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New Year Message From A.Y.E President (A MUST READ FOR ALL ENTREPRENEURS)

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COMBATING CLIMATE CHANGE THROUGH WASTE MANAGEMENT – BIOGAS PRODUCTION

In a glance what strikes the mind when we hear of climate change? Probably there is a variation in our climatic condition which has either been made better in comparison with the past or the climate has changed it behaviour negatively. The later is not far from the truth.

How did this come about, what where humans and other living things doing while our climatic condition went hay wild,?
Check this out. According to Mauna Loa Observatory, atmospheric Carbon dioxide (a major green house gas (GHG)) record, in November 2015 Carbon dioxide had values of 400.16 ppm (part per million) as compared to November 2014 values of 397.27 ppm.

Why the increase in the concentration of Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and what’s its effect?
One of the major identified cause of these rise is human activities, which comes from combustion of carbon-based fuels, principally coal, oil, and natural gas, along with deforestation.
Let me go a littile technical. Most of the light energy from the sun is emitted in wavelengths shorter than 4,000 nanometers (.000004 meters).  The heat energy released from the earth, however, is released in wavelengths longer than 4,000 nanometers.  Carbon dioxide doesn’t absorb the energy from the sun, but it does absorb some of the heat energy released from the earth.  When a molecule of carbon dioxide absorbs heat energy, it goes into an excited unstable state.  It can become stable again by releasing the energy it absorbed.  Some of the released energy will go back to the earth and some will go out into space (Lansing State Journal, August 31, 1994).

So in effect, carbon dioxide lets the light energy in, but doesn’t let all of the heat energy out, similar to a greenhouse.
If this continues, some meteorologists expect that the average temperature of the earth will increase by about 2.5 degrees Celsius.  This doesn’t sound like much, but it could be enough to cause glaciers to melt, which would cause coastal flooding.

BIOGAS PRODUCTION AND CLIMATE CHANGE
“Biogas” is a gas produced by anaerobic fermentation of different forms of organic matter and is composed mainly of methane (CH4) and carbon dioxide (CO2) in an anaerobic bio-digester.

The combustion of biogas also releases CO2. However, the main difference, when compared to fossil fuels, is that the carbon in biogas is up taken from the atmosphere, by photosynthetic activity of the plants. The carbon cycle of biogas is thus closed within a very short time.

Biogas production by anaerobic digestion reduces also emissions of methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O) (other examples of green house gases (GHG)) from storage and utilization of untreated animal manure as fertilizer. The GHG potential of methane is higher than of carbon dioxide by 23 fold and of nitrous oxide by 296 fold. When biogas displaces fossil fuels from energy production and transport, a reduction of emissions of CO2, CH4 and N2O will occur, contributing to mitigate global warming. Hence leaving our planet safe for generations to come.
So what are you waiting for, join this fight and #SaveTheEarth.

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ARE YOU DISCIPLINED? 

A question anybody who wants to embark of a healthy lifestyle Journey must answer before you hit the road.

You are totally responsible for yourself. Right now, wherever you’re at, whatever you’re doing and eating — it’s your choices that got you here.
How do those statements feel to you? If you feel yourself bristling and ready to argue, then you might not be in the right mindset for a healthy lifestyle yet.
When you start, you must take full accountability for everything — there’s no back-up plan, your body won’t want excuses and they’ll drop.
Be prepared to deal with every possible obstacle. You need discipline for a healthy lifestyle to survive and stay ahead of your work, ahead of your bills and to grow your business. Take stock of ways your current situation could be improved by better decisions and try holding yourself accountable.

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SORRY

SORRY
Very odd, insignificant and rugged the word stands, without beauty, majesty and elegance.

Who knows if it was echoed at eden the Creator would have smiled back at them.

Maybe if it was whispered the earth wouldn’t have drank the blood of Able.

Probably Lucifer now with spiky hairs would have been enthroned in the heights, if and only if it was sung.

Certainly the ocean in the sky would have been blocked if they had trumpeted the word while Noah nibbled his way into the ark.

It is the perfect healing elixir from the temple of a broken spirit that seal the lips of hurts and melts the heart of God.

Sorry is hope.
Sorry is love.
Sorry is humility.
Sorry is greatness.
Sorry is meekness.
Sorry is simplicity.
Sorry is Love.
Sorry liberate’s.
Sorry forgive’s.
Sorry heal’s
Sorry revive’s
Sorry save’s.

Just say the word to your crisis and enjoy true peace of mind.

(Dedicated to my mum who taught me the true and deep value of #SORRY. I love u so much)

Jedy Agba. 09:53pm, Tue 26/08/2014

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8 EASY NATURAL WAYS TO LOWER YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE.

High blood pressure is when your blood pressure remains abnormally high (a reading of 140/90 mm Hg or greater). It is a measure of how blood pushes against the walls of your arteries as it moves through your body. High blood pressure also known as hypertension is a major risk factor for heart diseases such as stroke and congestive heart failure. There are natural ways of controlling hypertension.

