THE PLACE OF HERBS IN RATIONAL THERAPY
Originally Compiled By
ELDER D. E. ROBINSON
Secretary to Mrs. E G. White
At "Elmshaven" Office, 5t. Helena. California
May 26, 1931. Revised October 18, 1934
1863, at Otsego, Michigan, Mrs. E. G. White was given a vision, in which
she received much precious instruction for the church regarding the
preservation of health. and principles of rational treatment of disease.
During subsequent years, she wrote and published hundreds of pages on
articles for the papers, in a number of books, and in manuscripts and
letters, Mrs. White set forth principles of healthful living that have
stood the test of time and scientific research. She pointed out the
evils of the common use of poisonous drugs in medical practice, and
urged the value of nature's remedies, sunlight, fresh air, healthful
food, pure water, exercise, rest, and the value of water as a means of
applying heat and cold in the treatment of disease.
few statements regarding herbs that are found in Mrs. White's writings,
are clear and definite. She says that "there are simple herbs that
can be used for the recovery of the sick;" that there are certain
"herbs that grow for the benefit of man;" that "there are
herbs that are harmless, the use of which will tide over many apparently
serious difficulties;" and that "leave no injurious effects in
the system," as do drugs.
it not a fact that God has been calling His people to a system of
therapy in which, contrary to general ideas and custom, the administration
of any kind of medicinal doses should play only a minor part. First
emphasis is given to ascertaining and removing the cause of sickness,
and the methods of treatment that are urged in the Testimonies are such
as will give nature an opportunity to carry forward the healing
should also be noted that in recommending herbs as a therapeutic agency
in disease, Mrs. White placed the emphasis upon their intelligent use in
the home rather than upon their being prescribed by physicians. This,
however, does not remove from the conscientious physician his
responsibility to learn what he can, regarding the benefits of such
the following quotations the statements relative to the use of herbs are
indicated by italics, but appear in their full setting, that the reader
may note the arraignment of the drugging system connected and contrasted
with the recommended use of herbs.
D. E. Robinson
PLACE OF HERBS IN RATIONAL THERAPY
Written By Mrs. E. G. White
FAITH AND REMEDIES
"In regard to the matter of prayer for the sick, many confusing
ideas are advanced. One says, He who has been prayed for must walk out
in faith, giving God the glory, and making use of no remedies. If he is
at a health institute, he should leave it at once. I know that these
ideas are wrong, and that if accepted, they would lead to many evils.
the other hand, I do not wish to say anything that might be interpreted
to mean a lack of belief in the efficacy of prayer. The path of faith
lies close beside the path of presumption.
is no denial of faith to use rational remedies judiciously. Water,
air, and sunshine, these are God's healing agencies.
use of certain herbs that the Lord has made to grow for the good of man,
is in harmony with the exercise of faith."
-MS 31, 1911 (written June 3. 1888)
To (Do FOR YOURSELF)
"Now in regard to that which we can do for ourselves: There is a
point that requires careful, thoughtful consideration. I must become
acquainted with myself. I must be a learner always as to how to take
care of this building, the body God has given me, that I may preserve it
in the very best condition of health. I must eat those things which will
be for my very best good physically, and I must take special care to
have my clothing such as will conduce to a healthful circulation of the
blood. I must not deprive myself of exercise and air. 1 must get all the
sunlight that it is possible for me to obtain.
must have wisdom to be a faithful guardian of my body. I should do a
very unwise thing to enter a cool room when in a perspiration; I
should show myself an unwise steward to allow myself to sit in a draught
and thus expose myself so as to take cold. I should be unwise to sit
with cold feet and limbs and thus drive back the blood from the
extremities to the brain or internal organs. 1 should always protect my
feet in damp weather.
should eat regularly of the most healthful food which will make the
best quality of blood, and I should not work intemperately if it is in
my power to avoid doing so.
when I violate the laws God has established in my being, I am to repent
and reform, and place myself in the most favorable condition under the
doctors God has provided, Pure air, pure water, and the healing, precious
sunlight. Water can be used in many ways to relieve suffering. Draughts
of clear, hot water taken before eating (half a quart more or less),
will never do any harm, but will rather be productive of good.
