It dated back to the third millennium BC and served Egyptian Pharaohs
In March 1904, WM Flinders Petrie, a British archaeologist and the most renowned of his era, set off for the Sinai Peninsula accompanied by a small retinue of assistants. Their specific destination was a rugged outcrop called Serabit El Khadim. The expedition’s brief was to survey the old copper and turquoise mining region of the Sinai Peninsula under the auspices of the Egyptian Exploration Fund, the mission’s sponsors.
The mission was not entirely objective: it had strings. A fundamental, if not inviolable, objective of the sponsors was “the promotion of surveys and excavations for the purpose of elucidating or illustrating the Old Testament narrative”. In other words, the beneficiaries of the sponsorship were expected to come up with a report that validated what was contained in the Bible and not one that gainsaid or discredited it. Petrie duly undertook to abide by this precept though at the end of the day he threw away the script anyway. He would later publish the expedition’s findings in a book he titled Researches in the Sinai in 1906.
Exactly what were the expedition’s findings, which put Petrie at odds with his sponsors and to the extent where they pulled the plug on sponsorship of his onward biblically-based archaeological endeavours? We will only focus on what is relevant for our purpose. At an altitude of about 70 metres, Petrie happened upon the ruins of an ancient temple which extended from a great man-made cave. The temple structure has been described as “a series of adjoining halls, shrines, courts, cubicles, and chambers, all set within a surrounding enclosure hall”.
The temple’s inscriptions, pillars, cartouches, and stelas denoted Egyptian pharaohs down the ages and dated back to the third millennium BC, more than 1000 years before Moses’ time. The pharaohs ascribed to extended from the 4th dynasty (circa 2600 BC) to the 20th dynasty (circa 1070 BC), representing an operative use of the temple for about 1500 years. “The whole of it was buried,” writes Flinders, “and no one had any knowledge of it until we cleared the site.”
Of particular note was the HALL OF HATHOR, the temple proper. It transpired that Hathor, the adopted Egyptian goddess, was the sole object of veneration in the temple. Hathor as you know was the fair-minded Anunnaki goddess known as Ninmah or Ninharsag in the Sumerian records. She was the half-sister of Enlil, the Bible’s principle Jehovah, and the step sister of Enki, the “Serpent of Genesis” who genetically engineered Adam from the genes of Homo Erectus and a young Olmec, a dark-skinned Anunnaki.
Before the Anunnaki spaceport in the Sinai Peninsula was nuked by Ninurta, Enlil’s firsborn son, in 2024 BC, Ninmah was its resident goddess. It’s small wonder, therefore, that she could be worshipped in the very environs she had long been associated with. Some of the items unearthed in the Hall of Hathor were a limestone stela of Ramesses I, the pharaoh under whom the Israelites were freed in 1335 BC, and a bust of Pharaoh Akhenaten’s (Moses’) mother Tiye, who as you now know was the daughter of the patriarch Joseph, or Yuya to the Egyptians. Altogether, Petrie’s party removed some 463 items from the temple. Which of these was the most sensitive and therefore had the effect of setting Petrie on a collision course with his sponsors?
OF LONGEVITY AND THE FIELD OF MFKZT
Much of the material the Petrie team excavators found in Hathor’s temple was not exactly out of the ordinary. But three things particularly riveted their attention. These were a METALLURGIST’S CRUCIBLE, a considerable stash of PURE WHITE POWDER (“many tons of it” in Petrie’s own words) concealed beneath carefully laid flagstones, and a mysterious term, MFKZT, which enjoyed repeated mention on the temple walls and a number of stelas.
What was a metallurgist’s crucible doing in a religious chamber? What was the exact nature of the white powder? And what was this other jigsaw called Mfkzt? Unbeknownst to Petrie and his team, Mfkzt had long been alluded to in ancient Egypt’s sacred writings known as The Pyramid Texts, which were set down on the walls of the pyramid tomb of King Unnas of the 5th dynasty. The texts describe Mfkzt as a stone.
