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hank you Bakersfield for sending in your lovely messages and well wishes. It made the first issue, which published April 14, more special. LOVE the overwhelming support we’ve received! Hard to believe we are in July already! Let’s just say time has been flying this year. As I worked on this issue, I had the privilege of meeting some wonderful folks in our community. I was in awe when I had the opportunity to visit the M.A.R.E. facilities to meet the staff and volunteers. April Massirio, our publication designer, was even able to snap a lovely picture of me!


Inside you will find: c find an inspiring story on M.A.R.E. and their efforts to help heal people with therapeutic horse treatment c learn the importance of SPF and ways to

protect your feet in the summer

c discover a delightful recipe from chef Jon Aston

of dASH Making Mealtimes Matter (who, by the way is coming to Savor Bakersfield on Nov.13)

Thank you and enjoy,

c meet five local pet people who share advice

within their field of expertise and much more...

You may notice some minor changes from the first issue. We made some chages based on community feedback and in-house suggestions. We are a work in progress and welcome your additional thoughts. Our ears are always open, so any and all feedback is much appreciated. Feel free to drop me an email anytime.

Mira Patel Editor 395-7586

meet a few of our july contributors


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Kim Barker founded Team Go Ride, an all-level cycling team, in 2011 to support the Kern County chapter of the American Heart Association. They ride and race to promote heart health and encourage healthier lifestyles. Visit to learn more.

Currently licensed as a marriage and family therapist, Dr. Daniel Burke works at Kern Medical Center in the Department of Medicine and runs a private practice. He is also a part-time instructor at Bakersfield College in the Child Development Department and the Behavioral Science Department. His educational background includes A.A.B in accounting, B.S. in psychology and M.S. in psychology. He also worked as an U.S. Army Military Police Officer then civilian police officer in Ohio.



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. Travis Thurman, a Bakersfield native, earned his undergraduate degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He went on to veterinary school at St. George's University while completing his clinical year at Texas A&M University. Dr. Thurman joined the staff at San Joaquin Veterinary Center in 2008 for three years. Then, he founded Thurman Veterinary Center in October 2011. Learn more at

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Fast track to our cover stories 29

08 Be Connected · Via Arte, understand- ing Heart Disease & air purifiers 12 Save the Date · Calendar of events happening around town

16 B Enriched · Explore new ways to get more out of life

Your Health

25 Health Apps · 9 apps to lead you to a healthier lifestyle 26 Health Watch · Local doctors explain healthy skin practices & summer health

28 What Happens When · What you need to know before running a marathon

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33 Get Fit · Step-by-step workout moves to get your legs in shape 38 Calorie Count · Burn off that beer before the beer belly!

Defying The Odds

Heather Sexton’s story of surviving the rapids of the Kern River

Real Success Stories M.A.R.E.- changing the lives of two local girls through horse therapy

Healthy Indulgence Simple Quinoa & Black Bean Salad

Timeless Beauty


Five local women share their beauty wisdom

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Ed Note & Contributors Local Goodies Up Close- Tim Tebow Expert Connect- Heart Center Expert Connect- Hoffman Hospice Expert Connect- Woolf Dental

On the cover: Certified Riding Instructor, Erica Renik, with Shane. photographed by April massirio at M.A.r.E.


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Skin & Summer Health

Creating Awareness

60 B The Cause · Spotlight on The Children’s Advocate Research Endowment (C.A.R.E.)

48 Barefoot Safety· Tips on keeping your feet happy & healthy this summer

62 Some Kind of Wonderful · How a local doctor brings his medical services to the less fortunate

48 Importance of SPF· What is it & why we need it to protect us from the sun

Last Look

46 Making Sense of Your Skin· What is the cause & solution to your skin type?

Wellness & Wonder

50 Your Body · Fun-to-know human body facts

64 B Seen · See who’s been spotted on the local scene

70 Life & Happiness · 7 benefits of positive thinking

51 Holistic Health · 6 of nature’s powerful skin care heroes 52 Smart Health News · Gluten-free substitutes & where to find them 53 Life’s Questions Answered · Which toothpaste is right for you? 54 Gardening · Plants & flowers perfect for hot summer days Photo: April Massirio

38 · Calorie Count

Pet Care

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55 The Pet People · Pet care professionals give advice in their field of expertise 58 Pet Diseases · 10 common pet diseases to be aware of 59 Pet Resources · local pet resource guide

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14th annual Via Arte set for the Marketplace WRITTEN BY Paola BecerRa

The Bakersfield Museum of Art (BMOA) will be presenting the 14th annual Via Arte on Oct. 13-14 at the Marketplace. The shopping center’s asphalt will once again become a canvas filled with works of art created by many professional artists, amateurs, and children who want to show off their art skills. The public is invited to attend this annual special artwork transformation. This event is one weekend only, so mark your calendars. The free event is the largest fundraiser for the museum and all proceeds aid the museum's art education programs, benefiting toddlers to high school students. Jason Gutierrez, marketing director for BMOA, said the annual event continues to grow with artists and spectator participation. 8

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b connected “We have an inspiring group of artists who participate each year, including the museum’s staff members who are also artists,” he says. “As we grow each year, we hope to inspire and encourage the community to engage in the museum by visiting the quarterly exhibits and regular workshops or becoming members.” The event is an opportunity for local residents to meet local artists or for art lovers to see a colorful display of work. In addition, it’s a chance for children to test their artistic skills. “Last year we doubled the amount of Bambino squares sold, due to high demand,” Gutierrez says.

“I’m always fascinated by the professional and high school artists, but there’s nothing more touching than walking through the Bambino area and seeing the excitement of the younger artists creating their masterpieces. It makes me want to buy a square and draw with them.” The event also hosts musical and theatrical performances, including a mixture of blues, rock, jazz and belly dancing, throughout the weekend. In addition, the Heart and Stroke Expo from San Joaquin Community Hospital will also be at this event, offering free health screenings. “The hospital has been a longtime supporter and friend to the Bakersfield Museum of Art. They are a quality healthcare care provider to the community at large. It’s always a pleasure to share space with them and help spread the important message of proactive healthcare," says Gutierrez. The cost for one of these Via Bambino two-by-two foot squares is $15 and includes chalk.

For more information, visit or call the Bakersfield Museum of Art at 323-7219. July 2012



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It is nice to be on the brink of change. Hundreds of people are showing up to running, bicycling and health events these days, all in effort to build better health. Some of us are trying to lose a few pounds, while others have already lost, gained again and are back to their fitness regimen. No matter the goal, we are all beginning to come together as a community to ward off one of the most troubling social health issues: heart disease. According to the California Department of Public Health, “Heart disease was the No. 1 leading cause of death every single year from 2000 to 2008.” Sounds grim, but the good news is that the rates of death have decreased in recent years statewide; how-ever, the rates of death due to heart disease were the highest in Kern County. So, why the emphasis on heart disease, cardiovascular risk factors and stroke risk reduction? Most of these diseases are highly preventable! Simply put, heart disease impacts both the heart and blood vessels, much of which stems from atherosclerosis (plaque build-up). The plaque narrows the arteries, stops blood flow and can create clots; if blood flow is stopped, the heart muscle can die. Other types of heart disease include heart failure and arrhythmias. For now, let’s focus on atherosclerosis. Although our bodies produce cholesterol for cell membrane structure and to manufacture certain hormones and produce bile acids, if our levels are too high, we can be at risk of developing heart disease. While LDL (the ‘bad cholesterol’) can lead to plaque build-up, HDL (the ‘good cholesterol') can help remove the excess cholesterol from the arteries. High cholesterol is one of the most controllable risk factors of heart disease. If you have multiple risk factors (such as high blood pressure or diabetes) your risk dramatically increases. We must act within our spheres of influence to do what we can to combat heart disease. Start with yourself. Talk to your friends; talk to your family.


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Rod and Kim Nance and Kim and Danny Gilbert work hard to spread the word about heart health awareness.

Not sure where to start? Follow these simple steps to reduce your risk of heart disease: Reduce the quantity of cholesterol and saturated fats you consume. Increase the amounts of fish in your diet and eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains. High fiber diets are highly recommended. Quit smoking and reduce alcohol consumption, which can exacerbate the negative effects of high cholesterol. Make exercise a priority! Walking just 30 minutes per day or riding a bike just a few times per week can reduce LDL and increase HDL cholesterol.

If you are interested in taking a risk assessment, please visit and click on the Life’s Simple 7 tab. You can learn more about heart health factors such as managing blood pressure, losing weight, reducing blood sugar and eating better. A few simple steps – 7 to be exact – and you can add years onto your life! This is change we all should be a part of.

