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.
The U.S. Congress is currently investigating why drug prices are increasing so rapidly. The pharmaceutical companies protest that it is because of the costs of research and development. However, JAMA analysts disagree stating there are two major factors:
protection from competition by manufacturers of generic versions, and
prohibitions against negotiating lower prices.
Also at fault are government protected monopoly rights for new drugs.
PositiveTip: Living healthfully can reduce or eliminate the need for many medications thus avoiding the need for expensive medication.