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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  /  13 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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McQuade’s War – Thomas Calabrese

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

Kinetic Operation Thomas Calabrese — Definition: Kinetic operation is a euphemism for military action involving active warfare, including lethal force. The phrase is used to contrast between conventional military force and “soft” force, including diplomacy, sanctions and cyber warfare. The five largest ranches in Texas are; King Ranch, 825,000 acres, Briscoe Ranches, 650,000, acres, Waggoner Ranch, […]

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

 Ron: As I age, getting up out of bed or even a chair harder and harder. is it true that it could be my hips? I’m scared I need a hip replacement.  Megan: Statistics state that 450,000 hip replacements take place each year in the U.S. Your hip is a ball and socket joint and […]

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Forrest Greene – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  July 3, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  11 Comments

Big Oak and Amber Waves Thomas Calabrese –Captain Ron Greene and his wife Cassie, who was 8 ½ months at the time, had driven from Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base in Oceanside early Saturday morning to San Luis Obispo for a five day mini-vacation. Their tentative plans were to visit Hearst Castle and do some […]

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

 Kathy Magerkurth  Cindy: I’ve been having pain on and off with my elbow area and I’ve been told by others that it could be tennis elbow. What exactly is this and how can I manage the pain??  Megan: The tendons in your elbow area have been overloaded possibly due to repetitive movements or overuse of […]

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Marauders at Myitkina – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  June 26, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  12 Comments

Tiger of Malaysia Thomas Calebrese – Merrill’s Marauders (named after General Frank Merrill) codename Unit Galahad, officially named the 5307th Composite Unit (Provisional), was a United States Army long range penetration special operations jungle warfare unit, which fought in the China-Burma-India Theater (CBI) during World War II. The unit became famous for its deep-penetration missions behind enemy lines, often engaging Japanese forces far […]

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School Choice

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

The pandemic has had a huge impact on our K-12 educational systems throughout our country, including here in North County. Our schools all closed in spring 2020 and stay largely closed for a year.  Distance learning was a disaster at first, improving over time but never reaching the level of effective education that we see […]

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

Layla: I love snacking on carrots and sometimes it’s my snack 2 or 3 times a day just because it’s so easy for me when working. Of course everyone laughs and says I’m going to turn orange. Do carrots really turn your skin orange?? Megan: Overeating carrots could possibly turn the palms of your hands and/or […]

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Cinematic Influences -Thomas Calabrese

By   /  June 19, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  10 Comments

Heroes and Villains Thomas Calabrese — Over the past 100 years, Hollywood has created thousands of cinematic portraits of men and manhood for the silver screen. Celluloid images appeared before us as good and bad guys, weak and strong, heroes and villains. These larger than life images showed young impressionable boys a wide range of […]

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

Silvia: I like to get Botox done every so often and every time I go it seems like I can’t workout for a while after, or at least they say not to. It bugs me because I hate skipping, workouts, so how long should you wait after Botox to exercise? Megan: Of course my answer […]

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Chaos In The Inland Empire – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  June 12, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  14 Comments

Rivco 90 Thomas Calabrese – Herman Browning joined the Marine Corps after graduating from San Marcos High School. He served in the Infantry, Recon, 1stAnglico and the Raider Regiment. Herman had eleven deployments, was awarded two silver stars, one bronze star and was wounded six times while in combat or operating behind enemy lines. He […]

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Always The Right Time – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  June 6, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  12 Comments

For Swift Justice Thomas Calabrese – Inspired and Dedicated to Marsha the Magnificent — Marsha Swift was born in Bend, Central Oregon’s largest city, located on the eastern edge of the Cascade Range along the Deschutes River. This area is where the Ponderosa pine forest transitions to the high desert, characterized by junipers, sagebrush and […]

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

Chris: I’m on a salad kick trying to really eat healthier and even when I go to restaurants I order one of the salads. I know that the dressings are the downfall and can wreck the whole point of eating salad, so what do you recommend for salad dressing? Megan: You are correct that salad dressings are […]

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Heartache At Honda Rock – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  May 29, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  15 Comments

Hellfire and High Water Thomas Calabrese — The Honda Point disaster was the largest peacetime loss of U.S. Navy ships in American history. It occurred on a foggy evening with limited visibility on September 8, 1923. A convoy of 14 Clemson-class destroyers were traveling at 20 knots on their way from San Francisco to San […]

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