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By Dr. Thaddeus John Bell
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The Trump Syndrome

  Do you remember when Trump declared that he knew more about war than known by the military generals collectively? Believe it or not, there are some patients with this mindset and I refer to it as the Trump Syndrome.  It does not occur frequently, but they will...

The Wellness Visit

  Your physician can request a wellness exam in an effort to prevent illness.  The evaluation primarily consists of questions about procedures that have been recommended for you and risk factors for certain diseases based on your lifestyle.  Questions will be...

Red Meat Linked To Diabetes

  This health tip may not be welcome news for many people.  Eating processed or unprocessed red meat, daily, has been a part of the American diet for years. New research suggests that the consumption of red meat over a four year period increases the risk of...

The Annihilation of African American Males

  The infractions that the black male is currently experiencing with law enforcement reflect symptoms of a long standing, social phenomenon that has been characteristic in our culture over a hundred years.  The annihilation of these males is the new health...
Unconscious Bias

Unconscious Bias

  A very common problem in the health community is unconscious bias.  Unfortunately, it has not been addressed and continues to wreak havoc in the clinical setting. An Asian man, who was unshaven, and appeared to be homeless, was found in full cardiac arrest in...

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Some People Are Just Ridiculous

Some People Are Just Ridiculous

  You would not believe the issues that I experience with patients. One was being treated for hypertension and became quite upset, at the follow up visit to assess blood pressure control, because he needed an additional prescription. His position was he should...

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Physicians Need to be Appreciated

Physicians Need to be Appreciated

  I often wonder why people do not show appreciation for their physician as they do for their pastor.  Our work is similar when you think about it.  A physician who goes beyond what he or she is taught in medical school is difficult to find nowadays.  I recently...

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Strokes in Black Men

Strokes in Black Men

  It was recently reported that Oscar nominated, director John Singleton, experienced a stroke that resulted in hospitalization.  The CDC reports that strokes occur two times more frequently in African American men than in Caucasian men.  My experiences with...

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Myths Can Have a Happy Ending

Myths Can Have a Happy Ending

  One of the main reasons I have continued Closing the Gap in Health Care is to decrease the myths and untruths in the African American and underserved communities.  One myth that I do not often hear is placing moss in your shoes to control hypertension.  The...

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The Bucket List

The Bucket List

  The bucket list is a collection of things that you would like to accomplish within your lifetime.  Frankly, I never thought of a bucket list until the death of my youngest daughter, Tonisha Bell Alston.  She decided to take matters into her own hands and...

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Years Ago, I Lost a Son

Years Ago, I Lost a Son

  This time of the year, I am guilty of many reflections on the vicissitudes of my life. The sudden death of my young son is still painful. The circumstances of his death were not managed well by my colleagues who did what they could to save his life. I do not...

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