Radioactive Plume To Reach Carlsbadistan

by The Editors on March 17, 2011

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A computerized model from the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization shows radiation from a nuclear power plant damaged during Japan’s 8.9 earthquake reaching San Diego County as early as Friday evening (8 PM, March 18, 2011), according to a story in the New York Times.

The chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Gregory B. Jaczko, said Monday that the plume posed no danger to the United States. “You just aren’t going to have any radiological material that, by the time it traveled those large distances, could present any risk to the American public,” he said in a White House briefing. . . “I don’t want to speculate on various scenarios,” he replied. “But based on the design and the distances involved, it is very unlikely that there would be any harmful impacts.”

Hopefully, Mr. Jaczko is right.

[Link: New York Times]

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Lots Of Cancer But No Carlsbad Cluster

by The Editors on June 30, 2010

California State epidemiologists explained to a large group of concerned citizen at Carlsbad’s Sheraton Resort on Monday night June 28, 2010 that there is a difference between lots of cancer and a “cancer cluster.”

According to a story in the San Diego Union-Tribune the researchers studied 8,000 cases of cancer in Carlsbad between 1996 and 2008 and found that while there were higher than average instances of melanoma and cancer in adult women, but there was nothing to suggest a cluster.

“When we dig deeper we don’t see anything underlying these numbers and pointing a finger at anything specific,” Dr. Margaret McCusker said. . . .Epidemiologists also considered 323 cases that a community survey turned up, Lyman said. Health officials couldn’t verify about half of those cases and the rest did not add up to enough cases to affect their results. . . . Studies in 2007 and 2008 also found nothing unusual about the incidences or types of cancer in the area, but community members want more up-to-date information.

While it is good news, it doesn’t do much to answer the questions of parents who have lost children to cancer in Carlsbad. For more information visit the City of Carlsbad’s Cancer information page here.

[Link: San Diego Union-Tribune]

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Cancer Cluster Results Today

by The Editors on June 28, 2010

The State of California will reportedly release “initial results” today (Monday June 28, 2010) of analysis on whether statistics show that there is an “unusually high” number of Cancer cases (or cancer cluster) in Carlsbad, according to a story on

The state focused its analysis on all cancer cases in Carlsbad. But some in the community say the state’s review is not sufficiently targeted. Residents say there have been more than 400 cancer cases within a three-mile radius over the last decade.

Other residents are requesting that the dirt, air, and water be tested at Kelly School, according to a sorry in the North County Times because 18 people associated with the school have developed cancer.

[Link: KPBS and North County Times]

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Samudra Spa

Every girl likes going to the spa and lucky for them Carlsbad is full of them. Though tested standbys LaCosta and the Four Seasons offer a great full-day resort-style experience, we like the day-spa choices in the Village instead. With it’s relaxed atmosphere, and vegan and organic treatment options, Spa Samudra is our newest favorite.

Ease some holiday stress for one of your loved ones with a gift certificate for Spa Samudra’s Beach Escape ($160). The package includes an organic fusion facial, swedish massage, and beach break pedicure all for the same price as a single treatment at one of the larger spas. Spa Samudra is currently offering a buy one, get one 50% off deal on all gift card purchases—stuff a stocking or two.

Spa Samudra, 2917 State Street #230

Previous Carlsbadistan Days of Christmas Gifts:
1. Ben Sherman At The M Collection
2. iPhone Boombox From
3. Prince Lionheart Balance Bike From Geppettos
4. Nambé Yaro Salad Bowl From The Poached Pear
5. The Stratos II From Spy Optic

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Suze Orman & The Hay House Millions

by The Editors on December 2, 2009

Art20661NarNew York Press writer Ethan Epstein spends the day at a “You Can Heal Your Life” conference and gives the full breakdown on Carlsbadistan-based self-help guru Louise Hay and how Suze Orman plays into the business.

Hay House is a financial powerhouse. Although Suze Orman and guru Deepak Chopra may be the only Hay House figures that are household names, in 2008 the company grossed over $100 million in sales of its books, CDs and event tickets.This is but a fraction of the larger self-help industrial complex: Forbes has reported that in 2008, “Americans spent $11 billion on self-improvement books, CDs, seminars, coaching and stress management programs.”

