Dr. Allwell Chiawolamoke Orji is fading out of memory. He was that Nigerian medical doctor who, fed up with his life, plunged into the Lagos Lagoon from the Third Mainland Bridge about four weeks ago. There is no doubt that he suffered from depression, of which there were many conjectures. One of these, addressed in this column last week and posted on www.olufemikusa.com, was that he was a sickler. Another possible cause of his depression mentioned later by people who claimed to have known him, was that he was epileptic. This sounds more plausible. For it was unlikely the medical establishment would have banned him from post-graduate education that would make him a surgeon someday simply because he was a sickler. An epileptic in the theatre is unfathomable. Dr. Orji was said to be crises-prone. What if a crisis was triggered after he opened up a patient?
Before I address epilepsy, I would quickly like to say that, although Dr. Orji’s was a confirmed case of mental imbalance, there is hardly any man or woman on earth today who is mentally balanced. There are two angles I would like to view this idea from. One is the popular view that he was hypnotized by the person who had the last telephone conversation with him. The other is the biological misconstruction, which has befallen the brains of us earthmen and women today.
LAST PHONE CALL
Dr. Orji was in his Nissan Jeep, driven by his driver. Suddenly, his phone rang. We are not told if there was a conversation after he picked the call. But we are informed he asked his driver to stop the car, saying he wanted to empty his bladder. The driver obliged. And Dr. Orji climbed the bridge rail and plunged into the Lagoon! Commentators went, to town immediately, in a manner typical of the Nigerian environment which, spiritually speaking, belongs the abnormal zone of the earth. As I explained in one of my chat groups, the dregs of humanity populate this zone. They think low and act low. They do not see the beauty of Creation but only demons and phantoms. They are superstitious. While we cannot reject the fact that hypnotism is real, we cannot ascribe to it what it is not. Hypnotism is no more than the binding of the free will of a weak human spirit. Man is a spirit from the spiritual world, and free will is an intrinsic part of his makeup. Without free will, he is not a spirit. Free will enables him to take independent decisions in the conduct of his life. He is given free will because the Creator did not want slavish creatures. But he will account for every act of the exercise of his free will. In hypnotism, the free will of a spirit is bound, so that the spirit can be possessed and put to any use or activity in the exercise of the free will of the hypnotizer. Although medicine initially rejected the possibility of hypnotism, it employs it today in the resolution of seemingly intractable health conditions. The bound spirit is regressed in space and time and instructed to seek, in the ethereal planes of existence, the cause(s) and solution(s) of the health condition at issue. And it works. But hypnotism is fraught with many dangers, for which reason knowing ones advice against it use under whatever condition(s). For in that bound state or condition, the human spirit is stripped of all natural protection in the ethereal world into which it is forcibly projected and may be attacked and damaged there. The damage of such an inimical attack on the soul body may reflect on the earth body in due course, say in days, weeks, months or years. Even where the free will is not subdued, say in conditions of sleep and dreams, people who experience gun-shot attacks may actually feel the pain of such an attack in parts of their physical bodies which correspond with those of the soul bodies in which the ethereal attacks took place. Only a few days ago, I found myself in a dream, sitting at a dining table with some gentlemen. Habitually, I decline food in my dreams. But, this day, I did not know who I got a piece of meat into my mouth. That, again, was a surprise because, in day consciousness, I prefer fish to beef. One man rose from the table, grabbed me and, with two or three fingers stuck in my mouth, got the meat out before I could swallow it. When I looked at his face, he turned out to be one of my departed uncles. When I looked at this other, they, too, had gone on. I understood the message and thanked my uncle even after I woke up. But can we call what happened to Dr. Orji hypnotism oh no… it cannot be. There was evidence that, after the telephone call, he was still in possession of himself; his body and faculties had not been possessed by another person. Evidence of this was that (1) he instructed his driver to stop and park the car (2) he said he wished to urinate (3) he hid his real intention (4) he executed a well thought out plan.
