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“Curling up to take cat naps with my Emmy kitty, & singing with my family’s three pugs — Oliver, Rocko & Otis. They howl in unison, which is hilarious & most likely because of my awful voice.”



“Cuddling inside our living room & going out for hikes & walks — the best.”

d “We rough house, play fetch, run wild chasing each other in the house or yard & cuddle in bed every night.”

d “Teaching and practicing tricks with Leon the Shih Tzu. He’ll do anything for treats, including play dead, roll over and high fives.”


“My favorite way to bond with Coleman is our nightly threeround boxing/wrestling match. That six-pound Yorkiepoo will put up a strong fight. He’s quick & can take a punch. Oh, & he has sharp teeth (all four that are left)!”


“Pets & owners that eat together, stay together. Even if I wanted to eat alone, they’d never allow it. They’re like vultures — cute, begging vultures.”


“The best bonding time with my two dogs is when I wake up in the morning. They are lazy, tired & so lovey dovey. They cuddle up with me & are sweet at that time!”

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hen I was a teenager, I couldn’t wait to grow up. Then when I became a grown-up, I wanted to be a kid again. Now that I am in my early 40s, I don’t wish to be young anymore. I just wish that, as I grow older, I am fitter, healthier and wiser. And I have a lot of people to look up to, for that matter. In fact, in this issue we are showcasing five men and women in their 60s and 70s who are probably more fit than I am (and I run a lot). Their dedication to living a healthy lifestyle is proof that age is just a number, and all we need is to make that commitment and honor it. I’m working on it, and I think the support and love from my family will get me there. Speaking of family, please check out our coverage on one of the favorite members of our families — our pets. We have some neat pet stories inside. Lastly, I want to thank readers for your comments of support and praise for our publication. I am proud to let you know that this month, we plan to launch “B Well Live,” a show focused on health and wellness themes that will be streamed live via and on Wednesday mornings. Expect to see us and some of our health industry contributors on the show as we explore ways to help you lead a healthier life. If you have suggestions, please email me. I look forward to them!

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Healthy Holiday Recipe Contest B Well wants your “healthy” holiday recipes! Send us one of your favorite low-cal, heart healthy recipes along with a high-resolution photo, and what the recipe means to you and your family, or why it’s so tasty. We’ll pick one lucky winner at random and publish a few readers’ recipes in our November “Food Issue.”



We are giving away a documentary titled “Foodmatters,” which offers a look into our current state of health and uncovering the trillion dollar worldwide “sickness industry.” It opens viewers’ eyes to the fact that nutritional therapy can be more effective than medical treatments. We also have a $25 gift card to Village Grill restaurant up for grabs. To enter, submit a holiday recipe by sending an email to with a subject line: Healthy Holiday Recipe. Entry must include name, address & phone number. The winner will be contacted via email or phone. Deadline: Sept. 9. Must be 18 or older to enter. Only one entry per household, please. 6

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B Well asked readers on Facebook to submit a photo of how their pet stays cool in the summer along with a creative caption. Here are our winners and runners-up.


Winners - Congratulations! You’ve won $25 to Biscuit Boutique & Doggy Spa "Headed for a big splash." Submitted by Beth Pandol

"Dogs days of summer."

Name: Halifax (We call him Hal.) Age: 5 years old Breed: Purebred Labrador retriever How he got his name: We named him

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Name: General Gustaf (Gus) Age: 7 months old Breed: German Shepherd How he got his name: We wanted a strong German name. Favorite treat: Big bones.

Coolest trick: Playing fetch. Best personality trait: Playful,


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after my husband and I visited Nova Scotia. We loved it there, and spent time in the city of Halifax. Labradors originated near Nova Scotia. Favorite treat: Dog jerky. Coolest trick: He can not only retrieve one tennis ball in the pool, but he can get two in his mouth. He tries for three but just can't quite fit them. Best personality trait: Enthusiasm — he is ready to go all the time. He's also incredibly sweet.


Hudson Chloe "Ball please!" Submitted by Brian & Tracy Kiser

"Cats can't swim — Hudson begs to differ!" Submitted by Robin Jaske

Sammie & Suzie "Who says the dog days of summer aren't enjoyable!" Submitted by Tim Dobbs

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10 B Connected · Hearing loss, life insurance, carpooling, pet dental health, relieving MS symptoms, soda’s side effects, reading room, high blood pressure

58 Calorie Count lunch snacks

17 Save the Date · Calendar of events around town 22 B Enriched · Explore new ways to get more out of life 23 Get to Know · Maggie Cushine, Resource Development Director of Boys & Girls Clubs

YOUR HEALTH 36 Defying the Odds · Skylar Frank’s story of unexpected miracles 41 How-to Profile · Choosing a health insurance policy 42 Health Watch · Local doctors answer 3 health questions 43 Health Apps · 9 apps to lead you to a healthier lifestyle 44 Holistic Health pain remedies

· Natural arthritis

45 Smart Health News · When to throw out common pantry items

GET FIT 46 Gear Up · Essentials for an active lifestyle 47 Workout Moves

· Zumba fitness

51 Diet Diary · Big reveal of B Well’s Get Fit Weight-Loss Challenge

on the cover Family: 24 Techie Gadgets 26 Back-to-School 30 60+ & Fit 60 Real Success Stories 74 Some Kind of Wonderful 51 Get Fit Weight-Loss Challenge Big Reveal cover photo · Katie Taylor & Alex Silicz featured on pg. 51 Photographed by April Massirio


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56 Healthy Indulgence · Food art & kid-friendly recipes

· Quick & healthy

59 Chew On This

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WELLNESS & WONDER 60 Real Success Stories · Two locals living with Multiple Sclerosis 64 Your Body · Fun-to-know facts about the eyes 66 What Happens When · Recommendations before going on a day hike 68 Life’s Question’s Answered · What are some dairy-free milk alternatives? 70 Gardening · Planting a fall veggie garden

CREATING AWARENESS 72 B the Cause · Spotlight on The Alzheimer’s Disease Association of Kern County 74 Some Kind of Wonderful · Zach Skow, founder of Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue

LAST LOOK 76 B Seen · See who’s been spotted on the local scene 82 Life & Happiness · Family planning & organizing tips 06 Ed Note 21 Quiz Expert Connect Articles: 13 Dr. Jasleen Duggal of VMS Medical Group 16 Dr. Farzin Kerendian of Desired Beauty Surgical & Medical Center 29 Urner's Z's Please Sleep Center 35 Dr. Vihn-Linh Nguyen of Bakersfield Hematology Oncology 40 Ally Senior Care 57 DreamMaker Kitchen & Bath 65 Dr. Joseph H. Chang of Empire Eye & Laser Center 69 Achilles Prosthetics & Orthotics

FEATURES 4 Techie Gadgets: 25 Helpful home-automation devices

3 tips 26 Back-to-school: to ease the transition you & your 27 Protect family from annuity fraud La Bella: service 28 dog that’s shining bright Staying Fit & Full of 30 60+: Life

contributors KSHIVINDER DEOL, MD

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Dr. Shivinder Deol is a board certified anti-aging medicine and family physician who graduated from Armed Forces Medical College in India. He has been practicing in Bakersfield since 1982. Dr. Deol is the director of the Anti-Aging & Wellness Center and uses many alternative and holistic therapies like nutrition, detoxification, chelation, hyperbaric oxygen and bio-identical hormones for healing the body naturally, including arthritis.

GINA L. GORDON-LOPEZ, LEP Gina L. Gordon-Lopez, M.A. is a licensed educational psychologist and has been employed within the public school system since 1996. She has a 14-year-old son, a 12-year-old daughter, and has been married to her husband, Michael, for 16 years. Visit her website at


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David A. Milazzo is the founder and principal of Macroscopic, an Apple enterprise technology consultancy focused on bringing Mac and iOS technologies to businesses, schools, agencies and independent professionals throughout the U.S. You can follow David’s musings on technology via Twitter @davidmilazzo or “like” Macroscopic on Facebook.

PAUL ULRICH, DVM Paul Ulrich is the managing partner at Bakersfield Veterinary Hospital. He graduated from UC Davis in 1982, and has been in private practice in Bakersfield since then. Dr. Ulrich also works nights doing critical care and emergency medicine, and has a special interest in avian medicine.

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Tracey Whitney is a nutritional consultant at Dr. Brooks Family Chiropractic. She studied at the Global College of Natural Medicine. Tracey takes a holistic approach to weight loss and energy by ridding the body of harmful toxins through nutrition, cleansing and detox body wraps for permanent inch loss. In her free time, Tracey enjoys dancing, hiking, snow skiing, traveling and riding with her husband on their Harley.

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Hearing Loss & Other Serious Health Problems CONTRIBUTED BY BETTER HEARING INSTITUTE

Hearing loss isn’t a harmless condition to be ignored. In fact, hearing loss often coexists with other serious health problems, and a growing body of research indicates that there may be a link. Studies show that people with heart disease, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, Alzheimer’s disease and depression may all have an increased risk of hearing loss. When left untreated, hearing loss alone can lead to a wide range of physical and emotional conditions. Impaired memory and the impaired ability to learn new tasks, reduced alertness, increased risk to personal safety, irritability, negativism, anger, fatigue, tension and stress are among its more common side effects. But when untreated, hearing loss coexists with a chronic illness, the likelihood is all the greater that the individual will experience exacerbated levels of stress and diminished quality of life. Here’s the good news: Research also indicates that professionally fitted hearing aids can help improve quality of life for people with chronic diseases when hearing loss does coexist. “In the vast majority of cases, hearing loss can be addressed with hearing aids to help people hear better and improve their quality of life,” said Dr. Sergei Kochkin, executive director of the Better Hearing Institute. He strongly urges anyone with heart disease, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, Alzheimer’s and/or depression to talk with their doctor or call Beltone Hearing Aid Center at 832-5944.


The warm weather not only brings higher temperatures, but higher gas prices, too. That’s why carpooling is a great way to save money! CommuteKern is a free service offered by Kern Council of Governments to help commuters find ways to share a ride through its rideshare matching service. By registering 10

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Life Insurance:


The key word in financial planning is, after all, planning — and that includes life insurance. As difficult as it may be to face, losing a loved one would be hard enough without the added stress of losing income needed to carry on in life. That’s where life insurance plays a valuable role in anyone’s financial plan.

Do you need it?

If anyone depends on you financially, in any way, then you need life insurance. Don’t leave the people you care about exposed due to an unexpected death or major health crisis. Think of life insurance as a protection to those you leave behind.

Insuring a stay-at-home parent

Having one parent stay home to care for the children can be a way to support both family and a career. However, don’t overlook the need for insuring the life of the stay-at-home. If the worst were to happen, the surviving parent could potentially need to pay another person for child care, household upkeep and more.

Uncle Sam’s share

In just nine months following a person’s death, estate taxes are due (in cash) to the government. If your estate would owe taxes, how would your survivors come up with those funds? Again, life insurance could fill that financial gap.

your profile on, you will be able to find carpool, vanpool or bicy-

cling buddies who live in your area, and can share the ride on your work commutes. Carpooling works for taking the kids to school as well. Parents can register on the website and connect with other parents or

students who have similar travel schedules and routes. Carpooling will help reduce the traffic around your schools, while de- creasing greenhouse gas emissions and the risk of accidents. Because you have places to be, CommuteKern wants to help you get there. Check out the website for updated traffic reports or current events, like the annual Rideshare Week Oct. 7 to 11. For more information, contact CommuteKern at 832-RIDE (7433), or visit

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Common  symptoms include weakness and incoordination in the arms or legs, loss of balance and problems with mobility and bladder function, and occasionally vision problems. While the condition itself cannot be cured, treatment is aimed at slowing down the progression of the disease and helping patients recover to a point where they are independent at home. Physical therapy and occupational therapy play an important role in the rehabilitation process and improves the quality of life for patients with MS. Supervised, controlled exercise is the foundation of physical therapy treatment. As patients tend to fatigue quickly, exercise plans are designed to be simple and gradual to prevent sudden attacks of pain and discomfort. CONTRIBUTED BY DHAVAL BUCH, PRESIDENT & OWNER OF AUM PHYSICAL THERAPY & YOGA CENTER

Multiple sclerosis is a clinical condition characterized by a loss of the myelin tissue that surrounds the nerves and aids in normal conduction of electrical impulses to and from the brain.

Here  are  some  of  the  benefits  of  physical  therapy  for MS patients. 


Correction of posture and improved trunk control — Patients with MS are at risk of falling, so physical therapy is aimed at controlling posture and balance to minimize the risk of falls.


Increasing functional independence with walking aids — To improve independence and movement, a physical therapist may prescribe aids including walkers, canes and custom-made foot orthotics (supports). Conditions such as foot drop and loss of sensation in the lower extremities may warrant the use of additional orthotics.


Enhancing mobility — Mobility is an important prerequisite to patient independence. Joint and muscle stiffness, especially in the legs, can be corrected with stretching exercises. Stiffness in the neck muscles can affect neck and head posture and control, which can also be corrected with supports and exercise.


