Anjlee Gadhvi’s cancer story gets her 5-Year-old daughter teary-eyed

Anjlee Gadhvi is one of the most popular Kenyan anchors. The woman has been battling cancer the past few years, something that she has been very open about.

The K24 news anchor recently released a video that clawed at the heartstrings as she tried to make her five-year-old daughter understand why she has to leave Kenya to go to India.

Anjlee with her daughter
Anjlee with her daughter in the past

Anjlee tries to make her daughter repeat why she has to go for treatment with her daughter tearfully saying, ‘Because you have to get in a machine that has to check if you’re alright or not. They embrace as Anjlee responds, ‘I’m going to miss you.’

But her daughter isn’t done yet. She advices her mother to seek treatment at the Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi, suggestions that Anjlee has to lovingly shut down, saying,

Aga Khan has those machines but my doctor is in India and he knows how to check my chest better, so far I’m doing better, I don’t need oxygen all the time, I don’t need to nebulize all the time. Aga Khan hospital does not have those machines that can treat your momma. The doctors in India know more about momma’s chest and they are going to help your momma be better and stronger.

Anjlee Gadhvi with her man
Anjlee Gadhvi with her man

Gadhvi was diagnosed with liver cancer in 2013, but went public about it in 2015, after funds raised by family and friends got drained. After she appealed for public help, Kenyans donated over Ksh6 million in hours. Various journalists took to their timelines commending Anjlee for her bold move, in the process sharing uplifting messages.

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Former BBC Africa Business Editor, Larry Madowo, applauded her action telling her, ‘You’re so brave for sharing this, and for having the courage to battle publicly. I know you’re incredibly strong and will beat cancer. All the best.’

Larry Madowo in New-York
Larry Madowo in New-York

This year alone the country has lost prominent leaders like Bob Collymore, Ken Okoth and Joyce Laboso to cancer, something that the government has ‘started’ taking more seriously.

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Tanasha Donna admits she’s stressed planning baby shower

 

Diamond Platnumz is away while his third baby mama Tanasha plans for the arrival of her baby.

Tanasha is eight months pregnant and did a photoshoot over the weekend.

She shared pictures and missing was Diamond, who is away on tour.

And as the popular couple await their bundle of joy, Tanasha is freaking out about planning a baby shower.

The baby shower will certainly outdo the baby reveal ceremony she held during her birthday.

She admitted her stress in a note on Instagram

Mind is preoccupied & planning a baby shower ain’t as easy as I thought it would be 

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Question is, does she not have any help planning the big day? Pregnancy is a very stressful time in any womans life.

Another pregnant celebrity who held her baby reveal ceremony this past weekend was Milly Wa Jesus, who announced she is expecting a baby boy.

Diana Marua has also had a baby reveal ceremony not too long ago, and also announced she is having a baby boy.

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Ugali: KOT react to report linking maize to cancer cases

 

The relationship between maize consumption and the risk of cancer is causing alarm and rightfully so.

Ugali is a staple food loved by all Kenyans and the report conducted on women at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) in Eldoret suggests consumption of aflatoxin in food increases the risk of cervical cancer.

The new study published last Thursday in the journal Open Forum Infectious Diseases, found women with high aflatoxin concentrations in their blood were also likely to have cancer causing HPV strains.

Numerous reports have linked aflotoxin to our favorite meal, and KOT are up in arms about it. Back in 2012, a similar report linked GMO maize strain to cancer with scientists urging authorities to be serious.

KOT are now questioning what they should or shouldn’t eat. Read some comments from Twitter.

 

 

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Here are six things that attract women to a man

Different women have different tastes when it comes to men, while some sleep with a man for his money others are attracted by something else.

Here are things that attract a woman to a man

1.Confidence

There is nothing as sexy as a man who is oozing confidence, a man who knows what they he is capable of and is not scared to go for it.

2. Stamina

Yes you read that right, who would want to go out with a man who cannot keep his erection for more than a minute? So stamina is a plus.

If you have no stamina as a man, kula mrenda, chapa tizi and lets meet behind the tent.

3.Experience

Experience is important maybe it be while looking for a job or not it is paramount. For most women a man who know where to touch and when is a complete turn on.

It would be really uncomfortable and tiring for a woman to keep pointing where her G spot is to a 30 something year old.

As a man just do your homework and then come implement it .

Dressing like a fire fighter to bed kills the mood – shouts Captain Kale

4. Explore

Milan Kundera once said that

“Making love with a woman and sleeping with her are two separate passions not merely different but opposite.”

Every woman loves a man who loves to explore, a man who is ready to find out what parts of my body will make her orgasm.

It would be really annoying for a woman to start counting all the weekends on a calendar just because she is having boring [email protected]

5.Financial stability

Truth be told, no woman wants a broke man for a husband/wife. We all know pesa hutafutwa but how about you make some mullah and then look for a wife.

[email protected] alone is not enough to sustain a relationship, as most women would say

‘Heri nilie kwenye range Rover kuliko ncheke kwenye boda boda’

6. A clean man

People say mwanaume ni jasho but as a lady I will tell you thats a lie.

Women love a man who has his business together, a good cologne, well fitting clothes, shaven beard and well maintained nails.

We wouldn’t want to lose our precious honey pots to filthy nails, eew.

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Dressing like a fire fighter to bed kills the mood – shouts Captain Kale

The weekend is here with us and most Kenyans are looking forward to showcasing their bedminton skills. Captain Kale has some tips for you.

