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Searching for Alternative Healing? Try Naturopathic Medicine

Although naturopathic medicine has been around for centuries, it has experienced an increase in acceptance as an alternative or complement to conventional western medicine over the past 10 years. Rebecca Mitchell, Executive Officer of the California Department of Consumer Affairs’ Naturopathic Medicine Committee (NMC), believes that naturopathic medicine will continue to grow and become an…

Beware of Home Improvement Scams

  Home improvement season is here and many people are considering sprucing up their homes or repairing damage caused by this past winter’s torrential rainstorms. While the record-setting levels of rainfall has eliminated the drought throughout most of the state, the excessive amount of water has resulted in crumbling roads/driveways, flood damage to homes, toppled…

CELEBRATE EARTH DAY – APRIL 22, 2017

April 22, 2017 will mark the 48th year of Earth Day.  The first Earth Day was observed on April 22, 1970, and what began as a grassroots effort has today blossomed into a global event celebrated every year on April 22 by millions of people worldwide. To honor the planet and to raise public awareness…

Keeping Track of Your Pets With Microchips and GPS Smart Collars

When dogs or cats go missing–whether they run away or are stolen–it can be devastating for both pet and owner. According to the National Humane Society, more than 10 million pets are lost each year. Only 26 percent of dogs and less than 5 percent of cats who come into shelters as strays are reunited with…

Dealing With the High Cost of Dying

Let’s face it. No one enjoys discussing death or dying, much less planning a funeral for a loved one or even for themselves. However uncomfortable the subject may be, if you don’t plan in advance, it could cost you both financially and emotionally. Shopping around for the most suitable and affordable funeral goods and services is…

Don’t Kick That Recall Notice to the Curb

In 2015, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recalled 51.3 million automobiles in the United States.  That’s an all-time record and almost three times the number of cars that were sold during the year. These recalls included everything from defective ignition switches and steering wheels, to acceleration issues and worn out suspension parts. Auto…

Men Discovering Pedicures Are “Man-Tastic”

In case you haven’t noticed, pedicures aren’t just for women anymore. A growing number of men—both young and old and who aren’t even Hollywood celebrities—are taking the pampered plunge. They’re discovering what women have known all along: Getting a spa foot treatment can be a luxurious experience that not only makes you look great, but…

Tax Scams Are On The Rise

For many consumers, the tax filing season is “taxing” enough without having to worry about whether they’re being scammed during the process. According to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), they are seeing a surge of scam artists impersonating tax agents, contacting taxpayers by phone and demanding money from them. “There are a couple of things…

New Year, New Laws

The New Year brings with it new laws that will impact most all Californians. One of the most significant new laws on the medical front involves prescription drugs. Assembly Bill 1073 requires California pharmacists to provide translations of prescription instructions in the most common languages other than English. They include:  Spanish, Tagalog, Chinese, Vietnamese, Russian…

Time To Prepare Your Home For Winter

By now we’ve all heard the warnings from weather forecasters that this winter could be the wettest and harshest yet for California due to the “El Niño” phenomenon. But just what is “El Niño” and how will it impact Californians? According to Mark Finan, Chief Meteorologist at KCRA Channel 3 in Sacramento, there are a…

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