By Tony Nwankwo
Speaking, recently, at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio + 20) to mark the 20th Anniversary of the Earth Summit, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Nigeria’s president, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan referred to the conference as historic both for humanity and the planet.
He said that the world had “a unique opportunity to reshape the future and redefine the relationship between human advancement and environmental sustainability, by ensuring that we join, in a collective effort, to reduce the conflict between human development and environmental conservation”.
But Nigeria’s case is different. In the Niger Delta, gas flaring, oil exploration, exploitation and degradation from oil spills, pollute the environment. In the North, Boko Haram sectarian bombings and other improvised explosives, together with frequent burning of used tyres, foul the air and produce heavy, sometimes colourless non-inflammable gas, formed by oxidation of carbon by the interaction of carbonates and acids. All of this is very dangerous to the respiration of plants and animals.
In other parts of the country, the lack of – and sometimes epileptic, public power supply has brought unimaginable use of generating sets as people seek electricity to power their homes, shops, offices and factories. The emissions released from these power equipment and plants are lifted into the atmosphere and subsequently inhaled by humans as contaminated air.
There is also another specie of pollution that comes from massive generating sets that inundate our environment, mostly colourless, odorless gas, equally formed by the incomplete oxidation of carbon. This burns with a blue flame to form carbon dioxide and is highly poisonous when inhaled, since it combines with the hemoglobin of the blood to the exclusion of oxygen.
As Nigeria grapples with corruption in the key sectors of fuel, gas, power generation and distribution, experts have warned that inhalation of poisonous gas will gradually, but steadily destroy cells in the body of residents and could be responsible for certain diseases that have become endemic in our society. Such diseases like lung cancer, stroke and other heart related diseases are regularly mentioned.
The American Heart Foundation has published an article leading to the conclusion that every adult should be on supplements in order to prevent heart and other environmental related diseases. They recommend that only supplements – with anti-oxidants, taken regularly, are capable of steadily cleansing the human lungs and other body systems of cancerous growth and other invasions.
According to Dr. Abayomi Aiyesimoju, physician, neurologist, acceptable supplements, like Forever CardioHealth and Aloe Vera Gel, for example, are acknowledged worldwide as containing the broadest range of vitamins that can provide all that one needs to keep homocysteine low.
“Forever CardioHealth with CoQ10, is a special formula designed to easily dissolve in Forever Aloe Vera Gel to provide three important nutritional supports for cardiovascular health. It promotes heart healthy anti-oxidants”, he said in a recent lecture.
Renowned Nigerian medical expert and president, African Heart Foundation, Dr. Kingsley Kola Akinroye, said recently at an FLP public health lecture: “We maintain that cardiovascular disease is the number one killer disease all over the world and that 80 percent of this disease are in developing nations, including those in Africa. But they are preventable.
“You prevent them by taking appropriate nutrients and limiting the salt intake in the diet, exercises and very important; non-smoking of cigarettes and limiting alcohol intake”. The danger is that the damage can be contagious. For instance, an infected pregnant mother with lung cancer can pass this on to the unborn baby.
Experts say that the regular intake of supplements as universally acknowledged, even in environmental friendly climes. It is the best option to keep healthy and free from some terminal diseases.