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By   /  April 13, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Jenny: I want to reset my body and my digestive system and I have heard that doing a cleanse can help with this. I see so many types and products at the store and online so what works or doesn’t and is it even safe or a good idea? Megan: I would want to know […]

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Bears Ears – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  April 11, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  9 Comments

Wings of the Eagle Thomas Calabrese – Editor and Contributing Writer – -Greg Nielsen The Bears Ears National Monument is located in San Juan County in southeastern Utah. The area within the monument is largely undeveloped and contains a wide array of historic, cultural and natural resources. Four local Native American tribes; the Navajo Nation, Hopi, Utes […]

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By   /  April 6, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Jane: People say that doing tons and tons of crunches or abs doesn’t mean you are going ot have a 6-pack and it’s a waste of time. Is that true? Megan: Doing abdominal exercises is beneficial but to see the muscles (6-pack) you have to shred and lose the layers covering them. You have your skin, your […]

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His Stroll – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  April 3, 2021  /  Local, The Back Page  /  13 Comments

The Best Television Memories of His Life Thomas Calabrese –he last five years had been rough for Dave Corbett, rough might be an understatement. If he wasn’t so strong, emotionally, physically and mentally, he might have just packed it in. After graduating from Vista High School in 2008, he received an appointment to the United […]

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By   /  March 30, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Jeremy: Why is eating white bread considered bad for you? Megan: Ever heard of Wonder Bread? Rumor has it the name came to be because of the mystery ingredients that makes you wonder how the bread can have such a long shelf life. White bread is a simple carbohydrate which means it has more sugar that […]

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The Wizard of Awe – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  March 27, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  14 Comments

In Search of Greater Things Thomas Calabrese –Amazing, inspiring, spectacular, astounding, stupendous, wondrous, fabulous, marvelous, miraculous or phenomenal. These are all adjectives that would be appropriate to use when describing Awe. For the human mind to truly comprehend the unique experience of awe, two things must occur. Vastness happens when we see something that exceeds […]

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By   /  March 24, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Craig: I’ve been trying to eat more vegetables and for me frozen or canned is what I have to do to make it happen. Fresh just doesn’t happen when I’ve got travel and getting to the store every week is hard. So which is better between the two, frozen or canned?? Megan: I’m glad you are trying […]

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The Wokester – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  March 21, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  10 Comments

Social Media Vigilante Colonel Michael Luchesi was in the Marine Corps for 25 years before retiring and taking a position with Homeland Security. He met his wife during the early part of his military career while he was serving with his Special Operations unit and assigned to a multi-national drug interdiction team in Bueno Aires, […]

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By   /  March 17, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Steven: I can’t seem to not over-eat all the time. Whatever is on my plate or however much is in front of me, I’m always hungry enough to eat it all. How can I control this?  Megan: There’s a fine line between binge eating and just eating too much because you can. Strangely enough, sometimes we feel […]

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I Belong To Yesterday-Thomas Calabrese

By   /  March 13, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  8 Comments

Brite Lites Thomas Calabrese –Editor and Contributing Writer Greg ‘Nails’ Nielsen — The Schilling family lived on the cutting edge of technology. Lawrence Schilling graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in computer science. He worked at Apple Technologies and Hewlett Packard in Silicon Valley before relocating to Carlsbad, California. He accepted […]

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

Kim: I’ve heard that juicing celery is really good for you. What are your thoughts??  Megan: The top three reasons celery juice is good for you is because it can really help with digestion, relieve inflammation which can then help with chronic pain, and improve your skin.It is super low in calories but is loaded with  […]

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Under the Dog Park Moon – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  March 6, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  8 Comments

You Just Never Can Be Sure Thomas Calabrese –The Crest Recreational Park in Oceanside, California was never intended to be an off-leash dog park, but it evolved into one. I actually believe the City only put up the sign that read; All dogs must be kept on leash, as their protection from liability if some […]

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By   /  March 2, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Phillip: Why do people say carbs are bad for you?  Megan: Too be clear, not all carbs are bad. Your body uses the glucose from carbs for energy production, however, an excess of carbs that are not used for this energy then get stored as fat. The sugar (glucose) in carbs gets broken down into simple […]

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Just Passing Through – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  February 27, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  8 Comments

Two Fast Guns Thomas Calabrese — Rancho Santa Margarita y Las Flores was a 133,440 acre Spanish land grant. In 1841, Governor Juan Alvardo granted 89,742 acres to Pio and Andres Pico. In 1863, Juan Forster, an Englishman who was also a Mexican citizen, married Pio Pico’s sister, Ysidora. He paid off Pio’s and Andres’ […]

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By   /  February 24, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Chrissy: My daughter keeps picking up lice from daycare and I am so frustrated. On my part, what can I do to help prevent  this from happening? Megan: Daycare is a place to learn how to share but sharing lice is not good. First and foremost teach your daughter not to share anything that touches your […]

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Impeaches and Cream -Thomas Calabrese

By   /  February 21, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  16 Comments

They Put The Hype In Hypocrisy Thomas Calabrese — It was a beautiful morning. The sun was shining and the dew was glistening on the leaves like a million diamonds dangling from the trees. There were mixed scents of jasmine, carnation and summer flowers drifting on the breeze. Chief Petty Officer John Thorne almost wished […]

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By   /  February 16, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Richie: Do eggs really cause high cholesterol?? Megan: Eating eggs is a great source of protein and the general rule is that 3 whole eggs per day is safe. Eggs do raise the good HDL cholesterol and for someleople even though they could raise bad LDL cholesterol it is not necessarily a cause for concern […]

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Sergeant Wonderful and Ernest T. Best – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  February 13, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  7 Comments

They Had Skills Thomas Calabrese — Hank Lee grew up on a cattle ranch outside Dumas, Texas in the Northern High Plains region, often called the Panhandle. This area is ranked as the number one county in Texas for cattle population. His father, Virgil, was a rough and tumble cowboy who served as a gunner […]

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

Jarred: Falling asleep has been difficult for me so I’m considering melatonin. Is it safe to take?  Megan: Sleep deprivation is certainly not desirable and sleeping pills can become habit forming. Melatonin is meant to be used temporarily just like any medication. Generally it is safe and has little side effects, but that is not […]

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My Three Daughters – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  February 6, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  7 Comments

Daddy’s Home  Major General Charles Douglas served 34 years in the Marine Corps before retiring. His wife, Elizabeth, had passed away fifteen years ago while he was a lieutenant colonel stationed at Camp Pendleton. She was coming back from the Santa Barbara Triathlon after competing in the open division. Their three daughters, Erin, Eve and […]

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