Who Can You Believe?
by Trish Overby
Doesn't it seem that every time you turn on the TV or radio or read a newspaper, some new research has been done to prove that the sun does or doesn't cause cancer? Or that eating a certain type of food gives you protection over some disease? Our Western medical profession is always thinking of ways to `prevent' diseases. There's nothing the matter with this, except I wish they would make up their minds or have a definitive prevention or solution rather than coming up with something `new' and usually contradictory to the `old'.
For instance, for several years now I have lived under the `miraculous' benefits of Omega 3 fatty acids (derived from oily fish and some nuts). Some of those listed benefits are: 1) decreasing levels of triglycerides (fat in blood which clogs arteries leading to heart disease), 2) lower blood pressure, 3) helping with joint pains of rheumatoid arthritis, 4) preventing psoriasis and 5) dementia -- and just recently according to a new study, 6) improving brainpower and reducing memory loss. This essential nutrient is one our bodies can't produce and is found in oily cold water fish like tuna, salmon and sardines. Vegetable sources include pumpkin seeds, flax seeds and walnuts. Of course, most of our 21st century diets don't contain these products much or at all.
However, a recent study by the University of East Anglia where researchers reviewed 89 studies into Omega 3 health effects, found no clear evidence that it is of any use at all. What does this mean? Are all the other studies or researches into the benefits of Omega 3 oils invalidated or false? Who does one believe regarding these medical contradictions? Why is there so much money and effort put into the investigation of whether these foods or supplements really can give us a healthy body? Who benefits from it? Not the general public because we are very confused when one study refutes another.
We all can think of inconsistencies and contradictions which crop up in our daily lives. These can cause us to be insecure and lack confidence in anything we are told. It can cause confusion and disorder in the way we plan our lives. So, who can you believe? Who has the definitive power to tell us how to eat our way to health or how to live our lives confidently?
Ultimately the choice is yours. The choices you make to eat healthily, work without stress and live a life which is fulfilling, regardless of what other people tell you, should be carefully thought out and practical. Some of the advice the researchers give is logical. Eating a healthy, balanced diet of fruit, vegetables and meat seems logical, doesn't it? This should give us the correct vitamins and minerals our bodies need. Or practically, we invest in a private pension scheme, in addition to social security, to look forward to our retirement. However, we can't control circumstances when we become ill or the government decides to tax that pension 10 years later. But we do have power in how we respond to the `new' set of circumstances we find ourselves in.
We can succumb to the fatalism so prevalent in our society which says we can't do anything about our situation. This is our fate, our destiny, even though we didn't plan it to go this way. This is because we believe we are all helplessly alone here on this earth and have no control over what befalls us. But as I mentioned above, we do have choice or freedom of will. We have intelligence and reason over and above the animal world. This is what makes man different to the world around him. We aren't just a heap of protons and neutrons, neatly arranged in human form. We have minds and consciences that make up our unique personalities. How did this come about? Were we created only by time plus chance?
One of the greatest minds of the 20th century didn't believe that. Einstein said, "My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior Spirit who reveals Himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble minds. That deeply emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God." 1 So because of the order and design of the natural world, men such as Einstein believed there had to be a God, a creator. Because of all the minute and intricate componenets in our bodies, we as His creatures can believe there is a loving Creator. This God, who knows us intimately as a Father does a child, wants a personal relationship with us. He also knows the time of our retirement and our pension scheme. He knows of our eating habits and our health. It is Him we can believe and trust that He loves us, no matter what comes our way on this journey through life.
1 Bennett, Lincoln, The Universe and Dr. Einstein (New York, Wm. Sloane Associates, 1957) p. 95.
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