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by Inge Anderson

Much of the work of Christ consisted of healing people of their physical maladies while offering them healing of their spiritual disease, 1 and His disciples did likewise. 2

As a church, we have been counseled that the “gospel of health” should be the “right arm” of our message. Accordingly, we are listing some selected health resources that actively recognize the relationship between Christ’s last message to the world and the “gospel of health.” These are intended to enable you to experience the “gospel of health” in your own life and prepare you to share it with others.

The Eight Laws of Health

Before listing resources, I would like to share that optimal health is based on following God’s Eight Laws of Health. They can be remembered by the acronym NEWSTART:

  • Nutrition: Following a plant-based diet, eating modestly and regularly of the foods God created as close to their original form as possible.
  • Exercise: Regularly moderate exercise, preferably in the fresh air. 
  • Water: Sufficient water both inside and outside the body. 
  • Sunlight: Regular exposure to sunlight will boost mood and immunity.
  • Temperance in all things: Eating and sleeping on a regular schedule and abstaining from all things harmful, including overeating.
  • Air: Enjoy fresh air both outdoors and inside the house. Open windows to let the fresh air in. 
  • Rest: Regular hours of sleep are of high importance for optimal body and brain function. 
  • Trust in God: It’s the remedy for one of the major causes of disease, namely negative stress. 

LifeStyle Matters  Developed by Vicki Griffin and Evelyn Kissinger, these programs seamlessly integrate physical and mental health. Vicki is quite unapologetic about the approach and shares how even atheists have been known to appreciate the programs. The programs are relatively inexpensive, 3 and come with detailed training materials. Show more info

Neil Nedley Depression Seminar

We have had excellent experiences with the Depression – the Way Out seminar in our church. Attendees are extremely grateful. And the program lends itself well to integrating physical and spiritual wellness. The round-table discussions foster forming relationships. Show more info

CHIP – Complete Health Improvement Program

Founded by Hans Diehl, this well-tested and highly successful CHIP program (originally Coronary Health Improvement Program) is likely the grand-daddy of the modern Adventist health improvement programs. It probably added at least an extra 20 years to my own father’s life. CHIP is considerably more expensive than the Life Style Matters programs and also more expensive than the Neil Nedley programs. It takes a greater investment of both time and effort, but for those who can invest both, it is highly successful in reaching the higher classes of society. Show more info

Educate Yourself With These Resources

(Many are free)

Neil Nedley, M.D. Proof Positive Proof Positive: How to Reliably Combat Disease and Achieve Optimal Health Through Nutrition and Lifestyle, by Neil Nedley is a book devoted to demonstrating “Proof Positive” from the scientific literature that God’s plan for staying healthy works. It is written in language easily understood by the lay person and filled with charts, diagrams and other illustrations to make the material understandable. Many say that they find the book “hard to put down” because of its wealth of interesting information. It is also a good reference book to keep on hand, with its hefty 555 pages of text. Show more info

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Vitamin K2 And The Calcium Paradox: How a Little-Known Vitamin Could Save Your Life, by Kate Rheaume-Bleue.  
You’ve probably heard about Vitamin B12 and the fact that B12 deficiency is common in not only vegans but also people who eat animal products. But most of us know very little about fat-soluble Vitamin K2 which plays such a vital role in so many essential processes in our body, much less the fact that the menaquinone form is the most helpful supplement to take. The author seeks to remedy this deficiency in knowledge. The bottom line is that Vitamin K2 acts much like a hormone in conjunction with fat-soluble Vitamin D and Vitamin A.Show more info

Health Education Videos

Northern Lights Health Education Videos by Dr John Clark of Eden Valley Institute (free)

Health Resources at Wildwood Lifestyle Center (free)

You can find some reasonably priced health resources at Weimar’s Newstart . Also check out their Health Score Calculator – How healthy are you? (mostly free)

Health Education Articles

(All are free)

Health Library at Loma Linda University Medical Center

Counseling Sheets by Uchee Pines and Dr Agatha Thrash – counsel on treating various disease conditions naturally.

Also see the book excerpts from Neil Nedley’s Proof Positive.

Articles in the News & Articles section of Lifestylematters – clear and authoritative.

