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Fibroid Tumour

By Dr Atta K.Bonsu

The name “afabo” (as the old Akan community called fibroid) was unpopular among the old African community. Though their population was less compared to our generation (which has been one of the popular excuses of our present dispensation), fibroids were unpopular and uncommon.

What Are Fibroids?

Fibroids are growths or tumours of the tissue, which are usually found inside the wall of the female genital system, especially in the womb or uterus. The one like fat like substances made of a mixture of muscle tissue from the uterus and threadlike fibres of connective tissue.

Unlike breast tumours that can generate the cancer, fibroid tumours are not cancerous. Though there are some reported cases of cancer involving long standing fibroids, it is very rare. Perhaps, out of a thousand cases, only one could be involved with cancer.

Fibroids usually shrink after menopause, which makes a woman with fibroids to be flexible and make proper assessment and medication if necessary. Under normal circumstance, new fibroids do not develop before puberty or after menopause. If this is the fact, then it might have something to do with the hormone estrogen.

Statistically, it is estimated that fibroids occurs in 2 or 3 of every 10 women. Especially, women between ages 35 and 50, though women even below 30 sometimes have fibroids. My personal observation is that young women in their 20s are seriously battling fibroids, which makes one to wonder the type of world that we live in-when young unmarried ladies are growing and nursing fibroids in their wombs.
Interestingly and sadly, most of these young women wake up, eat, dress up and move around nursing fibroids without knowing till symptoms appear. Some of the medical names given to the disease is leiomyoma, myoma, or fribromyoma.

Types of (Uterine) Fibroids

Fibroids grow in different parts of the uterus, and they are named according to which part of the uterus they are found. Chances of healing, childbearing and shrinking may also depend on the area of the womb that they are situated.

Fibroids that grow inside the wall of the uterus and found within the walls are called intramural fibroids, which by far is one of the most common types of fibroids.

There are some of these fibroids that grow outward from the wall of the uterus into the abdominal cavity. This type of fibroid is called Subserous or Suberosal fibroids. (See picture).

Those that grow inward from the uterine wall, taking up spaces outside the cavity of the uterus are called Submucous or Submucosal fibroids.

A fibroid that is attached to the uterus by a thick stalk is called pedunculated fibroid.

Symptoms of Fibroids

About one half of women living with fibroids do not know they have the growth. For many women fibroids cause no problem and they rarely show symptoms or any signs, until their doctors tell them so. The most common symptoms that usually show are:

Pains around the pelvic.

Scanty urination: as a result of much pressure on other organs-such as the bladder.

Constipation too seems to be common due to the reason that the bowel (colon) are pressed upon by large fibroids.

The most common symptom is heavy or excessive, long menstrual periods, with pains at times.

Causes of Fibroid

Scientists say that “causes of fibroids are not known”. Of course, fibroid tumours start as a simple muscle cell often in uterus and generates and grows big, even as the size of football. For scientists, the reasons are not known.

Significantly, comparing ages to ages, generations to generations, races to races and from a specific woman to the other, there could be a holistic understanding to the causes of fibroids. Why is it common in these days than the olden days? Why are they prevalent among the black race more than that of the whites or  caucasians?

Changes in lifestyles-the way people eat, drink, dress and do our things have great contribution to this. In the old African home, our women were allowed to give birth to children, so naturally, as many as they would. There were no restrictions to this. We would recall the time when women were given births to as many as tens, twelves, fourteens and even seventeens. Those who do not know science properly believe, women risk their health when they give children to many children.

Interestingly, it is just like the opposite, the more we restrict women from having less children, the weaker they become. The observations are clear, in the olden days that women lived naturally and gave birth to children so naturally there were no or a few cases of these fibroids and gynecological problems, compared to today that all sorts of practices are involved in childbearing.

There is no argument for this, if we really understand the science of reproductive hormones, especially that of estrogen. At puberty, the ovaries produce more hormones, especially estrogen. At higher levels it may favour the growth of fibroids. But in most cases we flatter ourselves, with annihilated thoughts that, exactly how this might happen is not understood”. And during menopause, when estrogen seems to be diminishing, fibroids shrink.

Here, heredity may also be another factor, but other woes of this generation is the artificial living that we have chosen. The greatest victims are Africans. Why? Comparing the rate of fibroids among the African Americans to that of the white Americans-the blacks are affected more-because western style of living do not favour them (the blacks).

During pregnancy the medicines that our women take, the food they eat, child delivery system, contraceptives and family planning systems do not favour black people, so we find breast and cervical cancer, cysts, and fibroid cases, even among our young women.

Thiere is vast difference between the land and the people of Europe and Africa. Geographical and climatic conditions can tell you more. The black African skin with much melanin is good for us living in this hot, tropical region. The white skin of Europeans are also suitable for their temperate region. There are some ways of living-medicines, foods and certain practices that may be good for white people which may not be good for black people.

Africans do not need tablets, pills, injections and vaccines but herbs and diet in their most natural forms as possible. Until we realize this and turn back to ours, there will be less sickness and death rate may drastically reduce. Comparatively, the black race look more different from the whites. Though all artificial lifestyles may not favour both races, yet the latter may subsist such practices more than the former.

For instance, A whiteman can live in air-conditioning(artificial air) in Africa by causing less or no harm, but a Blackman risks his health in this condition, because the practice favours the Europeans climatic condition more than us living in this tropical, hot areas.

Africans suffer today from all types of diseases more than even Europeans and Americans, not because we are poor, as we are being told, but because we have adapted the Western type of living, which do not favour us due to many reasons. History will not permit us to go back to the 14th century when Europeans were sailing down to the African continent.

If we would go back to recall the events of those days, where African death rate was extremely low and the best of the globe, and compared to today where we die more than any group of people on the earth, tears may not be enough to control and console this stigma.

Not quite long, less than 40 years back, there were no or less recorded cases of cancer, hypertension, diabetes and these fibroid, but today that we have totally adapted this artificial lifestyle of living-especially introduction of chemical medicines, we are dying more than rats-even HIV/AIDS. Until we go back to that natural eating and medication, then there will be peace on the continent.

Who is Likely to Get Fibroids

These days, any woman of reproductive age can get fibroids. In the olden days, only mature women around their menopause had the disease, and even the disease naturally shrank after menopause. But, today, fibroids grow among women of all ages, even unmarried women and under 30s. As I have earlier said, there are many women living with fibroids without knowing, they only know when their doctors tell, especially during marriage when they are looking for children.

Do Fibroids Affect Pregnancy?

There are different types of fibroid. The position, the size and the constitution of the victim’s blood would indicate weather she can bear children or not. The fact is, most women with fibroids have no trouble becoming pregnant, and their risk of a bad pregnancy or childbirth outcome is no higher. Especially, those who use natural treatment during pregnancy, while yet nursing the growths. In most cases, as the child grows the tumour also shrinks.

About 1 in every 5 women with fertility problems has fibroids, but these growths could be usually bystanders. That is to say, a woman’s inability to become pregnant has less to do with fibroids-they cause only about 2% to 3% of cases of infertility.

Fibroids that block one or both of the fallopian tubes may prevent spermatozoa from fertilizing the female sex cell (ova) when it is liberated into the fallopian tubes. Fibroids that grow and fill the entire uterine cavity may hinder the process of implantation of the newly fertilized egg.

Consequently, fibroids of this nature, especially those located in the cavity of the uterus may increase the chance of a miscarriage. And during childbirth, fibroids of this nature often increase the chance that the baby not positioned well to come out head first. In most cases, they increase pregnancy and delivery complications.

Fibroids and Placenta Abruption

A woman can take a whole of nine months to nurse a baby in the womb, but joy and happiness arrive when the woman safely give birth to the unborn child. After childbirth, the afterbirth (placenta) separates from the uterus. That is to say, after the baby is born, the placenta needs to come out from the genital system. After this, without pains and excessive bleeding, then we say the woman had a safe childbirth.

Placenta Abruption, is a situation when the placenta separates itself and comes out from the uterus too quickly, before the baby is born. This happens in rare cases, in every 200 pregnancies, it occurs but once. This in many cases cut of the baby’s supply of nutrient and blood; and can threaten the baby’s life, and if care is not taken, death follows. Rarely do fibroids cause this Placenta Abruption.

Fibroids and Postpartum Hemorrhages

This is one of the fears of most pregnant women during childbirth. After childbirth, the placenta normally separates from the uterus. The muscle in the uterus usually squeezes the uterus to help stop bleeding when the placenta is separating from the womb.

When this is done, the uterus becomes feasible and the presence of fibroids in the uterus makes the squeezing of the muscle less effective, and in most cases the woman giving birth bleeds more. This is some of the reasons which make fibroid and pregnancy a bit scary, yet most women like this go through without difficulties. This may also depend on the size, position and other factors of the growth. Some fibroids grow during pregnancy, some remain the same while others shrink and disappear before even the child is born. This may depend on many factors, more especially the treatment that is involved.

