Homosexuality: The Mental Illness That Went Away


According to the American Psychiatric Association, until 1974 homosexuality was a mental illness. Freud had alluded to homosexuality numerous times in his writings, and had concluded that paranoia and homosexuality were inseparable. Other psychiatrists wrote copiously on the subject, and homosexuality was “treated” on a wide basis. There was little or no suggestion within the psychiatric community that homosexuality might be conceptualized as anything other than a mental illness that needed to be treated. And, of course, homosexuality was listed as a mental illness in DSM-II. (The DSM – Diagnostic and Statistical Manual – is the APA’s standard classification of their so-called mental disorders, and is used by many mental health workers in the USA and other countries.)

Then in 1970 gay activists protested against the APA convention in San Francisco. These scenes were repeated in 1971, and as people came out of the “closet” and felt empowered politically and socially, the APA directorate became increasingly uncomfortable with their stance. In 1973 the APA’s nomenclature task force recommended that homosexuality be declared normal. The trustees were not prepared to go that far, but they did vote to remove homosexuality from the list of mental illnesses by a vote of 13 to 0, with 2 abstentions. This decision was confirmed by a vote of the APA membership, and homosexuality was no longer listed in the seventh edition of DSM-II, which was issued in 1974.

What’s noteworthy about this is that the removal of homosexuality from the list of mental illnesses was not triggered by some scientific breakthrough. There was no new fact or set of facts that stimulated this major change. Rather, it was the simple reality that gay people started to kick up a fuss. They gained a voice and began to make themselves heard. And the APA reacted with truly astonishing speed. And with good reason. They realized intuitively that a protracted battle would have drawn increasing attention to the spurious nature of their entire taxonomy. So they quickly “cut loose” the gay community and forestalled any radical scrutiny of the DSM system generally.

The APA claimed that they made the change because new research showed that most homosexual people were content with their sexual orientation, and that as a group, they appeared to be as well-adjusted as heterosexual people. I suggest, however, that these research findings were simply the APA’s face-saver. For centuries, perhaps millennia, homosexual people had clung to their sexual orientation despite the most severe persecution and vilification, including imprisonment and death. Wouldn’t this suggest that they were happy with their orientation? Do we need research to confirm this? And if we do, shouldn’t we also need research to confirm that heterosexual people are happy with their orientation? And if poor adjustment is critical to a diagnosis of mental illness, where was the evidence of this that justified making homosexuality a mental illness in the first place?

Also noteworthy is the fact that the vote of the membership was by no means unanimous. Only about 55% of the members who voted favored the change.

Of course, the APA put the best spin they could on these events. The fact is that they altered their taxonomy because of intense pressure from the gay community, but they claimed that the change was prompted by research findings.

So all the people who had this terrible “illness” were “cured” overnight – by a vote! I remember as a boy reading of the United Nations World Health Organization’s decision to eradicate smallpox. This was in 1967, and by 1977, after a truly staggering amount of work, the disease was a thing of the past. Why didn’t they just take a vote? Because smallpox is a real illness. The human problems listed in DSM are not. It’s that simple. You can say that geese are swans – but in reality they’re still geese.

The overall point being that the APA’s taxonomy is nothing more than self-serving nonsense. Real illnesses are not banished by voting or by fiat, but by valid science and hard work. There are no mental illnesses. Rather, there are people. We have problems; we have orientations; we have habits; we have perspectives. Sometimes we do well, other times we make a mess of things. We are complicated. Our feelings fluctuate with our circumstances, from the depths of despondency to the pinnacles of bliss. And perhaps, most of all, we are individuals. DSM’s facile and self-serving attempt to medicalize human problems is an institutionalized insult to human dignity. The homosexual community has managed to liberate themselves from psychiatric oppression. But there are millions of people worldwide who are still being damaged, stigmatized, and disempowered by this pernicious system to this day.

http://behaviorismandmentalhealth.com/2011/10/08/homosexuality-the-mental-illness-that-went-away/

MY FORUMIST OF THE MONTH!

Mrs.Aisha Rashid Lukwago Bute


Mrs.Aisha Rashid Lukwago Bute is a herbal ‘doctor’ based in Kampala, and, till this month when I started watching her herbal videos, I didn’t know that she was someone I could be thinking about almost every time I log on Facebook. Sister Aisha is a bad-ass( because of her ‘shake-the-bus’ and cheeky posts, but listening to her, you see that she is courteous, knowledgeable, supportive, unapologetic, honest, independent and a reflective individual,who wants to make a difference to Ugandans and Uganda.In her archives are posts where she talks about the kinds of foods she has been eating and are very useful to the body. Her latest video about the benefits of Aloe vera juice and honey is just awesome. I had earlier watched one on black seed,and it was as good as an “age limit”.You know, I try my level best to give people credit for intelligence.

As an aside,I am pro herbal medicine, and I think a lot of Africans are alive today because of herbs. People needs to read Dr. Susan Humphries book ‘Dissolving Illusions’ Disease, Vaccines and the Forgotten History’.This book informs of the history of disease and how they were created and how it was not vaccines that halted disease it was in fact hygiene and herbs. The doctors of today will tell you that herbal medicine is just folklore, and of no value even as they use chemically manufactured herbal medicine over 70 percent of the time. For instance, Aspirin is a herbal medicine.

However,I think it is important to put herbals in perspective. Some of them have been around for hundreds to thousands of years in use in primitive or foreign cultures. This latest batch has sprang up just as a money making gig made from almost anything that will not kill you. But, almost anything, many foods included, can generate side effects. Jalepenos make some people sweat, corn has a laxative effect, rice raises blood sugar in diabetic patients,Garlic, which may lower blood pressure and cholesterol, also prevents clotting and should be discontinued at least 36 hours before surgery. Everything is a herbal and should be used for what helps you.But since I haven’t really studied this in depth, any information I could give is anecdotal at best. My guess is there is merit in the arguments for both those pro-herbal and anti-herbal.

IS HEALTHCARE A RIGHT? ANY DOCTORS ON THIS FORUM?

Friends,

I was reading a horrible story in the INVESTIGATOR about the torture of Geoffrey Byamukama, the Kamwenge Town Council Mayor, and how his bill at Nakasero hospital has skyrockted to shs.29m. Under normal circumstances, one would immediately be thinking about his horrible wounds and what caused them(possibly torture by the police), but my mind just skipped to the cost of healthcare in Uganda. Subhanallah, what happens to the poor who fall sick in that country? Has anybody thought about this?

Both doctors and politicians are just greedy. Doctors have opened up their private expensive clinics/ hospitals and can only touch you if you pay. Politicians go abroad for treatment, so who really cares about my friends in Kangulumira whose only health centre in the region is technically a death trap. We could only manage to raise money for the blankets tthrough UAH but failed to raise even a mere shs.8m to repaint the centre. Those who made pledges never came through, and I guess because they aren’t good christians/Muslims.

