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(Gathered at the request of the G.C. committee)
A Compilation from

the Writings of


“After seeing so much harm done by the administering of drugs, I
cannot use them, and cannot testify in their favor. I must be
true to the light given me by Yehovah.”
–Letter 82, 1897.


General Conference of S.D.A.

Washington 12, D.C.

March 18, 1954


Because of the strong E. G. White statements concerning the
use of drugs, there resides in the minds of not a few conscientious
Seventh-day Adventists the opinion that there is a serious conflict
between the Spirit of prophecy teachings and what is considered
sound medical practice today. Such a situation is not wholesome or

So that the committee appointed to give study to this matter
might have before it the full picture of the Spirit of prophecy
teachings on this topic, at the request of its chairman, this
compilation of statements has been drawn together from all
available sources. These are arranged in a somewhat chronological
but not in a topical order.

In constructing Chapter 3, “Statements Which May Serve to
Define Drugs,” and Chapter 5, “Balancing Statements Which May Help
Us Find Our Way,” some brief excerpts have been drawn from fuller
quotations which naturally find their place elsewhere in the
compilation. This accounts for some repetition.

The compiler of this collection does not claim to have
included every E. G. White utterance on the subject of drugs. It
is his opinion, however, that the principle statements are here,
and that the presentation fairly represents the position held by
Ellen G. White on this topic. Chapter 8, “Ellen G. White and Her
Use of Remedies,” is presented here, not for the purpose of
indicating that the specific items she used and recommended are the
remedies to which we should limit ourselves in the treatment of the
sick today, but to indicate the type of remedies she employed and
considered simple and helpful, in contrast to poisonous drugs. It
makes clear the fact that Ellen G. White was not opposed to every
type of medication. It indicates the need for a definition of
drugs as the term was employed in a general way in the E.G. White

Two appendices have been attached. Because these articles
were prepared by physicians associated with Mrs. White while she
was still living, and indicate their appraisal of the whole
situation, they were thought to be helpful.
The date of writing or publication has been affixed to each
excerpt in the compilation, and in most cases the person or group
addressed has been indicated. In a study of this type, the time
and circumstances of writing are often helpful.
The reader will observe the burden of the E. G. White
teaching, and at the same time her restrained position in regard to
extreme views. It is to be earnestly hoped that in the light of
this compilation of Spirit of prophecy counsels the conclusions
drawn may serve to lead both practitioners and laymen to a helpful
understanding of the “way that we should go” (1 Sam. 9:6) in this
perplexing matter.
–Arthur L. White



1. Drugs and Their Use p. 4
(First E.G.White Statement, 1864)

2. A Vivid Presentation of the Effects of Drugs p. 12
(Second E.G.White Statement, 1865

3. Statements Which May Serve to Define Drugs p. 24

4. Drugs as Employed in Medical Practice p. 28

5. Balancing Statements Which May Help Us Find Our Way p. 40

6. The Call for the Use of Simple Remedies p. 45

7. Medication in Our Sanitariums p. 57

8. Ellen G. White and Her Use of Remedies p. 63

9. The Several Schools of Medicine p. 70

10. How Our Physicians Should Be Trained p. 75

11. Seventh-day Adventists to Influence Medical Practice p. 80

Appendix A. Why Teach Materia Medica?
(By W.A.George, M.D., CME Staff Member, 1912) p. 81

Appendix B. A Letter by Dr. Paulson on the Use of Drugs
(Hinsdale, Ill., July, 1914) p. 86


(This first E. G. White presentation on Drugs was published in 1864
as a part of her initial 40-page article “Health,” presenting the
Health Reform Program.)

The Vision of June 6, 1863.–I was shown that 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.

Indulging 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 which does not cure the
disease. It may change the form of disease, but the real evil is
increased ten fold. Nature was doing her best to rid the system of
an accumulation of impurities, and could she have 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.

The sufferers in such cases can do for themselves that which
others cannot do as well for them. They should commence to relive
nature of the load they have forced upon her. They should remove
the cause. Fast a short time, and give the stomach chance for
rest. Reduce the feverish state of the system by a careful and
understanding application of water. These efforts will help nature
in her struggles to free the system of impurities. But generally
the persons who suffer pain become impatient. They are not willing
to use 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 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 she becomes enfeebled.

Drugs never cure disease. They only change the form and
location. Nature alone is the effectual restorer, and how much
better could 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 great 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 feel the necessity of also strictly attending to
his diet.

Many are living in violation of the laws of health, and are
ignorant of the relation their habits of eating, drinking, and
working sustain to their health. They will not arouse to their
true condition until nature protests against the abuses she is
suffering, by aches and pains in the system. If, even then, the
sufferers would only commence the work right, and would resort to
the simple means they have neglected–the use of water and proper
diet, nature would have just the help she requires, and which she
ought to have had long before. If this course is pursued, the
patient will generally recover, without being debilitated.

When drugs are introduced into the system, for a time they may
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. And the disease, which
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 does 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 cannot
readily and strongly perform their labor, and the whole system
feels the lack. These organs, which should be in a healthy
condition, are enfeebled, the blood becomes impure. Nature keeps
struggling, and the patient suffers with different ailments, until
there is a sudden breaking down in her efforts, and death follows.
There are more who die from the use of drugs, than all who would
have died of disease had nature been left to do her own work.

Uncertainty in Diagnosis.–Very many lives have been
sacrificed by physicians’ administering drugs for unknown diseases.
They have no real knowledge of the exact disease which afflicts the
patient. But physicians are expected to know in a moment what to
do, and unless they act at once, as though they understood the
disease perfectly, they are considered by impatient friends, and by
the sick, as incompetent physicians. Therefore to gratify
erroneous opinions of the sick and their friends, medicine must be
administered, experiments and tests tried to cure the patient of
the disease of which they have no real knowledge. Nature is loaded
with poisonous drugs which she cannot expel from the system. The
physicians themselves are often convinced that they have used
powerful medicines for a disease which did not exist, and death was
the consequence.

Physicians are censurable, but they are not the only ones at
fault. The sick themselves, if they would be patient, diet and
suffer a little, and give nature time to rally, would recover much
sooner without the use of any medicine. Nature alone possesses
curative powers. Medicines have no power to cure, but will most
generally hinder nature in her efforts. She after all must do the
work of restoring. The sick are in a hurry to get well, and the
friends of the sick are impatient. They will have medicine, and if
they do not feel that powerful influence upon their systems, their
erroneous views lead them to think they should feel, they
impatiently change for another physician. The change often
increases the evil. They go through a course of medicine equally
as dangerous as the first, and more fatal, because the two
treatments do not agree, and the system is poisoned beyond remedy.

The Use of Water for Fever Cases.–But many have never
experienced the beneficial effects of water, and are afraid to use
one of heaven’s greatest blessings. Water has been refused persons
suffering with burning fevers, through fear that it would injure
them. 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 the, until the fuel which fed the fever was burnt 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.

Inexcusable Ignorance.–Multitudes remain in inexcusable
ignorance in regard to the laws of their being. They are wondering
why our race is so feeble, and why so many die prematurely. Is
there not a cause? Physicians who profess to understand the human
organism, prescribe for their patients, and even for their own dear
children, and their companions, slow poisons to break up disease,
or to cure slight indisposition. Surely, they cannot realize the
evil of these things as they were presented before me, or they
could not do thus. The effects of the poison may not be
immediately perceived, but it is doing its work surely in the
system, undermining the constitution, and crippling nature in her
efforts. They are seeking to correct an evil, but produce a far
greater one, which is often incurable.

Drug Invalidism.–Those who are thus dealt with are constantly
sick, and constantly dosing. And yet, if you listen to their
conversation, you will often hear them praising the drugs they have
been using, and recommending their use to others, because they have
been benefited by their use. It would seem that to such as can
reason from cause to effect, the sallow countenance, the continual
complaints of ailments and general prostration of those who claim
to be benefited, would be sufficient proofs of the
health-destroying influence of drugs. And yet many are so blinded
they do not see that all the drugs they have taken have not cured
them, but made them worse. The drug invalid numbers one in the
world, but is generally peevish, irritable, always sick, lingering
out a miserable existence, and seems to live only to call into
constant exercise the patience of others. Poisonous drugs have not
killed them outright, for nature is loth to give up her hold on
life. She is unwilling to cease her struggles. Yet these
drug-takers are never well. They are always taking cold, which
causes extreme suffering, because of the poison all through their

Strychnine.–A branch was presented before me bearing large
flat seeds. Upon it was written, Nux vomica, strychnine. Beneath
was written, No antidote. I was shown persons under the influence
of this poison. It produced heat, and seemed to act particularly
on the spinal column, but affected the whole system. When this is
taken in the smallest quantities, it has its influence, which
nothing can counteract. If taken immoderately, convulsions,
paralysis, insanity, and death are often the results. Many use
this deadly evil in small quantities. But if they realized its
influence, not one grain of it would be introduced into the system.

When first taken, its influence may seem to be beneficial. It
excites the nerves connected with the spinal column, especially
upon the head and back of the neck. The patients generally cannot
endure the least draught of air. They are inclined to close every
crevice, and for want of the free, invigorating air of heaven, the
blood becomes impure, the vital organs are weakened, and general
debility is the result. By unduly exciting the sensitive nerves
connected with the spinal column, by this poisonous drug, they lose
their tone and vitality, and weakness of the back and limbs
follows. The sight and hearing are often affected, and in many
cases the patient becomes helpless.

Opium.–I was shown that the innocent, modest-looking white
poppy yields a dangerous drug. Opium is a slow poison, when taken
in small quantities. In large doses it produces lethargy and
death. Its effects upon the nervous system are ruinous. When
patients use this drug until it becomes habit, it is almost
impossible to discontinue it, because they feel so prostrated and
nervous without it. They are in a worse condition when deprived of
it than the rum-drinker without his rum, or the tobacco-user
deprived of his tobacco. The opium slave is in a pitiful
condition. Unless his nervous system is continually intoxicated
with the poisonous drug, he is miserable. It benumbs the
sensibilities, stupefies the brain, and unfits the mind for the
service of Elohim. True Yahdians cannot persist in the use of this
slow poison, when they know its influence upon them.

Those who use opium cannot render to Elohim any more
acceptable service than can the drunkard, or the tobacco-user.
Those who break off the use of this nerve-and-brain-destroying
practice will have to possess fortitude, and suffer, as will the
drunkard and the tobacco slave, when deprived of their
body-and-mind-destroying indulgences. Elohim is displeased that
His followers should become slaves to habits which ruin body and
mind. Nux vomica, or strychnine, and opium have killed their
millions, and have left thousands upon the earth to linger out a
wretched, suffering existence, a burden to themselves, and those
around them.

Mercury, Calomel, Quinine.–Mercury, calomel, and quinine have
brought their amount of wretchedness, which the day of Elohim alone
will fully reveal. Preparations of mercury and calomel taken into
the system ever retain their poisonous strength as long as there is
a particle of it left in the system. These poisonous preparations
have destroyed their millions, and left sufferers upon the earth to
linger out a miserable existence. All are better off without these
dangerous mixtures. Miserable sufferers, with disease in almost
every form, mis-shapen by suffering, with dreadful ulcers, and
pains in the bones, loss of teeth, loss of memory, and impaired
sight, are to been almost everywhere. They are victims of
poisonous preparations, which have been, in many cases,
administered to cure some slight indisposition, which after a day
or two of fasting would have disappeared without medicine. But
poisonous mixtures, administered by physicians, have proved their

The Drug Evil.–The endless variety of medicines in the
market, the numerous advertisements of new drugs and mixtures, all
of which, as they say, do wonderful cures, kill hundreds where they
benefit one. Those who are sick are not patient. They will take
the various medicines, some of which are very powerful, although
they know nothing of the nature of the mixtures. All the medicines
they take only make their recovery more hopeless. Yet they keep
dosing, and continue to grow weaker, until they die. Some will
have medicine at all events. Then let them take these hurtful
mixtures and the various deadly poisons upon their own
responsibility. Elohim’s servants should not administer medicines
which they know will leave behind injurious effects upon the
system, even if they do relieve present suffering.

Every poisonous preparation in the vegetable and mineral
kingdoms, taken into the system, will leave its wretched influence,
affecting the liver and lungs, and deranging the system generally.
Nor does the evil end here. Diseased, feeble infants are brought
into the world to share this misery, transmitted to them from their
parents.–Spiritual Gifts, Vol. IV, pp. 133-140.



(The second E. G. White statement of Drugs was published in 1865 in
How to Live, Number 3, in an article entitled “Disease and Its

The Use of Powerful Poisons.–The human family have brought
upon themselves diseases of various forms by their wrong habits.
They have not studied how to live healthfully, and their
transgression of the laws of their being has produced a deplorable
state of things. The people have seldom accredited their
sufferings to the true cause–their own wrong course of action.
They have indulged in intemperance in eating, and made a god of
their appetite. In all their habits they have manifested a
recklessness in regard to health and life; and when, as the result,
sickness has come upon them, they have made themselves believe that
Elohim was the author of it, when their own wrong course of action
has brought the sure result. When in distress, they send for the
doctor, and trust their bodies in his hands, expecting that he will
make them well. He deals out to them drugs, the nature of which
they know nothing; and in their blind confidence they swallow
anything that the doctor may choose to give. Thus powerful poisons
are often administered, which fetter nature in all her friendly
efforts to recover from the abuse the system has suffered; and the
patient is hurried out of this life.

The mother who has been but slightly indisposed, and who might
have recovered by abstaining from food for a short period, and
ceasing from labor, having quiet and rest, has, instead of doing
this, sent for a physician. And he, who should be prepared to give
a few simple directions, and restrictions in diet, and place her
upon the right track, is either too ignorant to do this, or too
anxious to obtain a fee.

Some Drugged to Death.–He makes the case appear a grave one,
and administers his poisons, which, if he himself were sick, he
would not venture to take. The patient grows worse, and poisonous
drugs are more freely administered, until nature is overpowered in
her efforts, and gives up the conflict, and the mother dies. She
was drugged to death. Her system was poisoned beyond remedy. She
was murdered. Neighbors and relatives marvel at the wonderful
dealings of Providence in thus removing a mother in the midst of
her usefulness, at the period when her children need her care so
much. They wrong our good and wise heavenly Father when they cast
back upon Him this weight of human woe. Heaven wishes that mother
to live, and her inattention to the law of her being, made her
sick. And the doctor’s fashionable poisons, introduced into the
system, closed the period of her existence, and left a helpless,
stricken, motherless flock.

This is not always the result which follows the doctor’s
drugging. Sick people who take these drug-poisons do appear to get
well. With some, there is sufficient life-force for nature to draw
upon, to so far expel the poison from the system that the sick,
having a period of rest, recover. But no credit should be allowed
the drugs taken for they only hindered nature in her efforts. All
the credit should be ascribed to natures restorative powers.

Although the patient may recover, yet the powerful effort
nature was required to make to induce action to overcome the
poison, injured the constitution and shortened the life of the
patient. There are many who do not die under the influence of
drugs; but there are very many who are left useless wrecks,
hopeless, gloomy and miserable sufferers, a burden to themselves
and to society.

They deteriorate the Race.–If those who take these drugs were
alone the sufferers, then the evil would not be so great. Parents
not only sin against themselves in swallowing drug-poisons, but
they sin against their children. The vitiated state of their
blood, the poison distributed throughout the system, the broken
constitutions, and various drug-diseases, as the result of
drug-poisons, are transmitted to their offspring, and left to them
as a wretched inheritance. This is another great cause of the
degeneracy of the race.

Physicians, by administering their drug-poisons, have done
very much to increase the deterioration of the race, physically,
mentally, and morally. Everywhere you may go you will see
deformity, disease, and imbecility, which in very many cases can be
traced directly back to the drug-poisons administered by the hand
of a doctor as a remedy for some of life’s ills. The so-called
remedy has fearfully proved itself to the patient, by stern,
suffering experience, to be far worse than the disease for which
the drug was taken. All who possess common capabilities should
understand the wants of their own system. The philosophy of health
should compose one of the important studies for our children. It
is all-important that the human organism be understood; then
intelligent men and women can be their own physicians. If the
people would reason from cause to effect, and would follow the
light which shines upon them, they would pursue a course which
would insure health, and mortality would be far less. But the
people are too willing to remain in inexcusable ignorance, and
trust their bodies to the doctors, instead of having any special
responsibility themselves.

Four Illustrative Cases.–Several illustrations of this great
subject have been presented before me. The first was a family
consisting of a father and daughter. The daughter was sick, and
the father was much troubled on her account, and summoned a
physician. As the father conducted him into the sick-room, he
manifested a painful anxiety. The physician examined the patient,
and said but little. They both left the sick-room. The father
informed the physician that he had buried the mother, a son, and a
daughter, and that this daughter was all that was left to him of
his family. He anxiously inquired of the physician if he thought
his daughter’s case hopeless. The physician then inquired in
regard to the nature and length of the sickness of those who had
died. The father mournfully related the painful facts connected
with the illness of his loved ones. “My son was first attacked
with a fever. I called a physician. He said that he could
administer medicine which would soon break the fever. He gave him
powerful medicine, but was disappointed in its effects. The fever
was reduced, but my son grew dangerously sick. The same medicine
was again given him, without producing any change for the better.
The physician then resorted to still more powerful medicines, but
my son obtained no relief. The fever left him, but he did not
rally. He sank rapidly and died.

“The death of my son, so sudden and unexpected, was a great
grief to us all, especially to his mother. Her watching and
anxiety in his sickness, and her grief, occasioned by his sudden
death, were too much for her nervous system, and she was soon
prostrated. I felt dissatisfied with the course pursued by this
physician. My confidence in his skill was shaken, and I could not
employ him a second time. I called another to my suffering wife.
This second physician gave her a liberal dose of opium, which he
said would relieve her pain, quiet her nerves, and give her rest,
which she much needed. The opium stupefied her. She slept, and
nothing could arouse her from the deathlike stupor. Her pulse and
heart at times throbbed violently, and then grew more and more
feeble in their action, until she ceased to breathe. Thus she
died, without giving her family one look of recognition. This
second death seemed more than we could endure. We all sorrowed
deeply; but I was agonized, and could not be comforted.

“My daughter was next afflicted. Grief, anxiety, and watching
had overtaxed her powers of endurance, and her strength gave way,
and she was brought upon a bed of suffering. I had now lost
confidence in both of the physicians I had employed. Another
physician was recommended to me as being successful in treating the
sick; and although he lived at a distance, I was determined to
obtain his services.

“This third physician professed to understand my daughter’s
case. He said that she was greatly debilitated, that her nervous
system was deranged, and that fever was upon her, which could be
controlled, but that it would take time to bring her up from her
present state of debility. He expressed perfect confidence in his
ability to raise her. He gave her powerful medicine to break up
the fever. This was accomplished. But as the fever left, the case
assumed more alarming features, and grew more complicated. As the
symptoms changed, the medicines were varied to meet the case.
While under the influence of new medicines, she would, for a time,
appear revived. This would flatter our hopes that she would get
well, only to make our disappointment more bitter as she became

“The physician’s last resort was calomel. For some time she
seemed to be between life and death. She was thrown into
convulsions. As these most distressing spasms ceased, we were
aroused to the painful fact that her intellect was weakened. She
began slowly to improve, although still a great sufferer. Her
limbs were crippled as the effect of the powerful poisons which she
had taken. She lingered a few years, a helpless, pitiful sufferer,
and died in much agony.”

After this sad relation the father looked imploringly to the
physician, and entreated him to save his only remaining child. The
physician looked sad and anxious, but made no prescription. He
arose to leave, saying that he would call the next day.

Three Cases Treated With Drugs.–Another scene was then
presented before me. I was brought into the presence of a female,
apparently about thirty years of age. A physician was standing by
her, and reporting that her nervous system was deranged, that her
blood was impure and moved sluggishly, and that her stomach was in
a cold, inactive condition. He said he would give her active
remedies, which would soon improve her condition. He gave her a
powder from a vial upon which was written “Nux vomica.” I watched
to see what effect this would have upon the patient. It appeared
to act favorably. Her condition seemed better. She was animated,
and even seemed cheerful and active.

My attention was then called to still another case. I was
introduced into the sick-room of a young man who was in a high
fever. A physician was standing by the bedside of the sufferer,
with a portion of medicine taken from a vial upon which was written
“Calomel.” He administered this chemical poison, and a change
seemed to take place, but not for the better.

I was then shown still another case. It was that of a female,
who seemed to be suffering much pain. A physician stood by the
bedside of the patient, and was administering medicine taken from
a vial upon which was written “Opium.” At first this drug seemed
to affect the mind. She talked strangely but finally became quiet,
and slept.

Back to the Anxious Father.–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 cannot 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.

Program of the Other Cases.–The second case was again
presented before me. The patient had appeared better under the
influence of nux vomica. She was sitting up, folding a shawl
closely around her, and complaining of chilliness. The air in the
room was impure. It was heated and had lost its vitality. Almost
every crevice where pure air could enter was guarded, to protect
the patient from a sense of painful chilliness, which was
especially felt in the back of the neck and down the spinal column.
If the door was left ajar, she seemed nervous and distressed, and
entreated that it should be closed, for she was cold. She could
not bear the least draft of air from the door or windows. A
gentleman of intelligence stood looking pityingly upon her, and
said, to those present: “This is the second result of nux vomica.
It is especially felt upon the nerves, and it affects the whole
nervous system. There will be, for a time, increased forced action
upon the nerves. But as the strength of this drug is spent, there
will be chilliness and prostration. Just to the degree that it
excites and enlivens will be the deadening, benumbing results

The third case was again presented before me. It was that of
the young man to whom was administered calomel. He was a great
sufferer. His lips were dark and swollen, his gums were inflamed.
His tongue was thick and swollen, and the saliva was running from
his mouth in large quantities. The intelligent gentleman before
mentioned looked sadly upon the sufferer, and said: “This is the
influence of mercurial preparations. This young man had sufficient
nervous energy remaining to begin a warfare upon this intruder,
this drug-poison, to attempt to expel it from the system. Many
have not sufficient life-force left to arouse to action; and nature
is overpowered, ceases her efforts, and the victim dies.”

The fourth case, the person to whom was given opium, was again
presented before me. She had awakened from her sleep much
prostrated. Her mind was distracted. She was impatient and
irritable, finding fault with her best friends, and imagining that
they did not try to relieve her sufferings. She became frantic,
and raved like a maniac. The gentleman before mentioned looked
sadly upon the sufferer, and said to those present: “This is the
second result of taking opium.”

Her physician was called. He gave her an increased dose of
opium, which quieted her ravings, yet made her very talkative and
cheerful. She was at peace with all around her, and expressed much
affection for acquaintances as well as for her relatives. She soon
grew drowsy, and fell into a stupefied condition. The gentleman
mentioned above, solemnly said: “Her condition is no better now
than when she was in her frantic ravings. She is decidedly worse.
This drug-poison, opium, gives temporary relief from pain, but does
remove the cause of pain. It only stupefies the brain, rendering
it incapable of receiving impressions from the nerves. While the
brain is thus insensible, the hearing, the taste, and the sight are
affected. When the influence of opium wears off, and the brain
arouses from its state of paralysis, the nerves, which had been cut
off from communication with the brain, shriek out, louder than
ever, the pain in the system, because of the additional outrage the
system has sustained in receiving this poison. Every additional
drug given to the patient, whether it be opium or some other
poison, will complicate the case, and make the patient’s recovery
more hopeless. The drugs given to stupefy, whatever they may be,
derange the nervous system. An evil, simple in the beginning,
which nature aroused herself to overcome, and which she would have
overcome had she been left to herself, has been made tenfold worse
by the introduction of drug-poisons into the system. The result of
these poisons is a destructive disease of itself, forcing into
extraordinary action the remaining life forces to war against and
overcome the drug intruder.”

Gratifying Results in the First Case.–I was brought again
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 had 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.”

Results of Drugging.–I was then shown the second case,–the
patient to whom nux vomica had been administered. She was being
supported by two attendants, from her chair to her bed. She had
nearly lost the use of her limbs. The spinal nerves were partially
paralyzed, and the limbs had lost their power to bear her weight.
She coughed distressingly, and breathed with difficulty. She was
laid upon the bed, and soon lost her hearing and sight; and after
lingering thus a while, she died. The gentleman before mentioned
looked sorrowfully upon the lifeless body, and said to those
present: “Witness the protracted influence of nux vomica upon the
human system. At its introduction, the nervous energy was excited
to extraordinary action to meet this drug-poison. This extra
excitement was followed by prostration, and the final result has
been paralysis of the nerves. This drug does not have the same
effect upon all. Some, who have powerful constitutions, recover
from abuses to which they may subject the system; while others,
whose hold on life is not so strong, who possess enfeebled
constitutions, never recover from receiving into the system even
one dose; many die from no other cause than the effects of one
portion of this poison. Its effects are always tending to death.
The condition the system is in, at the time these poisons are
received into it, determines the life of the patient. Nux vomica
can cripple, paralyze, destroy health forever, but it never cures.”

The third case–that of the young man to whom had been
administered calomel–was again presented before me. He was a
pitiful sufferer. His limbs were crippled, and he was greatly
deformed. He said that his sufferings were beyond description, and
life was to him a great burden. The gentleman whom I have
repeatedly mentioned looked upon the sufferer with sadness and
pity, and said: “This is the effect of calomel. It torments the
system as long as there is a particle of the poison left in it. It
ever lives, not losing its properties by its long stay in the
living system. 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 in the system.”

The fourth case was again presented before me,–the patient to
whom opium had been administered. Her countenance was sallow, and
her eyes were restless and glassy. Her hands shook as if palsied,
and she appeared greatly excited, imagining that all present were
leagued against her. Her mind was a complete wreck, and she raved
in a pitiful manner. The physician was summoned, and seemed to be
unmoved at these terrible exhibitions. He gave the patient a more
powerful portion of opium, which he said would set her all right.
Her ravings did not cease until she became thoroughly intoxicated.
She then passed into a deathlike stupor. The gentleman already
mentioned looked upon the patient, and said, sadly: “Her days are
numbered. The efforts that nature has made have been so many times
overpowered by this poison that the vital forces are exhausted by
being repeatedly induced to unnatural action to rid the system of
the poisonous drug. Nature’s efforts are about to cease, and then
the patient’s suffering life will end.”

More deaths have been caused by drug-taking than from all
other causes combined.–How to Live, No. 3, pp. 51-61. Reprinted
in Review and Herald, Aug. 15-Sept. 12,1899.


(Note: Then follows the section on Drugs from Spiritual Gifts,
Vol. IV, appearing as Chapter 1.)

Do They Leave Baleful Influences Behind?–Nothing should be
put into the human system that will leave a baleful influence
–Medical Ministry, p. 228 (1897)

The simplest remedies may assist nature, and leave no baleful
effects after their use.–Letter 82, 1897.

Substances Which Poison the Current of the Blood.–In our
sanitariums, we advocate the use of simple remedies. We discourage
the use of drugs, for they poison the current of the blood. In
these institutions sensible instructions should be given how to
eat, how to drink, how to dress, and how to live so that the health
may be preserved.
–Counsels on Diet and Foods, p. 303. (1908)

Do not endeavor to adjust the difficulties by adding a burden
of poisonous medicines.–Ministry of Healing, p. 235. (1905)

Every Pernicious Drug.–Every pernicious drug placed in the
human stomach, whether by prescription of physicians, or by man
himself doing violence to the human organism, injures the whole
machinery.–Manuscript 3, 1897.

Break Down Vital Forces.–Drugs always have a tendency to
break down and destroy vital forces.
–Medical Ministry, p. 223. (1887)
Poisonous Preparations Which Leave Injurious
Effects.–Elohim’s servants should not administer medicines which
they know will leave behind injurious effects upon the system, even
if they do relieve present suffering. Every poisonous preparation
in the vegetable and mineral kingdoms, taken into the system, will
leave its wretched influence, affecting the liver and lungs, and
deranging the system generally.
–Spiritual Gifts, Vol. IV, p. 140. (1864)

Deadly Aftereffects of Poisonous Drugs.–Nature’s simple
remedies will aid in recovery without leaving the deadly
aftereffects so often felt by those who use poisonous drugs. They
destroy the power of the patient to help himself. This power the
patients are to be taught to exercise by learning to eat simple,
healthful foods, by refusing to overload the stomach with a variety
of foods at one meal. All these things should come into the
education of the sick. Talks should be given showing how to
preserve health, how to shun sickness, how to rest when rest is
–Letter 82, 1908. (Physicians and Manager at Loma Linda.)

What Are Drugs?–(Question to Ellen G. White from a Medical

“Hearing so much about you from my dear mother, and knowing
how interested you are in the medical branch of our work, and how
much Elohim has revealed to you concerning this, I have decided to
take a little of your time to ask a question which has troubled
several of our medical students.

“Next year a good number of us enter upon our last and most
important year of the medical course at the university. From our
study of the Testimonies and the little work, How to Live, we can
see that Yehovah is strongly opposed to the use of drugs in our
medical work. We believed they were harmful because Yehovah had
said so through the Testimonies. Now we know from our three years’
study that ‘drugging’ is a most unscientific practice.

“Several of the students are in doubt as to the meaning of the
word ‘drug’ as mentioned in How to Live. Does it refer only to the
stronger medicines as mercury strychnine, arsenic, and such
poisons, the things we medical students call ‘drugs,’ or does it
also include the simpler remedies, as potassium, iodine, squills,
etc. We know that our success will be proportionate to our
adherence to Elohim’s methods. For this reason I have asked the
above question.”
–From Letter Written by Edgar Caro to Mrs. E.G.White, Aug. 15,

(Ellen G. White’s answer.) Your questions, I will say, are
answered largely, if not definitely, in How to Live. Drug poisons
mean the articles which you have mentioned. The simpler remedies
are less harmful in proportion to their simplicity; but in very
many cases these are used when not at all necessary. There are
simple herbs and roots that every family may use for themselves,
and need not call 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, if they
understand the delicate, wonderful human machinery, 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. As 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. The great burden
should be to have well-trained nurses, and well-trained medical
practitioners to educate “precept upon precept; line upon line,
line upon line; here a little, and there a little.”

