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Treating ADHD

By Ijeoma Eleazu, Pharm D

Before launching into a discussion of medications for ADHD and their side effects, let’s first briefly review ADD and ADHD. Attention deficit disorder is defined as a poor or short attention span and impulsiveness which is inappropriate for the child’s age, with or without hyperactivity. Hyperactivity is defined as a level of activity or excitement (usually in a child) that is high enough to cause concern for the child’s parents. Even though the condition is primarily seen in school-aged children, please note that adults can also have this condition. No one really knows what causes ADHD but because it runs in families there is thought to be a genetic connection involved.

Medications for ADHD that seem to work the best are the ones that primarily and directly work on the brain molecules that transmit messages from one brain cell to another (aka neurotransmitters). The first line of treatments are the stimulants (or psychostimulants) but some newer non-stimulant medications have also been recently approved for treating ADHD.

Medications for ADHD:

* Adderall, Adderall XR (Amphetamine)
* Vyvanse (Lisdexamfetamine)
* Ritalin, Ritalin SR, Ritalin LA, Concerta, Metadate CD, Metadate ER, Methylin, Methylin ER (Methylphenidate)
* Dexedrine, Dextrostat (Dextroamphetamine)
* Strattera (Atomoxetine)
* Focalin (Dexmethylphenidate)

For some people who have ADHD along with other emotional or mental health problems, doctors will sometimes prescribe some of the following medications. Please note though that these medications are NOT approved by the FDA for treating ADHD. They are:

* Geodon (Ziprasidone)
* Budeprion SR, Bupropan, Wellbutrin, Wellbutrin SR, Wellbutrin XL (Bupropion)
* Clozaril (Clozapine)
* Zyprexa (Olanzapine)
* Seroquel (Quetiapine)
* Risperdal (Risperidone)
* Abilify (Aripiprazole)
* Catapres, Clorpres, Combipres (Clonidine)
* Tenex (Guanfacine)

Please note that in general, children with ADD don’t outgrow the difficulties and issues associated with this condition. Certain problems may persist even throughout their adolescence and some new ones may emerge, particularly low self-esteem, anxiety, difficulty learning appropriate social behavior, among others.

If you are the parent of a child with ADD or ADHD, here are some simple strategies you can use to help build your child’s self-confidence:

* First and foremost, make sure you let your child know that your love for him or her is totally unconditional, on the good days and most especially on the not-so-good days
* Identify what your child’s strengths are and be sure to build on those. When your child is successful at something then he or she can feel a sense of accomplishment and pride about something.
* Since social skills are one of the areas where kids with ADD/ADHD tend to have problems help your child by training her or him in how to make friends and how to interact and cooperate with others.

Ijeoma Eleazu, PharmD has been a practicing clinical pharmacist for over 10 years. She also is the expert behind the informative drug information website edrugsideeffects.com. She is a wonderful resource and we encourage you to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to reach out to a health expert who cares.

Eat your vegetables raw!

One of the reasons that many people don’t eat salads and raw vegetable and fruits, is that we can’t guarantee that the vegetables and fruits are adequately washed free of bacteria and pesticide residue. Vegetables can lose nutrients when cooked so eating them raw is optimal.

This is a simple inexpensive recipe for a fruit and vegetable wash.
1. Regular white vinegar
2. Clean water (boiled and filtered)
Mix the vinegar and water in a 50:50 solution (in equal parts). Vinegar kills bacteria and also can dissolve wax and pesticides.

Please keep this solution as well as all chemicals out of the reach of children.

The African weight loss diva on eggs

Eggs and weight Loss

I have heard a lot of comments from you all about eggs and weight loss, and how many eggs you should consume daily/if eggs are good for weight loss etc.

The egg is popularly and correctly known as the best source of protein in the whole planet!!

Nutrition experts in the past kept saying how the high cholesterol in eggs increase an individuals risk for heart disease, but it wasn’t proven. It. Was just a hypothesis.

Recent studies have even shown that high cholesterol levels are associated with high food intake and not high egg consumption.

In a study done in the year 2000 by some american researchers, they realised that egg consumers had a higher intake of essential vitamins like vitamins A, C, and B12 than non egg eaters. Ironically, they also found out that those who ate four or more eggs every week had a lower cholesterol level than those who ate few or no eggs weekly.

Eggs are a very good source or protein. A large egg has about 6g of protein even though it has only seventy five calories.
Choline which is in egg yolk is important for brain health!
Eggs are excellent for people trying to lose weight. Due to the amount of protein in them, they satisfy you when you eat them. It has even been postulated that eating eggs at breakfast keeps you satisfied during the day.

So the good question now is:

How many eggs should we eat? The fact that eggs are good shouldn’t mean that we eat ten eggs daily.

Becky Hand, a licensed dietician suggested that an egg a day is recommended except in diabetic patients.

The African weight loss diva can be found at www.africanweightloss.com

The pain of infertility

First comes love, then comes marriage, what happens when there’s no baby in the baby carriage?

