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Selected Messages Book 2, Page 292

Chapter 30—Ellen G. White's Use of Remedial Agencies

[Ellen G. White speaks repeatedly of simple remedies. She tells us specifically what she means when she thus speaks, naming pure air, sunlight, abstemiousness, rest, exercise, proper diet, the use of water, and trust in divine power. See pages 287-291 and The Ministry of Healing, 127. In addition to these, Mrs. White on a few occasions, in her personal correspondence, made reference to certain simple medications she knew and used; any such remedy was usually mentioned in a single instance only. She also refers in her correspondence to a few rare emergency situations that led her to employ remedies she would not use except in a crisis.

In evaluating these references to certain medications, four points should be observed by the reader:

1. The following pages list the significant statements in which Mrs. White mentions specific medications of a simple character, insofar as such statements were known at the time this compilation was made.

2. A very few pages are required to place these statements in print, some eleven pages as compared with the more than 2,000 pages devoted to the comprehensive presentation of the health counsels as found in the E.G. White books.

3. For fifty years Mrs. White wrote extensively, for publication, on the subject of health and the care of the sick. But it is an interesting and significant fact that, except for the brief mention of the “lump of figs” for Hezekiah's boils, and a fleeting allusion to the ineffectual use of “simple herbs” in the illness of one of her sons (see Spiritual Gifts, Volume II,

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