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What the Bible Says About Healthy Living: 3 Principles that Will Change Your Diet and Improve Your Health Paperback – October 6, 2006

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“Dr. Rex Russell through his book What the Bible Says About Healthy Living has made a difference in so many people’s lives who he’ll never see on this side of heaven and I proudly count myself as one of them.”
- Jordan S. Rubin, New York Times Bestselling author of The Maker’s Diet and The Great Physician’s Rx for Health and Wellness

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In a world infatuated with junk food and fad diets, why have we overlooked the simple instructions provided in the Bible that have guided and people for thousands of years toward better health? You don't have to be Jewish or a Christian to discover wisdom for healthier living in this doctor's scripturally-based book on eating and feeling better, and living longer. These simple principles will help you find energy, freedom from illness, and more vibrant health! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Regal (October 6, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830743499
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830743490
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.8 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #735,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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90 of 91 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 6, 1999
Format: Paperback
For many years now, I have been teaching classes in Biblical nutrition with a focus on freshly milled grains. I learned of this book when one of the people attending my class asked if I had read Dr. Russell's book because the rules I gave in class were in his book! I had not, but promptly got it and read it. I agree with him 100%. Believe me, in the world of nutrition, that is VERY rare! I have read many of the same books as cited in Dr. Russell's book and arrived at the same conclusions. We certainly serve an awesome God!
If you wish to improve your family's health, to turn your health around, get this book and put it into practice. It is simple to do and a much less expensive way to eat.
God never intended us to eat food made by man. If you will prayerfully read this book, with an open heart and mind, I know that you will be amazed at the blessings you and your family will receive.
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53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Jeff C. Young on June 10, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Russell shares his experience and medical knowledge with insight, and especially important for convincing the skeptics, the background information on WHY foods help or hinder our bodies.

Listed are grains and legumes, and the vital nutrients contained in them.

Listed are meats/seafood that are declared clean and unclean in the Bible, and more helpfully, the understanding of why they would be unhealthy back then and now.

The understanding and knowledge was very helpful in changing my mind about my diet. My mom always tried to get me to eat gross bread, for instance, because it was healthier. I didn't want anything to do with it. Now I am motivated to find enjoyable ways to eat healthy grains, more beans, and reduce animal fat in my diet because of God's plan for health.

Another aspect of the book is the testimonies included about adults and children recovering from ailments after changes in diet. Russell mentions many different types of ailments that doctors generally don't know what to do about, and how reducing processed sugars/flours and adding fiber through fruits and vegetables greatly helped people.

My wife's response as we read some of the book together was, "Why doesn't everybody know this?"

Indeed, if we all wanted healthy bodies, we would change our eating habits, but, we've known that for a long time. This book teaches the HOW of healthy eating.
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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Scott Killen on July 18, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I have been a diabetic for twenty years. My spouse was experiencing some health problems. We read this book looking for how a change in diet might help. We liked the way Dr. Russell explained both the divine wisdom and the scientific evidence behind the information he presents. He persuaded us to change WHAT we eat. Now that I eat the right foods, I eat as much as I want. My obesity is melting away (without increasing my excersize - which I still need to do!) I feel better, look better and even think better. My eye sight is improving. The quality of my life is better. My triglycerides dropped from 245 to 85 six weeks after implementing the changes even though I still eat fats, though only the RIGHT fats. I have bought multiple copies of this book and give them to everyone I know... READ THIS BOOK. YOUR LIFE WILL BE BETTER!!!
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63 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Heather Ivester on July 22, 2005
Format: Paperback
It's a multi-billion-dollar industry: dieting. Every year, someone comes up with a new spin on the age-old question of how to stay fit. When I was growing up, we dutifully memorized our four food group chart, which was later replaced by the food pyramid. I was shocked to learn recently that the food pyramid wasn't based on true scientific research, but on government subsidy politics. So, once again, we're told to learn something new.

Thankfully, one book never changes: the Bible. That's why Dr. Rex Russell's book should be on every parent's bookshelf: it serves as a companion to God's Word, explaining in laymen's terms how to eat based on the Creator's plan. And it's chock full of warm and witty anecdotes from Dr. Russell's research and life work.

Despite our massive improvements in sanitation, nutrition, and medical research, studies show the average American's lifespan could DECREASE by as much as five years in the coming decades. Why is that? It's because we eat too much, eat the wrong things, and we're too FAT! More than 60% of adults and 30% of children are overweight or obese, putting themselves at a higher risk of cancer, diabetes, heart disease, and a variety of other illnesses.

WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT HEALTHY LIVING is based on three simple principles: 1) Eat the foods God created for you. 2) Don't alter God's design. 3) Don't let any food or drink become your God. This book also has a chapter on fasting, which is a topic everyone needs to understand. You see examples of it throughout the Bible, but how many of us actually practice it habitually?

Dr. Russell tells the case of a nine-year-old girl with severe dyslexia who was undergoing expensive therapies and treatments, yet still couldn't read.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Gary F. Zeolla on April 19, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Dr. Russell presents three main principles for healthy living. They are: "I: Eat only substances created for food. II: Eat foods as they were created. III: Don't let any food or drink become your god." In the rest of the book he then elaborates on these three principles.
In regards to the first, he quotes verses where God specifically gives certain foods to human beings for food. He then presents a list of foods mentioned in the Bible. And later in the book he goes into further details on each of these foods and the health benefits science is now showing are associated with eating them. One point he dwells on is the distinction between clean and unclean meats.
He notes some of the health problems that have been caused by people eating unclean meats. He also includes an interesting chart of clean and unclean meats. Besides each kind of meat is an indication of it's toxicity level. All clean meats have much lower levels of toxins than unclean meats. However, these toxicity levels are taken from a study done in 1953. It would be helpful if a more recent study were cited.
In regards to the second principle, he first enlarges it beyond food to look at what God said about aspects of healthy living besides food. He notes that God's directives in regards to personal hygiene and sex give health benefits to the person following them. Then later he looks at foods. He notes that the processing of foods, such as turning whole grains into refined grains, "strips away" many of the nutrients God placed in the original whole foods.
In regards to principle III, he notes the many problems that addictions to food and other substances can cause a person.
Overall, this book is excellent. Russell presents a lot of Scripture verses and supporting scientific research for what the Bible teaches.
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