I AM frequently asked concerning inheriting disease.
There is no such thing as inheriting disease. Nature has safeguards in every
way possible through gestation and birth. Mothers may be abusing themselves in
imprudent eating or overeating, overexercising, or allowing themselves
to become irritable and emotional. The only way nature retaliates for being outraged
during the pregnancy period is that the woman may lose the fruit of her womb;
in other words, she will abort or miscarry. But stamping disease on a child in
utero is against law and order. The placenta is the guard extraordinary at
the portal of entry from mother to child. It is a filter and a neutralizer of
everything that should not be carried through to the child's circulation. The
powers that be safeguard the child, and the only thing it will inherit or does
inherit is a tendency or predisposition to develop parental characteristics.
However, there is no characteristic so strong in parents that it will be
stamped on the child as an unavoidable development in its future life. Please
notice I say not unavoidable under proper environments. The god of science
builds perfectly when allowed to do so--under man's consciousness.
If we would have our maņanas come to us better
and better, we must spend our todays in perfecting them. Tomorrow should not be
the caprice of today's vagaries.
The father should do his part by being a man under all
conditions, and particularly concerning his treatment of the mother.
Selfishness and egomania are boomerangs that return self-made menaces.
It should be a very great relief to mothers, if they
are branded by the profession as syphilitic or tuberculous, or with having any
other so-called disease, to know that such disease need not be passed on to the
child except as a predisposition to take on what diseases are peculiar to the
family. When people become as intelligent as they should he when the profession
begins to teach the people what their duty is in the care of themselves
preparatory to child-bearing, and when parents will be governed by such
knowledge we shall begin the evolution of a race of people that will be worth
Disease there is, both mental and physical; but it is
not necessary. It comes from ignorance of the laws of our being. Man has the
potentials for ideal self-building--for understanding himself; and when he
comes into this knowledge, he will cultivate health, and cease building disease
and stupidly hunt palliatives and cures.
Disease is willful ignorance, and cures are
superstition when not knavish commercialism.
No, we do not inherit disease, except in the form of ignorance,
superstition, and knavish commercialism--the kind that Jesus kicked out of the
temple (Matt. 21:12).