Restoration of muscle tone — Increased tone (hypertonia) or decreased muscle tone (hypotonia) is a result of the impact of MS on the nervous system. A physical therapist may use manual techniques to improve joint sensation and restore normal muscle tone.


Relaxation — Deep breathing exercises help tremendously in decreasing tension, stress and anxiety often associated with the condition.


pets with chronic dental plaque, gingivitis or periodontal disease.

Regular care of your pet’s teeth and gums is important for their long-term health. Plaque and dental disease can lead to adverse changes in the organs, especially the heart and kidneys. Bacterial

infection that originates in the mouth can cause endocarditis (inflammation of the valves in the heart) as well as myocarditis (inflammation of the middle layer of the heart wall). Chronic nephritis (kidney disease) is also a possible outcome for

An examination of your pet’s mouth is the first step in determining a treatment plan. A proper, professional cleaning of the teeth requires a general anesthesia to clean the plaque from under the gum line, as well as assessment of any potential periodontal disease. There are a variety of products available for care of your pet’s teeth and mouth at home. Brushing your pet’s teeth is the best way

to prevent plaque and dental disease. Special formulations of toothpaste for dogs and cats are required. Human toothpaste is not designed to be swallowed, and is generally too foamy for use in pets. There are also special oral rinses that can help reduce plaque in pets. Check with your veterinarian to get a complete program for your pet’s individual needs. Their long-term health will benefit greatly from regular dental care.

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DISSOLVES TOOTH ENAMEL Sugar and acid in soft drinks easily dissolves tooth enamel.

Soda has become such a commonplace drink in our society, but we often don’t think twice about what’s in it and what it might be doing to our bodies. Recent research has shed some light on the sinful side of this mystery liquid.

When tooth decay reaches the nerve, the root and the area at the base of the tooth, the tooth may die and, if left untreated, an abscess can develop.

RISKY BUSINESS Drinking soda also leads to increased risk for diabetes, higher levels of fats in the blood and cholesterol. Additionally, the high level of phosphates in soda have been linked to heart and kidney problems, muscle loss and osteoporosis. (When phosphorus is excreted in the urine, it takes calcium with it, depriving the bones and the rest of the body of this important mineral.)

HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP Most soft drinks contain high fructose corn syrup, a sweetener that has recently come under considerable scrutiny. It has been associated with an increased risk of metabolic syndrome, a condition associated with an elevated risk of both diabetes and heart disease.

Those who drink more soda have an 80% increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Approximately 1 in 10 health care dollars is spent on diabetes.


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SODA BELLY Most of us are very aware that extra calories in soda will pack on the pounds, but does it really help when we switch to diet soda? Unfortunately, diet soda can lead to a “diet soda belly.” The waist circumference of people who drink diet soda daily may expand by 70% up to 500%!

COLORFUL DANGER The caramel coloring used to create the irresistible hue of soda has been found to cause cancer — yikes! But, wait … there’s more! Let’s not forget the reproductive problems associated with BPA, which lines aluminum cans and is present in most plastic bottles. Drink at your own risk!

FATTY FACTS The ingredients in soda tend to cause fat build-up in our organs and around our skeletal muscles. The connection to obesity is undeniable. Research shows that for each additional soda consumed, the risk of obesity increases 1.6 times.


70% of cardiovascular disease is related to obesity.


99% of plastic bottles contain BPA.

42% of breast & colon cancer is diagnosed in obese individuals.


30% of of gallbladder surgery is related to obesity.


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Living the Good Long Life: A Practical Guide to Caring for Yourself and Others

By Martha Stewart, Paperback, $27.50; Kindle & Nook Book, $12.99 (Listing prices) All about living your healthiest life after 40 and aging gracefully — Martha Stewart provides wisdom about growing old and maintaining good health. Includes tips on a healthy diet, fitness, getting organized, keeping active and much more.

The 8-Hour Diet: Watch the Pounds Disappear Without Watching What You Eat!

by David Zinczenko & Peter Moore, Hardcover, $26.99; Paperback, $16.99; Kindle & Nook Book, $21.99 (Listing prices) With the 8-Hour Diet, you can lose weight and eat what you want as long as it’s within a set eight-hour time period. Contains recipes, different motivating strategies, and an eight-minute workout routine to aid you on your fat-burning journey.

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What is the difference between hyperthyroidism & hypothyroidism?


The thyroid is a small butterfly-shaped gland that sits low in the front of the neck. It produces a hormone called thyroxine. This hormone helps control the function of almost all of your body’s cells and organs, including your heart, brain and skin. What is the difference between hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism? Hypothyroidism means the thyroid gland is making too little thyroxine. Hyperthyroidism means the thyroid gland is making too much thyroxine. What are the signs of hypothyroidism? You may experience several of the following symptoms: depression, forgetfulness, slow thinking and speech, sleepiness, puffy face, dry skin, hoarse voice, coarse hair or hair loss, constipation, slow heartbeat, weight gain, feeling cold more often, sluggish and fatigue, cholesterol abnormalities, heavy or irregular periods. What are the signs of hyperthyroidism? Common symptoms and signs of hyperthyroidism include: palpitations, heat intolerance, nervousness, insomnia, breathlessness, increased bowel movements, light or absent menstrual periods, fatigue, fast heart rate, trembling hands, weight-loss, muscle weakness, warm moist skin and hair loss. My doctor found a nodule near my throat, what is a nodule? A thyroid nodule is an abnormal lump or growth on or within your thyroid. People who experience symptoms may complain of: ear or neck pain, difficulty swallowing, hoarseness, shortness of breath (as the goiter presses on the windpipe). If I have these symptoms, what will my doctor do? Your doctor will start by ordering blood work to check your thyroid levels. An ultrasound may be needed to evaluate for any thyroid nodules and goiter. Once the tests are confirmed, then treatment can be determined for you.

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About 1 in 3 adults living in the United States (an estimated 68 million) have high blood pressure, which increases the risk for heart disease and stroke — the leading causes of death in the U.S.

What is blood pressure? Blood pressure is the force of blood against your artery walls as it circulates through your body. It normally fluctuates throughout the day, but it can cause serious problems if it stays high for too long.

Symptoms of high blood pressure Most people experience no symptoms, although some may complain of dull headaches, dizzy spells or nosebleeds. For the most part, high blood pressure is a silent problem — you won’t know you have it until your health care provider checks your blood pressure.

Ways to prevent high blood pressure 0 Stay at a healthy weight 0 Eat less salt 0 Get regular exercise 0 Eat heart-healthy foods 0 Don’t smoke 0 Have your blood pressure checked at each regular health care visit, or at least once every two years. If you have a family history of high blood pressure, once per year is recommended.

Risks of having high blood pressure High blood pressure can harden the arteries, decreasing the flow of blood and oxygen to the heart, which can cause: 0 Chest pain (angina) 0 Heart failure, which occurs when the heart can’t pump enough blood and oxygen to your other organs. 0 Heart attacks occur when the blood supply to your heart is blocked and heart muscle cells die from a lack of oxygen. The longer the blood flow is blocked, the greater the damage to the heart.

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Some early age immunizations can wear off. Make sure to get your children the booster shots they need. Children under the age of 2 also need up-to-date immunizations. If you have not had your annual exam, schedule yours too!

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Blood pressure numbers Blood pressure is measured as systolic (sis-TOL-ik) and diastolic (di-ah-STOL-ik) pressures. Systolic refers to blood pressure when the heart beats while pumping blood. Diastolic refers to blood pressure when the heart is at rest between beats. You most often will see blood pressure numbers written with the systolic number above or before the diastolic number, such as 120/80 mmHg (mmHg is the abbreviations for millimeters of mercury). The table below shows normal and high blood pressure numbers for adults. The ranges in the table apply to most adults (ages 18 and older) who don’t have short-term serious illnesses.





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I am unhappy with my cosmetic breast surgery results. What are my options?


CAPSULAR CONTRACTION A capsule is an envelop of fibrotic tissue that forms around the implants. The capsule is normally soft; however, in certain cases it becomes thicker, harder and contraction of the capsule occurs. When this happens the implant feels hard, and it’s squeezed in a tighter space so it looks deformed. This condition will cause asymmetry of the breasts, and it progressively gets worse with time, even to the point of having breast pain. Fortunately, a relatively simple surgery can treat this problem, and Dr. K’s office has been successful in getting coverage through most health insurances. LEAKAGE OR RUPTURE OF IMPLANTS This condition can happen with either saline or silicone implants, and can be a sudden deflation or slow and gradual. It is recommended that correctional surgery be performed as soon as leakage or rupture of the implant is diagnosed to prevent asymmetry. Most implants have warranties, and Dr. K’s staff is experienced in finding out your type of warranty and trying to cover the cost of your surgery through the manufacturer’s insurance. CHANGING THE SIzE/STYLE OF IMPLANT Some patients desire to have a bigger size due to loss of their breast tissue with aging, and others may want to go with smaller implants because theirs is heavy and causing them back and shoulder pain as well as limiting their physical activities. Then there are patients who wish to remove the implant completely without replacement. “BOTTOMING-OUT” OR MAL-POSITION OF IMPLANT Bottoming-out refers to cases when gravity has stretched the skin in the lower portion of the breast, and the implant is positioned too low in relation to the nipple. Other times the implant may be placed out of the ideal position. These cases can be corrected by capsulorrhaphy — a minor surgery in which the pocket where the implant is located is fixated to keep the implant in ideal position. The recovery time for these surgeries is usually very easy and quick. Dr. Kerendian offers complimentary consultations to discuss the patient’s condition and treatment options in detail so they can achieve their “desired beauty.”

Dr. Farzin Kerendian has more than a decade of experience performing revision breast surgery procedures for women who are not satisfied with their original breast augmentation, breast lift, breast reduction or other breast enhancement procedures.

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11th annual BPD K9 Unit’s ‘Howlin’ at the Moon’ Fun Run 5K/10K run starts 8:30 p.m. at The Park at River Walk. Proceeds benefit BPD’s K9 unit. Early registration is $25; race day is $30.



Courtney Love Concert starts at 8 p.m. at The Fox Theater. Tickets from $28 to $48.



Full Moon Ride with Bike Bakersfield Ride starts at 8 p.m. at Beach Park near the entrance to Kern River Parkway Trail. Free.



Concerts by the Fountain Dance to Jamaican ska, rock, salsa and funk music from Mento Buru, 7 to 9 p.m. at The Marketplace. Free.



Gaslight Melodrama Theatre & Music Hall presents “Rosedale.” Show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets range from $12 to $23.


31 Guided Meditation Group Led once a week by Marcia Ohlman, a Reiki master, intuitive and teacher, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Enchanted Cottage, 30 H St. Experience the positive effects of meditation, essential oils and healing music for $5. 323-9929.

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11 Hart Park Walk & Talk Noon to 2 p.m. Meet at northeast corner of Hart Park. Hike through the park as the new garden and the Hart Park Festival is discussed. Bring a sack lunch. Free to attend.


15 Ultimate Bridal Event Meet with premier wedding vendors, live entertainment and a fashion show. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at JC’s Place. Tickets from $8 to $25.


28 Bark for Life fundraising event for Relay for Life from 9 a.m. to noon at Yokuts Park. Proceeds benefit American Cancer Society. Registration for first dog is $20; $10 for each additional dog. Demonstration by BPD K9 unit, pet look-a-like contest, costume contest, pet photo booth and speakers Dr. Todd Peterson and Zach Skow.


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5th annual Latination Art Exhibit Featuring art by local artists, live music by Mento Buru and food provided by El Pueblo. 5 to 9 p.m. at Metro Galleries. Free to attend.



Anjelah Johnson Comedy show starts at 8 p.m. at The Fox Theater. Tickets $30.50.



Kern County Fair Sept. 18 to 29, 1142 S. P St., Bakersfield.


28 Walk to End Alzheimer’s presented by Pacific Neuroscience Medical Group. 5K starts at 8 a.m. at The Park at River Walk. Contact Andrew Peake at 912-3053 or



Buena Vista Museum Family Day 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Buena Vista Museum of Natural History. $20 for 2 adults and up to 6 children.



Throwdown in the Valley Central California CrossFit Competition hosted by Crossfit Bako. Proceeds benefit Bakersfield PAL. Registration $60 to $65.



Family Karaoke 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Rusty’s Pizza on Olive Drive. Free every Wednesday.


30 Stockdale Country Club After School Tennis Sign-ups 4:30 to 6 p.m. $52 per month if you come once a week. The program is for children ages 4 to 18. All classes are 4:30 to 6 p.m. Monday to Thursday.

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Lace’n It Up benefits Links for Life. Walk and lunch between 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at The Park at River Walk, Liberty Bell Downtown or the Public Health Building. Register at



Wine, Women & Shoes benefiting CASA of Kern County. Shopping, fashion show, wine and hors d’oeuvres. 2 to 6 p.m. at a private residence. Tickets $125.


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01 Heart Centered Healing from 2 to 3 p.m. with Tina Antonell at CBCC Foundation for Community Wellness in the Chapel Room. Learn how to heal by experiencing the presence of peace, grace and ease within our bodies. Free to attend.




zumba Dance Fitness Learn the exhilarating high calorie-burning fitness classes and its simple Latin and international dance moves from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. at Greenacres Community Center. $5.




