Yes. I am a Black woman …
Just to clear that up
lol
I have a story to share about my Blackness and ‘Womanness’.
Being a Black woman means I am at higher odds of vitamin D deficiency. My beautiful melanated skin reduces Vitamin D production.
23 months ago, after having been hospitalized twice in health crises in the preceding 4 months, I had open abdominal surgery to remove 5 rather large fibroids. I was lucky, because the day after my surgery, elective surgery was shut down across the province due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Turns out my Black womanness also places me at much higher odds of having fibroids. Though we all know this in the world of Medicine, we do not put much research effort into thoroughly understanding or resolving health issues that disproportionately affect women…especially not BLACK women.

While recovering from open abdominal surgery which was completed on April 26th, 2021 and against all odds, I self-funded, built and launched my lab on July 1st, 2021.

Working in a sick body as an outcome of massive gender research gaps, I also contended with such breathtaking oppression being a Black Woman in STEM… That story is for another day.

Fibroids are associated with Vitamin D deficiency, in turn, is associated with Iron deficiency.
Black women are also more likely to have Iron deficiency anaemia.
Fibroids increase bleeding which increases the odds of Iron deficiency anemia.

Vitamin D deficiency and Iron deficiency are public health concerns for many reasons including reduced work capacity of individuals and entire populations, with serious consequences for the economy and national development. Where does this place roughly half of the African population who identify as women?

Where is the body of evidence-based medicine for Black Women?

KemNet is working in collaboration to reformulate medications for access to medicines for everyone.

“And ain’t I a woman? …
If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back, and get it right side up again!”

 

For now, before our collaborations turn the world right side up :-), I customize my supplement dosing into daily habits. Because we also know that half of the prescription medications dispensed are not taken by patients.

 

For example, I have a Vitamin D cream from kemnet.ca and make a toothpaste with my vitamin D in it to apply daily – woven into my usual daily activities on kemnet.ca
I am also able to make some Iron lollipops!
Note: This post contains my speculation on supplements and medical conditions. The post is not intended to be professional advice. This post is not a prescription for Iron and Vitamin D. Share http://kemnet.ca/ with your healthcare provider to customize medications for you.
Take care of yourself; access medicines that work for your body.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

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