PLEASE NOTE: The following article is courtesy of Mary Jaqua, a Hallelujah Acres Health Minister from Winslow, Maine. This article will appear in two parts; part two will be published next week.
It is no secret that when it comes to health and healing, organized medicine falls far short. In fact, it has not only failed to solve the ills of mankind but has done more to destroy than save lives. Consequently, it is no surprise that ‘alternative therapies’ are gaining more popularity.
With increasing frequency, alternative rather than conventional medicine is being sought for health and healing: the alternative approach being largely based upon natural solutions as opposed to unnatural solutions offered by the medical establishment.
Suffice to say, wellness is a major factor of life. It is an issue that cannot be ignored. Human frailty is a reality that appears to grow more serious each day as the incidence of human suffering mounts. When all is said and done, the human body deserves, if not demands, proper care in order to sustain itself, and it enlists our help to accomplish this awesome task.
The Body: A Finely Designed Machine
The psalmist David declared, “I will give thanks unto thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: Wonderful are thy works; And that my soul knoweth right well”- (Psalm 134:14).
These words uttered long ago remain true, for the body is a remarkable creation. When one considers the structure, constitution, functions, and abilities of the human frame, it is evident that this handiwork is beyond the mind, skill, and technical ability of man. It is Divine in origin. Here are a few little-known facts about the human body:
- The body is comprised of over 100 trillion living cells that are highly complex and unique in function
- Each cell generates its own electrical field, which at times is larger than the electrical field near a high voltage power line.
- Each cell has its own internal clock, switching on and off in varying cycles from 2 to 26 hours, never wavering.
- Tears are salty because they are derived from the salt water in the circulatory system.
- The average speed of a sneeze is 68 miles per hour.
- The lung cilia that sweep the mucus up the trachea vibrate 1,000 times per minute.
- Each blood cell returns to the heart every minute.
- The mouth has nine thousand taste buds.
- The human brain has the capacity to hold the equivalent of 25 million books, enough to fill a bookshelf 500 miles long. This capacity exceeds that of the Library of Congress that contains 17 million volumes.
The Body: A Living Organism
Amidst the varied, sundry demands associated with a modern lifestyle, it is often easy to be consumed in the motion rather than the motive behind this experience that we call ‘life.’ The wonder of who we are and what we are called to do becomes lost in a day-to-day monotony that, by definition, negates the bigger picture, namely our destiny.
You Are A Living Entity
Unlike inanimate objects, we breathe, move, eat, drink, laugh, cry, etc. We live because we are formed as offspring of the Ever-Living: the Creator Himself. This truth is verified in the scriptures:
“And the Almighty said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the heavens, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. And the Almighty created man in his own image, in the image of YHVH created he him; male and female created he them. (Genesis1:27.28) And YHVH Almighty formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. (Genesis 2:7)
Allowing for our noble conception, therefore, it is good to remember that we are a living being and thus conduct our lives in accordance to life principles.
Note: YHVH or YHWH is the transliterated four-character Hebrew name of God, which became commonly known in Greek as “the tetragrammaton” and from which early Bible translators derived the transliterated word “Jehovah.” In Hebrew, YHWH is derived from the verb “to be.” In many English bibles, the word YHWH is replaced with the all-capital-letter word LORD.
Health and healing are based upon respect for YHVH Almighty and the living body that He has given us. Our bodies are unique physically, emotionally, and spiritually, and are blessed with individual personality. Scriptures attest to the fact that YHVH’s utmost desire is for His people to live and prosper (3 John 1:2). Nowhere in scripture is there evidence that YHVH created sickness or death much less desires such for His people.
The Body: Designed To Run On Living Food
Given the marvels of the human body and the wisdom of YHVH to form it, it stands to reason that He Who made the body knows best how to care for it. Scripture is replete with evidence that the Almighty not only gave us the instruction manual (His word) for the care and keeping of our earthly temples (bodies), but also made provision for the body’s physical, emotional, and spiritual needs. His first instructions to man for the sake of his well being included a menu plan. He instructed His creation to eat plant-based foods.