Image from soulprintsphotography


When the desire to be a mother is not affirmed by a baby, it is hard on any woman, regardless of race or nationality. As young women, we generally take healthy pregnancies for granted and focus more on methods of birth control. We chant the mantra of “with the right man, at the right time” but sometimes when we find the right man and we think it’s the right time, we find that having a baby doesn’t quite work as planned.

What is infertility?
Infertility simply defined is the inability to conceive. However infertility cannot be simply defined. Fertility challenges present themselves in different forms. Some women have problems conceiving, others have problems with recurrent miscarriages.

Why does it happen?
Sometimes the reasons behind infertility are clear-cut, other times they are not. There are a whole host of possible reasons behind the inability to conceive, antibody issues, low sperm count/motility, scarring around fallopian tubes/uterus, the list goes on and on. Sometimes conception just does not happen and no doctor can give a physical reason.

A common cause of infertility is miscarriage. Most doctors don’t consider miscarriages significant until you have had three or more in a row or if they are late term miscarriages. 1st trimester miscarriages are actually extremely common, some medical professionals estimate that as many as 30% of all pregnancies result in miscarriages. Generally 1st trimester miscarriages are usually as a result of chromosomal abnormalities, so it is a form of natural selection. However the risk of genetic abnormalities increase when the mother to be is over age 35, as women age, the eggs have been found to have a higher risk of chromosomal abnormalities. Also after age 35 fertility in general starts to decline, hence the whole biological clock thing!

How do we feel?
When any woman experiences fertility challenges, it can be a taxing and traumatic experience but when an African woman experiences them, it can be doubly so. She often experiences feelings of inadequacy, guilt and isolation.

Is it my fault?
No matter which partner has the specific problem (when one can be defined) African society generally looks at the situation as being the woman’s fault. Many women internalize this. Amina* confided “even though every one said not to worry that it was simply Allah’s will, I felt so guilty. I know its crazy because the doctors couldn’t find anything wrong with me”

Am I less of a woman?
Most African women have been socialized to believe that a great deal of their worth comes from the opportunity to be mothers. Therefore when an African woman is unable to have children, she may question her role in her marriage, her family and even in society. Uche* talks about her mother’s experience “My mother had 6 miscarriages before she had me. People tell me her personality changed so much before and after I was born. The strain of not having children changed her from a strong woman to a timid woman. In fact when my father took a second wife, she didn’t say anything. After I was born though she became more lively.”

Am I alone in this?
In the western world, when a woman finds out she has fertility challenges; she has her husband to lean on. In fact in many cases it is a couple that is described as reproductively challenged, however in the African context the onus generally lies with the woman alone. In a culture where men are still rarely involved in the specifics of childbirth, they also tend not to be particularly involved in the specifics of infertility.
Furthermore the stigma attached to infertility in our community makes women feel like they have to hide their problems. Yemi* recounts her experiences with miscarriages “I felt so alone. I couldn’t confide in anyone,” she said. “I actually started to believe something was wrong with me, perhaps I was cursed or something, it got to the point that I almost considered going to a native medicine man, I was getting so desperate”

How society makes us feel?
In the west, a woman deals with the physical and emotional trauma of being infertile and African women deal with the additional cultural trauma and family pressure. “For most African women, fertility is the ultimate responsibility of a woman. A woman who cannot reproduce is considered at best a source of pity, at worst a pariah. As one woman said “you know back home, you are not considered a woman until you have had a child.”

Familial pressures
“Within a year of getting married, the pressure already started, when is the baby coming? when is the baby coming? It never ends, every conversation ends with “we are waiting for our blessing”. We just bought a new home and I started a new company, this pressure is the last thing I need right now” Jumoke*, a businesswoman in New York, who just celebrated her 3 rd wedding anniversary complained.
“It’s like never mind being a good wife, forget about having a great career, the most important thing you are supposed to do is just get pregnant” says Nana* whose mother insisted she bathe in bathwater spiked with a female goat’s urine.
Michelle* was made to subsist on a diet of mostly new yam for over 6 months. She said, “I was so constipated, I was practically addicted to ex-lax.”
When asked why they agreed to submit to such unorthodox treatments, they both say they didn’t do it because they believed in the effectiveness of the treatment; instead they did it to get some peace from the constant pressure.

The pressure may seem like a piece of cake when compared to the insults and hostility some women face.

Open animosity
Infertility sometimes brings out the worst in people. Mothers, who may have danced at their son’s weddings, turn on their daughter in laws in the twinkle of an eye.
Mary*, a Ghanaian formerly married to a Nigerian recounts her experience. “I have been called everything from a witch to a mammy-water! My mother-in-law was relentless; she launched a brutal campaign against me. I went to every doctor, had every test twice and the doctors could find nothing wrong with me. My husband became distant while his mother told everyone who would listen that I was eating my children in the womb. Even though she lived back home and we were here in America, her campaign was effective. My husband and I eventually divorced. I really believe that saved my life. Anyway I just got engaged and you know what, I’m 4mths pregnant.”

