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From the F

Editor’Desk s

all is here and before we know it, the holidays will be, too. While this may be the favorite time of the year for many of us, it can get hectic at times. I am sure the thought of the holiday season alone stresses most of us out. Well don’t start panicking or stressing just yet! Most of us bring on additional stress without even realizing it. Just ask my husband; I do it all the time! This issue is jam-packed with several great features on diabetes and stress, including stress associated with Alzheimer care, comprehending the types of diabetes, the correlation between stress, diabetes and yoga, and understanding which vitamins to take for stress management. April Massirio, our publication designer, visited CrossFit Frenzy and found some workout moves for you to do at home. You’ll also find a scrumptious recipe from chef, Jon Ashton of dASH Making Mealtimes Matter (who by the way is coming to Savor Bakersfield on Nov. 13, check out page 48 for details). As we prepare for the 2013 editorial content, we’d love to hear your thoughts. Our ears are always open, so any and all feedback is much appreciated. Feel free to drop me an email at anytime. Until February 2013, thank you and enjoy,

Mira Patel Editor 395-7586

WIN! Guess how many candy corns are in the jar and you can win two tickets to Savor Bakersfield on Nov. 13! Closest to actual count wins. To enter, send an email to bwell@bakersfieldcom. Entry must include name, address & phone number. Winner will be contacted via email. Deadline 10/31.

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B Connected · Alzheimer‘s,


Save the Date · Calendar

30 Defying the Odds · Eileen

Roux - taking a stand against type 1 diabetes

bullying, diabetes, stress fractures, diabetes & stress, Hina Patel Foundation

34 Health Watch · Local

doctors explain healthy skin practices & health

of events happening around town


B Enriched · Explore new


Get to Know · Rudy Salas, Jr.


Health Apps · 9 apps to


What Happens When · Eating at home versus eating out


Calorie Count · Burn off your Thanksgiving grub!

ways to get more out of life

on the c ove


Crossfit workout mo


lead you to a healthier lifestyle

Wellness & Wonder

49 Real Success Stories ·

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Triumphant & inspiring local foster care stories

Special Featur e

Stress & Skin - 10


52 Your Body · Fun-to-know

Healthy Indulg ence

Cinnamon Poached


Your Health

Out & About

Get Fit

Stress & Diabetes

human body facts

Pears - 44

54 Holistic Health · 6 herbal



teas & how they benefit you

56 Smart Health News · Say

"yes" to a sugar-free option!

57 Life’s Questions Answered ·

Which vitamins should I take for stress?

58 Gardening · Plants & flowers perfect for fall


Creating Awareness

60 B the Cause ·

Spotlight on JDRF (Juvinile Diabetes Research Foundation)


62 Some Kind of Wonderful · Project Linus: providing blankets to those in need

07 Ed Note 09 Contributors 12 Local Goodies 23 Quiz- Food, diabetes and stress 28 Up Close- Capture Kern County

Last Look

Expert Connect:

26 Heart Center 29 PrimeCare Physicians 33 Continuum Senior Care Management 43 Bella Wellness and Aesthetics 59 Achilles Prothetics and Orthotics on the cover · Eileen Roux, Cauri Calvin,

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64 B Seen ·

See who’s been spotted on the local scene

70 Life & Happiness · Chuck Wall's 14 random acts of kindness


October Contributors Dhaval Buch, PT


President and owner of AUM Physical Therapy and Yoga Center, is a physical therapist specializing in the treatment of pain, headaches, fibromyalgia, etc. incorporating manual therapy and yoga. He can be reached via e-mail: with any questions regarding this article.

DR. JOHN L. ETCHEVERRY, DPM Dr. John L. Etcheverry, DPM, FACFAS, was born and raised in Bakersfield and has been in private practice for 14 years. The California State Board in Podiatric Medicine and Radiography and Fluoroscopy licenses him. The American Board of Podiatric Surgery in foot surgery and reconstructive rear foot and ankle surgery also certifies him. Learn more at

DR. DARSHAN SHAH, MD Darshan Shah, MD is a Bakersfield resident for the last 15 years, spending five at Kern Medical Center performing trauma and general surgery until accepted into the plastic surgery training program at the Mayo Clinic. He moved back to practice plastic and cosmetic surgery in the Central Valley and founded Beautologie Medical Group in 2004. He is actively involved with the Bakersfield Homeless Shelter, Beautologie Tattoo Removal program, and Beautologie Helps, which provide free reconstructive surgery for people in need.





Michael Smith RN, MSN Ed, PHN is the specialty programs coordinator at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital. Smith’s nursing experience includes cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, step-down/telemetry, ICU, ER, Med-Surg and outpatient endoscopy. Currently, he helps facilitate policy/ procedure set forth by senior nursing administration, to recognize areas of staff improvement and to help formulate and implement evidence-based practice guidelines.

CHUCK WALL Chuck Wall overcame blindness to earn a Ph.D. from UCLA and a B.A. and M.B.A. from San Francisco State University. He has been Professor of the Year at Bakersfield College and Professor of the Year for the State of California Community College System. Internationally known for creating the phrase “Today, I will commit one random act of senseless kindness…will you?” Chuck is now professor emeritus at Bakersfield College and Founder/ president of

Luciana Cramer Andy Nguyen Emily Wortiska, RD B Well Magazine would like to post a correction from the April 2012 issue as we published the incorrect title for Daniel Burke. He is a local licensed marriage family therapist and not a doctor. October 2012



stress + skin


Things You Can Do Today to Prevent Skin Deterioration Due to Stress! WRITTEN by Darshan R. Shah, MD

Are you stressed? If you’re like 80 percent of the American population, chances are that you have a moderately stressful life. Who doesn’t? How you feel on the inside can have a profound effect on how you look on the outside. Studies show that there is a powerful connection between your mind and your skin, and 30 percent of all dermatology patients have some underlying psychological issue worsening their skin conditions. A relatively new field in medicine called Psycodermatology, studies just that issue and has some powerful suggestions to keep your skin looking healthy, no matter how stressed you may feel. Listening to your skin is very important. Your skin may be the first indicator of things going awry in the rest of your body. Sometimes, we get used to the psychological feeling of stress without realizing the physical damage we can cause by ignoring it.

Try habit-reversal training. Stress often causes us to perform certain repetitive behaviors that are damaging to our skin. If you find yourself picking at a certain area or repeatedly touching your face when you are stressed, immediately do something else like snap your fingers or write a sentence. Eventually, the habit will disappear.


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The good news is that treating your stress can help your skin. And, believe it or not, studies have shown that treating your skin can even make you feel less stressed! This reciprocal benefit is well-documented in the literature, and there are some easy ways to take advantage of this phenomenon. Provided are some great tips that you can start today to get rid of those stress- related skin issues.

