Medical Science and the Spirit of Prophecy
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The late Clive McCay, Ph.D., former professor of nutri­tion, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, in March, 1958, before a large group of persons at Memphis, Tennessee, made the following introductory and concluding remarks:

In 1915 at the ripe age of 88 died one of the most remarkable women that America has produced. Her name was Ellen G. White. Although she had only a few months of formal schooling when a child, her list of books even today numbers about 60. Some of these are books about her or compilations from her lectures. Unfortu­nately these writings are buried in a few stores dealing with religious books and listed in a catalogue entitled Spirit of Prophecy volumes.

The chief book of Ellen G. White which deals with nutrition is en­titled Counsels on Diet and Foods. This work consists of excerpts start­ing in 1863, at the time of our War Between the States and extending until 1909 or nearly until World War I. ...

The writings of Ellen G. White ... provide a guide to nutrition that comprehends the whole body. Much of this wisdom of the past is not understood today, and we attempt to attain miracles by eating vitamin tablets, mixtures of trace minerals or protein concentrates.

Ellen White died before modern biochemistry ... and [when] the composition of foods [became generally known], but if people followed her plan even today they would be far better fed than they are in their attempts to eat bad diets and then compensate by miracle foods. She advocated simple, natural diets, low in fat, low in salt, well prepared and modest in amount. Gradually she became a vege­tarian, but included eggs and milk in her food pattern….We can read over and over the writings of such leaders as Ellen G. White, who taught the importance of good food for health and the essen­tiality of a healthy body if we are to have a good soul.—Published in Natural Foods and Farming, May, 1958.

Dr. McCay often spoke of the treasure that Seventh-day Adventists possess in the health writings of Mrs. White. One such occasion was a presentation he made in April, 1958, to the Men's Club of the Ithaca, New York, Unitarian church. What he presented he later expanded to three articles, which appeared in the Review and Herald of February 12, 19, and 26, 1959. The concluding portion of the first article follows:

When one reads such works by Mrs. White as Ministry of Healing or Counsels on Diet and Foods he is impressed by the correctness of her teachings in the light of modern nutritional science. One can only speculate how much better health the average American might enjoy, even though he knew almost nothing of modern science, if he but followed the teachings of Mrs. White.—Review and Herald, Feb. 12, 1959.


Spirit of Prophecy

1865—Rooms Purified by Light

Rooms that are not exposed to light and air become damp ....

The atmosphere in these rooms is poisonous, because it has not been purified by light and air. —How to Live, p. 62. Republished in Selected Messages, book 2, p. 462.

1905-Sunlight Essential to Freedom From Disease

In the building of houses it is especially important to secure thorough ventilation and plenty of sunlight. Let there be a current of air and an abundance of light in every room in the house.­—The Ministry of Healing, p. 274.

Every form of uncleanliness tends to disease. Death-producing germs abound in dark, neglected corners, in decaying refuse, in dampness and mold and must. ...

Perfect cleanliness, plenty of sunlight, careful attention to sani­tation in every detail of the home life, are essential to freedom from disease and to the cheerfulness and vigor of the inmates of the home.—Ibid., p. 276.

Witness of Science

Some eighty years after Mrs. White's first statement on this point Dr. Lawrence P. Garrod, professor of bacteriology, at the University of London, performed studies on the effect of light on the bacteria in the dust of sickrooms. He reported that dust on the floor near the beds of patients suffering from an infectious disease contained many of the bacteria produc­ing this disease. This was also true of the dust under the bed and in every dark place in the room. But dust from near the window and from the window sill contained none, even in rooms with a north exposure without any direct sunlight. This was true even in winter, when the light had to pene­trate through two layers of window glass. He concludes:

It must now be recognized that ordinary diffuse daylight, even on a cloudy day and even in winter in England, can be lethal [deadly] to bacteria, and that glass is no absolute bar to this effect.—British Medical Journal 1:247, 1944.


