Except in some genetic cases, disease is brought on by improper habits–eating, drinking, dressing, working, sleeping , breathing, etc. When man is afflicted by any disease, the first thought is to see a medical doctor and pop in the mouth one or several of the drugs he prescribes.
These drugs do not cure; they alleviate the symptoms for a short time; then they return, and the doctor prescribes other drugs, some of them far more potent than the original prescription. There are harmful side effects. There are harmful side effects from these drugs, and in some cases, they have been the cause of many deaths. It is easier for many people to take drugs than to follow nature’s remedies. Why? Because of the seeming inconvenience in doing so. It is more convenient to take a pill or pills and get the desired immediate results than to follow nature’s beneficial and helpful cure. How little do these people realize that because of these harmful drugs, they not only suffer serious side effects, they may even shorten their life span.
“Drugs have their own place, but do not expect them to do that which you yourself must do.” Entering Wedge, p. 21:1
“There are diseases which attack even the healthiest and best-cared for plants. For example, when a tree that is planted in the best of soils and is well cared for, becomes infested with insects or disease, then no matter what one does with the soil, he cannot thereby cause the pestilence to disappear: and if the tree is not sprayed with drugs that will exterminate the disease, the tree dies. In like manner, if one’s morals, diet, and hygiene, have been faultless and still are when he takes sick, and if his ailment is not hereditary, then no matter what more he does with his diet, he will realize no healing virtues from it. Drugs are his best remedy if prayer fails.
Again, if a healthy and well-cared-for horse takes sick, drugs of some kind are obviously the only possible cure. Thus if the daily living of a human being is faultless, and yet he takes sick, then outside of prayer, what can he do but resort to drugs?
For example, is it not true that one starving for food cannot be spared by taking in water, air or something other than food? And is it not also true that one’s broken and distorted arm cannot be set in place and healed right by dieting, poulticing, massaging, or by anything of the like? Nothing will do the trick, of course, but a competent physician to set the broken bones in place.” Entering Wedge, p. 21-22
“If the sufferer’s faulty diet is the cause of his aliment, and in most cases in our day it is, then no kind or amount of drug can cure him. Yet when something goes wrong with one’s organism, he generally runs to a doctor, not to find and to remove the cause, but to be cured, while the cause remains and while it brings him closer and closer to the grave! And if he is not given drugs, he dislikes the doctor! Why not check up on your daily diet and habits of living? Why take drugs when you need to take water, fresh air, sunshine, the right kinds of food; to exercise; or perhaps to clean up your home, your body, and your surroundings?” Entering Wedge, p. 16:2
“Nature teaches that if a tree becomes sickly from within rather than from without then to spray it with any kind of drug will only hasten its death, waste the drug, the time, and one’s energy. The human body is no exception. If the disease is from internal cause, then what good will it do to try to remove it by the use of drugs? In such a case drugs will not remove the cause but rather do greater harm and hasten the end.” Entering Wedge, p. 18.1
Long ago the servant of the Lord left the prescription for a healthy lifestyle in the following statement: “Pure air, sunlight, abstemiousness [temperance], rest, exercise, proper diet, the use of water, trust divine power-these are the true remedies.” The Ministry of Healing, p. 127:2.
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“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.” Psalms 23:1-6.