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Tessa Marguerite
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PA Christian Carter will open a new Family Urgent Care Clinic in Lodi. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Family Urgent Care, a new Urgent Care Clinic in Lodi, will be opening next week under the administration of Doctor Ali and Physician Assistant Christian Carter.

Carter grew up in Amador County and graduated from Amador High School in 1994. He furthered his education at the University of Maryland with a degree in Marine Biology, and went on to the Stanford University School of Medicine where he received a Masters Degree in Medical Science. Carter has been practicing as a Physician Assistant for six years, most recently in the...

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1 week ago
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Amador Holistic Center and Deja Vu Gift Shop are pleased to announce their grand opening, on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 18 and 19, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Enjoy special discounts and offers on some of their products and services, including T’ai Chi, yoga, hypnotherapy, meditation classes and guided sessions, massage therapy, pyramid, reflexology and Reiki.

Amador Holistic Center is located in the Old Amador Hotel, in Amador City, Suites 12, 13 and 14. For information and details, call toll-free, (877) 522-5702, or visit...

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2 weeks ago
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BloodSource will hold a Mother Lode Community Blood and Platelet Drive to meet the community’s need for blood and blood products, on Thursday, Oct. 23, from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., at the Jackson Civic Center, located at 33 Broadway, in Jackson.

Participants will receive a coupon for one free haircut from Great Clips hair salon. All walk-ins are welcome. This blood drive is being sponsored by Sutter Amador Hospital.

Participate at the Mother Lode Community Blood Drive and earn MyBloodSource rewards. Redeem your rewards online for...

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Kathleen Harmon
3 weeks ago
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The Stanley Lukowicz Family Fund in the Amador Community Foundaitn will match any gift up to $35,000 to help Sutter Amador purchase the 3-D Mammography Unit. ANY GIFT! Early detection and diagnosis will save lives! Call Jody Boetzer at Sutter Amador at 257-7619 for complete information. [Read more]
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4 weeks ago
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Come visit our amazing new state of the art, Chiropractic Family Wellness Center, in Ione, and meet Dr. Krista Rainwaters, D.C., and her assistant, Cynthia Turner.

Dr. Krista has been practicing for 8 years, the last 4 in EDH with Simms Chiropractic, and she has developed one of the largest family Chiropractic wellness practices in the region. As an Ione resident, she is excited to bring her passionate desire to see true health change to families of Amador county and beyond.

Have you had headaches, allergies, vertigo, numb...

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4 weeks ago
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Families, close friends and caretakers of people who develop serious mental illnesses are often in shock when they realize their loved one has mental illness. They may be stigmatized by those around them who know nothing about mental illness, and may feel alone, while the medical community gives them no information to help them care for their ill person.

These are scenarios that the National Alliance on Mental Illness, America’s largest grassroots mental health organization, saw when it was formed. From this need the Family to...

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4 weeks ago
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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. With that in mind, here are a few facts and figures about how cancer, including breast cancer, impacts Amador County.

In Amador County, there is an estimated 280 new cancer cases expected, and 105 estimated deaths for 2014. These facts, and more, are now available through California Cancer Facts & Figures 2014, published by the American Cancer Society, California Division and the California Cancer Registry of the California Department of Public Health.

Each year, the ACS strives to...

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08/22/2014 10:04 AM
Nearly two hours south of Sacramento in the heart of Merced County sits Memorial Hospital Los Banos, a rural community hospital caring for the region’s most critically ill patients. Like many community hospitals across the country, Memorial Hospital Los Banos struggled to recruit critical care intensivists to this small community. Thanks to a $25 million investment made by Sutter Health a decade ago, patients at Memorial Hospital Los Banos receive 24-hour ICU monitoring and critical care support from a small room of experts nearly... [Read more]
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Carolyn Schmitz
08/15/2014 11:56 AM
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Peas, arguably one of nature’s yummiest side dishes, is a mighty little fruit. Whether served hot or crispy and fresh off the vine, peas are high in fiber, protein, vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin K, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, iron, zinc and lutein. The dry weight of a pea is about one-quarter protein and one-quarter sugar..

Now there is nutritional drink that is made from pea protein. Botan is advertised as world’s first 100-percent soluble vegetable protein beverage, is a gluten-free, non-GMO Project Verified and v...

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08/01/2014 11:08 AM
Did you know that stroke is the third leading cause of death and a leading cause of permanent disability? Approximately 80 percent of stroke victims had no apparent warning signs prior to their stroke, but preventive ultrasound screenings can help you avoid a stroke. Screenings are fast, noninvasive, painless, affordable and convenient. Screenings identify potential cardiovascular conditions such as blocked arteries and irregular heart rhythm, abdominal aortic aneurysms and hardening of the arteries in the legs, which is a strong... [Read more]
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Carolyn Schmitz
08/01/2014 11:37 AM
Excel Physical Therapy has moved to 711 South Highway 88. It now boasts having the only indoor aquatic therapy program in the region. [Read more]
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08/01/2014 10:16 AM

With August being National Immunization Awareness Month, and with the cost of health care continuing to disappoint Americans, WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of states with the best and worst health-related return on investment (ROI).

