The Health Wave

Before entering into this Health study, we want you to stop right here, and take your March-April Code, turn to page 13, and restudy this subject under the title of “Do Not Cheat, Lest You Run Short.” {2SC9: 11.1.6}

Remember that the Lord says, “scanty ill-cooked food depraves the blood by weakening the blood-making organs. It deranges the system, and brings on disease, with its accompaniment of irritable nerves and bad tempers. The victims of poor cookery are numbered by thousands and tens of thousands. Over many graves might be written: ‘Died because of poor cooking;’ ‘Died of an abused stomach.’” — “Ministry of Healing,” p. 302. {2SC9: 11.2.1}

Since you have studied about food elements in the previous Code numbers, we need not repeat how to save the elements from over-cooking. {2SC9: 11.2.2}

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Transgression of the laws of health have brought upon God’s people maladies and disorders of every description, which keep them from doing a good day’s work for the Master. Christ was the “‘lamb without blemish and without spot.’ His physical structure was not marred by any defect; His body was strong and healthy. And throughout His lifetime He lived in conformity to nature’s laws. Physically in as well as spiritually, He was an example of what God designed all humanity to be through obedience to His laws.” — “Desire of Ages,” p. 50. {2SC10: 15.1.2}

“If you have a bad taste in the mouth, a coated tongue, a headache or that tired feeling and allied symptoms in the morning, let that remind you that you have taken too much of a dinner, perhaps too much variety, too much soluble starch (cooked starch) or too much commercial sugar, which has burdened the liver by direct absorption by fermentation. Decaying meal in the intestines produces the same symptoms. The gases of fermenting foods produce auto-intoxication and this is the cause of constipation. The system must be well filled with stench if it comes to the mouth. Unfired potato and root salads cannot ferment. They will leave the stomach sweet, start the peristalsis of the intestines and will carry off intestinal poisons. They cure constipation and restore the alkalinity of the blood. Eat vegetable salads only, for a day or so and the above symptoms will abate…. {2SC10: 15.1.3}

“The fibre of vegetables, the cellulose of rye and the numerous seeds of figs promote intestinal peristalsis.” — “Unfired Foods and Truphotherapy,” by Geo. Drews, pp. 202, 203. {2SC10: 15.1.4}

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“If Seventh-day Adventists practiced what they profess to believe, if they were sincere health reformers, they would indeed be a spectacle to the world, to angels, and to men. And they would show a far greater zeal for the salvation of those who are ignorant of the truth. {2SC11: 11.1.7}

“Greater reforms should be seen among the people who claim to be looking for the soon appearing of Christ. Health reform is to do among our people a work which it has not yet done. There are those who ought to be awake to the meat-eating, who are still eating the flesh of animals, thus endangering the physical and spiritual health. Many who are half converted on the question of meat-eating go from God’s people, to walk no more with them.” — “Counsels on Health,” p. 575. {2SC11: 11.1.8}

“It would be well for us to do less cooking and to eat more fruit in its natural state. Let us teach the people to eat freely of the fresh grapes, apples, peaches, pears, berries, and all other kinds of fruit that can be obtained.” — “Counsels on Health,” p. 477. {2SC11: 11.1.9}

“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.” — “Counsels on Health,” pp. 478, 479; Gen. 1:29. {2SC11: 11.2.1}

“Those who understand the laws of health and who are governed by principle, will shun the extremes, both of indulgence and restriction. Their diet is chosen, not for the mere gratification of appetite, but for the upbuilding of the body. They seek to preserve every power in the best condition for the highest service to God and man. The appetite is under the control of reason and conscience, and they are rewarded with health of body and mind. 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.” — “Ministry of Healing,” p. 319. {2SC11: 11.2.2}

When you put aside the heavy protein diet, you must substitute it with nut meats, such as unroasted or blanched peanut butter, flaked almonds, walnuts, pecans, etc. Because most people do not masticate their food sufficiently, nut meats should be flaked or made into butter to prevent nutrition waste, and indigestion. {2SC11: 11.2.3}

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As the greatest dangers of giving way to indulgence of appetite come during holiday seasons, let each one redouble his determination to gain the victory, by watching closely his choice of food, and the amount he eats. {3SC1: 11.1.2}

If your friends choose to make you the butt of ridicule, remember that “Those who elevate the standard as nearly as they can to the order of God, according to the light God has given them through His word and the Testimonies of His Spirit, will not change their course of action to meet the wishes of their friends or relatives, be they one or two or a host, who are living contrary to God’s wise arrangement. If we move from principle in these things, if we observe strict rules of diet, if we as Christians educate our tastes after God’s plan, we shall exert an influence which will meet the mind of God. The question is, ‘Are we willing to be true health reformers?”‘ (Man. K-3-84). Also remember that “Great peace have they that love Thy law: and nothing shall offend them.” Ps. 119:165. {3SC1: 11.1.3}

Under such circumstances, the truth stands out clearly to the onlooker, and seed is sown that may later spring up and yield a hundred fold. {3SC1: 11.1.4}

