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Overview Easy to use, this thoroughly revised and expanded edition of Alternative Medicine keeps pace with the latest findings and developments in alternative medicine. Here is the most comprehensive, current, well-balanced, and trustworthy information available from both a scientific and a biblical perspective.
Publishers Description The most complete resource of its kind on alternative medicine * Herbal remedies, dietary supplements, and alternative therapies Their specific uses Which 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 more Alternative 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 includes Two alphabetical reference sections: Alternative therapies Herbal remedies, vitamins, and dietary supplements A description of each therapy and remedy, an analysis of claims, results of actual studies, cautions, recommendations, and further resources Handy cross-references linking health problems with various alternative therapies and herbal remedies reviewed in the book"
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.1" Width: 7.2" Height: 1.3" Weight: 1.9 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 2007
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
ISBN 0310269997 ISBN13 9780310269991 UPC 025986269999
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More About Donal O'Mathuna & Walt Larimore MD
Donal O'Mathuna, PhD, has degrees in pharmacy, medicinal chemistry, and theology (focused on bioethics). He is a lecturer in healthcare ethics in the School of Nursing at Dublin City University, Ireland. Dr. O'Mathuna's long-time interest in alternative medicine has led to many publications in professional journals and the general media. He lives in Dunboyne, Co. Meath, Ireland.
Donal O'Mathuna was born in 1961.
Spanish Language Biography: Donal O'Mathuna, PhD, es grado en farmacia, medicina quimica, y teologia (con un concentracion en bioeticas). Es un lector en eticas de asistencia sanitaria a la escuela de enfermeria en Dublin City University, Ireland. Dr. O'Mathuna ha publicado en revistas profesionales y media general porque de su gran interes en medicina alternativo. Vive en Dunboyne, Co. Meath, Ireland.
Reviews - What do customers think about Alternative Medicine: The Christian Handbook?
Updated Book still great! Oct 22, 2008
The ambitious project by Doctors O'Mathuna and Larimore that I read in 2001 exceeded my expectations. Their updated version keeps the same high standards. Starting with overviews and definitions of alternative and conventional medicine, they acknowledge the limitations of both types of medicine and explore some follies perpetrated over the centuries in the names of both orthodoxy and alternatives. They then move on to discuss Christian principles of health. Their definition of holistic health does not narrowly view it as the pursuit of physical health solely, but as part of the means to a successful life that includes physical, emotional, social and spiritual aspects. They also offer well-researched biblical explanations for illness and suffering. Lastly, they offer advice on how to pursue good health. I found all of their listed suggestions to be very reasonable. It is hard to argue with advocates of preventative health care visits, exercise and balanced diets. The authors' spiritual analysis of each therapy, measuring each against a bible-based standard, sets this book apart from others. Such information is important because of the current trend to equate some health behaviors with spiritual maturity, or to presume that "anything that works must be good (or from God)." O'Mathuna and Larimore carefully look at each treatment or supplement to evaluate possible spiritual implications, using as much of the original source materials in each area as possible. They also present both the overt and covert spiritual worldviews of the therapies' practitioners. Some of these are incompatible with biblical truth, and Christians must steer clear of them. However, both authors also acknowledge that sometimes one's choice of health behaviors (e.g. dietary choices) comes down to a personal conviction and not a biblical command. Before diving into their evaluation of each specific therapy, they present how they objectively evaluate them to determine effectiveness and safety. Their concise primer on the scientific method and statistics is helpful for any reader unskilled in critically evaluating the medical literature. They briefly discuss their statistical methods, why and how the methods originated, and then freely acknowledge the limitations and weaknesses statistical methods have and their need for continued refinements. If you are looking for a sweeping condemnation of all alternative medicine, you will be disappointed (and shame on you anyway). They clearly state when there is good evidence for the effectiveness of alternative therapies, even if it ruffles the feathers of some conventionalists. Conversely, they are willing