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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Sani (tation) Claus

Sani (tation) Claus

| December 22, 2014

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. I’m sure that during this holiday season, all of us will be eating foods that are prepared from other hands whether it be from relatives, coworkers, caterers and those in the restaurant business. Most folks are considerate in their preparation with hands that are sanitized. By the way, to make […]

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A reason for a spiritual season

A reason for a spiritual season

| December 17, 2014

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. (This column is for those who think they know God, for those who are not sure and especially for myself) Recently, I came upon a quote by a Sufi mystic named al-Halraj, who stated: ”I saw my Lord with the eye of the heart. I said: ‘Who are you?’ He […]

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Alcohol and old lace

Alcohol and old lace

| December 10, 2014

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. Many renowned persons have made comments regarding alcoholism. One of those is John W. Gardner, American educator who stated, “No other national health problem has been so seriously neglected as alcoholism. Many doctors decline to accept alcoholics as patients. Most hospitals refuse to admit alcoholics. Available methods of treatment have […]

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A healthy shopper is a wealthy shopper

A healthy shopper is a wealthy shopper

| November 30, 2014

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. If you shop for healthy food, you will not only save a lot of money but will get a wealth of health. Obesity is not only plaguing our generation but generations to come. I am sure that you have noticed this as you observe the overweight children and adults walking […]

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Think life, live longer

Think life, live longer

| November 26, 2014

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. When I wake up in the early morning hours after a sound sleep, I feel so good because I’m still alive. Hey! What a relief! When you think about it, life is wonderful and everyone should count their many blessings; see what God had done. Whether you have a chronic […]

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The love of life

The love of life

| November 20, 2014

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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If I forgot your name… forgive me

If I forgot your name… forgive me

| November 12, 2014

 Gerald W. Deas, M.D. Although Spring is just around the corner, I can still recall from early childhood, a tiny, beautiful little flower that would bloom in the early Spring, showing itself off with light green leaves and cluster of small, blue, pink or white flowers. This plant was affectionately named, Forget-Me-Not, and was often […]

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Hope is the only answer

Hope is the only answer

| October 29, 2014

Dr. Gerald Deas By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. It has been stated: “Each time a man stands for an ideal or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope.”—Robert Francis Kennedy “The prophet of despair gains a shouting audience. But one who speaks […]

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A lazy heart may need Coenzyme Q10

A lazy heart may need Coenzyme Q10

| October 22, 2014

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. Can you imagine an engine running 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year without stopping? Well, that little muscle called the heart that sits inside your chest and is about the size of your fist, it does just that. For the heart to run efficiently, […]

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A stent costs a mint

A stent costs a mint

| October 15, 2014

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. When I was a kid growing up in Brooklyn, our neighborhood was a melting pot of all races and religions. You name it, we claimed it. We lived in harmony. When someone or somebody was not living up to their potential, they were given a label such as, “you are […]

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