A cup of tea made from catnip herb will quiet the nerves.
tea will induce sleep. Hop poultice over the stomach will relieve pain.
the eyes are weak, if there is pain in the eyes, or inflammation, soft
flannel cloths wet in hot water and salt, will bring relief quickly.
the head is congested, if the feet and limbs are put in a bath with a
little mustard, relief will be obtained.
are many more simple remedies, which will do much to restore healthful
action to the body. All these simple preparations the Lord expects us to
use for ourselves; but man's extremities are God's opportunities.
we neglect to do that which is within the reach of nearly every
family, and ask the Lord to relieve pain, when we are too indolent to
make use of these remedies within our power, it is simply presumption.
The Lord expects us to work in order that we may obtain food. He does
not propose that we shall gather the harvest unless we break the sod,
till the soil, and cultivate the produce. Then God sends the rain and
the sunshine and the clouds to cause vegetation to flourish. God works,
and man cooperates with God. Then there is seed time and harvest.
has caused to grow out of the ground herbs for the use of man and if we
understand the nature of these roots ad herbs, and make a right use of
them, there would not be a necessity of running for the doctor so frequently,
and people would be in much better health than they are today.
believe in calling upon the Great Physician when we have used the
remedies I have mentioned. In regard to manner of labor we certainly
need to be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. We might be very
zealous, but it might be an unwise zeal, and serve to hedge up our way.
Then there is danger of being to circumscribed in our work as to do very
little good."-Letter 35, (Feb. 6, 1890)
3 ) "The simpler remedies are less harmful (than drug poisons) in
proportion to their simplicity, but in very many cases these are used
when not at all necessary.
FAMILY To USE HERBS
are simple herbs and roots that every family may use for themselves, and
need not call in a physician any sooner than they would call a lawyer.
"I do not think that I can give you any definite line of medicines
compounded and dealt out by doctors that are perfectly harmless. And yet
it would not be wisdom to engage in controversy over this subject. The
practitioners are very much in earnest in using their dangerous
concoctions; and I am decidedly opposed to resorting to such things.
They never cure; they may change the difficulty to create a worse one.
Many of those who practice the prescribing of drugs, would not take
the same, or give them to their children. If they have an intelligent
knowledge of the human body . . . they must know that we are fearfully
and wonderfully made, and that not a particle of these strong drugs
should be introduced into this human living organism.
the matter was laid open before me, and the sad burden of the result of
drug medication, the light was given me that Seventh-day Adventists
should establish health institutions, discarding all these health
destroying inventions, and physicians should treat the sick upon
hygienic principles." -Letter 17a, 1893 (written Oct. 2, 1893)
"The intricate names given the medicines are used to cover up the
matter, so that none will know what is given them as remedies unless
they obtain a dictionary to find out the meaning of these names.
Lord has given some simple herbs of the field that at times are
beneficial; and if every family were educated in how to use these herbs
in case of sickness, much suffering might be prevented, and no doctor
need be called These old fashioned, simple herbs, used intelligently"
would have recovered many sick who have died under drug
medication." -Letter 82, 1897 (written Feb. 10, 1897)
HARMLESS, DRUGS HARMFUL
"Were I sick, I would just as soon call in a lawyer as a physician
from among general practitioners. I would not touch their nostrums to
which they give Latin names. I am determined to know, in straight
English, the name of everything that I introduce into my system.
who make a practice of taking drugs, sin against their intelligence and
endanger their whole after life.
are herbs that are harmless, the use of which will tide over many
apparently serious difficulties.
if all would seek to become intelligent in regard to their bodily
necessities, sickness would be rare instead of common. An ounce of
prevention is worth a pound of cure." -MS 86, 1897 (written Aug.
