The following are some of The Council’s thoughts on maintaining a healthy body.
The Council: Now there are some bodies or some systems that will take more acidity than others, and there are some that will need a degree less or much less acidity introduced into the system. This is where health lies: in what is the proper balance for the individual body. Does it function better on a higher acidity level or on a lower acidity level?
Now, a base line that one could start at, if one would say the normal would be just slightly on the acidic side but just slightly. If all were put on such a diet so as to bring this condition about, then one could judge from that as a standard whether a particular body or system would need a higher acidity level or a lower acidity level. Do you understand?
Questioner If you put everyone at the same level of acidity, then the different body types would have to have either higher or lower to keep them healthy?
The Council: Yes. Now, what we said was, just slightly above the norm or the average or the medium level or the neutral balance. So, if the base line were struck at slightly above the acidity side, use that as the base line and then determine whether that individual or that system is functioning properly. So it would be a matter of trial and error, although in that case then, if all were given the proper diet, that case then one could judge on the basis of the body structure itself. But you would have to hit the common denominator or some line of equality.
Questioner: If an individual had then the perfect body chemistry or acidic balance for his particular body type, would that mean then that he would be then almost, it would be very difficult for him to get a virus or a disease? It would be taken care of pretty quickly by the system?
The Council: It would mean that the body would be in much better condition to handle any kind of infection or invasion from the outside or even from the inside.
Questioner: Could I ask a little more difficult question then? Within this body chemistry how would meditation work? If you had the ideal body chemistry, the meditation would still add to the strength of that body?
The Council: Meditation would be a needed factor to eliminate, how shall we put it, unnecessary stress or excessive stress. The stress is what throws the system off. Stress is actually the killer of the physical body. It is the infector of the physical body. Once stress overtakes the physical body, then it throws the immune system off. It throws the entire system off, but it weakens, absolutely weakens the immune system, which opens the door then for all manner of sicknesses.
One of the best preventive maintenances for the physical body is daily meditation. If one were to incorporate that into their daily routine, they would have much less sicknesses. So, if you consider a health maintenance program, by all means, it would have to have meditation incorporated into it. Very few of your medicines actually cure. In most cases, they simply eliminate or cover up the symptoms, thereby relieving the additional stress and allowing the natural healings of the body itself to do the rest. Now, that is in most cases. Do you understand?
So, if this is the basis of modern day medication, why not take a daily dosage of meditation and be one step ahead?
Question: My question now is getting to other categories. One is the junk food, and one is the well-prepared meals. How then would both of these be tied in with all the allergies that you hear of?
The Council: Well, the junk food definitely deteriorates the body, in that it causes stress. It is the chemicals or the preservatives in the junk food. Anytime you prepare something that is supposed to be edible and you set it on your shelf and three months later it is still edible, there is something wrong with that product. By nature, prepared food cannot be good for you if left on the shelf for three months or six months.
So the chemicals to give this length of life to the food is what is detrimental to the system or to the body. If you prepare your meals from the cleanest food possible or the purest food possible, you will automatically have a much healthier body and a more normal body. This would then give you a greater margin of safety when it comes to the impurities of the rest of your society. But when you take all the impurities that come at you in your normal-day life and ingest even more in your food chain, you are just beating yourself over the head twice fold.
Also, much that can be done to eliminate some of the undesirable effects of preservatives and what have you are those foods that are prepared in the home, even though they may carry a degree of chemical in them, if by the person preparing them, the food, it is prepared as an act of love, this will have much to do in neutralizing the adverse effects of whatever it is that is in the food that should not be. Many times this is done automatically without the individual who is preparing the food even conscious of this factor. But if more of a conscious effort were placed on this, it would be much more influential. It is the same with a blessing before you eat. What good does a meal blessing have on the meal? Well, believe us, it has much good, because you are energizing that food with a very positive thought and a very positive outlook, and that goes into your system then adding to the original thought that instigated the prayer before a meal. Also, if each member at the table or at the meal brings their mind into that framework of prayer, they have a moment or two of a form, even though it may be very light, of meditation which brings again the body into a better balance.