Personal Health

Fred Hardinge

is an associate director of the Health Ministries Department of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

Balanced Health Ministry

Discarding the judgmental attitude

Several years ago I was sitting with my sister at my father’s bedside. He had experienced 96 wonderfully productive years of life, had suffered a serious stroke a few days earlier, and was not expected to live. A longtime family friend kindly called and shared some encouraging thoughts. Just as the conversation was ending, however, he suggested that the stroke occurred because my father had included a moderate amount of certain items in his diet that the caller didn’t think were healthful.

This experience reflects a serious flaw in our thinking and attitude toward making healthful choices. We often entertain the belief that if we could live a …

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