Mormons and Green
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.
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. Green tea originated in China, but its
production has spread to many countries in Asia."
My conclusions are numbered for referencing.
common definition of tea is; a hot drink made by infusing
the dried, crushed leaves of the tea plant in boiling water.
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.
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
Alcohol, wine, coffee, tobacco, black tea and hot drinks contain
damaging free radicals and are toxic to our body.
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—"
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."
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.
Dr. Emoto's water pictures http://www.joeholmes.info/dr-emotos-water-experiments/ 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).
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
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.
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.
Green Tea is not boiled and not served hot it retains
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
When we fail to study our
foods we fail to follow the Word of Wisdom.