Speaking with Mariama Jeihani, a Jack-of-All-trades,
but mainly she is a Holistic health counselor
and she is representing the Natural Health
Center in West Philadelphia. Which is
one of the first of its kind.
Jeihani: (interjecting) Well there are
several stores out there and they are
very reputable and have their own specialties.
I guess we pride ourselves on our products
and services. Now we a proud to announce,
that in the upcoming months we will be
incorporating all those names we have,
Natural Healing Center, which is our retail
center, Peace of Heaven and other entities
into the Institute to Perfect Health which
will be a learning, healing and wellness
center, so I’m pretty proud of being
involved during this movement and progress.
I’m proud of being involved for
the healing of my own life. That is why
I got heavily involved in the whole thing,
as do most people throughout the health
Could you give us a timeline on the Natural
Healing Center, how long it has been around
and how it started?
The N.H.C. got started more through of
the ailments of my grandmother, Miriam
House, who is our chief herbalist and
iridologist. She had multiple issues more
so optical, physical, reproductive issues
and I guess she got tired of being the
guinea pig so she there had to be another
way. So she sought out different practitioners,
holistic healers and she began to take
care of her health. Seeing her own success
made her want to help others and her life’s
journey was revealed, that was the path
she was supposed to take.
So then came the NHC and she began seeing
clients more so through iridology, which
is the study of the iris, which the color
of the eye and the scolaris which is
white of the eye. With those two you
can do a complete analyses of a person’s
health. And through more teaching and
learning she expanded her services doing
equilibrium testing, footprint analysis,
Reiki healing therapy, colonics, body
electronics, message, reflexology and
I can go on and on and on!
So these are just a few of the services
you do with the Peace of Heaven?
MJ: Oh yeah and even more now like aura
therapy, color therapy, Chakra therapy
and nutritional therapy which is my main
ball of wax. You know the maintaining
of health! A lot of people we deal with
are critically ill, like M.S., Cerebral
Palsy, Cancer, AIDS, you name it we have
seen it all. We try to bring people from
a critical state to a stabilizing state,
but a lot times people require more maintenance
in their lives say for example learning
how to cook, how to think, what to do.
I, in particular want to offer that
cause that was and is something I struggled
with in path of healing and I’ve
experimented with a lot of things. Me
personally I would have rather had someone
there coach me on what to do so I want
to provide those services to others that
I know have those desires as well. I
want to work with people and their problems;
I’m here to help.
How long has the storefront been open?
MJ: We are stepping into our eighteenth
year so it has been a lot of fun!
And where are you guys located?
Off of 52 & Chestnut Street in West
Philadelphia, in terms of landmarks we
are on the same side as the Philadelphia
Gas Works building and the White Rock
You have grown up in this environment,
but you didn’t just acquire the
passion from jump. Explain how you got
that energy for this work.
MJ: No it didn’t come early I
very much had to develop a love for what
I’m doing. You can give a child
something and if they don’t understand
it they are going to be very resistant
For example you find a lot of parents
out there trying to change their and
their children’s eating habits
and the kids are like “Ill that’s
nasty. Well that was pretty much how
I was raised. My grandmother one day
said we aren’t going to McDonald’s
no more, we are going to have salads,
we are going to the co-op and buy organic
foods, and I’m like “mom
this is nasty”.
I went through it that stage at about
seven or eight and I moved back with
my mother at the age of ten and she had
a completely different view about health.
She was like “as long as my kids
are fed that is all I care about” So
we had a lot of boxed foods like macaroni
and cheese, TV dinners and stuff like
that and as a result of coming from one
standpoint to another, it was very extreme
and I acquired a lot of health issues.
So by the time I was fifteen I had an
overactive thyroid, I was over 200 lbs.
and I had fibroid tumors, which is a
lot for a fifteen year old so I actually
had to come out of it to understand more.
So when I came back in I was more dedicated
and had more respect for it and I haven’t
left since. You know what you have to
do you have to evolve, that is what growing
up is about. Live that way, feel that
way, and be that way!
It’s a way of life it’s not
about fix one part but leaving the rest
of you alone, it’s about change
the lifestyle and changing the whys.
MJ: Most definitely, just because I
tell people all the time its cool that
you eat well but it’s about mind,
body, and heart. I tell people it is
good to use the supplements and things
like that but if your not doing things
to correct the person inside, like the
way you think and feel you will always
comeback to that same spot. And the common
trend of man is when I feel good I can
do whatever I want which isn’t
exactly the case, Basically this is trying
to teach you where you are supposed to
be and everyone is different. So you
have to find that plateau your on and
work with it.
What are some regular things people don’t
know about their bodies and what is something
you would suggest to the people?
MJ: I see a lot of Kidney and Liver
damage and that takes place more so cause
the salt levels and sugar levels that
are in our system. The salt more so is
in our blood stream and that is like
the waste that causes the high blood
pressure and high cholesterol. And the
kidneys more so filter out the sugar
so that’s dealing with the diabetes
A lot of people don’t realize
that number one back in the day salts
and sugars were in the healer’s
medicine cabinet on the top shelf meaning
it was poison. Most commonly used stuff
was on the bottom, and things were on
top so no one could reach them. What
happened was the “businessman” due
to commercialism they pulled those off
the top shelves and on to our tables.
So this is what keeps people sick and
in doctor offices.
People don’t realize that it is
the food that you eat that cause the
problems in your health and life. People
don’t realize that even if you
are on a “well balanced diet” that
you can still be harming you body.
For example, people who stop eating
meat then eat a majority of carbohydrates,
which today is more a wheat-based thing.
But historically our ancestors have consumed
so much wheat over the past few years
while neglecting the other more beneficial
grains that now everyone has wheat allergens
but no one recognizes that. A Lot of
people are walking around with a newer
disease called Siliacs’ disease,
which is like a gluten allergy where
the body is very sluggish and you stay
sick and mostly it’s because of
that high sugar in you system, throwing
the balance off. Sugar and salt both
have a place but in lower concentrations.
Most people only recognize two senses:
whether or not an item is salty or sugary,
disregarding whether a item bland, or
sour so when you give them something
that doesn’t have one of those
accepted senses they think it has no
So when I look at you tongue and tell
you something about you and you say well
my doctor says I’m fine, they are
on another kick I’m telling you
how your body is chemically reacting
to the food your eating. These processed
foods and especially lunchmeats and boxed
food have the highest concentrations
of salt in our bodies and we eat them
on a daily basis.
It can eat at your stomach!
yeah that’s why so many people have
lower and upper GI issues, heartburn,
acid reflux, and in particular irritable
bowl syndrome where all the agitation
from the salts and sugars turn into acid
which eats away at your system and linings
of your muscles.
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