8 LAWS OF HEALTH: Introduction

"I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use." -- Galileo Galilei

Every year 1.7 million Americans die from chronic diseases.i The ten leading causes of death include heart disease, cancer, strokes, lung disease, diabetes, and kidney and liver diseases,ii all of which are affected by diet. The remaining two leading causes of death-accident and suicide-are often effected by lifestyle choices like alcohol and drug abuse.

8 LAWS OF HEALTH: Nutrition

A healthy diet provides energy to every cell in our bodies; supplies essential nutrients that the body is unable to make itself; and provides the raw materials for cell maintenance and growth. If you are missing one or more essential nutrients you are malnourished.1 It is possible for the overnourished individual to be malnourished,1 which is the profile of the common human, particularly in the Western civilizations.

8 LAWS OF HEALTH: Exercise

Up to half of all American adults are sedentary.1 Other countries’ statistics may vary, but Americans surely cannot be proud of their behavior! Life provides many distractions and excuses not to exercise. Television, computers, bringing home work from the office, and video games, are a few of the major culprits.

8 LAWS OF HEALTH: Water

Water is essential for health and is necessary for life, health and vibrancy. It is an amazing substance and its uses in your body are almost limitless. You can live without food for several weeks, but without water you will die in only a few days.

8 LAWS OF HEALTH: Sunshine

Another Perspective

With all the bad press sunshine has received in the recent years, you would think the healthiest of all creatures would be moles, cave-dwelling bats, and coal miners. Indeed, certain cultures, have spent an inordinate amount of time seeking a deep tan, that, coupled with other poor health practices, leads to premature aging of the skin and certain cancers.

8 LAWS OF HEALTH: Temperance

What exactly is temperance? The Oxford Dictionary defines it as moderation or self-restraint, especially in relation to eating and drinking but also in advocating abstinence. Temperance covers virtually every aspect of human life, relating to moderation in necessary functions such as eating and our interactions with others, and in abstinence in areas like smoking, alcohol and drug use.

8 LAWS OF HEALTH: Air

“Thus saith the Lord GOD unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live.” Ezekiel 37:5
Is there anything like going out to the countryside and inhaling a lung-full of fresh clean air? You can feel the oxygen coursing through your blood and invigorating your body and mind. Breathing is something we take for granted, but we cannot go for long without oxygen. Pure air is necessary to life and must be pursued for optimal health.