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Glossary of Terms: Cholesterol, Heart Disease, and High Blood Pressure.

Confused by medical jargon? Consider this your cheat sheet. Here are all the terms you need to know when it comes to heart disease, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure — and the lifestyle changes that help you prevent or manage them.

Aerobic exercise : Also known as “cardio,” aerobic exercise is any type of physical activity that raises your heart rate. Examples include brisk walking, jogging, running, jumping rope, and swimming. Studies show that doing 30 minutes of aerobic exercise 5 to 7 days a week can cut your risk of heart disease, lower your blood pressure, boost your HDL (good) cholesterol, and help with weight loss.

DASH diet: DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) is a diet plan from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute that helps lower blood pressure. On this plan, you eat a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy products, whole grains, fish, poultry, beans, seeds, and nuts. The diet is low in saturated fat, cholesterol, sugars, red meat, and salt. Link about Cholesterol.

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More than just the sting and the honey…

The sight of their fuzzy yellow and black bodies buzzing around a picnic table is enough to make even the most stalwart man jump and scurry away. Most people will unhesitatingly lament their displeasure with bees and the possibility of being stung, but these tiny, buzzing creatures carry the weight of the world on their backs.

We should all give them hearty thanks, because, without bees, we would have ceased to exist long ago. Humans eat their honey, use their wax, and rely on bees to help our food grow, benefiting us all.


We are taught from a young age that bees carry pollen from plant to plant and flower to flower in a process called pollination. In fact, bees are responsible for pollinating nearly 85% of all food crops for humans, as well as numerous crops that grow the food fed to cattle. Without the honeybee, our options for nourishment would be seriously lacking, and there has been research conducted that predicts environmental collapse should the honeybee no longer exist.


Honeybees essentially flit from flower to flower-spreading pollen from one plant to another. Some of the pollen collects onto the furry legs of the bee and will be later given to the young bees for sustenance. Bees use pollen for food, which is converted into energy, allowing the bee to fly for extended periods in order to gather and distribute the pollen. Due to the bee’s attentions, crops thrive and produce fruit, vegetables, flowers, nuts, seeds, beans, and much more.

The Environment

Simply put, without bees, many plants would have no way to reproduce and die out. Bees play an important role in the life cycle of most plants and flowers. Interestingly, there are dozens of species of solitary bees that have evolved to pollinate a single type of plant, and coexisting in unison with the lifespan of that plant. Without that specific species’ devotion to that plant, the plant would cease to reproduce and become extinct.

Unfortunately, a large percentage of bee species have died off each year due to a variety of factors, including disease, parasites, pesticides, and the destruction of their main food sources. As more species die, we will lose crops and, eventually, certain plants will become extinct without bees to do their part. The fate of bees can also indicate when environmental dangers exist. Mass bee deaths have been past indications of the use of toxic chemicals, or severe climate changes, giving scientists further proof of how fragile our environment really is.


Honeybees have the distinction of being the only insect that produces a food consumed by humans. Honey is natural and has a long list of health benefits due to its antibacterial properties. Produced without chemicals and human interference, honey is a healthier alternative to the high fructose corn syrup that has invaded sweets and processed foods in recent years.


As purely a food item, honey can be drizzled over dessert, added to tea in lieu of sugar, or used in a baking recipe. However, eating honey is not a modern development. Civilizations have been consuming honey and using it for medicinal purposes for centuries. There are Egyptian hieroglyphics depicting the harvesting of honey from a hive and paintings throughout the ages that revere the honeybee and hold it in the highest regard.

Honey Products

Honey can be found in many foods and drinks, but there are also hundreds of health and beauty products with honey as a main ingredient. Centuries ago, we began using honey for more than just nourishment; we began to understand that honey had healing properties. Honey has been used as a facial revitalizer for hundreds of years. It is believed to clear the skin and soften wrinkles. While these claims are not always accurate, there are many honey-based beauty products on the shelves that have been shown to be beneficial to the user.


Most people are familiar with beeswax candles, but beeswax has been used for other interesting purposes as well. Beeswax can be found as an ingredient in furniture wax, beauty products, lip balm, chewing gum, and the waxy coating on rounds of cheese. A secretion of the glands of worker honeybees, it is used to create the honeycombs that house honey. Humans have found so many uses for beeswax that it is a hot commodity in the world of trade and commerce.


Beeswax candles can be found in almost any store that sells candles, but beeswax candles are popular to make at home as a hobby. Candle making with beeswax goes back to the 6th century A.D., but our ancestors found other uses for the product long before we did. Melted wax from the candles would often be added to cosmetics, used to coat thread while sewing, dripped onto correspondence to seal the message, and even as a primitive dental filling.

Wax Products

Beeswax is often still used as a protectant for some foods and as a sort of natural preservative in products that may spoil quickly. Most often, beeswax is added to products to increase the shine resulting from the use of the product. This is commonly seen in polishes and hair products.

Anti-Bacterial Components

It’s important to point out that honey is not a cure-all, but it has certain benefits to fight off some illnesses, or to alleviate the symptoms of some ailments. Honey and beeswax contain a byproduct called propoils that is an anti-bacterial agent. This agent can help fight bacteria and infection, which is especially useful for treating wounds. Honey has also been found to soothe sore throats brought on by the common cold.

There is also some support in the theory that exposure to honey at a young age may help children combat allergies due to the presence of pollen in the honey. True or not, honey has earned a reputation for helping humans, and we would not be able to reap these benefits without the honeybee and its hard work.



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According to experts, high blood pressure may be a choice, not an unavoidable part of aging. According to Dr. Michael Greger, M.D., in, for the first 90% of our evolution on earth humans ate less than a quarter teaspoon of salt daily. When salt was introduced to preserve foods, blood pressures soared, leaving us with the current blood pressure epidemic.

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The Roadrunner – Bird

Popularized in Warner Brothers Cartoons


The roadrunner makes a series of 6 to 8, low, dove like coos dropping in pitch, as well as a clattering sound by rolling mandibles together.

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The roadrunner inhabits open, flat or rolling terrain with scattered cover of dry brush, chaparral or other desert scrub.

Food & Hunting

The roadrunner feeds almost exclusively on other animals, including insects, scorpions, lizards, snakes, rodents and other birds. Up to 10 % of its winter diet may consist of plant material due to the scarcity of desert animals at that time of the year.

Because of its lightening quickness, the roadrunner is one of the few animals that preys upon rattlesnakes. Using its wings like a matador’s cape, it snaps up a coiled rattlesnake by the tail, cracks it like a whip and repeatedly slams its head against the ground till dead.

It then swallows its prey whole, but is often unable to swallow the entire length at one time. This does not stop the roadrunner from its normal routine. It will continue to meander about with the snake dangling from its mouth, consuming another inch or two as the snake slowly digests.


When spring arrives, the male roadrunner, in addition to acquiring food for himself, offers choice morsels to a female as an inducement to mating. He usually dances around her while she begs for food, then gives her the morsel after breeding briefly.

Both parents collect the small sticks used for building a shallow, saucer-like nest, but the female actually constructs it in a bush, cactus or small tree. She then lays from 2 to 12 white eggs over a period of 3 days, which results in staggered hatching. Incubation is from 18-20 days and is done by either parent, though preferably the male, because the nocturnally incubating males maintain normal body temperature.

The first to hatch often crowd out the late-arriving runts, which are sometimes eaten by the parents. Usually only 3 or 4 young are finally fledged from the nest after about 18 days. These remain near the adults for up to 2 more weeks before dispersing to the surrounding desert.

In the Sonoran and Mojave deserts of California where there is only one rainy season, roadrunners nest in spring, the only time there is abundant prey to raise a brood. In the Sonoran Desert of Arizona, they breed again in August or September after summer rains increase their food sources.

A roadrunner life does have its dangers. Roadrunners are occasionally preyed upon by hawks, house cats, raccoons, rat snakes, bullsnakes, skunks, and, coyotes eat nestlings and eggs. During the winter months, many succumb to freezing, icy weather.

