The Bible’s “Our Father Who Art In Heaven” comes down to Earth to assess gold production
When Enki and his 50-man team, the so-called Heroes, arrived on Earth from Nibiru half a million years ago, they came in search of gold. This was no treasure hunt: the metal, the rarest on their planet, was desperately needed to repair their perilously thinning atmosphere (it had other crucial uses as well, which we will discuss at an appropriate time). It was to be ground to powder and lofted into the upper reaches of the Nibiru atmosphere. The gold particles would serve as a kind of artificial screen: they would reflect the Sun’s harsh ultraviolet rays and therefore safeguard Nibiruans and the planet’s flora and fauna from the blights that were already in evidence.
That gold could indeed save such a purpose is borne out by Nasa, whose spacecraft windows are coated with a thin layer of gold to shield the astronauts from radiation. Solar radiation was particularly pronounced during that stage of Nibiru’s 3600-year circuit when it was in the ecliptic, that is, the region between Pluto and Mercury.
The Bible furnishes a veritable clue that gold was indeed uppermost in the minds of the Anunnaki (who it calls the Elohim but who Christians, Jews, and Arabs generally refer to as “God”) when they came to Earth. GENESIS 2:10-11 says, “A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated into four headwaters. The name of the first was the Pishon; it winds through the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold and the gold of that land is good: there is also bdellium and onyx stone.” Gold is the first metal to be mentioned in the Bible. Says Zechariah Sitchin: “Gold, which we call the royal metal, was in fact the metal of the gods”, that is, the Anunnaki. When the Anunnaki settled in ancient Iraq, it was essential because of the gold they had detected in its hydrology.
Not long after their arrival in Eridu, their first settlement on Earth, Enki’s team set out to extract gold first from the marshes and when this proved inadequate from rivers and the surrounding seas.
The Heroes laboured for six “days” and on the seventh “day” analysed the yield. They turned up reasonable quantities of copper and iron but not gold, which was disappointingly paltry. Enki reckoned that if they had to obtain meaningful amounts of gold, they should resort to prospecting for “Tiamat’s golden veins” on the firm lands, Tiamat being the Solar System’s first, gold-endowed planet that Nibiru destroyed 4 billon years ago to bring about Earth and the Asteroid Belt in what Enki, the Anunnaki genius who fathomed this cosmic phenomenon, dubbed the Celestial Battle.
Accordingly, the Heroes assembled what they called a “Sky Chamber” from the parts they had brought with them in the Celestial Boat, or spaceship, and Enki and another pilot called Abgal took off to scour for gold deposits on the continents using high-tech scanning instruments.
Meanwhile, panic was taking hold on an incoming Nibiru. Enlil, the ruler of Nibiru, sent word to his father King Anu in Sirius complaining of the inordinate delays in the delivery of gold, and Anu in turn relayed this concern to Enki. Why had shipments of gold not commenced, he wondered to his step son. Enki replied that the gold accumulated thus far was insignificant in amount: sizeable quantities would only be possible after a shar – a year on Nibiru which is equivalent to 3600 Earth years. Anu said he was having none of that: whatever gold there was had to be dispatched to Nibiru forthwith as the gold dispersal technique that had been devised there had to be tested.
Enki accordingly gave instructions that Alalu’s spaceship be repaired for a return trip to Nibiru. As he inspected the spaceship, Enki discovered seven nuclear weapons on board Alalu had not used when he blasted his way through the Asteroid Belt. A pacifist to the core, Enki feared that such weapons could one day land in the wrong hands and he decided to stash them away in a secret place. So he and Abgal carefully loaded them into their Sky Chamber and off they flew to a far-flung area in today’s Africa, where they hid them in a cave. Enki was in future to rue this misplaced trust in Abgal
At any rate, Anzu, who was detailed by Enki to deliver the gold to Nibiru, discovered that the nuclear weapons were missing and wondered to King Alalu how he was going to negotiate his way through the Asteroid Belt without them. A perturbed Alalu confronted Enki about this and Enki did not prevaricate: he owned up forthwith, saying he hid the “weapons of terror” because even on Nibiru their use in any way, shape or form had been forbidden. Anzu then said without them there was no way he was going to brave the Asteroid stumbling block: he was not well versed in the employment of water thrusters, a method Enki had so spectacularly used to tame the turning Asteroid boulders. A gallant Abgal then stepped forward and volunteered to deliver the gold in Anzu’s stead.
A SHORT-LIVED HEALING
When Abgal set course for Nibiru, the planet was already on its way back to its perigee, the point where it was nearest to the Sun. He had no trouble with the Asteroid barricade.
