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Masturbation


 

SECRET VICES (MASTURBATION)

Ellen White

¨ Exceedingly sinful.

¨ He makes himself gross and corrupt.

¨ Lustful propensities are inherited.

¨ Self abuse, if continued its sure result will be utter shipwreck of the body and mind.

¨ Will be transformed into a beast.

¨ As animal passions are strengthened, moral and intellectual faculties become weak.

¨ The spiritual has been overcome by the brutish.

¨ Destroys vital energy, all unnecessary vital action will be followed by a corresponding depression.

¨ If continued from age of fifteen and upward especially the ages of 35-45, by numerous pains in the system and various diseases such as affection of the liver and lungs, neuralgia, rheumatism, affection of the spine, disesased kidneys and cancerous humors. Often there is a sudden breaking down of the constitution, and death is the result.

¨ The minds of some children is so weakened that they have but half or one third of the brilliancy of intellect they might had, had they been virtuous and pure.

¨ Sensitive nerves of the brain lose their healthy tone, brain nerves which communicate with the entire system are the only medium through which Heaven can communicate to man.

¨ It brings on disease of almost every description

¨ Industry does not weary and exhaust one fifth part as much as the pernicious habit of self-abuse

¨ The only real cause of the numerous complaints of the young.

¨ This vice is laying waste the vital forces and debilitating the system; and until the habit which produced the result is broken off, there can be no permanent cure.

Physical Effects.

¨ The sensitive nerves of the brain have lost their healthy tone by morbid excitation to gratify an unnatural desire for sensual indulgence

¨ Let us view the results of this vice upon the physical strength. Have you not marked the lack of healthy beauty, of strength and power of endurance, in your dear children? Have you not felt saddened as you watched the progress of disease upon them, which has baffled your skill and that of physicians? You listen to numerous complaints of headache, catarrh, dizziness, nervousness, pain in the shoulders and side, loss of appetite, pain in the back and limbs, wakeful, feverish nights, tired feelings in the morning, and great exhaustion after exercising. As you have seen the beauty of health disappearing, and have marked the sallow countenance or the unnaturally flushed face, have you been aroused sufficiently to look beneath the surface, to inquire into the cause of this physical decay? Have you observed the astonishing mortality among the youth?

¨ In those who indulge in this corrupting vice before attaining their growth, the evil effects are more plainly marked, and recovery from its effects is more nearly hopeless. The frame is weak and stunted, the muscles are flabby; the eyes become small, and appear at times swollen; the memory is treacherous, and becomes sieve-like; and the inability to concentrate the thoughts upon study increases.

¨ The young indulge to quite an extent in this vice before the age of puberty, without experiencing at the time, to any very great degree, the evil results upon the constitution. But at this critical period, while merging into manhood and womanhood, nature makes them feel the previous violation of her laws

¨ Many sink into an early grave, while others have sufficient force of constitution to pass this ordeal. If the practise is continued from the age of fifteen and upwards, nature will protest against the abuse she has suffered and continues to suffer, and will make them pay the penalty of the transgression of her laws, especially from the ages of thirty to forty-five, by numerous pains in the system, and various diseases, such as affection of the liver and lungs, neuralgia, rheumatism, affection of the spine, diseased kidneys, and cancerous humors. . . . There is often a sudden breaking down of the constitution; and death is the result.

Mental Effects.

¨ Have you not noticed that there was a deficiency in the mental health of your children? that their course seemed to be marked with extremes? that they were absent-minded? that they started nervously when spoken to, and were easily irritated? Have you not noticed that, when occupied upon a piece of work, they would look dreamingly, as though the mind was elsewhere? And when they came to their senses, they were unwilling to own the work as coming from their hands, it was so full of mistakes, and showed such marks of inattention. Have you not been astonished at their wonderful forgetfulness? The most simple and oft-repeated directions would often be forgotten. They might be quick to learn, but it would be of no special benefit to them; the mind would not retain it. What they might learn through hard study, when they would use their knowledge, is missing, lost through their sieve-like memories. Have you not noticed their reluctance to engage in active labor, and their unwillingness to perseveringly accomplish that which they have undertaken, which taxes the mental as well as the physical strength?

¨ Have you not witnessed the gloomy sadness upon the countenance, and frequent exhibitions of a morose temper in those who once were cheerful, kind, and affectionate? They are easily excited to jealousy, disposed to look upon the dark side, and when you are laboring for their good, imagine that you are their enemy, that you needlessly reprove and restrain them.

Moral Effects.

