A look into Ms. White’s comments about “Solitary Vice” (Masturbation)

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A look into Ms. White’s comments about
“Solitary Vice” (Masturbation)

In this study we will be analyzing the statements made by Ellen G. White regarding Masturbation and it’s negative effects on the human body. We will study her comments in their proper context, and research today’s medical studies to see if whether what she said had any truth in it whatsoever.

The information within this article will be taken from a few different sources, including Medical doctors from my workplace, official Medical websites, and other places.


As a Clinical Medical Assistant I work with patients with various conditions and diseases. I work with Medical Doctors who specialize in all sorts of diseases in a few clinics, including the Medical Clinic, Asthma Clinic, Rheumatology, Podiatry, Cardiology and Endocrinology Clinic. Much of my information was obtain from interviewing a few of these doctors. I also work with other hospital technicians and Registered Nurses.

One of the doctors I interviewed provided some very helpful information and authorized websites that helped me understand more about the links between Masturbation and the various diseases mentioned by Ellen G. White. His name is Dr. Jesubathum, and it should be noted that at the time when I questioned him and other Physicians about this topic, I never mentioned neither Ellen G. White, the Seventh Day Adventist church, or anything that had to do with religion whatsoever. Neither are any of them connected in any way to the Seventh Day Adventist Church. I simply told them I am preparing an essay for a website on this topic, which is true, until after this article was posted online.

We will begin our study by first reading Ellen G. White’s statements on Masturbation in context. But we caution readers that this article will contain both images and strong language about the male and female sexual organs. Its not intended for the young or weak minded individual.

Is Masturbation linked with Cancer?

There is evidence to suggest that a link does in fact exist. While translating for a doctor at Saint Micheal’s Hospital in New Jersey, I learned something interesting about the virus called Human Papillomavirus (HPV). This is a STD that can be transmitted mainly through sexual contact, but it can also be transmitted through other means. A strain of the virus can survive for some time on surfaces, including the sink, the bathtub, the toilet seat, on doorhandles, or other like places. At the “Physician’s Desktop Reference” website, Doctors suggest that…

“HPV can survive outside the body, and does not require bodily fluids for transmission. Therefore, it is possible to contract HPV from surfaces that carry the virus, such as locker room floors.” -See PDRHealth.

If a person touches an infected surface (or maybe even an infected persons privet parts), and does not wash himself thoroughly, he risks spreading it to himself if he masturbates. This virus converts parts of the skin surfaces of his or her privet areas into warts, and causes changes in the skins cells.

There is another means by which HPV can be spread. Studies suggest it can spread through the semen. After testing the semen of a few selected people who were infected with HPV, the results of the NLM Gateway, which is a service of the U.S. National Institute for Health, were as follows:

“HPV was detected by nested PCR which was second rounds of PCR amplification with consensus primer pairs for HPV-6, 11, 16, 18, 31, 33, 52 and 58. The HPV types were determined by restriction enzyme digestion. Of six patients with condyloma acuminatum that were positive for HPV 6, four (66.7%) had identical type of the HPV in their semen. Of two patients with condyloma acuminatum that were positive for HPV 11, one (50%) had identical type of the HPV in his semen.” -See Detection of human papillomavirus DNA in semen by nested PCR

Since HPV can survive on surfaces out side of the human body, If an infected male masturbates over his sink, in his toilet, or in the shower while his HPV is active, and does not clean the surface where the semen landed, the virus will spread when another person touches that surface at the right time. Although the strains of the HPV virus that can cause other diseases (known as High Risk strains) are usually spread sexually, masturbation is in fact a sexual act, and this act can, through the semen, spread these dangerous strains.

Those dangerous strains of HPV are known to cause various cancers, such as cervix, vulva, vagina, penis and anus cancers. However the most common of these is cervix cancer. Interestingly enough, it can also develop into Lung, Head/Neck cancers, and can promote the growth of tumors:

“About a dozen HPV types (including types 16, 18, 31 and 45) are called “high-risk” types because they can lead to cervical cancer, as well as anal cancer, vulvar cancer, penile cancer and lung cancer Several types of HPV, particularly type 16, have been found to be associated with oropharyngeal squamous-cell carcinoma, a form of head and neck cancer. HPV-induced cancers often have viral sequences integrated into the cellular DNA. Some of the HPV “early” genes, such as E6 and E7, are known to act as oncogenes that promote tumor growth and malignant transformation. Oral infection with HPV increased the risk of oropharyngeal cancer independent of tobacco and alcohol use.” -See Source.

