Kathleen Richardson Reveals the Best Kept Secret in Medicine

“The African American Guide to Health and Healing”

Kathleen Richardson (pictured above) Reveals the Best Kept Secret in Medicine

Described as a “Nutritional Truth Teller,” African Holistic Nutritionist and Healing consultant Kathleen Richardson delivered an impressive and revealing two-hour lecture at the Merriweather Library on October 13. Armed with a wealth of knowledge and looking very much the part of a young woman who not only “talks the talk” but walks the walk,” the topic of Ms. Richardson’s message was “The Best Kept Secret in Medicine: The African American Guide to Health and Healing.” She gently, yet firmly, delivered life saving information to her audience.

She outlined the three secrets as: •Chronic diseased don’t run in families •Most deaths in the U.S. are preventable; and are related to what we eat and lifestyle; •Given the right conditions the body will heal itself “Chronic disease does not run in families…. but what does run in families is diet!” she offered. “Once you change your lifestyle you change your condition…if you were not born with it you don ‘t have to have it.”

The Standard American Diet (SAD), she explained, which most people follow, is marked by high intakes of red meat, processed meat, pre-packaged foods, butter, fried foods, high-fat dairy products, high-fructose corn syrup and high-sugar drinks, which often leads to chronic diseases such as cancer, visits to the doctor, and prescribed medication. The Standard American diet impacts negatively on our melanin and ultimately diminishes our health.

The alternative to SAD is a mainly African diet (MAD) which is plant based and consists of whole, fresh plant foods like colorful fruits and vegetables, especially leafy greens; tubers like yams and sweet potatoes; beans of all kinds; nuts and seeds; rice, flatbreads and other grain foods, especially whole grains; herbs and spices are healthy. The plant-based diet (MAD) avoids most meat while eliminating pork, beef and highly processed foods altogether. She also suggested eliminating all white foods – including white sugar, white rice, white flour, white cow and white bread as white processed foods are known to contribute to obesity and diabetes, a disease that disproportionately affects Black men and women.

Genetically Modified Organisms {GMO’s) are also to be avoided, she said (look for labels on foods that say non-GMO. Numerous health problems increased after GMOs were introduced in 1996. In terms of preventable deaths, what we eat has a lot to do with our health. Exercise is also important, but she quipped, “you can’t out run your fork!”

In addition to plant based eating, Ms. Richardson outlined these conditions, which enable the body to heal itself and cure chronic disease: *Drinking water (Spring or Distilled suggested – never tap) *Intermittent Fasting *Positive Affirmations “Water is the most healing thing ever!” said Kathleen. “It is the body’s most needed nutrient.

“A lot of our illnesses are the result of dehydration,” she continued.” Drink more water! It cleanses the body of toxins and is important for every single bodily function…our ancestors went thousands of years without Gatorade, pop, etc.” She also suggested cooking with bottled water whenever possible. Intermittent fasting, eating within a specific time period and fasting the rest of the time, “is the foundation of African holistic health,” she said. “It gives the body a chance to heal, and can help with such conditions as high blood pressure, and a weak immune system as well as slowing down the aging process.

Using herself as example she explained that she practices intermittent fasting and only eats between the hours of 12 noon and 7 p.m. The idea, she added, is to also eat ‘whole live foods” when you do eat. Although it is an effective way to lose weight it is more a lifestyle/healing choice. “We aren’t being healed,” she said. “We have got to go back to what we know…to our ancestral roots and start to heal ourselves!

As a result of intermittent fasting she said: “I feel alert ….I feel connected with myself and the people around me.” The power of positive thought she said can’t be overestimated. A positive mind, results in positive vibes, which results in a positive life. “I had to rewire the brain!” she admitted. An example of the positive affirmations she suggested, to create positive realities in our lives include: • “I flow thru life easily.”

• “Being healthy, happy and whole is my birthright!

Richardson said that she hoped her lecture would get more people in the community to begin or at least consider, eating a plant-based diet, drink water and exercise. “I’m on a mission to improve our heath!” she concluded.

One of the most impressive aspects of her lecture was her non-ridged approach to people who are interested in and/or trying to change their lifestyles. “What matters most is what you do most of the time,” she assured. “The goal is to create a lifestyle where health and healing thrives.” -A.B.

*Kathleen, “The Nutritional Truth Teller” is a Buffalobased African Holistic Nutritionist and Healing Consultant. She is owner of Beauty In A Barbell Nutrition, whose mission is to optimize the physical, mental, and spiritual health of the Black community through African Holistic Health and Black Radicalism. She carries with her the ancestral knowledge and wisdom of the medicine men and women of healers she lovingly calls her ancestors. Her health/healing column has appeared in The Challenger. She can be reached at beautyinabarbell@ gmail.com