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Wellness – A Trojan Horse in Health Care

Marcia Montenegro edits the website, Christian Answers for the New Age, and works with Fellowship International Mission in Allentown, PA.

Christine Pack is a Christian researcher on spiritual deception and publisher of the solasisters blog, which contains articles on key spiritual issues and links to other resources.

Both of the guests were involved in the New Age, but left it as they became believers in Jesus Christ.

Healing techniques from pagan religious practice have emerged from being little-known, fringe alternatives into the mainstream of medicine. The term “wellness” does not mean what many assume it means, and the term has become a Trojan Horse leading many into New Age practices.

The guests discuss acupuncture, Kundalini yoga and its “Christian” alternative, Praise Moves, Rolphing, Meditation,Tapping, Reiki, Reflexology, breathwork and other popular wellness practices and techniques.

Listen here:

http://www.vcyamerica.org/blog/2011/04/26/wellness-a-trojan-horse-in-health-care

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Hospitals: A new dark age?
The injection of Shamanism, Buddhism, and Psychic Healing into Mainstream Medical Care

By Marcia Montenegro, April 2010

A circular advertising several yoga classes (including Vinyasa Yoga, in which one asana flows into another), two Tai Chi classes, and one Qi Gong class arrived in my mail. This pamphlet was sent out by a company that owns and runs a large hospital in my area. Eleven of the 17 classes offered in the category of “Fitness” fall into the Eastern/New Age category.

The description under Qi Gong invites the reader to “Learn simple movements to cultivate chi (life force energy) to help you relax your body and mind, heighten your sense of well being, reduce stress, support your immune system and attain your greatest potential for health and happiness.” (The explanation of “life force energy” is part of their description and was not inserted by this writer). Qi Gong is not medically based, but rather has a spiritual foundation.

More here:

http://christiananswersforthenewage.org/Articles_Hospitals.html

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The “WOO” Factor

By Sarah Leslie

“Dr. Mark Hyman is famous as the “founder” of a form of woo known as ‘functional medicine.’ …it appears to be a serious grab bag of various forms of woo that, according to Dr. Hyman’s website itself, involve environmental inputs, inflammation, hormones, gut & digestive health, detoxification, energy/mitochondria/oxidative stress, and, of course, ‘mind-body’…”[1]

“Woo, a term used by scientific skeptics for pseudoscience, alternative medicine and New Age beliefs, or a person who holds such beliefs.”[2]

One doesn’t have to Google very long to discover that the three doctors assisting Rick Warren in his Daniel Plan for healthcare reform in the church have been the subject of ongoing controversies in the public medical arena for the past several years. The controversies are serious enough to make one wonder if he hasn’t enlisted the support of some super snake oil salesmen.

More here:

http://www.crossroad.to/articles2/011/discernment/woo.htm

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U.S. Gov. Spent $410,624 on Project to Teach Chinese Meditation to Cocaine Addicts

(CNSNews.com) – The U.S. government has spent $410,625 to study the effects of teaching Chinese meditation to cocaine addicts.

“Our clinical experience and pilot studies suggest that Integrative Meditation (IM) from Chinese medicine may help clients engage in treatment, reduce cravings/withdrawal symptoms, and increase treatment retention, which appear missed by a typical behavior therapy,” says the official description of the project published by the National Institutes of Health.

“IM is an adaptation or simplified form of mindfulness meditation,” says the description. “It may enhance existing therapies to help reduce withdrawal symptoms, increase treatment engagement, and prevent relapse through step-by-step therapist facilitation.”

More here:

http://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=4748

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Mysticism & Medicine: A Dangerous Prescription

By Jan Markell
www.olivetreeviews.org
January 13, 2010

The East has convinced the West that the greatest thing they have to offer is Eastern-style meditation. Because some Christians lack discernment, what we have is the complete hijacking of biblical meditation in favor of the Eastern brand. This is risky because it involves blanking out your mind and, by default, allowing anything in.

I guess this shouldn’t be shocking when a major news story of 2009 had this headline: “More U.S. Christians Mix Eastern and New Age Beliefs.” While you may think this is being done only by liberal Christianity, think again! It crosses all denominations. This is not just some kind of fad or an isolated phenomenon. It is building momentum month by month, and more and more people are seeing this mystical spirituality as a valid and powerful way to experience the presence of God. Many influential and respected people within Christianity view this practice as being perfectly in accordance with orthodox Christianity.

More HERE.

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