Jamaican Poetry: Seething

By: Denise N. Fyffe.
Copyright © 2017, Poetess Defy, Denise N. Fyffe

I hiss mi teet an seethe
Like a cobra coiled

Execute fury or
I hiss mi teet an seethe.

Mi mind racing thru corridors
Like a Amtrak train
Seeking recourse, seeking solution.
Meanwhile di devils chirp
Their song in mi head
Claro 3G break free…’
I goin to break somin yes
Two months,
Two significant problems
Too much;

I hiss mi teet and seethe.

Dis lady seh I mus seek recourse
Fi a five thousand dollars
I goin to seek
I hiss mi teet and seethe.

Di devils continue fi sing deh song

‘Claro 3G break free…’
I feel di tidal wave break in mi head.
I recoil and
I hiss mi teet and seethe.

Jamaican Poetry: Dis Journalist Mad

By: Denise N. Fyffe.
Copyright © 2017, Poetess Defy, Denise N. Fyffe

Now tell mi if di journalist nuh mad,
Fi go look pon 20 foot wave,
A wash pon land.
Afta yuh see sey one camera man almost drown,
Yuh a try get shot of Palisadoes grung;

Is anyting else damage?
Is yuh car alright?
Cause mi waan fi knuh,
Wah yuh a do inna storm 2’oclock a night?

Now tell mi if dis journalist nuh crazy,
Dem a go geh wi heart failure,
Or mek we have premature baby.
We jus waan knuh sey oonu safe an sound;
We nuh waan visit nuh burial ground.
Next ting di eulogy go read,
Great Jamaican, good friend father of some well sown seed;

Please mi a beg oonu nuh mek mi heart skip a beat;
Tek care, report good;
And of foolish acts, please beware.

Jamaican Health: What are the benefits of the Jamaican Soursop?

Jamaican soursop benefits
Jamaican soursop benefits

Jamaican Soursop

Jamaican Soursop

By: Denise N. Fyffe.
Copyright © 2014, Denise N. Fyffe

Jamaican Soursop has various health benefits that are not popularly known. It has:

  • calcium,
  • protein,
  • iron,
  • fiber,
  • phosphorus,
  • thiamine,
  • riboflavin,
  • niacin,
  • ash,
  • carbohydrates,
  • ascorbic acid,
  • fat,
  • amino acids,
  • tryptophan,
  • calcium,
  • methiodine and lysine;
  • vitamins A, b1, b2 and C

and makes a delicious drink. For persons concerned about their caloric intake, the Jamaican soursop is great because it has up to 40 calories. It is not only the soursop fruit that is usable but the soursop leaves are boiled for tea is often used by older and more knowledgeable folk. However, it is important to note that the seeds are not edible as they are toxic.

There are a number of illnesses that can be healed or aided in fast recovery times if the Jamaican soursop fruit is used. These include:

  1. coughs,
  2. nerves,
  3. indigestion,
  4. cholesterol,
  5. fevers,
  6. hypertension,
  7. urethritis,
  8. flu,
  9. haematuria,
  10. rheumatism,
  11. diabetes,
  12. leprosy,
  13. scars,
  14. swollen feet,
  15. inflammation,
  16. insomnia,
  17. catarrh,
  18. liver ailments,
  19. eczema
Jamaican soursop benefits

Jamaican soursop benefits

and it is used as a diuretic as well. As it relates to cancer, because the make up of the Jamaican soursop is toxic, it combats the effects of cancer cells. The antiviral and anticancerous nature of the plant is presently and consistently being studied. Africans regularly bathe their feverish children with this to combat the high temperatures.

Truly the Jamaican Soursop is a national treasure and underrated for its curative purposes. Nature provides many such natural and organic elements to alleviate our illnesses. We need only to explore them; starting with the Jamaican Soursop.

Jamaican Food / Recipe: Why Buying Organic Doesn’t Need To Cost The Earth

Whenever I talk about buying organic food the first concern most people have is how expensive it is, however, shopping and cooking organically can be done more cheaply than you may think. The truth is that it does require organisation, creativity and lifestyle changes, but these changes have the potential to make you healthier and happier. It took me a little while to get into the swing of things but I learnt a lot along the way. So here are my top tips to eating as organically, ethically and as healthily as possible on a budget.

Farmers Markets: Your local farmers’ market is a great way of getting fresh, local and organic produce. They offer the best organic produce of the season and as the goods are local it tends to be cheaper than buying from supermarkets. A good tip is buying organic in bulk and freezing what you can. You may get a discount if you snap up all of the spring onions :-). Also, if you go at the end of the day you may also be able to get a discount as they try to get rid of remaining goods. For details of a Farmers’ Market close to you check out the Local Foods directory.

Sign-up to an organic box scheme: Online shopping for organic produce with a company that delivers to your door is truly great idea especially as most of us are incredibly busy. Riverford and Abel and Cole are great UK companies that deliver local, seasonal and organic fruit and veg straight to your doorstep. There are often special offers on their websites so you can get excellent value for money.

Eat the Seasons: Cook fresh fruit and veg from scratch. Avoiding over packaged convenience foods is not only usually healthier but also cheaper.

