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Gerald W. Deas M.D., MPH

Stories by Gerald

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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Water down your high blood pressure

Until 1955, there were no drugs to control high blood pressure.

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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.

When taste and smell get lost

Mrs. S. was a 79-year-old mother of four children, 20 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

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Just a little touch

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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Eating plastic will make you sick

You cannot stretch out the length of your life by eating plastic.

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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.

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The mineral chromium can make you shine

Do you feel a little rusty lately?

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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.

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The love of life

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

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Laughter is medicine

Of all the pictures I have viewed by the great and near-great painters, I have never seen one painting that shows God or Jesus laughing or even with a smile.

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Don’t rush it, to flush it!

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

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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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Fast foods, fast headaches

Foods such as chocolate, ripe cheese and fresh yeast products can cause headaches because of a naturally occurring chemical called tyramine, which causes dilation of arteries in the brain.

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Going up yonder from your home

During my many years of medical practice, I have made many house calls on folks who were going to their eternal rest.

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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.

Food for thought—and your lungs

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

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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 as a glass half full, rather than a glass half empty.

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When all is said and done, try Deas remedies

The following remedies have been shown in many cases to heal as well as cure many medical conditions that are not always found in medical textbooks.

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Mount Sinai launches same-day appointments program

Mount Sinai Health System recently announced it will offer same-day appointments with primary and specialty care physicians.

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A little touch is never too much

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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Cocoa has flavor and flavonoids

I’ll bet you didn’t realize that when you drink a soothing cup of flavorful cocoa, you are protecting your heart with an antioxidant known as flavonoid.

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In-sanity Claus

Well, commercial Christmas is over and folks are beginning to regain their sanity after buying, buying and buying and charging, charging and charging.

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Is meat good for your health?

When I was growing up, the disease tuberculosis was running rampant in our communities. There was a saying in those days, “TB or not TB, that is the question … Consumption be done about it?”

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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.

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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.

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Love of birds and animals

Inner-city stray birds and animals experience hazardous conditions during the winter months while they are trying to survive

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Fading minds need your time

I have many elderly patients who, unfortunately, began to have fading minds and were living alone. They were being cared for by personnel provided by private and city agencies.

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A half empty glass for medical care

I am sure that you have heard the expression, when things have overtaken you, “Look at the situation with a glass half full, rather than a glass half empty.” In my practice of medicine, I have always advised patients after diagnoses to consider that many things may be done to relieve suffering and bring their health back into balance.

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Whey is way up in preventing muscle weakness

Can you recall the nursery rhyme, “Little Miss Muffet?” It went like this: Little Miss Muffet /Sat on a tuffet/Eating her curds and whey/Along came spider/Who sat down beside her/And frightened Miss Muffet away.

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Afro-Brazilian workshop held to inspire healthy living in the Bronx

On Oct. 15, with support from Bronx Council Member Ritchie Torres, not-for-profit New York community health plan Amida Care presented “Dance to the Rhythm,” a free community “Live Your Life” wellness event at Webster Police Athletic League in the Bronx.

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Waste no time in reducing your waistline

Hey, brothers and sisters, when have you taken a tape measure and measured your waistline? It has been suggested by those who predict whether you could be a victim of cardiac disease that if you are a male, and your waistline is greater than 40 inches or a female with waist size greater than 35 inches, beware. If you really want to determine how you fit into this cardiac category, just stand in front of a full-length mirror. Images don’t lie!

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Ryan Community Health Network opens newest location in Harlem

Elected officials, community representatives and government officials joined the leadership of The William F. Ryan Community Health Network to formally open the Ryan/Frederick Douglass Community Health Center at 128th Street and Frederick Douglass Boulevard in the heart of Harlem.

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Dr. Deas: 'It’s time to mind your body'

I am sure that you have been reading about how physicians are finally trying to incorporate the mind of a patient in the healing process.

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Make sure your child is medically fit for sports

Sports can be an important part of your child’s development.

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