There is no gainsaying the fact that the kitchen is perhaps the most important part of a household. Some might argue that it’s the bedroom, but we all certainly agree, especially the womenfolk that the kitchen plays a vital role in the upkeep of the home.
Kitchens vary is sizes and furnishings, but whatever the case may be, keeping the kitchen clean is of most paramount interest.
When doing house cleaning chores, the attention paid to the kitchen differs from every other part of the household. More attention is given to the kitchen and there is that extra care and touch that is always added.
In this article, we are going to be looking at some expert tips and tricks in the doing house cleaning where the kitchen is concerned.
You will get to see what you might have been doing wrong and perhaps cash in on some cosy tips and secrets that would make keeping your kitchen cleaner easier and give you a better cooking experience when you decide to prepare your favourite recipes.
Let’s get started already.
- We are all too familiar with the gummy sticky residues left by shop stickers, right? Well, do you know that eucalyptus oil is highly effective in getting rid of it? Now you know and can get rid of any gummy sticker residue you might have around in the kitchen.
- Want to reduce the risks of stains on your marble table top? Good news then as it might interest you to know that buffing a marble table top with car polish leaves behind an invisible thin film that reduces risks of stains.
- Accidents happen sometimes in the kitchen, and when it does and you have small fragments of broken glasses lying around, a really effective way of picking them up is by pressing pieces of bread onto the affected area.
- Ants are real headaches, especially in the kitchen not only are these creatures a threat to your delicacies, but could be annoying and pose healthy risk. To prevent ants from entering the kitchen, or you need do is draw a chalk line where you want them to stop. You read me right….a chalk line! If this does sound strange to you, then you are not alone; am with you on this one; but as strange as it sounds, it does work.
- Leftovers of Styrofoam peanuts can be used as drainage in the bottom of a pot.
- Just by rubbing a bar of soap across the runners of drawers, you can prevent them from sticking. This is really effective in the kitchen.
- When doing a fireplace clean-up, ashes can be prevented from flying around by using a spray bottle filled with water to cover the ashes with a light mist.
- After cleaning up and vacuuming the kitchen, you can leave it smelling all nice and cool by placing a few drops of your favourite essential oils like peppermint and lavender close to hot air vents. The hot air warm up the oils and blows it all around the kitchen.
- Irritating odours in the kitchen can be gotten rid of by burning up some coffee beans in a sauce pan. The burnt coffee bean smell will overpower any other nasty odours that’s in the kitchen.
- This microwave tip will come really handy to all those that own a microwave, and if am guessing right, almost everyone. Add 4 table spoons of lemon juice to a cup of water in a microwave safe bowl and then heat for about five minutes. Allow the steam to condense on the walls of the oven and then wipe up with cloth or microfiber.
- Here is a cool tip in cleaning up a stainless-steel sink! Put the stopper in the sink with two denture-cleaning tablets; half-filling with water. Allow it to stay overnight or for a couple of hours. You will find out it will be all sparkling clean.
- Sometimes, stainless kitchen appliances would get affected with fingerprints. There is a way to take care of this fast. Place small quantity of baby oil on a napkin and wipe the affected areas of the stainless appliance. The fingerprint on the stainless steel appliance will be totally removed.
- I detest mould spores, and I guess you do too! When found in the kitchen, it’s something you would want to get rid of fast and effectively. Clove oil which is used for toothache problems, and easily available in the chemists, is very effective in killing off mould spores. Add 3 drops in a litre of water, and then mix it up. Use it to wipe the surfaces affected by mould spores and you would be totally rid of them.
There you have it!
Some handy tips and tricks that you could use to keeping your kitchen clean; and your kitchen appliances too.
They are all natural methods and comes with no side-effects; and most folks don’t even know about these tips.
I hope they save you loads of time in the kitchen and take a boatload of stress off your shoulders.
Cancer ranks among the most dreaded ailments that could plague the lives of many young women; and perhaps the most dreaded pronouncement any young lady would ever want to hear from any doctor.
Cancer in women comes with several faces:
- vaginal and
As a group, they are known as gynaecologic cancer.
In this article, am going to be talking about cervical cancer; something that I have had a personal experience with; with the hope that this write up will go a long way to helping those with the ailment and as well as help prevent many women from inviting cervical cancer into their lives.
What is cervical cancer?
