Summer of Smoke

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If you’re like most Northern Californians, you’re probably getting a little annoyed by all the smoke lately. In what has become one of the worst fire seasons in our state’s history, the smoke created by the multitude of fires spanning the state has put many at risk. Listed below are a few things to remember when the air quality is terrible:

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Poison Oak, Poison Ivy, Poison Sumac…oh My!

It’s that time of year again. The sun is hot, the water is cold and the rashes are…well, spreading. That’s right. As much as we love our camping and outdoor activities here in Placer County, there’s an often unnoticed evil hiding among the vegetation. Often it is noticed too late, or not at all. Not until that unrelenting rash shows up that makes you want to scratch like a dog full of fleas. You guessed it, I’m talking about the dreaded poison oak, poison ivy or poison sumac. It’s called poison for a reason. Here we’ll help with prevention, identification and some home remedies in case it rears it’s ugly head.

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High Blood Pressure…now what?

If you’re like millions of Americans, chances are you’ve seen those numbers light up the blood pressure screen and thought “hmm…that’s higher than normal.” Many times this can be attributed to outside factors such as pain or the dreaded “white coat syndrome.” However, High blood pressure, also known as the “silent killer” has reared its head here in the US for many years now. There are goblets of medication taken daily to help correct it. But what if there was a better way than jumping straight to medication? Fortunately, there is!

The last thing anyone wants to do is take medication for the rest of their life. Read on to see what 5 simple changes you can make today that will have a direct impact on your blood pressure. Let’s avoid those pills if we can!

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