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1 week ago
René Burton teaches you how to “Be Fabulously Fit As You Age.” Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

What if someone told you there was a way to add height to your frame, trim some flab from around your middle, and look more vibrant, instantly, and without spending a cent? You’d sign up, right away, of course.

The truth is, you can get all these benefits from following a simple bit of advice your mother gave you long ago “Stand up straight.”

When it comes to posture, your mother did know best. Her frequent reminders to stand up straight and stop slouching were good advice. In the rush to become leaner, stronger, healthier...

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Mark Kautz
1 week ago
The one and only fish caught on the day. ALD photo by Mark Kautz

Believe it or not, there was nothing happening at the house on Thursday the 28th regarding our demolished kitchen. So I grabbed the chance and drove out to Lake Camanche for a little R&R and to soak some Power Bait.

As I went through check-in, I found out that there hasn’t been a plant at the Northshore ramp for eleven days. That made the outlook bleak as far as catching, but what I needed was some quiet time more than anything else and what better a place than the edge of a lake to get some.

I set out two rods with rainbow...

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Mike Sweeney
1 week ago
We headed south in January again this year and as always, the trip reminded me of my days hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in Southern California. As we approached the desert town of Mojave, I thought of the motel scene in the movie “Wild,” where Cheryl Strayed (played by Reese Witherspoon) comically tried to put on her outsized backpack while imagining things that could go wrong on a desert wilderness trail. As we passed Highway 138, south of Mojave, I reminisced about the expensive taxi ride I took 13 years ago from the tiny burg of... [Read more]
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1 week ago

There are approximately nine million golfers with disabilities. These folks play a little slower so we have to be good fellow golfers and be tolerant of their situation. Most of them will let you play through and if they don’t, just ask them.

The problem we have with golfers with disabilities is that most golf courses are not set up to accommodate them. By law, the courses are to make the necessary changes, but they are very slow in doing so. It usually won’t happen until a formal complaint is made against them.

I have back and...

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Donna Kelley
1 week ago

ebruary 7 is Super Bowl Sunday. This Sunday marks a special day for many fans of the National Football League, since this year’s annual football championship is their 50th game. Go, Denver Broncos! Go Carolina Panthers!

Families, friends and neighbors will be gathering together to watch the big game on their big screen TV’s, with big shout-outs for their favorite team, with their big appetites for party food, and their big thirsts for beer or soda. I anticipate excitement galore (since I am going to one myself)! I’ve heard Super...

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2 weeks ago
Stellar's Jay. Photo by Cathie Gernhardt

I am a recent transplant to Amador County from the Bay Area, which I learned is typically referred to as a old BAT (Bay Area Transplant). Well, this BAT is spreading her wings, and soaring. I am actually a wannabe writer and I decided what better to write about than something I truly love — birds — and perhaps, occasionally, other animals, as I honor the animal spirits in us all.

I’m putting out a chirp to all the bird nerds, tweet freaks, or whoever enjoys birds and bird watching. I plan to teach a bird identification class in...

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Donna Kelley
2 weeks ago

Every year the Environmental Working Group (EWG) provides us with two lists showing fruits and vegetables that have been sprayed with pesticides. The two lists distinguish between the most heavily sprayed and the least sprayed, calling them the Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen, respectively.

Why would it be beneficial to know this information? Because pesticides are very toxic to the body and have been linked to several devastating health conditions such as cancer, nervous system and hormonal development dysfunction, and skin,...

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3 weeks ago

I know that we sometimes put exercise on the back burner while we were out having fun doing other things.

Congratulations, we are now taking the next step on our way to a new and improved mind and body.

All we need is 30 minutes a day to keep us fit and healthy. “Exercise is the magic pill,” says Michael R. Bracko, chairman of the American College of Sports Medicine’s Consumer Information Committee. Exercise has been credited with helping people prevent or recover from some forms of cancer. Exercise helps people prevent and reverse...

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Donna Kelley
01/14/2016 11:45 AM
Carrots are among the vegetables mentioned in the ‘Doctrine of Signatures.’ Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

The “Doctrine of Signatures” continues from last week’s article. The “Doctrine of Signatures” is an interesting concept that Mother Nature provided medicinal remedies through nature for particular body parts that they looked like.

Here are four more edible foods with beneficial nutrients that target their look-a-like body part or organ.

1) Take a carrot and cut a thin slice, crosswise. What body part does it resemble? Eyes – the pupil, the iris and the dazzling lines, like a star burst! Do you want healthy eyes and good vision?...

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Donna Kelley
01/07/2016 10:25 AM
Parceleus (1491-1541), a Swiss German physician and botanist of the Renaissance period, developed a folk medicine concept called the “Doctrine of Signature.” This Doctrine of Signature was a belief that God or Mother Nature was giving them a sign as to which plant food (whether in shape or in color) would provide healing nourishment to the human body part or organ that it resembled. As a doctor of medicine, Parceleus’ uncanny observations of comparing edible plants to body parts lead him to say, “Nature marks each growth…according to... [Read more]
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Mark Kautz
12/29/2015 11:41 AM
Mark Kautz holds up the first of nine caught on Friday, December 18 at Lake Camanche. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Mark Kautz

My, how time flies. Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas.

This article is a tale of three trips out to Lake Camanche. The first trip was on Tuesday, December 8.

