All we are saying is: Give genetic modification of plants a chance. On August 10, 1998 a World in Action television programme mentioned experiments performed by Arpad Pusztai at the then Rowett Research Institute established in Bucksburn, Aberdeen. Dr Pusztai had apparently  demonstrated that rats fed on genetically altered raw potatoes had impaired growth and […]

Disease Prevention – A Historical Overview

B A Ochia As coronavirus pandemic is racing throughout the world, governments and the people are applying all available measures, including lock-down, social-isolation, working from home,  closing of universities, colleges and schools, frantic search for vaccine and, business suspension. The continual heroism shown by heath worker has been applauded in many  countries.  This is what mankind does when […]

Paracelsus – Part One – His early life and career

Paracelsus – Philippus Aureolus Theophrastus Bombast(us) von Hohenheim Part One – His early life and career Bartholomew A Ochia The beginning of the sixteenth century ushered in an era of free thought, an epoch when people could express novel ideas and conceptions without fear of retribution from established authorities. The mental turpitude that characterised the […]


  Fluoride in Human Nutrition Abstract The fundamental determinants of oral health are related to the consumption of non-milk sugars and the effective control of plaques in the mouth. Other factors that influence oral health include optimal exposure of fluoride and the appropriate use of good-quality dental care. Although all these factors can be modified […]

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 […]

Thought for the Month: “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, […]