Mrs. White did not take up nutritional ideas that were fads in her time. Points clearly made by her, while at times called in question, are often confirmed later as there is an advance in scientific investigation; e.g., she accepted the use of yeast breads but called for the killing of the yeast germ in baking. Note the following:

Spirit of Prophecy

Bread should be light and sweet. Not the least taint of sourness should be tolerated. The loaves should be small, and so thoroughly baked that, so far as possible, the yeast germs shall be destroyed.—­The Ministry of Healing, p. 301 ( 1905).

Witness of Science

Thirty years ago the use of live yeast was advocated as having therapeutic value as a source 0f vitamins. It contains vitamin B in appreciable amounts. For years the readers of popular magazines were urged to eat a cake of live yeast every day. The Spirit of Prophecy statement was called in question. But now it is known that yeast cells are capable of passing through the acid contents of the stomach without destruction and later proliferate in the intestines. Here they produce fermentation to some extent, and have a laxative action. But this is not all. The following fact is significant:

Live yeast cells ... take up B vitamins from the food material in the intestine, thus making them unavailable for the body. If the ef­fect of B vitamins in combating constipation is desired, it is better to take dried brewer's yeast ( dead cells) or wheat germ.—L. Jean Bo­gert in Nutrition and Physical Fitness, 7th ed., p. 406 (W. B. Saun­ders).

With live yeast actually robbing the body of that which it was thought to give, no advertisements are seen today ad­vocating the ingestion of live yeast. The Spirit of Prophecy counsels of 1905 stand with solid scientific support. It should be observed that, as noted, brewer's yeast is an acceptable and valuable food supplement rich in the B-complex vitamins.


Through the Spirit of Prophecy we are urged to exercise moderately after our meals. A short walk is recommended.

A German investigator in 1964 found that cardiac vic­tims often consumed large meals a few hours before death. Many died within seconds after waking from an afternoon nap. Autopsies often revealed fat particles up to 50 microns in diameter within the coronary vessels. Such fat particles could easily precipitate fatal coronary attacks.

Spirit of Prophecy

1892—Counsels on Health, pp. 565, 566:

At mealtime cast off care and taxing thought. Do not be hur­ried, but eat slowly and with cheerfulness, your heart filled with gratitude to God for all His blessings. And do not engage in brain labor immediately after a meal. Exercise moderately, and give a little time for the stomach to begin its work.

This is not a matter of trifling importance. We must pay atten­tion to it if healthful vigor and a right tone are to be given to the va­rious branches of the work.

1890—Counsels on Diet and Foods, pp. 103, 104:

Exercise aids the dyspeptic by giving the digestive organs a healthy tone. To engage in deep study or violent exercise immedi­ately after eating, hinders the digestive process; for the vitality of the system, which is needed to carry on the work of digestion, is called away to other parts. But a short walk after a meal, with the head erect and the shoulders back, exercising moderately, is a great benefit.

Witness of Science

1964—Gerhard Volkheimer, Medical World News, Septem­ber 25, p. 46:

A peaceful after-dinner nap may be only the lull before the car­diac storm .... Dr. Gerhard Volkheimer of Humboldt University

Medical School, Berlin, finds that physical inactivity can lead to the accumulation of chyle in the thoracic duct. And any sudden move­ment can apparently propel enough chyle into the blood to produce a coronary embolism.

Dr. Volkheimer conducted a series of studies in which he would feed the laboratory animals then put them to sleep for an hour. It was found that the fat accumulated in the thoracic duct and when the abdominal wall was contracted large quantities of chyle, or fat, were thrown into the blood stream. In one group of animals he found a large number of very tiny vessels of the coronary arteries plugged by these fatty drops. It seemed the longer the fat remained in the thoracic duct the larger the fat drops became. This effect was the most marked after the animals were fed bacon fat. When the animals were fed germ oils the fat particles did not tend to clump and grow in size.

