Moving past Saturn and onwards in the direction of Jupiter, Nibiru’s path was bent further inwards by the giant planet. That way, the fire-breathing Nibiru, “armed” with seven moons three of which it had grabbed from Uranus, was now set on a collision course with Tiamat, which the Epic of Creation describes as a “watery planet”. In these formative days, Tiamat was not exactly spherical; it had a kind of head-and-tail shape.
On this first encounter, however, Nibiru itself did not slam into Tiamat. It was its moons that did. One of Nibiru’s satellites – called the Evil Wind – smashed into Tiamat, “distending her body, making in her a wide cleavage”. In the words of the Enuma Elish, Tiamat was “badly wounded”. Of Tiamat’s 11 satellites, ten were splintered by Nibiru’s moons, dragged off, and forced into new orbital paths but in the opposite direction. In other words, in their new paths, the satellites, most of which now in fragments, travelled clockwise, like Nibiru, when in the past they had travelled anticlockwise, like Tiamat. The exact terminology the Enuma Elish used to describe this new stance on the part of Tiamat’s broken-up satellites is, “Trembling in fear, they turned their backs about”, meaning to say, they started moving in the reverse direction to what they used to do before – from a anticlockwise direction to a clockwise direction Nibiru-style. Tiamat’s moons thus became what we today call comets.
Even today, astronomers have been unable to come up with a satisfactory explanation as to how comets came about and why they behave in a way that is inconsistent with the rest of the celestial bodies of the Solar System other than Pluto. Their orbits are elongated instead of circular, as a result of which we see them once in several years to thousands of years. Halley’s Comet, for example, is seen only once in 75 years. Planets revolve around the Sun in the same general plane we call the ecliptic; on the other hand, comets go round the sun in distinct, multi-directional planes. And as stated above, comets take a clockwise direction around the Sun whereas planets take the opposite direction.
But the minds of astronomers need not boggle over the “abnormal” behavior of the comets and their “mysterious” origin. The Sumerian records explain it all for us. The comets all were once integral parts of the ten moons of a primordial planet known as Tiamat and when planet Nibiru invaded the Solar System and “locked horns” with Tiamat, the ten moons were smashed into pieces by Nibiru’s own moons. Furthermore, Nibiru’s moons imparted to these fragments their (the moons) own orbital characteristics and sent them into helter-skelter circuits around the Sun. These fragments are what we call comets.
Meanwhile, what was the fate of Kingu, Tiamat’s largest moon? Last time around, we saw that Kingu was about to upgrade from a moon of Tiamat to a planet in its own right. It was just about to detach from the immediate space surrounding Tiamat and found its own orbit in consequence of the gravitational tugs on her by the giant planet Jupiter mostly. In other words, it was about to become master of its own destiny both literally and figuratively as the term destiny in Sumerian also meant “orbit”. The arrival of Nibiru scupperred Kingu’s “plans”. The Enuma Elish says Nibiru took away from Kingu “the Tablets of Destiny”, meaning Kingu was prevented from founding its independent orbit, and “with fetters bound him (Kingu)” so that Kingu remained a satellite of Tiamat as before. Kingu’s promotion to an independent planet so that it becomes master of its own fate was “withdrawn” on the spur of the moment because Lord Nibiru did not “approve”. Furthermore, Nibiru reduced Kingu to a “DUGGAE”, a “pot of lead”. Exactly how this came about we shall explain at the appropriate time.
PLANET EARTH COMES INTO BEING
The above is what happened on the occasion of Nibiru’s first foray into the Solar System, where it had now been permanently caught up as the tenth planet and the 12th most eminent celestial member from the point of view of Earth as made plain in the Enuma Elish in these words: “He (Nibiru) crossed the heavens (Solar System) and surveyed the regions, and Apsu’s (the Sun) quarter he measured …”
About 3,600 years later, Nibiru returned as per its orbital timetable. This time around, it entered the lists itself in its confrontation with Tiamat as per this passage in the Enuma Elish: “The Lord (Nibiru) paused to view her (Tiamat, which had been “mortally injured” in the first encounter 3600 years before) lifeless body. To divide the monster (Tiamat), he (Nibiru) then artfully planned. Then, as a mussel, he split her into two parts.” Nibiru struck Tiamat, splitting it into two, whilst one of its moons, the North Wind, slammed into Tiamat’s severed upper half. It was the impact of the North Wind that thrust the severed upper part of Tiamat “to places that had been unknown”, that is, into another circuit – between Mars and Venus – where it assumed a new destiny as a new planet.