Find any anti-stress activity and do it on a regular basis. Whether it is yoga, a walk, or listening to music, you can decrease the amount of stress hormones you produce almost instantly. When you relax, you reduce the number of neuropeptides and other stress hormones (like cortisol) that cause your skin to function poorly. These are the same hormones that dilate blood vessels and cause rosacea and acne. Stress reduction techniques can make your skin less red and more resilient. Join a gym, yoga studio or a walking group, and you may see some instant results in your skin.

Drink lots of water. When we are racing against deadlines, we tend to forget to watch our daily water intake. Your skin needs the hydration to remain moist and replenished. Carry an eight ounce water bottle everywhere you go and refill it eight times a day.

Get on a good skin care regimen Get stick on a with good care regimen and it. skin Sometimes, being and with any it. Sometimes in a stick routine, routine being makes in a routine, any routine makes us us less less stressed. stressed. So So does does doing doing something for yourself something for yourself that that helps helps you you feel feel better better about about you! you! Good Good skin and skincleansers, cleansers, sun protection protection and toners rejuvenate tonershelp helpyour your skin skin to rejuvenate and replenish replenish itself. itself. Seeing your and skin look look great great also also helps you skin feel more more self self-confident and less less feel confident and stressed. stressed.

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Caring for

someone with


is stressful WRITTEN BY Luciana Cramer

Families caring for loved ones affected with dementia soon realize that this is no ordinary caregiving. Dementia patients gradually require increased assistance ranging from simple appointment reminders in the early stages of the disease to hands-on assistance with all activities of daily living in the later stages. People affected with progressive dementia may reach a point in the disease requiring extensive 24/7 care. Late-stage dementia care includes complex medication and nutritional management, incontinence monitoring, dressing, cognitive and ambulatoryenhancing activities, aspiration prevention and fall control, among others. Family members who often have already spent years in monitoring and dedicated care may find the additional


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requirements of late-stage care overwhelming. The cumulative stress of caregiving may result in severe safety and health hazards for both patients and caregivers. What makes dementia caregiving even more stressful, as opposed to caregiving for conditions that do not affect cognition, is that the patient often does not understand why they must be helped, often resisting every attempt at assistance. Without specific dementia-care education, family caregivers have great difficulties in avoiding daily confrontations and keeping a safe environment. Family caregivers can alleviate the relentless stress involved in dementia care by accessing some of the help available in the community. There is

an extensive range of services offered to family caregivers, including daycare centers, in-home helpers, home delivered meals and transportation services. All of them can help ease the caregiving burden and make the job more manageable. Caregivers also benefit from supportive services and educational opportunities, such as provided by the Alzheimer’s Association. The care specialists can help caregivers design care plans, connect to services in the community, understand the disease and develop strategies to communicate and cope with the challenges associated with dementia care. You can get in contact with a specialist, 24/7 at 1-800-272-3900.


b connected Easy Steps to Help Your C hild S top a B ully WRITTEN BY Myriam valdez

What would you do if your child was a victim of bullying? Bulleying is no new childhood challenge, the advent of social media has made it even easier for bullies to torment their peers. Cyberbullying that takes place over electronic media has seen a dramatic rise over the years and along with bullying that goes on in schools, parents have a tremendous task to ensure their child isn’t a victim. How can you get your child to open up about bullying? Certified Bakersfield-based parenting coach Gerry Garcia encourages parents to remain engaged with their children and offers these five steps to help stop a bully in your child’s life. 1. Start investigating: Your child may change in behavior from day to night, which may just be hormonal teenage mood swings. If you notice a drop in grades or an increase in violent behaviors toward others, this may be a sign that your child could be dealing with bullying outside of your home. Be on alert for changes in behavior that seem to come out of nowhere. the Problem: Garcia cautions parents to be careful by identifying the bullying with open-ended questions like, “Can you tell me more about how they hurt you?” By allowing an open space for your child to share feelings, the mistreatment and issue can be clearly identified.

2. Pinpoint

Sit down with them and help work through the effect that bullying has on themselves and their loved ones. “It’s key to break the intimidation cycle. The child is fearful of the bully and is often controlled by that fear,” said Garcia.

3. Help

your child take control:

for Your Child: Your role as a parent or guardian is to advocate for your child. Set up a meeting with a counselor, teacher or maybe request to meet with the bully’s parents to address the problem; helping give your child confidence to stand up for themself.

4. Stand Up

5. Give Your Child




Defend Themself:

Teaching kids an alternative response to bullies will help any child see that they are capable of defending themselves. Garcia suggests, parents should role play with their child on scenarios such as “Let me show you how to walk away from those kids when they bully you,” or “I can show you how to be humorous when they begin to pick on you.”

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Diabetes WRITTEN BY Michael R. Smith, RN, MSN Ed, PHN

Diabetes mellitus is a group of disorders related to glucose intolerance and describes a condition of chronic high blood glucose levels secondary to carbohydrate, fat and protein metabolism disorders. It affects 25.8 million Americans, or roughly 8.3 percent of the population. Common symptoms include frequent thirst, urination, hunger, weight loss and high blood glucose during fasting or two hours after a meal. Diagnosis results from identification of symptoms, elevated blood glucose levels and/or abnormal oral glucose tolerance test. Pre-diabetes occurs if there is impaired fasting glucose and impaired glucose tolerance two hours after a meal. Major Types Type 1 (insulin deficiency) which occurs in 5 percent

of people diagnosed, generally children and young adults. It is caused by an autoimmune destruction of the pancreas secondary, a genetic-environmental interaction, physiological stressor and viral infection or for reasons unknown. Typically, within five years of diagnosis, 100 percent of individuals will be insulin dependent. Type 2 (insulin resistance), which occurs in 95 percent

of people diagnosed, is caused by an environmentalgenetic interaction of age, obesity, high blood pressure, physical inactivity and family history. The result is insulin resistance and decreased insulin secretion. Gestational diabetes develops in the pregnant

female from insulin resistance and inadequate insulin secretion. Prevention

Type 1 diabetes has no cure. Prevention focuses on medication and lifestyle adjustments to control glucose levels to help prevent or slow the progression of diabetic complications. Type 2 diabetes can be prevented with weight loss, exercise, diet and medication. Left untreated, diabetes can cause eye, kidney, vascular and nerve damage leading to blindness, amputation, kidney failure and hemodialysis.


