This is not a fat-shaming post. Let’s make that clear.
I am not opposed to big booties. Some are nice and shapely, like onion or bubble butts. These are the way God made them. Some, however, are big and out of shape from not getting exercise and not eating properly. Some folks don’t even try to exercise, as much as they consume. These are the ones I wish to reach with this post. I am not shaming, though.
As for ‘front-porch-bellies’, that may be a different story.
Our digestive system is the foundation of our immune system, with the gut playing the largest role. Excessive weight causes inflammation adversely affects immune cells, and can even impair cognition. Having a big belly may be a sign of more significant health issues.
“A huge proportion of your immune system is actually in your GI tract,” says Dan Peterson, assistant professor of pathology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.’ – John Hopkins Medical Research
Everyone can benefit from this post. It is especially aimed at Black people. But it would be nice for all people to understand what I have to say about Health & Lifestyle.
This post is also a scolding of my peeps. But it is a scolding based in love. It’s like a father chastising his son for misbehaving. I want the best for you but have to ‘lay down the law’ to let you know that I’m serious, but I do care.
Black people (and all people, of course) with unhealthy lifestyles lets be real with each other, okay?
You are a large part of the problem when it comes to the status of your health and the health of your community! I can say this. I am an African American man. That gives me street creds.
You are a large part of the blame for the disproportional impact of the Coronavirus on the African American community.
Before Coronavirus many of you were already unhealthy. Admit it.
Don’t play with me.
I am sure that I am about to get into more trouble with my ‘brothers’ and ‘sisters’. I really don’t care about the haters’ reaction.
I love my people and all people, so I have to speak the unspeakable to them out of care. I’m like the true friend who tells you that you have a booger hanging from your nose.
“Black people, racism did not prepare your dinner last night. Racism did not make you unfit. And, don’t blame it on heredity or being big-boned. Even if true, these things can be reversed. Racism did not make that butt fat either. You built that masterpiece all by yourself. You have not taken responsibility for protecting your body temple. You are not leveling up with yourself or God!” – Kevy Michaels
There, I said it.
More Black people will hate me now. No problem. I get hateration all the time from my people, especially when I tell them the truth, armed with facts. Most don’t like facts or me ‘kicking science’ at them. They prefer to follow religious dogma, gossip, and news media but tend to do little research.
I even get such resistance from family members and friends who disagree, and want to be, true to their culture, and often have an attitude that ‘They’re gonna die from something.’
Next to Politics and Religion, I have learned not to talk to Black folks about healthy lifestyles unless I want an argument. Oh, they will talk to me about how well their new blood pressure, cholesterol, asthma, or insulin medication is working, but not about being healthy and facts that support them possibly weaning off of prescriptions.
Their approach to eating and lifestyle satisfies their greed, gluttony, and lust. It ignores science and sometimes their own religious beliefs.
Our namely post-slavery-influenced culture and unhealthy lifestyles are really what’s killing us and making most of us comorbid, having health conditions existing simultaneously with and usually independently of other medical conditions.
I feel that this is the main reason why African Americans are so susceptible to ‘Corona Casandra’. From what I have researched and discussed with African friends; this problem seems to be distinct to African Americans.
That’s why I associate it with American slavery.
I am not a doctor. I do believe that I am well-researched, connected, disciplined, and I research more on health every day.
I am passionate about healing by way of the Mind, Body, and Spirit.
I can’t say that I don’t take any prescription medications, but most of the time I try to avoid them. Furthermore, if I must take them, I work hard to rid my body of its side effects and toxicity, naturally. I am in a constant effort to not to have to take any prescription meds, if possible.
I passionately believed in holistic health and have practiced it for over 30 years, successfully defying many medical conventions. I do not take any vaccines, at this time, and haven’t for many years.
“I can assure you that if you are skeptical about having healthy lifestyle protocols, then making changes alone will not work for you. You must believe in health for it to work.” – Kevy Michaels
Please read our Medical Disclaimer Statement. I am required to state this.
Based on research, experts clearly prove that good Health & Lifestyles are directly connected to good immunity.
I have included links to some of the research, but cannot access it all because I am not subscribed to most of the research databases. Unfortunately, you must pay expensive subscription fees to gain access to reliable health research information. I am subscribed to the New England Journal of Medicine.
I usually work around this by getting research information from other countries, namely India, Israel, and Germany. Also, I rely on interpretations from experts with whom I am familiar, like Dr. Axe, Dr. Mercola, TTAC, Dr. Hulda Clark Foundation, Traditional Chinese Medicine sources, and the reference links that they have on their sites.
