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How Enki Became “The Devil”

Benson C Saili

THIS EARTH, MY BROTHER

 

And why Adam and Eve were expelled from the Middle East and repatriated to Africa

 

Ninmah and Ningishzidda were ushered into the presence of Enlil,  the principal Jehovah/Yahweh of the Old Testament, with the youthful Ningishzidda affecting a hang-dog expression whilst Ninmah typically put a brave face on the affair. An irate Enlil got to the point straight off.
 

“Can you two confirm that Enki did nothing else to the Lulus  other than give them the ability to reproduce, that he did not confer on them a  lifespan approximating ours?”

 

“Mm… my Lord,” Ningishzidda answered rather falteringly, “the prototypes were indeed given the ability to procreate,  but they were genetically allowed a life expectancy only a fraction ours: they can only live for 70,000 Earth years at most, which is nothing my Lord compared to the million Earth years we are capable of living.”

 

“You should understand,  my brother,” Ninmah weighed in,  “that what Enki did, what we did under his guidance, was purely in the interests of Nibiru and for the sake of the toiling Anunnaki miners. There simply was no other way to proliferate the human race.”

 

“That’s balderdash!” Enlil exploded. “I received not so much as a murmur of protestation from the Birth Mothers! They were dutifully resigned to the task!” Then again turning to the Sergeant-at-Arms, Enlil hollered,  “Get the Lulus in here.”Adam and Eve shuffled in, looking timid and woebegone. Adam was stark naked whereas Eve was clothed.

 

“Take off the lass’s clothes,” Enlil ordered the Sergeant-At-Arms. “The Lulu’s are an inferior species; they are not entitled to the dignity of clothing. How on Earth could they be equal to us when we created them?  My decree reverses completely their recognition, unilaterally, by Enki that they occupy the same station as we do in life’s pecking order.”   

 

Looking fixedly and contemptuously at the couple, Enlil said,  “Because of Enki, you guys now have become like us in that you will now be able to produce after your kind. But do you know what that entails Adam? Your wife  will experience excruciating labour pains! Child bearing could kill her! You guys have become like us because again owing to Enki, you now reason like grown humanoids.

 

You now have attained to such  intellectual maturity as  to know the difference between what is right and what is wrong, what is moral and what is amoral, meaning you are no longer the quasi-animal you used to be before Enki sophisticated you.

 

If that’s the case, then you should be capable of independent and responsible existence. I’m ordering your expulsion not only from Eridu but from the Edin as a whole: you will be taken back to the Abzu, from whence you originated,  to fend for yourselves.

 

I’m sure you will be able to provide for your wife and the children that may come along Adam through the gathering of wild fruits and the trapping of small game.  Off you go!”

 

Adam  and his wife looked imploringly at Enki before they made their exit. Then turning to his step brother, Enlil said:  “As for you Enki, you will remain under house arrest here at Eridu till I have ascertained from King Anu as to what sort of crime you should be charged for. Meanwhile, you are forbidden access to your shem so that you do not escape either to Mars or the Moon. 

 

To that effect, I’m ordering that Eridu be out of bounds and that it be tightly guarded. For I don’t want you to somehow spirit the Lulus on board and have them taken to Nibiru to acquire a lengthened lifespan. You are as slippery Enki as a snake. Now get out of here!”

 

It was Ningishzidda and Ninmah who were to travel with Adam and Eve back to the Abzu, or Africa. Before they got aboard the sky chamber, Ningishzidda provided the tear-sodden couple with coverings improvised from snake hides that hung on the walls of Enki’s mansion as decorative trophies.     

 

“GOD IS THE DEVIL AND THE DEVIL IS OUR MAKER”

 

The above account is a paraphrase of Sumerian accounts, which include titbits from The Lost Book of Enki, itself based on the same Sumerian records. In the Bible, the incident is recorded in GENESIS 3:14-24.  The  Genesis version verges on fiction.

 

In it, there is a literal serpent, when the serpent (NAHASH in the original Hebrew) was actually Enki as we have already gathered. Eve’s child-bearing travails are multiplied when at the time Eve had never experienced child birth at all. The Tree of Life is literalised when again  this stands for a spacecraft.  

 

Adam is condemned to tilling the land when at the time agriculture had not yet been introduced to mankind. Adam and Eve are also rendered subject to death, when death was inevitable even for the Anunnaki themselves.

 

The statement “thou art dust and to dust you shall return” exposes the ignorance of the Genesis writers regarding how mankind was fashioned by Enki.  Characterising mankind as dust was a derogative term, just like some Caucasian racial bigots characterise blacks as “apes”.

