Al-Manna and Tayebat are food products that would soon be household names and an integral addition in the diet of every family. With their introduction to our Malaysian market, I envisage a much better health for all Malaysians and the world at large.
Both Al Manna and Tayebat are food products that are derived from Gum Arabic (GA) which originated from the Gum Belt of Sudan. Mentioned in the holy Books of The Torah, Bible and the Quran, these wonderful exudates of Acacia Senegal and Acacia Seyal trees seemed to be the ‘Forgotten Food’ or may I say the Hidden Food that our bodies actually need. Chemically, they are the richest source of natural prebiotics.They are also rich in other nutrients like proteins,fats,vitamins and minerals. The prebiotics are basically carbohydrates in the form of oligosaccharides. These are fully fermented by the good bacteria (probiotics) in the colon.
I have been a medical doctor for well over 30 years. I do mostly outpatient general practice in my clinic in Taiping.In my own humble set up, I have had my fair share of frustrations and fulfillment in treating various diseases. People come with all sorts of diseases to the general practitioner, and we have to deal with it in one way or another. Over the years, I realized that Medical Sciences,despite all the advances and extensive researches done, have yet to really find cure for many diseases. Many Diabetics still succumb to one or multiple complications of the disease, leading to miseries and sufferings with eventual painful death.
Statistics from the Malaysian National Renal Registry 2011 reported an increase in the number of End Stage Renal Failure (ESRF) to 25,688 patients with 5,201 new cases detected for the whole year. Fifty six percent (56%) of these cases were caused by diabetes and another 6% attributed to hypertension. Certainly, the Medical Fraternity has failed to address this issue. At best, we can only control or suppress the symptoms of diseases knowing the eventual complications leading to death are just round the corner.
The revelation of Gum Arabic to me almost 9 months ago, have completely changed my perception towards my understanding of the human body. Two critical knowledge that seemed to have eluded the medical students bothered me. In 1908, Prof. Dr. Elie Metchnikoff from Louis Pasture Laboratory was awarded the prestigious Noble Prize for Medicine on his work in the immune system. He discovered the role of probiotic Lactobacillus and its good effects on health and longevity of man. It makes one wonder why the health benefits of probiotics were never in the syllabus of the medical schools despite the discovery and award that he received. Not denying the role of antibiotics in life and death situations like bacteraemia orsepticeamia, careless dispensing and excessive usage of antibiotics have actually deteriorated our own defenses and immune system by killing both the bad and friendly bacteria.
Another myth that needs to be debunked is our penchant for fibres. We were taught that we need fibres (roughage) in our diet in order to have a well formed stool to fight constipation. Indigestible fibres in our vegetables actually act as a mechanical bulldozer flushing out the probiotics from our intestines. These vegetables are in fact food for the bad bacteria! No wonder the basic survival instinct of a child is to shun away from vegetables!! The cell walls of these fibres contain cellulose which can only be digested by the enzyme cellulase available in the herbivorous animals like goats, cows, buffaloes and donkeys. Why then are we encouraged to take this cellulose if the body cannot assimilate them?
For years, doctors especially surgeons have told patients about the appendix being rudimentary with no obvious function to the body and some even advocated prophylactic surgical excision (appendectomy). One would want to question God why he created something if it has no use or function? In 2007, a study by Dr. Bill Parker, a professor of surgery at the Duke University School of Medicine recognized the role of the appendix. It is now known to be the sanctuary for the good bacteria and has lymphoid tissues that are essential to the immune system. The unique anatomical shape and position of the appendix ensures the availability and safety of probiotics even in most violent peristaltic contractions of the colon as in cases of acute diarrhea or food poisoning. I feel it is my duty to share this knowledge with my fellow doctors and to deliver this Hidden Food to the people. It is my belief that lifestyle diseases can be eradicated with proper intake of food and healthy living which includes exercise and stress management.
I thank all those eminent doctors both local and abroad who support this mission. I am grateful to Prof. Dr. Aminah Abdullah, from Faculty of Science and Technology (FST), UKM for being a strong proponent and leading the research on GA in Malaysia. Special thank you to my brother and mentor, Dr. Isam Sidig, the Chemical Scientist who opened up my eyes to the secrets of the Hidden Food. He tolerated my initial ignorance on the health benefits of the GA and spurred me to embrace this Manna Mission. My appreciation and gratitude to Prof. Dr. Omyma Muhy El-Din Sabir from The Faculty of Medicine, Al-Nileen University, Khartoum, Sudan who graciously shared her knowledge and hands-on experience in GA. Her works and excellent results in the clinical application of GA inspired me to seek guidance and practical advice from her.
I believe prebiotics and probiotics are here to stay. Let us all give our health a second chance. We cannot repeatedly do the same thing and expect a different outcome or result. The testimonials that I have personally observed among the Al Manna and Tayebat users are simply amazing and mind boggling to say the least. With a team of professionals and the support of esteemed doctors who are now users and believers in the products, I foresee our Manna Mission spreading to the rest of the world making families happy and healthy. True to my Hippocratic Oath, I only wish to alleviate the suffering of the sick and not to cause them harm.