It claims to be “the most comprehensive, current, well-balanced, and trustworthy information available from both a scientific and a biblical perspective.”

Here’s the premise for Alternative Medicine: The Christian Handbook, by Donal O’Mathuna and Walt Larimore, MD

“Some Christians,” according to the website Watchman Fellowship, “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, tai chi, yoga, visualization, homeopathy, and aromatherapy, among other practices.

One of the topics is “Christian vs non-Christian approaches to holistic health.” For example, “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.”

3/22/07 17:11 JR

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John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.