8 Laws of Natural Health:
P R O P E R N U T R I T I O N
And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. Genesis 1:29.
The Creator designed us to use certain plant life for the purpose of sustaining life within our bodies. The original diet given to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden was certain vegetables, grains, fruits, and nuts. In addition to their perfect diet and lifestyle, they had unlimited access to the, "Tree of Life." The fruit of this tree had special properties that perpetuated life, and as long as our first parents ate of this fruit they would live forever.
Had Adam and Eve remained loyal and faithful to God they would have lived throughout all eternity. However, this was not the case, and in the third chapter of Genesis we find that Adam and Eve failed to remain loyal to God's government and law. As a result, sin plagued our planet with sickness, disease, and death, which we all experience to this day.
After their fall, God also included the "herb of the field," (Genesis 3:18) as a part of their diet. This includes green leafy vegetables and ground bearing foods such as: potatoes, carrots, onions, etc. The Lord in His mercy gave our race the green leafy foods that are high in chlorophyll and phytochemicals which have life-sustaining properties. These foods would help to maintain life, for at this time the human race lost the privilege of eating from the "Tree of Life." Yet even after sin entered our world, the average life-span was over 900 years!
The next event that would affect our life span was the great world-wide flood during Noah's time. This occurred about 1656 years after creation, which resulted in the destruction of all plant life. It was at this time that God permitted man to eat animal flesh, with two important stipulations. First, they could only eat clean meats. We find the list of these animals in Leviticus, chapter 11. Here we learn that only animals that "chew the cud" and have a "parted hoof and are clovenfooted" are fit to eat, such as cows, sheep, and goats, etc. Fish that have both scales and fins were also fit to eat. The second stipulation that God gave was that all blood had to be drained from the dead animal before it was cooked and eaten. See Leviticus 17:10-16. This was important then and still is today! In the blood of these animals, as in humans, is cellular waste, which is not fit for food, plus blood also carries many diseases.
Even though God gave man permission to eat animal flesh, He stated a very important fact. "And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it"…. Genesis 9:5. Here God is telling Noah that he and all his descendants can eat meat, but it will shorten their lives. Did this happen? Yes it did. Study the chart below to see the difference in the life spans of people who lived before the flood and those who lived after. It is interesting to note that before the flood man lived an average of over 900 years, but after the flood all this changed. By the tenth generation, the average life span had been reduced to only 175 years. Today we do well to live to the age of 70-80 years.
During the last 30-40 years there have been many changes in the way that meat, poultry, and dairy foods have been raised and processed. For thousands of years most people lived on farms where they grew and produced their own meat. They raised their animals free from drugs in a much healthier way. With the rise of larger towns and huge cities all this changed. At the same time there has been a shift from an agricultural-based economy to the industrial hi-tech world of today. This changed the way most of us live. It has shifted the responsibility of our food supply from the small local farmer to that of the massive food manufacturers and supermarkets. With this change has come the modern farm methods that overcrowd the livestock and poultry into unhealthful, diseased conditions. As the health of these animals deteriorate, the farmer turns to drugs to help prevent loss. As a result we now have meat products that are contaminated with both drugs and diseases.
As a young boy, I grew up in the farming communities of New Brunswick and northern Maine. It was in Woodstock, N.B. that I saw first-hand the problems that farmers were having with diseases among the cattle. Later, my family moved to central Massachusetts, and in my teenage years I worked at a local chicken farm. The conditions were deplorable! They had packed 4 to 5 chickens into small cages that were two layers high, in long rows, running the length of the building. The ammonia from the chicken manure was so strong that it would sting my eyes when I first entered the building. The air quality was unfit for both humans and chickens. These chickens lived there until they either died or were sent to a soup factory. Many times we sent truck loads of sick and dying birds, some of which had open cancerous tumors, to these factories and this has laid heavily on my mind for years.
Today, the animal world has even more diseases than when I was a boy in the 1960's. We now have diseases like "Mad Cow Disease," which has changed the way that many view their favorite fast food, the "hamburger." Then there are many bacteria, viruses, and parasites like E.coli, Salmonella, Trichinosis, Staphylococci, etc. that have made eating meat a real health risk. A few years ago the U.S. government asked a large meat processing firm, Hudson, to recall 25,000,000 pounds of hamburger from off store shelves and from fast food restaurants. It was contaminated with the deadly E.coli bacteria.
Meat has never been good for us to eat. God allowed us to eat it after the flood only out of necessity. But now we have come to a time in history where meat eating can be very deadly.
Another aspect that we will cover later on in this chapter is the danger of animal fat and protein. Animal fat is the leading cause of heart disease in this country today. There are many magazine articles, books, T.V., and radio programs that are drawing our attention to the hazards of meat eating while at the same time promoting a balanced vegetarian diet. This only confirms that the diet and lifestyle which our Creator gave the human race 6000 years ago is still the best to enjoy--that is, a balanced vegan diet, full of fruits, nuts, grains, seeds, and vegetables.
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Much of this article was extracted from an article by Dr. Michael Casey and Ashley Cunningham, Our Creator's Plan for Excellent Health, www.pathwaytoeden.com