Health Corner

Let’s get straight into NEWSTART and what it means…

NEW START is a mnemonic standing for the 8 laws of good health. It’s letters stand for Nutrition, Exercise, Water, Sunlight, Temperance, Air, Rest, and Trust (in Divine Power).

The following link shows 48 short 1 minute-long videos which will inspire you towards good health.

This week’s poll focuses on Exercise. Kindly take the time to participate. Results will be published in next week’s bulletin.

Save The Date: Healthy-eating Cooking demos: 30 June 2019 and 28 July 2019

Calling all Health Professionals

The Northern Conference is updating their database of health professionals within the church.  Click on the link below to fill in your details if you are a health professional, even if you have completed a similar form before.  Feel free to contact the Health ministries leader, Candice Radzhadzhi if you have any queries.


Certain common behaviors are likely to be found in all people who abuse alcohol or use other drugs, regardless of age.  These warning behaviors include:

  • an abrupt change in mood or attitudes;
  • associating with a new group of friends, especially with those who use drugs;
  • sudden or continuing decline in attendance or performance at work or in school
  • heightened secrecy about actions and possessions;
  • stealing from the home, at school, or in the workplace;
  • increased amount and frequency of borrowing money from family and friends;
  • unusual flares of temper;
  • impaired relationships with family members or friends;
  • sudden and continuing resistance to discipline at home, work, or school.

These could be a sign of other problems.  Seek help if you suspect addiction in your friend or family member. Contact Candice Mwandla, of health ministries, if in need of assistance.


If you need FREE one-on-one counseling sessions with a trained counsellor or psychologist related to addiction or substance abuse contact Sandy Abrahams (Church Manager) to make an appointment.  Counsellors will be available from 15 May to 31 May 2019, strictly by appointment only.


The most common symptoms of addiction are severe loss of control, continued use despite serious consequences, preoccupation with using, failed attempts to quit, tolerance and withdrawal.  Tolerance is the phenomenon of needing higher doses of the substance or behaviour to receive a certain level of fulfilment.

Addiction is a complex brain disorder. It  is a psychological and physical inability to stop consuming a chemical, drug, activity, or substance, even though it is causing psychological and physical harm.

Withdrawal is experiencing discomforting physical symptoms when the substance or behaviour is withheld, such as abdominal pain, restlessness, jitteriness, insomnia.

Types of addiction include alcohol, cannabis, illicit drugs, painkillers, glues, thinners, and behaviours such as gambling, eating, sex, working, gaming, social networks although the latter five are not yet formally classified as addictions within the field of psychiatry.

Most people start using a drug or first engage in an activity voluntarily. However, addiction can take over and reduce self-control. 

WHY do some people become addicted whilst others who have abused substances or indulged certain behaviours do not?

Addiction is a disease.

As with other diseases, there are risk factors associated with  addiction including:
  • Genetic predisposition. Quite simply, addiction tends to run in families. While psychological and environmental factors appear to be more influential in determining whether an individual starts to use substances, genetic factors appear to have more of an influence in determining who progresses from substance use to addiction
  • Potency of the drug. Some drugs are so highly addictive (e.g., nicotine, heroin) that using them excessively or on a daily basis can cause addiction for anyone. 
  • Psychological factors  (e.g., stress, personality traits like high impulsivity or sensation seeking, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, personality and other psychiatric disorders)
  • Environmental influences (e.g., exposure to physical, sexual, or emotional abuse or trauma, substance use or addiction in the family or among peers, access to an addictive substance; exposure to popular culture references that encourage substance use)
  • Starting alcohol, nicotine or other drug use at an early age 

Having one or more of these addiction risk factors does not mean someone will become addicted, but it does mean the odds are greater. The more risk factors present, the greater the chance that an individual will develop the disease.

  • References: CASAColumbia. (2012). Addiction medicine: Closing the gap between science and practice.

Follow this link for an in-depth article about Adventists and Addiction

Eight Golden Laws of Health

Achieving a state of optimal health is not just about gaining longevity, but about living a life that is quality-filled.

There are 8 simple, natural ways by which this can be achieved:

  1. Pure water – Invest in clean, purified water whether spring or filtered. 6 to 8 glasses daily, best taken between meals.
  2. Fresh air – To improve the quality of air we breathe, here’s what we can do: good posture, exercise to expand the lungs’ capacity, drink water to aid good respiration, consider a portable air-purifying unit if you drive in heavy traffic often.
  3. Rest – “Early to bed and early to rise”. Due to the circadian rhythm, according to studies, the best and deepest sleep occurs between 9pm and 12am. So, sleeping early is king.
  4. Temperance – this is the elimination of harmful things such as alcohol, tobacco, drugs, caffeinated drinks, fatty foods, and refined sugar from our diet.
  5. Sunlight – a healing agent given to us by God.
  6. Exercise – It is the fountain of youth, all within our reach. “ If you can’t find time for exercise, you may have to find time to be sick” as one saying goes.
  7. Nutrition – Do’s: bake, boil, steam rather than fry; eat raw fruits or vegetables at every meal. Dont’s: Avoid between meal snacks
  8. Trust in Divine Power – True physical healing begins with the cleansing of our thoughts and feelings. Establish a life of Bible study, spending time with God through prayer, and sharing your faith and healthy lifestyle habits.

Poll results (Please note that poll responses are ANONYMOUS)

1. Do you know the 8 golden laws of health:

Result: Yes 56%    No 44%

Almost half of those who responded did not know the 8 golden laws of health, either partially or in their entirety. Conclusion: Not every Seventh Day Adventist churchgoer knows or knows about the 8 golden laws of health, also known by the acronym ‘NEWSTART’.

2. Last week’s poll question:  Do you have an immediate family member with an addiction to drugs or alcohol:


  1. Yes, currently 50%
  2. Yes, they have recovered 0%
  3. No, never 50%
  4. They are deceased 0%

From those who responded, it can be deduced that addiction is a real problem faced by some of our families within the SDA church. We cannot shy away from this important topic.