Congratulation, Mrs. X. she telephoned me on Friday last week to break the news I was eagerly waiting to hear. Her blood sugar had dropped by a whopping 125 points in only five days. I broke into a celebration song and dance. I was in the office of budget travels at Ilupeju in Lagos. Mrs. Bukky Azeez, the chief executive officer, and her staff asked me what was going on. I had just heard from the woman and her brother who came to see me in their office the previous Friday.

I met her about five years ago in Lagos when I gave a health lecture courtesy of Colo Bright (Ltd), now of blessed memory, to retried military officers. She was thin and diabetic with a blood sugar record which hovered a bone 400mg/dl. She had tried almost everything she could without success. Over the years, I suggested some herbs. But being of meagre means, she could not afford them. By last month her condition worsened to include swelling in both lower limbs that could have been caused by heart or kidney problems.

At that time, she was ready to experiment with ORANGE PEEL POWDER. IN FIVE DAYS, the blood sugar crashed 125 full points to her amazement and her brothers. We were all celebrating at budget travels, because the staff, too, knew her and had taken to her.

This column will follow up the case of Mrs. X. meanwhile, I would like to suggest that orange peel be a part of the daily diet. As already explained in this column over the months, it cuts high cholesterol levels, raised the quantum of the good cholesterol, reduces level of the bad cholesterol, improves breathing and long function, especially in asthmatics, and does lots more to give us radiant health. Lest I forget, when it is added to hair creams, orange peel powder makes the hair grows beautifully, long and sturdy. In body creams, it clears skin blemishes and soften the skin, exfoliates dead cells and leaves behind a youthful appearance.

Black Ant and Red Ant

The reference last week to the African black Ant as a possible solution to erectile dye dysfunction and many other challenges of male sexual vitality aroused the interest of many readers of this column. May be I should add that the small African Black Ant can be a tip of the iceberg in these matters. In the ant family, the black ant compares with the run of the mill of society. The red ant are the soldiers of the coloring and are more fiery and potent in the medicinal extracts they yield to man. For now, I will only add that, for men who take the extract of the African Black Ant or those of the red and penile enlargement, erectile force and staying power, they may not take more than one tablet or capsule a week, and may need to take lots of warm water if the penile shaft would not take a bow after the curtain falls.

Berry Oil

If you are searching the health store shelf for a multipurpose oil, I would suggest that you watch out for long rich Berry oil. It stocks vitamin A, carotenoids, 18 Amino acids of which 10 are essentials amino acids and vitamin E, among many others. I had it on my mind last week when someone asked me about which alternative medicine products could help his eye floaters. These floaters are cellular debris that the body did not dissolve and keep circulating in the eye. Sometimes, those strands of debris may join together and become bigger materials. When they come between the lens and the retina, the result is black-out vision. They have often been helped with enzyme therapy. In this therapy, systemic enzymes are taken to dissolve them. The immune system uses these enzymes to do its works. In some people, digestive enzymes are not sufficient for digestion and, so, the body has to borrow from the stock of immune enzymes if digestion is to be efficient. Where this is not enough, digestion and immunity may suffer. So, in this therapy, digestive enzymes may be added to the diet during meals while enzymes may also be taken in between meals for immune function. It will help a lot if the quantum of raw food in the diet is increased, as raw food provides plenty of enzymes. There was a food proprietary systemic enzymes product in the market a few years ago. It was called NEPRINOL. It provided such enzymes as Serrapeptase, Papain, Bromelain etc. the enzymes are available in their individual forms. To support this therapy, I often suggest a supplement such as EYEMAXPLUS which contains about 18 nutrient required for eye health.

