Ibadan College of Natural Medicine- ICNM

Ibadan College of Natural Medicine- ICNM

Ibadan College of Natural Medicine is privately owned, govt approved. We run our programs in collaboration with a federal tertiary Institute, FRIN.

Our Natural Medicine training syllabus meet WHO standard for Naturopathic training

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14/04/2022

MOTIONTHERAPY
How to keep a healthy heart

The answer is easy - MOTION.

The first and most important tip for preventing heart disease is to lead an active lifestyle.

Exercise is essential for overall body health, but for the functions of the cardiovascular system it plays a particularly important role.

A sedentary lifestyle is extremely detrimental to health, so in any convenient situation it is better to move as often and as much as possible.

Obesity, especially abdominal obesity, significantly increases the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Our Body

12/02/2022

All diseases begin in the gut” – Hippocrates. Gut health is key to overall health. Every food and meal we consume impacts and influences the bacteria present within our gut. These chemistries we ingest are always either contributing to good health and well-being or contaminating it. Our gut microbiota essentially functions like an organ within an organ. More and more emerging evidence is pointing to what Hippocrates said long ago and is now shedding more light on the complex mechanism of action between gut microbiota, diet and disease manifestation.

In recent studies, it is estimated that the number of bacteria in the human body is the same as the number of human cells and their total mass is about 0.2 kg. This is almost 1000 species of bacteria living in the human gut while each type play a crucial role in our body. Microbes in our gut weigh 1 to 2 kg, carry more than 150-fold genes than the human genome itself and weigh almost the same as our brain. Gut microbiota functions as the second brain within our body; greatly impacting and influencing our autonomic nervous system within the abdomen and transverse colon area.
Something called ‘dysbiosis’ can be defined as a reduction in microbial diversity and/or a combination of the loss of beneficial bacteria. In other words, dysbiosis is the condition where harmful gut microbiota outnumbers beneficial bacteria and leads to several disease outcome. Studies have found that endotoxin, a bacterial waste product leaks through the gut lining and enters the bloodstream, causing metabolic endotoxemia. Endotoxins are countered by the body’s immune system, which treats them as foreign molecules that lead to autoimmune response and low-grade systematic inflammation. This is directly linked to obesity, because as diet shapes gut microbiota, gut microbiota shapes obesity. One comprehensive review in particular mentions how metabolic endotoxemia has considerable effects on host adiposity and insulin resistance. They also say dysbiosis may contribute to weight gain. Another review in 2019 cited multiple studies that reported microbiome dysbiosis-insulin resistance as the cause for nearly 90 percent of all type 2 cases worldwide.

Along with the obesity and type 2 diabetic connection, there is also a gut microbiota influence on the heart. Trimethylamine N-oxide or TMAO, a metabolite produced by some gut microbiota is a potential biomarker of poor cardiovascular outcomes in patients living with heart diseases. A review done at the University of Cambridge explained how some gut bacteria convert choline (a nutrient found in red meat and legumes) into TMAO which is a more harmful version of TMA. As well, L-carnitine (another nutrient found in red meat) gets converted into TMAO and enhances the risk of atherosclerosis or plaquing of the arteries.
There is also the combinations of high trans-fat, high refined carbs and low dietary fiber diets which lead to alteration in gut microbial composition; linking to harmful metabolic health conditions. For example, a 2021 review concluded overconsumption of table sugar (sucrose) had more negative effects on metabolic alterations. Another study done at the Yale University and National institutes of Health reported that high intake of sucrose was associated with compromised function of gut microbiota in lean and healthy people. It also showed that consumption of sugar also leads to leaky gut syndrome, increases the number of pathogenic bacteria, eliminates beneficial bacteria and promotes inflammation.

Considering the brief information, the few studies and reviews presented above, it is easy to see how and why many who practice a western diet type lifestyle suffer from such a wide variety of illnesses, conditions and diseases simply from the detrimental disturbances imposed onto the gut microbiota. This diet typically contains a high intake of animal products, sugars and highly processed foods that are loaded with refined carbs, trans fats and preservatives. These all greatly disturb the gut’s balance between good and bad bacterial culture resulting in the changing of the gut composition. This ultimately results to inflammation, obesity and overall, a variety of diseases.

09/01/2022

TODAY'S TIP:

Doctors are trained to identify diseases by where they are located.

If you have asthma, it’s considered a lung problem; if you have rheumatoid arthritis, it must be a joint problem; if you have acne, doctors see it as a skin problem; if you are overweight, you must have a metabolism problem; if you have allergies, immune imbalance is to blamed.

Doctors who understand health this way are both right and wrong. Sometimes the causes of your symptoms do have some relationship to their location, but that’s far from the whole story.

Learn more about Digestive Wellness at Ibadan College of Natural Medicine. For enquiries call 08135031727

01/01/2022

TO THINK ABOUT

Being healthy, staying healthy and getting healthy require information, effort
and frequently a willingness to go against conventional thinking in healthcare. In
too many instances the conventional approach is simply a process of symptom management, created by an industry that stands to gain primarily from lifelong drug management, not from cures.

Will you choose to break free from the shackles or bo***ge of the conventional health care approach this year? THE OPPORTUNITY IS HERE. THE CHOICE IS YOURS.

For more information call: 08025555106 or 08135031727

01/01/2022

TO THINK ABOUT

Being healthy, staying healthy and getting healthy require information, effort
and frequently a willingness to go against conventional thinking in healthcare. In
too many instances the conventional approach is simply a process of symptom management, created by an industry that stands to gain primarily from lifelong drug management, not from cures.

Will you choose to break free from the shackles or bo***ge of the conventional health care approach this year? THE OPPORTUNITY IS HERE. THE CHOICE IS YOURS.

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19/12/2021
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24/11/2021

The father of modern medicine said "Let your food be your medicine and your medicine your food". Is your food your medicine and your medicine your food? Can you identify the abundant herbs that we are blessed with in Nigeria, and even the world at large? Do you want to become an expert in medicinal plant identification? Come study with us at the Ibadan College of Natural Medicine.
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