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Of Laser Beam and Levitation

Benson C Saili
THIS EARTH, MY BROTHER

The Ark of the  Covenant embodied 21st century technology

The Nation of  Israel’s wilderness religion was presided over by Aaron and his four sons.  Aaron was the High Priest and his sons were the chief priests. All Anunnaki-sired institutions were peopled   not by pure merit but  on the basis of nepotism basically.  This trend has carried over to our day. In 2009, David Rothkorp, a former CEO of Henry Kissinger, one of the nastiest  Reptilians of our time, wrote a book titled SUPERCLASS: THE GLOBAL POWER ELITE AND THE WORLD THEY ARE MAKING.

In it, he disclosed that  our world of 7 billion people was controlled by only 30 families using  6000 highly paid operatives who robotically toed their agenda. At the enterprise level, these hyper-families ran the world through 147 corporations which had interlocking boards of directors. Aaron and his sons had specially made sacred, priestly garments to wear, much like the Pope dons in our day. The garments were made of linen, the finest cloth available. Aaron’s priestly attire consisted of six parts. They were a robe, a woven tunic, a turban, a sash, an ephod, and a breastplate.

The ROBE was blue in colour. Its hem was decorated with identical patterns  of pomegranate (a red fruit symbolic of the  blessing and prosperity and the fertility and fruitfulness Ishkur-Adad, the Jehovah of the Exodus, had, so he said, in store for the Israelites once they had conquered Canaan) woven out of blue, purple, and scarlet yarn. The pomegranate patterns were interspaced with small bells made of pure gold. The bells were meant to herald the movements of the High Priest around the Tabernacle.

In the event that he entered the Holy of Holies and the bells were not heard for some considerable length of time, that would be a signal that he had been struck dead by “God” because he entered the presence of the deity in a unholy state arising from neglecting to perform the necessary pre-entry rites to the letter. Everything about the Anunnaki gods was based on fear. The TUNIC (outer garment) was tied with a colourfully embroidered SASH (girdle). Both were weaved  from fine line cloth.

The TURBAN (head dress) had a gold medallion attached to it by a blue cord, worn on the forehead. Engraved on the gold medallion were the words, “Holy to Yahweh”.  It was the High Priest’s proclamation to Adad that he was sin-free at that particular point in time having performed all the prerequisite self-sanctification rites. According the JEWISH ENCYCLOPAEDIA, the EPHOD was “part of the official dress of the High Priest which   was held together by a girdle of similar workmanship sewed on to it.

It  had two shoulder-pieces, which, as the name implies, crossed the shoulders, and were apparently fastened or sewed to the ephod in front. In dressing, the shoulder-pieces were joined in the back to the two ends of the ephod … At the point where the shoulder-pieces were joined together in the front ‘above the girdle’, two golden rings were sewed on, to which the breast-plate was attached.”

The two shoulder-pieces were made  from finely woven linen embroidered with gold, blue, purple and scarlet thread. Each of the golden rings (clasps) that joined them  had one onyx stone fastened to it. On each onyx stone was engraved six names of the tribes of Israel, arranged in order of seniority based on the ages of Jacob’s sons.   This was to show that when the High Priest stood before God, he represented not he himself but Israel.    

Like the ephod, the ESSEN, translated as breastplate in the English versions of the Bible, was embroidered with gold and with  blue, purple and scarlet thread. According to the Biblical instructions and rabbinical traditions, the breastplate was  “a patterned brocade like the ephod. The threads of its fabric are gold, sky-blue, dark red and crimson wool, and twisted linen. The garment itself is set with four rows of small square stones, in settings of knitted or braided gold. Each row contained three stones-totaling twelve stones, one stone representing each of the twelve tribes of Israel. The name of the corresponding tribe was engraved on each stone.”

Note the recurrence of four colours in particular – gold, blue, purple, and scarlet. Each of these colours has something to say about the Anunnaki.  Gold represented sustenance in that the Anunnaki’s extraordinary longevity, or eternity in the eyes of mankind, was enabled by the ingestion directly or indirectly of Ormus, the monoatomic white powder of gold. It also stood for divinity and the extrinsic personal worth of the Anunnaki, as gold is the most cherished metal, one reason it was called the metal of the gods.

Blue represented the heavens (the firmament). Mankind believed the Anunnaki came from a place known as Heaven, which they associated with a place yonder in the skies.  Purple has always been the colour of royalty and the Anunnaki were the ultimate royalty. Scarlet (red) represented retribution,   being the colour of blood. When the Anunnaki were “sinned against”, their stock response was to kill, whether this be an  individual, a large proportion of a population, whole cities as in the nuking of Sodom and Gomorrah, or practically an entire race of mankind as was the case during the Great Flood of Noah’s day.

WHICH GEMSTONE REPRESENTED WHICH TRIBE?

The gemstones appearing on the breastplate  were ruby; jade; agate; carbuncle; lapis lazuli; quartz crystal; turquoise; amethyst; agate; aquamarine; onyx; and opal. The identity of the gemstones is not definitive. There are over 30 different opinions  on the matter. Also, there is no certainty as  to exactly which gemstone corresponds with which tribe.

