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By Naomi MacKenzie –Blackdoctor.org
Avocado. This pear-shaped fruit offers a myriad of beauty benefits. From reducing wrinkles, preventing pimples, brightening your skin, to offering UV protection, this is as good as it gets when it comes to a natural beauty staple. Try this great recipe below and reap the many benefits now!
Use this butter on your skin right after you’ve dried off from a shower for best results. For an added benefit you can use this mixture as a deep conditioner for your hair.
Meet Bernando LaPallo. He is 113 years old as of August 17th, 2014 with the body of an 80 year old. He has never been sick a day in his life, goes for a walk every morning and eats mostly organic fruits and vegetables. He has a recipe for longevity that he learned from his father, who was a doctor who lived to be 98.
According to his website, Bernando feels better than ever. “I feel great,” he says. “I feel wonderful. It’s all about obedience and moderation. That’s the story. The key to my success has been obedience and moderation. I have been doing everything my daddy told me to do all these years. Obedience is the key. Moderation is the back up.”
On his 110th birthday, a local news station did a story on Bernando and he revealed the top five foods that have kept him alive this long:
5. Olive Oil
“Whenever I’m asked a question about what I do to live so long, I tell them ‘I know you’ve heard the saying, You are what you eat,’” confessed Bernando. “My dad told me not to eat ordinary red meat. He said lamb is okay. But stay away from hot dogs, french fries. Don’t eat them.”
He also keeps his mind sharp by being a voracious reader and solving crossword puzzles and playing checkers. He goes around the country doing speaking engagements and even shares some of his recipes here.
“My dad taught me to have faith in God and He’ll take care of you,” says Bernando. “And so far, it’s happened.”
By Aria Ellise –Blackdoctor.org
BernNadette Stanis has come a long way from playing the feisty teenage daughter, Thelma, on the hit series Good Times.
We all remember how she and JJ battled it out to see who would get into the one bathroom shared by the family of five, first. Although the Evans family did not have a lot of money and lived in the projects, they still had love and integrity.
Stanis was born and raised in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, NY, and her upbringing is somewhat similar to Thelma’s character on Good Times. She is one of five children and her mother and father worked hard to ensure that they all received a good education. Stanis says they were taught that education and determination to be someone in life was key to being successful.
She remembers her father always saying, “Now I can go and buy a big old house – I can do that, but I’m gonna take my money and invest it in my children’s education and talent.”
As a young girl, Stanis was exposed to the arts, mainly music and dance, enabling her to enroll in Julliard’s School of the Arts. Along with acting, another gift began to emerge – writing.
Her first book was Situations 101 – Relationships, the Good, the Bad, the Ugly followed by a book called, For Men Only, a book of poetry for men, which is a tribute to the men who supported and encouraged her throughout her life. On the heels of those books she also published Situations 101 – Finances. Stanis viewed her role on Good Times as a job, not as being a star, but as doing good work.
She is penning a new book in which she opens her heart, The Last Night: A Caregiver’s Journey. In it she pays tribute to her parents and talks about her relationship with them, who they were, and how they contributed to her success as well as the success of her brothers and sisters.
She speaks lovingly of her parents. “They were very, very wonderful parents,” Bernadette laughs as she recalls how good they were together even though they were opposites. “Mommy was from Louisiana – ‘a Southern little doll’ and Daddy was from the West Indies and he had that fire going!”
She wants to share that with the world as well as the unfortunate things that happened in her life like how they dealt with her father’s murder, and her mother’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. Both of those events weighed heavily on Stanis and her family.
When her mom was in the later stages of Alzheimer’s she was watching Good Times with Stanis one day, a show she loved to watch. Thelma and JJ were having one of their usual spats when her mother turned to her and said, “That’s a cute little old girl.” It was a devastating blow that made all too clear the progression of the disease.
“It hit me so hard that my mother did not know that was really me, and it was her that put me on that show and she gave me the face of Thelma. So I said right then and there, I am going to use the same face to put on Alzheimer’s and fight with that! I’m going to fight and hopefully educate and make aware of what it is and what this thing has going on, the characteristics of it, and hopefully we can find an answer to slow it down and stop it eventually.”
