Thursday, April 08, 2010

PBS airs "The Adventists": Saturday-Sabbath denomination responsible for launching modern medicine

On Thursday, April 8, some PBS stations (such as MPT in Annapolis, MD) aired a one-hour documentary “The Adventists”, by Martin Doblemeier. The film traces the history of the Seventh Day Adventist church and particularly its contribution to medicine. The site for the film is here.

The film traces the origin of the American denomination that observes Sabbath on Saturday, back to the 19th Century, when people went to hospitals to die. Adventist would take a major lead in modernizing medicine, a fact that few people realize.

The show depicted a “blue zone”, Loma Linda, CA, where people live a decade longer than normal, and where one man was still practicing as a heart surgeon at age 95.

Vegetarian, low-fat diets and exercise, and total abstinence from caffeine, alcohol and tobacco are credited for extending life spans. But so is a very community-oriented lifestyle.

There is a curious comment that nicotine itself does not cause the damage of cigarette smoking; rather it’s all the other pollutants in cigarette smoke. But I thought that nicotine damages circulation, especially in the legs. The Navy will start prohibiting smoking on submarines but will allow nicotine patches.

The film shows heart transplant surgery at an Adventist hospital, and also prostate surgery at an Adventist hospital in Florida.

As I recall, Walter Martin’s “Kingdom of the Cults” from the 1970s does not consider Adventism as a cult.

Dana Journey Films offers a YouTube trailer.

Here is a link “Adventist Truth about Ellen White”, url.

Wikipedia attribution link for Loma Linda University Medical Center.

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