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Healthful Living, Page 13

Chapter 2—Duty to Study the Laws of Life

19. It is our duty to study the laws that govern our being, and conform to them. Ignorance in these things is sin.—Unpublished Testimonies, August 25, 1897.

20. From the first dawn of reason, the human mind should become intelligent in regard to the physical structure. We may behold and admire the work of God in the natural world, but the human habitation is the most wonderful.—Unpublished Testimonies, January 11, 1897.

Physiology as a Study

21. A practical knowledge of the science of human life is necessary in order to glorify God in our bodies. It is therefore of the highest importance that among studies selected for childhood, physiology should occupy the first place.—The Health Reformer, August 1, 1866.

22. It is well that physiology is introduced into the common schools as a branch of education. All children should study it. It should be regarded as the basis of all educational effort. And then parents should see to it that practical hygiene be added. This will make their knowledge of physiology of practical benefit.—The Health Reformer, November 1, 1871.

Ignorance of Physical Laws

23. We have special duties resting upon us. We should be acquainted with our physical structure and the laws controlling natural life. While Greek and Latin, which are seldom of any advantage, are made

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