Dr. Gerald Deas
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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.
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.
For centuries, Chinese physicians have used herbal medicines.
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.
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.
I was taken by Winifred Gallagher’s description of “soul murder” in her book “Working on God,”
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.
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.
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.
From the time I entered medical school, I can’t recall one course that I took that ever mentioned the word “touch.”
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.
As I visit many marketplaces selling healthy foods, I am surprised to observe so many signs on food objects saying “gluten-free.”
There was a recent scare that tomatoes were causing a condition known as salmonnelosis
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.
When I was growing up, the disease tuberculosis was running rampant in our communities.
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.
In the year of our Lord 1953, I was drafted into the Armed Forces of the U.S. during the Korean War.
When I was a kid and was performing an antisocial act, my parents would say, “A hard head will make a soft tail.”
The only time that you know you have a gut is when it either growls or cramps up
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.
If the great baseball player Darryl Strawberry would have eaten more strawberries, he may have prevented the development of colon cancer.
I bet you didn’t realize that when you drink a soothing cup of flavorful cocoa, you are actually protecting your heart with antioxidants
When I was a youngster growing up in Brooklyn, I actually prayed for snow to come.
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.”
Have you noticed that supermarkets and hospitals sell a great many things that cause disease?
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
Inner-city stray birds and animals experience hazardous conditions during the winter months while they are trying to survive
Many renowned persons have made comments regarding alcoholism.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I’m sure that during this holiday season, all of us will be eating foods that are prepared by other hands
Coming to my office was more like coming to a social meeting
the body eliminates foreign material by coughing
watch out for mineral deficiency
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
Have you been feeling a little rusty lately? Has your spark and shine diminished?
I want to enlighten you about another “good cop” known as the trace element called copper
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.”
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.
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.
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.
“Ode to Broccoli” Broccoli is a vegetable Not embraced by all Although it’s plentiful Both spring and fall
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.