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Remarkable Health Counsel

Probably the most radical thing Ellen White said about cancer was that it was a “germ.” She claimed that these germs were most often communicated to humans through the consumption of animal flesh, which was becoming “more and more diseased.”

Not only has vegetarianism become more popular since that time, the “germ” theory has also been proven. In 1956, Dr. Wendell Stanley, a virologist at the University of California, asserted that “viruses cause most or all of human cancers.” As research progressed, Robert Huebner, the chief of the Laboratory of Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health concluded that, “there isn’t the slightest doubt in our minds that human cancers are caused by viruses.”

Prenatal Influence
Again the forerunner, Ellen cited the importance of prenatal influences as early as 1865. “The irritability, nervousness, and despondency manifested by the mother, will mark the character of her child,” she said, later adding, “the well-being of the child will be affected by the habits of the mother.”

Ninety-four years later, Dr. Ashley Montagu confirmed that “mothers undergoing periods of severe emotional distress during pregnancy frequently have infants which exhibit evidences of irritable and hyperactive nervous systems.”

In 1865, Ellen recommended fresh air and sunlight in the home as a means of air purification. She wrote: “Rooms that are not exposed to light and air become damp … The atmosphere in these rooms is poisonous, because it has not been purified by light and air.”

Approximately 80 years later, Dr. Lawrence P. Garrod, professor of bacteriology at the University of London, studied the effects of sunlight on the level of bacteria in the dust of sickrooms. He found that, “ordinary diffuse daylight, even in England, can be lethal to bacteria.”

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