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Nibiru Source of Life on Earth

Benson C Saili
THIS EARTH, MY BROTHER…

How did life-forms emerge and evolve on Earth? Sumerian records, corroborated by science and the Genesis account, point to the “Planet of the Gods”.   

On September 6, 1988, The New York Times, America’s largest newspaper, carried an article headed     NASA to Probe Heavens for Clues to Life’s Origins on Earth. The article’s central point was conveyed in the following passage:

Driving the new search for clues to life’s beginnings is the recent discovery that comets, meteors and interstellar dust carry vast amounts of complex organic chemicals as well as the elements crucial to living cells. Scientists believe that Earth and other planets have been seeded from space with these potential building blocks of life.   

Well, what modern scientists “discovered” in 1988 was actually common knowledge 6,000 years ago. The Sumerians, the world’s first known civilisation who thrived in what is today’s southern Iraq, record that the seed of life here on Earth was sown by the planet Nibiru during a cosmic showdown they termed the Celestial Battle, in which the interloper Nibiru slammed into the planet Tiamat at least three times, hiving off a piece that came to be our Earth, with rest of the debris forming what we today call the Asteroid Belt in the same space where Tiamat used to be, that is, between Mars and Jupiter.   

At the time, the Solar System was still young, having come into being only 600 million years before, and there was a lot of volcanic activity going on on the planets.  Nibiru too was a young planet (its people, the Anunnaki, who were later to come to Earth in the guise of gods and create mankind, had not yet evolved) but slightly older than the Solar System planets, which in astronomical terms is in millions of years. Nibiru was an intruder planet: it wandered into our Solar System from Sirius B when that star aborted – that is, failed to develop into a viable, full-grown star. By then, however, primeval forms of life – single-celled organisms and seed-bearing plants – had already sprung up on Nibiru and these it imparted to Tiamat and consequently to Earth during the Celestial Battle.

Scientists are now virtually unanimous that the Solar System is 4.6 billion years old. But at what stage during these 4.6 billion years did life on Earth emerge?

In November 1989, a team of Stanford University scientists concluded that “the window of time when life on Earth began was just 200 million years between 4 and 3.8 billion years ago … Everything alive today evolved from organisms that originated within that window of time”. But exactly how life originated this august team of scientists could not be drawn into explaining.  

Scientific research done both on Earth and the Moon consistently comes up with the 4-billion-year date as marking the beginning of any conceivable life-form on Earth. Now, if planets were formed 4.6 billion years ago, why did life not arise much sooner than 4 billion years ago? Why didn’t life spring up, say, 4,5 billion years ago? Scientists have no definite answer: all they say is that life on Earth was spawned by a “catastrophic event”.

In the May 12 1989 edition of the authoritative journal Science, Nobel Prize winning geneticist Manfred Eigen and his colleagues from Germany’s Max Planck Institute reported that “the genetic code on Earth cannot be older than 3.8 billion years, plus or minus 600 million years”. At that time, Eigen said, “a primordial gene might have appeared whose message was the biblical injunction  ‘Go out into the world, be fruitful and multiply’”. If we allow for the 600 million years-plus scenario, that is, life emerging around 4,4 billion years ago, “this would be possible only in the case of extraterrestrial origin”, Eigen and his team concluded.

Earlier, other eminent scientists had even been more revealing. In 1973, another Nobel laureate Francis Crick – one of the two discoverers of DNA – and his colleague Leslie Orgel published a paper titled Directed Panspermia in the science magazine Icarus.  The paper postulated that Earth was seeded by an “extraterrestrial source”. By 1986, the consensus among the scientific community was that “all life on Earth, from bacteria to sequoia trees to humans, evolved from a single ancestral cell”. Scientists arrived at this position  after establishing that all living organisms on Earth had the same DNA and the same 20 or so amino acids.

Now, consider the terms we have encountered so far as per the pronouncements of scientists: catastrophic event; extraterrestrial origin; single ancestral cell. What was the catastrophic event that seeded life on Earth? The Sumerian answer: the Celestial Battle. What is the extraterrestrial origin of life on Earth, the place where the seed of life on Earth came from? The Sumerian answer: the planet Nibiru. The Sumerians indeed did have reason to refer to Nibiru as “The Celestial Lord”  or “The Planet of the Gods”. It was Nibiru that 4 billion years ago caused the cosmic upheaval –  the Celestial Battle – that  seeded life on Earth.

Says the iconic Sumerologist  Zechariah Sitchin: “The Anunnaki, capable of space travel half a million years before us, discovered this phenomenon (that is, the Celestial Battle) long before us; in this respect, modern science is just catching up with ancient knowledge.” It is shameful that our stubborn, swell-headed scientists will never give the Sumerians, who documented the knowledge endowed them by the Anunnaki, the credit due to them.  

