Urban Housecall Circa 2011-2012
This site is part of the course material for Ruth Loman's lecture series Soc. 121 which examines online messaging impacting healthcare. The rest of the course materials are available from the department's website or from Dr. Loman's office. Ruth also leads the New Philosophers as they work toward completion of their Project Nothing effort which has been recognized by most of the mainstream press. The group works to encourage the introduction of philosophy into the high school curriculum. Their model presentation is based on ancient and modern views from recognized philosophers on the notion of nothing. Rev Sales covers much of the topic here. The NP are looking for student volunteers for several projects focused on community health.
For a number of years this was the Urban Housecall website. The Urban Housecall Magazine is a premier source for up-to-date health and wellness information addressing the healthcare needs of the African American community. This site itself has seen several redesigns to its look, although its core mission remains the same.
Content is from the site's 2011 -2012 archived pages.
The Urban Housecall's current website is found at: www.urbanhousecall.com/
What makes us different….
We are a magazine that is physician owned and physician operated.
Urban Housecall Magazine was founded by African American physicians that have a passion for improving the health of our community. We have seen the impact of the lack of accurate, culturally sensitive medical information firsthand, and know that a change is needed. This is no small task, but can certainly be accomplished through educating our community about health maintenance, preventative medicine strategies, disease management, and the risks of neglecting the care of ourselves physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. We strive to present relevant, relatable, and accurate information you can use. While we realize there are many factors affecting the delivery of health information in the African American community, we KNOW that a foundation of medical information is vital. Knowledge is power! The more we know about our bodies, the more we love our bodies. The more we love our bodies, the more empowered we are to do the very best to take care of them.
What we offer….
- Articles addressing the issues most pressing in the African American community as a unit, as well as specific information relevant to the African American man, woman, and child
- Articles debunking common health myths in the African American community
- Blogs/Forums allowing you to commune with others who are also trying to become more active participants in their healthcare
- Lifestyle modifying resources: healthy recipes, spiritual and inspirational encouragement
- Live, interactive Q &A chat sessions with physicians
- Customized Health Enrichment and Lifestyle (H.E.A.L.) Plan
Ask Our Docs
Welcome to the Ask Our Docs Chat!
Join the physicians of Urban Housecall Magazine for live, interactive Q&A chat sessions.
Simply type in a question while our Doctors are online and we’ll respond right away!
- Have a question about a diagnosis you or a loved one have been given?
- Wondering if that symptom could be a side effect of your medicine?
- Wondering what questions you should be asking your doctor?
- Ever been too embarrassed to ask your doctor about something face to face?
If you answered yes to any of these questions…Ask Our Docs is for you!
Urban Housecall is a multimedia health and wellness resource designed to meet the health information needs of the Black community. Husband and wife team, Dr. Robert C. Robinson III, MD and Dr. Karla L. Robinson, MD developed Urban Housecall Magazine, an online health and wellness magazine in an effort to empower the community to become more active participants in their healthcare by providing relevant and up-to-date health information. Due to the overwhelming response from the community, Drs. Robert and Karla Robinson went on to establish the Urban Housecall Radio Show to promote the message of health and wellness through the airwaves. Their weekly broadcast airing live each Saturday from 11am-12n EST on WGIV Charlotte 103.3FM/1370AM and live streaming on www.wgivcharlotte.com features information on the health issues most pressing in the urban community, celebrity interviews, and practical ways to make the best health and lifestyle choices.
Both natives of Chicago, Drs. Robert and Karla Robinson completed their undergraduate education at Xavier University of Louisiana. Dr. Robert Robinson went on to complete
medical school and Internal Medicine Residency training at the University of Illinois at Chicago, while Dr. Karla Robinson completed medical school at Rush University Medical College and Family Medicine Residency Training at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. After receiving numerous accolades and board certification in their respective specialties, Drs. Robert and Karla Robinson relocated to the Charlotte, North Carolina area with their family.
Prior to launching Urban Housecall, Dr. Karla Robinson spent a number of years in clinical practice as a board-certified Family Physician, while Dr. Robert Robinson is a board-certified Internist working as a hospitalist physician. Their combined inpatient and outpatient medicine experience give them the unique ability to service the community as experts on all the health issues that matter to the urban community the most.
Editor’s Corner for the Urban Woman
Welcome Urban Woman!
It brings me great joy to present Urban Housecall Magazine to you. Not only has the birthing of this magazine been a labor of love, but a true test of faith. Not long ago, I was in my clinical practice asking God how I could effectively serve the community on a much larger scale. I had no clue that my road would lead me to Urban Housecall. The overall health and wellness of our community has always been a passion of mine. But believe it or not, as a physician in my day-to-day clinical duties I felt as if my destiny was unfulfilled. Although I was treating physical ailments daily, I knew that I had a much greater responsibility to educate and uplift our people regarding the health matters most pressing in our community. Too often as African Americans we are ill-equipped to effectively and efficiently manage our health. This is often due to a lack of knowledge about our bodies, lack of access to medical providers that know enough (or quite frankly care enough) to appreciate cultural differences as it relates to healthcare, and the fear of taking control of our own health. We should definitely be partnering with our healthcare providers to devise a plan of care that we are ALL comfortable with. I want to give you the tools you need to make this a reality. The only way to empower ourselves is through educating ourselves.