Last week, I mentioned SURE BEST EYE SOLUTION which provides bilberry and eyebright among others. Kale, an antioxidant vegetable, is also well recommended because of its high amounts of the carotenoids LUTEIN and ZEAZANTEIN which have now caught the fancy of ophthalmologists and well recommended by them for eye health care. And berry oil? According to its literature report, “it boosts immunity, protects liver from chemical damage and is suitable for the eye. It contains powerful antioxidant that can help prevent some forms of cancer, heart diseases and its helps to enhance your body’s immune response to infection. It helps the body reduce the inflammatory action and singlet or free radical oxygen atoms like to combine into pairs. Singlet oxygen atoms are unable to interact with lipid found in cell walls causing inflammation and damage. It is a valuable preventive medicine; in addition to its role in cancer prevention, the berry oil offers us protection from heart disease, again it is their antioxidant behavior that protect the lining of the arteries and the fat in the blood from free radical oxidative damage. It improves the communication between cells which can result in fewer cells imitation, white blood cells attacks bacterial, viruses, cancer cells. It is among the top five anti-aging vitamins. Carotenoids as its ingredient contains vitamin A and protein. It contains 18 amino acids of 10 essential amino acids necessary for human health. It is also suitable for people with hypotension.”

Vintage Liqueur

While still talking about WHAT IS NEW ON THE SHELF, I stumbled into long rich’s vintage liquer which I would like to suggest to an acquaintance of mine resident at Oko Oba GRA scheme 1 in Lagos. He has an enlarged heart, coughs profusely, he is taking pharmaceutical medications and improving gradually but has refused to give up alcohol which he says helps him to knock off easily and soundly for the night. I always tell him he can sleep well without alcohol, that alcohol only sedates his brain, but he would not agree. It wasn’t until his condition became life threatening that he tried to shift from lager and stout to red wine. Even then, is choice of red wine is loaded with SULFITE a health hazard wine drinker should watch out on the wine label.

About eight benefit are ascribed to this longrich vintage liqueur. It may gladden the heart of women who wish to increase the size of their bust-line that “it can accelerate the development of main Mammary glands” for people of slow metabolism who, on account of this, easily add weight, this wine is offered for weight loss because it contains SAFFLOWER, said to improve the metabolic rate. Improvement of metabolism prevent accumulation of fats. Besides, it prevent damage of fatty acids. Many people on a slimming therapy hate dietary adjustment and exercise. This wine is put up as able to help them without diet or exercise sufferance. Muscle mass may grow and the body may become learner. It is anti-inflammatory, helps digestion of all sort of food, perhaps because of the presence of pawpaw (papaya) enzymes. But it is contraindicated in liver and kidney conditions because of its alcohol.

Stubborn Ulcer  

Many ulcers are simple walk-overs for the medicine-man or the sufferer. Some people claim cures from the use of Cayeme pepper, yes Cayeme, red hot pepper. Who hasn’t heard that a chemical substance in Cayeme blocks pain transmission? I have read, too, that Cayeme stopped bleeding from gunshot injuries! I believe that it was from Stanford University that we heard of the first research of how Cabbage Juice taken for 14 days not only eliminate the Helicobacter pylori bacterium found in ulcer sites but also healed the peptic ulcer it is believed to cause. This experiment has been done in many reputable institutions world-wide with the same or similar results. But there are isolated cases in which the patient does not tolerate Cabbage juice which tends to cause them more pain than the ulcer presents. Some people mill corn, remove the fiber, which are offered to goats or other animals, and they say that does it. For some other people, it doesn’t work.

I have known joy on seeing some ulcer sufferers smile when they add Bell’s Acidic Stomach and Alkaline Balance to their regimen. In other cases where insufficiency of stomach acid was what led to over-acidity of the stomach when food stayed longer than necessary in the stomach and decomposed into acidic free radicals, Apple Cidei Vinegar has been all that was required to end the patient’s nightmare. In many cases, the physician merely routinely assumes that, since the stomach is acidic, alkalizers and acid absorbers would do the trick. This has been the thinking behind the prescription of antacids and consumption of cow’s milk. But milk, being acidic on the pH scale, causes more problem than it is expected to resolve, and, so, many doctors and patients have dispensed with its services. Potato juice, like Calcium, Magnesium and Zinc, have helped or resolve many cases suitable for them to overcome. Sodium bicarbonate is a good addition to the list of helpful remedies. For this reason, the pharmaceutical Sodamint is popular among ulcer patients. It is a tablet which is licked morning and evening. I tasted it once, and found the taste to be awful.