Cancer refers to the situation where the cells in the body grow out of proportion and control. Cancer is usually named after the part of the body from which it starts its growth even if it were to spread to other part of the body later on.
Therefore, cervical cancer is the cancer that starts from the cervix. The cervix is the narrow lower end of the uterus which connects the vaginal with the upper part of the uterus. The baby grows in the uterus when a woman is pregnant.
It also happens to be the easiest gynaecologic cancer to prevent with regular screening tests and follow-up.
The good news is that, it’s treatable when discovered early enough. It is most likely to occur in women above 30 years of age.
Symptoms of cervical cancer
During the early stages of cervical cancer, when the tumour is still relatively small, there may be no symptoms at all.
However, as the tumour grows in size, the first noticeable symptoms is abnormal vaginal bleeding such as:
- Bleeding between normal periods (inter-menstrual bleeding).
- Bleeding just after sexual intercourse (post-coital bleeding).
- Vaginal bleeding in any woman past menopause.
In some cases, in the early stages there is a vaginal discharge with unpleasant smell, or discomfort or pain during sexual intercourse.
You have to bear in mind as well, that all the above symptoms or any of them could be caused by various other ailments or infections that have similar symptoms.
It is advised to go for a medical check-up by a qualified doctor to ascertain the real ailment if you observe any of the above symptoms.
Causes of cervical cancer
Almost all cervical cancers are caused by HPV (human papillomavirus). Women who started having sex at an early age or with partners who have had sex with several others are more likely to have HPV.
It should be noted that any woman who has ever has sexual partner/partners is at risk for HPV.
HPV comes in several forms. Normally, HPV does go away on its own, but when it doesn’t, this could eventually lead to cervical cancer. In addition to having HPV, the habits or conditions could also increase your risk of cervical cancer:
- Having HIV (the virus that causes AIDS) or any other condition that makes it pretty hard for your body to fight-off diseases and infections.
- Using birth control pills for a prolonged period of time (five years or above).
- Having given birth to three or more children.
Treating Cervical cancer
There are a couple of options when it comes to treating cervical cancer such as:
- surgery (which is aimed at completely removing the uterus or cervix)
- radiotherapy (using high energy beams focussed at killing the cancerous cells)
- chemotherapy (using anti-cancer drugs) or
- a combination of these treatments.
The treatment given to each patient differs and depends on a variety of factors. Take for instance, it could depend on the stage of the cancer (how large the primary cancer tumour is and how far it has spread), and the general health of the patient.
In conclusion, when it comes to cervical cancer, it’s advised to consult and have a full discussion with a specialist who is familiar with your case. The specialist would be in a better position to give the pros and cons, the success rate, possible side-effects as well as other details on the various possible treatment options for the particular type and stage of the cancer.
Cervical cancer is sur not an ailment that any woman should wish for, but it’s treatable and as well can be prevented; especially when found out early enough.
I do hope this post will be of some benefits to every woman out there.
In a high speed world as ours, people are fond of fixing up things fast like their body parts. Many people seems no to be satisfied with what they were born with; especially the th famous and celebrated.
People fix their manhood mainly enlarging it. They fix their boobs; fix their tummy and some other body parts.
This process is known as plastic or cosmetic surgery.
In the world of cosmetic surgery, you can fix everything from your eyelids to your breast. In fast, no part of your body is safe! Of course, most of the time, cosmetic surgery is done for cosmetic reasons only—hence the name—but it can also help to improve the quality of your life in other ways.
If you are considering plastic surgery, the key is to learn are much as possible about the process so that you are fully aware of the procedure and can make the best decision possible for your health.
One of the most popular kinds of cosmetic surgeries that is prevalent and that you can try is rhinoplasty, otherwise known as the nose job.
Rhinoplasty has a long history and was first performed around 500 BC by a man named Susrutha, who is considered to be the father of plastic surgery. Many of the same procedures he used are still being used today. The first rhinoplasty was done in the western world in the late 1800s. Today, it is done all over the world with great success.
The surgery starts with general or local anesthetic, depending on what the doctor and patient prefer. Once the area is numbed and the patient is asleep, the surgeon makes tiny incisions inside the nostrils. The cartilage and bone in the nose are then reshaped according to the patient’s preferences. This is done to improve both the look of the nose and the ability to breath. If preferred, a straight septoplasty can be preferred. This is when the bone and cartilage is changed just to improve breathing, but not to improve the cosmetic look of the face.
