While the holidays are filled with fun festivities for most of us, this can be the most depressing of all seasons for the elderly.
A few years ago, I took care of a beautiful, elderly, blind African-American woman who was cared for by a gentle, sweet, elderly white lady. No one could deny that this relationship was truly a spiritual one.
As I drive through the African-American communities of Brooklyn and Queens, I cannot find much evidence of a Boys and Girls Club, after school programs (especially in tutoring), Little League Baseball and Peewee Football teams or male Sunday school teachers who make a commitment to teach from September to June.
If you shop for healthy food, you will not only save a lot of money but will also get a wealth of health.
As you read this column, just think of the killings that are taking place in our homes, neighborhoods, cities and towns and countries throughout the world.
When I wake up in the early morning hours after a sound sleep, I feel so good because I’m still alive.
A few years ago, I wrote an article titled “Don’t Rush With the Flush.”
Exercise is an important key to avoiding both cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
I am sure you have heard that old hit song, “What Does Love Have to Do With It.”
St. Francis of Assisi (think of the new pope) wrote a wonderful poem called the “Hymn of the Sun.” A verse relating to the sun states, “Be thou praised, O Lord, for all Thy creation, more especially for our brother the sun, who bringeth forth the day and givest light thereby, for he is glorious and splendid in his radiance, and to Thee, most high, he bears similitude.”
Just below your navel is the area where the bladder lies.
School bells are ringing and children will be doing more than singing. Studies show that many will have difficulty with concentration and memory and display many other anti-learning characteristics. Dr. Gerald Deas reports on this deficiency.
When I wake up in the early morning hours after a sound sleep, I feel so good because I’m still alive. Hey! What a relief! When you think about it, life is wonderful, and everyone should count their many blessings.
Can you imagine an engine running 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year without stopping? Well, that little muscle called the heart that sits inside your chest and is about the size of your fist does just that.
Mrs. S. is a 79-year-old mother of four children, 20 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She had just returned to her home after a two-week hospital stay because of congestive heart failure. I was called by her family because of her great weight loss and an overall poor nutritional state.
Recently, an increase in the intake of vitamin D has been reported to prevent early deaths by heart disease, diabetes and cancer.
I am sure that you have heard the expression after things have overtaken you to look at the situation as a glass half full, rather than a glass half empty. In my practice of medicine, I have always advised a patient after a diagnosis is made to consider that many things may be done to relieve suffering and bring their health back into balance.
Young African-Americans are at risk. They are not only dying physically but also mentally. They apparently feel that there is no hope for their future. We have to address this dismal state immediately if we are going to survive as a people.
For centuries, Chinese physicians have used herbal medicines.
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 he left. Needing a cut very badly, I visited another shop in the area. When I entered, there were six barbers and a load of heads waiting to be trimmed.
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 is not worth the extra pay, but she has no alternative other than to accept the position.
I was taken by Winifred Gallagher’s description of “soul murder” in her book “Working on God,”
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 “electric slide” attitude, thinking that they will burn up some of those calories, but to no avail. It would be better if they at least deserted the dessert. When you think about it, that extra “s” in dessert is that extra sugar (glucose), which may ultimately cause diabetes.
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.
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 nerve pathology can occur in the feet, legs, heart, stomach and brain, and even in the bladder, causing you to experience symptoms.
Asthma is like blowing up a balloon and constricting the opening that allows the air to escape.
From the time I entered medical school, I can’t recall one course that I took that ever mentioned the word “touch.”
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 the barbecue blues.
As I visit many marketplaces selling healthy foods, I am surprised to observe so many signs on food objects saying “gluten-free.”
There was a recent scare that tomatoes were causing a condition known as salmonnelosis
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.
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.
In the year of our Lord 1953, I was drafted into the Armed Forces of the U.S. during the Korean War.
When I was a kid and was performing an antisocial act, my parents would say, “A hard head will make a soft tail.”
The only time that you know you have a gut is when it either growls or cramps up
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.
I bet you didn’t realize that when you drink a soothing cup of flavorful cocoa, you are actually protecting your heart with antioxidants
Aspirin is a miracle drug. It is so arrogant, it wears a slogan on its white coat: “Take an aspirin a day and keep the doctor away.”
Have you noticed that supermarkets and hospitals sell a great many things that cause disease?
I grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y., and attended the great Concord Baptist Church, where I listened intently to the sermons delivered by the great Rev. Gardner Taylor
Inner-city stray birds and animals experience hazardous conditions during the winter months while they are trying to survive
Many renowned persons have made comments regarding alcoholism.
As you read the newspaper and watch television, it is obvious that a great change is taking place not only in this country, but all over the world.
I am convinced that patients’ lives are extended when they are kept at home. They can hear familiar voices and songs. They can see familiar faces of their loved ones.
Whether you have a chronic illness or even a so-called terminal illness, your body will respond if your mind is fixed on healing and living. I believe people are dying prematurely because they think they are going to die.
I’m sure that during this holiday season, all of us will be eating foods that are prepared by other hands
Coming to my office was more like coming to a social meeting
I had many elderly patients who were living alone and whose minds had unfortunately begun to fad.
Well, the sneeze and sore throat season is upon us with a vengeance
watch out for mineral deficiency