The recommendations of most governments, most secular organizations and many secular medical organizations (because they have taught little or nothing about nutritional based preventative health care) are in essence like someone with cancer going to a doctor and the doctor telling them to do social distancing and avoid 2nd hand smoke from other smokers, but telling them nothing about the person’s need to stop smoking, chewing tobacco and snuff. Similarly, many organizations have based their advice on secular science, isolation, washing hands, etc. but have ignored the scientific fact from many scientific studies that Bible health principles like NEWSTART, biblical spiritual and mental health principles, the principles of love in the Bible and others, are crucial ways to protect people not just from the corona virus but nearly all viruses as well as many other diseases. This would be bad if there were no scientific studies confirming health principles that God gave 1000s of years ago as the best protection, but there are at least 10,000 studies confirming principles of health that God gave as the best way to prevent deadly diseases, mental diseases and viral sicknesses as well, including from Harvard, Stanford and places like this. I don’t know what to call this but criminal negligence at best or intentional murder at worst (for those who knew the scientific confirmation that biblical health principles were best and did not share that knowledge).
What most people are reading and watching about how to deal with the corona virus is kind of like a heavy smoker going to a doctor and the doctor telling him that he is getting lung cancer and needs to use social distancing and stay away from second hand smoke while telling him nothing about the danger of smoking himself or the wise health and diet habits that can help him build a strong immune system and repair the damage done to his body already to protect himself from more serious problems. They are also a demonstration of the big war that is happening in society that the Bible predicted in 2 Peter 3:3-7, 2 Thess. 2:10-11 and other places
Unfortunately many churches are ignorant about Bible health principles and their incredible value. More tragically, many SDA churches and schools have not taken them seriously during this corona pandemic and also are not aware that there are 2 kinds of science. This is a crucial life and death difference to understand:
A) FALLACIOUS SCIENCE: A significant part of secular science is fallacious. This is especially true in the area of origins, but also many other major fields. Basically, they are based on using the a priori fallacy of methodological naturalism to reject evidence for God and refuse to consider the valuable ideas He gives in the Bible as possible solutions to modern problems. This fallacy of the deliberate rejection of considering God’s wisdom was predicted to be a plague in the last days in 2 Peter 3:3-7. Richard Dawkins, during an interview about his book, The God Delusion, made the real issue clear:
“[T]he big war is not between evolution and creationism, but between naturalism and supernaturalism.”
Gary Wolf, “The Church of the Non-Believers,” Wired (November 2006): 182-193, p. 186. 2
A couple major scientists give a simple definition of it.
A) ‘Even if all the data point to an intelligent designer, such an hypothesis is excluded from science because it is not naturalistic.’ Kansas State University immunologist Scott Todd, correspondence to Nature 401(6752):423, 30 Sept. 1999.
B) “By definition, science cannot consider supernatural explanations…I think this methodological materialism is well understood by evolutionists.” Eugenie Scott (long time head of the National Center for Science Education)
This new redefinition of science from what it was for 1000s of years, to follow the weight of evidence WHEREVER it leads (similar to the Bible’s principle of “Test everything that is said…always do good to each person and all people.” 1 Thess. 5:21,14) is causing enormous harm to many lives in many topics, including the area of diseases and viruses.
B) Genuine science that follows the evidence WHEREVER it leads (this was the definition of secular science for 1000s of years) and checks the claims of God in the Bible very seriously when problems or crises happen because they recognize that He is the founder of science..
But over time, non-SDA scientists do eventually catch up to God’s principles and confirm them. But SDAs lose a tremendous advantage and the chance to literally save lives when we trust non-SDA scientists above God and scientists who follow genuine science without fallacies.
Now, even scientists/doctors at places like Harvard, Stanford, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of California and others are stating that the best thing we can do to make strong immune systems is to follow good health habits. And they specifically mention most of the habits that are in our NEWSTART acronym. But most of our churches and schools are too hesitant to take a stand on God’s side. 10s of thousands of people are dying all over the world because of governments, fallacious secular science and church leaders who have not learned the difference between genuine science that takes God’s instructions seriously and secular science that predetermines its conclusions, excluding God.
It is really important for all our church members to understand much better how Bible health principles are extremely valuable to prevent us from getting all disease, sickness, etc. or to prevent them from being lethal as both God and Ellen White stated. Massive amounts of science are confirming that the health principles God gave us are the single best ways as Harvard recently put it, to keep our immune systems strong. This is esp. important to know when vaccines/medicines take ~1-5 years to develop, because the Bible predicts there will be more pestilences and other disasters in the period before Jesus comes (Matthew 24:3-14 (esp. v. 7) and Luke 21: 7-31 (esp. v. 11)) and because scientists predict that this will happen too.