Herbal treatment for fibroids during pregnancy (Coming soon)

How Does the Doctor Detect that You Have Fibroids?

Africans have lost holistic and intuitional science the old people used to detect and diagnose diseases. Most of the diseases that we battle today, though there were in rare cases, they were able to detect them without the use of modern laboratory equipment. And there were traditional names related to diseases of this present generation.

Indigenous African women gave birth to their children at home. In every home, there were not less than 2 mature women who had traditional midwifery experience. And by then, there were only but a few cases of pregnancy and childbirth mortality.

Traditionally, they knew the types of herbs to promote pregnancy, they knew those that could assist the pregnancy in every related month, and knew those herbs that could be given to enhance a smooth delivery.

Amazingly, they were able to read and detect all the occupants in the pregnant woman’s womb without the use of these modern sophisticated ultrasound machines. This means, they were able to detect whether there were twin or triplets in a particular womb, they also detected weather there were existing fibroids. They used their intuition science without our universities and high medical institutions but they performed extremely better than we do today.

For a modern society, the doctor performs a routine pelvic exam. A uterus that is enlarged or irregular in shapes is a sign that a woman may have fibroids. A modern physician may not waste time to direct you to machines. In the modern system, before a disease or problem is detected and diagnosed, a greater part of the victim’s strength has already been exhausted. Of course, most of these diagnostic systems, especially those involved with X-rays have serious side effects, which often weaken the victims strength and facilitates the process of death and many end up dying before the problem is detected.

Various Modern Tests to Be Sure of Fibroids

Times have changed. Everybody is on the modern trend. Many Africans are charmed with the fascinated manner at which diseases are treated. Labs are common every where. Even herbalists practicing in public “Kiosk” have labs. And that is all that we believe. The sick are almost charmed when they pass through machines. They will not listen to you when you use that old intuition science to diagnose their ailments. They want to be sure, and most of the time these modern machines are so deceptive to tell different stories. The following are some of the diagnostic systems that modern practitioners use to find out that a woman has fibroids.


During this test, sound waves too high-pitched that you can hear, travel from a handheld instrument that is normally placed gently on the abdomen or in the vagina. During this process, the sound waves “bounce” off of internal organ and return to the instrument. This creates or leaves the instruments with a picture of the internal organs that can be seen on a screen.

This system of diagnosis does not take much time, it takes about 15-30 minutes to perform this, which does not use X-rays, and thus, has no risks, and safe for a pregnant woman. But this may also depend on the technology and the type and quality of machines used.

Magnetic Resonance Imagine (MRI):

Doctors often order for MRI, when the patient’s ovaries are difficult to be seen by an ultrasound test. Or, if the doctor wants to see detail of the structure of the fibroids, even after the ultrasound.

In this test, a powerful magnetic forces are used to create a picture of the internal organs. This also does not involve X-rays, and thus safe on pregnant women.

C.T Scan

Doctors rarely suggest C.T Scan for patients because it is expensive. But, they are compelled to do so when MRI is not also available. CT stands for Computerized Tomography. This type of tests uses X-ray, and may not be safe for a pregnant woman.


This is advanced test, which allows the doctor to look directly into the cavity of the uterus. In most cases, the doctor decides this test when a woman is having heavy bleeding, having pregnancy troubles (miscarriages or inability to become pregnant), or fibroids are suspected of causing the infertility.

Here also, a thin telescope called a hysteroscopy is gently inserted through the cervix and into the womb, to enable the doctor view the internal structure of the uterus to know what is exactly wrong.

H.S.G (Uterine X-Ray)

H.S.G. stands for hysterosalpingo-gram. Another medical term for this is Uterotubogram. This test is also used to detect the cause of excessive bleeding and the probable cause for infertility.

An instrument is gently inserted into the opening of the cervix. Dye (not harmful, in the form of iodine) is injected, filling the uterus. At this period, the doctor sees the uterine cavity and can take X-ray pictures of the uterus and the oviduct or (fallopian tubes). This will make it easy for him to detect whether the tubes are blocked or not. If they are blocked the dye (liquid) will not pass through them.

This test involves X-rays and may not be safe on a pregnant woman.

Endometrial Biopsy

Here, a small piece of the lining of the uterus (the endometrium) is removed and examined under a microscope. This is mostly suggested to rule out infections or cancer. And mostly ordered for heavy, lengthy periods.

Dilatation And Curettage (D & C)

It is done of the same purpose as the best test. An imbalanced of hormones often cause heavy menstrual periods.

Modern Treatment For Fibroids

Under normal circumstance, if a woman is diagnosed with fibroids, which have no problems, they may need no treatment apart from regular medical check ups. In this case, she visits her doctor at a given appointments, and the doctor only examines her to find out if her system is responding well. This is called watchful waiting. The doctor examines a woman two or three times a year.

This is called “watchful waiting” in the sense that, if nothing strange happens, after menopause, the fibroids automatically shrink and freeing the woman from all this. This means, this may also depend on the condition and the status of the woman. In most cases, “watchful waiting’ normally favours mature women, who have already given birth to children, and are almost at their menopause.

Fibroids become more wearisome for immature young women who have not married, or even married but have no issues. When it happens to women as mentioned above, they move here and there to find a quick solution, and often in a haphazard manner, entangled in horrible treatments that eventually worsen matters.

I would therefore advise this group of women to be much patient and cautious of any treatment they are pressurized to choose. As I have earlier stated, if proper holistic approach to treating fibroids, the victimized woman may treat fibroids at the same time bearing good children. All this could be achieved if we consult God our Creator and proper and safest direction is directed and pursued.

It is not scaring to live with fibroids: it may not cause cancer as some lobbies promulgate to scare many to undergo some dangerous treatments which end up with serious, dangerous complications.

Can fibroids cause cancer? (Coming soon)

Surgery (Surgical Removal Of Fibroid)

Of course, surgical removal of fibroids is the standard treatment for fibroids that are causing pain, heavy or heavy menstrual bleeding or other problems. Modernists believe that only surgery could relieve women seriously troubled in these fibroids. But is this the safest and rational solution? In certain cases, perhaps surgery without delay would save the victim from any other serious complications. But if the old system of herbal poultices, enema and others are earlier administered, many would be saved from post surgery complications.

There are two kinds of surgery:

i. Hysterectomy: This is surgical removal of the entire uterus, and usually the cervix. When this happens, it means childbearing has become impossible. And I do not think, a young unmarried woman may accept this type of surgery, else she becomes childless throughout her life.

Here too, though many consider the female genital system as not part of the vital organs in the body, yet experience shows that women who undergo this surgery often bring lots of other health complications, which are undesirable and unbearable at times. Much wisdom is required for one to make choices of medical treatments.

ii. Myomectomy: Is the removal of fibroids without removing entirely the uterus. This operation preserves a woman’s ability to become pregnant and bear children. However, a successful pregnancy is not guaranteed: 4 or 5 out of ten become pregnant and give birth after this operation.

Risks Involved In Surgery

While, we cannot deny the fact that the easy and the fastest way of dealing with fibroids is removal by surgical operation, we cannot also be so negligent to tell you some of the risks involved.

Problems such as infections and blood clots in the legs or the pelvic region of the body. There is no argument for this: Anything that involves cutting and use of knives are mostly associated with these complications.

Why Can It Be Difficult to Become Pregnant After Surgery

The reasons for a woman to find it difficult to become pregnant after surgery (myomectomy) are many but let us consider the following.

When the uterus heals after surgery, scaring can occur (though not all situations are like this), and may cover the ovaries or block one or both of the fallopian tubes. This scaring can make it impossible for the tube to pick up the eggs (ova) after their release from the ovaries (ovulation).

As I have earlier underlisted some of the risks involved in myomectomy, it is likely, and in most cases, many a woman become infected during surgery. We know how infections can cause to the reproductive process, especially the hormones and the fertility sex cells.

Can Fibroids Cause Cancer?

Another big question under this study: can fibroids cause cancer? Oh! Yes! It can!

This has been the area that fibroid treatment lobbyists have ever used to scare victimized women, and ‘forced’ them to undergo horrible and dangerous treatments, even involuntarily surgical operations, and end up with serious unbearable complications.

Well, as I have straight-forwarded answered this question, of course, fibroids in some instances can end up with cancer. But, this occurrence is extremely rare that some use to scare women living with fibroids.

In most women, fibroids do not lead to cancer. Rarely, however, fibroids can turn into a cancer called a leiomyosarcoma. And this happens to an estimated 1 in 1,000 women who have fibroids. Some cancerous tumours may develop directly from normal tissue in the uterus.The average age of a woman with leiomyasarcoma is 55.

