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Scholar's Paper Example: DeWind June 10, 2003

Applied Pleneurethics and the Roles of the Registered Nurse
Leigh S. DeWind
June 10, 2003

“Pleneurethics is a comprehensive philosophical system featuring an Absolute Force as creator of the cosmos, and a science for health care based on brain structure, function, and content. Its ultimate purpose is the improvement of world civilization by assisting the individual to be a better person physically and mentally through enlightened brain management “ (Collier, 1). The work Pleneurethics is comprised of three components: plenary, meaning completely competent, neural, pertaining to the brain, and ethics relating to conscientious behavior.

The central issue of Pleneurethics in health care is the human brain, its structure, production of energy and how that energy is used. Chronic illness, the major focus of Pleneurethics, is the result of continuous, cumulative assault to the brain and central nervous system. Patients are unable to heal because the brain’s capacity to work with the body is decreased. Registered nurses can be invaluable in application of the Pleneurethic principles.

The role of the registered nurse is a complex and dynamic one. Often, nurses find themselves performing several roles simultaneously. Primarily, the registered nurse is a manager of care, provider of care and a member within the discipline of nursing. Pleneurethic principles can be successfully applied in all aspects of the of the nursing scope resulting in promoting more effective, individualized health care, prevention of chronic illness and enhanced nursing interventions resulting in optimal health for their clients.

As a manager of care, it is the Registered Nurses responsibility to review each patient’s chart and plan his or her most appropriate path of treatment not just medically, but holistically. This pathway often involves direct patient care from the nurse as well as referrals to other health care specialists. When viewing the patient’s case with a critical eye, it is possible to discern which patients would likely benefit from a referral to a health care provider who specializes in Pleneurethic care. In today’s climate of alternative therapy, patients are more receptive to treatments that may be considered less mainstream. By providing referrals and enlightening patients with concepts and principles pertaining to Pleneurethics, the nurse can manage patient care more effectively and provide greater health benefits for the patient.

The Registered Nurse is also a direct, first line provider of care for patients. In this capacity, the nurse is in a unique position to influence a patient’s thought processes related to health care. A nurse that is informed in the principles of the Pleneurethic system can provide patient education related to the deterrence of chronic disease as well as enhancing overall health.

Prevention of disease by promoting a healthy lifestyle is one of the major focuses within the health care community. According to Pleneurethic principles, damage to the brain and it’s related structures can be accomplished several different ways. While direct injury often times cannot be prevented, there are several factors in which nurses can use their influence with patients to improve heath. Nutrition, stress and an ethical existence are all contributing factors to brain health and early intervention is necessary to preserve brain integrity thus prevent disease.

Much is written about nutrition and it’s far reaching effects. “The subject of nutrition is very important to mental and physical health because food affects blood chemistry in the brain” (Collier, 111). Choices of food and drink do not directly cause chronic illness. Malnutrition, however, does aggravate chronic conditions, cause decreased strength of the body leading to susceptibility to illness and sever damage to fetuses and children with lifelong consequences.

With all of the contradictory information concerning nutrition that is popular today, patients find themselves confused about what a proper, adequate diet is. In a clinical setting, the nurse providing Pleneurethic care should be well informed about nutrition as it relates to the mind-body connection. The opportunity to teach patients the best diet for building strength and preserving the integrity of the brain should never escape the competent nurse. Patients must comprehend the connection between the chemical composition of the food they eat and it’s affects on the body and the brain to facilitate remaining healthy.

Stress, another major issue in our modern culture, seems to be unavoidable. Americans, as a whole, are working longer hours with less rest and family time. The immediate, physical manifestations of stress are readily apparent but it is the long-term effects that should be of most concern. “Stress accumulates in the brain, leading to its structural distortion (either micro, macro, or both) and causes mental and physical disease concurrently” (Collier, 274). When stress is compounded in the brain, the brain’s ability to deal with new situations is severely impeded. Reducing stress is an essential step towards maintaining brain energy balance and avoiding destruction of the brain.

