We live in a time where success is defined in innumerable ways. Deeply rooted in our psyche is the struggle of the ego. This struggle makes us look inwards and always find ourselves wanting. No matter how much we gain, nothing seems to be enough. The outward response to this is self-depreciation, self-deprivation and arrogance. We spend a great deal of time comparing ourselves to others either consciously or subconsciously, and we borne within our hearts fear and insecurity; failing to see our own value in the process. We wonder why people accept us, and others reject us. The desire for love and respect when denied leaves us wounded and longing. Thus the need for a successful life. This life will then incorporate us into the society and make us feel accepted, irrespective of our race and background.

For too long, our world has measured success incorrectly. We have championed, promoted and followed some wrong people along the way and judged others on the heaviness of their salary packages, eloquence of speech, model of cars they use and their neighborhood of residence. We have focused on the wrong things and have made terribly awful judgments along the way. Are these people truly successful, or they have just found ways to taint the windscreen that exposes us to the clarity of life?

How do you define success? Growing up, I equated money and power with success and for a long time, this has framed my mind. Go through school and get educated. Chase money, power and fame and eventually call yourself a successful man. You could write a couple of best-sellers in the process narrating how you accrued such wealth, self-actualized and got to the top. However with time, things have changed. I have realized not everyone gets to the top. As different as our fingers are, so are our lives. Success is therefore a very personal thing. What drives one person may be different for another, and understanding how others measure success can help you better understand your own definition.

Success is achieving what you have set out to do. This definition of success starts to shape more of an internal feeling, a sense of purpose rather than the pursuit of accolades. This includes getting the job you have always wanted, getting accepted into college and the achievement of inner peace. Success comes only by persevering despite failure. The true measure of success is how many times you can bounce back from failure. Winston Churchill defines success as “Walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” This means you have to go ahead and make the mistakes. Don’t be discouraged when you fail because it gets low before it gets high.  When you make mistakes, mount your head high and learn from them.

Success is not only found in great achievements, but also in small daily tasks. You don’t need groundbreaking and spectacular performances before you announce your presence in the world of success, but even the small affairs of daily life can make you successful. I personally keep a diary in which I write my goals for the day. Immediately I’m done accomplishing a goal, I cross the task out as done. This delivers a huge endorphin boost no matter how minute and inconsequential the task is. It is my desire to become successful to live my true purpose and have a positive impact on the lives of people by uplifting them and inspiring them, by working and treating each day as a gift with a destination in mind.

There is nothing quite as useless as doing with great efficiency something that should not be done at all” – Peter Drucker.

A metric is defined as a system or standard of measurement. Being able to achieve a success metric is hard, but knowing which metric to achieve is important. Choose your own metric for success and personally discover what you value. The thing is you will end up flowing with the current of the culture around you if you don’t choose a suitable metric for success. Don’t feel like a failure just because you don’t meet someone else’s metric, but strive to build yours and give yourself the kudos when you achieve this benchmark.

Luckily for us, personal success is not a matter of background, intelligence or native ability, but the capacity to get the very best out of ourselves under almost all conditions and circumstances. This defines our ability to adapt to the present circumstances and tailor them to change our lives for good. Don’t just measure immediate tangible results to define success but consider what you have learnt in the long term and how it will help you achieve success in the future.

People have contemplated the role of luck in being successful. Even though luck can contribute to success regardless of what anyone tells you, no successful person is just lucky. Luck provides you with a good start and puts you on the right pedestal to start your journey to success, but the fuel needed to continue this journey is hard work. A dream does not become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination, and hard work.

Good health is one factor that should not be underestimated when mentioning the determinants of success. The enjoyment of life is at best incomplete in poor health. In our part of the continent, some people are unable to eat the choicest of foods when they get successful, because of an underlying health condition. When starting out your journey, remember to take good care of your health because good health renders your performance adequate, and the more you perform, the greater your chances of success. A healthy lifestyle improves productivity. This reduces absenteeism and results in an individual having improved job evaluations and opportunities for advancement and future employment. That being said, your mental health should not be exempted because being optimistic has a self-fulfilling effect in propelling you towards success.

There are several common measures of success by society definitions today. Money and material possessions are a rather universal equivalent of success. This assumption carries many flaws because it sees them as a goal in itself and not a consequence of your achievements. With wealth comes popularity and these are external measures of success. This can be seen in the lives of famous entrepreneurs, writers and actors. However, there is a whole universe of success definitions which are invisible, can’t be easily measured and are highly personalized. External measures of success are flawed because they were created by someone else, so faring our achievements against these artificial standards means we evaluate ourselves against a bar someone else created.

It makes more sense to measure success according to our own ruler – whether we find what we do meaningful to us, whether it helps other’s lives improve and whether we have more happy memories than regrets at the end of our lives.

So a meaningful life and success have nothing to do with wealth, fame and the number of expensive cars one has. It has everything to do with working on what makes us happy, surrounding ourselves with the people who bring love and warmth to our lives and leading lives that make sense to us. The search formula for success is found in one word. Contentment. The truth is the more you live in contentment, the more productive and fulfilled you will be, and you will live in greater success as the masterpiece you were created to be.

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Who wants to make bad decisions? No one! But over time, I’ve learned that indecision can often be worse.  Indecision and uncertainty can be dangerous, and let you to settle in your comfort zone thinking you have reached the pinnacle of your life when you are just about starting. You could have shot past the target and achieved all your goals but because of indecision you are at where you are now – tired but hungry for success

Maybe it has gotten to that part of your career where you have to take that step; the step into the future. It might probably be time for you to tie that knot with your fiancée, take that loan to start your business or further your education. How do you do it? Usually we tend to consult our friends and mentors and find out their views concerning our steps before we take them, but bear in mind the step of the righteous man is ordered by the Lord. Just like starting an engine, all you have got to do is a say a word of prayer as you push to start and hope the car moves. Without starting the engine, the car stays stagnant.

What do you do when you want to take that step? Decision is the biggest and boldest step in any journey worth taking. Deliberately deciding to do something different; deciding to make a change; deciding to go on a big adventure — and then wanting it so badly that not achieving it then becomes the impossible notion in one’s mind. This requires you to show a fearless daring spirit. It is with this spirit one achieves a goal or a task he/she has set his mind to do.