Although his work was done on animals, Dr. Volkheimer feels that this could very well be the explanation for human coronary attacks following naps after heavy meals.

When the doctor's animals were allowed a half-hour walk around the block after eating there was no accumulation of fat droplets. Dr. Volkheimer strongly advocates an after­ dinner stroll instead of a siesta if you want to avoid the risk of a coronary attack.


In 1905, in The Ministry of Healing, page 313, Ellen G. White makes reference to "cancerous germs." Thirty years later as an investigation of cancer was undertaken in intensive form, the best men of science declared that there was no can­cer germ, and that there was no infectious factor in cancer. Then in 1956, Dr. Wendell Stanley, virologist of the Univer­sity of California, declared that it was his belief that "viruses cause most or all human cancers." Dr. Stanley characterized viruses as "midget germs." He theorized that cancer virus might remain dormant in the human body and then "become active" "by aging, dietary indiscretions, hormonal imbalance, chemicals, radiation, or a combination of these stresses." With scientific evidences ever strengthening in favor of the virus theory, most cancer research today is in that area, and supports the reference to "cancerous germs."

Spirit of Prophecy

1905—Cancerous Germs-The Ministry of Healing, p. 313:

People are continually eating flesh that is filled with tuberculous and cancerous germs. Tuberculosis, cancer, and other fatal diseases are thus communicated.

1864—Aging-"An Appeal to Mothers," p. 27:

Cancerous humor, which would lay dormant in the system [throughout] their life-time, is inflamed, and commences its eating, destructive work.

1875—Dietary Indiscretions, Including Use of Flesh Meat­; Testimonies, vol. 3, p. 563:

Flesh meats constitute the principal article of food upon the tables of some families, until their blood is filled with cancerous and scrofulous humors.

1909—Testimonies, vol. 9, p. 159:

If meat eating was ever healthful, it is not safe now. Cancers, tumors, and pulmonary diseases are largely caused by meat eating.

1902—Counsels on Diet and Foods, p. 267:

Animals are becoming more and more diseased, and it will not be long until animal food will be discarded by many besides Seventh­day Adventists.

1865—Chemicals (Drugs)-Selected Messages, book 2, pp. 447, 449:

The third case was again presented before me ... . The intelli­gent gentleman before mentioned looked sadly upon the sufferer, and said,-"This is the influence of mercurial preparations .... This is the effect of calomel. ... It inflames the joints, and often sends rot­tenness into the bones. It frequently manifests itself in tumors, ul­cers, and cancers, years after it has been introduced into the system."

1864—Hormonal Imbalance-Appeal to Mothers; Child Guid­ance, pp. 444, 445:

If the practice [secret vice] is continued from the ages of fifteen and upward, nature will protest against the abuse she has suffered, and continues to suffer, and will make them pay the penalty for the transgression of her laws, especially from the ages of thirty to forty-five, by numerous pains in the system and various diseases, such as affection of the liver and lungs, neuralgia, rheumatism, affection of the spine, diseased kidneys, and cancerous humors. Some of na­ture's fine machinery gives way, leaving a heavier task for the re­maining to perform, which disorders nature's fine arrangement; and there is often a sudden breaking down of the constitution, and death is the result.

Breakthrough of Science (A review of the development of the concept of "viral etiology")

1958-Viruses and the Origin of Cancer-Time, October 27:

One thing that medicine's learned men once knew, or thought they knew, was that cancer is not infectious. Therefore, no "infec­tious agent " could be involved in its origin ... .

Today no line of investigation into the origins of human cancer is being pressed more vigorously than that implicating viruses as at least partly responsible.

1956—Viruses and Activating Factors in Cancer-Newsweek, June 18:

In Detroit last week, at a meeting of the third National Cancer Conference, Dr. Wendell Stanley, University of California virologist and Nobel Prize Winner, went so far as to state without qualification that he believes "viruses cause most or all human cancers." ...

