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VP Chiwenga suffering from suspected Polonium-210 poisoning



VP Chiwenga

Zimbabwe’s vice president, Rtd General Constantino Chiwenga, is suspected of suffering from the lethal polonium- 210 poisoning and is reportedly admitted at an undisclosed Indian military hospital, Spotlight Zimbabwe, has been told.

High level sources in the defence ministry this week disclosed that Chiwenga was rushed to India aboard a private plane through the Manyame air base in the capital, for “urgent treatment” and “tests of any possible unidentifiable poisons” as military intelligence officials suspect the former Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) boss, could have ingested the poison administered using food by his political enemies.

Chiwenga’s medical rescue efforts are said to have involved top officials from India’s armed forces and the Zimbabwe army, and that India’s president, Ram Nath Kovind, had called the VP to check on his progress in treatment and health.

Chiwenga paid Kovind a visit last year in March, as a special envoy of President Emmerson Mnangagwa, to explain the regime’s new dispensation policy following the overthrow of the former leader, Robert Mugabe, in a military coup in November 2017.

“Number 2 (Chiwenga) was rushed to an Indian military hospital following suspicion that he could have been poisoned with some kind of dose of a lethal poison or military grade nerve agent during the November coup period,” said the sources.

“Military intelligence officials are not taking any chances. The fact that medical doctors in Zimbabwe and South Africa have failed to explain his exact ailment, made them believe that he could have been made to ingest polonium -210 using food by his enemies, which is very difficult to trace in the human body and only nuclear scientists have the expertise needed to trace it.”

Polonium-210 is a rare radioactive metal discovered by Marie Curie in the late 19th century. While radioactive, it emits a high-energy form of radiation, but the particles do not travel far and it decays relatively quickly. Curie named the chemical element after her country, Poland.

Polonium-210 is also a known carcinogen (a substance capable of causing cancer in living tissue). When inhaled, it causes lung cancer, and if swallowed, it becomes concentrated in red blood cells, before spreading to the liver, kidneys, bone marrow, gastrointestinal tract, and the testicles or ovaries, according to medicalnewstoday.

The deadly poison was infamously used to kill the former Russian spy, Alexander Litvinenko, in London in 2006. He died of radiation sickness. Litvinenko is alleged to have swallowed a fatal dose of Po-210 by drinking tea at a business meeting with two other Russians. Both were charged with his murder.

Last year opposition politician and activist, Elliot Pfebve, made stunning revelations that the late prime minister and MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai may have been poisoned using a poisonous metal isotopy allegedly bought by the ruling Zanu PF party from Russia, which is similar to polonium-210, to eradicate the opposition leadership.

“Tsvangirai may have been poisoned, in the same way, Mnangagwa was poisoned. In 2014, I received a tip-off that Zanu PF bought a poisonous metal isotopy from Russia destined to eradicate opposition leadership.

“It is similar to Polonium 210 which killed Alexander Litvinenko in London but a slow reactive poison than Polonium 210 that takes time to kill its victim by inducing cancer.

This may have explained why recently Mnangagwa came out open on what doctors told him, of a poisonous metal found in his body, which can only be found from 2 military governments of the world, Russia and Israeli,” Pfebve said.

Ironically it is Chiwenga who reacted with speed to Mnangagwa’s alleged poisoning, by sending a helicopter to airlift him from a party rally in Gwanda, and then further to South Africa for emergency attendance.

Mnangagwa is thought to have survived the poisoning, through the skin of the teeth, as he received early medical treatment and because the poisonous metal found in his system was quickly removed.

Local online media and the mainstream reported this week that Chiwenga was in India for treatment, with confirmation from the information ministry, which described his ailment as a “minor abdominal ailment”.

Another online publication, ZimLive, said the second in charge had reportedly undergone esophageal manometry, “used to measure the strength and muscle coordination of one’s esophagus when they swallow”.

There has also been speculation of witchcraft claims as the source of Chiwenga’s affliction, while other reports have linked his medical woes to skin cancer. Chiwenga has been in and out of the hospital in Zimbabwe and South Africa. Only last week the VP was at Cape Town’s Groote Schuur Hospital.

