The Lead us Back to Eden weekend seminar promoting health lifestyles was led by, from left, Mary Fisher, Annie Walsh, and Kae Borrero. The trio are seen here presenting at the Ephesus Church on Saturday afternoon.

The connection between spirituality and the physical and medical quality of people’s lives took centre stage last weekend as the fledgling Industrial Park Ephesus Adventist Church hosted three visiting lifestyle specialists in a three-day series of seminars themed Lead Us Back to Eden.

“True religion and the laws of health go hand-in-hand” and “health reform must be continually held before the people,” said Mrs. Mary Fisher, Lifestyle Director of the Georgia-based Wildwood Lifestyle Center, in a presentation at Friday night’s launch of the health series. Mrs. Fisher led the three-member team of lifestyle specialists who presented over the weekend.

Open to the wider Adventist community and the general public, the seminars began at the church’s Commercial Avenue location on Friday and Saturday (28 and 29 April), and concluded at the George Town Church Hall on Sunday.  Sunday’s agenda included vegetarian cooking demonstrations and introductions to hydrotherapy and the use of fomentations, cold therapies, massage and other natural remedies.

Commenting on the team’s visit, Mrs. Fisher said: “It was a privilege to be involved with the leaders at the Ephesus Church who arranged, helped, and participated in the Health Emphasis weekend. The hospitality and graciousness of all we met was a blessing.” The Lifestyle Director said that she and her colleagues were encouraged by the responses and decisions of many to make practical changes in their lives, adding: “We thank you for the privilege of this experience,” and expressed a hope for continued strengthening of participants’ physical, medical, and spiritual dimensions.

The men participated in the cooking sessions as well. At left is Annie Walsh.

In addition to Mrs. Fisher, presenters for the weekend included Mrs. Kae Borrero, the director of health at her church in Lady Lakes Village, Florida, and former director of Wellness Secret, of Arkansas, and of Hartland Institute, Virginia. Ms Annie Walsh, a retired lifestyle coach specialising in counselling and addiction at Wildwood, completed the team. Mrs. Borrero is a registered nurse and Mrs. Fisher was originally trained as an occupational therapist assistant.  

All members of visiting team have had decades of experience in the area of lifestyle medicine, defined as a scientific approach to decreasing disease risk and illness by utilizing interventions such as nutrition, physical activity, stress reduction, rest, smoking cessation, and avoidance of alcohol abuse.

In a presentation on Saturday morning, Mrs. Borrero encouraged members to embrace healthy lifestyles as a way of enhancing mental clarity and physical capability to strengthen the spiritual quality of their lives.

On Saturday afternoon Mrs. Borrero, who is a registered nurse and a qualified medical missionary, presented on the effects of stimulants and various types of food on the frontal lobe of the brain.  The frontal lobe controls important cognitive skills, such as emotional expression, problem solving, memory, language, judgment, and sexual behavior. It is, in essence, the “control panel” of personality and communication, she said, and serves an important spiritual role.

Sunday’s agenda, at which all three visiting lifestyle specialists presented, included hands-on vegetarian cooking sessions and demonstrations of hydrotherapy, cold therapy, massage therapy, and simple home remedies for the treatment of allergies, colds, burns, and infections.

Participants enjoyed a vegetarian lunch based on recipes shared by the visiting experts.  The $10 registration fee for the entire weekend’s series of seminars included lunch and a packet of recipes and natural remedies instructions.

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