"It is known that viruses can lurk in the human body for years, even a lifetime; some cause trouble, some do not .... In some cases," Dr. Stanley theorized, "the cancer viruses might become active, through circumstances such as aging, dietary indiscretions, hor­monal imbalance, chemicals, radiation, or a combination of stresses, and malignancies may follow."

1956—Ludwick Gross, M.D., "Theory of Viral Etiology Gains Momentum," Journal of the American Medical Association, De­cember 1:

During the past decade the concept of viral etiology of cancer and allied diseases has gained considerable momentum. Experi­mental data began to accumulate pointing more and more to the possibility that many, if not all, malignant tumors may be caused by viruses. Thus, a large number of malignant tumors of different morphology and in different species of animals could be transmitted from one host to another by filtered extracts.

1960—"Cancer" Virus Isolated-New York Times, Septem­ber 29:

A virus has been linked with eight human cancers in findings to be reported today by scientists at the Sloan-Kettering Institute for cancer research. The virus was isolated from transplanted tumors of the mouth, muscle, ovary and other tissues, and from the non­cancerous livers and spleens of cancer patients, the report says.

1961—Robert J. Huebner, "Simply Infectious Diseases," Newsweek, March 27:

"There isn't the slightest doubt in our minds that human cancers are caused by viruses. To this extent, they are simply infectious dis­eases."

This emphatic statement-the most positive affirmation to date that cancer is a virus disease-came last week from Dr. Robert .T. Huebner, chief of the Laboratory of Infectious Diseases at the Na­tional Institutes of Health at Bethesda, MD....

Dr. Huebner bases his theory on the belief that the cancer virus lies dormant in the body until certain conditions—hormones, age, or irritating chemicals—give it a chance to cause a malignancy. 1970—New Clues in Virus-Cancer Mystery-Today's Health, June, p. 32:

For centuries, scientists have sought the cause of one of man's most baffling diseases-cancer. Today, evidence is rapidly accumu­lating that viruses, long known to cause cancer in animals, also may cause cancer in humans. (See also Today's Health, September, 1968, "Dr. Burkitt Tracks a Cancer Clue.")

In Medical World News of May 10, 1963, viruses are said to be strongly suspected of causing "at least some human neo­plasms." And the viruses themselves, which have so stub­bornly avoided the electron microscope (they have been de­scribed as "the little man that wasn't there"), are now obliging the research scientists. One of the best-known researchers­, Dr. Robert J. Huebner, says that they leave behind them "a trail of tell-tale antigens in tumor tissues." These "can be detected long after the viruses themselves have disappeared." And Dr. Albert B. Sabin, of the University of Cincinnati, has said that "small amounts of the infectious virus can be 'resur­rected' after it has apparently vanished."

Revealing work has been done recently on the production of carcinogenic (cancer-producing) hydrocarbons in the cook­ing of flesh food. As high as 50 micrograms of carcinogens per kilogram of charcoal-broiled meats have been reported. (See W. Lijinsky and A. E. Ross, Food and Cosmetics Toxicol­ogy 5, 343, 1967.) Benzo(a)pyrene, a carcinogen, is found in such cooked meats.


Tobacco, declared by Ellen G. White in 1864 and again in 1905 to be a "slow, insidious, but most malignant poison," is found in the United States in 1970 to be the almost exclu­sive cause of approximately 60,000 deaths annually from lung cancer and to be a major factor in 100,000 annual deaths from cardio-vascular diseases. Experts relate the tobacco habit to emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

Spirit of Prophecy

1864—Spiritual Gifts, vol. 4a, p. 128; Temperance, p. 57:

Tobacco is a poison of the most deceitful and malignant kind, having an exciting, then a paralyzing influence upon the nerves of the body. It is all the more dangerous because its effects upon the system are so slow, and at first, scarcely perceivable. Multitudes have fallen victims to its poisonous influence. They have surely murdered themselves by this slow poison.

