WHAT KIND OF MEDICAL ADVICE HAVE JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES GIVEN?

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The Watchtower 1/15/1912 (reprints p.4963)

We give below a simple cure for appendicitis symptoms. The pain in the appendix region is caused by the biting of worms near the junction of the transverse colon with the small intestines, low down on the right side of the abdomen. This remedy is recommended also for typhoid fever, which is also a worm disease.

The Watchtower 7/1/1913 p. 200 A Cure for Surface Cancer

We have recently learned of a very effective and simple remedy for cancers which show themselves on the surface of the body. The recipe has come to us free and we are willing to communicate the formula, but only to those who are troubled with surface cancers and who will write to us directly, stating particulars.

The Golden Age 11/26/1919 p.153

Even years ago it was known by some people that the use of pacifiers (dummies) by babies is one of the chief causes of diseased and enlarged tonsils and adenoid growths, which results from the suction.

The Golden Age 1/16/1924 p. 250

It has never been proven that a single disease is due to germs.

The Golden Age 11/19/1924 p. 100 A Glimpse at the World News

The bobbed hair craze is sure to lead to baldness, sooner or later. The reason for this is that human hair is like a tube sealed at the free end. When the hair is cut, the oils which are the life of the hair become dissipated. The reason why men grow bald so quickly is that they have their hair cut so frequently and, in addition, wear tightly fitting hats.

The Golden Age 4/22/1925 p. 454

I HAVE named this new discovery, which I believe will be epochal in the history of the treatment of disease, and which I am exclusively announcing in THE GOLDEN AGE prior to its general publication elsewhere, The Electronic Radio Biola, which means life renewed by radio waves or electrons. The Biola automatically diagnoses and treats diseases by the use of the electronic vibrations. The diagnosis is 100 percent correct, rendering better service in this respect than the most experienced diagnostician.

The Golden Age 2/10/1926 p.310

Air baths are good for preventing colds… What you do is strip naked mornings and evenings and then bob up and down for a while.

The Golden Age 4/7/1926 p.438

Tonsillectomy is called a minor operation. If so, getting well is a double major. If any overzealous doctor condemns your tonsils go and commit suicide with a case-knife. It’s cheaper and less painful.

The Golden Age 7/1/1927 p. 643 The Unconscious Third of Life 

If possible, every bedroom should be so situated that it gets at least two hours of sunlight daily. That will kill tuberculosis and other germs.

The Golden Age 11/28/1928 p. 133

All human ailments have their start in the intestines.

The Golden Age 11/12/1929 p. 107

If the organs [of your body] are diseased, heal them by correcting your diet. Avoid the use of aluminum cooking utensils and alum baking powders as they are injurious to your health, poisoning your blood stream… Sleep on the right side or flat on your back, with the head toward the north so as to get benefit of the earth’s magnetic currents. Avoid serum inoculations as they pollute the blood stream with their filthy pus…. Stop chewing gum, as you need the saliva for your food.

The Golden Age 9/13/1933 p.777

The earlier in the forenoon you take the sun bath, the greater will be the beneficial effect, because you get more of the ultra-violet rays, which are healing.

The Golden Age 1931/1934 December 19 p.187

Appendicitis: Take one ounce each of elder blossom, peppermint and yarrow and simmer in three pints of water. Take a wineglassful every 15 minutes. Do not be afraid of the perspiration caused, or if you vomit.

The Golden Age 7/5/1935 p. 632

I personally know of more than one being relieved of liver trouble, and even cured of gall stones, by the use of olive oil…. A friend who for years has suffered pain in the region of the appendix was entirely relieved by the oil treatments.

The Golden Age 9/23/1936 p.828

Do not use X-Rays… they are destructive and sure to harm the grandchildren of those exposed to them.

The Watchtower 2/1/1952 pp.95-6 Questions from Readers

For the sake of the record, let us say that we are not medical advisers. We are not professionally trained doctors, and do not advise on health matters except as they may involve Scriptural issues, such as in the case of blood transfusions.

Editor’s Note: And even that advice changes.

The Watchtower 8/1/1975 p. 480 Questions From Readers

We should keep in mind that the human body is a harmonious whole, with all the members thereof being dependent on one another. Therefore, emotions, feelings, desires and the like cannot entirely be limited to any one specific organ such as the brain, heart or kidneys.

The Watchtower 10/15/1988 p. 29 Mental Distress—When It Afflicts a Christian

The Society does not recommend or pass judgment upon the various medications and treatments employed by physicians. Research in the Society’s publications may, nevertheless, prove helpful.

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