The Minority/ Black Health Blog  

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

80% of Strokes Among African Americans Can Be Prevented By Doing This!

African American woman preventing a stroke

A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts (ruptures). African Americans are affected by strokes more than any other racial group, but there is one important thing they can do to prevent strokes.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

What Every Black Woman Needs to Know About Having a Premature Baby

Black mother with her baby

When a baby is born too early -- before the average 38-40 weeks gestation period -- it puts them at risk for serious health problems and death. According to information from the U.S. Centers For Disease Control (CDC), black babies are 2.4 times more likely than white babies to be born prematurely.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

How This Grammy-Winning Gospel Singer Got Over the "We Don't Talk About Mental Health" Syndrome

Tasha Cobbs

Tasha Cobbs is a talented and successful urban contemporary gospel musician. At the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, Cobbs won the Grammy for Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Music Performance. Although it sounds like she has everything under control, there was one thing that was controlling her life but she kept it a secret. Why?

Monday, July 18, 2016

Can Constipation Can Cause Heart Attacks?

Black woman at doctor's appointment

Constipation affects about 42 million people in the U.S.  African Americans, and women, are more likely to suffer from constipation that whites. In general, constipation does not constitute a serious health problem, but can it cause a heart attack?

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

These 4 Mood Boosters Could Put Antidepressants Out of Business

Depressed Black man

Depression is a brain disorder that causes people to be persistently in a depressed mood and is often accompanied by a loss of interest in activities. It's not like just having a bad day; it causes significant impairment in daily activities. According to Dr. Joseph Mercola on his web site,, one in 20 Americans over the age of 12 struggles with depression. Recent studies have shown that certain nutritional supplements can actually increase the effectiveness of antidepressants used to treat depression.

Monday, July 11, 2016

2% of African American Children Have This Rare Disease


While 2 percent may not seem like a large amount, this rare gum disease affects about 70,000 African American children in the U.S. According to a study by Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, the disease can cause tooth disfiguring, tooth loss, and difficulty eating.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

The Problem With Black People's Hearts

African American woman being diagnosed

Health researchers recently discovered yet another health problem that has increased adverse outcomes for blacks, compared to whites with the same problem. This particular health problem focuses on black people's hearts.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Is That a Beauty Mark or Skin Cancer? A Common, Deadly Mistake That Many African Americans Make

Black woman with skin cancer

Yes, African Americans can develop skin cancer. Just because their skin is dark does not exclude them from melanoma and other types of skin cancer. In fact, there is one skin cancer that mostly affects African Americans, and it is dangerous.

Monday, June 27, 2016

At Age 45, Black People Are Four Times More Likely to Die From This!

African American stroke patient

When people think of strokes, they usually view it as something that occurs among older men and women. But, at just age 45, African Americans are four times more likely to die from a stroke than white people.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

All Vegetables Are Good For You, But These 6 Vegetables Are OMG!

African Americans shopping for vegetables

In order to live a healthy life, there are rules that need to be followed, like eating plenty of fruits and vegetables. The truth is, not all vegetables are the same, so if you're going to eat vegetables, you should eat these because they are...OMG!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Why Black Women Breast Cancer Survivors Die Earlier

Breast breast cancer survivor

According to The American Cancer Society, "Overall, white women are slightly more likely to develop breast cancer than African-American women, but African-American women are more likely to die of this cancer." The big question is, Why?

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Dear Black Men: Smoking Causes Bedroom Problems and Makes Your You-Know-What Smaller!

Black couple upset about bedroom problems

There are many rumors and misconceptions floating around about the male member, but this one is true. Smoking makes the penis smaller, according to Dr. Draion Burch, also known as Dr. Drai. He is a board-certified obstetrician, gynecologist and nationally-recognized author, speaker, consultant and media expert on reproductive health. He also wrote a book called “20 Things You May Not Know About The Penis.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Despite Exercise, Black Women Still Struggle With Weight Issues -- But Black Men Have This Advantage!

Black couple exercising

Anyone can be obese regardless of race, and we already know that some factors can increase the risks, like eating and exercise habits. Recent research, however, shows that genetics have been found to play an important role in obesity among black men. Some black men have a lower risk for obesity, but why?

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

You Eat This Every Day (Maybe 2-3 Times) and It's Known to Trigger Cancer!

Black woman drinking coffee

It seems there is no end to products on the market today that can cause cancer. The big challenge is to identify them because many are marketed as being 'safe' or even 'natural.' But that is hardly the case with this product that you may be consuming several times a day. The product is....

Monday, June 6, 2016

Why Hospitals Are the Most Dangerous Places in the World

Woman in hospital bed

A hospital is supposed to be a place where you get medical attention that will make you feel better. But some people fear hospitals and consider them dangerous. According to Dr. Joseph Mercola on his web site,, a hospital stay is 10 times more likely to kill you than a car crash.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Woman Ends Up in Emergency Room After Trying New Lipstick

Lily Cleopatra Maurice with swollen lip

Lily Cleopatra Maurice wanted to look pretty for her husband's birthday, but what she got was anything but pretty! After applying a new CoverGirl Queen Collection lipstick, Maurice's lips began to swell, and swell, and swell until she ended up in the emergency room.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Diabetes, Although Sometimes Hereditary, Can Be Prevented -- 7 Ways to Avoid Getting It!

Man eating healthy to prevent diabetes

According to the U.S. Centers For Disease Control, 29 million people in the U.S. have diabetes. This represents 9.3 percent of the population. Of the 29 million, 21.0 million are diagnosed, and 8.1 million are undiagnosed, which means they probably don't even know they have diabetes.

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!

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