1. Exercise: Physical activity is crucial for controlling hypertension. Exercising about half an hour everyday can greatly reduce your blood pressure to safe levels. Talk to your doctor before developing an exercise plan to know if you need any exercise restrictions.
2. Lose weight :Weight loss reduces your insulin level and circulating leptin. This partially reduces sensitivity to these hormones and reduces activation of the sympathetic nervous system. It also decreases plasma renin level and aldosterone level. All of these factors improve condition for hypertensive patients.
3. Eat healthy: Change in diet can control your hypertension. It is essential to adopt the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet. This includes eating more whole grains foods, fruits and vegetables. Eating foods rich in magnesium, potassium and calcium is also part of this plan. The DASH eating plan also includes eating foods with less salt/sodium, sweets, added sugars etc.
4. Reduce Sodium intake: Reduction of sodium in your diet can also help with this medical condition. To help you cut back on salt intake, read foods labels to know their sodium percentages, use natural spices and herbs to flavor food instead of salt. Cutting down on processed foods such as potato chips and bacon can also help.
5. Limit alcohol consumption: Drinking alcohol in excess can elevate blood pressure and reduce the effectiveness of hypertension medications. It will also improve your health in so many ways.
6. Don’t smoke or avoid second-hand smoking: Nicotine found in tobacco products can increase the pressure level of your blood. Smoking or inhaling smoke from others puts you at risk of hypertension and other cardiovascular diseases.
7. Avoid stress: Stress can temporarily increase your hypertension. It is important to know your cause of stress and find healthy ways to deal with it.
8. Limit caffeine Intake: Drinking caffeinated beverages may increase the pressure at which the heart pumps blood. To know the effect of caffeine on you, check your blood pressure before and after drinking caffeine beverages.

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7 HEALTH BENEFICTS OF EATING CUCUMBER

cucumbersBecause of the astounding health advantages of #CUCUMBERS you will have every reason to stop by that fruit shop and get some for yourself, your friends and family.

Cucumbers health benefits are abundant and in case you’re not yet eating cucumbers regularly, these 7 reasons will have you re-assessing your eating routine decisions.

1. Super Hydration
Cucumbers are 90% water! That is essentially like drinking a glass of water with 10% of emphatically delectable flavors.

2. Keeps You Minty Fresh
All it takes is one cut of cucumber to dispose of terrible breath. Allow cucumber sit on your tongue and it will free your mouth of microorganisms causing bad breath

3. Battles Cancer
Cucumbers contain 3 note worthy lignans – lariciresinol, pinoresinol, and secoisolariciresino – that have a long history of exploration in lessening bosom growth, ovarian tumor, prostate disease.

4. Diabetics, Rejoice!
Cucumbers contain an extraordinary hormone that pancreas cells depend on to create insulin.

5. Vitamins & Vitamins & Vitamins
With vitamins A, B, and C, the cucumber is loaded with vitamins that gives high vitality and radiant skin.

6. Cerebrum Protection
Fisetin is a mitigating flavonol that can be found in cucumbers. it enhances your memory and avert dynamic memory and learning disabilities.

7. High In Fibre
Keep in mind that cucumbers being 90% water, Super low in calories and high in fiber, your digestive system will be asking for additional. Also the high fiber substance could likewise help cure clogging.

So! What are you waiting for? Follow your stomach and get some cucumbers!

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The Importance of Water in Adequate Nutrition.

Many people do not see water as a nutrient. Perhaps this is because it is a liquid or because it does not contain vitamins and minerals. However, water is the most important nutrient that we need. Without water, the body cannot work properly.

How much water do I need?

The average adult should consume six to eight medium cups of water per day. This should be consumed throughout the day and not all at once. Not getting enough water can lead to dehydration which can become dangerous.

It is important to note that we can also get too much water and this can be a bad thing, so aim for at least six to eight cups of water per day and listen to your body. If you are still thirsty, it is fine to drink a little more.

Why Do We Need Water?

Without water, our bodies cannot send nutrients, waste products and oxygen into and out of cells. Drinking water also tends to contain critical electrolytes, such as chloride, magnesium, sodium, calcium, fluoride and potassium.

Without enough water in the body, we will notice problems with absorbing other nutrients and issues with digestion. We will overheat faster and will experience fatigue and low energy.

Signs of Dehydration

When we need water, we tend to experience thirst. There are other signs that we need to consume water as well. The first signs of dehydration tend to include:

•Feeling lightheaded
•Appetite loss
•Sticky, dry mouth
•Dry eyes
•Burning feeling in stomach
•Headache
•Skin flushing
•Fatigue
•Muscle weakness
•Dark, foul-smelling urine

It’s unlikely that you’ll experience all of these, but it is good to know them so that we can be aware of our hydration status at all times.

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Understanding Alcohol-induced headaches

If you’ve ever over indulged in drinking, then you know how horrible that pounding next morning headache can feel. Alcohol-induced headaches, also known as hangovers, are almost guaranteed when we drink in excess. However, for some people, even one or two drinks can trigger a severe headache.
Fortunately, we know something about why hangover headaches occur, and what we can do to minimize them.

Why do we get alcohol-related headaches?

Alcohol is a common migraine trigger, for a couple of different reasons
1. First of all, alcohol is known as a vasodilator. This means that it causes the blood vessels in the body to dilate, or expand. This is what causes the reddening of the face in an individual who has been drinking. Dilation of the blood vessels in the brain is thought to be the cause of a migraine, so this response to alcohol may trigger a migraine in individuals who are prone to migraines. Even a small amount of alcohol may cause the blood vessels to dilate.

What substances inside of alcohol are responsible for causing a headache?

There are also substances in alcoholic beverages that some people are more sensitive to.
One of these substances is the amino acid tyramine – a well-known trigger for migraine or cluster headaches. Tyramine is found in red wine and champagne, as well as dark alcoholic beverages like scotch and beer.

