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By   /  September 22, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Jennifer: I’m a runner and I’ve done a couple half marathons and probably run at least 5 days a week. As I age, I keep hearing that running is actually not that good for you. How can that be? Megan: Running is a great form of cardiovascular activity, but people are telling you this or […]

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Human Variant -Thomas Calabrese

By   /  September 19, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  12 Comments

Patriotic Pandemic Thomas Calabrese –Anthony Santino was enrolled in the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) at the University of California, San Diego when he met Janet Novak in the pre-med program. After graduation, Tony attended medical school while Janet obtained a biomedical science degree and went to work as a research scientist. After finishing […]

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By   /  September 15, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Angela: So my arms bother me and I’ve been told you can’t spot train areas to focus on just them to get rid of fat. Is that true?  Megan: There is truth to this advice because we know (probably many of us by experience) that you can do a million crunches and not see your stomach […]

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Leave No Dog Behind -Thomas Calabrese

By   /  September 12, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  15 Comments

American Patriot and Deep Stater Thomas Calabrese — John J. Keough was born in Valley Center, California. His parents Carl and Natalie owned sixty acres of land where they grew avocados, tangerines, eureka lemons, passion fruits and kumquats. The Keoughs were one of the first in the region to specialize in all organic produce. Chris […]

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Community Violence Interrupter -Thomas Calabrese

By   /  September 4, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  14 Comments

   Mr. Sensitive      Thomas Calabrese — Dave London joined the Marines after receiving his Associate’s Degree at Mira Costa Junior College in Oceanside, California. He spent eleven years as a military police officer, with three overseas deployments. He also spent time at Camp Lejeune and Camp Pendleton. His last duty station was Okinawa, Japan. While […]

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By   /  September 1, 2021  /  Local, The Back Page  /  No Comments

Chris: I’ve definitely got arthritis going on in my shoulders and knees which I know happens with age and all the running I’ve done in my lifetime. What are some ways to manage the pain and aches? Megan: I like to think of arthritis as the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz where the joints need […]

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Dukes of Dim Sum – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  August 28, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  14 Comments

Baron of Buffet Thomas Calabrese —Dim Sum is a large range of small Chinese dishes that are traditionally enjoyed in restaurants for breakfast and lunch. First Sergeant Talon Morrison had been in the Marine Corps for 21 years and was currently assigned to the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force on Camp Pendleton. During his military career, […]

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By   /  August 25, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Jessica: They always say take vitamin C when your’re sick to help get better faster. Why is that? Megan: Vitamin C does support your immune system and when you are deficient you are more susceptible to colds and getting sick. There’s no evidence that taking vitamin C while sick will actually lessen the duration of […]

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Warrior Glow – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  August 22, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  14 Comments

Sparkle OF Survival Thomas Calabrese –Trace Sadler loved reading about military exploits going back through time. His favorite period was the Civil War. He knew every General on both sides of the epic conflict and the battles that occurred during this tumultuous time in our country’s history. Although over 10,500 military engagements occurred during the […]

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By   /  August 18, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Chris: I’m a pizza lover and I try new places all the time and it’s almost a hobby for me at least once or twice a week. I realize pizza is considered junk food but all in all is it really that bad for you? Megan: Pizza does set you up to increase abdominal fat. […]

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As I Recall-Thomas Calabrese

By   /  August 14, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  10 Comments

He Was The Best of Us All Thomas Calabrese — The former Marine and Vietnam War Veteran read in the San Diego Union Tribune that the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall would be at the Oceanside Veterans’ Center over the weekend. He wasn’t sure if he wanted to see it. Luke Harper was used to hot […]

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By   /  August 10, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Jim: My buddies and I have been watching the Olympics and professional sports and then thinking about our own bodies and playing sports. We are curious what age is your body at when peak athletic performance happens? Megan: Generally, most research has pointed towards between the ages of 20 to 30 being peak athletic performance […]

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Flesh And Gold – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  August 8, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  9 Comments

24 Carat Warriors Thomas Calabrese — Jack Anderson grew up in San Marcos, California and joined the Marine Corps after graduating from high school. He served in Iraq and Afghanistan and saw combat in both locations. Jack also did a West Pacific deployment to Marine Corps Base, Smedley D. Butler, Okinawa, where he developed an […]

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By   /  August 4, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Patricia: I can’t seem to eat meat as much anymore. I just can’t stomach it so I need other protein sources. What are good protein alternatives to meat? Megan: Protein is necessary for our body’s musculoskeletal system and to meet your energy demands. Other good sources include eggs, Greek yogurt, edamame, plant based meats, nuts, cheese, hummus, […]

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Bumper Thomas Calabrese

By   /  July 31, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  14 Comments

Leatherneck’s Best Friend Thomas Calabrese–Pete DeAngelo grew up in Kansas City, Missouri in the 1950’s and mid-1960’s. His neighborhood was primarily comprised of Italian and Jewish immigrants and their first and second generation descendants. His father, Tony came over from Palermo, Sicily when he was just a teenager. He worked a series of low-paying manual […]

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By   /  July 28, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Jessica: I’m a caffeine drinker practically all day everyday. I hear mixed things, so is caffeine good or bad for you? Megan: Most research points towards the benefits of caffeine which can improve memory, energy, and mood. It has also been linked to lowering the risk for type 2 diabetes, and can reduce the risk of some […]

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South Shore Beach – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  July 25, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  12 Comments

Tennis Club Steve Nielsen and Greg Whittington were assigned to Strike Team Bravo. It was comprised of a small and elite group of combat warriors from all branches of the Armed Forces. The existence of this unit was so secret that most people in the military and government did not even know about its existence. […]

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By   /  July 21, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Liz: I’m the youngest person at my work, and the women around me discuss having mammograms. What age should females start having mammograms?? Megan: The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends mammogram screenings taking place starting at age 50. The American Cancer Society recommends screening starting at age 45. It is also important to have […]

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Downrange Donny -Thomas Calabrese

By   /  July 17, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  11 Comments

Death Was His Only Extraction Point Thomas Calabrese — In military slang, downrange is a term for being deployed overseas, usually in a war zone.  It can also refer to the direction of fire or the direction of the target. Donald Serrano was a freshman at Palomar Junior College and living on Camp Pendleton when terrorists flew into the World Trade […]

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By   /  July 14, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Jason: Why do you have to be fasted when you get blood work done? Megan: Usually 8-12 hours before getting blood tests you are asked to fast because drinks and food can give incorrect results. This is because they contain nutrients, vitamins, and substances that could get into your bloodstream. Fasting gives more accurate results. […]

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