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Lot’s Wife Turns to Vapour!

Benson C Saili
THIS EARTH, MY BROTHER

    

She was one of more than a million Earthlings who perished in the seven-bomb nuclear onslaught

When Colonel Paul Tibbets, the US Air force pilot dropped the atom bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima in August 1945, his immediate remark, which became a folklore phrase, was “My God, what we have done?”. Tibbets so remarked because he thought Japan had vanished from the face of Earth and everything and everybody there had been vapourised.

Nergal and Ninurta were not half as horrified by their gory act as Colonel Tibetts was. For Ninurta, the deed had been accomplished. “It is done”, was his excited, fiendish cry. As for Nergal, he had dealt a telling lesson to Marduk, to Nabu: his obsessive itch for vengeance was fully satiated. The two exulted at the ruinage and bloodbath they had brought about. The Sumerian records say they were actually “puzzled” at their evil handiwork, the scale of destruction they had wrought.  It was all too good to be true.  

The two had obliterated the spaceport; upheavalled  Sodom and Gomorrah (that is, uprooted the  two cities so that they were buried so deep under the ground it was like they never existed at all); and not only “killed” what we now call the Dead Sea in the sense that  it no longer supported life but also geophysically reformatted it!  

“The Earth shook and crumbled, the heavens (the sky) after the brilliance were darkened,” the Sumerian records relate. The “brilliance” was what we would today call a mushroom cloud, which arose in a brilliant flash. “On that day,” say the lamentation texts, “heaven was crushed and the earth was smitten, its face obliterated by the maelstrom. The skies were darkened and covered as with a shadow, a dense cloud that brings gloom.” The year was 2024 BC.    

NINURTA’S SIGNATURE STILL VISIBLE IN SINAI PENINSULA

Ninurta’s two-bomb blitz focused on the spaceport, “the place from which Great Ones (the Anunnaki) ascends”, and its mountainous vicinity, along with the adjoining plain that served for landing and take-off.  The latter would be dubbed “Place of No Pity” after the nuclear holocaust. Writes Zechariah Sitchin: “The lamentation texts identified the site of the awesome blasts as ‘in the west’, near ‘the breast of the sea’ – a  graphic description of the curving Mediterranean coast at the Sinai peninsula – from a plain ‘in the midst of the mountains’, a plain that became a ‘Place of No Pity’. It was a place that served before as the Place of Launching, the place from which the gods ascended toward Anu.”  

In one of the lamentation texts, the spaceport, which was a subterranean facility burrowed under Mount Mashu, is referred to as the “Mount of Howling Tunnels”, that is, a mountain containing tunnels that made a howling noise. This is in very apt reference to the spaceport as it had underground chambers and the landing and departing “celestial boats” (spaceships) made penetrating sounds that reached near and far.

     When Ninurta, “he who scorches with fire” (Ishum the Scorcher) as he came to be known, was done  with his two-bomb strike abomination, “of all the forests that the plain had surrounded, not a tree stem was  left standing”. There was absolutely no vegetation in the surrounding plain. “In the mountains he caused starvation, their animals he made perish  …  As with fire he scorched the animals, burned its (Mount Mashu) grains (that grew on the slopes) to become as dust.”

The fission bombs Ninurta let loose on the Sinai Peninsula exactly 4042 thousand year ago left a permanent mark there.  This is a scar so vast it can even be seen from space as satellite photographs have showcased. And not only that:  the scar is strewn, to this day, with crushed, burnt, and blackened rocks which contain a highly unusual ratio of isotope uranium-235 – evidence that once upon a time, it was exposed to sudden immense heat of nuclear origin as Uranium 235 is a necessary input into the making of nuclear bombs.  The black colour of the stones is also a curious phenomenon given that black is not a natural colour in that setting. Scientists are hard-pressed to venture a reason as to the scar and the atypical colour of the stones.

Let us once again listen to Zechariah Sitchin: “As one stands in this great plain in the Sinai Peninsula, one can see in the distance the mountains that surround the plain and give it its oval shape. The limestone mountains loom white on the horizon; but where the great central plain adjoins the immense scar in the Sinai, the hue of the plain — black— stands out in sharp contrast to the surrounding whiteness. Black is not a natural hue in the Sinai Peninsula. Yet here, in the central plain northeast of the enigmatic giant scar, the soil's colour has a black hue. It is caused by millions upon millions of bits and pieces of blackened rock, strewn as by a giant hand over the whole area.

“There has been no explanation for the colossal scar in the face of the Sinai peninsula since it was observed from the skies and photographed by NASA satellites. There has been no explanation for the blackened bits and pieces of rock strewn over the area in the central plain. No explanation – unless one reads the verses of the ancient texts and accepts our conclusion that in the days of Abraham, Nergal and Ninurta wiped out the spaceport that was there with nuclear weapons: ‘That which was raised towards Anu to launch they caused to wither, its face they made fade away, its place they made desolate’."

