Dr. Olawale Qazeem is the CEO and consultant, Olaking Naturopathic Clinic, Nigeria. In this interview with ISIOMA MADIKE, Qazeem speaks about naturopathy, the fundamental cure of diseases, which, according to him, purifies the blood stream, breaking up the waste matter and removing the morbid material and poisons through elimination
What led you into naturopathic medicine?
I am a biochemist, naturopath and a researcher. I try to know the root cause of patients’ diseases and then treat them naturally with herbal medicine, diet and nutrition, cupping therapy, and other natural therapies.
How do you utilise your naturopathic remedy, nutrition, herbal and acupuncture training?
My aim is to always treat patients as a whole by observing the four cornerstones of good health. Most of the time, there are physical issues, psychological, emotional and structural issues that we need to bring into balance. This for sure, has been helping us help our patients. The core of my practice is herbalism. I prepare herbs that suit patient’s condition considering some factors such as age and gender in order to reach a non-toxic and effective dosage. I teach my patients how to live in tune with nature.
Diet and nutrition is key when treating patients. I try to do corrective menu selection. I work with various foods and food plans and try to structure their diets with suggestions for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. I also look closely at food sensitivities as I find that many people eat foods to which they are sensitive. If those foods are removed, or at least reduced in their diet, there is a much more positive outcome. I will create specific exercises to bring people in balance, based on structural and muscular imbalances, creating an exercise prescription or instruction appropriate for their individual function and mobility. I look at each individual’s imbalances, analyze each person’s lifestyle demands, and try to create a programme that is going to enhance their ability of what they do in life more efficiently.
Also, I do cupping therapy for patients with diseases like stroke, diabetes, arthritis and hepatitis. Cupping is when cups are placed on the skin to create suction. The suction facilitates healing with blood flow as well as the flow of “qi” in the body. Qi is a Chinese word meaning life force. Cupping increases blood circulation to the area where the cups are placed. This helps relieve muscle tension, which improves overall blood flow, and promotes cell repair. It also helps form new connective tissues and creates new blood vessels in the tissue.
What unique challenges and rewards come from independent natural health care setting?
The rewards that I can see and feel every single day are enormous.
Roughly 90 per cent of my patients are able to call or message me within two weeks and tell me how well they are doing. I have treatment durations, plans and protocols for many diseases ranging from infertility (in men and women) to cancer, diabetes, stroke, hepatitis, ulcer, heart, liver and kidney diseases. By God’s mercy, I have been able to remove tears from many patients by curing them from and relieving them of their ailments.
In my book, there is nothing like incurable disease but there may be incurable cases.
People with depression, people with anxiety, and people with abnormal blood pressure are all rapturous rewarding adjuncts to what I do. I believe that every single person that comes to me is a challenge.
Making them to understand that being a naturopath means that I lend intelligent assistance and interprets nature’s law for patients is a challenge.
Most people realise, however, that the body is self-curative where a cut or broken bone is concerned. But they fail to understand that this is also the case with disease as a whole. There is a challenge in getting them to understand that they are a partner in their own health care, that they are a participant in their care, and that I’m not to administer to them, I’m here to partner with them.
Could you describe a client care anecdote that exemplifies your naturopathic healthcare practice?
I believe that the failure of naturopath is the opportunity of the surgeon. l have a 56-year-old woman. She was being diagnosed with Gall bladder stone and was almost getting prepared for surgery. She had severe pain and can’t eat solid foods. Shortly before her surgery date, she was referred to me, and was treated naturally for just six days. She was able to defecate all the stones after words and was okay.
Also patients with azoospermia smile at their results after their three months nonstop treatment. I have been able to assist men with erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation which are leading cause of male infertility.
Do you collaborate with other practitioners? If yes, how important is such cooperation to your work?
Yes, I do. I collaborate with other natural medicine practitioners, but not orthodox medicine practitioners. Since 80 per cent of my patients came from them after many years of trials and errors. We have a team that we work together. We do discuss patients’ health issues together and come up with treatment protocols. This has really assisted us. Through team work, we have successfully treated many sickle cell aneamia patients, leaving them with no crisis or symptoms for years.
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