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Biblical nutrition classes approved, starting soon

By Kim Walter -- kwalter@nvdaily.com

With a conditional use permit approved by the Warren County Board of Supervisors last week, Cheryl Anderson plans to hold registration for her biblical nutrition classes, which will be taught at her home in Bentonville.

Registration will take place at 4:30 p.m. on July 8 at Dynamic Life Praise and Worship Center in Front Royal, and will be followed by an introductory teaching session.

The classes and curriculum are based on "The Hallelujah Diet," a Bible-based vegan lifestyle developed by Hallelujah Acres.

Anderson became a vegan about six years ago when she first read about the diet, which is based on Genesis 1:29: "And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat [food]."

After Anderson changed her lifestyle, she took it a step further and took online classes to become a health minister. She also went to the Hallelujah Acres facility in North Carolina to continue her education on the diet.

"It's a lot easier than one might think," Anderson said of the vegan lifestyle.

Her school will include classes, workshops, one on one consultation, workout demonstrations and potluck suppers. Anderson said her home is complete with a dedicated fitness room, which houses a total gym, stationary bike, treadmill and an elliptical.

"It's amazing the energy you will have after just a couple weeks on the diet," she said. Anderson added that she has lost 40 pounds as a result, and has maintained it.

The diet is helpful with weight loss, she said, but also in helping those with illnesses, including cancer. More intensive services and product are available for such people.

"It's all about building up your immune system," she said. "Fruits and veggies help to provide an environment in which your body can heal itself. And if it's not strengthened, it can't fight off certain things."

Anderson said the classes also will provide participants with different products offered by Hallelujah Acres, like Body Max. The powder is taken 30 minutes before each meal with water. It comes in a variety of flavors, but at its core is living enzymes that give the product a special boost.

"It's a living product as opposed to what you purchase off the shelves at the grocery store," she said.

Because the school is in her home, Anderson can only hold up to ten students at a given time, but she will offer multiple classes. She will also host seminars, covering several topics including "Why Christians Get Sick," "Reboot Your Immune System," and "Get Healthy-Stay Balanced."

Anderson also plans to hold a "Pot-luck Super Supper" in the fall for couples who might be interested in a vegan lifestyle. This would require a three month membership.

"One has to reprogram the way they think about food, and I'm looking forward to getting that started," she said.

For more information on Anderson's school, go to www.eatyourwaytooptimalhealth.com or call 540-636-6238. Go to www.hacres.com to learn about Hallelujah Acres.

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    For more information on quackery go to:

    The genesis of this claim of biblical benefits begins with a backwoods Tennessee evangelical preacher named George Malkmus who says his baseball sized colon cancer tumor was "cured" by simply eating raw vegetables. Just like every other religious quack looking for the fast buck, Malkmus is now selling his own brand of "religious health foods" to weak-minded believers, franchising his personal brand of quackery by ordaining his trained "Health Ministers" who then sell their "students" health foods from Malkmus' store in Rogersville, TN. These shenanigans are more like an Amway party with religious overtones used to disguise and hide the fakery. Why can't religion prosper without fast-buck money-grubbing preachers?

    There is nothing uniquely special about the Hallelujah Diet, consisting of a heavily supplemented, low-calorie vegetarian diet of 85% raw foods and 15% cooked foods. It is safe to say the "supplements" will be offered for sale to the students by the proprietor. Independent verification of the numerous faith based health claims is not provided and highly doubtful it ever will. It is unclear if the faith based health benefits derive from consuming vegetables, or the expensive supplements, or represent imaginary faith based benefits.

    The religious claim of healthy diet is limited to a recital of Genesis chapter 1, verse 29, which mentions seeds and fruit are food. A few chapters later Genesis 9:3 says in addition to eating plants, permission is given to eat "everything";
    "Everything that lives and moves will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything."

    "Everything" includes eating meat. If the bible blesses eating meat, why hate pork?

    All religions have a tendency to feature some dietary injunction or prohibition, whether it is the now lapsed Catholic injunction to eat fish on Fridays, or the adoration by Hindus of the cow as a consecrated and invulnerable animal, or the refusal by some other Eastern cults to consume any animal flesh, or to injure any other creature be it rat or flea. But the oldest and most tenacious of all fetishes is the hatred and even fear of the pig. It emerged in primitive Judaea, and was for centuries one of the ways - the other being circumcision - by which Jews could be distinguished.

    This is just as silly as hillbillies down south that read the verse "and ye shall take up serpeants" and came to the conclusion they should dance with rattlesnakes. Not that dieting is as dangerous as snake handling.
    Also is the powder that helps you lose weight and boost your energy white in color? Joking. Whatever makes them money or makes them feel better I guess.

    If this woman is to teach Nutrition classes professionally isn't she required to be professionally licensed (which she apparently is not):
    54.1-2731. Prohibited terms; penalty.A. No person shall hold himself out to be or advertise or permit to be advertised that such person is a dietitian or nutritionist unless such person:1. Has (i) received a baccalaureate or higher degree in nutritional sciences, community nutrition, public healthnutrition, food and nutrition, dietetics or human nutrition from a regionally accredited college or university and (ii)satisfactorily completed a program of supervised clinical experience approved by the Commission on DieteticRegistration of the American Dietetic Association;2. Has active registration through the Commission on Dietetic Registration of the American Dietetic Association;3. Has an active certificate of the Certification Board for Nutrition Specialists by the Board of NutritionSpecialists;4. Has an active accreditation by the Diplomats or Fellows of the American Board of Nutrition;5. Has a current license or certificate as a dietitian or nutritionist issued by another state; or6. Has the minimum requisite education, training and experience determined by the Board of Health Professions appropriate for such person to hold himself out to be, or advertise or allow himself to be advertised as, a dietitian or nutritionist.The restrictions of this section apply to the use of the terms "dietitian" and "nutritionist" as used alone or in anycombination with the terms "licensed," "certified," or "registered," as those terms also imply a minimum level ofeducation, training and competence.B. Any person who willfully violates the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a Class 3 misdemeanor.

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