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We’re Antu’s Bantu’s

Benson C Saili
THIS EARTH, MY BROTHER

As Negroid Africans known as Bantu’s, we were likely christened by the Grail Queen

On the SSS World, as in all Reptoid worlds, General Atiku, coup de tats were far the norm than the exception. Typically, it was a princess who deposed her own mother, the Queen. The practice was to eliminate the Queen once she was overthrown, thus denying her the chance to mount a counter-coup to reclaim power.  

In order to put a stop to this endless spiral of machinations, the Queen decreed a new law. The Queen was to step down from the throne whilst she was still of child-bearing age and assume a new status – that of Queen Mother. This was not simply a symbolic title as it is in the UK, General.  The Queen Mother had a specific, vital role to play – that of bearing children on behalf of the Queen. In other words, she was a surrogate mother.

What used to happen was that the foetus the Queen carried in her reproductive mechanism was transplanted into the womb of the Queen Mother. The Queen Mother then carried the pregnancy to term and delivered the offspring on her daughter’s behalf. That way, the office of the Queen Mother became an indispensable institution in the SSS World.
    Note, General,  that bearing children was quite an onerous task for the Queen.

The Queen presided over not only her own world but a whole empire spread across the 9th Passageway of the Milky Way Galaxy. The administrators of all the worlds that were under her jurisdiction had to be her own offspring if the worlds were to remain within her imperialistic orbit. She was therefore obliged to produce children in numbers that took a heavy toll on her physical wellbeing.  The office of the Queen Mother thus freed the Queen from this albatross so that she could concentrate on directly running the affairs of her empire rather than doing so by proxy.

Because of her surrogate role, the Queen Mother went by the title Queen Bi, pronounced “Bee”. On the SSS World, the letter "B" on its own meant “container of”, as indeed the Queen Mother’s womb encased her daughter’s issue. The word Bi  had two meanings, General. In one sense,   it meant “the birther”; in another, it meant “one who is birthed”. Now, if you recall, General, the royal females of the SSS World were amongst other titles known as TT-TT (doubling of a title signaled seniority).

Therefore, it logically follows that a daughter born to the Queen Mother would go by the title “Bi-tt-tt”, pronounced “Bee-T”. On Earth, this is the name “Betty”, the short form of “Elizabeth”, which is actually “E-lizard-beth”, or Royal Reptilian Princess.   When we keep saying the Queen of England is a Reptilian, General, we’re not simply uttering drivel.

On the SSS World, the letter V was a lighter and inferior version of the letter B. That is to say, it carried a toned-down meaning. V meant “the bearer of”, or “the carrier of”, whereas B as we have seen above meant “the container of”. Since the Queen Mother carried the reproductive seed of the Queen, she was also known as Queen V. On other words, including Earth, this was pronounced as Queen Eve, Queen Ava, Queen Aya, or Queen Ea. Do you know now, General,  why Adam’s wife was named Eve by Enki? It was because she gave birth to Cain, who was the son of the Orion royal Enki! (more on the subject in due course.) In other words, General,  she carried the seed of the Serpent (Surbah) Prince.

KING AND QUEEN INTERMARRY

In time, General, the SSS race colonised a nearby star system that threatened their dominance of the Milky Way Galaxy’s principal trade route, the 9th Passage Way, which the ancients also called the Peshmeten. The main star in that star system was known as the Daku star. We today call it Sirius A or the Dog Star. The main planet in that system was called Ur-Ur. Its people were variously called the RRR (because of a throaty growl in their voice), the Ur-Ur, or the Asa-Ur-Ur. When abbreviated, Asa-Ur-Ur (meaning the “Blazing Destroyer”) became As-Ur, which informed the Egyptian term Asar, the Greek term Seiriois, and eventually the English term Sirius, General.

The Ur-Ur race, General,  evolved from a creature that had aspects of a wolf, a lion, and a reptile,  but since the wolfen features were the most punctuated, they were generally referred to as the Wolfen race. The Wolfen World was dominated by males but it was ruled by females. Moreover, it was wracked by ethnic warfare notwithstanding the fact that when the Wolfen race headed out to wage cosmic wars, they fought as a united front.

At some stage, in a bid to cement peace between Sirius and Orion, the Sirian King, known as Anu, and the Orion Queen decided to intermarry, General, so that there would be only one King and one Queen of the conjoined Syrian and Orion Empires. Both Anu and the Orion Queen were relatively young and were of the same generation although the Queen was slightly older: both had succeeded to the throne at roughly the same time. The matrimonial union, therefore, would not be reprehensibly out of kilter.

