… as Enlilites programme multiple languages into Marduk’s people and scatter them all over the Earth
With Marduk having cocked a snoop at him, Enlil called a meeting with his brood to decide how once again they were going to tame the “Great Serpent”, as Marduk was deprecatingly dubbed. Says the Sumerian records: “Marduk an unpermitted Gateway to Heaven is building, to Earthlings it he is entrusting! So did Enlil to his sons and grandchildren say. If this we allow to happen, no other matter of Mankind shall be unreached! This is just the beginning of their undertakings: from now on, anything that they shall scheme to do shall no longer be impossible for them."
Enlil’s statement is pregnant with insight as to how all-powerful mankind would be with their own spaceport courtesy of their leader Marduk. We were going to be on par with the Anunnaki in terms of our technological potential. Nothing would be beyond our ken anymore. We would travel to space, explore other planets, reach every corner of Earth, discover new mineral deposits, mine them, harness them, beneficiate them by manufacturing arms, partake of Ormus at will, ad infinitum. Marduk was right.
The spaceport was his first major step toward the empowerment wholly and totally of mankind. Marduk did not intend to keep us in eternal ignorance like Enlil did: he wanted to elevate us to the same level as the Anunnaki in one quantum leap. Remember, his aim was to be the King of this planet and as such, he wanted to reign over fully enlightened and capable people who would make Earth a planet to reckon with not only in the Solar System but across the whole cosmos. He was born on the throne planet of Orion, had grown up on the throne planet of Sirius, had spent time on planet Nibiru, and had lived on planet Mars. So he had a good idea of the kind of planet Earth was going to be when he was the new Enlil.
On the other hand, Enlil was not interested in the welfare of this planet. All the Anunnaki had been instructed to vacate the planet by King Anu once mankind was sufficiently civilised. Only Marduk was strictly barred from ever returning to Nibiru or the Sirius star system for having “defiled himself” when he married Sarpanit, a full Earthling. Ninurta had the option to return to Nibiru but like Marduk, he too wanted to rise to the supremacy of Earth but he was not popular to Earthlings in general in view of his having gassed Africans in the Second Pyramid War. Thus in the battle for the hearts of the human race, he had already lost. Inevitably, he was sorely jealous of Marduk’s popularity with Earthlings. Marduk had to be stopped in his tracks at all costs.
THE LAUNCH TOWER IS STRUCK
Exactly how was Marduk going to be stopped? The Enlilites settled for three courses of action. First, the tower must be destroyed. Second, a divide and rule scheme must be implemented. Hitherto, all the Earthlings had one universal language which made co-operation a very easy proposition. From now on, they should be introduced to new and radically different languages which should set them apart from each other and therefore weaken their bonds. Thirdly, all of Marduk’s people must be driven out of Babylon and scattered all over the world so that they lose a sense of oneness.
The first phase of the resolution was entrusted to Ninurta and was conducted under cover of darkness, which did not make any difference as the construction team was working round the clock to complete the project and lived in a huge camp around the construction site. At any given time, about two-thirds of the workforce were on site. General Ninurta settled at the controls of a fighter craft, one of an armada that was equipped with bunker-bursting bombs, and led the way from Nippur to Babylon at breakneck sped. About half an hour later, the Earth was heard to shake across Sumer as the bombs were unleashed on Marduk’s only partially complete space-launch tower.
“It was night time when from Nibruki (Nippur) the Enlilite Anunnaki came,” say the Sumerian records. “From their skyships, havoc upon the rising tower, fire and brimstones, they rained.” The results were spectacularly gory. According to the apocryphal Book of Jasher, one-third of the Babylonians were so blown to bits they could not be traced and another one-third were unearthed from the rabble but with fatal burns that made them unidentifiable. Only the one-third that were not on the site survived. “To the tower and the whole encampment a complete end they made,” say the Sumerian texts. Marduk was devastated. “The incident of the Tower of Babel brought to an unexpected end the longest era of Peace on Earth that Man can recall,” writes Zechariah Sitchin.
