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V9AOG26R2WThis post was taken and modified from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

What is the common response when one hears the word “cholesterol”?

Due to the many health problems related to “high cholesterol,” the word seems to have taken up a negative meaning all together. However, did you know that cholesterol is a crucial component for proper body function? In fact, cholesterol is used by the body for cell membrane structure, hormones, and digestive juices (such as bile).

Cholesterol becomes harmful only when they exceed their normal amounts. Excess cholesterol (LDL) then start forming deposits within coronary artery walls, which poses a major cardiovascular health risk.

However, it’s important to know that not all cholesterol are harmful. In fact, there are three types: HDL, LDL, and VLDL. HDL is stated to be the “good” cholesterol because it functions to move the LDL/VLDL back to the liver to be broken down/converted for better use. On the other hand, LDL and VLDL are not beneficial to the body and just give rise to negative health effects.

That leads to the most important question. What can we do to lower/maintain a healthy cholesterol level?

Here are some great ways to help lower the “unhealthy” cholesterol levels and increase the “healthy” cholesterol levels!

Dietary Factors that Help Reduce/Reverse Risk of Heart Disease- 

1. Eat Fruits and Vegetables

Packed with vitamins, minerals, the healthy plant chemicals called phytochemicals, and antioxidants, vegetables help fight low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or “bad”) cholesterol that can lead to the buildup of plaque in your arteries, a major risk factor for heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. Eat a variety of vegetables every week to get the full array of health benefits they have to offer. Fruits are excellent sources of healthy phytochemicals, antioxidants, and fiber, too.

2. Choose Healthy Fats

Not all fats are bad. You need the good ones, which include olive, canola, flax, walnut, peanut, and sesame oils. These oils help fight internal inflammation, improve cholesterol levels, boost the immune system, and keep your brain and central nervous system healthy.

The American Heart Association suggests keeping your fat intake to between 25 percent and 35 percent of your total calories each day. Keep saturated fats to less than 7 percent and consumption of trans fats should be limited to less than 1 percent of your calories every day.

3. Eat Plenty of Fiber

Eat foods high in fiber, such as barley, oatmeal, and apples, which contain soluble fiber that helps bind cholesterol in the gastrointestinal tract and carry it out of the body. Make these foods a regular part of your diet.

While oatmeal and apples are familiar foods, not everybody is used to eating barley. Try substituting barley pilaf for rice. Barley adds a chewy, nutty-tasting side dish to meals and can help reduce your cholesterol.

4. Go Nuts for Nuts

Eaten in moderation, certain nuts, such as walnuts, almonds, and peanuts, can help to lower bad cholesterol. Nuts contain healthy fats and antioxidants that can keep your cardiovascular system healthy.

Each week, you should include three to five servings of nuts. One serving of nuts is usually about one-third of a cup. But be sure to keep strict tabs on how much you eat, because nuts are also high in calories. Also, choose unsalted nuts when possible.

5. Beans Are Good for Your Heart

All variety of beans, such as kidney, chick peas (garbanzos), lentils, split peas, black-eyed peas, and white beans, are high in antioxidants and fiber, and can help improve your cholesterol profile.

6. Avoid Eating Foods with Cholesterol

All meat products contain cholesterol, and animal fat is known to be a big cause of elevated cholesterol levels. The best recommendation is to avoid meat consumption.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2015, March 16). Cholesterol.

Most people today have heard that exercising is a great way to shed some extra pounds. However, have you ever thought to yourself whether or not it was worth going through “all that hard exercise” just to lose a few pounds and if there were other benefits that come from exercising that would help “outweigh” the all the effort put into it?

There’s great news! Did you know that physical activity helps you to achieve more than just losing weight? In fact, doing moderate e0EEC17A076xercise has been proven to help increase endorphin levels, which are your brain’s “feel-good” neurotransmitters, reduce stress, relieve headaches and sluggishness caused from staying in one position for too long, boost brain activity, and improve your quality of sleep. Exercising has also shown to help against depression (the world’s second leading cause of disability- WHO) caused by stress encountered from day to day life.

So the next time you go out to exercise, remember that it will not only help you shed some pounds but will also give you one of the greatest energy boosts that will help brighten up your day!


D3901L7G93Water. It’s the most common compound on earth, so why not put it to use? Water has many medicinal applications, and today we’ll highlight 7 diseases that can be reduced or even cured by drinking water.

1. Heart Disease - Water thins and dilutes the blood, which aids in better circulation. A study of more than 20,000 participants found that men who drank more than 40 ounces of water per day cut risk of CAD by 46%. Women had an even greater response, cutting their risk by 59%.

2. Diabetes – Because water contains no calories or sugar, it doesn’t raise the blood glucose level. Water dilutes the high concentration of sugar in the blood, and is the only substance that is absorbed and not digested.

3. Cancer - Adequate water intake helps to prevent colon cancer. One study reported that adequate water intake reduced the incidence of colon cancer in men by 92%, breast cancer in woman by 79%, and bladder cancer by 51%.

4. Obesity - Did you know that 2 glasses of water increased the metabolic rate by about 30% in one study? Researchers believe that an increase in water intake of 6 glasses per day could burn about 5 lbs of fat per year.

5. Urinary Tract Health - Our kidneys are sophisticated filters that process about 200 quarts of blood each day to make about 2 quarts of urine. According to the National Kidney Research Fund, adequate water intake is the best way to promote proper kidney function, avoid kidney stones, flush impurities form the blood, and protect against urinary tract infections.