The Sirian King retained his title as Anu, whereas the Orion Queen chose the official title of 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. She was also referred to as Antu since it somewhat rhymed with Anu.

The union of the two mega monarchs, General,  explains why Orion and Sirius have been the most famous star systems in the history of Earth in the last 500,000 years, with major landmarks (such as the Egyptian pyramids, for instance), astronomically aligned, primarily, with the star Mintaka, whose planetary system includes the throne world of Orion, and Sirius A.

WHERE WE NAMED AFTER THE ORION QUEEN?

The first male King of Sirius, General, went by the title An-An, or simply An. It meant the “Celestial One”. It was also one of the Orion Queen’s multiple titles but she didn’t mind in that she had entrusted the King of Sirius charge of the 9th Passageway. Thus in this context, it was a fitting title as it underscored the King’s seniority not in the entire Orion Empire as such but only in the 9th Passageway. His other title was “Mighty Commander”, which explains why our presidents also go by the title “Commander-In-Chief”.

The title of King Anan’s Queen was Antu, meaning “An’s Spouse”, or “First Lady” when paraphrased. The title is instructive in three respects, General. First, we now know where we derive the custom of naming wives after their husbands – Mrs Michelle Obama, for instance. Second, it evidences the fact that there was no gender parity in Sirius: women were subordinate to men and accordingly had to defer to them. Third, it clues us in as to why we sub-Saharan Africans call ourselves Bantus in the main. We are Antu’s People – aBa-Antu. Our ancestors very much were aware of our Anunnaki origins, General!

But why Antu’s People and not An’s People to fit the malecentric paradigm? Antu is of course a positive appellation: the first Queen of  Sirius under the new dispensation – the Orion Queen – was synonymous with love; she was reportedly love personified. Thus, even when today we say ubuntu (botho in your national vernacular, General), we are actually appealing to the need to aspire to the highest standard of humanness. But that is simply one reason why dark-skinned Africans took delight in calling themselves Bantus.

Men may be calling the shots and conferring blessings in Sirius but children are named by their mothers, not their fathers. This is a custom the Anunnaki, the Old Testament gods,  passed on to our forbearers here on Earth. For example, Jacob let his wives Leah and Rachel name the children he had with them as well as those he had with their handmaidens.

Both Samson and his father Samuel were named by their mothers. Now, the place where the Anunnaki’s Enki fashioned Adam was in East Africa. When the Sirian-Orion Queen officially recognised the first human creatures, did she send word to Enki that we should be called Bantu after her royal title and in accordance with a woman’s prerogative to name the offspring, General?

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF ENKI

The Orion Queen’s oldest son, General,  went by the princely title Ea, also rendered Aja, Aya, or Eje. Ea originally meant “Diving Being”. In Sumerian times (about 6000 years ago), however, it would come to mean “He whose house is water”. This latter meaning had two connotations in the main, General. The first referred to fish (the emblem of the astrological Age of Pisces which was associated with Enki), as indeed fish reside in a body of water. The second had to do with space. The ancients referred to space as the “Ocean of the Khaa”.

Khaa was a euphemism for the SSS beings, the people of Orion. It was a fitting name for space as the Orion Queen controlled the 9th Passageway, the principal galactic trade route. Ea’s other title was Ene-Eke, meaning “Creator Prince”. Ene–Eke would over time be abbreviated as Enki (or En-Gi), General.  Ea was called Enki because he was at once the son of the Orion Queen and the SSS world’s master geneticist.

As a geneticist, he was a virtual creator since he could mix the genes of several species to create a new species or simply tinker with the genome to get rid of certain traits and bring up new ones. It is in fact acknowledged throughout our galaxy that the SSS race, also known as the Serpent race, are the best geneticists there are. Now, in case you have forgotten what we said about the SSS people, General, we did underline the fact that they reproduced both sexually and asexually (without fertilisation by male gametes).

This phenomenon was a carryover from their initial evolutional background as Khebs – a dragonfly-bee. We all know, General,  that bees produce either sexually or asexually. In the case of sexual reproduction, the resulting offspring is always a female: in the case of asexual reproduction, the result is always a male. The SSS people continued to reproduce that way even as humanoids, such that in the case of the Queen, all the princesses were born through sexual reproduction and all the princes were born by way of asexual reproduction. As such, Enki had no father at all: only a mother, General. His was a sort of virgin birth. Where have we heard that before, General? In the surface story of Jesus of course.