In an exclusive interview with Classic 105 he has revealed the five things that turn off a man in bed, so ladies chukueni notes.

 1- Keep proper hygiene

A dirty woman is a turn off in bed completely.

Someone comes to bed yet they have not showered, someone was just cutting onions and when she opens up the server onions pop out, eeew.

2- Don’t come dressed in bed

Give us access to the servers, if you are feeling cold I will handle that plus you can also bring warmth to me.

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3. Initiate [email protected]

Initiate once in a while, get on top and ride me, let it not be that I am always the one initiating.

Some women will never initiate anything wanataka you do all the dirty work.

4. Dress well

Someone has dressed as a firefighter by the time she is getting undressed the engine has already slept.

Who even comes to bed dressed in socks? Hizo tabia tuache please.

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Anne Kansiime shockingly reveals that she helped pay her own dowry

Anne Kansiime is probably the most dynamic female comedian in Kenya. How dare I say that? Let us be honest, even if she is a Ugandan, her talent transcends the borders of the land of matoke. Who doesn’t remember her great show, ‘Don’t Mess With Kansiime’? Enough said.

Kansiime with Maina and Chipukeezy
Kansiime with Maina and Chipukeezy

One thing that many people are fascinated about when it comes to this giantess of a woman, is her relationships. She recently spoke to Nana Gaga and revealed some interesting facet about her first marriage.

Anne Kansiime
Anne Kansiime with her ex

In her latest reveal, Kansiime told an embarrassing tale of her broken relationship, that she was the one who partly paid her own dowry.

Kansiime who had been married to Gerard Ojok inadvertently said that she naively helped to pay part of her own dowry. She told Nana;

I accused someone of marrying me long enough for the whole world to believe it and him to believe it and I also believed it. Later when I realised that when you are married, it is when a man wakes up on his two feet, pays your bride price, takes you to church and then marries you; none of that had happened.

Anne Kansiime
Anne Kansiime posing

She said that her action was because she loved Gerald. Her 5-year marriage to Gerald ended in 2017 with initial and unconfirmed reports suggested that the 33-year-old Kansiime’s alleged failure to bear children caused friction between the couple.

Anne Kansiime
Anne Kansiime

In doing research for this article I realised that there is a distinction between dowry and bride price; something that most Kenyans don’t know. To wit;

A dowry is a transfer of parental property, gifts, or money at the marriage of a daughter.  Dowry contrasts with the related concepts of bride price and dower. While bride price or bride service is a payment by the groom or his family to the bride’s parents, dowry is the wealth transferred from the bride’s family to the groom or his family, ostensibly for the bride.

We learnt something today. Ama?

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‘Ndukulu’ and other Sheng words for marijuana parents should know

 

As a parent, are you happy to have your kid home, or are you worried because they will be under your care?

Well, while most parents are going to be busy at work, their children will be in the estates, engaging with their peers, who are also on holiday, which is a good thing.

 

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I spoke to one parent who said although they are happy to have the children back home, these are the most dangerous seasons, as most children are now free and could meet bad people who introduce them to drugs.

 “The boyz and yengz in our estate are not all good?” I said, and the parent asked what I meant.
 As most parents concentrate on speaking English and Kiswahili at home, their children are out there, learning how to abuse drugs. What’s more, they could talk about them and even order them next to you, and you don’t understand what they are saying.
 Take, for example, this phone conversation between your son and maybe his friend. “Bruh! Jana nilikua maji singekam.” Kukua maji sounds simple to understand, but some parents will be baffled.

Parents, here are some Sheng words to pay keen attention to when your children are on holiday.

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Alcohol in sheng’ has several names, including tei, ndogogio and gauge. Tobacco is referred to as kuber, while bhang’ has the most synonyms such as,weed, ndom, ndukulu, tiree, vela, kush, mbichwa, ombidho, shash, shtundu, blunt, Mary J and ngwai.

Bhang can be in the form of edibles like cookies, chocolates, muffins, gummy bears, mabuyu and even in cakes. Cigarettes are also referred to as fuaka. Kama kawaida, parents kaeni rada, meaning be on the lookout!

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Biologist reveals the 11 natural nutrients for perfect skin

Many of us will not think twice about splashing out on expensive products to beat blemishes and aging and make skin glow.

But according to Mandi Nyambi, a US beauty expert, with a background in stem cell biology and nutrition, knowing what you eat and its effects on your skin can save you incalculable worry and money.

In her new book, Fresh Face, released today Mandi gives an extensive account of what to eat and what not to eat depending on your skin type.

On top of avoiding sugar drinking plenty of water and focus on eating the right kind of fats, she’s revealed the 11 essential nutrients that could save you a fortune on expensive products and treatments.
VITAMIN A

What it does: Eating food that are rich in vitamin A is great to protect the longevity of your skin, as well as to quicken your skin’s ability to repair itself. On top of its beneficial effects on the skin, its consumption is also important for vision, the immune system and reproduction.

Where to find it: Fish, eggs, beef and dairy are all filled with it, as well as spinach, carrots and sweet potato. VITAMIN B12

What it does: Also known as cobalamin, Vitamin B12 is present in the metabolism of every cell of our body, and plays a role in how we absorb protein. It’s important for our nervous system and the production of red cells in bone marrow.

When it comes to the skin, B12 helps preserve its elasticity.

