I guess you missed the memo - the ES now is as much a Leadbeater as a Blavatsky thing, from what I've heard. But that would not change the advice on this sort of thing. Now that I think on it, I do remember conversations with ES members on this, and they did specify very specific rules on alcohol and things. I was already a vegetarian, so I didn't focus on that. I guess you're probably right.
Oh, I think the panic is quite gone by now, isn't it? The Dutch media aren't spending much energy on this anymore at all - quite clear that modern medicine is able to cure this for most people that don't recover on their own.