Congener, a chemical found in some alcohols, can also cause headaches in some individuals. Congeners are believed to trigger headaches because they make slight changes to the chemical composition of the body. Hard liquors, especially darker, amber liquors, usually contain more congeners than lighter liquors.

NOTE: excessive alcohol consumption can cause problems beyond a headache, so be careful if and when you choose to drink.

Sources
Panconesi A, Bartolozzi ML, Guidi L. Alcohol and migraine: what should we tell patients? Curr Pain Headache Rep. 2011 Jun;15(3).177-84.

Martin PR. Behavioral management of migraine headache triggers: learning to cope with triggers. Curr Pain Headache Rep. 2010 Jun;14(3).221-7

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DOES BITTER KOLA CURE MALARIA?

Several controversial post have gone viral on the use of bitter kola to cure malaria. These writers may be right, however I believe it will be ideal if we demystify this controversy.

Considerable experimental evidence has been adduced to support its chemical constituents against several ailments in the community, including malaria.

“We extracted its chemical constituents, which is called Kolaviron and when it was tested on malaria parasite, we found it had significant anti-malarial activity,” says Professor Olusegun Ademowo, a researcher at the Institute for Advanced Medical Research and Training, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, South West of Nigeria.

 “What we are now trying to find out is the right dosage of its extract that would be required in treating malaria. Also, we are looking at what other effects its use will have on the human cells. But at the moment it is in the preliminary stage.”

No doubt, traditional healers had been prescribing bitter kola for the treatment of malaria. Researchers, who reported that bitter kola had anti-malaria effect in the 2010 issue of Journal of Medicinal Plants Research, from a survey of plants used by traditional healers in the Democratic Republic of Congo attributed this to its quinones content.

In 1999, a group of researchers in Kinshasa, Congo, attested to why people should consider feeding more on bitter kola to ward of malaria. Under laboratory conditions, they found that extracts from bark, stem and seed of bitter kola tree inhibit the growth of malaria parasite (Plasmodium falciparum) by at least 60% at a low concentration of 6 mg/ml.

So when you pass by the market, remember to patronize that seller because eating bitter kola is medicinal and can save you from the deleterious effects of malaria.

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Symptoms of Food Allergies

Symptoms of food allergies may range from mild to severe and they may come on suddenly or develop over several hours.

Because a person’s immune system may react to a very small amount of the allergen, food allergies are particularly dangerous and potentially life threatening, especially if breathing is affected.

Because of this, people with asthma are at an increased risk for a fatal allergic reaction to food.

Mild symptoms related to a food allergy may
include:

sneezing
stuffy or runny nose
itchy, watery eyes
swelling
rash
stomach cramps
diarrhea

Severe symptoms of an allergic reaction to food
are:
difficulty breathing, including wheezing
swelling of the lips, tongue or throat
hives (an itchy, blotchy and raised rash)
dizziness or faintness
nausea or vomiting

If you discover these symptoms it is advisable that such food(s) be avoided.
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Believe it or not, bananas can solve certain health problems better than medications. Bananas are great for your overall health because they are loaded with protein, vitamins and other nutrients. What is even better, they are super delicious.

Recent studies have found that bananas regulate menstrual cycle and increase body strength. Bananas also provide a strong protection against various diseases, due to their high fiber content.
Here are ten specific problems that a banana can solve better than conventional pills

1. Bananas provide an excellent source of energy whichis why athletes love them.
2. They are high in amino acids; this will keep you happy and relieve your stress. Magnesium and calcium protect against depression.
3. Bananas are rich in calcium and contain just a tiny bit of salt which is amazing for your heart health and also aids in the treatment of hypertension.
4. Eat a banana a day to improve your memory.
5. Bananas are packed with iron which increases hemoglobin level and helps in treating anemia.
6. Eat more bananas to regulate your hormone production.
7. Bananas are great for pregnant women, as they help in relieving morning sickness and maintaining a balanced blood sugar level.
8. This fruit creates a special layer in the stomach and reduces the chances of stomach ulcers. Bananas also regulate the production of stomach acids.
9. Bananas contain six vitamins that are of key importance for blood glucose.
10. Eating a banana in the morning prevents constipation, due to its high fiber content.

Source: www.healthyfoodteam.com

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THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF GINGER

Ginger is

Ingefära or as it is known in English, Ginger. I got the idea when a net friend of mine used one picture similar to this one on her web page.

Ingefära or as it is known in English, Ginger. I got the idea when a net friend of mine used one picture similar to this one on her web page.

an herb that is often used to spice up foods or to make a tea. This herb offers a large variety of health benefits and is one of the most potent ‘super spices’ available.

Gastrointestinal Benefits of Ginger

Ginger is known for its gastrointestinal symptom relief. Many people turn to this herb when they are experiencing nausea. This nausea can be due to an illness, eating the wrong food, pregnancy or even motion sickness.

Ginger can also help with other motion sickness symptoms, such as vomiting, dizziness and cold sweats.

Anti-Inflammatory Effects

This herb can help with swelling and pain, specifically that related to the muscles. There are potent compounds called gingerols found in this herb that accomplish this.

Studies have been done on this compound and they have concluded that it has powerful effects on inflammation, as well as relieving the related symptoms of inflammation.

Better Immune System

A warm cup of ginger tea is soothing and can help when we are sick or feel as if an illness is about to hit us.

