Monday, September 19, 2016

The REAL Reason Police Shoot Unarmed Blacks (And Why No One Wants to Talk About It)


Here we go again.  A new police tape has just been released showing Tulsa police gunning down an unarmed black man, whose car was stalled in the middle of the road.  So, let's take a deep breath, pucker up some courage and stop beating around the bush.  Ninety-nine percent of the police who shoot unarmed blacks are ........................................ yes, Donald Trump supporters. It's as simple and horrifying as that.  No, I haven't conducted a scientific poll, but I have used the most precious of human cognitive gifts -- pure, unadulterated commonsense.

The reason minorities believe the police act like fascists guarding a police state is because sadly, too many of the latter yearn for an authoritarian strongman to rule the nation.  They wish to dispense with the rule of law, send non-white immigrants back to where they came from, and annihilate young, enviably muscular black males to alleviate potential sperm competition.

Just as this election campaign has been an eye-opener for me, I hope that it has served the same purpose for you as well.  Forty percent of the American population supports a thrice-married, con man with ties to the Russian mob and a pathological-lying streak.  Because this demographic is composed primarily of non-college-educated white males, it just so happens to be the same group  from which America's police forces are drawn.  

In order for any problem to be solved, it has to be seen clearly, without emotional, political and other filtering devices.   If Trump becomes president, unarmed blacks will become target practice for police trainees.  There is no solution to that problem, other than to vote for Hillary Clinton.  But even if she wins, the other piece to this puzzle must be set into place.  America must fundamentally change its police recruitment practices, eschewing the Trump demographic in favor of minorities, females and college educated white males.     

The Smile of Lynching Postcard Woman Bears Striking Resemblance to that of Trump Manager Kellyanne Conway

Admittedly, the hair style and coloring of the two women might be different.  But the ugly stain on their souls is interchangeable.  What kind of mother might the postcard woman -- who casually grins in the presence of two dead men  dangling from tree branches --  have been?  While that person is no longer with us, we do have her doppelganger making the  rounds of tv talk shows on behalf of her employer, Donald Trump.  In these conversations, Kellyanne Conway loves to mention a devotion to her four children, and the role of teaching them moral values.  But she lies, cheats, promulgates hate and has prostituted herself before the media in an effort to put a racist and dangerous con man in the White House.  She is teaching her kids to accept as normal the same twisted lessons this postcard woman learned from her own Mother.

Or as Ben Cohen of the Daily Banter so wisely noted:
"Conway is an educated, upper middle class professional willingly taking part in a fascist political movement that poses a grave threat to the future of humanity. And worse, Conway is attempting to normalize it by adding her fake smile and soothing voice to the truly abhorrent."


Foreign Melania Trump Needs to Apologize for Her Shocking Role in Birther Movement

I had been more than willing to give Donald Trump's wife, Melania, the benefit of the doubt.  She cribbed a speech by First Lady Michelle Obama and gave it before the same adoring audience at the Republican National Convention, that just so happens to hate Mrs. Obama.  But this was before the following video resurfaced.  In an interview with Joy Behar, Mrs. Trump discloses her credentials as a certified, raving birther:



Melania Trump Talks Birtherism (click here) 

 The sense of (white-skin) privilege shown by Donald Trump's Slovenian (illegal immigrant?) wife, going on national television to denounce the legitimacy of our African-American president left me shivering in disbelief.   This witch owes both President and Mrs. Obama an apology, TODAY.

 And bytheway, Mrs. Trump has just hired a high-powered lawyer to defend her questionable immigration status in the U.S.   I suppose her speedy deportation could substitute for the "heart felt apology".