Modern medicine attempts to treat chronic stress and its manifestations with “miracle” pills and drugs without addressing the central cause. Nurses, on the other hand, view patients in a holistic manner. A nurse that understands the principles behind Pleneurethics is of great value to the client’s health. As trusted professionals, they have an effect on how patients view health care. It is essential that patients understand simply taking a pill is not going to cure them. Drugs may not even postpone the inevitable because the brain is still being damaged; the patient just doesn’t notice the signs and symptoms until it is too late and a serious, chronic disease has developed.

Stress elimination, in our society, may not be feasible at this point; however, steps can be taken to reduce the anxiety level as much as possible. Not only are nurses trained in medical management of stress, they are also knowledgeable in non-pharmacological stress reduction techniques. Relaxation techniques are readily taught to patients that have high levels of stress; additionally, patients should be encouraged to cut back whenever they can to decrease pressure. Giving patients control over stress reduction without relying on pills is critical in patient care because feeling a loss of control only exacerbates the current condition resulting in an increased expenditure of precious brain energy. The vicious cycle must be broken wherever it can be.

Ethics is one of the cornerstones of Pleneurethics. The view of ethics and its purpose is perhaps different than what the majority of society is familiar with. The practice of ethical principles is not related to religion, social thought or politics. “Ethic is evaluated in terms of personal responsibility for constructive utilization of neural energy” (Collier, 196). Simply put, ethics should be applied not because it is right or wrong, but to conserve as much neural energy as possible. Thus, what is good conserves energy, what is bad wastes unnecessary energy resulting in one of the contributing factors of chronic illness.

Much of what is considered ethical is learned in the home, school and church environment. The nurse has no control in those particular settings; however, clinically, nurses can once again provide information and education. Nurses are not directly teaching ethical principles but assisting patients to optimal health; a key function of the registered nurse. “Pleneurethic believes that breach of universal law automatically results in illness or discomfort” (Collier, 198). Nurses following Pleneurethic care are obligated to explain this concept to patients in order to help them deter illness. Once a patient understands this concept, the nurse and the patient can work together to design an individualized plan of care that aids in the prevention of chronic illness.

Pleneurethics is not a widely known or understood concept. Germ theory and drug therapy has been central to the treatment of illness in the modern Western culture. “As a result, the largest branch of the healing profession is so hopelessly married to the commercial drug industry and the concept of germs that it cannot be salvaged by its own effort “ (Collier, 229). Physicians currently prescribe pharmacological means to resolve every ailment and until recently have not been willing to entertain the notion of alternative methods of healing. As a result, they are doing a disservice to those that they are sworn to help.

Perhaps the most important role the Registered Nurse embodies, for the purpose of Pleneurethics, is that of a member within the disciple. Not only the discipline of nursing, but also as a member of the healing profession. “Unfortunately, no person has as yet been taught…healing by the Pleneurethic method, but when a few are taught their number will grow; and, because they will be encouraged to seek and think and expand on ideas, their ultimate contribution to medicine and mankind will be great” (Collier, 230 Holistic care is the nurses specialty). This encompasses not just medicine per se, but healing as well. A nurse that recognizes the importance of the Pleneurethic perspective is valuable in advancement of non-traditional ideas by way of verbalizing and practicing these ideas. If respected members of the health care team can enlighten other health care providers about the merit of Pleneurethics then, as the author eloquently wrote, their number will grow.

Pleneurethics is a complex topic “…its basic message was health and the good life through an understanding of eternal health principles- Pleneurethic principles” (Collier, 246). Assisting patients to optimal health is also the goal of the Registered Nurse. The nurse is the manager of care, provider of care and a member within the discipline of nursing. By practicing Pleneurethic principles and educating their patients to do the same, the nurse can help prevent chronic disease and facilitate improved patient care.


Collier, R. 1972. Pleneurethics. (Terrey, J. Ed.). Tacoma, WA.

Collier, R. 1990. Pleneurethics: a philosophical system uniting body, brain and mind.

(Terrey, J. Ed). Tacoma, WA.


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