Thursday, June 14, 2012

“Interesting! God Gave the Principle a Long Time Ago!"

A recent headline caught my attention: Denmark introduces fat tax to curb unhealthy habits, improve life expectancy. This article from the Associated Press of October 2, 2011 said that  Denmark, which already has higher fees on sugar, chocolates, and soft drinks, is now imposing a tax on products that have saturated fat!

Jakob Axel Nielsen, the health minister, said, “Higher fees on sugar, fat and tobacco is an important step on the way toward a higher average life expectancy in Denmark,” because he went on to say, “saturated fats can cause cardiovascular disease and cancer.”

Needless to say, less cardiovascular disease and less cancer would benefit the country hugely in making it possible for the nation to continue to benefit from the talents of many individuals as well as enjoying decreased health costs. Today, in the United States, the “normal” open-heart surgery costs around $112,000! That means that about 50 billion dollars a year is spent on our poor health in just this one area of healthcare. 

Now, regardless of how one feels about a government doing this, if you are know about the impact of animal fat on cardiovascular disease, you know what fat does to the blood vessels and the disease processes. This article was even more interesting to me because of the fact that many thousands of years ago God said to His people that they must not eat the fat of animals. (See Leviticus 7:23,24)

The Apostle John says, “Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” 3 John 2   God had our health in mind from the beginning! Amazing!

- Wayne Young