about apithology is free to download. Other materials are available to subscribers and contributors on request. These are provided as an essential part of formal training in this field. These resources include articles from the research Journal, training in specific modalities and a qualifying course for practitioners. 

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