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How to Breathe Easy When Buying Your Summer Air Purifier WRITTEN BY Myriam Valdez

Buyers beware: Your air purifier could be doing more harm than good for your health. Contrary to popular belief, air purifiers can actually be detrimental to your breathing – that is, if you don’t purchase a safe and certified air purifier that is appropriate for your family’s needs. For most people looking for an affordable and practical air purifier, portable air cleaners are a great choice, as they can remove some of the pollutants in the home that aggravate allergies or breathing difficulties. “These particles are so microscopic and lightweight that they can remain suspended in the air for hours,” says Lori Miller, owner of Oreck Home Care Center in Bakersfield.

Even more alarming, these “ozone-generators” can cause build-up that not only minimizes the effectiveness of the air purification and over time, can emit a foul odor which could be indicative of harmful particles in your home. “The more we can do to help our immediate environment, the better off we are,” says Miller. Stay safe this summer and purchase the right purifier for you. For a handy list of CARB-certified air purifiers, please visit certified.htm

Consumers should make sure to purchase one fit for the intended room where the purifier will be placed to conserve energy. However, the most important thing to keep in mind when buying an air purifier is that it should be certified by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) as safe for home use. Some air cleaners are being marketed as “air purifiers” but in actuality emit dangerous ozone into CARB certified Oreck the atmosphere. ProShield Air Purifier July 2012



save the date Kellie Pickler - Movie in the Park performs at Eagle presents “Dolphin Mountain Casino, Tale,” Emerald Cove Porterville. Show Park. Show starts at starts at 9 p.m. dusk. Free Tickets starting at $20 Demi Lovato, Rabobank Arena. Show starts at 7 p.m., tickets $29.50-$69.50

Bakersfield Fencing Academy and Kern Athletic Fencing Foundation present the annual Fencing Camp

Yanni, Rabobank Arena. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets starting at $45

Good Question performs at The Marketplace. Show starts at 6 p.m., free

Opening Day Ceremony of the XXX Summer Olympics in London, England

Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary Family BBQ, Kern County Fairgrounds, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., $20/ticket

July 16 - July 26 – Bakersfield Fencing Academy and Kern Athletic Fencing Foundation present the annual Fencing Camp, Centre Stage Dance Studio. Classes are Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon. Cost: $225

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save the date First Wednesday, special events and refreshments, Bakersfield Museum of Art, 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m., $4 for non-members, free for members

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

Moonwalker© The MIchael Jackson Concert Experience, Fox Theater, doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets starting at $34.50

National Night Out Against Crime

The Park at River Walk 2012 Concert Series presents the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra, Bright House Networks Amphitheatre, 8 p.m., $10 per ticket

The 49th annual Tehachapi Mountain Festival

Summer Nationals presented by American Nostalgia Racing Association (ANRA), Famosa Raceway Auto Club.

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Sixth Annual Tehachapi Food and Wine Festival, Green Street in downtown Tehachapi, 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. Tickets starting at $40

Summer Nationals last day

Aug. 18-19 – The 49th annual Tehachapi Mountain Festival Timeless Pleasures, Mountain Treasures with various attractions including live entertainment, pet parade, pancake breakfast, PRCA Rodeo, Thunder on the Mountain Car Show, 5K and 10K run, Gem & Mineral Show and more. Visit for details on events and times.

Buy Soy. Fight Hunger. The “Real Green” project is designed to promote awareness not only for good health but to the current situation in Afganistan. Visit us to find out more. Tutti Fruitti Coffee Road and Stockdale Hwy. 396-8000

Work independently in your OWN HOME! We’re seeking specialized Care Providers willing to share their own home with an adult with intellectual disabilities. Generous stipend. Offer continuing education, 24-hour support.

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Kern County Fair "Best in the West," Kern County Fairgrounds. Tickets $4 - $8. Last day, Sept. 30

Fun in the Sun Car Show presented by Vintage Limited Street Rods, Kern County Museum, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Tickets start at $9

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First day of Autumn

Sept. 6 - 9 - 44th annual Wasco Festival of Roses with various activities including a pageant, tennis tournament, art show and faire, rose show and tours and a parade. Visit for details on events and times.


Village Fest benefiting Children’s Advocates Resource Endowment (CARE), Kern County Museum, 6 p.m. 10 p.m., $63/ ticket in advance


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First Friday, 44th annual Wasco Festival of featuring live music, Roses with various art openings, galleries and bouactivities tiques. Downtown Arts District, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. Free.

save the date Lace’n It Up for Links for Life, kick-off locations: Liberty Bell, Park at River Walk and Kern County Public Health Building, 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Min. $10 donation

Wine, Women and Shoes benefiting CASA of Kern County, a private residence. 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., $125/ticket

Kern Wheelman Spooktacular, Registration deadline: Sept. 24. Suggested start time 6 a.m., starting at $10 per track

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Hoop It Up! The North of the River Recreation & Park District offers adult 5-on-5 basketball leagues throughout the year. Leagues are seven to eight weeks. In past sessions, about 50 teams have participated. Separate divisions will be offered based upon the participation levels. Games are played Monday through Thursday at varying times from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Registration period is from Aug. 6 to Aug. 31 and the league begins on Sept. 17. Cost to register is $500 per team. For more information, visit

Play Ball The City of Bakersfield Recreation and Parks offers adult softball leagues in the summer and fall. Two league choices are available, men and co-ed. Leagues are 10 weeks and include two evaluation games. All games are played at Mesa Marin Sports Complex and various city parks on weekdays from 6:30 p.m.-10:15 p.m. Registration for the fall league runs from July 16 to Aug. 24 and costs $470 per team. For more information, visit

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Expert Connect


“Are You At Risk For Cardiovascular Disease?”


Did you know that cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer in all Americans? In fact, every 36 seconds, someone dies from heart and blood vessel disease. It kills more women than all cancer combined. Congenital cardiovascular birth defects are the most common causes of infant death. It’s important to know the warning signs and ways to prevent cardiovascular disease to decreases your chances of having a heart attack. Here are some things to keep in mind…

Common Symptoms

Risk Factors

Preventative Methods

• Uncomfortable chest pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain in the chest

• Diabetes • Smoking

• Follow-up periodically with your primary care doctor

• Pain or discomfort in one or both arms, back, or neck and jaw

• Sedentary lifestyle

• Stop smoking

• High blood pressure

• Treat high blood pressure

• Shortness of breath

• Obesity

• Eat a healthy diet

• Gas or indigestion in chest

• Family history of heart disease

• Breaking out in cold sweats, nausea, light headedness, dizziness or passing out

• High cholesterol and triglycerides levels

• Brisk walking or exercise preferred of up to 30 minutes a day • Manage stress

Our vision is to make cardiovascular disease and stroke awareness. Sharing this knowledge with the next generation, together we can stop the cycle of poor health and heart disease; providing ourselves and our children with fuller, richer lives.

Heart disease is the nation's No. 1 killer. Remember, good habits are a way to a healthy heart.

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Defying the Odds

{ Spotlight on local personalities who've shown resilience }

A Typical Summer Hangout, Tubing Down the

Kern River



Last summer, Heather Sexton almost died. The 20-year-old liberal arts major at Cal State Bakersfield was enjoying her summer vacation with her friend, Alyssa Gors, and a fresh ride down the river sounded like the perfect summer hangout. In the early evening, Sexton arrived at the Kern River, having just purchased some individual tubes. She had filled them up with air, but noticed they were a bit smaller than the tubes she previously used to go down the river.


Not dwelling on the smaller tubes or worrying about a life vest and safety helmets, Sexton and Gors walked to the top of the river, entering under a bridge nearby a rapid. Accompanied by three other friends, the group was not particularly afraid of entering the water near such rapid waters, having been down the river in several instances before in the same manner. However, on this day, the Kern River was ready to claim its next victim. The waters quickly separated the five rafters. Without the necessary safety gear and rafting floatation devices, Sexton was pulled away from her friends. Nearby, Gors was also struggling. They crashed into a tree and grabbed one of its branches. Not far, the waters rushed over dangerous rigid rocks. The only way to get out of the river was to swim across those rocks, but Sexton knew to stay put. “I just kept repeating to myself, ‘Don’t move!’” said Sexton. “I started wondering if anyone was going to be able to help us.” Sexton didn’t let her surroundings get the best of her. “It didn’t cross my mind that this might be the end because I was determined to stay put. I was absolutely not going to risk putting myself in danger by trying anything,” said Sexton. At this point, Sexton had let go of her tube. Gors had lost hers earlier, and all they had left was the tree branch to hold on to. With the sun ready to set in a couple hours, Sexton knew she was running out of both time and energy. “I wasn't sure if anyone would be able to see us,” she recalls. A while later, Sexton noticed a group of rafters coming down the river. Both Sexton and Gors waved to the rafters and asked them to call search and rescue.

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“Having another person with me helped me through the ordeal. I was lucky enough to have someone there. Unfortunately,not everyone is that lucky...”

