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By Dr. Thaddeus John Bell
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Family Medical History Has New Meaning

  Several days ago, one of my loyal patients requested to be seen, urgently, because she was upset that family members would not reveal the cause of death of a middle age family member.  A lifelong friend who is battling four different types of cancer told me...

Stress Is Deadly

  The medical literature has documented a plethora of information regarding deadly stress affecting our bodies.  Many of my patients are telling me about the perils of stress and how it affects their health with headaches, diarrhea, and fatigue.  Stress...

The Face of Heart Disease is Changing

  Perhaps, you have noticed that millennials are getting as sick as those in the baby boomer population. Not every millennial can say they do not know of someone in their age group who has experienced a heart attack, stroke, or kidney failure. Frankly, this...

Survival in the Rural Community

  South Carolina is a rural state and many of the residents live in rural communities. It is well documented that they have health disparities that surpass those who live in the city. Lack of access to care and preventative health care services are also...
Feeling Bad May Deserve ER Attention

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...

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Facing the End of Life

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...

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Walking For Life

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

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

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

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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