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The Bread of Life

Benson C Saili
THIS EARTH, MY BROTHER

    
How Ormus sustained  the Anunnaki and Nation of Israel

The Sinai Peninsula did not have a speck of gold in its crust. So where did the gold that was used to manufacture the Ormus the Petrie party happened upon  in Hathor’s Temple emanate?

It was Egypt. You will be aware by now that the Sinai Peninsula was part of Egypt effective from circa 2600 BC to 106 AD (latterly it has reverted to Egypt anyway, after Israel seized it during the 6-Day  War of June 1967 and wholly returned it in 1982).  Ancient Egypt was very rich in gold and particularly so because it incorporated Nubia, today’s Sudan, which had even larger reserves of the yellow metal. It explains why the Egyptian word for gold is nub, a truncation of  Nubia.

It is estimated that almost 6.7 million ounces of gold, equivalent to just under $9 billion at today’s rates, has been mined from Egypt’s Eastern Desert alone.   About 1300 gold mines are said to have been excavated over the past 4600 years or so in the country and more than 100 gold quarries have been identified.  When archaeologists investigated the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamen, who died by means foul at only age 21, they found 110 tons worth of gold, equivalent to $7 billion in today’s money. Of course much of that gold must have come from foreign sources given that the average yearly gold production in pharaonic times is estimated at 1 ton per annum.

Now, gold in those days was not the ultimate store of value it is today.  There was no such thing as a gold treasury as there was no money until the third century BC and trade was by barter.  The working population received their pay in food and gifts. So to what use was all the gold put to?

Well, with Ormus factoring into the equation, the answer is obvious. Ormus-making was why some of the Egyptian gold ended up at Serabit El Khadim. Indeed, King Solomon did not become history’s richest King (the more authoritative historians  say it is Mansa Musa  of Mali Empire fame  who merits this accolade) thanks to the surfeit of gold he  possessed but thanks to what he made out of gold – Ormus.  

But was the ordinary man on the streets aware of Ormus and that it was made out of gold? Ancient Egyptians referred to gold as “the flesh of the gods”, that is, the Anunnaki. This was because like gold, the Anunnaki did shine (by virtue of talking Ormus) and like gold they never tarnished or deteriorated (they neither  aged nor fell ill), again thanks to ingesting Ormus. Maybe Ormus was only a secret because ordinary mankind didn’t know how it was made. But they knew of its existence alright, hence its other public domains names such as the Elixir of Life or the Fountain of Youth.

THE ANUNNAKI PROSPECTED FOR ORMUS

The Anunnaki, the Old Testament gods, came to Earth, from their planet Nibiru, about 450,000 years ago to prospect for gold.  According to Sumerian records, the first place they searched for this gold was in the Persian Gulf, in the sea. Chroniclers of the Anunnaki saga, including the highly regarded Zechariah Sitchin, have taken it for granted that the gold the Anunnaki were prospecting for in the sea was regular gold, the familiar yellow metal. That, regrettably, is misconceived.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) calculates that there is today about 20 million tons of gold dissolved in all sea water on the planet. But to extract just one ounce of gold, one will need about 30 million pounds of sea water. “We are talking such miniscule quantities that it is hard to even wrap your head around it,” says the NOAA.

Maybe the quantity of gold in the oceans at the time of the Anunnaki was higher then if we take account of the gold-rich asteroids that hurtle into Earth’s seas from time to time, but the extraction ratio must have been the same. Clearly, if it was metallic gold the Anunnaki were looking for, the sea was the wrong place to look. But they did scour the sea for gold all right. THIS GOLD, HOWEVER, WAS NOT METALLIC GOLD: IT WAS ORMUS – MONOATOMIC GOLD.

The first thing the Anunnaki were concerned about when they touched down on Earth was their wellbeing healthwise on a foreign planet. The other was their lifespan on a planet with an infinitesimally shorter circumsolar (around the sun) cycle compared with Nibiru. If they had to guarantee sound health through and through and more or less maintain their life expectancy, they needed Ormus sooner than later. Ormus, as indicated above, abounds far much more in the sea than on firm land.

It was after they had extracted sufficient quantities of Ormus from the sea (and the surrounding rivers such as the Havillah and the Pishon) that the Anunnaki now decided to set up mining facilities in Africa and embark on the extraction of metallic gold. This is the sequence they followed as Sumerian records crystal-clearly set out for us.

The gold the Anunnaki came to obtain from Earth, Sumerian records inform us, was lofted into the upper reaches of their planet’s atmosphere with a view to sealing the ozone hole. But that was simply one of the purposes for which it was used. A proportion of any element that is suspended in the stratosphere is certain to fall back on the surface of the planet as a component of rain. That was the case with Nibiru.

The planet’s “golden rain” bathed the herbs, plants, grass, fruits, and crops and the dissolved monoatomic gold was therefore absorbed and chemically retained. When the Anunnaki fed on these fruits and crops and on the meaty animals that fed on the planet’s flora, or when they (the Anunnaki) partook of naturally grown herbs or herbal products, they automatically absorbed the monoatomic gold they contained, Ormus.  That way, their lives were practically infinitely prolonged by the Ormus, which has anti-aging properties and is innately medicinal across the whole spectrum of ailments.

