January 3rd, 2018 – Natural Healing: Herbal Medicine & Foods God Created To Heal Mankind
By Femi Kusa
A very special thanks to all researchers and doctors worldwide who kept sharing with us the knowledge of natural healing foods and medicines which the Almighty Creator permitted them to learn from Mother Nature.
This article is an expression of gratitude to the Creator and to these fine human spirits .
Apple Cider Vinegar
I give the first slot to this wonderful herbal medicine not because, in nursery rhyme, A stands for Apple. A woman I have known for about 25 years died last Saturday from bleeding after surgery. I wondered if she could not have lived if she took Apple Cider Vinegar for four or six weeks before the surgery. Immediately I heard the story, many cases of bleeding helped by ACV, as Apple Cider Vinegar is also called, flooded my thoughts. One was a dutiful reporter in The Guardian newspaper newsroom of the 1980s. She returned late to the newsroom one day, well beyond the deadline for her report. Deadline breaches are grave sins in the newsroom. A breach may delay the printing time and cause such print-run shortages as may cost the company millions of Naira on the news-stands. I gave her a typical dress-down of an angry editor. She cried and cried. At about 9p.m, she came to my office to apologise with explanations which made me feel small inwardly. She had been bleeding vaginally for one week and had only managed to be coming to work. That day, she fainted in the taxi she boarded to the office and had to be revived in hospital. As she was still bleeding, I asked her to go next day to Pa JOHNSON’S Health shop on Olonode Street in Yaba, Lagos, and purchase ACV. Another health shop which sold it in Lagos at that time was at 118 Ogunlana Drive, Surelere. Within one week, the bleeding stopped for all time. For ACV miraculously stops bleeding.
Another case I remembered was that of a boss of mine who had to have surgery for Inguinal hernia. This is a condition in which the intestine enters the scrotal sac through a weakness in abdominal architecture, sometimes causing swelling and pain in the testes. The surgeon had thought my boss would bleed and had readied blood for transfusion. But having been on ACV therapy for six weeks prior to the surgery, he did not.
Yet another case was a mother who had her uterus evacuated because of large growths of uterine fibriods which caused vaginal bleeding. She had become so pale and weak that blood for transfusion was arranged before surgery. But she did not bleed. In my wife’s child-bearing years, she always took ACV in the last month before labour. While other women bled in the labour room, she did not. I learned about ACV from a pocket book of the benefits of this wonderful gift of Nature written by Cyril Scott. ACV, according to him, is good for the hair, scalp, eyes, sinuses, gums and teeth, skin, bones, nail, blood, digestion and flatulence, among other benefits. He says they contain Phosphate salts, the lack of which may cause eye and brain discomfort, among other health slacks. ACV is known to aid weight management, reduce acid reflux, high blood pressure. It reduces high blood sugar and high blood cholesterol levels. ACV fights allergies, balances the blood pH, relieves cold symptoms, helps detoxification et.c. The brand I recommend, which I have away used, is that branded BRAGGS WITH MOTHER.
Red Kidney Bean Pod
It has a reputation for reducing high blood sugar, weight loss, promoting urination and removing dropsy or edema, whether it be of heart or kidney origins. It is claimed, also, that this pod helps conditions of kidney Stones and Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs). More about this herb later.
Bone Marrow Meal
Bone meal is high-grade animal bone (preferably grass-fed) crushed to powder for its Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Protein in particular and fed to cows to prevent Mad Cow Disease. Its use as a human food supplement for calcium and other minerals became unpopular because of possible lead contamination. Bone Marrow Meal, on the other hand, is the soft tissue content in the bone hollow, sometimes, with some purified bone meal. This column recommended it to chemotherapy patients with bone marrow damage and other challenges. The experience of Swedish doctor (Mrs) Astrid Brohult provided the spur for this. In about 1952, she worked in an hospital leukemia (blood cancer) ward for children who suffered from bone marrow cancer. Chemotherapy devastated them all the more. But when Dr. Brohult added bone marrow to their meals, the children dramatically recovered. She and her husband, a biochemist, were to discover two important components in bone marrow meal which may have accounted for such recoveries…Alkylglycerol and Squalene. Modern studies reveal that the bone marrow exhibits large amounts of Vitamin A, Collagen, Iron, Omega-3 fatty acids, minerals and Vitamins, Proteins. Chemotherapy destroys them in addition to damaging the capacity of the bone marrow to produce red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelet cells. This is one of the reasons chemotherapy patients are weak, suffer from excruciating pain with because of their reduced oxygen content, suffer from illnesses and bleed.
