For the past four Health Tips (#648 through #651) we have been talking about how animal sourced foods were the single most dangerous foods a person could consume, being the cause or contributing cause of some 90% of all physical problems being experienced.
In Health Tip #648 we talked about the FAT contained in animal sourced foods that clog the arteries, and contribute to high blood pressure, heart attacks and strokes.
In Health Tip #649 and #650 we discussed how the ACID in animal sourced foods cause a myriad of problems, including acid stomach, heartburn, osteoporosis, and more, and how if the blood becomes even slightly acidic, we die.
In Health Tip #651 we talked about PROTEIN and how the excessive amounts of protein found in animal source foods harm the body, and contribute to numerous physical problems.
In this Health Tip we are going to talk about another food, one that most people consume in huge amounts daily, that is extremely devastating to the body. And what is that food? Well, it is not a food at all, but rather a toxic and addictive drug. It is called sugar, and after animal sourced foods is the second greatest cause of both the physical as well as the mental problems being experienced today.
THE DANGERS OF REFINED SUGAR
If you remember nothing else from this article regarding refined sugar, remember this: “REFINED SUGAR TURNS OFF YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM!”
God, in His infinite wisdom, realized that the human physical body He created, which every person reading this possesses, would come in contact with some what we will call “bad guys,” during our earthly journey through life.
These “bad guys” are called germs, viruses, bacteria, etc.In order to protect us from these “bad guys,” God built into the human physical body a means of protection. It is called the immune system.
Our immune system is comprised of a unique grouping of cells, designed by God, and given the task of identifying and destroying these foreign invaders (“bad guys”) before they can do significant harm to the body.
Disease-causing organisms such as those listed above are detected by the immune system, tagged for destruction, and then annihilated by these hungry immune system cells, but only when the immune system is kept strong and healthy and functioning at optimal levels.
The immune system God placed into our physical body is designed to recognize even cancer cells, also in the category of “bad guys”, as abnormal and unwelcome. A strong, healthy, immune system, operating at optimal levels will seek out cancer cells and actually destroy them before they multiply if, but only IF, the immune system is operating at optimal levels.
It is of vital important we realize that after God had created the human physical body, with a self-protecting immune system built right in that physical body, God had done His part in providing us with a body that would efficiently handle these harmful germs, viruses, bacteria, and even cancers. But now we come to MAN’S PART!
WHAT IS MAN’S PART?
It is the responsibility of every man, woman and child (the child is the parents responsibility until the child is old enough to take control), that we not place into the body anything that would comprise our immune system, because doing so would render it incapable of fulfilling its God given task of protecting the body.
In other words, we must each do everything we can possibly do to keep our immune system in such a condition that it remains STRONG and HEALTHY,and thus capable of fulfilling the task God gave it of protecting our physical bodies from these “bad guys.”
Our daily diet and lifestyle determines whether our immune system is strong and healthy, and working at optimal levels – OR – weak and ineffective, and thus unable to fulfill its intended function!In other words God has given us the controls that determine wellness or sickness.
When functioning at optimal levels, the immune system can recognize, seek out, and destroy all of the “bad guys” in our body. But if our diet and lifestyle are poor, then our immune system will be too weak and compromised, and thus unable to fulfill its God given task of protecting us from the “bad guys”.
HOW REFINED SUGAR EFFECTS OUR IMMUNE SYSTEM
The single most destructive thing we can place into our body, with regards to the immune system, is refined sugar!As I said earlier in this article, refined sugar is an immune system suppressant! It literally knocks out or compromises the very system God gave us to protect us from the “bad guys.”
And yet, and sadly, the average American consumes approximately 50 teaspoons of refined sugar each and every day of their life. It takes approximately 3 feet of sugar cane to produce 1 teaspoon of refined sugar. Thus, for a person to obtain 50 teaspoons of sugar from sugar cane (the daily average), that person would have to chew, digest, and assimilate 150 feet of sugar cane each and every day.
Since there are approximately 11 teaspoons of sugar in just a single 12-ounce can of soda pop, a person would have to consume 33 feet of sugar cane to obtain an equivalent amount of sugar. And can you even begin to fathom how many feet of sugar cane would have to be chewed, digested, and assimilated to equal the amount of refined sugar found in breakfast cereals, candy, cake, cookies, pies, ice cream, donuts, etc., etc.
Dr. Agatha Thrash, (M.D.), explains how sugar affects the immune system when she writes:
“Another important fact about sugar has to do with disease resistance. The white blood cells with segmented nuclei increase in numbers in the blood stream when the body has a bacterial infection. These cells destroy bacteria. They are the body’s soldiers. However, when the blood sugar level goes up, these cells get sluggish and cannot destroy as many bacteria.”
