from the Editor
OURSELVES on being the most advanced, enlightened,
developed generation that ever lived.
We suppose that we are now on the doorstep of eradicating
and disease, due to the miraculous advances of medical
We suppose the great advances in sanitary measures, in
"wonder drugs," in preventive serums, vaccines and
are bringing modern civilization into a state of
WE COULDN'T BE MORE WRONG!
Modern civilization is not bringing health nor abolishing
While the medical profession works to reduce TB, cancer, and
diseases, modern civilization is CREATING NEW DISEASES
HEARD OF A FEW GENERATIONS AGO. Sickness and disease are on
It may seem incredible! We frantically brush our teeth and
supposed to produce "fewer cavities," yet there
tooth trouble than was known in any past century. The
furiously we brush with "fewer cavities" brands of
the more tooth troubles we suffer!
How can this BE?
I suppose many would ask: "But isn't it NATURAL to be sick?
not made in such a way that we simply have to become sick
disease? And didn't God raise up medical science to
The answer is an EMPHATIC NO!
Sickness and disease are NOT natural!
We were made to BE WELL!
When man invents and produces a fine mechanism -- a fine
automobile, jet plane, washing machine -- he expects the
watch to keep good time for years; the first Rolls Royce
ever made is still running; the huge 707 jets made the
flight" every day from London to the west coast of the
United States without
motor failure. Of course I am not talking
a cheaply made watch, motor car or washing machine. But the
marvelous and perfectly made mechanism ever produced is the
body and mind.
The Almighty God made the human body so that -- even though
of material substance from the ground -- its NORMAL
is one of robust, invigorating, radiant GOOD HEALTH!
Sickness and disease are ABNORMAL -- they are the PENALTY of
OF NATURAL LAWS. They are PHYSICAL SIN!
I knew the philosopher-author-lecturer-publisher Elbert
who died when a German submarine sank the Lusitania
U.S. entry into World War I. He understood
health. Once when I visited him at East Aurora, N. Y.,
guests and I were herded out on the veranda of Roycroft
Inn, for a vigorous round of heaving the "medicine ball" at each
It was vigorous exercise. Hubbard kept fit -- watched his
got in plenty of exercise, natural sleep, deep breathing in
He said: "Of two things, being thrown in jail, or becoming
becoming sick is the GREATER DISGRACE!" One is thrown in
for violation of a MAN-MADE law -- it could be a nonsensical
he could have been falsely accused. But when one is sick,
law has been broken -- and there was no false arrest.
One may break man-made civil laws and not get caught. But
you break GOD'S LAWS, the penalty is automatic!
And what does modern civilization do about it? It -- NOT GOD
up "medical science" to try to deal with the effect --
the CAUSE -- attempting to remove the PENALTY which the
GOD imposed for physical violations. Treating the EFFECT,
ignoring the CAUSE, is to ENCOURAGE the violation which
the sickness; to encourage SIN! Only most people never
of it that way.
Now LOOK AT THE STAGGERING FACTS:
Children of 1910 had many diseases never heard of three
before. They grew into young manhood by 1917. They
or were drafted into the army in World War I. But in
nearly one third of our young men between the ages of 18
were so UNFIT physically they could not be accepted for
Have conditions improved?
By 1964, the number unfit for military duty had climbed from
under 33% (in itself a disgrace!!!) to 53%. This was not
unfitness -- a NEW sinister threat to our national
and safety was now rising rapidly -- 16.2% of these
Nearly half of all Americans -- more than 67 million -- are
with at least one chronic disease or disability. Of
over age 45, SEVEN OUT OF TEN are afflicted with at least
Each day some TWO MILLION Americans see a doctor! Almost
MILLION are yearly spending time in hospitals; 1 1/2
are hospital patients on any one day!
There are at least TWELVE MILLION surgical operations
annually in the United States alone!
In Britain conditions are as bad -- or worse.
In the United States, Canada, Britain, Australia, OUR
VITALITY IS ON THE WANE!
But, one asks, hasn't medical science made tremendous
in conquering diseases? But while they are working on
diseases, several times as many NEW DISEASES appear in our
-- diseases unheard of some four generations ago! Diseases
Among diseases of modern civilization are diabetes, cancer,
diseases, Bright's disease, kidney diseases, acidosis,
rheumatism. There is a definite CAUSE for these.
