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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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Will West survive century?

"Nativism ... xenophobia or worse" is behind the triumph of Brexit and the support for Donald Trump, railed President Barack Obama in Ottawa.

July 07, 2016 | | Other Views


What About Bernie Sanders?

It's strange how it happens almost overnight. One day, you've got television crews crowding for position, top correspondents big-footing out the juniors who ...

July 07, 2016 | | Other Views


Rebutting latest ‘fast facts’ from Delta tunnels backers

The California Natural Resources Agency on June put out another "fact sheet" extolling the virtues of the proposed California WaterFix (Delta Tunnels).

July 06, 2016 | By BARBARA BARRIGAN-PARILLA Restore the Delta | Other Views


Overthrow Establishment to fix American economy

Famed investor Wilbur Ross recently told CNBC that "Trump represents a more radical new approach to government that the nation's economy desperately needs." He ...

July 05, 2016 | | Other Views


Pow wow: Preserving family tradition

Ramona Valadez greeted Richard Virgil with a big smile and a warm hug. The warm welcome followed the introduction and recognition of the guests who ...

July 05, 2016 | ROSE ALBANO RISSO | Other Views


Annual physical often a hands-on experience

DEAR DR. ROACH: I am a 75-year-old female in fairly good health. I take statins to keep my cholesterol under control, and am being followed ...

July 05, 2016 | Keith Roach, M.D. | Other Views


Leaving dogs outside overnight

DEAR DIDI: I am hoping you can help solve a disagreement that my husband and I have been having. We love your column and your ...

July 05, 2016 | Didi McElroy | Other Views


Brexit, Clinton and the political barrage to come

I predicted it.

July 02, 2016 | | Other Views


Trump & the free traders

In Tuesday's indictment of free trade as virtual economic treason, The Donald has really set the cat down among the pigeons.

July 01, 2016 | | Other Views


Manteca doesn’t need master plans

Editor, Manteca Bulletin,

July 01, 2016 | | Other Views


Embracing socialism despite track record

One of life's enduring mysteries is why the left - against overwhelming evidence to the contrary - insists on more taxation, more government spending and more ...

June 30, 2016 | | Other Views


Fascists against freedom, unite Fascists against freedom, unite

Everyone expects neo-Nazis to be thuggish and simpleminded. They're losers who need a movement that tells them they are winners, so they troll for ...

June 30, 2016 | | Other Views


Court case shows need for change in state law

There was a recent case before the Stockton court involving a local grower who employed a man for over 20 years whom we will call ...

June 28, 2016 | | Other Views


Nike welcomes you to Half Dome

Imagine painstakingly making up your way up the cables of Yosemite National Park's famous Half Dome peak - only to see swooshes and slogans encouraging ...

June 28, 2016 | | Other Views


After Brexit, a Trump path to victory

Some of us have long predicted the breakup of the European Union. The Cousins appear to have just delivered the coup de grace.

June 28, 2016 | | Other Views


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