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Greater Roadrunner

Geococcyx californianus
Family: Cuculidae Order: Cuculiformes Class: Aves

A large black-and-white ground cuckoo quick enough to catch and eat small rattlesnakes. The Roadrunner prefers walking or running (up to about 18 miles per hour) rather than attempting to keep its large body in the air with its short rounded wings. Primarily carnivorous, the roadrunner will eat lizards, snakes, scorpions, other birds, rodents and insects found in the open or rolling terrain it inhabits throughout the desert. Depending on the scarcity of prey, the Roadrunner may supplement a small portion of its diet with vegetation. 

A yearlong resident in arid, brushy habitats below about 900 m (3000 ft) in coast ranges, foothills and valleys exclusive of cultivated and inhabited floor of Central Valley, from eastern Mendocino, Tehama and Shasta cos. south, reaching seacoast in central and southern California; below about 1500 m (5000 ft) in deserts and desert ranges from Benton, Mono Co. and Deep Springs Valley, Inyo Co. south. Fairly common in all desert habitats, and uncommon in a variety of other habitats, including coastal scrub, chamise-redshank and mixed chaparral, and valley foothill hardwood and montane hardwood-conifer habitats. Very scarce and local in northern California, uncommon in coastal southern California, and fairly common in deserts, especially to south (Grinnell and Miller 1944, Garrett and Dunn 1981). 


Feeding: Hunts lizards, snakes, grasshoppers, other large invertebrates, mice, and sometimes birds, by chasing and capturing them on the ground. Occasionally eats eggs and nestlings of birds, and rarely seeds and fruits (Bent 1940). 

Cover: Requires thickets, large bushes, or small trees for shade, refuge, and roosting. 

Reproduction: Compact, open-cup nest of sticks about 0.3 m (1 ft) across, usually built in low tree, shrub thicket, or clump of cactus, at height of 0.9 to 4.6 m (3-15 ft); rarely on ground. 

Water: Drinks water where available, but it is uncertain whether water is required. Miller and Stebbins (1964) suggested this species “not bothered . . . by lack of water”. 

Pattern: Most numerous in open areas mixed with tracts of brush, in arid, open land with scattered bushes or thickets, or in chaparral edging on sparsely vegetated grassland. Conversely, absent from extensive stands of unbroken chaparral, grassland, or sparsely vegetated desert (Grinnell and Miller 1944). 


Activity Patterns: Yearlong, diurnal activity. Seasonal Movements/Migration: None reported. 

Home Range: Probably equal to territory size. Bryant (1916) reported a “mean home range” of “several square miles” in California. Density estimates range from 1 pair per 100 ha (250 ac) in desert riparian habitat in southern Nevada (Austin 1970) to 12 males per 100 ha (250 ac) in southern Texas brushland (Roth 1977). Cardiff (1978) noted 5 per 100 ha (250 ac) in Mojave yucca-cholla desert scrub. 

Territory: In Texas, Folse and Arnold (1978) found a mean territory size (diameter?) of 0.7 km (0.4 mi), range 0.4-1.0 km (0.2-0.6 mi). Calder’s (1968a) data suggested a territory diameter of 0.8 km (0.5 mi). 

Reproduction: Peak of egg-laying April and early May. Monogamous; clutch averages 3-5 eggs (range 2-8). Incubation 16-20 days, apparently mostly by male; hatching is asynchronous. Both sexes care for altricial young, which leave nest about 18-30 days after hatching (Woods 1960, Calder 1967, Ohmart 1973). 

Niche: Snakes and mammals prey on young and eggs (Folse and Arnold 1978). 


Austin, G. T. 1970. Breeding birds of desert riparian habitat in southern Nevada. Condor 72:431-436. 

Bent, A. C. 1940. Life histories of North American cuckoos, goatsuckers, hummingbirds, and their allies. U.S. Natl. Mus. Bull. 176. 506pp. 

Bryant, H. C. 1916. Habits and food of the roadrunner in California. Univ. Calif. Publ. Zool. 17:12-50. 

Calder, W. A. 1967. Breeding behavior of the roadrunner Geococcyx californianus. Auk 84:597-598. 

Calder, W. A. 1968a. Nest sanitation: a possible factor in the water economy of the roadrunner. Condor 70:279. 

Calder, W. A. 1968b. The diurnal activity of the radrunner, Geococcyx californianus. Condor 70:84-85. 

Cardiff, S. W. 1978. Mohave yucca-staghorn cholla desert scrub. Page 102 in W. T. Van Velzen, ed. Forty-first breeding bird census. Am. Birds 32:49-125. Folse, L. J. Jr., and K. A. Arnold. 1978. Population ecology of roadrunners (Geococcyx californianus) in south Texas. Southwest Nat. 23:1-28. 

Garrett, K., and J. Dunn. 1981. Birds of southern California. Los Angeles Audubon Soc. 408pp. 

Grinnell, J., and A. H. Miller. 1944. The distribution of the birds of California. Pac. Coast Avifauna No. 27. 608pp. 

Miller, A. H., and R. C. Stebbins. 1964. The lives of desert animals in Joshua Tree National Monument. Univ. California Press, Berkeley. 452pp. 

Ohmart, R. D., and E. L. Smith. 1973. North American clapper rail (Rallus longirostris) literature survey with special consideration being given to the past and current status of yumanensis. U.S. Dep. Inter., Bur. Rec., Boulder City NV. 45pp. 

Roth, R. R. 1977. The composition of four bird communities in south Texas brushgrasslands. Condor 79:417-425. 

Whitson, M. 1975. coutship behavior of the greater roadrunner. Living Bird 14:215-255. 

Woods, R. S. 1960. Notes on the nesting of the roadrunner. Condor 62:483-484. 

Wright, R. E. 1973. Observations on the urban feeding habits of the roadrunner (Geococcyx californianus). Condor 75:246. 

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When to Plant Vegetables in Mojave, CA

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In the Garden :: Growing Food in the Desert

In hot, dry regions of the Southwest, growing fruit trees such as cherries is next to impossible, and growing stone fruits such as apricots and cherries is difficult at best. However, two fruit trees with ancient origins thrive in our desert milieu: pomegranates (Punica granatum) and figs (Ficus carica).

Plant these desert-hardy trees and enjoy garden-fresh fruit in the Southwest.

The benchmark pomegranate is a variety named ‘Wonderful’. It lives in all soil types, produces orange-red flowers, and has bright green glossy foliage. The ‘Wonderful’ pomegranate is so handsome that some gardeners plant the tree purely as a small ornamental and leave the fruit to the birds. The ‘Wonderful’ pomegranate’s softball-size fruit contains thousands of sweet-tart rubylike fruit and seeds. The fruit, which is called an aril, is great sprinkled on salads or juiced. Recent studies have proved that the rich red fruit has more antioxidants than red wine.

When it comes to figs, ‘Black Mission’ is the clear favorite in Southwest gardens. A large tree, ‘Black Mission’ produces fruit with a purple-black skin and strawberry-color flesh. Like all figs, it can be espaliered in small gardens for aesthetic effect. And also like most figs, the ‘Black Mission’ fig bears two crops, one in early summer and one in early fall. Mature trees range between 15 and 20 feet high and wide, so leave ample room for growth.

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Low-Maintenance Perennials for the Desert Southwest

Every region has its share of plants that are easy maintenance. Choose these low-maintenance perennials and you can enjoy a colorful, almost carefree yard. We’ve pulled together some of the easiest-to-grow perennials in the Desert Southwest. Add them to your landscape for season-long color. These time-tested favorites have become classics of country and cottage gardens and are full of heirloom charm.


A sprawling, native wildflower with pretty trumpet-shape flowers, datura blooms all summer long. The beautiful white flowers are fragrant in the evening hours, and the gray-green leaves make a nice foil. Be careful though, all parts of these low-maintenance outdoor plants are extrememly poisonous if digested.


