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OU football: Marquise Brown ‘feeling good’ health-wise going into Bedlam

Marquise Brown burst onto the national scene with a Bedlam performance for the ages last season, but whether the Oklahoma receiver can replicate that depends on his health.

A leg injury has slowed him recently, though OU coach Lincoln Riley said the junior receiver will be “close to top speed” by the time Oklahoma State visits Saturday.

“I’m getting better each and every day, rehabbing,” Brown said. “I’m feeling good.”

Brown caught nine passes for a school-record 265 yards against the Cowboys last year in OU’s 62-52 victory in Stillwater, but has notched 41, 22 and 76 yards the past three games.

“[OSU’s defensive scheme] is pretty much the same this year — a lot of man, cover three and cover four,” Brown said. “I’m getting a lot of roll coverage [this year]. But just that just opens things up for my teammates. When they do that, I know someone else is gonna be open.”

• Riley OK with Lamb: Many wondered why Riley left receiver CeeDee Lamb in last week’s Texas Tech game after he picked up a personal foul and unsportsmanlike conduct flag on the same play, costing 30 yards in penalties.

OU threw the ball to him on the next play.

Riley said he made a judgement call — which the Big 12 retroactively agreed with — that Lamb hadn’t done anything wrong on the personal foul.

“It wasn’t a penalty. I saw what happened. That’s why I’ve always been not too quick to judge, because if I go pull him out of the game right there, then I take one of our better players off the field in an important game,” Riley said. “Unless I see something obviously egregious out there, then absolutely, we’ll get it addressed. But I think in that moment, I’ve always tried to remain calm, to see what happened.”

Riley said an official initially told him Lamb kicked a player.

“I had a great look at it. I saw CeeDee get up and they told me kicked him, and I just, I knew he didn’t. They called when the guy grabbed his leg, and when he pulled his leg away, they thought that he kicked him,” Riley said. “You know, it is what it is in the moment. I have had guys that have gotten personal fouls that we have pulled off. We’ve had some that we haven’t. I think it’s kinda those guys in the moment. I think … we don’t wanna under-react to it. I don’t wanna overreact to it either.”

• Cut up: Sophomore tight end Grant Calcaterra sported a red scrape covering his chin Monday, thanks to a hard hit across the middle at Texas Tech.

His helmet came off at the end of the play, exposing his face to the turf at Jones ATT Stadium. He lay on the ground for some time receiving help from OU’s training staff.

“It hurt pretty bad,” Calcaterra said. “But I just got the wind knocked out of me. Just was banged up, but eventually I was able to start breathing. I was good to go after that.”

He took several big hits in the game, but still came up with big catches, which was a problem for him earlier in the season.

“I will say on that, the big hit I took, I think I could have taken the route a little more skinny,” Calcaterra said. “I went into the middle a little more than I should. I was also told the ball could be there a little earlier. But at the end of the day, I didn’t have the best luck on that play.”

• Motley’s crew: Interim defensive coordinator Ruffin McNeill believes cornerback Parnell Motley’s play can still come back around.

Motley’s been replaced in the starting lineup, and it was this time last year during OU’s game at OSU when he lost his starting job too. The junior cornerback has a team-high three interceptions but has had tackling struggles.

“Parnell is one of those guys, I know exactly where he comes from. I know exactly where his high school is,” McNeill said. “I know exactly where his neighborhood is because I recruited that area for years. He’s a kid who will not quit. He’ll keep fighting. Believing in a young man and young people, as adults, it’s very important.”

Oklahoma State at No. 6 OU

Time: 2:30 p.m., Saturday

Place: Owen Field

Records: OU (8-1, 5-1 Big 12); OSU (5-4, 2-4)

Line: OU (-20)


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Dr. Keith Roach writes for North America Syndicate. Send letters to 628 Virginia Dr., Orlando, FL 32803 or email

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Bold political choices best guarantee for good health care

Health CS Cisily Kariuki presenting a report on the Universal Healthcare before the National Assembly Health Committee at Parliament. [Boniface Okendo/Standard]

For Societies and Nations to prosper, good health and wellbeing are fundamental.

Primary Health Care (PHC) plays a critical role in achieving health for all. It is an essential feature of health systems that secures accessible, affordable, cost-effective, quality, equitable, comprehensive, integrated and people centered services.


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Existing evidence indicate health systems that are developed around strong PHC deliver better health outcomes because 90 per cent of all health needs can be met at the Primary Health Care level.

Alma-Ata declaration

It is in this regard that 40 years ago, 134 countries adopted the declaration of Alma-Ata, which set a target for the attainment of health for all. Progress in the uptake of PHC across the world has since contributed to raising global standards of health care, delivered important population health gains, including improved life expectancy and increased child survival.

