An Interview with Dr. Emil Mondoa, author of Sugars that Heal, on the introduction of Mannatech to the Cameroonian community in the Washington Metropolitan area.
Hello Emil. We have not talked in a good while. We created Jimbi Media together, and then you went totally silent for a while. You had to have been up to something. What have you been up to?
I know. We have succeeded in the most important way with Jimbi Media. Together we triggered blogging in our community. Since then, you have become our premier blogger and one of the top ones in Africa, with speaking engagements and everything. I am proud. Our other goal of publishing paper books will have to wait until we find a collaborator with the right skill set.
You and I both have something in common. We do not put our hearts into something unless it is meaningful. We are not afraid of huge tasks. For the past year in particular, I have been working on a plan to introduce Mannatech in a big way to our community, which seriously needs what Mannatech has to offer for our wellness as well as our finances.
So what exactly is Mannatech and what has it got to offer to our community?
I have been taking stock of the health and wellness challenges in our community in the USA over the last decade, and I have come to the conclusion that many of these challenges have a nutritional basis. Mannatech develops innovative, high quality nutritional supplements. They also have some very special and unique nutritional supplements on which they hold worldwide patents. In my opinion, they are the best nutritional solution in the market, and I used nutritional supplements all my life.
With my own resources, I test-marketed the nutritional supplements to people in the DC area, who experienced unprecedented benefits in their level of wellness, and it is already triggering a wellness revolution in the area. The nutritional elements that we are bringing address some serious nutritional needs in our community that cannot be easily solved otherwise. It is also empowering in a straightforward way, which does not require the permission of a medical person.
My vision is to bring wellness to a million people using these products, and I want people in my own community to be at the center of that effort. It brings the potential for a significant second income and even a career for those who engage with us seriously.
So this is very important to our community...
Yes! We test marketed the nutritional supplements in the Washington DC area to about over 50 people, and more than 90 percent of them experienced significant wellness benefits. Our associates, feel younger and have a spring in the step. They have all experienced increased energy, clarity of mind and no longer drag in the morning. All of these problems arose from micronutrient deficiency, which cannot be adequately addressed by most modern diets. this is why we want to take this one step forward with the Mannatech launch.
So this is why you are bringing Sam Caster, the founder of Mannatech, to headline the launching in the Cameroon community...
Exactly! With so many nutritional supplement choices out there, many people struggle to find the right ones for themselves and their families. In a world that seems to be moving back to the “natural is better” mindset, Mannatech has pioneered Real Food Technology solutions. Mr.Caster will show how Real Food Technology solutions provide consumers with standardized levels of natural and plant sourced nutrients at nutritionally effective levels.
Other speakers at the event will include Stephen Boyd, M.D., PhD, Mannatech’s Senior Medical Director;
Joseph Green-Bishop, Mannatech’s Director of Government & Congressional affairs; and myself.
When and where will the launch be taking place?
On October 9 from 10AM at the Silver Spring Hilton on 8727 Colesville Road, Silver Spring in Maryland. I shall be sending you the flyer to attach to your story.
Is this only for the community in the Silver Spring area?
It is really a global launch and awareness building for our community. People in many countries can participate fully and seamlessly. I am talking about places like South Africa, USA, Canada, Mexico, UK, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan. Unfortunately you cannot participate directly from anywhere else, but as we grow, more countries will come on board. What that means in effect is that somebody in South Africa could engage a person in the USA or any of the named countries quite easily.
We also welcome your friends from any community to the launch. It is just special to have an event of this calibre intended primarily for our community.
So there are sugars or carbohydrates that are good for health and wellness. Does this have anything to do with the book that you wrote a few years ago, "Sugars That Heal"? Is the book still available?
Yes, Dibussi. Sugars that Heal is still in print, thanks to Ballantine Books, my publisher. You can still get in any bookstore in the US and most countries in the English speaking world and anywhere that you can buy on Amazon or Barnes and Noble. For those techies out there, you can get it on your nook or Kindle or iBook for those who use iPads. There is a German and even a Korean translation if you are into that.
Yes, some some sugars are very important for the functioning of the immune system, the brain and general wellness. I am not talking about the stuff that goes into your coffee.
My book does not talk directly about Mannatech’s branded products, so it should not be tied to those products, but it makes a very compelling case for the value of the special sugars.
Jacob Nguni and the Makom Choir of Silver Spring will be at the Launch. What is up with that?
Yes. Jacob and his family are friends of ours. He is a fellow Soban and very supportive of what we are doing for the community. He is also our best and greatest guitarist, and uses Mannatech supplements as well. By the way, he is potentially a powerful blogger too, so watch your tail (laughs). Great musician, great supplements, great team.
The Makom choir is cultural powerhouse with franchises in many churches in our homeland, and now next door in Silver Spring, Maryland. It launched on September 25, and most people in our community do not even know about the existence of this choir with the angelic white attire and its vast repertoire of original Duala songs that date back into the 1920s. We are expecting a lot of people at the launch, and we shall be supporting this great choir with a contribution.
I know there is a business angle to this, but before we go there, let me ask you something that has intrigued me. You are a medical doctor with an M.B.A from Wharton. Stereotypically, you should have a cushy corporate job with an insurance company or a pharmaceutical company. Why did you not go that route?
The short answer is that the corporate options did not make me happy. I am like you. I always want to do something significant with my life, and I was not exactly starving as a doctor, so I waited for this opportunity to ripen and for our community to be ready. We were not ready 10 years ago. Now we are very ready. I have always wanted a project that I could do with my family and does not take me away from home. My wife and daughter are very involved in this with me.
Tell me about the business aspect of this?
Our long term plan is to improve the wellness of a million people using Mannatech. We are looking for associates who are ready to work closely with us to achieve that dream. A lot of us came to this country, hoping to improve our lives and fulfill ourselves. We ended up destroying our health and using up all our time fulfilling the dreams of others. Mannatech is a powerful vessel to help us in our wellness and financially because it has a low cost of entry; it has a product that nearly everyone wants and needs, and that product line is protected by patents.
Dibussi, I wished you could come, but send people there if you are unable to make it.
About Emil I Mondoa, MD, MBA
Dr Mondoa is a practicing pediatrician in the states of New Jersey and Delaware. He was educated in Sasse, University of Ibadan and University of Pennsylvania. He has long been enthusiastic about the benefits of Mannatech’s products for human health and wellness. He now introduces Mannatech products to the Cameroonian community, with the intention of elevating the wellness and financial resources of the community and reaching other communities. This should be considered a global launch, since Mannatech operates seamlessly in 16 countries around the world.