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HAVE A GARDEN and BE A KING

As spring is here, let your vegetable garden be so planned as to supply your table with an abundance of legumes, and greens; especially of the latter, for nearly all need far more mineral salts and vitamins than we are accustomed to having because of the great amount of bulk in greens, it is almost impossible to get in salads alone enough solvent minerals. So in order to supply the blood stream with a sufficient amount of minerals, extract the juices of greens, and make into a delicious drink, adding milk if you desire. {3SC3, 4: 12.2.5}

By having a garden of your own, you can live like a king. There are many ways to prepare vegetables, legumes, roots, greens, etc., so that you may have a variety of palatable dishes from which to choose. Greens combined with natural rice, whole wheat macaroni, noodles, potatoes, tomatoes, onions, or some other variety, make a healthful and tasty dish. These may be stewed or made into a delicious, wholesome, unsweetened pie, or turnovers. {3SC3, 4: 12.2.6}

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What Shall We Drink

What shall we drink this coming summer? This question came home to me with forcefulness the other day while I was hoeing on a long row of corn. The sun was hot, and I had gone hours without water. Suddenly my ponderings were interrupted by a call from the Highway: “Ice cream? Soda pop?” I raised my eyes toward the road, and there saw a boy with a bicycle all loaded and ready for service. I quickly said, “No, thank you,” and he drove off, no doubt disappointed and thinking that I was not only niggardly but also foolish to refuse a nice cool drink on such a warm day. {3SC5-6: 15.1.1}

Had you, dear reader, been confronted with this, temptation, what would you have done? Do you not believe that God would have us know for sure just what we should do in such a case? I hear Him say: {3SC5-6: 15.1.2}

“In health and in sickness, pure water is one of heaven’s choicest blessings. Its proper use promotes health. It is the beverage which God provided to quench the thirst of animals and man. Drank freely, it helps to supply the necessities of the system, and assists nature to resist disease.”–“Ministry of Healing,” p. 237. {3SC5-6: 15.1.3}

“Thousands have died for want of pure water and pure air, who might have lived.”–“Healthful Living,” Chap. 4, p. 56. {3SC5-6: 15.1.4}

Soda pop is adulterated with chemicals which are injurious to the health, and is made to sell and to keep your body poor and your pocket empty. {3SC5-6: 15.1.5}

The combination of milk and sugar makes of your stomach a “moonshine vat.” Eating between meals will make your dinner fit only for the bootlegger’s still. {3SC5-6: 15.1.6}

“Food should not be washed down; no drink is needed with meals. Eat slowly, and allow the saliva to mingle with the food. The more liquid there is taken into the stomach with the meals, the more difficult it is for the food to digest; for the liquid must be first absorbed…Many make a mistake in drinking cold water with their meals. Taken with meals, water diminishes the flow of the salivary glands; and the colder the water, the greater the injury to the stomach. Ice water or iced lemonade, drunk with meals, will arrest digestion until the system has imparted sufficient warmth to the stomach to enable it to take up its work again. Hot drinks are debilitating; and besides those who indulge in their use become slaves to habit. Water is the best liquid possible to cleanse the tissues. Drink some little time before or after the meal.”–“Review and Herald,” ’84, No. 31. {3SC5-6: 15.1.7}

“If, in their fevered state, water had been given them to drink freely, and applications had also been made externally, long days and nights of suffering would have been saved, and many precious lives spared. But thousands have died with raging fevers consuming them, until the fuel which fed the fever was burned up, the vitals consumed, and have died in the greatest agony without being permitted to have water to allay their burning thirst. Water, which is allowed a senseless building to put out the raging elements, is not allowed human beings to put out the fire which is consuming the vitals.”–“How to Live,” Chap. 3, pp. 62, 63. {3SC5-6: 15.2.1}

One may try to quench one’s thirst by drinking all the soda pop, or to “cool off” by indulging all the ice cream, sundaes, Coca Cola, pop, etc. that he can hold, but after all, to obtain the desired result, one must finally call for the Creator’s only thirst-relieving cure–water. {3SC5-6: 15.2.2}

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“If parents have transmitted to their children tendencies which will make more difficult the work of educating them to be strictly temperate, and of cultivating pure and virtuous habits, what a solemn responsibility rests upon the parents to counteract that influence by every means in their power! How diligently and earnestly should they strive to do their duty by their unfortunate offspring! To parents is committed the sacred trust of guarding the physical and moral constitution of their children. Those who indulge a child’s appetite, and do not teach him to control his passions, may afterward see, in the tobacco-loving, liquor-drinking slave, whose senses are benumbed, and whose lips utter falsehood and profanity, the terrible mistake they have made.”–“Christian Temperance and Bible Hygiene,” pp. 46, 47. {3SC7: 14.1.2}

Mt Carmel has had to set a standard for its adults as well as for its youth. Continually we cry out, “Become concerned about your habits in eating and drinking! If you do not, then nature’s laws will pronounce your down-fall.” {3SC7: 14.1.3}

“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.”–Ibid. {3SC7: 14.1.4}

Because of using such foods as those above mentioned, along with demineralized food products, this country every year marches over the moldering bodies of 400,000 little children who, under ten years of age, have gone to their untimely graves. Make sure that your children do not join them. {3SC7: 14.1.5}

 

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