1905—The Ministry of Healing, pp. 327, 328:

Tobacco is a slow, insidious, but most malignant poison. In whatever form it is used, it tells upon the constitution; it is all the more dangerous because its effects are slow and at first hardly per­ceptible. It excites and then paralyzes the nerves. It weakens and clouds the brain. Often it affects the nerves in a more powerful man­ner than does intoxicating drink. It is more subtle, and its effects are difficult to eradicate from the system.

1876—Signs of the Times, January 6:

Those who acquire and indulge the unnatural appetite for to­bacco, do this at the expense of health. They are destroying nervous energy, lessening vital force, and sacrificing mental strength. (Tem­perance, p. 64.)

Witness of Science

Alton Ochsner, M.D., who has probably seen and treated more cases of lung cancer than any other physician, reported:

1957—Smoking and Health, p. 40:

In 1957 the American Cancer Society, the American Heart As­sociation, the National Cancer Institute, and the National Heart In­stitute (the last two are federal agencies) appointed a committee of seven scientists to study and evaluate all the available data regarding the effects of smoking on health. These scientists were chosen be­cause of their integrity and ability to analyze critically experimental and clinical investigations. After an intensive study of one year, they concluded:

"The sum total of scientific evidence establishes beyond reason­able doubt that cigarette smoking is a causative factor in the rapidly increasing incidence of human epidermoid carcinoma of the lung."

1962—Alton Ochsner, M.D.-Smoke Signals,July-September, 1962, p. 1:

Lung cancer is a disease that began primarily in the mid-thirties [1930s]. The reason is that twenty years previously men began to smoke cigarettes heavily in the United States, beginning during World War I. It takes about twenty years for the cancer-producing effect of cigarette smoking to become evident. Prior to the mid-thirties, cancer of the lung was an extremely rare disease in both sexes, but affected both sexes with equal frequency ....

This is a disease which is preventable. It doesn't develop natu­rally. It is caused by smoking.

Writing candidly about the direct relationship between emphysema and smoking, Richard Overholt, M.D., stated:

The lung naturally carries the greatest of the burdens of smoke inhalation. These ill effects can be enumerated ....

The most important permanent damage is called emphysema. Continued chemical irritation of the bronchial system results in scar tissue replacement, stiffening of the lung, and a change in the air­sac system ....

As the efficiency of the lung is reduced, shortness of breath be­comes noticeable on less and less exertion. Many smokers over a pe­riod of thirty to forty years lose 50 to 75 percent of their lung re­serve. Emphysema is almost an unknown condition in nonsmokers. It has become one of the most important causes of total disability among older people.—Ibid., July, 1966.

Smoking in Pregnancy

Four out of ten expectant mothers in the U.S.A. are smok­ers. According to Dr. Lindsay R. Curtis, babies born to smok­ing mothers are more apt to be of a "low birth weight" and premature. This low-weight characteristic continues for at least twelve months after birth. "One investigator estimates that one out of every five unsuccessful pregnancies in women who smoked regularly would have been successful if the mother had not smoked regularly."—Jbid., August, 1970.

Smoking and Nerves

Nicotine first stimulates, then tends to sedate the nervous sys­tem .... The basis of any satisfaction in smoking is this drug effect.

As Dr. Richard H. Overholt phrases it, "The body of the long-term smoker requires a replenished supply for a feeling of well-being. He is the victim of a drug addiction."—Ibid., June, 1964, p. 2.

Smoking and Heart Disease

Smokers show high death rates for coronary artery disease; in fact, for every ten nonsmokers who die of this disease, seventeen smokers on the average die. In this connection, it is significant to re­call that the overall death rate among cigarette smokers is 70 percent higher than among nonsmokers, according to the findings of the Surgeon General's panel of experts ....

According to Dr. G. E. Wakerlin of the American Heart Asso­ciation some 60,000 premature deaths from coronary heart dis­ease among men aged 40 to 69 in the United States occur annually because of smoking.—Ibid., December, 1964.