On this site you will find relevant, up-to-date, concise information encompassing every area of our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health. We will explore health topics affecting all stages of life. There is something for EVERYBODY….literally! If you find that there are topics that you don’t see represented, or if there is anything you would like to see us do better, please don’t hesitate to let us know. I look forward to a long, exciting, inspiring journey with each of you.
Karla Robinson, MD
Board Certified/Licensed Family Physician
Editor’s Corner for the Urban Man
Welcome Urban Man!
It is with great pleasure and excitement that we bring to you Urban Housecall Magazine. As Black physicians, it has long been our desire to positively impact the health of our community on a national level. In our professional experiences we were often frustrated to see that despite there being an increase in minority healthcare providers in the nation, African Americans continue to have significant healthcare disparities and are disproportionately afflicted by preventable medical conditions as compared to our majority counterparts. We recognize that it is our responsibility to “buck the trend”. It is this passion that spawned the development of Urban Housecall Magazine.
Within our site you will find relevant information pertaining to disease management, preventative health, spiritual health and a host of other topics all provided by our people for our people. The authors of our health articles are board certified and licensed physicians, nurses, and other health professionals in our respective specialties. This means that the information provided here is free from bias and based solely on the evidence-based practices of the clinicians who actually treat the conditions that we cover.
My specific interest is in improving the health of our Black men. Black men are dying at an alarmingly high rate as compared to other groups, and the vast majority of ailments that we are succumbing to are, in large part preventable. In my career as a clinician, as well as in my personal experience, I have often encountered Black men who have a general distrust of the medical community. This has resulted in a lack of appropriate care and an overall avoidance of the healthcare system. Urban Housecall Magazine intends to bridge this gap, and increase active participation in the healthcare process. We seek to do this through educating our men on the importance of routine health maintenance, preventative screenings, and the management of chronic disease. You will find topics and articles covering every season of life and general men’s health topics that apply to us all.
It is our hope that you find just what you need here in Urban Housecall Magazine. We thank you for your support in our endeavor to improve the health of our community, and we look forward to years of partnering with you towards achieving this goal.
Robert C. Robinson III, MD
Co-Founder Urban Housecall Magazine
Board Certified/Licensed Internal Medicine Physician
Binge Drinking-Urban Legends
1. Drinking a 6-pack of beer is an average amount. This is by no means average. The definition of binge drinking is more than four drinks at a sitting, or per occasion. Binge drinking is excessive alcohol consumption and can lead to serious health, social, and lifestyle consequences as a result.
2. If I don’t drink everyday then the amount I drink is not a problem. This is a common myth and is false! Whether you consume alcohol daily or not, the risk of binge drinking, alcohol dependence, and alcoholism still exists.
3. Binge drinking is all in good fun, it cannot kill. This is not true. In addition to the violent crimes and drunk driver fatalities that are associated with binge drinking, acute alcohol poisoning unfortunately has fatal outcomes many times per year. If you do consume alcohol, you must do so responsibly.
4. Everyone has the same tolerance to alcohol. This is untrue. Each person responds to alcohol in their body in a different way. There are many factors including weight, body metabolism, and body chemistry that determine how much alcohol each person can consume before dangerous levels are reached.
Gout- Urban Legends
1. Gout is rare. This can’t be further from the truth. An estimated 5 million people are currently living with gout. It is the most common form of inflammatory arthritis in men over age 40.
2. Gout is a “rich man’s” disease. This used to be the perception simply because it was thought to be associated with gluttony, but stats show that all groups are affected by this disease. It’s important to know the signs and symptoms regardless of your socioeconomic status.
3. If left untreated, gout will go away on its own. While each attack may only last a few days, the underlying cause of gout will remain if untreated. This puts you at risk for repeated gout attacks. If joints are subjected to multiple gouty attacks, joint damage and deformity can result. It’s important to treat gout and prevent any further attacks.
4. I don’t have to worry about gout because I don’t overeat. Overeating can be a factor in gout attacks, but there are many other risk factors associated with developing gout.
5. Once a gout attack starts, there’s nothing I can do. This is NOT true. There are medicines you can take at the first signs of a gout flare to stop them from progressing. Talk to your doctor about the best medicine for you to take.
6. I need to lose weight to prevent gout attacks. Yes and No. There is an association with obesity and increased risk of gout attacks, so having a healthy weight is preferred. Weight loss should be under the supervision of a physician though, because rapid weight loss can actually increase uric acid levels in the blood leading to more attacks.