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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Put your teeth into diabetes

Put your teeth into diabetes

| July 22, 2014

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. MPH When I was a student at Boy’s High School in Brooklyn, I worked for Singer and Fritzhand Dental Laboratory from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. My duties were to deliver dentures and to clean up the plaster splattered on the surfaces in the lab and on the floor. Before […]

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Transplant organs with ‘War-Ranty’

Transplant organs with ‘War-Ranty’

| July 16, 2014

By Gerald W. Deas. M.D. In the year of our Lord, 1953, I was drafted into the Armed Forces of the U.S. during the Korean War. I was to graduate in June of that year from Brooklyn College but was drafted in April, three months prior to my graduation. After basic training, I was ultimately […]

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Emotional triggers

Emotional triggers

| July 9, 2014

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. Feeling emotional:  To have feelings of abandonment, to feel forsaken, destitute, depleted, drained, exhausted, empty-headed. “By starving emotions, we become humorless, rigid and stereotyped; by repressing them, we become literal, reformatory and holier- than thou; encouraged, they perfumed life; discouraged they poison it.”—Joseph Collins, 1866-1950 American neurologist. “No soul is […]

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Diabetes with a touch of cinnamon

Diabetes with a touch of cinnamon

| July 2, 2014

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. I have never been to a family gathering, church dinner, birthday party or dinner-dance, where a high calorie meal is followed by a higher calorie sweeter than sweet dessert. This combination of foods and desserts seems to get folks up into an “electric slide” attitude, thinking that they will burn […]

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You’ve got some nerve

You’ve got some nerve

| June 18, 2014

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D.MPH In my family, when someone did something outrageous, you would hear that expression, “You’ve got some nerve.” Well, in the family of diseases, when diabetes insults our body, it also has some nerve and can affect nerves throughout the body. The nerve pathology can occur in the feet, legs, heart, […]

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Bar-B-Q and you

Bar-B-Q and you

| May 28, 2014

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 tastes are over, your stomach will be singing the bar-b-q blues. The Story of Bar-B-Q Blues Oh, my […]

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Don’t be a glutton for gluten

Don’t be a glutton for gluten

| May 20, 2014

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. As I visit many market places selling healthy foods, I am surprised to observe so many signs on food objects stating “gluten free.” I can recall as a child when my intake of excessive sweets caused my mom to say, “stop being a glutton.” Now glutton has nothing to do […]

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Women’s part in penicillin

Women’s part in penicillin

| May 14, 2014

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. After three days of elevated temperature, muscle pain and a sore throat, Ms. T visited my office and with a self-diagnosis, immediately asked for a shot of penicillin. I advised her that penicillin was not a cure-all drug and on many occasions has been misused. In fact, many sore throats […]

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Fading minds need your time

Fading minds need your time

| May 9, 2014

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. I had many elderly patients who, unfortunately, began to have fading minds and were living alone. They were being cared for by personnel provided by private and city agencies. Many of them had families who visited them occasionally, but more often were befriended by strangers who had more interest in […]

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Salmonella (Sal-mo-nel-la) on tomato skin, not within

Salmonella (Sal-mo-nel-la) on tomato skin, not within

| May 7, 2014

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. Recently, there was a scare that tomatoes were causing a condition known as salmonelosis, (sal-mo-nel-lo-sis). This is a bacterial infection caused by a gram negative, rod shaped bacteria that inhabits the intestines of animals and man causing food poisoning, gastroenteritis and blood poisoning. When it infects the digestive system, it […]

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