The most complete resource of its kind on alternative medicine* Herbal remedies, dietary supplements, and alternative therapiesTheir specific usesWhich ones really work (and which ones don't)What to watch out for* Christian versus non-Christian approaches to holistic health* Clinically proven treatments versus unproven or quack treatments* Truths and fallacies about supernatural healing* Ancient medical lore: the historical, cultural, and scientific facts* And much, much moreAlternative Medicine is the first comprehensive guidebook to nontraditional medicine written from a distinctively Christian perspective. Keeping pace with the latest developments and research in alternative medicine, this thoroughly revised edition combines the most current information with an easy-to-use format. University lecturer and researcher Donal O'Mathuna, PhD, and national medical authority Walt Larimore, MD, provide detailed and balanced answers to your most pressing questions about alternative medicine---and to other questions you wouldn't have thought to ask.Also includesTwo alphabetical reference sections:Alternative therapiesHerbal remedies, vitamins, and dietary supplementsA description of each therapy and remedy, an analysis of claims, results of actual studies, cautions, recommendations, and further resourcesHandy cross-references linking health problems with various alternative therapies and herbal remedies reviewed in the bookread more
The book is written from a distinctly Christian perspective. It gives us current information on the latest developments and research in alternative medicine. Each non-traditional medicine is listed in alphabetical order stating their specific uses, which ones work and which ones don't, and what to watch out for. The clinically proven treatments are pointed out with the results of actual studies given within the chapters. They are candid about those that are quack treatments and they tell us why. There is a section on the truths and fallacies of supernatural healing. Part of the book is on alternative therapies and the other part is on herbal remedies, vitamins and supplements. Easy to use format and up to date.read more
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Some Christians have feared the growing interest in alternative medicine, thinking that the Bible condemns techniques such as biofeedback, meditation, herbal remedies and acupuncture. This comprehensive guide should put their minds at ease. Geared for Christians with little or no experience of alternative therapies, this book examines chiropractic care, hypnosis, T'ai Chi, yoga, visualization, homeopathy and aromatherapy, among other practices. O'Math#na, a professor of bioethics and chemistry, and Larimore, a physician who hosts a nationally syndicated television program, navigate a middle ground, approving of some therapies while advising caution on others. The Hallelujah Diet (a popular vegetarian Christian diet), for example, earns high marks for its emphasis on biblical nutrition, while marijuana is not recommended, despite beneficial results in treating some diseases. Yoga is fine as a complementary practice that "can improve general well-being," but it "is antithetical to biblical Christianity" when used "as a deeply religious practice with the goal of union with the divine." Throughout, the authors discuss affinities between alternative and traditional medicine, showing, for example, that prescription drugs are sometimes derived from herbal remedies (such as aspirin from willow bark). They caution readers to give more credence to therapies that have been clinically tested in randomly controlled trials. Always, they promote the theological idea that Christians' bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit. Many readers will appreciate straight talk on health that is informed by both medical science and the Bible. (June) Forecast: Larimore's name recognition as host of the cable TV show Ask the Family Doctor (America's Health Network) should boost sales for this manual, which taps into a growing market in Christian health books. Expect to see knockoffs from other Christian publishers. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved