Healthful Living


Sympathetic Nervous Disturbances

832. God himself has formed us with distinctive organs and faculties. These he designs should act together in harmony. If we injure one, all are affected.—The Health Reformer, January 1, 1873. HL 195.2

833. Every wrong habit which injures the health of the body, reacts in effect upon the mind.—The Health Reformer, February 1, 1877. HL 195.3

834. The brain is the citadel of the whole man, and wrong habits of eating, dressing, or sleeping affect the brain, and prevent the attaining of that which the student desires,—a good mental discipline. Any part of the body that is not treated with consideration will telegraph its injury to the brain.—Christian Education, 125. HL 195.4

835. It is impossible for the brain to do its best work when the digestive powers are abused. Many eat hurriedly of various kinds of food, which set up a war in the stomach, and thus confuse the brain.... At meal-time cast off care and taxing thought. Do not be hurried, but eat slowly and with cheerfulness, your heart filled with gratitude to God for all his blessings; and do not engage in brain labor immediately after a meal. Exercise moderately, and give a little time for the stomach to begin its work.—Gospel Workers, 174. HL 195.5

836. When the mind or body is taxed heavily after eating, the process of digestion is hindered. The vitality of the system, which is needed to carry on the work in one direction, is called away and set to work in another.—Testimonies for the Church 2:413. HL 196.1

837. What the users of these stimulants call strength is only received by exciting the nerves of the stomach, which convey the irritation to the brain, and this in turn is aroused to impart increased action to the heart.—Testimonies for the Church 2:65. HL 196.2

838. Those who are changing from three meals a day to two, will at first be troubled more or less with faintness, especially about the time they have been in the habit of eating the third meal. But if they persevere for a short time, this faintness will disappear.—How to Live 1:56. HL 196.3