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Church: Mormons can drink soda

Mormons are free to down a Coke or Pepsi.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has clarified its position on caffeinated soft drinks, noting the news media often incorrectly states that its members are forbidden to drink caffeine.

On Wednesday, the church posted a statement on its website saying it “does not prohibit the use of caffeine,” The Salt Lake Tribune reported.

A day later, the website wording was changed, saying only that “the church revelation spelling out health practices … does not mention the use of caffeine.”

Church spokesman Scott Trotter said the clarification was made to provide context to last week’s NBC News hour-long special on Mormonism that stated Mormons don’t drink caffeine.

But church leaders say that doesn’t mean they view caffeinated drinks as healthy. They just don’t bar members from drinking them.

Even LDS presidential nominee Mitt Romney has been seen drinking an occasional soft drink, and Mormon missionaries in France routinely drink them, too.

Several earlier LDS leaders considered drinking caffeinated soft drinks as a violation of the “spirit” of the Word of Wisdom.

It was dictated in 1833 by Mormon founder Joseph Smith, and bars consumption of wine, strong drinks with alcohol, tobacco and “hot drinks,” which have been defined by church authorities as tea and coffee.

The church’s Website posting Wednesday reaffirmed that the faith’s health-code reference to hot drinks “does not go beyond” tea and coffee.

The clarification on caffeine “is long overdue,” said Matthew Jorgensen, a Mormon and longtime Mountain Dew drinker.

Jorgensen, who is doing a two-year research fellowship in Germany, said he grew up in “a devout Mormon household, in a small, devout Mormon town,” where his neighbors and church leaders viewed “drinking Coca-Cola as so close to drinking coffee that it made your worthiness … questionable.”

In the end, he said, it’s up to individual church members to decide what to drink.

“I can understand why the church is cautious,” he wrote by email. “Saying that caffeine is OK might sound like saying that caffeine is healthy, maybe even an endorsement of caffeine.

“Plus, I think members need opportunities to work through questions of right and wrong for themselves. (Caffeine) is the perfect, low-risk testing ground for members to make decisions for themselves,” Jorgensen added.

 

Stressed lady in office

8 Tips For Dealing With Stress & Top 10 Most And Least Stressful Jobs

Here are 8 tips from Dr. Kevin Klassen, a cardiologist with Scottsdale Healthcare, and Dr. Anne-Marie Reed, a board certified family physician at Camelback Health Care, for dealing with workplace stress:

1. Do what you can to have a positive outlook about your job, knowing that better alternatives will be hard to find and that almost anything can be better if you make the effort to do so.
2. Help your coworkers. Promoting a sense of camaraderie reduces everyone’s stress and often causes the others to want to help you, also.
3. Walk during breaks and lunch. Exercise before or after work. Physical activity seems to clear your head and dissipate stress.
4. Limit caffeine during the day and alcohol after hours. Both tend to cause dehydration, which can increase stress and anxiety.
5. Eat healthfully and limit calories.
6. Respect the fact that your body needs to rest and make enough time to get a good night’s sleep.
7. Live within your means. Financial stress is one of the worst types of stresses to live with and it impacts not only coworkers but family and friends.
8. Keep a good support system. Family and friends can provide emotional support without any strings attached. Focus on the simpler things in life. Smile and be positive.


10 Most Stressful And 10 Least Stressful Jobs In 2012

10 Most Stressful Jobs of 2012

1. Enlisted soldier, stress score 84.61, average income $35,580
2. Firefighter, stress score 60.26, average income $45,250
3. Airline pilot, stress score 59.58, average income $103,210
4. Military general, stress score 55.17, average income $196,300
5. Police officer, stress score 53.63, average income $53,540
6. Event coordinator, stress score 49.85, average income $45,260
7. Public relations executive, stress score 47.56, average income $91,810
8. Corporate executive, stress score 47.41, average income $165,830
9. Photojournalist, stress score 47.09, average income $40,000
10. Taxi driver, stress score 46.25, average income $22,440

10 Least Stressful Jobs of 2012

1. Medical records technician, stress score 7.52, average income $32,350
2. Jeweler, stress score 8.21, average income $35,170
3. Hair stylist, stress score 8.63, average income $22,760
4. Dressmaker-tailor, stress score 8.65, average income $26,560
5. Medical laboratory technician, stress score 9.33, average income $36,280
6. Audiologist, stress score 9.37, average income $66,660
7. Precision assembler, stress score 9.40, average income $31,250
8. Dietitian, stress score 10.27, average income $53,250
9. Furniture upholsterer, stress score 10.30, average income $29,960
10. Electrical technician, stress score 10.38, average income $56,040

Arizona Business Magazine March/April 2012