Ninety-seven percent of 500 physicians questioned in a recent poll linked smoking with lung cancer as a contributing cause. Ninety-three per cent of the doctors associated smok­ing with heart disease and identified it as a dangerous health hazard. (See Life, October 2, 1970, p. 69.)

Medical men are appalled as they face the prospect that no less than 1 million children presently in school will die of lung cancer, if cigarette consumption continues at its present rate. Ten million Americans have emphysema. Ten percent of all males have it. Its death rate has increased about 300 per cent since 1950. "A person with emphysema who smokes might as well take a dose of poison," says Dr. Eugene F. Fundergurk, of Lake Worth, Florida. 


Spirit of Prophecy

1867—Testimonies, vol. l, p. 555:

For years I have from time to time been shown that the sick should be taught that it is wrong to suspend all physical labor in or­der to regain health .... The view that those who have abused both their physical and mental powers, or who have broken down in ei­ther mind or body, must suspend activity in order to regain health, is a great error.

1870—Testimonies, vol. 2, p. 529:

If invalids would recover health, they should not discontinue physical exercise; for they will thus increase muscular weakness and general debility. Bind up the arm and permit it to remain useless, even for a few weeks, then free it from its bondage, and you will discover that it is weaker than the one you have been using mod­erately during the same time. Inactivity produces the same effect upon the whole muscular system. The blood is not enabled to expel

the impurities as it would if active circulation were induced by exer­nse.

Witness of Science

1960—Mervyn G. Hardinge, M.D., Dean, School of Health, Loma Linda University, Review and Herald, November 3:

At the time of the first publication of this [Ellen White] counsel (1867), leaders in medicine; both in America aµd in Europe, were vigorously propounding the doctrine of complete rest in the treat­ment of the diseased and injured. Dr. Weir Mitchell, a noted neu­rologist, advocated the "rest cure " for nervous breakdown, nervous fatigue, neurosis, et cetera, and prescribed vacations, relaxation treatment, and rest in bed. Dr. Hugh Owen Thomas, a famous orthopedic surgeon, in the treating of injured and broken bones, taught that "rest must be enforced, uninterrupted and prolonged." Dr. Allen K. Krause, specializing in the problem of tuberculosis, introduced the principle that "rest must be first, and always first in the treatment of tuberculosis." Through the years these concepts, once so firmly implanted in the minds of medical men, have gradu­ally been replaced by the emerging evidence that productive activity is a potent aid in treating the sick. The "rest cures " of the recent past have today given way to programs of occupational and educa­tional therapy.

1954—Time, August 9:

As therapy for convalescing housewives, the municipal hospital at Durham, England, has built a modern kitchen, specially fitted to accommodate crippled patients. Hospital authorities have found that working in the kitchen keeps a woman's mind off her illness and helps get long-idle muscles back in shape.

1963—Reader's Digest, June:

New hope for emotionally disturbed children is flowering in gardens at the state hospital in Pontiac, Michigan. Through gar­dening, the troubled youngsters are learning to grow out of them­selves. In addition, gardening is developing their ability to learn. Such subjects as English and mathematics are tied into their work with the soil. Working alongside each young gardener is a volun­teer from the community.

Of the children's gardening at Pontiac, Dr. James McHugh, former director of the Children's Unit, states: "This program, through giving children a new level of participation, brings them out of the cycle of feeling that they are unworthy, for the growing flowers and vegetables are dependent upon them. In this setting, space opens up and they no longer feel hemmed in. These children are, literally, digging their troubles into the soil."



Spirit of Prophecy 

1890—Christian Temperance and Bible Hygiene, p. 55 (CH, p. 154): 

The free use of sugar in any form tends to clog the system, and is not unfrequently a cause of disease. 