Nor was the Petrie party aware that relatively recently, in1667, Eirenaeus Philalethes, an alchemist who was held in very high esteem by even the likes of Isaac Newton, published a work he titled Secrets Revealed. In the book, he called attention to the “Philosopher’s Stone”. This Stone was capable of converting base metals such as zinc and lead to gold, a process dubbed alchemy. YET THE STONE WAS GOLD ITSELF.
This is the way Philalethes expatiated on it: “Our Stone is nothing but gold digested to the highest degree of purity and subtle fixation”. In a further work he produced in 1668, titled A Brief Guide to the Celestial Ruby, Philalethes expanded on his definition of the Philosopher’s Stone thus (the emphasis is ours): “It is called a Stone by virtue of its fixed nature: it resists the action of fire as successfully as any stone. In species it is gold, more purer than the purest. It is fixed and incombustible like a stone, but ITS APPEARANCE IS THAT OF A VERY FINE POWDER.”
Mfkzt was gold powder though it was referred to as a stone. It emerged that what Petrie and his team had stumbled upon was an Ormus-manufacturing setting. The Ormus was meant for Egyptian pharaohs and was punted as “a giver of life”. How? Firstly, it was the Fountain of Youth: it made the pharaohs live way much longer than ordinary mortals (true, some pharaohs did die at very tender ages but these were in all likelihood tactfully poisoned in veiled assassinations, whereas others, like Tutankhamen, were violently killed).
The ancients who were initiated into secret knowledge through mystery schools believed, or were aware that, a being was made up primarily of two bodies – the physical body and the light body. Both the two needed to be fed to be in sound health because they complemented each other: if one was lacking in one way or the other, it affected the other. Whereas the physical body needed to be sustained on material food substances, the light body, which was also known as the KA, needed to be fed on light. But this was not sunlight:
it was a euphemism for Ormus. Since consuming Ormus instilled deeper intellectual, spiritual, and metaphysical insights, it was known as GNOSIS. In other words, Gnosis enabled its partaker to access knowledge pertaining to the realm of advanced enlightenment (the Afterlife). The Syro-Phoenicians referred to this realm as the PLANE OF SHARON, meaning the Dimension of Light, with light in this context denoting the centrality of Ormus. Indeed, at Serabit, the Petrie party took note of the traditional hieroglyph of light – a point within a circle – in a section of the Hathor Temple dubbed the Shrine of Kings, that is, pharaohs.
Second, when pharaohs were on their death bed, they used Ormus to directly translate to the Afterlife even as they drew breath – the reason it was called the Powder of Projection. In other words, they simply drifted off into the Hereafter without tasting death, as if dying in sleep. When this happened, their only physical remains, their corpse, was nothing but pure white gold dust – the same Ormus which had made them vanish into the Afterlife.
It was this powder that was preserved as their “mummy” inside their pyramid tombs. Evidence of this has been found in the tombs of the pharaohs of the 4th dynasty, (c. 2613 to 2494 BC), namely Khufu, Khafre, and Menkaure, whose mummies have never been found: instead, a white powder was found inside their resting places.
In The Pyramid Texts, the place in which King Unnas is said to live forever with the gods in the aftermath of his death is called the Field of Mfkzt. And in The Book of the Dead, the world’s oldest complete book, the pharaoh throughout his journey into the blissful realm of the departed continues to utter the phrase, “What is it?”. THIS IS CODE FOR ORMUS. It is from the Hebrew term meaning “what is it” that the biblical word “Manna” is translated. Thus as he journeyed to his eternal abode in his light body, the pharaoh kept up a chant extolling the wonder of Ormus!
“GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD”
One other thing that caught the attention of the Petrie party was the occurrence several times of the word “bread” and portrayals of the tendering of objects described as bread on the walls of the Hathor Temple. There was a rock tablet showing a representation of a man, who stood behind Pharaoh Tuthmosis IV and the goddess Hathor, bearing a conical object called “white bread”.
There was a stela depicting Ankhib, a mason, offering two conical bread cakes to Tuthmosis IV. Another shows Sobekhotep, Amenhotep III’s treasurer, holding in readiness a conical loaf of white bread in the presence of both the pharaoh and the goddess Hathor. Two more round-topped stelas feature Tuthmosis III and Amenhotep III. Tuthmosis is portrayed presenting a conical white bread loaf to the god Amen-Ra (Marduk) “so that he may be given life”.
