Religion & Beliefs

A Kosher Colon is a Happy Colon

Okay, we can file this under “crazy Jewish-related shit” but it’s really kind of fascinating to me… and not ENTIRELY unbelievable.  Even though the man at the center of the story is a messianic Jew. This guy, Jordan Rubin, was … Read More

By / January 29, 2007

Okay, we can file this under “crazy Jewish-related shit” but it’s really kind of fascinating to me… and not ENTIRELY unbelievable.  Even though the man at the center of the story is a messianic Jew.

This guy, Jordan Rubin, was born a Jew but raised a “believer” from the age of two.  He was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at age 19.  Plus some other fun stiff—chronic fatigue, anemia, hair loss, diabetes (all of them, mind you, conditions linked to diet).

As a “believer”, he read his bible daily, but it took him awhile, and an “eccentric nutritionist”, to strike upon the Maker’s Diet, a biblical code of nutrition rooted in (YOU GUESSED IT) Kashruth.

Today, of course, he’s the picture of health… buff and tan, all thanks to giving up pig and shellfish.  (Though he’s still a Jew for Jesus.  It would seem a kosher diet can’t cure everything.)

Now, we’ve hammered at the idea of keeping (however) Kosher before here at Faithhacker, and at the merits of vegetarianism too, but we’ve always discussed food-related issues as issues pertaining to ritual, ethics, diet as a way of structuring your life, and appreciating the variety of foods our culture offers us.

But is it possible that a kosher diet is just plain better for you?  Is it possible that a kosher diet will actually keep you from getting sick?  I wonder if anyone has done studies (other than  Messianic marketing studies for the Maker’s Diet) on this? 

Do Jews live longer?  Are there diseases we don’t get?