Health Lessons in the Bible

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Interviewer: A big part of what you do has a religious aspect as well. How do you tie that in? How are they coincided [sounds like]?

Paul Nison: Well, religion is one's belief system . . .

Interviewer: Sure.

Paul Nison: . . . so everyone basically is religious. But for me, when I got into this, I got healed because I was sick and I was led to read different health food books and somebody told me that the greatest health book ever written was the Bible and up to that point in my life I had never read the Bible. And I told them that can't be true and they said why don't you read it and find out. 

So I decided to read it myself and I read Genesis 129 which said the food for man is fruits and vegetables. And then I just thought about how man was created to grab a fruit and eat it or a vegetable and eat it. And we just can't chase down an animal and rip it open with our bare hands and eat it. And I thought, well, you know, I guess he's our creator and he knows what's best for us. 

So I read the rest of the Bible and all throughout the Bible I just saw wonderful health tips for us. So I decided I was going to spend the rest of my life listening to our creator instead of listening to doctors and other people. And I've been much better off for it. So now I teach about health according to the Bible. And health is more than just diet alone. For example, in the Bible, it tells us take one day a week and just rest from our work and everything. Well, man says work seven days a week and even that is not enough time. And then people are suffering from adrenal fatigue. Well, the Bible says just relax and fast if you've overeaten and your body will recharge itself. And so, people might call me religious but I would say everyone's religious for what they believe in. But for me, I think my creator is smarter than I am. 

Interviewer: So do you do that? Do you take a day off each week?

Paul Nison: Absolutely, and not only do I take a day off, I take the day off in the scriptures that he tells us, from Friday night to Saturday night, which is known as the Sabbath. It's the Sabbath rest. Now some people might say it doesn't make a difference if it's Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, or Saturday. But again, I believe our creator is smarter than we are and he says Friday night to Saturday night. And that's what I do.

Interviewer: Can you tell the difference? I mean, how do you feel after that?

Paul Nison: I feel recharged. 

Interviewer: Uh-huh.

Paul Nison: I mean, if you look at anything that that's going to give a break or give a rest to, it's going to be recharged. You know.

Interviewer: Mm-hmm.

Paul Nison: So, I've always been involved in sports and when you look at a team that's playing every night and you give them a day off, the next day they come back. They do better.

Interviewer: Mm-hmm.

Paul Nison: Well, you know. The same thing with our bodies. You got to give it a rest and we're just in a society, going, going, and going. So I take a rest. And I don't just take a rest that day and do nothing. I spend that day studying the word of our creator and learning his instructions and thinking about how I can apply it for the rest of the week . . .

Interviewer: Mm-hmm.

Paul Nison: . . . to my life. And it really does help put days in perspective. And it doesn't only help physically but spiritually and mentally. It really helps me slow down. And I do see other people that try to rest at other times and they're not getting the same benefits. And, you know, I can explain a lot of things that the Bible says and there are some things I can't. But whether I can explain it or not doesn't change or difference that God knows better than we do.

Raw food expert Paul Nison discusses his connection to his diet and what he learned from the Bible. He talks about his relationship with his religion and how that molded how he lives and how he eats.

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