Ellen G White Remarkable Health Counsel
On page 313 of Ministry of Healing we read this intriguing statement:
Flesh was never the best food; but its use is now doubly objectionable, since disease in animals is so rapidly increasing. Those who use flesh foods little know what they are eating. Often if they could see the animals when living and know the quality of the meat they eat, they would turn from it with loathing. People are continually eating flesh that is filled with tuberculous and cancerous germs. Tuberculosis, cancer, and other fatal diseases are thus communicated.—emphasis added.
Did you know some time ago scientists didn't know cancer was caused by virus? But Ellen G. White made these statements long time ago that cancer is caused by germ which later the scientific world discovered. How intriguing —Her statements were inspired and more advanced which led a lot of scientific research, health to be precise.
Now its prevalent in the scientific world that cancer is caused by virus but it wasn't so sometime ago but Ellen White had already made those statements inspired by the Holy Spirit.
The above claims that cancer is caused by a "germ," which is some sort of microorganism like a bacteria or fungus or virus. Of course, it's common knowledge in today's medical and scientific communities that viruses cause cancer, but it wasn't common knowledge back then. To illustrate, consider the following:
Rous, pronounced rows, Francis Peyton, pronounced PAY tuhn (1879-1970), an American medical researcher, proved that viruses cause some types of cancer. In 1910, Rous ground up a cancerous tumor from a chicken and filtered out everything larger than a virus. The resulting liquid produced cancer when injected into other chickens. For many years, scientists scoffed at Rous’s discovery. These scientists believed cancer could not be caused by a virus because the disease is not contagious. In 1966, Rous shared the Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine for his work.—"Rous, Francis Peyton," World Book Encyclopedia.
Probably the most radical thing Ellen White said about cancer was that it was a “germ.” She claimed that these germs were most often communicated to humans through the consumption of animal flesh, which was becoming “more and more diseased.”
Not only has vegetarianism become more popular since that time, the “germ” theory has also been proven. In 1956, Dr. Wendell Stanley, a virologist at the University of California, asserted that “viruses cause most or all of human cancers.” As research progressed, Robert Huebner, the chief of the Laboratory of Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health concluded that, “there isn’t the slightest doubt in our minds that human cancers are caused by viruses.”
Again the forerunner, Ellen cited the importance of prenatal influences as early as 1865. “The irritability, nervousness, and despondency manifested by the mother, will mark the character of her child,” she said, later adding, “the well-being of the child will be affected by the habits of the mother.”
Ninety-four years later, Dr. Ashley Montagu confirmed that “mothers undergoing periods of severe emotional distress during pregnancy frequently have infants which exhibit evidences of irritable and hyperactive nervous systems.”
In 1865, Ellen recommended fresh air and sunlight in the home as a means of air purification. She wrote: “Rooms that are not exposed to light and air become damp … The atmosphere in these rooms is poisonous, because it has not been purified by light and air.”
Approximately 80 years later, Dr. Lawrence P. Garrod, professor of bacteriology at the University of London, studied the effects of sunlight on the level of bacteria in the dust of sickrooms. He found that, “ordinary diffuse daylight, even in England, can be lethal to bacteria.”
Cancers, tumors, and all inflammatory diseases are largely caused by meat eating.
From the light God has given me, the prevalence of cancers and tumors is largely due to gross living on dead flesh. I sincerely and prayerfully hope that, as a physician, you will not forever be blinded on this subject, for blindness is mingled with a want of moral courage to deny your appetite, to lift the cross, which means to take up the very duties that cut across the natural appetites and passions….EGWSCC 1.11
I have the subject presented to me in different aspects. The mortality caused by meat eating is not discerned; if it were, we would hear no more arguments and excuses in favor of the indulgence of the appetite for dead flesh. We have plenty of good things to satisfy hunger without bringing corpses upon our table to compose our bill of fare.—Medical Ministry, 278. EGWSCC 1.12
The meat diet is the serious question. Shall human beings live on the flesh of dead animals? The answer, from the light that God has given, is No, decidedly No. Health reform institutions should educate on this question. Physicians who claim to understand the human organism ought not to encourage their patients to subsist on the flesh of dead animals. They should point out the increase of disease in the animal kingdom. The testimony of examiners is that very few animals are free from disease, and that the practice of eating largely of meat is contracting diseases of all kinds—cancers, tumors, scrofula, tuberculosis, and numbers of other like affections.—Counsels on Diet and Foods, 388.EGWSCC 1.13
We do not mark out any precise line to be followed in diet, but we do say that in countries where there are fruits, grains, and nuts in abundance, flesh food is not the right food for God’s people. I have been instructed that flesh food has a tendency to animalize the nature, to rob men and women of that love and sympathy which they should feel for everyone, and to give the lower passions control over the higher powers of the being. If meat eating were ever healthful, it is not safe now. Cancers, tumors, and pulmonary diseases are largely caused by meat eating.—Testimonies for the Church 9:159.
In 1890, Ellen White warned against the effects of excess sugar consumption, saying that it tended to “clog the system.” In 1905, she said, “the free use of milk and sugar taken together should be avoided.”
Now the jury is in on the sugar’s culpability in adult-onset diabetes. In addition, science has shown that foods that feature large amounts of milk and sugar — such as puddings and ice cream — tend to raise serum cholesterol and can contain oxidized cholesterol, a culprit in atherosclerosis.
In 1905 Ellen said that “bread should be light and sweet. Not the least taint of sourness should be tolerated. The loaves should be small, and so thoroughly baked that, as far as possible, the yeast germs shall be destroyed.” This counsel cut directly across the then-current health fad of eating live yeast for B vitamins. Since then, research has shown that live yeast cells actually take up B vitamins in the system!
The contribution Ellen White has made to the field of nutrition is incalculable. At a time when meat was thought to be mandatory for strength and vegetarianism was virtually unheard of, she churned out pages of counsel recommending a plant-based, unrefined diet.
Since then, medical science has confirmed the benefits of a plant-based diet, and correspondingly the dangers of a high-fat, animal-product based diet. Most recently, National Geographic magazine published a cover article on longevity, which featured Seventh-day Adventists. The article calls Ellen White “an early figure who helped shape the Adventist Church,” and says that because of her vegetarian-diet prescription, Adventists, “rank among America’s longevity all-stars.”
A Jewish physician named Robert Cohen was so impressed with Ellen White’s dietary advice that he published a book of her teachings, titled God’s Nutritionist: Pearls of Wisdom from Ellen G. White. In the book’s forward, he says, “She was a nutritionist with facts as up-to-date as those found in this morning’s nutrition journals.”
The weight of evidence in favor of more plant foods and fewer animal foods in the diet has resulted in many recent changes in mainstream authorities, such as that found in Nutrition and Your Health: Dietary Guidelines for Americans. These guidelines advocate plant-based nutrition by advising us to “choose a variety of grains daily, especially whole grains,” and, “a variety of fruits and vegetables daily.” In addition, we are told to “choose a diet that is low in saturated fat and cholesterol and moderate in total fat” and to limit our “intake of sugars.”
Science is substantiating what Ellen said more than a century and a half ago — that the healthiest diet is comprised primarily of fruits, nuts, grains, and vegetables.
That same inspired source spoke on a myriad of other topics. Relationships, church organization, biblical interpretation, ethics, morality, psychology, parenting, and education are just a few of them. The confirmation of her gift in the areas already cited should give everyone confidence to believe her in areas that can’t be as easily proven by science.
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