God's Instruction on Diet

What does the word of God teach?

“And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.”
– Genesis 1:29.

“Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; in the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.”
– Genesis 3:18-19.

“Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things. But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat.”
– Genesis 9:3-4.

How to Live Long and Live Well

By D. H. Kress, M. D.,
published in The Australasian Good Health, November 1, 1905

The human body may fitly be compared to an engine. Engines are constructed for work, but they are valueless without steam and energy. In order to produce steam there must be fuel, but the best fuel is of little value without plenty of pure air.
       Air is needed to liberate or set free the energy that is stored up in the coal or wood or oil.
       The engine derives its energy from fuel. Man derives his energy from food. What fuel is to the engine, food is to the body. Without plenty of pure air the best food is of little value to the body. Pure air is needed in the body to liberate the energy stored up in the food, just as it is needed in the furnace to set free the energy stored up in the wood or coal. More die of air starvation in civilised lands than of food starvation. The lack of energy often experienced and supposed to be due to an insufficient quantity of food, is, more frequently, due to the insufficient supply of pure air.
       In order to secure the desired amount of energy for the engine from the fuel, we build high chimneys to create draught to the furnace, so as to admit the needed supply of air.
       In the human body, exercise creates the draught, or carries to the tissue the needed air; it supplies the place and answers the purpose of the chimney. The higher the chimney, the greater the draught and supply of air, and the greater the amount of energy liberated. Exercise regulates the supply of air necessary to keep up the vital fires and to produce the needed energy. The more physical exercise is taken, the more energy is experienced. Exercise may be said to he nature’s method of lengthening the chimney. 
       Upon food, air, and exercise, therefore, life and energy largely depend. It remains with each one to say how much energy he shall possess. The engineer has such a thorough knowledge of his engine, and the relation that air and fuel sustain to it, that he can regulate the amount of energy required at will. If much work needs to be done, he merely adds more fuel and opens the draughts a little wider. Each intelligent human being should possess the same knowledge of the human body and understand the relation that food, air, and exercise sustain to it. Man should be able to regulate the vital fires and the supply of energy just as intelligently as the engineer. In order to do this, he must possess a knowledge of the human body, the fuel value of various foods, and the foods most appropriate for body fuel. When little physical work is done, nature shuts off the draughts, admitting but little air; oxidation is lessened, and the quantity of food should therefore be correspondingly diminished. When considerable physical labor is performed, there is an increase in the amount of air carried to the tissue and a corresponding increase of liberated energy, and more food is needed. The wise man said, “The sleep of the laboring man is sweet, whether he eat little or much, but the (food) abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep.” Sedentary habits and abundance of food clog the living fire by the accumulation of inoxidised products, and produce sleeplessness. The laboring man never suffers with sleeplessness. Insomnia is confined to those who work little and eat abundantly. 
       There are certain engines and boilers with large furnaces that are built expressly for wood, others have smaller fireplaces and are built for coal, still others for oil. It is possible in an emergency to burn coal in the furnace built for wood, or wood in the furnace built for coal, but it is not wise to continue to do so. The same difference exists in the animal creation. There are creatures so constructed that they can utilise as body fuel coarse substances, as grass, raw cabbage, leaves, and herbs, and in the absence of these, in time of drought, they are able even to derive a certain amount of energy from the bark of trees and the tender twigs which are only suitable as fuel for furnaces.
       Man could not possibly subsist upon bark or twigs. He is capable, however, in the absence of better foods, of utilising and deriving a certain amount of energy from many of the coarser foods, as herbs.
The reason why man cannot derive the maximum amount of energy from coarse, woody food will be readily understood by a comparative study of his alimentary canal and that of the lower creatures. The cow, for instance, possesses four stomachs and a tortuous, sacculated alimentary canal about thirty to thirty-three times the length of the body. The food she subsists upon needs to be for a prolonged period in order for her to get out of it the nutriment it contains. Man possesses one stomach, a large colon, and an alimentary canal only ten to twelve times the length of his body. The alimentary canal of the flesh devouring animal is still shorter, being only about three times the length of the body. The food the carnivore subsist upon is of such a nature that it must not be retained long within the body. Prolonged retention would result in decay and the formation of deadly poisons, or auto-intoxication, therefore the alimentary canal must be short and smooth. The alimentary canal of man is too short to derive the maximum amount of energy out of the herbs and coarse vegetables, and too long to make it safe for him to attempt to subsist upon flesh foods, for auto-intoxication (self-poisoning) with its train of disagreeable and painful symptoms would surely result. That most of the diseases in civilised lands are due to poisons formed by the decay of foods in the alimentary canal is now generally recognised by all leading medical authorities. The remedy exists, not in shortening man’s alimentary canal by the removal of the colon, as was suggested recently by a leading scientist, but by a return to the foods adapted and designed for man’s use.
