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Donna Kelley
3 days ago
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The sweet delicious taste of strawberries, whether it is a fresh juicy strawberry just picked from the garden or picked and dipped in organic dark chocolate, can make your taste buds say, “Wow!” That is exactly what Mother Nature had in mind — to entice us to indulge in strawberries to receive the many health benefits they provide.

Strawberries, along with cherries and raspberries, contain plant compounds called ellagic acid that may protect body cells against cancer and reduce the rate of cell mutation. Strawberries contain...

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Guest Commentator
3 days ago
Ben Nuckolls caught this pic of a mountain lion in the Tiger Creek area in early March. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Question: I live in Kern County and last December caught a mountain lion on our security camera. Then, last night about 6:45 p.m. I saw it walking on the road in front of my home with a cat in its mouth. This is a new experience for me and my research indicates that there is no reason for concern, except to notify neighbors with pets. Can you please give me some guidance on whether I should do anything with this information?

(Steve D.)

Answer: These security cameras that people and businesses are installing as well as trail...

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Donna Kelley, CNC
2 weeks ago

A family member asked me about cooking oils, “Which ones are good and which are bad?”

The GOOD ‘saturated’ oils, which are used for cooking with medium to high heat temperatures, are coconut oil and red palm oil.

Extra virgin or virgin coconut oil is good to eat raw because it is unrefined and still contains its nutrients, enzymes, and beneficial fatty acids. It also has antifungal, antiviral, and antimicrobial components. Julie Matthews, who wrote “Nourishing Hope For Autism,” says that coconut oil is “anti-inflammato...

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2 weeks ago
High fructose corn syrup - the sweet villain increases the risk for diabetes, heart disease, obesity, dementia, cancer and more. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

What is high fructose corn syrup (HFCS)? Where did it originate? Why is it in most of our food? What are the consequences of consuming HFCS? Why do I call it a ‘sweet villain?’

First, Japan originally manufactured and refined high fructose corn syrup in the late 1960s. It made its journey to America around the mid-70s. It is interesting to note that diabetes, heart disease and obesity started rapidly increasing in the early 1980s (and childhood obesity in 1988) and is still on the upward swing, according to the data put out by the...

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Donna Kelley, CNC
2 weeks ago
Childhood obesity and fatty liver is on the rise!

What is high fructose corn syrup (HFCS)? Where did it originate? Why is it in most of our food? What are the consequences of consuming HFCS? Why do I call it a ‘sweet villain?’

First, Japan originally manufactured and refined high fructose corn syrup in the late 1960s. It made its journey to America around the mid-70s. It is interesting to note that diabetes, heart disease and obesity started rapidly increasing in the early 1980s (and childhood obesity in 1988) and is still on the upward swing, according to the data put out...

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Donna Kelley, CNC
4 weeks ago
Magnesium-rich spinach

Are you feeling tired all the time – fatigued – just don’t have that energy to keep going?

You may not be alone. Most of us living in this modern stressful era may be experiencing more than normal tiredness, especially, if we are grabbing fast foods and eating the standard American diet to get quickly to our next task. Carbonated drinks (soda), caffeine, and alcohol deplete magnesium levels in the body. Also stress, associated with a fast-paced lifestyle, may be depleting magnesium levels, as well. So, how is the lack of...

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3 weeks ago
Amador Buffaloes’ Abby Poppert scored the only goal against Calaveras in San Andreas. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Jack Mitchell

In what has become quite the heated rivalry in Mother Lode League girls soccer, Amador High’s teams traveled to Calaveras Tuesday to engage in another all-out brawl. When the dust settled, both games had ended in draws.

The JV Thundering Herd finished with a score of 1-1. And in the nightcap, the varsity side tallied no goals. Bad. But Calaveras also scored none. Good. End result: 0-0.

They say a tie is like kissing your sister. There was a lot of smooching going on Tuesday in San Andreas.

VARSITY

The Amador side managed only 11...

