Last week’s Health Tip, “Is Obama Care The Answer To Our Health Care?” generated a lot of mail — mostly positive, but a few quite critical. A representative sampling of those letters follow…
“Rev. Malkmus, Great article that hits the health care problem right on the head. Health will never come to the people of these United States until people learn to take responsibility for their own individual health. Health can never, nor will it ever, come by way of a government controlled Health Care plan. Keep up the excellent work.”
“Dearest Reverend, Without health care reform, millions of low income Americans would no longer get the help they need and without which they would die. Without health care reform, many others with pre-existing conditions would cease to get help after they run out of money. I hope you care about them – Jesus does. Rev. Malkmus, I beg you, next time you write articles against the poor, you consult with Jesus.”
That Second Letter Hurt!
To be accused of writing “articles against the poor” really hurt. I am such a champion of the poor – spending hours sharing with various poor individuals (as well as well-to-do people, and anyone else who will listen) how they can improve their health by simple diet and lifestyle changes that can be paid for with food stamps and government assistance checks.
I Know What It’s Like To Be Poor
As I look back on my life, I was poor according to the world’s standards! But I never realized I was poor, nor did I ever expect someone else to come to my rescue because I didn’t have very much of this world’s stuff.
I was raised in a home that was fiercely independent! It was a home that would never consider a handout or food stamps or welfare, or expect someone else, including the government, to take care of our needs. We believed that all of our needs or wants were to come through hard work by those in our household.
I grew up during depression days – the 1930s. I never received an allowance nor was I ever paid for chores I did in my home, and I did a lot of chores while growing up. Beginning at age eight I started doing chores for neighbors to earn money for haircuts and other incidentals. My parents never paid for any school activities nor did I expect them to.
The only clothes my parents bought me were underwear and socks for each Christmas. Those were my Christmas presents each year. The rest of my clothes were provided by a well-to-do neighbor who had a son just a little older than I and I wore his hand-me-downs until I was in high school.
From ages 12 to 15, I delivered 80-100 newspapers by foot after school and on Saturdays for $4.00 to $5.00 per week. This gave me money to start buying my own clothes and start a savings account. For recreation we played stickball as time allowed after school with a broom stick and a tennis ball. I never could afford a baseball glove or bat.
From ages 16 to 18, I worked behind a soda fountain and delivered prescriptions on bicycle after school and on Saturdays for $16.00 per week. During my tour of duty in the United States Navy during the Korean War, my pay was $99.00 a month.
The first church I pastored, my salary was $35.00 per week plus a parsonage. In all my years of pastoring, nearly 20 years, my salary was never more than $150.00 a week plus housing. And I never took food stamps or enrolled in a government program to help pay the bills while I supporting a wife and four children. I even tithed my income.
Just before Rhonda and I were married in 1992, I had lost my home and everything I owned in a fire. Having only enough money to build a block basement with a tarp over the top to keep out the rain, a wood stove for heat, water from a pond, and a 5-gallon bucket for a toilet, I started life anew 25 years ago, at the age of 55.
I met Rhonda at a “How to Eliminate Sickness” seminar I was giving in 1991. She had debilitating arthritis and was seriously overweight. Well she got on the diet I was teaching to see if it could help what the doctors could not for the past 10 years. Within a year of the diet change her arthritis was gone and she had lost 85 pounds. I love to tell people that after I rebuilt her body I married her!
It was into this block basement with a tarp for a roof I brought Rhonda after our marriage on April 11, 1992. When we were married, neither of us had any money, but we had a great love for God and each other, and a desire to share God’s Genesis 1:29 diet, the diet that been responsible for eliminating my cancer and Rhonda’s arthritis.
My 6-year-old 1986 Mazda pickup escaped the fire and I used it as collateral to borrow $1,000 from the bank to start Hallelujah Acres. With that $1,000 I paid the rent for a month for an 11-foot-wide storefront, purchased some tables and chairs along with produce for the restaurant and a few products to sell.
Rhonda and I lived on our tips (approximately $25.00 weekly) in those early days. Then we wrote some books for which we received royalty, proceeds from which we tithed to our church, and these royalties have made it possible for us to build a nice home and have nice automobiles.
