I don’t think the general public realise just how unhealthy they really are despite the relative lack of symptoms. The American Heart Association recently (February 2011) published alarming data taken from “healthy” Men and Women average age 59 years. After defining 7 components of “ideal cardiovascular health”
- Not smoking
- Body-mass index (BMI) <25 kg/m2.(BMI = weight/height2)
- Physically “very active.”
- Consumption of three or more servings per day of fruits and vegetables.
- Total cholesterol < 5.0 mmol/l untreated.
- Systolic BP <120 mm Hg and diastolic BP <80 mm Hg untreated.
- Fasting plasma glucose < 6.1 mg/dL untreated.
They found only 1/2000 (0.05%) individuals could “tick” all 7 boxes…………………Even if the parameters were reduced to 5 (excluding BMI as one) < 10% of the healthy subjects achieved the benchmark!
The conclusion was that cardiovascular health status of the greater US community was miserable.
The article suggested we desperately need new tools to both assign risk and refine risk, and need new treatments to modify the natural history of those at moderate & highest risk. They suggested there must also be a much greater focus on the very prevention of risk itself (primordial prevention).
Perhaps the “blue print” for our Health has been available for a very long time as God’s inspired word starts off in Genesis with some good advice:
Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”
29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground-everything that has the breath of life in it-I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.
15 The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”
Then the LORD said, “My Spirit will not contend with humans forever, for they are mortal; their days will be a hundred and twenty years.”
Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth. 2 The fear and dread of you will fall on all the beasts of the earth, and on all the birds in the sky, on every creature that moves along the ground, and on all the fish in the sea; they are given into your hands. 3 Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything. 4 “But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it. 5 And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an accounting. I will demand an accounting from every animal. And from each human being, too, I will demand an accounting for the life of another human being.
“‘If you follow my decrees and are careful to obey my commands, 4 I will send you rain in its season, and the ground will yield its crops and the trees their fruit. 5 Your threshing will continue until grape harvest and the grape harvest will continue until planting, and you will eat all the food you want and live in safety in your land.
14 “‘But if you will not listen to me and carry out all these commands, 15 and if you reject my decrees and abhor my laws and fail to carry out all my commands and so violate my covenant, 16 then I will do this to you: I will bring on you sudden terror, wasting diseases and fever that will destroy your sight and sap your strength. You will plant seed in vain, because your enemies will eat it.
The LORD will keep you free from every disease.
Proverbs 4 – Get Wisdom at Any Cost
1 Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction; pay attention and gain understanding.
12 When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble.
23 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
Proverbs 10:17 & 27
17 Whoever heeds discipline shows the way to life, but whoever ignores correction leads others astray.
27 The fear of the LORD adds length to life, but the years of the wicked are cut short.
3 Because of your wrath there is no health in my body; there is no soundness in my bones because of my sin. 5 My wounds fester and are loathsome because of my sinful folly. 7 My back is filled with searing pain; there is no health in my body. 8 I am feeble and utterly crushed; I groan in anguish of heart. 10 My heart pounds, my strength fails me; even the light has gone from my eyes.
FINALLY the lessons learned from Daniel 1 (Daniel’s Training in Babylon)
1 In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. 2 And the Lord delivered Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, along with some of the articles from the temple of God. These he carried off to the temple of his god in Babylonia and put in the treasure house of his god. 3 Then the king ordered Ashpenaz, chief of his court officials, to bring into the king’s service some of the Israelites from the royal family and the nobility- 4 young men without any physical defect, handsome, showing aptitude for every kind of learning, well-informed, quick to understand, and qualified to serve in the king’s palace. He was to teach them the language and literature of the Babylonians.5 The king assigned them a daily amount of food and wine from the king’s table. They were to be trained for three years, and after that they were to enter the king’s service.
6 Among those who were chosen were some from Judah: Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. 7 The chief official gave them new names: to Daniel, the name Belteshazzar; to Hananiah, Shadrach; to Mishael, Meshach; and to Azariah, Abednego. 8 But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way.
11 Daniel then said to the guard whom the chief official had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, 12 “Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. 13 Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.” 14 So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days. 15 At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food. 16 So the guard took away their choice food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead.
17 To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds.
In PART 2 I would like to share God’s Inspired Wisdom from the New Testament in “Matters of Health”