6. Arthritis - Our joints are cushioned by fluid-filled sacs, but when we are dehydrated, our bodies draw water fro these non-essential areas. As a result, joints are not adequately cushioned and movement can become painful. Moderate dehydration can actually mimic arthritis.

7. Digestive Health - Water can keep your gallbladder clean. A recent study found that drinking adequate room temperature water resulted in gallbladder emptying. Low daily water intake has been attributed as a cause for the formation of gallstones.

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Aluminum is a part of our everyday life more than we realize, yet society seems to know very little about the negative health impacts this metal has. What odd places do we find aluminum in our food?

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You may be asking, “I’m trying to maintain a vegan diet, but is that healthy?”, or “does being vegan even make that much of a difference?”. In this video, former Newstart doc, Dr. David DeRose answers these questions, and much more.

It’s flu season, so here’s how to fight it with these 5 simple tips from Dr. Gallant, our new NEWSTART doctor:

1. Eat some fresh citrus fruits, like oranges or mandarins.

2. If you’re starting to feel sick, drink a glass of water every 10 minutes for one hour.

3. Take Echinacea.

4. Take Goldenseal.

5. Take a hot and cold contrast shower.

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Here are the long-term benefits of living the NEWSTART lifestyle! 


“Five weeks ago, I was scheduled for quintuple bypass surgery.

While seeking second opinions, I heard about NEWSTART and the possibility of reversing my artery disease. It was the best decision I’ve ever made for my personal health. I’ve lost weight, inches, and doubts about my future. I can’t wait to see how God is going to continue this work He has begun in me!” - Dennis M.

This is just one of the miracles that happened every day in the program this year. Your dedicated support was a part of Dennis’s testimony. As we review this past year and look at what is planned for 2015, we recognize that God has been leading the plans for the NEWSTART Family of Lifestyle Programs.

Steve Brownell

Steve Brownell

The Lord blessed with high demand for the NEWSTART Lifestyle programs. In 2014, several new faculty members joining the friendly faces that serve guests. Steve Brownell, RN, has brought fresh ideas and dedication to the program as the new director. Teri Salvador, RN, has accepted the coordinator position of the Reversing Diabetes program. We recently welcomed Rich Constantinescu, Mdiv., as the NEWSTART chaplain and program counselor.

Several residential improvements have helped guests maximize their NEWSTART experiences. The new cooking school was completed and opened for guest use this summer; this feature has been a significant blessing to guests learning practical knowledge that will enable them to maintain the NEWSTART diet at home.

The family of programs have also undergone dynamic changes this year. For the past 36 years, NEWSTART Classic 18-day medically supervised lifestyle program was the primary NEWSTART product offered. While this program delivered health benefits to many participants, it did not resonate with individuals who did not have a significant diagnosis or may have simply wanted to prevent lifestyle disease. This year, in order to address the needs of the broader community and age group, we launched two new NEWSTART plans.

We resurrected Reversing Diabetes (RD), the 3-day diabetes educational workshop, to address the growing diabetes epidemic. If the current diabetes trend continues, according to the CDC, 80 million Americans will have diabetes. RD has not only been very successful in helping people learn NEWSTART lifestyle principles, but also in helping individuals learn how to self-manage diabetes.

We have been able to make this program portable, delivering lifestyle services to remote locations. The pilot program in Oregon at the Tillamook Regional Medical Center was a significant success in serving that community. During the program, participants experienced relief from pain and increased sensation after hydrotherapy as well as lowered blood glucose levels.

NS-ProActive_ColorWe have also refined the NEWSTART ProActive program. The value-rich updated Proactive is a 7-day lifestyle education program targeted at busy working adults who need to learn lifestyle principles in order to prevent diseases in the first place. The primary goal for this new format is to deliver a higher quality of life both now and in the future.

As we thank God for the success He has given NEWSTART, we are reminded about His leading for the coming year. We launched our first of many future NEWSTART lecture series. Our first lecture featured Dr. David DeRose addressing the ebola crisis with a message of hope through lifestyle management. Look for more health and lifestyle lectures throughout 2015.

While we are impacting the community directly around us, we want to take healthy cooking to the world in 2015. Feedback from Alumni and individuals that are unable to come to the program has demonstrated the need for more information on sourcing, preparing, and diversifying the vegan, plant-based diet. In an attempt to expand our influence, we expect to begin offering web-based subscription cooking classes by March. While the beautiful NEWSTART cooking school is fully functional for residential programs, donations are needed to equip it with cameras and monitoring devices needed for media to expand the programming offered on the web. These web-based cooking classes have the potential to bring the health message to both those unable to attend residential program and to an international audience.

The popular annual Health Summit and Alumni Reunion is scheduled again for June 21 – 25. This year’s speakers include Dr. Neil Barnard, Dr. David DeRose and Dr. John McDougal. The 4-day event is open to all – plan on joining us and register now at

As Seventh-day Adventists, we recognize that the health message is integral to reaching souls for the kingdom. Each year we see hundreds of lives transformed and many souls turned to Christ while at NEWSTART.

In the upcoming year, our greatest need is to take these scientifically researched lifestyle programs to a larger, more diverse audience. We are in contact with other media ministry partners and prayerfully considering options on how to deliver the health message to a larger audience, but resources are needed for our dream to come to fruition. Consider partnering with us this holiday season as we endeavor to expand NEWSTART principles to bringing health to a hurting world.


Randy Bivens M.D.

COO of  the Weimar Institute

Did you know that new brain scan research shows that spiritual practices can actually improve memory and may even slow down the aging process itself? Watch this video to learn more about the health benefits of trust.

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