This original diet is recorded in Genesis 1:29:
“And YHVH said, Behold, I have given you every herb yielding seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for food:”
That YHVH specifically addressed diet, telling us to eat natural, whole foods, should speak to us of the importance that diet plays in relation to health. The herb of the ground (greens) and fruit of the tree were created for us: to sustain the body with superior health during our earthly journey. These living foods were custom designed to feed our living bodies. Life begets life!
So it is that natural, whole, living (raw) fruit, vegetables, seeds, nuts, and whole grains prove to be the best food for ultimate wellness and longevity. Evidence of pots and frying pans, hot plates, stoves, waffle irons, etc. is not found in the paradisiacal environment (Eden).
The Body: A Self-Healing Machine
It is possible that the Almighty in His wisdom knew that man would need a ‘stop-gap measure’ to preserve the body in the event that it was required. So it is that YHVH designed the body to be self-healing. He gave it an internal instinct and know-how to correct itself should the need arise; and arise it did. When man turned against YHVH, his whole world changed. His once-paradisiacal experience became a life of lesser quality, a life subjugated to the limitations of the physical world.
Hence, it is no surprise that the loss of his spiritual eyesight eventually caused him to stray from YHVH’s original diet plan. Whole, living foods were replaced with cooked and ‘forbidden’ foods, as outlined in the books of Exodus, Leviticus, and Deuteronomy. Whereas YHVH was forced to install a dietary code for the preservation of His people, it must be understood that this code was for a specific time and purpose and did not replace His ultimate diet plan as found in Genesis 1:29.
Thus, in the larger picture, the plant-based Genesis 1:29 diet never died but lives on as a testament that living food is the ultimate food of YHVH’s kingdom. This truth is evidenced by the fact that living foods contain a sustaining, life-force that preserves the physical frame and initiates the self-healing mechanism of the body.
Whether it be sickness, pain, disease, dietary abuse, malnourishment, etc., the body has the ability to heal itself if given living food. So it is that YHVH is loving, kind, and merciful to provide a natural, wholesome way that we can be healed of our physical, emotional, and spiritual distress.
The Alternative Route
It is no surprise, then, that the road to health and wellness is a natural way, albeit an ‘alternative’ route. Sadly, however, most people are traveling abroad road that leads to sickness and destruction, having no clue as to the true cause of their ills. The majority of Americans suffer poor health that is precipitated by poor diet and exacerbated by conventional medical treatments.
Nevertheless, there are those who have found alternative ways for addressing their physical problems. They have departed from the broad road, leaving the thundering herd behind in order to discover the ‘narrow’ way of life. They have found the key to health, healing, and happiness by adopting a wholesome lifestyle.
They have discovered how to reclaim their bodies from the ravages of sickness and disease through the wonder of a live food diet and invigorating exercise. In short, they have learned how to live! As overcomers and survivors of multifold health problems, including would-be terminal illnesses, their testimonies prove that YHVH’s way is the best way: live food does restore the body to wellness!
The Alternative Route: What And Where Is It?
Pursuing health and healing the alternative way means forsaking the modern mindset toward conventional medicine and accepting the natural, YHVH-given way for restoring the body temple. Since most health problems are the result of poor diet, improving one’s diet becomes imperative, especially if life-threatening conditions exist.
Natural, whole foods initiate the body’s ability to heal itself. Therefore they should be introduced into one’s diet immediately. Implementing a juicing program and incorporating living foods into daily meals is imperative as is eliminating all harmful ‘foods’ such as processed/junk foods and animal-based foods (meat, dairy, seafood), refined sugar, and refined grains.
It is equally important to supplement additional nutrients like BarleyMax, Vitamin D, omega-3 rich oils, digestive enzymes, etc. so that the body will have maximum power to rebuild itself. Without proper and sufficient nutrients, the restoration of the bodily temple cannot be accomplished.
As the live food lifestyle is worked out on a personal, daily basis, the body will begin to respond favorably with added energy, new strength, and clarity of mind. It will also tell you what it needs and when it needs it. Learning to ‘listen’ to the body is an art and a lesson in quiet living. The still, small voice of YHVH Almighty is our ultimate guide on the pathway to health and healing.