Monday, September 12, 2016

African-American Males, Dairy Calcium & Prostate Cancer

 A growing number of studies point to an over-consumption of dietary calcium as increasing the incidence of prostate cancer. African-American males are among those having the highest prostate cancer rates in the world.  During the vigorous bone growth period of adolescence, this group consumes less calcium, but absorbs and retains more of it than other populations, leading to higher bone density, and lower rates of fractures later in life. This is so even though blacks have traditionally consumed the least amount of milk and dairy because of lactase non-persistence (lactose intolerance). In short, nature has provided a highly efficient calcium retaining mechanism for lactase non-persistent groups, who also happen to constitute 70% of the global population. But what are the consequences for a minority group possessing biological mechanisms to ensure sufficiency in calcium as they become more acculturated into the American mainstream?  Nutritional experts inform them that they are calcium-deficient by  Food and Drug Administration standards and should therefore consume more dairy products, and ignore symptoms of lactose intolerance for the sake of their health. 
   

A Population Genetics (but not Racial) Argument for the Etiology of Salt-Sensitive Hypertension in African-Americans

African-Americans suffer one of the highest rates of hypertension in the world. Psychosocial stressors such as racial discrimination and financial strain have been identified by some researchers, while others have sought the answer in biological traits. This article targets  genetics as the primary factor for this condition, while at the same time repudiating antiquated “racial” classification schemes.  The ancestors of African-Americans came from West Africa.  However, it was not from the coast, awash in ocean salt, but rather from sodium-deficient regions as much as 1,000 miles inland.  This population group had lived for millennia in the sweltering heat of the tropics without the benefit of dietary salt to supplement their diets. They had, in essence, evolved “super-kidneys,” which were able to process the minimal levels of salt in the environment with greater efficiency than was the case with other populations, including members of their own ethnic groups, who lived in coastal regions. But an evolutionary advantage in the mineral-poor interior of West Africa has proven medically disastrous for the descendants of this population. American Blacks have today become acculturated into a food supply, whose salt saturation hovers close to toxic levels as far as their sodium-conserving  bodies are concerned.
    

Medical Professionals Shirk Responsibility for Obesity Epidemic

I was listening to an interview show on the radio this morning, where several medical professionals  condescendingly advised type II diabetics and people with obesity-related ailments to lose weight.  Hog swaggle!  The reason America is facing an obesity epidemic is because our medical paradigm is proving itself unable to grapple with the most serious health problem of our times.  The medical establishment weasles its way out of taking responsibility for the obesity problem  by humilating its victims for lacking sufficient "will power."

Overweight African-Americans May be Addicted to Opioids in Wheat-Gluten

One of the most puzzling public health issues of our times has been the skyrocketing obesity rate among African-Americans.   In tackling this issue as an applied historian, I have uncovered a clue, nestled beneath the topsoil of agricultural history.

Is the Dairy Industry (Inadvertently) Poisoning Black Children?

 I could never understand the National Dairy Council's ads targeting young blacks, when medical research has shown that at least eighty percent of African-Americans, are by age twelve, lactose-intolerant.  Of course, supermarkets now market lactose-free milk.  But hold on a second. . .   Lactose-intolerance is not a disease and should not be treated as one.  It is rather a human trait blacks share with  65% of the world's population.  People of Northern European ancestry and a few isolated enclaves elsewhere, have a high tolerance for lactose because a large proportion of their ancestors' food supply came from dairy farming.  West Africans on the other hand, had little exposure to dairy products because of the  susceptibility of cows to the ubiquitous tsetse fly.

Milk is America's "sacred cow."   But why should blacks, Asians too, for that matter, be targeted in dairy industry campaigns promoting the health benefits of a beverage that sends most non-Europeans groping for the bathroom door knob? 

Unfortunately, little if any research attention has been given to understanding the biological mechanisms at work on healthy adult populations, who do not traditionally drink milk.  For instance, West Africans from whom black Americans are descended, suffer  a whole host of medical problems.  But bad teeth, osteoporosis and other symptoms of calcium deficiency are not among them.  This is so even though their consumption of milk ends at age three, when the mother stops breastfeeding..


