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Eye protection a must for the coming total solar eclipse

DEAR DR. ROACH: My mother is very concerned about the upcoming solar eclipse; due to all the warnings about not watching it with the naked eye, she is afraid that one of us will "accidentally look at the sky and go blind." All the articles on the internet seem to deal with eye safety while actually watching the eclipse. While I understand that it would be best not to look at the sun at all, I am pretty sure that accidentally glancing at it for a second or two would be unlikely to cause permanent, total blindness. Would you be ...

August 06, 2017 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Why do dogs act differently whole on leash?

DEAR DIDI: Our Golden Retriever is the sweetest dog. He loves people and gets along with other dogs, most of the time. Except when we are on walks he becomes a whole different dog. He suddenly lunges, barks insanely and scares people. We've worked with a couple of trainers and nothing has changed. How do we fix this? - Concerned Parents in Lodi

August 06, 2017 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


American Imams for pogroms

Our very secular national media have a favorite narrative when it comes to "hate speech" and religion. Since 9/11, our national sin is "Islamophobia." Anti-Semitism continues to exist in isolated pockets, but it's so ... yesterday. "Hate speech" against Muslims is now a top-shelf matter for the politically concerned.

July 30, 2017 | L. BRENT BOZELL III | Other Views


Reader has reservations about sleep aid

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 41-year-old man living with clinical depression and chronic anxiety. Though my condition has been well-maintained through cognitive behavioral therapy as well as medication, I have a great deal of difficulty sleeping at night. A different medicine, Remeron, left me unable to shake the grogginess at daybreak. My doctor has since switched me to a low dose of Seroquel (25 mg per day) for sleep. I recently came across an article on social media that suggests that studies have connected this use of Seroquel to Parkinson's disease, cardiac issues and something called neuroleptic malignant ...

July 30, 2017 | | Other Views


Shaving dogs short is not a good idea

DEAR DIDI: We have a long haired breed dog. He is super sweet and goes to the groomer every six weeks. With the upcoming hot weather we are considering shaving him short. What do you think? -Doggy Mommy in French Camp

July 30, 2017 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


Free as you can afford to be

I think of freedom in positive, aspirational terms - as in FDR's "Four freedoms," or in the uplifting songs of freedom sung by oppressed people everywhere.

July 17, 2017 | JIM HIGHTOWER | Other Views


No good reason for boss to make 347 times more

CEO pay at America's 500 largest companies averaged $13.1 million in 2016. That's 347 times what the average employee makes.

July 17, 2017 | STEVE CLIFFORD | Other Views


Long-term prednisone use comes with risks

July 16, 2017 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Why do dogs pant?

DEAR DIDI: Why do dogs pant? -13 year old boy from Manteca

July 16, 2017 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


Essential oils considered medicine when used for treatment

DEAR DR. ROACH: In a recent column, you discussed an antihistamine and montelukast for allergies. We use pure essential oil. Lavender is better than drugs. -- J.O.S.

July 09, 2017 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


1957: Center St. opens across tracks

100 years ago

July 09, 2017 | | Other Views


Keeping freedom and growth in the Fourth

What is the Fourth of July? It's a wonderful time. We're outdoors. We're with family and friends. We're playing golf or fishing. There are barbecues and baseball games and fireworks and all that good stuff.

July 05, 2017 | | Other Views


Testosterone treatment reserved for men with symptoms

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 70-year-old male. I receive testosterone injections (in the butt) from my provider every three weeks, and have been receiving these injections for roughly five years. My provider reviews my bloodwork every six months before he writes a prescription renewal for testosterone, which I then take to his office for safekeeping and the regular injections. My latest bloodwork indicates that my testosterone serum is low at 310, and free testosterone is low at 4.9. After five years of injections, I continue to have low T; it does not seem to be improving. At my ...

July 04, 2017 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


A little traveling music, please

"A little traveling music, please," is the signature expression uttered by The Great One, Jackie Gleason on his television show from 1952-1966.

July 04, 2017 | CHUCK ROOTS | Other Views


Is America still a nation?

In the first line of the Declaration of Independence of July 4, 1776, Thomas Jefferson speaks of "one people." The Constitution, agreed upon by the Founding Fathers in Philadelphia in 1789, begins, "We the people..."

July 03, 2017 | | Other Views


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Puppies for Christmas not wise idea

DEAR DIDI: Our kids have been begging for a dog for a couple of years now. My husband wants to surprise them with a puppy ...

December 10, 2017 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


We hate phone menus & don’t trust virtual assistants like Siri

"Just thinking about it makes me break out into hives" reported one man in his 60's. A woman in her 30's said she ...

December 10, 2017 | JACOB GROSHEK | Other Views


All about Christmas

Yes, it's the Advent Season where all things Christmas are on full display. Decorations have been set up in stores for quite a few ...

December 10, 2017 | CHUCK ROOTS | Other Views


I’d vote for it. You should, too

Warts and all, if I were a voting member of Congress, I would certainly cast a yea for the tax-cut plans passed by the Senate ...

December 05, 2017 | | Other Views


Using both red yeast rice and a statin drug not recommended

DEAR DR. ROACH: In a recent column, you said that red yeast rice acts as a kind of natural statin. Can natural and synthetic statins ...

December 03, 2017 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Can dogs and owners be mismatched?

DEAR DIDI: Is it ever possible that, through no fault of the human or the dog, the two are just mismatched? - Worried in Lathrop

December 03, 2017 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


I Got Fired for Calling Out Liberal Hypocrisy on Clinton Accusers

It was bizarre watching KABC TalkRadio in Los Angeles - my hypocritical ex-employer - hold a televised press conference. It turns out that one of the station ...

November 28, 2017 | Larry Elder | Other Views


Bicuspid aortic valve has only two leaflets

DEAR DR. ROACH: I was diagnosed with a bicuspid aortic valve at age 54 (I'm now 62). I see a general cardiologist annually for ...

November 26, 2017 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


After tax cuts derailed the ‘California dream,’ is tate getting back on track?

1978, the year I graduated from college with a degree in economics, most voters in my state chose to turn their backs on the "California ...

November 26, 2017 | | Other Views


How media sexism demeans women and fuels abuse

The sexual abuse scandal currently embroiling media mogul Harvey Weinstein has stunned the United States, with Hollywood and the fashion industry declaring that "this way ...

November 26, 2017 | | Other Views


Gun control shouldn’t be this hard to put in place

Before the gun lobby or its sycophants in Congress bring out their usual talking points for why we can't ever have common sense gun ...

November 24, 2017 | | Other Views


This tax plan is going to cost a lot more than advertised

House Republicans and Donald Trump are ballyhooing the wonders of their new tax plan. It's called the "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act," which we ...

November 24, 2017 | | Other Views


Squeamish about buying used items? Time to get over it

Bedbugs. Weird smells. The possibility of imminent breakdowns. People have all sorts of excuses for not buying used stuff.

November 23, 2017 | | Other Views


In-store shopping still matters

Only 10 percent of retail sales done online

November 23, 2017 | | Other Views


Retail rage: Why Black Friday leads many shoppers to behave badly

The manic nature of Black Friday has at times led shoppers to engage in fistfights and other misbehavior in their desperation to snatch up the ...

November 23, 2017 | | Other Views


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