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Our Galactical Mother

Benson C Saili
THIS EARTH, MY BROTHER

The Orion Queen as the first to go by the titles Yahweh, Allah!

Just to recap, General Atiku, the Kheb race, also known as the Surbah, were the first sentient beings to evolve in the Peshmeten, the Milky Way Galaxy’s 9th Cosmic Passage Way, on a planet generically called the Green World.

The Green World pertained to the planetary system of the Suriya star, which was/is  part and parcel of the Shagari constellation, today commonly known as the Orion star system. Now,  the ancients, General,  did not refer to the Green World by that name: they called it the SSS world. The Shagari Empire itself, along with its conquered worlds in other star systems,  was also known as the  SSS Empire. Why was this so, General?      

Well, General,  as we have already explained, the Kheb race evolved from a serpentine creature (which had characteristics of a bee-like insect though, which is significant as we shall soon demonstrate). We all know that the defining sound of a snake is a hiss. This characteristic lingered with the Kheb race. In their speech, they had a long-drawn-out “sss-sss” sound, very much similar to what we call a lisp in our world but a much more marked and sustained one.

Let’s say, for argument’s sake, a Kheb being wanted to pronounce the word “stone”. This  would come out as “sss-tone”. If the “s” was at the end of a word, such as in “horse”, for example, the hiss sound would even be longer: the word would be pronounced “hor-ssss”. There was a further twist to the way female Khebs  in particular made their pronunciations, General. 

When they were cross,  emoting, or in combative mode, they made a loud “ttt” sound at the end of the “sss” sound (is that how the expletive “shit” [I beg your pardon] originated?). As such, on the conquered worlds, female Khebs  were generally called the SSS.TT and males were referred to simply as the SSS. The Green World thus became known as the SSS World. In some worlds, female Khebs  were simply referred to as the TT, with the SSS omitted. 

On other worlds, however, the Kheb  race was collectively known as the SSA.TT.AN, which simply meant the “Serpent Race of Heaven,” Heaven being the Orion star system. The ancient Egyptian names of Set (an Anunnaki “god”)  and Sut (an Anunnaki “goddess”) all derive from SST.TT, whilst the now reprehensible name Satan (Set-An) derive from SSA.TT.AN. You will now come to acknowledge, General,  that the name “Satan”  (“Shaitan” in Arabic) had no sinister connotations whatsoever in its original context.  In fact, in Sumerian times,  there was a stage when the term Satan meant “Truth Lord” (see The Earth Chronicles series).

Be that as it may, General, it was only in other, non-Reptoid worlds that the Kheb race was referred to as the SSS. On their own world, they in fact never even called themselves the Kheb race anymore. Nor did they call themselves  the Snake race (just as we don’t call ourselves the “Ape race”). They called themselves the Nehk race. How did this name arise, General?

THE ROYAL AGHAR OF THE SEVEN EKE-ENES

Every society in our world,  General,  has something of the Orwellian paradigm about it, where all animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others. It was the same on the SSS World. First, there were wars of domination between nations. In time, one particular ethnic group, which outnumbered all others, rose to prominence. This ethnic group called itself the Nehk-Khebs. It was this ethnic group that produced the Queen of the SSS World, who eventually became the Queen of the Orion Empire as a whole. And since it was the dominant group, the entire population of the SSS world adopted its name: they all became known as the Nehks.  

The term Nehk meant “the Fearsome Black Ones”. It is actually the stem of the English word “Negro” or “Nigger”, General.  However, the term black in this context did not refer to skin colour: it meant “mean-spirited”. The Nehks as a race were feared warriors. They were “bad news” on the battlefield, both on their own planet and in inter-planetary wars. That’s how they became known as the Fearsome Black Ones.

Initially, the SSS World like Earth had several disparate kingdoms. Most of these were ruled by women: only a few were ruled by men. This was because the SSS World was dominated by females by far. Not only did women fight in wars but they were in fact more formidable warriors than men. However, the women were not the main foot soldiers: they were always an elite unit in the overall army. They were only called upon when the stakes of war were very high. Why did women have such sway in the SSS World, General?

We have already underscored the fact that in the earlier stages of their evolution, the Nehks were bee-like insects, or Kheb insects.  We know how a bee colony operates, General: all life revolves around the Queen bee. The male bees, the drones, serve two functions only. The first is to mate with their Queen, that’s how privileged they are! The second is to protect the Queen from harm by enemies and invaders. In other words, the drones are the soldiers.