The one that shows Amenhotep III presenting a conical loaf to a different god says, “He gave the gold of reward, the mouth rejoiced”. THIS SUGGESTS IN NO UNCERTAIN TERMS THAT THIS BREAD WAS MADE OF GOLD AND IT WAS AT ONCE A SUSTAINER OF TEMPORAL LIFE AND A PROJECTOR INTO AN ETERNAL SUPER-DIMENSIONAL REALM OF EXISTENCE.
Bread, as we already know, was a cryptic word for Ormus because it was ordinarily mixed with ingredients that go into making bread during the wilderness years. The phrase, “give us our daily bread” in the so-called Lord’s Prayer (which was purloined from a routine prayer Egyptians uttered to their national god Marduk) does not refer to ordinary bread: it refers to Ormus, which ancient kings, from Sumerian to pharaonic times, partook on a daily basis. It is also significant that the birthplace of Jesus is Bethlehem, meaning “House of Bread”.
Once again, this is not the usual bread; it is Ormus. Ancient Bethlehem must have been the Ormus production hub of Palestine. It was this same bread, called shewbread in the Old Testament, that was set on a table in the Tabernacle. It was also known as the “Bread of the Presence” in that it was shown off to God’s symbolic presence as it represented the eternal life conferred by God.
In EXODUS 25; 29-31, we’re told that shewbread was manufactured at Mount Horeb by Benzeleel, a skilled goldsmith. Goldsmiths or artisans of any kind are not into baking bread. Clearly, this was not bakery type bread but Ormus. The shewbread did have a flour component alright but its basic ingredient was gold or silver or both. Among the treasures of Tuthmosis III as reproduced in a bas relief at the Karnak Temple are a number of cone-shaped items appearing under the metals section.
They are described as “white bread” and the explanation says they are made of one part silver and thirty-parts gold. The conical stones the Petrie team found along with the pure white powder were symbolic of something profound – superconductive gold dust which in day to day language was disguised as a “stone”, the Philosopher’s Stone.
MESSAGE IN STATUE OF MELCHIZEDEK
The first mention of Ormus in its edible form in the Bible is encountered not in the time of Moses but in that of Abraham. In GENESIS 14:18, we’re told that General Abe, after repulsing the eastern military alliance, was presented with “bread and wine” by Melchizedek, the Priest-King of Jerusalem who was in fact his father Terah.
At Chatres Cathedral in France stands a statue of Melchizedek, who presents forth a stone in a chalice rather than wine in a chalice. The cathedral was designed by the Knights Templar and operationalised by a guild of freemasons known as the Children of Solomon. Freemasons, particularly those who occupy the higher echelons of the order (that is, beyond 33 degrees) possess an awful amount of knowledge which the general denizens of the planet such as you and I know very little or nothing about. So what are the Freemasons trying to convey to the public in the Statue of Melchizedek?
First, let us appreciate that THE CHALICE REPRESENTS THE GRAIL WOMB. This womb contains the cosmic royal blood that dates back to the SSS World, the throne planet of the Orion Empire. This cosmic royal family is otherwise known as the SANGREAL (meaning “Royal Blood”) or the DESPOSYNYI. At the cosmic level, it started with the Orion Queen, the mother of Enki. At the level of our planet, it started with Cain, who was the son of Enki by an Earthling woman known as Titi-Eve. This Grail family progressed from Cain all the way to Jesus.
In modern times, it was represented by the Merovingian and the Scottish Kings known as the Stuarts. The last famous member of the Grail family was Princess Diana, though the linear descendant is the marginalised, maligned, and even ridiculed (by the Western establishment) Prince Michael of Albany.
