Well here is the video, for the Daniel Plan being held at the Saddleback church. While some health information is important shouldn't the focus in a church be on the spiritual rather then the temporal body? Does this mean the youngest, most healthy, athletic and thinnest will be the most honored in the church, don't women especially face that enough already in the world? Notice in the ad most everyone is young, and lithe, just like the world of television.
Don't forget Dr. Oz used to appear on Oprah, and we have seen where years worth of failed diets has led this unhealthy culture. Ask Oprah how successful dieting is. Warren should be preparing his church members for what is going to come from the declining USA economy. I suspect people who are scourging for pennies to buy carrots, some ramen noodles or hot dogs for dinner, are not the ones affording this church diet. Those trying to keep their house from being foreclosed on are not worrying about if they can use any olive oil on their baked salmon and arugula. Also remember biblical fasting is a different matter then the world's dieting programs, which too often are used to make money.
Dr. Oz is a Swedenborg follower as exposed in this article "Rick Warren Teams Up with Swedenborg Follower Dr Oz". I know false religion can be really promoted via health. The other two doctors on board, have even more dubious religious backgrounds:
The other two speakers are Dr. Daniel Amen and Dr. Mark Hyman. Dr. Amen teaches tantric sex, a Hindu mystical approach to sex. He teaches Eastern religion meditation and energy-based Reiki, a New Age practice. Dr. Mark Hyman promotes mystical meditation based on Buddhist principles.
One fad, sweeping the churches is the Daniel Fast or "Plan". I do not know if the one Warren is pushing is the same exact program but this one according to this website, is vegetarian, at least in the first few weeks.
Another group I know of is the vegetarian Hallelujah Acres. This place has a live-in community and even "health ministers" that will counsel with you over the phone long distance. One of my friends joined it, while some of the advice was worthwhile--[fruits and vegetables are really good for you] the connection of diet and health to spirituality really bother me. It presented itself as Christian, but pushed very subtle New Age teachings. Christian vegetarianism I have found always rather odd, given this verse:
Luke 24:41 And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he said unto them, Have ye here any meat?
42 And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of an honeycomb.
43 And he took it, and did eat before them.
Warren's program is not vegetarian as far as I know, but one has to wonder about the focus on physical health over spiritual health here. Aren't there gyms, health food stores and other community programs to take up that slack? Satan knows those who are desperate to improve their health or conquer health problems can be easily mislead. The "holistic" health world, with its naturopaths and more can be a trap. By the way, I go to health food stores, and believe some herbal remedies are worthwhile, but it is a place a Christian needs to be very careful.
While some advice given in these type of groups is worthwhile such as avoiding high-fat food or processed additives, it leads back to focus on the self. It buys into the lookist culture, that delivers the same answers that haven't worked so far in a culture with a shortening life spans and increasingly toxic and sinful lifestyles.