13 ways sex can improve your health…

29 01 2013

It shouldn’t be so difficult following the rule — the more sex you have, the healthier you’ll be. Not only can it help your general mood (thereby reducing stress), but studies show there are tangible ways sex slows down the aging process, fights disease and even heals wounds. Here, a full breakdown of the ways getting it on can save you a trip to the ER.

1. Sex promotes heart health.
A recent study suggests that men who have sex twice a week have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) than men who have less frequent sex. And this was true even after researchers adjusted for erectile dysfunction. Analyzing the health records of 1,165 men who were monitored for 16 years as part of the Massachusetts Male Aging Study, epidemiologists at the New England Research Institutes found that men who had sexual activity once a month or less were at 50 percent greater risk of cardiovascular disease than the men who had sex more than once a week.

2. It helps to boost the immune system.
People who have sex once or twice weekly have stronger immune systems than people who have sex less than once a week, according to a study at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania by psychologists Carl J. Charnetski, PhD, and Francis X. Brennan Jr., PhD. Having sex once or twice a week increases levels of an antibody called immunoglobin A (that’s the stuff that fights off colds and other infections), which really keeps the doctor away!

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3. Sex helps burn calories.

Due to its brevity, having an orgasm fries only two or three calories. But the prelude can burn quite a bit more, depending on your weight and the length and vigor of the lovemaking session. For example, a raucous romp uses about 5 METs (metabolic equivalents), a system for gauging the intensity of physical activity. (Sitting quietly, for comparison, is equal to 1 MET.) So, a 190-pound man would burn 413 calories in an hour of vigorous sexual activity. But since the average lovemaking session is about 20 minutes, you’re talking about only around 150 calories. Still, that’s more than double the caloric expenditure of sitting alone on the couch. Read the rest of this entry »





A healthy skin to a healthier you…

29 01 2013

First impression does make a lot of impact and since your skin is the first thing people notice about you when they set eyes on you, It can speak tons of stories about your life. The need to keep it healthy and fully nourished can’t be simply over emphasized.

Before we can be do that effectively, we should be able to identify what skin type we have. Here is a simple test that helps determine your skin type.

  • Wash face with gentle cleanser and lukewarm water and pat dry. This helps to remove oils and refresh the skin.
  • Wait an hour. Your skin should return to its natural state. Remember to act normally and not touch your face.
  • Dab your face with a tissue while paying attention to the ‘T-zone’ area of your forehead and your nose
  • This should help reveal the kind of skin you have – Normal, Oily, Dry or Combination.

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Normal skin shows neither oil nor flaking. Oily skin is characterized by grease on tissue. Someone with oily skin has large pores and a shine. Dry skin may feel taut or show flakes of dead skin.It is associated with small pores. Combination skin is most common. It shows traits of all other three of the above skin types. The skin is oily in the T-zone and normal to dry elsewhere. Read the rest of this entry »





Fake Drugs : The Ugly Truth…

28 01 2013

If this were to be a speech, I will start by urging us to observe one minute silence for the souls of those who have left us as result of taking fake drugs…

In the early ’90’s, 196 children died in Ibadan, Jos, Onitsha and other parts of the country after ingesting fake paracetamol syrup. In 1995, fake meningitis vaccine sourced from Onitsha drug market killed thousands of children in northern Nigeria and Niger republic. In 1996, Vipharm(chinese company based in Lagos) dumped 200m worth of expired drugs in Idumota drug market for revalidation. In 1998, Lagos State Medicine Dealers Association donated N20m worth of fake drugs to the then Chairman of the Federal Task Force on fake drugs. These were batches of drugs seized from some of the dealers who traded in them.

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More recently in 2001, Lagos State Medicine Dealers Association donated another stock of N685m worth of fake drugs seized from its members to NAFDAC and in 2008, 84 children died after ingesting the notorious ‘my pikin’ teething formula.