“They must have been regular rafters because they didn't seem surprised that we needed help,” said Sexton. Help was on the way, nonetheless. “We saw a helicopter in the sky so we thought we were going to have to be airlifted. My friend was freaking out and I was just in shock,” said Heather. The Kern County Search and Rescue team pulled up on a bridge nearby, coming to the side of the tree the girls were stranded on. After cutting down a few branches that were impeding the rescue, they set up a ramp were the girls where able to climb across one at a time. “I am appreciative for the rescuers as it is a dangerous job to do. They are putting themselves at risk in order to save people they don't even know,” said Sexton.


“Many people told me to stay out of the river and I didn't listen. Now I listen,” she says. After her harrowing experience, Sexton now has words of wisdom of her own to share: “Stay out of the river. If you insist on going in, do it as part of a group with a certified guide and under no circumstances should you ever go on an individual raft. You think you can avoid it, but you are not stronger than the river.” Taking her own advice, Sexton has chosen to stay safe rather than risk losing her life again: “I have not been in the water since. I actually haven't even been to the river since. It doesn't frighten me to be near it. I just kind of decided it's better for me to stay away.”

In the end, both Heather Sexton and Alyssa Gors were saved. And had it not been for their friendship, Sexton doesn’t think she would have been able to stay so calm. “Having another person with me helped me through the ordeal. I was lucky enough to have someone there. Unfortunately, not everyone is that lucky,” said Sexton. Sexton wants others to be mindful of the dangers of the Kern River and feels lucky to be alive. A photo provided by Heather, on the right, from the fortunate day she and Alyssa were rescued after tubing down the Kern River.

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up close Former Denver Broncos quarterback and current New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow, speaks at the annual Voices of Inspiration Tuesday, June 19, 2012, helping raise nearly half a million dollars for Hoffmann Hospice. At the event, Tim explained that he balances life by prioritizing.


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His list of priorities are: 1. Religion 2. Family and Friends 3. Education - when he was in school 4. Football

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Expert Connect


“Is Kern County ready to support a hospice home?”

Hospice is a special way of caring for someone when a cure is no longer realistic. It neither prolongs nor hastens death but provides specialized support during the transition from this life to the next. Local need for a hospice home. Even with the quality care hospice provides, families are sometimes unable to care for a loved one at home, yet they still want to honor their loved one’s wishes. A hospice home is a home-like facility that will help them do that.


Local support for a hospice home. Hoffman recently completed a feasibility study in which we asked local community members that question and found an overwhelming number were in favor of a hospice home. The number of patients served by hospice in Kern County increases each year as more people recognize hospice as an option available to them. A place of peace for the patient and family. A hospice home will be a place in which patients and families can grieve, heal or celebrate. Families will be able to gather with their loved one in warm, spacious surroundings, enjoy meals together or just sit together on their own private patio.

Director of Development Gretchen Daughtery

Amenities to soothe the soul. The hospice home will have many services including a bereavement center to house a resource library and grief support group meetings. Hoffmann is planning to include a chapel, so when patients or family members need to pray or reflect, they’ll have a quiet place in which to do that. Most of all, the home will be a place where families won’t have to worry about being caregivers – a daughter can be a daughter, a spouse can be a spouse. Tom and Beth Hoffmann founded Hoffmann Hospice 17 years ago with the promise that no hospice-eligible patients would ever be denied end-of-life services, regardless of their illness or ability to pay. They recently announced plans to build the first hospice home in Kern County.

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In Need Of Excellent Dental Work? Local dentist, Dr. Kenneth Krauss, is looking for patients in need of cosmetic dental work and implants (including mini implants). With over 10 years of experience Dr. Krauss is one of the most respected cosmetic dentists in the greater Bakersfield area. “My mission when opening my practice was to provide the very best dental care available in a compassionate and family type atmosphere. I feel we have held true to our standards since day one” explains Dr. Krauss. New patients mention this ad and receive a free consultation with no obligations. Call Dr. Krauss today. This is your opportunity for excellent dental care. Several payment options are available, and Dr. Krauss’ experienced team is willing to work out a custom payment program just for you. Sedative dentistry is also available upon request. Each new qualifying patient will also receive an added bonus simply by showing up to their appointment, FREE whitening trays for yourself or a family member, a $300 value. Those who become patients will receive a Free in-office ZOOM whitening treatment, in addition to receiving the special offer, a $500 value. Please call (661) 323-8585 for details and to book your free consultation appointment.

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Provides juice recipes for various categories, including detox, energy, rejuvenation and beauty. An option provides extra health benefits that can be added to the recipes. B: iPhone $: .99

Daily Cardio Workout by Daniel Miller

Helps monitor your daily nutritional progress by not just showing you what to eat, but how much. It tracks your daily plate, history, progress and personal setting options. B: iPhone $: .99

Quick five-to-ten minute daily cardio exercises, the video demonstration and timer on this app make it easy to understand and follow the routine. Options for various workout lengths and routine are available with the app. B: Android and iPhone $: Free

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The best way to manage the diabetes is to adjust dosage of insulin or drugs to the consumed meal. This personal management tool helps you maintain control of the blood sugar concentration levels. B: Android and iPhone $: Free

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Want to know what all of the ingredients on the back of your skin care products really mean? App lists ingredients of beauty and skin care products that should be avoided. It has an alert list of chemicals and ingredients to avoid and phase out. B: iPhone $: .99

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H e a l t h W a t ch { Q&A with local experts in their medical field } Photographs by april massirio

Dr. Jeffery Drayer, M.D. Dermatologist Bakersfield Dermatology & Skin

Q: How do I prevent shaving rashes & pain?

i Use a multi-blade razor cartridge, rather than the single-blade disposables and always shave with, not against, the grain. Don't obsess about getting the closest possible shave; every time you drag a razor over your skin, you're adding more irritation. While moisturizing shave cream can be helpful, far more important is putting lotion on after shaving. Finally, if all else fails, use an electric razor or grow a beard.

Dr. Ravi Patel, M.D.

Dr. Paula Ardon, M.D.

Hematologist / Oncologist Comprehensive Blood and Cancer Center

Q: What do I look for

Allergist / Immunologist Kaiser Permanente

when examining myself for skin cancer?

i If you spot any new skin markings of moles or blemishes, notice suspicious lesions, such as moles that have changed in size, texture, color or shape, moles with uneven edges, differences in color, or lack of even sides (symmetry), then see a dermatologist right away. Any mole or growth that looks different from your other skin growths and moles or sores that won't heal or bleed may also be suspicious.

Q: How do I avoid asthma attacks this summer?

i If you have a daily asthma controller medicine, take it every day to avoid an asthma attack. Also, learn what your triggers are and try to avoid them as much as possible. For example, if exercise is a trigger, make sure to take your rescue inhaler 10 to 15 minutes before running, hiking or swimming during the summer.

our other experts:

Dr. Nasser Khan, M.D. Cardiology


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Dr. Frank S. Lu, L.Ac Acupuncture


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Dr. David Mongold, D.C. Chiropractic

Kira Wiggins Wellness Center Director

Dr. Vipul R. Dev, M.D. Plastic Surgery

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W h a t H a p pe ns W h en ... { Recommendations to consider before running a half marathon } WRITTEN BY Olivia Garcia

In running, as with most things in life, we often forget to take into account the mental aspect of what is being undertaken. This is especially true when it comes to running a half marathon. Here are some tips for those embarking on this new challenge. Mind over Matter

Appreciate the moment

It is true. Many runs are mind over matter and if you commit yourself to it, then you will have nothing to worry about. But the key will be discipline and dedication. Yes, you might feel lazy and don't want to get up early or you are tired from a day's work and don’t want to put on your running shoes, but try to stay committed. Find a running buddy. You don’t want to let your partner down. Or make a running calendar as it can be quite motivating.

The idea of running your first half marathon can be a bit nerve-racking. The key is to enjoy the moment. The fact that you committed yourself to your first half marathon is glory in itself.

Fuel, FuEl Find the right running shoes

As you build up your distance, you should consider carrying water with you. With Bakersfield's summer here, opt for training in the early morning or late evening when it’s cooler. Also, it might be wise to invest in a hydration belt that can hold your water and gel packs or other nutritional snacks on those longer runs. Staying hydrated is important.

It’s vital to have the right running shoes. Do not go into a sports store and buy any shoe because it’s on sale or looks cool or sturdy. First, find out what kind of foot you have. Overpronator? Underpronator? High arch? Low arch? Some stores, such as Sole 2 Soul Sports at the Marketplace, will put you on a treadmill and analyze your running/walking pattern. Or visit for finding the right shoe.

Take Note to injury

One important rule in preparing for any kind of run is training. To prepare for your first half marathon, plan on six to nine months of training. The more you train, the better handle you will have on your pace and the more confident you will feel at the starting line. Make sure your training is a blend of short and long runs and intervals. Also, find out if the run is flat or has some hills. You may need to prepare for that as well.

Two-second tip: Don’t forget to Relax And breathe steadily. Stay focused!


