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African-American Health

SIB'S Breakfast Club is pleased to introduce our "African-American Health" page. This page will address vital health issues within our community and include commentary from noted African-American physicians.  Links will be provided to direct you to important information regarding your health.

Women's Health  
Men's Health

Many people mistakenly believe that high blood pressure, also called HBP or hypertension, is more common among men.
 The truth is HBP is an equal opportunity disease. Read More.....

Why do some experts feel that women are particularly susceptible to stress?
Women are socialized to be the caretakers of others. More women than men have both a career outside the home and continue to try to juggle traditional responsibilities after hours. Read More.....

More than half of African-American and Hispanic women are obese.

  • One in four African-American women over age 55 has diabetes.
  • African-American women have the highest prevalence of obesity at 50.8 percent. Read More.....
The cancers that most often affect women are breast, colorectalendometrial, lung, cervical, skin, and ovarian cancers. Knowing about these diseases and what you can do to help prevent them or find them early (when they are small and easier to treat) may save your life. Read More.....

Mental illnesses affect women and men differently — some disorders are more common in women, and some express themselves with different symptoms. Read More.....

Risk of high blood pressure begins to climb when men hit age 45, although it can occur in younger men. African-Americans tend to develop it younger and have more severe hypertension.  Read More.....

Men take stress harder than women.
 Men are supposed to be “rocks,” impervious to stress. But recent research flies in the face of this conventional wisdom, indicating that the women fare better in the face of stress.  
Read More.....


Diabetes is the fifth deadliest disease in the U.S., and it's hitting black communities especially hard. If current trends continue, black men will be facing an epidemic of diabetes by the year 2050.  Read More.....


You eat pretty well (some days) and work out (most days). But if you’re like a lot of men, a trip to the doctor isn't on your to-do list. That can be bad if it means you brush off early signs of cancer.

One of the best ways to fight the disease is to catch it in the early stages, when it’s more treatable. The problem is that the warning signs for many kinds of cancer can seem pretty mild.

Take a look at these 15 signs and symptoms. Some are linked more strongly to cancer than others, but all are worth knowing about -- and even talking over with your doctor.  Read More.....

63 percent of African Americans believe that depression is a personal weakness, this is significantly higher than the overall survey average of 54 percent. Only 31 percent of African Americans believed that depression was a “health problem.”African Americans were more likely to believe that depression was “normal” than the overall survey average. Read More.....
Physician's Corner

Dr. Michael A. Guthrie, KMH Health & Wellness

"What is Health & Wellness?  Health and Wellness is an overall state of a healthy balance of the mind, body and spirit.  This results in an overall feeling of "well-being".  It involves healthy lifestyle changes and involves not only maintaing proper physical health, but mental health, emotional, spiritual, social, cultural, occupational and environmental health.  All of these factors help contribute to health and happiness.

From my perspective, health and wellness is not just limited to the disease process, or a particular disease.  It is a total mind , body and spirit balance in the body:  physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. We live in such a fast-paced information driven world, where people spend less time with each other face to face and more time communicating through text messaging, social medial and email.  This further demonstrates the importance of having a balanced life and taking the time to develop yourself physically, mentally, socially and emotionally in order to achieve a total state of "well-being."

Dr. Michael A. Guthrie
117 S. Cook St. #113
Barrington, Il. 60010

Dr. Wendy Westbrooks, Physician, Talk Show Host, Author, Health & Wellness Coach, College Instructor

Dr. Wendy Westbrooks, Native of Detroit, MI, received her BA in psychology from Western Michigan University, her MD from the College of Medicine Health Sciences, St. Lucia, and is in the process of completing an Executive  Masters of Public Health Program for Health Policy and Administration at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Dr. Wendy Westbrooks experiences are extensive as she has worked as a public health advocate, basic science instructor as well as a medical physician, as a successful business owner of Brooks West Salon and Spa and Brooks West Health and Wellness Programs. An active member of the esteemed Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Dr. Westbrooks is currently the on-air Radio and Television Talk show Host on several shows: The Dr. Wendy Westbrooks Show, Health Wellness Fashion & YOU!, BlogTalkRadio, CAN TV Hotline 21, InTimeTV and Soon to Launch, The Dr. Wendy Westbrooks Television Show.  She is also the Medical Editor and Contributing Writer for Diva Zone Magazine.

