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.
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
How to Reach Your Ideal Weight, Blood Sugar Numbers, and Create Your Best Life
Includes 15-min. video
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.
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.
But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!
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.
And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
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.
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
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.