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<p>Dr. Gerald Deas</p>

Dr. Gerald Deas

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When taste and smell get lost

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Mrs. S. is a 79-year-old mother of four children, 20 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She had just returned to her home after a two-week hospital stay because of congestive heart failure. I was called by her family because of her great weight loss and an overall poor nutritional state.

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One-on-one for survival

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.

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Red yeast rice is nice to your blood vessels

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For centuries, Chinese physicians have used herbal medicines.

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Getting a jump on razor bumps

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A few weeks ago, I went to get a haircut, only to find that the shop was closed, and the barber that I had visited for many years was not there. There was no sign or reason as to why he left. Needing a cut very badly, I visited another shop in the area. When I entered, there were six barbers and a load of heads waiting to be trimmed.

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A fast headache from fast foods

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Ms. H is a 40-year-old patient who was recently promoted to a supervisory position at her job. She earns more, but she goes to work early and comes home late. She relates that the tension created by her new job is not worth the extra pay, but she has no alternative other than to accept the position.

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Emotional triggers

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I was taken by Winifred Gallagher’s description of “soul murder” in her book “Working on God,”

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Diabetes with a touch of cinnamon

I have never been to a family gathering, church dinner, birthday party or dinner-dance where a high-calorie meal is not followed by a higher calorie, sweeter-than-sweet dessert. This combination of foods and desserts seems to get folks up into an “electric slide” attitude, thinking that they will burn up some of those calories, but to no avail. It would be better if they at least deserted the dessert. When you think about it, that extra “s” in dessert is that extra sugar (glucose), which may ultimately cause diabetes.

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Cocaine killed ‘Able’

House Calls

I am sure that pharmacist J.C. Pemberton of Atlanta did not envision the dangers and addictive properties of cocaine when he first introduced it to the American public in a drink made from coca leaves.

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You’ve got some nerve

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In my family, when someone did something outrageous, you would hear the 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 and brain, and even in the bladder, causing you to experience symptoms.

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Just a little touch

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From the time I entered medical school, I can’t recall one course that I took that ever mentioned the word “touch.”

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Barbecue and you

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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 barbecue blues.

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Don’t be a glutton for gluten

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As I visit many marketplaces selling healthy foods, I am surprised to observe so many signs on food objects saying “gluten-free.”

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Salmonella on tomato skin, not within

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There was a recent scare that tomatoes were causing a condition known as salmonnelosis

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Holistic healing is good for the soul

I remember one Sunday morning when I was a young man, sitting in Concord Baptist Church and anxiously waiting for the healing words from the Rev. Gardner C. Taylor.

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To beef or not to beef, health is the question

When I was growing up, the disease tuberculosis was running rampant in our communities.

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Water down your high blood pressure

Until 1955, there were no drugs to control high blood pressure. People 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.

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Transplant organs with a war-ranty

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In the year of our Lord 1953, I was drafted into the Armed Forces of the U.S. during the Korean War.

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A hard head makes a soft tail

When I was a kid and was performing an antisocial act, my parents would say, “A hard head will make a soft tail.”

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Keep a healthy gut

The only time that you know you have a gut is when it either growls or cramps up

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Blacks youths, legalized marijuana and generation incarceration

Today, our jails are filling up with youngsters who are cutting up. In fact, prisons are sources of economic growth and have replaced mental institutions. 

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Berries are berry good for you

If the great baseball player Darryl Strawberry would have eaten more strawberries, he may have prevented the development of colon cancer.

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Cocoa has flavor and flavonoids

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I bet you didn’t realize that when you drink a soothing cup of flavorful cocoa, you are actually protecting your heart with antioxidants

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A lesson taught by Mr. Snow

When I was a youngster growing up in Brooklyn, I actually prayed for snow to come.

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Aspirin has its place, but use with care

Aspirin is a miracle drug. It is so arrogant, it wears a slogan on its white coat: “Take an aspirin a day and keep the doctor away.”

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Obesity is plaguing generations to come

Have you noticed that supermarkets and hospitals sell a great many things that cause disease?