15th annual Via Arte Italian street painting festival benefiting BMoA. Held in the parking lots at The Marketplace. Free to attend.


17 Diva’s Dish and Design is a fun ladiesonly workshop offered the third Thursday of every month. 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Color Me Mine at The Marketplace. $50 (includes pottery, design templates, instruction, supplies, firing and snacks.)




“3 Faces of the King: An American Legend!” Celebrate the music, life and legacy of Elvis Presley. Show starts at 8 p.m. at The Fox Theater. Tickets from $34.50 to $74.50.

Watercolor and Ink Classes explore a variety of watercolor techniques using both watercolors; pen and ink. Class includes lectures and demos. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Bakersfield Art Association Art Center. $25 per session to attend.

06 Pumpkin Extravaganza Dress up the kids and bring the family to a pumpkin patch for fun and a fall family photo! Taco lunch provided. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Country Sweet Produce, 5060 B St. Admission $20; children, $10.


26 Walk MS Bakersfield 2013 Check in 7:30 a.m.; opening ceremony 9 a.m.; race at 9:30 a.m. at Yokuts Park. Free to attend; minimum donation of $100 requested. Lunch provided, contests and entertainment. Register at




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Mike Epps Comedy show at 7 p.m. at Rabobank Theater. Tickets from $44 to $51.



NOR Greenacres Community Center offers a number of Dance Classes, which run six weeks. $35, $45 for nondistrict residents. Call 322-5765 or 201-2105 for times.





Altares de Familia Celebrate Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with local families honoring their loved ones who have passed. 4 to 9 p.m. at BMoA & Central Park at Mill Creek.


Get Fit Kern County presented by Kaiser Permanente. 5K run starts at 9 a.m. at the Kaiser Permanente Ming Medical offices. $20 to register; 1K walk is free. Register at




Group Roller Skating Classes Noon to 1 p.m. at Skateland, 415 Ming Ave. $7.

Five Masters of Orchestral Brilliance Presented by Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra. 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Rabobank Theater. Ticket prices vary.

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P lay Tennis If you want your children to stay active, tennis lessons are the perfect way to get them off the couch and into some exercise! Bakersfield Racquet Club offers junior lessons throughout the year. Fall classes for Junior Development start in September. For more information or to sign up at BRC, call 325-8652 or visit To find the best fit for you and your child, go to for more about tennis in the Kern community. In need of great gift ideas? Nothing is more thoughtful than something you made yourself! Acquire a useful skill like quilting at one of

Quilting Classes several different local fabric and craft stores, with classes for all ages and experience levels. Strawberry Patches is not your grandma’s quilt store, and through the years, it has grown to become Kern County’s largest and most complete quilt shop. With classes in beginning quilting, embroidery and technique, this is one shop you’ll want to check out. For class schedules, visit Give ice skating at San Joaquin Community Hospital Ice Center of Bakersfield a try. All ages and skill levels are welcome!

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Age 46 Hometown I was born in Phoenix, Ariz., but have considered Bakersfield my hometown since 1985.

Bakersfield knows you as the resource development director for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Kern County. I balance wellness by taking time out to read by my fountain in the backyard and enjoying the blue skies or star-filled night. My daily health fix is hopefully going to be working out (thanks to my children, I recently started going back to the gym). I’m happiest when I’m hanging out with my children Mickey, 17, and Mackenzie, 15, my husband, Michael, and our dog Babe Ruth. Favorite enrichment activity is watching HGTV because some day I am going to redo our kitchen. In my home, my sanctuary is my backyard. I look forward to the fall season because our annual holiday party is just around the corner, and it is a great opportunity to catch up with friends. When I wake up in the morning, the first thing I do is turn off the house alarm, feed the dog and get the kids up. A little known fact about me is that I played softball on two NCAA Division II National Championship softball teams at Cal State Bakersfield. The best part about my job is knowing that I am helping to make a difference in a child’s life. Something useful that I wish I knew how to do is live off the land. The smartest advice I ever received was before you make up your mind about something, find out the rest of the story. My go-to stress reliever is walking my dog at night. She is a good listener. The most inspirational person I know is my husband because he made the choice to change careers and start college in his 30s. He always wanted to be a teacher. August 2013 ·


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s the end of summer break approaches, it’s time to establish a back-to-school routine. Younger students require 10 to 11 hours of sleep per night, while teens need 8 to 9 hours of sleep to function at an optimal level during their school day. Lack of adequate rest can result in lack of attention and irritability within the classroom setting. Defining a set bedtime helps a child slow down, prepare for sleep, and promotes a smoother start in the morning. Start adjusting bedtime early. It can take time to reset your child’s internal clock. To decrease “bedtime struggles” start transitioning three weeks before school starts. Gradually adjust your child’s bedtime in 15-minute increments until the target bedtime has been reached. Prepare essential items each night. Create a checklist of these items with your child. This allows children to take ownership of their routine. These items should include papers requiring signatures and completed homework assignments. “Quiet time” 30 minutes prior to bedtime. This time may consist of a bedtime story for younger children or conversation with older children. TIP: For older children, you may consider requiring your child’s cellphone be charged in your bedroom, thus decreasing the likelihood of latenight use. Repetition and structure promotes a feeling of security within your child, so be firm and loving when reinforcing your routine. For additional information and tips, visit Have a great school year!


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onsider the following when choosing an annuity policy. An annuity will have a “teaser rate,” currently 4 percent or 5 percent initially, but many will adjust to a much lower rate within a year or two. Know the lowest rate it will earn. Almost all annuities have a “penalty period” after purchased, meaning that if you withdraw an amount not authorized, you are penalized a percentage of the excessive withdrawal. The “penalty periods” for most annuities are usually seven years, but can be as high as 20 years. The penalty is on a sliding scale that reduces the longer you own the annuity. The commission the agent earns is usually during the penalty period. An agent could earn $12,000 on a $100,000 annuity with a penalty period of 12 years. If you withdraw an amount for an emergency, most policies allow 10 percent and the interest earned to be withdrawn annually without penalty, or have a 60-to 90-day set aside period to avoid a penalty for early withdrawal if you are in a nursing home.

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now what the amount is that you can withdraw each year without penalty, along with the penalty period and sliding scale. Have the policy reviewed by your trusted children, CPA or attorney to obtain a second opinion to determine if it is a good fit for your financial plan. Review the policy again when purchased. The primary factor is to understand what you are buying.

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La Bella the French Bulldog

Dazzling service dog specializes in modeling, bringing smiles WRITTEN BY KAELYN DE LEON PHOTOGRAPH BY APRIL MASSIRIO La Bella is a service dog that makes people happy and healthy, and brings a smile to their faces. That’s what the 11-monthold French bulldog has done for owner Linda Jost, who said La Bella is destined for greatness. “She’s almost too good to be true,” Jost said.

La Bella arrived by plane and instantly became Jost’s companion.

With a dazzling presence, this cream-colored pup has attracted many admirers and is sure to make a name for herself in Hollywood.

which is why Jost decided to have La Bella trained as a service dog, Jost said. Now, La Bella accompanies Jost everywhere, including trips to Dr. James Campbell’s and Dr. Robert McCracken’s offices, where she brings positivity to patients. She also regularly visits hospitals to bring joy and assist the sick.

She was special and destined to serve a greater purpose,

This outgoing pup also La Bella has a future in modeling. With a half French/half Italian name and petite 19-pound stature, it’s no wonder she received lots of attention in Beverly Hills. La Bella caught the

“She can bring a smile to anyone’s face.”

It all started when Jost was looking for a companion to assist in her day-to-day routine, and she stumbled upon her future dog on a website. Jost fell in love with Peppermint Patty, the original name of La Bella. And after contacting the breeder in Oklahoma, Jost made arrangements to adopt her. At only 9 weeks old and small enough to fit in the palm of her hand, little 28

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“La Bella is the kind of dog that helps people, whether ... with loneliness, depression or a physical disability,” Jost said. “She can bring a smile to anyone’s face. She has been such a blessing.”

attention of some important people while in Neiman Marcus, including the famous Dog Whisperer, Cesar Millan. Jost sent professional photos to Neiman’s headquarters in Dallas, and has been told La Bella could soon be modeling for the luxury department store’s holiday lookbook. Jost has also made contact with Walt Disney Studios and Hallmark. “Everyone loves her,” Jost said. “Everyone wants a part of La Bella.”

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B Well Magazine set out to find locals older than 60 years old who are leading an active and healthy lifestyle. We feature five who share their secrets to keeping fit and feeling young at heart.

Working as a civil engineering drafter out of college, Diana Mestmaker started to notice how much sitting she was doing at work.

“I’ve just been blessed with self-motivation,” Diana said. “I know my good mental health is derived from my physical exercise.”

“I knew there was something wrong with sitting there all day,” said Diana, 63, whose concerns ignited an interest in health. “I could just see my butt getting bigger. I started standing behind my drafting table for most of the day in my heels.”

She wakes up at about 4 a.m. four days a week to run or do indoor cycling and lifts weights. It’s how she gets her energy for a full day’s work, she said.

During the early 1970s, when the fitness industry was in its infancy, there weren’t many exercise studios around town. With her husband, Tom, and their business partner, they decided to open a women’s spa. Diana continued her career in drafting and also taught group aerobics classes. Then in 1983, she and friend Tracey Barkate got certified and became trainers.

“I don’t really diet; I work out to eat,” she said. “(And) I need my wine, “every night.”

This pair brought group exercise, indoor cycling and circuit training to Bakersfield. Today, Diana owns The Body Architect personal training studio and is a personal health and fitness instructor for the likes of Monsignor Craig Harrison, Luigi’s Restaurant Owner Tonia Valpredo, attorney Tim Lemucchi and her 94-year-old father. She averages about seven hours a day training clients. On top of that, she keeps busy with bookkeeping and creates new workout programs.

At the end of the day, Diana and Tom love cooking together.

Diana teaches her clients that it’s all about portion control, and “you’ve got to have protein, color and starch on a plate.” She also stresses the importance of “prioritizing yourself first” by waking up early to workout — morning workouts put people in a better mood and helps food digest better. Besides training, Diana is also a motivational speaker, volunteers at Ronald McDonald House and St. Francis of Assisi Parish, and helped start a dog therapy program at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital six years ago with her Yorkies Rocco and Izzy. If you’re interested in personal training lessons with Diana, visit

“Being fit doesn’t mean having perfect health. It means working with what you have to maximize your life.” Larry Costner is serious about tai chi. In fact, it’s become his way of life — the 65-year-old hasn’t missed a day of practicing in 14 years. He usually puts in one hour a day, or at least a full set, which takes about 20 minutes. “For me, it’s kind of addictive,” he said. “I get up in the morning looking forward to practicing.” The retired teacher, who taught in the Bakersfield City School District for 37 years, read an article in the late ‘90s about tai chi’s health benefits and decided to pursue it. He’s taken basic classes locally and spent several summers traveling to Portland, Ore. for seminars taught by a Chinese master. “Tai chi is a moderate, gentle exercise that promotes flexibility and balance, as well as being a great stress reliever,” said Larry. It’s even helped diminish his back pain, he said. Known around Bakersfield as “The Tai Chi Guy,” he’s been teaching the traditional Yang style of long form tai chi for 10 years. Larry now privately teaches from home, so his classes are limited to individuals and small groups. Some of

his students have been with him for several years, and see value in it. “Many of my students — some of whom are in their 70s and 80s — have bum knees, replaced hips or chronic conditions. But they use tai chi to make lemonade out of the lemons that life has thrown them.” Tai chi is not just for seniors, it’s beneficial to people at any age who want to exercise,” Larry said. “It is something younger people should do in preparation for getting older. And, it’s something older people should do to feel younger,” he said. “Being fit doesn’t mean having perfect health. It means working with what you have to maximize your life.” Larry also stays healthy by following a low-cholesterol, low-fat diet, and expects to continue doing tai chi every single day for the rest of his life. “It’s something you’ll always have with you if you find a park, or go in your backyard.” If you’re interested in learning more about Larry or want tai chi lessons, visit

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“I will always be as active as I possibly can & hopefully continue to challenge myself.” now hurts me to run or even walk long distance, so I continue to do what I can.”

At 74, Becky Whitehead has the energy of someone half her age.

pleting an Ironman Triathlon in Hawaii at age 51.

Between swimming, yoga, Pilates and weight lifting at least five days a week and dancing daily, there is no keeping up with her. And that’s after cutting back from competitions.

“I got into triathlons when I saw Julie Moss crawling across the finish line at Ironman,” she said. “I was simply fascinated by her strength and discipline, and wondered if I could even come close to completing such a feat.”

