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Summer 2008 Magazine: Pick Your Side Part 2
Publish date: Jun 27, 2009
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My attention was then called to the first case, that of the father who had lost his wife and two children. The physician was in the sick-room, standing by the bedside of the afflicted daughter. Again he left the room without giving medicine. The father, when alone in the presence of the physician, seemed deeply moved, and inquired, impatiently, “Do you intend to do nothing? Will you leave my only daughter to die?”
The physician said: “I have listened to the sad history of the death of your much-loved wife and your two children, and have learned from your own lips that all three died while in the care of physicians, and while taking medicines prescribed and administered by their hands. Medicine has not saved your loved ones; and as a physician, I solemnly believe that none of them need, or ought to, have died. They could have recovered if they had not been so drugged that nature was enfeebled by abuse, and finally crushed.”
He stated decidedly to the agitated father: “I can not give medicine to your daughter. I shall only seek to assist nature in her efforts, by removing every obstruction, and then leave nature to recover the exhausted energies of the system.” He placed in the father’s hand a few directions, which he enjoined him to follow closely: “Keep the patient free from excitement, and every influence calculated to depress. Her attendants should be cheerful and hopeful. She should have a simple diet, and should be allowed plenty of pure soft water to drink. She should bathe frequently in pure soft water, and this treatment should be followed by gentle rubbing. Let light and air be freely admitted into her room. She must have quiet and undisturbed rest.”
The father slowly read the prescription, wondered at the few simple directions it contained, and seemed doubtful that any good would result from such simple means.
Said the physician: “You have had sufficient confidence in my skill to place the life of your daughter in my hands. Withdraw not your confidence. I will visit your daughter daily, and direct you in the management of her case. Follow my directions with confidence, and I trust in a few weeks to present her to you in a much better condition of health, if not fully restored.”
The father looked sad and doubtful, but submitted to the decision of the physician. He feared that his daughter must die, if she had no medicine (“Drugs and Their Effects” August 15, 1899, Review and Herald).
Today, many people think that unless they take a drug they can never be healed; as if there was some magical substance in the drug that God forgot to consider when He made us; as if He did not see what we would be suffering at the end of time. To try and convince people that we do not need drugs to get well, and in fact that drugs will make us sick, is an uphill battle and one which I fight daily.
I have had people tell me that they did not want to stop taking drugs because their doctor would be upset with them and might not keep them as patients. Some have even told me that they know that chemotherapy is not good for them, but they feel they must continue with it. And quite honestly, I have seen this kind of thinking put a person, who should have lived, in the grave. The extreme poisoning effects of the chemo drugs only counteracted all the good they did. The immune system they needed to make them well was annihilated, leaving the body with nothing to defend itself.
I have looked at the blood work of someone who had chemotherapy just days before seeing me and their blood looked like a graveyard; all the vitality was gone from the system; the poor soul would stand up and not have enough energy left to do anything else because it took all their energy just to stand up. You cannot poison your body into health.
Our story continues:
I was brought into the sick-room of the first case, that of the father and his daughter. The daughter was sitting by the side of her father, cheerful and happy, with the glow of health upon her countenance. The father was looking upon her with happy satisfaction, his countenance speaking the gratitude of his heart, that his only child was spared to him. Her physician entered, and after conversing with the father and child for a short time, arose to leave. He addressed the father thus: “I present to you your daughter restored to health. I gave her no medicine, that I might leave her with an unbroken constitution. Medicine never could have accomplished this. Medicine deranges nature’s fine machinery, and breaks down the constitution, and kills, but it never cures. Nature alone possesses restorative powers. She alone can build up her exhausted energies, and repair the injuries she has received by inattention to her fixed laws.”
He then asked the father if he was satisfied with his manner of treatment. The happy father expressed his heartfelt gratitude and perfect satisfaction, saying: “I have learned a lesson I shall never forget. It was painful, yet it is of priceless value. I am now convinced that my wife and children need not have died. Their lives were sacrificed while in the hands of physicians, by their poisonous drugs” (“Drugs and Their Effects” August 15, 1899, Review and Herald).
This was a case that was shown to Ellen White by God. In it, I believe, He was giving us a clear picture of His perfect Creation, how perfectly it heals itself when placed under the laws that were made for it. If the body heals itself when placed under the eight natural doctors, then it only stands to reason that it would only get sick for one of two reasons:
1) When not following the eight natural doctors
2) When the devil is allowed to bring something upon you such as he did to Job.
It takes great patience to allow nature the time to do her work, but she does it wisely and well. We have all been programmed for the quick fix, so we gravitate to whatever seems to work fastest to relieve us from the wrong we have done. In natural healing, there are lessons about repentance that we can all learn from.
