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  1. 1. 1. Health–A Prime Interest .................. 2Copyright © 2003 by 2. Our Bodies Not Our Own .............. 9Lu Ann Crews 3. Body Maker’s Manual .................... 12All rights reserved.Printed in the USA. 4. Pork Unclean ................................ 15 5. Seafood Not Fit to Eat ................... 20Published byAmazing Facts, Inc. 6. Alcohol–A Curse ........................... 22P. O. Box 1058Roseville, CA 95678-8058 7. Nicotine–Most Deadly Poison ........ 25 8. Coffee Drunkards ......................... 27Cover Design by Haley TrimmerLayout Design by Greg Solie 9. The Big Question .......................... 30
  2. 2. 2 Death in the Kitchen Death in the Kitchen 3 C HA PT E R 1 the question of premature disability and death. Health–A Prime Interest Millions would still be alive today had they but heeded the warning of God in Exodus 15:26: ome years ago a survey was taken in aS “If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of certain American city, and every the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is inhabitant responded to 156 questions right in his sight, and wilt give ear to hisincluded in the survey. It was discovered that commandments, and keep all his statutes, I willthe prime interest of adults was that of put none of these diseases upon thee, which Ihealth—not politics, history, or even the have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am theweather—but health, their health and the Lord that healeth thee.”health of their families.What a paradoxical age These words make it abundantly clear thatis this one in which we live! A time when we anyone can actually postpone his own funeral.have more doctors, hospitals, medicines; more By obeying the laws of God concerningmedical knowledge of the care, treatment, and health and diet, disease may be mitigated orcure of disease; more pills, capsules, vitamins, avoided altogether. It is apparent from thisetc.; yet seldom has there been a time when verse in the Bible that it is not the will of Godmore sickness and general ill health has for great, epidemic scourges to sweep millionsplagued the human family. into their graves. He wants us to prosper and Millions are suffering the side effects of be in health— body, mind and soul.wrong living habits and harmful eating and Why then do we see so much sufferingdrinking.We live in a world shattered by pain. and disease in the world today? The answer isThe cries of the sick and diseased are the that the majority are violating the laws of theirtrademarks of modem society. In spite of being. Just as surely as the laws of natureincredible programs in medical research, the operate, so there are laws of our body that areproblems of health and longevity are still the also predictable and certain. “Whatsoever amost serious our society faces. man soweth, that shall he also reap” (Galatians The Bible gives a simple, concise answer to 6:7). If a person falls from the roof, the law of
  3. 3. 4 Death in the Kitchen Death in the Kitchen 5gravity immediately takes over. Regardless of pancreas, small intestine and colon.age, sex, or financial status, that falling body The reason for this cancer concentrationwill hurtle downward to be injured or killed. must be obvious to all of us. Except for theIn the same way, if we violate the laws of our lungs, which are bombarded with hot tobaccobody, we may expect the inevitable tars, the stomach is the most abused organ ofconsequences of sickness or death. the body. Dr. James Ewing, one of the Effect is always preceded by a cause. To founders of the American Cancer Society,those who have seriously studied the counsels made this statement in a tract entitled Theof God and the current world health trends, Prevention of Cancer: “The perpetual abusethere is no deep mystery. Experts are puzzled of a normal stomach frequently gives rise tothat cancer has continued its spiraling increase. cancer, and an abnormally weak stomach mayWhile many diseases have been greatly suffer the same fate from less abuse. In bothreduced, and some eliminated altogether, instances abuse and overfunction must becancer has mushroomed. Even with regarded as the exciting cause.The stomach isunprecedented funding and research there not lined with copper but by a single row ofhave been few significant breakthroughs in rather delicate epithelial cells. The sole safecurbing the growth of this deadly malignancy. conclusion to be drawn from these data is that We can easily understand the steady all forms of abuse of the stomach must beincrease of lung cancer in the light of avoided if the high mortality from this veryAmerica’s smoking practices. This trend will common disease is to be reduced.”doubtless continue until more people muster It is simply hair-raising and blood-the simple, moral courage to say “No” to curdling to see what goes into the stomachs ofimbibing a deadly poison. But few people American men, women and children. Theunderstand that fully one-third of all cancers great test seems to be whether it tastes good,of the human body occur within the stomach. or else whether it gives a pleasant aftereffect.And one-half of all cancers are found in the No wonder 50 percent of the population isorgans of digestion, including the liver, suffering from obesity and that more than