Kenya has made tremendous strides in health care provision. Life expectancy has improved from an average of 48 years in 1978 to 65 years.  Similarly, under-five mortality has reduced from 175 to 54 deaths per 1,000 live births and maternal mortality ratio from more than 800 deaths per 100,000 deliveries in 1978 to 362 deaths per 100,000 deliveries.

The use of modern contraceptives has increased from as low as 7 per cent in 1978 to 52 per cent in 2018 while fertility rate has reduced from 8.1 per cent to the current 3.8 per cent. Likewise, we have managed to increase the proportion of deliveries by skilled personnel to 62 per cent and the fully immunized children below one year to 80 per cent.

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Malaria fatality cases and TB infections have been reduced while the prevalence of HIV has declined from 14 per cent to 5.6 per cent. Diseases like smallpox have been eradicated while guinea worm infections and maternal tetanus have reduced significantly.

While we cherish these tremendous achievements, the world is now grappling with emerging challenges. For example, close to six million children are lost around the world every year before their fifth birthday, mostly from preventable causes. Over 150 million children are stunted and many adults are still dying from non-communicable diseases.

The emerging challenges of non-communicable diseases including cancers and cardiovascular diseases, mental health, trauma and violence and the unattained goal of health for all has reignited a call for comprehensive PHC interventions.


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At a recent global conference in Astana, Kazakhstan to revitalize PHC, Kenya renewed its commitment to develop people-centred PHC interventions, build on the principles of the Alma-Ata Declaration towards UHC and Sustainable Development Goals.

The adopted Astana Declaration pledges to make bold political choices for health across all sectors, build sustainable PHC interventions, empower individuals and communities and align stakeholder support to national policies, strategies and plans.

We share the common global goals. Consequently, we shall carry out the following: Firstly, prioritise, promote and protect people’s health and well-being at both population and individual levels, through strong health systems.

What we’ll do

Secondly, promote primary health care and health services that are high quality, safe, comprehensive, integrated, accessible, available and affordable for everyone and everywhere, provided with compassion, respect and dignity by health professionals who are well-trained, skilled, motivated and committed.

And thirdly, create enabling and health-conducive environments in which individuals and communities are empowered and engaged in maintaining and enhancing their health and well-being and finally push for alignment of partners and stakeholders activities toward providing effective support to national health policies, strategies and plans.

The success of our health system depends on PHC-oriented interventions geared towards proactive care, prevention measures, and health promotion at the local population level.


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We are investing in PHC through community-based care, first-level health facilities, and population-based interventions with a hinge on individual and social behaviour for healthy choices throughout the life cycle.

Mrs Kariuki is the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Health

The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of

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Oxford Study Pushes Tax on Meat to Promote “Good Health”

Oxford University researchers at the Nuffield Department of Population Health (NDPH) are proposing a new “meat tax,” which they claim could save thousands of British citizens per year. The new tax would nearly double the cost of processed meat and raise the price of a steak by 14 percent.

The study, published in the Public Library of Science One, claims that the new tax would save the lives of approximately 6,000 British citizens annually, as well as save Great Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) more than one billion pounds each year. Globally, the study claims that more than 220,000 lives per year could be saved if all countries adopted similar “meat taxes.”

The globalist World Health Organization (WHO), which is the UN’s healthcare bureaucracy, has previously categorized processed meat containing beef, pork, and lamb as carcinogenic and lists unprocessed forms of those meats as “probably [carcinogenic].” 

Lead researcher Dr. Marco Springmann of Oxford claimed, “Nobody wants governments to tell people what they can and can’t eat.”

No, they just want to tax staple food products out of many consumer’s ability to purchase those items.

“I hope that governments will consider introducing a healthy levy on red and processed meat as part of a range of measures to make healthy and sustainable decision-making easier for consumers,” Springmann said.

There’s that word again: sustainable. The word is explicitly linked to the United Nation’s Agenda 21 program. 

“A health levy on red and processed meat would not limit choices, but send a powerful signal to consumers and take pressure off our healthcare systems,” Springmann said. The researchers liken such a tax to levies on cigarettes and alcohol, luxury items which have also been linked to cancer.

The researchers found that such a tax would reduce consumers’ portions of processed meat such as bacon and sausages by two servings per week in Britain.

The NDPH is the same group that pushed for the “sugar tax” in Great Britain, which went into effect last April. The “sugar tax” was sold as a measure that will help prevent childhood obesity in Great Britain.

Tam Fry, chairman of Britain’s National Obesity Forum, sang the praises of the proposed new meat tax. “When the sugar levy was first announced, people sucked their teeth and argued that it was an infringement of their human rights,” Fry noted. “But as the noise died down people began to realize that they had a real choice and that switching to something more healthy was a good thing.”

