The Gift of Health
EDITORIAL

The Gift of Health

he tradition of giving gifts during the shortest days of the year may go back as far as the agricultural revolution. Between 9000 and 7000 B.C., in an area of the Middle East known as the Fertile Crescent (from the Jordan to the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers), agriculture was the spark that lit the flame of civilization. It was here that the transition from hunting to farming occurred and that a variety of experimental social and economic activity originated—including barter and trade, as well as gift exchange and gift-giving.

Given early society’s growing dependency on agriculture, it was natural that considerable attention be paid to the cycles of growth and harvest. With the accumulation of wealth in the form of surplus production from increased yields of cereals such as barley, rituals arose as a means of commemorating the end of one growth cycle and the beginning of the new. It was probably during this period that the tradition of celebrating the winter solstice (the shortest day of the year) began. From Dies Natalis Solis Invicti (the Zoroastrian Mithraic* midwinter festival) to Dongzhi (the Chinese “Extreme of Winter” festival) to Hanukkah to Saturnalia to Winter Solstice to Christmas, these celebrations are typically infused with feasting and gift-giving. To this day, even though we have progressed from scarcity to abundance, these holidays remain popular the world over.


*Mithras, the Persian sun-god, was said to have been born of a virgin in a cave at the time of the solstice and was worshipped on the day of the conquering sun (Sol Invictus), “Sunday.” Also seen as a savior-god by many and as a rival to Jesus in popularity, Mithras died and was resurrected, only to become a messenger god between mankind and light (the good god). As such, he became the leader of the forces of righteousness against the dark forces (the evil god).


Thus, in an important sense, we are all heliocentric. Curiously, at the same time that we celebrate, we tend to be far more subject to depression. The sun that you see—or don’t see—continues to play a crucial role in our chronobiology, including our short- and long-term cyclic rhythms. Specifically, it is seasonal affective disorder that cries out for the return of the sun. But who among us would scoff, in the interim, at a grand feast and celebration in honor of the good year past and the better one to come?

Barley Gifting

This year, whatever holiday you celebrate, why not give the gift that goes back to the time when it was the most important thing you could give another. At the beginning of ancient civilization, that gift was food, because back then, food was the most important item to ensure someone’s well-being. And it could often make the difference between life and death, because a store of food could enable one to survive in times of cold or famine.

Today, however, when we are surrounded by a cornucopia of gourmet, often fattening foods, food no longer represents good health per se. In fact, it often induces just the opposite. Back then, at the dawn of agriculture, few ever lived long enough to experience the long-term effects of famine-proofing, fattening food in promoting degenerative diseases.

So if we are true to the goodwill engendered by the spirit of the solstice holidays, with what we now know and are learning, we must transform the food of excess, debilitation, and darkness, metaphorically speaking, into the food of health, strength, and light.

Just in time for this year’s holiday celebrations, please give your special attention to the introduction of Durk Pearson & Sandy Shaw’s® Glycemic Control™, a truly functional “designer food” that takes barley, a grain of ancient civilization, into the future. This product is an extraordinary, easy-to-use component of their new weight-loss program that will help satisfy you in ways you have not yet begun to contemplate.

After you’ve tried it, we’re sure it will help you not only to make the most of your holiday, but also to make more of your life. Please be certain to read the interview that begins on page 4, and stock up for the holidays and for those last-minute gifts.

To your continued health and well-being—this solstice and for many more solstices to come,


Will Block

Will Block
and the staff at Life Enhancement Products

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