Dr. Joseph Williams (Courtesy photo)
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Across the world, COVID-19 is disproportionately affecting the Black community.

Mentally, physically and spiritually, Dr. Joseph Williams said he understands that our health should not be an afterthought during this pandemic.

As author and health expert, Williams fiercely advocates for better health and, with summer approaching, wants to help others reach their goals.

His recently released book, “The Journey: Principles of Total Life Transformation,” helps people that are trying to achieve transformative action.

“What got me into this lane is I was obese, and I had a story similar to many Americans, and I got tired of it,” said Williams, affectionately known by his friends, colleagues and family as Dr. Joe.

“One of the most important things people should know, with science and particularly to the African American community,” Williams noted. “In South Africa, they are wondering why they’re not struggling with COVID-19 like African Americans. They are moving.

“We are conclusively seeing that people who don’t have underlying conditions is that they can survive this, and we learn from that is that our health is our wealth. We have to be serious about what we’re eating, exercising, and our overall lifestyle.”

Williams said he once had an “unhealthy relationship with food.”

“In America, there’s a connection with food,” he said. “When we close a deal, we eat. When we mourn, we eat. Everything is followed by eating. We have to break that cycle.”

Born and raised in Atlanta and a Morehouse alum, Williams has made it his mission to help people reach their health goals. He noted that he’s been intentional about setting the proper parameters on what it requires to make an actual lifestyle change: “a change in the mind, body, and spirit.”

Williams said he learned how to “emotionally detoxify” as well as “spiritually recalibrate,” which resulted in his weight loss.

Reversing all medications and health ailments, Williams has taken what he learned and conducted a 40-day holistic process to help 127 people between the ages of 26 to 77 years old lose 2,325 pounds during his 40-day comprehensive process, “40 Days with Dr. Joe.”

In his book, Williams noted that “Like a trained fighter who takes punches while remaining focused on his strategy, we should be aware of our emotions without breaking focus on what we need to accomplish. Life will throw many punches; however, when they come, we must understand our ability to choose how we react. We have more power than we often understand.”

He also proclaimed that the most significant obstacle to physical health, especially in Western cultures, “is our relationship with food. In the West, food is used to meet. It’s used to celebrate — when someone passes away, we eat. Customs and food go hand in hand. This mindset gives food purposes besides its original divine purpose.”

When a negative emotion comes and is aware of it, Williams said everyone must refocus their mind.

“The place of our focus should be in the direction that’s desirable — not where we are, but where we are, but where we desire to be,” he said.

The bottom line, according to Williams, is simple:”What if I were able to see that my fears were merely born from fabrications of my mind, reinforced by my acceptance of being a person who is afraid of heights?”

To receive a free copy of Williams’ book, go to https://www.22s.com/app/m/121319.

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Stacy M. Brown is a senior writer for The Washington Informer and the senior national correspondent for the Black Press of America. Stacy has more than 25 years of journalism experience and has authored...

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