Dr. Joseph Kamugisha

health@newtimes.co.rw

High blood pressure can cause diverse health complications

Hypertension or high blood pressure is a common illness in our society. It is commonly referred to as a “silent disease,” because it does not announce itself with any hallmark signs and has no universal symptoms. High blood pressure is a lifestyle related health problem. In spite of...

Monday, June 22, 2015, 12:00 AM

The hidden cause of persistent abdominal bloats

A few months back I met a 60-year old male client who complained of persistent abdominal bloats, a foul smell and a problem with an inner part of the low-gastro-intestinal tract that involves the small intestines, the colon and rectum. The story behind all these problems is that sometimes you...

Monday, June 15, 2015, 12:00 AM

Too much water in-take can harm your body

The main idea I want to share with my readers is to avoid mindless drinking of water without considering other lifestyle factors such as diet, exercise habits and climate.  A few days back I was in the city centre and someone asked me whether drinking water provides health safety. My answer...

Monday, May 18, 2015, 12:00 AM

Cancer misdiagnosis is a common technical error

Misdiagnosis is an incorrect assessment of the patient’s illness type or stage. For example some individuals with malignant form of leukemia tend to suffer recurrent or persistent episodes of fever that could be misinterpreted with typhoid or malaria fever. Also some lung cancer patients...

Monday, May 11, 2015, 12:00 AM

Why you need to maintain good calcium levels in your body

Individuals with low calcium levels (hypocalcaemia) usually present with generalized body weakness of varying degree that is highly dependent on the level of calcium deficiency. This symptom is very common because low calcium levels are associated with a poor neuro-muscular function. The nerves...

Monday, May 4, 2015, 12:00 AM

Circumcision is a crucial health aspect

Circumcision is the surgical removal of the foreskin, the tissue covering the head of the penis. It is an ancient practice that has its origin in religious rites. In the past, people used to circumcise their sons based on religious or other factors but tangible health benefits of circumcision seem...

Monday, April 20, 2015, 12:00 AM

Expectant mothers should pay attention to their feeding habits

Feeding during pregnancy is paramount to the good health status of a pregnant mother. Inadequate nutrients during gestation is probably the single most important environmental factor influencing pregnancy outcome. Although physiological adjustments in nutrient utilization and metabolism are...

Monday, April 13, 2015, 12:00 AM

Positive thoughts can overcome chronic fear and anxiety

Anxiety and fear are normal human emotions that can be encountered in our daily lives and constitute part of our life styles. Everyone can feel anxious when faced with frightening circumstances especially before deeply taking an important decision on how to manage certain situations. In order...

Monday, April 6, 2015, 12:00 AM

Allergies dominate common upper respiratory complaints

Allergies are inappropriate responses by the body’s immune system to a substance that can either be harmful or disrupt proper function of our body system. In some individuals, the immune system can wrongly identify a non-toxic substance as an invader to the body system and the white blood...

Monday, March 30, 2015, 12:00 AM

How to overcome illness without use of medications

In treating various ailments today, it is very hard to counteract the harmful effects of diseases without use of artificial chemicals in form of medication. Generally speaking, medications are chemicals made to minimize or regress toxicity from germs or viruses that affect our health. In the past...

Monday, March 16, 2015, 12:00 AM

Too much alcohol can damage your liver, brain

People drink alcohol for so many reasons ranging from happiness to sadness or disappointments. Though alcohol is a traditional drink for many societies and served at all important events, it poses some health dangers to our lives.  Alcohol toxins can damage many parts of our body especially...

Monday, March 9, 2015, 12:00 AM

Adequate fluid, fiber intake offers good health for digestive system

Water is a neutral fluid and is a medium for all biochemical processes that take place in our body system. The digestive system is one of the most active systems in our body and absorbs large amounts of water on a daily basis. Many healthy looking patients have expressed persistent difficulty in...

Monday, February 23, 2015, 12:00 AM

Hypertensive patients should feed on special meals

Today hypertension is one of the commonest chronic illnesses in our society. However, it should be noted that a proper life style and normal feeding routine can regulate it’s aggressiveness to an appreciable limit. Normal blood pressure is very important for the well being of an individual....

Monday, February 16, 2015, 12:00 AM

Why vitamin A deficiency is a dangerous threat to your health

Dr Joseph Kamugisha We always feel sad when we fall sick and panic to look for treatment or even buy tablets to stabilise our health. When you look at the basis for the occurence of diseases in our body, you will realise that for any problem to occur there is an underlying cause. To trace...

Monday, February 2, 2015, 12:00 AM

Why carotenoids can minimise cancer risks

Joseph Kamugisha The defence of our body system entirely relies on the strength of our immune system. Vitamins play a vital role in the strengthening of immune system and are very important in our daily diets. Most carotenoids contain colourful pigments as seen in most of fruits and...

Monday, January 26, 2015, 12:00 AM

Measures you can take to improve intestinal health

Dr Joseph Kamugisha The digestive system is one of the longest body parts that start from the mouth down to the anus. This tube is responsible for all ingested materials into the body system. The healthy bowel movements are generated by good overall health of a person. People usually suffer...

Monday, January 19, 2015, 12:00 AM

The human body is always exposed to diverse injuries

The human body is always covered by skin and offers protective purposes. When the skin is opened or is damaged, there is always release of peripheral fluids or bleeding. Sometimes an injury can occur and the body fluid can leak from with in the body system and as seen in many cases of internal...

Monday, January 12, 2015, 12:00 AM

Natural ways to overcome abdominal bloat discomfort

For several weeks, I have met clients who persistently complain of an abdominal gas discomfort and usually ask questions on the possible causes and prevention. Abdominal gas feeling becomes a social concern when you are persistently forced into flatulence (the release of gas from the digestive...

Monday, January 5, 2015, 12:00 AM

Why humans are susceptible to illnesses

Dr Joseph Kamugisha It is well known that the body system of human beings or living creatures is usually susceptible to illnesses and occurs either in chronic or acute form. Apart from the contagious form of illnesses, most of the deadly body illnesses tend to develop slowly and usually take...

Monday, December 29, 2014, 12:00 AM

Regular exercise helps overcome unnecessary injuries

Dr Joseph Kamugisha Sometimes people tend to fill muscle fatigue and sometimes injuries after weekly sports exercise on Friday. The muscle fatigue or pain is often caused by poor stretching mechanism or inadequate activity of major muscles. People tend to feel pain especially in joints after...

Monday, December 22, 2014, 12:00 AM