In the Bible, and at various times in history after Bible times and in SDA history, people who followed God’s principles well had strong body/immune/health systems that were protected from those plagues, or else most were able to recover and avoid death or serious harmful long term consequences fairly quickly usually. This confirms God’s promises like these.
–“He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies.” Psalm 103:3, 4
–“Honoring the LORD lengthens one’s life, but the years of the wicked are cut short.” Proverbs 10:27
–“If you obey all his decrees and commands, you will enjoy a long life…You will be blessed above all the nations of the earth. None of your men or women will be childless, and all your livestock will bear young. And the Lord will protect you from all sickness. He will not let you suffer from the terrible diseases you knew in Egypt, but he will inflict them on all your enemies!…” …the Lord our God commanded us to obey all these decrees and to fear him so he can continue to bless us and preserve our lives, as he has done to this day.” Deut. 6:2, 14-5, 24 (see also Exodus 15:26, Deut. 7: 12a &15, 1 Kings 3:14, Psalm 91:2-10,15,16 , Proverbs 3:5-18, 4:18,19-23; 11:19, 12:28, 19:16; Isaiah 38:16)
The best experts on viruses and contagious diseases in the world have said that building a healthy immune system is by far the best defense against the corona COVID-19 virus and all other viruses. How do you do that? Several thousand studies done or cited by Adventist doctors, non-Adventist plant based nutrition scientists with the best track record (not connected to the chemical medical industry/cartel), doctors from Harvard, Stanford, the University of California and many other places are showing that the best way to do make strong immune systems is by following the same Bible health and lifestyle principles that SDAs have been promoting for over 100 years, especially NEWSTART or a newer one with the acronym SANCTUARY. Harvard says that these principles are “the single best step you can take” to avoid viruses, including the corona virus (It is criminal negligence that govts and most media are saying nothing about this, as well as some severely misguided SDAs). This knowledge could save tens or even hundreds of thousands of lives if it was spread through the media…or even on facebook.
This confirms the statements of God through Ellen White that:
The things of nature are God’s blessings, provided to give health to body, mind, and soul. They are given to the well to keep them well and to the sick to make them well. Connected with water treatment, they are more effective in restoring health than all the drug medication in the world. 7T 76.2
You don’t have to believe me. Read and listen for yourself.
How to boost your immune system
A couple highlights are:
“…Your immune system does a remarkable job of defending you against disease-causing microorganisms….There is still much that researchers don’t know about the intricacies and interconnectedness of the immune response…[But]
Your first line of defense is to choose a healthy lifestyle. Following general good-health guidelines is the single best step you can take toward naturally keeping your immune system strong and healthy. Every part of your body, including your immune system, functions better when protected from environmental assaults and bolstered by healthy-living strategies such as these:
–Eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables.
–Maintain a healthy weight.
–If you drink alcohol, drink only in moderation.
–Get adequate sleep.
–Take steps to avoid infection, such as washing your hands frequently and cooking meats thoroughly.
–Try to minimize stress.
…Like any fighting force, the immune system army marches on its stomach. Healthy immune system warriors need good, regular nourishment. Scientists have long recognized that people who live in poverty and are malnourished are more vulnerable to infectious diseases…
Walk into a store, and you will find bottles of pills and herbal preparations that claim to “support immunity” or otherwise boost the health of your immune system. Although some preparations have been found to alter some components of immune function, thus far there is no evidence that they actually bolster immunity to the point where you are better protected against infection and disease…
Modern medicine has come to appreciate the closely linked relationship of mind and body. A wide variety of maladies, including stomach upset, hives, and even heart disease, are linked to the effects of emotional stress. Despite the challenges, scientists are actively studying the relationship between stress and immune function….
Regular exercise is one of the pillars of healthy living. It improves cardiovascular health, lowers blood pressure, helps control body weight, and protects against a variety of diseases…Just like a healthy diet, exercise can contribute to general good health and therefore to a healthy immune system. It may contribute even more directly by promoting good circulation, which allows the cells and substances of the immune system to move through the body freely and do their job efficiently.”
The University of Pennsylvania gives similar advice.
“Ways to Boost Your Immune System
A few lifestyle changes and new habits can naturally keep your immune system strong and healthy:
Eat a balanced diet
Get enough sleep
Wash your hands
Keep up with your vaccines
Maintain a healthy weight
Try to minimize stress”
Stanford dietitians talk about how we can strengthen the immune system through diet (it relates to cancer, but much applies to all diseases and protecting the body against viruses too).
