Doctrines of Health
The Word of Wisdom
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- Psychotropic Drugs VS Exercise. 9
- Health Excuses of Time & Tastes, VS Things Healthy People Do Instead. 11
- Introduction to Nutrition. 21
- Raw Zero-Prep Shopping List 22
- Weight Loss Tips. 25
- Gallon of Water Daily. 26
- Calorie Counting. 27
- No Keto! The Toxic Fad Diet 30
- You are What You Eat 31
- Reasons for Quitting Caffeine & Hot Drinks. 32
- Perhaps Medical, Never Recreational Caffeine. 33
- Animal Rights Quotes. 34
- Discovering the Word of Wisdom: Surprising insights from a Whole Food, Plant-Based Perspective by Jane Birch – Book Highlights. 36
- Doctor Craft – Prophetic Warnings. 48
- The Science and Skepticism Behind the Vaccine War – Documentary Highlights. 53
- Vaccines by Jack Stockwell – Lecture Highlights. 55
- Cherokee Herbal & The Modern Witch Hunt for Naturopathic Medicine. 56
- Inflammation Tips. 61
- Thyroid & Hashimoto Disease add recent Skousen email 63
- Too Much Meat! 65
- Simple Plant Based Dishes. 66
- Dangers of Anti-Depressant Drugs by Anne Tracy – Lecture Highlights (capital the sentences) 69
We are created after the image of God.
We are not our own, but are bought with a price.
Men are that they might have joy.
The Center for Disease Control lists the following as benefits of regular physical exercise:
- “Maintain weight.
- Reduce high blood pressure.
- Reduce risk for type 2 diabetes, heart attack, stroke, and several forms of cancer.
- Reduce arthritis pain and associated disability.
- Reduce risk for osteoporosis and falls.
- Reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety.”
Here are words of the prophets on physical exercise:
“I would not want you to neglect your body. It deserves daily care. Physical conditioning through regular exercise requires self-mastery too. I marvel at Elder Joseph Anderson, now in his ninety-sixth year. For decades, the strength of his spirit over his body has induced him to swim regularly. But his motivation has never been to attain physical longevity. That has come only incidentally. His desire has been to serve God and His anointed. Elder Anderson has followed what I label as the Lord’s prescription for a long and useful life. Those faithful in “magnifying their calling, are sanctified by the Spirit unto the renewing of their bodies. They become … the elect of God.” (D&C 84:33–34.) Elder Anderson’s exercise program agrees with the perspective of Paul, who said: “Bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.” (1 Tim. 4:8.) Handsome and fit, Elder Anderson personifies this scripture: “Glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (1 Cor. 6:20.)
(Self Mastery, by Elder Russel M Nelson, General Conference Oct 1985)
“Take responsibility for your own physical well-being. Your soul consists of your body and spirit (see D&C 88:15). Feeding the spirit while neglecting the body, which is a temple, usually leads to spiritual dissonance and lowered self-esteem. If you are out of shape, if you are uncomfortable in your own body and can do something about it, then do it!”
(Approaching The Throne of God with Confidence by Elder Jörg Klebingat October 2014 General Conference; https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2014/10/approaching-the-throne-of-god-with-confidence?lang=eng)
Elder Russell M. Nelson has taught that we should “regard our body as a temple of our very own” and that we should “control our diet and exercise for physical fitness” (“We Are Children of God,” Ensign, Nov. 1998, 87; Liahona, Jan. 1999, 103).”
President Boyd K. Packer has taught “that our spirit and our body are combined in such a way that our body becomes an instrument of our mind and the foundation of our character” (“The Instrument of Your Mind and the Foundation of Your Character” [Church Educational System fireside, Feb. 2, 2003], 2; speeches.byu.edu)
“please use good judgment in what and especially how much you eat, and regularly give your body the exercise it needs and deserves. If you are physically able, decide today to be the master of your own house and begin a regular, long-term exercise program, suited to your abilities, combined with a healthier diet. Spiritual confidence increases when your spirit, with the help of the Savior, is truly in charge of your natural man or woman.” (Approaching The Throne of God with Confidence by Elder Jörg Klebingat October 2014 General Conference; https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2014/10/approaching-the-throne-of-god-with-confidence?lang=eng)
“We will regard our body as a temple of our very own.24 We will not let it be desecrated or defaced in any way.25 We will control our diet and exercise for physical fitness.” (Russel M Nelson, “We are children of God”, 1998 General Conference https://www.lds.org/general-conference/1998/10/we-are-children-of-god?lang=eng)
“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? … The temple of God is holy, which temple ye are” (1 Corinthians 3:16–17).
“Nutritious meals, regular exercise, and appropriate sleep are necessary for a strong body, just as consistent scripture study and prayer strengthen the mind and spirit.” (Thomas S. Monson, Standards of Strength https://www.lds.org/youth/article/standards-of-strength?lang=eng&_r=1)
“I remember a blessing I received when I was serving in the military. It included counsel that’s good for every young person: “You have been given a body of such physical proportions and fitness as to enable your spirit to function through it. … You should cherish this as a great heritage. Guard [it] and protect it. Take nothing into it that shall harm the organs thereof because it is sacred. It is the instrument of your mind and [the] foundation of your character.”” (Boyd K Packer, 1996 May Ensign The Word of Wisdom: The Principle and the Promise https://www.lds.org/study/ensign/1996/05/the-word-of-wisdom-the-principle-and-the-promises?lang=eng)
“And see that all these things are done in wisdom and order; for it is not requisite that a man should run faster than he has strength. And again, it is expedient that he should be diligent, that thereby he might win the prize; therefore, all things must be done in order.” (Mosiah 4:27)
“The Lord sets a high standard for us in telling us to consider our bodies a temple. … [He] has established some basic standards for the governance of our physical bodies” and mental health so that we may become more self-reliant and better prepared to progress personally, strengthen the family, and serve in the Church and community (see L. Tom Perry, “The Tradition of a Balanced, Righteous Life,” Liahona, Aug. 2011, 32)
“Maintaining the best possible physical health has been a gospel ideal throughout the ages—from the strict dietary laws of ancient Israel, with the example of Daniel and his associates, to the Word of Wisdom in this dispensation and the counsel of today’s prophets and apostles. The physical body is a gift from God and should be properly cared for and respected. Mental health is also important and should not be overlooked, as it can affect us both physically and spiritually. We must do all we can to take care of both our bodies and our minds.”
(Topic: Health: Intro; https://www.lds.org/topics/health?lang=eng&fbclid=IwAR0NwsaZoh-iAshDxS-EUlGJkdguZNw61s9o7MilPqh8t7KJodTzxMhEnJ0) )
“Nutritious meals, regular exercise, and appropriate sleep are necessary for a strong body, just as consistent scripture study and prayer strengthen the mind and spirit” (Thomas S. Monson, “That We May Touch Heaven,” Ensign, Nov. 1990, 46)
“Rest and physical exercise are essential, and a walk in the fresh air can refresh the spirit. Wholesome recreation is part of our religion, and a change of pace is necessary, and even its anticipation can lift the spirit” (Ezra Taft Benson, “Do Not Despair,” Ensign, Nov. 1974, 66)
“The Lord has commanded members to take care of their minds and bodies. They should obey the Word of Wisdom, eat nutritious food, exercise regularly, control their weight, and get adequate sleep. They should shun substances or practices that abuse their bodies or minds and that could lead to addiction. They should practice good sanitation and hygiene and obtain adequate medical and dental care…” (Handbook 2: Administering the Church , 6.1.1)
“Exercising physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual abilities is required to not only maintain but also improve these abilities. Without exercise, these abilities diminish. Furthermore, fitness in one area can strongly influence fitness in another. For example, improving physical fitness enhances mental, emotional, and even spiritual acuity.
Specific exercises are designed to improve strength, flexibility, balance, and aerobic capacity. But every exercise must be tailored to meet a person’s individual requirements, such as age. Where weight bearing is a problem, water exercises are helpful. Chair and desk exercises are useful for those who spend long hours in a sitting position. There are many exercises and activities like these that are inexpensive and can fit the budget of almost anyone.” (Provident Living: Exercise and Health: Physical Fitness https://providentliving.lds.org/self-reliance/health/exercise-and-fitness?lang=eng&fbclid=IwAR3-IcdkMEarfJta8s6jUeXkpR2DokGr5AqZnvs-_ei0ufpJZhT9fKhdXHA)
“The Lord has commanded you to take good care of your body. To do this, observe the Word of Wisdom, found in Doctrine and Covenants 89. Eat nutritious food, exercise regularly, and get enough sleep. When you do all these things, you remain free from harmful addictions and have control over your life. You gain the blessings of a healthy body, an alert mind, and the guidance of the Holy Ghost. …” (Elder L Tom Perry, October 2008 General Conference, “Let Him Do It With Simplicity” https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2008/10/let-him-do-it-with-simplicity?lang=eng)
“Your body is a temple, a gift from God. You will be blessed as you care for your body. Choose to obey the Word of Wisdom (see D&C 89). When you are obedient to this law, you remain free from harmful addictions and have control over your life. You gain the blessings of a healthy body, an alert mind, and the guidance of the Holy Ghost. You will be prepared to serve the Lord. Never let Satan or others deceive you into thinking that breaking the Word of Wisdom will make you happier, more popular, or more attractive.
To care for your body, eat nutritious food, exercise regularly, and get enough sleep. Practice balance and moderation in all aspects of your physical health.” (For the Strength of Youth: Physical and Emotional Health https://www.lds.org/youth/for-the-strength-of-youth/physical-and-emotional-health?lang=eng)
Here is an excellent article from the Ensign about running 20 miles a week to lose weight, since less than that doesn’t really work. He has alternatives to running for heavier people such as swimming. He also addresses the diet cycle. He also has strategies for building up your exercise amount. “Running away from it all” 1981 https://www.lds.org/study/ensign/1981/02/running-away-from-it-all?lang=eng
Here is an excellent Ensign article on the benefits of exercising with weights. 1932 “Why Train with Weights?” by Larry Tucker, director of health promotion, Brigham Young University https://www.lds.org/study/ensign/1993/02/random-sampler/why-train-with-weights?lang=eng
A friend sent me a message about how diet and exercise were able to help her become mentally stable, leaving behind 5 psychotropic medications which doctors told her she would have to be on for life: “I radically altered my diet & exercise routine which allowed me (after 17 years of acute “treatment resistant” symptoms) to walk away from psychiatric symptoms that doctors said I’d have to be on 5 classes of medications for the rest of my life. Turns out, they were wrong. I’m so grateful that I sought out help to learn how to safely taper off meds and work to align my spirit with my body. The Lord really does guide us in finding the courage to do hard things. Withdrawal was probably the hardest thing I have EVER done in my life. I never understood how our central nervous system becomes completely dependent upon medication taken as prescribed. I never knew how many factors can contribute to/work against mental wellness. I am SO grateful I chose to take my life back.”
Hear more about her story at psychrecoveryandrehab.com. I recognize her story wouldn’t apply to all cases of medicated mental illness, but I will say that many could benefit from more closely aligning their lives with the councils of the Lord found regarding physical health. Truly things thought impossible are not impossible with the touch of the Master’s hand.”
I once spoke to a pharmacology professor about ADHD, and how many treat it with exercise. I was troubled by the long list of negative side effects of common medications used to treat this disease. Her response to me was essentially that even though exercise helps deal with the symptoms of the disease, not everyone wants to exercise. That’s it! People would rather have life threatening side effects than simply exercise. Again I recognize that there are various degrees of this illness, and that medication can be a good thing in some cases. But again, are we truly obeying the councils of the Lord to assist us in all things?
In this General Conference address titled “Myths about mental illness”, he speaks of the positive side of pharmaceuticals to treat mental illness, the great advances being made in this field of science. https://www.lds.org/study/ensign/2005/10/myths-about-mental-illness?lang=eng. There can be some possibilities here, but we put first every other option, including those usually ignored related to fitness & nutrition.
Both our physical and spiritual health require consistent efforts, moderation, balance, and dedication. We must spend significant effort in both regards. These analogies also apply to taking time out of our day for doing missionary work, and how missionary work can be successful with consistent attention to it.
Look and live: the serpent on staff: easy but need consistent. This applies to all of God’s commandments. If they are procrastinated and avoided, they become hard or impossible.I asked a friend who struggles with morbid obesity but is very active in the church, how much time they would give daily to work on their health. Before the answer, I preface this by saying we are all morbidly obese in our own way. All of us have much to improve. And some perhaps even many of cases of morbid or moderate obesity have to do with health issues. In fact, technically speaking the BMI says I am obese. In my case it’s a plain old case of neglect, and I’m working on that. I asked my friend, how much time would you be willing to spend each day on improving your physical health? All day was the reply. Via eating patterns etc. But I said “let me rephrase it. How much time not multitasking, just doing fitness?” A pause and the reply, “10 minutes”. I just did a nutrition class in nursing program so this stuff is on my mind. My nutrition professor believed we need an hour a day to maintain good health in our sedimentary lifestyles.
I think at the root of this woman’s case is that she thinks she will let down God if she takes time to do things other than family history work, or some other form of service to others. I submit it is God’s will that we try to keep all his commandments. We must beware how we use our time. Missionary work takes time. Sometimes it’s time scrolling Facebook. Many of us might do too much of that. But some is important. Etc.
The spirit will help us keep the word of wisdom. Sometimes however, we say exercise and missionary work for people w/ too much time on hands, like my friend with serious health issues who was willing only to take only ’10 min’ /day on non-multitasking health, for example. We know we are accountable to God and we like to work lots to please God. But we have permission to take time for our health and for missionary work! The admission to take time to be holy includes take time to play basketball with your friends, or time to play board games with your kids or friends or neighbors!
Rare do elderly with health issues have just 1 issue, but “comorbidity” multiple system failure.
Missionary work, like physical and spiritual health maintenance, also takes time.
The command to care for our health and do missionary work has this aspect, “Thou Shalt Party and make merry with thy friends.” Who are my friends? Same as who is our neighbor. These commandments are some of the more particularly happy thank-God commandments.
Like health issues, some of us have great excuses for not exercising/missionary working. Like a bad foot meaning no walking. My nutrition professor says cases where someone is so sick they can’t do any type of fitness are almost nonexistent.
Elder Holland said recently that if we do not pay for health now, we will pay later.
Someone once said to me once when she saw me with a lunch brought from home ‘I can’t pack homemade lunch’. I guess in some circumstance this could be true. I said “it’s about priorities.” She said no I just can’t, I work too much.: I don’t think she got what I was saying. Perhaps her ultra-nice truck could go so she wouldn’t have to work so many hours to pay for it and could put attention to her critical health issues. We don’t judge others, but we do try to teach and uplift ourselves and others in the ways of wisdom, and find balance in keeping all of God’s commandments.
Time & The Debt Mentality:
You’ll never have more time, God will always give you plenty of assignments all through your life, and your mental obsession with doing tasks won’t suddenly end just because you graduate college or get some promotion, or a kid grows up or you get more money or something.
You don’t have endless tomorrows to set things straight; thousands get diabetes, what makes you so different than them? Do you think they wanted it or saw it coming? No, and neither do you, but it is coming.
You live in the debt-oriented mindset of our time, thinking that just because loans are available, that’s the only way to live. You have amassed health debt. All those pounds and lack of muscle are like dollars you owe. Time to turn it around and live for not the immediate present, but for the future. Time to seriously journey toward the day when you will be debt free and able to give greatly. Time to turn the focus from you to charity.
You think God cares about your giving or your using time to serve, but he cares about you, about your health, about how you manage your person; of all the people you’re taking care of, another that you’ve been commanded to take care of is yourself. Don’t have the hyper-savior syndrome where you think that everything will fall apart if you take some time for your own health now and then – Christ (the prototypical savior) taught temperance.