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Where to find it: Meats, poultry, eggs, shellfish and dairy all contain Vitamin B12.
VITAMIN C

What it does: Being one of the most famous vitamin there is, vitamin C needs no introduction. A very well-known antioxidant, it is also plays an important role in the production of collagen.

Collagen is a major component of our skin, but over time, its production decreases, which causes wrinkles to appear. Taking collagen supplements or eating foods that are rich in Vitamin C can help prevent the appearance of crows feet.

Where to find it: Fruits, especially oranges, strawberries and blueberries are rich in Vitamin C, as well as vegetables lie spinach, bell peppers, tomatoes and Brussels sprouts.

VITAMIN D

What it does: Also well-known, Vitamin D helps regulate the amount of calcium and phosphate present in the body.

The vitamin can also help fight infections.

Lack of Vitamin D can result in muscle and bone pain, as well as acne. Eating foods rich in this particular vitamin will keep pimples and blackheads at bay.

Where to find it: Fortified foods, such as milk, cereals and orange juice can help avoid vitamin D deficiency. And a bowl of sunshine will do the trick too.
VITAMIN E

What it does: Try to see Vitamin E as your skin’s personal knight in shining armour. Its role is literally to keep your eyes and skin healthy.

This nutrient offers a number of skin care benefits. Not only does it help preserve your skin’s longevity, it’s also full of antioxidants and helps prevent the formation of scars.

Where to find it: Almond, sunflower seeds and vegetale oils contain vitamin E, as well as salmon, avocado and trout.

VITAMIN K

What it does: Perhaps a less appreciated vitamin than C or D, vitamin K present a lot of benefits when it comes to preserving your skin.

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K helps with blood clotting, which means it plays an important role in how our wounds heals. Therefore it helps to reduce scarring, dark circles and spider veins.
Dark circles are caused by sleep deprivation. The skin becomes paler, and the patches of dark skin and blood vessels underneath start to show.

Just like it treats bruises, vitamin K is proven to help dark circle become less apparent. For that reason, it should be your new best friend after a short night.

It can also help with spider veins.

Where to find it: Thankfully, a varied range of foods contain this little helper: kale, for instance, is rich in Vitamin K, as well as dairy products and fruits like blueberries. It’s also contained in liver, although it might not be everybody’s cup of tea.

ZINC

What it does: Studies have found that zinc deficiency could lead to acne, so you might want to make that this nutrient makes an appearance in your diet.

Where to find it: Turn to meat, shellfish, dairy and wheat germ to get your zinc intake. If you have a vegan diet, you can also take zinc supplements.

OMEGA 3, 6, 9

Omega 3, 6 and 9 are three types of fatty acid that play a crucial role in the well-being of our cells. Each type of Omega has different health benefits. Mandi states they help with skin elasticity, skin barrier repair and with the retention of moisture.

The body cannot produce Omega 3 acids itself, which means they have to be ingested by humans. They’re considered ‘essential fats’ and the World Heath organization recommends that we eat two portions of fatty fish per week in order to get a balance Omega 3 intake.

Omega 3 can help with a number of things, but as far as the skin is concerned, it is particularly good for inflammation.

The body doesn’t produce Omega 6 either, and they also are considered essential fats that need to be part of our diet.

The body produce Omega 9, which means it’s not necessary to have some in our diet. Where to find it: Various types of seeds, such as flax seeds, pumpkin seeds and chia seeds contains omega 3, 6 and 9, as well as vegetable oils, pistachios and walnuts.

You can also find some in fatty fish such as salmon and avocado.

LACTOBACILLUS

What it does: Lactobacillus is a type of bacteria, but the good kind. According to Mandi it helps with repairing the skin barrier and fight inflammation all over the body.

Where to find it: Fermented food such as yogurts and kimchi contain all the lactobacillus you need.

TURMERIC

What it does: Turmeric is a plant of the ginger family helps balance body energy and boost the immune system.

It is not a nutrient itself, but packs vitamin C, calcium, fiber, iron, niacin, potassium, zinc and others.

Where to find it: Unlike the other items on that list, Turmeric is not contained in food, as it is a plant. You can buy turmeric in almost every supermarket.

ASHWAGANDHA

This mouthful is a medicinal plant and is classified as an ‘adaptogen,’ meaning it can help with stress.

It therefore reduces the production of cortisol and its effects on the skin.

Cortisol, which is commonly known as the stress hormone, is produced naturally by our body, especially when we wake up in the morning. When we are stressed, we produce extra amounts of cortisol.

This extra cortisol makes our skin prone to acne and wrinkle, which is why plants like Ashwagandha can be a good ally.

Where to find it: You won’t find the plant in your everyday supermarket, however, a quick look online will get you what you need.

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How to check your NHIF account status and pay contributions

NHIF scheme has been a life saver to countless Kenyans.

According to an opinion piece published in the Star by Siddharth Chatterjee the UN Resident Coordinator to Kenya, says among the poorest in Kenya, only 3% have health insurance, which is provided by the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF).

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Among the wealthiest, many who also have private cover, this rises to 42%, indicating again that the poorest are at risk of being left behind even further, and do not have an appropriate safety-net to fall back on

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Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki recently unveiled a team of experts to spearhead radical reforms at the NHIF. This new initiative will build on past efforts at reforming NHIF, which were only partially implemented. The team will analyse the financial sustainability of NHIF, oversee legal and regulatory reforms among other propose organisational reforms to reposition NHIF as a national social health insurance provider and ensure its accountability and transparency.

