By Robert Cohen Executive Director Text Only

The Unfinished Symphony

Although Beethoven had gone deaf, he wrote and conducted the
Ninth Symphony as his own personal ode to joy. Imagine what
Beethoven's Tenth might have sounded like? It remains beyond
our comprehension as to how Albert Einstein would have
expanded upon his theory of unified fields. The most
creative of imaginations would hardly do justice to the
enchanted fields of flowers under starry nights that Vincent
Van Gogh might have translated upon canvas had he not died
at 37 years of age. Try to imagine the adult toys that
Nikola Tesla or Thomas Edison might have constructed for
humankind's amusement. What unique paths to peace might
America have taken had FDR or JFK or MLK lived another five

I have recently discovered the writings of Ellen G. White.
For more than 50 years, this woman of prophecy related to
her followers thousands of personal revelations from God,
some lasting for a few moments and others lasting for hours.
The 50,000 pages of text that she produced serve as
nutritional guidance for members of the Seventh-day
Adventist church. In 1868, White sensed that one day milk
and dairy products would no longer be safe to consume. This
was White's perception of things to come, based upon her
great wisdom. She wrote:

"I wish to say that when the time comes that it is no longer
safe to use milk, cream, butter, and eggs, God will reveal
this." (1868)

Thirty-four years later, White had not yet received her
absolute "dairy" vision, but she allowed for future prophecy
by writing:

"Let the people be taught how to prepare food without the
use of milk or butter. Tell them that the time will soon
come when there will be no safety in using eggs, milk,
cream, or butter." (1902)

Had Ellen G. White been alive today, she might have written
opus after opus, symphony after symphony, merging modern day
science and religion, making more powerful our twenty-first
century NotMilk movement. Other Ellen G. White quotes:

"I frequently sit down to the tables of the brethren and
sisters, and see that they use a great amount of milk and
sugar. These clog the system, irritate the digestive organs,
and affect the brain." (1870)

"Animals from which milk is obtained are not always healthy.
They may be diseased. I would recommend that people eat
flesh meats sooner than large quantities of milk and sugar.
It would not do the injury that milk and sugar do." (1870)

"Sugar and milk combined are liable to cause fermentation in
the stomach, and are thus harmful." (1890)

"Especially harmful are the custards and puddings in which
milk, eggs, and sugar are the chief ingredients. The use of
milk and sugar taken together should be avoided." (1893)

"The light given me is that it will not be very long before
we shall have to give up any animal food. Even milk will
have to be discarded. Disease is accumulating rapidly."

"The health food business is in need of means and of the
active cooperation of our people, that it may accomplish the
work it ought to do. Its purpose is to supply the people
with food which will take the place of flesh meat, and also
milk and butter." (January 1, 1900)

"If for dessert sweet cake is eaten with milk or cream,
fermentation will be created in the stomach, and then the
weak points of the human organism will tell the story. The
brain will be affected by the disturbance in the stomach."

Ellen G. White's unfinished overture is soon to be
completed, for I have been touched by her same vision.

For me, White's treatment of nutrition represents the
thunderous opening chords of Tchaikovsky's First Concerto.
With a flourish, I expect to finish her unfinished work with
my own crashing finale from Rachmaninoff's Third Piano
Concerto. The resulting symphony will become our rhapsody
upon a theme of NotMilk.

Robert Cohen, author of:   MILK A-Z
Executive Director (
Dairy Education Board

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