We have become too comfortable — finding ourselves standing still in our comfort zones. Quite simply, our comfort zone is an easy place to be. We retreat to our comfort zones to feel a sense of ease and certainty. We know what to do within it. We know how to excel. Why question what works for us? Sometimes we shouldn’t; however, when this place of retreat becomes a blockade between what our essential selves want, then we must challenge the status quo. But challenging the status quo isn’t fun. As a result, we may overstay our welcome in the comfort zone.

Without realizing it, from that function of comfort, comes the desolate and uninspiring interim. Most ironically, this period of waiting is a very uncomfortable place to be.  I often don’t notice that I’m waiting – standing rigid in my comfort zone.  I trick myself into believing there is a good reason that I’m waiting for something external to happen.

An anonymous quote reads, “Indecision is the graveyard of good intention”. Do you feel that fear, or a sense of helplessness, stand in your way between where you are now and where you want to be? If you do, ask yourself why? Utilize the question of “WHY?” to get to the root of your inaction. It may take five or more why’s to break down the amorphous uncertainty, but without doing so, you remain exactly where you were, without any clue as to what your next step should be. Asking yourself “why?” clarifies what is standing between you and your bold action. This questioning process won’t take the action for you, but it will provide you with a greater certainty and a sense of control towards your next step.

I believe the first step, that deliberate decision to do something fresh, bold, and different, is the hardest. Of course, it’s also the most important step, because after that first step, several things happen to your advantage to help you along your journey.

By stepping into your future and claiming it with purpose, synchronous events align to help steer your path toward a future filled with promise. This is not a patronizing statement to seduce you into overestimating your abilities. Unless you examine if your present circumstances are serving you, you remain stuck and inhibited as one of the masses; conditioned to be like everyone else that we attempt to stand out by decorating our external shell, hoping to be noticed as being different to others in some way when typically we are all the same.

It is high time you came into terms with your reality and acknowledge the fact that your reality is anything but fixed; dynamic, pliable and mostly dependent on your inner world. Through inner transformation in the form of personal growth and self-awareness, your preconceived ideas of how life should unfold are distilled into your life’s experiences which in turn become your reality. Create a clear and concrete visual representation of your future plans and your dream future and have a cinematic feel of your life as it unfolds.

You must be willing to provide the ideal circumstances for it to flourish and let go of your past conditioning and the beliefs and thoughts that stifle your personal growth. To get from where you are now to where you want to be, you will need a plan. If you are still in school, you have plenty of time to examine study options and career-related options coupled with the freedom to explore a wide range of interests. Try out as many extracurricular activities as possible and talk to career advisors or anybody you think can give you some valuable advice.

If you have a degree but are unsure of what to do next, bear in mind you have limitless opportunities before you, so now’s the time to explore different options and take the time to figure out what you enjoy doing. I have a friend who volunteered for a company for a year before she was employed by the same company. You could try out a job for several months, even if you aren’t sure you will like it, speak to people doing work you think you might enjoy or try out volunteer programs. This will provide the practical work experience that will look great on your resume when applying for jobs and perhaps help you get clear on what you would like to do in the future.

If anything you would want to do is expensive, don’t give up! If you are committed and determined, you can make your dreams happen. You could start working and saving to stash away enough money for the future. You could set up automatic bank transfers to a savings account and cook meals at home instead of eating out. Take note that small changes can make a big difference. You could also think creatively of ways to raise funds and apply for a scholarship with these funds. You can encourage yourself to take action by making use of available resources to your advantage.

Stay organized and make lists of things you need to do, as well as things you have already done. This will help you maintain an uncluttered and stress-free mind, so you don’t get bogged down with feelings of being overwhelmed. Remember to ask for help and ask for advice on the next step you would like to take. Your destiny is in your hands, ready to be shaped the way you want. Take it one step at a time and you will see yourself inching towards your dream each day.

The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks and then starting on the first one – Mark Twain

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Today is a Sunday and I am pretty sure a lot of us are relaxing in the comfort of our homes just because it is a weekend. The weekdays make people find themselves stuck in a daily routine that offers a little more than the “rise and grind” type of life. While it is important to stick to a daily schedule of work, the same routine could become dull especially when you have to wake up every day to go to work at the same time and engage in the same activity every day. Hence the need for leisure. Leisure’s purpose is to be an escape from work and personal worries. It is a time you take for yourself to disconnect. What is a shot of positivity to take your mind from quotidian issues and the problems of life? That is leisure! A great way to end the monotony by focusing on a hobby that is both enjoyable and helps you pass the time in a meaningful way.

Most major religions call for a day of rest; known as the Sabbath day in the Christian belief system. However it has been getting harder and harder to take that day fully with people constantly online chained to their devices. The maintenance culture of people regarding an ideal rest state is getting enough time to scroll past several posts on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. Is this the only way good quality could be spent? It is essential we know the different means by which we could spend our leisure hours effectively.

Leisure is defined as the freedom provided by the cessation of activities. This includes free time from work or duties. This is also free time spent away from business, work, job hunting, domestic chores and education as well as necessary activities such as eating and sleeping. Do people actually take their time off to enjoy their leisure? Or try to match up with societal standards by gardening, just to keep up with their neighbor’s garden?

For lots of people, leisure is like a mirage: they can see it very far away but can’t reach it. Nowadays we are extremely busy, that time does not stretch long enough for everything to be done. This leads to the neglect of leisure. But what you need to realize is, at one point in your fast paced life, you will need a break because your body will manifest its tiredness.

When people engage in leisure activity, they have lower stress levels, a better mood, a lower heart rate and more psychological engagement. This can help avoid unhealthy behaviors. Without having a hobby, your life may become boring, seem demanding and end up in an unhealthy cycle. To increase your personal satisfaction which would flow over to your work performance, it is quintessential to have a hobby that can add excitement and spark to your life and your ability to maintain a healthy family and cordial relationships.

Leisure time can offer a great opportunity to catch up on unfinished tasks and advance yourself personally or professionally. Make your free time productive by doing activities for personal development and connecting with your social network. Use your leisure time as a period of reflection to look back on the goals you have set, decide if you are advancing as you would like, and determine if you need to revise or develop new goals.