This process of evidence-based analysis of an event is, in my humble view, a more balanced way of scrutinizing an event. Jumping into conclusions without deep or rigorous thought suggest mental imbalanced. It is not only people who wear two or three suits on top of one another in the scorching tropical weather who are mentally unbalanced. Anyone who does not think straight needs to have his or her head examined. There are many such people in Nigeria and around the earth, and that’s why our world is upside down. A few years ago in Lagos, some people thought of making money from the fabulous superstition market of the huge city. They conceived the idea that three witches who were returning home as birds from a meeting of witches flew over Oshodi, a major transport connection center. It was reported that one of these birds flew into overhead electricity cables and hung there, gradually transforming into the witch. Thus, says the story, the electrocuted body, fell on the road. The story was told in DVD which sold like hot cake. No one saw the photograph of an electrocuted woman. No one asked all the questions a scientific or a balanced mind should ask, but the videos kept selling. Not long after or just before then another story broke of a baby delivered of a Christina woman who was said to have in its hand a clear miniature copy of the Koran. The aim was to tell Muslims and Christians that Islam was the religion preferred by the Creator. Even the government of Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State splashed money on the parents of this baby who immediately changed their religion to Islam. Soon after, another baby was reported to be born with a Christian crucifix hanging from its neck on which appeared the inscription JESUS IS LORD. This story, too, was widely believed. No one heard the voices of Islamic and Christian professors of genetics on either side of the religious divide.
As Editorial Director/Editor-in-Chief of the Comet Newspaper, I rejected a news report that a snake was killed in a Lagos neighborhood had, prior to its death, swallowed the passport-sized photographs of some residents of a house nearby. These photographs were said to have been discovered in the snake when it was being prepared for table. What followed from that was the rumour that the owners of the photographs would die within a number of days if they did not perform certain traditional rites in self-protection. Down the road was the killer of snake who was said to possess the powers to turn around the tables of ugly fate. My decision not to publish was unpopular, but it was justified a few days later with another report that this man had admitted to the police that he manipulate the events!
The last telephone call Dr. Orji received shows just how manipulable many of us can be. For a few days, no one knew who the caller was or what the message was all about. Almost every-one just kept calling friends and loved ones not to receive calls from that number, insinuating that the caller manipulated Dr. Orji to jump into the Lagoon. The cell phone service providers must have raked in hundreds of millions of Naira before the MTN came up to say that number was one of its marketing numbers and that it was by no means a killer numbers! Shouldn’t all those who became easily manipulated be ashamed of themselves? This problem of brain imbalance is rooted in the concept some researchers term biological misconstruction of man.
This refers to the two brains of man… the small brain (the cerebellum) or back brain, and the big brain (cerebrum) or frontal brain. The development of the brain into big and small brains is a misnomer referred to as the “biological misconstruction” or “deconstruction” by people who know, with evidence that both brains are meant to be of the same size. One is big and the other is small only because the big one continues to grow big and dominant through use and overuse, while the other one atrophied sand become stunted from use in line with the law of development. Indeed, the construction of the human body is such that, where organs are paired, there is, for example is no big eye and a small eye; there is no big nostril and a small nostril; there is no big kidney or small kidney; there is no big thumb and a small thumb. There are no two organs that are of the same size, no doubt. A breast or testes may be slightly larger than the other if infected or diseased or more overworked. But there is no big organ and a small organ in the sense in which we now find the Big Brain and the small Brain and so classify them. In the undistorted nature of the frontal and the back brains, they are of the same size, and they perform different but complementary functions which establish balance not only in the body’s biochemistry but, also, in human conduct or behaviour. The frontal brain controls all voluntary actions, such as running or speaking, and is the seat of though, another voluntary action. The small or back brain is the origin of the AUTONOMIC nervous system which controls involuntary activities such as the digestion of food, breathing, heart beat etc and, therefore, is the brain to watch for the work of the PARA SYMPATHETIC nervous system. When the central nervous system goes out of balance due to stress of any sort, the para-sympathetic nervous system tries to even out the frills, brining balance about once again. If it cannot do this, balance breaks down. Earthman is a trilogy of spirit, soul and body, often also described as mind over matter. The Spirit connects with the body through the solar plexus, a bundle of nerves which, through radiations of the blood, transmits picture images to the back brain, called the intuitively-receptive part of the brain. These pictures or flashes are of things we did not think about. It is possible someone I haven’t seen or thought about in 10 years is coming to see me later in the day. Suddenly, his picture “flashes through my mind”. Or, I may meet someone for the first time and, somehow, I feel heavy, signally I should distance myself from him or her. Such intuitive sensing is transmitted from the back brain, which received it from the spirit to the frontal brain through the blood radiation. In the frontal brain, it is decoded into thoughts and/or world, classified and stored for retrieval someday. Often, the decoded though is rationalized to our detriment. Man is meant to be intuitive, receiving guidance with the back brain and using the front brain to act upon such guidance. But, today, he has become a thinking being, and this has made the frontal brain outgrow its frontiers while the hardly use back brain has shrunken. This is the “biological deconstruction” of man for which people with an unknowing glimpse of what has happened blame Mother Nature. It is the root of imbalance in thought and deed today, irrespective of whether we talk about healthy marriage, sexual life, parenting, nutrition, education or even social commentary. A suicide is an unbalanced person of a high order.
