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Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Vaginal Yeast Infection – Symptoms & How to Treat With Garlic

Yeast infections are very stubborn, and characterised as single-celled fungi that reproduce asexually by budding or division. The stubborn agent, candida albicans can constitute a health problem that can be inimical to the overall health of the individual and that is why it is a very important health subject matter. It is a parasitic fungus that can infect the mouth or the skin or the intestines, and also the vagina; thus yeast infections can be found in various parts of the body.
Vaginal yeast infection

 But there are potent natural remedies you can use such as garlic, to deal with this problem. Garlic is capable of staving off and destroying loads of yeast infection and bacteria, etc. Some vital studies carried out in China proved that garlic does really restrain the growth of all the following microorganisms: Escherichia coli, Salmonella typhimurium, Vibrio parahaemolyticus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Proteus vulgaris, Staphylococcus aureus, Mycobacterium phlei, Streptococcus faecalis, Bacillus cereus and Micrococcus luteus.

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Exhaust Fume Pollution and How to Avoid/Handle Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Pollution is an undesirable state of the natural environment being contaminated with harmful substances as a consequence of human activities. Recent studies showed that Air pollution (which also includes carbon monoxide emission) alone kills 3.2 million people yearly, and this is more than Aids and malaria combined!

Exhaust fume pollution

By the daily activities that go on in our society especially in our urban centres, our environment is continually assaulted by all manner of pollutants especially exhaust fumes. These pollutants which translate into environmental pollution are as varied as they are harmful and you must learn how to avoid or curtail the negative health effects of these elements on your life. For example Frank Kelly, professor of environmental health at King's College, London, says that from studies made “In my view, because we all need to breathe, air pollution is second only to smoking in terms of hazards to public health.” 

Monday, 30 November 2015

How to Ensure a Healthy Heart – Check the Vital Numbers & Signs

You will be better advised if you focus the part of your brain that is dedicated to your mobile telephone and social media or even to your stomach, more to your heart and all that it is saying. There are vital signs that you must begin to look out for if you must have your heart stay in rhythm and in tip-top condition. You must begin to pay adequate attention to the numbers as it were, and endeavour always to aim at keeping them ‘low’. Your diet is also important in controlling these numbers for the sake of your good heart

A healthy heart has good numbers

Monday, 23 November 2015

How to Boost Your Heart Health by Consuming Cold-Water ‘Fatty’ Fish

For many years I have heard that fish was very good for your health, and later I got to know that it is good for the blood pressure and even more importantly, the heart. I am sure you also know this by now. But later also I got to know that mainly, the goodness in consuming fish diets is chiefly because of the healthy oil content.

Fish oil is one of the healthiest oils to consume; fish oil contains Omega3 fatty acids – polyunsaturated oil which is very good for your heart. Fish oil (acids) are also present in various categories and classified according to the functions and benefits your body derives from them; they are carriers of different healthy components (Omega3 fatty acids) of nutritious natural oils – EPA, DHA, ALA, and HDL cholesterols. You must try always to get your full dose of these healthy fats as a matter of necessity.

Sardines have rich heart-healthy oils

Friday, 6 November 2015

How Olive Oil Unblocks Your Arteries, Lowers Blood Pressure & Promotes Healthy Heart

Good oil means good heart

Sometime ago, I walked into a supermarket and bought a bottle of Olive Oil (not the usual small 88.7 mil); it was the bigger bottle of this precious oil that I took away. And so on getting to the office with this bottle amongst other items I had, my colleague gave me the same kind of strange look that I got when I was picking up this bottle of Olive oil from the shop. My colleague asked what I was going to do with that (big) bottle of Olive Oil: “Are you now a pastor?” he asked. And the blunt truth is that I tried so hard to resist being embarrassed by this question. But following this reaction which is a typical reflection of the thinking and understanding of the average Nigerian, I had to equally seize the opportunity to educate all those who were in that room on that day.

Great health with good natural living

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Coconut Oil: Your Heart-Friendly Oil, Helps Maintain Normal Blood Pressure

Experts are saying not every aspect of saturated fat is unhealthy There are actually some that are very good for your system depending on their overall make-up such as the high content of medium-chain triglyceride and lauric acid in it. A good example of this kind of oil happens to be coconut oil. Coconut oil which has hitherto been given little or no attention is useful and healthful to your entire system in many ways than you can ever imagine. And for the purpose of this particular discussion, experts say it is really able to enable you maintain a good blood pressure, as well as decrease your risk of heart related ailments or cardiovascular diseases.

