African-American Healthy: What You Need to Know to Protect Your Health

African-American Healthy: What You Need to Know to Protect Your Health

by Richard W. Jr. Walker
     
 

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It's no secret that African-Americans top the list of groups afflicted by hypertension, stroke, diabetes, heart disease, renal 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

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It's no secret that African-Americans top the list of groups afflicted by hypertension, stroke, diabetes, heart disease, renal 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, for the first time, Dr. Walker believes that research has found a commonsense way to prevent, reduce, and possibly eliminate these killers, turning the tide of African-American health.

Dr. Walker begins by looking at the black community's lifestyle, which has radically changed over the centuries, shifting people from hours spent under a blazing sun to a life of minimum sunlight exposure. From there, it is clear that the missing puzzle piece of African-American health is a chronic lack of Vitamin D3. Most important, Dr. Walker explains how this crucial factor can be added to a daily routine along with components such as nutritional supplements, diet, and exercise. He then focuses on each major illness affecting the black community and explores what it is, what its symptoms are, and how the reader can avoid or treat the problem.

A concise yet critical guide, African-American Healthy offers an important first step towards achieving a healthier, longer life for millions of people.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Vitamin D deficiency is now known to be a major cause of health problems for many people, particularly those with a high melanin concentration. What has not been widely known until recently is just how serious the health problems are: high blood pressure and cancer have a Vitamin D3 connection. This is of particular importance for African Americans, who statistically are at greater risk of "type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, stroke, and cancer" (kidney disease alone is 320% higher for black Americans than white Americans). Dr. Walker's book is important for not only examining and explaining the problems, but for providing clear, concrete steps for prevention. Walker, who grew up in the projects in Spanish Harlem, suffered a variety of illnesses, and received his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, writes in a very approachable way: whether explaining complex scientific, physiological, and genetic processes, or massive public health issues, Walker is easy to understand and affable. Chapters cover health issues from obesity to diabetes, explaining how issues impact African Americans, and ends with a guide to dietary supplements. Walker's effort will undoubtedly prove valuable. Illus. (July)
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"If you're sick and tired of being sick and tired, this is a book to run to."

Library Journal
African Americans have a high incidence of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer, caused both by genetics and environment. Walker, a graduate of Albert Einstein Medical School, examines reasons for the increased incidence of these diseases in the African American community and offers a program for preventing and possibly eliminating them. Some of this information is not new—health, diet, weight loss when necessary, and exercise. What is new is Walker's unique approach in the role of vitamin D3. Since African Americans have more melanin in their skin and spend less time in the sun, they are deficient in vitamin D3. Walker recommends taking this vitamin along with other supplements, getting enough sleep, not smoking, and not consuming alcohol in excess to prevent disease and improve health. VERDICT There are other available books, such as Marcellus A. Walker and Kenneth B. Singleton's Natural Health for African Americans and Michelle A. Gourdine's Reclaiming Our Health. Neither of these, however, focuses on vitamin D3. Walker provides good, commonsense advice for African Americans concerned about their health.—Barbara M. Bibel, Oakland P.L.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780757003615
Publisher:
Square One Publishers
Publication date:
03/28/2011
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
699,802
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.30(d)

Meet the Author

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 HealthE & Well, PC, a Houston-based health center. In addition to being a published writer, Dr. Walker is a highly sought-after speaker.

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