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Mormons and Green Tea

I am writing this article because there is a tremendous confusion among Mormons about Green Tea and the Word of Wisdom. The Mormon Word of Wisdom was a revelation given to Joseph Smith February 27, 1833 in Kirkland, Ohio. If you are not familiar with Mormon revelations this remarkable article told Mormons to avoid strong drinks, hot drinks and tobacco a hundred years before science and doctors began to warn us about their dangers.

Simply put Green Tea that is not boiled and not served hot is not a violation of the Word of Wisdom!!! I am not a church authority nor can I speak for the Mormon Church. My article is based on science and my interpretation of the Word of Wisdom.

Mormons, green tea
"Green tea is made from Camellia sinensis leaves that have not undergone the same withering and oxidation applied when processing Camellia sinensis into oolong tea and black tea.[1] Green tea originated in China, but its production has spread to many countries in Asia."

My conclusions are numbered for referencing.

1. The common definition of tea is; a hot drink made by infusing the dried, crushed leaves of the tea plant in boiling water.

2. Tea is not mentioned anywhere in the Word of Wisdom. The Mormon General Authorities have interpreted the word hot drinks to include tea. Keep in mind at the time they did this the main tea was black tea served hot. Today the same applies. Many drinks (including herbal teas) prepared by boiling and served hot are toxic and are not approved by the Word of Wisdom. Boiling herbs often destroy their healthy antioxidant properties into harmful oxidants even if cooled such as iced teas.

3. In my years of collecting science reports I have discovered there is one common factor in most diseases and that is oxidation often referred to as free radicals or metabolic stress. It is simply the chemical process of free radicals (molecules) attaching to our cells. As the body ingests toxins the free radicals attach to our cell walls making them thicker. This process is called oxidation and is the same as the chemical process of rust on steel. Some scientist use a ratio of 70% oxidants to 30% antioxidants to have a healthy body. The more toxic foods with oxidants we ingest the thicker our cell walls become.

Mormons and green tea, Excitotoxins, Oxidation, Metabolic Stress,  what causes sickness,

4. Alcohol, wine, coffee, tobacco, black tea and hot drinks contain damaging free radicals and are toxic to our body.

5. With this information lets now re-examine the Word of Wisdom. I will use only three topics of this remarkable prophecy given when no one in the health arenas were aware of the dangers to our health.

1. Conspiring men Verse four: "Behold, verily, thus saith the Lord unto you: In consequence of evils and designs which do and will exist in the hearts of conspiring men in the last days, I have warned you, and forewarn you, by giving unto you this word of wisdom by revelation—" In other words people will put toxins in our food in order to make more money. Google the food additives in the labels of your processed foods to see the proof of this. MSG is in much of our food and MSG is a food flavoring that is toxic and addicting. Aspartame and all synthetic sugars are toxic and addicting. Both MSG and Aspartame are classed by chemist as Excito Toxins. Excito Toxins go to our organs that create hormones and toxify them then the new hormones they create will be mutated. Chemist all over the world know about the harm of MSG and Aspartame yet the American FDA lists them as safe foods. This is because the Food and Drug industries have powerful lobby programs and control the FDA. If toxic food additives were banned the food industry would lose billions of dollars.
2. Recommends to study foods Verse 10 "And again, verily I say unto you, all wholesome herbs God hath ordained for the constitution, nature, and use of man— " Verse 11 "Every herb in the season thereof, and every fruit in the season thereof; all these to be used with prudence and thanksgiving." The Word of Wisdom recommends that we study the health benefits and problems of our food and use wisdom in their use. We are not following the Word of Wisdom when we do not study herbs (foods) and use them with prudence (wisdom)!!
3 . The promise 18 "And all saints   who remember to keep and do these sayings, walking in obedience to the commandments, shall receive health in their navel and marrow to their bones;" 19 "And shall find wisdom and great treasures of knowledge, even hidden treasures; (a healthy body can be more in tune with the Holy Spirit which is a hidden blessing)" 20 "And shall run and not be weary, and shall walk and not faint." 21 "And I, the Lord, give unto them a promise, that the destroying angel shall pass by them, as the children of Israel, and not slay them."
We are really good at doing the don'ts but not good at doing the do's. In other words we focus on strong drinks and tobacco but not on foods that are not healthy such as those with free radicals.

6. See Dr. Emoto's water pictures that prove how positive things vs, negative things change our matter and how it relates to Doctrine and Covenants 131:7 "There is no such thing as immaterial matter. All spirit is matter, but it is more fine or pure, and can only be discerned by purer eyes;" Every thought and everything we ingest affects our matter" (Atoms and Molecules).

Mormons and Green Tea
An apple is a powerful antioxidant with wonderful health properties, yet when it spoils it turns into oxidants and is harmful. Thus a healthy food can become un healthy. Black Tea and Green Tea are made from the same tree leaf, yet one is toxic and the other full of healthy antioxidants. The difference is the same as the fresh apple versus the spoiled apple. Green tea is a fresh herb with Catechins and Proanthocyanidins powerful health promoting antioxidants that nourish and heal the
body. Black tea is made by making long rows of the leaf on concrete slabs then letting it rot in the weather. They turn it over and over until it turns black. At this point it is full of moulds, fungus, micro toxins and is like a spoiled apple. None of us would consider eating a spoiled apple, yet when we drink black tea that is what we are doing.

Mormons and Green Tea
Hot drinks: In South America Yerba Motte is prepared as a hot drink called Motte and is linked to cancer, Yet the fresh herb of Yerba Motte is credited to killing cancer. If Yerba Motte or Green Tea is boiled their antioxidants are destroyed and they become toxic. Hot water is not healthy to drink, neither is hot coffee, or even hot chocolate. Herbal teas prepared with warm water below the boiling point and served after it is cooler are healthy.
If Green Tea is not boiled and not served hot it retains its
antioxidants and thus is not against the Word of Wisdom.

Go to ../herbs/green-tea.htm  to see the healthy benefits of green tea. Do the same for other terms.

Some times recommends have been denied to those who drink green tea. In the absence of the Church declaring a statement about green tea, it is my opinion that those who deny recommends for green tea do not understand that the Word of Wisdom is about free radicals and have not studied the topic to seek wisdom as the Word of Wisdom requires and have made an uninformed decision based only on the word tea. The term green tea for Camellia sinensis leaves means it is simply a wholesome herbal tea just like Brigham tea or any other herbal tea. However if a leader still wants to call green tea against the Word of Wisdom I would recommend using other herbal teas and honor their opinion.

When we fail to study our foods we fail to follow the Word of Wisdom.

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