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Healthy holidays for you!

The holidays may be a source of many special memories. Also temptation, stress, and oversize expectations may throw you a curve ball or two. How can you possibly maintain your balance through it all,...

 

Herb legends of Christmastide!

There are many legends about herbs and the roles they played in the Christmas story. We will explore some of these charming tales in this column. I hope they will add a new dimension to your celebrati...

 

We give thanks

• To the supporters, both locally and worldwide, who literally keep us going every day. With financial gifts and morale-boosting messages of appreciation and encouragement, you all keep us moving fo...

 

Vinegar: miracle or myth?

I think we have all heard of vinegar’s miraculous uses, including that one ounce at least once daily can decrease cravings and appetite. Some of the claims are true; some are not. First of all, vinegar’s technical name is acetic acid, which...

 

Can Chronic Venous Insufficiency qualify for Social Security Disability?

In the human circulatory system, arteries carry oxygen-rich blood throughout the body. After the oxygen has been delivered to its destination in the other organs and the extremities, the veins return...

 

Comfortable at the doctor's office

Have you ever felt special at the doctor’s office? Are there snacks and music, and an aquarium for your viewing pleasure? Is the ambience gentle, and filled with the good memories of the four seasons of Tehachapi? Are you greeted with friendly...

 

Can Connective Tissue Disease qualify for Social Security Disability?

What exactly is connective tissue disease? Connective tissue diseases are referred to as a group of medical diseases. A connective tissue disease has a primary target of the connective tissues of the...

 

Massage and Aging

Okay.....we all know the visible and physical effects of aging...right? For most people these effects start to become noticeable during their thirties. Believe it or not, massage therapy can address...

 

General Issues Concerning Chronic Anxiety

All of us feel anxious now and then. It’s a normal emotion when dealing with something our mind considers a threat. Threats can simply be a problem at work, or doing an activity we have never done...

 

Exercise and Dementia

I went to an all-day seminar yesterday for updates on dementia in general including Alzheimer’s disease. The speaker was a neurologist who is also a researcher in the field. Among the topics explored were whether any particular foods could slow or...

 

What is Emotional Abuse or EA?

As a therapist, I am often asked about the characteristics of emotional abuse (EA). Essentially, EA is any attitude or behavior that uses humiliation or fear or verbal degradation to control, demean,...

 

Antibiotics for Cold and Flu

Antibiotics don’t work for cold and flu symptoms, however many doctors still prescribe them. According to a recent study published by the British Medical Journal Lancet, about a third of the...

 

Safe Habits

The summer has unofficially started and the heat is upon us. Now is the time to be more active and more careful. Many of us use the warmer weather to re-start the exercise programs we resolved to have in January or look to salads and lighter foods...

 

A Different Perspective

My sister and I visited Ireland this past week. While we thought that the country was beautiful and the people were both gracious and friendly, we were both surprised by two things. First, there was a discussion on the BBC that many of the British su...

 

Are you all tied up in knots?

I wrote this article six months ago and had so many people respond to it, I thought it would be good to present it again for those who missed it the first time. As I mentioned before, at least 90% of...

 

Pacific Waterfowl Rescue new in Tehachapi

Pacific Waterfowl Rescue (PWR) is a new animal rescue in the Tehachapi Valley. Formed in October 2015, it's mission is to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome domestic ducks and geese. They also seek to e...

 
 By Bill Mead    Community    January 9, 2016

The news about healthful diets gets confusing

Today, We Honor The Overall Man Classic Bill Mead Reprinted with permission from Tehachapi Lifestyle Magazine, January 2013 issue. Since I was told I have heart disease I have tried to fine tune my...

 

Focused Resolutions

Every year most of us make an ambitious list of what we want to change in the coming year. The problem is that the list is usually more motivated than we are after the first couple of weeks. Why not use last year’s list and make it more realistic a...

 

Plantar fasci...what?

Living in a mountainous area such as Tehachapi lends itself to being able to enjoy outdoor activities. One of the many activities that people enjoy here is hiking. As most of you know, the Pacific...

 

The Force reawakens; can you feel it?

Have you been to see the newest Star Wars sequel yet? I can’t wait. I was blown away when these movies made their debut. The action and images were entrancing, and there was something so simple yet...

 

Herb legends of Christmastide

There are many legends about herbs and the roles they played in the Christmas story. We will explore some of these charming tales in this column. I hope they will add a new dimension to your...

 

Can lupus qualify for disability?

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) or lupus is an inflammatory auto-immune disorder that can affect any body part or only one or a combination of body parts. For example, SLE may harm joints, heart,...

 

Open enrollment continues until Feb. 1

Open enrollment for the Affordability Care Act (ACA) or, as it is more popularly known, Obamacare, continues until Feb. 1, 2016. But since we’ve passed Dec.15, any changes you want to make now will start Feb.1. That said, though, there are a few...

 

Christmas is almost here

Christmas is coming and apparently so is El Nino, whether we like it or not. It’s getting colder, there is more snow and ice, more rain, it’s more windy, and more foggy, and so on and so on. So,...

 

Holiday feast or fast

The holidays aren’t coming; they’re pretty much here for the next month. Between work celebrations, visiting family and friends, and those irresistible goodies around, every day until New Year’s Day is a potential holiday. I could tell you to...

 

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