The Biblical Lifestyle

Preparing men and women for the soon Advent of Jesus by obedience to God's Word and the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ

8 Natural Doctors

The 8 Natural Doctors


"Pure air, sunlight, abstemiousness, rest, exercise, proper diet, the use of water, trust in Divine power—these are the true remedies."—Ellen G. White, Ministry of Healing, p. 127

 Dr Clive McKay from Cornell University says, "In spite of the fact that the writings of Mrs White were written long before the advent of modern nutrition, no better over-all guide is available today"

Nathan Pritikin of the Pritikin diet said in 1979, "I think that if you want to get to the originator of the proper diet, you have to go back to Ellen White.  She laid the guidelines that unfortunately are not being adhered to as strictly as they should be."

So, let's take a look at the 8 natural doctors from Ellen White and the Bible.

 Pure Air

"And the LORD God formed man [of] the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.  ." Genesis 2:7 


 Air is the most essential element of life sustaining power. It is what is combined to our bodies to makes man a living soul.

  • Without food you will die in a few weeks.
  • Without water you will die in a few days.
  • Without air you will die in a few minutes.
  • Blood and cells are dependent upon oxygen.

Fresh air keeps the person alive and invigorates vital organs and through to process of respiration oxygen aids the system in ridding itself of accumulated impurities such as carbon dioxide, toxins, and wastes. Fresh air also brings a decided influence on the mind. It helps bring vigor to the skin.  Fresh air contains negative ions which help to immune system fight disease and to improve the mood. The lack of fresh air causes specific problems such as colds, asthma, depression, poor mental function and potentially other lung diseases, such as emphysema that is related to cigarette smoking.

"The stomach, liver, lungs and brain are suffering for want of deep, full inspirations of air which would electrify the blood and impart to it a bright, lively color, and which alone can keep it pure, and give tone and vigor to every part of the living machinery."—Ellen G. White, Testimonies Vol. 2, pp. 67-68

You should daily practice deep breathing exercises.  Go outside and breathe in deeply several times repeatedly, as you expel the air from your lungs consider the God that gave it to you and you will be blessed.  Repeat this about 3 or 4 times throughout the day. Have fresh air ventilating in your home day and night. Open a window at night while you sleep.  Exercise in the open air will promote good circulation. air is the free blessing of Heaven.

"In the matchless gift of His Son, God has encircled the whole world with an atmosphere of grace as real as the air which circulates around the globe. All who chose to breathe this life-giving atmosphere will live and grow up to the stature of men and women in Christ Jesus."—Ellen G. White, Steps to Christ, p. 68

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"And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day." Genesis 1:16

"And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp two edged sword: and his countenance [was] as the sun shineth in his strength." Rev 1:16 

Jesus is our strength and as John the Revelator beheld His glory he was reminded of the sunshine shining in it's strength.  Jesus is everything to us, just as the world depends on Sunlight for every living creator to survive and prosper, so the Christian must rely on Jesus for His very survival and prosperity.  The lilies of field grow and show forth their beauty because of the care of Jesus, how much more will the Son of Righteousness, who loves you with an everlasting love, cause you to have health, peace, happiness, and prosperity.

Discoveries of the benefits of sunlight reveal the benefits derived from the sun: It lowers blood sugar and blood pressure; it lowers cholesterol by converting it to vitamin D; it utilizes calcium and phosphorus to promote good bone health; it blood function by promoting hematopoesis (improvement and development of blood cells); it strengthens the immune system; it destroys harmful bacteria and viruses on the skin; it can reverse jaundice; it can increase circulation; and helps to purify the blood and tissues of the body; it helps to prevent and reverse depression.

"Pure air, good water, sunshine, the beautiful surroundings of nature...these are God's means for restoring the sick to health."—Ellen G. White, Testimonies, Vol. 7, p. 85

We recommend 10-15 minutes of pre-erythemal (avoiding sunburn) sunlight daily.  You can gradually increase your time to 30 to 45 minutes daily. DO NOT GET A SUNBURN. The best time is to receive the sun's rays during the peak of the sunshine daily during the mid day. DO NOT GET A SUNBURN. Studies show that early morning or late day sunlight does not produce Vitamin D.