As he neared the planet, Abgal was at once alarmed and entranced. He was entranced by the planet’s dazzling brilliance. “Ahead, in the darkness, in reddish hue glowed Nibiru, a sight to behold,” Enki relates of Abgal’s journey. At the same time, he was alarmed by the extent of Nibiru’s Ozone hole. “Nearing the planet, the breach in its atmosphere Abgal could see. A squeezing he felt in his heart.”
On Nibiru, Abgal was welcomed amid a lot of fanfare by Enlil and King Anu, who had travelled from Sirius just to witness this occasion. The little gold that he brought with him was expeditiously ground to powder and put to use, with very promising results. Relates Enki in Zechariah Sitchin’s The Lost Book of Enki: “With rockets was the gold dust heavenward carried, by crystals beams was it dispersed. Where there was a breach, now there was a healing.”
King Anu was so excited he dubbed gold “The Salvation of Nibiru”. But the euphoria was short-lived: as Nibiru neared its perigee, disaster again struck. “When Nibiru near the Sun came, the golden dust was by its rays disturbed; the healing in the atmosphere was dwindled, the breach to its bigness returned.” The Ozone hole had rebounded. It was back to square one. A disillusioned and frantic Anu hurriedly dispatched Abgal back to Earth to collect more gold. Accompanying him was co-pilot Nungal and 50 other Heroes to reinforce the gold extraction effort.
The process of obtaining alluvial gold was notoriously slow: 3600 years since the last delivery, Enki and his team hadn’t made much headway. The gold yields remained a pittance. The quest for land ores had yet to bear fruit either. Enki and King Alalu pondered endlessly thus: “If Earth the head of Tiamat was in the Celestial Battle cut off, where was the neck, where were the golden veins cut asunder? Where were the golden veins from Earth’s innards protruding?”
The gold ingots that Abgal took to Nibiru again were minuscule: they could not provide a sustainable solution to Nibiru’s Ozone hole problem. Enki continued to criss-cross the Earth in his sky chamber and at long last the search registered a stunning success: he happened upon rich deposits of gold in modern-day Zimbabwe. The potential was so breathtaking Enki characterised the place as the “Birthplace of Gold”.
The need to extract gold from the sea was now redundant. But the terrestrial gold was deep into “the bowels of the Earth” and therefore required suitable underground mining equipment.
An ecstatic King Anu, when he got word of this development, convened a special assembly to discuss the next course of action. The assembly decided that there was need to first ascertain the size of the deposits before a longterm strategy was devised. Enki would also need executive assistance in the event that large-scale mining became inevitable and the best fit for the purpose was Enlil. Besides being ruler of Nibiru (on behalf of the Sirian-Orion monarch) and Crown Prince to the Sirian-Orion throne, Enlil was once a general in the Sirian Air Force, which encompassed the cosmic army, and had demonstrable credentials as an able administrator. Meanwhile, Anu decided to base himself on Nibiru till the Ozone hole problem was resolved.
Enlil arrived on Earth in the 7th Shar after Alalu did, that is, after Alalu had been King of Earth for 25,200 Earth years. Enki wasted no time in taking him to the southern part of Africa, which Enki had named the ABZU. Abzu meant a “primeval deep source”, in this context a source of metal ore or simply Mineral Belt.
Having established that gold did indeed abound in the Abzu, Enlil now suggested to Enki and Alalu that a permanent settlement be established on Earth as more Anunnaki would be needed in the arduous and painstaking mining process. A spaceport had to be built as well to handle the higher traffic of spaceships carrying loads of gold to Nibiru. What this entailed was that both Enki and Enlil would now be based on Earth practically indefinitely. Now, the moot point was this: who would be in charge of the base camp in Eridu and the new operations thereof and who would be in charge of the mining operations in the Abzu?
Regrettably, King of Earth Alalu fell flat in allotting responsibilities to the two brothers, both of whom had colossal egos. Enlil then proposed that King Anu come to Earth and help break the impasse, to which King Alalu reluctantly agreed. It meant the onset of mining activities would have to wait for another shar as at the time Nibiru had left the perigee and was on its way back to its apogee.
Meanwhile, Enki had long divided an Earthly year into twelve months, with each month comprising of four weeks of 7 days each. He was also busy studying the Earth’s evening skies to establish the periodicity of peculiar star patterns. So far, he had already deduced that there was a different night sky backdrop – called a constellation – roughly every 2160 years. It was just a matter of time before he came up with a definitive Zodiac pattern that would stand the test of time.
THE RESENTFUL “ZU”
King Anu set off from Nibiru to Earth with a 50-man entourage that included Chief Pilot Nungal and a VIP royal called Kumarbi. Who was Kumarbi?