Next, the survivors were rounded up, herded into cargo “sky birds” and ocean liners, and taken to new places near and far as armed Enlilites kept watch over them. Writes Andrea Paris in Planet of Gold: “The forefathers of the Alaskan Eskimos, the Japanese, and even the Egyptians have been transported to where they are now according to their mythology. In fact, the Eskimo mythology tells us their forefathers had been transported there inside ‘big metal birds’.” Once they landed in these totally foreign locations, Marduk’s people were artificially and mentally programmed with new languages that erased the language they originally spoke. Few people are aware that a language can be programmed into one’s psyche.
High-level ex-Satanists from the Western world who have become Christians have testified that they were able to speak foreign languages which had been programmed into them. I know you are wondering how this is possible but to those in the know it’s pretty simple. Everything, including language, is energy and energy is differentiated by what are known as frequencies. So, if you know the frequency of a language and you know how to manipulate that frequency, you can erase it from the DNA and introduce a new language frequency or frequencies in the same DNA.
The authors of Genesis present the “confusion of languages” as though it was done magically when it was not. But we need not bash them too hard for this: they didn’t understand phenomena in the way we do today and thus anything that was atypical was a miracle to them. The term “Babel” has come to denote “confusion”. This stems from the word play the Genesis writers employed in relating “Bab-ili” (Babylon) with the Hebrew word “Bll”, which means to confuse or mix up. By the same token, the term “shem” has spawned such sorry terms as “sham” or “shame”. It all harps back to the shame and sham the project to construct a platform from which to launch shems became.
MARDUK CLASHES WITH ZIDDA
Initially, Marduk dug in his heels: he vowed that despite losing great numbers of people and seeing his project reduced to rabble, he still was going to remain in Babylon. His immediate younger brother Nergal, however, told him there was no need for him to create unnecessary friction with the Enlilites, who had given him an ultimatum to leave Sumer. The Age of the Ram, when he was scheduled to rule Earth, was around the corner. He should therefore simply bide his time and keep a low profile till his eligibility day arrived. “Let us peacefully wait for the true signs of heaven,” Nergal pleaded with his brother.
Marduk was persuaded but he was in no hurry to move: he waited for another 10 years (10 was his ranking in the Anunnaki pantheon) before he and his followers retraced their way to the “Land of the Two Narrows”, an epithet for Egypt. This was in the year 3450 BC. Marduk’s choice of Egypt was only secondarily because it was the headquarters of the Enkites. His underlying motive was to reinstate himself to the rulership of Egypt to take advantage of the new dispensation that was looming: King Anu had stipulated that in 3100 BC, the “Second Region” (as the Enkite lands were known) was to be civilised too just as Sumer had been in 3800 BC. Again the 700-year interval had to do with the number 7, which was Enlil’s celestial number (Earth, over which Enlil ruled, was the 7th planet counting from Pluto).
But when Marduk arrived to reclaim the throne of Egypt, he was opposed by his younger brother Ningishzidda, who was vying for the throne too. Zidda, known as Tehuti in Egypt (Thoth in English) and the most popular Anunnaki after his father Enki, first ruled the country from 8670 to 7100 BC as the compromise choice according to the terms of the Enkite-Enlilite accord following the end of the Second Pyramid War. After ruling for 1570 years, he handed over to demigods – those who were part Earthling part Anunnaki – who reigned for a total of 3650 years, that is, from 7100 to 3450 BC. The demigods were interrupted by the returning Marduk, who issued an abrupt decree that their era was over as the boss was back. But the Egyptians were divided: most wanted Zidda to take over instead of Marduk. Whilst they liked Marduk too, they feared he was too bellicose and was therefore liable to precipitate another devastating war with the Enlilites. Besides, Marduk had never been seen in Egypt for over 300 years, having left in 3760 BC.