Coconut fruit

Research has revealed that coconut oil when consumed on a regular basis – say 2 to 3 tablespoons on a daily routine, is capable of decreasing plaque which is a layer of cholesterol that is built up in the arteries. What the oil does is help convert the fat blockage in your blood vessels into a good kind of cholesterol that is useful to your body.

Friday, 9 October 2015

How to Harvest Nature; Respect for Trees and the Environment

Nature is filled with all manner of potentials and opportunities endowed in plants, water, wind, sunshine, soil, bird and animal life, etc. Thus for a rounded and healthy soul and body, we have got to be in complete and constant harmony with self, and then everybody else and the world we live in, or the environment. We must learn to appreciate the free oxygen we have for life, the variety of flora and fauna and he pleasantness we derive from them all. Thus we all need each other - animals and plants.

Friday, 2 October 2015

How to Prevent High Blood Pressure, & Maintain a Healthy Heart with Avocado

The first time it was brought to my knowledge that avocado pear had a lot in store for the heart was when someone told of how the seed of this endearing fruit meal looks so much like the human heart; and behold it was so! We were equally informed or reminded that in nature it has always been like that; most fruits and vegetables have been so designed to announce themselves as regards what organs of the body they hold attachments for in terms of remedy. In practical science, according to Keri Gans, a renowned registered nutritional health scientist and author of The Small Chang Diet,Avocados are super high in heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, and also contain other important nutrients like vitamins E and C.”

Heart-friendly Avocado Pear

Monday, 21 September 2015

How to Prevent and Treat Hypertension and Heart Disease by Nature's Ways

Hypertension has often been described as - a common disorder in which blood pressure remains abnormally high (a reading of 140/90 mm Hg or greater). Thus you become hypertensive when your blood pressure continues to be on the high without it being effectively controlled. Unfortunately your doctor is ever eager to give you ‘the bad news’: You are told that your condition has no cure and therefore you are to live with it the rest of your life. You are told you will only have to manage it by being on drugs for life. But on the contrary, there is so much solution abundant in nature, and natural foods order than chemical drugs.

Healing (natural) foods

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

The Cause and How to Avoid Hypertension among Young People

It is no longer news that the effects of cardiovascular diseases such as hypertension, high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke and even hypotension have become so heavy on the Nigerian society. The real problem is that in the past decade or so we have been witnessing a new phenomenon in which especially young people are steadily falling victim to this dreaded scourge at a pace that has terrified many including medical practitioners and care-givers alike.

Young people should be full of life and vigour

According to the World Health Organisation report from the 2015 world Health Day, hypertension is responsible for an estimated 45 per cent of deaths from heart disease, and 51 per cent of deaths from stroke annually. This is very disturbing, and health experts and researchers especially in Nigeria are wondering why so many young people in the country are caught up in this worrisome trend which experts say is actually also a global issue. Recently experts are beginning to realise also that all of these ailments are rather more of lifestyle related than anything else. 

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

How to Treat, Prevent High Blood Pressure, and Heart Attack through Water Therapy

Water therapy might sound novel or even funny, but the truth is that it has been a secret some people have been living with for many centuries. For instance, it is a popular habit of the Chinese and their oriental cousins - the Japanese, to drink (hot) water after each meal. Remember that so many today, especially the nouveau-riche even in developing economies like Nigeria, are in the habit of taking instead so-called fruit juices. So many today are suffering and they have been told there is no cure or permanent help for their ailments such as hypertension, yet they are not able to help themselves through some of the many natural endowments that abound such as water.
Drink (water) and be merry

So many are also hamstrung by the fact that it can be expensive to manage their ailments; – that is, among the less privileged in society. But the good news is that natural scientists and nutritionists alike have shown in their studies that water can do wonders for your high blood pressure and hypertension.

Friday, 14 August 2015

Maintaining a Good Body Weight by Checking Excessive Use of Food additives

It is very important for everyone to keep and maintain a healthy body weight by making sure you are within the required BMI for your height. There is no gain saying that overweight or obesity seriously predisposes you to equally serious health issues such as hypertension and heart attacks, etc.

