Pure air, sunlight, abstemiousness (temperance), rest, exercise, proper diet, the use of water and trust in divine power are called by some the eight laws of health. But how does the eight laws of health apply to you?

A good respiration soothes the nerves; it stimulates the appetite and renders digestion more perfect; and it induces sound, refreshing sleep.

The lungs should be allowed the greatest freedom possible. Their capacity is developed by free action; it diminishes if they are cramped and compressed. Hence the ill effects of the practice so common, especially in sedentary pursuits, of stooping at one’s work. In this position it is impossible to breathe deeply. Superficial breathing soon becomes a habit, and the lungs lose their power to expand. A similar effect is produced by tight lacing. Sufficient room is not given to the lower part of the chest; the abdominal muscles, which were designed to aid in breathing, do not have full play, and the lungs are restricted in their action. Thus an insufficient supply of oxygen is received. The blood moves sluggishly. The waste, poisonous matter, which should be thrown off in the exhalations from the lungs, is retained, and the blood becomes impure. Not only the lungs, but the stomach, liver, and brain are affected. The skin becomes sallow, digestion is retarded; the heart is depressed; the brain is clouded; the thoughts are confused; gloom settles upon the spirits; the whole system becomes depressed and inactive, and peculiarly susceptible to disease”. (E.G. White, Ministry of Healing, page 127)

H.E. Kirschner, M.D., said this: “I also in full agreement with Dr. Philip Welsh, who declares: Any form of treatment, any program of health which does not give full and due consideration to the first essential of life, pure air, will absolutely fail to get the best results, yes, this one question of supplying the body with pure air is important enough to determine the difference between health and sickness, between life and death! Contrast this, if you will, with the popular notion that air, especially night air, is harmful to the sick. Any of my colleagues in the medical profession have excluded air from the sick room. This is a great mistake, for air is the food God has provided for the lungs, and your lings, when deprived of fresh air, will be like a hungry person deprived of food. Therefore, air should not be regarded as an enemy, but as a precious blessing.” H.E. Kirschner, M.D. Nature’s Seven Doctors, page 18.

Every cell in our body requires oxygen in order to function, if the air we breathe is not pure, then we force our body cells to function on this impure oxygen.

The American Lung Association has declared that up to 1⁄2 of all illnesses are either caused or aggravated by polluted air!

Those who do not open the home to pure air are sometimes irritable, sluggish; all the windows are closed in their homes. Chronic sinus conditions or respiratory issues, lack of good sleep, other illness or not being able to stay alert may result. Try and crack windows in the bedroom at least an inch when sleeping unless you do not live in an environment in which it is not practical. During the day air should be allowed to circulate through the entire house including bedrooms in order for impurities to be removed from living quarters.

You can help purify the air in your home by placing a few plants in your home. Plants such as the peace lily, dumb cane, spider plant, snake plant, philodendron can all be helpful. Find out more through our lectures, workshops, trainings and some of the books we carry. Reach out to us, we’d be happy to address your group, congregation or your friends and family.

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June 2020

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