"Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is. And every man that hath this hope in Him, purifieth himself even as He is pure. " 1 John 2:2, 3.
NOTE.-If one purifies himself as Christ is pure, he must be free from all such habits as tend to defile the body.
Dr. Roberts, an eminent English physiologist, published in the British Medical Journal the results of a series of experiments with tea, coffee, cocoa, chocolate, wine, and other stimulants. He states that "tea, even in minute quantities, paralyzes completely the action of the salivary secretion upon the food. Tea also retards stomachal digestion when the infusion amounts to one fifth of the entire contents of the stomach. Coffee and cocoa have very little effect upon salivary digestion, but interfere with the digestion of food in the stomach to as great an extent as does tea."
"Tea contains two harmful substances, theine and tannin-from three to six percent of theine and more than one fourth of its weight of tannin. Coffee contains both theine and tannin, though in less proportion than tea . . It will surprise many devotees of the cup to be told that these common beverages contain a violent poison, but such is the fact. Theine has been separated from both tea and coffee, and experiments have been made with it which show most conclusively that it is a deadly poison, capable of producing immediate death in both human beings and lower animals. Theine belongs to the same class of poisons as strychnia.. Tea contains about three percent of theine, or more than fourteen grains to the ounce. Every pound of tea contains enough of this poison to kill fifteen hundred frogs or more than forty cats . . Yet half an ounce of tea, containing six or seven grains of the poison, is often used in making a strong cup of tea. Many persons drink half a dozen or more such cups of tea daily, thus imbibing a sufficient amount of poisonous theine to kill two or three men not accustomed to its use, if taken at one dose. If tea contains such a poison, why does it not produce fatal results more frequently than it does, one may ask? We answer, simply because a tolerance of the drug is established by use, just as in the case of tobacco."-J.H. Kellogg, M.D., in Health Science Leaflets, No. 11.
The eminent Dr. Bock, of Leipzig, asserts that "the nervousness and peevishness of our times are chiefly attributable to tea and coffee; the digestive organs of confirmed coffee drinkers are in a state of chronic derangement, which reacts upon the brain, producing fretful and lachrymose moods. Ladies addicted to the use of strong coffee have a characteristic temper, which I might describe as a mania for acting the persecuted saint.
If the plea is made that these are simply the effects of the excessive use of tea and coffee, and no harmful effects can be attributed to their moderate use, we have only to say that the effects referred to are simply those of a poison, and it remains yet to be shown that the habitual use of any poison can be in any way beneficial to the human system. It is certainly reasonable to suppose that the only essential difference between the liberal and the moderate use of tea and coffee, is that, in one case, great harm is done, and in the other, less. Total abstinence from all stimulants and narcotics is the only rule which should be accepted by a thorough-believing temperance man or woman.
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