Plastic Surgery Among The Rich And Famous
Because it could be quite on the expensive side, cosmetic and plastic surgeries are often carried out by the rich and famous.
Even in developing nations, plastic surgery is quite becoming common. In Nigeria, the first lady lost her life while undergoing plastic surgery overseas; showing that not only the rich and famous in developed societies indulge in it.
Aside Nigeria, other prominent persons have undergone one or more surgeries, the nose being the most common. Rhinoplasty surgeries are very common in the entertainment industries. Perhaps the best known nose jobs in the world include Michael Jackson’s surgery; his sisters Janet and La Toya Jackson also got nose jobs. Jennifer Grey, the star of the movie Dirty Dancing also got a nose job that is highly infamous in the world of plastic surgery.
As with all plastic surgeries, there are a variety of things that could potentially go wrong with a nose job. They are simply not for everyone. Before you approach plastic surgeons regarding your nose, you should consider if the high cost, pain, and risk are worth the end results. In some cases, a rhinoplasty can be a great thing, but they do not work for everyone.
In any case, talk to your doctor about the procedure and the risks involved so you can carefully make the best decisions regarding the look of your nose.
The most pleasant occurrence in any marriage is perhaps the cry of a new born child. It not only binds the couple together but brings the hope and joy of leaving a legacy behind after one’s departure to the great beyond.
However, most marriages are being plagued with the inability to deliver of a child. This not only breeds rancor within the family but the woman is often blamed and is said to have eaten up her children in some cases; especially in the African society.
To make matters worse, the couples involved often don’t know where the problem really is emanating from or how to tackle the problem of infertility heads-on.
This article aims at having a critical look at what infertility is, and the various causes of infertility in marriages as well as medical solutions rather than just according blames.
WHAT IS INFERTILITY?
Infertility is the failure of pregnancy to occur a year or more after marriage when couples are not using any family method and actually puts effort to having children.
It is a very serious matter.
Infertility or inability to have a child several years after living together could be (a) primary or (b) secondary.
In some cases of infertility, the woman has never missed her period; let alone carrying a successful pregnancy. This situation of no pregnancy since years of marriage is known as primary infertility.
Secondary infertility is the situation where the woman has missed her period before or has even had a child or two before now but all of a sudden getting pregnant becomes an issue. Such difficulty of having a child or becoming pregnant after having had one or two children eliminates congenital situation (where a woman has no womb) like Testicular Feminization Syndrome. This form of infertility tells that the problem doesn’t originate from birth.
Who Is Responsible – the Man or the Woman?
It is no news that in the traditional African Society (like in Nigeria) that the woman is often blamed for inability of the couple to produce a child. This ought not to be the case. Both the man and the woman could either equally be responsible for the inability to produce a child.
Cases abound where the woman is sent for diagnosis and the man refuses to go saying that he has impregnated several women before he got into the marriage. It is true that most women have involved themselves in promiscuous activities before settling down in marriage but the fact remains that most men have had more sexual partners than their spouse.
So, men should share the blame as well.
However, according blames don’t resolve such issues.
CAUSES OF INFERTILITY
Infertility could be caused by a host of activities. It could be a) congenital (that is from birth) or (b) acquired (later in life). Let me expatiate.
INFERTILITY IN MEN: Congenital Causes
The testes of every normal man developed in the lower part of the abdomen. With time, towards the time of birth of any male child, the two tests usually migrate by downward movement into the scrotal sac where they stay in order to be away from the damaging effect of the body heat.
In the Scrotum, the testes are completely shielded or insulated from the effects of the body temperature. Heat sensation is known to stall the process of spermatogenesis, hence, the special scrotal temperature which allows optimal performance of the two testes.
It has however been observed that in some number of normal delivery, certain male babies are delivered without the testes in the scrotal sacs. This is a condition known as Congenital Un-descended Testes or Orchidopexy. It could be either one or the two testes that are involved.
This anomaly can be corrected if the child in question is taken to hospital as soon as he can withstand the stress of operation. It is advisable to carry out this operation between the ages of 5-8 years before the child gets to puberty. After puberty, the operation is as good as useless. After puberty, the testes would have become permanently damaged where-ever they are and any operation would be aimed at forestalling malignancy (cancer) that might occur if left in abnormal positions in the abdomen.
