Health & Fitness

Ask the doctors: Glycemic index is useful for monitoring blood sugar

Dear Doctor: I've been reading that choosing foods that are low on the glycemic index is better for your health. What is the glycemic index and why should I pay attention to it ...

Shrink Rap: A time to reflect and let go

Gazing out my home office windows I see tender shades of green, pink and white dogwoods and azaleas, the yellows and purples of irises and daffodils. Since today is Easter Sunday a ...

Changing society’s stigma around addiction and the word ‘addict’

Often clients tell me that they have “an addictive personality.” Sorry, no such thing. While there is evidence that some people might have a genetic predisposition, whe ...

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 ...

Pro-Obamacare Protest in Auburn: Postings ripped down, police called out

Demonstrators gathered outside U.S. Rep. Doug LaMalfa’s Auburn office Wednesday to demand that the Republican lawmaker support Obamacare in the face of attempts to dismantle ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Could Placer County ‘mom and pop’ medpot grows stay?

Mirroring a moving regulatory target since state Proposition 54 was passed by voters Nov. 8 legalizing recreational marijuana use, Placer County supervisors agreed Tuesday to look ...