So what is the Statue of Melchizedek telling us? IT IS SAYING THE GRAIL GENETIC LINE (REPRESENTED BY THE CHALICE) HAS BEEN SUSTAINED OVER THE AGES BY ORMUS, THE BREAD STONE CONTAINED IN THE CHALICE. How so? As we explained above, consuming Ormus imparts Gnosis – transcendent knowledge of both the reality in which we are (this counterfeit universe) and the higher dimension to which we proceed after death. Knowledge is power: if you know something critical, vital, and fundamental others do not, you can achieve your every goal and meet every aspiration in life. You practically become omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent in a manner of speaking.
The so-called Holy Communion is a throwback to the very first that was held between Terah and Abraham in the 2nd millennium BC. In the Bible, as well in Sumerian records, it is said the sacraments in the Abraham-Terah communion were bread and wine. Bread as we now know stands for Ormus. What about the wine? Well, it was not wine actually: it was AMBROSIA, an extract of menstruum. We have long highlighted that Ambrosia has properties that approximate those of Ormus.
Thus bread, wine, and stone are all interchangeable: they are talking about one and the same thing – Ormus. Indeed, in 1 CORINTHIANS 10:3, Manna (Ormus) is described as spiritual food; in JOHN 6:31-41, it is ratified as the true Bread of the Eucharist, the Holy Communion. And REVELATION 2:7 says; “To him that overcometh, I’ll give to eat of the hidden Manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name which no man knows except the one who receiveth it.” This is Ormus being talked about here.
“LAST SUPPER” INVOLVED ORMUS
In the gospels, we see Jesus preside over a “meal” that is famously known as the Last Supper. In other words, it was the last Holy Communion which Jesus participated in. In truth, it was the first and last Holy Communion he took part in as henceforth he was to disappear from the public domain.
The Last Supper was not an ordinary meal: it involved partaking of Ormus. If you recall, we did in earlier articles call attention to the fact that the reason why the Essenes, a Jewish religious sect to which Jesus belonged, settled at Qumran on the shores of the Dead Sea was because that sea was rich in Ormus, which they happily extracted. Even today, high-quality Ormus, such as Vancouver Island Ormus, is obtained from the Dead Sea.
During Holy Communion, Ormus was administered to those in attendance by the Essene High Priest. At the time of the Last Supper, the Essene High Priest was Jonathan Annas, also known as Nathaniel. But that night Jesus challenged him for the position for two reasons. First, the linear High Priest, John had been killed and since he had no heir, the position was technically vacant.
Second, King David had been designated Priest-King by Jehovah-Enlil (“The Lord hath sworn, and will not repent, thou art a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek” as per PSALM 110:4) and so Jesus reckoned that with John deceased, he deserved the title of Priest-King since he was at once a descendant of David (from his father’s side) and a descendant of Aaron (from his mother’s side). That’s how Jesus won the day.
Put differently, Jesus administered the Last Supper after the order of Melchizedek, as only a Priest-King or a High Priest had the right to preside over the Ormus meal. King David had waived that right and entrusted it to Zadok the High Priest. But Jesus did not have a qualifying person to delegate it to since John had no heirs. He was thus the only qualifying candidate.
Many a times I get clients casually walking into my room and requesting to be checked for “appendix”.Few questions down the line, it is clear they are unaware of where the appendix is or what to expect when one does have it (appendicitis). Jokingly (or maybe not) I would tell them they would possibly not be having appendicitis and laughing as hard as they are doing. On the other hand, I would be impressed that at least they know and acknowledge that appendicitis is a serious thing that they should be worried about.
So, what is Appendicitis?
Appendicitis is aninflammation of the appendix; a thin, finger-like pouch attached to the large intestine on the lower right side of the abdomen. Often the inflammation can be as a result of blockage either by the faecal matter, a foreign body, infection, trauma or a tumour. Appendicitis is generally acute, with symptoms coming on over the course of a day and becoming severe rapidly. Chronic appendicitis can also occur, though rarely. In chronic cases, symptoms are less severe and can last for days, weeks, or even months.
Acute appendicitis is a medical emergency that almost always ends up in the operating theatre. Though the appendix is locally referred to as “lela la sukiri”, no one knows its exact role and it definitely does not have anything to do with sugar metabolism. Appendicitis can strike at any age, but it is mostly common from the teen years to the 30s.
