Healthful Living


Chapter 15—Resistance Against Disease

General Statements

297. The object of the health reform and the Health Institute is not ... to quiet the pains of today. No, indeed! Its great object is to teach the people how to live so as to give nature a chance to remove and resist disease.—Testimonies for the Church 1:643. HL 68.1

298. The power of the human system to resist the abuses put upon it, is wonderful.—The Review and Herald, January 25, 1881. HL 68.2

299. A careful conformity to the laws which God has implanted in our being would insure health, and there would not be a breaking down of the constitution.—The Health Reformer, August 1, 1866. HL 68.3

300. A great amount of suffering might be saved if all would labor to prevent disease, by strictly obeying the laws of health.—How to Live 4:60. HL 68.4

The Power of the Will

301. The power of the will is a mighty soother of the nerves, and can resist much disease, simply by not yielding to ailments and settling down into a state of inactivity.—Spiritual Gifts Volume 4a, 145. HL 68.5


302. In order to preserve health, temperance in all things is necessary,—temperance in labor, temperance in eating and drinking.—How to Live 1:57. HL 68.6


303. The body must have sufficient nourishment. The God who gives his beloved sleep has furnished them also suitable food to sustain the physical system in a healthy condition.—Christian Temperance and Bible Hygiene, 50. HL 68.7


304. Nature will restore their vigor and strength in their sleeping hours, if her laws are not violated.—A Solemn Appeal, 62. HL 69.1


305. Each faculty of the mind and each muscle has its distinctive office, and all require to be exercised in order to become properly developed and retain healthful vigor. Each organ and muscle has its work to do in the living organism. Every wheel in the machinery must be a living, active, working wheel. Nature's fine and wonderful works need to be kept in active motion in order to accomplish the object for which they were designed. Each faculty has a bearing upon the others, and all need to be exercised in order, to be properly developed.—Testimonies for the Church 3:77. HL 69.2


306. Bathing frees the skin from the accumulation of impurities which are constantly collecting, and keeps the skin moist and supple, thereby increasing and equalizing the circulation. Persons in health should on no account neglect bathing. They should by all means bathe as often as twice a week.—Testimonies for the Church 3:70. HL 69.3


307. In order to maintain equal circulation, there should be an equal distribution of clothing, which will bring equal warmth to all parts of the body.—The Health Reformer, May 1, 1872. HL 69.4

Unselfish Work

308. There is a much greater work upon us than we as yet have any idea of, if we would insure health by placing ourselves in the right relation to life.... The peculiar people whom God is purifying unto himself, to be translated to heaven without seeing death, should not be behind others in good works. In their efforts to cleanse themselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God, they should be as far ahead of any other class of people on the earth as their profession is more exalted than that of others.—Testimonies for the Church 1:487. HL 69.5

309. Those who, so far as possible, engage in the work of doing good to others by giving practical demonstration of their interest in them, are not only relieving the ills of human life in helping them bear their burdens, but are at the same time contributing largely to their own health of soul and body. Doing good is a work that benefits both giver and receiver. If you forget self in your interest for others, you gain a victory over your infirmities.... The pleasure of doing good animates the mind and vibrates through the whole body.—Testimonies for the Church 2:534. HL 70.1