The story of the Burning Bush (Moses’ encounter with “God” through a thicket engulfed in a non-consuming fire at Mount Horeb in the Sinai Peninsula) is at once misrepresented in the Bible and misunderstood by the broader readership. As I keep reiterating much of the time, the reason we do not understand the world in which we live is because we lack the requisite knowledge. We perish for lack of knowledge (HOSEA 4:6).
What really transpired at Mount Horeb? This was what transpired: MOSES WAS INITIATED INTO THE OCCULT BY HIS GODS! Moses, it turns out, never was Holy Moses: he was actually Holly Moses. (Hel-wood, Holly wood in modern spelling, or simply Holly, was the source of magic wands used by ancient occultists such as the Druids. Thus we have the famous Hollywood in California, the Illuminati’s mass propaganda and conditioning machine.) At age 80, Moses became a sorcerer – somebody who could perform seemingly unnatural feats we typically call magic or wonders but which anybody can do for as long as they have been made privy to certain metaphysical secrets.
Wonders can be either positive or negative, destructive or constructive. When a wonder entails evil, such as witchcraft, it is typically called magic or sorcery. When it mesmerizes and astonishes because it has brought about a dramatically beneficial result, such as healing a naturally incurable disease, it is called a miracle.
Genuine miracles, like those Jesus is said to have performed, are not easy to come by. This is because to achieve them, you ought to have a pure heart. In other words, you have to be very close to First Source, the real God, in terms of how you conduct yourself in your pilgrimage in life. A ubiquitous fact of life, however, is that people who for one reason or the other want to perform wonders are motivated by fundamentally selfish ends.
They want the wonder to accomplish their own wish first and foremost and not advantage a person in critical need. A self-centred wonder, or one intended to inflict harm on other people, is ungodly. As such, the ability to perform such a wonder can only be enabled by “mighty” forces who themselves are ungodly. We call these demons or devils, who are actually interdimensional Reptilians.
However, Reptilians do not confer magical abilities (which includes transforming one’s life into a fabulously wealthy or geopolitically influential person) free of charge. You have to pay for them somehow. You do this by selling your soul to them, so that you are now owned by them both as a physical and spirit being. In other words, they rule you and they can demand that you do anything for them without asking them questions.
And what they demand you do for them from time to time is always diabolical – killing people (mostly as a sacrifice to demonic powers), bewitching people, harming people, cursing people, violating people (such as having sexual relations with females of all ages against their will), committing acts of sexual perversion (such as sodomy or bestiality), cannibalising people, manipulating the minds of the masses, especially the youth, so that they engage in rebellious and unruly conduct (e.g. through messages subtly embedded in musical lyrics or directly by way of what is called mind control), etc.
In the case of Moses, he was initiated into sorcery by his Anunnaki god Ishkur-Adad. The Enlilites, as we have long underscored, worked (and continues to work) in cahoots with Reptilian forces who overshadow them. It explains why most of them, more so Enlil-Jehovah, Ninurta, Ishkur-Adad, and Inanna-Ishtar were so incomprehendably harsh and cruel. Why did Moses agree to be initiated into sorcery? BECAUSE HE WANTED TO BE THE KING OF CANAAN. The Enlilites offered him that sort of glory for as long as he sold his soul to the Devil.
Very few people are aware that Moses was one of the greatest witches who ever lived, only second to King Solomon. The Roman historian Pliny describes Moses as the founder of a 'sect of magic', in reference to Judaism. Today, Judaism is called a religion, but that was not how it began: it started as an occultic secret society headed by Moses. If you ask any seasoned Satanist, they will tell you that the standard witchcraft manual is THE SIXTH AND SEVENTH BOOK OF MOSES. And the broadest extant collection of Jewish magical recipes from the first millennium is titled THE SWORD OF MOSES. Both these works are said to have been authored by Moses.
