Dr. Ivana Parker – How HIV and Other Illnesses Can Be Tackled

Engineering Tools to Characterize Immune Responses Important for HIV Prevention

HIV remains a global epidemic, with 37.9 million people living with HIV worldwide (UNAIDS, 2018). Various prevention strategies, including pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and antiretroviral treatment in pregnant women with HIV have shown to be effective in decreasing HIV transmission. As these prevention strategies are becoming more commonly used, it is important to understand their effects on immune responses relevant for proper diagnosis and treatment.  In addition, elucidating inflammatory responses/mediators that can increase HIV susceptibility is also key to reducing HIV transmission. Altered immune responses in patients with HIV that occur as a response to novel PrEP modalities, are not well characterized and tools to characterize this altered response are lacking. Furthermore, as chronic inflammation is a factor known to increase HIV risk, it is important to understand mechanisms mediating these processes. This talk will discuss the methods I have developed to explore immune responses related to HIV prevention and diagnosis. These include characterization of HIV antibodies commonly used for diagnostic tests, and proteomics-based systems biology approaches used to analyze epigenetic mechanisms of inflammation shown to increase HIV risk in uninfected infants born to HIV positive mothers.

Brief Bio:

Dr. Ivana Parker is a Fulbright Scholar who recently completed a year-long study at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. Her project assessed the risk of a commonly used tuberculosis vaccine, BCG, on HIV susceptibility in infants using proteomics and systems biology approaches.  She completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship as an American Society for Microbiology postdoctoral fellow at the Centers for Disease Control within the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention.  At the CDC, she evaluated the impact of antiretroviral therapy (ART) on current diagnostic assay approaches and identified trends to optimize assay design. Ivana received her PhD in Bioengineering from Georgia Tech in 2015. Her thesis investigated the effects of pro-atherogenic shear stress, HIV proteins, and antiretroviral therapies on the vasculature using in vivo and in vitro models. During her time at Georgia Tech, she received the NSF graduate research fellowship and was selected to be a trainee on an NIH Cell and Tissue Engineering Training Grant. She also received a Whitaker Grant to develop artificial aortic valves in Cape Town, South Africa and facilitated set-up of a lab in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia during her PhD training. Ivana earned her BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Florida in 2009.

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ENGINEERING TOOLS TO CHARACTERIZE IMMUNE RESPONSES IMPORTANT FOR HIV PREVENTION

Connect with Dr Parker on Twitter: @DRIKParker

As we dig deep into making this year the best possible- we want to encourage you to sit still. Don’t run from your thoughts. Pour a cup of our amazing tea and have time to and for yourself to deal with how fast this life goes by. Know that you are equipped with everything you want and need to have, be and get everything you want and need.  We are here for you Brown Babe. Don’t forget to join our Facebook community to ensure you have the sisterly support you deserve and need. 

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The Audacity Of Resilience W/ Farrah Bledsoe

In this episode we sit down with a long time family friend Farrah Bledsoe and talk about how life will offer you the chance to build a story of resilience. During our chat Andretta and Farrah share how continuous loss of family members, businesses and more forced Farrah to truly get in touch with her competitive side and grow out of the shell that others designed for her as she was growing up. 

While known to be the pretty one that always has it together – Farrah shares that her gifts of having a business mind, competitive spirit  and keen sense of opportunity have always been the core of her foundation. We dive deep into the power of knowing your story and how your story shows up in the way that you decide to live your life. We break down the power of resilience and the necessary mindset needed to push through everything life throws your way.

5 Ways to Build Resilience 

It’s common for people to credit their success to confidence instead of resilience. Resilience is one of the most overlooked character building attributes a person can have.  But not many people are able to explain how building one’s confidence is often based on how they  utilize resilience. 

It’s tricky, because life often throws different things at us, but overall we grow from the choices and accomplishments that feed our passion and make us feel proud of who we are. Discovering these fundamental things can be one of the most worthwhile pursuits of your life. Here are 5 ways you can begin building your resilience today and bounce back from tough times:

1. Get Things Done  

Resilience is built on accomplishment. If you achieve small and big goals, you’re going to feel much better about yourself after facing a hard time in life. Those day-to-day goals are what you need to accomplish things today, tomorrow, next week or three years from now to help meet your goal and heal from trauma.

2. Monitor Your Progress

Try to quantify your accomplishments: write down how you’re able to show up for yourself in hard times. If you’re able to exercise daily or be more mindful of the things you eat- write that stuff down. It is important to see how the small things can turn into big things while building up your strength at the same time.  Doing so  will help you stay on course, and you will build resilience as you see the progress you’re making in real time.

