HIV/AIDS Cure is no Big Deal – Femi Kusa
Published earlier on December 2nd, 2016 by Intervention under the title “It is Ignorance to Say HIV Has No Cure – Femi Kusa”, this interview came to mind again in the wake of a new claim on HIV/AIDS cure by yet another Nigerian. Although the interview was in commemoration of the year’s World AIDS Day and not on the subject of claim and counter claims on HIV/AIDS cure, it interestingly contains a lot of background hints on that sub topic to warrant re-publication as the Nigerian Senate goes into verifying the latest cure claim by Professor Maduike Ezeibe of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike. Abia State. Is this going to be the last claim we would hear of? Why are cure claims rampant in Nigeria? Is it the Nigerian genius or the Nigerian fraud that is at stake? Might Nigeria be over looking something by not incubating all those who have made the claims for group grilling and documentation? Can it be said there is no nugget of truth in all the claims? Questions! Questions and Questions!
Femi Kusa provides a good starting point because when asked in 2005 whether Femi Kusa writes reliable stuff or rubbish, a notable Professor of Botany from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife said there are things to reflect in what Kusa and, before him, the late Elizabeth Kafaru were writing in the newspapers and in The Guardian of those days. Kusa remains a veteran of Alternative Medicine which has different approaches: some people use herbs, some others use what they call hydrotherapy while yet others rely on incantations. Kusa is a practitioner of herbal or natural medicine. Adagbo Onoja, Group Editorial Coordinator, conducted the interview.
From the branch you operate, what would you say is the impact of Alternative Medicine in confronting HIV/AIDS within the Nigerian context?
I can only speak for myself on how effective Alternative Medicine practice in Nigeria has been in treating HIV because I do not know what others are doing. Everyone is careful to be on the right side of the law which discourages cure claims, especially where no unassailable medical or scientific evidence is available. Secondly, documentation is poor in the industry and irresponsible claims are rife. Thirdly, when the chips are down, and the hammer comes crashing down, few patients, if any, would be prepared to tell their cure or success stories in public. Having said these, I would like to quickly add that the cure of HIV should be no big deal. It should be much easier to achieve than the cure of cancer, for example.
In my website, (www.olufemikusa.com), you would find many articles I have written over many years, thereby providing how an Alternative Medicine therapist has been bringing HIV cures about. Let’s go to the days of Mrs Elizabeth Kafaru’s practice. It is widely believed in the practice that the Nigerian college of Natural Medicine, the training and clinical institution on 9, Kofo Abayomi Street, Victoria Island, Lagos, was set up by the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology when Mrs Kafaru cured the HIV disease of the sister of the then Minister’s Secretary. For understandable reasons, the Federal Ministry of Health had been foot-dragging about the establishment of such an institution. The “eye opener” at the science and technology ministry must have led the Minister to seize the initiative. Personally, I have experienced or encountered quite a number of people who came to me.
The wider view is that HIV/AIDS has no cure
That is the work of ignorance. It is ignorance to say that a disease has no cure and HIV/AIDS can actually be handled. It is curable. There is no disease without a cure. All diseases are cummulation of toxins which have accumulated because we have departed from creation plan. The creator of the world already prepared the world and how we would live in it. We departed and follow our own intellectual design and derailed from creation plan by eating the kind of things we eat today. If not so, we would discover that what we call HIV is curable.
What if somebody attacks you for encouraging licentiousness by saying HIV/AIDS is curable?
It has been found that even people who are not licentious can get infected. When you are dehydrated at the molecular and cellular levels, you can have problems. When people do not consume amino acid, it can result into any medical problem. For example, many poor people don’t have it. That is why we give them vegetables that are micronized into powder to make them available. It has all the 23 amino acid and is easily absorbable. When you give them this, things are different. Some doctors have found that fungi cause a lot of problems such as cancer. So, HIV/AIDS is about keeping the body clean, not about whether the pronouncement will make people licentious.
Your statement reminds me of what the late Dr Abalaka also said. Logically, he had a very attractive argument by saying that the only cure for viral infection is introducing a weakened version of the same virus back into the body. So, he argued that those who said HIV/AIDS was not curable were wrong. Some of us were thinking that here was a medical statement from Nigeria but, in the end, it wasn’t so.
My own suggestions have helped many people. I give you just an example. A young woman who couldn’t get out of bed for three months and hardly had enough energy to brush her teeth if she did at all is now on a business trip abroad. Her CD4 count had crashed to 50 and she declined a retroviral protocol from her doctor. The doctor probably thought the worst had happened when she no longer saw her patient. The patient resurfaced last month more energetic and more robust. The doctor asked what she had taken. She informed her about the protocol. When the doctor asked about the doctor who gave her the protocol and the patient named the doctor, the doctor replied that she knew that doctor and that she didn’t miss his Thursday column in The Nation! He was referring to me.
And it may interest you to note what Mr Olajuwon Okubena is doing. (I can give you his contact to call him). He produces the Nigerian antioxidant blood rejuvenating and forming formula, JOBELYN. He has invested in many studies in Nigeria, Germany, England and the United States which shows this product has the potential, either used alone or as an adjunct to some other protocol. The Military Hospital at Ikoyi, Lagos, gave it to many HIV-positive patients. The encouraging results were presented at a world-wide conference of Military hospitals in the United States. At the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), a study on the effects of Jobelyn on HIV students concluded it supported their well being. The latest discoveries about Jobelyn are fascinating. Long, long before these studies, Dr H.C Vogel documented in his Nature Doctor book HIV reversals in some individuals who took Alternative Medicine protocols. One of them was a baby.
Products of Alternative Medicine are costly, right?
Yes, they are. There is this one we give which we call Ubiquinol. It is the highest grade of Coq10. It comes with vitamins and black pepper. So, there about four things rolled together and it sells for N25, 000. So, they could be costly but the work it does is the point, especially if you follow Dr Karl Folkas, who has studied Coq10 since 1952. In a landmark study in the Netherlands, he used it to reverse over 32 cases of cancer that had been given up as lost cases. The body succumbs to illnesses if it is weak at molecular and cellular levels. The more Ubiquinol, the more energy in the body and the less vulnerable to attacks.
Are you aware of the drug that is being tested in South Africa now?
No, I am not aware.
How do people outside the media and Lagos locational spaces, in Calabar, Makurdi, Taraba, Bauchi or Yobe access you?
They call me all over
Has the government called to explore putting heads together in any areas?
No one in Nigeria recognises a man with ideas who does not lobby his way into the corridors of power. I do not do that. My public advocacy and work are driven by the passion to divest the healing arts of intellectualism (man’s ideas) and restore the Creation Plan (God’s plan). We didn’t create our bodies or our world or the medicines and the food our bodies would need in health and illness. So, we should follow the plan of the creator.
What is the problem with our public health system generally as you see it?
I would respond at two levels to the question of the public health institutions in capacity-enhancement for Alternative Medicine intervention. One is public health education in Nigeria is too poor. Many male University graduates do not know they have a prostate gland, let alone where it is or what its functions are. Two, there has been a foot dragging about the elevation of the status of and recognition of Alternative Medicine. This is in contradiction of the United Nations treaty and those of the African Union (AU) and ECOWAS by which signatory nations, including Nigeria, were to have integrated Traditional Medicine into national health care systems by 2010. This is to involve funding of schools, curriculum development, registration of practitioners, training and re-training, research and products development and clinical studies.