It’s no secret that the Black community tops the list of groups afflicted by hypertension, stroke, diabetes, heart disease, kidney failure, and cancer. What the statistics do not show is the pain, misery, and despair that these conditions create—not only for the individual but also for family and friends. As an African-American doctor, Dr. Richard Walker has studied these conditions among his patients for many years. Now, in Black Health Matters, Dr. Walker offers a number of commonsense ways to prevent, manage, and possibly eliminate these killers, turning the tide of African-American health.
In this unique book, Dr. Walker follows the health and healthcare journey of African captives into slavery and describes what they had to do to survive nutritionally and culturally, ultimately resulting in the chronic ill health and early death now pervasive in Black communities. Most important, Dr. Walker explains how African Americans can turn their health around by understanding and incorporating better nutrition, nutritional supplements, exercise, and regular healthcare checkups into their lives. Each chapter explains a different health problem common to the Black community—including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, hypertension, sickle cell disease, and more—and offers concrete ways in which that condition can be avoided or better managed, often through simple changes that can be easily made by the individual. Tips are included for locating and communicating with affordable healthcare professionals.
A highly practical and easy-to-use guide, Black Health Matters is an important first step towards achieving a healthier, longer life for millions of people.
"Clear-cut, easy-to-understand chapters on a variety of illnesses both major and minor . . . The best use of this book, perhaps, is in the basics it offers: overviews, learning to read charts, understanding numbers, and making easy health changes. That's all in here, it's do-able, and it could make Black Health Matters a patient-empowering tool for understanding major health issues, recognizing them, and keeping ahead."—The Bookworm Sez (nationally syndicated review columnist)
Richard W. Walker, Jr., MD, received his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, and completed his residency at the University of Michigan. He has served on the faculty of the University of Texas Medical Center, and is the founder and medical director of Walker Health Care Holdings and TVP-Care, PC, Houston-based healthcare companies. In addition to being a published writer, Dr. Walker is a highly sought-after speaker.