Don’t think that those who do fitness are just people with too much time on their hands; if you want to talk about more time, consider the time you won’t be in a hospital, and the added years of life. Consider the increased focus which will come as you make health a priority. It’s the healthy people who really respect time and take time seriously. Of course, there are the occasional idiot who are healthy and yet clueless, don’t let them cloud your vision to the path God has commanded you to walk.
Don’t think fitness and diet are suggestions; they are commandments from God; neglect of one’s body is a serious issue; just think what society would be like if all were healthy – more sensitivity to the spirit would be the key gift; now how are you going to help them be healthy if you aren’t healthy first? Truly one of the evils of our time is the idea that ‘everyone is doing it’ on account of poor health choices. As Joel Fuhrman says, you must choose to be different than the normal.
Taste buds adapt to lifestyle. After a while, junk food isn’t even appealing. As someone said, “that guy is so healthy, he doesn’t even LOOK at the McDonalds as he drives by!”
Joseph Smith spoke of doctrine, that he can taste good doctrine, he said that we can too. Pray for discernment and follow the subtle guidance of the spirit to learn the ways of the kingdom of God.
We can come away from Babylon culture and start to learn to love better culture. Like a fat person can learn to enjoy eating salad and other things which will bring savor and health, and the junk food becomes sour to his taste with time, and he weeps for the time he lost before transitioning to the higher lifestyle.
This being said, we define Babylon culture as an attitude which mocks God and his laws; multiculturalism is a beautiful thing and we can embrace each other’s differences and learn from each other as we together learn to live the higher culture. I think heaven will have all sorts of song, dance, dress, etc., inasmuch as they are wholesome (and that rules out much of popular music of the last century). There is so much good out there we don’t need to bother with the bad.
Imagine the health gods, those people who give glory to god by their stunning beauty and athleticism, which effects all aspects of their lives positively.
These are characteristics of such a person:
Sleep – can’t let things get in the way of this; 6-8 hours are the standard to seek, but this varies by person.
Healthy foods – have to be proactive
Destress via non procrastination and techniques
Workout and run and stretch; don’t injure body in sport, so take it easy in sport until at safe weight
Snacks – they have fruits veggies nuts and water
They don’t eat refined foods
Decide beforehand things you will and won’t eat. Find the right way, then commit.
Be willing to “offend” others who offer you or your family unhealthy food. Church President George Albert Smith brought a jar of wheat with him when traveling, and ate that not what was served at the houses he went to.
Be ok with focusing on other things than food – don’t you remember Gandhi? you don’t have to be flooded with a king’s dish every day. Hunger isn’t an emergency.
Don’t let sickness or laziness of others be an excuse to not be strong
In summary, here is Why to be Healthy:
Gain focus and retention power in studies.
Gain persuasion for exponential missionary work, including video and fearless 1:1.
Enjoy and relax in social settings, the which you hope to have much more of.
Avoid diabetes & heart failure.
The body is connected to the spirit, and a healthy body can open doors for spiritual revelations.
Pure joy from health leads a person to be motivated to excel in all other duties of life, enthusiastically!
Have more energy to persue your calling in life, including family time.
Brigham Young said of the kingdom of heaven, how each person there is as breathtakingly beautiful as the next. That one would gasp and per adventure faith upon each sight if persons there. He taught they would be as beautiful as the angels that surround the throne of God if they merit the great attainment of exaltation in the kingdom of God.
President Nelson said those who have studied the body have seen God moving in his majesty and glory.
While it’s wasteful to spend all one’s time honing the body in the gym, and rude to show off the body too much in public, we can learn from healthy people. Let us consider health. This gives glory to God. This inspires faith in God.
Show them you are chaste not because you are obese, but because you deliberately chose to be. Be attractive to show all the more that the Lord Jehovah is your God.
The health gods make good choices about food every time, or darn near close to it. They couldn’t be so healthy if they didn’t. Surely God makes good health choices. They emulate God in this, and thus more closely emulate and show his form and grandeur. The beauty of a fully healthy person is truly astonishing, it is a reflection of the image of God.
Obesity is usually an indicator of lack of self-control, and over indulgence in one or more areas of life. It also represents a lack of values, cynicism, and isolationism. Sometimes it’s from genetic disease, usually from poor management. I’m not judging, just teaching.
We can emulate God by seeking health, though not too ambiguously lest we forget our other duties. The character of Christ us several fold, and this is one of those folds.
The inspired person will seek to be beautiful and set aside trends which are not beautiful when it comes to dress and appearance.
There is something significant about the fact that our bodies correlate with our spirits, and that we must tame not only our spirits, but our bodies. Indeed, the taming of the body, the appetites, the lusts etc. to be channeled into holy submission with excellent health and high moral standards, these are keys of spirituality. Temporality cannot be separated from spirituality. If a righteous person does well in all with exception of the taming of his own appetites, this person indeed pleases God, but has yet sin to extinguish in his journey to the kingdom of God.
Some have said that the curse of Adam is in large the biological inheritance of the human race, the physical body appetites and instincts which are not in harmony with the perfect character of the Lord Jesus Christ. We can work toward being in control of ourselves, bringing all things in subjection through righteous restraint and priorities.
Understanding that it is the will of God that we take care of our health to a reasonable extent (reasonable perhaps meaning staying within the ‘normal’ ranges which are not pre-indications for the development of terminal illnesses) empowers us to allow ourselves the time of day and other needed resources for seeing to it that we have a clean bill of health. I suggest D&C 89 as the standard for obtaining that clean bill of health, it can help you loose weight, gain weight, gain control, etc. as your body requires. There is within good nutrition a standard of health which the body draws to, meaning that if you eat right, your body will gravitate toward an ideal healthy body weight.
Not unfrequently has Zion been called beautiful! The doctrine of beauty is shunned by many zealous religionists, but let them search their souls, and they will find that it is a true principle consistent with the heavens and citizens there. We are not to wait for the life to come to give attention to health, or to whimsically wish for a forthcoming day when despite all our neglect, we will be given a clean bill of health. Brigham Young said that we are not going to wait for Zion to descend from heaven, we are going to build it right here, and right now!
If you see that your body is not in compliance with the generous ranges suggested by the scientists of pathophysiology pertaining to the ranges of health which are predictors that you will not develop one of the many diseases of excess such as DM2 hypertension strokes etc., let that be your measuring rod to see that you aren’t correctly balancing your priorities, and need to scale back on something else to give more attention to your health. Remember always that the Lord has said it is better to obey than sacrifice, meaning that your good ideas aren’t as good as his commandments, and that you’ll make the best use of your time by first keeping the commandments, then playing around with creative service ideas after that. Let God be praised for inspiring us with the sciences we have today which can guide us in a confident knowledge of when we are outside of a healthy range, so that we can get back on track rather than living in confusion of why certain pesky symptoms plague us. Granted some people do all the right things when it comes to health and still have issues, but I think that is the exception, not the rule. Further, when people set aside council from God on health (D&C 89) and replace it for fad health practices, they should not be surprised to see that the creation of the Creator is having a higher rate of malfunction than they had hoped.
The overweight person, the obese person, and the morbidly obese person all have something in common: they are, some faster than others, on the track toward premature death, and lethargy through life. They may appear energetic and work long hours, but compared to what they could do in good health, it is miniscule. Many heavy people have great willpower in their profession or home making, perhaps compensating for their other weaknesses by working long hours of dedicated service to some cause of interest. What they must learn is that when they take care of their bodies, though some investment of mental and physical effort and foresight. will be involved, those investments will provide exponential dividends in their quality of life, and the quality of service they give to their fellow man, and thus their God.
A nutrition-based health plan instead of a constant exercise-based plan will accommodate any busy person in a journey toward health when it’s hard to find an extra hour or two of spare time each day for exercise, though we cannot entirely dismiss exercise.
Is your physical health keeping you from accessing the fullness of temple blessings? One key reason I plead with people to make healthy choices is that some are so embarrassed by their health that they refuse to date and marry. This so frequently being the case, we see that their unbridled appetites have become the idol they worship. I say idol because it has reached the point where it’s in the way of them getting on the covenant path. Their lack of attention to health has become a stumbling block between them and the temple, where marriages are made solemn for eternity. With such a powerful emphasis on the need for temple ordinances from the prophets, we ought to be terrified of anything that threatens to get in the way of us and the temple, and fight whoever those enemies are head on. Being obese disadvantages you from marriage creation in a few ways. First, the human body was not designed to be obese, and our biological programming sends us alert signals that create feelings of undesirability for romantic relations with obese persons, perhaps as a way of warning us that obesity leads to death. Further, when people see an obese person, for bettor or worse they associate that with lack of self control and lack of self esteem, and fear that these weaknesses will be manifest in other areas of life, which can be a great defect when trying to get along in a marriage, control finances, work towards goals, and raise children. I explain these things so the reader will not think that I’m intolerant and overly judgmental of obese people. To consider obesity as “just another acceptable lifestyle” (yes, I’ve seen it promoted that way) is actually Satanic, because it leads to the destruction of bodies, which are the temple of God. To consider that a state of obesity is a healthy state of life is to deny the laws of nature, and thereby deny the God of nature, Jesus Christ. I love everyone, Jesus Christ loves everyone too, but ignorance of these things will only lead to disappointment. Love doesn’t mean condone. Love means care enough to try and warn someone that they are on a path to destruction. So take control of your health so you can be a better candidate for marriage and temple blessings. This is a hard subject for many to swallow, but in reality it’s just illustrating that we cannot reject spiritual commandments and not expect them to have negative spiritual consequences. D&C 89 gives the standard of health, if we set it aside, spiritual anti-blessings / curses invariably come. The D&C teaches that blessings are always predicated on obedience to laws; the converse of this is that curses are always predicated on disobedience to laws. For those who don’t like the world “cursings”, we can call it ‘living in the world with a lesser degree of the assistance of God.’ To insist that we can ignore God’s councils and still be worthy of all of his blessings is to deny the word of God. What will God say when we make a case that we didn’t have an opportunity to marry in this life but yet spent our days destroying our bodies? Some people are obese because of circumstances beyond their control, but most do not. Further, often the Satanic chains of hell are sown one thread at a time. For example, chronic conditions can develop after a while of denying health to the body. Then the chain is set, and our health is sometimes out of our control. But the chance to take control was there earlier, and we denied it. The same is true regarding addiction: some say, and rightly so, “I literally can’t help it, I have to use drugs/alcohol.” Yes, they may have become bound in chains of addiction and have no more choice in the matter, but earlier before they were into it that far, they did have a choice. They crossed the line, and lost their agency in that matter. Satan loves it when we lose agency, but it’s never his fault, always ours. We are perfectly accountable for the messes we get ourselves into. He can tempt us sure, but it’s up to us to make choices even in the midst of temptation. God is a merciful judge, but he also isn’t one to be toyed with. You and I had better be able to make a strong case that we realy truly did try our best, and that we never gave up, no matter how discouraged we became. A truly sad state is when someone says that they’ve tried to change and can’t, and resign themselves to a life of bad choices. To make such a claim is to deny the power of Christ. Long have the prophets taught that he can reach deeper than any despair, so don’t give up. Don’t be a sideline spectator of your destiny. Make the temple the chief object of your focus, then identify roadblocks in your way, and muster all your strength to obliterate those road blocks, and rush into the house of the Lord!
You must beg your Father in Heaven through prayer in the name of Jesus Christ to give you power to overcome your health issues, to bridle your appetites, to understand revealed principles of health, to learn what the sciences have to offer in the corpus of studies on nutrition and health, to gain every principle which you lack in the righteous and obedient pursuit to be a good steward of the body given to you by Christ.
Surely one of the best ways to share the gospel of our Lord is to show that we have found genuine happiness by embracing it, so lets not let health be the thorn in the side any longer keeping us back from finding more happiness in life, happiness which God intends for us to have and share.
Some think that it is pompous and proud to spend any time dealing with the self. Joseph Smith taught, “Some people entirely denounce the principle of self-aggrandizement as wrong. But it is a correct principle, and may be indulged upon only one role or plan – and that is to elevate, benefit and bless others first. If you will elevate others, the very work itself will exalt you. Upon no other plan can a man justly and permanently aggrandize himself.” (Joseph Smith, Young Woman’s Journal, vol. 2, p. 3660). It’s noteworthy that Joseph says to lift others first. President Henry B. Eyring recently spoke of Christlike service which members gave to others facing natural disaster, before even meeting their own needs. He taught that there is a time and a place to put others’ needs before those of your own. However we must take caution: if you have a chronic legacy of neglecting your health in the name of helping others, you must make adjustments, you have carried out the principle of service beyond its proper bounds, and you must go now and pluck the beam from your own eye so you can see better to remove the mote from the eyes of others. You can’t excuse a lifetime of neglect. From time to time, heroic efforts on your behalf will be required, and your own needs will take the back shelf. But those who ignore regular maintenance of their bodies are practicing neglect. The prophets have said that if we find anything lacking in ourselves, it is our duty to pray for the gift we lack so we can overcome whatever trial is before us. The Book of Mormon prophet called us to do all things in wisdom and order. One of the heroic efforts which you are called upon to make is the long-term management of your body.
I speak of these things not to say that they are more important than other items, but because one doesn’t need to look far, usually not farther than the mirror, to see that we as a society have fallen into gluttony in mass, and do not practice self-control. We are dying in mass from self induced causes. A BYU professor of biology Benjamin Bikman gave a lecture on this topic titled “The Plagues of Prosperity” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xefdEXfG9j0). The D&C revelation section 89 was designed to help us avoid these plagues. Lets take good care of our health on a regular basis so we can spend less time in hospitals, less time in shame, less time in gymnasiums making frantic efforts to hide bad dietary choices under the blanket, so we can spend more time doing the work of the Lord, and thereby finding true happiness for ourselves, putting ourselves in an ideal and persuasive position to point others likewise to that happy state we enjoy.
Good nutrition, which is critical for a long happy life. Taking care of our bodies is one of the forgotten commandments of the restored gospel! Who among us can say we are living the inspired revelation on health called The Word of Wisdom, to its fullest? Come study with me ways to unlock success in these matters. Primarily whole foods plant-based diets are the tried and true way to gain optimal health. While we aren’t obsessed with longevity or interested in endlessly honing our bodies at the expense of other duties, we do recognize the serious duty it is to care for our bodies. Ironically, while Satan doesn’t have a body, some of his sorest temptations are for us to misuse ours. Health is one of the great promised blessings for the saints. It is obvious that as a people, we are not living up to the privileges that could be ours in these matters. Caring for the body isn’t merely temporal. The Lord makes no distinction between temporal and spiritual commands. Rather, caring for the body greatly increases the capacity of the spirit to receive revelation. The battle for good health doesn’t have to be hopeless. Nutritional physiology and knowledge about micronutrients which feed our true hunger are the keys to developing righteous nutritional willpower. Join with me in the adventure to learn about your body & how it was intended to be nourished.
“Let food be thy medicine.” Hippocrates
“Run and not be weary, walk and not faint.” -D&C 89
“The intelligent want self-control; children want candy.” –Rumi
“In pitching my tent we found three massasaugas or prairie rattlesnakes, which the brethren were about to kill, but I said, “Let them alone — don’t hurt them! How will the serpent ever lose its venom, while the servants of God possess the same disposition, and continue to make war upon it? Men must become harmless before the brute creation, and when men lose their vicious dispositions and cease to destroy the animal race, the lion and the lamb can dwell together, and the sucking child can play with the serpent in safety.” The brethren took the serpents carefully on sticks and carried them across the creek. I exhorted the brethren not to kill a serpent, bird, or an animal of any kind during our journey unless it became necessary in order to preserve ourselves from hunger.” (May 26, 1834.) D.H.C. 2:71.
