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Getting Practical with Your Health

During a medical crisis, most of us are quick to run around for prayers, the anointing oil drips from our heads to our toes and our Mala Beads sleep with us, but we forget to

Human history, when it is not written down, is primarily speech without an external form. Hence, you cannot think about it and fully name it as history. A thorough analysis can only happen when language is written and doesn’t disappear with breath. The oral form of language has been used by Africans for many centuries and is still mostly used. Documenting just doesn’t come naturally to us. However, when it comes to our health, I think it’s time we make a change and begin the “art of scribing” alongside the “art of the Griot”.

Most of us are quick to run around for prayers.

The importance of the need to make this change hit home for me during my healing journey. I had no ancestral reference point to help me navigate a most challenging time. My mind was full of questions. Who in my ancestral line had dealt with this kind of condition before? What did they do to overcome it? What medicine, herbs, or treatment worked for them that might also work for me? What triggered the condition in their lives that future generations should avoid? Unfortunately, I had no family record that answered these questions. It was then I realized how important a medical genealogical record is.

It’s not my portion in Jesus name.

During a medical crisis, most of us are quick to run around for prayers, the anointing oil drips from our heads to our toes and our Mala Beads sleep with us, but we forget to do simple practical things. Do we do our yearly physical? Do we know the importance of the early morning sun particularly for us as Africans? Do we drink enough water? Do we read the writings on our ancestral walls and take notes? Or do we use religious words like, “it’s not my portion in Jesus name”, “I reject it”, “Insha allah”.

Starting a medical genealogical record is one of the many practical things we can begin to do, not just for ourselves, but for our future generations. If we all can see and read the “writings on the wall”, we will know what pit-holes to avoid and thus we are more confident in walking our own unique healing path. Be smart, start a medical genealogical record today!

Suggestions on starting your medical genealogical record

  • Be as creative as you want to be
  • Interview members of your family and document illnesses, treatments that worked, allergies, emotional traumas, and other important information that comes to mind
  • Decide on a convenient time to journal on a weekly basis. It doesn’t have to be a whole lot, the most important thing is consistency and discerning what information is important to put down
  • Remember, this is a family heritage that you plan to keep in the family for many generations down the line, do it from the heart!
Adebunmi Isiotan

Atlanta, GA – Adebunmi Isiotan is a Certified Health Coach and Narrative Care Practitioner. She particularly enjoys working with children, teens and young adults on the Autism spectrum at her private coaching practice, ITAN Institute for Narrative Health.

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