The Good News of Tomorrow’s World
Personal from the Editor (Herbert W. Armstrong)
WE PRIDE OURSELVES on being the most advanced, enlightened,
scientifically developed generation that ever lived.
We suppose that we are now on the doorstep of eradicating
sickness and disease, due to the miraculous advances of medical
science. We suppose the great advances in sanitary measures, in
the new “wonder drugs,” in preventive serums, vaccines and
inoculations 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
other diseases, modern civilization is CREATING NEW DISEASES
NEVER HEARD OF A FEW GENERATIONS AGO. Sickness and disease are on
an accelerating INCREASE!
It may seem incredible! We frantically brush our teeth and
use toothpastes supposed to produce “fewer cavities,” yet there
is more tooth trouble than was known in any past century. The
more furiously we brush with “fewer-cavities” brands of
toothpaste, the more tooth troubles we suffer!
How can this BE? Is toothpaste to blame?
I suppose many would ask: “But isn’t it NATURAL to be sick?
Are we not made in such a way that we simply have to become sick
and contract 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
When man invents and produces a fine mechanism — a fine
watch, automobile, jet plane, washing machine — he expects the
fine watch to keep good time for years; the first Rolls Royce
automobile ever made is still running; the huge 747 jets make the
“polar flight” every day from London to the West Coast of the
United States without motor failure. Of course I am not talking
about a cheaply made watch, automobile or washing machine. But
the most marvelous and perfectly made mechanism ever produced is
the human body and mind.
The Almighty God made the human body so that — even though
composed of material substance from the ground — its NORMAL
CONDITION is one of robust, invigorating, radiant GOOD HEALTH!
Sickness and disease are ABNORMAL — they are the PENALTY of
VIOLATION OF NATURAL LAWS. They are PHYSICAL SIN!
I knew the philosopher-author-lecturer-publisher Elbert
Hubbard, who died when a German submarine sank the “Lusitania”
before U.S. entry into World War I. He understood something of
physical health. Once when I visited him at East Aurora, N.Y.,
other guests and I were herded out on the verandah of Roycroft
Inn, for a vigorous round of heaving the “medicine ball” at each
other. It was vigorous exercise. Hubbard kept fit — watched his
diet, got in plenty of exercise, natural sleep, deep breathing in
He said: “Of two things, being thrown in jail, or becoming
sick, becoming sick is the GREATER DISGRACE!” One is thrown in
jail for violation of a MAN-MADE law — it could be a nonsensical
law — he could have been falsely accused. But when one is sick,
a NATURAL law has been broken — and there was no false arrest.
One may break man-made civil laws and not get caught. But
when you break NATURAL LAWS, the penalty is automatic!
And what does modern civilization do about it? It — NOT GOD
— raised up “medical science” to try to deal with the effect —
ignoring the CAUSE — attempting to remove the PENALTY which the
is imposed for physical violations. Treating the EFFECT,
while ignoring the CAUSE, is to ENCOURAGE the violation which
CAUSES the sickness; to encourage SIN! Only most people never
thought of it that way.
Now LOOK AT THE STAGGERING FACTS:
Children of 1910 had many diseases never heard of three
generations before. They grew into young manhood by 1917. They
enlisted or were drafted into the army in World War I. But in
1917, nearly one third of our young men between the ages of 18
and 31 were so UNFIT physically they could not be accepted for
Have conditions improved?
By 1964, the number unfit for military duty had climbed from
slightly under 33% (in itself a disgrace!!!) to 53%. This was not
all physical unfitness — a NEW sinister threat to our national
progress and safety was now rising rapidly — 16.2% of these
FAILED MENTAL TESTS!
Nearly one half of all Americans — more than 96 million —
are suffering with at least one chronic disease or disability. Of
those over age 45, SEVEN OUT OF TEN are afflicted with at least
one chronic condition.
Each day some TWO MILLION Americans see a doctor! Over
THIRTY-TWO MILLION are yearly spending time in hospitals; about 1
1/2 million are hospital patients on any one day!
There are over TWELVE MILLION surgical operations performed
annually in the United States alone!
In Britain conditions are as bad — or worse.
In the United States, Canada, Britain, Australia, OUR
NATIONAL VITALITY IS ON THE WANE!
