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NASS Set To Support Rehabilitation Of Drug Addicts

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The National Assembly has said it is now ready to support the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), in order to help it stem the increasing tide of trafficking, production, and rehabilitation of drug addicts in Nigeria.

While making the promise today, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Drugs and Narcotics, Sen. Joshua Lidani, at the end of a three-day workshop on drug control in Uyo, Akwa Ibom, said, “We have a lot that we are taking back home and this will definitely enhance our work in the Senate.”

“This is in terms of making of laws, oversight functions, budgetary exercises and other things that we, as committees in the senate, are expected to do.”

“We are going home more knowledgeable and more aware of a lot of issues that we will be eager to take on in the committees of the Senate and House of Representatives.”

“We discussed extensively on balanced, evidence-based and human rights-based drug control in line with the three UN drug control conventions.”

“There is a need to ensure drug demand reduction through sensitisation, awareness, education on drug issues to communities, professionals, families, religious leaders, traditional rulers among others.”

“There is equally a need for professional training that is continuous for drug counsellors, social workers, doctors, nurses and other professionals.”

“Also, there is an urgent need to expand treatment through establishment and maintenance of treatment centres with focus on community-based treatment, detoxification, counselling and rehabilitation.”

“We intend to pursue these key areas the moment we get back to the National Assembly. We will also continue to engage ministries and technical agencies, UNODC, EU and other key stakeholders.”

“We intend to pay advocacy visit to the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Budget and National Planning and the Presidency.’’

The workshop was organised for members of the Senate and House of Representatives Committees on Narcotics and Drugs by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) with support from the European Union.

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New cases of Lassa Fever confirmed in Ondo State

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5 people have been hospitalised in Ondo State for being infected with the dreaded Lassa Fever. Officials at the Ondo State Ministry of Health confirmed the development, saying five persons have so far been diagnosed with the disease in the state.

Three weeks ago, there were reports that a student of Achievers University, Owo, was infected with the disease and hospitalised at the Federal Medical Centre in Owo, Ondo state. This led parents and students of the institution to demand that the management of the school take measures to ensure the safety of the students. This led to a three-weeks mid-semester break being declared.

The Permanent Secretary of the state’s Ministry of Health, Taye Oni, told journalists in Akure that there were new cases of the virus in addition to the student of the Achievers University earlier diagnosed. He said two cases were recorded in Owo Local Government Area and two in Akoko North-West Local Government Area.

“Government is doing its best to contain the recorded cases by isolating the patients to prevent further spread,” Mr. Oni said. “We also embarked on aggressive contact tracing, sensitisation of the people not just in Owo and Ose but across the state on preventing and precautionary measures.”

In a statement on Wednesday, the Vice Chancellor of Achievers University, Tunji Ibiyemi, said the student who was infected with the disease did not get it from within the campus, but outside, Premium Times reports.

He blamed inflammatory media reports for the anxiety that trailed the incident, saying the student had since been undergoing treatment and would soon be discharged from the hospital.

“The Management of Achievers University, Owo takes the overall well-being of its staff and students seriously. Nothing is, therefore, spared to ensure this. Apart from the University health centre, which is empowered to cater for the health of students and staff promptly, the University has a memorandum of understanding with the Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Owo, to which staff and students are referred when the need arises,” the Mr. Ibiyemi explained.

“For a fact, a student of the University reported at the University health centre for treatment. However, she was not responding to treatment, and as usual, had to be referred to the FMC, where she was diagnosed of having Lassa fever symptoms. She has since stabilised, and will be discharged anytime soon. Investigation carried out by the University revealed that the affected student must have contracted the disease from outside the university premises as none of her roommates and friends, who have been screened, developed symptoms of the ailment. So, what we have in the university is an isolated case of Lassa fever, not an outbreak as being rumoured.”

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Pics: Customs seize and destroy N83million worth of frozen chicken

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The Nigeria Customs Service Federal Operations Unit Zone C Owerri have destroyed 4118 cartons of frozen poultry with duty paid value of N83,389,500 yesterday at the Abia/Command in Owerri.