Alzheimer’s disease affects African Americans twice as much as any other disease, and is the sixth leading cause of death among African-American women.
Stanis is now a national spokesperson for Alzheimer’s and has established her own Foundation, RememberingtheGoodTimes.org in honor of her mother who passed away in 2011.
By Naomi MacKenzie –Blackdoctor.org
Ever wake up looking like you had just a tad too much fun the previous night? Still look tired, and not refreshed? Run to your fridge! Grapes are a great solution to this problem. The fructose within a grape is great for soothing and bringing your skin back to life! They are also rich in elements such as potassium, calcium and vitamins C and E, making them great for your insides, too.
If you don’t have time to whip up this recipe try slicing a chilled grape in half and rubbing your eyes with them. The coolness with soothe and reduce the puffy appearance, and the nutrients will help get rid of the darkness. For a more effective, long-term treatment, try the recipe below.
By Aria Ellise Posted 11/6/2014 –Blackdoctor.org
It doesn’t matter if it’s dinner for one or if you have the entire family over, sometimes you’ll have leftovers. And the worst thing you can do is ruin a case of “good” leftovers by not storing them properly. Here’s how to get back to your favorite meal the next day (or the next week) by packing them properly:
Keep Food Out of the “Danger Zone”
Bacteria grow rapidly between the temperatures of 40° F and 140° F. After food is safely cooked, hot food must be kept hot at 140° F or warmer to prevent bacterial growth. Within two hours of cooking food or after it is removed from an appliance keeping it warm, leftovers must be refrigerated. Throw away all perishable foods that have been left in room temperature for more than two hours (one hour if the temperature is over 90° F, such as at an outdoor picnic during summer).
Cold perishable food, such as chicken salad or a platter of deli meats, should be kept at 40° F or below. When serving food at a buffet, keep food hot in chafing dishes, slow cookers or warming trays. Keep food cold by nesting dishes in bowls of ice or use small serving trays and replace them often. Discard any cold leftovers that have been left out for more than two hours at room temperature (onen hour when the temperature is above 90 °F).
Cool Food Rapidly
To prevent bacterial growth, it’s important to cool food rapidly so it reaches as fast as possible the safe refrigerator-storage temperature of 40° F or below. To do this, divide large amounts of food into shallow containers. A big pot of soup, for example, will take a long time to cool, inviting bacteria to multiply and increasing the danger of foodborne illness. Instead, divide the pot of soup into smaller containers so it will cool quickly.
Cut large items of food into smaller portions to cool. For whole roasts or hams, slice or cut them into smaller parts. Cut turkey into smaller pieces and refrigerate. Slice breast meat; legs and wings may be left whole.
TIP: Hot food can be placed directly in the refrigerator or be rapidly chilled in an ice or cold water bath before refrigerating.
Wrap Leftovers Well
Cover leftovers, wrap them in airtight packaging or seal them in storage containers. These practices help keep bacteria out, retain moisture and prevent leftovers from picking up odors from other food in the refrigerator. Immediately refrigerate or freeze the wrapped leftovers for rapid cooling.
Store Leftovers Safely
Leftovers containing little or no meat can be kept in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days or frozen for 3 to 4 months. Although safe indefinitely, frozen leftovers can lose moisture and flavor when stored for longer times in the freezer.
Thaw Frozen Leftovers Safely
Refrigerator thawing takes the longest but the leftovers stay safe the entire time. After thawing, the food should be used within 3 to 4 days or can be refrozen.
Cold water thawing is faster than refrigerator thawing but requires more attention. The frozen leftovers must be in a leak-proof package or plastic bag. If the bag leaks, water can get into the food and bacteria from the air or surrounding environment could enter it.
Tip: Foods thawed by the cold water method should be cooked before refreezing.
Reheating Leftovers Without Thawing
It is safe to reheat frozen leftovers without thawing, either in a saucepan or microwave (in the case of a soup or stew) or in the oven or microwave (for example, casseroles and combination meals). Reheating will take longer than if the food is thawed first, but it is safe to do when time is short.
Sauces And Soups
Reheat sauces, soups and gravies by bringing them to a rolling boil. Cover leftovers to reheat. This retains moisture and ensures that food will heat all the way through.