Becky — who retired in 2000 after working 25 years as an executive secretary with Kern County Superintendent of Schools — has completed more than 200 triathlons, 35 marathons and countless halfmarathons, 10K and 5K runs. She has climbed Mt. Whitney three times and hiked the Grand Canyon rim-to-rim twice. Her biggest accomplishment — com-

She is still interested in open-water swim competitions, like 5K ocean races. To stay conditioned, Becky takes part in the 100-mile club at McMurtrey Aquatic Center, where she swims 2,000 yards (six miles) a week. She stays busy with physical fitness, especially after losing her husband and dancing partner of 50 years eight years ago. “I pretty much run around all the time working out, going to lunch

She also picked up clog dancing because she missed dancing with her late husband. She didn’t want a new dance partner, and clogging was something she could do solo. The steps are hard, she says, so it challenges her mentally. Living a structured lifestyle has helped Becky remain focused and disciplined, and she spreads advice to young local athletes. “I tell them the most important thing is, ‘Get a goal, plan and just do it,’” she said. “As we age, we will begin to slow down, and it takes much longer to recover — it’s inevitable. I will always be as active as I possibly can, and hopefully continue to challenge myself.”

Becky told her husband, Jack, that she wanted to do an Ironman. He supported her decision and bought her a bike at 48. Three years later, she qualified and competed in an Ironman — even getting an Ironman tattoo on her left ankle as a momento. “I have maintained this lifestyle until just this year,” she said. “It

After retiring in 2005, having worked 32 years as a staff secretary in the Kern High School District, Shirley Hill continues to have a full plate. “People tell me, ‘You are always on the go.’ And I tell them, ‘Don’t stop moving — that’s what keeps me going,’” said Shirley, 71. And she doesn’t stop, with always something to do in the morning, afternoon and in the evening. This energetic soul keeps busy by volunteering as an officer with the Order of the Eastern Star; a treasurer for the local NAACP chapter; an officer and member of the choir at Cain Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Church; and most recently, she started manning the information desk at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital several hours a week.

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with friends, and I have recently signed up to do volunteer work at the Ronald McDonald House.”

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Shirley is so passionate about giving back to her community that she’s even influenced friends from her church to volunteer at the hospital. It’s one of her favorite places because she gets to meet new people who come through the hospital’s doors. Plus, she gets more exercise for the day by walking the stairs as much as possible.

“I get up with the attitude, ‘I’m going to feel good today.’” Her routine may vary depending on each day’s schedule, but Shirley tries to get up in the morning while it’s still cool to walk. She usually strolls for 30 minutes to an hour. If the weather is bad, she’ll even walk around inside her home. “People think I’m crazy, but you really are getting exercise,” she said. “I will also go to the mall and do two-and-a-half to four laps.” Because she has been pretty healthy all her life, Shirley encourages her grandkids and great-grandkids to enjoy life, but also to think ahead for their future. “I try to eat something healthy every three to four hours, so I don’t gorge at the end of the day,” she said. “I take snacks with me to eat; otherwise, if I don’t, I get real tired.” But the key to Shirley’s optimistic attitude is not being stagnant. “As long as I can do what I do, I’m going to keep trying to eat right, keep trying to exercise and do other things like volunteering.”

From wrestling and football, to speed water skiing and rugby, to tennis and cycling, Mike Marotta, physical therapist and co-owner of Pair & Marotta Physical Therapy, has always maintained some level of fitness. He may work 12-hour days, but that doesn’t stop the 62-year-old from sticking to a sensible diet and fitness regimen, which heavily involves cycling. He discovered cycling when his physical therapy practice sponsored a local cycling team in 1991. Sam Ames, manager and member of the race team, encouraged Mike to get a bike and join the team’s training sessions. Mike was 40 years old at the time and has since owned nine bikes, won a state championship, and has been a podium finisher for more than 50 races. He enjoys cycling because it helps burn lots of calories, and it’s easy on the joints and works the large muscle groups for a great cardiovascular workout. Plus, he said, the training group rides are motivating.

“You can’t avoid food, so choose healthier foods... Making small changes could have life-lasting benefits.” His weekly routine combines cardio, strength training and intervals. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, Mike starts his day with a fast-paced, 35-mile ride with intervals at 5:45 a.m. On Saturday mornings, he rides 65 to 80 miles at an easier pace, and tries to include a high repetition, circuit weight training program once or twice a week. Then, from February to August, he continues to competitively race every other weekend, despite suffering a nasty crash from a previous event. Last September, he was racing in Bend, Ore. at the USA Cycling Masters Road Nationals when he fell and fractured his pelvis and collar bone. That didn’t stop him — he was back on a bike three months later and raced in February to place second. He credits his level of fitness for helping him with a speedy recovery. “There is a level of risk playing sports, or even participating in an exercise program, but I feel those risks are minimal compared to the risks and complications that follow poor fitness,” he said. As for his eating habits, Mike gets his daily dose of vitamins and minerals by blending fruits and veggies into a smoothie. (Continued on pg. 34)

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His diet consists of 75 percent plant-based foods and 25 percent meat. For snacks, he’ll opt for a combination of an apple, berries, nuts or yogurt; and for lunch, he brings a turkey or tuna sandwich loaded with vegetables. He also makes a conscious effort to limit processed foods and sugar, including his weakness — carrot cake. “I try not to overthink it or be too rigid with my food selection. I instead eat mindfully and look for balance,” Mike said. “You can’t avoid food, so choose healthier foods. There are a lot of different diseases that have a common cause: poor diet. Making small changes could have life-lasting benefits.”


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{Is the end of chemotherapy near?} Let’s face it: Cancer treatments are not for the faint-hearted. The list of side effects are long and severe, affecting virtually all organ systems. Anyone unfortunate enough to have to go through this will wonder, ‘Will there be a better alternative to chemotherapy?’ Chemotherapy saw its heyday in the 1960s to 1980s, after nitrogen mustard was first discovered following World War II. During that time, numerous clinical trials for many different types of cancer were carried out, with various degrees of success. It became obvious that toxicities of chemotherapy limited its usefulness in almost all cases, prompting the push for biological agents that are more selective, more efficacious and less toxic. The field of biological therapy continues to explode, with arrival of new products almost every other month. Meanwhile, research on new chemotherapeutic agents has come to a screeching halt. As a matter of fact, the last chemotherapy drug approved by the FDA was more than five years ago, and virtually no new chemotherapy drugs are in the pipeline of development. That leaves us to wonder: Is chemotherapy on a deathbed? Are its days numbered? When is the day that we only need highly specific, targeted biological agents that will spare normal cells? Despite recent scientific advances, we are still facing a number of challenges in developing new biological therapy, including difficulty with identifying specific targets on cancer cells, difficulty with drug delivery, and redundancy of enzymatic pathways that make cancer cells resistant to treatment. These challenges can be overcome, and it is just a matter of time before chemotherapy will become the dinosaur of the past. Until then, it is still important to remember that chemotherapy has significantly increased the cure rate, survival and quality of life among cancer patients during the past 50 years, and there has been great reduction in side effects. Most importantly, regardless of what medicine has to offer, we all should keep in our heart the calling that has led us to this profession — cure sometimes, heal often, care always.

Vinh-Linh nguyen, MD

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The COMEBACK Kid Local teen’s fight to live surprises her parents & doctors WRITTEN BY LISA KIMBLE PHOTOGRAPHS BY APRIL MASSIRIO

Seventeen-year-old Skylar Frank is defying even the slimmest of odds, much to the amazement of her family, local pediatrician, team of specialists at UCLA Medical Center and Hoffmann Hospice.

“[Skylar taught me] How much

joy and loves she brings despite her limitations and to be

optimistic and strong in the face of difficulties.” - Ashley Lewis UCLA Resident Physician

The recent Centennial High School special education graduate has exceeded everyone’s expectations, overstayed her hospice welcome, and may likely have another “graduation” before summer’s end — exiting out of hospice care. “The doctors are amazed at how well she is doing,” said Skylar’s mom, Diane. Skylar is one of only several hundred kids in California who are deaf-blind and have cerebral palsy, a rarity within the special education population. “Skylar is unique ...,” said her Bakersfield pediatrician, Dr. Jose G. Hernandez. “That is what the human body is meant to do, to fight and fight well. Children are fighters, and they don’t give up easily. Skylar is a fighter and a survivor.”

Skylar’s doctors presented her parents with three options. Her dad still has the diagram flow chart he created as they agonized over whether to take Skylar off her heavy doses of medications, continue to heavily medicate her, or take her home. “I was looking for another option,” Jon said. “The unfamiliar surroundings of the hospital didn’t help. We kept thinking, ‘If we could just get her home.’” But life presses on, even inside a hospital. “We were turning a corner and knew Skylar was in God’s hands, and we wanted to take her home,” Diane remembered. “A hospital is not a good place to die.” So the Franks packed Skylar up and brought her home as the young girl’s condition deteriorated. In March, Hoffmann Hospice was brought on board. The Franks were certain their little girl was nearing death’s door.

Her daily routine involves a feeding tube and nine medications, some for a pain syndrome that her parents refer to as “pain marathons,” which she endures from the confines of her wheelchair or bed. Yet, through it all, an angelic smile flashes across her tender face that belies a punishing medical journey. Hospitalized for six weeks in January with autonomic dysreflexia, a rare and potentially life-threatening condition caused by a reaction of the involuntary nervous system to over-stimulation, hospice was the furthest thing from her parents Jon and Diane Frank’s minds. “She spent 40 days in the (neonatal intensive care unit). Then they brought us into a room, and believe me, it is a room you never want to go to,” recalled Jon, a junior high teacher.


Skylar Frank can’t explain this, that’s an official miracle,” “When doctors

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Skylar and her mom, Diane, go for a swim

“When doctors

can’t explain this, that’s an official miracle .” - Nurse Diane Greenleaf

But inexplicably, Skylar’s condition began to improve. Her family is convinced that returning to her home turf with the support of Hoffmann Hospice is the reason. Graduation season was right around the corner, and suddenly, the possibility that Skylar might even become well enough to attend Centennial High’s special education ceremony no longer seemed far-fetched.

What does BFMC/HPN mean to me?

“Doctors that know me and know each other.”

In May, wearing a red satin gown and some of her hair swept to the side with a clip, her wheelchair parked next to her teacher Marti Roberts. Skylar marked an important milestone. “When her UCLA doctors received her graduation announcement, they were shocked,” Diane said. According to Dr. Lonnie Zeltzer, director of the Pediatric Pain and Comfort Care program at UCLA, periodically, and against all odds, a patient like Skylar presents herself. “We were thrilled and happy for the family,” Dr. Zeltzer said. “Skylar is a tough kid. Bless her heart. It certainly helps that she has wonderful parents, and their energy and their connection for her.” These days, a hospice nurse checks in on Skylar just once a week, making her the exception to the generally held rule that the average patient on hospice lives no more than about two weeks. Her remarkable comeback has even her nurses at a loss for an explanation.

It means a lot to me that Bakersfield Family Medical Center / Heritage Physician Network provides true coordinated care. Even when my doctor refers me to a specialist, I know that they work together to provide me with the best care possible. Working together for me… that’s what BFMC/HPN means to me.

“She is an amazing young lady,” said nurse Denise Greenleaf. “When doctors can’t explain this, that’s an official miracle,” Diane said with conviction. Skylar’s parents say they are indebted to Hoffmann Hospice for helping to improve the quality of their daughter’s life. “Having Skylar here in her house instead of down at UCLA has been a blessing,” Jon said. (Continued on pg. 38)

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“For each day that she is alive and in the present, it is lovely and a very nice thing her family gets this

time with her.” - Dr. Zeltzer (Continued from pg. 37)

“Their support is like having an extra safety net underneath you so you know you won’t hit the ground,” Diane added. “I am thankful for this program.” A major thread in their safety net has been the emotional support provided by the hospice team, including its chaplains. “It has taken me 17 years to know God is with us,” Diane said. “This is a gift. It’s not how long you live, but how well,” Jon said. “Skylar is such an integral part of my life, yet, this is the first time that I am OK with her [pending] death. She brings such a purpose to my life.” No matter where the road leads from here, the Franks believe their decision to bring their daughter home for hospice care was absolutely the right one. Because she missed such a big chunk of her senior year, she is attending summer school classes for part of each day, accompanied by a nurse. “It is day by day,” Dr. Zeltzer added. “For each day that she is alive and in the present, it is lovely and a very nice thing her family gets this time with her.”

Skylar and mom, Diane, dad Jon and sister Lydia

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Hoffmann’s Veterans Program

• Hoffmann Hospice is proud to be a Level Four Partner, for the “We Honor Veterans” program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs • We are one of only six hospices in California that has met the requirements to be a Level Four Partner • Hoffmann Hospice offers hospice care teams and Veteran to Veteran Volunteers with specialized training • We meet the unique needs of Kern County’s Veterans and their families •

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As a senior military veteran, what are the steps I need to take to get in-home care for myself and/or my spouse?