This trend even happens among women who consider themselves christians. “My cousin Mina’s* sisters-in-law started spreading rumors about her. They said she had a spiritual covenant that she would get rich instead of having children. They used the church as their platform. They kept proclaiming that saw it in visions and it had been confirmed by various prophets; My cousin is a strong Christian but she actually got so messed up that she went to her own pastor and asked him to help her get delivered even though she knew that she hadn’t done anything. She came to visit me and go for fertility testing. I went with her; I saw her despair each time the doctor told her that she needed more tests. She wanted a baby more than anything, and she has to deal with that pain along with her husband’s sisters.”

Sometimes even having a child cannot vindicate a woman who has been called infertile. Amaka* tells her tale” I had several miscarriages. Somehow miraculously I carried my pregnancy to term in my sixth year of marriage. My mother in law had been running all over town saying all sorts of things. She even brought another woman for my husband to marry. When I delivered, instead of rejoicing, she was sullen, I think she was unhappy to have been proved wrong”

The attacks some of these women face create pain that can sometimes be worse that the pain of not being able to conceive. Culturally a woman’s main purpose is to bear children and while society at large may recognize that children are a gift from God, they tend to believe that if you have not received that gift then it is due to some fault of your own. If you look at modern day pop culture in Africa, the movies, the music, whenever a woman’s infertility is mentioned it is usually said that she did something wrong or some one is attacking her spiritually or supernaturally. The result of these pressures and societal assumptions can be devastating to the woman.

The emotional cost
Everyone has heard similar stories before. It often makes for titillating gossip in conversations that start with “Can you imagine?” or “Come hear tory O!” but the cost to the victims in these stories is high, sometimes prohibitive. In addition to the emotional trauma of infertility, they often have to deal with added society drama, whether it as extreme as your mother in law calling you a witch or simply being a source of gossip for your girlfriends, the pain is real and compounded.
Mary* emphatically agrees. “My dear, I was on Prozac for a year. It was awful, I was so depressed and I think that was part of what caused my divorce”.
“Most people cannot conceptualize how difficult it is” Amaka* a consultant, said while she cradled her year old daughter. “I couldn’t focus on work, or anything. I had previously been on the fast track at work, and even though my husband was very supportive, it was difficult for me to come to terms with the situation. I had always gotten along with my husband’s family, but our fertility issues put such a strain on our relationship, that now my husband and I are hardly on speaking terms with his family”

When Mina* was asked how her sisters in law’s behavior had affected her, she started to cry, “It broke my heart. As if the pain on not been able to have a baby is not enough, I had to contend with these ridiculous accusations. I was arguing and crying every day. My doctor kept saying I needed to de-stress, but how can you de-stress when a fire is burning in your home.”
Nana* also felt just as distraught, “Where do I start? From my husband’s sisters to even some of my friends, the rumors ran wild. It pained me so much; I didn’t know what to do. If not that I have faith in God, I would have lost my mind. My husband would comfort me at night but in the light of day, he found it difficult to deal with the drama. Thankfully he was adamant about not marrying another wife. By God’s grace, we tried IVF and it was successful, today we have a bouncing baby boy!”

Do we have other options?
These days medical science has made some amazing advances. In vitro fertilization, surrogacy, hormone therapy etc, and if medical science fails there is always adoption. There are seemingly several remedies to the challenges to becoming a mother.

Unfortunately even medical science is not foolproof; most of the infertility treatments are costly and not 100% effective. Most women in the western hemisphere that attempt these procedures have family support as well as support from friends and support groups.
Generally even if an African woman tries one of these solutions, she often cannot share her feelings with or get the support of others in her community. She is often alone in the process, even when her husband is with her. This is because we have been so conditioned to keep our troubles secret. Studies have shown that it is beneficial for women to share the fears and concerns about issues, hence the popularity of support groups. While most African women would not go to a support group, it would be beneficial for each person to be able to talk freely with other women. The few that have done so found it to be beneficial. “When I had my miscarriage, many women I talked to after a while confided that they had one as well, some had even 2 or 3 and finally I understood how common it really was and it helped calm my fears”.

Will infertility continue to be an issue in our community?
The reality of today’s African woman is that she is making the decision to become a mother later and later in life. The focus has been on creating a successful career, finding the right man and then having a baby. It used to be that women would get married at 22, but these days most women don’t even think about marriage until well after 26 and many do not marry until age 30 or above. Studies have shown that fertility starts to decline after age 35. Some researchers suggest that the decline starts as early as age 30.

Considering the fact that modern day African women are starting families later in life, it stands to follow that even more women will experience fertility challenges. The societal attitude towards infertility as it stands is detrimental to African women physically, emotionally and spiritually. If this trend continues we may see an increase in depressive disorders even up to suicidal tendencies.

What can we do to change the status quo?
The defining factor in a situation like this is whether or not the spouse/partner is involved and supportive. For many of these situations, the familial pressure comes from the husband’s side of the family. However a man dictates the way his family treats his wife, so if he stands by his wife one hundred percent, then his family will be forced to, or at least keep their opinions to themselves.
Sometimes it doesn’t matter how many people do or don’t support you, if the right people support you. Amaka* said, “when I had my fourth miscarriage, my husband told me how much he loved me, he told me that of course he was disappointed but that it was not the end all, be all. For him, the most important thing was that we were together, healthy and happy.” Our men have often been removed from the process of childbirth, so it is typical for them to take a back seat from the situation whether good or bad. However dealing with infertility cannot be a solo affair, if a couple is to survive and even overcome it, it must be a team effort.

