Following the report that has been making the rounds on social media for a while now – that model, Blac Chyna’s mother went online to blast her daughter for not seeing her for years and keeping her grandkids away from her – Nollywood actress, Tonto Dikeh has also reacted to the news.
But her reaction was not welcomed by many of her followers who feel she has no rights whatsoever to have a say in the matter.
Tonto says no matter what the case may be, she’d never drag her daughter on social media the way Tokyo Toni did her daughter.
My mother calls me out like this on social media? The only Real flesh & blood A human can ever have??? I feel your pain mama, but you shld be the last person to publicly disgrace you and your whole family like this… I am a mother I will never do this,I will borrow money and come to you and sleep at your gate day to day until you let me in and forgive and talk things over.. The both need Healing.. Lord where did Love and family Values Go? So sad,The pain in this World is just Crazy
And then her followers came for her and it was a whole lotta trash talk.
sony____a wrote, @tontolet the same way you also bring your shit to social media, like even spiritual attack, stuffs that should not be on social media, y’all are same, you are like her.
And she replied,
@sony____a chia but do you even see my parents pictures o my page or do I ever bring my daddy daughter drama on social media??? No nah be fair bro
Ezikvinnie wrote, @tontolet if I hear! How many gate u siddon when u had issues with Churchill? Abeg talk anode thing
And she replied,
@ezikvinnie Sir I don’t think you understand what we are saying,Tokyo never married Blac Chyna. That’s a mother daughter relationship
Another user, richard__d1 wrote, @tontolet Tokyo never married Chyna yes we all know that but you are in no position to judge the action Tokyo took on social media, you can quietly break up with your husband and disgrace him anywhere but not social media. You are still crashing on the table you are shaking, you sound stupid trying to defend yourself.
To which she responded,
@richard___d1 Judge? Honey if only you will calm down,Maybe remove the negativity you have in your head about me and sincerely read my post.i am sure you will understand my words better!! I’m not shaking tables but if am on this table and it’s shaking no shame in falling.. Shebi person wet fall they stand up?
Persisting, Richard wrote back,
@tontolet Have you been in Tokyo’s shoes as a mother? No,not yetis yes you are judging her because you have no single ideal of the pains she is going through. Stop trying too hard to give me a modest clap back cos we know the real you,you called Ada Slim mother a bitch here on social media,the lady who supported u from nothing to something…
The importance of magnesium in the body is too often overlooked in favor of calcium or even iron.
Many people may not even know what it is or what it does. Truth is that this mineral is responsible for over 300 metabolic reactions in the body, including protein, DNA, RNA, and antioxidant synthesis; muscle and nerve function; cell signaling, glucose and blood pressure regulation; and the formation and structure of bones and soft tissue. (1) Yet most people don’t get enough magnesium in their daily diets.
In addition to its role in the synthesis of antioxidants, most notably glutathione (the “master antioxidant”), magnesium binds to heavy metals in the blood (e.g., cadmium, chromium, nickel, zinc, and others), assisting in their elimination from the body. (2, 3) It also has the ability to prevent stroke.
Magnesium from food is absorbed in the small intestine and is distributed throughout the body in the blood. It is part of bones and soft tissue. The kidneys maintain a proper magnesium level in the blood and if there’s too much, it gets flushed out as waste. (4)
The Dangers of Magnesium Deficiency
In 2009, the World Health Organization reported that 75% of Americans were magnesium deficient. A recently published meta-analysis of forty separate studies from nine countries regarding the effects of magnesium on human health involved over one million participants over a period of four to thirty years and found some interesting results.
Here’s what they found:
Many people have low serum (blood) magnesium levels (2.5-15% of subjects in included studies).
Increasing daily magnesium by 100mg a day didn’t affect the incidence of cardiovascular disease or coronary heart disease.
Increasing daily magnesium intake by 100mg a day significantly reduced the risk of stroke, heart failure, type 2 diabetes, and all-cause mortality.