When reheating in the microwave, cover and rotate the food for even heating. Arrange food items evenly in a covered microwave-safe glass or ceramic dish, and add some liquid if needed. Be sure the covering is microwave safe, and vent the lid or wrap to let the steam escape. The moist heat that is created will help destroy harmful bacteria and will ensure uniform cooking. Also, because microwaves have cold spots, check the temperature of the food in several places with a food thermometer and allow a resting time before checking the internal temperature of the food with a food thermometer. Cooking continues for a longer time in dense foods such as a whole turkey or beef roast than in less dense foods like breads, small vegetables and fruits.
Refreezing Previously Frozen Leftovers
Sometimes there are leftover “leftovers.” It is safe to refreeze any food remaining after reheating previously frozen leftovers to the safe temperature of 165° F as measured with a food thermometer.
If a large container of leftovers was frozen and only a portion of it is needed, it is safe to thaw the leftovers in the refrigerator, remove the needed portion and refreeze the remainder of the thawed leftovers without reheating it.
By C. Achebe –Blackdoctor.org
It is being reported by ESPN that the condition of boxing legend Muhammad Ali has “vastly improved” since he was taken to the hospital with a mild case of pneumonia, his spokesman has said. Bob Gunnell said Ali’s doctors hoped to discharge him soon.
Gunnell added that, “the Ali family continues to request privacy and appreciates all of the prayers and well wishes”. The 72-year-old former three-time heavyweight champion, who has Parkinson’s disease, was taken to the hospital on Saturday.
Mr. Gunnell provided no further details.
Ali was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1984, three years after his retirement from boxing. Elderly people or those with a chronic illness like Parkinson’s disease are high risk for developing pneumonia, an inflammation or swelling of the lungs that makes it difficult for oxygen to reach the blood.
A pneumonia vaccine is available and is recommended for:
Ali recently appeared in public at a ceremony in September in his hometown of Louisville for the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards.
By Lorraine Jones Originally Posted 11/27/13 –Blackdoctor.org
Cooking, family obligations, parties, entertaining, cleaning, money issues…the holiday season can be extremely overwhelming – and can lead to stress, as well as other types of mental and emotional difficulty.
How can you tell if a loved one is suffering?
Here are some of the :
Next Steps: What To Do Next…
If a loved one, including yourself, are showing any of the above signs, there are certain steps you can take to make sure they start feeling better:
Step 1: Talk to your loved one. Communicate your concerns. Let them know what you’ve noticed and why you’re concerned. Explain that depression is a medical condition, not a personal flaw or weakness — and that it usually gets better with treatment.
Step 2: Suggest that the person see a professional. Ideal people to talk to include a medical doctor or a mental health provider, such as a licensed counselor or psychologist. Offer to help prepare a list of questions for the person to discuss in an initial appointment with a doctor or mental health provider.
Step 3: Express your willingness to help. This includes helping a loved one with setting up appointments, going with the person to appointments and attending family therapy sessions. If your loved one’s illness is severe or potentially life-threatening, contact a doctor, a hospital or emergency medical services.
Step 4: Recommend that they stay active. By simply engaging in any type of aerobic activity, such as brisk walking or running, for at least 30 minutes and up to 45 minutes can help improve mood.
Step 5: Make sure the monitor their intake of refined sugar and alcohol. Consuming large amounts of refined sugars, such as those found in cakes, pies, etc., can cause havoc on one’s blood sugar levels. Unstable glucose (blood sugar) can have a negative impact on mood, as well as cognition. Instead try to eat fruits or very limited amounts of refined sugar to get your sweet fix.
Similarly, using alcohol to “feel better” rarely works. In fact, it tends to make one’s mood go from bad to worse, especially if one is just drinking to be drinking. If the person must consume any alcoholic beverages, try to make sure they’re limited to only one or two drinks.
Step 6: Know what to do if the problem gets worse. Worsening depression needs to be treated as soon as possible. Your loved one should work with his or her doctor or mental health professional to come up with a plan for what to do when signs and symptoms reach a certain point. As part of this plan, your loved one may need to: you have been experiencing depressive symptoms for at least two weeks that is a significant impairment in your quality of life or functioning, please seek treatment from a qualified mental health professional.
