House Calls


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.

A hard head makes a soft tail

When I was a kid and was performing an antisocial act, my parents would say, “A hard head will make a soft tail.”

Keep a healthy gut

The only time that you know you have a gut is when it either growls or cramps up

Blacks youths, legalized marijuana and generation incarceration

Today, our jails are filling up with youngsters who are cutting up. In fact, prisons are sources of economic growth and have replaced mental institutions.

Berries are berry good for you

If the great baseball player Darryl Strawberry would have eaten more strawberries, he may have prevented the development of colon cancer.

Cocoa has flavor and flavonoids

I bet you didn’t realize that when you drink a soothing cup of flavorful cocoa, you are actually protecting your heart with antioxidants