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It’s Time to Talk About Taking Health Seriously

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yes
March 10, 2024 10:18 am

and did you know that they are poisoning the food with pesticides and GMOS

Kol ha cvod
March 10, 2024 11:15 am

Thank you Rabbi Avtzon for bringing this to the community’s attention. As a certified holistic health coach, student of functional nutrition, and founder of the first organic yeshiva lunch program in Crown Heights, I agree that it is crucial to take care of our bodies which house our souls.
A person doesn’t just “get yenne machla “ one day; it’s a long process of toxins manifesting in the body over a period of time
May we take care of our bodies and iyh see the end of illness especially with Moshiach revealed now!
Mrs. Chana Delfiner
[email protected]

kol ha kavod
Reply to  Kol ha cvod
March 10, 2024 11:31 am

thank you Chana you sound like a hero

I would like to see all the jewish places eating only organic all the time!
Do you have a website

Very true
Reply to  kol ha kavod
March 10, 2024 12:59 pm

Thank you Chana! This is very true ! Rarely discussed by western medical professionals during checkups

Cause of cancer - Clarification
Reply to  Kol ha cvod
March 10, 2024 1:50 pm

“A person doesn’t just “get yenne machla “ one day; it’s a long process of toxins manifesting in the body over a period of time”

This is not necessarily the case, you haven’t read the science. According to holistic medicine, some have a *predisposition* to cancer, and there needs to be an exciting cause to actually bring about cancer. An exciting cause can be a STRESS on the Physical level (survival / job / home) Mental / Emotional level, or the Spiritual level.

Kol ha cvod
Reply to  Cause of cancer - Clarification
March 10, 2024 2:43 pm

Yes, it’s all true what we are saying ; you are describing antecedents ( predisposition) and triggers ( exciting causes ) according to functional medicine.

Not completely true
Reply to  Kol ha cvod
March 10, 2024 3:08 pm

Many people, especially children get cancer for reasons that are not known or predictable. Cancer has been around for millenia, as we live longer, more people get it, whereas previously people didn’t live long enough to get it.
The Emperor of All Maladies is an important book and documentary on cancer.
Lung cancer is often from smoking, but 20 percent of patients never touched a cigarette.

Take care of health naturaly
March 10, 2024 11:26 am

Not necessarily following Drs and their protocols.
Today’s Drs are not as use to be, unfortunately

Mendy
March 10, 2024 11:40 am

Everyone will admit to three health principled:
1) at least process food as possible. (eat food in its original state without being processed through machines and then re-packaged. Even if it requires additional prep time.)
2) have some level of intermittent fasting. (like stop eating after 7 PM or something that works with youR schedule)
3) try to exercise on average a total three hours a week. (a good brisk walk it’s fine no need to overexert.)
And of course Daven!

Mendy
March 10, 2024 11:40 am

Everyone will agree to three health principled:
1) consume the least process food as possible. (eat food in its original state without being processed through machines and then re-packaged. Even if it requires additional prep time.)
2) have some level of intermittent fasting. (like stop eating after 7 PM or something that works with youR schedule)
3) try to exercise on average a total three hours a week. (a good brisk walk it’s fine no need to overexert.)
And of course Daven!

Best advice
March 10, 2024 12:11 pm

That was the best advice from a menahel ever!
Physical activity also energizes the mind (for learning), enhances the mood ( avoda bisimcha) and strengthens the heart
(Ahavas Yisroel) .

Yeshivah
Reply to  Best advice
March 10, 2024 3:11 pm

It’s good to see yeshivas supporting and encouraging physical activities. I recall just 20 years ago, kinasim were given out if found playing basketball in the park during time off! How amazing the evolution has been.

Rochel
March 10, 2024 12:21 pm

Thank you for this writing I couldn’t agree more Unfortunately the schools, starting from preschool don’t serve healthy food to the children. Fish sticks with ketchup and rice and soup with msg is definitely damaging. And the kids act out as a result. Then the kids need all kinds of therapies to teach them how to regulate. All they need is healthy food and be outdoors a lot more. I’d love to see more health awareness starting with the young ones What about all the candies that go on in shul? And then they expect the kids to sit quietly?!… Read more »

yes
Reply to  Rochel
March 10, 2024 3:20 pm

I’d like to see all the junk food replaced with fruits and vegetables

Bob
Reply to  yes
March 10, 2024 4:43 pm

Beef is much healthier than veggies

Hotdogs!
Reply to  Rochel
March 10, 2024 3:28 pm

A real carcinogen !