According to the CDC, both men and women are at risk of developing certian cancers via the HPV virus:

“HPV (the virus). Approximately 20 million Americans are currently infected with HPV. Another 6 million people become newly infected each year. HPV is so common that at least 50% of sexually active men and women get it at some point in their lives.

Genital warts. About 1% of sexually active adults in the U.S. have genital warts at any one time.

Cervical cancer. Each year, about 12,000 women get cervical cancer in the U.S.

Other cancers that can be caused by HPV are less common than cervical cancer. Each year in the U.S., there are about:

  • 3,700 women who get vulvar cancer
  • 1,000 women who get vaginal cancer
  • 1,000 men who get penile cancer
  • 2,700 women and 1,700 men who get anal cancer
  • 2,300 women and 9,000 men who get head and neck cancers. [Note: although HPV is associated with some of head and neck cancers, most of these cancers are related to smoking and heavy drinking.]

Certain populations are at higher risk for some HPV-related health problems. This includes gay and bisexual men, and people with weak immune systems (including those who have HIV/AIDS).”

-See The Center for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Is Masturbation linked with other Diseases/Disorders?

The above information gave us a short list of some of the diseases HPV can cause in the human body. If a person addicted to Masturbation somehow contracts HPV, the following list of diseases can possibly occur:

-Cancer of the Cervix
-Vulvar Cancer
-Penile Cancer
-Anal Cancer
-Head and Neck Cancers

Cancers are not the only diseases HPV can cause. More then 15 strains (or Types) of HPV can cause a condition known as Epidermodysplasia verruciformis. This disease effects certain genes which are responsible for the distribution of zinc in the cell. Without zinc the human body will develop many other diseases which I will now list:

-weight loss
-emotional disturbance
-impaired taste acuity
-night blindness
-poor appetite
-delayed wound healing
-elevated blood ammonia levels

-See Source.

Studies conducted by Dr.’s David Horrobin and Carl C. Pfeiffer also show that Zinc Deficiency can occur through over masturbation (see this Link). Semen “contains 100 times more zinc than is found in the blood.” Source. Therefore frequent ejaculation can cause a male to lose enough zinc that, if not replaced, can cause the various diseases and disorders mentioned above.

Contracting HPV through Masturbation can also lead to Warts. Many HPV Types can cause Warts, including:

-Common Warts
-Planter Warts
-Flat Warts

Theres also Genital Warts and Anal Warts.


Your Thought Questions Answered

Question #1: Critic Dirk Anderson points out in Mrs. White’s quote that she seems to be saying that it is “women” who are at higher risk of developing these diseases. He says:

“That quote would seem to put the final nail in the coffin of the zinc deficiency nonsense. If these health problems were indeed caused by zinc deficiency, then why does Mrs. White say women suffer from the same problems, and to an even greater degree?”

Zinc Deficiency through masturbation, however, is a male problem. So even if Zinc Deficiency does cause some of those diseases mentioned by Ellen White, those studies only show that it is the male who suffers, while ELlen White seems to be speaking mainly about women.

Answer: The condition known Epidermodysplasia Verruciformis (mentioned in this article above) can cause a problem with Zinc in both males and females, and is caused by at least 15 Types of the HPV virus which can be transmitted through Masturbation.

Cervical cancer (cancer being one of the diseases Ellen White mentioned), can also be caused by HPV and can only happen in women, or course.

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About The Author

Edwin Cotto

With years of experience in evangelism and youth directing, Edwin has worked with various ministries including Our Higher Calling and Spanish ministry El Ministerio Internacional Jesús es la Solución where he had the opportunity to travel conducting evangelistic meetings. Edwin has also appeared on 3ABN, worked as the main apologist at the Adventist Defense League, and is trained and certified with the Amazing Facts Center of Evangelism. He is also a Bible Worker for the Florida Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

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