One of my Saturday morning regulars recommended a book to me: A More Excellent Way to Be In Health. As you probably know, I'm a sucker for titles like that, and I had no qualms about dropping about $20 to get it. We all have our weaknesses.
It's a very large/long book originally published in the early nineties and written by Henry Wright a lay person who has created a ministry and company to promote concepts of biblical health. His primary assertion is that 80% of all disease has a spiritual root. Because he uses so much scripture in his writing, I have to tell you that I was quickly infatuated with the material. It provides an explanation, supported by lots of God's word, as to why so many suffer from sickness and disease.
A recent Google search brought me to a sobering review at Bible.org. It's kinda long, and a great piece to read if you've read Wright's book, but it does not review it favorably. The author of the article acknowledges connections between our spirits and our health, and he also acknowledges that Wright is sincere in his teaching; but he pretty much throws his teaching under the bus. In a nutshell he points out that much of the scripture used is taken out of context to support a point Wright is trying to make.
There's much more to his critique than that, but I wanted to share one quote from the review that I loved:
"God promises us the abundant life. According to the health and wealth preachers, the abundant life is only being healthy and wealthy. That is an earthly (unbiblical) perspective. The biblical perspective is that the abundant life is being able to have joy in the midst of trials – whether sickness, poverty, prison, or whatever. The abundant life is not found in circumstances. It is found in relationship with Christ, the Lord of and over our circumstances."
I think I'll keep searching for a more excellent way.