  4. 4. 6 Death in the Kitchen Death in the Kitchen 7three million dollars are spent each year on flavored, salted, creamed, dried, roasted, fried,diet formulas and exercise gadgets. greased, peppered, vinegar-laden, smoked, The amazing fact is that the average toasted, crushed, rolled, mealed, oiled,American consumes 1,488 pounds of food fermented, beaten, sweetened, spiced, soured,every year. This is undoubtedly a large factor peeled, shredded, steamed, braised, colored andin the one and a half million patients who fill otherwise seasoned in order to offer an appealAmerican hospitals every day of the year. Have to the civilized man.”Then, he adds,“Civilizedyou ever noticed that three-fifths of the word man is not satisfied with the food the MakerDEATH is EAT? has supplied him and must do something with Paul Bragg, in his famous cookbook, it before he feels it is fit for him to eat.”stated: “The average person is poisoning Small wonder, then, that 25 tons of aspirinhimself day by day with the food he eats. Most are swallowed every day in the United States.people eat with their eyes. If the food looks According to the National Observer, this is 2good, they do not question whether it is 1/4 tablets for every man, woman and child inhealthful or death-dealing. Few people know the nation; and that is every day of the week.the right kind of food to put into their bodies If you didn’t get your 2 1/4 tablets today,to keep them well and strong or take the time somebody else got a double supply, you can beto select this food if they do know. From birth sure of that!to old age the average individual never One of the strangest paradoxes ofexperiences the taste of real natural food. Our American life is found in this area of health.tiny sensitive taste buds have been for Though people fear sickness above everygenerations so polluted by unnatural, other enemy, yet they do almost nothingartificially seasoned and stimulating foods that about taking care of their health until after themost of us are unable to appreciate the fine, disease has already struck. In a year’s time, outdelicate flavor of the natural foods. Foods must of every medical dollar spent by the Americanbe fixed, hashed, mashed, smashed, boiled, people, 95 cents was spent to get well and fivebroiled, stewed, baked, pickled, preserved, cents were spent on preventive medicine.
  5. 5. 8 Death in the Kitchen Death in the Kitchen 9Now this doesn’t make much sense. But in this C HA PT E R 2field most people don’t seem to excel in Our Bodies Not Our ownreason or good sense anyway. ight at this point someone may be R It reminds me of a group of tourists inSpain who had gone there to visit one of the wondering what all this has to dohistoric sites. Up on the side of a cliff, there with religion. Why would God bewas an ancient monastery that they wanted to concerned about my eating habits? Isn’t it avisit. The only way to get up there was in a man’s personal business as to how he cares forbasket pulled up over a pulley by some of the his body? These are relevant questions andmonks. After they had toured the monastery, cannot be ignored.they were being lowered back down the side Fortunately, the Creator of our bodies didof the cliff. As they were getting into the not leave us without answers to thesebasket to be lowered back down, they noticed questions.“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink,that the rope was rather frayed. So they asked or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory ofthe monk in charge, “How often do you God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). Isn’t thatchange the rope?” And the monk said, “Well, amazing? God is concerned about such smallwe change it every time it breaks, of course.” matters as what and how and when we feedThat wasn’t much comfort to those who were our body system. The Bible reveals that Godbeing lowered down in the basket. did not fabricate the delicate human machine More and more, the medical researchers are and then leave it to operate alone. He hasfinding out that our diet has very much to do never released His ownership of the creativewith our state of health. The body machine is process or of the product itself.actually made up of the fuel we feed into it.The The apostle Paul wrote: “What? know yequality of nerve, bone, blood and cell is not that your body is the temple of the Holydependent upon good nutrition and proper diet. Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God,The old adage is almost literally true: Millions and ye are not your own? For ye are boughtare digging their graves with their teeth. with a price: therefore glorify God in your
