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About ten years ago, a woman of about fifty was dying from a chronic heart disease. She had emaciated as a result of high blood pressure, angina, insomnia, and loss of appetite. Doctors in a prestigious hospital, where she worked as a nurse, recommended a specialist hospital in the USA for surgical treatment. Her family could not afford the air fare, let alone the costly bill for the operation.

I visited the home to assess her condition. I then went to the bush behind her house in search of appropriate herbs. The most important herb I found for her condition was GOAT WEED (Ageratum 
conyzoides). Using this herb in conjunction with a few others to form a formula, and applying the 
general principles of diet, treatment commenced. In three weeks, the woman 
was hale and hearty. She was counseled to adopt the new lifestyle of diet and exercise, and is very 
healthy to date.

If I were one of the doctors or nurses in that hospital where the woman was a staff, I would approach the herbal practitioner to find out more about his methods. Thank God, we have had some medical personnel come for treatment from chronic diseases and also for training in naturopathy. This eclectic approach to healthcare should be encouraged everywhere.

DELICIOUS COCONUT WATER


Coconut is a very popular fruit in the tropics. It is abundant along the coasts, but can also be found in plantations and compounds upland. When the fruit is still young, the natives enjoy the sweet juice (coconut water) and pulpy endocarp (flesh). The mature fruit has a thick flesh and very little ‘water’, with most of the rich contents of the ‘water’ absorbed into the flesh.


The fruit is abundant in minerals, vitamins, and other nutrients and has been used over the centuries to treat many ailments internally and externally. Let us consider the ‘water’ today.


COCONUT ‘WATER’


This is one of the most nutritious, wholesome beverages provided by nature. Coconut water is very rich in dietary fiber, magnesium, potassium, manganese, and calcium. Other minerals present include iron, phosphorus, zinc, copper, selenium, and sodium. These minerals are in the form of electrolytes and get into the blood stream easily. Prominent vitamins include vitamin C, riboflavin, thiamin, B6, folate, niacin, pantothenic acid, and choline. It also has a high content of the amino-acids arginine, glutamic acid, phenylalanine, alanine, serine, glycine, valine, lysine, leucine, aspartic acid, proline, and threonine. Moderate amounts of methionine, cystine, tyrosine, histidine, and tryptophan are also present. The carbohydrate content is high, including sugars; it has little amounts of protein and saturated fats. It is extremely low in cholesterol. Phytonutrients include cytokinins, which are plant growth hormones similar to human growth hormones.


As a result of this array of contents, it is not surprising that coconut water has the following life-regenerating properties and benefits:

1. It is a natural energy drink, because of its sugars and fats.

2. Its richness in minerals makes it close in composition to human blood plasma, and has therefore been used widely as a very effective rehydration fluid (both orally and intravenously).

3. It is effective in the treatment of kidney and urethral stones; thus, its proper use may make dialysis unnecessary.

4. It promotes proper digestion and helps in gallbladder disease.

5. It serves as a natural drink for infants suffering from intestinal disturbances.

6. It strengthens the heart and improves blood circulation, thereby normalizing blood pressure and helping in the healing of diabetes.

7. It is excellent for the treatment of cholera, particularly because of the presence of the minerals and albumen.

8. It helps to prevent osteoporosis by facilitating the absorption of calcium and magnesium.

9. It is antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal. As a result, it helps the body to fight viruses that cause flu, herpes, hepatitis, measles, and AIDS; it helps in the healing of candida yeast infections and inhibits the growth of mycoplasma and eczema.

10. It promotes healthy thyroid functions and generally relieves stress on the endocrine system.

11. It is capable of reducing pressure in the eyes and, therefore, helps with glaucoma.

12. It destroys intestinal worms.

13. It is useful in cancer therapy, because of its antioxidants.

14. It is the richest natural dietary source of cytokinins, which selectively destroy malignant cancer cells and promote the growth of healthy cells.

15. Cytokinins in coconut water can also promote youthfulness and prolong age.

16. Coconut water will help to destroy bad cholesterol and preserve good cholesterol in the body.


I hope those of us in the tropics, who pass by sellers of whole fresh coconuts, will from now pay attention, buy the fruit, and at least drink the tasty juice. When you read the next article on COCONUT ‘MEAT’, I bet you will run for the solid part of the fruit as well. Until then, keep fit.