Over the years, dealers of fake drugs or better put, merchants of death, due to their greed and callousness have continued to enrich themselves at the cost of innocent lives.But what really is a fake drug?

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Body Odour : Poor Hygiene or Medical Condition?

28 01 2013

It’s a fact that men sweat more than women. Thus it’s no news that we are the major offenders as regards body odour.  It’s also a fact that as strange as it may seem, many people with bad body odour are unaware that they smell…so you should start getting worried when you get perfumes as random gifts from different people.

Body odour, also known as bromhidrosis, is the unpleasant smell that can occur when you sweat. The sweat itself does not smell. The unpleasant odour is produced by bacteria on the skin that break down the sweat. Body odour is most likely to occur in our feet, groin, armpits, genitals, pubic hair and other hair, belly button, anus, behind the ears, and to some (lesser) extent on the rest of our skin.

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The causes of body odour ranges from excessive sweating and poor hygiene to medical conditions. Such medical conditions include thyroid disease, carcinoid syndrome, urinary tract infections e.t.c. Side effects of some medicines e.g antidepressants can also cause excessive sweating which might lead to body odour when bacteria break it down. Genetic predisposition is also a major factor. Thus, if your granddaddy had a body odour, chances are you will have too.

The best way to avoid getting body odour is to keep areas of your body prone to sweating clean and free of bacteria. The use of antiperspirants, deodorants or baby powder should be routine.

Take a warm bath or shower once a day paying particular attention to areas that sweat most, such as armpits, genital area and feet. If you sweat a lot or on hot days, you may need to bath twice a day. After your bath, add a tablespoon of honey to tepid water for the final rinse. This will help keep body odour in check. Read the rest of this entry »





MEDICAL TOURISM: Pros and Cons

26 01 2013

Medical tourism (MT) is the movement of patients (medical tourists) across international borders for medical care.

Patients world over, seek healthcare outside their countries for various reasons ranging from high costs of health care locally, long wait times for certain procedures, unavailability of particular specialist care, treatment options or lack of trust in local expertise.

The boom in medical tourism can be attributed to the ease and affordability of international travel, increase access to information, better standards of living, improvements in both technology and standards of care in many countries and the fact that increasing number of patients now desire healthier lives.

med tourismModern medical tourism is a global phenomenon and has been around for decades, with Americans seeking cheap, yet quality healthcare in Europe as far back as the 1980s. Cuba has also been a darling of medical tourists for decades due to their world acclaimed medical talents. Read the rest of this entry »





SMOKING : LIFE OR DEATH DECISION?

26 01 2013

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Yes! It is a life or death decision; I do not mean to scare anyone but only trying to help people choose life over death. The act of cigarette smoking is quite tempting; from the way the stick is held to the various skills and ‘swag’ displayed in puffing the smoke, one might need to be very health conscious not to yield to the temptation to try it.

Do you know that some people (mostly males) can be aroused by the sight of a smoker smoking (usually females). This is called the Smoking Fetish. Read the rest of this entry »





Why the hospital scare? ….A case for preventive medicine.

21 01 2013

 

Most serious illnesses often start with minor symptoms which are often ignored and left unattended to.

I generally like to be the bearer of good news, “You’ve got a clean bill of health” or “ You’re as fit as a fiddle”. So it’s disheartening to see people with severe complications of diseases they didn’t even know they had or thought weren’t serious. I often ask, “Why leave it till now?”.

Preventive medicine is gradually becoming the ‘in-thing’. Doctors are hardly magicians. When the chips are down and the severe complications have set in, there is a limit to what doctors can do. At times, this may just be palliative care to postpone the inevitable.

Preventive medicine

The real meaningful intervention and life saving act is when a disease is detected early even before symptoms appear. I love it when I tell a patient, “Thank God we caught it early. The prognosis is excellent”.

Most visits to a doctor won’t turn up a diagnosis and most tests actually come in normal. But the knowledge that you are healthy and fit is refreshing, invigorating, and makes you feel as though you have something worth living for. Read the rest of this entry »








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