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For a few, cholesterol is naturally high

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 68-year-old female with a more-than-40-year history of extremely high cholesterol (350-411 total). I have not been able to tolerate any kind of statin drug, even if I take CoQ10 with it. Welchol and Zetia had side effects that I couldn't tolerate either. I am not diabetic, and my blood pressure is generally around 120/80. My total cholesterol is 354, with HDL at 60, triglycerides at 133 and LDL at 269.

November 08, 2015 | By Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views

High school locker rooms

This story starts with a transgender high school student who was born male but identifies as female. As a public high school student, she wants the school to recognize her as a girl, to call her by her new legal name, to allow her to use the girls' bathroom and to accept her in girls' athletic programs.

November 06, 2015 | | Other Views

Rabid extremists exiled 14-year-old

Our country's pack of foam-at-the-mouth, mad-dog, right-wing extremists just scored another win.

November 06, 2015 | | Other Views

We need more children

It made front-page headlines around the world when China's Communist Party announced the end of its notorious one-child policy. Imposed by Chinese dictator Deng Xiaoping in the late 1970s, the one-child limit has been ruthlessly enforced with forced abortion, infanticide, sterilization, and heavy fines on families that dared to have a second child.

November 05, 2015 | | Other Views

Long-overdue vigilance

The competing Republicans presidential campaigns had a meeting on Nov. 1 to discuss their concerns with how the Republican National Committee had planned debates with the media. That's a healthy development, considering the CNBC debate, in which liberal journalists asked one too many deliberately snide and hostile "gotcha" questions attacking the GOP candidates, and the candidates exploded in anger.

November 04, 2015 | | Other Views

US going to war in Syria?

"The United States is being sucked into a new Middle East war," says The New York Times. And the Times has it exactly right.

November 03, 2015 | | Other Views

The ‘games’ council members play

Editor, Manteca Bulletin

November 02, 2015 | | Other Views

Counting down to a Silveira Christmas

I don't know if anyone is counting - I certainly am - but we're only about eight weeks away from Christmas.

November 02, 2015 | LAWRENCE SILVEIRA | Other Views

Hillary hasn’t learned from Iraq

As the first Democratic presidential debate drew to a close, moderator Anderson Cooper posed a question to Hillary Clinton: How might her presidency differ from Barack Obama's?

November 02, 2015 | MEDEA BENJAMIN | Other Views

Clinton plays gender card

Here's the setup. Hillary Clinton has been pointing out that her opponent Bernie Sanders, the darling of the left, has actually opposed gun control. I've been pointing that same fact out to folks for some time, and it's quite compelling. It's clearly had an effect on polls.

November 02, 2015 | Susan Estrich | Other Views

Familial mediterranean fever is genetic condition

DEAR DR. ROACH: After an intestinal virus, I ended up in the hospital with a sed rate of 110 and a high white blood count. I was feeling crippled with severe joint pain and was diagnosed with reactive arthritis. I was discharged with steroids and colchicine. I'm still taking the colchicine because my doctor said I have familial Mediterranean fever, and the colchicine is helping. I am a full-blooded Italian. She also said I have the HLA-B27 antigen. Two months later, my sed rate is back to normal, but I'll be taking colchicine for another month and then ...

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


Weeks after NBC granted Hillary Clinton the favor of appearing on "Saturday Night Live," playing a bartender to the actress who impersonates her on the comedy show, the same leftist activists who adored that routine are trying to prevent Donald Trump from hosting the show on Nov. 7.

October 31, 2015 | | Other Views

Fight for the Spratlys?

Trailed by two Chinese warships, the guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen sailed inside the 12-nautical-mile limit of Subi Reef, a man-made island China claims as her national territory.

October 30, 2015 | | Other Views

Thanking Safe Halloween merchants

Editor, Manteca Bulletin

October 30, 2015 | | Other Views

Hillary won. America lost.

The narrative following Hillary's testimony at Congress' recent Benghazi hearing is clear: Hillary won. She (for the most part) calmly answered all the questions. She nodded approvingly when the Democrats on the committee accused Republicans of engaging in a partisan witch-hunt.

October 29, 2015 | | Other Views

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Washing our hands of toxins

Some people love to hate government regulations. Many believe they're just bureaucratic barriers that waste our time. But the Food and Drug Administration just ...

September 14, 2016 | Jill Richardson | Other Views

Unhealthy political climate

Is a presidential candidate with Hillary Clinton's health problems - pneumonia now, but also for some time deep vein thrombosis and a history of blood ...

September 13, 2016 | | Other Views

What can help low-libido ladies at menopause?

DEAR DR. ROACH: I regularly see information and research for men with hormone issues (testosterone) and resulting problems with impotence, etc. I have not seen ...

September 11, 2016 | | Other Views

Tide going out on Hillary?

Were the election held today, Hillary Clinton would probably win a clear majority of the Electoral College.

September 09, 2016 | | Other Views

Donald Trump’s tall tax tales

Donald is falsely framing his economic policies as good for working families, when he's really just protecting his own wealth.

September 09, 2016 | | Other Views

Trump at a black church: What he should have said

Here's what Donald Trump, at the black church in Detroit, should have said:

September 08, 2016 | | Other Views

Trump in Mexico

Donald Trump's surprise visit to Mexico, where he met the Mexican president and discussed the many contentious issues between our two countries, reminds me ...

September 07, 2016 | | Other Views

Taking back our finance system

Instead of griping about the greedheads of Wall Street and the rip-off financial system they've hung around our necks, why don't we Take ...

September 06, 2016 | | Other Views

Trump & the Hillarycons

In 1964, Phyllis Schlafly of Alton, Illinois, mother of six, wrote and published a slim volume entitled "A Choice Not an Echo."

September 06, 2016 | | Other Views

Hillary is no JFK

The election season is heating up. Donald Trump has pulled back even with Hillary Clinton, and every new economic number is being scrutinized for its ...

September 03, 2016 | | Other Views

Get away with daylight robbery

I thought Donnie Trump and his fellow Republicans were big law 'n order politicians. So, why are they trying to scrap the sheriff and unleash ...

September 03, 2016 | | Other Views

Conquistador Trump

In accepting the invitation of President Enrique Pena Nieto to fly to Mexico City, the Donald was taking a major risk.

September 02, 2016 | | Other Views

Those national anthem haters

The Black Lives Matter movement is two years old, so it's a little odd that San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has suddenly become ...

September 02, 2016 | | Other Views

QB Colin Kaepernick’s fight against ‘racism’

Recent polls find a majority of Americans believe that "race relations," since the election of the first black president, have gotten worse, not better. Colin ...

September 01, 2016 | | Other Views

Obama churns out pardons

On Tuesday, Aug. 30, President Obama commuted the sentences of 111 federal drug offenders. In his first term, Obama endured the sting of critics like ...

September 01, 2016 | | Other Views

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