Dr. John Harvey Kellogg and the Religion of Biologic by Brian C. Wilson

By Brian C. Wilson

Purveyors of spiritualized medication were legion in American spiritual heritage, yet few have completed the famous person prestige of Dr. John Harvey Kellogg and his conflict Creek Sanitarium. In its heyday, the “San” was once a mixture spa and Mayo health center. based in 1866 lower than the auspices of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and presided over by means of the charismatic Dr. Kellogg, it catered to many well-heeled health and wellbeing seekers together with Henry Ford, John D. Rockefeller, and Presidents Taft and Harding. It additionally supported a health facility, study amenities, a clinical college, a nursing tuition, numerous healthiness nutrients businesses, and a publishing condo devoted to generating fabrics on wellbeing and fitness and wellbeing. instead of concentrating on Kellogg because the eccentric author of corn flakes or a megalomaniacal quack, Brian C. Wilson takes his function as a doctor and a theological innovator heavily and locations his faith of “Biologic dwelling” in an on-going culture of sacred well-being and wellbeing. With the attention-grabbing and not likely tale of the "San" as a backdrop, Wilson lines the improvement of this theology of body structure from its roots in antebellum well-being reform and Seventh-day Adventism to its final lodging of genetics and eugenics within the revolutionary period.

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25 Indeed, the issue of whether Sabbathkeeping Adventists should try to organize what had up to that point been a loose coalition of individual congregations united by occasional conferences remained controversial. Many believed that given the imminence of t he Second Coming, such organization indicated a lack of faith, while others believed that creating another sect would simply fragment God’s church yet again. However, legal concerns over the incorporation of the printing operation and title to church properties forced the issue, as did the desire to license clergy and create church schools.

K e l logg a n d t h e R e ligion of Biologic Li v i ng of soul and flesh and that God intended for human beings to care for both as one. Some early Adventists therefore became attracted to health reform by the late 1840s for this reason. For example, Dr. Larkin B. Coles, the author of a classic of Christian physiology, Philosophy of Health: Natural Principles of Health and Cure (1848), a book said to have sold thirty-five thousand copies in its first five years, was a Millerite; others, such as Millerite Joshua V.

John Harvey was a sickly child suffering from rickets, intensely self-conscious of his slight frame and small stature (as an adult Kellogg would stand only five foot four, although the frame would fill out considerably). He would compensate for his physical shortcomings by energy, assertiveness, and a burning ambition to do something with his life, although he knew this would not be easy for a boy on the frontier. According to Kellogg’s later recollections, his parents prevented him from learning to read because, given the imminence of the end of the world, acquiring such 12 Dr .

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