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Questions on Enki

Benson C Sail
THIS EARTH, MY BROTHER

Today we address questions in respect of Enki, the brainiest Annunaki, Enlil, and some ranks of the Anunnaki

 IS IT TRUE THAT  ENKI WAS ONCE “KILLED” BY ENLIL, THE BIBLE’S PRINCIPAL JEHOVAH?

Correct. But  exactly when this happened is not clear from the Sumerian chronicles but it was post-the  Great Flood of Noah’s day. Part  of the story, which is not attributed to an authoritative source anyway,  reads as follows: “Lord Enlil invited Lord Enki to a  fabulous ceremony on Mars to commemorate the survival of the Human Race (during the Great Flood). The Palace was colossal on Sedonia (a hill-top in a region n of Mars).  Enki accepted and participated in the ceremony.

The Canus crowds (the  beings from Syria, where Enlil originated) cheered  as Lord Enki walked on the Royal walkway, as he reached the Tabernacle to receive his Sacred Ceremonial Gift. A Canus Priest by the Name of Cha Mok stabbed Enki in the Neck instantly killing him.
The Canus crowds were in shock and horror. The Canus Guards arrested the assassin and immediately had the priest executed.

Prince Enlil jumped on the stage platform and said, “My Brother was killed by an Enemy of the House of King Anu. We will find these  enemies and they will serve justice. The Wolfen (Sirian)  crowds growled and howled, the Temple shook.‘Prince Enki,   My Brother,  is Dead,’ Enlil wept with crocodile tears. “I mourn for I lost a Brother who was in spirit a rebel and wanted to create something different, something new! But this has now come to an end.

We the Canus people will honour his memory by burying him with another rebel who also believed in new ideas:  we will bury him next to Zeus (Alalu in this context, who we copiously wrote about) who  Orion (where Enki originated) and Sirius had to fight against …
We will find the killers of my Brother but now we must bury him with honour next to the god Zeus inside the Holy Face on Mars, the Temple of the Gods". But the great Enki did not expire: his genius son Zidda rushed over to Mars (at  the insistence of Marduk) from Earth  and Enki was swiftly restored to life. But it took time   before he could be fully recovered as the injury was very profound. The Andromedans confirmed  this incident to Alex Collier, their principal Earthling contactee.

WE USE ONLY A FRACTION OF OUR BRAIN. WE SUFFER FROM THE SAME DISEASES AS ANIMALS, AN INFERIOR SPECIES.  WE ARE WAY SMALLER THAN OTHER HUMANOIDS SUCH AS THE ANUNNAKI AND EVEN OUR OWN HOMINID COUSIN, THE CHIMPANZEE. BLAME IT ON  ENKI!

I do not agree. When Enki genetically engineered Adam from Homo Eretus (Ape Man, or simply the Apa), he was under strict instruction from Enlil, then Earth’s CEO, to dumb down the human  species substantially. Enlil wanted a human who was way inferior to the Anunnaki. Enki did not by any means have full, independent discretion. I say, “Blame it on Enlil”.

HUMANS TEND TO BE MORE PROMISCUOUS THAN VIRTUOUS. DID THAT COME FROM ENKI’S DNA? WE KNOW ENKI WAS A SERIAL PHILANDERER!

I strongly suspect so. Remember, Enki, who had a seamless libido, was in the habit of shagging everybody and anybody, including his own daughters, although the moral code of the Anunnaki was often at variance with that of humans!

HOW DID THE  ENKI’S OF THIS WORLD SEXUALLY SUIT TINY HUMANS (COMPARATIVELY SPEAKING) WHEN THEY WERE GIANTS?

The physical size of the Anunnaki has been grossly exaggerated in  some accounts. The males ranged between 7-8 feet tall on average. The tallest human on record was Robert Wardlow, who stood at 8 foot 11 inches. The WWE wrestler Big Show is just over 7 feet and his wife  is a tiny female. The Anunnaki and humans were very sexually compatible.

 WHO WOULD HAVE AN INTELLECTUAL EDGE OVER THE OTHER BETWEEN ENKI AND THE RENOWNED FIFTEEN?

Your guess is as good as mine. It is said Fifteen (who is regarded by aliens as Earth’s brightest)  has an off-chart IQ. Enki is said to be  the Anunnaki’s greatest intellect, the “Knower of Everything”. I’d love to see the two pit their wits in a public forum.

WAS ENKI THE BEST-LOOKING ANUNNAKI?

He was one of the cutest. But the real Romeo was his genius son Zidda, followed by Enlil’s Earth-born son Nannar-Sin, the Allah of Islam.

WHERE IS ENKI PRESENTLY?
I gather he’s Prime Minister on the throne planet of Orion. Remember, he’s the firstborn son of the Orion Queen, who’s also the Queen overall of the Sirian-Orion star system, of which the Solar System is a part. Sadly, he will never inherit as it is Enlil who holds that right.

