Why should we care?
As African Americans, we generally die younger than whites, often due to preventable diseases. Heart disease, stroke, diabetes, hypertension, and obesity permeate our family trees, resulting in much suffering and early death. Rev. Sharpton’s transformation should serve as an example of the power of lifestyle changes – truly a fountain of youth! Too often we rely upon medication and surgery, but do not address the root cause of disease, which is most often based on the daily dietary and lifestyle choices we make.
Also worthy of note is Rev. Sharpton’s decision to take to the airwaves his message on the importance of dietary choices for disease prevention – in essence, a ministry of healthy lifestyle healing from which we can all benefit, enjoying healthier, longer lives.
By Dr. Ed James, BDO Healthy Lifestyle Expert
Dr. Ed James draws inspiration from his personal experiences with healthy lifestyle changes, having overcome prediabetes and obesity several years ago. In 2011, he founded Heal2BFree to focus on helping individuals and organizations to develop and implement action plans that help close the health disparities gap between blacks and whites.
Dr. James has given many presentations, including the 2011 National Medical Association Colloquium and regularly contributes preventive health-related articles to some of the nation’s top health publications. He is also the primary author and co-editor of Getting into Medical School – A Planning Guide for Minority Students.
He received his BS in Biology from Bucknell University and earned his MD and MBA from the University of Pennsylvania as a participant in the Penn Med Scholars combined degree program.
For more healthy lifestyle tips and news, visit Dr. Ed at Heal 2B Free!