BoxLife Competitor’s Training #229

BoxLife Competitor’s Training #229

BoxLife Competitor’s Training #229: SugarWod Comptrain Silverbacks

The comptrain silverbacks are a subspecies of the common silverback gorilla (Gorilla beringei). They have been observed living in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) since at least 2002.[1] There is no evidence that they live anywhere else outside their native habitat. Their exact range is unknown, but it may extend into Central Africa or even South America.

They are known to hunt small prey such as chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas and other apes. However, they prefer larger animals like elephants and hippos. They do not appear to eat humans; however there have been reports of them killing some chimps which were being used for food in zoos.[2][3]

In captivity silverbacks have proven difficult to keep alive due to their aggressive nature. One reason is because they will often kill any trainers attempting to train them. Another reason is because they are very territorial and will attack anyone trying to approach them. A third reason is that they are extremely resistant to medicine and medical treatments.

Some have died from these treatments.[4]

Silverbacks’ diet consists mainly of fruit, leaves, bark, roots and vines. They also consume honeydew from aphids on trees. They drink water through a tube inserted into their nose called a nasogastric tube.

Common Diseases and Disorders

Food Poisoning: Food poisoning is one of the most common health problems among humans. It is usually caused by eating undercooked meat, fish or poultry. You can also get it by eating food that has gone bad or drinking contaminated water.

Acute Malnutrition: This is a condition caused by the poor quality of food or a lack of food altogether. The digestive system is unable to process nutrients and cannot produce enough energy for the body’s needs. It can lead to death if not treated.

Chronic Malnutrition: This is a long-lasting form of malnutrition that arises out of a consistently poor diet. It can also be caused by disease or illness that prevents the absorption of nutrients or by insufficient intake of nutrients.

Pregnancy Problems: Problems during pregnancy tend to occur more frequently during the third trimester. It is very important to seek prompt medical attention at this stage to avoid potential complications to both the mother and the fetus.

Eclampsia: This is a condition that usually occurs after the 20th week of pregnancy. It causes a sudden rise in blood pressure that can result in seizures, permanent brain damage and even death.

Low Birth Weight: Babies that are born weighing less than 5 pounds, 8 ounces are considered to have low birth weight. They are at greater risk of health complications due to being smaller.

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High Birth Weight: Babies that are born weighing more than 9 pounds, 13 ounces are considered to have high birth weight. They may have difficulties during labor and are at greater risk of health complications due to being larger.

Birth Injuries: Prolonged pressure on the umbilical cord can cause the blood vessels surrounding it to collapse. This can lead to the infant becoming brain damaged or even dead.

Colic: Colic is a condition that causes an infant to have abdominal pains (stomach aches) with no known cause. It usually occurs at night or during feeding. Some common symptoms are crying for three hours straight, gagging or vomiting.

SIDS: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) refers to the sudden, unexplained death of an infant or toddler who was previously healthy. It is considered a tragedy since their death was avoidable. There are many risk factors that can be controlled and some that cannot.

Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: Drinking a lot of alcohol while pregnant can lead to birth defects in the infant such as mental retardation, growth deficiencies and physical deformities.

Domestic Abuse: Abusive behavior by one partner against another is called domestic abuse. It can include physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse. It can also include controlling a partner’s behavior, preventing them from speaking to others or keeping them hostage.

Internet Addiction: Internet addiction is excessive computer usage that adversely affects your life. You may stay online for long periods of time or log on at inappropriate times. You may lose interest in social activities and spent more time online. You may intend to limit your usage but are unsuccessful.

This condition can be caused by factors like boredom, depression or loneliness. It can also be caused by anxiety, an urge to compete with others or the desire to meet new people.

Eating Disorder: Eating disorders have a serious impact on daily life. They are characterized by an obsession with one’s weight or a strong desire to be thinner. An eating disorder can lead to health problems like heart disease, injury or even death.

Self-Harm: This is the act of hurting yourself on purpose. People who engage in this behavior usually do it to cope with personal problems or deal with difficult emotions. Common forms of self-harm are cutting, burning, biting and punching yourself.

Drug Abuse: Drug abuse is a pattern of behavior where an individual has a tendency to abuse drugs or medications. These drugs alter the way the brain functions causing side effects like slurred speech and mood swings.

Pregnancy: Pregnancy is a condition where a woman carries one or more developing babies in her uterus. The female organs for carrying and birthing young is called a womb.

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Premature Birth: A premature birth is defined as the birth of an infant that weighs less than 5 pounds, 5 ounces. A baby born prematurely is at risk for health complications due to their sensitive nature.

Miscarriage: A miscarriage occurs when a woman spontaneously terminates a pregnancy. It is usually identified by bleeding, pain and vaginal tissue release. The most common reasons for a miscarraige are structural problems with the mother’s uterus or egg cell or congenital defects in the baby.

Dental Problems: Poor dental care can lead to bleeding gums, teeth loss, infections and other serious health conditions. It can also cause physical difficulties such as chewing, swallowing and speaking.


Infections are caused by viruses or bacteria which enter the body and multiply quickly. These infections can be either minor or serious in nature. Symptoms of infection usually include a high fever, aches and pains and excessive sweating. Without medical attention an infection can cause death.

Antibiotics are used to fight bacterial infections while antiviral drugs are used to treat viral infections.

Strep Throat: Strep throat is a type of bacterial infection that usually affects the throat and nose. Most common symptoms are difficulty in swallowing, high fever, headache and stomach aches. It is highly contagious.

Ear Infection: An ear infection is a condition where the inner parts of the ear become swollen and inflamed due to fluid buildup, immune reactions and irritation of the tissues inside the ear. It can be caused by a virus or bacteria and can be treated with antibiotics.

Head Lice: Head lice are tiny insects that live on the human scalp and feed off of dead skin cells. They are identified by their small size (1mm), oval bodies and six legs. They are highly contagious and spread from direct contact with an infested person or by sharing infected combs, brushes, hats, hair accessories and towels.

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Heart Attack: A heart attack occurs when the blood flow to your heart is restricted or halted completely. This causes the muscle tissue in the region to no longer receive oxygen and slowly die. Common symptoms of a heart attack are chest pain, feeling tired, shortness of breath and pain in the arms, back and neck.

Kidney Disease: Kidney disease is a group of conditions that cause permanent damage to the two bean-shaped organs.

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