Spiritual Gifts.

              Volume 4A    PG 138

      I was shown that the innocent, modest-looking, white poppy yields a dangerous drug. Opium is a slow poison, when taken in small quantities. In large doses it produces lethargy and death. Its

effects upon the nervous system are ruinous. When patients use this drug until it becomes habit, it is almost impossible to discontinue it, because they feel so prostrated and nervous without it. They are in a worse condition when deprived of it than the rum drinker without his rum, or the tobacco-user deprived of his tobacco.  The opium slave is in a pitiful condition. Unless his nervous system is continually intoxicated with the poisonous drug, he is miserable. It benumbs the sensibilities, the brain, and unfits the mind for the service of God. True Christians cannot persist in the use of this slow poison, when they know its influence upon them.


       Counsels on Health   PG  89

       Drugs Do Not Cure Disease 

       People need to be taught that drugs do not cure disease.  It is true that they sometimes afford present relief, and the patient appears to recover as the result

of their use; this is because nature has sufficient vital force to expel the poison and to correct the conditions that caused the disease.  Health is recovered in spite of the drug. But in most cases the drug

only changes the form and location of the disease. Often the effect of the poison seems to be overcome for a time, but the results remain in the system, and work great harm at some later period.