11th February 2017

Dear Colleagues,

The main mission of the Spiritist Medical Associations is to fill the large gap between Medicine and Spirituality. In the past two decades, we have witnessed a great advancement towards the study of the mind-body-spirit approach, which gained popular attention and led to an increased interest of the general public in practices previously known as Alternative Medicine. Because these practices were most times used in combination with Traditional Medicine, the name was changed to Complementary Medicine. More recently, the majority of medical schools in the USA have incorporated them into their curriculum as the 'discipline of Integrative Medicine' that adopts a holistic approach for treatment.

The number of scientific articles published in the area of spirituality and health has escalated in the past two decades. In parallel, we have observed the development of several academic centres and interest groups dedicated to the study of spirituality applied to  clinical practice. Homeopathic, Chinese and Ayurvedic Medicine, as well as several modalities of meditation amongst other holistic practices, are being studied in Integrative Medicine and are often included together with traditional medicine in therapeutic approaches. However, the concept of Spirit and its relationship with the body, very well studied in the books published by Allan Kardec and later by Francisco C. Xavier (Spirit Author, Andre Luiz) is still lacking within the discipline of Integrative Medicine. The first advance towards filling that gap was the publication, by a scientific journal, of an article showing that information on the pineal gland by the Spirit Andre Luiz had preceded those revealed by scientists.

Therefore, we can happily say that the gap between Medicine and Spirituality is slowly but surely becoming narrower. In that regard, we recognize the tireless work of Dr. Marlene Nobre, former President of the Brazilian and International Spiritist Medical Associations, in giving talks, writing articles and books, and promoting events that paved the way for the bridge between Medicine and Spirituality to grow stronger. She has returned to the Spirit World, but we must continue to embrace this mission with enthusiasm.

With that in mind, we are happy to announce the 6th British Congress on Spirituality and Medicine, to be held at the Rudolf Steiner House, 35 Park Road, London NW1 6XT.

On behalf of the British Union of Spiritist Societies (BUSS) and the International Spiritist Medical Association, I enthusiastically invite you to join us for this event.
See you there!

Sonia Q. Doi, M.D., Ph.D.
President
International Spiritist Medical Association