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Treatment Options

Treatment options vary according to diagnosis type. People diagnosed with type 1 will require daily injections of insulin via a syringe or insulin pump. People diagnosed with type 2 will require oral medications every day or depending on glucose control, also require insulin. Treatment for gestational diabetes may be similar. Follow up with a primary care physician, endocrinologist, dietitian, diabetes educator or obstetrician-gynecologist to identify risk factors. Initiation of lifestyle modifications and maximize medication support is imperative. Kern County residents affected

According to the California Diabetes Program (2009), 55,474 of 533,407 Kern County adults have diabetes. As of 2009, 21.8 percent of men and 19.8 percent of women are affected locally. Latinos and African Americans carry the largest disease-risk burden. People over 65 years of age also have the highest predominance of diabetes. Local Support Systems

Kern County has several local support systems in place. San Joaquin Community Hospital’s Buck Owens Wellness Center offers comprehensive diabetes management classes and education taught by registered nurses and dietitians who have special training in diabetes education. Mercy & Memorial Hospitals offer free six-week Diabetes Self-Management Seminars in English and Spanish. The courses focus on the development of self-management strategies to deal with the everyday challenges associated with diabetes including diet, medication, exercise, stress, communication, action planning and problem solving.

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Making an appointment

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You drive all over town to take lab tests, get X-rays, or fill prescriptions. You’ve spent half your day in the car.

At all our Kern County locations, your doctor, lab services, X-rays, and pharmacy are under the same roof, so you can save time and do more in one visit.

Visiting a specialist

Show up with your fingers crossed that your primary care doctor faxed or mailed your records.

When you arrive, your specialist will have your health information right at his or her fingertips, making your care virtually seamless.

Remembering your doctor’s instructions

Take lots of notes during your visit, or listen carefully and trust your memory later.

You get a printed summary report at the end of each visit. You can also view details of your visits online whenever you want, including most test results.

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Stress & Diabetes go hand in hand WRITTEN BY Dhaval Buch, PT

We live in a world in which type 2 diabetes has become a widespread and increasingly common condition. Diabetes is not just a disorder of the pancreas and decreased insulin sensitivity; it is considered a systemic disease. If unchecked, it can lead to complications including loss of sensation in the hands/ feet, vision problems, kidney problems, “silent” heart attacks, etc. It is usually associated with weight gain or obesity, but high blood pressure and heart disease often “co-exist” in people suffering from diabetes adding to the complexity in management.


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Stress is also an important causative factor in the onset of diabetes. In fact, the American Medical Association has declared that more than 80 percent of the common diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, tension headaches and anxiety are induced by stress. This is often overlooked, which is why properly managing diabetes often takes more than just medication, diet and exercise alone. It is generally assumed that type 2 diabetes is a condition that typically affects older individuals. However, studies and

trends are now showing that younger individuals, even as young as in their teens, can also be at risk for diabetes due to improper diet, sedentary lifestyles and stress. Once a person has been diagnosed with the condition, he or she should understand that a change in lifestyle will be needed. While this can be difficult in the beginning, a positive and intelligent attitude will go a long way in guaranteeing success. a

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b connected Along with managing your diabetes, creating a systematic yoga program customized to the individual can help by targeting all the bodily systems directly and indirectly-digestive, hormonal, circulatory, neurological, musculo-skeletal, etc. For diabetes, there are specific yoga postures, focused breathing techniques, meditation and relaxation that can be incorporated into the practice. In addition, to doing physical exercises to burn calories, all aspects of the individual personality (body-mindspirit) are positively influenced;

Importance of Weight Loss Among Diabetes

Weight loss has potential to reduce the complications associated with diabetes and minimize the chance of developing type 2 diabetes. Weight loss is also an important component of diabetes management and a person with diabetes needs a progressive, structured combination of exercise and nutrition. The simplest and

thereby achieving a wonderful healthy balance aimed at restoring good health and especially reducing stress. Best of all, no equipment or gym membership is required! Yoga can also be a good system in prevention of diabetes and a host of other stressrelated conditions.

Don’t let stress and diabetes steal your energy or affect your lifestyle. Empower yourself and get the necessary help you need. Be well, healthy and happy!

easiest exercise that should be done is to commit to a daily walking program of 20 to 30 minutes. It can also help in reducing stress and improving a sense of wellbeing. The best time for walking is early in the morning in the first hour of sunrise or if that’s not possible, in the last hour of sunset, preferably in a park-like setting.

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b connected Hina Patel Foundation:

Leading the way in Sickle Cell awareness WRITTEN BY Myriam valdez

their local transportation program for needy families who cannot afford regular visits to Los Angeles, where more sophisticated medical treatment is available.

“Throughout her life, no one would have guessed Hina suffered from sickle cell anemia just by her outward appearance,” said Bhavana Patel, founder of the Hina Patel Foundation. Named after their daughter who lost her battle with the disease, the Patel family is making Sickle Cell awareness a priority through their international medical outreach programs, local community support groups and robust schedule of events and awareness campaigns. This year alone, the foundation traveled to India to screen more than 3,700 individuals, mostly children, in Gujarat, India through their Sickle Cell Screening Camp and continued


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Their daughter’s memory is celebrated through community awareness events, which combine medical outreach with fun. From 5K and 10K runs to golf outings and gala dinners ­— all events keep Sickle Cell awareness at the core, even providing on-site blood and bone-marrow drives at events. Once thought of as a rare disease, more people have become affected with sickle cell anemia in Kern County. Sickle cell anemia is more likely to affect African-American communities, but is also prevalent in people of Mediterranean, South and Central American, Indian and Middle Eastern descent. With a growing Indian community, Kern County is in need of better care for those affected by the genetic disease.

Sickle cell anemia occurs when red blood cells form an abnormal crescent “sickle” shape. These fragile cells deliver less oxygen to the body’s tissues, depriving organs of oxygenrich blood. People with sickle cell anemia are at an increased risk of organ damage in the lungs, kidneys and brain. According to Bhavana, finding out if you carry the trait is key in prevention.“Sickle cell disease can only occur when both parents carry the gene. For this reason, genetic counseling is recommended for all carriers of the trait.” For families who are already suffering with sickle cell disease, it is imperative to maintain good hydration, avoid temperature extremes and avoid activities that could lead to inflammation. For more information on sickle cell anemia, please visit

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Stress Fractures of the Foot

Repetitive impact on feet can increase risk of damage

Quality In-Home Care

That Improves Lives

WRITTEN BY Dr. John L. Etcheverry, DPM, FACFAS

Stress fractures of the foot are becoming more common in runners, especially first-time marathoners, contributing to an increase in repetitive stress injuries, including stress fractures of the foot. Often, first-time marathoners enter a race with little or improper long-distance training. The lack of experience coupled with the repetitive impact can produce enough stress to cause hairline breaks in the bones of the foot. “Runners who increase their mileage or training intensity too quickly may be more susceptible to a stress fracture due to the increased force placed on the bones,” said Etcheverry. “A general rule of thumb is to increase the mileage by no more than ten percent each week, and allow for adequate rest time in between runs, decreasing the risk of a fracture.” Runners at all levels of experience are at higher risk if they wear improper shoes, suffer from flatfoot or other foot deformities or have osteoporosis. Signs of a stress fracture can include pain, swelling, redness and possibly bruising of the area. “Stress fractures can occur anywhere in the foot and can eventually lead to a complete break of the bone if left untreated,” Etcheverry explained. “Early diagnosis and treatment are important to ensure proper healing.” If a break is suspected, Etcheverry advises runners to immediately follow the RICE protocol — Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation. If pain and swelling last longer than a few days, an x-ray and diagnosis is in order. Treatment may include rest and immobilization with casting of the foot. Surgery may be required in certain instances to repair and stabilize a stress fracture that has progressed into a full fracture. Runners can take action to prevent repetitive stress injuries by wearing supportive athletic shoes and slowly building up their activity levels. “If a runner suffers from abnormal mechanics in the foot, such as overpronation or hypermobility, custom orthotics can also be helpful to prevent these injuries,” Etcheverry, added.

