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Eating Biblically: Can You Live Longer?

I once read a story about a young man in his 20’s who was on the brink of death.  No doctor, no hospital  –  Western or Alternative, was able to help him and he was given only a short while to live.  In a last ditch effort to save his son, the boy’s father found a man in California who claimed he could heal him, if he did exactly what he told him:  Eat Biblically.

The young man dismissed himself from the hospital and traveled to California.  Miraculously, after eating biblically for three months, the young man who doctors had just given him a death sentence a few months prior, began his journey to a full recovery.

Since the 1960’s, scientists in America have been studying one of the longest living groups of people in the United States:  The Seventh-Day Adventists.

Even now, there is some mystery and intrigue around just why these Christians have a longer life span than the rest of the county.

There was a study done in 1967 called the Review and Herald.   “That research found that 35- year-old Adventist men had a life expectancy 6.2 years longer than their general population neighbors,”  (Ministry:  Why Adventists Live Longer).       This Christian group has been committed to living a healthy lifestyle, while promoting within the church a plant based diet, rich in fruits, vegetables, nuts & seeds, whole grains and legumes.   They also advocate getting plenty of exercise, have a thriving social network and rest on the Sabbath.

Photo: Christina Dawson

Dan Buttoner, has spent many years studying various groups of people around the world with unusually long life spans.  His research supports other studies done on this particular group.

“It’s the Seventh-day Adventists, who live an average of 10 years longer than the American life expectancy of about 79 years.” (Huffpost)

So the question remains:  Can you live longer eating biblically?

We know God created cows to eat grass – not grain (and especially not GMO grain).  Plants were created to thrive given the right soil and nutrients, sun and water – not spayed with toxic pesticides, herbicides and genetically altered in the lab.

Dairy cows were meant to live off the land, providing milk and cheese rich in water-soluble vitamins and enzymes  –  not pumped with antibiotics and fed corn or heated to a point that destroys the nutrients (through pasteurization and homogenization).  Britain’s Daily Mail reports that roughly 80% of all the packaged foods sold within the United States contain chemicals outlawed in other parts of the world.  And the list goes on and on.

Many people believe that our food is making us sick.

“According to the National Cancer Institute, as much as 80 percent of all cancers are due to identified factors, and thus are potentially preventable. Thirty percent are due to tobacco use, and as much as 35 percent to 50 percent are due to foods.” (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Food For Life Cancer Project)

What can we do to ensure we are eating a healthy diet and giving ourselves and our families the best chance at a full life?    The best place to start – is to educate yourself.

There are so many food documentaries available to the public, many on Netflix.  These people are providing a lot of information on how our food is being produced in factories and slaughter houses around the county.

Knowledge is freedom.

Here are five things that I did to transform my life, in my quest to eat more biblically:

  1. Shop the local Farmers Market for organic fruits and vegetables

  2. Purchase Grass-Fed beef and chicken – if you eat meat.

  3. Buy your food in season and locally as much as possible.

  4. Avoid Hydrogenated Oils (which are heated along with hydrogen and metal catalysts).

  5. Consider drinking raw milk and cheese.  (Which can be purchased through a “cow share” program in several states).

Our quest for the perfect diet can be found by going back to the source of all things – God our creator.   Going back to a time when our lives where more in harmony with nature and animals.  A time when people ate biblically without even thinking about it.