Food, Health, and Common Sense

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There are so many claims circulating about what’s healthy to eat.

If you want to do a little research, take a look at this Google search for “healing” + “food”.

Of course, there is that organization (in the USA) that’s set itself up as the guardian of health. One problem with that idea is that they seem to spend an inordinate amount of time peddling drugs…

To be fair, here’s an FDA official’s opinion:

“‘Health claims are not your fad-of-the-week,’ says Jim Hoadley, Ph.D., a senior regulatory scientist in FDA’s Office of Food Labeling. Instead, he says, for health claims to be used, there needs to be sufficient scientific agreement among qualified experts that the claims are factual and truthful.”

Put that together with the ravages of the MegaAgriBusinesses and it may seem nearly hopeless that we could stem the tide of malnutrition and food shortages or get back to the simple idea that Food Is Healthy for Human Bodies.

Again, in the spirit of fairness as well as perspective, here’s a quote from near the turn of the last century:

“At whatever time highly-skilled physicians shall have developed the healing of illnesses by means of foods, and shall make provision for simple foods, and shall prohibit humankind from living as slaves to their lustful appetites, it is certain that the incidence of chronic and diversified illnesses will abate, and the general health of all mankind will be much improved. This is destined to come about. In the same way, in the character, the conduct and the manners of men, universal modifications will be made.”

‘Abdu’l-Bahá: Selections from the Writings of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, pp. 152-155


Health & Well-Being

Very hard to imagine having well-being without having health first.

Of course, there’s a certain strain of human who, blinded by rank materialism, chases a “well-being” that shrivels their soul…

The quote I’ll share today clearly puts the horse before the cart.

I do want to clarify one word in that quote, “Kingdom”. Many folk are biased against that word when used in the context of spirituality. They’re usually correct in fearing the hidden agendas of people who use that word way too often and, unknowingly, for their own benefit.

I’ll clarify it with another short quote by the same Author:

“This will be the paradise which is to come on earth, when all mankind will be gathered together under the tent of unity in the Kingdom of Glory.”

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Paris Talks, p. 22

“If the health and well-being of the body be expended in the path of the Kingdom, this is very acceptable and praiseworthy; and if it is expended to the benefit of the human world in general—even though it be to their material benefit and be a means of doing good—that is also acceptable. But if the health and welfare of man be spent in sensual desires, in a life on the animal plane, and in devilish pursuits—then disease is better than such health; nay, death itself is preferable to such a life. If thou art desirous of health, wish thou health for serving the Kingdom. I hope thou mayest attain a perfect insight, an inflexible resolution, a complete health and spiritual and physical strength in order that thou mayest drink from the fountain of eternal life and be assisted by the spirit of divine confirmation.”

‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Baha’i World Faith, p. 376

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Moving . . .

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Tomorrow is my day to pack (not too many possessions).

Wednesday, I pay up the first month’s rent.

Thursday, I move from the yellow marker at the bottom of the map to the yellow marker at the top of the map.

A short, easy move for space and time.

Exciting since I’ve been so isolated for nine months and I’ll be hanging out in my new coffee house working on my laptop.

Anxiety-inducing because I’ll be on the Hep C drugs till the end of April and they help make exciting things anxiety-inducing.

Fact is, it could take from two to six months for my body to rid itself of the drugs.

I’ll be taking Whole Food Supplements as my first step toward better health…