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Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead...Check out this movie here! Or go to your local library to get it. If your library don't have it, ask them to order it (it's a free service from your local library) thru their lending library program.... this is a great way to watch most anything you want for free!


I drank 3 giant glasses of juice a day. Here's the recipe:

6 kale leaves

1 cucumber (peeled)

4 celery stalks

2 green apples

1/2 lemon (peeled)

1 small knob of ginger

I only drank juice and water the whole 30 days and lost 30 pounds. It was not easy and I felt yucky the first 6 days or so, but it was so worth it. After the 6th day or so I felt better than I had ever felt in my whole life!

Watch the movie and then go to their website at FatSickandNearlyDead.com and sign up for the reboot and they will guide you. A lot of people ask what I drink and its the mean green juice which consists of kale celery granny smith apples ginger cucumber and ginger and sometimes I add a carrot. So far I lost over 35 pounds and still going! You can do it too! The live cells in the fruit and vegetables give your body a boost to heal and correct itself. Its amazing!

Follow the Dietary Laws of the Bible

Do the Bible's Dietary Laws Apply to Me? It is your privilege—a privilege which many do not enjoy—to know what is meant by wholesome food,—food that will bring health to body and mind. Make right eating and right drinking a part of your religion. Thus you place yourselves where God can enable you to distinguish between right and wrong.  YI January 1, 1903, par. 6

 “We have the commandments of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ, which is the spirit of prophecy. Priceless gems are to be found in the word of God . Those who search this word should keep the mind clear. Never should they indulge perverted appetite in eating or drinking.  {TM 114.1}
      “If they do this, the brain will be confusedthey will be unable to bear the strain of digging deep to find out the meaning of those things which relate to the closing scenes of this earth’s history
.”  {TM 114.2} 

  “But there must be no neglect of the grace (Grace (G5485) = the Divine Influence upon the heart, and It's reflection as seen in the life!) represented by the former rain. Only those who are living up to the light they have will receive greater light. Unless we are daily advancing in the exemplification of the active Christian virtues, we shall not recognize the manifestations of the Holy Spirit in the latter rain. It may be falling on hearts all around us, but we shall not discern or receive it.”  {TM 507.1}



The Creator's Diet for Us


It is pretty interesting...


"The Lord intends to bring his people back to living upon simple fruits, vegetables, and grains. He led the children of Israel into the wilderness, where they could not get a flesh diet, and he gave them the bread of heaven." "Special Testimonies for Ministers and Workers No. 7 by Mrs. E. G. White.."

 

  Apples

Protects your heart

Prevents constipation

Blocks diarrhea

Improves lung capacity

Cushions joints

Apricots

Combats cancer

Controls blood pressure

Saves your eyesight

Shields against Alzheimer's

Slows aging process

Artichokes

Aids digestion

Lowers cholesterol

Protects your heart

Stabilizes blood sugar

Guards against liver disease

Avocados

Battles diabetes

Lowers cholesterol

Helps stops strokes

Controls blood pressure

Smoothes skin

Bananas

Protects your heart

Quiets a cough

Strengthens bones

Controls blood pressure

Blocks diarrhea

Beans

Prevents constipation

Helps hemorrhoids

Lowers cholesterol

Combats cancer

Stabilizes blood sugar

Beets

Controls blood pressure

Combats cancer

Strengthens bones

Protects your heart

Aids weight loss

Blueberries

Combats cancer

Protects your heart

Stabilizes blood sugar

Boosts memory

Prevents constipation

Broccoli

Strengthens bones

Saves eyesight

Combats cancer

Protects your heart

Controls blood pressure

Cabbage

Combats cancer

Prevents constipation

Promotes weight loss

Protects your heart

Helps hemorrhoids

Cantaloupe

Saves eyesight

Controls blood pressure

Lowers cholesterol

Combats cancer

Supports immune system

Carrots

Saves eyesight

Protects your heart

Prevents constipation

Combats cancer

Promotes weight loss

Cauliflower

Protects against Prostate Cancer

Combats Breast Cancer

Strengthens bones

Banishes bruises

Guards against heart disease

Cherries

Protects your heart

Combats Cancer

Ends insomnia

Slows aging process

Shields against Alzheimer's

Chestnuts

Promotes weight loss

Protects your heart

Lowers cholesterol

Combats Cancer

Controls blood pressure

Chili peppers

Aids digestion

Soothes sore throat

Clears sinuses

Combats Cancer

Boosts immune system

Figs

Promotes weight loss

Helps stops strokes

Lowers cholesterol

Combats Cancer

Controls blood pressure

Flax

Aids digestion

Battles diabetes

Protects your heart

Improves mental health

Boosts immune system

Garlic

Lowers cholesterol

Controls blood pressure

Combats cancer

Kills bacteria

Fights fungus

Grapefruit

Protects against heart attacks

Promotes Weight loss

Helps stops strokes

Combats Prostate Cancer

Lowers cholesterol

Grapes

Saves eyesight

Conquers kidney stones

Combats cancer

Enhances blood flow

Protects your heart

Green tea

Combats cancer

Protects your heart

Helps stops strokes

Promotes Weight loss

Kills bacteria

Honey

Heals wounds

Aids digestion

Guards against ulcers

Increases energy

Fights allergies

Lemons

Combats cancer

Protects your heart

Controls blood pressure

Smoothes skin

Stops scurvy

Limes

Combats cancer

Protects your heart

Controls blood pressure

Smoothes skin

Stops scurvy

Mangoes

Combats cancer

Boosts memory

Regulates thyroid

Aids digestion

Shields against Alzheimer's

Mushrooms

Controls blood pressure

Lowers cholesterol

Kills bacteria

Combats cancer

Strengthens bones

Oats

Lowers cholesterol

Combats cancer

Battles diabetes

Prevents constipation

Smoothes skin

Olive oil

Protects your heart

Promotes Weight loss

Combats cancer

Battles diabetes

Smoothes skin

Onions

Reduce risk of heart attack

Combats cancer

Kills bacteria

Lowers cholesterol

Fights fungus

Oranges

Supports immune systems

Combats cancer

Protects your heart

Straightens respiration


 

Peaches

Prevents constipation

Combats cancer

Helps stops strokes

Aids digestion

Helps hemorrhoids

Peanuts

Protects against heart disease

Promotes Weight loss

Combats Prostate Cancer

Lowers cholesterol

Aggravates 
Diverticulitis

Pineapple

Strengthens bones

Relieves colds

Aids digestion

Dissolves warts

Blocks diarrhea

Prunes

Slows aging process

Prevents constipation

Boosts memory

Lowers cholesterol

Protects against heart disease

Rice

Protects your heart

Battles diabetes

Conquers kidney stones

Combats cancer

Helps stops strokes

Strawberries

Combats cancer

Protects your heart

Boosts memory

Calms stress


 

Sweet potatoes

Saves your eyesight

Lifts mood

Combats cancer

Strengthens bones


 

Tomatoes

Protects prostate

Combats cancer

Lowers cholesterol

Protects your heart


 

Walnuts

Lowers cholesterol

Combats cancer

Boosts memory

Lifts mood

Protects against heart disease

Water

Promotes Weight loss

Combats cancer

Conquers kidney stones

Smoothes skin


 

Watermelon

Protects prostate

Promotes Weight loss

Lowers cholesterol

Helps stops strokes

Controls blood pressure

Wheat germ

Combats Colon Cancer

Prevents constipation

Lowers cholesterol

Helps stops strokes

Improves digestion

Wheat bran

Combats Colon Cancer

Prevents constipation

Lowers cholesterol

Helps stops strokes

Improves digestion

Yogurt

Guards against ulcers

Strengthens bones

Lowers cholesterol

Supports immune systems

Aids digestion

 

 

Health Notes
by Dr. Gary Hullquist, MD

Why I Don’t 
Eat Meat

Everyone has their reasons 
Mine, like most, are multiple 
Here are my top four

1

During medical school training I became professionally aware of zoonoses-the many food-borne and animal-related diseases. Recent media attention has made the general public also very much aware of the health concerns associated with contaminated meat products. Repeated hamburger recalls, bacterial epidemics and outbreaks have been headline news now for several disturbing years.

U.S. News & World Report 9/1/97 article entitled "Ways to avoid the hidden risks in meat and poultry" reported that food-borne illnesses "sicken up to 80 million Americans each year resulting in some 9,000 deaths." Some of the deadliest foodborne illnesses enter the body via animal foods. Obviously the highest risks are seen in consuming raw foods of animal origin such as raw eggs, undercooked hamburgers, raw clams or oysters, and raw sushi or ceviche. But there are other problems.

E. coli, a bacteria that flourishes in cattle intestines, is the most common. The Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta reports that ground beef is the most likely source of E. coli O157:H7. In humans, pathogenic strains of E. coli cause cramping and diarrhea, progressing to kidney failure in severe cases. Meat (usually ground beef) can be contaminated by fecal contact during slaughter. E. coli contaminated hamburger patties produced in a Columbus, Nebraska processing plant operated by the Hudson Foods Co., caused federal inspectors to force its immediate closure. Hudson recalled 25 million pounds of meat.

Here’s an even more alarming fact: farmers are using chicken manure as a cheap alternative to grain and hay. Manure can cost as little as $15 a ton making good economic sense when you compare the $125 a ton cost of alfalfa. But dangerous amounts of another bacteria, Campylobacter, in the chicken guano is contributing to another source of food pollution. In spite of this, further savings are achieved by annually "rendering" a staggering 40 billion pounds of slaughterhouse wastes (blood, bone, viscera) along with the remains of several million euthanized dogs and cats into livestock feed. Cows and hogs, normally herbivores, are being turned into unwitting carnivores for the sake of profit over public health.

Even more serious is the frightening 1996 epidemic of mad cow disease in Great Britain. We all saw the TV footage of the poor beasts staggering around before over 500,000 of them were destroyed in hopes of ending the plague. More than a dozen Britons died of a type of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) after eating beef from cattle infected with bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). Both disorders belong to the unusual group of progressively degenerative neurological diseases that are characterized by an unusually long incubation period during which there is no visible indication of the disease. It is suspiciously similar to the "slow viral" disease known as kuru that was first observed in New Guinea cannibals who especially relished the consumption of their victim’s brains.

The cattle were thought to have contracted the disease by eating "rendered" brains and spinal cords of sheep infected with a condition called scrapie a neurological infection caused by sub-viral protein fragments called prions. And because 75% of our nation’s 90 million cattle have been eating feed containing slaughterhouse byproducts, fears were mounting that a similar outbreak could occur in America. While scrapie is far less common in the United States (affecting mostly wild species like elk, deer, mink and goats), nevertheless the FDA has ordered a halt to the feeding of slaughterhouse wastes to U.S. cattle and sheep as a BSE safety precaution. With an expected incubation period of over 12 years, we still do not know how many more CJD cases may ultimately fall prey to the prions lying dormant within them.

Sea food isn’t any better. Raw shellfish has caused infection with Vibrio vulnificus. Smoked salmon and steelhead can transmit fish flukes to human ingesters. Herring worms, cod and seal worms, and anisakid roundworms have caused infestations in those eating the flesh of cod, haddock, fluke, pacific salmon, herring, flounder, and monkfish.

Ciguatera poisoning occurs from ingesting the toxic algae in tropical marine finfish such as groupers, snappers, jacks, mackerel, and triggerfish. Outbreaks have been reported from Florida to Vermont, Hawaii, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico and cause various neurologic symptoms perioral numbness, vomiting, and diarrhea, arthralgia, myalgia, headache, vertigo, and muscular weakness, cardiac arrhythmias, and shock that persist from days to months.
Pfeisteria toxic algae is contaminating sea-food as a result of livestock sewage runoff into coastal waters. Hapless consumers of such Pfeisteria infested fish have suffered a range of maladies from numbness and headache to amnesia and coma.

If it’s true that "you are what you eat", then for many the real situation may be more like "you are what you eat ate." Personally, I prefer to get my nutrition direct from the original source; I’d rather be part of a very short food chain and know what I’m eating. It’s at times like these that I have no regrets in being a vegetarian. John Harvey Kellogg, Battle Creek Michigan physician who promoted a vegetarian lifestyle and founded the famous cereal industry that now bears his name once remarked, "It is nice to eat a meal and not have to worry about what your food may have died from."

Most shoppers today assure themselves that the choice cuts on display in every grocery were butchered from exceptionally healthy livestock raised for the sole purpose of being slaughtered for food consumption. That presumption must be combined with the sobering fact that too often ailing and diseased livestock are quickly shipped to meat packing plants before their death disqualifies them for processing. The all too frequent occurance of large tumors, bovine leukemia and tuberculosis in dairy cattle has encouraged a significant number of meat inspectors to pursue meatless cuisine over the years. Unless you butcher your own meat, you may never know how close the cuts you select were to an abscessed or malignant area that had to be discarded because it didn’t pass quality controls.

2

My second reason for not eating meat is what I call the E Reasons. Meat as a food source is economically, ecologically, ethically and epidemiologically unattractive.

Economical: Sure, you can spend $7.99 a pound on gourmet greens. But from squash to sweet potatoes, most plants are a downright bargain. Cruise restaurant menus and you’ll find that the "vegetarian" selections are usually cheaper than meat, seafood, or poultry.

Ecological: Our eating habits have a tremendous effect on the environment of our planet. Alan Durning, director of Northwest Environment Watch in Seattle writes that "Modern meat production involves intensive use-and often misuse-of grain, water, energy, and grazing areas."

Water pollution. The manure and sewage from stockyards, chicken factories, and other feeding facilities can pollute water supplies.

Air pollution. "Thirty million tons of methane-a gas that contributes to global warming-come from manure in sewage ponds or heaps."

Soil erosion. Nearly 40 percent of the world’s-and more than 70 percent of U.S.-grain production is fed to livestock. "For each pound of meat, poultry, eggs, and milk we produce, farm fields lose about five pounds of topsoil."

Water depletion. An estimated half of the grain and hay that’s fed to beef cattle is grown on irrigated land. "It takes about 390 gallons of water to produce a pound of beef."

Energy use. It takes almost ten times more energy to produce and transport livestock than vegetables.

Overgrazing. "About ten percent of the arid West has been turned into a desert by livestock."

Ethical: The killing of animals for food may have been at times and in certain locations a matter of survival. Modern society and world food production has eliminated the basic need for culinary hunting. We may be insulated from the brutal aspects of slaughterhouse operation, but death and dying are still stark realities for millions of creatures who face a continuous holocaust in putting beef on our tables.

Epidemiological:We have already discussed the bacterial contamination of meat in considering the patterns of community disease. But there’s more.

Cancer. "The science base is very strong that fruits and vegetables are protective for all the gastrointestinal cancers and all the smoking-related cancers," says Tim Byers, professor of preventive medicine the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver. That includes cancers of the lung, colon, stomach, mouth, larynx, esophagus, and bladder. Plants are rich sources of cancer preventing phytochemicals such as carotenoids, anti-oxidants vitamins C, E and selenium, indoles, isothiocyanates, flavonoids, phenols, and limonene. Lycopene (a carotenoid in tomatoes and tomato sauce) may protect against prostate cancer. Lutein (another carotenoid found in leafy greens) has been shown to prevent macular degeneration, the blindness of old age.

High-fiber grains (wheat bran, pasta, brown rice) can also cut cancer risk by absorbing carcinogens like a sponge. The high-fiber sponge also works to lower blood cholesterol levels. Meat, eggs, dairy foods are fiber-free. No wonder laxative ads are so popular. Americans spend millions each year on "supplements" to deal with constipation. It’s no secret that high-fiber grains-especially wheat bran-are nature’s answer to this national malady.
Edward Giovannucci of Harvard Medical School studied 50,000 male health professionals and discovered that those who ate red meat as a main dish 5 times a week have 4 times the risk of colon cancer compared to those who eat red meat less than 1 once a month. Prolonged exposure of fecal wastes to the intestinal wall are a major risk factor in large bowel malignancies. Heavy-red-meat eaters also have twice the risk of prostate cancer. Carcinogens have been shown to appear when meat is cooked at high temperatures. There is also evidence that meat’s highly available iron may be carcinogenic.

Heart Disease. A plant-based diet with lots of fruits and vegetables can reduce the risk of heart disease. For years, heart experts have emphasized cutting saturated fat and cholesterol that are found almost exclusively in animal food sources. Fruits, vegetables and even nuts contain zero cholesterol. And except for coconut, plant foods are free of saturated fats. As a major source of folic acid, fruits and vegetables naturally lower blood levels of homocysteine-the harmful amino acid associated with an increased risk of heart disease.

What’s the Beef? 
"But you’ve got to eat meat to get the protein you need" was once a common objection. Protein-deficiency does exist; kwashiakor is a recognized health problem in drought-stricken areas of the world when crops fail. Yet it is never seen when a normal intake of fruits, grains, legumes and nuts are part of the diet. For years the Recommended Daily Allowance (now called Dietary Reference Intake) have recognized a much lower protein requirement than the average diet provides. 

Over half the world’s primary source of protein is obtained from legumes. However, legumes are deficient in methionine, an essential amino acid necessary for the body’s production of protein. Fortunately, grains have plenty of methionine! Alas, grains lack the important amino acids lysine and tryptophan. But legumes have got a surplus of those two, too. So, to get a full, complete compliment of protein building blocks, the human race around the world has learned to combine the ever present legume with grains in the same meal. Every culture has discovered this since ancient times. Everywhere, you’ll find this dynamic dietary duo: Rice and beans, Corn and frijoles, Bread and Peanut butter, Couscous and lentils, and the list goes on.

3

Third, I was born a vegetarian-actually, everyone is. Raised, at least initially on mother’s milk, every baby gets their jump start in life without a need for beef, chicken, pork, eggs, cheese or sea food. In fact, I’m continually reminded by my pediatric collegues that introduction of these foods should be delayed as long as possible. A multitude of food allergies can be induced by premature exposure to animal products. Colic, diarrhea, asthma, eczema, cradle cap, and seborrhea in children have all been linked to foreign protein ingestion. No wonder why the two most common first "solid" foods recommended by the baby specialists are rice cereal (a grain) and apple or pear sauce (a fruit).

4

And my final reason is (drum roll)…my parents were vegetarians. And my grandparents. My children can count three generations. Same on my wife’s side. Surprised? A lot of people are. Tradition? Partly. Religious orientation mostly. As a Seventh-day Adventist Christian I follow the instruction given in the opening pages of Scripture regarding man’s original diet. It was prescribed by the Creator Himself for the first two humans to dine on Eden’s sumptuous selection of fresh, ripe, ready-to-eat foods. Genesis 1:29 lists the menu: "Every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in which is the fruit yielding seed." Perfect foods for the perfect pair who were designed to live forever in a world where there was no death; food which did not include any prime cuts from butchered animals. There was clearly no Barbeque, steak, or Hamburgers in the Garden of Eden.

The Biblical record chronicles the dramatic decline in life expectancy when animal products were finally introduced into man’s diet. Following a long string of lifespans approaching 1,000 years, people’s lives took a serious nosedive after the Flood. Genesis 9:3 is the first reference to puting flesh on the menu. Today we know that high protein diets promote early maturity and premature senility and, compared to antediluvian standards, premature death.

In an era when arsenic and mercury were employed as part of a physician’s therapeutic arsenal, when generous portions of steak were advised for improving health and vigor, when liberal intakes of milk, cheese and eggs were the foundation of a nutritious diet, one writer bucked the stance of scientific thought. "Grains, fruits, nuts, and vegetables constitute the diet chosen for us by our Creator. These foods, prepared in as simple and natural a manner as possible, are the most healthful and nourishing." 1905, Ministry of Healing, Ellen G. White.

I couldn't have said it bettery myself.

Dr. Hullquist

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Dr. Jay Gordon: No one needs meat for health
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Check out this YouTube Video of a 71 year old vegan who looks 30? Check it out here! It's simple...Dead food vs Living food...There is no comparison and the results speak for themselves. Part 2 here. Become a RAW VEGAN! She says a green drink, of cucumber, celery, parsley... see her video for the rest...makes her skin so clear and young looking!

“To Clog Or Not To Clog, That Is The Question.” Eating meat is of no benefit to your body, or the environment. If you understand that, then it’s time to just jump right in and join the growing number of people who are going vegetarian.

Making the decision to “just do it” will change your life. Every minute and every day you will be prouder and more self-confident. This increased pride and self-confidence will allow you to move to the next healthy change in your life and then the next.

I was the type of person who laid on the couch and ate bonbons, watched soap operas, and generally escaped life; hurting myself, numbing my fears….

I was scared as hell to call myself a vegetarian!!! I didn’t know if I could do it. I read so many compelling health reasons, but it really hit me when I read how...read more here.


“To keep the body in a healthy condition, in order that all parts of the living machinery may act harmoniously, should be the study of our life.”—Page 18. {CD 5.6}

“It is plainly our duty to give these [nature’s] laws careful study. We should study their requirements in regard to our own bodies, and conform to them. Ignorance in these things is sin.”—Ibid. {CD 5.7}

It is of little use to try to reform others by attacking what we may regard as wrong habits. Such effort often results in more harm than good. In His talk with the Samaritan woman, instead of disparaging Jacob’s well, Christ presented something better. “If thou knewest the gift of God.” He said, “and who it is that saith to thee, Give Me to drink; thou wouldst have asked of Him, and He would have given thee living water.” He turned the conversation to the treasure He had to bestow, offering the woman something better than she possessed, even living water, the joy and hope of the gospel. {CD 459.2}

This is an illustration of the way in which we are to work. We must offer men something better than that which they possess, even the peace of Christ, which passeth all understanding. We must tell them of God’s holy law the transcript of His character, and an expression of that which He wishes them to become.... {CD 459.3}

The patients are to be shown how they can live upon a diet of grains, fruits, nuts, and other products of the soil. I have been instructed that lectures should be regularly given in our sanitariums on health topics. People are to be taught to discard those articles of food that weaken the health and strength of the beings for whom Christ gave His life. The injurious effects of tea and coffee are to be shown. The patients are to be taught how they can dispense with those articles of diet that injure the digestive organs. {20MR 261.3}

These things are to be treated from a health standpoint. The blessings that attend a disuse of tobacco and intoxicating liquor are to be plainly pointed out. Let the patients be shown the necessity of practicing the principles of health reform if they would regain their health. Let the sick be shown how to get well by being temperate in eating and by taking regular exercise in the open air. {20MR 261.4}

It is that people may become intelligent in regard to these things that sanitariums are to be established. A great work is to be done. Those who are now ignorant are to become wise. By the work of our sanitariums, suffering is to be relieved and health restored. People are to be taught how, by carefulness in eating and drinking, they may keep well. Christ died to save men from ruin. Our sanitariums are to be His helping hand, teaching men and women how to live in such a way as to honor and glorify God. If this work is not done by our sanitariums, a great mistake is made by those conducting them. {20MR 261.5}

Abstinence from flesh-meat will benefit those who abstain. The diet question is a subject of living interest. Those who do not conduct sanitariums in the right way lose their opportunity to help the very ones who need to make a reform in their manner of living. Our sanitariums are established for a special purpose, to teach people that we do NOT live to eat, but that we eat to live. {20MR 262.1}

There is nothing extrascriptural in the advocacy of vegetarianism. That was the diet set down in Eden and will be the diet in Eden restored. And no permissives of Scripture change that fact. Remember that the permissives permit not only flesh but also strong drink, easy divorce, plural marriages—to mention some of the more startling. And these permissives reveal, not the standards of a gross God—as atheists charge—but the long-suffering and patience of a holy God. They certainly do not offer to us any permanent standard for life or any justification for living below the level of the light that has been revealed to us. {WBEGW 111.3}

Ever and anon God’s prophets seek to lift us to higher levels, to help us to set our “affection on things above” (Colossians 3:2). And in doing that they do not depart from all that Moses and the prophets wrote. They simply build for us steps of divine principles that would lead us above the sad level of permissives to the high level of the heavenly country. {WBEGW 112.1}

Let us take the very specific situation that generally prompts the question before us. Some observe that the Bible permits meat eating but that Mrs. White urges abstinence from it. Therefore, they believe that Mrs. White’s counsel is extrascriptural and thus not binding on us. But the Bible also permits slavery—and atheists keep us reminded of that fact. Nor do the apostles raise their voices calling on masters to free their slaves, or rallying slaves to revolt. And atheists keep us reminded of that also. But what of Mrs. White? From almost the beginning of her public life she thundered against what she declared was the sin of slavery.  Incidentally, even as she began to speak out there were almost half of the clergy in the United States who declared that slavery was a part of the divine plan and wholly justified by Scripture. {WBEGW 110.2}

Now was Mrs. White extrascriptural, simply offering us counsel that was “good,” or otherwise, depending on our personal mood in the matter? None of us would say so today. We would vigorously declare that she was setting forth the original plan of God as pictured in the story of Eden, and also pointing us forward to the ideal in the earth made new.{WBEGW 111.1}

Because God permits something, it does not follow that that is the ideal. Take, for example, the Mosaic permission for divorce. Christ declared that such permission was given because of the “hardness” of the hearts of the Israelites. But He immediately added that this was contrary to the original plan of God for man. (See Mark 10:2-9.) Christ’s words apply to all the permissives of Scripture that seem so strangely different from the original Edenic picture, or the ultimate picture of Eden restored. Our dim vision, our unheavenly heritage, and other factors explain the permissives. But such permissives do not warrant our concluding that Mrs. White does not offer us inspired instruction because, forsooth, she lifts our eyes above the permissives to the ideal. And should that not uniquely be the mark of a prophet who seeks to prepare us for the better world so soon to come? And in that better world, even as was true in original Eden, there will be no flesh eaters. “They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain” (Isaiah 11:9). {WBEGW 111.2}

The quicker we want to reflect the character of Jesus, the more we will bring all of our habits into subjection with His Will. And of course, WE CANNOT DO IT ON OUR OWN! We MUST ask for GOD/JESUS to live inside us to help us to do His Will. We are powerless to do ANYTHING on our own. Ask Jesus to help you. He will.

Of all the people in the world, reformers should be the most unselfish, the most kind, the most courteous. In their lives should be seen the true goodness of unselfish deeds. The worker who manifests a lack of courtesy, who shows impatience at the ignorance or waywardness of others, who speaks hastily or acts thoughtlessly, may close the door to hearts so that he can never reach them.—The Ministry of Healing, 156, 157, 1905 {CD 460.1}

Diet Reform to Be Progressive
793. From the beginning of the health reform work, we have found it necessary to educate, educate, educate. God desires us to continue this work of educating the people.... {CD 460.2}
In teaching health reform, as in all other gospel work, we are to meet the people where they are. Until we can teach them how to prepare health reform foods that are palatable, nourishing, and yet inexpensive, we are not at liberty to present the most advanced propositions regarding health reform diet. {CD 460.3}

Let the diet reform be progressive. Let the people be taught how to prepare food without the use of milk or butter. Tell them that the time will soon come when there will be no safety in using eggs, milk, cream, or butter, because disease in animals is increasing in proportion to the increase of wickedness among men. The time is near when, because of the iniquity of the fallen race, the whole animal creation will groan under the diseases that curse our earth. {CD 460.4}

God will give His people ability and tact to prepare wholesome food without these things. Let our people discard all unwholesome recipes. Let them learn how to live healthfully, teaching to others what they have learned. Let them impart this knowledge as they would Bible instruction. Let them teach the people to preserve the health and increase the strength by avoiding the large amount of cooking that has filled the world with chronic invalids. By precept and example make it plain that the food which God gave Adam in his sinless state is the best for man’s use as he seeks to regain that sinless state. {CD 460.5}

Those who teach the principles of health reform should be intelligent in regard to disease and its causes, understanding that every action of the human agent should be in perfect harmony with the laws of life. The light God has given on health reform is for our salvation and the salvation of the world. Men and women should be informed in regard to the human habitation, fitted up by our Creator as His dwelling place and over which He desires us to be faithful stewards. “For ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” 2 Corinthians 6:16. {CD 461.1}

Hold up the principles of health reform, and let the Lord lead the honest in heart. Present the principles of temperance in their most attractive form. Circulate the books that give instruction in regard to healthful living.—Testimonies for the Church 7:132-136, 1902 {CD 461.2}

Day 6 – God thru Jesus, (God & Jesus did the planning of creation for this world and everything in it. Jesus spoke into existence everything, and formed man from the dust of the earth) makes every creature of the land, including and culminating in man. Each creature is created mature, full-grown. Each creature reproduces after its own kind; there is no gradual change from one kind to another kind. (Day 5 of creation: Each creature, whether “fish” or “fowl” is created mature, full-grown. This is the answer to the old question: Which came first, the chicken or the egg? The chicken.) Every insect, every animal that grazes, every predator, and every scavenger is created by Jesus, the one next in authority to His Father, GOD. Creation, is a co-labor of love for us, by GOD & His Only begotten Son, Jesus. Jesus IS the WORD of GOD, the POWER of GOD, and the Wisdom of the GOD ALMIGHTY, Jesus' immortal, eternal, FATHER.