3. Exercise   

Besides benefiting your health in general, exercising helps memory retention, improves focus, helps manage stress and prevents depression. It’s harder to be anxious when there is no excess energy to draw upon, and outside of being difficult and uncomfortable at times, exercise improves every aspect of your life.

4. Think Long-term 

The foundation of unhappiness is a decision made for short-term comfort that impedes long-term goals. You have to decide if your short-term comfort is more important than your long-term goals, but know that long-term goals will bring you far more happiness in the long run than your short-term comfort. This is the fundamental element of resilience. The ability to have vision beyond where you are now and realizing where you need to be in order to truly prosper. 

5. Do More Of What Makes You Happy 

What do you love to do in your spare time? Whatever it is that you love, create space for it, because life is short- you need time to enrich your life and to recharge to be your best self. Living in the present is the best gift you can give yourself along with permission to enjoy your life. Time is precious- no matter how much life throws at you, your ability to take it, grow from it and move on better because of it will help you build a testimony that can change the world. 

An Interview w/ Pamela Pelt-Robinson

Jumping rope for most may seem like a child’s activity but for a Chicagoland woman it was the unifying element of a life changing purpose realized. Brown Women Wellness founders Andretta and Aaqila sit down for an enlightening discussion with 40+ Double Dutch Club founder Pamela Robinson to talk about all things health and wellness for brown babes around the globe.

During this podcast, the strength of unity and organization rings deep within the realms of the mental fortitude needed to embrace what it is that you love in order to give your body what it needs to be strong. The women break down the perks of working out without it feeling like a chore and the added benefit of sisterhood being sprinkled on top of it. While reminiscing on the last opportunity they had for such a refreshing activity- the women recalled in shock, highlighting their early teens. 

While dealing with transitioning to an empty nester and challenges within her marriage, Pamela saw the Double Dutch club as something all her own that gave her mental peace and support. A random jump rope in the trunk of her car led to a national movement encompassing over 12 thousand women. Her goal to provide a safe haven for physical exercise, connection and accountability has assisted in redefining what age appropriate past times are. She saw a chance to create a space and opportunity to work out that made being healthy a priority. Pamela sees the 40+ Double Dutch Club as a way to support and galvanize minority communities under the umbrella of physical activity worldwide. Double Dutch isn’t for kids any more; it is for anyone that wants a full body workout that assists with keeping your mind and social skills strong as well. 

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An Interview w/ Dr. Tony Hampton

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Protecting Your NEST with Dr. Tony Hampton Podcast

Think about the last time you went to the doctor, chances are you went to the wrong person for medical advice. 

In this episode of Well Honestly, the ladies dig deep into the work of Dr Tony Hampton and uncover one of the major reasons many brown women globally aren’t receiving the quality medical care that they need.

What is the difference between a traditional doctor vs a functional  doctor? According to the institute of functional medicine “the Functional Medicine model is an individualized, patient-centered, science-based approach that empowers patients and practitioners to work together to address the underlying causes of disease and promote optimal wellness. It requires a detailed understanding of each patient’s genetic, biochemical, and lifestyle factors and leverages that data to direct personalized treatment plans that lead to improved patient outcomes.”

During a traditional doctors appointment you’d meet with a physician and a few supportive medical team members to categorize your current level of health. The goal is to determine any concerning health issues and document the severity. We’ve all been there. You go in to see your doctor to learn about what is going on with your body and you take a few tests and leave with a new medication.  The medication is usually prescribed to treat the symptoms and not the cause for the disruption of your health. 

That is where Functional Medicine comes in. Within this realm of treatment, the patient’s health is the main priority and not the symptoms. The goal is to find the root of the problem and work as a team to restore the patient to optimal health and wellness. This is especially important during the pandemic. 

When breaking down why Black and brown people were impacted the most during the pandemic Dr. Hampton focused on communities of color dealing with stress, unbalanced cultural food choices, lack of sleep and even trauma. His well documented data set that allows him to outline health via the NEST model is shocking.  (Featured below as 😉

  • N is for Nutrition, which consists of whole, unprocessed foods with no sugar that are low-carb. “I tell them they can have ribs, but not with barbecue sauce.”
  • E is for Exercise, even just walking or easy resistance exercises like pushups and squats at home. “It can be very hard to jog in some communities that are not safe.”
  • S is for less Stress and more Sleep. “Sleep is so important to health but it can be hard to get it if you work the night shift or are under a lot of stress.”
  • T is for “what you are Thinking” and for how you deal with Trauma in your life. “Instead of focusing on everything that is bad, look for the good, like the fact that it is a beautiful day and the sun is shining.”

With the common notion that vitamin D is a game changing factor for minorities looking for preventative measures to dealing with Covid 19, Dr. Hampton pinpoints the safest levels of vitamin D consumption for most. This was pivotal information as he also mentioned that  where you live can determine how long you live.  It’s best to know what elements your body produces naturally so that you can find ways to support your health and fill in the gaps to ensure you are functioning at your highest capacity. The aim is to be as physically , mentally and emotionally strong as possible. 

