September – Sickle Cell Month

This is Sickle Cell Month, and since sickle cell is an illness primarily and prominently of blacks, it is evident that the same lack of respect is afforded the presses not giving coverage to this disease as it would other white dominant diseases.

Signs of Sickle
Cell trait disease:
1. Anemia
2. Arthritis
3. Acute abdominal pain
4. Abdominal swelling
5. Bone and joint pains
6. Bladder (gall bladder stones)
7. Crises - abdominal and joint
8. Coloured prime - blood (haematuria and jaundiced)
9. Cardiomegally (enlarged heart)
10. Chronic lethargy and tiredne

No matter which type you have, the body does not create enough red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout the body and low hemoglobin. The same solution is needed for all types. Eating a plant based diet, taking herbal supplements such as Even Flo and Chlorophyll to help the body naturally produce red blood cells, increase oxygen and raise hemoglobin.

Different types of sickle cell disease:
HbSS: People who have this form of SCD inherit two Sickle Cell genes (”S”), one from each parent. This is commonly called cell anemia and is usually the most severe form of the disease.

HbSC: People who have this form of SCD inherit a sickle cell gene (”S”) from one parent and from other parent a gene for an abnormal hemoglobin called “C.” Hemoglobin is a protein that allows red blood cells to carry oxygen to all parts of the body.

Hbs beta thalassemia: People who have this form of SCD inherit one Sickle Cell gene (”S”) from one parent and one gene from beta thalassemia, another type of anemia, from the other parent. There are two types of beta thalassemia “o” and “+”. Those with HbS beta o-thalassemia usually have a severe form of SCD.

HbSD, HbSE and HbSO: People who have these forms of SCD inherit one sickle cell gene (”S”) and one gene from an abnormal type of hemoglobin (”D”, “E”, “O”). Hemoglobin is a protein that allows red blood cells to carry oxygen to all parts of the body. The severity of these rarer types of SCD varies.

Hyper-Baric Oxygen Chamber and Ozone are modern treatments.

In conclusion, I worked at the sickle cell clinic in Jamaica, the University of the West Indies, and I ran the sickle cell clinic in the Tanzania, Buganda Hospital for two years.

In the West, sickle cell (SS) was more prevalent, and in East Africa, sickle cell was also prevalent. They are all of the same importance, and all non-whites should make themselves knowledgeable of sickle cell disease, because Greeks and Italian also suffer sickle cell diseases.

SHALLOM
Aman’Ra

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