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Inability to sleep at night can be managed

Written by Oladapo Ashiru, Professor of Anatomy/Consultant Reproductive Endocrinologist
~The Punch Nigeria. Wednesday, September 28, 2016.

Oladapo Ashiru
If you are one of these women aged 40 and over who find it difficult to sleep, know that you are not alone. Many women wake up every night between 12 midnight and 4 am and start prowling around the house. In frustration, you may begin pacing the house, cleaning the kitchen floor, surfing the Internet or watching CNN or movies on late night TV.

Getting a good night's sleep becomes more and more difficult as we age, but women in menopause find it particularly difficult to get such. In many cases this inability to sleep is due to too much estrogen in your system, which is not balanced by progesterone.

Before menopause, estrogen is the dominant hormone for about the first two weeks in the menstrual cycle and progesterone is dominant in the last two weeks of the cycle. When menopause occurs naturally these two hormones should continue to balance each other, but if you are a woman leading a stressful lifestyle during menopause, you may find that your production of progesterone is suppressed and or converted to stress hormones and you will have a dominance of estrogen in your system leading to sleeplessness and other unpleasant menopausal symptoms.

Using a little progesterone cream made from natural bio identical plant sources may help you to easily solve this problem. The right way to use progesterone cream or oil is to use about 1/8 to ¼ of a teaspoon daily for three weeks out of the month, with a week off each month to maintain sensitivity of the progesterone receptors.

Natural progesterone cream made from bio-identical plant sources is not the same as the synthetic hormone progestin, which is made from animal sources.

I know of some women who have not slept for longer than four hours since they started menopause. When they were given some progesterone cream they reported that they were able to sleep for eight hours. This was a major turning point in their recovery from a long list of menopausal and health problems.

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Jokes and Humour: WATCHING FOOTBALL with your wife can be very frustrating and stressful!

From Frederick Ifeanyi Obiajulum Adigwe

Wife: Dipo, who's that guy? Is that Chris Brown?
Husband: Chris Brown bawo? No na, that's Theo Walcott!!
Wife: Hey! What's that yellow card for?
Husband: It's a warning to a player; and red means the player must stop playing and leave the pitch.
Wife: Ohhh! It's something similar to a traffic light: Yellow - warning, Red - stop. Husband: Yeah, yeah sure.. You are right!!
Wife: What about the green card?
Husband: Ohhh! there's nothing like that in football.
Wife: Which teams are these?
Husband: Which kind wahala be this na?!! God! It's Arsenal and Chelsea. What again?!
Wife: Ok ok ok! What colour is Arsenal putting on?
Husband: You no get eyes? No be red jersey be that?
Wife: Ok.. which team is putting on blue?
Husband: (upset)... Omg! Haba! Wetin na? Don't you know it's Chelsea?
Wife: Hen hen? Wow! I want Arsenal to win the world cup.
Husband: Wetin concern Arsenal with world cup? Where you from sef?
Wife: Take am easy na! Pls who's that old man?
Husband: Hmmm... that's Arsenal's coach, Arsene Wenger.
Wife: Oooh Ok..... I understand now. Sooo that means the other coach is Chelsea Wenger?
Husband: Chai!
Wife: What's the score now,
Husband: Just 1 - 1
Wife: Who's having 1, who's having the other 1
Husband: You are silly. Wo, arabirin free me jare!!
(Changes Channel to Africa Magic & leaves the house for a viewing center nearby!)....
Wife: (Smiling to herself) If I don't do that, I won't be able to watch my favorite Telemundo.

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In Lagos traffic, you can buy anything, including television
Written by Eric Dumo
~Punch Nigeria. Sunday, September 25, 2016.

Nwabueze Okoli rushed out of the house like a man who was being chased by a monster. With an important presentation to make at a general staff meeting ahead of him that morning, the 31-year-old had less than two hours to wriggle his way through the chaotic traffic from his home in Owode, a small but densely populated town along Ikorodu Road, to his office in Victoria Island, Lagos's main hub for corporate entities. Forty minutes later, at the Alapere end of the Lagos/Ibadan Expressway - a section notorious for inexplicable daily traffic snarls at that time of the day, Okoli realised a big problem. The Enugu State-born father of one had forgotten to pick up his shoe while hurriedly dashing out of the house. His fears mounted.