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How NHIF works:

There are certain operative measures put in place to ensure the fund benefits all without misuse. For instance the fund limits the number of hospital visits one can make in a year and still have their bill covered. Other than these the state parastatals check eligibility of cover; not all members can be covered by the scheme.

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How to check NHIF Account status online

Here is the step by step analysis of how to check NHIF account status online:

With your internet enabled device, get to the NHIF official website: www.nhif.or.ke

If you are visiting the site for the very first time, you need to first register in order to receive the services. You need NHIF card numbers, a valid email address and a day working phone number in case they would like to reach up to you for enquiries or other reasons.

This follows several prompts to fill up other personal details which should be dully filled before saving or submitting.

Develop a password that you will use every time you log onto the portal, this should be easy to remember yet not so obvious.

However, it can be reset in case you have completely forgotten your password for the NHIF account status online enquiry. Technically, this is how to create an NHIF self service individual account. Now, log onto the NHIF self service portal and proceed on to get your NHIF account status online. Information about how you make the monthly NHIF payment, balance, anytime one has defaulted, activation period among other details. For security of your bio, log out from the device after you are done checking the NHIF account status online Kenya.

By use of phone

Go to the main menu on your mobile phone and select the message icon by touching if using an android phone or just click on the icon for QWERTY phones. This opens the message thread for inbox, at the top there is a compose prompt, click on it. At the message space, type ID, a space followed by the ID number or the Passport number if applicable. For example, ID 123456 sent to the NHIF number which receives and processed details for you. This message should be sent to 21101 which is NHIF recipient. Information regarding your NHIF account status will be processed and send back to you in a text message. Note a service charge of ksh. 10 applies.

Penalties

The NHIF penalties for late payment Kenya apply in two varied ways; for those in the formal and informal sectors, treatment is done separately. If you are in the formal employment, and fail to pay timely, then the penalty you attract equals the amount you are supposed to contribute. This implies you will pay double the amount. If in informal employment, a 50% charge will have been attracted following late payment. If you contribute ksh. 500 monthly to the NHIF, the late payment means you will pay kshs. 750. All monthly contributions should be made on or before the 9th of every month. NHIF payment made after this date is considered late payment and attracts penalties. So how does one make their monthly NHIF contribution?

Finally, NHIF payment can be made through the use of mobile money transfer service; M-Pesa. Money is loaded to the individual Safaricom mobile phone number, money is then transferred to the National Hospital Insurance Fund through the NHIF M-Pesa pay bill number 200222.

Here is the procedure:

  • Go to M-Pesa menu and select the pay bill option Enter the NHIF M-pesa pay bill number, 200222
  • Enter you ID Card number in the subsequent lead
  • Key in the amount – NHIF payment monthly contribution
  • Enter the M-pesa pin and  a confirmation message is then sent  acknowledging that the money is received.

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Former President Robert Mugabe in hospital in Singapore since April

Former Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe remains hospitalized in Singapore where he has been receiving medical care for four months, his successor President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on Monday.

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Mnangagwa said in a statement that the 95-year-old Mugabe has been receiving medical care for an undisclosed condition, and is responding well to treatment.

“Mugabe remains detained at a hospital in Singapore where he is receiving medical attention. Unlike in the past when the former president would require just about a month for this, his physicians this time around determined that he be kept for much longer, from early April this year when he left for his routine check-up,” a statement from Mnangagwa said.

Mnangagwa, announced in November last year that Mugabe was  unable to walk because of ill-health and old age, claimed he had sent a team, including chief secretary to cabinet Misheck Sibanda, to Singapore last week to check on the former ruler.

“I am greatly pleased to inform the nation that the former president continues to make steady progress towards eventual recovery and that his condition is remarkably stable for his age,” Mnangagwa said.

The team that visited Mugabe reported that he was “responding well to treatment” and that “because of the good progress he is making (comrade) Mugabe could be released fairly soon.”

Zimbabwe’s public health services have practically collapsed and those who can afford, seek treatment in South Africa or further abroad.

Mugabe, during his time in power, sought almost all his medical care in Singapore.

Mnangagwa took over in November 2017 with the backing of the military, ending Mugabe’s 37-year rule. He went on to be elected in disputed elections in July last year.

He has vowed to revive Zimbabwe’s ailing economy by attracting much needed foreign direct investment but months after his election, the ghost of the country’s past economic woes have returned to haunt it, including shortages of bread and fuel and power cuts lasting up to 18 hours.

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Fitbit-like gadgets struggle to accurately track the heart rate of dark skin people

 

Fitbits and other fitness trackers may not be giving accurate heart rate readings to people of colour because the technology used struggles to work with dark skin.

These wearables release light into the skin and monitor how much is reflected back, in a technique known as photoplethysmography (PPG).

As you exercise, your arteries swell in response to increased blood flow, and more light is absorbed.

Fitness trackers adjust your heart rate based on the light reflection, with some wearables using other technology as well.

However, as Manchester Metropolitan University’s Tim Collins and Keele University’s Sandra Woolley explain for The Conversation, PPG gives less reliable readings for those with darker skin.

The light beams used are green, which can penetrate the skin to reach the arteries, but cannot reach down and be absorbed by deeper tissues.

But this green light struggles to pass through the melanin in people of colour’s skin.

One study, published in The American Society of Photobiology, found that less than half of the light emitted passed through darker skin versus lighter skin.

Because of this, many people of colour have noted that the heart rate appears higher than it should do. People with tattoos have also noted issues.

