April 6, 2016, Spokane, WA. The Upper Columbia Conference of Seventh-day Adventists dedicated a 1-mile walking trail that meanders through the pine trees on their property in memory of Dr. Jay Randall Sloop, former Health Ministries Director, who died on a mission trip to the Ukraine two years ago. This was a more than fitting tribute to honor a man who challenged everyone he contacted—patients, friends, church members, even the casual acquaintance—to take seriously their own health: physically, mentally, and spiritually.
On December 3, 2015 Adventist University of Chile (UNACH) graduated 41 individuals who completed the requirements for the Diploma in Evangelism and Education for Health. This one year training program is offered by the Faculty of Theology to prepare pastors and others to more effectively contribute to outreach of the church through Comprehensive Health Ministry initiatives. The students focused on principles of healthful living, mission to the cities, management of centers of influence along with field projects on campus and in the surrounding communities.
A prospective study in Finland from 1983 to 1998 has found maternal cotinine levels (one of many toxic substances in cigarette smoking), after adjusting for multiple confounders, conveyed a significant excess risk (2.6 to 3.4 times higher) for schizophrenia. When psychiatric disorders were explored for maternal and paternal histories there was no significant additional risk.
PositiveTip: The evidence is clear: maternal cigarette smoking is dangerous for the physical and mental health of the child.