Fact a Day: March 16th - Ankerberg Theological Research Institute, John Ankerberg Show

Fact a Day: March 16th

The Facts on Holistic Health and the New Medicine (Harvest House, 1992), p. 5

Why is the subject of holistic health and the New Medicine important?

Literally tens of millions of people in the Western world have been exposed to or use holistic [claiming to treat the “whole” person, mind, body and spirit] health methods. The occult revival and discontent over traditional medical care, sometimes justified, has opened the door to a wide variety of alternate therapies in society. Indeed, Time (Nov. 4, 1991) reported that alternate medicine is “now a 27 billion-a-year industry,” noting that 30 percent of those polled had tried an unconventional therapy. According to Medical World News (May 11, 1987), the overall cost of suspected health-care fraud is approaching $30 billion annually. Promoters of holistic health techniques and the New Medicine prosper by offering patients simple solutions to complex diseases as well as practices and remedies that are said to be free of side effects. Today, even thousands of medical doctors and nurses use these methods.

We certainly have no quarrel with any medical method whose safety and efficacy has been established. Our concern is with the widespread promotion of methods which have either not been proven, or are questionable on other (physical or spiritual) grounds.

While we do not minimize the problems of conventional medical treatment, our research shows that the holistic health movement as a whole is largely based upon ineffective and/or potentially dangerous methods that are not in the best interest of the patient. By and large, holistic methods reject what is known about how the human body works and are generally opposed to a scientific approach to health care.

*For full documentation, please see The Facts on Roman Catholicism.

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