Lundeberg rice cakes
Rice (instant – microwave)
Bean – kidney, black, white, pinto, tofu, garbonzo
Onion red, yellow, green
Red bell pepper
VegeBase (instant soup mix flavor)
Raw but butter
Mrs. Dash (no salt added)
Liquid Aminos (soy sauce flavor, less sodium)
Vegtable oil spray
Veg broth (cube/powder/can)
Soy sauce (or that other stuff)
Apple dipped in honey (an old Jewish favorite)
Gum (no aspartame)
Chew on grass
Chew on rubber cord
Cracker with humice
Mega Weight Loss from Epic Running: I heard of a man who lost over 100 pounds, I think it was 150 pounds, in 3 months by running 5 miles a day and changing his eating. I threw this in here as a hopeful thing to remember when nothing else seems to work. And running 5 miles a day doesn’t even take that much time out of the day.
-Here is an example of what running for 6 months looks like: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hviX47WTjIk
-How I Lost 100 lbs Swimming 4x/Week | (Michael Allon) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=452JBIgMatE
-1500 cal/day of bad food loses weight slower than 2500/day good food.
-stop eating before 3 hours of inactivity or that will factually turn into fat
-likely get protein in diet not need it after a workout, esp. if such was before close to time of rest.
-the myfitnesspal app makes it easy to count calories
I once had a nutrition professor who suggested fitness for 1 hr/day, and to not eliminate any essential food group, including carbs fats proteins vitamins minerals
Find exercise you enjoy so you’ll actually do it, like dance or a sport.
Slow the metabolism in increase your lifespan. Fast metabolism to eat more without gaining weight is a deal with the Devil.
Have you noticed how healthy people carry around a water bottle?
-recommended value is about half a gallon per day, but this is particularly good for those with eating and weight issues. Some experts recommend this for everyone. There is evidence supporting the idea the RDA’s for such things as this or vitamins are terribly too low.
-do it throughout the day; if do it all at once can drown
-you’ll see yourself snacking less and healthier
-you’ll see decreased appetite
-you’ll see weight loss
-you’ll see increased energy
-you’ll feel less groggy
Caution: drinking too much water is unhealthy and can deplete your nutrients.
Note: Those who aspire to a whole foods plant-based diet will likely not need to count calories, although having a general awareness of how much you intake is wise, because society today is way off in what’s normal vs what’s healthy. Fortunately, when you’re eating wholesome foods, particularly WFPB (whole food plant based), your body will gain speed in the ability to discern when it is full, so caloric intake won’t be such an issue. In fact, it can become a non-issue. The body is a great self-regulator, and starving yourself leads to binging. Improve the quality more so than the quantity of food.
Dr. Neal Bernard (specializes in WFPB) speaks of “the rule of 10” regarding calories, namely that if you’re eating less than this amount which I’ll show, that you’re starving yourself and will binge later. The rule is as follows: take your ideal body weight, multiply it by 10, and that’s how many calories you NEED BARE MINIMUM per day. Those who intake less than this are shooting themselves in the foot, starving themselves, and they will binge later to compensate.
Some find calorie counting as helpful, especially those not willing to make real dietary changes. For them, here are keys for that system.
-If you have interest in calorie counting, you probably already understand the use and importance of BMI, so we will not cover that here.
-A healthy body must have good sleep, good nutrition, and good exercise. To neglect any of these pillars of health is to deny scientific data about short- and long-term health. Good nutrition deals with both QUALITY and QUANTITY of food. Counting calories is about monitoring QUANTITY. All food has calories. A calorie is an energy unit.
-The key is the write your net calories of the day regardless of how bad you performed. Try to make this day better than yesterday, and this week better than last week. Don’t focus on months, they’re too unreal/removed and can result in giving up for long periods of time until there is a new month, or heaven forbid, a new year!
-Most of us eat too much because we think we need that energy to deal with our duties of the day. But when we learn we don’t need the energy (by seeing that we have reached the daily recommendation), we realize that our issue is mental depletion, not physical depletion. Food is for physical depletion. Other stuff is for mental depletion.
-MyFitnessPal is the free recommended app my nutrition professor recommended for counting calories. It makes it easy. Type what you ate and about how much of it, and it’ll do the rest. It also helps you set a daily goal based on how fast you want to lose (or just not gain) weight. Lastly, you log your weight (I recommend not weighing yourself more than once a week, so you don’t go crazy and micro-manage your diet), and it shows a bar graph of your body weight gains, flatline, or losses. The app also allows you to input what exercise you did so as to update your net caloric intake. Finally one of my favorite features is that after you log your day’s foods and fitness (fitness being optional), it will say “if you eat like this every day for the next 5 weeks, you will weigh “x” pounds!” That to me is very encouraging, picturing the self who is that many pounds. Note: this app is private, so no one will see your weight or your goals.
-the body gets bigger if it receives more energy than it uses. Calorie means energy. Weather you got your calories from meat or carbohydrates etc., whatever energy/calorie isn’t used, will make you bigger & less fit.
-counting calories is the best way to know if you’re eating WAY too much or WAY too little. With how bazar the standard American diet (S.A.D.) is today, you may be very surprised to learn that you don’t need all of what you’re eating. I certainly was! Overeating or overfeeding your kids out of ignorance-based compassion for yourself and them can be eliminated and replaced with effective compassion if we know more perfectly what our bodies do and do not need. Yes you need to have a balanced diet in order to be healthy, but you also need to pay attention to overall input output of energy by looking at your calories.
-You may be surprised to learn that even good foods like salad, beans, vegetables, fruits, etc. have calories. Just because a food isn’t a carbohydrate (carb being the main source of calories) doesn’t mean it doesn’t have calories! Too much of anything, even a good thing, is bad. Like how too much time reading the scriptures can be bad if it takes you away from serving the poor (VERY few people read too much scriptures, I’m just using a dramatic example of how even an extremely good thing can be bad if used too much). There are a few foods that have extremely little calories, and when you need to munch etc., you can learn to turn to these kids of food. Many foods are surprisingly high in calories for how small or innocent they look.
-you don’t have to be perfect in your count. Even getting a general idea is usually enough to help you make needed changes. This doesn’t mean just guess how many calories are in a food, yes you need to calculate it with a reference book or website or phone app, but the reason many get overwhelmed and quit calorie counting is because they are being too strict on how exact their count is.
-Have a goal for how many calories to take a day. 1500/day is the least recommended for average men who want to lose 2 pounds per week. 2000 is a rate where you will lose 1 pound per week. 2500 you will not change; more than 2500 you will gain. For women, it’s about 500 less overall.
-exercising burns calories. Today’s goal – amount eaten – amount burned (via exercise, including steps so wear a step counter) = net calories not used for that day. Try to have this net number be 0. If your goal is 1500, and you eat 2000 and burn 500, your net is 0. Since your daily goal is 1500, this daily 0 means you lost weight. Another way to look at it is to set a goal for 2000 daily (the amount where you don’t lose or gain) and try to be negative at the end of the day. If you’re at 0, no change; at positive, gained; in the negative, you lost weight. Caution: just because you exercise doesn’t mean you can eat more. The only time you can eat more is if your net caloric intake for the day is in the negative. If you are in the positive net caloric intake that day (meaning you will gain weight that day from the excess energy you’ve consumed), do some extra exercise. Now you know that Snickers isn’t just a 10 second mercy, it’s a half hour jog. Not so satisfying now, is it?
-having the motivation to change is so much easier when we know specifically how to change, or in other words, doing a large goal is so much easier if we know what little goals need to happen to make that bigger goal occur. Like the student who waits till last minute on an assignment and does poorly or even fails, so is the person who doesn’t do small goals to get their big goal. Being in the appropriate weight range (BMI) is impossible without small goals/checkpoints.
-One important note is the fundamental concept that if the calories you are eating are healthier, you’ll lose weight faster. One nutritionist said that a person will lose more weight eating 2500 calories per day of healthy foods than someone who eats 1500 per day of unhealthy foods. Don’t think that just because you eat healthy you don’t have to measure (count) energy (calories) intake.
-Beware: you will make excuses about why counting calories isn’t applicable or important to your health. There is a tendency to think that people with healthy bodies are just lucky that they don’t have “x” trial that you do. Most people have health problems, and those with healthy bodies are they who have overcome the common and uncommon barriers to health. My nutrition professor says that she can find ways for just about anyone to exercise, etc., even if they have a bad foot or whatever else if they don’t make excuses. Counting takes some amount of time. If your health is a high priority to you, find the time. Hire a nutritionist for a monthly meeting for a small fee.
-To wrap things up, life isn’t all about how much you weigh. Go have fun, go socialize. If you’re single, go on tons of dates with tons of people. Living to the fullest while not at your best health is a way of expressing that you believe in your ability to improve your health. You’ll lose weight faster if you’re not neglecting your social life than if your plan were to hide in a cave until you were perfect. Being involved in society helps you see how happy and effective people who are being responsible with their bodies. We often think that having a healthy and limited diet means we won’t enjoy life, and seeing healthy people (especially interacting with them) helps us know the reality of the joy of healthy lifestyles. Being depressed is a sign that you don’t think you can change, and leads to reclusively, and your favorite coping mechanism: putting energy (calories) in your body. With prayer to God in the name of Jesus Christ, and little tools to help you understand what’s really going on with your body, you can change! So be faithful, and be educated about your body!
-When you have no carbs, ketones are made from attacking fats, ketones are acidic. This is the ‘keto’ diet. The acidity is bad. Adkins diet got a bad name when he died, the new name for it is ‘keto diet’. Lots of heart problems from this. It is not sustainable.
-Much of the weight loss from the Atkins/Keto diet is muscle loss, and you usually gain it back in fat rather than muscle when you start eating carbs again.
-Carbs and starches are key historically, and most major world religions suggest not using much meat if any.
-They looked at autopsies of Koreans and Americans in the Korean war, Americans have a meat heavy diet and were predisposed to atherosclerosis (which leads to heart failure), the Koreans didn’t have any signs of this (see Discovering the Word of Wisdom)
You are what you eat. Let’s look at animal proteins. In general animal proteins are bad in my opinion because it increases risk of disease, and it’s not really necessary for your body to have, because you’re trying to ingest metabolized food, you’re basically trying to tap into the stores of an animal, which may not necessarily store things the way you need to access them (Fuhrman, J., M.D. (2011). Eat to Live. Little, Brown and Company; namely Ch 4). So some of the nutrients they’ve ingested won’t be accessible to you, and some of what they’ve ingested which you don’t want will be accessible to you. Kidney failure, cancer, liver damage etc. can result from eating animals. One of the ways I like to think of it is by using a forest protein analogy. Plants have protein. Animals and humans wander in a forest seeking protein via the plants. Humans find it easier to kill animals than the garden. Humans decide that if animals eat plants, then eating the animals will bring them what the animal ate, the plants! But in reality, this “middle man” (the animal) is taking its toll, and the delivered product isn’t what it would have been if we had gone to the primary source (the plants) for the protein. Going to the primary source we get all that we were looking for, but using a middle man, lots of unwanted stuff is added into the “contract”, and lots of desired stuff is removed from the contract.
-Hot drinks burn the vitamins in the food leading to malnutrition, and burn the lining of the mouth, exposing the mouth to more toxins, increasing the risk of cancer. This is one of the reasons D&C discourages hot drinks.
-high fructose corn syrup it comes in
-leaves you burnt out after
-steadily decreases max energy capacity overall
-high amounts bad for heart
-empty calories it comes in
-scriptures warn to not run faster than have strength
-allow nature to be the guide of your natural body
-modifies natural cortisol production
-soda drinkers oft report strokes and quit soda after their stroke (if not dead from stroke)
-tempts you to not exercise and eat a healthy diet
-tempts you to not prioritize, imagining that there is an undefined unlimited amount of time at your disposal because you can supposedly simply override exhaustion indefinitely
-gain weight from bad sugar, hard to get it off, fat cells shrink they never go away
-sodas are man made not God made
-coffee is bad not only because of the caffeine, but many other bad chemicals put in it
I’m for medicinal caffeine use not recreational. We can talk about this because it’s a public health issue (so many can’t go without this drug for their daily routine!) although less important than some others. We all know the stuff is toxic ( look at the pics of spiders making webs on caffeine, etc., no longer artful or cohesive) but pulling all-nighters when you work during the day, with any amount of brain usage during the night, is impossible without it. President Uchtdorf this conference says he used it some when he had to get through some tough classes, seems we have to do this now and then. Granted, we should not eat any junk food including soda, with or without caffeine, both are bad! Utah is one of the most obese places, and people call us hypocrites having our laws of health yet being unhealthy; we are being tested in the little things to see if we will follow the spirit with our conscience, or if we will follow Satan who also whispers to our conscience. We must choose. We certainly don’t need use coffee or non-herbal tea since that takes our temple recommend. Of course it would be silly to be addicted to daily use of the stuff, in whatever form. I can sometimes go with 5 hours sleep average without the stuff, but when you get below that is when things get really rough. Of course if you’re averaging less than 5 hours sleep in general you should probably rethink your routine rather than take up caffeine. And of course like any other drug you’ll develop a tolerance to it over time needing more and more. In short, a lifestyle chronically sleep deprived isn’t sustainable even with caffeine, so you may as well not use the stuff on a regular basis, and only on cases of extreme and rare need. All of this said however does NOT excuse the use of substances specifically outlawed in The Word of Wisdom, namely coffee and non-herbal teas. We must obey The Word of Wisdom to have a temple recommend, don’t play around with that stuff. We don’t know all the reasons why those things have specifically been forbidden while other perhaps similar substances have not. The outlawing of said items does suggest the extreme care and awareness we must use if we choose to use caffeinated products as a medicinal aid for rare occasions. We fear God, and obey his laws. The world doesn’t understand us, it never has. We are the people of Zion, serving God with all our hearts, mights, minds, and souls. We don’t have answers to all of our questions, but we have enough answers to know that we must obey God. We are committed to being his “peculiar” people.
Though we do not worship animals nor equate them the same status as mankind, they do have rights and are loved of God. They are not the children of God as humans are, but they are beloved nonetheless.
The Joseph Smith Translation of Genesis speaks of man being required to give an accounting for how they treated animals.
Scriptures speak of the lion & the lamb lying down together, and a future day when there will be no death, including no death of animals.
2 Nephi 2 says that before the fall of Adam, there was no death, including no death among animals.
Animals have intelligence and rights -Brigham Young
Only for their ignorance of what they do are men not punished for harm they do to other creatures of God’s creation. -Brigham Young
Animals fear covenant keeping humans. -Hugh Nibley
(they are in the image of their creator)
Every tree is a living soul. -Nibley
Animals will appear at God’s judgement bar to accuse those who’ve wronged them. -Nibley
Zion means beauty. -Nibley
Why God weeps over this earth in the book of Enoch? For all his earths are interconnected. -Nibley
Prophets see Jesus and Lucifer in personal interviews. -Nibley
11. Discovering the Word of Wisdom: Surprising insights from a Whole Food, Plant-Based Perspective by Jane Birch – Book Highlights
My notes on this work are shared with permission of the author.
Like usual, these my notes are much more simplified than the text, and I suggest a reading of the text for evidence & sources of statements written here. For more detailed analysis of WFPB, look at books and lectures by Joel Fuhrman and Neal Bernard, just to name a few.
Broad application of these topics into other topics: could apply to music, the idea of what to focus on and what to eliminate and what to use only sparingly when needed.
Can also apply to finance, avoiding debt, cutting out borrowing.
Where become certified WFPB? Pg. 47
Suggested books from the text: appendix 7; also…Collin Campbell’s Whole ;Pg. 30 more Pg. 47 Pg. 52 Pg. 56 Pg. 58 Pg. 65 Pg. 89 Pg. 154
Chapter 1: Awakening to the word of wisdom
-Dr. Grupa speaks of WFPB as heart attack proof diet; eliminates possibility
-Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn reversed all his patient’s CAD by WFPB
-taste buds will change
-no calorie counting so never go hungry
-this is hidden in plain view, but many ignore it
-8 days in you’ll enjoy it
-WFPB dramatically drops LDL and total cholesterol levels by 30% or more (which is how much a Statin drug would, perhaps even more)
-WFPB relieves knee issues and mental issues
-70% of what we believe to be regular aging is actually optional; some unhealthy elderly or late adults say ‘you just wait your turn is coming!’ but it doesn’t have to, not like that.
