Health Matters

he public is invited to learn about viruses and microbiology as part of Alameda Free Library’s Social Science series at the Main Library, 1550 Oak St., this Saturday, Feb. 17, at 2 p.m. This is a free event open to all ages.

Pain is considered chronic when it lasts for weeks, months or even years. Causes include trauma and conditions such as arthritis, cancer, infection, degenerative disc disease and neuropathies. Common complaints are headaches, low back pain, arthritis and neurogenic pain — pain that results from damaged nerves.

 

A client told me about a conversation with her teenage daughter. She had told her daughter about some changes that were going to be occurring in the family. The daughter responded by saying that she was very angry. A few days later, the mother asked her to spend a few hours with her, just the two of them. The daughter refused, and the mother was very distressed. 

An enlightening talk on the healthful effects of mushrooms is on tap at Alameda Natural Grocery Wednesday, Jan. 24, from 6 to 7 p.m. The presentation is courtesy of Mikael Makinen, co-founder of Four Sigmatic, a superfood company founded by a group of Finnish friends. They aim to popularize medicinal mushrooms by incorporating them into more mainstream products like coffee and hot cocoa. 

Nearly 50 million American adults have significant chronic pain or severe pain, according to a new study prepared by National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health. This costs the nation up to $635 billion each year in medical treatment and lost productivity. The pain can range from annoying to debilitating. 

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