Another high profile world leader, thought to have succumbed to polonium-210 is the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, according to a Swiss forensic report obtained by Al-Jazeera.

Arafat’s official medical records say he died in 2004 from a stroke resulting from a blood disorder. But his body was exhumed in 2012 amid continuing claims he was murdered.

The Swiss report said tests on the body showed “unexpected high activity” of polonium, which “moderately” supported the poisoning theory.
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Tawanda Mambo (Saintfloew)goes to SA for rehab




Zimbabwean rapper Saintfloew is looking to kick his drug addiction once and for all and has reportedly flown out to South Africa where he is going to receive rehabilitation services.

In an interview with Star FM’s Ollah 7 last week, Saintfloew admitted that he was taking drugs, although he was in the process of trying to quit. He refused to admit whether he had been taking the dreaded crystal meth, known popularly as Guka or Dombo.

I cannot confirm the allegations and I cannot say anything about them, so I am not confirming anything and I am not talking about anything. But what I am saying is we came out from the wrong way, a lot happens here in Chitown (Chitungwiza) and I took multiple drugs.

I am still working on quitting taking some of the things. I am not confirming anything but all I can say is there are some drugs that I am trying to stop,” he said.

Saintfloew also revealed that his drug addiction had little to do with the music industry.

It is not like the pressures of music cause artists to take drugs, but before we became artists, we had nothing to do and we had all the time to take drugs. Now if it is regret or moving on, that is what I am working on,” he said

In an interview with H-Metro before the rapper’s departure to South Africa, Saintfloew’s mother, Ebenezer Mambo said that her son’s struggles with drugs were linked to a tough upbringing. She said the musician lost his father at the age of two.

We lost his father when they were still very young and there was no man in the house to whip my son into line. I tried my best to give him a life, but there are some times when a father is needed in the upbringing of children.

I have never doubted my son’s intelligence, but I was worried when he continued pursuing music. He ended up taking drugs and it pains me a lot,” she said.

Mambo praised Nash Paints Group executive chairman, Tinashe Mutarisi, who convinced Saintfloew to go for rehab in SA, for helping her son get back on track.

“I am humbled that good people still exist as is the case with Mr Tinashe Mutarisi. I think he was sent by God to save my son from abusing drugs.

“Like the biblical Moses, Mutarisi has just done the best for my family and I hope my son will come back from South Africa a changed man,” she said.

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Embracing the Mediterranean Diet for a Healthier Lifestyle



Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean Diet – a lifestyle that not only promotes good health but also offers a delicious and enjoyable way of eating. In this article, we will delve into the origins and principles of the Mediterranean Diet, explore its key components, and uncover the numerous health benefits it provides. We will also provide you with practical tips on how to incorporate this diet into your daily routine and share some simple yet tasty recipes to get you started. Additionally, we will address the question of whether the Mediterranean Diet can aid in weight loss. So, if you’re ready to embark on a journey towards better health and culinary delight, let’s dive right in!

The Origins and Principles of the Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean diet is not just a passing trend; it is a way of life that has been followed for centuries in the countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. Its origins can be traced back to ancient Greece and Rome, where people relied on the abundance of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and olive oil that were readily available in their region. The principles of this diet are simple yet powerful: eat mostly plant-based foods, incorporate healthy fats like olive oil, limit red meat consumption, and enjoy meals with family and friends.

One of the key components of the Mediterranean diet is its emphasis on fresh and seasonal ingredients. This means that your meals should be filled with colourful fruits and vegetables that are packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. In addition to these plant-based foods, you should also include whole grains such as brown rice, quinoa, and whole wheat bread in your meals. These provide a good source of fibre and help keep you feeling full for longer periods of time.

Another important principle of the Mediterranean diet is the use of healthy fats like olive oil instead of saturated or trans fats found in processed foods. Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fats which have been shown to improve heart health by reducing bad cholesterol levels. It also adds a delicious flavour to your dishes. Additionally, the Mediterranean diet encourages moderate consumption of dairy products such as cheese and yoghurt which provide calcium and protein.