Msg
Reply to  Rochel
March 13, 2024 3:43 pm

Msg is actually not as un healthy as people think it is, yes it should not be eaten in large quantities but it is not that bad. The reason msg got such a bad rap is actually bc of racism in the 60s anti Asian scientists published about the “dangers” of msg but study’s today suggest how that was over blown. So let your kid eat a bissli he’ll be fine and maybe actually learn about something before you say how bad it is

Random guy
March 10, 2024 12:22 pm

The most important factor when it comes to health is diet. A person should only eat beef, lamb, bison , wild caught fish, eggs, raw dairy and organic fruit ( it’s called the animal based diet) avoid all wheat, seed oils, and processed food. Look up dr ken berry, dr anthony chaffe, and dr Paul saladino on YouTube for more information
Ps vegetables are not actually that good for you

genuine question here
Reply to  Random guy
March 10, 2024 3:21 pm

what raw organic dairy brand is even also kosher? And cholov yisroel?

BenZ’s
Reply to  genuine question here
March 10, 2024 10:36 pm

Has some. Ask at the counter.

Bethel farm
Reply to  genuine question here
March 11, 2024 11:24 am

Bethel farm has milk as yogurt. The cheese guy has cheese

shipping
Reply to  Bethel farm
March 11, 2024 3:51 pm

do they ship to other states?

Extreme fad
Reply to  Random guy
March 11, 2024 3:03 pm

The “animal based diet” is obviously an extreme fad and has nothing to do with moderation or healthful eating. Please don’t present this anti-science as if it were based on proper research.

Who can make change?
March 10, 2024 12:27 pm

Yeshivas need to serve healthy food.
Yeshivas need to serve tasty food, not fancy. And Yeshivas need to serve ENOUGH food for all the bochrim.
We can’t expect bochrim to learn successfully if we’re not taking care of their basic need for food.
Please please make this change. It’s simply not acceptable.

agreed
Reply to  Who can make change?
March 10, 2024 3:23 pm

should be a priority, except for the part about tasty

Dan
March 10, 2024 1:05 pm

Fatty Red meat is the healthiest food , you can never have to much of it. it has lots of essential nutrients that can’t be found in any other food

A joke in bad taste
Reply to  Dan
March 11, 2024 2:54 pm

I will assume that you’re joking. But it’s a joke that’s neither amusing nor helpful, because there are plenty of misinformed and gullible individuals who will think that you’re serious.

Yeshiva food
March 10, 2024 1:59 pm

When will the yeshivas start providing healthy nutritios meals? (instead of fried, laden foods and loads of pastas)

root of many problems
Reply to  Yeshiva food
March 10, 2024 3:24 pm

this is the root of many problems

Thank you
March 10, 2024 2:06 pm

Very needed article

Colonoscopy at 45
March 10, 2024 3:05 pm

The recommendation today is 45 not 50

A concerned OT parent
March 10, 2024 3:34 pm

I’m appreciative that my children study at Ohlie Torah, the Rebbe’s school, and I appreciate the incredibly dedicated and professional staff.

However I do wish some of them would stop bribing and raffling the kids with all kinds of sodas slush candies etc that sets them up for bad habits and bad health as they get older. Healthy food is מדרכי ה’, and excessive sugar is שלש קליפות הטמאות

yea
Reply to  A concerned OT parent
March 10, 2024 5:23 pm

i’ve always been against bribing and gifting anyone with junk food especially kids

and
Reply to  A concerned OT parent
March 10, 2024 5:24 pm

if everyone raised all their kids with no junk food we’d all be a lot better off in many ways

Take away
March 10, 2024 9:12 pm

The guy at the farbrengen who was being pestered for beard, who converted negative energy into life saving positive energy, rises way above all else in this whole post (which has several noteworthy points [colonoscopy, eating healthy, exercise]). Someone choosing whether to sport a beard is between him and his creator. At a farbrengen talk about what you want to self-improve; not what others should do. This guy, on the receiving end of the type of ahavas yisroel of Rabbi Akiva’s students, chose to use the engagement to better the life of the antagonizer, showing true love, rather than anger… Read more »

“Between him and his Creator”
Reply to  Take away
March 11, 2024 8:14 am

Have you never heard of “kol Yisroel areivim zeh lazeh”? Or the mitzvah of reproving a fellow Jew? Yes, a farbrengen absolutely is the forum for urging others – and oneself too – to improve in avodah; it’s not just for fluffy stories.

Make fruits great again
March 10, 2024 10:35 pm

Make fruit cheap again!
Prices are INSANE and the quality very very bad
No wonder literal junk food is that spread out and available everywhere!
Let’s get real: You can expect a family to just get fruit…

CH Family
March 11, 2024 12:26 pm

Of course better nutrition is … better. Are you willing, are you ABLE to pay the price of following a more healthful diet? I mean, literally, the price. When my children were little, there were times that supper consisted of salad (ice berg lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, maybe onion) and rice (white). And milk. I was happy when I could include fish sticks — yes, those cheap ones with about an ounce of protein per stick. This was years ago. B’H, my children are grown, and everyone is B’H able to support themselves and feed THEIR children better than I was… Read more »

may Hashem gift all jews a lot of healthy food
Reply to  CH Family
March 11, 2024 5:50 pm

and a lot of organic food, money, and everything they need to be peaceful and healthy. May He bless all the jews with health!

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