"I was almost running mad," the young economist said, flashing back to that tension-soaked moment. "How could I make such important presentation at a meeting where all the staff and directors of the company were going to be around without putting on shoes? For several minutes I was confused, nothing good came to my head aside the calamity that I had been thrown into at that moment. Going back home would compound my misery, it was not an option. I was in dilemma," he added, before sipping from the bottle of cold beer in front of him at the bar our correspondent engaged him recently.

Confused and stuck to the steering wheel of his car, Okoli's absent mindedness at that moment soon got to other road users who out of rage, constantly honked the horns of their vehicles for him to cover the space in front of him. Time was running against him. A career-threatening embarrassment stared him in the face. There must be a way out.

"Just as I approached Ogudu, I sighted a guy from afar in the traffic holding different pairs of male shoes," the 31-year-old said, a warm smile suddenly emerging on his bearded face. "They were in different sizes and colours. I couldn't scream or cry but I remember that the excitement I felt inside of me almost led to an accident that morning. At that moment, the guy seemed to me like an angel.

"I bought a pair of brown shoes from him for N4000. Even though the quality isn't something I would go for ordinarily if it wasn't an emergency situation, the shoes looked nice and saved me of the embarrassment I could have suffered that day at work. Each time I look back at that experience, smile fills my face," he said.

Like Okoli, Gbenga Adamolekun, a bank worker in central Lagos was also saved some embarrassment recently when he mistakenly put a pair of black snickers in the trunk of his car thinking it was a pair of black shoes. For convenience, the 35-year-old prefers to drive without shoes, only wearing such when he gets to his office's car park. But one morning two weeks ago, Adamolekun nearly collapsed from the shock that seized him when he stopped at a filling station to drop off a gas cylinder he hoped to pick later that evening on his way from work.

"Immediately I opened the boot of the car, it was as if a strange hand grabbed me by the throat. The shock of not finding the pair of black shoes as I carried the gas cylinder up was that severe," he recalled. "I was in complete shock, not knowing what to do next as time was not even on my side to start looking for a boutique around to buy a pair of shoes. Luckily for me, as I drove towards Fadeyi bus-stop to connect Western Avenue enroute CMS, I saw a bunch of guys hawking different types of male shoes right there in the traffic. It was a big moment of relief for me.

"Without minding the quality or price I quickly bought one. Just before climbing the bridge at Jibowu, I also realised I was not putting on a belt. I forgot to pick that up too while rushing out of the house that morning. But before I could panic further, another set of guys selling belts, stockings, singlets and shirts appeared in front, advertising their wares to potential customers in the traffic. I bought a black belt from one of them immediately. In fact with what I saw that morning, one could completely dress from head to toe by buying everything needed in the traffic on that stretch. I can never forget that funny experience," he said.


Excerpts from Pastor Chris’ Teaching! 
~Christ Embassy.Org Online Missions

Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
Husband does not mean the male partner in a marriage, husband means master. The reason for most problems in Christian marriages is the fact that women refute God’s definition of marriage and form theirs. 

They believe they are equal partners. If most women had their fathers bold enough to talk to them, they will be very successful in their marriage and they will be very happy people. Most women have never been taught by their parents, their fathers particularly and that’s their biggest problem because they don’t know who a man is, they think he is another woman. 

In marriage, you have the man who is the head of that union and because he’s the head of that union, its important to understand him. You think he’s the one that needs to understand his wife and that is where you are wrong. 
He will eventually but you have to know the type of man you are married to and his needs.When you say you are marrying a man, you are coming under his authority. 
The Bible says, the man is the head of the woman (1 Corinthians 11:3) so when you marry him you come under his authority, you are not authority sharers even though you are both heirs to the kingdom of God.When you decide not to subject yourself to that authority, you are a rebel and God is not going to accept what you are doing because you are not functioning correctly. 

