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NEWSTART: God's 8 Laws of Health

By Ellen Gould Harmon White


Ellen Gould Harmon White

First Published: 2016/12/05

Are you looking for a fresh NEW START in your health? God's 8 Laws of Health - which is the NEW START program of: Nutrition * Exercise * Water * Sunshine * Temperance * Rest * Air * and Trust in God.

These are God's Natural Remedies! Much of what is written on God's 8 Laws of Health - the NEW START program - Nutrition, Exercise, Water, Sunshine, Temperance, Rest, Air and Trust in God was written by Ellen White. She wrote extensively on God's Natural Remedies. Most of the quotes have a date by them... check it will be amazed at the light she had so early in time! As early as 1868 she was telling people that meat eating was the cause of cancer and was not safe to eat! And it 1899, she said it wouldn't be long and milk and dairy products would no longer be safe! Science and Doctors are just catching up to her with all the scientific information supporting exactly what she said in regards to the safety of meat eating and dairy products and the rest of God's Natural Remedies.


Dangers of Meat Eating and Dairy Products

"The following list of common complaints can be directly linked to the consumption of meat and diary products : hives, sinusitis, heart disorders, seborrhea, impaired digestion, obesity, dermatitis, diarrhea, edema, acne, gas and bloating, body odor, dry scaly skin, constipation, allergies, bed-wetting, fatigue, hyperactivity, colitis attacks, headaches, colic, depression, anger, congestion and runny nose, irritability, excess mucus, hemorrhoids, impotence, malabsorption, hormone imbalance and hot flashes!" Prescription for Dietary Wellness, pgs. 144-147.

"The liability to take disease is increased tenfold by meat-eating." Counsels on Diet and Foods, pg. 386. (1868).

"The intellectual, the moral, and the physical powers are depreciated by the habitual use of flesh meats. Meat-eating deranges the system beclouds the intellect, and blunts the moral sensibilities. We say to you, dear brother and sister, your safest course is to let meat alone." Counsels on Diet and Foods, pg. 391 (1868).

"The tissues of the swine swarm with parasites. Of the swine, God said, "It is unclean unto you; ye shall not eat of their flesh, or touch their dead carcass." This command was given because swine's flesh is unfit for food. Swine are scavengers, and this is the only use they were intended to serve. Never, under any circumstances, was their flesh to be eaten by human beings." Counsels on Diet an Foods, pg. 392. (1905)

"7 out o 10 people who eat pork have trichina antibodies in their blood streams." Dr. Agatha Thrash, Uchee Pines Institute.

BLV - Bovine Leukemia Virus - is on the rise in the US. 20% of adult dairy cows have it and 60% of dairy and beef herds surveyed are infected with BLV. More than 47% - almost half- of the dairy cows in Florida were found to be infected with BLV. That is the highest concentration in the world other than Venezuela!


It is much healthier to use whole grains, not refined ones. No white flour, white pasta, white rice, white bread , etc.


Whole grains are good for all blood sugar disorders. Make sure that the bread label says the word "whole" and not just "wheat", otherwise it is really just plain old white flour.

It's very important to vary your grains...don't eat the same grain everyday. Most people have wheat everyday. Try adding Spelt, Kamut, Corn, Barley, Millet, Rice, Rye or even more exotic grains Amaranth or Quinoa.

Grains should be thoroughly cooked or baked. Raw grains are not healthy. Many people are allergic to gluten - the protein in the wheat an other grains. Grains that do not contain gluten are: Rice, Corn, Quinoa and Amaranth.


Sugar is not good for the stomach. It causes fermentation, and this clouds the brain and brings peevishness into the disposition." Counsels on Diet and Foods , pg. 327. (1901)

"Free sugar has been shown to reduce the ability of white blood cells to function properly, to aggravate heart disease, to reduce lifespan, to contribute to alcoholism, mental illness, high blood pressure, skin disease, and enlarged liver and kidneys." Nutrition for Vegetarians., pg. 39. (Dr. Agatha Thrash).

Sugar is "food for cancer."

Believe it or not - back in the 1800's sugar was "by prescription ONLY".

Healthy Sugars: Barley Malt, Brown Rice Syrup, Honey, Date Sugar, Molasses, Fructose, Stevia


"In order for the brain to have clearness and strength of thought retentive memory, and mental power, the muscles of the body should have exercise a portion of each day in order to preserve and improve health." The Health Reformer, March 1, 1873. (Ellen White)

"When the weather will permit, all who can possibly do so ought to walk in the open air every day, summer an winter. But the clothing should be suitable for the exercise, and the feet should be well protected. A walk, even in winter, would be more beneficial to the health than all the medicine the doctors may prescribe. For those who can walk, walking is preferable to riding. The muscles and veins are enabled better to perform their work. There will be increased vitality, which is so necessary to health. The lungs will have needful action; for it is impossible to go out in the bracing air of a winter's morning without inflating the lungs." Counsels on Health, pg. 552.

"The chief if not the only reason why many become invalids is that the blood does not circulate freely, and the changes in the vital fluid, which are necessary to life and health, do not take place. They have not given their bodies exercise not their lungs food, which is pure, fresh air, therefore it is impossible for the blood to be vitalized., and it pursues its course sluggish through the system. The more we exercise, the better will be the circulation of the blood. More people die for want of exercise than through over -fatigue; very man more rust out than wear out. Those who accustom themselves to proper exercise in the open air, will generally have a good and vigorous circulation. We are more dependent upon the air we breathe than upon the food we eat. Men and women, young and old, who desire health and who would enjoy active life, should remember that they cannot have these without a good circulation. Whatever their business and inclinations are, they should make up their minds to exercise in the open air as much as they can." (Ellen White).


Drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.

"Pure water to drink and fresh air to breathe invigorate the vital organs, purifies the blood, and helps nature in her task of overcoming the bad conditions of the system." (Ellen White).

Many health problems would be eliminated, including bowel and bladder problems, anxiety attacks, and food tolerance reactions, burning in the stomach, headaches, colitis pain, hot flashes and many other problems IF enough water were drunk.

Water flushes out the toxins that cause many health problems.

If those who are afflicted would assist nature in her effort by the use of pure, soft water , much suffering would be prevented." (Ellen White).

Drinking lots of pure water everyday will definitely help to prevent cancer.


This (sunshine) is one of nature's most healing agents." (Ellen White)

"If all would appreciate the sunshine, and expose every article of clothing to its drying, purifying rays, mildew and mold would be prevented....This is the only way rooms can be kept from impurities....Every room in our dwellings should be daily thrown open to the healthful rays of the sun and the purifying air should be invited in. This will be a preventive of disease." Health Reformer Articles. (Ellen White)

Many have become afraid of the sun, thinking they will get skin cancer from it. We believe that the sun does not cause skin cancer (unless you are constantly out in it, burning yourself), but rather, it is a brings to the surface (which is your skin) the cancers and toxins and germs that are already in your system - trying to flush them out of your body. The sunshine is one of God's 8 Natural Remedies!


"In order to preserve health, temperance in all things is necessary - temperance in labor, temperance in eating and drinking." How to Live, pg. 57. (Ellen White).

"True temperance teaches us to dispense entirely with everything hurtful, and to use judiciously that which is healthful." The Faith I Live By, pg. 231. (Ellen White).

Many Christians believe that "Moderation" is the KEY. We strongly disagree. Think about cocaine OK in moderation? Of course not! You see, True Temperance means to abstain completely from things that are bad for you and to use "moderately" those things that are good for you.

About a 100 years ago, there was something called - The Temperance Pledge . At that time, people who signed it were promising to not drink or have anything to do with liquor. It would be good if we could have a Temperance Pledge today. But, it should include way more than liquor. Our bodies are the "temple" of God. We should not put anything into it that is not good for it. Let's think about that for a moment. What are some common things that people put into their bodies that are not good for them? Coffee? Cigarette smoke? Chocolate? The vast majority of the Artificial Sweeteners? And what about all the Prescription Drugs so many people are on? The side-effects of many of them are horrendous!

If you feel a bit overwhelmed, and maybe discouraged...thinking about the things that need changing in your lifestyle, don't give up! Email us, tell us what you know you need to do, and we'll give you some suggestions as to how to do it successfully! We can help! And most of all, God is just waiting to help you, if you will only let Him. Come join us and be a Health Reformer! Sign the Temperance Pledge! You'll feel so much better.


"Air is the free blessing of heaven, calculated to electrify the whole system." (Ellen White)

"Thousands have died for want of pure water and pure air, who might have lived...These blessings they need in order to become well. If they would become enlightened, and let medicine alone and accustom themselves to outdoor exercise, and to air in their houses, summer and winter, and use soft water for drinking and bathing purposes, they would be comparatively well and happy instead of dragging out a miserable existence." How to Live, pg. 56. (Ellen White)

Pure, clean air, is another one of God's 8 Natural Remedies.


"I know that from the testimonies given me from time to time, for brain workers, that sleep is worth far more before than after midnight. Two hours good sleep before 12 o'clock is worth more than four hours after 12 o'clock...(Ellen White)

"Give yourself proper time to sleep. They who sleep give nature time to build up and repair the weary waste of the organs." (Ellen White).

"The number of hours of sleep generally needed varies with circumstances The average is seven to nine. In general one should sleep when sleepy and not try to sleep more. Growing children require more sleep than grown-ups." (Ellen White).

"Ones best sleep is with the stomach practically empty. It is true that food puts one to sleep at first, by diverting blood from the head; but it disturbs sleep later. Water, unless it induces bladder-action during the night, or even fruit, may be taken without injury before retiring. If one goes to bed with an empty stomach, he can often get along well with six or seen hours sleep, but if he goes to bed soon after a hearty meal, he usually needs from eight to ten hours sleep...It has already been pointed out that sleeping outdoors is more restful than sleeping indoors." How to Live, pg. 120-121. (Ellen White).

Many people, when they need rest , instead of going to sleep, drink coffee to stay awake. That is exactly the opposite of what they need. Coffee and ephedrine and energy pills cannot replace rest. Rest is also one of God's 8 Natural Remedies.


"Gratitude, rejoicing, benevolence, trust in God 's love and care -- these are health's greatest safeguards." My Life Today, pg. 151. (Ellen White).

"Not a few, in this Christian age and Christian nation, resort to mediums rather than trust to the power of the living God. The mother, watching by the sick-bed of her child, exclaims, "I can do no more. Is there no physician who has power to restore my child?" She is told of the wonderful cures performed by some clairvoyant or magnetic healer, and she trusts her dear one to his charge, placing it as verily in the hands of Satan as though he were standing by her side. And in how many instances is the future life of the child controlled by a Satanic power which it seems powerless to breath!" The Signs of the Times, March 24, 1887. (Ellen White).

Science has proven now, that people who trust in God , and have faith, come through illnesses and surgeries better than those who do not trust in God.


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Almeida, Caiky Xavier. ""One Year in Mission" Project, South American Division." Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists. November 27, 2021. Date of access March 05, 2024,

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