Train the people to correct habits and healthful practices,
remembering that an ounce of preventative is of more value that a
pound of cure. Lectures and studies in this line will prove of the
highest value.–Letter 17-a, 1893.


Poisonous Drugs Which Kill or Leave Baleful Influences.–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 sick room.

Fever cases have been lost, when, had the physicians left off
entirely their drug treatment, and they put their wits to work, and
wisely and persistently used Yehovah’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

Experimenting 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 sheet, they would
be alive today.

Nothing 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.

I have been pained when many students have been encouraged to
go where they would receive an education in the use of drugs. The
light I have received on the subject of drugs is altogether
different from the use made of them at these schools or at the
sanitariums. We must become enlightened on these subjects.

The intricate names given medicines are used to cover up the
matter, so that none will know what is given them as remedies
unless they consult a dictionary….

Patients are to be supplied with good, wholesome food; total
abstinence from all intoxicating drinks is to be observed; drugs
are to be discarded, and rational methods of treatment followed.
The patients must not be given alcohol, tea, coffee, or drugs; for
these always leave traces of evil behind them. By observing these
rules, many who have been given up by the physicians may be
restored to health.

In this work the human and divine instrumentalities can
cooperate in saving life, and Elohim will add His blessing. Many
suffering ones not of our faith will come to our institutions to
receive treatment. Those whose health has been ruined by sinful
indulgence, and who have been treated by physicians till the drugs
administered have no effect, will come; and they will be benefited.

Yehovah will bless institutions conducted in accordance with
His plans. He will cooperate with every physician who faithfully
and conscientiously engages in this work. He will enter the rooms
of the sick. He will give wisdom to the nurses.
–Medical Ministry, pp. 227-229. (Manuscript 162, 1897.)

A Terrible Account to Be Rendered to Elohim.–There is a
terrible account to be rendered to Elohim by men who have so little
regard for human life as to treat the body so ruthlessly in dealing
out their drugs. It is the duty of every person to become
intelligent in regard to disease and its causes. We must study
our Bible in order to understand the value that Yehovah places upon
the men and women whom Yehoshua has purchased at such an infinite
price. Then we should become acquainted with the laws of life,
that every action of the human agent may be in perfect harmony with
the laws of Elohim. When there is so great peril in ignorance, is
it not best to be wise in regard to the human habitation, fitted up
by our Creator, and over which He desires we shall be faithful
stewards? We are not excusable if through ignorance we destroy
Elohim’s building by taking into our stomachs poisonous drugs under
a variety of names we do not understand. It is our duty to refuse
all such prescriptions.
–Manuscript 44, 1896.

Out of Accord with Elohim’s Plan.–The use of drugs is not in
accordance with Elohim’s plan. Physicians should understand how to
treat the sick through the use of nature’s remedies. Pure air,
pure water, healthful exercise should be employed in the treatment
of the sick….

Many indulge in unhealthful practices until the physical
vitality is undermined, and the mental and moral powers are
enfeebled. When they fall a prey to disease they resort to drugs,
and if these afford them temporary relief, they seem to be
satisfied to continue in transgression. They do not bring their
habits and practices in review to see what is wrong, and correct
the evils by removing the cause. As the drugs are a mere
stimulant, after a time they realize that they are in a worse
condition than before they used the remedies. To use drugs while
continuing evil habits, is certainly inconsistent, and greatly
dishonors Elohim by dishonoring the body which He has made. Yet
for all this, stimulants and drugs continue to be prescribed, and
freely used by human beings, while the hurtful indulgences that
produced the disease are not discarded. They use tea, coffee,
tobacco, opium, wine, beer, and other stimulants, and give to
nature a false support.–Letter 19, 1892. (Dr. Kellogg.)

Originated in Perverted Knowledge.–From beginning to end, the
crime of tobacco using, of opium and drug medication, has its
origin in perverted knowledge. It is through plucking and eating
of poisonous fruit, through the intricacies of names that the
common people do not understand, that thousands and ten thousands
of lives are lost. This great knowledge, supposed by men to be so
wonderful, Elohim did not mean that man should have. They are
using the poisonous productions that Satan himself has planted to
take the place of the tree of life, whose leaves are for the
healing of the nations. Men are dealing in liquors and narcotics
that are destroying the human family.
–Temperance, p. 75. (Manuscript 119, 1898)

Lack of Faith Made up by Use of Drugs.–Those who see Yehoshua
by living faith, those who abide in Him, will have power to work
miracles for His glory. This is why the physicians and nurses in
our medical institutions should be those who abide in Yehoshua; for
through their connection with the heavenly Physician their patients
will be blessed. These Elohim-fearing workers will have no use for
poisonous drugs. They will use the natural agencies that Elohim
has given for the restoration of the sick. Time and again I have
told the workers in our sanitariums that from the light that Elohim
has given, me, I know that they need not lose one patient suffering
from a fever, if they take the case in hand in time and use
rational methods of treatment instead of drugs….

When we are willing to have our own minds unsoldered, and
resoldered by the melting influences of the Spirit of Elohim, we
shall understand with new enlightenment Yehoshua’s instruction to us
as recorded in the fourteenth, fifteenth, sixteenth, and
seventeenth chapters of John. O how great are the possibilities
that He has placed within our reach! He says, “Whatsoever ye shall
ask the Father in my name, he will give it you.” He promises to
come to us as a Comforter to bless us. Why do we not believe these
promises? That which we lack in faith we make up by the use of
drugs. Let us give up the drugs, believing that Yehoshua does not
desire us to be sick, and that if we live according to the
principles of health reform, He will keep us well.
–Manuscript 169, 1902. (The Work of the St. Helena Sanitarium.)

Easier to Use Drugs.–The question is, Will they preserve the
principles of hygiene, or will they use the easier method of using
drugs, to take the place of treating diseases/without resorting to
drug medication? There could be many hygienic institutions in all
parts of our world, if there were plenty of means and plenty of
persons who had the qualifications to manage such
institutions.–Manuscript 22, 1887.

Not Natural to Laws of Life.–Ill health in a variety of
forms, if effect could be traced to the cause, would reveal the
sure result of flesh eating. The disuse of meats, with healthful
dishes nicely prepared to take the place of flesh meats, would
place a large number of the sick and suffering ones in a fair way
of recovering their health, without the use of drugs. But if the
physician encourages a meat-eating diet to his invalid patients,
then he will make a necessity for the use of drugs….

Drugs always have a tendency to break down and destroy vital
forces, and nature becomes so crippled in her efforts, that the
invalid dies, not because he needed to die, but because nature was
outraged. If she had been left alone, she would have put forth her
highest efforts to save life and health. Nature wants none of such
help as so many claim that they have given her. Lift off the
burdens placed upon her, after the customs of the fashion of this
age, and you will see in many cases nature will right herself. The
use of drugs is not favorable or natural to the laws of life and
health. The drug medication gives nature two burdens to bear, in
the place of one. She has two serious difficulties to overcome, in
the place of one.
–Medical Ministry, pp. 222, 223. (Manuscript 22, 1887.)

Drugs and Narcotics Used by Worldly Physicians.–We should not
use the drugs and narcotics used by worldly physicians to relieve
the necessity which the abuse of appetite has created in the
physical structure.
–Letter 56, 1898. (Bro. and Sr. John Wessells.)

Use Nature’s Remedies.–Use nature’s remedies,–water,
sunshine, and fresh air. Do not use drugs. Drugs never heal; they
only change the features of the disease.–Letter 116, 1903. (Drs.

Effects of Pernicious Drugs.–Every pernicious drug placed in
the human stomach, whether by prescription of physicians, or by man
himself doing violence to the human organism, injures the whole
machinery. Every intemperate indulgence of lustful appetite is at
war with natural instinct and the healthful condition of every
nerve and muscle and organ of the wonderful human machinery which
through the Creator’s power possesses organic life.

Nature would do her work wisely and well if the human agent
would, in his treatment of the body, cooperate with the divine
purpose. But how Satan and his whole confederacy rejoice to see
how easily his powers of deception and art can persuade man to form
an appetite for most unpleasant stimulants and narcotics. And then
when nature has been overborne, enfeebled in all her working force,
there is the drug medication to come from the physicians, to kill
the remaining vital force and leave men miserable wrecks of
suffering, of imbecility, of insanity, and of loathsome disease.
Elohim is hidden from the human observation by the hellish shadow
of Satan.
–Manuscript 3, 1897. (Health Reform)

The Usual Course in the Free Use of Poisonous Drugs.–A
practice that is laying the foundation of a vast amount disease and
of even more serious evils, is the free use of poisonous drugs.
When attacked by disease, many will not take the trouble to search
out the cause of their illness. Their chief anxiety is to rid
themselves of pain and inconvenience. So they resort to patent
nostrums, of whose real properties they know little, or they apply
to a physician for some remedy to counteract the result of their
misdoing, but with no thought of making a change in their
unhealthful habits. If immediate benefit is not realized, another
medicine is tried, and then another. Thus the evil continues.

People need to be taught that drugs do not cure disease. It
is true that they sometimes afford present relief, and the patient
appears to recover as the result of their use; this is because
nature has sufficient vital force to expel the poison and to
correct the conditions that caused the disease. Health is
recovered in spite of the drug. But in most cases the drug only
changes the form and location of the disease. Often the effect of
the poison seems to be overcome for a time, but the results remain
in the system, and work great harm at some later period.

By the use of poisonous drugs, many bring upon themselves
lifelong illness, and many lives are lost that might be saved by
the use of natural methods of healing. The poisons contained in
many so-called remedies create habits and appetites that mean ruin
to both soul and body. Many of the popular nostrums called patent
medicines, and even some of the drugs dispensed by physicians, act
a part in laying the foundation of the liquor habit, the opium
habit, the morphine habit, that are so terrible a curse to society.

The only hope of better things is in the education of the
people in right principles. Let physicians teach the people that
restorative power is not in drugs, but in nature. Disease is an
effort of nature to free the system from conditions that result
from a violation of the laws of health. In 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 re-establish right conditions
in the system.

Pure air, sunlight, abstemiousness, rest, exercise, proper
diet, the use of water, trust in divine power,–these are the true
remedies. Every person should have a knowledge of nature’s
remedial agencies and how to apply them. It is essential both to
understand the principles involved in the treatment of the sick and
to have a practical training that will enable one rightly to use
this knowledge.

The use of natural remedies requires an amount of care and
effort, that many are not willing to give. Nature’s process of
healing and upbuilding is gradual, and to the impatient it seems
slow. The surrender of hurtful indulgences requires sacrifice.
But in the end it will be found that nature, untrammeled, does her
work wisely and well. Those who persevere in obedience to her
laws will reap the reward in health of body and health of
mind.–Ministry of Healing, pp. 126, 127. (1905)

Strong, Health-destroying Medicine.–Knowledge is what is
needed. Drugs are too often promised to restore health, and the
poor sick are so thoroughly drugged with quinine, morphine, or some
strong health-and-life destroying (medicine), that nature may never
make sufficient protest, but give up the struggle; and they may
continue their wrong habits with hopeful impunity.
–Manuscript 22, 1887. (To sanitariums)

Interfering with Nature’s Laws.
–Thousands need to be educated patiently, kindly, tenderly, but
decidedly, that nine-tenths of their complaints are created by
their own course of action. The more they introduce drugs into the
system, the more certainly do they interfere with the laws of
nature and bring about the very difficulties they drug themselves
to avoid.
–Manuscript 22, 1887. (To sanitariums)

Weaken the System.–Many act as if health and disease were
things entirely independent of their conduct, and entirely outside
their control. They do not reason from cause to effect, and submit
to feebleness and disease as a necessity. Violent attacks of
sickness they believe to be special dispensations of Providence, or
the result of some overruling, mastering power; and they resort to
drugs as a cure for the evil. But the drugs taken to cure the
disease weaken the system.
–Medical Ministry, pp. 296, 297. (Letter 5, 1904.)

Drugs Given to Stupefy.–Drugs given to stupefy, whatever they
may be, derange the nervous system.–How to Live, No. 3, p. 57.

Blood and Bones Poisoned.–Brother B seeks to have his wife
believe as he believes, and he would have her think that all he
does is right and that he knows more than any of the ministers and
is wise above all men. I was shown that in his boasted wisdom he
is dealing with the bodies of his children as he is with the soul
of his wife. He has been following a course according to his own
wisdom, which is ruining the health of his child. He flatters
himself that the poison which he has introduced into her system
keeps her alive. What a mistake! He should reason how much better
she might have been had he let her alone and not abused nature.
This child can never have a sound constitution, for her bones and
the current of blood in her veins have been poisoned. The
shattered constitutions of his children and their aches and
distressing pains will cry out against his boasted wisdom, which is
–Testimonies, Vol. 3, p. 454. (1875)

Add not the Burden of Poisonous Medicines.–When the abuse of
health is carried so far that sickness results, the sufferer can
often do for himself what no one else can do for him. The first
thing to be done is to ascertain the true character of the
sickness, and then go to work intelligently to remove the cause.
If the harmonious working of the system has become unbalanced by
overwork, overeating, or other irregularities, do not endeavor to
adjust the difficulties by adding a burden of poisonous
medicines.–Ministry of Healing, p. 235. (1905)

Why Some Physicians Prescribe Drugs.–The sick are in a hurry
to get well, and the friends of the sick are impatient. They will
have medicine, and if they do not feel that powerful influence upon
their systems their erroneous views lead them to think they should
feel, they impatiently change for another physician. The change
often increases the evil. They go through a course of medicine
equally as dangerous as the first.–How to Live, No. 3, p. 62.

Substituting Drugs for Judicious Nursing.–There is a
disposition with many parents, to keep up a perpetual dosing of
their children with medicines. They will always have a supply on
hand, and when any slight indisposition is manifested, caused by
overeating or exhaustion, the medicine is poured down their
throats; and if that does not satisfy them, they send for the
doctor. If he is an honest physician, and declines to give the
child medicine because he is wise enough to know it will be for its
hurt, the parents are offended and think the physician inefficient,
and send for another, who is less conscientious, and who will give
medicine to satisfy the parents, who were blinded by ignorance in
regard to the real condition and need of their child. And not
unfrequently parents are so anxious to do all they can to save
their child, that they change physicians, having two or three to
attend the same case. The child is drugged to death, and the
parents console themselves that they have done all they could, and
wonder why it must die when they did so much to save it. Upon the
gravestone of that child should be written,
Died, of Drug Medication.

Many parents substitute drugs for judicious nursing.
–Health Reformer, Sept. 1866.

Used to Counteract Results of Wrongdoing.–Men and women use
drugs of every description to counteract the results of their own
misdoings. Then they charge their suffering to the providence of
Elohim, and finish the business by calling in a physician, who
drugs to death the remaining forces of nature.
This is a matter of grave responsibility. Elohim holds men
and women accountable to keep themselves in the very best health,
physically, mentally, and morally, that they may distinguish
between the sacred and the common. The laws which Elohim has
established for the well-being of the physical structure are to be
treated as divine. To every action done in violation of these laws
a penalty is affixed. The transgressor is recorded as having
broken the commandments of Elohim.

