For the past three days, Mr. Ray was not able to drive his wife to the office because he was suffering from extreme knee pain due to gout. E...

For the past three days, Mr. Ray was not able to drive his wife to the office because he was suffering from extreme knee pain due to gout. Even the simple task of rising from bed was very difficult for him to do. The pain and difficulty was too much for him to bear that he came to the point of bargaining, swearing that he will never taste a drop of beer again if he gets well. A few days before his ordeal with arthritis began, he had been drinking out with his buddies for two nights straight. During that time, he even had an argument with his wife because she discouraged him from drinking again. They both know that drinking beer mainly causes his recurring arthritis. Those warnings, however, fell on deaf ears. Mr. Ray likes eating pork and beef especially the internal organs despite being advised to avoid it. He never wanted to consult a doctor regarding his condition because he believes that doctors are just out there to extort money from patients. He opted instead to ask his friends for advice and engage in self-medication. Because of his numerous blunders and abusive behavior, it came to a point when nature finally took its course and made him realize his mistakes.

A lot of people probably have similar experiences and beliefs as Mr. Ray. They are the ones who also suffer from arthritis but choose to ignore their condition. They think it is okay since the pain is still tolerable anyway. They continue eating food that have high purine-content alcoholic drinks despite being warned not to. Moreover, they regard consulting a physician as a waste of time and money and rather choose to self-medicate instead. It is only when they already experience so much pain and difficulty that they decide to change their ways.

Given a second chance, people should already be smarter in their decisions. Upon noticing the different symptoms of arthritis, may it be pain or tenderness, inflammation or decrease in motion and flexibility in joint areas, one should already set an appointment with a doctor for consultation. However, if consulting with a physician is not possible due to whatever reasons, self-medication should never be chosen as an alternative. Choose, instead, to change habits or behaviors towards something that will decrease the chances of the condition to recur. Among those practices that will help avoid arthritis from returning are regular exercise, stress management and eating a nutritious diet. This, however, will not be enough to completely treat the condition. A consultation with a doctor is still highly recommended and should be done eventually.

Only a doctor can properly prescribe what medications are appropriate to be taken as arthritis pain reliever. Even though information about medications such as topical pain relievers, anti-inflammatory painkillers, narcotic pain relievers, and corticosteroids can easily be accessed from the internet or from friends, one should not decide to use any of those without expert advice. Self-medicating may only worsen the condition instead of alleviating it. Also, some medications may have undesired reactions with each other or some may also have dangerous side effects.

After a consultation with a doctor has been done, a person may be recommended for physical or occupational therapy when deemed necessary. In terms of knee pains resulting from arthritis or gout for a prolonged period of time, deformities and stiffness within the knee might be a consequence that will decrease the mobility and strength of the knee joint. A person’s ability to perform daily activities involving the knee such as walking, climbing stairs, changing clothes and driving will most likely be affected. Physical and occupational therapy sessions are meant help facilitate improving the mobility and strength of the knee to be able to perform usual activities done before.

Through a consistent observation of a healthy lifestyle, avoidance of food and drinks high in purine-content, consultation with a doctor and practice of PT and OT management techniques, chances of arthritis to recur will most likely be decreased. As part of growing old, however, it is expected that everyone will still eventually experience having the condition. When such time comes, one can either choose to be another Mr. Ray or to be smarter in his or her decisions. A person can either start practicing a healthy lifestyle or continue frequently drinking with his or her friends. When confronted with symptoms, one can either try to see a doctor or self-medicate instead. It is important, however, to bear in mind that in matters of health not everyone are given a second chance. Sometimes, when it is least expected, the first time might already be the point of no return.

The naira on Wednesday continued its fall against the Dollar on the parallel market, closing at 318 against the United States dollar. It wa...

The naira on Wednesday continued its fall against the Dollar on the parallel market, closing at 318 against the United States dollar.

It was the third time in three days the naira would experience a drop. The currency, which was traded at 310 for a dollar on Monday and 313 on Tuesday, crashed again on Wednesday against the dollar, amid dwindling liquidity and now sells for N318.

In a press statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday, in Minna, the management of the Federal University of Tec...

In a press statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday, in Minna, the management of the Federal University of Technology (FUT), Minna, has said that the arrested recruiter for the Islamic State of Iran and Syria (ISIS), Abdulsalam Yunusa had long absconded from the university.