"But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the POWER of GOD, AND the WISDOM OF GOD.
" 1 Corinthians 1:24 (KJV)

"Let their table become a snare before them: and that which should have been for their welfare, let it become a trap." Psalm 69:22

"And David saith, Let their table be made a snare, and a trap, and a stumblingblock, and a recompence unto them:" Romans 11:9

Man is created in the likeness and after the image of God. God is a spirit. Man is created a spiritual being. Man is body, soul and spirit. Because of his personality and his intellect, his soul, man is given superiority over and supervision of the earth and its creatures. Man is the dominate creature. This is true of both man and woman.

Man and animals are given the vegetation for food. At this time both man and animals are all vegetarians.

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Mad Cow Disease:

These problems were predicted OVER 100 years ago. Talk about a prophet! Read these quotations!

The following quotations were written OVER 100 YEARS AGO by the most prolific woman author of non-fiction in the U.S., Ellen White! (Notice the year written at the end of each quotation):

"Disease in cattle is making meat eating a dangerous matter...Disease is contracted by the use of meat. The diseased dflesh of these dead carcasses is sold in the market places, and disease among men is the sure result.

"There is no safety in the eating of the flesh of dead animals, and in a short time the milk of the cows will also be excluded from the diet... In a short time it will not be safe to use anything that comes from the animal creation." (Written in 1898)

"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, tuberculosis and numbers of other like affections." (1897)

"Swine's flesh above all other flesh meats, produces a bad state of the blood. Those who eat freely of pork can not help but be diseased...The eating of pork has produced scrofula, leprosy and cancerous tumors. Pork eating is still causing the most intense suffering to the human race. (1865)

"The light given me is that it will not be very long before we shall have to give up using any animal food. Even milk will have to be discarded. Disease is accumulating rapidly...man has cursed the earth. The habits and practices of men have brought the earth into such a condition that some other food than animal food must be substituted for the human family. We do not need flesh food at all." (1899)

"Could you know just the nature of the meat you eat, could you see the animals when living from which the flesh is taken when dead, you would turn with loathing from your flesh meats. The very animals whose flesh you eat, are frequently so diseased that, if left alone, they would die of themselves; but while the breath of life is in them, they are killed and brought to market. You take directly into your system poison of the worst kind, and yet you don't realize it."(1870)

"Many die of diseases wholly due to meat eating, when the real cause is scarcely suspected by themselves or others. Some do not immediately feel its effects, but this is no evidence that it does not hurt them. It may be doing its work surely upon the system, yet for the time being the victim may realize nothing of it." (1890)

"In many places fish become so contaminated by the filth on which they feed as to be a cause of disease. This is especially the case where the fish come in contact with the sewage of large cities. The fish that are fed on the contents of the drains may pass into distant waters, and may be caught where the water is pure and fresh. Thus when used as food they bring disease and death on those who do not suspect the danger." (1905)

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I recently heard a DVD on the Mystery behind Disease
It was very good, this one was all about WATER
You should buy Distilled Water because it is the ONLY water that
will take out the inorganic minerals out of the body - those are the ones that
you want out, otherwise they accumulate and carse diseases. And when
you drink distilled water, you should sip on it not just gulp it down, like 3 or 4 swallows at a time
and 5 min. later, another 3 or 4 swallows, or every 10 min. etc.  and a person should drink
1 oz. of Distilled water for every 2# of body weight.    

A person weighing 100 # should drink
50 ounces of water. There is 64 oz in 1 gallon. So I should drink 1 1/2 gal. plus 7 oz.. there is
I think, 8 ounces to 1 cup .

So in the morning  I planniong to start drinking this on a regular basis, (if a person could not drink
all they need to for 1 day, you should add a cup or 2 or a quart-- more than what you were drinking
Dehydration is the cause of almost all and I think they say all diseases.   

 In the hospital once
in Col. the nurse said, Why do you want to drink so much water, you just need a little.  She didn't want me to get well. HA!....   20 min. before eating lunch, stop drinking all water, and after you eat, wait 1 hour before starting to sip again. quit by 6:00 and they say you should not be up a lot in the night.
I will have to get the rest of the info for you.  if you'd like to hear about it.
It is so amazing how the tissues of the body will rehydrate by sipping not gulping water.
there is a lot more info. constipation is caused from either eating wrong goods, or wrong combinations
of foods, or a lack of Pure distilled water. I don't think I drank a gal. today, so am going to keep track,
I'd rather drink the water, than eat food for the second meal, and see if I can lose weight, by not eating
lunch, but eat breakfast, banana, apple, or grapefruit.

Drinking, I mean siping on Distilled water can get rid of hi blood pressure, bone degeneration and
(and another lady is going to try this too over in Mexico, MO) kidney problems, bladder problems
and depression, and you name it and it happens, he gave testimonies of some people who tried this

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Say hello to renewed vigormental claritybetter over-all health, and a lean trim body:

A few gifts of Eden available for our benefit, although somewhat tarnished by sin are: The stars in the sky, love in marriage and daily communion with God, and worshiping GOD on the 7th day of the week, the holy, sanctified, Sabbath day.

There is yet a fourth gift still available to us. In the idyllic environment of Eden the Creator provided humanity with the perfect diet consisting of fresh (organic!), raw vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and grains. Free from refined sugars, refined oils, or any other man-made ingredients. We may have the privilege of enjoying this gift today, insofar as circumstances permit us.

Our Father made no mistakes when He created the earth, nature and man. He did not fail to provide the human body everything it needed to be properly nourished. Man has erred by attempting to improve on what God made by refining and processing foods as well adding foods that our bodies where not created to utilize.

Truly healthful cooking is "intelligent selection of the most healthful articles of food, prepared in the simplest and most healthful manner." The Signs of the Times, September 30, 1897 par. 4.

Our Father views the art of properly preparing food with such importance that He equates this one talent as being equal in value to ten other talents. (Counsels on Diet and Foods, page 251).

Because of humanity's interference with Nature, cooking has become a necessity for almost everyone in order to make certain nutrients more accessible and to destroy the natural toxic constituents and antinutrients in food. But one should keep in mind that the fresher the vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds are and the closer they are to their garden-state the better they are for us.

"God is trying to lead us back, step by step, to His original design,-- that man should subsist upon the natural products of the earth." Ibid., page 380.

"[T]he food which God gave Adam in his sinless state is the best for man's use as he seeks to regain that sinless state." Those who seriously want to be translated alive to meet Jesus in the air at His coming will make their best efforts to return to the Creator's diet. Ibid., page 460.

"Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God." Corinthians 10:31.

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We avoid the use of all refined sugars and refined carbohydrates. We also avoid using free fats including all commercial vegetable oils.

To understand why we do not use baking soda, black pepper, vinegar and many other common food ingredients we encourage you to refer to Counsels on Diet and Foods
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Counsels on Diet and Foods, Page 195

Chapter 11—Extremes in Diet

The Value of a Consistent Course


There is a large class who will reject any reform movement, however reasonable, if it lays a restriction upon the appetite. They consult taste, instead of reason and the laws of health. By this class, all who leave the beaten track of custom and advocate reform will be opposed, and accounted radical, let them pursue ever so consistent a course. But no one should permit opposition or ridicule to turn him from the work of reform, or cause him to lightly regard it. He who is imbued with the spirit which actuated Daniel, will not be narrow or conceited, but he will be firm and decided in standing for the right. In all his associations, whether with his brethren or with others, he will not swerve from principle, while at the same time he will not fail to manifest a noble, Christlike patience. When those who advocate hygienic reform carry the matter to extremes, people are not to blame if they become disgusted. Too often our religious faith is thus brought into disrepute, and in many cases those who witness such exhibitions of inconsistency can never

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A pure and noble life, a life of victory over appetite and lust, is possible to everyone who will unite his weak, wavering human will to the omnipotent, unwavering will of God. MH 176.

100 years ago, Ellen White wrote this paragraph in her book:

Grains, fruits, nuts, and vegetables constitute the diet chosen for us by our Creator. These foods, prepared in as simple and natural a manner as possible,  are the most healthful and nourishing. They impart a strength, a power of endurance, and a vigour of intellect, that are not afforded by a more complex and stimulating diet. [Ellen White, Ministry of Healing p296 (1905)]

Never be ashamed to say, 'No, thank you; I do not eat meat. I have conscientious scruples against eating the flesh of dead animals.'" CDF 402

"Generous consumption of fruits and vegetables is associated with reduced cancer risk"

"An extensive body of epidemiologic evidence suggests consistently, if not decisively, that generous consumption of fruits and vegetables is associated with reduced cancer risk," said Dr. David L. Katz, an associate professor of public health and director of the Prevention Research Center at Yale University School of Medicine. [A Shopping Cart of Cancer Fighters, Yahoo! News Oct. 31, 2005]

"The Redeemer of the world knew that the indulgence of appetite would bring physical debility, and so deaden the perceptive organs that sacred and eternal things would not be discerned. Christ knew that the world was given up to gluttony and that this indulgence would pervert the moral powers. If the indulgence of appetite was so strong upon the race that, in order to break its power, the divine Son of God, in behalf of man, was required to fast nearly six weeks, what a work is before the Christian in order that he may overcome even as Christ overcame! The strength of the temptation to indulge perverted appetite can be measured only by the inexpressible anguish of Christ in that long fast in the wilderness." 3T 486

From the Pen of Ellen White:

 

The sanctification set forth in the Scriptures embraces the entire being--spirit, soul, and body. . . .  In the time of ancient Israel every offering brought as a sacrifice to God was carefully examined. If any defect was discovered in the animal presented, it was refused; for God had commanded that the offering be "without blemish." So Christians are bidden to present their bodies, "a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God." In order to do this, all their powers must be preserved in the best possible condition. Every practice that weakens physical or mental strength unfits man for the service of his Creator (GC 473).

 

“If you pursue a wrong course, and indulge in wrong habits of eating, and thereby weaken the intellectual powers, you will not place that high estimate upon salvation and eternal life which will inspire you to conform your life to the life of Christ; you will not make those earnest, self-sacrificing efforts for entire conformity to the will of God, which His word requires, and which are necessary to give you a moral fitness for the finishing touch of immortality” (2T 66).

 

“If we enfeeble the body by self-gratification, by indulging the appetite, and by dressing in accordance with health-destroying fashions, in order to be in harmony with the world, we become enemies of God” (3T 62).

 

“The controlling power of appetite will prove the ruin of thousands, when, if they had conquered on this point, they would have had moral power to gain the victory over every other temptation of Satan. But those who are slaves to appetite will fail in perfecting Christian character” (3T 491-492).

 

“If we could realize that the habits we form in this life will affect our eternal interests, that our eternal destiny depends upon strictly temperate habits, we would work to the point of strict temperance in eating and drinking” (3T 489).

 


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Many people believe that the Bible is outdated. However, Scripture has much to say about what God intended us to eat. God has a perfect plan for humans, and it started at the very beginning of time. Jesus Himself created this planet to be inhabited and enjoyed by humankind. He wants us be happy and healthy.

THE PLEDGE
      “I solemnly promise, before God, to abstain from tobacco, spirituous liquors, snuff, tea, coffee, flesh-meats, butter, spices, rich cake, mince pies, a large amount of salt, and animal fat of all kinds, baking powder, soda or saleratus in any form, and cheese, and from all exciting articles of food, and to abstain from eating between meals, and to do all I can to induce others to do likewise.” Testimony and pledge sent to the General Conference, March 29, 1908.
 
(THIS IS THE PLEDGE THAT THE LORD GOD OF HEAVEN GAVE TO ELLEN WHITE AND SHE GAVE IT TO THE GENERAL CONF. PRESIDENT (i THINK IT WAS Butler it would tell if you looked it up- anyway, he refused to give it to the Church he told her, he could not, because,"it would split the church".  (God knows how to take care of "the church" and that would be up to HIM. I did not remember if you ever read it before or not. then when the president asked for more counsel, she said, "I have no more messages for you...  I think as I have read and read... that-- that was the turning point.

"In another prophecy the Saviour declared, "Reproach hath broken My heart; and I am full of heaviness: and I looked for some to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none. They gave Me also gall for My meat; and in My thirst they gave Me vinegar to drink." Ps. 69:20, 21. To those who suffered death by the cross, it was permitted to give a stupefying potion, to deaden the sense of pain. This was offered to Jesus; but when He had tasted it, He refused it. He would receive nothing that could becloud His mind. His faith must keep fast hold upon God. This was His only strength. To becloud His senses would give Satan an advantage." Desire of Ages, p. 746. 

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The descendants of Cain were flesh-food eaters. Flesh food did not start after the flood. The descendants of Cain were flesh-food eaters, although God had never given permission to the human race to eat flesh food before the flood."

God gave man no permission to eat animal food until after the flood. Everything had been destroyed upon which man could subsist, and therefore the Lord in their necessity gave Noah permission to eat of the clean animals which he had taken with him into the ark." (Counsels on Diet and Foods, p. 373) 

Their life span after the flood as a result of meat eating and effects of sin, went from hundreds of years to less than 120 years in most cases.

Below you will find a compilation of quotes that were taken from numerous writings of Ellen G. White on the subject of flesh foods. I pray you are blessed by reading it.


Food for thought to God’s remnant…
... from the writings of Ellen G. White
  • Reasons for Reform

"Only one lease of life is granted us; and the inquiry with every one should be, 'How can I invest my powers so that they may yield the greatest profit? How can I do most for the glory of God and the benefit of my fellow men?' For life is valuable only as it is used for the attainment of these ends… We cannot afford to dwarf or cripple any function of body or mind. As surely as we do this, we must suffer the consequence." CH 107

  • A Question of Obedience

"The obligations we owe to God in presenting to Him clean, pure, healthy bodies are not comprehended." MS 49, 1897.

"A failure to care for the living machinery is an insult to the Creator. There are divinely appointed rules which if observed will keep human beings from disease and premature death." CDF 16.

"It is as truly a sin to violate the laws of our being as it is to break the ten commandments. To do either is to break God's laws. Those who transgress the law of God in their physical organism, will be inclined to violate the laws of God spoken from Sinai." CTBH 53.

"Since the laws of nature are the laws of God, it is plainly our duty to give these laws careful study. We should study their requirements in regard to our own bodies, and conform to them. Ignorance in these things is sin." 6T 369,370

  • Present Truth

"Present truth lies in the work of health reform as verily as in other features of gospel work." 6T 327

"The health reform is an important part of the third angel's message," CH 49

"Health reform...is one of the great branches of the work of preparation for the coming of the Son of man..." 3T 61

"We are to be brought into connection with the masses... We ask them to leave off eating meat... All flesh food should be discarded." CD 358

  • Far and Abroad

"In countries where there are fruits, grains, and nuts in abundance, flesh food is not the right food for God's people." 9T 159

"In some countries, where poverty abounds, flesh is the cheapest food. Under these circumstances the change [to vegetarianism] will be made with greater difficulty; but it can be effected." MH 316-7

In the mission field of the South Pacific islands, there are occasions when the villagers prepare and serve fish. In these circumstances, there is no rebuke to them. In many villages the folks have nothing but casava, taro (mainly starch, very little protein), and fruit (bananas and papayas). If they get any "city" food it is white rice or white bread. The fish is their primary source of protein. Many of these people have never heard of dried beans or tofu. Theirs is a hand to mouth existence and counsel is clear that until these folks can find something better, they are to be left alone on this point. If they were eating pork, it would be a different matter altogether. They are to know the difference between the clean and unclean, and they must not eat the unclean. But in America or Australia, theirs is not our experience. We have food in abundance.

  • Not Our Problem

"Flesh meat is not the right food for God's people... In a country such as this [the United States], where there are fruits, grains, and nuts in abundance, how can one think that he must eat the flesh of dead animals?" CDF 390

"We have no need to use meat, where there was an abundance of fruit, as in California." CDF 413

"There is a class who profess to believe the truth, who do not use tobacco, snuff, tea, or coffee, yet they are guilty of gratifying the appetite in a different manner.” TSDF 157.

“Many are so devoted to intemperance that they will not change their course of indulging in gluttony under any considerations. They would sooner sacrifice health, and die prematurely, than to restrain their intemperate appetite.” CD 158.

"The controlling power of appetite will prove the ruin of thousands, when, if they had conquered on this point, they would have had moral power to gain the victory over every other temptation of Satan. But those who are slaves to appetite will fail in perfecting Christian character. The continual transgression of man for six thousand years has brought sickness, pain and death as its fruits. And as we near the close of time, Satan's temptation to indulge appetite will be more powerful and more difficult to overcome. It is only through obedience and continual effort that we shall overcome as Christ overcame." TSDF 36.

  • Leading the Flock

As far as those in the position of leadership, we read:

"No man should be set apart as a teacher of the people while his own teaching or example contradicts the testimony God has given His servants to bear in regard to diet, for this will bring confusion." 6T 378

"Let our ministers and canvassers step under the banners of strict temperance. Never be ashamed to say, 'No, thank you; I do not eat meat. I have conscientious scruples against eating the flesh of dead animals… Let the members of our churches deny every selfish appetite. Every penny expended for...flesh meat is worse than wasted." CDF 402

  • In Our Homes and Our Families

"Individually, you will not subsist upon the flesh of dead animals, neither will you put one morsel in the mouths of your children...." CDF 294

"...meat should not be placed before our children...." 2T 352

"...the students in our schools are not be served with flesh foods." CDF 403

  • A Firm Stand

For those who claim to be God's remnant church:

"It has been clearly presented to me that God's people are to make a firm stand against meat eating." CDF 383

"We bear positive testimony against...flesh meats." 3T21

"Dead carcasses should always be looked upon as not fit to compose the diet of Christians." CDF 414

"Flesh meat is not the right food for God's people." CDF 390

"Not an ounce of flesh meat should enter our stomachs." CDF 380

  • No One's Looking

What about an occasional backsliding?

"Those who digress occasionally to gratify the taste in eating a fattened turkey or other flesh meats, pervert their appetites... They are controlled by taste, not by principle." 2T 487 & CDF399

Obviously He thinks it is a matter of concern. When we "digress occasionally to gratify the taste" there is an indication that we are "controlled by taste, not by principle." Clearly we see, being consistent in the "little" things is important. If He cannot trust us in the "little" things, how can He trust us with "big" things? Is that piece of turkey (or hamburger, or whatever it is) really that important? It's not the piece of flesh that will keep us out of the kingdom, but our perverted appetite which is in rebellion against God's laws of health.

But, you say, it is clean meat, and there's no commandment against eating meat. What about....

"It is as truly a sin to violate the laws of our being as it is to break the ten commandments," CDF 17

"It is just as much sin to violate the laws of our being as to break one of the Ten Commandments, for we cannot do either without breaking God's law." 2T 70

"The transgression of physical law is the transgression of God's law... And the human being who is careless and reckless of the habits and practices that concern his physical life and health, sins against God." CDF 43

"It is a terrible sin to abuse the health that God has given us." CDF 20

  • A Strong Hold

"Satan is constantly on the alert to bring the race fully under his control. His strongest hold on man is through the appetite, and this he seeks to stimulate in every possible way." CTBH 16

James 1:14& 15 says: "But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death."

"The first great evil was intemperance in eating and drinking. Men and women have made themselves slaves to appetite." CDF 149

"It seemed a small matter to our first parents to transgress the command of God in that one act,-- the eating from a tree that was so beautiful to the sight and so pleasant to the taste,-- but it broke their allegiance to God, and opened the gates to a flood of guilt and woe that has deluged the world." CTBH 44

"The light has come to me for many years that meat eating is not good for health or morals." CDF 413

"Flesh food is injurious to health..." MH 315

"...flesh foods are injurious to the physical well-being,..." 9T156

"...flesh meat...is...hurtful,..." 1T 548

"...flesh food...is harmful..." Ed 203

  • Good Blood

"Our bodies are built up from the food we eat. There is a constant breaking down of the tissues of the body; every movement of every organ involves waste, and this waste is repaired from our food. Each organ of the body requires its share of nutrition. The brain must be supplied with its portion; the bones, muscles, and nerves, demand theirs. It is a wonderful process that transforms the food into blood and uses this blood to build up the varied parts of the body; but this process is going on continually, supplying with life and strength each nerve, muscle, and tissue. Those foods should be chosen that best supply the elements needed for building up the body. In this choice, appetite is not a safe guide. Through wrong habits of eating, the appetite has become perverted." MH 295

We tend to forget that the reason for eating is to make good blood not to appease our appetites. We must eat good food in order to make good blood in order to make right decisions. This is where our decisions reveal whether we live by principle or if we live to indulge our appetite.

"Flesh meats [is]...entirely out of harmony with health reform principles. If we would allow reason to take the place of impulse and love of sensual indulgence, we should not taste of the flesh of dead animals." CDF 401

"...in order to make good blood, the system requires good food...." CDF 263 (MS95, 1901)

"You should be teaching your children. You should be instructing them how to shun the vices and corruption's of this age. Instead of this, many are studying how to get something good to eat. You place upon your tables butter, eggs, and meat and then your children partake of them. They are fed with the very things that will excite their animal passions, and then you come to meeting and ask God to bless and save your children., How high do your prayers go? You have a work to do first. When you have done all for your children which God has left you to do then you can with confidence claim the special help that God has promised to you. You should be studying temperance in all things. You must study in what you eat and in what you drink. And yet you say: 'It is nobody's business what I eat or what I drink, or what I place upon my table.' It is somebody's business, unless you take your children and shut them up, or go into the wilderness where they will not be a burden to others, and where your unruly, vicious children will not corrupt the society in which they mingle." (Testimonies, Vol. 2, p. 362)

"Flesh meats will depreciate the blood. Cook meat with spices, and eat it with rich cakes and pies, and you have a bad quality of blood. The system is too heavily taxed in disposing of this kind of food. The mince pies and the pickles, which should never find a place in any human stomach, will give a miserable quality of blood. And a poor quality of food, cooked in an improper manner, and insufficient in quantity, cannot make good blood. Flesh meats and rich food, and an impoverished diet, will produce the same results." CDF 387

"It is a mistake to suppose that muscular strength depends on the use of animal food. The needs of the system can be better supplied, and more vigorous health can be enjoyed, without its use. The grains, with fruits, nuts, and vegetables, contain all the nutritive properties necessary to make good blood. These elements are not so well or so fully supplied by a flesh diet. Had the use of flesh been essential to health and strength, animal food would have been included in the diet appointed man in the beginning." CDF 396

"God has written His law upon every nerve and muscle, every fiber and function of the human body. The indulgence of unnatural appetite, whether for tea, coffee, tobacco, or liquor, is intemperance, and is at war with the laws of life and health. By using these forbidden articles a condition of things is created in the system which the Creator never designed. This indulgence in any of the members of the human family is sin. . . . the eating of food that does not make good blood is working against the laws of our physical organism, and is a violation of the law of God. The cause produces the effect. Suffering, disease, and death are the sure penalty of indulgence." EV 265-266

"The simple grains, fruits of the trees, vegetables, have all the nutritive properties necessary to make good blood. This a flesh diet cannot do." CDF 322

"No man can become a successful workman in spiritual things until he observes strict temperance in his dietetic habits. God cannot let His Holy Spirit rest upon those who, while they know how they should eat for health, persist in a course that will enfeeble mind and body." CDF 55

"The eating of food that does not make good blood is working against the laws of our physical organism, and is a violation of the law of God." EV 266

"Flesh of dead animals... contaminates the blood in their veins." CDF 384

"The eating of flesh meats has made a poor quality of blood and flesh... Flesh meats will depreciate the blood." 2T 61, 368

"Flesh meat...is...corrupting to the lifeblood coursing through the veins." MM 310

  • Blood & Fat

"...all the fat is the Lords. It shall be a perpetual statute...that ye eat neither fat nor blood." Lev 3:16,17

"Of the meats permitted, the eating of the fat and the blood was strictly forbidden. Only such animals could be used for food as were in good condition. No creature that was torn, that had died of itself, or from which the blood had not been carefully drained, could be used as food." MH 312

So much for buying a steak at the local market. There were strict laws about how the animal must be killed, how it had to be prepared, the blood drained, etc. Certainly today's butchers and meat handlers fall far from meeting this requirement.

Since those laws are still very much in effect (having been restated under the direction of God in the counsels to His last day people), today if a Christian were to eat meat, according to Biblical standards, the blood and fat would have to be removed.

First the man takes a drink
Then the drink takes a drink
Then the drink takes the man

- Japanese Proverb
  • Is Eating Meat a Sin?

I will leave that between you and God. Consider these quotes:

"...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." MH 313

"When men take any course which needlessly expends their vitality or beclouds their intellect, they sin against God..." CDF 118

"...meat eating deranges the system, beclouds the intellect, and blunts the moral sensibilities." 2T 64

"Meat eating...has always been a curse to the human family..., and our only safety now is in leaving meat entirely alone." CDF 412

"Concerning flesh meat we can all say, Let it alone." CDF 430

"Those who believe present truth...should refuse to eat flesh meat." EV 265

"Many who are now only half converted on the question of meat eating will go from God's people to walk no more with them." CDF 382

"Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin." James 4:17

  • The Meat Eating Revelation Timeline

1864 "Since the Lord presented before me, in June, 1863, the subject of meat eating in relation to health, I have left the use of meat.... We have no meat... upon our table." CDF 482-3

1867 "Flesh meats...is...hurtful..." 1T 548

1868 The meat-eating question was presented before me 5 years ago [1863], showing how little the people knew what they were eating for food in the shape of flesh meats." 2T 153

1868 "A plain diet, free from... flesh meats...would prove a blessing to you.... Meat eating deranges the system, beclouds the intellect, and blunts the moral sensibilities. We say to you, dear brother and sister, your safest course is to let meat alone."

1870 "I broke away from...meat... I was a great meat eater.... Flesh meats...are not the most healthful and nourishing diet.... Those who digress occasionally to gratify the taste in eating a fattened turkey or other flesh meats, pervert their appetites... They are controlled by taste, not by principle.... No...flesh meats of any kind come on my table." 2T 371, 400, 487

1872 "We bear positive testimony against...flesh meats." 3T 21

1884 "Flesh meats [is]...entirely out of harmony with health reform principles. If we would allow reason to take the place of impulse and love of sensual indulgence, we should not taste of the flesh of dead animals." CDF 401

1894 "I have already consecrated my table. I have freed it from all flesh meats... From henceforth my table shall be free from the flesh of dead animals." CDF 488

1895 "Since the camp meeting at Brighton [January 1894] I have absolutely banished meat from my table. It is an understanding that whether I am at home or abroad, nothing of this kind is to be used in my family, or come upon my table."

1897 "Shall human beings live on the flesh of dead animals? The answer, from the light that God has given is, No, decidedly No." CDF 388

1898 "The light has come to me for many years that meat eating is not good for health or morals...; for dead carcasses should always be looked upon as not fit to compose the diet of Christians." CDF 413-4

1900 "In your association with unbelievers do not allow yourselves to be swerved from right principles. If you sit at their tables, eat temperately and only of food that will not confuse the mind." 6T 336

1901 "Let our ministers and canvassers step under the banner of strict temperance. Never be ashamed to say, 'No, thank you; I do not eat meat. I have conscientious scruples against eating the flesh of dead animals.'" CDF 402

1902 "It has been clearly presented to me that God's people are to take a firm stand against meat eating." CDF 383

1902 "Those who believe present truth...should refuse to eat flesh meat." EV 265

1902 "Let not any of our ministers set an evil example in the eating of flesh meat." CDF 399

1903 "Not an ounce of flesh meat should enter our stomachs." CDF 380

1904 "We do say that flesh meat is not the right food for God's people... In a country such as this [United States], where there are fruits, grains, and nuts in abundance, how can one think that he must eat the flesh of dead animals?" CDF 390

1909 "Flesh foods are injurious to the physical well-being." CDF 403

1905 "Flesh food is injurious to health, and whatever affects the body has a corresponding effect on the mind." CDF 383

  • The King's Table

We are on the borders of the Promised Land. Will we, as did the Israelites in the wilderness, continue to lust after the flesh pots of Egypt?

"The Lord intends to bring His people back to live upon simple fruits, vegetables, and grains. He led the children of Israel into the wilderness where they could not get a flesh diet; and He gave them bread from heaven. Man did eat angel's food. But they craved the flesh pots of Egypt, and mourned and cried for flesh, notwithstanding that the Lord had proposed that if they would submit to His will, He would carry them into the land of Canaan, and establish them there, a pure, holy, happy people, and there would not be a feeble one in all their habitations, for He would take away all sickness from among them. But although they had a plain 'thus saith the Lord,' they mourned, and wept, and murmured, and complained, it displeased the Lord;..." SpM45-46

Do we find ourselves moaning and whining that we can't have this or can't eat that? Will we not be content with the bounty presented before us on the Kings Table, but rather, as did they, prefer to endure slavery and even death rather than to be deprived of some ‘tasty’ morsel?

  • The Right Arm

"When the Third Angel's message is received in its fullness, health reform will be given its place in the councils of the conference, in the work of the church, in the home, at the table, and in all the household arrangement. Then the right arm will serve and protect the body." 6T 327

The right arm is a part of the entire body. It is not the head. It is not the toe. It represents strength, activity. If you have ever broken your arm, or for some reason have not been able to use it, you know how awkward it is. It is nearly impossible to get anything done efficiently. Without regular use, the muscles of the arm will begin to atrophy or die. Thus it is with God's principles of health. In many places through out the Spirit of Prophecy, we're told that the health reform is as closely connected with the third angel's message as the right arm is with the body, (see CH 20-1; 1T 486; 3T 62; 3T 161; 6T 327) and that the body of truth should be constantly active and constantly at work (see 6T 288; CH 513). The right arm is to serve and protect the body (see 6T 327). It is not a bionic arm that beats people over the head with a book of rules.

