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2 days ago
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As you start to finalize your list of New Year’s Resolutions, don’t forget to make the commitment to live a healthier lifestyle by learning more about how your body functions. There’s no better way to start than getting to know your endocrine system.

Made up of a network of intricate glands that secrete hormones into the bloodstream, the endocrine system impacts almost every aspect of your body functions, from how well you sleep, to how your body grows and develops, to digestion, handling your stress levels and even how energetic...

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1 week ago
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Jackson Creek Dental Group will once again be hosting “Smile for Kids” to treat children, at no cost, who “fall between the cracks” in healthcare — children who would not otherwise receive dental treatment — on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Because of the overwhelming number of children attending this event, appointments will be scheduled in advance starting Monday, Jan. 12, 2015. These appointments will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis by calling Jackson Creek Dental Group, at (209) 223-2712. Once the... [Read more]
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Renee Davis
2 weeks ago

During the November 25th Amador County Board of Supervisors meeting, the supervisors passed and adopted Resolution No. 14-126 in appreciation for the employees and volunteers of Hospice of Amador & Calaveras, to honor them for receiving 100% Medicare compliance during a recent surprise audit from the State of California.

The resolution was motioned by Supervisor John Plasse, District 1, who had learned of the perfect audit findings and wanted to honor Hospice of Amador & Calaveras for attaining the highly acclaimed accomplishment. ...

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3 weeks ago
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BloodSource will hold a Veterans Community Blood Drive, on Monday, Dec. 1, between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., to meet the community’s needs for blood and blood products. All walk-ins are welcome. The drive is sponsored by the VFW 8254, DAV 118 and the American Legion Post 108. American Legion Hall, located at 11041 American Legion Drive, Sutter Creek, on the corner of Airport Road and Highway 49.

Participates earn MyBloodSource rewards. Redeem your rewards online for great items like a movie pass or Baskin Robbins coupon.

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3 weeks ago
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Sutter Medical Foundation announced during American Diabetes Month that more Amador County residents can now take advantage of local health and wellness classes through the expansion of the SMF Diabetes Program. This expansion opens the program to a variety of health care plans, including Medicare.

Previously, the SMF Diabetes Program was an exclusive benefit to Sutter Health patients. With the expansion of accepted health insurance plans, residents are encouraged to join the program even if they don’t have a Sutter physician. The...

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11/15/2014 9:14 AM
Hindu mystic, Paramahansa Yogananda, helped introduce yoga to the west. Photo courtesy to the Amador Ledger Dispatch

Award-winning film about Hindu mystic comes to Jackson

On Dec. 15, at 7:30 p.m., Gathr Films will present a special screening of the critically acclaimed film, “AWAKE: The Life of Yogananda,” at Jackson Cinema 4, located at 201 Vukuvich Way, in Jackson.

With strong endorsement from mainstream press and a run of sold-out shows in theaters across the country, “Awake” is now sweeping the nation with screenings made possible, in part, by Gathr Films’ Theatrical on Demand service.

“Awake” is an unconventional biography about...

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Tessa Marguerite
10/31/2014 11:21 AM
Dr. Rita Kerr is the new Health Officer for Amador County. Amador Ledger Dispatch photo by Tessa Marguerite

Amador County Public Health welcomes Dr. Rita Kerr as the new Health Officer, filling the shoes of previous health officer, Dr. Bob Hartmann. Dr. Kerr commented, “The core function of public health is to… assess the community, educate and protect the health of the public. The staff in this office has been very competent at doing that under the leadership of Dr. Hartmann. He’s been an excellent mentor [to me].”

Kerr, a Wisconsin native, received her medical degree at the Medical College of Wisconsin, in Milwaukee. In 1990, she...

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Tessa Marguerite
10/24/2014 11:02 AM
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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10/18/2014 11:07 AM
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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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10/10/2014 8:44 AM
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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
10/01/2014 3:19 PM
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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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09/29/2014 4:17 PM
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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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09/28/2014 7:32 AM
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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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09/28/2014 7:25 AM
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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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