ENKI TYPICALLY BOASTED ABOUT NIBIRU AND NOT THE THRONE PLANET OF THE ORION STAR SYSTEM, HIS PLACE OF ORIGIN. ISN’T THAT A CONTRADICTION IN TERMS?

It could be the Sumerian scribes doctored his statements to slant them in the direction of Nibiru. The Anunnaki  mostly focused on Nibiru in their inculcations to mankind as it was nearer and familiar.

WHY WAS ENLIL MISTAKEN FOR JUPITER BY THE GREEKS WHEN JUPITER (JA-PTAH, AS ENKI WAS KNOWN TO ANCIENT EGYPTIANS) CLEARLY REFERRED TO ENKI?

Maybe they wanted to exalt Enlil above Enki. Remember, their principal deities were Nannar-Sin (Zeus) and Utu-Shamash (Apollo, who was Sin’s heir). But we cannot completely rule out that it was an innocent error.

DID ENKI’S OTHER NAME, PTAH,  HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE PAAL TAAL, THE PURPORTED CREATORS OF MANKIND?

Possibly. Like the Paal Taal, Enki was a creator god, the fashioner of the modern version of mankind. Maybe the moniker was a tribute to this remarkable capacity.

WHY WAS ENKI SO DOCILE IN THE PYRAMID WARS? AS A GENIUS OF ALL STRIPES, HE WOULD HAVE EASILY MADE MINCE OF THE ENLILITES!

He had the generally tender virtues of his mother, the Orion Queen. In fact, all Enkites save for Nergal, the second-born, were known for their self-restraint.

WHY DID ENKI WAIT 300 YEARS BEFORE HE MEDIATED BETWEEN MARDUK AND  ZIDDA OVER THE RULERSHIP OF EGYPT?

To somebody hailing from Nibiru, where a year translates to about 3600 years, 300 years was equivalent to only a few months. So Enki hardly dragged his feet at all.

WHY DID THE ANUNNAKI SEND OVER TO EARTH THEIR CHILDREN WHO WERE NEXT IN LINE, SUCH AS ENKI AND ENLIL? DO YOU SO STAKE YOUR HEIRS INTO SUCH A POSSIBLY DANGEROUS ADVENTURE?

The matter  was not  simply about the possible colonisation of a gold-rich planet: it was also about the colonisation of a a whole planetary system. In such ventures, you don’t send also-rans: you send your own flesh-and-blood just in case the former grow wings of all a sudden and challenge your supremacy.

WHO WAS ENKI’S FAVOURITE SON?

Zechariaj Sitchin, the foremost authority on the Anunnaki saga, seems to suggest that it was Dumuzi on the basis of the fact that Enki wept bitterly over his death. But Enki also wept inconsolably over the murder of Abel by Cain. On the other hand, the Sumerian records are categorical that Enki’s favourite son was Zidda. He embodied Enki’’s staggering wisdom, his arresting looks, his brains, and his overall kindness. People naturally gravitate toward children who are their spitting images in more ways than one.

WILL ENKI EVER RETURN TO EARTH?

Good question. Maybe at the dawn of Aquarius (to reclaim it from Utu-Shamash) as the planet has great sentimental value to him.

IF ENKI WAS THE SHARPEST ANUNNAKI, WHO WAS SUPPOSEDLY THE DUMBEST?

Probably Ishkur-Adad, who was adamant that might was always right.

WHY WERE ENLIL AND ENKI SO IRRECONCILIABLY  AT  ODDS?

They were cut-throat contenders both for the Nibiru and Earth throne.  Moreover, Enki was of Orion origin in toto: he was born asexually, to the Orion Queen, whereas Enlil was a full-blooded Sirian, whose biological parents were both Sirians (King Anu and Antu, both of which monarchical titles.).  Of the two, Enki was tenderer in that he had inherited softer female virtues from his mother. On the other hand, Enlil had the macho genes of a Reptilian-Leonine-Wolfen descent.

True, Enki loved his women and Enlil was inviolably moral in this respect but I’d rather have hobnobbed with the former than the latter.  Enki was  in fact  of the view generally that Anu favoured Enlilites. For instance, he didn’t believe that his loss of sovereignty over Earth in favour of Enlil  was objective but was rigged in the latter’s favour.  

WHERE EXACTLY IN AFRICA WAS ENLI EXILED WHEN HE “RAPED” THE CUTE NURSE SUD?

When I find out, I’ll give you a shout. Neither Sitchin nor the Sumerian records shed clearer light on the matter.

WHO WAS ENLIL’S FAVOURITE SON?

The Sumerian records are not categorical on the matter but circumstantial evidence suggests it was Nannar-Sin. Ninurta, his firstborn, was too militarily aggressive, and Ishkur-Adad, his third and last born, was too harsh. Enlil himself was kind of middle-of-the-road.

WHERE IS ENLIL AS WE SPEAK?