Next, identify some things you would like to learn and challenge yourself creatively. This could be taking up a task to learn a new language or better your culinary skills. Make a list of a few new skills you would like to obtain. These include things that relate to your personal or professional development and hobbies you want to pick up purposefully out of curiosity.

Your to-do list may be bogged down with extremely overwhelming tasks that you keep pushing to the next day or next week. Such tasks cause frustration and rarely get done until the last minute. Ensure that you actually complete the outstanding tasks on your to-do list by decluttering it.

In Ghana, the weekends showcase a range of networking events which include weddings, funerals and evening cocktail parties. This may serve as a perfect backdrop to pitch a new idea or pass out your business cards. Having a strong social support group makes you more resilient to stress and improves self-esteem. Plan a game night, call up a few friends or family members you never get to see and invite them to join in the fun. Connecting with those you love is a wonderful way to spend your leisure time.

Meal prepping is also a great way to use your down time. When you plan and prepare your meals ahead of time, you are less likely to choose unhealthy options like junk food. If you need the food prepared faster, you could ask a roommate, your partner or children to help you. Plus, you will have more fun as you work together.

Finally, you could make exercise a priority by using your leisure time to engage in physical activity. This delivers an energy boost and keeps your mind alert at all times. Allot at least 30 minutes to running, walking, cycling or some other preferred activity. You could also practice self-care by creating a self-care toolbox which includes your favorite movie, novel or drawing book. These are activities that will rejuvenate your mind.

Benefits of enjoying a leisure activity include

  1. Improving short term memory
  2. Boosting your immune system
  3. Helps sleep disrupting habits like checking your cell phone before bed
  4. Reduces Stress
  5. Reduces the risk of heart disease and inflammation
  6. Restores your mental energy
  7. Boosts creativity.

I would like to end on this note with one of my favorite quotes by Pope Francis

Together with a culture of work, there must be a culture of leisure as gratification. To put it another way, people who work must take time to relax, to be with their families, to enjoy themselves, read, listen to music, play a sport

Thanks for reading and have a fruit filled Sunday!



Having a personal brand is important for an entrepreneur because now more than ever, it’s important for CEOs and founders of companies/brands to come out to the forefront and connect with their audiences. People connect with people. – Kevin Stimpson

People reinvent themselves all the time—to take on a new challenge, shift into more-meaningful work, or beat back perceptions that have hindered their career progress. Sometimes the rebranding is subtle or evident. Taking control of your personal brand may mean the difference between an unfulfilling job and a rewarding career.

A personal brand is, in many ways, similar to a corporate brand. It is who you are, what you stand for, the values you embrace, and the way in which you express those values.

Just as a company’s brand helps to communicate its value to customers and stand out from the competition, a personal brand does the same for individuals, helping to communicate a unique identity and clear value to potential employers or clients.

An overwhelming 85 percent of hiring managers report that a job candidate’s personal brand influences their hiring decisions. Your personal brand should highlight your strengths, establish a reputation, build trust, and communicate the unique attributes that you bring to your current (or desired) industry. Cultivated well, your personal brand will signal to employers whether or not you’ll be the right fit for an open role.

Developing a personal brand might sound challenging, but there are incremental steps you can take to build credibility in your field. When you have a personal brand that clearly articulates who you are, what you do, and how you help others, it makes it easier for other people and entrepreneurs to see value in connecting with you. You can leverage your personal brand to build your network, both online and offline, quickly and effectively.

Building a personal brand that positions you as the go-to expert in a specific industry or niche helps you to attract more of your ideal clients. When you’re positioned as an expert, it’s also easier for people to refer clients to you. Having a strong personal brand helps justify charging premium prices for your products and services. Without a brand, you become a commodity that competes on price. And there will always be competitors that can beat your price.

Over time, your business will evolve. You may even start multiple businesses in different industries over the course of your career. Your personal brand stays with you as you move from one venture to the next. Having a personal brand helps to build trust with your audience, and position you as an authority and a thought leader in your industry.

The Brand Building Process

The first thing you have to do to identify your personal brand is to know who you really are. You have to sit back and reflect on your values, abilities and passions. What you like to do and what you’re great at. Then you include very important skills you have, and those things that really interest you, what you like to talk about and what you always want to find more about. Being clear about your values is very important when creating your personal brand. If what you do is not in line with your values, you will not be happy with your work or your business and you will probably end up quitting. Sit down and reflect on what is important in your life, what makes you feel happy and fulfilled.

Ask yourself:

1. In which areas of work do I excel?

2. What motivates me?

3. What characteristics have others complimented me on?

4. Which projects have others had to help me with repeatedly?

5. Which roles seem to drain my energy?

6. Which projects can I spend hours on without feeling overwhelmed or tired?

If you’re struggling to answer these questions, ask friends, family, and co-workers how they would describe you. Once you’re more aware of the different facets of your personality, you can decide how best to brand them.

Your personal brand is more than a reflection of who you are today; it’s a roadmap of where you to go. In addition to understanding your existing skills and competencies, it is important to assess your strengths and weaknesses as they relate to whichever industry or career you want to break into next. By doing this, you’ll uncover the skills and traits that make you distinct, as well as the areas where you need to improve or gain new knowledge in order to advance. Forecasting where you want to be in five or 10 years—and the attributes you want to be known for—can help you better determine what steps you need to take in order to get there.

What you offer and the kind of person you are will interest a certain kind of people, not everyone. You have to be very clear about who those people are. Study your audience and address them with your message. If you help your audience achieve their goals, they will help you achieve yours. At first it can be a bit complicated to know exactly who your target audience is. It will take you some time to get to know the type of audience that is interested in what you offer, however, this is essential in order to be able to attract the kind of people you can help and who in turn will help you. The main thing here is to understand the motivations of your target audience, what worries them or what interests them. This will allow you to better design the content of your blog, podcast or marketing emails in order to attract the attention of the right audience.

As you start mapping out the careers you want, it is recommended to compile research on experts in those roles. Find out who the thought leaders are in whatever field you’re interested in, and don’t just follow them, go online and find out if they have blogs, or where they contribute their thinking. Look for people who are successful and examine what they’re doing. Imitate them, and then do one better. In building a personal brand, your goal is to stand out—but you can’t rise to the top without taking inventory of who’s already there.