"Drug medication is to be discarded. On this point the conscience
of the physician must ever be kept tender, and true, and clean. The
inclination to use poisonous drugs, which kill, if they do not cure,
needs to be guarded against. Matters have been laid open before me in
reference to the use of drugs. Many have been treated with drugs, and
the result has been death. Our physicians, by practicing drug
medication, have lost many cases that need not have died if they had
left their drugs out of the sickroom.
cases have been lost, when had the physicians left off entirely their
drug treatment, had they put their wits to work, and wisely and
persistently used the Lord's own remedies, plenty of air and water,
the patients would have recovered. The reckless use of these things that
should be discarded has decided the case of the sick.
in drugs is a very expensive business. Paralysis of the brain and tongue
is often the result, and the victims die an unnatural death, when, if
they had been treated perseveringly with unwearied, unrelaxed
diligence, with hot and cold water, hot compresses, packs and.
dripping sheets, they would be alive today.
should be put into the human system that will leave a baleful influence
behind. And to carry out the light on this subject, to practice
hygienic treatment, is the reason which has been given me for
establishing sanitariums in various localities. . . .
must become enlightened on these subjects. The intricate names given
medicine are used to cover up the matter, so that none will know what is
given them as remedies unless they consult a dictionary.
"As to drugs being used in our institutions, it is contrary to
the light which the Lord has been pleased to give. The drugging business
has done more harm to our world and killed more than it has helped or
cured. The light was first given to me why institutions should be
established, that is sanitariums were to reform the medical practices of
is God's method. The herbs that grow for the benefit of man, and the
little handful of herbs kept and steeped and used for sudden ailments,
have served tenfold, yes, one hundred fold better purposes, than all the
drugs hidden under mysterious names and dealt out to the sick.
is a delusion and a farce, and the Lord has revealed to me that this
practice would not preserve life, but would introduce into the system
those things which should never be there, for they would do a
deleterious work on the human organism." -Letter 59, 1898 (written
Aug. 29. 1898)
"The drug science has been exalted, but if every bottle that comes
from every such institution were done away with, there would be fewer
invalids in the world today. Drug medication should never have been
introduced into our institutions. There was no need of this being so,
and for this very reason the Lord would have us establish an institution
where He can come in and where His grace and power can be revealed. 'I
am the Resurrection and the Life,' He declares.
To TREAT YOURSELF
true method for healing the sick is to tell them of the herbs that grow
for the benefit of man. Scientists have attached large names to these
simplest preparations, but true education will lead us to teach the sick
that they need not call in a doctor any more than they would call in. a
lawyer. They can themselves administer the simple herbs if necessary.
educate the human family that the doctor alone knows all the ills of
infants and persons of every age is false teaching, and the sooner we as
a people stand on the principles of health reform, the greater will be
the blessing that will come to those who would do true medical work.
There is a work to be done in treating the sick with water and teaching
them to make the most of the sunshine and physical exercise. Thus in
simple language, we may teach the people how to preserve health, how to
avoid sickness. This is the work our sanitariums are caned upon to do.
This is true science"'-M.S. 105, (written Aug. 26. 1898)
9 ) "Shall physicians continue to resort to drugs, which leave a
deadly evil in the system, destroying that life which Christ came to
restore? Christ's remedies cleanse the system. But Satan has tempted man
to introduce into the system that which weakens the human machinery,
clogging and destroying the fine, beautiful arrangement, of God. The
drugs administered to the sick do not restore, but destroy. Drugs never
cure. Instead, they place in the system seeds which bear a very bitter
Savior is the restorer of the moral image of God in man. He has Supplied
in the natural world remedies for the ills of man, that His followers
may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. We can with
safety discard the concoctions which man has used in the past. The Lord
has provided antidotes for disease in simple plants, and these can be
used by faith, with no denial of faith; for by using the blessings
provided by God for our benefit we are cooperating with Him. We can use
water and sunshine and the herbs which He has caused to grow for healing
maladies brought by indiscretion or accident." -MS 65, 1899
(written April 25, 1899) ( 14 )
It would have been better if from the first
all drugs had been kept out of our sanitariums, and use had been made of
such simple remedies as are found in pure water, pure air, sunlight, and
some of the simple herbs growing in the field. These would be just as
efficacious as the drugs used under mysterious names, and concocted by
human science, and they would leave no injurious effects in the system.
