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My visit to Nature’s Pharmacy. And I’m here to stay :)

As if it’s not enough that I’m borderline Diabetic, last week I had even more of a scare with the onset of what seems to be High Blood Pressure and Rheumatoid Arthritis – a case of your own immune system attacking itself therefore leading to inflamed and swollen joints. Over the last couple of years I began to notice pain in my joints after any form of rigorous or long-term activity. Also while making soap and cosmetics as I love to do, I’d realize sometimes that it was more difficult lifting things, pouring, and stirring. I’d feel a jab in my little finger but then I’d just ignore it and move on. The blood pressure thing also seemed to be linked to my Diabetes. Last week I simply broke down. I will spare you the gory details but let’s just say my body gave in. It was Thursday, I was having a really bad day all in all. I had a puncture on my way into Accra, I was feeling anxious and irritable, then on my way out I decided to stop at the Accra Mall for some fresh yoghurt. I went in, and came out to find that some Gambian tourists had just backed into my car with their Toyota Tundra, damaging the front of mine. That’s when I just broke down and started crying. Looking back now, I feel so sorry for those tourists they had only been the last straw that broke the camel’s back 🙂 By the time I got home I was feeling my throat swelling, stiffness in my neck, difficulty eating or swallowing.. I was having an oral/upper respiratory infection and it was all in my head, scaring the Sh*t out of me. I Googled a bit, worried some more, then I just fell flat on my bed looking up. All of a sudden, I remembered a package that had been given to me by my best friend’s mother.

Auntie Rose, my best friend Tina’s mother whom I refer to as ‘Auntie’, happens to be a nature lover like myself. She had recently given me a book written by a Ghanaian naturalistic doctor. The book covered one major cure that seemed to work for many diseases and conditions: GARLIC. Auntie Rose had also given me some activated Charcoal as well as some ‘Clay’. I’ll be writing more about these later however, today I’d like to focus on the garlic which is what I believed saved me during last week’s crisis.

Garlic is a natural antibiotic and has been used since ancient days to treat and cure many ailments. Obviously it’s cheap and not as good a business as the pharmaceutical industry therefore no doctor who wants to keep living in his mansion and driving his Porsche will ever tell you about this. Garlic treats and cures diseases including Cancer, you better believe this! There are herbs, roots, and clays that compliment this but I will tell you now – everything you need to keep you strong and healthy is around you. It’s in Nature. Sometimes nature calls out to us but we choose to ignore her and it’s such a shame.

On Friday of last week I began my ‘garlic therapy’. I started by chewing 3 to 4 cloves a day for the first 3 days. By day 4 I was doing 2 cloves in the morning, 2 cloves in the afternoon, and 2 at night. I re-enforced this therapy by drinking herbal tinctures (African Bitter Leaf) and also using a clay poultice around my neck and chest area. I began to feel results almost immediately! By the 2nd day I could eat and actually taste what I was eating. All the patches in my mouth have disappeared and the lymph node swelling and my oral/upper respiratory infection are almost completely gone. I can actually feel my body fighting for survival.

Note that to get the best results you must follow up with a good DIET. I am now eating mostly raw foods including vegetables, fruits and absolutely NO MEAT. I’ve had chicken breast in-between but very little. More smoked fish in place of meat would be my dietary advice to you. Herbs like Dandelion have also proved invaluable. Apple Cider Vinegar and pure honey are two other amazing natural remedies recommended not only for Arthritis but for many other ailments. I will blog more about them later, as I only started incorporating these into my regime 2 days ago. For now I’m taking time out to nurse myself back to health, and I will try to post updates about how things are going, especially for those of you who are in a similar boat as me. I’m just SO glad I decided to come into nature’s pharmacy, and now I KNOW I’m here to stay 🙂

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Health is wealth. A must read for the presumed Diabetic.

Diabetes is a silent killer and is becoming an epidemic in Ghana. An alarming case study showed that 2.2 million Ghanaians are now living with the disease, and every 10 seconds, someone dies from Diabetes.  My father died from it; my mother is living with it, and I’ve lost other family members to this illness. One of the most dangerous characteristics about Diabetes is that it can be present for a long time without showing any unusual symptoms and one could carry on with life for quite a long time before discovering the presence of the disease. As if that is not enough, it is also a pre-condition for other complications like heart disease and cancer, so people! Let’s wake up to the facts! Wake up and taste the sugar people!

I always wondered why I was always overweight. I was born almost 10lbs and have never been skinny a day in my life.  Growing up, I would put on weight very easily compared to some of my slimmer friends who could eat almost anything they wanted, and then when I hit my 20’s my weight sky-rocketed. People would refer to me as the ‘fat singer’ or ‘that fat Lebanese girl’. That didn’t do very much for my self esteem. I didn’t understand what was happening to my body. I was eating all the wrong foods, and seriously lacking the vitamins my body really needed.

Glucose intolerance is mostly a genetic condition. Most of the time it is inherited through family lines but can also be induced through bad lifestyles e.g. over-consumption of sugar and processed foods. The hike in the number of Diabetics in Ghana has been attributed mainly to the shift from eating traditional and natural foods to eating packaged and processed foods, and foods that contain high levels of chemicals and gene-altering preservatives. I came across this information via a TV program and that’s when I started doing my research. Boom! I had discovered why I was so fat! I was glucose intolerant. A simple piece of information like this could prevent a lifetime of disease and frustration. My body was not processing sugars the way it should so I constantly had excess deposits of sugar in my blood which meant more fat, and more pressure on my organs. This would then lead to other physical and hormonal changes and risks of becoming Diabetic, having heart disease and more scary stuff. After some check-ups, I’ve been diagnosed as pre-diabetic but there is good news.. This condition can be reversed! Even though you cannot reverse type 1 Diabetes you can reverse pre-diabetes that occurs due to obesity, bad lifestyle e.t.c  by losing weight, eating healthy, exercising and implementing a complete lifestyle change. Another thing is, getting your blood sugar levels to normal doesn’t mean you can start eating anything you like or going back to your old ways. Glucose intolerance is a lifetime condition so you must always try to keep a healthy lifestyle..

Don’t give up! I know how hard it is living with PCOS or Diabetes but there truly are ways to fight the condition and to live a healthy and normal life. So far I’ve lost 10 Kg and I do have really hard days, but I’m not giving up! I love the organic lifestyle and I’ve been living a very natural life for the last 5 years. This has helped greatly with the weight loss. In my home garden, I have important greens like the African Bitter Leaf, and Dandelion which I have incorporated into my diet. I will write more about these herbs later as they are very important in the life of a Diabetic. Hopefully I can use my influence to educate more people in Ghana about Diabetes because prevention is always the way to go. It is also cheaper! Consider an estimated $120 – $400 per year for managing the disease at the earlier stages, as opposed to the estimated $9,000 a year if the Diabetic has progressed and needs Dialysis. $400/year and a normal life or $9,000/year and never-ending Dialysis trips. Which do you prefer? We can make a change through education, awareness, but most of all, inspiration! Your diet doesn’t need to be boring. You may actually grow to love it. I’ll leave you with a mouth-watering picture of the Dandelion and Avocado salad I had this morning. The recipe is posted below. 🙂

Ingredients:

1 ripe Avocado Pear

1 small onion

2 tomatoes

Dandelion leaves

Garlic

Salt

Apple Cider Vinegar

Few drops of Lemon juice (optional)

Directions: Chop everything up and mix in a bowl.  Add a little salt and try as much as possible to use Apple Cider Vinegar specifically.

Enjoy!