The human body does seem to get an easier ride when a healthy lifestyle is
followed. Your liver and lungs have enough of a job maintaining normal
day-to-day function. When they're spared the extra jobs of dealing with
alcohol and nicotine, they seem to serve longer.However, concerning
the primary election that finishes this 26th, I'd like to point out that no
matter whether a person named Dan or a person named Orrin becomes the Republican
nominee for Senate, that the principles such as the Word of Wisdom or being kind
to your fellow human beings will remain the same. Whether the Book
of Mormon is true does not depend on who is occupying a U.S. Senate seat.
It would be better to compare the LDS to non-LDS who do not smoke or drink.I would bet that the life expectancy is similar.Which would
say that healthy living is the key, rather than ones religious preference.Heck, throw in a non-LDS non-smoking occasional drinker and they may
even come out on top.
Well the cause would be healthy living habits rather than being part of the
church. After all, some of the most obese nations on earth are some of the most
LDS populated ones (Tonga, Samoa, Niue).
The Atkins Diet, the Paleo Diet, Nutrisystem, the TLC Diet, the Mediterranean
Diet, Vegetarian diets - all have a lot of research backing them up.Comparing these diets to the Mormon "lifestyle" (and by implication,
the Word of Wisdom) is completely absurd. These diets give specific, detailed,
clear guidelines for what to eat, how much to eat, with pre-designed menus, etc.
In every case, if you do NOT follow the diet, you will not get the results!By contrast, the so-called Word of Wisdom is a muddle of vague,
esoteric, antiquated language ("hot drinks," "strong drinks",
grain-based "mild drinks"?) that has a million different
interpretations. Yet the Mormon religion explicitly excludes those who smoke,
drink alcohol, etc. from their numbers.If proper research were done,
comparing those who actually follow the above scientifically-based diets against
those who actually follow "the Word of Wisdom" (assuming you could
identify that group), I guarantee you the former would beat out the latter in
every measure of health, by a large margin!
I marvel at the prophetic message in the Word of Wisdom given by revelation
nearly 180 years ago. Since then we have learned about anti oxidants in certain
foods and eating meat sparingly as cancer prevention nutrition recommended the
revelation for increased health. We are warned of harmful or addictive
substances commonly consumed before any knowledge of their effects existed.
Every person on this planet would live longer and be more free from birth
defects (fetal alcohol syndrome, etc) if they would adhere to the counsel in the
W. of W. I believe the future holds even more interesting discoveries about the
wonders of the word of wisdom as science catches up to the truths given by the
greatest scientist in the universe to his children for our blessing and health!