Greetings! In today’s class, we shall answer the question – Is Alcohol A Food? Furthermore, we shall discover the enemy’s plan to ruin man’s physical, mental, and moral powers.
Is Alcohol A Food?
One of the most specious, and therefore deceptive, arguments used to sanction the daily use of moderate amounts of beverages containing alcohol, is the claim that alcohol has a food value. For instance, the manufacturers of beer acclaim it as a food, and in this way beguile the ignorant into its use. They now prate about the minerals and vitamins in certain brands of beer, because it is known today that the human body cannot exist without minerals and vitamins. It is not possible, however, to embody in a poison like alcohol enough of these life-giving substances to make the concoction of value as a food, but it is possible to fool the public.
Still another claim has been made by its proponents for many years. They take certain statements to the effect that alcohol can be converted into heat and energy, and lead people to believe that these statements mean that alcohol is a food. They do this by disassociating these statements from others concerning its physiological actions, with which they belong, and which would give a balanced interpretation; and in this way they give a distorted or one-sided interpretation of the facts, which very easily deceives the unlearned and the unwary.
Thus it becomes necessary to do some very careful, thorough work to make known the true nature of alcohol. The writer has gathered from many sources of authority, statements concerning the food value of alcohol, and concerning its physiological effects. These statements have been resolved into twenty-one points and placed in the block entitled “Alcohol.” In the companion block, the relation of food to these twenty-one points has been stated as given by food authorities. The contrast between these two categories is strong enough to convince the truth seeker, and to end all argument. The deception is unmasked.
1. Food is digested to make it ready for the body to use it.
2. Food repairs the tissue.
3. Food provides energy.
4. Food maintains strength and endurance.
5. Food maintains the body’s immunity or resistance to disease.
6. Food can be stored in the body for future use.
7. When the concentration of normal nutrient in the blood exceeds the rate of absorption by the body’s demand, it is withdrawn from the blood by the liver and muscles, except in diabetes.
8. Food supplies elements which provide for oxidation.
9. Food oxidation increases with exercise, which is normal.
10. Food assists in maintaining a natural temperature in the body.
11. Food properly includes water. Although water is not a source of heat, energy, or repair, it is necessary to these processes, as it is essential to all life and life processes.
Water comprises about 70% of the weight of the body.
The following percentages of water in various parts are given in medical books:
Blood plasma 92%
Red blood corpuscle 65%
Brain gray matter 84%
Spinal cord 74%
Gastric juice 99%
Pancreatic juice 98%
Liver bile 97%
Water is the chief constituent by weight of all of the secretions of the glands which are the life activators of the body. The life processes are dependent upon the presence of water in all parts of the body-in every cell. No cell, gland, or organ can function without it. In starvation, an animal can survive after the loss of half of its protein; but it dies from the loss of one-fifth of its water. Therefore any substance which hinders the actions of water thereby hinders every life process to which water contributes.
12. Water allays thirst.
13. Food contributes to normal mental functions.
14. Food contributes to normal physical functions.
15. Food’s dominant action is to build up the body, and contribute to life.
16. Food is essential to the life, growth, and development of the young.
17. Food can be used in quantities that will fully supply the needs of the body for heat, energy, and repair.
18. Food, as such, is in a natural state.
19. Food does not require an ever-increasing amount to produce the same effect.
20. Food, when used, does not create a desire for an ever-increasing quantity. It satisfies a normal appetite.
21. Food is welcomed by the body, as a friend to all its parts and processes.
1. Alcohol passes unchanged into the blood and body cells.
2. Alcohol damages tissues, and cannot repair it.
3. Alcohol, it is claimed, can be oxidized and produce energy; but by hindering oxidation of food, hindering metabolism, and narcotizing nerves and cells, it lessens the amount of energy available to the body, so that the net result is a loss of energy.
4. Alcohol finally hastens fatigue and lessens endurance.
5. Alcohol breaks down the body’s resistance to disease.
6. Alcohol cannot be stored. The body gets rid of it as quickly as possible.
7. Alcohol is unlike food in that it cannot be withdrawn from the blood, as can food when the concentration is high.
8. Alcohol hinders the oxidation of foods, and even hinders its own oxidation.
9. Alcohol oxidation does not materially increase with exercise.
10. Alcohol is claimed to produce heat by oxidation, but because it diffuses more heat than it produces, the net result is a loss of heat and a lowering of the body temperature.
11. Alcohol is said to be a dehydrate, which means that it draws water from the cells and tissues, lessening the amount of water available in the body and so hindering the life processes. This effect is present to the extent that alcohol is present. Alcohol is also a solvent and will dissolve or mix with many substances which water cannot dissolve; such as certain oils-castor oil, croton oil, and the volatile oils. It dissolves or disturbs a fat-like substance in the nerve cells called lipoid.
12. Alcohol creates thirst.
13. Alcohol paralyzes mental functions.
14. Alcohol paralyzes physical functions.
15. Alcohol’s dominant action is to destroy the body-to kill.
16. Alcohol hinders the life processes, and thus hinders the growth and development of the young.
17. Alcohol, if used in quantities sufficient to supply the body’s need for either heat or energy, is disastrous to the mechanism of the body. If the quantity taken is so small as to do no damage, it has no food value. In order to get worth-while amounts of food, in this sense, from alcohol, one must swallow poisonous doses of the drug qualities.
18. Alcohol is a by-product of the decay of that which was food.
19. Alcohol requires an ever-increasing amount to produce the same effect.
20. Alcohol creates a desires that develops a craving which results in a “habit.” It creates an unnatural craving.
21. Alcohol is regarded as an intruder-an enemy and a poison-and the body seeks to eliminate it as fast as possible, in order to save the body from injury so far as possible.
The consideration of these points removes alcohol from being regarded as either a fuel or a food for the body. One authority has likened the fuel use of alcohol in the body to the use of sea water in running an engine. It may be attempted for a short time, but soon ruins the machinery.
A Quote to Note: “Satan gathered the fallen angels together to devise some way of doing the most possible evil to the human family. One proposition after another was made, till finally Satan himself thought of a plan. He would take the fruit of the vine, also wheat, and other things given by God as food, and would convert them into poisons, which would ruin man’s physical, mental, and moral powers, and so overcome the senses that Satan should have full control. Under the influence of liquor, men would be led to commit crimes of all kinds. Through perverted appetite the world would be made corrupt. By leading men to drink alcohol, Satan would cause them to descend lower and lower in the scale.
Satan has succeeded in turning the world from God. The blessings provided in God’s love and mercy he has turned into a deadly curse. He has filled men with a craving for liquor and tobacco. This appetite, which has no foundation in nature, has destroyed its millions.”—The Review and Herald, April 16, 1901.
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