There is no doubt that a supply of these ingredients in bone marrow meal can jump start a weakened system back to life. Bone marrow meal has been found to promote digestion, repair damaged body cells, protect the health of the heart and the blood vessels, support joint mobility and protect them, support the production of white blood cells, maintain health of the skeletal system, boost immunity, fight cancer, increase the body’s metabolic rate and detoxification process. Thus, bone marrow meal is good not only for cancer-challenged people but for everyone as well.
Already with us for about two years now, this food supplement blossomed last year amid claims that it had helped some people throw off some serious health yokes. The Cellgevity story is all about a landmark food supplement which enables the body to make more energy and an abundance of the body’s master antioxidant, Glutathione, which Nature puts in human, animal and plant tissues to ward off disease. It is made from three amino acids…Glycine, Glutamin and Cysteine. Cysteine is, arguably, the most crucial. Stomach acids transform it and, so, not enough of it gets to the cells for the manufacture of Glutathione. Meanwhile, drugs such as Paracetamol and Panadol deplete the body’s stocks of Glutathione and cause Cysteine to be excreted in the urine. Efforts to load more Cysteine into the system have until now been compromised by stomach acid inhospitality, stress, fatigue, toxins, liver weakness and other factors. Then, after several years of research, CELLGEVITY arrived on the scene in the United States with a technology which protects Cysteine from stomach acid and delivers it safe and sound to the cells to make Glutathione and energy. More information is available in www.olufemikusa.com.
These days, I listen to late night news on radio before I knock off for the night. The news comes on just after or before relationship programmes. One of these is EDUN OKAN (d:d r:d) (HEART PAIN), a raw Yoruba programme by FAAJI FM Radio. It is presented by a harsh, if not brutal, unsparing and sometimes rude man. In one of the last ones I listened to, one man called in on the phone to complain that his wife who was breast feeding a four-month old baby by him was “sleeping” with a youth in their multiple-room residence (face-me-I-face-you) residence who was infected with tuberculosis. The complainant said he appealed to the boy to no avail and gave up. Happily, he said, the chap soon died of his tuberculosis. He wanted the programme to help him appeal to his wife that, now that her lover was dead, she should remain faithful to him. What sort of man is this, I wondered. But before I could call JACK ROBINSON, many calls poured in, either castigating him for being a she-man or advising him to do something about his manliness. The presenter literally dragged him in the mud and asked if his wife was around and listening to the programme. To my surprise, she was right beside him in bed, awake and listening! The presenter literally took her to the cleaners, calling her a disgrace to womanhood and asking her to go on her knees before her husband and plead for forgiveness. She agreed to do so! The comments of other people were not lost on me…this must be why many men today seek sex libido enhancers!
In my days as a young man, PASUMA STRONG was the in-thing among men. It also went by the name PASUMA FORTE. Today we have such male aphrodisiacs as LIBIDO TONIGHT, LIBIDO MAX, STEEL LIBIDO, ROBUST ROOTS, AFRICAN BLACK ANT and EROXYL FOR MEN.
The list was incomplete without such other food supplements as Zinc, L-Arginine, Macca, and CoQ10, to mention a few.
These remedies are either quick-acting, slow working or a combination of both. They aid the production of male hormones, stimulate nerve response, support blood delivery to the penile shaft, and turgidity and staying power. Some men require detoxification in the nerve junction (Frankenhauser’s) in the pubis region which controls erection and all that. Chlorella and Cilantro may help out in such a case. For other men, too much stress has weakened their adrenal glands, causing adrenal burn-out in some cases. The stress need not be physical. It could be oxidative, in which antioxidants are needed, heavy metal toxicity in which case heavy metal chelators are called for. Sometimes, bacteria, viruses, fungi, yeast, even mold, may be at work. This would call for antibacterials such as Amazon C-F, antifungals such as Amazon A-F, antivirals such as Amazon A-V and a broad-spectrum fighter such as GOLDEN SEAL ROOT and MANGO SEED EXTRACT. To cap the stress therapy, it was suggested that nutrition which supports adrenal recovery be adopted. Borage Oil and Licorice and Ginseng and adaptogens were suggested.
