We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

100% Cure for Heart Disease

They just weren’t dying!

Ten men and one boy from a rural community south of Rome set sail for New York in 1882. They were known as the Rosetans and they were looking for the land of opportunity. Once they landed in America, they traveled ninety miles east and found work at slate quarry near Bangor, Pennsylvania. Before long, fifteen more set sail and joined them. Word soon traveled back to Roseto about the promise of the new land, and a stream of Rosetans turned into a flood.

Land was purchased, stone houses built, and a community established–much like the one back in Italy. If you were to walk down the streets of Roseto four decades later, you would mainly hear Italian spoken in this self-sufficient, vibrant, and hard-working community.

All was well–actually, too well for the medical community. The people weren’t dying like the rest of Americans. In fact, during the 1950’s, when heart attacks were an epidemic in the US, they were rare among the Rosetans. In fact, none under fifty-five had died of a heart attack or showed any signs of heart disease.

So the medical community began to research this unusual phenomenon, today known as the Roseto Effect. They thought it might be the foods these people ate, but the Rosetans ate lard, were heavy smokers and drinkers, were fraught with obesity, and had high cholesterol diets. So they thought it might be genetics–but Rosetans in other parts of the country were not experiencing the same health benefits. Could it possibly be the geographical location? No, for the surrounding towns had death rates from heart disease that were three times higher than those in Roseto.

And then they found the answer! It was found on the street, in the backyards, in the church, and on the porches. The Rosetans’ health came from their value of community. Often you would find three generations under the same roof, where grandparents commanded a deep respect. In this small community of less than 2000 people, there were twenty-two civic organizations. Welfare was unheard of, as the wealthier helped the poor. Sunday meals after church were filled with family and friends. And without any knowledge of medical science, the families of Roseto taught us how to live, to love, and to stay healthy–simply by destroying the cancer of loneliness. In a day of fenced in yards, the removal of the front porch to the back, satellite dishes and closed doors, the Rosetan’s have reminded us of God’s earliest counsel to man–simply, it is not good for man to be alone.

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