Enki as the family head loved his sons equally and so when each asked him for his blessings, his response was that they should sit down and iron out the matter between themselves. This they did but they just could not come to terms. Marduk gave Zidda to understand that he was Enki’s firstborn and was therefore entitled to rule Egypt, and that even during the years when Zidda ruled Egypt, he was just holding fort for him. Marduk also pointed out the wrongs Zidda had committed whilst Marduk was away. For example, Zidda had Horus, who also had ambitions to rule Egypt again, restricted to “a desert place … a place that has no water, a boundless place where sexual pleasures are not enjoyed”. Zidda just had to give way: it was either Marduk’s way or the highway. “Pay heed,” Marduk said to his younger brother. “I am here in my proper place! You have been my place-taker. From now on, only a deputy of mine you can be. But if to rebellion you are inclined, to another land go away you must!”
Zidda replied that he didn’t want to rule Egypt because he was personally ambitious: it was all in keeping with the terms of the peace at the conclusion of the Second Pyramid War in 8670 BC, which stipulated that Marduk should never ever rule Egypt. “I wouldn’t want to see the Enlilites attack us again because we’re in breach of the peace accord,” he tried to reason with his brother. Marduk said to hell with the Enlilites. He was going to rule Egypt whether they liked it or not.
ZIDDA IN SELF-EXILE
For the next 350 years (337 years to be exact: 350 is just a approximation), a period scholars have described as a “chaotic time during which Egypt was disunited and in disarray”, there was a stalemate between Marduk and Zidda as to who should be sole ruler of Egypt. None of the two really called the shots. Some people recognised Marduk as the ruler and others deferred to Zidda. Finally, Enki decided to intervene. In 3113 BC, he approached Zidda and besought him to give up his contention for rulership for the sake of peace. In fact, Enki suggested it was best that Zidda departs Egypt altogether and found his own domain as far afield as Mesoamerica, where he would have no competition whatsoever as the Anunnaki did not particularly favour that part of the world owing to its comparatively hotter climate then.
The one good thing about Zidda was that he was unfailingly obedient to his father, the only one among Enki’s six sons who was so submissive. He acceded to his father’s pleas all right but he did not head to “The Land Beyond the Oceans” straightway: instead he made a beeline for Babylon, where Marduk had been expelled from in 3450 BC. From that time henceforth, Zidda adopted the number 52 as his talismanic number. Why 52? Well, he had ruled Egypt for 1570 years. Then he had been the ceremonial monarch (when the demigods ruled at his behest) for 3650 years. His effective uncontested rulership of Egypt therefore added up to 5220 years. If you round this figure off to only two digits, it amounts to 52.
The other explanation for the enigmatic number of 52 can be gleaned from Zechariah Sitchin. It has to do with the geometrical miracle Zidda wrought in the Great Pyramid. “The Great Pyramid has four triangular sides that rise at the tricky angle of 52 degrees,” writes Sitchin in his The War of the Gods. “The rather steep angle of 52 degrees has been attained in Egypt only in the Giza pyramids, which were built neither by Cheops or any other Pharaoh but by the gods of the ancient Near East, as beacons for landing at their spaceport in the Sinai peninsula. All the other Egyptian pyramids—lesser, smaller, decayed, or collapsed—were indeed built by Pharaohs, millennia later, in emulation of the gods’‘stairways to heaven’. But none succeeded in attaining the perfect angle of 52 degrees and whenever this was attempted, the attempt ended in collapse.”
Still another explanation is that the number 52 represented the 52 weeks of a year. Marduk was ecstatic at Zidda’s departure. No sooner had Zidda left than he set out to erase his memory in the hearts of Egyptians forever. First, he had Zidda’s face on the Great Sphinx replaced with his (Marduk) most beloved son/grandson Osiris. Second, he withdrew Zidda’s lunar-based calendar and introduced the solar-based calendar to accord with his boast as the Sun God. Finally, he introduced Base 10 mathematics and did away with sexagesmal or Base 60 mathematics. Again this was to accord with his ranking of 10 in the Anunnaki pantheon.
But it wasn’t Zidda only who Marduk wanted to blot out from the memories of his people. In Thebes, there was a sculpture of the Bull, an icon of Enlil and which some of the Egyptians reverenced. Marduk destroyed it and had a new sculpture of the Bull erected but which showed it “pierced and deflated” to betoken the fate of Enlil when Marduk replaced him at the dawn of the Age of the Ram. Marduk in fact proceeded to erect huge sculptures of the ram throughout Egypt as a harbinger of his imminent supremacy over the whole planet.