Believe it or not, I also actually call and write doctors and scientists at random, who appear in reports, on the news, or in videos. On most occasions, they respond to my questions.
You should try this too.
Here are excerpts and links I have gathered for you to have a look. You must do more research for yourself. You must convince yourself, not me. Doing this research takes a lot of time, but doing so shows your commitment.
Besides, you should have time on your hands during the quarantine.
I have provided a few search results links, as well. Be sure to search for studies on Google Scholar, as opposed to plain Google.
Google Scholar Search String – “African Americans diet relative to health status”
Google Scholar Search String – “African Americans lifestyle relative to health status”
Google Search String – “Is soul food killing African Americans”
“According to the most recent data available from Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, when compared with non-Hispanic white citizens in the US, African Americans are 60% more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes, 20% more likely to die from heart disease, have the highest mortality rate of any racial and ethnic group for all cancers combined and for most major cancers, and represent 44% of the HIV positive population.” – Black America must wake up to this viral threat – Van Jones – April 7, 2020 – CNN Opinion
“Emerging statistics show black and Latino communities are being disproportionately affected by the coronavirus pandemic, leading to pressure from lawmakers and others that states release the racial breakdown of their cases and deaths. Louisiana’s Department of Health on Monday became one of the latest state entities to begin reporting a racial breakdown of their cases. It showed black people account for 70 percent of coronavirus deaths in the state, despite making up just 32 percent of the population.” – Black, Latino communities suffering disproportionately from coronavirus, statistics show – BY J. EDWARD MORENO – 04/07/20 10:07 AM EDT
Photo – US News Anna Medaris Miller
Dietary Behavior in Relation to Socioeconomic Characteristics and Self-Perceived Health Status – Ning Lu, Michael E. Samuels, Kuo-Cherh Huang – Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, Volume 13, Number – 2, May 2002
“An important policy implication of the study is the need for a comprehensive approach, based on the socioeconomic status of the target population, to improve individual dietary behavior. A health education or promotion program alone may not produce lasting change in dietary behavior, while a supportive social welfare program alone may not suffice to facilitate changes in the dietary choices of socially and economically disadvantaged groups.”
Here’s What Makes Me Say Uhm?
Beliefs, Faith, and how your Religion serves you has also been associated with better health and immunity. But the question is how well or you serving and adhering to your faith?
This is another major factor in why pandemics, such as the Coronavirus, are so significantly affecting the Black community.
We Black people must be real with themselves, others in our community, and our God.
The reason that I was sure to include Beliefs, Faith, Religion, and ones’ Image of God in the mix is that I am perplexed about the relationship between Black spirituality and living healthy.
You may not see the obvious connection right away, but I see it loud and clear.
Here are the associations that confuse me:
Aren’t our bodies supposed to be our primary temples?
Isn’t it a gift to us from God? Then why do we not worship our bodies and health as we worship the Lord? Why isn’t taking care of our bodies a spiritual act or deed to most Blacks, as It is to me? Isn’t it an equal sin to disregard your body, like any other sin?
I ask to my Faithful Scripture-Spitters, why isn’t over-eating and eating purely for pleasure and gluttony all the time, not a sin?
The bible and most religions frown on Lust and Greed. Isn’t eating ‘what you want, when you want it’ greedy? Isn’t it lustful?
The CREATION OF HEALTH [It’s all in our belief system] – DR. JOE DISPENZA – Oct 4, 2019 – Attract Passion
Religion and Spirituality: Influence on Health/Risk Behavior and Cancer Screening Behavior of African Americans – ABNF Journal Jan/Feb2006, Vol. 17 Issue 1
“…few efforts have been undertaken to examine the influence of religion and spirituality on health/risk behavior and cancer screening practices of African Americans within the faith community. This report presents the outcomes of an exploratory, a study was undertaken to examine the influence of religion and spirituality on the health/risk behavior and cancer screening practices of African American congregants. Data suggest a need for tailored and targeted health education, outreach, and programming among the targeted group of congregants focused specifically on tobacco control diet and nutrition, exercise and physical activity, weight management, and cancer screening. The same appears to be the case relative to the need for education, outreach, and programming focused on communication with primary, care providers.”