However, it can help with more than aches and nausea. This herb has been shown to be effective in boosting the immune system. This is accomplished through this herb causing healthy sweating.

We often heard our parents tell us as children that we need to sweat out our fever. Well, this is actually an effective way to recover and build our immune system and ginger can help with this.

So what are you waiting for? Go get one for yourself, friends and family.

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The Mind’s Meal For Leaders

At the age of seven, a young boy and his family were forced out of their home.
The boy had to work to help support his family.
When he was nine, his mother passed away.
As a young man was keen to go to law school, but had no education.
At 22, he lost his job as a store clerk.
At 23, he ran for the state legislature and lost.
The same year, a business failure left him with a debt that took him 17 years to repay.
At 27, he had a nervous breakdown.
At 29, he lost an election to be speaker in his state legislature.
At 31, he was defeated in his attempt to become an elector.
By 35, he had been defeated twice while running for Congress.
At 39 he lost his re-election bid.
At 41, he lost his four-year-old son.
At 42, he was rejected as a prospective land officer.
At 45, he ran for the Senate and lost.
Two years later, he lost the vice presidential nomination.
At 49, he ran for Senate and lost again.
At 51, he was elected president of the United States of America.
The young boy who grew up to be president is Abraham Lincoln.

Life is a variable event for everyone and our leadership is not something we are born with, but is revealed in our everyday struggles and strain.
When struggle is present the art of our leadership strength will be evident everywhere:

In our priorities. Leaders who know their priorities lead with what is important to them. They give their emotional intensity and continuous focus with every resource to support what they want to obtain. How you spend your time shows you what is important to you.

In our persistence. Leaders who are persistent lead with everything they have. They don’t leave any stone unturned and they don’t sit around feeling sorry for themselves but take responsibility for what they want and show determination till the very end. It is not what your life takes from you; it’s what you give to your life that counts.

In our passion. Passionate leaders apply all their efforts, all their best skills, and all their capabilities with everything they have. Goodness is good but passion is much greater.

In our patience. Patient leaders are not weak but emotionally strong. Good things may not come to those who wait, but great things come to those who have patience. Masterpieces take time. Patience is power and patience takes practice. There are many obstacles that come our way, and unless we have patience, we will react instead of responding. Patience is the attribute that helps us attain what we want and frees us from our knee-jerk reactions.

In our principles. Those who lead with principles know what is right and what is wrong. Every time we make a decision we are either moving toward our principles or away from them. Our principles are our values; they affect every direction of our life and leading.
Life has a way of throwing us into situations that test us, evaluate us, and assess us.
Leaders who do not waver in times of struggle, those are the leaders who are truly exceptional.
Lead From Within: The art of leadership is not without struggle, those that lead from a strong foundation are unshakable, they have endurance in the most grueling training that life has to offer.

By Lolly Daskal

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Daily Health Tips: What Are The Effects Of Eating Burnt Food?

Q: Hello Dr. Ketch. What are the effects when you eat burned food?

A: Hmm, I hope this post will not be used against a dear sister as evidence she’s trying to kill someone 😀

I remember the first time I heard the term, ‘char-grilled’. I looked at the food and it certainly looked black to me 😀 And I was wondering, what’s with the fancy name for burnt food? 😀

Well, the answer to this question is simple. Burnt food does not taste as nice as the real thing, right? 😀 So, that’s bad. The nutritional value of burnt food is also significantly reduced.
Finally, overheating food (even without burning) can lead to the formation of substances that cause cancer…remember our post on over-heating oil beyond its smoking point. If you missed that post, catch up here: http://chatwithdrketch.com/2015/06/20/daily-health-tips-can-i-re-use-oil-i-had-used-for-frying/

So, be wary of foods with charred or burnt bits…like burnt toast.

Generally, boiling and steaming are gentler ways of cooking food, preserving their nutrients and reducing the risk of producing cancer-causing substances.

Have a good night, people 😀

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LET’S HOPE THIS IS TRUE. Nigerian Professor Creates Drug That Cures HIV & Aids In 2 Months….

Nigerian Professor Produces Antivirt, An Anti Viral Drug For Treating HIV AIDS. Despite doubts in some quarters about the authenticity of his claims, Professor Maduike Ezeibe of Michael Okpara University of Agriculture Umudike (MOUAU), Abia State, has insisted that his recent therapy

for the dreaded HIV and AIDS is real and effective.
The discovery of the therapy, Ezeibe said, was a major scientific breakthrough in the search for a cure to the global pandemic.

He said after 19 years of hard work, he was able to discover the therapy and his research was eventually published in the British Journal of Medicine & Medical Research.

The Professor of Veterinary Medicine, who obtained his first degree in same discipline at the University of Nigeria Nsukka in 1986, Masters in Ruminant Medicine, and doctorate degree in Canine Medicine all in UNN, said he moved to MOUAU on leave of absence.

Speaking with Southern City News in his office, he said his research into the therapy known as ‘Antivirt’ (Anti-Viral Therapy), dated back to 1994 when he took the challenge to be part of the global solution to the HIV/AIDS scourge ravaging humanity.

Ezeibe said his work had been published by the American-based medical journal known as The Health.

He said he decided to publish his research work on the therapy so as to prove anyone who would doubt that a black man could develop HIV/AIDS cure, wrong.

He boasted that the experiment remained authentic and verifiable in any part of the world.