Many seem to think that it is their privilege to treat their
bodies as they please. Do such stop to consider that Elohim
requires them to obey His physical laws, and that for their
violation of these laws they must answer at His bar?
–Manuscript 155, 1899. (Temperance from a Yahdian Standpoint)

Relief Without Drugs.–Today Yehoshua is feeling the woes of
every sufferer. He would bring relief without the use of
drugs.–Manuscript 18, 1898.

Simple Life vs. Drugstore.–Thousands who are afflicted might
recover their health, if, instead of depending upon the drugstore
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. Yehovah is willing to let His light shine
forth in clear, distinct rays to all who are weak and
feeble.–Medical Ministry, p. 229. (Manuscript 115, 1903)

An Entire Absence of Drugs.–A simple diet, and the entire
absence of drugs, leaving nature to recuperate the wasted energies
of the body, would make our sanitariums more effectual in restoring
the sick to health….

There is need that temperance in eating, drinking, and
building be practiced. There is need to educate the people in
right habits of living. Put no confidence in drug medicine. If
every particle of it were buried in the great ocean, I would say,
Amen; for physicians are not working on a right plan. A reform is
needed which will go deeper, and be more thorough.–Letter 73a,
1896. (A doctor and his wife.)

Abandon Forever.–My dear friends, instead of taking a course
to baffle disease, you are petting it and yielding to its power.
You should avoid the use of drugs and carefully observe the laws of
health. If you regard your life you should eat plain food,
prepared in the simplest manner, and take more physical exercise.
Each member of the family needs the benefits of health reform. But
drugging should be forever abandoned; for while it does not cure
any malady, it enfeebles the system, making it more susceptible to
disease.–Testimonies, Vol. 5, p. 311. (1889)


Educate Away From–Use Them Less and Less.–Among the greatest
dangers to our health institutions is the influence of physicians,
superintendents, and helpers who profess to believe the present
truth, but who have never taken their stand fully upon health
reform. Some have no conscientious scruples in regard to their
eating, drinking, and dressing. How can the physician or anyone
else present the matter as it is when he himself is indulging in
the use of harmful things? Elohim’s blessing will rest upon every
effort made to awaken an interest in health reform; for it is
needed everywhere. There must be a revival in regard to this
matter; for Elohim purposes to accomplish much through this agency.

Drug medication, as it is generally practiced, is a curse.
Educate away from drugs. Use them less and less, and depend more
upon hygienic agencies; then nature will respond to Elohim’s
physicians–pure air, pure water, proper exercise, a clear
conscience. Those who persist in the use of tea, coffee, and flesh
meats will feel the need of drugs, but many might recover without
one grain of medicine if they would obey the laws of health. Drugs
need seldom be used.–Counsel on Health, p. 261.
(Health and Medical Missionary Work, pp. 42, 43; written in 1890.)

Seek to Lessen Their Use.–In their practice, the physicians
should seek more and more to lessen the use of drugs instead of
increasing it….Thus our people, who had been taught to avoid
drugs in almost every form, were receiving a different
education.–Letter 26a, 1889.

Work Away From Drugs.–Trust not to your own human wisdom.
Trust not to poisonous drugs, that will interfere with nature’s
work, and leave their cruel trail behind. Work away from drugs,
and never, never advise one under your influence to go to Ann Arbor
or any place to obtain the education supposed to be essential for
the perfection of the medical practitioner. The stamp left upon
them by such places is almost ineffaceable. Educate, educate,
educate, by placing yourself and others in the closest connection
with the greatest Healer the world has ever known.
–Letter 40, 1899. (Dr. Kellogg)

Discarding Almost Entirely.–Our institutions are established
that the sick may be treated by hygienic methods, discarding almost
entirely the use of drugs.
–Healthful Living, p. 246. (1896)
Strong Drugs Need not Be Used.–The first labors of a
physician should be to educate the sick and suffering in the very
course they should pursue to prevent disease. The greatest good
can be done by our trying to enlighten the minds of all we can
obtain access to, as to the best course for them to pursue to
prevent sickness and suffering, and broken constitutions, and
premature death. But those who do not care to undertake work that
taxes their physical and mental powers will be ready to prescribe
drug medication, which lays a foundation in the human organism for
a twofold greater evil than that which they claim to have relieved.

A physician who has the moral courage to imperil his
reputation in enlightening the understanding by plain facts, in
showing the nature of disease and how to prevent it, and the
dangerous practice of resorting to drugs, will have an uphill
business, but he will live and let live….He will, if a reformer,
talk plainly in regard to the false appetites and ruinous
self-indulgence, in dressing, in eating and drinking, in overtaxing
to do a large amount of work in a given time, which has a ruinous
influence upon the temper, the physical and mental powers….

Right and correct habits, intelligently and perseveringly
practiced, will be removing the cause for disease, and the strong
drugs need not be resorted to. Many go on from step to step with
their unnatural indulgences, which is bringing in just as unnatural
[a] condition of things as possible.
–Medical Ministry, pp. 221, 222. (Manuscript 22, 1887)

As It Is Generally Practiced.–Drug medication, as it is
generally practiced, is a curse.–Healthful Living, p. 246. (1888)

Less Dangerous if Wisely Administered.–Do not administer
drugs. True, drugs may not be as dangerous wisely administered as
they usually are, but in the hands of many they will be hurtful to
Yehovahs’ property.
–Letter 3, 1884. (Friends at Health Retreat)

Seldom Needed–Use Them Less and Less.–Educate people in the
laws of life so that they may know how to preserve health. The
efforts actually put forth at present are not meeting the mind of
Elohim. Drug medication is a curse to this enlightened age.

Educate away from drugs. Use them less and less, and depend
more upon hygienic agencies; then nature will respond to Elohim’s
physicians,–pure air, pure water, proper exercise, a clear

Many might recover without one grain of medicine, if they
would live out the laws of health. Drugs need seldom be used. It
will require earnest, patient, protracted effort to establish the
work and to carry it forward upon hygienic principles. But let
fervent prayer and faith be combined with your efforts, and you
will succeed. by this work you will be teaching the patients, and
others also, how to take care of themselves when sick, without
resorting to the use of drugs.
–Medical Ministry, pp. 259, 260. (Letter 6a, 1890.)

Discarding Almost Entirely.–The use of drugs in our
institutions, to the extent to which they are used, is a libel upon
the name hygienic institutions for the treatment of the
sick.–Letter 1, 1892. (Brethren Who Stand in Responsible

Our institutions are established that the sick may be treated
by hygienic methods, discarding almost entirely the use of
drugs….There is a terrible account to be rendered to Elohim by
men who have so little regard for human life as to treat the body
so ruthlessly in dealing out their drugs….We are not excusable if
through ignorance we destroy Elohim’s building by taking into our
stomachs poisonous drugs under a variety of names we do not
understand. It is our duty to refuse all such prescriptions.

We wish to build a sanitarium [in Australia] where maladies
may be cured by nature’s own provisions, and where the people may
be taught how to treat themselves when sick; where they will learn
to eat temperately of wholesome food, and be educated to refuse all
narcotics,–tea, coffee, fermented wines, and stimulants of all
kinds,–and to discard the flesh of dead animals.
–Temperance, pp. 88, 89. (Manuscript 44, 1896.)

Finally Cease to Deal Out Drugs.–When you understand
physiology in its truest sense, your drug bills will be very much
smaller, and finally you will cease to deal out drugs at all. The
physician who depends upon drug medication in his practice, shows
that he does not understand the delicate machinery of the human
organism. He is introducing into the system a seed crop that will
never lose its destroying properties throughout the lifetime. I
tell you this because I dare not withhold it. Yehoshua paid too
much for man’s redemption to have his body so ruthlessly treated as
it has been by drug medication.

Years ago Yehovah revealed to me that institutions should be
established for treating the sick without drugs. Man is Elohim’s
property, and the ruin that has been made of the living habitation,
the suffering caused by the seeds of death sown in the human
system, are an offense to Elohim.–Medical Ministry, p. 229.
(Letter 73, 1896.)


The Method Heaven Approves.–There are many ways of practicing
the healing art, but there is only one way that heaven approves.
Elohim’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 Elohim 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 in the effect produced
upon the system.

The work of the Yahdian physician does not end with healing
the maladies of the body; his efforts should extend to the diseases
of the mind, to the saving of the soul….

The physician should know how to pray. In many cases he must
increase suffering in order to save life; and whether the patient
is a Yahdian or not, he feels greater security if he knows that his
physician fears Elohim. Prayer will give the sick an abiding
confidence; and many times if their cases are borne to the Great
Physician in humble trust, it will do more for them than all the
drugs that can be administered.
–Testimonies, Vol. 5, p. 443. (1885)

Use the Simplest Remedies.–Nature will want some assistance
to bring things to their proper condition, which may be found in
the simplest remedies, especially in the use of nature’s own
furnished remedies,–pure air, and with a precious knowledge of how
to breathe; pure water, with a knowledge of how to apply it; plenty
of sunlight in every room in the house if possible, and with an
intelligent knowledge of what advantages are to be gained by its
use. All these are powerful in their efficiency, and the patient
who has obtained a knowledge of how to eat and dress healthfully,
may live for comfort, for peace, for health; and will not be
prevailed upon to put to his lips drugs, which, in the place of
helping nature, paralyzes her powers. If the sick and suffering
will do only as well as they know in regard to living out the
principles of health reform perseveringly, then they will in nine
cases out of ten recover from their ailments.

The feeble and suffering ones must be educated line upon line,
precept upon precept, here a little, and there a little, until they
will have respect for, and live in obedience to the law that Elohim
has made to control the human organism. Those who sin against
knowledge and light, and resort to the skill of a physician in
administering drugs, will be constantly losing their hold on life,
The less there is of drug dosing, the more favorable will be their
recovery to health. Drugs, in the place of helping nature, are
constantly paralyzing her efforts.
–Medical Ministry, pp. 223, 224. (Manuscript 22, 1887.)

Go to Yehovah’s Dispensary.–Yehoshua desires His people to be
medical missionaries, able to do His will because they are
acquainted with His principles of healing, and are prepared to use
the remedies that He Himself has provided in the form of sunshine,
pure air, and water. Thousands who go down to the grave might he
healed if they would go to Yehovah’s dispensary rather than to the
drugs that man provides.–Letter 30, 1903. (Bro Murphet)

Combat Disease with Simple Methods.–Our people should become
intelligent in the treatment of sickness without the aid of
poisonous drugs. Many should seek to obtain the education that
will enable them to combat disease in its varied forms by the most
simple methods. Thousands have gone down to the grave because of
the use of poisonous drugs, who might have been restored to health
by simple methods of treatment. Water treatments, wisely and
skillfully given, may be the means of saving many lives.–Medical
Ministry, p. 227. (Manuscript 15, 1911.)

To Restore Health, but not with Drugs.–Physicians are placed
in positions of temptation and danger. But they may stand firm to
their allegiance if they will take hold of the strength that Elohim
offers them. He says, “Let him take hold of my strength, that he
may make peace with me, and he shall make peace with me.” Yehovah
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. Yehoshua is the great Physician,
the wonderful Healer. He gives success to those who work in
partnership with Him.–Letter 142, 1902. (Bro. W.H. Jones)

Drugs not Sanctioned by Yehoshua.–In the Saviour’s manner of
healing, there were lessons for His disciples. On one occasion He
anointed the eyes of a blind man with clay, and bade him, “Go,
wash in the pool of Siloam…. He went his way therefore, and
washed, and came seeing.” The cure could be wrought only by the
power of the great Healer, yet Yehoshua made use of the simple
agencies of nature. While He did not give countenance to drug
medication, He sanctioned the use of simple and natural

We should teach others how to preserve and to recover health.
For the sick we should use the remedies which Elohim has provided
in nature, and we should point them to Him who alone can
restore.–Desire of Ages, p. 824. (1898)

Water vs. Poisonous Drugs.–It is not safe to trust to
physicians who have not the fear of Elohim before them. Without
the influence of divine grace the hearts of men are “deceitful
above all things, and desperately wicked.” Self-aggrandizement is
their aim. Under the cover of the medical profession what
iniquities have been concealed, what delusions supported! …

Go with me to yonder sickroom. There lies a husband and
father, a man who is a blessing to society and to the cause of
Elohim. He has been suddenly stricken down by disease. The fire
of fever seems consuming him. He longs for pure water to moisten
the parched lips, to quench the raging thirst, and cool the fevered
brow. But, no; the doctor has forbidden water. The stimulus of
strong drink is given and adds fuel to the fire. The blessed,
heaven-sent water, skillfully applied, would quench the devouring
flame; but it is set aside for poisonous drugs.

For a time nature wrestles with her rights; but at last,
overcome, she gives up the contest, and death sets the sufferer
free. Elohim desired that man to live, to be a blessing to the
world; Satan determined to destroy him, and through the agency of
the physician he succeeded. How long shall we permit our most
precious lights to be thus extinguished?–Testimonies, Vol. 5, pp.
194, 195. (1882)

Water Treatments Given Skillfully.–Our sanitariums should be
established in retired places, that are free from all noise and
confusion, such as the rumbling of carriages and streetcars.

Yehovah has taught us that great efficacy for healing lies in
a proper use of water. These treatments should be given skilfully.
We have been instructed that in our treatment of the sick we should
discard the use of drugs. There 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.
–Manuscript 73, 1908. (Counsels Repeated)

Natural Surroundings and Hydrotherapy More Effective than
Drugs.–The things of nature are Elohim’s blessings, provided to
give health to body, mind, and soul. They are given to the well,
to keep them well, and to the sick to make them well. Connected
with water treatment, they are more effective in restoring health
than all the drug medication in the world.–Testimonies, Vol. 7, p.
76 (1902)

A Lesson From Hezekiah’s Experience.–Yehovah will heal those
who believe, but He has given natural blessings for the benefit of
the afflicted, and He would have these used. Elohim could have
healed Hezekiah with a word. But He heard Hezekiah’s prayer, and
gave directions that a bunch of figs be placed upon the diseased
parts. This was done, and Hezekiah recovered. But his recovery
was not instantaneous. He had not the same faith that the
afflicted woman had. We need to exercise faith. To practice the
use of drug medication does not harmonize with faith. Appealing to
worldly physicians is dishonoring to Elohim. Those who come to
Elohim in faith must cooperate with Him in accepting and using His
heaven-sent remedies,–water, sunlight, and plenty of air.

It is of no use to have seasons of prayer for the sick, while
they refuse to use the simple remedies which Elohim has provided,
and which are close by them. If there is an unsanitary condition
of things in the house and about the premises, the very first thing
is to take up the work that has been neglected, and cleanse and
purify the house and premises, making everything sweet, that the
atmosphere may not be tainted by the least offensive smell.–Letter
106, 1898. (Bro Chapman)

Simple Preparations vs. Drug Medication.–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 Yehovah would have us establish and institution [
in Australia] where He can come in and where His grace and power
can be revealed. “I am the resurrection and the life,” He

The 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. To 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 called upon to do., This is true
science.–Manuscript 105, 1898. (The Education Our School Should

Antidotes for Disease in Simple Plants.–Yehoshua never
planted the seeds of death in the system. Satan planted these
seeds when he tempted Adam to eat of the tree of knowledge which
meant disobedience to Elohim. Not one noxious plant was placed in
Yehovah’s great garden, but after Adam and Eve sinned, poisonous
herbs sprang up. In the parable of the sower the question was
asked the Master, “Didst not thou sow good seed in they field? How
then hath it tares?” The Master answered, “An enemy hath done
this.” All tares are sown by the evil one. Every noxious herb is
of his sowing, and by his ingenious methods of amalgamation he has
corrupted the earth with tares.