"As the flower turns to the sun, that the bright beams may aid in perfecting its beauty and symmetry, so should we turn to the Sun of Righteousness, that Heaven's light may shine upon us, that our character may be developed in to the likeness of Christ."—Ellen G. White, Steps to Christ, p. 68

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"Out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is...good for food." Genesis 2:9

Abstemiousness means Temperance. True temperance teaches that we should not put any harmful thing into our bodies, and we should use those things that are healthful in moderation.  Paul said "What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost [which is] in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?" 1 Cor 6:19. 

Avoid everything that is harmful to your body,including alcohol,  tobacco, drugs, overeating, eating between meals, refined or packaged foods, strong condiments and spices, all caffeinated foods, large combinations of foods, free fats and sugars, and products that contain animal proteins or fats.

"Indulgence in eating too frequently, and in too large quantities, overtaxes the digestive organs, and produces a feverish state of the system. The blood becomes impure, and then diseases of various kinds occur."—Ellen G. White, Review and Herald, September 5, 1899

"Abstemiousness in diet and control of the passions, will preserve the intellect and give mental and moral vigor, enabling men to bring all their propensities under the control of the higher powers, and to discern between right and wrong, the sacred and the common."—Ellen G. White, Testimonies, Vol. 3, p. 491

"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." Romans 12:1,2

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"He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had made." Genesis 2:2

The greatest remedy for being tired is SLEEP. The body requires plenty of rest to heal. Sleep is the greatest rejuvenator; it restores strength to muscles, nerves, and brain. It works with other natural doctors to help prevents diabetes, hypertention, heart disease, osteoporosis, cancer and other lifestyle related diseases. It also helps prevent depression. But do not get too much!  Approximately 8 hours of sleep nightly is a goodly amount.

Not all sleep is created equal. 
One hour of sleep before midnight is equal to 2 hours of sleep after midnight. Sleep with sleeping pills is not as rejuvenating as natural sleep. Sleep should be regulated, so that we go to bed and arise at the same time each day.  This helps to adjust the body clock mechanisms that lead to more restorative sleep.  During sleep the body repairs, re energizes, and prepares for renewed activity.

But, real rest is not just sleep.  There are four types of rest that are important to the well being of a person.  First, Sleep as in physical rest.  This can be achieved by just sitting down and resting at times, resting during activities, and includes of course, falling asleep at night; second, re creative--as in recreation as in mental rest.  A way to achieve this rest is to spend time in nature, hiking, backpacking, camping, bird watching, swimming, etc . . . ; third, meditative--as in prayer.  We should spend a thoughtful hour of prayer, especially contemplating the life of Christ each day; fourth, the Sabbath--which is a spiritual rest that was given to man by God as a gift. This final rest is analogous to the rest that God wants to give mankind in heaven.  The Sabbath is a little of heaven here on earth. It can incorporate all the other forms of rest as well. Rest is what God intends for His people, it is in the heart of the 10 commandments, especially the fourth. 

"Keep the sabbath day to sanctify it, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee. Six days thou shalt labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day [is] the sabbath of the LORD thy God: [in it] thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thine ox, nor thine ass, nor any of thy cattle, nor thy stranger that [is] within thy gates; that thy manservant and thy maidservant may rest as well as thou. And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and [that] the LORD thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm: therefore the LORD thy God commanded thee to keep the sabbath day."  Deut 5:12-15

During a day of work and activity, toxins build up in our system which cannot immediately be thrown off. These toxins product fatigue—that well-known weariness at the end of the day. Sleep gives the body time to expel wastes and to make repairs.

"The stomach, when we lie down to rest, should have its work done, that it may enjoy rest, as well as other portions of the body. The work of digestion should not be carried on through any period of the sleeping hours."—Ellen G. White, Healthful Living, p. 84

"A life in Christ is a life of restfulness. There may be no ecstasy of feeling, but there should be an abiding peaceful trust. Your hope is not in yourself; it is in Christ. Your weakness is united to His strength, your ignorance to His wisdom, your frailty to His enduring might....Let the mind dwell upon His love, upon the beauty, the perfection of His character.."—Ellen G. White, Steps to Christ, p. 70

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"The Lord God put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it." Genesis 2:15

"Moderate exercise every day will impart strength to the muscles, which without exercise become flabby and enfeebled."—Ellen G. White, Testimonies, Vol. 2, p. 533

