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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?

Animal Crackers

You would think that we have come a long way from the belief of medieval travellers in the borametz – a cross between a plant and an animal. Whilst never encountered in real life it was thought that this plant produced melon-like fruit which when ripened burst open to reveal miniature lambs with fleece as soft as cotton (which is what it was!).

Best Fats or Oils

Q: What fats or oils are the best for me to use? I am trying to improve my family’s diet by methodically implementing changes in what I buy.

A: You are the kind of mom who is so wise by making incremental changes that your family will hardly notice, yet will do them so much good.

Bariatric Surgery

Q: I am overweight. I lost 50 pounds, and I am still 50 pounds overweight. The terrible thing is, I am starting to gain the weight again, and I’m terrified. I exercise, but it seems I would need to do three or four hours a day to keep the weight off.

I have a friend who had surgery, and I’m wondering if that may be the answer.

Alzheimer's Disease

Q: I am concerned that the number of people with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia is increasing. I have also heard that the popular cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins may decrease the chances of getting Alzheimer’s. I find that I sometimes struggle to remember words or names; should I be worried, and should I ask my physician to prescribe statins?

A Glow in the Dark?

Through the years, great minds have been exercised as to whether or not the light is on in the fridge after the door has closed! Somehow, in spite of assurances that the light goes off, there is still an element of doubt that some entertain. However, the "glow" in the title does not refer to the fridge light, but the possibility of having irradiated food stored there, and the uncertainties still remain.

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