“Ally Senior Care helped me get assistance my parents needed to reamin in their homes and even get the costs covered through the VA. Best yet, they did all of the leg work.” - Daughter of a Bakersfield Veteran The Veterans Administration Aid and Attendance Pension Benefit program is one way for veterans, or their surviving spouses, to afford in-home care. Many are intimidated by the process, and managing the process alone can be difficult, as well as lower the chances of an application being approved quickly. Before applying for this benefit program, get help! An Ally Senior Care professional can help you gather the documents needed, often at no additional cost. Step 1: First, the veteran must have an original or certified copy of his or her discharge papers, and has served at least one day during a time of war. If an original cannot be found, then we can file for a replacement copy. Step 2: Second, veterans must have a medical reason for needing home care. They must be unable to leave their home without some assistance from others, and need assistance with some of life’s everyday activities, such as meal preparation, cleaning or driving. The medical reason does not have to be a serious condition, or mean that veterans cannot do these tasks on their own part of the time. It simply means that they need assistance with these tasks on occasion. Step 3: Third, to qualify financially, an applicant must have a limited monthly income and have, on average, less than $80,000 in assets, excluding home and vehicles. However, we have seen some qualify with more than this. Ally Senior Care can help gather the needed documentation for this stage of the application. How long does this process take? Ally Senior Care finds that the Kern County Veterans Service Department is extremely knowledgeable, efficient and helpful compared to any other county we have worked with. Because of this, we file all of our applications from Fresno to Bakersfield in this office and have seen applications go through in as quickly as a month. However, no one can guarantee how long the application process will take.

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How to choose the best individual health

policy Guaranteed insurance and pre-existing conditions of all types will now be covered on Jan. 1, 2014, if you purchase health insurance. Are you ready? Enrollment begins on Oct. 1, and everyone needs to be prepared as the new law requires everyone to purchase a medical insurance plan or pay a penalty. Based on your income, you may qualify for a tax subsidy, which will pay a portion of your insurance premium. There will be four options available for individuals and families known as metal plans: bronze, silver, gold and platinum. Each plan offers a different level of benefits and cost. If you are currently covered under a large employer group plan and your employer charges more than 9.5 percent of your annual salary for insurance, you qualify to pur-

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chase a plan in the new exchange and you may receive a tax subsidy. A small employer with less than 50 employees is no longer required to offer health insurance benefits, thus allowing the possibility of receiving a tax subsidy to pay part of your insurance premium when you work with a certified insurance agent. Everyone now qualifies for health insurance, and in many families, the government will pay a portion of your insurance cost. An insurance plan can be purchased from several insurance companies or via one of the new insurance exchanges with help from a certified agent. Be sure to

check to see if your doctor or hospital of choice is contracted with the plan you select. Provider networks may differ by plan and exchange. Talk to a certified and qualified insurance agent to be sure you receive correct information and your available subsidies. There is no substitute for knowledge, integrity and service! Be sure you receive maximum benefits for the dollars you are spending. Contract with experts in employee benefits and expect competitive, professional and timely advice. Remember, open enrollment begins Oct. 1 for a January effective date. Be prepared!

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{q & a with local experts in their medical field}



Dietician Kaiser Permanente


There are so many fad diets right now. How do I know what is best for me?

A: Consider this: The weight-loss industry is

a $60.9 billion a year industry (data from 2010). Is America getting healthier? No. There are no pills, potions or combinations of foods that magically get rid of fat while you sleep. Fad diets may also be dangerous, especially if you have health problems or take medication. Therefore, I recommend staying away from fad diets. In general, increasing plant foods and decreasing processed foods (anything that is not in the form it was when it left the field) results in better health. It is also important to increase physical activity for long-term good health and weight-loss maintenance.

Dermatologist Advanced Cosmetic Dermatology


What should I know about selecting sunscreen?

A: Sun Protection Factor (SPF) measures a

sunscreen’s ability to prevent UVB from damaging the skin. Most sunscreens with an SPF of 15 or higher do an excellent job. Another way to look at it is: SPF 15 filters out approximately 93 percent of all incoming UVB rays. SPF 30 keeps out 97 percent and SPF 50 blocks 98 percent. They may seem like negligible differences, but if you are light-sensitive, or have a history of skin cancer, those extra percentages will make a difference. Keep in mind that no sunscreen can block all UV rays.

There has been much confusion in the labeling used by sunscreen manufacturers. As of 2012, the terms “sunblock, “sweatproof,” and “waterproof” are no longer allowed on sunscreen labels. Sunscreens may claim to be “water-resistant” for 40 to 80 minutes of swimming or sweating based on standard testing. Only broad-spectrum sunscreens (UVA and UVB) with an SPF of 15 or higher may state that they protect against skin cancer if used as directed with other sun protection measures. For more information, visit


Orthopedic Surgeon Southern California Orthopedic Institute


My teenager’s knees hurt after exercise, what should I do?

A: The problem should be dealt with immediately if there has been an acute injury, if the pain is severe, or if there is a lot of swelling. Seek medical attention from your family doctor or orthopedist to prevent further injury.

If the pain is mild, a little ice and rest can go a long way. Try reducing the frequency or intensity of exercise to allow the body to recover. Stretching can be very helpful in reducing pain and balancing muscle forces around the knee. If these simple methods don’t “fix” the issue, a thorough physical examination and radiographs can lead to a more specific diagnosis. This may be overuse, Osgood–Schlatter disease, patellofemoral syndrome, IT band pain or another cause. Fortunately, most non-acute problems can be resolved without requiring surgery. Your local orthopedic surgeon/sports medicine physician can help guide the entire process.


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Jenne Barrow, CMT, CME Massage Therapist

Tonny Tanus, MD Allergist

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{9 apps to lead a healthier lifestyle} COMPILED BY KAELYN DE LEON


Take the guess work out of cooking gluten-free meals. This app breaks down meals into categories — breakfast, lunch, dinner — & provides the ingredients necessary for you to prepare meals. With a detailed list of gluten-free products, add items to your grocery list to use the next time you grocery shop. b: iPhone, Android $: Free


by FoodCare, Inc.

True Food

by True Food Network Learn how to identify the 70 percent of packaged foods on supermarket shelves that contain genetically modified ingredients. You can browse common sense tips & categories to be better prepared the next time you go grocery shopping. The days of health hindering, genetically modified ingredients in your diet are over. b: iPhone, Android $: Free

Living with a chronic condition or special dietary restriction can be frustrating when trying to find the right food to eat. This app makes life a little easier by inputting your info and finding places for you to eat, with dishes that satisfy your taste buds and fit your dietary needs. b: iPhone, Android $: Free



Get fit through an 18-day program that combines cardio, stretching & muscular endurance into one boot camp challenge. This app features beginner, intermediate & advanced exercises with videos to help you perfect your form & get in shape. b: iPhone $: 3.99

Looking for a cool place to cycle? Track your ride stats and see where you stack up against friends. Learn the distance, speed, elevation gain and calories burned on your ride. Maps of bike paths let you see a detailed course to take while also competing in challenges against other users. b: iPhone, Android $: Free

by Strava, Inc.

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by The Active Network, Inc.

Turn your phone into a pocket scanner with Genius Scan. This app allows you to quickly scan documents to be emailed as a JPEG or PDF. Genius Scan is perfect if you’re in a hurry & want a quick shot of your favorite healthy recipe, medical file or workout routine. b: iPhone, Android $: Free

The ACTIVE app makes it easy to find & register for events in your area as well as read reviews & articles about many fitness & activity topics. Share events & articles via Facebook, email and Twitter. Also, get driving directions & maps of the events you attend. b: iPhone, Android $: Free



by Preposterous Media LLC

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It’s important to know exactly what pets are causing your allergic reaction. Browse through 18 different dog breeds that are known to be hypoallergenic to people, & determine which ones cause your reaction. You can also learn info about breed, temperament & how they get along with kids. b: iPhone $: Free

Are you one of the many Kern County asthma sufferers? Track your asthma symptoms, medication & breathing to assess when your asthma risk may be changing & set reminders for medication. Record & share your data with other asthma sufferers & your doctor to get your asthma under control. b: iPhone, Android $: Free August 2013 ·


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Do pain and stiffness in your joints have you down? If you’re experiencing arthritis pain, you may want to go the natural route and try some of these holistic arthritis therapies. nutrients

In my opinion, every disease is a form of nutritional deficiency to some degree. The body cannot repair and regenerate tissue without adequate supply of high-quality nutrients. eOmega-3 Fish Oil: 4 grams of high quality EPA/DHA is required to reduce inflammation. eGlucosamine, Chondroitin and Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM): Widely used for arthritis, but an adequate dosage is important. eHyaluronic acid: Naturally present in high quantities in synovial fluid in our joints, and is reduced in arthritis. This is essential for regenerating collagen tissue and even skin wrinkles.

Vitamins & Herbs

eD3: Studies show adequate D3 levels reduce arthritis pain eK: A recent study showed low K levels increased risk of knee arthritis. D3 and K2 are essential for bone and joint health. eC and B vitamins: Reduce inflammation and helpful in healing eGlycine: An amino acid, which makes up 30 percent of the cartilage (the largest protein). Most adults require up to 10 grams per day. An average diet provides 3 grams per day. Proline and L-Arginine are helpful amino acids. eBromelain: Known as pineapple extract, this provides antiinflammatory and pain relief action. eTurmeric: The main ingredient is Curcumin, which has a powerful anti-inflammatory activity. eGinger along with Turmeric: Safe anti-inflammatory properties that can be recommended for anyone. eBoswellia Serrata: A herb in studies that has shown remarkable pain relief. eAvocado Soybean Unsaponifiable (ASU): It’s a type of phytosterols and is effective in arthritis.

Minerals include Magnesium, Boron, Silica, Selenium, Manganese & Molybdenum. Balanced Hormones, especially DHEA, HGH, Pregnenolone and Melatonin help healthy bones and joints. Topicals like DMSO and Capsaicin are effective for local pain relief. Kaprex Selective Kinase Response Modulators give powerful anti-inflammatory relief equivalent to NSAIDs like Celebrex in studies. Hydrolysed Collagen has shown to reduce arthritis and severe pain. Wobenzyme and SAMe are helpful in reducing inflammation. Prolotherapy or Regenerative Injection Therapy is where a patient is injected with a combination of irritant substances, which produce a controlled inflammatory response in tendons, ligaments and joints to stimulate healing through release of local growth factors. Unlike steroid shots, there is no tissue damage with recurrent injections but actual strengthening of weakened tissue and healing. Stronger prolotherapy can be used, including ozone or (plasma rich platelets). Anodyne is a form of deep infra-red light therapy that produces biologic healing effects for pain and inflammation. Physical Therapy includes weight loss, massage, acupuncture, exercise, laser, ultrasound, electrical therapy, etc.


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your health l smart health news

{when to throw out your...} COMPILED BY ANDREA VEGA & HILLARY HAENES


Ever wonder when to get rid of certain items in your food pantry? Proper food storage is key to extending the expiration date of food. Some benefits include eating healthier, cutting food costs and helping the environment by avoiding waste. Here are a several essential products to know when to discard. Read more information on

1 year (unopened)

ExTRA VIRgIn OLIVE OIL 3 months to 2 years

PEAnUT BUTTER 3 months opened; 1.5 years or more unopened

VInEgAR Indefinitely

KETCHUP 3 months pantry; 7 months to a year stored in fridge, or 1 year if unopened & left in pantry

SPICES & HERBS 1 to 4 years

SALT & PEPPER Indefinitely & 6 months to 2 years

HOnEY Indefinitely

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{essentials for an active lifestyle}

Sticks N Stones Boys Clothing Boutique offers affordable & cute clothing for your tough, active boy. With brands like Ragged Butts, Knuckle Head, Rock Me Baby Clothing & many more. (Hat, $24.95; Outfit, $29.95) 1412 17th St., Suite A. 319-6413.

One of the hottest cleats this season is the Nike Vapor Carbon Cleat. Lightweight & powerful for running the ball or tackling your opponent, these cleats can be found in local sporting goods stores. However, if you want to stand out, visit to create your own look using different colors, possibly ones to match your school's colors.

Offering the best of everthing good from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday, Lassen’s deli items (prices vary) include fresh, organic made-to-order sandwiches, smoothies, soups, salads & entrees. Vegan & vegetarian friendly.

Kiddie Kaboose offers locallycustom designed tutu outfits for the stylish & active girly-girl. Whether she's in dance, playing at recess or at a fun run with mom, these outfits are perfect for any occasion. $15 to$65.

Cozy and secure doggy life jackets will keep your pet safe in the water! Breathable mesh underbelly allows for proper draining and drying. Come by and see all sizes & colors available. Biscuit Boutique & Doggy Spa, 321-9602.

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Join the dance-fitness craze & party yourself into shape! CONTRIBUTED BY CARI LONG AND KENYON SILLS

Do you enjoy dancing or a fun form of exercise that doesn’t feel like you’re working out? Then it’s time to experience Zumba! Founded in 2001, Zumba Fitness is a global lifestyle brand that fuses fitness, entertainment and culture into an exhilarating dance-fitness sensation. Zumba exercise classes are fitness-parties that blend upbeat world rhythms with easy-tofollow choreography, for a totalbody workout that feels like a celebration.