  • Extremes

"Those who have but a partial understanding of the principles of reform are often the most rigid, not only in carrying out their views themselves, but in urging them on their families and their neighbors... Those who understand the laws of health and who are governed by principle, will shun the extremes, both of indulgence and of restriction... While they do not urge their views offensively upon others, their example is a testimony in favor of right principles. These persons have a wide influence for good.” TSDF 43. [Notice, they are not described as those who people hate to see coming...]

"There is real common sense in dietetic reform... It is impossible to make an unvarying rule to regulate everyone's habits, and no one should think himself a criterion for all. Not all can eat the same things. Foods that are palatable and wholesome to one person may be distasteful, and even harmful, to another..." MH 319-320

Ellen White said that beans were poison to her. That does not mean that we should not eat beans. We must use sound reasoning in understanding principle.

"There is a wide difference in constitutions and temperaments, and the demands of the system differ greatly in different persons. What would be food for one, might be poison for another; so precise rules cannot be laid down to fit every case. I cannot eat beans, for they are poison to me; but for me to say that for this reason no one must eat them would be simply ridiculous. I cannot eat a spoonful of milk gravy, or milk toast, without suffering in consequence; but other members of my family can eat these things, and realize no such effect; therefore I take that which suits my stomach best, and they do the same. We have no words, no contention; all moves along harmoniously in my large family, for I do not attempt to dictate what they shall or shall not eat." CDF 474

"One person cannot lay down an exact rule for another. Everyone should exercise reason and self-control, and should act from principle." MH 310

"I consider that one reason why I have been able to do so much work both in speaking and in writing, is because I am strictly temperate in my eating. If several varieties of food are placed before me, I endeavor to choose only those that I know will agree. Thus I am enabled to preserve clear mental faculties. I refuse to place in my stomach knowingly anything that will set up fermentation. This is the duty of all health reformers. We must reason from cause to effect. It is our duty to be temperate in all things." CDF 493

We must be allowed to make our own decisions in regard to what best works for our individual system. I know of a couple that for years lived under the scrutiny of someone who watched their every move. If they were to choose to do something outside the strict rules this other person had chosen for himself, they were looked upon with disdain and severe disapproval (I'm talking about mixing lettuce with tomatoes -- not the eating of cheese or meat!). The health reform message was held in the light of a rigid set of rules in the hand of a god who sat on a big white throne with a whip, just waiting to zap you every time you step outside of counsel. That is NOT the true health reform! On the other hand, God has given principles that are to be lived within, and we will receive a blessing if we do. And we will suffer the consequence if we go our own way.

  • The Original Diet (In Genesis (1:29) we find God's original diet for man)

"Again and again I have been shown that God is bringing His people back to His original design, that is, not to subsist upon the flesh of dead animals. He would have us teach people a better way.” TSDF 69

"If meat is discarded, if the taste is not educated in that direction, if a liking for fruits and grains is encouraged, it will soon be as God in the beginning designed it should be. No meat will be used by His people." TSDF 125.

"God gave our first parents the food He designed that the race should eat. It was contrary to His plan to have the life of any creature taken. There was to be no death in Eden...." CDF 81

  • Pure Vegetarianism

1868 "Cheese should never be introduced into the stomach." 2T 68

1883 "All the elements of nutrition are contained in the fruits, vegetables, and grains." HL 96

1889 "Years ago I had a testimony of reproof for the managers in our campmeetings bringing upon the ground and selling to our people cheese and other hurtful things." CD 329

1890 "The effect of cheese is deleterious." CH 114

1896 "The simple grains, fruits of the trees, and vegetables have all the nutritive properties necessary to make good blood." HL 98

1898 "In a short time the milk of the cows will also be excluded from the diet of God's commandment-keeping people in a short time it will not be safe to use anything that comes from the animal creation." CD 411

1899 "The light given me is that it will not be very long before we shall have to give up using any animal food. Even milk will have to be discarded." CD 384

1901 "The time may come when it will not be safe to use milk.... The time will come when we may have to discard some of the articles of diet we now use, such as milk and cream and eggs.... The time will come when milk cannot be used as freely as it is now used.... But I wish to say that when the time comes that it is no longer safe to use milk, cream, butter, and eggs, God will reveal this.... We see that cattle are becoming greatly diseased, the earth itself is corrupted, and we know that the time will come when it will not be best to use milk and eggs." CD 357-9

1902 "Let the diet reform be progressive. Let the people be taught how to prepare food without the use of milk or butter. Tell them that the time will soon come when there will be no safety in using eggs, milk, cream, or butter, because disease in animals is increasing in proportion to the increase of wickedness among men." 7T135

1903 "Vegetables, fruits, and grains should compose our diet. Not an ounce of flesh meat should enter our stomachs." CD 380

1905 "Cheese is... objectionable; it is wholly unfit for food." MH 302

1905 "Grains, fruits, nuts, and vegetables constitute the diet chosen for us by our Creator.... The grains, with fruits, nuts, and vegetables, contain ALL the nutritive properties necessary to make good blood.... The diet reform should be progressive. As disease in animals increases, the use of milk and eggs will become more and more unsafe... The people everywhere should be taught how to cook without milk and eggs, so far as possible, and yet have their food wholesome and palatable." MH 296, 316, 320-1

1906 "In grains, fruits, vegetables, and nuts are to be found ALL the food elements that we need." CDF 92, 310, 313

1909 "The time will come when we may have to discard some of the articles of diet we now use, such as milk and cream and eggs..." 9T162


The last few words in the Counsels of Diet and Foods appendix, are those of James White regarding the counsels on health given to his wife: "...all changes in diet should be made carefully, one at a time. And while she [his wife, Ellen White] would say this to those who are in danger of making changes too rapidly, she would also say to the tardy, Be sure and not forget to change."

Scripture says that you are to “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15). It is my hope and prayer that you will do just that.


 

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Brothers and sisters,
     We must remember that every sin is overcome through faith
in the Living Word of Jehovah (Yehuwah). "For this is the victory which overcometh the world,
even our faith . . . !"  I John 5:4. Therefore it is to the Word that we must turn in every emergancy, and in every
battle with the enemy of our souls.

"For with the heart man believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth, confession (profession,
to speak aloud) is made unto Salvation !"   Romans 10:8-10   And it is through faith in these "exceeding great and
precious Promises, that we are made partakers of the Divine Nature . . . which is Christ in you, the hope of glory ! . . ."
the Word written in our hearts, with the Spirit of the Living God !    II Peter 1:4, Colossians 1:27 & II Corinthians 3:3

To the Word then we will run . . .
     "For the LORD God (Yehuwah Elohim) will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed (children),
to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live ! . . . With the circumcision made without hands,
 in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ !"   Deuteronomy 30:6 & Colossians 2:11
May the LORD bless you with His Spirit as you read aloud
these words of faith !
your brother and sister,
Eric & Sarah Wilson - Isaiah Ministries
http://isaiahministries.wordpress.com/

To Break the Root ?

“If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature (creation): old things are passed away; behold, all thingsare become new !” II Corinthians 5:17

     ". . . For as He is (I Am), so are we in this world . . . !"   I John 4:17

      Through the power of Christ, men and women have broken the chains of sinful habit. They haverenounced (to give up claim, title, position or right) selfishness. The profane have become reverent, the drunken sober, the profligate pure. Souls that have borne the likeness of Satan have become transformed into the image of God. This change is in itself the miracle of miracles. A change wrought by the Word, it is one of the deepest myster-ies of the Word. We cannot understand it; we can only believe, as declared by the Scriptures, it is “Christ in you, the hope of glory” Colossians 1:27 . . .

For sin shall not have dominion over you, for ye are no longer under the law, but under Grace . . . For the law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death . . . And whatsoever is not of faith is sin . . . and faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God . . . For the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us !” Romans 6:14, 8:2, 14:23, 10:17 & John 1:14

Renouncing all that would hinder him from making progress in the upward way or that would turn the feet of another from the narrow path, the true believer (one who believes the Word) will reveal in his daily life mercy, kindness, humility, meekness, forbearance, and the love of Christ.

For the fruit of the Spirit is love (Charity - selflessness), peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucifiedthe flesh with it’s affections and lusts (carnal desires) !” Galatians 5:22-24

The power of a higher, purer, nobler life is our great need. The world has too much of our thought, and the kingdom of heaven too little. In his efforts to reach God's ideal for him, the Christian is to despair of nothing. Moral and spiritual perfection, through the Grace and power of Christ, is promised to all. Jesus is the Source of power, the Fountain of Life !

Let us make God's Holy Word our study, bringing Its holy principles into our lives. Let us walk before God in meekness and humility, daily correcting our faults . . . Peace and rest will come to you as you bring your will into subjection to the will of Christ. Then the love of Christ will rule (reign) in the heart, bringing into captivity to the Saviour the secret springs of action. The hasty, easily roused temper will be soothed and subdued by the oil of Christ's grace. . . .

For the Word of God is quick (living) and full of power, and sharper than any twoedged Sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a Discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart . . . !” Hebrews 6:12

In humble, grateful dependence he who has been given a new heart relies upon the help of Christ. He reveals in his life the fruit of righteousness. He once loved himself. Worldly pleasure was his delight. Now his idol is de-throned, and God reigns supreme. The sins he once loved he now hates. Firmly and resolutely he follows in the path of holiness.” God’s Amazing Grace p.107

      “Christ knew, when He permitted Judas to connect with Him as one of the twelve, that Judas was possessed of the demon of selfishness. He knew that this professed disciple would betray Him, and yet He did not separate him from the other disciples, and send him away. He was preparing the minds of these men for His death and ascension, and He foresaw that should He dismiss Judas, Satan would use him to spread reports that would be difficult to meet and explain.

Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil ?” John 6:70 & Job 1:6

The leaders of the Jewish nation were watching and searching for something that they could use to make of no effect the Words of Christ. The Saviour knew that Judas, if dismissed, could so misconstrue and mystify His statements that the Jews would accept a false version of His Words, using this version to bring terrible harm to the disciples, and to leave on the minds of Christ's enemies the impression that the Jews were justified in taking the attitude that they did toward Jesus and His disciples.

Christ did not, therefore, send Judas from His presence, but kept him by His side, where He could counteract the influence that he might exert against His work.” Review & Herald, May 12, 1903 (5BC p.1102)

 

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The Original Human Diet

In the beginning, God created everything perfect. There were no weeds and no blights.

grain

Then God said, "Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so (Genesis 1:11 NIV).

And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth (Genesis 1:26).

corn

After God created the perfect world, he gave Adam and Eve instructions about their diet. He said, "I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it" (Genesis 1:29). This includes nuts, grains, legumes, and seeds.

Our human digestive system is geared toward the diet God set out for us in Genesis 1. The length of the digestive tract is a strong indicator of what type of food is normally eaten, and our digestive tract is 12-14 times our shoulder-to-hip trunk length, the same as fruit-eating animals.

Herbivores, such as cattle, have a gut-length 20 times their body length, since it takes longer to digest the fiber content in their diet. The shortest tracts are found in meat-eaters. It does not take many thousands of years for a change to take place in gut lengths due to changes of diet. Recent studies have shown that this can take place over a short period of time.

The Hazards of Extremes
Ellen White was not slow to point out the hazards of extremes, or inattention, or laxity in providing an adequate diet for the family. This fact is illustrated by the statement that the mother “by ill-prepared, unwholesome food” might actually “hinder and even ruin both the adult’s usefulness and the child’s development” (p. 476). In the same statement she called for “providing food adapted to the needs of the body, and at the same time inviting and palatable.” {CD 6.2}

Vegetables Enter the Human Diet

After the Fall, humans were also permitted to eat vegetables. This may have been because the original foods were not as available as they were before. Satan's work is to destroy God's creation whenever he can. When Adam and Eve disobeyed God, Satan stole their dominion of the planet, and the whole of creation has been groaning ever since. God told Adam that the earth would be cursed—that it would produce thorns and thistles—and that he "will eat the plants of the field" (Genesis 3:18 NIV).

Vegetables are very rich in elemental sulfur and are good cleansers of the digestive tract. Vegetables also take longer to digest than the fruits, grains, and seeds that God originally gave humans to eat. It has been proven that if one eats vegetables with any of the original foods at the same meal, fermentation takes place in the gut. This is not a healthy practice (See Food Combining Chart).

Compatible Combinations of Plant Foods - Graph  Author: Professor Walter J. Veith, PhD

Summary: Some fruits and vegetables should not be eaten together, as they can react and cause digestive issues. This graph was taken from the book Diet and Health by Dr. Walter Veith.

Whole Food Graph


FruitsNeutralVegetables
Most fruits:
Apples
Apricots
Bananas
Blackberries
Blueberries
Cantaloupe
Cherries
Cranberries
Currants
Dates
Gooseberries
Lemons
Limes
Loganberries
Mango
Nectarines
Oranges
Peach
Pear
Persimmons
Pineapple
Plums
Raspberries
Strawberries
Tangerines
Watermelons

All grains:
Barley, Buckwheat, Bulgur, Corn, Millet, Oats, Rice, Rye, Wheat, etc.
All legumes:
Carob, Chick peas, Kidney beans, Lentils, Lima beans, Mung beans, Peanuts, Soya beans etc.
All nuts:
Almonds, Brazil, Cashews, Chestnuts, Coconuts, Hazelnuts, Macadamias, Pecans, Walnuts, etc.
All seed:
Flax seed, Poppy seed, Pumpkin seed, Sesame, Sunflower, etc.
Some Vegetables:
Cucumber, Herbs, Lettuce, Sprouts, Watercress
Some fruits:
Avocadoes, Olives
Most Vegetables:
Artichokes
Asparagus
Broccoli
Beets
Brussels sprouts
Cabbage
Carrots
Cauliflower
Celery
Eggplant
Green beans
Green peppers
Kale
Leeks
Okra
Onions
Parsnips
Potato
Pumpkin
Radish
Spinach
Squash
Sweet potato
Turnip

This fermentation consists largely of fatty acids that have a detrimental effect on the body's immune system. Try to avoid eating vegetables and fruits at the same meal.

Fruits can be eaten with grains, seeds, and nuts; and vegetables can be eaten with grains, seeds, and nuts. Fruit is digested quickest, followed by grains, then seeds and then nuts. Vegetables take longer to digest than all these.

Even today, everything our body requires is found in a grain kernel. It has the carbohydrate, the protein, and the essential lipids we need in all the correct proportions. However, we separate these good foods—and sell each portion at a much higher cost! Most bread these days lacks the basic natural ingredients. Much of the whole food that is still available is chemically treated. Nevertheless, if we all ate more whole grains we would have far fewer diseases.

Appetite

by Ellen White

The health reform, I was shown, is a part of the third angel's message, and is just as closely connected with it as are the arm and hand with the human body. I saw that we as a people must make an advance move in this great work. Ministers and people must act in concert. God's people are not prepared for the loud cry of the third angel. They have a work to do for themselves which they should not leave for God to do for them. He has left this work for them to do. It is an individual work; one cannot do it for another. "Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God." Gluttony is the prevailing sin of this age. Lustful appetite makes slaves of men and women, and beclouds their intellects and stupefies their moral sensibilities to such a degree that the sacred, elevated truths of God's word are not appreciated. The lower propensities have ruled men and women.

In order to be fitted for translation, the people of God must know themselves. They must understand in regard to their own physical frames, that they may be able with the psalmist to exclaim, "I will praise Thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made." They should ever have the appetite in subjection to the moral and intellectual organs. The body should be servant to the mind, and not the mind to the body. 1T 486

Some have sneered at this work of reform and have said it was all unnecessary, that it was an excitement to divert minds from present truth. They have said that matters were being carried to extremes. Such do not know what they are talking about. While men and women professing godliness are diseased from the crown of their head to the soles of their feet, while their physical, mental, and moral energies are enfeebled through gratification of depraved appetite and excessive labour, how can they weigh the evidences of truth and comprehend the requirements of God? If their moral and intellectual faculties are beclouded, they cannot appreciate the value of the atonement or the exalted character of the work of God, nor delight in the study of His word. How can a nervous dyspeptic be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh him a reason of the hope that is in him, with meekness and fear? How soon would such a one become confused and agitated, and by his diseased imagination be led to view matters in altogether a wrong light, and by a lack of that meekness and calmness which characterised the life of Christ be caused to dishonour his profession while contending with unreasonable men? Viewing matters from a high religious standpoint, we must be thorough reformers in order to be Christlike. 1T 487

Some are indulging lustful appetite which wars against the soul and is a constant hindrance to their spiritual advancement. They constantly bear an accusing conscience, and if straight truths are talked they are prepared to be offended. They are self-condemned and feel that subjects have been purposely selected to touch their case. They feel grieved and injured, and withdraw themselves from the assemblies of the saints. They forsake the assembling of themselves together, for then their consciences are not so disturbed. They soon lose their interest in the meetings and their love for the truth, and, unless they entirely reform, will go back and take their position with the rebel host who stand under the black banner of Satan. If these will crucify fleshly lusts which war against the soul, they will get out of the way, where the arrows of truth will pass harmlessly by them. But while they indulge lustful appetite, and thus cherish their idols, they make themselves a mark for the arrows of truth to hit, and if truth is spoken at all, they must be wounded. Some think that they cannot reform, that health would be sacrificed should they attempt to leave the use of tea, tobacco, and flesh meats. This is the suggestion of Satan. It is these hurtful stimulants that are surely undermining the constitution and preparing the system for acute diseases by impairing Nature's fine machinery and battering down her fortifications erected against disease and premature decay. 1T 548

Some are indulging lustful appetite which wars against the soul and is a constant hindrance to their spiritual advancement. They constantly bear an accusing conscience, and if straight truths are talked they are prepared to be offended. They are self-condemned and feel that subjects have been purposely selected to touch their case. They feel grieved and injured, and withdraw themselves from the assemblies of the saints. They forsake the assembling of themselves together, for then their consciences are not so disturbed. They soon lose their interest in the meetings and their love for the truth, and, unless they entirely reform, will go back and take their position with the rebel host who stand under the black banner of Satan. If these will crucify fleshly lusts which war against the soul, they will get out of the way, where the arrows of truth will pass harmlessly by them. But while they indulge lustful appetite, and thus cherish their idols, they make themselves a mark for the arrows of truth to hit, and if truth is spoken at all, they must be wounded. Some think that they cannot reform, that health would be sacrificed should they attempt to leave the use of tea, tobacco, and flesh meats. This is the suggestion of Satan. It is these hurtful stimulants that are surely undermining the constitution and preparing the system for acute diseases by impairing Nature's fine machinery and battering down her fortifications erected against disease and premature decay. 1T 548

The abuses of the stomach by the gratification of appetite are the fruitful source of most church trials. Those who eat and work intemperately and irrationally, talk and act irrationally. An intemperate man cannot be a patient man. It is not necessary to drink alcoholic liquors in order to be intemperate. The sin of intemperate eating, eating too frequently, too much, and of rich, unwholesome food, destroys the healthy action of the digestive organs, affects the brain, and perverts the judgement, preventing rational, calm, healthy thinking and acting. And this is a fruitful source of church trials. Therefore in order for the people of God to be in an acceptable state with Him, where they can glorify Him in their bodies and spirits which are His, they must with interest and zeal deny the gratification of their appetites, and exercise temperance in all things. Then may they comprehend the truth in its beauty and clearness, and carry it out in their lives, and by a judicious, wise, straightforward course give the enemies of our faith no occasion to reproach the cause of truth. God requires all who believe the truth to make special, persevering efforts to place themselves in the best possible condition of bodily health, for a solemn and important work is before us. Health of body and mind is required for this work; it is as essential to a healthy religious experience, to advancement in the Christian life and progress in holiness, as is the hand or foot to the human body. God requires His people to cleanse themselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of the Lord. All those who are indifferent and excuse themselves from this work, waiting for the Lord to do for them that which He requires them to do for themselves, will be found wanting when the meek of the earth, who have wrought His judgements, are hid in the day of the Lord's anger. 1T 618

Some cannot be impressed with the necessity of eating and drinking to the glory of God. The indulgence of appetite affects them in all the relations of life. It is seen in their family, in their church, in the prayer meeting, and in the conduct of their children. It has been the curse of their lives. You cannot make them understand the truths for these last days. God has bountifully provided for the sustenance and happiness of all His creatures; and if His laws were never violated, and all acted in harmony with the divine will, health, peace, and happiness, instead of misery and continual evil, would be experienced. 2T 368

The Lord has let His light shine upon us in these last days, that the gloom and darkness which have been gathering in past generations because of sinful indulgence, might in some degree be dispelled, and that the train of evils which have resulted because of intemperate eating and drinking, might be lessened.

The Lord in wisdom designed to bring His people into a position where they would be separate from the world in spirit and practice, that their children might not so readily be led into idolatry, and become tainted with the prevailing corruptions of this age. It is God's design that believing parents and their children should stand forth as living representatives of Christ, candidates for everlasting life. All who are partakers of the divine nature will escape the corruption that is in the world through lust. It is impossible for those who indulge the appetite to attain to Christian perfection. 2T 399

The Lord in wisdom designed to bring His people into a position where they would be separate from the world in spirit and practice, that their children might not so readily be led into idolatry and become tainted with the prevailing corruptions of this age. It is God's design that believing parents and their children should stand forth as living representatives of Christ, candidates for everlasting life. All who are partakers of the divine nature will escape the corruption that is in the world through lust. It is impossible for those who indulge the appetite to attain to Christian perfection. You cannot arouse the moral sensibilities of your children while you are not careful in the selection of their food. The tables that parents usually prepare for their children are a snare to them. Their diet is not simple, and is not prepared in a healthful manner. The food is frequently rich and fever-producing, having a tendency to irritate and excite the tender coats of the stomach. The animal propensities are strengthened and bear sway, while the moral and intellectual powers are weakened and become servants to the baser passions. You should study to prepare a simple yet nutritious diet. Flesh meats, and rich cakes and pies prepared with spices of any kind, are not the most healthful and nourishing diet. Eggs should not be placed upon your table. They are an injury to your children. Fruits and grains, prepared in the most simple form, are the most healthful, and will impart the greatest amount of nourishment to the body, and, at the same time, not impair the intellect. 2T 399

You need clear, energetic minds, in order to appreciate the exalted character of the truth, to value the atonement, and to place the right estimate upon eternal things. If you pursue a wrong course, and indulge in wrong habits of eating, and thereby weaken the intellectual powers, you will not place that high estimate upon salvation and eternal life which will inspire you to conform your life to the life of Christ; you will not make those earnest, self-sacrificing efforts for entire conformity to the will of God, which His word requires, and which are necessary to give you a moral fitness for the finishing touch of immortality. 2T 66

Appetite and passion are overcoming thousands of Christ's professed followers. Their senses become so blunted on account of familiarity with sin that they do not abhor it, but view it as attractive. The end of all things is at hand. God will not much longer bear with the crimes and debasing iniquity of the children of men. Their crimes have indeed reached unto the heavens and will soon be answered by the fearful plagues of God upon the earth. They will drink the cup of God's wrath unmixed with mercy. 3T 473

I have seen that there is danger that even the professed children of God will be corrupted. Licentiousness is binding men and women as captives. They seem to be infatuated and powerless to resist and overcome upon the point of appetite and passion. In God there is power; in Him there is strength. If they will take hold upon it, the life-giving power of Jesus will stimulate everyone who has named the name of Christ. Dangers and perils surround us; and we are only safe when we feel our weakness and cling with the grasp of faith to our mighty Deliverer. It is a fearful time in which we live. We cannot cease watchfulness and prayer for a moment. Our helpless souls must rely on Jesus, our compassionate Redeemer. 3T 473

My brethren, God calls upon you as His followers to walk in the light. You need to be alarmed. Sin is among us, and it is not seen to be exceedingly sinful. The senses of many are benumbed by the indulgence of appetite and by familiarity with sin. We need to advance nearer heaven. We may grow in grace (Grace (G5485) = the Divine Influence upon the heart, and It's reflection as seen in the life!)

and in the knowledge of the truth. Walking in the light, running in the way of God's commandments, does not give the idea that we can stand still and do nothing. We must be advancing. 3T 476

The Redeemer of the world knew that the indulgence of appetite would bring physical debility, and so deaden the perceptive organs that sacred and eternal things would not be discerned. Christ knew that the world was given up to gluttony and that this indulgence would pervert the moral powers. If the indulgence of appetite was so strong upon the race that, in order to break its power, the divine Son of God, in behalf of man, was required to fast nearly six weeks, what a work is before the Christian in order that he may overcome even as Christ overcame! The strength of the temptation to indulge perverted appetite can be measured only by the inexpressible anguish of Christ in that long fast in the wilderness. 3T 486

Christ knew that in order to successfully carry forward the plan of salvation He must commence the work of redeeming man just where the ruin began. Adam fell by the indulgence of appetite. In order to impress upon man his obligations to obey the law of God, Christ began His work of redemption by reforming the physical habits of man. The declension in virtue and the degeneracy of the race are chiefly attributable to the indulgence of perverted appetite. 3T 486

There is a solemn responsibility upon all, especially upon ministers who teach the truth, to overcome upon the point of appetite. Their usefulness would be much greater if they had control of their appetites and passions, and their mental and moral powers would be stronger if they combined physical labour with mental exertion. With strictly temperate habits, and with mental and physical labour combined, they could accomplish a far greater amount of labour and preserve clearness of mind. If they would pursue such a course, their thoughts and words would flow more freely, their religious exercises would be more energised, and the impressions made upon their hearers would be more marked. 3T 486

There is a solemn responsibility upon all, especially upon ministers who teach the truth, to overcome upon the point of appetite. Their usefulness would be much greater if they had control of their appetites and passions, and their mental and moral powers would be stronger if they combined physical labour with mental exertion. With strictly temperate habits, and with mental and physical labour combined, they could accomplish a far greater amount of labour and preserve clearness of mind. If they would pursue such a course, their thoughts and words would flow more freely, their religious exercises would be more energised, and the impressions made upon their hearers would be more marked. 3T 486

Intemperance in eating, even of food of the right quality, will have a prostrating influence upon the system and will blunt the keener and holier emotions. Strict temperance in eating and drinking is highly essential for the healthy preservation and vigorous exercise of all the functions of the body. Strictly temperate habits, combined with exercise of the muscles as well as of the mind, will preserve both mental and physical vigour, and give power of endurance to those engaged in the ministry, to editors, and to all others whose habits are sedentary. As a people, with all our profession of health reform, we eat too much. Indulgence of appetite is the greatest cause of physical and mental debility, and lies at the foundation of the feebleness which is apparent everywhere. 3T 487

Intemperance commences at our tables in the use of unhealthful food. After a time, through continued indulgence, the digestive organs become weakened, and the food taken does not satisfy the appetite. Unhealthy conditions are established, and there is a craving for more stimulating food. Tea, coffee, and flesh meats produce an immediate effect. Under the influence of these poisons the nervous system is excited, and, in some cases, for the time being, the intellect seems to be invigorated and the imagination to be more vivid. Because these stimulants produce for the time being such agreeable results, many conclude that they really need them and continue their use. But there is always a reaction. The nervous system, having been unduly excited, borrowed power for present use from its future resources of strength. All this temporary invigoration of the system is followed by depression. In proportion as these stimulants temporarily invigorate the system will be the letting down of the power of the excited organs after the stimulus has lost its force. The appetite is educated to crave something stronger which will have a tendency to keep up and increase the agreeable excitement, until indulgence becomes habit, and there is a continual craving for stronger stimulus, as tobacco, wines, and liquors. The more the appetite is indulged, the more frequent will be its demands and the more difficult of control. The more debilitated the system becomes and the less able to do without unnatural stimulus, the more the passion for these things increases, until the will is overborne, and there seems to be no power to deny the unnatural craving for these indulgences. 3T 487

Tobacco is a slow, insidious poison, and its effects are more difficult to cleanse from the system than those of liquor. What power can the tobacco devotee have to stay the progress of intemperance? There must be a revolution in our world upon the subject of tobacco before the axe is laid at the root of the tree. We press the subject still closer. Tea and coffee are fostering the appetite which is developing for stronger stimulants, as tobacco and liquor. And we come still closer home, to the daily meals, the tables spread in Christian households. Is temperance practised in all things? Are the reforms which are essential to health and happiness carried out there? Every true Christian will have control of his appetite and passions. Unless he is free from the bondage and slavery of appetite he cannot be a true, obedient servant of Christ. It is the indulgence of appetite and passion which makes the truth of none effect upon the heart. It is impossible for the spirit and power of the truth to sanctify a man, soul, body, and spirit, when he is controlled by appetite and passion. - 3T 569

The body, which God calls his temple, should be preserved in as healthy a condition as possible. Many act as though they had a right to treat their own bodies as they please. They do not realise that God has claims upon them. They are required to glorify him in their bodies and spirits, which are his. While they give themselves up to the gratification of unhealthy appetites, and thus bring disease upon themselves, they cannot render to God acceptable service. None should remain in ignorance of God's claims. All his promises are on conditions of obedience. All should work for themselves. They should do that which God requires them to do, and not leave God to do for them that which he has left for them to do. It is a sacred duty which God has enjoined upon reasonable beings, formed in his image, to keep that image in as perfect a state as possible. Those who bring disease upon themselves, by self-gratification, have not healthy bodies and minds. They cannot weigh the evidences of truth, and comprehend the requirements of God. Our Saviour will not reach his arm low enough to raise such from their degraded state, while they persist in pursuing a course to sink themselves still lower. 4ASG 148

All are required to do what they can to preserve healthy bodies, and sound minds. If they will gratify a gross appetite, and by so doing blunt their sensibilities, and becloud their perceptive faculties so that they cannot appreciate the exalted character of God, or delight in the study of his Word, they may be assured that God will not accept their unworthy offering any sooner than that of Cain. God requires them to cleanse themselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of the Lord. After man has done all in his power to insure health, by the denying of appetite and gross passions, that he may possess a healthy mind, and a sanctified imagination, that he may render to God an offering in righteousness, then he is saved alone by a miracle of God's mercy, as was the ark upon the stormy billows. Noah had done all that God required of him in making the ark secure, then God performed that which man could not do, and preserved the ark by his miraculous power. 4ASG 148

Many have expected that God would keep them from sickness merely because they have asked Him to do so. But God did not regard their prayers, because their faith was not made perfect by works. God will not work a miracle to keep those from sickness who have no care for themselves, but are continually violating the laws of health, and make no efforts to prevent disease. When we do all we can on our part to have health, then may we expect that the blessed results will follow, and we can ask God in faith to bless our efforts for the preservation of health. He will then answer our prayer, if His name can be glorified thereby. But let all understand that they have a work to do. God will not work in a miraculous manner to preserve the health of persons who are taking a sure course to make themselves sick, by their careless inattention to the laws of health.

