Physician Launches Black Health Website

1/2/2013, 12:27 p.m.

The glaring realities facing the Black community's health and well-being are in a state of emergency. Whether it is high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, various forms of cancer or obesity, Blacks in many cases have the unfortunate distinction as the leading sufferers of these health maladies.

Dr. Corey Hebert aims to help tackle these dilemmas via cyberspace, with the launch of BlackHealthTV.com, an online social media and video website geared toward a community overwrought with preventable and treatable ailments and diseases.

Launched in October, Dr. Hebert hopes by making health information available online in an interactive format more people will be privy to information that can save their lives or at the very least help them make more well-informed health decisions.

"I was sitting at a table in New York with a bunch of very educated African Americans and one of the guys at the table had a Ph.D. from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and he burned himself with a plate at the table," explained Dr. Hebert when asked what inspired him to launch BlackHealthTV.com.

"The first thing he told me was, 'Man let me get some butter so I can put it on this burn.' And I explained to him that's the worst thing that you could ever put on a burn. You should never put butter on a burn," Dr. Herbert told The Final Call in an exclusive interview. Applying butter on a burn can cause infection.

The man continued to insist butter was the answer telling Dr. Hebert, "trust me."

"I said trust you? I'm a medical doctor and I'm telling you that you're not supposed to put butter on a burn ... everybody at the table disagreed with me," said Dr. Hebert.

That encounter led him to conduct a poll of 1,000 Black people across the country of varying socio-economic status and education levels. The results said Dr. Hebert was 85 percent thought butter was the correct first-aid remedy.

"The lack of information is appalling and we know that whatever was out there is not working because the health disparities are increasing. If they're increasing I just felt I had to do something," continued Dr. Hebert, an award-winning medical journalist and regular contributor on the Dr. OZ Show.

Indeed, the statistics are daunting. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the news regarding Black Americans and optimum health is not good.

Black men have higher rates of getting and dying from prostate cancer. Black women are 1.4 times more likely to die from breast cancer than White women. Blacks are more likely to die from asthma.

An estimated 3.7 million or 14.7 percent of all non-Hispanic Blacks age 20 and older have diabetes, the leading cause of heart disease, stroke and kidney disease.

In 2009 a staggering 44 percent of all new HIV infections were Black, despite being only 14 percent of the total U.S. population and 45 percent of Black adults are obese.

What makes BlackHealthTV.com unique is that it is not text heavy, but features video presentations with health tips, health news, recipes, and information on children's health.