The vegan-promoting Seventh-day Adventist Church’s Health Reform message claimed to be given in Vision to their Prophetess and founder, Ellen G White (1863), appears to be sweeping across the United States and embedding itself into the fabric of American society, leveraging off the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) and Adventist Health’s acquisition of the Blue Zones® in 2020.
It’s hard to imagine such powerful anti-meat messaging, via these two entities, is being accepted as ‘the Gospel truth’ by the Biden-Harris Administration following the 89th US Congress of Mayors in 2021, and currently influencing the committee involved in the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health, 2022.
53 years ago, the inaugural White House Conference on Hunger,
Nutrition, and Health was convened by Richard Nixon with unintended
consequences that became a fear of saturated fat and cholesterol. Will the 2022 White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health take it a step further and demonise animal proteins, too?
Concerningly, devout Religious Beliefs and personal bias against animal protein/fats deny a well-rounded discussion of; ‘healthy eating'; the prevention and reversal of non-communicable disease; and an understanding of 'nutrition science' for people and planetary health.
In 2022, the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) committed to 'donating' free access to educational resources on their website to 100,000 health professionals and to cover half the cost of lifestyle medicine training and certification for 1,400 primary care providers as part of the White House Conference action plan, with a further offer to 200,000 health professionals in New York later last year.
I have deep concerns about the ‘free' resources being offered by ACLM and the potential windfall Lifestyle Medicine stands to gain in return, which will be discussed shortly. But first...
Incredibly, the Seventh-day Adventist Church not only influences the dietary habits of its members, but also non-members, globally, through its ambitious structure dedicated to health reform, education, and the promotion of veganism.
Church founder and Prophetess, Ellen G White, claimed to have been told by God; - meat is a toxic stimulant that defiles men, women, and children; morally, spiritually, and physically, stating; - A religious life can be more successfully gained and maintained if meat is discarded.
Ellen G White taught it was the duty of “God’s Chosen ‘remnant’ Church” to actively engage in public-health education to warn others of the physical dangers of eating flesh meat and violating the Laws of Nature, authored by God himself.
Medical Evangelism is considered the Right Arm of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and their Health Reform message ‘The Entering Wedge’ to open hearts and minds to their version of the Gospel, and to hasten the return of Christ.
The belief that 'fruit, nuts, and seeds' are the ‘sinless’ God-Appointed diet for man to attain 'character perfection' disregards Genesis 9:3, where God made a Covenant with Noah: -“Everything that lives and moves will be food for you; just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you all things.” It disregards the books of Leviticus and Deuteronomy from the First Testament, which describe the slaughter process of animals, listing 'clean' and 'unclean' foods. It completely disregards the entire Second Testament of the Bible, where Mark, Chapter 7, Verses 18-20 explains that "what goes into a man cannot defile him; because it goes to the stomach, not the heart".
The Seventh-day Adventist Church’s 'Health Reform' beliefs also disregard ancestral diets which included animal proteins and fats, and evolutionary hunter-gathering.
Dietary teachings that allow the Church to profit from the sales of 'health food' made in their 20+ Global Food Industries - to take the place of 'flesh-meat, eggs, milk, and butter'.
The American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM), founded in 2003 on the Loma Linda University campus as the Christian Association of Lifestyle Medicine (CALM), has become the perfect vehicle to ‘reach the cities’ and share the Seventh-day Adventist version of the Gospel using ‘Medical Evangelism’.
Is this what will be taught as “healthy” for everyone… ‘a whole-food, plant-predominant eating pattern’ devoid of animal proteins and fats? A one-size-fits-all?
Where is the transparency for those who do not ascribe to the dietary teachings of the Seventh-day Adventist Church?
Georgia Ede MD makes the point; - "A vegan diet is nutritionally deficient in the following nutrients; -Vitamin B12, Retinol, Vitamin D, Vitamin K, Sodium, Potassium, Calcium, Iron, and Omega-3 essential fatty acids. The consequences are likely to be lifelong and cause poorer health outcomes, especially for children and adolescent girls, who have begun menarche."
"An important consideration is that grains, beans, nuts, and seeds - the staple foods of plant-based diets - contain phytate; a mineral magnet that substantially interferes with the absorption of essential minerals like zinc, calcium, iron, and magnesium, and oxalates; mineral-binding compounds found in a wide variety of plant foods that interfere with iron absorption."
Is this what will be taught as “healthy” for children… ACLM's 'whole-food, plant-predominant eating pattern’ devoid of animal proteins and fats?
There is no clear evidence that a vegan diet started in early childhood confers a lasting health benefit. On the other hand, a vegan diet can be potentially critical for young children with risks of inadequate supply in terms of protein quality and energy as well as long-chain fatty acids, iron, zinc, vitamin D, iodine, calcium, and particularly vitamin B12. Deficiencies in these nutrients can lead to severe and sometimes irreversible developmental disorders.
Who else is questioning the ‘free' medical/health education being offered by ACLM and the potential windfall they stand to gain in return?
The American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) is committing a two-part investment, beginning with providing 100,000 physicians and healthcare professionals with complimentary registration for the 5.5-hour Lifestyle Medicine and Food as Medicine Essentials CME/CE-accredited online course bundle. This course bundle, priced at $220, is available through ACLM’s store and learning management system, representing an ACLM investment of $22,000,000 in support of the White House Conference” ACLM Press Release September 2022
As a taster, it appears the American College of Lifestyle Medicine is offering to ‘donate’ educational resources 'to improve nutrition training' for medical professionals at a supposed ‘cost of US$24,100,000’.
