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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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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
By Dr. Gerald Deas—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, stomach, brain and even in the bladder causing you to experience symptoms. When the nerves of a diabetic become infiltrated with an unknown substance, they become very irritated and cannot conduct the impulses to different parts of the body. A common anatomical structure that becomes obviously involved is the area of the feet. This medical condition is known as diabetic neuropathy and is caused by poor control of blood sugar.
By Dr. Gerald W. Deas
Young African Americans are at risk. They are not only dying physically but also mentally. They apparently feel that there is no hope for their future. We have to address this dismal state immediately if we are going to survive as a people.