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By   /  January 31, 2023  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Kathy: I’m working on portions and eating less especially with snacking. I’ve been using those 100 calorie packs. Do you think those are a good way to control snacking?  Megan: Portion control is of course difficult and food is probably one of the hardest parts of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. We have to eat to live, […]

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Carnage Asada – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  January 29, 2023  /  The Back Page  /  13 Comments

Trip to Tijuana Thomas Calabrese – Looking back, Master Chief Jake Bondarenko had mixed emotions about his upcoming retirement. He vividly remembered every one of his 14 deployments and how he earned three Silver Stars, two Bronze Stars, seven Purple Hearts and numerous commendations. The men that he served with were like his extended family […]

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By   /  January 25, 2023  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Jeremy: Seems like many of my friends have had heart attacks and it’s more common than I thought. I’m only in my 50’s so what are the warning signs of a heart attack?  Megan: It’s true about 790,000 Americans have a heart attack each year, and 114,000 will die from it. The main warning sign […]

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You Only Live Twice – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  January 22, 2023  /  The Back Page  /  12 Comments

But The Third Time Is The Charm Thomas Calabrese – Mike Hogan was born on Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base. He was the youngest child of Colonel Steve and Emily Hogan. His sister Claire was three years older than him and Katie was sixteen months his senior. Because they were so close in age and […]

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By   /  January 18, 2023  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Letty: I’m going to help my friend recover from having her gallbladder removed. Why do we have a gallbladder if it can be removed?  Megan: The gallbladder is a key player in digestion. It stores bile when you are not eating. Bile is used to help digestion and when we eat it moves from the […]

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 Consequences War -Thomas Calabrese

By   /  January 15, 2023  /  The Back Page  /  10 Comments

Disappropriate Actions Thomas Calabrese -The definition of disappropriate is to remove something that has been allocated to one person or one place and reassign it elsewhere or to someone else. American citizens are endowed by basic inalienable rights and those rights are so valuable that men and women are sometimes called upon to go to […]

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By   /  January 11, 2023  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Sean: I love avocados and I put them on everything. They’re healthy but I’ve heard even if they’re considered a healthy fat, I shouldn’t eat too much of them. How much is too much avocado?  Megan: Yes, avocados are a healthy type of fat , plus they’re a good source of fiber and folate. Because […]

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30 Days In Siberia – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  January 8, 2023  /  The Back Page  /  9 Comments

Get Me Back to Oceanside Thomas Calabrese –In 2010, an experimental drug was seized in Florida and a few other places around the world. It was a synthetic concoction called Pyrrolidinopentiophenone or Alpha-PVP and was sold as a whitish or tan powder similar to cocaine. In 2012 the drug became more potent and was called […]

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By   /  January 4, 2023  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Mel: What’s the difference between yoga and pilates?  Megan: Yoga embodies more of a lifestyle that incorporates the mind, body, and soul. Pilates is more about sculpting the body by elongated and engaging muscles. A pilates reformer can also be incorporated to add resistance. There are different variations and styles of both yoga and pilates, Yoga overall might […]

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Forever Would Be My Wish – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  January 1, 2023  /  The Back Page  /  10 Comments

But I’ll Settle For One More Tomorrow Thomas Calabrese -Rimo West was part of Seal Team 7 and stationed at Naval Amphibious Base in Coronado, California.  He had been in Special Operations for eleven years and had served in dangerous locations all over the world. This latest mission would be a lot closer to home, […]

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By   /  December 29, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Linda: I get blisters on the back of my feet and sometimes my hands from working out. Sometimes I have to miss workouts because the rubbing on them hurts so bad. What is the best way to treat a blister?  Megan: You need to be sure to prevent more rubbing against the blister. Make sure the […]

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Bjorn To Hang Christmas Lights – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  December 25, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  12 Comments

Eve of Destruction and Joy to the World Thomas Calabrese – His name was Bjorn John Halverson, but was called BJ for short. He regularly got into fights because he was quick tempered and would rather settle a dispute with his fists than with diplomacy. His parents were routinely called to Grant Avenue Elementary School […]

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By   /  December 21, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Ally: Odd question, but I’ve heard your tongue is full of bacteria. So should you clean your tongue and how can you?  Megan: Your question is interesting and yes, we do need to clean our tongue as part of our daily oral health regimen. Bacteria does quickly build up on the tongue even after you […]

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Minister of Mayhem – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  December 18, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  9 Comments

Dysfunctional Family Reunion Thomas Calabrese- Boris Badenov was considered one of the most dangerous men in the world. He grew up in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, until his conscription into the Soviet military at the age of 18. During his time in the Army, Boris studied Chinese, Farsi and Portuguese at the Military Institute […]

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By   /  December 14, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Fay: My friend is obsessed with heart rate training and always looks at her watch during workouts. Why is heart rate something to think about when exercising?  Megan: Heart rate training is beneficial because different training zones based on effort level can optimize training results. Heart rate training works well for people who like performance […]

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 Who Saved Who – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  December 10, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  9 Comments

Good to the Bone Thomas Calabrese – Alex Donovan served 24 years in the Marine Corps. It was a tumultuous career that was almost equally divided between adversity, hardships, triumphs and accomplishments. During the early years when he was an inexperienced nineteen-year-old rifleman with 1st Battalion 5th Marines Alex was captured by Taliban forces while […]

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By   /  December 7, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Sheryl: Some of my family is doing the keto diet. I don’t totally understand it, so what does it mean to be in ketosis?  Megan: Ketosis is when ketones are elevated in the body. Ketones are produced from fat, hence, why eating a high fat diet is the approach. Normally, the body uses glucose (sugar) for […]

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Jingo Bells – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  December 3, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  11 Comments

Jingle All The Way Thomas Calabrese- Johnny Jingo was born on April 8th, 1850 in Kansas City, Missouri, son of Martin and Emily Jingo. Martin was a master gunsmith and in 1864 he decided to move his family from Missouri to California. While in route, their wagon train stopped outside Laramie, Wyoming. It was attacked […]

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By   /  November 30, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Jane: When it starts to be fall and winter, the second I step outside my nose starts to run. Why does the cold make my nose run?  Megan: When we breathe in, the cold air travels to our lungs. Our noses warm the air that we breathe in which adds moisture. Cold air irritates the […]

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Sergeant Lucky – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  November 27, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  15 Comments

Lifesaver and Lifechanger. Thomas Calabrese – Nina Mondello started off as an office worker and was promoted to cost estimator for Baez Commercial Construction in Kansas City, Missouri. She had been with the company for five years and had high hopes for a prosperous career as long as she worked hard and did a good […]

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