Proverbs 14:12 & 16:25 - “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” While traveling recently, I noticed a church marque which read, “The longest distance betweenany two points is a shortcut!” My wife didn't get it, but I did. Maybe because I've tried so many shortcuts that I know they usually don't work and you end up traveling more miles that take more time than just following the known route. This is true also in health. Shortcuts usually don't work! They are expensive in the amount of money wasted, time squandered and maybe the health sacrificed in following them. Our Creator thought it was so important to warn us of these shortcuts, that He repeated His counsel, our above text, twice. What you hear may sound good, may seem right “but the end thereof are the ways of death.” “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.” (Isaiah 8:20) Remember this principle and you will not, can not go wrong. This month we will cover some “shortcuts” for health that you should avoid.
February 14, 2009– Week 2
SHORTCUTS TO ILL-HEALTH #1
I'm sure you have heard that we should eat 5-6 small meals each day. In one of my medical journals, an article on diabetic gastroparesis advised, “eat smaller meals more ofter.” (American Family Physician, June 15, 2008) Eating small frequent meals does not give the digestive system time to handle the food introduced thus leading to more stomach fullness, bloating and reflux than eating two good meals each day. It's interesting that when God used ravens to feed the prophet Elijah, He only sent them two times a day. When the children of Israel journeyed through the wilderness, they only ate two meals per day. (See Exodus 16:8 & 1 Kings 17:6)So if the Creator fed His children this way, then know, it's the best way! “After disposing of one meal, the digestive organs need rest. At least five or six hours should intervene between the meals; and most persons who give the plan a trial, will find that two meals a day are better than three.” (Counsel on Diet & Foods 173.4) So why not give it a try and see how much better you do.
February 21, 2009- Week
SHORTCUTS TO ILL-HEALTH #2
One of the greatest health challenges we face today is obesity. Over 50% of adult Americans are overweight, and that number is climbing. Many products are flooding the market to address this issue, and millions are purchasing these products which not only do not work, but may cause serious complications. Most of us will take any shortcut we can find to handle this problem; but we will not eat appropriately and/or become more physically active. An recent article outlined the possible dangers we may face with this shortcut!“The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has expanded a warning about tainted weight-loss products that contain undeclared, active pharmaceutical ingredients, some of which can cause important cardiovascular side effects.” (Medscape Family Medicine MedPulse® January 27, 2009) Weight loss products, IF they are used at all, should only be taken if prescribed by a physician because of the detrimental side-effects. So watch out for any shortcuts for loosing weight, they may injure or even kill you!
February 28, 2009– Week 4
SHORTCUTS TO ILL-HEALTH #3
I am constantly asked, “doc, what can I take for this problem I am having?” It is natural to seek relief from physical illness and pain. But in the vast majority of cases this only addresses the symptoms and not the problem. The chronic diseases that we suffer from are largely due to lifestyle and any approach to these diseases that does not address the lifestyle is a shortcut to ill-health. Getting as close to the Edenic lifestyle as possible: exercising, drinking plenty of water, following a healthful vegetarian diet, getting adequate rest and sunshine, being temperate in all things and trusting in God are the things that lead to optimal health. Taking herbs, medications, vitamin and mineral supplements, and any other natural or unnatural product will not be as beneficial as addressing the lifestyle. So why waste time and effort taking these shortcuts, when God's way leads to optimal health! Remember, “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8, 9)