to sternly warn of the ineffectiveness, wastefulness, and potential dangers of therapies that do not meet their objective standards. They base their reviews on the best international literature available. This use of international literature is particularly important given that many of the best studies available, and in some cases the only studies done, were not performed in the United States or published in English-based journals. The book's major section succinctly evaluates 56 herbal remedies, vitamins and dietary supplements. The `medicinal herbs' reviewed include ones familiar and foreign to me, such as: aloe, ephedra, milk thistle, pennyroyal, vitamin C, and zinc. They neither trample on nor trumpet any given supplement, but apply consistent standards and report their results. O'Mathuna and Larimore's research helps patients and practitioners alike to avoid alternative therapies that are medically dangerous, drains to their pocketbooks, and in some cases, spiritually worrisome. On the other hand, for modalities or supplements of proven value, they inform the reader as to what specific condition(s) they treat and how to determine how much active element an herbal or vitamin product contains. This is an excellent, readable resource for health practitioners and patients alike. Alternative medicines and therapies are used by up to 40 percent of patients. Most patients and practitioners alike are woefully uneducated about the data that supports or disapproves the efficacy of these non-conventional approaches. Similarly, most Christians are unaware of the spiritual significance the practitioners of some of these therapies ascribe to them, with possible attendant dangers. In my opinion, neither the giver nor the receiver of health care can afford to be without this valuable reference.
very helpful Jul 20, 2008
I found the historical background of such common alternatives as homeopathy and chiropractic to be interesting reading. There are detailed guidelines to help differentiate proven products from those that are questionable or downright dangerous. Clear explanations are provided as to why products may or may not work, based on a four-level evidence rating system. There are 322 pages that rate most of the popular alternative therapies, herbs, vitamins, and dietary supplements. This represents the bulk of the authors material and the part of the book that I will be referring to time and again if I have questions on Ginko and Ginseng or Wild Yam and Willow Bark.
Then at the back of the book is a list that summarizes the effectiveness of various alternative choices on certain common conditions such as allergies, arthritis, anxiety, etc. This volume is going to occupy a prominent place in my shelf of ready sources of information.
update is even better than the original Jul 18, 2008
End the confusion; finally an easy to use MD analysis of alternative medicine
I always wondered if vitamins really helped improve health and mood. Thankfully, now I know due to the exhaustive work of Larimore and Mathuna in their updated version of "Alternative Medicine-the Christian Handbook".
It is amazingly simple to use, and covers every topic imaginable. (The section on diets was especially interesting with lots of useful sidebars). It presents both sides of the issues in a very readable fashion from a sound medical perspective. If you want to end the confusion about which alternative medicine techniques really work, you owe it to yourself to pick up a copy of this practical reference guide.
Dwight Bain, Nationally Certified Counselor and Certified Life Coach, Orlando, FL
Biased Book Jun 1, 2008
I am a full time pastor, also a holistic nutritionist. The 2 authors of the book do not deserve to say that this book is "The Christian Handbook" in the aspect for alternative medicine because their comments on alternative medicine is deeply influenced by their medical training perspective, which means that they could only be good at writing "The Christian Handbook" for western medicine, not alternative medicine.
The information they used to critic against alternative medicine were from many biased source, under the influence of the pharmaceutical industry and even if the results says that certain alternative medicine has proven to work in certain ways, they will discredit it by posing fears on the very minimal side effects. It will make you laugh and angry! God have mercy on them!
As a chinese, we believed in Traditional Chinese Medicine, because we experienced it work for treatment of various diseases. In China, there were various universities teaching TCM, and a degree would easily take one to study full time for 5-7years. But their conculsion based on a few silly reports and concluded that it will not work to treat disease!
This book deserved to be dumped and burnt, do not waste your money!
What a shame !!!!
Alternative Medicine: The Christian Handbook May 6, 2007
Excellent book. Arrived early and in very good conditions. Very please with the service.