Comptroller Amajam Bukar, the Controller Federal Operations Unit Zone C Owerri said the seizure of the poultry products which was transported in a 1X40ft container, was achieved through a tip off from an informant to operatives of the Nigeria Customs Service Federal Operations Unit Zone C Owerri.

The Unit with the aid of partner security agencies including the National Agency for Food Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and the Nigeria Police Force, was able to secure the container and its contents and destroy it in line with government directives.

Comptroller Amajam who stressed that frozen poultry products is illegal and an import prohibition called on the public not to patronize such products which he said are harmful to human health. He also called on intending frozen poultry importers to desist and instead channel their resources to legal imports will be of benefit to the nation and to avoid loss.

He reiterated the commitment of the Service to work tirelessly to protect the economy as well as the local agriculture industry from unhealthy competition. On hand to witness the destruction were representatives of the Nigeria Police Force, the National Agency for Food Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC), the Department of State Security, National Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), amongst others.

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8 Signs You Aren’t Getting Enough Sleep

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Are you the type that wakes up feeling sleepy and lethargic even after several hours of sleep? If you wake up tired every day, then don’t dismiss this as mere laziness on your part. All the overlooked yawning and tiredness you have may be your body’s own way of telling you that all is not well with you.

If you notice any of these signs listed below then, it may be a sign that you are not getting enough sleep.

You are hungry all the time: “Research showed that sleep loss associated with activation of the stress system leads to increased hunger and hormonal changes that may lead to increased consumption of comfort food”.

You are gaining weight: “If you are gaining weight for no rhyme or reason, check how much sleep you are getting, lack of sleep increases ghrelin, a hormone that promotes hunger and if you eat to satiate your taste buds and don’t indulge in any calorie-burning activity, you can easily become obese”.

You fall asleep early in the morning: “If it is stress-induced sleeplessness which keeps you awake at night chances are you might fall asleep early in the morning to complete your sleep quota”.

You wake up early: “One reason for waking up early in the morning even before your alarm rings could be because the circadian rhythm has started to deteriorate, this happens mostly with age-related insomnia where night-time sleep becomes fragmented and you wake up early in the morning feeling fatigued”.

You wake up with dry mouth: “Often people suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) wake up with a dry mouth as they don’t get enough air to breathe, have pauses in breathing and feel sleepy early in the morning”.

You wake up with a headache: “Early morning chronic headaches can also be a sign, lack of sleep, fragmented sleep or suffering from a sleep disorder could be a reason for these headaches”.

Your temper is on the edge: “Sleep has a role to play in your emotional well-being too. Reduced quantity and quality of sleep results in increased overall aggression”.

Your s3x life has gone for a toss: “If you don’t get enough sleep, there are chances you won’t be able to keep your partner happy in bed, this is especially true for men. In men, hormonal changes in testosterone that occur with obstructive sleep apnea and other conditions of chronic sleep deprivation adversely affect s3xual life”. “Sleep loss reduces testosterone levels in males causing sexual dysfunction”.

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Bird Flu returns to 7 states in Nigeria – Federal Government warns

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The Federal Government through the Director of Veterinary and Pest Control Services of the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, has alerted the general public on the recent outbreak of bird flu in Nigeria. The director Mr Gideon Mshelbwala in a statement listed the states affected by the outbreak to include Bauchi, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Nasarawa, Plateau, FCT and lastly Kaduna, which reported a case on May 30.

He said that the disease had spread across 26 states of the federation and the FCT since it started in 2008 affecting 800 farms in no fewer than 123 local government areas. Mshelbwala said that the way forward to the containment of the disease was to ban importation of poultry and products, quarantine and bio-security measures, among others.

He, however, warned poultry farmers against illegal vaccination of birds, saying that it was a deadly alternative to the control of the disease.

