Stay Informed on Your Health Care

Have you read up on the new Health Care Proposal? Called the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017 it claims to be better then the ACA (Affordable Care Act) that President Obama passed during his presidency. The question is if it really is better, so I found this on the NPR website, which compares both the ACA, the first round of changes this administration tried to pass, and now the BCRA. I highly encourage reading up on it, and knowing the details, so you can make an informed decision on how you feel about it.

Be Aware of Cell Phone Rights

On June 25, 2014 the Supreme Court passed a law that police could not search cell phones without a warrant. This was huge for digital privacy, and according to the nytimes.com, “while the decision will offer protection to the 12 million people arrested every year, many for minor crimes, its impact will most likely be much broader. The ruler will almost certainly also applies to searches of tablet and laptop computers”. This means if an officer asks to see / search your cell phone you can refuse, and make them get a warrant. If you are experiencing issues with this we recommend seeking legal representation so that your rights will be protected. Make sure you know your rights!

Take Your Dog to Work Day

Did you take your four-legged friend to work with you today? If not, you missed out! Today was take your dog to work day. According to Marketplace.org, “when it was first introduced in 1999 by Pet Sitter International (PSI) people were skeptical about it. It was to get people to be able to spend more time with their pets”. Fast forward to almost 20 years later, it has become popular, provided your dog is one that can come to the office with you, as we know not all dogs are well behaved enough to bring. If you missed it this year, then put it in your calendar now, so that you don’t miss out on this fun day next year!

England School Boys Wearing Skirts in Protest

Most of us are aware of the heat wave we are having here in California, but England is having it’s own kind of hot spell. While we might have 100-degree days, they are having temperatures in the 80’s, which for them, and their normal rainy-day weather is hot. There were boys at school in England that protested the fact that they cannot wear shorts, so they chose to wear skirts in protest. They borrowed from girlfriends, and girls who brought them in for them, and many enjoyed getting to wear them for the day. They did not get in trouble, because they were indeed not shorts, and they were school skirts. Click here for more information on this!

The Murder of Medgar Evers

It was on June 21, 1964 that Byron De La Beckwith was charged with the murder of Medgar Evers, but it would not be until 30 years later that he would be found guilty. Who was Medgar Evers, according to biography.com he was, “a civil rights activist who organized voter-registration efforts, demonstrations and boycotts of companies that practiced discrimination”. It continues to discuss how he attempted to get into law school, but was not successful, this raised his profile within the NAACP, and not long later the famous Brown v. Board of Education decision integrated schools. “Later the same year, Evers became the first field secretary for the NAACP in Mississippi.” It was because of the high-profile position he held within the NAACP that he became a target, and on June 12, 1963 that he was shot in the back at his home.  He was shot by Byron De La Beckwith in a case that would take decades to try.

Byron De LA Beckwith was, according to history.com, “a fertilizer salesman and Ku Klux Klan member. He was widely believed to be the killer of Medgar Evers, however two all-white, all-male juries deadlocked, and refused to convict”. It was the widow of Mr. Evers, Myrlie Evers, who pressed authorities on the murder. History.com continues with showing how, “in 1989, documents came to light showing that jurors were illegally screened”. It would take another four years before Byron De La Beckwith would go to trial, and be convicted. “He died in prison in 2001 at the age of 80.”

The Longest Day of the Year!

The first Day of summer is officially tomorrow, but the longest day of the year is today. When the sun’s zenith is at it’s furthest point from the equator. Solstice is Latin for “sun-stopping” and the longest day of the year has been the source of celebration since ancient times. Many Native Americans celebrated the longest day of the year with a Sun Dance, while the Mayas and Aztecs used the day as a marker by which to build many of their central structures, so that the buildings would align perfectly with the shadows of the two solstices, summer and winter.
Shakespeare set his famous comedy during the magic of midsummer’s evening. He may have been influenced by European folklore of the ability to see faeries on this night if you rubbed fern seeds on your eyelids at midnight—but if you did, you’d better have some rue on you or the faeries would lead you astray.

Stay Cool During the Heat Wave

It’s HOT outside, very HOT! Parts of Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah are on extreme heat warnings and watches. Those of us in Northern California, around Sacramento have already seen record breaking temperatures, and the over 100-degree days are supposed to be around until Saturday. If you have elderly neighbors, make sure to check on them. If you have pets, try to keep them indoors, and make sure they have plenty of water. Try to exercise earlier in the day, when it is still cool(ish) outside. Remember to do laundry, and other high electricity things early or late, as power outages increase in really hot weather. Here are some other tips on staying cool with all of this hot weather. Lastly, remember to stay hydrated yourself! Click this link on tips to staying hydrated on these excessively hot days!

Honoring My Father Dr. Duane Raymond Walker, M.D.

My dad was Duane Raymond Walker, M. D. He was born and raised in Clark Missouri, a tiny town near Moberly. He had polio as an infant and spent long periods in an iron lung. The disease left him with a withered leg and a permanent limp. Despite his pronounced limp he played tennis in high school and college and was an avid hunter and fisherman. He never let his condition slow him down nor did I ever hear him complain of it.

I’m sure the experience of his illness along with the kindness and generosity of the Shriner’s and treatment he received at their hospitals inspired him to become a doctor. He founded McHenry Medical Group with Howard Nachman, M.D. and was also a founder of Doctors Medical Center.
Attached is my favorite photograph of him doing what he loved, fishing along the Sacramento River.

Eat Your Veggies!

Are you getting your daily intake of vegetables? Do you know what the correct serving size is for you per day? Click this link to take you through how many servings of vegetables you should get per day. The website even takes you into subgroups, so that you can figure out the different types you should be getting in per week. If you need reminders of what nutritional elements you are getting from the different vegetables, click this link for a downloadable chart. So what about the age old debate, are raw or cooked vegetables better for you? Well, it really depends on the vegetable. According to scientificamerican.com, “cooked carrots, spinach, mushrooms, asparagus, cabbage, peppers and other vegetables also supply more antioxidants, and that cooking tomatoes actually boosts the amount of lycopene in tomatoes”. Lycopene helps to lower cancer and heart attacks.
So what should you do? Keep eating your vegetables, enjoy them, come up with creative ways to cook them. Here is a link to 38 Summer Vegetable Recipes courtesy of delish.com, enjoy!

Father’s Day is Right Around the Corner

Father’s Day is on Sunday, have you gotten Dad that perfect gift yet? Whether you make the gift, take your dad out, or buy him something he is sure to appreciate whatever it is. Yesterday I wrote about taking him to the Aquarium, somewhere to escape this crazy California heat. If you plan to stay around the heat, then maybe an early morning or evening activity is the way to go. Here are some ideas of activities to do with Dad! If you want to escape the heat, then maybe a trip to Tahoe is the ticket. It will still be warm there, but not the hundred degrees of the valley. And if you hit up the lake, that water is nice and cold. Zephyr Cove is a great spot, with plenty of activities! If you are unable to make it out of town, or maybe dad is just not into that, then perhaps making dad dinner or buy him a nice gift. Whatever you end up doing, your dad is sure to enjoy it! Happy Father’s Day!