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Heartburn Meds Now — Alzheimer’s Later?

By Virginia Eaton — When you’re in the middle of a severe heartburn or acid reflux attack, you would sell your mother for some relief! Many people turn to over-the-counter heartburn medication, often with great success. Unfortunately, some startling research recently released suggests that the danger of sustained use of some heartburn drugs — such as Prevacid, Prilosec and Nexium ...

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Snowshoeing from Chinquapin to Monroe Meadows

The first big snow of the season had fallen and we needed to check out the conditions. We were pleasantly surprised to find lots of fresh, virgin snow to snowshoe along the historic route that we know of as Old Glacier Point Road. Where: Yosemite National Park Distance: 5.59 Miles Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous Elevation Range: 6,071′ – 7,281′ Date: ...

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Let’s Talk About Coffee On An Empty Stomach

Coffee alternates between being reviled and exalted for its health benefits. It’s loaded with antioxidants, gives a powerful energy boost and is a terrific appetite suppressant. As for its downside it can be quite hard on the stomach as it stimulates the release of stomach acids, which is why, if you are prone to acid reflux or heart burn your ...

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Tioga Pass High Country before the Storms

The National Weather Service was forecasting storms lining up over the next week or so and I knew that the snow from those storms could shut down Tioga Road for the season. That made me sad, so Sally and I headed up to the Tioga Pass area to check out some of my favorite high lakes in the Tioga Pass ...

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Be Selfish With Your Health

Lifestyle changes don’t always require a lifetime, but they do require a commitment, and often that is where people falter in their quest for a healthier body and mind. Often, breaking the inertia is the most difficult part of changing habits—where and when to start, how to identify your big goals rather than the safe goal. For example, a safe ...

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Hiking from Olmsted Point to Mt. Watkins and Beyond

It was a warm November day and Tioga Road had just re-opened. We had the trail and amazing views all to ourselves of Half Dome, Clouds Rest, Tenaya Canyon and the snow covered peaks beyond. It was a perfect day in my book! Where: Yosemite National Park Distance: 11.77 Miles Difficulty: Easy to Moderate Elevation Range: 7,437′ – 8,497′ Date: ...

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Thanksgiving With A Little Less Sugar

You blinked, and it’s here: Thanksgiving, also known as 38 minutes of eating a meal that takes 36 hours to make and 8 hours to digest. When it comes to cooking, in a world of Turducken, nothing seems simple, anymore. Is your turkey free range, organic and college educated? Will you brine, BBQ, bake or deep fry, bringing new meaning ...

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Hiking up the 4 Mile Trail to Glacier Point

Views of snow capped mountains and flowing waterfalls were our reward once we made it to the top but Yosemite Falls with rainbows was also pretty darn special. Where: Yosemite National Park Distance: 9.85 Miles Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous Elevation Range: 3,980′ – 7,221′ Date: November 4, 2016 Maps: El Capitan Topographic Quad Dog Hike? No, dogs not allowed in ...

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Metaphors Are Key To Understanding Beliefs

Last week I talked about belief systems, and perception being the lens through which we see and understand the world (you may want to read my previous blog before reading this one). Our thoughts and imagination create our belief systems, and our belief systems are shared with the world through the words that we use. While some poets may believe ...

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Hiking from Nelder Grove to Kelty Meadow

We headed up to Nelder Grove to check out those fall dogwoods and we discovered surprises along our adventure to Kelty Meadow. Distance: 8.44 miles (but you can go more or less if you want to) Difficulty: Easy to moderate Elevation Range: 5,275′ – 6,115′ Date: October 26, 2015 Topographic Quad Map: Falls Ridge Topographic Quad Dog Hike? Absolutely!! It ...

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