The reason we are a walking biohazard

Ever since my diagnosis, I have been doing research on things that I might have done wrong to get cancer at such a young age. To my surprise everyday I find something new that could have caused colon cancer. There are several reasons I have come up with so far, like my high sugar diet, junk food addiction, bromide in the drinking water, Kuwait being the most polluted city etc. Today’s find is ‘mercury filling’ or Silver colored dental amalgam that possibly caused havoc in my body. Long back I was a big time coca-cola drinker because of which my tooth decayed so easily, so every year I’d get few fillings as if I was getting some silver ware, I even got myself a root canal. Though I have quit drinking coke many years now and haven’t got any new ‘fillings’ according to this CNN article my silver fillings (got 6 of them) are enough to send me to my grave sooner. What saddens me is even my wife has 6 silver fillings too, which makes us walking bio-hazards. 

 I got most of my fillings in Kuwait, I wonder if they are still doing silver amalgam while it is almost extinct in the US. If ever you have got your teeth filling done in Kuwait, you might wanna check it out.

Read more about Silver amalgam related articles here

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The worst kind of people you meet at a cancer hospital

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I am writing this from KCCC, as I was entering the hospital saw a young guy smoking outside the main entance. Though I am a person who minds his own business, somehow automatically my hands went in ‘wtf’ action. Despite of wanting to beat the crap out of him, I put up a smile and said “this is cancer hospital” and the guy callously replied “sho sowwi” (what can be done)

I can’t believe people are so  ignorant and utterly disrespectful to the people dying/fighting cancer, that too at a cancer hospital. I really hope there is a special place in hell for such people.

Truly ignorance is a form of cancer.

I love Big Breasts and I can not lie

October is Breast cancer awareness month, you might be noticing some of the big corporations utilizing this “magnificent opportunity” to show their human side, ironically even KFC promoted breast cancer awareness couple years ago and drew flak. While I am of the opinion that just raising awareness about breast cancer is unfair to people suffering battling other types of cancer, an early detection has higher chances of remission. So yes, get your boobies checked, if you don’t have a pair talk to your dear ones, make them aware of the risks of eating meat and junk food or share this video.

My apologies for the witty title, If it grabbed your attention please spread awareness about Breast Cancer.

 

Watch: Food that Kills

If two years ago somebody had told me to quit eating meat and dairy product in order to avoid  cancer (and other heart diseases) I would have told them to GTFO. When you are  at the prime of your youth and are  ‘ignorant about your food habits’, the last thing you expect is to be diagnosed with colon cancer  right?

Wish I knew better…

If you are eating meat (red or lean) once a day here is good reason to spare an hour of your time to watch this documentary where Dr Michael Klaper explains the evils of being a ‘carnivore’. Please watch it, who knows this might save your life.

Cancer cures smoking

As per the law the cigarette companies are now displaying the ‘Statutory cation’ on the entire pack of cigarette, somehow  ‘the burning hand’ did not make any impact to me. I was expecting the picture of a tumour or something gruesome that would scare the shit out of smokers. Unfortunately this is not going to change anything, just like  every other day I saw hordes of idiots people smoking inside the mall. Unless the government steeply raises the price of cigarettes and imprisons those who sell it to teens number of cancer patients in Kuwait will keep increasing. 

Cancer cures smoking and stupidity

Why Carrefour (Avenues) Coffee Shop is a Toxic workplace

I thought of picking up my groceries from Carrefour –Avenues instead of Lulu Hyper  as I haven’t been to Carrefour for a while now. To begin with the day hadn’t gone well so far as the doctor at Al Razi asked my son to keep the cast for 10 more days just to make sure that the broken bone would heal completely. To add misery to the bad day big confusion at Carrefour as they have revamped the store  and moved every item to a different place. I couldn’t find the items that I needed at their usual place hence got seriously mind-effed trying to locate Lipton Tea.

After we finished shopping me & the Kid thought of having some snacks at Carrefour Coffee Shop as my kid was very hungry. But the ‘disgusting stench’ emanating from people smoking at the doorstep stopped us from entering the coffee shop,  it was THAT bad. I felt pity for the staff working at the coffee shop as I assume Carrefour Kuwait management does not give a squat about the health of their workers who will suffer from deadly diseases like Cancer or Cardiac problems because of Second hand smoke / Side stream smoke in the long run. It’s sad that these employees have no option but to inhale carcinogenic smoke for 9hours a day non-stop as this place is crowded throughout the day (normally occupied by mall employees)

But then this is not just the case of one Coffee shop in Kuwait, despite of blanket ban on smoking in public places Coffee shops are the ‘designated smoking areas’ for unknown reason. What is more unfortunate is that none of the so-called ‘reputed’ coffee shops in Kuwait ban smoking in their premises for the fear of losing business even at risking lives of their employees.

Quite appalling don’t you think?

Sooner or later we’ll all be gone

So the mom cat was away leaving behind 4 Kittens. ‘

Where is the Mommy cat? Asked the boy,

Must have gone to bring food’ I replied.