 

The Anunnaki used the term, first, to stress the fact that they were the creators of mankind and to drum into us the false notion that since they did so  by animating clay, we mankind were little more than a puff of dust. Since mankind was  so benighted at the time,   they took this claptrap as gospel truth. Tragically, even “enlightened”  mankind today propagates the same spurious message from church  pulpits! 

 

So what do we learn from the incident, which Christians describe as “The Fall”? We learn that Eden (the Edin) was the abode of several “gods”, not one. One god, Enki, wanted to uplift mankind morally and intellectually and to get them to produce after their kind.

 

Another god, Enlil, took very strong exception: he had Enki detained when he learnt of what the latter had done and had Adam and Eve expelled from the Edin. Yet another god, Ningishzidda, provided Adam with coverings after Enlil had declothed him.  

 

The transcendent God, the God of the Universe and All Dimensions  Jesus introduced to mankind, was not involved whatsoever. There was no snake at all and there were no trees and fruits of knowledge and eternal life: all these were simply metaphoric terms.

 

Perhaps the most paradoxical of lessons is that our god in a physical sense, Enki, is the one who we today call the Devil; whereas our oppressor, the one who was dead-set against the advancement of mankind, the one who literary regarded us as disposable pieces of trash,  is the one we now worship as our God – Enlil, the primary Jehovah/Yahweh of the Old Testament!  Says Earth chronicles researcher Michael Tellinger: “When I say that god is the Devil and the Devil is our maker, it should be seen in this context.”          

     How true!

ENKI IS RELEASED

 

Nibiru King Anu ordered Enlil to free Enki because he had not committed any statutory crime. At the same time, he made it clear that if Enki genetically accorded mankind the same longevity as the Anunnaki, there would be serious reprisals.  

 

Choking with exasperation, Enlil told Enki he was going to do his utmost to create a wedge between his (Enki) clan and Eve’s off spring (mankind). He was going to propagandise him to mankind as the “cosmic adversary”, what we today call “The Devil” or “The Evil One”.

 

Both Enki and his clan were going to be deliberately vilified as “evil snakes” who had to be avoided at all costs as they were cunning and deceptive and led people only to perdition.    Enlil also gave Enki to understand that  he was going to see to it that he never prospered in  whatever he set out to do. “Whatever you touch, I’ll make sure it turns to dust,” he raged. “Like a snake, you will crawl and never sprint”. We find intimations of this illwill in GENESIS 3:14-15.

 

It is important to note that at the time, the word “Devil” did not have the sinister connotation it carries today. Devil is derived from the Sumerian D’EA-BEL (Diabolos in Latin). This simply meant “The (D) Lord (BEL) of Life (Ea)”.

 

This was Enki’s title in recognition of his prestige as the Anunnaki’s past master of life sciences and his surpassing  mastery of DNA, the very essence of life (Ea, literally “House of Water”, can also denote mankind in general – Enki’s creation – since 70 percent of our bodily constitution is water. The Earth is also a House of Water in that it too is 71 percent water. 

 

Hence, D’Ea-Bel could also be rendered as “Earth Lord”, which precisely is the meaning of the name Enki).   D’Ea-Bel     turned into the slur “Evil One” after Enki cognitively uplifted Adam and Eve against the wishes of Enlil. The slur assumed heightened proportions when Enki’s firstborn son Marduk, who also was referred to as D’Ea-Bel, began to work at cross-purposes with the Enlilites’ manipulative agenda for mankind.

 

The reader should also take cognizance of the fact that of the Anunnaki contingent, Enki was the only one whose ancestors evolved from a snake species. Enki was originally from Orion whereas all the other Anunnaki were originally from Sirius. The beings of Sirius evolved from a Wolfen and Leonine (lion) creature, whereas the beings of Orion evolved from a serpentine ancestor.  

 

As such, by calling Enki a snake, Enlil was simply saying, “You act just like the creature you arose from”. But Enki was far from offended because he was indeed of snake heritage. In fact, at this very juncture, Enki decided he was at some point in the future going to form a “secret society”  to confide in some ranks of mankind their true origins and to  impart to them certain  spiritual, bio-chemical, and metaphysical secrets.