Says the Temple Institute of Jerusalem: “The exact, conclusive identification of these stones is actually one of the most difficult and elusive of all Temple-related studies. This is because the original Hebrew names of these stones as they appear here in the Bible are extremely obscure. They are not commonly used, and no description of the stones appears anywhere in the verses themselves. In the course of many years, as nations flourished and fell, and civilizations migrated to new lands, languages evolved and the meanings of words changed.

Thus in one location, a word may have one meaning and connote a particular concept, while in another land, the same word may carry the exact opposite meaning. “The names of these stones are particularly enigmatic: there are over 30 varying opinions as to the final identification of the 12 stones. These opinions include scholars and commentators from the entire historical spectrum of rabbinical literature and tradition, beginning with the most ancient – and therefore, in this case the most reliable opinions – those of the Aramaic translations of the Bible.”

However, although the gemstones cannot be identified with clear-cut finality, their colours can. For according to the Midrash, ancient  commentaries on the Pentateuch (first five books of the Bible) by the Jewish authorities, the gemstone colours corresponded with the colours of the ensigns (flags) of the tribe. On that basis then, the gemstones are associated with a particular tribe as follows: Ruby, Reuben;  Jade, Shimon; Agate, Levi;  Carbuncle,  Judah; Lapis-Lazuli, Issachar; Quartz Crystal, Zebulun; Turquoise,  Dan; Amethyst, Naftali; Agate, Gad; Aquamarine, Asher; Onyx,  Joseph; and Opal Benjamin.

WHAT WERE THE URIM AND THUMMIM?

There are two items in the High Priest’s regalia which are only casually mentioned when of necessity they required a detailed exposition. These are the URIM and the THUMMIM.   It seemed the Jewish writers of the Old Testament corpus did not really understand them, as a result of which they deliberately omitted to elucidate upon them. 

The Urim and Thummim are first mentioned in EXODUS 28:30. Moses is instructed, by Ishkur-Adad, the Anunnaki Jehovah of the Exodus, to place them in a pouch in Aaron’s breastplate. Aaron was obliged to enter the Holy of Holies, which housed the Ark of the Covenant, only once a year – on the Day of Atonement. And every time he did and stood before the Ark, he was to bear the Urim and Thummim without fail. 

Of the two, it is the Urim which receives a fair amount of repeated mention in a direct sense. In the two other places where it is directly mentioned, it is associated with attestation (that is, a truth-upholding oath) and decision-making (by the Anunnaki god). In NUMBERS 27:18-21, General Joshua was made to swear before the High Priest Eleazer (Aaron’s successor) by the Urim when Moses passed the baton to him as the Nation of Israel’s new leader.

In 1 SAMUEL 28:5-6, Saul, the first King of Israel, had to seek the voice of his god, albeit vainly so, using the Urim when the Philistine army hemmed in around him. However, these are not the only places the Urim and Thummim are implied. In other passages, they are referred to as “testimonies” as indeed they corresponded with the two Tablets of Testimony that were kept in the Ark.

It seems the two Tablets of Testimonies that were housed in the Ark had specific purposes. One was a digital record of Adad’s covenant with the Jews that they were his people and he was their god. But it was a record not only of this but also of “the testament of a lost civilisation and all that man has ever known and all man would ever know” according to the Jewish Qabalistic tradition.

This very much sounds like the Sumerian MEs, which have been described as “something like our present-day computer chips, on which data, programs, and operational orders were minutely recorded … and in which the essentials of civilisation were encoded”. The other tablet was a decoder of electromagnetic sound waves. In other words, it made the distant voice of Adad audible wherever he happened to be, just like the decoder built into a TV or radio makes the distant voice of announcers at the broadcasting station audible from any distance.   

We may refer to the two Tablets of Testimonies contained in the Ark as the Enclosed Testimonies and the Urim and Thummim as the Borne Testimonies as they were placed in a pocket sewn to the High Priest’s breastplate. The Urim, a crystal gem, was also known as the SCHAMIR or LIGHTNING LIGHT. This was because it gave off a light that illuminated the Holy of Holies when the High Priest stepped in there.  Remember, God is Light and he had to be approached in light (In the 2nd degree [Fellowcraft] Freemasonry ceremony, God is called the “Great Luminary”). 

The arc light of the Ark of the Covenant represented God’s presence whereas the Urim light represented the spiritual light of the High Priest. (At the spirit level, we are shimmering beings of light). Under certain conditions, the Urim emitted a laser-like, spear of light that could cut through stone with absolute precision. Noticing the magnificent properties of the Urim, King Solomon asked his artisans to improvise his own in the form of a Tablet Ring of the Testimony worn on a finger. It was this ring he used to cut the stones for his temple.

From that time on, it became a bequest to all the succeeding kings all the way to his seventh generation successor, King Joash. Relating the coronation of King Joash, 2 KINGS 11:12 has this to say: “Then he brought forth the king's son; he put the insignia on him and gave him the testimony. They proclaimed him king and anointed him. They smote the palm and said, Long live the king!” The “testimony” was the Urim ring.

