Over the years, television and radio commercials seem to contain more and more—and more—advertisements for cold and flu medication. Although the motive of the people who develop these remedies—to help their fellowman—is recognized, the methods of merchandising can at times be something else entirely. It often seems that the effort is first to sell people on the disease itself. Yet it's at least reasonable to ask if "the selling" of disease is really in the best interests of mankind. Mary Baker Eddy wrote about this. She said: "The press unwittingly sends forth many sorrows and diseases among the human family. It does this by giving names to diseases and by printing long descriptions which mirror images of disease distinctly in thought" (Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures, p. 196).

A Christian Scientist recognizes God, divine Spirit, as the only power and therefore the only healing agent. Through prayer, we can protect ourselves. Even if the aggressive suggestion of disease would attempt to reach us through fear or false belief, we can demonstrate that the child of God's creating—our true identity—lives only in the atmosphere and environment of divine Love. God, good, is the power that man is truly associated with. This fact, when we feel and understand it, protects us. It's important consistently to watch what we think, what we accept as true about man. In the Bible, Jesus once said, "Take heed that no man deceive you."

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Preventing seasonal diseases
January 25, 1993

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