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” – Romans 12:2
“Then He said to them, “Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions.” – Luke 12:15
“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost [which is] in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
49 “Now this was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and unconcerned; they did not help the poor and needy. – Ezekiel 16:49
“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” – 3 John 1:2
“For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?” – Matthew 6:25
“When you besiege a city for a long time, while making war against it to take it, you shall not destroy its trees by wielding an ax against them; if you can eat of them, do not cut them down to use in the siege, for the tree of the field is man’s food.” – Deuteronomy 20:19
“I eat as the servant eats, and I sit as the servant sits. Verily, I am only a servant.” – Source: Shu’ab al-Imān 5519, Grade: Sahih
As the leader of Medina, the Prophet (ṣ) had all the resources of the Muslim community at his disposable, yet even still he would give away whatever food he had in charity before feeding himself and his family.
“The family of Muhammad, peace, and blessings be upon him, never ate to their fill of wheat bread for three consecutive nights, ever since they had come to Medina until he passed away.” – Source: Ṣaḥīḥ al-Bukhārī 6089, Grade: Muttafaqun Alayhi
“Verily, the first trial to occur in this nation after the passing of its Prophet, peace, and blessings be upon him, was people eating to their fill. For when people fill their stomachs, their bodies are fattened, their hearts are hardened, and their desires are uncontrollable.” – Source: al-Jū’ li-Ibn Abī Dunyā 22
“The son of Adam cannot fill a vessel worse than his stomach, as it is enough for him to take a few bites to straighten his back. If he cannot do it, then he may fill it with a third of his food, a third of his drink, and a third of his breath.” – Source: Sunan al-Tirmidhī 2380, Grade: Sahih
This is the general rule of eating in moderation, but there are exceptions for special occasions. During celebrations such as banquets, family dinners, and so on, there is no harm in filling one’s stomach. This is a concession to promote good relationships between members of the community by eating together and sharing meals.
Getting Even Realer
As I revealed in an earlier post, I was infected with the Coronavirus. Fortunately, I did not have any noticeable symptoms. I found out about 3 weeks after being exposed. Now, it is nearly 2 months since I was exposed. I have been feeling fantastic, working out and jogging an average of 20 – 30 miles per week. I have been eating well, juicing, meditating, taking supplements, and following a few other protocols as defenses against COVID19. This is how I roll with regard to my health and lifestyle. This has basically been my normal practice for over 20 years. I am confident that I am immune. I am not sick and did not get sick after infection.
In contrast, the two people who I believe infected me did not fare as well. One has been hospitalized for about a month, as well as, the other. The latter is recovering. The former is on a respirator fighting to continue living.
I reflected on this and why I was not affected as they were. I easily concluded that it was due to their diet and lifestyle, based on observation.
Going into their home, there was an abundance of sweets, candy, and snacks. I was offered some each time. I took them and ate it as a rare indulgence. I haven’t eaten junk like that since.
They were both a bit overweight but otherwise looked okay, not obese. But, I am sure that they do not exercise as regularly as I do, nor eat as well as I do. They also took a lot of pills. I saw filled pillboxes and pills were delivered when I was there. …I do my level-best to not surrender my natural immunity and DNA to medicine upon which I will inevitably become dependent.
An additional characteristic, that may not seem related, was their beliefs. One was devoutly religious,who seemed to believe in a vengeful God, a Lord sending the plague out of anger to punish the other victim, as well as, ‘us sinners’. The other may not have been religious or spiritual at all but did seem to carry some guilty about having infected the other.
I could not say to them what I felt. It would have led to an argument. My beliefs and practices are very unlike that of the average African American. I live closer to how Rastafarians & New Thought believers do, but I do not consider myself a Rasta or a New Ager . I am not that worthy.
But, I feel that they both had the lethal characteristics to becoming severely affected by the Coronavirus: Weakness in Health & Beliefs. Most African Americans share these common characteristics.
Oh, I wonder why the Coronavirus and Comorbidity disproportionally affect this community?
I know how much nutrition, diet, and exercise defend against illness. I also know that being stressed, fearful, or worried causes the immune system to weaken. The combination of these things is what is killing African Americans. It is time that we wake up to our health status with a renew vigor to improve.
Current lifestyles, diets, and beliefs are maladies. If they continue to plague us, African Americans will be vulnerable to every new epidemic that comes out.
I noticed that friends, now have a renewed interest in their own immunity, as they evaluation how much they should isolation. That’s because they also live as the two individuals I refer to above with regard to health. They consume lots of carbs, sugar, fried foods, alcohol, and do little to no exercise, especially since they are quarantined.
In every case, when I was told about another Black person who was sick with COVID19 or who had died, I inquired about their health and lifestyle, and found that they followed the same unhealthy diet and lifestyle, as well as, had the same common diseases that have plagued African Americans for several years.
This revelation really resonated with me many years ago, when I cared for my mother.
