Wouldn’t it be great if science could discover a magic pill which would bring health to everyone! Or would it? We agree that our society would be in a much worse situation than it is if scientific discoveries had not added twenty years to our lives.
Yet medical science is baffled by new diseases it can neither explain nor cure. And it has made more than a few errors: drugs which have backfired with serious side effects and treatments which have killed more than cured. Would you welcome insights on some fundamentals of health which were given to man a long time ago, not only to remedy disease but also to prevent it–and early death?
Suppose you find that you can stop the knock in your car’s motor by either reducing its compression or buying a higher octane gasoline instead of your current brand. Which would you choose?
Perhaps you decide against reducing compression because you need all the power you can get to climb those hills on the way home and to pass on that two-lane highway, and besides you find compression-reduction expense too high. Your mechanic also advises against reducing compression, yet suggests that you do something soon or you might irreparably damage your engine. In which event, of course, you could trade in your car for a new one!
So you decide to buy the better brand of gasoline–which also is cheaper and gives better mileage. But the service station is five miles down the road, and your present station attendant is an elder in your church (There go the peer pressures!). His youngsters are pals with your boys (There they go again!). And, woe is you, his wife is your darling’s best friend! What do you do?
This is exactly where most of us are in coping with our bodies’ demands–except that we can’t trade for a new one if this one breaks down. It is a risk even to order a new part for your body!
Evidence of Maturity
Just how mature are you? Do you value truth? Are you determined to find it? And then to accept and live by it decisively regardless of its inconvenience or the risk your friends and neighbors might think you are a little strange? There are hundreds of health theory books, but few that are willing to face frankly the destructive lifestyles which pervade Western society today. These we seem to dearly cherish–or else we have become dangerously addicted to them.
We have set out to bring you solid scientific facts based on biblical principles which have been proven in the lives of thousands with the hope that you will recognize in these a way of life to prevent disease and be a blessing to all. There are divine reasons for every sound health habit. These are built into every cell of our bodies and govern every activity of our lives–including exercise, attitude and mental health, breathing, cleanliness, diet, dress, elimination, liquids, rest, recreation, recuperation, regularity, relaxation, sunshine, temperance and balance, and ultimate faith. God operates by principle and in an orderly way. He did not “experiment” when He planned the human body and He gave you and me principles which are absolutely fundamental.
Living by Principle
But again, when you live by principle you always find that there is a price to pay. Some simply are not that interested in future benefits. One dear Christian friend of ours clings to her cigarettes as if she will never have to meet her future. She insists that Christ will somehow “relieve” her of her problem “at an appropriate time.” Another valued colleague with a family history of heart disease, candidly and honestly admits, “I like my lifestyle,” even though in fact this is more of a “deathstyle.” We have neither chided nor quarreled with either of these unique people, yet what they are saying and acting out is, “My mind is made up; don’t confuse me with facts.”
One of our physician friends tells of a technique she sometimes uses and which more physicians might try: One of her patients had a series of distressing symptoms whose causes were well within his ability to cure. Instead of suggesting remedies, she wrote her patient’s name on her prescription pad and began making notes while asking him what he would do if he were the doctor. After gentle urging, he hesitatingly suggested some solutions–e.g., less coffee and red meats, more exercise, more sleep, and no alcohol. These the doctor faithfully recorded on the prescription blank, signed her name, and handed it to him–an excellent self-prescribed program to solve his own problems.