Dr. Thrash then provides a chart showing how much sugar it takes to affect the ability of the white blood cells to destroy bacteria:
“Six teaspoons of sugar (the amount of sugar in a single candy bar) reduces the ability of these white blood cells to destroy unfriendly bacteria by 25%; Twelve teaspoons (the amount of sugar in a single can of soda pop) reduces the ability of these white blood cells to destroy unfriendly bacteria by 60%; And twenty-four teaspoons (just half the average daily intake of refined sugar), reduces the ability of these white blood cells to destroy unfriendly bacteria by 92%.”
Every time a person drinks a soda pop or other beverage containing refined sugar, eats a piece of candy or a breakfast cereal containing refined sugar, has a piece of cake or donut or a cookie or piece of pie, they are placing an addictive drug into their body that will compromise the very immune system God gave them to protect them from the “bad guys.”
REFINED SUGAR DOES MORE THAN COMPROMISE THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
Refined sugar impacts the quality of life by:(1) Increases the severity of PMS; (2) Decreases cognitive or intellectual function, especially in children; (3) Sugar also contributes to our current epidemic of heart disease, excess weight, and so much more.
Following is just a partial list of health problems related to the intake of refined sugar:
- addiction to drugs and caffeine
- behavioral problems
- binge eating
- bone loss
- difficulty concentrating
- emotional problems
- food cravings
- hormonal problems
- menstrual difficulties
- mental illness
- mood swings
- premature aging
- and the list goes on and on.
Prior to my adopting The Hallelujah Acres Diet and Lifestyle (based on God’s Genesis 1:29 diet) in 1976, I experienced several head colds each and every year; the flu annually; as well as sore throats, headaches, upset stomach, fevers, and debilitating seasonal allergies. Since adopting The Hallelujah Acres Diet and Lifestyle 34 years ago I have not experienced a single one of these physical problems! WHY! There are several reasons.
1. When I adopted The Hallelujah Acres Diet and Lifestyle in 1976, I eliminated ALL refined sugar from my diet, and except for those occasions when I was not aware it was contained in something I was consuming, I haven’t placed any refined sugar into my body. How could I do that? I did it by so programming my mind that when I was confronted with a food containing refined sugar, in my mind I visualized a skull and cross-bones emblazed upon it, rather than seeing it as a tasty delight.
When I made the diet change in 1976, in addition to the elimination of all refined sugar, I also eliminated from my diet all animal sourced foods (both flesh and dairy); products containing white bleached flour; refined table salt, and caffeine.
2. At the same time I stopped all refined sugar intake, along with the other items mentioned in above, I totally changed my diet. Overnight I went from a diet that consisted almost totally of cooked foods with lots of animal foods, to a diet consisting of almost totally raw plant sourced foods, a diet similar to God’s Genesis 1:29 Diet. Also, I began consuming an abundance of raw, freshly extracted vegetable juices.
The only reason I have been free of colds, the flu, sore throats, headaches, upset stomachs, fevers, and debilitating seasonal allergies for the past 34 years is because I stopped consuming the diet that produced them, and began a diet and lifestyle that protected me from them.
Thus by consuming a diet comprised of an abundance of living plant sourced foods, along with lots of freshly extracted vegetable juices and barley juice powder, including lots of exercise, my body has been able to continue to protect me and maintain that immunity for over 34 years.
But this immunity is not only available to me, but available to all who are willing to apply the principles that will protect them also.
I did not achieve this degree of wellness because God singled me out, and has been protecting me from all these physical problems for the past 34 years. God doesn’t do that! Rather, God gives each of us a choice as to whether we live in wellness or sickness. If we want to live in wellness, we must adopt the diet and lifestyle God designed these physical bodies we each possess to live by, which is so clearly articulated in Genesis 1:29 in the Bible.
If we desire sickness, then all we have to do is do what we have been programmed to do by this world in which we live. Sickness is the result of following the worlds diet and lifestyle – yes, the Standard American Diet (SAD), along with a sedentary couch potato lifestyle.
God very clearly tells us in Romans 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world.” And in Galatians 6:7 the Bible tells us we have a CHOICE as to whether we live in health or in sickness: “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”
For over 18 years now, Hallelujah Acres has been sharing with all who would listen how they too could disease proof their body. Millions have listened and applied our teachings, while tens-of-thousands have written to tell me that by simply applying the principles we have shared here at Hallelujah Acres, they have recovered from over 170 different physical problems, and that they no longer get sick.
That’s a great BIG HALLELUJAH my friend! Won’t you join us, so that you too, can experience the health God designed for you and your family?