-see forks over knives documentary
Chapter 2 The Flesh of Beasts
-D&C, our most current revelation on health, says use meat in winter or famine to save your lives; we don’t have those right now
-plants can, unlike animals, synthesize organic materials from minerals air sunlight, thus they are the true source of nutrients (for example, cow doesn’t make dairy, it eats it and when we drink milk we get it second hand)
-more than enough (over 10% of calories) protein in WFPB
-D&C says plants for ‘nature and constitution of man’; they should be the core
-use meat as a backup source not a primary; disadvantages of meat (which don’t apply to plants) include too much cholesterol, too much protein, too much fat, wrong type of fat, too few essential nutrients, too much of some nutrients, no phytochemicals, no fiber, too many hormones & antibiotics, give to animals to get them fat and keep them from getting sick), too many pollutants, microbes, pesticides, herbicides
-protein like oxygen is abundant in nature, not something to worry about
-China Study showed cancer in rats from animal protein, but vegetable protein didn’t lead to cancer.
-in whole foods, we get the advantage of amino acids producing precise combinations needed; this doesn’t happen if you oil everything.
-don’t gamble your health by betting on some fad diet being better than the D&C
-report: in 6 wks. of this gone from cholesterol 238 to 164 or 201 to 138 etc. and lost 15 pounds.
-calorie for calorie broccoli has more protein than a stake
Chapter 3 Wholesome herbs and every fruit
-whole foods have many phytochemicals like alkaloids carotenoids flavonoids isoflavones organosulfides phenolic acids phytosterols saponins etc. even many not yet discovered;
-phytochemicals in a whole food work together in a symbiotic way;
-nutrition is a young science, we are just scratching the surface; we can’t really improve on god’s creation by our supplements, just eat the food as found in nature
-D&C says to eat wholesome plants; that also suggests seeking a whole form not an oil form or refined or other ways
-real food is alive and should eventually die; preservatives thus aren’t good, and sap much nutrient; D&C also speaks of using food ‘in the season thereof’
-modern foods are too concentrated; same with cocaine, the leaves aren’t addictive, it’s the concentration it’s sold in. eat naturally and you can avoid addictions common in the standard American diet
-President Packer speaks of many things not specifically listed in the word of wisdom which are harmful
-refined plant oils have way more calories than the whole food version; i.e. 1 cup sweet corn is 130 cal. and 10% fat; but 2 tbsp of corn oil is 250 cal. and 100% fat
-adding vegetable oil to a plant-based diet just adds unneeded calories
-eating good fats (monounsaturated, like olive oil) leads to less cholesterol than bad fats, but both lead to CAD
-some things resolved by WFPB eating: UTI, acne, eczema, PMS, emotional issues, Raynaud’s, blood sugar imbalances, arthritis, less hypoadrenalism symptoms, restore color in cheeks, decrease pain and weight and happiness, less allergens and asthma
Chapter 4 All grain is good
-‘staff of life’ as it says in D&C means ‘staple food for life’; we’re in an upside-down society that says eat lots of meat and little carbs, esp. little wheat. Wheat is endorsed by God and it’s the first thing many attack.
-some are glucose intolerant but human history shows that’s the exception not the rule
-6 foods sustained life historically: barley, corn, millet, potatoes, rice, wheat, getting a bulk of calories from starch
-eating starches (corn, potatoes, etc.) helps us not take all day to get enough calories like it does for grazing cattle etc.
-paleolithic people actually got most their calories from carbs, their ancestors were nearly vegetarian; societies living on mainly animal foods are historically scarce and exceptions not the norm
-in China (before McDonalds/American diet came there) they were the healthiest people and they ate mostly rice and noodles and veggies and they lived longest
-the word of wisdom was given for our day when disease is mostly from food intake; back in Joseph Smith’s time most disease was communicable (spread from person to person, lack of hygiene/sterility, etc.), but the word of wisdom was focused on helping us in our day when food choices are so vast
-the way we eat and feed our children is equivalent to how people used to mingle with others who had bubonic plague or typhoid fever
-chronic diseases today are preventable, yet 1.7 million die from them annually
-genes may load the gun, but behavior pulls the trigger
-noncommunicable diseases (ones that can be prevented by diet) are leading factor of death now everywhere but Africa (Africa is closely following suit however)
-when we eat more calorically dense meat, we eat less of other stuff, i.e. stuff with nutrients like grain
-food selection choices are highest today, more so than ever. Thus the word of wisdom is key for our time
-90% of turkey has disease causing organisms, which are resistant to antibiotics
-many antibiotics are becoming ineffective for humans because they’re used so much on animals. We should instead focus on keeping these vital for when we need them and not waste them on animals. We get resistant when it’s introduced to animal or human, so shift the focus away from animal eating; 23,000 die per year from antibiotic resistant infections, more so than die from HIV/AIDs.
-even being 10 pounds overweight makes you functionally much weaker, you can’t be middle ground on this
-WFPB can help swelling and joint issues
Chapter 5 what about dairy and eggs
-dairy is like liquid meat and isn’t the source of any nutrients. It has too much protein, fat, cholesterol, calories, hormones, bacteria, and pollutants, even if it’s from ‘happy cows’, it has pus in it too; that protein is highly carcinogenic
-billions of people around the world are healthy without consuming any dairy.
-US has lots of milk but a very high rate of osteoporosis; get calcium from plants, the original source with highest absorption potential
-dairy can neutralize needed acidity, so nutrients come out of our bones to restore it, thus we have weaker bones when we use dairy
-adult mammals in the wild don’t consume dairy; we don’t need nutrients that baby chicks need, so don’t eat eggs; we have different needs than a baby cow so don’t drink cow milk
-Pres. Hinckley said don’t justify eating bad stuff just because it isn’t specified in the word of wisdom
-WFPB helps fertility; brings energy you had 30 years ago
Chapter 6 science and the word of wisdom
-science is slowly catching up to the word of wisdom revelation
-many Christian traditions have promoted a vegan diet, especially 7th Day Adventists. 35% of 7th Day Adventists are vegetarian; Hugh Nibley says they have always been better than us at living the word of wisdom. They feel God has revealed the health code, and they are outspoken about sharing it as a religious duty. We should feel the same. John Westley promoted vegetarianism. Islam Buddhism and other world religions have long promoted elimination of animal products in diet. Joseph Smith taught the need to obey God before being blessed; some things in word of wisdom are contrary to modern fads and you need to take a leap of faith; however, most of this has been around for millennia.
-we have more science now but unhealthy people; knowledge doesn’t equal wisdom
-we always interpret the world of wisdom through contemporary science; for example, scientist and Apostle John Widtsoe spoke of using meat very sparingly, and even suggested eliminating animal products from the diet. He spoke of the need to heed the positives as much as the negatives in the word of wisdom, the do’s not just the don’ts. He says church members aren’t living up to this. He speaks of how vegetarians have often excelled in sports, and how meat proteins are more expensive and wasteful, and how all we need is found in vegetarianism.
-in the Korean war, the autopsies showed the Koreans were healthy, the American’s (eating lots of meat) were all predisposed for atherosclerosis
-get 10% calories from fat, 10 from protein, 80 from complex carbs
– avoid irreversible diabetes related nerve damage by catching your health early on as possible; but yes you can reverse diabetes with this and many have
Chapter 7 Common objections
-it takes money to promote a message and drug companies and dairy companies don’t earn money by promoting WFPB, that’s why you aren’t taught this as much in schools, TV, etc.; food executives call marketing unprocessed food ‘a fools game’; the D&C warns us of conspiring people, this certainly applies to food companies today who will do whatever they can to get money, intentionally making foods in addictive combinations (‘secret combinations’ haha!)
-we ignore healthy food when unhealthy is present; a rat will die of starvation when offered both food and cocaine regularly
-fake food leads to loss of regular self-control; we don’t have to have these overpowering cravings if we detoxify our bodies; we eat unnaturally rich foods; as mentioned earlier, your taste buds will adapt to what you give them within a short period of time; junk food leads to a loss of the ability in our biological feedback systems (with leptin etc.) to tell when we are full
-here are some myths: 1. We need meat for adequate protein. 2. Eggs are an ideal protein. 3. Milk is good for our bones. 4. Carbs are dangerous. 5. We need more ‘healthy fats’ in our diet. 6. Olive oil, fish oil, coconut oil are ‘health foods’. 7. It can’t be wrong if everyone is doing it. 8. If something is labeled ‘natural’ it is good for you. 9. Junk food is fun, popular, and will make you happy. 10. Eating whatever foods you find delicious is part of living the good life. 11. Serving people rich, scrumptious foods shows you love them
-what of scientists who disagree with WFPB? The bulk of scientific evidence truly points in this direction; many who follow the USDA still have heart disease, diabetes, stroke, etc., and they blame it on factors like genetics, lack of exercise, or the environment, when really their diet is whack; even if they know of a healthier diet they don’t promote it because they think people are too weak to successfully do it (*note: promote the best, not just what you think people can handle! This is how they rise; humanity thrives on being challenged to become great, not on invitations to be mediocre.)
-many fad diets look like they’re working because they’re often better than the Standard American Diet (SAD), but that doesn’t mean they are the optimal diet (*Atkins/keto particularly leads to heart disease). And even a placebo can have real profound psychological effects resulting in physical changes (psychobiological effects)
– green smoothies aren’t as good as whole foods, less fiber etc.; (fiber tells you you’re full); we also can’t neglect starches or we’ll have not enough energy; supplements lack many phytochemicals found in whole foods; the apple has thousands of antioxidants impacting thousands of metabolic reactions, we can’t even calculate what’s going on, almost every chemical effects another chemical, an almost infinite number of biological consequences when we take things and change them from their natural state. Did they have a Vitamix 200 years ago? No, yet they were healthy. We can’t just go off of active ingredients, we are still learning about the complexity of anatomy and nutrition science
-when you stop eating bad stuff, at first you feel bad. Don’t let that trick you. It’s the same with stopping smoking or cocaine.
-the word of wisdom does not encourage us to “just eat right for your type”. among WFPB there is an extremely broad variety (*prophets have said regarding music which can be applied to nutrition: there is so much good, you don’t need to waste your time with the bad). Find a diet that works for you within the broad scope of WFPB.
-WFPB is the only diet clinically proven to eliminate heart disease; what’s more radical: the diet that causes many chronic illnesses, or the one that eliminates them? “moderation in all things” is not a scriptural statement. WFPB is the way the vast majority of humans have eaten in recorded history. The standard American diet is the real radical diet.
-many good latter-day saints ignore the positive aspects of the word of wisdom; this hurts relationships, dulls spiritual sensitivity, etc.
(*perhaps the Savior would say to them to live these principles when they ask, ‘what lack I yet?’. Will they like the young man go away sorrowing, now willing to consecrate what the Lord asks?)
(*it can also lead to hormonal imbalance, contributing to same sex attraction; think of all the estrogen in dairy products which men consume (the milk producing cows are pregnant after all)! Perhaps we have discovered one of the mysteries as to why boys from good religious homes can develop same sex attraction.)
-most Americans only eat 7% fruit and vegetable; we get 51% of food in a processed form. WFPB eliminates virtually all of the top ten sources of calories in the American diet (as identified by USDA): soda pop, cake and pastries, hamburgers, pizza, potato chips, white rice, white bread, cheese, beer, & french fries.
-D&C says the word of wisdom is adapted to the weakest of saints, so we know this can be done. Many people give things up, as seen in converts giving up tea coffee alcohol etc. (which they thought would be impossible) to be baptized (*then the Holy Ghost helps them even more after baptism). Similarly, we can give up meat, dairy, processed foods, etc. (*will this not bring an increase of the Holy Ghost, and thus more power to make good choices? Will it not make sin less appealing?). Many are so excited about the new life ahead that they don’t even experience withdrawals. Does a butterfly miss being a caterpillar?
(*chose to eat WFPB, and be firm in your resolve; then you don’t have to waste time debating the weaker side of your character and devils, which are very good debaters)
-what is harder, to give up certain foods, or to live with chronic illness?
-the ability to savor subtle delights of whole foods may take some time as your palate needs to adjust; eating real food is delicious and sustainable
-the church with it’s lines on what you can’t have has spared us from many illnesses, but we have yet to access the full blessings from fully heeding D&C 89.
Chapter 8 stewards of our bodies, the earth, and its creatures
-D&C 49:20-21 “it is not given that one man should possess that which is above another, wherefore the world lieth in sin. And wo be unto man that sheddeth blood or that wasteth flesh and hath no need.”
-in the bible, the eating of animals is only introduced after the flood which destroyed the vegetation on earth!
-Genesis 9:9 Joseph Smith Translation “and surely, blood shall not be shed, only for meat, to save your lives; and the blood of every beast will I require at your hands.”
-meat may be ordained for our use, but not for our abuse
-Hugh Nibley suggests using meat ‘sparingly’ means spare the animals. He says the needy family in winter has right to using animals, but those who don’t need it have no right to them. He also says that “God will justify the taking of animal life to sustain man’s want, but he reserves a special blessing for those who place their nobility before their necessity” (source in text)
-how can animals find joy in filling the measure of their creation if we treat them so badly (the factories etc.)?
-using animal meats results in use of much more water than farming; it also creates more greenhouse gasses than all transportation; we could much more easily give up dairy than give up transportation!
-livestock industry leads in deforestation and reduction of biodiversity, an anthropogenic user of land; they make 130x more waste than humans, leading to widespread pollution of land and water
-the earth can produce enough for everyone’s need but not for everyone’s greed
-Brigham Young spoke of our savage nature going away as we use plants not animals for food (pg. 87)
-Joseph Smith had his fellow Zion’s Camp members not kill a snake among them, but encouraged them to become tame so the animals could follow suit (pg. 87) (remember full references to quotations etc. are in the text)
-George Q Cannon speaks of an increased spirit of God as we stop hurting animals, and peace then reigning on earth
-Heber C Kimball wrote of not hurting animals, but respecting that they too have life, the same as we do, and that the animals are doing their job, so should we do ours.
-Lorenzo Snow says the animals we kill unnecessarily may rise up someday and condemn us
-Joseph F. Smith said the love of nature is akin to the love of God
-more reports show WFPB can cure: bi-polar, sleep apnea, skin problems like boils and rashes, depression, panic attacks, reflux, eyesight, hearing, common sickness (rarely get sick), headaches, blood pressure, faster recovery when you do get sick, decreased anxiety
Chapter 9 Why doesn’t the church tell us these things
-D&C says it’s not by commandment or restraint
-Heber J Grant says some of the sweetest saints he knew disobeyed the word of wisdom
-some very noble people are yet not necessarily the healthiest
(*consider Thomas S Monson: a mighty prophet, but his biography shows they ate much meat growing up in his home, and later in life he was known for having a very bad case of diabetes; the Lord sustained and prolonged his health, but it was still a great hinderance to him, and perhaps shortened his life)
(*consider this positive example: George Albert Smith would bring a jar of wheat with him whenever he traveled; even eating in members’ homes, his escort would say ‘we are having stew for dinner, but President Smith is having wheat’. That’s amazing courage!)
-historically, it’s taken time for the word of wisdom to be understood in the church, and adapted into policy, culture, etc. We learn line upon line, as we are ready to receive it.
-Joseph Smith urged being merciful more than exacting when it came to this and other matters.
-Heber J Grant tried preaching the word of wisdom and few listened; after a sermon on it members giving him dinner had the nerve to offer him tea and coffee. Grant showed the saints that they were spending more money on tea and coffee than they were on tithes. Grant says he was called a crank for his views on the word of wisdom, but said that he therefore expected to go on being a crank to the end.
-another problem with enforcing positive aspects of D&C 89 is how hard it is to measure compliance. With alcohol etc. it’s easy to say ‘are you or aren’t you using it’ etc.