¨ And have you inquired, Where will all this end? as you have looked upon your children from a moral point of view? Have you not noticed the increase of disobedience in your children, and their manifestations of ingratitude and impatience under restraint? Have you not been alarmed at their disregard of parental authority, which has bowed down the heart of their parents with grief, and prematurely sprinkled their heads with gray hair?

Have you not witnessed the lack of that noble frankness in your children which they once possessed, and which you admired in them? Some children even express in their countenances a hardened look of depravity. Have you not felt distressed and anxious as you have seen the strong desire in your children to be with the other sex, and their overpowering disposition to form attachments when quite young? . . . Mothers, the great cause of these physical, mental, and moral evils is secret vice, which inflames the passions, fevers the imagination, and leads to fornication and adultery. This vice is laying waste the constitution of very many, and preparing them for diseases of almost every description.

¨ Upon their very countenances is imprinted the sin of Sodom. A continuance of these sins will bring the sure and terrible results. They will suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy. They will receive the sentence, "He that is unjust, let him be unjust still; and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still.

Efforts of Nature to Resist Disease.

¨ Nature alone possesses restorative powers. She alone can build up her exhausted energies, and repair the injuries she has received by inattention to her fixed laws

¨ Nature alone is the effectual restorer.

¨ Nature, to relieve herself of poisonous impurities, makes an effort to free the system, which effort produces fevers, and what is termed disease.

¨ Nature bears abuse as long as she can without resisting, then she arouses, and makes a mighty effort to rid herself of the encumbrances and evil treatment she has suffered. Then come headache, chills, fevers, nervousness, paralysis, and other evils too numerous to mention.

¨ Nature is loath to give up her hold on life. She is unwilling to cease her struggle

¨ Give nature a chance, and she will rally and again perform her part nobly and well.

¨ Nature was doing her best to rid the system of an accumulation of impurities, and could she have been left to herself, aided by the common blessings of Heaven, such as pure air and pure water, a speedy and safe cure would have been effected.

¨ All the credit should be ascribed to nature's restorative power.

Assistance We May Render Nature.

¨ Only seek to assist nature in her efforts, by removing every obstruction, and then leave her to recover the exhausted energies of the system

¨ There are many ways of practicing the healing art; but there is only one way that Heaven approves. God's remedies are the simple agencies of nature, that will not tax or debilitate the system through their powerful properties. Pure air and water, cleanliness, a proper diet, purity of life, and a firm trust in God are remedies for the want of which thousands are dying; yet these remedies are going out of date because their skilful use requires work that the people do not appreciate. Fresh air, exercise, pure water, and clean, sweet premises are within the reach of all with but little expense.

¨ Keep the patient free from excitement, and every influence calculated to depress. Her attendants should be cheerful and hopeful. She should have a simple diet, and should be allowed plenty of pure, soft water to drink. Bathe frequently in pure, soft water, followed by gentle rubbing. Let the light and air be freely admitted into the room. She must have quiet and undisturbed rest.