Zumba Fitness classes are offered in 151 countries around the world with 14 million participants putting on their dancing shoes. Zumba is for everyone no matter your fitness level or the presence of two left feet. The class is about you, not your neighbor or your instructor, and participants are encouraged to work at their own level and infuse their own style into the moves. The hour-long class will take you through basic, easy-to-follow routines that any first-timer will be able to do. Zumba is based on four basic Latin rhythms, with four

moves for each rhythm. The four basic rhythms are: Merengue, Salsa, Cumbia and Reggaeton. You will see six of the 16 basic moves repeated over and over again with variations shown in the breakdown below. These basic steps are broken down by rhythm. The first two are Reggaeton, the second two are Merengue, and the last two are Cumbia. The fourth basic rhythm is Salsa (not featured). Now get off the couch, put on some fast-paced music and give these moves a whirl!


STEP 1: Stand with feet hip-width apart.

STEP 2: Step out with your right foot into a side lunge, let your hips follow through all the way swinging to the right.

Once you have mastered this as a fluid movement, add a front to back motion with your pelvis. Repeat 8 times, then switch sides and repeat 8 times. For a variation, try going in a circle with your inner foot as the anchor.

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Reggaeton Bounce STEP 1: Stand with feet hip-width apart.




STEP 2: Step two steps to the right. STEP 3: Then two steps to the left. (This is your basic double bounce.) Feet and hips twist in the direction you are traveling. One arm stays straight out (shoulder height) while the other arm pulls an imaginary rope in the opposite direction. Repeat two bounces right and left 8 times.

Merengue March

Merengue 6-Count

This is a simple left-right march.

This is a variation of the march. Your feet step right and left the entire time. 1 2



STEP 1: Turn in the knees slightly and lift your left leg.

STEP 1: Step out with your right foot.

STEP 2: Then lift your right leg. Repeat.

STEP 2: Lift the left foot straight up and then down, step back in on the right. Repeat on the other side. Put these 6 counts together as a fluid march and repeat, repeat, repeat.

For a variation, you can add arms alternating in and out keeping the arms straight. For additional flair, bend your knee and dip down on the accented beat.

Machete STEP 1: Left foot is anchored on the floor and does not move; it only pivots. STEP 2: The right foot swings back (6 o’clock), side (3 o’clock), and front (12 o’clock). The back and front positions are squat positions, so step wide. STEP 3: Your arm chops down the sugar cane with a machete. As your foot steps back, place your left hand on your hip and your right hand up in the air to get ready to swing your machete. As you come around, swing the machete around and down, chopping it low as you come around to the front. The hips will move counter clock wise with the movement. Repeat 6 times, then switch to the other side and repeat 6 times. 48

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STEP 1: Place your left hand on your hip and the right hand out palm up on your right side about hip level. STEP 2: Step out on the right foot and raise the left hip up. Repeat until the movement feels fluid. Add a hip rotation when comfortable. After this motion feels good, try it going the other direction. Put it together going 4 steps to the right, then 4 steps to the left.

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For the last seven months, Alex Silicz and Katie Taylor have been personally coached by Tim Gojich, owner and trainer at Fit for Life Gym. With the Team Training classes offered at the gym, Alex and Katie obtained their results by working out four to five days a week. These two 30-something year olds set out to lose weight and get healthy by making a lifestyle change — and that’s just what they did. While they may have not reached their ultimate goals at this point, they are both delighted with their transformation and want to drop a few more pounds before the end of the year. Here’s how they succeeded so far.

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Alex Silicz A journey that’s just begun

Golden College Days time in fall When I walked off my college’s football field for the last new life whole a 1999, I was 6’2, 279 pounds, injured and starting as much as eat to trained was I without football. What was I to do? the burn to way no had I now but day, every t I wanted and workou For almost 13 calories. There was no exit strategy. I was on my own. always would I . years since then, I have struggled with my weight workouts light doing ing, swimm start off the New Year by eating well, gain would I s, holiday the by Then . pounds 30 to and I would lose 20 my joints and , energy no had e, horribl felt I back. weight the most of huge change and back hurt. In February 2012, I decided to make a and finally lose the weight for good.

My Turning Point in I started attending Fit for Life Gym’s classes weighing kept weight the and ng, attendi kept I . pounds 265 around for coming off. When boot camp was over, I would sign up 245 to down was I 2012, the Fat-Loss class. In the winter of ge, Challen Well’s B for chosen was I pounds. Shortly after, to be and my life changed forever. I have now been trained intensity exercise for a lifetime. Eating good, healthy food and doing high in tune with my body and know the tools to succeed better. I truly felt never have I and pounds and 15 percent body fat, will forever be a part of my life. I am now down to 220 look. I way the and myself with finally comfortable don’t remember ever feeling or looking this good. I am

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seven months. I had There were certainly ups and downs throughout the last success, but I also had l overal and t-loss weigh th, streng weeks of great gains in There were weeks when I weeks of aches, pains, no weight-loss and frustration. (Try making it through . nights had more than one IPA on Friday and Saturday beers over the weekfew a after ng morni one of Tim’s workouts on Monday and his team were Tim raged, discou got I When end.) He cured me of that. to inch closer to my there to provide the encouragement to not give up and goal.

Recipe for My Success

Measurements Height: 6’2” Age: 35

Current- 7 months Weight: 220 Body Fat: 15% Chest: 45 in. Arms: 17 in. Waist @ Naval: 36 in.


Starting Weight: 240 Body Fat: 21% Chest: 46 Arms: 16 in. Waist @ Naval: 40.5 in.

Hips @ Glutes: 45 in.

Hips @ Glutes: 43.5 in.

Thighs: 26 in.

Thighs: 27 in.

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I Eating will never be the same for me. The foods to expect I how on effect direct a have eat choose to hours. feel in the next 20 minutes as well as the next 12 & VitaI will drive across town to Lassens Natural Foods feel me makes which food, mins before I will eat fast d donate they until s Lassen at ed shopp never bad. I had be a protein powder for my journey, and I will forever foods. customer due to the store’s quality and choice of have I good. feel to expect I if I have to eat good food withalso come to realize that it is difficult to train hard out quality gear. I am grateful to Sole 2 Soul for the a workout shoes they helped personally fit me.

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“This journey is lifelong, and there will always be next year. I’ll continue to get there one step at a time.”-Alex

Catarina “Katie” Taylor Managing family & a new healthy life

My Life Now From here, I only plan on moving forward. I didn’t quite get to my goal weight of 205 pounds, but I now have the knowledge and tools to get there in the near future. I will continue to eat healthy and workout religiously. I will lay off the tri-tip and beer and save it for one night a week instead of a few. I had plans to enter a sprint triathlon this fall, but I think I’m going in a different direction and start training for the Volkslauf mud run instead. My competitiveness will keep me motivated, and I will continue to enter events and eventually get to the triathlon. This journey is lifelong, and there will always be next year. I’ll continue to get there one step at a time.

My Early Struggle wit h Weight Loss My weight gain battle started my sophomore year of high school. I got pregnant and had my first child the following year. It was the first time I became obese. When I worked out, I was able to maintain my weight from 145 to 160 pounds. But when I wasn’t working out, the scale climbed between 200 to 240 pounds. Later, when I earned my bachelor’s degree, I turned to the Atkins diet and lost 50 pounds. However, it didn’t last long. After a divorce and my third child, my weight climbed up to 240 pounds again. I started the South Beach diet, exercised and dropped to about 170, which I’ve been able to maintain for several years.

Challenges I Faced I startedGet Fit Boot Camp at Fit For Life Gym and loved it. I never really got the results I wanted because I didn’t change my eating habits. I was stronger and more muscular but not toned and tight. Being picked for the B Well Challenge has changed my life. In the beginning, I lost 8 pounds thanks to Fit For Life Gyme’s Extreme Fat-Loss class and diet. I also spent a lot of time building muscle through the Body of Fire program, and I liked the way my muscles looked in and out of clothing. I could do pullups for the first time in my life; I lifted up to 40-pound dumbells for multiple exercises. It was frustrating because my clothing felt looser, I looked and felt smaller, but the scale hadn’t budged. I wasn’t following the workout plan as directed. (Continued on pg. 54)

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“I feel amazing and I look more athletic than ever. Shopping has become easier as everything looks and fits great.”-Katie Tough Times I These seven months were really stressful. My family and .I program the into moved to Tehachapi a couple of months g teachin a started and Farm State also ended my career with At pi. Tehacha in school charter a for position ling and counse times, I was working both jobs while following the Fit For Life eating and workout schedule.

The first and final months were easier because these were d the biggest periods of success for me. In the end, I returne diet s Fat-Los Extreme to the group classes and followed the perfectly. I learned to pay attention to what I eat and how much I eat, and I saw the fat melt off to reveal the muscle I and figure I have always wanted. Is my journey over? Have to e continu will I so accomplished my goal? By no means, fight the fat and work toward shedding those last 15 pounds.

Grateful for Experience The staff at Dr. Brooks Breakthrough Weight Loss and Detox Body Wraps was very professional and explained the detoxing process well. I had a body wrap right before our cover shoot and lost four-and-a-half inches all over my body. Then outfor our dressy photo shoot, Aveda E Salon|Spa provided the had I ed! pamper being nice standing services. It was an most incredible deep tissue massage by Jane. My Caribbe my manicure and pedicure by Bernadette was enjoyable as hands are calloused from weightlifting. Katie did an excellent job on my eyebrow wax. Jessica gave me a wonderful haircut, and Hannah is a fantastic hair colorist and makeup to artist. This salon is full of talented, friendly people. I’d like ul beautif a ng thank Bella at The Marketplace for providi dress and accessories and a $50 gift certificate. The biggest thanks goes to Tim and his trainers at Fit for Life Gym for their support and encouragement during this challenge. Without them and their knowledge, I could have never come this far.

Looking on the Bright Side I feel amazing and I look more athletic than ever. Shopping has become easier as everything looks and fits great. I’m a little disappointed that I haven’t reached my ultimate goal (150 pounds), but I feel like Tim has given me the tools, determination and confidence to finish the transformation. I am planning to meet my goal by continuing the Extreme Fat-Loss diet and using all the knowledge I have gained about workouts, and incorporating the activities that I love — cycling and hiking.

Before photo

Measurements What Worked for Me carry I try to prepare meals for my family ahead of time, and I make to times all at me with bottle water my snacks and smart choices. I also carry my gym bag because I never know when I can fit in a workout. Group fitness classes held me . accountable; I need the competition and companionship classthese in t suppor and gement encoura much so There is es. Plus, no two fitness classes are ever exactly alike.


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Height: 5’7.5” Age: 37

Current- 7 months


Weight: 163 Body Fat: 21% Chest: 38 in. Arms: 13 in. Waist @ Naval: 30 in.

Weight: 171 Body Fat: 27.4% Chest: 38 in. Arms: 13.5 in. Waist @ Naval: 36.5 in.

Hips @ Glutes: 39.25 in.

Hips @ Glutes: 44.5 in.

Thighs: 24 in.

Thighs: 25 in.

Note from trainer Tim Gojich

I am very proud of Alex and Katie. They have worked hard during the past seven months. Anytime someone sets out to accomplish a goal made public, it brings about stress. This fitness challenge proved to be a good stressor for Alex and Katie, and they handled it well. I chose to coach them because I knew they would stick it out. Remember, Alex and Katie are parents, they are married and both hold full-time jobs. The key to them doing so well was that they set out to accomplish realistic goals in the given timeframe. If you set an unrealistic goal, you could be setting yourself up for failure. Through the years, I have seen normal people set goals so high that it ended up making them quit. I try and coach my clients to make breakthroughs. With Alex and Katie,

we took monthly body fat tests, which helped me see progress or no progress. And it happens. We also had heart-to-heart talks and I tried not to stress them out further by scolding them. I looked for little clues in their diet or exercise intensity and steered them back on the right track. A seven-month goal is a long time, so I expected to see good and bad months. To credit them both, they stayed focused and finished strong! This journey is not over for Alex and Katie. They both have new goals as a result of this opportunity — a lifestyle change, and it has become contagious to those around them. For me, the biggest reward is knowing that Alex and Katie’s new lifestyle and zest for health will be looked at positively by their biggest fans — their spouses and kids. Thank you to our Get Fit Weight Loss Challenge sponsors Fit For Life Gym · Sole 2 Soul Lassens · H. Walkers E Aveda Salon & Spa Dr. Brooks Chiropractic Bella at The Marketplace

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Did you know California Department of Education's 2005 and 2010 physical fitness tests showed 43.8 percent of local children surveyed are overweight or obese, up 5.8 percent from 2005? This fact is alarming. Seeking out fun and healthy food options is a good place to start making a difference. If you are having a difficult time getting your child to eat healthy, here are a few snack and meal ideas to kick-start a healthy eating habit. You just need to get a little creative, grab a cookie cutter or pairing knife and let your imagination run wild.