You can find help locating a provider through the Association of Black Psychologists website (www.abpsi.org) or the American Psychological Association website (www.apa.org), as well as talking to a trusted health care provider. As always, if you, a loved one, or a friend is having thoughts of suicide or of hopelessness, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline (1-800-273-8255) where trained professionals are available 24/7/365 to provide needed support and assistance.
By Dr. Renee –Blackdoctor.org
Q: What happens if sleep apnea is left undiagnosed or untreated? – Myles E.
A: Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. You may have sleep apnea if you snore loudly and you feel tired even after a full night’s sleep.
If left untreated, sleep apnea can result in a growing number of health problems, including:
Sleep apnea can be treated by lifestyle changes such as losing weight and quitting smoking. If this does not improve your signs and symptoms, your doctor may give you a mask to wear at night that will make certain you receive oxygen depending on the type of obstructive sleep apnea diagnosis you have.
The last form of treatment is surgery where they may reposition your jaw, create a new air passageway, or tissue removal.
By Hammad Moses Khan –Blackdoctor.org
“I can’t breathe.”
By now, we’ve all listened to those words.
By now, we’ve all heard the story of the 43-year-old father from New York who was slammed into the ground, put into an illegal chokehold and ignored while screaming for mercy.
By now, we’ve all realized that this conversation is much greater than the sum of its parts — more heartbreaking in its breadth than the tragic stories of Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant, and the so many others like them alone. This conversation is about race, about inequity, about the systems and the cycles that have for too long fostered and harbored a culture of violence, poverty, and hate.
On Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014 — on the United Nations’ (UN) International Human Rights Day — over 70 medical schools from across the United States observed “die-ins” to call on medical institutions across the globe to respond to violence and race-related trauma by addressing racism and racial discrimination as issues of public health.
But how does race affect public health? Here are three points we should be talking about:
1. Racial discrimination can have life-long health effects.
In 2012, researchers reviewed 121 studies regarding the role of racial discrimination on childhood/adolescent health and found startling results: With over 76 percent showing strong associations between racial discrimination and negative consequences on mental health, it was no surprise to see that discrimination can serve as chronic social-environmental stressor having a significant effect on both physiological symptoms and overall health. The meta-analysis showed that childhood experiences during which one was treated disrespectfully or made to feel inferior or unintelligent were correlated with future problems with behavior, overall health, and pregnancy outcomes. Furthermore, other reports have indicated racial discrimination also has a negative effect on several health indicators, including patients’ ability to utilize existing resources, patient-provider communication, and delays in filling prescriptions.
2. African-American patients have significantly worse health outcomes.
In 2010, a report by the American College of Physicians highlighted that African Americans fared worse that peers on 19 of 38 core quality-of-care measures with a 2008 report attributing these disparities to the fact that physicians seeing high numbers of low-income minority patients are often paid less and provided less resources. Overall, 55 percent of physicians agree that “minority patients generally receive lower quality care than white patients,” with 62 percent adding that “they have witnessed a patient receive poor quality health care because of the patient’s race or ethnicity.”
3. African Americans are strikingly underrepresented in medicine.
While African Americans compromise approximately 13 percent of the total U.S. population, only 4 percent of U.S. physicians are African American. Of all students accepted into medical school across the country in 2012, only 1,332 were African American. And in looking over the past decade, the rate of African-American males applying to medical school has fallen while rates of Asian and Hispanic male applicants has risen during the same period. With physician workforce diversity leading to improved access and increased patient satisfaction, these numbers are especially troubling.
As medical students, health care professionals, and supporters all across the country come together for #WhiteCoats4BlackLives demonstrations, we do so with the understanding that the status quo is not acceptable, that the path we are headed down is not sustainable, and our lack of discussion on race in this country is not healthy. We have issues of disparity that should be talked about, challenges of inequity that need to be addressed, and obstacles like poverty and violence that must be overcome.
Decades ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. reminded us that “Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable … Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle.” And as we have witnessed sacrifice and watched suffering, it is now upon us to struggle forward — to struggle as individuals, as communities, and as a nation towards a better tomorrow.
Because if we don’t and we wait too long, we too will find ourselves screaming for mercy, and we too will be ignored.