"God designed that the living machinery should be in daily activity. For in this activity or motion is its preserving power.... The more we exercise, the better will be the circulation of the blood."—Ellen G. White, Healthful Living, pp. 131-132

"There is no exercise that can take the place of walking. by it the circulation of the blood is greatly improved. Walking, in all cases where it is possible, is the best remedy for the diseased bodies, because in this, all of the organs of the body are brought into use."—Ellen G. White, Testimonies, Vol. 3, p. 78

"Morning exercise, walking in the free, invigorating air of heaven, or cultivating flowers, small fruits, and vegetables, is the surest safeguard against colds, coughs, congestion of the brain, inflammation of the liver, the kidneys, and the lungs, and a hundred other diseases."—Ellen G. White, Healthful Living, p. 176-177

"Exercise will aid in the work of digestion. Take a walk after a meal; but no violent exercise after a full meal."—Ellen G. White, Testimonies, Vol. 2, p. 530

There are numerous studies that indicated that Exercise is one of the most important aspects of a healthy lifestyle.  Yet, it is one of the most overlooked.  As a physician, it is one of the most difficult lifestyle remedies to apply to an individual who is in my office seeking help. It is a very powerful healer.  Studies are finding that exercise is an important factor in the fight against diabetes, hypertension, osteoporosis, cancer, and heart disease.

"If physical exercise were combined with mental exertion, the blood would be quickened in its circulation, the action of the heart would be more perfect, impure matter would be thrown off, and new life and vigor would be experienced in every part of the body."—Ellen G. White, Counsels on Health, p. 572

"Those who thus exercise the Christian graces will grow and will become strong to work for God. They will have a clear spiritual perceptions, a steady growing faith, and an increased power in prayer.... Strength comes by exercise. Activity is the very condition of life. Those who endeavor to maintain a Christian life by passively accepting the blessing that come through the means of grace, and doing nothing for Christ, are simply trying to live by eating without working.... A man who would refuse to exercise his limbs would soon lose all power to use them. Thus the Christian who will not exercise his God-given powers, not only fails to grow up into Christ, but he loses the strength that he already had."—Ellen G. White, Steps to Christ, p. 80

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"And a river went out of Eden and watered the garden." Genesis 2:10

The body requires water for life.  It is very good at conserving water but without replacement it would die in about 3 days. It is recommended that the body have a replacement of lost water at a rate of half one's body weight in ounces every day. So, if you weighed 150 lbs you would want to replace 75 ounces daily. If you suffer from kidney failure or congestive heart disease, you should consult with your physician.  One of waters chief functions is to cleanse waste from the body.  The body is able to use water to clear toxins, chemicals, bacteria, viruses, and other substances from the body. 

"Water is the best liquid possible to cleanse the tissues.... Drink some, a little time before or after a meal."—Ellen G. White, Healthful Living, p. 226

Frequent bathing is very beneficial, especially at night before retiring or upon arising in the morning. Water is helpful in digestion and proper function of many organs. Showers can aid in smoking cessation.  Water is a very soothing element and helps restore tranquility to the mind.

"The bath soothes the nerves. It promotes general perspiration, quickens the circulation, overcomes obstruction in the system, and acts beneficially on the kidneys and the urinary organs. Bathing helps the bowels, stomach, and liver, giving energy and new life to each. It also promotes digestion and instead of the system being weakened, it is strengthened...and a more easy and regular flow of the blood through all the blood vessels is obtained."—Ellen G. White, Counsels on Health, p. 104

"Impurities are constantly and imperceptibly passing from the body, through the pores, and if the surface of the skin is not kept in a healthy condition, the system is burdened with impure matter....and if the garments worn are not frequently cleansed...the pores of the skin absorb again the waste matter thrown off. The impurities of the body... are taken back into the blood, and forced upon the internal organs."—Ellen G. White, Healthful Living, p. 143

Liquids should not be consumed with meals.  Meals that have foods with high liquid content, such as melons, should be eaten without other foods.  Food should be eaten slowly to allow the saliva to mingle with the food. The more liquid there is taken into the stomach with the meals, the more difficult it is for the food to digest, for the liquid must first be absorbed before digestion can continue.

Many make a mistake in drinking cold water with their meals. Taken with meals, water diminishes the flow of the salivary glands, and the colder the water, the greater the impedance of the stomach. The best time to drink your water is a half hour before or an hour after your meals. A couple large glasses of warm to hot water first thing in the morning will assist your bowels in elimination. Water in the morning is also important because you have been asleep and through respiration have lost water all night that needs to be replaced.