-Joseph Smith said, “I have tried for a number of years to get the minds of the Saints prepared to receive the things of God; but we frequently see some of them, after suffering all they have for the work of God, will fly to pieces like glass as soon as anything comes that is contrary to their traditions: they cannot stand the fire at all.” (History of the Church 6:184-85)
-George Albert Smith said the Lord always wanted a people who would listen but couldn’t find it, he wanted to exalt them, but they wouldn’t have it
He goes on to say how the Lord could not “reveal to us a single principle farther than He had done” or “He would have upset the whole of us.”
-Perhaps the emphasis on not doing the wrong things (i.e. alcohol) is a step closer to doing the right things (plant-based eating).
-we aren’t that different from the early saints when it comes to resisting revelations in the word of wisdom
-perhaps other items are far more important (such as getting us to be baptized, keep the sabbath, pray, not commit adultery, be honest, have charity, etc.), and we must focus on the most key items needed for salvation; (*it seems we have not graduation from the early grades, we aren’t, as a people, taking on the higher grades yet)
-D&C says we shouldn’t be commanded in all things
-often the gap between what we believe we should do and what we do is enormous
-statistics show Utah saints are fatter than non-Utah saints. Fatter-day Saints.
-why settle for only moderate obedience and thus only moderate blessings?
-Lorenzo Snow said the day of introducing to the saints that they should not shed animal blood and should refrain from eating meet was near at hand
-Ezra Taft Benson said we are digging an early grave with our teeth, and we need a generation of Daniel-like people who refuse the kings meat, and whose countenances show it
-Gordon B Hinckley says he wishes we would live the word of wisdom more fully, and that we would be blessed if we would try to
-instead of asking ‘why haven’t church leaders spoken more of this?’ we would do well to ask, ‘why haven’t I listened to them more closely?’ as they’ve already encouraged this
-Heber J Grant ate very little meat, and he was known for working long hours without fatigue
-George Albert Smith ate no meat except for a small amount during winters; his meals are simple and nourishing (remember the jar of wheat story).
-Joseph Fielding Smith’s wife Jessie Evans said he doesn’t eat meat, and they eat lots of fruits and vegetables
-Ezra Taft Benson was sparing in his use of meat and generous in his use of fresh vegetables and grains
-as you see, many church leaders aren’t waiting for some official message to act on the council of D&C 89.
-in as little as 2 weeks of cutting animal products headaches can go away, menstrual pain becomes lessened, and the body manages its own weight (gains if it needs to gain, loses if it needs to lose)
Chapter 10 the promised blessings
-Harold B Lee said if we will be like Daniel and refuse the kings meat we will be protected when death comes to every household that doesn’t keep the commands of God
-D&C 45:31 speaks of an overflowing scourge to come where “desolating sickness shall cover the land” and “pestilences of every kind” perhaps it’s a super bug from complete resistance to antibiotics
-George Q Cannon says that when pestilence comes, many who are now careless about the word of wisdom will likely reform and pay attention to the councils; he says we as a people are promised greater safety than other people, but that is predicated upon our obedience, and we shouldn’t expect the blessing without obedience.
-President Boyd K Packer taught “the word of wisdom is a key to individual revelation”
-for observant Jews, their dietary laws are, a Jewish author puts it, “a daily commitment in action to one’s faith, a formal choice, a quiet self-discipline”
-it’s ok to be different and separate from society, God’s people have always been called to do that; food is a great vehicle to remind us (and others) that we are a separate people
-some suffering in this life is our own fault because of not heeding these things
-apparently D&C 89 is an ‘adapted version’ for the weak and weakest of saints; perhaps a more full version is to come, and with it, more blessings; why not seek these?
-this is the secret to weight loss everyone is looking for
-WFPB can cure cancers and other heart (and brain) diseases; imagine a family home evening where you have to tell your kids you have cancer and you won’t be with them much longer. Is this not motivation enough to bring you to WFPB?
-Gandhi says those who can are vegetarian just for helping a health issue fall back, and to stay vegetarian, you need a moral basis.
(more guidelines in appendixes)
*Note: Here are 2 small lists I made: one of things to add, and another of things to cut, perhaps in descending order, but doing cutting and adding at the same time:
Add: fruits, veggies, whole grain, nutrient knowledge, whole food snacks & meal prep, light exercise, rigorous exercise (perhaps not needed), naps, sleep, short fasting, long fasting, write a cook book, teach others.
Cut: soda, meat, dairy, pastries, white breads/white rice, oils, bad sauces, bad candy, bad juice, exceptions (days/meals off), feeding non WFPB to others, character: stop ingratitude, entitlement, resentment, jealousy, selfishness.
We use doctors in the Church and believe in using faith and medicine as Elder Nelson and Elder Oaks and Elder Holland have recently taught. This is to supplement your understanding, so you are aware that there are conspiring men in this field, and not to always trust them 100% on everything as seems to be the current trend.
Many selections here found from a larger text: http://ogdenkraut.com/?page_id=112 has a larger article addressing 4 crafts (doctorcraft, lawyercraft, priestcraft, kingcraft), though here I’ve selected some favorite quotes on doctorcraft.
-“When God spoke from heaven to Joseph Smith, the people were bound down by priestcraft, doctorcraft, kingcraft, and lawyercraft, the four grand crafts that uphold Satan’s kingdom.”(Brigham Young Deseret News, July 12, 1863)
-“The devil has sent his emissaries among us, some of whom come in the form of lawyers, doctors and ministers, and others as saloon keepers and gamblers, and  as “gentlemen” whose politeness and affability are peculiarly striking. Their special mission seems to be directed to the young of both sexes, to decoy and lead them astray. (Brigham Young JD 18:233)
-“Then you may take the class called merchants, also the doctors, the priests in the various sects, the lawyers, and every person engaged in any branch of business throughout the world, and, as a general thing, they are all taught from their childhood to be more or less dishonest.” (Brigham Young JD 6:72)
-“Some of the company thought I was not a very meek Prophet; so I told them: “I am meek and lowly in heart,” and will personify Jesus for a moment, to illustrate the principle, and cried out with a loud voice, “Woe unto you, ye doctors; woe unto you, ye lawyers; woe unto you, ye scribes, Pharisees, and hypocrites!” etc. But you cannot find the place where I ever went that I found fault with their food, their  drink, their house, their lodgings; no, never; and this is what is meant by the meekness and lowliness of Jesus.” (Joseph Smith DHC 5:218)
-“As to the doctors who are in our midst, who are our enemies, I say let them alone, for I have no doubt but that three to one who have died in this place had a doctor. * * * Do  cease to employ doctors, lawyers, and merchants who will empty your purses. * * * As to the doctors, let them go. I can prove that a doctor in this place doctored a woman that was in the family way, and did not know it until she was delivered, and both woman and child died, and if you will employ them, you will all die.” (Joseph Smith DHC 7:258-259)
-” All ye doctors who are fools, not well read, and do not understand the human constitution, stop your practice. And all ye lawyers who have no business, only as you hatch it up, would to God you would go to work or run away!” (Joseph Smith DHC 6:59)
-“Another thing: I want to speak about the lawyers of this city. I have good feelings towards them; nevertheless I will reprove the lawyers and doctors anyhow. Jesus did, and every prophet has; and if I am a prophet, I shall do it: at any rate, I shall do it, for I profess to be a prophet.” (Joseph Smith DHC 6:238)
-“I am happy to say I have never been under the necessity of calling a doctor to my family for forty years. I have had them in my family, but not from necessity. I like them when they are gentlemen; when they are wise and full of intelligence, I am very fond of them; but I do not ask them to doctor my family in any case; and there are no circumstances under which I think them necessary except in case of a broken bone, or where skillful mechanical or surgical aid is necessary. But to call a doctor to my family to administer physic to them, I am not under the necessity of doing it. Is this so? Yes, it is; and if the experiment could be tried, independent of the Gospel and of faith, in any community, I care not where, nor for what length  of time, of having any number of persons, with regularly qualified physicians to attend them; and the same number without such physicians, but who will doctor themselves according to nature and their own judgments, among that portion without doctors, there would be less sickness and fewer deaths than among those who had their doctors. The experience of the Latter-day Saints in Utah confirms this. (Brigham Young JD 13:142)
-“Would you want doctors? Yes, to set bones. We should want a good surgeon for that, or to cut off a limb. But do you want doctors? For not much of anything else, let me tell you, only the traditions of the people lead them to think so; and here is a growing evil in our midst. It will be so in a little time that not a woman in all Israel will dare to have a baby unless she can have a doctor by her. * * *
Now the cry is, “Send for a doctor.” If you have a pain in the head, “Send for a doctor;” if your heel aches, “I want a doctor;” “my back aches, and I want a doctor.” The study and practice of anatomy and surgery are very good; they are mechanical, and are frequently needed. Do you not think it is necessary to give medicine sometimes? Yes, but I would rather have a wife of mine that knows what medicine to give me when I am sick, than all the professional doctors in the world. (Brigham Young JD 15:225)
-“When he [Jedediah Grant] was here, the devils had power over his flesh, he warred with them and fought them, and said that they were around him by millions, and he fought them until he overcame them. So it is with you and I. You never felt a pain and ache, or felt disagreeable, or uncomfortable in your bodies and minds, but what an evil spirit was present causing it. Do you realize that the  ague, the fever, the chills, the severe pain in the head, the pleurisy, or any pain in the system, from the crown of the head to the soles of the feet, is put there by the devil? You do not realize this, do you?
I say but little about this matter, because I do not want you to realize it. When you have the rheumatism, do you realize that the devil put that upon you? No, but you say, “I got wet, caught cold, and thereby got the rheumatism.” The spirits that afflict us and plant disease in our bodies, pain in the system, and finally death, have control over us so far as the flesh is concerned. But when the spirit is unlocked from the body, it is free from the power of death and Satan; and when that body comes up again, it also, with the spirit, will gain the victory over death, hell, and the grave. (Brigham Young JD 4:133)
-“As an individual, I am free to acknowledge that I should much prefer to die a natural death, to being helped out of the world by the most “intelligent graduate,” new or old school, that ever scientifically flourished the wand of Esculapius, or any of his followers.” (Brigham Young Mill. Star 14:215)
-“The doctors in this region [Nauvoo] don’t know much; and the lawyers, when I speak about them, begin to say, “We will denounce you on the stand.” But they don’t come up; and I take the liberty to say what I have a mind to about them. Doctors won’t tell you where to go to be well; they want to kill or cure you, to get your money.” (Joseph Smith DHC 5:357)
-” I want to say to all who profess to be saints, do not harbor blacklegs, counterfeiters and bogus-makers, wipe them away; it is time to carry out the design of our Prophet; do  cease to employ doctors, lawyers, and merchants who will empty your purses and then mob you.” (Brigham Young DHC 7:259)
-“But the great majority of men who have amassed great wealth have done it at the expense of their fellows, on the principle that the doctors, the lawyers and the merchants acquire theirs. Such men are impositions on the community, and they ought to be taken and put to some honorable labor such as raising potatoes, raising grain, cattle and sheep, and performing other useful and necessary labors for the good of mankind. Amen.” (Brigham Young JD 19:98)
-“Doctors and their medicines I regard as a deadly bane to any community. Give your children, when sick, a little simple herb drink; and if they have eaten too much, let them go without food until their stomachs are cleansed and purified, and have faith in the name of Jesus and in the ordinances of his Church, and they will live. That is my faith with regard to this thing. I am not very partial to doctors and lawyers. I can see no use for them unless it is to raise grain or go to mechanical work.” (Brigham Young JD 14:108)
-“I can see the faces of this congregation, but I do not see two alike; and if I could look into your nervous systems and behold the operations of disease, from the crowns of your heads to the soles of your feet, I should behold the same difference that I see in your physiognomy-there would be no two precisely alike. Doctors make experiments, and if they find a medicine that will have the desired effect on one person, they set it down that it is good for everybody, but it is not so, for upon the second person that medicine is administered to, seemingly with the same disease, it might produce death. If you do not know this, you have not had the experience that I have.” (Brigham Young JD 15:226-227)
-“Who is the real doctor? That man who knows by the spirit of revelation what ails an individual and by the same spirit knows what medicine to administer. That is the real doctor, the others are quacks.” (Brigham Young, JD 15:226)
-“save the sick like a good physician, and not kill them by dosing down the medicine as do some of our doctors.” (Brigham Young, JD 9:125, 17 Feb. 1861)
-“You may go to some people here, and ask what ails them, and they answer, “I don’t know, but we feel a dreadful distress in the stomach and in the back; we feel all out of order, and we wish you to lay hands upon us.” “Have you used any remedies?” “No. We wish the Elders to lay hands upon us, and we have faith that we shall be healed.” That is very inconsistent according to my faith. If we are sick, and ask the Lord to heal us, and to do all for us that is necessary to be done, according to my understanding of the Gospel of salvation, I might as well ask the Lord to cause my wheat and corn to grow, without my plowing the ground and casting in the seed. It appears consistent to me to apply every remedy that comes within the range of my knowledge, and to ask my Father in heaven, in the name of Jesus Christ, to sanctify that application to the healing of my body” 21
-“If the people want to eat calomel,” he said, “let them do it and be damned. But don’t feed it to any of my family. If any doctor does and I know it I would kill him as quick as I would for feeding arsenic.” (Notes of Brigham Young’s medical lecture to the Board of Health in Great Salt Lake City, December 1851, Wilford Woodruff’s journal.)
-“”I will give $5000 dollars,” he said, “for the 16 part of an oz of poison that can be extracted out of all the lobelia in this valley.” (Brigham Young, Sermon, 16 June 1861, typescript, Church Archives, p.3)
-“But there is constitutions, and situations in life, wherein you may administer calomel to persons, and it will do them good when nothing else will. But is it good in every case? No. Not one in fifty thousand, but we will reduce that and say one to five thousand. It will produce death in five thousand where it will do good only to one person.” (Brigham Young, Sermon, 16 June 1861 p.3)
-Speaking of physicians “A worse set of ignoramuses do not walk the earth.” (Notes of Brigham Young’s medical lecture to the Board of Health in Great Salt Lake City, December 1851, Wilford Woodruff’s journal.)
-“I suppose there are physicians here laughing in their sleeves and thinking what a pity it is that brother Brigham was not a studied physician. A studied fool you mean—a learned fool. When you come to the real knowledge I know more than ye all and do not brag one particle. I could put all the real knowledge they possess in nut shell and put it in my vest pocket, and then I would have to hunt for it to find it.” (Brigham Young Sermon, Bowery, 16 Jan. 1861, pp. 7-8)
–If the Saints were to fully cultivate the gift of healing, “every doctor might be removed from our midst.” (Brigham Young JD 14:108, 8 Aug. 1869)
–“at Salt Lake they had no sickness till the doctors came. Then they, being too lazy to delve and hoe like others, made people ill, in order to get a living by doctoring them!” (Brigham Young; Harper’s Weekly, v. 13, 2 Oct. 1869)
-The doctors in this region don’t know much . . . and I take the liberty to say what I have a mind to about them. They won’t tell you where to go to be well; they want to kill or cure you to get your money. Calomel doctors will give you calomel to cure a sliver in your big toe, and they do not stop to know whether the stomach is empty or not; and calomel on an empty stomach will kill a patient. . . .” (Joseph Smith; Journal History, 13 April 1843)
-““People will seldom die of disease,” he explained, “provided we know it seasonably, and treat it mildly, patiently and perseveringly, and do not use harsh means.” ( Joseph Smith; Journal History, 19 April 1843)
-Speaking of the selfishness of one local doctor, Brigham Young said, “did not have quite sympathy enough to buy them a chicken or give them a shilling, though he was worth some four or five hundred thousand dollars.” (Watson, p. 53)
–George W. Hickman a doctor was told by Brigham Young “not to practice medicine because he [Young] wanted to teach the people faith and dependence upon God. . . . This was a stunning blow to a young man who had spent years in preparation for a profession suddenly to have his staff knocked from under him.” (From the journal of Josephine Hickman Finlayson, his daughter, in “Pioneer Medicines,” Heart Throbs of the West, 12 vols. (SLC; Daughter of the Utah Pioneers, 1939-1950, 7:210-11)
-“As to supporting a family by medical practice, we have physicians who find considerable employment, yet it is no uncommon thing to see them at work in the canyons getting out wood, plowing, sowing, or harvesting their crops, which, I think betokens a healthy state.” Brigham Young
-We want sister physicians that can officiate in any capacity that the gentlemen are called upon to officiate and unless they educate them- selves the gentlemen that are flocking in our midst will do it.” ( Eliza R Snow SLC (General or Cooperative) Retrenchment Association minutes, 1871-75, 13 Sept. 1873, LDS Church Archives)
-“Learn to take proper care of your children. If any of them are sick the cry now, instead of “Go and fetch the Elders to lay hands on my child!” is, “Run for a doctor.” Why do you not live so as to rebuke disease? It is your privilege to do so without sending for the Elders. You should go to work to study and see what you can do for the recovery of your children.” (Brigham Young JD 13:155, 14 Nov. 1869)
–“know their own systems, understand the diseases of their country, under- stand medicine and they ought to know enough to treat themselves and their neighbors in that way that they will live as long as it is possible for them to live.” (Brigham Young; Sermon, Bowery, 16 Jan. 1861, pp.3-4)
by PBS & Frontline Journalism
-small pox, polio, diphtheria, etc. are gone from vaccines
-many parents don’t want autism risks from vaccines, they would rather have measles.