“…many adults fail to meet the recommended daily intake of magnesium, despite the fact that epidemiology studies indicate that low levels of serum magnesium can increase the risk of a wide range of diseases, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes (T2D), Alzheimer’s disease, and cardiovascular disease (CVD)…However, no clear association was found between magnesium intake and the risk of coronary heart disease or total cardiovascular disease, which may have been due – at least in part – to the relatively limited number of studies included in our analysis.” (5)
The current recommended dietary amount for magnesium is 400-420mg for men over 19 years and 310-320 for women (add 40mg if pregnant for healthy fetal development). (6)
Importance of Magnesium
Dr. Mildred Seelig was a world-renowned magnesium scholar. She published studies and books about magnesium and its role in human physiology and the consequences of chronic deficiency. In her book Magnesium Deficiency in the Pathogenesis of Disease, she cites inadequate magnesium as a significant factor in:
Ischemic heart disease
Sudden infant death
Infantile myocardial infarction (heart attack) and arteriosclerosis
Kidney disease and kidney stones
Imbalance among magnesium, vitamin D, and phosphorus—too much calcium and/or phosphorus increases the body’s need for magnesium and exacerbates magnesium deficiency symptoms (7)
Fetal tissue development, eclampsia, and toxemia during pregnancy (8)
In a separate study, Dr. Seelig described the link between vitamin D, magnesium, calcium, and phosphorus: these nutrients must be in balance in order for the body to properly process each. (9) There is no hard answer on what the ratio should be for a particular person because the variables are too great. (10) It is therefore critical to maintain a healthy balanced diet, get your dose of sunshine, and cut out soft drinks(they are ridiculously high in phosphorus, which leads to magnesium depletion) in order to use each of these nutrients effectively. (11)
Additionally, chronic magnesium deficiency can cause:
Magnesium Deficiency and Heart Disease
“Mid-1950s, USA: Something in our lifestyle was allowing many otherwise healthy people to drop dead from heart attacks. The search was on for the cause. With no pathogen and no toxin, researchers began to look for things that ‘correlated’ with heart attacks or strokes. Factors associated with an elevated risk of heart disease became the way to study this increasing problem. High blood pressure, smoking, obesity and high serum cholesterol came to be the best known of a growing list of cardiovascular risk factors—things to avoid or clinical measurements to correct.”
“However, populations from all over the world showed high rates of sudden cardiac death in areas with low soil and/or water magnesium levels; and animal research as early as 1936 implicated low nutritional magnesium in atherosclerosis—the hardening of arteries. By 1957 low magnesium was shown to be, strongly, convincingly, a cause of atherogenesis and the calcification of soft tissues. But this research was widely and immediately ignored as cholesterol and the high saturated-fat diet became the culprits to fight.” (13)
This excerpt is from studies by Andrea Rosanoff, Ph.D., a colleague and collaborator with Dr. Seelig who continues Seelig’s work. While it is certainly true that hypertension, obesity, smoking, and chronically high LDL cholesterol contribute to cardiovascular disease, they aren’t the only factors—they have become the most conspicuous markers. Doctors often don’t test for blood or urine magnesium when treating or aiming to prevent heart disease.
How Did This Happen?
Somewhere along the line, calcium and vitamin D became trendy nutrients and people were told they needed more of both. Milk and many packaged foods have been fortified with them for years (as synthetic supplements). Without balance among these, magnesium, and phosphorus, body chemistry is thrown out of whack and you end up with inadequate magnesium to offset the larger amounts of calcium and vitamin D. From Dr. Rosanoff: “high cellular Ca:Mg [calcium to magnesium] ratios manifest in tissues as the ‘fight or flight’ response, bringing on clinical symptoms of CVD.”
Rosanoff explains that processed foods contain few ingredients that contain naturally-occurring magnesium. Furthermore, commercial wheat, fruit, vegetables, and other food crops have been so hybridized, chemicalized, and genetically modified that their natural magnesium content has noticeably decreased in the last 60 years. (Yet another reason to eat organic!)
“As the modern processed-food diet and the stressful high-Mg-requiring lifestyle that goes with it expand throughout the world, more and more of the growing human population will experience the marginal Mg status our society has been living with for decades, and we can expect (and we now see) increasing levels of CVD as a result.” (Ibid.)
Some health conditions can contribute to magnesium depletion, such as:
Gastrointestinal disorders: chronic diarrhea, Crohn’s disease, intestinal inflammation due to surgery or radiation therapy
Kidney disorders: diabetes, taking diuretics, other medications
Age: the older we get, the more difficult it becomes for the intestines to absorb magnesium from foods.
15 Magnesium-rich Foods to Prevent Stroke, Heart Failure, and Diabetes
This is by no means an exhaustive list but a guide for the most common foods with a high magnesium content. Leafy greens, nuts, legumes, whole grains, and seeds of all kinds are high in magnesium.