Obviously,that is to say that, out of about one thousand women that have fibroids only one can generate into cancer. Significantly, this fact has also cleared the mind and the notion that makes affected women scared of the disease, that is fibroid becoming cancerous when a woman lives with it for a long time. Here, with this statistical analysis, it means that,though fibroids can become cancerous, the rate is extremely low, and such occurrence is extremely rare and uncomon.

Graciously, if one out of every thousand women who have fibroid end up and die of cancer,then of course, women with fibroid must take patience and care and in a holistic manner carry out treatment of their best choice; probably what our Lord, the Creator approves. But you may not listen to comments from lobbyists who are there to frustrate you for you to pursue for treatments that often end up with so many complications.

The best way is to see your doctor, to examine you, then direct you to the safest way to dealing with the matter. Most sincere doctors often suggest watchful waiting for these women,especially when the situation has not so advanced, with the aim that a careful,holistic approach could be used. You may also try herbal, alternative, natural treatment, but pray that you do not fall into the hands of these quacks, who are all over to rob you of your money.

Warning Signs of Cancer

I have always said this that; the sick must be flexible to deal with every disease crisis. Causes of diseases can only be traced and ascertained by only the sufferer not even the doctor, and if a woman can carefully examine herself every sign would allow her to know what to do. Watch these signs, they are not good when nursing fibroids.

i. Rapid growth of the fibroids or the uterus

ii. Bleeding from the vagina, before or after menses.

Though not all cases prove cancer, if a woman has either of these problems, she would see a doctor right away, but, pray for a heart-felt doctor, who can put you on a right cause.

Natural Treatment Of Fibroids (How To Treat Fibroids Without Surgical Operation) – Coming soon!

See the following books.

  • Fibroids & Breast Cancer; every woman’s fear.
  • Power Of Garlic
  • Secret About Health
    Healing With Simple Plants.

(All authored by Dr. Atta K. Bonsu)

You may also order for these herbs (treatment for fibroids)

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Blue Vervain “Cures” Asthma

By Dr Atta K.Bonsu

(Written in Buea, Cameroon and published in the Post Newspaper).

If you continue reading this site, there are so many medicines and blessings that you may gather, and you will soon become a great “doctor” of your own, and many will come to your light. For me, freely I was given, freely I give to you. And this is God’s plan for you and me.

Though I spend much to acquire these, yet with unselfish love, I cannot conceal these truths, I must relinquish them to posterity – our future generation. I am confined to write these things, not for this generation alone, but more especially for the coming generation – our future children.

Every instrument involved in this ministry is also charged, for the sake of people living in Africa, our beloved continent, to present this and pass to those coming after us. If God does not plan and raise instruments like these, the condition of Africans in the next decades of years would be horrible that one cannot imagine.

One thing that behoves me to write untiringly with an unselfish mind is not only for you, but presumptuously those coming after we had gone. So, if you do not take me serious, perhaps they are not for you but for our awaiting children. Then, the mission is accomplished, and God is glorified: that is how I see it. Notwithstanding this, I hope you are making use of these truths.

Why am I emotionally beginning like this? But we cannot blame ourselves, for we have been too long in this “mental slavery”, so, it is not easy for us to discern even good from uncountable bads.

There are so many smooth, natural, expectorant medicines such as chickweed, plantain (plantago major), mint, basil, comfrey, vervain and others; but look at what Africans use for treating cough, asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia and tuberculosis—chemicals. So these palliative treatments are entering everywhere, not only in hypertension and diabetes, but everywhere. It is a pity!

Inasmuch as we continue living like this, without searching for a way out, what examples are we setting for posterity? We are deceived to use medicines that can sustain us for a short while and die, then what trend are we marking for the future, and upon what foundation are we building? Most African asthmatics hold “sprays” to calm attacks, whereas even Europeans and Americans are switching to food supplements and herbs.

The Word Ventilation

It is a typical curse to see so many people clouded themselves in places, like large congested cities, where industrial gases, car fumes and decayed matters, polluting the environment. If we could reflect our minds back to Eden and creation, one realises how air and ventilation are important in human health.

So, look at the Lord keeping His minister (Adam) in a garden. While modern man prefers caging himself in a tight, unventilated air-conditioning rooms. Adam and Eve lived a condusive life in a garden, where they breathed freely fresh oxygen air. The ventilation, nevertheless, will take the greatest portion of my space, because I know how great and the benefits of fresh air to humans, especially on the pulmonary diseases we are talking about. Tuberculosis is common nowadays because of poor ventilation. Typical examples are those who use air-conditioning unwisely and breathe over and over sameness of air.

Yes, of course, it is very easy to contract tuberculosis from your victimized friend when you are tightly closed in unventilated places. There is much difficulty for me to live with about four other people in my car without opening the windows for proper ventilation. In case one is a tuberculosis patient and he coughs, it is easier for the rest of us in the tightly closed unventilated car to contract the disease than living in an open car.

Air-conditioning was first invented and implemented in Britain, when industrial gases polluted the largest city, London. Many preferred staying in tightly closed rooms with air-con to allowing environmental air to enter their chambers. But, as nature is greater than what modern ideology could do, Asthma, Bronchitis and other pulmonary diseases became the most common diseases in London, no thanks to the invention of the artificial air. Now, they have realised this, and thank God, they see the solution is by planting trees to bring more oxygenated air to neutralize the environmental polluted air.

But, today, air-conditioning has become a great fashion in Europe, America, Asia and Africa is the worst. Many live in very tightly closed places breathing sameness of air over and over. But for us in Africa, there are so many places that air-conditioning is not necessary, and it looks as if some use certain things because others are using without checking the benefits.

For instance, let us consider somebody living in Buea in air-conditioning. I see many driving in Buea in air-conditioning cars. We do not apply science and we do not understand the word ventilation. What is the need for aircon for one in a well-ventilated area like Buea, with ocean currents that blows over a volcanic, green mountainous breezes. The place is naturally cold, with plenty of natural air from green vegetation, yet some abandon these blessings and use over and over sameness, artificial air.

I do not understand why you travel from say Buea to Duoala in an air-con car, at least you need to breathe and enjoy natural oxygen air from CDC plantation and the greenage of what God has vouched to Cameroonians. But you see about five gentlemen travelling a long distance in tightly closed small car sharing theirs gases. And it is easy to contract infectious disease from friends. I will not be surprised of the high rate of tuberculosis.

Ventilation mean, air goes air comes. If you sleep (even in cold season), open a small area for air to come in and used air to go out – this is ventilation. But you will see a family of about six sleeping in a single room with the windows and doors tightly closed, they breathe over and over the same carbon dioxide air they send out – and this exchange and sharing of impure air makes the children wake up weak, tired, coughing, feverish and I would not be surprised to see some developing asthma.

A person can live for several days or weeks without food and water but none of us can live about some seconds without air. This means that air contributes to good health than anything in life. And, for me, wherever I go, wherever I sleep or chose my office, the first thing I consider is air and ventilation – air comes air goes – never do I live in a stagnant air. Mind you, your idea of living European climate in Africa, you will drink medicines! God never made it so!!

Other Causes of Asthma

The cells, the tissues, the organs that are grouped into systems are all tubes, like gutters on our environmental streets. When these tubes are blocked, the result is disease.

Definitely, if you want to prevent Asthma, you make sure you keep the respiratory tract and the organs involved clean, open and free for circulation of air. Therefore from the nostrils to the mucus membrane of the larix, the trachea that divides into two air sacks, the lungs, one on each side of the body, with its numerous bronchial tubes and tiny badges; you make sure they are cleansed of mucus, phlegm, bacteria, germs and harmful disease organism. Dust particles, dry spray and air pollutants have been the major problems of asthmatic patients. They can cause asthma and later become great allergies and enemies to the victims. Oftentimes, too much starchy foods like gari, white rice, white bread and white sugar cause much accumulation of mucus and phlegm. This thick mucus blocks the air passage, causing coughs which when persisted develops into asthma, with common symptoms like hoarseness of breath, difficult in breathing, fever, cold and other unpleasant complications.

Meat, fat, too much eating of oil, butter and artificial sweet drinks and foods contribute to the formation of asthma. Another serious cause is the free use of coffee and tea. Caffeine in tea and coffee also stimulates asthma attacks.

Snuffing, smoking and high consumption of alcoholic beverages, contribute to asthma attacks. This will not only cause cough and asthma, but serious lung problems such as pneumonia, tuberculosis and emphysema that can easily lead to lung cancer. Sprays of all kinds, especially mosquito sprays and smokes from burnt mosquito chemical coils lead to serious lungs diseases, and are poisonous to the lungs. One may not take this seriouly, till he sees blood in the spitum.



