FOOD IS YOUR MEDICINE

"Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth." 3-JOHN 1:2
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THE 8 LAWS OF HEALTH

"Pure air, sunlight, abstemiousness, rest, exercise, proper diet, 
the use of water, trust in divine power, -- these are the true remedies." MH p. 127

NUTRITION

The human body was created by the God of heaven on the sixth day of Creation Week. "And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat." Genesis 1:29 -- We can live as did Daniel, in fall obedience to all of God's laws. A basic aspect of this is the diet we choose. FHG p. 73

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EXERCISE

God's plan for your life includes active exercise. Here is how Dr. Roy J. Shepard, an expert on exercise and aging at the University of Toronto, explains it: "You'd have to go a long way to find something as good as exercise as a fountain of youth. And you don't have to run marathons to reap the benefits. Little more than rapid walking for 30 minutes at a time three or four times a week can provide ten years of rejuvenation. FHG p. 68

WATER

But many have never learned by experience the beneficial effects of the proper use of water, and they are afraid of it. Water treatments are not appreciated as they should be, and to apply them skillfully requires work that many are unwilling to perform. There are many ways in which water can be applied to relieve pain and check disease. All should become intelligent in its use in simple home treatments. MH p.237

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SUNLIGHT

A miracle factory is at work just beneath your skin. And when the ultraviolet rays of the sun touch the skin, the factory sets to work. Sunlight increases the capacity of the blood to carry more oxygen and take it to your body tissues FHG p. 50. God wants His people to be like the sunshine. They are to be light of the world. They are to rejoice in His salvation, and share the glorious news of deliverance with everyone they meet. "Exercise, and a free use of the air and sunlight.. would give life and strength to many an emaciated invalid."OHC p. 223

TEMPERANCE

To be "abstemious" is to be moderate or sparing in the use of certain things, including an excess of even good food. Temperance has a similar meaning: It means to have moderation or self-restraint. FHG p. 55. The evangelist, Paul, counsels us to be "temperate in all things" 1-Corinthians 9:25. The living organism is God's property. It belongs to Him by creation and by redemption; and by a misuse of any of our powers we rob God of the honor due Him. HL p. 9

AIR

In order to have good blood, we must breathe well. Full, deep inspirations of pure air, which fill the lungs with oxygen, purify the blood. They impart to it a bright color and send it--a life giving current--to every part of the body. A good respiration soothes the nerves; it stimulates the appetite and renders digestion more perfect; and it induces sound, refreshing sleep... If an insufficient supply of oxygen is received, the blood moves sluggishly. The skin becomes sallow, digestion is retarded; the heart is depressed; the brain clouded; the thoughts are confused; gloom settles up the spirits; the whole system becomes depressed and inactive, and peculiarly susceptible to disease. MH p. 272-273

REST

Strangely enough, you can read almost any book on remedies and you will find hardly any mention of rest. "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest" Matthew 11:28. Some make themselves sick by overwork. For these rest, freedom from care, and a spare diet, are essential to restoration of health. To those who are brain weary and nervous because of continual labor and close confinement, a visit to the country, where they can live a simple, carefree life, coming in close contact with things of nature, will be most helpful. Roaming through the fields and the woods, picking the flowers, listening to the songs of the birds, will do far more than any other agency toward their recovery. MH pp. 236-237

TRUST IN GOD

Individually, you and I need the ministry of God's healing power in our own lives. Oh, how great in our need! Yet, thankfully, it is available. God has a special healing ministry for you. For it is available to you as you come to Jesus and become His trustful follower, obedient to His Written Word. FHG p. 82

NATURAL REMEDIES

There are many ways of practicing the healing art; but there is only one way that Heaven approves. God’s remedies are the simple agencies of nature, that will not tax or debilitate the system through their powerful properties. Pure air and water, cleanliness, a proper diet, purity of life, and a firm trust in God, are remedies for the want of which thousands are dying; yet these remedies are going out of date because their skillful use requires work that the people do not appreciate. Fresh air, exercise, pure water, and clean, sweet premises, are within the reach of all, with but little expense; but drugs are expensive, both in the outlay of means, and the effect produced upon the system.—Testimonies for the Church 5:443, 1885