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Patients need medical insurance as well as assurance

I grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y., and attended the great Concord Baptist Church, where I listened intently to the sermons delivered by the great Rev. Gardner Taylor

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Love of birds and animals

Inner-city stray birds and animals experience hazardous conditions during the winter months while they are trying to survive

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Alcohol and old lace

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Many renowned persons have made comments regarding alcoholism.

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The Lord is watching over us

As you read the newspaper and watch television, it is obvious that a great change is taking place not only in this country, but all over the world.

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Going up yonder from your home

I am convinced that patients’ lives are extended when they are kept at home. They can hear familiar voices and songs. They can see familiar faces of their loved ones.

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Think Life and Live Longer

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. I believe people are dying prematurely because they think they are going to die.

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Holistic healing

Going back to my roots in Africa, I relate that the witch doctor not only used herbs and other medicines, but also used the power of his spirit to heal.

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Sani(tation) Claus

I’m sure that during this holiday season, all of us will be eating foods that are prepared by other hands

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The medical care insurance can’t pay for

Coming to my office was more like coming to a social meeting

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The cough, that irritating cough

the body eliminates foreign material by coughing

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Mind your minerals

watch out for mineral deficiency

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Leaves of healing

I believe that the most beautiful and spiritual visual experience that I have had is observing the changes of the color of leaves in the fall

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Chromium can make you shine

Have you been feeling a little rusty lately? Has your spark and shine diminished?

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Bad coppers and good coppers

I want to enlighten you about another “good cop” known as the trace element called copper

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An eye on iron

My first recollection that I have of the importance of the word “iron” is when my mom would get up at 4 a.m. and begin to wash and iron clothes for the elite in order to supplement my father’s hard-earned but meager wages. I could hear her knuckles rhythmically rubbing clothes on a washboard, sometimes while she hummed the sacred song “Precious Lord, Take My Hand.”

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Don’t let your bones de-Kay, take vitamin K

There is an old World War II song that states, “Save the bones for Henry Jones, ‘cause Henry don’t eat no meat.” When the war was upon us, it was difficult to get meat, and most families made soups containing bones. Often, when there are diet changes, it is advantageous to our health. In this case, we were getting adequate calcium in our diets from the bones.

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Clot busters saves organs

In other words, make sure that if you are experiencing symptoms of an early heart attack or stroke, that you are able to get to a hospital where there is a clot-busting team on staff 24 hours a day.

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Eye docs vs. the ear docs

I hope that this article is not misleading. I am not writing about doctors who take care of the ears or doctors who give eye care.

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Eat broccoli, a cross that you can bear

“Ode to Broccoli” Broccoli is a vegetable Not embraced by all Although it’s plentiful Both spring and fall

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Plastic can make you sick

What did we do before we had plastic? How did we survive? We have plastic cups, dishes, bottles and wrappings for food. If it wasn’t for plastic shower curtains, we would not be able to sing in the shower without water splashing all over. We are a converted plastic generation that’s addicted to plastic gods. We even have trees and flowers made from plastic. The difference between a plastic tree and those produced by our Creator is that plastic trees don’t grow; they only collect dust. Plastic is not biodegradable and is not friendly to our planet. Eating plastic will not extend your lifespan.

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Heat stroke in little folks

Summertime means playtime, but playtime in overbearing heat can cause heat exhaustion and heat strokes in little folks. Whether these crumb-snatchers are playing baseball, sweltering on basketball courts or kicking the ball on soccer fields, the sun can play havoc on these young, fast-moving bodies.

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Rap to the bladder

Just below the navel on your body is the area where the bladder lies internally. Tenderness in this area can often signal that a bladder infection may be in progress.

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Reflections on a dead boy

Several years ago, a young boy named Cliff Glover was murdered in Southeast Queens. Unfortunately, the bullet that killed him was from a law enforcement officer. His death took place in the early morning hours when most young children were still in bed. I was still sleeping, but I was awakened by a phone call saying that this young man had been shot and killed. I immediately got in touch with the family to ensure that I and others from the community would be by their side and demand justice.

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Annoyed with fibroids?

More hysterectomies are performed each year due to the growth of fibroids. The uterus has been defined as a organ in mammals that holds, protects and usually nourishes the young until birth.