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Gerald W. Deas M.D., MPH

Stories by Gerald

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Love people and use things

I am not Catholic, however, I was raised as a shouting Baptist at the Concord Baptist Church in Brooklyn, and every week I was an ardent listener of Bishop Fulton Sheen who had an hour-long television program.

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To be or not to be with vitamin C

If you want to be, and live as long as you can be on this polluted planet, I would suggest that you get an ample amount of vitamin C.

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It’s time to mind your body

I am sure that you’ve been reading in recent articles how physicians are finally trying to incorporate the minds of patients into the healing process. That is long overdue. In fact, the concept is still not part of the curriculum in medical schools, where the art of healing is first introduced to future doctors.

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Is it vitamin B-12 deficiency?

Which way is your health going? Up or down? Or maybe sideways? In other words, do you feel as good as you should?

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Preventing the flu blues

The cold virus is usually put to rest by “killer cells” produced by our body’s magnificent immune system.

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This New Year: Stop, look, don’t listen!

Well, today, I would like to give you those three words with a little variation as you cross the street called Life, First, I would suggest that you stop complaining about every little pain you feel.

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In-Sanity Claus

Why do we buy so much? Why do we need so much? I personally believe that the more one buys is related to how much depression one is experiencing.

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I’m a gingerbread boy

My first introduction to an ethnic cookie was the gingerbread boy or girl that I saw in the window of my local bakery.

To tell the tooth about low-birth-weight babies

Babies born weighing less than 2,500 grams and who spent less than 37 weeks in the mother’s womb are known as preterm low-birth-weight infants.

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The Three Doctors host holiday basketball benefit

Saturday, Dec. 8, The Three Doctors— Sampson Davis, M.D., Rameck Hunt, M.D. and George Jenkins, DMD—will host a Holiday Health Basketball Benefit in partnership with the Franklin Board of Education.

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Vitamin D is desirable

Recently, it has been reported that an increase in the intake of vitamin D has resulted in preventing early death caused by heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

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Six tips to help those in recovery avoid alcohol during the holidays

The holidays are a time for family and friends to gather and share laughs, memories and perhaps a drink or two. But for people recovering from an addiction, all that alcohol often present at special events can be worrisome.

Native-Americans became immigrants in their own land

It seems today that the immigrants entering our country are being singled out as undesirable and unwelcome in this land of freedom, especially in comparison to how the pilgrims were welcomed by the Native-Americans and given sustenance for their survival.

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A reason for a spiritual season

A few years ago, I took care of a beautiful, elderly, blind African-American woman who was cared for by a gentle, sweet, elderly white lady. No one could deny that this relationship was truly a spiritual one.

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Cookware beware

When I was growing up, every home had a black skillet. The blacker it was, the better for frying chicken. That chicken was cooked right to the bone. Some folks even ate the bones.

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When noses are red, no need to be blue

One evening, about 11 p.m., a patient called, frantically explaining that she was bleeding to death from a nosebleed. She had tried everything her family had suggested to stop the oozing blood, including holding her head backward, forward and even sideways. She had placed ice across the bridge of her nose and also across the back of her neck, but to no avail.

Disaster readiness: Be aware and be prepared

Be aware and be prepared. That is the advice of the Medical Society of the State of New York for both the general public and for physicians. If disaster strikes, you might not have time to plan a response.

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Health Department expands services at sexual health clinic

To commemorate National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day, the Health Department recently announced the expansion of services and hours at the Corona Sexual Health Clinic and the second installment of the “¡Listos!” campaign.

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Carbon monoxide: a gas that kills

The air that we breathe daily is made up of several life-giving gases, among them oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide.

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Are you breathless with asthma?

Asthma is like blowing up a balloon and constricting the opening that allows the air to escape.

Aiding and maintaining one’s independence

Without a doubt, apes are intelligent beings.