And in order to prepare Egypt for its own civilisation that was to take effect in 3100 BC, Marduk asked Enki to provide him with the MEs, the computer chips that encrypted more than 100 aspects of civilisation. Enlil hearkened to his son’s plea. The MEs embodied all manner of knowledge except that pertaining to raising the dead. The only Anunnaki who had knowledge of restoring the dead to life were Enki and Zidda. Marduk was distraught that his father had denied him this knowledge.
THE FIRST ROTHSCHILDS AND ROCKEFELLERS
Like Zidda before him, Marduk did not intend to rule Egyptians directly but through a supine demigod. He himself would simply be the superintending “god”. The title he chose for the demigod was Peraa, or Pharaoh in modern spelling. Paraphrased, it meant “He of the Great House”. The “Great House” was a metaphor for the Egyptian royal institution which was headed by Marduk. The first Pharaoh was Mena, or Menes as he’s best known. Likely a bastard son of Marduk himself (the Sumerian records say he was an offspring of a Neteru, as the Anunnaki were called in Egypt, and an Earthling), he was the founder of the First Dynasty and he’s credited for having united upper and lower Egypt. Menes built his capital along a line where Upper and Lower Egypt met and called it Mena Nefer, meaning “Mena’s Beauty”. His aim was to make Mena Nefer rival the Sumerian city-state of Kish in terms of glory and splendour.
But you and I know that a King is only a figurehead. Marduk entrusted his priests and offspring to administer Egypt, the people who wielded real power. Now, let us first recognise that Marduk’s full title as the god of Egypt was Rra Ka, meaning “The Universal Sun God” or “The Supreme Conscience” (Ka was consciousness in Egyptian). Rra Ka assigned his offspring to manage the wealth of his empire. They were referred to as the Ra Kam, meaning “Children of Rra”.
As his offspring, they were his shield and therefore the term Kam came to mean “shield”. The Rakam were “Ra’s Shield”. Today, this is … Rothschild! The Rothschilds not only are the wealthiest clan on Earth but they are the ones running the major banks of much of the world. It is said Rothschild means “Red Shield.” You and I know that the Red Shield is the coat of arms of the Vatican. Thus the Rothschilds in truth serve not themselves but the Jesuit-General, also known as the Black Pope – the most powerful visible being on Earth.
For the day-to-day administration of the empire, Marduk appointed an elite group of priests who were not related to him to see to that. These priests, the Lord Administrators of the empire, were known as the Rakaperaa (or Rakapharoahs), meaning “Holy Ones of the Great House”. The Rakaperaas are today known as … the Rockefellers. It is the Rothschilds and the Rockefellers who conduct the day-to-day affairs of the world. There’s more than meets the eye to this Earth, my Brother.
NEXT WEEK: THE FEATS OF ZIDDA AND HIS BLACK ANUNNAKI
Many a times I get clients casually walking into my room and requesting to be checked for “appendix”.Few questions down the line, it is clear they are unaware of where the appendix is or what to expect when one does have it (appendicitis). Jokingly (or maybe not) I would tell them they would possibly not be having appendicitis and laughing as hard as they are doing. On the other hand, I would be impressed that at least they know and acknowledge that appendicitis is a serious thing that they should be worried about.
So, what is Appendicitis?
Appendicitis is aninflammation of the appendix; a thin, finger-like pouch attached to the large intestine on the lower right side of the abdomen. Often the inflammation can be as a result of blockage either by the faecal matter, a foreign body, infection, trauma or a tumour. Appendicitis is generally acute, with symptoms coming on over the course of a day and becoming severe rapidly. Chronic appendicitis can also occur, though rarely. In chronic cases, symptoms are less severe and can last for days, weeks, or even months.
Acute appendicitis is a medical emergency that almost always ends up in the operating theatre. Though the appendix is locally referred to as “lela la sukiri”, no one knows its exact role and it definitely does not have anything to do with sugar metabolism. Appendicitis can strike at any age, but it is mostly common from the teen years to the 30s.
