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About the Author

Dónal O’Mathúna, 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’Mathúna’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.

Walt Larimore, MD, has been called "one of the best known family physicians in America" and has been listed in the Best Doctors in America, The Guide to America’s Top Family Doctors, and Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who's Who in America, and the International Health Professionals of the Year. He is also a best-selling author who has written, co-written, or edited thirty books. He writing has been recognized with a number of national awards, including a Christianity Today Book of the Year award, a Retailers Choice book award, three Silver Medallion Book Awards, three Gold Medallion Book Award nominations, and three Christy Award nominations. He and his wife, Barb, have two grown children, two grandchildren, and live in Colorado Springs area with their tabby, Jack. His website is www.DrWalt.com and his Morning Glory, Evening Grace devotions can be found at www.Devotional.DrWalt.com.

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Product Details

  • Series: Christian Handbook
  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Updated & Expanded edition (December 24, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310269997
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310269991
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Robert P. Vogt on October 21, 2008
Format: Paperback
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.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bob R. on July 19, 2008
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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.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Steven Evans on March 27, 2014
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I thought I was finally going to find an alternative health book with a Christian perspective. What I actually bought was pages filled with contempt for anything that is not bought with a prescription. I went through the book, then gave it to our teenage daughter who's interested in this field of study for college, asking her to give me her impressions. She was shocked to see such bias for allopathic medicine. Bottom line, it's of no use to us as a resource guide. We're going to sell it to recoup our $20 and move on. I intended to research the authors to follow the money in regard to their education and to see who signs their paychecks, but I don't think I even want to waste the time. Maybe someone out there can check?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris on December 19, 2012
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Most of the book is dedicated to an explanation of different types of alternative medicine. There is a section that covers cures of various diseases and ailments. I expected the whole book to be about cures and was disappointed for that reason.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "Enya" on October 12, 2012
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I only wish that there were really great photos of each plant and a description of where each one grows.
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