Key Components of the Mediterranean Diet: What to Include in Your Meals

The Mediterranean diet is known for its emphasis on fresh, whole foods that are rich in nutrients. When it comes to the key components of this diet, there are several food groups that you should include in your meals. These components not only provide a wide range of essential nutrients but also contribute to the overall health benefits of the Mediterranean diet.

One important component of the Mediterranean diet is fruits and vegetables. These should make up a significant portion of your meals, as they are packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Aim to include a variety of colourful fruits and vegetables in your daily meals to ensure you’re getting a wide range of nutrients.

In addition to fruits and vegetables, whole grains are another essential component of the Mediterranean diet. Whole grains such as brown rice, quinoa, and whole wheat bread provide fibre, which helps promote digestive health and keeps you feeling full for longer. Including whole grains in your meals can also help lower the risk of heart disease and improve blood sugar control.

Health Benefits of the Mediterranean Diet: A Closer Look

The Mediterranean diet is not only known for its delicious and diverse range of foods but also for its numerous health benefits. Research has shown that following this diet can help reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, and certain types of cancer. The key to these health benefits lies in the emphasis on whole, unprocessed foods that are rich in nutrients and antioxidants.

One of the main reasons why the Mediterranean diet is so beneficial for our health is because it is high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and healthy fats. These foods are packed with vitamins, minerals, and fibre that support overall well-being. Additionally, the diet includes moderate amounts of lean proteins such as fish and poultry, which provide essential amino acids for muscle growth and repair.

Another important aspect of the Mediterranean diet is its focus on olive oil as the primary source of fat. Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fats, which have been shown to improve heart health by reducing bad cholesterol levels and increasing good cholesterol levels. This can help lower the risk of heart disease and promote a healthy cardiovascular system.

Tips for Incorporating the Mediterranean Diet into Your Lifestyle

One of the key tips for incorporating the Mediterranean Diet into your lifestyle is to focus on whole, unprocessed foods. This means choosing fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats. By avoiding processed foods that are often high in added sugars, unhealthy fats, and preservatives, you can ensure that you are nourishing your body with nutrient-dense foods that promote good health.

Another important tip is to embrace the abundance of plant-based foods in the Mediterranean Diet. Vegetables, legumes, nuts, and seeds are all staples of this eating pattern. Try to incorporate a variety of these foods into your meals and snacks throughout the day. Not only will they provide essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, but they also add delicious flavours and textures to your dishes.

In addition to focusing on food choices, it’s also important to adopt a mindful approach to eating when following the Mediterranean Diet. This means paying attention to hunger and fullness cues, eating slowly and savouring each bite, and being aware of portion sizes. By practising mindful eating, you can develop a healthier relationship with food and enjoy a more satisfying dining experience.

Mediterranean Diet Recipes: Simple and Tasty Ideas to Try

The Mediterranean diet is not only known for its health benefits but also for its delicious and simple recipes. Incorporating these recipes into your meals can be a great way to enjoy the flavours of the Mediterranean while reaping the rewards of this nutritious eating plan. From fresh salads to hearty soups, there are plenty of tasty ideas to try.

One popular Mediterranean recipe is Greek salad. Made with fresh vegetables like tomatoes, cucumbers, and bell peppers, this colourful dish is packed with vitamins and minerals. Topped with feta cheese and olives, it offers a tangy and salty flavour that perfectly complements the crispness of the vegetables. Drizzle some olive oil and lemon juice over it for a refreshing dressing that brings all the ingredients together.

If you’re looking for something heartier, why not try a classic Italian pasta dish? Spaghetti aglio e olio is a simple yet satisfying recipe that features garlic-infused olive oil tossed with al dente spaghetti. Add some red pepper flakes for a hint of spice, and garnish with parsley or grated Parmesan cheese for an extra burst of flavour. This quick and easy recipe is perfect for busy weeknights when you want something delicious without spending hours in the kitchen.

The Mediterranean Diet and Weight Loss: Can It Help You Shed Those Extra Pounds?

The Mediterranean Diet has gained popularity not only for its delicious and diverse food options but also for its potential to aid in weight loss. While weight loss is a complex process that involves various factors, the Mediterranean Diet can certainly play a role in helping you shed those extra pounds. This diet emphasizes whole, unprocessed foods that are rich in nutrients and low in unhealthy fats and sugars.

