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14B Wednesday, June 9, 2010 Bulletin, Progressive, Record, Reporter Guided bus tour o00historical sites The Bonta Ranch is among the sites to see on the Plumas County Museum's tour of Sierra Valley. The outing Friday, June 25, will visit ranches, town, cemeteries and schools in Eastern Plumas County. Photo courtesy Plumas County Museum The Plumas County Mu- seum will offer a guided bus tour Friday, June 25, of historical Sierra Valley and its ranches, towns, cemeteries, schools and more. Participants will meet at the museum at 8 a.m. to board the bus. The tour will head east on Highway 70, noting various historical sites along the way, some of which include the Beck- wourth Trail, Williams Railroad Loop, the 20-Mile House and the newly reno- vated Feather River Inn. The first main stop will be the Dotta Ranch, where Mark Dotta, a descendant of the founders, will give a history of the ranch. From there the group will travel to the Pitchfork Cattle Co. Ranch, owned by Dave and Doris Goss. The horse- drawn wagon ride and sheep demonstration are al- ways a great hit. After traveling over the 1909 Steel Bridge, the group will lunch at Explore Sier- ra Touring Company on the old Folchi Ranch, where participants will enjoy a leisurely sit-down barbecue lunch in an artifact-deco- rated barn. After lunch, the group will travel to Sierra Valley Farms for.a tour of its oper- ations and some organic vegetable shopping. At Beckwourth, organiz- ers hope to tour the 1909 Masonic Hall, or take a tour of the historic Whis- pering Pines Cemetery, op- posite the Beckwourth Cab- in Museum. Estimated arrival back at the museum is 4:30 p.m. There are several seats still available, so call the museum at 283-6320 to re- serve one. The $50 fare in- cludes round trip trans- portation, snacks, water, a guidebook, museum admis- sion fees, tour guide ser- vices, a full barbecue lunch and a day of fun. Bring a camera and sunscreen. 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HEALTH AURA WHrFrAKER Estrogen is vital to female health, but estrogen levels that are too low or too high can adversely affect other as- pects of your total health. Doctors have discovered a correlation between estrogen and weight, especially among women entering menopause. Their findings may be equal- ly important for all women trying to lose weight. Estrogen is a hormone that affects the development and health of the female repro- ductive system and breast tis- sue. The ovaries produce most estrogen in the body be- tween the stages of puberty and menopause. The main function of estrogen is to stimulate ovulation. Men also have small amounts of estrogen in their bodies, though doctors do not have a clear understanding of the hormone's function in males. As women enter menopause or peri- menopause (a stage prior to full menopause), their ovaries begin to produce less estrogen. This decrease in es- trogen is the cause for many common menopausal symp- toms and explains why doc- tors routinely prescribed es- trogen replacement for menopausal women. Because of the correlation between fat cells and estro- gen, studies show that people who are overweight tend to have higher than normal es- trogen levels. Also, people who are extremely thin, such as anorexia patients, have es- trogen levels that are far too low. Based on recent studies, many doctors believe the ma- jority of female patients who lose weight will experience a decline in estrogen levels. As long as the diet plan and amount of weight loss is rea- sonable, the amount of estro- gen loss should not be of con- cern. Doctors do recommend- ed that women preparing to begin a weight-loss plan have a complete physical includ- ing testing of hormone levels. Any non-menopausal pa- tient who experiences symp- toms of low estrogen while di- eting should consult her doc- tor. Low estrogen symptoms may include fatigue, night sweats, hot flashes, memory problems, lack of concentra- tion, joint pain, vaginaldry- ness, dry skin and loss of sex- ual desire. Conversely, women can end up estrogen dominant by skewing the balance between estrogen and progesterone. This may happen as a result of other hormonal imbal- ances, a low protein diet, be- ing overweight and stressed out, as well as from medica- Need help REPI NG , %' If it S Iing we can'll  - find someyo can. I Gene,'al BuiMing Contractor Calif. Lic. #453927 (530) 283-2035 tigris and our modern envi- ronment. Stress triggers estrogen dominance through a few dif- ferent mechanisms. First, progesterone and estrogen have a delicate, easily upset balance. When we are stressed, we produce more cortisol, a stress hormone, and less progesterone. If you've ever been under a lot of stress and missed a period or had a late period, you've experienced the process. Having less progesterone around to balance out estro- gen leads to estrogen domi- nating a woman's hormonal landscape and, among other things, starts to pack on the pounds. When cortisol rises due to stress, an elevation in insulin -- your fat storing hormone -- occurs as well. Both things increase body fat and in- crease overall estrogen domi- nance. What is worse is that body fat itself creates more estro- gen, which results in a vi- cious cycle. It sounds horribly unfair, but an enzyme called aro- matase, found in high con- centrations on the hips and thighs of a woman (and more so in belly fat on a man), takes a woman's precious lean hormone (testosterone) and converts it into estrogen. As if this hormonal havoc wasn't enough, excess estro- gen also disrupts thyroid hor- mones, turning down your metabolic rate. Menopause can create es- trogen dominance also, which sounds odd because we know estrogen and prog- esterone both decline after menopause. While estrogen may be low, it can still domi- nate progesterone and testos- terone, making it particular- ly difficult to burn fat. If you are estrogen domi- nant and drink alcohol regu- larly, you may also have a particularly difficult time shedding extra weight. Alco- hol, along with its added calo- ries, turns up estrogen syn- thesis. Because it can cause swings in blood sugar, it can aggravate insulin, leading to more fat storage. Fruits and vegetables, par- ticularly raw or steamed cru- ciferous veggies such as broc- coli, brussel sprouts, cab- bage, kale and watercress, are excellent estrogen equal- izers. In addition to eating healthily, walking at a low intensity level as much as you can throughout the day will aid your hormone bal- ance and fitness. If you suspect you are get- ting close to menopause or may have low estrogen lev- els, talk to your doctor about managing your symptoms. Different treatments work for different people and you may need to try a few methods to find our what works for your body. Make the time to take care of yourself-- you are worth it! Aura Whittaker has a Bach- elor of Science degree in kine- siology, For comments and questions, e-mail awhittak-, or send mail to Lassen County Times, 100 Grand Avenue, Su- sanville, CA 96130. Norcal Tea Party to meet June 12 The NorCal Tea Party Pa- triots will hold a local meet- ing Saturday, June 12, at 7 p.m. at the Graeagle Fire Hall. Ginny Rapini, California. state coordinator, will be the guest speaker. Organizers invite those who believe in: holding law- makers fiscally accountable, standing for strict compliance with the Constitution, limit- ing government and support- ing free market solutions. For more information, con- tact Maureen and Bob Taran- tino at 836-0106 or Sandy and Dave Hopkins at 823-2310, or visit norcalteapartypatri-