This week, Mr Hycinth Uzor is likely to be in mourning mood again. He does for long whenever one of his friends or class-mates at Fatimah College, Ilesa passes away. Fatimah College, in Osun State, Nigeria, was one of the best schools in the Western Region of Nigeria during the country’s First Republic. It wasn’t surprising, therefore, that Mr Uzor, became national sales Manager at the Nigerian Breveries Ltd, (NBL) after studying for his first degree at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom, a feat in those days.
I have the privilege of offering Mr Uzor information about whatever any of his friends or class-mates died of. They are all now in their seventies, a period in one’s life when, I guess, one cannot escape thinking about existence in the world beyond the comprehension of physical earthly senses. I remember him worrying for weeks about one of his class-mates who faced the challenge of shingles, an inflammatory nerve ending disorder. So bad was it that the gentleman travelled to India, only to return home and pass away soon after.
Uzor would also speak about Dr. Awomolo, one of his juniors at school, who treated many cases of prostate cancer, of which he, too, was later to die in his prime. The latest concern of Mr Uzor is a class-mate he lost contact with for about 20 years. Then, about six months ago, someone gave him a description to the gentlemans village somewhere in the east. And off to that village Mr Uzor went. What he discovered was heart-shattering. One of the feet of this gentleman was amputated. But that was the least of the problems Mr Uzor was to discover had befallen him over the years. First, this man suffered from prostate cancer for which he had a successful surgery. Later, he had such problems with his intestines which warranted that some parts that were diseased be surgically removed and the loose ends sutured together. Later, still, this man developed diabetes and a diabetic sore in the foot. The sore would not heal, became infected and gangrenous… and had to be surgically removed. As he was learning to cope with this new experience, the prostate gland struck again. He could not pass water, and he died. It is possible a remnant cancer cell or a group of them resurged, and wreaked the havoc. It is possible the root cause (s) of this condition were not addressed. It reminds me of the saying of a Wise One that “neither drugs nor injections, but the right kinds of foods and drinks bring lasting health”.
How I wish this gentleman was alive today to read in this column last Thursday of how, with Vegetable and Fruit Juices, Dr. Bernard Jenson healed the thirteen leg sores of a young woman that had been non-responsive to treatment by doctors at two leading hospitals in the United States. I wish, also, that he knew of one of the friends of Sunday Danson who had a diabetic sore which would not heal for years but, to his shock gave way to some herbs and topical application of a Nigerian bitters formula. While these events are regrettable and are sources of pain to survivors of people who yield to them, they help to warn the rest of us to take health matters seriously and to watch what goes into the mouths and stomachs as ultimately, “we are what we eat and drink”.
Congratulations, Mr Uzor these events have encouraged him to slow down on lager. And he has become a constant repriminder of his bossom friend, Mr Schraps who, given his latest experiences, is learning to curb his appetite for his own pass time. These matters will be visited in more detail in due course. Suffice it to say today that many cases of benign prostate enlargement respond favourably to Small-flowered Willow herb, antiviral, anti-candida and anti-bacteria herbs in addition to anti-inflammatories the latest of which is Orange Peel.
Diabetes should not be a scourge any more. Sugar burns well and doesn’t accumulate in the blood to cause havoc when certain food factors, including Chromium Picolinate, Vitamins and Minerals are present in the diet. Diabetics are nutrient-deficient for years, they probably subsisted in white flour bread, cow’s milk, sugar, margarine and fried egg for breakfast, simple carbohydrates for launch and trash meals for dinner.
Yinka Peter the young woman who checks my blood sugar at Keysley Pharmacy in Lagos has just learned her lesson when I hit 144 in a random check one day and crashed the following day to 80, she was prepare to agree that herbs work. The first day, I had indulged in about six bananas and sweetened yoghurt for breakfast. The following day, I challenged the sugar-balancing mechanism with the same diet with a copious serving of DIATOM. Besides Diatom, there are many sugar-burning herbs in the plant kingdom. Among them are Fenugreek, bitter mellon, turmeric, Chanka Piedra (Ehibi sowo or Ehin Olube: Yoruba), Orange Peel, Cinamon e.t.c. intestinal problems are caused by many factors. But the one which appeals to me more are micro-organisms. It is said that, in a measure of stool, there are between 10 to 100 times more micro-organisms in the intestine than there are cells in our bodies. In the average adult human body, there are about 100 trillion cells! The micro-organism wish to make a home of our bodies, especially the intestines. Some of them are friendly bacteria, no doubt, working to inhibit the growth of the dangerous ones. But the dietary life styles of many people support the over population of the dangerous microbial flora. It isn’t, surprising, therefore, that many Nigerian men are “pregnant” walking the streets with protruding abdomen. There are, also, many women who are not bearing babies in their wombs but are merely parading bloated intestines filled with germs, gas and food sludges that would not easily digest or lend themselves to excretion due to constipation.
Today, this column wishes again to invite attention to the health of the intestines through the photograph published elsewhere on this page. Note the robust colon and the varieties of the sickly colon. Many people whose footstool are the lead pencil-type and not the robust banana type probably have inflamed, narrowed or blocked intestinal passage which, as in the case of Uzor’s friends, may warrant surgical removal of the diseased portions. Surgery doesn’t restore the good life, it must be stated. For every portion of the intestines performs a specialised function. This then means that, after surgery, the specialized functions of those parts removed are lost for ever. If it is a simple case of the absorption of vitamins B12, for example such a person may become deficient in this Vitamin for life or resort to Vitamin B12 injections or the sublingual form of this vitamin. Such a person may be prone to anaemia. It is, therefore, better always to prevent health mishaps.
Cheer up, Mr Uzor. As the Yoruba would say, iku ti o n pa ojugba eni, owe l’o n pa fun wa ni. This means death speaks in a parable through the dead of our contemporary. That parable means it may soon be our turn. That suggest we study his foot marks, gird our loins and strive to live a better life, health-wise.