Cruciferous vegetables, including broccoli, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, and kale
Fatty fish (e.g., wild-caught salmon, mackerel)
Fruits and berries, including bananas, and figs
Herbs, including chives, parsley, fennel, and basil
Nuts, seeds, and legumes, including almonds, cashews, pine, and Brazil nuts; sunflower and pumpkin seeds, lentils, and Lima beans
Spices, including coriander, cumin, mustard seed, and clove
When it comes down to the nuts and bolts of life, Magnesium is a catalyst we couldn’t live without.
Magnesium passes through cell membranes, transporting other minerals (such as potassium) from cell to cell throughout the body. Communication between cells requires protein synthesis that is catalyzed by magnesium. The processes that result from the break-down of proteins affect hormone secretion and gland function. Additionally, magnesium and calcium that float around outside of cells carry them to different parts of the body, with implications for immune system function. (14)
Magnesium’s Role in the Prevention of Stroke and Diabetes
Magnesium is a potent vasodilator, meaning it opens up blood vessels, thereby decreasing blood pressure. Ischemic stroke(the most common) occurs when there is a blockage or blood clot in a blood vessel that cuts off blood flow to the brain. Dilation of blood vessels to prevent blockage is therefore highly preventative.
Magnesium deficiency commonly affects people with diabetes, both types 1 and 2; almost half of people with type 2 diabetesare lacking in this mineral. The mechanism that causes this effect may be increased loss of magnesium via urination as the body tries to rid itself of excess sugar. Inadequate magnesium has been shown to increase insulin resistance, which makes it harder for the body to regulate blood sugar.
Other Sources of Magnesium
Food isn’t the only source of magnesium: Epsom salts and seawater are also rich in this important mineral and your skin will absorb it. Too much magnesium is almost impossible if it comes from food or through the skin. Magnesium supplements are available but as with any supplement, if it’s not derived from a food source, it’s synthetic and not readily used by the body. It is possible (and toxic) to get too much magnesium from supplements. Adverse effects of excess magnesium supplementation include:
The Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine advises against magnesium supplementation if you have any problems with your kidneys. The upper limit of daily magnesium intake via supplement is 350mg for adults. Less than that doesn’t cause trouble in most people. (15)
Drug Interactions with Magnesium
Magnesium supplements adversely impact actions of the following medications. It’s always best to inform your healthcare provider if you a) want to begin supplementation or b) are already taking supplements of any kind.
Bisphosphonates for osteoporosis
Digoxin (heart medication)
Proton-pump inhibitors for stomach acid
Food is our fuel, our sustenance, and our medicine. Anything you buy in a package or grow synthetic chemicals will get to you eventually. Real organic food works with your body to nourish and maintain balance. Swallowing a pill may seem more attractive than eating a salad but there really is no substitute when it comes to promoting health.
A low or high consumption of eggs is found to be safe in generally healthy or diabetic persons. Scientists found that dietary cholesterol in eggs has little effect in the overall bad cholesterol levels in the blood. (Photo : Alfredo Estrella | AFP/Getty Images)
Researchers at the University of Sydney have cleared up a continuing belief that eating eggs could increase cardiovascular risk for pre-diabetic and diabetic persons.
A new study published May 7 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that eating up to 12 eggs a week for a year does not increase cholesterol levels.
Participants of the initial clinical trial were asked to maintain their weight while on a high-egg and low-egg diets for three months. Researchers defined that the high-egg diet entails eating 12 eggs per week while participants on low-egg diet shall consume less than two eggs per week.
For an additional three months, the same participants were asked to undergo a weight loss program while maintaining the same high-egg and low-egg diets. They were followed up for a total of 12 months
Overall, researchers did not observe adverse changes in cardiovascular risk markers for both groups. The participants also achieved significant weight loss despite their egg consumptions.
“While eggs themselves are high in dietary cholesterol – and people with type 2 diabetes tend to have higher levels of the ‘bad’ low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol – this study supports existing research that shows consumption of eggs has little effect on the levels of cholesterol in the blood of the people eating them,” said lead author Dr. Nick Fuller, from the University’s Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise and Eating Disorders.
“People with prediabetes or T2D who consumed a 3-mo high-egg weight-loss diet with a 6-mo follow-up exhibited no adverse changes in cardiometabolic markers compared with those who consumed a low-egg weight-loss diet. A healthy diet based on population guidelines and including more eggs than currently recommended by some countries may be safely consumed,” the researchers said.
