A natural medicine advocator, Ohene Ntim-Barimah, has urged Ghanaians to live a healthy lifestyle by eating the right diets, exercising, drinking lots of water, resting, breathing good quality air, taking sunshine and trusting in God.
According to the health advocator, these elements mentioned above are termed as "New Start" because it boosts the human immune system.
Ohene Ntim-Barimah, who also doubles as the Executive Director of the Soul Health and Wellness Centre, expressed this concern at the Emmanuel Presbyterian Church Hall, Accra, on Saturday.
Paying special attention to food, since it is abused by some people, especially the time it is eaten, he said, "Among the factors that contribute to good health, it is indisputable that food is not important."
He noted that many health disorders are as a result poor eating habits exhibited some people, adding that in 1988, the US Surgeon General's Report on nutrition and health acknowledges this fact.
"What we eat may affect our risk for several of the leading causes of death for people, notably, the degenerative diseases such as diabetes, strokes, coronary heart diseases, atherosclerosis and some types of cancers. These disorders, together, now account for more than two-thirds of all deaths in the world," the report stated.
He also prayed for special attention to be paid to where crops meant for consumption are cultivated.
"Aside wrong dieting, dangerous medicines also aggravate poor health conditions, and that is why it is imperative for the country to have strong institutions, whose mandates will be to protect the citizens against the ingestion of dangerous food medicines," he noted.
He accused the Food and Drugs Authority of not living to its mandate by allowing expired, fake drugs, drinks and canned foods on the markets.
He cited that Ghana was becoming a dumping ground for animal parts like chicken feet, necks, and cow legs, which in other countries, had been banned, because they contain toxic elements such as salmonella, which can affect our gastro-intestinal tract.
Also, he noted that the FDA seized some drugs, which its manufactures claim to have the potent of enlarging women buttocks and elongates the male genital organs. Meanwhile, some persons are on the airwaves advertising drugs with the same functions, and the authority remains silent.
He pleaded that the authority not to allow individuals to do business that would have negative impacts on the health of the people. "The health of the people is the wealth of the nation, because a healthy population is a productive population."