Gallstones are one of the most prevalent diseases affecting the gastrointestinal tract. They were once associated with older people, but younger people today are developing gallstones due to poor dietary- and stressed life-styles.
Gallstones are crystal-like masses formed within the gall bladder by the accumulation of bile components. It ranges from a grain of sand to 3-4cm. The gall bladder is a small organ located on the right side of the liver, attached to the common bile duct. Its main function is to store bile (produced by the liver) and secrete it into the small intestine for the digestion of fat.
Gallstone is formed as a result of precipitation of cholesterol and bile salts from the bile.
The prevalence of gallstone is lower in Africans than the western world. This difference is attributed to differences in dietary cholesterol and or fibres in diet.
There are three types of gall stones: cholesterol stones (yellow-green and made primarily of hardened cholesterol); pigment stones (dark stones that develop in people with pre-existing conditions like sickle cell, cirrhosis, and biliary tract infection); and mixed stones — the most common type.
The medical understanding of how gallstones develop is increasing. It is believed that gallstones may be caused by a combination of factors, including heredity, obesity, and the inability of the bladder to contract.
Risk factors that may lead to the formation of gallstones include gender (women between 20-60 years of age are twice likely to develop stones than men); increasing age over 60 years; oestrogen (birth control pills, pregnancy, hormone replacement therapy); obesity, fasting (inhibits the gall bladder’s ability to contract, causing high concentration of cholesterol build-up in the bile;) adults who consume diet high in fat and sugar, along with inactive lifestyle.
Other factors include rapid weight loss or constipation. This is why any attempt to lose weight should be with proper medical supervision that ensures regular daily bowel movement.
Again, inadequate use of vitamin supplements such as folic acid, magnesium, calcium and vitamin C can cause gallstones; just as E.coli infection can also cause it. E.coli is a bacteria found within the colon and the digestive system. Research showed that many patients with pigment stone have large concentration of bacteria in their bile.
Another agent is roundworm infection, as over 70 per cent of patients with pigment gallstones have part of roundworm or its eggs within the stones. The use of medications to remove worms at least once or twice a year will guard against this.
Another cause of gallstones is liver cirrhosis (due to heavy alcohol consumption, infection, heavy metal deposits in the body and food toxins); and sickle cell anaemia. In fact, gallstones are common in sickle cell anaemia, according to National Digestive Diseases Information Clearing House. Sickle cell disease is a genetic disease that causes deformation of red blood cells. These deformed cells are broken down and release large amount of bilirubin, which accumulate in the gall bladder, forming pigment stones.
Gallstones may be asymptomatic for years. Called “silent stones,” they do not require treatment. Symptoms only begin to appear once the stone is greater than 8mm.
Symptoms of gallstones are similar to those of acute abdominal crisis in sickle cell anaemia, heart attack, appendicitis, ulcers, pancreatitis, and hepatitis. So, accurate diagnosis is important.
Symptoms occur as a result of a weak liver and congested gall bladder and may vary; it often follows a fatty meal and worse at night. These include abdominal bloating, recurring intolerance to fatty food, recurrent pain in the upper abdomen that increases rapidly and last from 30 minutes to several hours; pain in the back around the shoulder blade; pain under the right shoulder; nausea or vomiting; indigestion and belching; increase allergies; depressed immune system and increased desire for sugar.
Complications that can occur following biliary obstruction and inflammation of the gall bladder include cirrhosis of the liver, and scarring of the liver.
Before now, the treatment of symptomatic gallstones is surgery, but with the use of modern Mayr medicine at MART-Life Detox Clinic, success stories have been recorded. Recently, we treated a 34-year-old Sickler (TG) who has gallstones and had been scheduled for surgery, which he declined. He was rushed to our clinic early April in painful crisis. He could barely sit up without experiencing terrible pain, he was wasted, febrile, jaundiced and dehydrated, with abnormal vital signs.
Abdominal scan demonstrated a thickened wall with echogenic fluid and a thin calculus measuring about 4.2mm. Blood test showed abnormal liver function. He was admitted and further investigated with an Asyra test, which confirmed a weakened gall bladder. Food and environmental sensitivity test were also carried out and he was placed on a customised Mayr diet, orthomolecular supplement and Mayr detox therapies, which is the main focus of treatment at MART-Life Detox Clinic.
On the third day of therapy, the abdominal crises stopped, vital signs became stable, jaundice became clear at about the fifth day and he passed some darkish substances during his bowel movement on the sixth day, which we believe were the crushed gallstones. A repeat scan done on the seventh day showed a thickened bladder wall with no evidence of gallstones and he was discharged on the 10th day.
The Mayr therapy for gallstone removal indicates that most gallstones will be dissolved and passed out of the bowel within a 10-day therapy.
Exotic Resorts May Be the Best Bet for a Holiday
An exotic vacation usually means exploring a distant foreign country, whilst resorts are places
to go for rest, sport, or which offers a particular speciality, with many resorts being part of a
popular tourist destination or on or near a beach. If you are planning a vacation to an exotic
resort it can be a once-in-a-lifetime vacation to a far-flung destination or a luxurious place to
stay closer to home where you can enjoy some pampering.
Why stay at an exotic resort
Exotic resorts often offer all-inclusive vacation deals, along with other options that leave you
to plan your stay more precisely to your own wishes. These resorts offer excellent customer
service, superb accommodation and facilities and are usually to be found in beautiful settings.
