As a research scientist (specializing in biology/genetics) at Answers in Genesis, I have had the privilege of reviewing a wide variety of articles, web pages, and books that are sent to our ministry. Some of these items are great, and some not so great. It has reminded me just how discerning we need to be as Christians. I have had several encounters with people who asked my opinion on certain diets or nutritional plans because they heard them advertised on Christian radio or at their church, so they assumed they must be good. Unfortunately, it has been my experience that much of this nutritional advice is based more on the desire of a person or company to sell their book or product then it is on sound principles of health.
One that has particularly stuck in my mind is the concept of “God’s Pharmacy.” The idea is that God has designed foods to physically resemble the body parts that they are good for. I have seen information on this idea posted on many Christian websites and read comments by people who were very enamored with the idea. Below are a few examples typically associated with this concept:
- Sliced carrots look like the human eye and carrots are good for your eyes.
- Tomatoes have four chambers and are red much like the heart and tomatoes are good for your heart.
- Walnuts look like a brain (right and left hemispheres, wrinkles) and walnuts are good for your brain.
- Kidney beans look like a kidney and kidney beans are good for your kidneys.
Check out an article I wrote on a similar topic entitled, Laminin and the Cross: Is There a Connection?