Temperance

Balance has lost its true meaning: Modern society has become a society of excesses! We try to take something bad and make it good. For example, cigarette filters were added to cigarettes in the 1950s, in response to the first reports that tar in cigarettes was associated with the increased risk of lung cancer. Still, tobacco is a major cause of death in the United States, killing 1200 Americans every day.

Alcohol

We have found a way to say this is a health benefit – drinking only one or two drinks per day is going to benefit our hearts. Yet, 5000 youth per year lose their lives to binge drinking. In reality, the bad effects to the whole body and on the heart itself counter any benefits it may have to the heart. Alcohol increases the risk of stroke, heart failure, stomach ulcers, and cancer, and causes high blood pressure – a very dangerous condition for the cardiovascular system. One or two drinks can produce spasm of the coronary arteries, decreasing the oxygen supply to the heart. So, the reports of the health benefits of alcohol are really misleading to the public. Unfortunately, millions of people have become alcoholics, ruining body, mind, and soul, and destroying families in the process. Perhaps the saddest statistics are those of damaged babies who are permanently retarded due to their parents’ alcohol use.

Coffee and Caffeine

Coffee is being highly praised for its anticancer phytochemicals and antioxidants. On the other hand, caffeine is addictive, stresses the nervous system by overworking it, can lead to depression and anxiety with the jitters, and in pregnant mothers increases the risk of miscarriage. A new study shows that 5% of all heart attacks are attributed to caffeine use alone.

Drugs

Despite all the education about illegal drugs, we continue to see an increase in their use and abuse. Many begin using drugs out of curiosity, to please friends, to provide an escape from reality, or to avoid dealing with problems. Because drugs don’t solve problems, users often find that instead of escaping from their problems, they end up creating something worse – drug addiction. The need for the drug often becomes so strong that users will resort to dangerous and illegal activities to obtain a continuing supply. Up to 70% of prison inmates are incarcerated for drug-related crimes. If you or someone you know is addicted to drugs, get help!

We need to rethink “moderation” and “balance.” The goal of temperate living is peak physical, mental and emotional well being. Temperance really means to “abstain” from anything that is harmful and use in moderation things that are good. Temperance does not just involve alcohol, tobacco, and drug use. It refers to all aspects of our lifestyle, whether it be overeating, overworking, too much play, or too little/much of anything. Such unbalanced living robs men and women of a rich, healthy, and satisfying life.

Common-sense changes in your lifestyle can add years, perhaps decades, to your life. What’s more, your quality of life can vastly improve. Plan right now to enjoy filling the years ahead with a balanced high quality life!

Comments ( 10 ) Leave a Comment
  1. 1 Thomas Oct 16, 2012, 10:52 PM PDT

    One of my biggest problems with temperance is eating junk food. If it’s not around and I don’t have access to it it is probbably better for me. I get sugar and salt cravings and when I start on a snack like potatoe chips it’s hard for me to stop eating until the entire bag is gone. Although I never add salt or sugar to my regular meals.

  2. 2 Diana Jan 30, 2013, 6:03 PM PST

    Why does no -one ever mention the use of Tea in their reports? I rarely drink coffee as it turns me into a sleep deprived grumpy person with high anxiety and a desire to ‘knock someone’s block off’ (ie bang their head against a brick wall). Not a good thing for a Christianto do. Tea does not have that effect but I know I drink too much of it….perhaps as many as 15 -20 cups a day. What could it be doing to me????

  3. 3 Diana Jan 30, 2013, 6:09 PM PST

    I have been taking effexor rx for at least 5years. I have tried to come off it several times but after only missing one dose I get a very acute dose of the “Poor little ole me” disorder with water works and misery so great I go back on it again. My Dr suggested that I may not make enough Seretonine and will have to take this for the rest of my life. Really???? Dr Nedley, Please tell me it aint so.

  4. 4 Sasha Mar 11, 2013, 6:05 PM PDT

    I’d have to say that my #1 issue with temperance is that i’m always eating junk food…. like Thomas l
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    What can I do to prevent that?

  5. 5 Sasha Mar 11, 2013, 6:08 PM PDT

    I’ve been using this website for a homework assignment at my school, and it’s been very helpful to me…. THANK YOU NEWSTART ._.

  6. 6 Tobias Mar 17, 2013, 7:34 PM PDT

    This page has given me great inspiration for my homework assignment

  7. 7 James Jun 12, 2013, 12:05 AM PDT

    May the good Lord bless you for the eye opening messages you are giving. This will help me and my small church at Saltpond

  8. 8 Clifford May 1, 2014, 9:21 AM PDT

    temperance meant and still means to temper or moderation.  Some alcohol in moderation can be positive to one ones health.  Christians in the 16th to 19th century believed in temperance or not getting drunk.  John Wesely, drank wine & beer.  Pilgrims 1st building was to make beer.  It is our history as humans.

  9. 9 Emmanuel Jul 21, 2014, 3:10 AM PDT

    Simple yet very informative. Thank you.

  10. 10 Pascha Dec 19, 2014, 12:18 AM PST

    Wow!  This was amazing!  I actually thought of skipping the “Temperance” video thinking, this can’t be too important…., but I was mistaken!  This gave me so much hope.  Thanks!  God bless.

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