As you cultivate your ideal personal brand, it’s important to network regularly and effectively to grow your professional circle. Connect with peers and industry thought-leaders by going to formal and informal networking events. The more connections you make—and the more value you can provide in your interactions—the more likely it is your personal brand will be recognized. And, considering 85 percent of all jobs are filled through networking, regularly attending these events will help you not only build your brand, but potentially advance your career, too. At these events, don’t be shy about asking fellow attendees to meet again for an informational interview or a casual coffee chat. And remember, if you don’t get a chance to connect at the event, reach out via email or LinkedIn to spark a conversation.

Having current and former colleagues and managers endorse you is one of the easiest and most effective ways to define your personal brand, allowing others to communicate your value for you. Just as a business might cultivate customer reviews and testimonials for use in sales and marketing collateral, you too should cultivate your own reviews in the form of recommendations.

One of the most important aspects of personal branding is making sure your online presence is engaging to hiring managers, co-workers, and others—even if you’re not on the job hunt. With so many different social media tools available today, your online presence will likely look different depending on the medium you choose. While your story should match across all platforms, once you know where your targeted audience is most likely to turn, you can redouble your efforts in telling your best story there. Additionally, if you want one of your sites or profiles to be exclusively for friends and family, adjust your privacy settings to ensure that potential employers don’t stumble upon any information that could potentially harm your chances of landing a job.

Your brand is more than just an online persona; it’s how you carry yourself at home, in the office, and even on your daily commute. Your reputation is everything! The more opportunities you have to work with others, volunteer for projects, and assert yourself as a leader, take them. That’s part of your brand.

Leadership isn’t reserved for C-suite executives. Strong leaders exist at every level of the organization. Leadership comes from how you behave, how you act, and how you inherently interact with people. That’s real leadership. That story you tell, combined with those everyday interactions, ultimately define your personal brand.

Your brand is your public identity, what you’re trusted for. And for your brand to endure, it has to be tested, redefined, managed, and expanded as markets evolve. Brands either learn or disappear – Lisa Gansky


I had the opportunity to educate my fellow colleagues in the Akatakyie fraternity on measures to take good care of their kidneys, identify the risk factors that predispose them to the development of various kidney diseases, and measures they could employ to reduce these risks to the progression of kidney diseases. The purpose of this post is educate my readers who could not join the session last night on the various kidney disorders, signs and symptoms you could look for, if you suspect a person has a kidney disease for prompt referral to the hospital for a resolution of these symptoms.

I remember back in primary school, usually on my way from home, we used to fill our journeys with stories. Random stories children of today would not talk about. It was a myth that people who traveled long distances from Ghana to Libya drank their urine as they passed through the desert. This happened when they had ran out of water to drink and felt very thirsty. I had wondered why anyone in his right senses would take in something so bitter and toxic without cringing. As I passed through medical school, I got to understand the composition of urine and this probed me to understand their motives in these times of crisis.

Why a kidney? Do you need two kidneys at all? Why are the kidneys positioned in your abdomen and not near your neck? The kidneys play a vital role in ensuring you have the best of health. It works by basically filtering your blood. By this I mean it absorbs all the toxins you have ingested from the different kinds of drinks and food you have consumed, and makes sure your blood has the right composition at all times. The right composition of blood makes sure your hormones, electrolytes and cells work optimally at all times.

This is done by employing the use of the nephron- the basic functional unit of the kidney. It is said the kidney has about 1 million nephrons which work day and night to make sure your kidneys produce urine continuously even when you are asleep. A part of the nephron known as the glomerulus plays its role by acting as the bodyguard at a party who ensures people either enter or leave the party without an invite. This invite is their respective sizes. The glomerulus does not restrict the movement of water and some proteins; however larger molecules and other blood components which include white blood cells and platelets are not allowed entry through the glomerulus. If these are found in your urine, it could signify an underlying renal damage for which you would need urgent intervention by a renal specialist.

The kidney also produces a hormone known as erythropoietin which is vital in the production of red blood cells, in instances where your blood oxygen level is low. Lung diseases such as pneumonia and pulmonary edema (fluid in the lungs) could reduce these oxygen levels so require the production of an increased amount of red blood cells. These red blood cells are needed to trap oxygen from your lungs. Conditions such as Chronic Kidney Disease result disrupt the synthesizing ability of the kidneys in producing erythropoietin thereby cause anemia.

Some people with kidney diseases also present with weak bones mainly caused by a deficiency of calcium. This is termed hypocalcemia.

After urine is produced, it has to move from the kidney to the bladder by means of a long pipe called the ureter. Because there are two kidneys, there are two ureters. But there is only one bladder. These ureters run their course and end in the bladder located at the groin region. Kidney stones located in the ureters can prevent urine from reaching the bladder. However if this happens in one kidney, the other ureter can compensate for the extra function of the malfunctioned ureter. This could be seen on imaging (X-ray) as a dilated ureter. Kidney stones also known as renal calculi can impact themselves along various aspects of the urinary tract and cause severe pain which initially begins at the region of the kidney, and moves along to the groin. It could manifest as blood in the urine. This is termed as hematuria.

Blood in the urine should always be reported at the hospital because this could signify any underlying pathology from the kidney to the urethra. However certain medications used in the treatment of tuberculosis, and certain foods which includes blackberries and beet could cause a red discoloration of the urine. A test known as a urine dipstick can be used to differentiate the red discoloration being caused by the presence of blood from that due to other causes.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has determined that an adequate daily fluid intake for men should be 3.7L and 2.7L for women. But the water that is taken should match or possibly exceed your daily losses through urine. In the presence of a dry atmosphere, there might be the need to consume more water to prevent dehydration which could have an adverse reaction on organs in your body which includes your brain.

Some people pass a lot of urine in a day. For this to be a problem, the amount should be greater than 3L per day. This is termed as polyuria. The opposite on the spectrum is known as oliguria where people pass scanty urine a day (500mls or less). Causes of oliguria include an acute renal failure or an obstruction along the point of the urinary tract. Anuria is the condition where no urine is passed at all, in 24 hours. This is an emergency so there is the need for swift presentation to a clinic for evaluation of its cause and treatment.