Those who will gratify their appetite, and then suffer because of their intemperance, and take drugs to relieve them, may be assured that God will not interpose to save health and life which is so recklessly periled. The cause has produced the effect. Many, as their last resort, follow the directions in the word of God, and request the prayers of the elders of the church for their restoration to health. God does not see fit to answer prayers offered in behalf of such, for He knows that if they should be restored to health, they would again sacrifice it upon the altar of unhealthy appetite. 4SG 144

A continual transgression of nature's laws is a continual transgression of the law of God. The present weight of suffering and anguish which we see everywhere, the present deformity, decrepitude, disease, and imbecility now flooding the world, make it, in comparison to what it might be and what God designed it should be, a lazar house; and the present generation are feeble in mental, moral, and physical power. All this misery has accumulated from generation to generation because fallen man will break the law of God. Sins of the greatest magnitude are committed through the indulgence of perverted appetite. 4T 30

All this weight of woe and accumulated suffering can be traced to the indulgence of appetite and passion. Luxurious living and the use of wine corrupt the blood, inflame the passions, and produce diseases of every kind. But the evil does not end here. Parents leave maladies as a legacy to their children. As a rule, every intemperate man who rears children transmits his inclinations and evil tendencies to his offspring; he gives them disease from his own inflamed and corrupted blood. Licentiousness, disease, and imbecility are transmitted as an inheritance of woe from father to son and from generation to generation, and this brings anguish and suffering into the world, and is no less than a repetition of the fall of man. 4T 30

Excessive indulgence in eating, drinking, sleeping, or seeing, is sin. The harmonious healthy action of all the powers of body and mind results in happiness; and the more elevated and refined the powers, the more pure and unalloyed the happiness. An aimless life is a living death. The powers of the mind should be exercised upon themes relating to our eternal interests. This will be conducive to health of body and mind. There are many, even among our preachers, who want to rise in the world without effort. They are ambitious to do some great work of usefulness, while they disregard the little everyday duties which would render them helpful and make them ministers after Christ's order. They wish to do the work others are doing, but have no relish for the discipline necessary to fit them for it. This yearning desire by both men and women to do something far in advance of their present capabilities is simply causing them to make decided failures in the outset. They indignantly refuse to climb the ladder, wishing to be elevated by a less laborious process. 4T 417

Because of imprudence in eating, the senses of some seem to be half paralysed, and they are sluggish and sleepy. These pale-faced ministers who are suffering in consequence of selfish indulgence of the appetite are no recommendation of health reform. When suffering from overwork, it would be much better to drop out a meal occasionally and thus give nature a chance to rally. Our labourers could do more by their example to advance health reform than by preaching it. When elaborate preparations are made for them by well-meaning friends, they are strongly tempted to disregard principle; but by refusing the dainty dishes, the rich condiments, the tea and coffee, they may prove themselves to be practical health reformers. Some are now suffering in consequence of transgressing the laws of life, thus causing a stigma to rest on the cause of health reform. 4T 417

In the wilderness of temptation Christ met the great leading temptations that would assail man. There He encountered, single-handed, the wily, subtle foe, and overcame him. The first great temptation was upon appetite; the second, presumption; the third, love of the world. Satan has overcome his millions by tempting them to the indulgence of appetite. Through the gratification of the taste, the nervous system becomes excited and the brain power enfeebled, making it impossible to think calmly or rationally. The mind is unbalanced. Its higher, nobler faculties are perverted to serve animal lust, and the sacred, eternal interests are not regarded. When this object is gained, Satan can come with his two other leading temptations and find ready access. His manifold temptations grow out of these three great leading points. 4T 44

God requires of His people continual advancement. We need to learn that indulged appetite is the greatest hindrance to mental improvement and soul sanctification. With all our profession of health reform, many of us eat improperly. Indulgence of appetite is the greatest cause of physical and mental debility, and lies largely at the foundation of feebleness and premature death. Let the individual who is seeking to possess purity of spirit bear in mind that in Christ there is power to control the appetite. 9T 156

If we could be benefited by indulging the desire for flesh foods, I would not make this appeal to you; but I know we cannot. Flesh foods are injurious to the physical well-being, and we should learn to do without them. Those who are in a position where it is possible to secure a vegetarian diet, but who choose to follow their own preferences in this matter, eating and drinking as they please, will gradually grow careless of the instruction the Lord has given regarding other phases of the present truth and will lose their perception of what is truth; they will surely reap as they have sown. 9T 156

Our physical health is maintained by that which we eat; if our appetites are not under the control of a sanctified mind, if we are not temperate in all our eating and drinking, we shall not be in a state of mental and physical soundness to study the word with a purpose to learn what saith the Scripture --what shall I do to inherit eternal life? Any unhealthful habit will produce an unhealthful condition in the system, and the delicate, living machinery of the stomach will be injured, and will not be able to do its work properly. The diet has much to do with the disposition to enter into temptation and commit sin. CD 52

What a pity it is that often, when the greatest self-denial should be exercised, the stomach is crowded with a mass of unhealthful food, which lies there to decompose. The affliction of the stomach affects the brain. The imprudent eater does not realise that he is disqualifying himself for giving wise counsel, disqualifying himself for laying plans for the best advancement of the work of God. But this is so. He cannot discern spiritual things, and in council meetings, when he should say Yea and Amen, he says Nay. He makes propositions that are wide of the mark. The food he has eaten has benumbed his brain power. CD 53

Self-indulgence debars the human agent from witnessing for the truth. The gratitude we offer to God for His blessings is greatly affected by the food placed in the stomach. Indulgence of appetite is the cause of dissension, strife, discord, and many other evils. Impatient words are spoken and unkind deeds are done, dishonest practices are followed and passion is manifested, and all because the nerves of the brain are diseased by the abuse heaped upon the stomach. CD 53

The misuse of our physical powers shortens the period of time in which our lives can be used for the glory of God. And it unfits us to accomplish the work God has given us to do. By allowing ourselves to form wrong habits, by keeping late hours, by gratifying appetite at the expense of health, we lay the foundation for feebleness. By neglecting physical exercise, by overworking mind or body, we unbalance the nervous system. Those who thus shorten their lives and unfit themselves for service by disregarding nature's laws, are guilty of robbery toward God. And they are robbing their fellow men also. The opportunity of blessing others, the very work for which God sent them into the world, has by their own course of action been cut short. And they have unfitted themselves to do even that which in a briefer period of time they might have accomplished. The Lord holds us guilty when by our injurious habits we thus deprive the world of good. COL 346

It is as truly a sin to violate the laws of our being as it is to break the ten commandments. To do either is to break God's laws. Those who transgress the law of God in their physical organism, will be inclined to violate the law of God spoken from Sinai.

Our Saviour warned His disciples that just prior to His second coming a state of things would exist very similar to that which preceded the flood. Eating and drinking would be carried to excess, and the world would be given up to pleasure. This state of things does exist at the present time. The world is largely given up to the indulgence of appetite; and the disposition to follow worldly customs will bring us into bondage to perverted habits,--habits that will make us more and more like the doomed inhabitants of Sodom. I have wondered that the inhabitants of the earth were not destroyed, like the people of Sodom and Gomorrah. I see reason enough for the present state of degeneracy and mortality in the world. Blind passion controls reason, and every high consideration is, with many, sacrificed to lust.

To keep the body in a healthy condition, in order that all parts of the living machinery may act harmoniously, should be a study of our life. The children of God cannot glorify Him with sickly bodies or dwarfed minds. Those who indulge in any species of intemperance, either in eating or drinking, waste their physical energies and weaken moral power. CTBH 53

God has permitted the light of health reform to shine upon us in these last days, that by walking in the light we may escape many of the dangers to which we shall be exposed. Satan is working with great power to lead men to indulge appetite, gratify inclination, and spend their days in heedless folly. He presents attractions in a life of selfish enjoyment and of sensual indulgence. Intemperance saps the energies of both mind and body. He who is thus overcome, has placed himself upon Satan's ground, where he will be tempted and annoyed, and finally controlled at pleasure by the enemy of all righteousness. CTBH 75

With our first parents, intemperate desire resulted in the loss of Eden. Temperance in all things has more to do with our restoration to Eden than men realise. MH 129

The surplus food burdens the system and produces morbid, feverish conditions. It calls an undue amount of blood to the stomach, causing the limbs and extremities to chill quickly. It lays a heavy tax on the digestive organs, and when these organs have accomplished their task, there is a feeling of faintness or languor. Some who are continually overeating call this all-gone feeling hunger; but it is caused by the over-worked condition of the digestive organs. At times there is numbness of the brain, with disinclination to mental or physical effort.

These unpleasant symptoms are felt because nature has accomplished her work at an unnecessary outlay of vital force and is thoroughly exhausted. The stomach is saying, "Give me rest." But with many the faintness is interpreted as a demand for more food; so instead of giving the stomach rest, another burden is placed upon it. As a consequence the digestive organs are often worn out when they should be capable of doing good work. MH 307

We should not provide for the Sabbath a more liberal supply or a greater variety of food than for other days. Instead of this the food should be more simple, and less should be eaten in order that the mind may be clear and vigorous to comprehend spiritual things. A clogged stomach means a clogged brain. The most precious words may be heard and not appreciated because the mind is confused by an improper diet. By overeating on the Sabbath, many do more than they think to unfit themselves for receiving the benefit of its sacred opportunities.

Cooking on the Sabbath should be avoided; but it is not therefore necessary to eat cold food. In cold weather the food prepared the day before should be heated. And let the meals, however simple, be palatable and attractive. Especially in families where there are children, it is well, on the Sabbath, to provide something that will be regarded as a treat, something the family do not have every day. MH 307

Bible teaching will make but a feeble impression upon those whose faculties are benumbed by indulgence of appetite. Thousands will sacrifice not only health and life, but their hope of Heaven, before they will wage war against their own perverted appetites. RH JAN.25,1881

With what care should Christians regulate their habits, that they may preserve the full vigour of every faculty to give to the service of Christ. If we would be sanctified, in soul, body, and spirit, we must live in conformity to the divine law. The heart cannot preserve consecration to God while the appetites and passions are indulged at the expense of health and life. RH JAN.25,1881

Let none who profess godliness regard with indifference the health of the body, and flatter themselves that intemperance is no sin, and will not affect their spirituality. A close sympathy exists between the physical and the moral nature. The standard of virtue is elevated or degraded by the physical habits. Excessive eating of the best of food will produce a morbid condition of the moral feelings. And if the food is not the most healthful, the effects will be still more injurious. Any habit which does not promote healthful action in the human system degrades the higher and nobler faculties. Wrong habits of eating and drinking lead to errors in thought and action. Indulgence of appetite strengthens the animal propensities, giving them the ascendancy over the mental and spiritual powers. RH JAN.25,1881

Those who would work in God's service must not be seeking worldly gratification and selfish indulgence. The physicians in our institutions must be imbued with the living principles of health reform. Men will never be truly temperate until the grace (Grace (G5485) = the Divine Influence upon the heart, and It's reflection as seen in the life!) of Christ is an abiding principle in the heart. All the pledges in the world will not make you or your wife health reformers. No mere restriction of your diet will cure your diseased appetite. Brother and Sister ----- will not practice temperance in all things until their hearts are transformed by the grace (Grace (G5485) = the Divine Influence upon the heart, and It's reflection as seen in the life!) of God.

Circumstances cannot work reforms. Christianity proposes a reformation in the heart. What Christ works within, will be worked out under the dictation of a converted intellect. The plan of beginning outside and trying to work inward has always failed, and always will fail. God's plan with you is to begin at the very seat of all difficulties, the heart, and then from out of the heart will issue the principles of righteousness; the reformation will be outward as well as inward. SPTA NO.9 54

Meat Eating

by Ellen White

[ Restoration of the Whole Man to God's Image ] --The great object of life should be to restore to God soul, body, and spirit. If the moral image of God is restored in the poor, degraded sot, it will not be by continuing to give him liquor. In every city the Lord would have a place where sin-sick souls may find courage and sustaining help to overcome all unnatural appetites and sinful indulgences--tobacco using, tea and liquor drinking. All flesh meat is to be discarded. Educational meetings should be held where young men may be instructed how to develop a perfect manhood. Then they can become teachers of good things.--Letter 95, 1898, p. 3. (To Bro. Hubbard, Nov. 18, 1898.) 10MR 231

Much injury is done to health by the variety of the food which is seen on so many tables. Take the different dishes that are placed on the table at one meal, and put them all together in one vessel--stir them up together. Does it make the stomach turn to look at it? Leave it for a few hours and it will ferment. Yet thousands compel their stomachs to receive just such a mass as this every day--half masticated meat, condiments, spices, pies, and sweet puddings are washed down with tea and coffee. The abused stomach is obliged to take them and do the best it can with them. 10MR 286

Let the food be palatably prepared and nicely served. More dishes will have to be prepared than would be necessary if flesh-meat were served. Other things can be provided, so that meats can be discarded. Milk and cream can be used by some. 13MR 039

In our family we have breakfast at half past six o'clock, and dinner at half past one. We have no supper. We would change our times of eating a little, were it not for the fact that these are the most convenient hours for some of the members of the family. I eat two meals a day, and still follow the light given me 35 years ago. I use no meat. As for myself, I have settled the butter question. I do not use it. This question should easily be settled in every place where the purest article cannot be obtained. We have two good milk cows, a Jersey and Holstein. We use cream, and all are satisfied with this. 13MR 042

You cannot live too plainly when you are studying so constantly. Your father and I have dropped milk, cream, butter, sugar, and meat entirely since we came to California. We are far clearer in mind and far better in body. We live very plainly. We cannot write unless we do live simply. Your father bought meat once for May while she was sick, but not a penny have we expended on meat since. We have the most excellent fruit of all kinds. Do you want we should send you some figs? How is your clothing? Let us know just how you are feeling; and is your clothing well taken care of? Are you happy? 14MR 322

We have a large family, and besides have many guests, but neither meat nor butter is placed upon our table. We use the cream from the milk of the cows which we feed ourselves. We purchase butter for cooking purposes from dairies where the cows are in healthful condition and have good pasture.-- Letter 76, 1895 14MR 326

Two years ago I came to the conclusion that there was danger in using the flesh of dead animals, and since then I have not used meat at all. It is never placed on my table. I use fish when I can get it. We can get beautiful fish from the saltwater lake near here. I use neither tea nor coffee. As I labour against these things, I cannot but practice that which I know to be best for health, and my family are all in perfect harmony with me. You see, my dear niece, that I am telling you matters just as they are. 14MR 330

There are many who spend their money for that which is not bread--for tea, coffee, the large use of flesh-meats. All of these produce their sure results in painful affliction. Many animals have been butchered when their blood was in a high state of fever, apparently boiling with madness. Those who eat of these meats are subject to inflammation and blood-poisoning. Some have distressing spasms, some have great distress of the bowels. 15MR 283

You ask in regard to canvassers who travel and have to eat bread with swine's flesh in it. I see here a serious difficulty, but there is a remedy. Learn to make good, hygienic rolls and keep them with you. You can generally obtain hot milk, or at least a cup of hot water with milk, and this, with fruit or without fruit, will nourish the system. Many plans may be devised with some little tact and labour, that many difficulties in the line of eating unwholesome food may be overcome. I advise every Sabbath-keeping canvasser to avoid meat eating, not because it is regarded as sin to eat meat, but because it is not healthful. The animal creation is groaning.--Ms 15, 1889. Ellen White Estate, Wash. D. C. August 7, 1986. Entire Manuscript. 16MR 173

Years ago the light was given me that the position should not be taken to discard all meat, because in some cases it was better than the desserts and dishes composed of sweets. These are sure to create disturbances. It is the variety and mixture of meat, vegetables, fruit, wines, tea, coffee, sweet cakes, and rich pies that ruin the stomach and place human beings in the position where they become invalids, with all the disagreeable effects of sickness upon the disposition. The character becomes perverted, a depraved appetite is established, and a diseased religious experience is the result. The words of the apostle to the Romans should be repeated to all the churches and to all families: "I beseech you therefor, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God" [Rom. 12:1, 2]. 18MR 352

As far as we have knowledge, the sanitarium is doing good work. We have just come to the point of the vexed meat question: Should not those who come to the sanitarium have meat on their tables and be instructed to leave it off gradually? One physician, Dr. Caro, and another, Dr. Silas Rand, as in the case of Dr. Maxon, have prescribed a meat diet for the patients, and in one case the large use of butter, even as high as three pounds per week. I knew that these prescriptions were not in the order of God, but that if a change should take place, and we meet one difficulty, a worse state of things might be created. 18MR 352

The Lord would bring His people into a position where they will not touch nor taste the flesh of dead animals. Then let not these things be prescribed by any physician who has a knowledge of the truth for this time. There is no safety in eating the flesh of dead animals, and in a short time the milk of the cow will also be excluded from the diet of God's commandment- keeping people. In a short time it will not be safe to use anything that comes from the animal creation. Those who take God at His word and obey His commandments with the whole heart will be blessed. He will be their shield of protection. But the Lord will not be trifled with. Distrust, disobedience, and alienation from God's will and way will place the sinner in a position where the Lord cannot give him His divine favour. 18MR 354

I am happy to report I am in excellent health. I have prescribed all meat, all butter. None appears on my table. My head is clearer, my strength firmer, and my conscience more free, for I know I am following the light which God has given us. I write from fifteen to twenty pages each day. It is now eleven o'clock and I have written fourteen pages of manuscript for Volume four [[ Spirit of Prophecy ] , vol. 4] and seven pages of letters to different ones besides this. I feel continually grateful to God for His merciful kindness. I will not allow one feeling of ingratitude to be harboured. When I think how weak and feeble I was when I started on my eastern journey, and how the Lord sustained me and blessed me, and returned me back in safety, my heart is filled to overflowing with His great love. 19MR 078

Never allow Dr. _____ to connect with the institution with the understanding that tea, coffee, and flesh meat will be served to the patients. . . . 1MR 289

In regard to flesh meat, do not bring it into the [Wahroonga] sanitarium. Neither tea nor coffee should be served. Caramel cereal, made as nicely as possible, should be served in the place of these health-destroying beverages. In regard to the third meal, do not make eating but two meals compulsory. Some do best healthwise when eating three light meals, and when they are restricted to two, they feel the change severely. 1MR 289

We are not to make rules with the idea that they are never to be changed or modified. In our sanitariums the seventh-day Sabbath is ever to be kept holy. No tea, coffee, or flesh meat is to be served, unless it is in some special case, where the patient particularly desires it, and then, these articles of food should be served to him in his room. No tests that the Bible does not require are to be brought in. Every effort should be made to win the confidence of the patients, that their hearts may be reached by the truth. The workers are to draw as near to them as they can, bringing them into the sunshine of Christ's love. 1MR 290

I saw that your views concerning swine's flesh would prove no injury if you have them to yourselves; but in your judgement and opinion you have made this question a test, and your actions have plainly shown your faith in this matter. If God requires His people to abstain from swine's flesh, He will convict them on the matter. He is just as willing to show His honest children their duty, as to show their duty to individuals upon whom He has not laid the burden of His work. If it is the duty of the church to abstain from swine's flesh, God will discover it to more than two or three. He will teach His their duty. 1T 206

Some are indulging lustful appetite which wars against the soul and is a constant hindrance to their spiritual advancement. They constantly bear an accusing conscience, and if straight truths are talked they are prepared to be offended. They are self-condemned and feel that subjects have been purposely selected to touch their case. They feel grieved and injured, and withdraw themselves from the assemblies of the saints. They forsake the assembling of themselves together, for then their consciences are not so disturbed. They soon lose their interest in the meetings and their love for the truth, and, unless they entirely reform, will go back and take their position with the rebel host who stand under the black banner of Satan. If these will crucify fleshly lusts which war against the soul, they will get out of the way, where the arrows of truth will pass harmlessly by them. But while they indulge lustful appetite, and thus cherish their idols, they make themselves a mark for the arrows of truth to hit, and if truth is spoken at all, they must be wounded. Some think that they cannot reform, that health would be sacrificed should they attempt to leave the use of tea, tobacco, and flesh meats. This is the suggestion of Satan. It is these hurtful stimulants that are surely undermining the constitution and preparing the system for acute diseases by impairing Nature's fine machinery and battering down her fortifications erected against disease and premature decay. 1T 548

For about two years self and family have tried the two meal per day system,[* SEE APPENDIX C.] during which time we have not used meats of any kind; neither have we used tea or coffee, nor any highly seasoned food, and but a very small quantity of fish; we have used grains, fruits, and vegetables. The results of the system are evenness of temper, clearness of mind, steadiness of nerve, increased mental power, and a better subjection of the physical to the moral power. 2BIO 137

If in the spring of the year we felt languor (really the result of consuming so much fat and flesh meats during the winter), we resorted to sharp pickles, horseradish, mustard, pepper, and the like, to "sharpen the appetite" and tone up the system. We naturally expected a "poor spell" in the spring before we could get newly grown vegetables.-- , December, 1899 2BIO 298

We have neither meat nor butter on our table, and we have but two meals a day. If any of my workers desire a simple meal in the evening, I do not have anything to say against it.--Letter 363, 1907, p. 5. (To D. H. Kress, Nov. 5, 1907.) 2MR 187

[ Counsel on the Administration of Drugs ] [ Seldom Needed--Use Them Less and Less. ] --Drug medication, as it is generally practised, is a curse. Educate away from drugs. Use them less and less, and depend more upon hygienic agencies; then nature will respond to God's physicians--pure air, pure water, proper exercise, a clear conscience. Those who persist in the use of tea, coffee, and flesh meats will feel the need of drugs, but many might recover without one grain of medicine if they would obey the laws of health. Drugs need seldom be used.[* IN HARMONY WITH THESE WORDS WAS MRS. WHITE'S COUNSEL WHEN ASKED CONCERNING THE USE OF QUININE IN THE TREATMENT OF MALARIA. HER SON, WHO TRAVELLED WITH HER AND ASSISTED HER, REPORTS THE FOLLOWING: "ONE TIME WHILE WE WERE IN AUSTRALIA, A BROTHER WHO HAD BEEN ACTING AS A MISSIONARY IN THE ISLANDS, TOLD MOTHER OF THE SICKNESS AND DEATH OF HIS FIRST-BORN SON. HE WAS SERIOUSLY AFFLICTED WITH MALARIA, AND HIS FATHER WAS ADVISED TO GIVE HIM QUININE, BUT IN VIEW OF THE COUNSEL IN THE TESTIMONIES TO AVOID THE USE OF QUININE HE REFUSED TO ADMINISTER IT, AND HIS SON DIED. WHEN HE MET SISTER WHITE, HE ASKED HER THIS QUESTION: 'WOULD I HAVE SINNED TO GIVE THE BOY QUININE WHEN I KNEW OF NO OTHER WAY TO CHECK MALARIA AND WHEN THE PROSPECT WAS THAT HE WOULD DIE WITHOUT IT?' IN REPLY SHE SAID, 'NO, WE ARE EXPECTED TO DO THE BEST WE CAN.'" --W. C. WHITE LETTER, SEPTEMBER 10, 1935.--COMPILERS.]-- p. 261 (1890). 2SM 281

I come again to Christians. If all who profess to obey the law of God were free from iniquity, my soul would be relieved; but they are not. Even some who profess to keep all the commandments of God are guilty of the sin of adultery. What can I say to arouse their benumbed sensibilities? Moral principle, strictly carried out, becomes the only safeguard of the soul. If ever there was a time when the diet should be of the most simple kind, it is now. Meat should not be placed before our children. Its influence is to excite and strengthen the lower passions, and has a tendency to deaden the moral powers. Grains and fruits prepared free from grease, and in as natural a condition as possible, should be the food for the tables of all who claim to be preparing for translation to heaven. The less feverish the diet, the more easily can the passions be controlled. Gratification of taste should not be consulted irrespective of physical, intellectual, or moral health. 2T 352

The minds of some of these children are so weakened that they have but one half or one third of the brilliancy of intellect that they might have had had they been virtuous and pure. They have thrown it away in self-abuse. Right here in this church, corruption is teeming on every hand. Now and then there is a sing, or some gathering for pleasure. Every time I hear of these, I feel like clothing myself in sackcloth. "Oh that my head were waters, and mine eyes a fountain of tears!" "Spare Thy people, O Lord." I feel distressed. I have an agony of soul that is beyond anything that I can describe to you. You are asleep. Would the lightning and thunder of Sinai arouse this church? Would they arouse you, fathers and mothers, to commence the work of reformation in your own houses? You should be teaching your children. You should be instructing them how to shun the vices and corruptions of this age. Instead of this, many are studying how to get something good to eat. You place upon your tables butter, eggs, and meat, and your children partake of them. They are fed with the very things that will excite their animal passions, and then you come to meeting and ask God to bless and save your children. How high do your prayers go? You have a work to do first. When you have done all for your children which God has left for you to do then you can with confidence claim the special help that God has promised to give you. 2T 361

You should be teaching your children. You should be instructing them how to shun the vices and corruptions of this age. Instead of this, many are studying how to get something good to eat. You place upon your tables butter, eggs and meat, and your children partake of them. They are fed with the very things that will excite their animal passions and then you come to meeting and ask God to bless and save your children. How high do your prayers go? You have a work to do first. When you have done all for your children which God has left for you to do, then you can with confidence claim the special help that God has promised to give you. 2T 362

We want to work from the right standpoint. We want to act like men and women that are to be brought into judgement. And when we adopt the health reform we should adopt it from a sense of duty, not because somebody else has adopted it. I have not changed my course a particle since I adopted the health reform. I have not taken one step back since the light from heaven upon this subject first shone upon my pathway. I broke away from everything at once,--from meat and butter, and from three meals,--and that while engaged in exhaustive brain labour, writing from early morning till sundown. I came down to two meals a day without changing my labour. I have been a great sufferer from disease, having had five shocks of paralysis. I have been with my left arm bound to my side for months because the pain in my heart was so great. When making these changes in my diet, I refused to yield to taste and let that govern me. Shall that stand in the way of my securing greater strength, that I may therewith glorify my Lord? Shall that stand in my way for a moment? Never! I suffered keen hunger. I was a great meat eater. But when faint, I placed my arms across my stomach and said: "I will not taste a morsel. I will eat simple food, or I will not eat at all." Bread was distasteful to me. I could seldom eat a piece as large as a dollar. Some things in the reform I could get along with very well, but when I came to the bread I was especially set against it. When I made these changes I had a special battle to fight. The first two or three meals, I could not eat. I said to my stomach: "You may wait until you can eat bread." In a little while I could eat bread, and graham bread, too. This I could not eat before; but now it tastes good, and I have had no loss of appetite. 2T 371

B has been very deficient. While in her best condition of health, his wife was not provided with a plenty of wholesome food and with proper clothing. Then, when she needed extra clothing and extra food, and that of a simple yet nutritious quality, it was not allowed her. Her system craved material to convert into blood, but he would not provide it. A moderate amount of milk and sugar, and a little salt, white bread raised with yeast for a change, graham flour prepared in a variety of ways by other hands than her own, plain cake with raisins, rice pudding with raisins, prunes, and figs, occasionally, and many other dishes I might mention, would have answered the demand of appetite. If he could not obtain some of these things, a little domestic wine would have done her no injury; it would have been better for her to have it than to do without it. In some cases, even a small amount of the least hurtful meat would do less injury than to suffer strong cravings for it. 2T 383

One family in particular have needed all the benefits they could receive from the reform in diet, yet these very ones have been completely backslidden. Meat and butter have been used by them quite freely, and spices have not been entirely discarded. This family could have received great benefit from a nourishing, well-regulated diet. The head of the family needed plain, nutritious food. His habits were sedentary, and his blood moved sluggishly through the system. He could not, like others, have the benefit of healthful exercise; therefore his food should have been of the right quality and quantity. There has not been in this family the right management in regard to diet; there has been irregularity. There should have been a specified time for each meal, and the food should have been prepared in a simple form and free from grease; but pains should have been taken to have it nutritious, healthful, and inviting. In this family, as also in many others, a special parade has been made for visitors, many dishes prepared and frequently made too rich, so that those seated at the table would be tempted to eat to excess. Then in the absence of company there was a great reaction, a falling off in the preparations brought on the table. The diet was spare and lacked nourishment. It was considered not so much matter "just for ourselves." The meals were frequently picked up, and the regular time for eating not regarded. Every member of the family was injured by such management. It is a sin for any of our sisters to make such great preparations for visitors, and wrong their own families by a spare diet which will fail to nourish the system. 2T 485

The brother referred to felt a lack in his system; he was not nourished, and he thought that meat would give him the needed strength. Had he been suitably cared for, his table spread at the right time with food of a nourishing quality, all the demands of nature would have been abundantly supplied. The butter and meat stimulate. These have injured the stomach and perverted the taste. The sensitive nerves of the brain have been benumbed, and the animal appetite strengthened at the expense of the moral and intellectual faculties. These higher powers, which should control, have been growing weaker, so that eternal things have not been discerned. Paralysis has benumbed the spiritual and devotional. Satan has triumphed to see how easily he can come in through the appetite and control men and women of intelligence, calculated by the Creator to do a good and great work.

