By Chris Onuoha
It was a very big relief to many especially those that have been battling with one illness or the other as a new health book that provides solutions to myriads of problems facing the average Nigerian was presented to the public last week in Lagos.
The new book titled “Dietary Revolution and Herbal Management” A road map to the prevention and management of chronic diseases”written by a seasoned Naturopathic medicine practitioner and researcher, Celine Chinyere Nwokeke can be described as a health guide as well as a message. The coming of the book is timely as it will serve the need in contemporary Nigeria and the world for prevention and effective management of chronic diseases.
In his opening remarks, the chairman of the event, Engr. Pauly Udechukwu commended the author for the book. Udechukwu narrated how Chinyere Nwokeke has been a source of his healthy wellbeing and keeping fit. According to him, “Chinyere introduced my family and I into herbal foods and we never regretted it since then till now.” He then admonished people to introduce herbal foods into their diet as it is a source of long life.
The book reviewer, Pascal Ogoke who talked extensively on the usefulness of herbal appreciation tasked all to minimize the unnecessary eating of junk foods that kills fast. He said that the book presents a plethora of material which will facilitate further research, praxis and theory building, noting that the knowledge of the dynamic but complex connection between diet, blood group and diseases is still at a rudimentary stage.
He pointed out that the author has been in the vanguard of helping people in her personal or professional interests, to make informed decisions that help them live a healthier life through the responsible use of medicinal plants.
The author,a woman with passion for natural medicine and one who has been practicing it since 1994 coupled with her vast experience in Midwifery, Anthropology and Naturopathy said that her concern about the increasing rate at which individuals eat themselves into diseases albeit ignorantly and the desire to contribute her own quota to the health of people as services to humanity informed the writing of the book..
She also stated that she was inspired by her father who through his knowledge of herbal plant helped to cure people freely of their ailment. Secondly, after watching her elder sister die of this diet related diseases, she was moved by quest to proffer solutions to this dietary and lifestyle diseases. In all she said ‘Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food’.