But, one asks, hasn’t medical science made tremendous
strides in conquering diseases? But while they are working on
some diseases, several times as many NEW DISEASES appear in our
midst — diseases unheard of some four generations ago! Diseases
of MODERN CIVILIZATION!
Among diseases of modern civilization are diabetes, cancer,
heart diseases, Bright’s disease, kidney diseases, acidosis,
asthma, rheumatism. There is a definite CAUSE for these.
Look at young children pouring out of public elementary
schools today. Notice how many are pale, anemic,
round-shouldered, more than half of them constipated, wearing
glasses, having bad teeth, diseased tonsils.
How many today live in a home where there is NEVER a cold or
fever, no tooth troubles, or poor eyesight, or any of these
diseases? Where NO ONE is ever sick? Do you know of any such
home? You’re a most rare person if you do! All humanity SHOULD
live in such homes.
The very FIRST trouble with our deteriorating physical
status is that we take sickness for granted! We seem to assume
sickness is natural and necessary. WE are in IGNORANCE of the
CAUSES. 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
treating sicknesses and diseases that we simply have no time to
study and research into the CAUSES.”
But SOME of the most noted physicians and surgeons have
given thought and study into the CAUSES. And leading doctors have
said that 90% to 92% of all sickness and disease results from
FAULTY DIET! Some of them have said that the average American or
British dining table is a dietetic HORROR! Few people, it seems,
realize that FOOD has any connection with health or sickness. The
actual 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,
and unto dust shalt thou return.” And again, “The Eternal God
formed man of the dust of the ground” (Gen. 3:19; 2:7). Dust —
ground — is MATTER — material substance. In the ground are
approximately 103 elements. But the human body is basically
composed of 16 of them. And these are the 16 that grow in food.
Elements compose matter in the two general classifications
— the organic and inorganic. Organic compounds are LIVING
matter. All elements are inorganic — non-living — and some of
the elements take little or no part in the formation of living
material. Gold and poisonous mercury are such comparatively
inactive elements. But iron, much harder than gold, DOES grow in
plant life into organic or LIVING matter. Beet tops are fairly
rich in iron. In somewhat lesser content there is some iron in
blackberries and cherries. Grapes have very little, yet an
enterprising advertising man years ago took advantage of that
small amount by packaging raisins in small packets at candy
counters, with the slogan, “Have you had your IRON today?”
Supposing raisins to be rich in iron, millions bought the
One of the hardest elements known is manganese. This metal
is used in bank safes. Yet small traces of this element are drunk
in through rootlets of some plants and converted into LIVING
matter in food. Our bodies NEED manganese. But it is a good thing
for us that they need only small traces of it, or we should not
be able to obtain enough of it in organic form.
So it is literally true that “we are just what we eat.” Each
of our bodies started from a small ovum, no larger than the
period at the end of this sentence — and even that was developed
through food that grew in the ground. And that ovum had to be
fertilized by a sperm cell only one fiftieth as large. But what
caused that tiny embryo to GROW until you were born? It was
developed from food that grew out of soil — out of dust. But you
are now much larger and heavier than when you were born. Where
did all the REST OF YOU come from? From FOOD, which came from the
ground — FROM DUST!
So it is literally true that you ARE what you eat — and
“dust thou art.” Since you ARE merely FOOD converted into a human
body and mind, is it not plain that whatever FOOD YOU put into
your mouth has a very great deal to do with WHAT YOU are — and
WITH YOUR HEALTH or lack of it?
Now let me give you more facts.
Of the TWO kinds of compounds the 16 elements compose, ONLY
organic ones are food. Many inorganic compounds are actually in
fact — like potassium cyanide, deadly poison! For example,
anemic people need more iron. They have become anemic through
iron deficiency. But if you are to build natural good health, you
must get that iron in ORGANIC FOOD — not in pills made of
inorganic iron. ONLY organic substances grown through food are
naturally absorbed into the bloodstream to replenish broken-down
cells and supply tissue, healthy flesh and blood.
Now of the 16 NATURAL elements that grow in food, twelve are
alkaline-reacting elements. Included in these are iron, calcium,
magnesium, potassium, silicon, sulphur, manganese. These supply
the nourishment — replace deteriorating cells, build bone,
flesh, tissue, skin, hair.