Experts say that apart from doing your exercises, avoiding sedentary lifestyle, minimizing your consumption of fatty foods, etc, it has also become very important you are alarmed about the negative effects food additives such as monosodium glutamate (MSG), can have on your health. MSG is an excitotoxin. It makes you fat! This might be news to you; but yes, MSG can actually cause all kinds of medical problems for you. It can also affect your mood; it can make you depressed.
Watch your weight!
Unknowing to many in Nigeria, MSG is the basic raw material at the base of most of what we call food seasonings. The white seasonings for all you know, is really the very raw MSG itself! MSG can also be physically addicting, like aspartame; nutritional health experts say it can actually make you hungrier. This means it can make you eat all you do not really intend to eat – and there goes your weight problem if you do not watch it.

Friday, 7 August 2015

How to Combat Insomnia and Achieve Improved Sleep through Exercise

Sleeplessness or insomnia is a big problem throughout the world. Today there is even a growing concern more than ever before on how the lack of adequate sleep has, or is becoming a big nightmare for many; this is however made worse by the rise in debilitating health conditions that affect a good measure of today’s population be they urban or rural, but especially the elderly. Some of these health conditions may include stress, high blood pressure, etc. The good news however, is that research has gone far into the causes and possible solutions to this problem. Most importantly we have available to us the use of natural approaches to remedying sleeplessness chiefly among these includes exercise.

Inability to sleep

Using exercise to achieving ‘good’ sleep is one that has not been fully exploited but recent researches have confirmed that it is able to make you sleep better. Experts say although the exact mechanisms on how exercise works are not well known, but the fact remains that studies have shown that exercise significantly improves the sleep of people with chronic insomnia! According to National Sleep Foundation, USA, Aerobic exercise improves self-reported sleep and quality of life in older adults with insomnia.

Exercise helps

Friday, 24 July 2015

How to lose weight effortlessly and naturally, and maintain it

Experts on health and fitness have always harped on the need for us to be active and avoid as much as possible sedentary lifestyle; I have heard one actually say man was made to walk. If you are somewhat overweight, experts suggest you must make it a habit to begin to walk (more) so as to deal with your weight problems.

You can turn your weight around naturally, happily

You need to walk for at least one hour, nonstop, per day! This is the utmost truthful advice you can get as your body is designed to walk. In all of these, research has shown that slow, rhythmic movement exercise, such as in walking, does a lot to reset your body's weight set point and it helps you to create a fit and trim body all together. And so a one-hour walk everyday will actually change your body dramatically in as little as a period of say - one month or there about.

Running & walking for all

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Sunlight and the Health Benefits of Vitamin D, and Exposing Yourself to the Sun

You should always ensure you go for a walk in the sun! This is very important especially people whose nature of work do not afford them the luxury of field or outdoor activities or exposure. Your body needs sunlight for it a veritable source of the essential Vitamin D which is also known as sunshine vitamin.

Enjoy nature and the sun

It is also very essential experts say for your calcium levels to up because certain minerals and vitamins tend to combine to enable you get the maximum benefits from them. It is also so very essential for the elderly to get this natural dose of goodies scientific research has revealed. Also experts reveal that as human beings, we make 90 percent of our vitamin D solely from natural sunlight exposure to our skin. This happens particularly, from ultraviolet B exposure to the skin, which naturally starts the conversion of cholesterol in the skin to vitamin D3.

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

How to Maintain a Healthy Weight by Eating Natural, Nourishing & Befitting Breakfast

This might sound funny but research has also proven that interestingly you may want to  note that about 80 percent of the people who are described as obese or overweight mostly eat a small amount of food as breakfast or nothing at all. It is also a fact that eighty percent of slim or thin people usually eat a large breakfast according to experts. But expert nutritionists adduce that all you need to do is eat right like I will list below; if you are overweight you are likely to come down, and if you are underweight, you will surely put on your right weight. You certainly do not need those extra luggage.

Excess Tummy Fat

Nutrition experts will also have us understand that your breakfast should normally be made up of as much as you want of the following items. Everything to expect on this list, health nutritionists say should be all organic. This implies that your food choices should consist of foodstuff grown or raised without synthetic fertilisers or pesticides or hormones. What nutritional health experts mean is that your meals should consist of simple and healthful products that are very close to nature as much as possible.