who are afflicted might recover their health if, instead of depending
upon the drug store for their life, they would discard all drugs, and
live simply, without using tea, coffee, liquor, or spices, which irritate
the stomach, and leave it weak, unable to digest even simple food
without stimulation. -MS 115, 1903 (written Sept. 4.1902)
"We have been instructed that in our treatment of the sick we
should discard the use of drugs.
are simple herbs that can be used for the recovery of the sick, whose
effect upon the system is very different from that of those drugs that
poison the blood and endanger life." -MS 73. 1908
"I have been shown that we should have many more women who can deal
especially with the diseases of women, many more lady nurses who will
treat the sick in a simple way and without the use of drugs.
LEARN To USE HERBS
are many simple herbs which, if our nurses would learn the value of,
they could use in the place of drugs, and find very
effective."-Letter 90. 1908.
His own working agencies He has created material which will restore the
sick to health. If men would use aright the wisdom God has given them,
this world would be a place resembling heaven." -MS 63. 1899.
should make decided efforts to heed .the directions the Lord has given
in regard to the care of the sick. They should be given every advantage
possible. All the restorative agencies that the Lord has provided should
he made use of in our sanitarium work." -MS 19, 1911.
USED ON MALIGNANT SORE
the Lord told Hezekiah that He would spare his life for fifteen years,
and as a sign that He would fulfill His promise, caused the sun to go
back ten degrees. Why did He not put His direct, restoring power upon
the King? He told him to apply a bunch of figs to his sore, and that
natural remedy, blessed by God, healed him. The God of nature directs
the human agent to use natural remedies now." --Letter 182, 1899.
instruction should be given in the art of treating the sick, without the
use of poisonous drugs, and in harmony with the light that God has
given. Students should come forth from the school without having
sacrificed the principles of health reform." Letter 90, 1908.
To TEACH LAITY
who desire to become missionaries are to hear instruction from competent
physicians, who will teach them how to care for the sick, without the
use of drugs. Such lessons will be of the highest value to those who
go out to labor in foreign countries. And the simple remedies used will
save many lives. -MS 83, 1908.
Lord will be the Helper of every physician who will work together with
Him in the effort to restore suffering humanity to health, not with
drugs, but with nature's remedies. Christ is the great physician, the
wonderful Healer. He gives success to those who work in partnership
with Him." -Letter 142, 1902.
the Physician uses nature's remedies for physical disease, he should
point his patients to Him who can relieve the maladies of both the soul
and the body."-"Ministry of Healing p. 111.
case of sickness, the cause should be ascertained, unhealthful
conditions should be changed, wrong habits corrected. Then nature is
to be assisted in her effort to expel impurities and to reestablish
right conditions in the system." - Ministry of Healing, p. 127
air, sunlight, abstemiousness, rest. exercise, proper diet, the use of
water, trust in divine power, these are the true remedies."
-Ministry of Healing, p. 127.