Leaving behind the things we have done wrong and turning only to those things that are right is the only way that we can receive healing. What I am talking about here is not an alternative method of healing. It is the only method of healing: true healing. There is no alternative to God’s way because He alone knows the end from the beginning. His counsel stands amid the myriad of seemingly right healing therapies in our world.
Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure (Isaiah 46:9-10).
There are many ways of practicing the healing art; but there is only one way that Heaven approves. God’s remedies are the simple agencies of nature, that will not tax or debilitate the system through their powerful properties. Pure air and water, cleanliness, a proper diet, purity of life, and a firm trust in God, are remedies for the want of which thousands are dying; yet these remedies are going out of date because their skillful use requires work that the people do not appreciate. Fresh air, exercise, pure water, and clean, sweet premises, are within the reach of all, with but little expense; but drugs are expensive, both in the outlay of means, and the effect produced upon the system (Counsels on Diet and Foods, 301, emphasis added).
More deaths have been caused by drug-taking than from all other causes combined. If there was, in the land, one physician in the place of thousands, a vast amount of premature mortality would be prevented. Multitudes of physicians, and multitudes of drugs, have cursed the inhabitants of the earth, and have carried thousands and tens of thousands to untimely graves.
Indulgence in eating too frequently, and in too large quantities, overtaxes the digestive organs, and produces a feverish state of the system. The blood becomes impure, and then diseases of various kinds occur. A physician is sent for, who prescribes some drug, which gives present relief, but does not cure the disease. It may change the form of disease, but the real evil is increased tenfold. Nature was doing her best to rid the system of an accumulation of impurities; and had she been left to herself, aided by the common blessings of heaven, such as pure air and pure water, a speedy and safe cure would have been effected.
In such cases, the sufferers can do for themselves that which others can not do as well for them. They should begin to relieve nature of the load they have forced upon her. They should remove the cause by fasting a short time, and giving the stomach time to rest. The feverish state of the system should be reduced by a careful and understanding application of water. These efforts will help nature in her struggle to free the system of impurities. But generally, the persons who suffer pain become impatient. They are not willing to practise self-denial, and suffer a little from hunger, neither are they willing to wait the slow process of nature to build up the overtaxed energies of the system; but they are determined to obtain relief at once, and so take powerful drugs, prescribed by physicians. Nature was doing her work well, and would have triumphed; but while accomplishing her task, a foreign substance of a poisonous nature was introduced. What a mistake! Abused nature has now two evils to war against instead of one. She leaves the work in which she was engaged, and resolutely takes hold to expel the intruder newly introduced into the system. Nature feels this double draft upon her resources, and becomes enfeebled.
Drugs never cure disease. They only change its form and location. Nature alone is the effectual restorer, and how much better can she perform her task if left to herself! But this privilege is seldom allowed her. If crippled nature bears up under the load, and finally accomplishes in a measure her double task, and the patient lives, the credit is given to the physician. But if nature fails in her effort to expel the poison from the system, and the patient dies, it is called a wonderful dispensation of Providence. If the patient had taken a course to relieve overburdened nature in season, and understandingly used pure, soft water, this dispensation of drug mortality might have been wholly averted. The use of water can accomplish but little, if the patient does not realize the necessity of strict attention to his diet.
When drugs are introduced into the system, they may for a time seem to have a beneficial effect. A change may take place, but the disease is not cured. It will manifest itself in some other form. In nature’s efforts to expel the drug from the system, intense suffering is sometimes caused the patient.
The disease that the drug was given to cure may disappear, but only to reappear in a new form, such as skin diseases, ulcers, painful diseased joints, and sometimes in a more dangerous and deadly form. The liver, heart, and brain are frequently affected by drugs, and often all these organs are burdened with disease; and the unfortunate subjects, if they live, are invalids for life, wearily dragging out a miserable existence. Oh, how much that poisonous drug cost! If it did not cost the life, it cost quite too much. Nature has been crippled in all her efforts. The whole machinery is out of order, and at a future period in life, when these fine works, which have been injured, are to be relied upon to act a more important part in union with all the fine works of nature’s machinery, they can not readily and strongly perform their labor, and the whole system feels the lack. These organs, which should be in a healthy condition, are enfeebled, and the blood becomes impure. Nature keeps struggling, and the patient suffers with different ailments, until there is a sudden break-down, and death follows. More die from the use of drugs than would die from disease, were nature left to do her own work (“Drugs and Their Effects” August 15, 1899, Review and Herald).
To be continued.
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