Aside undescended testes; there are certain cases where the testes may fail to develop. This may involve only one or both testes.
In the long run, all these cases will cause infertility in males as sperm cell may not be produced. However, if only one testis is involved, one is reassured that the spared testis can still perform the job of the two.
The condition of undescended testes (bilateral or otherwise) is usually an accidental discovery. It is usually discovered while the mother baths the child and finds the scrotal sac to be empty or during routine medical examination by a doctor.
INFERTILITY IN MEN: Acquired Causes
- Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs): This accounts for the highest percentage causes of infertility in men. Usually, STDs when discovered on time could be cured by a specialist but with unchecked proliferation of drug hawkers, the timid populace is wrongly advised to patronize such concoctions and antibiotics with the notion that it can cure all STDs.
What happens is that the victims get temporary relief but the damage goes on as the disease will go ahead and destroy your sperm producing cells. Please, take no concoctions in the cure of any STD. No matter how insignificant it may appear to look, always consult a medical expert.
For a man to impregnate a woman, about 40 million sperm cells are required. When the sperm cells fall below 20 million, the condition is known as moderate Oligospermia while below 5 million is called severe Oligospermia. The condition of zero sperm cell is known as Azospermia.
Low sperm count, though very difficult to cure, is still much curable. It is Azospermia that is usually incurable. One should not wait for the condition to reach this terminal stage.
- Incessant Heat: In the Scrotal sac, the testes are protected from the temperature of the body. The temperature of the scrotal sac is conducive for maximal performance. Subjecting the testes to undue strain by exerting sustained pressure of heat sensations will affect its functionality resulting to complications of infertility.
Thus in all cases of sustained heat sensation, e.g. high fevers, malaria, typhoid, the use of hot water for bathing and wearing of tight nylon pants, the functional efficiency of the testes are impeded. This account for the reason why long distance automobile drivers, e.g. Luxury Bus drivers, tanker drivers, trailer drivers and lorry drivers are almost always having severe Oligospermia. The constant heat and pressure effects on the testes as they sit down and drive such long distances usually causes drastic reduction to the rate of sperm production.
It is thus advisable that all men, as soon as they are in the comfort of their homes, tie wrappers, put on pyjamas or go without pants so as to allow the testes freedom of movement in the scrotal sacs.
- Varicocoele: Blood is supplied to the testes by so many blood vessels and is in the same manner drained by so many veins. In some cases, the blood vessels become dilated leading to damaged valves of the blood vessels. This leads to blood being pooled into the scrotal sac causing heat sensations in and around the testes with subsequent Oligospermia.
In a normal man, the left testis hangs lower than the right one. However in cases of Varicocoele, the different positions of the testes are so pronounced that it may affect the movement of the individual. The scrotal sac appears as if it’s housing a bag of worms. This condition does not call for medical attention unless there is an underlying disease. It is true that this condition will not result to infertility but it does cause sub-fertility.
- Torsion of the Testes: This is the condition when the blood vessels supplying blood to the testes become twisted around each other thus obstructing free blood flow to the testes. Torsion of the testes brings about severe pains and immediate swelling of the testis involved.
To remedy this condition, immediate treatment is needed. Any wasting of time could lead to irreversible damages to the testis involved. Treatment is by operation aimed at untwisting the torsioned vessel in addition to use of strong pain killing injections.
Note that torsion of the testis usually occurs in abnormally positioned testes. The normal ones seldom undergo torsion.
- Obstruction of the Urethra: This is the condition that occurs in certain cases of badly treated gonorrhea where stricture may occur in the urethra. This condition usually leads to obstruction of the passage of the sperm during ejaculation and hence infertility.
INFERTILITY IN WOMEN: Congenital causes
In certain women, there is failure in the development of the reproductive organs during the formative stages. These women are therefore born without some reproductive organs. We will analyze the anomaly presently.
- Women borne without womb: This is a very rare case and women with such conditions can never become pregnant since there is no womb for the baby to grow. These women don’t have fallopian tubes. The good news is that they have a blind ending vagina and can at least enjoy normal sexual intercourse.
- Failure of the womb to mature: In certain women, the womb might fail to grow to full size at puberty. These women have small sized womb (Hypoplastic uterus). Although these women have wombs, they cannot carry the pregnancy to completion. They will always experience frequent miscarriages or abortions.