Greed is a powerful force that affects us all. It needs to be harnessed in a way to make a country strong and with a large middle class.A quality doctor-patient relationship matters. It’s an essential part of the healing process, and one that can’t be had without the physician’s role in initiating and maintaining it. My late grandfather’s doctor and relative,Dr. Adam Kimala, should be in his 70’s now and is not a financial firebrand.He is a good man and commands personal loyalty seemingly effortlessly. He enjoys his work, never put money first, and, I believe, he intends to continue until “they” won’t let him work any more at which point he will probably spend most of his time doing consultation and voluntary work for Buganda kingdom. I remember when I was a kid, he used to have a clinic somewhere in Kampala city, and I could be taken there for a ‘ruthless’ injection in case of a malaria infection. Bless him!

In science, it is generally accepted that Albert Einstein lived a moderate life, and he never used his brain power to take advantage of the poor.He still lived in a little house provided to him by the Institute for Advanced Study(IAS) till he died, and asked that it be kept as a residence for others after his demise. His request was honored. A really competent person doesn’t seek wealth, the work function is all the reward that’s necessary for them.Wealth is only important to those imbued with a poverty of spirit. Albert pre-promised his Nobel prize money to his ex-wife as part of his divorce settlement. That’s a guy who knew what value is.

But how many doctors are like Dr.Kimala or Einstein in our generation. Everyone is thinking about money, not really their profession.If a professional doesn’t have recognizable wealth, it certainly raises flags.Human greed corrupts every economic and social model there is, whether it’s economic, social, religious. I admire those people – sadly far too few – who can transcend that greed and show selfless generosity and kindness towards others.The practice of quality medicine includes assuring that a patient understands and may have confidence that his treatment is the path to better health. There is no substitute for good communication, but a lot of doctors in Uganda mainly communicate billing to patients.

Many Christians actually believe that if you are poor, it is God’s judgement against you for your sins. This makes it very convenient for them to throw the poor under the bus. Just picture this:

A man falls down in the street in Kampala and clutches his chest and is having a heart attack. He’s not dressed too well, and may be homeless.A few people that don’t believe in healthcare for those that don’t pay for it, stand around and take bets on when he’ll croak.The man dies and everyone goes home to a nice Matooke and meat dinner.

As it turns out, that man happened to be one of the onlooker’s father.Ah well. He never did deserve healthcare, never earned enough.Tough.

The question is whether we are deserving enough to be called a civilized nation or civilised people.If it were a matter of greed for money, it’s far cheaper to equip government hospitals and give everyone healthcare at a far lower cost, and stop the stranglehold of spending millions of dollars taking a few in government for treatment abroad. Every ‘important’ person who dies now, they do so in either Nairobi, India or South Africa, and its a shame. Nobody wishes to die from Mulago or Nsambya yet these were good hospitals in the 1960-70s.

Trying to maximize profits on the backs of patients is a very bad idea. Just look at the American model. An American who is jobless or working for minimum wage and gets cancer or some other serious disease will die for lack of health care.While I don’t like Michael Moore, Americans should watch the movie “Sicko” to get an idea of how things are in other countries.Cuba was the country. Moore took a bunch of sick people there as a stunt, and they were all taken care of with minimal cost. For instance, one woman that was going broke trying to pay for a medicine here that she needed ($150), went there and got her medicine for $.05 cents.

Looks like I got wordy again. I blame frustration and a propensity to reminisce. Sorry!

Abbey

A lot of Ugandans are dying of heart attacks,and Aspirin needs to be part of our homes!

Friends,
Sorry for the death of Andrew Patrick Luwandaga, and other Ugandans that have died of heart attacks recently. As others have noted, a lot of Ugandans are dying of heart attacks(forget the politically induced ones), and I guess something needs to be done urgently. I,therefore, suggest that all families in Uganda keep aspirins in their homes.

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Aspirin has been shown to cut down the risk of heart attack and stroke in clinical trials..It’s called aspirin therapy. 81mg a day,especially for above 50s and those with diabetes, to prevent clotting. It does this by decreasing the stickiness of the platelets, so they are less likely to start a clot where you don’t want one, like in the arteries of your brain and heart. Excess clotting in these areas lead to heart attacks and stroke.Aspirin is derived from the willow tree. So it has its roots in nature. One could argue that it is natural medicine, whatever that is.

In fact, they now say that if you have chest pains or other symptoms of a heart attack, call 999 and take an aspirin. It could save your life, but since Uganda’s 999 is also in ‘receivership’ as the crane bank,let us just stick to baby aspirins.

Aspirin has the benefit of being inexpensive and easy to get.If it gives you stomach problems, or some other problem, you need to tell your doctor that.
Good health to everyone!

Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba
UK

DO MORE FOOD GROWING THAN CATTLE KEEPING!

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I don’t know how Mr.Museveni came to own Kisozi farm but I always smile at the pictures of any man utilizing land in Africa.Grass fed meat is quite different.The quality of meat by grass fed cattle is better but one of several points. Unfortunately, the majority of people in the world who do eat beef, pork, and chicken are eating animals that are not eating a good diet themselves and in many cases chemically engineered to fatten up for a quick profit.
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However,we could feed the world much easier if most of the land committed to providing grazing for animals, was instead used to growing grain based crops. There is huge waste that goes into grazing, but it doesn’t seem to bother the greedy when they chomp down on their big thick juicy steaks. Plants(especially fruits and vegetables) are better for our health than meat!

Our people should not waste too much money and land on cattle keeping. They should instead grow more food crops. Plants give our bodies almost everything we need. Any small amount of nutrients that is in meat is negated by the animal protein, saturated fat and cholesterol it contains.Humans only require around 5% of daily calories from protein, which you can easily get by eating plant foods.You need only look at the human teeth to see that we don’t have teeth meant for eating large amounts of meat. We are meant mostly to eat vegetables, and very little meat.

Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba with a background in both Business Management and Public Health

WHERE ARE THE UAH FORUM HEALTH EXPERTS?

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Friends,
I’m not an aspirin expert but I’ve just found out two things today which I didnt know before:

1-Salicylic acid, the active ingredient in aspirin,is a naturally occurring antibiotic and anti-fungal in plants. This means that If one eats a lot of vegetables you’re already naturally getting a low dose of aspirin, which supports my earlier theory in another post that we just just have to consume as many plant foods as possible to fight diseases compared to meat.

2. Aspirin carries a risk that locally high concentrations of aspirin in the stomach will destroy the lining and causes intestinal bleeding. There’s a great deal of research going on into various ways of reducing that risk.