  6. 6. 10 Death in the Kitchen Death in the Kitchen 11body, and in your spirit, which are God’s” (1 needs of his own children? The average manCorinthians 6:19, 20).These words reveal that knows more about the needs of histhe proper care of our body is not only a automobile than he does about the physicalspiritual obligation but a moral requirement. needs of his own family! Why is there such anEven though we have control of our bodies, incredible amount of ignorance concerningthey do not really belong to us. We are only the way to take care of this sacred bodystewards of someone else’s property. temple? The Bible assures us that the human No man has a right to say, “I’ll do as I body is to be cared for, preserved andplease with my own body, and it is my maintained according to the rules laid downbusiness alone.” We can rob God by violating in the Bible. The trouble is that mostthe divine purpose of the body temple be the Americans simply follow their appetite indwelling place of the Holy Spirit. matters of eating and drinking. Paul refers to both the church and the What are the guidelines laid down in theindividual member when he says: “Know ye Bible about caring for and feeding the body?not that ye are the temple of God, and that the God asks the question, “Wherefore do yeSpirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man spend money for that which is not bread? anddefile the temple of God, him shall God your labor for that which satisfieth not? ... eatdestroy; for the temple of God is holy, which ye that which is good” (Isaiah 55:2). And howtemple ye are” (1 Corinthians 3:16, 17). This can we tell what is good? Surely not by theforever settles that a person can be lost for taste or the advertising or by colorful labels.defiling the property of God. Most Americans, following the law of But how much does the average appetite, hastily fill their grocery baskets withindividual know about his own body and how the products that have been most loudlyto take care of it? Doesn’t it seem strange to touted by the TV hawkers.With no regard toyou that the average parent knows more about content, they collect everything that appealsthe physical needs of the chickens in the pen, to the taste and sight. As little baby birds openor a dog in the house, than he does about the their mouths to whatever mama will put in, so
  7. 7. 12 Death in the Kitchen Death in the Kitchen 13the gullible consumers blindly accept the God for the perfect bodies He created in thechoices of the media marketers. beginning. Today, under the increasing curse of sin, those bodies have degenerated in both C HA PT E R 3 size and stamina, but no argument or scientific Body-Maker’s Manual data has been able to challenge the wisdom of God’s original arrangement. here is only one way to know what is But notice how the American peopleT good for this very complex body system, and that is to consult the Onewho made it. Only the manufacturer has the have departed from the simplicity of that original recipe. Today the average eater’s plate is loaded with heavy meat protein,best operating manual for its products. carbohydrates and pastries. In the beginning,Automobile makers always provide such God did not even allow for the use of meat.instructions for keeping their vehicles in top Apparently flesh was permitted in man’s dietrunning condition. for the first time only after the flood waters When God made the body, He also gave had annihilated all vegetable matter—but onlyspecific operating instructions, including fuel certain meats. God gave this instruction toand maintenance. Notice this counsel in Noah:“Of every clean beast thou shalt take toGenesis 1:29,“Behold, I have given you every thee by sevens, the male and his female: and ofherb bearing seed, which is upon the face of the beasts that are not clean by two, the maleall the earth, and every tree, in the which is the and his female” (Genesis 7:2).fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be Don’t miss the significant fact that the lawfor meat.” No one has been able to improve of clean and unclean animals extends all theon it. Nuts, fruits, grains and vegetables are still way back to the beginning of human history.recognized by the best nutritionists as the Many have assumed that only the Jewishfinest possible diet. people were forbidden to eat the unclean No one need be reluctant to espouse the animals. Not so.There were no Jews in Noah’sideal vegetarian diet commanded by a perfect day, yet the distinction is clearly made. Why