Signs to look out for
If you have any of the following symptoms, go and see a Doctor immediately! Timely diagnosis and treatment are vital in acute appendicitis;
Sudden pain that starts around the navel and shifts to the lower right abdomen within hours
The pain becomes constant and increases in severity (or comes back despite painkillers)
The pain worsens on coughing, sneezing, laughing, walking or deep breaths
Loss of appetite
Nausea and vomiting
Constipation or diarrhoea
The doctor often asks questions regarding the symptoms and the patient’s medical history. This will be followed up by a physical examination in which the Doctor presses on the abdomen to check for any tenderness, and the location of the pain. With acute appendicitis, pressing on and letting go of the right lower abdomen usually elicits an excruciatingly unbearable pain. Several tests may be ordered to determine especially the severity of the illness and to rule out other causes of abdominal pain. The tests may conditions include: blood tests, a pregnancy test, urinalysis, abdominal“How do ultrasound scans work?” ultrasound (scan), CT scan or MRI Scan.
The gold standard treatment of acute appendicitis is surgical removal of the appendix known as appendectomy. Luckily,a person can live just fine without an appendix! Surgical options include laparoscopy or open surgery and the type will be decided on by the Surgeon after assessing the patient’s condition. Painkillers and antibiotics are also given intravenously usually before, during and after the surgery.
Appendicitis can cause serious complications such as;
Appendicular mass/abscess– If the appendix is inflamed or bursts, one may develop a pocket of pus around it known as an abscess. In most cases, the abscess will be treated with antibiotics and drained first by placing a tube through one’s abdominal wall into the abscess. The tube may be left in place for a few hours or days while the infection is clearing up but ultimately one would still have surgery to remove the appendix.
Peritonitis – without treatment, the appendix can rupture/burst. The risk of this rises48–72 hours after symptoms start. A ruptured appendix spreads the infection throughout the abdomen (peritonitis). This is life threatening and requires immediate surgery to remove the appendix and clean the abdominal cavity.
Death – The complications of appendicitis (and appendectomy) can be life threatening, only if the diagnosis has been missed and no proper treatment has been given on time. This is rare though with the evolved medical care.
If you need further advice or treatment please call 4924730, email HYPERLINK “mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org” email@example.com or visit www.themedisccentre.co.bw
Antoinette Boima, MBBS, BMedSci, PgDip HIV/AIDS, Cert Aesth Med is the Managing Director of The Medics Centre in Palapye.
Here’s a news item from last month you may have missed. In December 2021 the University of Staffordshire announced it would be offered a degree course in pantomime! Yes, that’s right, a degree in popular festive entertainment, the Christmas panto.
We used to have one here, put on by the Capitol Players, though it seems to have fallen away in recent times, but the spectacle is still alive and well in the UK, both in local ad-dram (amateur dramatic ) societies and on the London stage and most of the major cities, these latter productions usually featuring at least one big-draw name from the world of show business with ticket prices commensurate with the star’s salary.
In case you’re unfamiliar with the pantomime format, it consists of a raucous mixture of songs and comedy all based around a well-known fairy or folk tale. Aladdin and His Magic Lamp, Cinderella, Jack & The Beanstalk & Dick Whittington are perennial favourites but any well-known tall tale goes. There is no set script, unlike a play, and storyline is just a peg to hang a coat of contemporary, often bawdy, gags on, in what should be a rollicking production of cross dressing – there has to be at least one pantomime dame, played by a man and always a figure of fun, and a Principal Boy, ostensibly the male lead, yet played by an attractive young woman.
As an art form it can trace its roots back to 16th century Italy and the Commedia Del’Arte which used a mélange of music, dance, acrobatics along with a cast of comic stock characters so it has a long and proud theatrical tradition but you have to wonder, does that really qualify it as a suitable subject for a university? Further, what use might any degree be that can be acquired in a single year? And last but not least, how much standing does any degree have which comes from a jumped-up polytechnic, granted university status along with many of its ilk back in 1992, for reasons best known to the government of the time? Even more worrying are the stated aims of the course.
