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Rest for the Soul

We usually think of stress as being caused by negative pressures or unhappy events of life. Those are easily recognized. However, sometimes we do not realize that even “good pressures” and working for a good cause, such as in service to God, may result in the unhealthy effects of long standing stress. The key is to evaluate how balanced our life is. If we are not getting proper rest, our body may experience profound physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual damage. We must be reminded that as health ministers in God’s service, it is our duty to “put our glass down” for a while and rest.

Review of The China Study

In 1905 Ellen White described the diet our Creator chose for us as a balanced plant-based diet including foods such as grains, fruit and vegetables, and nuts (1). Such a diet provides physical and mental vigor and endurance. She also recognized that such a diet may need to be adjusted according to the season, the climate, occupation, individual tolerance, and what foods are locally available (2). The General Conference Nutrition Council (GCNC) therefore recommends the consumption of a balanced vegetarian diet consisting of a rich variety of plant-based foods.

Another Year for Thee

This year has sped by at amazing speed.  Time certainly flies--more so as I get older (and the more I fly!).  Early October already marks the introduction of Christmas decorations in malls and shopping outlets, yet most of the world hurries on forgetting that “Jesus is the reason for the season.”  How is it with you and me?

As busy health workers, we are totally occupied and engrossed, as we daily encounter the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of people.  We are so deeply engaged that we ourselves become physically and emotionally exhausted, and even spiritually jaded.  Jesus foresaw this scenario; this is why He invited the disciples to “come ye yourselves apart and rest awhile.”  We should strive to do this daily as we rest from our works and are immersed in His righteousness and healing.  My prayer is that you will make such an opportunity daily, and over this festive season.

Seventh-day Adventists and Nutrition

The Seventh-day Adventist Church encourages a balanced vegetarian diet. “The diet God ordained in the Garden of Eden--the vegetarian diet--is the ideal, but sometimes we cannot have the ideal. In those circumstances, in any given situation or locale, those who wish to stay in optimum health will eat the best food that they can obtain.” — Seventh-day Adventists Believe, p. 286.

There are different types of vegetarian diets including...

New Scientific Evidence Confirms EGW Counsel

In this video clip, Dr. Peter Landless, Director of the Health Ministries Department at the headquarters of the Seventh-day Adventist church comments on a recent report from the World Health Organization. After a careful review of the accumulated data, the International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified processed meat as carcinogenic to humans based on sufficient evidence, and red meat as probably carcinogenic to humans based on limited evidence.

Nondairy Beverages

While acceptable taste is an important consideration in selecting a non-dairy beverage, the nutritional value should be more important.  One should select a fortified brand that contains at least 20-30 percent of the U.S. RDA for calcium, riboflavin, and vitamin B12 values which are similar to the nutritional profile of dairy milk.  For those who live in northern latitudes (in which winter sunlight is too weak for vitamin D synthesis) a nondairy beverage should be chosen that is fortified with vitamin D.     

Planning Fellowship Meals

Fellowship dinners provide an opportunity for church members to share ideas of good nutrition, strengthen friendships, and celebrate God’s goodness. Even in the days of Israel there was a coming together for feasting and socializing... What better way for family, friends, and visitors to relax together in a spiritual setting than by choosing to fellowship together through sharing a vegetarian meal.

Immunization Guidelines

The Seventh-day Adventist Church places strong emphasis on health and well-being. The Adventist health emphasis is based on the Bible, the inspired writings of Church co-founder Ellen G. White, and is informed by peer-reviewed scientific health literature. As such, we encourage responsible immunization/vaccination, and have no religious or faith-based reason not to encourage our adherents to responsibly participate in protective and preventive immunization programs. We value the health and safety of the population, which includes the maintenance of what is known as “herd immunity.”

Wine and Breast Cancer

Q: Is it true that drinking wine may lead to an increased risk of breast cancer?

A: Many factors are associated with breast cancer. The older a woman is, the greater the chance of exposure to potential cancer-promoting agents, and so age is clearly a factor.

Breast Cancer Questions

Q: I was diagnosed with and treated in the standard way for breast cancer. My friends have given me a lot of advice, which has varied from the standard medical approach to the exotic. What can you tell me that can assist me in the post-treatment phase of my breast cancer?

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