Today we’d like to introduce you to Dr. David Ajibade.
Hi Dr. Ajibade, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I am a doctor by profession, born and raised in Nigeria, but moved to the USA in 2002. While I was trained as a doctor to treat disease, I have always been interested in optimizing human potential, in making people better, spiritually, mentally, and physically.
But I have always had an interest I started my career in medicine as a radiation oncologist in training, during which I felt disillusioned with the results we were getting among our cancer patients and decided to pursue a more complete understanding of health, medicine, and human life.
In the process, I have amassed a long list of certifications in several fields, including the treatment of brain disorders, the addressing of inflammation, and naturopathic medicine. I have devoted the last 20 years of my life to studying how the human mind and bodywork, with a focus on understanding how to optimize their performance. I also have a keen interest in identifying and studying some of the best researched and most critically acclaimed discoveries in medical science, especially in the fields of brain function, immune and endocrine health, and cancer.
I currently host a weekly TV show on Africa’s largest television network entitled: Your Health in Your Hands. This 30-minute segment highlights issues affecting Nigerians (and black people) in particular, including mental health/brain disorders, cardiovascular concerns (e.g. hypertension), and cancer, and recently received the award for the best TV show for promoting health in Africa.
In 2015, I founded the Brain and Body Foundation to help address the alarming number of children suffering from brain disorders and sickle cell disease. Under the supervision of Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Health, the Brain and Body Foundation has been using nutrients and nutraceuticals to address noncommunicable diseases in general, especially sickle cell disease, brain disorders, and mental health challenges including strokes, cerebral palsy, autism, and stress-related disorders for over five years… all with remarkable results.
Each Friday, a free clinic is held for economically disadvantaged parents of children with brain disorders and sickle cell disease. Consultations and medications are given free of charge. The Brain and Body Foundation has a four-fold Mandate, captured in the acronym C.A.R.E. This stands for Charity. Advocacy. Research. Education
I also work with patients and clients all over the world of all ages, especially those suffering from or concerned about the performance of their brains. I am currently about to embark on a landmark study into the use of nutrients to address sickle cell disease.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Has it been a smooth road? Not at all. I have had all sorts of challenges, from being able to come to (and stay) in the USA) due to visa issues, to being unable to find the right information and people to work with… to being misunderstood by so many people, loved ones, acquaintances and so on.
It was challenging finding the right people to work with
Finances were also a huge factor – it was a struggle getting a reliable income as a student, and getting a job afterward.
I had left medicine, and it was a tough road to do what I felt needed to be done, without the resources and support to do so.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a medical doctor and the founder and executive director of an organization called the Brain and Body Foundation, which focuses on addressing challenging brain disorders in both children and adults, challenging chronic diseases, and genetic disorders like sickle cell disease.
I also do a lot with regard to health education and health promotion in my field. Our weekly show aired on Africa’s largest TV network recently won the award for best show for health promotion in Africa.
One of the things I am most proud of is that we are helping to save the lives of millions of children suffering from sickle cell disease, a life-threatening blood disorder that kills most children before the age of five. Using specific nutrients, given at specific times and specific doses, we have found we can achieve remarkable results.
One of the things that set us apart is that, while I am a doctor, we do not use medications… at all. We focus on building health… from the inside out, by working with the body’s natural reparative and restorative mechanisms.
Where do you see things going in the next 5-10 years?
We hope to bring our unique approach, known as the Building Strength Approach, to people all over the world.
This is especially relevant for people living in third world/developing countries who do not have access to the medical establishments, equipment, and expertise of the West, their only hope might just be what we do.
We hope to work with organizations and nations to help reduce the health and financial burden of the growing numbers of chronic diseases by teaching them the philosophy and application of this approach
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