If Dr. Orji also suffered from epilepsy, that too, was a breached of the Law of Balance. The pressure acting on the soul from outside must be counter balanced by the pressure from within. And the para-sympathetic nervous system must come to the rescue. There are far too many theories about the cause(s) of epilepsy than can be contained in this article. So, I would like to reduce them to this… A surge of energy breaks out from somewhere in the brain that the central nervous system cannot easily handle. It is like electricity surge which damages electrical appliances and equipment. In respect of the body, these surge cause spasms or agitated motion in the central nervous control system. The whole body jerks or convalesces and consciousness is lost. Some people believe the brain of the epileptic maybe irritated by heavy metals, candida or other yeast infections or lack certain nutrients which help to step down the power. Some people behave the nerves are too weak to hold and transmit the power. Upgrading the potential of weak nerves calls for cautions, so that they are not stimulated to the point that they cause bigger surges since the nerves originate in the brain. Another school of thought is that the Seventh Chakra, that is the hallo of the head, attracts through the pineal gland, much more ethereal power than the body can deal with. If we go by the research of Gisselle Reiners, eyes which conduct too much energy via the hypothalamus into the central nervous system may be a part of the equation.
Many of the remedies employed in Alternative Medicines are yet to be elaborately researched in clinical medicine. But they work nonetheless. Certain grades of Magnesium are known to bring calmness to the convulsing epileptic person. In the absence of some of these, I often suggest NATURAL CALM, a proprietary product. Often mentioned in the books are herbs such as Burning Bush, Hydrocatyle, Lily of the Valley, mistletoe, mugwort, peony, vitamin E, Vitamin B6 and a Ketogenic diet, one rich in fats and Omega 3 than carbohydrates and, of course, cell or tissue salts. The medicine of cell salts is interesting. German physician and homeopath Schuessler discovered that the ash of human tissue contained 12 basic salts. When any is deficient, a symptom corresponding to its absence occurs. In respect of epilepsy, the missing links in the chain are often found to be (1) Kali phos and (2) Mag phos. Also found to cause trouble in deficiency state are vitamin E and vitamin B6. The brain is a fatty substance and needs protection especially from free radicals which are active in the fat medium. Antioxidants neutralize or eliminate free radicals. Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) is active in both fluid and fat media. Grape Seed Extract, another antioxidant, is a favourite of Dr. Raymond Strand, another of WHAT YOUR DOCTOR DOES NOT KNOW ABOUT NURTITION MAY BE KILLING YOU. Omega 3 fish oil (DHA) is as useful, also, as herbs such as skull cap, valerian root is good. Some authorities contraindicate German Chamomile along with Schizandra, Ephedral and Guanan and Kava. The bit about Chamomile is surprising to some physician as Chamomile is a great calmer. The idea of ginkgo biloba and St. John’s Wort being unwelcome is understandable as they energise the nerves and the brain, which, at this time, is like a raging inferno.
As a human spirit on the other side, Dr. Orji may have discovered that life goes on and that, because he had not learnt the lessons, his experiences on earth where meant to teach him, he may have to re-live his life on this plane, like a school boy who, haven failed his exams, has to repeat his class.