I can hardly make any decision without an inner battle. When deciding whether or not I should take supplements, recommend that others take supplements, and join a network marketing company, I had quite a few inner battles/conversations.
Here’s the first battle. Mind you, this is AFTER I have visited famous nutrional PHD and been majorly helped by supplements.
Inner Self-1: I mean, did God really create our bodies to need like 3500 different additional supplements in pill form? Isn’t it just supposed to be simple? Like just eat real food? Swallowing 10+ capsules a day seems a little unnatural.
Inner Self-2: Did God really intend that our soil would be stripped of all it’s nutrients and all of our produce manipulated for year-round availability, causing even healthy foods to be nutrient depleted and chemically modified? That seems a little unnatural too.
Inner Self-1: What about poor people? They can’t afford all these extra supplements to their diet. So it must be wrong to believe that they are necessary.
Inner Self-2: The poor do have less access, and God has chosen them to be rich in faith for many of the things money can’t buy. But if you hang onto this logic then… does it become wrong to believe that you shouldn’t create, consume or sell anything if someone else can’t afford it? Is it wrong to sell your house instead of just giving it to someone less fortunate? (PS Maybe someday, you can find a way to make these supplements available to those less fortunate.)
Inner Self-2 (on the offensive): Which is more natural? A healing plant that’s been around for thousands of years condensed into a capsule, or some chemists in a lab formulating new drugs which often mimic the plant that’s been around for thousands of years?
Inner Self-1: Touché.
Inner Self-2 (still on the offensive). You’re not about to go tell people that it’s morally wrong to take Advil. Or to buy greens powder. Or to be on thyroid medicine, are you? If your body literally only needs “food” in the sense that you are talking about, then where do you draw the line? Advil, RX meds, essential oils, and even greens powder become “wrong” because they are not meals. Oh, but Doritos and Diet Coke are okay because they are “food.”
Inner Self-1: But a lot of times because of insurance, Advil and RX meds seem like a much less expensive way to handle some of these issues. Why would anyone want to pay more to deal with the same problem?
Inner Self-2: Your arguments are getting really weak. Does Advil come without side effects? (Ask your liver enzymes.) Do RX meds usually get to the root of your problem? How many RX meds is your beloved relative on again? And you do in fact believe that a few quality supplements taken consistently could reverse some of those issues, do you not? People may not see the value up front, but if YOU KNOW that it could get them off their meds and out of the doctor’s office, then maybe you should consider helping others see the value in preventative, root cause health stuff?
Inner Self-2: Deal.
Final resolution. Your body is a body. Most consumables aren’t morally wrong in an of themselves. However to quote a wise, divinely inspired man. “Everything is permissible for me, BUT NOT EVERYTHING IS BENEFICIAL.” Our mindset about health for the 32 years that I’ve been alive has basically been to just keep doing what you’re doing and eat what you want until one day your blood pressure is high and you need medicine or a lifestyle change to remedy. We need a new mindset, which is: pursue optimum health all the time (even when you’re already healthy) so that your blood pressure never gets high. Also, money is money. Things cost money. Even your doctor is running a business that costs you money. Even supplements will cost money.
Next conversation. (With Matt, about joining Plexus.)
Leah: I don’t know if I can do this Plexus thing.
Leah: The Bible says not to let anything you think of as good be spoken of as evil.
Matt: What’s your point? How is this spoken of as evil?
Leah: I just read that network-marketing companies are illegal in China.
Matt: Umm… is China your standard? Because Christianity is also illegal in China.
Leah: Hahahaha. Good point.
Based on the length of my conversation with myself verses the length of my conversation with Matt, I should probably talk things through with him sooner.