    
NERGAL EXTERMINATES A MILLION-ODD LIVES

Of the two Anunnaki bombers, it was Nergal who was the worser devil. First, he dropped not two bombs like Ninurta but five, corresponding to the total number of the Canaanite cities that had “rebelled” against central authority in Sumer. Second, he targeted the human population. In the aftermath of the Ninurta bombings, only animals are said to have perished as all the Igigis and the few pro-Enlilite humans who worked in the Sinai Peninsula had long evacuated before Ninurta did the deed. In the case of Nergal, an unconscionable number of human beings were turned to ash.    

Exactly how many people perished in the Nergal blitz? Neither the Bible nor the Sumerian records give us figures in this regard, not even an estimate of the population of Sodom and Gomorrah. But the one thing we can be sure of is that not everybody died. Even the Atomb bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki did not vapourise or pulverise the entire population. It is not easy to put a figure on how many people died and survived in the Japanese case since you cannot count ash or vapour. Also, the bombings triggered a great exodus of survivors from the two cities, so that by the time of a post-war census in December 1945, not very many people were left.     

After years of excavating the Sodom and Gomorrah vicinities, archaeologists have turn up a large, ancient cemetery area containing over 1 million graves, along with up to 2 feet of ash. From this, two things can be deduced. First, the “Five Cities of the Plain”, as Sodom, Gomorrah and three other cities of the Jordan plain were called, had a sizeable population. Second, people survived and patiently took time to bury the dead as these were not mass graves but solitary graves. It were these survivors who gave eye-witness accounts of what we read in the Sumerian chronicles.

According to the Bible, Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed by “the Elohim” (the ruling pantheon of the Anunnaki) who rained down “fire and brimstone” on the two cities.  Brimstone is another name for sulfur.  The original Sumerian records, however, do not mention sulfur at all: they attribute the whole disaster to something that sounds like an Atom bomb as we have already related.  So where did the biblical scribes get the idea of sulfur bombs?

Well, to begin with, the area around Sodom and Gomorrah was rich with sulfur. Round balls of almost pure sulfur, mostly golf-ball-sized, have been found embedded in ash near the Dead Sea. The experience of Japanese survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki incidents serves up the unmitigated fact that an Atom blast smells like sulfur. One such survivor was Taeko Teramae. When in recent times Teramae was interviewed about his experiences of the nuking of Hiroshima, he said, “I smelt something like sulfur.

It smelt like the volcano, Mt. Aso, and I threw up.” Mount Aso is a still active volcano in Kyushu, Japan, which has erupted intermittently since 1974. The sulfur-rich volcanic eruptions smell like sulfur and so Teramae knew what he was talking about. It is the sulfurous smell and the presence of sulfur balls around the Dead Sea that made the biblical scribes take it for granted that Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed with a sulfurous conflagration.

The fact of the matter though is that Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed by the Anunnaki by way of nuclear bombs. Indeed, archaeologists have found melted pottery shards around the Dead Sea whose state compare very well to a substance left on the desert floor near Alamogordo, New Mexico, after the explosion of a test nuclear bomb on July 16 1945. According to the same archaeologists, the pottery shards pointed to evidence of “exposure to very high temperature levels, much higher than what would be expected from heating from a kiln or oven”.

It was the “enraged” Enlil who “conceived the wrath” courtesy of the Sumerian annals. But the actual annihilator was   Nergal. It was he who “burnt up the adversary (the people of the five cities personified by Marduk and Nabu), who obliterated the disobedient land (the five cities), who withered the lives of the Evil Word’s (Nabu, who was a famed demagogue) followers”. Thanks to the lingering effects of the atomic assault, for the next 700 years Sodom and Gomorrah became a practical wasteland as it simply was too dangerous for human habitation. As the highly percipient Enki had predicted, “to desolation” were the cities “overturned”.   

IT WAS NERGAL WHO “KILLED”, EXTENDED THE DEAD SEA

Why does the Dead Sea not support any form of life – the reason it is called the Dead Sea? The tread-of-the-mill reason is that as one of the saltiest lakes in the world, it naturally cannot harbour life forms such as fish, crocodiles, hippos, and other such aquatic animals. But we now can inform you folks that once, the Dead Sea was not a salty lake: it was a fresh water lake which supported animal life.  That aspect we learn from the Sumerian records. It became a salty lake in 2024 BC when the Anunnaki blitzed it with chemical weapons. 

It seemed the Anunnaki used both chemical and nuclear weapons on the cities of the Jordan plain. It is also common knowledge that the Dead Sea, which is surrounded by Israel, Jordan, and Palestine was shorter (it has an elongated, north-south shape) than it appears today.  The southern extremity is a relatively recent extension. What caused the extension?  Once again, it is Nergal’s nuclear onslaught.   

