Health, Hip-Hop, and the Book of Daniel

by Shareefah Muhammad

“There is no way of prolonging the life of human-beings- or any other life- unless it begins with restrictions of the foods which sustain life: the right kinds of food and the proper time when it should be taken into our bodies.” (How to Eat to Live Book 1)

Of all the diseases that man has categorized, over 75% of them are diet related. That means that the majority of the ailments that we suffer from are under our control. The Honorable Elijah Muhammad teaches us that if we eat the right foods at the right time, we would eliminate hundreds, thousands, and millions of dollars of doctor bills and hospitalization. And most importantly, we would live a long time to fulfill the destinies we were ultimately brought here to manifest.

Since many of us have not chosen this option as a people, we have allowed ourselves to become victims of our own untimely demise. In the hip-hop community, many of our admired artists suffer because of the lifestyle that can become attached to such a career. This includes long tours, fast food, excessive partying, little rest, and late nights which make up a perfect cocktail of human destruction. And because they are role models for many of us, we follow that same lifestyle pattern as well. As a result, we have lost great artists such as Nate Dogg, Big Pun, Pimp C and many more. Eating poisonous foods because they are conveniently available has never been and can no longer be an excuse for trying to fulfill a nutritional void.

In the Book of Daniel (1:8-17), Daniel and his companions are taken as captives under King Nebudchadnezzer. Daniel refuses to eat the royal food of the King. Instead he requests the foods of his people. The guard overseeing Daniel and his companions responds to this request by saying, “Why should he (the King) see you looking worse than the other young men of your age?” (from refusing the royal food). Daniel’s response was, “Please test your servants for ten days… then compare our appearance…)”. Well at the end of ten days, Daniel and his companions looked healthier and better nourished than ANY of the men that ate the royal food. And as a result, God gave them clarity of mind to receive knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning.

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(Shareefah Muhammad is a student of health and wellness with a background in biochemistry and biophysics. She is currently studying wholistic health with a specific focus on naturopathic medicine. Her goal is to assist in whatever manner she can to help others live and sustain healthy and productive lives. You can find Shareefah Muhammad on twitter: @SisterShareefah)

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