According to him, two essential minerals – aluminum silicate (kaolin) and magnesium silicate, used in the production of the therapy, have large deposits in Umuahia and parts of Abia State.

This, he said, would make the therapy cheaper and more affordable than the old anti-retroviral therapy.

He added that the therapy would take an average of two to three months to cure HIV/AIDS patient.

 

Source: Nigeriacamera


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Daily Health Tips: Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month

The month of May is Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month.

Are you a teenager? Are you able to have honest and open conversations with your parents, guardians or mentors about issues concerning sex or contraception? Do you feel comfortable telling them your thoughts on these matters? Would they be your first place to go if you were confused about something you heard your friends or peers discuss? Who do you ask when you’re confused about anything that concerns sexual and reproductive health? And this is a broad subject that includes sex, unplanned pregnancy, STDs, HIV/AIDS, Female Genital Mutilation etc.

Parents and/or guardians, would you even consider having a discussion about sex with your teenagers? Scratch that…let’s start with when your children were younger. Did you even tell them the proper names of their private body parts? Did you tell them the full implication of coming of age as happens in puberty? Did you indulge in those half-baked stories we heard a while ago about how girls would get pregnant if a boy so much as touched their hands…provided they had started menstruating? Do you think the teenager you were talking to believed you?

As the mother of teen and tween (that twilight zone before the real teens) 😀 daughters, I absolutely confess that it wasn’t as easy to have that chat with my first daughter as it was to give it to other teenagers. It got easier though and with my second daughter, and now we can all discuss all aspects of reproductive health without cringing, mentally or physically 😀 My son is still struggles…but we’re getting there 😀

The US Department of Health and Human Services points out that the following groups of teenagers are less likely to get pregnant or get someone else pregnant:

•Those who have supportive parents that they can freely communicate with
•Those who have healthy family and peer relationships
•Those who have proper understanding of sexual and reproductive health
•Those who have knowledge of contraception and the importance of abstinence.
Teenagers more at risk of getting pregnant include
•Those that live in unstable homes (financially or emotionally)
•Those who were born to teenage mothers
•Those who use drugs of addiction. Remember that using these messes with good judgement
•Those who have sex at a young age
•Those with low self esteem.

Now, remember that risk factors are just as the name implies…factors that increase your risk 😀 It does not follow that people who live in homes with conflict must have teenage pregnancies. No! It just means they need to be aware of their increased risk (loaded gun) and be sure not to pull the trigger…and get pregnant.

So, if you’re a teenager, who taught you about sexual health? Is this discussed in your school and can you ask your parents questions?

If you’re a parent, are you providing adequate information and a safe home environment where your children can thrive in all ways? Are you comfortable discussing these issues with your children? Are you aware that if you’re not providing this education yourself, you’re probably allowing your teenager to learn from his friends and/or the internet…where he/she may very well be learning all the wrong things!

I trust I have provided a lot of food for thought. Write in and let me know what you think.

For related posts, please click on these:
http://chatwithdrketch.com/2014/08/05/daily-health-tips-depression-masturbation-and-over-protective-parenting/

http://chatwithdrketch.com/2014/12/03/daily-health-tips-should-i-teach-my-daughter-the-proper-name-for-private-parts/

http://chatwithdrketch.com/2014/12/04/daily-health-tips-when-should-my-husband-stop-bathing-our-daughter/

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HYPERTENSION (High Blood Pressure)

WHAT IS HYPERTENSION?

Hypertension (high blood pressure) is an elevation in overall blood pressure, which is the force created by the heart as it pushes blood through the circulatory system. Blood pressure is measured in two numbers: the first, or top number, is the “systolic” pressure, created when the heart contracts; the second, or bottom number, is the “diastolic” pressure, or the period during which the heart relaxes. Normal blood pressure at rest is 120/80 or lower.

Elevated blood pressure means that the heart is working harder than normal, putting both the heart and the arteries under greater strain. Chronic high blood pressure may contribute to heart attacks, strokes, kidney failure, and eye damage. According to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 7 out of 10 people having their first heart attack have high blood pressure, and 8 out of 10 people having their first stroke have high blood pressure.

A small percentage of people with hypertension have kidney or adrenal problems. Another small percentage have an underlying genetic factor. In the vast majority of people with high blood pressure, however, lifestyle-related issues play a huge role. A diet high in salt and sugar, physical inactivity, obesity, drinking too much alcohol, and tobacco use are all associated with an increased risk of high blood pressure.

WAY OUT
1. SPINAL MANIPULATION AND MASSAGE: For those individuals who have a neurological component to their hypertension, osteopathic or chiropractic treatment was recommended to relieve any pressures that may be hindering circulation. Special attention is to be paid to the thoracic vertebrae (2nd to 9th thoracic) as this portion of the spine was often cited in the Cayce readings on hypertension. If osteopathic or chiropractic treatment is not available, the use of an electric vibrator along the spine may be helpful. Finally, gentle massage is suggested to relax the body and balance the circulation.

2. DIET: The Basic Cayce Diet, intended to improve assimilation and elimination, is what modern literature refers to as Mediterranean: olive oil, fresh vegetables, almonds, poultry, seafood, and limited consumption of meat. The readings recommended avoiding foods which produce toxicity and drain the system, like fried foods and refined sugary carbohydrates (“junk food”). Certain food combinations are emphasized.

