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Carey Erichson
1 week ago
Golf legend Moe Norman. Photo courtesy to the ALD

There is no way in the world I can describe Natural Golf in this column. There is also no way I can describe Moe Norman. He was an eccentric individual who was struggling with his golf game. He designed a golf swing called a “Single Plane Golf Swing.” It is used by several pros on the tour, but not accepted by most.

He could hit the ball straight as an arrow every time. He did it 1,540 times in a demonstration one day spanning 7 hours. All of his 1,540 shots landed within 15 yards of each other. He could aim at a small walking...

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Donna Kelley
2 weeks ago
Being a caregiver is no easy task, along with all the rewards can come stress and exhaustion. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
About 18 years ago, I was a caregiver for my mother-in-law who was dying of ovarian cancer. I can relate to sleepless nights, trying to prepare healthy meals to keep her strength up and mine, and boiling water to remove contaminants and toxins because she drank city water. I tried to find time to workout and do stretching exercises to keep my body strong and flexible to help move her around and walk, since she was a bigger woman than myself. I did all of this while working full-time. I remember feeling emotionally drained, wishing... [Read more]
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Carey Erichson
2 weeks ago

Golfers who claim they never cheat also lie.

A two-foot putt counts the same as a two-foot drive.

Never wash your ball on the tee of a water hole.

There is no such thing as a friendly wager.

The stages of golf are Sudden Collapse, Radical Change, Complete Frustration, Slow Improvement, Brief Mastery, and Sudden Collapse.

The only sure way to get a par is to leave a four-foot birdie putt two inches short of the hole.

Don’t play with anyone who would question a 7.

It’s as easy to lower your handicap as it is to...

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Mike Sweeney
2 weeks ago
Eric Costa showing off new raised beds with gopher and squirrel protection at the Community Garden. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Mike Sweeney
Our recent column on the Amador Flyfisher’s club served as a reminder that ACRA leaders continue to offer local citizens a wide variety of outdoor opportunities. Registration for the “Introduction to Flyfishing” class is being handled by ACRA and will take place this weekend at “The HUB” at 206B Main Street in Jackson. This prompted me to check in with ACRA Administrator Carolyn Fregulia to see what other outdoor oriented endeavors are planned for 2016. I came away from our talk amazed at how much this tight knit little group... [Read more]
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Brent Parsons
3 weeks ago
was supposed to write Frank Axe Part II this week, but the desert interfered. Two years ago, after Jeff and my Pine Grove store got through start-up and appeared to be working, I tried what had seemed an impossible schedule: three days off a week. Except for being tethered every other Monday to transport a delivery, the dream has actually worked. Pre-retirement impossible dream part two is four days off a week. That remains distant, but I pulled off a preview this week. We had four days without manipulating with the Easter holiday... [Read more]
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Guest Commentator
3 weeks ago

The health-promoting benefits of lemons are powerful. For centuries, it has been known that lemons contain powerful antibacterial, antiviral and immune-boosting components. We know that lemons are a great digestive aid and liver cleanser. Lemons contain citric acid, magnesium, bioflavonoids vitamin C, pectin, calcium and limonene, which supercharge our immunity so that the body can fight infection.

Lemons are considered one of the most alkalizing foods you can eat. This may seem untrue as they are acidic on their own. However, in...

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3 weeks ago

It’s one of the best-kept numbers in sports — the initiation fee to Augusta National. With barons like Warren Buffett and Bill Gates, among others, as members it goes without saying that money isn’t the object. And it isn’t.

To join is reportedly under $100,000, which might be one-tenth of other high profile clubs in the country.

And if you were lucky enough to play the course with a member, you can probably afford it. Guest fees are said to be about $40.

9. The Reagan Appointment

On October 23, 1983, President Ronald...

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Donna Kelley
3 weeks ago

Beautiful teeth and strong, healthy bones are something to smile about, feeling confident that you are getting enough vitamin D from consuming an optimal diet and getting daily exposure to sunlight. (Vitamin D is referred to as the “sunshine” vitamin, which I’ll explain a little further in this article.)

Unfortunately, 64 percent of Americans are lacking in this essential vitamin, which has now been linked to other non-skeletal conditions. Science has already proven that the health of our bones and teeth depend on adequate levels...

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Guest Commentator
03/31/2016 10:28 AM
If you just happen to be the winner of the Masters, you get the honor of topping off the standard ensemble with a shamrock green blazer. Professional golf’s version of a beauty queen crowning ceremony, the presenting of the Green Jacket by the previous year’s champion to the current champion at the conclusion of the tournament dates back to 1949, when Sam Snead won the Masters. However, the signature jackets started appearing at Augusta National 12 years prior, when members started sporting them during the tournament so that they... [Read more]
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03/31/2016 11:25 AM
René Burton is the fitness guru reminding you that It’s Never Too Late® Be Fabulously Fit As You Age. Photo courtesy to the ALD

A revered home remedy since Hippocrates’ days, apple cider vinegar is credited with everything from increasing metabolism and balancing the body’s pH, to detoxifying and improving joint health.

One recent study showed that apple cider vinegar consumption lowered the LDL cholesterol and triglycerides levels, increased HDL cholesterol levels, and could help manage diabetes complications.

