For years, I’ve reflected on scientific evidence that seemed to suggest that moderate consumption of wine is beneficial to human health. If wine consumption, in moderation, really improves cardiovascular and possibly other health, perhaps the chief function of the Word of Wisdom’s bar to alcohol consumption might be to serve as a token or a marker of commitment to obeying the will of God, even without evidence of temporal benefit.
But the scientific landscape appears to have changed somewhat in the past year or so. Here, for example, is a quite recent article:
And that article follows in the wake of such earlier headlines as these two:
It is clear to me that abstinence from the consumption of alcohol does indeed serve as a token or a marker of commitment to obeying the will of God. But now there appears to be pretty solid evidence of temporal benefits to be derived from such abstention. And I’m fine with that.
Of course, I’m listening to General Conference this weekend. No announcement has yet been made, but there have been rumors of a coming change to Word of Wisdom standards. Maybe, by the time you read this, we’ll have been challenged to consume at least five shots of whisky every morning before breakfast.
Perhaps. But is there any evidence at all to suggest that they care?
For some reason, I’m particularly interested in recent discoveries of and about exoplanets. I always have been. But when I was growing up, we knew of none beyond our own solar system. Things have changed dramatically since then.
The latest installment in my on-going series of “Tales of the Weird”:
We enjoy going out whale-watching from time to time. What a hoot it would be to see one with four hooves that looked like an otter!