To examine the quality of American health care relative to its cost, WalletHub used data from 47 states to construct these statistics. The states that showed the best ROI were Hawaii, Kansas, Utah and Minnesota, with an average individual heath insurance premium of $2,292 in Minnesota. The...

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Carolyn Schmitz
07/27/2014 12:43 PM
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In an ongoing effort to bring awareness and education to our community about child abuse prevention, our focus for Child Abuse Prevention Month, in April, was on the Period of Purple Crying — a frustrating period of increased crying all infants experience in the first few months of life. Our aim was to bring attention to and educate parents and the community about this sensitive time, and to the dangers of reacting in frustration with a baby’s crying, such as shaking or harming them in some other way.

We invited knitters and...

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07/26/2014 6:56 PM

One of NAMI’s Signature programs, Peer to Peer, a ten-week educational program to enhance mental health recovery, will start on Monday, Aug. 11 through Oct. 20, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Upcountry Community Center, in Pine Grove. This program is for individuals living with mental illness, and is taught by NAMI-trained mentors who are well along in recovery. Goals are to provide education about mental illness, emotional and practical support, independent problem solving and relapse prevention.

This is the seventh time NAMI...

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07/26/2014 6:53 PM
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Sherrie Wade, Director of Transformation Meditation, Inc., recently awarded Sophia’s Well of Wisdom the designation of Transformation Meditation Center Service Provider. The award was received as a result of four SWOW meditation instructors completing the Meditation Teacher Training course: Patsy Walker Fine, Lynnea Honn, Margaret Lewis, and Patricia Green. These certified meditation instructors bring many years of various meditation experiences and are ready to share this simple but...

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Tessa Marguerite
07/24/2014 9:49 AM
Karen Purcell's "Unlocking Your Brilliance" encourages young women to pursue a STEM career
There is no better place to establish the foundational reason for being than at the beginning. Dr. Melodye Hilton has developed "Who's Teaching the Babies?” a Christian-based resource providing curriculum and educational tools for churches, daycares and caregivers. Dr. Hilton comments, "Through science and proven experience, we have recognized the life-empowering results of teaching babies in the most crucial and foundational window of opportunity: conception through three years." An infant's brain begins to form just three weeks... [Read more]
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Tessa Marguerite
07/25/2014 10:07 AM
Caela White (right) is the Director of Patient Care Services at Hospice. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite
Hospice of Amador & Calaveras has been Medicare certified since the mid-80’s. Last week, for the first time in 25 years, the California Department of Public Health sent two registered nurses from Fresno to perform a Medicare audit over a period of three days, without any prior notice. “We’ve heard horror stories about the outcome of these audits,” said Exectutive Director Dan Riordan. Some of the common deficiencies in hospices throughout the country include inaccurate plan of care, no RN supervision, no background check on employees... [Read more]
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Carolyn Schmitz
07/25/2014 12:18 PM
Epsom salt – actually magnesium sulfate – is one of the most versatile household products, with uses ranging from creating at-home spa treatments to soothing achy muscles to helping start or improve gardens. It’s been used therapeutically for hundreds of years, and it’s gaining a new generation of fans looking for a safe, economical alternative in a sea of expensive, over-the-counter remedies. Epsom salt is easy to use, easy to find in your local pharmacy or grocery store and it costs about the same per use as a cup of coffee. For... [Read more]
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Carolyn Schmitz
07/19/2014 1:14 PM
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World Breastfeeding Week is Aug. 1 through 7. The “Big Latch On” event will be held on Aug. 2, at 10 a.m., at Detert Park, in Jackson, to raise awareness of the benefits of breastfeeding and the need for global support. All are welcome. For more information, contact Nikki Silveira-Bergen, silveirabergen@yahoo.com, or (916) 802-8302. To learn more about Big Latch On, visit biglatchon.org.

Mental Illness

The Amador County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, NAMI Amador, is holding an affiliate meeting and support...

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Carolyn Schmitz
07/19/2014 12:58 PM
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Robert Vela, Jackson native, was recently named one of the top ten finalists in the Records of Life Contest. The goal of the contest was to design child health records to be better understood by parents and to be more flexible for health workers. The specific focus of Vela’s project was on improving designs for developing nations with issues like poverty, low literacy and limited resources.

Vela’s “EZ Immunization Form,” had a brochure that was then put into an envelope with lots of information on it. The hardest part, according...

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