2T 485

One family in particular have needed all the benefits they could receive from the reform in diet, yet these very ones have been completely backslidden. Meat and butter have been used by them quite freely, and spices have not been entirely discarded. This family could have received great benefit from a nourishing, well-regulated diet. The head of the family needed plain, nutritious food. His habits were sedentary, and his blood moved sluggishly through the system. He could not, like others, have the benefit of healthful exercise; therefore his food should have been of the right quality and quantity. There has not been in this family the right management in regard to diet; there has been irregularity. There should have been a specified time for each meal, and the food should have been prepared in a simple form and free from grease; but pains should have been taken to have it nutritious, healthful, and inviting. In this family, as also in many others, a special parade has been made for visitors, many dishes prepared and frequently made too rich, so that those seated at the table would be tempted to eat to excess. Then in the absence of company there was a great reaction, a falling off in the preparations brought on the table. The diet was spare and lacked nourishment. It was considered not so much matter "just for ourselves." The meals were frequently picked up, and the regular time for eating not regarded. Every member of the family was injured by such management. It is a sin for any of our sisters to make such great preparations for visitors, and wrong their own families by a spare diet which will fail to nourish the system. 2T 485

The brother referred to felt a lack in his system; he was not nourished, and he thought that meat would give him the needed strength. Had he been suitably cared for, his table spread at the right time with food of a nourishing quality, all the demands of nature would have been abundantly supplied. The butter and meat stimulate. These have injured the stomach and perverted the taste. The sensitive nerves of the brain have been benumbed, and the animal appetite strengthened at the expense of the moral and intellectual faculties. These higher powers, which should control, have been growing weaker, so that eternal things have not been discerned. Paralysis has benumbed the spiritual and devotional. Satan has triumphed to see how easily he can come in through the appetite and control men and women of intelligence, calculated by the Creator to do a good and great work. 2T 485

I have a well-set table on all occasions. I make no change for visitors, whether believers or unbelievers. I intend never to be surprised by an unreadiness to entertain at my table from one to half a dozen extra who may chance to come in. I have enough simple, healthful food ready to satisfy hunger and nourish the system. If any want more than this, they are at liberty to find it elsewhere. No butter or flesh meats of any kind come on my table. Cake is seldom found there. I generally have an ample supply of fruits, good bread, and vegetables. Our table is always well patronised, and all who partake of the food do well, and improve upon it. All sit down with no Epicurean appetite, and eat with a relish the bounties supplied by our Creator. 2T 487

The use of meat while at the Retreat awakened the old appetite, and after I returned home, it clamoured for indulgence. Then I resolved to change entirely, and not under any circumstances eat meat, and thus encourage this appetite. Not a morsel of meat or butter has been on my table since I returned. We have milk, fruit, grains, and vegetables. 3BIO 245

Above all things, we should not with our pens advocate positions that we do not put to a practical test in our own families, upon our own tables. This is dissimulation, a species of hypocrisy. In Michigan we can get along better without salt, sugar, and milk than can many who are situated in the Far West or in the far East, where there is a scarcity of fruit. But there are very few families in Battle Creek who do not use these articles upon their tables. We know that a free use of these things is positively injurious to health, and, in many cases, we think that if they were not used at all, a much better state of health would be enjoyed. But at present our burden is not upon these things. The people are so far behind that we see it is all they can bear to have us draw the line upon their injurious indulgences and stimulating narcotics. We bear positive testimony against tobacco, spirituous liquors, snuff, tea, coffee, flesh meats, butter, spices, rich cakes, mince pies, a large amount of salt, and all exciting substances used as articles of food. 3T 021

Intemperance commences at our tables in the use of unhealthful food. After a time, through continued indulgence, the digestive organs become weakened, and the food taken does not satisfy the appetite. Unhealthy conditions are established, and there is a craving for more stimulating food. Tea, coffee, and flesh meats produce an immediate effect. Under the influence of these poisons the nervous system is excited, and, in some cases, for the time being, the intellect seems to be invigorated and the imagination to be more vivid. Because these stimulants produce for the time being such agreeable results, many conclude that they really need them and continue their use. But there is always a reaction. The nervous system, having been unduly excited, borrowed power for present use from its future resources of strength. All this temporary invigoration of the system is followed by depression. In proportion as these stimulants temporarily invigorate the system will be the letting down of the power of the excited organs after the stimulus has lost its force. The appetite is educated to crave something stronger which will have a tendency to keep up and increase the agreeable excitement, until indulgence becomes habit, and there is a continual craving for stronger stimulus, as tobacco, wines, and liquors. The more the appetite is indulged, the more frequent will be its demands and the more difficult of control. The more debilitated the system becomes and the less able to do without unnatural stimulus, the more the passion for these things increases, until the will is overborne, and there seems to be no power to deny the unnatural craving for these indulgences. 3T 487

Intemperance commences at our tables in the use of unhealthful food. After a time, through continued indulgence, the digestive organs become weakened, and the food taken does not satisfy the appetite. Unhealthy conditions are established, and there is a craving for more stimulating food. Tea, coffee, and flesh meats produce an immediate effect. Under the influence of these poisons the nervous system is excited, and, in some cases, for the time being, the intellect seems to be invigorated and the imagination to be more vivid. Because these stimulants produce for the time being such agreeable results, many conclude that they really need them and continue their use. But there is always a reaction. The nervous system, having been unduly excited, borrowed power for present use from its future resources of strength. All this temporary invigoration of the system is followed by depression. In proportion as these stimulants temporarily invigorate the system will be the letting down of the power of the excited organs after the stimulus has lost its force. The appetite is educated to crave something stronger which will have a tendency to keep up and increase the agreeable excitement, until indulgence becomes habit, and there is a continual craving for stronger stimulus, as tobacco, wines, and liquors. The more the appetite is indulged, the more frequent will be its demands and the more difficult of control. The more debilitated the system becomes and the less able to do without unnatural stimulus, the more the passion for these things increases, until the will is overborne, and there seems to be no power to deny the unnatural craving for these indulgences. 3T 487

There is a class who profess to believe the truth, who do not use tobacco, snuff, tea, or coffee, yet they are guilty of gratifying the appetite in a different manner. They crave highly-seasoned meats, with rich gravies, and their appetite has become so perverted that they cannot be satisfied with even meat, unless prepared in a manner most injurious. The stomach is fevered, the digestive organs are taxed, and yet the stomach labours hard to dispose of the load forced upon it. After the stomach has performed its task it becomes exhausted, which causes faintness. Here many are deceived, and think that it is the want of food which produces such feelings, and without giving the stomach time to rest, they take more food, which for the time removes the faintness. And the more the appetite is indulged, the more will be its clamours for gratification. This faintness is generally the result of meat-eating, and eating frequently, and too much. The stomach becomes weary by being kept constantly at work, disposing of food not the most healthful. Having no time for rest, the digestive organs become enfeebled, hence the sense of "goneness," and desire for frequent eating. The remedy such require is to eat less frequently and less liberally, and be satisfied with plain, simple food, eating twice, or at most, three times a day. The stomach must have its regular periods for labour and rest, hence eating irregularly between meals is a most pernicious violation of the laws of health. With regular habits, and proper food, the stomach will gradually recover. 4ASG 129

But since the Lord presented before me, in June, 1863, the subject of meat-eating in relation to health, I have left the use of meat. For a while it was rather difficult to bring my appetite to bread, for which, formerly, I have had but little relish. But by persevering, I have been able to do this. I have lived for nearly one year without meat. For about six months most of the bread upon our table has been unleavened cakes, made of unbolted wheat-meal and water, and a very little salt. We use fruits and vegetables liberally. I have lived for eight months upon two meals a day. I have applied myself to writing the most of the time for above a year. For eight months have been confined closely to writing. My brain has been constantly taxed, and I have had but little exercise. Yet my health has never been better than for the past six months. My former faint and dizzy feelings have left me. I have been troubled every spring with loss of appetite. The last spring I had no trouble in this respect. Our plain food, eaten twice a day, is enjoyed with a keen relish. We have no meat, cake, or any rich food upon our table. We use no lard, but in its place, milk, cream, and some butter. We have our food prepared with but little salt, and have dispensed with spices of all kinds. We breakfast at seven, and take our dinner at one. It is seldom I have a faint feeling. My appetite is satisfied. My food is eaten with a greater relish than ever before. 4ASG 153

Indulgence in meat-eating, and tea-drinking and other forms of self-pleasing is injurious to the health of body and the soul. . . . Every indulgence of perverted appetite is a fleshly lust which wars against the soul. By your large meat-eating you are placing in your stomach that which animalises you. While strengthening the animal propensities, you are weakening the higher, holier attributes, which you so need to cultivate. Your sensibilities are blunted, so that you cannot discern sacred things. 4MR 385

I saw that Brother Morrell was a nervous dyspeptic. Should he adopt the health reform, his health would improve. Everything of a stimulating nature as tea, coffee, or flesh meats, he should avoid. These are all too stimulating, too great a tax to the nervous system. They do not impart strength as he supposes to the nerves, but take the strength from the nerves and use his reserve force, vital force. They have an exhilarating influence at first, but in the end [leave] him just as much below the medium, as through their influence he was raised above the medium. These things are an injury, and he should by degrees leave all stimulating, irritating causes and eat food that will not simulate and draw upon the strength of the nerves, thus having an influence to debilitate the nervous system. He will for a time feel the need of these hurtful brain- and nerve-weakening indulgences, but in time he will recover as much by their disuse as he has lost through their use. Then can the brain think more calmly, sleep will not be so uncertain. . . . 5MR 298

These things of course, we should not countenance, yet, when I view the matter from another standpoint, I am led to inquire, What better can be done for the feeble sick who have no hope of heaven, no consolation received by the Christian? Their sources of enjoyment must be derived from a different source; while the Christian has the elevating influence of the power of grace (Grace (G5485) = the Divine Influence upon the heart, and It's reflection as seen in the life!), the sinner must draw from another source his enjoyments. If ever I prize Christ and the Christian hope, it is here, while looking upon poor invalids with but little prospect before them of ever recovering their health and having no hope for a better life. Dr. Jackson carries out his principles in regard to diet to the letter. He places no butter or salt upon his table, no meat or any kind of grease. But he sets a liberal table. Waiters are constantly in attendance and if a dish is getting low they remove it and replenish. The food I call liberal and good. All the difficulty is, there is danger of eating too much. All our food is eaten with a keen relish. If anyone requires a little salt they have it supplied for the asking. A little bell sits by their plate, which they use to call the waiter, who provides them what they ask. 5MR 381

This is what we need: simple food prepared in a simple, wholesome, and relishable manner. We have no butter and no meat on our table. We do not think fried potatoes are healthful, for there is more or less grease or butter used in preparing them. Good baked or boiled potatoes served up with cream and a sprinkling of salt are the most healthful. The remnants of Irish and sweet potatoes are prepared with a little cream and salt and rebaked, and not fried; they are excellent. I have had a good appetite and relish my food, and am perfectly satisfied with the portion which I select, which I know does not injure my digestive organs. Others can eat food which I cannot, such as lentils and beans.--Letter 322, 1905. (To Brother and Sister Belden, November 26, 1905.) 5MR 408

I have had the situation opened to me, my brother, and the results for which a sanitarium should be conducted. The Boulder Sanitarium had, in the fear of God, taken the ground that our leading sanitariums have taken--to discard meat, tea, coffee, spirituous liquor, and the drug medications. Temperance principles had been taught in parlour lectures, and in other ways. Wholesome foods were served, and genuine health reform was taught. This institution should have had the right of way. But by the location of another sanitarium so nearby, the principles of which are in some respects quite different from those of the Boulder Sanitarium, difficulties will be presented which should not exist.--Letter 196, 1906. 6BIO 036

As yet we have received only two hundred and fifty pounds from you. Special direction was given in regard to the manufacturing of health foods, but lately we have not had money to invest in peanuts for our family. We eat no meat or butter, and use very little milk in cooking. There is no fresh fruit at this season. We have a good yield of tomatoes, but our family think much of the nuts prepared in a variety of ways. . . . I cannot eat a great variety of food in the vegetable line. Sometimes I venture to go a little farther in taking dried peas, prepared as I had them prepared at the Sanitarium. But it costs me too much. Gas accumulates and crowds my heart. . . . I am so thankful that the Lord has given us enough to eat. There are poor families who do not have enough to satisfy hunger. I am thankful that I can eat my two meals, and feel in every way comfortable. Apples here are high, and of an inferior quality, but we shall soon have fresh oranges and lemons.--Letter 73, 1899, pp. 9, 10. (To J. H. Kellogg, April 17, 1899.) 7MR 325

"Then one of the most solemn addresses was given upon temperance. The subject was taken up from the table. 'Here,' said the speaker, 'is the appetite created for love of strong liquor. Appetite and passion are the ruling sins of the age. Appetite, the way it is indulged, influences the stomach and excites the animal propensities. The moral powers are depressed and become the slave to appetite. The use of flesh meats stimulates and inflames; the flesh of dead animals produces disease of almost every type and the afflicted think and talk as though God's providence had something to do with it when the cause of their sufferings was what they placed upon their own tables in butter, in spices, in cheese, in flesh meats and a variety of dishes that are not liquor, which tempt constantly to eat too much.'" --Ms 7, 1874, p. 3. 7MR 347

"For your own personal enjoyment in this world I entreat of you both to be health reformers. Emma, educate your appetite. Banish butter, cheese, flesh meats, and every article that is not the most simple and the best calculated to make a healthy quality of blood."--Letter 47a, 1874, p. 2. 7MR 347

"It seems so hard for some, even for their conscience' sake, to deny themselves the things that do not tend to health. We felt drawn out to speak to some on this subject. I shall not be clear unless I speak decidedly, for the spirit of self-indulgence will increase unless we take a decided stand. I have had grace (Grace (G5485) = the Divine Influence upon the heart, and It's reflection as seen in the life!) given me to present decidedly the subject of health reform. Butter, cheese, flesh meats of dead animals, rich cake and poor cookery create disease and will certainly corrupt the blood, bring disease and suffering, and pervert the discernment. I beseech our people, to consider that health reform is essential and that which we place in our stomachs should be the simple nourishment of good, plainly prepared bread and fruits and grains. I shall have a much sharper testimony to bear on this subject. We must deny perverted appetite. I urge upon our people to learn the art of simplicity in eating. When will our people heed the word of the Lord given to caution them?"--Ms 5, 1879, pp. 3, 4. 7MR 348

"Not a morsel of meat or butter has been on my table since I returned. We have milk, fruit, grains, and vegetables. For a time I lost all desire for food. Like the children of Israel, I hankered after flesh meats. But I firmly refused to have meat bought or cooked. I was weak and trembling, as every one who subsists on meat will be when deprived of the stimulus. But now my appetite has returned, I enjoy bread and fruit, my head is generally clear, and my strength firmer. I have none of the goneness so common with meat eaters. I have had my lesson, and, I hope, learned it well. . . . 7MR 349

Concerning flesh meat, we should educate the people to let it alone. Its use is contrary to the best development of the physical, mental, and moral powers. And we should bear a clear testimony against the use of tea and coffee. It is also well to discard rich desserts. Milk, eggs, and butter should not be classed with flesh meat. In some cases the use of eggs is beneficial. The time has not come to say that the use of milk and eggs should be wholly discarded. There are poor families whose diet consists largely of bread and milk. They have little fruit and cannot afford to purchase the nut foods. In teaching health reform, as in all other gospel work, we are to meet the people where they are. Until we can teach them how to prepare health reform foods that are palatable, nourishing, and yet inexpensive, we are not at liberty to present the most advanced propositions regarding health reform diet. 7T 134

Milk, eggs, and butter should not be classed with flesh-meat. In some cases the use of eggs is beneficial. The time has not come to say that the use of milk and eggs should be wholly discarded. There are poor families whose diet consists largely of bread and milk. They have little fruit, and can not afford to purchase the nut foods. In teaching health reform, as in all other gospel work, we are to meet the people where they are. Until we can teach them how to prepare health-reform foods that are palatable, nourishing, and yet inexpensive, we are not at liberty to present the most advanced propositions regarding health-reform diet. 7T 135

I think that healthy, growing youth need a nourishing diet, especially when dispensing with meat, which has an immediate stimulating influence, to be followed by depression. Meat eating cannot be tolerated in the school. Tea or coffee should not be allowed. And if the students are allowed to have lunches in their rooms, unwholesome food will be eaten, which will be deleterious to health.--Letter 141, 1899, pp. 1, 2. (To A. G. Daniells, W. C. White and E. R. Palmer, September 15, 1899.) Released June 21, 1978. 8MR 372

Every church should be staunch and true to the light God has given. Some justify their use of tea and of meat by saying that they have been in the habit of eating meat and drinking tea. But this is a great evil. He who thus tries to justify these practices is not walking in the light. Some try to live the truth but their habits are not brought into conformity with the will of God. Their appetites and passions bear away the victory, and the safeguards are broken down. How then will the church be prepared to help those newly come to the faith. They are far behind in the principles of health reform, and lead others in the same line.--Ms 49, 1898, p. 14. ("The Lack of Spirituality in Our Churches," April 9, 1898.) Released June 21, 1978. 8MR 383

You see we have a large family, and it takes some provision to satisfy our wants. We have been studying how we can economise. The only thing I decided we could give up was butter. This has been banished from the table; we use no flesh meats nor butter.--Letter 46, 1894, pp. 2, 3. (To Dr. J. H. Kellogg, May 17, 1894.) 8MR 386

If we could be benefited by indulging the desire for flesh foods, I would not make this appeal to you; but I know we cannot. Flesh foods are injurious to the physical well-being, and we should learn to do without them. Those who are in a position where it is possible to secure a vegetarian diet, but who choose to follow their own preferences in this matter, eating and drinking as they please, will gradually grow careless of the instruction the Lord has given regarding other phases of the present truth and will lose their perception of what is truth; they will surely reap as they have sown. 9T 156

There are other interests in Avondale closely associated with our school. Indeed, they are really a part of our educational work, and they also require help. The healthfood business is in need of means and of the active co-operation of our people, that it may accomplish the work it ought to do. Its purpose is to supply the people with food which will take the place of flesh-meat, and also milk and butter, which, on account of the diseases of cattle, are becoming more and more objectionable. AUCR JAN.01,1900

[ (1870) 2T 486 ] 61. Butter and meat stimulate. These have injured the stomach and perverted the taste. The sensitive nerves of the brain have been benumbed, and the animal appetite strengthened at the expense of the moral and intellectual faculties. These higher powers, which should control, have been growing weaker, so that eternal things have not been discerned. Paralysis has benumbed the spiritual and devotional. Satan has triumphed to see how easily he can come in through the appetite and control men and women of intelligence, calculated by the Creator to do a good and great work. CD 048

I was thoroughly convinced that many in the establishment were suffering with indigestion because of eating this kind of food. The digestive organs were enfeebled, and the blood impoverished. Their breakfast consisted of coffee and bread with the addition of prune sauce. This was not healthful. The stomach, after rest and sleep, was better able to take care of a substantial meal than when wearied with work. Then the noon meal was generally soup, sometimes meat. The stomach is small, but the appetite, unsatisfied, partakes largely of this liquid food, so it is burdened. CD 105

It is impossible for those who give the reins to appetite to attain to Christian perfection. The moral sensibilities of your children cannot be easily aroused, unless you are careful in the selection of their food. Many a mother sets a table that is a snare to her family. Flesh meats, butter, cheese, rich pastry, spiced foods, and condiments are freely partaken of by both old and young. These things do their work in deranging the stomach, exciting the nerves, and enfeebling the intellect. The blood-making organs cannot convert such things into good blood. The grease cooked in the food renders it difficult of digestion. The effect of cheese is deleterious. Fine-flour bread does not impart to the system the nourishment that is to be found in unbolted-wheat bread. Its common use will not keep the system in the best condition. Spices at first irritate the tender coating of the stomach, but finally destroy the natural sensitiveness of this delicate membrane. The blood becomes fevered, the animal propensities are aroused, while the moral and intellectual powers are weakened, and become servants to the baser passions. The mother should study to set a simple yet nutritious diet before her family. [CTBH 46, 47 (1890)] CD 236

It is important that the food should be prepared with care, that the appetite, when not perverted, can relish it. Because we from principle discard the use of meat, butter, mince pies, spices, lard, and that which irritates the stomach and destroys health, the idea should never be given that it is of but little consequence what we eat. [ (1905) M.H. 300 ] CD 259

It is right that no tea, coffee, or flesh meat be served in our sanitariums. To many, this is a great change and a severe deprivation. To enforce other changes, such as a change in the number of meals a day, is likely, in the cases of some, to do more harm than good. CD 283

[ Letter 213, 1902 ] In our sanitariums . . . no tea, coffee, or flesh meat is to be served, unless it is in some special case, where the patient particularly desires it, and then, these articles of food should be served to him in his room. CD 294

There was one case in Montcalm County, Michigan, to which I will refer. The individual was a noble man. He stood six feet, and was of fine appearance. I was called to visit him in his sickness. I had previously conversed with him in regard to his manner of living. "I do not like the looks of your eyes," said I. He was eating large quantities of sugar. I asked him why he did this. He said that he had left off meat, and did not know what would supply its place as well as sugar. His food did not satisfy him, simply because his wife did not know how to cook. CD 327

We are to be brought into connection with the masses. Should health reform be taught them in its most extreme form, harm would be done. We ask them to leave off eating meat and drinking tea and coffee. That is well. But some say that milk also should be given up. This is a subject that needs to be carefully handled. There are poor families whose diet consists of bread and milk, and, if they can get it, a little fruit. All flesh food should be discarded, but vegetables should be made palatable with a little milk or cream or something equivalent. The poor say, when health reform is presented to them, "What shall we eat? We cannot afford to buy the nut foods." As I preach the gospel to the poor, I am instructed to tell them to eat that food which is most nourishing. I cannot say to them, "You must not eat eggs or milk or cream. You must use no butter in the preparation of food." The gospel must be preached to the poor, and the time has not yet come to prescribe the strictest diet. [ Letter 37, 1901 ] CD 358

[ Recognition of Emergency Conditions (1890) [ C.T.B.H. ] 117, 118 ] 699. Where plenty of good milk and fruit can be obtained there is rarely any excuse for eating animal food; it is not necessary to take the life of any of God's creatures to supply our ordinary needs. In certain cases of illness or exhaustion it may be thought best to use some meat, but great care should be taken to secure the flesh of healthy animals. It has come to be a very serious question whether it is safe to use flesh food at all in this age of the world. It would be better never to eat meat than to use the flesh of animals that are not healthy. When I could not obtain the food I needed, I have sometimes eaten a little meat; but I am becoming more and more afraid of it. [Ellen White AT TIMES COMPELLED TO EAT A LITTLE MEAT-- APPENDIX I:10] [ Y.I., May 31, 1894 ] CD 394

For thirty years the light on health reform has been coming to the people of God, but many have made it a subject of jest. They have continued to use tea, coffee, spices, and flesh meat. Their bodies are full of disease. How can we, I ask, present such ones to the Lord for healing? [ (Written 1884) E. from U.T. 2 ] CD 400

717. Let our ministers and canvassers step under the banners of strict temperance. Never be ashamed to say, "No, thank you; I do not eat meat. I have conscientious scruples against eating the flesh of dead animals." If tea is offered, refuse it, giving your reason for so doing. Explain that it is harmful, and though stimulating for a time, the stimulus soon wears off, and a corresponding depression is felt. [ Letter 135, 1902 ] CD 402

[ Meeting the Issue Squarely Letter 59, 1898 ] 722. The sanitarium is doing good work. We have just come to the point of the vexed meat question. Should not those who come to the sanitarium have meat on their tables, and be instructed to leave it off gradually? . . . Years ago the light was given me that the position should not be taken positively to discard all meat, because in some cases it was better than the desserts, and dishes composed of sweets. These are sure to create disturbances. It is the variety and mixture of meat, vegetables, fruit, wines, tea, coffee, sweet cakes, and rich pies that ruin the stomach, and place human beings in a position where they become invalids with all the disagreeable effects of sickness upon the disposition. . . . CD 410

Now no tea, coffee, or flesh meat is served in the institution. We are determined to live out the principles of health reform, to walk in the way of truth and righteousness. We shall not, for fear of losing patronage, be half-and-half reformers. We have taken our position, and by God's help we shall stand by it. The food provided for the patients is wholesome and palatable. The diet is composed of fruits and grains and nuts. Here in California there is an abundance of fruit of all kinds. CD 414

Plans must be set in operation that will bring an increase of patronage. But would it be right for us, for the sake of obtaining more patients, to return to the serving of flesh meat? Shall we give the sick that which has made them sick, that which will keep them sick if they continue to use it as food? Shall we not rather take our stand as those who are resolved to carry out the principles of health reform? [ MS 73, 1908 ] CD 415

749. Concerning flesh meat we can all say, Let it alone. And all should bear a clear testimony against tea and coffee, never using them. They are narcotics, injurious alike to the brain and to the other organs of the body.... CD 430

We have plenty of good milk, fruit, and bread. I have already consecrated my table. I have freed it from all flesh meats. It is better for physical and mental soundness to refrain from living upon the flesh of animals. As far as possible we are to come back to God's original plan. From henceforth my table shall be free from the flesh of dead animals, and devoid of those things in desserts which take much time and strength to prepare. We may use fruit freely, and in different ways, and run no risk of incurring the diseases that are incurred by using the flesh of diseased animals. We should bring our appetite under control, so that we shall enjoy plain, wholesome food, and have an abundance of it, that none may suffer hunger. CD 488

Our fare is simple and wholesome. We have on our table no butter, no meat, no cheese, no greasy mixtures of food. For some months a young man who was an unbeliever, and who had eaten meat all his life, boarded with us. We made no change in our diet on his account; and while he stayed with us he gained about twenty pounds. The food which we provided for him was far better for him than that to which he had been accustomed. All who sit at my table express themselves as being well satisfied with the food provided. CD 491

Again, our youth, both men and women, should be taught how to cook savingly, and to dispense with everything in the line of flesh foods. This is a very serious matter to the world. Thousands of human beings who subsist upon the flesh of dead animals, are suffering and dying from causes of which they are ignorant. By painstaking effort they can be taught to discriminate between a proper healthful diet and the use of flesh meats. No encouragement should be given in the training of our youth to prepare dishes which are composed in any degree of flesh meats; for this is pointing to the darkness and ignorance of Egypt rather than to the purity of health reform. Teach the students to prepare healthful drinks from grains suitably prepared to take the place of tea. This drink is unhealthful in its purest preparation; and it is so adulterated, mixed with other ingredients that resemble tea, that it has become a dangerous beverage. . . . HFM 039

Flesh meats, butter, cheese, rich pastry, spiced foods, and condiments are freely partaken of by both old and young. . . . The blood making organs cannot convert such things into good blood.-- . HL 180

You place upon your tables butter, eggs, and meat, and your children partake of them. They are fed with the very things that will excite their animal passions, and then you come to meeting and ask God to bless and save your children. HL 217

This might be correct if the appetite had never been perverted. There is a natural, and a depraved, appetite. Parents who have taught their children to eat unhealthful, stimulating food, all their lives, until the taste is perverted, and they crave clay, slate pencils, burned coffee, tea grounds, cinnamon, cloves, and spices, cannot claim that the appetite demands what the system requires. The appetite has been falsely educated, until it is depraved. The fine organs of the stomach have been stimulated and burned, until they have lost their delicate sensitiveness. Simple, healthful food, seems to them insipid. The abused stomach will not perform the work given it, unless urged to it by the most stimulating substances. If these children had been trained from their infancy to take only healthful food, prepared in the most simple manner, preserving its natural properties as much as possible, and avoiding flesh meats, grease, and all spices, the taste and appetite would be unimpaired. In its natural state, it might indicate, in a great degree, the food best adapted to the wants of the system. HR DEC.01,1870

