8 Laws of Health

8 Laws of Health

If you were raised Seventh-day Adventist, or even if you came into the church later in life, you have undoubtedly heard or read many times this classic quotation: “Pure air, sunlight, abstemiousness, rest, exercise, proper diet, the use of water, trust in divine power—these are the true remedies” (Ellen G. White, Ministry of Healing, (Nampa: Pacific Press, 1905), page 127). It is from this statement that Weimar Institute popularized the acronym, NEWSTART®, representing Nutrition, Exercise, Water, Sunlight, Temperance, Air, Rest, and Trust, that has come to be known as “The 8 Laws of Health.”

Here is a page on the NEWSTART® website where you can access a half-hour video on each of the above topics (requires a free membership). These videos are unashamedly religious, clearly based on Seventh-day Adventist beliefs. If you are an Adventist, you already know this. If you are not, the videos will give you a pretty fair picture of conservative Adventism. You may or may not agree with all (or any) of what is presented, but it will help you better understand Seventh-day Adventist health culture.

I would like to consider each of these eight “lifestyle” aspects as they relate to diabetes.

Current Writers

What I have found most interesting are current writers who identify all or most of these “8 laws” in their articles:

Boosting Your Serotonin Activity

Five Items You Need to Address to Reverse Just About Any Illness

6 best doctors

How to Reach Your Ideal Weight, Blood Sugar Numbers, and Create Your Best Life
Includes 15-min. video

Biblical Wisdom


Genesis 9:3
Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.


1 John 2:6
He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.


John 4:14
But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

Amos 5:24
But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!


Matthew 5:45
That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.


Ephesians 5:18
And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;


Genesis 2:7
And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.


Matthew 11:28
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.


Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.



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