This is true, Diet and Foods was poorly assembled with little reference to original content. However EGW wrote a lot of health issues scattered throughout the years and she never retracted anything she once advocated. One book that she did approve was Healthful Living, (1897)complied by Dr. David Paulson used as a textbook for his medical missionary students. EGW said, “I have always appreciated Health Living. In no instance have I uttered a word of disapproval…it is a good and useful book…”
Healthful living is assembled on the same format as D&F, with short excerpts taken from many different sources. I do not think this volume of almost 300 pages would be acceptable as a college textbook. There is a chapter on Moral Maladies in which “secret indulgence (vice)” weakens the body, makes muscles flabby, eyes become small, memory if sieve-like and sinks many into an early grave…"
Don’t misunderstand me, there are many good an practical health counsels that EGW offers. This is what gives to her a staying and lasting influence, especially when we take her health counsels in a general sense and endeavor to consume a vegetarian diet. Yet we should be honest and realize that there are a number of her inspired counsels that are not proven valid today.
“Flesh meats, butter, cheese, rich pastry, spiced foods, and condiments… the blood-making organs cannot convert such thins into good blood.” (p. 181)
“Milk should not be used in place of water in bread making.” (80)
“Hot raised bread of any kind is difficult of digestion.” (80)
“Sickness if caused by violating the laws of health.” (60)
“There is a divinely appointed connection between sin and disease…relationship of cause and effect” (60)
The pitiful that Adventist have easily fallen into is: Food Religion. If I could retreat in time I would tell Ellen to make her health counsels as optional advice, not requirements for translation. I would ask Ellen not to forget what Paul said, “For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” (NLT)