This dramatic, shrublike succulent offers interesting texture and foliage to any garden. It’s no wonder agaves are becoming favorites of gardeners everywhere—their bold, architectural form really stands out in the landscape.

Mexican Tarragon

Enjoy the low-maintenance aromatic foliage all year long; the charming golden-yellow flowers are a great autumn bonus. Mexican tarragon, also called Mexican mint marigold, is rather tasty and can be used for cooking and baking.


You can’t go wrong with penstemon. These plants are as tough as they are beautiful. There’s a huge variety; look for selections that bloom in just about any color. All are great plants for attracting hummingbirds and butterflies; most are great cut flowers, too.

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Garden Plans
By: Bonnie L. Grant, Certified Urban Agriculturist
The Joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia) bestows the architectural majesty and character of the American Southwest.
It sculpts the landscape and provides important habitat and food for numerous native species.
The plant is a yucca and is native to the Mojave Desert. It is an adaptable plant that can tolerate USDA plant hardiness zones 6a to 8b. Gather information on how to grow a Joshua tree and enjoy this plant and its fascinating distinctions in your landscape. Joshua tree growing tips will help you enjoy this majestic and wacky looking tree. Joshua Tree Information The Joshua tree is the largest of the yuccas. It is an evergreen perennial plant that starts out as a stem-less rosette and gradually grows a thick trunk decorated by sword-like leaves.
The leaves grow in clumps off a scaffold of open ranging branches. The effect is bizarre, yet picturesque, and is a hallmark of the Mojave Desert. Leaves are up to 14 inches long, sharply tipped and bluish green.
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Welcome to the California Deserts! Get ready to explore a land of hidden oases and canyons, towering snow-capped mountains, and sweeping panoramas that conjure tales of early California and the Old West while giving way to modern escapes and amenities.

California is actually home to three main deserts. The Mojave Desert, bounded by the Tehachapi Mountains to the northwest, the San Gabriel and San Bernardino Mountains on the south, and eastward to California’s borders with Arizona and Nevada. The Colorado Desert lies in the southeast corner of the state, between the Colorado River and the coastal ranges, and continues into Mexico and Arizona to the southeast. The Great Basin Desert lies immediately to the east of the Sierra Nevada range and extends east to Nevada.

Unlike anywhere else in the state, or for that matter the world, the California Deserts are a theme park unto its own. The region lures visitors to elevations of thousands of feet above to more than 280 feet/85 m below sea level, offers health and wellness in the natural hot mineral waters that bubble to its surface, and lays claim to hundreds of old mines and ghost towns hidden in its mysterious hills and valleys.

We invite you to explore the individual regions of the California Deserts and discover a world you possibly never knew existed — one that is vibrant yet remote, colorful and camouflaged, rustic but luxurious — providing a magnificence found only in The Golden State.

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Airstream hotel in Joshua Tree. Locals have thoughts.
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Robert Rootenberg and Raoul La Vogue’s silver Airstream camper, parked in the rugged desert a few miles outside of Joshua Tree National Park, is perfect for an Instagram-able getaway.

The duo rent out the silver trailer on Airbnb. One guest gushed about roasting marshmallows over the fire pit while the sun set into a lavender twilight. Another said they snacked on wine and cheese under the stars.

And Rootenberg and La Vogue take pride in the accommodations. They greet each guest with their Labrador, Bella. They recommend hiking trails and restaurants. They stock the camper with coffee for crisp desert mornings and extra blankets for cool desert nights.

But soon, the pair could have some large-scale competition.

AutoCamp, a San Francisco-based company, is floating a plan to build a hotel-campsite fashioned out of 55 Airstream trailers on the edge of downtown Joshua Tree. The company has already built three similar parks in other corners of California, each with amenities like heated outdoor furniture and firepits. Earlier this year, the company announced it had raised $115 million to continue expanding.

At first, Rootenberg worried the proposed AutoCamp park would dilute his rental’s brand. But after a little more thought, he hopes guests will see his Airstream, which is in a more secluded location, as even more unique.

“It does cut both ways,” he said.

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Life on earth is complex and diverse.

In the course of evolution, more and more new species have emerged that are adapted to constantly changing environments. Using modern genetic analyses, researchers can now fully decipher the genetic information of organisms in order to better understand their evolutionary histories and adaptations. Under the leadership of the Human Genome Sequencing Center at Baylor College of Medicine, USA, an international team of researchers, including scientists from the German Primate Center (DPZ) — Leibniz Institute for Primate Research, has reconstructed the phylogenetic tree of the six African baboon species. The genetic information of baboons also provided clear indications that genes were exchanged between the species, i.e. that the species hybridized. The work sheds new light on the fundamental biological processes that produce new species. Since the baboons evolved at about the same time and in the same habitats as humans, the results of the study also allow conclusions about the evolutionary history of early human species (Science Advances).

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What is special about Joshua Tree?

Mojave Desert. The higher and cooler Mojave Desert is the special habitat of Yucca brevifolia, the Joshua tree for which the park is named. It occurs in patterns from dense forests to distantly spaced specimens. … The flatland between these hills is sparsely forested with Joshua trees.

The earliest known residents of the land in and around what later became Joshua Tree National Park were the people of the Pinto Culture, who lived and hunted here between 8000 and 4000 BCE.[5] Their stone tools and spear points, discovered in the Pinto Basin in the 1930s, suggest that they hunted game and gathered seasonal plants, but little else is known about them.[5] Later residents included the Serrano, the Cahuilla, and the Chemehuevi peoples. All three lived at times in small villages in or near water, particularly the Oasis of Mara in what non-aboriginals later called Twentynine Palms. They were hunter-gatherers who subsisted largely on plant foods supplemented by small game, amphibians, and reptiles while using other plants for making medicines, bows and arrows, baskets, and other articles of daily life.[6] A fourth group, the Mojaves, used the local resources as they traveled along trails between the Colorado River and the Pacific coast. In the 21st century, small numbers of all four peoples live in the region near the park; the Twentynine Palms Band of Mission Indians, descendants of the Chemehuevi, own a reservation in Twentynine Palms.[7]

In 1772, a group of Spaniards led by Pedro Fages, made the first European sightings of Joshua trees while pursuing native converts to Christianity who had run away from a mission in San Diego. By 1823, the year Mexico achieved independence from Spain, a Mexican expedition from Los Angeles, in what was then Alta California, is thought to have explored as far east as the Eagle Mountains in what later became the park. Three years later, Jedediah Smith led a group of American fur trappers and explorers along the nearby Mojave Trail, and others soon followed. Two decades after that, the United States defeated Mexico in the Mexican–American War (1846–48) and took over about half of Mexico’s original territory, including California and the future parkland.[8]

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Plants & Animals
The life force is patient here at Joshua Tree. Desert vegetation, oftentimes appearing to have succumbed to a sometimes harsh and unforgiving environment, lies dormant, anxiously awaiting the rainfall and moderate weather that will trigger its growth. Indian paintbrush, ocotillo, Mojave yucca, calico cactus, desert mallow, lupine, beavertail, prickly pear and many more unique desert species will suddenly explode with flowers in spring, painting the park in a profusion of colors.

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Many animals (especially mammals and reptiles) are crepuscular, that is, they are active only at dusk and again at dawn.

For this reason, humans seldom encounter rattlesnakes and Gila monsters. Many animals are completely nocturnal, restricting all their activities to the cooler temperatures of the night. Bats, many snakes, most rodents and some larger mammals like foxes and skunks, are nocturnal, sleeping in a cool den, cave or burrow by day.

Some smaller desert animals burrow below the surface of the soil or sand to escape the high temperatures at the desert surface. These include many mammals, reptiles, insects and all the desert amphibians. Rodents may plug the entrances to their burrows to keep out hot, desiccating air.

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The Effects of Fast
Food on the Body

Written by Ann Pietrangelo
and Elea Carey and
Kimberly Holland

Popularity of fast food
Swinging through the drive-thru or hopping into your favorite fast-food restaurant tends to happen more often than some would like to admit.