MASTURBATION AND INSANITY

IN HIS SCHOLARLY STUDY ON "MASTURBATORY INSANITY; THE HISTORY OF AN IDEA," (JOURNAL OF MENTAL SCIENCE 108:1, JAN., 1962), E. H. HARE REFERS TO A STUDY OF 500 PATIENTS ADMITTED CONSECUTIVELY TO THE IOWA STATE PSYCHOPATHIC HOSPITAL. HE STATES THAT THE AUTHORS OF THE STUDY (MALAMUD, W., AND PALMER, G., "THE ROLE PLAYED BY MASTURBATION IN THE CAUSATION OF MENTAL DISTURBANCES, JOURNAL OF NERVOUS AND MENTAL DISORDERS, 76:220, 1932) FOUND THAT IN TWENTY-TWO CASES MASTURBATION WAS "APPARENTLY THE MOST IMPORTANT CAUSE OF DISORDER." {TSB 268.1} HE THEN CONTINUES: "THE AUTHORS CONCLUDED THAT IT WAS THE MENTAL CONFLICT ENGENDERED BY MASTURBATION RATHER THAN THE HABIT ITSELF WHICH LED TO THE ILLNESS, AND THEY BELIEVED THIS CONCLUSION TO BE SUPPORTED BY THE EFFICACY OF PSYCHOTHERAPY DIRECTED TOWARDS READJUSTING THE PATIENT'S IDEAS ABOUT MASTURBATION. YET THE FACT THAT FIFTEEN OF THE TWENTY-TWO PATIENTS SUFFERED FROM DEPRESSION MUST RAISE DOUBTS ABOUT THE VALIDITY EVEN OF THIS TEMPERATE CONCLUSION, FOR THE DEPRESSED PATIENT IS NOT ONLY PRONE TO BLAME HIMSELF FOR NEGLECT OF WHAT HE BELIEVES TO BE THE RULES OF HEALTH, BUT ALSO TENDS TO RECOVER FROM HIS ILLNESS WHETHER TREATED BY PSYCHOTHERAPY OR NOT."--P. 22. {TSB 268.2} THUS HARE QUESTIONS THE CONCLUSIONS OF MALAMUD AND PALMER, BUT SAYS, SIGNIFICANTLY, THAT THEIR STUDY IS "ONE OF THE VERY FEW ATTEMPTS (INDEED, AS FAR AS MY READING GOES, THE ONLY REAL ATTEMPT) AT A SCIENTIFIC STUDY OF THE MASTURBATORY HYPOTHESIS [THE HYPOTHESIS THAT MASTURBATION CAN CAUSE INSANITY]." {TSB 269.1} AFTER ACKNOWLEDGING THAT "THERE IS NO WAY OF DISPROVING THE MASTURBATORY HYPOTHESIS," HARE OFFERS HIS FINAL CONCLUSION: "ALL WE CAN SAY, FROM THE EVIDENCE, IS THAT THE ASSOCIATION BETWEEN MASTURBATION AND MENTAL DISORDER IS WEAK AND INCONSTANT AND THAT THEREFORE, IF MASTURBATION IS A CAUSAL FACTOR, IT IS PROBABLY NOT A VERY IMPORTANT ONE" (IBID. P. 19). {TSB 269.2} SO, ALTHOUGH THIS AUTHORITY MINIMIZES THE POSSIBILITY THAT MASTURBATION AND INSANITY MIGHT BE LINKED, HE DOES NOT DISMISS IT ALTOGETHER. EVEN MORE SIGNIFICANTLY, HE HAS DISCOVERED THAT THERE HAS BEEN ONLY ONE REAL ATTEMPT TO TEST THE HYPOTHESIS SCIENTIFICALLY. {TSB 269.3} WRITING OF MASTURBATION IN THEIR ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT AND ADJUSTMENT (MCGRAW-HILL BOOK COMPANY, 1965), LESTER C. AND ALICE CROW CONCLUDE: "THE EFFECTS OF THIS FORM OF SEX PERVERSION ARE NOT YET FULLY KNOWN." {TSB 269.4} DR. DAVID HORROBIN, AN M.D. AND PH.D. FROM OXFORD UNIVERSITY, STATES: "THE AMOUNT OF ZINC IN SEMEN IS SUCH THAT ONE EJACULATION MAY GET RID OF ALL THE ZINC THAT CAN BE ABSORBED FROM THE INTESTINES IN ONE DAY. THIS HAS A NUMBER OF CONSEQUENCES. UNLESS THE AMOUNT LOST IS REPLACED BY AN INCREASED DIETARY INTAKE, REPEATED EJACULATION MAY LEAD TO A REAL ZINC DEFICIENCY WITH VARIOUS PROBLEMS DEVELOPING, INCLUDING IMPOTENCE. "IT IS EVEN POSSIBLE, GIVEN THE IMPORTANCE OF ZINC FOR THE BRAIN, THAT 19TH CENTURY MORALISTS WERE CORRECT WHEN THEY SAID THAT REPEATED MASTURBATION COULD MAKE ONE MAD!"--ZINC (VITABOOKS: ST. ALBANS, VERMONT, 1981), P. 8. {TSB 269.5}

THIS STATEMENT IS SIMILAR TO THAT MADE BY CARL C. PFEIFFER, PH.D., M.D., IN HIS BOOK ON ZINC. HE DECLARES: "WE HATE TO SAY IT, BUT IN A ZINC-DEFICIENT ADOLESCENT, SEXUAL EXCITEMENT AND EXCESSIVE MASTURBATION MIGHT PRECIPITATE INSANITY."--ZINC AND OTHER MICRO-NUTRIENTS (KEATS: NEW CANAAN, CONN., 1978), P. 45. {TSB 270.1}

NOT ALL MEDICAL AUTHORITIES WOULD AGREE WITH THESE CONCLUSIONS, YET IT IS SIGNIFICANT THAT THERE ARE SOME WHOSE STUDY AND RESEARCH HAVE LED THEM TO OPINIONS WHICH ARE COMPATIBLE WITH THE TEACHINGS OF ELLEN WHITE. {TSB 270.2}

SEE CHILD GUIDANCE, PP. 439-456, FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON THIS SUBJECT. {TSB 270.3}