Find your right pace

Let’s face it: Many runners will experience some form of injury, small or big. The goal is to catch it ahead of time and be able to distinguish what is minor or soreness and what is something deserving of a visit to the doctor's office. Whatever you do, if pain persists, do not just “run” through it. Sometimes, it’s ok to seek help.

Real Success Stories

{ Triumphant & inspiring stories from local people }


Elaina Valdepena gives M.A.R.E. horse


Cricket a kiss

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real success


& her Grandparents Tim & Bobbie Smith

From the restricted confines of 12-year-old Elaina Valdepena’s wheelchair, dreaming big meant trying to imagine placing one foot in front of the other. Feats like mounting and trotting a horse seemed improbable, if not impossible, until she met a horse named Penny four years ago and later Cinnamon and Cricket. The equines have helped Elaina and countless others saddled with physical, cognitive and emotional challenges become stronger, and more confident and experience a sense of freedom that eludes the disabled. “I like the horses,” she gushes, waving her arms in the air, her face awash with joy. In Elaina’s world, it was a long way up to the back of a horse from her wheelchair when she first came to the M.A.R.E. Therapeutic Riding Center, west of Bakersfield. “She had not ridden a horse before and she used to be afraid of horses,” her grandmother Bobbie Smith says. Cerebral palsy had weakened her muscles. But in four years, with the help of a leader and two side-walkers holding her brown leather riding boots big enough to fit over her leg braces, she straddled the horse and has made strides that amaze her caregivers. “Now she is able to sit up, sit on the toilet. This has helped her core muscles and balance,” adds her grandfather Tim Smith.

M.A.R.E., the acronym for Mastering Abilities Riding Equines, is in its 23rd year, providing therapeutic equine-assisted activities. There are many programs like it around the world that combine therapeutic treatments into one activity targeting a variety of diagnosis, including autism and Down syndrome.


Horses have long been used to aid in physical and emotional therapies, helping to normalize muscle tone and improve social and psychological development. The three-dimensional movement of the horse’s back and the rhythmic, even steps mirror the human gait, providing the experience of what it feels like to walk unencumbered. “I feel stronger,” Elaina says of her weekly mounted riding lessons. Like Elaina, four-year-old Mia Sturm’s time on the back of Lady, a Palomino Haflinger pony, has been remarkable. “A neurologist had told us that any kind of animal therapy would be beneficial for her,” her mother Lisa Sturm says. Mia suffered a stroke during surgery when she was seven months old, leaving her with significant left-sided weakness and brain damage.


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real success M.A.R.E. STAFF with riders

Mia Sturm & Giselle Melendez

Mia was, at first, timid and scared. And there were tears. But it wasn’t long before she would cry when it was time to leave. “When we started, she barely spoke and was barely walking. Since then, her speech has taken off and she has gained a lot of strength and this helps with her balance.” No bigger than the pony’s head, blonde wisps of hair coming out of her helmet, Mia is dwarfed by Lady’s size, but sits atop her horse with the confidence of an Olympian. Side-walkers encourage her to use her left hand when gesturing to the orange cones inside the pen. At the end of her lesson, she returns to the barn and climbs a footstool to help tack the horse, brushing Lady’s sides. “We think this therapy is so nice because it is all encompassing, the whole thing, speech, occupa-

tional and physical therapy and working with her fine motor skills,” Lisa Sturm adds. A critical component to MARE’s success is its team of volunteers, upwards of 100 men and women, like Carey Usrey, who do everything from mucking stalls to cleaning pastures. “I love the horses, the people and working with the students with the hippotherapy,” she says. “When I started, there were a lot of students who were fearful and timid and they have come so far. This is a very healing place. It absolutely works.” For Diane Hopkins, co-founder of the program that has put hundreds, if not thousands, of children and adults on horseback over the past two decades, this is a labor of love. “Never in a million years did I imagine this,” Hopkins says. “It [M.A.R.E.] is the love of my life.” a

Hello Kern County,


I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you: My name is Doug Hayward, and I am the new CEO of Kern Health Systems. My family and I are excited to be a part of the Kern County community, and I am extremely proud to be working with the amazing people of Kern Health Systems!


1-800-391-2000 (outside of Bakersfield)

Kern Health Systems has been a health-partner for many people in this community in a variety of ways: from providing quality health care to 1 out of every 7 Kern County residents, helping our Senior Citizens and Persons with Disabilities understand their health and improve the way they feel, sponsoring March of Dimes and Blood Drive events, donating computers and food items to various outreach centers, to offering nutrition and wellness classes…and I look forward to continuing those endeavors and more in the future.

Of Kern Health Systems

Kern Health Systems has established and supported a strong network of professional and caring Providers and Medical Centers where community members can trust the quality of care they will receive. It is my goal to strengthen the medical foundation that has been built for Kern Family Health Care members and the overall Health Care Community of Kern County. Be Well, Douglas A. Hayward Chief Executive Officer

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real success Y O U ’ R E A LWA Y S W E L C O M E A T

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The fact that M.A.R.E. remains such a vital part of the community, despite ebbs and flows in financial support, is testament to the work done at the 10-acre site where hope and acceptance are harnessed in a saddle. “We are looking for funding to go forward,” said M.A.R.E. director Deborah Durkan.

The Meadows • 10702 Four Bears Dr. RCFE No. 157204176


Back in the barn, Mia Sturm is finished grooming Lady. With unbridled enthusiasm, she gives her pony a parting kiss for the day. Now that’s the very best kind of horseplay.

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G et F it

{ Step-by-step workout moves to get your body in shape } WRITTEN BY Michael WAFFORD

Ladies & Gents, shape up those


Fitness instructor and owner of Body by Gina, Gina Rolow, and trainer Johnny Guevara show B Well Magazine some exercises that put emphasis on the legs.


orking out the legs is important to any workout. “You're not just using your legs. More muscles are used during leg exercises than any other type of exercises,� said Richard Skaggs, owner of Anytime Fitness. Skaggs explained that leg exercises regularly use more than 300 different muscles in the human body, including the core muscles and back.

For the workouts, a person should: Do three to four sets of 12 to 15 reps of exercise.

¡ Go up in weight or resistance ¡ for a greater challenge. Do these exercises once a day or ¡ switch off days.

Photographs by april massirio

Single Leg Squat - Bench (AdVANCED VaRIation) Step 1: Start by standing with one leg on the bench (A) & the other leg off the side of the bench (B), arms extended & hands together.

Step 2:

Bend at the waist so the thigh of leg A is parallel to the floor, pushing through the heel of leg B.

Step 3:

Return to standing.


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Point toes outward in a plie position, holding dumbbell vertical like a goblet in both hands.

Step 2:

Tilt your body forward until your hamstring begins to stretch.

Step 1:

Step 2:

Hold dumbbell low on each side in front of thighs. Place one leg slightly back with the tip of toes on ground.

Squat down while keeping toes out. Keep elbows in while squatting so they connect with the inner thighs.

Step 3:

Return up to starting position.

Step 3: Return to standing. Straight Leg dead lift Step 1:

Start with feet slightly more than shoulder length apart. Squat to grab bar with arms a shoulder-length apart.

Step 2:

Lift weight to a standing position.

Step 3:

Bend at waist with legs straight to return up to starting position.


Perform on weight rack using lifter's belt with a bench

Step 1:

Feet should be slightly more than shoulderlength apart. Weight should be on back of the shoulders, behind neck.

step 2:

Squat down. Stop when you reach the bench to prevent injury.

step 3:

Use legs to stand at starting position

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H e a l t h y I n du lg e nce { A delicious recipe for your body and mind }

Quinoa & Black Bean Salad

PROVIDED by Jon Ashton

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Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups quinoa or brown rice (cous cous will work)

1 1/2 cups cooked corn (cut from about 2 large ears)

5 tablespoons fresh lime juice, or to taste

3/4 cup finely chopped green or red bell pepper

1 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups cooked black beans, rinsed if canned

2 pickled jalape単o chilies, seeded and minced (wear rubber gloves)

1 1/2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar

1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro



In a bowl, wash quinoa or (brown rice) in at least five changes of cold water, rubbing grains and letting them settle before pouring off most of water. Continue until water runs clear and drain in a large fine sieve.


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In a saucepan of salted boiling water, cook quinoa for 10 minutes. Drain quinoa in sieve and rinse under cold water. Set sieve over a saucepan of boiling water. The quinoa should not touch the water. Steam quinoa, covered with a kitchen towel and lid, until fluffy and dry, for about 10 minutes (Check water level in kettle occasionally. Add more, if necessary).

1 1/4 teaspoons ground cumin, or to taste 1/3 cup olive oil

3 While quinoa is cooking, toss the beans with vinegar, salt and pepper, in a small bowl. Transfer quinoa to a large bowl and cool. Add beans, corn, bell pepper, jalape単os and coriander and toss well.

