COVID-19: Can Christian principles help society successfully re-open?

 
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Sanctuary System Acronym
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FORT WAYNE, Ind. - April 21, 2020 - PRLog -- Physician, public health professional, and pastor, David DeRose, MD, MPH, MAPMin, suggests that applying age-old Christian principles could make a profound difference in slowing the spread of severe COVID-19 infections—and thus helping society re-open sooner and more safely.

Furthermore, Dr. DeRose argues that the principles he has highlighted are valuable to individuals regardless of where they fall on the spiritual spectrum: "When we look at sound health principles, they are going to help anyone who applies them; It doesn't matter whether he or she is an atheist or agnostic or a Jew, Muslim, Buddhist, Christian--or any other religion for that matter."

DeRose's approach emphasizes nine elements that are easily remembered using the acronym "sanctuary":
  • S. Stress Management, Safety, and Security
  • A. Activity
  • N. Nutrition
  • C. Comprehensive Environment
  • T. Thanksgiving
  • U. Useful Work
  • A. Abstemiousness
  • R. Rest
  • Y. Yearning and Hope

For a limited time, Dr. DeRose is offering a 14-page white paper with multiple scientific references free of charge to those who request it at drderose@compasshealth.net. For those who would prefer a video on the topic, check out Dr. DeRose's interview with noted host, John Bradshaw: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arWYJELExvU&feature=youtu.be



Although there is a lot of fascinating science and practical suggestions in Dr. DeRose's paper and corresponding interview, his framework is clearly based on a biblical worldview. For those who do not share a Judeo-Christian (or even Muslim) faith tradition, you'll need to skim over the Bible references to get to the meat of his scientific insights.  But there's enough there to make his resources of value to you. For example, did you know that simple sunshine can effectively kill coronavirus, a humidifier may enhance your lungs' defenses, and a walk in the woods can ramp up your immune system?

If you do belong to a scripture-based faith community, you'll no doubt also appreciate Dr. DeRose's spiritual insights into topics like: stress management, the power of thanksgiving, and how having hope and positive expectations can help your immune system function more efficiently.

In these challenging times, practical health resources are an invaluable aid to us surviving and thriving. With that in mind, check out Dr. DeRose's materials. (And, if you haven't already requested it, ask for a free copy of Dr. DeRose's eBook, "Evading Ebola." Although written to deal with another infectious disease pandemic, it is full of interesting scientific insights that hold promise for dealing with COVID-19 as well. You can read more about Dr. DeRose's book here.  It too is available, free of charge as an eBook, by sending an email to drderose@compasshealth.net.)

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