MY JOUR­NEY TO HEALTH - PART 2

THISDAY Style - - CONTENTS - Ifey­inwa Irene Nwak­wesi is an in­te­gra­tive medicine, stress, nutri­tion and per­sonal devel­op­ment Spe­cial­ist. She holds well­ness, cell re­vi­tal­iza­tion and re­ju­ve­na­tion sem­i­nars, in­clud­ing pro­grammes. She also stocks nat­u­ral nu­tri­tional prod­ucts that as­sist wi

He ex­plained to me that I was not di­gest­ing my food prop­erly which was more of starchy food, meat than sal­ads and greens, These undi­gested food at­tracted or­gan­isms like yeast, bac­te­ria, fun­gus which nor­mally re­side in the body of ev­ery hu­man be­ing. These or­gan­isms af­ter feed­ing on the undi­gested food, then re­lease into the blood tox­ins which are re­spon­si­ble for the var­i­ous un­pleas­ant symp­toms I was hav­ing. In my toxic state, I was also not ab­sorb­ing the nu­tri­ents my body needed for good health. This was re­spon­si­ble for my low en­ergy and fre­quent ir­ri­tabil­ity. He pre­scribed for me diet mod­i­fi­ca­tion, life­style changes, some vi­ta­mins and herbs.

To be frank, for the first time I saw a win­dow of op­por­tu­nity for my re­cov­ery. I re­turned to La­gos with a lot of hope and en­thu­si­asm and be­gan pras­tic­ing all that Dr. Rod­ney has taught me and took my pre­scribed vi­ta­mins and nat­u­ral herbs re­li­giously. A friend of mine also ad­vised me to con­sult Prof. Adeoye Lambo who was al­ready com­bin­ing ortho­dox clin­i­cal prac­tice with some ef­fec­tive and sci­en­tif­i­cally proven al­ter­na­tive meth­ods. I con­sulted Prof Adeoye Lambo and he in­tro­duced me to an acupunc­tur­ist Dr. Alphon­sus Ek­w­erike who treated me with about twenty five acupunc­ture ses­sions. This treat­ment re­sulted in a great re­lief of my anx­i­ety at­tacks and also helped to im­prove the de­pres­sion ten­dency.

Prof Adeoye Lambo told me that most of my prob­lems were stress-re­lated and gave me a book to read on stress. The stress aware­ness that I ac­quired con­trib­uted im­mensely to my im­prove­ment. With all of the modal­i­ties of treat­ment I was def­i­nitely on my way to re­cov­ery. My health con­tin­ued to im­prove. To be frank, all my symp­toms did not dis­ap­pear but it was much eas­ier for me to cope with my health sit­u­a­tion as I now had more pre­cise in­for­ma­tion on my prob­lem. The fear of death, can­cer, one chronic dis­ease or the other had dis­ap­peared. All of these ex­pe­ri­ences ex­posed me to the other world of medicine, the al­ter­na­tive health care world and even

though I was trained as an ortho­dox med­i­cal doc­tor, I started ex­pand­ing my knowl­edge grad­u­ally and de­vel­oped the de­sire to ex­plore the other modal­i­ties of health care.

The more I read books on Al­ter­na­tive Health Care, the more I be­came con­vinced that the ap­proach to medicine which fo­cuses pri­mar­ily on cu­ra­tive medicine, ig­nor­ing other as­pects of Nat­u­ral Health Care and Pre­ven­tive Medicine had to change. I set-up Healthy Liv­ing Ser­vices in 1991 to pro­vide these other health ap­proaches to Nige­ri­ans and I am con­vinced that this was the real pur­pose for my ill-health.

God was pre­par­ing me for this job by giv­ing me the ex­pe­ri­ence first­hand so that when I am coun­selling and man­ag­ing a pa­tient, I can eas­ily iden­tify and un­der­stand their prob­lem be­cause I have been through all that. Many peo­ple to­day are not nec­es­sar­ily sick as to lie down in bed but so many move around, go to work with myr­i­ads of health chal­lenges. They know it, they feel it. Some­times peo­ple around them no­tice. Some other times they don’t. The in­di­vid­u­als know they have a prob­lem. They may have con­sulted one doc­tor or an­other, many tests may have been car­ried out and the doc­tors may find some ab­nor­mal re­sults or noth­ing. These peo­ple may have been given drugs.

They may ex­pe­ri­ence some re­lief but usu­ally they do not com­pletely re­cover. Their doc­tors may change from one drug to an­other with­out any im­prove­ment in their symp­toms. As I con­tin­ued to bat­tle with my health prob­lem, I be­came ex­posed to dif­fer­ent modal­i­ties of health care, some of which were very in­stru­men­tal to my re­cov­ery. I be­lieve that I be­came ex­pe­ri­enced in these dif­fer­ent modal­i­ties through divine in­ter­ven­tion both to fa­cil­i­tate my re­cov­ery and for the ben­e­fit of my fel­low Nige­ri­ans. These modal­i­ties will be my fo­cus in my sub­se­quent pub­li­ca­tion.

I ac­quired the knowl­edge through read­ing health books and at­tend­ing work­shops and sem­i­nars abroad. God helped me to use the knowl­edge on a con­sis­tent ba­sis and to­day, my health has been turned around. My pro­duc­tiv­ity and en­ergy have in­creased. My en­thu­si­asm for life is much greater. I have moved on to a higher spir­i­tual plane. Please get ready to learn about the modal­i­ties that have sig­nif­i­cantly con­trib­uted to my Pas­sion­ate Life and the pas­sion­ate lives of oth­ers that I have had the op­por­tu­nity to coun­sel.

Many peo­ple to­day are not nec­es­sar­ily sick as to lie down in bed but so many move around, go to work with myr­i­ads of health chal­lenges. They know it, they feel it. Some­times peo­ple around them no­tice. Some other times they don’t. The in­di­vid­u­als know they have a prob­lem.

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