Nourishing breakfast

The list will include things such as apples, pears, berries, kiwis, pineapples, grapefruit, plums, peaches, oranges, prunes, figs, mangoes, rye bread, raw butter (raw means not pasteurised and not homogenised). Others may include raw milk, plain yoghourt (this means no sugar or fruit), wild smoked salmon, and beef in any form as long as it's organic i.e. to say animals that are fed naturally on grass. Expert say organic is the best for obvious reasons, but that is not to say you have to go picking and selecting at your own detriment and starve yourself. It’s only if you can afford to must you go totally organic.

Monday, 29 June 2015

How to Lose Weight by Water Therapy

Experts have proven to us that we are more than 70 percent water just as some internal organs such as the brain, etc. And because we are made from the earth which is also made up of about 70 per cent water, and so are we. And as scientific research has shown - water is a cleanser; experts say for this reason, water can help you to lose that excess weight or fat.

You can get rid of the fat

Thursday, 18 June 2015

How Fish Meals Can Promote Good Health: Enrich Your Heart, Deal with Cancer

Today it has become very necessary to watch what you eat because of the myriad of sicknesses and diseases that plague mankind. And going by the fact that cholesterol has become a clog as it were, in the wheel of progress of healthy living, scientists would also let us know that not all fatty foods are bad for you. Experts say not all forms of oil or fats are cholesterol forming; in fact, there are good fats and bad fats.

The truth is that some forms of fats actually fight off cholesterol (bad fats) while at the same time defending, healing, and nourishing the body. Typical among these is fish oil which you can easily obtain by consuming a great deal of fish and fish meals.

Fish - a healthy and safe animal protein, and source of Omega 3 fats

Fish is one of the best foods you can get to eat because of the numerous nutritional benefits it has to offer as well as the safety and assurance you get from consuming this important source of animal protein. Consuming fish or a fish diet is so healthy in that it contains apart from protein, a rich measure of good fats such as Omega 3 fatty acids; it has proven to deal with heart disease as well as elevate the health of your brain, etc experts say.

The Gains of Consuming Fish

If you form a habit of eating fish, medical health research has pointed out the following health benefits you will derive aside the fact that it is capable of warding off a good number of diseases and disorders:

Cardiovascular disease – If you eat fish every week it will certainly help you to reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke; it does this by fighting off blood clots and any form of inflammations thereby improving blood vessel elasticity, reducing your blood pressure, depleting blood fats and giving you instead, good fats or cholesterol.

Thursday, 11 June 2015

How to Raise Your Testosterone Levels through Exercise and Stress Control

The testosterone is a potent androgenic hormone produced chiefly by the testes; it is responsible for the development of male secondary sex characteristics – it is very important to every male that it functions at its best. Experts say that for every man out there, your level of testosterone may be linked with how fit or otherwise you are. And so it has been established that exercise may very well help to jerk up your testosterone levels and also control your stress levels.

Looking good is feeling good

Besides, they say several factors are involved apart from just your exercise; and so there is so much that we have to learn considering exercise, fitness and your testosterone levels. But nevertheless, they say that exercise has to be made a regular habit so as to keep yourself functioning at tip-top levels while fully benefiting from your testosterone high.

It is established however that, once after you have done your exercise, your testosterone level is beefed up, sometimes for up to about 15 minutes, and other times it may be up to an hour after the exercise that it is elevated. Exercise has so many other health benefits, but experts are still pondering on what clear health effects the temporary boost can have on you altogether.

Friday, 5 June 2015

How to Control Asthma; Lifestyle, Irritants, the Environment Can Trigger an Attack

It has been established that several factors may be responsible for your asthma attacks, and you should be aware of them. It is these same factors that lead to difficulties or crises experienced by sufferers such as difficulty in breathing, tightness in the chest, coughing in the early morning and night, and wheezing; these are the main signs of this ailment which affects the lungs. Scientists explain that the causative agents usually are factors such as some specific foods, dust, allergens and many other irritants which are capable of triggering an asthma attack.

How the lungs work: courtesy

In asthma attacks, the airways which comprise of tiny tubes that carry air to and from the lungs become inflamed, and as a result they become narrowed, thereby restricting the flow of air into the lungs. This, experts say is what leads to asthma symptoms like coughing, breathlessness, wheezing, and the rest. Researchers say so far, about 300 million people all over the world have the disease, causing an estimated 250,000 deaths each year!

