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By Dr. Thaddeus John Bell
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Feeling Bad May Deserve ER Attention

  It is no longer appropriate for patients to call the answering service to request the physician to call in a prescription without the physician having seen the patient. Patients will often do this and get upset if the physician does not comply with his or her...

Facing the End of Life

  A reality not discussed by physicians and pastors is how to help people facing and dealing with end of life issues. You may not be aware, but physicians and pastors are not trained to talk with patients as they face death. I gained some insight into this issue...

Come On Man, You Still Smoking

  Several days ago, I discovered one of my patients has continued to smoke in spite of information from me regarding the pitfalls. He came to the office after smoking several cigarettes which caused an elevated blood pressure and required a return visit the next...

Prostate Cancer Also Occurs in White Men

  Recently, I had the opportunity to speak to a group of men about prostate cancer. I was told, prior to the lecture, my audience would be primarily black men, but to my surprise, it was comprised of white men. As the lecture proceeded, a white gentleman asked...

Walking For Life

  I should not have to convince you that walking is good medicine for maintaining good health and improving longevity. Your doctor can observe how you walk, the speed of movement, the way you move, and determine your overall health. Dementia is a major concern...

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Growing Old Can Cause Depression

  Perhaps, you have never given much thought to this clinical challenge, but getting older can be a major cause of depression for some people. I am witnessing this type of depression frequently. You should be aware of life changes that occurred in your parents...

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The D (Death) Word

  Several weeks ago, a friend asked me to talk with a friend of hers about dying. I have received some strange requests, but none comparable to this request. The person was not my patient and even though I am skilled at dealing with this type situation, it is not...

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Wives Notice When Men Don’t

  It is often a challenge when the physician receives two versions of the medical history of a patient’s illness. The male version, in my experience, is often not as accurate as the version of the significant other. Recently, one of my patients was experiencing...

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A Funeral Reflection

  Several weeks ago, I attended the home going service for an older friend.  During a light hearted moment of the eulogy, the pastor stated “when you get to heaven, you will need a Dr. Thaddeus John Bell closing the Gap in health disparities for African Americans...

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