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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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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Going up yonder

Going up yonder

| March 5, 2014

HOUSE CALLS During my many years of medical practice, I have made many house calls on folks who were going to their eternal rest. Often, loved ones from the family have suggested that the person be hospitalized. In some cases, I had no alternative but to do so. After surveying the home conditions, if they […]

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Cocoa has flavor, flavonoids

| March 4, 2014

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D. I bet you didn’t realize that when you drink a soothing cup of flavorful cocoa, that you are actually protecting your heart with an antioxidant known as flavonoid. This nutrient has been found to be highly concentrated in dark chocolate. The darkest chocolate has the greatest amount of this substance. […]

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A lesson taught by Mr. Snow

| February 28, 2014

Gerald W. Deas, M.D. When I was a youngster growing up in Brooklyn, I actually prayed for snow to come. Snow meant two things: dessert and money. I could take some of that new-fallen snow before the cats. Dogs and birds got to it and add some evaporated milk, sugar and vanilla or some chocolate […]

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Trans fats just as bad as lard

Trans fats just as bad as lard

| February 25, 2014

My “Lard,” everything was fried in lard and it tasted so good, until margarine, a hydrogenated vegetable oil now known as trans fat, was introduced.

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Preventing the flu blues

Preventing the flu blues

| February 19, 2014

By Gerald W. Deas, M.D.MPH Well, the sneeze and sore throat season is upon us with a vengeance. I don’t know about you, but even I have had an unexplained cough with a tickle in my throat. I could never understand why these symptoms are called “having a cold.” Generally, what you really have is […]

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Holistic healing

Holistic healing

| February 10, 2014

In the practice of medicine, I lecture to the young doctors at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn on the power of the spirit in healing.

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Think life, live longer

Think life, live longer

| February 3, 2014

Dr. Gerald Deas—Whether you have a chronic illness or even a so-called terminal illness, your body will respond if your mind is fixed on healing and living.

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