Two years after he got married, he had an experience that made him reconsider his approach to health. Dr. Paul Kasenene had gained excessive weight and he was not feeling good about himself. He tried to get back into exercising. However, when he got dizzy while jogging, one day, the alarm bells rang! Anxious, he decided to see a doctor. Tests revealed a high cholesterol level and he was placed on a regimen. Dr. Kasenene found the idea of being condemned to routine treatment, very unsettling. He was only 29. Desperate to find an alternative, he sought help from a doctor in the United States. The doctor had written a book titled, Eat to Live. He was intrigued by what he read. On the doctor’s advice, he spent one week without eating cooked food, resorting to vegetables. When he awoke on Day 5, he was full of energy. Pleased with the progress he had made, he sought more counsel from the doctor, who guided him on a life-changing journey. 3 months down the road, his Asthmatic allergies had stopped and one year later, he did not need inhalers. He lost weight to 66Kgs, from 82Kgs.
This is Dr. Paul Kasenene’s testimony of a life-changing transformation, resulting from a healthy lifestyle decision. Dr. Paul Kasenene is the Managing Director at Wellcare Health and Wellness Centre. He is a specialist in Nutritional, Functional and Lifestyle medicine.
While speaking at the 24th Annual Seminar on 5 September 2019, Dr. Kasenene, expressed concern regarding the escalating levels of health problems today, despite all the information available.
Reports from the Ministry of Health indicate that there are at least 60,000 new Cancer cases every year in Uganda, the common types being: Cervical Cancer, Prostate Cancer, Breast Cancer, Kaposis sarcoma, Burkitts lymphoma, Lung Cancer, Skin Cancer, Cancer of the bone, Cancer of the Eye, Cancer of the Colon and Cancer of the blood.
According to Dr. Kasenene, the number one cause of all chronic illnesses is poor diet, followed by exposure to toxic substances like sugar, soda, ketchup, and stress. He also noted: lack of exercise, poor digestion, and genetics as other causes of chronic diseases.
On a positive, however, the doctor noted that although common conditions such as: Cancer (uncontrolled growth of bad cells), Diabetes (blood sugar control problem), high blood pressure, excessive weight gain, digestive ailments (blotting and ulcers), allergies, asthma, among others, can be life-threatening, they are preventable and reversible.
“97% of all type 2 Diabetes cases (where the pancreas is making insulin but the hormone does not function) are caused by lifestyle choices,” Dr. Kasenene said. “Because 97% of Diabetes is type 2, this means that 97% of all the Diabetes we see can be reversed,” he added.
Dr. Kasenene further decried the Uganda healthcare system which he described as having been designed to treat people who are sick. According to the Nutrition and wellness expert, treating symptoms does not address the root cause of illnesses.
“Medicines suppress the pain but they don’t address the problem,” Dr. Kasenene said.
He encouraged at least one comprehensive health check-up in a year, involving: full body composition, body fat and muscle percentage, waist circumference, body age, blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol level, liver function, HIV, Cancer, among others.
He also emphasized that genes do not make people sick, but rather pre-expose them to illness, hence the importance of making deliberate good lifestyle choices.
Dr. Kasenene’s tips for Staying Healthy
- Have health check-ups at least once a year.
- Drink plenty of water: The body requires a minimum of 2 litres of water per day, for adults. Drink moderate temperature water, Do not drink as you eat, drink clean clear, structured water
- Eat healthy. Follow principles rather than rules. 90% of your diet should come from plants and 10% from animals. This is because animal foods go bad after 10 hours, yet the human digestive system expels solid waste between 24 – 72 hours.
- 90% of your diet should be real food. Natural food that grows on a tree and you can identify it. Eat non-starchy vegetables, also known as greens. All nutrients you require for good health are put on leaves first, by photosynthesis. The greener the better. Cruciferous vegetables like Cabbage and Broccoli are good for preventing Cancer and boosting the immune system.
- Food proportions: Half of the plate should consist of fruits and vegetables at all meals, ¼ healthy carbohydrates and ¼ health protein. One type of Carbohydrate at a time, is advised.
- Eat plenty of fruit. Eat one type at a time, if possible. Eat it whole; do not cut it and break it down. Eat fruits on an empty stomach and have at least four servings a day.
- Protein: Legumes, green vegetables and nuts are good sources of protein. Only 10% of your meal should be animal protein. East white meats like local chicken and fish. Caution, pork is not white meat. Avoid processed meat (sausages, bacon, frankfurters). These foods cause Cancer. Studies have shown that if you are pregnant and you eat sausages, your children are 9 times more likely to get Cancer.
- Carbohydrates: Eat natural carbohydrates, e.g those with more colour like sweet potatoes and pumpkin, and some grain. Avoid refined carbohydrates (pringles, soda, sugar, chapatti, spaghetti, bread).
- Milk is only for children: It is meant for the young of the animal from which the milk was obtained. Dairy milk does not have iron, nor Vitamin C, nor fibre. Spinach, chia seeds and dodo are good sources of Calcium.
- Avoid vegetable oils and vegetable fats: Avoid margarine. It is made of sunflower oil, Hydrogen, petroleum, and other chemicals.
- Get rid of aluminium cookware: Aluminium is bad for the brain, kidneys and the reproductive system. Replace aluminium ware with stainless steel or clay.
- Supplements: Ideally not necessary. Supplements are not substitutes. They can be good, but only for a short time. Omega 3 supplements are good. They are anti-inflammatory, they reduce cholesterol, good for blood pressure, and good for memory concentration. Chia seeds are also good supplements. They have five times more Calcium than milk and help with weight loss, detoxification, reduction of belly fat and cholesterol, immunity and heart health.
- Detoxify with fruits and vegetables. Toxins are stored in fat cells around the stomach because the liver is next to the stomach and the body always tries to store toxins next to the liver, which removes them.
- Make time for exercises: Exercise for at least 45 minutes a day. Exercise is an activity that makes your heart rate and breathing go up, and makes you sweat.
- Donate blood: When you donate blood, your blood becomes thinner and you reduce risks of blood clots.
Organised by the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Uganda (ICPAU), the Annual Seminar runs from 4-6 September 2019, at Imperial Resort Beach Hotel, Entebbe.