The Eight Laws


If you’ve been an Adventist for awhile you’ve no doubt heard the term “The Eight Laws of Health”. The term was coined from a quote in the book Ministry of Healing, by Ellen G. White. The quote reads, “Pure air, sunlight, abstemiousness, rest, exercise, proper diet, the use of water, trust in Divine power–these are the true remedies.” (pg. 127)

Okay, so we probably know what most of those are, but what does “abstemiousness” mean? A quick Google search showed that Merriam-Webster Online listed synonyms for “abstemiousness” as “temperance” or "moderation".

So maybe the modern list should read like this...clean air, sunlight, temperance or moderation, rest, exercise, a healthy diet, water and trust in God.

If you listen to, read, or watch the news in any form, sooner or later you’ll hear about research extolling the value of all of these concepts. Every day it seems that science is proving what we’ve been told for years: It’s going to take more than medicine to keep you healthy.

Over the next few months, we will take a look at each of these concepts. We’ll learn a little bit about the science that is now proving them, what they can do to improve or maintain your health, and how to implement them in your every day life. We hope you'll join us as we dive into The Eight Laws of Health.

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