According to the Food Institute’s analysis of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, millennials alone spend 45 percent of their budget’s food dollars on eating out.

In comparison to 40 years ago, the average American family now spends half their food budget on restaurant food. In 1977, just under 38 percent of family food budgets were spent eating outside the home.

While an occasional night of fast food won’t hurt, a habit of eating out could be doing a number on your health. Read on to learn the effects of fast food on your body.

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Ravens are now one of the most common birds in Joshua Tree, but they weren’t always common.,

The raven population has increased approximately 1000% (not a typo) in the last 35 years.

This increase in raven population is tied with the presence of humans. Our food, our trash, our campsites allow ravens to thrive. Unfortunately, ravens don’t only prey on human food and trash. Ravens are now one of the largest threats to the survival of tortoise hatchlings.

But just as people increased the raven population, people can decreased the raven population back to their natural numbers. On your next visit to the park, you can protect baby tortoises by keeping all food stored in your vehicle and disposing of trash properly.

In Greek mythology, ravens are associated with Apollo, the god of prophecy.

They are said to be a symbol of bad luck, and were the god’s messengers in the mortal world. According to the mythological narration, Apollo sent a white raven, or crow in some versions to spy on his lover, Coronis.

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Joshua Tree Health, Culinary and Healing Arts Center

61693 Twentynine Palms Highway Joshua Tree, California

Serving 29 Palms, Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree & The High Desert Calif.

Open Every Little Day of the week.

Open 7 Days a Week! Monday – Friday 9:00 am to 6:00 PM

History of Craft Brewing,

The history of craft brewing saw America’s brewing landscape start to change by the late-1970s. The traditions and styles brought over by immigrants from all over the world were disappearing. Only light lager appeared on shelves and in bars, and imported beer was not a significant player in the marketplace.

Highly effective marketing campaigns had changed America’s beer preference to light-adjunct lager. Low calorie light lager beers soon began driving and shaping the growth and nature of the American beer industry, even to present day.

By the end of the decade, the beer industry had consolidated to only 44 brewing companies. Industry experts predicted that soon there would only be five brewing companies in the United States.

John Mitchell
John Mitchell pioneered North America’s first brewpub in 1982.

At the same time as the American brewing landscape was shrinking in taste and size, a grassroots homebrewing culture emerged. The homebrewing hobby began to thrive because the only way a person in the United States could experience the beer traditions and styles of other countries was to make the beer themselves.

These homebrewing roots gave birth to what we now call the “craft brewing” industry.

Several notable events took place during this period that helped inspire a change in American beer culture.

The Craft Beer Story

The History of Beer in America

The First Brewery, Brew & More!
As far as consumption goes only China with its 1.3 billion people consumes more beer than the US. There are more than 3,000 recognized breweries in the US today and they churn out an incredible 200,000,000 barrels of beer annually. Put another way that’s 4.6 billion gallons of beer per year.

But how exactly did a nation founded largely by conservative religious refugees wind up being such a hotbed of brewing and beer consumption? Let’s take a look

The History of Beer in America The First Brewery, Brew & More!

Is being a night owl bad for your health?

Night owls may have a higher risk of suffering from heart disease and type 2 diabetes than early risers.

Night owls may have a higher risk of suffering from heart disease and type 2 diabetes than early risers.

In the first ever international review of studies analysing whether being an early riser or a night owl can influence your health, researchers have uncovered a growing body of evidence indicating an increased risk of ill health in people with an evening preference as they have more erratic eating patterns and consume more unhealthy foods.

The findings have been reported in Advances in Nutrition today (Friday 30 November)

The human body runs on a 24-hour cycle which is regulated by our internal clock, which is known as a circadian rhythm, or chronotype. This internal clock regulates many physical functions, such as telling you when to eat, sleep and wake. An individual’s chronotype leads to people having a natural preference towards waking early or going to bed late.

The researchers found increasing evidence emerging from studies linking conditions such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes to people with the evening chronotype — a natural preference for evenings.

People who go to bed later tend to have unhealthier diets, consuming more alcohol, sugars, caffeinated drinks and fast food than early risers. They consistently report more erratic eating patterns as they miss breakfast and eat later in the day. Their diet contains less grains, rye and vegetables and they eat fewer, but larger, meals. They also report higher levels of consumption of caffeinated beverages, sugar and snacks, than those with a morning preference, who eat slightly more fruit and vegetables per day. This potentially explains why night owls have a higher risk of suffering from chronic disease.

Eating late in the day was also found to be linked to an increased risk of type 2 diabetes because the circadian rhythm influences the way glucose is metabolised in in the body.

Glucose levels should naturally decline throughout the day and reach their lowest point at night. However, as night owls often eat shortly before bed, their glucose levels are increased when they are about to sleep. This could negatively affect metabolism as their body isn’t following its normal biological process.

One study showed that people with an evening preference were 2.5 times more likely to have type 2 diabetes than those with a morning preference.

This also impacts on people who work shifts — particularly rotating shifts — as they are constantly adjusting their body clock to fit with their working hours. The researchers found that this reduces their sensitivity to insulin and affects their glucose tolerance, putting them at greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

The review also uncovered interesting trends:

People’s preferences to rising early and going to bed later change at varying points in the life cycle. The morning chronotype is more common in children and can appear when a baby is just three-weeks old. This changes during childhood. While over 90% of two-year-olds have a morning preference, this declines to 58% by the age of six, and shifts further towards an evening preference during puberty. This evening preference continues until an adult reaches their early 50’s and they then begin to revert back to a morning preference.
Ethnicity and society can also influence your chronotype. For example, studies have revealed that Germans are more likely to have an evening preference in comparison to Indians and Slovakians. There can also be differences between people living in urban and rural areas in the same country.
Another study noted that being exposed to daylight influenced sleep. Every additional hour spent outdoors was associated with 30 minutes of ‘advance sleep’ and that the noise, ambient lighting and crowding of urban environments can make people in some areas more likely to have a morning or evening preference.
The researchers also found evidence that night owls would accumulate ‘sleep debt’ during the working week and would sleep longer at weekends to compensate for this, whereas early birds had smaller differences in their sleeping patterns across the week.
The study was led by Dr Suzana Almoosawi from Northumbria University, Newcastle in the UK and Dr Leonidas Karagounis, Nestle Health Science in Switzerland with academics representing Nestle Research (Switzerland) the University of Surrey (UK), Orebro University (Sweden), the National University of Singapore, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (Switzerland) and Plymouth Marjon University (UK).

Dr Almoosawi, a Research Fellow in Northumbria’s Brain, Performance and Nutrition Research Centre, explained: “We have found that your genes, ethnicity and gender determine the likelihood of you being a morning or evening type. In adulthood, being an evening chronotype is associated with greater risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes, and this may be potentially due to the poorer eating behaviour and diet of people with evening chronotype. Our review also found that people who have a poorer control of their diabetes are more likely to be evening types.

“The review has highlighted a major gap in our understanding as to how our biological clock affects food intake in infants, children and the elderly. While most infants synchronise their body clock to that of their mothers, as they reach six-years of age, we observe that a large proportion begin to show signs of developing an evening chronotype. Whether physiological changes, school timings or social schedules determine this change, we do not know.

Dr Almoosawi added: “In teenagers, we also find that evening chronotype is related to more erratic eating behaviour and poorer diet. This could have important implications to health in adulthood as most dietary habits are established in adolescence.”

The review team have called for more studies in the general population that define people’s body clock and how this relates in the long-term to their dietary habits and health.

Dr Leonidas G Karagounis of Nestle Health Science, said: “Scientific evidence is providing increasing insight into the relationship between your chronotype, diet and cardiometabolic health. Overall, cross-sectional studies suggest that an evening chronotype is associated with lower intake of fruits and vegetables, and higher intake of energy drinks, alcoholic, sugary and caffeinated beverages, as well as higher energy intake from fat.