Says the Enuma Elish in the above regard: “The Lord (Nibiru) trod upon Tiamat's hinder (lower) part: with his weapon the connected skull (upper part) he cut loose. He severed the channels of her blood and caused the North Wind to bear it to places that have been unknown.” The new planet carried along with it its now lone satellite Kingu. The new planet became what we today call Earth, or Ki in the Sumerian records, and Kingu is its satellite we call the moon. What we learn, therefore, is that Earth did not begin as an original, own planet: it was once part of the body of the planet Tiamat, which is also known as Maldek. Then when Tiamat was destroyed by “The Lord”, or Nibiru, Earth resulted. Figuratively speaking therefore, it was Nibiru that created planet Earth.
Meanwhile, the stump, or tail, that had remained after the part that became planet Earth had been chopped off was not destined to stay in one piece. When Nibiru returned for its third circuit around the Sun 3,600 years later, it blasted this piece into millions of fragments of varying sizes to create what we call the Asteroid Belt, which lies between Mars and Jupiter. The Enuma Elish describes this phenomenon thus: “The other half of her (Tiamat) he (Nibiru) set up as a screen for the skies. Locking them together (the millions of rock debris), as watchmen he stationed them … He bent Tiamat’s tail to form the Great Band as a bracelet.” This “Great Band” formed a canopy between the inner planets – Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars – and the outer planets – Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. In the Sumerian records, the Asteroid Belt is referred to as RAKIA, meaning “hammered out bracelet”, whereas in GENESIS, it is called SHAMAIM, translated as “Heaven” or “Firmament” which separated the “waters below” (the the section of Solar System space where the inner planets are found) from the “waters above” (the section of Solar System space where the outer planets are found). SHAMAIM means “where the waters used to be”, that is, the place where Tiamat, a watery planet, once was found. The Old Testament book of JOB is clearly referring to the Asteroid Belt when it says, “The Heavens (Asteroid Belt) bespeak the glory of the Lord (Nibiru); the Hammered Bracelet (Asteroid Belt) proclaims his handiwork.”
The Sumerians designated Nibiru’s tempestuous destruction of Tiamat, its fashioning from it of a new Earth, the scattering of Tiamat’s moons to turn them into comets, and the creation of the Asteroid Belt as the Celestial Battle. The Celestial Battle is referenced in several passages of the Old Testament. JOB, for instance, says, “The hammered canopy (Asteroid Belt) stretched out in the place of Tehom (Tiamat as we explained at some stage). The Earth suspended in the void. … His powers the waters did arrest; his energy the Haughty One (Tiamat) did cleave. His Wind the Hammered Bracelet (Asteroid Belt) measured out. His hand the twisting dragon (Nibiru) did extinguish.” The prophet ISAIAH talks of an event in which “The Lord” (Nibiru) “carved the Haughty One (Tiamat), made spin the watery monster (Tiamat), dried up the waters of Tehom-Raba (Great Tiamat)”. In PSALMS it is said: “By thy (Nibiru) might, the waters thou didst disperse; the leader of the watery monsters (Tiamat) thou didst break up.”
A PLANET KNOWN AS “THE LORD”
The planet Nibiru has been called by several reverential names. In the Sumerian records, it is referred to, amongst other names, as the “Planet of the Gods” as well as the “Planet of the Throne of Heaven”. The term “Gods” of course stands for the Anunnaki, who created us, that is, genetically engineered us into existence through a fusion of their genes and that of Ape-Man 300,000 years ago. Nibiru was the planet of the throne of Heaven because every time Anu, the Anunnaki King, came to Earth on a state visit, he did so via Nibiru. Anu had a secondary throne on planet Nibiru although his main throne was based in the Sirius star system, a topic we shall dwell upon in detail at a later stage.
In the Old Testament, Nibiru is in precious many passages referred to as “The Lord” or “The Lord of Hosts”. Why is it called “The Lord?” Well, there are several reasons but the cardinal one is that it “created” the Earth from the primordial planet Tiamat by way of the “Celestial Battle” it launched 4 billion years ago. That way, it became the “Great Heavenly Body” and “The King of Gods”. In this latter context, “Gods” simply means the planets of the Solar System.