As an armchair epidemiologists, I always bring such health topics such that we could engage and learn from the professionals on this forum, but it disappoints when most of them just keep quiet.


Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba living in the UK with a background in Public Health-Health Promotion

How does Olanzapine help with Stomach pains???

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Friends,
OK, I’m going to avoid generalization and bashing of our doctors back home in Uganda but this is another story that needs all our attention.

A friend of mine has just come back from Uganda after a month away. She fell ill with stomach pains while there and went to a supposedly expensive clinic in Kampala to get some help. The doctor there didnt do any tests but just prescribed a medicine, Olanzapine (Zyprexa),which is known to have a hire possibility of causing diabetes, than any of the other similar drugs for psychotic disorders.She’s not psychotic, so the indications for it’s use were marginal in her case.

This drug does mess up the pancreas in an otherwise healthy individual without diabetes. And, the literature is almost silent on whether or not the pancreas will start to work if the patient is taken off of the Olanzapine.I can tell you that majority of people who take it gain a horrendous amount of weight. It does something to your metabolism and to your appetite control within the brain.

So, my friend questioned the doctor why she has been prescribed it, the doctor’s answer was:’just take it, we prescribe it to people here and they get better’, and indeed she took it and felt better after two days of sleeping. She’s now in fact wondering whether she should be taking it whenever she feels pains.

When I think I can be of some modest help to someone with a question, I do my best to answer. When it comes down to important medical decisions, I typically suggest that one consults their doctor. Now, I would like to hear opinions on this, because as a lay man, i found this disturbing.

Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba
Msc. Public Health–Health Promotion
United Kingdom

God is the only one best creator.

Allaah is the only one best creator..........Not to mention that the patient in dialysis has to go at least 3 times a week to a dialysis unit

Allaah is the only one best creator……….Not to mention that the patient in dialysis has to go at least 3 times a week to a dialysis unit

Our heart beats around 100,000 times every day.

Our blood is On A 60,000-mile journey.

Our eyes can distinguish up to 1,000,000 colour surfaces and take in more information than the largest telescope known to man.

Our lungs inhale over two million litres of air every day, without even thinking. They are large enough to cover a tennis court.

Our hearing is so sensitive it can distinguish between hundreds of thousands of different sounds.

Our sense of touch is more refined than any device ever created.

Our brain is more complex than the most powerful computer and has over 100 billion nerve cells.

We give birth to 100 billion red cells every day.

When we touch something, we send a message to our brain at 124 mph.

We have over 600 muscles.

We exercise at least 30 muscles when we smile.

We are about 70 percent water.

We make one litre of saliva a day.

Our nose is our personal air-conditioning system:
It warms cold air, cools hot air and filters impurities.

In one square inch of our hand we have nine feet of blood vessels, 600 pain sensors, 9000 nerve endings, 36 heat sensors and 75 pressure sensors.

We have copper, zinc, cobalt, calcium, manganese, phosphates, nickel and silicon in our bodies.

Apparently Lemons could cure loads of cancers…..U don’t lose anything by trying!

Everyone should plant lemon trees...

Everyone should plant lemon trees…

This is something that we should all take seriously – just had a recent test myself that sent shivers up my spine – or near by – Even doctors are now saying that there is value in trying “LEMON”

So, a tablespoon of “real lemon” (the concentrate in a bottle) in a glass of water every morning. What can it hurt?

Institute of Health Sciences, 819 N. L.L.C. Charles Street Baltimore , MD 1201. This is the latest in medicine, effective for cancer! Read carefully and you be the judge.

Lemon (Citrus) is a miraculous product to kill cancer cells. It is 10,000 times stronger than chemotherapy.

Why do we not know about that? Because there are laboratories interested in making a synthetic version that will bring them huge profits.

You can now help a friend in need by letting him/her know that lemon juice is beneficial in preventing the disease. Its taste is pleasant and it does not produce the horrific effects of chemotherapy.

How many people will die while this closely guarded secret is kept, so as not to jeopardize the beneficial multi-millionaires large corporations? As you know, the lemon tree is known for its varieties of lemons and limes. You can eat the fruit in different ways: you can eat the pulp, juice press, prepare drinks, sorbets, pastries, etc…

It is credited with many virtues, but the most interesting is the effect it produces on cysts and tumors. This plant is a proven remedy against cancers of all types. Some say it is very useful in all variants of cancer. It is considered also as an anti-microbial spectrum against bacterial infections and fungi, effective against internal parasites and worms, it regulates blood pressure which is too high and as an antidepressant, combats stress and nervous disorders.

The source of this information is fascinating: it comes from one of the largest drug manufacturers in the world, says that after more than 20 laboratory tests since 1970, the extracts revealed that: It destroys the malignant cells in 12 cancers, including colon, breast, prostate, lung and pancreas … The compounds of this tree showed 10,000 times better than the product Adriamycin, a drug normally used chemo-therapeutically in the world, slowing the growth of cancer cells. And what is even more astonishing: this type of therapy with lemon extract only destroys malignant cancer cells and it does not affect healthy cells.

Imagine spending shs.2.6b on a pornography machine when the only radiography machine at the cancer Institute is down?

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I think phrenology( the relationship of the shape of the head to intelligence) should be brought back into our main stream debates to see if there’s a correlation between a certain Uganda’s minister head shape and his intelligence. Imagine spending shs.2.6b on a pornography machine when the only radiography machine at the cancer Institute is down. Where is a Tamale Mirundi when u need one!

AWAY FROM POLITICS TO HEALTH—– SPECIFICALLY THOSE DIABETIC

I just want to share something and hope the doctors on this forum will join this debate too,God willing.

The term “Banting Circle” apparently refers to Frederick Banting who discovered insulin, but there was also a William Banting who wrote the first low carbohydrate(carb) diet book. To me a “Banting Circle” is a group of low carb dieters. So, if you have diabetes or pre-diabetic, my best advise to you is to keep controlling your carb intake and getting lots exercise. I’m sure that will help keep your BG readings within the range of healthy, normal. It’s a little different than simply dieting to lose weight. Diabetes, is like stepping on the scale many times a day. No avoiding it.

Ingenuity is a good place to start.Self determination helps reestablish one’s sense of self worth which has all too often taken a battering when people receive a diagnosis of T2 diabetes. So today, I’m gonna recommend two kinds of foods for those who can access them:

1.Cheese: Cheese that hasn’t been aged actually lowers blood pressure.The protein snipped into little lengths by the fermentation process acts like an ACE inhibitor that reduces blood pressure.

2. Broccoli or cauliflower is a vegetable with a good safety factor where carbohydrate is concerned.Five cups of cooked cauliflower is equivalent to one cup of mashed potato. What this means is it is easier for a T2 to gauge a suitable portion without it becoming irksome. Portion control isn’t even necessary for most people who adopt this path given the natural limiting factors of water and fibre content.

