The Good Health Book for Black Americans

The Good Health Book for Black Americans

by Barbara M. Dixon, Josleen Wilson
     
 

"Dixon supplies a fascinating historical explanation as to why disease and mortality rates differ between blacks and other Americans...these are potentially political issues, and Dixon handles them with grace and sensitivity while mapping lifestyle changes needed for improved health."—Publishers Weekly. See more details below

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"Dixon supplies a fascinating historical explanation as to why disease and mortality rates differ between blacks and other Americans...these are potentially political issues, and Dixon handles them with grace and sensitivity while mapping lifestyle changes needed for improved health."—Publishers Weekly.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
African Americans have the highest mortality rates for the nation's six leading killers: heart disease, cancer, stroke, liver disease, infant mortality and accidental deaths and homicides. African Americans can also expect to live, in general, six years fewer than the national average age. Dixon, a nutritionist and monthly columnist for the NAACP's publication, the Crisis , analyzes the health risk factors for African Americans and suggests feasible means of prevention and treatment. She proposes a 24-week plan, called the Sankofa program (from an African proverb about ``learning from the past, building the future''). Because the author's approach to nutrition, weight loss and stress management doesn't contribute anything that couldn't be found in other self-help books, there is nothing intrinsically new about the Sankofa program. But Dixon supplies a fascinating historical explanation as to why disease and mortality rates differ between blacks and other Americans. (The sickle-cell gene, she says, was most likely a defense against malaria.) She chronicles the elements which influence the health of African Americans: traditions that influence diet, damaging habits (cigarettes, alcohol, drugs), stress--such as subdued rage caused by adversity and prejudice--and genetics (which may account for the salt sensitivity among blacks which often leads to high blood pressure). These are potentially political issues, and Dixon handles them with grace and sensitivity while mapping lifestyle changes needed for improved health. (Feb.)
Library Journal - Library Journal
Dixon, a registered dietician, discusses the special healthcare needs of African Americans and provides guidelines for prevention and self-help. She divides her book into six sections. Part 1 provides a poignant look at historical conditions that have contributed to the special health concerns of blacks. Part 2 concerns improving lifestyles, from giving up addictions to losing weight. Part 3 outlines the Sankofa program, a self-help nutritional and lifestyle program. Parts 4 and 5 deal with current and future healthcare and specific diseases, while Part 6 is a much-needed section on pregnancy and infant healthcare. Especially useful are Dixon's lists of organizations for each of the health issues she discusses, including AIDS support groups and centers that research sickle-cell anemia. Highly recommended for popular health collections.-- Angela Washington-Blair, Dallas
Ray Olson
In this fine example of a good idea excellently executed, African American nutritionist Dixon (Wilson is apparently only her literary assistant) first sets black Americans' health challenges and their solutions in historical context. She introduces the sound advice that makes up the far greater number of her book's pages with three succinct chapters on how the ways black Africans arrived in North America, their subsequent treatment when they got here, and their descendants' fortunes influenced and continue to affect African Americans' particular health problems and how they deal--and fail to deal--with them. Dixon keeps history and traditional habits in mind throughout her counsel on improving lifestyle, improving health-care provision to black Americans, and addressing such persistent black health threats as diabetes and such newly burgeoning ones as AIDS. The centerpiece of her effort is--not surprisingly for a nutritionist--the well-explained 24-week diet and lifestyle scheme she calls the Sankofa Program, and its conclusion is a discussion of pregnancy and childbirth.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780517591703
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/28/1993
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
414
Product dimensions:
6.41(w) x 9.46(h) x 1.41(d)

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