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From February 8th to March 31st, I had been on sleeping tablets as I contracted sleep Flight after taking a particular medication for pain for 2 weeks straight on. Haven been to the Hospital Several times coupled with a series of tests, they finally decided I had General Anxiety Disorder and so was placed on Zoplicon for about a Month.

I was further referred to a Behavioural Specialist in Psychiatry for further review on the first of April.

After a long interview, I was told I had Mild Anxiety Disorder and was placed on Setraline for one Month. After which I was to come for another review. I read the side effects of Setraline and discovered this may lead to drug dependence. Not to talk of the side effects which were very troubling to me, my wife and family.

I decided I was not going to take that route and got in touch with Dr. Ifeoma Monye of Brookfield Centre for Lifestyle Medicine. It was one of the best decisions I made.

We had a counseling session where she proffered therapy in the following areas.

  1. Halt all Medications for now

  2. Fluid consumption and particular ones to avoid

  3. Use of Electronic Gadgets 

  4. Sleep Hygiene

  5. A couple of Breathing Exercise Techniques.

Applying these therapies for the next 1 week, showed a tremendous turnaround. My Tremors I usually had my right hand, Palpitations and Panic attacks had reduced by 80 percent. Sleeping was still difficult but was beginning to turn around slowly

It’s now 3 weeks and all symptoms are 98 percent gone. My sleeping pattern is back 80 percent and I am overwhelmed with Joy.

I wouldn’t end without saying as a person of Faith, I held onto prayer and meditation of God’s promises with respect to healing and He proved himself Faithful. 

No doubt the counseling Session given by Dr. Ifeoma was the gateway to my recovery process. I didn’t know how such simple steps with respect to lifestyle could bring about such great changes and turnaround overnight!

I am eternally grateful

- D (Abuja, Nigeria)

I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes just under 2 years ago now. It ran in the family so I knew it was more a case of dodging this bullet than anything else; but for how long…sure enough in my late forties I developed the classic symptoms and knew all too well what the diagnosis was when I visited the doctors.


I was prescribed metformin and set about making some major lifestyle changes with the help of the doctors. These were wholesale changes to my diet, not just cutting down on the odd drink in the evening but a major overhaul. Whilst I was quite active for my age I had not paid much attention to what I was eating and drinking, putting the odd ailment here and there down to old age.


My father died at a young age with diabetes being noted as the cause of death so if I needed any motivation at all it was right there in front me.


With the help of the doctors, I naturally began cutting down on sugary foods, cutting alcohol out of my diet and replacing carb heavy processed foods with natural whole foods…reducing my coffee intake and increasing my water consumption. I now paid attention to the food labels with those hidden sugars, the so called low fat foods that were laden with unhealthy additives not to mention the takeaway meals where you had no control over what you were eating.


Over time I noticed my sugar levels were reduced, my lipid levels began to drop not to mention some of the ailments such as acid reflux, bad sleeping patterns and a general feeling of low energy began to disappear without medication. I began to wake up feeling like I’d had a good night’s sleep and feeling refreshed…my clothes felt better, I wasn’t feeling the heat quite as much as before. Even my eyesight improved, a mystery indeed…I no longer require long-distance glasses when I’m driving.


The key to good diabetic control for me is 1) good self-management 2) good information & 3) access to good health care professionals when you need it. We’re all human and we’ll slip along the way in our efforts…there’s absolutely no doubt about it we all will over a period of time and eat the wrong thing or take our eye off the ball once in a while.  Some areas along the diabetic road will be fine but others will need attention and these can be discussed with your doctor to help you find a way to rectify your errors and keep you on track for your long-term health.



- EW