Vervain And Other Therapies

Blue vervain is very common in Africa. Some houses are decorated with vervain as flowers; gather some, dry, powder or make it in granule-form and bigging using as your tea (only lemon and honey can be added)

But if ½ teaspoon each of clay and charcoal powder were mixed with ½ glass of water and drunk before the blue vervain tea, it would heal fast. That is, you mix the clay and charcoal with water and drink and wait for sometime then you take the tea – 3 times daily before meals, there is the tendency that the disease will be cured. But as for the duration of treatment, I do not know for sure the number of days, months or years that it will take, but at least, you may observe improvement till you stop taking when the body is fine. But you skip a bit when treatment prolongs.

If the following herbs are available, one can combine them about (2 to 5) and use to treat asthma: corn silk, comfrey (moderately), chick-weed, plantain (plantago major), golden seal (or tumeric), with some spices such as ginger, black pepper (piper guinseense), mint, basil and “masepu” (Ocimun gatissimum) – they are all good for asthma.

Another simple treatment for asthma is “lemon, garlic and honey syrup”. You can prepare it fresh or as syrup, kept in bottle and be used continuously. When it finishes you prepare till you see a great change. It is capable of curing tuberculosis too if it is done patiently with faith.

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Soya Coffee Treats Diabetes

By Dr Atta K.Bonsu

(Written in Buea, Cameroon and published in the Post Newspaper)

I tell you this: it is real; let me only speak but in the Lord, who created you and me At certain times, let a command be given for the whole world to be silent for the Lord to speak.

I saw the whole nation of Israel kept two minutes silence to mark the memorial service of millions of Jews who perished during the Nazi wars, in the World War 11. For this, they suffered. Last May 3, I wished such a chance could be given to the whole world to keep quiet for us to hear the Lord God speak into the impulses of our souls.

Diabetes is one of the easiest diseases to treat and cure if nature would be employed and allowed to perform its work. Diabetes is a degenerative disease in which regenerative, recuperative working forces and power can easily restore the victim’s ill-health back to normal. What diabetes fears is the idea to accept and practice natural living. (I mean diabetes mellitus, as I did not use any qualification).

When I talk like this, many who know naught what nature can do, think it is just a mere joke. So while some are taking keen interest and notes here, some too are just playing and joking with nature. You may be expecting some extraordinary, supernatural miraculous powers to relieve you from this crisis, and perhaps some special, super expensive medicines, from the most specialist doctors; but I must be frank with you, this article brings to you all that you need to survive.

You might be wandering and meandering around, yet you will come back to follow this plan before you have an absolute cure and total relief and peace. This is the pioneer medical work and principle, aside of this there is none again.

The high rate of diabetes on African continent is something that is very scary. Recent reports and statistics estimate more millions of diabetes cases to be recorded in the next ten years. Some live as diabetics but they have not noticed it. We need mercy! The so-called modernization and civilization will send many to diabetes doctors and drugs, unless we change our course to follow God’s plan for health. But shall God sit down for His children to live as “sugar creatures”?

Most Africans do not like “stories”, they only need medicines and drugs, but today, many are crying for “stories” because drugs have failed. If you are still among those who are searching for only drugs, then you are late.

For many are now on diet, exercise, rest and others to gain health. Many patients when they consult, they only need medicines, but they will not pray to God to reveal their wrong habits that bring diseases. Oh! People of drugs! For me you will get my “drug”, but until you have my “stories” – that is how I write, teach and practice, and they are prerequisite basis of health.

Causes and Symptoms of Diabetes

There are two main causes of diabetes: “damage to the pancreas” or a “nutritional problem”. Islet of langerhans found in the pancreas produce natural insulin. Any damages to these delicate organs could lead to diabetes, due to the fact that the body cannot naturally produce the required insulin to utilize blood sugar (glucose) in the cells of the body. When it happens like this, diabetes occur, and if you are not merited to secure a proper, sustainable treatment, you will drink modern diabetes palliative drugs.

Yet, God so good, there are a great number of herbs that can easily repair these impaired pancreas and the inner organs, to avoid diabetes. Examples of these herbs are dandelion, bitter aloes, common corn silk and brown, dried leaves of pawpaw.

The other and the most common cause of diabetes, is poor unbalanced diets. Too much eating of starchy foods such as: white rice with little stew; white bread with tea, sugar, butter and milk; polished and refined foods, especially sifting corn flour before cooking; peeled yams and overeating of cassava foods, are the most common causes of diabetes.

White sugar and its products such as chocolate, sweet cakes, sweet mineral, drinks and all artificial sweet foods cause diabetes, when frequently used. In every community where people welcome friends with artificial sweet drinks and eat with such sugary drinks; have numerous cases of diabetes, arthritis, rheumatism and protruded tummies. The worse examples are cola drinks, due to their caffeine content.

Too much eating of meat, fats, eggs, milk, butter, cheese and all flesh products, that raise blood cholesterol level, can also lead to diabetes. Recent research indicates that cholesterol has also become another great cause of diabetes, for the fact that it inhibits the utilization of blood sugars in cells, thereby leaving them saturated in the blood stream – hence the development of diabetes.

The most common symptoms of diabetes is frequent urination. Other symptoms are loss of weight, loss of appetite, paleness and loss of body completion at times. General weakness, dizziness, night sweats, body itches, irritability (easily getting annoyed), restlessness, dry tongue with constant thirst and frequent drinking and much morose, are other symptoms. However, not all diabetics have all these aforementioned symptoms. When it stays for long, it produces some complications such as sexual weakness (common in men), sterility, unhealed wounds and others. Especially when one uses modern, orthodox drugs to control the disease.

Proper Diet Plan for Diabetes

Proper diet plan alone can solve the problem. Diet consisting of abundance of fresh ripped fruits, vegetables, cereals or grains, legumes and seeds; prepared in a simple manner as possible can easily stop the disease. The diet should be simple but appetizing, with less oil and salt, but delicious, palatable and nutritious. You can prepare food like this, if you call God to assist you.

Some advise that, fruits are not good for diabetes. This is false! Fruits remain the best food items on the earth. However, there is the need for the victim to adjust fruits diet properly, in order to enjoy them. If a diabetic eats a fruit diet of banana, pears, mangoes, apples, guavas, pineapples, and even oranges for about two weeks, everybody will see changes in the patient body and countenance. Give a try and see.

Since most fruits are watery and diuretics, as a diabetics whose disturbing symptom is frequent urination, fruit diet will not be easy to adapt, yet if you can wisely use them, your body will cope with, and eventually be blessed with them. But the idea that fruits contain sugar and they are not good for diabetes is a false science that has no basis.

Fruit sugar (fructose) is good for everybody. By far, fruits diet is the most nutritious among all foods that God created. So it is typically a curse to see one totally deprived of fruits. The same way honey should not be abandoned if wisely used, it is more beneficial. Beekeepers in Asia used honey to treat Diabetes in olden years, unless the honey is not natural. Do not use adulterated honey, but shun white sugar and all its products completely. It is possible!

Green plantain, when cooked with the back (peel) without salt, and eaten with plenty of vegetable stew is the best food for diabetics. Some naturopaths use the water left after cooking as the best thing that diabetic can drink between meals. The old Africans cook plantain, yams, potatoes, and all various tubers with the back (peel). They only peel off, when ready to eat. By so doing some nutrients, that are packed in the peel enter the endosperm (the starchy part) to enrich them. Not only diabetic patients should take this lesson, it is good for all of us. Polishing of foods has been the greatest cause of diabetes in our dispensation.

Unpeeled plantain and yam

Unpeeled plantain and yam

Many die from insulin coma, hyperinsulinism, hypoglycaemic shock  suddenly as the result of poor diet advices and counselling. It is too true that high starchy foods cause the disease, yet a diabetic as any other normal person needs carbohydrate (starch) more in the daily requirements, to get enough (about 75%) of the body’s constituents of nutrients. So, diabetes does not mean that you should not eat wholesome starchy foods.

Roasted Cocoyam

You can eat rice, corn, millet and other grains but make sure they are not polished or refined grains. If bread is used, brown (whole wheat) bread is the best. Eat brown or local rice but with plenty of vegetables or legumes. Do not sift corn or remove its valuables before preparing your corn fufu (as many Africans do); no, prepare it wholly and eat with plenty of vegetables.Yam, potatoes, cocoyam and all eatable tubers can be eaten, but if you would prepare them naturally as I have directed earlier and eaten with much vegetable,s they will be blessings. Do not peel yam or potatoes before cooking; wash thoroughly and boil. Peel carefully only the hard rind at back and eat the rest of the food. The last layer after the hard rind contains all the nutrients – but if you peel off all these valuables are lost, and you eat only starch.

Many when they hear that over-cooking is not good, they do not analyse very well to know foods that do not need much cooking and those that need thorough cooking. Do not go and cook rice for about five minutes and begin eating because I have advised against over cooking of vegetables. I mentioned vegetables, but not grains or tubers.

