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By   /  December 8, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Laura: The joys of holiday weight gain have hit me. How much do people tend to gain this time of year?  Megan: Most people gain around 2-3 pounds during the holidays from the excess caloric, sugar, and fat intake. Others gain more or less, it all depends on portion control and activity level. The general concept is […]

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Angels With Dirty Hands -Thomas Calabrese

By   /  December 4, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  10 Comments

The Unholy Alliance Thomas Calabrese — The two young boys grew up in the neighborhood outside the back gate of Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base, two blocks from the intersection of Vandegrift Boulevard and North River Road.  Glenn Marlowe’s father was a former Marine and now worked as a civilian employee for Facilities Maintenance on […]

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

Pam: I wish my stomach was flatter and no I need to eat right. In your opinion, what is the most effective ab exercise I should do?  Megan: Well if you train with me at my studio you would know I love sit ups and the plank. So it’s a tie for me because sit […]

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Take Without Forgetting – Thomas Calabrese

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

Give Without Remembering Thomas Calabrese- Nick Holmes looked back on his Marine Corps career with a mixture of emotions. He was glad that he went in the military, but wasn’t sure if he had in him to do it all over again. Nick did was what required of him, but there was nothing spectacular or […]

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By   /  November 23, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Suzan: I asked my coworker if she wanted to start doing the stairs or walk after work with me. She said she had a-fib and didn’t think it was a good idea. What does that mean?  Megan: She was referring to AFib which is atrial fibrillation. This is a condition that occurs when the upper […]

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Wolfe Was On The Prowl -Thomas Calabrese

By   /  November 20, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  11 Comments

Happy Thanksgiving Thomas Calabrese –Some men are born to serve and others are born to lead and a very few are born to do both. Actor James Stewart became one of the few Americans to ever rise from private to colonel in only four years during World War II. The path for Spencer Wolfe wasn’t […]

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

Andrew: What’s the difference between muscle contraction and extension? I hear it at the gym.  Megan: When it comes to the muscles and bones, extension means stretching out or elongating the bone or muscle. Contraction is flexing or bringing the bones or muscles into the same straight line. You can also think of it in terms […]

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Self-Reliant Warrior – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  November 13, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  12 Comments

No Ordinary Guy Thomas Calabrese — There are voices that we only hear in solitude. They echo through the canyons and over mountains in our minds, but grow faint and inaudible when we are no longer alone. Living according to one’s notions of goodness is easy in our own imaginations, but it takes a truly […]

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By   /  November 9, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Craig: I have a bad habit of late night snacking. Not even staying up late, but actually waking up in the middle of the night and heading to the kitchen to grab anything. I’ve gained weight so what can I do? Megan: There are actually emotional aspects to eating. We desire food even when we […]

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Freedom And Liberty – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  November 7, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  10 Comments

Immeasurable Value Thomas Calabrese –Gunnery Sergeant Kirby Boone was born in Virginia City, Nevada. His father Zack, was a big and rough and tumble kind of guy, who was bigger than life. He was the kind of man who meant what he said and said what he meant. He never went looking for a fight, […]

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

Elizabeth: I don’t sleep much and seem to be fine if I just use my weekends to catch up on missed sleep. But I’ve heard this isn’t good for you?  Megan: Sleep is the body’s recovery time, digestion time, repair time, and break from working and working for you. Not allowing your body to do […]

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Good Witch of Wuhan- Thomas Calabrese

By   /  October 30, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  8 Comments

Igor the Shark Thomas Calabrese –The Wuhan Institute of Virology is a research institute that is operated by the Chinese Academy of Sciences. It is located in the Wuchang District, Hubei, China, and reports directly to the State Council of the People’s Republic of China. Li Chepurnov, was the daughter of Vladimir Chepurnov, Director of […]

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Two Meal Bill – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  October 24, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  11 Comments

Compliments to the Chef Thomas Calabrese — Bill Crown was eight years old when his parents Steve and Rochelle were killed on the Oakland Bay Bridge. They were returning from a business luncheon at Perry’s Embarcadero when a 7.3 earthquake struck the structure with such force that it created a six foot split in the […]

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By   /  October 20, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Mary: Now that I’m in my 70’s, my balance is a problem and I’m wondering why balance seems to get worse with age? Megan: Losing control over your balance is a common occurrence as people age which could be caused by a few reasons. Many people experience BPPV which is vertigo with age. Inner ear problems or even past head […]

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Paisano – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  October 16, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  12 Comments

Tomodachi Thomas Calabrese — Giuseppe ‘Joe’ Paisano emigrated from Sicily with his parents Vito and Lucia and four older brothers, Gaetano, Salvatore, Luigi and Pietro in 1923. The family processed through Ellis Island like 12 million other immigrants did searching for a better life, did between the years of 1892 and 1954. Vito was a […]

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By   /  October 12, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Chris: How many days are you supposed to work out a week? Megan: That’s a good question and would vary by ability, age, type of working out, and goal or reason for exercising. In general your want to get at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity exercise in per week and at 2 days of […]

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Pie in the Sky – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  October 10, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  9 Comments

Cake in the Clouds Thomas Calabrese– The phrase ‘pie in the sky’ is originally from the song “The Preacher and the Slave” (1911) by songwriter Joe Hill (1879–1915), which he wrote as a parody of the Salvation Army hymn ‘In the Sweet By-and-By’. It became popular during the Great Depression of the 1930s, to describe a happy future […]

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

Jill: I have exercise induced asthma so I sort of avoid exercise, but that can’t be my excuse any more. What do you recommend I do to exercise safely?? Megan: Typically, exercise induced asthma is the result of strenuous exercise that causes the lungs to narrow and you feel like you are gasping for air. That being […]

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Patriot’s Perception – Thomas Calabrese

By   /  October 2, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  12 Comments

Delicate Balancing Act Thomas Calabrese –Clay Paladin was a Navy Seal and caught a very mild case of COVID-19 virus when he was home on leave for his sister’s wedding in San Marcos, California. Because he was in excellent physical condition and his immune system was strong, his only symptoms was a mild headache. If […]

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By   /  September 29, 2021  /  The Back Page  /  No Comments

Elizabeth: How is vitamin D related to obesity? I’ve heard this a few times and wonder if I should be taking vitamin D.  Megan: Obesity is related to being vitamin D deficient, in other words, obesity can cause vitamin D deficiency. The combination of ageing and being overweight can be a double risk for being low in vitamin […]

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