Rex Russell, M.D., in his book What the Bible Says About Healthy Living, poses these questions: “What if Earth were twice as far from the sun as it is now? There would be no life on Earth, just ice. What if Earth were as close to the sun as Venus or Mercury? Life would not exist on earth—just steam. Earth is placed exactly the distance from the sun where it must be to have the necessary temperature for water to perform as a life-giving force. Is it luck or Design we are located in space right where we are, in precisely the place where life can exist?” He goes on to discuss the importance of the dissolvability properties found in water: “Water can dissolve almost anything, including rock. Water dissolves nutrients and food so they are distributed to the cells in our bodies.”
A primary factor contributing to unhealthy weight and other forms of unhealth plaguing America is our national love affair with soft drinks. Soft drinks are widely available everywhere. Here are some shocking statistics:
- The average American drinks an estimated 56 gallons of soft drinks each year.
- One can of soda has about 10 teaspoons of sugar, 150 calories, 30 to 55 mg of caffeine and is loaded with artificial food colors and sulphites.
- Soda accounts for more than one-quarter of all drinks consumed in the United States.
- In the past 15+ years, soft drink consumption among children has almost doubled in the United States. Teenage boys now drink, on average, three or more cans of soda per day, and 10 percent of them drink seven or more cans a day.
- The average for teenage girls is more than two cans of soda a day, and 10 percent of them drink more than five cans a day.
They are loaded with sweeteners—usually high fructose corn syrup—or sugar substitutes like aspartame. Sugar in soft drinks accounts for 35 percent of all U.S. sugar consumption and sugar messes with insulin levels, which can lead to unhealthy blood pressure, cholesterol, weight and cardiovascular states. It can also accelerate the normal aging process.
- Aspartame: In a report dated April 20, 1995 to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services entitled Symptoms attributed to aspartame in Complaints Submitted to the FDA, 92 symptoms were listed including brain and cellular unhealth, emotional imbalances and more. Further, when aspartame is stored for long periods of time or kept in warm areas it changes to methanol, an alcohol that converts to formaldehyde and formic acid, which are known carcinogens.
- Saccharin: Saccharin is a white, crystalline powder or solid. Sodium or calcium saccharin is used in many low calorie or reduced calorie foods. In addition, they are used in toothpaste, mouthwash and other dental care products. Saccharin has appeared on the “Hazardous Substance List” for irritating the skin and causing skin allergies. Sugar free ingredients have been shown to cause neurological unhealth.
- Caffeine: Soft drinks often contain a fair amount of caffeine. It turns out to be 35 to 38 milligrams per 12-ounce can or roughly 28 percent of the amount found in an 8-ounce cup of coffee. The stimulant properties and dependence potential of caffeine in soda are well documented, as are their effects on children. Caffeinated soft drinks can cause jitters, insomnia, unhealthy blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, unhealthy blood cholesterol levels, vitamin and mineral depletion, breast lumps, birth defects and perhaps unhealthy cellular proliferation.