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Black youths, legalized pot and generation incarceration

When I was a youngster, full of energy and acting up, the old folks would say I was “cutting up.”

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Hypertension, obesity and diabetes equals metabolic syndrome

Some folks just have hypertension with normal cholesterol levels and are not obese. Others might have high cholesterol but no hypertension or obesity.

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You’ve got some nerve

In my family, when someone did something outrageous, you would hear that expression, “You’ve got some nerve.”

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Whey is way up in preventing muscle weakness

Can you recall the nursery rhyme “Little Miss Muffet?”

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Annoyed with fibroids?

More hysterectomies are performed each year because of the growth of fibroids. The uterus has been defined as an organ in mammals that holds, protects and usually nourishes the young until birth. Well, I beg to differ with this definition.

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Women, alcohol abuse and four coping skills for recovery

A recent study that showed even moderate alcohol consumption can take years off your life not only attracted a lot of media attention but also caused other studies about drinking to seem even more worrisome, especially with their findings about women.

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Tropical fruit: more than a treat

All right, you have some dollars in your hand to spend for a tasty treat. A burger with relish, onions and ketchup would taste great, particularly with its special sauce.

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Aspirin: friend or foe?

Aspirin has been used throughout the ages.

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Healing with love

In my office, I had a small plaque on the wall with the inscription, “Love cannot be begged, bought or stolen. It can only be given away.”

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Barbecue and you

Well, here it is another day of celebration and a day of seeing how much one can eat and drink.

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Uncontrolled diabetes might be caused by 'thy thyroid'

During my practice of medicine in the ‘hood, my family and I lived above my office.

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Lean on the bean

It is interesting how important the bean is in our food chain, and I don’t mean jellybeans! For good nutrition and survival, man has had to lean on the bean.

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Holistic healing

“There is a balm in Gilead to make the wounded whole; there is a balm in Gilead to heal the sin-sick soul.”

Vitamin D is desirable

Recently, an increase in the intake of vitamin D has been reported to prevent early deaths by heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

Putting the wrist at risk

My mom was a laundress.

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Bible: Basic instructions before leaving Earth regarding children

In this column today, I would like to dwell on the many folks who have contributed toward children’s well-being.

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Fibromyalgia: Pain you can’t explain

I have many female patients come to my office complaining about pain in their muscles.

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Human beings need beans

Remember, human beings need beans in their diets to enjoy and maintain good health.

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A spin on spinach

When I was a kid, the only way my mom got me to eat my spinach was to sing a song about Popeye and his muscles.

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Asthma: Food for thought and lungs

Taking up most of the space in our chests are two beautiful organs called the lungs.

Late for church, a stroke of God

It has been reported by the CDC that 1 of 3 Americans aged 55 and older suffer a fall each year and that of 18,000 victims who fall, 46 percent die of traumatic brain injuries.

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A half empty glass for medical care

I am sure that you have heard the expression after things have overtaken you to look at the situation with a glass half full, rather than a glass half empty.

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Think life and live longer

When I wake up in the early morning hours after a sound sleep, I feel so good because I’m still alive.

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The medical care insurance can’t pay for

A physician’s prayer: Dear Lord, thou Great Physician, I kneel before Thee.

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The defeat of de feet, de knees and de hips

When I was a kid, you would wear a pair of shoes until the soles were so thin that even when you stepped on a stone, you would likely feel the pain.

Carbon monoxide—a gas that kills

The air that we breathe daily is made up of several life-giving gases, including oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide. When these gases react with one another, they produce substances that are essential for life on this planet.

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Protect your health by eating these powerhouse foods

Apricots: Combat cancer, control blood pressure, save eyesight, shield against Alzheimer’s and slow the aging process.

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Think life and live longer

When I wake up in the early morning hours after a sound sleep, I feel so good because I’m still alive.

The touch of a cold

The cold virus is usually put to rest by “killer cells,” which are produced by the magnificent immune system in our bodies.

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