1. Tobacco can cause cancers of the lung, mouth and others
Cigarette, cigar and pipe smoking increase the risk of lung, laryngeal and mouth cancers. Seventy five (75) percent of lung and laryngeal cancers are due to tobacco while sixty six (66) percent are due to tobacco chewing.
Research claims active smokers have twenty (20) times more risk than non-smokers while passive smokers (those who do not smoke but breathe in the smoke) have about of two (2) times more risk than non-smokers.
The effect of smoking is related to duration of smoking, number of sticks a day and amount of smoke taken in.
2. Alcohol abuse can cause liver cirrhosis
Alcohol when consumed in large volume and for long damages the liver directly and indirectly by encouraging the release of certain chemical agents which cause damage to the liver. The Liver becomes chronically inflamed. Cirrhosis occurs after about ten years of heavy consumption of alcohol. It leads to cancer and liver failure.
3. Every child under five years should be taken to a hospital if sick.
Most infections of Polio in children pass on un-noticed. Occasionally, there may be slight fever, and a feeling of being unwell. Every child under five (5) years should be taken to a hospital to see a doctor if sick.
Simple operations or injection can trigger a paralysis if the child already has the infection. Do
not take the child to a chemist, or to an unqualified healthcare personnel, wrong treatment
could be tragic.
4. Bananas help to reduce Stress
People suffering from depression, feel much better after eating a banana. Bananas contain Tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin which helps the body to relax, improve mood and generally make happier. Studies show that bananas are also helpful in reducing stress levels.
and acts as a mild sedative. The only way the body gets its dose of tryptophan is through diet. It does not produce it.
5. Pregnancy can cause Heartburn
Some of the hormones associated with pregnancy relax the stomach and this makes the acid in the stomach to move upwards resulting in a peppery pain in the central lower part of the chest, this is common in pregnancy.
Women are advised when pregnant to avoid lying down after eating, to eat less of fatty food and also peppery foods. If situation persists, inform your doctor.
6. Water melon helps to reduce impotence.
Water melon contains certain substances called amino acids which are the actually the smallest forms of protein. Some of these amino acids are used by the body to produce arginine which is helpful in widening blood vessels in the body and therefore increases blood flow. Because of this, arginine helps to increase penile erection.
Water melon therefore helps to reduce impotence.
7. Vaccination can save your child from measles
You can help save your child from the infection by feeding him well, practicing personal hygiene and by vaccination.
Vaccination against measles is usually at 9 (nine) months of age. During epidemics, it could be given at 6 (six) months. This single injection gives life-long protection against measles to the child.