ONE MINUTE MAN
I was watching the FAMILY FEUD SHOW hosted by Steve Harvey. On this particular episode that proved very enlightening to me as a prostate cancer survivor, I learned a few things.
I was as enlightened as Columbus seeing the first Indian. I can imagine his sea-salted, wind-tossed face, contorted in the expression LIFE ON THIS SIDE?! As the curtains parted and his busted up ships entered the sun of the western hemisphere, he had a few things to reckon with. I have talked about Christopher Columbus and the initial spreading of European diseases that man nor beast in the new world had any resistance to. There is a lot that I could talk about Columbus but I will leave him out of this save for borrowing his astonished look upon finding humans on this side.
So exclaim with me, “Christopher Columbus!” as I discovered these new grounds on this TV show.
So getting back to the case at hand. Black men statistically suffer more from the scourge of prostate cancer. In fact it seems like prostate cancer is sitting in their laps like a dancer in a sultry room on a moonlit night. No one seems to care, in many cases not even them. This was brought clearer to me as I watched that episode of Family Feud and the question was asked:
“WHAT IS IT THAT MEN MOST LIKELY GO TO THE DOCTOR TO GET CHECKED OUT?”…
This question of such socio-psychological nature, a revealing question, this enlightening question, the person of whom it was asked and Mr. Harvey’s reaction presented the whole dichotomy of prostate cancer and black men, and shows in my opinion where a significant part of the blame lies.
I have always suspected where the blame lies. At least in the advanced rate of death for Blacks as opposed to whites, but stick a fork in me! I was done by this answer.
The answer was this: to check their junk out! Now that answer should be a good answer! We will appreciate that “JUNK” here meant a man’s sexual systems. So to go to the doctor to have your sexual systems checked should be a good thing and a good move. Assuredly a man’s sexual systems should be taking into consideration his prostate health, etc. So for all and sundry that answer should have been a good answer.
However according to the survey it wasn’t.
Mr. Harvey’s reaction to the question also coincides with the survey results as he didn’t think that a man most likely goes to the doctor to get his junk checked out either. For the record Mr. Steve Harvey is African-American. The gentleman who gave the answer was Caucasian. “Good for him!” I would say, and even, “brilliant!” I would shout. If he follows this philosophy he should have good health, good sexual health, and probably never prostate cancer, as he would be or should be interested in things like his PSA level when he goes to the doctor to check his junk out.
I would even wager that this gentleman is conscious of what he eats too. If he reads labels and precludes the poisons of which I talk about in The Real Reasons We Die, more power to him! I would encourage him that in spite of the survey and Steve Harvey’s reaction that he shouldn’t lose this philosophy or compromise in the least.
This Caucasian gentleman definitely has his head screwed on right. And so the questions bombarded me, berated me, as well as enlightened me, and confirmed what I had long known; that Caucasian men are more in tune with their health than Blacks. I heard it from the horse’s mouth so to speak. Christopher Columbus indeed!
Could this be why the incidence of prostate cancer is very much less in this group? Could this be the reason why prostate cancer is known as the black man’s disease?
So like Columbus I say that I am saying “Wow!” and “Really?”
I laud all Caucasian men who continue to go to the doctor and get their “junk” checked out. I also hope we black men will catch up with this trend and take our heads out of the buffoonish cloud that overhangs us. It is a strange mix of attitudes that I find that most men who are blacks are so concerned about being a ONE MINUTE MAN, but to check their junk out is so far removed from their consciousness. Black men I am speaking to you now. YOU WILL BE A ONE MINUTE MAN FOR REAL. By comparison you will be one minute with your family, one minute with your dreams, one minute with your plans, above all one minute with good health.
I therefore implore you to forget the preoccupation of sexual prowess. Put the horse before the cart my friends and go check your “junk” out.
Please remember to check my personal prostate cancer survival story entitled Prostate Cancer And Me…Or You, The Two Stages, (Man To Man) Available at Amazon.com.
Until next time walk good and pack light.