The authors of the Pentateuch were very much aware that Moses was very adept at magic. They give several hints, such as his brother Aaron turning a staff into a snake that swallowed the snakes of Egyptian magicians at the scene of Moses’ showdown with Ramesses. Of course the incident in truth had nothing magical about it as we showcased last week, but their spinning it as involving magic does underscore their recognition of the fact that Moses indeed was a sorcerer.
SCENE OF BURNING BUSH WAS A SATANIC RITUAL
The impression the Bible gives us is that Moses was taken unawares when he was summoned to the scene of the Burning Bush. That simply is not true. Moses was being initiated into the occult that day and he was thoroughly prepared for the ritual. How do we know that he was attending a satanic initiation ritual?
At every satanic initiation ritual, there is fire or some form of light, a demonic manifestation, and at least one other person, usually called priest if he is a man or priestess if it is a woman, who initiates the initiatee. In the case of Moses, his initiation priest was his own father-in-law Jethro. The Bible says Jethro was the High Priest of his territory Midian but it does not specify as to whether he was a religious priest or an occultic priest. Circumstantial evidence suggests that Jethro was an occultic High Priest and so he was the one who initiated Moses.
The burning thicket which was not being consumed by the fire is pure embroidery on the part of the Pentateuch writers. The thicket was actually literally burning. And the thicket was the BOSWELIA PLANT, which indeed thrives in the Sinai Peninsula. Boswelia, also known as the Frankincense Tree, is a plant or tree from which incense is made. Burning incense is a standard feature at every satanic initiation ceremony. It seems at a metaphysical level, Boswelia has properties conducive to demonic inducement, which explains why one always encounters a continuous smell of incense in every witch doctor’s cubicle.
In the Bible, the burning bush is described as a “thornbush”. That is code for the nature of the Reptilian force in whose honour the proceedings at the scene were being conducted. Indeed, the term thorn in the Bible is a metaphor for the Devil and his demonic host. Paul, for example, says he was given a “thorn in my flesh“ to torment him. He describes this thorn as “a messenger of Satan” (2 CORINTHIANS 12:7-9).
At a Satanic initiation ceremony, there is always light of some kind. The light is symbolic of the Devil, also known as Lucifer. Lucifer, a very beautiful name, has sadly been appropriated by the Devil. Lucifer means “light bringer”, or “Illuminator”. Thus the light at every initiation scene is in deference to the Master Reptilian, the Devil himself. The necessity of the burning bush in the case of Moses was in order to signal the shadowy presence of Lucifer at the scene. Again, in every witch doctor’s cubicle, you will always find a candle burning as a tribute to Lucifer, who as the apostle Paul said in his second letter to the church at Corinth in today’s Greece masquerades as “an angel of light”, 2 CORINTHIANS 11:14.
Often, especially if you are being initiated at a very high level in the Satanic hierarchy, a demon manifests amid crackling flames of fire. (The Gnostics, the first century metaphysical philosophers, wrote that the archons – their name for Reptilians – were made from “luminous fire”.) That indeed happened at the scene of the burning bush although the demon has been spun as an angel of God. This is what EXODUS 3:2 says in part: “Then the messenger of Yahweh appeared to him in a blaze of fire from the midst of a thornbush.”
In other words, a demon, a “messenger of Satan” courtesy of Paul, leaped out of the fire. This demon was to be Moses’ ruling demon. It was to reside in Moses’ body and endue him with all the magical powers he wished to wield. At the same time, the demon was to punish him in one way or the other if he appeared to renege on his undertaking to the Devil.
Further evidence that the scene of the burning bush had demonic connotations is that Moses was asked to take off his sandals because the ground on which he stood was “holy” (EXODUS 3:5). Again, when you ask anybody who has participated in a satanic ritual, they will tell you that everybody present has to be barefoot. And if you ask anybody who has been to a witch doctor’s cubicle, they will tell you they are required to take off their shoes before they make their entry.
