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Hepatitis C: 5 Facts Every African American Needs To Know


Little is spoken or known about in reference to Hepatitis C within the community

Originally posted on News One:

A microscopic image of the hepatitis C virus

What is hepatitis C?

According to the CDC, hepatitis C is a contagious liver disease that ranges in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious, lifelong illness that attacks the liver. It is caused by infection by the hepatitis C virus (HCV), which is spread primarily through contact with the blood of an infected person. Hepatitis C can be either “acute” or “chronic.”

Acute Hepatitis Cvirus infection is a short-term illness that occurs within the first 6 months after someone is exposed to the hepatitis C virus. For most people, acute infection leads to chronic infection.

Chronic Hepatitis C virus infection is a long-term illness that occurs when the hepatitis C virus remains in a person’s body. Hepatitis C virus infection can last a lifetime and lead to serious liver problems, including cirrhosis (scarring of the liver) or liver cancer.

While there are vaccines…

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Store Brands Use LESS Dangerous Ingredients VS. Top Named Brands

Through my own personal quests to find safe, nutritious food for me and my family, reading the labels naturally became second nature to me.

Starting from a young age, I would sit at the kitchen table with my sister, reading the back of cereal boxes, while we did the various puzzles and riddles. The funny names and unheard of components that went into making my favorite boxed foods, which every adult in my family seemed unable to pronounce, intrigued me.

Now, in adulthood, I can take that once past time and turn it into a life journey, to feed my family better and encourage others to do the same. I understand more fully that the things I eat and feed those that I love impacts our health and well-being in every way. My stomach turns into knots when I think of the food industries mechanical tactics which go into creating our pre-packaged fast foods and how I believe wholeheartedly that there is no coincidence that the “food industry is linked to the drug administration.”

I do understand that this issue goes deeper than one can possible cover in a single essay. So I will just stick to the basics, to what I see, now, as I read and do my own personal research.

I have grown very fond of eating more natural (not necessary just “organic this and tofu that”) but more so, foods which I can find in my own kitchen, put the various ingredients together, cook them in there intended fashion, then sit down to simply enjoy with those I love.  Basically, food should not contain an ingredient list; the only list should be the recipe

In this current fast-paced world, where there is minimal luxury of having someone in-home to cook homemade meals 3 times a day, we figure making our foods quickly to keep up with us, is the convenient way to go. Ha. What a foolish thought. Even now I find my hands, Google-ing, typing in the words “BHT” as I flip over the box of my daughters favorite cereal that she is currently eating. (By the way BHT stands for Butylated hydroxytoluene! Now I am are looking up this excessive name as well, which is a chemical compound found in at least 75% of the foods I have in my home.) There are countless others which could be included but the list would just go and go. Maybe I will save that for a future, more in depth post.

We, as the human species, have not dwell upon the Earth for some odd Billion years, depending on manufactured substitute food created in a cold experimental laboratory. In fact, it wasn’t until the rise of the industrial revolution in the 18th century, which introduced the use of coal, giving rise to modern machinery, did individual eating styles change according to location, access to specific goods and economic status. That has been relatively within our generation, having been during a time our great great-grandparents raised their families. When heart disease, diabetes, cancers and many other health issues which plague us today, were not as relevant. These dis-eases and others have given the drug administration reason to “create cures” for problems which they may have caused, making them wealthy on both ends.

Even though there is a need for a Food and Drug Administration for the general safety of people, I am and will always remain a skeptic.



From reading labels came the gift of memorizing, recognizing that some of our favorite, big name brands actually use  far more of these chemical compounds within their foods vs. when I would compare them to there identical, store brand counter partner. I used common sense when coming to this revelation. Of course, using more, costs more. If you are creating a lesser priced store brand, it would only seem right to use less ingredients to cut the cost. This is an advantage for us consumers.

Take the challenge. Next time you go shopping, take a national name brand product and compare it to the in-store brand. Of course, I haven’t been able to check EVERY single product so more research would be needed to accurately prove this point. Nonetheless, this subject has opened me to a whole new world of studying which I hope to be able to explore more in depth in the near future.

These were just a few items I had in home. NOT AN ATTACK ON ANY BRAND, which is why labels were covered to best of my ability. However, these were some examples of products which consumers should take a second look at.

These were just a few items I had in home. NOT AN ATTACK ON ANY BRAND, which is why labels were covered to best of my ability. However, these were just a few examples of products which consumers should begin to take a second look at.

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Real Love: How To Attract More Of It


To Give is To Receive

Originally posted on BlackDoctor:

couple kiss on cheekcouple happyLove is the one thing that every human needs.  It makes each and every one of us feel wanted, adored and purposeful when those that enjoy who we are display their acceptance and gratitude.  However, love is one of the aspects of dating  that seems to be a bit skewed when it comes to what’s real and how to attract the sincere kind into one’s life.  It can be a complicated thing to know how to draw love to you if you’ve never experienced what real, true love  is.

As a matter of fact, there are 15 different types of love that exist within the spectrum, but in this instance we will be covering how to draw romantic love into your life.  This process isn’t just made up of one step like many believe.  Many believe that if love is true and if it’s right for you that it will be easily recognized and embraced…

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Liz Ferro’s “Girls With Sole” Non-Profit Helps Young Women Overcome Life’s Challenges Through Fitness


Fitness is more about just losing weight or gaining that summer bikini body women crave. Fit-ness expands to maintaining areas of the Mind Body and Soul.
It is a blessing to see someone wanting to spread this message, especially to young women, giving them something else to have on their minds then just the challenges and heartache they face in life.

