Hi. I am an RN recently moved to an area where my home church doesn't exist. This is a conservative Midwestern state. I started attending a local Seventh Day Adventist church. People are nice, strong emphasis on adult education . However, I've noted some really peculiar and inaccurate health messages in sermons. Stuff like Alzheimer's disease can be cured by fresh air and HIV was "created in a US government conspiracy".
Now I seem to be the only health professional at this church and I've been really vocal in my alarm at the nature of these inaccurate messages. I've even gone to the conference headquarters. No one seems at all concerned. (The church does not currently have a pastor...they are using guest lecturers)
If there are any SDA nurses out there, could you enlighten me about the overall health philosophy? I mean no disrespect but I am thinking of leaving because I can't check my knowledge at the door. I'd love it if I could get some insight here. Thanks!
Aug 10, '01
I'm not SDA but I live in a community with a very high concentration of SDA's and have worked with many many SDA nurses and they have all been very knowledgable and professional. In general, I would say that SDA's are very health conscious and take a more wholistic approach to medicine. They tend to be more concerned about proper diet and more open to herbal treatments.