On the other hand, the female bees perform all the day-to-day chores in the colony. That’s why they are called worker bees. When the Kheb insects evolved into Kheb humanoids (Serpentine Reptoids), these roles were carried along. In general, the females did domestic work and political and administrative work. The males were almost exclusively  concentrated in the army. Only very few women were trained in military work and these comprised the planet’s Special Forces.  

For ages, General, a series of global wars raged in the SSS World till sanity finally prevailed and it was decided that all the worlds amalgamate federally but under one overall sovereign so as to forge an enduring peace (the same direction we’re headed here on Earth?). The SSS World had seven major regions (to correspond with the seven major stars of the Orion constellation). Each region chose a queen, not a king, as  females were the pre-eminent sex on the planet; so altogether, there were seven queens.

Then the seven queens chose one overall Queen of Queens. The resulting setup gave the SSS World its official name. It was called the Royal Aghar of the Seven Eke-Enes, meaning the Royal Realm of the Seven Queens. The term Eke-Enes, General,  is what gives us the English words “King” and “Queen”, the feminine prefix “gyne”, and the biblical name “Cain”.  

The overall Queen of the SSS World would in time become the overall Queen of the Shagari Empire (Orion star system and other vassal star systems elsewhere in the Milky Way Galaxy) as a whole. But it took eons of wars of conquests for her to attain this status, General.  

THE PESHMETEN’S FIRST SUPER-POWER

The first super-power in the Peshmeten (meaning “9th Passageway”), a section of the Milky Way Galaxy that contained the busiest trade route, was Orion, General. As set down above, Orion was headed by a Queen, who was worshipped as a Goddess and Creatrix of the cosmos in the broader empire, and run by female administrators.

Orion females reproduced both sexually (with the involvement of male gametes) and asexually (without the involvement of male gametes) in that the SSS people, as the beings of Orion were called, evolved from a Kheb – a dragonfly-bee insect.  As you very well know General, bees produce both sexually and asexually. The SSS’s dualistic reproductive mechanism was such that any child that arose from heterosexual reproduction was invariably a female and any child that arose from asexual reproduction was invariably a male.

Enki, the Anunnaki who genetically engineered Adam and Eve into existence from both Anunnaki and Ape-Man genes, was born asexually to the Queen of Orion as her eldest male child – the reason he used to boast that “I am the firstborn of the gods”.   Enki, therefore, had no father General.

THE COSMOS’ MOTHER SUPERIOR

In the SSS World, General,  motherhood was denominated by the term Ma. Every mother was a Ma. Since the Queen was a mother, she too was a Ma. She was actually called “The Ma.”  But she was not only a mother: she was the mother of the global empire.  She was therefore addressed as Her Majesty Queen  Ma-Ma. On  the SSS World, doubling a name or title indicated superiority.  The Queen, General, was the Big Mama, the Cosmic  Mummy!

The Queen was the First Citizen of the Orion Empire. As such, she was called The Ma-Ur, meaning “First Lady”. Abbreviated, this became The Great Mar. But because of the tendency on the SSS World to double titles of eminent personages, the Queen was called Her Majesty Queen Mar-Mar.

Now, in the Orion Empire, that is, the SSS World plus other planets and star systems it had colonised in the 9th Sector of the Milky Way Galaxy – arguably the most powerful realm in the galaxy – the Orion Queen was recognised as the Queen of the Galactic Waters. The other name for Galactic Waters is The Ocean of the Khaa. Both these terms simply mean “cosmic space”. Since the Orion Queen was the Queen of the galactic space, the galactic space also went by the name The Great Mar.

This is the true origin of the Latin word Mar, which means “ocean” and from which we get such ocean-related terms as “marine” and “maritime” General. In a section above,  we called attention to the fact that the females of the Kheb race (as the people of the SSS World called themselves) were on other worlds known simply as TT because of an aspect of their speech patterns. Their Queen, being foremost of women in the empire, was therefore referred to as Queen Ma-tt, or Queen Ma-tt-ur.

Ma-tt-ur is the true origin of our English word “mother”, General. As we all know, “mother” does not only refer to the most important woman in a nuclear family unit; it also refers to a matriarch such as “Mother Superior” in the Catholic orders for instance. All female-centred terms such as maternal, matriarch, matron, maternity, matricide, etc, stem from Ma-tt or Ma-tt-ur.    