Even though they said he was admitted into the University in 2010/2012 academic session, they claimed the suspect did not register for the 2015/ 2016 academic session which shows he was no longer a student of the institution.

The statement also said Abdulsalam Yunusa was a weak student who last registered in 2014/2015 academic session but absconded after the first semester.

Many men feel that the act of approaching a woman especially in case she is very beautiful stranger a difficult and embarrassing one. Not o...

Many men feel that the act of approaching a woman especially in case she is very beautiful stranger a difficult and embarrassing one. Not only that, they usually choose the wrong attitude of being too nice and over openhanded with flowers, invitations for dinners and expressing their lack of confidence and low self esteem.

The women on their part are not fascinated to insecure, hypocrite, wussy men. They will either decline him on the spot or possibly more shocking take advantage of the situation by exploiting him to furnish her meal after meal, gift after gift and normally go out with additional man for real love, romance and sex. In this situation the woman has two men a provider and a lover.

The good boy, fawning, wussy approach may be seen Whenever a man is inviting a woman to dance or offer to pay for her drinks a drink without first to develop the attraction or chemistry.

Is Cocky rather then Wussy is the answer?

The sweet boy attitude isn’t the best way as we explained before and acting really mean and rude will not succeed as well, the best way which has proven 90% of the times to work magically with women is the confident, bold, cocky and funny attitude.

In this tactic you build the relationships on a give and take, a compliment and a bust (with a smile), you indicate the woman you’r confident enough to criticize her, you express yourself naturally around women, you are not scared of her, you are not concerned if she cares about you or not, you’r honest and express your opinions openly, you are playing the self assured hard to get funny guy. Now you bring her self confidence to the test, you challenge her, you intrigue her, you build the attraction. Let her chase you! You ought to be her prize, a reward for her hard earned efforts for playing her cards right with you.

For instance you start and Say something like: I like your jacket it’s really nice (a compliment), then comment: but it doesn’t fit so well with your shoos does it ? (a bust), you do it on purpose, you should practice on it.

You must manipulate her like hand it to her and then take it away in the last minute, be spontaneous, unexpected, a teaser and fascinating.

How would you know if she is interested in you?

Its simpler than you believe and it goes like that: You engage with her: What a beautiful pair of boots you’r wearing , I really like them, She is looking who is it and then say: Thank you. You: arent you melting in them at such a hot weather? (smiling) or are you trying to hide your feet from me? She: (smiling) hell, no, I love them thats all, Ill bet my feet are nicer compared to yours, Mr. long nose. (she responded therefore she is engaged too *-). You: wow, I understand you own a very good opinion about yourself pretty lady, why wont we arrange a feet contest…

The crucial thing is to keep it going with light humoristic and fun attitude. Without ever even realizing it you are both engaged in developing a relationship and building your mutual attraction.

When you start dating with a woman take into account you are not on a job interview, don’t cause it feel like questions and answers, don’t make it boring, don’t try to show off, talk with her about general stuff she understands and sympathize with, such as popular Television shows and such, it can look to you at the begining somewhat superficial but this is the way to take. Try to keep away from, at least at first, to talk about your problems at work, your relations with your parents etc’.

Six women and five men have reportedly been sentenced to 300 lashes of the cane and 1-year imprisonment after neighbors reported them to th...

Six women and five men have reportedly been sentenced to 300 lashes of the cane and 1-year imprisonment after neighbors reported them to the police for having a beachside party.

Police found images of indecent pictures and alcohol after a raid on a beachside villa in Jedda, Saudi Arabia and charged the offenders with 'obscenity'.

The group were initially given jail sentences ranging from eight days to a year and 150 lashes, according to a report by Breitbart, but their prison terms were increased and their flogging sentence raised to 300 lashes after a failed appeal.

In Saudi Arabia, alcohol drinking is banned, women are not allowed to mix with men unless they are related and women are not allowed to wear dressing that shows off their skin.

Days after the Senate Committee on Higher Education raised an alarm over a N10 billion discovered in the Ministry of Education's 2016 b...

Days after the Senate Committee on Higher Education raised an alarm over a N10 billion discovered in the Ministry of Education's 2016 budget, the Chairman of the committee, Sen. Binta Masi Garba, says that the N10 billion discovered in the budget is meant for the Universal basic Education Commission and was a typographical error from the office of the National Planning and Budget.

