Some overlooked aspects of remaining healthy

Some Overlooked Aspects of Remaining HealthyHuman beings in first world countries have become almost over -zealous about cleanliness and determination to rid our home of so called “enemies”.

 

Many a shelf is lined with an array of aerosols having convincing labels and guaranteed results to eradicate bugs, germs, viruses and fungi - not to mention air fresheners that cloud the atmosphere with masses of particles that we inhale daily. 

 

Medically speaking, many of us certainly overdo the ingestion of antibiotics and masses of pills of all shapes and colours convinced that these will ensure better health.

 

Few can deny that we are the “darlings” of the alternate medicine industry putting millions of Rands annually into corporate bank accounts.

 

In our homes we wipe, vacuum, wash and polish, buy hypo-allergenic products and ensure that hand sanitizers are never lacking, not to mention the fear of a myriad of diseases lurking like strangers about to attack, because we have a multitude of symptoms listed on the internet, a doctor’s nightmare !

 

In reality, much of the above is probably not bad practice and better than neglect arising, but there are other important health issues such as having our bodies scanned,  X-rayed and examined for more serious problems often undetected until too late, such as mentioned below :

 

Pap smear

It is generally advised that this procedure be undertaken once women are sexually active and / or over the age of 21 years. Early detection of prematurely active cancer cells in the cervix at the mouth of the womb, can lead to treatment to ensure a more healthy environment.

 

Cellular changes too can be observed for the human papilloma virus which causes warts .

 

Mammogram

This entails an X-ray of breast tissue to establish any foreign activity such as a growth manifesting as a lump in the breast or underarm area.

 

This procedure is essential if there is a history of cancer in a family and is not uncomfortable as is generally thought.

 

Statistics reveal that a greater number of women die from breast cancer than any other type.

 

Colonoscopy

Should one discover that faeces are black in colour, this may indicate that blood is present or that abnormal cells are evident in the bowel and be indicative of  colon cancer. Polyps on the other hand may be found by the surgeon usually just benign growths.  A short hospital stay is required.

 

Finally, in terms of topical body care, that old adage comes to mind that  “beauty is only skin deep”, however there is no reason not to constantly take of this important outer organ that envelopes our bodies.

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