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Gerald W. Deas M.D., MPH

Stories by Gerald

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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.

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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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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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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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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An ‘eye on’ iron

My first recollection that I have on 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, to supplement my father’s hard earned but meager wages.

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The Earth and body clocks

An article by Dr. Richard Martin, head of the pulmonary division at the National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine, Denver, Colo., revealed that different diseases and body systems peak at various times throughout the day.

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The touch of a cold: How to stay healthy this cold and flu season

Well, the sneeze and sore throat season is upon us with a vengeance.

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Leaves of healing

I believe that the most beautiful and spiritual visual experience I have had is observing the changes of the color of leaves in the fall, which we are still experiencing in many parts of the country.

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Eye docs versus 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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Are you breathless with asthma?

House Calls

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

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Fuel for school daze

School bells are ringing and children will be doing more than singing. Studies show that many will have difficulty with concentration and memory and display many other anti-learning characteristics. Dr. Gerald Deas reports on this deficiency.

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Facebook: Let’s face it

It is interesting how a simple concept such as Facebook, created by Mark Zuckerberg, became an international frenzy on the internet.

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Laughter may be the answer

My mom used to say that when things were not up to par, “Laugh and the world laughs with you, cry and you cry alone.” She also used to sing a song with the words, “Get your hat and get your coat, leave your worries on the doorstep, life can be so sweet, on the sunny side of the street.”

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A half empty glass for medical care

I am sure 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 attitude.

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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.

Cookware beware

When I was growing up, every home had a black frying pan.

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