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16 Hula & Tahitian dance lessons at Marco Polo Performing Arts Studio.Workout & learn how to Polynesian dance, 6 to 7 p.m., Tues. & Thurs., $25 to enroll, $45 for 8 classes. 817-6317.

Josh Turner performs at The Fox Theater, doors open at 6:30 p.m., show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $45.50.


The 23rd annual Best in the West Jet Rally at the Elk Hills-Buttonwillow Airport, benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation hosted by the B.A.R.K.S. Club, $5 admisson per day.






Carrie Underwood performs at Rabobank Arena, 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $41.50.



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The Gaslight Melodrama proudly presents “Space Trek” playing Friday to Sunday through Nov. 10. Tickets are $23, adults; $12, children 12 & under. Doors open 45 minutes before show.

Walk MS Bakersfield 2012 at Yokuts Park. Check in at 7 a.m. Free to attend; minimum donation of $100 is requested.





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

27th annual Safe Halloween benefiting the Kern County Museum. Activities include children’s carnival, haunted house & entertainment. Event runs from 5 to 9 p.m. on museum grounds. Tickets for non-members $8; members $6.



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3 Professional Bull Riders: Touring Pro Division comes to Rabobank Arena at 8 p.m. each night. Pre-sale tickets start at $15.

30th annual Bakersfield Police Memorial Run. A 2K, 5K and 10K run held at the Park at Riverwalk. Event runs from 6:30 to 9 p.m. $25 if registered by Oct. 31 or $30 day of.


Bakersfield Homeless Center’s annual Turkey Trot at Yokuts Park. Registration opens 6:30 a.m. & starts at 8 a.m.



Savor Bakersfield at Rabobank Arena from 3:30 to 9 p.m. Tickets starting at $20. Use code SAVOR to save $4.

11 Legendary Mexican singer Joan Sebastian returns to Rabobank Arena. Performance starts at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $40.




93rd annual Veterans Day Parade begining at 10 a.m. at 21st & L streets in Downtown Bakersfield. Free.

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First Wednesday, special events & refreshments, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Bakersfield Museum of Art. Free, members; $5, non-members.




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26th annual wine tasting & culinary event, Bakersfield Uncorked presented by the Junior League of Bakersfield at the Kern County Fairgrounds. Tickets start at $75.

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save the date {december} OutLawz Car Club Toy Drive benefiting the Kern Medical Center’s Pediatric Dept. Toys will be distributed year-round to children in the hospital. Collected at OutLawz Car Club from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free to attend.



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HolidayLights at CALM benefiting the CALM Foundation. Displays will be up through Jan. 1. $6 for children ages 3-12; $10 for children ages 13-17 including seniors; $12 for adults.




Wish Project International hosts the first Run Santa Run! – 2K, 5K & 10K run with partial proceeds benefiting Toys for Tots. Held at Beach Park.


First Friday featuring live music, art openings, specialty shops, galleries & boutiques in Downtown Arts District, 5 to 9 p.m. Free to attend.



30th annual Bakersfield Christmas Parade presents An American Christmas in downtown from 6 to 8 p.m. Parade includes Christmas themed floats, light displays, marching bands & drill teams, horse drawn carriages, community groups, classic vehicles, live performances, plus Christmas Square Marketplace. Free to attend.

“Sound of Christmas” performed by The AllAmerican Boys Chorus at Rabobank Arena, 3 to 5 p.m. Tickets start at $80.



The Gaslight Melodrama proudly presents “Holiday Extravaganza” playing Friday to Sunday through December 23. Tickets are $23, adults; $12, children 12 & under.





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The Brian Setzer Orchestra Christmas Rocks! Extravaganza at The Fox Theater. Tickets start at $40.50.



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Diabetes High blood pressure Heart disease All of the above

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Anxiety Loss of appetite Fevers Blindness

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Expert Connect


“All that arthritis or neuropathy in your hips, legs or feet may not be so. It could be lack of circulation. What can you do?” Have you been told that you have arthritis or neuropathy and not much can be done to help your legs and feet? Well, all that arthritis or neuropathy may not be arthritis or neuropathy after all. It could be a lack of oxygen to these areas and that’s why you have pain or lack of feeling in your legs/feet, causing Peripheral artery disease This condition typically affects the arteries that supply blood to the leg muscles, which can cause leg cramps or the legs to feel heavy or tire easily. If the condition is serious or doesn’t improve with treatment, then angioplasty or stent placement may be needed.

imbalance. Walking often tops the list of good ways to get exercise, but walking isn’t easy for everyone. A number of conditions can cause leg pain, which makes walking difficult. Many people simply live with their leg pain, assuming it is a normal part of aging, rather than reporting it to their doctor. Chronic venous insufficiency The condition of poor circulation involves the veins and the blood’s return trip to the heart and lungs. Symptoms include swelling, skin inflammation and open wounds on the ankle. Legs may feel achy, heavy or cramping, especially during rest or sleep. It can be treated with compression stockings. If stockings don’t work, then a minor procedure called sclerosing or ablation can be done to take care of the varicose veins.

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“What do I need to know about diabetes?”

I’ve just been diagnosed with diabetes. Will I have this all my life or is it reversible with diet and exercise? Adult onset diabetes can be reversed in a significant number of patients by strong lifestyle modifications, including reducing body weight, maintaining regular exercising and making changes in your diet.


I don’t want to become insulin dependent. What can i do so I only have to take pills? Yes, it is possible to eliminate or reduce your insulin dosage with aggressive lifestyle modification and risk factor management in a majority of cases.

My family has a history of diabetes, so i know I’m probably at risk. What should i do now to prevent from becoming diabetic? Regular exercise, active lifestyle, maintaining your ideal body weight, avoiding diets rich in sugar and fats and periodic check-ups by your physician will definitely help you achieve this. Relieving stress will also aid in your overall well-being. A relaxing massage is one way to combat the effects of stress in your daily life.