The National Dairy Council is not to blame for an insidious form of  racial blindness,which applies the nutritional needs of Northern Europeans to Africans and Asians.  The underlying assumption is that the biochemistry of whites represents a universal standard, and any deviation from it, must be pathologized.    Many of us African-American parents are wringing our hands with distress at the explosive epidemic of childhood obesity in our community.  But too few of us are asking questions and demanding to know whether the nutritional advice being fed to our children is contributing to rather than fixing our health problems.

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What Being Black Had to Do with a Misdiagnosed Case of Kidney Disease

Will New Research Depict Neanderthals as Budding Geniuses?

Until recently, scientific journals and popular magazines alike depicted “Neanderthal Man” as a lumbering creature of robust bone structure but low intelligence.  However, this picture changed radically in 2010.  No new anthropological evidence was brought to the fore at that time.   Rather, geneticists discovered that Neanderthals had interbred with early Europeans.  

I can just imagine what the headlines would have looked like had the evidence shown instead that this proto-human species had mated with Africans rather than Europeans:   “New Genetic Evidence  Proves Cognitive Inferiority of Blacks on Account of Neanderthal Interbreeding."    So-called objective scientific knowledge is all too often determined by who is writing the textbooks, and who will be paying to read them.      

RELATED POST:   Should Doctors Focus on "Racial Genetics" as a Means of Reducing Black-                                  White Health Disparities?

Geneticists Dispute Archaeological Interpretations of Early Human Females

One of the most stunning archaeological finds ever made  is a figurine, discovered by Dr. Josef Szombathy in 1908. Called the "Venus of Willendorf," this statuette is believed to have been carved sometime between 24,000 to 22,000 BCE.  Since that time, dozens of Paleolithic figurines of females have been discovered as far afield as France, Siberia and Japan.

Archaeologists interpreted the decidedly un-European features of these female statuettes as being "exaggerations," which  follow Paleolithic artistic conventions.  One scholar remarked:  "The Venus is not a realistic portrait but rather an idealization of the female figure.  The same scholars interpreted the carving's tightly curled hair as "a type of headdress."

However, growing anthropological evidence points to the Khoisan people of southern Africa, as being the oldest branch of the human family.  And guess what?  Khoisan women even today exhibit the short, kinky hair, and fat accumulation around the buttocks known as steatopygia, that Western researchers used as evidence to insist that these statuettes were "artistic exaggerations."

Cystic Fibrosis Triggered by "Ethnic Inbreeding"



Nazi scientists got it wrong.  Aryan purity does not lead to a superior race. It leads to cystic fibrosis. Autosomal recessive diseases like cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia and Tay-Sachs are caused by "ethnic inbreeding."

If You Want Super-Smart Kids, Marry a Pygmy

However, if you happen to be a pygmy, that is, one of the small-statured ethnicities of central Africa, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, then your best bet is probably to marry someone from Sweden or the Ukraine.  It confounds me that some researchers still talk of racial differences in intelligence.  They operate from the disproved premise that those with the highest levels of cognitive functioning will be those of inbred European ancestry.

Can Cystic Fibrosis, Tay-Sachs, Sickle-Cell Anemia be Prevented?

The medical establishment's response to inherited autosomal recessive disorders like sickle-cell anemia, tay-sachs, cystic fibrosis is, understandably, one of finding ways to relieve the suffering of the victims, or to possibly prevent them from being born in the first place.  Thus, the genetic testing of embryos, and fetuses is the preferred treatment.  However, these kinds of disorders are not at their core medical so much as they are a function of longstanding societal taboos.