As with most Anunnaki names that we encounter in Sumerian records, Kumarbi was a title and not an original name. The Sirian-Orion armed forces had two major branches. First, there was the cosmic branch, the one that engaged in interplanetary warfare and conquests. Its troops were known as “IKU” Warriors. Then there was the Warrior Ground Forces. These were known as the “BEH”. Collectively, the Iku and Beh were known as the “DAK” or “TAK”, meaning the “Teeth”. They were the teeth of the “RRR”, as the Wolfen race of Sirius were called by virtue of the inborn throaty growl (like that of a dog or lion) in their voice.
Now, when Alalu fled from Sirius to Earth, he had brought along with him his grandson ALALGAR. Alalgar was a fiercely ambitious young Anunnaki, even more so than his grandfather. The overthrow of Alalu by Anu remained a sore point with Alalgar; as such, his lifelong goal was to reclaim the Sirian throne on behalf of the House of Alalu. To prepare for such an eventuality, he underwent thorough Iku and Beh training here on Earth and the surrounding space (contrary to what Zechariah Sitchin would have you believe, Alalu had fled with a sizeable military arsenal and following when he came to Earth and even warred against the Native Reptilians of Earth, a subject we shall dwell upon in detail soon.)
Having completed the training, Alalgar quickly rose through the military ranks. First, he attained to the second highest title, IKU-MAR-BEH, which meant “Great One of the Iku and Beh”. In the Sumerian writings, this is abbreviated to “KUMARBI”. Finally, he was conferred the highest commission, equivalent to what we call Generalissimo today, or Joint Chiefs Chairman in the US armed forces. This title was “ZU”. It literally meant “Supreme Master” (that is, of the combined Anunnaki armed forces of Earth). In our case, we will be referring to him simply as Kumarbi but bear in mind that his original name was Alalgar. Kumarbi would, for reasons we shall set out soon, become known as “The Evil Zu”.
When King Anu heard of the strides Kumarbi was making in the Buida (our Solar System) military, he was alarmed. His immediate reaction was to deploy his own elite Iku warrior astronauts throughout Buida, who were known as the “IKIKI”, or “IGIGI” in some spellings. Igigi meant “Those Who Watch” or “Search” (that is, watching and searching from a space station). The Igigi were at once astronauts and fighter pilots. Their main brief was to watch on developments on planet Earth with an eye particularly on Kumarbi. The Igigi were headed by Marduk, Enki’s firstborn son who was second in line to the Sirian-Orion throne after Enlil.
KUMARBI SUPPLANTS ENLIL
The reports Marduk sent to Anu agitated the Sirian-Orion King. It came to light that Kumarbi was scheming to have Earth completely secede from the Sirian-Orion Empire, when Alalu ruled it as a mere viceroy, that is, on behalf of the Sirian-Orion monarch.
In order to forestall such a scenario, Anu hit upon an idea. He decided to make Kumarbi his Cup-Bearer. This was a very sensitive move as it meant Kumarbi was now the official heir to the Sirian-Orion throne, leapfrogging Enlil. But Anu thought sacrificing Enlil was by far a lower price to pay in the interests of peace and considering that as the designated Living Genetic Library and a hugely resource-endowed planet, Earth was the most precious planet in the Milky Way Galaxy.
And so it was that Kumarbi was installed as Cup-Bearer to the Sirian-Orion monarch and was to be based on the Wolfen planet in Sirius. Kumarbi, however, remained unabashedly resentful of Anu: it still rankled with him that his grandfather’s reign was interrupted by a power-hungry Anu, who he would always regard as a usurper. “Anu could not withstand the gaze of Kumarbi’s eyes”, relates Enki.
Because he was distrustful of Kumarbi, Anu, when he journeyed to Earth, brought him along just in case he suddenly got to entertain subversive ideas in the King’s absence. Even then, Anu made sure Alalu and his grandson did not get the slightest chance to confer by leaving Kumarbi on the space platform orbiting the Earth. The gesture irked both grandfather and grandson in no small measure.
Anu was as much on a crisis-defusing mission as he was on a prospecting mission. Before setting a direct course for Earth, he first circled the Moon to sniff for signs of gold deposits there. Several billions of Earth years before, both Earth and the Moon, named Kingu by the Anunnaki, were part of a planet called Tiamat that existed between Mars and Jupiter, with Kingu as a moon of Tiamat. It therefore followed that if Earth contained gold, then Kingu possibly did to.
Emerging from the watercourse that abutted Eridu, King Anu was first greeted by Enki, which was anomalous and a sign of simmering tension between Alalu and Anu. Anu should ideally have been welcomed by Earth’s King Alalu but the latter was chafed when he could not spot his grandson Kumarbi among Anu’s entourage. It was only after Enki and Enlil had greeted their father that Alalu did likewise but with his body language plainly bespeaking underlying rancour.
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:firstname.lastname@example.org” email@example.com 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:firstname.lastname@example.org” email@example.com 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.