It's interesting how people get worked up about tea & caffeine, yet continue to dump far worse substances into their bodies without a single thought.
A while ago I posted an article showing how soda (high fructose corn syrup in particular) has the same effect on the body - particularly the liver - as beer (minus the buzz, of course). Doesn't seemed to have registered. HFCS wasn't made for the body - it is an industrial sweetener that taxes the body and contributes to obesity. But who cares - it doesn't stop me from getting a temple recommend so why not?
I managed to kill a thread a while ago posting an experience I once had a few years ago when I was drinking a Pepsi and the Spirit whispered to me that this drink damages ones spirituality. I asked & prayed if it was the whole drink or an ingredient. The answer I eventually got was... HFCS.
And then there's the artificial sweeteners. Despite reams of (largely suppressed and marginalized) research showing how damaging it is to the body, people keep drinking their Diet Cokes. But life is meant to be enjoyed, even if it has a strange chemical aftertaste. We're drowning in our addictions.
The very beginning of the WoW speaks of the evil designs of conspiring men in the last days. What are they conspiring? Look around at all this junk that passes for food. If anything supports the need for continuing revelation, it is what we should eat and what to avoid. What Adam & Eve ate in the garden is no longer good enough, so we need to be reminded by more rules what we should be doing.
Nevertheless, the WoW is a key for the true seekers of knowledge. For those seeking to go further, this is one key to unlocking more mysteries of the Spirit, which is why it is not given by constraint. Those who wish to find new avenues of growth will give up their Cokes and Pepsis, while those who won't... can have what they're willing to have. There is a mind-body-spirit connection. If you damage your body, it inhibits your spirit's ability to act upon it. It is a choice for each.
Interestingly, I read a while ago how, while in Carthage jail, Joseph sent for some wine to lift their depressed spirits. The man who received the WoW having a little wine for comfort. Maybe this is food for thought as to what these things mean to us. Heck, even the sacrament allows for real wine.
The time will come when this people will be led onto the very brink of hell by their leaders, then the one mighty and strong will come to set the house of God in order. Brigham Young, Mosiah Hancock journal, pg. 19