Eating from the Bible
Jordan Rubin says a diet based on the Bible and eating the way God intended saved him from an incurable illness
BY: Interview by Paul O'Donnell
Well according to God, pork, shellfish, lobster, crab, all the scavenger foods. But also artificial sweeteners, margarine, the hydrogenated oils. I don't think white sugar is a food. The Bible talks about pork and shellfish, but obviously not aspertame or hydrogenated oils. But to me that's in the same category. They're not food, they're chemicals. Many people in the health community think milk is the worst thing in the world. If you consume skimmed, pasteurized, homogenized milk from cows that are fed grain with antibiotics and growth hormones and raised in a cage and never see grass, that's entirely different from organic, cultured, dairy product like yogurt, full fat, which is how the milk comes out of the animal. Those are as different as gold and fool's gold. They both may look the same, but one is valueless and one is extremely valuable.
The second key is to supplement your diet with whole food nutrition. Supplements are important, but I believe you need to consume supplements that are food. These are powdered and concentrated foods that supplement an already healthy diet. So that is what I consider the second key.
The third key is to practice advanced hygiene. Probably the most effective biblical medicine was the hygiene principals that Moses communicated from God to the Israelites. They kept the Israelites free from disease and germs before we knew what it was. I have put together a modern application of hygiene, advanced hygiene, that allows us to reduce the toxic germ level that we're exposed to, so it's a way of cleansing the hands, eyes, nose ears and mouth, which is the portals of entry of germs.
The fourth key is to condition your body with exercise and body therapies. We talk about deep breathing and the importance of how we were designed to breathe. We talk about hydrotherapy, which is using water to heal. We talk about getting sunlight and getting to sleep at a proper time.
The fifth key is to reduce toxins in your environment. Now, I'm not saying the environment. It's not about being an environmentalist. It's about making sure that the air you breathe, the water you drink, the skin care products you use and the cosmetics you use and the shampoo and toothpaste you use on a daily basis, do not contribute to the toxin burden in your life.
The sixth key is to live a life of purpose. If people go through life without purpose, without knowing that they were uniquely created to accomplish something, to impact the world, then they're like a lamp that is not plugged into the outlet. If you live with purpose, you are so much healthier than if you live what you would consider a meaningless life that's running the rat race.
Does a person have to believe in God to follow the diet?
Absolutely not. I believe that people that do are going to use this program above any other one. Many people who consider themselves spiritual--New Age spiritual-have said to me, "I believe in God, I just believe there are lots of ways to get to him," and they're not offended by this.
What about believers of other religions?.
I think it's fine for those of the Islamic faith. Buddhists who don't believe in eating animal food and vegetarians may not love it, but even so, it's a very balanced approach to health and it really takes the diet and lifestyle concept to the next level.
Why not just follow kosher laws? I mean, how is it different from just being kosher?
First of all, kosher laws, if you mean rabbinical kosher, talk about keeping milk and meat separate and other things like that, which I believe is not biblical. The kosher laws tell you what meats to eat and what not to, but you can have kosher margarine, you can have artificial sweeteners and be kosher. So kosher laws are the very beginning of this. Plenty of people eat kosher and are not healthy. They are eliminating certain things that are bad, but they're not going all the way.
And on the other hand, what does the biblical element add that a whole food diet doesn't have?
Well, most whole food diets say you can have shrimp, you can have lobster, you can have some pork products-there's organic pork-so the biblical aspect there is huge. We look at the way that the foods and herbs and spices were used [in the Bible]. Several foods used in the Bible are among the healthiest in the world.