Alternative Medicine Updated & Expanded

The Christian Handbook, Updated and Expanded

by Dónal O'Mathúna, PhD & Walt Larimore, MD

Alternative Medicine Updated & Expanded by Dónal O'Mathúna, PhD & Walt Larimore, MD

This is the first comprehensive guidebook to non-traditional medicine written from a distinctively Christian perspective. Keeping pace with the latest developments and research in alternative medicine, this thoroughly revised edition combines the most current information with an easy-to-use format (2006). University lecturer and researcher Dónal O’Mathúna, PhD, and national medical authority, Walt Larimore, MD, provide detailed and balanced answers to your most pressing questions about alternative medicine–and to other questions you wouldn’t have thought to ask. The three main divisions of this book are–Evaluating Alternative Medicine, Alternative Therapies (alphabetical), and Herbal Remedies, Vitamins, and Dietary Supplements (also alphabetical).

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by Dónal O'Mathúna, PhD & Walt Larimore, MD

Dr. Larimore has been listed in the Best Doctors in America, Distinguished Physicians of America, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, Who’s Who in America, and the International Health Professionals of the Year.

His MD degree is from Louisiana State University, with AOA Honors, while his Family Medicine residency, with an emphasis in Sports Medicine was at the Duke University Medical Center, where he was named one of the top twelve Family Medicine residents in the nation. He also completed a Queen’s Teaching Fellowship in Nottingham, England.
After his training, Dr. Larimore practiced 4 years in the Smoky Mountains before moving to Central Florida to practice for 16 years. From 1993-1994 he served as the President of the Florida Academy of Family Physicians. In 1996, he was named America’s Outstanding Family Medicine Educator (the Thomas W. Johnson Award) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. In 2000, the Christian Medical Association named Dr. and Mrs. Larimore Educators of the Year.

The Larimores relocated to Colorado in 2001, where he first served as Vice President and Physician in Residence at Focus on the Family (2001-2004), and later served as the Medical Director for Mission Medical Clinic (2008-2012). Since 2012, Dr. Larimore has served as an occupational health physician at Concentra and more recently at UCHealth in Colorado Springs.

Besides practicing family medicine, Dr. Larimore is also an author, educator, and medical journalist. He serves on the adjunct family medicine faculty of the In His Image Family Medicine Residency in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Dr. Larimore is a prolific author and has published over thirty books, thirty medical textbook chapters, and nearly 900 articles in a variety of medical journals and lay magazines. His best-selling books include Bryson City Tales, Bryson City Seasons, and Alternative Medicine: The Christian Handbook. His books have garnered a number of national awards, including three Gold Medallion Award nominations, three Silver Medallion Awards, a Retailer’s Choice Award, and a Book of the Year Award from ECPA.
Dr. Larimore currently posts a twice-a-day topical devotional ( and a medical and health news blog ( for which he has posted over 5000 articles. He also writes a health column, Ask Dr. Walt, for Today’s Christian Living magazine, as well as a column for Colorado Family Physician.
As a medical journalist, from 1996 to 2001, Dr. Larimore hosted over 850 episodes of the daily, live Ask the Family Doctor show on Fox’s Health Network, being awarded the prestigious Gracie Award by the American Women in Radio and Television in 2000. From 2002 to 2004, Dr. Larimore hosted the Focus on Your Family’s Health – a nationally syndicated radio and TV feature.

Dr. Larimore has been a frequent guest about family health topics on a wide variety of television and radio programs and has appeared on The Today Show, CBS’s Morning Show, several Fox News programs, and CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360. He also has provided medical commentary for radio stations in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Orlando, Baltimore, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Tampa, Albuquerque, Ft. Wayne, and others.

Donal O’Mathuna is Senior Lecturer in Ethics, Decision-Making & Evidence in the School of Nursing & Human Sciences at Dublin City University, Ireland, and Chair of the Academy of Fellows at the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity in Chicago. His research interests include theology, alternative medicine and disaster ethics. He has written or edited several books, including Nanoethics: Big Ethical Issues with Small Technology (2009).

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