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WRITTEN BY Breanna Fields


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October 2012


defying the odds


hat was planned as a typical family vacation in Los Cabos turned into something else entirely. At the time, 8-year-old Eileen Roux (now 11) and her parents had no idea that her health would decline rapidly within the next 24 hours. After becoming ill, she was taken back to a hotel room to lay in bed and rest while she was closely monitored by her parents. Her father, Richard Roux, admits that it was a stressful period of time filled with uncertainty. It all happened Dec. 29, 2009 — hours were spent trying to figure out what was wrong as her health continued to deteriorate. She began dragging her feet and slurring her words, which immediately prompted her father to call the hotel staff. Five minutes later, he reached a doctor over the phone, but by that time Eileen had slipped into a coma. As time passed, it became clear that type 1 diabetes was the cause of her illness. The symptoms were there, although the peculiar “fruit smell” that Richard went on to describe may not have been recognized had Dr. Raul Rivas not been a diabetes specialist. “He [Rivas] said he could smell a fruity smell in the room because she was in DKA (diabetic ketoacidosis). Basically, the body is not producing insulin anymore so it’s burning up the fat in order to try to keep the body energized,” said Richard. Eileen Roux

We thought we were going to lose her. She's our only child... As the night wore on, an ambulance rushed her to the nearest hopital where they began to stabilize her. To get the best medical care and attention, she was flown back to San Diego from Mexico’s Baja California peninsula. on a Life Flight. Almost instinctively, Eileen woke from the coma when the aircraft touched down in San Diego. “They told us they’re going to do what they could to try and save her, but normally a person’s blood sugar level is between 80 and 120 and hers was at 1,057. The doctor said that her organs were stressed and possibily shutting down,” said Richard.

Fortunately, she was cared for in time and the doctors managed to stabilize her blood glucose level. “We thought we were going to lose her. She’s our only child so obviously we were just very grateful,” said Richard.

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defying the odds Since she was first diagnosed back in 2009, Eileen has gone on to live a healthy and normal life as a student at Downtown Elementary. She does, however, have to check her insulin levels on a daily basis. “I have to test my blood sugar every day before meals and whenever I feel dizzy or dehydrated. I have to give myself insulin every time after I eat and I have the pump. It gives me insulin and it acts like a pancreas, so I don’t have to get shots every day, but every three days I do,” said Eileen. There is a common misconception between type 1 and 2 diabetes. Eileen and Richard wanted to set the record straight: Type 1 diabetes (also known as juvenile diabetes) is caused by the body not producing enough insulin. Type 2 diabetes, on the other hand, is a result of being unfit and often times overweight. In an effort to share her story and inspire youth, she has created a Facebook page called “Stand Up To Type 1 Diabetes” to promote awareness. Eileen will also be participating in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at Yokuts Park on Nov. 3. Her team, Eileen’s Electric Youth, has raised $300 so far but hopes to reach $2,000 to donate to JDRF. “It [diabetes] hasn’t held her back from doing anything she wants, which is great,” said Richard. “We’ve just got to be more careful and plan things out.” l


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Expert Connect

“Are you at risk for stress induced illness?”


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What are the risks if I don't treat my heart or cardiovascular disease?

i Signs include shortness of breath, chest pain, irregular heartbeats, dizziness and fainting. 1. If left untreated, a fatal or non-fatal heart attack known as a myocardial infarction may occur. It’s a condition where fatty substance called cholesterol or a blood clot blocks a major blood vessel going to the heart, which could result in permanent damage to the heart muscle. 2. The development of congestive heart failure can arise from heart attacks, but also from heart defects, heart infections and any other reasons in which the heart is enlarged. 3. Peripheral arterial disease can result from untreated cardiovascular disease. It’s when plaque builds up in the arteries of the head, limbs or other organs. Studies have shown lowering cholesterol, blood pressure and smoking cessation can reduce the risk of dying from heart disease.

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How can acupuncture help me?

i Acupuncture is a unique type of medical treatment originating in ancient China. It is based on the philosophical theory that acupuncture promotes the body’s energy flow (known as “Qi” — pronounced “Chi”). By stimulating certain points along different meridians, acupuncture can harmonize, balance and redirect Qi to control or reduce symptoms, such as pain or dizziness, as well as accelerate the healing process. Modern science research shows it can increase endorphin and blood circulation, which can provide beneficial effects on the conditions and functions of tissues and organs.


How do chiropractic adjustments relieve stress?

i Stress, whether physical or perceived, triggers a fight or flight response. This is a systemic physical reaction, affecting almost every part of the body. One of the effects of chronic stress is prolonged muscle tension and contraction. This muscle tension creates pressures on the structures of your body, leading to misalignments of your spine and the other joints of your body. Misalignments can cause nerve irritation, which, in turn, can cause jaw, neck and back pain, headaches and even high blood pressure. Chiropractic adjustments help aid to correct these misalignments, reduce spinal nerve irritation, improve circulation and release muscle tension. This helps your body return to a balanced, relaxed state. In many cases, these changes can be enough to get your brain to turn off the fight or flight response and begin the process of healing.

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Manage a diabetes log through a subscription-based web app. Once you’ve subscribed to its service, use the app to view historical entries, log glucose, carbs, medicine, exercise and weight. It even syncs all your data to and from B: iPhone, Android, Blackberry $: Free

Mahjong! A twist to the classic solitaire, the goal is to remove all the tiles from of the board by pairs. Features include show option, hint, undo and shuffleboard options, plus 25 background pictures. Work your mind and relieve your stress with this fun game. B: iPhone, Android, Blackberry $: Free

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What Happens WHEN

{ Recommendations to consider before eating a home-cooked meal versus eating out } WRITTEN BY Emily Wortiska, RD

In today’s fast-paced world, home-cooked meals are almost nonexistent. Families are eating out now more than ever and our health is suffering. I would encourage you to find whatever motivates you and try a homecooked meal. Your body and family will thank you.

A family that eats together stays together. Preparing and sharing a meal is a special way to connect with one another. Teaching your children the importance of a healthy meal is one of the greatest gifts that you could give them.

Weight Control

We eat more when we eat out. Portions are much larger at restaurants and often times provide our total daily caloric intake in one meal. Cooking at home allows you to control what is on your plate, which can help to prevent overeating and weight gain.

Cleaner Eating

Cooking at home allows you to use more whole and less-processed foods like those used in restaurants. Processed foods are convenient since they have a longer shelf life, but they tend to be higher in sodium, sugar and trans fats.