Abbey Semuwemba
UK

Congratulations Dr. Annettee Oliver Nakimuli!

dualityCongratulations Dr. Annettee Oliver Nakimuli and her research team for discovering genes that protect African women from developing pre-eclampsia.

This should be front page stuff, and I’ve known about it thanks to brother Joachim Buwembo. Pre-eclampsia is a very dangerous condition that could potentially lead to the death of both the baby and the mother.

Dr Annettee Nakimuli studied Medicine at Makerere University and a Kulika Trust Scholarship enabled her to obtain a Master of Medicine in Obstetrics and Gynaecology as the leading student of her year. She is a lecturer in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, with research experience from cervical cancer and pre-eclampsia studies, and a clinical trial on induction of labour. Her primary research interest is pre-eclampsia, a major cause of maternal death in Uganda.

Dr.Nakimuli did her PHD a year ago with the title: The Role of Natural Killer Cells in Pre-eclampsia in an African Population: A Genetic Study of Killer Immunoglobulin-like Receptors and HLA-C Polymorphisms.As pre-eclampsia may be less common in HIV infected women and increases with anti-retroviral treatment (ART), her research on a large case-control study of pre-eclampsia at Mulago Hospital, Kampala, was focusing on KIR and HLA-C genes, and HIV and ART. Dr Nakimuli’s molecular genetic studies in Cambridge received supplementary funding from the Cambridge Trophoblast Research Centre.

BLANKETS INSTEAD OF PAINT FOR KANGULUMIRA HEALTH CENTRE!

Thank you to Mr.Ronald Kavuma(UK) for being the only one that helped raise money and support Kangulumira Health centre. The few members that made pledges here never sent them. So, we have failed to raise the shs.8m needed to paint the centre. What we intend to do, with your permission, is to use the shs.800,000 available to buy blankets for the centre. The centre has a few beds but there are no blankets at all.

Sorry I had to thank you publicly for accountability and transparency purposes!

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I would also like to use this opportunity to assure the Muslims in Kangulumira that the second phase of the mosque rehabilitation in the town, would soon start ,God willing. Our sponsor had traveled but she is back in the country now.

*Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba*

Resemblance between Mr.Aine Christopher(Missing), his brother(missing) and his uncle is so striking

dualityI think more needs to be studied on the resemblance between the head of JPAM’s security, Mr.Aine Christopher(Missing), his brother(missing) and his uncle(not missing yet).It seems the genes are strong in that family. Their faces so look the same such that its difficult to differentiate them unless if one knows them very well.

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By the way, it has been found that Vitamin D influences over 200 genes, highlighting links to disease: http://www.well.ox.ac.uk/aug-10-vitamin-d-influences-over-2…

Vitamin D moderates the course of Multiple Sclerosis., and when taken in large doses in infants and the small child stage it prevents 90 percent of type 1 Diabetes. But too much vitamin D can lead to vitamin D poisoning though this is very rare.We should balance the need for vitamin D with the need to avoid melanoma.

Now, I happen to believe that vitamin D supplementation is likely to be beneficial for anyone at my latitude at this time of year – I’m taking some myself though I don’t think Aine is getting any Vitamin D where he is!

*Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba*

Stalk my blog at: http://semuwemba.com/

DON’T AVOID SALT BUT JUST EAT ENOUGH!

Just wondering……….. the recent studies published on PubMed and MedLine indicate that salt has very little to do with blood pressure, after all these years of thinking it does.

I think reducing salt isn’t inappropriate for anyone. Just eat enough salt but not too much to avoid hyponatremia (essentially, too little salt in the blood). People with that often have to eat several times the normal amount of salt just to stay alive.

Not only is there no evidence that the limits on salt currently being promoted mean anything.There are actually a number of studies which show that those limits may actually be harmful to some people.For example,the greatest salt restriction led to the highest mortality in Japanese studies I read years ago.

HELLO UAH DOCTORS!

Abbey

ARE U GROWING BALD AND YOU FIND IT DEPRESSING?

Somebody here whose name I have forgotten asked about male baldness and I was waiting for our doctors to say something about it, but they are all quiet. Growing bold when in your 20s or 30s could be depressing but there’s nothing to do about it.What’s the point of worrying about something you cannot change? We should reserve our energy for the things we can change, like yourself.Incidentally, first God made man beautiful, then he added hair.

While I don’t doubt that metabolic status can cause male pattern baldness in some minority of people, hormones and their genetic expression accounts for the typical person walking down the street. Do not look at the men on your fathers side. Hair loss is determined by your mother so look at the people on her side. Trust me on this, your hair comes from your mothers side. It just goes on to show how powerful women are in genetic makeups! The cause of baldness in men is raised production of testosterone, which is converted into DHT (dihydrotestosterone).

But there are things you can take if that is the diagnosis. Propecia helps to keep your hair and restores growth as does rogaine for woman but the propecia is a drug and is more effective. Contact your doctor first before you take anything! You could also do the shaving thingy or keep a hat on your head 24/7 like one president in East Africa. Just hang in here and accept it as it is! Knowledge and prayers are your most important weapons when fighting any disease.

For those with diabetes and you have got hair on your toes, it simply means that your blood circulation is working OK.This doesn’t sound strange at all.It is a way for doctors to judge the amount of circulation diabetics have in their extremities.When your circulation is sufficient, hair will grow from fingers and toes.When circulation is poor, hair stops growing on toes and fingers. Thus, for diabetics, if you have hair on your toes, they claim it is a good sign.

Have a great day, President Museveni and all.

PERFECT TOOLS FOR CONSTIPATION: FROM MEXICO TO UGANDANS

I’ll share one of the best kept secrets, kept in a country whose films(series) Ugandans love so much.Mexico happens to be the only country that I know of in Latin America that serves their beans in a mashed form, like mashed potatoes. The main reason that people shun beans is the gas they produce. However, with the Mexican style beans, that never happens no matter how much you eat or for how long. The result? Perfect plumbing of your intestines.

I don’t think that it’s any accident that you can go to any supermarket or drug store in Mexico and hunt all over for the laxatives, and never find any. Mexico is simply the country where constipation is (all but) unknown, as well as those funny little noises that ordinary beans are famous for that make a lot of Ugandans excuse themselves in the middle of meetings.

Mexicans themselves eat it with more fat, but this isn’t such a problem as one would think.The rest of their diet is surprisingly low in fat.Their fat is mostly found in those ‘funny’ parts men like as we saw with Ms.Isabel in the ‘Second Chance’ on the beach.