Then shall physicians continue to resort to drugs, which leave
a deadly evil in the system, destroying that life which Yehoshua
came to restore? Yehoshua’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
arrangements of Elohim. 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 harvest….

Our Saviour is the Restorer of the moral image of Elohim in
man. He has supplied in the natural world remedies for the ills of
man, that his followers my have life, and that they may have it
more abundantly. We can with safety discard the concoctions which
man has used in the past. Yehovah 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 Elohim for
our benefit we are cooperating with Him. He can use water and
sunshine and the herbs which He has cause to grow in healing
maladies brought on by indiscretion or accident. We do not
manifest a lack of faith when we ask Elohim to bless His remedies.
True faith will thank Elohim for the knowledge of how to use these
precious blessings in a way which will restore mental and physical
vigor.–Manuscript 65, 1899.

Value of Roots and Herbs.–If we neglect to do that which is
within the reach of nearly every family, and ask Yehovah to relieve
pain when we are too indolent to make use of these remedies within
our power, it is simply presumption. Yehovah 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 Elohim sends the rain and the sunshine
and the clouds to cause vegetation to flourish. Elohim works and
man cooperates with Elohim. Then there is seedtime and harvest.
Elohim has caused to grow out of the ground herbs for the use of
man, and if we understand the nature of these roots and 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.–Medical Ministry, pp. 230, 231.
(Letter 35, 1890.)

Other Simple Remedies.–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. Yehovah 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.

One of the most beneficial remedies is pulverized charcoal,
placed 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 the result. To students when injured with bruised
hands and suffering with inflammation, I have prescribed this
simple remedy, with perfect success. The poison if inflammation is
overcome, the pain removed, and healing went on rapidly. The most
severe inflammation is overcome, the pain removed, and healing went
on rapidly. The most 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

I 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. But Dr. Kellogg, many things have been
opened before me that no one but myself is any the wiser for in
regard to the management of sickness and disease,–the effect of
the use of drug medication, the thousands in our work who might
have lived if they had not sent for a physician, and had let nature
work the recovery herself. But the simplest remedies may assist
nature, and leave no baleful effects after their use.
–Letter 82, 2897. (Dr. Kellogg)

Those Who Make a Practice of Taking Drugs.–Your letter to me,
under date Feb. 12, is received. Your question is, “Is it
advisable to employ a good, Yahdian physician, who treats his
patients on hygienic principles? In urgent cases, should we call
in a worldly physician, because the sanitarium

Those Who Make a Practice of Taking Drugs.–Your letter to me,
under date Feb. 12, is received. Your question is, “Is it
advisable to employ a good, Yahdian physician, who treats his
patients on hygienic principles? In urgent cases, should we call
in a worldly physician, because the sanitarium doctors are all so
busy that they have no time to devote to outside practice? Some
say that when the sanitarium doctors do use drugs, they give larger
doses than ordinary doctors.”

If the physicians are so busy that they cannot treat the sick
outside of the institution, would it not be wiser for all to
educate themselves in the use of simple remedies, than to venture
to use drugs, that are given a long name to hide their real
qualities. Why need anyone be ignorant of Elohim’s remedies,–hot
water fomentations and cold and hot compresses. It is important to
become familiar with the benefit of dieting in case of sickness.
All should understand what to do themselves. They may call upon
someone who understands nursing, but everyone should have an
intelligent knowledge of the house he lives in. All should
understand what to do in case of sickness….

Those who make a practice of taking drugs sin against their
intelligence and endanger their whole after life. There are herbs
that are harmless, the use of which will tide over many apparently
serious difficulties. But 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
–Manuscript 86, 1897. (Health Reform Principles)

Medicinal Properties of the Trees.–In a certain place,
preparations were being made to clear the land for the erection of
a sanitarium. 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. Let not such trees be ruthlessly cut down.
Better change the site of the building than cut down these
evergreen trees.–Letter 95, 1902. (Brethren Kilgore and Jacobs)

Better Than Drugs.–I have been unable to sleep after
half-past eleven at night. Many things, in figures and symbols,
are passing before me. There are sanitariums in running order near
Los Angeles. At one place there is an occupied building, and there
are fruit trees on the sanitarium grounds. In this institution,
outside the city, there is much activity.

As in the vision of the night I saw the grounds, I said, “O ye
of little faith! You have lost time.” There were the sick in
wheelchairs. There were some patients to whom the physicians had
given a prescription to spend all their time outdoors during
pleasant weather, on order to regain health….

While speaking, I said: We must have sanitariums in favored
places in different localities. This is Elohim’s plan. He has
ordained the medical missionary work as a means of saving souls,
and that which we see about us is a symbol of the work before us.
We are to awaken our churches to engage interestedly in Elohim’s
work, and to carry forward this branch,–the medical missionary

Physicians were interested in these words, and one said, as he
extended his arms and waved them back and forth, “Is not this
better than drugs? Aches and pains have left you without the use
of medicine.”

On the grounds that I saw in this vision of the night, there
were shade trees, the boughs of which were hung in such a way that
they formed leafy canopies somewhat the shape of tents. The sick
were delighted. While some were working for diversion, others were
singing. There was no dissatisfaction.
–Manuscript 152, 1901. (Brethren and Sisters in Southern

Exercise Better Than Medicine.–Inactivity is the greatest
curse that could come upon most invalids. Light employment in
useful labor, while it does not tax mind or body, has a happy
influence upon both. It strengthens the muscles, improves the
circulation, and gives the invalid the satisfaction of knowing that
he is not wholly useless in this busy world. He may be able to do
but little at first, but he will soon find his strength increasing,
and the amount of work done can be increased accordingly. Exercise
aids the dyspeptic by giving the digestive organs a healthy

Those whose habits are sedentary should, when the weather will
permit, exercise in the open air every day, summer or winter.
Walking is preferable to riding or driving, for it brings more of
the muscles into exercise. The lungs are forced into healthy
action, since it is impossible to walk briskly without inflating
them. Such exercise would in many cases be better for the health
than medicine.
–Ministry of Healing, p. 240. (1905)

Bring Into Prominence Healing Without Drugs.–In every large
city there should be a representation of true medical missionary
work. Let many now ask: “Yehovah, what wilt Thou have me to do?”
Acts 9:6. It is Yehovah’s purpose that His method of healing
without drugs shall be brought into prominence in every large city
through our medical institutions. Elohim invests with holy dignity
those who go forth farther and still farther, in every place to
which it is possible to obtain entrance.
–Testimonies, Vol. 9, p. 169. (1905)

Use Intelligently Elohim’s Restoring Agencies.–The
ambassadors of Yehoshua can be doubly useful if they know how to
restore the diseased to health. This
was the work of Yehoshua. But as in prayer we present these
suffering ones to Yehovah for His healing power to come to them, the
people themselves must be instructed to do those things which will
assist nature, not in drug medication, but in the use of the
agencies Yehovah has prepared,–sunlight, pure air, pure water,
healthful exercise. These things possess a power which millions in
our world know nothing of. These restoring agencies must be used
intelligently, and as we do all that it is in our power to do, we
must mingle with our work our earnest prayers.–Manuscript 110,

Simple Methods vs. Poisonous Drugs.–Thousands need and would
gladly receive instruction concerning the simple methods of
treating the sick,–methods that are taking the place of the use of
poisonous drugs. There is great need of instruction in regard to
dietetic reform. Wrong habits of eating and the use of unhealthful
food are in no small degree responsible for the intemperance and
crime and wretchedness that curse the world.–Ministry of Healing,
p. 146. (1905)

Sanitariums to Treat Without Drugs.–Our sanitariums are one
of the most successful means of reaching all classes of people.
Yehoshua is no longer in this world in person, to go through our
cities and towns and villages healing the sick. He has
commissioned us to carry forward the medical missionary work that
He began; and in this work we are to do our very best.
Institutions for the care of the sick are to be established, where
men and women may be placed under the care of Elohim-fearing
medical missionaries, and be treated without drugs. To these
institutions will come those who have brought disease onto
themselves by improper habits of eating and drinking. These are to
be taught the principles of healthful living. They are to be
taught the value of self-denial and self-restraint. They are to be
provided with a simple, wholesome, palatable diet, and are to be
cared for by wise physicians and nurses.

Our sanitariums are the right hand of the gospel, opening
doors whereby suffering humanity may be reached with the glad
tidings of healing through Yehoshua. In these institutions the sick
may be taught to commit their cases to the Great Physician, who
will cooperate with their earnest efforts to regain health,
bringing to them healing of soul as well as healing of body.
–Counsels on Health, p. 212. (Review and Herald, March 23, 1905)

Discard in Our Sanitariums.–The light given me was that a
sanitarium should be established, and that in it drug medication
should be discarded, and simple, rational methods of treatment
employed for the healing of disease. In this institution people
were to be taught how to dress, breathe, and eat properly–how to
prevent sickness by proper habits of living.–Counsels on Diet and
Foods, p. 303. (1905)

Simple Remedies Vs. Drugs.–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.

Thousands who are afflicted mights 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. Yehovah is
willings to let His light shine forth in clear, distinct rays to
all who are weak and feeble.

Vegetables, fruits, and grains should compose our diet. Not
an ounce of flesh-meat should enter our stomachs.s The eating of
flesh is unnatural. We are to return to Elohim’s original purpose
in the creation of man.
–Manuscript 115, 1903. (Instruction Regarding Sanitarium Work)

Established to Do Away With Drugs.–Lead them [the people]
away from drug medication, educating them and training them that
drugs kill more than they cure. This matter is presented to me so
frequently, that I cannot hold my peace upon this subject. The use
of poisonous drugs is coming more and more into practice among our
people. The light which Yehovah has given me is, that institutions
should be established to do away with drugs, and use Elohim’s
agencies; that instruction should be given daily upon this subject.
But Elohim’s ways and instruction have not been heeded, therefore
not one twentieth part of the good has been accomplished which
might have been if Yahdian physicians had heeded the admonitions
and the counsel of the Most High.
–Letter 21c, 1892. (Dr. and Mrs. Maxson)

When the Sanitarium Was First Established.–As matters have
been opened to me from time to time, as I have been conducted
through the rooms of the sick in the Sanitarium, I have seen that
the physicians of the Sanitarium, by practicing drug medication,
have lost many cases that need not have died if they had left their
drugs out of the sick room. Cases have been lost that, had the
physicians left off entirely their drug treatment, had they put
their wits to work, and wisely and persistently used Yehovah’s own
remedies, plenty of air and water,–the fever cases that have been
lost would have recovered. The reckless use of those things that
should be discarded had decided the case of the sick.

I will not educate or sustain the use of drugs….After seeing
so much harm done by the administering of drugs, I cannot use them,
and cannot testify in their favor. I must be true to the light
given me by Yehovah.

The treatment we gave when the Sanitarium was first
established required earnest labor to combat disease. We did not
use drug concoctions; we followed hygienic methods. This work was
blessed by Elohim. It was a work in which the human
instrumentality could cooperate with Elohim in saving life. There
should be nothing put into the human system that would leave its
baleful influence behind. And to carry out the light on this
subject, to practice hygienic treatment, and to educate on
altogether different lines of treating the sick, was the reason
given me why we should have Sanitariums established in various
localities. I have been pained when many students have been
encouraged to go to Ann Arbor, to receive an education in the use
of drugs. The light which I have received has placed an altogether
different complexion on the use made of drugs than is given at Ann
Arbor or at the Sanitarium.. We must become enlightened on these
subjects.–Letter 82, 1897. (To Dr. Kellogg)

Sanitariums Without Drug Medication.–The light was given that
we should have a sanitarium, a health institution, which was to be
established right among us. This was the means Elohim was to use
in bringing His people to a right understanding in regard to health
reform. It was also to be the means by which we were to gain
access to those not of our faith. We were to have an institution
where the sick could be relieved of suffering, and that without
drug medication. Elohim declared that He Himself would go before
His people in this work.
–Manuscript 150, 1901. (Give the Medical Missionary Work Its

Educate Patients Away From Drugs.–We are health reformers.
Physicians should have wisdom and experience, and be thorough
health reformers. Then they will be constantly educating by
precept and example their patients from drugs. For they well know
that the use of drugs may produce for the time being favorable
results, but will implant in the system that which will cause
great difficulties hereafter, which they may never recover from
during their lifetime. Nature must have a chance to do her
work.–Medical Ministry, pp. 225, 225. (Manuscript 22, 1887)

Our sanitariums are established as institutions where patients
and helpers may serve Elohim. We desire to encourage as many as
possible to act their part individually in living healthfully. We
desire to encourage the sick to discard the use of drugs, and to
substitute the simple remedies provided by Elohim, as they are
found in water, in pure air, in exercise, and in general hygiene.
–Manuscript 115, 1907. (Why We Have Sanitariums, an Address at
Dedicatory Services of the St. Helena Sanitarium.)

Lessen Use of Drugs.–In their practice, the physicians should
seek more and more to lessen the use of drugs instead of increasing
it. When Dr.______ came to the Health Retreat, she laid aside her
knowledge and practice of hygiene, and administered the little
homeopathic doses for almost every ailment. This was against the
light Elohim had given. Thus our people, who had been taught to
avoid drugs in almost every form, were receiving a different
education. I was obliged to tell her that this practice of
depending upon medicine, whether in large or small doses, was not
in accordance with the principles of health reform. Yehovah had in
His providence given light in regard to the establishment of
sanitariums where the sick should be treated upon hygienic
principles. The people must be taught to depend on Yehovah’s
natural remedies, pure air, pure water, simple healthful foods….

Physicians have a work to do to bring about reform by
educating the people, that they may understand the laws which
govern their physical life. They should know how to eat properly,
to work intelligently, to dress healthfully, and should be taught
to bring all their habits into harmony with the laws of life and
health, and to discard drugs. There is a great work to be done.
If the principles of health reform are carried out, the work will
indeed be as closely allied to that of the third angel’s message as
the hand is to the body….

If they move in Elohim’s way, physicians of the same faith
will be linked together in a strong brotherhood, aiding one another
to reach the highest standard, and devise means to enlighten the
people, not encouraging in the use of drugs, but leading away from
drug medication. Teach the people how to prevent disease. Tell
them to cease rebelling against nature’s laws, but by removing
every obstruction, give her a chance to put forth her very best
efforts to set things right. Nature must have a fair chance to
employ her healing agencies. We must make earnest efforts to reach
a higher platform in regard to the methods of treating the sick.
If the light which Elohim hath given prevails, if truth overcomes
error, advanced steps will be taken in health reform. This must
be.–Letter 26a, 1889. (Dr. and Mrs. Maxson)

Work Away From as Fast as Possible.–The Health Retreat [St.
Helena Sanitarium] was established at a great cost to treat the
sick without drugs. It should be conducted on hygienic principles.
Drug medication should be worked away from as fast as possible,
until entirely discarded. Education should be given on proper
diet, dress, and exercise. Not only should our own people be
educated, but those who have not received the light upon health
reform should be taught how to live healthfully, according to
Elohim’s order.–Letter 3, 1884.