1905—The Ministry of Healing, pp. 301, 302 (CD, p. 113): 

Far too much sugar is ordinarily used in food. Cakes, sweet pud­dings, pastries, jellies, jams, are active causes of indigestion. Espe­cially harmful are the custards and puddings in which milk, eggs, and sugar are the chief ingredients. The free use of milk and sugar taken together should be avoided. 

Witness of Science 

1969—Medical Tribune, July 10:

According to England's noted nutritionist Prof. John Yudkin, of the University of London, sugar in particular may be the etiologic factor in atherosclerosis or heart-vessel disease. Sugar is said to raise the blood cholesterol levels, and Dr. Yudkin believes that there is a clearer association between sugar intake and sudden death from heart disease than fat in­take and heart disease. 

1960—A. Keys, Journal of Nutrition 70:257: 

When the sugar in the American diet (17% of total calories) was replaced by fruits, vegetables and legumes, the following was observed: "It is concluded that sucrose and milk sugar tend to pro­duce higher serum cholesterol values than equal calories of carbo­hydrate contained in fruits, leafy vegetables and legumes." 

Note the Spirit of Prophecy expression implicating "the free use of sugar in the diet" which "tends to clog the system" and is "a cause of disease." 

In the June, 1970, issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Dr. Ralph R. Steinman points out that sugar af­fects the hypothalamus. This in turn affects the parotid gland. The combination of influences turns on or off the movement of fluids (stasis). Impairment of movements of fluids in the teeth of experimental animals fed on a high-su­gar diet was observed at Loma Linda University by a team of scientists including Dr. Steinman and reported in the source above. It was seen that diets rich in sugar may affect "physio­logical processes within the tooth in addition to having the local effects of diet and microorganisms upon the surface of the tooth." Dental caries were related to these "physiological processes," and decay was seen in animals where stasis was impaired. 

Note also that there seems to be a close relationship be­tween the level of blood sugar and white-cell defensive action against infective bacteria. This was reported in 1964. 


The study concludes: 

1. "In diabetic patients, the higher the blood sugar level the lower is the phagocytic [white cell] index. 

2. "In the non-diabetic subjects it was shown that glucose taken orally will raise the blood sugar level after 45 minutes with a resulting decrease in the phagocytic index."—The Journal, Southern California State Dental Association, Vol. XXXII, No. 9, September, 1964. Too much sugar results in too little body defense against bacterial disease. So once again sugar is implicated in any study of possible factors in causing coronary heart disease. 




In 1869 Dr. R. T. Trall, an esteemed physician and author who answered questions in The Health Reformer, an SDA publication, declared that "Salt, being a poison, should not be used at all" (July, 1869). 

Spirit of Prophecy 

Ellen White makes it clear that God gave light on this question. In 1901 she made a statement now found in Coun­sels on Diet and Foods, page 344: 

I use some salt, and always have, because from the light given me by God, this article, in the place of being deleterious, is actually essential for the blood. The whys and wherefores of this I know not, but I give you the instruction as it is given me.* 

But while Ellen White spoke out against a "no salt" diet she stated as early as 1884, and repeated in 1905: "Do not eat largely of salt."—The Ministry of Healing, p. 305. 

Witness of Science 

These words are particularly meaningful to us. Modern science, of course, now understands well the importance of salt to the body chemistry: 

Salt (sodium chloride) is needed in the diet to the extent of about five grams daily for an adult. Most persons consume more than this, however. Under conditions of excessive perspiration, the adult needs an extra gram of salt each day. A salt deficiency occurs when the salt content of the diet is not increased to balance greater losses of salt from excessive perspiration, urination, diarrhea, or vomiting. The commonest symptoms include nausea, fatigue, weak­ness, and cramps.—The Book of Health, p. 599. 

In 1956 a careful scientific check by a large scientific or­ganization indicated that unexplained high blood pressure was often found in persons who used extra salt: 

Brookhaven National Laboratory scientists checked on fellow employees, found that of 135 who never added salt to their food, only one had unexplained high blood pressure; of 630 who added salt sometimes after tasting food, 43 had the disease; among 581 who always added salt without bothering to taste, 61 had it.—Time, April 30, 1956, p. 64. 

