Member Spotlight: Dr. David Jockers shares what he knows about ketogenic diet

Kathryn Nielson  ·  Aug 27, 2018

Dr. David Jockers credits the ketogenic diet for helping to cure his skin cancer and restoring him to optimum health, and he’s dedicated to spreading the news.

Through his website, DrJockers.com, and his clinic, Exodus Health Center, in Kennesaw, Georgia, Dr. Jockers shares with others what he learned so they can achieve their best health possible.

Getting the body into a state of ketosis and keeping it there is what the ketogenic diet is all about. Ketosis is the metabolic state in which the body uses fat for fuel instead of glucose. Contrary to the conventional wisdom that says fat is bad, the ketogenic diet not only encourages fat, but depends on healthy versions of it to achieve the health benefits associated with this way of eating. Low insulin and lack of glucose in the body are what make the ketogenic diet so beneficial to our bodies.

“Food in general is biological information,” says Dr. Jockers. “Nutrient deficient food causes all kinds of blood sugar spikes and inflammation, telling the body basically that we need to be in fight or flight because we’re constantly unable to stabilize our blood sugar. Blood sugar stability is a life and death thing so our body takes it seriously. Getting that regulated was instrumental in my body’s healing.”  

Finding his spiritual footing

Dr. Jockers was raised in a Jewish family that kept kosher and his mom who was a naturopathic nurse practitioner, so he grew up hearing all about diet and health. In fact, he planned to become a physical education teacher and coach and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in physical education from the University of North Florida.

While in college, he started attending a Messianic Jewish congregation of only 20 people, none of whom were under the age of 40. They had a heart and passion for Jesus that was missing from his own religious experience that was never more than logic and stories passed down through his family.

“‘I want what they have,’” he remembers thinking. “‘This is what I’ve been looking for.’ I just felt the Holy Spirit come over me, and it was time to give my life to Yeshua (Jesus).” 

He went on to get a master’s degree from Life University in exercise and sport science, and then he was introduced to chiropractic medicine. 

“I fell in love with how the body works,” he says.

He earned his doctorate of chiropractic from Life University.

“It just made so much sense to me,” he says. “The body was created to heal itself. God put everything within us to heal. We just need no interference.”

Treating your body like the temple of God

In 2009 he opened Exodus Health Center. Single and driven, he worked around the clock, binged on carbs, lived and slept in his clinic, and suffered from a debilitating fear of failure. Coupled with a predisposition for cancer, he had unknowingly created the perfect atmosphere for cancer to grow.

After feeling prompted by the Holy Spirit, he began to take inventory of his life and realized that he was not treating his body like the temple that it was and began focusing on getting better. He moved out of his clinic and into his own house, dealt with his fear, and adopted the ketogenic diet.

Experience had taught him that low-carb eating was beneficial in treating his irritable bowel syndrome. The ketogenic diet stabilized his blood sugar and enabled healing from his skin cancer, freedom from cravings, an ability to control his emotions, sharper thinking, and improved strength and muscle retention.

Dr. Jockers divides his diet ratio this way: 70 to 80 percent healthy fats like avocados, olives, and coconut; 15 to 20 percent proteins from grass-fed beef and organic sources; and very low amounts of carbs. If it seems daunting at first, he advises starting with the basics: reduce sugar and grains, decrease starches, and increase healthy fats.

Just getting sugar under control is a feat. Dr. Jockers confirms the addictive nature of sugar and high carb eating.

“I was a sugar addict and had to go on a sugar detox,” he says.

While grass-fed, organic meats are optimum, Dr. Jockers says it’s not a deal breaker and encourages people to make the best choices they can. The keto diet can be done as a vegetarian as well. No matter how the diet is followed, he says, you end up spending less money on food overall because eating this way causes us to eat less.

“As you start to adopt this lifestyle, you really do gain your natural senses as far as what food should taste like,” he says. “We were trained to live to eat. In contrast, if we develop the mindset that ‘I’m going to eat to live and that nothing tastes as good as how good I feel,’ then you can show up and be the best human being. It’s a retraining of our mindset that says, ‘I don’t want to settle for less than that.’”

It’s this kind of thinking that fuels the work he and his staff do at Exodus Health Center. Patients receive chiropractic care, nutrition coaching, and a new approach to health called functional medicine that involves specific lab work, and helps customized health programs based on different lab markers. They also offer hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Dr. Jockers and his staff even pray over every patient.

“[The clinic] is really designed to help glorify God and help people reach their health potential,” Dr. Jockers says. “It’s really a health ministry.”

For those not living near his clinic, DrJockers.com offers all the information available to his patients through articles, e-books, courses, and low-cost digital programs. The digital programs can be purchased for $97 and come with lifetime access. In addition, there are three nutritionists on staff who offer health coaching to people all over the world from a functional medicine perspective.

With the growth of the website, he only spends about 10 hours a week at the clinic. The rest of his time is spent running his website full time from home surrounded by his wife, Angel, and their three children.

Life with an Angel

David and Angel met through a Christian dating website in 2014.

“She is the most beautiful woman I’ve ever met,” he says. “She just lights up a room with her smile.”

They were married March 7, 2015, and by December of that year, they were parents to twin boys, David and Joshua. Their third child, Joyful, was born in May of this year.

Angel runs her own website, LifeWithAngel.com, where she writes on a variety of topics including keto recipes, natural health, safe beauty products, pet health, and a myriad of others. She’s also a regular on Dr. Jockers’ YouTube channel.

Together, David and Angel are on a mission to help other people live the best life possible through health and nutrition.

“I hope to be able to empower a generation of people to honor God with their bodies by living with purity and pursuing a healthy and vibrant lifestyle,” Dr. Jockers says.

Find out why Dr. David Jockers and his family joined Samaritan Ministries.