“Further research on the best methods to assess an individual’s chronotype and how this may affect their long-term cardiometabolic health can potentially guide the development of health promotion strategies aimed at preventing and treating chronic diseases based on an individual’s chronotype.”

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Today, the majority of people in most of the developed world get more than half their calories from processed, fast, and fake foods.

The fast food health risks are shocking. And it’s only getting worse.

The global fast food market is growing. And the demand for packaged foods is predicted to increase as well.

Industrialized food industry giants like KFC, Nestlé, and McDonald’s are aggressively expanding in developing nations and getting people hooked, in places such as Brazil, Ghana, China, and India, where obesity and other health issues are becoming an epidemic.

Fast and processed foods are common today. But they may be more destructive for our health and for society as a whole than you ever imagined.

You’ll learn all about the damaging impacts of these unhealthy foods. But the good news is, you have the power to help change these trends.
What does Dr. Fuhrman mean by fast food?
Dr. Fuhrman says fast foods are anything out of a bag or a box or with a wrapper on it. Anything you can eat fast, that’s already pre-made.

Fast food is digested fast and absorbed into the bloodstream quickly. And it’s not only found in fast food restaurants.

According to Dr. Fuhrman, examples of fast foods include:

French fries
Energy bars
Frozen entrees
Deli meats and cheeses
Cookies, cakes, and candy
Products made with white flour
Processed snack foods

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Compounds in Manuka honey fight off bacteria on multiple levels

Manuka honey, which is mostly produced in New Zealand, comes from bees that specifically pollinate the manuka bush. Unlike what many people believe, this product isn’t something new. In fact, it has been around for centuries and is used as a folkloric treatment for infections, wounds, and burns. However, it has only been just recently that scientists discovered the reasons behind its effectiveness and it all goes back to the flower from which it is produced.

The pinkish white flower of the manuka bush contains nectar that is rich in a saccharide called dihydroxyacetone, which is converted into the antibacterial agent methylglyoxal during the production of manuka honey. Although other types of honey have methylglyoxal as well, it is usually found at extremely low levels so most of their antibacterial activities are still due to hydrogen peroxide. What makes this compound more powerful is that unlike hydrogen peroxide, it’s not easily affected by heat, saliva, or blood.

Manuka honey also exhibits most of the properties that regular honey has which contribute to its antibacterial effects. These include high sugar and polyphenol content, high acidity, and osmotic effect. Moreover, it can prevent bacteria from attaching to tissues, proliferating, and creating biofilms that protect them during infections. Because of manuka honey’s potent antibacterial properties, researchers started to investigate its potential use in treating infections due to antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which have become more and more widespread lately.

Health benefits of manuka honey
If you’re still contemplating whether manuka honey is worth the extra money, then here are some more of its other health benefits that might convince you to invest in this product:

Provides vitamins, minerals, and amino acids
Boosts immunity
Improves oral health
Protects against common colds and flu
Reduces inflammation
Hydrates skin and prevents acne
Repairs colon damage
Prevents hair loss, frizz, and split ends
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Which is better, a low-fat/high-carbohydrate diet or a high-fat/low-carbohydrate diet — or is it the type of fat that matters?

In a new paper featured on the cover of Science magazine’s special issue on nutrition, researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston Children’s Hospital, and colleagues with diverse expertise and perspectives on the issues laid out the case for each position and came to a consensus and a future research agenda.

The researchers agreed that no specific fat to carbohydrate ratio is best for everyone, and that an overall high-quality diet that is low in sugar and refined grains will help most people maintain a healthy weight and low chronic disease risk.

“This is a model for how we can transcend the diet wars,” said lead author David Ludwig, professor in the Department of Nutrition at Harvard Chan School and a physician at Boston Children’s Hospital. “Our goal was to assemble a team with different areas of expertise and contrasting views, and to identify areas of agreement without glossing over differences.”

The review was published online November 15, 2018 in Science.

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The authors laid out the evidence for three contrasting positions on dietary guidelines for fat and carbohydrate consumption:

Perhaps the worst thing about flu shots is that they often don’t even work (10). The entire flu shot industry is based around a guessing game of trying to pre-determine which flu strains are going to circulate in a given year – a process that, far from being scientific, probably better resembles a game of darts than science-based medicine.

Instead of taking flu shots, it’s better to go the natural route by building up immunity through diet and lifestyle. Dr. Leigh Erin Connealy, M.D., recommends foods like fresh produce, garlic, mushrooms, black tea, and plenty of sleep, exercise, and hydration.

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Better than chemo: These 5 foods are known to KILL cancer cells – watch at
by: Ralph Flores

Turmeric is revered in Ayurvedic medicine for its multiple health benefits, as well as its ability to treat various diseases — mainly because of its active ingredient curcumin. In a recent issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, an international study has found that curcumin can bind with certain proteins in the body to prevent cancer cells from spreading.

The most popular member of the Vitaceae family contains compounds that can effectively treat certain types of cancer. The study, published in BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, suggests that the proanthocyanidins and resveratrol in grapes can be used to colon cancer stem cells.

A study in Pathology and Oncology Research has found that blueberry extract can make cancer cells more vulnerable to radiation therapy. In particular, they found that while blueberries can reduce the number of cancer cells by 25 percent, combining it with radiation therapy increased its efficacy, killing nearly 70 percent of cervical cancer cells.

These are just some of the foods that have been found to treat cancer cells. Learn more about other foods that can help prevent cancer at

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Coyote is Joshua Tree’s Spirit Animal

Labeled a Trickster
by ancient Navajo,
Coyote is intelligent,
but he is often tempted
to test the bounds
of possibility and authority
You’ll typically see Coyote wondering around during the twilight hour (after sunset) and very early in the morning. They are just passing thru, but remember: They are wild. Do not engage with them or feed them, just be happy that you got to see them.

I, myself, have seen the coyote at twilight go behind a rock, and when I went around the other side of the rock to spot him – he had disappeared – into the night.

Can you hear the Coyotes at Night?
That yipping sound that coyotes make is orchestrated to make you believe that their numbers are greater than they actually are. It’s probably just 2 or 3 coyotes, but they’re trying to sound like a pack of 15!

Typically they are yipping to tell the others in their group where they are – and usually that means dinners ready! (so, you are safe!)

…And it’s meant to make your skin crawl…

navajo legend
The Coyote and the Milky Way
In ancient times, the night sky was pitch black.

The darkness made it very hard for anyone to find their way at night. The Navajo Fire God decided that he would create Stars and place them in the night sky so that travelers could find their way. To do this, the Navajo Fire God created a bunch of stars in his village and then he carried them out into the desert at night in his blanket so that he could illuminate the night sky.

the trickster,
followed the Navajo Fire God
out into the darkness.
The Fire God began placing the stars into the night sky one-by-one – lighting each star on fire as he placed it. The Fire God also made the constellations this way, by carefully arranging the stars in the sky to form patterns which travelers could follow during their travels. He lit the constellation stars on fire in the same manner. With each star the Navajo Fire God placed in the sky and lit, the night sky got brighter, and brighter, and brighter!

Coyote became very impatient
with the Fire God.
Coyote decided that it was taking way too long to light the entire night sky – one-star-at-a-time! So, Coyote sneaked up behind the Fire God, grabbed his blanket and tossed all of the remaining stars into the night sky – all at once! – thus forming the Milky Way – the path of stars across the night sky.

The Fire God was unable to light all of the stars that Coyote had tossed into the sky. That is why some stars in the Milky Way are dimmer than others, still to this day.

Now, Coyote is always getting into trouble,… but I’m not sure whether we should thank Coyote this time – or not! You’ll just have to go outside on a star-filled night – look up – and decide for yourself! And while you are out there, in the desert, under the stars – listen carefully – and maybe you’ll hear Coyote – he still likes to roam the desert at night…

…under the light of the Milky Way.