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“Starvation is the Worst Answer On A Weight Loss Journey” – @askdamz #Prolife

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The most common thing about the 21st century woman is her weight consciousness. Is she too fat or too slim or not well shaped? Most times, our ignorance and desperation for perfection often lures us into making the wrong decision. But all that is about to change now on the premier episode of #Prolife. We have someone who has dedicated her time into studying fitness subjects such as this. We bring you the CEO of Askdamz, a fitness expert who has the right answers to those questions on your weight that you’re just clamoring to know

 

1. Describe the askdamz enterprise
Askdamz is a weight management consulting company that helps people work towards being the strongest, fittest, healthiest version of themselves. We help people lead a healthy lifestyle to achieve their weight/ body goals. We work with clients from all around the world to build knowledge and implement practical steps to enable them achieve their weight goals.
2. How and why did you get into this business?
Few years ago, I had severe GERD (Gastrointestinal Reflux Disease) and my size affected not only my health but my passion for fashion as well because I couldn’t fit into most of the outfits in the stores. Also knowing that a lot of people are going through these same issues as I did and the drive to want to help people live a healthier lifestyle, look and feel better about themselves hence the birth of Askdamz.

 

3. How does one manage a balanced diet without eating too much?
Portion control is most important when trying to manage a balanced diet. Knowing to eat all the classes of food in their right quantities works the magic.

 

4. Why must one measure body mass index?
Body Mass Index (BMI) is a one of the standard means of measurement used when trying to lose weight. It is not the most important indicator as it varies according to race, sex, age and height.Therefore, I always advise people not to be so hard on themselves due to their BMI because the figures are unrealistic for Black people due to the density of our bones. Our bones are way heavier than that of a Caucasian of our same height and age.

5. There are so many programs for people who want to lose weight, but how does one gain healthy weight?
By eating healthy food in the right portions. Some people want to build muscles (especially around the bum area), so they would need to increase their calorie allowance to help them build muscle. It’s okay if you want to add weight, what’s important is to be healthy.

6. How does one avoid anorexia in the process of diet and weight watching?
On a weight loss journey, starvation isn’t the answer. We would never encourage anything that would make you have a negative relationship with food. Please flee all appearances of starvation.

7. What type of foods aids healthy hair, skin and nails?
I’m a proud promoter of Moringa products, I used the seed and leaf capsules and have had radiant skin ever since. There so many fruits and vegetables filled with vitamins (A, C, B) and minerals (zinc, beta carotene, biotin) which help with hair, skin and nail growth, some of the fruits I like are avocados and green vegetables like spinach.

8. If you could go back in time, what would you change?
We press on towards what is ahead. I know it’s a question to find out what I would probably want to do something different but in all honestly, the future is exciting. However, if you asked what superhero I would like to be in the future, I would have had the most amazing answer.

9. What are the 5 mistakes weight watchers must avoid?
1. Starvation 2. Cutting out essential food groups 3. Excessive sitting (Move more) 4. Comparing your journey with others 5. Improper planning

10. How does one subscribe to your services and what does subscription afford me?
You can either send an email to us on ask@askdamz.com or contact us via Whatsapp: +2349074933141 or you can also slide into our dms on Instagram (@askdamz). The subscription entails weight loss consulting, knowledge and practical principles to apply in order to achieve your desired body goals and so much more.

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3 dead as Ebola virus makes comeback in DR Congo

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The Health Ministry of the Democratic Republic of Congo together with the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed on Friday that one person who died recently of a hemorrhagic fever has tested positive for the Ebola virus, indicating a fresh new outbreak of the killer disease.
According to the Ministry, the case was confirmed after tests were conducted on nine people who came down with a hemorrhagic fever in Bas-Uele province in the north of the country on or after April 22, adding that three people have died of fever.

‘Our country must confront an outbreak of the Ebola virus that constitutes a public health crisis of international significance,’ the ministry said.

Confirming the outbreak to Reuters, the WHO’s Congo spokesman, Eric Kabambi said: ‘It is in a very remote zone, very forested, so we are a little lucky. We always take this very seriously.”
The last outbreak of Ebola in Congo was in 2014 and killed 42 people.
It could also be recalled that in 2014,  a Nigerian nurse, Obi Justina Ejuelonu equally lost her life after attending to Patrick Sawyer, a Liberian-American Ebola carrier who brought the disease to Nigeria and also died in Lagos.
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You can catch std’s from your man’s beard!