-within 6 years a child gets 36 inoculations
-they prevent 16 diseases by vaccines
-Heb B vaccine is an STD, and some say they don’t want such in a baby
-babies today get 4x the vaccines than in the 70’s
-there are reasons we get sick, getting sick is not a bad thing.
-some children don’t want to get sick from those without the vaccines
-National Vaccine Information Center is a current establishment
-Generation Rescue is a group by JB Handley currently on tens of thousands of cases of MMR triple shot and others becoming disabled, in ways like not looking at their parents after such, or never speaking again after such, etc.
-autism is a brain damage disease, we give more vaccines today, and this illness is increasing, the correlation is drawn.
-some say that children who get vaccines then autism is merely because that is the age autism generally develops
-mercury, ether, aluminum, formaldehyde, phosphate buffers, formalin, yeast protein, soy protein, bovine protein, thimerosal (mercury based), these are some of the ingredients of the vaccines.
-Robert Kennedy Jr. is one loud speaker against these.
-mercury is known to be a neurotoxicant, but not related to autism necessarily
-many studies in several nations show no link between MMR and autism
-thimerosal has mercury studies show no link with it and autism
-yet many cases show children go in to get vaccines, and leave regressing.
-some say 100,000’s of thousands are negatively affected from vaccines
-some say that the internet causes myths to not die which should die, others say the internet is showing more truth and allowing people to challenge the medical establishment.
-some say vaccines are private not public; that it’s like not taking a drug; but they there is the question of herd immunity. It’s said that the large drop in herd immunity is where the real issues come out.
-scientists say herd immunity matters like a wall around a community
-they say they still vaccinate against polio because some people with it are still alive. However they stopped giving smallpox vaccines because that is totally gone.
-some say people are taking control of their own health and don’t want to rely on a doctor. Physicians must get over the idea that they aren’t going to be obeyed all the time.
From a lecture at latterdayconservative.com. These notes are shared with permission of Brian Mecham of Latterdayconservative.com.
-we need calcium in its raw form not in milk, but in plants or from something that ate a plant.
-health food stores have nothing to offer, they make you be vitamin deficient
-we need vitamin f
-he never gave his sons a vaccine, never a shot in his life, for 17 years he remembers only 3 days when he was sick. He is also quite all, taller than his dad, and a basketball player.
-this man is 65 but doesn’t look it
-the FDA buys out the things that work in the health food stores because they don’t want you to be exempt from needing to take their drugs.
-vitamin f isn’t in health food stores because it works; it’s only to be found in a Dr.’s office
-vaccines do the opposite of what needs to happen with our bodies
-there is no long-term research proving that vaccines work
-many of those Dr’s who push the vaccines have stock invested in them, owning patents on them.
-get raw whole milk; it’s sold at a place called Real Foods in Orem, St. George, and a few other places.
-eat fatty deep-sea fish
-email him at jackstockwell.com
-free audio from Jack at http://www.jackstockwell.com/download-free-health-mp3-s/
-mercury is in the vaccines very bad
-acid issues are from not having enough acid
-babies don’t develop anti-bodies until 12 months old (hence they don’t need vaccinations). An epidemiologist said they get moms to bring in babies to train them to bring them in for vaccines.
-they won’t do long term studies on vaccines for they have so much money invested in them.
-vaccines is a way they want to help the “overpopulation problem” in the world Bill Gates says.
-you must take thyroxin if you have no thyroid
-anti oxidants are an utter and total scam (not sure what he means by this)
The way the Cherokee obtained and maintained their knowledge about health has become most fascinating to me. Our processes today are limited to empirical process, but the Cherokee remind us that there is more than one way to skin a cat.
The People of the Cherokee Share Wisdom of Health
The Cherokee people traditionally are very skeptical of what we call traditional or mainstream medicine. They feel like it is too governed by the government who has wronged them. The Cherokee nation wasn’t quite obliterated, but during the Trail of Tears it took a large blow when the government promised them things that it never gave them. While we want the Cherokee to be blessed by modern advances in medicine, we cannot neglect what they bring to the table of healthcare. The teenagers who are more integrated into western society don’t hold the belief of the medicine man. The medicine man replaces the modern physician. There are usually no medicine women. The medicine man carries a bag of a few specific herbs which he uses time and again on his patients.
Cherokee Health and The Family
Cherokee are very family oriented; they stay together with their families, and do ceremonies together, like tobacco ceremonies as a healing process. When the medicine man is sick, a close family member performs the ceremony. They give tobacco to the four winds and are return rewarded with power in the herb to heal. This offering is their giving to the earth because the earth gives to you. This offering also helps strengthen the plant, so that the plant can be strong to give more in the future. Cherokee tobacco is from various herbs, unlike the way we see it commonly today. Mullein or Lobelia was often included in their tobacco mix, these are strong anti-asthmatic, but Lobelia is in part like nicotine.
In a “spirit circle”, there can be about 40 people, and rocks to contribute to their circles of ceremony. These rocks are called medicine wheels; they have holes for north south east and west, wherein certain herbs fall.
The Shaman is a character among the Cherokee who represents man reaching back and forth between life and death, or what lies beyond. Death is not to be feared among the Cherokee. You make peace with death when death comes into you. They seek healing, but when it is time to die, they die well. They believe the Shaman can intercede by special balancing acts. Standing on knives or atop a roof dancing or some other extreme level of balance to not be injured shows that they intercede in the world of the secular and the world of Gaia, or the world of the living and the world of the dead. The Shaman show themselves to have access to a modern culture and a healing culture at the same time by these displays.
The plants which Gaia shared were companions, not servants. Garrett instructs, “Early use of plants evolved into listening to the stories told by many of the elders. They emphasized the values of plants as helpers, not as medicinal remedies for specific conditions of illness.” (Garrett, 2003, p. 26). To be a healer, you need to have had a vision, which can be from one of the plant spirits. These usually come in the form of Bear or Coyote or the plants appearing to you in the form of a person. These visions can happen in dreams. Angelica root would appear to you in the form of a beautiful young lady, and Burdock would appear in the form of a bear. The spirit plant guides taught the Cherokee of how to make use of their gifts, “Medicine was learned from the plant helpers for treating cuts, the stings and bites of insects, and for treating the upset stomachs of children and full bellies of the adults.” (Garrett, 2003, p. 21)
The ties Cherokee have with family and near community assist them in obtaining healthy lifestyles and healing independent of professionals in western medicine. This can be a weakness, but it can also be a strength in leu of the shortage in healthcare professionals today.
Cherokee Find Their Diet and Other Help from Gaia
The worship of Gaia (mother earth) brings with it a great respect for earth. Pagans were traditionally an earth centered religion also, referring to the mother earth and father sky, wherein one pays homage to the ground for producing the things to sustain you. They like the Cherokee held that when one treats the earth with respect, it treats you with respect back. This idea is being forgotten in modern society. The Cherokee diet is from the earth and isn’t processed like our food is today, and adherence to their diet would doubtless make many cancers and diabetic terrors a thing of the past.
The Cherokee speak to the plants, meditating with the plant, rather than assuming a license to pick any plant they wish, they would make a sort of arrangement with the plant to create a mutual relationship. Various songs and chants were sung to the plants to win their favor and further the negotiation process. Some plants may feel that they don’t want to be used at that time because they are currently unhealthy or have been recently abused by humans. They believe the earth can literally cry, and that when wasted, an area of earth can’t produce the desired beneficial life. Now we know from modern scientific measurements that, just as the Cherokee have long taught, when nutrients are taken out of soil, it is very hard to get that land to reproduce. That nature was the core of Cherokee medicine we see from Garrett’s work on Cherokee health, “The story of Cherokee Medicine begins with nature, ends with man, and begins again with nature.” (Garrett, 2003, p. 21)
The doctrine is signatures is practiced by the Cherokee. This means the plants will represent themselves similar to the animals. This is how humans first learned to associate plants with helpful uses for the human body (Bennett, 2007). The bear medicines are brown and fuzzy, like the bear. The bear medicines are considered most helpful to human conditions since the bear seems to be the animal most like the human, in that they use the hands to dig up roots, etc. The walnut is good for the heart because it looks like a heart. Angelica root looks like a uterus and is good for the uterus. It’s surprising how often these similarities pan out. Bennett suggests that though little scientific proof is available to support the doctrine of signatures, it is still at least a very effective teaching method (Bennett, 2007).
Cherokee have found ways to sustain life from the land without resorting to processed foods. I’m sure they had to work for this sustenance, and perhaps even that work is part of their key to health. Health didn’t come cheap for the Cherokee, but when it came, it was abundant.
Our Persistence Intolerance of Naturopathic Medicine
We have a recent case in the US of the DCFS taking kids from parents who didn’t think chemotherapy and radiation was the best option. At first glance we might say “yes the state protected the children from death.” But this is upsetting as it ignores alternate treatments which the very knowledgeable naturopathic parents were going to perform. Medical schools used to allow herbal and naturopathic studies. The Flexner report in the 20th century claimed that homeopathic schools were promoting dangerous graduates who did not understand medicine. This led to 25 large schools of natural medicine being shut down and lawsuits against many natural health practitioners. The Fitzgerald report in the appendix to the congressional record written by the chief investigator to interstate commerce showed that money from pharmaceutical companies was being put into shutting down natural clinics, hospitals, and laboratories which didn’t conform to standard pharmacology practices of the time. Pharmaceutical companies are known for trying to silence herbal remedy inventors like Harry Hoxsey. The American Medical Association lost a case called Wilk VS AMA in 1990 for having been identified as financing propaganda to shut down competitors in the naturopathic field.
The Cherokee could go for a walk and tell you what each plant is and what it does. I think most modern physicians could not do this. The Cherokee treated plants as a teammate, an ally, whereas today we treat plants as something that gets in the way of more serious matters.
The white people came to the Cherokee and the Cherokee told them of their medicinal ways, and the white’s called it kooky and threw it all away. If only we had at least tried to understand why they had the long-standing traditions which they had and had a more open mind to trying foreign things which had been helpful to other nations.
We would do well to not repeat the mistakes of our fathers and treat Cherokee patients with respect and reverence for their long-standing traditions in medicine even though many of them are not familiar to the modern civilized world. We must seek to accommodate their Cherokee patients in their desires to practice medicine in the way that their fathers have taught them to be correct. We can listen to the Cherokee and take their clues and put them to the test in our labs, and I think that we will happily find that the correlations they have given us will prove to be a great advancement in modern medicine.
I echo the sentiment of Cherokee researcher JT Garrett, “My vision is that we will learn to respect Mother Earth more each day and come to know how we can be a protector for the resources that our ancestors have called “the Medicine Way.”” (Garrett, 2003, p. 17)
Garrett, J. (2003). Cherokee Herbal. Bear & Company.
Bennett, B. C. (2007). Doctrine of Signatures: An Explanation of Medicinal Plant Discovery or
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Appendix: Additional Information on the history of naturopathic schools in the US:
Medical schools used to allow herbal and naturopathic studies.
Wilk VS AMA (American Medical Association) in 1990 is a case where propaganda was used to try and eliminate chiropractic’s etc. and the court ruled against AMA (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilk_v._American_Medical_Ass%27n) .
Harry Hoxsey found a natural cure for cancer, the AMA wanted to buy it from him but they didn’t plan to sell it to the public, so he wouldn’t sell, shortly thereafter he was jailed. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoxsey_Therapy
The Flexner report which was funded by Carnegie and Rockefeller claimed that homeopathic schools were promoting dangerous graduates who did not understand medicine. This lead to 25 large schools of natural medicine being shut down and lawsuits against many natural health practitioners.
“Homeopathy and natural medicines were derided; some doctors were jailed.”
“to adhere strictly to the protocols of mainstream science”
“published in 1910 under the aegis of the Carnegie Foundation. Many aspects of the present-day American medical profession stem from the Flexner Report and its aftermath.”
“Many American medical schools fell short of the standard advocated in the Flexner Report and, subsequent to its publication, nearly half of such schools merged or were closed outright. Colleges in electrotherapy were closed.”
“The Report also concluded that there were too many medical schools in the United States, and that too many doctors were being trained.”
“To help with the transition and change the minds of other doctors and scientists, Rockefeller gave more than $100 million to colleges, hospitals and founded a philanthropic front group called “General Education Board” (GEB)”
“In a very short time, medical colleges were all streamlined and homogenized (all the students were learning the same thing)”
“No medical school can be created without the permission of the state government. Likewise, the size of existing medical schools is subject to state regulation”
“When Flexner researched his report, “modern” medicine faced vigorous competition from several quarters, including osteopathic medicine, chiropractic medicine, electrotherapy, eclectic medicine, naturopathy and homeopathy. Flexner clearly doubted the scientific validity of all forms of medicine other than that based on scientific research, deeming any approach to medicine that did not advocate the use of treatments such as vaccines to prevent and cure illness as tantamount to quackery and charlatanism. Medical schools that offered training in various disciplines including electromagnetic field therapy, phototherapy, eclectic medicine, physiomedicalism, naturopathy, and homeopathy, were told either to drop these courses from their curriculum or lose their accreditation and underwriting support. A few schools resisted for a time, but eventually all either complied with the Report or shut their doors.”
The Fitzgerald report in the appendix to the congressional record written by the chief investigator to interstate commerce showed that money from pharmaceutical companies was being put into shutting down natural clinics, hospitals, and laboratories which didn’t conform to standard pharmacology practices of the time.
Sugar causes the joints to ache and swell.
Dairy is known for causing inflammation as well.
Use Turmeric, ginger, garlic blackened pepper…
makes sure to be getting enough healthy fats from nuts and seeds,
fruits esp berries, greens, starches, & nutritional yeast.
If you don’t address hormone needs, diet and exercise won’t lose weight.
Hashimotos disease may be part of your thyroid issue, it often is. If this is the case, you would need a different dietary regimen. Run a TPA test to rule out Hashimotos.
TPA is thyroid producing antibodies, this test tells the level of antibodies in the thyroid, which tells amount of inflammation in the thyroid. If inflamed, you most likely have Hashimotos which is an inflammatory disorder.
If you have Hashimotos, you’ll need to make some large changes in the diet like cutting out gluten.
Many have reported remarkable benefits to thyroid issues when implementing a whole foods plant based (WFPB) diet.
D&C section 49 summary tells us “the eating of meat is approved”, but Hugh Nibley and many prophets have taught that there is a special blessing for those who refrain, and they have led by example by eating little to no meat. With the many philosophies today on diet and the scattered research and evil designs which can be easily inserted into those so-called scientific studies (it’s easy to manipulate data), our best hope is to cling to God’s revelation to us (D&C 89) while we’re waiting for the science to catch up and unify, and weed out the corruption from their field of study.
