The tea party will soon be over, all foggy, dreamy vision will clear and the questions will begin to ring out loud and clear: where are we heading?
Of course, we are in the year of the Lord 2015 and will soon be in the hands of a new President.
This one doesn’t drink, doesn’t smoke, isn’t into women, is a man of few words and doesn’t, like a spendthrift, throw money away and around as if it comes by as easily as grains of sand and pebbles.
Welcome to the cockpit, Gen. Mohammadu Buhari (rtd).
AS I suggested last week, work has to begin in earnest if the no nonsense Buhari myth is not to be fractured. Ethnic tensions must be doused and ethnic wounds healed. In addition, weak links in the ALL progressives congress (APC) has to be expertly soldiered if the President is to have an effective and efficient political machine to work with. Currently, the crafts can be said to be composed of different parts from different manufacturers, some of them not fitting properly. Many strange bed fellows had come together solely to wrest power from a dilapidating establishment.
Only a few days ago some election victors in the establishment party, the People Democratic Party (PDP), defected to the victorious opposition party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).The message is clear. In this cross-over, there is no question of political ideology. It is all a question of avoiding being in the Opposition. How will the motley crowd be blended into one organic whole?
And at what cost in terms of the demands on the energy and health of a 76-year-old President?
There are many other energy and health zappers to worry about before we suggest to the President how he can build his energy and health to ride the energy and health storms the demands of office may bring to him. Whenever I think about how feeble an aging human body may become under whatever stress, I always remember the lamentations of former U.S. President Bill Clinton. Today, he looks more than 20 calendar years older than his biological age. While in office, he suffered blockages in his heart arteries which subjected him to coronary artery bypass surgery. That meant the blood vessels which supply blood to his heart were so blocked that his heart was not receiving enough blood to keep it alive and functioning properly that a new supply route had to be opened up in the surgical room. Bill Clinton was later to lament after leaving office that he never really took care of his health while he was president. He had no time for real food or, better still, organic foods, subsisted largely on meat pie, hot dog and other white flour fast foods most probably washed down with sodas (soft drinks), that speaks volumes about the home front. Luckily for the incoming president Buhari, he has a home front wife of the ilk of the wife of current U.S President Mubarak Obama. Mrs Obama cut a picture, different from Mrs. Hillary Clinton’s in the White House. She converted some of the loans to gardens where she farmed organic crops and herbs for her family meals. She made them pilot or experimental farms for high school children in the neighbourhood. The idea was that, if they got hooked to the principles of organic foods and took the news to their families, the deadly Standard American Diet (SAD) would be exchanged for live health building foods and, over sometime the health of Americans would improve. Gen. Buhari’s wife resembles Mrs. Obama in some order respects. She is not obstrusive or domineering, does not stand before her husband as a bouncer running mate and offers to him that wifely content missing in many of todays wives. She should therefore in this respect see his health, and not any spoils of office, as her first priority. I suspect the challenges Gen. Buhari’s mental and physical health would fail in the first year of his Administration are five pronged, namely:
- Creation of four millions jobs
- Stabilisations of non-stop electricity supply nationwide
- Funding of free education from primary school to the University, and
- An anti-corruption crusade
All these may involve depoliticizing the Armed Forces and making them more professional. These were some of his foreshore election campaign promises anchored on the voter’s change expectations. If only to prove the point that he hasn’t been seeking to be the president merely for the purpose of being so-called, Gen. Buhari (rtd) is expected to drive himself and the State machinery towards achieving these promises. For a man over seventy calendar years of age, his dream will definitely take its toll on physical and mental health. Among other exertions of energy and health, it would involve thinking more than he now does, sleeping less than he now does, becoming more agitated than he now does and, perhaps, exercising less and having less time than now for leisure.
Buhari and Us
any of us can see ourselves in the President Buhari picture we are painting. We sleep late, wake early, rush through meals, have many files to attend to, do not exercise well enough, hardly walk, are driven in cars from home to the office and back, attend long meetings, bear far too many things in the brain than we probably should, disarrange our sleep mechanism and can hardly sleep without the help of sleeping pills which suppress, our brains rather than nourish them before we can catch little sleep, suffer from backache because of long periods of sitting, constipation, poor posture, arthritis or prostate enlargement or prostate cancer. There are far too many health challenges of overwork, especially in old age, that can visit an aging person than this page can list. They are all part of the aging process compounded by the busy-bee lifestyle.