Less meat, more veg: Meat can be an expensive addition to your shopping basket. Try to have fewer meat based meals each week. If you do like red meat try to lower the cost by buying cheaper cuts like pork belly of neck of lamb, offal can also provide nutritious meals (I love what River Cottage has done to highlight great pieces of meat for less). Local butchers are your mantra here. Get friendly with them and ask for advice on good alternative cuts. With poultry I make every part count. Nothing goes to waste. I tend to buy a whole chicken and divide it into meal sized portions. I will keep bones to make stock for meat based soups. Fish, can be expensive. I buy whole fish as this can be more economical and then cut it into meal sized portions and freeze.

Jamaican Health and Lifestyle: What causes the Arthritis disease?

Arthrite rhumatoide

By: Denise N. Fyffe.
Copyright © 2012, Poetess Defy, Denise N. Fyffe


The Arthritis disease is actually inflammation in the joints. When injury occurs that joint becomes tender, painful, stiff and swollen. If the inflammation is there for an extended period then the tissues will be permanently damaged.  A joint is located where two bones meet and this can be in areas such as your hands, fingers, hips and knees.


Generally there are over one hundred types of this disease. The more common types are gout, rheumatoid

Typisches Röntgenbild einer Rheumatoiden Arthr...

arthritis and osteoarthritis. When your body has difficulty in getting rid of the uric acid, you develop gout in your wrists, knees or big toes. Rheumatoid arthritis can affect the same areas including your back. It develops when the immune system starts attacking the body and the lining of the joint gets swollen. If the cartilage from your bones wears down it is a cause of arthritis and you can get osteoarthritis. This arthritis disease comes with friction in the back as well as the spine, when that cartilage lining is not there. It is very painful.


A main cause of arthritis disease is simply aging. The weight bearing, especially in cases where people are


obese and overuse of your joints acts on the lining and it degenerates overtime. Some people develop the arthritis disease because of their genetic makeup. Others are at risk because they do repetitive actions throughout their lifetime like sewing, texting, or typing.


There are several preventative measures that you can take to avoid becoming an arthritis patient. First and foremost learn to control your weight. This can be done by exercising, using light weight and eating healthy. You can do exercises that require little to no contact or impact like swimming and yoga. Also, try not to engage in activities where you have a high possibility of being injured.


Jamaican Health: Cystic Fibrosis


Cystic fibrosis genes causes mucus builds up in areas such as your pancreas as well as your lungs. The mucus becomes very thick and the individual will have problems breathing. Other related issues will include growth, digestion and nutrition issues. Unfortunately, there is no cure for the disease and the cystic fibrosis life expectancy varies among individuals.

In times past, people with the Cystic fibrosis genes did not live for a very long time. Now with the advances in medicine they are able to have cystic fibrosis life expectancy well into their thirties. Over ten million Americans including well over thirty thousand children are suffering from this debilitating disease. (Provide a link for this statistics) Millions more have the genes but do not suffer from the illness. You have to possess genes of cystic fibrosis from both parents.

Some of the symptoms of the disease include poor oxygen levels in the blood as well as the clubbing effect in the appearance of the fingers and toes. Some people also have a barrel shaped chest. It is also difficult for them to absorb all the nutrients needed from their food hence their bowel movement can be to a certain extent smelly.

Females with the Cystic fibrosis genes will have difficulty conceiving a child as their cervical secretions are very thick. This makes it difficult from the male’s sperm to get to the egg. In the man’s case, they are generally sterile and unable to produce children. Babies will taste very salty when you kiss them because people with Cystic Fibrosis have high levels of chloride and sodium in their sweat.

Newborns do not have sweat glands which are active, so it is almost impossible to determine if they have the disease using that method. However, doctors can do an immunoreactive trypsinogen test (IRT). This is done by taking blood from the baby and checking if there is trypsinogen present; it is a kind of protein.

By: Denise N. Fyffe.
Copyright © 2016 Denise N. Fyffe

Jamaican Health: Signs and Treatment of Lyme Disease

By: Denise N. Fyffe.
Copyright © 2012, Poetess Defy, Denise N. Fyffe

Spirochete a type of bacterium causes Lyme disease. Usually people who are exposed to deer ticks or western black-legged ticks get this illness. The transfer is through a tick bite. The disease is not limited to the USA; it is also found in Australia, Asia and Europe as well.

If you are bitten you will start seeing signs of Lyme disease anywhere from three to thirty days. The primary indicator is a rash that is at the source of the bite. Patients will respond differently; there are those who have red spots instead. The rash will be warm and feel tender. More signs of Lyme disease include pain in the joints and muscles, headaches, feeling fatigued, and the presence of fevers and chills.

Treatment for Lyme disease is integral because it can spread to the nervous system as well as the heart. A carrier of the disease can develop Bell’s palsy or the drooping of the face. Their heart beat can slow and they can develop numbness in the legs and arms. Meningitis is also a possibility if the membranes in the brain start to swell.

If no Treatment for Lyme disease is sought then the later stage of the disease can cause arthritis. Once you discover any signs of Lyme disease you should inform and visit your doctor. In the early days Treatment for Lyme disease includes giving the patient an antibiotic. The treatment should run its full course or the malady will recur and spread to other areas of the body.