When buying apple cider vinegar, look for organic, raw and unfiltered, with a rich brown color and the dusty “mother” included. Shake well...

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Donna Kelley
03/31/2016 10:40 AM
There are strategies to get a restful night’s sleep. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Do you wake up in the morning refreshed and eager to take on the day? Or, do you wake up in the morning feeling tired and drained? Do you have to drag yourself out of bed to that cup of java? Would you rather just roll over and go back to sleep? If this is you, please keep reading. I will be sharing some eye-opening steps that may help your brain and body get re-energized.

First, are you getting quality sleep? You need at least seven to nine hours of uninterrupted restful sleep every night, instead of five to six hours that...

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Mike Sweeney
03/24/2016 12:55 PM
I recently headed down to the Mokelumne River Day Use Area below Lake Camanche to meet up with a group from the Amador Flyfishers club. This family oriented organization was established in 1991 to promote flyfishing and protect fisheries (fish habitat) for future generations. The Mokelumne outing is but one of many activities on the AFF calendar these days. In addition to fishing trips, the club offers training, fishing tournaments, monthly speaker meetings, camaraderie, and tales of fish caught and some that got away. You won’t find... [Read more]
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Guest Commentator
03/24/2016 12:42 PM

BEANS. Beans contain a number of phytochemicals, which have properties that have been shown to prevent or slow genetic damage to cells. While this makes beans beneficial for helping to reduce your risk of many types of cancer, specific research has suggested that they are particularly potent in preventing prostate cancer. The high fiber content of beans has been connected with a lower risk of digestive cancer.

BERRIES. The two most widely studied cancer-fighting compounds in berries are ellagic acid (richest in strawberries and...

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Donna Kelley
03/24/2016 12:19 PM
Melatonin’s role is to regulate our sleep-wake cycle. Photo courtesy to the ALD

Question from Lynn J. of Sutter Creek: My present job will be changing from working days to night shift. I’m concerned about getting to sleep in the daytime and heard that taking melatonin supplements might work as a sleep aid if needed. Are there any adverse side effects to taking it long term? How much would I take? Any information would be appreciated. Thank you.

Answer: My answer will basically pertain to night workers and travelers with jet lag. Sleep problems like insomnia will be covered in another issue.

What is...

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Brent Parsons
03/24/2016 1:57 PM
Leslie Parsons and Parker stand in front of the new family camper shell. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Brent Parsons

’ve come close to signing on to Facebook several times, but balked at pulling the final trigger. It felt like I was about to destroy the telemarketing firewall that took so many years of concerted rudeness to construct. People from my past do occasionally find me and ask why I’m not on Facebook. Depending on who they are, they might be one reason.

Two weeks back, a 5th-grade student from 40 years ago emailed me using the address he got from his accountant, my brother. His was a message that makes the potential of social media...

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Guest Commentator
03/17/2016 11:21 AM

A diet high in refined processed foods and animal products causes the body to create inflammatory compounds. A processed food diet lacks the antioxidants, which helps the body fight inflammation. The inflammatory process creates free radicals as a by-product, which in turn act as an irritant, which creates injury, which creates inflammation, so it becomes a vicious cycle.

A processed-food diet is also high in compounds that hamper the body’s natural defenses because the immune system is linked to the body’s inflammatory...

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Donna Kelley
03/17/2016 10:36 AM

Are you listening to your body as it speaks to you? The body tells us when we’re hungry, so we eat. It tells us when we are tired, so we sleep. It tells us when we’re cold, so we put on a coat or sweater. In this way we are listening to our body and following through with what it needs. But what about when you eat something and it doesn’t properly digest — are you listening to your body as it speaks to you through symptoms, and then are you paying heed to what it needs?

If you are not digesting your food properly, your digestive...

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Guest Commentator
03/17/2016 11:12 AM

I am not an authority on grips, but I do know two things. If you play golf once or twice a week you need to change your grips every couple of years. A smooth grip will twist in your hands and change your whole shot process. When you get older and have hand problems you will probably want to get the oversize grips as they feel so much better and give you more control.

Just like golf balls, there are 100’s of grip makers. Which one is best? My guess is it’s the one that advertises the most?

When my body started to fall apart...

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Mike Sweeney
03/17/2016 10:47 AM
Poppies along Electra are a show not to be missed. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Mike Sweeney

Sometimes you don’t realize how much you need a walk in nature until you finally take it and feel your blood pressure drop and your cares melt away. Social media has been buzzing about the spectacular California Poppies on Electra Road, and the Ledger Dispatch recently published Bill Lavallie’s heartfelt tribute to this phenomenon and Mother Nature’s healing power. My recent trip to Electra showed me once again that this healing power is not limited to just the land. People benefit from it too.

The poppies along Highway 49 are...

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Donna Kelley
03/10/2016 11:45 AM

Have you ever heard of glutathione in the health-nutrition world? Glutathione may be one of the most crucial, live-supporting molecules that the body needs to stay healthy and radiant as we age. Glutathione may actually slow down the aging process and prevent disease. Glutathione is pronounced “gloota-thigh-own.”

Glutathione is referred to as our master antioxidant and master detoxifier. As an antioxidant, it can neutralize harmful free radicals in the body to prevent aging, cancer, and brain issues like dementia, to mention a...

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