Driving without shoes has health hazards

Mrs. Fola, a 40-year-old professional, walked into the Modern Mayr wellness centre at the Mart-Life Detox Clinic five months ago, needing to be revitalised and rejuvenated.

Though she has no known medical conditions, she complained of stress, easy fatigability, chronic constipation associated with easy satiety and bloating. Her bioenergetics test revealed various allergies, with affectations of her skin, eyes and sinuses. All of her immune organs – spleen, thymus, and lymphatics – were also stressed and her adrenal gland showed weakness too. Her stomach, small intestine and colon showed varying degrees of stress and weakness.

Her environmental sensitivities scan showed heavy metals burden, with antimony being in the most severe spectrum; while others, such as lead and tin, were also in the stress column. She claimed to have lived and worked in clean and serene environments all her life and couldn’t understand how she could have been exposed to such heavy metals.

Heavy metals are present in the air we breathe, in the water we drink and food we eat, as far as such foods are cultivated from soil and the animals we feed on are tended with such foods. One doesn’t necessarily have to live in an industrialised environment to have exposure to heavy metals, though doing so definitely increases the person’s risk of developing the hazards of exposure.

According to the Indian journal of occupational and environmental medicine, toxicity from heavy metals is dependent on the exposure dose, duration, route (breathing, eating, drinking or skin contact), other chemical exposures, age, sex nutritional status, family traits, lifestyle and state of health.

Heavy metals may be in the water-bed into which your bore-hole is drilled, in the soil from which your foods are cultivated and may just be carried in the air we breathe from a nearby deposit of high concentration. Repeated exposure to these sources puts one at risk of consequent health hazards.

Another common way of exposure is the use of everyday commercial products such as glass, rubber, plastics, non-stick pots, flame retarding fabrics and materials, lead storage batteries, solder, pipe metals, alloys and paint.

Driving without shoes

Mrs. Fola was astonished when we informed her that antimony could be absorbed from the skin for those of us who drive without shoes, in car brake linings. Heavy metals such as antimony, lead and tin are used one way or the other during the manufacturing of these products.

Long-term exposure to heavy metals cause various allergic reactions and irritation of the eyes, skin, lungs (potentiating pneumoconiosis and possible lung cancer); altered electrical activities of the heart, leading to cardiac arrhythmias, headaches, dizziness, weight loss, stomach pain, diarrhoea, constipation, vomiting, colic, stomach ulcers, mouth ulcers, distaste for food, loss of appetite, liver (causing jaundice) and kidney malfunction, changes in blood parameters, etc. Combinations of heavy metals in the body biologically alter cellular defence mechanisms, causing impaired immune function and carcinogenesis. These have also been known to affect reproductive function, causing infertility and other reproductive disorders as well as chromosome damage, leading to babies born with birth defects and abnormalities.


The bioenergetics test helped in detecting the cause of Mrs. Fola’s discomfort. These are symptoms that would have been treated with medication without the root cause being explored. At the detox clinic, she underwent the whole process of ridding her body of all heavy metals; including several foot detox sessions, abdominal treatments, hydrotherapy baths, saline oxygenator and review of her food sensitivities with the Mayr nutritionist to alleviate her abdominal symptoms.

A couple of days with us saw Mrs. Fola feeling revitalised, rejuvenated, energised and all symptoms abated. Eight weeks after, she discovered, to her surprise, that she had an unplanned pregnancy with twins – a situation she adduced to the cleansing process.

While we may not be able to change many of the things that are hazardous to us in the environment, we can ensure our safety by taking practical steps such as Mrs. Fola did.

Claims of first IVF baby

With reference to the allegation that Dr. Ibrahim Wada produced the first IVF baby, here’s a joint response by me and Prof. Osato Giwa-Osagie:

Our IVF programme in College of Medicine University of Lagos/LUTH was verified and confirmed by two separate ministerial panels constituted by the Federal Government. The health ministers were Dr. Emmanuel Nsan and Prof. Olikoye Ransome-Kuti. The two panels were headed by Prof. T. Adesanya Ige Grillo and Prof. Adeleye from UCH.

The mother of the baby was monitored during her antenatal in LUTH; and she brought the baby to LUTH after delivery, and granted interview to two independent journalists, Mr. Onajomo Ohrere of The Guardian newspaper and Ms. Luisa Aguyi-Ironsi of Tell magazine, both of whom did extensive reporting of our success in 1989. LUTH also published a special edition of its magazine to celebrate the success.

Our work and success have been published in scientific journals and presented at different local and international conferences.

In 1992, Bob Edwards endorsed our membership to the International Federation of Fertility Societies, based on this success.

The fact that Dr. Ibrahim Wada might be in medical school at this time does not excuse this great omission of history that had been recognized and accepted world wide.

In 1989, there was no Ministry of Science and Technology in Nigeria; so, we could not have asked them to verify our success.

Besides, the acceptable practice for announcing success of IVF globally is through the scientific forum and then the health ministry of the country. This we had done. Several other babies have been born in Nigeria and worldwide through IVF, but the land of delivery is not necessarily the land of conception – as was our case.

I advise Dr. Ibrahim Wada to claim his rightful position as the one who produced the first IVF baby in Northern Nigeria if he so desires the use of the word ‘first.’



Written by PH

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