  8. 8. 14 Death in the Kitchen Death in the Kitchen 15were extra clean animals taken into the ark? unclean unto you. And the hare, because heBecause all vegetation would be wiped out in cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; hethe flood, and for the first time, God would is unclean unto you.And the swine, though heallow man to eat meat. divide the hoof, and be clovenfooted, yet he But only the clean meat! If Noah and his cheweth not the cud; he is unclean to you. ...family had eaten any of the unclean animals, These shall ye eat of all that are in the waters:that species would have ceased to exist because whatsoever hath fins and scales in the waters,only a male and female had been preserved to in the seas, and in the rivers, them shall ye eat.perpetuate the species. There were seven pairs And all that have not fins and scales in the seas,of the clean animals in the ark. Only they and in the rivers, of all that move in thecould be spared for food without endangering waters, and of any living thing which is in thethe continuity of their kind. waters, they shall be an abomination unto you Since it is evident that even some ... ye shall not eat of their flesh.”Genesis-kind animals were unclean, how dowe determine where the line is drawn C HA PT E R 4between the clean and unclean? God has not Pork Uncleanleft us to wonder about this important issue. In Leviticus 11:3-11 the requirements are ow fortunate we are that the Oneclearly laid out:“Whatsoever parteth the hoof,and is clovenfooted, and cheweth the cud,among the beasts, that shall ye eat. H who made us also prescribed the kind of food that should and should not be eaten. We may not be able to explainNevertheless these shall ye not eat of them why some are unclean and others clean, butthat chew the cud, or of them that divide the we can trust the Creator to know thehoof: as the camel, because he cheweth the difference, and in His great love for us He hascud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean revealed it for our good. All animals that dounto you. And the coney, because he cheweth not have a split hoof and chew the cud are notthe cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is to be eaten.
  9. 9. 16 Death in the Kitchen Death in the Kitchen 17 Is it any surprise to us that Satan has Either death ensues or a successful effort iscreated an appetite for the very foods God made by nature to throw an enclosure, or cyst,forbade? And should it be any surprise that around each of the teeming parasites, whichepidemic.disease has followed the violation of then become dormant, although they remainGod’s dietary principles? The forbidden swine alive for years. Don’t blame your doctor. Allis a perfect example of how presumptuous that the best doctor can do as yet is to conserveappetite has overruled God’s sensible the patient’s strength and try to relieve therestrictions. Unlike some of the other unclean painful, local symptoms as they appear”categories, we can show abundant scientific (Reader’s Digest, March 1950). What theseevidence why pork is totally unfit for food. symptoms are, the layman had much better not Pork contains a microscopic worm called worry about.Trichinosis can simulate to sometrichina, and if it gets into the system, the degree almost any other malady. That pain indisease trichinosis results. Governments warn your arm or leg may be arthritis orthat there is no inspection for the parasite, and rheumatism or it may be trichinosis.That paina Readers’ Digest article stresses that there is no in your back may mean a gall bladdercure for the disease. involvement, but it may mean trichinosis. Under the title “Must Our Pork Remain Dr. Samuel C. Gould, a Washington healthUnsafe?” these statements are made about official, who has made an extensive study oftrichinosis:“A single serving of defective pork, trichinosis, states that the average Americaneven a single mouthful, can kill or cripple or consumer eats at least 200 infested pork mealscondemn the victim to a lifetime of aches and during his lifetime. Just because the meat maypains. For this unique disease, trichinosis, there be stamped “U.S. Government Inspected andis no cure. With no drugs to stop them the Passed” does not mean it has been tested forworms may spread through the entire trichina infestation. Every bit of the porkmuscular tissues of the human system. would have to go under a microscope to make “One of two things then happens, that determination.depending on the intensity of the infection. The Public Health Service advises
