Biblical Health

Biblical, Nutritional Health Principles & Tips for the Citizens of God’s Kingdom

Biblical Health by Dr. Jesus

April 2, 2017: Did you know there is a Dietary Code in the Bible? Yep, our Heavenly Father is a Dietitian too! Read all about in Leviticus chapter 11; it spells out which meat, fish, birds or insects to eat or not eat. For the Jews under the Old Covenant, the Dietary Code is part of their religion. This is not the case for followers of Jesus Christ under the New Covenant. For us, the point of the Dietary Code is that Almighty God cares about our health. When you read Leviticus 11, take the keywords “clean” and “unclean” as “healthy” and “unhealthy”. Though the Dietary Code has no spiritual or moral value for Christians, we should use it as a guide to make better food choices so we can stay in excellent health while we carry out the assignment of our King and His Kingdom. ~ M.G. Matally, Eaters Club Member

 

April 9, 2017: In several places the Bible gives lists of foods. Examples of biblical food lists: Genesis 43:11 – honey, spices, pistachio nuts, almonds; Exodus 3:8 – milk, honey; Exodus 16:3 – boiled meat, bread; Numbers 11:5 – fish, cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, garlic. You might as well consider these part of your grocery list! Keep in mind that the foods on the biblical grocery list are natural, whole grain (bread), organic (nuts & vegetables), and or free range (meat). ~ M.G. Matally, Eaters Club Member

 

April 16, 2017: “Does eating healthy mean I can’t have pizza?” If that’s your question, there is hope for you. Your health can endure junk pizza “once in a while”. But if you eat pizza on a pretty regular basis, ask for pizza made from “Whole Grain Flour”. The problem is most pizza joints are behind the times when it comes to whole-grain pizza that’s good for your health. Until they catch up, just settle for the occasional pizza. I predict that one day Pizza Hut, Papa John’s, Papa Murphy’s, and others will get on the healthy pizza bandwagon. When that happens we pizza lovers will get the green light to enjoy pizza more regularly, but I would still leave out the bacon. ~ M.G. Matally, Eaters Club Member

 

April 23, 2017: Last week a doctor told a patient not to eat salt. Apparently the patient suffers from hypertension (high blood pressure). Contrary to conventional doctors, the Bible says good things about salt. Jesus told His followers, “You are the salt of the earth” (Matthew 5:13). Under the Old Covenant, every offering must have salt added (Leviticus 2:13; Mark 9:49). Salt is essential to life. A Harvard University’s heart health post says, “The human body can’t live without some sodium (salt). It’s needed to transmit nerve impulses, contract and relax muscle fibers (including those in the heart and blood vessels), and maintain a proper fluid balance.” So when the doctor bans salt from your food, take that to mean “worthless salt”, what Jesus called “salt that has lost its flavor”, salt that has become insipid; that’s “table salt” which most people use. But there is good salt: natural sea salt, unrefined salt that is loaded with many more life-sustaining minerals than sodium chloride (table salt). ~ M.G. Matally, Eaters Club Member

 

April 30, 2017: I was quite surprised when I found the following on-point advice included with an app by GWhizz, LLC for anyone preparing to take the GRE (Graduate Record Examination), a test that universities require for students wanting to study for masters or doctorate degrees. GWhizz writes, “Certain foods and beverages affect your cognitive ability, so avoid highly processed foods and foods high in processed sugars, starch, or fat. These foods tend to make you feel sluggish or result in brief highs followed by prolonged crashes. Lean more toward veggies and foods that are high in protein. When it comes to carbohydrates, opt for complex over simple. Complex carbohydrates are typically in fresh fruits, veggies, and whole-grain products. Simple carbohydrates are in candy, soda, anything made with white flour, and most junk foods. And forget those energy drinks that combine huge amounts of caffeine and sugar to get you to a state of heightened tension.” ~ M.G. Matally, Eaters Club Member

 

 May 7, 2017: The Bible says “God made human beings straightforward, but they search for many complications” (Ecclesiastes 7:29, Common English Bible). Health is one of the many areas where we have made things very complicated. God wants us to keep things simple, and this applies to getting the vitamins our bodies need to function with energy and health for the long haul. So, instead of buying and taking individual vitamins (A,B,C,D,E & K), which is complicated, go for ONE set of natural, herbal multivitamin supplement that has adequate amounts of all the essential vitamins and minerals your body needs. A reasonable exception to that rule of thumb is, if you have an acute deficiency (lack of enough) of a particular vitamin, go ahead and get that one. But remember, for it to be effective and harmless, the vitamin must be natural and herbal, not chemical vitamins like One A Day, Centrum, etc. For example, a woman in midlife may take a natural Vitamin E supplement, while a man in his 50s may take a herbal supplement for prostate health, along with their daily multivitamin supplements. ~ M.G. Matally, Eaters Club Member