Please let’s try to prepare our beans in Uganda in the similar way, and see how it goes. But generally speaking, the key to constipation is DEFINITELY proper nutrition. Of course, you still have to eat a diet high in fiber and drink plenty of water. Give it a try if you want!

Please let me how your plumbing goes but not in so many details!

ANOTHER BOOK I WOULD RECOMMEND MY UAH FAMILY TO READ!

I highly recommend this book to forumists that are interested in health related debates! You can get at Amazon at about 10 pounds. It addresses all sorts of medical problems, including diabetes. But oddly the author says he wouldn’t personally call it diabetes if the person doesn’t have to use insulin.He did not say what he would call it though. He also said that most obese people have issues with hypoglycemia whether they know it or not.
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Basically, he says that everyone should eat a no sugar diet. No junk foods. And no processed foods. The explanation as to why is rather lengthy but basically the more processed the food is, the less fiber is in it and there are fewer vitamins.He believes that sugar in and of itself is harmful to the body with glucose being the most harmful.

He also cautions against eating too much of certain foods like corn( ‘kasoli’ in Luganda) because that can cause pellagra and how by adding lime to the corn, it makes the vitamins more absorbable to the body. Without the lime, the body can become deficient.

He said back in the days when farmers grew a variety of crops, they were healthier. But when they started growing a single crop, like corn, the problems began. Because of course when times got bad for them, they mostly ate that which they were growing.

He lists various medications and how they can either leach vitamins from the body or prevent the body from absorbing them.

He believes that everyone needs to supplement with vitamins and in some cases minerals because the food we eat nowadays is deficient in so many things.

Abbey.K.S

PERFECT TOOLS FOR CONSTIPATION: FROM MEXICO TO UGANDANS

I’ll share one of the best kept secrets, kept in a country whose films(series) Ugandans love so much.Mexico happens to be the only country that I know of in Latin America that serves their beans in a mashed form, like mashed potatoes. The main reason that people shun beans is the gas they produce. However, with the Mexican style beans, that never happens no matter how much you eat or for how long. The result? Perfect plumbing of your intestines.

I don’t think that it’s any accident that you can go to any supermarket or drug store in Mexico and hunt all over for the laxatives, and never find any. Mexico is simply the country where constipation is (all but) unknown, as well
as those funny little noises that ordinary beans are famous for that make a lot of Ugandans excuse themselves in the middle of meetings.

Mexicans themselves eat it with more fat, but this isn’t such a problem as one would think.The rest of their diet is surprisingly low in fat.Their fat is mostly found in those ‘funny’ parts men like as we saw with Ms.Isabel in the ‘Second Chance’ on the beach.

Please let’s try to prepare our beans in Uganda in the similar way, and see how it goes. But generally speaking, the key to constipation is DEFINITELY proper nutrition. Of course, you still have to eat a diet high in fiber and drink plenty of water. Give it a try if you want!

Please let me how your plumbing goes but not in so many details!

Lead a life with diabetes rather than a life for diabetes!

Friends,
Lead a life with diabetes rather than a life for diabetes. Seeing so many ‘ways’ of treating diabetes should tell you something – everyone is different and everyone eventually settles down to a way of eating and med routine that is uniquely theirs and works for them depending on whether they have type 1 or type 2 diabetics. If you are doing one thing and it is failing, try something different. Diabetic treatment is not just one ‘Across the board’ treatment. One thing for sure once you’ve got it, you’ve got it. The healthy diet will help manage it. For type 2s, there are oral drugs (such as metformin) which lower glucose levels.And of course, eating, exercise, and so on, all influence glucose levels.

There are thin people (thin at the onset and forever after) who are diabetics, and many fat people who never acquire the disease. The controlling factor here is the response of your genetic makeup to the environment you live in.

For a “thin T2” your model of genes didn’t decide to store all the
calorie dense food you ingested,offered by the environment you live in,as fat under your skin. Instead, you stored it right away in your liver.Basically, you are thin with a moderate liver fat content. Still your liver is fat enough to become insulin resistant,which makes you T2. Remember, type diabetes is treated using oral medication while type 1 is the one treated using an insulin injection. I have been told that some doctors in Uganda start people with T2 on injection straightaway which , in my little knowledge, is not right!

Abbey

LIVE WELL: Don’t eat too much ‘Matooke’ or banana everyday!

Friends,
Don’t eat too much ‘Matooke’ or banana every day because it can cause serious health problems. Most health experts recommend no more than two bananas per day. This recommendation is not only based on the risks of eating too many bananas, but also on the recommended daily intake of fruit. Bananas are a great source of potassium, but too much of a good thing can be dangerous. Too many bananas cause an excess of potassium, which can trigger hyperkalemia. This condition causes nausea, a slower pulse, and an irregular heartbeat. It can also trigger cardiac arrest. More than a dozen bananas in a short span of about a day can lead to too much potassium in the system. This might need to be treated with diuretics and kidney dialysis.

It should be noted,however, that dry heating methods don’t affect a banana’s potassium content. So, a banana or ‘Gonja’ consumed after some dry heating on a ‘sigili’ almost has the same potassium levels as a raw banana. But this is different with a banana boiled as water can leach a significant amount of minerals from food, including potassium.

I love Matooke more than any other food out there but its a fact that it contains a lot of potassium, a mineral that is capable of causing a cardiac arrest if its low or high in our body. The main reason why a lot of us have not had these problems is because of the way most people prepare Matooke,i.e.by boiling it……water leaches out potassium, you know!

If I’m not mistaken, take a look at the amount of potassium in one pill.One would have to take a lot of these horse-sized pills to equal the amount of potassium in one banana.One large banana, about 9 inches in length, packs 602 mg of potassium and only carries 140 calories. Too much potassium in blood can be dangerous to the heart.Potassium chloride is even one of the chemicals used in lethal injections in the US, as extremely high doses can cause cardiac arrest. From my experience too much potassium can be countered by eating more high sodium and calcium foods as long as you dont kidney problems. Its not a matter of eliminating the potassium but rather than balancing it up. May be that explains why a lot of daily banana eaters in Buganda are still safe, but this is an issue that should be taken seriously.

That said, potassium is a mineral that we need quite a lot of, about 3 grams a day. It has an important function in the blood pressure regulation system and is needed for muscles and nerves to function properly. Bananas are also important for a lot of things but we should watch out on how much we eat every day. Just b’se high potassium foods never killed your granddad, it doesnt mean that they wont ‘aronda’ you in your sleep, love!

I know that the potassium truth around banana may have an economic impact in some parts of the country but we shouldn’t just hide our heads in the sand for the sake of protecting a stable food.

I guess we just have to encourage modern parents to go back to food portioning and eating food at specific times, as it used to be done in the past, rather than eating anytime we want.