Fitbit has been contacted for comment.

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Her last straw was at KNH: Woman commits suicide over cancer

Residents of Kasarani estate in Naivasha woke up to a rude shock after a middle aged woman who was recently diagnosed with cancer committed suicide.

The 38-year old woman took her life using a rope in her sister’s house so as to avoid the suffering and pain cancer victims and their families undergo.

Emotions ran high as her kin and friends tried to come to terms with the incident which came a couple of days after the woman was told she was suffering from Cancer.

The mother of two had been undergoing treatment in different hospitals before she was diagnosed with the disease that has killed hundreds of Kenyans.

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A neighbor Ann Nyambura said that the woman identified Purity Muthoni had been living in Olkalau, where she developed growth in one of her breasts.

“She started undergoing treatment in various hospitals and was misdiagnosed with other ailments until the final blow was delivered at her at KNH,” she said.

She said that the victim had been living with her sister who worked in one of the flower farms before deciding to take her life.

“She waited until the sister had gone to work before using a rope to commit suicide after telling her friends that she did not want to undergo the pain other cancer victims had gone,” she said.

Naivasha OCPD Samuel Waweru confirmed the incident adding that the body had been collected and taken to Naivasha mortuary.

“According to the sister, the deceased received results that she was suffering from breast cancer and she went into depression before committing suicide,” he said.

Over the weekend, the country buried Bomet Governor Joyce Laboso and Kibra Mp Ken Okoth who both succumbed to cancer.

Earlier, former chairman of the agriculture committee in parliament John Mututho attributed the increase in cases of cancer to eating of non-biodegradable components in the food.

Mututho warned that the lives of millions of Kenyans mainly those living in urban centers were in great danger due to dairy products that had high levels of chemical residue.

He questioned the origin of the ever green vegetables being sold in the streets noting that majority of them had been grown using sewer.

Mututho noted that food imports mainly from the Far East should be scrutinized keenly as they were a source of heavy metals that had adverse effects on health.

“The regulatory bodies mainly from the ministries of Health and Agriculture should wake up from their slumber and stop the importation and sale of these products,” he said.

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Has she worn pampers!? Anerlisa shamed for ‘weight’ gain

Anerlisa Muigai has been a crusader for healthier and cleaner living over the years.

The socialite, who we recently found out earns the most amount of money on Instagram per post as a Kenyan (Whew! that was a long line!), has struggled with her weight.

Anerlisa before and after
Anerlisa before and after

She has been positively helping young girls and ladies who want to deal with their weight the last couple of years and has been a staunch supporter of eating right, even as she runs her water company.

‘I do not appreciate people calling me fat ‘ Anerlisa to her trolls

This year, the Keroche heiress got engaged to her Tanzanian sweetheart Ben-Pol. The two have been over the moon with their love spilling over on their social media pages.

Ben Pol proposing to Anerlisa
Ben Pol proposing to Anerlisa

Recently, Anerlisa posted a video on her Instagram page of herself dancing with her man Ben to one of his songs. What should have been a wonderful and joyous expression of their love turned sombre after some fans sardonically pointed out that Anerlisa might have gained some weight.

The video is below;

Some of the divicise comments are below;

Nelly Wanjiru Muiruri How do you convince people that your app can help people lose weight when you ain’t a living proof 😂😂😂😂
Esther Kamau Lazima aweke black n white stretchmarks nazo
Krystine Sharon Wacha aendelee kunyanduliwa hajue sperms hunonesha, ,
Ann Jumbe Huyu hamkusema alikonda 🤔
Sharon Otieno Na imagine uyo dame akiwa ndethe ama ninguo inamtoa ivo
Lu’c Taku Kwani amevaa pampers?
Truphena Achando Ameamua kukua manono tena
Mwas D Jenny 😂😂 She gat no moves 🙄 alafu the weight is coming backNimmoh Wairimu Hakuna moves hapa nikuzungusha tu gorofa😂😂
Anyango Omondi Kameanza kunona tena ama ni nguo??kai

Shaming, especially body shaming has become more and more prevalent in this day and age. Why? The proliferation of social media and people exposing their lives for the whole world to see.

Ben Pol smiling with Anerlisa
Ben Pol smiling with Anerlisa

What many don’t realise is that shaming might have the opposite effect on the target. Studies have shown that people who are shamed for being overweight instead tend to eat more after they are shamed.

I have a question though; What is the difference between shaming and genuine criticism? Can we even tell anymore?

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Heavy periods? An undiagnosed disorder may be to blame

Looking back, all the warning signs were there for Ann-Marie Roy: decades of heavy periods and significant bleeding after giving birth, even though she’d had a Caesarean section.

Yet it was only when her elderly father was diagnosed with a bleeding disorder last year that Ann-Marie, 54, a college lecturer from Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, discovered she, too, had Von Willebrand disease — an incurable, genetic disorder that prevents the blood clotting properly, and can cause heavy periods.

‘Suddenly, the past 40 years of my life made sense,’ says Ann-Marie, who is married to Stuart, a labourer, and has two children, Kayla, 19, and Dean, 17.‘As soon as I started my periods at the age of 13, they were heavy, but I always felt I was being a prima donna for complaining about them.

‘I went on the Pill at the age of 16, and the problems largely went away until I came off it aged 34 to have my children.’ The Pill contains the hormone progesterone, which inhibits the growth of the lining of the womb, reducing bleeding during menstruation.

‘However, after I had Kayla by Caesarean, I bled heavily which was very scary.