Since the Celestial Battle, Nibiru has been the supreme planet of the Solar System, as a result of which the Sumerians revered it even more than they did the Sun. Their records describe Nibiru as the "One Who Illumines"; "He who scans the heights of the distant heavens … wearing a halo whose brilliance is awe-inspiring …”; “He who scans the hidden knowledge”; “He who sees all the quarters of the universe”; “The monitor of all the planets”. The term “Illuminati”, which refers to elitists who possess special knowledge withheld from the rest of mankind, partly derives from their identification with the beings of the planet Nibiru, the Anunnaki. Also, the ubiquitous symbol of the All-Seeing Eye has a lot to do with Nibiru and the Anunnaki in light of the afore-mentioned characterisations of their planet.
Once every 3600 years approximately, Nibiru returns to the scene of the Celestial Battle, the place where planet Tiamat used to be, the only time Earthlings see it. Indeed, the figure 3600 was significant to the Sumerians. Pictographically, it was presented as a large circle. The number 3600 was known as shar in Sumerian. But shar was also one of the many epithets of the planet Nibiru. It meant “supreme ruler” as indeed Nibiru was, being the foremost planet of the Solar System. Shar also meant a “complete circle”, referring, in this context, to the 3600 Earth years Nibiru takes to make one complete turn around the Sun. “Planet/orbit/3,600 – it could not be a mere coincidence,” observes Zechariah Sitchin.
THE CROSS AND THE WINGED GLOBE
In Sumerian times, the everyday name of the planet Nibiru was exactly that – Nibiru. Nibiru means “the planet of the crossing”. This name we glean from a Sumerian text that reads thus: “Planet Nibiru: the Crossroads of Heaven and Earth he shall occupy. Above and Below, they shall not go across; they must await him. Planet Nibiru: planet which is brilliant in the heavens. He holds the central position. To him they shall pay homage. Planet Nibiru: it is he who without tiring the midst of Tiamat keeps crossing. Let ‘Crossing’ be his name – the one who occupies the midst.”
Nibiru was called the planet of the crossing because every time it returned to the ecliptic, the furthermost point it went was where the destroyed Tiamat used to be. It is at that point it crosses the ecliptic. When it crosses that passage (a journey that takes six years), it is said to “hold the central position” or “occupy the midst”. How so? Because it divides the Solar System’s main celestial bodies other the Sun into two equal parts – Mercury, Venus, Earth, the moon and Mars on the one hand, and Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto on the other.
Charting the path of Nibiru as it approached, this is what the ancients said: “Planet Marduk: upon its appearance – Mercury; rising 30 degrees of the celestial arc – Jupiter; when standing in the place of the Celestial Battle – Nibiru.” What did the ancients mean when they so stated? Marduk was the name of Nibiru in Babylonian times, after the Sumerian era. Nibiru was first seen from Earth when it astronomically aligned itself with the planet Mercury and loomed even larger when it aligned itself with Jupiter. Its closest position to Earth was attained at the place where the original Earth used to be – the space between Mars and Jupiter, which the Sumerians also called the “Place of the Crossing”. At this point, it became Nibiru proper, Planet of the Crossing. The Sumerian mention of the planet’s 30 degree inclination to the ecliptic is confirmed by modern astronomers.
Obviously as a nod to its being a planet of the crossing, Nibiru was depicted as a radiating cross. As a cuneiform sign, the cross also stood for Anu, the Anunnaki King, and “divine”. The cross evolved to become the letter “Tav” in the Hebrew alphabet, which meant “sign”. Why sign? This was very much in keeping with how the ancients received the planet Nibiru. When it was seen, it was considered to be a harbinger of both good and bad tidings – floods, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, great advances scientifically and knowledgewise as well as in the standard of living in general, the arrival of the “God” Anu, etc.
But if there was one symbol that seemed to fascinate Sumerians the most, it was the Winged Globe. It was everywhere and anywhere, around them and about them. Observes Zechariah Sitchin: “Wherever the archeologists uncovered the remains of the Near Eastern peoples, the symbol of the Winged Globe was conspicuous, dominating temples and palaces, carved on rocks, etched on cylinder seals, painted on walls. It accompanied kings and priests, stood above their thrones, hovered above them in battle scenes, was etched into their chariots. Clay, metal, stone, and wood objects were adorned with the symbol. The rulers of Sumer and Akkad, Babylon and Assyria, Elam and Urartu, Mari and Nuzi, Mitanni and Canaan – all revered the symbol. Hittite kings, Egyptian pharaohs, Persian shar's – all proclaimed the symbol (and what it stood for) supreme. It remained so for millennia.”
The planet was depicted as a winged globe because when it is seen, it has a glow around it that extends sideways, giving it a fuzzy wings-shape.