 

Enki thus was the founder of secret societies. The pioneer secret society he called The Brotherhood of the Snake. Tragically, this well-meaning clandestine fraternity was over time infiltrated and adulterated by Enlilites so that it came to be vilified as a Luciferian cabal whose aim was to promoted and perpetuate evil. This Earth, My Brother …

 

THE LULUS DUTIFULLY SERVE THE KINDLY ENKI

 

Back in East Africa at Bit Shiimti, Enki built a cottage house for Adam and Eve in the surrounding grove. There, he taught them daily and cared for them like a parent would do his own children.   Meanwhile, Ningishzidda kept a close watch on Eve. He was ecstatic when he saw that she had developed a bump: the Shurrupak operation had borne fruit! Nine months later, Ninmah midwived Eve’s first offspring – a set of fraternal twins.

Since the Adamites were fruitful as per Enki’s blessings, they multiplied by geometrical progression. Within about a years’ time, East Africa was teeming with them. Relates Enki in The Lost Book of Enki: “By the time Adamu and Tiamat had other sons and daughters, the first ones were by themselves procreating! Before one shar of Nibiru had passed, the Earthlings were proliferating. With understanding were the Primitive Workers endowed, of commandments they were comprehending.”

 

Initially, the Earthlings were not deployed to work in the underground gold mines. They served in Enki’s palaces and gardens in Zimbabwe and East Africa as cooks, cleaners, launders, and gardeners. Enki, who was the most considerate of the Anunnaki, did not abuse them: they worked according to a set time table and were well-looked after.

 

Since they were well treated, they were so devoted to duty and showed no disaffection of any kind however backbreaking the travails were. “To be with the Anunnaki they were eager, for food rations they toiled well, of heat and dust they did not complain, of backbreaking they did not grumble.”

 

JEHOVAH RAIDS THE ABZU

 

When Enlil got wind of the news that the Lulus were doing a swell of a job in the Abzu sprucing up Enki’s estates, he too pegged his claim. He sent word to Enki that some of the Lulus should be shipped to the Edin forthwith to serve him too.  Enki told him point-blank that he should go get stuffed.

 

Wasn’t it he, Enlil, who had unceremoniously expelled Adam and Eve from the same Edin? If he wanted Lulus to work for him, then he should go ahead and fashion his own as Enki’s Lulus were strictly helpers in the tasks of the Abzu only. Enki’s intransigence also stemmed from his fear that Enlil, a naturally austere being, was certain to treat the Lulus not as helpers but as slaves.

 

Enlil, however, was not one to take Enki’s rebuff lying down. He sat down with his eldest son Ninurta and plotted to jet down to the Abzu and grab the Lulus by force. In the event, Enlil, who was an aeronautic engineer by training, assembled aircraft for this purpose he called the ALANI (“Highward Vehicle”), which he mounted with a detachable  “Earth Spliter”, a huge power drill capable of pulverising anything however hard.  

 

This was reinforced by Ninurta’s IMDUGUD, a combat aerial vehicle that doubled as conscription machine. The Imdugud was also known as the GIRSU, the “Great Black Machine”, which explains why Ninurta’s other title was NINGIRSU, meaning “Prince of the Great Black Machine”.

 

The huge craft had a wing span of about 75 feet. In Sumerian drawings, it is depicted as a mechanically constructed "bird," with two wing surfaces supported by cross beams and  an undercarriage pierced with  a series of round openings that must have served as air intakes for the abductees. It was  actually the inspiration for Ninurta’s emblem, which was  a heroic lion-headed bird resting on two lions or sometimes on two bulls.

 

When Enki’s personal intelligence network tipped him as to what Enlil was up to, he decided to take precautionary steps. He fashioned  a bunker from a nearby mountain and stowed the Lulus in there (at the time, they did not number more than a few dozens).   But it seemed the Lulus  misconceived Enki.

 

They thought his aim was to kind of imprison them so that they were totally shut out from the  liberty of the world. By the time Enlil and Ninurta arrived to seek them out, they desperately wanted out. Thus when Enlil set the Splitter Weapon on the mountain bunker and bored a hole through it, the Lulus made a dash for this providential exit and hailed Enlil as their saviour.

 

But their glee was short-lived as almost instantly, Ninurta’s men, fifty in all, began to herd them into the bottom fuselage of the Imdugud. It occurred to the Lulus that they had jumped from the frying pan into the fire but it was too late.  Before long, the Imdugud was air-borne and the Lulus were headed for the Edin not to work for Enlil but to slave for him. A livid Enki cursed under his breath.   

   

NEXT WEEK: HOW THE ANUNNAKI KILLED OUR FOREFATHERS “ALIVE!”

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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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