Medical Biases that Sabotage the Health of Blacks & Latinos

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My mother died of complications from breast cancer at the age of fifty-one.  The doctors did all that they could for her.  Well actually, they did all they could had she been of Northern European ancestry. Medical researchers are only now realizing that black women are less likely to get cancer than white women.  However,  when they do, that group is three times more likely to develop the aggressive, triple-negative form of breast cancer, which affects less than fifteen percent of white women.  Given the type of cancer, which may be exacerbated by traditional treatment protocols, and many black women’s lack of access to adequate medical care, it is no wonder that African-American women  suffer a breast cancer death rate (according to the Center for Disease Control), that is sixty percent higher than that of white women.  It may have been too late for Mama, but present-day cancer specialists are finally beginning to recognize ethnic differences in breast cancers and adapt treatment protocols accordingly.  If only ancestral factors were researched in other arenas of medicine and public health as well.

 Most premature deaths among blacks, Latinos and Native Americans are caused by complications from such lifestyle diseases as obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure.  But the medical community operates under the dictates of an unexamined paradigm, which I have come to call “Nordic universality.” 

FDA Guidelines May Increase Rate of Prostate Cancer in Black Males


Prostate Cancer Risk for Black Males
African-American males have the highest rate of prostate cancer in the world. The "why" of it may not be all that hard to fathom.  But first let me say that West Africans, the genetic ancestors of black males, have an exceedingly low incidence of this disease.  So, the problem appears to be some aspect of life in America that is altering this picture so drastically.  

Recent studies have targeted an over-consumption of calcium as increasing the risk of prostate cancer in men.  But why might this factor play a far more devastating role for black men as opposed to their white counterparts?  The answer appears to lie in the fact that blacks process calcium more efficiently than do other groups.  It is for this reason that African-Americans drink little milk, because of lactose intolerance, and yet have the strongest bone mineral density and lowest rate of osteoporosis of any ethnicity living in the United States.  What this biological factor also means is that an over-consumption of calcium will occur in most black males at a lower intake of the mineral than would be the case with men of Northern European ancestry.  But herein lies the problem.

Is Dairy Causing Prostate Cancer in Black Males?

A growing number of studies point to an over-consumption of dietary calcium as increasing the incidence of prostate cancer. African-American males are among those having the highest prostate cancer rates in the world.  During the vigorous bone growth period of adolescence, this group consumes less calcium, but absorbs and retains more of it than other populations, leading to higher bone density, and lower rates of fractures later in life. This is so even though blacks have traditionally consumed the least amount of milk and dairy because of lactase non-persistence (lactose intolerance). In short, nature has provided a highly efficient calcium retaining mechanism for lactase non-persistent groups, who also happen to constitute 70% of the global population. But what are the consequences for a minority group possessing biological mechanisms to ensure sufficiency in calcium as they become more acculturated into the American mainstream?  Nutritional experts inform them that they are calcium-deficient by  Food and Drug Administration standards and should therefore consume more dairy products, and ignore symptoms of lactose intolerance for the sake of their health. 
   

Do Chemical Hair Relaxers REALLY Cause Fibroids in Black Women?

Black women suffer from uterine fibroids at a rate that is two to three times greater than that of  their white counterparts.  Medical researchers have for years been stumped by the disparity.  Then, an article appeared in a 2011 edition of the prestigious American Journal of Epidemiology.  It asserted that the chemicals in hair relaxers used by African-American women to straighten their hair is the culprit.

Yes, we as black women should indeed lay off the relaxer for a whole host of reasons.  But hoping to shrink uterine fibroids is not one of them.

Is a Eurocentric Paradigm Widening Ethnic Disparities in Health Care?

   African-Americans consume substantially less than the recommended daily intake of calcium and yet have the densest bone mass of any American ethnic group, and are at the lowest risk of osteoporosis, fragile bone disease and other calcium deficiency disorders. Studies have shown that this occurs because blacks have higher rates of calcium retention and greater calcium utilization efficiency than other ethnicities. So what public health message is given to black parents?  It is that their children suffer from calcium deficiency and should therefore be fed more dairy products in order to prevent osteoporosis. But what might the implications be of pushing high sodium, high fat dairy products on a population that is not in need of supplemental calcium but that is suffering from skyrocketing rates of juvenile obesity and salt-sensitive hypertension?  The medical response is that those ailments are probably caused by a calcium-deficiency as well. 

