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COVER: Renee Bondi
How Long do I Have
to Live with This, Lord?
Talking to Your Spouse About Your llness: How Much is Too Much?
Medical Records: Aren't They Mine?
Increasing the Odds:
Disability Resources
to Get You Organized
What I'd Like to Tell My Pastor About Chronic Illness
10 Ways to Save $ in 2004
Talk Over Tea with the Editor
Tell Us Your Thoughts
Strive to Thrive Health News
Joy Bites
Strength in the Shadows
Volunteer Corner
Book Review: Examining Alternative Medicine
Ask the Doc
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How has the New Age Movement affected the medical field? Liz C., Prescott, AZ


The New Age Movement has a lot to say about spirituality, but it rejects Christ's claim of absolute truth. The idea that truth is a matter of personal preference has influenced our culture, our political system, and even our churches. It comes as no surprise that New Age philosophy has affected the field of medicine.

Modern "conventional" medicine sprang from the uniquely Christian idea that truth never changes. Shamanism and alchemy were utterly debunked in the intellectual wildfire sparked by the reformation of the Christian Church. Science as we know it was born.

Now "alternative" medicine is gaining ground, offering a more spiritual approach to physical healing. Unfortunately, the religious philosophy it is based upon is not Christianity. Many new healers use methods based largely on eastern mysticism. I know what it feels like to be told, "There is nothing we can do for you. . ."

Amy Fogelstrom Chai, MD, MS, is an Internal Medicine specialist with additional training in the area of medical research methods. Her experiences as a patient helped to redirect her priorities to home life and Christian ministry.

Send your question to Dr. Chai at Rest Ministries, PO Box 502928, San Diego, CA 92150 or

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