GLIMPSE INTO ILLUMINATI CRAFT

On occasion in the course of these Earth Chronicles texts, I have made a passing mention of the Illuminati. The term Illuminati simply means “the Illuminated Ones”, that is, people who have certain, privileged  knowledge most of Earth’s inhabitants do not have. All secret societies, such as the infamous Freemasons and the Bilderberg Group, for instance, are Illuminati.

The Illuminati,  who date back thousands of years, are the world’s most powerful and wealthiest cabal – filthy rich is the more fitting term – and therefore the most influential force. They are the backstage rulers of the world. No one knows for sure who the Illuminati proper – its highest echelons – are    (the ones we do know, such as Henry Kissinger, the  Bush clan, the Pope, and the British Royal Family are simply their proxies) but exist they do. What makes them so implacably powerful is the wealth of secretive knowledge they have about the origins of life on Earth and the cosmic powers behind it.

They also know a great deal more about science (particularly metaphysics and genetics) and technology (it is said at any given time their technology is at least 40 years ahead of that   in the public domain), about the universe, and about supernatural forces than most university professors do.  The Illuminati themselves answer to certain other, fiendish  powers, who are the direct intermediaries between nature and supernature. Since they serve Satanic forces, the Illuminati’s agenda for the world is nefarious and self-serving in the long-term. They worship the forces of darkness, the so-called demons or devils. That’s why they are also referred to as Satanists or Luciferians.   

If we now know about Nibiru – the planet of the Old Testament gods – it is thanks to the pioneering work of people like Zechariah Sitchin, who began to enlighten us in the last quarter of the twentieth century following 30 years of painstaking research. In fact, the knowledge of Nibiru began to come into the mainstream in the 90s with the advent of the Internet. However, the Illuminati have known about Nibiru since days immemorial. The iconic artist Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519) and legendary inventor Sir Isaac Newton (1643-1727) both were familiar with Nibiru. Newton in fact predicted that Nibiru, which appears once every 3,600 years,   would reappear in 2060 AD (the code language he used, like all Illuminati do, was “the world was going to come to an end in 2060”, meaning Nibiru’s return in that year would effectively usher in a new zodiacal age, the Age of Aquarius. The present age,  that  of Pieces, mathematically began in 60 BC; it ends in 2100 AD, as a zodiacal age mathematically lasts 2160 years).  

I  hate to say this, but if there is one good thing about the Illuminati, it is that they do not exactly keep us in the dark; they always provide glimpses into themselves and their agenda, be it through coded language, symbolism, hand signals, movies, or outright leaks and slip-ups. We know, for instance, that their symbol for Nibiru is any of these: a winged  or horned disc (because that was the commonest way  in which the ancients depicted Nibiru);  anything globular or elliptical (because the ancients sometimes depicted Nibiru as a circle and because Nibiru has an elliptical orbit); a flying saucer (because the Anunnaki,  when they were on Earth, liked to fly in saucers as they explored the planet); the All-Seeing Eye (because the Anunnaki satellite technology was such that nothing could be hidden from them); something resembling a cross (because when Nibiru was imminent, the ancients anticipated its coming through cross-sign depictions); and a pyramid with a floating top (because the Anunnaki used  pyramid structures as take-off and landing platforms for their flying saucers).

Of course some of this symbology does on occasion carry alternative meanings  and therefore it is not in every case  that they solely stand for Nibiru. Like everything else, symbols are informational energy fields and all energy is neutral: what meaning it carries depends on intention.   

What the Illuminati are saying, in effect,  is that their gods, their creators, came from another planet, Nibiru, and it is to these gods  they owe their allegiance first and foremost, not to the “fictitious” God of the New Testament.   And worshipping or revering flesh-and-blood gods is tantamount to worshipping the Devil, as everything that takes the place of the real God, the one Jesus preached to mankind in the first century, is counterfeit and so is Satanic.

JESUS IN RENAISSANCE PAINTINGS

The Illuminati have all along been cryptically hinting that it is they who crucified Jesus Christ. In most of the Renaissance (that is, 14th to 17th century)  paintings of Jesus Christ, he’s depicted with a circular halo. The popular spin is that this projects a “halo of holiness”. Fact is, the halo  is fundamentally symbolism for Nibiru! Even the crown of thorns does not evince sympathy at all; it actually denotes a horned disc – a Nibiru symbol – and is therefore a mockery. Further, if you look at some of these paintings that show a crucified Jesus, you will see that in addition to a halo around Jesus’s head, there are one or two three-legged flying discs. These same 3-legged flying discs can be seen on a 5600-year-old art carving on a high ceiling beam in the old Temple of Osiris in Egypt (it is small wonder that the overwhelming majority of UFOs sighted today are flying discs. The Anunnaki did not exactly evacuate from Earth; some of them are next door on Mars and with their sophisticated, super-fast flying saucers periodically pay reconnaissance visits to Earth).  