Look at young children pouring out of public elementary
today. Notice how many are pale, anemic, round
more than half of them constipated, wearing glasses,
bad teeth, diseased tonsils.
How many today live in a home where there is NEVER a cold or
no tooth troubles, or poor eyesight, or any of these
Where NO ONE is ever sick? Do you know of any such
You're a most rare person if you do! All humanity SHOULD
in such a home -- COULD!! -- and many if not most WILL in
One of the greatest industries today is the cosmetics
-- selling millions of dollars (or equivalent in other
standards) in materials to PAINT ON color that has been
from natural foods!
The very FIRST trouble with our deteriorating physical
is that we take sickness for granted! We seem to assume
is natural and necessary. We are in IGNORANCE of the
Modern Society treats the RESULT, but IGNORES the CAUSE!
WHAT, then, are the specific CAUSES?
One physician said to me: "We doctors are kept so busy
sicknesses and diseases that we simply have no time to
and research into the CAUSES.
But SOME of the most noted physicians and surgeons have
thought and study into the CAUSES. And leading doctors have
that 90% to 92% of all sickness and disease results from
DIET! Some of them have said that the average American or
dining table is a dietetic HORROR! Few people, it seems,
that FOOD has any connection with health or sickness. The
FACTS are appalling!
Let me give you some important facts!
First, just what ARE we? Of what are we composed?
God Himself ought to know -- and He says: "Dust thou art,
dust shalt thou return." And again, "The Eternal God
man of the dust of the ground" (Gen. 3:19; 2:7). Dust --
-- Material substance. In the ground are approximately 103
But the human body is composed of 16 of them. And these
16 that grow in food.
Elements are present in the two general forms -- the organic
state. Organic elements are LIVING matter. For
gold is an inorganic element. Gold does not grow through
of a plant into the organic form. If it did, we would
have a lot of "gold farmers," trying to get rich by
gold. But iron, much harder than gold, DOES grow in plant
into organic or LIVING matter. Beet tops are fairly rich in
In somewhat lesser content there is some iron in
and cherries. Grapes have very little, yet an
advertising man years ago took advantage of that
trace by packaging raisins in small packets at candy
with the slogan "Have you had your IRON today?"
raisins to be rich in iron, millions bought the
One of the hardest elements known is manganese. This metal
in bank safes. Yet small traces of this element are drunk
rootlets of some plants and converted into LIVING
in food. Our bodies NEED manganese. But it is a good thing
that they need only small traces of it, or we should not
to obtain enough of it in organic form.
So it is literally true that "we are just what we eat." Our
started from a small ovum, no larger than the period at
of this sentence -- and even that was developed through
that grew in the ground. And that ovum had to be fertilized
sperm cell only one-fiftieth as large. But what caused that
embryo to GROW until you were born? It was developed from
that grew out of soil -- out of dust. But you are now much
and heavier than when you were born. Where did all the
OF YOU come from? From FOOD, which came from the ground --
So it is literally true that you ARE what you eat -- and
thou art". Since you ARE merely FOOD converted into a human
and mind, is it not plain that whatever FOOD you put into
mouth has a very great deal to do with WHAT you are -- and
YOUR HEALTH, or lack of it.
Now let me give you more facts.
Of the TWO STATES in which these 16 elements exist, ONLY
elements are food. Inorganic elements taken into the
are actually a poison -- some of them, like potassium
deadly poison! For example anemic people need more iron.
have become anemic through iron deficiency. But if you are
natural good health you must get that iron in ORGANIC
-- not in pills made of inorganic iron. ONLY organic
grown through food are naturally absorbed into the
to replenish broken-down cells and supply tissue,
flesh and blood.
Now of the 16 ORGANIC elements that grow in food, THESE are
in two forms -- acid and alkaline. Twelve of these 16
are the alkaline mineral elements. Included in these are
calcium, magnesium, potassium, silicon, sulphur, manganese.
supply the nourishment -- replace deteriorating cells,
bone, flesh, tissue, skin, hair.
