There is a lot of sugar scare making waves these days especially in natural medicine. With cancer, rheumatism and arthritis rising by the day, a lot of people are discouraged from eating sugary foods.
Agreed that sugar helps cancer and arthritis to grow, the body also requires sugar for energy and metabolism and that’s why a lot of people are confused.
The confusion in the minds of people over sugar intake has led to ailments, such as “hypoglacenmia”, low blood sugar, which often is more deadly than “hyperglaceamia” high blood sugar, often referred to as “Diabetes”.
Many naturalists or naturopaths now recommend alternative to sugar, and that is where honey comes to play. Of all the natural sweetners, honey seem to be the most preferable sugar source.
Despite being a natural source of sugar, some phony science research had condemned the replacement of sugar with honey. Such claims are suspicious and are the handiwork of commercial interests, mostly sugar manufacturers.
Honey is more complex than ordinary sugar, it’s natures gift to mankind in that, it’s not artificially made.
In the Bible, Honey is mentioned several times both in the Old and New Testaments. In Genesis 43v11 Joseph brothers as part of reconciliation brought honey as gift to him at Egypt.
In 1Samuel 12:23-27, Jonathan took some honey for his health and got better. In Proverbs 16 v 24, it is said that honey is good for the bones.
John the Baptist in the New Testament, Mark 1v 6 fed on honey and locusts. In other words, the use of honey is as old as man itself.
Scientific analysis has not been able to demystify honey. The following vitamins and minerals have been discovered in honey: Thumin, ascorbic acid (Vit C), pyrodoxine and macin.
Fortunately many doctors today have acknowledged honey as medicine. There is no organ in the body that does not respond favourably when honey is eaten.
It’s a weight losing medicine for those who want to slim down. It’s recommended that one should take two teaspoonful of honey five to 10 minutes before each meal.
Honey checks infertility in men. It enhances vitality and virility.
As a blood builder, honey improves haemoglobin in the body since it contains iron, copper and manganese. It helps to maintain red blood corpucles in the blood stream.
The use of honey is highly beneficial in the treatment of cough. It produces a soothing effect on the inflamed mucus membrane.
Honey helps to soothe the nerves, and is a natural sleep inducer. It should be taken with water before bed. One should however be wary of adulterated honey which leaves a oil layer on top of water , and sides of tea cup.
Immunization: Health Board Targets Rural Communities
Towards ensuring that immunization campaign achieves its target of over 90 percent, the Rivers State Primary Health Care Management Board, says it has provided modalities for trained health care providers to reach the interiors of the state.
Making this known in an exclusive interview, the Health Education / Coordinator, Rivers State Social and Behavioural Change Communication Committee, Dr Daris Nria, said provisions have been made to take the free immunisation exercise to the rural areas of the state.
Because immunisation programe will be running concurrently in all the local government areas, and these areas will be empowered with boats or other means of transport, as well as logistics.
She used this opportunity to call on the public especially parents and women of child bearing age to avail themselves the opportunity of being immunized against tetanus and other diseases.
In another development, the Maternal and Neonatal Child Health (MNCH) Focal Person, Rivers State Primary Healthcare Management Board, Dr Emen-Jaja stated that the MNCH week slated to commence from 20th – 24th September will provide health care services for children under the age of five years, pregnant women as well as their spouses.
Such services, according to her, include administration of vitamin A, deworming exercise, nutritional screening, general health checks, child spacing and birth registration.
“Both women of reproductive age and their spouses who visit the health care centres would also have free services within the week.
CSO Wants Cancer Treatment Centres In Rivers
The Rivers State Chapter of the Civil Society organsation (CSO) has called on the state government to establish cancer treatment centres in the state to address the current growing cancer cases in the state.
Making the call recently, chairman of the organisation, Mr Dennis Otobo, said going by the status among the community of states in the country, Rivers State needs such centres in strategic areas of the state.
He stated that “going by the position of Rivers State among other states in the country, we are over due to have enough cancer treatment centres, especially considering the State Government’s focus on the health of her people”.
According to him, “taking some of our cancer patients to other neighbouring states does not tell well of our health services, no matter how we look at it.
“Government should establish cancer treatment centres in the state, at least a one hub treatment centre in each LGA”, he said.
Otobo explained that for now, about 99 per cent of treatments for cancer and related services are provided by donor agencies and patients are taken outside the state for treatment, which requires a lot of fund that is mostly not available.
“If government can provide cancer treatment centres in the state, it will not only lessen the impact of the ailment in the state but will also alleviate the suffering of patients who cannot afford going for treatment outside the state”, he said.
To Much Salt Consumption, Bad For Kidney – Expert
A Nephrologist, specialist in Kidney disease, Dr Manda David-West, says excessive salt consumption is one key cause of kidney disease.
Stating this in a recent interview, she said in-take of too much salt is capable of damaging one’s kidney, in addition to raising blood pressure.
“Too much salt can raise up the Blood Pressure (BP), and once the BP is raised, if you are not on medication, It can damage the kidney over time, she said.
In order to prevent this, Dr David West, who is a Consultant Nephrologist at the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH) called for limitation in salt in-take.
She further stated that to prevent kidney disease, there was the need to cut down on carbohydrate and callory intake, alongside checking food in-take capable of increasing chances of developing diabetes mellitus.
Dr David West continued that enough intake of fruits and vegetables, alongside exercises with a view to keep fit also prevents kidney diseases.
Contrary to wide spread belief that food supplements are good for the body, Dr David West said too much intake of food supplements is not good for the body.
Accroding to her, besides taking fruits and vegetables, “they should engage in daily exercise, try and keep fit and be active as much.
“Even (food) supplement has not been proven to be good to the kidney, especially when it is taken for a long time.
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