Dear Ministry Partner,
Is there a reason for so much degenerative disease in America?
Does God just not like us compared to people in Third World countries?
Does God sovereignly decree that 300,000 Americans need to have
heart bypass surgery each year, or is there something we can do
about it? Do 1 out of every 3 Americans get cancer just by "luck
of the draw" or are there under-lying causes which can be
addressed? What can we do about this "epidemic" so it
doesn't affect us?
There are two kinds of diseases: infectious and degenerative.
Infectious diseases are things you can "catch" from
other sources. Thanks to modern medical science and wide-spread
vaccinations, most common infectious diseases that once killed
many people are no longer a major threat to Americans (except
for pneumonia & STD's). However, degenerative diseases have
taken their place. The national Centers for Disease Control lists
the top 2 causes of death for adults in America as heart disease
and cancer (murder is way down the list at number 14). We don’t
"catch" degenerative diseases like heart attacks and
cancer from other people. So why are they so common in America
as compared to less developed nations?
The first insight we can get is from other countries that have
so few cases of degenerative diseases compared to America. To
make a long story short, it is basically related to diet and nutrition.
In Third World countries, their diet is much "closer to the
earth". They grow much of their own food, and eat it raw
or prepared in a very simple manner. Their foods retain most of
the vitamins and minerals — which are lost when our American
foods are highly refined and processed. Because of the relative
expense of meat, Third World people mainly eat vegetables and
fruits, with small amounts of meat and very little sugar. In addition,
people in Third World countries traditionally do not have so many
chemical additives in their foods. There has been documented research
that as these Third World countries began to prosper and adopt
"civilized" food practices, their rates of heart disease
and cancer and other degenerative diseases began to go up much
like America. Along these lines, I have heard that in 1900, only
1 in 200 Americans came down with cancer. Today, it is 1 in 3
Americans that develop cancer. Something must have changed!
This leads to the second insight for our health which has to do
with the mineral content of the soils, which in turn controls
the vitamin and mineral content of the foods grown in that soil.
In Third World countries, if the soil gets depleted, the farmer
just starts farming new land down the road. But in America, farmable
land is fairly expensive and has already been farmed in most cases
for decades if not hundreds of years. There are over 70 minerals
that plants can pull out of the soil through their roots during
each yearly growing cycle. But have you ever noticed how many
minerals are in a bag of commercial fertilizer to be added back
into the soil? There are just 3 components — nitrogen (from
urea or ammonia), phosphorous, and potassium (from potash) —
which are represented by 3 numbers on the bag of fertilizer showing
the relative percentages, like 12-15-10. (Defending farmers, they
would go broke buying lots of minerals to add back to the soil.)
But does it strike you that if plants are pulling over 70 nutrients
out of the soil, and man is only putting 3 nutrients back in,
that after a few decades the plants we are eating from that soil
have far fewer minerals than the plants that were eaten by Adam,
Methuselah, and Noah? In fact, I have read about laboratory analysis
of common grocery store vegetables, and the most minerals found
were about 20 (often less). So if our bodies were designed by
God to be getting over 70 minerals in the foods we eat, but we
are now only getting 20 or less, doesn’t it make sense that
we might suffer some mild forms of nutritional deficiencies? And
different regions have specific mineral depletions. For example,
the soils of North Dakota where my wife was born are high in selenium,
while the soils in China are low in selenium. Another striking
example of the difference minerals make is the taste of fruits
and vegetables like a tomato from a commercial farm as opposed
to one "home grown in a garden".
This leads to the obvious conclusion that Americans need to have
better nutrition to avoid many degenerative diseases — whether
it is osteoporosis from a calcium deficiency, intestinal cancer
from a lack of fiber, loss of the sense of taste and smell from
a zinc deficiency, or the many health complications from simply
too much fat or calorie intake. (And to complicate the situation,
as people get older they tend to absorb only half as much of the
nutrients in their intestinal tract.) For busy Americans who don’t
have the time to get the perfect combination of all the correct
fresh fruits and vegetables, the most practical answer is nutritional
supplements. And one of the side benefits of nutritional supplements
is a decrease in appetite cravings which usually results in weight
loss and easier weight management. These food cravings are often
caused by a specific mineral deficiency. In fact, veterinarian
doctors have extensive training in animal nutrition to recognize,
for example, that when a horse is "cribbing" (chewing
on the boards of its stall), the animal needs minerals added to
its feed bucket. Mineral deficiencies are why poor children in
America ate the lead-based paint off their houses, and poor Middle
Eastern children ate clay. Judi and I have taken nutritional supplements
for years, and I can testify that a "chocolate craving"
vanished when I started taking a mineral supplement. In fact,
the Complete Book of Minerals for Health says that a phosphorus
deficiency results in continuous craving for food — possibly
a factor in so many weight-control issues in America.
So it becomes apparent that vitamin and mineral supplements can
be very valuable. (And note that vitamins are useless unless the
body has minerals to process them.) Not all vitamin and mineral
supplements are created equal. In fact, the cheap one-a-day versions
usually do not deliver what a person really needs. They usually
contain "metallic" minerals which are only about 10%
absorbed in the short trip through the human intestinal tract.
Minerals that are "chelated" are better absorbed at
about 40% or so. But "plant-based" minerals are absorbed
at over 90%. What if you could get the same "plant-based"
minerals that Adam, Methuselah, and Noah got from their soil?
The mineral supplement that Judi and I take very likely does that.
It comes from a 30 foot thick bed of fossilized plant material
(called humic shale) in Utah, and has over 70 different colloidal
minerals in it. For the Bible-believing Christian, the way these
immense beds of plants got suddenly covered and fossilized was
by Noah’s flood. So if you get your minerals from these
fossilized plants, you are literally eating the same "foods"
that Adam, Methuselah, and Noah ate. Revelation
22:2 says "the leaves of the tree were for
the healing of the nations." If you take the
same mineral supplements that we take, you are likely partaking
of the same "leaves of the trees" that were eaten by
It is interesting to note that this verse is in the past tense
in all major translations -- and certainly no one will need to
eat plants in Heaven to be healed. So is it possible that God
is communicating that He has provided special healing vitamins,
minerals, and nutrients here on earth through various plants that
are available to eat?
I am aware that it takes some effort and a small amount of expense
to take vitamin and mineral supplements. People don't like to
put forth the extra effort, and we sometimes don't see much "difference"
in the short-run. But consider this passage of scripture from
3:17-19. "Cursed is the ground for your sake;
in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life... you shall
eat the herb of the field. In the sweat of your face you shall
eat bread till you return to the ground." As
Christians, we are delivered from the curse of the
Law, but not from the curse of the
Fall. The curse of the Fall is why we still die, even though
we get born-again! This is a fallen world, and it still takes
"effort" to live a successful life. This is the biggest
error I have seen in the modern faith movement. I consider myself
a faith person, but Christians I have known are now dead because
they practiced faith without corresponding work (James
2:26). And Hosea
4:6 says, "God's people are destroyed for
lack of knowledge." We've got to stop the dying,
and start putting forth the extra "work" to be healthy.
Certainly we appreciate the tremendous things that medical science
provides, but it is even better to be so healthy that you don’t
require medical intervention or even supernatural healing! God
is a God of healing.
He has made that clear in both Old & New Testaments. But Proverbs
18:9 in the Amplified translation also says, "He
who does not use his endeavors to heal himself is brother to him
who commits suicide." This certainly implies
we should do what we can do, then we should trust God to do what
we cannot do. Or, "Having done all... stand."
Dale & Judi Leander