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‘God is Still In the Healing Business’
Nigerian lifestyle doctor, Dr. Chidi Ngwaba resides in the United Kingdom but is known worldwide for his work in Lifestyle Medicine and his message of ‘reversing disease.’
During our conversation, we discussed his medical pedigree, his philosophy about healing and how he got started.
“I decided medicine was going to be my path while I was pretty young. I read the Ministry of Healing by Ellen White and it really impacted me. I wanted to focus on reversing disease, focus on healing. I got into medicine to reverse and stop disease.”
Holding four science and medicine degrees, the man known affectionately as Dr. Chidi, thrives in connecting his message of lifestyle changes and healthier outcomes in the context of his deep faith. Dr. Chidi is a proud Seventh-Day Adventist.
“I believe that God is still in the healing business, without question.”
Twenty-years of medical experience trained in Surgery, General Practice & Lifestyle Medicine at Cambridge, UCL & Johns Hopkins under Dr. Ben Carson – yes, that Dr. Carson; Dr. Chidi’s work in lifestyle medicine means getting to the root causes of our chronic diseases, to transform illness into wellness.
He says, “Most of our major chronic diseases can be prevented. And our attitude toward stress, how we manage it, is critical to the state of our health. Even a lack of forgiveness or a lack of love can increase stress in our life. Stress is a big deal in our fight against lifestyle illness.”
Coming from a family of carnivores, Dr. Chidi transitioned from vegetarianism to a vegan, and says he feels the positive difference of relinquishing meat. He also runs at least 3 miles several days a week and at the gym four days a week. Walking the walk, he and his wife, opened popular plant-based restaurants to encourage healthy eating. The shops aptly named, Plant.
“Black men in the west, are at a disadvantage for lack of vitamin D. Lack of such necessary vitamins can lead to autoimmune diseases, hypertension, etc. So we want to empower Black men to take control of their own health rather than rely on another party [doctors and nurses] to save their health.”
In fact, when asked about nutrition recommendations, the medical entrepreneur says, “The diet that I recommend to reverse disease is the same diet laid out for Adam and Eve in Garden of Eden. It’s as simple as that.”
Dr. Chidi Ngwaba is Founder and Director of The Lifestyle Medicine Practice, Harley Street, London, and is Director of Men’s Ministries for the South England Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Follow Dr. Chidi on Twitter @DrChidiMD
Walker Tisdale is the Executive Editor of Healthyblackmen.org and advocate for Black men’s health. He resides in Atlanta, GA.