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God’s Health Message through His Messenger

By Lilibeth D. Casel

April - June 2019 | North Philippine Union Conference

Ellen G. White Comments and Medical Science Recent Findings

Excerpts from Proof Positive by Neil Nedley, MD

A principle stated in the Old Testament is, “If they speak not according to this word it is because there is no light in them” (Isaiah 8:20).

I personally have found that Ellen White’s writings are in agreement with the Scriptures regarding the advice on health and other topics. Her writings cover a wide scope of health and medical topics.

A century ago, she laid out a formula for personal healthful living in the areas of diet, exercise, temperance, rest, sunshine, hydrotherapy, and fresh air that is still valid and applicable today.

Today, let’s examine some of what Ellen White’s words and what medical science speaks:

The Importance of Breakfast

Ellen White’s Words:

“The habit of eating a sparing breakfast and a large dinner is wrong. Make your breakfast correspond more nearly to the heartiest meal of the day” (CD 173.2).

Medical Science Speaks:

  • Eating breakfast appears to be essential for maximum mental and physical efficiency.

  • Regular breakfast-eaters may be able to cut their risk of death in half.

  • A good breakfast and a lighter (or no) supper may help improve blood sugar control in diabetics.

Fewer Meals and No Snacking

Ellen White’s Words:

“In most cases two meals a day are preferable to three.” “Three meals a day and nothing between meals—not even an apple— should be the utmost limit of indulgence.” (CD 176.1 and 182.4).

Medical Science Speaks:

• The more frequently a person eats, the greater his or her risk of colon cancer.

• The original Alameda Country Study data identified “no snacking” as a health habit associated with longevity.

Exercise is Vital to Health

Ellen White’s Words:

“The more we exercise, the better will be the circulation of the blood" (HL 132.5).

"More people die for want of exercise than through over fatigue; very many more rust out than wear out. Those who accustom themselves to proper exercise in the open air will generally have a good and vigorous circulation” (CH 173.2).

Medical Science Speaks:

• Exercise lower the risk of heart disease. • Exercise lowers the risk of cancer.
• Exercise benefits physiology in general. • Regular exercise promotes longevity.

 

 

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