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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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Who even wants to be Speaker?

Rep. Tom McClintock of California is about as conservative a Republican as you can find in Congress. As a state legislator in Sacramento, he was ...

October 09, 2015 | | Other Views

Perfect portrait of corporate crime

If a picture is worth 1,000 words, here's one worth a thousand times that.

October 09, 2015 | | Other Views

You are the best way to keep health care costs low

Your body is your temple.

October 09, 2015 | Dennis Wyatt | Other Views

Allure of mass murder

"Seems the more people you kill, the more you are in the limelight."

October 09, 2015 | | Other Views

Pope gets served House Specialty

With his gentle grace, disarming humility, and penchant for saying "God bless America" like he means it, Pope Francis appeared to sweep Washington off its ...

October 08, 2015 | Ryan Balbeuna | Other Views

Business financial ratios

Much like the speedometer, fuel gauge and oil pressure gauge on your car, financial ratios provide a useful way to pinpoint strengths and weaknesses in ...

October 05, 2015 | Tom Vermeulen | Other Views

Shoot first; ask questions later

After America learned of the latest mass shooting at an Oregon community college, President Barack Obama delivered remarks in which he lamented the loss of ...

October 05, 2015 | | Other Views

Missing the forest for the AC

Most of us care about conservation, at least a little. But sometimes we miss the forest for the trees - or in this case, the AC.

October 05, 2015 | JILL RICHARDSON | Other Views

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

October 02, 2015 | | Other Views

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