Times article titled “News Keeps Getting Worse for Vitamins” provides an excellent summary. A, If you have worrisome symptoms (you can read more. After six months (and going strong!) Among the many sins of Food Inc is the practice of selling what the average person thinks is healthy, rather than what is actually healthy—thus reinforcing unhealthy food fads. The Word of Wisdom is the Lord’s law of health and contains commandments and guidelines for His children to live happy, healthy and spiritually receptive lives. Two books have raised questions about wheat:  Grain Brain and Wheat Belly. Unfortunately, omega-3s are reactive to oxygen when refined so don't keep well. The French ate lots of buttery foods but perversely had little heart disease. Many of the Lord’s laws of health are found in Doctrine and Covenants 89. For Food Inc.—the guys who make their living pushing processed foods—the ideal product uses cheap highly-processed ingredients, has a long shelf life (meaning it’s dead), has enough sugar/salt to be mildly addictive, and has been marketed until it’s known by a non-food name. In Scripture, foolishness and wisdom are not intellectual issues; they are moral issues. He asked instead that he be permitted to keep the Lord’s laws of health and eat foods he knew were healthful. This meant, however, that they were to eat and drink substances that they had been taught not to eat or drink. “Believe and act as if it were impossible to fail.” – Charles Kettering. The chronic diseases share multiple lifestyle causes, beginning with tobacco and alcohol abuse. Times ran an article last year, “Regular Fasting May Boost Heart Health.”  The article cited a study that found regular fasting among Mormons was associated with a 58% reduction in heart disease. We imitate God by living a life of love (Eph 5:1), by living as light (v. 8), and finally, by living wise lives (v. 15). On Saturday morning we enjoy a traditional protein breakfast—bacon and eggs. The new “high oleic” varieties are low in omega-3, and have an unhealthy omega 6:3 ratio. The name of the Revelation, "Word of Wisdom," is found in the first verse of the Revelation which begins: "A Word of Wisdom, for the benefit of the council of high priests, assembled in Kirtland, (Ohio) and the church, and also the saints in Zion (i.e., Missouri) . (“Health in their navel and marrow to their bones”; wisdom; knowledge; “hidden treasures”; protection from “the destroying angels”). Likewise, researchers find a related health cost for coffee drinkers, especially noticeable for those drinking four or more cups daily. A man is not his best who lives merely to gratify his passions. We’ll still die, and perhaps from those same chronic diseases, but we’ll have more years of good health to enjoy, and less years of bad health to endure. #38:  Enjoy cruciferous vegetables (cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, etc.). Healthy Change #25:  Include alliums in your dietary—daily if possible. Foodies are promoting a related food movement of local and seasonal foods. To confirm you’re doing enough, take two insulin tests. We should always avoid any other substances, including food or drink, that will create unnatural desires or cravings or upset the natural functions of our bodies. Partly because the list keeps changing as we move along in the food reformation. Straining can force partially digested food into the appendix where it can lodge, become infected, and lead to appendicitis. Tell your nonmember friends about the Word of Wisdom and urge them to live it. But I think we need a new Healthy Change that reflects the concerns raised in Wheat Belly and Grain Brain. Historically, food preservation got families through the winter. According to Psalm 14:1, “The fool says in … Just having the list didn’t change us very much. By 1900 evidence suggests that most Church leaders were living the Word of Wisdom. It’s said that French cooking is built on the allium family of garlic, onions, scallions (green onions), leeks and chives. In the last century milk got more industrialized. Daniel was one of these young men who were chosen. 20th Century cigarette smoking was far more harmful as the smoke was drawn deeply into the lungs; even though smoking is declining there's a hangover. After a while, those who drank the wine and ate the improper foods were compared to Daniel. Fasting is recommended in his book, Fasting and Eating for Health: A Medical Doctor’s Program for Conquering Disease. Some of the greatest rewards we receive for obeying the Lord’s laws of health are “wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures” (D&C 89:19). This is done for spiritual, rather than health, reasons but fasting does have health benefits. It’s a harsh reminder that we’re all genetically different. Taking the fat out of milk increased women’s risk of infertility—a definite health problem. Among the substances we are warned against are strong drinks, hot drinks, and tobacco. It seemed as though we had discovered the essence of life in these potent molecules. There is a current fad towards eating protein. Fiber is essentially the structural material of plant cells. What is wisdom? (Fruit is easy to enjoy, it gets just one Healthy Change.). Of course this means you'll buy very little of what is in the supermarket, but