Health Benefits Of Eggs
Eggs are among the richest sources of dietary cholesterol. While this is the case, it also presents a wide range of nutritional benefits like proteins and micronutrients attributed to good heart health.
Compared to common breakfast options like cereals, pancakes, or bagels, eggs are found to be a healthier choice. Eggs are rich sources of biotin, vitamin A, and antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin.
In deciding whether eggs are beneficial or not, experts at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health advised looking at the context of the entire diet.
Previous studies showed that moderate consumption of eggs, up to one egg per day, did not pose cardiovascular risks in healthy individuals. Additionally, the cholesterol found in eggs has little effect on the LDL cholesterol levels in the blood.
Overall, nutrition experts said it is best to maintain a moderate to low egg-based diet with an emphasis on plant-based proteins.
Last night, in front of millions of viewers around the world, Miracle emerged winnerof Big Brother Naija 2018 at the expense of walking-trouble – Cee-C who finished the show as runner-up.
This morning, my lazy Nigerian phone rang and after momentarily thinking it was one of my WCWs finally wanting to tell me they crush on me too, I discovered it was a voice I had come to recognize on TV because of the question it started with: “Do you understand?”
ME: Hello, good morning. Who’s this, please?
CEE-C: Do you understand? They said Miracle is the winner! Ebuka said Miracle is the winner.
ME: [hesitating] Is this Cee-C?
CEE-C: What kind of question is that? Don’t you recognize my voice?
ME: But we’ve never spoken before.
CEE-C: And so? Haven’t you been watching me on TV?
ME: Erm, eskiss ma, I watch a lot of bad films just because my crush Nancy is in them but I don’t think I will know she’s the one on the line if she calls me now.
CEE-C: That’s Nancy. I’m Cee-C. Don’t you understand?
ME: On the way there, not yet.
CEE-C: As I was saying, how come Miracle had more votes than me? How can they say he won?
ME: Errr, I think you’re asking the wrong person those questions, Cee-C.
CEE-C: Is it because I tore their horrible-looking Payporte dress the other night? I mean why wouldn’t I have torn it. Did you see how horrible that dress looked? There is no way I wouldn’t have torn it. See the one the one they gave Nina. Even Alex’s own. It’s now the one they gave Cee-C that is horrible. BamBam too was fine. Do you understand?
CEE-C: It was fine! BamBam ‘s own was very fine. They should have given her that one. That’s what she deserves. The dresses should have been given accordingly to how you deserve it. Do you understand? You remember that my ex I said died few days after cheating on me? Ehen, that’s why I had to tear the dress.
ME: You mean you saw his face in the part you tore off?
CEE-C: Don’t you understand? That’s not what I am saying jo.
CEE-C: I knew Payporte, Ebuka, Big Brother and co didn’t want me to win. See the number of strikes Big Brother gave me in the house? Who does that?
ME: So, the strikes we’rent because of the things you did?
CEE-C: What did I do? Even Khloe, that thin thing was brought back into the house. Khloe that cannot even cook good food. There’s always too much salt in her food.
CEE-C: Yeah. I didn’t even know why they brought her back. Now that they have given Miracle the 45 million, they are happy. All of them. See when Ebuka called me out, they people were shouting my name but they still called Miracle as the winner.
ME: But do you know most of us watching were shocked that you even pulled more votes than Tobi. I know a lot of people who would have protested in Abuja had you won.
ME: They say because of your attitude.
CEE-C: What stupid attitude are you people talking about? That’s how on Twitter people were shouting that my attitude is bad and that I need therapy after Big Brother Naija. Do you people have sense like this? Don’t you understand?
ME: Oh, it was a strategy?
CEE-C: What stupid strategy? [hisses] Is it not BamBam that was doing strategy up and down? What ended her? Do you understand? I’m not the kind of person that will be carrying strategy everywhere. This is the real me.
ME: [whsipers] So you naturally don’t have sense?
CEE-C: What? I can’t hear you well.
ME: Nothing, never mind. Can I ask you about Tobi?
CEE-C: What about him?
ME: Do you have feelings for him?
CEE-C: Don’t you understand?
ME: Make me.
CEE-C: Tobi is childish. Too childish. Besides I have a boyfriend.
ME: Really? [whispers] Who is that unfortunate soul? Bless him.
CEE-C: I think this South Africa network is bad like Nigeria’s own. I can’t hear you well.
ME: [chuckles] Can you hear me now?
CEE-C: Yes. And me and my boyfriend were in the house together but nobody knew.