This document is to emphasize that we should however eat meat “sparingly” (D&C 89), such as in times of NEED. Need! I.e. to save your life. For example the D&C suggests that we eat meat in time of winter to get nutrients that aren’t available from plants which are out of season. I understand how many people don’t want to eat any meat these days, there are so many loaded hormones and preservatives and GMO’s and other wretched things that you don’t know what you’re getting. Though I don’t agree with everything they say, I’ve found much supportive materials on the subject from LDSveg.org, much of which I have shared here. Truly, as taught by prophets, we won’t eat any meat in the Millennium. There will be no death, nor violence.
-Why did Brigham Young encourage people to eat very little meat, and not at all in some circumstances? Perhaps it was to establish a cultural thing as well as health. Israel used to not eat shrimp, a thing that would set them apart as a community. This could be the same type of thing which Brigham was trying to establish- a culture of the community of the Saints that helped them stand out.
-Brigham Young said he doesn’t need a law to tell him that eating pork isn’t good for you.
-This could cause people to say, perhaps, “ah, these people don’t drink coffee. That’s odd. I wonder what else they don’t do and why…” which leads them to investigate the glorious truths of the gospel.
-B.Y. said he enjoys good wholesome cheese
-use meat “for to save your lives.” the scripture says
-“For the Lord worketh not in secret combinations, neither doth he will that man should shed blood, but in all things hath forbidden it, from the beginning of man.” (Ether 9:8)
-“And wo be unto man that sheddeth blood or that wasteth flesh and hath no need.” (D&C 49:21)
-much of the meat today: viruses, bacteria, parasites, prions, hormones, fats, genetic adultery, antigenic, autoimmune disease producing proteins, fats, and second-hand adulterating chemistry
-visit ldsveg.org for many more quotes of the prophets etc. on not eating meat.
Sections: Salad, Sauce, Stew, Curry, Noodle, Smoothie, Sandwich/Burrito, Desert, Snacks
Israeli Passover salad
Refried beans & onion for chip dip
Avocado tomato & lime for chip dip
Teriyaki for noodles
Basalmic vinagre and olive oil bread dip
Hummace chip dip
chickpea potatoe coconut curry
ramen salad without ramen, find substitute
Subway all veggies sandwich on 12 Grain wheat bread with a hint of sauces to taste
Whole wheat tortillas
Tortillas made of beans
Cashew banana vanilla ice cream
Dairy free chocolate (high percentage cacao dark)
Date based ‘caramel’ apple
Lime water: ~ ½ lime squeezed into 1-gallon water
(NO fruit juices: too much added sugar, no fiber, less phytonutrients. Just buy whole fruits. You can squeeze your own juice, but eat all of the fruit you can (everything except some the peels).)
Bag of Kale (sprinkle lime juice for a delightful treat)
Salted Sunflower Seeds (baked?) (in shell, makes it take longer to eat, gives your mouth something to do)
Air popcorn with yeast & flax seed (not flax seed oil)
Chew on a tree branch
Air fried potatoes
Gum – several healthy types, nothing from a typical grocer
Chew on a rubber cord
Popcorn with seasoning, yeast, etc.
Apples dipped in peanut butter or almond butter or molasses or honey
These notes are shared with the permission of the author.
Tracy is the International Drug Awareness President
Tracy raises awareness about potentially harmful effects of SSRI anti-depression medications.
Tracy has documented over 5,000 cases of violent crimes related to SSRI drug usage.
She has training on how to come off of SSRI’s, but admonishes this to be done very very slowly!
She wrote “Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare” 2014, which sells for $12.50 on her website by clicking here or at this link: https://store.drugawareness.org/
Listen to her on her radio show via her website.
Another place to listen to her is the downloads section of latterdayconservative.com
She has a CD on SSRI’s effects on spirituality, bi-polar disorder, REM sleep disorder, & false memory syndrome.
I’m emailed back and forth with her on a few topics, she is very helpful.
She suggests the book “Are There Any Sick Among You?” by LaDean Griffin.
She has used a vegan diet to overcome cancer.
These are notes from Ann Tracy – Dangers of Antidepressants Anne is a Latter-day Saint who teaches about the perils of using Antidepressants. This lecture was found at latterdayconservative.com
-see site of Anne Tracy at http://www.ssristories.net with thousands of documented cases of extreme terrible behavior from these meds (see below for a list of some 5,000 cases)
-see this YouTube video of Anne Tracy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qz0-XzEq3x8
-See another Anne Tracy video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lz0o-k2x5z4
-see another Anne Tracy video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uC1ef86Lek
-an audio file of a lecture by Tracy can also be found at latterdayconservative.com
-It’s in water, so much that male fish are being born with ovaries. Fluoride.
-get distilled water or purified water, but we don’t know if even those will get all the drugs out of the water.
-*I see that many of our gender issues are from the effects of the drugs that we use in our society so much now! And these births with gender abnormalities!
-Why does Utah have the biggest problem with these drugs? It’s because they target Utah. Utah is the only state left in the country which still has strong family values and strong moral values, and that gets in the way of the plans of the drug companies. So they target Utah! A catholic fellow pointed this out.
-Monsanto and the drug companies are together in their planning, very closely related. Monsanto can create GMO’s (genetically modified organisms) for our food which can take away the nutrition and make us need to take more medication.
-since 2007 we have lost more military personnel to suicides than we have to combat.
-Anne Tracy teaches people these things 14-16 hours a day for 25 years; so long as these drugs are on the market she is fighting to let people know these things.
-mind altering drug means you lose your agency you can’t control yourself any more
-zombie talk is because of what is happening with these drugs, the shooters of homicides have a blank stare in their face, the lights are on, but no-one is home.
-70% of the physicians who prescribe these are on them.
–Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? the Rest of the Story on the New Class of SSRI Antidepressants Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Lovan, Luvox & More. Paperback – June 1994 by Anne Blake Tracy is the bible about this topic (she is a PhD, head of the International Coalition for Drug Awareness) (the book is less than 1$ to buy used on Amazon.com, can do so at http://www.amazon.com/Prozac-Panacea-Pandora-Antidepressants-Zoloft/dp/0916095592/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1422148274&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=blake+tracy+prozac+nightmare) and puts out more research than the other books. Anne Tracy suggests this book over any other. Prozac Pentaci or Pandora is the old version of the book. It’s the best documented text Anne Tracy has found in years of reading on nutrition, and she recommends it to all her clients.
-you are more likely to have autistic children if you take Prozac or other anti-depressants within 12 months before you give birth. There will be 3 to 4 times the chance of autistic birth. Utah’s rate is 3-4 times the rate of other places.
-these can cause ADD
-one man after being on antidepressants for 5 days killed his family and himself; before he was known as the nicest guy in the community
-have a puppy instead of pills for anti-depression
-Oprah Winfrey had a show promoting Prozac and had the Prozac Dr. most famous for dispensing such on her show.
-Utah since it has the more issues with this is the place where there are the most children born with autism.
-this causes schizophrenia, bipolar, Alzheimer’s, ADD, autism, etc.
-in the military they encourage antidepressants much
-to children in foster care they get loaded with antidepressants because there is no regulating it
-you have to come off the drug slowly or it can be terrible
-these pills are what make a person psychotic, and that gets them to rely on the drug company
-they are now planning to have mental health treatments from your own home, people want Dr.’s or other people who can prescribe drugs to come in their home; they then stay at their home and are more likely to kill their family and neighbors like thousands of reported cases we have already seen.
-the physicians on this can’t remember things so they joke about like they’re just growing old and remind each other about what their patients need
-this effects memory TERRIBLY
-one military veteran began antidepressants after military combat and began using these drugs for his knee later and it’s then that he began how to kill his squad leaders.
-one lady beat her 17-year-old son to death with a mallet and then tried to commit suicide today she is locked up and doesn’t know why she did those things, it was these drugs.
-drugawareness.org has recorded cases of killings from these drugs.
-ssristories.net is associated with drugawareness.org and has thousands of records of what drugs people were on when they went out killing people and so forth.
-within 7 years Utah went from lowest in the nation divorces to now being over the national average.
-many who take these meds are lucky in only having physical side effects like losing their liver
-after the world trade center terrorist some companies gave out these drugs for free.
-drug companies targeted general doctors who get the pill out to the general public; the dose of Prozac given to Dr.’s to give to their patients they moved the dose up from 5mg to 20mg so the effect of the boost in mood would be seen obviously so that the doctors would really promote this; but we all know that what does up must come down.
-one mother complained about this about how Prozac is good, she had been on it for 4 years, she said it saved her life, this lady was a returned missionary married in the temple after 8 years they had a child they had long hoped for but then this lady confessed she has begun shoplifting involving her 10-year-old child in it and says she doesn’t want her child anymore. So people on this drug who appear to be doing well, dig deeper and you’ll see they aren’t doing well. She was so addicted to shoplifting she tried to put her shopping cart into the car. People who have been on this drug for 4 years have issues develop in their lives. For a while you can appear to do well with Prozac, but it begins to break down your ability to metabolize.
-this drug can make those who are good metabolizers become poor metabolizers from taking the drug
-patients taking these drugs have thoughts they don’t want to tell anyone about.
-Relief Society Presidents on these drugs become gay and leave the church.
-one experiment had rats the most mean you have ever seen, the issue was that they were not metabolizing the serotonin effectively, and their brain was being flooded with it.
-people think that the issue is a deficiency of serotonin, but it’s a metabolism issue in reality.
-things with methamphetamine those are meth they hurt out bodies in the very same way
-ppl on these drugs their body is affected similarly to the way that they would be effected by PCP.
-there is a CD by Anne Traci that tells how to get off of these drugs.
-so many in the world are suicidal because of hypoglycemia
-the brain cannot function without proper blood sugar levels, that is the reason why some can’t perform as well as others in school etc.
-it was 5 lb. of sugar in the 1800’s we used, but now 180 lb. of sugar we use. Anne doesn’t use any of this bad type sugar. (*teaching that the type of sugar we eat that is not good for us we use much more these days)
-wheatgrass juice and turmeric neutralize fluoride and fluoride is a main active ingredient of these drugs.
-she has CD’s on coming off of these drugs, mind control, bipolar, rem sleep behavior disorder, and how these drugs effect you personally
-rem sleep disorder behavior is the scientific name of what happens when people are like zombies where the lights are on and no one is home
-the brainwaves of the people who are on these drugs are like these are that of rem disorder behavior; they talk to others and their brain is asleep. A 30-year-old man who had been on Prozac for 6 months, when he was speaking to those who were doing the test on him, it was shown that he was in a complete anesthetic state while they were talking to him. The lights are on but no one home. I looked into his eyes, but no one was there. Rem sleep disorder this is, it’s where you act out your nightmares. 96% of who have the Rem sleep disorder are taking antidepressants. Many interviewed say that they do the thing they would least expect they would do when they are on this drug.
-the hosts of 1/3 of people that followed Satan in pre-mortality want to possess the bodies of the children of Adam and Eve, this is a huge way they do it.
-strengthen ourselves temporally so that we can stay secure spiritually
-the devils tell us lies to break us down and gradually get us to follow them by trying to break down our families.
-we lived all the laws of God in a spiritual body, now we are sent to earth to see if we can keep God’s laws in a physical body; so we must align our bodies with the things of God.
-over and over people say that they feel possessed on these drugs even atheists.
-the pineal gland is mainly responsible for metabolizing 50% of the serotonin in your system. If you overload your brain with serotonin, you overload that part of the system. This part of the brain is related to spirituality. When they take these drugs they say that can’t feel God anymore. They literally sever the connection to the spiritual!
-do we rely on the arm of flesh, our local doctor, more than our Savior?
-when doing talk shows on television 2 years after medications were allowed to advertise on television, Anne Tracy was to speak, and they told her that she could say anti-depressants[U1] but not the name of the drugs specifically. Image now what would happen- they control what you see on TV.
-most of the commercials on TV are to sell drugs.
-psychiatric nurses never get to hear about the real side effects of these medications, but people including physicians can testify that these side effects are true.
-these drugs cause cravings for alcohol because they help with the hypoglycemia
-many people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s don’t have that, what they have is a prescription for an anti-depressant.
-Anne Tracy leaves her text in the original way it was published dispute adding things to it because it’s to show that dispute what she is finding now, they had much of the truth even then.
-autism and Alzheimer’s have long been known as a condition from elevated serotonin levels, and what anti-depressant drugs do is increase those levels. They say that people have low serotonin when they have depression, but that is not the case; what they have is poor metabolism to turn that serotonin into melatonin to help your body sleep and do those things your body needs.
-most of the people with these drugs have issues sleeping.
-these drugs work by going in and preventing/inhibiting (such is a serotonin re-uptake inhibitor is); you inhibit the metabolism of serotonin, and you end up with increased levels of it.
-before these drugs hit the market
-the dr. in Israel who found this called this serotonin irritation syndrome who could not metabolize well their serotonin; these people suffered from migraines, hot flashes, irritability, pain, worsening of bronchial complaints, sleeplessness, pains around the heart, difficulty breathing, irrational tension and anxiety, horrifying nightmares. These are the symptoms that people on these drugs have.
-PTSD is not necessarily from war, but from these type drugs that they encourage the military personnel to take.
-coming off of the drugs quickly can cause you to turn to alcohol for hypoglycemia and get strange deletions like that your neighbor has sexually abused your children, and you plot to kill them then kill them and others.
-A Texas mother Andrea Yates who loved her 5 children, raised them at homeschool to be with them more, etc., changed significantly the dose of her anti-depressant drugs and they next day drown her 5 children. She had a medication change in her Effexor and her Remeron the day before the incident. This literally was her worst nightmare, she could have thought of nothing worse than losing her children.
-patients on these meds testify that with the first pill you lose your control, your agency.
-since Andrea Yates there have been many like cases of mothers driving their children into rivers and lakes etc.
-author speaks of more cases like the above.
-A kind Dr. when he got on Prozac he killed his wife and himself.
-A guard at a prison called Anne and said I believe that Prozac is the reason why I have a plan to kill everyone on death row. This man was a patient of the once kind Dr. who was on this Prozac and hence we know that this Dr. was on Prozac. This prison guard assured Anne that this was not in the nature of this Dr.
-you act out your worst nightmare when you are on these drugs like the Texas mother who drown the children that she loved so much.
-monthly we lose 660 to suicide in our military, and another 1600 a month on top of that are trying to take their lives in the military alone.
-they make soldiers take an antidepressant before they do to Iraq. A person can refuse such though. This is terrible; they carry guns and face life threatening situations and need to be able to think.
-Trazadone is the drug of this type they give to the military personnel.
-homicidal delusions are a listed side effect of these drugs.
-suicide hostility or psychosis can result from going abruptly up or down on the dose of these drugs, so you can’t do that!
-the Dr. of Omar Bin-laden son of Osama diagnosed
-mental retardation, organic brain disease which is brain damage, substance abuse, insomnia, violent nightmares, arson, impulsive behavior with no concern for punishment, reckless driving, those are all symptoms of those drugs.
-many Dr.’s spoke out when these drugs were introduced asking why we would want to increase serotonin because LSD and PCP are drugs which mimic the effects of increased melatonin. The brain reads LSD or PCP as a rush of serotonin.
-these drugs inhibiting the ability to metabolize serotonin make you gradually over time become psychotic, then it looks like it’s you and not THE DRUG. This is the big serotonin lie. They are causing the psychosis etc.
-1996-2004 the time when these drugs were really getting out there like when in 1993 Oprah Winfrey did her show on promoting these drugs and all of the mothers were running into the Dr.’s saying my kid needs this drug, as soon as this happened, and these drugs rushed out to everyone, BIPOLAR INCREASED BY 4,000%.
-Dr. Jim Goodwin ‘the pied piper of Prozac’ was on Oprah’s show.
-1994 is when Anne Tracy’s book hit the market.
