BY TONY NWANKWO
WHEN a 35-year old housewife walked into a clinic in Festac Town, Lagos recently, she was a bundle of worry. The mother of two beautiful daughters had a problem of secondary infertility.
She and her spouse had been through thick and thin to resolve the problem without success. Apart from painful menstruation, she had symptoms of pregnancy – missed periods, swollen breasts and protruding stomach. The trip to yet another clinic was part of her search for succour.
Following physical examination, the doctor recommended an abdominal scan. Only then was the cause of her woes unveiled. She had uterine fibroid.
Her case was not unusual because fibroid is quite common. It is a condition that is bringing sorrow into the lives of many women and wrecking marriages. Even when surgery is recommended, pregnancy may not be guaranteed. Experts say surgery for fibroid could involve the removal of the patient’s womb.
So, it was a call to arms when, in response to complaints from its independent distributors on the prevalence of this condition, that Forever Living Products (Nigeria) Limited, engaged an expert in the field of herbal medicine and clinical sexology, Dr. Taiwo Fadeyi, Medical Director, F&G Clinic & Laboratory Services, Lekki, Lagos.
Fadeyi, who is also a marriage counselor, told a large audience in Lagos all they needed to know about the condition.
He began by describing fibroid as a non-cancerous tissue found in the womb. “It is a mass which creates a lot of problems for women in terms of fertility, menstrual problems and frequent abdominal pains”. According to him, fibroid has become rampant in Nigeria due to modern lifestyle. “The causes of fibroid can be traced to lifestyle our people now adopt. Such lifestyles cannot be compared with the natural lifestyles of the people of old.” He added: “There are so many things bringing in a lot of estrogen into the body systems now, such as plastics, pesticides and even the foods and the processes under which we breed animals for consumption.
“Most of these things, including fishes, are bred artificially. So they store those hormones that we are imbibing and that are what is causing some of these problems. What to do? You need supplements; they do help and they will continue to help”, Fadeyi assured. He said herbal herbal supplements are holistic in that they go into the body and try to reverse whatever bad that had been done inside the body and they want to do that holistically. “That is the way they help”, he said, displaying to the audience, two specimens of fibroid extracted from patients at his clinic recently.
Fadeyi said supplements were capable of not only managing the ailment, but capable of providing possible cure, recommending supplements like Aloe Vera Gel, Arctic Sea, Aloe Berry Nectar as foundation supplements that could take care of Fibroid condition and even help to restore and check re-growth for those who had undergone surgery.
“Definitely, a surgery for fibroid is recommended for cases which cannot be managed. In cases of surgery, where you have a patient that is bleeding uncontrollably, or you have a patient who has a big fibroid mass, I will personally suggest surgery for such cases and thereafter they can go back and use these supplements to prevent reoccurrence”Fadeyi stressed that Forever supplements are natural products which have been accepted all over the world as a check against contamination modern living has brought. To those with fibroid, he advised, “For each particular case, I would just normally say, herbal supplements.”