The Thummim went by several other names such as  SCHETIYA, ANNA (meaning “firestone”), FOUNDATION STONE, the STONE OF PERFECTION, or SAPIR.    These names applied at different stages of history. The Thummim is said to have been made from a “divine sapphire”, that is, a sapphire stone provided by the Anunnaki gods. It was basically a levitational device, which according to Qabalistic tradition kept the Ark perfectly poised at about three fingers above the ground when the High Priest entered the Holy of Holies.

All in all, the Urim-Thummim had an essential role to play in summoning the power of the Ark. WHAT YOU SHOULD NOT LOSE SIGHT OF, HOWEVER, IS THAT THE LIGHT SYMBOLISM IN ALL THIS HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THE REAL GOD, FIRST SOURCE. IT ALL HAD TO DO WITH THE GOD OF ILLUMINATI ELEMENTS – LUCIFER. Lucifer means “Illuminator” or “Light Bringer” and that’s what those who align with forces of darkness call the Devil. The Old Testament  religious system was based on Devil-worship, period.

A KILLING MACHINE

The Ark of the Covenant was always carried into battle. Apparently, the Israelite army general used it to get battlefield tips from Adad and to report on the fate of a battle. Once, when the Israelites were trounced in a battle at Ai, General Joshua both lamented before the Ark and besought counsel from Adad through it (JOSHUA 7:6-9). At another time, when  the main body of the Israelite nation lost a battle to the tribe of Benjamin at Gibeah, they consulted Adad through  the Ark, who  promised that, “tomorrow I’ll hand them over to you” (JUDGES 20:19-27), which he indeed did as “Yahweh helped Israel defeat Benjamin and that day the Israelites killed 25,100 of Benjamin’s warriors” (JUDGES 20:35).

Besides being a communication device and a manufacturer and repository of Ormus, the Ark of the Covenant was capable of performing certain wonders. What immediately comes to mind is what happened when General Joshua led the Israelites across the river Jericho. Its powers were drawn upon to part the river, something akin to Moses’ parting of the Red Sea, so that the Israelites  would cross it on dry land (JOSHUA 3:15-16; 4:7-18). In other words, the Ark was inbuilt with HAARP technology, which is theoretically capable of such a feat.

It is doubtful though that the Ark could serve so many purposes at once. What likely was the case was that it was operationalised by  remote control from some base inside one of the high-tech mountain bunkers of the Anunnaki. It is from here it was monitored either by satellite or surveillance microchips which relayed the happenings around it. Hence whereas some of the things attributed to it it did engender locally, some of them, such as the parting of the River Jordan, were effected using the HAARP technology at the Anunnaki base. One of the Tablets of Testimony must have been capacitated with GPS  tracking.

If the Ark was dreaded by the Nation of Israel, it  was because it was a killing machine both in a direct and vicarious sense. Under certain circumstances, it did emit a deadly radiation which was calibrated according to whether the killing was to be effected instantaneously or over time as a sort of slow puncture. In less severe cases, it simply caused non-life-threatening illnesses. People were also executed for infringing the rules governing its handling.

That the Ark was a perilously affair indeed is evident in Adad’s instruction to the Kohathites, who were charged with handling it when the Israelites were on the move. They were not to touch it or look at it  “lest they die” (NUMBERS 4:1-16): they were to carry it strictly using poles. To guard against this temptation or transgression, the Kohathites were instructed to wrap the Ark first in the curtain that separated the Holy Place from the Holy of Holies; then in what were called badger skins; and finally in a clothe of solid blue.

This was three layers of clothing altogether. When the Israelites were in procession, the men who carried the wrapped-up Ark were separated from the rest by a distance of about 900 metres. They were clad in very special attire to protect them in the case of an accidental radiation emission. A number of incidences are encountered whereby people died in circumstances associated with the Ark. There was  this case of Uzzah, who was one of the men transporting the Ark on an ox-driven cart downhill.

Somehow, the oxen faltered and the cart was in the process of tipping over and therefore touching the ground (it was not supposed to ever do so as the ground was cursed by “God” following the fall of Adam) when  Uzzah reached out his hands to steady it.    He was struck dead “by the Lord” immediately (2 SAMUEL 6:1-11; 1 CHRONICLES 13:1-13). Most likely, the Ark  must have fallen on his chest or crushed his head: it was 2 feet wide and 4 feet high and  estimates of its weight range from 150-2000 kg.

Once, the Bethshemites were entrusted custody of the Ark and curious to know what it was and what it contained tried to pry it open. About 50,000 of them ended up dying, in all probability from its radiation effects. The Bethshemites should have learnt a salutary lesson from the Philistines, who had captured it in war from the Israelites and had just returned it after being with it for seven months. The Philistines decided to part with it after been wracked by an endemic of boils and a plague of mice, both of which ceased after they returned the Ark (1 SAMUEL 6:19). Of course their sufferings were not directly engendered by the Ark but by Adad’s high-tech cunning. 

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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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