The Coyote

Coyote Behavior

Alone, in pairs or in packs, coyotes maintain their territories by marking them with urine. They also use calls to defend this territory, as well as for strengthening social bonds and general communication. Coyotes can easily leap an eight foot fence or wall. They have been spotted climbing over a 14 foot cyclone fence.

Although the coyote usually digs its own den, it will sometimes enlarge an old badger hole or perhaps fix up a natural hole in a rocky ledge to suit its own needs. Dens are usually hidden from view, but they’re fairly easy to locate because of the trails that lead away from the den. The coyote uses the den to birth its young and to sleep. The coyote does not hibernate.

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Other Animals in the area.
About other animals living in the Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, & 29 Palms Desert.

Along with bats, bighorn sheep, mountain lions, mule deer, bobcats and jackrabbits are just some of the Mojave residents.

Bighorn Sheep: Ovis Canadensis is one of the most regal and resilient animals in the Mojave with an unsurpassable climbing ability. Traversing rocky terrain with ease and surviving on limited water, bighorn are able to evade most predators. Bighorn sheep glean maximum nutritive value from plants of marginal quality through a complex nine-stage digestive system. Bighorn have a livespan of of 10-15 years.

Black-tailed jackrabbits (Lepus californicus) are among the most commonly seen of desert mammals. Jackrabbits are larger and leaner than resident cottontail rabbits (Sylvilagus sp.) with longer legs and ears. A significant amount of blood flows through the many blood vessels of a jackrabbit’s ears, which helps dissipate heat, an important adaptation in the desert. Jackrabbits are mainly nocturnal and may be seen in large numbers by the side of the road at dusk. However, they are easily startled and will frequently bolt out from under bushes where they spend the daylight hours resting. Female jackrabbits are larger than male, a condition which is not common in mammals.

Coyote (Canis latrans) is another frequently seen desert mammal. One of four members of the dog family (Canidae) found within the Preserve, coyotes in the desert are significantly smaller and are lighter in color than those living in other habitats. Although mainly carnivores, coyotes may eat plants, and this adaptability has contributed to their survival in the face of habitat destruction. Although largely nocturnal, coyotes may be seen during the day. Coyotes, the most vocal of the Mojave mammals, have a complex vocabulary which includes the distinctive and legendary howl call.

Bats: (Order Chiroptera), The only mammals with true wings capable of powered flight. Scientists theorize that bats evolved from gliding ancestors, whereas birds, from bipedal creatures that ran quickly along the ground. Unlike birds, bat wings are supported by the arm and four elongated fingers of the hand. Bats rely on echolocation in catching prey; the use of high-frequency sound in determining the location of objects.

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Plants in the Desert:
Living Survival Aids
by Filip Tkaczyk

There are many plants in the desert that can serve as vital aids in wilderness survival. Some serve as a source of food, some as material for shelters and others serve as the perfect material for friction fires. Knowing your plants can also help lead you to water, the desert’s most precious and elusive resource.

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Plants in the Desert: Living Survival Aids

Some of the best plants in the desert for food are those that provide some kind of edible fruit or seed. Many desert plants protect themselves with spines, sharp leaves and/or toxins. Therefore, you need to learn to properly identify any plants you intend to eat. It is best approach them with respect and consume them in moderation.

In the United States, there are four major deserts that span much of the southwestern portion of the country. These are: the Great Basin, the Mojave, the Chihuahuan, and the Sonoran deserts. Each desert has its own distinct plant communities, and therefore, edible plants you may find in one may be absent in the other.

Here are some of the most common and best species to know and their common uses. It is wise to get familiar with these species, and how to prepare them before you are put into a survival situation

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History Of Pies

Pie has been around since the ancient Egyptians. The first pies were made by early Romans who may have learned about it through the Greeks. These pies were sometimes made in “reeds” which were used for the sole purpose of holding the filling and not for eating with the filling.
The Romans must have spread the word about pies around Europe as the Oxford English Dictionary notes that the word pie was a popular word in the 14th century. The first pie recipe was published by the Romans and was for a rye-crusted goat cheese and honey pie.
The early pies were predominately meat pies. Pyes (pies) originally appeared in England as early as the twelfth century. The crust of the pie was referred to as “coffyn”. There was actually more crust than filling. Often these pies were made using fowl and the legs were left to hang over the side of the dish and used as handles. Fruit pies or tarts (pasties) were probably first made in the 1500s. English tradition credits making the first cherry pie to Queen Elizabeth I.
Pie came to America with the first English settlers. The early colonists cooked their pies in long narrow pans calling them “coffins” like the crust in England. As in the Roman times, the early American pie crusts often were not eaten, but simply designed to hold the filling during baking. It was during the American Revolution that the term crust was used instead of coffyn.
Over the years, pie has evolved to become what it is today “the most traditional American dessert”. Pie has become so much a part of American culture throughout the years, that we now commonly use the term “as American as apple pie.”

History of Pies!

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Joshua Tree Wildlife
The broad vistas of desert landscapes can distract the visitor’s eyes from the small and quick near at hand. Despite the impression that the desert is lifeless, many animals make their homes in deserts. Birds, lizards, and ground squirrels are most likely to be seen because they are largely active during the day. However, it is at night that desert animals come out to roam. Mostly nocturnal animals include: snakes, bighorn sheep, kangaroo rats, coyotes, and black-tailed jack rabbits. Dusk and dawn are good times for viewing many kinds of animals, both those just going to bed and those just getting up.

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Is the Instagram generation filtering Joshua Tree’s true character?


Kristin Scharkey, DESERT magazine

Downtown Joshua Tree is only about four blocks long, but you can’t miss it if you’re paying attention to the signs on Highway 62 that urge speeding traffic to “slow down” and “enjoy the view.”

On one end is a giant, roadside tortoise sculpture, guarding the laundromat that everyone wishes would get cleaned up. Just past the other is a creosote-ridden dirt lot where cars, RVs and trailers are lined up with “For Sale” signs at dusk.

Crossroads Cafe in downtown Joshua Tree
Crossroads Cafe in downtown Joshua Tree
(Photo: Lance Gerber/DESERT magazine)

The now-closed JT Trading Post beckons in psychedelic silence. Teenagers shoot the shit and stare at passers-by in front of Castañeda’s Mexican Food. And Crossroads Café bustles with as many hipsters and hikers as there are flyers on the outside bulletin board. “Vinyl Records 4 Sale,” reads one. On another: “Seeking … FREE FORM horn player in the attitude of Lester Bowie or Archie Shepp to play duo or trio with drummer in the attitude of Jack DeJohnette, Elvin Jones, Sonny Murray. I have a space to jam.

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Off the grid and on the edge:
Community and isolation in California’s high desert

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Amy DiPierro, The Desert Sun

Some come to Wonder Valley with a pioneering spirit. A plot of land and a modest homestead cabin is still affordable there. With a little grit, it’s possible to live under open skies, surrounded by mountains and bathed in golden light at sunset.

Some come to make art. Others are happy to sit on their porch late into the night, playing their guitars for the moon and the stars and, some say, the aliens, too.

Some come to Wonder Valley to escape. In the sparsely populated basin east of Twentynine Palms, it’s possible to live far away from old troubles.

“This is a great place to run away from something,” said Pastor Max Rossi, who heads one of the two churches serving Wonder Valley. “From a bad relationship, from debt, from bad parents, fears. People can run away into the desert and hide quite well.”
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Joshua Tree was once a sleepy high desert community. Now it’s a vacation rental destination
By LOUIS SAHAGUN JUN 04, 2018 | 4:00 AM

Mark Grden was looking for peace and quiet when he bought his house a half-mile from the main entrance to Joshua Tree National Park in 1998. And for years, he found it.

“I used to sit out on the porch and watch bobcats creep past under skies filled with stars, bats and owls,” he said. “Neighbors knew each other and kept an eye on each other’s property.
But over the past two decades, this otherworldly landscape has gone from a destination for hikers and rock climbers to an international attraction luring 3 million visitors per year — overwhelming the area’s craggy campsites, low-slung motels and Grden’s once-sleepy community.