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. Fresh air, exercise; pure water, and clean
sweet premises, are within the reach of all." -5 T 443.
physician needs more than human wisdom and power that he may know how to
minister to the many perplexing cases of disease of the mind and heart
with which he is called to deal. If he is ignorant of the power of
divine grace, he cannot help the afflicted one, but will aggravate the
difficulty; but if he has a firm hold upon God, he will be able to help
the diseased, distracted mind." -5 T 444
TREATMENT FOR PNEUMONIA
"In the winter of 1864, my Willie was suddenly and violently
brought down with lung fever. We had just buried our oldest son with
this disease, and were very anxious in regard to Willie, fearing that
he, too, might die. We decided that we would not send for a physician,
but do the best we could with him ourselves by the use of water, and
entreat the Lord in behalf of the child. We called in a few, who had
faith to unite their prayers with ours. We had a sweet assurance of
God's presence and blessing.
next day Willie was very sick. He was wandering. He did not seem to see
or hear me when I spoke to him. His heart had no regular beat, but was
in a constant agitated flutter. We continued to look to God in his
behalf, and to use water freely upon his head and a compress constantly
upon his lungs and soon he seemed as rational as ever. He suffered
severe pain in his right side, and could not lie upon it for a moment.
This pain we subdued with cold water compresses, varying the
temperature of the water according to the degree of the fever. We were
very careful to keep his hands and feet warm.
expected the crisis would come the seventh day. We had but little rest
during his sickness, and were obliged to give him up into other's care
the fourth and fifth nights. My husband and myself the fifth day felt
very anxious. The child raised fresh blood and coughed considerably. My
husband spent much time in prayer. We left our child in careful hands
that night. Before retiring my husband, prayed long and earnestly.
Suddenly his burden of prayer left him, and it seemed as though a
voice spoke to him, and said, Go lie down, I will take care of the
had retired sick, and could not sleep for anxiety for several hours. I
felt pressed for breath. Although sleeping in a large chamber, I arose
and opened the door into a large hall, and was at once relieved, and
soon slept. I dreamed that an experienced physician was standing by my
child, watching every breath, with one hand over his heart, and with the
other feeling his pulse. He turned to us and said, The crisis has
passed. He has seen his worst night. He will now come up speedily for he
has not the injurious influence of drugs to recover from. Nature has
nobly done her work to rid the system of impurities.' I related to him
my worn-out condition, my pressure for breath, and the relief obtained
by opening the door.
he, 'That which gave you relief will also relieve your child. He needs
air. You have kept him too warm. The heated air coming from a stove is
injurious, and were it not for the air coming in at the crevices of the
windows, would be poisonous and destroy life. Stove heat destroys the
vitality of the air, and weakens the lungs. The child's lungs have been
weakened by the room being kept too warm. Sick persons are debilitated
by disease, and need all the invigorating air that they can bear to
strengthen the vital organs to resist disease. And yet in most cases,
air and light are excluded from the sick room at the very time when most
needed, as though dangerous enemies.'
dream and my husband's experience were a consolation to us both. We
found in the morning that our boy had passed a restless night. He
seemed to be in a high fever until noon. Then the fever left him, and he
appeared quite well, except weak. He had eaten but one small cracker
through his five days sickness. He came up rapidly, and has had better
health than he has had for several days before. This experience is
valuable to us."-"Facts of Faith." pages 151-153.
"A brother was taken sick with inflammation of the bowels and
bloody dysentery. The man was not a careful health reformer, but
indulged his appetite. We were just preparing to leave Texas, where we
had been laboring for several months, and we had carriages prepared to
take away this brother and his family, and several others who were
suffering from malarial fever. My husband and I thought we would stand
this expense rather than have the heads of several families die and
leave their wives and children unprovided for. Two or three were taken
in a large spring wagon on spring mattresses.
this man who was suffering from inflammation of the bowels, sent for me
to come to him. My husband and I decided that it would not do to move
him. Fears were entertained that mortification had set in. Then the
thought came to me like a communication from the Lord, to take
pulverized charcoal, put water upon it, and give this water to the sick
man to drink, putting bandages of the charcoal over the bowels and
stomach. We were about one mile from the city of Dennison, but the sick
man's son went to a blacksmith's shop, secured the charcoal, and
pulverized it, and then used it according to the directions given. The
result was that in half an hour there was a change for the better. We
had to go on our journey and leave the family behind, but what was our
surprise the following day to see their wagon overtake us. The sick man
was lying in a bed in the wagon. The blessing of God had worked with the
simple means used."-Letter 182, 1899.
