Medical Corner

image-thumb.pngWe have accepted the suggestion from a BU family member to facilitate discussion on medical matters which is a topic area that should interest us all. Based on exchanges with and between BU family members posted over time, many of you work in the medical field or possess information on various medical issues acquired based on personal circumstance or otherwise. Medical Corner seeks to encourage ANYONE to submit views on medical experiences, new developments in the industry or any related matter which readers feel can serve to educate the BU family.

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  • There is an obvious reason. We live in a time where it is about retail politics and winning elections.

    On Mon, Jun 20, 2016 at 3:04 AM, Barbados Underground wrote:



  • Actually Boyce failed his brewing exams.
    Ask him who gave the vacation job at Banks
    Ask him who proposed that Banks give him the scholarship to St Augustine
    Ask him if he did not prohibit this same man the use of the Banks van that that man used for years before Boyce came back from Trinidad to do all sorts of good for many poor people.
    When Banks fired him not a single rose in the attempt to ask for his retention.


  • @ GP
    Bushie never said he knew about brewing
    …he knows about beer.


  • lol you mean drinking it? lol


  • @ GP

    Continuing on with how to possibly set up a Seminar corner like that seen using the plugin

    Again how that part of the BU site would be administered would be for BU Management to decide.

    I does not even have to be a BU subdomain but an affiliate site.

    I dont know but the thing that BU would have to consider is if it can detract from the BU reputational currency if something goes wacky.

    Of course it will mean that we cant cuss the invitees or the ignoramuses that pose ingrunt questions but it is a thing of patience and decorum

    As I was saying there earlier all you have to do is purchase, get a Geek set up and then Point the Go Pro Camera, make sure that it is plugged in and turn it on

    When you are finished turn it off,

    you are not expected to be a Stephen Speilberg so how it looks in sequences is not going to be held against you by most people lololol

    Go to Best Buy and get their Geek service set up the camera for you

    Sit down with your powerpoints or notes and talk through each sheet and start them short 5 minutes on 5 minute items



    A top pharmacologist warns Barbados faces crisis of heart attacks and strokes.


  • What is scary David?
    How many babies are born every day? Steupsss…
    Brass bowls expect to live forever?
    ..if it is not heart attack or stroke it will be cancer or some other shiite.

    The point is that this life is a TEMPORARY, FLEETING, opportunity… at finding the keys to real success….
    In this modern age of information and knowledge, if after age 35 or so, (anything else is gravy) ….anyone is as clueless as most of us ADMITTEDLY are, why do we want hang around taking up valuable resources? …Recycle and give someone else a chance do!!! 🙂

    Bushie pities all those who seek to hold on to this shiite life – as if it is some prize, …when it is merely a TESTING, difficult, fleeting opportunity for real life…. set in a cauldron of sorrow, pain and suffering … especially with the damn DLP and the blasted BLP…
    …and now the hidden “Solutions”…

    Let the people die in peace do….


  • Looking at the video, I’m struck by the number of fat schoolgirls. In my day, nearly everybody was THIN, at least until they hit their thirties.

    We have a generation of pigs to deal with. Imagine the number of heart attacks and strokes in 2050.


  • Click to follow presentation by Dr. GP (PDF)


  • Sugar Dangers for Diabetes

    Health-Conscious Reader,

    If cutting down on sugar wasn’t one of your 2017 resolutions, let me convince you to put it on your list. It’s never too late to recognize that the sweet stuff isn’t sweet at all.

    Sickeningly sweet

    Diabetes and obesity are dreadful conditions in themselves. But as they so often open the door to so many additional health threats, they’re also warm-up acts for heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, immune system breakdown, neurodegenerative disease, and cancer.

    The danger’s not just in the ubiquitous, snowy-white, granulated and powdered stuff we put in coffee, tea, baked goods, breakfast cereal, jellies, jams, marinades, sauces, and condiments like ketchup (which is essentially tomato syrup)…it’s an endless list.

    It’s also every syrup, except maple—corn syrup, brown rice syrup, fruit syrup, etc. Maple is an exception because absent tampering, it’s a natural substance with some nutrient content. But even maple must be used sparingly, and only if it’s Grade B and organic. (Sorry, New Englanders, Canadians, and burger lovers.)