Dr. Westbrooks has authored a book entitled: “What Do You Do with Your 24 Hours? An Enlightening Journey Toward Optimal Health and Wellness.

Dr. Westbrooks is a Health and Wellness Consultant and Lifestyle & Fitness Coach. She also serves as an Adjunct College Instructor for various institutions around the Chicago land and Detroit areas.

Dr. Wendy Westbrooks

Dr. Sherman Clay, Prestige Chiropractic

I received my Bachelor of Science in Biology from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, and I relocated to Dallas Texas to attend the Parker College of Chiropractic upon graduation from ISU. It was at Parker where I earned my Doctor of Chiropractic designation in 2002. I have been actively healing patients for more than a decade now.

I’m proud to have returned back to Chicago to establish Prestige Chiropractic in 2010. Prestige provides patients a facility with new and exciting technology and, state of the art support services. We utilize an infrared laser, state of the art electrical therapy and a full functioning Theraband® system to promote strength and bone health. We also provide massage and physical therapy. I am personally trained and experienced in a variety of adjustment procedures that are suitable for any age, body type or healthy condition. And, I have extensive experience treating personal injury, worker’s compensation incidents and sports injuries.

In my spare time, I enjoy exhibiting at health fairs, speaking to youth on the importance of education, and playing, watching and attending sporting events. 

Yours in good health, Dr. Sherman Clay II.

Dr. Sherman Clay
773.324.HEAL (4325)

Veronica Smith-Albertine, DDS., Sparkle Lab Teeth Whitening

Oral Health Tip: You may have heard that drinking a glass of red wine with your dinner can be good for your heart and overall health; however, frequent wine drinkers may know that red wine has extrinsic staining qualities. Drinking large amounts of red wine can also cause dry mouth, stripping your mouth of saliva which is necessary for healthy gums and teeth. Be sure to drink in moderation, and to brush afterwards to avoid the staining that can occur with consumption. ‪#‎ADHA ‪#‎Octoberisdentalhygienemonth Sparkle Lab Teeth Whitening can help you with those wine stains!!!!

Sparkle Lab Teeth Whitening
917- 642-8150
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Holt Podiatry Associates

Dr. Claude Daly, D.P.M.

We've been providing effective and quality foot-care solutions for people for more than 50 years.

When your feet hurt and when every step you take has the powerful effect of changing your attitude about everything, it's time to see the friendly professionals at Podiatry Associates. 

We've been treating every kind of foot condition imaginable, from corns and calluses to the most severe diabetic-related conditions. 

Each patient we see is treated with the unhurried care and professional experience we've provided to thousands of satisfied patients over the years.

We will take the time to listen to your concerns and answer your questions in language you can understand. And after a thorough diagnosis, we will find the exact solution that's right for you. That's our longstanding promise to you.  We invite you to experience a level of foot and ankle care that treats you like the special person that  you are. 

Holt Podiatry Associates 

7141 South Jeffery Boulevard

Chicago, Illinois, 60649

Phone: 773.493.4300

Fax: 773.493.4499


A Chicago native, Dr. Griffin-Burress graduated from Clissold Elementary and Morgan Park High School in the Beverly/Morgan Park neighborhood. She attended Albion College, where she majored in biology and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1997. After graduation, she pursued studies at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry, where she obtained her Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 2001. Subsequently, Dr. Griffin-Burress completed a two-year orthodontic residency at Howard University College of Dentistry and obtained her certificate in orthodontics in 2005. 

Dr. Griffin-Burress is a member of the American Dental Association, Chicago Dental Association, Illinois Society of Orthodontists, and American Association of Orthodontists. In 2012, Dr. Griffin-Burress was selected as one of the 40 Under 40 Game Changers in Chicago, by Crain’s Chicago Business and WVON-AM radio. Dr. Griffin-Burress received this honor for being one of the only African-American female orthodontists to own multiple private orthodontic practices in Chicago and the metropolitan area. She loves being a part of the growing community of families and welcomes yours!


Ivory Dental Specialists

Bonciel L. Griffin-Burress, DDS

& Associates

1040 E 47th St

Chicago, Illinois 60653

(773) 358-4350