Abbey

LET’S LOOK AFTER OUR KIDNEYS STARTING TODAY WITH SIMPLE METHODS

My 2 cents is simply this: Get enough water. I know it seems simple, but I am not talking about soda, coffee or tea, juice or milk. I am talking about simple WATER. Your kidneys need water and the toxins they remove from your body are suspended in water.There is evidence that the occurrence of kidney stones are greatly reduced in simply consuming enough water.

There is also evidence that if you wait until you feel actual thirst to drink water, you are too late. The sensation of thirst is often lost in older people, and they can become dehydrated without ever feeling thirsty.

So if you really want to help your kidneys, drink water, and make it a habit. Do it even if you aren’t feeling particularly thirsty. Keep track of how much actual water you are drinking every day, and if it is less than three big glasses full, you may be not getting enough and doing your kidneys a disservice.

With adequate hydration, your urine should never be more than a light or pale yellow, not dark like strong tea (green or otherwise). In addition, you reduce the risk of bladder cancers and some infections.

Remember folks, I have No medical qualifications. All my advice is based on my knowledge as a public health professional, and I would be happy if the medics on this forum become more active on health related issues. Not everybody can access a doctor in our communities.

NEVER FORGET YOUR SHOES MATE IF YOU’RE DIABETIC!

Diabetics should never go barefoot or wear sandals. Never! In the house they are to wear slippers if their shoes are off.The shoe soles should be thick and sturdy; you’re going to encounter sharp rocks, etc.It’s easy for them to tread on something sharp and won’t feel it, and it will fester and get worse. Diabetics are at greater risk of fungal and in fact any infections.Having a sore foot is a serious problem for most of us but its more uncomfortable for diabetics.A small wound could easily kill them.The extremities are less likely to heal well. It’s kind of like having a flat tyre and no spare (trying to find an analogy to help car drivers understand). Better safe than sorry, as the saying goes.

Expect more from doctors on this forum to get more involved in health related debates because I will keep posting them. Help the communities that cannot afford paying doctors with such info. Don’t just be like Bebe Cool who was apparently heard in the ‘Tubonge nawe’ video shouting gleefully:”So far so good”, as he fell past the skyscraper window on his way down!

Thank you!

Uganda’s poor Healthy System claims another one!

BY ABBEY SEMUWEMBA
Friends,
Two days ago I was awakened by the news of the death of a distant female Muslim relative in Jinja, and I still feel so bad about it. The lady had complained of chest pains the day before while visiting her sister. She then decided to go to one of the nearby sheikhs to pray for her overnight. The sheikh told her that he was busy and advised her to sleep at his house such that he attends to her in the morning.

The pains intensified at around 02:00 am, and that’s when she asked the people at the Sheikh’s house to give her a glass of milk. She got up, drank half a glass, belched a few times but the pains were still there. That’s when she figured that she had to go to a hospital.

They got her on a bodaboda moving from one clinic to the other around Jinja but couldn’t find a doctor. Their next stop in search for a doctor was the main hospital at Jinja but still there wasn’t a single doctor there to attend to her. Apparently, to get a doctor to leave their house to come and attend to you, you need to pay them an advanced fee of around shs.150,000 before they offer you any treatment, and they leave their phone numbers behind in case of any emergencies at night.

So, the poor woman couldn’t wait anymore at Jinja hospital, and that’s when the bodaboda man remembered a clinic that is bit of a distance away and took her there. Unfortunately, she was already dead by the time they arrived there. The poor bodaboda man didnt know!

Chest pain is not something to take for granted, even when you think it’s not a heart attack. A cardiologist would exclude the unstable angina first before considering other possibilities.But its important that all citizens are equipped with this kind of info because a simple baby aspirin probably would have saved this woman’s life, but all people around her didnt know anything about chest pains.

There are so many causes of chest pains. For instance,gases rise in a liquid environment.If a person sleeps on his or her back and awakens with pains in the lower sternum, that usually indicates a gas buildup in the transverse colon, trapped between the hepatic and splenoid flexures.Being close to the heart,the victim naturally suspects heart problems. That’s why, Islam tells us to sleep in a certain way.

The upshot is: If you have any doubts whatsoever about anything we post here, go to the hospital.It’s much better to be safe than sorry. That’s why I intend to devote some of my time on these forums giving out this kind of info. You never know a life may be saved in the process! R.I.P mama Munira!

HEALTHY TIP:Removing corns without the need for surgery

corn on the foot

corn on the foot


Take a ripe Tomato. Wash it; cut a Slice of it and apply on the Corn. Then cover with a Bandage.Everyday use a new slice and apply as done previously.In a week the Corn will loosen up and u can remove without surgery. Please let me know how it goes for you such that i send you the bill.

WHO HAS GOT THE BIGGEST WALLET AMONG THE OPPOSITION TO CURE THE ‘CANCER’ KILLING US?

Friends:I was really touched by the deaths of Uganda’s celebrities(Bbale Francis and the NTV’s Rose), especially b’se they died of cancer, and I’m really looking for someone to blame in all this.I really hope that you, guys, understand what i’m trying to say here because we no longer discuss these things on streets!

Basically,all i know is that cancer a group of human cells that are parasites living off of a human being. For instance,Not that Y “has” brain cancer but Y “is” brain cancer.Y represents a cancer of the worst sort to the republic of Uganda that was once the ‘pearl of Africa’, organized, hopeful and a bit healthy.Just as cancer is self-serving and unconcerned about harm to its host, Y thinks only of himself and how he can be fed and survive.There are actually parts of the republic that now protect this cancer, and ,unfortunately, some are friendly.The cancer is metastasizing, isn’t it??!! This cancer has established sources of money and support like a brain tumor with its own private blood supply.And I’m not trying to be so disrespectful towards Y. After all,he is richer and more powerful than all Ugandans and ,therefore, a better person with the best vision. I could never get a job tying his shoes for him because I couldn’t pass the IQ test.

One thing for sure that we shall need a lot of money to do cancer research and ultimately remove Y from our bodies. You cant do anything these days without money. That’s why Albert Einstein contributed nothing of great importance and we know that because of his modest income despite being Jewish. Maybe money is the reason he never discovered the unified equation: “the equation of everything that he theorized would unite everything”. He was just working on theory(like most of those fighting to remove Y), and in the end it was Arthur Eddington and Dyson in 1919 that proved gravity would bend light. Einstein then did the math.So, I advise all those fighting to remove the Y-cancer from the Republic never to ignore the guys with money. The best use of IQ isn’t to “imagine you cured cancer” …. it is to actually do it.

And in a world where that is done by money and genius the first order of genius would be to understand that without money you are doomed to spend your time imagining you cured cancer. Byebyo banange!