ADAD INTRODUCES HIMSELF AS ANKI
Once the ceremony was complete, Moses acknowledged its meaning and implications and prepared to depart. He had hardly made the first step when he heard a most regal voice boom out of the still burning thicket. The voice was actually coming from a very tiny, sophisticated speaker embedded somewhere in the walls of the cave. THE VOICE BELONGED TO THE ANUNNAKI GOD ISHKUR-ADAD. It said: “I am the Elohim of your fathers, the Elohim of Abraham, the Elohim of Isaac and the Elohim of Jacob,” EXODUS 3:6.
In the English version of the Bible, the term “God” is used instead of Elohim. That is grossly misleading. Elohim is a plural term. It was the term by which the Anunnaki ruling pantheon were addressed as a collective. Even Mount Horeb itself is alternatively referred to as “the Mountain of the Elohim” in the Hebrew version of the Old Testament which is very apt: for it was in the vicinities of that mountain that Nannar-Sin (who would become the Allah of Islam) and Ninmah were housed.
So what Adad was saying to Moses was that he was addressing him as a representative of the Enlilite gods, the same gods his leading ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob had venerated. Remember, the Enlilites had decided on a sham monotheism, whereby they appeared to mankind as a single god when in actual fact there were several of them behind the scenes. The idea was to minimise the rivalry among themselves as they had always competed for a human following despite being members of the same clan.
Now, as an Egyptian royal and a learned one for that matter, Moses knew who the Elohim were. But he was familiar with the Enkites only, notably Marduk, who was the national god of Egypt. He had never had a single personal encounter with the Enlilites before, who were reputed as inimical to the Enkites. If you were to go by the English version of the Old Testament, you would get away with the impression that Adad did not directly state his name, or rather, the name by which he chose to present himself to Moses.
That is unfortunate. It is a pity that even scholars with chains of theology degrees to their necks have bought into this bunkum. ADAD DID ACTUALLY INTRODUCE HIMSELF TO MOSES. IN EXODUS 3:6, THE SCRIPTURE QUOTED ABOVE, THE HEBREW TERM TRANSLATED “I” IS “ANKI”. The term Anki stemmed from the Sumerian term which meant “Heaven-Earth”, or to paraphrase, “God of Heaven and Earth”. This was the name by which the Enlilites had decided to go by.
When a lie has been repeated time and again, it assumes the status of a fact. We have all along been of the belief that the god of Moses gave him a silly, dodgy name which effectively meant “mind your own business” when he actually did pronounce forth his composite titular name. This Earth, My Brother …
MOSES COMMISSIONED TO WRENCH HIS PEOPLE FROM THE EGYPTIAN YOKE
The Burning Bush incident doubled as an initiation on the one hand and a commissioning on the other. The Enlilites had decided to designate Moses as the new King of the Hykso-Hebrews and to appoint him to the rather daunting task of prying them loose from Egyptian bondage, whereupon he would lead them to Canaan. That was the message Adad conveyed to Moses.
In order for the idea of liberation to appeal to the Hykso-Hebrews, Canaan was to be touted to them as a kind of Utopia, “the land of milk and honey”. Presently, Canaan was dominated by peoples who did not have the legal right to inhabit the territory. These were the Canaanites (the descendants of Canaan, Noah’s grandson through Ham, originally from Egypt), the Hittites (originally from Turkey and the northern parts of Syria); the Amorites (descendants of the fourth son of Canaan and therefore originally from Egypt, though at the time they also abounded in Mediterranean Europe); the Perizzites (a rural-dwelling people whose specific nationality is not known), the Girgashites (descendants of the fifth son of Canaan and therefore originally Egyptians), the Hivites (descendants of Canaan and therefore originally Egyptians), and the Jebusites (descendants of Jebus, a descendant of Canaan and therefore originally Egyptians). Adad described these seven nations as “greater and mightier” than the Israelites.