Many a times I get clients casually walking into my room and requesting to be checked for “appendix”.Few questions down the line, it is clear they are unaware of where the appendix is or what to expect when one does have it (appendicitis). Jokingly (or maybe not) I would tell them they would possibly not be having appendicitis and laughing as hard as they are doing. On the other hand, I would be impressed that at least they know and acknowledge that appendicitis is a serious thing that they should be worried about.
So, what is Appendicitis?
Appendicitis is aninflammation of the appendix; a thin, finger-like pouch attached to the large intestine on the lower right side of the abdomen. Often the inflammation can be as a result of blockage either by the faecal matter, a foreign body, infection, trauma or a tumour. Appendicitis is generally acute, with symptoms coming on over the course of a day and becoming severe rapidly. Chronic appendicitis can also occur, though rarely. In chronic cases, symptoms are less severe and can last for days, weeks, or even months.
Acute appendicitis is a medical emergency that almost always ends up in the operating theatre. Though the appendix is locally referred to as “lela la sukiri”, no one knows its exact role and it definitely does not have anything to do with sugar metabolism. Appendicitis can strike at any age, but it is mostly common from the teen years to the 30s.
Signs to look out for
If you have any of the following symptoms, go and see a Doctor immediately! Timely diagnosis and treatment are vital in acute appendicitis;
Sudden pain that starts around the navel and shifts to the lower right abdomen within hours
The pain becomes constant and increases in severity (or comes back despite painkillers)
The pain worsens on coughing, sneezing, laughing, walking or deep breaths
Loss of appetite
Nausea and vomiting
Constipation or diarrhoea
The doctor often asks questions regarding the symptoms and the patient’s medical history. This will be followed up by a physical examination in which the Doctor presses on the abdomen to check for any tenderness, and the location of the pain. With acute appendicitis, pressing on and letting go of the right lower abdomen usually elicits an excruciatingly unbearable pain. Several tests may be ordered to determine especially the severity of the illness and to rule out other causes of abdominal pain. The tests may conditions include: blood tests, a pregnancy test, urinalysis, abdominal“How do ultrasound scans work?” ultrasound (scan), CT scan or MRI Scan.
The gold standard treatment of acute appendicitis is surgical removal of the appendix known as appendectomy. Luckily,a person can live just fine without an appendix! Surgical options include laparoscopy or open surgery and the type will be decided on by the Surgeon after assessing the patient’s condition. Painkillers and antibiotics are also given intravenously usually before, during and after the surgery.
Appendicitis can cause serious complications such as;
Appendicular mass/abscess– If the appendix is inflamed or bursts, one may develop a pocket of pus around it known as an abscess. In most cases, the abscess will be treated with antibiotics and drained first by placing a tube through one’s abdominal wall into the abscess. The tube may be left in place for a few hours or days while the infection is clearing up but ultimately one would still have surgery to remove the appendix.
Peritonitis – without treatment, the appendix can rupture/burst. The risk of this rises48–72 hours after symptoms start. A ruptured appendix spreads the infection throughout the abdomen (peritonitis). This is life threatening and requires immediate surgery to remove the appendix and clean the abdominal cavity.
Death – The complications of appendicitis (and appendectomy) can be life threatening, only if the diagnosis has been missed and no proper treatment has been given on time. This is rare though with the evolved medical care.
If you need further advice or treatment please call 4924730, email HYPERLINK “mailto:email@example.com” firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.themedisccentre.co.bw
Antoinette Boima, MBBS, BMedSci, PgDip HIV/AIDS, Cert Aesth Med is the Managing Director of The Medics Centre in Palapye.
Here’s a news item from last month you may have missed. In December 2021 the University of Staffordshire announced it would be offered a degree course in pantomime! Yes, that’s right, a degree in popular festive entertainment, the Christmas panto.
We used to have one here, put on by the Capitol Players, though it seems to have fallen away in recent times, but the spectacle is still alive and well in the UK, both in local ad-dram (amateur dramatic ) societies and on the London stage and most of the major cities, these latter productions usually featuring at least one big-draw name from the world of show business with ticket prices commensurate with the star’s salary.
In case you’re unfamiliar with the pantomime format, it consists of a raucous mixture of songs and comedy all based around a well-known fairy or folk tale. Aladdin and His Magic Lamp, Cinderella, Jack & The Beanstalk & Dick Whittington are perennial favourites but any well-known tall tale goes. There is no set script, unlike a play, and storyline is just a peg to hang a coat of contemporary, often bawdy, gags on, in what should be a rollicking production of cross dressing – there has to be at least one pantomime dame, played by a man and always a figure of fun, and a Principal Boy, ostensibly the male lead, yet played by an attractive young woman.