Four of the 16 elements are called carbohydrates -- the acid
elements. These are carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen.
of these is carbon. These are found in starch, sugar,
You've read advertisements, advising, "Give your child
(the brand advertised) to supply quick energy." One thing is
with that: IT IS TOO TRUE!
The carbohydrates DO supply our energy. They are -- up to a
point (and THAT'S the VITAL point) absorbed into the
On the way back to the heart the blood passes
the lungs. Your lungs are like the carburetor in your
The "carbon" in your car that supplies ITS energy is
(petrol to our British and continental readers). As
through the carburetor, it is FIRED on mixing with the
in the air. This is a little explosion, which forces the
and thus results in propelling the car.
In like manner, as your blood passes through your lungs, it
on mixing with the oxygen in the air you have inhaled.
breath filters out the impurities the blood is carrying off,
impurities (broken-down cells) are expelled through
your breath. That's why you sometimes have "bad breath."
you can see what happens when your lungs are filled with
tobacco smoke. They simply do not perform their full
And THIS damage is IN ADDITION TO what doctors are now
us about LUNG CANCER! YOU get a DOUBLE DOSE of bad
At the same time, this "firing" of the carbon in the blood
not only ENERGY, it also supplies your bodily heat --
your body at normal temperature of 98.6 degrees.
Now here is a MOST IMPORTANT FACT! Nearly all of us, today,
of what our food factories have done to our foods, are
several times more of the carbohydrate elements than we
for normal good health. So WHAT HAPPENS? If this carbon in
supplies not only energy but also our bodily heat, WHY
it not raise our bodily temperature up to two or three times
The answer to that is IMPORTANT!
That is something DOCTORS OUGHT to be telling us. Why don't
I guess you'll have to ask THEM -- I can't answer for them.
they are just so busy TREATING the PENALTY you have
by BREAKING NATURE'S LAWS, eating an over-abundance of
But I will tell you what happens. And YOU had better HEED!
If eating twice as much of the carbohydrates as you should
DOUBLED your bodily temperature, you'd die of high fever
the doctor could get to you. But YOUR CREATOR provided a
so it does not react quite that way. Just as some
companies put a "governor" on the accelerators of their
so that the driver can only push it down far enough to
the controlled speed the company has predetermined --
45 -- perhaps 55 or 60 miles per hour -- so your Maker
the bloodstream of your body to absorb no more
than 1/2 of 1% approximately of either the weight
of blood -- and at the moment I do not remember which.
What, THEN, happens to the excess of the carbohydrates you
down your stomachs? They DO supply a certain
artificial energy -- but they are primarily eliminated
unnatural way, contrary to nature's laws, through the
And this process in time builds up and causes a whole
of these modern diseases of a law-breaking civilization!
of it IS carried as a toxin or poison by the blood into
and joints. And after so long a time, you "catch a cold"
fever" -- so you think, not realizing that you actually ATE
cold or fever before you "caught it." It may go into
A cold or fever is merely a sudden violent elimination
and poisons you have injected into your body by WRONG
which has BROKEN GOD'S PHYSICAL LAWS!
Or, this accumulation of toxins may result in rheumatism,
or other disease.
Actually, your body requires two or three times as much of
mineral elements as of the carbohydrates --
average American or Briton is eating at least two or
times as much of the carbohydrates.
And WHAT ARE the carbohydrates? They are the starches,
fats and oils.
Today nearly everything we eat passes through man's hands --
factories -- before it comes to the consumer. In the
of bigger profits the gigantic food industry is giving
diet of FOODLESS foods.
Take wheat. Wheat is almost a perfect food. It contains all
elements, and in perfectly balanced proportion. But they
that perfect grain of wheat apart, rob it of the 12 mineral
and turn it into white flour -- containing the four
Well, if they were to give you real WHOLE wheat flour, it
spoil after so long a time. And in the BIG BUSINESS
system, the flour may not reach the consumer until
it spoils. THAT would mean a loss to the food industry.
One dietician gave this advice: "My BASIC RULE in diet is:
those natural foods that will spoil -- and eat them
What SHOULD we do? Well, I'll tell you what we do at
College. We raise our own wheat in Kansas, our own
and many other items of food in Texas. We have large trucks
-- lorries) -- the largest allowed on the highways -- one a
truck. We bring our own hard wheat, naturally and
grown, in our own trucks to the Pasadena and Texas
There we have our own stone grinders. When our bake
are ready to bake another batch of bread, or pastries, the
is ground into flour -- real whole wheat flour -- and
baked. We use honey or natural brown sugar instead of
sugar (which has been robbed of its alkaline elements).