4 To make the dressing, whisk together lime juice, salt and cumin in a small bowl and add oil in a stream. Drizzle dressing over salad and toss well with salt and pepper to taste. Salad may be made a day ahead, chilled and covered. Bring salad to room temperature before serving.

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Brewer’s yeast, which is a primary ingredient in beer, is a rich source of natural antioxidants and vitamins. Moderation is key, as alcohol is known for negative effects on health. Burn beer calories off by going for a walk. We've listed the number of steps you'll need to take. (Steps listed are estimated for a 200-pound person.) Photograph by april massirio

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T imeless B eauty Get to know Five beautiful Bakersfield women who share their wisdom on discovering beauty, keeping skin healthy and finding your true self.



Julissa PEREZ

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Profession: Student, California State University, Bakersfield What does the word “beauty” mean to you? Confidence. Name a famous person who you feel defines true beauty. Adriana Lima. She has a natural look and exudes confidence. What is the one beauty/skin/hair care product you can’t live without? Burt’s Bees lip balm. I never leave the house without: Mascara! Top tip for looking your best: Simplicity is key. Too much make-up or too many accessories can ruin an outfit or look. Often looking good starts with good health. What do you do to stay healthy? Running helps me relieve stress and works out my entire body. What is your favorite drugstore beauty product? Garnier’s BB tinted moisturizer protects your skin from the sun and gives your skin a healthy glow. What is your “splurge” product? Urban Decay's “Naked” eye shadow palettes. Are there any people in your life who help you be your best self? My mom. She has taught me to be a strong, confident and independent woman.

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beauty Arabella ANCHETA

30s Often looking good starts with good health. What do you do to stay healthy? Staying active through running and working out. I love food and enjoy cooking so I change recipes to make them healthier (i.e., baking instead of frying, substituting applesauce for butter, etc.).

Profession: Registered Nurse, ICU Department at San Joaquin Community Hospital What does the word “beauty” mean to you? Confidence, wit and a genuine nature. I think the more important thing is a person’s character and how one carries him/ herself. Being able to love yourself, accepting and embracing your imperfections and believing in yourself and your abilities, to me, is attractive. Name a famous person who you feel defines true beauty. Princess Diana. Not only beautiful outside, she had a genuine and good heart. She had a great sense of fashion, but I admire her humility and how she treated people. I think she overcame her shortcomings with grace and dignity. What is the one beauty/skin/hair care product you can’t live without? Lip moisturizer by Arbonne. A little pricey for a lip balm, but it’s the best I’ve tried that’s given me the most natural, moist-lip feel.

What is your favorite drugstore beauty product? Olay Total Effects to moisturize my face and neck.

I never leave the house without: A bottle of water. Top tip for looking your best: Getting plenty of rest and adequate hydration. I don’t think people realize that if they are dehydrated and lack rest/sleep, they will not physically feel good. If you don’t feel physically good, you won’t look physically good.

What is your “splurge” product? I don’t think I have a “splurge” product … isn’t that sad? I can’t imagine myself spending too much money on make-up or beauty products. Are there any people in your life who help you be your best self? There’s a lot, but mostly my family and closest friends. They have high expectations of me and they are honest with me if I am falling short of those expectations. But, they also love and accept me for who I am, the good and the bad.

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Profession: Director of Strategic Marketing, Mercy and Memorial Hospitals – Dignity Health What does the word “beauty” mean to you? Beauty is all about grace, both physical and emotional. Name a famous person who you feel defines true beauty. I love Blythe Danner (Gwyneth Paltrow’s mom!). She is a talented actress and philanthropist who chose to give up her career to raise her children. She is the epitome of intelligence, class, compassion and grace. What is the one beauty/skin/hair care product you can’t live without? Trish McEvoy's peach lip gloss.

Profession: Vice President of Marketing and Sales, Bright House Networks

I never leave the house without: Laura Gellar Real Deal Concealer.

Robin Mangarin Scott


What does the word “beauty” mean to you? To me, beauty starts on the inside. My grandmother always said “Beauty is in your heart” and I try to live by those words. Name a famous person who you feel defines true beauty. My mother is the most beautiful woman I know. She may not be famous, but she is our rock star! What is the one beauty/skin/hair care product you can’t live without? Moisturizer. I never leave the house without: My MAC Chestnut lip liner. Top tip for looking your best: Be happy. When you’re happy, you radiate. To me, that’s when you look your best. What is a hair or make-up trend you wish you could have avoided? Blue eyeliner in the 80s with hot pink lipstick! Often looking good starts with good health. What do you do to stay healthy? I get my mammogram every year. I know my numbers (cholesterol, sugar, etc.) and encourage every woman to get an annual physical and understand what your numbers mean. What is your favorite drugstore beauty product? Wet ‘N Wild clear mascara – I use it to tame my bushy eyebrows! What is your “splurge” product? My make-up brushes. They cost a lot, but they last forever, and they make all of the difference in the world. Are there any people in your life who help you be your best self? My husband, Doug, helps me be my best self. He is my constant source of joy and his love makes everything right in my world.

Top tip for looking your best: Sleep, lots of water, and laughter. What is a hair or make-up trend you wish you could have avoided? White under eye coverup (raccoon eyes!) Often, looking good starts with good health. What do you do to stay healthy? I try to take walks, eat healthy and do sit ups and pull ups when I’m bored! What is your favorite drugstore beauty product? Nexus hair spray. What is your “splurge” product? Fekkai shampoo and conditioner. Are there any people in your life who help you be your best self? My husband and my children challenge and inspire me every day to be better, not perfect. July 2012



beauty Christina FRANK


Profession: Community Volunteer now serving as co-chair for the San Joaquin Community Hospital Cancer Center Campaign What does the word “beauty” mean to you? Someone who is caring, compassionate, gives away credit and embraces the needs of others with passion and commitment. Now that is a beautiful person to me. Maybe that is something you learn as you get older. Name a famous person who you feel defines true beauty. Audrey Hepburn. She gave of her time, energy and resources to what she believed. She saw a need and tried to make it better. In addition, people, such as Mother Teresa, are glowing with beauty. What is the one beauty/skin/hair care product you can’t live without? My facials. I‘ve gone for monthly facials for over 15 years and refuse to remove it from my budget! My skin requires moisturizer and cleansing. I never leave the house without: Lipstick. I have dry skin and in the dry air of this valley, my lips chap easily so I always have lipstick. Top tip for looking your best: Baby oil, which is a great make-up remover and I make sure I follow that with moisturizer. Moisturizer is my tip as it helps to erase lines. What is a hair or make-up trend you wish you could have avoided? In the 70s, the Afro. Yes, I actually had one for a short period of time when I saw Barbara Stresand wearing the cut. That is when I learned “One size does not fit all,” and I needed to give some effort to finding my own style.

Often looking good starts with good health. What do you do to stay healthy? Being happy is the best ingredient for good health. I try very hard to stay active, eat right and laugh a lot. Volunteering your time or becoming involved in a cause that is important or a community you love rewards you with purpose and a sense of accomplishment. What is your favorite drugstore beauty product? I always use baby oil and sunscreen every day. What is your “splurge” product? Lancome High Resolution moisturizer. My husband would be shocked at the cost of this moisturizer; however, it lasts a long time.


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Are there any people in your life who help you be your best self? My husband, my family and my grandchildren energize me and show me love every day. Knowing that I can’t fail in their eyes certainly gives me the courage to take risk and over commit. I cannot overstate the importance of having this “safe place” in my life to always go to. In addition, I have so many friends who “call me out” when I get too comfortable and challenge me to be my best. I am very fortunate, indeed. Editor's Note: Many thanks to the Bakersfield Museum of Art for allowing us to use the Chevron Gallery. Paintings by Mark Harrington.

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Expert Connect


“I'm interested in cosmetic dentistry, what type of dentist should I see?”


The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) is a good place to start. Dental professionals who are members of the AACD have had extensive education in the latest clinical treatments, cosmetic dental technology, materials and techniques. Is cosmetic dentistry expensive? As with any high quality product, the fees are higher than general dentistry but still affordable. Care Credit offers financing interest free for all dental needs. Excellent results from cosmetic dentistry, requires a partnership between the dentist and the dental ceramist. Most cosmetic dentists, use only highly skilled dental ceramists that have also been credentialed by the AACD. The ceramist is held to the same high standards as the dentist to be credentialed by AACD. This type of partnership produces an amazingly beautiful result. The most expensive dentistry is dentistry that has to be re-done by a new dentist because of a poor result.

Dr. Jerry Woolf, DDS

Member of AACD since 1992 and president elect for 2013; current examiner for American Board of Cosmetic Dentistry.


Can you make my teeth look both beautiful and natural? Yes! The true art of cosmetic dentistry encompasses all aspects of facial expression, not just the teeth. The best compliment I receive from my patients is no one knows their “teeth” have been “done,” just that they look great! Cosmetic dentistry has advanced the confidence of my patients, this is my greatest achievement.

