There was an article on Breitbart yesterday regarding the supposed “strange” ideas of John Harvey Kellogg, and how that means you should be wary about eating corn flakes today. The article is so devoid of truth, that I didn’t think anyone would take it seriously, but in reading the comments, deemed it necessary to put up this rebuttal.
First of all, Kellogg’s pulled all advertising from Breitbart around a month ago, so they started a boycott against them. This is just the latest salvo in their war. breitbart.com
Some of the false statements are: “Kellogg’s failed to mention that its flagship cereal was invented as a cure for masturbation.” No it wasn’t at all. The article’s title is correct in it’s wording “curb”. To try to make “curb” mean to “cure” something is either being an incompetent user of the English language, or else being dishonest.
“Described as a “fanatically religious” Seventh Day Adventist, Kellogg believed that all sex was evil and never even consummated his own marriage, sleeping in a separate bedroom from his wife and adopting all their children.” Jesus Christ is described as “fanatically religious”. And? Plus, the phrase “all sex” is just outrageously wrong. JHK never, ever mentioned that all sex was evil. This is just a bald-faced lie.
“If illicit commerce of the sexes is a heinous sin,” Kellogg wrote, “self-pollution is a crime doubly abominable.” Yes, and what is the perceived problem with this statement? Reading the comments helped me to understand why the author thought this statement was strange. Nearly all the commenters are lewd, crude, and vicious – indirectly supporting this statement by JHK. One thing about lewd, crude, and vicious, is that those on the right show more “humanness” in their responses, meaning that the straight-up emotions of lust, greed, hate etc. are on display, unlike liberals on the left who obfuscate, beat-around-the-bush, and compete to see who has the most swarmy self-righteous method of expressing their lust, greed, hate etc.
Many Breitbart readers would be horrified to learn that parts of this article seem to be copied from the liberal Daily Kos website: www.dailykos.com
Actually, John Harvey Kellogg was the most sought-after, most respected doctor running the largest sanitarium in the world of his day (Battle Creek Sanitarium). Ellen White saw angels guiding his hands in some operations. He helped save her life a couple of times. Yes, he let pride get the best of him, and went away from Jesus and into pantheism in the 1890s, but that doesn’t mean what he wrote earlier on this medical subject was false.
To read the actual book JHK wrote called “Plain Facts About Sexual Life” (1877), please look here: https://archive.org/stream/plainfactsabouts00kell#page/n5/mode/2up