by A.T. Thompson AKA The Sideline Pro
The African American community is dying at unprecedented rates. What is killing us? The Center for Disease Control released a statement that they project that by 2016, “40 percent of Americans will develop diabetes, and rates for black women and Hispanics will be even higher at 50%.” Is it simply our diet or are there other contributing factors to this epidemic? Let’s explore some troubling statistics about the state of African American health.
- African American men 20 years and over who are obese: 37.9%
- African American women 20 years and over who are obese: 57.6%
- African American men 20 years and over with hypertension( high blood pressure): 39.9%
- African American women 20 years and over with hypertension (high blood pressure): 44.5%
- 80% of African American children develop asthma
The Top Four Leading Causes of Death in the African American Community are:
- Heart Disease
You would think that in this day and age of healthcare, where the magic word is PREVENTION that we would not be in such a state. How many of you get those automated phone calls from the doctor’s office telling you to get breast exams, colonoscopies, pap smears, flu shots and so on? This applies to those that have health insurance because a staggering number of African Americans still do not. You would think that with these constant reminders that WE all should be in perfect health. Yet, sadly that is not the case. So why is PREVENTION not working within our community? Could the answer be that the medical community is just not speaking our language and developing solutions that work for US?
The medical industry puts a band aid on the symptoms and does not fix the underlying cause. Maybe it is time for us to find the solutions for ourselves. You remember that popular clothing line and saying FUBU…For Us By Us? It is time for us to take the bull by the horns and solve this health catastrophe that has been facing our people for far too long.
My own personal journey led me through a pathway off illness that almost killed me because the medical industry could not figure out what was wrong with me. All the physicians that I saw were not asking the correct questions. I was exposed to lethal levels of Toxic Mold for 14 years. As a result, I developed Diabetes, Respiratory Disease, Heart Disease, Candida and Alzheimers like symptoms. I worked in a building that was literally making me sick.
My symptoms started to progress into severe weight gain and memory loss. I literally went from weighing 210lbs to well over 350lbs within 2 years. I developed intense skin irritation and rashes to the point where any stress or activity would cause a major interruption rendering me nearly disabled. The itching on my head became so severe that I literally scratched the hair off my head. The memory loss became more pronounced to the point that many of my business associates and staff knew something was profoundly wrong with me. Other symptoms I experienced included equilibrium problems, nosebleeds, Gout, major allergy symptoms, libido problems, extreme fatigue, “brain fog”, etc. No one recognized the person I had become.
The medical community could not figure out what was going on with me. When I could not get the answers to my health challenges; I had to think outside of the box and find the answers for myself. I had to put aside my traditional thought that my doctor (MD) had all of the answers, and I started to explore the world of Naturopathic remedies. As a result, I was finally able to break free of the chains of illness that was killing me.
This led me to develop presentations for our community about staying healthy. I have developed a four part series speaking engagement about health and wellness:
“What Is Killing The African American Community?”
Date: December 13th Time: 12:00pm
Location: African American Museum of Beginnings
1460 East Holt Ave Entrance 3, Pomona, CA 91766
“Curing The Incurable Diseases”
“Are We Aging Faster Than We Should?
How To Slow Down The Process”
Diabetes & Kidney Disease:
“What Is the Missing Link to Wellness?”
A.T. Thompson, CEO of Golden Source Health Solutions LLC. He is the chairman of Health and Wellness at the African American Museum of Beginnings. He offers alternative health products on his website and hosts speaking engagements relating to health and wellness, toxins in our environment, alternative health therapy, empowerment, etc. For more information visit http://www.goldensourcehealthsolutions.com or call (951) 205-9105.