Most people present to the clinic with signs of infection which could be caused by either infections of the kidney and its associated tract. This is known as a urinary tract infection. If this infection happens from the kidney to the ureter, it is termed as an upper urinary tract infection. If it occurs below, it is known as a lower urinary tract infection. Their presentations differ, so it is essential the health professional identifies the symptoms and signs based on the story told by the individual and the findings elicited on examining the patient.

Based on the symptoms, signs and doctor’s discretion, he might order tests which include a renal function test to evaluate the functional capability of your kidney, a full blood count to assess the blood cells or identify any underlying infection, an ultrasound of the kidneys to estimate the sizes of the kidney and a CT scan in extreme cases.

The risk factors differ for the diverse forms of the kidney diseases. Being at risk means it is more likely you will get kidney disease. But this is not absolute. Risks factors that predispose to the development of kidney diseases include a family history of kidney disease and being hypertensive or diabetic. Africans are known to have an elevated risk for kidney disease notably chronic kidney disease, compared with European Americans. Much of this risk is due to genetic variations in a gene that creates a specific protein in the body.  As you progress in age, your predisposition to diseases increases, mainly due to a weakened immune system. This could result in having a kidney disease.

In addition, taking alcohol in extreme amounts and smoking have been shown to be risk factors of kidney disease. Obesity further compounds these problems and worsens your protection from illnesses of the kidney. The use of herbal preparations for different reasons is a disturbing cause for presentation of most of our energetic guys to the hospital with kidney disease for which they might require dialysis.

It is therefore essential you protect yourself against these risk factors because Prevention is better than Cure. Because high blood pressure and diabetes are the most common causes of kidney failure, many of the prevention tips are related to managing these two conditions. Ways you prevent kidney diseases include

1. Managing your blood sugar

2. Managing your blood pressure

3. Maintaining a healthy weight

4. Eating a heart-healthy diet

5. Reducing salt intake

6. Drinking enough water

7. Limiting alcohol

8. Cutting down smoking

9. Limiting over-the-counter pain medication

11. Exercising regularly

Life is meant to be enjoyed and enjoyed to the longest extent. Protect your kidneys because Healthy Kidneys are a Healthy You.

Thanks for reading. Have a lovely weekend!



Yesterday was a statutory public holiday in Ghana, hence I enjoyed my rest by continuing a plan I started 3 days ago on the YouVersion app on my phone -Making Time to Rest. Today being the 3rd day lists journaling as an essential part of the rest process.

Writing, especially self-exploratory writing done on a regular basis, has been linked to emotional well-being and a strong sense of self-knowledge and self-trust. Writing gives insight, it gives perspective, it’s a problem-solving technique, and it can serve as an outlet for bottled up emotions, unresolved trauma, or for creative expression. Journaling is a great way to introduce self-exploratory writing into your life.

Integrating journaling as part of our daily practice does not take a lot of skill. I discovered my life took on a different turn when I started journaling-writing down my life on the canvas of a book as the days progressed into weeks, the weeks into months, and the months into years.

I would like to do a throwback to when my Dad got me my first diary. I was just thrilled at the mere sight of it, and the thought I had a diary, but I did not know what I was going to fill it with.

I went through his old diaries on the shelf of our library to gain a fair idea of what to put in my new found love in the form of scribbling ink. His diaries had a mixture of appointments he had fixed under the different dates and excerpts from church activities he had attended in his youth with lots of bible verses in them. He made journaling fun.

Back to me, I found myself journaling the day’s activities at the end of the day in the journal. A skill I had picked up in one of the movies I had watched where a sailor stranded on a ‘no-man’s’ land kept writing his daily adventures in a book he took along. This had then become the main theme of the series.

I again tried to create interesting activities with the purpose of filling my diary with fun-filled activities. “The day I almost drowned when I went swimming for the first time” when I could have just stayed indoors and played video games, “The day I met Akosua on my way to buy prepaid credit at a distant place from home” when I could have saved cost by purchasing it a few miles from home and buying top up credit for my new phone with the extra money I had.

I have been writing something about my every day for almost 4 years now. It has been one of the greatest and most freeing experiences in my life because I can actually slow myself down to think about what’s truly happening around me as well as my part in it.

What is Journaling? As an adult there are many great benefits to journaling as part of a self-care routine. It helps clear out all the ‘junk’, sweeping your mind clean to allow for breathing space. By journaling and documenting our thoughts we are participating in a process of deeper personal understanding which can have a very positive impact on our own health.

Journaling generally involves the practice of keeping a diary or journal that explores thoughts and feelings surrounding the events of your life. There are several different ways to do this. Journaling, as a stress management and self-exploration tool, works best when done consistently, but even occasional, sporadic journaling can be stress relieving when the practice is focused on gratitude or emotional processing.

One of the most effective ways to reduce stress with journaling is to write in detail about feelings and thoughts related to stressful events, as one would discuss topics in therapy, but there are several different ways to practice journaling. The method you choose can depend on your needs at the time, and your personality; just do what feels right.

There are two writing techniques–or journaling methods–which can help make your journaling sessions more satisfying, efficient, and effective. These two methods are the following:

  1. Proprioceptive Writing
  2. Morning Pages

Proprioceptive Writing – consists of listening to your thoughts and slowing down the thought process to the time it takes to write down what you’re thinking. It involves inner listening and an honest exploration of your thoughts and feelings. In addition, it connects your mind with your emotions, and it strengthens your sense of self.

Morning Pages – As the name suggests, Morning Pages are to be done in the morning; the waking mind is more open to free-form writing and can more easily jump from one subject to another without the constraints set by reason.

Journaling allows people to clarify their thoughts and feelings, thereby gaining valuable self-knowledge. It’s also a good problem-solving tool; oftentimes, one can hash out a problem and come up with solutions more easily on paper.

Journaling reminds you of a life worth living. I like to think of journaling as “my life’s story”. That alone makes it fun, enjoyable, and inspiring to write a little about myself and what is going on with me every single day. After you have journaled continuously for some time and you look back on the things that you have written you may realize that your life is much more interesting and deep than you once thought. In fact, if you are down on yourself a lot, journaling is a great way to get around this and discover that your life is truly worth living.

Journaling about traumatic events helps one process them by fully exploring and releasing the emotions involved, and by engaging both hemispheres of the brain in the process, allowing the experience to become fully integrated within one’s mind. Journaling can also help you to focus on areas of your life that you’re like to focus on more often.