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Making Sense of your

Combination Skin Cause:

Combo skin is brought on by hormone fluctuation or genetics. Skin type can be changed over time due to environmental exposure, hormonal aging and intrinsic aging. Guzman said, “Problems include clogged pores, occasional breakout and premature aging.”


Remember our bodies are constantly trying to achieve homeostasis. Guzman said, “A good regime includes clearing pores, balancing oily and dry zones, fighting free radicals with a variety of antioxidants and protecting, then replenishing and restoring.” 46

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Your face can reveal many things about you. As WRITTEN by GABRIEL RAMIREZ much as you try and hide it your diet, hygienic routines, and stress levels are all mapped out on your face. The redness of your cheeks and puffiness of your eyes talk about your body’s thirst for water. Your frown lines speak of the stress you might be experiencing at work. And a leathery look on your skin might suggest your carefree attitude about prolonged sun exposure. But, even when you think you might be taking care of your skin, the fact that it might be oily or extremely dry can clue you in to the need to make changes to your daily dermatological routines. We spoke with Nikkole Guzman, spa specialist/esthetician at E Aveda Salon & Spa, Denise Castaneda-Ornelas, owner/esthetician of Allure Salon, and Dr. Milan Shah, aesthetic and laser medicine specialist of Beautologie, about the causes and solutions for the different skin types.

Oily Skin Cause:

A common skin type for teenagers. Ornelas says, “It’s due to their diet, causing the sebaceous glands to be over active. For others, it can be due hormone levels.” Generally, oily skin starts to decrease with age. However, imbalances during pregnancy and menopause may cause it to return.


Try a good basic skin care line. Ornelas recommends starting out with a three-step regimen made for oily skin. Find things that are hypoallergenic and do not contain an active ingredient. A cleanser, a toner and a lotion-based moisturizer with sunscreen are her recommendations.

Dry Skin Cause:

Generally due to the skin's reaction to changes in weather, environment, hormones, and age. "However, for many of us, it's a self created phenomenon as we tend to over moisturize our skin based on what's taught to us by society. We train our skin to become very dependent on it," says Dr. Shah.


"When our skin is correctly regulated, we really do not need extra moisture," says Dr. Shah. The best medicine is to cut the caffeine and stay hydrated allowing your body to produce sebum. "There are a small percentage of individuals who are genetically predetermined such as in the case with scleroderma or psoriasis patients. In these cases, extra moisture supplementation may be needed," explains Dr. Shah.

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Safety Tips for a Barefoot Summer

Contact a doctor within 24 hours of suffering a puncture wound. This type of injury can embed unsterile foreign objects deep inside your foot and trap bacteria. A puncture wound must be cleaned properly and monitored throughout the healing process, helping to avoid complications, such as tissue and bone infections or damage to tendons and muscles in the foot.

PROVIDED by Dr. John Etcheverry, DPM

Whether you’re walking on the beach, strolling through a local park or enjoying your own backyard, going barefoot is one of the many simple pleasures of summertime. But, bare feet need to beware for cuts, puncture wounds and other barefoot injuries. To help you and your family avoid similar injuries, here are some tips for a safer barefoot summer.


Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to the top of your feet. Many patients are surprised to learn that skin cancer, including the most serious form, melanoma, does occur on the feet. In fact, melanoma of the foot is particularly dangerous because people rarely think to look for it, which may result in a later-stage diagnosis and poor prognosis for recovery. Wear flip-flops or sandals around swimming pools, locker rooms and beaches. It’s best to keep your feet protected to avoid cuts and abrasions from rough surfaces and sharp objects hidden beneath sandy beaches and to prevent contact with bacteria, fungus or viruses that can cause athlete’s foot, plantar warts or other problems. Use caution and common sense. Every year, people lose toes while mowing the lawn barefoot. Others suffer serious burns from accidentally stepping on stray campfire coals or fireworks. Murky rivers, lakes and ponds can conceal sharp objects underwater. Plus, those with diabetes should never go barefoot, even indoors, because their nervous system may not “feel” an injury and their circulatory system will struggle to heal breaks in the skin.

Importance of Sun Protection Factor (SPF) PROVIDED by Dr. RAVI PATEL, MD


SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. SPF 15 means that the square centimeter of skin would be protected 15 times more than a normal exposure to the sun. As a result, if person’s skin would turn red in two minutes when exposed to sun than SPF 15 application would take 30 minutes for the skin to get red for this individual. SPF protects only against ultra violet ray B and not against A. Select a sun block with an SPF rating of 15 or better. For those with particularly fair skin, use SPF 30. However, avoid using sun blocks that tout SPF ratings higher than 50. The FDA does not recognize ratings greater than SPF 30. The higher rating has not been proven to be more effective and the FDA fears that it may be misleading consumers into believing they are better protected against UV rays than they really are. Don't skimp on the lotion. Not using enough sunblock can actually minimize its effectiveness. Apply at least one ounce - approximately a shot glass full - to all areas of exposed skin, including the nose, face, ears, back of the neck, and top of the feet at least 30 minutes before going outside. You'll need to reapply every two hours. And since the FDA has determined that no sunblock product can be completely waterproof - only various degrees of water-resistant - you'll want to reapply more often if you're working up a sweat or swimming. Find a broad spectrum if available that has both UVA and UVB coverage. 48

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Y ou r B ody

{ Fun & interesting facts about the human body }

A single human blood cell takes only 60 seconds to make a complete circuit of the body. The eyes receive approximately 90 percent of all our information, making us basically visual creatures.

The largest organ in the body is the skin. In an adult man, it covers about 20 square feet.

The lungs contain more than 300,000 million capillaries (tiny blood vessels). If they were laid end to end, they would stretch 1,500 miles.

In 30 minutes, the average body gives off enough heat (combined) to bring a half gallon of water to boil.

Each kidney contains 1 million individual filters. They filter an average of around 1.3 liters of blood per minute and expel up to 1.4 liters a day of urine.

The average person in the West eats 50 tons of food and drinks 11,000 gallons of liquid during his life.

When you sleep, you grow by about 8mm (0.3in). The next day, you shrink back to your former height.

A block of bone the size of a matchbox can support nine tons. That is four times as much as concrete can support.

Each finger and toenail takes six months to grow from base to tip. 50

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Source: Reader’s Digest Book of Facts Photo:The Complete Human Body/DK Publishing

The female ovaries contain nearly half-million egg cells, yet only 400 or so will ever get the opportunity to create a new life.

Adrenaline gives you super strength. Yes, with the proper response in certain situations, you really can lift a car.

{ S ix H eroes F or Y our S kin & H air } Here's an easy and cost effective D.I.Y moisturizer for dry, sensitive or allergy-prone skin: Mix a mashed banana, milk and honey to a paste. Apply to face for 15 minutes, then rinse.



c Contains lactic acid, which helps to exfoliate. c Enzymes and amino acids keep skin smooth and moisturized. c Antioxidants prevent damage from environmental toxins.

c Juice helps reduce puffiness of the skin, as it is mildly constricting. c Juice has slight bleaching action, which aids in removing dead skin cells.



c Reduces dryness by restoring the natural balance of moisture on the skin. c Absorbs and gets rid of impurities and surface dirt while providing gentle exfoliation. c Soothes rashes associated with poisonous plants and insect bites.

c Protein in raw eggs helps strengthen hair follicles. c Natural fatty acids help infuse split ends with the nutrients needed to restore the hair’s natural shine and maintain its texture.



c Natural humectant made to hold moisture. c Antioxidant and anti-microbial properties help fight anti-aging. c Treats minor irritations and sunburns.

c Tomato extract is a great for purifying the skin. c Natural acids help to balance the PH levels of the skin.

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The toothpaste aisle always has something new. What actually works? PROVIDED BY Dr. Phuoc Tran of Smile Dental

It all depends on the kind of toothpaste you’re looking for. These days, toothpaste goes beyond simply cleaning your teeth. Dr. Phuoc Tran of Smile Dental says, “Using toothpaste with the ADA seal of approval is always recommended. The seal signifies that a team of dentist within the American Dental Association has approved the toothpaste.” Dr. Tran’s toothpaste recommendations for the following categories:

Sensitivity Sensodyne Pronamel iso-active helps protect teeth against the effects of acid wear. Also aids in teeth sensitivity and hardens enamel. $4.72, 4.3 oz. can

Gum Health Colgate Total Gum Defense helps prevent cavities, gingivitis and plaque. $2.96, 5.8 oz.

WHITENING Colgate Total plus Whitening fights gingivitis, plaque and cavities while whitening teeth with every use. $2.76, 6 oz.