The second thing we can do to change the status quo is to show compassion as women. Many a woman has gossiped about someone else’s bad luck, only to have it turn around and happen to her or her children. Infertility is usually an unfortunate circumstance that befalls a woman or man often through no fault of their own. Furthermore regardless of the cause the impact is still the same. If we as women, the guardians of society decide to show compassion in this particular area, then we set the standard for how women are to be treated in this situation.

Thirdly we can create environments that are conducive to open and honest discussion. Many women keep their sorrows to themselves for fear of being a target of gossip or pity. However studies have shown that the ability to share one’s problems verbally releases stress. Furthermore the more we share our situations; the more we share information that is sometimes key to getting the best medical care possible.

Healing from infidelity

EwellAfrica recognizes the health of a body often depends on the health of the heart and the spirit. When a person is heartbroken or bruised in spirit it can often times affect the body deeply. This article is part of a series that looks at real life issues that can affect people and eventually affect their health.

As African women some of us are programmed to think infidelity is an unfortunate reality of marriage. Many of us became aware at a young age that our fathers or father figures were or have been guilty of this very issue.
‘You know men will be men’ ‘That he lost his senses one day is not a good reason to leave him’. Talk about infidelity among older African women and this is the sort of comment you will hear. For most of Africa, women have no true rights in society. Many countries are not only patriarchal but also oppressive to women in one way of another. In cases like these women do not have the luxury of debating the issues, they simply must deal with whatever is handed out because it is necessary to have a man in order to comfortably navigate through society. The Ibos endorse this when they say Di bu ugwu. A husband is a woman’s honor.

However though many modern African women were raised in societies like the aforementioned, they are also heavily influenced by western standards of love and relationships. Furthermore because open communication between mothers and daughters is not the norm, the only resources for information may have been their peers, movies, soap operas and romance novels. These sources fill one’s minds with notions of relationships that were particularly fantastic. Ideas of kisses that leave one breathless with dreamy soundtracks playing in the background; True love only being expressed by two dozen roses and expensive jewelry. Needless to say that some of us are left so unprepared for marriage and relationships that when real life hits we are as unprepared as a West African village would be for a winter blizzard.

In the western world infidelity in considered one of the great betrayals of one’s spouse. It is absolute grounds for divorce. When polled most women say they would leave their spouse if he cheated on them. However it is not always that simple. Many women have stayed with their spouses after adultery. Why, the reasons are as varied as the individuals, some cite finances, others children and some because they believe that the relationship can survive the act. So we ask the question, can a relationship survive infidelity. If so how does a couple do it? Is there a formula, a better way, or should we even try to work it out?

Tina* a Liberian had been married for 2 years when she discovered her husband had been having an affair since before their wedding. After confronting him, she asked him to leave. “I almost went crazy, I knew we were having problems but I never thought it was as bad as this.” They had been separated for 3 months when serious pressure from family coerced them to try to work things out. “He swore he had cut things off with the other girl and we started going to counseling. During counseling we would just be yelling and screaming at each other. I felt like I could never trust him and he felt that I had trapped him into marriage because I was pregnant at the time; As if I was the only one having sex! It was a very painful time. Most of the time I wanted to just give up but my parents put me under such pressure saying that divorce would bring shame unto our family. Anyway, we tried. At first he seemingly tried hard. He came home early, always told me where he was going, this lasted for about 6 months, but then the late phone hang-ups started coming and I started being unable to reach him on his cell phone for hours at a time. One night when he wasn’t where he said he would be, I took it upon myself to play detective. I found out that he had never stopped seeing the girl; after that there was no turning back. We have a son together and even though he still wants me to come back, any love that I had for him is dead. Raising my son alone is hard but I know I made the right decision”.

If you asked anyone who knows Yinka*a Nigerian and her husband they would say they had the perfect marriage. They are very affectionate and loving. However Yinka* confided that her husband had had an affair in the early years of their marriage. She was devastated when she found out; because she thought her relationship transcended all that. “He was my dream man, I thought our marriage would be like a fairy tale” However when she found out, she was undone. “I couldn’t understand it, what was missing from our life”. They had only been married a year and had no real problems “I mean we only had trivial disagreements, what movie to watch, who should do the dishes, you know petty stuff, we were happy” When she confronted him, he immediately came clean. The most important thing that Yinka wanted to understand was why? It was also the source of her frustration. During the process of reconciliation she kept asking him why and he would always reply “It just happened”. “That used to drive me crazy, because if it just happened once, what’s to stop it from happening again? You know how our men are…they don’t communicate, what saved me was that I had gotten our pastor involved. After they talked, he answered all my questions. It didn’t make everything okay, but it helped me understand him and our relationship better.
When asked if she would recommend staying and trying to work it out, Yinka responded with some ambivalence “I don’t know what I would recommend, every situation is different, as for me, my marriage seems stronger and my husband is more attentive and more loving than ever, we are even expecting our first child, we love each other but I tell you it’s hard to trust again. Me, I always have that nagging fear in the back of my mind, what if?