Grains like rice, millet, corn, wheat and beans lose their grape sugar when they are dried, so long cooking brings their grape sugar back. Tubers like cassava, yams, cocoyam and potatoes should be well-cooked.

Peanuts or groundnuts should be completely avoided by diabetics. Even at all nuts are to be used, Brazil, cashew, almond, hazel and walnuts are preferable – but in good proportion. Tiger nuts, eaten so frequently could be harmful.



Some foods to watch are cucumber, watermelon (especially eaten with seeds: thorough chewing). Chayote too is a wonderful protein food for diabetes, but beetroots will energize the weak blood cells.

Soya Bean Coffee

If a diabetic patient uses soya bean coffee for about two weeks without observing progress in health, it means it was not done with faith. Many, who read my books on natural health have benefited after knowing these truths.

Soya coffee reduces excess sugar in the blood, purifies and tones it and eradicates many diseases. It has some aphrodisiac properties that definitely give strength to male diabetics who are sexually weak. It is not only diabetes, but soya coffee can be used for treating many other ailments with other herbs.

Just as you toast groundnuts or corn on fire, so you must get enough soya beans, sort out stones and gravels neatly, and toast till it becomes very brown (but do not burn it).crack to compare the inside colour with ordinary coffee. Let it be brown, but not burnt. Grind or mill it by the help of a blender or milling machine. A peasant local person can easily pound in a mortar with a pestle. (Not too fine but a bit coarsely like ordinary coffee).

Soya beans

Soya beans

Use one teaspoonful of the coffee in a glass of boiling water, just as you prepare ordinary coffee. You can add little pure honey, say one teaspoon, for sweetening (or drink without honey). Soya coffee contains no caffeine and can be used as substitute for ordinary tea or coffee to avoid the stimulant, caffeine. Make use of nature and simple things, they are your only hope!

Soya Coffee

Soya Coffee

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“Euphorbia Hirta” Treats Cancer

By Dr Atta K.Bonsu

(Written in Buea, Cameroon and published in the POST newspaper)

Your ears will be hearing many things, but sometimes there are some hearings that puzzle the impulses, calm the blood and benumb every activity of the cells.

After consulting with her at my centre in Buea, Cameroon, we engaged in some light social discussions, yet this middle-aged-woman drew our minds back to another grievous moment of poignancy. She asked sharply, “Doctor, why is it that cancer is killing many Cameroonians like that? Of late it was not so”.

I was quiet, what should I say? Not only in Cameroon, the rate at which cancer is developing in Africa, one cannot easily understand. Cancer has killed many prominent Cameroonians and Africans. I personally have lost many dear ones due to the disease. But you know what? Cancer started coming to Africa only yesterday. Of late, it was extremely difficult to diagnose a single case of cancer in Africa.

I have read many foreign books on cancer, but most of these European and American writers by then, were directing the citizens’ mind to the old African simple dishes. The most popular topic was “Poor Man’s Diet Heals the West of Cancer”.

In our dispensation, today, no European or American writer will teach people to learn from Africans; Africans have left their safe and fine simple diets and have quickly adapted western style of eating. Resent statistics and reports show that, Africans are seriously challenging Americans and Europeans on cancer list.

The devil with these fascinated, attractive items charm many who do not have power to discern his plans and delusions. Look at us Cameroonians, leaving all our natural foods and natural medicines to follow the fascinated world. Cameroonians live in a natural, healthy environment than most places in Africa. Why should one living in Buea, a natural place like this, get sick and die of cancer?

Many Africans have left natural good foods and eating in shops – that has resulted in many developing cancerous cells. Eating in cans is the number one cause of cancer in Europe and America. So, one would not be surprised to see you developing cancer cells in your strong ambition to live as a white man in Africa.

Artificially eating of animal milk, sugar, butter, cheese, chocolate, tea, coffee, cola drinks, fishes in cans and tins, even canned beans; soft sugary drinks in cans and all sorts of devastated foods cause this.

For all good quality of food Cameroon possesses, I do not understand why you have chosen these meagre foods. And would not understand why you eat beans preserved in cans, whereas there are good quality beans in our markets.

Think about their preservatives. Think about the rusting of tins and cans, which has been the greatest cause of cancer. Yes, a metal cannot mingle itself with the organic fresh of the human body – definitely cancer will occur! Those who are wise and clever always read labels of items sold in shops, and will ask and reason why these statements. (“No preservative added”, “no alcohol”, “no sugar added”, “no caffeine”, “no artificial flavour added”, “no baking powder or soda added”, and so forth); all these have a great lesson for the one going to the shop to reason.

It also means that some people are critical with their health, so the manufactures need to convince them with such endorsements on the labels. These could also mean that preservatives, alcohol, sugar, caffeine, artificial flavouring, baking powder and rest in food items can be seriously detrimental to health. Many carry huge sum of money to shops to buy sickness.

Analytically, people who are exposed to modern civilisation are the very ones dying; and the so-called learned and the rich are greatly affected. Yes, a poor, peasant local mother, with her little money will go to Cameroonian local market, buy some plantain and vegetables, prepare immediately her food and eat simply and naturally, and grow healthier than those who spend much money in shops. So American writers saw this, and started writing; “A poor man’s diet heals the West”.

But today, Africans have left their cultural simple foods and imitate the West. This has always been the spirit of Africans. We do not like our simple things. We are not proud of our own things. We always see our simple things as inferior whereas God who knows better is a Father of Simplicity. Recently I visited one of our nations, the Medical Ministry was doing their best to suppress and condemn natural practitioners and promote Western drugs. That is the spirit of Africans, they do not want theirs, the Lord shall laugh, perhaps they are calling for total doom on their land – I am seriously praying for them. We need to encourage our own.

One thing the devil, Satan has done to ruin humanity with impunity, is his ability to blind our eyes from seeing the beauty of God’s plan for mankind. So look at the condition of Africans. We do not like our foods, our natural medicines and even our continent. Our black skin and the black thick afro hairs are abhorred by many Africans. None praises the beauty of black skin again. So look at our position now.

Scientific Causes of Cancer

It is said that the human body is made up of little things: this is true. For the cells to perform their particular functions, they may need twisted strands of a substance found in the centre of the nucleus known as Chromosomes. The chromsomes consist of several millions of long strands, which are more properly called Genes. The gene is the smallest unit of information and in itself another twisted strand of chemical known as Deoxyribonucleic acid, commonly known as DNA.

It is true; life is made up of little things. The DNA will divide to give genes, then the genes in the turn divide to form chromosomes, which are all contained in the Nucleus of a cell. Cells divide to form Tissues, then tissues to Organs, which group themselves into Systems, which join together to form the Human Body.

Our God needs to be feared, considering the way He formed and fashioned man: He combined little, little things in the form of cells to build a giant man. Now what is cancer?

Cancer simply occurs when the body cells fail to divide; especially from the starting point – the DNA. Cancer cells begin developing when the body’s natural cells fail to divide and develop. Now a strange thing has happened, cancerous cells have overpowered the body’s organic, natural cells. And the artificial living I have earlier addressed causes all these. Cancer occurs when the body’s natural cells fail to divide and function.

Warning Signals

The most common manifestation of cancer could be when the individual notices some strange lumps in the body, especially in breast cancer cases in women. So you need to see your doctor to examine you to know the type of lump. And this is among the ten warming signals of cancer.

The rest are:

unhealed wounds or ulcer on the skin, especially on lips and mouth; changes in bowel and bladder evacuations; unusual discharges and bleeding from the excretory system (the bowels, the lungs or the kidneys and the bladder). Other signs are: changes in the usual features of any existing wart or mole on the skin; persistent indigestion and difficulty in swallowing; hoarseness of the voice and persistent cough; loss of weight; finding it difficult to urinate and persistent feverish complications (in many cases indicating cancer somewhere). However, not all cases would be cancer, so you need to check.

Notice also that, there are many types of cancer. But every cancer is cancer and the causes are almost the same. It may only depend on the specific organ affected. Notwithstanding these, there are other features that lead to cancer of various types. For example, sexual infectious diseases, overdrinking of alcoholic beverages could lead to prostrate cancer; abortion and childbirth and delivery difficulties often result in cervical cancer. Female hormonal imbalances and other gynaecological problems develop to breast cancer.

Apart from these, there are still many others, cancer of the lungs (common among smokers), and another common in this times is cancer of the skin, due to the depletion of the ozone layer.

One bad habit in our dispensation is to see a young-man, who is not naturally bald-headed, moving in the hot sun with a bare head (without hairs). These youths do not apply science when they are going to the barbing saloon, but scientists say that, the ozone (the layer of oxygen) has depleted, so be careful of moving on the sun with bare head. The Bible forbids a man from growing very long hairs, but it does not mean we should not leave at least something small on the scalp of the head to protect us from these direct rays in this tropical, continental area.

