Health & Fitness

The art of connection with loved ones

I never paid much attention to Chanel No. 5. Apparently, my husband did because I received it for a gift one year. It became one of those gifts that sit on the shelf for a long tim ...

Ask the Doctors: Debating the benefits of eating six small meals a day

Dear Doctor: I’ve been hearing that eating six small meals per day instead of three large ones is better for your health and even helps with weight loss. When I try it, thoug ...

Support the Affordable Care Act and don’t reduce Medicaid

Support the Affordable Care Act (ACA) due to the numbers of homeless persons (and other low-income persons) now on MediCAL/Medicaid, reducing emergency room visits. Tom McClintock ...

Feeling blue? Hunkering down? How to make it better

Depression can be daunting. Some people feel bad for good reasons: a dead end job, or loss of a job; a bad relationship, or loss of a relationship; illness or physical injury. Olde ...

Some condiments can make you sick

When you think of histamine, you think of allergies and sneezing right? But histamine is actually a neurotransmitter and release is activated by any outside ‘invader’ s ...

McClintock right to vote against GOP repeal of Affordable Care Act

As most of my friends know, I am not a fan of my congressman, Tom McClintock.    He and I usually are at odds. But this past week, Mr. McClintock surprised me by not goi ...

Blogging about mental illness to help families

Dede Ranahan wants other parents and their families dealing with mental illness to learn from her son’s tragic death three years ago. Her son, Pat, died in 2014 while in a ...

Be supportive of those with mental illness

We often look the other direction when a stranger on the street or at a store is talking loudly to an invisible person or yelling out obscenities. The majority of us don’t t ...

Beating those rainy day blues

The darkened skies and rain have chased many inside to hunker down, crank up the heat and wait for that bright sunlight – or at least a break in the downpour. It’s gl ...

Our lives depend on taking a “Life’s Simple 7” approach

I never followed movie stars Carrie Fisher or Debbie Reynolds yet their deaths Dec. 27 and Dec. 28 respectively have made me sad all week. It’s unsettling. A loving mother ...

Families living in older homes should check for lead paint

Dear Doctor: We live in a charming older home, but some of the paint looks old. How worried should I be that it might contain lead? Dear Reader: You’re right to be conce ...

Joy to the world? Or a blue Christmas?

This time of year every store, magazine, and song pushes the joy of family togetherness. But what happens to grandpa when the far-flung family stops gathering because Grandma died? ...

‘Your Brain on Christmas’ promotes mental health

It’s a TED Talk-style presentation geared toward mental health and strength during the holidays and all season long. Your Brain on Christmas is being presented tonight by B ...

Keep dogs out of grocery stores and restaurants

This is a letter to all you service dog scamsters who are scheming a way to take your companion dog with you everywhere.  You memorized and spew the words “Service Dog,& ...

PPI acid blockers may raise risk of stroke

Most of you assume that if a medication is sold over-the-counter (OTC) it’s safe, but that’s not true. Even OTC drugs are drug muggers of nutrients that you need to pre ...