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Nairobi News : December 23rd 2013
Doc Flo: Ignore typhoid at your own peril P. 17 > Agony Uncle: I’m expecting a baby with my boyfriend’s brother P. 18 > : Ignore typhoid at your own peril P. 17 > Agony Uncle: I’m expecting a baby with my boyfriend’s brother P. 18 > NAIROBI NAIROBI NEWS nairobinews.co.ke Monday, Dec 23 - Sunday, Dec 29, 2013 healthyyou George Ochieng displays his hands which are affected by gout. Winnie Mabel, NairobiNews Quail eggs saved my life G Healthy. George Ochieng was diagnosed with gouty arthritis but a trip to China changed his life for the better Gouty arthritis, or simply, gout, is a WINNIE MABEL, NairobiNews @winniemabel email@example.com eorge Ochieng loved the good life. He recalls a time in his life when he would visit the pub daily with friends for drinks and nyama choma. “We would start at 10am and by 5pm, we would have eaten an entire goat over alcoholic drinks,” says Ochieng. As a result of this lifestyle, he was diagnosed with gouty arthritis in 1990 and admitted to Nairobi Hospital for treatment. His doctor also discovered that he had a kidney problem. This condition limited his mobility even though his work schedule required that he travel extensively. “I used to go on tours a lot, but after I was diagnosed with gouty arthritis, I could neither drive nor walk,” says the former managing director of Lake Basin Development Authority. type of arthritis caused by too much uric acid in the blood. Many think gout only affects the big toe but it can affect any joint in the body. Although George had a medical cover and received help from the government, his treatment was too costly and eventually his family had to take him home and hire a nurse for him. In 1991, Ochieng got the opportunity to travel to China for a month-long official tour and that is when his view on the efficacy of conventional medicine changed. In China, Ochieng and his team had to walk for hours in the forests, which he found difficult since he always wore sandals. His Chinese hosts advised him to try quail eggs. “I ate quail eggs for about a week and I felt better. I continued for the rest of the period and even felt much better than when I was on medication,” he says. When he started, he would wash the Ochieng: I used to go on tours a lot but after I was diagnosed with gouty athritis, I could neither drive nor walk” raw quail eggs in hot water and then blend them together with the shells because of their high calcium value. He started by eating three raw eggs a day, before he increased to four and later five. By the time he was leaving China, he had eaten about 100 eggs Ochieng inspects his quails on his Rimpa farm. Winnie Mabel, NairobiNews without taking his medication. Upon his return, he went for a check-up and the doctor told him that his kidney had improved. He also began regaining strength in his muscles and the pain reduced slightly. He also started eating healthy meals and exercising regularly. When he retired in 2001, he ven- tured into game bird farming, mainly quail keeping, on his Rimpa farm in Kiserian. “I started with quail because of their eggs,” he says. He also keeps turkeys, guinea fowl, star winged geese, chicken, peacocks and ostriches. In 2007, Ochieng wore shoes for the first time in 16 years. He could also drive, walk and farm at will as the pain was gone, although the joints are still swollen. Although eating too many chicken eggs can cause heart disease due to high cholesterol, quail eggs contain good cholesterol. “I suggest that when using quail eggs as medicine, start by eating three eggs a day for three months. You can later reduce this to one or two eggs a day,” he says. His parting shot: “Do not necessar- ily stop your medication but add quail eggs to your diet. I’m a living testimony that these eggs can heal and they don’t have any negative side effects.” The price of one quail, slaughtered and plucked, is about Sh350, while the tiny eggs sell for about Sh50 each. If you have triumphed over an illness or condition, tell us about it at: firstname.lastname@example.org. We could carry your story next. AT THE HEART OF THE COUNTY Joan Thatiah Medical briefs Men are better thinkers and women better multitaskers New research has confirmed ns o h ainl Aae y o cec that age old belief that women and men are wired differently. Scientists from the University of Pennsylvania concluded this after examining 1,000 brain scans of both males and females aged between eight and 22 years. They found stark differences in the wiring of their brains. The study published in the P ig f te Ntoa cdm f Sine journal, shows that rceoed male brains are wired more for perception and co-ordinated actions. On the other hand, women brains are wired for social skills and memory and are better at multi-tasking. While men are wired for more logical thinking, women are wired for intuitive thinking, making them better at remembering things and also more emotionally involved. Prof Ruben Gur, one of the authors said the findings will help in understanding the differences between men and women, and also give more insight into the root of neurological disorders which are often sex related. Always tell the truth, it will save you from being stressed Psychologists from the University of Notre Dame have found that being truthful is beneficial to both physical and mental health. Researchers studied 110 people for 10 weeks. They asked half of the subjects to tell no lies for the research period while the other half got no instructions. All subjects came back each week to report on their health and relationships and to take a test to determine how many lies they had told that week. Subjects in the group that was instructed not to lie reported better mental and physical health. In the weeks that they told fewer lies, they also reported better personal relationships. Dr Anita E. Kelly, a psychology professor at the university said people who don’t lie experience less stress and strain on personal relationships.
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