A retired Chief Nursing Officer, Mrs Oge Agu, has advised Nigerians to take more of organic food because of its high level of nutrients.
Agu, who retired in 2012 from the Medical Centre , College of Education, Nsugbe in Oyi Local Government Area of Anambra, gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) on Tuesday in Akwa. According to her, nutrients deposited in organic food contain more healthy benefits than what is obtainable in non organic food.
Agu said that it was very important that people should develop personal hygiene for long active life, and eating natural foods for longevity.
Agu quoted an old adage that says you are what you eat to buttress her claims.
She added that this meant that most diseases that affect man were due to either nutritional deficiency or excess of one type of nutrient or the other in the body.
The health official noted that good and balanced diet were usually derived from natural fruits.
“Hippocrates , the father of modern medicine, said may your food be your medicine and may your medicine be your food, which means that daily food intake of people contains curative properties.
” Agu added that scientific evidence had recently shown that some nutrients in our diets were agents that caused or cured certain diseases in the body.
“The Biblical statement that life comes from tree supports the fact that humans should eat much fruits and vegetables for a healthy living.
“God said I give you every seed –bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruits with seed in it, they will be yours for food.
Genesis 1 verse 29” she said.
According to her, it has been scientifically proven that human blood is structurally the same as plant blood called chlorophyll.
She said that was the reason people of old relied more on natural sources of food and lived healthier and longer life than people of new age despite the availability of medical care.
Agu urged people to eat more of fruits and vegetable despite the economic hardship that was making people to complain that fruits and vegetables are costly in the market She said that it was a true statement but still advised the public to always eat fruits during the seasons that they are always available and within their economic means.
“ We can cultivate more fruits and vegetables in gardens of our homes instead of planting more flowers as they will add more life to our lives and eating these organic foods will help us,” saying, “prevention is better than cure,” She noted that the incidence of sudden death in the society was on the rise, saying “most times an individual may stop in the middle of his daily activities only to slump and die.
“ Most times, the causes of such deaths are due to excessive blood cholesterol with its numerous implications, wrong feeding pattern and general lack of exercise, which contribute to high level of cholesterol in the blood.
“ The modern era of Western lifestyle has contributed to this wide spread of clinical conditions; unless the present trend in people’s life changes, there will be an alarming increase in cardiovascular diseases in the next decade because of the growing cases of obesity among the entire human population.
“Cholesterol is one of the major food nutrients that constitute the components of all body cells which is a major class of lipids which is manufactured by all animal cells as plant cells do not manufacture cholesterol,” she said .
Agu explained that “plants cells manufacture phytosteriods which human bodies need very much for a healthy living.
“For disease prevention and treatment, we must develop useful habit of eating good quantity of these plant products because they are very important for a healthy living.
” She advised Nigerians to reduce their intake of fried foods,industrial sugar, smoking, high alcohol consumption , high salt intake, drug abuse and misuse of drugs.
She said that they should indulge in regular exercise to stay healthy and alive
Mrs Martha Ibezim, President of Mother’s Union, Women’s Guild, and Girls Guild, Province of the Niger, Anglican Communion, Diocese of Awka, has called on Christian mothers to double their efforts in home building.
Ibezim, wife of The Most Revd Alexander Ibezim, Archbishop Province of the Niger and Bishop, Diocese of Awka, made the call during the Diocesan Women celebration of International Day of the Families in Awka on Friday.
She charged Christian mothers to take up more seriously the duty of building a Christian home that would be devoid of all criminal tendencies but rooted in the fear of God.
Ibezim said that the society would be best when parents train their children from birth to cradle and to adulthood with the basic principles of grooming a child which included moral values and healthy cultural behaviours.
She advised parents to spend quality times with their children and teach them basic behavioral actions that are acceptable in the society in addition to praying together as a family which will leave a moral grace in their lives unto adulthood.
She said “Parents should make out time to groom a child in the right attitude, like giving impression of work hard, monitoring their movement and social activities and reproof when necessary, the whole act would stick to their heart.
“Do not give a child all they ask for; make them know how to fend for themselves,” she advised.
Ibezim said that the theme for the church for International day of the families is “The role of the family in building a better Nigeria”, and urged parents who fear God to apply same fear to train their children to be accountable to God.
“Lots of crimes, killings and unrest abound in the country because parents have focused more on materialism and neglected the core job of home building and training of the children,” Ibezim said, appealing to parents to “come back home to perform our duty for a safer society.”
Earlier in a homily to mark the International Day of the Families, titled The Role of the family in building a better Nigeria”, Venerable Rex Kanu said that parents have failed God by not doing their work of child development optimally.
He said as recorded in the Bible – Deuteronomy 6 verses 1 to 9 – God has commanded his faithful what to do to raise godly children.
“Also Genesis 18, verses 19,” said “For I know that he will command his children and his household after and they shall keep the way of the Lord to do justice and judgement that God may bring unto him what he has promised”.
Kanu said that parents need to train their children very well to be well rooted in life; to be able to discern from what is good or bad behaviour and to shun any act of anti-social behaviors.
He said that Christian parents need to nurture their children in the nature where they exist with its core values and acceptable norms.
Kanu said that family devotion and respect for elders and seniors need to be restored in the training of children and cautions and spanks could be applied if the need arises. Similarly, parents should acknowledge reproof given to a child from another adult.
He urged families to develop skills to achieve a positive life skills and recommend responsive family-oriented policies in order to harness these positive aspects of new living to jettison the negative things tearing the nation apart.
Mrs Ukamaka Okeke, a participant, said that it will be nice to set a day aside annually to remind parents and other guardians of their roles in the family.
Mrs Oge Agu, a retired Chief Nursing Officer, said that the day ave room to parents to be reminded of their core responsibilities to build a good and God fearing home.
Agu said that the day affords mothers time to sit together to exchange ideas on how best to raise healthy families as well as a safe society.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the United Nations, which leads the International Day of Family celebrations, has chosen “families and Urbanisation” as the theme for 2022.
The objective is to raise awareness about the importance of family-friendly, sustainable urban policies.
NAN reports that the service for the international day of families was marked with holy communion celebrated by Venerable Sam Okonkwo and prayers were offered to God to heal the land of Nigeria and restore peace and prosperity.
Clergies from all the churches in the Diocese and youths attended the celebration.