Modern American culture and media is always releasing coverage on the latest trend in diets and health advice. As celebrity’s endorse new and different plans, there is always a constant cycle of information and advice for one to follow. Recently, more and more physicians are also offering plans based off of Biblical scripture and teachings. These plans rely on the strong spiritual foundation of faith to pave the way towards contemporary medical issues that are so prevalent today.
Dr. Don Colbert, a nutrition and weight loss specialist is one such physician who has sold over 2.5 million copies of his “Bible Cure” series. These short practical guides cover such topics as high blood pressure, weight loss, muscle gain, and general health advice. The books cover many scriptural passages that guide the reader on how to pray for their health and become knowledgeable about God’s advice for human health. Dr. Colbert believe that many of the most common disorders today “have deep spiritual roots,” that can be addressed through reading God’s word and growing in faith. These guides are meant to be followed alongside a proper regimen of a balanced diet and exercise in order to achieve the best results.
The books are currently available on Amazon and boast 4-5 star customer reviews. Here is one such review:
“God wants to stop high blood pressure from damaging your health, Colbert writes. If you have high blood pressure, Colbert has good news for you. “You don’t have to face it alone. God promises to walk with you until you defeat it.” He helps you understand what high blood pressure is and what causes it. He outlines a healthy diet aiming at lowering blood pressure and stopping inflammation. He explains the importance of regular exercise, describing several styles and routines. He suggests supplements and discusses medications. He reminds you of the consequences of stress and gives suggestions to combat it.
He adds Scripture to strengthen and encourage you and ends each chapter with a prayer and suggested action to take. We are so programmed to run to medications, it is really refreshing to read a book describing natural ways to tackle this common ailment. It is such an encouragement to know that living life the way God designed will produce a much healthier body. A few things surprised me, like the benefits of celery and the chiropractic adjustment of a particular vertebra in lowering blood pressure.
This book is not a magic cure for high blood pressure. A change in diet, exercise, and lifestyle are probably required. But if you are willing to work at restoring your health, this book is a great place to start.”
Such diets and advice are part of the larger trend of turning to historical advice concerning health. Christian material is just emerging within this realm and is quickly becoming popular among believers.
Susan Gregory, author of the Daniel Fast website, has recently published a book by the same name outlining the information on the website guiding readers through a fasting program according to the Biblical tradition of that era. Christians are encouraged to care for their bodies as holy temples before God. As an example to the world, being whole both in body and spirit is important to faithfully follow God in everything.