The Aging Process
here is nothing which comes into being that will not, someday, pass away.
Thus, we are born, mature, flower, wilt and pass away some day. It is a fulfillment of natural laws. We see it in the Law of Motion, which compels everything to be on the move. It is inherent, also, in the law of the cycle by which everything in motion must return to its starting point. It partakes as well in the law of Development. For humans, the four temperaments exhibited by our bodies enable us, from time to time, to know where and how we stand on the Aging Scale. The temperaments denote, also, the four seasons in a person’s life:
- Choleric and
One dovetails into another, like morning of the day into afternoon or evening into night. We may also observe it in the weather.
Sanguine life is carefree life. A child does not appreciate the import of earthly life. He or she fed and clothed by his or her parents who bears his or her care. In Melancholy, the child arrives, figuratively speaking, at the beach of the expansive sea of earthly existence. He sees all the struggles for survival in this wild sea. Most of the forms he beholds are ugly and sickening. For a while, he is motionless. Then, in Choleric life, he is sucked into this ocean or plunges into it as of necessity to eke his livelihood. This is the rat race stage of earthly existence when the one who has arrived there must begin to build his estate, preparing for a future when, sapped of energy or health, he becomes helpless and falls upon the treasures he has stockpiled in choleric years for sustenance. The phlegmatic years are those of weak bones, failing memory, energy loss, sagging health, the years of wilting which presage passing away. In this age, there are reminisces of the sanguine, melancholy and choleric years, of lamentations of how choleric people are ruining the good or great legacies. Ones generation begun ethed to them. It is the little remembered that the phlegmatic generation ahead of one’s choleric generation said the same about that choleric generation.
Some people are luckier than others in that they enjoy a choleric, that is active, life with a longer span than others did.
The secrets are in the activities of the spirit and the radiations of the blood. Man is not bone and flesh but a human spirit who inhabits the physical body. These spirit gives rise to the blood and its circulation. It controls the body through the blood. That is why, like the finger print, each person’s blood is like his or her own identity card. This dawn more on man as his knowledge expands of the so-called mystery of the blood. The blood radiation depends on its composition from the nurture of the physical body, and from the glow of the indwelling human spirit.
When the spirit is good natured and spiritually (not religiously) active constant recomposition of the blood through dietary nurture supports healthy blood radiation as well.
Some people are lucky to be choleric right into their seventies or even beyond it. Some others become phlegmatic in their fifties. A President should be choleric. Where the choleric temperament is ebbing, a near phlegmatic President may still copy a choleric posture in public action if he surrounds his thinking machine with choleric persons. Who will help to sharpen his thoughts and electrify his actions.
The anti-aging health tips which are about to follow their origins from anti-aging research world-wide especially in Europe and the united states. They are ably reported in two books, I cherish in my library. One, titled STOP AGING NOW, was written by JEAN, CARPER with the subtitle: based on cutting-edge research revealing the amazing anti-aging powers of supplements, herbs and the book is described as the “authoritative new York times best seller.”
The other book , written by JUDU LINDBERG MCFARLAND with LAURA GLADY’S MCFARLAND, is tittled AGING WITHOUT GROWING OLD. The question they pose regarding our health and why we grow old at all, sometimes so rapidly to our amazement, are ably answered. They should be of help to the President-elect and every-one else who wishes to stay young irrespective of the aging process. There is no doubt that the aging process overwhelms us when we are sad, damaging the biochemistry of our bodies, when we feed our bodies with junk food which is outside the plan of God’s creation as Dr (Rev) George Malchmus has shown in his HALLELUHAH ACRES, a book devoted to foods which helped him to conquer not only the dreaded cancer but other ailments as well. There is no doubt as well that we live in a poisoned environment, eating poisoned food, drinking poisoned water, breathing poisoned air and failing to adequately support our organs of detoxification or anti-poison organs with the right diet. Which mother nature provides us for them to do their work well. As we are likely to find in anti-aging research, which in some cases has extended the lifespan of some animal species by as many as five times or more, giving humans the prospects of living up to 150 years, the major cause of physical and mental deterioration is a dangerous poison called the free radical. It is an unbalanced and “insane” molecule which attacks every cell of the body. It is in the air, food and water we ingest, it is in our stool.