Signs to look out for
If you have any of the following symptoms, go and see a Doctor immediately! Timely diagnosis and treatment are vital in acute appendicitis;
Sudden pain that starts around the navel and shifts to the lower right abdomen within hours
The pain becomes constant and increases in severity (or comes back despite painkillers)
The pain worsens on coughing, sneezing, laughing, walking or deep breaths
Loss of appetite
Nausea and vomiting
Constipation or diarrhoea
The doctor often asks questions regarding the symptoms and the patient’s medical history. This will be followed up by a physical examination in which the Doctor presses on the abdomen to check for any tenderness, and the location of the pain. With acute appendicitis, pressing on and letting go of the right lower abdomen usually elicits an excruciatingly unbearable pain. Several tests may be ordered to determine especially the severity of the illness and to rule out other causes of abdominal pain. The tests may conditions include: blood tests, a pregnancy test, urinalysis, abdominal“How do ultrasound scans work?” ultrasound (scan), CT scan or MRI Scan.
The gold standard treatment of acute appendicitis is surgical removal of the appendix known as appendectomy. Luckily,a person can live just fine without an appendix! Surgical options include laparoscopy or open surgery and the type will be decided on by the Surgeon after assessing the patient’s condition. Painkillers and antibiotics are also given intravenously usually before, during and after the surgery.
Appendicitis can cause serious complications such as;
Appendicular mass/abscess– If the appendix is inflamed or bursts, one may develop a pocket of pus around it known as an abscess. In most cases, the abscess will be treated with antibiotics and drained first by placing a tube through one’s abdominal wall into the abscess. The tube may be left in place for a few hours or days while the infection is clearing up but ultimately one would still have surgery to remove the appendix.
Peritonitis – without treatment, the appendix can rupture/burst. The risk of this rises48–72 hours after symptoms start. A ruptured appendix spreads the infection throughout the abdomen (peritonitis). This is life threatening and requires immediate surgery to remove the appendix and clean the abdominal cavity.
Death – The complications of appendicitis (and appendectomy) can be life threatening, only if the diagnosis has been missed and no proper treatment has been given on time. This is rare though with the evolved medical care.
If you need further advice or treatment please call 4924730, email HYPERLINK “mailto:email@example.com” firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.themedisccentre.co.bw
Antoinette Boima, MBBS, BMedSci, PgDip HIV/AIDS, Cert Aesth Med is the Managing Director of The Medics Centre in Palapye.
Here’s a news item from last month you may have missed. In December 2021 the University of Staffordshire announced it would be offered a degree course in pantomime! Yes, that’s right, a degree in popular festive entertainment, the Christmas panto.
We used to have one here, put on by the Capitol Players, though it seems to have fallen away in recent times, but the spectacle is still alive and well in the UK, both in local ad-dram (amateur dramatic ) societies and on the London stage and most of the major cities, these latter productions usually featuring at least one big-draw name from the world of show business with ticket prices commensurate with the star’s salary.
In case you’re unfamiliar with the pantomime format, it consists of a raucous mixture of songs and comedy all based around a well-known fairy or folk tale. Aladdin and His Magic Lamp, Cinderella, Jack & The Beanstalk & Dick Whittington are perennial favourites but any well-known tall tale goes. There is no set script, unlike a play, and storyline is just a peg to hang a coat of contemporary, often bawdy, gags on, in what should be a rollicking production of cross dressing – there has to be at least one pantomime dame, played by a man and always a figure of fun, and a Principal Boy, ostensibly the male lead, yet played by an attractive young woman.
As an art form it can trace its roots back to 16th century Italy and the Commedia Del’Arte which used a mélange of music, dance, acrobatics along with a cast of comic stock characters so it has a long and proud theatrical tradition but you have to wonder, does that really qualify it as a suitable subject for a university? Further, what use might any degree be that can be acquired in a single year? And last but not least, how much standing does any degree have which comes from a jumped-up polytechnic, granted university status along with many of its ilk back in 1992, for reasons best known to the government of the time? Even more worrying are the stated aims of the course.
