Tagged: heart disease/stroke

More Black Americans Are Becoming Vegetarians And Vegans

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“That is not ‘soul food,’ [it is] destroying souls. A lot of people think a real good, wholesome meal is when you sit back bloated and full and nod off. To me, soul food is food that adds to your spirit, gives you energy, gives you life, and helps you feel vibrant.” -Ishmael Shakur, black American and 6 year vegetarian

Black Americans are trending towards becoming vegetarians and vegans more now. Have you noticed this trend? Surely, you’ve had to notice the health statistics that show alarmingly high rates of heart disease and other food related illnesses in the United States, with Americans of African ancestry in or near the lead among racial groups. According to Toledo Blade it’s not just meatlessness on the rise, more Black folks are also skipping the dairy, fish, eggs, and honey too. Continue reading

Heavy D’s Cause Of Death Was Pulmonary Embolism

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Heavy D died from a pulmonary embolism caused by deep leg vein thrombosis on November 08, 2011.

TMZ reports: “…and a long flight back to L.A. from a Michael Jackson memorial concert may have been a contributing factor. A pulmonary embolism is a blockage of one or more arteries in the lungs — most often caused by blood clots which travel into the lungs from other parts of the body. In Heavy’s case, the clot was formed in his legs. Officials from the L.A. County Coroner’s Office say Heavy also suffered from heart disease, which could have been a contributing factor in his death.”

There were earlier reports of the rapper having pneumonia. He was 44 years old.

Pears and Apples May Help Lower Stroke Risk

A new study conducted by the American Heart Association found that eating fruits with white flesh could help lower the risk of having a stroke. Some white flesh fruits are pears, apples, and bananas.

White flesh fruits have two key ingredients that reduce the likelihood of having a stroke. One is fiber, Continue reading

Missy Elliott Has Graves’ Disease- So What Is Graves’ Disease?

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“I was [driving and] trying to put my foot on the brake, but my leg was jumping. I couldn’t keep the brake down and almost crashed. “I couldn’t write because my nervous system was so bad — I couldn’t even use a pen.” -Missy Elliott as told to People Magazine

Missy Elliott has Graves’ disease, an autoimmune disorder that has no cure. Continue reading