‘I didn’t go back on the Pill after having the children, as I was told by my GP I was too old to take it, and that’s when my periods became really heavy, and steadily got worse.

‘I was bleeding for three out of four weeks a month, wearing the heaviest flow tampon and pad which I would soak through after 45 minutes and it was extremely painful.

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‘It dominated my life and I always had to make sure there was a loo nearby before I would agree to go anywhere.’
Over the next ten years, Ann-Marie went to her GP regularly and was put on ibuprofen for the pain and tranexamic acid (which helps reduce bleeding by slowing the breakdown of clots), although they didn’t make a huge difference and caused horrible gastric side-effects.

‘A bleeding disorder was never mentioned,’ she says. ‘By then I was in my 40s, and so it was put down to hormone changes and the menopause.’Almost 32,000 people in the UK have a diagnosed bleeding disorder, and just over half are women. Yet hundreds of thousands more women have undiagnosed bleeding disorders because both patients and doctors are not aware of the symptom, says the charity The Haemophilia Society.

The disorders are caused by a defect in one of the body’s 13 clotting factors — proteins in the blood that control bleeding.

While life-threatening bleeding disorders such as severe haemophilia, which mainly affects men, are generally diagnosed at birth, mild Von Willebrand disease and haemophilia can go undetected for years as they typically cause few day- to-day symptoms. In mild cases, bleeding eventually stops as patients still have low levels of clotting factor.Yet they can increase the risk of excessive bleeding during surgery, dental extraction, injury and childbirth, and cause tiredness and anaemia (a lack of iron in the blood) — and heavy periods. These affect 880,000 women in England and can be a sign of a bleeding disorder. Others include easy bruising, bleeding that lasts longer than expected after cuts, frequent nose bleeds and fatigue.

While the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) describes heavy periods as bleeding that interferes with a patient’s quality of life, the NHS defines it as losing 80ml of blood or more in a period — equivalent to five or six tablespoons — and/or periods that last longer than seven days.

It might mean women have to change their sanitary products every hour or two, pass blood clots larger than a 10p coin, bleed through clothing or bedding or need to use two types of sanitary product at the same time, for example tampons with pads.

‘We know that 10 per cent of women will go to their GP about heavy periods, and almost a third of them will have some kind of bleeding disorder,’ says Liz Carroll, chief executive of The Haemophilia Society.

‘Yet only 2 per cent of these women will ever get tested and many take years to be diagnosed, leaving thousands to suffer the knock-on implications in silence.
‘Many women just put up with heavy periods and only realise they have a bleeding disorder when they have a baby, surgery or experience some kind of trauma and have an unexpected bleed that is difficult to control.

‘We need to get women talking about this issue so that more are in a position to benefit from effective treatments.’

However, many women with heavy periods don’t realise there’s actually a problem, says Professor Rezan Abdul-Kadir, a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at the Royal Free Hospital, London, who has a special interest in bleeding disorders.

‘Heavy periods are all they have ever known and may be normal in their family, so they don’t think there’s anything wrong,’ she says.

‘Many are embarrassed to go to their doctor and even if they do, few GPs refer them for tests to see if they have a bleeding disorder.’

Of course, not everyone with heavy periods has a clotting disorder — other causes include fibroids (non-cancerous growths in or around the womb), endometriosis (where tissue that lines the womb is found outside it) or pelvic inflammatory disease, an infection of the reproductive organs.

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Mild or moderate bleeding disorders are often treated with a combination of drugs typically used for heavy periods, for example, the Pill together with haemostatic drugs (which help stop bleeding), says Professor Abdul-Kadir.Being aware you have even a mild bleeding disorder is vital when having surgery. Patients can take medication such as desmopressin before the operation to help their blood clot and prevent excessive bleeding, which would otherwise hinder wound healing.

To help patients and GPs identify the signs of a bleeding disorder, The Haemophilia Society has come up with a nine-point check list of common symptoms (see box) as part of its Talking Red awareness campaign.

Ann-Marie believes she could have been diagnosed earlier as she had more than two symptoms.

‘All the evidence was there but bleeding disorders were just not on the radar,’ she says.

‘If I’d had a Von Willebrand diagnosis earlier, the births of my two children would have been managed better and would have been safer, and I wouldn’t have had the ordeal and misery of very heavy periods for the past 15 years.

‘Ironically, by the time I was diagnosed, I had gone through the menopause and my periods had stopped, which was a huge relief, so I am not actually taking any medication.

‘I bruise quite easily, but I don’t get nosebleeds, and I wear a bracelet which says I have Von Willebrand just in case of an emergency.’

Ann-Marie is calling for greater awareness of bleeding disorders, to prevent other women from going through the same ordeal.

‘If a woman is coming back time and time again with the same symptoms, and it is affecting her quality of life, GPs should test them for a bleeding disorder and women should ask for the test,’ she says.

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These 5 methods Increase your chances of conceiving a boy

Are you wondering how to conceive a boy?

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If so, you might be interested in finding out the various methods said to struck the odds in your favour, when it comes to conceiving a baby boy. Trying to conceive comes with its fair share of challenges.

That being said, if you are hoping for a boy, there are some ways to improve your odds. Here are five ways to improve your chances of having a boy:

  • The Billings method
  • A diet to help you conceive a boy
  • The Shettles method
  • Avoiding intercourse before ovulation
  • Sperm spinning and genetic testing

1. Conceiving a Boy Using the Billings Method

This method involves becoming very familiar with the way your cervical mucus feels in the days leading up to ovulation and then after ovulation. While the mucus is generally dry and sticky during most of a woman’s menstrual cycle, it gradually changes as ovulation nears.