Enter Gabriella, a self described take no mess woman. She is 36, single and a successful interior designer whose mother is from Haiti and father is from Cameroon; she was raised in Brooklyn. She was married exactly 10 years ago, and within the first year, she learned he had a one night stand. She kicked him out immediately. “Infidelity has always been a deal breaker for me”. When asked how she felt at the time she responded, “I was enraged, it was either kill him or kill myself”. Years later, she frowns when she thinks about it.

No matter how thin you slice it, infidelity in a relationship is always a devastating experience, especially for women. If you choose to try and work through this, experts recommend following these guidelines
1. Recognize your anger and hurt are valid. Under no circumstances should you rationalize away your feelings. Sweeping feelings under the rug and putting on a brave face for the world may lead to greater resentment and even cause self-destructive behavior.

2. Face up to what he did, but only what he did. Do not make excuses for his behavior. If he had an affair, then he had an affair. He must own it and so must you. However it is important that you do not start thinking up other crimes to add to his plate.

3. Try to understand. Infidelity means different things to different people. Many women believe that if he cheats then he really doesn’t love his wife or he isn’t happy at home. Sometimes that has very little to do with it. Dr Shirley Glass who has written extensively on the subject found that 56 percent of the men she sampled who had extramarital intercourse said that their marriages were happy, versus 34 percent of the women.

4. It is normal to ruminate. Some men will say, “why can’t you just let this go”, but it is completely normal to want to go over the details several times. For one thing it is a form of desensitization and secondly it is attempt to see what the red flags were, so you could recognize them again if necessary.

5. However while ruminating there has to be a point at which you stop punishing and start forgiving.

6. All lot of couples are choosing to try and work things out. It is not the same kind of forced acceptance of the affair that we saw in generations past. Women accepting because they had no choices but rather a determination to make the marriage better from both sides.

7. Counseling is not necessary but it can be very beneficial.

8. There are points when it’s okay to throw in the towel. If in spite of best efforts i.e. counseling, family intervention, attempts at forgiveness, that affair is still continued, then a separation might be in order.

9. Loving your husband and trying to forgive, doesn’t make you weak.

10. Both parties should be willing to be open and honest; otherwise it will make it difficult to rebuild trust.
A marriage is not only sacred but can be a powerful tool in the development of individuals, families and even societies. However while recognizing the power of an intact marriage, it also important to note that when one party desecrates the sanctity of marriage then it can also become a negative force in the betrayed spouse’s life. Sometimes it can be so negative that it becomes detrimental to her wellbeing to remain in the marriage and sometimes it can be overcome. It is important to take stock and review honestly your marriage, yourself and your spouse. Some marriages should not be saved, and some need not be discarded so quickly. Infidelity can deal a mortal wound but it is sometimes possible for that heart to heal.

Emzor wellness walk against child abuse

With the mission of the company to promote unlimited wellness and impact the lives of our children, the Emzor Wellness club members embarked on a “Wellness Walk Against Child Abuse” to celebrate Nigeria 50th Anniversary on 29th September ,2010 at Teslim Balogun stadium Surulere, Lagos.

A total of 318 children walked round the Mainbowl of the stadium accompanied by Emzor Group representatives, representative from Lagos state government, media representative, representative from NAPTIP, representative of Proprietor & Proprietress Association in Lagos & Shagamu branch.

The key objective for the walk was to create awareness on the need to protect the rights of our future leaders and also to stop the molestation of our children.

In attendance to support the children were:

Representative of the Deputy Governor of Lagos State -Mrs Folusho Ogunlana
Representative of the First lady of Lagos State -Mrs Mosumola Jumaid
Representative of the Hon .Comm. for Women Affairs & Poverty Alleviation -Mrs O.M Shobojo
Representative of the Hon. Comm. For Health .Rep.Dr Odulana.
Special adviser to the Lagos state Governor on health matters –Mr A. U Obafemi
Secretary Proprietor/Proprietress Association (Shagamu) – Mrs Igaga.
Representatives from NAPTIP ,Mrs Kehinde
Special Adviser to Governor on health. Rep Mrs
Pharm(Mrs) Nkeiru Okoro – Executive Director (Emzor)
Pharm(Mrs) Lola Otisi – Head of Marketing & Strategy (Emzor)
Pharm.(Mrs) Chovwe Oderhohwo –Emaniru (SBUL Maternal &Child)
Mr Isaiah Osigwe (Coordinator,Emzor Wellness Club)
Pharm. (Mrs )Chinelo Umeh (Regulartory Affairs Manager)

MEDIA REPRESENTATIVE:
Emeka Anokwuru (The Sun )
Yemi Olakitan (Guardian)
Chimazor Meflaoulu (Thisday )
Onozure Dania(Vanguard)

The members of the Emzor wellness club in the following schools in Lagos state were also in attendance