We cannot forget the Iranian Dr. F Batmanghligd who urged his patient to slowly sip water at the onset of any pain. His hypothesis was that if the body was dehydrated and the Pancreas did not receive enough water supply to make Pancreatic juice, the duodenum, that connection between the stomach and the small intestine, would not open its gate for acidic content from the stomach to move to the intestine. Thus, a prolonged stay of food in the stomach would irritate it with acid and cause an ulcer. If he expels the irritant through the throat and the month, acid reflux may occur in which the patient complains of chest pain when, actually, it is the lower end of the throat, the esophagus, that is being damaged by acid. In some cases, this has resulted in throat cancer that may warrant removal of the damaged tissue and its replacement with a portion of the intestine.

In ulcer therapy knowledge of the stomach structure and function is important. The stomach has three layers of muscles. The outermost is longitudinal. It is reinforced by a middle layer of circular muscles. The inner layer is oblique. Above the inner layer of muscles there is a lining of four layers.  It is on top of the fourth inner layer of this lining that digestion takes place. This involves enzymes, acid and gastric juice. When this lining is eroded, food, acids, enzymes e.t.c drop to the muscle tissue, causing irritation, inflammation pain, injury and damage.

In extreme cases, perforation of the muscles layers may cause stomach content to drop into the cavity, leading to a serious health trouble, even death. Erosion of the lining may arise from stress of all sorts, chemical poisons, bacteria, drugs e.t.c in the sort of condition, the ulcer may become stubborn, irresponsive to medication which appear to help other people.  For this condition and others, I would like to propose that SLIPPERY ELM, like is cousin marshmalow, be added to the therapy. Of slippery elm, healthwisdom says:

“Slippery elm has a substance called mucilage which is polysaccharide that becomes a gel when mixed with water. The mucilage does a good job of soothing and coating the mouth, throat, stomach and   intestine causing much relief from things like gastro phageal reflux disease (GERD), Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, diarrhea, diverticulosis, and irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).”

In webmd we learn that: “Slippery elm is a tree which is used as medicine. People take it for cough, sore throat, colic, diarrhea, constipation, hemorrhoids, irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBM), bladder, urinary tract infection, myphissis, herpes and for expelling tape worm.”

Add to these the suggestions by Draktijic Suzioi:

“The inner bark of slippery elm contains various nutrient such as beta sitosterol, can pestros, tannins calcium, magnesium, iron, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, Selenium, zinc, beta carotene, Vitamins B1, B2, B3 and C. its mentioned earlier, slippery elm is tough and flexible of a fine fibrous texture. It has an odour like fenugreek and is very mucilaginous with an inspired taste. Ten grammes of the powder bark will make a thick jelly with an ounce of water. Slippery elm is effective remedy for duodenal ulcer, gastritis, diarrhea, colitis, irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) hemorrhoids and heart burn. It is used for wounds, boils, ulcers, burns and all inflamed surface, soothing, healing and reducing pain and inflammation. It is a simple food as part of a normal diet. It can be eaten as porridge. It is very nutritious, and paced with antioxidants with a similar taste like oat meal. It makes a whole food for infants and invalids. It is also good for heart remedy, for treating cancer. It heals diseases of the female organs. It is used as an antioxidant to prevent fat rancid. A pinch of it stops tooth from decaying. It has been used in North American for centuries in healing ulcer, burn, inflammation. It can be taken orally to relief cough, sore throat, diarrhea, and stomach problems. It is also good for excess acidity.

While we congratulate Mrs. X, look forward to shared experiences on Red or Black African Ant and of course, Slippery elm, I wonder if the woman who required for a cleaning healing natural agent for breast cancer sore may profit from slippery elm or Marshmallow dressing.