At San Dimas Medical Group…. We believe in a comprehensive approach to women’s health care. So much so, that we are changing our name to “San Dimas Medical Group, A Comprehensive Women’s Health Center.” We provide services from routine annual exams to prenatal care to specialized attention in areas like genetic testing, diabetic care and/or infertility. Hormone replacement therapy and uro-gynecology are areas of expertise as well. Our medical group has extensive experience in supporting and providing sexual health education, family planning services, preconception counseling, teen pregnancy services, and STD management services. We are San Dimas Medical Group…a Comprehensive Women’s Health Center, where we have been promoting Women’s Health since 1973.

Children Crest Pro-Health For Me is best because using adult toothpaste on children under six can break down enamel. Safe to use on children, two years and up, with proper supervision. $2.77, 4.2 oz. July 2012



G a r den i ng

{ Plants & flowers perfect for hot summer days } Photograph by april massirio

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Pet People WRITTEN & Photographed BY MICHAEL WAFFORD

Bakersfield is home to plenty of pet owners. But owning a pet also requires plenty of love, care and advice.

B Well Magazine asked five local pet professionals to share some of their expertise and experience with our readers.

The Veterinarian

Dr. Charles Paul Ulrich, DVM

Managing partner of Bakersfield Veterinary Hospital with more than 30 years of experience

c Pet care is important for the overall health of the animal and humans because there are diseases we can share. Pet insurance allows you to take care of your pet without the financial hardships to yourself. c The difference between pet foods sold at a veterinarian’s office vs. a retail store sometimes has to do with the quality of the ingredient or the formulations. For example, an animal with compromised kidneys may need to decrease the amount of protein in its food and use very high quality protein [for what they do eat]. The food is used as treatment and needs to be fed under the direction of a veterinarian. You can’t feed them to any pet. c Like humans, pets can get under the weather, too. Symptoms include not eating, becoming less active, and experiencing vomiting and diarrhea. The best way to check is see if they have a temperature.

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The Trainer

Jackie Aguilar

Obedience trainer for the SPCA for four years c Positive reinforcement is very important with obedience training. Any correction to the dog's behavior should be followed up with praise. It's important to let him know that the behavior he is doing is what you want. Keep it fun and have positive rewards handy. Stop the practice, if you find yourself getting frustrated. c The three easiest commands to teach a new pet are: heel (walking on a loose lease at your left thigh), sit and sit stay. Use lots of treats as pets are always looking for a payoff. c Taking your pet everywhere and anywhere allows for them to become more social. It's important to expose them to any and all possible situations so they learn how to interact.

The Pet Sitter Cindy Frye

Owner of Animal Crackers Pet sitting for 11 years c Pet sitting isn’t just about making sure there is enough food and water. It’s also about the entertainment. – I play with them, walk them or just sit and pet them. The pet usually lets you know what it wants to do. c Going on vacation? Consider your pet’s needs, too! Meet with the pet sitter and see how the pet interacts. Let the sitter know about the pet’s routine including how they are fed and where they go for walks and potty. Giving the sitter too much information will never hurt.


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c It’s always important to know your sitter, it will give you a good idea about their love for animals. Also don’t be afraid to ask questions and ask for references. Finally, it’s okay to check in!

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The Groomer

Claudia Grisedale

Owner of Shaggy's Mobile Dog Grooming for the past three years c Treating a difficult pet like children will make the process easier. Like children, sometimes pets don't understand or are scared so I like talk to them and sit with them. It's key to be to be very patient. The more you do it, the more they get used to you. c To identify fleas, you may find your dog scratching a lot. Look for dirt-like specs. If the pet is infested, it’s advised to have the animal flea dipped. Then follow up with flea drops once per month until the infestation is gone. c Dealing with a jumpy dog has been one of my funniest experiences as a groomer. One pet jumped into and on my trailer. Once I was done setting up for the bath, he even jumped into the tub!

The Boutique Owner

Bonnie Tomlinson

Owner of Biscuit Boutique and Doggy Spa for five years c Planning a dog birthday party? Remember to watch out for interaction, whether or not the dogs get along. Otherwise, you could have issues there. For favors, dogs will enjoy treats, but owners may like a collar or accessory. c Being a breast cancer survivor, my favorite item in the store is the new line of pink ribbon collars, leashes and bandanas that we're selling. c Are you having a hard time identifying the breed of your furry friend? A recent item we started offering is DNA test kits, allowing you to do a quick test to find out the breed of a dog.

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10 Common Pet Diseases lmnkq tipym PROVIDED BY Dr. Travis Thurman OF Thurman Veterinary Center

f Urinary Tract Infections (UTI’s): UTI’s are mainly b Gastritis/Enteritis: Common bacterial infection caused by bacterial infections. The symptoms of a UTI in the stomach and small intestines due to food changes, are straining to urinate, blood in the urine and occasional ingestion of foreign materials, infection and the abundance blockages. of stomach acid. c Allergies: Animals can have many different forms of allergies: food allergies, flea allergies, and atopy. Pet allergy symptoms include itching, scratch, licking of the paws, upper respiratory infections, and ear infections.

g Parasites: Endoparsites (inside the body) and Ectoparsites (outside the body) include fleas, lice, mites, ticks and intesti- nal worms. Can be found on all pets and livestock. Deworm your pets often and apply flea or tick medications monthly to help fight infestations.

d Parvovirus: A common virus in the valley, it is caused by your pet ingesting fecal material or any bodily secretion from an infected animal. Symptoms are vomiting, diarrhea and lethargy.

h Cancer (tumors): Tumors appear in many forms and do not discriminate between species. They usually occur in middle age to older animals and may be found on the skin or within the body. To prevent against reproductive cancers, spray or neuter pets.

e Heartworms: A common disease, carried by mosquitoes, which transplants heartworm larva into the host when a blood meal is taken. Animals affected tend to cough and cannot exercise.


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i Chlamydia in BirDs: A bacterial infection in parrots and parakeets that causes upper respiratory infections and/or diarrhea. It can be airborne or passed via fecaloral transmission. This disease can also bezoonotic to humans, which means, human can get the same infection from the birds.

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j Salmonella (Reptiles/Amphibians): A bacteria regularly found on the skin and/or scales. The symptoms are diarrhea, fever and lethargy. This bacterial infection is transmissible to humans via fecal-oral contamination. Hygiene is very important when handling these animals. k Osteoarthritis (OA): Common in middle aged to older animals of all breeds, but most in dogs. It causes deterioration of the cartilage in the joint, followed by pain and loss of range of motion of the affected joint. Some breeds are predisposed to an increase risk of hip dysplasia and spinal problems.

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B T h e C a us e : C. A. R. E. { The Children's Advocate Resource Endowment- raising awareness & making a difference } WRITTEN by Michael Wafford

The Children's Advocate Resource Endowment, or C.A.R.E., has been raising money to benefit local children's charities since the spring of 1999.

To help benefit children in the future, 60 percent of the money raised from donations and charitable events goes toward an endowment fund every year. The fund is designed to grow through investments and interest gains. The remaining 40 percent is then given out to Kern County organizations throughout the year in the form of grants that are based on the number of children whom will benefit, as well as the needs of both the requesting organization and the community. Depending on the circumstance, C.A.R.E is able to provide partial or total funding. Jim Luff, president of C.A.R.E., said, “organizations can complete an application for projects [they are working on] through their website. Each year, C.A.R.E. gives 24 grants, with some organizations receiving grants in the spring and fall.” The organization also works with large corporations like Kohl's or Wal-Mart to provide matching funds. Locally, donations are received throughout the year from businesses, such as Tejon Ranch and Bolthouse Farms. One charity C.A.R.E. suppoorts is the Crippled Children's Society of Kern County, which provides specialized forms of therapy and relief for children who are afflicted with a crippling disease or injury. Others that have been provided funding include the Jamison Children's Center, CASA of Kern County, Kern County Museum, CSUB Children’s Center, Community Action Partnership and many more. C.A.R.E. is also working with Optimal Hospice to provide a bereavement camp for children who are grieving the loss of a parent. The organization's two main fundraising events are Village Fest and Circle of Life. Village Fest, its signature event, will be held Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Kern County Museum and will have samples of food, beer and wine from 30 different local restaurants, 60 breweries and 25 wineries. Luff described the event as one “that benefits children while providing entertainment." Circle of Life is held the Saturday of the weekend before Thanksgiving where wreaths and other holiday items are sold. Donations can be made at anytime on C.A.R.E.'s websites: or


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Some local children’s charities that have benefited from C.A.R.E. Assistance League of Bakersfield · Annual purchase of back-to-school backpacks National Adoption Day · Annual sponsorship of New Families Party Bakersfield Homeless Shelter · Provided high chairs for use at shelter and to give away to families transitioning out Society for Disabled Children · Annual sponsorship of specialized camp for disabled kids Lamont Child Development · Purchase of classroom goods, playground toys and other goods Sheriff's Activities League · Donation of a 15passenger van for youth transportation Police Activities League · Built soccer field with 300 uniforms and equipment Epilepsy Society of Kern · Provided new child safety seats for children

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Bakersfield Chambers of Commerce · Sustain Youth Leadership Program Bakersfield Community Christmas · Donated $5K in Christmas presents for families in need Adopt-A-Child Ministry · Donated Christmas presents for Christmas Program

H.E.A.R.T.S Connection · Sustain operations for disabled youth National Camps for the Blind · Funded specialized camp for sight impaired youth Shop-With-A-Cop · Annual funding of Christmas shopping program for disadvantaged youth in at-risk areas Junior Achievement · Purchased instructional classroom materials to sustain program Girl Scouts · Purchased materials for health and fitness program

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Aside from all of this, Dr. Young has actively been involved with HELPS International, a U.S.based nonprofit that provides medical, education, community development and other programs to alleviate poverty in Latin America and other developing countries. Dr. Young began his first HELPS trip in 1992 to Guatamala and his most recent was in 2010 to Huehuetenango, Guatemala.