Consider these archived illuminati paintings. One by Paolo Uccello dated 1460-1465 and which hangs in the Academy of Florence in Italy shows a red saucer-shaped object hovering around a crucified Jesus. A 17th century painting by Fresco, which can be seen in the Svetishoveli Cathedral in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, shows two saucer-shaped objects on either side of a crucified Jesus. In the Fitzwilliam Museum of Cambridge, England, is an even more intriguing painting by Flemish artist Aert De Gelder. The 1710 AD painting shows a disk-shaped object shining beams of light down on Jesus as John administers baptism to him! Do you remember what the Bible says about this event – that a loud voice came from  heaven and said ‘this is my son in whom I’m well pleased’? Did that voice come from an Anunnaki chopper hovering overhead? Was the event stage-managed by the still lingering, shadowy ranks of the departed Enlil – the Bible’s Yahweh/ Jehovah?     

Then there is this 1680 French coin called the Jeton, which has remained a mystery ever since. It appears to commemorate a UFO sighting of a saucer-like object. At the bottom of the coin is a winged disc – the symbol of Nibiru. Around the rim are the words “OPPORTUNUS ADEST”, which translate as “it is here at an opportune time”. Was this coded language for the French illuminati of the time that the planet of their gods, Nibiru, was not imminent but would arrive at the right time?       

NIBIRU SYMBOLISM EVERYWHERE

The flying disc is found on major buildings all over the world – St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican; St. Paul’s Cathedral in England (which has a golden globe and a cross on top – symbolism for the Planet of the Crossing, as the Sumerians referred to Nibiru); Capitol Hill in the US; to mention only a few. The Vatican actually chokes with flying discs signage and so does  Westminster Abbey in London. Alexandra Palace  in North London has even been nicknamed Nibiru Palace! Built in 1873, the building does not even pretend to conceal the fact that it celebrates the return of Nibiru. Practically every inch of the building, including the fencing,  is steeped in Nibiru symbolism – winged and horned discs; All-Seeing Eye; flying saucer depictions on floors and ceilings; etc.  The Big Ben clock tower depicts a pyramid with a floating top, another version of Nibiru symbolism.

The priestly uniform of Ron Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, is fraught with Nibiru symbolism too, including his office backdrop. The Pope’s uniform is likewise. A monstrance, used by the Catholic and the Vatican as a holder of the so-called communion wafer, actually depicts the centre of the flying disc (in fact most of the illuminati church windows, the Catholic included, depict the underside of a flying disc).  The same monstrance symbol was used by Hitler’s  Nazis to house their swastika. The UN logo is also designed in monstrance fashion.  

Yet the most obvious evidence of Nibiru veneration is seen everyday around us. It is the logos on the cars that we see or drive. The Bentleys,  Chryslers, Aston Martins, SAABs, Toyotas, Fords, Nissans, Land Rovers, Alpha Romeos, BMWs, Audis, etc, are embossed with winged globe logos or their approximation – interlocking circles or ellipses. The  Illuminati rule the world  folks and they do not shrink from asserting  their clout in any  way, shape or form.  Above all, they make sure the planet of their gods, Nibiru, takes pride of place in any setting.  

The Founding Fathers of America – George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, etc – were all Freemasons and therefore Illuminati to the core. Nibiru symbolism around them   was ubiquitous. The 1776 painting by John Trumbul that shows the so-called Committee of Five presenting to Congress America’s Declaration of Independence is dominated by two wall-hung winged discs draped in flags (as a camouflage perhaps?) This same painting appears on the back side of the  2-dollar bill too. On the tombstone of Benjamin Franklin are found not one but four winged disc depictions – for  emphasis? The epitaph reads, “Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790): The sage who two worlds claimed as their own”.

What were these two worlds? One need not be a genius to tell that they  are Earth and Nibiru. In other words, Franklin as a politician served Earth and as a Freemason served the agenda of the Anunnaki (rogue elements of the Anunnaki such as Enlil, I should hasten to say).  Then there is the famous Masonic Apron of George Washington, the founding president of the United States. It is awash with Anunnaki symbolism – the pyramid steps, the All-Seeing Eye in the centre of a flying disc with swirling thrust, a disguised inverted horned disc, etc.   

This Earth, My Brother, hardly belongs to you and I: it’s the property of the Illuminati and their Nibiru masters.

NEXT WEEK: DEVELOPMENTS IN THE SIRIUS STAR SYSTEM

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Appendicitis: Recognising the Signs

29th March 2022

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 an inflammation 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

Fever

Constipation or diarrhoea

Abdominal bloating/fullness

Diagnosis

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.

Treatment

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.

Complications

Appendicitis can cause serious complications such as;

Appendicular mass/abscessIf 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 rises 48–72 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:info@themedicscentre.co.bw” info@themedicscentre.co.bw 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.

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A degree of common sense

7th February 2022

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!

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Why regular health checks are important!

7th February 2022

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:info@themedicscentre.co.bw” info@themedicscentre.co.bw 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.

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