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Getting a jump on razor bumps

A few weeks ago, I went to get a haircut, only to find that the shop was closed, and the barber that I had visited for many years was not there. There was no sign or reason as to why ...

A fast headache from fast foods

Ms. H is a 40-year-old patient who was recently promoted to a supervisory position at her job. She earns more, but she goes to work early and comes home late. She relates that the tension created by her new job ...

Emotional triggers

I was taken by Winifred Gallagher’s description of “soul murder” in her book “Working on God,”

Diabetes with a touch of cinnamon

I have never been to a family gathering, church dinner, birthday party or dinner-dance where a high-calorie meal is not followed by a higher calorie, sweeter-than-sweet dessert. This combination of foods and desserts seems to get folks up into an ...

Cocaine killed ‘Able’

I am sure that pharmacist J.C. Pemberton of Atlanta did not envision the dangers and addictive properties of cocaine when he first introduced it to the American public in a drink made from coca leaves.

You’ve got some nerve

In my family, when someone did something outrageous, you would hear the expression, “You’ve got some nerve.” Well, in the family of diseases, when diabetes insults our body, it also has some nerve—and can affect nerves throughout the body. The ...

Are you breathless with asthma?

Asthma is like blowing up a balloon and constricting the opening that allows the air to escape.

Just a little touch

From the time I entered medical school, I can’t recall one course that I took that ever mentioned the word “touch.”

Barbecue and you

Well, here it is, another day of celebration and a day of seeing how much one can eat and drink. Well, I can assure you that when the good times and exotic tastes are over, your stomach will be singing ...

Don’t be a glutton for gluten

As I visit many marketplaces selling healthy foods, I am surprised to observe so many signs on food objects saying “gluten-free.”

Salmonella on tomato skin, not within

There was a recent scare that tomatoes were causing a condition known as salmonnelosis

Holistic healing is good for the soul

I remember one Sunday morning when I was a young man, sitting in Concord Baptist Church and anxiously waiting for the healing words from the Rev. Gardner C. Taylor.

To beef or not to beef, health is the question

When I was growing up, the disease tuberculosis was running rampant in our communities.

Water down your high blood pressure

Until 1955, there were no drugs to control high blood pressure. People with this condition were in deep water and became water logged due to the retention of excess fluid. Thus, a condition known as hypertension resulted.

Transplant organs with a war-ranty

In the year of our Lord 1953, I was drafted into the Armed Forces of the U.S. during the Korean War.

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