I just finished a 17-day health program at Uchee Pines Health Institute, a 50-year old Seven Day Adventist (SDA) health program. The conclusions were astounding: A little health institute in the middle of a corn field in Northern Alabama is right and the world is wrong.
SDA members have believed in a vegetarian, plant-based diet since the 1860s, where this diet was proclaimed by Ellen White, a SDA prophet. White also advocated no: smoking, alcohol, or caffeine – a hundred years before the rest of the society. She discouraged processed foods, and advocated the maximum amount of whole plant foods (that is, the closest the food is to its natural state).
In the first 3 days of the program nearly everyone went on a 3-day fast, water only. Then the “guests” ate a healthy life-style for the rest of their stay, with many meals specially cooked to help heal their individual disorders. In addition, there were natural treatments, such as hydro-therapy (hot water baths, hot and cold showers, etc.), education, and prayer.
One of the slogans of Uchee Pines is 100% of health is 100% circulation. Some of the “lifestyle counselors” estimate that 90% of the guests, who continue with the plant-based diet after they leave, reduce their sugar levels, their cholesterol levels, and their blood pressure levels to normal numbers – all without medication.
We watched two shocking video documentaries: Forks Over Knives and Up Your Health. These videos contain the following conclusions:
Our food industry and our thoughtless nutritional habits are poisoning us and destroying the environment.
My thoughts are we can’t totally blame the food industry. One nutritionist say that we know with certainty what causes disease and we know with certainty what cures disease. But the cause tastes better than the cure. Often we choose to eat junk.
Check out The China Study in Wikipedia. It’s a three-page summary of a book that describes the best population study that has ever been done of the effects of various diets. The conclusion was that there is a 99.9% certainty that an animal diet correlates with all the major western diseases: heart disease, strokes, cancer, and diabetes. Also, a plant based diet can often reverse all these disorders.
The meat, sugar, and milk industries try to confuse the population with their advertising. This is an antithesis to the findings of leading nutritionists. This gives the average person enough doubt to eat the junk that they advertise. The drug industry does the same.
The nation’s nutritional guidelines (the standard America diet, or SAD) is controlled by the Department of Health, the Department of Health is controlled by Congress, and the big lobbyists (e.g., meat, sugar, milk, and drug industries) significantly influence Congress.
So perhaps we could allow our reason to guide our eating habits and not our stomachs. Perhaps we could accept our hunger and cravings and not act on them. Perhaps we could eat a plant-based diet.