I. A. Prior, M.D., in an article "Sodium Intake and Blood Pressure," reported on a study of two populations of the Pol­ynesian Islands. One took in more salt than the other. The higher-salt-intake group had a higher blood pressure, which increased with age, while the low-salt-intake group had only a slight upward change in blood pressure with age. He felt that his finding was compatible with Dahl's Hypothesis that increased salt intake and increased blood pressure are related (New England Journal of Medicine, September, 1968, vol. 279, pp. 515-520). 

In 1964, Brookhaven National Laboratory, reporting on salt in "strained baby food," states that it is conceivable that the resulting "high salt intake could establish in infancy a tendency to extremely high blood pressure in adult life" (McCalls, March, 1964). 

*Note: James White, writing in the Review and Herald of November 8, 1870, reported concerning the position of: Mrs. White: "At present she is not prepared to take the extreme position relative to salt, sugar, and milk .... She would recommend a very sparing use of both sugar and salt." (Quoted in Counsels on Diet and Foods, Appendix, pp. 496, 497.) 



Spirit of Prophecy 

1905—The Ministry of Healing, p. 326: 

Tea acts as a stimulant and, to a certain extent, produces intoxi­cation. The action of coffee and many other popular drinks is simi­lar. The first effect is exhilarating. The nerves of the stomach are excited; these convey irritation to the brain, and this in turn is aroused to impart increased action to the heart and short-lived en­ergy to the entire system. Fatigue is forgotten; the strength seems to be increased. The intellect is aroused, the imagination becomes more vivid. 

Because of these results, many suppose that their tea or coffee is doing them great good. But this is a mistake. Tea and coffee do not nourish the system. Their effect is produced before there has been time for digestion and assimilation, and what seems to be strength is only nervous excitement. When the influence of the stimulant is gone, the unnatural force abates, and the result is a corresponding degree of languor and debility. 

Witness of Science 

1967—Journal of the American Medical Association

H. A. Reimann, M.D., states that caffeine, a xanthine alka­loid, mainly stimulates the cerebral cortex, the thalamus, the vasomotor and respiratory centers, and evidently the thermal regulatory mechanism. It reduces the cerebral blood flow. Among the acute and chronic toxic effects are insomnia, ir­ritability, cardiac palpitation, tremors, convulsions, flushing, anorexia, dehydration from diuresis, fever, albuminuria, and epigastric discomfort. 

Of the toxic effects of tea and coffee this expert declared: 

Caffeinism is said to be current among intellectual workers, ac­tresses, waitresses, nocturnal employees, and long-distance automo­bile drivers. Illness otherwise unexplained may be caused by exces­sive ingestion of xanthine alkaloids, including those in coffee, tea, cocoa, and those in some popular beverages. 

The nature and degrees of reactions to caffeine are influ­enced by the age, the emotional or nervous state, or by the idiosyncrasies of people. Its action on physiological functions is inconstant and variable, often diametrically opposed in different persons, and even in the same person at different times. (See "Caffeinism," Journal of the American Medical Asso­ciation, Dec. 18, 1967, Vol. 202, No. 12, pp. 131, 132.)

Decaffeinated Coffee and Tea 

Decaffeinated coffee and tea are not one hundred percent free of caffeine. Decaffeinated coffee differs from regular cof­fee in that 90 to 97 percent of the caffeine has been removed. 

The irritating volatile oils, extractive matter, tannic acid, and caffeine in decaffeinated coffee and tea can produce ab­normal stimulation of the nervous system, and cause inflam­mation of the gastro-intestinal tract. They interfere with the digestion and absorption of food, and stimulate excessive se­cretion of hydrochloric acid in the stomach. 

At best, decaffeinated beverages must be considered the lesser of two evils. 


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