Brown Babe Q&A

2020 has been labeled the year of the unfortunate. From sickness to uncertainty, this year has made the whole world stop and think about what really is important to them. Thankfully, health and wellness has risen to the top of the list for many. As a holistic brand that believes in the health of the mind, body and the soul- we use this podcast to pour into our community and supplement those verbal vitamins needed to get through this thing we like to call life. 

In this podcast episode we talk about how a single airport experience gave light to Cancer preventative services and how a trip to Whole Foods paved the way to better understanding why antibiotics are losing their potency. Sometimes the greatest gift is being able to reflect on the events you have daily that plant seeds to a much bigger experience and opportunity to heal for you and your community down the line. The best way to ensure you are supporting your overall health would be to document your days in a way that allows you to decompress and explore your emotions and how you navigate your situations. 

We suggest journaling and stepping back from social media as a constant consumer and being strategic with your exposure to the hustle and bustle of the internet. After all, Ebony magazine recently cited that “ the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health,[ mentions that ] “African Americans are 20% more likely to report having serious psychological distress than non-Hispanic Whites.” Keep your crown sis. Don’t let the stress of being “greatness in progress” get you down. 

Just take a deep breath as we wind down and out of this year. Breathing is also an amazing and underrated stress reliever. We dropped in the podcast that we are fans of Breathwrk. This app can help you to “utilize breathing exercises which can assist you in activating the parasympathetic nervous system and suppressing the sympathetic nervous system in order to respond to stress effectively. And we know Stress is out here lurking and looking for every opportunity to keep you company. This is why we like to  pour a cup of our Do Not Disturb CBD Infused Relaxation Tea every day. Make sure you order yours today. It is a great way to calm down after an enlightening hour of choosing the right carton of eggs at the grocery store along with the best Oil of Oregano to use for your premium home juicing products. You had to listen to the podcast to get that last line. Stay healthy brown babes. 

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What’s Tea Sis?

Brown Women Wellness 

Brown women across the globe are suffering in silence. They are afraid to acknowledge what is going on within their lives, minds and bodies. The rise for communities embracing the experience of being a brown woman has become a necessity for survival. The founders of Brown Women Wellness are stepping up to the plate to heed the calling. With the launch of their new podcast; Well, Honestly- they are aiming to galvanize the voice of brown women globally.

What This Podcast Is About?

Well, Honestly is the weekly deep-dive conversation every woman needs. Led by mother-daughter duo Andretta and Aaqila, no topic is off-limits as they focus on honest, vulnerable and life-changing topics centered around health, wellness and womanhood. These thought leaders want to do more than share their insight on nutrition, herbs and essential oils. Well, Honestly features groundbreaking interviews with prominent industry stakeholders sharing insight into holistic healing and western medicine. Listen to your body and this podcast.

What is the TEA?
The first episode entitled “What’s Tea Sis?” lead by Andretta and Aaqila, a mother and daughter duo with different viewpoints but the same goals toward optimal health introduces the audience to the foundation of their podcast. AIming to talk things through with evaluating your health and wellness routines- the pair brings insight from industry leaders while also sharing the stories of women within their community.

Why Is This Topic Important?

Podcasts and safe spaces like this are necessary. Health.com released an article that highlights that 

“African American women are 60 percent more likely to have high blood pressure than non-Hispanic white women, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health.” 

The reason for such a high statistic confirms why podcasts, businesses and communities fostered by women like Andretta and Aaqila of Brown Women Wellness are necessary. The headline suggests that this overwhelming statistic aims at discrimination being the leading factor of hypertension.

Key Take-Aways!
After listening to episode one of the Well, Honestly podcast you will want to do a deep dive into better understanding the prominent elements of your wellness.  The duo showcases a verbal blueprint to doing a self-diagnosis that outlines how you feel about your health and ways to hold yourself accountable for the work you put into being healthy. They also demonstrate what it is like to talk about what you are going through with someone that can understand and offer insight. This is a critical example being showcased that adds an extra layer of tenderness when you realize that the pair are mother and daughter. Lastly, they break down the need to do the research for yourself to find out how you can better your health beyond the word of mouth ministries and doctors advice you may receive. No one should care more about your health than you. Invest the time, energy and dedication needed to live your best life brown girl. And that’s us being honest!

Surviving COVID- An interview with Yvette Jones

Do you have questions about your body and how to navigate getting your health in order? We are in the same boat. During this episode we talk about Yvette’s COVID journey, how she was able to survive and thrive. 

