The 2007 World Health Organisation statistics on World Morbidity and Mortality make frightening reading. Despite our modern world (21st Century) take a look at some really sobering data:
The Life expectancy in years for Males and Females for several countries:
- Japan 79 (M) 86 (F)
- Sweden 79 (M) 83(F)
- South Africa 50 (M) 52 (F)
- Iran 68 (M) 73 (F)
- Italy 78 (M) 84 (F)
- United Kingdom 77 (M) 81 (F)
- United States of America 75 (M) 80 (F)
- Swaziland 38 (M) 37 (F)
The causes for poor longevity seems to be multi-factorial but includes POOR lifestyle choice with behavioural factors featuring high HIV prevalence among adults > 15 years/100 000 population in RSA is 16 579; in Swaziland 34 457 and compared to Japan < 100; UK 137 and USA 500. Interestingly Cardiovascular disease once thought to be a disease of affluence is high in SA with mortality rates at 410/100 000 compared to Japan 106/100 000; Iran 466/100 000; USA 188/100 000 and UK 182/100 000.
In Part 1 of “Matters of Health” I looked at the God’s “blue print” from the Old Testament. The New Testament also provides us with adequate wisdom regarding health matters.
1 Corinthians 6:12
“I have the right to do anything,” you say-but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”- but I will not be mastered by anything. 13 You say, “Food for the stomach and the stomach for food, and God will destroy them both.” The body, however, is not meant for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body. 14 By his power God raised the Lord from the dead, and he will raise us also. 15 Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ himself? 19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honour God with your bodies.
1 Peter 4:1
Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because whoever suffers in the body is done with sin. 2 As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. 3 For you have spent enough time in the past doing what pagans choose to do-living in debauchery, lust, drunkenness, orgies, carousing and detestable idolatry. 4 They are surprised that you do not join them in their reckless, wild living, and they heap abuse on you. 5 But they will have to give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. 6 For this is the reason the gospel was preached even to those who are now dead, so that they might be judged according to human standards in regard to the body, but live according to God in regard to the spirit.
1 Timothy 2:6
If you point these things out to the brothers and sisters, you will be a good minister of Christ Jesus, nourished on the truths of the faith and of the good teaching that you have followed. 7 Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. 8 For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. 9 This is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance. 10 That is why we labour and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Saviour of all people, and especially of those who believe.
So if we fully obey God’s commands; decrees and writings we are to live more fruitful, disease free, and long productive lives. We have been given the wisdom and knowledge to live to optimal old age without chronic disease so why are we doing so badly…………………?
In “Matters of Health” Part 3, I will outline the modern (2011) Cardiology understanding of the pathophysiology of Cardiovascular disease; how to remain free of (Cardiovascular) disease incorporating God’s Divine inspired Word together with modern medicine/science and pharmacological intervention as required.