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Fibrates not effective alternative to statins

DEAR DR. ROACH: On a number of occasions, you have written about statins and mentioned their side effects, notably muscle damage. My physician put me on a statin about seven years ago, and after only 35 days I had a frighteningly bad episode. I gave up on the statins, but they left me with permanent damage to the muscle across my waist and a muscle on my left side. My physician then put me on gemfibrozil, two pills a day 30 minutes before eating. The gemfibrozil has lowered my bad cholesterol and triglycerides, and raised my good cholesterol -- with no ...

December 20, 2015 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


What a ‘doggy first-aid kit’ should contain

DEAR DIDI: My family and I would like to thank you again for stopping to help us when our dog, Daisy, was being attacked by a stray dog while we were out walking. Daisy's puncture wounds are healing well and we are convinced she would not have survived if you hadn't intervened. We were further impressed that you carry a "doggy first-aid kit" and we now want to have one in our family. Would you be willing to share what was in your kit? - Grateful Lathrop Family

December 20, 2015 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


America first or WW III

"If you're in favor of World War III, you have your candidate."

December 18, 2015 | | Other Views


Falsehoods and false alarms

Why does Donald Trump repeat talking points that he knows are untrue? During Tuesday night's debate, The Donald asserted that before 9/11, terrorists put their "friends, family, girlfriends" into planes, and "they were sent back - for the most part to Saudi Arabia. They knew what was going on. They went home, and they wanted to watch their boyfriends on television."

December 17, 2015 | | Other Views


Will elites blow up GOP?

"Buchanan, if you ever hear of a group getting together to stop X, be sure to put your money on X."

December 17, 2015 | | Other Views


Obscene monuments to wealth

The uber-rich like to collect trophies as proof of their unsurpassed uberness.

December 17, 2015 | | Other Views


What to do when your dog is declared overweight

DEAR DIDI: My dog gets annual checkups and is in good health. Recently my new trainer said my dog is overweight and outlined a diet and exercise program I should follow. I love my dog to death and don't know who to believe. My poor baby is always hungry. Italian Mama in Stockton

December 14, 2015 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


Surviving a terror attack

About 20 years ago, I was Christmas shopping at a local mall. I had my kids with me and just as we were getting out of our car we heard a loud commotion. We heard screams and gunshots as the doors burst open and people began running for their lives. I especially recall one young father running with his toddler in his arms. It seems that a couple criminals decided to try a smash and grab at the jewelry department of one of the anchor stores. I quickly got the kids in the car and got the heck out of ...

December 14, 2015 | DOn MOYER | Other Views


What to do when your dog is declared overweight

DEAR DIDI: My dog gets annual checkups and is in good health. Recently my new trainer said my dog is overweight and outlined a diet and exercise program I should follow. I love my dog to death and don't know who to believe. My poor baby is always hungry. Italian Mama in Stockton

December 13, 2015 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


The Lake Chabot rant

In the age of the cellphone camera, interactions that are best forgotten instead escalate and become chew toys for the chattering class. When a video goes viral, the public's sense of proportion often goes AWOL.

December 12, 2015 | | Other Views


Trump’s word is worthless

Any day now, Donald Trump may walk back his Monday call for "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on." If so, he won't change his mind because he regrets insulting Muslim Americans - no small number of whom, unlike Trump, have served in the military -- or because his rhetoric threatens to isolate this country when it needs allies, especially in the Middle East. He'll change his mind because he never really means anything he says.

December 11, 2015 | | Other Views


Playing ‘Hide the Money’?

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

December 11, 2015 | | Other Views


Wishing terrorism away

When asked why President Barack Obama insisted on pursuing a nuclear deal with Iran, former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said: "I think that the pursuit of the agreement is based on the President's hope that over a 10-year period with the sanctions being lifted that the Iranians will become a constructive stakeholder in the international community. That -- that as their economy begins to grow again, that - that they will abandon their ideology, their theology, their revolutionary principles, their meddling in various parts of the region. And, frankly, I believe that's very unrealistic."

December 10, 2015 | Larry Elder | Other Views


America, France turn right

In Sunday's first-round of regional elections in France, the clear and stunning winner was the National Front of Marine Le Pen.

December 08, 2015 | Pat Buchanan | Other Views


Pink ribbons & corporate PR

Must everything be commercialized - even cancer?

December 08, 2015 | | Other Views


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Is Libertarian ticket serious?

Libertarian presidential nominee Gary Johnson, the former New Mexico governor, and his running mate, Bill Weld, a former Massachusetts governor, bill themselves as the "credible ...

August 03, 2016 | | Other Views


Trump: Peace candidate?

With Democrats howling that Vladimir Putin hacked into and leaked those 19,000 DNC emails to help Trump, the Donald had a brainstorm: Maybe the ...

August 02, 2016 | | Other Views


Populism Republicans can support

What if organizers and volunteers joined forces to run a nationwide campaign to replace today's corporate-owned congress - all at once?

August 01, 2016 | JIM HIGHTOWER | Other Views


The Hillary Recession

This economy may be perilously close to recession. That was the message of the second-quarter real GDP report and its meager 1.2 percent growth ...

August 01, 2016 | Lawrence Kudlow | Other Views


Can’t make this stuff up

Mercifully the political conventions for the two parties are over for this laughable partisan brouhaha season which the electorate is forced to endure every four ...

July 31, 2016 | CHUCK ROOTS | Other Views


Who’s your mommy?

Hillary Clinton's advantage going into the final evening of the Democratic National Convention was her nonstop determination. The former first lady and secretary of ...

July 30, 2016 | | Other Views


Philadelphia vs. Cleveland: Divided we stand in USA

Wednesday was the best night of Hillary Clinton's campaign.

July 29, 2016 | | Other Views


Donald Trump uncensored

Apparently, the Republican nominee for president just can't stand being outside the spotlight. Or maybe he's been making such statements all along, only ...

July 29, 2016 | | Other Views


She can repent in prison

"If the word 'Manson' was not attached to Leslie, she would have been out 20 years ago," attorney Richard Pfeiffer told me about his client ...

July 28, 2016 | | Other Views


WikiLeaks reveals media collusion

The radical leftist collective known as WikiLeaks tried to ruin the Democratic convention by posting a trove of Democratic National Committee emails that easily proved ...

July 27, 2016 | | Other Views


LOL at the DNC

Democrats have every reason to rage against the Democratic National Committee: Newly leaked DNC memos confirm that Donald Trump was right when he said the ...

July 25, 2016 | | Other Views


Will Putin get a Pulitzer?

Waving off the clerics who had come to administer last rites, Voltaire said: "All my life I have ever made but one prayer to God ...

July 25, 2016 | | Other Views


Bell’s palsy a possible side effect of having had chickenpox

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am 55. I was having numbness on the left side of my face, and my left eyelid started to droop. I ...

July 24, 2016 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Ins and outs of training a service dog

DEAR DIDI: I have a wonderful 2 year old Labradoodle that everyone just loves. I would like for him to be certified as a service ...

July 24, 2016 | | Other Views


Trump’s Two Homers: Pence and Promise for a Declaration of War

Donald Trump hit two home runs this week. The first, immediately following the horrific terrorist truck attack in Nice, was his statement in a media ...

July 18, 2016 | | Other Views


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