Asthma affects people of all ages, but it is known to start most often during childhood. Rapid urbanisation, coupled with environmental factors has however been associated with an increased prevalence of this disease experts say. And according to Dr. Saheed Babajide, a medical practitioner, “asthma is a chronic respiratory problem. It is caused by a constriction in the bronchus from allergic reaction which makes the patient not to be able to breathe in and out. It is difficulty in breathing; it can be likened to somebody that is a sickler. Some can have it early. Some can develop it through the environment and due to allergic reactions. That is exposure to things that can make the bronchus to contract.”

Saturday, 30 May 2015

How to Control Cancer by Checking Genetically Modified Foods & Environmental Pollution

Cancer has been a thorn in the flesh of the human race for a pretty long time now, and it is not showing any signs of stopping except we do something drastic about it. But top scientists and researchers including nutritionists the world over, are of the strong opinion that so many factors which are largely man made are responsible for the rising occurrences of cancer in our modern world.

Natural or chemical products? - photo by Morgan Nwanguma

Scientists say that the main issue is that cancer occurs when the DNA is modified or re-engineered. A renowned Nigerian Pharmacist, Emmanuel Nwankwo asserts that because we have embraced modified lifestyle is the reason cancer is on the rise; this is what the western and advanced world has been suffering for so long he says. And because we in this part of the world have equally adopted this modern lifestyle, the problem has become also a part of us even here in Nigeria. “Once you modify the cell DNA, it goes haywire and starts doing what it is not supposed to do”, the expert says.

Monday, 25 May 2015

Weight Reduction: How to Combat Overweight and Obesity Using Natural Foods & Herbs

The subject of obesity and Overweight even though has become a huge problem among both the growing and adult populations; it is also a big concern both in developing and developed societies of most parts of the world.  Thus apart from the fact that sometimes the problem of overweight could be genetic, that is, it could be inherited from one’s predecessors and so on, medical and other expert researches have proven that it is majorly a problem of lifestyle behaviours.

Be happy to shed that excess weight

Urbanisation, the spread of fast food joints and the attendant need for food processing, preservation, and packaging, has turned a vast size of the population to the consumption of a whole lot of unwholesome and even 'dead' foods. But the good thing as I keep saying is that in one form or the other, nature has always provided ways out of these problems which we have incurred on ourselves in the first place, when we decided to abandon nature.  Basically the remedy for obesity and overweight including so many, if not all of human health issues, is for us to return to nature.

Signs of overweight and obesity

Obesity is the extreme of overweight; either of these simply implies that you have stored up excess fat in your body, and that your weight far exceeds your normal weight; this means that your weight is not exactly corresponding to your height, or body mass index (BMI). Your BMI is a measure of your weight in relation to your height; to calculate your BMI, multiply your weight in pounds and divide that by the square of your height in inches.
Overweight is a BMI that is greater than 25, whereas obese is a BMI greater than 30. 

As a result of increased fatty cells there will be an increased waistline. So watch it because if a man for instance, develops a waistline of 40 inches and above, he is already crossing the borderline, while a woman that measures 35 inches or above at the waistline is also showing signs of overweight.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

How to Treat, and Avoid Constipation Via Nutritional and Lifestyle Approach

How is your bowel movement; how often do you use the loo? If you have not been paying attention to this simple process, then this is time you should start. The reason for my curiosity and concern is just that many people out there are used to emptying their bowel just a couple of times in a whole week, still they think it is all good and normal. Well, I would like to let you know that it is not just normal. Constipation has today become a very common occurrence or a part of life for so many, and little do people know that it could just be the major reason for their illness and so many other forms of serious sicknesses people suffer on a daily basis.

The alimentary canal is the channel of digestion & bowel movement

Often I have noticed people complain that they are not able to (easily) pass faeces! Constipation is a problem that almost everybody suffers at one time or the other. But for some, it is a serious problem that they go through as a routine but not knowing how to help themselves. Constipation is a condition in which you find it difficult to pass faeces, or you are not able to do it on a regular basis. Thus for a normal bowel movement, you ought to visit the toilet at least once every day. But from experience, you would have no need visiting the toilet when you have not eaten enough of bulky food, and you need bulky foods as part of your diet.