For more than twelve years we have taken only two meals each day, of plain, unstimulating food. During that time, we have had almost constantly the care of children, varying in age from three to thirteen years. We worked gradually and carefully to change their habit of eating three times a day to two; we also worked cautiously to change their diet from stimulating food, as meat, rich gravies, pies, cakes, butter, spices, etc., to simple, wholesome fruits, vegetables, and grains. The consequence has been that our children have not been troubled with the various maladies to which children are more or less subject. They occasionally take cold by reason of carelessness, but this seldom makes them sick. HR MAY 01,1877

When properly prepared, olives, like nuts, supply the place of butter and flesh meats. The oil, as eaten in the olive, is far preferable to animal oil or fat. It serves as a laxative. Its use will be found beneficial to consumptives, and it is healing to an inflamed, irritated stomach. MH 298

[ Stimulants and Narcotics ] Diseases of every stripe and type have been brought upon human beings by the use of tea and coffee and the narcotics, opium, and tobacco. These hurtful indulgences must be given up, not only one, but all; for all are hurtful, and ruinous to the physical, mental, and moral powers, and should be discontinued from a health standpoint. The common use of the flesh of dead animals has had a deteriorating influence upon the morals as well as the physical constitution. MM 222

Concerning flesh-meat we can all say, Let it alone. And all should bear a clear testimony against tea and coffee, never using them. They are narcotics, injurious alike to the brain and to the other organs of the body. The time has not yet come when I can say that the use of milk and of eggs should be wholly discontinued. Milk and eggs should not be classed with flesh-meats. In some ailments the use of eggs is very beneficial. MM 274

All flesh food should be discarded, but vegetables should be made palatable with a little milk or cream or something equivalent. The poor say, when health reform is presented to them, "What shall we eat? We cannot afford to buy the nut foods." As I preach the gospel to the poor, I am instructed to tell them to eat that food which is most nourishing. I cannot say to them, "You must not eat eggs or milk or cream. You must use no butter in the preparation of food." The gospel must be preached to the poor, and the time has not yet come to prescribe the strictest diet. MM 288

We are to be brought into connection with the masses. Should health reform be taught them in its most extreme form, harm would be done. We ask them to leave off eating meat and drinking tea and coffee. That is well. . . . MM 288

I do not speak of these as a whole. A few have been true to their principles. Some acknowledged the light, and, for a time, walked in it, but they were not steadfast. Is it possible that Christ's followers are unwilling to restrict their appetites to articles of food which are healthful? Some of those who have had the most light, those standing at the very head of the work, have not been true to the principles of health reform. As we have travelled we have seen men and women injuring their health by an improper diet. We have spoken to them kindly in regard to their duty, but we would be met: I thought you had decided you could not live without meat, butter, and cheese; for if I am rightly informed your people in B. C. eat flesh-meats. Your responsible men in the Office are not reformers. They eat meat, butter, cheese and rich pie and cake. Others will excuse their indulgence of appetite by referring to B. C. Said one, On such a celebration, the Institute tables were not set with food recommended in the Reformer. There was a great variety of food which I have known themselves to condemn, and I have seen your most zealous church members, especially the females, looking over the table greedily for some article of food prepared richer than another. They seem to fear that they shall not obtain the most desirable position to obtain the very best dishes served up. We certainly saw their indulgence of appetite, which in us you condemn. PH011 076

I have a large family which often numbers sixteen. In it there are men who work at the plough and who fell trees. These men have vigorous exercise, but not a particle of flesh of animals is placed upon our table. Meat has not been used by us since the Brighton camp-meeting. It was not my purpose to have it on my table at any time, but urgent pleas were made that such an one was unable to eat this or that, and that his stomach could take care of meat better than it could of anything else; then I was enticed to place it on my table. The use of cheese also began to creep in, because some liked cheese. But I soon controlled that. But when the selfishness of taking the lives of animals, to gratify a perverted appetite, was presented to me by a Catholic woman kneeling at my feet. I felt ashamed and distressed; I saw it in a new light, and I said, "I will no longer patronise the butcher: I will not have the flesh of corpses on my table." PH031 003

I have not tested the wine that you claim is not intoxicating. I have perhaps used half a pint in all, taking a spoonful with a raw egg, much as I hate the taste of wine. I would not care, even if I had not solemnly pledged myself not to use wine as a beverage, to make a daily practice of taking even one teaspoonful with a raw egg, for Satan is at work to encourage the use of tea, coffee, wine, and beer, that he may make us dependent upon these things, and encourage our resorting to them frequently, so that our appetite and taste will crave these stimulants. I tell you frankly that you would be much better in nerve and muscle if you made a decided change in your practice, not only in drinking stimulating drinks, but in eating so largely of meat. The animal powers are strengthened by indulgence in these things, and the moral and spiritual powers are overborne. I am not guilty of drinking any tea except red clover top tea, and if I loved wine, tea, and coffee, I would not use these health-destroying narcotics, for I prize health, and I prize a healthful example in all these things. I want to be a pattern of temperance and of good works to others. Will my brother practice as well as preach temperance in all things? If you do this, I do not believe you will be so changeable in your character. Your words will be more select and well chosen. You will not be careless in regard to your conversation. You will not be so depressed at one time and so hilarious at another, acting like a boy in place of an ambassador of Jesus Christ. I am seriously troubled for your soul. I know people are unwise in praising you and extolling you; should they read you as God sees you, they could not do this. I know that when you have apparent success you are elated, and you crave praise; and you get it from many, who, if their hearts were right with God, would not speak one word to flatter you. They would understand that it is not safe to pet and praise you, or any other poor, sinful mortal. The Lord is to be exalted by all his creatures. Finite man is not to attract admiration or praise, but do his work in humility. Ellen White. PH096 055

Brother and Sister Daniels. I wish you could see the necessity of bringing yourselves to the habits of economy Brother Leininger has practised. With all his little children, he thinks they must get along without a hired girl. I think they are straining the point here. You would not think for a moment you could do as they have done in order to save expenses. A practical knowledge of domestic duties would be the very best instruction your children could receive. Not one or two, or three, but everyone who knows you even your best friends, have spoken in regard to your great expenses, and I have said nothing. They have said, "I do not, I could not expend money as they do, and for the things they do." I could not say to these friends that what they said was not true, for I knew it was. I have had the matter presented to me again and again. I have told you of these things in the fear of God, not to hurt you, but for your own good, and for the good of your children. I know that neither you nor your children will be among the overcomers around the throne of God unless you make a decided reform. You have attempted to reform. After I wrote you from Basel, Switzerland, you made statements of what you would do,--that you would never eat butter or meat. I knew enough of you and your appetite to consider this an unwise statement; for I felt sure you would break the strongest pledge on this point. You have indulged appetite to such an extent that after making such a decided change you would only go back stronger than ever to your old habits. This is why I wrote you, remonstrating against your radical resolutions in this matter. You moved impulsively, and not from principle, and all your family are in need of reformation. If you do not make decided changes in all of these things, you will enter into temptations of which you do not now dream. You will not be a savour of life unto life, but of death unto death. I write this in the fear of God, because I have a love for your soul. PH096 061

A nutritious diet does not consist in the eating of flesh-meats, butter, spice, and grease. The fruits, vegetables, and grains, God has caused to grow for the benefit of man. These are indeed the fat of the land; and if these articles of food are prepared in a manner to preserve their natural taste as much as possible, they are all that our wants require. A perverted appetite will not be satisfied with these, but will crave flesh-meats highly seasoned, pastry, and spices. Indigestible condiments cannot be eaten without injuring the tender coats of the stomach. PH123 044

The parents who know the truth in regard to the indulgence of appetite should not permit their children to eat to excess, or to eat flesh-meat or other foods that excite the passions. Man is built up from what he eats. The use of flesh-meat strengthens the lower propensities, and excites them to increased activity. Parents should discard everything that endangers the moral and physical health of their children. They should not place flesh-meat on the table. And if they allow their children to eat meat freely, use butter and eggs, disease in some form will surely result, impairing the health of mind and body. Thus spirituality is weakened and often destroyed. PUR OCT.09,1902

"But the good work of reform among us by no means ceased with the victories gained over tea, coffee, and tobacco. About seven years since, the attention of our people was especially turned to the subject of ventilation, in order to secure all the benefits to be derived from pure air and proper food and clothing as important to health. The question of meat eating came up, and was candidly and fully discussed. It was decided that flesh was less nutritious than bread. This opinion is not only sustained by the best medical authorities in our country and in Europe, but by the experience of thousands who have tested the matter for periods of from five to twenty years." RH APR.02,1914

To become acquainted with our wonderful organism, the stomach, liver, bowels, heart, bones, muscles, and pores of the skin, and to understand the dependence of one organ upon another, for the healthful action of all, is a study that most mothers have no interest in. The influence of the body upon the mind, and the mind upon the body, she knows nothing of. The mind, which allies finite to the infinite, she does not seem to understand. Every organ of the body was made to be servant to the mind. The mind is the capital of the body. Children are allowed flesh-meats, spices, butter, cheese, pork, rich pastry, and condiments generally. They are allowed to eat irregularly, and to eat between meals, of unhealthful food, which do their work of deranging the stomach, and exciting the nerves to unnatural action, and enfeeble the intellect. Parents do not realise that they are sowing the seeds which will bring forth disease and death. RH JUL.14,1885

Tea, coffee, tobacco, and alcohol we must present as sinful indulgences. We cannot place on the same ground, meat, eggs, butter, cheese and such articles placed upon the table. These are not to be borne in front, as the burden of our work. The former--tea, coffee, tobacco, beer, wine, and all spirituous liquors--are not to be taken moderately, but discarded. The poisonous narcotics are not to be treated in the same way as the subject of eggs, butter, and cheese. In the beginning animal food was not designed to be the diet of man. We have every evidence that the flesh of dead animals is dangerous because of disease that is fast becoming universal, because of the curse resting more heavily in consequence of the habits and crimes of man. We are to present the truth. We are to be guarded how to use reason and select those articles of food that will make the very best blood and keep the blood in an unfevered condition.--Manuscript 5, 1881. RH JUN.25,1859

The question whether we shall eat butter, meat, or cheese is not to be presented to any one as a test, but we are to educate and to show the evils of the things that are objectionable. Those who gather up these things and drive them upon others do not know what work they are doing. The Word of God has given tests to His people. The keeping of God's holy law, the Sabbath, is a test, a sign between God and His people throughout their generations forever. Forever this is the burden of the third angel's message--the commandments of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. RH JUN.25,1859

Men and women, by indulging the appetite in eating rich and highly seasoned foods, especially flesh-meats, with rich gravies, and by using stimulating drinks, as tea and coffee, create unnatural appetites. The system becomes fevered, the organs of digestion are injured, the mental faculties are beclouded, while the baser passions are excited, and predominate over the nobler faculties. The appetite becomes more unnatural, and more difficult of restraint. The circulation of the blood is not equalised, and the blood becomes impure. The whole system is deranged, and the demands of appetite become more unreasonable, craving exciting, hurtful things, until it is thoroughly depraved. RH JUN.27,1899

Those who indulge in meat eating, tea drinking, and gluttony are sowing seeds for a harvest of pain and death. The unhealthful food placed in the stomach strengthens the appetites that war against the soul, developing the lower propensities. A diet of flesh meat tends to develop animalism. A development of animalism lessens spirituality, rendering the mind incapable of understanding truth. RH MAY 27,1902

In the family circle and in the church we should place Christian temperance on an elevated platform. It should be a living, working element, reforming habits, dispositions, and characters. Intemperance lies at the foundation of all the evil in our world. We are altogether too silent upon the subject of Christian temperance. We fail to urge this subject upon Christian parents. Fathers and mothers should be invited, in the fear of the Lord, not only to abstain from all intoxicating beverages, but from tea, coffee, and flesh meat. SAT 214

I eat only two meals, and can not eat vegetables or grains. I do not use meat: I can not go back on this. When tomatoes, raised on my land were placed on my table, I tried using them, uncooked and seasoned with a little salt or sugar. These I found agreed with me very well, and from last February until June they formed the greater part of my diet. With them I ate crackers, here called biscuits. I eat no dessert but plain pumpkin pie. I use a little boiled milk in my simple home-made coffee, but discard cream and butter and strictly adhere to a limited amount of food. I am scarcely ever hungry, and never know what it is to have a feverish, disagreeable feeling in my stomach. I have no bad taste in my mouth. SPM 039

My brother, there is need that economy be practised in every line of our work. There is need of prayer, earnest, heartfelt, sincere prayer. There is need that temperance in eating, drinking and building shall be practised. There is need to educate the people in right habits of living. Put no confidence in drug medicine. If every particle of it were buried in the great ocean, I would say Amen. Our physicians are not working on the right plan. A reform is needed which will go deeper and be more thorough. Meat-eating is doing its work, for the meat is diseased. We may not long be able to use even milk. The very earth is groaning under the corrupted inhabitants. We need to consider closely our habits and practices, and banish our sinful, darling indulgences. I have had light from God on this subject, and I have been endeavouring to give this light to our people in this country. I could write you pages upon pages of this; but I feel so deeply over these things that I scarcely dare to take my pen in my hands. SPM 044

Again, our youth, both men and women, should be taught how to cook savingly, and to dispense with everything in the line of flesh foods. This is a very serious matter to the world. Thousands of human beings who subsist upon the flesh of dead animals, are suffering and dying from causes of which they are ignorant. By painstaking effort they can be taught to discriminate between a proper healthful diet and the use of flesh meats. No encouragement should be given in the training of our youth to prepare dishes which are composed in any degree of flesh meats; for this is pointing to the darkness and ignorance of Egypt rather than to the purity of health reform. Teach the students to prepare healthful drinks from grains suitably prepared to take the place of tea. This drink is unhealthful in its purest preparation, and it is so adulterated, mixed with other ingredients that resemble tea, that is has become a dangerous beverage. SPM 135

Another says, "Sister White drinks tea, and we can drink tea." Who of my brethren has made that statement? Who has ever heard it of me? I never have tea in my home or set it before anyone. Now I have not eaten any meat for years and years. SPM 169

In regard to flesh-meat, do not bring it into the Sanitarium. Neither tea nor coffee should be served. Caramel-cereal, made as nicely as possible, should be served in the place of these health-destroying beverages. In regard to the third meal, do not make eating but two meals compulsory. Some do best healthwise when eating three light meals, and when they are restricted to two, they feel the change severely. SPM 214

I have had five shocks of paralysis, and God, in his mercy, has raised me up, to take my place in the work he has given me to do, and to try to benefit others by my experience. Light was given me, and I saw the reason for my feeble health. I was astonished that I had so long remained in ignorance in regard to the laws of life. My habits were out of harmony with the conditions that are necessary to health. My food had not been of a proper kind to give vitality and strength to the system. It was highly seasoned, and stimulating rather than nutritious. The physicians said that I might die at any time, and I resolved that if I died, I would die in attempting to correct my injurious habits of life. I resolved to place myself on a platform of strictest temperance. I did not use tea or coffee or any kind of intoxicating wine or liquor, so I did not have these habits to overcome; but I had used flesh and spices, eating hearty meals three times a day. I had to educate myself to enjoy the simple, healthful grains and fruits that God has provided for the wants of man. But I found that all the sacrifice I had to make was doubly repaid in renewed health of body and mind. I had used pepper and mustard in my diet; but these should not be put into the human stomach. The delicate membrane becomes inflamed, the healthy tone of the stomach is lowered, and the appetite is perverted, the taste loses its discernment, and the delicious flavours of grains, vegetables, and fruits become insipid and unpalatable. ST FEB.17,1888

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Meat Enters the Human Diet

Cain was the first meat eater. And meat was eaten more often included in the diet after the Flood. After the floodwaters had receded, the earth had little vegetation. Perhaps Noah had seeds with him and planted these for this first food. However, there would have been no fruit or nuts for a number of years. So, the Lord said, "Everything that lives and moves will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything" (Genesis 9:3 NIV).

Lamb

In Genesis 7:2 there is reference to clean and unclean animals going into the ark. Thus, the concept of clean and unclean is not a Jewish concept and has no ceremonial connotations, but came from the time before the Flood.

If you listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God, and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD who heals you (Exodus 15:26 NIV).

God wants us to be healthy, and sets out specific guidelines about which animals we should and should not eat. In the next article, Clean Animals, we will discuss the animals that God says are clean for consumption.



We have examined the original diet God intended for humankind, and the animals that God defined as clean and unclean after sin entered the world. Now we ask, why should we follow the Old Testament dietary laws in this day and age?

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We will work through several reasons people object, and various Bible verses that seem to say we don’t have to observe the dietary laws. We must learn to rightly divide the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15).

Question 1: Aren’t these lists of clean and unclean animals just for the Jews?

Answer: Although the lists are recorded in Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14, the first mention is in the time of the Flood.

There were no Jews on Noah’s ark. Only later, the descendants of Abraham become known as “Jews.”iSo in the early days, God instructed them in the concept of “clean” and “unclean” animals. The list predates the laws of Moses, therefore applying to all humanity, not just one particular group.

If you think God says it's OK to eat unclean meant in Acts 10, what do you think the Bible is saying to EAT in Revelation 19:18? Here it is:

Revelation 19:18 King James Version (KJV) 18 "That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great."


Obviously, it is not meant to be understood or taken literally, but rather spiritually speaking. Just the same as is the Story in Acts 10, saying its ok to eat unclean meat. Figuratively speaking, spiritually speaking the Bible is telling us that we should not treat Gentiles as unclean, but accept them who are Gentiles (not Jews) as clean - people to win to Christ. Not to treat them all as lost, but as people to witness to and win to Christ. 


Question 2: Didn’t Peter have a vision that told him to eat unclean animals? Wouldn’t this mean that the dietary laws were no longer in effect?

The Apostle Peter

Answer: Note the following facts about the Acts 10 story:

A) Cornelius, a Gentile, received a vision instructing him to send for Peter.

B) Peter also received a vision before Cornelius’s men came to his home. He “saw heaven opened” and a sheet descending “down to the earth.”ii It was filled with unclean animals, creeping things, and fowls (Acts 10:11-12).

C) When Peter is told to “kill, and eat” he says, “Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean” (Acts 10:14). Peter was never taught by Jesus to eat anything “common or unclean.” He can’t believe the Lord would tell him to do this.

D) “Peter doubted in himself what this vision which he had seen should mean” (Acts 10:17). If the Lord literally told him to eat unclean animals, why would he doubt? Wouldn’t the change in dietary laws be obvious? Peter doubted because he realized the vision was symbolic—not referring to literal unclean animals.

E) When Peter came to Cornelius’ home, he realized, “God hath shewed me that I should not call any man common or unclean” (Acts 10:28, emphasis added). The Holy Spirit was given to Gentiles just as He had been given to the Jews on Pentecost. Peter learned that the Gospel message was meant for all the world, not just the Jews. The vision was not about dietary laws, but about giving the message to all—because no one to be considered “unclean,” or unreachable by Christ’s redemption. The vision used unclean creatures as symbols of Gentile nations now called to come to God through the Gospel.iii

Question 3: Haven’t we been called to liberty in Christ, no longer under the slavery of the Law?

Answer: Since the dietary laws existed before Noah’s time, is obedience to them really “enslavement”?

Jesus told us that He didn't come to destroy the Law, but rather to fulfill it (Matthew 5:17). Good health and long life is anything but slavery.

Think of the history of these dietary laws: First, they are given to humankind before the days of Noah. Then, the Lord tells His people that they will be disease-free if they follow His laws (Exodus 15:26). The clean and unclean foods are clearly defined in Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14Peter’s vision shows us that Jesus did not abolish clean and unclean.

Paul tells believers to “touch not the unclean thing” and the Lord will receive them. John speaks of spiritual Babylon as a “cage of every unclean and hateful bird." In Isaiah’s prophesy of the new earth after the return of Christ, those who eat “swine’s flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed together” (Isaiah 66:17). From one end of the Bible to the other, the concept of clean and unclean is upheld. It is a matter of health and well-being, not slavery.

Our modern world equates “freedom” with doing whatever we wish, but God calls us to a higher standard. Paul tells us to “use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another” (Galatians 5:13). Jesus tells us “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15). Peter tells us “the Spirit of Christ” was in the prophets of old, meaning that the dietary laws are the words of Christ.

For the sake of showing our love to the Lord by obeying Him, as well as escaping disease by observing His dietary laws—let us honor God by following His rules for health and happiness.iv Do we really want to ignore these health laws? If we do, we do so to our own peril. 

In part 2 of this Q&A on Biblical dietary laws, we will deal with three passages from the New Testament that seem to object to the dietary laws.

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The Ministry of Healing

by Ellen G. White

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Chapter 11: Working for the Intemperate

Many have yielded to the indulgence of appetite until they are helpless to resist temptation.
Many have yielded to the indulgence of appetite 
until they are helpless to resist temptation.

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Every true reform has its place in the work of the gospel and tends to the uplifting of the soul to a new and nobler life. Especially does the temperance reform demand the support of Christian workers. They should call attention to this work and make it a living issue. Everywhere they should present to the people the principles of true temperance and call for signers to the temperance pledge. Earnest effort should be made in behalf of those who are in bondage to evil habits.

There is everywhere a work to be done for those who through intemperance have fallen. In the midst of churches, religious institutions, and professedly Christian homes, many of the youth are choosing the path to destruction. Through intemperate habits they bring upon themselves disease, and through greed to obtain money for sinful indulgence they fall into dishonest practices. Health and character are ruined. Aliens from God, outcasts from society, these poor souls feel that they are without hope either for this life or for the life to come. The hearts of the parents are broken. Men speak of these erring ones as hopeless; but not so does God regard them. He understands all the circumstances that have made [172] them what they are, and He looks upon them with pity. This is a class that demand help. Never give them occasion to say, "No man cares for my soul."

Among the victims of intemperance are men of all classes and all professions. Men of high station, of eminent talents, of great attainments, have yielded to the indulgence of appetite until they are helpless to resist temptation. Some of them who were once in the possession of wealth are without home, without friends, in suffering, misery, disease, and degradation. They have lost their self-control. Unless a helping hand is held out to them, they will sink lower and lower. With these, self-indulgence is not only a moral sin, but a physical disease.

Often in helping the intemperate we must, as Christ so often did, give first attention to their physical condition. They need wholesome, unstimulating food and drink, clean clothing, opportunity to secure physical cleanliness. They need to be surrounded with an atmosphere of helpful, uplifting Christian influence. In every city a place should be provided where the slaves of evil habit may receive help to break the chains that bind them. Strong drink is regarded by many as the only solace in trouble; but this need not be, if, instead of acting the part of the priest and Levite, professed Christians would follow the example of the good Samaritan.

In dealing with the victims of intemperance we must remember that we are not dealing with sane men, but with those who for the time being are under the power of a demon. Be patient and forbearing. Think not of the repulsive, forbidding appearance, but of the precious life that Christ died to redeem. As the drunkard awakens to a sense of his degradation, do all in your power to show that you are his friend. Speak no word of censure. Let no act or look express reproach or aversion. Very likely the poor soul curses himself. Help him to rise. Speak words that will encourage faith. Seek [173] to strengthen every good trait in his character. Teach him how to reach upward. Show him that it is possible for him to live so as to win the respect of his fellow men. Help him to see the value of the talents which God has given him, but which he has neglected to improve.

Although the will has been depraved and weakened, there is hope for him in Christ. He will awaken in the heart higher impulses and holier desires. Encourage him to lay hold of the hope set before him in the gospel. Open the Bible before the tempted, struggling one, and over and over again read to him the promises of God. These promises will be to him as the leaves of the tree of life. Patiently continue your efforts, until with grateful joy the trembling hand grasps the hope of redemption through Christ.

You must hold fast to those whom you are trying to help, else victory will never be yours. They will be continually tempted to evil. Again and again they will be almost overcome by the craving for strong drink; again and again they may fall; but do not, because of this, cease your efforts.

They have decided to make an effort to live for Christ; but their will power is weakened, and they must be carefully guarded by those who watch for souls as they that must give an account. They have lost their manhood, and this they must win back. Many have to battle against strong hereditary tendencies to evil. Unnatural cravings, sensual impulses, were their inheritance from birth. These must be carefully guarded against. Within and without, good and evil are striving for the mastery. Those who have never passed through such experiences cannot know the almost overmastering power of appetite or the fierceness of the conflict between habits of self-indulgence and the determination to be temperate in all things. Over and over again the battle must be fought.

Many who are drawn to Christ will not have moral courage to continue the warfare against appetite and passion. But [174] the worker must not be discouraged by this. Is it only those rescued from the lowest depths that backslide?

Remember that you do not work alone. Ministering angels unite in service with every truehearted son and daughter of God. And Christ is the restorer. The Great Physician Himself stands beside His faithful workers, saying to the repentant soul, "Child, thy sins be forgiven thee." Mark 2:5, A.R.V. margin.

Many are the outcasts who will grasp the hope set before them in the gospel and will enter the kingdom of heaven, while others who were blessed with great opportunities and great light which they did not improve will be left in outer darkness.

The victims of evil habit must be aroused to the necessity of making an effort for themselves. Others may put forth the most earnest endeavor to uplift them, the grace (Grace (G5485) = the Divine Influence upon the heart, and It's reflection as seen in the life!) of God may be freely offered, Christ may entreat, His angels may minister; but all will be in vain unless they themselves are roused to fight the battle in their own behalf.

The last words of David to Solomon, then a young man, and soon to receive the crown of Israel, were, "Be ... strong, . . . and show thyself a man." 1 Kings 2:2. To every child of humanity, the candidate for an immortal crown, are these words of inspiration spoken, "Be ... strong, ... and show thyself a man."

The self-indulgent must be led to see and feel that great moral renovation is necessary if they would be men. God calls upon them to arouse and in the strength of Christ win back the God-given manhood that has been sacrificed through sinful indulgence.

Feeling the terrible power of temptation, the drawing of desire that leads to indulgence, many a man cries in despair, "I cannot resist evil." Tell him that he can, that he must resist. He may have been overcome again and again, but it need not be always thus. He is weak in moral power, [175] controlled by the habits of a life of sin. His promises and resolutions are like ropes of sand. The knowledge of his broken promises and forfeited pledges weakens his confidence in his own sincerity and causes him to feel that God cannot accept him or work with his efforts. But he need not despair.

Those who put their trust in Christ are not to be enslaved by any hereditary or cultivated habit or tendency. Instead of being held in bondage to the lower nature, they are to rule every appetite and passion. God has not left us to battle with [176] evil in our own finite strength. Whatever may be our inherited or cultivated tendencies to wrong, we can overcome through the power that He is ready to impart.


The Power of the Will

The tempted one needs to understand the true force of the will. This is the governing power in the nature of man—the power of decision, of choice. Everything depends on the right action of the will. Desires for goodness and purity are right, so far as they go; but if we stop here, they avail nothing. Many will go down to ruin while hoping and desiring to overcome their evil propensities. They do not yield the will to God. They do not choose to serve Him.

God has given us the power of choice; it is ours to exercise. We cannot change our hearts, we cannot control our thoughts, our impulses, our affections. We cannot make ourselves pure, fit for God's service. But we can choose to serve God, we can give Him our will; then He will work in us to will and to do according to His good pleasure. Thus our whole nature will be brought under the control of Christ.

Through the right exercise of the will, an entire change may be made in the life. By yielding up the will to Christ, we ally ourselves with divine power. We receive strength from above to hold us steadfast. A pure and noble life, a life of victory over appetite and lust, is possible to everyone who will unite his weak, wavering human will to the omnipotent, unwavering will of God.

Those who are struggling against the power of appetite should be instructed in the principles of healthful living. They should be shown that violation of the laws of health, by creating diseased conditions and unnatural cravings, lays the foundation of the liquor habit. Only by living in obedience to the [177] principles of health can they hope to be freed from the craving for unnatural stimulants. While they depend upon divine strength to break the bonds of appetite, they are to co-operate with God by obedience to His laws, both moral and physical.

Those who are endeavoring to reform should be provided with employment. None who are able to labor should be taught to expect food and clothing and shelter free of cost. For their own sake, as well as for the sake of others, some way should be devised whereby they may return an equivalent for what they receive. Encourage every effort toward self-support. This will strengthen self-respect and a noble independence. And occupation of mind and body in useful work is essential as a safeguard against temptation.


Disappointments; Dangers

Those who work for the fallen will be disappointed in many who give promise of reform. Many will make but a superficial change in their habits and practices. They are moved by impulse, and for a time may seem to have reformed; but there is no real change of heart. They cherish the same self-love, have the same hungering for foolish pleasures, the same desire for self-indulgence. They have not a knowledge of the work of character building, and they cannot be relied upon as men of principle. They have debased their mental and spiritual powers by the gratification of appetite and passion, and this makes them weak. They are fickle and changeable. Their impulses tend toward sensuality. These persons are often a source of danger to others. Being looked upon as reformed men and women, they are trusted with responsibilities and are placed where their influence corrupts the innocent. [178]

Even those who are sincerely seeking to reform are not beyond the danger of falling. They need to be treated with great wisdom as well as tenderness. The disposition to flatter and exalt those who have been rescued from the lowest depths sometimes proves their ruin. The practice of inviting men and women to relate in public the experience of their life of sin is full of danger to both speaker and hearers. To dwell upon scenes of evil is corrupting to mind and soul. And the prominence given to the rescued ones is harmful to them. Many are led to feel that their sinful life has given them a certain distinction. A love of notoriety and a spirit of self-trust are encouraged that prove fatal to the soul. Only in distrust of self and dependence on the mercy of Christ can they stand.

