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« on: June 28, 2009, 01:49:05 PM »


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On this week's CRTL podcast, Orthodox Christian, acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist Henry McGrath will be the guest speaker. Is Western medicine out-of-harmony with God's plan for the human race? In a short segment, we will be introducing Ginny Nieuwsma’s new podcast on Orthodox parenting titled “Mission Possible”. Both Fr. Chris and Ginny are the parents of six children so they have much to share about raising children from an orthodox perspective. Listen Now (Real Audio) or click below to listen.
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« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2009, 02:49:39 PM »

Western medicine gives us things like antibiotics, contact lenses, vitamins, immunizations, and a ton of other things that extend our life spans.  I have no affinity for voodoo medicine, especially when people use it over a life saving "Western" pharmaceutical.
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« Reply #2 on: June 28, 2009, 03:21:38 PM »


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On this week's CRTL podcast, Orthodox Christian, acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist Henry McGrath will be the guest speaker. Is Western medicine out-of-harmony with God's plan for the human race? In a short segment, we will be introducing Ginny Nieuwsma’s new podcast on Orthodox parenting titled “Mission Possible”. Both Fr. Chris and Ginny are the parents of six children so they have much to share about raising children from an orthodox perspective. Listen Now (Real Audio) or click below to listen.


I actually listened to this just last week.  I found it interesting and insightful and feel very strongly that Americans should, while not abandoning our own breakthroughs, look more closely at Eastern medical disciplines.  My own mother has had great success in treating arthritis with acupuncture.   My own thoughts are that we as Americans take way too many pills unnecessarily.  In addition, my personal opinion is that as long as these Eastern medicines (which are often tied to Eastern philosophies such as Taoism or Yoga for example) don't harm our faith, why not take advantage of them?
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« Reply #3 on: June 28, 2009, 04:03:06 PM »

Western medicine gives us things like antibiotics, contact lenses, vitamins, immunizations, and a ton of other things that extend our life spans.  I have no affinity for voodoo medicine, especially when people use it over a life saving "Western" pharmaceutical.
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I use both methods, and I do get results, but can't say it can replace Western medicine.
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« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2009, 04:13:35 PM »

St. Joseph the Hesychast of the Holy Mountain (+1959) wrote in one of his letters that the use of western medicine was very dangerous in that it could be self-corrupting.  He listed a number of examples of people who were brought back to good healthy by assuming a very strict diet and much prayer.  He listed himself in these examples.  However, even he himself, modified this opinion later on saying that the use of Western medicine (e.g. antibiotics, etc.) are just another grace of God bestowed upon us.  I suppose when he needed those to heal from his infirmities, he came to the opinion that it was a fine and acceptable means to healing and health.  And this is from one of the greatest ascetics of our time!
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« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2009, 04:55:27 PM »

St. Joseph the Hesychast of the Holy Mountain (+1959) wrote in one of his letters that the use of western medicine was very dangerous in that it could be self-corrupting.  He listed a number of examples of people who were brought back to good healthy by assuming a very strict diet and much prayer.  He listed himself in these examples.  However, even he himself, modified this opinion later on saying that the use of Western medicine (e.g. antibiotics, etc.) are just another grace of God bestowed upon us.  I suppose when he needed those to heal from his infirmities, he came to the opinion that it was a fine and acceptable means to healing and health.  And this is from one of the greatest ascetics of our time!

My brother had the same revelation when he was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and lymphoma.  Before that, he was convinced that prayer, fasting, "deliverances", and various other practices would cure him of whatever was wrong.  I'm not knocking prayer and fasting by any means, but it seems to me that sometimes we try to use prayer and fasting like a cure-all.  Sometimes physical ailments need to be attended to physically.
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« Reply #6 on: June 30, 2009, 08:04:15 AM »

I think Western medicine is wonderful in itself; it's just the Western culture of self-promotion that may be corrupting, rather than the medicine.
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« Reply #7 on: June 30, 2009, 09:24:27 AM »

Western medicine gives us things like antibiotics, contact lenses, vitamins, immunizations, and a ton of other things that extend our life spans.  I have no affinity for voodoo medicine, especially when people use it over a life saving "Western" pharmaceutical.
Agreed. I hate when people label and generalize, and it seems the "Western medicine" v. "Eastern medicine" is a false debate. Use what works, in consultation with experts in the field. Check the credentials of any self-proclaimed expert; in the States, the AMA, ADA, and APA all have high standards of education and practice, and thus are reliable sources for determining who is professionally and ethically competent. There are many professional organizations for specialists, as well, such as the American Chiropractic Association, American Nurses' Association, and many others. Find out all you can about your medical professional and their recommended treatment, regardless of what side of the globe either originated. It just makes good sense.
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