Saturday, October 29, 2005

The Maker's Diet, by Jordan Rubin, bestseller 2005

I have begun to post individual books and movies. This book is written by a Jewish man who is also a Christian. He was raised by Messianic Jews as well and his father is also a naturopath (correct title?)

He found an answer to his quest for how to stay alive and the story is interesting.

If I were writing the book myself, this is how it would change:

1. The number one factor in health is to be connected to your creator, to love Him with all your heart and soul and mind, and to love your neighbor. Being connected in faith brings you a great deal of health. Jordan did connect in order to find healing, but he doesn't emphasize that as much as I would like. Reading God's word, speaking it out loud, worshipping God, praying both in the closet and corporately, and trusting Him - these are fundamental. How much evil, how many germs do we avert just in doing this?

2. I don't think it is emphasized enough that there are some basic health principles that far outweigh all the others, since Jordan again directs us to this site and that site to buy more products, just like the other health "experts."

There are things that bring health and youth, so basic we miss them, and cost us nothing more than we spend already.

Number one is sleep. If we could all just get the maximum amount of sleep that we need,can you imagine the profound effect it would have on our health? I want to write a somewhat humerous essay on how Jesus would sleep through crisis, illustrated in the story where he was sleeping during a storm at sea, and merely woke up and said a few words and the storm stopped, after which he complained of the lack of faith of his followers (and then probably went back to sleep.)

Two is elimination of stress. Do you notice how much health is drained from people's bodies due to stress? We hear about this but few take it seriously. All of the health tips we hear about using the right food, and adding all these supplements causes more stress because the foods are less available and have to be sought out at a particular type of store, and so do the supplements and remedies. If we just stopped trying to do so many things, and rested - voila!

Three is changing one's lifestyle to include being outdoors and getting more fresh air. This is huge.

Four is water. If we just drank more pure water, such as the water directly out of a well that has a lot of natural minerals in it - this would make a difference. It's not as important that you drink a lot of water. The body naturally signals the need for liquids. We only need enough liquid, not a lot.

Jesus summed so much of this up in Matthew when he said that we need to stop worrying about our lives - what we shall eat, what we shall wear. If you eat when you are hungry and just try to stay with the healthy stuff but keep from worry about what you consume, the number one effect is that stress will dissipate.

The same with clothes, which includes anxiety about appearance. Just go and buy stuff you life, put it on in reasonable arrangements, and go out and forget about yourself. See, Jesus assumed that you would not lack confidence about yourself, about your appearance.

Jordan's recommendations send us back to the treadmill of anxiety in many ways, and so he misses the basic thrust of the gospel. Also, Jesus just reached out his hand and a guy's ear grew back immediately after it had been cut off (after Peter cut it off.) If He is capable of this, then trusting him for our health means that no matter what happens, we can get it fixed. This does not mean being careless and thoughtless about our bodies, but it means "don't worry!"

Who is to say that faith and God's word didn't alone heal Jordan?

I must mention that he did raise my consciousness about staying healthy and what the bible has to say. It's his book that explains why we regard cats and dogs as we do, since they are some of the types of animals who we are forbidden to eat. It seems we noticed their other "benefits" that of companions, in light of their not being edible.

He also helped me to regard hygiene as more important, esp. in the face of viruses. There are changes. I don't want to order toast, which cooks hold in their hands and then I eat with my hands. I want to always always cleanse my hands before eating especially any finger food. Not biting nails, not putting one's finger in the mouth ever, and cleansing ears and nose properly are brought to one's attention.

7 comments:

Just A Human said...

Please comment on the following: (Excuse my ignorance)

1. Bird flue
(This is not current - The disease, which was first identified in Italy more than 100 years ago, occurs worldwide.)
2. SARS
3. Mad Cow
4. And I am sure many more to come...

In the first place why to eat meat which has maximum potential of hauling viruses and diseases.

Gabrielle Eden said...

Hey just a human, how ya doin'?

This is an interesting fact about the flu that they'r talking about. We have to remember always the media loves to inspire fear and panic.

Most things that have been real disasters - no one oculd predict.

Jordan makes amazing comments about diseases like SARS. i ahve to go back to the book which is not in my hand right now, but he shows how eating bizarre foods, ones which the bible forbids, have even been clearly identified as the source of the big diseases we have seen lately. I knwo SARS is one, but can't recall the source, but Asian diets have many exotic meats.

I think he also mentions MAD cow, but the cow is not the problem. I will get back to you on this.

I know for sure that meat is good, but of course it has to be grown properly and cleaned properly, and there are animals that are basically not as good for us.

I know India has different views about the cow...

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Just A Human said...

Although some historians and anthropologists say that man is historically omnivorous, our anatomical equipment ­ teeth, jaws, and digestive system ­ favors a fleshless diet. The American Dietetic Association notes that "most of mankind for most of human history has lived on vegetarian or near-vegetarian diets."

And much of the world still lives that way. Even on most industrialized countries, the love affair with meat is less than a hundred years old. It started with the refrigerator car and the twentieth-century consumer society. But even with the twentieth century, man's body hasn't adapted to eating meat. The prominent Swedish scientist Karl von Linne states, "Man's structure, external and internal, compared with that of the other animals, shows that fruit and succulent vegetables constitute his natural food." The chart below compares the anatomy of man with that of carnivorous and herbivorous animals.

When you look at the comparison between herbivores and humans, we compare much more closely to herbivores than meat eating animals. Humans are clearly not designed to digest and ingest meat.

Meat-eaters: have claws

Herbivores: no claws

Humans: no claws

Meat-eaters: have no skin pores and perspire through the tongue

Herbivores: perspire through skin pores

Humans: perspire through skin pores

Meat-eaters: have sharp front teeth for tearing, with no flat molar teeth for grinding

Herbivores: no sharp front teeth, but flat rear molars for grinding

Humans: no sharp front teeth, but flat rear molars for grinding

Meat-eaters: have intestinal tract that is only 3 times their body length so that rapidly decaying meat can pass through quickly

Herbivores: have intestinal tract 10-12 times their body length.

Humans: have intestinal tract 10-12 times their body length.

Meat-eaters: have strong hydrochloric acid in stomach to digest meat

Herbivores: have stomach acid that is 20 times weaker than that of a meat-eater

Humans: have stomach acid that is 20 times weaker than that of a meat-eater

Meat-eaters: salivary glands in mouth not needed to pre-digest grains and fruits.

Herbivores: well-developed salivary glands which are necessary to pre-digest grains and fruits

Humans: well-developed salivary glands, which are necessary to pre-digest, grains and fruits

Meat-eaters: have acid saliva with no enzyme ptyalin to pre-digest grains

Herbivores: have alkaline saliva with ptyalin to pre-digest grains

Humans: have alkaline saliva with ptyalin to pre-digest grains

Based on a chart by A.D. Andrews, Fit Food for Men, (Chicago: American Hygiene Society, 1970)

Clearly if humans were meant to eat meat we wouldn't have so many crucial ingestive/digestive similarities with animals that are herbivores.

Gabrielle Eden said...

Hello, human,

humans have two teeth on either side of the mouth known as "canines"

Atkins would strongly disagree with you, and eating meat is workin for me!

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know what Jordan Rubin's (Makers Diet) book says about how long it takes to digest meat, esp. beef?
I've heard different periods of time and wanted to know what it actually said.
Thanks, Glenn

Gabrielle Eden said...

Anonymous - this is why I now have comment moderation, now. How long has this comment been here? I didn't notice it til now - May/2009. I'll have to check the book for you to answer your question.