All who give evidence of true conversion should be encouraged to work for others. Let none turn away a soul who leaves the service of Satan for the service of Christ. When one gives evidence that the Spirit of God is striving with him, present every encouragement for entering the Lord's service. "Of some have compassion, making a difference." Jude 22. Those who are wise in the wisdom that comes from God will see souls in need of help, those who have sincerely repented, but who without encouragement would hardly dare to lay hold of hope. The Lord will put it into the hearts of His servants to welcome these trembling, repentant ones to their loving fellowship. Whatever may have been their besetting sins, however low they may have fallen, when in contrition they come to Christ, He receives them. Then give them something to do for Him. If they desire to labor in uplifting others from the pit of destruction from which they themselves were rescued, give them opportunity. Bring them into association with experienced Christians, that they may gain spiritual strength. [179] Fill their hearts and hands with work for the Master.

When light flashes into the soul, some who appeared to be most fully given to sin will become successful workers for just such sinners as they themselves once were. Through faith in Christ some will rise to high places of service and be entrusted with responsibilities in the work of saving souls. They see where their own weakness lies, they realize the depravity of their nature. They know the strength of sin, the power of evil habit. They realize their inability to overcome without the help of Christ, and their constant cry is, "I cast my helpless soul on Thee."

These can help others. The one who has been tempted and tried, whose hope was well-nigh gone, but who was saved by hearing a message of love, can understand the science of soulsaving. He whose heart is filled with love for Christ because he himself has been sought for by the Saviour and brought back to the fold, knows how to seek the lost. He can point sinners to the Lamb of God. He has given himself without reserve to God and has been accepted in the Beloved. The hand that in weakness was held out for help has been grasped. By the ministry of such ones many prodigals will be brought to the Father.

For every soul struggling to rise from a life of sin to a life of purity, the great element of power abides in the only "name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." Acts 4:12. "If any man thirst" for restful hope, for deliverance from sinful propensities, Christ says, "let him come unto Me, and drink." John 7:37. The only remedy for vice is the grace (Grace (G5485) = the Divine Influence upon the heart, and It's reflection as seen in the life!) and power of Christ.

The good resolutions made in one's own strength avail nothing. Not all the pledges in the world will break the power of evil habit. Never will men practice temperance in [180] all things until their hearts are renewed by divine grace. We cannot keep ourselves from sin for one moment. Every moment we are dependent upon God.

True reformation begins with soul cleansing. Our work for the fallen will achieve real success only as the grace of Christ reshapes the character and the soul is brought into living connection with God.

Christ lived a life of perfect obedience to God's law, and in this He set an example for every human being. The life that He lived in this world we are to live through His power and under His instruction.

In our work for the fallen the claims of the law of God and the need of loyalty to Him are to be impressed on mind and heart. Never fail to show that there is a marked difference between the one who serves God and the one who serves Him not. God is love, but He cannot excuse willful disregard for His commands. The enactments of His government are such that men do not escape the consequences of disloyalty. Only those who honor Him can He honor. Man's conduct in this world decides his eternal destiny. As he has sown, so he must reap. Cause will be followed by effect.

Nothing less than perfect obedience can meet the standard of God's requirement. He has not left His requirements indefinite. He has enjoined nothing that is not necessary in order to bring man into harmony with Him. We are to point sinners to His ideal of character and to lead them to Christ, by whose grace only can this ideal be reached.

The Saviour took upon Himself the infirmities of humanity and lived a sinless life, that men might have no fear that because of the weakness of human nature they could not overcome. Christ came to make us "partakers of the divine nature," and His life declares that humanity, combined with divinity, does not commit sin. [181]

The Saviour overcame to show man how he may overcome. All the temptations of Satan, Christ met with the word of God. By trusting in God's promises, He received power to obey God's commandments, and the tempter could gain no advantage. To every temptation His answer was, "It is written." So God has given us His word wherewith to resist evil. Exceeding great and precious promises are ours, that by these we "might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust." 2 Peter 1:4.

Bid the tempted one look not to circumstances, to the weakness of self, or to the power of temptation, but to the power of God's word. All its strength is ours. "Thy word," says the psalmist, "have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against Thee." "By the word of Thy lips I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer." Psalm 119:11; 17:4.

Talk courage to the people; lift them up to God in prayer. Many who have been overcome by temptation are humiliated by their failures, and they feel that it is in vain for them to approach unto God; but this thought is of the enemy's suggestion. When they have sinned, and feel that they cannot pray, tell them that it is then the time to pray. Ashamed they may be, and deeply humbled; but as they confess their sins, He [182] who is faithful and just will forgive their sins and cleanse them from all unrighteousness.

Nothing is apparently more helpless, yet really more invincible, than the soul that feels its nothingness and relies wholly on the merits of the Saviour. By prayer, by the study of His word, by faith in His abiding presence, the weakest of human beings may live in contact with the living Christ, and He will hold them by a hand that will never let go.

These precious words every soul that abides in Christ may make his own. He may say:

"I will look unto the Lord;
I will wait for the God of my salvation:
My God will hear me.
Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy:
When I fall, I shall arise;
When I sit in darkness,
The Lord shall be a light unto me."
Micah 7:7, 8.

"He will again have compassion on us,
He will blot out our iniquities;
Yea, Thou wilt cast all our sins into the depths of the sea!"
Micah 7:19, Noyes.


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God has promised:

"I will make a man more precious than fine gold;
Even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir."
Isaiah 13:12.

"Though ye have lain among the pots,
Yet shall ye be as the wings of a dove covered with silver,
And her feathers with yellow gold."
Psalm 68:13.

Those whom Christ has forgiven most will love Him most. These are they who in the final day will stand nearest to His throne.

"They shall see His face; and His name shall be in their foreheads." Revelation 22:4.

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i. The term “Jews” is used for the first time in the Bible in 2 Kings 16:6. Abraham was known as "the Hebrew."

ii. The vision comes from heaven. One would expect such creatures to rise out of the earth, not descend from heaven! This indicates this was symbolic, not literal.

iii. Even today we use unclean animals as symbols of nations, such as the American Eagle, the British Lion, the Canadian Beaver, and the Russian Bear.

iv. Consider the following verses: 1 Corinthians 3:171 Corinthians 6:19-20; and 1 Corinthians 10:31.



Herbs
Natural Healing


Imagine marinara sauce without garlic. Gingerbread without ginger. Baked potatoes without chives. No one who enjoys food would want to live in a world without herbs.

But herbs do more then add flavor to foods – for millions of people worldwide, herbs are the medicines they depend on to stay healthy.

Before the discovery of modern pharmaceuticals, both Europeans and Americans relied on herbs. Today many people in European nations use herbal medicines nearly every day.

Doctors are discovering that many herbs work as well as drugs for relieving common conditions, and for a very simple reasons – the active ingredients in herbs virtually identical to the chemicals found in drugs. When you take an aspirin, for example, you get benefit of a compound called acetylsalicylic acid, which eases pain, lowers fever, and reduces inflammation. But before there was aspirin, people made tea from willow bark. Willow contains a compound called salicin, which has many of the same effects as aspirin.

Its not only “simple” drugs that have herbal counterparts. Many prescription drugs also resemble (or are actually made from) herbs. The cancer drug etoposide, for example, is extracted from the root of the Mayapple plant, and the heart drug digitalis contains compounds similar to those found in purple foxglove.

Researchers today use sophisticated equipment and expensive tests to discover which herbs are most effective. For the original herbalists, however, “research” often meant watching animals in the wild to see which leaves, bark, or berries they turned to whenever they were ill. Over the years, herbalists (and some doctors) became pretty knowledgeable about which herbs were best – for easing a migraine, for example, or stopping an infection.

Today, of course, it’s much easier to find over-the-counter drugs than herbal remedies that do the same thing. But more and more people are putting drugs back on the shelves in favor of more natural way of healing.

One advantage of using herbs is that they tend to cause fewer side effects than modern drugs. Drugs are highly concentrated, which is why taking one tiny pill or capsule can have such dramatic effect. Since herbs are much less concentrated, you don’t get as much of the active ingredient in your body at one time, so you’re less likely to have uncomfortable reactions.

But the main reason that people using herbs such as garlic, Echinacea, feverfew, etc is that they work – which is why, in just one year German physicians wrote 5.4 million prescriptions for ginkgo, an herb that has been shown to improve blood flow to the brain. They also wrote 2 million prescriptions for Echinacea, an immune-boosting herb that’s often used for treating colds and flu.

Feverfew is an herb that received scientific attention because it help prevent migraines, Licorice root is a perfect example of an herb that work as well or even better than chemical counterparts for treating variety of woman’s hormonal problems. Ginkgo is very strong herb that helps prevent blood cloths, Milk thistle helps regulate liver function and control cholesterol.

When you used to opening a bottle and popping a pill into your mouth, getting used to herbs can take a little time. Apothecaries and natural food stores often stock hundreds of healing herbs – packed into capsules, dissolved in oils, or lying loose in covered glass jars. It’s not always easy to know which form to chose or how to prepare herbs once you get them home. Here a few tips for getting started:

Many herbal remedies come in three forms - as pills or capsules, as liquids (called extracts or tinctures), and in their natural form as leaves, bark, roots, and flowers. Each form provides healing benefits, but they act in slightly different ways.

When you sick and want fast relief, herbal extracts are usually best because they’re absorbed very quickly by the body. While they are not as convenient as taking a pill – you have to measure them, using a dropper or a teaspoon, into glass of water or juice – they go to work almost instantly.

When you’re using herbs for long-term protection – to strengthen the immune system, for example – it doesn’t matter how quickly they work. What does count is convenience, since you’re going to use them almost every day. Then it’s easier to take them in pill or capsule form.

You can also buy herbs in their natural form or grounded into a powder. These used for making teas. While herbal teas work somewhat more slowly than extracts, they absorbed by the body faster than pills or capsules and many people enjoy the taste of freshly brewed herbal teas.

Even though its convenient to buy in bulk, dried herbs won’t keep indefinitely. To get the most healing power, its better to buy herbs in small amounts to replenish the supply a bit more frequently.

The Raw Deal...Live Food!

Instant Eating

the ultimate fast food

Living High on Live Food
Eden Eatin’

Fast Feasts From Fresh Foods
Fast, Fresh and Fabulous 

The Raw Deal

Of all the alternative titles, Live Food just sounds more appealing than Raw Food. Though both terms infer uncooked foods, “raw” turns most people off as they imagine something cold and undone. But why? Raw could just as easily mean original, pure, natural, and unadulterated. Mention raw power and we conjure up an image of unbridled brute force. Actually, this is true for food as well! Perhaps we have allowed unfounded conceptions of dietary appropriateness to shape our view of normality. A piping hot bowl of stew: good; fresh corn soup made right of the cob: bad? Actually, not bad at all.

Recent investigations have reported a much more favorable status for fresh foods. Not only are they being promoted as superior sources of vital nutrients but they offer highly desirable advantages to inert victuals. Why is there such widespread interest in live foods?


1. Higher bioavailability of important nutritional elements like vitamines, digestive enzymes, anti-oxidants, amino and essential fatty acids that are vulnerable to the heat of cooking.
2. Non-toxic. Avoids the obligatory ingestion of unhealthy substances created by the effects of heating foods such as carmalized carbohydrates and carcinogenic fatty residues.
3. Higher fiber content improves intestinal transit and bowel regularity.
4. Less time invested in meal preparation makes live food the ultimate fast food: no need to wait for anything to cook!
5. Low fat content of raw food results in automatic body weight normalization.
6. Hypoallergenic. Eliminating alien dairy and poultry proteins can cure a host of allergies.

 

Processing (which includes concentration, homogenization, pasteurization, cooking, freezing, dehydration, crystalization) too often means the elimination of important nutritional components as well as the unwelcome addition of artificial ingredients.

 

“Super nutritious young organic greens, power packed sprouted nuts, seeds and grains, fabulous fermented preparations and exciting dehydrated foods" is how Ann Wigmore describes her version of the ideal diet.

 

The Scale of Decreasing Food Value

Fresh, raw sprouted grains/seeds/nuts are alive and growing.

Raw fresh fruit is living but has no growth potential.

Dried fruits have minimal nutrient losses.

Unsprouted raw seeds and nuts are still considered alive because of their dormant potential state, but are less desirable because of their antinutrient content.

Raw root vegetables may resume growth if replanted. The original Eden diet did not include vegetables, suggesting they may be inferior foods.

Cooked food is dead, it is not capable of growth.

 

All processed food has been heated, thus destroying all natural enzymes. Enzymes present in live food allow the storage nutrients (proteins, fats, and starches) to be digested by the food itself. This relieves the body from the need to produce as many digestive enzymes, allowing energy to be used for other needs. 


Discussing Digestion

 

Eating your food just isn’t enough. Getting a meal in your mouth is barely the first step in a complicated process of making that morsel mean something to your body. The physiologic process of digestion is indeed a complicated one that begins with the ingestion of bulk food and ends with the metabolic disassembly of individual molecules deep within the core of your body. In between these two start and finish points is a string of critical stages.

Proper mastication allows the enzyme known as salivary amylase to perform its important role as a pre-gastric starch-splitter. Gulping large boluses of partially chewed food short-cuts this oral opportunity and places an unnecessary and additional burden on the lower gastrointestinal service stations. Stomach ache, bloat or heartburn is the natural and predictable response. Slow down and enjoy—not only the roses—but the full flavor, the total taste, and everything to which you are entitled.

 

Washing it down with 16 ounces of your favorite fiz only worsens the matter. Diluted amylase concentrations render your salivary enzyme useless. Excessive fluids in the stomach only delay the start of digestion by putting the whole business on hold until all that liquid can be absorbed and the pH can start dropping. The digestive machinery works much better if the skids are greased with water well before you start your meal. Tanking up ahead of time allows your saliva glands to deliver plenty of juice—all you’ll really need to fully enjoy every bite.

 

Some gastrophysiologists believe that this oral predigestion continues in the upper antral portion of the stomach. Fresh foods that have not been denatured by prolonged exposure to high temperatures contain their own supply of digestive enzymes: they’re self-digesting! Provided that seeds (including cereals and most nuts) have already begun their own germination-digestion process, their built-in enzyme inhibitors will no longer be around to interfere.

 

After about an hour, the lower gastric portion of the stomach has accumulated a sufficient supply of hydrochloric acid and enzymes like trypsin, chymotrypsin and pepsin to begin the protein phase of digestion. Proteins are polymers, complex molecules composed of separate chains and subchains. The lower acid pH causes hydrolysis (breaking hydrogen bonds) of the bulk protein molecules into smaller amino-acid subunits. 

 

Enzymes are specialized protein molecules that also aid in the break-up of ingested protein. Then how can enzymes do anything at all in a bath of hydrochloric acid? Remember, they are specialized molecules. One measurable property of biochemical structures is the pH or acid concentration at which the molecule denatures or loses its atomic configuration. Some molecules are more “acid resistant” than others. This is evident when you consider that battery acid will burn holes in your cotton or wool clothing and even your skin, but doesn’t seem to bother most plastics. All of these substances are hydrocarbons (as are enzymes), but they each have different physical properties. So while the more simplified salivary enzymes are inactivated by the stomach’s rising acid tide, the more durable proteinase (protein-cleaving) enzymes can continue to operate unaffected.

 

Fat is the last food component to get digested. Acid won’t do the trick. The bodydoes produce lipase, the lipid-splitting enzyme, but not until the meal mixture, now called chyme, reaches the upper small intestine. The pancreas (more famous for its production of insulin) produces both amylase and lipase. Simultaneously, the liver provides a soapy syrup called bile to emulsify the oil-water concoction. Bile is stored in its own reservoir, the gall bladder, that can squirt out an emergency supply when a great greasy gormet comes along. This explains the symptoms, so characteristic of gall bladder disease: crampy, colic-like pain following a fatty feast.

 

Shortly after entering the upper small intestine, digestion should be complete. All the carbohydrate starches should now be reduced to an assortment of individual sugars: glucose, fructose, maltose, lactose and many others. All the proteins should be broken up into a slurry of individual amino acids: glycine, cysteine, methionine, lysine, arginine and over a dozen more. All the fat should be sliced into a herd of individual fatty-acids: ….

 

Should be. But this rarely happens. 

·       Too much starch or not enough starch enzyme and the GI tract gets an unexpected load of undigested (and now, undigestable) carbohydrate. The result? Diarrhea, gas, and abdominal cramping. 

·       Too much protein or not enough protein enzyme and the intestinal bug brigade have a field day feasting on undigested protein that was never supposed to get this far down stream. The result? Gas, methane gas, and the bloating and discomfort that go along with it. And, as a by product, a slew of toxic fermentative waste compounds such as indoles that are absorbed into the circulation and cause nausea, headaches, mucosal irritation and potentially mutational change in the lining of the lower colon and rectum.

·       Too much fat or not enough fat enzyme and, once again, it’s grease in the gut overload. The result? Steatorrhea. And if that sounds like diarrhea, it’s because it is. Floating, smelly, liquid stools that shouldn’t be.

Cooking Undigestables

Potato Starch

Some foods, at least traditional foods, just simply cannot be digested in their natural uncooked state. The ubiquitous potato for one. At the Instituto del Frio, Departament of Metabolism and Nutrition in Madrid, Spain a report was published in 2000 addressing the digestability of raw and cooked potato starch. The reason for conducting this research was to investigate the way in which potatoes stimulate the release of insulin. The glycemic response can be either slow and gradual or sudden and abrupt depending on how quickly potato starch can be changed into simple sugars. This study found that raw potatoes have a high percentage of “resistant starch”—rendering it “hardly digested.” On the other hand, boiled and mashed potatoes had the highest rate of digestions with levels of resistant starch reduced to just over 1%.

Garcia-Alonso A, Goni I: “Effect of processing on potato starch: in vitro availability and glycaemic index”, Nahrung 2000 Feb;44(1):19-22

 

Beans: Raw, Boiled and Toasted

This article, originally published in Spanish, comes from the Laboratorio of Digestive Sciences at the  University Autonoma in Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Researchers Guzman, Quijada and Hernandez measured the protein digestibility of beans grown and eaten by the people of Northeast Mexico. Raw seeds were found to have a digestibility score of around 80-85%, fairly good compared to most legumes. But toasting the beans for 10 minutes at 80-90 degrees Celsius increased this to nearly 92%. Then they tried boiling the seeds in their shells and sheaths. There was no change in digestibility. Finally, they boiled the seeds after removing the shells and sheaths. This time the protein digestibility shot up to almost 95%. Like many other similar studies, this report demonstrates the fact that not all foods are best eaten in their raw state. Heat treatments, like cooking, can unquestionably improve digestability, by breaking down the molecular structure or denaturing the protein moleucles. 

Alanis Guzman MG, Gonzalez Quijada MR, Mercado Hernandez R , “Effect of cooking on the chemical and nutritional value of the Pithecellobium flexicaule (Bent) seed.” Arch Latinoam Nutr 1998 Dec;48(4):328-33

 

Cooking and Nutrient Loss

Raw vs Cooked Onions

Like garlic, the Welsh onion has been consumed for the prevention of cardiovascular disorders. Many published accounts have confirmed these antithrombotic effects, like this one from the Department of Food Health at the Chia Nan College of Pharmacy and Science in Tainan, Taiwan. Raw Welsh onion juice consumption was shown to significantly lower resting systolic blood pressure, prolong bleeding time, diminish platelet adhesion and aggregation and increase the plasma level of 6-keto-prostaglandin F(1alpha), the stable prostacyclin metabolite. But boiled Welsh onion juice consumption was totally ineffective in altering any of these parameters.

Chen JH, Chen HI, Tsai SJ, Jen CJ, “Chronic consumption of raw but not boiled Welsh onion juice inhibits rat platelet function.” J Nutr 2000 Jan;130(1):34-7

 

Cooking and Cancer

Cooked Meat
Heterocyclic amines, Fecal N-nitroso Compounds and Colorectal Cancer

From the Medical Research Council of the Dunn Human Nutrition Unit in Cambridge, UK comes a year 2000 estimate that “up to 80% of colorectal cancer is attributable to diet. Epidemiologically, cross-sectional comparisons, case-control studies and trends in food intake show high rates of colorectal cancer in populations consuming diets high in meat and fat, and low in starch, NSP (non-starch polysaccharides, fiber) and vegetables.” The cause? Mr Bingham attributes it to the generally accepted “formation of heterocyclic amines in meat when it is cooked.”

 

Furthermore, “high-meat diets increase the level of nitrosatable material entering the colon.” This material is the oft publicized N-nitroso compounds increase in a dose-responsive manner following endogenous synthesis in the colon.” 

 

Mutations and guanine adducts accumulated during colorectal cancer progression are characteristic of alkylative damage, which would be compatible with NOC exposure

Bingham SA, “Diet and colorectal cancer prevention.” Biochem Soc Trans 2000 Feb;28(2):12-6

 

Cancer Protection

Fruits, Vegetables, Olive and Seed Oils

From the Epidemiological Service of the Center for Oncological Referral in Aviano, Italy comes a 1999 report in the Annals of Oncology establishing (as so many prior studies have confirmed) the “significant trends of increasing breast and colorectal cancer risk” associated with increasing intakes of refined sugars, bread and pasta, pork and processed meats and potatoes (breast cancer only), cakes and desserts (colon-rectum cancers only). 

 

This clinical study involved 2569 women with incident breast cancer, 1953 subjects with cancer of the colon-rectum, and 5155 matched hospital controls between the years of 1991 and 1996. On the other hand, increasing amounts of fruits and vegetables in the diet had a reverse association overall, and specifically “carrots and raw vegetables seemed to lower breast cancer risk” while a “high fruit intake was associated with a reduction of rectal cancer.” And, in regards to fat, a “high intake of saturated fat seemed to lead to an increase of cancer risk” whereas “high intakes of polyunsaturated fatty acids (chiefly derived from olive oil and seed oils) were protective.”

Franceschi S, Favero A, “The role of energy and fat in cancers of the breast and colon-rectum in a southern European population.” Ann Oncol 1999;10 Suppl 6:61-3

 

Tomatoes and the Prostate

From the Mario Negri Institute of Pharacological Research in Milan, Italy is a year 2000 case-controlled study of dietary factors affecting the incidence of prostate cancer. They concluded that “the incidence of prostate cancer in Greece could be reduced by about two-fifths if the population increased the consumption of tomatoes and reduced the intake of dairy products, and substituted olive oil for other added lipids.” They reported the positive association of “dairy products, butter and seed oils” with the risk of prostate cancer. Cooked and raw tomatoes were shown to be protective.

Bosetti C, Tzonou A, Lagiou P, Negri E, Trichopoulos D, Hsieh CC, “Fraction of prostate cancer incidence attributed to diet in Athens, Greece.” Eur J Cancer Prev 2000 Apr;9(2):119-23

 

Fresh Fruit and Raw Vegetables and Gastric Cancer

Another year 2000 report from the Epidemiology Unit of the Careggi Hospital in Florence, Italy looked at gastric cancer.

 

Despite a dramatic reduction in incidence and mortality rates, gastric cancer is still one of the most common malignant neoplasias worldwide. A large number of studies have indicated that salted, smoked, pickled, and preserved foods (rich in salt, nitrite, and preformed N-nitroso compounds) are associated with an increased risk. While a high consumption of fresh fruit and raw vegetables and a high intake of antioxidants are associated with a reduced risk.

Palli D, “Epidemiology of gastric cancer: an evaluation of available evidence.” J Gastroenterol 2000;35 Suppl 12:84-9

 

Dietary Change Reactions

 

Detoxification Symptoms are frequently reported among those making major dietary changes, especially when moving from animal to vegetarian foods. These include headache, nausea, diarrhea, skin eruptions. The mechanism for the occurance of these symptoms is thought to be due to the release of toxins from various body storage depots. The concept of toxin storage is demonstrated in a number of pathological conditions. For example, gout is the result of uric acid crystal formation in distal and cooler toe joints as well as an occasional ear lobe where they are called tophi. Diabetic cataracts are formed by the deposition of inositol and sorbitol pathway sugar byproducts in the crystalline lens of the eye.

Vitamin B deficiency may be accelerated by high sugar consumption. Raw food diets may increase the risk of Vitamin D, zinc, and even calcium deficiency.

Diet by Name

Fruitarian – a diet composed of at least 75% fruit - the reproductive product of trees, vines, bushes. Fruitarians may supplement their diet with small amounts of sprouts and even leafy greens.

Raw Fooder – a diet consisting of at least 75% raw foods. Essentially a vegan diet, but can be lacto-vegetarian when raw dairy is consumed, or non- vegetarian when anyone is brave enough to ingest raw fish and meat.

Sproutarian – Very few people eat only sprouts, but one could be considered a sproutarian if their diet is predominantly composed of sprouts.

Living Fooder – is actually a version of sproutarianism. Ann Wigmore promotes a living fooder-vegan type diet concentrated on sprouts, raw fermented and blended foods. The Hippocrates Institute, founded by Brian Clement, and Gabriel Cousens both teach similar versions of the living foods diets.

Natural Hygiene - A diet of raw fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, though most hygienists discourage a high percentage of fruit. The diet is usually vegan, but Tilden (co-founder of natural hygiene in modern times) encouraged use of non-vegetarian foods. There is wide spread disagreement on the use of sprouts, seaweeds, dried fruit, and even raw milk/cheese/eggs in the diet. The American Natural Hygiene Society claims to promote a predominantly raw diet, but allow for cooked grains and steamed vegetables in the diet as well.

Instinctive Eating – A.K.A. Anopsology espouses sequential mono-eating, guided by the senses of smell and taste to signal a need to stop eating. In practice, instincto diets focus on raw fruit, vegetables and optional seafood and meat, but excludes dairy foods and grains. The Paleolithic diet, is a recently popular version.

Essene diet is based on the Essene Gospels of Peace, which claims that Jesus was a member of the Essene sect, and a raw food vegetarian. The diet consists of raw sprouts, wheatgrass, vegetables, fruit, and raw and fermented dairy products making it more lacto-vegetarian than vegan.

Liquidarian – only practical as a short-term cleansing diet.

Fruits

The reproductive parts of a vine, bush, or tree, including the juicy pulp

Technically, fruits include such traditional vegetables as bean/pea pods, avocado, tomato, bell/sweet pepper, cucumbers, and squash.

Fruits are the best tasting raw food.

Fruits are the most cleansing food available. Easiest foot to digest, allows deposited toxic metabolic byproducts of cooked foods to be eliminated by the body. Often resulting in a “crisis” reaction: headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea.

Frutarians are those who consume fruits predominately (75%) or exclusively.

Acid Fuits

Citrus

Berries

Pomes (peaches, plums, apples, pears)

Vegetable Fuits

Melons

Tahitian Melon Squash supposedly tastes like a sweet cantelope

Tomato

Cucumbers

Squash

Hard, raw winter squash is reported to taste like dairy cheese when grated

Bell Peppers

Legumes

Raw Seeds

 

Sprouts

Sprouted seeds are one of the most complete and nutritional of all foods They are the food of the future, as well as a food of the past. The Old Testament prophet Daniel proved the power of pulse in recovering from his malnurished state in only 10 days.

Sprouts are predigested food, exhibiting higher biological value than unsprouted whole seeds, raw or cooked. As a consequence, less food is required, yet more nutrients reach the blood and body tissues.

Unsprouted seeds, grains, cereals, and nuts not only have less nutrional value, but may not even be digestable in many cases.

The presence of antinutritional factors such as enzyme inhibitors, saponins, and tannins in raw legume seeds and other vegetables that renders them undigestable has been considered as an expression of the chemical warfare of plants against their predators.

 

Improving Bioavailability and Removing Antinutrients

The utilization of foods containing these antinutrients has been made possible historically through the use of cooking, fermentation, and germination. Each of these treatments tend to increase nutrient bioavailability. Cooking alters the biochemical structure of proteins including enzyme inhibitors because of the denaturing effects of heat. Fermentation degrades the structure of organic compounds through the effects of altered pH. The production of acetic acid during the production of kraut and pickles is responsible for their characteristic sour taste. Germination which occurs during the production of seed sprouts changes biochemical structure through enzymatic action.

“High-resolution structure of a potent, cyclic proteinase inhibitor from sunflower seeds.” J Mol Biol 1999 Jul 9;290(2):525-33 (ISSN: 0022-2836) Luckett S; Garcia RS; Barker JJ; Konarev AV; Shewry PR; Clarke AR; Brady RL Department of Biochemistry, University of Bristol, Bristol, BS8 1TD, UK.