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Jack Mitchell
3 weeks ago
Matthew Spinetta talks with coach and Kirkwood Ski Education Foundation Program Director after the Head 2 Head Ski Race at Kirkwood. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by David Gebauer
It didn’t take long for Jim Reilly’s prediction to come to fruition. Reilly, Program Director for the Kirkwood Ski Education Program and Professional Ski Coach had said that he saw a lot of talent in Matthew Spinetta and his racing. “Matthew is always on time, always willing to learn and help out,” said Reilly in an interview a month ago. “It’s my job to help him get where he wants to go with his racing. That’s what we do for all these kids. I see a lot of potential in Matthew.”Reilly’s coaching, and the coaching staff at Kirkwood... [Read more]
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Mark Kautz
03/19/2015 9:42 AM
Three rainbow caught on Power Bait. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Mark Kautz

One would ask, “Why isn’t this guy fishing Lake Pardee?” “Why isn’t this guy fishing Lake Amador?”

I’m sure there are fish in both places, but I listen to the chatter out there and there isn’t much about either place.

I’m sure Lake Pardee stocked before the opening, but nothing is being said about catching. Granted the DFW planted the week of February 22 and their website says the week of March 8, but all I’m hearing is fish swimming around and nobody catching.

Lake Amador has stocked a lot since the first of the year. They...

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Donna Kelley, CNC
03/17/2015 4:13 PM

An Amador Ledger Dispatch reader asked me a question: Is watermelon high on the alkaline scale?

Answer: My quick and simple answer is “yes.”

First, what is an alkaline scale? It is a pH scale that measures how acidic or alkaline (or base) a substance is, such as our blood or internal body fluids. The letters pH actually stands for potential of hydrogen – it measures the concentration of hydrogen ions. I’m not going to get too technical here but would like to explain why this acid/alkaline balance is so important to...

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Mike Meserole
03/12/2015 9:52 AM
It’s early in the season, but Argonaut off to a rocky start. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Jack Mitchell

The Argonaut boy’s varsity baseball team traveled to Lincoln High School in Stockton on Monday to face a tough Trojan team. Zach Belton took the mound for the Mustangs, and pitched pretty well except for a shaky first inning.

The Mustangs opened the game with a promising lead off double by Dylan Speer. Unfortunately for the Mustangs, they couldn’t advance the runner home and headed to the bottom of the first at 0-0. In the bottom of the first inning the Trojans got into a hitting rhythm and scored four times before Belton could get...

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Mark Kautz
03/12/2015 9:50 AM
Mark Kautz in the Float Tube Cumberland (like the Starship Enterprise). Its ongoing mission is to keep the Captain (that would be me) afloat. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Mark Kautz

Oh man, another Friday the Thirteenth. I guess I can’t complain since the last Friday the Thirteenth brought me a nine pound Rainbow Trout out at Lake Camanche.

Last week I mentioned losing my two good pink/black Wooly Buggers and needing to get my fly tying gear out of storage. One trip to storage got one box marked fly tying and brought it home. I found out that about half of it was missing, so the following day I went back to get it. Here’s the bad part. I hit one of those yellow, filled with concrete, poles that keep you...

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Via Press Release
03/12/2015 9:33 AM
Amador Varsity Soccer claim their second crown in a row at the Cal-Spring Classic Tournament. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
After more than two months of conditioning and practice, the Amador High School girls soccer program is off to a thundering start to the 2015 season. The Buffaloes, whose JV and varsity teams are both Mother Lode League champions for the past three years, got things rolling with a tournament championship for both the varsity and JV squads. The varsity won their group at the Cal Spring Classic in Woodland Feb. 27-28. The JV squad, not to be outdone, won the championship of Amador’s own Gold Cup tournament last weekend. Both teams... [Read more]
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Via Press Release
03/12/2015 8:52 AM
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This year’s Argonaut Tennis Team will look a lot different than last year. We graduated 14 seniors from 2014’s tennis in which we came in second place.