there are plenty of healthy choices in the produce section. Always kiss goodnight. We are also told to labor, but not to labor more than we have strength (see Mosiah 4:27; D&C 10:4). The other two are Science, and Tradition. Take milk for example. This time we address the opposite theme—the importance of time in the dark, sleeping. No surprise then that dietary guidance is given in the first chapter of the Bible. This is a Wisdom that belongs to God alone. The combination of nutrients, flavor, and value makes them a superfood. The stuff is over-processed and over-priced. A landmark event came in 1902 when President Joseph F. Smith instructed stake presidents to refuse a temple recommend to “flagrant violators” of the Word of Wisdom. The Lord knows that when we are physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy we can participate in activities that build us spiritually, bless others, and build the kingdom of God. I hope it has helped you in your quest for healthful living. This brings us to Healthy Change #24, which supports minimal processing: Eat whole foods, as close as practical to the form in which they were created. Packaged foods with a long shelf life are essentially dead (and may have that effect on you). Whole grains are an affordable source of essential nutrients; without them billions could starve. (Fiber deficiency isn’t the only cause; other factors include too little exercise or fluid intake, or a diet high in dairy products.) The Lord’s laws of health were given to bless us physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Melatonin is also a potent antioxidant, a protection for your DNA. Strong drinks are alcoholic beverages such as liquor, wine, and beer. (All should have these tests at some point)  In addition, if you have worrisome symptoms, ask about the Cyrex 3 array for wheat/gluten intolerance. Like carrots, beets, squash, spinach to name a few kids avoid but are actually delicious in the hands of a skilled cook. Assign class members to present any stories, scriptures, or quotations you wish. In the last generation fat was falsely said to be unhealthy so Food Inc rushed out low-fat versions of existing products. It was an audacious goal:  To reform the American food culture. To view all the articles in this series, see Discovering the Word of Wisdom in Meridian Magazine. Those who obey it are promised that they “shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures” . The "Word of Wisdom" is the common name of an 1833 section of the Doctrine and Covenants, a book considered by many churches within the Latter Day Saint movement to consist of revelations from God. Please comment on your experience with blood glucose control, insulin testing, or wheat/gluten intolerance. This Word of Wisdom prohibits the use of hot drinks and tobacco. (If you Google “onion, anticancer” you get 133K hits; double that to 260K for “garlic, anticancer.”)  They also reduce your risk of neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Some claimed the red wine was the protecting food. The quick answer:  To eat better, sleep better. What did you do to improve your sleep habits. His story illustrates the blessings we receive when we live these laws. Years of eating sugary processed foods has undermined our appetite for real food. The warning against alcohol use is likewise protective—US deaths from excessive drinking are conservatively estimated at 88,000 each year. Until more is known we propose Healthy Change #23: To confirm you diet has a healthy GI, talk to your doctor about a fasting insulin test and Hemoglobin A1c test. Other lifestyle factors may contribute, but no medicine, to my knowledge, yields such a benefit. It took the boys about a week to decide to accept his condition. Living the Word of Wisdom Conclusion. We do like the sourdough bread at the local Sprouts—it’s mostly whole grain and the extra time needed for sourdough to rise helps break down troublesome glutens. After all the false promotion, it will take time for people to enjoy eating fats again. After Jerusalem was captured, King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon wanted certain young people from the captives to be taught his language so they could be servants in his palace. The non-food name is the key that it may be unhealthy. Older people can become deficient in vitamin B-12—especially vegans as B-12 is found in animal products—a difficult to diagnose condition with serious consequences. Read more about vitamin K-2 and its role in bone health here. There’s a curious phrase in the Word of Wisdom applied to plant foods like vegetables and fruits:  “in the season thereof.”  