Staffordshire University claims it is a world first and the masters course is aimed at people working inside as well as outside the industry. Students on the course, due to start in September 2022, will get practical training in the art form as well as research the discipline.
“We want to see how far we can take this,” Associate Professor of Acting and Directing Robert Marsden said. The role of pantomime in the 21st Century was also going to be examined, he said, “particularly post Me Too and Black Lives Matter”. Questions including “how do we address the gender issues, how do we tell the story of Aladdin in 2021, how do we get that balance of male/female roles?” will be asked, Prof Marsden added.
Eek! Sounds like Prof. Marsden wants to rob it of both its history and its comedic aspects – well, good luck with that! Of course that isn’t the only bizarre, obscure and frankly time and money-wasting degree course available. Staying with the performing arts there’s Contemporary Circus and Physical Performance at Bath Spa University. Sounds like fun but why on earth would a circus performer need a university degree?
Or how about a Surf Science and Technology degree at Cornwall College (part of the University of Plymouth). Where the one thing you don’t learn is….how to surf!
Then there is a degree in Floral Design at University Centre Myerscough. No, I hadn’t heard of it either – turns out it’s a college of further education in Preston, a town that in my experience fits the old joke of ‘I went there once…..It was closed’ to a ‘T’!
Another handy (pun intended) art is that of Hand Embroidery BA (Hons), offered at the University for the Creative Arts. Or you could waste away sorry, while away, your time on a course in Animal Behaviour and Psychology. This degree at the University of Chester teaches you about the way animals think and feel. Cockroaches have personalities according to the subject specs– you couldn’t make it up.
Happily all these educational institutes may have to look to their laurels and try to justify their very existence in the near future. In plans announced this week, universities could face fines of up to £500,000 (P750m), be stripped of their right to take student loans or effectively shut down if they cannot get 60 per cent of students into a professional job under a crackdown on ‘Mickey Mouse’ courses. Further, at least 80 per cent of students should not drop out after the first year, and 75 per cent should graduate.
The rules, published by the Office for Students (OfS), aim to eliminate ‘low-quality’ courses by setting new standards & requiring courses to improve their rating in the TEF, the official universities ratings system. Universities not meeting the new standards will not be able to charge full annual fees of £9,250. Unconventional courses that could fall victim to the new rules could include the University of Sunderland’s BA in Fashion Journalism, where students learn essential’ skills such as catwalk reporting and the history of Chanel. They have only a 40 per cent chance of entering highly skilled work 15 months after leaving.
At University College Birmingham, BSC Bakery and Patisserie Technology students – who learn how to ‘make artisan bread’ – have a 15 per cent chance of a professional job within 15 months. Universities minister Michelle Donelan welcomed the move, saying ‘When students go to university, they do so in the pursuit of a life-changing education, one which helps pave their path towards a highly skilled career. Any university that fails to match this ambition must be held to account.’
OfS found that at 25 universities, fewer than half of students find professional work within 15 months. Business and management courses at the University of Bedfordshire (14.8 per cent) were among the least likely to lead to graduate-level jobs. Asked to comment, the University of Sunderland said it always looked ‘to find ways to improve outcomes’; University College Birmingham said data on graduates and definition of ‘professional work’ was limited. I’ll bet it is! As the saying goes, ’what the eye doesn’t see, the heart doesn’t grieve over’. What a pantomime!
With the world still reeling from the negative impact of the Coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19), and the latest Omicron variant (which is responsible for the ongoing global forth wave) on everyone’s lips, we should not forget and neglect other aspects of our health.
While anyone can get infected with corona virus and become seriously ill or die at any age, studies continue to show that people aged 60 years and above, and those with underlying medical conditions like hypertension, heart and lung problems, diabetes, obesity, cancers, or mental illness are at a higher risk of developing serious illness or dying from covid-19.
It is a good habit to visit a doctor regularly, even if you feel healthy. Regular health checks can help identify any early signs of health issues or assess your risk of future illness hence prompting one to take charge and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Heart disease, diabetes, some cancers and other non-communicable diseases (even communicable) can often be picked up in their early stages, when chances for effective treatment are high.
