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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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If Trump wants nuclear war, virtually no one can stop him

The general in charge of America's nuclear arsenal, John Hyten, recently said he would resist carrying out an illegal order from the president to ...

November 23, 2017 | | Other Views


A backlash against ‘mixed’ foods led to the demise of a classic American dish

At the end of "Over the River and Through the Wood" – Lydia Maria Child's classic Thanksgiving poem – the narrator finally gets to his grandfather ...

November 23, 2017 | | Other Views


Denying reality of liberal bias

As the media elites roll their eyes and sigh at people who deny the apparently inevitable approach of traumatic climate change, there's one category ...

November 22, 2017 | | Other Views


Best of times, worst of times

Charles Dickens opened A Tale of Two Cities, perhaps his most famous tome, with the now iconic line, "It was the best of times, it ...

November 22, 2017 | | Other Views


Nature lovers may #OptOutside on Black Friday, but . . .

While shoppers scramble for Black Friday bargains this year, outdoor retailer REI is closing its 154 U.S. stores. This is the third consecutive year ...

November 19, 2017 | MATTHEW KLINGLE | Other Views


Gastroparesis is a stomach that is too slow to empty

DEAR DR. ROACH: I have been diagnosed with gastroparesis and am waiting to see a doctor who treats it. Do you have any suggestions as ...

November 12, 2017 | | Other Views


Coastal protection on edge: Challenge to preserve California’s legacy

The California coast is an edge. It's the place where 1,100 miles of shoreline meets the largest ocean on the planet. Many different ...

November 05, 2017 | Gary Griggs | Other Views


Vaccines are recommended for patients with no spleen

DEAR DR. ROACH: I had surgery last year to remove my spleen and three-fourths of my pancreas. I had numerous vaccines before and after the ...

October 22, 2017 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Annual COLA column

Most people reading this column have probably heard the government announcement that Social Security checks will go up next year because of the automatic inflation-adjustment ...

October 21, 2017 | | Other Views


Marijuana itself not an ideal anxiety treatment option

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am hoping you can weigh in on the use of cannibidiol (hemp-derived) for managing anxiety. My son has diagnoses of major ...

October 15, 2017 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


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