A VIRGIN BIRTH CAN HAPPEN

You may be surprised to learn, General, that a virgin birth is not only possible but is demonstrable.  There is even a scientific word for it – parthenogenesis. This is a form of reproduction where an ovum develops into fully functional offspring without being fertilised by a sperm cell from the male. About 100 years ago, the famous biologist Jacques Loeb said: “The male is not necessary for reproduction. A simple physio-chemical agent in the female is enough to bring it about."

True, parthenogenesis has been observed in the animal kingdom, General. It was first documented in 1845 by the Swiss naturalist Charles Bonnet. Bonnet noted that female aphids (small sap-sucking insects) laid eggs which developed to full adulthood without mating with a male.  Parthenogenesis has since been observed in a range of insects (e.g. ants and honeybees), reptiles such as komodo dragons,   monitor lizards, and snakes, as well as sharks. In June 2012, an 11-year-old reticulated python produced six babies without mating with a male snake at Louis Zoo in Kentucky in the US.

Parthenogenesis does not naturally occur in mammals, General,  but it can be induced, that is, artificially engendered. For instance, in 1936, Gregory Goodwin Pincus successfully induced parthenogenesis in a rabbit. In April 2004, scientists at the Tokyo University of Agriculture created a mouse using pathogenesis. Monkeys have also been produced using the same process. The snag with mammals arising from artificial parthenogenesis, General,  is that they either do not live to a ripe age or they develop certain abnormalities that seriously handicap them in one way or the other.  

What about humans, General? As we have underscored in The Earth Chronicles series,  the female was the first physical species. For eons, females reproduced their kind by parthenogenesis. Males came later when the “gods” decided not only to vary the species but to wrest universal sovereignty from the “goddess”. As the American botanist, paleontologist, and sociologist Lester Frank Ward (1841-1913) aptly put it, “Women are the race itself – the strong primary sex – and men the biological afterthought.”

Parthenogenesis is not actively operative in human females, General,  but remains latent, meaning it could occur if intently and painstakingly stimulated. In 1933, Dr Walter Timme, a famed endocrinologist, delivered a lecture to the New York Academy of Medicine titled “Immaculate Conception – A Scientific Possibility" in which he persuasively argued that a virgin birth was physiologically possible.

This was because the parovarium (a group of tiny, tube-like structures often found near the ovary or oviduct) in some cases did produce male reproductive cells capable of fertililising the eggs in the same body, causing them to develop without the participation of male gametes. The parovarium have been known to appear in young girls aged 8 to 16 with intact hymens, that is, who have never had sex.  

A persuasive demonstration that a virgin birth in humans is feasible is the documented case of the Ojibwe, General. The Ojibwe are a North American Red Indian race who are found both in the US and in Canada. Red Indians are probably the race I admire the most in the whole wide world General. That is because they are bearers of very valuable ancient knowledge that has helped me understand the world much better than I would otherwise have (for instance, the teachings, revelations, and insights of Robert Morning Sky, a Native American of Hopi and Apache stock, are a golden nugget).

It is one, if not the major, reason the Illuminati have deliberately ostracised them and once upon a time desired to have them disappear from the face of the Earth (In the 60s/70s Cowboy movies, for example, Red Indians were always cast as bow-and-arrow wielding villains who had to be exterminated by horse-mounted, rifle-bearing Westerners).   

In 1971, Den Poitras, who like Robert Morning Sky is an outspoken male feminist, reviewed a book about the Ojibwe that documented their traditional practices long before Westerners invaded and appropriated the Northern American land mass from them. This is what Poitras says about the subject of the book:

“One story (in the book) was that wise-women of the tribe looked for certain young maidens that possessed grace, intelligence, and compassion. Sometimes a candidate for conceiving and giving birth this way wouldn't show up for a generation or two. Nevertheless, these wise-women kept an eagle-eye open for her. When found, men were not allowed to court her. When she reached the age of fertility, her first period, she was instructed to fast for several days and, if willing, was required to dance around a fire in a sacred women's lodge built far away from the village.

This ceremony occurred while she was ovulating. Ideally, a state of bliss or ecstasy was reached during which, according to hidden wise-women knowledge, it would be possible for her to conceive and give birth in the ‘old way’ (virgin birth). They also knew that a child born this way would be blessed with gifts of healing, clairvoyance or leadership. The Great Spirit would give to the child whatever tools the tribe might be in need of.” Clearly then, General, a virgin birth in humans, in the manner Jesus is said to have arisen, not to mention the great Anunnaki “god” Enki,   is not outlandish: it is possible and has happened, at least in ages past.
   
 
NEXT WEEK:  THE ANUNNAKI’S FIRST EXILE TO EARTH     

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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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