Why did God make the woman? Making woman was not God’s original plan because after God created Adam and before He made Eve, He said in Genesis 1:31 “Then God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good”. 
God made woman because of man so woman was not His original idea. This is reality.Genesis 2:18a “And the Lord God said “for it is not good for a man to be alone..” The Bible didn’t say “lonely” but “alone”. 

There is a big difference. Man wasn’t lonely but alone. Genesis 2:18b “…I will make him an help meet”. He didn’t say a partner or a supervisor or a special advisor or someone to tell him what to do.
I will make him someone to help him. God gave man a responsibility so woman was made to help man achieve that responsibility. If this is understood in every home then you won’t have problems.

Crying is good for health, says expert

~Vanguard Nigeria. Tuesday, September 20, 2016.

Dr Uthman Mubashir, Public Health Physician of the University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital, has said that emotional tears have special health benefits for people.

Mubashir revealed in an interview in Ilorin on Tuesday that crying had "therapeutic emotional freedom".

"Tears are protective and they lubricate your eyes, remove irritants, reduce stress hormones, and they contain antibodies that fight pathogenic microbes," he said.

He explained that tears might decrease arousal of distress and make people feel better.

According to him, reflex tears are 98 per cent water, whereas emotional tears also contain stress hormones which get excreted from the body through crying.

Mubashir said that emotional tears shed these hormones and other toxins which accumulate during stress.

The public health physician, who teaches at the College of Health Sciences of the University of Ilorin, noted that crying stimulates the production of endorphins, "our body's natural pain killer and feel-good hormones".

"Crying makes us feel better, even when a problem persists. In addition to physical detoxification, emotional tears heal the heart," he said.

Mubashir warned against dissuading people from holding back tears, saying that holding back tears was a form of bottling up emotions that could trigger stress and other problems.

"We are in a society that tells us we're weak for crying, in particular that powerful men don't cry.

"The new enlightened paradigm of what constitutes a powerful man and woman is someone who has the strength and self-awareness to cry," he said.

He reiterate that "it is good to cry, it is healthy to cry. This helps to emotionally clear sadness and stress."

Crying, he pointed out, was also essential to resolve grief when some someone lost a dear one.

"Tears help us process the loss so we can keep living with open hearts. Otherwise, we will be depressed if we suppress these potent feelings.

How to prevent blindness

Written by Tessy Umunakwe 
~Nigerian Tribune. Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Have you ever made a conscious effort to close your eyes for one minute? If yes, it is almost certain you didn’t wait for a minute before you opened them. Reason? The few seconds you had your eyes closed would have appeared as a long while, hence the belief that it was already a minute. If you find it hard to close your eyes for one minute at a stretch, then imagine how you will feel if you have to close them for, say, 30 minutes, one hour, three hours, an entire day, a whole week or even a lifetime.

Research has consistently proved that sight is the most valued of all the senses. Findings show that two thirds (68 per cent) of people value eyesight above other senses.he

Nonetheless, more than a third (36 per cent) of these people admit having eye problem for over a month- and in some cases (13 per cent) years- before seeking help, even after noticing that their eyesight is deteriorating.

Over 53 per cent said in a survey that they sometimes struggle to see what is on TV and a further 50 per cent struggle to read books.

But how soon should one visit an eye care provider after noticing certain abnormalities? According to Dr Camillus Asumu, the founder of Sight Foundation, Ibadan, there’s the need for people to visit the eye care provider every six months, even when there are no symptoms suggesting any problem. He said: “It is imperative to visit the eye doctor every six months for thorough examination of the eyes because certain eye diseases do not present any symptoms until it is too late for remedy and this should start. This goes to suggest that one must visit the eye clinic as soon as one notices any eye problem.”

Speaking further, the ophthalmologist disclosed that “the two most common eye defects are cataract and glaucoma. But unlike cataract, glaucoma can occur at any age- and it usually does not start with symptoms.”

Cataract, on the other hand, he said, is mostly age-related. While there are other forms of cataract which are not linked to age like the traumatic cataract (which occurs when a hard object hits the eye) and drug-related cataract, the medical expert asserted that advancement in age is a major factor in degenerating eyesight.

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