The Creator certainly knew when He formed man and the lower creatures what foods were best for each, accordingly He gave to each their food. Man He placed in a garden and surrounded him with trees pleasant to the sight and good for food. To him He said, “Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed and every tree in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed, to you it shall be for meat.” “Of every tree thou mayest freely eat.” We see from this that the fruits and nuts of the trees, and the grains or seeds of the herbs, constituted the original diet of man. There can be no question that these foods are perfectly adapted for man, all leading scientists are agreed upon this.
Of the lower creatures it is said, “And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth wherein there is life, have I given every green herb for meat, and it was so.”
“It was so.” That is, at the beginning or until the fall, man continued to subsist upon the food created for him, and the lower creatures upon the foods created for them.
After the fall, man was driven out of the garden wherein were the trees good for food. The Creator saw that he would be placed where the original food could not always be obtained, and that he would be forced to obtain food under difficulties previously unknown ; that he would have to till the soil and obtain his food by the sweat of his brow ; and that the herbs of the field would at times be the best, and only nutriment he could obtain, He therefore said, “Thou shalt eat the herb of the field.” But the coarse vegetables and herbs are not, and never can be the most suitable foods for man, for man’s physical structure remained the same after the fall as before.
After the flood when all vegetation, including both fruits and herbs, was destroyed, the command was given, “Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you.” To refuse to subsist upon flesh under these conditions would have been suicidal, it would have been sin, for “life is more than meat.”
We see that all the commands given in the past regarding food apply to conditions and apply with equal force to the present, when similar conditions exist. In the absence or scarcity of fruits, grains, and nuts, the command to man still is, “Thou shalt eat the herb of the field,” and in the absence or scarcity of the herbs as well as fruits, the command is, “Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you.”
The commands to eat herbs and flesh, are, however, provisional. These foods must always be regarded as inferior. The vegetables and herbs are inferior to fruits, nuts, and grains ; and flesh is inferior to vegetables and herbs. These foods should only be used by man in the absence or scarcity of the original or best foods, for the ideal diet is that which is freest from wastes and impurities, and imposes the least burden on the organs of digestion in supplying the body with the material needed to meet its wants. The coarse foods are not the foods out of which man can derive the greatest amount of good with the’least effort on the part of the organs of digestion. They supply the minimum an-mune- of nutriment with the maximum effort on the part of these organs, and must therefore wear out these important organs prematurely, which is really the case. Leading medical authorities and physiologists universally agree that flesh is a much less suitable food for man than even vegetables and herbs, that it fills the system with insolubles, urates, and other impurities, which produce a drowsy, sluggish, and ferocious spirit, and brings on such diseases as gout, rheumatism, pneumonia, etc. The liver is also worn out prematurely by the extra burden thrown upon it in converting the urates into soluble urea. Diseases of the kidneys are frequently brought about through the irritation produced by the process of eliminating these irritants. By the necessary prolonged retention, putrefaction invariably results, producing local diseases, as peritonitis, appendicitis, diarrhea, etc., and acute or chronic systemic poisoning takes place. Meat-eating is responsible for many a sudden death that is attributed to heart failure, apoplexy, or other secondary causes. It is also responsible for premature old age or hardening of the arteries, which always results from a slow, continuous process of self-poisoning.
The vegetable kingdom alone possesses the power of combining, and giving life to the lifeless elements found in the air and soil. It alone stores up energy. The animal, like an engine, tears it asunder or consumes this energy. The animal is not an energy producing, but an energy consuming mechanism. The vegetable kingdom produces fuel for consumption by the animal kingdom. For one animal to feed upon another is similar to one furnace and engine being fed with others. Or it may be compared to feeding a furnace with kerosene lamps that have been in use, and still contain a certain amount of oil or fuel. A bright fire may be kept up for a time. But with this oil or fuel, there is combined the glass which will in time accumulate and choke the furnace, and extinguish the flame. This illustrates what actually takes place by attempting to fuel the living furnace on flesh. It must be admitted that by the one who feeds on flesh a certain amount of the fuel which the animal derived from the vegetable kingdom while living, is obtained. But with this are combined the uric acid, cinders, and clinkers, which in time will clog or wear out the living furnace, and extinguish the vital fires. In order to live long and live well, it becomes necessary to eat the best foods and appropriate the needed supply of pure air by proper exercise. 


Should they be considered as food?

Mushrooms belong to the family of fungi. Because they are not green-pigmented, chlorophyll herbs, have no leaves, roots or seeds and do not need light to grow, they are not vegetables.

“It is on diseased, lifeless organisms that fungus roots.” Education, p. 189.

     Fungus was created to cleanse and purify the atmosphere – to prevent decaying matter from creating a miasma and destroying the health-promoting fresh air so vital for our well-being. Fungi should be viewed as filters of the atmosphere and, therefore, certainly not regarded as food. Eaten by us, they pollute our bodies with the toxins they have absorbed. One need only consider how many types of mushrooms are out-right poisonous to man, in order to come closer to an understanding on this subject.

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