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By   /  September 28, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Lupe: My knees ache all the time and I don’t want to get injured working out. What exercises are the worst for your knees?  Megan: The knee is prone to injury but oftentimes this is due to poor form during movement patterns. For the most part, you can do all kinds of exercises but need to […]

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Rampaging Ranger – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  September 24, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  11 Comments

All Things Are Possible Thomas Calabrese –Jack Briggs was born with a vivid imagination and nothing ever seemed too unrealistic or implausible to him as images and scenarios were constantly appearing in his mind. Creating stories in his mind soon became his hobby and coping mechanism when the world got too much for him to […]

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

Mel: Why does doing the leg press machine at the gym hurt my back?  Megan: For persons who have had injury, putting the body in a fixed axis move can sometimes force the muscles to perform movements that compromise proper form. You are not able to accommodate or modify for the injury. The pelvis is put […]

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Ran To A Legacy – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  September 17, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  10 Comments

The Will Must Be Greater Than the Skill Thomas Calabrese –Steve Leone was only five years old when his father, Marine Corps Staff Sergeant John Leone was killed during deployment on Okinawa, Japan. A massive typhoon had hit the island and many of the Marines stationed at Camp Hansen volunteered to help the locals during […]

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By   /  September 13, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Leon: My friend was just diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, but he didn’t seem like a super unhealthy person to me. Now I’m kind of worried, so what causes chronic kidney disease?  Megan: There are actually a number of causes, but diabetes and high blood pressure are responsible for 2/3 of cases. Kidney stones, enlarged […]

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Rogue Lightning -Thomas Calabrese

By   /  September 11, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  12 Comments

Good Handyman Thomas Calabrese–Rogue Lightning is often called dry lightning, even though there is actually rain, it is just too high in the sky for us to feel it. On this particular day the temperature was hovering around 90 degrees on the beach even at 0700 hours as a high pressure cell blanketed California and […]

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

Ray: With covid, everyone stares at you when you cough; but doesn’t always mean someone is sick right?  Megan: You are correct. Coughing can be caused by swallowing food or a drink incorrectly, air/dust/allergies, post nasal drip, an itch or scratch in the throat, or just having a dry throat. Coughing doesn’t automatically equate to […]

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Purgatory Junction – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  September 4, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  9 Comments

Another Mission Thomas Calabrese– The withdrawal from Afghanistan was a major military blunder and immense failure of leadership at the highest level. It was a national disgrace and a grievous insult to those who served, died or were seriously wounded in the conflict. Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant Spencer Quinn served five deployments in the war […]

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

Tina: My trainer says your core needs to be stronger. Why do they say having a strong core is so important?  Megan: It is true. Strong core supports better posture which helps prevent back pain and injuries. Balance improves and stability improves which would help with better form during movement patterns such as running. That too […]

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The Falconers  Wings of Justice

By   /  August 28, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  13 Comments

Wings of Justice Thomas Calabrese –When the Green Berets arrived at the sanctuary, Diane gave the men an introduction “Falconry is an ancient art and was used to refer to a system of using birds of prey for hunting. Nowadays it is also considered a sport. It involves falcons, hawks, sparrowhawks, goshawks and eagles. Our bird […]

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By   /  August 24, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Judy: I enjoy cooking and I do use olive oil. Which is better for you, virgin or extra virgin olive oil? Megan: Olive oil is a healthy fat, but if you had to choose or could choose, go for extra virgin. It is considered less processed, has more antioxidants called polyphenols, has fewer chemicals, and […]

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Gray Hat Hacker – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  August 20, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  8 Comments

Government of the People Thomas Calabrese–Cordino’s was a small family restaurant in Vista, California. It specialized in Italian cuisine and was owned and operated by Vito and Elena Cordino. The eatery was located on South Santa Fe Drive and built quite a reputation for the place to go for excellent food and great service at […]

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By   /  August 17, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Kimmie: Is organic food healthier for you? That’s what it seems like.  Megan: Organic foods are healthier for the planet because pesticides and possible harmful to the environment fertilizers are being used agriculturally. Those substances could be found in possible traces on the foods that you are eating. However, in terms of nutrients, there aren’t necessarily […]

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Emphatically Clear -Thomas Calabrese

By   /  August 14, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  11 Comments

Swamp Fighter Thomas Calabrese –Ray Trent was a seasoned combat veteran and a dangerous weapon. He had been in the Navy Seals for nine years and fought in some of the most dangerous places in the world. He loved his country and knew what threats existed in the United States and throughout the world was […]

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By   /  August 10, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Mariel: My asthma is terrible and not improving so I was prescribed prednisone. I want to keep working out because I’m trying to lose weight, but this medicine makes me feel like I’m gaining weight. How does prednisone affect weight?  Megan: Fluid retention is a common side effect of taking prednisone which can make someone feel […]

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The Beagles Are Calling – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  August 7, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  17 Comments

To Bestow his Heart Thomas Calabrese — The USDA foreign landholdings report from 2020 shows Chinese investors own 266 parcels of United States land totaling 194,179 acres. Joint U.S-Chinese projects also combine for another 157,961 acres. The report for 2020 has been delayed several times and many concerned Americans believe that Chinese holdings are now somewhere […]

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By   /  August 3, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Richie: I’m one of those people that shouts Siri or Alexa for practically everything in my house. I’m trying to be more active, so this probably isn’t good. Just a thought: how much activity do you think is lost from all this new technology?  Megan: Everything from turning on the lights to starting the car […]

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Tip of the Spear – Thomas calabrese

By   /  July 30, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  11 Comments

Thomas Calabrese–Jennifer Salter was born on Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base. The youngest child of Colonel Robert Salter. Going back to World War I, someone in the Salter family had served in the military. It wasn’t that it was demanded or expected of them, but growing up in an environment where God, family and country […]

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By   /  July 27, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Clarence: Some workouts I’m dripping sweat and others I’m not, does that mean the workouts I sweat more at give better results? Megan: You can definitely burn plenty of calories during activities that may not cause as much sweat production. Sweat is your body cooling itself done which something like lifting weights with air conditioning […]

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When You’re Good To Others – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  July 23, 2022  /  The Back Page  /  12 Comments

You’re Best to Yourself Thomas Calabrese — Nick Lane’s greatest strength was also his greatest weakness. He was steadfast, loyal and even relentless when someone else was in trouble, but extremely uncomfortable with exposing any of his own vulnerabilities. As child, he always felt more at ease helping his friends than having them assist him. […]

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