3.MODERATE EXERCISE: Moderate exercise is an important aspect of balanced living. Walking was a favorite exercise recommended by Edgar Cayce for people suffering from high blood pressure. A daily walk after dinner is a good place to start.
4. ATTITUDES AND EMOTIONS: A positive mental and emotional attitude can be created and maintained by focusing on a higher purpose (ideal) for being healed.

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“CHOLESTEROL” THE DANGLING MIRRAGE (POEM)

In each step taken to know her, a false hope of chasing shadows is built, no ink of trust and confidence.

Proper Info and safety about her is now sown deep into the fabrics of the myth epigram “epidemiological Studies” then biding farewell to genuineness of intervention Studies.

Cholesterol, one big optical illusion not to be reckoned with, misinformation her, capable of unleashing terror on its patients making them grow a thick skin of confusion.

Her Natural source is sacrificed on the altar of manufactured and after all been said and done, the adieu chorus will be echoed out.

Agba Joseph
10:30pm, Mon 24/11/2014

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SOME FRUITs THAT SHOULD FORM PART OF YOUR DIETS.

It’s true that taking a multivitamin can help you get those vitamins and minerals your body needs to operate at its best, but your body actually absorbs micronutrients much better from food than from a drug. So, it’s important to fill your plate with nutrient-dense fruits and veggies instead of hoping your multivitamin will take care of any holes in your nutrition.

MANGO
Serving size: 1 mango
Calories 201
Fat 0.8 g
Carbs 32.3 g
Protein 1.7 g
Mango can be slightly harder to find and even more challenging to eat than some fruits, but it’s a great addition to your nutrition plan. One mango provides 5 grams of fiber, as well as potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, and huge doses of vitamins A and C.

It’s slightly more caloric than most fruits, so be aware of how much you’re eating

GUAVA
Serving size: 1 guava
Calories 112
Fat 1.6 g
Carbs 23.6 g
Protein 4.2 g
Guava might sound like a fruit you should only enjoy while you’re lounging on a beach, but it’s actually a great addition to your everyday diet. Guava is high in fiber, niacin, and vitamins A, B-3, B-6, C, and K. Guava is also rich in lycopene, a powerful antioxidant.

Guava is generally a summer fruit, so get some while you can!

AVOCADO
Serving size: 1 cup sliced avocado
Calories 234
Fat 21.4 g
Carbs 12.5 g
Protein 2.9 g
Although we usually think of avocado as a fat source, it’s actually a fruit, and a really healthy fruit at that! One cup of sliced avocado contains 10 grams of dietary fiber, 42 percent of your daily value of vitamin B-5, and 35 percent of your daily value of vitamin K. Avocado also provides big doses of vitamin C and potassium.

If you’re not already eating avocado regularly for healthy fat, now is the time to start! It’s one of those foods everyone should enjoy. They’re great in a shake as well as atop a salad.

ORANGE
Serving size: 1 medium orange
Calories 62
Fat 0.2 g
Carbs 15.4 g
Protein 1.2 g
Oranges are pretty easy to get your hands on year round. They may be common, but their ubiquity doesn’t make them any less healthy. Oranges are excellent sources of vitamins A and C, beta-carotene, and minerals such as potassium and calcium. They’re also high in soluble and insoluble fiber.

One of the best things about oranges is that they keep well for a long time. Get some the next time you’re at the store and enjoy!
Cheers!

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MR MISTAKE (A POEM DEDICATED TO ALL WHO ARE PATIENTS OF WRONG FOOD CHOICES)

Mr MISTAKE

Just like a key he opens the door for the wise, many fall because of him but to some he is their rise.

Looking at him from the future in the past he looks darker than the night, no one matches his strength even the bravest knight.

Slamming the door at him is like biding farewell to knowledge, giving him a grand welcome feast will put you on a growing edge.

Deep in his treasure box are hidden powers,
take it and you’ll possess wisdom taller than the twin towers.

Then leaving you with his parting ping
BE READY TO DO THE RIGHT THING.
Agba Joseph 07:12pm, Wed 27/08/2014

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PROSTATE CANCER

What Is Prostate Cancer?
The prostate is a gland in the male reproductive system. It makes most of the semen that carries sperm. The walnut-sized gland is located beneath the bladder and surrounds the upper part of the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder.

Prostate cancer is a major health concern for
Nigerian. The disease is rare before age 50, and experts believe that most elderly men have traces of it.

Prostate cancer is usually a very slow growing cancer, often causing no symptoms until it is in an advanced stage. Most men with prostate cancer die of other causes, and many never know that they have the disease. But once prostate cancer begins to grow quickly or spreads outside the prostate, it is dangerous.

What Causes Prostate Cancer?

Prostate cancer affects mainly older men. About 80% of cases are in men over 65, and less than 1% of cases are in men under 50. Men with a family history of prostate cancer are more likely to get it.

Doctors don’t know what causes prostate cancer, but diet contributes to the risk. Men who eat lots of fat from red meat are most likely to have prostate cancer. Eating meat may be risky for other reasons: Meat cooked at high temperatures produces cancer-causing substances that affect the prostate. The disease is much more common in countries where meat and dairy products are common than in countries where the diet consists of rice, soybean products, and vegetables.

Hormones also play a role. Eating fats raises the amount of testosterone in the body, and testosterone speeds the growth of prostate cancer.
A few job hazards have been found. Welders, battery manufacturers, rubber workers, and workers
frequently exposed to the metal cadmium seem to be more likely to get prostate cancer. Not exercising also makes prostate cancer more likely.
Therefore prevention they say is better than cure.
Good night to you all.