At the initial time when I assumed caring for her, she ate the typical unhealthy New Orleans Creole diet, and was on about 13 prescription medicines, at over 90 years of age!
She was scheduled to have her gallbladder removed within two weeks of my taking over her care. I halted this from happening, changed her diet, exercised and prayed with her daily, and eventually got her prescriptions reduced from 13 to 3.
Needless to say, she lived for about 4 years after that time to a full age of 96 years. She brought her gallbladder to heaven with her. Praise God!
Taking her to doctor’s appointments in New Orleans, I noticed that the waiting area was over 90% filled with Black people. Through conversations over the years, I found that nearly all of the Black New Orleanians had the same diseases: Asthma, Diabetes, Hypertension, Cardiovascular, and Hypo/Hyperthyroidism.
Still, I couldn’t tell them, folks, anything about holistic healing, pretty much as is the case today.
But the next time anyone tells you of a person, not just Black, that has COVIR19 and is struggling or dying, ask them: “Did they have any underlining health conditions or comorbidities? How were their diets and lifestyles?”
I believe that you will find that they will all fall into the same sinking boat as most Black Americans.
To be fair, ask: “How many people who suffered or died from COVID19, led healthy lifestyles, like mine?” There won’t be many if any.
Being exposed to the Coronavirus did not cause me to become ill because I lead a healthy lifestyle, eat well, exercise, become peaceful, and I do not have any of the typical African American diseases: Asthma, Diabetes, Hypertension, Cardiovascular, and Hypo/Hyperthyroidism. – Kevy
Scolding My People
Black people. We need to get our shit together with regard to health and lifestyle. We need to practice what we preach. I say, “Talk is cheap; Your words are weak’.
It may be easier for some of us to agree that some are sinning ourselves when they talk all of that gobbledygook in church, and can’t wait to overeat after church at Golden Corral, IHOP, Waffle House, Popeyes, or Old Country Buffet.
I am sure that God does not like what he sees. He will not help those who won’t help themselves. Maybe God is angry at us because we are so damn ungrateful with the amazing body that he has given to us.
Why would the government want to help us, if we don’t help ourselves? Reparations won’t even do shizzo for our bad health habits.
Faith Without Works Is Dead – What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? 17 Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. – James 2:14-26 NKJV
Do not tell me about my sinning, while ignoring the sin of your own health, and ignoring the fact that you are taking 5 – 10 pills a day, while I’m not.
We all sin. Yours may be different than mine.
Black people. Surely racism, particularly institutionalized racism, has significantly contributed to our plight, health disparities, and how the Coronavirus is disproportionally impacting us.
Studies show that our inequities in Economics, Education, Health Care Access, Neighborhood Healthy Food Access, Housing Access, and Front Facing Employment has negatively impacted virtually every stage of our lives, namely our health and diets.
I still say, So what? We have overcome and fight to overcome nearly every obstacle imaginable, and never seem to give up. We organize, protest, and vote for progressive changes in these areas. Progress is slow, especially now, but there is some progress.
But when it comes to how we exemplify our ‘good’ beliefs, religions, culture, and traditions, we ignore that we are:
- Killing ourselves
- Selling our lives to prescription drugs
- Collecting Comorbidities like refrigerator magnets
- Deforming our bodies
- Making our asses fat and out of shape
- Unnecessarily exposing ourselves disproportionally to viruses and pandemics, like Corona Casandra.
‘The Man’ is not doing these things to us. We are!
…Mike drop! Hate if you want to. It is our truth as a race.
I tend to speak in the strongest language to people I care about. I care about all people, but especially Black people, after all, we’ve been through, and continue to suffer through today.
But I also speak strongly and quite arrogantly to my people about this subject because they fight me tooth and nail on changing their behavior when I suggest it. They usually defend themselves with Jesus or Doctors, used interchangeably.
They say things like is, ‘Well, you goanna die from something’, or ‘She’s big-boned’, or ‘He just died of old age. You get these things when you get old.’
I’m tired of this shit and am losing friends left and right because of conflicts over health, lifestyle, religion contradictions, and medicine.
Virtual Soul Food & Black New Orleans Food Court
Now folks, don’t get me wrong. This food is good. It is really good! But you cannot eat like this all the time and expect to be healthy. Many Black people do eat like this regularly. Some Blacks are learning not to eat this way, but perhaps on holidays.
That’s more how I do. I eat well, but cheat sometimes, but offset that by working out, fasting, or eating well or light meals for the next few days.
I do not believe in placing yourself in a food prison. The stress of doing so has harmful effects on health, as well.