    Don’t be fooled by fruit juice

    Even all those friendly, seemingly healthy fruit and veggie drinks are devils in disguise. Yes, whole fruits and vegetables are an essential part of a healthy diet. Their skin, seeds, and flesh are loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, healthy fiber, and a zillion other nutrients.

    But if you squeeze out the juice and toss the rest, all you get is a great-tasting drink that’s loaded with sugar. Yes, it’s “naturally occurring” sugar. But it’s just as dangerous as refined sugar. Boil that juice down and you’ve got…syrup.

    UK researchers found that people who had a daily glass of juice had significantly higher aortic blood pressure than a control group—a condition that can increase the risk of heart attack or angina, and is associated with cardiovascular disease risk and cognitive impairment.

    Is there an acceptable amount of daily sugar? WHO says what?

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) recognizes the role sugar plays in disease incidence worldwide.

    Their recommendation?

    Consume no more than six teaspoons of sugar, in any form, daily.

    But wait. A single 8-ounce cup of fresh orange juice puts us over the limit, with the equivalent of seven teaspoons of sugar. Add to that all the other omnipresent sugars we consume as we drink and dine from day to night, and there’s nothing but trouble ahead.

    Big Food and Big Agri pile on

    High-fructose corn syrup (HFC), a mix of of modified chemical components of sugar, was delivered from Big Food labs to our dining tables in the 1970s.

    In 1999, annual sales had reached more than 150 pounds of HFC per person.

    Funny thing…obesity and diabetes skyrocketed right along with HFC sales.

    So why did HFC become such a common part of the American diet?

    Because a combination of tariffs on imported sugar and subsidies for US corn producers makes HFC cheaper, and guess what—more profitable—than every other form of sugar.

    What about “sugar-free,” “no added sugar,” and sugar substitutes?

    Guess who makes aspartame, the disease-causing sugar substitute found in more than 9,000 foods and other products, like toothpaste and makeup?

    Our Big Pharma / Big Food nemesis, Monsanto, maker and relentless marketer of deadly pesticides, herbicides, and genetically modified crops, which it coerces our corn farmers to use, along with other “innovations” that wreak havoc.

    Do not consume anything that contains aspartame, which is sold as NutraSweet, Spoonful, Equal, and other trade names.

    It’s technically a neurotoxin, linked to (so far):
    Cardiovascular disease
    Alzheimer’s disease
    Vision loss
    Parkinson’s disease
    Multiple sclerosis
    And while you’re at it, you’ll want to avoid all of these FDA-approved sweeteners:
    Acesulfame Potassium (Acesulfame K)
    How to escape the sugar jungle

    The shelves are piled high with sugars.

    Your most important escape route is to escape the shelves. Eat only local, fresh, and organic—multiple daily doses of fruits and veggies give you all the natural sugars your body needs. And, of course, you get all the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other essential nutrients that get stripped away between the natural source and the shelves.

    When you must resort to “store-bought,” read the labels. Stay away from any ingredient that ends with “-ose”—fructose, glucose, sucrose. Stay away from any ingredients labeled “modified” and any that say “preservative.”

    Count the carbs. If the carbs are high, that’s a sure sign of sugar. (If you subtract “dietary fiber” from “total carbohydrates”, you’ll have a good idea of the simple carbohydrates.) Find a different provider of what you want—there might be an enlightened producer who gets the carb count right.

    Take your honey out to eat. Pure, raw, organic honey isn’t just delicious. It’s one of nature’s most versatile and potent health givers—so rich in macronutrients, micronutrients, enzymes, probiotics, and prebiotics that we haven’t even figured out exactly how they all work.

    We do know it was used by our forebears as both a sweetener and a medicinal ingredient for centuries. There are 8,000-year-old cave paintings in Spain that prove it.

    That means today, our bodies are far readier to work with honey than with the chemical shocks delivered by non-natural sweeteners.

    Still…moderation, my friends. A little goes a long way.

