Health-what is it, really?
Heart to Heart






Ancient Paths/Beyond Organic The following is an article from one of our CHEF Conference vendors, Renee Yeo with Beyond Organic If you met Renee at the conference you will remember her beautiful, sweet, vibrant face, her warm personality, and passionate desire to help others achieve optimum health. I asked her if she would write articles for our newsletter. This is the first in a series of articles on health.


Health – what is it, really?


Health has turned into a “buzzword.” As Christians our thoughts and actions must always come under the Lordship of our Savior. This is not something with which anyone would argue. However, when it comes to health, I have noticed that there are many voices that say completely different things and take people on completely different journeys. Some of the roads lead to healing, sadly, more often than I care to admit, some of these voices lead people down the road to continued degenerative and acute diseases.


Have we accepted this “Normal”?


As a homeschooling mentor, I was talking to a young mother of 6. She seemed a bit discouraged, and naturally I was hoping to encourage her to really embrace the beauty of homeschooling. What she said to me went on to occupy my thoughts long after our conversation ended. She said that she would love homeschooling if she ever got a chance to do it. Just when one child gets better, another gets sick, then when all the kids are finally better, either my husband or I get sick! And, the ball starts rolling again as soon as they all get well enough to be around anyone. She said, “I have just come to accept that every winter, we will be in the house, sick for years to come.” Sadly, this is a common thought in most of the circles that I run in. But, does it have to be this way? Have we accepted as normal, what is anything but normal! Have we accepted a philosophy of health that is not found in Scripture? 3 John 1:2 “Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in good health, even as your soul prospers.”


True health must be defined by Scripture


As Christians we are called to “demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” I Cor. 10:5


This is easier said than done. Henry Van Til said, “Culture is religion externalized.” We know that our food choices are dictated by our culture and shaped by geography, people groups and traditions. In her book, Health for Godly Generations, Renee DeGroot states:


“All food practices, including harvest, preparation, nutrition and consumption are associated with the working outward of a people’s religion. Whether a tribe worships the sun and soil, the harvest itself or the God who gave it, this obeisance is a religious activity. Whether a tribe revels excessively in food and drink or consumes it in a disciplined moderation, meals are a cultural and religious activity. A distinctively Christian and reformed view of culture will likewise affect our food preparation and diet choices.”


So, how can we take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ? If our diet choices are a reflection of our inward belief, then how do we make sure it lines up with scripture?


Discover God’s Plan for Health


In his book Live Beyond Organic,Jordan Rubin shares his very personal health journey and shares how at 19 years old, he wasn’t expected to live. After seeking treatment through “traditional” medicine and in alternative/natural medicine, and even visits to clinics in Mexico and Germany, there were no answers. His health continued to spiral out of control. There was nothing left to do except pray. And pray he did. His prayer was answered by a phone call from a gentleman who said, “If you come see me, I will teach you how to eat and live by following the eating plan found in the Bible, and I promise you in three months, you’ll be working out on the beach in San Diego.” For those of you who know Jordan Rubin, you know the end of that story. God used his tragedy to turn “beauty from ashes” and not only healed Jordan Rubin, but gave him an incredible platform of being one of the world’s leading health experts.


What about you?


There should be only one resource that forms our health philosophy: the Bible. Sadly, as Christians, our health philosophy has been shaped by the culture around us. We are not the “peculiar” people that God called us out to be. Christians should be the healthiest people in culture! In a sick and dying world, that would be a powerful testimony unto itself. Friend and Wellness Physician *Dr. David Jockers said it best: “My passion as a doctor is to share with people the gospel of health.” Just like Jesus first fed the multitude before He shared the gospel, we too have an opportunity to show God’s powerful truth to a hurting world. But first, it has to start with you and your family. – Renee Yeo, Antioch, IL


*Dr. David Jockers is an author and contributor to Natural News. Look for his new book Supercharge Your Braincoming out this fall. You can find his articles and subscribe to his newsletter at www.drjockers.comand “like” him on Facebook: Dr. Jockers.


Renee Yeo is wife to Ron and homeschool mother of 3 (ages 17, 15 and 12). Her family is passionate about rebuilding the Christian family. As Biblical Health advocates, their family business, “Ancient Paths” represents a return to God’s principles in every area of life: health, healing, home and family. Their oldest daughter Kelcie has a recipe blog: www.kelcieskreations.blogspot.comand is a health coach. For health consultations, questions or comments, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Send us your comments, and we will send you a FREE eBook download of Jordan Rubin’s latest book Live Beyond Organic.