Physicians diagnose conditions and illnesses. This is their specialty. This is their job. But what about all of the other things like recommending vitamins or supplements? Or discussing the fact that a patient should lose weight, stop smoking, exercise, eat better, laugh or smile more? Patients need to hear these bits of wisdom and recommendation from their physicians. Heaven knows that these words out of the mouth of a family member are taken with little regard and may be seen as nagging. But have a physician tell a patient what to do and they listen, or at least sometimes they listen. We just wish they would tell us more practical things we can easily understand. Like, patient, if you continue to smoke you are at risk of a stroke or heart attack or worse even bypass surgery or lung or bladder cancer. Make the action real and the consequences even more real. Get our attention before it really is too late.

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