When you start to write about your feelings and how situations in your life change your feelings you gain the ability to start to process those feelings. Rather than leaving feelings completely bottled up inside, you can put them down on paper and get them out of your heart and mind so you can process and understand them more which will lead to a more serene existence. This especially works well with feelings like anger, jealousy, resentment, etc. Putting these feeling out on paper and letting them take their course is a great way to stay balanced.

As for the health benefits of journaling, they’ve been scientifically proven. Research shows the following:

  1. Journaling decreases the symptoms of asthma, arthritis, and other health conditions.
  2. It improves cognitive functioning.
  3. It can strengthen immune system response.
  4. It can counteract many of the negative effects of stress.

The simple act of writing a few words, sentences, or paragraphs everyday can have a profound and instant effect on your life for the better. Journaling can change your life. It makes you a more interesting person through the years and makes you feel more interested in your life.



26/07/2019. I was given the opportunity to create awareness on stress and the need to deploy measures to optimize their stress levels- by visiting Shalom Baptist Church.

A church filled with energetic and committed young individuals, I found myself leading a song and clapping to the tune of good praise songs, when I had made an entrance with the intention of delivering a well rehearsed presentation.

The head of the church? A Spirit- filled gentleman; Pastor Ernest Appiah. Thanks for pushing me up the podium to help people better their mental health and protect their mental space.

Because this was my first time to the place, I made a Queens move by exploring the area of Fawode, a suburb of Kumasi, before I entered the church.

With this blog post, I intend to educate my readers and liven their tastebuds on the need to adopt an unladen lifestyle which feeds on measures to reduce stress to the lowest limit, because long life is enjoyed when it is lived to the fullest.

So what is stress? Everyday English! Members of the church projected stress as the discomfort they felt they are stressed!The word itself looks stressful! Stresssss…

Just to ice the injury surrounding the word; stress is actually not a bad thing. The stress response; when working properly is the body’s way of protecting you. This helps you stay energetic, and alert, focused for the task at hand. Be it that exam drawing its ugly head close, that presentation you want to murder so intently, that girl you are dying so hard to ask out or your paralyzed legs which suddenly give in to full power when a dancing car heads your direction.

Your body realizes the frantic call for help and floods your system in a sea of stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol, which float in your body, to rouse you for emergency action. Your heart pounds faster, your muscles tighten, your blood pressure rises, your breath quickens, and your senses become sharper. Classic sympathetic response! These changes increase your strength and stamina, speed up your reaction time, and enhance your focus—preparing you to either fight or flee from the danger at hand. At this point, I would advise you enter a comic shop and get yourself a cape with a mask.

However, beyond a certain point, stress halts being the vehicle of help and starts the engine that causes major damage to your health, mood, productivity, relationships, and your quality of life.

This can lead to serious health problems by disrupting nearly every system in your body.

Like many of us in today’s demanding world, there’s the tendency to be subject to chronic stress, that our body undulates in a flux of stress all the time.

Chronic stress can

1. Suppress your immune system.

2. Upset your digestive and reproductive systems.

3. Increase your risk of heart attack and stroke.

4. Speed up your aging process.

5. Finally rewire your brain, leaving you more vulnerable to anxiety, depression, and other mental health problems.

However, what causes stress depends largely on your perception of it. Some people may savor what rattles you and keeps you awake in the middle of the night. A terrifying experience of getting up in front of people to perform or speak, may be the spotlight others live for.

But bear in mind, There is always a way to regain your balance on the scale of whatever event or situation is stressing you out; by tilting towards the center of positive energy.

What are some of the ways to deal with stress effectively?

A TED talk by a renowned neuroscientist revealed we keep ourselves organized by finding a permanent home for basically everything we have, as a master key to dealing with stress. A locker for our folded clothes, A shelf for our books and a heart for our love letters.

Here are some tips to help you keep stress at bay.

1. Prayer. Research shows that people who are more religious or spiritual use their spirituality to cope with life. It is said they are able-bodied to cope with stress,heal faster from illness, and experience increased benefits to their health and well-being. On an intellectual level, spirituality connects you to the world, which in turn enables you to stop trying to control things all by yourself; throwing everything at the feet of the Creator. When you feel part of a greater whole, it becomes easy to understand that you aren’t responsible for everything that happens in life.

2. Exercise. Regular exercise can lift your mood and serve as a distraction from worries, allowing you to break out of the cycle of negative thoughts that feed stress. Improved self-esteem is a key psychological benefit of regular physical activity that has its source from a boost of endorphins. Rhythmic exercises such as walking, running, swimming, and dancing are particularly effective in dealing with mind – leaching stress.

3. Connect to others. The simple act of talking face-to-face with another human can trigger hormones that relieve stress and soothe the nervous system; in the tantrums of agitation and insecurity. According to a study led by Sarah Townsend, an assistant professor at USC Marshall School of Business, The best person to provide measurable relief from stress is the one who genuinely understands your emotions and response. It could be that family friend, co- worker, sibling or spouse. Talk the stresss away!

4. Engage your senses. Does listening to an uplifting song make you feel calm? Everyone responds to sensory input a little differently, so experiment to find what works best for you. If you’re a visual person, try to manage and relieve stress by surrounding yourself with soothing and uplifting images. Slowly savoring a favorite treat could also be very relaxing, however mindless stress eating will only add to your stress and your waistline. It is recommended that you eat slowly and focus on the food in your mouth. You could also sip a steaming cup of coffee, tea or a refreshing cold drink just to wash that stress down your gut.

5. Learn to relax. You can’t be completely responsible for all life’s problems. Relaxation techniques such as meditation, and deep breathing activate the body’s relaxation response, a state of restfulness that is the polar opposite of the stress response. When practiced regularly, these activities reduce your everyday stress levels and boost feelings of joy and serenity, increasing your ability to stay calm and collected under pressure; always delivering that clutch performance- Michael Jordan style!

6. Eat a healthy diet. The food you eat can improve or worsen your mood and affect your ability to cope with life’s stressors. Eating a diet full of processed and convenience food, refined carbohydrates, and sugary snacks can worsen symptoms of stress, while a diet rich in fresh fruit and vegetables, high-quality protein, and omega-3 fatty acids, can help you better cope with life’s ups and downs.

