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Seminar given by Rev’d Stephen Olugbemiga Owa PGDE, PhD, FSAN

Professor of Applied Zoology

Department of Biological Sciences, Landmark University, Omu-Aran, Kwara State, Nigeria

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This campus has witnessed successful use of foods and herbs for treatment of some advanced cases (stages) of cancer of the brain, breast, other forms of cancer, diabetes and diabetic sores, hypertension, many other metabolic derangements, peptic ulcers, etc, some of which have for over a decade defied the regular orthodox medication. These are only minor testimonies that remind us to take very seriously the instructions of the Architect (Creator) of the Biosphere. Because He chose to harmonize the biochemistry of the Biota, including humans, animals and plants, in his “Owner’s Manual” (the Bible) God instructed, "Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food. . . And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.”Implicit in that instruction was that in eating “every plant” we shall access not only energy but also vitamins, enzymes, co-enzyme, hormones, cations, anions, electrolytes, antibiotics, electromagnetic shields, antioxidants, etc. This ordination was rephrased by Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, who said, “Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food”.Evidence-based science shows that most human diseases result from a combination of the evil trio: wrong foods, insufficient sleep and insufficient exercise, resulting in oxidative stress. This seminar addresses issues relating to right, wrong and junk foods, and how to use the local foods and herbs to treat the common human ailments. Also provided are published research from our Department of Biological Sciences of animal model treatments of diseases by food and herbs. Ongoing experiments and ideas will also be discussed. The author will be speaking largely from his personal experiences published in peer-reviewed publications.

Keywords: Bible, Food, God, Hormones, Medicine


Revd OWA, Stephen Olugbemiga PGDE, PhD, FSAN is Professor of Applied Zoology. Born to the Royal Adodo family of Egbe, he attended ECWA Primary School Egbe, Titcombe College, ECWA, Egbe, the University of Ibadan (for BSc. Zoology, 1978; MSc. Zoology: Cell and Molecular Biology, 1982),  University of Jos (for Postgraduate Diploma in Education, 1981) and ObafemiAwolowo University, Ife (for PhD in Zoology, 1992). He was a pioneer faculty at the Ogun State (now OlabisiOnabanjo) University, Ago-Iwoye, There he served for many years as the University Chaplain, and was a part of the team that introduced a B.A. Program on Science and Religion. Prof Owa had the second joy of being a pioneer faculty of this (Landmark) University.

Trained in both Zoology and Cell and Molecular Biology, Owa’s PhD and early studies focused on the Earthworms: their taxonomy (Owa has described nearly half of the earthworm species known from Nigeria), their distribution (Owa has mapped out the distribution of earthworms on the major soil classes in Nigeria), their environmental utility and impact (Owa has published on, and assisted many Environmental Scientists to identify earthworms and designed experiments to use earthworms to monitor soil and water pollution and remediation), and their agricultural impact (Owa has published on the contributions of earthworm to the growth performance and yield of vegetable crops, especially to lowland rice, and the derivation of plant growth hormones from the earthworms; he has also published on application of earthworm meal replacements in the production of fish fingerling). Prof Owa was an International Trainer on Earthworm Aspect at Uganda on the Below-Ground Biodiversity International Project.

On being diagnosed as diabetic (2010) Owa strongly rejected insulin treatment and must desperately find an alternative treatment: food. Reading the book Dr Atkins Diet Revolution was his eye-opener. Having carefully understood the principles of Atkins’ Diet, Owa proceeded to carry out a questioneer survey on the health of his hometown community, Egbe, in relation to food types consumed. His finding converted him fully and finally to an Apostle of Foods for Medicine. He has been a Guest Speaker and Trainer on Food, Diet and Health in many parts of the Country. He has written four booklets in layman language on how to use foods to treat diseases and health conditions. His booklet titled:

  • Eat Right discusses the scientific basis for the relationship between food and our health,
  • Foods for Medicine is essentially a book of recipes of local foods to treat diseases,
  • Diet for Geniuses is a source book on nootropics. It discusses how to use common foods and herbs to boost mental and cognitive performance. It also discusses how to use foods to treat the common student health issues, including mental fatigue, sickle cell anemia, malaria, etc, and how to use foods to develop the genus in them.
  • Issues and Benefits of Animal-Source Foods, was written to show that a significant aspect of our health is boosted by eating egg, meat, natural (non-transformed) fats, dairies, etc.

Familiar with the fact that animals do not have doctors to treat them, Zoologist Owa, a holistic naturopath, regularly draws lessons from the subjects that he has taught for almost 34 years on How Animals Function, their Comparative Oganology, Physiology, Biochemistry, diet and behavior. These lessons Owa interprets into human health contexts. Prof. Owa was his own first patient in a few cases (Diabetes II, hypertension, enlarged prostate, secondary male baldness, overweight) and therefore discusses from firsthand experience and information.

Zoologist Owa’s current research interests remain how to treat all diseases by foods,especially how to use earthworms to improve rice production and to treat neurodegenerative diseases, neuropathiesand stroke.