 

May 14, 2017: In Hosea 4:6, God says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” Learning about natural health is key to tapping into biblical health and enjoying the benefits thereof. Stacy Hendricks alerted me to this website, which is Bible-based and packed with practical knowledge for your health: DanielPlan.com. Also, in my search for better health, I found three key books that educated me to make the transition from medical health to nutritional health: What Would Jesus Eat (Dr. Don Colbert, MD); Dead Doctors Don’t Lie (Dr. Joel Wallach, ND); The Maker’s Diet (Dr. Jordan Rubin, healed of Crohn’s disease). ~ M.G. Matally, Eaters Club Member

 

May 21, 2017: Researchers prove Bible-based healthcare every time they study a particular fruit, vegetable, grain or nut to find out how exactly it impacts health. For example, here are eleven health benefits of ginger (that is organic ginger), posted by AuthorityNutrition.com: (1) Helps digestion; treats chronic indigestion. (2) Reduces nausea and morning sickness. If you’re throwing up or feel like throwing up, chew a piece of organic ginger, or drink some organic ginger tea. (3) Fights the flu and common cold. (4) Reduces muscle pain and soreness. (5) Reduces the chance of osteoarthritis (joint pain). (6) May lower blood sugars and reduce heart disease risk factors. (7) May significantly reduce menstrual pain. (8) May lower cholesterol levels. (9) Contains a substance that may prevent cancer. (10) May improve brain function and protect against Alzheimer’s disease. “…ginger can protect against age-related damage to the brain.” (11) Active ingredient in ginger can fight infection. Keep some organic ginger or ginger tea on hand at home. ~ M.G. Matally, Eaters Club Member

 

May 28, 2017: One day last week I saw an elderly couple get out of their car with great difficulty. First, the man made it out of the driver’s seat, then he walked over to the passenger side to help the lady slow—ly climb out. They both had canes to lean on as they hobbled towards the store. I almost teared up, and wondered, “Could that be me a couple of decades from 2017, where I’ll be bent over, so weighed down with pains of the joints and other sore body parts that it will be torture just to get out of bed, or out of a car? Is that what God wants old age to be for His child, for His servant?” Then this verse came to mind: “Those who are planted in the house of Yahweh shall FLOURISH in the courts of our God. They shall still bear FRUIT IN OLD AGE; they shall be FRESH and FLOURISHING” (Psalms 92:13-14). Suddenly I realized Old Age is Not a Disease! People like Abraham, Sarah, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, David, Daniel, Anna, Simeon, and Apostle John who remained strong to the end of life are our examples. If I am wise, disciplined and consistent about how I worship (for spiritual health), what I eat (natural, organic foods), what I drink (lots of water, natural fruit juices, no Coke, Sprite or sodas), how much sleep I get (7 to 8 hours per day), and practice safety to avoid unnecessary accidents, I can set myself up for a Psalms 92 old age that can be virtually pain-free. Maybe, I can actually get a taste of Moses’ body at age 80, then at 120! Why not? ~ M.G. Matally, Eaters Club Member

 

June 4, 2017: Dr. Don Colbert is one of the leading champions of natural health by nutrition from organic foods (as in Genesis 1 & 2). On his website he asks, “Are you eating the right foods to remain healthy?” Dr. Colbert bemoans the widespread use of Genetically Modified Foods, so-called GMO foods, which inject foreign organisms into natural crops in order to increase yield. Dr. Colbert cites research that shows “more than 50% of the world’s genetically modified crops are planted in the US”, and that “only 40% of people in the US are aware that some of the foods they are buying and eating are composed of genetically modified ingredients.” He lists 4 major dangers of GMO foods: allergies; lower nutritional value; higher amounts of toxins in your body; resistance to antibiotics. Dr. Colbert says “approximately 70% of processed foods on US grocery shelves are composed of GM ingredients. So if you are primarily consuming processed foods, you are eating about 75% genetically modified foods.” These 12 companies are on Dr. Colbert’s list for filling our food supply with GMO products: Nestle, Coca Cola, Kellogg’s, Kraft, Quaker, General Mills, Mars, Unilever, PepsiCo, Heinz, Peter Pan, Hansen. Read the details about the dangers of GMO foods at DrColbert.com. ~ M.G. Matally, Eaters Club Member

June 11, 2017: Four times the Bible says, “Do not fret” (Psalms 37:1,7,8; Proverbs 24:19). The Hebrew word translated “fret” in English is charah (pronounced khaw-raw). It means to:

  • Glow or grow warm
  • Blaze up
  • Burn with anger
  • Be incensed

Psalms 37:8 reads, “Cease from anger, and forsake wrath; Do not FRET it only causes harm.” One synonym for “fret” is STRESS, and it causes a variety of harm. According to healthline.com and webmd.com, stress is a root cause of more than 20 illnesses and health problems – from headache, stomachache/upset stomach, heartburn, high blood pressure, diabetes, and hair loss to asthma, arthritis, chronic pain, weight gain, premature aging, and risk of stroke. If you can avoid unhealthy stress you can greatly improve your health. The biblical cures for stress include worship, which connects your spirit with God’s Spirit and presence. See Psalms 16:8,11. Worship serves as a valve that bleeds or leaks out the poison of stress out of your system; worship releases stress as it relieves your spirit and relaxes your muscles. In that sense, “church” is a stress treatment center! But you have to truly worship for that benefit to be yours! Worship, God’s stress reliever!! ~ M.G. Matally, Eaters Club Member

 

June 18, 2017: Straight from the hand of our Creator, spices are to be a potent tool in our natural health kit. Few spices (in powder form) have become favorites of mine. Why? I have felt their benefits in my body. One of them is organic turmeric. If you have bought Curamin from Gene’s Health for pain relief, the key ingredient in Curamin comes from the turmeric plant. Sayer Ji, founder of Green Med Info, wrote “500 Reasons Turmeric May Be The World’s Most Important Herb”. Another natural health expert, Dr. Edward Group (Global Healing Center) cites “8 Impressive Health Benefits of Turmeric”: (1) Promotes Balanced Mood; (2) Helps Wounds Heal; (3) Eases Aches and Discomfort; (4) Encourages Balanced Blood Sugar; (5) Soothes Irritated Tissue; (6) Loosens Stiff Joints; (7) Encourages Normal Lipid Levels; (8) Supports the Stomach Lining. Based on what my body tells me, relief of joint pain has been turmeric’s greatest benefit for me. I think that’s because turmeric fights inflammation or swelling, which many health experts say is an underlined cause of various ailments and diseases. Shop for organic turmeric at Kroger, TJ Max, or Gene’s Health. I also found that turmeric releases more of its anti-inflammatory nutrients when I sprinkle crushed black corn pepper on top of turmeric powder. ~ M.G. Matally, Eaters Club Member

 

June 25, 2017: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food,” said Hippocrates, the ancient Greek physician and father of Western medicine. According to AuthorityNutrition.com, Hippocrates prescribe “garlic to treat a variety of medical conditions.” Long before Hippocrates, the Bible,  in Numbers 11:5, mentions garlic as a healthy food item. Researchers have documented at least 11 health benefits of garlic (AuthorityNutrition.com). Garlic is perhaps the Creator’s leading anti-virus and anti-bacteria agent. That means if you add garlic to your food and get it in your system, you will not easily catch viruses or bacteria, and if you do, your immune system will get rid of them fast. In 2015, garlic worked powerfully to save lives from the deadly Ebola virus that ravaged Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. If you can’t stand the scent of raw garlic cloves, you can get it in tablet form, or grab a bottle of powder garlic from Kroger, TJ Maxx, etc. I sprinkle it on my food like ground pepper. As always, make sure it’s organic garlic. ~ M.G. Matally, Eaters Club Member

 

July 2, 2017: One of the master keys to natural health is constantly learning from those who have discovered, gleaned and repackaged the secrets of biblical health in ways that interested persons can understand. Keep in mind that biblical truth repackaged is still God’s truth. Presently, my wife is reading the 2016 book Let Food Be Your Medicine by Don Colbert, MD; she paid $14.95 for it on eBay. I’m reading and learning health tips from Mind Over Medicine (2013 book) by Lissa Rankin, MD; I bought it for $4.18 on eBay. More and more doctors are parting ways with traditional cut-and-drug medical practice, and embracing natural paths to health based on ideas rooted in Scripture. In the health industry the tide is turning in favor of patients who desire health, not through pills and needles anymore, but through the powers of the mind and the nutrients found in natural foods and supplements. Get on board! ~ M.G. Matally, Eaters Club Member

 

July 9, 2017: The trend around the country is towards more local farmers’ markets. That is great, but “local” may not mean “healthy” if the farmers are using chemical fertilizers and pesticides to grow the plants and crops they bring to our local farmers’ market. I guess the easiest way to find out is to just ask each vendor before you buy: “Are your corns, etc, organic? I mean, did you grow them naturally without man-made chemicals?” While we want to support our local farmers, it is more important to keep dangerous chemicals out of our foods and bodies. The way to do that is to only eat foods grown by natural, organic means. After all, our precious health is on the line. ~ M.G. Matally, Eaters Club Member