Sanitariums Using Simple Remedies.–Small sanitariums are to
be connected with our schools. The students are to be taught how
to use nature’s simple remedies in the treatment of disease. And
as they learn to care for the sick, they are to be taught to act
under the direction of Yehoshua The Messiah.–Review and Herald,
Sept. 9, 1902.

Institutions Treating Without Drugs.–The question of health
reform is not agitated as it must and will be. A simple diet, and
the entire absence of drugs, leaving nature free to recuperate the
wasted energies of the body, would make our sanitariums far more
effectual in restoring the sick to health.
–Temperance, p. 89. (Letter 73a, 1896)

Institutions for the care of the sick are to be established,
where men and women suffering from disease may be placed under the
care of Elohim-fearing physicians and nurses, and be treated
without drugs.
–Letter 305, 1905. (Mr. Walter Harper)

One patient, successfully treated, will have a testimony to
bear of the virtue of the simple methods of treatment, the simple,
healthful remedies that nature has provided, without the use of any
–Letter 53, 1905. (Brethren Ballenger and Palmer)

The Use of Remedies to Alleviate Pain.–It is not a denial of
faith to use such remedies as Elohim has provided to alleviate pain
and to aid nature in her work of restoration….We should employ
every facility for the restoration of health, taking every
advantage possible, working in harmony with natural laws.
–Ministry of Healing, pp. 231, 232 (1905)

It is no denial of faith to use rational remedies judiciously.
Water, air, and sunshine, these are Elohim’s healing agencies. The
use of certain herbs that Yehovah has made to grow for the good of
man, is in harmony with the exercise of faith.
–Manuscript 31, 1911.

Determined to Know the Medicine She Took.–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.
–Manuscript 86, 1897. (Health Reform Principles)

E.G. White Refused Drugs.–Last night I spent many wakeful
hours in prayer. I am resolved to cast myself, body, soul, and
spirit upon Yehovah. I cannot take drugs. They do me no good, but
harm. I long for the blessing of Yehovah. My heart goes out after
Elohim. I tremble at His word. I am encouraged as I look to
Yehoshua and recount His loving kindnesses: “In my distress I
called upon Yehovah, and cried unto my Elohim: He heard my voice
out of His temple, and my cry came before Him, even into His ears.”
“He brought me forth also into a large place; He delivered me,
because He delighted in me. “I love Yehovah, because He hath heard
my voice and my supplications.” This has been my experience day
and night during my sickness.–Manuscript 20, 1892. (Diary written
in Preston, Victoria, Australia, relating to her ten months of
suffering from rheumatic fever.)
*Note: The value of this chapter is not so much in the
several remedies used and recommended by Mrs. White as in its
revelation of her concept of simple remedies.–A.L. White.
Combating Inflammation with Charcoal.–On 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 few hours.” I 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 for days.”

I 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 snake bites 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. One 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, pulverize it, and I will dress
you hand.” This was done and the next morning he reported that the
pain was gone. Soon he was ready to return to his work.

I write these things that you may know that Yehovah 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 leaves 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.

Charcoal and Olive Oil.–I 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 tend to cleanse and
heal. I find it is excellent….

Always study and teach the use of the simplest remedies, and
the special blessing of Yehovah may be expected to follow the use of
these means which are within the reach of the common
people.–Letter 100, 1903.

Eucalyptus and Honey.–I have already told you the remedy I
use when suffering from difficulties with my throat. I take a
glass of boiled honey, and into this I put a few drops eucalyptus
oil, stirring it in well. When the cough comes on, I take a
teaspoonful of this mixture, and relief comes almost immediately.
I have used this with the best results. I ask you to use the same
remedy when you are troubled with the cough. This prescription may
seem so simple that you feel no confidence in it, but I have tried
it for a number of years, and can highly recommend it.–Letter 20,

I have had considerable trouble with my throat, but whenever
I use this [eucalyptus and honey], I overcome the difficulty very
quickly. I have to use it only a few times, and the cough is
removed. If you will use this prescription, you may be your own
physician. If the first trial does not effect a cure, try it
again. The best time to take it is before retiring.–Letter 348,

Leaves from the Eucalyptus Tree.–Take warm footbaths, into
which have been put the leaves from the eucalyptus tree. There is
great virtue in these leaves, and if you will try this, you will
prove my words to be true. The oil of the eucalyptus is especially
beneficial in cases of cough and pains in the chest and lungs. I
want you to make a trial of this remedy which is so simple, and
which costs you nothing.

–Letter 20, 1909.

Red Clover Tea.–I have always used red clover top, as I
stated to you. I offered you this, and told you it was a good,
simple, and wholesome drink.–Letter 12, 1888.

Simple Herbs.–Yehovah has given some simple herbs of the field
that at times are beneficial; and if every family understood 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.–Manuscript 162, 1897.

There are herbs that are harmless, the use of which will tide
over many apparently serious difficulties. But 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.–Manuscript 86, 1897.

A Few Other Simple Remedies.–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.

Hop tea will induce sleep. Hop poultices over the stomach
will relieve pain. If 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.

When the head is congested, if the feet and limbs are put in
a bath with a little mustard, relief will be obtained.

There are many more simple remedies which will do much to
restore healthful action to the body. All these simple
preparations Yehovah expects us to use for ourselves, but man’s
extremities are Elohim’s opportunities.

If we neglect to do that which is within the reach of nearly
every family, and ask Yehovah to relieve pain, when we are too
indolent to make use of these remedies within our power, it is
simply presumption.–Letter 35, 1890.

Grape Juice and Eggs.–I have received light that you are
injuring your body by a poverty-stricken diet….It is the lack of
suitable food that has caused you to suffer so keenly. You have
not taken the food essential to nourish your frail physical
strength. You must not deny yourself of good, wholesome
food….Get eggs of healthy fowls. Use these eggs cooked or raw.
Drop them uncooked into the best unfermented wine you can find.
This will supply that which is necessary to your system.
–Counsels on Diet and Foods, p. 203, 204. (Dr. Kress, 1901)

Blood Transfusions.–There is one thing that has saved
life,–an infusion of blood from one person to another; but this
would be difficult and perhaps impossible for you to do., I merely
suggest it.–Letter 37, 1901. (Dr. Kress.)
E G. White Requests Powders for Cancer Sufferers*

*Note: The value of this communication lies, not in the powder
Dr. Gibbs might suggest which might bring relief in the cancer
case, but in the fact that Mrs. White was eager to have use made of
a powder she hoped might be a remedy.–A. L. White.

Dr. Gibbs:

Dear Brother,–

I have just received a letter from Brother Stephen Belden
of Norfolk Island. He is afflicted with a cancer. Brother Alfred
Nobbs, the elder of the Norfolk Island Church, has also been
afflicted with what appeared to be a cancer. He went to Sydney,.
and his face and head were badly cut in removing the cancer. But
he received a little help, and he still continues to suffer

Brother Stephen Belden has a cancer on his ear. I thought
that if you would send him powders at once, with directions for
their use, Brother Belden and Brother Nobbs might both be benefited
by their use.
Will you kindly respond by sending the powders as soon as you
receive this letter?

I am not well today, so cannot write much. I will send you
this line, hoping that you will send the powders.–Letter 236,

Vaccination for Smallpox.–(Statement made by D. E. Robinson.)
“Though fully aware of the practice of vaccination during an
epidemic of smallpox, she expressed no disapproval of it either as
a preventative or a remedy. Members of her own family were
vaccinated with her approval.”–D. E. Robinson, in statement
prepared for Appendix to Story of Our Health Message, March, 1954.

X-Ray Treatments at Loma Linda.–For several weeks I took
treatment with the X ray for the black spot that was on my
forehead. In all I took twenty-three treatments, and these
succeeded in entirely removing the mark. For this I am very
–Letter 30, 1911.


Not to Advocate One Above Another.–Physicians should be
ambassadors for Yehoshua in their specific work, and instead of
giving prominence to a special theory of medicine they advocate,
by a Elohimly life and conversation they should make prominent the
fact that they are Yahdians. Not one of the schools of medicine
highly lauded in the world is approved in the courts above, nor do
they bear the heavenly superscription and endorsement. You are not
justified in advocating one school above the others, as though 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 what pharisaic pride some men look down upon others who
have not received a diploma from the so-called standard school.
All this proves that they cannot see afar off, and have not been
purged from their old sins. They need to humble themselves at the
cross of Calvary. This spirit will never be acknowledged in
heaven, nor will men who cherish it hear the “Well done.” Some
have been as zealous in exalting what their particular school
advocated as though Yehovah had specified that that method was the
only one to be allowed.

Thus 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
lines of the principles of hygiene, using nature’s remedies, far
greater success would attend their efforts. The duties and
qualifications of a physician are not small.–Special Testimonies,
Book D, p. 270, 271.

As the Talk of the Pharisees.–Feeling existed in regard to
the method that was used at the Retreat under Dr. A’s directions.
Dr. A, with the utmost confidence and assurance, extolled the
Regular practice, and depreciated the practice of Homeopathy, and
made the most extravagant statements in regard to the Regular
practice. Some might take these statements as verity and truth,
but I knew that they were not correct; for the practice of both
systems and their results had been laid open before me, and I knew
that the statements that he made were not correct. But this is due
to the narrow cut of the mind of the man. The system in which he
has been educated he regards as the best of all methods. Yehovah
regards all this talk just as He regards the talk of the
Pharisees,–as the invention and tradition of men.

All those who receive their education from the Regular school,
and are molded by the spirit of the educators, generally act out
the impressions they have received from their instructors, and
denounce every other system as Satanic. Is this the way of Yehovah?
If the priests and Pharisees kept the way of Yehovah, then Dr. A’s
ideas are correct. The use of drugs in our institutions, to the
extent to which they are used, is a libel upon the name of hygienic
institutions for the treatment of the sick. The physicians need to
be converted on this point as decidedly as the sinner needs the
converting power of Elohim on life and character in order to become
a pure-hearted Yahdian. Let the students who go to obtain a
medical education at the Medical Institute of our land, learn all
that they possibly can of the principles of life, but let them
discard error, and not become bigots, I would not speak thus
plainly, unless I felt that it was necessary.–Letter 1, 1892.
(Brethren Who Stand in Responsible Positions)

There Must Be a Reform.–In regard to hygienic methods and the
disuse of drugs, from the light Elohim has given me, there must be
a reform. Our people are going far from the light which Elohim has
given on this subject. If Dr. B or Dr. A or any other doctor goes
into the institution, he must work in harmony with the light Elohim
has seen fit to give to His people in reform methods of treatment.
If Dr. and his wife unite with Dr. B or any other physician, all
egotism must be done away. The spirit that controlled the medical
fraternity has been of that character which will exclude many from
heaven unless they put away this spirit and work with the mind and
spirit of Yehoshua. Wicked jealousies, evil thinking, evil speaking
of their brethren, has been an offence to Elohim. The methods of
drug medication have created the bitterest animosity in feeling,
almost equal to the prejudice that Catholics have manifested toward
Protestants because they did not view every point of religious
faith as they themselves.

Such a spirit may be expected in the world, but when it
becomes a controlling power among Yahdians, it is an offence to
Elohim. It is a shame when manifested among those who profess to
be followers of Yehoshua. There must be a reform among the medical
fraternity or the church will be purged from those who will not be
Bible Yahdians. It is altogether too late in the day for such a
Satanic exhibition of spirit as is revealed among medical drug
practitioners. Elohim abhors it. I could write much on this
subject, but I am not able now.–Letter 48, 1892. (Elder Haskell)

The Spirit of Free Masonry Manifested.–I wish I could see you
face to face, but as I cannot, I will write. Thank you for your
prescription. I will be careful. Yehovah help me, is my prayer,
and I pray that Yehovah may help you, my brother, that you may not
take on too many burdens, and by so doing disqualify yourself for
the management of them….

The influence you have gained in the medical profession is
large and broad, and in some respects it has been as Elohim would
have it. You have caused the light Elohim has given you to shine
forth to others, and this light has influenced others to labor in
the different lines in the medical work. But according to the
light Yehovah has given me, something of the spirit of Free Masonry
exists, and has built a wall about the work. The old regular
practice has been exalted as the only true method for the treatment
of disease. And to a large degree this feeling has leavened the
physicians connected with you. They have resorted to drugs in
cases of fever to break it up, as they have thought. This method
has broken up fevers and other diseases, but it has in some cases
broken up the whole man with it.
Yehovah has been pleased to present this matter before me in
clear lines. Fever cases need not be treated with drugs. The most
difficult cases are best and most successfully managed by nature’s
own resources. This science, fully adopted, will bring the best
results, if the practitioner will be thorough. Yehovah will bless
the physician who depends on natural methods, helping every
function of the human machinery to act in its own strength the part
Yehovah designed it to act in restoring itself to proper action.

Dr. Kellogg, Elohim has given you favor with the medical
fraternity, and He would have you hold that favor. But in no case
are you to stand as do the physicians of the world to exalt
Allopathy above every other practice, and call all other methods
quackery and error; for from the beginning to the present time the
results of Allopathy have made a most objectionable showing. There
has been loss of life in your sanitarium because drugs have been
administered, and these give no chance for nature to do her work of
restoration. Drug medication has broken up the power of the human
machinery, and the patients have died. Others have carried the
drugs away with them, making less effective the simple remedies
nature uses to restore the system. The students in your
institution are not to be educated to regard drugs as a necessity.
They are to be educated to leave drugs alone.

The medical fraternity, represented to me as Free Masonry,
with their long, unintelligible names, which common people cannot
understand, would call Yehovah’s prescription for Hezekiah quackery.
Death was pronounced upon the king, but he prayed for life, and his
prayer was heard. Those who had the care of him were told to get
a bunch of figs and put them on the sore, and the king was
restored. This means was taken by Elohim to teach them that all
their preparations were only depriving the king of the power to
rally and overcome disease. While they pursued their course of
treatment, his life could not be saved. Yehovah diverted their
minds from their wonderful mysteries to a simple remedy of nature.
There are lessons for us all in these directions. Young men who
are sent to Ann Arbor to obtain an education which they think will
exalt them as supreme in their treatment of disease by drugs, will
find that it will result in the loss of life rather than
restoration to health and strength. These mixtures place a double
taxation upon nature, and in the effort to throw off the poisons
they contain, thousands of persons lose their lives. We must leave
drugs entirely alone, for in using them we introduce an enemy into
the system. I write this because we have to meet this drug
medication in the physicians in this country, and we do not want
this practice as in Battle Creek to steal into our midst as a
thief. We want the door closed against the enemy before the lives
of human beings are imperilled.
–Letter 67, 1899. (Dr. Kellogg)


Physicians to Unlearn Much.–It would have been better if
those sent from our schools to Ann Arbor had never had any
connection with that institution. The education in drug medication
and the false religious theories have brought forth a class of
practitioners who need to unlearn much they have learned. They
need to obtain an altogether different experience before they can
say in word and in deed we are Medical missionaries. Till they
obtain such an experience, the Great Physician does not acknowledge
them as medical missionaries. They come on to the platform of
action unprepared for the high and holy work which needs to be done
at this time.
–Letter 3, 1901. (Dr. E. R. Caro)

Many Will Never Receive Heavenly Diploma.–There is to be a
Sanitarium in Australia, and altogether new methods of treating the
sick are to be practiced. Drug medication must be left out of the
question, if the human physician would receive the diploma written
and issued in heaven. There are many physicians who will never
receive this diploma unless they learn in the school of the Great
Physician. This means that they must unlearn and cast away the
supposed wonderful knowledge of how to treat disease with poisonous
drugs. Thy must go to Elohim’s great laboratory of nature, and
there learn the simplest methods of using the remedies which Yehovah
has furnished. When drugs are thrown aside, when fermented liquor
of all kinds is discarded, when Elohim’s remedies, sunshine, pure
air, water, and good food are used, there will be far fewer deaths
and a far greater number of cures.
–Manuscript 65, 1899.