7. Get your rest. Feeling tired can increase stress by causing you to think irrationally. At the same time, chronic stress can disrupt your sleep. Whether you’re having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep at night, there are plenty of ways to improve your sleep by adopting sleep hygiene methods. The aim of good sleep is you make you feel less stressed, more productive and emotionally balanced.

With these stress- hacking tips, I hope my attempt to enlighten you will probe your mental hands, into taking stress by its reins and mounting it appropriately.

Thanks for reading and enjoy your weekend!


This post is dedicated to Mr. Kofi Akowuah Kyei, the man who encouraged me to write this post on how to effectively deal with stress.


It was one very hot afternoon… Never mind.. Not a story day. I started my cardio workouts today. I feel it would be a great time to catch some air from the pollution caused by the stress of work. I know it won’t be easy compounding the long hours spent at work, with the albatross of workouts. But… I want to enjoy the long life Daddy has promised me with health. I would do my best to take care of this body, which is his earthly temple. Daddy emphasizes the importance of exercise but He urges us to blend it with a life of righteousness.

I have read on the benefits of cardio workouts. Cardio in medicine refers to the heart, so a cardio workout is any form of exercise that aims to boost the heart in super mode; further increasing the supply of blood to the rest of your body.

I know I have to be determined and dedicated to this cause. The life expectancy of people found in my part of the world, seems to decrease as the earth keeps rotating and revolving. Just enter any dark place at night; hit me down if you don’t leave with a smoked puffed face or, reek off the stench of alcohol.

Lets go to cardio workouts. Body builders do not often hop on the treadmill with the fear it would zap their gains and make them lose their hard earned muscles.

But don’t fret!

Running is the best cardiovascular exercise I have always found to be a great stress reliever. Just put your headphones in, let the music flow and start running at your own pace. Before you know it, you’ll have hit the reset button on your hassle levels, leaving you super recharged and back on track.

Cardio exercise has many benefits

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Me after 30minutes on Day 1 of the 30 day treadmill run. Ignore the heavy metals in the background. I am allergic to them.

Day 5 of Cardio. I have combined lifting weights with cardio

Day 10 of Cardio. I have added 5 minutes of cycling to 30 minutes on the treadmill

Day 15 of Cardio I have been a little stressed out lately. But I’m still doing 40 minutes of cycling with 5 minutes of pushups. I look like I have gotten taller

Day 20 of Cardio. Guess what? 35minutes of cycling to burn 500 calories. 5 minutes of running to burn 60 calories. 3 sets of 20 reps of push ups and 3 sets of 10 reps of biceps curls. Day 30 is almost up and I feel I am getting there. I am thinking clearly now. This is not to draw your attention from the fact I brought a new partner.

Day25.. I have started working on my core.. added 8 minutes of abs workout to the routine.

Day 30 still Work in Progress


Want to start a perfect cardio workout at home. This video would be the best to start with.


Get your shoes on, reduce the alcohol and cigarettes intake, and flush out the heavy toxins damaging your body with cardio workouts.



It was a cold, windy, starry night. Forget about the stars, but the wind was cold. A night you would not want to spend in a cramped place like this, but in the coziness of your duvets.

Time check- 9:25pm. All I could do was marvel at the manual dexterity my boss displayed after a month at MBU. Seeing every emergency case… left… right… centre as I was sturdily taking notes with my eyes.

You have a new patient to see ASAP” brought my attention to the fact that I wasn’t being just a spectator this evening.

I rushed to the scene and realized I was really on duty. “Please where is the glucometer? Kindly add the cotton wool. Pulse oximeter please?” I was basically asking for everything, including a pen. You know that feeling where you find yourself holding a fishing rod, when you have been a carpenter your whole life, and you are suddenly looking for a fish on the open seas?

The blue color stared right at me. It was time to leave the sea and face reality. This baby was blue!! From the head to the toes. “Can you please get me the pulse oxi..” stopping in my tracks after perceiving the dirty smirk it gave me on the working table.

Beep! 68%… 78%... beep! 30%.. Beeeep! 5%. Someone looked like he wanted to pop off on me. Amidst sweats on a cold evening, I was really on the seas.

“Get me the intranasal prongs to give oxygen” I struggled out. We might have to bag, considering the turn of events. It was right there, that I noticed the frown in the form of a cleft lip and palate.

My first patient for my first duty day and this is what you throw down my neck?

I checked the accompanying the Head Ticket- the piece of paper that wielded the information surrounding the delivery of the baby. The paper read boldly not hesitating. “ Baby is being sent to your unit with Prematurity, Multiple Congenital Abnormalities and Birth Asphyxia. “

Whiz words to the neoteric ears. 28 weeks of gestation? I started to examine the baby, ignoring the plenty beeps intentionally being thrown into my ears to throw me off balance.

Complete Head to Toe Examination. His small head appeared to extrude a soft bloody swelling at the back of his head; most likely containing his brain. His head wasnt well formed. His ears were malformed. His right eye looked like it had been sewn very tight. His flat nasal bridge made inserting the oxygen prongs very difficult. The gaze was intense with the cleft lip and palate. Beeeeep! 3%. Hard guy but you cant bag.

The sounds being played by his chest were melodic, that my stethoscope danced to the tune of it. There were times his lungs would sing at a high pitch and suddenly reach a descendo. These were signs of underdeveloped heart and lungs.

A glance at the genitals had a very ambiguous look. His feet, finally was the classic Rocker Bottom. Words are not enough to describe how he looked but be informed, theres a reason why a normal pregnancy is supposed to last 38 weeks or more.

The mother was the only hope now. A call placed to the labour ward induced the appearance of her head at the entrance. “How did he make it?” she asked, looked astounded, finding the baby alive. A question only God could answer.

It was then the story materialized. She was advised to take an obstetric ultrasound when her pregnancy hit the 7month mark. Unfortunately, the ultrasound blueprinted a baby not likely to survive after he was born; because he had a congenital anomaly. A disability he was likely to be born with.

Although congenital anomalies may be the result of a genetic, infectious, nutritional or environmental factors, it is often difficult to identify the exact causes.