Staffordshire University claims it is a world first and the masters course is aimed at people working inside as well as outside the industry. Students on the course, due to start in September 2022, will get practical training in the art form as well as research the discipline.
“We want to see how far we can take this,” Associate Professor of Acting and Directing Robert Marsden said. The role of pantomime in the 21st Century was also going to be examined, he said, “particularly post Me Too and Black Lives Matter”. Questions including “how do we address the gender issues, how do we tell the story of Aladdin in 2021, how do we get that balance of male/female roles?” will be asked, Prof Marsden added.
Eek! Sounds like Prof. Marsden wants to rob it of both its history and its comedic aspects – well, good luck with that! Of course that isn’t the only bizarre, obscure and frankly time and money-wasting degree course available. Staying with the performing arts there’s Contemporary Circus and Physical Performance at Bath Spa University. Sounds like fun but why on earth would a circus performer need a university degree?
Or how about a Surf Science and Technology degree at Cornwall College (part of the University of Plymouth). Where the one thing you don’t learn is….how to surf!
Then there is a degree in Floral Design at University Centre Myerscough. No, I hadn’t heard of it either – turns out it’s a college of further education in Preston, a town that in my experience fits the old joke of ‘I went there once…..It was closed’ to a ‘T’!
Another handy (pun intended) art is that of Hand Embroidery BA (Hons), offered at the University for the Creative Arts. Or you could waste away sorry, while away, your time on a course in Animal Behaviour and Psychology. This degree at the University of Chester teaches you about the way animals think and feel. Cockroaches have personalities according to the subject specs– you couldn’t make it up.
Happily all these educational institutes may have to look to their laurels and try to justify their very existence in the near future. In plans announced this week, universities could face fines of up to £500,000 (P750m), be stripped of their right to take student loans or effectively shut down if they cannot get 60 per cent of students into a professional job under a crackdown on ‘Mickey Mouse’ courses. Further, at least 80 per cent of students should not drop out after the first year, and 75 per cent should graduate.
The rules, published by the Office for Students (OfS), aim to eliminate ‘low-quality’ courses by setting new standards & requiring courses to improve their rating in the TEF, the official universities ratings system. Universities not meeting the new standards will not be able to charge full annual fees of £9,250. Unconventional courses that could fall victim to the new rules could include the University of Sunderland’s BA in Fashion Journalism, where students learn essential’ skills such as catwalk reporting and the history of Chanel. They have only a 40 per cent chance of entering highly skilled work 15 months after leaving.
At University College Birmingham, BSC Bakery and Patisserie Technology students – who learn how to ‘make artisan bread’ – have a 15 per cent chance of a professional job within 15 months. Universities minister Michelle Donelan welcomed the move, saying ‘When students go to university, they do so in the pursuit of a life-changing education, one which helps pave their path towards a highly skilled career. Any university that fails to match this ambition must be held to account.’
OfS found that at 25 universities, fewer than half of students find professional work within 15 months. Business and management courses at the University of Bedfordshire (14.8 per cent) were among the least likely to lead to graduate-level jobs. Asked to comment, the University of Sunderland said it always looked ‘to find ways to improve outcomes’; University College Birmingham said data on graduates and definition of ‘professional work’ was limited. I’ll bet it is! As the saying goes, ’what the eye doesn’t see, the heart doesn’t grieve over’. What a pantomime!
With the world still reeling from the negative impact of the Coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19), and the latest Omicron variant (which is responsible for the ongoing global forth wave) on everyone’s lips, we should not forget and neglect other aspects of our health.
While anyone can get infected with corona virus and become seriously ill or die at any age, studies continue to show that people aged 60 years and above, and those with underlying medical conditions like hypertension, heart and lung problems, diabetes, obesity, cancers, or mental illness are at a higher risk of developing serious illness or dying from covid-19.
It is a good habit to visit a doctor regularly, even if you feel healthy. Regular health checks can help identify any early signs of health issues or assess your risk of future illness hence prompting one to take charge and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Heart disease, diabetes, some cancers and other non-communicable diseases (even communicable) can often be picked up in their early stages, when chances for effective treatment are high.
