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Bulletin, Record, Progressive, Reporter Wednesday, July 1, 2015 79 HUNT_____:. from page 613 this December. What I hope is that my story has impressed upon all of you just how lucky, fated, blessed -- whatever you want to believe -- we are to have this physician among us. I know that some of you in Quincy have had a chance to meet and welcome him. Dr. Kepple has hosted Dr. Hunt and his wife (Alexandra Hunt, MD, who just graduated from Sutter Family Medicine Residency program at UC Davis Medical School and will be joining the PDH staff to practice family medicine and obstetrics) at his home several times. If you or anyone you know has need of surgery, please, utilize his services, because that will be a great thing for you, for him, and for this community. And beyond that, make Dr. Hunt and his family feel welcome here. Because, let's face it, it isn't every day a great doctor comes to our area, and we need to do whatever, we can' to keep him or her! One final note: when I asked Dr. Hunt why he wanted to come to our small, out-of-the-way community, he said that if he stayed in Sacramento he figured he wouldn't know his daughter when she was growing up -- she'd be a "mall girl." He grew up in the small town of Big Trees, California. "It's always been my dream to return to a small town," Dr. Hunt explained. "I was born and raised in a place very similar to Plumas County, in the Sierras. I chose a career in general surgery so I could come back to rural living after I finished my training." He and his wife share the same perspective. "We just aren't city folks, and these days fewer doctors want to work in rural areas despite the significant need. It is a perfect match for us to live in the mountains and serve the [Plumas County] community; it is where our greatest passion meets the greatest need." Given that Dr. Hunt is at the top of his game in the city, this is probably an unusual choice; let's help him know for sure it's the right choice. Linda Satchwell is Community Programs Coordina tot for Eastern Plumas Health Care. Don't Miss Out on Local News... Wide Variety of FERTILIZERS & HYDROPONIC SUPPLIES Subscribe to Your Area Newspaper ! Qtdncv Chester 283-0800 258-3115 Groenvlllo Portola 283-0800 832-4646 Good posture helps prevent stress, injuries Last week, I spent a lot of time expressing why I believe that as a discipline, a value system and a form of fitness training, the martial arts have much to offer. Among those benefits are improved balance and improved posture. C-FORCE One of the things we quickly HEALTH AND FITNESS learn when we first start CHUCK NORRIS learning forms and shapes in info@creators.com martial arts, yoga and similar disciplines is how imbalanced bones and internal organs in we are. We learn that just the their natural position. act of truly standing up A recent post on straight can improve focus. BodyHealth.com says the That good posture leads to principles are no different more natural body movement, from those applied by less stress and fewer injuries, architects in designing a We also learn that ffmding building. They must take the your natural posture is not laws of gravity and weight just a means of standing or distribution into account. Like moving but also a way of a building with a poor conveying a sense of power foundation, a body with poor and presence. It's a reflection posture alignment is less of your resistant to the strains and spirit. We call it "body stresses experienced language." throughout life. if we do not According to a study properly adjust to them, they published in the Jan., 2011, will increasingly lead to issue of Psychological Science, weakness, stiffness and pain using one's posture to open up in our muscles and joints and the body and occupy space ultimately could lead to a (what is called "posture situation in which surgery is expansiveness") can activate a the only recommended sense power in the mind corrective option. wherein people begin to feel As revealed in the 2011 and behave as if they are more fmdings of the in charge. The more conscious Gallup-Healthways Well-Being one becomes of his posture the Index, more than one-third of more in touch he becomes Americans in their mid-50s or with the subtleties of the older have chronic pain in shifting of weight and the their neck or back, and a adjustments he makes to similar percentage report re-center himself, chronic knee or leg pain. The This can facilitate finding tracking data from more than and maintaining proper back 353,000 American adults posture, and proper back showed that chronic pain posture keeps your muscles, conditions increased most man sharply among the sample group of those between their mid-20s and late 50s. This is attributed to the repeated use of muscles, joints and ligaments over time, as well as this age group's increased likelihood ofbeing overweight. A 2013 report in Physician's Weekly estimates that $90 billion is spent in the U.S. each year on the diagnosis and management of lower back and neck pain. An additional $10 billion to $20 billion is lost annually because of the resulting decreased productivity. Given how pervasive this problem has become, it may be surprising to learn that there are some cultures in the world in which back pain hardly exists. Though villagers perform what we'd call backbreaking labor daily, one indigenous tribe in central