As an art form it can trace its roots back to 16th century Italy and the Commedia Del’Arte which used a mélange of music, dance, acrobatics along with a cast of comic stock characters so it has a long and proud theatrical tradition but you have to wonder, does that really qualify it as a suitable subject for a university? Further, what use might any degree be that can be acquired in a single year? And last but not least, how much standing does any degree have which comes from a jumped-up polytechnic, granted university status along with many of its ilk back in 1992, for reasons best known to the government of the time? Even more worrying are the stated aims of the course.
Staffordshire University claims it is a world first and the masters course is aimed at people working inside as well as outside the industry. Students on the course, due to start in September 2022, will get practical training in the art form as well as research the discipline.
“We want to see how far we can take this,” Associate Professor of Acting and Directing Robert Marsden said. The role of pantomime in the 21st Century was also going to be examined, he said, “particularly post Me Too and Black Lives Matter”. Questions including “how do we address the gender issues, how do we tell the story of Aladdin in 2021, how do we get that balance of male/female roles?” will be asked, Prof Marsden added.
Eek! Sounds like Prof. Marsden wants to rob it of both its history and its comedic aspects – well, good luck with that! Of course that isn’t the only bizarre, obscure and frankly time and money-wasting degree course available. Staying with the performing arts there’s Contemporary Circus and Physical Performance at Bath Spa University. Sounds like fun but why on earth would a circus performer need a university degree?
Or how about a Surf Science and Technology degree at Cornwall College (part of the University of Plymouth). Where the one thing you don’t learn is….how to surf!
Then there is a degree in Floral Design at University Centre Myerscough. No, I hadn’t heard of it either – turns out it’s a college of further education in Preston, a town that in my experience fits the old joke of ‘I went there once…..It was closed’ to a ‘T’!
Another handy (pun intended) art is that of Hand Embroidery BA (Hons), offered at the University for the Creative Arts. Or you could waste away sorry, while away, your time on a course in Animal Behaviour and Psychology. This degree at the University of Chester teaches you about the way animals think and feel. Cockroaches have personalities according to the subject specs– you couldn’t make it up.
Happily all these educational institutes may have to look to their laurels and try to justify their very existence in the near future. In plans announced this week, universities could face fines of up to £500,000 (P750m), be stripped of their right to take student loans or effectively shut down if they cannot get 60 per cent of students into a professional job under a crackdown on ‘Mickey Mouse’ courses. Further, at least 80 per cent of students should not drop out after the first year, and 75 per cent should graduate.
The rules, published by the Office for Students (OfS), aim to eliminate ‘low-quality’ courses by setting new standards & requiring courses to improve their rating in the TEF, the official universities ratings system. Universities not meeting the new standards will not be able to charge full annual fees of £9,250. Unconventional courses that could fall victim to the new rules could include the University of Sunderland’s BA in Fashion Journalism, where students learn essential’ skills such as catwalk reporting and the history of Chanel. They have only a 40 per cent chance of entering highly skilled work 15 months after leaving.
At University College Birmingham, BSC Bakery and Patisserie Technology students – who learn how to ‘make artisan bread’ – have a 15 per cent chance of a professional job within 15 months. Universities minister Michelle Donelan welcomed the move, saying ‘When students go to university, they do so in the pursuit of a life-changing education, one which helps pave their path towards a highly skilled career. Any university that fails to match this ambition must be held to account.’
OfS found that at 25 universities, fewer than half of students find professional work within 15 months. Business and management courses at the University of Bedfordshire (14.8 per cent) were among the least likely to lead to graduate-level jobs. Asked to comment, the University of Sunderland said it always looked ‘to find ways to improve outcomes’; University College Birmingham said data on graduates and definition of ‘professional work’ was limited. I’ll bet it is! As the saying goes, ’what the eye doesn’t see, the heart doesn’t grieve over’. What a pantomime!
With the world still reeling from the negative impact of the Coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19), and the latest Omicron variant (which is responsible for the ongoing global forth wave) on everyone’s lips, we should not forget and neglect other aspects of our health.
While anyone can get infected with corona virus and become seriously ill or die at any age, studies continue to show that people aged 60 years and above, and those with underlying medical conditions like hypertension, heart and lung problems, diabetes, obesity, cancers, or mental illness are at a higher risk of developing serious illness or dying from covid-19.