Loma Linda Students to Learn to Treat Disease Without
Poisonous Drugs.–The students at Loma Linda are seeking for an
education that is after Yehovah’s order, an education that will help
them to develop into successful teachers and laborers for others.
When their education at Loma Linda is completed, they should be
able to go forth and join the intelligent workers in the world’s
great harvest fields who are carrying forward the work of reform
that is to prepare a people to stand in the day of Yehoshua’s
coming. Everywhere workers are needed to know how to combat
disease and give skillful care to the sick and suffering. We
should do all in our power to enable those who desire to be thus
fitted for service to gain the necessary training….

Our people should become intelligent in the treatment of
sickness without the aid of poisonous drugs. Many should seek to
obtain the education that will enable them to combat disease in its
various forms by the most simple methods. Thousands have gone down
to the grave because of the use of poisonous drugs, who might have
been restored to health by simple methods of treatment. Water
treatments, wisely and skillfully given, may be the means of saving
many lives. Let diligent study be united with careful treatments.
Let prayers of faith be offered by the bedside of the sick. Let
the sick be encouraged to claim the promises of Elohim for
–Medical Ministry, pp. 56, 57. (Manuscript 15, 1911)

Poisonous Drugs Need not Be Used.–Let the students be given
a practical education. The less dependent you are upon worldly
methods of education, the better it will be for the students.
Special instruction should be given in the art of treating the sick
without the use of poisonous drugs and in harmony with the light
that Elohim has given. In the treatment of the sick, poisonous
drugs need not be used. Students should come forth from the school
without having sacrificed the principles of health reform or their
love for Elohim and righteousness.

The education that meets the world’s standard is to be less
and less valued by those who are seeking for efficiency in carrying
the medical missionary work in connection with the work of the
third angel’s message. They are to be educated from the standpoint
of conscience, and, as they conscientiously and faithfully follow
right methods in their treatment of the sick, these methods will
come to be recognized as preferable to the methods to which many
have become accustomed, which demand the use of poisonous drugs.

We should not at this time seek to compete with worldly
medical schools. Should we do this, our chances of success would
be small.
–Testimonies, Vol. 9, pp. 175, 176. (1909)

Teach Science of Healing Without Drugs.–Yehovah calls for the
best talents to be united at this center [Loma Linda] for the
carrying on of the work as He has directed,–not the talent that
will demand the largest salary, but the talent that will place
itself on the side of Yehoshua to work in His lines. We must have
medical instructors who will teach the science of healing without
the use of drugs…. We are to prepare a company of workers who
will follow Yehoshua’s methods.
–Medical Ministry, p. 75. (Letter 196, 1908)

Character of Drugs Concealed by Difficult Names.–Let the
instruction be given in simple words. We have no need to use the
many expressions used by worldly physicians which are so difficult
to understand that they must be interpreted by the physician.
These long names are often used to conceal the character of the
drugs being used to combat disease. We do not need these.

Nature’s simple remedies will aid in recovery without leaving
the deadly after-effects so often felt by those who use poisonous
–Letter 82, 1908. (Physicians and Manager at Loma Linda)

To Correct False Habits and Practices.–The work of the
physician must begin in an understanding of the works and teachings
of the Great Physician. Yehoshua left the courts of heaven that He
might minister to the sick and suffering of earth. We must
cooperate with the Chief of physicians, walking in all humility of
mind before Him Then Yehovah will bless our earnest efforts to
relieve suffering humanity. It is not by the use of poisonous
drugs that this will be done, but by the use of simple remedies.
We should seek to correct false habits and practices, and teach the
lessons of self-denial. The indulgence of appetite is the greatest
evil with which we have to contend.
–Medical Ministry, p. 85. (Letter 140, 1909.)

Not to Be Taught the Use of Drugs.–I found an article that I
had written about a year ago, in reference to the establishment of
a school of the highest order, in which the students would not be
taught to use drugs in the treatment of the sick.
–Letter 360, 1907.

Competent Physicians to Teach Drugless Therapy.–Those 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.–Medical Ministry, p.
231. (Manuscript 83, 1908.)

Our Physicians Need not Administer Drugs.–It is not necessary
that our medical missionaries follow the precise track marked out
by medical men of the world. They do not need to administer drugs
to the sick. They do not need to follow the drug medication in
order to have influence in their work. The message was given me
that if they would consecrate themselves to Yehovah, if they would
seek to obtain under men ordained of Elohim a thorough knowledge of
their work, Yehovah would make them skillful.

Some of our medical missionaries have supposed that a medical
training according to the plans of worldly schools is essential to
their success. To those who have thought that the only way to
success is by being taught by worldly men and by pursuing a course
that is sanctioned by worldly men, I would now say, Put away such
ideas. This is a mistake that should be corrected. It is a
dangerous thing to catch the spirit of the world; the popularity
which such a course invites, will bring into the work a spirit
which the Word of Elohim cannot sanction.

It is a lack of faith in the power of Elohim that leads our
physicians to lean so much on the arm of the law, and to trust so
much to the influence of worldly powers. The true medical
missionary will be wise in the treatment of the sick, using the
remedies that nature provides. And then he will look to Yehoshua as
the true healer of diseases. The principles of health reform
brought into the life of the patient, the use of nature’s remedies,
and the cooperation of divine agencies in behalf of the suffering,
will bring success.

I am instructed to say that in our educational work there is
to be no compromise in order to meet the world’s standards.
Elohim’s commandment-keeping people are not to unite with the world
to carry various lines of work according to worldly plans and
worldly wisdom….

Facilities should be provided at Loma Linda, that the
necessary instruction in medical lines may be given by instructors
who fear Yehovah, and who are in harmony with His plans for the
treatment of the sick.–Review and Herald, March 6, 1913.


To Reform Medical Practices.–As to drugs being used in our
institutions, it is contrary to the light which Yehovah 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
physicians.–Medical Ministry, p. 27. (Letter 69, 1898)

What Dr. Kellogg Accomplished.–Yehovah has connected Dr.
Kellogg with the medical fraternity outside our people. His
influence has had much to do with the abolishing of drugs to a
large extent, and the introduction of nature’s own restoratives.
This work has not been done by making a raid upon drugs, for it
needed the wisdom of a serpent and the harmlessness of a dove. Dr.
Kellogg’s connection with Elohim enables him to take the presence
of the Holy Spirit with him into assemblies where there is
generally much levity, and where many things are spoken that might
better be left unsaid. The people respect the doctor’s religious
principles, and show that they are somewhat under the influence of
this faith.
–Letter 38, 1899. (Elders Prescott, Irwin, Jones, Smith, and

W. A. George, M. D.
(Member of Teaching Staff of the College of Medical Evangelists,

In this article the subject of Materia Medica is treated
entirely from the standpoint of those who are in every way possible
attempting to reduce the use of drugs to a minimum, and not from
the standpoint of the physician who depends almost entirely upon
drugs in the treatment of disease.

The teaching of this subject may be divided for our purpose
according to the following outline:

Materia Medica

1. Toxicology
a. Signs and tests of poisons
b. Antidotes

2. Physiological actions
a. Effects of drugs
b. Effects of other remedies

3. Therapeutic uses
a. Necessary
b. Emergencies
c. Removal of drugs

4. Dangers
a. Extreme ideas
b. Depending on drugs
1. Toxicology. a. It is certainly evident to all that every
physician and nurse should understand the signs and symptoms of
poisoning by various drugs and chemicals used ordinarily as
medicine. Physicians should also understand the various tests for
poisons which may be taken with suicidal intent or accidentally.
If from this standpoint only we were to teach Materia Medic, we
have every reason to urge every medical student to spend enough
time to become familiar with this phase of the subject.

b. It is also evident that every physician and nurse should
understand the simple antidotes which may be used to relieve those
suffering from poisoning. Under the heading of Toxicology we might
also consider the importance of understanding the effects of all
drugs which are ordinarily given, even though not in lethal doses
but which leave their signs and symptoms behind, and unless their
effects are understood, one is liable to mistake the effect of the
drug for some disease. It is often necessary to examine a patient
who is suffering from the influence of drugs more than from any
ordinary disease, and in these cases, if the physician does not
thoroughly understand the effects of these drugs, he will be led
astray and perhaps make a wrong diagnosis.

2. Physiological actions. a. Effects of drugs. In the
study of Materia Medica and Therapeutics many men have spent years
in working out the effects of various drugs, and their efforts are
surely of great value in aiding the physician in the study of
disease and the desired effects which we may wish to secure in the
treatment of disease. While in many cases we may simply study the
use of the remedy from the standpoint of those who give the drugs
and yet not intend to give them ourselves, it is important to know
what would be produced by the administration of these drugs so that
we may compare their effects with–

b. The effects of other remedies. In our efforts to treat
disease without the use of drugs, we should receive great benefit
by comparing the effects of drugs with the effects of physiological
remedies such as hydro-therapy, massage, exercise, electricity,
etc. When we study in Materia Medica the effects of the various
classes of drugs, we should then compare these with similar effects
produced by simple physiological remedies without the use of
poisonous drugs. In this way the student will be led to adopt the
simpler method and discard the use of drugs.

3. Therapeutic uses. a. Necessary. Under the necessary use
of drugs may be placed anaesthetics, antiseptics, and various
useful remedies which may be applied externally both for the
protection of injured parts and for the relief of pain. Every
physician should study carefully the safest and most effectual
means of administering an anaesthetic under various conditions. He
should also thoroughly understand the nature of antiseptics and
their use both externally and internally, as applied to abscesses,
cavities, etc.

b. Emergencies. There are certainly times when some simple
drug given in sufficient quantity to produce a desired result may
be administered with less danger and with better results than can
be accomplished by the use of other measures. When it becomes
necessary in the mind of the physician to resort to a drug, he
should do so only after carefully considering the possible results
and dangers which may follow either the use of the drug or the
attempt to relieve the patient without the drug remedy.

c. Removal of drugs. We frequently have cases coming to us
who have been using certain drugs as prescribed by other
physicians. There are cases where to remove the drug at once may
prove a great injury to the patient, and while these cases may be
exceptional, yet it is certainly better to give a few doses of some
drug which the patient has been taking before, than to run the risk
either of serious injury to the patient or possibly of losing the
chance to treat the case, as some will not yield to the complete
removal at once. Under these conditions a physician is certainly
justified in giving a few doses, perhaps reduced in quantity, while
he is getting the patient under other forms of treatment.

4. Dangers. a. Extreme ideas. While we are attempting to
treat disease as far as possible without the use of drugs, it would
certainly be extreme for anyone to teach that drugs of every form
should never be given under any conditions. There are certainly
many cases where, as related above, it may be absolutely necessary
to resort to the use of some simple drug remedy, and the idea
should not be given out by anyone that our physicians never use any
drug remedy.

b. Depending on drugs. Perhaps the greatest danger among our
physicians is the growing habit of depending upon the use of drugs.
While we claim to use drugs for internal purposes to a very limited
extent only, there is danger after giving a certain remedy in some
case where we feel that we are obligated to do so, that it will be
easier to give the same drug to other cases later, and thus the
habit is formed of prescribing certain drug remedies quite
frequently. This is by all means the greatest danger among our
physicians, and the importance of avoiding the use of drugs
excepting in extreme cases, should be most thoroughly impressed
upon our students. The more thorough the understanding of Materia
Medica, the more carefully it is taught to medical students, and at
the same time the dangers of the use of drugs pointed out, the more
these students will be prepared to resist the temptation of
resorting to drugs.

It should be impressed upon students that “drugs never cure
disease,” that they “only change the form and location of disease”;
and while we sometimes resort to certain drugs in an emergency, we
do not do so because we think the drugs will especially benefit the
patient, but, as in the case of an anaesthetic, we know there will
be an injury but we have the choice of an injury by the drug or not
being able to relieve the patient by necessary surgical work. In
other cases we may resort to some remedy as a cathartic or laxative
in a surgical case, or an accident case where the patient cannot be
moved or where he cannot take food which will bring about the
desired results; but even in these cases the student should be
taught that the medicine leaves a bad effect and to continue the
drug will only prove an injury.
Students and young physicians cannot be impressed too strongly
with the dangers of relying upon poisonous drugs for the cure of
disease. There are undoubtedly many cases where the physician
almost thoughtlessly resorts to some drug which is simple to give
and required very little study on his part, yet if he were to study
more thoroughly he would be able to prescribe some treatment which
would relieve the patient without the use of drugs and thereby
accomplish not only the relief of the patient, leaving no evil
effects behind, but also impress upon both nurse and patient as
well as the friends and society at large, the value of simple
remedies when given under the blessing of Elohim. Undoubtedly
careful, prayerful study and depending upon Elohim’s blessing in
the administration of the Elohim-given remedies of which we have
had the privilege of learning, would cure many cases where the
administration of drugs has not accomplished the desired result and
patients have gone away disappointed. Above all, our students
should be taught that Elohim’s blessing added to our humble efforts
when we have done the best we can with simple remedies, will always
accomplish more than drugs in any form, and while there may be
emergencies when we will think it best to prescribe some drug, this
should only be done after careful and prayerful consideration of
the results to follow and after exhausting all our resources in
attempting to relieve the condition by a simpler method.
–The Medical Evangelist, January, 1912, pp. 9-12.



Hinsdale, Ill.
July 9, 1914

Dr. Thyna H. Jasselyn
Madison, Ind.

Dear Doctor:

A few weeks ago Bro. L. A. Hansen, of the Medical Missionary
Department forwarded to me the following questions which you had

“I cannot understand what Mrs. White means when she says that
drugs are not necessary in the treatment of disease unless it is
just what she says; but I am told by another Adventist doctor on
our staff that I misunderstood her attitude.

“Though I too think that we should not use drugs needlessly,
I should not wish to disregard the value of antitoxin in
diphtheria, quinine in malaria, etc.

“Other Adventist physicians use such remedies and do not feel
that they are in the wrong. I do not see how they reconcile their
position with such statements as I enclose.”

Brother Hansen suggested my writing something on this
question. It is with some hesitancy that I do so, because I feel
that on a question of such vital importance if any man speak let
him speak as the oracles of Elohim (1 Pet. 4:11), and unless Elohim
by His grace shall enable me to do that, I feel silence would be
golden on my part.

We are naturally inclined to interpret the Testimonies in the
light of our own practice instead of humbly acknowledging that we
halve come short of the glory of Elohim. It is Elohim’s plan that
the prophets should hew us up to the divine standard (Hos. 6:5),
while the tendency of our natural inclinations is to hew the
prophets down to the level of our practice. On this question of
drug therapy I am quite convinced that the reformers need to be
reformed; that in brokenness of heart, like Daniel of old, we need
to confess not only the sins of our medical brethren, but our own
individual sins as well.