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Wearing a beard seems to be the rave of the moment among men, especially the young men.

These days, men scrape off their heads while spotting buoyant, well-nurtured beards.

Yet, experts are saying that though a well-groomed beard may appear sexy, it also  has the potential to be a breeding ground for germs, causing fungal infections and herpes.

Indeed, physicians warn that they can even carry pubic lice!

Dermatologists indeed say that a very thick beard may disguise symptoms of skin disease, and anyone who comes into close contacts with it risks being infected.

A dermatologist, Dr. Debra Jaliman, notes, “If a guy doesn’t groom his moustache and beard properly, they can become a breeding grounds for germs.

“Though the risk is small, chin and cheek hair can harbour germs that can cause infections such as herpes, fungal infections, or even a dangerous Staphylococcus infection. If you come in direct contact with any of these infectious agents, you may end up with skin problems.”

Jaliman adds that the problem partly has to do with the wiry hairs that trap sweat, bodily fluids, even bits of food, all of which serve as breeding grounds for microbes.

Another problem, Jaliman says, is that thick facial hair can camouflage symptoms of a transmissible skin issue that isn’t directly related to the beard or moustache itself, such as redness that could be from yeast or a herpes sore.

If the man doesn’t notice the signs, he could inadvertently infect his sex partner with it.

Other things you can get from hipster facial hair include warts and impetigo.

Again, she says, a bristly beard can cause irritation and a rash when rubbed against his partner’s face, which can trigger pink bumps and chafing.

How to groom facial hair

• Wash with soap at least once a day

• Inspect it regularly (say, after meals, for instance) to make sure no particles or dirt are trapped between the hairs.

• Before you engage in any direct contact with his beard, ensure that the skin around and under it is healthy, with no redness, bumps, or blisters.

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Children should not be given codeine and tramadol- FDA advises

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The Food and Drug Administration says medications containing codeine or tramadol should not be given to children. The body also warns that these drugs could cause serious risks including difficulty in breathing and death.
The agency announced the new restrictions on the medications on Thursday April 20, 2017 in a statement that reads,
‘these medications carry serious risks, including slowed or difficult breathing and death, which appear to be a greater risk in children younger than 12 years, and should not be used in these children’.
The labels of all prescription medications containing codeine or tramadol will now restrict their use in children under 12 and recommend against their use in children between 12 and 18 years of age.
Additionally, the FDA recommends breastfeeding mothers not take these medications due to the risk of serious adverse reactions in breastfed infants.
However, the FDA did not restrict over-the-counter medications containing codeine, such as flu and cold medications or cough syrups, which are available without a prescription.
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Meningitis: Rita Edochie Shares Lifesaving Tips

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Following the outbreak of killer disease, Miningitis in the country, veteran actress, Rita Edochie, has shared tips on the dangers of the disease and how to survive it.

According to her, the disease has killed no fewer that 324 people in only three weeks with a new one recorded on Cross river state. She also added that past vaccination was useless as the current meningitis strain is different from the one many were vaccinated against.

She wrote, “The current outbreak is caused by Type C strain, which is rare. Past vaccination against Meningitis will NOT guarantee protection against this strain as the vaccines commonly available in Nigeria are against the type B strain.
What do you know about MENINGITIS: its Symptoms, Prevention and Treatment?

WHAT IS MENINGITIS?

Meningitis is an inflammation (swelling) of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord known as the meninges. This inflammation is usually caused by an infection of the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord.

Meningitis is usually caused by bacteria or viruses. Symptoms can come on very quickly or gradually over a few days. It can kill within 24 hours so be very observant.
MAJOR SYMPTOMS

1. Headache
2. Fever

3. A very strong aversion for light. The person always looks away from bright light and prefers dark rooms.

4. Neck stiffness and pain that makes it difficult to touch your chin to your chest as such moving the neck causes severe pains.

5. Others include: Seizures, Sleepiness, and sluggishness, Nausea and vomiting, Decreased appetite, Confusion and disorientation (acting goofy), Skin rash, as well as Irritability.

