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Health News Thu, 20 May 2010

Asantehene counsels against unhealthy lifestyles

Kumasi, May 20, GNA - Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, Asantehene, has underscored the need for Ghanaians to stay away from unhealthy lifestyles to avoid diseases. He described as "deeply worrying" the upsurge of lifestyle-related diseases like hypertension, stroke, diabetes and HIV/AIDS in the country, a situation that had contributed to the considerable reduction in the average life expectancy of the Ghanaian to about 58 years.

Otumfuo Osei Tutu said this in an address read for him by Oheneba Adusei Poku, Akyempimhene, at the inauguration of the Kumasi Branch of the Chiropractic and Wellness Centre at Asokwa. The Centre has a massaging department, vertebral adjusting tables and ultra-modern scanning equipment.

Chiropractic is a non-medical healing art that analyzes the spinal column and structural system for vertebral defects. The Chiropractor after identifying the defects then corrects them, using spinal adjustment techniques to awaken one's own healing ability to promote strength and vitality.

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The Asantehene said the time had come for the nation to embrace preventable health care to raise life expectancy for increased productivity in all sectors of the economy.

Otumfuo Osei Tutu commended Dr Marcus Manns, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Centre, for his vision and said it was his hope the people would take advantage of the facility to improve their health. Mr Robert Joseph Mettle-Nunoo, Deputy Minister of Health, said his Ministry was mainstreaming complementary health practices, including chiropractic, into a draft bill on traditional and alternative medicines for approval by Cabinet.

He urged the Centre to liaise with other hospitals and the universities in the country to promote chiropractic for the benefit of the nation. Dr Manns said periodic chiropractic spinal examinations and adjustments helps to keep one free from spine nerve stress. 20 May 10

Source: GNA