He is his Sin’s principal adviser on the planet Nibiru. Remember, Sin is the current ruler of Nibiru and Enlil is hailed in the Sumerian records as a brilliant administrator.

WHY DID ENLIL ALMOST TOTALLY REFRAIN FROM ADDRESSING EVE IN THE “GARDEN OF EDEN”?

He had a very deprecating view of women in general,  particularly Earthlings. It explains why he never had sexual relations with an Earthling whatsoever.

DID THE ANUNNAKI EVER FALL SICK?

They did yes but not from diseases that typically afflict mankind and the animal kingdom. They were fully evolved when they became humanoids whereas we were genetically fast-tracked to bring about a “worker race” courtesy of Enlil or “a helper race” in Enki’s view.

WHY WAS NINMAH (ENLIL’S FULL-SISTER AND ENKI’S HALF-SISTER) RANKED LOWER THAN NINLI (ENLIL’S WIFE SUD)?

Because Ninli was the wife of Earth’s CEO. It is as simple as that. In any case, Ninmah never was married thanks to a curse from his father Anu and a rank derived from a male spouse. Ninlil, for example, was 45, and Ninki’s (Enki’s wife)  was 35. This is 5 less than the ranks of the two ladies’ hubbies.

WHY DID THE  EGYPTIANS REFER TO NABU (MARDUK’S ELDEST SON); HORUS; AND ISIS AS GODS WHEN THEY HAD A SUBSTANTIAL PROPORTION OF HUMAN GENES?

Maybe it was purely out of “respect”. We will never know the truth.

WHO WERE THE NASTIEST ANUNNAKI?
It were Nergal and Ninurta. Remember,  it were they who nuked Sodom and Gomorrah. But they did so at the orders of Enlil. Hence he too belongs in the same diabolical bracket.

HOW DID THE ANUNNAKI PROJECT DREAMS INTO THE MINDS OF MANKIND?

Good question. Sadly, I have no idea!

WHY IS APOLLO (UTU-SHAMASH )ALWAYS DEPICTED WITH A LAUGHABLY SMALL PENIS?

It could be he was not as well-endowed as he bragged. People who talk great perform rather dismally in this respect. But his Sumerian name Shamash, meaning “rocket-like” suggests he was very well-endowed anyway in a metaphorical sense. .

WHY DIDN’T ENKI OUTRIGHTGLY DISOWN A REBELLIOUS NERGAL?

He actually did so but indirectly. Blood is blood: you never declaim it in the heat of emotion.

THE ANUNNAKI ENFORCED MORALS THEY THEMSLEVES DID NOT  SHOWCASE. IS THAT FAIR FOR A PEOPLE WHO FANCIED THEMSLEVES AS THE “GODS” OF MANKIND?

The Anunnaki were received as gods by mankind: they never imposed themselves as such on mankind. They thus had the moral licence to behave in the extremes they  did. Even Jesus was received as a god-man by middle-easters when he would rather be the “Son of Man”, his most evoked title.

THE BLACKS THAT WE OCCASIONALY ENCOUNTER WITH BLUE EYES AND BLONDE HAIR: ARE THEY DESCENDED FROM THE ANUNNAKI?

I’d like to believe so. The ruling Anunnaki bore such features. Genetics is a rather complex subject. Even the experts have not fully grasped it yet.    

JUST WHY WOULDN’T MARDUK MARRY A FELLOW ANUNNAKI?

Seemingly, he was determined to endear himself to mankind. Enki, Marduk, and Zidda were the three Anunnaki who valued mankind a great deal.

WHO OF THE ANUNNAKI  WOULD YOU LOVE TO MEET?

Of course it is Enki, Marduk, and Zidda, and possibly Nannar-Sin.  It’s a pity Marduk is dead. Enlil, Ninurta, Adad, and Inanna I’d avoid like the plague!

ARE THE ANUNNAKI AND THE CORTEUM THE SAME PEOPLE?

Not really. The Corteum had elongated heads whereas the Anunnaki  looked just like we do. Moreover, the Corteum came from a far-flung planet whereas the Anunnaki hailed from “neighbouring” Nibiru.

IF SIRIANS (SUCH AS ENLIL) WERE PRIMARILY WOLFEN, WHY DID THEY IDENTIFY THEMSELVES PRIMARILY AS FELINES, MORE SO LEONINES?

They wanted to identify themselves with the “King of Beasts”, which the lion is putatively.  Besides, the lion is one of the best-looking and most ferocious of creatures.

WHY WERE THE ANUNNAKI IN THE HABIT OF WAGING WAR ON EACH OTHER?

They were not exactly the same people. The Enlilites originated from the Sirian star system whereas the Enkites hailed from Orion. In general though, their behavior was not that odd. Here on Earth, we’re the same people but we have been fighting each other since days immemorial, though much of this confrontation is instigated by the Reptoid race.  

NEXT WEEK:   QUESTIONS ON THE  ANNUNAKI’S “ELIXIR OF LIFE”

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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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