Asthma: Are You Well Controlled?

More than 22 million people in the U.S. have asthma. When asthma is not well controlled it can affect your normal daily routine, disrupt sleep and more.  In this post, Dr. Purvi Parikh and Tonya Winders will be discussing the surprising results from a recent survey of asthma patients. If you or someone you know has asthma, you'll want to pay close attention. Are You Having Asthma … [Read more...]

Diabetes Walking Program

There are nearly 30 million people in the U.S. with diabetes. I'm included in that number. That's almost 1 in 10 people that need to learn how to successfully manage this disease. In this post, you'll hear from Dr. Serge Jabbour and Dr. Sheri Colberg on how a simple walking program can help you manage your diabetes. Take One Step At A Time To A Healthier Life More than ever, people are focused on the number of steps they take per day, … [Read more...]

Dr. Jeffrey Garber & Ms. Ronni Hochman on Thyroid Health Awareness

Are you suffering from mood swings, fatigue, having trouble sleeping, can't focus? Don't ignore those signs! I'm chatting with Dr. Jeffrey Garber and his patient, Ms. Ronni Hochman today and we're discussing your thyroid health. Learn the signs and symptoms of this common health condition, thyroid disease. What is Thyroid Disease? Studies estimate that more than 10 percent of the general population suffer from thyroid disease. … [Read more...]

What the heck is Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA)

Childhood arthritis disrupts the lives of approximately 300,000 kids and their families in the U.S. In this post, you will learn more about the signs, symptoms and treatments for this debilitating disease. The medical term for a common form of children's arthritis is Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis or JIA. Children suffering with JIA may experience pain and stiffness, swollen joints, and more limited mobility than their other kids their age. … [Read more...]

Cholesterol Counts

February is heart health awareness month. One of the important risk factors for heart disease and heart attack is high cholesterol. It's important to understand that all cholesterol is not created equal. Therefore, it is broken down into good and bad cholesterol. You can be proactive by visiting your primary care doctor and having your cholesterol checked. It is a simple battery of blood tests that typically include what's known as a lipid … [Read more...]

Shine A Light On Depression is Coming 5/8/14

On May 8, 2014 The EMP is partnering with Sabrena Barnes-McAllister, LGSW to Shine A Light On Depression on Google+ Hangouts. We are committed to continuing a much needed dialogue on mental health awareness and suicide prevention. Recently, Karyn Washington, a creative young blogger, died by suicide and it shook me to the core. While I didn't know of this young lady, her story filled my Facebook timeline and I knew I had to do something. I was … [Read more...]

February is American Heart Health Month

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. To prevent heart disease and increase awareness of its effects, The Empowered Mocha Patient is proudly participating in American Heart Heath Month. Over 40% of African-Americans over the age of 20 are affected by heart disease and high blood pressure. You can make healthy changes to lower your risk of developing heart disease. Controlling and preventing risk factors is also … [Read more...]

HPV in Black Women: Are the odds currently stacked against us?

Recent news reports are shedding light on the theory that Black women and girls are less likely to be protected by the two HPV vaccines that are currently available on the market. HPV, the human papillomavirus, which can infect the genital area and is known to cause cervical cancer has over 100 different sub-types. Of those, 40 different subtypes can infect the genital area. New research has shown that the various sub-types are often linked to … [Read more...]

Breast Cancer Awareness

October is breast cancer awareness month. It’s a pretty big deal because 1 in 8 women is diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.  Many families have been impacted by this devastating disease and I want to make sure we don’t close out this month without taking some action to help knock-out breast cancer. Here’s what you can do: Don’t keep your head in the sand, learn a few facts about breast cancer and assess your own risk. Talk to your … [Read more...]

Find Credible Health Information on the Internet

  Chances are you are 1 of the 80% of people who search the Internet for health information. I recommend that you proceed with caution in doing that, if you have not yet been to see your doctor. It’s important that you see your doctor regarding any new health concern so that you can be properly diagnosed. You diagnosing yourself can lead to far more trouble than just taking the time to go see your doctor. To that point, do you have a … [Read more...]