I tried so hard to identify how this mishap happened. “Did you attend antenatal care?, Did you fall ill during the pregnancy? Did you take the prescribed drugs? Did you take any other drug, you shouldn’t have taken during the pregnancy?” All of her responses were music to my ears, making it difficult for the risk factor to be identified.

It was then the question clicked, just like the beep from the monitor. “Did you take herbal preparations?” I asked and her reply was sensational.

Indeed, she did take locally brewed enemas with the aim of making her unborn baby strong and preventing “asram”.

In conjunction with her husband, they had intended to terminate the pregnancy at a hospital, with the erudition from the doctor who performed the ultrasound scan.

Their plan, however was unsuccessful. The baby lived! But barely, with all these malformations. The question I kept on asking myself was why we overburdened ourselves with ignorance of these herbal preparations. You just name it. Any condition with the prefix of chronic attached is caused by our dear herbal preparations. “The dissolver of hernias” and “The smelters of fibroids”. But then the complex puzzle had been solved

Beeeep!! 1%, but then the call had to be made. The child could not be allowed to suffer any more. The blue discoloration worsened and he started to gasp for air.

It was then decided that, the mother shared the remaining seconds of the baby’s life, with him on his bed, on a cold, windy, starry night in the priceless duvet of her mother’s arms.

Beep sensed the reaction, took a few bows and left the scene – returning no more.

A minute later, the baby died, in the arms of her mother. I had no option than to console her, reminding her life had a purpose and everything happened for a reason. “Transfer body to the morgue” my pen concluded, making a diagnosis of Patau Syndrome.

Time check 11:30pm.

A baby is something you carry inside you for nine months, in your arms for three years, and in your heart until the day you die.”

-Mary Mason

Pregnancy is a special and crucial period for any woman. This is the time, she needs every possible care to ensure her health, and the health of her baby are perfect.

Advice any pregnant woman to visit the clinic regularly, take the prescribed drugs judiciously and avoid herbal preparations which could adversely affect her and the baby. The world needs a better you with everyone in it.


Thanks for reading.



On 20th May 2018, 09:05am, My Whatsapp alerted me of a link i had received from Jessie. Right after church, i was led to click the link; to add to the 665,700 people who had watched the video.

The link drove me right to Youtube with the opening words of “the Story of a Father’s Love” This seized my attention, but the 3MB of data remaining did not allow me to be great. I had no choice than to borrow a phone with active data connection just to watch the video.

This is the link to the video


After watching the video, I was really touched. I was amazed at the sacrifice and love demonstrated in the video. This was the remarkable story of a father’s devotion to his wheelchair- bound son and how their bond inspired millions of people worldwide.

Rick, born in 1962 was diagnosed of Cerebral Palsy, with the spastic quadriplegia subtype – This is just for start.

This resulted because his brain was deprived of oxygen, at the crucial time of his birth. His parents were advised to institutionalize Rick because he would be nothing more than a “vegetable”. There was no chance for recovery and little hope for him to live a “normal” life.

In spite of his disability, his parents treated him just like any other child; never losing hope. They ensured he had weekly access to medical care. Her mother went to the extent of teaching Rick, letters of the alphabet herself. He was seen beyond his physical limitations and integrated into the public school system. They were humiliated and had intense opposition, but they still fought on.

To top it all off, He graduated Boston university with a degree in Special Education.

Dick, a great father he was, sacrificed his energy and time just to put a smile on his son’s face. He worked on his fitness so much even with pushing his son, he was able to obtain a personal record of a 5km run in 17 minutes- just to provide his son with that able bodied feeling.

Over the next 3 and a half decades, they achieved and surpassed not only their goals, but also everyone’s expectations of a wheelchair bound adult son being carried and pushed by his father. They inspired millions by proving that anything could be done with stubborn persistence, dedication and bottomless depths of love that could only be found between a father and his son.

To learn more about them, you can visit their website: www.teamhoyt.com

What is cerebral palsy or floppy baby syndrome?

Cerebral palsy is the most common form of movement disability that begins in childhood. A majority of cases were identified to be caused by antenatal factors- factors that occurred during the pregnancy. However, it could also be caused by infections transmitted during delivery from mother to the baby.

Cerebral Palsy is considered a neurological disorder that occurs when the child’s brain is under development in the early stages of life.

Children who are born preterm (before 38 weeks of pregnancy) are vulnerable to brain damage leading to cerebral palsy. Even after a baby is born, accidental injury and infections such as meningitis could result in cerebral palsy.

Such children are identified to be at risk in the first days of life. Their usual presentation includes an abnormal posture. They could feed poorly and throw up everything they eat, because they coordinate swallowing badly.

Cerebral Palsy affects their ability to control their muscles. Their muscles either contract too much or too little. Their arms and legs can be stiff and be forced into painful, awkward positions. Fluctuating muscle contractions can make their body tremble, writhe, shake and bake.

Balance, posture, and coordination can also be affected by Floppy Baby Syndrome.Tasks such as walking, grasping objects, sitting and tying shoes may be difficult.

My first encounter as a doctor, with such children was at the pediatric emergency unit some weeks ago. A 9year old child was brought to the hospital because he had convulsions. Just from appearance, his small for age stature made his small head conspicuous. Even at the age of 9, he only smiled. He had not made any attempt to walk and talk. He was discharged home the next 5 days after his seizures were controlled to continue rehabilitative care.

Other complications of Cerebral Palsy to take note of, are: intellectual impairment, seizures, and vision/hearing impairment.

A few points I would like us to bear in mind

1.Cerebral Palsy is non-life-threatening so it is expected affected children live into adulthood.

2.Cerebral Palsy is incurable but the effects on the body can be managed.

3.Cerebral Palsy is not contagious; it is not communicable.

4.Cerebral Palsy itself will not change for better or worse during a person’s lifetime.

5.Cerebral Palsy is manageable. Treatment, therapy, surgery, medications and assistive technology can help maximize independence, and incorporate the child into the society, leading to an enhanced quality of life.

It is said that, every case of Cerebral Palsy is unique to the individual. One person may have total paralysis and require constant care, while another with partial paralysis might have slight movement tremors and still require little assistance.

To all the children living with Cerebral Palsy, I would love to end with a note from Joshua 1:9

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.

Say a prayer for all the children living with cerebral palsy after reading this. Lets make the world a better place with them in it.

Thanks for reading and have a blessed day!


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