The Key to Radiant Health

The Good News of Tomorrow’s World

Personal from the Editor (Herbert W. Armstrong)

April, 1971

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

wonderful health.


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

combat it?”

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


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

fresh air.

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.


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

military duty.

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


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


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


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

the carbohydrates.

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


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

installment-plan murder!

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?