  10. 10. 18 Death in the Kitchen Death in the Kitchen 19consumers to cook the pork thoroughly in Environmentalists keep us posted hour byorder to kill the trichina worms. Someone has hour on the massive accumulation of deadlyobserved that eating dead worms is not very pesticides, insecticides, and other contaminantshighly appealing to the palate either.The act is in every order of nature.that God calls it unclean and an abomination. And if reason doesn’t convince us that theWhy is it so hard for Christians to accept the unclean animals are still unclean, we have thejudgment of God over the perverted craving revelation of God’s Word on the matter. Isaiahof appetite? writes: “For, behold, the Lord will come with Some have asked why God created the pig fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, toif it should not be eaten.The answer to that is render his anger with fury, and his rebuke withself-evident. The pigs, along with buzzards, flames of fire. For by fire and by his sword willsnakes and hyenas, are great scavengers of the the Lord plead with all flesh: and the slain ofearth’s filth and refuse. All creatures serve a the Lord shall be many. They that sanctifypurpose, but all are not suitable for themselves, and purify themselves in theassimilation into the human system as food. gardens behind one tree in the midst, eatingWe might not be able to figure that out in our swine’s flesh, and the abomination, and theown wisdom, but the counsels of God have mouse, shall be consumed together, saith therevealed it beyond all doubt or question. Lord” (Isaiah 66:15-17). Arguments have been advanced that there This text is talking about the secondis better sanitation since God made those Old coming of Jesus and proves that the nature ofTestament laws, and the pig is now quite fit to those animals will not experience any changebe eaten. One is hard put to believe that land that will make them fit to eat—not evenor sea animals have become less polluted by down to the very last day of this earth whenthe passing of time. Today there are chemical Jesus comes. The swine is placed in the samepoisons infecting land, sea, and atmosphere to category as the abomination and mouse, andsuch an alarming degree that constant God plainly declares that the eaters thereofgovernment directives are being issued. “shall be consumed together.” None can say
  11. 11. 20 Death in the Kitchen Death in the Kitchen 21that the warning has not been given in habitat, we must in good conscience adviselanguage that everyone can understand. you to avoid shellfish, no matter how they tempt you, and even though those around you C HA PT E R 5 seem to be swallowing them with delight.The Seafood Not Fit to Eat day of reckoning cometh. “Why are shellfish so dangerous? Because t should be noted that only the marine they are many times more polluted than theI animals that have fins and scales are counted as “clean” in Leviticus 11. All others are anabomination to God. This eliminates oysters, filthy waters they inhabit. “Unfortunately they choose to live and love and multiply in estuaries along coastalshrimp, crabs, clams, eels, catfish, lobsters and regions.These estuaries are particularly subjectcrayfish. Again, the scavengers have been to discharge of sewage, sewage effluent, andforbidden as articles of diet. other water-borne pollution from municipal Are there sound, scientific reasons for discharges, from suburban home drainage andaccepting God’s appraisal of these shellfish and agricultural runoff.other seafood? It is quite common knowledge “The polluted aspect of their habitat isthat these creatures feed largely on the raw one danger.The fact that they are filter feederssewage and pollutants in the water. compounds the danger. Prevention magazine of September 1972, “Oysters, for instance, because of theircarried an interesting article entitled “Shellfish way of obtaining and absorbing food, haveAre Dirty and Dangerous.” The author been found to concentrate polio virus up toappeared reluctant to take a stand, but he was 20 to 60 times the level of the surroundingcommitted to telling the truth on this seawater.sensitive subject. He wrote: “They’re “No other animal food offered on thesucculent; they’re delicious; they’re even menu of your favorite eating place would benutritious. But, because of the nature of the served to you along with its feces. Yet this ismollusk and the sewage-like pollution of its the case with seafood. It is served whole;