    Stick with Stevia, a plant originally grown in Brazil and Paraguay, where it’s been used as a sweetener for centuries. The Stevia extract we can buy is 200–300 times sweeter than white table sugar. Like honey, a little goes a long way, which is how you should use it—in moderation.

    By the way, some weight loss programs recommend Stevia because it has no calories, but it’s not the way to lose weight. There’s emerging science that your pancreas’ insulin reaction is triggered by the taste of sweetness, not just spiking blood sugar. Repeatedly triggering that false alarm is one possible road to reduced insulin sensitivity, which is the step before Type II diabetes.

    Megabucks and misery are at stake

    The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimate that diabetes and obesity alone cost the US economy a billion dollars a day.

    A billion dollars.

    A day.

    Banishing sugar from our diets is not just about protecting our personal health, and not just about helping millions of our fellow Americans banish the heartbreak and misery of devilish diseases, caused by devilish, unnatural interventions.

    If just those two preventable diseases—diabetes and obesity—cost the US $365 billion a year, without counting the costs of heart disease, cancer, and other heavy hitters, I see it as almost my patriotic and community duty to fight back.

    So let’s start with ourselves

    Let’s not kid ourselves that banishing sugar and toxic sugar wannabes and imposters will be easy. It’s everywhere, in various disguises, often barely recognizable.

    Just remember that when you eat lots of fresh fruits and veggies—an essential part of every diet—you get all the natural sugar you need, and loads of essential other nutrients.

    So, start with baby steps. Maybe go for some fruit instead of dessert after dinner. Instead of sugar, or worse, fake sugar in your morning tea or coffee, add just a drop or two of honey or grade B organic maple syrup.

    Be vigilant, be committed, be careful, and the term “sugar-free” can someday apply to a healthier you.


  • Click on the link to view presentation in PDF format


  • David

    Thanks for the pharmacogenetic link as it shows beyond a shadow of a doubt that ones melanin content cannot be used as the sole arbiter of ones genetic construct.


  • You should thank Dr.GP Vincent.


  • David

    Stand corrected




  • The huge numbers that continue to participate in the cancer awareness walks in Barbados has nothing to do with the kindness of Bajans per se but the fact that cancer suffering is so prevalent. Everyone has been touched by thethe cancer scourge.


  • David

    Too true…..prostate diagnosis takes about a year……which is why I would love to see our medical system catering to this area with greater urgency.

    What is UWI research doing in this area?


  • @ Vincent Haynes,

    if you can afford a computer you can pay Jerry Emptage to stick a finger up yuh backside and let you know if you are at risk.


  • Vincent
    Why should prostate diagnosis take a year?
    It does not take a year for a doctor to do a rectal exam.
    It should not take that long to get the results for the PSA TEST from any of the medical labs in Bim.
    BU has uploaded detailed ppts on prostate disease – perhaps before you joined.
    Perhaps David will put up the links here.
    What research should UWI do here?

    Many men over 80 have prostate cancer in a very low grade form. They are more likely to die from exposure to a sexy chick.

    Before Sabin & Salk and the discovery of vaccines many died from the then common child hood illnesses.

    If you survived these, the older you get the more likely you will get cancer


  • @ Georgie Porgie who wrote “It does not take a year for a doctor to do a rectal exam.

    It should not take that long to get the results for the PSA TEST from any of the medical labs in Bim.

    Maybe it takes Vincent a year to muster the courage to go to the Doctor. lol

    I read your ppts on this blog. There are still here for reference.


  • GP&Hants

    The following true scenario in Bim:

    1) Cancer society does PSA&Rectal examination March 2017……PSA at 9.7….rectal nothing
    2)Sent to QEH for a camera into your whatsits…..earliest date June 2017 to see Emtage.
    3)Sunday prior to QEH appointment on the monday in June told it was rescheduled for Sept. 2017
    4)Doctor seen not Emtage for 2 minutes in Sept 2017……… camera scheduled for November 2017
    5)Doctor schedules next appointment for Feb 2017.

    Tell me how the above makes sense.


  • It does not Vincent.
    It ought not to be so
    I bet if you go straight to Emtage office it wont take so long though


  • We all know the QEH is clogged. The turnaround in private practice for PSA results is 48 hours and of course the rectal is immediate.