Note

Previous contact with someone who was diagnosed with meninigitis increases the chances of getting infected

Anybody who has most, or all of the above symptoms, and currently lives, or recently lived in the areas currently affected by meningitis, should be isolated until treatment is complete.

Especially as we approach festive period when most travel from different part of the country in particular from states in the Northern Nigeria and other African countries in the Meningitis Belt

Who is most at Risk?
People with low immunity e.g. people with HIV/AIDS, autoimmune disorders, chemotherapy etc

People sleeping in crowded spaces including children in boarding schools, prisons, etc

Pregnant women

Children under the age of 5years old and the elderly
How is Meningitis Spread?

Spread through close personal contact.”

Meanwhile, the Lagos state government has denied reports that deaths were recorded in the state from the disease. According to the state Commissioner for Health, Jide Idris, Lagos has only two suspected cases which were yet to be laboratory-confirmed.

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Meningitis: FG moves to prevent spread as 336 die

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The Federal Government on Tuesday confirmed that 336 persons   had been killed by Cerebrospinal Meningitis.

The FG said a  total of 2,997 suspected cases of the disease had been  reported in 16 states  since Monday.

The PUNCH  had reported that the government had dispatched a team  made up of local and foreign medical experts to Zamfara, Sokoto, Kebbi, Katsina and Niger states where cases of meningitis were recorded.

A statement  by the Technical Assistant (Communication), Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Dr. Lawal Bakare, said the government was making  efforts to stop the disease from spreading.

He said the government had activated an Emergency Operations Centre to manage the ongoing outbreak of  the disease  in five  North-West states.

Bakare said, “As of  April 3, 2017, a total of 2,997 suspected cases of CSM were  reported in 16 states out of which 146 have been laboratory-confirmed. Unfortunately, 336 deaths have also been recorded.

“We are confident that we have turned the tide, and with increasing vaccination activities, expect a reduction in number of cases. Most importantly the  lessons learned from this outbreak will help the country prepare for the future.”

Bakare said  the activation of  the EOC had brought a national response into an Incidence Management System to ensure that all activities in  the country would  be managed using a clear command and control structure led by an Incident Manager.

He  added, “With this new coordinating structure, the country will have a tight, multi-partner team of experts  from the most competent agencies focusing on outbreak control in Nigeria. The Head of Emergency Preparedness and Response at the NCDC, Dr. John Oladejo, will act as  the IM of the response, while experts from the Federal Ministry of Health, NCDC, NPHCDA, WHO, UNICEF, Africa Centre for Disease Control, US Centre for Disease Control, Medecins Sans Frontieres, AFENET, University of Maryland and E-Health Africa play  key roles in different units that focus on five key components of the outbreak response.

“A total of 500,000 doses of Meningitis C vaccines have been distributed to some of the affected states for immediate outbreak response vaccination. An additional 823,970 doses of Meningitis C vaccines are expected from the United Kingdom to support vaccination activities in other affected States.”

Source: PUNCHNG

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The Healing Powers Of Lemon

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A seasoned researcher, nutritionist and columnist, has written an interesting piece on the healing power of citrus fruit – Lemon. It’s educating, enlightening and totally helpful!