Four of the 16 elements produce carbohydrates — the
acid-reacting foodstuffs. These are carbon, hydrogen, oxygen,
nitrogen. Principal of these is carbon. These are found in
starch, sugar, and fats. You’ve read advertisements advising,
“Give your child more (the brand advertised) to supply quick
energy.” One thing is wrong with that: IT IS TOO TRUE!
The carbohydrates DO supply our energy. They are — up to a
certain point (and THAT’S the VITAL point) absorbed into the
bloodstream. On the way back to the heart the blood passes
through the lungs. Your lungs are like the carburetor in your
automobile. The “carbon” in your car that supplies ITS energy is
the gasoline (petrol to our British and Continental readers). As
it passes through the carburetor, it is FIRED on mixing with the
oxygen in the air. This is a little explosion, which forces down
the piston and results in propelling the car.
In like manner, as your blood passes through your lungs, it
“fires” upon mixing with the oxygen in the air you have inhaled.
Your breath filters out the waste products the blood is carrying
off, and they (broken-down cells) are expelled through exhaling
your breath. That’s why you sometimes have “bad breath.” I think
you can see what happens when your lungs are filled with
poisonous tobacco smoke. They simply do not perform their full
duty. And THIS damage is IN ADDITION TO what doctors are now
telling us about LUNG CANCER! YOU get a DOUBLE DOSE of bad
At the same time, this “firing” of the carbon in the blood
supplies not only ENERGY, it also supplies your bodily heat —
keeping your body at normal temperature of 98.6 degrees.
Now here is a MOST IMPORTANT FACT! Nearly all of us, today,
because of what our food factories have done to our foods, are
eating several times more of the carbohydrates in food than we
should for normal good health. So WHAT HAPPENS? If this carbon in
the blood supplies not only energy but also our bodily heat, WHY
does it not raise our bodily temperature up to two or three times
the normal 98.6 degrees?
The answer to that is IMPORTANT!
That is something DOCTORS OUGHT TO BE TELLING US. Why don’t
they? I guess you’ll have to ask THEM — I can’t answer for them.
Perhaps they are just so busy TREATING the PENALTY YOU have
incurred 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
actually DOUBLED your bodily temperature, you’d die of high fever
before the doctor could get to you. But YOUR CREATOR provided a
preventive, so it does not react quite that way. Just as some
taxicab companies put a “governor” on the accelerators of their
cars, so that the driver can only push it down far enough to
reach the controlled speed the company has predetermined —
perhaps 45 — perhaps 55 or 60 miles per hour — so your Maker
designed the bloodstream of your body to absorb no more
carbohydrates than 1/2 of 1% approximately of either the weight
or volume of blood — and at the moment I do not remember which.
What, THEN, happens to the excess of the carbohydrates you
are stuffing down your stomachs? They DO supply a certain
unnatural artificial energy — but they are primarily eliminated
in an unnatural way, contrary to nature’s laws, through the
kidneys. And this process in time builds up and causes a whole
string of these modern diseases of a law-breaking civilization!
But SOME of it IS carried as a toxin or poison by the blood into
muscles and joints. And after so long a time, you “catch a cold”
or “a fever” — so you think, not realizing that you actually ATE
that cold or fever before you “caught it.” It may go into
pneumonia! A cold or fever is merely a sudden violent elimination
of toxins and poisons you have injected into your body by WRONG
DIET which has BROKEN GOD’S PHYSICAL LAWS!
Or, this accumulation of toxins may result in rheumatism,
arthritis, or other disease.
Actually, your body requires two or three times as much of
the alkaline-reacting mineral elements as of the carbohydrates —
yet the average American or Briton is eating at least two or
three times as much of the carbohydrates.
And WHAT ARE the carbohydrates?
They are the starches, sugars, fats and oils.
Today nearly everything we eat passes through man’s hands —
or his factories — before it comes to the consumer. In the
interests of bigger profits the gigantic food industry is giving
us a diet of FOODLESS “foods.”
Take wheat. Wheat is almost a perfect food. It contains all
16 major food elements, in near perfectly balanced proportion.
But they take that perfect grain of wheat apart, rob it of the 12
mineral elements, and turn it into white flour — containing the
four carbohydrate elements.
Well, if they were to give you real WHOLE wheat flour, it
would spoil after so long a time. And in the BIG BUSINESS
distribution system, the flour may not reach the consumer until
after it spoils. THAT would mean a loss to the food industry.