[6:26] How the Covid symptoms started

[10:15] The superwoman cape

[12:36]  Asking for the right treatment 

[15:26] post COVID Symptoms 

[16:26] Creativity: How I calmed my mind down

[18:00] Stroke after COVID

[26:35] Diet change- Post COVID healing

[23:20] Physical therapy- Post COVID healing

[27:00] 100 day to better health

[28:09] Andretta’s Honesty Moment 

[36:49] More About Us & Our Mission & How to Be featured on our podcast

 

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High blood pressure: natural ways to lower it

Nearly 50% of all American adults may have elevated blood pressure, but the unfortunate truth is that many may not even know it. This is why high blood pressure is often referred to as the “silent killer” because the symptoms can be so subtle that most people don’t even notice them.

In this week’s episode, we dive deep into high blood pressure, the causes and effects, how to know you have blood pressure, and how to lower blood pressure using natural means. We also talk about the side effects of LISINOPRIL,  a high blood pressure medication, on black people. 

Do you have questions about your wellness routine and boundaries?

We are all about community and wellness in this episode so let’s jump right into it.

[01:20] Lisinopril: side effects and why you shouldn’t take the drug if you’re black.

[02:45] Causes of high blood pressure

[05:11] Natural ways to lower your blood pressure

[05:24] Herbs for cooking that lowers blood pressure

[06:22] Foods and diets that lower high blood pressure

[07:32] Some signs to know you have high blood pressure

[09:13] Foods and diets that lower high blood pressure cont.

[14:36] Foods to stay away from if you have high blood pressure 

[19:54] Food swap: great swap for pancakes  instead of Hungry Jack that is full of bleached flour

[23:13] More About Us & Our Mission & How to Be featured on our podcast

Blended Banana Oatmeal pancake recipe:


Ingredients

  • 2 medium very ripe bananas (where the peel has a ton of brown specs or even solid black is great!)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • unsalted butter, for the pan
  • maple syrup, for serving, if desired


Instructions

  1. Add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend on high until completely smooth (30-60 seconds.) Let the batter sit while you heat up a pan or griddle.
  2. Place pan or griddle over medium heat and lightly coat with a little butter. Once the surface is hot, add a 1/3 cup of the batter and cook until the pancakes puff up and bubbles form and begin to pop about 2-3 minutes. Gently flip pancakes over and cook another 2 minutes until golden brown on the underside.
  3. (NOTE: If you find the pancakes are browning too quickly, lower the heat so that the pancakes don’t over-brown or burn.)
  4. Wipe the pan clean and repeat with more butter, as needed with the remaining batter.
  5. Serve with a little drizzle of maple syrup and a couple slices of banana, if desired.

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What is the state of black people’s mental health?

While the experience of being Black in America varies tremendously, there are shared cultural factors that play a role in helping define mental health and supporting well-being, resiliency, and healing.

This week, we share factors contributing to our current mental state, some black mental health statistics, the barriers to mental health care, and how to seek culturally competent care.

Do you have questions about your wellness routine and boundaries?

We are all about community and wellness in this episode so let’s jump right into it.

[01:51] Why black people suffer from mental illnesses

[03:52] Misleading cultural beliefs contribute to mental illness in black people

[06:20] Stigma around mental illness 

[07:34] Post-slavery mental health diagnosis. The effects trickled down.

[07:53] How to seek help when it comes to your mental health 

[18:33] Food Swap for the week: Today we are going to swap a breakfast item, Cereal.

[23:17] More About Us & Our Mission & How to Be featured on our podcast

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HOT TOPIC: Baby Formula Shortage

This is our HOT TOPIC episode where we comb the earth to find topics related to wellness that we need to discuss!

The Hot topic of the week is the Baby Formula Shortage, three factors driving the U.S. baby-formula, and how to make a home based formula.

Do you have questions about your wellness routine and boundaries?

We are all about community and wellness in this episode so let’s jump right into it.

[02:34] Why the baby formula shortage

[05:13] How the pandemic impacted the supply chain and formula shortage

[06:04] U.S. policy and FDA regulations of formula importation impact on formula shortage

[07:09] Solutions to the baby formula shortage

[08:24] Why not commercial formula? 

[10:34] Baby formula alternative. Download the recipe here

[13:37] Food Swap for the week: Home made jam instead of store-bought jam

Ingredient for homemade jam:

A few cups of berries (fresh or frozen), lemon juice, and some honey. You simply heat the ingredients in a pot and simmer for about 20 minutes… EASY PEASY. 

[18:25] More About Us & Our Mission & How to Be featured on our podcast

Disclaimer: The information in this post has not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration or any other medical body. We do not aim to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease. Information is shared for educational purposes only.  The content of this podcast is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Users should not disregard, or delay in obtaining, medical advice for any medical condition they may have and should seek the assistance of their health care professionals for any such conditions.

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