During a health check, your doctor will take a thorough history from you regarding your medical history, your family’s history of disease, your social life and habits, including your diet, physical activity, alcohol use, smoking and drug intake. S/he will examine you including measuring your weight, blood pressure, feeling your body organs and listening to your heart and lungs amongst the rest. Depending on the assessment, your doctor will notify you how often you need to have a health check. If you have a high risk of a particular health condition, your doctor may recommend more frequent health checks from an early age.
Diet – a healthy diet improves one’s general health and wellbeing. It is recommended that we have at least two serves of fruit and five serves of vegetables daily. Physical activity – regular physical activity has significant health benefits on one’s body, mind & soul. It contributes to preventing and managing non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, cancers and diabetes, reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety, enhances thinking, learning, and judgment skills and improves overall well-being. According to the world health organisation (WHO), people who are insufficiently active have a 20% to 30% increased risk of death compared to people who are sufficiently active. Aim for 30 minutes to an hour of moderate physical activity at least four days in a week. Examples of moderate physical activity include brisk walking, gentle swimming and social tennis.
Weight – maintaining a healthy weight range helps in preventing long-term complications like cardiovascular disease, diabetes and arthritis. It is also vital for one’s mental wellbeing and keeping up with normal activities of daily living. Ask your doctor to check your body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference annually. If you are at a higher risk, you should have your weight checked more frequently and a stern management plan in place.
Alcohol – as per WHO reports, alcohol consumption contributes to 3 million deaths each year globally as well as to the disabilities and poor health of millions of people. Healthy drinking entails taking no more than two standard drinks per drinking day with at least two alcohol-free days in a week.
Smoking –Nicotine contained in tobacco is highly addictive and tobacco use is a major risk factor for cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, many different types of cancer, and many other debilitating health conditions. Every year, at least a whopping 8 million people succumb from tobacco use worldwide. Tobacco can also be deadly for non-smokers through second-hand smoke exposure. It is not ‘fashionable’ if it is going to cost you and your loved ones lives! If you are currently smoking, talk to your doctor and get help in quitting as soon as possible to reduce the harm.
Blood pressure: Hypertension is a serious medical condition and can increase the risk of heart, brain, kidney and other diseases. It is a major cause of premature death worldwide, with upwards of 1 in 4 men and 1 in 5 women – over a billion people – having the condition. Have your blood pressure checked annually if it is normal, you are aged under 40 and there is no family history of hypertension. You might need to have it checked more frequently if you are over 40, your blood pressure is on the high side, or you have a personal or family history of high blood pressure, stroke or heart attack. Your doctor will be there to guide you.
Dental care – eating a low-sugar diet and cleaning and flossing the teeth regularly can reduce one’s risk of tooth decay, gum disease and tooth loss. Visit a dentist every six months for a dental examination and professional cleaning, or more frequently as per your dentist’s advice. Blood tests – annual to five-yearly blood tests may be done to further assess or confirm risk of disease. These may include blood sugar levels, cholesterol levels, kidney function, liver function, tumour markers, among other things. They may be done frequently if there is already an existing medical condition.
Cancer screening – various screening techniques can be done to detect different cancers in their early or pre-cancer stages. These include; skin inspections for any suspicious moles/spots, two-yearly mammograms for those at risk of developing breast cancer, Pap smear or the new Cervical Screening Test (CST) every five years, stool tests and colonoscopy (every five years) for those at most risk of bowel cancer, prostate cancer screening for those at risk (over 45 years of age, family history of cancers etc.). Discuss appropriate tests with your doctor.
Vaccinations – You should discuss with your doctor about the necessary routine immunisation, in particular; the Covid-19 vaccines, an annual flu shot, a five-yearly pneumococcal vaccine if you have never had one or you are immunocompromised and any other boosters that you might need.
If you need further advice or treatment please call 4924730, email HYPERLINK “mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org” email@example.com or visit www.themedisccentre.co.bw
Antoinette Boima, MBBS, BMedSci, PgDip HIV/AIDS, Cert Aesth Med is the Managing Director of The Medics Centre in Palapye.