CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (October 19, 2015) – He is a best-selling author, an award-winning medical journalist, and a nationally-recognized family physician and educator, and Friday, Dr. Walt Larimore was the featured speaker at the annual spirituality and health seminar hosted by Summit Health and Menno Haven Retirement Communities.
This year’s one-day seminar, “The Forgotten Factor in Healthcare” started with a Clergy and Spiritual Caregivers breakfast at Chambersburg Mennonite Church, 1800 Philadelphia Ave., Chambersburg, where Dr. Larimore presented “Prayer, Faith and Healing: A Clinical and Biblical Case for Prayer.”
Following that session, Dr. Larimore offered “Ten Essentials of Happy, Healthy People” at Menno Village Chapel, 2075 Scotland Ave., Chambersburg. During this one-hour presentation open to the public, Dr. Larimore shared details from his best-selling book and emphasized the importance of spiritual health.
“We are more than just immune systems,” he explained to the audience, “We have emotional, relational, and spiritual needs that need to be balanced with the physical needs of our bodies. That balance of spiritual health is important.”
The seminar concluded at Chambersburg Hospital where Dr. Larimore spoke to healthcare providers about enabling the practice of whole person medicine. He explained the benefits of the formation of a “spiritual care team” which involves physicians and various interdisciplinary healthcare professionals addressing the spiritual needs of patients. A similar model is being developed at Duke University’s Center for Spirituality Theology and Health, headed by world-renowned medical scientist and professor of medicine, Harold Koenig, M.D. Dr. Larimore explained the importance of considering spiritual health, explaining that more than 400 studies have shown patients say religion helps them cope better.
Dr. Walt Larimore is listed in the Best Doctor’s in America, Who’s Who in Medicine and Healthcare, International Professionals of the Year. His best-selling books include: “10 Essentials of Happy, Healthy People,” “Bryson City Tales,” “Bryson City Seasons,” “Alternative Medicine: The Christian Handbook.”