For instance if you have eaten (mostly) white rice for most of the day, you will most likely not have the urge to empty your bowel the next morning and for the whole day for that matter. This is simply because your favourite white rice as the term (white) connotes, is polished grain; it lacks the all important dietary fibre which your system requires for an effective bowel movement. It is very important we avoid constipation because when you do not regularly eliminate waste, you only go to accumulate toxins in your system, and this can lead to so many diseases later! The following signs however, will tell you that you are constipated and should therefore do something about it:

Fruits & vegetables - Rich fibre diet

Friday, 15 May 2015

How You Can Heal Rheumatoid Arthritis by Natural Lifestyle Changes and Approach

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic progressive and debilitating disease; it is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation in the body including joint pain, and pains and discomfort in the tissues that surround the joints, and other organs in the human body. But you have a variety of natural lifestyle approaches that you could adopt to get remedy. 

You have an autoimmune disease when your immune system begins to attack your own body, mistaking body tissues for foreign invaders or attackers. This is different from the case with osteoarthritis where you tend to find a damaging wear and tear effect. Rheumatoid arthritis can however, permanently damage the joints as the lining of the joints are usually attacked in the process. It will later if not contained, lead to erosion of the bones and even deformity. 

Inflamed joints of the hands

This ailment of the joints and bones is typical of a systemic disease because it gradually goes round to affect every part of the (joints) of the body.

Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis

The Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis are many and usually include the following: Stiffness experienced in the morning, pain and swelling at the Joints, anaemia, low appetite and attendant loss of weight, non-specific systemic flu-like symptoms such as tiredness, sickly feeling, depression, mild fever, flare-ups. 

Monday, 11 May 2015

Best Natural Ways to Burn Fat, Cure Obesity, and Maintain a Healthy Weight

Of course Overweight and Obesity as a health topic is always in the news because it is one of the biggest health issues of today, and its total cost on the health and economy of the populace and nation is incredibly enormous. But that nature has always provided solutions for everything under the sun is a fact you must begin to come to terms with. Regarding overweight and obesity, for as long as you still have more and more of those visceral fats surrounding your abdominal cavity organs, then you should know you may just be prone to contracting issues leading to high blood pressure or diabetes. 

Apart from these, you may also be risking NAFLD (non-alcoholic fatty liver disease), various coronary diseases, and even some forms of cancer. These unnecessary fats surrounding your organs are needlessly suffocating these organs and they are as well capable of producing poisons that are likely to harm you. You just need to burn them off by applying the available natural remedies.

Plenty of fat to burn

It therefore warrants that you adjust your lifestyle which basically will include your dietary habits, and exercise or the lack of it. The followings however, are the steps you could take to remedy this situation by natural means. Being robust is no longer in as health research has confirmed; your main focus should be on health and not necessarily appearance.

  1. You must know that digestion begins right in your mouth; this means that you must ensure to chew your foods more slowly thereby allowing the salivary gland to produce enough enzymes. Also, you need to eat and pay more attention to the food you are eating; do not chatter; do not also allow your mind to wander while eating.
  2. Avoid fried foods as much as possible, and also make sure you do not eat out frequently; also do patronise fast food shops too frequently.
  3. Also, do yourself a favour – avoid high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), which may be disguised as safe. They can easily create stored up fats which is very injurious to your liver as well.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

How You Can Treat Methanol Poisoning by the Use of Ethanol

When tragedy struck in the little town of Ode-Irele in Ondo State some weeks ago people reacted in frenzied ways due to the confusion, fear and arguments that ensued. On national television, I saw devotees and fear-stricken villagers alike, doing obeisance and performing all manner of appeasement rituals to some local deity at the shrine of the gods of that land. Obviously so many thought the gods of the land were actually to blame! Needless to say that any keen observer will notice a near perfect semblance and striking affinity between the locally brewed illicit gin called ogogoro or kai-kai, which is widely consumed by the locals, and the chemical substance known as methanol. 

A victim of (Ode Irele) methanol poisoning

It is true that methanol is alcohol, but it is certainly not the drinkable type of alcohol; it is however, quite different from ethanol. The locally brewed illicit gin or ogogoro is alcohol and definitely bears close resemblance with methanol. They both look alike and smell alike, but methanol as many of us are just beginning to understand, could be a deadly poison when ingested. Methanol is also known as methyl alcohol; it is a light, volatile and colourless flammable liquid with a unique smell similar to that of ethanol which is somewhat a drinkable type of alcohol. 