 What happened to the dead kitten? Questioned the boy again.

I paused for a while and answered ‘She must have buried him’.

What is ‘buried’ asked the 4yr old. I explained to him what happens when we die. I could see the fear in his eyes,

‘If I die will Mama bury me and Cry? I didn’t want to answer that, but he insisted, I said ‘Yes, we all will die someday, but only when we get old’

He wasn’t happy ‘When I die where will I go? Who will bring me back to life?

I said ‘We will go to heaven, God takes care of us, you don’t have to worry about it now though’ 

Then a moment of sadness, the boy has no clue that I won’t be around for long, he’s too young to understand about cancer. 

But then I don’t worry now because there is hope, Hope brings smile, and smile brings life, all you have to do is believe.

Sugar and cancer

I was at KCCC today, I never pay attention to the vending machine usually, Today I stopped by to look what is inside. A tiny shock, all those things a cancer patients should NOT eat are being sold right in the heart of Kuwait cancer CONTROL centre. Stuff like ‘potato chips, chocolate bars, sugary juices’ which are a definite no-no for cancer patients (and to healthy people) are made available at this vending machine next to the reception, more shocking…  there is a Pepsi vending machine right in front of the Pharmacy. How did Pepsi manage to get inside a cancer hospital while every oncologist keep insisting that fizzy drinks cause cancer? I guess it’s one of those times when KFC campaigned for breast cancer with pink bucket (eat a breast to save a breast)

Now who said Sugar is bad for you?

Battling Cancer and Depression In Kuwait

A simple sigmoidoscopy  would have eased a lot of my misery, I was having fissure problems in early 2010, I kept going to one Dr Katimini Kanavati at New International Clinic Kuwait for 6 months, all he did was put his finger up my anus every 15 days and prescribe Daflon. Then finally I changed the hospital (only when Dr K quit his job)  to Dar Al shifa where they operated me immediately but didn’t do any further investigation during/after surgery, had they done a simple sigmoidoscopy during the surgery the tumor which was sitting right at the edge of my rectum would have been discovered and I would have not had a fisserectomy but a proper Lower Anterior resection instead. It was only when I started bleeding severely after 6 months of fissurectomy doctors at Dar Al Shifa decided to do a colonoscopy and discover the malignant tumor. By now the tumor had spread to other parts and my life turned upside down to a level of no coming back. All I needed was one simple sigmoidoscopy, and the private hospitals in Kuwait failed me. 

So that’s the state of health care in private hospitals in Kuwait, I wonder how many lives need to be sacrificed before govt allows private hospitals to run oncology department in their full strength. I am not complaining about KCCC (Kuwait cancer control Center), they are doing the best to their ability given the sheer number cancer patients lineup every morning. But I can’t understand why are private hospitals  denied a chance to treat (financially able) cancer patients. I ran a search for Oncologist Kuwait on google, what is surprising is there is NONE (except Dr A Behbehani at Al Salam Hospital), I find this utterly unbelievable as the number of cancer patients ever-increasing every year I wonder how much KCCC alone can handle. Right now I am under post surgery/chemotherapy depression, and I have no doctors to turn to, as going to KCCC is definitely not an option as they offer little or NO support for depression, patients are left on their own (and God) to deal with it. Also it is very exhausting to visit KCCC as you have to reach there as early as 6 am, if you are late by an hour appointments are difficult to get. I guess this is the reason Kuwaitis go abroad for treatment. Even I prefer to go to India for treatment because ‘your oncologist’ is available 24X7, and there is a vast difference in the moral support the oncologist provides in Kuwait and India (or elsewhere). 

So yes, Right now I am depressed and venting my frustration here because I have no doctors (oncologist in particular) that I can consult and share my fears. I guess that is the case of every expat/local cancer patient in Kuwait. If cancer won’t kill us, depression sure will.

Sometimes, all I need is the air that I breathe

Sometimes, all I need is the air that I breathe .. I am feeling sick. There is something wrong with me, it’s the third day since I have been working the night shift during Ramadan. First, I am so weak since the liver surgery that I don’t have the stamina in me anymore to sit late nights, especially when the night shift during Ramadan nds at 1am, I am exhausted  by the time I reach home. 5 hours of sleep during last two days has already taking its toll on my body. Today I can barely keep my eyes open at work.

Second, I am worried, so worried that depression is written all over my face. Marina mall is filled with ignorant imbeciles who are forcing Second hand/ sidestream smoke into my fragile lungs. Not enough that they are smoking in the corridors sometimes they even come inside the shop with cigarettes. Also Friday’s dust storm left me wondering what if the air that I am breathing is killing me? So I ran a search, according to this blog I am doomed, Kuwait ranks among 10 most polluted cities in the world beacuse of all the smoke from refineries and dust storm. I wonder if this is the reason KCCC is full of cancer patients every morning.

What choice do I have now? I can quit my retail job and find a job in a non-smoking environment (or sit at home even but I have no clue about the pollution in the air that I breathe outside the mall. God help us all…


Picture courtesy Blogger Mathai .