- Women Born without vaginal openings: These women lack a vaginal opening as the outside is covered with a thin skin. The condition is known as Adrenogential syndrome. It is however treatable as a hole could be created to re-establish continuity with the inner opening of the vagina.
INFERTILITY IN WOMEN-Acquired
Urinal Tract Infection (UTI)
UTI forms a major cause of infertility in women of reproductive ages. UTI include badly treated STDs which have moved from the acute stage to the chronic stage and eventually causes blockage of the fallopian tubes.
One should always consult a specialist when you have infections so as to avoid later complications. Manifestations of infection in the vagina always include foul smelling vaginal discharge and could be accompanied by itching.
Other causes of infertility in women could include:
Badly positioned womb-it has been observed that the mouth of the womb is always nosing forward and downwards, so that when the sperm is ejaculated into the vagina, the sperm cells will easily penetrate the womb to reach the fallopian tube for fertilization to take place.
In some women, there is an anomaly in the position of the womb. The mouths of the wombs are nosing up-wards leading to a condition where ejaculated sperm in the vagina always pour away at the end of sexual intercourse. The sperm cells are unable to locate the womb and remain in the vagina where they die off.
Women of reproductive age have their menstrual cycles occurring every 22-35 days. Below and above these dates are regarded as pathological conditions but it is important to note that irregularity does not mean different calendar dates in 2 or 3 months cycles. Irregular periods are described when each menstrual cycle varies widely from the others, e.g. August-28 days, Septermebr-40 days, October-24 days, etc. These cycles could be described as irregular.
The state of anxiety could be the only problem behind some women’s inability to become pregnant. Anxiety, as a cause of infertility is quite difficult to cure as it is more of a subconscious or psychological problem.
Having known the causes of infertility, it now rests on the couples involved to find solution to the problem. According blames never helps. You could also research more on the issues treated on this article.
The issue of abortion has been and is still being debated. Whether abortion is morally wrong or right is not the issue here. The truth remains that even with the most professional medical attention, things could turn out awry for the person undergoing or who has gone through an abortion.
In the western world, abortion has been legalized and is a normal norm but not so in some parts of the globe.
It is true that an abortion should be carried out in cases of complicated pregnancy where the woman’s welfare is a major concern, other than that abortion could be quite dangerous.
If you have been thinking about having an abortion, there are a number of different things which you should be sure to consider beforehand. Whether or not having an abortion is morally correct is not the issue here.
While majority of the studies which have been performed about the dangers which are associated with abortions are often scrutinized and debated, there are a variety of different known factors which you might experience after having an abortion. Each of these factors may be negative to your health, so it is important to take one into consideration before you decide to go through with an abortion.
Most common dangers of having an abortion
- Inflammation of the cervix
This is one of the most common effects of having an abortion. Although you might look at it as a minor side effect, the truth is that it is not. In fact, the results of this side effect tend to be very severe. One of the things that it can lead to is Pelvic Inflammatory Disease, which can eventually permanently damage your pelvis. It can also lead to Cervical Cancer later on in life. It is estimated that about three thousand women die from Cervical Cancer in the United States each year.
For other countries where abortion is not legalized, you could just imagine the stats given the environments under which these abortions are carried out and by quacks in most cases for that matter.
This is another very common affect of having an abortion. This is especially something that you might experience if you decide to have more than one abortion. A larger percentage of the infertility experienced in most homes in Africa is as a result of several abortions carried out earlier on in life and under very unsafe conditions
In fact, abortions can be held as an accountable problem for at least thirty percent of women who are experiencing problems with infertility.
- Complications during a later pregnancy.
Another thing that having an abortion may cause is complications during pregnancy. Some of the things that you may be faced with if you should decide to get pregnant after an abortion include premature births, an increased chance of having a miscarriage, low infant birth weights, and even infant death. If having children in the future is something that you are looking forward to, which I believe most healthy women do, chances are that you might want to reconsider having an abortion because of these dangers.
This is the often neglected side effects of having an abortion. Even if the other complications never do rear their ugly heads up, we cannot neglect the emotional and psychological strains they will have on the individual. Such persons normally go through life with a low self esteem and worth. They feel that they have committed an abominable act which is not far from the truth. Some even harbor suicidal thoughts. Such persons need serious counseling to regain their self-worth and forge ahead in life.
So, are you considering having an abortion? You better think twice. You can prevent having one totally by using protection or abstaining totally.
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