 

Heat Resistant Enzyme Inhibitors

Cooking doesn’t always eliminate antinutrients. Seed extracts from legumes were used in a 1996 study conducted in Mexico to assess their effect in reducing the proteinase activity of serine and cysteine proteinases (protein digestive enzymes) such as trypsin, chymotrypsin, and papain. This article is interesting in that it reports that the inhibitory capacity was maintained even after heating the seed extracts to 90 degrees C for 15 min. Evidently some biochemical structures are less heat labile than others. This may explain why legumes are more resistant to cooking as a means of eliminating the antinutrient effects of enzyme inhibitors such as flatulence and bloating.

“Proteinase inhibition of fish muscle enzymes using legume seed extracts.” J Food Prot 1996 Mar;59(3):312-8 (ISSN: 0362-028X) Garcia-Carreno FL; Navarrette Del Toro MA; Diaz-Lopez M; Hernandez-Cortes MP; Ezquerra JM Centro de Investigaciones Biologica del Noroeste, La Paz, Mexico. 

 

Heat and Acid Resistant Enzymes

A 1996 study of paprika plant seeds (Capsicum annuum) at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences reported the isolation of several fractions demonstrating trypsin inhibitory activity. These proteinase inhibitors were also found to be resistant to heat up to 85 degrees C and to acidic conditions down to pH 2.0 and even to pepsin digestion.

Patthy A; Athanasiadis A; Tchorbanov B; Zakhariev S; Pongor S, “Primary structure and specificity of a serine proteinase inhibitor from paprika (Capsicum annuum) seeds.” Biochim Biophys Acta 1996 Nov 14;1298(1):95-101 (ISSN: 0006-3002) Antcheva N;

 

Thermostable Tannins

The same degree of heat tolerance applies to other antinutrients like tannins. Yet some thermostable factors are not destroyed by seed processing that involves the use of heat. One of these is a family of polymeric polyphenols called tannins. These substances are actually pigments with the ability to precipitate proteins and inhibit digestive enzymes.

Carmona A, “Tannins: thermostable pigments which complex dietary proteins and inhibit digestive enzymes.” Archives of Latin-American Nutrition 1996 Dec;44(4 Suppl 1):31S-35S (ISSN: 0004-0622) Escuela de Biologia, Universidad Central de Venezuela.

 

Roasting Beans Reduces Antinutrients

In Mexico, researches reported that roasting beans reduced their phytate content by 35% and their protein inhibitors by 96%. But, when roasted in their shells, the tannin concentration actually increased from 12.4 to 236 mg equivalents of catheuine/100g. This was thought to be the result of transferring the higher concentrations of tannin in the shell to the bean itself. When shelled beans were roasted the tannin concentration indeed fell by 88.6%.

Alanis Guzman MG, Gonzalez Quijada MR, Mercado Hernandez R , “Effect of cooking on the chemical and nutritional value of the Pithecellobium flexicaule (Bent) seed.” Archives of Latin-American Nutrition 1998 Dec;48(4):328-33

 

Germination Deactivates Inhibitors

Germination also deactivates enzyme inhibitors by leaching them out of the seed

(grains, nuts) through the osmotic effects of hydration.

Anti-trypsinase and other anti-proteinases are more popularly referred to as proteinase inhibitors. These compounds have gained a great deal of attention in recent years as important adjuncts to HIV treatment protocols. A significant side-benefit of all the intensive research in this area is the role that enzyme inhibitors and the enzymes they inhibit play during seed germination.

Uninhibited seed enzymes break down or digest concentrated seed starch into simpler carbohydrates and sugars, and storage proteins into free amino acids in preparation for seed sprouting and embryonic plant growth.

 

Walnut Protein Allergy

One advantage of using germination as a seed processing method is the digestive action of the seed’s enzymes on allergenic proteins. For example, walnuts which rank third in per capita consumption of tree nuts in the United States contain a major food allergen. Consequently, walnuts are associated with systemic IgE-mediated reactions in some individuals. Perhaps you’ve noticed the bitter taste of walnuts. It comes from the tannin pigment in the walnut skins. But the allergic reaction experienced by susceptible persons is due to one of the proteins contained in the nut meat. A 1998 report in the Journal of Allergy and ClinicalImmunology identified the culprit substance as an albumin seed storage protein precursor closely related to a similar allergen found in the Brazil nut (Bertholletia excelsa).

Teuber SS; Dandekar AM; Peterson WR; Sellers CL, “Cloning and sequencing of a gene encoding a 2S albumin seed storage protein precursor from English walnut (Juglans regia), a major food allergen.” J Allergy Clin Immunol 1998 Jun;101(6 Pt 1):807-14

Department of Internal Medicine, University of California, Davis, School of Medicine, USA.

 

Soaking walnuts is beneficial in two ways. First, tannins are leached out improving the nut’s flavor appeal. Second, removal of the enzyme inhibitors allows the seed to begin germination activities which includes enzymatic digestion of the storage proteins. Since the offending allergen is a seed storage protein, it is biochemically altered by the enzymes into safe nonallergenic subcomponents.

 

Vitamins

Some vitamins increase during sprouting by as much as 500% In wheat, vitamin B-12 quadruples, other B vitamins increases 3 to 12 times, vitamin E content triples. Fiber content increases three to four times.

 

Dry seeds, grains, and legumes contain no vitamin C. But after sprouting, they contain around 6 milligrams per ounce. In fact, sprouts are the most reliable year-round source of vitamin C, carotenoid A, and many B vitamins (such as folacin). For example, Vitamin A content (per calorie) of sprouted Mung beans is two-and-a-half times higher than the dry bean, and compared to some other beans more than eight times more.

 

After harvesting sprouts and refrigerate them, they continue to grow slowly, and their vitamin content will actually increase. Store-bought fruits and vegetables start losing their vitamins as soon as they are picked.

 

When enzymes are in our food, the body is allowed to produce essential molecularstructures instead of emergency digestive enzymes. When natural enzymes are missing in ingested food the body is forced to produce large amounts of digestive enzymes. Pancrease, thyroid, salivary glands hypertrophy in animals fed cooked foods.Aging reduces the stomach’s ability to produce hydrochloric acid (New England Journal of Medicine 85; 313: 70-74); by age 65, near 35% don’t produce any hydrochloric acid at all.

 

Legumes

 

Flatulance

You just can’t discuss legumes and avoid this topic. Beans are notorius for flatulence. But gas may be reduced by rinsing sprouts just before eating to remove oligosaccharides, the surface sugars that some have identified as at least one culprit.

 

Turmeric and ginger may be added to sprouts to assist in protein digestion.

Add anti-gas fenugreek, cumin, dill, and coriander seeds to sprouting legumes. Fenugreek is best with fast growing mung beans.

 

Fennel seed 1 teaspoon of powder 15-30 minutes before a legume meal, taken with warm water. The asian indian custom of chewing the licorice-tasting fennel seeds at the end of a meal is based on centuries of experience in the knowledge that this practice is an effect aid in protein digestion.

Cardamom and caraway seeds can be added just before serving.

 

Soaking Improves Pea Digestability

From the Department of Foods and Nutrition at the Haryana Agricultural University in Hisar, India comes a report on the protein digestability of peas. Raw unprocessed seeds were found to be only 60 to 66 percent digestible. This was improved, not only by ordinary cooking but also by soaking for 18 hours and sprouting.

“Protein digestability of vegetables and field peas (Pisum sativum). Varietal differences and effect

of domestic processing and cooking methods.” Plant Foods Hum Nutr 1994 Jul;46(1):71-6

 

Mung Beans

Easiest to digest, and produce a minimum amount of gas.

Has carbohydrate content of a melon, vitamin A of a lemon, thiamin of an avocado, riboflavin of a dry apple, niacin of a banana, and ascorbic acid of a loganberry. But they have only 3 types of amino acids, while soybeans have 17.

 

Soy Beans

Theoretically edible if sprouted long enough, are difficult or unsafe to eat raw.

 

Large Beans

Lima, pinto, navy (white), black have a very strong, unpleasant flavor when raw which is not improved by sprouting.

 

Kidney beans are actually toxic if eaten raw.

Cooking sprouted large legumes eliminates flatulence, produces a normal flavor, reduces cooking time.

 

Seeds

Sunflower

Raw hulled sunflower seeds can be sprouted: soak 12 hours, pour off hulls to avoid spoilage, and sprout for 1-2 days.

 

Unsprouted sunflower seeds are high in fat and protein. Sprouting activates the seed by leeching out enzyme inhibitors, increasing enzyme levels, converting seed fats to essential fatty acids and carbohydrates, and converting proteins to essential amino acids and/or sugars.

 

Sprouted sunflower seeds may be dehydrated to produce the familiar crunchy texture most of us are used to. Adding salt to the last water change will produce a pleasant taste in the final dried sprouts.

 

Unhulled sunflower seeds are generally grown for 7 days to produce sunflower greens.Sunflower greens have a slightly salty taste like watercress. Rich in chlorophyll, enzymes, vitamins, proteins, lecithin and Vitamin D

 

Fenugreek

Common in Indian cuisine, this seed aids in digestion. It sprouts readily and quickly but frequently contains rock hard seeds that won’t sprout. These can be separated to the bottom by soaking in water.

 

Pumpkin

'Lady Godiva' variety doesn’t have the hard shell seen in most pumpkins. They will sprout but become rancid quickly (often in less than 2 days) unless they are dehydrated which is really preferred. If not dehydrated they should be soaked and refrigerated.

 

Sesame

Hulled seeds won’t sprout. Unhulled seeds sprout easily in 1-2 days. Hulls contain oxylate (a bitter tasting anti-nutrient) than can be reduced significantly by soaking and rinsing. Sesame seed oil is heating when applied topically.

 

Flax

Flax seed oil is very expensive and spoils quickly, so much be refrigerated. Flax is a rich source of omega-3 and –6 fatty acids.

 

Nuts

Soaking nuts (even if they can’t be sprouted) will remove some of the tannins in their skins, improving their flavor and digestability.

 

Almonds

sprouted almonds are very delicious, and have much better flavor than dry, unsprouted almonds. Blanched almonds probably won't sprout: use only whole, unblanched almonds.

 

1 day suggested, after 2 days may turn rancid. Almond sprout is a “whole food.” Eat the whole thing, including skin. Raw, unsoaked almond skins are high in tannins, hard to digest, and very astringent: peel the sprouts before eating. Easiest after soaking underwater. Peeled almond sprouts really taste wonderful

Sprouts may be dehydrated from an optionally salted final rinse to produce marvelous, crunchy almonds very similar to the freeze-dried vacuum packed varieties.

 

Peanuts

Raw, unblanched peanuts are sproutable and taste better than dry, unsprouted ones.

 

Blanched nuts are treated with heat and/or chemicals, and don't sprout reliably.

Can harbor carcinogenic toxic molds (aflatoxin).

 

Pecans

Not sproatable. Shelled nuts are devitalized by processing

Pistachios

Processing renders them non-viable, so not sproutable

 

Walnuts

Not sproutable, can be soaked which improves flavor, removing bitter taste quality and softens nut.

Dehydrating after soaking makes them wonderfully crisp and crunching.

 

Brazil Nuts

Shelled nuts are devitalized by boiling process. Buy only in-shell, and shell manually

 

Cashews

A tropical tree in the plant family Anacardiacae (includes mango, pistachio, and poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac). The edible “nut” must be separated from the toxic shell through a process that involves immersion in a hot oil bath at 170-200 deg C. This renders it devitalized and, consequently, is not sproutable.

 

Chestnuts

Most are imported from Europe (the European chestnut). Chestnuts have the lowest fat content of all major nuts (4-6%) which means they contain substantial amounts of carbohydrates (starch and sugar). As a result, they may spoil quickly, and should be refrigerated or frozen for storage. Usually sold in-shell.

 

Filberts (Hazelnuts)

Not viable, soaking has little effect on shelled nut.

 

Macadamia Nuts

Most are freeze dried and non-viable. Unprocessed nuts require 30-60+ days to sprout in-shell. This extremely progracted sprouting time means they might be rancid or rotten by the time the root sprout finally appears.

 

Coconuts

If you think Macadamia nuts take a long time, coconuts take the cake. They require 4 or more months to sprout! Supermarket coconuts probably won’t sprout because they are usually picked too green. You’ll need a fresh, mature raw nut with its husk intact. But, if you are able to manage it, sprouted coconuts are edible, and considered a delicacy

 

Sprouting Times

Type of seedamtsoak timesprout timeamt harvested
Aduki1 cup12 hrs3 dayshalf gallon
alfalfa3 tsp110 hrs3 dayshalf gallon
almond1 cup8 hrs2 days2 cups
buckwheat2 cups10 hrs2 dayshalf gallon
cabbage3 tsp8 hrs3 dayshalf gallon
clover2 tsp8 hrs3 dayshalf gallon
fenugreek4 tsp10 hrs4 dayshalf gallon
flax1 cup8 hrs2 days2 cups
garbanzo1 cup12 hrs2 dayshalf gallon
lentil1 cup10 hrs2 dayshalf gallon
millet1 cup10 hrs2 dayshalf gallon
mung1 cup12 hrs2 dayshalf gallon
oat groat2 cups8 hrs1 dayhalf gallon
pea1 cup10 hrs2 dayshalf gallon
quinoa1 cup8 hrs2 dayshalf gallon
radish3 tsp8 hrs2 dayshalf gallon
sesame1 cup8 hrs2 dayshalf gallon
sunflower2 cups12 hrs2 dayshalf gallon
wheat2 cups12 hrs2 dayshalf gallon
wild rice1 cup12 hrs4 dayshalf gallon





                                           

 


 

Free Health Insurance — Available To All

“The Doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.”
~ Thomas Edison

Food as a key to health represents a powerful challenge to conventional medicine, which is fundamentally built on drugs and surgery. The wide spread communities of nutrition professionals, researchers and doctors are, as a whole, either unaware of this evidence or reluctant to share it. Because of these failings, Americans are being cheated out of information that could save their lives.”
~ T. Colin Campbell, PhD – The China Study

In last week’s Health Tip, I provided much evidence showing that our entire society is geared toward disease and “disease care” rather than health and true “health care.”

This week I want to offer an alternative. See if you don’t agree that this alternative is vastly better, much less expensive, while offering superior results:

Modern Medicine Has Never Healed Anyone of Anything!

Think about that statement for a moment. Do you agree with it? Here are a few questions to prompt some thought:

Does modern medicine have the ability to restore “health” to the DIABETIC?

Or does having “health insurance” even matter?

The answer to both is “No!”

Modern medicine does not rid the diabetic’s blood sugar problem; in fact, most doctors treat only the symptom with drugs and insulin to lessen the symptom. Do these drugs eliminate the diabetic condition? Or do they merely chemically reduce readings while exacerbating the problem?

As the condition continues to deteriorate, what can the doctor offer besides stronger drugs or the amputation of a limb, or blindness, or an early death?

Does modern medicine restore “health” to the person with high blood pressure?

Or does having “health insurance” even matter?

The answer to both again is “No!”

Rather than restoring “health” by removing the high blood pressure problem, most doctors only treat the symptom with toxic drugs, while telling the patient they must remain on these toxic drugs the rest of their life. And what do these drugs do?

Besides chemically lowering blood pressure, these drugs often cause new and often more serious problems. As arteries continue to clog  due to a fatty diet, what can modern medicine offer besides more drugs, by-pass surgery, balloon therapy, and stents?

Do these modalities restore “health” to the patient or do they offer only temporary relief of symptoms while the fat continues to build up in the arteries, often resulting in a life-threatening heart attack or stroke.

Does modern medicine restore “health” to the person suffering with arthritis?

Or does having “health insurance” even matter?

The answer once again is “No” to both questions.

Most doctors treat the symptoms of arthritis (pain and swelling) with ever more powerful painkilling drugs in an effort to relieve the increasing pain and swelling.

Meanwhile, the arthritic continues to see their “health” deteriorate, often resulting in debilitating surgery or a wheelchair.

Does modern medicine restore “health” to the migraine sufferer?

Or does having “health insurance” even matter?

The answer once again is “No” to both questions.

Rather than ridding the migraine sufferer of their debilitating problem, most doctors prescribe powerful and toxic painkilling drugs in an effort relieve the symptom, which the sufferer has to continue to take in increasingly powerful forms while never eliminating the problem.

I could continue to list almost every physical problem for which a person seeks the help of modern medicine (other than accidents for which modern medicine is life-saving), and you tell me what problem the doctor, using his or her best knowledge and drugs, was able to eliminate.

Friends, “health insurance”, even the best and most expensive, paid for by the individual, employer, or government, does not have the ability to restore “health” to anyone for anything! Why is this so?

Only The Body Has The Power To Restore Health

Doctors can do their best to mitigate (lessen) symptoms, but neither they nor drugs have the power to heal the patient.

Before health can ever be restored to anyone, we must realize that all healing is self-healing and that all healing comes from the inside out and cannot come from the outside in!

Toxic drugs do not have the power to heal; in fact, they complicate the healing. The only power drugs have is to chemically relieve the symptom while at the same time poisoning the body and possibly creating new and often more serious problems than the drug was designed to help.

Many years ago, one of the 68 medical doctors who have gone through our Health Minister Traininghere at Hallelujah Acres, gave me a copy of the Physicians’ Desk Reference manual (PDR)It is a huge book containing over 3,000 pages.

Within its pages you will find almost every drug prescribed by doctors, along with a listing of all the adverse effects that drug is capable of creating. These adverse effects consume most of the 3,000 pages of the book!

Listen closely to the next drug advertisement on TV or read the fine print in that drug ad in a magazine. First it tells you of all the wonderful benefits that drug can bring – followed by warnings telling of all the bad things that drug can create within the body of the person who takes that drug –sometimes those adverse effects even include death.

Again, drugs do not have the power to heal – only the body possesses that power!

Where did that healing power come from?

This ability to heal was placed into the genetic coding of those first humans (Adam & Eve) by God. This self-healing ability has been passed from generation to generation in the genes, until it ended up in the body of every human being – including your body and mine!

God Built Self-Healing Into Each Of Us

You already have self-healing built into your body! And because of it, we have no need for “health insurance,” which is not “health” insurance at all, but “disease” insurance.

If we are currently sick and want to be made whole, we must cooperate with the body so that this built-in self-healing that God placed within each of us can manifest.

Modern medicine complicates both the problem and the “healing” process, making it more difficult for the body to do what God designed it to do: heal itself.

With that as a little background and introduction, let’s consider three areas: (1) How God designed the human physical body; (2) How God designed the body to function; and (3) How the body responds to various stimuli (e.g. drugs, food, drink, etc.):

1. We Are Fearfully And Wonderfully Made

“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;”
(Psalm 139:14)

No one can properly understand or appreciate the human physical body, without first acknowledging the body’s origin and designer – GOD!

“And the Lord GOD formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”
(Genesis 2:7)

Yes my friend, after God had created this earth, He now had the building materials with which to create man – “dust of the ground” (minerals).

Then, in Genesis 2:7, using these dead minerals (“dust of the ground”) as building material, “GOD formed man.” But this “GOD formed man” made “of the dust of the ground” is dead and lifeless, similar to what we see when we look into a casket of a departed loved one at a funeral.  That is, until GOD “breathed into his nostrils the breath of LIFE and man became a LIVING soul.”

God Places Man In A Garden

“And the Lord God planted a garden eastward of Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.”
(Genesis 2:8)

Immediately after creating this first human (Adam), God places Adam in a garden, and then we read: “And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food…

Next we learn that after God created this first human, Adam, God said to Adam:

Behold, I have given you every herb (vegetable) bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat (FOOD).”
(Genesis 1:29)

Friends, there is nothing more important for a person to know after they are born, if that person is to have a healthy body and live a long and healthy life here on earth, than what we have just read! Let me explain why I make such a statement:

The physical body we each possess is a living organism, comprised of living cells, designed by God to be nourished with living (raw) plant-sourced foods!

All the foods found in the garden into which God placed man — and which God told Adam to eat for food — were living plant foods. That is, they were all foods that grew in the garden (fruits, vegetables, seeds, and nuts), which means they still contained their life force (enzymes).

When we consume these living foods God designed our bodies to be nourished with, and the freshly extracted juices thereof, our bodies have the nourishment and building materials neededto produce health!

When we cook these living garden foods, we destroy their life force (enzymes), and thus that living food is converted to a dead food by the heat.

Dead food cannot properly nourish living cells!

Death cannot produce life! This simple truth is the key to life, health, and longevity!

Please note that every animal in the wild, carnivorous or vegetarian instinctively eats its food in its raw and living form as they have done since God created them.

Only man, who has lost all natural instinct, will take what God has provided in its raw and living form in nature, and cook it — destroying all enzymes and life force.

When we go outside the garden to obtain our food (consuming animal flesh or dairy, refined sugar, refined flour, refined table salt, caffeine, saturated and trans-fats, etc.), we are in danger of doing great harm to the physical body.

Why? Because God created a physical body designed to functions properly only when it is provided the living garden foods He (God) designed that body to be nourished with!

The body malfunctions when a person goes outside the garden to obtain their food. This is the causeof most physical problems (other than accidents). The Bible says in Proverbs 26:2 that “The curse causeless shall not come.”

Almost every physical problem man experiences (other than injury from accidents) is caused by putting something into the body — food, drink, or drugs — that God never designed the physical body to contend with.

Our body is similar to an automobile in a way. Your car runs smoothly and properly when provided the right grade or octane of gasoline, but pings and knocks when it is given a low octane or contaminated fuel.

2. How Your Body Was Designed To Function

(a) Researchers tell us that the human physical body is comprised of approximately 100 trillion living cells! Whether it be our hair or nails, muscles or bone, flesh or blood, immune system or whatever part of the body you care to name, everything that comprises our physical body is comprised of living cells.

(b) Researchers also reveal that these 100 trillion living cells are constantly in the process of dying and replacing themselves at the rate of approximately 300 million cells per minute. Blood cells are dying and replacing daily, taste buds replace in about 2 weeks, surface layer of skin replaces in about 4 weeks, while bone cells take about a year.

(c) Research further reveals that as these living cells die and replace, the quality of each replacement cell depends on the building materials available to it. If that living cell is provided with living (garden) food, the nourishment God designed it to have, it will be of highest quality! But if provided with dead or non-garden foods, the new cell will be of poorer quality.

Friends, what I have just shared is the key to life, health, and longevity! And with this knowledge almost every individual can take control of his or her own health. Yes, with this knowledge each person can now determine whether they want to “be in health” (3 John 2) or live in sickness.

Here is how the Bible expresses this individual responsibility:

“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man (or woman) soweth, that shall he (or she) also reap.”
Galatians 6:7

3. How The Body Responds To Various Stimuli (Food, Drink, Drugs)

The Hallelujah Diet is based on the Genesis 1:29 diet, the very diet God told Adam and Eve they were to consume to nourish their physical bodies. And who would know what the best source of nourishment was for the physical body than God, the very Creator of that body? The foundation of The Hallelujah Diet is solid, biblical, and cannot be refuted.

How is it then that, over the years, Hallelujah Acres has learned a number of reasons why a 100% raw, living, plant-sourced diet has some weaknesses?

This weakness is due to the quality and nutrient density of the garden foods available to us today, and the weakened physical bodies we have to contend with due to years of abuse.

Due to these factors, we encourage the consumption of freshly extracted vegetable juices, and we also allow 15% of the garden foods to be in cooked form. Also, due to research and personal experience, we encourage carefully selected supplementation to obtain maximum results.

The Hallelujah Diet

The Hallelujah Diet is comprised of approximately 85% raw, living, plant-sourced foods, freshly extracted vegetable juices, green smoothies and blended salads, 15% cooked, plant-sourced foods, and the use of some important supplements.

These foods (especially the juices, green smoothies and blended salads) provide the body withsuperior cell building materials, materials the body then uses to rebuild the immune system and restore health to the sick and maintain wellness once health has been restored.

Millions of people around the world have adopted The Hallelujah Diet, while tens-of-thousands have reported that when they adopted The Hallelujah Diet, most all of their physical and even psychological problems went away — and they don’t get sick anymore.

This editor has been on The Hallelujah Diet for over 36 years. While on this diet, I recovered fromcolon cancer in 1976 and a hemorrhagic stroke due to stress in 2001 — both without a doctor’s help or health insurance.

As I approach my 80th birthday, I still possess a strong and healthy body, with no physical or mental limitations that I am aware of, even though I stopped carrying health insurance 36 years ago.

Every Physical Problem Has A Cause

As mentioned above, the Bible tells us in Proverbs 26:2 that “… the curse causeless shall not come.”

This verse indicates that if I do not entertain the “cause” of sickness, the “curse” (sickness) “will not come.”

This explains why Christians are just as sick as non-Christians:

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.”
(Hosea 4:6)

Don’t you think it is high time God’s people got back to nourishing their bodies with the foods God told us we should eat in Genesis 1:29?

Don’t you think it’s time for God’s people to manifest the health God designed for each of us?

You and you alone hold the key to your own health! Will you choose to “be in health”? (3 John 2). Your health is dependent on how well you nourish and exercise your body. Your health is your responsibility and no one else’s!

The Best Health Insurance Policy Available Anywhere & It’s Free

There is not a Health Insurance policy available anywhere, provided by the private sector or government, no matter its cost, that can restore health.

Why?

Because only the body has the innate ability to restore “health.”

Restoration of health can only take place when we provide conditions conducive to health within the body so that the body can do what God designed it to do – heal itself!

And there is absolutely no cost associated with this healing – because it is provided by God, FREE OF CHARGE!

Hallelujah & Amen!

Next week the good Lord willing and if the creeks don’t rise too high, I will share the solution to our current dilemma concerning disease care with a true health care program. Trust you will join us!


Today’s message starts with a musical cue. It’s a song lyric fromThe Fantasticks, the longest running musical in the world:

“Plant a radish, get a radish, and not a Brussels sprout. That’s why I like vegetables. You know what they’re about.”

The man who is singing is talking about the difference between raising kids and raising vegetables. But in many ways, we think the above lyric articulates the spirit of Hallelujah Acres and the way we feel about processed food.

Processed foods are loaded with additives. They have artificial stabilizers. They’ve been fortified and pasteurized and enhanced in ways that mask the fact that they have been stripped of their nutritional value. Fish is filled with mercury. And when you eat animal products, you don’t know what hormones or antibiotics may have been injected into the cow or chicken or pig.

And that’s why we like vegetables... and fruits...and other all-natural foods. You know what they’re about.

So please stick with these message series. You’ve been doing great so far, and we want to spend the rest of the year helping you do everything you can to live for a long, long time. That brings us to the subject of today’s lesson...

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Drinking

No, we’re not talking about alcohol. We’re talking about the seemingly harmless beverages that can make the difference between weight-loss success and system failure.

The Party’s Over
History shows that refined sugar was considered a high society party drug in the Middle Ages. Today, sugar’s highly addictive nature, like a party drug, is causing deceptive, yet devastating effects across the Western world. Sugar is lurking everywhere in your supermarket, in places you wouldn’t expect to find it, like the meat aisle where sugar can be used as a preservative, or the pharmacy aisle where it shows up in vitamins and supplements, or the low-fat food aisle where excess sugar takes the place of oil in cookies, salad dressings, and other self-proclaimed “healthy” products.

And too much sugar has become far too common in the beverages we drink: high-sugar sodas, energy drinks, blended coffee drinks, and even so-called “natural” fruit drinks...which are often little more than sugar water with some fruit flavoring.

Drink Your Way Slim
Limiting or eliminating soda pop, fruit drinks, ice tea, hot chocolate, sports drinks, and any other refined sugar-sweetened beverage is the easiest way to get rid of empty calories. The research from population studies, experimental studies, and interventions to reduce cola consumption all show that higher body weights are more common in groups that drink soda pop and sugar sweetened beverages. That’s why none of these beverages are part of The Hallelujah Diet.

What about drinks made with high fructose corn syrup instead of sugar? One study found that a high fat, high sugar diet supplemented with high fructose corn syrup led to brain damage (in rats) in the hippocampus, a region of the brain associated with short-term memory and spatial navigation...and one of the first areas damaged in Alzheimer’s disease. So, not only does high fructose corn syrup contribute to obesity (as empty calories), it also leads to dementia.

Small amounts of natural sweeteners are fine. But sugar by any other name is still sugar, even if it is raw. So, even honey, agave nectar, and any other natural sweeteners and sugar substitutes, like stevia, have negative effects if used in large quantities.

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Homework: Deconstruct Your Food
When you look at one of those currently popular oversized cupcakes loaded with frosting and bursting with cream filling, do you see a single serving of dessert? Perhaps, but deconstruct that cupcake and you’ll see that cupcake for what it really is...enough dessert to feed three or four people.

On the top of that cupcake, you’ve got the frosting equivalent of a full-sized candy bar. The cupcake topping itself is so big; it’s got the same caloric hit as a cookie. Then you’ve got the cupcake itself, made with several tablespoons of flour, sugar, and butter, but no nutrition. Finally, there’s the filling, another big portion of fat and sugar, equivalent to a small candy bar.

Your homework assignment is to deconstruct ten dishes you long for into their component parts. Do it with things like a fast food breakfast sandwich or a slice of pizza. And do it for beverages like the Caramel Macchiato that you enjoy at the coffee bar, too.

Once you realize how much food you’re actually eating in these dishes, you’ll never look at them the same way again...and that’s a good thing!

Yours in knowledge,
The Hallelujah Acres Information Bulldogs

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