How Then Shall We Eat?

Speaker: Categories: Jul 08, 2006


[1hr, 16min, 56sec / 56min, 22sec]


The oft-heard adageYou are what you eat!has been in circulation for many years. But is there any truth in such a statement? If not, how has it survived so long? If it is correct, to what extent is it true?

Dr. Hans Diehl, a new voice at SDAF, notes:"It seems that every day a new diet appears on the scene only to disappear once the sizzle and hype of marketing has died down. We have diets from the frivolous to the sublime, some centered around blood types and others centered around pH levels and raw food. Some come from Centers of learning, others come fromHallelujah Acres. Some are accompanied by bottles of supplements; others come pureed out of Vitamix-ers.

And within the Adventist church, we have everything from an omnivorous diet to a lacto-ovo vegetarian to a vegan diet. Is there an Optimal Diet? Are there some dietary principles that, when adhered to, could give us better health, even disease reversal and health restoration? Some of us would not dare to eat a piece of fish, but at church potlucks we think nothing of taking a double serving of German chocolate cake plus two fudge brownies. Some of us wouldn't dare to eat anything that contained baking soda, yet at the salad bar we pour down the salt laden low fat Italian dressing."

Is Dr. Diehl getting close to meddling in some of his observations above? But then he continues:

"Is the choice of diet a rather individualistic matter? Is it just a lifestyle option we exercise? Or are there scientifically sound principles which help us to better understand thathow we chooseour diet has a powerful effect on our level of health, our diseases, our life span and even on our spirituality? And beyond this: does dietary choice have an effect on ecology and the economy? What is a responsible choice in all of this?

How then shall we eat?And can it make a difference? What is the scientific evidence?"

This SDAF presentation, at least at first look, will not challenge our theological conclusions - or will it? What relationship is there between what we believe from Scripture and what we ingest from the table?


Chosen as"One of America's Twenty Super-Heroes of Health"(Vegetarian Times), Dr. Hans Diehl directs the Lifestyle Medicine Institute in Loma Linda and lectures at the College of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Rockford. Offering more than 25 years of leadership in the emerging field of Lifestyle Medicine, his pioneering efforts as an epidemiologically trained lifestyle interventionist with the Coronary Health Improvement Project (CHIP) have shown how simple lifestyle changes can prevent, arrest, and reverse many of our largely lifestyle related diseases. With more than 40,000 graduates, the results of the Randomized Clinical CHIP Trial have been published in six peer reviewed medical journals.

His book,Health Power(co-authored with Aileen Ludington), has more than 1.5 million copies in fourteen languages in circulation. He most recently addressed, as an invited speaker, the World Congress on Weight Management in Chicago.

He earned his doctorate in Health Science and an MPH in Public Health Nutrition from Loma Linda University. He has been married to Dr. Lily Pan for 36 years. Together they have two children: Byron, an orthodontist and Carmen, a Clinical Psychologist. His greatest joy is"to know that my life has significance because of the God I found and cherish."

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