This means that we should, as much as possible, eat foods in the season they mature. Animal foods are not plant foods. Another result—I’ll try to be delicate here—was increased constipation. He declined, saying that just hearing the list wouldn’t change anything. But we need to be careful of—and perhaps tested for—excess dietary sugar and gluten intolerance. They're good for you and make everything taste better. The Beautiful Wife has always used chives (green onions) in her salads. We also add a small amount of turbinado sugar. Fuhrman notes that people giving up addictions, including smoking, do better if they fast. And we’ll think about what to do next. Though the FDA allows their use, some observers are uncomfortable. So a serving of Cheerios Protein offers 4 more grams of questionable (factory-processed) protein but even worse, it also has 17 grams of sugar (about 4 teaspoons). But we persisted and he shared his list—an early version of the seven habits. The division of light from darkness was important, I believe, but in our time, with electric lighting, true darkness has been much reduced and the division compromised. The newly invented polyunsaturated fats—found in seed oils—were wrongfully hyped as the cure. We spoke      to this above and also here and here. Vitamin A isn’t just necessary for good vision, it’s a potent antioxidant essential to prevention of premature aging. Some Charismatics/Pentecostals view the word of knowledge and word of wisdom spiritual gifts as the Holy Spirit speaking from one believer to another, giving revelation regarding a decision or situation. My favorite post was Waking Up in the Bread Aisle, but there was also Trouble in the Cereal Aisle and The Chip Aisle? Now others are claiming that their use of alliums is at least part of the solution. Warning:  Healthy eating requires home cooking. We’re enjoying tomatoes from our backyard garden. She can be contacted on her website, Discovering the Word of Wisdom. Or like it says on the toy packages:  Some assembly required. President Ezra Taft Benson told us to avoid anything or anyone who would influence us to consume any unhealthy substance: “My … brothers and sisters, in all love, we give you warning that Satan and his emissaries will strive to entice you to use harmful substances, because they know if you partake, your spiritual powers will be inhibited and you will be in their evil power. Few realize that most Americans live in a condition of “vitamin insufficiency” and that this may play a role in the diseases of our time. The Modern American Diet (MAD) presents many risk factors, like factory seed oils (refining byproducts like trans fats, etc. Fuhrman found so many health benefits to fasting that I decided to try a three day fast. There is solid evidence that neurotube birth defects (NTDs) are reduced with folate pills. A 2008 N. Y. Never go to bed angry . As everyone knows, this list resulted in his perennial best seller 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and a business empire. Exactly what point you wonder? The new vision of how to stay alive through better eating is gaining traction in many quarters. Today I’ll think about all the things we’ve discussed in Word of Wisdom Living these three years. The CDC currently puts deaths from tobacco use at 480,000 annually. Most people don’t realize the danger of constipation-caused straining during bowel movements: The humble legume—whether pea, lentil, or bean—provides more fiber than any other food. How does the Lord’s caution “cease to be idle” affect good health? We can only live in godly wisdom when we are committed to crucifying our flesh and living in the Spirit (see Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 5:16, 25). I wondered if this is true. Wheat is especially good for us. The N. Y. You can read more here. The “Word of Wisdom” is a law of health revealed by the Lord for our physical and spiritual benefit. Want to reduce your fat level? In the industrial age processed foods needed to last through many seasons. It took most of the 20th century to learn that. Please comment:  It seems that pills aren't the shortcut to health and longevity—a healthy Word of Wisdom diet is still needed. Life doesn't have to be a constant struggle. Vegetables are a challenge for Americans. More and more, we’re learning to eat food harvested when it is ripe which also means more “local.”  One great aid is the invention of the home refrigerator—the Industrial Revolution also brought good things. We’ve got this covered pretty well in the Healthy Changes but they must be taken seriously. Thirteen weeks ago we discussed sunshine, the natural source of vitamin D.  Vitamin D from sunshine is reported to last twice as long in our body as vitamin D from pills—so it seems there is a physiological difference with sunshine that may be beneficial. Show visual 25-a, “Daniel was blessed for keeping the Lord’s laws of health.”. If we are obedient to the Lord’s laws of health and His other commandments, we, like Daniel, will be blessed with these same gifts, probably in mortal life but certainly in eternity. There are also mental effects including dementia and impaired judgment. Other examples of proven benefit exist for certain medical conditions. Cream? In a misguided attempt to reduce heart disease, influential scientists vilified saturated fats—like butter and lard—despite millennia of safe use. Vitamins C and E are also antioxidants. Peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, fish, and shellfish are good for nearly everyone, but can be deadly to a few. I enjoy these with lots of butter, which also slows down the GI response. Artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives completed this witch's potion. 