More Energy

Restaurant meals tend to leave people tired and fatigued. The purpose of food is to fuel our bodies for our daily activities. If you don’t have energy to take a walk or go back to the office after eating a restaurant meal, maybe you should think twice.

Love Your Heart

Chefs at restaurants use extra fats to make their food taste good. While this makes us happy, the body can take a hit if someone is eating out regularly. Fats are essential for health, so make sure to include more heart healthy ones such as olive oil, avocado and nuts at home.

Nutrient Density

You are more likely to find fruits, vegetables, dairy products, fiber, calcium and vitamins A and C on your plate. While restaurant meals provide calories for the body, they often lack nutritional value and the essential building blocks for repair, brain function and optimal health.

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{ Step-by-step CrossFit moves to get your body in shape } WRITTEN BY MiRA PATEL

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C r o ss F i t craving!

CrossFit consists of workouts that are comprised of constantly varied functional movements — pushing, pulling, squatting, lifting and running — which are executed at high intensity. Yes, it’s an intense workout that’s done in an one-hour session! We recently sat down with CrossFit trainers and owners Rafael and Angie Guijarro of CrossFit Frenzy to discuss how CrossFit differentiates itself. The purpose is to improve functional movements that are important in our daily routines. The Guijarros explained that it’s all about “moving your body the way it is meant to be moved.” Also, in a CrossFit gym, you will never see weight machines or an abundance of treadmills. Instead, you will find an “open space with no mirrors filled with barbells, pull-up bars and kettlebells.” Here are a few simple steps that you can do at home with no equipment.

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Start with your feet shoulder width apart and toes slightly out.

Step 2:

Send your butt back and downward, while looking straight and keeping the weight on heels. Butt must go below parallel.

Step 3:

Drive up with heels and fully extend hips at the top to starting position and repeat.


Step 1:

Roll a towel up like a tube and place under lower back. Begin with your legs bent and your arms above your head.

Step 2: Use your arms to sit-up. Chest should touch your knees. Repeat. Kim, CrossFit Frenzy member

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get fit PUSHup Step 1:

Assume a prone position on the floor or other rigid surface that’s able to support your body weight with your hands approximately shoulder width apart. Keep your feet together!

Step 2:

Raise yourself, using your arms. Create a straight line from your head to your heels, extending your arms fully. This position is called a plank, which is used for other various exercises. This is the beginning and the end position of a single pushup.

Step 3:

Drive up with heels and fully extend hips at the top to starting position and repeat.

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Begin in a squat position with your hands on the floor right in front of your legs.

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Lower your chest to the ground and press back up to complete the pushup.

Step 4:

Immediately return your feet to the beginning squat position.

Step 5:

Jump up vertically as high as you possibly can from that squat position. You may clap overhead while doing so.


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“What is liposuction?”


Liposuction is the removal of fat from beneath the skin using a cannula (a stainless steel hollow tube) with the assistance of a powerful vacuum. It can be done with different modalities as isomer laser would help in melting the fat or using ultrasound guided liposuction as well as using the cannula with negative pressure. What are the benefits of lipsuction? Liposuction is a surgical procedure that removes unwanted fat cells even the stubborn ones when exercise won’t. It will enhance and change your body's shape. Am i a good candidate? Primarily most people are good candidates. A complete medical history is taken at the consultation appointment to determine if there are any health issues that would prevent you from being a candidate. Liposuction also has positive health benefits. Will I Be Put to sleep? No, it is done under tumescent anesthesia; the beauty of it is the patient is fully awake with no need to be asleep. They do not feel any pain and this will lower problems associated with anesthesia as well as facilitate speedy recovery.

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akersfield College track star Chris Schwartz has been sprinting through most of his young life — running away from a painful past of abuse, group homes and foster families. Despite a decorated high school career that included two state championships, Schwartz never felt like a winner in life.

The oldest of nine children fathered by five different men, the Foothill High grad has never known his dad and has no communication with his mother or siblings. There are no warm and fuzzy childhood memories, just recollections of domestic discord and abuse, allegedly at the hands of his mother’s live-in boyfriend. “I couldn’t take it anymore, so I kept running away,” Schwartz told The Californian in a 2008 interview. But he never told anyone why. He was at the

threshold of becoming a teenager. He entered the foster care system when he was 12. “My mom said she couldn’t handle me and was overwhelmed,” Schwartz said. He was the only one of her children to be given up. “I felt like I was abandoned.” A misdiagnosis of schizophrenia led to mental hospitalizations. “All I knew was that my mom left me. I was angry,” Schwartz told The Californian. (Continued on page 42) a

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“Running is a big relief of stress...”

And so began a cycle of detachment, loneliness and a series of moves that included two group homes and five foster families, seven in all. “At first it was scary, but eventually I didn’t care who I was staying with. Eventually, they would all give me up.” Not everyone. Robert and Martha Gonzales took Chris in while he was a sophomore in high school. He was 16. Their loving, stable and structured environment helped him excel on the track, graduate and gain admission to Cal Poly. “They are great people. They treated me like family right off the bat, and they never gave up.” Schwarz attended Cal Poly on a partial scholarship, but after one and a half quarters, the academic and financial strain became too much and he returned to Bakersfield where he was still haunted by his past. Nearly a decade of being bounced from home to family, which left him void of self-worth. A year and a half ago, he decided to stop fleeing. In a cry for help, he drove a friend’s car off the Kern River Canyon into the river. Miraculously, he walked away with nothing more than a scar on his left finger, a permanent reminder of a failed suicide attempt and the gift of a second chance. “That was a big wake-up call for

me,” he said. “Now I have a whole new outlook.”

“Life is worth living, and I’m meant to do something better,” he said.

In those harrowing moments as he was drowning and unable to get out of the car, he said he remembers hearing a voice say, “Don’t worry, it is OK.” No one was there, but he managed to escape the sinking vehicle and crawl to the roadway for help.

For older children like Chris Schwartz, the heartache of being treated “differently” never goes away. “I felt like a second-class citizen,” he recalled of the secondhand clothes and gifts of broken toys. But mentors, like Randy Martin of Covenant Care a


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oster Care experts say the need for more families in the system is great; parents like John and Amy Burns, who early this year became foster care providers in what they say is a calling, and a life-changing decision for their family. The Bakersfield couple, parents of 6-year-old son Tillman and 5-year-old McKenna, held down successful, high-paying jobs, which afforded their family a comfortable lifestyle. But John, 38, and Amy, 34, knew there was something more.


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“We had been talking and praying for three years and God has been calling us,” said John, now a minister at Valley Baptist Church. “We made changes, sacrifices and decreased our expenses so Amy could stay at home.”