India reported essentially no back issues to author and acupuncturist Esther Gokhale. And the disks in their backs showed little signs of degeneration as the people aged. Nearly 20 years ago, Gokhale found herself not just treating patients with chronic back problems but also with back problems of her own. It was eventually discovered that she had a herniated disk, which led to surgery. A year later, it recurred. Gokhale was determined to fmd a permanent fLX for her back, and she wasn't convinced Western medicine or more surgery could help her achieve it. She began a 10-year quest, visiting cultures around the world that are far removed from modern life and have low rates of back pain. She studied how they stand, sit and walk. "I have a picture in my book of these two women who spend seven to nine hours every day bent over, gathering water chestnuts," Gokhale recently recalled to NPR. "They're quite old. But the truth is that they don't have back problems." In determining what all these people have in common, the thing that stood out was the shape of their spines. It is quite different from the typical spine seen in America. Gokhale noted that when you look at a spine in this country in profffle, it's shaped like the letter S. She observed a more regal posture in the places she visited. In proffile, the spine in those places is much flatter all the way down the back, curving out at the buttocks. These spines look more like the letter J. "The J-shaped spine is what you see in Greek statues. It's what you see in young children. It's good design," Gokhale concluded. When she worked on getting her spine into the J shape, her back pain went away. She started teaching what she'd learned, and today she's known in Silicon Valley as the "posture guru." Each year, doctors in the Bay Area refer hundreds of patients to her. The scientific world has yet to figure out why Western spines have the shape they do. No formal study has documented the shapes of spines or looked at traditional cultures to determine why some have lower rates of back pain, according to Praveen Mummaneni, a neurosurgeon at the University of California, San Francisco Spine Center. Meanwhile, Esther Gokhale's practice is thriving, and her influence is growing. People seem to be getting positive results. One thing is certain. Morns in this country have it right when they badger their children to "put those shoulders back!" The trick is to gently pull, or roll, your shoulders up, Gokhale says, and then push them back and let them drop. Now your arms should dangle by your side, with your thumbs pointing out the way your ancestors' did. Don't try to sit up straight; that's just arching your back. Instead, roll your shoulders to open up the chest, and then take a deep breath. It will stretch and lengthen the spine, she says. Write to Chuck Norris (info creators.com) with your questions a bout health and fitness. Follow Chuck Norris through his oflr]cial social media sites, on Twitter @chucknorris and Facebook's "Official Chuck Norris Page. " He blogs at http://chuck norrisnews.blogspotcom. To t'md out more a bout Chuck Norris and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com. The Frenchman boat dock at Frenchman Lake has been pulled and will not be available for the rest of the summer due to low water conditions. Frenchman Lake is located near Portola, within the Plumas National Forest. The concrete boat ramp at the Frenchman boat launching facility will soon be out of the water, but the shoreline directly below the ramp will be available lied to launch small craft such as canoes, kayaks and other types of small boats as long as the motorized vehicle and trailer stay on the concrete surface. "If you do not require a handling dock or a concrete ramp to launch your craft then you can still use this facility to get out on the water," said Deb Bumpus, Beckwourth District Ranger. Small craft owners are urged to on your EQUIPMENT "Every kind of animal poop." Knives Sunglasses Tactical Equipment Drip Irrigation Products Grow Lights Grow Ba, You might consider ER Energy if: You're tired of Hidden Charges or Delivery Fees You might consider ER Energy if: You feel like you have to negotiate to get a fair deal You might consider ER Energy if: You call and are unable to reach your local office You might consider ER Energy if: You simply are not getting the service you deserve 1690 E. Main St. Quincy, CA 95971 use caution when launching any type of watercraft due to the low water levels. For visitors who require a handling dock to assist in launching their watercraft, the handling docks at the Honker launching facility at Lake Davis and the Gold Lake launching facility are still available for use. People have been dr~ving vehicles along the shoreline at both Frenchman Lake and L&ke Davis. "Driving on the shoreline is not allowed," said Bumpus, noting all vehicles must stay on gravel or paved road surfaces. Operating or parking a motor vehicle outside of a designated area is a violation under 36 CFR 261.16(m). A violation of this regulation is subject to a penalty of not more than $5,000 or six months imprisonment, or both. Camping is still available at all campgrounds in the Frenchman Lake area and other areas on the Ranger District. Call the Beckwourth Ranger District at 836-2575 or visit www.fs.usda.gov/plumas for more information. 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