Here are some of the best resorts from around the world for you to consider:
Four Seasons Resort, Seychelles
This famous resort has made many feel they have entered Paradise. The gentle ocean breeze
floats up the granite hillside and into your tree-house villa tucked away from the other guests
staying at the resort. This is perfect for encouraging you to relax, either by your private pool
or in the clear blue waters of Petite Anse Bay. Perfect for a romantic stay, there is a Spa for
pampering and the chance for a sunset meal on a deserted beach.
Some enjoy simply sitting on their balcony, gazing at the ocean between reading their book,
sketching or checking out international bookmakers and betting sites for the chance of a
flutter. If you want another type of adrenaline kick, check out the resorts excellent kayaking
and snorkelling facilities, which are recommended by nearly all who try it.
Anantara Resort, Hua Hin, Thailand
The ultimate tropical getaway, the Anantara Resort is an award-winning site modelled on a
traditional Thai village and is just three hours drive south of Bangkok. The location is where
Thai royalty and aristocrats have been holidaying for almost one-hundred years. Today, you
can visit historical attractions alongside theme parks and shops as well as vineyards and golf
The resort is set among 14 acres of lush tropical grounds with lotus-filled lagoons and
meandering pathways through exotic foliage, with many rooms overlooking the shoreline.
Each day, chefs prepare freshly caught local seafood alongside Thai specialities. The resort
also has an award-winning spa located within a lagoon-inspired oasis offering you the perfect
opportunity to relax.
Kurumba is a well-established resort that opened almost 50 years ago and continues to offer
superb hospitality and contemporary facilities. There are seven speciality restaurants offering
cuisine from Italy to the Middle East as well as Thila, a restaurant which extends out over the
water which offers gourmet breakfasts and seafood dinners.
You can go snorkelling over the nearby reef full of colourful marine life or sign up to a dive
package as part of your stay, or just enjoy a private pool when staying at one of the spacious
villages. There are also deluxe beachfront bungalows offering direct beach access and views
of the crystal-clear waters.
Healthcare Workers To Receive Coca-Cola-Funded PPEs From Nigerian Red Cross
Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus disease in Nigeria, our healthcare workers have continued to lead the charge against the disease. As the number of recorded COVID-19 cases in Nigeria began to increase, these healthcare workers rose to the challenge and fought tirelessly to protect the lives of Nigerians impacted by the disease.
Considering the risks these healthcare workers face, there is a crucial need for adequate protective equipment for these brave frontline workers.
Coca-Cola is excited that over 400,000 Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) procured to support the intervention efforts of the Nigerian Government and other key stakeholders to fight the COVID 19 pandemic have arrived. We do believe that this will to provide succor to our healthcare workers on the frontlines
These PPEs comprise N95 respirators, surgical masks, examination gloves, face shields, medical gowns, no-touch thermometers, disposable aprons, heavy-duty rubber gloves, rubber boots, basic masks, disposable gloves, and hand sanitizers.
Since the first confirmed case of the disease in Nigeria reported in February, over 800 healthcare workers have contracted the disease. While Nigerians are encouraged to stay home where possible and practice social distancing, these healthcare workers are needed across the country in the continued fight against the disease.
This donation forms part of The Coca-Cola Foundation’s COVID-19 relief interventions in Nigeria. The Coca-Cola Foundation has provided $2.5m in grant to IFRC who seeks to directly impact the lives of 1.4 million people in Nigeria and across other countries in West and Central Africa under this partnership.
Taking Care of Tomorrow’s Leaders Today – The itel, Lagos Food Bank Example
Waking up to a special meal or choice gift is the best feeling ever. Hundreds of children in Mushin, mainland Lagos, had a filling taste of this feeling for the October 1 st celebrations. It’s an experience they will remember for a long time.
Being one of the most responsible corporate citizens around, celebrating Independence Day was always going to be on the radar for itel Mobile. To make this possible and memorable, the brand got to work in earnest. The focus of the work was picking the best way to commemorate the 60th independence anniversary of the most populous black nation on earth.
The efforts soon paid off through an impact-driven partnership with the Lagos Food Bank Initiative. With the arrangement, both partners considered a couple of activities capable of affecting communities positively and bringing smiles to people’s faces in Lagos. At the end of the exercise, taking care of children, the leaders of tomorrow, in the commercial city secured the highest votes.
With the decision, itel Mobile set about making this happen. Not surprisingly, the decision was
influenced by giving children the means to excel and prepare them for leadership and nation-building, for them to enjoy better life. For the good of their immediate family, community and the Nigerian society.
Idiko, Mushin, a suburb of mainland Lagos, was chosen as the benefiting community. And the partners strategically reached out to the beneficiaries, children and families, with gifts of love, care, happiness and support made possible by the itel Love Always On CSR initiative.
Over 1,000 families benefited from the gesture as well as 600 children, and each one of them received food packages to celebrate Nigeria’s 60 th Independence Day commemoration.
Speaking on the event and itel’s Love Always On CSR Initiative, Oke Umurhohwo, itel’s Marketing Manager said, ‘We wanted to mark this year’s Independence Day celebrations differently, and that is why we did something so momentous for our children. Children are the backbone of any longstanding community, and as such, we are proud to be able to give back and support them on their journey as leaders of tomorrow and for a better life.’
To meet the demands of the memorable event, 30 volunteers joined the customer-centric brand and the Lagos-based NGO to share smiles, and to convey just how important it is to love and take care of today’s children who will ultimately become leaders of tomorrow.
With the thoughtful activity, there are insights for everyone, from the government to citizens, on partnerships that are capable of making life better for children. Indeed, itel Mobile and the Lagos Food Bank Initiative have offered a great template on bringing this to reality.
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