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Husband and wife team, Dr. Robert C. Robinson III, MD and Dr. Karla L. Robinson, MD have taken an unprecedented multi-dimensional approach to tackling health disparities and improving health literacy within the urban community. Recognizing the need to empower the community to become more active participants in their healthcare, Drs. Robinson established Urban Housecall Health Media Group, a comprehensive, multimedia health and wellness resource designed to meet the needs of the urban community.

Drs. Robinson serve as regular health contributors to local and nationally televised talk shows such as TV One’s News One Now, JET Magazine, various blogs and news outlets. Authors of the new release In Sickness and In Health, Drs. Robinson are often called upon as media consultants, medical writers, and expert witnesses in medical malpractice cases.

Dr. Karla Robinson has clinical experience as a board-certified family physician, while Dr. Robert Robinson is a board-certified internal medicine and 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.

Both natives of Chicago, and alums of 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.

Together, their mission is to use unique multimedia efforts to engage, educate, and empower the urban community to obtain a healthy lifestyle. Through their ministry of health and wellness, Drs. Robinson are committed to improving the health of the community, even if it is one person at a time.

For more information or to contact Dr. Karla and Dr. Rob, please visit their website or find them via social media on Facebook: UrbanhousecallMagazine or Twitter: @Urbanhousecall.

So many of us have home remedies that have been passed down through the generations and we’re not sure if even really work. A lot of times we may call these old wives’ tales, but believe it or not, often times there is some truth and health benefits to a lot of those concoctions that your mother and grandmother were cooking up.

We’ve got a couple of examples of how your common household items can be used to treat what may be ailing you.

High Blood Pressure:


  • Drinking 2 cups of beet juice daily lowered blood pressure by about 10 points
  • 4 stalks of celery per day have been shown to reduce blood pressure almost 10 points.



  • “Ice cream” headache helps to stop migraine in its tracks.
  • Research shows that recreating a “brain freeze” makes the blood vessels dilate and constrict, interrupting the migraine pathway and preventing the development of a migraine headache.


TART CHERRIES (Montmorency or Morello Cherries)

  • Helpful in reducing symptoms of gout
  • Also useful in preventing gout attacks
  • Thought to decrease uric acid levels
  • Dried, juice or frozen effective


  • Has been used for centuries
  • Antimicrobial properties
  • Wound products (gels, pastes, creams) have medical grade honey
  • Note: Honey can be dangerous for children under 1 years old.


Dr. Robert and Karla Robinson answer your questions:

Is drinking a glass of pickle juice a day good for you? If so, what does it do for you?

Pickle juice does have vinegar in it which has been shown to help lower blood pressure and cholesterol. However, I would recommend apple cider vinegar rather than pickle juice.

Is there a home remedy for joint pain (not necessarily arthritis)? Is there one for arthritis?

Regular exercise is key for controlling joint pain. Biking and swimming are good exercises that don’t put a lot of added stress on your joints. Talk with your doctor about an appropriate exercise regimen for your fitness level.

I’m suffering with hot flashes. Is there a home remedy to help with that? I have tried black cohosh but that doesn’t work for me.

Soy may be beneficial but discuss with your doctor first.

What is the home remedy for diabetes?

Exercise and a diet high in soluble fiber help to control blood sugar values. Speak with your doctor about how to incorporate these into your lifestyle. Also check out our book In Sickness and in Health HERE.

Is there a home remedy for hand arthritis? I don”t want to take prescription drug, but my fingers and hand hurt so bad.

Hand exercises can help with mobility and pain.

My husband has really really dry feet.. So bad they itch and peel… I tried everything over the counter but nothing works. 

He may actually be suffering from athlete’s foot. If so, he can try soaking his feet daily in original Listerine mouthwash, which helps kill the fungus that causes athlete’s foot. An antifungal cream may be necessary as well.

Hello. I have diabetic nerve pain in my feet and hands. Any home remedies? Also I’m experiencing erectile dysfunction. Remedies?

All of the above can be linked to uncontrolled diabetes. Controlling your blood sugar through diet and exercise can help in addressing these issues. Cinnamon and vinegar have been shown to help stabilize blood sugar values. Discuss with your doctor.

Will rubbing a used dish rag  on a baby’s kneecaps really help them start walking?

Never heard that one. I can’t see how that would help!

What is a good remedy for toenail fungus?

Daily soaking in original Listerine mouthwash can help to kill the nail fungus. This will likely take several weeks to a couple of months, but has been proven to work.

I would like more on how to increase sex drive for men over 55. What natural home remedies do you suggest?

Exercise can help stimulate sex drive. Speak with your doctor about an exercise regimen that is appropriate for your level of fitness.

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