The Spread of Spiritualistic Practices in Health and Healing
the Need to Identify?
Alternative healing therapies have swept across the West like a tsunami in the past 45-50 years. Claiming to heal disease and promote a "holistic" lifestyle for improved health
and well-being, these therapies often have their origin in the pagan and pantheistic teachings of Eastern and Far Eastern religions and their philosophies. Typically, these therapies lack a history of benefit to the civilizations from which they come. For
example, for thousands of years China dealt with disease from the concept that sickness is caused by an imbalance of cosmic energy within the body. Chinese medicine, in the form of acupuncture and herbal remedies, endeavored to cure disease through a re-balance
of these mystical energies. Under this system of medicine, in 1949 a baby born in China could expect a life span of 35 years on average. A change in approach to illness was subsequently implemented. Scientific hygienic principles were instituted, pure water,
closed sewers, immunization and control of vectors for parasitic disease were established across the country. By the year 2000 a new-born child in China could expect 70 years of life. Yet, with no history or scientific evidence for the energy-balancing techniques
being of truly effective physiologic healing value, these ancient modalities have become increasingly popular in our Western culture.
This discourse attempts to answer the question: Why the need to identify and evaluate these popular alternative
and so-called "holistic" healing practices?
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE IS BIG BUSINESS
According to analytical data released by the US Government's National Institute of Health (NIH), each year over $30 billion is spent by Americans
on out-of-pocket expenses for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.1 According to the NIH Center for Complimentary and Integrative Health, the alternative approaches "include a group of diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products,
such as herbal supplements, meditation, chiropractic, and yoga. Around half of the total expenditure, some $15 billion, is spent on visits to alternative healing practitioners. The specific methodologies employed include yoga exercises, Eastern-style meditation,
chiropractic manipulation, acupuncture, acupressure, tai chi chuan, iridology, Reiki, homeopathy, applied kinesiology, essential oils and aromatherapy, hypnotism, biofeedback, astrology, radionic machines, crystal therapy, reflexology, chakra balancing, magnet
therapy and vibrational healing. Each year, over 80 million adults in the USA participate in these methodologies. Their practitioners claim that these methods will bring about healing and an enhancement of general health. According a 2017 NIH report, these
alternative healing approaches are increasing in popularity year by year.2
HIDDEN SPIRITUAL DANGERS
Research into the origins and theories behind these practices reveals that a substantial number of them
derive from Western occultism and Eastern pagan religion practices and mystical beliefs. Given the pagan origins of many of these alternative healing practices, Christians need to question, How safe are they for one's personal spiritual well-being?
Peggy was a very devout Christian who faithfully attended church every Sunday morning. With the passing of years, she started to develop lower back pain. Regular medicine did not seem to provide much relief, so she decided to see a chiropractor. After a
few visits, the friendly chiropractor told Peggy that he had recently undergone training in some powerful new techniques, and he wanted to treat her with these methods if she was willing. Peggy was not told what this new therapy was, but from her description
it appeared to be some kind of energy-balancing regimen. Peggy reported that she seemed to feel unusually tired for a few days after the treatment. The following Sunday morning, she didn't feel like going to church. She was also aware that she seemed to have
developed some negative thoughts and emotions toward the minister and some of the people at the church. So she decided to skip attending that morning; the first time she had missed church in quite a number of years. The next week, she felt the same, and skipped
church again. In fact she ceased attending church for about 3 years, returning only after intercessory prayer and encouragement by her godly friends. She now traces her negative anti-church sentiments to those mystical energy-balancing treatments given by
Will Baron, author of the best-seller book Deceived by the New Age, was born and brought up as a Seventh-day Adventist. A desire to overcome anxiety and phobias motivated him to develop an interest in psychology and psychotherapy.
While reading a book on self-help for stress, Will's attention was caught by a reference to an organization called Health For the New Age, which offered information on alternative healing methods. He was motivated to make contact with this organization. Never
in his wildest imaginations did Will anticipate that this contact and his interest in psychology and alternative healing would gradually lead him into the seductive world of Eastern mysticism and transcendental meditation. Through an immersion in contemplative
spirituality, Will eventually experience a nightmare of slavery under the control of a demonic spirit guide masquerading as "Jesus Christ". Alternative healing and secular-oriented psychology are potentially very dangerous to one's soul.
AND SPIRITUALITY RESEARCH NETWORK
The "Health and Spirituality Research Network" has been established in order to warn the flock about the dangers and deception posed by the alternative healing and spirituality. It is planned that the networking
group will make available online, by email or through websites, and through books, information which facilitates making an intelligent choice as to whether or not one would choose to participate in healing therapies and/or physical practices of the alternative
DR. EDWIN NOYES SHARES A TESTIMONY
Please allow me to share a very recent experience demonstrating how communicating information on alternative healing methods can bear spiritual fruit for our Lord's kingdom.
One evening in January 2019 I received a phone call from John, a distraught young man who resides in the State of Massachusetts. He had recently found an electronic copy of the book I authored, Exposing Spiritualistic Practices in Healing, and
had read just two chapters: the one on “Universal Energy" and the one on "Homeopathy". He was ecstatic over the information contained in the book, and said that he was some sort of “mystic” himself. He read a comment in the book that Samuel
Hahnemann M.D., the originator of homeopathy, had been a follower of world-renowned spiritualist Emanuel Swedenburg. John stated that the information in the book was putting an end to his homeopathic therapy. He was having some type of physical distress, and
had been trying various remedies, including homeopathic preparations.
He next volunteered to say that he was a member of a dominate church, and then asked if it was a “man-made” or “God-made” church? I was suspicious that
this was a trick question, so did not give a direct answer. John interrupted me and asked again, ”man-made or God-made?” I then said, “my understanding is man-made." His response was, "Then that is the end of my membership." He
next asked if there was a church that was "God-made." I told him that the Seventh-day Adventist church was the only one I knew of that followed the Scriptures totally (he did not know I was a Seventh-day Adventists). He responded, "I dabbled in that
one, it was in diet." Then he asked what my preference was, and I said, "Seventh-day Adventist." Then he really got really excited, and asked if a SDA church was near his residence.
John wanted to know if I was acquainted with any physician
who could help him. I had knowledge of one physician, Dr. Clark, who I believed had what he was looking for, but was located in the state of Maine. I gave him the doctor’s name and email address. I then notified the doctor to expect an email message
from this caller. My new friend had Roku on his TV, and so I gave him the names of 7 SDA TV channels. To shorten this narrative, I here present the correspondence that followed:
“John, you said you had fear. What sort of
“Hello, I’m afraid of my neighbors, and the way some of them have mistreated me. I live in a senior, public housing building. There are a lot of sick and disturbed people here, and it’s very
oppressive. I live alone, so I’m alone all of the time. I called an SDA Church, in New Bedford, and I spoke with their Pastor. He’s great! I told him that I want to go to their church, and asked about getting a ride there. I also asked him
to ask around if someone has an apartment in the New Bedford area.
Dr. Clark called me tonight. He’s not in Maine anymore, he’s in Australia. But he’s willing to do tele-medicine for a donation. I plan on scheduling with him for next
month. And, He gave me some book titles to find, written by Dr. Chalmers, and Ellen G White. So, I’m on the right path, now. Thanks for your help.”
YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN OUR NETWORK
Making known the available
information that informs of mystical and spiritualistic healing practices might well multiply experiences like this. That is our prayer as we launch the HEALTH AND SPIRIUTUALITY RESEARCH NETWORK. Please accept this invitation to join our network by sending
us your email address for placing on our distribution list, and in turn please share with others what you are discovering.
On behalf of the Health and Spirituality Research Network,