1 Waffle faces -1 Waffle -Strawberry slices -Banana slices -Kiwi wedges -Blackberries

2Palm Trees -1 Banana split & sliced -Mandarin oranges -Cherries -Kiwi wedges

3 meaTball clucks -2 Meatballs (we used veggie “meat” balls) -Shredded mozzerella -Black olives -Yellow pepper -Toasted hamburger bun

4 rObOT sandWich -Sandwhich of choice -Watermelon -String cheese, halved -Cucumber slices -Crackers -Raisins -M&M candies


Fun Food Ingredients


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5 buTTerfly-Wich -Sandwhich of choice cut into hearts -Carrots -Colby jack cheese -1 Cherry -Marshmallow & dark chocolate chip eyes

6 Waffle cOne -1 Waffle cut into a cone -Banana slices -1 Cherry (Syrup & toppings are optional)

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1 Kraft String Cheese & 1/2 Cup of Grapes

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1/2 Cup Fresh Raspberries 1/2 Cup Fresh Blueberries

125 cals Horizon Organic Lowfat Chocolate Milk

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2 Small Apples & 2 Tbsp. Peanut Butter

150 cals

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On average, people should consume 1.5 to 2 cups of fruit each day for optimal heath. The fig is an excellent way to receive these necessary nutrients. Figs are high in fiber, calcium, manganese and potassium, which help regulate health. Figs promote a strong digestive system, stable pH balance and regulate blood pressure.

Fig, Proscuitto & goat Cheese Pizza

Select: Figs are unique in that they have two seasons — the first being in early June and the second in August. When a fig is ripe, the texture of the fruit should feel soft like a peach. However, the fig should not be mushy or show signs of falling apart. Instead, the fig should be smooth with unbroken skin.

Ingredients -Pre-made pizza dough -6 ounces mild goat cheese, crumbled -5 medium black figs, sliced lengthwise -2 ounces prosciutto, torn -Handful fresh basil leaves, torn -Olive oil -Cornmeal (polenta) for sprinkling under unbaked pizza dough -Salt and pepper to taste

Store: Ripe figs should be kept refrigerated in a plastic bag for up to two days to slow the deterioration process. Figs do not last long at room temperature, so it is best to eat them quickly after ripening. They can also be frozen and held in a sealed container for up to 12 months.

Directions Sprinkle a thin layer of cornmeal over the pizza paddle or cutting board to prevent pizza dough from sticking when transferring to the oven. Carefully transfer the dough to the paddle.

Prep: Be sure to thoroughly wash figs before eating them, but be careful not to bruise the fig. The fruit can be eaten in its entirety, skin and seeds. However, it is also common for many people to only consume the inside of the fig by carefully removing the skin by peeling off the outer layer with a clean knife .

Brush a thin layer of olive oil over the crust. Follow with a light sprinkle of sea salt.

Serve: Figs are often considered to have a taste that is a mix between strawberries and peaches. The figs can be cut into halves or sliced to be bitten into raw. Often times, figs are used to prepare sweet desserts such as a tart, but they also serve as a quick and healthy snack, perfect for the end of summer and into the fall.

Spread the crumbled goat cheese evenly over the dough. Follow with the figs. The prosciutto & basil won’t go on the pie until it’s out of the oven. Sprinkle more cornmeal on the pizza stone. Gently shake the pizza from the paddle onto the pizza stone. Bake 500 F for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove from the oven & top with the prosciutto & basil. Serve immediately.

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NUTRITION: 1 medium fig = 37 cal., .1g fat, 8.1g sugar, 2% vitamin C & Calcium

Fig & Blueberry Smoothie Ingredients -1 cup unsweetened almond milk -3 figs (honey roasted figs, or raw figs with 1 tsp. honey) -1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries -1/2 frozen banana -1 cup greens, spinach or kale -1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

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Directions Add all the ingredients in a blender, starting on low speed & slowly increase to high until blended smooth. Enjoy!

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MANAGING MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS There was a time when the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, or MS, was met with hopelessness and resignation. Holistic approaches to managing the chronic disease were either unheard of, or if so, considered wacky and way out in the medical orbit. But today’s advances in diagnosis, classification and treatment options offer those with MS options, and most importantly, hope. It helps also to have the resiliency of these two local fighters. WRITTEN BY LISA KIMBLE PHOTOGRAPHS BY APRIL MASSIRIO

Sarah Swanlund Bakersfield resident Sarah Swanlund is very matter-of-fact when discussing living with multiple sclerosis for most of her adult life. “It is an inconvenience,” she said. That perspective — practical, yet realistic — has allowed the 42-year-old married mother of two to lead a healthy, productive life, despite an obvious decline in her physical abilities. Sarah was just 25 when she first began to experience what she called a tingling sensation in her hands and face. Her knees also ached. Wisely so, her physician focused on the source of the tingling and a diagnosis came quickly. Multiple sclerosis, a chronic disease that damages the nerves of the spinal cord, brain and optics resulting in multiple areas of scar tissue, affects an estimated 400,000 people in the United States and some 2.5 million worldwide. Christine Grontkowski, community development manager with the Kern office of the Southern California and Nevada chapter of the National MS Society, says there are about 900 people in Kern County living with MS. “There are so many cases that go unnoticed or misdiagnosed,” Christine said. Vision problems are usually among the first telltale signs of the disease that affects a person’s muscles, balance and control as well. “My doctor told me not to let the disease affect my life decisions,” Sarah said. And she didn’t. She put off treatment for a few years, and started a family. She experienced some optic neuritis, so her lazy eye kicked in. But as her body compensated for itself, changes were noticeable. “There has been a lot of physical progression,” she said. Her ability to walk and hand strength have been affected significantly. She used to ride her bike to and from work at Kern Regional Center. She now uses a walker and relies on hand controls while driving. But that is merely part of the “inconvenience” she is managing successfully. Hitched to her husband’s bike, she participates in Ride for MS events here and across the state.

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Taylor Prather Most people diagnosed with MS are between the ages of 20 and 50. Cases among children are rare, which may explain the medical roller coaster 14year-old Taylor Prather of Bakersfield has been on for the past few years. “I started having pains ever since I could talk,” Taylor recalled. “My joints were always really hurting.”

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(Continued from pg. 61)

Taylor had lost sight in her left eye and was experiencing sharp pain.

“It’s not really bad, mostly. Every day there are some aches and pains and numbness, but nothing major,” Taylor said.

“Doctors thought it would only be a matter of time before she would lose sight in her other eye,” her mother, Shelly Gilliland, said.

“Looking at her today, you would never guess that she couldn’t walk or see,” her 21-year-old sister, Jordan Prather said.

Doctors at Stanford University Medical Center determined the suspected tumor was actually inflammation of the optic nerve, something often associated with MS. Taylor was diagnosed with optic neuritis, but a conclusive diagnosis of MS was not yet made.

Taylor Prather dead lifts during her physical therapy at Pair & Marotta.

“They told us they thought it could lead to MS,” Shelly said.

“All I could see was Taylor with a wheelchair and wondering how her life was

my body strong.

Doctors at UC San Francisco diagnosed Taylor with MS.

“It is very important to stay active and keep my body strong,” said Taylor, who receives an MRI twice a year.

important to “Itstayis very healthy and keep

In May 2011, the young girl’s condition worsened and Taylor was hospitalized. “She went from a normal 11-year-old girl, walking, to a child with the mentality of a 5-year-old on feeding tubes,” her mother said.

Taylor, an incoming freshman and a cheerleader at Stockdale High, receives a shot of Rebif three times a week and strength trains four times a week at Pair & Marotta Physical Therapy.

going to change,” said Shelly, her voice trailing. Today, just two years after the heartwrenching experience in which she couldn’t walk on her own and was told she might not be able to walk normally

“We take it day by day,” Shelly said. “Stress is a huge factor because it can wear her down, making her vulnerable to more lesions in the brain or flare-ups.” Sister Jordan added: “She is the healthiest she has been since she was diagnosed.” Now, Taylor said she has no time to feel sorry for herself. “Things can always be worse.”

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{fun & interesting facts about your eyes} CONTRIBUTED BY DANIEL H. CHANG, MD AT EMPIRE EYE AND LASER CENTER

The human eye has a 200degree range of vision.

The human cornea is about the size and thickness of a dime.

The human cornea has five layers.

About half of our brain is involved in the seeing process.

The entire length of eyelashes shed by a human in his or her life is approximately 100 feet long.

The eye of a human can distinguish 500 shades of gray & 10 million different colors.

Out of all the muscles in your body, the muscles that control your eyes are the most active.

An iris has more than 200 different unique characteristics, while a fingerprint only has 40.

The cornea is the only living tissue in the human body that does not contain any blood vessels.

The human eye cannot see ultraviolet or infrared light.

At birth, our eyes are about 70 percent of their adult size.

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ASK DR. CHAng What is the difference between Botox & dermal fillers? Botox targets wrinkles created by dynamic movement of muscles, and dermal fillers target contour or volume depletion. Botox is a relaxing agent that helps relax constant muscle contraction in certain areas that result in multiple fine lines and wrinkles. When the constant contraction of these muscles are relaxed, the overlying skin becomes smoother. Fillers provide volume enhancement for your face and is commonly used in multiple areas including smile lines, gray circles under the eyes, lips and even the cheek area to help restore a more youthful appearance. Can Botox & dermal fillers be done during the same visit? Yes, Botox and dermal fillers are complementary to each other. It’s safe to do Botox and dermal fillers during the same office visit. In fact, it optimizes the aesthetic results when both the dynamic and contour problem areas of the face can be treated at the same time.

How long do Botox & dermal filler treatments take? A Botox treatment can take anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes. A filler treatment can average anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes depending on the quantity of filler desired. When will I begin to see results? The results from the dermal fillers are instant — you will see the difference immediately after treatment. Botox begins to work within two days and can take up to two weeks for maximum effect. The Botox treatment usually lasts three to four months. How can I maintain my results? Botox should be repeated every three to four months to maintain the results. For dermal fillers, different areas of the face are best treated by different thicknesses of fillers. The thickness affects how frequently re-treatments are desired. I encourage patients to have their filler areas checked every six months to a year (or every other Botox visit).

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0LOCATION: Pick a suitable trail. There are many hiking trails within a short driving distance of Bakersfield. Don’t pick a 14-mile trail with an elevation gain of 2,000 feet unless you’re physically fit and are prepared to hike for seven hours. Beginners should start with short trails close to home. 0FOOTWEAR: Having the right footwear for the hike is the most important piece of equipment. Whether you choose hiking boots or trail shoes, your footwear needs to be comfortable, durable, provide support and traction, and, preferably, be waterproof. Remember that your feet will swell during a hike. Before steep descents, tighten your boots. It’s easy to lose toenails if they’re constantly pounding against the front of your boot. 0WATER/SNACKS: Staying well hydrated is crucial. If you wait to drink until you’re thirsty, you’ve waited too long. Drink lots of water with electrolytes. Don’t worry about finding a restroom — that’s why trails are near trees, rocks and bushes. Even in cold weather, your body needs water to operate at peak performance. For trail snacks, try to avoid anything requiring refrigeration. Nuts, dried fruit strips and jerky work well. Cheeses go bad, and chocolates melt. 0CLOTHING: Dress in layers, which will keep you warm when it’s cold and can be removed as your body generates heat. It’s amazing how much heat a body can generate even in cold weather. Stay away from cotton — it retains moisture and should be avoided. Quick drying and wicking materials are recommended. 0HIKING BUDDIES: You’ll be spending many hours with your hiking partners, so look for somebody who shows up on time, carries his or her own stuff and will bring you a sandwich every once in a while. If they are willing to listen to the trivial details of your life for several hours, they are a keeper. 0BACKPACK: A day pack should be light, comfortable and have sufficient space for your water, snacks and extra clothing and a camera. A pack that gives you access to your water without taking the pack off or asking for help is important. 0ODDS & ENDS: A camera that is both waterproof and shockproof is terrific. Depending on the trail, a map could be important. Never venture into the outdoors without knowing where you’re going, and how to return. A simple first aid kit is a good idea — better safe than sorry.

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Does milk really do a body good? Seventy per-

cent of the population suffers from a milk allergy or intolerance, and cannot digest milk sugar, or lactose. Cow’s milk contains 12 grams of sugar, and is not beneficial for individuals with diabetes, hypoglycemia or those trying to lose weight. Milk that is not organic also contains harmful growth hormones and antibiotics, and is not an option for vegans choosing to avoid animal products. Milk is also not a very good source of beneficial minerals. For these reasons, dairy-free milks are recommended, especially since they can be used in cooking and baking recipes, smoothies and protein shakes. For optimal nutrition, here are a variety of dairy-free milks to try.

Unsweetened plain, vanilla or chocolate almond milk has a light nutty flavor with just 40 calories per cup. It is fortified with calcium, vitamins A and D, and also contains 50 percent of our daily vitamin E requirements. It has zero trans fats, but just 1 gram of protein.

Unsweetened plain, vanilla or chocolate soy milk is a plantbased source of complete protein that’s high in fiber, magnesium, calcium, vitamins D and B12. It’s cholesterol-free, low in saturated fat, contains 9 grams of protein, and 80 calories per cup. Like cow’s milk, soy is a common food allergen and can interfere with the absorption of thyroid medication.

Unsweetened plain or vanilla brown rice milk has a sweet taste and is generally less preferred over soy or almond milk, but it’s a great choice if you are allergic to soy or nuts. Brown rice milk is fortified with vitamins A, D and B, calcium, cholesterol-free and has zero trans fats. It has 6 grams of fiber, but just 1 gram of protein.