I had to get out of the house. The kitchen remodel was going south and it was driving me bonkers. I got to the lake at somewhere around 9 a.m. I don’t think I even looked at my watch, but even if I could, it was so foggy I probably wouldn’t have been able to see the dial. I’m sure you all remember that day.

The local weather guessers said it was supposed to be 63 degrees...

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Donna Kelley
12/29/2015 11:21 AM

A fabulous New Year is upon us! January is a fantastic time to reflect on the past year, to write down attainable goals for the New Year, and then truly focus your attention (with a smile on your face) to living in the present moment of each and every second of the coming year.

Every new year we are faced with a challenging question, “What is your New Year’s resolution?” For me, it’s getting back on my healthy track. Yes, even a nutritionist can find it a little difficult to get through all the holiday festivities with friends and...

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12/29/2015 11:56 AM
René Burton, author of It’s Never Too Late to Start on the Road to Fitness and Health.

Until recently, it was widely believed that people with chronic medical conditions should avoid exercise. But today, a growing body of research demonstrates that just the opposite is true. Researchers have found that exercise can actually improve some chronic conditions, helping people feel better and live a longer and more independent life. If you have a chronic condition, consult with your doctor before becoming more physically active.

If you suffer from arthritis, you may have heard that exercise can damage your joints. This, in...

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12/22/2015 11:16 AM
Meet Amador Ledger Dispatch columnist and celebrated fitness author René Burton. Her weekly columns promise to keep you healthy and fabulously fit as we venture into the new year.

Hi, everyone. I would like to introduce myself as your new health and fitness guru. I have been in the fitness and health industry for 35 years. My specialty is working with baby boomers and seniors keeping them healthy and fabulously fit as they age.

As a credentialed Adaptive Physical Education Specialist, Nationally certified by the Arthritis Foundation, Emeritus Faculty at a local college. Hope that my articles will keep you informed and hope you enjoy the information that I present to you.

Your Destination - A Healthier...

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12/22/2015 11:13 AM
Trying to push yourself and impress your buddies won’t get you there any faster. Manage your shots. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

No folks, we are not talking about managing a golf course, but managing your golf game.

Everyone wants to hit that 300 yard drive, but it just isn’t going to happen. So we have to plan our way down the fairway. Let’s say the 4 pars average close to 400 yards and you want to get to the green in 3 shots. That comes out to 133 yards for each shot. You can tee off with your 3 wood, hit your second shot with a 5 iron and the third shot with your 7 iron and you are there. These are the three favorite clubs in the bag.

Trying to push...

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Donna Kelley
12/22/2015 10:52 AM
Chocolate Fruit Truffles — delicious! Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

I want to wish all my readers a very Merry Christmas. I greatly appreciate receiving your email-questions, comments and requests for my nutritional information — this is what truly keeps me motivated and moving forward in writing nutritional articles. For those email-questions that I haven’t answered, as of yet, I will reply to them in the New Year.

Sharing healthy recipes and writing about nutrition to prevent illness is my gift to you. Instead of buying store-bought jelly that contains sugar and possibly unnecessary food additives,...

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12/17/2015 11:45 AM
A little casual water can make for some interesting play and interesting shot choices on a golf course. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Tall grass is another common fairway hazard. It seems to be everywhere your ball lands. When you are in tall grass, pick your club up quickly on the back swing and come down in a chop manner. Hit the ball and the ground about the same time. Again, do not go for distance, just get the darn ball out of there in any direction you can. Most novice golfers do not have the power the pros do and can not get the club head through the grass.

Another hazard is mud either in the fairway or in the rough. With this shot, you always want to hit...

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Donna Kelley
12/17/2015 11:11 AM
Little delightful colored bags of artificial sweeteners — are they healthy for you? Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch
Welcome back to our journey on investigating restaurant condiments. They are sitting there for you to freely indulge in — but do you want to? One of the most important health lessons that I hope you have embraced is to “always read labels” before consuming anything in a package. My health-encouraging tip is to remember two “H” words: Heal and Harm. Please do not eat mindlessly! Take a real look at the food as it approaches your lips, and think “will this food item heal and repair my body (cells) or will it harm and break down my body... [Read more]
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Mike Sweeney
12/17/2015 11:47 AM
A brisk walk will help you stay fit and emotionally balanced. Photo courtesy to the ALD
The holiday season can be lots of fun with family gatherings, wonderful community events, and lots of love and laughter. It can also be a time of weight gain and stress. It’s easy to overeat at Christmas dinner when you sit next to your father-in-law, and he asks how the job search is going. How can we manage the demands of the “season” in a way that keeps us healthy? Walking just might be the answer. A brisk daily walk will get you out in nature and help you stay fit and emotionally balanced. Here are 10 good reasons to start... [Read more]
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12/10/2015 11:19 AM
A healthy Vernon Adams at quarterback makes Oregon a dangerous team. AP photo courtesy of Timothy J. Gonzalez

Bowl selections usually brings with it the first of what will be many, many days of analysis, over-analysis and then a period to analyze the analysis.

Despite being left out of the College Football Playoff, the Pac-12 still has several fun and intriguing matchups. And writers have taken notice.

Stewart Mandel of Fox Sports called the Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl an “under-the-radar gem” in his bowl game breakdowns. Writes Mandel:

Four Pac-12 bowls passed on the 9-3 Utes, infuriating their fans but allowing Vegas to bring back the...

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