There are many things more that we do -- but that serves as
We feed about a thousand students three times a
and we try to feed them on REAL FOOD, not foodless "foods."
There is another area in which our English-speaking peoples
their own health. They take a good steak, or a mixed green
of uncooked leafy-green vegetables, or other fruits or
and then RUIN them with sauces, gravies, or dressings
will wreck any stomach -- at least in time! We think we must
into conglomerations of meat with starch, sugars,
artificial flavors, preservatives, sea-"foods," and
mixtures -- IN CONFUSION! The best chefs are those
concoct the most injurious sauces and conglomerations.
the people of this degenerate world suppose it is just
to be sick!
A little baby will put about
everything in reach into his
It seems most of our adults are still doing it. If we like
-- or develop a perverted taste -- we think it must be
food! But everything that grows is NOT good food. Nor is
animal good for food.
Another reason our bodies are being robbed of the alkaline
is the way our women cook. The other day I thought of
an article under the headline: "HOW To HURRY Your DEATH!"
still write it for a later issue of The PLAIN TRUTH.
Ask a woman WHY she does not feed her children steel-cut
and natural brown rice.
"Oh, that takes too much time!" she will probably answer. So
the quick-cooking minute-oats or minute rice -- the kind
has been robbed of all the real food value and reduced to a
SHE JUST CAN'T AFFORD TO TAKE TIME to give her children
health. She must HURRY -- and build up in their bodies
and diseases that WILL KILL them BEFORE THEIR TIME.
A MURDER is merely ending
a life before its time. Many of
doing that on the installment plan -- doing it not only
but also to your children.
Suggest to a woman that she cook her vegetables on slow heat
a temperature of 180 degrees in a heavy aluminum utensil.
probably protest that she can't take the time -- and
hasn't she heard that one gets poisoned from food cooked
She may have HEARD that, BUT IT IS EMPHATICALLY NOT
That rumor has been circulated in a trade war as a means of
competition. The American Medical Association made
tests, years ago, that utterly disproved that rumor.
the British Medical Association. However, the heavy
utensils are now lined inside with a very thin layer of
But IT DOES NOT TAKE MORE TIME -- because aluminum is a
of heat. The SIDES of the pan -- and the lid -- absorb
and the food is not cooked from the bottom ONLY, but
the sides and the top as well. Result: even though the
is lower, the food cooks as fast or faster.
United States Department of Agriculture chemical tests made
University of Wisconsin have shown that when you cook at
the boiling point, you cook out from 23% to 78% of the
mineral elements -- the REAL FOOD -- and that steam that
was also the FLAVOR!
But -- many women, I have found, simply are unwilling to
that TRUTH. They think proper cooking would take more
-- and THEY HAVEN'T TIME to keep their children healthy. If
killing their own children BEFORE their time -- murder
installment plan -- they simply CAN'T TAKE TIME to prevent
Many children are raised on a diet of white bread, jellies
potatoes with greasy and starchy gravy, a little meat,
cake and cookies and pastries, candy. Some will ask:
what else CAN we eat?"
Eat more vegetables -- green leafy raw salad vegetables
by injurious dressings; non-starch vegetables cooked at
-- about 180 degrees, and served with only
and a little salt; fresh fruits; clean lean meats (NO
whole grains; fresh raw (unpasteurized) milk, butter,
eggs and clean fowl.
What about potatoes? And I mean Irish potatoes. Are they not
Only when and because you women pare off the alkaline
containing the needed minerals. Slice a potato in half and
the ring a little way inside the skin. The portion between
ring and the skin is the alkaline part. The inside is the
part. If you cook the whole -- unpeeled -- potato in a
aluminum pan at about 180 degrees temperature, you'll find
the skin is VERY thin and will peel right off, leaving you
potato. In this form, it is called by some the king of
If you have bony knobby knees and elbows, and would like to
pleasingly rounded (or plump without being fat or
try cutting out the INSIDE of the potato, and eating
of the alkaline part. The alkaline portion outside the
ring, a little way inside the skin of the potato, is
in potassium. In perhaps six months you'll be surprised at
this natural, organic potassium will do.
