‘Mixed-race relationships are making us taller, smarter’
• Children born to genetically diverse parents are more intelligent than their ancestors AS the world becomes more connected and cultures merge researchers are starting to see how this is playing a role in our evolution. A study has found humans today are taller and more intelligent than their ancestors, and the cause has been…
‘Foreign foods reduce life expectancy’
A professor of pharmacognosy and founder Bioresources Development and Conservation Programme (BDCP) and International Centre for Ethnomedicine and Drug Development (IntCEDD), Maurice Iwu, has warned against the consumption of foreign and imported food products even as he linked them with the proliferation of chronic diseases and sudden deaths. Iwu, however, recommends locally prepared and traditional foods as medicines to reverse damage caused by processed meals. Iwu also told The Guardian how he stumbled upon the bitter kola drug for Ebola, which he said has been authenticated by the United States Institute for Health (NIH) and the drug is presently undergoing further development. Iwu clarifies that he never said Garcinia kola cures Ebola but that there is a compound in it that has activity against Ebola. Contrary to views propagated by the Western media that palm oil is not good for health, Iwu said that locally produced palm oil is better than imported vegetable oils, very rich in nutrients and has more vitamin A than carrots. CHUKWUMA MUANYA writes. Excerpts
Drink water only when thirsty to avoid health risks, panel warns
KEEPING hydrated is important when exercising, but drinking too much can be hazardous - in some cases even resulting in death. A panel of experts has published new guidelines to avoid fatal overconsumption of fluids, recommending that athletes only drink when they are thirsty.
How grapefruit, orange juice increase skin cancer risk
The researchers found that the more servings of oranges, grapefruits or juices from these fruits that the participants consumed overall, the higher their risk of melanoma. Subjects who consumed a serving of these fruits or their juices at least 1.6 times a day, for example, were found to be at 36 per cent higher skin…
Creating the wellness diet (1)
A knowledge of the biochemical reactions that take place in the body while processing food that we eat will go a long way to reveal the mind of our GOD as it relates to the components of the plant food that He recommended to man at the time of creation.
WHO, pharmacists raise alarm over growing threat of chronic diseases
Odukoya becomes Fellow of WAPCP THE World Health Organisation (WHO) and pharmacists under the aegis of the West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists (WAPCP) have raised the alarm over the growing threat of what they referred to as “double burden” of communicable diseases and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the world. The pharmacists, therefore, urged African…
Group raises awareness on cornea donation to eye banks
A non-government organisation, Eye Bank for Restoring Sight (EBRS), has called on Nigerians to buy into the idea of donating their cornea when they finally pass away.
Coconut oil whitens teeth, boosts immune system, helps skin to glow
New research has found the technique could help prevent the formation of plague, development of gum disease OIL PULLING – that is the ancient Indian technique of swishing coconut oil around your mouth as part of your oral hygiene – is a huge trend. Enthusiasts for the practice claim that not only does it whiten…
New anti-cancer drug looks promising in lab, study finds
MUCH of research to beat cancer tends to concentrate on the various genetic mutations behind different cancers. Now, a new study in the journal Cancer Cell takes a different approach - it targets the pathways that hungry cancer cells use to satisfy their voracious appetite for energy.
Is eating bread bad for your health?
IS eating bread good for your health? In recent times there has been claims and counter claims on the health effects of bread and other wheat products.
Eating protein before carbohydrates may lower diabetes, obesity risk
IN a new study, researchers from Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City, NY, United States, found that the order in which different types of food are consumed has a significant impact on post-meal glucose and insulin levels in obese people.