Abbey

This is why a lot of Ugandans are now dying of heart attacks!

Holland's ambulance drone.The inventor of the Ambulance Drone says it could boost cardiac arrest survival rates from eight to 80 percent

Holland’s ambulance drone.The inventor of the Ambulance Drone says it could boost cardiac arrest survival rates from eight to 80 percent


Friends,
One of the members of Ugandans At Heart(UAH) forum, Edward Mulindwa, raised a very important question a few days ago:’Why do we have a whole lot of people dying of heart attack in Uganda?’ Unfortunately, it has not generated as much serious debate as I thought. I had not given too much thought about this despite the fact that one of my uncles(father’s side) died of cardiac arrest while at his home at night around 1992, but i can guarantee now that the people that were with him at the time didnt know anything about essential basic life support. ELS mainly involves giving people CPR to recessitate people in cardiac arrest. When we witness a gut-rending tragedy like this, we want to know who is responsible, and I’m going to put the blame on mainly the government of Uganda.

The main reason why people in developing countries die of cardiac arrests is because there are no emergency services available, and if there are a few available, there aren’t effective to the extent of saving lives. Just a little push and release in the victim’s chest while doing CPR– stops damage to the brain. Brain death and fatalities occur within four to six minutes after the cardiac arrest.

Obviously,there are so many risk factors that could lead to cardiac arrests: from heart disease, advanced diabetes, hypertension, obesity and sleep apnea.Seldane, the anti-allergy medication, has also been known to cause cardiac arrests.Hypothermia, when a person’s total body temperature gets too low, could lead to unconsciousness or cardiac arrest. But this does not mean that we could nothing about it.

On-pitch collapse of Bolton Wanderers footballer Fabrice Muamba in 2012 was probably the biggest exposure this issue got world wide.Fabrice had suffered a sudden cardiac arrest, without any warning signs or symptoms.People used to think that cardiac arrests are for fat people or elderly but this gave them a wake up call. That particular incident also showed how classy most of the people in England are. In may surprise you but the majority of our population in the UK are decent people. Witness the way that both sets of fans acted after the incident, and the outpouring of concern from all sides. Everyone got concerned apart from one person who posted some racial comments on twitter, a case that landed her or him in jail for 58 days. Fabrice is now fitted with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), something that can only be affordable by the rich in a developing country such as Uganda.

In Holland, they have now got ambulance drones that could potentially reach someone in just two minutes. Its more like a mosquito plane with a flying defibrillator able to reach heart attack victims within precious life-saving minutes.It tracks emergency mobile calls and uses the GPS to navigate where you are.It’s the new technology on the block or rather on trial, but soon to be hopefully availed in England too.Apparently, around 800,000 people suffer a cardiac arrest in the European Union every year.

To put it as simply as possible,we all have diseases silently killing us but the Museveni government is dying from a terminal case of greediness and corruption.The government should push for certain simple things such as personal lightning rods, everyone learning about essential life support(ELS) from primary schools to University, personal fire alarms in houses and buildings, having street cameras to help solve crimes, e.t.c, but they mainly care about buying fighter jets from Russia; donating money to our friends in Rwanda; buying elections, and all sorts of hurting things. When someone suffers a cardiac arrest in Holland,for example, there is a 75% chance of survival basically because the biggest part of the population has gone through ELS. This is just a one day course that could easily be introduced on the school curriculum to help save lives. You don’t need to be working in the RedCross or Accident and Emergency to know all this stuff.

Basically, Ugandans are dying of heart attacks in large numbers because we have got a leadership which does not care about them. From bats in hospitals, pregnant women/ expectant mothers dying in Moroto hospital due to lack of food, to any other forms mortality deaths, the government is to mainly blame. There are no two ways about it!

Byebyo ebyange

Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba

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Does vaccination really work? Is it something some people can do without?

Friends,
It used to be standard practice for kids to be vaccinated in Uganda and I remember seeing most of my childhood friends with scars on their shoulders as a result of this, but I never had one. I remember my mother telling me that he never vaccinated me against any of the famous diseases: Measles, chickenpox, tetanus,mumps, polio, e.t.c. I only started getting such vaccinations in 2006 before I visited home(Uganda) for my undergraduate party. Interestingly, I never had any serious disease to the point of hospitalization throughout my childhood and teenage years. So, I’m wondering whether vaccinations are really as VITAL as politicians and some medics sell them to us. The operational word here is ‘vital’.

Very simply put, measles virus, for instance, is a virus that gained political significance in several countries because it was not complex at all and easy to control. A perfect biological patsy to be sacrificed under the banner of medical science.When you consider how little medicine has advanced compared to all else, it’s a travesty. The incubation period for measles is about two weeks from exposure to fever.

OK, Let’s for a second take it that vaccinations are necessary for all of us, and they help prevent the spread of diseases. I suggest that physicians list ‘Corruption’ in Africa as a disease—– and we should analyze all the corruption cases in Uganda as we would a disease and, using that paradigm, search for a cure. And I think the Jenner model of vaccination should be handy here.

In the late 18th century, a London physician, Edward Jenner, learned from local dairymen that dairy maids who got cowpox never contracted the more fatal smallpox. He speculated that cowpox somehow prevented smallpox and tested this theory by taking germs from the cowpox lesions and inoculating unexposed persons. These people were shown to survive smallpox outbreaks unscathed and thus was born the science of immunology and the process of controlling the deadly disease of smallpox. This is real science – observation, testing and practice – no politics involved.

If we observe corruption as a “disease,” one thing is strikingly clear – this disease never strikes people known to be or potentially rich from childhood! All the people that have been involved in huge corruption scandals in Uganda are known to have had tough childhoods, apart from probably Sam Kutesa (the current UN president).

So, using the logic of Edward Jenner, the inoculation to prevent the disease of corruption is putting money into the hands of potential victims. So thinking like Edward Jenner, lets see what happens when we do just that – give big to let’s say,Frank Tumwebaze, and see if he will not steal any penny or prevent others from stealing again.

The child is a ward of the state in the UK. You can’t resist certain things in this country even when you are as skeptical as iam on vaccinating all kids.However,what is in the governments best interest is NOT always in the child’s best interest as Abortion and the lung transplant have made evident.

Drugs/vaccines aren’t a black and white thing as ‘gun and bullet-proof’. I probably should put a disclaimer saying:’I’m not against anyone taking their kids for vaccination’ but we should all equip ourselves with information regarding certain vaccines, and its possible to survive without these chemicals in your body. What you should know as a fact is that there is no ”pharmaceutical drug that is devoid of risks from adverse reactions and vaccines are no exception”.