A meat tax, Fry argued, would do the same thing. “I see no reason why if sensibly introduced the same thing can’t work with meat. Clearly cutting down on red and processed meat is far healthier and also much better for the environment as raising a cow takes a huge amount of natural resources.”

It should be noted that the lead researcher, Springmann, is one of the same researchers who, just last month, urged a worldwide switch to a more vegetarian diet in an effort to forestall so-called climate change.  In that study, published in the journal Nature, Springmann argued that the entire world needed to drastically reduce its intake of meat as both a hedge against climate change and a means to feed to the Earth’s growing population.

“It’s pretty shocking,” Springmann said of that study. “We are really risking the sustainability of the whole system. If we are interested in people being able to farm and eat, then we better not do that.”

There’s the sustainable word again.

Great Britain is not the only place such a tax is being considered. In Denmark, a similar tax is also on the table, not for public health reasons, but because of “ethical reasons” connected to the alleged contribution of livestock farming to greenhouse gases, which some believe contribute to global warming.

It’s very clear that this study is Agenda 21-driven and is using health and healthcare costs as the “logical reasons” such taxes should be levied. No one in the United States is yet talking publicly about such a tax but it’s definitely on the radar of U.S. globalists and nanny-staters.

The globalists don’t look only to restrict your right to own a gun or to speak your mind. They also want to control what you eat.


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Your Good Health: Underlying health conditions a factor in frequent bruises

Dear Dr. Roach: I’m a 74-year-old man. I take Zocor, flecainide and a baby aspirin each day. For the past year, whenever I bump either arm, I get a large blood bruise that lasts for about a week or two. I don’t even remember some of the bumps. Is there something lacking, such as vitamins, that I could take? I’m quite active. I golf twice a week, walk 3 miles four times a week, and I ride a bike with a bike club 35 miles once per week.


A bruise is a collection of blood, in or below the skin. The medical term is “hematoma,” which means exactly that: “blood collection.” Older people are more likely to develop hematomas, and it happens with less trauma than in younger people. But some people are just more prone to develop them.

Aspirin, because it works by disabling the blood clotting cells (platelets), increases the risk of developing a bruise, or having a larger bruise.

There are medical conditions that can predispose a person to getting many bruises. Von Willebrand’s disease can go many years without ever being diagnosed, and should be considered in people with more-serious bleeding or a family history. Less commonly, there may be abnormalities in the blood-clotting pathway.

Vitamin deficiencies are a very uncommon cause of bleeding disorders, but severe vitamin C deficiency, vitamin K deficiency and low protein intake can rarely cause bleeding problems.

Since the bruising is on your arms, seemingly always related to trauma, and because you are on aspirin, I think it unlikely that there is an unsuspected medical diagnosis causing your bruising.

Dear Dr. Roach: My question is about when and how should a patient consume his medications when on 10 different prescribed medications. Some include instructions to take with water and food; some are taken with no food nor any liquid; some in the mornings, while others are taken in the afternoon or at bedtime. Some are supposed to be taken two to three hours before meals, and others two three hours after meals.

Personally, I can’t keep up with such a rigid schedule when on the move, therefore I take all 10 medications in the morning over a three-hour period. Am I defeating the purpose of the effect of the medications?


Without knowing the details of the medications, I can’t tell you how important it is to take each one as prescribed. The person who can best advise you on this is your pharmacist, who has special expertise on issues like this. Your physician is also able to do so, but if you are getting medications from multiple physicians, it’s particularly important that you have someone look at ALL your medications.

Many pharmacies are able to package your medications in a single-dose pack, so that it’s easier to take the medications at the right time. If you still are having difficulty adhering to the precise directions about timing of the medications, with respect to both time of day and with eating, it is certainly worth it to discuss your concerns with the person prescribing the medications. There may be a way of making them easier to take.

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Your Good Health: Turmeric not a cure, but it seems to help some with cancer

Dear Dr. Roach: Is there any evidence that taking turmeric prevents cancer? I have a friend who is convinced that it does.


There are hundreds of cancers, some of which we can treat and a few of which we can prevent. Turmeric cannot, unfortunately, prevent all cancers.

There are reasons to think that turmeric might have benefits. Some studies have suggested benefit in certain types of cancers, including leukemias and colon and prostate cancers, but I have to emphasize that turmeric (or its active substance, curcumin) is not, by itself, a completely effective preventive or treatment for cancer. Even people taking large amounts of turmeric and with an outstanding diet can get cancer. Turmeric may help other treatments (chemotherapy, radiation) work better; it may help people feel better so they can tolerate more treatment; and it has hormone-like effects that may be useful for treating some cancers and possibly harmful when treating others.

