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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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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Water down your high blood pressure

Water down your high blood pressure

| April 30, 2014

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. Until 1955, there were no drugs to control high blood pressure. Persons with this condition were in deep water and became water logged due to the retention of excess fluid. Thus, a condition known as hypertension resulted. During those early days, it was understood that the element sodium was the […]

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To beef or not to beef… Health is the question

To beef or not to beef… Health is the question

| April 9, 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; a 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 […]

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Alcohol and old lace

Alcohol and old lace

| April 9, 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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Just be thankful

Just be thankful

| April 1, 2014

By Gerald W.  Deas, M.D. I can recall when I was a youngster, I was a thankful child. I said, “thanks,” so much when someone gave me a gift, that my mother would get embarrassed. I recalled one Christmas that my uncle gave me a dollar as a gift. I thanked him until he was […]

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Keep a healthy gut

Keep a healthy gut

| March 26, 2014

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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Black youths, legalized pot and generation Incarceration

| March 18, 2014

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. When I was a youngster, full of energy and acting up, the old folks would say I was “cutting up.” Cutting up was fun but was never that serious—and would never land me in jail. This undesirable behavior was curtailed by not sparing the rod. A handy switch would bring […]

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