1 Precious Prinx Nursery/ Primary School,Idimu
2 Smaak Children School. Iyana Ipaja
3 Playmate School. Shagamu
4 De –Paul Nursery /Primary School,Akwuwonjo
5 Govera International School,Ikotun
6 Good Heritage School.Ijesha
7 Prestige N/ P Schools Surulere
8. Anointed Feet School Surulere
9. Aunty Joke N/P School, Ijesha
10 Triple Olu Beulah N/P ,Mushin
11 Ample Gate N/P School ,Mushin
12 Jeseln Glorious Schools,Mushin
13 Young Shall Grow N/P School,Mushin
14 Kolad Kiddies Schools,Mushin
15 Davister Montessori Schools,Isolo
16 Aunty Olu N/P School,Isolo
17 Great Heritage School,Okota
18 First Foundation School,Okota
19 St.Benedict School,Okota
20 Reh Nursery & Primary School,mushin
21 Prime Global Schools,Okota
22 Kuyoru Memorial School,Surulere
23 Answer Bank Schools,Egbe

The children were addressed by the representative of the deputy governor of Lagos state, Mrs. Folusho Ogunlana in the main bowl of the stadium who is the Tutor General/Permanent Secretary education district 6.

Welcome address delivered by Pharm. (Mrs.)Chovwe Oderhohwo Emaniru SBUL (Maternal& Child) followed by a brief talk by Mrs. Kehinde Akomolafe (Head Public Enlightenment).NAPTIP

The children of Good Heritage School thrilled the audience with a Yoruba cultural dance which was followed by an Atilogu dance from children of Prestige Schools showcasing their exceptional talents

Members of the Emzor Wellness Club from Playmate Schools Shagamu presented a poem recitation to commemorate Nigeria @ 50.

There was the drama presentation by children of Prestige School on the consequence of Child Abuse and a chorography presentation by Children of Goveral International School.

The climax of the event was the presentation of the bouquet to the representative of the Deputy Governor, who had to step in as the Special Guest of Honour.

The presentations started with messages from the three major ethnic group, Igbo, Yoruba and Hausa who were fully dressed in the attire of the culture they represented. Finally was the presentation of the bouquet by the “Wellness Queen” to Mrs Ogunlana, the representative of the Deputy Governor after her message from all members of the Emzor wellness club.

Closing remark was given by Pharm.(Mrs ) Nkeiru Okoro Executive Director Operation. Appreciating our future leaders by telling them “We love you Children”

Pharm. (Mrs) Lola Otisi (Head Marketing & Strategy) said the vote of thanks after which the children took to the floor for the independence party

More sweets for my sweet?

Excessive sugar intake has been linked to weight gain and for years the food industry has marketed artificial sweeteners to individual who wanted the sweet taste sans the calories. However there has always been some controversy as to whether or not these products are safe and effective.

The news is mixed. There are experts on each side claiming that these sweeteners are both safe and dangerous.

Sugar substitutes are non caloric or low caloric but are 200 to 8000 times as sweet as sugar, so they are sometimes referred to as high intensity sweeteners. Artificial sweeteners include: saccharin, aspartame, sucralose, acesulfame potassium and neotame.

Saccharin

Saccharin is the oldest of the artificial sweeteners, and it is a petroleum-based compound. Coca Cola’s Tab diet drink was the first mainstream product to use saccharin. I packet of saccharin is equal to two teaspoonfuls of sugar but with only 4 calories, vs 30 calories of sugar.
However in 1960, a study suggested a link between saccharine and bladder cancer in test animals. In the year 2000, after many studies, the National Toxicity Program has taken saccharin off its list of carcinogens, but there is still speculation as to whether or not saccharine is really safe. The National Cancer Institute in the US worked with the FDA and through their research they determined there was no link that they could find between saccharin and bladder cancer.

Aspartame (NutraSweet, Equal)

Aspartame is the most popular artificial sweetener, and it is about 200 times sweeter than sugar and has 2 calories per teaspoon as opposed to sugars 15 calories per teaspoon.
However more than 75% of food additive complaints reported are about Aspartame. Over 90 different documented symptoms have been listed as being caused by aspartame. Those symptoms include: Headaches/migraines, dizziness, seizures, nausea, numbness, muscle spasms, weight gain, rashes, depression, fatigue, irritability, tachycardia, insomnia, vision problems, hearing loss, heart palpitations, breathing difficulties, anxiety attacks, slurred speech, loss of taste, tinnitus, vertigo, memory loss, and joint pain. While the US food and drug administration, FDA stands behind the market approval of aspartame, many doctors and scientists believe it is dangerous to the human body. It is found in Diet Coke, Diet Pepsi, Yoplait Light yogurt, just to name a few.

Sucralose (Splenda)

Splenda, the brand name for Sucralose, is made from sugar by manipulating it chemically which prevents it being broken down and metabolized by the body. Splenda is 600 times sweeter than sugar and calorie free. It most closely tastes like sugar and leaves no bitter after taste.
However there are concerns about the long term use of Splenda. Research published in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology concluded, “Based on the studies and the extensive animal safety database, there is no indication that adverse effects on human health would occur from frequent or long-term exposure to sucralose at the maximum anticipated levels of intake.” However there have been no independent studies to corroborate this. A study in 1991 suggested that sucralose had the potential to compromise the immune system.