Now, throughout the Peshmeten, General, there was a term that was particularly revered. This was An, or simply N. An meant “The Most High”. The first being to go by this title was the Orion Queen, who in the Peshmeten  was received not only as an empress but as a goddess (on her own planet though, she was simply received as a queen and not as a goddess, meaning she was not worshipped). When the Bible says Jesus was the “Son of the Most High” (LUKE 1:32), General, the fundamental meaning is that he was derivatively the son of the Orion Queen/Goddess, who was symbolised by his mother Mary.

THE FIRST YAHWEH, THE FIRST ALLAH

Yet another of the principal titles of the Queen of Orion, General,  was Aya, only second to Ma as a frame of reference.  On the SSS World, she was addressed as Queen Aya, meaning “The Sovereign One”, “The First Lady”, or simply “The One”. But Aya was an abbreviation, General.  The full title was Ay-Ay. Pronouncing a name repetitively on the SSS World as we have already indicated denoted superior status.  It is Ay-Ay from which the Hebrew name Ahayah (Yahweh, meaning “Most High God”) is descended.   The first Yahweh, General, was the Queen of Orion.

Ay-Ay was at times pronounced as Al-Al because in ancient languages, Y and L were interchangeable. This linguistic legacy is still retained in some languages of our day. For example, the Spanish word for yellow, “amarillo”, is pronounced “amariyo”. Al-Al in our modern-day can also be pronounced as … Allah. Again the first Allah, General, was the Queen of Orion.  

The Sumerian records relate that the most renowned Anunnaki was Enki, being the great scientist who genetically engineered mankind from the genes of Ape-Man and those of the Anunnaki 300,000 years ago (see The Earth Chronicles series).  Enki’s other name was Ea, the masculine form of Aya. In Sumerian times, Ea meant “He Whose House is Water”. 

In other words, Enki was the cosmic sovereign since his name connoted dominion over the Ocean of the Khaa, the Galactic Ocean we call space. But Enki  was Ea derivatively because he wasn’t in truth the cosmic sovereign: it was his mother, the Orion Queen, who was. The title Ea therefore was a honorary   one.

The Orion Queen’s other title was Eke (also rendered “Ege” or “Igi”, meaning “Creatrix”), abbreviated as Ki. In the subsidiary worlds such as ours, however, she was primarily addressed as Ke-Ea, meaning “Divine Creatrix”, also rendered as Ga-Ea or Ga-Ia, the famous “mythological” goddess of Earth during a certain era. Gaea, General,  is one of the ancient names for planet Earth, in honour of the Orion Queen.
     
THE FIRST DIVINE WOMB

Now, the Orion Queen, General, had a lifespan that was basically everlasting and so were her offspring. This was the principal reason she was received as a Goddess by her cosmic subjects. Initially, this seamless longevity was enabled by the routine ingestion of an extract from her own menstruum. You will be aware by now, General, that menstruum is the most medicinal of the body’s secretions, a closely-guarded Illuminati secret:  the things it can do when harnessed as a therapeutic substance are eye-poppingly wondrous.

Menstruum is such a potent therapeutic substance because, first, it carries the most substantial amounts of melatonin. Melatonin is a hormonal secretion that is manufactured by the pineal gland (located in the head) using a chemical messenger known as serotonin. Second, melatonin enhances and boosts the body’s immune system. Third, it has positive mental and physical anti-aging properties. Says Laurence Gardner: “Menstruum contains the most valuable endocrinal secretions, especially those of the pineal and pituitary glands. 

The brain’s pineal gland in particular was directly associated with the ‘Tree of Life’, for this tiny gland was said to secrete the very essence of active longevity, called Soma, or, as the Greeks called it, Ambrosia.” The extract was known as S-MA (note the near-rhyming with “Soma”), meaning “That Which Makes the Ma Go”, that is, live indefinitely. S-MA not only extended the Queen’s lifespan by hundreds of thousands of years in Earth terms but it also increased her energy levels.

Furthermore, it made her maintain her youth both externally and at the cellular level for a much longer time and that, coupled with the fact that the fluid that produced S-MA came from the royal womb, had the result that S-MA was at times referred to as the “Fountain of Youth”, with the divine womb itself referred to as the “Cup of Eternal Energy”. Thus the symbology of the cup as the Holy Grail, General,  stems, fundamentally, from the uterus/cup of the Orion Queen as the provider of the life-extending menstruum/S-MA.
     You get the photo General?

NEXT WEEK:  WHY WE ARE “BANTUS”     

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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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