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The role of alternative therapies in cancer treatment

DEAR DR. ROACH: I wonder why you never talk about holistic measures to prevent illnesses, such as cancer. I just read an article by an oncologist who said there are certain anti-cancer supplements that work, including vitamin D, magnolia extract and artichoke extract, all of which have been shown in laboratory studies to kill a variety of cancer cells, including colon, breast and liver cancers, and leukemia. Artichoke extract also contains cynarin, which decreases inflammation. Other compounds that can reduce cancer growth are black cumin seed oil and bee propolis, which is rich in caffeic acid phenethyl ester (CAPE), chrysin ...

October 05, 2015 | By Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Hammering safe driving into the next generations

Here's something to text while driving: "OMG fatal crashes up 14%".

October 05, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Other Views


You don’t want CEO for president

In 1992, independent candidate Ross Perot chose Admiral James Stockdale, a complete unknown, as his presidential running mate. In his first debate, the VP candidate began by asking two good questions: "Who am I? Why am I here?"

October 05, 2015 | | Other Views


Media trust hits all-time low

Washington Post political reporter Chris Cillizza is one of those self-impressed Watergate babies who thinks everything the media report brings great value to society. His latest article was titled "Trust in the media is at an all-time low. That's a terrible thing for all of us."

October 03, 2015 | | Other Views


I’m going to miss Boehner

I am going to miss John Boehner as speaker of the House. The GOP looks like the fun party with its ring-a-ding leader and his dash of Dean Martin. Boehner even sauntered into his resignation news conference Friday while crooning, "Zip-a-dee-doo-dah, zip-a-dee-ay. My oh my, what a wonderful day." The speaker chose not to cling to power but to walk away without compromising his supporters.

October 03, 2015 | | Other Views


The mind of Mr. Putin

"Do you realize now what you have done?"

October 02, 2015 | | Other Views


Democracy at grassroots level

American democracy is the gritty history of workaday folks who get fed up with the stuffed suits, get organized, and get moving to stop the thievery. Gutsy, grassroots confrontation is necessary for reclaiming, maintaining, and advancing our democratic values.

October 02, 2015 | | Other Views


Aluminum exposure poses no risk to healthy people

DEAR DR. ROACH: For about 30 years, I have heard I should avoid contact with aluminum for sustained good health. Is there science or proven studies of adverse health effects behind these recommendations? Or is avoiding contact with aluminum in deodorant or cookware an incorrect or unsupported assertion that someone once made and that has taken on momentum, periodically resurfacing in articles and in emails? I am aware that exposure to some heavy metals is bad for us and must be avoided -- for example, lead from paint chips could be eaten by children or pets, or lead dust when sanding ...

October 01, 2015 | By Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


California’s new death row

California has a new death row; it's called Virginia. Anti-death penalty advocates, federal judges and defense attorneys have been so successful at blocking capital punishment in California that a San Quentin death row inmate has more to fear from being extradited for a capital murder to another state than seeing his sentence carried out here. There has been no execution in California since a federal judge effectively halted the practice in 2006.

October 01, 2015 | | Other Views


Fr. Serra’s unsaintly history

I greeted the pope's visit with enthusiasm. I might not be Catholic, but I appreciate Francis for his humility, his kindness, and his call for action to address the climate crisis.

October 01, 2015 | | Other Views


Pope’s world & real world

Pope Francis's four-day visit to the United States was by any measure a personal and political triumph.

September 29, 2015 | | Other Views


Non-candidates for president

Once upon a time, presidential contenders and their political parties raised the funds needed to pay for the campaigns. How quaint.

September 28, 2015 | | Other Views


Why Obama Won’t Stay at the Waldorf when in NYC

Although every U.S. president since Herbert Hoover has stayed at the famous luxury Waldorf Astoria Hotel when visiting New York City, President Obama will not be bunking there this week. Along with hundreds of American officials who used to occupy whole floors of the Waldorf during the September meetings of the U.N. General Assembly, Obama will move to a different hotel.

September 28, 2015 | PHYLLIS SCHLAFLY | Other Views


Is testosterone therapy worth the risk for men?

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 62-year-old male who gets weekly testosterone injections. My semiannual blood work comes back fine. I have no side effects except that I lose my temper with people easier now. I have a little more energy and sex drive. My doctor believes that since he has me on Arimidex to keep my estrogen level low, testosterone is not harmful to me. I wanted another opinion, since all I hear now is that testosterone supplements can cause increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Does the Arimidex make testosterone safer? -- J.H.

September 28, 2015 | By Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


‘I can’ instead of ‘I can’t’

EDITOR'S NOTE: Jeanette Balmut has been selected to participate in the Year of You, a fitness challenge hosted by The Manteca Bulletin, CalFit Manteca and CORE Athletic Performance. Balmut is keeping a weekly journal, highlighting the strides and struggles of her fitness journey.

September 28, 2015 | Jeanette Balmut | Other Views


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The Year of ‘Post-Truth’

"Post-Truth." The Oxford English Dictionary named this its word of the year for 2016.

December 27, 2016 | | Other Views


Economy needs attention now, & taxreform is key

President-elect Donald Trump's transition continues to go smoothly. Actually, better than smoothly - confidently. More than confidently - transcendently.

December 25, 2016 | | Other Views


Caring ball for troops a success

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

December 25, 2016 | | Other Views


Europe’s future on the line

The terrorist who hijacked a truck in Berlin and ran over and killed 12 people, maiming and wounding 48 more, in that massacre in the ...

December 23, 2016 | | Other Views


Terrorists wage war on Christmas

2016 hasn't been a hot year for discussions of a rhetorical war on Christmas in our malls or public schools. Maybe we've tuned ...

December 23, 2016 | | Other Views


Trump Team reaches out to Marine vet ‘out of ammo’

Last week, I received this email from Rennae:

December 22, 2016 | | Other Views


Crony capitalism and Rick Perry

Rick Perry has taken quite a tumble since being governor of Texas. He was a twice-failed GOP presidential wannabe and then ended up being a ...

December 22, 2016 | | Other Views


The real saboteurs of a Trump foreign policy

The never-Trumpers are never going to surrender the myth that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the hacking of Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta and ...

December 20, 2016 | | Other Views


When it is too cold to walk an indoor dog?

DEAR DIDI: We have a male pitbull that is 3 years old. He is gray colored and a mostly indoor dog. We take a 2 ...

December 18, 2016 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


Lightheadedness may be due to ‘pacemaker syndrome’

DEAR DR. ROACH: In October 2014, I had my aortic valve replaced, and a pacemaker was put in. I was put on 100 mg of ...

December 18, 2016 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


The people of San Joaquin County have spoken; let’s hope state regulators will listen

The mission of the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) is to balance water allocation and water quality protection for California. With its latest river ...

December 17, 2016 | | Other Views


Trump is taking on Wall Street

Actor Jack Nicholson says he finally understood the meaning of the word irony when his mother called him an SOB.

December 17, 2016 | | Other Views


Foreign meddling in our vote? It’s simply payback time for USA

Even in an election year as shot through with conspiracy theories as this one, it would have been hard to imagine a bigger bombshell than ...

December 16, 2016 | | Other Views


Power of the President

For decades, political science students have been taught the late Richard Neustadt's battle-tested maxim that the power of the president is the power to ...

December 15, 2016 | | Other Views


Rangel doesn’t blame ‘whitelash’

Donald Trump once called the Rev. Al Sharpton "a con man," meaning that Sharpton plays the race card less out of sincerity and more as ...

December 14, 2016 | | Other Views


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