However there is more to consider than just whether or not these compounds are safe. Scientists have discovered that artificial sweeteners can actually change our behavior. It has been suggested that because we have a general understanding that while sugar is sweet, it is high caloric and as a result we are more prone to approach it and other sweets with moderation. However studies have shown that frequent use of artificial sweeteners can cause the brain to take off the brakes so to speak and lift that desire for moderation, causing the subject to be less mindful of healthy eating in general.

Infact researchers found that rats given yogurt with saccharin gained more weight and body fat than rats given yogurt sweetened with ordinary table sugar. The study in Behavioral Neuroscience, suggested that artificial sweeteners tricked the brain into thinking that a high number of calories would follow, and as a result increased hunger and bingeing. However, there are also conflicting results in other studies, so more research must be done to clarify.

All in all, the choice to use sweetener vs sugar is a personal one, but it should be an educated one.

What’s safe for baby

What’s safe for baby?
Plastic or glass – The BPA debate

Time Magazine reported in 2008 that “A consortium of North American environmental and health groups released a paper Thursday showing that many major-brand baby bottles leach bisphenol A, and is now calling for a moratorium on the use of the compound — used to make polycarbonate plastic — in food and beverage containers”

Bisphenol A is a chemical that mimics estrogen in the body and it has been linked to imbalances in sex hormone which could potentially lead to certain cancers such as breast and or prostate. It has also been linked to miscarriages, low sperm count etc, because the babies are exposed to this as their reproductive systems are yet developing.
So what to do?

Don’t panic yet, the EPA still maintains that the quantities leached into milk etc is a small insignificant amount. It claims that 25 times the amount is still considered a safe level of exposure.

Fine.

But as a mom. I’ll err on the side of caution.

8 weeks to becoming a runner

Have you always dreamed of being a runner? Do you watch them as they soar by gracefully? Do you want to take up running as a way to make your body healthier?
Well believe it or not, becoming a runner is more than just getting out there and putting your feet on the pavement. You have to train your body for that amount of strenuous activity.
EwellAfrica has adapted this schedule from Runner’s world to help you train your body to become a runner in 8 weeks. Print out this page and tape it to your fridge, or put it on your outlook calendar…make it a part of your daily routine and get your heart and other places too, healthy!

Week 1
Monday/Wednesday/Friday
Run for 1 min and then walk for 2 mins. Repeat in intervals 10 times.
Tuesday/ Thursday
Walk for 30mins. No running.
Sunday
Rest

Week 2
Monday
Run for 2 mins, then walk for 1 min and repeat 10 times
Tuesday
Walk for 30mins. No running.
Wednesday
Run for 3 mins, then walk for 1 min and repeat 7 times then run 2 mins.
Thursday
Walk for 30mins. No running.
Friday
Run for 4 mins then walk for 1 min. Repeat 6 times.
Saturday
Run for 4 mins then walk for 1 min. Repeat 6 times.
Sunday
Rest

Week 3
Monday
Run for 5 min, then walk 1 min and Repeat 5 times.
Tuesday
Walk for 30mins. No running.
Wednesday
Run for 5 min, then walk 1 min. Repeat 5 times.
Thursday
Walk for 30mins. No running.
Friday
Run for 6 min, then walk 1 min Repeat 4 times, then run 2 min
Saturday
Run for 6 min, then walk 1 min. Repeat 4 times, then run 2 min
Sunday
Rest

Week 4
Monday
Run for 8 minutes then walk for 1 min. Repeat 3 times then run for 3 mins
Tuesday
Walk for 30mins. No running.
Wednesday
Run for 9 minutes, then walk for 1 minute. Repeat 3 times.
Thursday
Walk for 30mins. No running.
Friday
Run for 10 minutes then. Walk for 1 min. Repeat 2 times and then run for 8 min
Saturday
Run for 11 minutes then walk for 1 min. Repeat 2 times and then run for 6 min
Sunday
Rest

Week 5
Monday
Run for 12 minutes, then walk for 1 minute. Repeat twice then, run for 4 min
Tuesday
Walk for 30mins. No running.
Wednesday
Run for 13 minutes, then walk 1 minute. Repeat twice then run for 2 min
Thursday
Walk for 30mins. No running.
Friday
Run for 14 minutes then walk 1 min. Repeat twice.
Saturday
Run for 15 minutes then walk for 1 minute then run for 14 minutes.
Sunday
Rest

Week 6
Monday
Run for 16 minutes then walk for 1 minute. Then run for 13 mins
Tuesday
Walk for 30mins. No running.
Wednesday
Run for 17 minutes then walk for 1 minute. Then run for 12 mins
Thursday
Walk for 30mins. No running.
Friday
Run for 18 minutes then walk for 1 minute. Then run for 11 mins
Saturday
Run for 19 minutes then walk for 1 minute. Then run for 10 mins
Sunday
Rest

Week 7
Monday
Run for 20 minutes then walk for 1 minute. Then run for 9 mins
Tuesday
Run for 20 minutes then walk for 1 minute. Then run for 9 mins
Wednesday
Run for 22 minutes then walk for 1 minute. Then run for 7 mins
Thursday
Walk for 30mins. No running.
Friday
Run for 24 minutes then walk for 1 minute. Then run for 5 mins
Saturday
Run for 26 minutes then walk for 1 minute. Then run for 3 mins
Sunday
Rest