-Jim Goodwin is on Prozac, he has all his 800 patients on Prozac or Paxil. Anne told him that if he doesn’t get his children off of these there will be false accusations all over town for many of the nightmares that come from these drugs are sexual and you begin to think that you are remembering being raped.
-Wenatchee Washington where Dr. Goodwin did his dishing out of Prozac, had the largest sex sting ever heard of. 43 people were imprisoned wrongfully. Washington state paid out 100 million dollars for that. It was from a foster child little girl on Prozac and switched to Paxil, started saying that in many places they had orgies. The primary President and her husband went to prison for two years from being falsely accused in this incident. One child escaped from DCFS and did a show with 42 Hours interview on what had happened.
-Ritalin chemical name is methylphenidate – it’s meth. Parents can’t figure out that it’s an amphetamine, and is no different than meth. Concerta is Ritalin in time release. (*This is what ADD patients take?)
-One pharmacist speaks of how Ritalin turns kids into drug attics, gets them on meth in no time. Why do we think we have a problem with meth now? We have had kids on Ritalin for many years.
-Anne has done research on the school shootings etc. at http://www.ssristories.net, there is an entire database about reported cases of the effects of these drugs. There are almost 5,000 cases of these issues documented on this her website. Also in her book it speaks of these.
-mutant mice genetically engineered an experiment with such went wrong and they turned to be the most violent creatures ever. They found they lack the MAO enzyme, that which metabolizes serotonin. Hence their brains were flushed with such, and these Dr.’s testified plainly that the reason for the behavior of these rats was this flood of serotonin.
-Dr’s said that they doubled their prescribing of these drugs after 911 terror event. Visor (or another company) came and offered Zoloft for free after 911.
-LA Times reporter had an article printed in the Seattle Times where the reporter interviews the Taliban psychiatrist, as he walked into the man’s office, there were the regular posters for all of the anti-depressants on the wall. There was a young girl in his office. She said Dr. will we sacrifice another goat, so I can feel better? He said, “Nay nay, Allah has given these drugs great power, taking them is swallowing a little piece of God.” SO they call these drugs a new sacrament! You can imagine how such a Dr. would dish these drugs out! He had a commander in the army on the drugs who kept putting himself on the front line to get himself killed.
-one girl was documented to have had her father molest her, after they got her on one of these drugs, she began to believe that her mother molested her as well. She taught this to her children. THESE DRUGS HAVE DESTROYED MORE FAMILIES THAN THEY HAVE CREATED SUICIDES.
-hypoglycemia is the beginning stages of pancreatic breakdown. Med books say it causes marked weakness and disability, impaired memory, hyperactivity, inability to concentrate (ADD?), hopelessness, anxiety, exhaustion, depression, insomnia, irritability, vertigo, tremor, tachycardia, muscle pain and backache, phobias, difficulty concentrating, numbness, blurred vision, antisocial, obesity, abdominal spasms, blackouts, convulsions, suicidal tendencies.
-gestational hypoglycemia is what women get as they have a birth. They also go into hyperglycemia at times in this time which is diabetes. The body needs much nutrition at this time and such will reduce the depression and anxiety. So these women and it’s the same with puberty time, need nutrition and then they won’t get anywhere near the so-called depression and anxiety for the body is being taken care of. We ignore nutrition!
-The word of Wisdom says what not to eat, but nobody listens to what it says to do, that is to get the nutrition you need, get the body what it needs.
-those coming off of these meds who do the best are the ones who go on a raw food vegan diet.
-Anne Tracy is a 40-year cancer survivor. She said she couldn’t afford a coffin, so she had to go vegan.
-Hollywood stars either are health nuts to keep up with the trend of health, or they are doing drugs to force the body to keep up with that pace. It’s that simple.
-93% of pharmaceutical companies go into livestock. They don’t want us to stop eating meat because then they lose their business.
-we didn’t hear about road rage, air rage, school shootings with entire families being wiped out. 30 years ago you didn’t hear this on the news, it was boring news, not now.
-the state picks people up and put them in a hospital where they drug them and keep them residually in.
-if they would tell alcoholics that they are hypoglycemic and to change their diets they would be over the alcohol in no time.
-the pancreas is the first thing to be hit by stress of any form. The first physical reaction to stress then that we have a low blood sugar.
-if there is ever a time in the world that we need to care for our neighbor it’s now, because their nightmare could be your nightmare next.
-Coast to Coast was the biggest radio satiation in the country, Anne had much air time with them, in 2001 they got bought out, we haven’t heard info in these drugs since.
-People on these drugs won’t admit that it’s a problem; it’s like asking an alcoholic if he is drunk.
-never get the drug 5 HTP St. Johns, it works the same way as these anti-depression drugs.
-low blood sugar causes depression, which can even cause suicide. So how do we treat this? With nutrition!
-so many people in the world are suicidal because they have improper blood sugar levels.
-child sex abuse with teachers going manic on these drugs and seducing their students occurs.
-people on these can be obsessed with sex, be pyromaniacs, kleptomaniacs, etc.
-Demerol is another one of these drugs, some ppl even take them for blinding migraines.
-Below are over 5,000 cases of terrible behavior from anti-depressant meds from Anne Tracy’s website http://www.ssristories.net:
This full text article is shared here with permission of the author.
International Coalition for Drug Awareness
As John received revelation upon revelation sitting exiled upon the Isle of Patmos he issued a very strong warning to us in our day. He told us that our entire world would be deceived (lied to) through the sorceries that would come out of Babylon. (Rev. 18:23-24) He went on to say that the end result of this deception would be the demise of Prophets, Saints and many good men. In other words no one would be spared in this great deception by these sorceries. Remember that we were told that even the very elect would be deceived.
So what is this sorcery of which John warns?
The Greek translation of sorcery is “Pharmakia” which means “medicine from a pharmacy.” WHAT?! Does that mean the drugs we find in those pharmacies on nearly every street corner now? Is it talking about those same drugs with ads that run all day long on our TVs and in magazines that we see everywhere we look?! Is it any wonder then that these prescription drugs are now being reported as the biggest drug problem in America today? Is it any wonder that the whole world has been deceived about these drugs?
According to a 1995 study done by concerned pharmacists, prescription drugs, taken “as prescribed” rather than abused, are the third leading cause of death in this country, killing as many Americans every week as we lost at 9/11. The death toll of another 9/11 every week in this country! In light of this we need to ask who the real terrorists are when we are in a war over one week’s worth of these deaths while all the others go unnoticed, slaughtered and buried right under our noses. Is it any wonder the scriptures speak so sternly of sorcerers and sorcery?
January 17 this year  we read in the New England Journal of Medicine that almost half of the studies done on one of America’s most popular group of drugs, antidepressants, were negative, yet when any of those negative studies were reported to the public the results were presented as positive. They also said the studies indicated that there was little evidence these drugs which bring in nearly $200 Million per day were more effective than placebo in treating depression.
The most popular of these antidepressants, Effexor, now has “homicidal ideation” listed as a side effect. Homicidal ideation is not just killing someone, but it is having constant ruminating thoughts of killing and how to kill. To see the results of just this one deception with antidepressants go to www.ssristories.drugawareness.org or www.ssristories.NETwhere you will find a very long list of school shootings, loving mothers and fathers who have killed their children, children who have killed their parents, suicides, murder/suicides, female school teachers who have seduced male students, even well respected ministers who have raped children, previously “straight” individuals who have become “gay” – even to the point of having sex change surgery, extreme out of character behavior, including violence, wild spending sprees, embezzlement, sexual promiscuity, exhibitionism, gambling, etc. – all side effects of antidepressants.
Then the FDA announced that they have been investigating many various types of medications for the potential of causing suicide. After learning that antidepressants increase suicidal potential by 2-3 times suddenly the FDA officials realized that multiple classes of medicines might cause dangerous psychiatric problems including suicide. Medicines to treat acne, hypertension, seizures, high cholesterol, swelling, heartburn, pain, bacterial infections and insomnia can all cause psychiatric problems, effects that were discovered in most cases after the drugs were approved and already used in millions of patients.
Now, how could these medications produce such things? With antidepressants that answer can be as simple as explaining that antidepressants create a sleep disorder in which the patient acts out nightmares. It is called a REM Sleep Behavior Disorder (RBD) and 86% of those being diagnosed with the disorder are taking antidepressants. RBD is known to produce both murder and suicide. Acting out one’s worst nightmare – what a perfect way to produce out-of-character behavior that could destroy all a person has worked to achieve in character building throughout life-all gone in the blink of the eye!
Even worse than understanding the potential of these drugs to produce RBD, is to know that in the past RBD was known mainly as a drug withdrawal state. So the question of great concern at this point should be: “If antidepressants are being found to be in current use in 86% of the cases just how high will that percentage go in the withdrawal state from these drugs?!” This is why is it so important to avoid the worst of withdrawal by weaning EXTREMELY SLOWLY down off an antidepressant.
As people begin to see how they have been lied to about the safety and effectiveness of these drugs and attempt to come off the drugs, what will the end result be? Knowing what I know about these drugs and the withdrawal from these drugs I can tell you that I for one DO NOT want to witness what we will see! If there has ever been a situation in the history of this world where we have so desperately needed to adhere to the command to be our “brother’s keeper” this is it! In doing so, even if you are not the one taking the drug, the life you save may be your own or that of a loved one. Why? Because when someone goes psychotic in the withdrawal they can do anything to anyone and I just might be you or your loved one. (For information on safe withdrawal go to http://www.drugawareness.org to find the CD “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!)
Kim Crespi near Charlotte, NC learned of antidepressant withdrawal all too painfully on January 20, 2006 when her husband David, a good strong Christian and wonderful husband and father, who was also a vice president of the local bank and well respected in the community, stabbed their twin four year old daughters to death. David was months into an abrupt withdrawal from Paxil and had just started taking Prozac. He and Kim were not aware that the FDA had just warned the year before that any abrupt change in dose of an antidepressant, whether going up or down (he had just done both), can produce suicide, hostility, or psychosis – generally a manic psychosis leading to a diagnosis of Bipolar Disorder. Of course it is not true Bipolar, but a drug withdrawal effect, yet so many have found they would be medicated for years for something the Bipolar Disorder they don’t really have. Is it any wonder that the diagnosis of Bipolar has increased by 4000% over a recent 10 year period when it was basically unheard of before SSRI antidepressants?
But why is all this happening to us? Where did we go wrong?
For the answer we need to turn to Isaiah 28:8 where, he, speaking of our day, says that we will rise up each day to get drunk (but he had already made it clear that this drunkenness would not be from wine or strong drink). What would produce that drunken state then? Well when do people generally take their medications? First thing in the morning? These are mind altering medications. And what do the package inserts list as side effects? That is right – all the same effects one could expect from alcohol, but much stronger.
Isaiah then goes on to tell us why people would suffer the feelings of needing drugs. He says that our tables are “full of vomit” and there is nothing clean there.
Well, what is vomit? Vomit is food that either has already had the nutrients extracted or food that cannot be used by the body and is expelled because of that. And unclean? Look at the chemicals that have saturated our food supply.
So if our tables are full of vomit – food that has been depleted of nutrients or food that cannot be utilized where does that leave us? We are nutrient depleted. And where does nutrient depletion lead us? It leads us to stimulants of any kind in order to force our bodies and brains to perform since they do not have the fuel or building blocks from nutrients to perform.
Perhaps the most obvious segment of society in which to see this is that which is most transparent due to the exposure they get – Hollywood. Show business is a very high profile and highly demanding profession. If you watch the lives of those in the business you generally see only two groups: health nuts or drug users. They either reach for nutrients to supply the building blocks they need to build energy levels they need to cope with their fast paced lifestyle or they use drugs to force their bodies/brains to keep up the fast pace. It is simple to see which of those choices coincides with the Savior’s teachings.
One extremely critical point for all Christians to understand is the serotonin connection to spirituality. Antidepressants as well as the new atypical antipsychotics work by increasing levels of the neurotransmitter serotonin. But 50% of the serotonin is metabolized by the pineal gland.
What is the pineal gland? It is the master gland of the body and also known as the “seat of the soul” or our connection to higher, spiritual thoughts. In Eastern religions it is known as the Third Eye and is located right in the center of the brain behind the eyes. The question we need to ask is that if the Pineal gland is overloaded with large amounts of serotonin produced by these drugs, does it interfere with that spiritual connection?
According to patients using these drugs it does. They continually report that they can no longer feel God. One perfect example that comes to mind is that of Elizabeth Bush, the 14 year old girl who shot her best friend at the private Catholic school they attended. Elizabeth’s hero in life was Mother Theresa. Elizabeth planned to devote her life to God and become a nun. So how did she go from that point to a charge of attempted murder almost overnight?
I called her attorney when this happened and told him what happened was likely the result of the use of one of these antidepressants. He did not show much interest, but said he would check. Then the following week Elizabeth was interviewed on 20/20 and asked this very question of how did she go from Mother Teresa as her hero to shooting her best friend at school. Her reply was that she could “no longer feel God anymore.”
I called her attorney the following morning and told him I no longer had any question about whether or not his client had been on an antidepressant nor any question about its contribution to causing this tragedy. With that new evidence about her inability to feel God anymore, in my mind, I knew. At that point he asked me to hold for a minute and when he returned he said through the rustling of papers, “Paxil. Is Paxil one of those drugs?”
So, as dangerous and life-threatening as these drugs can be, even worse is the possibility that we can be severed from the spiritual by these drugs. Not only can they produce physical death, but also spiritual death.
Where did we go wrong?
Clearly we have underestimated Satan and his potential to pull us into his web of deceit and debauchery. Just because he is evil, does not mean he is stupid. He has much knowledge, far more than we do. Not more power than we do, because we do have the strength to overcome all with the help of the Savior. But we must be constantly aware of his cunning craftiness when it comes to his power to deceive. This awful situation in which we now find ourselves is a call for humility and faith and a reminder to always turn to the Savior in ALL things rather than trusting in the arm of flesh.
[For additional information on serotonin and antidepressant medications along with additional information on the great deception of pharmakia that John spoke of see Ann Blake-Tracy’s book, Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare ]
[Additional critical information: In November of 2010 Dr. John Ioannidis, considered the world’s leading expert on medical research, confirmed what John warned us of in Rev. 18:21-24 when he spoke of the deception that would cover the earth deceiving “prophets, saints and all good men” resulting in death. In the article titled “Lies, Damn Lies and Medical Science,” Dr. Ioannidis states that at this point he believes up to 90% of medical research is tainted or even completely bogus due to influence ($$$$) from the industry. To demonstrate the seriousness of this situation he stated he is not sure medical science will be able to survive this! That interview can be found here: http://www.drugawareness.org/recentcasesblog/lies-damned-lies-and-medical-science One simple question to bring perspective: “Would you take your car to a mechanic who is relying on information on the car which is 90% incorrect?” And yet according to Dr. Ioannidis, this is exactly what you are doing every time you walk into a doctor’s office!]
WITHDRAWAL HELP: You can find the hour and a half long CD on safe and effective withdrawal helps here: http://store.drugawareness.org/ And if you need additional consultations with Ann Blake-Tracy, you can book one at http://www.drugawareness.org .
WITHDRAWAL WARNING: In sharing this information about adverse reactions to antidepressants I always recommend that you also give reference to my CD on safe withdrawal, Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!, so that we do not have more people dropping off these drugs too quickly – a move which I have warned from the beginning can be even more dangerous than staying on the drugs!
The FDA also now warns that any abrupt change in dose of an antidepressant can produce suicide, hostility or psychosis. These reactions can either come on very rapidly or even be delayed for months depending upon the adverse effects upon sleep patterns when the withdrawal is rapid!
Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director,
International Coalition for Drug Awareness
www.drugawareness.org & http://ssristories.drugawareness.org
Author: ”Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? – Our Serotonin Nightmare – The Complete Truth of the Full Impact of Antidepressants Upon Us & Our World” & Withdrawal CD “Help! I Can’t Get Off My Antidepressant!”
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