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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A little touch is never too much

A little touch is never too much

| January 25, 2017

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. From the time I entered medical school, I can’t recall one course that I took that ever mentioned the work “touch.” Luckily, I was familiar with the word when my mom was making a cake or pie. She never used measuring spoons. She would just add a touch of this […]

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To beef or not to beef—health is the question

To beef or not to beef—health is the question

| January 11, 2017

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. Definition: Beef—Meat from a steer, cow or bull when fully grown are fattened  for food. Beef used as a slang means complain; grievance. When I was growing up, the disease tuberculosis was running rampant in our communities. There was a saying in those days, ‘TB or not TB, that is […]

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To beef or not to beef… health is the question

To beef or not to beef… health is the question

| December 29, 2016

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. Definition: Beef- Meat from a steer, cow or bull when fully grown are fattened  for food. Beef used as a slang means complain; grievance. When I was growing up, the disease tuberculosis was running rampant in our communities. There was a saying in those days, “TB or not TB, that […]

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That ain’t all, about Tylenol (acetaminophen)

That ain’t all, about Tylenol (acetaminophen)

| December 28, 2016

By Gerald W. Deas. M.D. Often, when anybody experienced a headache, muscular aches, backache, arthritis, the common cold, toothaches, menstrual cramps or fever, they may reach for a common over the counter drug known as Tylenol to relieve the symptoms. Tylenol is chemically known as acetaminophen. Often, you will be able to find this drug […]

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Out of sight… sulfites

Out of sight… sulfites

| December 8, 2016

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. When I was a kid, growing up in Brooklyn, and the weather would begin to change to a cool and brisk autumn air, I recall that this was a signal that my mom would begin to can many fruits and vegetables. The canning process was done in the most sterile […]

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Love of birds, animals

Love of birds, animals

| November 30, 2016

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. Innercity stray birds and animals experience hazardous conditions during the winter months while they are trying to survive. Often, there is little water for them to drink, warm shelter is scarce and there is little food to be gotten from the barren trees and secured garbage receptacles. Birds and animals […]

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Vitamin D is desirable

Vitamin D is desirable

| November 3, 2016

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. Recently, it has been reported that an increase in the intake of vitamin D has resulted in preventing an early death caused by heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Although it is not certain exactly how much vitamin D should be taken on a daily basis, it is suggested that at […]

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Halloween will make your child scream

Halloween will make your child scream

| October 25, 2016

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. Well, here it is again, Halloween, which is usually celebrated on Oct. 31, before All Saints Day. It is observed especially by children who masquerade in costumes and go from door to door collecting and ingesting foods and candies that contain high concentrations of sugar, food colorings and other chemicals. […]

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Snoring/absence of breathing/sleep apnea

Snoring/absence of breathing/sleep apnea

| September 21, 2016

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. The cause of snoring is due to the vibration of the soft palate in the roof of the mouth resulting in a hoarse noise, which usually occurs during sleep. Is anyone in your family guilty of producing this noise at night while sleeping? Snoring ain’t funny, yet family members who […]

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Leaves of healing

Leaves of healing

| September 14, 2016

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. I believe that the most beautiful and spiritual visual experience that I have had is observing the changes of the color of leaves in the fall. After a summer of building food for the tree so that it can endure the cold months, the leaves seem to say, ‘I am […]

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