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A History of Whole-Person Healing

As Seventh-day Adventist Christians, we believe a wholesome lifestyle contributes to good physical health and enhances a person's mental and spiritual potential. In 1866, in Battle Creek, Michigan, medical pioneers of the Seventh-day Adventist Church established an innovative healthcare center which recognized the importance of whole-person health, as well as the relationship between physical health and emotional and spiritual well-being.

During a time when many medical treatments were as harmful as the diseases they intended to cure, the revolutionary healthcare center not only treated diseases, but also taught people how to prevent disease through good nutrition, exercise and sanitation. It was a place where each person was valued as a creation of God and where caregivers created a positive healing environment by providing extraordinary patient care.

Within years, the institution and its famous physician and health educator, John Harvey Kellogg, M.D., gained international recognition. Clientele included the likes of J.C. Penney, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Amelia Earhart, Lowell Thomas, William Jennings Bryan, Dale Carnegie, C.W. Post and John D. Rockefeller.

Today, we continue this tradition of whole-person care by adhering to and implementing the CREATION Health model. This is a blueprint for living a healthy and happy life based on the original principles found in the Bible’s Creation story: Choice, Rest, Environment, Activity, Trust, Interpersonal relationships, Outlook, and Nutrition.