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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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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Keep a healthy gut

Keep a healthy gut

| May 11, 2016

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. The only time that we know we have a gut  is when it either growls or cramps up, causing pain. Oh! There’s another time we know we have a gut. It’s when you look down and can’t see your knees. That’s really not an enlarged gut, but a collection of […]

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Fuel for school daze

Fuel for school daze

| May 4, 2016

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. Definition: Daze—Confused, befuddled, overcome, stunned, stupefy, dumb. School bells are ringing and children will be doing more than singing. They will be acting up, hyperactive, impulsive, irritable, distracted and antisocial. They will have difficulty with concentration, memory and many other anti-learning characteristics. In other words, they will be in a […]

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Listen to the elders

Listen to the elders

| April 27, 2016

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. Oliver Manning, my patient, was short in stature but had a giant heart and mind. I took care of this wonderful man and his wife for many years. Before age took over his memory, he wrote many instructive poems that I often heard him recite. As you read his poetry […]

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Uncontrolled diabetes could be due to thy thyroid

Uncontrolled diabetes could be due to thy thyroid

| April 20, 2016

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. During my practice of medicine in the ’hood, my family and I lived above my office. They participated in helping me to give service to my neighbors and patients. My wife was my sidekick and kept things on an even keel. My children cleaned and kept the office in top […]

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Medical despair in disparity

Medical despair in disparity

| April 13, 2016

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. Definition: Despair—To lose all hope and confidence. Definition: Disparity—Inequality… difference. Below one’s class. A few years ago, a new but old word appeared on the landscape of health care and that very descriptive word was “disparity,” especially in health care. When a group of people, especially those in a minority, […]

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A half empty glass for medical care

A half empty glass for medical care

| April 6, 2016

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. I am sure that you have heard the expression after things have overtaken you to look at the situation with a glass half full, rather than a glass half empty. In my practice of medicine, I have always advised a patient after a diagnosis is made, to consider that many […]

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Don’t become a meat head by eating too much meat

Don’t become a meat head by eating too much meat

| March 23, 2016

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. Definition of “Meat Head:” Uninformed and ignorant. The average person in America and across the world consumes the flesh of at least 100 million animals a year to satisfy their taste for meat. The average American eats approximately 220 pounds of meat yearly. Just think, of how many fat-laden hamburgers […]

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To tell the ‘tooth’ about low birth weight babies

To tell the ‘tooth’ about low birth weight babies

| March 23, 2016

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. MPH Babies born weighing less than 2,500 grams and who spent less than 37 weeks in the mother’s womb, are known as pre-term low birth weight (PLBW) infants. Whether it’s the tooth or the truth, the cause of these low weight bundles of joy may be due to poor dental […]

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