“Now, I’m surrounded by Airbnbs filled with vacationing strangers who seem to think anything goes out here,” he said, shaking his head.

Short-term rental services are spurring a construction boom unfettered by county permits, regulations or lodging taxes of any kind in this gateway to the national park.
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Salons are everywhere, and if you’re planning to get into the beauty business, it’s important to understand how you can differentiate yourself and attract clients. To help you out, we spoke with industry professionals to get their advice.
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Take a step back from whatever housing data you normally look at. We’ll begin big picture with how many housing units are needed to accommodate changes in the United States. By housing units, I’m including single family dwellings, apartments and condos, as well as mobile homes. This is the key to a housing forecast, after which it makes sense to think about construction by different types, home prices and rental vacancy rates. We’ll keep this analysis at the national level; you can use the same logic to look at your own state or metropolitan area.

Drivers of demand growth are population, changes in household size, and pent-up demand. Population growth is the biggest factor, so let’s start there. The surprising news is how soft population growth has been in recent years. Last year’s increase of 0.7 percent was the lowest percentage gain since 1937. For the 20 years prior to the last recession, growth averaged 1.2 percent. That may seem close to 0.7, but most housing is built for new demand, not as replacement. At 0.7 percent growth, new demand is just 58 percent of what it would be at 1.2 percent population growth. That tells us that we need to forget old averages, like housing starts of 1.5 million units a year. Let’s assume that next year is like last year. Population will grow by about 2.278 million people.

The second driver of housing demand is reduction of average size of households. When a couple split up and each get their own home, that increases demand for housing. (Recall that we include apartments when we use the word “housing.”) In the opposite direction, when a young adult gives up an apartment to move back home with the parents, demand for housing decreases. We can measure this by average size of a household. When average size (number of people) goes down, demand for housing is going up.
Despite the meme about young adults living in their parents’ basements, the average household size is now lower than before the recession. (In 2006, average was 2.57 people per household; most recently 2.53.) If average household size levels out, we’ll have about 0.881 million new households. But if the recent downward trend continues, we’ll have 1.183 million. That’s a pretty big swing, so household size is a large driver of housing demand.

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The easing of the inventory shortage, which is expected to result in more manageable increases in home prices and a modest acceleration of home sales, is based on an inventory growth trend that began in August 2017, according to The annual forecast, which is among the industry’s bellwethers in tracking and analyzing major trends in the housing market, also expects an increase in millennial mortgage share and strong sales growth in Southern markets. The wildcard in 2018 will be the impact of the tax reform legislation currently being debated in Congress.

“We are forecasting next year to set the stage for a significant inflection point in the housing shortage,” said Javier Vivas, director of economic research for “Inventory increases will be felt in higher priced segments after home buying season, which limits their impact on total sales for the year. As we head into 2019 and beyond, we expect to see these inventory increases take hold and provide relief for first-time home buyers and drive sales growth.”

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America is becoming a nation of renters, a trend that is driving rental prices to new heights. Nearly half of U.S. renters are spending more than 30% of their income on housing, according to a report released earlier this year by the National Low-Income Housing Coalition. And one in four renter households spend more than half their income on housing.

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Next year, 2017, California’s housing market will be driven by tight housing supplies and the lowest housing affordability in six years,” said C.A.R. President Pat “Ziggy” Zicarelli.

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I am making summer margaritas (ice, salt, muddled basil, mostly Limonata, jigger of good tequila, squeeze of lime) and watching out the big picture window of our tiny 1952 homestead cabin northwest of Joshua Tree, where my husband, P., and mutt, Dolly, and I live part-time. P. is making up the bed in our trailer behind the cabin. We are waiting for houseguests to arrive.

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Smoothly introducing your dog to your new home

Moving into your new home is very exciting, for your entire family!! But did you know that introducing your dog into a new home can be incredibly stressful for them? Fortunately, there are a lot of things that we can do to make this transition easier on them, which in the end makes it easier on us!

There are a lot of things that you can do to make the move less stressful on your pet. When moving, if possible, it would be a good idea to leave the dog with a friend they know. This will keep the dog out of your way when you are moving furniture, and decrease the chance that any accidents may happen. You can also leave the dog in the backyard while you move, as long as it is fully fenced and they cannot escape! Can’t do either? Well then, the ‘least worst’ scenario is to crate your dog while moving the furniture into the home. Make sure the crate is large enough that they can stand up, turn around and lay down comfortably, and be sure to give them access to water and let them outside to ‘do their business’ every few hours. Doors will be left open, items will be dropped, there will be a lot of commotion, and the best way to keep your pet safe during this time is to keep them out of the way!

During the packing process, you can actually plan ahead to make this as smooth a transition as possible for your four legged friends. Instead of trying to cram the packing into one or two days, planning to pack over a longer period of time can reduce the stress on your dog (and probably yourself as well!). Make sure that you pack their water and food bowls, toys, and blankets/beds in a separate box that will be easily accessible once you are at your new home. Dogs do not like change, so the more familiar the setting, the better! One easy trick is to make sure that they have belongings that smell like you, their people! Having a familiar scent in a strange place can make the transition easier. All you would need to do is put their toys in your laundry hamper for a few days, and they will smell just like you!! And don’t feel embarrassed, this is like the sweet smell of roses for your dog. These are as important to your dog as your child’s teddy bear is to them.

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What are the prospects for commercial real estate in 2017?

Written by Val Srinivas

Until a few weeks ago, I was of the opinion that 2017 was going to be just another year for the banking industry. But the election results have recast that perception. Now it seems 2017 is going to be quite different from what many of us had anticipated.

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1. Audit your agent’s online marketing. 92% of homebuyers start their house hunt online, and they will never even get in the car to come see your home if the online listings aren’t compelling. In real estate, compelling means pictures! A study by shows that listings with more than 6 pictures are twice as likely to be viewed by buyers as listings that had fewer than 6 pictures.

2. Post a video love letter about your home on YouTube. Get a $125 FlipCam and walk through your home AND your neighborhood, telling prospective buyers about the best bits – what your family loved about the house, your favorite bakery or coffee shop that you frequented on Saturday mornings, etc. Buyers like to know that a home was well-loved, and it helps them visualize living a great life there, too.

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3. Let your neighbors choose their neighbors. If you belong to neighborhood online message boards or email lists, send a link to your home’s online listing to your neighbors. Also, invite your neighbors to your open house – turn it into a block party. That creates opportunities for your neighbors to sell the neighborhood to prospective buyers and for your neighbors to invite house hunters they know who have always wanted to live in the area.

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4. Facebook your home’s listing. Facebook is the great connector of people these days. If you have 200 friends and they each have 200 friends, imagine the power of that network in getting the word out about your house!

5. Leave some good stuff behind. We’ve all heard about closing cost credits, but those are almost so common now that buyers expect them – they don’t really distinguish your house from any of the other homes on the market anymore. What can distinguish your home is leaving behind some of your personal property, ideally items that are above and beyond what the average homebuyer in your home’s price range would be able to afford. That may be stainless steel kitchen appliances or a plasma screen TV, or it might be a golf cart if your home is on a golf course.

6. Beat the competition with condition. In many markets, much of the competition is low-priced foreclosures and short sales. As an individual homeowner, the way you can compete is on condition. Consider having a termite inspection in advance of listing your home, and get as many of the repairs done as you can – it’s a major selling point to be able to advertise a very low or non-existent pest repair bill. Also, make sure that the little nicks and scratches, doorknobs that don’t work, and wonky handles are all repaired before you start showing your home.

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7. Stage the exterior of your home too. Stage the exterior with fresh paint, immaculate landscaping and even outdoor furniture to set up a Sunday brunch on the deck vignette. Buyers often fantasize about enjoying their backyards by entertaining and spending time outside.

8. Access is essential. Homes that don’t get shown don’t get sold. And many foreclosures and short sale listings are vacant, so they can be shown anytime. Don’t make it difficult for agents to get their clients into your home – if they have to make appointments way in advance, or can only show it during a very restrictive time frame, they will likely just cross your place off the list and go show the places that are easy to get into.

