January 31, 2017

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Walking in someone else’s shoes

It is understandable in our busy lives that we are unable to see the forest before the trees. The pressures of personal finances, professional demands, and personal obligations can strain one's ability to empathize with the troubles of others. However difficult it may be, it is essential that we take a moment to reconnect with our universal humanity; not only for the sake of others but for our own spiritual health lest we lose sight of what is good and…

Sex after a hysterectomy – Why is it different?

I  was recently sent a question from a reader who stated she had a hysterectomy last year but still thinks she has her ovaries and wondered why sex felt different and why “it is like no feelings when we have sex?” I thought this was a question that many women may have and not have the courage to ask their doctors so I am answering it here as a benefit to everybody. As I have stated in my previous blogs…

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Different standards of beauty

Who is beautiful?  You? Me? As a child my mother was the most beautiful woman I had seen. Everyone always remarked at how beautiful she was. She was thin and graceful and enjoyed getting dressed up. On the weekends she would spend hours washing, rolling and drying her thick long black hair.  My father enjoyed showing her off and insisted she maintained a certain lean weight and small waist.  Nigerian kids at elementary school said my mother was white- “oyibo.”…

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The Best Jamaican Rum Cake

Christmas and New Year’s wouldn’t be complete without our favorite celebration cake.  As far back as I can remember it wasn’t a party without Rum Cake; aka Caribbean Fruit Cake; aka Black Cake. Every year my Jamaican grandfather, well into his eighties, would personally make and then drive the distance from Florida to North Carolina and then to New York to deliver his cakes.  When he couldn’t drive he would mail the cake in a pretty cake tin carefully packed…

What’s Going on with My Vagina?

At one point or another we (including men) have all wondered what’s going on down there.  Problems with the vagina are very common and not an issue you should be embarrassed about. Think of me as your sister who just happens to be a medical doctor.  No topic about the body is taboo and I feel it is my duty to be honest and open with you.   I can’t tell you how many times women have called my office…

My Multicultural Life

The most common question I get from people who meet me for the first time is, “ Where are you from?” My first thought is to wonder if I should  give them the  abbreviated answer or the full version knowing full well either response will result in another question accompanied by a puzzled look. My usual answer is: I am from America.  It is usually followed by “what is your race?”  I am Black.  My long answer is I am…

Why is my hair falling out, thinning or not growing?

  Let’s face it, most people desire thick, healthy hair as a sign of good health and youth. Over the years concerns about hair in my practice were very common and chances are at one time or another you have been worried about your hair too. As an individual who loves to express myself creatively, I change my hairstyles as a big part of my personality and as an expression of my culture. I totally understand your concerns. So here…

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Depression during the Holidays

Depression is very common during the holidays, especially when you are feeling vulnerable. The holiday season brings greater stress with all the hustle and bustle of family get togethers, social gatherings, work deadlines, vacations to plan, and gifts to buy. For many additional stressors, such as unemployment, illness, divorce or death of a love one only compounds one’s sense of frustration and loneliness, increasing levels of anxiety and/or depression. The darker days and longer nights, resulting in less sunlight, can…