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Chapter 32—Fevers and Acute Diseases

Causes of Acute Diseases

905. Nature is burdened and endeavors to resist your efforts to cripple her. Chills and fevers are the result of those attempts to rid herself of the burden you lay upon her.—Testimonies for the Church 2:68. HL 211.1

906. Nature, to relieve herself of poisonous impurities, makes an effort to free the system, which effort produces fevers and what is termed disease.—How to Live, 60. HL 211.2

907. Nature bears abuse as long as she can without resisting, then she arouses, and makes a mighty effort to rid herself of the incumbrances and evil treatment she has suffered. Then come headache, chills, fevers, nervousness, paralysis, and other evils too numerous to mention.—Testimonies for the Church 2:69. HL 211.3

Diet

908. When we feed on flesh, the juices of what we eat pass into the circulation. A feverish condition is created, because the animals are diseased; and by partaking of their flesh we plant the seeds of disease in our own tissue and blood. Then, when exposed to the changes in a malarious atmosphere, to epidemics and contagious diseases, the system feels their effects; it is not in a condition to resist disease.—Unpublished Testimonies, November 5, 1896. HL 211.4

909. Highly seasoned animal food produces a feverish state of the system; especially if pork is used freely, the blood becomes impure, the circulation is not equalized, and chills and fever follow.—Spiritual Gifts Volume 4a, 126. HL 212.1

910. Many times your children have suffered from fever and ague brought on by improper eating, when their parents were accountable for their sickness.—Testimonies for the Church 4:502. HL 212.2

911. Children should not be allowed to eat gross articles of food, such as pork, sausage, spices, rich cakes, and pastry; for by so doing their blood becomes fevered.—Testimonies for the Church 4:141. HL 212.3

912. Thousands have indulged their perverted appetites, have eaten a good meal, as they call it, and as the result have brought on a fever or some other acute disease, and certain death.—Testimonies for the Church 2:69. HL 212.4