The method was shown in a study to help couples pre-select the gender of their baby when they timed intercourse based on mucus texture.

To use the Billings method to conceive a boy, follow these steps:

  1. Check your mucus. Take notice of how your va**nal area feels throughout a menstrual cycle. When do you feel wetter, with more watery mucus? When your vagina feels wetter and the mucus has the texture of egg whites, ovulation is about to happen.
  2. Find your peak day. Your most fertile day is your “peak” day. This is the last day that you will have fertile (i.e., egg white or watery) cervical fluid or a wet or slippery vaj. Identify this day in your cycle.
  3. Have bedminton on or after your peak day. Avoid having intercourse before your peak day. Have intercourse on or after your peak day.

2. A Diet to Help You Conceive a Boy

Since male sperm prefer a more alkaline environment, it’s important to make sure you get plenty of the right foods in your diet when trying to conceive. Here are some suggested foods and other ideas.

  1. Eat alkaline foods-Some great ones are apricots, figs, cantaloupe, cherries, fresh lemons,hulled wheat bread, lentils, avocado, royal jelly, pine nuts, almonds, carrots, orange juice, red radish, fresh red beets, alfalfa grass, barley grass, sprouted seeds, and tomato sauce, wheat grass.
  2. Eat a good breakfast-Higher calorie diets that provide more energy have been shown to increase the odds of conceiving a boy. Specifically, eating breakfast cereal appears to boost energy and boost the chances of having a boy.
  3. Eat more sodium and potassium-When used in combination with timing intercourse after ovulation, eating saltier and potassium-rich foods, but less calcium and magnesium may help with the chances of conceiving a boy.
  4. Increase potassium-rich foods-The best one is bananas! Be careful though, bananas are one of the worst fruits for carbohydrate content (meaning it will spike blood sugar levels). If you have diabetes, or want to avoid gestational diabetes, go easy on the fruit. Stick to berries instead.
  5. Reduce foods that are high in calcium-This includes dairy products and supplements.

3. The Shettles Method

This method was developed by Dr. Landrum Shettles and is based on the notion that male sperm are smaller, lighter, and quicker than their female counterparts. If it were true, this would mean that male sperm can reach the egg more quickly than female sperm. Female sperm, the theory also holds, are bigger and stronger, so they can survive for longer periods of time but they are also significantly slower.

How to have a boy using the Shettles method:

  1. Try to have bedminton close to the time of ovulation. The window for conceiving a boy is from about 24 hours prior to ovulation to no more than 12 hours past ovulation. You should closely monitor your cycle using one or more methods of ovulation prediction. These methods are charting cervical mucus, charting basal body temperature (BBT), and/or using ovulation predictor kits (OPK).
  2. Use an ovulation predictor kit. If you have not been charting your cervical mucus or basal body temperature, then using an OPK may be easiest for you. Ovulation kits work by detecting when your luteinizing hormone (LH) levels increase. The LH levels surge about 12-48 hours prior to ovulation, so the optimal time to have intercourse would be about 12 hours after the LH surge. As you get close to ovulation, do the OPK test two times a day to catch the surge as soon as it happens.
  3. Go deep. You should try to have it in positions that allow for maximum penetration. Some of the positions are; doggy style, standing up and straddling. This will increase the chances of survival for male sperm on the way through the vaj opening, where the environment is more acidic and less friendly to the male sperm.
  4. Get off! Another factor is a woman’s orgasm, which can affect the vaj PH. If the woman has an orgasm, it creates an alkaline environment in the vaj that is more favorable to boys.

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4. Avoid Intercourse Before Ovulation

If you really want a boy, minimize your chances of conceiving a girl by avoiding bedminton in the few days just prior to ovulation, or as soon as your fertile cervical mucus appears. (If you do, use some sort of birth control.) It is more likely you will conceive a girl if you have intercourse during that time.

5. “Sperm Spinning” and Pre-Implant Genetic Testing

The approach has been in practice since the 1970s. In a lab, sperm are placed on top of albumin, which gets gradually thicker toward the bottom. The sperm swim down into the solution and are then separated by faster and slower swimmers. Behind this method is the belief that female sperm swim slower than male sperm. So if a woman wants a boy the doctor will collect the fastest swimming sperm and use them to artificially inseminate her.

Some fertility doctors offer pre-implantation genetic testing after an IVF procedure. This testing determines the chromosome content of the embryos before any are transferred to the mother’s uterus.

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Fast and Furious, Hobbs and Shaw receives largely positive reviews

Hobbs and Shaw is the latest Fast and Furious spin-off. The movie with the large cast was released this weekend. The film received praise for “the charisma of Johnson, Statham, and Kirby” as well as the “visual style and action choreography finesse”

Some critics “had trouble getting past just how much the film was attempting to fit into its two-hour-and-15-minute runtime”. Some of the reviews are below;

Mick LaSalle of San Francisco Chronicle wrote, ‘“Hobbs & Shaw” is witty and mischievous, full of surprise and invention, and a total blast.’

Vince Mancini of Uproxx wrote, ‘It’s not that Hobbs & Shaw attracts dumbness so much as inspires it. You watch it with your mouth dangling half-open, chuckling like Beavis And Butthead, and that’s part of the appeal. Spectacle doesn’t need to be smart.’

