Dr. Gerald Deas

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You’ll lose, with pneumonia and booze

While training at Kings County Hospital in internal medicine, I often had to admit many patients with pneumonia.

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Be more vocal about asthma

Dr. Deas discusses the dangers of asthma.

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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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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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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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The cough, that irritating cough

the body eliminates foreign material by coughing

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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.”

It don’t mean a thing … if taking care of your health ain’t got that swing

When Duke Ellington composed the song “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing),” which is now accepted as a jazz standard, with the lyrics of Irving Mills in 1931, it was based upon the thoughts of Ellington’s former trumpeter Bubber Miley, who was dying of tuberculosis.

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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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