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AN AVOCADO A DAY MAY KEEP THE DOCTOR AWAY.

Eating one avocado a day as part of a heart healthy, cholesterol-lowering moderate-fat diet can help improve bad cholesterol levels in overweight and obese individuals, according to new research published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.

Researchers evaluated the effect avocados had on traditional and novel cardiovascular risk factors by replacing saturated fatty acids from an average American diet with unsaturated fatty acids from avocados.

Researchers found:

*Compared to the baseline average American
diet, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) — the so
called ‘bad cholesterol’ — was 13.5 mg/dL lower after consuming the moderate fat diet that included an avocado. LDL was also lower on the moderate fat diet without the avocado (8.3 mg/dL lower) and the lower fat diet (7.4 mg/dL lower), though the results were not as striking as the avocado diet.

*Several additional blood measurements were
also more favorable after the avocado diet
versus the other two cholesterol-lowering
diets as well: total cholesterol, triglycerides,
small dense LDL, non-HDL cholesterol, and
others.

For the study researchers used Hass avocados, the ones with bumpy green skin. avocados provides other bioactive components that could have contributed to the findings such as fiber, phytosterols, and other compounds.
According to researchers, many heart-healthy diets recommend replacing saturated fatty acids with polyunsaturated fatty acids to reduce the risk of heart disease. This is because saturated fats can increase bad cholesterol levels and raise the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Journal Reference:
1. Li Wang, Peter L. Bordi, Jennifer A. Fleming,Alison M. Hill, and Penny M. Kris‐etherton. Effect of a Moderate Fat Diet With and Without Avocados on Lipoprotein Particle Number, Size and Subclasses in Overweight and Obese Adults: A Randomized, Controlled Trial . Journal of the American Heart Association, January 2015 DOI: 10.1161/ JAHA.114.001355

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BED WETTING

Q: I was asking…what can someone do if he/she as been bed wetting since he was little? Now they are even 18 years old?

A: Hello. Thanks for writing in. Bed wetting is a huge challenge in childhood…how much more in adulthood!

Bedwetting is usually due to an increase in the amount of urine usually contained in the bladder, an over-reactive bladder or small bladder or it may be due to a heavy sleeper who does not get or respond to the urge to void when he/she gets that urge while asleep. In childhood, ensuring the child urinates just before he goes to bed, limiting the amount of fluid he takes in the evening (some studies have shown no significant improvement with this strategy), encouraging the child to use the bathroom regularly during the day or using bedwetting alarms may help a child get through this period. A bedwetting alarm is an under-pant with a sensor clipped in. The sensor ‘senses’ (obviously :D) urine once a drop falls on the panty and thus triggers the alarm. The alarm ‘hopefully’ wakes up the child who then goes to the bathroom. In other cases, a drug may be used for over-reactive bladders. If a child had previously stopped bedwetting and starts up again, it may be due to emotional issues like having to cope with a new sibling, changing schools, moving houses etc. You may want to have a chat and find out what’s going on.

Remember that screaming at the child and embarrassing him in front of other people is not helpful. In fact, it is counter-productive as the child becomes unco-operative. Trust me…every child who bed-wets hates it and is absolutely embarrassed by it. And by the way, as a parent, consider that bedwetting appears to run in families and so your child is only exhibiting what he’s been given 😀 So, give the young man or woman a break!

Now, other causes of bedwetting which include Diabetes Mellitus, urinary tract infections, abnormalities of the urinary tract etc can also lead to night bedwetting (known as nocturnal enuresis) and any of these may likely be the problem with the adult bed-wetter. He/she has to be checked out in the hospital so that a proper diagnosis can be made.

For more on adult bedwetting, please click on this link http://chatwithdrketch.com/2013/11/24/daily-health-tip-adult-bed-wetting/

Have a great night, people

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ARE VIRGINS LIKELY TO SUFFER FROM FIBROID?

Fibroids are common in women of african origin, women who are aged between 30 to 50 years and women who have a family history of this. Women who have had children have a lower risk of developing fibroid. So, the converse side of this is that, if you have not had children, you are at a greater risk of having fibroid. Perhaps that’s where this virginity gist came from. Remember that not having children does not necessary mean one is a virgin.
My advice? That’s pretty simple!
Keep your virginity for as long as possible as your virginity has nothing to do with fibroids.
Remember that with this, you can prevent all the different Sexually Transmitted Infections milling around out there.
So, there you go.
Have a good weekend, y’all.
(From healthy living with Dr Ketch)

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Hi friends! I strongly believe that your gradually taking your stand on the safe and healthy side, I want to close this session with another reason why half or soft boiled egg is the safest.
There are two essential biochemical ingredients found in eggs; biotin and lecithin. The former is a vitamin while the later is an emulsifier (its activity is to help breakdown into small particles fats and oils from our foods to enhance absorption by the small intestine. These wonderful components are given off (also described as denatured ) when exposed to high amount of heat for a long period of time (7-10mins).
But when the egg is soft or half boiled, these biochemical components as well as others that not mentioned here are retained.
REMEMBER STAY HEALTHY AS YOU ENTER INTO A NEW WEEK!!!