But when methanol is erroneously ingested by anyone a lot could go wrong. The question is - if any of these illicit gin/herbal hawkers should lay their hands on any of these chemicals like methanol, who is going to tell them the difference? It is also true that nearly ninety percent of what these hawkers serve to their numerous clients is alcohol based. 

More facts as revealed by scientific research is convincing enough to let the world know that methanol poisoning was responsible for the series of preventable deaths that have silenced the gentle town of Ode Irele, and thrown it into a mournful mood since the past weeks. Since the team of World Health Organisation first gave a preliminary investigative report suggesting methanol poisoning, a big argument has arisen between health experts, government officials, community heads, and traditionalists who claim the gods were angry and so decided to go killing some perceived thieves. 

Are the gods really to blame?

Luckily too, the Ondo State government health department after taking time to study and investigate the incidents, have equally submitted that methanol poisoning must have been responsible, yet the hullaballoo regarding the perceived wrath of the gods as postulated by the local chiefs and the keepers of the shrine, have continued to loom and linger. 

My biggest surprise and disappointment however, has been the fact that even some highly placed and educated people are also in the fray – eulogizing the unimaginable powers of the gods to be behind this unfortunate tragedy that has befallen this tiny town of Ode Irele. But none of the surviving victims who are still under intensive care have confessed that truly they were at the shrine to cart away some old artefacts as alleged by the chief priest and the traditional chiefs. If anything at all, I think that the gods have seized this unfortunate incident as an opportunity to promote themselves in the eyes of the unwary and ignorant public through their custodians and high priest. If anyone has committed any crime in the form of theft, and is at the point of death, I think they will normally and easily own up to their misdemeanour!

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Understanding Diabetes – How to Cure Diabetes Naturally, and What to Avoid To Live the Life You Want

You see, one of the biggest lies that the modern day orthodox health practitioners have succeeded in selling to you is the one probably telling you that diabetes is an inherited degenerative disease that has no cure whatsoever. They also tell you that diabetes is something you are going to have to live with for the rest of your life. But the truth your doctor probably does not want you to know is that diabetes can be cured; in fact the disease can actually be totally reversed and so you can be a free person after all.

Sheaves of whole grains

Understanding diabetes and the causes

You may be wondering why we so much need to be on this diabetes thing on and on. Well, diabetes is one of the world’s leading killers today; diabetes is a degenerative disease that cuts across gender, age, race and geography; diabetes is costing the world in the tune of billions of dollars in order to treat and sustain the sufferers of this disease which is also now known as a lifestyle ailment. And finally, diabetes comes with a series of side effects or consequent debilitating effects such as – high blood pressure, kidney disease, blindness, neuropathy which is a disease of the peripheral nerves. It could also lead to amputation, and Alzheimer’s disease.

The role of diet in dealing with this health condition is revealing, so much so that even type2 diabetes also can be completely reversed naturally. This is a fact that nutritionists, scientists and some medical doctors have come to agree upon. Today it is just possible for you to religiously follow a nutritional regimen and in due course you will soon be out of the entrapment of this lifestyle scourge we call diabetes, and especially the type2 diabetes. In the same token, type1 diabetes which is more difficult to reverse can also be well managed and equally dealt with in a matter of time - all by a dedicated natural nutritional means. In time your blood sugar will greatly improve with dietary changes, and diabetes reversed.

First of all we need to understand the two different types of diabetes and know what is causing them and then to know how and what to use to deal with them, but still by means of a dedicated regimen of natural diet and wholesome lifestyle.

Type2 diabetes

As you might have known by now, diabetes is a disease pertaining to an elevated blood sugar. Thus when you are dealing with Type2 diabetes which is the commonest type of the disease, you are confronted with insulin resistance through a metabolic disorder caused by a high level of blood sugar. Type2 diabetes is caused by the resulting abnormalities of glucose metabolic processes in the system that gives rise to the resistance of insulin produced by your body. This therefore leads to your body needing the intervention of an increased insulin production with which to enable a normal glucose level in the blood or body. 

