QUESTION: Don't Mrs.
White's health writings prove she was a prophet?
Some claim that Mrs. White's health writings prove her prophetic claims because she was many years ahead of science on this subject. The same claim is put forward for Mormon prophet Joseph Smith, who received his health reform vision 30 years prior to Ellen White's. Interestingly enough, studies upon Mormons in the USA show that they outlive the average American by nearly a decade.
Just because a person receives a "revelation" upon health, and it turns out to be true, does not mean that person is a true prophet. If so, then Joseph Smith is just as much a prophet as Ellen White because his health teachings were very similar to the core of Ellen White's teachings, and his vision preceeded hers!
The truth is that most, if not all, of Mrs. White's teachings on health were in existence and being taught by popular health reformers many years before she ever claimed to have had a vision on health reform. In fact, many of her writings on health appear to be plagiarized from the writings of other health reformers.
Some Adventists have acknowledged that Mrs. White copied her health reforms from others, but insist that God assisted her in picking which ones to copy so that her health reforms have a higher degree of confirmation by medical science than other health reformers of her era. This is called the "higher filter" idea. While it is true that her health reform writings were "filtered" by the editorial staff of the Review, it is highly unlikely God and His angels were advising her on which subjects to include and which to disgard. Not only would this make God a party to her unethical copying activities, but the evidence simply does not support a "higher filter" mechanism. For example, while some of Mrs. White's health teachings are good, many of them are completely false (solitary vice), some are ridiculous (green tea is bad), and others are downright harmful (refusing drugs like quinine). The large degree of falsehoods in her health writings is evidence her health teachings never passed though any filter higher than the editorial staff of the Adventist Review.