Other benefits of water are found with hydrotherapy that includes hot and cold fomentation, Russian steam baths, hot and cold contrast showers and is some cases enemas.  Water can be an assist to many procedures used in massage, and fever treatments as well.  Showers are very stimulating to the skin and cause a decrease in cravings for cigarettes, drugs, and other addicting substances.

"God is the source of life and light and joy to the universe. Like rays of light from the sun, like the streams of living water bursting from a living spring, blessings flow out from Him to all His creatures. And wherever the life of God is in the hearts of men, it will flow out to others in love and blessing."—Ellen G. White, Steps to Christ, p.

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"And God said, 'Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed...and every tree in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat (food)." Genesis 1:29

"And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:" Gen 2:16 

We are what we eat.  A proper dietary regimen is essential for lifestyle reformation and maintenance of good health.  Whole plant foods eaten whole in as natural state as possible is what we teach.  We want food that is free from contaminants, such as pesticides, non-organic fertilizers and we want to avoid genetically altered food.  These foods may be responsible for increasing allergy problems in our society.  Packaged food is devitalized of nutrients and has increased in availability over the past 2 or 3 decades leading to a near doubling of the obesity rate in America. 

Food that is devitalized cannot supply the vitamins and minerals it lacks.  These foods are high in caloric density and deprived of nutrients, often referred to as "empty calories."  Therefore, it is of utmost importance that we choose wisely the food that goes on our table. Vegetables and fruits should be making the greater proportion of our meals, along with whole grains, beans, legumes, and seeds. Nuts should be included, and if you are trying to lose weight, they should be in small amounts. From our food, we will obtain all the macro nutrients such as protein, fat and carbohydrates.  We also obtain all the micro nutrients we need that are essential for good health such as vitamins, minerals, water, phytonutrients, and fiber.

Food cookery is a science and we teach that foods should be prepared with simplicity and variation, perhaps only three or four dishes at a meal, and properly cooked. Food should be carefully chosen and prepared with intelligence and skill so that they are pleasing to both the sight, smell and taste. The key to success is developing or finding good recipes.  If our food tastes good, why would we want to return to food that is not healthy for us.

Avoid the use of free fats in the preparation off foods. Animal products should be avoided altogether such as Lard or butter, but we should also avoid hydrogenated vegetable fats (Trans fats, esterified fats). If using vegetable oil, use natural oils and use them SPARINGLY, such as olive, flax, or canals, and keep it refrigerated.

Avoid the use of free sugar. It is not good for the stomach, because it causes fermentation. Milk and sugar clog the system, irritate the digestive organs, and affect the brain. Sugar, when largely used, is more injurious than meat.

Eat raw vegetable salads or raw fruits before the main course. This allows the stretch and nutrient receptors in the gut to send sensory information to the brain that tells the brain that we are nearly full and that since we have eaten plenty of food, we do not need much of the carbohydrates and proteins that are more concentrated sources of calories. This will also stimulate and assist digestion, and help avoid overeating of cooked foods.

We should avoid eating fruits and vegetables should at the same meal. Eat fruits at one meal and vegetables at another. They interfere with the digestion processes of each other and can cause an increase in GI discomfort, gas, and bloating.

Thin people live longer.  Eat sparingly, the studies abound that prove that gluttony is not beneficial for health. The benefit you derive from your food does not depend so much upon the amount eaten, as upon its proper combination and thorough digestion. Neither does gratification of taste depend so much upon the amount of food swallowed as upon the length of time it remains in the mouth. Overeating clogs the machinery and weakens the moral power to resist other passions.

Eat at regular scheduled times, allowing 5-6 hours to elapse between meals. Do not eat anything between meals. If you feel hungry between meals, you are probably actually thirsty.  The craving centers in the brain for thirst, hunger, sex, and drugs all share a common portion of the brain and you can easily suppress these types of urges with a large glass of cool water.

Never eat before going to bed. The stomach must have periods of rest just like any other organ in the body.

Take time to eat and enjoy mealtimes. Avoid eating compulsively or when emotionally upset, in pain, or overtired.