Originally posted on GOOD BLACK NEWS:


Six days a week, Liz Ferro packs up her car and drives throughout Cleveland to teach young women yoga, swimming and other fitness-based activities. But it isn’t all about breaking a sweat.  “It washes away all the cobwebs,” Ferro told TODAY. “Not just out of my brain, but off my heart.”

After using fitness to recover from her own difficult childhood, Ferro now runs Girls With Sole, a non-profit organization committed to helping young women learn to overcome life’s challenges through exercise. “It’s so much easier for them to feel down on themselves,” she told TODAY.

TODAYFerro hits the road throughout the week to work out with pre-teen and teenage girls in schools, juvenile detention centers, social services and other organizations throughout the Cleveland area. “My car looks like a sporting goods store exploded in it,” she said. “It’s almost like Meals on Wheels, but we’re fitness and wellness…

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Nothing even Matters

I believe all great Art was created through an artist unseen pain. The type of pain you feel on the inside in which the only way to get rid of it is to release it in some form on the outside. Then the greatest masterpieces are created and felt in each artists stroke. Rather it be his stoke of the musical keys. Or his brush. His pen. Or even his keyboard. The artist is able to let go and allow the pain to flow. Sort of like a physical manifestation of hurt.

What a beautiful gift.

Even though all i feel is pain, my creativity flows freely, as if it just wants to burst forth and show it’s face to the world. But it is fueled by hurt. And what is more scary than that; is the fact that if I didn’t hurt, would I then have anything to create? Would I have anything to give the world?


Why {do we} close our eyes to Pray?

My children never cease to amaze me. As I know many other parents would say the same!

My 8 year old daughter, who might I add is what I like to call a “2000 baby”, is truly brilliant. And not just because she is book smart nor formally educated at some institution, but because she is young and naive to the world, she and other children are able to see things the way they are, in there natural, raw state.

Let me start by explaining why I call her, and all the other young children “2000 babies.” The children nowadays are of another breed; the 2000’s breed. Those born since 2000 and on are truly different from children born say 1900’s and on. When we think of the 1900’s, we think that is such a long, long time ago, but in reality, it was just a generation away.

The children born of today have such a different way of thinking, acting, behaving and I guess that could all be accredited to the advancement of the world. Children now come out the womb eyes wide open, walking, talking and working i-phones. They teach us stuff we never thought of.

This one in particular took the cake so far, and spark such a Light inside me that all i could do was hug them and thank God for placing them in my life, regardless of the obstacles I have had to overcome.


We were at a family barbecue and it was time to all gather together and bless the food. Once we said our amen, my daughter asks out of nowhere, “Why do we close our eyes to Pray?” Simple enough question for anyone but I just felt not many beings have taken the time to think of this thought. Then to make matters, well sweeter, her little brother chimes in with a “Yeah, everyone bows their heads and closes their eyes. Why mommy?”

In the moment, because I was fixing their plates to eat and helping guests, I was unable to fully offer a true kind of explanation to their curiosities. All I could say was “oh sweety, because they are speaking to God,” which only left them more puzzled and asking more “Why’s.”

Today, following my own personal prayer, I write to the world.To know God is to know and recognize Him within you. To recognize that He is of you and that you are a physical manifestation of His glory.

So it is only right to close our eyes in prayer. It is a natural instinct. With eyes closed, we are able to look within ourselves and speak to the Divine One, because He is alive within us. Looking anywhere else would not seem right. It would be as if we are speaking into the empty air.

I thank my children for asking me questions such as these because it allows me to not forget the true meaning of, well, Life. It forces me to shed the pre-programmed, generational false way of thinking that I have developed as a result of living a life of 28 years (which 24 of them spent not knowing nor walking with God)  and adopt a pure, natural way of thinking, as the children do.



NEW money

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There’s OLD money; i.e The Rockefeller’s. And then there is NEW money; i.e entrepreneurs of today.

When you think of long-standing families, such as the Rockefeller, you think of an extensive lineage of wealthy individuals that have basically kept the money and assets “all in the family.”

Today, in 2014, there is, what I observe as, NEW money. No longer are people wealthy because they are simply born into it. But more so, people are making their own NEW money from nothing, because they work hard to do so!

In this great free country of ours, what you want is what you will get. Period. If you work hard and make things happen for yourself, then you will benefit from it in one way or another.

Institutionalized government unemployment rates are still rising in various portions of the country, but “the average American” is becoming richer, alongside in the shadows..

The way things are presently occurring in the countries economy, with the state-to-state issues concerning the Affordable Care Act and it’s varying regulations and rules; employment opportunities fluctuating in big, metropolitan cities vs. being more non-existent in rural areas; individual education levels and how having a degree typically doesn’t even matter when it comes to finding steady work anymore, citizens are truly taking their lively hoods into their own hands and creating a new vision of making a living for themselves.

The dynamics of riches and wealthy are changing rapidly, day-to-day. And I have to say that I am GLAD. No longer do little kids (especially poorer black girls and boys), have to sit around wishing they had been born into that wealthy family (even though that is nice!), but more so they are beginning to understand that it is the individual’s mind state and hard work which they put forth using there own hands, that creates them wealth and riches