It may be hard to believe that a full-time physician could have time for work outside of the office. Well, then you haven't meet Dr. John Young of San Joaquin Family Medicine. Dr. Young has been practicing in Bakersfield since 1980 and giving back ever since.

“I first thought it was an exciting adventure with an opportunity to make a noticeable difference in patient's lives, but when I became a team leader, the thrill was also seeing the changed lives of the team members, and finally, it was seeing my own life changed and refining my sense of purpose," he said.

Since his first mission trip to Jamaica in 1990, Dr. Young believes he has learned three valuable things over the years: “The value of holistic healing, the value of community or synergism through teamwork and discovering that if the team member is what the team member ought to And for more than 25 years, he has been a camp be, then the work will be what the work ought to doctor at Hume Lake Christian Camps. In addition, be." he is involved with the Kern Academy of Family Physicians, serving as a delegate this year to na- It's not always easy to give back, but Dr. Young exemplifies the definition of being someone tional and state conferences. wonderful in our community by going beyond his day-to-day responsibilities and helping provide healthcare to individuals who oftentimes need it most. For 16 years, Dr. Young was involved in the Value Enhancement Program, which, under the auspices of YMCA and Mercy Hospital, helped youth develop self-worth through service of others. Dr. Young developed and served as an adviser to the program.

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The Three R's

Start with a quiet time each day thinking life through to its end, so that one has a clear purpose for our life that day.

Review, renew and, if necessary, reconcile friendships and other relationships.



Learn something useful each day.

Eat mostly fruits and vegetables.

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b seen HALT Rescue 3rd Annual Helping Animals Live Tomorrow 5K & 10k Run Yokuts Park June 2, 2012 Photographs by Brian N. Willhite

Tim Hayes and Nashay Matthews

Laine Martin and Andrew Cullifer with Spock and Rocket

Deborah Goaldman and Mike Oldershaw with Kala and Kona

Lin Easterling and Dallas Ruiz with two adoption dogs Carter and Jeremy Pierce with Thor

Angela Andreotti, Ashlee Roberts and Justin Andreotti with Todd, Dakota and Maggie



Mindy Perlman and Misty Whitten with Shiloh and Frida



b seen 22nd Annual Mercy Charity Golf Classic Stockdale Country Club June 4, 2012 Photographs by Brian N. Willhite

Scott Thygerson , Bruce Haupt , Steven Fowler and Michael O'Doherty Stephanie Weber and Jill Haley-Buntley

Edward Din, Jeanne Tunnicliffe, Nico Cantu, Andy Cantu and David Nickell

Eric Steinback, Francisco Gomez, Cory Sierra and Steve Arias

Bill Bush,Catherine Gay and George Cappello

Dennis Martinez, Dan Bonin, Justin Cho and Jeff Bucky

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b seen KEDC's 2nd Annual Fit for Business Run Parks at Riverwalk June 9, 2012 Patricia Marquez, Tara McDonnell, Trisha Reed and Cheryl Scott

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Denise and Doug Winston

Gracie Robertson and Aimee Hogan

Charlie Olson, Jay Bobbitt , Aaron Powell and Erik Rodriguez

The Antonioni Family: Brad, Brooke, Reagan and Reese

Lily and Jason Carr

Jesse Guzman and Karen Lehrman

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{ It's all about you - your wants, your needs, your moods, your dreams }

benefits of positive thinking We try to deal with stress on a daily basis. Reduce it by challenging the negative thoughts and improve your overall health and well-being. Here are a few benefits of positive thinking. PROVIDED by Dr. Daniel Burke, LMFT

1Many live by guilt or anger. Focuses on the "here and now"

When you find yourself saying, "I should of...," it emphasizes the guilt and shame of something done wrong. When you find yourself saying, “You should…,” it underscores the anger or resentment to others. Instead try saying "did" or "did not" for past references, "can" or "cannot" for current references, "will" or "will not" for future references.

Re-establishes spiritual connection 2Negative thinking conjures up

despair, disbelief and doubt. Restoring spiritual relationships through prayer, reading and attending religious events creates a sense of hope, faith and love.

confidence 3“I’mEnhance The internal dialogue of not good enough, I’m


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and provide greater resistance to the common cold. Positive energy is focused on dieting and exercise. Simple walking 20 minutes uninterrupted, at any speed, stimulates body functioning.

Transforms self-image 5qualities It is easier to identify negative quicker than positive

qualities. Disqualifying positive traits diminishes your identity. It is okay to acknowledge your skills. If you struggle with this, praise someone else. Then smile and say “Thank you” when they praise you.

social relationships 6YouReconnects have heard the phrase,

“Misery loves company.” Social isolation increases with negative thinking. Positive thinking polarizes us to find others with similar thoughts, perceptions and feelings. Join a blog, text family or friends, talk on the phone, meet your neighbor or meet your friends for coffee.

Modifies perceptions 7negative Catastrophizing magnifies events. Ask yourself,

“What is the worst that can happen?” The answer is usually focused on a worst-case scenario. Now ask yourself the opposite question, “What is the best that can happen?” This is usually an idealistic situation. The next question, “What will probably happen?” resets perceptions to a realistic view.

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not capable, or I’m a failure” diminishes self-assurance. When this happens, ask yourself, “What will happen if I keep telling myself this same negative thought over and over again?” Then consider the opposite question: “What can happen if I change my thinking?” Continue with this line of questioning, “What would I tell my friend if (s)he were experiencing this negative event or thought?” Then ask, “What can I tell myself?”

Improves health 4 Positive thinking has been found to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease

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We believe you’re never too young to learn the importance of balance. That bodies yearn for both cupcakes and kickball. At Kaiser Permanente, we’re committed to helping you find the right balance through exercise and nutritional programs.* Learn more at *Programs vary by location and some may require a fee.

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{ Talking health and wellness with local personalities } PHOTOGRAPH by APRIL MASSIRIO



Age 35 | Hometown Bakersfield

Bakersfield knows you as Bakersfield City Council Member I balance wellness by exercising, eating healthy and occasionally indulging in a delicious burger. My daily health fix is a high protein diet with fruits and nuts. I’m happiest when I’m able to fix and resolve a problem for someone. Favorite enrichment activity is to read. In my home, my back yard is my sanctuary. When I wake up in the morning, the first thing I do is stretch, pray, and contemplate on the day’s tasks. A little known fact about me is that I enjoy being outdoors, hiking, ATVing, watching football, or watching the latest blockbuster movie, etc. The best part about my job is positively affecting people’s lives and making a difference in our community. Something useful that I wish I knew how to do is to be an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). The quickest way to my happiness IS helping others achieve their goals and dreams BECAUSE helping others to succeed is truly rewarding. 74

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Timeless Beauty Age is only a number

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LOCAL WOMEN SHARE HOW Age is only a number

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Sickle Cell Anemia: Could Your Child be at Risk? WRITTEN BY Myriam Valdez

Earlier this year, Bhavana Patel returned to Bakersfield after having saved 67 lives. Having screened over 3,700 individuals, mostly children, during a mission trip to Gujarat, India in January, the Hina Patel Foundation’s Community Outreach Screening Camp identified 67 people with Sickle Cell Anemia. Sickle Cell Anemia is a genetic disease in which red blood cells form an abnormal crescent “sickle” shape. These fragile cells deliver less oxygen to the body’s tissues, depriving organs of oxygen-rich blood, leading to increased risk of organ damage in the lungs, kidneys, and brain. According to Bhavana Patel, founder of the Hina Patel Foundation, 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,” says Patel.

Locally, the foundation provides travel assistance to families who must travel outside of Bakersfield for treatment. Sickle Cell Anemia is more likely to affect African American communities, but also prevalent in people of Mediterranean, South and Central American, Caribbean, Indian, and Middle Eastern descent. 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

The Hina Patel Foundation established a Sickle-Cell care program in Gujarat, which will provide medication and quarterly check-ups on for the 67 people diagnosed with the disease.

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