Eat a substantial breakfast. In the morning, after a good night's rest, the stomach is far better able to digest a hearty meal than at other meals of the day. The practice of eating a little or no breakfast and a heavy supper is conducive to putting on unwanted pounds.

Two meals a day are better than three; but if a third meal is eaten at all, it should be light, and eaten several hours before going to bed. Example: two meals—8 AM and 3 PM or three meals—6 AM, 12 PM, and 6 PM. So, eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and supper, if at all, like a pauper. Those who have physical jobs may find it necessary to eat three meals a day.  In that case it is OK.

In grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds are found all the food elements to make good blood.

REMEMBER, include in the diet a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, dark leafy greens, more raw foods, whole grain cereals and breads, vegetable proteins from sources such as dry beans, peas, and other legumes (soybeans, garbanzos, kidney beans, pintos, lentils, etc.), tofu, nuts, seeds, and soybean or rice milk. Our recommendations are a high starch, low fat, and moderate protein diet that includes plenty of raw fruits and vegetables. 

Fruits, Nuts and Vegetables may be eaten freely, but the bible does not say this about grains, seeds and legumes.  If we follow the bible counsel, we would try to eliminate as much flours and sugars as possible and not eat any meat, fish, dairy, cheese or any product that has a face or a mother or comes from something that has a face or a mother.

Reduce the fats, oils, salt, and sugars in the diet and avoid high cholesterol foods such as eggs, cheese, butter, and meats. All animal foods contain cholesterol, and that includes chicken and fish. Let the diet reform be progressive! Paul says in 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20, and 10:31:

"What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

"For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's."

"Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God."

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 Trust in the Creator God

"And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his [own] image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.  Gen 1:26-27   

"And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made He a woman, and brought her unto the man." Genesis 2:22

Who is the Great Physician?

"But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and the He is a rewarded of them that diligently seek Him." Hebrews 11:6

"And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph's son?  And he said unto them, Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country.  And he said, Verily, I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country.  Luke 4:22-24

From whom does all healing come?

"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones." Proverbs 3:5, 8

"If thou will diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and will do that which is right in His sight, and will give ear to His commandment, and keep His statutes, I will put none of the diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee." Exodus 15:26

What is His desire for your life?

"Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospereth." 3 John 2

"Thou shalt therefore keep the commandments...which I command thee this day, to do them...and the Lord will take away all sickness and will put none of the evil diseases of Egypt...upon thee." Deuteronomy 7:11, 15

Does He want our complete restoration?

"And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ." 1 Thessalonians 5:23

Does a lack of trust create a negative influence?

"A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones." Proverbs 17:22

"A sound heart is the life of the flesh; but envy the rottenness of the bones." Proverbs 14:30

In Matthew 11:28 Jesus says, "Come unto Me...and I will give your rest."

"Keep your wants, your joys, your sorrows, your cares, and your fears before God.... 'The Lord is very pitiful and of tender mercy.' James 5:11. His heart of love is touched by our sorrows and even by our utterances of them.... Nothing that in any way concerns our peace is too small for Him to notice. There is no chapter in our experience too dark for Him to read; there is no perplexity too difficult for Him to unravel. No calamity can befall the least of His children, no anxiety harass the soul, no joy, cheer, no sincere prayer escape the lips, of which our heavenly Father is unobservant, or in which He takes no immediate interest. 'He healeth the broken in heart and bindeth up their wounds.'Psalm 147:3." — Ellen G. White, Steps to Christ, p. 100

A Physicians Rx for a Happy, Healthy Lifestyle:

"Through nature and revelation, through His providence, and by the influence of His Holy Spirit, God speaks to us. But these are not enough; we need also to pour out our hearts to Him. In order to have spiritual life and energy, we must have actual intercourse with our heavenly Father...

"Prayer is the opening of the heart to God as to a friend... Prayer does not bring God down to us, but brings us up to Him.

"He [Jesus] found comfort and joy in communion with His Father. And if the Saviour of men, the Son of God, felt the need of prayer, how much more should feeble, sinful mortals feel the necessity of fervent, constant prayer." Ibid, pp. 64, 65

"Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come in and sup with him, and he with Me." Revelation 3:20

May we never forget:

"And the Lord commanded us to do all these statutes, to fear the Lord our God, for our good always, that He might preserve us alive, as it is at this day." Deuteronomy 7:24

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