My mind is still open and willing to be convinced with evidence either way. There is a book called ‘bad science’ if you ever get a chance to read it. It shows how pharmaceutical companies work with govts to sell certain drugs/ vaccines despite the side effects. So, I’m one of those that never take what the govt says as the bible truth. For instance,Mao was willing to kill 40 million men/women and CHILDREN because his government ”knew” better than the illiterate farmers, how to grow enough food.He forced them into farming communes to save them, and instead he caused 40 million to starve to death and many more to have life long health problems from their malnutrition.

What you should know is that there is no profit to be made on helping the poor when it comes to quality medicine.That is why you see the pharmaceutical companies making a killing on drugs to help citizens of rich nations get penile erections, curb hair loss, etc,while research to help the dying poor goes begging. For instance, in another forum, I have been telling an OB of mine that the ban on DDT was lifted simply because the authorities couldn’t find an alternative, yet poor people were dying in Africa. The truth is that few scientists were interested in investing their time and effort to find an alternative.

It was the USA itself that led the campaign to ban DDT worldwide before the ban was lifted in 2006. Yes, they had used it to eradicate malaria by spraying swamps with DDT soon after the Second World War, but they later found that it had potential effects that were bigger than Malaria. So, yes DDT kills mosquitoes but it is also a problem to the environment, and Hon.Ken Lukyamuzi had a point in fighting it,but advocates of all these preventive measures are gonna argue that sometimes lives are saved by amputation of a limb.

THE BIG QUESTIONS HERE: Does vaccination really work? Is it something some people can do without? If it works,does everybody needs to be vaccinated or it should be for certain groups of people? Let us not forget what Dr. Robert Bell, once Vice President International Society for Cancer Research at the British Cancer Hospital said:”The chief, if not the sole, cause of the monstrous increase in cancer has been vaccination”

Abbey.K.S
UK

How to increase Positivity in your House

1) Open all windows in the house and allow fresh air and sunshine to enter the house. Free flowing air and sun are excellent negativity removers. Keeping the windows closed prevents positive energy from coming inside your house and negative energy from going out.

2) Throw out all the clutter out of the house. Clean your house. Dispose of all the old unwanted things lying in the house. Clutter is a negativity magnet. It attracts and accumulates negative energy in the house.

3). Walking barefoot in the house helps all your negative energy to be absorbed by the earth. Grounding is important to keep the energy balance in our body. Walking barefoot on grass is also an excellent way to ground yourself.

4) Always leave your footwear at the entrance of the house.Our footwear collects negative energy.Hence in the olden days, these were kept out of the house. People used to enter the house only after washing feet with water. This action ensures that all the negativity remains outside or are grounded by earth and does not enter the house. Now it has become difficult to keep the footwear outside. So preferably remove them near the entrance door.

5) Go out in the open air. Take walks in the garden or open ground. Being amongst nature re-energizes or charges you fully.

6) Sweeping the floor also ensures that the negative energies are shaken and moved out with the dirt.

7) Rock salt is another negativity remover. Wash or mop your floor with a fistful rock salt in a bucket of water. This ensures that every nook and corner of the house is rid of negative energy.

8) Potted plants or trees around your house or society also ensures more positive energy in the house and area.

9) Bathing or Soaking your legs and hands in rock salt water once in a while removes the negativity attached to your body.

10) Repitition of Prayers, “Tasbi”, “Bukhoor” etc increases the positive vibrations in the
house.

11) Keep your thoughts, action and speech Positive. Negative thoughts will bring in negative vibes. So avoid all negative thoughts, speech and actions.

12) Keep your house well lit and illuminated. Light removes negativity.

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To be fat in Museveni’s Uganda isn’t a nightmare!

Yes, fat adults pay more for seats on airplanes(Air France-KLM & American airlines) but being fat and big has its own advantages at work as a lot of people fear and look at you as a potential leader.I have seen fatties intimidating fellow colleagues at work and everybody buys into it that they are entitled to do so.I don’t know whether its still the case but while still in school in Africa,for instance, fat kids were always prefects. Most of the Uganda MPs are fat and most people look at it as a sign of success and wealth that demonstrates that they could afford enough food to add those extra pounds. Among the UPDF Generals, I think its only GenMajor General. Kale Kayihura, Gen.Paul PaulKagame (AWOL) and Gen.Tumwine who aren’t ‘pregnant’, and this may be down to the genes rather than consumption of enough food.

Kagame is ‘AWOL’ not a deserter. Awol doesnt only mean being absent for less than 30 days but it means “Absent without Leave”, and doesn’t result into a death penalty. I don’t remember seeing any ceremony where Kagame and his fellow RPF colleagues were formally discharged from the UPDF in 1994 before they attacked Kigali. So, my presumption is that they are still part of the UPDF unless someone else clarifies it. Desertion, on the other hand, can result in the death penalty according to the UPDF Act.

Among the famous journalists: Mr. Andrew M. Mwenda has maintained his slimness, and i don’t know what his secret is, yet he is in ‘ekiintu’. Mr. Opondo-Opondo P’odel is also still slim but he seems to be growing taller every time i see his photos in newspapers, not to mention the fact that he looks so smart in suits. My mate,Katerega Ahmed Musaazi seems to be at least 3 months ‘pregnant’ now, and I guess this has come with his celebration of his 48th birthday this month(Happy BD,by the way). Another mate of mine,Robert Atuhairwe Rwase, is another slim fellow, and i guess it’s do with his many vocabularies in English, that kills of the extra pounds.

OK, I’m not ‘promoting obesity’ here but we should recognize that some experiences are unique to the fat body. Most African men find the big hips and ‘shake it’ ladies cool, don’t we? Newer studies have also revealed that the negative health implications of carrying extra weight may have been ”overblown”. Did you know that Body Mass Index Scale(BMI) wasn’t originally intended for determining the health of individuals, and that it is inherently flawed as a measure of health? I guess what I’m trying to say here is that perfect health is just a myth!

A lot of epidemiological studies have listed obesity as a known health risk. However, the dangers of one’s health due to weight are arguably well beyond what BMI indicators imply,and it can be argued that the danger is still dependent on a number of other health factors beyond weight alone, such as lack of exercise, genes, and other lifestyle factors. There is also an argument that thinness may help some people to ruin their bodies unknowingly, such as faiure to exercise or eating a diet poor in nutrition.One study even found that being overweight but not obese (defined as having a BMI between 25 and 30) is associated with longer life expectancy than having a clinically normal weight (a BMI between 18.5 and 25). This serves as further proof that a “normal” BMI doesn’t necessarily imply better health.Look,a lot of studies now show that BMI is not a true indicator of body fat, for instance, older persons tend to have more body fat at the same BMI as younger adults.

To put it another way, being fat (as a health issue) is a guessing game, and that’s why its important to keep reading different studies around this area.

Abbey

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