The importance of the health message
Posted on 10 May 2012 10:46 AM
Is Inspiration's health counsel really the best advice? Doesn't modern medicine offer better solutions to disease?

As we seek for eternal salvation the health message is essential, not optional. Indeed it is integral and indispensable to the Gospel which encompasses physical, mental, and spiritual regeneration and re-creation into our Maker’s image.

“True sanctification… requires that our habits of eating, drinking, and dressing be such as to secure the preservation of physical, mental, and moral health, that we may present to the Lord our bodies, not an offering corrupted… but a “living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God” (Review & Herald, 1881, No.4).

“The transgression of physical law is transgression of God's law. Our Creator is Jesus Christ… He is the author of the physical law as he is the author of the moral law. And the human being who is careless and reckless of the habits and practices that concern his physical life and health, sins against God” (Unpublished Testimonies, May 19, 1897).

The popularized distinction between “prevention” and “cure” is really an artificial construct. The physiological processes of prevention and healing are continually occurring and are really inseparable processes.

“The things of nature are God's blessings, provided to give health to body, mind and soul. They are given to the well to keep them well [notice it is not vaccines] and to the sick to make them well… they are more effective in restoring health than all the drug medication in the world” (7T 76, 1902).

God’s messenger intimates that not only the Decalogue, but the natural laws of Creation are reflective of God’s holy character.

“He who hungers and thirsts after God will seek for an understanding of the laws which the God of wisdom has impressed upon creation. These laws are a transcript of his character. They must control all who enter the heavenly and better country” (UT, August 30, 1896).

“In order to live a perfect life, we must live in harmony with those natural laws which govern our being” (3T, 163).

“Without holiness no man shall see God” (Hebrews 12:14 ).

To make plain natural law, and urge the obedience of it, is the work that accompanies the third angel's message to prepare a people for the coming of the Lord" (3T, 161).

The following counsel intimates that a failure to understand and practice the lesser test of the true health message will mean failure and eternal loss when we meet the more severe final test of the Mark of the Beast.

“The truth for this time… is to be proclaimed with a loud voice, meaning with increasing power, as we approach the great final test. This test must come to the churches in connection with the true medical missionary work, a work that has the Great Physician to dictate and preside in all it comprehends” (Manuscript Releases volume 10, 314).

“The Great Healer…Christ 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 remedies…He taught that disease is the result of violating God's laws, both natural and spiritual" (Desire of Ages, 824).

Simply stated, vaccines are drug or pharmaceutical products with a well documented track record for causing a wide range of autoimmune diseases and neurodegenerative breakdown of the divinely designed mind-body complex.

Since in Revelation Babylon represents the confused “mother” and “daughter” fallen churches, they along with all the world (a large part of which worships in them) are duped by a system that promises health, but predominantly delivers disease and death.

The idea that virtually all of the significant historical health outcome improvements attained in the Western World are attributable to the brilliant and heroic strides of conventional medicine is unfounded. The facts do not bear this out.

A prominent London Medical School public health epidemiologist observes this:

“The epidemiology of medical care and its effect on health have received little attention over the years. The exception is McKeown's Role of Medicine, based on cause-specific mortality reports for the century ending in 1971. Life expectancy had increased by 23 years during the first half century, but McKeown was able to attribute no more than a year or two to advances in medical care. He presented no data on the harm that medical care might incur, but his conclusion that medical care had contributed little to health was interpreted by many as an attack on medicine, and it was linked by many to Ivan Illich's claim that medicine does more harm than good. Illich's Medical Nemesis: The Appropriation of Health, published in 1975, and McKeown's Role of Medicine, published the following year raised questions that have remained largely unanswered to this day.”

“The implications for public health of McKeown's and Illich's books have been largely ignored or considered irrelevant by clinicians, who are busy taking care of patients one at a time. Basic scientists appear not even to have noticed their existence...[Despite the fact that] Age-adjusted death rates were reported to be greater in countries with greater numbers of doctors, and presumably with more medical care. Equally difficult to explain, death rates for diseases amenable to treatment were reported to be greatest in areas with the most medical care resources...Iatrogenic mortality may similarly help to explain… that greater numbers of doctors and medical resources, and presumably more discretionary medical and surgical care, are associated with higher death rates. Iatrogenic mortality is also reflected in the observation of brief but dramatic decreases in population death rate[s] when doctors strike and surgery for elective (but not emergency) operations are suspended" (J.P. Bunker, Symposium: The role of medical care in contributing to health improvements within societies, International Journal of Epidemiology 30, 2001: 1260-1263, emphasis added).

Thomas McKeown, while serving as Chair of the World Health Organization (WHO) - Advisory Group on Health Research Strategy pointed out that clear evidence on genuine health determinants is available from a number of developing world countries that have “advanced rapidly in health”: China, Costa Rica, Cuba, India (Kerala State), Jamaica, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and some others. The improvements in their health status were almost entirely due to a lessened prevalence of infectious diseases.He says this:

"To assess priorities in health policies… the chief requirement is therefore to come to a conclusion about the reasons for the decline of the infections... All the countries that advanced rapidly achieved a substantial improvement in nutrition, which led to increased resistance. Indeed in some countries this was the only important direct influence. It is perhaps surprising that immunization appears to have contributed relatively little to the advances... the reduction in mortality occurred during a period when vaccine coverage was still low. To anyone who has traveled extensively in the rural areas of the third world, the common causes of ill health may seem self-evident. Many children are visibly malnourished, sanitary conditions are primitive, drinking water is unclean, the food... is contaminated… Our conclusions concerning the determinants of health can be epitomized by the simple statement that people must have enough to eat, and must not be poisoned" (T. McKeown, "The Road to Health" World Health Forum, Geneva: World Health Organization, 1989: 410 and 411, emphasis added).

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