Diabetes/Pork

It is true that nowadays diabetes occurs more often in Jews than non-Jews. Sure, others do suffer from diabetes, but today the Jews especially often suffer from this ailment. The Jewish people have difficulties assimilating sugar, on the other hand, they do need it. So it would be important for them to have a diet that makes it easy for the body to use the sugar and not process it right away.

If you read the Old Testament, then you will find all kinds of food regulations, rules that are to this day observed in the restaurants where ‘ kosher ‘ food can be ordered. You will know such restaurants; with Jewish letters, it is indicated that they offer ‘ kosher ‘ meals. The cooking is kosher in such restaurants. That is, the food is prepared according to the ancient rules of Moses.

And if you examine what is actually behind these rules, then you will find that the reason is to make it possible for the Jewish person to eat in such a way as to make it easier to handle the sugar, because sugar is difficult for them to handle. In particular, the prohibition of pork – for pork is generally much more difficult to process for the human being – was designed to prevent diabetes. One must be able to read the Old Testament even medically; then it becomes very interesting.

Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 348 – Über Gesundheit und Krankheit – Dornach, January 13, 1923 (page 261)

Translated by Nesta Carsten-Krüger

Previously posted on August 24, 2017

Diabetes/Pork

It is true that nowadays diabetes occurs more often in Jews than non-Jews. Sure, others do suffer from diabetes, but today the Jews especially often suffer from this ailment. The Jewish people have difficulties assimilating sugar, on the other hand, they do need it. So it would be important for them to have a diet that makes it easy for the body to use the sugar and not process it right away.

If you read the Old Testament, then you will find all kinds of food regulations, rules that are to this day observed in the restaurants where ‘ kosher ‘ food can be ordered. You will know such restaurants; With Jewish letters, it is indicated that they offer ‘ kosher ‘ meals. The cooking is kosher in such restaurants. That is, the food is prepared according to the ancient rules of Moses.

And if you examine what is actually behind these rules, then you will find that the reason is to make it possible for the Jewish person to eat in such a way as to make it easier to handle the sugar, because sugar is difficult for them to handle. In particular, the prohibition of pork – for pork is generally much more difficult to process for the human being – was designed to prevent diabetes. One must be able to read the Old Testament even medically; then it becomes very interesting.

Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 348 – Über Gesundheit und Krankheit – Dornach, January 13, 1923 (page 261)

Translated by Nesta Carsten-Krüger

Previously posted on July 27, 2016

Diabetes/Pork

It is true that nowadays diabetes occurs more often in Jews than non-Jews. Sure, others do suffer from diabetes, but today the Jews especially often suffer from this ailment. The Jewish people have difficulties assimilating sugar, on the other hand, they do need it. So it would be important for them to have a diet that makes it easy for the body to use the sugar and not process it right away.

If you read the Old Testament, then you will find all kinds of food regulations, rules that are to this day observed in the restaurants where ‘kosher’ food can be ordered. You will know such restaurants; With Jewish letters, it is indicated that they offer ‘kosher’ meals. The cooking is kosher in such restaurants. That is, the food is prepared according to the ancient rules of Moses.

And if you examine what is actually behind these rules, then you will find that the reason is to make it possible for the Jewish person to eat in such a way as to make it easier to handle the sugar, because sugar is difficult for them to handle. In particular, the prohibition of pork – for pork is generally much more difficult to process for the human being – was designed to prevent diabetes. One must be able to read the Old Testament even medically; then it becomes very interesting.

Source (German): Rudolf Steiner – GA 348 – Über Gesundheit und Krankheit – Dornach, January 13, 1923 (page 261)

Translated by Nesta Carsten-Krüger

Melancholy and sugar

We must know that every manifestation of melancholy in a human being is connected with some irregularity in the function of the liver. This may seem unlikely to the physicist, but it is nevertheless a fact that every kind of melancholy, especially if it goes so far in a child as to become pathological, is due to some irregularity of this kind. In such a case I shall turn to the parents of the child and say: “It would be good to put more sugar in his food than you usually do.” He needs sweet things, for sugar helps to normalise the function of the liver.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 310 – Human Values in Education: Lecture VII – Arnheim, 23rd July, 1924.

Translated by Vera Compton-Burnett

Nourishment instinct of children (2 – End)

Only those children sneak sugar who have something wrong with their livers — it is then actually cured by the sugar. The others are not interested in sugar; they ignore it. Naturally, such a performance can’t be allowed to become a habit; but one must have understanding for it. And one can understand it in two directions. You see, if a child is watching all the time and thinking, when will Father or Mother not be looking, so that I can take that sugar: then later he will sneak other things. If you satisfy the child, if you give him what he needs, then he doesn’t become a thief. It is of great importance from a moral point of view whether one observes such things or not. It is very important, gentlemen.

And so the question that was asked just now must be answered in this way: One should observe carefully what a child likes and what he loathes, and not force him to eat what he does not like. If it happens, for instance, as it does with very many children, that he doesn’t want to eat meat, then the fact is that the child gets intestinal toxins from meat and wants to avoid them. His instinct is right. Any child who can sit at a table where everyone else is eating meat and can refuse it has certainly the tendency to develop intestinal toxins from meat. These things must be considered.

Source: Rudolf Steiner – GA 354 – Nutrition and Health: Lecture 1 – Dornach,  2nd August 1924

Translated by Gladys Hahn