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Why Some Populations May Be Genetically Immune to Osteoporosis

As an evolutionary historian, I have devoted the last several years to researching the health implications of genetic diversity. I was particularly concerned with the tendency of medical researchers to unwittingly use the biology of people with Northern European ancestry as a universal standard for everyone. For instance, lactose intolerance may be a disorder in that community, which suffers high rates of osteoporosis. But since 65% of the world’s population are lactose intolerant and have low rates of osteoporosis, a one-size-fits-all approach to bone health can prove dangerous for those whose ethnic-specific biological needs are overlooked.

In June of 2016, I published an article in NATURE: BoneKEy, showing that osteoporosis is not a global problem. It has a strong and devastating impact in dairy-farming societies and is virtually non-existent in the tsetse zone of West Africa, where cattle rearing and dairying are not possible. Previous studies have tried to correlate the degenerative bone disease with socio-economic income. However, this study compares two regions of Africa with similar socio-economic conditions. In dairy-farming East Africa, the incidence of osteoporosis is 245 per 100,000. However in the tsetse belt of West Africa, where people do not consume dairy products, it is 3 per 100,000. When regression analyses are performed on 40 countries around the world, the association between dairy consumption and osteoporosis is high (0.851). It only correlates with national Gross National Product at a regression rate of 0.447.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

The REAL Reason the White Nationalist Alt-Right Leaves Room at the Top for Asians

White Nationalism Driven by Masculine Insecurities
Alt-Right leader Jared Taylor, who is also founder of the prominent white nationalist publication American Renaissance proclaims that his movement cannot be racist. After all, Taylor quips:
“Presumably a white supremacist is someone who wants to rule over people of other races. We have no such desire. Nor do people on the alt right think that whites are a superior race. In many respects Asians are more objectively superior to whites and certainly athletically blacks are probably superior to whites.”

 How very tolerant of them. Or is it?  If we take a deeper look at what's really going on, we'll find the even more sinister (albeit juvenile) force that drives this predominantly male movement -- masculine insecurities.   Throughout much of the 20th century, white nationalists characterized Asians as, well. . .  mongoloid idiots.  But something changed three decades ago.  The leaders of this movement began to elevate Asians to the top of the IQ/intelligence hierarchy alongside Whites.  They crowed: "Our movement can't be driven by racism, because we're putting Orientals at the top."  But why? I devoted a chapter to this phenomenon in my 2012 book: Straightening the Bell Curve; How Stereotypes About Black Masculinity Drive Research on Race and Intelligence.

A pernicious stereotype that Asian men have faced is that of being emasculated and feminized.  They were not perceived as rivals to white males in the sexual competition for women.  A 28 year old Samoan-Chinese American male once lamented:
It's annoying and energy-consuming to constantly speak up against stereotypes of black and Latino men as being sexually hungry, ravenous beasts (white men are scared of them); and of Asian men as being nerdy, asexual and gay (white men patronizing them)." (Jeff Yang, "The 1995 Natyional Asian American Sex Survey" A Magazine, August-September 1995, p.27). 

In this regard, white nationalist intellectual Jean-Philippe Rushton once opined:

Racial differences are found in sexual permissiveness, thinking about sex and even in levels of sex guilt. In one study, three generations of Japanese Americans and japanese students in Japan had less interest in sex than European students. (J. Philippe Rushton, Race, Evolution and Behavior, page 18).

But Professor Audrey Smedley of Virginia Commonwealth University countered Rushton's assertions by reminding him that the Chinese had the most reproductively successful population in the world. Prof. Smedley observed sardonically: "They got to number over a billion with small penises and presumably little interest in sex." (Audrey Smedley: "How Caucasoids got Such Big Crania")

In fact, it is the fear of African-American masculinity that drives so much white supremacist drivel as well as police shootings of unarmed black males.