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Gerald W. Deas M.D., MPH

Stories by Gerald

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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.”

Aspirin: Foe or friend?

Aspirin is a wonderful drug, but it has its complications.

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Carrots, not carats, are a girl’s best friend

If you look at a bunch of carrots, they look like beautiful, golden orange fingers, although they do not have any 24-carat diamonds wrapped around them. These fingers, however, contain nutrients that will enrich your life.

Stop, look, don’t listen!

Years ago, there used to be signs on different corners warning you about traffic. The signs would read: “Stop, Look and Listen.”

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The SCW guilt

As we approach the early spring months, many resolutions that we made at the beginning of the year have not been realized. This may cause us to have the SCW guilt.

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Chicken pox redux: Shingles

When I was a kid growing up in Brooklyn, N.Y., It seemed like everyone got that viral disease known as “chicken pox.” It was a welcome condition that allowed you to stay home from school and be relieved of the scratching that it caused.

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How good is your soil?

In the Garden of Gethsemane, Christ planted his seeds of love in the (soil) soul of God. In three ways, he was resurrected in all his glory!

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Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones

There is a gospel song that has been sung by many gospel groups titled “Dem Bones, Dem Bones, Dem Dry Bones.” It tells the story of how the prophet Ezekiel blew breath into despondent folks who were in the Valley of Dry Bones.

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.

Cocoa has flavor and flavonoids

Recents studies have shown that foods rich in an antioxidant known as a flavonoid, such as cocoa, red wine, and green vegetables, can be healthy for our hearts.

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Local caregivers help seniors battle holiday blues

While the holidays are filled with fun festivities for most of us, this can be the most depressing of all seasons for the elderly.

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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.

Teenage killing? ENUF said

As I drive through the African-American communities of Brooklyn and Queens, I cannot find much evidence of a Boys and Girls Club, after school programs (especially in tutoring), Little League Baseball and Peewee Football teams or male Sunday school teachers who make a commitment to teach from September to June.

A healthy shopper is a wealthy shopper

If you shop for healthy food, you will not only save a lot of money but will also get a wealth of health.

The love of life

As you read this column, just think of the killings that are taking place in our homes, neighborhoods, cities and towns and countries throughout the world.

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.

Don’t rush it, to flush it!

A few years ago, I wrote an article titled “Don’t Rush With the Flush.”

Exercise: Key to avoiding heart disease, diabetes

Exercise is an important key to avoiding both cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

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A woman’s heart: What do symptoms have to do with it?

I am sure you have heard that old hit song, “What Does Love Have to Do With It.”

Feeling good? Whether it’s the weather…

St. Francis of Assisi (think of the new pope) wrote a wonderful poem called the “Hymn of the Sun.” A verse relating to the sun states, “Be thou praised, O Lord, for all Thy creation, more especially for our brother the sun, who bringeth forth the day and givest light thereby, for he is glorious and splendid in his radiance, and to Thee, most high, he bears similitude.”

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A rap to the bladder

Just below your navel is the area where the bladder lies.

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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.

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. Hey! What a relief! When you think about it, life is wonderful, and everyone should count their many blessings.

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A Lazy Heart May Need Coenzyme Q10

Can you imagine an engine running 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year without stopping? Well, that little muscle called the heart that sits inside your chest and is about the size of your fist does just that.

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When taste and smell get lost

House Calls

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.

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.

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 as a glass half full, rather than a glass half empty. In my practice of medicine, I have always advised a patient after a diagnosis is made to consider that many things may be done to relieve suffering and bring their health back into balance.

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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

House Calls

For centuries, Chinese physicians have used herbal medicines.

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Getting a jump on razor bumps

House Calls

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’

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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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Are you breathless with asthma?

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

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Just a little touch

House Calls

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

House Calls

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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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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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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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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