Whites people, the more educated, and affluent people generally do not eat this way. Oh, I wonder why the Coronavirus and Comorbidity do not disproportionally affect these communities?
Generally speaking, African Americans who eat and live poorly are likely the ones on loads of prescription drugs. These are the ones most likely with Comorbidities which the Coronavirus finds attractive.
“Diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, respiratory system disease, cardiovascular disease, and their susceptibility conditions may be linked to the pathogenesis of COVID-19.” – Prevalence of comorbidities and its effects in coronavirus disease 2019 patients: A systematic review and meta-analysis – International Journal of Infectious Diseases
Stop Blaming Black People for Dying of the Coronavirus – New data from 29 states confirm the extent of the racial disparities – Ibram X. Kendi – Director of the Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University – APRIL 14, 2020 – The Atlantic
- Economic Stability – Poverty
- Health and Health Care
- Neighborhood and Built Environment – Food Deserts
- Social and Community Context
- Front Facing Employment
Black vs. White Health Comparison – A Comparison of Black and White Racial Differences in Health Lifestyles and Cardiovascular Disease – 2017 Apr 19 – Division of Preventive Medicine, Department of Medicine, School of Medicine, Department of Sociology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama
Diet-Related Disparities: Understanding The Problem And Accelerating Solutions – US National Library of Medicine – National Institutes of Health
How Being Black in America Is Bad for Your Health – Poor African-Americans have worse health outcomes than whites, but disparities also exist for blacks who earn six figures, research suggests – By Ruben Castaneda, Staff Writer July 26, 2018, at 2:01 p.m.
The Healthy People 2020 Social Determinants of Health topic area is organized into 5 place-based domains: Economic Stability, Education, Health and Health Care, Neighborhood and Built Environment, Social and Community Context, Poverty is a key issue in the Economic Stability domain.
4 reasons coronavirus is hitting black communities so hard – The Fix – Analysis – By Eugene Scott – April 10, 2020
THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS – Who’s Hit Hardest By COVID-19? Why Obesity, Stress And Race All Matter – April 18, 202010:31 AM ET – HEALTH NEWS FROM NPR
The Color of a Pandemic: COVID-19, Poverty, and Race in New Orleans – Asad El Malik- Guest Contributor – March 28th 2020
Racial Differences in Eating Patterns and Food Purchasing Behaviors among Urban Older Women – Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA – 2017 Dec 12
8 HEALTHY SOUL FOOD RECIPES – AUGUST 11, 2015 – BACK TO SOUL FOOD JUNKIES
- Citrus Collards with Raisins Redux
- Smoked Paprika Chicken
- Corn Pudding and Roasted Shrimp
- Succotash Soup
- Black-Eyed Pea Fritters
- Pulled BBQ Pork
- Spicy Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Slave Food: The Impact of Unhealthy Eating Habits on the Black Community – June 8, 2017 – by Jazz Keyes
Some staples in our diet are not just unhealthy, but deadly. Enjoy soul-satisfying foods without compromising your health. African-Americans are a disadvantaged population. This is not up for debate. We have less access to quality education. We are underutilized and undervalued in the labor market, making it harder for us to accumulate wealth. For those of us who are in poverty, we do not always receive adequate housing or access to resources that could assist in our ability to be self-sufficient. The list of ways in which racial inequality, oppression, and discrimination have contributed to the social imbalance between Blacks and our counterparts is vast.
Food traditions are hard to change, especially when they’re passed on from generation to generation. In this documentary, award-winning filmmaker Byron Hurt shares his journey to learn more about the African American cuisine known as soul food. Baffled by his dad’s reluctance to change his traditional soul food diet in the face of a health crisis, Hurt sets out to learn more about this rich culinary tradition and its relevance to black cultural identity. He discovers that the love affair that his dad and his community have with soul food is deep-rooted, complex, and in some tragic cases, deadly. Through candid interviews with soul food cooks, historians, and scholars, as well as doctors, family members, and everyday people, Soul Food Junkies blends history, humor, and heartwarming stories to place this culinary tradition under the microscope. Both the consequences and the benefits of soul food are carefully addressed. So too is the issue of low access to quality food in black communities, which makes it difficult for some black people to eat healthy. In the end, Hurt determines whether or not black people are addicted to this food tradition that has its origins in West Africa and the black south, yet is loved all over the world.
Study finds Southern cooking may be killing African-Americans – NBC 15 News, WPMI – Oct 2, 2018 – NBC
Winning the Battle with Your Immune System – Apr 9, 2015 – Dr. Josh Axe
6 all-natural health hacks to boost your immune system – Nov 8, 2017 – Cityline
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