Tag: Gerald Deas

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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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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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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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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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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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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