EDIN IDEAL LOCATION FOR ORMUS INGREDIENTS

In The Lost Book of Enki, the story-teller, Enki, commands his master scribe Endubasar (who documented Enki’s dictation) to “eat the bread and drink the water and be sustained for forty days and forty nights” (an echo of the Jesus stint in the wilderness) prior to the commencement of his script-writing labours. What kind of bread can keep a man going without conventional food for such a length of time? Of course it’s none other than Ormus.

That Ormus was central to Anunnaki wellbeing is very cleverly encoded right in the opening passages of Genesis. Talking about the Edin (Eden in the Bible), the Anunnaki’s first settlement on Earth in southern Iraq, GENESIS 2:12 reads: “And the gold of that land is good: there is also bdellium and the onyx stone.” There’s more than meets the eye to this statement folks: IT SPECIFIES THE THREE MATERIALS FUNDAMENTAL TO THE PREPARATION OF ORMUS.

BDELIUM is gum resin. The Egyptian word for gum resin is KMY.T, which originally meant “black earth”. Now, ancient alchemists used code language to denote the ingredients required to make Ormus as the process was classified by the alchemical adepts. One of the three primary ingredients was antimony ore (stibnite), which is black. Bdelium was a code word for black antimony.

ONYX is a semi-precious stone that can assume a dark-red colour. As such, it signifies a red stone. Needless to say, Onyx was a code word for cinnabar, the dark red rock from which mercury is extracted. To make Ormus, gold was the primary ingredient. Mercury and antimony were the auxiliary elements. The fact that these three metals are mentioned together in the inceptual lines of Genesis is no mere chance.

IT IS ALSO NOTEWORTHY THAT ALL THE THREE METALS WERE OBTAINABLE AROUND THE EDIN. The Zagros Mountain range (which straddles Iran, Iraqi, and southeastern Turkey) and the river Pishon/Uizon (GENESIS 2:11) were prominent sources of gold in antiquity. (Today the river Uizon flows past a village in Turkey called Zarshuyan, which means ‘gold washing’, which is more than a tell-tale.) In ancient times, northwestern Iran provided a rich source of antimony and eastern Turkey abounded with cinnabar ores. It goes without saying that when the Anunnaki chose Iraq as their first settlement on Earth, they took due account of its strategic location – its proximity to sources of the principal ingredients for Ormus.

It is also significant that the description of the location of the Garden of Eden (GENESIS 2:10-14) follows immediately after the first mention of the Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge (GENESIS 2:9). Again this is not a coincidence. In the purview of multiple encoded meanings of biblical accounts, the Tree of Life was amongst other things symbolic of Ormus, the elixir of the Anunnaki “gods”.

The “Tree of Knowledge” was symbolic, amongst other things, of the theoretical and practical knowledge required to actually produce Ormus. The expulsion of Adam and Eve from Eden lest they partake of the Tree of Life and “live forever” may therefore be emblematic of their being forbidden access to Ormus.

The Anunnaki God of Knowledge as we have already established was Enki. ENKI WAS ALSO THE ANUNNAKI’S MASTER ALCHEMIST. It was Enki who taught Adapa, his son with an Earthling woman, and Cain the art of alchemy. From that time, Adapa and his descendents became alchemical priests. For example, Tubal-Cain, who was several generations removed from Cain, is described in the Bible as a metallurgist specialising in copper and iron. It is small wonder Enki was so abhorred by Enlil as he gave away the secrets of the gods to mankind. He was the Prometheus who stole fire (privileged knowledge) from Mount Olympus (the abode of Jehovah-Enlil) and gave it to the Adamite race, his creation.

MANNA WAS ORMUS FOR NATION OF ISRAEL!

If you recall what we said last time around, Ormus is a recurrent feature in the Bible, often directly but on occasion veiled in a language that may appear as code to us but which secret society initiates of the day understood rather easily. In the Bible, Ormus is primarily referred to as Manna. It is also called bread, the bread of life, shewbread, the bread of the presence, white stone, gold glass, or simply proper food.

The commonest reference to Ormus, Manna, was meant to confuse the uninitiated. For Manna simply means, “what is it?” This statement embodied elements both of mystery (what the hell is this thing?) and wonder, the latter because of the wondrous effects it had on those who consumed it. It had to remain a mystery to those who were not ordained into the mystery schools of the day.

In the Bible, Manna is first encountered in the time of Moses, during the Jewish exodus from Egypt to “The Promised Land” (“The Usurped Land” fits the bill better). When the Nation of Israel was confined to the wilderness for “40 years”, they were fed on Manna. Explaining what this mysterious substance was to his people, Moses described it as “bread” God, that is, Ishkur-Adad, the Jehovah of the Exodus,  had provisioned his people.

