Natural Whole Food for Prevention and Cure of Diseases
God has given each person a body that is “fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psm. 139:14) In order to live a healthful life we need food that has natural nutrients which is provided by God. “And God said, ‘See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food.” (Gen. 1:29).
When there is something wrong with our bodies we become sick. The healing can also be found in God’s words – the Holy Bible. When the Israelites came to Marah the water was bitter and they could not drink it. The LORD showed Moses a tree; “and when he cast it into the waters, the waters were made sweet. There He made a statute and an ordinance for them. And there He tested them, and said, ‘If you diligently heed the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the LORD who heals you.” (Ex. 15:22-26)
Keeping of God’s commandments is highly essential for God’s people to maintain good health. God has given the Israelites clear instructions on what foods not to eat so that their bodies will not be defiled (Leviticus 11). Defilement of the body is caused by foods that have toxins. Healing cannot occur unless the toxins are first eradicated from the body. This process is called detoxification. God showed Ezekiel the vision of a river. “Along the bank of the river, on this side and that, will grow all kinds of trees used for food; their leaves will not wither, and their fruit will not fail. They will bear fruit every month, because their water flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for medicine.” (Ezek. 47:8-12) This vision may be interpreted literally or spiritually, but the last part of verse 12 is highly significant.
My understanding of good natural food is anything you can eat or drink which requires minimum or no processing to extract a particular nutrient. Examples are solid or juice forms of animal and vegetable food products like herbs, grasses, fruits, nuts, berries, vegetables, oils, and meats. If it is something that requires special processing to extract a particular vitamin or mineral, it is no longer a natural food but has become a supplement or a drug.
Natural whole food (ideally "fresh" or "live" whole food) of vegetable origin should form the basis of our diets and medicine. This includes grain, nuts, fruit, berries, and vegetables, both from the land and from the sea. This excludes the majority of concocted and refined foods, or those manufactured or processed in such a way that they get contaminated with parasites, bacteria, and poisonous chemicals. Some body types are able to digest and utilize low-fat animal protein without bad effects. For proper digestion, food should not be cooked or raised to a temperature above 105 degrees because high temperatures kill enzymes needed in the digestion process.
Since the body is composed of certain basic elements and compounds, those need to be replenished by the diet. Therefore, if the selection of foods we eat cannot be relied upon to provide those elements, we need to ingest them as dietary supplements. Such foods should be devoid of elements that poison the body.
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This Research Article is the response of Paul Wong
to a Prayer Request in the ARK Forum on November 30, 2004
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Paul Wong is a Christian minister and the
President of ARK International.