Healthful Living


Exciting Causes

Unhygienic Surroundings

288. Filth is a breeder of disease.—The Review and Herald, February 4, 1896. HL 66.4

289. A neglect of cleanliness will induce disease.... Stubborn fevers and violent diseases have prevailed in neighborhoods and towns that had formerly been considered healthy, and some have died, while others have been left with broken constitutions to be crippled with disease for life. In many instances their own yards contained the agent of destruction, which sent forth deadly poisons into the atmosphere, to be inhaled by the family and the neighborhood.—How to Live 4:61. HL 66.5

290. Many suffer decayed vegetable matter to remain about their premises. They are not awake to the influence of these things. There is constantly arising from these decaying substances effluvium that is poisoning the air. By inhaling the impure air, the blood is poisoned, the lungs become affected, and the whole system is diseased. Disease of almost every description will be caused by inhaling the atmosphere affected by these decaying substances.—Ibid. HL 66.6

291. If a house be built where water settles around it, remaining for a time and then drying away, a poisonous miasma arises, and fever and ague, sore throat, lung diseases, and fevers will be the result.—How to Live 4:64. HL 67.1

Flesh Diet

292. The mortality caused by eating meat is not discerned.... Animals are diseased, and by partaking of their flesh we plant the seeds of disease in our own tissues and blood.—Unpublished Testimonies, November 5, 1896. HL 67.2

293. The prevalence of cancers and tumors is largely due to gross living on dead flesh.—Unpublished Testimonies, November 5, 1896. HL 67.3

294. The practice of eating largely of meat is causing diseases of all kinds,—cancers, tumors, scrofula, tuberculosis, and numbers of other like affections.—Unpublished Testimonies, January 11, 1897. HL 67.4

295. The meat is served reeking with fat, because it suits the perverted taste. Both the blood and the fat of animals is consumed as a luxury. But the Lord has given special directions that these should not be eaten. Why?—Because their use would make a diseased current of blood in the human system. Disregard of the Lord's special directions has brought a variety of difficulties and diseases upon human beings.... If they introduce into their system that which cannot make good flesh and blood, they must endure the results of the disregard of God's word.—Unpublished Testimonies, March, 1896. HL 67.5

296. The eating of pork has aroused and strengthened a most deadly humor which was in the system.—Testimonies for the Church 2:94. HL 67.6