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  • GP

    Yes I know what an individual can do who knows Gerry, my father had it and we paid Gerry for an op tout de suite…..that is not my point.

    My point is that the above scenario which is replicated many times at the QEH should not be so and my question is what is being done about it.


  • David

    The NSRL 2% was supposedly for the QEH, its now 10% with the MoF bragging about $50M coming in which has been debunked already…….where are we going…..check the obits with youngsters in their 40s and 50s going through the eddoes……..its worse than gun deaths or vehicular deaths.


  • Are you sure Vincent?

    Was it not stated that it would pay down debt owed to suppliers?


  • Vincent
    re My point is that the above scenario which is replicated many times at the QEH should not be so and my question is what is being done about it.

    I agree with you
    It seems that we are back peddling
    it was nothing like this 40 year ago
    this is not about funding either– this is about poor management or/and greed/graft


  • GP

    Sigh…..sad…..thanks your in put.


  • David

    Immaterial….. As GP said we are going backwards at warp speed.


  • Caribbean Medical Schools

    The Caribbean islands are also home to a number of for-profit medical schools that largely teach American and Canadian students. Some of those campuses have also sustained damage and evacuated their students.

    Ross University School of Medicine, which is located in storm-ravaged Dominica and owned by the U.S.-based for-profit education company Adtalem Global Education (formerly DeVry), reported Tuesday that it had completed evacuating all of its students who were on Dominica at the time Hurricane Maria hit. The university’s dean and chancellor, William F. Owen Jr., said in a message that Ross is working on a plan to resume its basic science program — which comprises the first two preclinical years of medical education — in an alternative location, to be determined (clinical training occurs at U.S. hospitals and has not been disrupted).

    Owen said in a message on Ross’s website Wednesday that “in considering new potential sites of instruction, we are focused on identifying a location that will be conducive to intensive medical study; meet the rigorous academic expectations of our accreditors; support continued access to federal student loans; and nicely balance study and recreation.”

    “We expect to communicate a decision soon from our list of options for a locale. There will be no classes for the next two weeks, so recuperate, refuel and bond with your loved ones,” Owen told students.

    Another Adtalem-owned medical school, the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, in St. Maarten, announced after Hurricane Irma hit the island that it would hold its fall semester classes at a location in the United Kingdom. The medical school initially announced plans to start classes at the U.K. location Sept. 29 — today — but in a statement Thursday Adtalem said the school is still “finalizing details” for the temporary relocation.

    “AUC is working to secure all regulatory approvals to do so, and working to finalize an agreement with University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) to utilize UCLan’s teaching facilities and student support services. We are so pleased to partner with UCLan in this effort and we greatly appreciate their hospitality and assistance. While these final arrangements and approvals are still pending, AUC students have begun arriving in Preston to prepare for the planned start of classes,” the statement said.

    Another Caribbean medical school, All Saints University, in Dominica, said in a message on its website that “evacuation of students is on course’ and that lectures for students from Dominica would resume Oct. 2 at the university’s other campus in in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.





  • For years, she struggled to control her high cholesterol. Then she took a genetic test. She credits it with saving her life.
    Personal Genetic Testing Is Here. Do We Need It?
    People are using a growing stream of genetic data to help them make better health decisions. But some findings may be overblown or irrelevant.–bpM-wosl1kiHvQEp7COk1TZjm934z0Y-w8t-3TNV4IRJKyDcLLBrS1aDCz195YtXr7kFOw6XJMr73zfF0yGZIS9PhZYgj7IphO1gGHDjEc-RyA


  • The idiocy of this world.


    Controversy over a cupcake? Google Maps pulls cupcake calorie counter after backlash


    Cupcakes are for sale at Creme Si Bon, a bakery that specializes in French macarons and other baked delights that is owned by Jenny and Sam Ng, in San Ramon, Calif. on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. (Kristopher Skinner/Bay Area News Group)

    Cupcakes are for sale at Creme Si Bon, a bakery that specializes in French macarons and other baked delights that is owned by Jenny and Sam Ng, in San Ramon, Calif. on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. (Kristopher Skinner/Bay Area News Group)

    By MARISA KENDALL | | Bay Area News Group

    PUBLISHED: October 17, 2017 at 1:32 pm | UPDATED: October 17, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    You can call it the Great Cupcake Controversy of 2017.