During the partition of the known world not long after the Great Flood of Noah’s day, the land that would in future be known as Canaan was allotted to the tribe of Shem, the progenitor of the Semites, a bracket that is predominantly Hebrew. But circa 8970 BC, Set, one of Marduk’s sons, seized Canaan after tactfully populating it with his followers, the offspring of Canaan, and the Shemites/Hebrews scattered to other lands beyond Canaan, including Egypt itself, where they ended up as slaves.
The Enlilites had decided that the Hebrews who were in bondage in Egypt should return to Canaan, their rightful land. What that entailed was that all the Canaanite nations who presently inhabited Canaan had to return to Egypt, their legally allotted land. Of course the Canaanites, having lived in Canaan for more than 7000 years, would not simply pack up and go: they would put up a real fight.
The only way the Hebrew/Hyksos would get them to budge was by means of war. It was because of the certainty of warfare that the Enlilites chose Moses, a decorated military general, to lead the Hykso-Hebrews out of Egypt and into Canaan. The promise to hand over Canaan to the Hebrews was first made to Abraham about 700 years prior, the reason Canaan was also known as the Promised Land.
Moses accepted his commissioning but only reluctantly so, perhaps because at 80 he was too old to stand up to the rigours of a long and protracted armed conflict. In any case, he had been to Egypt the previous year and Pharaoh Ramesses had stoutly refused to release the Hebrews. So how was he going to succeed to force the hand of Ramesses this time around?
TELL THEM, “EHYEH ASHER EHYEH HAS SENT ME”
According to the biblical book of Exodus, Moses fumbled for every excuse in the book to avoid returning to Egypt. The main excuse he proffered was that he was not an eloquent speaker, probably because he was a stammerer or stutterer. That, however, does not square with Stephen’s description of him in the book of Acts. In ACTS 7:22, this is what Stephen, a deacon of the early church, says: “Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds." In other words, Moses was a rousing speaker, which fits with his characterisation of him by the legendary Jewish historian Flavius Josephus as a man who oozed surpassing intelligence, which is best articulated through the gift of the gab.
If Moses was a mesmerising orator, why do the authors of Exodus portray him as a bumbling speaker? The reason is very simple: THEY WANTED TO FIND AN EXCUSE TO BRING AARON INTO THE MIX. Remember, the person who performed the “miracles” of the snake and the hand before Ramesses was Aaron according to Exodus but we know that is not true: it was Moses because that was what he had to do challenge Ramesses for the pharaonic throne. The authors of Exodus, however, didn’t want Moses to be the one to perform these acts because then it would have been obvious to informed readers that he was an ex-pharaoh. So to keep this hint from the readers, Moses was cleverly substituted for Aaron.
In a nutshell therefore, Adad never instructed that Moses go with Aaron to Egypt (though he went with him anyway): those words were put in Adad’s mouth by the writers of Exodus. And there was nothing amiss with Moses’ way of speaking. Maybe his pronunciation of words was not that crisp since he was 80 years of age but Aaron was older than him by three years; so he could not have been a more audible speaker than Moses.
Moses, who was naturally a very argumentative person like most intelligent people are, asked Adad as to how he would convince his people, the Hebrew-Hyksos, that he had indeed been sent by their true god. Adad said that was not a problem: Moses had already been initiated into the dark arts and so he would be capable of performing certain wonders.
Then came perhaps the most pertinent question. If his people asked him what the name of their god was, what would he tell them? Moses had already been told that he was talking to the god Anki. But the Hebrews did not refer to their god by his real name: that was sacrilege. SO WHAT MOSES WAS ASKING FOR WAS A SECONDARY FRAME OF REFERENCE TO SUBSTITUTE FOR ANKI, WHICH HIS PEOPLE WOULD USE IN THEIR DAILY PARLANCE.
Responding to Moses’ question, Adad said, “Tell them EHYEH ASHER EHYEH has sent me”. What did Adad mean by this most enigmatic statement that has baffled many a scholar and whose common interpretation is actually flawed? Don’t you worry: we will unpack it for you.
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.