Look at the physical characteristics of this plant, it grows on the ground, and spreads, not even easy to gather them in big quantities; just as cancer spreads in the body, and form metastasis, which makes it difficult to arrest and cure. The flowers and the clusters just look like the human brain with its tiny, tiny cells.

With properties such as alterative, expectorant, carminative, tonic and vulnerary; have made it a real anticancer medicine. Gather the tops and slice or chop everything and dry and make a fine granule (not much in sun). Bottle it neatly: infuse 2 teaspoonfuls of the granule in a glass of boiling water; cover for some few minutes; strain and begin sipping slowly. (Lemon juice and honey can be added).
Take this tea graciously for about three to four glasses daily before meals. You will observe that cancerous cells are disappearing, and new cells are gradually forming. Do not do this for only a few days. Take for a long time, it will eventually yield good results. Herbs naturally do not work fast and vigorously to destroy the body as modern drugs often do, they work gradually in order to conserve the body organism.

Take time to take your medicines, gradually and prayerfully you will be cured. Euphorbia hirta has no side effects, you can use it as your daily beverage; even some Africans children, chew it with palm kennel nuts and play with it daily.

Euphorbia hirta

Euphorbia hirta

Americans call this locally as “asthma herb” and nevertheless, traditionalists use it for treating asthma because of its expectorant property. It is also good for coughs, calms stomach bites and abdominal pains when chewed. Use herbs: they are life.


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“Momordica” Cures Gastritis and Ulcer

By Dr Atta K.Bonsu

NOTE: This article was written in Cameroon and published in THE POST (Newspaper Cameroonian)

Gastritis, the inflammation of the lining membrane of the stomach (gastric), is considered as the most common disease in Cameroon (where I lived and practiced between 1997 and 2004). It has won the price almost every year, to an extent that many victims no more consider it as a disease, but a normal thing for almost every Cameroonian. That is to say, for some Cameroonians, gastritis is normal – when it strikes, they only find some means to calm the pains, and continue living with it.

Apparently and interestingly, it seems to be like that; every group of people, a community or a nation have their respective health problems, however, depending on how they live. So gastritis is common in Cameroon, but not very popular in even our close neighbouring country like Nigeria; they also have their common health problems, even though.

Many do not take the disease seriously, for the fact that gastritis is not classified among the most serious killer diseases; however, when it develops to certain levels, it can prove fatal and death; the anguish seems to be dreadful, at times.

I have consulted in most parts of the Cameroon nation; both in the Anglophone and the Francophone Zones, and the fact is the same, it is the most prevalent, and many consider it as normal. When patients are giving their complaints, most of them often keep gastric problems aside until you ask them, if there is anything else before they mention it. My observation is that, even some in the fear of high charges, will solemnly appeal “doctor, leave that “gastric” for now, and treat the serious ones; for me I see it to be a normal sickness for every Cameroonian”. One lady confessed like that. Many also consult mainly on the disease, especially chronic cases that have reached the climax of destruction.

Fortunately, the causes of gastritis would be known to confirm its leadership on Cameroon’s diseases list. Notwithstanding all these facts, one would not be surprised to see many suffering from the disease, as long as, “the drinking of alcoholic beverages remains the number one cause of gastritis”. From alcohol, “the use of certain drugs, especially anti-inflammatory drugs and pain killers”, will be second. Third cause is ‘eating between meals’. And these are common health problems in Cameroon. (Jethro Kloss in his book “Back to Eden” confirm this; he rated alcohol, modern drugs and irregularity in eating to be the three principal causes of gastritis).

What Is Gastritis And What Causes It

The scientific word “gastric” simply refers to the lining membrane of the stomach, the first sac that receives food after swallowing. The main function of the gastric lining is to secrete digestive juices and enzymes for digestion of food in the stomach, mainly protein foods.

Due to haphazard life of eating and drinking, without proper evaluation and discretion, this hollow lining membrane of the stomach (gastric) becomes inflamed, and produces disease symptoms and complications, which are discomforting, unpleasant and unbearable at times. Sensationally, one may feel these unpleasant complications, including severe abdominal pains and bites, hotness and burns, belching of gas and flatulence, nausea and vomiting.

As I have earlier mentioned, alcohol drinks, especially the high fermented ones cause serious irritation and erodes the hollow, lining membrane of the stomach, especially when drunk very early in the morning into an empty stomach – it is dangerous. How would you imagine one drinking a strong fermented alcohol like “afofo” (how Cameroonians call hot, fermented alcohol drink), into an empty stomach in the morning? It is death! This is a serious “murder” and many are ignorant of the fact that we are going to give account of what we did to our body to the Maker (read II Corinthians 5:10) “thou shall not kill involves many things”.

Certain high chemicalized drugs that we often buy from common places without even doctors’ prescription are killing many but only a few notice this. Swallowing these hard chemical drugs into an empty stomach, is the same as the one who drinks a strong fermented alcohol like “afofo”.

It is not easy to see two Cameroonians fighting publicly. Since I started coming here, this is rare, even though we have few instances, yet it is not common compared to other places in Africa. Some of my friends attribute this to alcoholism, but I do not side with them; we are only gifted from above. But another area, which can convince me a bit, is the way we eat together and welcome friends with food.

However, this can also affect our sound health if is not appropriately done. Culture is good, but we should not do it to the detriment of our health and life. So while we are to eat and share with friends, we need to apply wisdom in order to avoid excesses. In the Roman Catholic Doctrine, “overeating is a serious sin” so if your friend invites you for a meal and you are already full, excuse him; for your health’s sake. Do not feel shy to please your friend to overeat yourself to go contrary to health principles. And the host or the one inviting one for a meal should understand this without any offense: that is living in harmony.

I am saying all this for the fact that eating between meals’ is another great cause of gastritis. Some people’s “appeti” is too big (“Appeti” is a common term in Cameroon, which explains that even if your neighour invites you for a meal and you are full, at least take a bite). Many people do not have time to eat, whatever comes across the eyes they receive. Some can eat about 10 times in a day, because they do not plan a complete meal for themselves. They see corn they “chop”, then to groundnuts, to garden eggs, to bread and so on. However, we should not change our culture of sharing, but you know our God loves modesty in everything. Learn when and how to open your mouth.

Many have even forgotten that the greatest temptation of man that brought sin into this world is upon “Appeti”. We should remember how Adam and Eve fell because of food, but you know Jesus also overcame this to redeem us.

If you want your child to be great in future; to be a philosopher, an inventor and develop in much wisdom, teach him or her how to eat. The time to eat and what they must eat; yet they need to respect the culture of oneness and togetherness, but very modest. Food ferments when eaten in improper times. For this, the wise man Solomon, with his natural scientific power recorded this in the Bible (read Ecclesiastics 10:17 and compare with what Jesus said in Mathew 24:45).

Other causes of gastritis are: night or late supers; eating with too much liquids, like drinking plenty with meals, the worst being eating with artificial sweet drinks or fermented wine. Refined, white sugar and its products cause gastritis. White sugar causes constipation, especially when eaten together with milk, butter, and white bread – you will definitely constipate, and fermentation, belching of methane gases would indicate the presence of the disease. Sugar irritates the fine lining membrane of the stomach and inflames it.

Hasty eating: swallowing food without proper chewing and thorough mastication; too fried foods, too much oil in diet; and high acidic items, such as refined salts, red meats and others cause gastric problems.

Another bad habit that I do not understand among Africans is, too much eating of hot red pepper. Hot pepper is a stimulant that is mainly used in treatment of diseases; it is not necessary and useful in meals. We Africans live in a very hot tropical continental area but we love eating too much pepper and oil more than even Europeans who live in cool temperate climatic area. That is why there are rampant cases of fever, jaundice, hepatitis and others on our continent.

Many Europeans and Americans eat “pepper free soup”, but Africans cooks prepare meals with hot peppers, give to children, you see water and mucus oozing out from the nostrils of these innocent children ; punishing them, when they are forced to eat whatever the mother places on the table. But most of our ignorant cooks and mothers do not even know that “poor cooking is a great sin”. After all, what nutrient does pepper add to the meal? It is only intended to be used as medicine.

Prevention of Gastric Problem

To prevent gastritis, go back to read all the causes, and try as you can, but gradually observe them, you and your children and all people under you if possible. When you do this, you preserve your health and the health of your children, not only from gastritis, but from untold diseases. One poorest habit in our society is, when we do not want to spend our money on proper diet, but rather spend in hospital, drug and pharmaceutical shops.

Alcoholism has been the greatest cause of African’s underdevelopment, not only in Cameroon but almost everywhere in Africa. But before our governments will realise these bewitching force, it had caused a lot.