Week 8
Monday
Run for 27 minutes then walk for 1 minute. Then run for 2 mins
Tuesday
Run for 20 minutes then walk for 1 minute. Then run for 9 mins
Wednesday
Run for 28 minutes then walk for 1 minute. Then run for 1 mins
Thursday
Walk for 30mins. No running.
Friday
Run for 29 minutes then walk for 1 minute.
Saturday
RUN FOR 30 MINUTES!!!
Sunday
Rest

After these 8 weeks you should be prepared to run 30 mins straight. Keep up your momentum and keep running.

Running tips
1. Stay hydrated and use food for fuel.
2. Always walk 2 to 3 minutes for a warm up before you begin your workout, and walk another 2 to 3 minutes as a cool down afterward.
3. Best time to run late evening or early morning.
4. Beginning runners often develop shin splints or sore knees. These pains should pass quickly if you treat them immediately with ice packs after your workouts. Put a bag of frozen peas on your shins or knees for 15 minutes. If the pain persists, take several days off before beginning your training program again

Can you run a marathon?

In 2002, Isi Okogun ran the Chicago Marathon. Isi is a professional woman with a tight schedule. EwellAfrica hopes that you will be inspired to accomplish something new in your health and fitness journey!


Isi’s story:

I was so excited that I could barely sleep. I did
some stretching and some crunches. I took a shower and put on my gear. Hat, check, Chip, check, gels, check, and $10 in case I give up (which of course, I will not!) At about 6:40am, I ran out of the building towards Grant Park. The place was teeming with thousands of people of all types, shapes, sizes and nationalities.

My Pace leader Margaret was excited that I made it after 6 months of arduous training. At 7:30am, the gun went off and we all shouted! People started tossing their warm up suits in the air and the homeless people ran around picking up all the free clothes. We just stood in one spot and started walking towards the start because the crowd was so thick, 37500 strong!

I started out going slowly.

As we went, people were screaming:Go Isi! I was running at about a 13 mins mile and I was feeling great. At about mile 6, I really needed to pee. I made a quick stop, came out and kept going. At about mile 8, a guy screamed “Go Isi!” and he jumped out and started hugging me. I was thinking who is this? I was really getting freaked out, because I had no idea who this guy was. Finally I asked if I knew him. He looked shocked and I looked closely at him, it was Enoete Inanga, my neighbor who I hadn’t seen in eons!!! I started screaming. The other runners were looking at us like we were crazy. Enoete ran with me for a while miles and we promised to keep in touch, who knew Enoete lived in Chicago too.

Now I was completely by myself. My goal was to make the 13-mile marker in 3hrs. I got to mile 13, in 3 hrs 3 mins. I was making good time. At about mile 15, I was famished all of a sudden. God, why didn’t I listen to my friend Lola and have breakfast this morning! My stomach was growling; so I ran and bought a pastry quickly, ate half of it and kept going, but I was beginning to really slow down. At mile 17, we ran into the Hispanic neighborhoods, they were blasting some nice hip-hop music. I was jamming and running. People were yelling– “Go Mami, Go Isi”.

By mile 18 I was simply pooped.

I just stopped running and started walking. I walked through Chinatown; all the big drummers were out there with their centipede costumes. By Cominskey Park, I ate some bananas and kept walking, I couldn’t even imagine running. My feet were KILLING me, and my calves and thighs were screaming. I knew then that I was not going to make my time goal. One of the marathon trackers drove by and asked if I was OK?. I was so tempted get in the van and call it a day but I thought about all the people who supported me and donated money for FATE foundation (www.fatefoundation.org) and the notion of telling people I did not complete the marathon was unthinkable. I told the man “ I am OK”.

Around Mile 23, I looked up and there was a huge sign saying “RUN ISI!!” and there was Kofo and Soji. Kofo was jumping up and down and started screaming. I was so happy to see them!! She said, “you have only 3.2 miles to go!” We started jogging, and I was really tired but Kofo kept egging me on. She was trying so hard to help me make it. We got to mile 25 and I saw the sign, I mile to go. Lola and Funmi were screaming, “ Go Isi, you can do it” As we got into Grant park, I saw a huge sign saying, GO ISI being carried by Maurice, Deborah and Nneka. At that point, I felt dizzy like I was going to pass out, and then I stopped to walk. Kofo said no, no, no!! I walked for a few seconds and started jogging again. As I rounded the corner, I saw the most beautiful sight in the world up ahead, 2002 CHICAGO MARATHON FINISH LINE.

I started out in a sprint.

Ahead of me, they were shouting GO ISI, GO ISI. I ran across the finish line, and smiled for the photographers. Ayo gave me a bouquet of roses. For some reason, I pushed them aside and kept going! Like I was Forrest Gump. I finally realized—IT IS OVER! I walked back to the finish. One of the marathon officials put the marathon medal around my neck.
Say what you may, but I am proud to call myself a MARATHONER!!!