|By Robert Cohen Executive Director|
The Unfinished Symphony
Although Beethoven had gone deaf, he wrote and conducted the Ninth Symphony as his own personal ode to joy. Imagine what Beethoven's Tenth might have sounded like? It remains beyond our comprehension as to how Albert Einstein would have expanded upon his theory of unified fields. The most creative of imaginations would hardly do justice to the enchanted fields of flowers under starry nights that Vincent Van Gogh might have translated upon canvas had he not died at 37 years of age. Try to imagine the adult toys that Nikola Tesla or Thomas Edison might have constructed for humankind's amusement. What unique paths to peace might America have taken had FDR or JFK or MLK lived another five years? I have recently discovered the writings of Ellen G. White. For more than 50 years, this woman of prophecy related to her followers thousands of personal revelations from God, some lasting for a few moments and others lasting for hours. The 50,000 pages of text that she produced serve as nutritional guidance for members of the Seventh-day Adventist church. In 1868, White sensed that one day milk and dairy products would no longer be safe to consume. This was White's perception of things to come, based upon her great wisdom. She wrote: "I wish to say that when the time comes that it is no longer safe to use milk, cream, butter, and eggs, God will reveal this." (1868) Thirty-four years later, White had not yet received her absolute "dairy" vision, but she allowed for future prophecy by writing: "Let the people be taught how to prepare food without the use of milk or butter. Tell them that the time will soon come when there will be no safety in using eggs, milk, cream, or butter." (1902) Had Ellen G. White been alive today, she might have written opus after opus, symphony after symphony, merging modern day science and religion, making more powerful our twenty-first century NotMilk movement. Other Ellen G. White quotes: "I frequently sit down to the tables of the brethren and sisters, and see that they use a great amount of milk and sugar. These clog the system, irritate the digestive organs, and affect the brain." (1870) "Animals from which milk is obtained are not always healthy. They may be diseased. I would recommend that people eat flesh meats sooner than large quantities of milk and sugar. It would not do the injury that milk and sugar do." (1870) "Sugar and milk combined are liable to cause fermentation in the stomach, and are thus harmful." (1890) "Especially harmful are the custards and puddings in which milk, eggs, and sugar are the chief ingredients. The use of milk and sugar taken together should be avoided." (1893) "The light given me is that it will not be very long before we shall have to give up any animal food. Even milk will have to be discarded. Disease is accumulating rapidly." (1899) "The health food business is in need of means and of the active cooperation of our people, that it may accomplish the work it ought to do. Its purpose is to supply the people with food which will take the place of flesh meat, and also milk and butter." (January 1, 1900) "If for dessert sweet cake is eaten with milk or cream, fermentation will be created in the stomach, and then the weak points of the human organism will tell the story. The brain will be affected by the disturbance in the stomach." (1900) Ellen G. White's unfinished overture is soon to be completed, for I have been touched by her same vision. For me, White's treatment of nutrition represents the thunderous opening chords of Tchaikovsky's First Concerto. With a flourish, I expect to finish her unfinished work with my own crashing finale from Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto. The resulting symphony will become our rhapsody upon a theme of NotMilk.
Robert Cohen, author of: MILK A-Z
Executive Director (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dairy Education Board
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