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Hello there! I guess you found my previous post edu-informative? I felt this question running through my mind when I got some comments. If half or soft boiled eggs provides better nutritional benefits, then what is the ideal time to boil an egg?
Although it is relative but in other gain more nutritionally, the timing falls within the range of 4 – 6mins.
Stay healthy as I tell you more on soft or half boiled eggs

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In this session I will give you the first reason why half boiled egg is more nutritious than hard boiled egg:
PRECIPITATION OF IRON
This can be viewed without the use of any laboratory equipment. And can be done in the kitchen. When an egg is boiled for a long period of time (7-10mins) and allowed to cool, thereafter the egg is cracked, the shell removed. It will be observed that a black colour will be seen sparsely covering the egg yolk. Which indicate that the Iron one of the major micro-nutrient needed for blood formation contained in the egg yolk has been given off.
Stay healthy as I publish another reason in the next article.

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Fight Hunger

There are 842 million undernourished people in the world today. That means one in eight people do not get enough food to be healthy and lead an active life. Hunger and malnutrition are in fact the number one risk to the health worldwide — greater than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.

Among the key causes of hunger are natural disasters, conflict, poverty, poor agricultural infrastructure and over-exploitation of the environment.

As well as the obvious sort of hunger resulting from an empty stomach, there is also the hidden hunger of micronutrient deficiencies which make people susceptible to infectious diseases, impair physical and mental development, reduce their labour productivity and increase the risk of premature death.

Hunger does not only weigh on the individual. It also imposes a crushing economic burden on the developing world. Economists estimate that every child whose physical and mental development is stunted by hunger and malnutrition stands to lose 5-10 percent in lifetime earnings.
Among the Millennium Development Goals which the United Nations has set for the 21st century, halving the proportion of hungry people in the world is top of the list. Whereas good progress was made in reducing chronic hunger in the 1980s and the 1990s, progress began to level off between 2000 and 2010.

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Say Good bye to Pre-menstrual pains (Dysmenorrhea)

SAY GOOD BYE TO PRE-MENSTRUAL PAINS (DYSMENORRHEA)
Dysmenorrhea is a painful menstrual cramp which occurs in up to 50% of menstruating females and causes significant disruption in quality of life and absenteeism. But don’t worry I got good news for you. But before I do that let have an overview of the overall action.
HOW DOES IT (PRE-MENSTRUAL PAINS) HAPPEN
The uterus is a muscle. Like all muscles, it contracts and relaxes. Most uterine contractions are never noticed, but strong ones are painful. During strong contractions, the uterus may contract too strongly or too frequently, causing the blood supply to the uterus to be temporarily cut off. This deprives the muscle of oxygen, causing pain. This pain may be located in the abdomen or the back. In addition to painful uterine cramping with menses, women with dysmenorrhea may experience nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, weakness, and/or fainting. Symptoms may vary in severity from cycle to cycle but generally continue throughout the reproductive years.
Furthermore, due to the production of prostaglandins, which are hormone-like compounds that function as mediators of a variety of physiological responses such as inflammation, and they made by cells in the inner lining of the uterus and other parts of the body. The prostaglandins made in the uterus make the uterine muscles contract and help the uterus shed the lining that has built up during the menstrual cycle. If excessive prostaglandins are produced, the woman may have excessive pain or dysmenorrhea with her menstrual cycle. Prostaglandins can also cause headaches, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.
SO, WHAT NEXT?
This is a nutritional based remedy for this incapacitating problem, causing significant disruption in a woman’s life each month.

HERE IS THE GOOD NEWS!
I guess you have heard for this micronutrient MAGNESIUM before, probably in elementary or secondary education. Ironically magnesium does not get the respect — or attention — it deserves. Two out of three Nigerians fail to consume the recommended daily allowance (RDA) for magnesium — 320 mg for women and 420 mg for men. Overlooked and underappreciated, magnesium is responsible for more than 700 enzyme-activated biochemical reactions
HOW DOES MAGNESIUM SILENCE THIS MONSTER?
Magnesium levels fluctuate during a woman’s cycle. The higher the estrogen or progesterone, the lower the magnesium, during the second half of the menstrual cycle, when both estrogen and progesterone are elevated, magnesium plummets. This can result in spasms in the brain arteries — a prelude to PMS and migraines.
Furthermore, let me take you deeper and broaden your horizon. Magnesium has a direct effect on vascular tone and can act physiologically to control and regulate the entry of calcium into smooth muscle cells, acting as a naturally occurring calcium channel blocker. Through controlling calcium, magnesium influences the contractility, tone, and relaxation of the uterine smooth muscle, also magnesium plays an important role in the conversion of linoleic acid (LA) to gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), they are vital precursors of prostaglandins. The anti-inflammatory series prostaglandins are derived from LA, which is converted to GLA by the enzyme delta-6-desaturase (D6D), and then to dihomo-gamma-linolenic acid (DGLA).Magnesium also increase the conversion of essential fatty acids to the anti-inflammatory series 1 PGs (prostaglandins).

WHERE CAN YOU FIND THIS HERO?
It will amaze you if I say this unknown hero is found right in the garden at your backyard they include; green vegetables, beans, potatoes, almonds, water melon, paw-paw and bananas. It should be taken in a scheduled manner. So if you can’t find them, go get some.
OUR HERO GOT ENEMIES TOO
While we aspire to live healthy every day, have it at the back of your mind that there some real bad guys around that could interfere with our hero’s activities. They include;
Alcohol intake
Elevated cholesterol
Dietary trans-fats
Smoking
Caffeine intake
Excess saturated fats
Excess sugar intake
So stay clear from these enemies and live healthy.