But like I said earlier, it will only take a strict and dedicated and religiously guided dietary regimen to deal with, and for sure with time you can fully reverse your diabetes. You will therefore have no further need to depend on any form of insulin.

Type1 diabetes

Type1 diabetes is caused through the process of insulin destruction in the pancreas by an autoimmune action in the body. The damage so done to the pancreatic cells thus leads to the reduction or inability to produce insulin by certain factors that give rise to the autoimmune activities owing to inflammations in the entire body system.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

How to Treat Diabetes with Garlic and Achieve Great Results

Diabetes is a chronic degenerative disease that is as a result of a disturbed body metabolism and consequent lack of harmony of the system. In modern societies like ours today, this ailment which has also been classified among lifestyle diseases, is fast becoming a common occurrence. But within our environment, and abundant in nature are wholesome solutions in terms of foods (fruits and herbs, etc) that you can easily access in order to adequately deal with or treat cases of diabetes. This list includes for instance - garlic, grapefruit, apple, broccoli which is closely related to cauliflower, bitter gourd, jambul fruit, kidney or French bean, lettuce, onion, soya bean, tomato, etc.

Garlic - a natural antibiotic

How diabetes occurs

However, diabetes (mellitus) commonly occurs due to the inability of the body to properly make use of foods that you have eaten sometimes due to the inability of your body to produce insulin, or again, the lack of proper use of the insulin produced by your body. Since ancient times however, healers have successfully deployed various forms of natural cure in treating diabetes. Among these many plants and herbal remedies that have been used to treat diabetes and achieve great results include also as listed above. But among them is one that you need to be looking at today - Garlic, an aromatic bulb used as seasoning.

The importance of garlic

Garlic, a vegetable that goes by the botanical name - allium Sativaum, has been found to lower blood sugar through the actions of its very active constituents. Garlic contains potassium which goes to replace the potassium that is lost by diabetics through the process of urination. It also contains the vital food nutrients - zinc and sulphur, which play active roles as constituents of insulin.

Also, experts believe so much that the absence or low levels of zinc and also manganese – both of them very important ingredients of insulin, in the system may be responsible for the onset of diabetes in the sufferers. What these trace elements do is really making sure that insulin is produced in the liver which leads to higher blood insulin levels and thereby lowering the blood sugar.

Friday, 24 April 2015

Plants and Herbs Used to Ease Childbirth and Achieve Painless Labour

In recent times the issue of infant/maternal mortality has become a quagmire and albatross hanging on the neck of modern childbirth healthcare delivery especially in high density urban, sub-urban and rural localities as is the case with societies like Nigeria. And the rest of the developing world is not left out, where adequate reproductive health services and facilities are either in short supply or are just not within the reach of the average individual due to poverty and sometimes, cultural practices.  

Great and pleasant expectations

Considering the enormity of the challenge and especially in the quest to stem the already high tide of women dying unnecessarily from childbirth, scientists and researchers have gotten together to look into the various plants and herbs which Nigerians for instance, have for long been using to achieve results in issues relating to aiding and managing the process of childbirth. These plants are said to possess very potent medicinal properties and so it has become so important to dig into them so as to properly document and utilise the full natural health benefits inherent in them.

These plants and native herbs have for ages been employed by professional herbalists, local birth attendants, and traditional healers alike to manage, treat and prevent any forms of issues relating to infant/maternal healthcare and childbirth delivery. 

These herbs have their various functions as they relate to infant/mother care right from conception to post natal i.e. after childbirth procedures. For instance, it is a fact that in the western parts of Nigeria, the popular vegetable called Ewedu (botanical name - Molokhia), is widely used to enhance smooth child delivery: What they do is get a bunch of leaves with its stems in a little water, squeeze juice out of it, and give to the woman to drink especially if there is any sign of delay or much pain during labour. It also enhances the flow of breast milk in lactating mothers.

African basil

Also, the Yoruba in Nigeria use unripe paw-paw to cure jaundice in mother and child after birth. This is an ailment observed by the yellowing of the skin and the whites of the eyes; it is caused by an accumulation of bile pigment (bilirubin) in the blood. In this instance, what you do is to cut the unripe paw-paw into little bits; soak them in water for about 12 hrs, and administer the drink to both mother and baby. If baby rejects the drink however, it’s okay. It will still get to the baby from mother’s breast milk.