Are You an Ostrich Regarding Your Health
I have been a student of science and health care professional for the majority of my life. One phenomenon that perplexes me and continues to be obvious among African Americans is the unwillingness, and maybe, the inability to change behavior. This phenomenon is known as the “Ostrich Effect” which, I believe, affects the behavior of many African Americans. There are studies that seem to confirm this belief. The screening, CT lung scan is not being appropriately utilized because people do not want to know if they have lung cancer. I have witnessed people who have survived because the tumor was discovered with an early diagnosis.
I am encouraging you to use the good judgement God has given you and not be an ostrich, putting your head in the sand.
Your opinion matters.
Thaddeus J. Bell, MD
I am Dr. Thaddeus John Bell, closing the gap in health disparities for African Americans and the underserved.
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