A recent study suggested that people who use alternative treatments for cancer had worse outcomes than people who did not. This prompts a reminder that potential therapies like curcumin should be recommended only as part of comprehensive cancer care and only after discussion with a cancer specialist.

Dear Dr. Roach: I am 75 years old and had a case of vertigo along with an ear infection. An evaluation included an MRI and bloodwork, and a week later, the earache was gone. I was told that the vertigo was due to the earache.

The following week, I had a dentist appointment and needed a filling. I was feeling fine when I entered the dentist’s chair. The assistant reclined the chair, and the filling went well. When I was lifted back up, I was so dizzy that I felt like I had gotten off a roller coaster. I had dry heaves. The next day, I went to my druggist, and he suggested Bonine for motion sickness, but all it did was make me sleepy. Did the position of the dental chair cause the vertigo to come back? I’m afraid to go back to the dentist. What can I do?


The most likely diagnosis is benign paroxysmal positional vertigo. While I can’t be sure of this, the onset of severe symptoms with change in position is suggestive, and the fact that it came and went at least twice over a week or so is also consistent. Finally, an MRI scan (which is often not needed) rules out some of the more worrisome causes of vertigo.

BPPV is a common, probably the most common, cause of vertigo. Your description of feeling like you have gotten off a roller coaster is a powerfully evocative description of vertigo, which many people describe as a feeling they are moving when they are not (some people say it’s the world that’s moving). Although BPPV will get better on its own, a physical manoeuvre can be performed by an experienced clinician that repositions the crystals inside the organ of balance, which help the brain determine which way is up. This sometimes can cure the symptoms immediately. Vestibular rehabilitation is effective for people with a more prolonged course.

If your symptoms don’t get better, it’s time to re-evaluate.

Dr. Roach Writes: A recent column about back pain in a 69-year-old woman exercising two or more hours a day led me to conclude she may have been overdoing it. One reader wrote that changing some of her exercise to yoga was successful in resolving these painful “knots” in her back. As always, I am happy to hear from readers and share their wisdom, especially when it’s something I should have thought of but didn’t.

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Your Good Health: Health-care providers must be vigilant about patients’ privacy

Dear Dr. Roach: I share some of the same providers as other family members, and occasionally I will get from a support staff person: “We just saw your family member last week” or “How is your family member doing?” But sometimes there is a slip from the provider themselves: “Well, you know this runs in your family.” My worst experience came from my family doctor’s nurse. I went to my family member’s house and was specifically asked: “Did you get linked up with that new specialist and get your meds?” I stood stunned. After inquiring, I was told: “Oh, I was at the doctor’s office last week and his nurse told me about how frustrated he was with getting you linked up. Did he get it done?” This is an ongoing pet peeve of mine, and I feel that my privacy is violated.


Your privacy has been violated, and you are right to be upset. A medical professional discussing your medical issues with a family member without your explicit permission is a breach of medical ethics.

The U.S. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act allows your physician to use his or her best judgment about notification of family members, but it seems to me, based on what you are telling me, that he should not have shared your information. If you had objected to sharing your information, what he did would have been a clear violation of the law.

If you still wish to continue with the same provider, you should make your wishes for your privacy clearly known. You shouldn’t have had to do this, but that is an option now. You also may want to have a different provider from the rest of your family. I have patients whose family members have chosen different primary care doctors for the sake of privacy.

Dear Dr. Roach: I have multiple myeloma in check on Revlimid, but it causes diarrhea. Can you suggest any dietary treatment or foods I should stay away from? I’m a conscientious patient and a senior citizen in my late 80s.


Generally good advice on treating diarrhea includes avoiding milk products, as the gut can temporarily lose the ability to digest milk sugar. The classic BRAT diet (bananas, white rice, peeled apples and dry toast) remains a useful short-term solution.

Long-term diarrhea deserves evaluation. There may be a specific reason for your diarrhea, other than the medicine you take.

Lenalidomide (Revlimid) is an effective treatment for many people with multiple myeloma, but diarrhea is present in 40 to 50 per cent of people who take it. It can severely impact quality of life and even stop people from taking this useful treatment.

A 2014 study found that many people treated with lenalidomide lose bile acids, which are necessary for proper digestion of food. Because of this, the investigators used a bile acid binding drug, colesevelam (Welchol, often used for high cholesterol), which was completely effective in half the subjects, and improved symptoms in the other half.

Some people with multiple myeloma taking lenalidomide also noted benefit in diarrhea by reducing fat intake. If that is not effective, talk to your oncologist about a bile acid binding drug like colsevelam or cholestyramine.

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