“Doctor Oz is helping the congregation at the Abyssinian Baptist Church to get healthy!  Mrs. Patricia Butts, the First Lady at the Abyssinian Baptist Church, says that their congregation is on shaky ground when it comes to health – the church wants to be spiritually and physically healthy.  The congregation at the Abyssinian Baptist Church is predominantly African American, which means that there is a greater risk of Type 2 Diabetes, Hypertension and Heart Disease…. Doctor Oz said that on average, each person at the church is 80 pounds overweight and their real age on average is 11 years older than it should be. “

Thanks, VB, for showing me this.  Dr. Oz’s show has 25% black audience, and mostly female, so this is great to target, given average 80# overweight.  My good buddy Dr. Mike Roizen is medical director of the show.

The recipes are far better than the “traditional,” though the okra/tomatoes (my mother, from Charleston SC, made this all the time) and sweet potatoes are old, old staples.
Still, one must read carefully. The recipes are a great improvement, but salt is still salt, even if “sea” or “Kosher”; too much is bad. African Americans, in particular, should limit salt intake because of high rates of hypertension.  Limiting salt intake in African-Americans might decrease heart attack, death , and stroke by 15-20% (see bar graph below)!

Olive oil is good, but too much is not. I use a TEAspoon of olive oil (40 cal) for my green veggies, and none in my sweet potatoes; 3 TABLEspoons of olive oil are 360 cal!!!

My mom, a proud Charlestonian who loved her okra and tomatoes!

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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