    In what is probably the only example ever of tiny, frosted cakes sparking mass outrage, strong negative feedback has prompted Google to remove a cupcake calorie counter from its iOS Maps app, the company confirmed Tuesday.

    Google recently added the cutesy — and possibly half-baked — feature as an experiment. With the new feature, users saw a pink cupcake icon that automatically showed them how many calories they would burn if they walked to their destination. The app also translated that calorie count into mini cupcakes, telling walkers how many of the tiny treats they would burn if they walked from point A to point B.

    But complaints soon started raining down like sprinkles.

    Critics accused the cartoon cupcake counter of being patronizing, promoting body-shaming, and possibly triggering unhealthy behavior in people who have struggled with eating disorders or over-exercise, BBC reports. There’s no way to turn the feature off, critics pointed out.

    “Do they realize how extremely triggering something like this is for ppl who have had eating disorders? Not to mention just generally shamey,” a user named Taylor Lorenz tweeted. She added: “Also it looks like there’s no way to turn this feature off what the hell.”

    16 Oct

    Taylor Lorenz


    Replying to @TaylorLorenz

    Also it looks like there’s no way to turn this feature off what the hell


    Taylor Lorenz


    Do they realize how extremely triggering something like this is for ppl who have had eating disorders? Not to mention just generally shamey

    8:07 PM – Oct 16, 2017

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    Users also pointed out that Google Maps doesn’t take a user’s personal health information into account, so its cupcake calorie counter likely isn’t accurate.

    Others slammed the cupcake counter as being just plain useless.

    “Okay, Google let me tell you something. No one who eats cupcakes ever eats almost 1 mini cupcake!” wrote a Twitter user who goes by Arch S.

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    Arch S @archanasn

    Okay, .@google let me tell you something.. No one who eats cupcakes ever eats almost 1 mini cupcake!

    11:23 AM – Oct 17, 2017

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    And then there were those who didn’t see what the big deal was, even asking for help explaining cupcake-gate.

    “Can someone explain why googles Cupcake counter was offensive? Honestly I don’t understand,” wrote a Twitter user who goes by the name “Bring Your Own Demon.”


    Bring Your Own Demon @infosecxual

    Can someone explain why googles Cupcake counter was offensive? Honestly I don’t understand

    10:22 AM – Oct 17, 2017

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    Whatever the reason, Google confirmed to this news organization Tuesday that it is removing the calorie counter, citing “strong user feedback.” The cupcake counter should have been removed by Monday evening, the company confirmed. If users are still seeing the feature, they should restart the app.

    It’s spectacularly bad timing on Google’s part. It turns out that Wednesday is National Chocolate Cupcake Day (not to be confused with regular National Cupcake Day, which is Dec. 15) — which would have been a prime opportunity for gimmicks galore to show off Google’s cupcake calorie counter. But the Google cupcakes weren’t chocolate anyway. They were pink — whatever flavor that is.


  • Submitted by Dr. GP


  • if you look at your product packaging you will often find listed one or two of the intermediates pictured above………citrate, alpha ketoglutarate, succinate, fumarate, malate oxaloactate.

    these are used as preservatives presumably because they are Krebs cycle intermediates
    but in the Krebs cycle in the process of generating energy these compounds as you can see from the arrows are rapidly converted to each other

    in other slides you will see that some of these intermediates are used in making other compounds

    could it be possible that the body finds these intermediates when consumed in probable excess as toxic?


  • in slide 2 you can see the importance of glucose pictured as the red ball
    all the lines departing from the red ball are important metabolic pathways.such as the PPP which is used to make ribose for RNA, OR DEOXYRIBOSE FOR DNA
    the big line is the glycolytic pathway found in all living organisms……….note that glycolysis is linked to the Krebs cycle– the major pathway for generating energy


  • Dropping this here, no comment needed except to state we are not serious as the NCD capital of the world.


  • The blogmaster added a WhatsApp video to the blog above as an example why due diligence is important.


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