Europeans like Germans (as we often site examples) drink, but they eat plenty of salads and good nourishing foods. But most Africans drink high alcoholic substances and forget to even eat. Our income goes to alcohol and sensuality. Think about it deeply!

Do not drink alcohol. It is possible for you to practice this. I once consulted an-aged-man of 74, surprisingly, he was looking very young. He confessed, he lived in Bonkwango, a very natural place in Buea, he had never smoked nor drunk alcohol throughout his life. We have a lot of Cameroonians like this. You can be like that, and it is possible.

Do not eat much fat, oil and salt. Salt and oil can be used but sparingly. Even at all you will eat meat, toast before to drain the fat and the oil, when you do this you are preventing your body from many killer diseases, especially cardiovascular diseases. Do not eat too fried, hard foods; these do not only cause gastritis but ulcer and appendicitis. Appendicitis is becoming common in Cameroon, and I have realised that many Cameroonians do not fear surgical operation – cutting the body to remove disease.

Educate yourself to eat moderately, but to your fill and satisfaction. Not the quantity of food you eat that gives you strength, but the nutrients in food. Never eat at the same time drinking water or any mineral or liquids, but never go to the table while thirsty. The only liquid the food needs for digestion is the saliva in the mouth. The more liquid in food, the more difficult is digestion. That is why many have big, protruded tummies.
Avoid eating high spicy foods and high condiments; food must be prepared naturally simple; but appetizing, palatable, delicious and nutritious.

Momordica Charantia

Momordica Charantia

Momordica Charantia

The old medical practitioners used physical appearances and characteristics of plants to detect their properties but the modern practitioners use the same chemicals, which hinder our ambition to implement herbs in our health institutions. Look at the way momordica cripples and climbs on top of other shrubs and trees; it indicates that it is ‘queen’ and can cure many diseases.
It has never failed me when I prescribe for ulcer, gastritis and piles. It stops the one suffering from appendicitis from going to the theatre. The bitterness of the leaves shows that it is a real febrifuge, and as such makes it useful in treating malaria, typhoid, hepatitis, jaundice and fever disorders. Also good for venereal diseases such as gonorrhea, syphilis, staphylococcus aurens infection, candidiasis; and a splendid effect on leucorrhoea (whites in women).

Recommended for female disorders and gynaecological problems; and would even promote pregnancy. Other properties are antibiotic, antiseptic, diuretic, tonic, anthelmintic, emetic and laxative. All these properties would testify how it can treat various diseases, however, depending on how you use it and the combination.

You can use the leaves fresh or the ripped fruits to treat ulcer and gastritis. Press in water and strain and drink the extracted juice, about 1/3 glass at a time. When this is taken the pains will stop almost immediately especially in acute cases.

But the best way to use it, even in treating chronic cases, is by drying the leaves, breaking into granules and use as tea. (2 teaspoons to one glass of boiling water). Strain and sip slowly. When you take this gradually, gastritis will be uprooted.
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Avocado Pear Leaves Treat Hypertension

By Dr Atta K.Bonsu

(Written in Buea, Cameroon and published in the Post Newspaper)

Smallish in physical structure, not too attractive to be quickly influenced by men, but quiet comely and modest. He was well cultured; polite, courteous and gentle; very disciplined and self centred. Well educated, but very simple to an extent that one finds it difficult to differentiate him from common campus labourers; yet he was a professor, a vice chancellor of one of Africa’s most prominent universities.

He has written many books on science for most African students. A man of high achievements and dignity, yet he was so simple and humble. His life is, really, a shining example for many. He would be above 90 by now, but he has never lost his youth. He makes sports and climbs mountains.

According to him, when he developed hypertension at middle, youthful age, he thought it was a great privilege for him to revive and strengthen his weakened health. He tried to ascertain the cause; nothing strange, he was eating too much meat and flesh foods. He cut down his flesh intake, stopped red meats completely, an instead for him to go to pharmacies for modern drugs – rather, he was convinced to use Avocado leaves tea, with some lime or lemon and honey.

Whenever he was plucking these leaves; most of those students, would often mock and tease at him, for being stinging and misery. Notwithstanding these, his usual response and question was that, “I know you students prefer using a white man’s drug to what our ancestors had of ages taught us, but do you people know the components of these chemicalized drugs you often love taking?” Most students at most times were quiet and, of course, were condemned: for a high scientific intellectual of such calibre prefer herbs to modern drugs.

It is always like that – the whole world is divided into two groups, those following the natural course and those who still believe they are okay with the artificial fascinated shows. Not only blacks, but the whole world, and each group has great prominent people and intellectuals as well as the primitive masses. We have some Americans and Europeans, it is a taboo for them to swallow pills, tablets and taking injections, but they are highly learned – they prefer drinking medicines as teas in cups.

So never make mistakes to consider your line or course superior until you have made thorough analysis and evaluations. Africans do not respect herbs and herbal practice; they take the name”herbalist” light. But in America before one could be licensed to practice Naturopathy (Natural Medicine), then he had been recommended higher by the society that he knows the true medicine of old.

Many a time, what bothers me a bit, is when people behave as if they know but they do not. If I had never gained this knowledge to use on myself, I would have been a hopeless wretch. Phototherapy, food science and nutrition and rest of natural science and studies are so broad that God is longed to see modern students bringing their minds back to them. Modern sciences have some limitations but it not easy to finish studying nature.

So these natural sciences, which were composed in African society and rest of the world, but was ignored and even dismissed in some communities, for several hundred’s of years, have been waiting quietly and patiently for some ages for humanity.

When leaves are dried and are infused in boiling water, and strained into a nice, clean glasses, then you see the beauty and attractiveness of nature, and one realises a true medicine that can cure disease. Comparatively when one unwraps a pill and about to swallow, there is no indication that the substances can cure disease. Its artificial characteristics would give a clear indication that it is rather for destruction.

We have less power to adhere to all these facts. Though my words, at times, full of persuasive eloquences could not liberate you from the course that you have taken, until you reach the terminus, where technology had reached its climax of destruction, that, nothing could be done again, then perhaps, you may mellow and remember my words, and humbly return to nature – but many times it had been too late if God’s grace is not in abundance.

You are an organic being made of clay by the Creator, so until you have recognised and returned to nature, then you may have relief, rest and peace. If many Africans had known, and we had prayed for God to train more qualified Natural Practitioners, what a great change all of us would see on our land, Africa.

Meat, Cholesterol And Hypertension

I have never seen a hypertensive vegetarian; unless he “dodges” himself a bit to eat meat, or a very peculiar reasons or causes. But as long as you eat plentifully of red meat, fresh fishes, eggs, milk, butter and cheese, you are certain to consume hypertension palliative drugs, to control till it kills you.

Some people can just buy one full chicken and consume everything, in a day without sparing the bones. Some combine about 4-10 eggs, fry with oil and consume everything. There are many who drink animal milk like nursing babies, so that they build cholesterols on the walls of the blood streams and start “eating” hypertension drugs.

When we live like this and flatter ourselves that we have studied and known science, then we have access to books, but we do not apply to our living practices, whereas our gone fathers had no access to our books and sciences and they ate and lived with their mind and lived healthier and longer.

Look at one eating one full chicken from modern incubated poultry, and could crack the whole bones. But the local one your grandfathers ate, the bones could not be cracked but only dogs with carnivorous teeth could do that. But interestingly your grandfather would take one year to finish one well-roasted chicken; but for you, you eat it one day and you are happy of your ignorance–you start drinking chemicals.

When one eats animal flesh foods and products, he accumulates plenty of cholesterol. Cholesterol is needed in the body; the body produces its own of about 250mg. the excesses we get from flesh foods accumulate in the arteries (the blood stream that carries blood from the heart to the body), and harden it to cause arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). Since these hardened blood streams are often narrowed by these cholesterol build-ups, it finds it difficult to flow, and there is pressure on the heart to force the blood to flow – then hypertension is formed.As the person continues in eating cholesterol-giving foods, the whole blood stream can be blocked and result in apoplexy (stroke). And quiet often the patient develops heart attacks and diseases due to rise of pressure.

Avocado Pear

 Avocado Pear

Avocado Pear

Africans no longer eat good natural foods, so nature has stopped producing them. In most Africans markets, gari, cassava, yams, white rice and all types of meat and fishes are common, but one finds it difficult to see quality of good fruits like banana, pawpaw and others. But here in Africa, there are still good foods, but if we neglect eating them, what we like would be found in the markets.

Suggested Herbs For Hypertension

Most naturalists put mistletoe first, but I personally think avocado pear leaves should be the best medicine to use for treatment of hypertension, especially when taking with lemon, garlic and honey syrup. Most ladies who attend my lectureship programmes, especially the fat, overweight ones also rate corn silk tea high, as the simplest to fight the disease.

Another diuretic herb I have prescribed for many with hypertension and cardiac problems is Dandelion.