Citrus is a genus comprising some 16 species of trees. The more- well-known species are Lime, Lemon, Orange, Grape and Tangerine.
Lemon is called the tree of life because of its many medicinal properties. The leaf is rich in aromatic essence: limonene and linadol. The rind contains 0.5% essential oil, which comprises limonene, coumarines and flavonoids. The juice contains Vitamin B1, B2, and C, flavonoids and organic acids.
A lot of research has been done on this plant.Its medicinal properties are scientifically proven and recognized. This is one of the contributions modern science could make to help promote traditional medicine.
Rather than dismiss the claims of traditional medicine, Science should use its complex technical apparatus to clinically verify these claims. Below are some of the medical uses of lemon. Please note that whatever is said of Lemon here is also true of the other citrus species, though to a lesser degree.
LEAVES: 
Lemon leaf is sedative and antispasmodic. Those who suffer from insomnia, nervousness and palpitation should soak five to seven leaves of lemon in a teacup of hot water and allow it to infuse for 15 minutes. The dosage is one cup two times daily. Lemon leaf will serve as a good and better alternative to Valium and other synthetic sedatives, which, by the way, have side effects.
To get maximum result from Lemon leaf, take the preparation daily for at least one month. Do not expect that your insomnia or nervousness would disappear overnight. For migraine headache and asthma, soak two handfuls [a handful is the amount of dried or fresh leaves you can hold within your fist] of fresh Lemon leaves in one bottle [beer bottle] of hot water.
Allow it to infuse for 10 minutes. Drink two cups every night for two weeks. This preparation should be taken warm. This applies more particularly to asthma patients. Lemon leaf is also good for worms. For this, prepare as for migraine and asthma above. The dosage is three cups every night for one week.
FRUIT RIND: 
Lemon rind is good remedy for lack of appetite, indigestion, constipation and typhoid fever. Add the rind of 10 Lemon to four litres of water and bring to boil. Take a cup three times daily. Like the leaf, Lemon rind is a good worm expellant.
JUICE: 
Lemon juice is an excellent remedy for scurvy, a disease caused by lack of vitamin C. Vitamin C [ascorbic acid] is found in fruits and vegetables. Hence, scurvy is common among those whose diet is poor in fruits and vegetables. Drink half a glass of Lemon juice twice daily. You may sweeten it with honey if you wish. For indigestion, mix half a glass of Lemon juice with half a glass of water and drink daily. This stimulates the activity of the digestive organs and strengthens the system.
Due to the presence of hesperidins, diosmineand other flavonoids, Lemon juice and rind improves blood circulation and so are good for Oedema, hemorrhoids, heart problems, stroke and hypertension. It is scientifically proven that Lemon produces alkalinization of the system, thus cleansing and re-invigourating the system.
For tonsillitis and sore throat, mix half a cup of Lemon juice with four dessertspoons of honey. Warm it on fire and use to gaggle every morning and night. Lemon juice is very good for washing wounds. Steep a piece of cotton wool in the raw juice and use to clean the wound.
Remember that Lemon juice is best taken fresh. It is not advisable to store Lemon juice for a long time. A lot of people have developed a habit of taking vitamin tablets daily. What those people needs to know is that fruits and vegetables are the best vitamins there are. Lemon is a good source of vitamins.
Lemon juice is very good for kidney stones. Citrates [Citric acid salts], which are present in Lemon, not only prevent formation of kidney stones, but also help dissolve them. Drink half a cup of Lemon juice two times daily. You may dilute it with water or sweeten it with honey, depending on your taste. An alternative is to dry Lemon seeds and then grind into powder. Mix one teaspoon of the powder with two dessertspoons of honey, then lick daily for three weeks. Never mistake the so-called bitter Lemon soft drink for real Lemon juice, far from it! In fact, it is not good for the body as it contains carbonic gas and sugar.
For the treatment of arthritis, kidney stones, gout, constipation and hypertension, there is nothing as effective as the famous Lemon therapy. Lemon therapy is capable of rejuvenating the body system and clearing the body of all toxins and waste product, giving a feeling of well-being and lightness. Lemon therapy is indispensable in the treatment of cancer.
Lemon therapy involves drinking the juice of Lemon in the following way. Take one Lemon the first day. Increase it to two the next day. Continue to add one extra Lemon each day until the tenth day. Then begin to take them in the reverse order, subtracting one Lemon each day. Please be sure to follow strictly the procedure above if you wish to apply Lemon therapy. It is one of the natural therapies that have been scientifically proved to be curative.
It is very important to apply the therapy as described above. Ulcer patients should not apply Lemon therapy, as it may aggravate their condition. During Lemon therapy one should drink as much water as possible and eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Solid food should be taken only once a day. Considering the above-mentioned medical values of Lemon, you would agree with me that Lemon is indeed, a tree of life.
Credits: Nature Power by Fr. Anselm Adodo
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