Healthy Living

Healthy Living (3)

Smoking and HIV

Recent Studies on smoking in people with HIV, published NAM Factsheet, fount that found that people living with HIV appear to metabolise nicotine at a faster rate than HIV-negative people.

This could explain why people with HIV are more likely to become smokers and find it harder to quit. People who metabolise nicotine at a slower rate smoke fewer cigarettes, are less dependent on nicotine and are more likely to succeed in quitting smoking. This was an innovative study – other researchers should try to do the same experiment and see if they get the same results.

The other study found that frequent cannabis smoking is a risk factor for lung disease in men with HIV, in addition to cigarette smoking as a risk factor. It is well known that people with HIV have an increased risk of lung disease. This is partly because of the high rates of smoking among HIV-positive individuals, as well as damage caused by HIV and immune suppression.

The research involved both HIV-positive and HIV-negative men. During ten years of follow-up, men living with HIV who had smoked cannabis every week for at least a year were more likely to have lung disease due to an infection (33%) than men living with HIV who did not use cannabis (22%). Similarly, cannabis smokers were more likely to have bronchitis (21%) than men who did not smoke cannabis (17%).

In contrast, in the men who did not have HIV, cannabis was not linked to either form of lung disease. This suggests that people with HIV are especially vulnerable to lung disease caused by cannabis smoking.


Personal Hygiene: Luxury or Necessity?

I have heard people prescribe different methods to keep up with personal hygiene and I must confess most of those methods work but it is important to note that personal hygiene is a thing of the mind. I see some people giving me the eye already. “I mean how can a practical thing such as hygiene be a thing of the mind? Let’s analyze this example, you rush out for work in the morning and go through all the hassles of the day then when you get back home you are so tired that you fly on your bed with you makeup still glowing, your over 9-hours panty, sweat ridden skin, and sweetened tooth. Okay, you work up somewhat refreshed the next morning and continued the cycle. Did you stop to think of the germs gathered on your sheets, the sweaty makeup filled pillow and all?

The mind controls your thoughts, words, and deeds so if you ask me it plays a major role in deciding your cause of action when you are faced with the dilemma of choosing what to do when you get home at night, and how best to take care of yourself.

As a woman, taking charge of your body is key to realizing the inner feminine glow. This includes your personal hygiene.  When you feel good on your inside, you feel confident on the outside- just like mathematics, this is the simple formula for basking in your femininity.

Some things you should consider: what do I really do when I brush my teeth, and take what I consider a good bath? What do I visualize when I think of lingerie? Do I shop for those pieces that create a sensational feeling and are good for my health or do I just place random orders? What kind of soaps and ointments do I use? How do I take care of the items that come closest to my skin and private areas?

Asking these salient questions is the first step towards improving your personal hygiene.

Since we are taking a closer look at how to care for our private areas, let’s consider some of the things we may already know about the process.

Medical experts have said that using water (with or without a mild soap) to clean down below is the best method of prevention. In addition to avoiding bubble baths, use soft, white, unscented toilet paper and unscented feminine products.  Also, try to avoid anything that causes dampness in the region.  That means promptly change your underwear after exercising or removing bathing suits as soon as you are out of the water.

Since the vagina has a self-cleansing mechanism, you don’t have to do much simply use water to gently remove little dirt and debris. If you must use a cleanser, make sure it’s a mild form of soap.  Try not to overdo cleansing in the area because it may cause an imbalance of the normal growth of bacteria around your vagina and lead to possible infections.   Lastly, try to take showers and not baths.  Bath water is full of bacteria from the skin, so sitting in the tub will allow these bacteria to reach the genital region, which can increase your chances of getting a urinary tract infection.

One other problem topic as regards cleaning of a woman’s private has to do with SHAVING. I am often taken aback when I hear some ladies say they do not like to shave. Like seriously!! How do you even get comfortable with that? It is true that some people get irritations and swellings as a result of this action but sister know this, it is not hygienic at all!!!

Okay, I hear some people ask: What of waxing and the use of shaving creams? Well, I think apart from the pain that comes with waxing and the chemicals in shaving creams, they still do some justice to proper hygiene but not shaving at all?! Common sister, you know that is totally wrong.

It is time women stop making excuses with the belief that shaving causes hair to grow back thicker. This notion is FALSE.  If hair does appear thicker to you, it may be because of the angle in which the razor or shaver cut the hair.  Make sure you shave in the direction of hair growth to avoid razor bumps.  Choose a lubricating shave gel to prevent nicks and cuts and place a cool compress on the skin after shaving to prevent irritation and swelling.  Shaving can cause spreading of any existing warts so the best way to prevent this from happening is to use one razor for the area with the wart and use another razor for the rest of the body.

You know, this few tricks may just come in handy in saving your home someday. You never know.


Eruke Ojuederie



Alligator pepper (grains of paradise) means different things to different people. It is served along with Kola-nuts to guests for entertainment, as communion. It is a common ingredient in pepper soup, a spicy delight in most parts of West Africa. But since antiquity, alligator pepper has been used in traditional medicine for the treatment of many diseases. The alligator pepper plant has both medicinal and nutritive values and the extracts of its seeds has been used as an antidote to dysentery and diarrhoea. But alligator pepper, which is called names such as grains of paradise, Atare (in Yoruba), chitta (Hausa), or Guinea pepper.

Subscribe to this RSS feed