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Nutrition and prevention of diseases

By Paul Joseph Nanna   |   12 January 2017   |   3:25 am
President Muhammadu Buhari (right); Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewale (left); Acting Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer (CEO), National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Emmanuel Odu (middle) at the Presidential flag-off of Revitalisation of 10,000 Primary Health Care (PHC) centres held at Kuchigoro, AMAC, Abuja, Tuesday

President Muhammadu Buhari (right); Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewale (left); Acting Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer (CEO), National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr. Emmanuel Odu (middle) at the Presidential flag-off of Revitalisation of 10,000 Primary Health Care (PHC) centres held at Kuchigoro, AMAC, Abuja, Tuesday

Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food (Hippocrates 460BC – 370BC).

This is a powerful quote by Hippocrates who lived thousands of years ago. This quote is still relevant today. The Patriarchs who lived even earlier than Hippocrates lived such purposeful lives that their health was dependent on their food. Since that time a lot of water has passed under the bridge as it were and things are no longer what they used to be.

New discoveries in medicine, pharmaceuticals, technologies etc. have come with their own financial considerations that attention is no longer given to that kind of nutrition that both energizes the body and prevents diseases. The purpose of eating is no longer viewed as a means of wellness. Indeed, even the diet of today is known to cause diseases and sicknesses so that pharmaceutical products can be sold to generate a lot of revenue for the manufacturers.

Making food your medicine and your medicine food is too cheap for the commercially minded pharmacists that everything must be done to sell their products. A lot of money has been spent on advertisements so that their products can be sold. They are all so determined to make money that deception has even come to the fore. It is common to find medical and pharmaceutical regulatory bodies owning up to their mistakes so many years after. The issue of cholesterol is still fresh in our minds.


With the downturn in the economy all over the world today, it is imperative for human beings to begin to look for easy ways for doing a lot of things. It is a time that we should look closely at the wisdom of GOD in giving us the Genesis 1,29 Diet. A diet that has all the nutrients to keep man healthy for life, a diet that can provide all the necessary energy that the body needs; it is a diet that helps to boost and sustain the immune system so that it can fight pathogens and prevent diseases. In all my research works, I have discovered sources of diseases such as the colon that is constipated, lack of probiotics or a chronic state of dehydration.
These can generate enough toxins and acids to cause diseases anywhere in the body and in any organ.

The Almighty GOD in all His creative wisdom has put in place different types of food that will ensure the health and wellbeing of the different organs in the body. Not only that some of these foods actually prevents diseases in these organs and help in generating new and healthy cells.

In choosing what type of diet to eat, these must form part of our considerations. At the of the day, we are not just filling our tummies up to satisfy hunger and the taste buds, we are also eating to stay healthy and to prevent diseases. By so doing and in eliminating diseases we are reducing to the barest minimum, the money we spend in treating the full-blown diseases in the body.

We all should be knowledgeable in foods that are required by the different organs to stay healthy, kinds of food that boost the immunity and those that actually prevent diseases.

This is going to be our focus in this column for the first half of this year. Hopefully, we shall all begin to eat purposefully and to live healthy always. To begin with, there are five vital organs in the body and these include the brain, the heart, the lungs, liver and kidneys. These all need to be assisted in their functions and the right foods eaten to keep each one healthy and functioning well. In next Thursday’s edition of The Guardian Newspaper, we shall be considering the heart.


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