It still holds the prospect of being a great alkalinising agent and healer, long, long after Dr. Anne Wigmore popularised it. For an alkalinising and mineralising agent is crucial in many of today’s degenerative diseases which research suggest have their origins in over-acidity of the body through diet, environmental, negative emotions and stress of all sorts, among others. As a child, Anne watched her grandfather heal the “injuries of World War II soldiers with wheatgrass grass juice”. As an adult, Anne developed gangrene in one lower limb. Doctors advised amputation. Anne objected. Gangrene is dead tissue that spreads. Death of cells and tissue occurs when they do not receive enough oxygen through blood circulation due to one problem or another. Anne watched her condition grow worse. But she remained adamant. No one would remove any part of her body. She would spend the evenings in the wheel chair in her garden. She began to observe sick cats which came to the garden to eat a particular grass. Soon, they would get well. She, too, began to eat this grass. This grass was wheatgrass. Anne regained health and life in her dying limb when she began to eat wheatgrass and take wheatgrass juice, as some accounts have said, fanatically. Dr. Anne Wigmore died at the age of 85, not from gangrene or any other ailment, but from suffocating smoke in a fire which engulfed her clinic. She left behind a legacy of wheatgrass as a supportive herb in health and illness.
Lion’s Mane Mushroom
I do not know if Dr. Rita Levi Montalcini is still alive. The last time I followed her work, she was 103, reading, writing and making speeches. As a young Italian doctor during World War II, she sought to discover which herb in the plant kingdom could heal damaging or mangled nerves. Her laboratory was her bedroom. She moved from one house to another during the bombings. Eventually she discovered Lion’s Mane Mushroom to be best suited for the job. And she won a Nobel Prize for it.
Lion’s Mane Mushroom supports the brain to produce Nerve Growth Factor (NGF) or Nerve Growth Hormone (NGH) which not only protects the myelin shealth of the nerves. Picture to yourself the electrical wiring in your house. Electricity is conducted by the thin copper wires that are insulated with a plastic covering. That, too, is the configuration of the nerves. The nerves conduct plant and impulses throughout the body and are protected by a myelin shealth as covering. If anything goes wrong with this shealth, the nerves are exposed and may be endangered. People who have holes in a tooth or more know how it hurts when the nerves in the pulp are exposed and come in contact with food, water or germs. Sometimes, the pain is such that affected people will death. Modern researches have expanded the scope of Dr. Montalcini’s work. Now, it is known that Lion’s Mane Mushroom is helpful not only in all neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, seizures, tremours, Restless Leg Syndrome, premature ejaculation and urinary incontinence, among many nerve-related conditions, but helpful as well for such conditions as digestion difficulties, immune response and even cancer.
Some people do not easily recognise that they have nerve challenges. One of my friends knew of his only when he had to share a hymn book with another worshipper during a church service and he discovered that his hand was shaking. Another could not insert a key into the key hole of a car door or house door without the support of the other hand. There are people, men and women, who let go before they arrive in the urinal. And when the vision begins to blur, it may be time to check if the pressure of glaucoma may not have caused nerve damaged or mangling in the eye. In nerve conditions, Lion’s Mane Mushroom goes well with Vitamin B1 and the B-complex family.
As I do not mind bitter principles in my diet, I go for the gentle bitter of Orange peel in almost every home cooked meal. Outdoor, I add the factory-made orange peel powder to meals such as rice, beans or pap or yam porridge. I like bitter principles in food because I learned long ago from the Yoruba proverb that “Ore enu l’ota inu” (friend of the mouth is enemy of health within), referring to the sweet principles whereas “ota enu l’ore inu” (enemy of the mouth is friend of health within).
Thus, when I feel like having a meal of eba and egusi (melon) soup, for example, and I do not have Orange peel powder, I parboil Orange peel and turn the garri for eba in the water extract of the peel. I do not throw the peel away. I shred it into the egusi soup. I add Orange peel to rice or beans when it is half boiled. This way, I have been able to curb the tendency of my random blood sugar to shoot to about 150, and bring it down to under 120.
For orange peel has anti diabetes principles apart from being anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial, nutritive, anti-asthma and, a lungs cleanser and a cough remedy.
In articles posted on www.olufemikusa.com, which features these herbs, I mentioned how orange peel powder brought down by 150 points in one week a woman’s 500 plus blood sugar count and how, eating the peel over meals, resolved some cases of bronchitis.