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Reactive blood pressure causes treatment confusion

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am sensitive to blood pressure machines. Whether on my wrist, arm or leg, they hurt, and my blood pressure goes up. This has resulted recently in a dentist not wishing to extract a tooth because her machine measured my pressure at 190/98. A few years ago, prior to minor surgery, the machine got a similar result. They tried to inject me with something to bring it down, and it went down alarmingly low. During visits to my primary-care physician, my pressure is consistently around 138/82. An old-fashioned cuff is used, and is gently and ...

October 25, 2015 | | Other Views


Dealing with barking dogs along fences

DEAR DIDI: I have had the Standard Poodle breed for 25+ years. Two of my three are UKC GRCH and they all have their AKC CGC's. When I purchased my property 10 years ago I had the back yard fenced with 6' high fencing. Not to keep my SPs in BUT other dogs out. Now my neighbors two grown children bring their dogs to run daily in their parent's non fenced in yard. One dog is aggressive & wants to fence fight! The other just runs on the outside of my fences barking and has caused my dogs to ...

October 25, 2015 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


In search of a cause?

"If the Cold War is over, what's the point of being an American?" said Rabbit Angstrom, the protagonist of the John Updike novels.

October 23, 2015 | | Other Views


Who can corral the crazy caucus?

House Republicans are in turmoil.

October 23, 2015 | | Other Views


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 mark. Everett Middle School principal Lena Van Haren did just that when she chose to withhold the results of her school's Oct. 9 student council election because students had elected too many white kids. "It's not OK for a school that is really, really diverse to have the student representatives majority white," Van Haren told the San Francisco Chronicle's Jill Tucker as her decision made national news. On Monday, Van Haren finally ...

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 strangers this Halloween. That same weekend, from October 30 to November 2, the Obama administration plans to release 6,000 felons from federal prison.

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 also see themselves as David. And both sides have a point.

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 are "not acceptable" and "counterproductive." Where, then, does Johnson stand on the Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act, introduced by Sen. David Vitter, R-La., to withhold some federal grants from sanctuary cities?

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 his or her maximum heart rate. But my cardiologist just shrugged off this warning and said that as long as one is not out of breath, he or she doesn't have to worry about this "less than 85 percent" formula. It also intrigues me that sometimes we see people in their 70s or even 80s running marathon races. In that case these "reckless people" certainly will exceed their 85 percent MHR. Doesn't that ...

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 that is being offered to him.

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 for seniors 65 and older. As a member of the senior group, I would like your opinion on the best choice. Why do they still supply the trivalent when the quad protects against four flu viruses? The high-dose trivalent is only for seniors, but the quad seems to be a better choice. This is confusing; please help us understand. -- J.H.

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 are not fond of the name he came with. He is three years old so we worry about changing his name. What, exactly, are the repercussions if we do? New Doggy Mommy in Stockton

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 failure.

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 the best he could with what he had," Marshall replied.

October 16, 2015 | | Other Views


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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


Bernie Sanders thinks war is overrated, & he’s right

When Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) was a candidate for president, he seemed uninterested in talking about foreign policy.

October 01, 2017 | | Other Views


If you don’t have good health care, neither should your rep

Want good quality, lower-cost health care for your family. And - what the heck, let's think big here - for every man, woman, and child in ...

October 01, 2017 | JIM HIGHTOWER | Other Views


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