If one teaspoon of finely powdered activated charcoal is mixed with ½ glass of water and drunk, it reduces blood pressure and sugar in diabetes cases. You can take charcoal first and wait for sometime before taking any other chosen herbal tea.

Any of these aforementioned herbs can be gathered and sliced and dry (not much in sun). Infuse 2 teaspoons in a glass of boiling water; let is steep or stay for about 5 minutes, strain or sieve, add lemon and sip slowly.

Any one of them can serve. But if you want to combine them, measure a teaspoon each, instead of two. Avocado leaves seem to be hard, so you can chose to powder or break into fine granule before it can be well infused by boiling water (both green and brown can be used). Find below the natural avocado medicinal product – avocado tea; you can order for it.


Avocado Tea

Avocado Tea

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Mistletoe Treats Cardiovascular Diseases

By Dr Atta K.Bonsu

(Written in Buea, Cameroon and published in the Post Newspaper)

Mistletoe treats cardiovascular diseases, including hypertension, stroke and heart disease? It is fantastic! That means, if you have hypertension you just look for mistletoe tea to use, before it may develop to stroke and heart attacks and sudden death.

We will also not forget its dramatic effect on the blood sugar level; normalizing and neutralizing it and thus treating diabetes. Its tea soothes the bones and arrests arthritic and rheumatic pains. As a great emmenagogue, it is traditionally used for female disorders and serious fertility cases (but being an emmanagogue, after fertilization, it should be discontinued in order not to abort the pregnancy).

I have read and used European and American mistletoes, but the moment I started using African local types, I have seen a big difference – it is more effective and better to treat African patients with herbs derived from our own soil than foreign ones.

African Herbs Are The Best

Is there no balm in Gilead? Here, our God, the Creator speaks, and it is an applicable lesson to everyone who is looking for a medicine to treat diseases. Is there no balm (medicine) in Africa? There are so many practices in Africa that even our God and His Angelic hosts, living in their sphere could not understand. When a big ship is loaded with chemical medicines to Africa, the question will always be, “is there no medicine in Africa”?

The worst of all is when imported herbs are evacuated from Europe and Asia to Africa. The same question would be asked, “are there no better herbs and medicinal plants in Africa”?

Unfortunately, these chemicalised drugs, which are often experimented on Africans, have serious side effects, and have caused many untimely deaths. Today, these chemical drugs cause about 90 percent of deaths in Africa. Who may believe all these? Imported herbs also show a slow response to Africans’ ill health. Even though herbs generally work slowly, foreign herbs show timid response on a strong black man. Climate variation will clarify this fact.

Even, coming to the African continent, if it could be possible, a Cameroonian must use Cameroon herbs, a Nigerian using herbs growing on their own soil, as well as Ghanaians must use herbs close to their own environments. In the same manner, it is appropriate for one living in Buea to use Buea herbs than depending on herbs far in distances like Yaounde or even Bamenda in the same Anglophone zone.

Try to understand my facts, do not misunderstand me; I am not writing this to mean that one cannot be treated and cured with foreign herbs, or herbs from other destinations, but I am talking about God’s plan for man and the most effective mechanism by which medicinal herbs work. That is the reason why when you read plants health books, you see classification of names of plants in respect to their origin, such as American ginseng, Asian ginseng, European mistletoe, African cayenne pepper and so forth. Which indicate that the variations of properties due to climatic and soil changes and composition.

I have used herbs close to the people I administer, and could see the difference. That is why we are praying and doing our best that, at least, we must grasp some tit bits on our finger tips so that when problems come, we go direct to our environments and start using herbs that are available. Can we not even take experiences from common other animals like goats, dogs and others?

Now, Cameroonians, Nigerians, Ghanaians and South Africans import rice, chemical drugs and even medicinal herbs and leaving our own as common weeds. Interestingly and painfully, all these herbs are found in Africa, and are highly potential. Ginseng, mint, mistletoe, yarrow, lady’s mantle, vervain, ocimum and all these imported herbs grow in Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria and rest of Africa.

It is a pity to see one using imported ginseng or yarrow, whereas these items are all over in the Northwest province and many parts of Cameroon. There are some who can even import common fern plant which is a disturbing weed all over in CDC plantation farms, in Cameroon.

That “inferiority complex”, a term I often hear from Nigerians is our greatest problem. Many Africans use their eyes and the attractive, fascinated manner that drugs are designed to prove them superior, but a wise man only considers the potency of the thing and the hygienic nature it is prepared. So, one will reject African’s rice because it is not well polished as white as the foreign ones.

One thing I have always prayed for Africans is “hygiene and cleanliness”. One area I have taken much attention on my medical work is upon, how neatly the herbs are prepared from gathering, drying, packaging and preservation, but not bothering much about their fascinated manner they are prepared. Any African can easily prepare herbs neatly and use from their own environment than subjecting our minds on printed designated matters.

Causes And Prevention

Cholesterol is your watchword when you are battling with hypertension, stroke or heart disease. If you go for medical examination, the area you must watch is your blood cholesterol level. There are two main causes: meat eating and cholesterol (the major causes) and the habit of over thinking on problems; that is anxiety, depression and stress.

It is difficult to find a hypertensive vegetarian. That is to say, it is not easy to see someone who does not eat meat or flesh foods having hypertension, stroke or heart problem. It can happen, but I see it rare, and the causes could be very unique and strange.

Cholesterol is needed in the body, it is indispensable in the cells, but you need it in the most appropriate quantity. Thank God, the body provides its own 250mg that the body needs daily. So when one eats meat and more flesh food, he adds more cholesterol to the body. And those excesses often find themselves in the walls of the blood streams, notably the arteries that carry blood from the heart to other parts of the body.

Persistence accumulation of cholesterol in the arteries, tend to harden them, narrowing the tract, making the blood-flow very difficult, when the heart beats and pumps blood. Thus, there is pressure on the heart, and when continued, hypertension is occurred; the victim’s name is registered on the lists of hypertension patients.

As long as the individual continues eating meat, fresh fishes, eggs, milk, butter and cheese, the more these cholesterol are pilling on the walls of the arteries causing first arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), which develops to high blood pressure, then heart attacks and diseases may be invited in, and eventually when the cholesterol has blocked the entire bloodstream –apoplexy which is popularly known as stroke occurs.

The blocked vessel will force the brain to send a vital force to help dilating the vessel to make the blood flow. By so doing, any weak capillaries in the brain raptures, causing drainage of the blood in the brain and the whole part of the brain is paralysed. The mouth twists at times, and the whole limbs of that half portion of the body are paralysed, stroke occurs. And it is difficult to cure, due to the “concrete-like” cholesterol blockage.

Cut down your meat intake; even if you will eat meat, toast it as the old people were eating, and occasionally too. The Bible advises man to toast meat before eating but modern man thinks he knows better than God – he eats everything. Now Christians preach that everything can be consumed. Many eat horrible creatures and wonderful devastated foods. But the Bible teaches that we must be selective, and if we want to eat meat and flesh foods, we must toast them to drain the fat, cholesterol and the diseased blood. Our God knows better (read Leviticus 3:17).

If we take Bible lessons we would live longer and stronger. Some do not want to gather wisdom from the Old Testament – all their attention is on the grace, grace, and grace. But we need to be careful of “extrapolation” where people believe that they can live anyhow and still please God and enter into the eternal kingdom: I do not believe that!

You can eat eggs but from healthy fowls, and it should not be more than three in a week. Remember, one egg-yolk contains 250mg of cholesterol and your body only needs 200mg. Milk is not mature person’s food, it is for nursing babies. When babies are teething the enzymes that digest milk disappears; which means it is not for mature people, that is why when one eats milk he constipates because it was not digested. Even at all you feel like eating milk, use soya milk. Coconut milk is also nutritious.

Instead of animal butter and chocolate, why not use ripped avocado pear in your bread; it is the best natural food cream, without cholesterol. Apart from palm oil and coconut oil, there is no plant food, which is a saturated fat or oil that produces cholesterol. So use palm oil and coconut oils sparingly with care. If possible, use soya, cotton seed, corn, and other vegetable, cholesterol free oils.

Mitletoe Leaves

Mistletoe Leaves

Mistletoe Leaves

Use only mistletoe leaves, the berries are poisonous; they should be strictly avoided. Dry the leaves, not much in sun, if possible under shade, for air-drying. Mash it with the palms to break it into fine granules, after exposing to the sun a bit to make it bristle.

Infuse two teaspoonfuls of the granule in a glass or tea cup of boiling water for about 10 minutes; strain, add honey and lemon juice and sip slowly but hot as you can stand. Take this tea 3 times daily before meals. Do this till you observe a big change. You can skip for some weeks, then you come back to it, till you see a big change. (But do not take it for a long time without a break). Cold infusion is the best: Soak overnight and use.

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