9. Get real about pricing. Today’s buyers are very educated about the comparable sales in the area, which heavily influence the fair market value of your home. And they also know that they’re in the driver’s seat. To make your home competitive, have your broker or agent get you the sales prices of the three most similar homes that have sold in your area in the last month or so, then try to go 10-15% below that when you set your home’s list price. The homes that look like a great deal are the ones that get the most visits from buyers and, on occasion even receive multiple offers. (Bidding wars do still exist!)

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California real estate predictions: Coastal markets slowing, Boomers not selling

By Rosalie Murphy, The Desert Sun

The California Association of Realtors predicts 2017 is going to be a good year for the state’s inland markets as those on the coast get less and less affordable.

The trade group’s 2017 Housing Market Forecast, released Thursday, anticipates that the number of homes sold statewide will rise slightly between this year and next. But economists believe soaring prices in Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco could slow sales there, while the relatively affordable Inland Empire and Central Valley will see more activity.

“Job creation, low-interest rates, the availability of low-down-payment mortgages… all make it a little more attractive and a little easier for first-time homebuyers to realize that demand. They can’t always do it in the urban coastal area, which is slowing, but they can do it in the Inland Empire, the Central Valley, and Northern California,” said Leslie Appleton-Young, CAR’s chief economist, and vice president. “In general, the migration pattern fits hand-to-glove the housing affordability pattern and the creation of jobs.”

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California Home Prices to Slow in 2017, Lowest Appreciation in 6 Years
Residential News » San Diego Edition | By Michael Gerrity | October 3,2016 8:08 AM ET

According to the California Association of Realtors’ 2017 California Housing Market Forecast, following a dip in home sales in 2016, California’s housing market will post a nominal increase in 2017, as supply shortages and affordability constraints hamper market activity.

The C.A.R. forecast sees a modest increase in existing home sales of 1.4 percent next year to reach 413,000 units, up slightly from the projected 2016 sales figure of 407,300 homes sold. Sales in 2016 also will be virtually flat at 407,300 existing, single-family home sales, compared with the 408,800 pace of homes sold in 2015.

“Next year, California’s housing market will be driven by tight housing supplies and the lowest housing affordability in six years,” said C.A.R. President Pat “Ziggy” Zicarelli. “The market will experience regional differences, with more affordable areas, such as the Inland Empire and Central Valley, outperforming the urban coastal centers, where high home prices and a limited availability of homes on the market will hamper sales. As a result, the Southern California and Central Valley regions will see moderate sales increases, while the San Francisco Bay Area will experience a decline as home buyers migrate to peripheral cities with more affordable options.”

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By Scott Loney And Alicia Worley From page C8 | December 17, 2016

The Real Estate market for 2016 proved to be a stellar one for real estate. For sellers, home values, prices and sales showed some of their strongest numbers since before the economic downturn in 2008. That economic downturn just ended a few years ago, along with mortgage rates being just downright cheap.

Let’s take a closer look at the current climate on housing prices nationally. Home prices have continued to post steady year-over-year. Our gains are almost nearly back to the pre-recession highs of 2006-07 but values are still not at the peak yet. After several years of steady and steep price growth, we are seeing indications that price growth is slowing and the market is normalizing, according to NAR, CAR and

Consequently, it’s only fair to ask these questions: Will housing prices keep climbing into 2017? And will mortgage rates continue at record lows?

Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that favorable conditions for buying and borrowing will continue in the months ahead. This forecast can help first-time homebuyers and sellers make better decisions for this coming year.

What’s ahead in the real estate industry for 2017?

We see a positive future in 2017, based on the projected presence of positive economic factors, such as strong job growth, an increase in wages and so many other promises being made by the president-elect to turn our economy around. We can’t predict the future but based on more than 50 years combined in the real estate industry, we feel qualified to give our projected forecast for 2017.

Most everywhere we go, people throughout our community are speculating what will come next. We get asked on a daily basis where we see the real estate market going. This is such a hot topic that we felt strongly about sharing with you what we see happening next.

Contrary to popular belief, if you look at history, when there is a presence of strong, positive economic growth, interest rates typically rise and with that, home values rise also.

Most would think that if rates rise, then home values should drop to satisfy the buyers who can’t afford or qualify for a higher loan. This is not the case. History shows us that the past four times there has been a dramatic increase in rates, home values increased (1983, 1987, 1993 and 1999).

Another really exciting and positive fact that is changing right here in Solano County is that, finally, after many years of Solano having one of the lowest FHA limits, as compared to our surrounding counties, in 2017, there will be an increase for single-family residences, from $417,000 to $431,250.

This is a good sign for our year to come.

Our forecast shows the real estate market as being a more “normal” market. Home values should continue to increase at a reasonable rate. Appraisal values over the past couple of months are starting to come in at the offered purchase price.

If you’re thinking about buying, interest rates are still at a record low, historically speaking. If you’re thinking about selling, values still have not peaked as they did in 2008. Experts predict home values to increase another 3 to 4 percent through 2017.

Scott Loney is a broker associate at Coldwell Banker Kappel Gateway Realty. His California Bureau of Real Estate license number is 01146887. Alicia Worley is a Realtor associate at Coldwell Banker Kappel Gateway Realty. Her California Bureau of Real Estate license number is 01322884. Reach them at 290-0556, 344-1300 or at,

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High prices hold back California home sales volume
Posted by ft Editorial Staff | Dec 7, 2016 |
Charts, Home Sales, Latest Articles, Market Watch | 42 |

35,900 new and resale home transactions closed escrow in California during October 2016. In step with the seasonal sales cycle, this is 9% below a month earlier when 39,300 sales closed. More significantly, the number of homes sold in October 2016 was 7% below a year earlier, amounting to 2,600 fewer sales.
2015 ended with 450,700 home sales in California. This is 35,400, or 9%, more sales than took place in 2014 and just above 2013 sales volume. For perspective, the 450,700 homes sold in 2015 was still 40% below peak sales volume experienced in 2005.
The number of homes sold year-to-date is roughly level with 2015 as of October 2016. This percentage has steadily decreased in recent months, and it’s likely 2016 sales volume will end slightly below 2015.
Updated December 7, 2016. Original copy posted March, 2009.
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— A record number of people visited Joshua Tree National Park in March.
More than 327,000 visitors set an all-time record, up 71,000 from the same month in 2015.
“Visitor centers, campgrounds, and hiking trails were extremely busy with park visitors enjoying the weather and a much better wildflower bloom than in the past few years,” park spokesman George Land stated.
“More and more people from around the world and even here in the southland realize what a special and unique place the park is,” Superintendent David Smith said. “There really is no other place like this on the planet. Our challenge is how to enable these new park visitors to enjoy the park while still protecting the fragile desert ecosystem.”
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Home Help: 5 easy DIY projects to tackle this winter

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: 5 easy DIY projects to tackle this winter

Reducing the time you spend in the shower can help cutdown on your heating bill.
There are a number of DIY projects you can complete in the winter months

The winter months are the perfect time to dig in and tackle DIY projects for an updated home you’ll enjoy all year long. These five home improvement projects are easy, affordable and can be completed in 3 hours or less.
Marvelous mirrors
Mirror, mirror, on the wall, you’re looking a little shabby. Mirrors are timeless decor options, but the frames can look dated over time. Breathe new life into an old mirror by painting the frame a rich, modern color that pops within the current color scheme. Another idea is to clean the frame and adhere mosaic tiles along the edge for a crafty, custom look.

Handsome hardware
Old hardware makes any room look like a relic of yesteryear. A complete replacement can be costly, so instead opt to paint existing hardware. Simply remove and clean to eliminate grime. Then use a metallic spray paint to coat the hardware. A tip for painting hardware is to use an old egg carton. Turn the egg carton upside down, secure the hardware to the egg cups and spray away.

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