Author: VCR Staff

PROMOTING HEALTH TO FIGHT DISEASE | Tips from doctors to boost immunity

by Kimberly Rivers Vitamin D “Vitamin D is involved in regulating different proteins and immune modulators. It allows the immune system to function in a normal and healthy manner. Without [adequate] Vitamin D there are missing parts in the immune system and it can’t do its job.” — Dr. Matthew Bloom, D.O.   Most people can get enough Vitamin D by spending just 20 minutes a day in the sunshine, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. That is when the UVB rays provide the best opportunity for Vitamin D exposure on the upper torso and arms without UVB-blocking...

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IN BRIEF | Jan. 28, 2021

Pictured: Travis Walker, Santa Paula’s new Police Chief in a video statement announcing his new role beginning Feb. 1. Screen capture from video.  by Kimberly Rivers Help write letters to seniors The Ventura County Area Agency on Aging (VCAAA) is seeking community volunteers to write letters to seniors in Ventura County. Over 30,000 people live alone in Ventura County and many suffer from isolation and depression, which may be heightened by the pandemic.  Started in September with the Meals on Wheels program, the letter writing campaign, Letters of Support, is designed to build connections between older adults and...

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EYE ON THE ENVIRONMENT | On ancient birthday of trees, the nontoxic methods of “tax” avoidance

by David Goldstein In the ancient world, one of the many ways kings taxed their subjects was based on the harvest of their subjects’ trees. According to a website sponsored by Ithaka, which describes itself as “a not-for-profit organization helping the academic community,” sometimes these taxes were comically complicated.  For example, since likely crop yields in ancient Egypt depended on annual flooding of the Nile River, taxes required three tax collectors and two assessment periods. Before the floods, officials calculated taxes based on predicted flood heights. After each flood, three assessors refined the tax by holding cords, stretching the...

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HAPPENINGS | Jan. 28-Feb. 4, 2021

HARBOR VISIONING WORKSHOP | Thursday, Jan. 28, 6-8 p.m. A Zoom workshop to provide input on the future plans for the Channel Islands Harbor. Details about the visioning process are online HERE. A local community group, Harbor and Beach Community Organization, is advocating for their position on future development of the harbor, details online HERE.  Register for the Zoom workshop HERE.  Thursday – Jan. 28 VACCINE TOWNHALL | 5:30 p.m. An online event with Assemblymember Steve Bennett (Dist.37), Senator Monique Limón, and Rep. Salud Carbajal to discuss the coronavirus vaccines, who is eligible, availability issues. Questions about the vaccine...

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POWER TO SPEAK | Until we meet again

by Sonia Nikolaus Alarms sounding, people talking and I pick up the phone to hear your name for the first time. The nurse on the line asks to come up, frustration in her voice, but I won’t give up hope. We meet for the first time, I see the fear in your eyes. Under all this plastic and shield, I hold your hand in an attempt to make this more human and less cold. So many things begin to happen, all that you could have anticipated, all is much worse.  Painful procedures, so much information, so many signatures, so...

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