Unsweetened plain or vanilla coconut milk is sweet, has 80 calories, 1 gram of protein and 5 grams of fat, but mostly medium chain fatty acids, which are quickly used for energy and not stored to clog arteries. This milk is also fortified with calcium, vitamin D, potassium and vitamin E. Because of the essential fats and vitamin E, coconut milk can also be used topically to moisturize your hair and hydrate your skin.

Unsweetened plain or vanilla hemp milk contains hemp seeds that are rich in plant-based omega 3 and 6, which are great for brain and heart health. A glass of hemp milk is 70 calories, contains all 10 of the essential amino acids, cholesterol-free, has 4 grams of protein, and fortified with vitamins D and B-12, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium.

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The term “fall garden” usually refers to cool season plants. in Bakersfield, we put these plants in during mid-october as the nights begin to cool down. You can begin to plant cabbage, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, beans, peas, lettuce, chard, spinach, broccoli and many herbs.

Fall Garden Spacing Grid

Vegetable seeds are available at Robby’s Nursery & Landscape

Be warned that September is pretty much a “summer” month here in the Central Valley. Use this month to finish up your hot weather harvests and start replenishing the soil with a good mulching. Get the ground ready and wait for the temps to drop. You can plant from seeds, or get a head start with four-inch and jumbo pack plants. We will start getting the fall veggies in mid-October. The next season for more vegetable plants will be winter bare root. This is when asparagus, artichokes and rhubarb are available. Each season brings with it new and different varieties, so keep in touch — you will be amazed at the selection!

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general care for veggies:  Mulch the native soil with a good organic product like Harvest Supreme. If planting in pots, use Kellogg’s Premium Potting Soil. Plant your seeds and check daily for moisture and water when dry. Fertilize with E.B. Stones Organics vegetable food.

Salad Garden Layout For those who want to grow your own fresh salad garden, we found a lay-out from to guide you.

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{Alzheimer’s Disease Association of Kern County - ADAKC} WRITTEN BY KAELYN DE LEON

Hopeful Hearts, Helping Minds: Improving the lives of locals impacted by Alzheimer’s


t was 31 years ago that Alzheimer’s Disease Association of Kern County founder Lucille Muir opened her doors for the first Alzheimer’s disease support group. Currently, more than 10,000 people in Kern County are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease per year. The Kern County association, also known as ADAKC, is committed to “improving the lives of Kern County residents

what it calls “compassion fatigue.” “Caregivers usually dedicate their lives to caring for the patient, and it begins to wear away at them and leaves them feeling guilty,” said association marketing consultant Robin McGarrah. “The ADAKC is about changing someone’s life for the better, removing the burden of guilt, and allowing people to spend time with their loved ones again.”

“When we go home at night to our own families, we sleep a lot better knowing we have made a difference to so many.” — Kate Eccue

affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders.” Over the years, the association has strived to create a positive environment for those with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. But it is not only the patient that is a priority, the association recognizes the fact that Alzheimer’s affects an entire family, and often times, creates


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Being the only organization of its kind in Kern County, the association has created a positive environment for Alzheimer’s patients to work toward improving their lives. It is essentially a center where patients go and participate in activities while their caregivers have a break and receive support from one another. This year marks the 30-year

anniversary of ADAKC’s adult day services program. The organization also relies on the support from the community to keep its doors open by having numerous fundraisers throughout the year. One of them is its annual golf tournament, which is held every March and recently celebrated its 12th year.





This past January, the association, with the support of many local businesses like PG&E and Cal State Bakersfield, held its first cinnamon roll drive-thru where packs of Hodel’s cinnamon rolls were sold as drivers pulled up to give donations. This raised $15,000 for the association, an outstanding accomplishment for a first-time fundraiser.


“Its about spreading awareness. After an event, when someone learns about us and calls the next day and says, ‘Can you help me?’ — that’s what it’s about,” McGarrah said. The association encourages community volunteerism. In fact, it partners with local businesses, that send volunteers to assist. Summer months see an influx of students willing to donate their time, but all volunteers are encouraged and welcomed anytime.


“Here, we are ‘families helping families,’” said CEO Kate Eucce. “When we go home at night to our own families, we sleep a lot better knowing we have made a difference to so many.” With the increasing demand and need, growth in the association is inevitable. By next summer, the group plans to move into a larger facility to accommodate the number of clients in Kern County affected by this disease.









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How can I regain my confidence after a mastectomy?


Studies have shown that 232,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected for women in 2013. Among many of these cases, mastectomies or lumpectomies will need to be performed to beat the cancer. I have just had a mastectomy, and I miss my body. What can I do? Depending on the type of surgery that you have had, a mastectomy or lumpectomy, there are multiple options. Replacement of the entire breast or part of the breast can be done. If reconstructive or plastic surgery is not an option for you, breast prostheses are available. Almost 90 percent of post-mastectomy patients choose this option, which involves a non-invasive breast form that can be sized to best match your body proportions. What is a breast prosthesis? An external breast prosthesis is an artificial breast form that can be worn after a mastectomy or lumpectomy. It helps to balance the body and secures the bra from riding up in the mastectomy region. This will prevent back and neck pain and a sagging shoulder. Breast prostheses are custom-designed for most women, made from several different types of materials (such as silicone gel, foam and fiberfill) that are of similar weight and feel to natural breast tissue. Some prostheses adhere directly to the chest area, while others fit into pockets of mastectomy bras to hold the prosthesis in place. Prostheses can also be made with an artificial nipple or a special shape depending on a woman’s preference. Having these options allows for a greater wardrobe selection and reduces your awareness of the addition to your body. How can I get the most out of my breast form? After surgery, it has been suggested that you wear camisoles. These garments function to manage drainage that can result from the healing incision, while allowing you to wear clean clothes and feel comfortable in public. Six to eight weeks after surgery, your doctor may then prescribe a breast prosthesis. For the initial evaluation with your mastectomy fitter, be sure that the region under surgery has completely healed and is free of swelling, stitches, draining or radiation treatment. During initial evaluation, your mastectomy fitter will ask a series of questions based on your daily activity level, what your goals are with the new prosthesis, what kind of bras you like, and other questions. After you have received your new look, it is important to keep the breast form clean and to prevent damage. Once or twice a year, you should make a follow-up appointment with your mastectomy fitter to ensure continuous functionality and comfort.

What does Achilles have to offer me? Achilles Prosthetics and Orthotics, Inc. offers the widest selection of breast forms and bras to meet any and all of your post-mastectomy needs. Our mastectomy fitters are highly experienced and compassionate professionals who will spend as much time as needed to properly size, fit and evaluate you for the breast form and bra that is right for you. At Achilles, our goal is for you to feel completely comfortable and confident with your new look. We are here to be a continuous source of support and a resource for your ongoing care.

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After a near-death experience battling end-stage liver disease, Zach Skow fought hard to recover. With the help of furry, fourlegged friends, Zach turned his life around for good. At 33, Zach is the executive director of Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue — a nonprofit organization in Tehachapi that saves dogs that have been abandoned, lost, neglected, discarded or abused. Without care, these dogs would otherwise be euthanized if taken to an animal shelter. “I am just trying to inherently help the community to not have strays euthanized,” Zach said. He is striving to shift the paradigm in Kern County so pet owners consider their dogs as part of the family, instead of as property. Looking at Zach now, you never would have guessed that five years ago his complexion was yellowed and bruised, and his stomach severely swollen. He was too sick for a liver transplant and was fighting for his life, trying to defeat alcoholism that began in his teenage years. “I wanted to kill myself,” he said. “(But) I knew the difference between right and wrong, and I knew how to love people.” Ultimately, this progressive illness shifted, and Zach’s health started to improve. He was lifted from this dark place and felt lucky to be alive, he said. During his recovery, Zach’s doctors recommended exercise, and he started a routine that included waking up at 5 a.m. each morning to walk with his dad’s adopted dogs — Marley, a Rottweiler-pit bull mix, and Tug, a Labrador mix. He would then go back to bed, get up to walk the dogs again, sleep and eat. Eventually, Zach became stronger, physically and mentally, and the short walks turned into three-mile runs. Only six months into sobriety, Zach founded Marley’s Mutts in May 2009 with motivation from his dad. Since then, Marley’s Mutts has rescued about 700 dogs with the help of the Tehachapi Veterinary Hospital that let Zach board dogs for free, and gave him discounts on treatments. Zach turned to dogs because they didn’t judge him, he said, and he saw that they needed saving, too. “It’s all about giving back to the dogs,” he said. “They helped save me.” Zach Skow and Marley

Zach’s Tips on Living a Well-Balanced Life

y Laugh Out Loud You have to laugh a lot. I suggest the comedy specials of Mitch Hedberg, Eddie Murphy and Louis C.K. I used to work at Tempe Improv in Arizona.

Be Open-Minded Don’t take things too personally, and don’t take yourself too seriously. It’s never good to be on the defense. Plus, you have to be open to constructive criticism to improve yourself.


Spend Time Outside You need to take time to smell the roses and be outside. It’s so easy to get caught up and forget.

Crack Open a Book Make time to read. Sit down with no TV or music before you go to bed, or when you have your morning coffee. Some books I recommend are “Teach Only Love: The Twelve Principles of Attitudinal Healing,” “Trident K9 Warriors...” and anything by Mark Twain.

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He enjoys his new lifestyle because, not only does he get to be outside with the dogs, but he’s socializing with people. “I used to be afraid of that. I always thought I needed alcohol or drugs to be around people.” Clearly, Zach doesn’t have a problem interacting with strangers anymore. He was interviewed for The Oprah Magazine, has appeared on “Rehab with Dr. Drew,” on VH1 and on “Marie,” hosted by Marie Osmond on the Hallmark Channel. Zach has also partnered with Bakersfield’s Homeless Center, The Mission at Kern County, local rotary clubs and schools. To celebrate five years being sober, Zach is training for the Oct. 13 Chicago Marathon. Even though he isn’t a runner, Zach chose to tackle this challenge to encourage others that they can do anything they set their mind to. He took it a step further by fundraising for Miracle Mutts — a program that combines dog rescue and rehabilitation with drug and alcohol addiction recovery with The Mission at Kern County. Zach’s goal is to raise $20,000. If you’re interested in donating to this cause, visit

Mission at Kern County partnership with Marley’s Mutts Dog Rescue May 29 l The Mission at Kern County Photos by April Massiri0

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Melissa and Rudy Rosales with Brooklyn Siebt, Colbie Calabrese, Victoria & Noah Rosales

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{5 simple ways to getting your family organized} WRITTEN BY HILLARY HAENES

Mom forgot it was her turn to pickup the kids from school again. Dad didn’t run the dishwasher and dinner is in 20 minutes. The dog got out of the yard because Tommy forgot to let him back in the house. Sally stubbed her toe on a toy that was on the floor.

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white board for notes or reminders

menus for meals & packed lunches

If your household sounds like this circus, then follow these simple tips to get your family organized. There are ways to get each family member to pitch in and help.

1 | Create a Command Center Make a chart complete with school schedules, homework assignments, lunch menus, extra-curricular activities and appointments where your spouse and kids will see it daily. Use pens/markers to color-code each family member and highlighters for important updates. Post-Its are great for quick notes. Also, store contact numbers for emergencies. With a central location (like near the kitchen), this chart serves as a friendly reminder so that everyone’s in-the-know.

2 | Smart Calendaring for the Modern Family

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Use an app to sync your family’s schedules. Between work, school, sports and meetings, life can get a little hectic at times, but with Cozi, life just got a little easier. Use it for to-do lists and grocery shopping, too! If you forget your list, call Cozi’s toll-free number, and it will read your list to you. Best of all, this app is free!

3 | Have a Place for Everything Does your house look like a tornado swept through it? Well, it shouldn’t. Keep your home organized by making sure everything has a place where it belongs. For example, buy a shoe rack and put it by your front door so that shoes aren’t scattered throughout the house. Or keep a tote for toys tucked in the corner of your living room. By finding a spot for everything, your house will appear neater and you’ll feel less stressed.

4 | Time Management Needing to clean out your closet or organize the home office but can’t find the time? The easiest way to get motivated for longterm organization is by setting a timer for just 20 minutes and sticking to the task at hand. If you set a small increment of time aside each day, you’ll accomplish your goal in no time. If you’re on a roll after the timer goes off, keep going!

5 | Chore List for Children Tired of picking up clothes off the floor or taking the trash out? Get your kids to lift a helping hand and create a chore list for them. There are different chores that are age appropriate for your children. Here are some ideas.

Ages 2 to 3: Assist in making their beds, pickup toys, help clean up spills. Ages 4 to 5: Set/clear the dinner table with supervision, match socks in the laundry Ages 6 to 7: Be responsible for the pet’s food, water, exercise

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Bakersfield Wellness Magazine. Volume 2, Issue 3.

B Well Magazine August 2013  

Bakersfield Wellness Magazine. Volume 2, Issue 3.