Paracelsus Part 2: His Achievements

B A Ochia In the first paper about Philipus Aureolus Theophrastu Bombastus von Hohenheim (Paracelsus) we discussed his life and turbulent world around him. In this paper attempt will be made, using paraphrases form his numerous writings, to show how he extended the credibility of mediaeval magic and, arguably, contributed towards the reconstruction of natural […]

Thought for the Month

Thought for the Month It is the daftest form of prejudice to be prejudicial against which one will oneself become” – Alex Comfort Bartholomew A Ochia We, as mortals, are subjected to biological ageing which is measured in terms of our previous lifestyles, and the effects of these lifestyles on the cellular processes which have […]


GENETIC MODIFICATION Bartholomew A. Ochia Scientists have learned over the last few decades how to isolate genes from various organisms, and transfer them to others, thus modifying the genetic make-up of the recipients. The methods of genetic modification (GM) have elicited unprecedented discussions among scientists and the general public. The explanation for that extraordinary situation […]

“Everything is poison, unless used in moderation.” – Paracelsus (1495-1541)

B A Ochia When a son was born to Tony Blair, Bill Clinton, the Former US President, congratulated the Former Prime Minister and remarked that there was a boy who had every chance to live to be one hundred years old. Clinton was right in his remark.  In nearly every developed country life expectancy is increasing imperceptibly, […]

How to improve your knowledge of human nutrition and be able to make value judgements on issues affecting your health, lifestyle and food habits

Dear New Reader, From time immemorial, humankind had been almost continually preoccupied with how to obtain food. There had been, in that long period of time, adverse conditions which caused severe food shortages. But in spite of them, human populations, being guided by experience, instinct and resourcefulness, succeeded in procuring foods that satisfied their body […]

How old are you?

Dear Reader

, May I start off this letter by asking you this simple question: How old are you?  But before you answer, to yourself, let me remind you that there are three broad aspects to the question. The first is your chronological age.  It measures how old you are in terms of calendar years. The […]

Food: Its significance during ageing

B A Ochia Food, like sex, is regarded as one of the sources of pleasure that stay with us throughout our lives. The idea of using food to modify or influence human longevity has fascinated the public for a long time. The mass media has capitalised on this with great interest by featuring controversial topics […]