If only we could afford all that help. . .

[Link: NY Press]

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Carlsbad’s Give Thanks Walk For St. Jude’s

by The Editors on November 21, 2009

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Councilman Matt Hall with Joe Devins, Claire and her sister Amelia.

On November 21, 2009 Carlsbad was one of 40 communities around the US that took part in the Give Thanks Walk to support St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. The walk was held at the Westfield Plaza Camino Real. TK Arnold was there and kind enough to contribute photos and the following details:

Carlsbad was selected in large part because of little Claire Devins, who was barely 2 when diagnosed in November 2006 with a deadly form of brain cancer with just a 10% survival rate. The doctors at Children’s Hospital in San Diego gave the Devins family–Joe, Liz and four other kids–little hope, but while at the mall to show Baby Claire what was then the new carousel she saw a sign for St. Jude.

The whole Devins family went to Memphis and stayed for six months while Claire underwent cancer treatment. She’s now cancer free and the whole family credits St. Jude with saving her life, all at no cost to the family. Lots of the Devins’ friends from the St. Patrick Parish School community came out to help with the walk, and Councilman Matt Hall came out to present Liz and her family with a proclamation from Mayor Bud Lewis declaring November 21 Claire Devins Day in the city of Carlsbad.

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Twenty/20 Grill Hosts Tapas For The Cure

by The Editors on October 21, 2009

Tapas CureThe Sheraton Carlsbad’s Twenty/20 Grill & Wine Bar will be hosting “Tapas for the Cure” on Wednesday, October 28, 2009, an event to raise money for the San Diego Komen Race For The Cure.

Priced at $30 per person the evening includes two cocktails, multiple tapas prepared on the scenic outdoor patio and the sounds of a live flamenco guitar player strumming and strolling. Also included are two raffle tickets for a chance to win big at the pink themed raffle extravaganza and silent auction with prize packages that include: a complete wine country experience with lunch at Wilson Creek Winery, a luxury overnight stay and basket full of goodies; a luxury week long getaway in Cabo San Lucas; a four day/three night stay in Lake Tahoe; decadent marine based spa treatments at the luxurious Ocean Pearl Spa; golfing at adjacent Crossings at Carlsbad and much more.

This sounds like a good event for a great cause, and the perfect way to close out National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For more information follow the jump
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Costco Flu Clinic Today From 3-7 PM

by The Editors on October 5, 2009

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Today is flu shot day at Carlsbadistan’s Costco. October 5, 2009 from 3 to 7 PM qualified flu shot givers will be on hand to protect you from at least the “seasonal flu” for only $20 (much cheaper than at the doctor’s office).

Those who miss today still have two more chances on October 17 or November 7, 2009. Arriving early is not a bad idea.

[Link: North County Costco Flu Clinics]

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Pacific Ridge Students Speak To The Media

by The Editors on June 20, 2009

Carlsbadistan’s Pacific Ridge School students John Ballif, 15, and Stephanie Sapp, 15, talk to reporters about what it was like to be quarantined in Yichang, China for Swine Flu and how it feels to finally be back home and out of solitary confinement.

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Seven Of Quarantined Test Positive For H1N1

by The Editors on June 15, 2009

061509  70CrpAt an afternoon press conference June 15, 2009 at 2:30 PM at Carlsbad’s Pacific Ridge School Dr. Eileen Mullady, the Head of the School, (pictured right) and Rick Sapp, Chair of the school’s Board of Trustees, gave reporters an update on the 35 students and seven faculty members who are currently being held in swine flu quarantine in Yichang, China after several students and teacher got sick during their 13-day educational tour:

Since the evaluations on June 11, we have nine students and two teachers currently in a hospital in the city of Yichang undergoing further evaluation. Our remaining 26 students and five teachers are quarantined in a nearby hotel. We have been told that seven people [six students and one teacher] have tested positive for H1N1 on the initial screenings and they are recovering. Our teachers have informed us that in the last 24 hours, there have been no additional confirmed cases of H1N1 in our group.

Unfortunately, Mullady did not know when the students and teachers would return home. “We could have students out of quarantine by the end of the week.”

For Dr. Mullady’s entire statement (and photos) follow the jump or click here to watch the video.
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