KidsView  | The Adventist Review for kids and those who always will be kids at heart | June 2016


By Chantal Klingbeil

When the Seventh-day Adventist Church was officially organized in 1863, health care was not very healthy.

Consider this: If you went to your local doctor with a bad cough, he might prescribe cigars to smoke to clean up your lungs. People didn’t bathe very often. They might go weeks, or even months, without taking a bath or shower because they didn’t think it mattered. People also knew nothing about a healthy diet and would eat lots of fat in their food. Fresh fruit was thought to be unhealthy. And there were some strange ideas about air, too. People believed that night air was poisonous, so they tried to close everything up tight at night to keep the night air out. 

 You wouldn’t want to go to the doctor with a high fever back then, either. A person who had a fever was thought to have too much blood, so they would bleed them using a small knife to cut your skin. But if you didn’t like the knife, the doctor could always get out his bottle of leeches!

On June 5, 1863, Ellen White was given a vison that showed how we could be healthier by not using drugs, alcohol, tobacco, tea, coffee, or meat. She was also shown that it was important to have fresh air, eat a healthy diet, drink lots of water, exercise frequently, enjoy sunshine, practice self-control, get enough rest, and trust in God. 

Isn’t it great to know that God wants us to feel good and enjoy our lives with the best of health? 



Smoking is good for you? That’s what they thought in the 1850s. The cigar, left ,was something used as medicine to treat a cough!


Too much blood? The device below was a knife used to cut people to make them bleed in order to feel better. If they didn’t have one of those, they used the leeches you see on this page, small slug-like creatures that suck blood.