It was white in colour, was shaped into wafers (like the sacrament bread of the Catholics today) and tasted like honey (because honey was a binding ingredient), but Moses described it as bread anyway. Now, the authors of the Pentateuch (first five books of the Old Testament) are noted for their penchant for meticulous detail. They could describe a procedure, an apparatus, paraphernalia, a ritual, a special attire, or an object encyclopaedically. Yet they furnish no details as to what a seemingly vital source of sustenance such as Manna exactly was. This of course is deliberate. They didn’t want to give the game away. But the term “bread’ is a sufficient enough cue.

THIS BREAD, THIS MANNA, WAS ORMUS. It was necessary for Adad to feed his people with Ormus because first, he wanted to ensure that they were in sound health both at the spiritual and physical level. Second, he wanted to see to it that in the event that they were engaged in wars of conquest, they should be fighting fit. Ormus was an omnipotent enough food to guarantee both these capacities. HOWEVER, THE ORMUS THE ISRAELITES WERE GIVEN WAS A DUMBED-DOWN VERSION.

Firstly, it was not made from gold but from copper, a mineral in which the Sinai Peninsula was very rich (Recall that Ormus can be made not only from gold but also from silver, the platinum metals, copper, nickel, cobalt, and mercury. These metals are ipso facto known as the ORME Elements, ORME being an acronym for Orbitally Rearranged Monoatomic Elements, or Ormus in short). Secondly, the white powder of copper, the copper Ormus, was mixed with a disproportionately large quantity of unleavened (yeastless) flour.

It was reasonably potent enough though to nourish both their bodies and their souls but not to effect a wholesale transformation intellectually and genetically. For from what we glean from happenings in the wilderness, the Israelites still aged and died and were not that intellectually focused. They did a lot of dumb things. The Enlilite Anunnaki would never give Earthlings high-grade Ormus with medicinal and anti-aging properties, with properties that perfected the intellect.
     
SHEWBREAD – THE PRIESTLY ORMUS

In antiquity, gold was known as the metal of the gods – the Anunnaki. It is therefore not surprising that gold – both the metallic type and the monoatomic variety – had a connotation and symbolism in the Bible that had divine undertones. A prominent personage in the Pentateuch is one Bezaleel. Bezaleel was the most skilled goldsmith of the day; as such, he was the chief artisan of the Tabernacle (a portable Temple the Israelites used during their years of wandering in the wilderness under Moses) and was tasked to build the iconic Ark of the Covenant. EXODUS 39:32-41 sets out comprehensively the contents, components, and constituents of the Tabernacle. Of these, the most enigmatic was an item known as the bread of the presence. In other sections, it is referred to as shewbread or, intriguingly, meat. What was shewbread?

Shewbread consisted of twelve, disc-shaped cakes, each representing a tribe of Israel, that were placed on a golden table in the Tabernacle in the Holy Place, which was in front of the Holy of Holies, the most sacred precinct of the Tabernacle. It was called shewbread (“shew” is the archaic form of “show”) because it was meant to be symbolically shown off to the imaginary presence of God (hence, its other name, the bread of the presence) in an imaginary picture of God’s willingness to fellowship with his people.

THE FACT THAT IT WAS NOT ORDINARY BREAD IS HINTED BY THE PERSON WHO PREPARED IT. IT WAS BEZALEEL, A MASTER CRAFTSMAN OF COPPER, SILVER, AND GOLD. Certainly, if it were made from ordinary flour, it would not have required preparation by a master metallurgist. In preparing the shewbread, Bezaleel worked with the Kohathite priests only, one of the three main divisions of the Levite priests, and no other.

This particularised feature about its preparation is suggestive of the necessity to jealously protect and classify knowledge of its ingredients. Indeed, the Jewish Encyclopaedia notes that, “It would seem that the preparing of these cakes involved certain information which was kept as a secret by this priestly set”.

The shewbread of the Tabernacle was made from Ormus of gold mixed with unleavened flour, also known as “fine flour” or “sweet flour”, the latter because it was laced with a bit of honey to make it palatable to the taste. It had to be made from gold and not any other monoatomic element because gold was the elemental symbol of God. The table itself was made out of gold and bore only gold utensils. Every piece of furniture in the room was made of gold.

The 12 shewbread cakes were replaced every seven days. Jewish rabbinical literature says despite a “table life” of seven days, the cakes remained as hot as if they were freshly baked, something very uncharacteristic of ordinary bread. The replaced cakes were to be consumed by the serving priests right in the Holy Place. However, some priests chose to share their portion of the cake with members of their families. But the family members would not enter the Holy Place to partake of it: they would have to do so in the outer court.

Slaves belonging to the priests were also entitled to partake of the shewbread cakes. Clearly, it was privileged food for privileged people who were pivotal to the Anunnaki-instituted idolatry ritual we now call religion. The Jewish rabbinical literature says when the shewbread was distributed to priests, each received the measure of a size of a bean seed (there were up to 22,000 priests, then add to that their families) but this was enough to meet both their intellectual and bodily needs as well as their illumination metaphysically! ORDINARY BREAD WOULD NOT HAVE ACCOMPLISHED THIS: ONLY ORMUS COULD.

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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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