1. The Cause Should Be Ascertained:
Job wrote “the cause which I knew not I searched out.” (Job 29:16) In order to most effectually treat disease, one must know first what caused the disease. It is the first step in any problem solving matter. It is most often the case, that the cause is never discerned. Even with the best of intentions, Physicians often make guesswork of the underlying cause and then based on their guess, make life or death decisions for their patient. A Physician that understands “disease is an effort of nature to free the system from conditions that result from a violation of the laws of health,” (Ministry of Healing 127) may look to see where the patient’s life falls short of harmonizing with the laws of health. How is their diet? Are they getting enough nutrition? How is their faith? Are they burdened with anxious cares and perplexities that have not been cast upon the Saviour? Scripture admonishes us to be “casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” (1 Peter 5:7) By discovering which laws of health are being violated, we may in turn, understand the cause that led to the patient’s condition the lies at the foundation of their illness.
2. Unheathlful Conditions Should be Changed:
By spending more time in the sunlight, less time indoors and engaging in more physical activity and less sedentary activities, we may make positive choices that will change the condition of things in our bodies. Since “disease is an effort to free the system from conditions that result from a violation of the laws of health,” (MH 127) this means when we bring our choices into harmony with God’s laws of health, the result will be a restoration of the conditions in the body. Just as harmful conditions are the result of a violation of the laws of health, so too, obedience to these laws will result in the restoration and preservation of health.
3. Wrong Habits Corrected
While some habits are more easily discerned, such as drinking alcohol, smoking and drugs, others like consuming animal products, meat and cheese, negative thinking, evil surmising, unforgiveness and stress are more common, but less readily discerned. Whatever the habit one may be a slave to, the power of Christ is able to free any soul who desires freedom. Said the Savior, “without me ye can do nothing,” (John 15:5) and “If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.” (Mark 9:23) “An indwelling Saviour makes His power our property. The truth becomes our stock in trade. No unrighteousness is seen in the life. We are able to speak words in season to those who know not the truth. Christ’s presence in the heart is a vitalizing power, strengthening the entire being.” (Counsels on Health 253.1) By the power of Christ’s life dwelling within, we may be empowered with the strength needed to make right choices, thereby breaking those wrong habits that have created unhealthful conditions resulting in the diseases and infirmities that plague us.
4. Then nature is to be assisted in her effort to expel impurities and to re-establish right conditions in the system:
Nature is to be “assisted.” While the general practice of medicine today is to utilize means and methods that introduce into the body elements that war against it, the practice of Heaven is to introduce into the body those agencies that empower and assist it in its effort to “expel impurities and re-establish right conditions.” Introducing poisonous drugs or toxic chemical concoctions into the body in an effort to restore health is contrary to both science and reason. Disease is the body’s way of trying to correct unhealthful conditions, and the best asset we have in the fight against disease is the body’s own immune system. Why then when already debilitated, should we cast upon it more grievous and burdensome poisons? As one physician said, “The person who takes medicine must recover twice; once from the disease and once from the medicine.” (William Osler, MD) In the Bible we read “the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations,” (Revelation 22:2) and “He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man:” (Psalms 104:14) With the leaves of the herbs and the fruit that God has abundantly given for good (Genesis 1:29) we may find effectual agencies in the restoration of Health. Said Jesus “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10) Rather than supposing man-made agencies that destroy and cause death might result in health and life, we ought rather to utilize agencies full of life and vitality that they might impart to the suffering, those same properties. Jesus said “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.” (John 10:11) So too, when we partake of the natural, un-altered foods God has created full that are full of life, they give to the suffering life and health. A physician speaking of the laws of health given in scripture said in the 19th century, “Those rules were given by the Lord Himself, and, when followed, produced the healthiest people that ever lived. Let it be noted, however, that inoculation was not included in the list of preventives of disease. Perfect cleanliness within as well as without the body, is the sum of the whole matter. Clean food, pure water, fresh air, plenty of sunlight, regular, muscular exercise, and a clean conscience, will ward off any plague known. It may be said that vaccination and inoculation have saved many lives… but to fill one’s body with death, as a means of warding off death, is unscriptural and unscientific.” (Dr. E.J. Waggoner, PTUK October 5, 1899, page 640.4)