Traces of radiation have been found around the Dead Sea.  Writes Sitchin: “Leading archaeologists, such as W. F. Albright and P. Harland, discovered that settlements in the mountains around the region were abruptly abandoned in the 21st century BC and were not reoccupied for several centuries thereafter. And to this very day, the water of springs surrounding the Dead Sea has been found to be contaminated with radioactivity, enough to induce sterility and allied afflictions in any animals and humans that absorbed it over a number of years.”

As for a further elongation of the Dead Sea, this is what Sitchin informs us: “The upheaval of the cities in the plain of the Dead Sea caused the southern shore of the sea to collapse, leading to a flooding of the once fertile area and its appearance, to this day, as an appendage separated from the sea by a barrier called El-Lissan (‘The Tongue’).”

But there is more. Scientists  have observed that the Dead Sea fell abruptly by 100 metres in the 21st century BC. Sadly, they are  unable to explain why. Furthermore, there are very curious ruins at the bottom of the Dead Sea which the powers-that-be prevent aquatic archeologist from investigating. Zechariah Sitchin: “Attempts by Israeli archaeologists to explore the seabed there have revealed the existence of enigmatic underwater ruins, but the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, in whose half of the Dead Sea the ruins are, put a stop to further exploration.”  

If the scientists do not have an idea of exactly what happened to the Dead Sea in the 21st century BC and only have a vague notion  of why  it does not support life, we advise that they consult the Sumerian chronicles.  One such text, the Erra Epos, has this to say about Nergal’s atomic assault: “He dug through the (Dead) sea, its wholeness he divided. That which lives in it, even the crocodiles, he made wither.”

It was Nergal’s atomic and chemical blitz that occasioned a cessation of plant and animal life in the Dead Sea,  that caused it to extend southwards, and that accounts for those traces of radiation. Yet the number one reason the Dead Sea  was so ruined by Nergal was that it was  extremely rich with Ormus – the monoatomic white powder of gold which when  ingested either directly or through food grown in  Ormus-rich soil perfects bodily  health, boosts longevity,  and enables a penetrating understanding of spiritual and metaphysical subjects.

Marduk   had made the knowledge and use of Ormus available to all the Canaanites, the reason they became so prosperous and flourished in personal health. Poisoning the Dead Sea with chemical and nuclear bombs was intended to keep away humans from accessing the Ormus.

MATERIALISTIC LOT’S WIFE DISCARNATED IN NUCLEAR MAYHEM

Of the five “sinning cities” targeted by Nergal,  only one was spared. This was Zoar way south of Gomorrah. Zoar was not bombed because it was in that city Lot had sought refuge, in the surrounding wilderness. In Zoar, Lot was    with his two virgin daughters but minus his wife. His wife had returned to Sodom at some stage along the way to Zoar. She did so because she was hopeful she would survive whatever calamity would befall Sodom.

A multimillionaire by the standards of the day, Lot had departed Sodom  on the spur of the moment and had left all his riches there practically  intact. His wife still longed for those riches and decided against  the spirited dissuasion of her husband and her two daughters to return and take charge of the wealth damn the consequences. It was a costly mistake: when Nergal’s bombs rained down, she too was vapourised.

The Bible says she was turned to a pillar of salt (simply by looking back, which is absolute rubbish). But that is not the appropriate translation. The word translated salt is Nimur. Nimur denoted both salt and vapour and the biblical scribes chose salt because at their knowledge level, they just could not conceive of a nuclear bomb and how it could turn a human  being to vapour.  The term vapour occurs countless times in the Sumerian records in relation to the fate of Sodom and Gomorrah. “All that lived there to vapour  were turned,” says one such text.

Zechariah Sitchin explains the mistaken salt connotation thus:  “In a paper presented to the American Oriental Society in 1918 and in a follow-up article in Beitrage zur Assyriologie, Paul Haupt had shown conclusively that because the early sources of salt in Sumer were swamps near the Persian Gulf, the Sumerian term Nimur branched off to mean both salt and vapor. Because the Dead Sea has been called, in Hebrew, the Salt Sea,  the biblical Hebrew narrator probably misinterpreted the Sumerian term and wrote ‘pillar of salt’ when in fact Lot's wife became a ‘pillar of vapor’.”

The ancients in fact characterised a translated (that is, dead)  person as having turned to vapour.  “It is noteworthy,” writes Sitchin, “that in Ugaritic texts, such as the Canaanite tale of Aqhat (with its many similarities to the tales of Abraham) the death of a mortal by the hand of a god was described as the ‘escape of his soul as vapour, like smoke from his nostrils’. Indeed, in the Erra Epos,  which was the Sumerian record of the nuclear upheaval, the death of the people was described by the god thus: ‘The people I will make vanish, their souls shall turn to vapour’.” It was the misfortune of Lot's wife to be among those who were "turned to vapour". She apparently valued material possessions much more than her own life.  This Earth, My Brother …

NEXT WEEK:  THE NUCLEAR WOES OF SUMER

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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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