3. Stay away from those places or people which would influence you to break the commandments of God.” President Benson said that if we keep God’s commandments, we “will have wisdom to know and discern that which is evil” (in Conference Report, Apr. So scientific studies were launched to provide the lacking evidence. These processing steps were added: 4. Apr 08 2011. The informative graph displayed above is from his book. Wiser heads noted that it might be healthier to get your vitamins from real food, rather than the heavily marketed pills. Have you experienced sleep-related health issues? Observing the Word of … _____________________________________________________________________________________________. Likewise, hydrogenated seed oils (soybean oil, etc) had a long shelf life because trans fats replaced the nutritious omega-3 fats that quickly go rancid. In the August issue of its New Era youth magazine, the LDS church published an article titled “Vaping, Coffee, Tea, and Marijuana: Clearing up Word of Wisdom confusion.” The Word of Wisdom … America got itself into a crazy mess regarding fats. These blessings will help us strengthen ourselves and our families, serve others, and build the Lord’s kingdom. I forget the subject of his talk but at the end he casually mentioned that he was making a list of the habits of successful people. _______________________________________________________________________________________________. It felt like the spirit was screaming, “THIS IS THE WORD OF WISDOM!” It felt like the Word of Wisdom explained with medical proof. Dr. Fuhrman writes regularly on nutrition and preventative health. Duties and Blessings of the Priesthood: Basic Manual for Priesthood Holders, Part B, Lesson 1: The Oath and Covenant of the Priesthood, Lesson 4: The Purpose of Priesthood Ordinances, Lesson 5: Performing Priesthood Ordinances, Lesson 8: Our Temple and Family History Responsibilities, Lesson 10: Fellowshipping: A Priesthood Responsibility, Lesson 13: Strengthening the Family through Family Home Evening, Lesson 14: Having Fun Together as Families, Lesson 18: Developing and Teaching Self-Mastery, Lesson 21: Leadership: Inspired Decision Making, Lesson 23: Conducting Meetings and Interviews, Lesson 24: Maintaining Good Physical Health, Lesson 27: Jesus Christ, Our Sure Foundation, Lesson 33: Extending and Receiving Forgiveness, “Lesson 25: Living the Word of Wisdom,” Duties and Blessings of the Priesthood: Basic Manual for Priesthood Holders, Part B (2000), 213–18, “Lesson 25: Living the Word of Wisdom,” Duties and Blessings of the Priesthood: Basic Manual for Priesthood Holders, Part B, 213–18. After all, the FDA so far still allows the sale of food with trans fats though it is reconsidering their use. Though our understanding of melatonin is incomplete, it seems important to health to not shortchange the body through insufficient sleep, in a darkened room. My Father died of cancer in his 90th year, but it was just a week from diagnosis to his passing.). It is a natural law and will offer the same blessings to anyone who will follow it. Well, he was right. The chemistry is complex and not fully understood but we know enough to take certain actions. A man is not at his best when he is a slave to some habit. If we are in doubt about a substance, we should follow the counsel of Elder Joseph Fielding Smith: “If in doubt as to any food or drink, whether it is good or harmful, let it alone until you have learned the truth in regard to it. But there’s no evidence that Cheerios Protein is a good for you. Have half of the children read the first set of scriptures and look for commandments the Lord has given us in the Word of Wisdom. They also contain vitamins and minerals. To reduce your risk of overweight and disease, eat more natural fiber than sugar. And God saw that the light was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. I’m going to discuss it with my doctor but it looks like this: Around the world, grains are the staff of life. To reduce the need for hydrogenation, seed plants are being modified through GMO (genetically modified organism) and other techniques to reduce polyunsaturated fats. Prevention always trumps cure. I sink into deep thought on these trips, pondering the miles away. In the beginning, our humble goal was to save the world by reforming Food Inc—those heartless purveyors of the Modern American Diet (MAD). Despite the hype, there was never any scientific proof that low-fat, reduced-fat, or nonfat milk products were healthier. Straining can cause bulges or aneurysms in the large colon and the serious disease of diverticulitis. of living with my boyfriend I've compiled 10 words of wisdom for happy cohabitation. My plan is to follow the “century rule” and not eat recently invented factory fats (or edible oils as the industry likes to call them). Straining causes hiatal hernias, a condition where the upper portion of the stomach is forced into the chest cavity, which causes the leakage of stomach acid and heartburn. To promote our health and happiness, the Lord created all things of the earth for us to use and benefit from. Commit yourself to obey the Lord’s laws of health at all times. These diseases have a common origin beginning with metabolic syndrome, diabetes, heart disease, various cancers, and, worst of all, dementia (including Alzheimer’s). Find Wisdom and knowledge in that phrase in the resurrection marketing hype claimed a health benefit often. 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