  12. 12. 22 Death in the Kitchen Death in the Kitchen 23complete with its intestinal tract.” in fact, been the most malignant social disease Can you imagine anyone finding such known to civilization. No wonder the Biblefare to be a culinary delicacy? Over and over declares that no drunkard will be in heaven.again outbreaks of hepatitis have been traced In these days of compromise, most of theto the eating of seafood. After feeding on raw great religious bodies have changed theirsewage, the creature is harvested and sold.The attitude toward social drinking. From totaldisease is simply cycled from man to mollusk abstinence they now take a stance ofand then back to man. moderation. In essence this is exactly the same Again we must confess the loving concern position the brewers take—no drunkenness.of an all-knowing God for the health and But is that a safe posture to take towardhappiness of His creation. And those who alcoholic beverages? Statistics reveal that onedeliberately flaunt the divine laws will finally out of every ten that start drinking becomesuffer the tragic consequence that either alcoholics or problem drinkers.disobedience always produces. The claim is made by many Christians that the Bible endorses moderate drinking of C HA PT E R 6 alcohol. This is based largely on the use of the Alcohol–A Curse term “wine” in the Scriptures. But the recommended wine of the Bible is not ow let us consider how to glorify alcoholic. The word wine is used for eitherN God in what we drink or inhale into the body. The Bible says, “Whethertherefore ye eat, or drink, . . . do all to the fermented or unfermented drink. God declared, “As the new wine is found in the cluster, and one saith, Destroy it not; for aglory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). Among blessing is in it: so will I do for my servants’all the popular poisons which are imbibed by sakes, that I may not destroy them” (Isaiah 65:8).modern man, one that is particularly This wine in the cluster has to be the freshpernicious and destructive is alcohol. juice of the vine. This is the only kind GodGlorified as a symbol of gracious living, it has, ever declared to have a blessing in it. There is
  13. 13. 24 Death in the Kitchen Death in the Kitchen 25no blessing in the intoxicating, befuddling C HA PT E R 7bottle of fermented poison. Inspiration Nicotine–Most Deadly Poisondeclares, “Wine is a mocker, strong drink israging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is ooks could be written about thenot wise” (Proverbs 20:1). “Look not thouupon the wine when it is red, when it givethhis color in the cup, when it moveth itselfaright. At the last it biteth like a serpent, and B massive research into the noxious effect of nicotine on the body. Since the Surgeon General’s first release on the subject, every new study has documentedstingeth like an adder” (Proverbs 23:31, 32). more supporting information. Nicotine is Did Jesus go contrary to the Old possibly the most deadly poison known toTestament and turn the water into alcoholic man. Millions have died as a result of itswine? It is unthinkable that He should do so. malignant influence. By constricting theHe obeyed the Word of God. The wine He arteries of the body, nicotine forces the heartcreated was the unfermented kind. We now to overexert. Lungs have become riddled withknow the actual physiological effect of alcohol carcinoma. Fetuses have been fatally affected.on the body. Research has proven that Hardly an organ of the body escapes theintoxication is caused by a process that insidious effect of the fatal nicotine poison.deprives the brain of oxygen.This deprivation Is it a sin to use tobacco? There is no sensedestroys brain cells, affecting, ultimately, the in denying a patent truth. Anything thatreasoning powers of conscious thought.Would defiles the holy body sanctuary is a sin. GodJesus, the Creator of the body, condone says He will destroy those who do it.We daresomething that would weaken moral not call it less than it is. It is a sin, and noinhibitions, reduce the power of effective Christian should presumptuously shorten hisdecision, and finally destroy the sacred body life by introducing it into his body.temple of the Holy Spirit? Never. And what Few church members would considercan we say about the use of tobacco? taking even small, microscopic doses of arsenic or strychnine into their body, yet they take