In this editorial I have had space only to scrape the
of this subject. Perhaps sometime I may find time to
more fully and in more detail.
But before ending, I want to give you a little of what our
says about health and sickness. It is God's will that we
HEALTH (III John 2). God intended us to obey His laws --
laws that operate in our bodies for good health as
as His Spiritual Law. Yet He knew our weaknesses and
nature. When we repent of breaking His Spiritual Law
against Him, our loving and merciful Father has
a way for removing the penalty -- through Jesus'
paying the penalty in our stead.
In like manner, when nature's laws have been broken, this is
instruction to those who have become His begotten children:
"Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the
and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the
of the Lord: and THE PRAYER OF FAITH shall save the sick,
Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins,
shall be forgiven him" (James 5:14-15).
Notice important specific points in that instruction. First,
addressed to, and pertains to those who have become God's
children -- those who ARE Christ's -- and in Romans
is made plain that ONLY those who have, and are being LED
daily living (verse 14) His Holy Spirit, are Christ's.
it says the prayer of FAITH shall save the sick. But James
says (chapter 1:6-7) that if one's faith wavers, he will not
the answer. Yet also, in the "faith chapter" of the
Hebrews 11, we read this: "he that cometh to God must
that He IS, and that He is a REWARDER of them that
seek Him" (verse 6).
And again, what we ask of Him we receive BECAUSE we keep His
and do those things that please Him (I John 3:22).
So, although God DOES HEAL, there are conditions -- we do
our part to perform.
Notice further: When the sick came to Jesus, He healed them
that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the
saying, 'Himself took our infirmities, and bare our
(Mat. 8:17) and that "by whose STRIPES ye were
(I Peter 2:24). Before Jesus was crucified, He was beaten
stripes -- paying the penalty of our PHYSICAL transgressions
This kind of healing -- and nothing else IS actual HEALING
a divine miracle, FORGIVING physical SIN -- and removing
It is a MOST SERIOUS THING, not to be taken lightly
to be made a mockery of by fanatical and wild public
in "healing meetings." Jesus healed -- the
healed -- He gave AUTHORITY to His ministers to heal --
did it quietly, without demonstration, as a ministry of
-- not as a highly publicized circus sideshow to attract
This sort of sensational "divine healing" is NOT the way of
Such practices today have only brought ridicule and
and in no sense do I advocate or approve it! The courts
agencies, as a result of these UNSCRIPTURAL
healing practices, are completely hostile to "divine
But what Jesus did, and commissioned HIS true ministers
IS SOMETHING ALTOGETHER DIFFERENT.
Real healing by God's power is a matter of FORGIVING SIN --
the physical body. Read Luke 5:18-26. None but GOD
sin (verse 21). Doctors, therefore, CANNOT HEAL. They
WITH nature's laws -- but that is not HEALING.
Do we, then, advise people AGAINST going to medical doctors?
MEANS. Doctors have their place in this world. But the
that God performs is NOT OF THIS WORLD.
I have answered the call of thousands, who have come to me
for healing. Many HAVE been healed -- miraculously --
cancer and an advanced case, in a hospital, of leukemia.
other hand, many HAVE NOT been healed. Yet I have prayed
the same faith for the one as the other.
WHY are many not healed? Jesus said it is ACCORDING TO YOUR
Perhaps they did not fully believe. Perhaps they were not
Perhaps they should read James 4:3, where it says: "Ye
and receive not, BECAUSE ......" And you may read the answer
So let me make this plain.
I DO NOT SAY, don't go to the doctor of medicine. I DO NOT
whether YOU will be healed by God -- because I cannot know
you have the faith, are conforming to God's conditions,
really repented and turned from violating God's laws. I do
people without ANY help -- for, if they do not have the
have not repented, are not keeping God's commandments,
probably won't be healed, and I cannot advise them against
help they might have -- that which this world's society
up. Healing by God is NOT a thing to experiment with!
But, why not solve this whole question by avoiding the CAUSE
and disease -- and KEEPING HEALTHY in the first
Then there is NO PROBLEM, is there?