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Meet Chef Ebeth Johnson- Healthy Lifestyle Advocate and Culinary Genius!

Every Wednesday, the BGH community is proud to announce a new partner we can spotlight every week, and this week we want to introduce you to our newest partner  Chef Ebeth Johnson!  Ebeth is a mindful eating & well-life mentor for women who are ready to live deliciously. As a professional chef, plant-based culinary nutritionist, mindful eating coach, and media personality, Ebeth marries her love of food, cooking, wellness, and mindfulness while supporting women and their families to incorporate nourishing foods and nurturing lifestyle practices into daily life. Here are Chef Ebeth's 7 Core Values of Delicious Living: Value #1: The Power & Magic Of Whole Plant Foods A diet based on whole plant foods is one full of the micro-nutrients that nourish our mind, body, soul, and...


Surviving Cancer: The Inspiring Story of Lakysha Laing

Thank you for the opportunity to share my story and experiences.  I pray that it will help someone else. Lakysha Laing and live in Chesapeake, VA for the past 4 1/2 years. At 45 years old I was initially diagnosed with Stage 0 ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), non-invasive breast cancer in my left breast on September 28, 2018.  I am ER/PR + and HER2-.  I do not carry the gene and I do not know my family history.   I underwent a lumpectomy and it was revealed that I was a stage 1A.  Based on my research and communication from the doctor a 1A diagnosis means that the cancer is only evident in the area where the first abnormal cells began to develop, tumor is smaller...


Linda Wyatt Defies the Norms of Western Medicine and Proves that Alternative Approaches can Make a Difference

Hello Everyone,   It's here, our last week in the month of October and the BGH community is proud to announce our last partner spotlight article of the month. Today we are taking time to celebrate Linda Wyatts and her amazing accomplishments of taking control of her own health by becoming Health and Green Smoothie Cleanse Coach. At the age of twenty-five, Linda was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, an inflammatory disorder affecting many joints, commonly those in the hands and feet. For fifteen years, Wyatt experienced immense pain, and the only available treatment included painful steroid injections in various joints, suffered various flare-ups which left her unable to do her daily activities. At one point in time, the pain and suffering became debilitating to the point where...


From a Registered Nurse to a Community Health Practitioner, Dr. Latora Grant Scott is Pursing all Realms of Healthcare

It's another beautiful Wednesday and we are proud to announce our second partner this month, Latora Grant Scott. Latora, as a holistic wellness practitioner where she provides her clients with wellness education and alternatives forms of healthcare rather than traditional western approaches when it comes to “sickness management. Scott created her business, The Nurse Doc is Zen ™ an affiliate of ECLISPE Health Consultants, LLC to provide her community with natural and therapeutic ways to alleviate pain and other debilitating health conditions, like chronic conditions such as hypertension, joint pain, and carpal tunnel, etc. Dr. Latora Grant Scott has over 26 years of Nursing experience, she received her undergraduate degree in Nursing from Grambling State University back in 1994. Latora eventually found her passion, in healthcare...


From Being Injured to Becoming A Physical Fitness Instructor, Razz Sharpless Defies all Odds

In this week’s partner spotlight, we are acknowledging a driven individual who conquered her fitness goal, after a horrific injury. In 2014, Razz Sharpless experienced a devastating fall that caused her to break her tibia and fibula, shatter her ankle, and tear most of the tendons in that area. For eight months, she needed assistance to complete everyday tasks. Through hard work and physical therapy, she was able to regain her strength.  After experiencing her traumatic fall, Razz decided to attend different fitness classes to continue with her wellness journey. However, her previous injuries prevented her from performing the way she wanted to in class. Though she was embarrassed by her limitations, Sharpless was still feeling motivated to put her health and physical fitness at the forefront....


The Inspirational Breast Cancer Survival Story of Jill Sturge

Breast Cancer death rates are falling due to advancements in medical treatments and early detection.  However black are still 40% more likely to die from this disease than any other racial or ethnic group.  This is because of the racial disparity in the healthcare resources available in the areas where many black women reside. According to the  CDC the District of Columbia leading the nation in both breast cancer incidence rates (153.1 per 100,000 vs. the U.S. average of 122.0) and breast cancer mortality rates (26.3 per 100,000 vs. the U.S. average of 21.5). Black Girl Health Black Girl Health Foundation are dedicated to raising awareness of signs of Breast Cancer, the importance self examination, and sharing the inspirational stories of survivors. The...


Understanding the Stages of Breast Cancer

This week the organization will be discussing different stages of breast cancer and differential diagnosis. Staging is a process used to find out whether breast cancer has spread to other parts of the body. When cancer starts to spread through different parts of the body it is called metastasis. There are three main ways cancer can spread throughout the body. Cancer can spread through the tissue, the lymph system, and the blood. These three different tissues are all in an internetworking system, where malignant cells can transfer genetic material (DNA) to other cells of different organs & organ systems composed of different tissues. Cancer cells can break away from where they began (the primary tumor) and travel through these two systems called the lymph system...

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The In’s & Outs of Breast Cancer and, the General Statistics you Should Know

October has finally arrived! Black Girl Health Foundation is excited to partner with Genentech kick-off our I’m A Survivor campaign.  This month we are introducing a series of articles about breast cancer to bring awareness to our community. The BGH community is excited to share our first article of the month, The In’s & Outs of Breast Cancer and, the General Statistics you Should Know. There are many common questions and concerns women have about breast cancer. This article will address the majority of those questions regarding breast cancer. What is breast cancer, and where is the tumor located? Cancer is a disease where cells of a particular organ develop abnormal cells that multiply uncontrollably to form a malignant tumor. Malignant cells are cancerous cells, and...


Dr. Melanye Maclin: A revolutionary Dermatologist Who Changed How The Industry Treats Black Skin

The BGH community is proud to announce a new partner we can spotlight every week, and this week we are taking time to celebrate our newest partner. Dermatologist Melanye Maclin, M.D., aka “Dr Mac” founded Innovative Hair Technology, Inc. in September 1999 based in Maryland. She created the research and product development company through determination based on her early childhood medical interest in hair and skin. Dr. Maclin’s initial efforts were towards the research of natural nutrients for hair and skin. It began with branding the natural hair supplement, Viviscal via national multi-media endorsement and distribution until 2003. Dr. Maclin then went on to successfully develop more effective advanced all-natural hair and skin supplements, ‘BellaNutri®’ for Women (2004) and ‘BeauNutri®’ for Men (2008). These products...


Self Love Through Love Languages

Love Languages are used to describe how we as individuals desire to be loved and how to give love. “The 5 Love Languages” by Gary Chapman describes the concepts of love languages. Chapman’s concept of love is broken down into five categories: words of affirmation, acts of service, receiving gifts, quality time, and physical touch. Knowing your love language can not only help you feel more loved in your relationship but it is also the first step to self love. Find your love language here.   1. Words of Affirmation: Vocalize Self Love Practice daily affirmations. Journaling your progress. Try speaking only positively when referring to yourself. 2. Acts of Service: Practice Self-Love Prepare your favorite meal. Groom yourself, try a new hairstyle! Get your To-Do list done. 3. Receiving...