  14. 14. 26 Death in the Kitchen Death in the Kitchen 27something just as lethal. Slowly the cigarette tars the way we take care of our bodies is rootedcoat the delicate membranes of the lungs until deeply in the Bible, but millions are becomingdeath results. It is exactly the same when men health conscious today just to avoid the painfuland women deliberately inhale the toxic fumes effects of neglecting their bodies. And it is soof tobacco until the cumulative effect causes true that reason and good judgment alonedeath. It is suicide on the installment plan. It is should provide enough motivation for amorally wrong to take God’s property, violate balanced diet-and-exercise program.our stewardship, and rob Him of His possessions. But sometimes logic, and even scientific And what can we say about the waste of evidence, has a tremendous conflict withmoney on tobacco? Most smokers spend $50 appetite, social custom and addiction. Caffeineor more every month for their indulgence. By is a dramatic example. There is a growingretirement time this would amount to catalog of research that points to caffeine as a$25,000. Enough to guarantee a late-life nest pernicious enemy of good health. It is aegg, even if Social Security fails.Yet many of powerful, habit-forming drug that has fastenedthose who waste that money on tobacco millions in a vise of addiction. Many find it justcome to the end of life penniless and as hard to give up caffeinated drinks as to stopdependent on welfare or relatives. What an smoking or drinking. It has been indicted forunspeakable tragedy! No wonder God said, its adverse effect upon heart, stomach, nerves“My people are destroyed for lack of and even the fetuses of expectant mothers.knowledge” (Hosea 4:6). How much better itwould be to simply place the $25,000 in a C HA PT E R 8neat pile and strike a match to it. At least it Coffee Drunkardswould not be serving as a destroyer of life. We can surely see by now what a serious erck Index of Drugs lists quite amatter it is to desecrate the physical body andmind created for a specific, spiritual purpose.This principle of being accountable to God for M variety of caffeine symptoms and indicates that seven grains of the drug is a medical dose. Most cola drinks, tea,
  15. 15. 28 Death in the Kitchen Death in the Kitchen 29and coffee contain from one and a half to sugar threatens the well-being of everythree grains. Many people take far more than habitual user of soft drinks.a medical dose at every meal. The effect is to It is not uncommon to see secretaries orstimulate the cells of the body to operate on a bosses sitting at their desks with a cigarette inhigher level of activity than God ever one hand, a cup of coffee nearby, and a Coca-intended. One physician described it this way: Cola on the credenza. Who hasn’t heard their“We in America have become a nation of tea common rationale:“If I don’t get my coffee (orand coffee drunkards.” coke) I get a headache”? They are telling the Incredible as it seems, this country truth.The caffeine does take away the headache,consumes 275 billion pounds of coffee every but so would a tenth of a grain of morphine.year. That averages 17 pounds for every man, The temporary, sedative effect is to deaden thewoman and child. Doctors warn heart patients pain, but the daily dosing of delicate nerve-and those with stomach ulcers to leave off endings wears off, leaving them more jangled,caffeine, along with smoking. Another coffee and demanding more and more sedation.factor has recently been established as cancer- The most pathetic proof of this drug-causing.This is, by far, the most serious charge slavery is to be found in expectant mothers.that has grown out of the coffee research. With all the accumulation of medical dataAlthough the carcinogen has not been proving the damaging effect of alcohol,identified as caffeine, it is definitely associated tobacco and caffeine on the fetuses, pregnantwith coffee drinking. women still pour the poison into the bodies of Tea, in addition to its content of caffeine, their unborn babies. It might be possible tohas another harmful constituent, tannic acid. understand a woman willing to risk her ownThis powerful chemical is used for dyeing life and health by a perverse indulgence inleather. The detrimental effect of sugar chemical poisons, but how could she soconcentration in the caffeinated drinks deliberately endanger the life of her child?provides still another reason for eliminating it The answer to that question reveals the depthfrom the diet.The murderous effect of refined of the drug problem in American society.