of the most beneficial remedies is pulverized charcoal in a bag and used
in fomentations. This is a most successful remedy. If wet in
smartweed, boiled, it is still better. I have ordered this in cases
where the sick were suffering great pain, and when it has been confided
to me by the physician that he thought it was the last before the close
of life. Then I suggested the charcoal, and the patient has slept, the
turning point came, and recovery was the result. To students, when
injured with bruised hands, and suffering with inflammation, I have
prescribed this simple remedy with perfect success. The poison of inflammation
is overcome, the pain removed, and healing goes on rapidly. The more
severe inflammation of the eyes will be relieved by a poultice of
charcoal, put in a bag and dipped in hot or cold water as will best suit
the case. This works, like a charm.
expect you will laugh at this; but if I could give this remedy some
outlandish name, that no one knew but myself, it would have greater
influence." -Letter 82, 1897.
AND OLIVE OIL
will tell you a little about my experience with charcoal as a remedy.
For some forms of indigestion, it is more efficacious than drugs. A
little olive oil into which some of this powder has been stirred, tends
to cleanse and heal. I find it is excellent. . . .
study and teach the use of the simplest remedies, and the special
blessing of the Lord may be expected to follow the use of these means
which are within the reach of the common people."-Letter 100, 1903.
CEDAR, AND FIR
"Light was given that there is health in the fragrance of the pine,
the cedar, and the fir. And there are several other kinds of trees that
have medicinal properties that are health promoting."-Letter 95.
1902 (Written June 26, 1902)
USE OF CHARCOAL FOR INFLAMMATION INSECT BITES, ETC.
one occasion a physician came to me in great distress. He had been
called to attend a young woman who was dangerously ill. She had
contracted fever while on the campground and was taken to our
school-building, near Melbourne, Australia. But she became so much worse
that it was feared she could not live. The physician, Dr. Merritt
Kellogg, came to me and said, 'Sister White, have you any light for me
on this case? If relief cannot be given our sister, she can live but a
replied, 'Send to a blacksmith's shop and get some pulverized charcoal;
make a poultice of it, and lay it over her stomach and sides. The
doctor hastened away to follow out my instructions. Soon he returned,
saying, 'Relief came in less than half an hour after the application
of the poultices. She is now having the first natural sleep she has had
have ordered the same treatment for others who were suffering great
pain, and it has brought relief, and been the means of saving life. My
mother had told me that snakebites and the sting of reptiles and
poisonous insects could often be rendered harmless by the use of
charcoal poultices. When working on the land at Avondale, Australia,
the workmen would often bruise their hands and limbs, and this in many
cases resulted in such severe inflammation that the worker would have to
leave his work for some time.
came to me one day in this condition, with his hand tied in a sling. He
was much troubled over the circumstances; for his help was needed in
clearing the land. I said to him, 'Go to the place where you have been
burning the timber, and get me some charcoal from the eucalyptus tree,
and pulverize it, and I will dress your hand. This was done, and the
next morning he reported that the pain was gone. Soon he was ready to
return to his work.
write these things that you may know that the Lord has not left us
without the use of simple remedies which when used will not leave the
system in the weakened condition in which the use of drugs so often
leave it. We need well trained nurses who can understand how to use the
simple remedies that nature provides for restoration to health, and who
can teach those who are ignorant of the laws of health how to use these
simple but effective cures." -Letter 90. 1908..
of quotations from D. E. Robinson's compilation.
