Alternative Medicines

Different governmental health organizations in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia, have come out against some alternative medicines and have even put restrictions on some, including homeopathic remedies. Because of a “lack of scientific basis,” the University of Barcelona cancelled its post-graduate course in homeopathy, following similar decisions taken by the University of Zaragoza in 2014, Córdoba in 2013, and Seville in 2009. The chair’s discontinuance came in response to a petition questioning therapy teachings “that are not supported by evidence.” In Australia, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) concluded, after an exhaustive scientific inquiry, that there was no “reliable evidence” of the effectiveness of the treatment.

People who choose “alternative” resources, such as homeopathy, may jeopardize their health if they reject or put off treatments that, supported by good evidence, are deemed effective and safe.

Thousands of years ago, the Bible showed natural “remedies” whose efficacy, especialy preventively, are being proved year after year, because they have a scientific basis. The use of the water both inside and outside the body has proven effective and is scientifically explainable. Exposure to sun light also has beneficial results. Fresh air, good nutrition, physical exercise, rest, abstention from unhealthy practices, and trust in God—all these eight guidelines from the Manufacturer work and, when properly used, can be very beneficial. Although it is not a health book per se, the Bible provides certain principles that, if applied, could improve our health (Gen. 1:29; Eccles. 11:7; Lev. 11:4-8; Ps. 40:3). In the 19th century, Ellen G. White emphasized and recommended this kind of natural prevention and therapy. Some of the so-called “alternative” therapies, such as homeopathy, already existed in Ellen White’s time (the founder of the homeopathy died in 1843). However, she never recommended them.