Some twenty odd years ago a group of us medical students left
the Battle Creek Sanitarium and went to Ann Arbor to begin our
medical course. Some of us made a most careful and prayerful study
from the Bible and Testimonies of fundamental medical missionary
principles including, of course, therapeutics. We soon became
convinced that there were some remedies that Elohim had promised to
especially bless, that there were others to which He could not in
a similar signal manner add His blessing.

Dr. Osler, now of Oxford, England, but then of Johns Hopkins,
had just issued his first edition of his famous textbook on the
practice of medicine. It was the most radical departure from the
old therapeutic program that had ever appeared, and he speedily and
justly earned the title of a therapeutic annihilist as far as drugs
were concerned. It was evident to any careful observer that Dr.
Osler placed little or no reliance in drug therapy. This naturally
made it easier for some of us to take the various statements in the
Testimonies more nearly at their par value.

Some of our number naturally undertook to harmonize the
statements with their particular modified beliefs on the question.
This led Bro. Caro, my room-mate, to write to Sister White some
questions very similar to the ones you have raised. I am enclosing
you a copy of her entire reply as far as it had any bearing
whatsoever on this subject. Summed up in a nutshell, there is no
repudiation of the former statements made; rather, the enunciation
of this self-evident principle, that the simpler remedies are less
harmful in proportion to their simplicity; that there are “herbs
and roots” that every family may use for themselves as opposed to
“dangerous concoctions.” In a later unpublished testimony, written
Aug. 26, 1895, I quote the following:

“Many of the physicians in our world are of no benefit to
the human family. 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 reason Yehovah 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.

“The true method of 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.
To 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 missionary
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 called upon to do. This is true
science.” [E. G. White Manuscript 105, 1898.]

Here is a clean-cut statement that drug medication should
never have been introduced into our institutions. At the same
time, the point is emphasized that there are herbs that grow for
the benefit of man. The administering of these “simple herbs if
necessary” is put alongside the standing “on the principles of
health reform” and “treating the sick with water” and “sunshine and
physical exercise.”

It is evident even after all this instruction has been
imparted to us on the subject of drug medication, that there is
still, as always is the case, a twilight zone where the human agent
must use his own sanctified judgment in making the full
application. Yehovah never deals with us in arbitrary terms. He
still leaves plenty of necessity of seeking Him for individual
light. It is very evident that, humanly speaking, it would be much
more desirable if the Testimonies should have specifically pointed
out senna, for instance, as a simple herb that might properly be
used, while on the other hand nux vomica, as the Testimonies have
already stated, is a drug that never should be used.

But, as I have stated above, much of Yehovah’s instructions is
in general principles sufficiently plain that those who earnestly
desire to do His will at any cost may, by the aid of the Holy
Spirit, learn to apply it, while those who want to follow their own
inclinations will have abundant excuse for doing so.

Instead of finishing at the University of Michigan, I
graduated at Bellevue Medical College, New York City. The learned
professor of medicine enthusiastically recommended alcohol as the
important remedy in various infectious diseases. Knowing that the
Bible had declared it to be a deceiver, and that the Testimonies
had unqualifiedly condemned it, all this false instruction did not
influence me a hair’s breadth. Naturally it is gratifying to me to
have lived long enough to find no intelligent up-to-date physician
today who believes alcohol is anything but a detriment in the

When we became physicians in the Battle Creek Sanitarium some
of us earnestly insisted that such drugs as strychnine, calomel,
and others that had been specifically pointed out as always
injurious to the human system should be repudiated by the
institution. I am glad to say that Dr. Kellogg took the same
position, said that he never had any faith in them, that they had
been dragged into the institution by some of the practitioners who
had been taught in medical schools that they were valuable

Naturally the argument that morphine was justifiable and
essential to subdue the pain after an operation as was chloroform
during an operation seemed unanswerable, and perhaps is yet in some
instances unanswerable. However, I remember more than one case
where even at the midnight hour some of us gathered in some quiet
room and unitedly presented some poor sufferer’s case to Elohim in
prayer, and were gratified to find ere we had finished our prayer
the patient had dropped off into a sweet refreshing sleep, from
which he awoke entirely free from pain.

Mind you, none of us took the position that morphine should
never be used; we simply insisted, knowing its dangerous character,
having abundant opportunity to see the poor drug slaves as they
were drifting in there to be cured of its awful tyranny, that
morphine should not be injected into a patient until Elohim’s
remedies, prayerfully applied, had had fair opportunity to
demonstrate what was Elohim’s will in that particular case.

Naturally quinine was considered just as indispensable in
malaria as morphine was following certain surgical operations. We
soon had an abundant opportunity to put our principles in regard to
quinine to a practical test. It happened to be a malarial summer
in Michigan. During the summer something like fifty cases came to
us in all ages and in all stages of the disease. Dr. Kress and I,
who could not consistently reconcile the prevailing routine quinine
program with some of the truths we had studied, determined we would
discover for ourselves what Elohim would help us to do in malarial
cases without quinine. One member of our class was an enthusiastic
advocate of quinine. It was mutually agreed that as the patients
came in, one was to be assigned to this physician, the next one to
be assigned to Dr. Kress and myself, and so alternating. As he
was also a microscopic expert, having taken special training in
blood work, every case, not only his but ours, was carefully
checked up by himself by laboratory work, so there was no chance
for guesswork. It was probably as fair a test as was ever made.

We carefully took the temperature every fifteen minutes. As
soon as there began to be the least rise of temperature that was a
notification to us that the chill was approaching, we at once put
the patient into a hot blanket pack, which brought on profound
perspiration, and thereby if we had it right we would invariably
prevent the chill. The patients would perspire for a time, we
would take them out carefully, provided it was the alternate day
variety we gave them tonic treatments. The following day we again
instituted the temperature-taking program. We invariably found
that the rise of temperature was much delayed, showing that we were
gaining the ascendancy. We would then go through the same program.
Frequently we did not have to do this the third time; the work had
been done, and in a week or ten days the patient was fully restored
to health. Sometimes we would miss hitting it just right for
several days, so there would be a delay.

Now for comparison: the quinine certainly enabled the
malarial patients to recover; but it was the after-history where
the tremendous difference was shown. Not one of our cases had
serious complications. One of the [of the other group] has gone
through life since practically deaf. Another one had his mentality
greatly impaired, and so far as I know it has remained so to this
day. Still others had minor complications.

One day an old, feeble, broken-down man came in so loaded with
malaria that it seemed as though he was on the brink of the grave.
According to the rotation he belonged on the quinine list. The
doctor, after sizing up the situation, said he did not dare to
undertake his case, so he was turned over to our list. I will
never forget when Dr. Kress and I went over to the Cushman Cottage
and earnestly told Yehovah that His principles were on test, and
pleaded with Him to vindicate what He had said. We then took hold
of the case. Within a week the man was restored to health.

Metchnikoff, head of the Pasteur Institute, in his book The
New Hygiene, says: “It is not only opium and alcohol which hinder
the phagocytic action. “It is not only opium and alcohol which
hinder the phagocytic action. A number of other substances
regularly employed in medicine cause the same results. Even
quinine, the prophylactic effect of which in malarial fevers is
indisputable, is a poison for the white blood cells. One should,
therefore, as a general rule avoid as far as possible the use of
all sorts of medicaments, and limit oneself to the hygienic
measures which may check the outbreak of infectious disease. This
postulate further strengthens the thesis that the future of
medicine rests far more in hygiene than in therapeutics.”

The remarkable work that has been done the last few years in
the Tulane University, New Orleans, by one of the professors who
has succeeded for the first time in cultivating malarial parasites
in test tubes, outside the body, shows plainly why we are able to
succeed with our packs. And he is already raising the question
whether our old notion of how the quinine killed the parasites is
not erroneous; in other words, that quinine probably only enables
the body to handle the parasites just as the packs do, only in a
much more expensive way to the body. If that is so, then of course
that becomes one more striking commentary on that statement in the
Testimonies, that the use of drugs by our practitioners is merely
a confession of their ignorance of physiology and how to use
nature’s remedies successfully.

Shortly after I took charge of the nervous department of the
Battle Creek Sanitarium a prominent businessman came up from
Chicago. He was suffering with progressive atrophy of the left
shoulder and upper arm, the muscles having already largely shrunk
away. His case had been diagnosed by one of Chicago’s leading
neurologists who, having had his attention called to the fact that
Dr. Gower in England had reported some apparent improvement in
several cases by the use of strychnine injections, recommended that
he should have strychnine injections in connection with sanitarium

I knew that the Testimonies had declared that strychnine had
no business in the human body, and my conscience simply would not
permit this as long as the man was under my care, even though an
eminent physician in Chicago had ordered it to be done. I was
compelled to explain to the man my conscientious scruples in regard
to this; told him that if he insisted on having this strychnine
injection he would have to go back to his Chicago doctor. He
naturally said to me, ‘Will you promise to cure me with your
sanitarium remedies without strychnine?” I told him no,
progressive atrophy was considered an incurable disorder by any
methods. He said he could not see the consistency of my position
when the nerve specialist in Chicago had held out some hopes from
strychnine when * did not dare to hold out positive hopes with
physiological measures. I told him that I was more anxious to be
right than he was to be consistent, and that I was managing my
department for Elohim, that I had conscientious scruples against
the use of strychnine and hence simply would not use it, but if he
wanted to have it used it was proper to avail himself of the same;
but in order to do so he would have to seek it elsewhere. He
remarked that he did not know anything about my God, but did know
he wanted to get well. But instead of going away he remained. In
six week’s time his muscles were fully filled in. A few years ago
I dropped into the Battle Creek Sanitarium, and this man happened
to be back there. He came up and introduced himself and called my
attention to the fact that his shoulder was all right up to date.

I draw no lessons from this; I am simply stating my
experience. But this thing I do know, that every time we
compromise we may miss a providence. And furthermore, those who
compromise what they know to be principle are always in the fog,
and in a little while their conscience becomes as elastic as India
rubber, and it seems to be their lot and misfortune to be
constantly brought into apparently impossible situations where they
cannot, as far as they can see, possibly get out without further
compromising principles; while Elohim never permits the man of
unswerving principle to get into a situation where he considers he
has any good excuse for compromising even as much as a hairsbreadth
what he knows to be right.
Priessnitz, as you well know, established and maintained in
Austria Silicia years ago a successful absolutely drugless
institution. The royalty of Europe were among his patrons.
Eminent men whose cases had baffled the skill of our best
physicians went even from our own land to that out-of-the-way
place, and were restored to health by his drugless methods. It was
not a fad that lasted merely a year or two, but it went on year
after year until it became the most notable center in the world.
Cures were constantly being accomplished that seemed nothing short
of miraculous. I have naturally been interested in that work, and
I have in my library today something like twenty different books
bearing on Priessnitz’ work. Some of them were written by eminent
physicians who themselves went there either to investigate the
merits of the institution or as patients. All without exception
bore testimony to the marvelous cures that this man Priessnitz
secured by using nature’s remedies exclusively.

The day may not be far distant when Yehovah will raise up some
Seventh-day Adventist Priessnitz who will effectually put to
silence the lingering doubts, the apparently unsurmountable
objections to carrying out literally the program outlined for us in
the Testimonies. In fact, the prevailing medical practice is many
days’ journey nearer that ideal today than it was in Priessnitz’
time. I attended the meeting of the American Medical Association
a year ago in Minneapolis. My wife, Dr. Mary Paulson, attended
different sections than I did so we might between us gather as many
helpful facts as possible. She said that she didn’t hear during
the time we were there a single drug recommended by ay speaker.
Dr. Cabot of Harvard was the only man who recommended a single drug
remedy in my hearing, and that was large doses of bismuth for
dysentery; but he added he was not convinced that it did any good,
but he knew that it could do no harm. The entire emphasis was laid
upon the very remedies that the Testimonies have pointed out over
and over again during these fifty years.

You raise the question of the use of antitoxin in diphtheria,
to which I would briefly say that until I get more light than I
have now, I consider it just as natural to go to the horse for
antitoxin if the child is short on its own account, as it is to go
to the cow for milk when the child’s mother is short in this

I said in the beginning of this letter that it is with much
hesitancy that I write you what I am doing, for it is with a deep
sense of my own short-comings in this respect. However, that you
may know that this whole matter is sill a matter of conscience with
me, I shall enclose a copy of some correspondence that I have had
just recently with a prominent physician who sent me a case of
pernicious anemia with beginning of serious nerve complications.
When the doctor ordered hypodermic injections of arsenate of iron,
I tried to soothe my conscience with the fact that it was his
responsibility and not mine; that if I refrained from doing it the
patient would get the same treatment at home anyway, and he would
miss the sanitarium treatments which he so much needed. But I
speedily discovered that I could not make this reasoning square
with my conscience, and I had to go through the humiliating
experience of writing what I did, which was probably no easier for
me to do than it would have been for you or anyone else under
similar circumstances. It is not a particularly pleasant
performance to go down in the dust, although I know from previous
experience that it brings the peaceable fruits of righteousness to
those who are exercised thereby.

Last year we had a case of pernicious anemia here whose life
hung on a thread; hemoglobin 20, red blood cells much less than a
million. I had telegraphed her husband to be here, as she was
about to pass away. At this juncture she whispered in Mrs.
Paulson’s ear, “Pray.” She sent for me. We knelt down together at
the woman’s bedside. She was a devout woman, though not a
Seventh-day Adventist. We prayed Yehovah if it pleased Him to
restore this woman to health. From that day she began to improve
rapidly, and in three months’ time she went home a well woman.
More than a year has passed by, and she is till, at the latest
reports I have had, as well as ever.

I have seen such things happen too often to juggle with my
conscience so Elohim should be compelled to rob me of these
experiences. It is when we are in a crisis, it is when we do not
know what to do next, if we endeavor to take one more step, then it
is that Elohim invariably meets us. He does not always restore our
sick to health, but He gives us the signal satisfaction that we are
His servants, that we have done all things at His words:

“Special instruction should be given in the art of treating
the sick without the use of poisonous drugs, and in harmony with
the light that Elohim has given….They are to be educated from the
standpoint of conscience, and as they conscientiously and
faithfully follow right methods in their treatment of the sick,
these methods will come to be recognized as preferable to the
methods to which many have become accustomed, which demand the use
of poisonous drugs.” (Underscoring mine.)

How can we possibly do that unless we are willing to pay the
price of having a clear-cut conscience of our own? Our nurses need
to be taught that Elohim has promised to link His blessing with
the remedies that He Himself has designated rather than with those
that He has condemned.

“There are many ways of practicing the healing art, but there
is only one way that heaven approves. Elohim’s remedies are the
simple agencies of nature, that will not tax or debilitate the
system through their powerful properties.”
–Testimonies Vol. 5, p. 443.

I fear that I have not satisfactorily answered you question.
I feel humble under a sense of my own short-comings; but I feel
determined to continue to press toward the light to spell out more
and more faithfully Elohim’s program.
(signed) Yours in the Master’s work, David Paulson, M. D.