Startin' Statins?

Startin' Statins?

(August 27, 2015) Today's subject, let's call him Patient B, is a 72-year-old Caucasian male presenting no symptoms (non-smoker, no medications, not diabetic, no history of cardiovascular problems, elevated but "well-controlled-for-his-age" blood...

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Eat the Weeds!

Twelve edible weeds and how to nibble them

(August 27, 2015) Take a moment to ponder your relationship with the wild plants in your garden. Chickweed, thistle, pigweed, plantain. Cleavers, lemon balm, nettle. These not only provide forage for insects, birds,...

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The Reluctant Cyclist

Parts 2 and 3 of a series

(August 27, 2015) Part 2 Number of miles ridden: 31.2 (roundtrip) Time traveled: 2 hours: 57 minutes Number of Confederate flags sighted: 3 Number of times actively feared for life: 0 This wasn't...

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Buckaroos and Buckeyes

(August 20, 2015) Giddy-up! It rained the day before and the sky hung low and menacing over the warm, muggy, quiet clearing. Strangely, at that moment there were very few insects in a...

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Alice in Photography Wonderland

(August 13, 2015) In an age of smartphones and selfies, it's hard to imagine the challenges involved in creating a photograph in the pre-digital, pre-film era, when it took hours to capture an...

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Fluffy and Fido in the Garden

Animal- and plant-friendly planning

(August 6, 2015) Anyone with pets knows what integral parts of the family they become, yet Fluffy and Fido's antics in the landscape — the digging, peeing and damaged plants — can...

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The Heartbeat Hypothesis

(July 30, 2015) Like Achilles, who was given the choice of living a short, glorious life or a long and dull one, animals with high-metabolisms/fast heartbeats (such as shrews and mice) have...

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Miles Away

A mile from town in Russ Park

(July 30, 2015) A short hike in Ferndale's Russ Park with a walking group aroused my curiosity about the paths we didn't take, so I returned to explore. At the parking area...

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Spotting for Spots

(July 23, 2015) Artful Dodgers Today, faced with the humdrum task of taking old stuff out to the compost bin, I grabbed a camera on the off chance I might see something more...

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Downhill All the Way?

Rome and the USA

(July 16, 2015) "The U.S. is going the way of Rome!" has become practically a catchphrase among so-called "declinists" of all stripes. The parallels are so legionary (so to speak) and the general...

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Wisdom of the Weeds

(July 16, 2015) "Weeds are weeds only from our human egotistical point of view, because they grow where we do not want them. In nature, however, they play an important and interesting role....

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in our blogs...

Let it Flow: Judge Denies Bid to Halt Water Release

(August 26, 2015) UPDATE: North Coast Congressman Jared Huffman released a statement decrying the "preposterous" and repeated attempts of Southern California water districts to prevent water releases into the Trinity River.  He also...

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Dig Clams, Die Slow

(August 26, 2015) The California Department of Public Health is warning not to eat recreationally-harvested clams, mussels or other bivalves in Humboldt and Del Norte counties, saying that high levels of domoic...

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St. Joseph Nurses Allege Understaffing, Departure from Values

(August 26, 2015) Representatives from the local chapter of the California Nurses Association and National Nurses United convened in front of St. Joseph Hospital last week to discuss concerns over the health system’s...

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