Health Education Lectures

Dr Neil Nedley on Youtube

Plant-based Recipes

Recipes on Dr John Clark’s site

Since this page was first published over a decade ago, some of the resources that were listed are no longer available, but there are literally thousands of healthy plant-based recipes available on the internet. Just search for “plant-based recipes” or “vegan recipes.”

  1. See Matthew 4:23, Matthew 9:35, Matthew 12:9-11, Mark 5:29-31, John 6:2, Acts 10:38
  2. See Luke 9:5-7, Acts 3:1-8, Acts 4:10-12, 1 Corinthians 12:9
  3. Prices listed on the website are retail. Churches get the bulk wholesale rate. Participants purchase necessary materials at retail rate, thus helping to cover expenses of the program.
  4. And I just have to say that the Guilt-free Gourmet Cookbooks are just about the best cookbooks for a plant-based diet. The recipes are fairly simple, and they actually taste good! Check out some sample recipes.
  5. You can also find a little more information at the Michigan Conference Health Ministries site.
  6. Incidentally the video used the “Training the Trainers” is of an event I attended live at the British Columbia Conference in Canada.


Health Resources — 6 Comments

  1. i am a real bad diabetic that needa all the help i can get, but i used to weigh 380 but doing this, that, and the other i am down to 228 but i have bad knees and i cant walk that good anymore, and i have degenerative joint disease, and my knees are shot. but i'm still trying, but i'm on a very fixed income, i get $721 a month but after i pay bills, i have hardly any money, but can i pay in installments?

    • Congratulations, Cheryl, on your weight loss! I don't know how tall you are, but I'm guessing you're 2/3 of the way towards your ideal weight. That will help your diabetes, for sure, and it will help your knees and your walking, because they don't have to carry so much weight.

      Changing your diet to a very natural one will make a great difference. It has even helped reverse diabetes for many people. "Very natural" means eating food to as close as grown as possible. That means staying in the outside aisles of your grocery store - lots of good veggies and some fruits. Either bake whole-grain bread or buy whole-grain bread. (Whole-wheat is not necessarily whole grain. You need to read labels carefully.) Various types of whole beans are really healthy, as are a few nuts. Since good foods are not cheap, you will have to plan carefully, so there is no waste. Buy only what you need, and you will see your weight go down and your health go up. Be sure to keep regular hours of sleep, remembering that the hours before midnight are the best. Drink plenty of water (not tea or coffee). Get some sunshine every day possible, because it has many health benefits. Get some exercise every day. Since you can't walk so well right now, keep your eyes open for a used stationary bike. Some folks give them away for free. Above all, ask God to help you in your daily life, and then trust Him with your health and with your future.

      We don't offer any lifestyle retreats, but you can contact folks at some of the URLs in the article above to see if it is feasible for you to attend. In the meantime, I've added a few more resources to educate yourself at home. When you run out of things to watch, read, listen to, cook and do, let me know, and I'll add some more resources. 🙂

      • I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eyes. Ps 32:8

        Thanks to Inga for being the facilitator for those sites.

        The Holy Spirit guided me to this site. I wondered how are those sisters doing? This site provides many educational information for the people of God. I was involved in the church kitchen small group. Anyone and everyone were welcome to join. Something were always there to be done. Many times within the small groups (96%) of the times we agreed. We focused on making healthy food choices although we met with resistance. One such was the choice of water instead of juice and fruits instead of cakes and cookies. We are supposed to be the leaders in healthy living. Positive small groups supposed to make a change in people’s life for good.

        • Thanks, Lyn. Now I'm thinking that the page needs updating! I haven't checked all those URL's for a while, and there's even more available now.
          Plant-based cooking (most call it "vegan") has become so popular that there's a lot of interesting, healthy recipes available if you will just search for a "vegan" version of any dish that you crave. 😉 That said, you still need to choose a healthy vegan recipe, because almost pure sugar candy is "vegan" too. The advice to eat foods "as close to grown as possible" is always good. 🙂

  2. God is interesting in our total health and healing.

    Thanks. Recently a family introduced us to the CHIP program for our congregation. His wife had cancer approximately 15 years ago and went to the program somewhere in California, USA. They treated her and she continued on her diet . She is still cancer free. A diet that is vegan/vegetarian still works. The diet as mentioned might be a little costly but we can use smaller portions. Hope several members will benefit from these sites as we move forward in 2020-2021.


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