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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This barbershop’s no joke

This barbershop’s no joke

| August 13, 2014

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. MPH In 2002, Hollywood released “Barbershop,” a comedy set in the ‘hood that showed all of the inside jokes, commentary and exchanges that happen in barbershops all over the country. But, what this film failed to show is some of the dangers and health risks that also come from some […]

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To beef or not to beef… health is the question

To beef or not to beef… health is the question

| August 6, 2014

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 to 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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Red yeast rice is nice to your blood vessels

Red yeast rice is nice to your blood vessels

| July 31, 2014

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. For centuries, herbal medicines have been used by Chinese physicians. One particular herb which has been used for ailments such as, stomach complaints, poor blood flow, diarrhea and other acute and chronic conditions is red yeast rice. I am sure that the Chinese herbalist did not have the instruments to […]

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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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