It is a good habit to visit a doctor regularly, even if you feel healthy. Regular health checks can help identify any early signs of health issues or assess your risk of future illness hence prompting one to take charge and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Heart disease, diabetes, some cancers and other non-communicable diseases (even communicable) can often be picked up in their early stages, when chances for effective treatment are high.
During a health check, your doctor will take a thorough history from you regarding your medical history, your family’s history of disease, your social life and habits, including your diet, physical activity, alcohol use, smoking and drug intake. S/he will examine you including measuring your weight, blood pressure, feeling your body organs and listening to your heart and lungs amongst the rest. Depending on the assessment, your doctor will notify you how often you need to have a health check. If you have a high risk of a particular health condition, your doctor may recommend more frequent health checks from an early age.
Diet – a healthy diet improves one’s general health and wellbeing. It is recommended that we have at least two serves of fruit and five serves of vegetables daily. Physical activity – regular physical activity has significant health benefits on one’s body, mind & soul. It contributes to preventing and managing non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, cancers and diabetes, reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety, enhances thinking, learning, and judgment skills and improves overall well-being. According to the world health organisation (WHO), people who are insufficiently active have a 20% to 30% increased risk of death compared to people who are sufficiently active. Aim for 30 minutes to an hour of moderate physical activity at least four days in a week. Examples of moderate physical activity include brisk walking, gentle swimming and social tennis.
Weight – maintaining a healthy weight range helps in preventing long-term complications like cardiovascular disease, diabetes and arthritis. It is also vital for one’s mental wellbeing and keeping up with normal activities of daily living. Ask your doctor to check your body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference annually. If you are at a higher risk, you should have your weight checked more frequently and a stern management plan in place.
Alcohol – as per WHO reports, alcohol consumption contributes to 3 million deaths each year globally as well as to the disabilities and poor health of millions of people. Healthy drinking entails taking no more than two standard drinks per drinking day with at least two alcohol-free days in a week.
Smoking –Nicotine contained in tobacco is highly addictive and tobacco use is a major risk factor for cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, many different types of cancer, and many other debilitating health conditions. Every year, at least a whopping 8 million people succumb from tobacco use worldwide. Tobacco can also be deadly for non-smokers through second-hand smoke exposure. It is not ‘fashionable’ if it is going to cost you and your loved ones lives! If you are currently smoking, talk to your doctor and get help in quitting as soon as possible to reduce the harm.
Blood pressure: Hypertension is a serious medical condition and can increase the risk of heart, brain, kidney and other diseases. It is a major cause of premature death worldwide, with upwards of 1 in 4 men and 1 in 5 women – over a billion people – having the condition. Have your blood pressure checked annually if it is normal, you are aged under 40 and there is no family history of hypertension. You might need to have it checked more frequently if you are over 40, your blood pressure is on the high side, or you have a personal or family history of high blood pressure, stroke or heart attack. Your doctor will be there to guide you.
Dental care – eating a low-sugar diet and cleaning and flossing the teeth regularly can reduce one’s risk of tooth decay, gum disease and tooth loss. Visit a dentist every six months for a dental examination and professional cleaning, or more frequently as per your dentist’s advice. Blood tests – annual to five-yearly blood tests may be done to further assess or confirm risk of disease. These may include blood sugar levels, cholesterol levels, kidney function, liver function, tumour markers, among other things. They may be done frequently if there is already an existing medical condition.
Cancer screening – various screening techniques can be done to detect different cancers in their early or pre-cancer stages. These include; skin inspections for any suspicious moles/spots, two-yearly mammograms for those at risk of developing breast cancer, Pap smear or the new Cervical Screening Test (CST) every five years, stool tests and colonoscopy (every five years) for those at most risk of bowel cancer, prostate cancer screening for those at risk (over 45 years of age, family history of cancers etc.). Discuss appropriate tests with your doctor.
Vaccinations – You should discuss with your doctor about the necessary routine immunisation, in particular; the Covid-19 vaccines, an annual flu shot, a five-yearly pneumococcal vaccine if you have never had one or you are immunocompromised and any other boosters that you might need.
If you need further advice or treatment please call 4924730, email HYPERLINK “mailto:email@example.com” firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.themedisccentre.co.bw
Antoinette Boima, MBBS, BMedSci, PgDip HIV/AIDS, Cert Aesth Med is the Managing Director of The Medics Centre in Palapye.