During a health check, your doctor will take a thorough history from you regarding your medical history, your family’s history of disease, your social life and habits, including your diet, physical activity, alcohol use, smoking and drug intake. S/he will examine you including measuring your weight, blood pressure, feeling your body organs and listening to your heart and lungs amongst the rest. Depending on the assessment, your doctor will notify you how often you need to have a health check. If you have a high risk of a particular health condition, your doctor may recommend more frequent health checks from an early age.
Diet – a healthy diet improves one’s general health and wellbeing. It is recommended that we have at least two serves of fruit and five serves of vegetables daily. Physical activity – regular physical activity has significant health benefits on one’s body, mind & soul. It contributes to preventing and managing non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, cancers and diabetes, reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety, enhances thinking, learning, and judgment skills and improves overall well-being. According to the world health organisation (WHO), people who are insufficiently active have a 20% to 30% increased risk of death compared to people who are sufficiently active. Aim for 30 minutes to an hour of moderate physical activity at least four days in a week. Examples of moderate physical activity include brisk walking, gentle swimming and social tennis.
Weight – maintaining a healthy weight range helps in preventing long-term complications like cardiovascular disease, diabetes and arthritis. It is also vital for one’s mental wellbeing and keeping up with normal activities of daily living. Ask your doctor to check your body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference annually. If you are at a higher risk, you should have your weight checked more frequently and a stern management plan in place.
Alcohol – as per WHO reports, alcohol consumption contributes to 3 million deaths each year globally as well as to the disabilities and poor health of millions of people. Healthy drinking entails taking no more than two standard drinks per drinking day with at least two alcohol-free days in a week.
Smoking –Nicotine contained in tobacco is highly addictive and tobacco use is a major risk factor for cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, many different types of cancer, and many other debilitating health conditions. Every year, at least a whopping 8 million people succumb from tobacco use worldwide. Tobacco can also be deadly for non-smokers through second-hand smoke exposure. It is not ‘fashionable’ if it is going to cost you and your loved ones lives! If you are currently smoking, talk to your doctor and get help in quitting as soon as possible to reduce the harm.
Blood pressure: Hypertension is a serious medical condition and can increase the risk of heart, brain, kidney and other diseases. It is a major cause of premature death worldwide, with upwards of 1 in 4 men and 1 in 5 women – over a billion people – having the condition. Have your blood pressure checked annually if it is normal, you are aged under 40 and there is no family history of hypertension. You might need to have it checked more frequently if you are over 40, your blood pressure is on the high side, or you have a personal or family history of high blood pressure, stroke or heart attack. Your doctor will be there to guide you.
Dental care – eating a low-sugar diet and cleaning and flossing the teeth regularly can reduce one’s risk of tooth decay, gum disease and tooth loss. Visit a dentist every six months for a dental examination and professional cleaning, or more frequently as per your dentist’s advice. Blood tests – annual to five-yearly blood tests may be done to further assess or confirm risk of disease. These may include blood sugar levels, cholesterol levels, kidney function, liver function, tumour markers, among other things. They may be done frequently if there is already an existing medical condition.
Cancer screening – various screening techniques can be done to detect different cancers in their early or pre-cancer stages. These include; skin inspections for any suspicious moles/spots, two-yearly mammograms for those at risk of developing breast cancer, Pap smear or the new Cervical Screening Test (CST) every five years, stool tests and colonoscopy (every five years) for those at most risk of bowel cancer, prostate cancer screening for those at risk (over 45 years of age, family history of cancers etc.). Discuss appropriate tests with your doctor.
Vaccinations – You should discuss with your doctor about the necessary routine immunisation, in particular; the Covid-19 vaccines, an annual flu shot, a five-yearly pneumococcal vaccine if you have never had one or you are immunocompromised and any other boosters that you might need.
If you need further advice or treatment please call 4924730, email HYPERLINK “mailto:email@example.com” firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.themedisccentre.co.bw
Antoinette Boima, MBBS, BMedSci, PgDip HIV/AIDS, Cert Aesth Med is the Managing Director of The Medics Centre in Palapye.