Samaritan Ministries Offers Strategic Advice to Help Members Combat Infection
Leading Health Care Sharing Ministry Posts Member Doctor’s Suggestions for ‘7 Strategies to Boost Your Immune System’
May 12, 2020
PEORIA, Ill.—Samaritan Ministries International (samaritanministries.org) recently posted a timely resource, “7 Strategies to Boost Your Immune System,” by Samaritan member Dr. David Jockers outlining how immune system health is extraordinarily important—now more than ever as the nation battles COVID-19.
“We are always surrounded by opportunistic organisms whose main responsibility is to break down decaying matter. If we don’t take care of our body, we become that decaying matter and develop infection or chronic disease,” Dr. Jockers wrote. “The immune system functions like a muscle. When our muscles are challenged with exercise, they adapt and grow stronger. When our immune system is challenged through mild levels of toxic and microorganism exposure, it gets stronger and more resilient.”
Dr. Jockers, a natural health doctor, functional nutritionist, corrective care chiropractor, exercise physiologist and certified strength and conditioning specialist who owns and operates Exodus Health Center in Kennesaw, Georgia, further shared these seven strategies with his fellow health care sharing members:
- Balanced Gut Flora: Our intestinal system and mucosal membranes are lined with billions of different bacterial colonies. Progenic bacteria help promote life, whereas pathogenic bacteria create toxic waste and promote disease in our body. These two forms of microorganisms compete for nutrients and thus work against each other. A healthy ratio is 85% progenic to 15% pathogenic.
- Balanced Fatty Acid Ratios: Several critical fatty acids (omega-3: ALA, EPA and DHA; and omega-6: LA and GLA) cannot be synthesized in normal human metabolism and thus must be derived through diet. The ideal ratio is 1 to 1, but the typical American diet is loaded with the omega-6 variety due to the large impact of grains and vegetable oils, and therefore, most have a 16-to-1 ratio. This imbalance causes improper immune signaling, inflammation and decreased immunological strength.
- Vitamin D Levels: Vitamin D has been shown to suppress most elements of the adaptive immune system while inducing most elements of the innate immune system. Thus, D3 prevents and effectively treats autoimmune diseases by suppressing adaptive immunity while enhancing the first line of defense against invading microorganisms by strengthening innate immunity.
- Antioxidants and Trace Minerals: Foods rich in major antioxidants and trace minerals are key to healthy immune function. For super doses of the highest quality, choose fresh organic fruits and vegetables, grass-fed meats and cage-free eggs. Eat lots of green leafy veggies and those rich in color like red cabbage, red onions, peppers, etc. Be sure to use pink salts and lots of water as well for trace minerals and effective hydration. Add in a lot of herbs such as oregano, basil, thyme, ginger, cinnamon and turmeric.
- Medium-Chain Triglycerides: MCTs are powerful immune stimulators. For example, lauric acid, which is found in abundance within coconut oil, converts into “monolaurin,” which has powerful antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties. These fatty acids do not circulate in the bloodstream like other fats but are sent directly to the liver, where they are immediately converted into energy.
- Healthy Nervous System: Damage to the top of the neck causes pressure on the brainstem, switching the body into a chronic sympathetic overdrive. This heightened fight/flight system causes a disruption in blood supply to the brain, trouble relaxing, concentrating, sleeping and decreased immune function. Chronically, this condition can lead to inflammatory disorders such as asthma, allergies, sinus issues, headaches/migraines, frequent colds/flus and cancer cell formation. Chiropractic adjustments take pressure off this region, allowing the power of life to recharge the body.
- Balanced Sleep Cycles: With the absence of light, the body produces melatonin, which induces sleep. Poor sleeping habits lead to immune malfunction, inflammatory disorders, frequent colds/flus and other problems. The best sleeping habits include seven to eight hours daily. The period 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. brings about large growth hormone secretions as well as stimulates liver and gallbladder cleansing mechanisms. Sleeping (at least by 11 p.m.) during this critical time frame is a key to long-term health.
Members of Samaritan Ministries frequently share that they appreciate how the ministry continues to share these valuable resources that inform on the latest health trends and help keep them healthy.
For example, Patricia, a member in New Hampshire, says she is “grateful to and for Samaritan Ministries’ faithful service to the Body of Christ.”
“The newsletter provides so much help in the variety of information and helps to strengthen the ties with each other,” she said. “After my husband graduated to heaven, I was very blessed by sympathy notes from fellow Samaritans. Thank you to the dear people who have guided me and prayed for me over the phone!”
Similarly, Steven and Lois in Wisconsin expressed their thanks.
“We are so thankful to know that there is a godly group of people who started this Christian medical sharing group, so our money goes toward the needs of those whose morals match ours,” they said. “It is so helpful to receive newsletters that teach us healthy ways to live. We have the best people coming alongside us, including doctors who will partner to keep costs down. We love being a part of this good team of people!”
Every month, Samaritan’s 82,500 member households (more than 270,000 individuals) pray and send financial shares directly to other members, along with notes and cards of encouragement, through this effective, God-honoring ministry, sharing approximately $30 million in medical needs person to person each month. In fact, over the past 25 years, Samaritan Ministries members have shared over $1.8 billion in health care needs.
To interview a representative from Samaritan Ministries International, contact Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, Patrick Benner, 610.584.1096, ext. 104, or Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102.