One of the reasons why the Mediterranean Diet can be effective for weight loss is because it encourages the consumption of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. These foods are generally lower in calories compared to processed foods and can help you feel fuller for longer periods of time. Additionally, the diet promotes healthy fats such as olive oil and nuts, which provide satiety and can prevent overeating.

Another aspect of the Mediterranean Diet that contributes to weight loss is its focus on mindful eating. This means paying attention to hunger cues, eating slowly, and savouring each bite. By practising mindful eating, you become more aware of your body’s signals of fullness and are less likely to overeat. Furthermore, the social aspect of sharing meals with family or friends can also promote healthier eating habits and portion control.

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Addressing High Blood Pressure Amid Zimbabwe’s Economic Challenges



High Blood Pressure In Zimbabwe

Exploring Affordable Solutions to Reduce and Prevent Hypertension in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe, like many developing nations, is facing the dual burden of high blood pressure, also known as hypertension and economic challenges. Hypertension poses a significant health risk to the population, and finding feasible solutions within the constraints of the country’s economic situation becomes crucial. This article aims to shed light on the issue and explore potential strategies to reduce and prevent high blood pressure in Zimbabwe.

High blood pressure affects a considerable number of Zimbabweans, increasing the risk of heart disease, stroke, and other serious health complications. Factors contributing to hypertension include poor diet, lack of physical activity, stress, and limited access to healthcare services. Furthermore, the economic situation in the country adds additional hurdles to addressing this health concern.

Considering the economic constraints, here are some solutions that can be pursued to help reduce and prevent high blood pressure in Zimbabwe:

  • Promoting Public Awareness: Creating targeted awareness campaigns to educate the public about the risks associated with hypertension and its prevention is crucial. Collaborating with community leaders, healthcare professionals, and local organisations can help disseminate information through various channels, including community gatherings, radio programs, and social media platforms.
  • Emphasising Healthy Lifestyle Choices: Encouraging individuals to adopt healthier lifestyles plays a pivotal role in preventing high blood pressure. Despite economic limitations, promoting regular physical activity, such as walking or jogging, can be done at little to no cost. Raising awareness about the importance of a balanced diet, including affordable locally-grown fruits and vegetables, can also contribute to healthier choices.
  • Affordable Blood Pressure Monitoring: Facilitating access to affordable blood pressure monitoring devices can empower individuals to take control of their health. Partnering with medical suppliers and organisations to negotiate reduced prices or establish community-based blood pressure screening centres can make monitoring more accessible to the general population.
  • Strengthening Primary Healthcare: Given the economic constraints, focusing on strengthening primary healthcare services can provide more affordable and accessible hypertension management options. Training healthcare workers in community clinics to diagnose and manage high blood pressure effectively, as well as providing low-cost or generic medications, can significantly improve the situation.
  • Leveraging Technology for Telemedicine: Exploring the use of telemedicine can overcome barriers caused by limited healthcare infrastructure. Implementing teleconsultation services can enable remote monitoring and management of hypertension, reducing the need for frequent visits to healthcare facilities and associated costs.
  • Government Support and Partnerships: The government should prioritise healthcare, even amidst economic challenges, by allocating resources to preventive measures. Collaborating with international organisations and NGOs to secure funding, expertise, and support can go a long way in addressing high blood pressure in Zimbabwe.

It is important to acknowledge that reducing high blood pressure in Zimbabwe requires a multi-faceted approach involving individuals, communities, healthcare providers, and government stakeholders. By combining efforts, even within the limitations of the economic situation, progress can be made towards a healthier population, mitigating the burden of hypertension on individuals and the healthcare system.

In conclusion, high blood pressure poses a significant health risk in Zimbabwe, compounded by economic challenges. However, by focusing on public awareness, promoting healthy lifestyle choices, ensuring affordable blood pressure monitoring, strengthening primary healthcare, leveraging technology, and securing government support, progress can be achieved in reducing and preventing hypertension. It is essential to prioritise the health of the population, even in challenging economic times, for a healthier future for Zimbabwe.

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