Nutritional Considerations to Help Support the Immune System: During and Beyond Cancer Treatment
Another factor is that eating unclean animals whether it be in China or factory farms in America or other countries is a cause of over 75% of modern diseases because they have billions of viruses ( several top scientists from several countries also say the virus did not originate from China and possibly from America, but was brought to Wuhan and expanded from there…Harvard said the number of infections in America could be 50x what is being reported.)
Around minute 45+, Dr. McDougall says
45 factory farms and wet markets have billions of viruses. Perfect conditions for mutations. Eating unclean food is a major factor in diseases and novel viruses and has been for a long time.
Dr. McDougall’s self help to prevent COVID-19 (this is a very good one with many scientific references showing that principles of health that God has given to SDAs are crucial for protecting people against not just diseases, but also viruses too).
And there are many others like this.
A few of the best talks/sites by Adventists who were sharing these simple life saving principles because of trust God’s wisdom ~150 years before Harvard realized how important they were) and which confirm that NEWSTART is the most powerful way to build a strong immune system against all threats and also list some scientific references supporting this are:
A) “Preventing and Treating Coronavirus and Other Respiratory Infections Naturally” by Dr. Wes Youngberg (Adventist doctor with a doctorate in clinical preventive care from Loma Linda University)
B) Some good articles with good overviews of Bible health principles are these:
WILDWOOD recommendations (with scientific references)
This summary of Bible and NEWSTART principles is more relevant than ever. A good short summary of NEWSTART ( an acronym for: Good Nutrition (esp. a vegetarian diet), Exercise, Water, Sunshine, Temperance, Air, Rest and Trust in God) is here:
Another very good overview of some Bible health principles with a few verses and references to scientific studies that confirm them is this free one:
“Amazing Health Magazine” Download (with many tips for good health and preventing viruses and diseases): https://bit.ly/2Q7GwdB
C) Several talks with more Adventist doctors are here.
Defeating the Coronavirus with Immunity & Hydrotherapy by Dr. Eddie Ramirez
(Adventist doctor with a short presentation. His website has many Spanish language lectures.)
It Is Written has several updates here:
One good one at the above link is Dr. David DeRose who offers some practical steps you can take to protect your physical and spiritual well-being from the coronavirus (COVID-19). He has created another good mnemonic of God’s principles of health and lifestyle that adds a couple more details to the good NEWSTART one and is also very good at keeping immune systems strong.
Stress reduction: Stress is a huge factor in causing many diseases and lowering immunity defenses. Many studies show that being able to trust in God and give our stress to Him is highly beneficial to improving immunity.
Activity: Exercise is a brilliant way to improve immune defenses, but don’t overdo it.
Nutrition: Eat mostly/all plant based foods for the best immunity since they have 1000s of micronutrients in them. Research by Dr. Steve Provonsha has shown that body treats meat as invader, increases stress response and this makes the body more vulnerable to disease.
Comprehensive environment: The environment around you, how fresh the air is, how free the water is of toxic chemicals, the emotional environment and others play a significant role in having the best body function and immunity..
Thankful: A positive attitude is quite valuable for the best health, brain efficiency and immunity since the mind and body have a major connection.
Useful work: People who have a purpose in life have much better health than those that don’t. And this helps protect them against various dangers.
Abstemiousness: Stay away from smoking, alcohol, drugs and other things that do severe damage to your body’s health and immune function.
Rest: Good sleep is enormously helpful to having ideal health and the best levels of immunity.
Yearning/hope: Having a hope for the future does wonders for your health, success and improves immunity too.
Since there are so many scientific studies showing that Bible health principles are by far the best, most effective and simplest way to keep immune systems strong, I don’t see how it is not criminal negligence for governments and most leading doctors/scientists to not tell people about these principles. But this happens largely because
A) There is a big war between God’s way and man’s way, supernatural wisdom, verses corporate secular “wisdom” that is often based on greed. This was predicted in the Bible in many places like 2 Peter 3:3-7 as explained briefly above.
B) As Dr. McDougall, a leading authority on nutrition says, most doctors and scientists are taught little or nothing about nutrition and our extremely sophisticated immune system and how to make it strong and resistant to all threats.
When diseases and viruses put people’s lives in danger, God’s health and lifestyle principles, especially those of NEWSTART, but also quite a few others in the Bible and ones that doctors discover with the tool of science that God gave us are the best way to protect against or beat all diseases and viruses…as well as the much more dangerous sin virus. So let’s trust God in this area and not wait for secular “science” that ignores God to catch up. We SDAs have been given the most valuable truths on planet earth and this topic is just one more example of MANY areas where this is true.