A Healthy You Abstract:

A HEALTHY YOU: Tame Africa’s Child Malnutrition describes the links that connect weaning diarrhea, lactose intolerance, protein malnutrition and the dietary staple of maize. The author observes that the malnutrition has created an infant feeding dilemma across the African nation, evidenced by the importation of pooled breast milk into the continent to feed very ill infants. To address this problem, she highlights the significance of micronutrients in the diet and offers tips on good weaning and healing diets. Additionally, she emphasizes the importance of understanding modern food technologies, including processed foods and environmental degradation.

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This book is about maize and how as a dietary staple, it has interacted with Africa’s peoples, in the past and in the present. It is about malnutrition due to this dietary staple, and the changed world view that it has imposed on them. It is about the history of black people, about imperialism, colonialism and the neocolonial biologic decline, enhanced by white hybrid maize, that modern Africans continue to grapple with. Introduced during the Christopher Columbus era, the original native maize gave way to white hybrid maize, which is even less nutritious than the native crop. In most countries across SSA, the change was introduced just before independence, ushering in an accelerated rate of decline: systems’ underdevelopment due to childhood malnutrition, poverty, disease and deaths have become part and parcel of the image of the modern African. The psychosocial dysfunction has ushered in the politics of “kumalizana.”

The book is based on nutrition research by this author; the research was inspired by the feeding difficulties encountered by AIDS patients, both children and adults. After an overview of contemporary African experiences, the book explores the biologic dysfunction, arising from systems’ underdevelopment, especially in childhood, and their practical implications. For example, weakened immune systems increase vulnerabilities to diseases. Intellectual underdevelopment enhances exploitation and a high burden of poverty, due to innovative limitations. The book ends by highlighting the importance of meeting nutritional needs if the disease burden is to be tamed. It rationalizes use of food supplements like niacin (among many other nutrients), in order to tame the heritable malnutrition that maize malnutrition has become.

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