Health Ministry | 2022

By promoting whole-person health principles we demonstrate the love of God.

“All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not beneficial. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. 1 Corinthians 6:12


“And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit.” 

Ephesians 5:18



Each month this newsletter highlights 1 of 8 health principles taken from the acronymn, NEWSTART. These 8 principles are vital to well-being. This month the topic is T for temperance. Temperance is too huge for this little newsletter to contain. It not only refers to abstinence from harmful substances but also to moderation of appetite, which can reveal itself in so many ways. 

Have you ever wondered about the temptations of Jesus in the wilderness and the significance of His 40 day fast? Jesus overcame the fiercest temptation known to man and He knows how to help us win our battles, too!

“Through appetite, Satan controlled the mind and being. Thousands who might have lived, have prematurely passed into their graves, physical, mental, and moral wrecks. They had good powers, but they sacrificed all to indulgence of appetite, which led them to lay the reins upon the neck of lust.” Testimonies for the Church 3:561, 562. 

Ellen G White

Temperance is not only good for the body but is good for the soul!

The Effect of Caffeine

“Caffeine is the world’s most widely consumed psychoactive substance” according to SciTechDaily 6/2/2021

A study done at the University of Basel in Switzerland shows some interesting findings related to caffeine consumption. One study took 20 young healthy individuals who drank coffee on a regular basis. They were each given a placebo for the first 10 days and then a caffeine pill for the next 10 days.


After each 10 day period the grey matter in their brain was examined with a brain scan. After the placebo was taken (caffeine abstinence) the grey matter had significantly grown in volume. With the caffeine intake, the grey matter shrank in volume.


(Cerebral Cortex 2/15/2021)

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HEALING HERBS - Valerian Root

For a botanist, an herb is an herbaceous plant with a non-woody stem. However, for an herbalist, any plant used for healing can be considered a medicinal herb. Valerian is considered a safe and powerful herbal nervine. It is a tall herb (3-5 ft) with lacy, white flower clusters and is hardy to Zone 4.


It likes partial shade and moist soil. Valerian seeds are easy to germinate and they readily self-sow. (On a side note, the plant was brought to America by European colonists.)

The root is used for medicinal purposes. It contains isovaleric acid, valerenic acid, caffeic acid, tannins, sesquiterpenes, glycosides, essentiel oils, calcium, magnesium and B vitamins. Valerian tincture or tea can be used to reduce stress, insomnia, and anxiety. It is also excellent for relieving muscle tension or pain. 


(Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs)

A Plant-Based Recipe

Rainbow Potato Salad

(recipe from

1.5 lb of Terrific Trio little potatoes (these are small, blue, red and yellow potatoes)

1 tsp salt

5 Tbsp vegan mayo

3 Tbsp pickle juice

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp dried basil

1/4 c grated peeled carrots

1/4 c celery, thinly sliced

3 Tbsp dill, finely chopped 

1-2 Tbsp garlic dill pickle, finely chopped

1/2 c chopped red onion, soaked in ice water 

for 10 min

2 Tbsp green onion, finely chopped

2 Tbsp green bell pepper, finely chopped

1/4 c red bell pepper


In a large pot, cover the potatoes with cold, add the 1/2 tsp salt and bring to a boil. Turn down to simmer and cook until tender, about 10 min


In a small bowl combine the mayo, pickle juice, paprika, 1/4 tsp salt, and basil. Add dressing to potatoes while warm. Mix with a fork


Cool potatoes and dressing in fridge until they are room temperature or cooler.


Gently mix in all of the remaining ingredients. 

Season and adjust dressing to taste

Refridgerate for at least an hour. Garnish with paprika and dill before serving


Serves 4-5