This year, after prayer, counseling, training and evaluation, they joined the ranks of Kern County foster care providers when they welcomed a 3-month-old girl, “S." Last month, a 6-year-old boy, “E,” joined the Burns family. “There are some difficulties if the parent still has visitation rights, but the rewards far outweigh the downsides,” John said about deciding to make the emotional investment while taking a chance at heartache. John and Amy weren’t completely unfamiliar with the idea of foster care. John’s childhood best friend was adopted, as were Amy’s two younger twin brothers. “I always knew growing up I would adopt,” Amy said. Last month they began the process. “I hope we are setting a better example for Christians, that if

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Services, a foster care nonprofit, were his lifelines. “He’s [Martin] the main reason why I am better. He has helped me out a lot.�

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Martin, who employs Schwartz at Covenant Coffee, said the transformation in the young man is amazing. “Ten years ago, Chris was quiet, withdrawn and depressed.� Running has been his saving grace. He trains about 10 hours a week, between 80 to 100 miles around the college campus. “Running is a big relief of stress and anxiety from everyday life,� Chris added. “I want to run and clear my head and when I’m done, I have a new point of view.� Last spring, as a freshman, he placed third in the 1,500-meter and 5,000 at the state track and field championship. Today, at 22, Chris is a computer science major at BC. His goal is to place first in three events before receiving his AA degree and transferring to a four-year university on an athletic scholarship. His network of friends, teammates and mentors are his “family.� Psalm 91:7 is tattooed on the inside of his right arm. “There’s a thousand problems and you can get through them. There will always be problems, but take it one day at a time.� Schwartz hopes his experience will resonate with others. “Go to a counselor or someone you can trust and talk to them,� he added. “That’s all we can do is talk and be heard.� l

you believe what you say, that you help provide for others,� John said. “If you know you are physically capable, why would you want a child to go through the experience of living in filth, not having a mom or dad, just because you are too busy?�

“There are two kinds of foster families, the ones like us who want to provide a loving home, and those who are using the stipends to afford the rent,� said Amy. “The county has been very good communicating with us.�

Last year there were 1,838 children in Foster Care in Kern County. According to the Kern County Network for Children’s 2011 Report Card, that number is down by one-third since 2003.

As the area’s drug problems worsen, John and Amy Burns say it will be important for more and more people like them to step up to the plate. “These kids need someone who is willing to sacrifice and help out,� John said.

Often, their patience is tested during scheduled visits. Sometimes the biological parents are no shows, or if they attend, they spend the time criticizing the foster providers.

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Stress has become a norm of life these days. It seems we are more stressed over the certainty of our job, finances and relationships than ever. We often take supplemental vitamins for any deficiencies we may have. But did you know vitamins could also help with stress? Manish Somani, owner and pharmacist of the Medicine Shoppe, said, “It’s important to take your vitamins regularly as they benefit your body’s build up over a period of time.” The stronger you are, the more you can take on without feeling too stressed. Below are a few B vitamins that Somani suggested will aid in reducing stress. He advised that you consult with your medical professional on the right quantities.

Vitamin B3 (Niacin)

Aids in supporting the functions of the nervous and digestive system. A deficiency can cause depression, irritability, stress and mood disturbances.

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Vitamin B9 (Folic Acid)

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Folic acid is an essential vitamin needed for energy. A deficiency can cause people to experience depression and fatigue, which may produce higher levels of stress.

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“What preventative measures can I take to avoid amputation?”

In the United States, complications from diabetes and peripheral vascular disease account for more than half of all amputations. If you look at lower limb amputations in Kern County, the rate is much higher.

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What should i do if i develop an ulcer on my foot or residual limb? If you develop an ulcer or abrasion on your foot, it’s important to wash the wound with soap and water and call your doctor immediately. If you wear a prosthetic limb, you should discontinue the use of the device and call your doctor. In some cases the prosthesis may just need an adjustment and/or modification. Your prosthetist will be able to guide you to the appropriate care if medical attention is needed.


The most important aspect is to have a good preventative care program for your feet. This includes daily inspection of your feet/residual limb, washing, moisturizing dry skin and properly bandaging any cuts or sores that may be present. Also, wearing properly fitting shoes with diabetic inserts and socks will greatly reduce the risk of friction sores and blisters from forming. If you are an amputee, then having a properly fitting prosthesis is extremely important. A loose-fitting prosthesis can cause pistoning of the limb within the socket leading to abrasions and blisters.

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B the Cause: JDRF { The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation - raising awareness & making a difference } WRITTEN by MIRA PATEL

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation was established in Bakersfield 15 years ago by parents of type 1 diabetes children. Their mission is to fundraise for a cure for type 1 Diabetes (T1D), treat, prevent and cure T1D and provide support for our newly diagnosed families. Since its founding in 1970, JDRF was known as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. But today we know that 85 percent of those with T1D are no longer juveniles, they are adults. As a result, the word “juvenile” is no longer descriptive of T1D or of the people and families living with the disease. Therefore, the organization recently dropped the formal name Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation from its identity and will now be known simply as JDRF. Allison Perkins-Thomas, the branch manager at the local JDRF shares with us how the local foundation is helping T1D patients. Locally the foundation works with all the hospitals with Bag of Hope distribution and pediatric endocrinologists. In addition, Thomas said,

JDRF offers a free T1D education class for those in the T1D community and does in-service for diabetic educators and nurses.

JDRF is contacted when a child is newly diagnosed with T1D. Thomas explained that the Mom of the Month (MOM) is responsible for delivering a Bag of Hope (BOH). This bag, she said, “contains information about having an extra meter to test blood sugar, a book that helps with counting carbohydrates, books on T1D at every school level and Rufus the teddy bear who has colorful felt spots for a child to practice giving themselves shots. Also, phone numbers and emails are exchanged between the families as well.” The family is put on our mailing list for the bimonthly support groups and family activities. Often times, for the next 6-12 months, the MOM becomes the lifeline for the newly diagnosed family. Aside from helping families cope with T1D, the JDRF finds, “A major challenge in educating the public about the difference between T1D and T2D. We just have to keep spreading the word,” said Thomas. T1D hit home as it runs in her father’s familya granduncle, paternal grandmother and her dad’s twin sister. It’s one of the reasons why she got involved. For more information, visit


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chapter coordinator of Project Linus for Kern, Tulare and Fresno counties and some of her local “blanketeers” who give back to local children in need. Wanting to give back after Hurricane Katrina, Willis took to the Internet to research organizations that were accepting donations. She stumbled upon Project Linus and decided to start a local chapter in November 2005. Willis said, “The program was named from the security blanket-toting character from the Peanuts comic strip. We are a volunteer based nonprofit that provides a new, handmade blanket and afghans to children who are seriously ill, traumatized or otherwise in need.” While Willis helps to facilitate and lead the local chapter, she couldn’t do it without her assistant coordinator Millie Abel and the local blanketeers. There is a core group of nearly three-dozen women who meet every month to turn in blankets. There are also church groups, scout troops, individuals, businesses and other organizations that volunteer their time. It’s important to note that each blanket goes through a rigorous “blanket pass inspection,” said Willis. She explained that each blanket receives a special poem, goes through a metal detector to ensure no pins are left behind, are sized and then bagged for delivery.