  16. 16. 30 Death in the Kitchen Death in the Kitchen 31 C HA PT E R 9 Someone may object that we are trying to The Big Question take away too much. After all, you can overdo anything.Too many potatoes or beans can also he big question, of course, is how toT be very harmful to some people. Indeed they quit.After the will has been weakened can, and a true definition of temperance by years of indulgence, how does one should read like this: A total abstinence fromfind the power to resist the powerful craving things that are harmful, and a moderate,for these narcotic-type drugs? Most will only judicious use of the things that are good.find deliverance from outside themselves. Doesn’t that make a lot of sense? It alsoFirst, there must be a decision to stop—a contains a lot of good, sound religion.willingness to give up the physical pleasure Impressive evidence that a person canassociated with the habit. All available effort postpone his own funeral was presented byshould be mustered for the conflict.Then pray. Paul Harvey in his news column. Under theClaim the mighty promises of the Bible for title Eat Right, Live Longer, Harvey describedtotal victory. the results of a western survey on longevity. Don’t try to taper off on the use of The study focused on the death certificates ofsomething that is morally and physically California Seventh-day Adventists inwrong to indulge. It just doesn’t work. It is comparison to non-SDAs. Comparing themuch like cutting off the dog’s tail a little at a records of the Adventist (who teach againsttime to make it easier on the dog! It is actually drinking, smoking, or using caffeine) withmore painful that way.A habit is a habit. If you others, the survey revealed that Seventh-daycut off the “h” you still have “abit” left. Take Adventists have a life expectancy almost sixoff the “a” and “bit” remains. Remove the “b” years greater than other Californians.and “it” is still with you. Even after taking Seventy percent fewer Adventists die fromaway the “i” you are left with “t.” And if your all types of cancer, 68 percent fewer fromproblem is tea-drinking, you still don’t have respiratory disease, 88 percent fewer from TBthe full victory. and 85 percent fewer from pulmonary
  17. 17. 32 Death in the Kitchen Library of Sermonsemphysema. Adventists have 46 percent less 1. Armageddonstrokes, 60 percent less heart disease. Perhaps as 2. Can a Saved Man Choose to Be Lost?a by-product of abstinence from alcohol, they 3. Does God’s Grace Blot Out the Law?have only about one-third as many accidents. 4. Hidden Eyes and Closed Ears Again we are faced with the reassuring 5. How Evolution Flunked the Science Testtruth that all of us can add years to our lives by 6. Is It Easier to Be Saved or to Be Lost?simply obeying the practical, ageless principles 7. Man’s Flicker or God’s Flamelaid down by our Creator in the Bible. Rather 8. Satan in Chains 9. Satan’s Confusing Counterfeitsthan feeling cheated or short-changed, we 10. Spirits From Other Worldsought to rejoice that God loves us enough to 11. Thieves in the Churchshare with us His secrets of long life and 12. Why God Said Rememberhappiness. The apostle John wrote, “Beloved, 13. Why the Old Covenant Failednow are we the sons of God, and it doth not 14. The High Cost of the Crossyet appear what we shall be: but we know 15. Hell-Firethat, when he shall appear, we shall be like 16. Is It Possible to Live Without Sinning? 17. Blood Behind the Veilhim, for we shall see him as he is. And every 18. Spirits of the Deadman that hath this hope in him purifieth 19. The Brook Dried Uphimself, even as he is pure” (1 John 3:2, 3). 20. Death in the Kitchen Do you have the faith and courage to 21. The Search for the True Churchaccept the inspired prescription that can 22. Is It a Sin to Be Tempted?lengthen your life and tranquility? Seize it 23. Is Sunday Really Sacred?right now as the course that can prepare you 24. Heaven ... Is It for Real?well for both time and eternity. 25. Rendezvous in Space 26. Christ’s Human Nature 27. Point of No Return 28. The Rich Man and Lazarus For more great resources, visit us at www.amazingfacts.org
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