Today, I want to write about FARM HOUSES as a key to LIVING WELL. The good book ( the Bible) refers to Adam and Eve settling in THE GARDEN OF EDEN. They sustained their health by eating from the various plants in the garden (Genesis 1:26-29). They also worked in the garden and maintained it. All the leaves, fruits, seeds, nuts, stem and root tubers, spices, and any ther plant parts were available to them for food and medicine (Ezekiel 47:12). They and the immediate generations after them lived for hundreds of years!! Why was this possible? Part of the answer is that it was their culture to live in GARDENS. What, then, are the benefits of living in gardens?

HEALTH BENEFITS OF LIVING IN GARDENS:

It provides us with the opportunity to cooperate with nature in producing high-quality, natural food .

The by-products of food production can be recycled as natural fertilizers.

One can benefit from the advantages of mixed farming, and may not need the use of modern farm chemicals, which are injurious to the body.

With land available, the gardener is motivated to practice  INTER-PLANTING and INTER-CROPPING, instead of mono-cropping. This increases the level of food self-sufficiency, because of the planting of most family needs on a relatively small piece of land.

Inter-planting and inter-cropping reduce the incidence of pests drastically; hence, the gardener may not need pesticides at all. Where the need may arise, organic non-toxic ones ca be produced right on the farm.

It is possible to raise completely grass-fed  animals on the farm, thus making sure that all animal products at table are free from harmful hormones and antibiotics.

Herbs, shrubs, and trees in the garden supply copious amount of oxygen  during the dark phase of photosynthesis to enrich the air the residents inhale.

The mere seeing of the green color of plants everyday has a therapeutic effect on the body.

Farm-house residents cannot do but move round the farm, doing pieces of work to maintain the farm's productivity. That gives a regular form of exercise often involving all the tissues and organs of the body.

Residents on a farm usually have more knowledge of common plants than city dwellers. They may even be able to treat themselves and their domestic animals from the use of appropriate herbs.

A well-managed garden will usually have surplus crops, which can be given to neighbors, the poor, or sold. Whichever way, it brings inner satisfaction and a deep sense of achievement.

Finally, a worshipful heart at table for the miracles of food production brings healing to the producer/consumer.

Build houses, live in them; plant gardens, and eat the fruits thereof. Jeremiah 29:5. 


Bless the Lord, oh my soul, and forget not all His benefits.......who heals all your diseases, and satisfies your mouth with GOOD THINGS, SO THAT YOUR YOUTH IS RENEWED LIKE THE EAGLE'S. Psalm 103:1,5,6.


I have interpreted these verses scientifically and practiced them. They have been of benefit to me, and I am sure they will to you.

I had a loving father, who lived 125 years. As his first son, I was very close to him and observed many aspects of his lifestyle. He was one of the simplest men I have ever known. He led a very active life, loved his family, was God-fearing, and generous to a fault. On the few occasions I knew him to be ill, he knew exactly what to do to get well, including the use of appropriate herbs. It was compulsory for every member of the family to drink his herbal preparations every morning. Thus, we scarcely had any cause to go to hospital. My mum have birth to all her ten children at home, because my dad knew what natural things she should eat and drink to facilitate gestation and delivery. My father was involved in many different businesses, but always made farms, which produced most of what we ate.

Thus, we had a sub-culture at home, which was different from the general culture of the communities in which we lived. I grew up strong, learned farming and some medicinal plants from my father, and decided to study agriculture and produce food organically. He left me a hand-written book full of herbal formulae for different chronic diseases, a legacy I deeply treasure. I have studied wide and researched into major areas of food production, nutrition, plant and animal physiology, anatomy, biochemistry, plant taxonomy, ecology, public health, preventive and curative medicine, and many aspects of naturopathy; all with the motive of helping people live healthily.

To God's glory, at 76, I am still strong and capable of doing all that humans are created to do. I believe I have a health legacy greater than my father's to share with this and coming generations; hence, the creation of this post, which I hope to replenish everyday. Please, come along with me to explore and appreciate the benevolence of the Creator to mankind. We will then discover that each one of us is ultimately responsible for his or her health.