Specific Systems of Treatment
Bell would help patients that other physicians left to die; and, when one of his patients died, he was charged with a crime by the medical associa- tion. But the resulting court trial revealed one of the accusing physicians to be the one responsible for her death.
BELL’S THEORY OF CANCER
Dr. Bell also established that injuries, blows, or continued irritation to a part of the body could later lead to the development of cancer in that site. He developed what is probably the best explanation, to date, of why this occurs:
In healthy tissue, blood resulting from inter- nal bleeding is quickly absorbed without leaving clots. Normally, clotting is necessary only to seal an external wound. But, in an acute or inflam- matory condition, the tissue cannot properly absorb blood. The result may be a hard inter- nal clot which therefore acts as something like a foreign body and later can become the nucleus of a tumor.
This would explain why cancers tend to recur at the sites of surgical incisions. Blood clots ad- hered there, causing tumors to begin growing.
____________________ ELLEN G. WHITE, 1905
Note to researchers: Since many people regained their health as a result of these writings, the relationship of these factors should be investigated. Are meat eating, sexual enervation, and unhealthful modes of wearing clothing causative factors of can- cer?
Working Summary: Listed here are additional causative factors, as well as a remarkably comprehensive analysis of the nature and treatment of disease.
“Calomel . . torments the system as long as there is a particle left in it. It ever lives, not los- ing its properties by its long stay in the living system. It inflames the joints, and often sends rottenness into the bones. It frequently mani- fests itself in tumors, ulcers, and cancers, years after it has been introduced into the system.”— 2 Selected Messages, 449.
Another cause is improperly clothing the body, so parts are overheated and other parts are insufficiently clad. The arms and legs should be warmly clothed in the winter months. “The amount of physical suffering created by unnatural and unhealthful dress cannot be es- timated. Many have become lifelong invalids through their compliance with the demands of fashion. Displacements and deformities, can- cers and other terrible diseases, are among the evils resulting from fashionable dress.”—4 Tes- timonies, 634-635.
Yet another cause is masturbation: “If the practice [of self abuse, an earlier name for masturbation] is continued from the ages of fifteen and upward, nature will protest against the abuse she has suffered, and continues to suffer, and will make them pay the penalty for the transgression of her laws, especially from the ages of thirty to forty-five, by numerous pains in the system and various diseases, such as affection of the liver and lungs, neuralgia, rheumatism, affection of the spine, diseased kidneys, and cancerous humors.”—Child Guid- ance, 444.
Over the years, cancer researchers have gen- erally searched for a single causal factor. Yet a va- riety of causes can eventually produce cancer.
WHITE’S THEORY OF DISEASE
Mrs. White was a leading health writer of the latter half of the 19th century. Because of her in- fluential work, it is of interest to note her posi- tions on some of the causative factors of malig- nancies. Her leading book on health was the 1905 Min- istry of Healing, in which she said that meat eat- ing was a significant cause of the transmission of cancer: “People are continually eating flesh that is filled with tuberculous and cancerous germs. Tuberculosis, cancer, and other fatal diseases are thus communicated.”—Ministry of Healing, 313. “The eating of pork has produced scrofula [non-lung tuberculosis], leprosy, and cancerous humors.”—Counsels on Diet and Foods, 393.
Another cause is poisonous chemicals and drugs, such as calomel (which is mercurous chloride):
White also declared that the disease was a cleansing process, instituted by the body to rid itself of impurities. On this basis, she declared, good nutrition, clean living, and trust in God were crucial to proper healing. “The only hope of better things is in the edu- cation of the people in right principles. Let phy- sicians teach the people that restorative power is not in drugs, but in nature. Disease is an effort of nature to free the system from condi- tions that result from a violation of the laws of health. In case of sickness, the cause should be ascertained. Unhealthful conditions should be changed, wrong habits corrected. Then nature is to be assisted in her effort to expel impuri- ties and to reestablish right conditions in the system. “Pure air, sunlight, abstemiousness, rest, ex- ercise, proper diet, the use of water, trust in divine power,—these are the true remedies.”—