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Naaman: does the answer lie in simple things?

Robyn Openshaw, MSW - Aug 07, 2010 - This Post May Contain Affiliate Links

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.

Posted in: 12 Steps To Whole Food

13 thoughts on “Naaman: does the answer lie in simple things?”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    AMEN!!!!! and Hallelujah!

    will we ever really master those?!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for this wonderful insight. I have been trying to figure out how to help others to see the benefits of natural foods and this will surely help. It is so hard to sit by and watch as others destroy their health by what they insist is “good” food. They all agree that our diet is healthy, but it is not for them! Right now we have two LDS missionaries living in our home. They are on a protein kick. We have made a little headway by insisting that they need more natural foods–so they will now eat a little fruit each day and cook a bowl of frozen vegetables in the microwave. It is not the greatest, but it is a little better than they were doing before!!

  3. I love this post! I was just telling my husband that I don’t understand how in our scripture study at church, we often are so casual the way we glide right through the Word of Wisdom….without paying attention to the actual words in it. and what their meaning.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Love it. Thank you for not being afraid to bring God into it all.

  5. Anonymous says:


    What more can I say but very well said. Thanks for the clarity & wisdom as always!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Off the subject Robyn but will there ever be a class set up in Sacramento area. If I can set it up what questions do I need to ask to get it all together here?


    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Cheleen, I would come if I had two places hosting who will promote it well, about an hour apart (so they draw a different crowd). If you have two hosts (chiro offices, health food stores, gyms, etc.), email me and we’ll set up a date. 🙂

  7. Anonymous says:

    Very insightful and helpful. Thank you!

  8. amen! the natural way really is simpler. it is just that we have forgotten. we are bombarded with so many things saying “eat this, eat that’ or “this is healthy” (ie lowfat yogurt with aspartame! AAHHHH!) that we have all forgotten what is right. what is right is what God created. i love getting back to basics and i LOVE how it ties into the gospel soooo incredibly. i live this lifestyle with a testimony of it, just as i live the gospel with a testimony. they go hand in hand.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Amen!! Yes, we’re always trying to un-simplify that which God made so simple. Like salvation — why is it so hard for so many people to accept that all we have to do is to “believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31)? He did the work for us — we don’t have to pretend we’re OK – we just need to accept His work on the cross and His forgiveness. Hallelujah!!

    And, He made such beautiful, healthy food for us eat – so simple — and again we un-simplify it by processing it to death.

    BTW – just saw your email w/the picture of your family — such a beautiful family!!!

    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      Thanks Homeschool Mom! If anyone doesn’t know what she’s talking about, I send out a newsletter once a week. Today’s was about my changes to my favorite whole-foods chocolate cake recipe. Get on the list to receive the free newsletter, always on a nutrition/healthy-living topic, on the home page of

  10. Anonymous says:

    Uh, am I the only one who can’t find this particular book of the Bible in my Bible? Where is 1st Nephi. ?? Help.


    1. Robyn Openshaw, MSW says:

      1 Nephi is in the Book of Mormon, not the Bible. LOL! (The story of Naaman is in 2nd Kings in the Bible, though.)

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