Naaman: does the answer lie in simple things?

At church last week, the lesson was about Naaman in 2 Kings in the Bible. I have discussed this story in my book (the manual) 12 Steps to Whole Foods.

Naaman didn’t like what he saw as excessively simplistic advice, from the prophet, to go and bathe in the River Jordan to be healed of leprosy. His servants had to talk some sense into him.

Rex D. Pinegar said this: “Are we not sometimes like Naaman, looking for big or important things to do and bypassing simple things which could change our lives and heal us of our afflictions?” (Ensign, Nov. 1994)

Similarly, remember God sent fiery flying serpents, who bit the people as Moses led them towards the land of promise. And then God made a very easy way to heal them. All they had to do is look on his rod. But “because of the simpleness of the way, or the easiness of it, there were many who perished.” (1st Nephi 17:41)

This is what I am constantly teaching, the application of this principle to lifestyle and nutrition. It’s mass insanity that millions of us gulp handfuls of ACE inhibitor and statin and beta blocker drugs, while we cruise through the In ‘N Out drive-thru, blissfully oblivious to our ever-shrinking and hardening blood pathways.

I watch people continue to bang their heads on concrete to solve their lifestyle-induced health problems.   They try this drug and that, shopping specialist doctors, considering another surgery, undergoing another CT scan or MRI . . . when they aren’t trying the simple, clear (boring?) answers.

We don’t need the acai or goji or some other exotic berry from worlds away at $50/lb. We need the bulk of our diet to be colorful, raw plant foods that are grown nearby and cost less than $1/lb.

If we aren’t eating simple, inexpensive greens, vegetables, fruits, legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds (in that order) every day (and avoiding processed foods and heavy animal proteins), then we shouldn’t be buying every expensive supplement or beautifully packaged fancy food made glamorous by skilled marketers.

At church they said, “How come we keep having the same sermons on the same basic principles? Why aren’t we aren’t diving into deep, obscure doctrines?”

Well, duh. Because we aren’t living the basic principles. Faith and repentance. Charity, loving each other as Jesus did and taught.

The very same principle applies to what I teach in my books, site/blog, classes, about health and nutrition. Constantly refocusing us on the basics. We’ll move on when we’ve mastered those.