Michele Willis and a few "Blanketeers"


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October 2012

According to Willis, “All blankets stay local unless there is a major catastrophe in the nation. Even then, we make certain we can provide to the local children first then give to others.” Through the entire process thus far, two of the most memorable moments for Willis is receiving the Chamber of Commerce Humanitarian Group of the Year Award for 2007 and 2008 and delivering the blankets with her six children. While they can no longer deliver the blankets themselves due to the H1N1 virus, she explained it was rewarding teaching them the priority of community service. It’s important to understand that Project Linus, does not receive funds from the national headquarters, nor does Willis receive pay for her time or service. She too is a dedicated volunteer. For Willis, Project Linus isn’t about her, “It’s about the whole community that unites to serve others and while serving, we learn new things, often time teaching others and in the midst of it all, make friendships and find purpose with our life!” There is no experience necessary to participate as a blanketeer and volunteers are always welcome, especially as we head into the winter months.

Local donation sites: Bolts to Bindings 930 Wible Road Strawberry Patches 6433 Ming Ave.

Local organizations Project Linus serves: b Alliance Against Family Violence b Clinica Sierra Vista b Delano Regional Center b Delano Child Guidance Clinic b Edwards Air Force Base b Greenlawn Mortuary b Jamison Center b Kern County Adoptions b Kern Medical Center b Dignity Health Hospitals – Memorial and Mercy – Downtown & Southwest b San Joaquin Hospital

Fabric donations: Aside from monetary donations, fabric donations of cotton, fleece or flannel are always accepted. Donations can be made to: Project Linus c/o Michele Willis, 10720 Palm Ave., Bakersfield, CA, 93312

October 2012



b seen Sudden Cardiac Arrest Association Benefit BBQ Eagles Hall July 22 Lizzy Padilla, Susan Pavilla and Dorothy Pisano

Photographs by Brian N. Willhite

Breanna Martinez, Arianna Cruz, Julie Preciado and Xavier Ruiz holding Jacob Ramirez

Manuel Martinez and Mindi Arvizu

Teresa Redfearn and Theresa Mojica

Ray Ayala and Terry Flores

Isabele Fernandez and Fran Trevino Glenda Robles, James Estrada and Michael Mendoza


b seen Ride for Autism benefits Valley Achievement Center Yokuts Park July 28 Photographs by Brian N. Willhite

Marycela Tamez The Takoda Riders Motorcycle Club Stormi Raines

The Takoda Riders Motorcycle Club

Heather Malmos and Paul Gordon

Andy and Shannon Zepeda

Brian Holcomb and son Coleton Holcomb


b seen The Bakersfield Police Dept. K9 Unit's 11th annual Howlin' at the Moon Run The Parks at Riverwalk

Aug. 4

The Lidgett family, from left: Pat, Symon, Nia, Angela, Brody, Nick and Jaden Lidgett

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Debbie and Mike Lewis

Stephanie Salyers, Courtney Mayo and Chelsey McGauhey

Jordan and Tanya LaFond and Dot Cox

Julia, Daniel and Elizabeth Landeros Sarah Chaffin and Cori McMahon

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b seen The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training Memorial Yokuts Park Aug. 25 Mike Riel, Jenny McDougle and George Medina

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Carol Naworski and Michele Packebush

Lisa, Jessica and Amanda Duran Eva Ramirez and Renee Candelaria

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b seen 40th annual Greek Food Festival: A Taste of Greek St. George Greek Orthodox Church Sept. 7-8

Jack, Chrissy and Olivia Woods

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Myriam, Max and Romvaldo Leon, Lucy Martinez and Imelda Leon

Alyse, Story and Chris Braaten Cicily, Jenaya, Ethan and Grayson Bonebrake

Braeden Bownds, Nicole Curry-Bownds and twins Brock and Broderick Bownds

Wendy Bloome, Kary, Paige and Hannah Atkinson

Anastasia, Heidi and Joanna Chaffee and Tanya Alsheikh

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b seen 8th Annual B-Town Blues Fest benefits Houchin Blood Bank CSUB Amphitheater Sept. 15 Photographs by Brian N. Willhite

Cal and Annaliese Barnes and Simona and Greg Rhoten

Musician Eric Sardinas

Blues Fest crowd

Jeff and Liz Hatlen

Bill Rodriguez and Garrett Reynolds

Jami and Martin Moore, Dood, Trisha and Bruce Payne

Steve Chase, Mike Beaty, Kara Chase, Brandie Parsons and Erik Chase

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L i f e & H a p pin ess { 14 Random Acts of Kindness }

WRITTEN by Chuck Wall, author of “Kindness: Changing Our World”

Kids, even more than adults, love to commit acts of kindness. Have you ever noticed the willingness of a small child to help someone out in a time of need? I remember my older daughter always offering a helping hand to my younger daughter when she needed help climbing up a hill. Children love to help change the baby or carry something into the house. Doing something to help someone makes him or her feel important. Could we take on that child-like innocence of helping to be kind and help someone in a loving, innocent way? Children always feel so happy and fulfilled after helping out. As parent or guardian let your children read the following list of acts of kindness that kids like to brag about performing. Ask them to add to the list.

14 random acts of kindness:

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Give the kids in your classroom a "thank you" card just because you want to. When you attend an after school activity, offer to help clean-up after the event. Remember to tell your best friend how much you like him or her. Offer to carry items your mom has purchased at the store even though they are a bit heavy for you. Whenever possible, read to your younger brother or sister. Let them know how much you enjoy reading to them.


If you carry your lunch to school, offer to share your favorite items with a friend who forgot his or her lunch money.


Offer to help your teacher with a special project that she is working on.


Create a lemonade stand and give the money you collect to a group that provides assistance to children who are in the hospital.


If you see a dog or cat that seems

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Make friends with another child who seems not to have any friends or is having a bad day.

Make a large poster that looks like a heart and have classmates write acts of kindness stories and pin them to the heart.

lost, with your mom or dad ask neighbors if they know who the animal belongs to so the dog or cat gets home safely.

Have your mom or dad let you know when there is going to be a trash pick-up and volunteer to help out by picking up trash in your neighborhood. Take a couple friends with you and make this a fun outing. Make sure an adult is with your group.

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Instead of arguing or getting mad at your brother or sister, tell them how much you love them and ask how you can help them have a better day.

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Sign up to be a buddy or hugger for the special Olympics at your school.


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