The Minority/ Black Health Blog  

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Many Women Still Unaware That Tampons Are Linked to a Potentially Fatal Illness

Black woman says no to tampons

It was in the 1980's when it was discovered that tampons were linked to toxic shock syndrome (TSS), a potentially fatal illness caused by a bacterial toxin. TSS was attributed to super-absorbent tampons, but many women are still unaware of another threat looming with the use of tampons.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Whether or Not the Weather Can Affect Your Mood

Woman with eyes closed

It's doubtful that anyone remembers the best day of their life as looking out the window on a cloudy or rainy day. The most memorable events are a day at the beach, or outside riding a bicycle with friends. The most enjoying times are usually associated with being outside in the sun. Whether you believe it or not, the weather can affect your mood and can make you feel happy or sad.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Grandma Tried to Tell You -- 7 Natural Home Remedies For Allergy/ Sinus Relief

Woman with allergy and sinus problem

Allergies and sinus problems affect as many as 30 percent of adults and 40 percent of children, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. . Allergic diseases are the fifth leading chronic disease in the U.S. in people of all ages. For those who suffer from allergies, there are safe and natural remedies that provide relief from allergy symptoms.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

These Popular Hair Styles For Black Women Can Cause Severe Hair Loss!

Black woman with hair loss

Popular hair styles among black women include braids, tight ponytails, dreadlocks, weaves and extensions. They may look fabulous but they are also responsible for a dreaded side effect -- hair loss.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Millions Are Dying From This Clever and Common Health Myth

Overweight African American woman

When it comes to human health, there are all kinds of information published about health issues. Some are facts while others are myths, or untruths. To protect your own health, it is important to separate truth from myth. One of those myths is that exercise alone will help you lose weight. Nothing could be further from the truth. And ignoring the truth is killing millions!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

When Joint Pain Suddenly Increases, This May Be the Reason Why!

African American With Joint Pain

The most common forms of chronic pain are osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) from inflammation, and fibromyalgia from overactive nerves causing nerve damage. People with these symptoms often say they can predict the weather based on their sudden joint pain. Although there is no scientific proof of this, some medical researchers now believe there is a connection between sudden joint pain and the weather.

Monday, May 2, 2016

The Thing About African American Smokers is That They are Less Likely to...

African American smoker

Cigarette smoking kills more than 480,000 Americans each year, according to the U.S. Centers For Disease Control and Prevention. Researchers have found that there are significant differences in smoking habits between blacks, whites and other racial groups.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Doing This Causes Cancer to Spread -- and Sadly, Most People Do It Everyday!


A book that was written over 100 years ago in 1908 identified the number one cause of cancer spreading. Today, many doctors agree with it's author, Dr. Eli Jones, and have confirmed through a number of studies that the number one cause of cancer spreading is stress. Yes, STRESSING OUT spreads cancer!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

The Number of Black Girls That Have Been Sexually Abused Will Shock You!


A 2012 study conducted by Black Women’s Blueprint revealed shocking information about young black girls. By the time they turn 18 years old, 60% of black girls will have been sexually abused by a black man. Although the study was 4 years ago, experts says the numbers haven't likely changed!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Why Black Heart Attack Victims Are More Likely to Be Turned Away By the Emergency Room

African American heart attack victim

When a heart attack occurs, time is of the essence. The chances of survival often depends on how quickly medical assistance is provided. This is why a recent report is so shocking. It shows that nearly half of black patients having heart attacks were not taken to the nearest hospital but to one further away, increasing their risk of death within a year.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Doing the F-Word for 16-18 Hours a Day Can Help You Burn Fat, Reduce Inflammation and More!

African American eating pizza

Who doesn't want to live longer? Taking care of your health will go a long way toward adding extra years to your lifespan. Eating healthy and exercising are very important. But did you know that there is something else you can do that can produce the same benefits as exercise? It's the F-word, but can you guess what it is?

Monday, April 11, 2016

Most Dermatologists Will Never Admit This Mistake!

African American sun tanning

Most people pay attention to information released by the U.S. Surgeon General and other known experts. The Surgeon General, for example, released the warning that "Smoking Causes Lung Cancer." But what about the warning regarding sun exposure causing skin cancer? Does this mean we should avoid the sun altogether?

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Want Cancer? Keep Eating This -- Cancer Cells Love It!

