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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...

 

Autism and social security disability

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neuro-developmental disorder that affects how the brain processes information. Symptoms of Autism vary in both type and degree and can develop gradually, but the...

 

Open Enrollment – time is short

As Medicare Annual Open Enrollment Period (October 15- December 7, 2015) is winding down there is still time to choose a new plan, drop a plan or just seek advice regarding any questions you may...

 

Do it yourself or get help?

We’re three weeks into the open enrollment for the Affordability Care Act (ACA) or, as it is more popularly known, Obamacare. There are a few things I’ve learned that I’d like to pass on to you. The first, although it’s quite self-serving,...

 

Stuff your dressing

Some folks say that stuffing and dressing are the same. Actually they’re not. Like real estate, it’s all about location. Stuffing is baked within the turkey. Dressing has the same basic ingredients, but is baked in a separate container. The...

 

WHO can't eat red meat

I tell my nutrition students that food is VERY personal to everyone. This might explain the reaction to the announcement by the World Health Organization (WHO) that eating processed meats and red meats can be related to certain cancers, especially...

 

Are you all knotted up?

Probably 90% of the clients that come to me for massage are looking for relief from pain in their upper traps, neck and shoulders. As I palpate their upper traps and in between the shoulder blades,...

 

Chiropractic is unique

Halloween is upon us again; let’s talk about your skeleton. What a magnificent piece of bio-engineering is the bunch of bones we call our skeleton. It holds us up against gravity, it allows us to...

 

Nineteen recruits graduate from the Hall EMT Academy

Program Provides Career-Path and Self Sufficiency Supported by friends and family members, nineteen recruits from Class 30 of the Hall EMT Academy graduated Oct. 13, 2015 at the Hall Ambulance Community Center in Bakersfield. Over 1,800 people...

 

Enrollment periods for Medicare

Medicare has several enrollment periods beneficiaries need to be aware of: Your Initial Eligibility Period (IEP) is a total of 7 months, three months before your birthday month, your birthday month,...

 

Pineapple sage is for the birds!

This herb is definitely for hummingbirds, but bird watchers as well as gardeners seeking brilliant fall color and a delectable pineapple scent will enjoy it too. Pineapple sage (salvia elegans) fills...

 

'Accidental' exercise

For some of us, any time we exercise it has to be accident, because we definitely wouldn’t do it on purpose! Contrary to this thought, is the actual concept called “accidental exercise.” I heard about this on a news program and found it...

 

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