Our body produces it from the food we eat, the air we breathe, or and water we ingest, even if it is not present in them by the time we consume them. It is the waste of anything we ingest which has to be eliminated through breathing, urination, sweating and defecation. Many of us do not use up to 50 per cent capacity of our lungs when we breathe. That means we do not aerate the body well enough for robust health, and we do not expel enough of the waste products of the air we inhale, such as carbon dioxide, a reason it concentrates in the blood, prostate enlargement or swellings in the legs tell us the kidneys may not be working well, making us retain poisons which the urine should have flushed out. And many of us do not exercise enough to help the skin eliminate poison through sweating. At seventy-something we do not easily, remember names, places or dates easily, stay more indoors than outdoor, lose the zest for life, consume all sorts of pharmaceutical drugs to suppress all suits of symptoms instead of removing them at the root with food or herbs.
Judy Linberg Mcfarland says: “A free radical is a molecule that has lost a vital piece of itself- one of its electrically charged electrons that normally orbits in pairs. To restore balance, the free radical frantically tries to steal an electron from a nearby molecule or give away its unpaired electron. In doing so, it wreaks molecular havoc, careening into protein, fat, and the genetic DNA of cells, disfiguring and correding them . If the target is fat, the radical can set off widely destructive chain reactions that break down membranes, leaving cells to disintegrate. If it radicalise into proteins, it can destroy the cells ability to function. If it hits DNA, it can cause mutations that incite cells to aberrant behavior. Overtime, free radical damage leaves the body aged and diseased.”
Free radicals are root causes of breast tissue damage and cancer. When the brain is over used it generates free radical which, if unchecked, cause mental deterioration, including memory lose, short attention spans, sleep disorders or even brain tumors. The brain, like the breast, is a fatty tissue and subject to free radical damage, and Judy McFarland says, quoting anti-aging researchers, is an analogy, says Judy Macfalard. Bruce No Ames, Ph.D., university of California at Berkeley likens the production of free radicals to the smoke and soot by-products produced by wood-burning fireplace to extend the analogy further, the waste of a trod burning fire is easily channel away from your home’s interior by your fire place chimney, but in the body, free radical by-products are not so easily eliminated. Certain free radical scavengers must help remove the harmful from radicals from the body.
Anes, quoted by Judy Mcfarland, says it is true we need some doses of free radicals to live, such as in deployment by the immune system against disease germs, but too much of them, when we do not have enough free radical scavengers, irradiate us. At “low levels all the time” he says: “they grind us down.” Dr Ames says every cell is bombanded by 10,000 oxidative hits, “every day by free radicals. The damage is immediately repaired in many cases.” “The point to be made of cause,” says Mcfarland, “is that even if we live in a pure environment, our human bodies would produce free oxygen radicals there simply is no way to avoid their presence within the body. Many free radicals are produced in our personal environment such as sunlight, smog, high attitude, exposure to x-ray, toxins in food and water, pollen, ozone, mould and dust, and so forth. We can’t avoid free radicals. They are everywhere. What we can do is attempt to diminish their impact on the body. She says free radical damage is responsible for such degenerative disease’s as arthritis,” long gehirgs disease, alzheiner’s disease, some types of cancer, heart attack, hardening of the arteries, parkinson’s disease, central cerebral vascular changes that we know as selemity and many others.” Jean carper , whose book, “Stop aging now”, like Judy Mcfarland’s “Aging without groowing old”, I recommend for your library, says, of free radicals:
“Free radicals damage cells, causing aging. Anti-oxidants help block aging. Once you have an intellectual grip on that, the rest is clear… find them, use them, stop aging, stay young, live longer. There are more anti-aging agents in the universe than you could ever dream of and probably more than science can discover in the next century.