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Donna Kelley, CNC
1 week ago
Ramòn seed/nut.

Herbal Coffee

Amador Holistic Center’s 5th annual ‘Healing Arts Fair’ was held in Amador City this past Saturday. It was a fun and relaxing day for many local and distance visitors enjoying their favorite healing modality while listening to the soothing music by Greg Cain. I thank those that stopped by my booth and said, “hello.” It was truly nice meeting and talking with each and everyone of you.

At my booth, I handed out free samples of Teeccino ‘Herbal Coffee’ Dandelion Dark Roast....

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Mark Kautz
7 days ago

eople used to play a game called six degrees of separation. I don’t know, maybe they still do. According to Wikipedia, six degrees of separation is the theory that everyone and everything is six or fewer steps away, by way of introduction, from any other person in the world, so that a chain of “a friend of a friend” statements can be made to connect any two people in a maximum of six steps.

Being a fly fisherman, in part anyway, I’ve read many books about fly fishing and was even inspired to write my own book, after reading Seth...

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Donna Kelley
7 days ago
The ramòn seed/nut. Photo courtesy to the ALD

mador Holistic Center’s 5th annual ‘Healing Arts Fair’ was held in Amador City this past Saturday. It was a fun and relaxing day for many local and distance visitors enjoying their favorite healing modality while listening to the soothing music by Greg Cain. I thank those that stopped by my booth and said, “hello.” It was truly nice meeting and talking with each and everyone of you.

At my booth, I handed out free samples of Teeccino ‘Herbal Coffee’ Dandelion Dark Roast. This is an exquisite coffee replacement if you are trying to...

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Mark Kautz
2 weeks ago

I’m baaaack. I thought this move was going to be the death of me, but I survived. I’m now settled here in beautiful downtown Jackson and ready to get the show on the road.

General Trout Season is now if full swing and hitting the Middle Fork of the Cosumnes for a little fly fishing seemed to be the right thing for my first outing.

My friend Yuki has wanted to get more into fly fishing even though we’ve dabbled a bit out at the Trout Pond and North Shore of Lake Camanche, fishing with dry flies on a creek can be a lot more...

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Donna Kelley
2 weeks ago

Eating real, organic whole food on a daily basis will help to lessen the burden on the liver. Meaning that the liver has to work harder to breakdown and rid the body of any food additives — so your liver will love you for eating organic whole food that has not been sprayed with poisons or adulterated with preservatives and artificial additives — mainly toxins.

The following recipe receives my stamp of approval and I absolutely love the avocado and fresh fruit salsa on the salmon. I only recommend wild Alaskan (Pacific) salmon and...

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Mark Kautz
2 weeks ago

I’m baaaack. I thought this move was going to be the death of me, but I survived. I’m now settled here in beautiful downtown Jackson and ready to get the show on the road.

General Trout Season is now if full swing and hitting the Middle Fork of the Cosumnes for a little fly fishing seemed to be the right thing for my first outing.

My friend Yuki has wanted to get more into fly fishing even though we’ve dabbled a bit out at the Trout Pond and North Shore of Lake Camanche, fishing with dry flies on a creek can be a lot more...

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Donna Kelley
3 weeks ago
Photo courtesy to ALD

Welcome back to Part II of Spring Clean Your Body. Last week, I wrote a little about how our natural detoxification process functions in the body to get rid of those nasty toxins that we consume in our diet. Two other very critical avenues of taking toxins into our body are 1) absorption – through our skin and 2) inhalation – chemicals that we breathe in our home, work and school environment.

Let’s first talk about absorption. Whatever you put on your skin does go directly into your bloodstream – this is a proven fact. One...

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Guest Commentator
4 weeks ago
Have you ever thought about doing a spring cleaning inside your boyd. Photo courtesy to the ALD

Springtime in the beautiful foothills of Amador County is absolutely gorgeous. Many of us drive down from the higher elevations and get to enjoy many flowering trees and plants like the brightly orange-colored poppies, the white dogwood trees and the rolling grassy green hills. Nature showers us with rain giving us plenty of spectacular landscapes. After a rain, the trees, plants, and flowers appear fresh, clean and beautiful to the eyes. This makes me think of “Spring Cleaning.”

Spring seems to be a time for cleaning out our...

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Donna Kelley, CNC
04/29/2015 4:27 PM

Springtime in the beautiful foothills of Amador County is absolutely gorgeous. Many of us drive down from the higher elevations and get to enjoy many flowering trees and plants like the brightly orange-colored poppies, the white dogwood trees and the rolling grassy green hills. Nature showers us with rain giving us plenty of spectacular landscapes. After a rain, the trees, plants, and flowers appear fresh, clean and beautiful to the eyes. This makes me think of “Spring Cleaning.”

Spring seems to be a time for cleaning out our...

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Donna Kelley, CNC
04/22/2015 10:38 PM
Coffee Mate Friend or Foe?

One of my clients asked me about using coffee creamer – actually the non-dairy powdered Coffee Mate.

Coffee creamers seem to be the latest craze for jazzing up your morning coffee. The grocery store used to allocate about 2 feet of shelf space for coffee creamers, but today, they occupy about six feet in length, by several shelves high – wow. You can find many different coffee creamers in either liquid or powdered form, sugar free or reduced fat, or a large variety of flavors such as French vanilla, hazelnut, Café mocha,...

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Donna Kelley
04/16/2015 12:12 PM
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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
04/16/2015 12:34 PM
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
04/07/2015 12:38 PM

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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04/02/2015 12:18 PM
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
04/02/2015 8:43 AM
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
03/24/2015 2:16 PM
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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03/26/2015 11:05 AM
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
03/26/2015 10:58 AM
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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