Man eating sugary cereal

Americans consume an average of about 170 pounds of sugar a year. Kids eat ten times more sugar than they did in 1900. Excess sugar can lead to diabetes, heart disease, obesity, neurological disorders, behavioral disorders, autoimmune diseases, and cancer. Yes, cancer cells love sugar.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Lawsuit Claims This Company's Deodorant Causes Severe Rashes and Burns

Rodney Colley showing burns and rash from Old Spice deodorant

Just about everyone wears deodorant, and for the very same reasons. They want to stay dry and smell good. The most important factor for most is finding a deodorant that works. Determining if the product is safe is generally not on consumers' minds. But this consumer learned the hard way that not all deodorants are the same. His deodorant burned his armpits!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

What Your Poop Says About Your Health -- Two Things to Know

Poop illustration

Taking a look at your bowel movements (or poop) may not sound like a fun thing to do, but it can tell you a lot about your overall health. In fact, everything from the shape, color and texture of your stool is important, and can help you determine whether or not you have a serious condition. For example, dehydration, nutritional deficiencies, parasites, infections and other illnesses can all be seen in your stool.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Government Says This Percentage of Gay Black Men Likely to Get HIV in their Lifetime

Gay African American man

The risk of HIV in the United States has dropped from one in 78 about 10 years ago to one in 99 over a lifetime, according to the U.S. Centers For Disease Control. But not everyone benefits from these statistics. Government statistics show that about 50% of gay and bisexual black men in the United States will be diagnosed with the AIDS-causing virus in their lifetime.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Frequent Urination May Be a Sign of These Diseases


If you are one of those people who can't get through the night without getting up to urinate, and you are always thirsty, you may have kidney problems. Another sign to watch for is a burning sensation with urination, or, on the opposite end, problems with urinating. All of these can be signs of kidney problems. But kidney problems can also lead to other health issues.

Friday, March 25, 2016

The Truth About Blacks With Kidney Disease -- After 25 Years of Research!

African American with Kidney Disease

Medical researchers are still attempting to find out just why African Americans have a greater risk for kidney failure than white Americans. In fact, researchers at Johns Hopkins have spent 25 years studying the racial disparity, using data from more than 15,000 Americans. But what they have found still does not explain the increased risk among blacks.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Many African Americans Report Having Digestive Problems, But Few Know About This Helpful Remedy!

African American with digestive problems

It is very common in today's busy world to develop digestive problems. When you have tummy problems, it's a good time to step back and understand more about how your body reacts to food. Many African Americans who suffer from indigestion can remedy the situation quickly and easily by knowing about this helpful remedy.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

When You're 80 Years Old But Feel Like You're 60, You'll Be Glad You Did These 3 Things!

Beautiful Black Senior Woman

The way you look and feel when you grow older depends much on how well you have taken care of yourself throughout the years. So, if you are 80 years old and you feel like you're only 60, chances are you have done these 3 things on a regular basis!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

70,000+ People Have Proven That Eating These Kinds of Fats Can Save Your Life

African American Fats

Did you know that not all fats are the same? There are actually three kinds of fats; saturated fats, monounsaturated fats, and polyunsaturated fats. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), eating the "right" fats could save 1 million lives per year. But, which ones are good?

Monday, March 7, 2016

Cancer Cells Hate It When You Do This!


Doctors do not know for sure what causes cancer. It can start anywhere in the body and spread to other parts. While it's cause is still being investigated, one discovery that medical researchers have uncovered is that cancer cells hate it when you do this. Do what? Exercise.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

106-Year Old Woman Says She's Done It All -- Including Meeting the President and His Wife

Virginia McLaurin

Virginia McLaurin was born in South Carolina in 1909. Today she is 106. During her lifetime, she has witnessed incredible moments in history, including meeting President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House earlier this week.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Low Income Black Patients Have a Lower Survival Rate From This Kind of Cancer

African American patient with esophageal cancer

Recent research has discovered yet another type of cancer with racial health disparities. The study, led by study senior author Dr. Matthew Hartwig, assistant professor of surgery at Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, N.C., shows that low-income blacks who are diagnosed with esophageal cancer have a lower survival rate than whites with the disease.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Black Americans With HIV Are Still Less Likely to Get Treatment -- But Why?


While HIV diagnoses have dropped significantly over the past 10 years in the United States, it's not enough, says the U.S. Centers For Disease Control. Why? Because, compared to whites and Hispanics, blacks are far less likely to receive ongoing care, and consistent care is critical in order to prevent new infections as well as make it possible for HIV patients to live longer, healthier lives.
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