One dietitian gave this advice: “My BASIC RULE in diet is:
Eat ONLY those natural foods that will spoil — and eat them
before they do.”
What SHOULD we do? Well, I’ll tell you what we do at
Ambassador College. We raise our own wheat in Kansas, our own
beef and many other items of food in Texas. We have large trucks
(vans — lorries) — the largest allowed on the highways — one a
refrigerator truck. We bring our own hard wheat, naturally and
organically grown, in our own trucks to the Pasadena and Texas
campuses. There we have our own stone grinders. When our bake
shops are ready to bake another batch of bread, or pastries, the
wheat is ground into flour — real whole wheat flour — and
immediately baked. We use honey or natural brown sugar instead of
“refined” sugar (which has been robbed of its alkaline elements).
There are many things more that we do — but that serves as
an illustration. We feed about 1200 students on all three
campuses three times a day, and we try to feed them on REAL FOOD, not foodless “foods.”
There is another area in which our English-speaking peoples
ruin their own health. They take a good steak, or a mixed green
salad of uncooked leafy green vegetables, or other fruits or
vegetables, and then RUIN them with sauces, gravies, or dressings
that will wreck any stomach — at least in time! People think
they must mix foods into conglomerations of meat with starch,
sugars, condiments, artificial flavors, preservatives,
sea-“foods,” and unhealthful mixtures — IN CONFUSION! The “best”
chefs are those who can concoct the most injurious sauces and
conglomerations. And then the people of this degenerate world
suppose it is just NATURAL to be sick!
A little baby will put about everything in reach into his
mouth. It seems most of our adults are still doing it. If we like
the taste — or develop a perverted taste — we think it must be
good food! But everything that grows is NOT good food. Nor is
every animal good for food.
Another reason our bodies are being robbed of the alkaline
minerals is the way our women cook. Ask a woman WHY she does not
feed her children steel-cut oats, and natural brown rice.
“Oh, that takes too much time!” she will probably answer. So
she uses the quick-cooking minute oats or minute rice — the kind
that has been robbed of all the real food value and reduced to a
starch. She JUST CAN’T AFFORD TO TAKE TIME to give her children
good health. She must HURRY — and build up in their bodies
anemia, and diseases that will KILL them before their time.
A murder is merely ending a life BEFORE ITS TIME. Many of
you are doing that on the installment plan — doing it not only
to yourselves, but also to your children.
Suggest to a woman that she cook her vegetables on slow heat
— at a temperature of 180 degrees in a heavy aluminum utensil.
She will probably protest that she can’t take the time. Many
women, I have found, simply are unwilling to believe the TRUTH.
They think proper cooking would take more time — and THEY
HAVEN’T TIME to keep their children healthy. If it means killing
their own children BEFORE their time — murder on the installment
plan — they simply CAN’T TAKE TIME to prevent this
Many children are raised on a diet of white bread, jellies
and jams, potatoes with greasy and starchy gravy, a little meat,
pie and cake and cookies and pastries, and candy. Some will ask:
“Well what else CAN we eat?”
Eat more vegetables — green leafy raw salad vegetables
unspoiled by injurious dressings; non-starch vegetables cooked at
low temperatures — about 180 degrees, and served with only
butter and a little salt; fresh fruits; clean lean meats (NO
FAT); whole grains; fresh raw (unpasteurized) milk, butter,
cheese; eggs and clean fowl.
What about potatoes? And I mean Irish potatoes. Are they not
starchy? Only when and because you women pare off the alkaline
part containing the needed minerals. Slice a potato in half and
notice the ring a little way inside the skin. The portion between
that ring and the skin is the alkaline part. The inside is the
starch part. If you cook the whole — unpeeled — potato in a
heavy aluminum pan at about 180 degrees temperature, you’ll find
that the skin is VERY thin and will peel right off, leaving you
the WHOLE potato. In this form, it is called by some the king of
If you have bony, knobby knees and elbows, and would like to
be more pleasingly rounded (or plump without being fat or
overweight), try cutting out the INSIDE of the potato, and eating
often of the alkaline part. The alkaline portion outside the
visible ring, a little way inside the skin of the potato, is
strong in potassium. In perhaps six months you’ll be surprised at
what this natural, organic potassium will do.
But, why not solve this whole question by avoiding the CAUSE
of sickness and disease — and KEEPING HEALTHY in the first
place? Then there is NO PROBLEM, is there?