Returning this year for our girls will be Senior First Team All League player Sarah Daly, who will be playing girls #1 singles. Also returning will be senior Karen Oneto, playing girls doubles and junior Cheyanne Sheridan. New players Lauren Armstrong, Allison Bish, Alexis England and Hannah Williams, all underclassmen, will round out our girls team.

On the boys side, we have...

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03/12/2015 8:48 AM
Bob Flemming talks with Larry Galli, 86, after a round of tennis at VASA fitness in Orem on Wednesday, March 4, 2015. Galli plays tennis 4 days a week for 2 hours. Daily Herald photo by Sammy Jo Hester

For more than 50 years Larry Galli, of Provo, has been playing tennis and loving it. At age 86, Larry beats those in their 50s and 60s — frustrating them into giving up the game.

“It’s form, that’s the main thing in playing tennis,” Galli said. “The ball is coming from all angles, you need to use your body and footwork.”

He plays tennis four, maybe even five times a week if he has the chance every morning from 6 to 8 a.m. Some mornings he’s at VASA Fitness Gym and others on the tennis courts at the Brigham Young University...

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Donna Kelley, CNC
03/10/2015 9:00 AM
Happy Birthday Nita

Secrets to a Long & Happy Life

[Happy Birthday Nita]

This edition of “Ask The Nutritionist” has a different twist. I asked my dear and loving friend, Margaret “Nita” Argante, who also proofreads and edits my column, what her secrets were to living a long and happy life? With a smile on her face and a giggle in her heart, she shouted out “CHOCOLATE” – I’m sure most of us can relate to that.

Nita who turns 89 years ‘young’ today – March 13, 2015 – was born and raised in Berkeley, Virginia where she lived with her...

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Mike Sweeney
03/05/2015 10:55 AM
The Giant Sequoias at Calaveras Big Trees State Park are breathtaking. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Disaptch
The top Amador County outdoor destination this month is Daffodil Hill. 2015 marks the 75th season for this “spring” flower extravaganza at 18310 Rams Horn Grade above Volcano. People from all over the globe visit the seasonal explosion of color at the DH ranch and nobody leaves disappointed. The ranch is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., until the Daffodils in bloom drop to 25 percent or so, at which point it will close until next year. This Amador tradition is made possible by the Ryan family, and you can call (209) 296-7048 to... [Read more]
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Mark Kautz
03/05/2015 10:49 AM
A shore fisherman or fisherbird as the case may be. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Mark Kautz

The plan (and one must always have at least one plan) for Tuesday the 24th was to meet Yuki’s Daughter Marisa (you know, I’ve mentioned her before) out at the Trout Pond at Lake Camanche South Shore for a day of kayak/float tube fishing. Yuki still being down with the tooth problem had to pass.

Unfortunately time constraints for her won out and I ended up fishing alone. When I say alone, I mean that I was the only float tube, pontoon boat or boat of any kind out on the pond.

On the way through check-in, the girl said they...

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Donna Kelley, CNC
03/02/2015 8:25 AM
Tart Cherries May Help You Sleep

An Amador Ledger Dispatch reader asked me a question: “Does eating cherries help one to sleep? Because I heard they contain melatonin.”

Answer: My first thought was that they contain lots of antioxidants that help the body to get rid of damaging free radicals and carcinogens (fighting against cancer). The body naturally creates free radicals during normal body functions like metabolism (after you eat), strenuous exercise, or when the body is producing energy. Free radicals and carcinogens also make their way into the body...

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Donna Kelley, CNC
02/24/2015 8:21 AM
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Consuming real whole foods supports heart health – that is, foods that we all recognize as a fruit, a vegetable, or a nut. Eliminate highly processed sugary foods that are unsupportive and damaging to the heart muscle. The following recipe is shared with this in mind because from time to time, we all love to indulge in a treat or something sweet. I’m sure that you will absolutely love this recipe – it tastes chocolaty and sweet.

Here are a few healthy tidbits about the ingredients in this recipe:

1) Carob originates...

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