Since Hallelujah Acres had its beginning in 1992, we have never taken a salary or a bonus from Hallelujah Acres. All our labors, health tips, seminars, food prep classes, etc. at Hallelujah Acres has been a ministry to help others experience the health God designed for his people.
Rather than taking a salary from Hallelujah Acres, we have poured all profits back into Hallelujah Acres so that we could continue to take God’s health message not only to the poor, but to whosoever would listen. I have never charged for a seminar or for the over 800 weekly Health Tips I have written, and Hallelujah Acres sent out a FREE magazine for almost 20 years.
I know what it is like to be poor. I’ve been there and done that!
In fact, I didn’t even consider myself poor during that time. But I also have learned that we don’t have to remain in a poor or sick condition. Rather than complaining “poor me” or depending on someone else (including government) to provide my needs in both the physical and financial area, I have followed God’s way.
The Bible says “If a man won’t work, neither should he eat” (2 Thessalonians 3:10) and “Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap” (Galatians 6:7). I have learned that through hard work on my part, financial needs, living conditions, and health can be improved.
We don’t have to be victims!
I thank God that He has allowed me to grow up in a country where a person has been rewarded when they worked hard to achieve and allowed to be poor if they didn’t want to work. Sadly, government now attempts to convince people that the poor are victims and others are responsible for taking care of them. Health care reform is a case in point.
Why The Affordable Care Act Does Not Help The Poor
The Affordable Care Act takes the responsibility for a person’s health off of the individual and places it upon others (taxpayers). When others are going to pay health care costs when a person becomes sick, what motivation is there for that person to eat a healthy diet and live a healthy lifestyle?
I look around me today and I see that no matter what a person’s income, the majority are overweight (over 60% of the population). The poor are just as overweight, and sometimes more so, than those with higher incomes.
The government is responsible for a lot of that extra weight. Food stamps can be used to purchase the unhealthiest, weight-gaining foods.
Then, the government comes to their rescue by paying the costs for doctors and drugs — which never make anyone well — keeping them dependent on a corrupt medical system and on government for their health care.
The Affordable Care Act doesn’t encourage people to take control of their own health through a healthy diet and lifestyle; it encourages people to neglect their health by providing free health care when they get sick.
There is no motivation to change an unhealthy lifestyle when others pay the bills for indiscretion!
I want all people, poor or otherwise, to be well. But no one experiences wellness unless they stop depending on doctors, drugs, and government to take care of their physical problems.
The only hope and solution is to eliminate sickness through educating everyone about how to eat and live so that they don’t become sick in the first place.
Sadly, the Affordable Care Act is not geared toward that end.
It Gets Worse…
Going to doctors for anything other than accidents is hazardous to the health of the poor as well as everyone else in America. Some 500,000 deaths in America each year are not caused by the physical problems people experience, but rather doctor mistakes and reactions from drugs used to treat the symptoms of these people that came to them with sickness caused by an improper diet and lifestyle.
The more people turn to drugs, the greater the potential for new, physical problems! Every drug is liver toxic and produces an adverse reaction within the body for which other drugs are often prescribed.
It’s a vicious downhill cycle.
So what’s the solution? As I have said so many times before, the solution to our health care crisis is prevention!
Let’s teach the people of our land how to eat and live so that sickness never manifests in the first place and thus they have no need for doctors, hospitals, or drugs to cover up their symptoms.
Without sickness, there would be no need for health insurance or for someone to pay the bills of those who go to doctors for treatment.
Without sickness, health care costs would almost cease, and the only costs would be for those who have accidents and whose bodies need to be put back together.
Prevention Through The Hallelujah Diet
If you are not already on the Hallelujah Diet, click here to give it a try! Multitudes have made this diet change that we teach here at Hallelujah Acres, and experienced normalization of weight, as well as the elimination of almost all their physical problems.
Next week, the good Lord willing and if the creeks don’t rise too high we will return with another exciting issue of the Hallelujah Acres Health Tip. Trust you will join us and that you will share these Health Tips with friends and loved ones.