Specifically, ACLM claims it will donate 5.5 hours of Continuing Medical Education course credits on nutrition and “food is medicine” topics to 100,000 healthcare providers located in regions with high rates of diet-related disease.
NOTE: - This 3-part 5.5-hour resource is already created and sitting on the ACLM Website. It won't cost the American College of Lifestyle Medicine anything to provide healthcare professionals with the link...
ACLM claims it will also 'coordinate' with the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine (ABLM) to cover half the cost of lifestyle medicine training and certification for 1,400 primary care providers.
NOTE: - Covering half the cost means contributing US$750.00 for each individual towards a training and certification program they own!
It’s a win/win situation for the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine because they will receive US$750 for each non-member registrant from... Where? Is the individual, or the government, paying the other half of the costs?
According to a December 5th, 2022 press release by New York City government offices: - “New York City Mayor Eric Adams and the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) today announced a new partnership to provide every New York City health care practitioner with free introductory training in nutrition and lifestyle medicine, enabling practitioners to integrate evidence-based content into their clinical practice to treat certain health conditions.
"The US$44 million investment from ACLM will cover training for up to 200,000 doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, dietitians, and other healthcare professionals in New York City and is the largest lifestyle medicine training rollout in the world."
Let’s consider that just half of the 300,000 health professionals (between the 2 offers), with 5.5 hours of free online resource access to ACLM's Lifestyle Medicine & Food as Medicine Essentials Course Bundle (at a cost of US$220.00 each), decide to purchase the Board Review online course at US$899.00. The American College of Lifestyle Medicine would stand to make US$134,850,000. Almost US$135 million dollars from 150,000 people!
What if these people then wanted to become Board Certified? Add another US$225 million to ACLM’s coffers!... How easy is that?
What if each of the 300,000 health professionals decides to ‘tell a friend' to join up... they stand to make a further US$450 million.
Honestly, the sky's is the limit!
If all 300,000 decide to investigate further resources, sit the board review exam, and become fully fledged accredited ACLM members, the College could potentially make millions and millions of dollars, with every one of these physicians inadvertently becoming medical evangelists for the Seventh-day Adventist church, Coca-Cola, and the processed food industry... Demonising not only saturated fats but animal protein, too!!
And what will the American College of Lifestyle Medicine do with their White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health windfall? Continue to embed Lifestyle Medicine into every corner of the world...
The unintended health consequences are unimaginable.
When I listened to Dr Georgia Ede's presentation from June 2019 on the EAT-Lancet Report I couldn't help but be drawn to the similarities between the concepts she was describing and the issues I have found with 'Lifestyle Medicine' -
*A well-orchestrated rallying cry to adopt a dangerously deficient diet
*A unified appealing message with vast resources
*Powerful institutions and corporations behind it
*A seemingly endless benevolent agenda that wards off criticism
*Endorsement at the very highest level of government
The concern is; vegan diets require careful planning and make people dependent on 'experts,' supplements, and fortified foods, which by their very nature must be processed.
There are 930 educational facility entries on the Seventh-day Adventist church's website directory, including thirteen Seventh-day Adventist colleges and universities across North America; -
Adventist University of Health Sciences, Orlando, FL
Andrews University, Berrien Springs, MI
Burman University, Lacombe, AB, Canada
Kettering College, Kettering, OH
La Sierra University, Riverside, CA
Loma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA
Oakwood University, Huntsville, AL
Pacific Union College, Angwin, CA
Southern Adventist University, Collegedale, TN
Southwestern Adventist University, Keene, TX
Union College, Lincoln, NE
Washington Adventist University, Takoma Park, MD.
The North American Division of the Seventh-day Adventist church encompasses 105 hospitals and major clinics under the umbrellas of Adventist Health, Adventist HealthCare, AdventHealth, Kettering Health, and Loma Linda University Health.
And now, Adventist Health is extending its 'Health Reform' messaging even further...
Adventist Health, owned by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, bought the rights to the ‘Blue Zones’ program in April 2020. The Press release stated; “Adventist Health’s vision to improve individual well-being by investing in healthier communities is rooted in the Seventh-day Adventist cultural heritage.” They go on to explain; - “Adventist Health is undergoing a three-year initiative to launch a Blue Zones® project in every community within its footprint, which spans over 75 communities on the West Coast and in Hawaii, covering more than 10 million people.”
The website claims; - Launching a Blue Zones® project in a community requires multiple steps as well as … bringing together elective officials, citizen councils, leaders of businesses, and building a 15 to 25-person committee to represent that community.
Past president of ACLM, Dexter Shurney MD, MBA, MPH, (an Elder in the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Nashville) was recently appointed as Adventist Health's Chief Medical Officer of the Blue Zones Institute and Community Well-Being Division.
Disconcertingly, a press release published on October 6, 2021, claimed; - “At the 89th annual meeting of the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM), 1,400 mayors from America’s largest cities passed a resolution to “create community Blue Zones well-being initiatives… in a show of support for public health and well-being.”
When resolutions are passed by the US Conference of Mayors, they become official policy which is then distributed to congress and the President of the United States.
A 2018 document outlining a Blue Zones® certification proposal quoted US$6,675,000! That's nearly 7 million dollars for a community to pay for consulting fees and support toward accreditation.
Concerningly, the collaboration between 'Lifestyle Medicine', founded by members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and Coca-Cola's Exercise is Medicine, sitting under the umbrella of the LMEd Collaborative, perpetuate not only the demonisation of saturated animal fats but are intent on demonising animal proteins, too...
Time for separation of Church and Plate...