Author Archive: Dr. Gerald Deas

Gerald W. Deas, MD, MPH, MA is a physician, poet, patient advocate, playwright, media personality, political activist and public health crusader. Read his full bio at http://www.downstate.edu/giving/funds/deas.html/.

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Anatomy of the word ‘shellacking’

Anatomy of the word ‘shellacking’

| July 20, 2016

Gerald W. Deas, M.D.MPH At Downstate Medical Center, where I have taught for many years, one of the courses that first-year medical students have to take is an anatomy class. There they are shown how to vut open and dissect the remains of people who have donated their bodies to science so that students can […]

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It’s time to mind your body

It’s time to mind your body

| July 20, 2016

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. I am sure that you have been reading in magazines, newspapers and etc., how physicians are finally trying to incorporate the mind of a patient in the healing process. This is long overdue. In fact, this concept is still not part of the curriculum in medical schools where the art […]

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The love of life

The love of life

| July 6, 2016

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D., MPH As you read this column, just think of the killings that are taking place in our homes, neighborhoods, cities, towns and countries throughout the world. Guns, bombs and other instruments of destruction have no brain and therefore those who use these killing instruments are the predictors of life and […]

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Co-caine killed Able

Co-caine killed Able

| June 29, 2016

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. MPH I am sure that the pharmacist J.C. Pemberton of Atlanta did not envision the dangers and addictive properties of cocaine when he first introduced it to the American public in a drink made from coca leaves. This beverage was ultimately called Coca-Cola. Today, of course this thirst quencher is […]

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Bar-B-Q and you

Bar-B-Q and you

| June 22, 2016

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D.MPH Well, here it is another day of celebration and a day of seeing how much one can eat and drink. Well, I can assure you that when the good times and exotic tasties are over, your stomach will be singing the bar-b-q blues.   The Story of Bar-B-Q Blues Oh, […]

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The Lord is watching over us

The Lord is watching over us

| June 22, 2016

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. As you read the newspapers and view television, it is obvious that a great change is taking place, not only in this country but all over the world. There is an unrest of those who work hard and can’t think about the future. This idea has been expressed by Robert […]

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When taste, smell got lost

When taste, smell got lost

| June 15, 2016

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. Mrs. S., was a 79-year-old mother of four children, 20 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. She had just returned to her home, after a two-week hospital stay due to congestive heart failure. I was called there by her family due to a great weight loss and an overall poor nutritional […]

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Beware: Pain pills, water pills don’t mix

Beware: Pain pills, water pills don’t mix

| June 8, 2016

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. I can’t tell you how many times patients have come to my office complaining about swollen ankles due to hypertension and congestive heart failure. Further history revealed that they were also taking pain medications for arthritis. Of course, the patients are concerned about getting rid of the water from their […]

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Garlic: The breath of life

Garlic: The breath of life

| May 25, 2016

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. I am familiar with one herb in the plant kingdom that has kept people through the centuries. It was used by the Babylonians since the year 3000 B.C. The Egyptians used it to feed their slaves to keep them healthy while they built great pyramids. The Vikings filled their ships […]

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Don’t rush it, to flush it!

Don’t rush it, to flush it!

| May 18, 2016

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. A few years ago, I wrote an article entitled, “Don’t Rush With The Flush.” In that article, I was concerned about the amount of bacteria that is released into the atmosphere after flushing, contaminating all surfaces in the bathroom. This release of germ-laden air also contaminates the lower part of […]

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