According to a report by DailyTrust, Garba gave the clarification yesterday in Abuja after the commissioning of Federal University, Lafia’s connection to Nigerian Research and Education Network (NgREN) in inter-conference programme in National Universities Commission.

She said the issue has been resolved by the House of Representatives and the Senate and would be amended in the budget. According to her, the N10 billion which was thought to be a scam, is actually meant for the funding of the Universal Basic Education Commission.

Ciara is suing Future for $15 million for defamation because of a radio interview he gave and a series of tweets he sent that claimed sh...


Ciara is suing Future for $15 million for defamation because of a radio interview he gave and a series of tweets he sent that claimed she was an unfit mother to their nearly two-year-old son. In addition to monetary damages, the singer wants her ex-fiance’s tweets deleted, and for him to be prevented from speaking publicly about her and their baby.

As Gossip Cop reported, during a July 2015 interview on Power 105.1’s “The Breakfast Club,” Future accused Ciara of having her boyfriend, Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, push baby Future in a stroller for publicity purposes. The rapper then insisted that she “leave my son out of all publicity stunts.” And last month, Future went on a Twitter rant that Gossip Cop covered in which he called Ciara a “b*tch” and alleged she had “control problems,” adding, “I gotta go through lawyers to see babyfuture… the f***ery for 15k a month.”

Future and Ciara have been engaged in a custody battle for sometime now, but in her slander and libel lawsuit, the singer says she is more than cooperative in letting her ex spend time with their son. Ciara notes that since December 2014, Future has had nearly 20 visitations with their child, with some of those visits spanning several days. 

The Department of State Services said in Abuja on Tuesday that it had arrested a student of the Federal University of Technology, Minna, A...

The Department of State Services said in Abuja on Tuesday that it had arrested a student of the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Abdussalam Yunusa, who was recruiting for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

A statement issued by the spokesperson for the security agency, Mr. Tony Opuiyo, said that the suspect was arrested in Kano.

He said that the arrest of the suspect was sequel to available intelligence, which he said indicated the suspect’s terrorist antecedents and covert drive to indoctrinate and recruit susceptible youths in the country.


The statement said, “On January 17, 2016 one Abdussalam Yunusa, a recruiter for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria was arrested in Kano.

“His arrest was sequel to available intelligence which indicated his terrorism antecedents and covert drive to indoctrinate and recruit susceptible youths in the country.”

Before his arrest, Opuiyo said that Yunusa had completed arrangements to embark on a journey to join an ISIS terrorist training camp in Libya, with other Nigerians whom he recruited for the group.

He gave the names of the recruited ones as Muhammed Rabi’u, Yahaya Jimoh and a female, Zainab Sunday.

He said that Yunusa was a 400-level undergraduate of the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Niger State, where he was studying for a degree in Information and Media Technology before his arrest.

He was alleged to be a member of an extremist cell, comprising one Ibrahim and Abubakar Ligali, whom he (Yunusa) revealed was currently undergoing terrorist training in Libya.

Yunusa was said to have listed a Republic of Niger national, Ibrahim Jihad, and one Aminu as other ISIS agents operating in Nigeria and West African.

The cell was said to be funded by one Abu-sa’ad Al Sudani, a media expert with the extremist group.

The statement said the group was funding terrorist activities through electronic money transfers.

Opuiyo added that the DSS had on January 17, 2016 in Daura, Katsina State, intercepted another budding extremist cell affiliated to the ISIS.

He said, “One Ibrahim Daura, Zaharadeen Salisu and five other elements of the proscribed extremist group, Ansaru, were arrested by the DSS.

“This group was discovered in an active stage as its members were already coordinating themselves for attacks in Katsina and Kano states.”

In the same vein, Opuiyo said that the DSS also made some arrests on January 22, 2016 when it apprehended Obansa Salami, Ejide Tijani aka Abu Uwaise II, Mohammed Rabiu aka Ubida II, Zainab Mohammed and Abdulqadir Ahmad, in Kano while migrating to Libya with their immediate families, including infants – in a bid to join the ISIS.

He said the members of the group were apprehended after a painstaking monitoring of their network and plans.

Also on January 29, 2016 the DSS arrested Mohammed Ndako in Kwara State, Opuiyo said.

Ndako was said to be a 17-year-old undergraduate of a tertiary institution in the Kwara State.