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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

Down jacket size in 8 days

EDITOR'S NOTE: Joshua Messersmith has been selected to participate in the Year of You, a fitness challenge hosted by The Manteca Bulletin, CORE Athletic Performance and CalFit Manteca. Messersmith is keeping a weekly journal, highlighting the strides and struggles of his fitness journey. These are his thoughts and feelings shared with you.

September 28, 2015 | Josh Messersmith | Other Views

When did calling Obama a Muslim become a slur?

During Q&A at a Donald Trump town hall event in New Hampshire, a man called Obama a "Muslim." When Trump failed to "correct" him, David Goodfriend, a Democratic strategist and ex-President Bill Clinton staffer, appeared on Newsmax TV calling Trump "a racist bastard."

September 28, 2015 | Larry Elder | Other Views

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Pope Francis urged hundreds of thousands of the faithful gathered Sunday for the

DEAR DIDI: My boyfriend and I have a very sweet Rottweiler name Libby. We are signing a new lease to move into a new apartment next week together. The landlord is requiring a pet deposit and CGC verification. What is that and how do we get it? -Excited to start a new life together in Manteca

September 27, 2015 | Didi McElroy | Other Views

The 25 percent problem

The last round of polls are leading the more optimistic members of the chattering class to wonder if Donald Trump may have peaked. He's still ahead of the pack, but he seems to have hit a plateau at around 25 percent with Republican voters, which isn't going down (except in the Quinnipiac poll, where he went down from 28 percent to 25 percent).

September 26, 2015 | | Other Views

Was Ben Carson right?

Beliefs matter. "Ideas Have Consequences," as conservative scholar Richard Weaver wrote in his classic of that title in 1948.

September 25, 2015 | | Other Views

Was Ben Carson right?

Beliefs matter. "Ideas Have Consequences," as conservative scholar Richard Weaver wrote in his classic of that title in 1948.

September 24, 2015 | Pat Buchanan | Other Views

Ferritin level concerns one doctor, not another

DEAR DR. ROACH: What's the best advice when one doctor seems more concerned about something than another? I am a 49-year-old woman who doesn't smoke, is relatively healthy and who weighs about 150 pounds. I have had celiac disease since 2009 and hypothyroidism. I tend to run on the low end of normal with my ferritin levels. A recent reading was 37 ng/mL, but it's been 11 to 34 over the years, with a recent iron reading of 87 ug/dL. This concerns my neurologist, whom I see for severe restless leg syndrome. I currently take ...

September 24, 2015 | | Other Views

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So how has medical pot reduced crime?

I get that marijuana works for some who are sick.

October 22, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Other Views

Overreaching on PC

Is there such a thing as being too politically correct in San Francisco? Yes - but a public official has to overreach drastically to hit that ...

October 22, 2015 | | Other Views

Trick or treat?

Many Americans are stocking up on treats for neighborhood children in scary costumes, but you may want to think twice before opening the door to ...

October 21, 2015 | | Other Views

Battle over renting homes

Both proponents and opponents of San Francisco's "Airbnb measure" -Proposition F - see the November ballot initiative as a David vs. Goliath contest. Both sides ...

October 21, 2015 | | Other Views

Democrats without borders

Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, speaking in San Francisco, a town infamous for its sanctuary city policies, said last month that sanctuary city rules ...

October 20, 2015 | | Other Views

How you feel is as much a guide as heart rate

DEAR DR. ROACH: I learned from the American Heart Association's website that when exercising, one should stay between 50 percent and 85 percent of ...

October 19, 2015 | | Other Views

Paul, steer clear of Speakership

The honor of it all aside, Rep. Paul Ryan would do well to decline the speakership of the House. For it is a poisoned chalice ...

October 19, 2015 | Pat Buchanan | Other Views

Which type of flu shot is best?

DEAR DR. ROACH: For the 2015-2016 flu season, we find a trivalent vaccine (three influenza virus), quadrivalent vaccine (four influenza virus) and high-dose trivalent recommended ...

October 18, 2015 | By Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views

Changing a dog’s name

DEAR DIDI: My husband and I recently adopted the most amazing dog from Pets N Pals in Lathrop, CA. We absolutely adore him but we ...

October 18, 2015 | | Other Views

Trump vs. Sanders

Barack Obama sought as his legacy to bring an end to the two longest wars in U.S. history. On Oct. 15, he, again, admitted ...

October 16, 2015 | | Other Views

Reverend who won the airwaves

Toward the end of his life, civil rights champion and Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall was asked how he wanted to be remembered. "He did ...

October 16, 2015 | | Other Views

Comcast rolls over for Hillary

In June, Comcast executive vice president David Cohen hosted a $2,700-a-plate fundraiser for Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. On the first weekend in October ...

October 14, 2015 | | Other Views

SF is haven for felons

As he runs for re-election in November, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon faces no opposition. The cozy position was unlikely, when you consider that ...

October 13, 2015 | | Other Views

Saying nuts to first class

I recently had the occasion to fly first class. As a poet and director of a small non-profit organization, this was a rare treat indeed ...

October 11, 2015 | SARAH BROWNING | Other Views

Facing the recurrent vertigo of meniere’s disease

DEAR DR. ROACH: My wife is suffering from Meniere's disease, a condition that causes, at times, severe vertigo and disorientation. Although she's never ...

October 11, 2015 | By Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views

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