Hobbs and Shaw
Hobbs and Shaw

Matthew Dougherty of IGN wrote,’ ‘Though it’s too long, and not every action scene or comedy bit works, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, and terrific rising star Vanessa Kirby ensure that there’s fun to be had in a Fast & the Furious movie not centered around cars or racing.’

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Michael O’Sullivan of Washington Post wrote, ‘The film is far from prestige fare, yet more often than not, it hits that summer sweet spot between the silly and the satisfying.’

Peter Travers of Rolling Stone wrote, ‘Whatever this is, it’s not a movie — it’s a product more deserving of a road test than a review.’

Hobbs and Shaw
Hobbs and Shaw

Brian Lowry of CNN wrote, ‘Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw is an awfully long-winded title for a movie with roughly the same plot as the 1989 squabbling buddy vehicle “Tango & Cash,” only with bigger — well, pretty much everything — and better special effects.’

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Check out Joyce Laboso’s last ever emotional birthday party (video)

Joyce Laboso passed on late last month, news that brought shock and consternation to the nation as a whole. The Bomet governor had been quietly suffering from cancer, a disease she had first been diagnosed with in the early ’90s.

Since her death, stories have emerged about her and the type of person that she was. One of those testimonials was not a story from a first-person event but a video taken of her last year.

joyce labosos in hospital
joyce labosos in hospital in the U.K in a file photo

In the video, one can see the governor’s reactions as her staff throw her a surprise birthday party. Laboso was turning 58 on that very day, so they made secret arrangements where they would capture her from the moment she stepped out of her official car and into the office.

Laboso suspects that something is off and asks her staff, ‘Kuna nini leo (What is going on today)?” Soon after her question, the members of staff who had gathered in one of the rooms broke into song and dance.

Joyce Laboso and Millie Odhiambo as guests on JKL
Joyce Laboso and Millie Odhiambo as guests on JKL

After the dance, they then gifted her a book by John Mason titled You’re Born an Original, Don’t Die a Copy! 

That book so encapsulates the life that Laboso lived. She was among the first few Kipsigis girls to study abroad, having done her Masters Degree at the University of Reading and her Ph.D. at University of Hull; both in the United Kingdom.

The last words Joyce Laboso spoke to DP William Ruto

She was elected to the Parliament of Kenya to represent the Sotik Constituency in a by-election held on 25 September 2008. She succeeded her sister, Lorna Laboso, who died in a plane crash.

She worked as a Lecturer in the Department of Language and Linguistics at Egerton University and served as a Commissioner of the National Commission on Gender and Development.

Joyce Laboso in a file photo
Joyce Laboso in a file photo

Laboso was one of three first female governors in Kenya, along with Kitui County Governor Charity Ngilu and Kirinyaga County Governor Anne Waiguru. She beat Isaac Rutto, the incumbent who had joined NASA Coalition. Rutto later conceded defeat in public.

Check out the now melancholic video of the governor celebrating her last ever birthday below;

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Bad genes are NOT an excuse for being overweight

Couch potatoes may no longer be able to hide behind the excuse of their genes making them overweight.

Scientists have confirmed even people who are naturally overweight because of their DNA can slim down by exercising.

A study on nearly 20,000 people found regular jogging was the best way to ‘blunt’ the effects of genes which raise the risk of obesity.

Lacing up and going for a jog was effective for reducing people’s height-to-weight ratio (BMI), body fat percentage and the size of their hips.
Scientists at the National Taiwan University studied the impact of exercise on 18,424 Chinese people between the ages of 30 and 70.

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The team measured people’s bodies, noted how much exercise they did and looked at their DNA to see if they were naturally more likely to be obese.

More than 400 genes have been linked to being overweight, by affecting people’s appetites, their metabolisms or the way their bodies store fat.

‘Regular jogging mitigated the genetic effects on body mass index, body fat percentage, and hip circumference,’ said Dr Wan-Yu Lin, study author.
‘Mountain climbing, walking, exercise walking and international standard dancing also attenuated the genetics effects on BMI.’

People in China are significantly less fat than those in the UK and US – the country has an obesity rate of just seven per cent among over-15s, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

In the UK this rate is 26.9 per cent and the US 38.2 per cent.

Past research has suggested this is because people in China spend less time sitting down, are more active, and eat more carbohydrate and less fat.

As well as the BMI, body fat and hip size, the Taiwanese scientists also measured people’s hip-to-waist ratio and their genetic risk scores (GRS), which dictate the role their DNA plays in obesity.
And they considered the effects of 18 different types of exercise on helping people to slim down.

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Dr Lin added:

‘Among the 18 kinds of self-reported regular exercise, six mitigated the genetic effects on at least one obesity measure.

‘Across all five obesity measures, regular jogging consistently presented the most significant interactions with genetic risk scores.’

The team claimed, however, that cycling, swimming, the video game Dance Dance Revolution and Qigong – a tai chi-like martial art – do not have the same effect.

‘Cycling, stretching exercise and qigong usually require less energy expenditure than the six exercise that demonstrate interactions with GRS,’ said Dr Lin.

‘Exercises in cold water such as swimming can especially stimulate appetite and food intake.

‘Dance Dance Revolution, a computer game based on dancing with music videos, is not as formal as international standard dancing.

‘These reasons may possibly explain why these five popular exercises cannot mitigate genetic susceptibility to obesity measures.’

The research was published in the journal PLOS Genetics.

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