Everything is not about drugs.But people are inclined to first look for drugs whenever they feel that something is wrong with them. Most times, they feel that they must take a pill to get better if they experience a cold, headache, or any other symptoms.
But, healthcare givers believe that good food holds the key to a healthy life.
According to a Naturopath, Dr Adebisi Lambo of LamboDebs Nature Clinic, Ojota, Lagos, most health problems can be treated or prevented by a healthy diet. “Only most of the time, we find out after we get sick. The fact is your body is a machine. It needs high quality food, sleep and exercise. That’s it,” said the doctor.
He said food is any material that provides living things with the nutrients they need for energy and growth. He said the food we eat has two sources- Synthetic based foods like dairy foods and beverages and plant based foods. Plants have always been used medicinally throughout history and in diverse cultures. In Europe and Asia for example, citizens grow herbs for food and medicinal purposes, knowing well that the secret of good health and long life lies in what goes into the mouth.
“Years back they packaged herbs into potent natural medicines like juice, body cream from pawpaw seeds, bitters, teas and many more. Today, they are probably the largest exporter of natural drugs and foods in the world. I need to let people know that one can hardly treat a disease without reference to food intake. Food is the most natural medicine one can find. One hardly treats a disease without reference to food intake. The food we take consists of six classes- the carbohydrate, protein, fat, vitamins, minerals, and water. These foods are necessary for the survival of any mortal. However, to have good health, we need to maintain a balance of these foods in our diets,” said Dr Lambo.
He added that food is a much cheaper form of medicine and readily available,therefore, people should learn how to eat healthily. “Majority of diseases and Health issues can be cured, managed or even be prevented by the right diet. You don’t hear your doctors tell you most of the health problems that you have can be treated or prevented by a healthy diet. Only most of the time, we find out after we get sick. The fact is that your body is a machine. It needs high quality food, sleep and exercise. And human body is meant to be cured naturally.”
He said: “Humans have lived on this earth for several years. For the majority time on this earth, humans have relied on what Mother Nature provided for them. The fact is, humans, just like any other insect or animal, thrive on fruits, vegetables, nuts, etc. No human made product will ever replace that. So when problems with health arise, your body is meant to be cured naturally as well. This is why unlike nature-made food, every single drug that is made, contains side effects. I remember when we were young doing our work on farm. We sometimes sustain wounds from our farm implements. To stop the bleeding from these wounds, we usually apply sand on them. I doubt if anyone will attempt such in today’s world without taking anti tetanus drug or injection. At that time, the immune system in us was able to defend our bodies and prevent it from attack especially from tetanus. This is nothing but a result of what we ate then which are plants based foods.”
He explained that today, immune system in some people have drastically reduced and consequently cannot withstand the ‘foreigners’ coming into the body to fight it. For instance, Dr Lambo said, “What could make an 18-year-old boy complain of polyurea (constant urination), a sign of diabetes or a spinster who was diagnosed of having multiple fibroid. One can also observe today that many students cannot calculate without using calculator or refer to the internet. These and more of what people suffer today are as a result of what enters into their mouths. Some of which are inimical to their health.”
In the same vein, Dr Lambo said due to memory loss today, one often sees some people, elderly and young ramming into people as they walk on the street. Some elders will climb a staircase or enter a room to get something only to forget what they wanted on getting to the top of the staircase.
The Naturopath said treatment of any disease should start with food combination, according to the type and severity of the disease. “For instance, in treating diabetes, use small quantity of ugwu leaves, beans, carrots, boiled unripe plantain or its flour (elubo kelukelu) with vegetable enriched with locust beans. One can add cucumber or water melon which can be taken as lunch regularly.
“Spinach is also recommended for memory loss because the intake of it improves the memory of individuals. The phyo-chemical contents in spinach reduce inflammation that causes harm to the brain function. But it must be taken according to prescription by a naturopath, or holistic/natural health care practitioner. So also to treat high blood pressure, eating one or two Garcinia kola (orogbo) otherwise called bitter kola with Abamoda leaves (Bryphyllum thonumigii) three hours before breakfast for 30 days is good. It is also recommended for boosting of immune system.
Dr Lambo appealed to people not to self diagnose. “If you have a symptom please consult a qualified doctor of medicine (D.M)/natural health care practitioner. Preferably a naturopath, holistic M.D or a chiropractor,” said Dr Lambo.