Inspired and Research Sources for
Medical Missionary Work
International Nutrition Research Institute was held June 7 to 11 at
Arlington. California. There authentic information was given for Medical
Missionary work and preparing for the time of trouble. This was
especially appropriate for this time for, "Soon there will be no
work done in ministerial lines except medical missionary work." C.
we should begin now preparing for the future. What is the use of
preparing for the past? At this institute, Lorna Linda doctors and other
research workers gave us unbiased results of their research and not mere
vindicating of opinions grown venerable with age.
of Natural Hygiene.
The College History Teachers met at the same time as the nutrition
group, and Dr. E. K. Vandevere of E. M. C, Berrien Springs, Michigan
gave a study all afternoon on the Natural Hygiene movement, culminating
in the work of Doctors Jennings, Graham, Trail, Jackson, and others.
Then Brother Arthur White gave a lecture showing the relation of their
work to our denominational health program in Rattle Creek and other
institutions. When Mrs. E. G White was shown her vision on the health
work in 1863, she wrote it out in the book, How to Live, and over
half of that book consisted of quotations from the Natural Hygienic
doctors, for she found in their books the technical details that
harmonized with the principles she had written out. They discarded
drugs and used water treatments, massage, vegetarian diet and herbs.
This was generally adopted in our early work, and later taken over by
the Nature Cure and Herbalist and similar schools of medicine. This
throws light on Dr. David Paulson's compilation of Testimonies, as
"You are not justified in advocating one school above the others as
if it were the only one worthy of respect. Those who vindicate one
school of medicine and bitterly condemn another, are actuated by a zeal
that is not according to knowledge. With Pharisaic pride some men look
down upon others who have received a diploma from the so-called standard
school. . . The use of drugs has resulted in far more harm than good,
and should our physicians who claim to believe the truth, almost
entirely dispense with medicine, and faithfully practice along the line
of hygiene, using nature' s remedies, far greater success would attend
their efforts. There is no need whatever to exalt the method whereby
drugs are administered. I know whereof I speak. Brethren of the medical
profession, I entreat you to think candidly and put away childish
things. They resort to drugs when greater skill and knowledge would
teach them the more excellent way." Extracts on Medical Work, pages
19-23. Also Lorna Linda. Messages, page 62, it says:
truth for this time, the third angel's message, is to be proclaimed with
a loud voice as we approach the great final test. This test must come
to the churches in connection with true medical missionary work
We are told that in the time of trouble "there will be sick ones,
plenty of them, that will need help" so because of the need, but
also "for their own sake, they should, while they have opportunity,
become intelligent in regard to disease, its causes, prevention and
cure, and those who will do this will find a field of labor
anywhere." C. H. 506.
them prepare themselves for usefulness by studying the books that have
been written for our instruction in these lines Form Reading Circles. .
. lay aside the busy cares of the day and unite in study." 7 T.
62-67. There we have an inspired program for preparing for the time of
harmony with principles taught them by worldly associations, some
professional medical men have persuaded certain officials that they
should keep the instructions of the Spirit of Prophecy on the use of
simple remedies out of the hands of the laity, saying. "self
medication is dangerous." It seems that some human concoctions (See
Sec. 9, 10) are dangerous even if prescribed by licensed practitioners.
In contrast, the simple remedies here recommended are harmless for
anyone to use. (Sec. 5, 7, 10.)
of us have been taught we should never learn how to treat ourselves,
just as some think we should hire ministers to tell us what to believe
in religion, instead of studying for ourselves. In contrast, we are
educate the human family that the doctor alone knows all the ills. . .
is false teaching, and the sooner we as a people stand on the
principles of health reform, the greater will be the blessing to those
who would do true medical missionary work. (Sec. 8) It says nurses could
learn to use herbs (Sec. 12) and "every family" (Sec. 3, 4)
should learn how to use them "intelligently". That puts no
premium on ignorance, but requires us to learn how to use these natural
remedies for ourselves and in medical missionary work. Some officials
plan to teach this in Junior Camps as part of the Wilderness Survival
course. The Journal of Natural Living Magazine will keep our people
informed on all these natural remedies.